WV-BIRD
Received From Subject
9/22/17 4:52 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Various Migrants
9/22/17 3:07 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Mute Swan at McClintic WMA; highlights of Sep. 21 birding expedition
9/21/17 6:15 pm Wilma <wjar...> First of season Lincoln's and savannah sparrow, Wilson's warbler
9/21/17 4:22 pm Paul Saffold <pesaffold...> gray-cheeked thrush
9/21/17 4:19 pm Joette Borzik <pep4223...> Tree Swallows galore - Jefferson County
9/21/17 3:41 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> osprey, eagle & Swainson's thrush
9/21/17 10:56 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Golden Plover still at Gallipolis Ferry
9/20/17 6:15 pm Matt Orsie <wvbirder...> Misc Birding, Berkeley/Morgan Counties
9/20/17 6:14 pm Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist...> Mourning Warbler- (FOY)- Yard- Summit Point
9/20/17 5:08 pm William Johnson <johnson-w-r...> Morgantown Chimney Swifts
9/20/17 12:14 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Pleasant Creek update--Golden-winged Warbler, huge blackbird flock
9/20/17 9:41 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Hawk Watch-turned-Warbler hunt (Bolivar Heights)
9/19/17 5:50 pm Rodney Davis <wvkestrel...> Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory
9/19/17 5:22 pm Wilma <wjar...> Eastern-screech owl
9/19/17 8:12 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Little Indian Creek Connecticut Warbler--no, but a Blue Grosbeak'-yes
9/19/17 3:52 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Hanging Rock Migration Observatory, Sep 18, 2017
9/18/17 4:55 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Connecticut Warbler(s) return to Little Indian Creek
9/18/17 2:16 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Snake Hill WMA--Worm-eating and 12 other warblers, Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Thrushes
9/18/17 1:00 pm Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist...> Great Egrets, Cormorants - Shenandoah River
9/18/17 11:04 am Paul Mckay <paulmck57...> ohio county birds
9/18/17 5:53 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Merlin (Tucker)
9/17/17 4:59 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV, Sep 17, 2017
9/16/17 5:38 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Pocahontas/Greenbrier Co. birding- sanderling
9/16/17 5:23 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Sep 16, 2017
9/16/17 10:44 am DAVID <patick...> Rte. 2 Birding
9/16/17 8:47 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> McDonough - a few migrants
9/15/17 7:08 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Migrants Continue
9/15/17 7:04 pm Paul Saffold <pesaffold...> hooded w. Inwood
9/15/17 10:55 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Lincoln's Sparrow, Palm Warblers at Little Indian Creek Wildlife Management Area
9/15/17 10:08 am Sam Chapman <0000007c3c2c3ecc-dmarc-request...> Olive-sided Flycatcher
9/15/17 8:25 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 13 Sep 2017 to 14 Sep 2017 (#2017-240)
9/14/17 8:56 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> Warblers Passing Through - Jefferson County yard
9/14/17 6:50 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> terns, cormorant &eagle
9/14/17 10:01 am Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Shorebird Bonaza
9/14/17 9:04 am Adam Mars-Heyy Dobrin <raelitwhy...> The Sun is about to turn blue, if that's not news this is the end.
9/14/17 5:32 am John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...> Morgantown - Swainson's Thrushes
9/13/17 8:57 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> Chimney Swift nesting confirmed - Jefferson County
9/13/17 4:03 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: Hanging Rock Tower (13 Sep 2017) 42 Raptors
9/13/17 2:37 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Common Nighthawks --- Marion Co.
9/13/17 9:09 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Nighthawks
9/13/17 5:07 am laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Ice cream in S.Charleston
9/12/17 5:36 pm Wilma <wjar...> Broad-winged hawk, Swainson's thrush, warblers, purple finch
9/12/17 2:42 pm Deb Hale <debhale72...> First Broadwings, Bobolinks - On The Move
9/12/17 11:54 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Cooper's Rock--Olive-sided Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Broad-winged Hawks, very agitated warbler flock
9/12/17 11:19 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Park, Mercer County, WV, Sep 12, 2017
9/12/17 7:39 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Broad-winged Hawks migrating
9/11/17 1:12 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Shorebirds, warblers, and a dead Pied-billed Grebe in Preston County
9/11/17 5:59 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Yard Barred (Tucker)
9/10/17 7:23 pm Deb Hale <debhale72...> Swift end to Summer
9/9/17 9:04 pm John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...> Pocahontas County - Red Crossbills
9/9/17 8:02 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> Birds at the Monarch Alliance tagging event, Claymont historic mansion property - Jefferson County
9/8/17 6:13 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> A Swift Night Out (good news and sad news) - Charles Town, Jefferson County
9/8/17 5:52 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Belle: Bald Eagle
9/8/17 12:30 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Canada Warbler
9/8/17 12:17 pm paulmck57 <paulmck57...> ohio county
9/8/17 11:23 am Paul Saffold <pesaffold...> Inwood yard birds
9/8/17 10:41 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Prickett's Fort--Great Egret, Greater Yellowlegs, small warbler wave
9/6/17 8:56 pm Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...> Great Egrets at Prickett's Fort
9/6/17 5:51 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> pied-billed grebes, great egrets, palm warblers & osprey
9/6/17 11:27 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Possible record-early Coot, early Merlin, Veery, warbler wave in Morgantown
9/5/17 12:55 pm Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...> Laughing Gull - Pleasant Creek - YES
9/5/17 12:50 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Sep 5, 2017
9/5/17 9:46 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> historic laughing gull in WV
9/5/17 9:09 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Arboretum to Long Branch Lake, Pipestem S.P., Pipestem, WV, Sep 5, 2017
9/5/17 8:20 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Re: Laughing Gull
9/5/17 8:11 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Laughing Gull
9/5/17 6:51 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Laughing Gull
9/5/17 5:28 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Juvenile Laughing Gull still present at Tygart Lake
9/4/17 5:34 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> Common Nighthawks and Tree Swallows - Jefferson County
9/4/17 3:45 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Laughing Gull --- yes
9/4/17 10:46 am Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Laughing Gull Present at 1:45pm
9/4/17 4:32 am Kyle Carlsen <kycarlsen...> Laughing Gull Yes
9/3/17 6:37 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Raleigh Co. Common Nighthawks
9/3/17 7:04 am Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Black Tern, Nicholas County
9/3/17 6:35 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> solitary sandpiper
9/2/17 4:16 pm Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...> LAGU at Pleasant Creek WMA- NO
9/2/17 4:09 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Shorebirds, warblers and terns
9/2/17 3:52 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> No LAGU
9/2/17 2:08 pm Mollee Brown <000000dff2f7e7b9-dmarc-request...> Laughing Gull in Taylor County
9/2/17 9:45 am Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Peregrine Falcon, Nicholas County
9/2/17 9:45 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Black Tern/Tygart Lake/Taylor county
9/1/17 4:50 pm Paul Saffold <pesaffold...> b-t blue w. & n. parula Inwood
9/1/17 1:31 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Terns & Shorebirds
8/31/17 12:29 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Three good birds
8/31/17 11:15 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Bluestone S.P. Cabins 1-10, Aug 31, 2017
8/31/17 7:08 am Bob Dean <bobdean52...> Nighthawks; southern Berkeley Co.
8/30/17 5:54 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> Common Nighthawk - Jefferson County
8/30/17 5:00 pm Wilma <wjar...> Blackburnian warbler, Magnolia warbler
8/30/17 1:15 pm Andy Weaks <awboat...> Philadelphia vireo et al
8/30/17 11:18 am Paul Saffold <pesaffold...> FOS Prairie & Blackburnian w. Inwood
8/30/17 4:46 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> ospreys & herons & nighthawks
8/29/17 3:03 pm Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Goshawk; Nashville and Cape May Warblers (Tucker)
8/29/17 1:37 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> A Few Shorebirds
8/28/17 5:53 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> Red-headed Woodpecker, Jefferson County
8/28/17 5:42 pm Deb Hale <debhale72...> More Swifts
8/28/17 5:10 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Common Nighthawks and other Preston Co. Miscellanea
8/28/17 3:38 pm Paul Saffold <pesaffold...> new brood of blue birds
8/28/17 2:40 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Near record-eary Blackpoll Warbler in Ritchie County; Red-headed Woodpeckers
8/28/17 10:14 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Lake Shore Trail, Pipestem S.P., Aug 28, 2017
8/28/17 9:01 am Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> A Couple of Early Migrants
8/27/17 4:47 pm Peter McDonald <pmcdonaldtrees...> Saturday Evening Yellow Legs
8/27/17 4:40 pm DAVID <patick...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mine Road Gauley Mountain,WV, Aug 27, 2017
8/27/17 4:36 pm John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...> Morgantown Nighthawks
8/26/17 7:27 pm Wilma <wjar...> Common nighthawks
8/26/17 12:06 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> First Passerine Fall Migrants
8/26/17 10:07 am DAVID <patick...> Pocahontas County Birding
8/25/17 8:01 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Jefferson Co. Lesser Yellowlegs
8/25/17 12:39 pm Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> Barn Owl
8/24/17 7:56 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Terns and Nocturnal Migrants
8/24/17 5:15 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...> Red Head Woodpeckers
8/24/17 8:13 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Pleasant Creek WMA update
8/24/17 6:45 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Aug 23, 2017
8/24/17 5:05 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Prickett's Fort Avocet--no
8/23/17 2:21 pm Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...> American Avocet
8/23/17 2:13 pm Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...>
8/23/17 9:13 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> ohio county
8/23/17 5:05 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Excited
 
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Date: 9/22/17 4:52 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Various Migrants
Janet Keating and I birded along Mud Run and Flatfoot Road (Mason Co.) and found the following :
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush - 1 (FOS)
Swainson's Thrush - 4
Wood Thrush - 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 3
Magnolia Warbler - 5
Black-throated Green Warbler - 4
Blackburnian Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - 5
Yellow-throated Warbler - 1
Bay-breasted Warbler - 6
American Redstart - 5
Common Yellowthroat - 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 1

At Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.), there were 2 American Golden-Plovers and about 125 Tree Swallows.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 9/22/17 3:07 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Mute Swan at McClintic WMA; highlights of Sep. 21 birding expedition
Yesterday, Sep. 21, I did an all-day birding expedition to the lower Ohio
River Valley, stopping at Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area (both Hoeft
Marsh and the boardwalk area), Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, the Gallipolis
Ferry gravel pit, and McClintic WMA. I also stopped briefly at the
Belleville wetlands in Wood County on my way home, but found nothing--the
water levels were very high.

At McClintic during very hot mid-afternoon hours, highlights included:

Mute Swan--1 adult, most likely the same bird reported occasionally there.
No eBird reports since June 17 in this seldom-birded location. The bird was
seen in the pond across from the white house on Robinson Creek Road. GPS
coordinates 38.9140, -82.0624 as reported by Laura Ceperley earlier this
year.
Wood Duck--14
Pied-billed Grebe--1, same pond as swan
Great Blue Heron--1
Green Heron--6
Killdeer--1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo--1
White-eyed Vireo--7, including 5 juveniles
Magnolia Warbler--3

Earlier in the day at Hoeft Marsh:

Wood Duck--6
Great Egret--3
Green Heron--1
Killdeer--7
Solitary Sandpiper--1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--1
Tree Swallow--50 migrating
Common Yellowthroat--2
Magnolia Warbler--2
Yellow-throated Warbler--1
Song Sparrow--22
Indigo Bunting--4

At the Greenbottom boardwalk and adjoining trails:

Wood Duck--2
Great Blue Heron--1
Buteo species--1. Not seen well enough, but might have been a
Red-shouldered Hawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--1
Tree Swallow--5 migrating
Brown Thrasher--1
Cedar Waxwing--8
Common Yellowthroat--1
Magnolia Warbler--1

At Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam:

Canada Goose--47
Mallard--13
Double-crested Cormorant--2
Green Heron--2
Pied-billed Grebe--3
Tree Swallow--8 migrating
Prairie Warbler--1
Eastern Meadowlark--4

At Gallipolis Ferry gravel pit:

Killdeer--18
American Golden-Plover--1. Seen very well near grounded reddish buoy. Very
dark cap, whitish supercilium, and slighty brownish hue.
Plover species--1. Only head and breast seen for about 2 minutes peeking
out from behind buoy. Then it either went behind buoy, or dropped down on
the far side of the sand bar. Head was much paler than the other bird with
only an indistinct cap and supercilium, so I hesitate to call it a
Golden-Plover since it could have been a Black-bellied Plover. After 20
minutes, it still had not reappeared, so I gave up and moved on.
American Kestrel--1

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 9/21/17 6:15 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: First of season Lincoln's and savannah sparrow, Wilson's warbler
E-bird report follows for today

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: September 21, 2017 7:42:41 PM EDT
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Sep 21, 2017
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Sep 21, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> 43 species
>
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 3
> American Kestrel 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> White-eyed Vireo 1
> Yellow-throated Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 4
> Common Raven 1
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 3
> Eastern Bluebird 7
> Swainson's Thrush 4
> American Robin 2
> Gray Catbird 5
> Brown Thrasher 1
> European Starling 35
> Cedar Waxwing 15
> Hooded Warbler 1
> Cape May Warbler 2
> Magnolia Warbler 1
> Blackburnian Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
> Wilson's Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Field Sparrow 4
> Savannah Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 4
> Lincoln's Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 11
> Scarlet Tanager 1
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Indigo Bunting 2
> Purple Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39321523
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 9/21/17 4:22 pm
From: Paul Saffold <pesaffold...>
Subject: gray-cheeked thrush
Another life and yard bird late this morning was a Gray-cheeked thrush. My brother, a more experienced birder than I, visiting for a few days spotted it. The 4 of us were inside and had a nice look at it. When my wife stepped out to get a photo, it took off. Uniformly grayish tan above, white under chin and no eye-ring. It looked long and slender, perhaps it was just it’s posture.

Also yesterday 5:30ish PM a brief view of a falcon flying overhead. Not a kestrel, either merlin or peregrine. Wing beats were not the constant rowing motion I associate with merlins but I don’t if know that is reliably diagnostic.
A nice sight none-the-less.

Paul Saffold
Inwood
Berkeley Co.
 

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Date: 9/21/17 4:19 pm
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: Tree Swallows galore - Jefferson County
For the last 15 minutes, I have been enjoying a steady stream of Tree Swallows flying and feeding overhead above my backyard. Must be some good bugs! I'm guesstimating there were 1,000 Swallows or more!

Birdmom
Jefferson County, WV



Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 9/21/17 3:41 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: osprey, eagle & Swainson's thrush
Birded Bluestone S.P. today. Had 2 adult bald eagles, 1 osprey and a
Swainson's thrush.
Also, had 2 ospreys near Bluestone Dam.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 9/21/17 10:56 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Golden Plover still at Gallipolis Ferry
Actually 2 birds, though only head and breast seen on second, so it could
be a Biack-bellied.

3 Pied-billed Grebes at Byrd Dam ponds.

Over 50 Tree Swallowa migrating at Greenbottom WMA and Byrd Dam.

On to McClintic WMA and Belleville Dam after lunch.

Terry
 

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Date: 9/20/17 6:15 pm
From: Matt Orsie <wvbirder...>
Subject: Misc Birding, Berkeley/Morgan Counties
Yesterday I visited the Cacapon State Park observation deck for the
first time this season. At over 2,200 feet it offers a spectacular view
of the valley to the east. It is best for raptor viewing on winds coming
out of easterly directions. A quiet couple of hours ensued with 3
Sharp-shinned Hawks and 84 Broad-winged Hawks observed. There's not much
weather going on to drive things.

At home this morning there was a chorus of thrushes with a single Wood
Thrush and dozens of Swainson's Thrush heard calling to each other on
their way down from a night of migration. This is about the peak time
for Swainson's Thrush. Wood Thrush and Veery peaked within the last
couple of weeks but stragglers can be counted on. Coming up in the next
week or so is the peak of Gray-cheeked Thrush followed by Hermit Thrush
towards the end of September and early October. I hope some of you will
go out for the nocturnal migration and enjoy the symphony.

Closer to home, in fact on the back patio was a Palm Warbler tonight
flicking its tail as it walked along the stone work.

September in WV offers up the second most species diversity of the year.
It is only topped by May.

Happy migration to you all,
  Matt Orsie - Hedgesville, WV
 

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Date: 9/20/17 6:14 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist...>
Subject: Mourning Warbler- (FOY)- Yard- Summit Point
I had my first ever for the yard Mourning Warbler in the thicket of overgrowth behind our stream and pond today about 3:45 this afternoon. It was a beautiful adult male, and although it did not stay very long, at least after the time I first saw it, I did get some great views. The blue-grey head, yellow underparts and olive upperparts were quite evident,as was the dark breast patch and absence of an eyering. It was stunning and I couldn't have been more excited. It moved around near the stream and then off into the nearby trees where I lost sight of it and did not see it again after that.
This was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I had been in another part of the house and had just gone to the kitchen to put something in the sink when I looked out the window at the pond, and caught sight of this wonderful bird. What a joyful surprise!
I love migration time.
Happy birding,
Carol Del-Colle
Summit Point
Jefferson County
 

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Date: 9/20/17 5:08 pm
From: William Johnson <johnson-w-r...>
Subject: Morgantown Chimney Swifts
While driving home from dinner this evening around dusk, Emilie noticed a number of Chimney Swifts circling near the power plant on Beechurst Ave.  We pulled over into the Seneca Center parking lot and observed several hundred swifts gathering in the area.  At around 7:30 they began entering a chimney in a building at the corner of Beechurst and 7th St, on the opposite side of Beechurst from the Seneca Center (where several thousand swifts were observed roosting a couple of years ago).  By about 7:45 they had all entered the chimney to roost.  
Bill & Emilie JohnsonMorgantown
 

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Date: 9/20/17 12:14 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Pleasant Creek update--Golden-winged Warbler, huge blackbird flock
Hunting season must be drawing near: huge wide paths have been mowed in the
non-wetland areas of Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area in Barbour and
Taylor Counties.

At Doe Run Impoundment, there continues to be a lot of mud, though I think
it's mostly dried out and thus not as attractive to shorebirds as wetter
mud. Highlights:

Great Blue Heron--1
Green Heron--3
Sharp-shinned Hawk--1
Killdeer--2
Solitary Sandpiper--2
Bay-breasted Warbler--1

Highlights at the Upper Pleasant Creek wetlands, where there is still a lot
of mud, but maybe a bit less than my last visit. Unfortunately, the lack of
water for the last couple of months has allowed a lot of vegetation to grow
out on the exposed mud flats, restricting views somewhat.

Great Blue Heron--3
Killdeer--1
Solitary Sandpiper--4
Chestnut-sided Warbler--1
Common Yellowthroat--2
Red-winged Blackbird--an estimated 275 flushed from the reeds and weeds.
Staging for fall migration in large numbers is an annual event at this
location.

Pleasant Creek wetlands west of the power line, pond near trestle, and
shrubby area across Pleasant Creek Road from the trestle pond. Highlights:

Great Blue Heron--1
Yellow-throated Vireo--1
Philadelphia Vireo--1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--1
Golden-winged Warbler--1. I only had a 2-second view of a grayish
warbler-sized bird with a yellow crown flitting across a clearing. I may
have registered the impression of some black and white on the face. Never
did re-locate it, but what else could it be?
Hooded Warbler--2
American Redstart--1
Magnolia Warbler--4
Common Yellowthroat--4
Prairie Warbler--2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak--1
Indigo Bunting--7
Red-winged Blackbird--650 flushed from under the power lines. May have
included some or all of the 275 birds seen earlier at Upper Pleasant Creek
wetlands.

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 9/20/17 9:41 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Hawk Watch-turned-Warbler hunt (Bolivar Heights)
I knew as my little pickup climbed the hill to Bolivar Heights battlefield
that the day was not going to be easy or great for hawk-watching. No
clouds, a too brilliant sun, and very little wind to speak of.

But for the vultures drifting continuously in the gap and sometimes
overhead, the hawk skies remained fairly empty and uneventful.

So we turned to the trees along the ridge. There we "hunted" for songbirds
and found a nice assortment after patient, deliberate work.

The highlight was finding (thanks, Mike!) the female Rose-breasted Grosbeak
after hearing her flinty call, and identifying the juvenile Olive-sided
Flycatcher on the same snag one has appeared in previous years. Also, it
was fun determining that the rather drab cooperative warbler in the tulip
poplar was indeed a first-year female Cape May.

There was an abundance of very active Cedar Waxwings and Blue Jays, and
about a dozen Monarchs flying through.

Thanks to all participants for your enthusiastic help and persistence.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
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Full species list below.
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper's Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 25
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 He perched on the snag overlooking the gap
several times. We all got good looks through scope. Erect posture,
squared off back of head, dusky vest, white feather tufts on back to
indicate juvenile. Bottom mandible orange. Bigger than pewee. We've seen
OS flycatcher in this exact spot in previous yrs.
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 75
American Crow X
Fish Crow 2
Common Raven 2
Tree Swallow 100
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 3
Eastern Bluebird 8
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 125 everywhere at tops of trees fly-catching and also
flying over.
Black-and-white Warbler 2 we decided there was one female and one
immature.
American Redstart 1
Cape May Warbler 1 plain gray with blurry gray streaks on breast, we
got great looks, even of olive-yellow rump spot.
Northern Parula 1 singing male
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 10
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 we thought it was probably female, orange to
the breast.
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
House Finch X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39299277
 

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Date: 9/19/17 5:50 pm
From: Rodney Davis <wvkestrel...>
Subject: Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory
We had 1913 broad-wings today at Hanging Rock. Our best day since 1974.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 9/19/17 5:22 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Eastern-screech owl
Taking the trash out just now and I heard screech-owl calling. First one I have heard this year.
Last Friday night heard 2 barred owls calling near the same area.
Heard Swainson's and a wood thrush this morning.
The warblers I was able to identify were Tennessee, Blackburnian, palm, yellow-throated, and 2 black-throated green. More flying through.
One sharp-shinned hawk was being harassed by blue jays and flickers.w

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 9/19/17 8:12 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Little Indian Creek Connecticut Warbler--no, but a Blue Grosbeak'-yes
Nearly 4 hours searching. Grosbeak was a female about a mile from parking
area, past the second branch road to left. It flew off ehile I watched.

Not many warblers.

Terry
 

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Date: 9/19/17 3:52 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Hanging Rock Migration Observatory, Sep 18, 2017
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 6:44 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Hanging Rock Migration Observatory, Sep 18, 2017
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Hanging Rock Migration Observatory, Monroe, West Virginia, US
Sep 18, 2017 10:21 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: hawk watch
19 species

Turkey Vulture 12
Osprey 1
Broad-winged Hawk 313
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Chimney Swift 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Common Raven 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39266638

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 9/18/17 4:55 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Connecticut Warbler(s) return to Little Indian Creek
Hi all,

There was a cooperative Connecticut Warbler at Little Indian Creek this
evening providing good looks and nice chip notes. This bird was in the
exact spot, right down to the same branch and small tree as the very vocal
one last year. This was further into Little Indian Creek than the spot
close to the gate along the gravel road where they are also frequently
seen. On my walk back out I thought I heard a 2nd Connecticut chipping near
the closer spot but it grew silent as I got closer. and nothing showed
itself. A word of caution, as usual, there are a number of Common
Yellowthroats in the area and there was a smart looking Nashville as well.

It will be curious to see how long this (these) guys stick around. If past
history is any indication they will stopover here for several days at least
with perhaps more birds cycling in and out. Last year I think one hung
around until very late September. But this week "should" be the prime
window for Connecticut viewing. This has been the most reliable spot in the
state for this species for the better part of a decade and the birds
usually show well for those with patience. Give me Little Indian Creek
easily over Higbee's at Cape May or Magee Marsh for Connecticut reliability
and viewing. Hopefully, this isn't the tail end of their stay in our part
of the world; I was a little concerned since things seem to be moving
through a little earlier and Terry had no luck last week. Good luck to
those seeking. Best wishes.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 9/18/17 2:16 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Snake Hill WMA--Worm-eating and 12 other warblers, Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Thrushes
I spent 4 hours and 45 minutes this morning at Snake Hill Wildlife
Management Area, which is across the Cheat River from Cooper's Rock State
Forest in Monongalia County. I caught several warbler waves and ended up
with 13 species of warblers. Highlights included:

Blue-headed Vireo--1
Philadelphia Vireo--1
Red-eyed Vireo--7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--1
Swainson's Thrush--3
Gray-cheeked Thrush--1. Partially backlit, but there were a lot of dark
spots on the breast, and no signs of spectacles or an eye ring, so I'm 90%
sure it was this species.
Cedar Waxwing--55
Worm-eating Warbler--1. Seen briefly in bright sun, it's underparts and
striped crowned looked positively golden.
Tennessee Warbler--2
Nashville Warbler--2
Common Yellowthroat--4
Hooded Warbler--2
Black-and-White Warbler--1
American Redstart--4
Magnolia Warbler--9
Chestnut-sided Warbler--1
Blackpoll Warbler--3
Bay-breasted Warbler--7. Is it just me, or have others been seeing a lot of
this species this fall? I think I've seen more this fall than in all my
years of birding combined!
Black-throated Blue Warbler--1
Black-throated Green Warbler--9
Warbler species--25. At one point, they were flitting by so rapidly, I
couldn't focus on them all.
Field Sparrow--15
Indigo Bunting--10

Complete list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39258531

After lunch I spent a couple of hours at the WV Botanic Garden, with these
highlights:

Swainson's Thrush--2
Common Yellowthroat--2
Magnolia Warbler--3
American Redstart--2
Black-throated Blue Warbler--1
Black-throated Green Warbler--3

That checklist is at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39258673

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 9/18/17 1:00 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist...>
Subject: Great Egrets, Cormorants - Shenandoah River
This morning between 11:00 and 12, I saw 5 Great Egrets on the river. Two were seen from Rissler Road and 3 from Bloomery between the bridge and the sharp s curve. There were also 8 Double-crested Cormorants seen from Bloomery and 7 Killdeer on rocks at the end of Rissler.
Happy birding,
Carol Del-Colle,
Summit Point,
Jefferson County


 

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Date: 9/18/17 11:04 am
From: Paul Mckay <paulmck57...>
Subject: ohio county birds
just saw a peregrine falcon flying with,or more likely being chased by,a
couple dozen chimney swifts,
all in downtown wheeling, first peregrine of the fall,
paul mckay
wheeling

Paul McKay
 

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Date: 9/18/17 5:53 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Merlin (Tucker)
Hi, all,



A vociferously-hunting Merlin was in Canaan Valley State Park yesterday, and
there were dozens of Yellow-rumped Warblers hawking insects. Other warblers
included Cape May, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, and Black-throated Green.



On Saturday morning Mimi Kibler, Steve Kimbrell and I got to see a
spectacular fogbow at the Freeland Road boardwalk, which even had a partial
second bow. Other highlights included dozens of Purple Finches (we only saw
one adult male), Golden-crowned Kinglets, lingering Eastern Phoebes, Gray
Catbirds, Brown Thrasher, and Common Yellowthroats.



Good birding,



Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV


 

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Date: 9/17/17 4:59 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV, Sep 17, 2017
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 7:52 PM
Subject: eBird Report - East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV,
Sep 17, 2017
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Sep 17, 2017 12:42 PM - 2:42 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: hawk watch
15 species

Black Vulture 4
Turkey Vulture 5
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 11 6 immatures, 5 adults
Broad-winged Hawk 47
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Common Nighthawk 1 these birds are still moving through the area. a
birder in Mercer County had just over 100 last evening.
Chimney Swift 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Common Raven 8
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39238051

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 9/16/17 5:38 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Pocahontas/Greenbrier Co. birding- sanderling
We took a ride across the Highland Scenic Highway, Pocahontas county today.
The colors haven't peaked yet but they were still beautiful. Saw 5 palm
warblers and several ravens.
Stopped at the Cranberry Mt. Nature Center to look for crossbills. Didn't
see any but the trees around the building were full of birds - scarlet
tanager, chickadees, waxwings, flycatcher species, yellow-rumped,
black-throated green, Tennessee, blackpoll, magnolia, yellow-throated &
Cape May warblers. Seemed to be an abundance of bugs and they were stocking
up.
In Lewisburg, Greenbrier County we saw 3 nighthawks.
West of Lewisburg, on U.S. 60 we found shorebirds around a farm pond. It
was on the north side of the road between Sydenstricker Rd. and where I-64
crosses Rt. 60. We had 1 sanderling, 1 lesser yellowlegs, 3 greater
yellowlegs, 1 pectoral sandpiper, 1 killdeer and 7 blue-winged teal. If you
check it out be careful. There's not much room to pull off there. Watch out
for traffic.
On Sydenstricker Rd. we saw a first year bald eagle and a kestrel.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 9/16/17 5:23 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Sep 16, 2017
Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: September 16, 2017 7:27:53 PM EDT
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Sep 16, 2017
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Sep 16, 2017 7:40 AM - 9:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 44 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 the two were being harassed by blue jays and northern flickers joined in.
> They were still going at it when I moved on.
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Empidonax sp. 1
> Eastern Phoebe 4
> White-eyed Vireo 1
> Yellow-throated Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 7
> American Crow 3
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> House Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 4
> Eastern Bluebird 8
> Wood Thrush 1
> American Robin 1
> Gray Catbird 3
> Brown Thrasher 1
> European Starling 2
> Cedar Waxwing 40
> Ovenbird 1
> Tennessee Warbler 3
> Nashville Warbler 1
> Cape May Warbler 1
> Magnolia Warbler 2
> Bay-breasted Warbler 1
> Blackpoll Warbler 1
> Palm Warbler 1
> Yellow-throated Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Field Sparrow 4
> Song Sparrow 3
> Eastern Towhee 4
> Scarlet Tanager 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> House Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39217647
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 9/16/17 10:44 am
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding
Janet Keating, Mike Griffith and I birded in Cabell and Mason County this am visiting Greenbottom WMA, Mason County ridges(Chandler Ridge Rd.),Ashton ponds, RCB Locks and Gallipolis Ferry Sand pit. We observed some of the following:
 
Greenbottom WMA:
 
Acadian Flycatcher-1
House Wren-1
Swainson's Thrush-2
Tennessee Warbler-1
Hooded Warbler-1
American Redstart-2
Magnolia Warbler-5
 
Mason County ridges:
 
Philadelphia Vireo-2
Cedar Waxwing- flock of 25
Black-and-white Warbler-6
Tennessee Warbler-6
Hooded Warbler-4
Magnolia Warbler-6
Bay-breasted Warbler-6
Blackburnian Warbler-5
Chestnut-sided Warbler-5
Yellow-throated Warbler-4
Black-throated Green Warbler-6
Summer Tanager-1
Scarlet Tanager-3
 
Ashton Ponds:
 
Lesser Yellowlegs-2
 
RCB Locks:
 
Palm Warbler-3
Prairie Warbler-1
 
Gallipolis Ferry Sand pit:
 
American Golden Plover-1 FOS
Killdeer-14
Spotted Sandpiper-1
 
David Patick
Huntington, WV 25701
 
 
 

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Date: 9/16/17 8:47 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: McDonough - a few migrants
I birded the McDonough refuge in Vienna this morning from 7:50 until 11:10.
Quite a lot of bird activity and lots of people. One 50 yard section of the
Main Trail had a mini-wave with seven warbler species.

Birds:

Canada Goose
*Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Mourning Dove
*Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 6 - four in the mini-wave
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
*Eastern Wood-pewee
*Acadian Flycatcher - 1 calling
*Least Flycatcher - 1 - calling
*Emidonax flycatcher - sp. - 8-10 - none of them calling
*Eastern Phoebe
*White-eyed Vireo
*Yellow-throated Vireo
**Philadelphia Vireo - great looks at 2
*Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
*Gray-cheeked Thrush
*Swainson's Thrush - 2
*Hermit Thrush - 1
American Robin - at least 200
*Gray Catbird
*Cedar Waxwing

*Ovenbird - 1
*Black-and-white Warbler - 1 - mini-wave
*American Redstart - 3
*Magnolia Warbler - 5 - 2 in m-w
*Bay-breasted Warbler - 4 - m-w
*Blackburnian Warbler - 3 - m-w
*Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1 - m-w
*Blackpoll Warbler - 2 m-w
*Black-throated Green Warbler - 6 - m-w

Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
*Scarlet Tanager - 1
Northern Cardinal
*Indigo Bunting - 1
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
<jon.benedetti...>
 

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Date: 9/15/17 7:08 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Migrants Continue
Skyhigh Ridge and Rush Hollow (Cabell Co.) :
Tennessee Warbler - 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 4
Magnolia Warbler - 5
Black-throated Green Warbler - 2
Blackburnian Warbler - 5
Yellow-throated Warbler - 2
Bay-breasted Warbler - 5
Blackpoll Warbler - 2
Swainson's Thrush - 3

Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.) :
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Solitary Sandpiper - 1
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Least Sandpiper - 2
Wilson's Snipe - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 9/15/17 7:04 pm
From: Paul Saffold <pesaffold...>
Subject: hooded w. Inwood
A great start to the day this morning on the deck with a life bird, a beautiful male hooded warbler.
Others seen this AM and evening include worm eating, Tennessee, black & white, prairie, Am. redstart, Wilson’s
Red-eyed and Philadelphia vieros
A female rose-breasted grosbeak.
A lone juv. cedar waxwing.
The worm eating w. is feisty, not letting robins intimidate it at the waterfall/birdbath.


Paul Saffold
Inwood
Berkeley co
 

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Date: 9/15/17 10:55 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow, Palm Warblers at Little Indian Creek Wildlife Management Area
I thought I'd check to see if there might be an early Connecticut Warbler
at this WMA in central Monongalia County, perhaps the most reliable spot in
the state to find them in fall. No luck. Maybe next week.

I did, though, get a brief glimpse of a quite early Lincoln's Sparrow.
There have been a handful of mid and even early September records in WV, so
it's time for them to show up.

Ditto for Palm Warblers. I found 8 birds--all the expected western variety.

Other warblers encountered: Magnolia, Black-and-White, Black-throated
Green, Chestnut-sided, Blue-winged, Prairie, Blackpoll, Common
Yellowthroat, and American Redstart. Most were along the road paralleling
the creek at the bottom of the hill.

Other highlights:

Broad-winged Hawk--4 migrating
Belted Kingfisher--1 very out-of-place male flying over the shrubs near
farmland, then landing briefly on a utility wire before heading on.
American Kestrel--1 bird with extremely keen vision. I saw it take off and
fly maybe 200 yards to catch something in mid-air--probably a dragonfly.
Cedar Waxwing--20

Details and complete list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39193575

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 9/15/17 10:08 am
From: Sam Chapman <0000007c3c2c3ecc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher
In the tree tops down from my porch. Had one there two years ago which was a lifer for my birding buddy.
 
SamRomney WV 
 

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Date: 9/15/17 8:25 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 13 Sep 2017 to 14 Sep 2017 (#2017-240)
Who is the administrator of the Listserv?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 15, 2017, at 12:00 AM, WV-BIRD automatic digest system <LISTSERV...> wrote:
>
> There are 5 messages totaling 132 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
> 1. Morgantown - Swainson's Thrushes
> 2. The Sun is about to turn blue, if that's not news this is the end.
> 3. Shorebird Bonaza
> 4. terns, cormorant &eagle
> 5. Warblers Passing Through - Jefferson County yard
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:32:34 -0400
> From: John Boback <morlitte...>
> Subject: Morgantown - Swainson's Thrushes
>
> I am hearing a lot of Swainson's Thrushes on the ground this morning at Dorsey's Knob Park. There are also a lot of American Robins in the grassy areas. It must have been a good night for nocturnal migrants.
>
> John Boback
> Morgantown, WV
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> .
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:03:47 -0400
> From: Adam Mars-Heyy Dobrin <raelitwhy...>
> Subject: The Sun is about to turn blue, if that's not news this is the end.
>
> I can take you where you want to be, and show you the things you need to
> see; but I am one of them, and you seem to have traded me for fake blue
> skies and pain. We are living in a virtual world, with a disclosure of that
> <http://bit.ly/2x4CUjo> in the sky and everywhere around you, and it is
> being ignored by the media, by the government, and by you. There's a clear
> path <http://bit.ly/2eXO3ZI> to Heaven <http://bit.ly/2x3RPub> to a place
> of technological <http://bit.ly/2eXsjNv>, moral <http://bit.ly/2y972Zz>,
> and social <http://bit.ly/2eXsjNv> progress--lit to *kindom cum
> <http://bit.ly/2wYFYyD>;* and you... have... nothing... to.... say?
>
> *That's great*, it starts with an Earthquake on *3*/*11*/11, then some
> birds flying from the Ark of Noahah to you today, then Medusa
> <http://bit.ly/2wschBq>, *that's the snake, *and *it* also happens to be
> the Abomination of Desolation, see our light at that link, it's "*INATION*"
> speaking through your mouths; or "shutting them" for you.
>
> The next line talks about aeroplanes, and there's plenty of proof *that
> 9//11* <http://bit.ly/2vWcDRj> is predicted in the Bible
> <http://bit.ly/2w5JuXf>. The point of all this is not to "rub in" the fact
> that we are in Hell, but to show you that your actions, and your existence
> can set not only us free, but the entirety of Creation--all you have to do
> is "*stand up and shout.*"
>
> It's the beginning of Heaven, and *you should believe it*, *the 411* is
> "force majeure" blaming the majority for "acts of God" or are you actually
> going to sit here and as one single mind decide that "discussion of virtual
> reality" is precluded from our society because you are mindless zombies?
>
> Oh right, because you "don't like me <http://bit.ly/2jrk4OJ>."
>
>
> *IT'S THE END OF HELL AND YOU KNOW WHAT, I FEEL GREAT.*
>
> My name is Adam Marshall Dobrin, and when you see it on TV, you will
> finally know you are free... and OTW to Heaven on Earth.
>
> ᐧ
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:01:22 -0400
> From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
> Subject: Shorebird Bonaza
>
> Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.) :
> American Golden-Plover - 4
> Lesser Yellowlegs - 26
> Spotted Sandpiper - 1
> Western Sandpiper - 1
> Baird's Sandpiper - 1
>
> Ashton Ponds (Mason Co.) :
> Blue-winged Teal - 3
> Lesser Yellowlegs - 2
>
> Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.) :
> Solitary Sandpiper - 3
> Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
>
> Mike Griffith
> Huntington
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:50:37 -0400
> From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
> Subject: terns, cormorant &eagle
>
> We stopped in at the mouth of the Bluestone River this evening and found 3
> common terns, an adult bald eagle and a double-crested cormorant.
> Jim & Judy Phillips
> Summers County
> Pipestem, WV
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 03:56:43 +0000
> From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
> Subject: Warblers Passing Through - Jefferson County yard
>
> This afternoon, I sat quietly on my Amish made glider only a few feet away from my pond, enjoying the rich colors of fall flowers and foliage in transition. It was so peaceful and relaxing. I was able to observe a number of warblers in fall plumage at close range. Hummingbirds were even getting in on the action. Later in the afternoon, a Cooper's Hawk took a fast swipe past my bird feeder stand, but no collateral damage.
>
> Yard warblers:
>
> Common Yellowthroat - 1 female (seen 9/13/17)
> Tennessee Warbler - 1 (not sure what sex it was)
> American Redstart - 3 (2 males and 1 female)
> Cape May Warbler - 1 female
>
> BIRDMOM
> Jefferson County, WV
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of WV-BIRD Digest - 13 Sep 2017 to 14 Sep 2017 (#2017-240)
> **************************************************************
 

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Date: 9/14/17 8:56 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Warblers Passing Through - Jefferson County yard
This afternoon, I sat quietly on my Amish made glider only a few feet away from my pond, enjoying the rich colors of fall flowers and foliage in transition. It was so peaceful and relaxing. I was able to observe a number of warblers in fall plumage at close range. Hummingbirds were even getting in on the action. Later in the afternoon, a Cooper's Hawk took a fast swipe past my bird feeder stand, but no collateral damage.

Yard warblers:

Common Yellowthroat - 1 female (seen 9/13/17)
Tennessee Warbler - 1 (not sure what sex it was)
American Redstart - 3 (2 males and 1 female)
Cape May Warbler - 1 female

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 9/14/17 6:50 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: terns, cormorant &eagle
We stopped in at the mouth of the Bluestone River this evening and found 3
common terns, an adult bald eagle and a double-crested cormorant.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 9/14/17 10:01 am
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Shorebird Bonaza
Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.) :
American Golden-Plover - 4
Lesser Yellowlegs - 26
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Western Sandpiper - 1
Baird's Sandpiper - 1

Ashton Ponds (Mason Co.) :
Blue-winged Teal - 3
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2

Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.) :
Solitary Sandpiper - 3
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 9/14/17 9:04 am
From: Adam Mars-Heyy Dobrin <raelitwhy...>
Subject: The Sun is about to turn blue, if that's not news this is the end.
I can take you where you want to be, and show you the things you need to
see; but I am one of them, and you seem to have traded me for fake blue
skies and pain. We are living in a virtual world, with a disclosure of that
<http://bit.ly/2x4CUjo> in the sky and everywhere around you, and it is
being ignored by the media, by the government, and by you. There's a clear
path <http://bit.ly/2eXO3ZI> to Heaven <http://bit.ly/2x3RPub> to a place
of technological <http://bit.ly/2eXsjNv>, moral <http://bit.ly/2y972Zz>,
and social <http://bit.ly/2eXsjNv> progress--lit to *kindom cum
<http://bit.ly/2wYFYyD>;* and you... have... nothing... to.... say?

*That's great*, it starts with an Earthquake on *3*/*11*/11, then some
birds flying from the Ark of Noahah to you today, then Medusa
<http://bit.ly/2wschBq>, *that's the snake, *and *it* also happens to be
the Abomination of Desolation, see our light at that link, it's "*INATION*"
speaking through your mouths; or "shutting them" for you.

The next line talks about aeroplanes, and there's plenty of proof *that
9//11* <http://bit.ly/2vWcDRj> is predicted in the Bible
<http://bit.ly/2w5JuXf>. The point of all this is not to "rub in" the fact
that we are in Hell, but to show you that your actions, and your existence
can set not only us free, but the entirety of Creation--all you have to do
is "*stand up and shout.*"

It's the beginning of Heaven, and *you should believe it*, *the 411* is
"force majeure" blaming the majority for "acts of God" or are you actually
going to sit here and as one single mind decide that "discussion of virtual
reality" is precluded from our society because you are mindless zombies?

Oh right, because you "don't like me <http://bit.ly/2jrk4OJ>."


*IT'S THE END OF HELL AND YOU KNOW WHAT, I FEEL GREAT.*

My name is Adam Marshall Dobrin, and when you see it on TV, you will
finally know you are free... and OTW to Heaven on Earth.


 

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Date: 9/14/17 5:32 am
From: John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Morgantown - Swainson's Thrushes
I am hearing a lot of Swainson's Thrushes on the ground this morning at Dorsey's Knob Park. There are also a lot of American Robins in the grassy areas. It must have been a good night for nocturnal migrants.

John Boback
Morgantown, WV


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Date: 9/13/17 8:57 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Chimney Swift nesting confirmed - Jefferson County
After checking the Chimney Swift tower built by Potomac Valley Audubon Society volunteers a few years ago at the historic Claymont mansion property, I am proud to announce that we had another successful year of breeding. This makes for three consecutive years of nest building inside the tower.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 9/13/17 4:03 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: Hanging Rock Tower (13 Sep 2017) 42 Raptors
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <reports...>
Date: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 4:01 PM
Subject: Hanging Rock Tower (13 Sep 2017) 42 Raptors
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


*Hanging Rock Tower*
Waiteville, West Virginia, USA

*Daily Raptor Counts: *Sep 13, 2017
*Species* Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 12 16
Bald Eagle 9 34 35
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 4 6
Cooper's Hawk 1 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 28 128 128
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 9 11
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
*Total:* 42 196 205

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter Jim Phillips
Observers: Charlie Kahle, Jesse Anderson, Jim Phillips

*Weather:*


*Raptor Observations:*


*Non-raptor Observations:*


------------------------------
Report submitted by Jim Phillips (<cne01663...>)
Hanging Rock Tower information may be found at: http://www.hangingrocktower.
org/
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile
<http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=519>] [Day Summary
<http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=519&ryear=2017&rmonth=09&rday=13>]
[Month Summary
<http://hawkcount.org/month_summary.php?rsite=519&ryear=2017&rmonth=09>]

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Date: 9/13/17 2:37 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Common Nighthawks --- Marion Co.
Hi all,

Approximately 350-400 Common Nighthawks kettling right now over the
Kingmont exit of I-79 in Fairmont. Slowly working south.

Derek

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Date: 9/13/17 9:09 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Nighthawks
5 Nighthawks dancing across the sky yesterday evening.
2 Kingfishers at the neighborhood pond.

Kim Kazmierski
Hurricane, Putnam County
 

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Date: 9/13/17 5:07 am
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Ice cream in S.Charleston
The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will have the first meeting of the season--OUr annual Ice Cream Social when we discuss bird sitings and make plans for the coming year. Please join us at the South Charleston Library at 6.30 on Monday, September 18. All are welcomed. Laura Ceperley in Kanawha County.
 

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Date: 9/12/17 5:36 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Broad-winged hawk, Swainson's thrush, warblers, purple finch
At 1:00 saw a large kittle of hawks circling. 11 pealed off as the others climbed higher. Estimated about 50 watched and counted as they started to follow after first group counted 66 more, At 2:50 saw 5 cruising through . 88 being the high count from yard,
Saw 3 Swainson's thrush this morning,
Nashville warbler 1
Common yellowthroat 4
American redstart 1
Magnolia warbler 2
Black-throated green warbler 1
Watched 4 purple finch feeding on ash seeds.
35 species today

Yesterday saw 2 Cape May warblers, 1 Blackburnian warbler, 1 Tennessee warbler

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Date: 9/12/17 2:42 pm
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: First Broadwings, Bobolinks - On The Move
Mini-kettle at North Schoolhouse Ridge battlefield around 2 pm today:

2 Broad-winged Hawks
1 Common Raven
6 Black Vultures

There was also a chattering BALTIMORE ORIOLE that caught my eye and ear.
And half a dozen BOBOLINKS that flew up and around and resettled in the
grass of the upperfields.

Deb Hale
HARPERS FERRY/Bolivar
 

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Date: 9/12/17 11:54 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Cooper's Rock--Olive-sided Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Broad-winged Hawks, very agitated warbler flock
It was a very interesting morning at Cooper's Rock State Forest east of
Morgantown.

First stop was the Henry Clay Furnace Road/Roadside Trail crossing, where
highlights included:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet--1--only the second bird reported in the state this
autumn in eBird
Cedar Waxwing--30
Ovenbird--1
Tennessee Warbler--1
Blackpoll Warbler--2
Black-throated Blue Warbler--1

At the forest regeneration area on the east side of Chestnut Ridge Road,
highlights included:

Philadelphia Vireo--1
Common Yellowthroat--2
Magnolia Warbler--1

I then spent a couple of hours at the Ken's Run Trailhead and along the
road out to the logged area behind it. About 150 feet down the Ken's Run
trail, I encountered a large flock of warblers and other species in a
single tree. There were at least 20 and maybe as many as 40 birds. All were
acting very agitated. Eventually I saw why: there was a 4-5-foot long
bleached white shed snakeskin draped over a couple of branches about 30
feet or so up in the tree. The birds vocalized and flitted around it for at
least 10 minutes before deciding it was not a threat. Among those present
(several numbers are estimates and include a couple of birds seen later):

Red-eyed Vireo--4
Tennessee Warbler--3
Common Yellowthroat--1
Hooded Warbler--1
Black-and-White Warbler--1
Cape May Warbler--3, including a male still mostly in breeding plumage
Magnolia Warlber--6
American Redstart--2
Blackburnian Warbler--1
Chestnut-sided Warbler--3
Bay-breasted Warbler--2
Blackpoll Warbler--5
Black-throated Blue Warbler--1
Black-throated Green Warbler--3

Also of note along the road to the logged area:

Broad-winged Hawk--a kettle of 12 birds at 10:25 and 3 more at 11:17. My
first fall migrants. These appear to be the vanguard of this fall's
migration. I note Kyle Carlsen saw 6 birds after 11:00 along Route 310
south of Fairmont this morning. Interesting to speculate if some may have
been the same birds I saw a bit earlier--the timing seems to work. All
other sightings so far are of 1 or 2 birds. They'll be flooding in for the
next couple of weeks.
Olive-sided Flycatcher--1, my first of the year
Cedar Waxwing--15

Complete list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39144938

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 9/12/17 11:19 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Park, Mercer County, WV, Sep 12, 2017
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 2:15 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Glenwood Park, Mercer County, WV, Sep 12, 2017
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Glenwood Park, Mercer County, WV, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Sep 12, 2017 11:20 AM - 11:52 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
20 species

Mallard 90
Mourning Dove 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 47
Barn Swallow 72
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Tennessee Warbler 4
Hooded Warbler 3
Magnolia Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 6
Canada Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 2

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39144755

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 9/12/17 7:39 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Broad-winged Hawks migrating
At 10:25 there was a kettle of 12 Broad-wings heading south over Cooper's
Rock State Forest in the logged area near the Ken's Run Trail. Hawkwatchers
further south be alert!

Terry
 

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Date: 9/11/17 1:12 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Shorebirds, warblers, and a dead Pied-billed Grebe in Preston County
I spent over 4 hours this morning at Fairfax Pond-Rehe Wildlife Management
Area just south of Reedsville in Preston County. I caught a couple of small
warbler waves and noted several shorebirds on the middle pond, which has a
fair amount of mud back behind the lily pads. Highlights:

Wood Duck--9
Blue-winged Teal--2
Pied-billed Grebe--1, live
Great Blue Heron--2
Green Heron--2
Killdeer--16
Lesser Yellowlegs--1
Solitary Sandpiper--2
Pectoral Sandpiper--3
Empidonax flycatcher--1. Silent, of course, but being next to a pond
suggests Alder, or maybe Willow.
White-eyed Vireo--5
Eastern Bluebird--9
Cedar Waxwing--16
Tennessee Warbler--2
Cape May Warbler--2
Magnolia Warbler--1
American Redstart--2
Chestnut-sided Warbler--1
Bay-breasted Warbler--3
Blackpoll Warbler--2
Black-throated Green Warbler--5
Mystery warbler--Seen very briefly in scope in low shrubs next to pond from
across the pond. I got an impression of a yellow crown, so Chestnut-sided
Warbler would be the logical assumption, but Golden-winged and
Yellow-rumped might also be possible. Lost it very quickly when it flitted
out of scope view.

Complete checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39131157

After lunch, a few highlights along the Decker's Creek Rail Trail from
Burke Road to north of McKinney Cave Road:

Green Heron--1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo--1
Philadelphia Vireo--1
Common Yellowthroat--1
Palm Warbler--1 western form

And, sadly, a dead Pied-billed Grebe on McKinney Cave Road just 10 feet
north of the large pond on the south side of the road. It must have been
flying in from the north and was descending to land in the pond when it was
hit by a car. No reason for it to be going north, and it certainly would
not have been walking across the road since grebes can barely walk on land
at all.

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 9/11/17 5:59 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Yard Barred (Tucker)
Hi, all,



On Saturday afternoon a Barred Owl roosted in my yard, about 30' from my
deck, for several hours.



Yesterday, Magnolia, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green Warblers moved
through the yard, and a dark-morph Broad-winged Hawk and a pair of
Red-tailed Hawks soared above. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Catbirds, and
Eastern Towhees are still around, and there are a lot of baby American
Goldfinches bugging their parents.



Good birding,



Casey Rucker
Dryfork, WV


 

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Date: 9/10/17 7:23 pm
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Swift end to Summer
We grabbed the plaid wool blanket and our binoculars and headed over to our
neighbor Mark Trail's patch of yard a few doors down in Bolivar. He is a
most gracious host. He brought my young son a cold bottle of apple juice
and a chilled sippy cup. The time was 7:18. The sky was clean of chimney
swifts. I thought, perhaps they have all gone. It was just this past
Tuesday evening Mark swore he must have counted 1000 swifts the night
before. The weather has certainly changed quickly and early this year. But
then the first one appeared in the sky a few minutes later. And suddenly
their numbers multiplied exponentially as the minutes passed. Soon, a large
group was chattering and sweeping circles in the local sky.

Sunset was pegged at 7:27 pm this evening; we watched the last Chimney
drop into Mark's chimney at 7:48. We counted approximately 140 swifts.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 9/9/17 9:04 pm
From: John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Pocahontas County - Red Crossbills
There were 16 Red Crossbills this morning at the Cranberry Nature Center. Then I heard a couple more fly over at the Cranberry Glades boardwalk.

John Boback
Morgantown, WV


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Date: 9/9/17 8:02 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Birds at the Monarch Alliance tagging event, Claymont historic mansion property - Jefferson County
Today, The Monarch Alliance, a program of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, hosted a monarch butterfly tagging event for the public. The location was the wetland fields of the Claymont historic mansion a few miles south of Charles Town. The weather wasn't perfect for butterflies, but it was perfect for being outside enjoying nature. I have never seen the Claymont wetland look better than today. The fields were full of blooming New York Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, Swamp and Common Milkweed, Jewel Weed and so much more. The 31 different bird species sightings were incidental, but we did pretty good with building a list without trying

Upon my arrival, Wood Ducks were swimming with Mallards in the wetland. A Green Heron flew by, vocalizing on the flight. Two Belted Kingfisher females rattled for at least one hour while we were working. One of the most impressive bird sightings was a large flock of about 250 Tree Swallows that lined up for us on the powerlines near the wetland. We would occasionally see them flying in a tight circle high above us feeding on insects. Then a moment later, they were gone. When they were high overhead, they looked to me like numerous Monarch butterflies dancing in the sky at the Mexico Monarch sanctuaries.

We saw 5 or 6 monarchs total, which doesn't sound like alot, but is a good indication that the population is not like it used to be, even in the best habitat. We had not mastered catching them in nets, so only tagged one. It was a great learning day, as we identified as many flowers, butterflies, birds and plants as we could. We found a number of monarch caterpillars in the last instar, so were hopeful that in a few weeks, more would be heading to Mexico.

Our bird list follows:

Wood Duck 7
Mallard (Northern) 7
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture (Northern) 10
Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group) 1
Mourning Dove (Mainland) 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 1
Blue Jay 6
Fish Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Northern) 6
Tree Swallow 250 large flock feeding in wetland
Carolina Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 3
Eastern Bluebird (Eastern) 1
American Robin (migratorius Group) 5
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) 1
Northern Cardinal (Common) 5
Common Grackle (Bronzed) 150 flyover flock
American Goldfinch 5

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 9/8/17 6:13 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: A Swift Night Out (good news and sad news) - Charles Town, Jefferson County
Tanner Haid, Sheila Wilson and I were observers of Chimney Swifts for "A Swift Night Out". Charles Town, WV. Temperature was 62 degrees, no wind, clear sky. Predicted to be a chilly night tonight. Observation stationary point was in the parking lot across the road from the Charles Town post office.

September 8, 2017 from 7:00 PM - 7:54 PM

I arrived in downtown Charles Town at 7:00 PM and could see at least 35 Chimney Swifts (CHSW) forming a circular pattern over a few of the historic buildings near the downtown center. They were one block from the Charles Town post office, which was discovered as a roost site September 2016. In 2016, Tannor Haid and I had documented 50 CHSW's on 9/8/16 in the post office chimney, and on 9/9/16, a count of 80 CHSW's.

Tonight, the swifts circled the post office chimney, but their flight patterns were random, rather than in unison. They appeared to be confused and in scout mode. We started to discuss the fact that the post office chimney may have been capped after last season. Then the swifts totally disappeared at 7:15 PM. We were worried, so I drove my vehicle down Washington Street to try to locate the swifts elsewhere, but could not find where they had gone. Tannor and Sheila stayed in view of the post office to observe while I left. I returned at 7:18 PM and reported that I did not find the swifts in the downtown area. Then at 7:20 PM, a Sharp-shinned hawk flew over us fairly low. It may have been trying to prey on the swifts, which may have scattered them just prior.

I started to hear swifts again at 7:25 PM, but they appeared to be all scattered about, with no organized flight behavior. It was getting dark, and it was unclear where the swifts were going to roost. At 7:40 PM, we noticed that the swifts started to slowly drop into a chimney of a private residence that was visible from our viewing area of the post office chimney. There was no characteristic circular flight pattern around the chimney before they started dropping in. It still seemed unclear whether they were going in or not. About 7:45 PM, Shelia noticed a few swifts had entered a different chimney that was also within our viewing area. This second roost ended up with a total of 10 Chimney Swifts entering for the evening. We counted 117 Chimney Swifts entering the first roost. Unfortunately, the Charles Town post office roost appeared to have been capped, as no birds entered.

Two separate roosts formed within one block of each other, which was one block from the Charles Town post office.

1) South Samuel St and East Congress Street - total of 117 Chimney Swifts entered for the evening
2) Smaller roost 100 block of East Washington Street - total of 10 Chimney Swifts entered for the evening

Birds observed:

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern) 1 7:15 pm flyover
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
Chimney Swift 127
American Robin (migratorius Group) 3
European Starling 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39071504

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 9/8/17 5:52 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Belle: Bald Eagle
Riverview Dr., Belle, Tuesday, September 8, 2017, 07:06 a.m. :
Bald Eagle. Immature. Some white on sides of neck. Mottled white spots on underwings. Whitish wing linings, chest and belly. Maybe between 2nd and 3rd year?

It circled several times over the river and headed downstream, (northwest).

Marmet Locks, Thursday, September 7th, 2017:
Warblers are very active on the Fisherman’s Trail between the Dead-water and All-weather Ponds. Yellow-throated, Wilson’s, Hooded, Prairie and a Chestnut-sided Warbler, (an immature/non-breeding female that took several hours of research to identify). Life bird!
Also a Spotted Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage.

Will post on eBird as time allows.

Also, a Wood Duck drake was on the All-weather Pond Wednesday.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39068129

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co., WV.
 

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Date: 9/8/17 12:30 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Canada Warbler
On Mt. Vernon Ridge and Beech Fork Dam vicinity (Wayne Co.), Janet Keating and I found a Canada Warbler (relatively rare in both spring and fall in this area). Other migrants :

Tennessee Warbler - 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 4
Magnolia Warbler - 6
Blackburnian Warbler - 3
Bay-breasted Warbler - 7

Eastern Wood-Pewees are more abundant than I've ever observed at this time of year.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 9/8/17 12:17 pm
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: ohio county


there was an immature bald eagle, whitish tail and darkish head flying over downtown Wheeling and later an osprey flying over downtownpaul mckayohio county
Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 9/8/17 11:23 am
From: Paul Saffold <pesaffold...>
Subject: Inwood yard birds
A lovely morning on the deck today.

magnolia w
worm eating w
redstart (f)
blackburnian w.
Black-throated green w.
yesterday we had a female Wilson’s warbler

also:
red-eyed v.
c. waxwing (1)
peewee (several)
g.c. flycatcher
brown thrasher
r-t hummingbird (numerous)
downy wp
red-bellied wp
cooper’s h. (juv)
scarlet tanager (F)
bluebirds, busy feeding 3 nestlings

Pictures posted of the Wilson’s and Worm eating on Mountain State Birders-WV on Facebook.

Paul Saffold
Inwood
Berkeley Co.
 

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Date: 9/8/17 10:41 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Prickett's Fort--Great Egret, Greater Yellowlegs, small warbler wave
It was a delightful morning at this state park in Marion County. I found 47
species, with these highlights:

Great Egret--1 found by Joey Herron a couple of days ago is still there.
Greater Yellowlegs--1 also continues.
Killdeer--15
Osprey--1 flew by low but didn't stop.
Empidonax flycatcher--1. Silent, and it did not respond to calls of
Acadian, Alder, Least, and Willow Flycatchers.
Warbling Vireo--1 heard singing.
Cedar Waxwing--17 at least at the rail trail bridge, including at least 3
juveniles, 1 of which had an orange tail tip.
Northern Waterthrush--1
Common Yellowthroat--2. The dullest-colored of this species I think I've
ever seen.
Magnolia Warbler--2
Northern Parula--1
Yellow Warbler--1
Black-and-White Warbler--1
American Redstart--3
Blackburnian Warbler--1
Blackpoll Warbler--1
Yellow-throated Warbler--1

Complete checklist is at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39065495

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 9/6/17 8:56 pm
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Great Egrets at Prickett's Fort
3 Great Egrets and Greater Yellowlegs this evening at the Fort.

Joey Herron
Marion County
Fairmont WV

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Date: 9/6/17 5:51 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: pied-billed grebes, great egrets, palm warblers & osprey
I birded the Mercer County, WV/Bland & Tazewell County, VA lines today.
The rain of last night and this morning must have happened during a big
flight of pied-billed grebes. I found 24 resting on the lake at Falls
Mills, VA this morning. That is the most I have ever seen in this area in
one day.
There were also 2 great egrets there.
I spent an hour at the East River Mt. Overlook near Bluefield, WV(on the
Bland Co./Mercer Co. line). One osprey passed over while I was there. I
also watched two palm warblers at the site. We usually get them there this
time of the year but I think this is the earliest I have had them by 10-14
days.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 9/6/17 11:27 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Possible record-early Coot, early Merlin, Veery, warbler wave in Morgantown
This morning, I checked the Monongahela River in Morgantown briefly for
terns, gulls, cormorants, and other water birds.

All I could come up with was an AMERICAN COOT at the Barill Park boat ramp
in Star City. Although basically in adult plumage, it appeared to still
have a hint of brownish gray in a couple of places, so I would guess it to
have been born this year. This could possibly be the earliest fall migrant
coot in West Virginia: the only other eBird record for September is
September 30 at Hannibal Dam in Wetzel County in 2016 by Wilma Jarrell.
There are 3 eBird records from August 5-20; whether or not these were
migrants or over-summering birds is open to debate.

Afterward, I birded the WV University Core Arboretum for over 2.5 hours.
Actually, a wave of migrants in the fruiting black cherry trees along the
rail trail just north of its intersection with the service road kept me
within 0.1 mile of that location for almost 2 hours, so I never got to the
flood plain or the northern and central parts of the Arboretum.

Highlights included:

Merlin--1. Very early, though there are a few August records in the WV
lowlands.
Great Crested Flycatcher--2
Veery--1
Black-and-White Warbler--1
Magnolia Warbler--3
Chestnut-sided Warbler--2
American Redstart--1
Blackpoll Warbler--2
Yellow-throated Warbler--1
Warbler species--10 at least. Too much flitting in the trees in poor light
to be sure what they were. Some could have been vireos, I suppose.
Northern Cardinal--7. Included was a juvenile male with a black bill. Most
interesting, though, was a female that flew into a tree overhanging the
rail trail just south of the Arboretum boundary. Closer inspection showed
her to be in a nest in incubating/brooding position. Getting kind of late,
but not unprecedented, I'm sure.
Baltimore Oriole--2
American Goldfinch--4, with a male feeding a begging youngster

Complete list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39035031

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 9/5/17 12:55 pm
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...>
Subject: Laughing Gull - Pleasant Creek - YES
Joey Herron, David Daniels and myself are looking at the Laughing Gull right now on the rock point off the boat launch at Pleasant Creek.

Joe Hildreth
 

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Date: 9/5/17 12:50 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Sep 5, 2017
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 3:42 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Sep 5, 2017
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Sep 5, 2017 2:20 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
8 species

Canada Goose 17
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Killdeer 7
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Crow 2
American Goldfinch 5

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


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checklist/S39019427

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Date: 9/5/17 9:46 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: historic laughing gull in WV
We had a laughing gull(heard & seen) in a flock of over 400 gulls on
Bluestone Lake, Summers County on 2/2/2003. The rest of the group was
mostly ring-billed gulls with some herring gulls as well.
Jim Phillps
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 9/5/17 9:09 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Arboretum to Long Branch Lake, Pipestem S.P., Pipestem, WV, Sep 5, 2017
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 11:54 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Arboretum to Long Branch Lake, Pipestem S.P.,
Pipestem, WV, Sep 5, 2017
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Arboretum to Long Branch Lake, Pipestem S.P., Pipestem, WV, Summers, West
Virginia, US
Sep 5, 2017 9:54 AM - 10:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
30 species

Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5 This is how many I counted through 8x40
binoculars at 20-30' distance. May have been more.
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Tennessee Warbler 3
Northern Parula 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 5
Chipping Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 3
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 28

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39015658

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Date: 9/5/17 8:20 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Re: Laughing Gull
Sorry, thought I could share posting. Date was 2006-11-05. Darn

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 5, 2017, at 11:10 AM, Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...><mailto:<richardkazmierski...>> wrote:

http://list.audubon.org/scripts/wa-AUDUBON.exe

Shared via the Google app<https://itunes.apple.com/app/google/id284815942>

Oh well, we didn't realize we needed to submit it.

That's the way it goes.

Kim Kazmierski



 

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Date: 9/5/17 8:11 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Laughing Gull
http://list.audubon.org/scripts/wa-AUDUBON.exe

Shared via the Google app<https://itunes.apple.com/app/google/id284815942>

Oh well, we didn't realize we needed to submit it.

That's the way it goes.

Kim Kazmierski



 

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Date: 9/5/17 6:51 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Laughing Gull
There has been a Laughing Gull at Winfield locks before, reported 1 time.

Kim Kazmierski
 

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Date: 9/5/17 5:28 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Juvenile Laughing Gull still present at Tygart Lake
At Pleasant Creek boat launch on rocky point at 8:15. May drop down out of
sight on far side of point occasionally. Light rain now and thunder in
distance so it likely won't go anywhere for a while.

Terry
 

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Date: 9/4/17 5:34 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Common Nighthawks and Tree Swallows - Jefferson County
On my evening walk, I observed 3 Common Nighthawks feeding with a flock of about 35 Tree Swallows. The sunset was gorgeous tonight, and the Man in the Moon looked good too.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 9/4/17 3:45 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Laughing Gull --- yes
Hi all,

First off, congrats and thanks to Kyle Carlsen and Mollee Brown for a great
find and getting the word out quickly this morning!. I think this has to be
the first Laughing Gull in the state in at least a decade (or my memory
could be pretty bad).

The chief news is the Laughing Gull is still around and was loafing on the
water on Tygart Lake out from Doe Run, just a little while a go when I
left. Here is what I have been able to piece together about the bird so
far, so that it may benefit those who try to chase tomorrow.

The bird spent a large portion of the day hanging out and being fed by the
boaters who were in the Cove Run area of Tygart today. Joe Hildreth may
correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think this area is feasibly bird-able
except by boat. The bird made at least two appearances off of the Doe Run
area late this morning/early afternoon where Steve Wilson was kind enough
to report it. The bird was seen briefly this evening at the marina (by me)
before it took off and headed south back toward the Doe Run area. I caught
up with the bird again by continuing south past the nature center to the
cabins/cottages area where this is (kind of) a trail that heads down to the
water and allows you to look across the lake toward Doe Run. The possible
advantage of this spot is that if the bird is loafing close to shore near
Doe Run but to the north you would be able to see it pretty easily. This
would be difficult (impossible) to see from the Boat Launch area unless you
crossed the Doe Run dam and even then, it could be tough to spot. The
disadvantage would be you are further away. You of course would not be able
to see the bird from that vantage point if it was actually in the Doe Run
impoundment. It is also a much shorter drive from the marina area.

Anyway, I am surprised the bird is still hanging out based on previous gull
experiences in the state. I hope others get to take advantage. Also, as a
note of common sense, respect the other people who are using the boat
launches, marinas, and cabins. Boat traffic should be decreased tomorrow by
a good margin so maybe this will make the bird easier to spot. Not sure
where the bird is roosting, but patterns and deduction would suggest either
one of the coves near Pleasant Creek or the Marina area. Hope this all
helps. Sorry for the length

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 9/4/17 10:46 am
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Laughing Gull Present at 1:45pm
Laughing Gull is setting on the water at Pleasant Creek WMA boat launch right now.

Steven Wilson
Summersville, Wv
 

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Date: 9/4/17 4:32 am
From: Kyle Carlsen <kycarlsen...>
Subject: Laughing Gull Yes
Laughing gull is present again at Tygart Lake boat launch (Pleasant Creek WMA). 7:25 a.m. Monday.

Kyle Carlsen
Fairmont, WV
 

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Date: 9/3/17 6:37 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Raleigh Co. Common Nighthawks
While visiting family at Tilson Drive in Daniels at 6:15 pm I observed 32 Common Nighthawks funneling through as one group. My field of view was narrow so there could have been more that were out of my sight.

N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction


 

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Date: 9/3/17 7:04 am
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Black Tern, Nicholas County
This morning I found a Black Tern at the Battle Run access of Summersville Lake. The bird was distant as it appeared to be foraging over the lake for nearly 45 minutes before it ascended above the tree line and headed toward Summersville Dam. I checked near the dam and the marina but did not relocate the bird.

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 9/3/17 6:35 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: solitary sandpiper
We saw a solitary sandpiper at the Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mercer County
yesterday afternoon.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 9/2/17 4:16 pm
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...>
Subject: LAGU at Pleasant Creek WMA- NO
Derek Courtney asked me to report that he checked Pleasant Creek and did NOT find the Laughing Gull reported earlier by Mollee Brown and Kyle Carlesen.

Joe Hildreth
 

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Date: 9/2/17 4:09 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Shorebirds, warblers and terns
This morning Mike Griffith, Janet Keating, David Patick and I spent some time birding along Rte. 2 from the Ashton Ponds to Pt. Pleasant followed by birding along Long Ridge Road in Mason Co. We experienced rain much of the morning but finally got a break in the weather about 10 am. Highlights are shown below.

Ashton Ponds
Great Blue Heron 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Killdeer 12

Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam
Canada Goose 38
Mallard 2
Wood Duck 4
Mute Swan 1
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Killdeer 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Herring Gull 2
Caspian Tern 4
Indigo Bunting 1

Gallipolis Ferry
Killdeer 50+
Least Sandpiper 1
White-rumpled Sandpiper 1

Long Ridge Road
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Eastern Wood-pewee 8
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 5
Red-eyed Vireo 10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 4
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 4
Bay-breasted Warbler 7
Blackburnian Warbler 5
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.


Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 9/2/17 3:52 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: No LAGU
Hi all,

I checked Pleasant Creek and the wetlands, the spillway, the dam, the lake
(what I could) and the marina. No laughin gull. Talked to some boaters
returning and a parks employee. No positive sea gull sightings. Darn! But
with no eyes on the bird for so long, it could be anywhere ... or gone.
Justa heads up to chasers.

Good birding,
Derek

Sent from My Verizon Mobile Device
 

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Date: 9/2/17 2:08 pm
From: Mollee Brown <000000dff2f7e7b9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Laughing Gull in Taylor County
At about 2:30 p.m. Kyle Carlsen and I saw a young laughing gull at the Tygart Lake boat launch at Pleasant Creek WMA. (Coordinates are 39.2675636,-80.0188994.)

I got several photos and will post them to eBird later.

Mollee Brown
Fairmont, WV
 

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Date: 9/2/17 9:45 am
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Peregrine Falcon, Nicholas County
While looking for terns at the Battle Run access of Summersville Lake a Peregrine Falcon quickly zipped by overhead. Was a brief sighting but still exciting!

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 9/2/17 9:45 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Black Tern/Tygart Lake/Taylor county
I saw a lone Black Tern this morning at the Tygart Lake Boat Launch near Doe Run. I was walking down the boat launch trying to find a phone signal so I could respond to one of those irritating day off work calls (without much success) and it flew right by me and on out into the lake. I went back to the truck to get the binoculars and it made one more pass by. I got a very good look at the dark gray wings (top & bottom) and the short light gray squarish tail. It headed towards the dam and I waited for it to return..it never did. I went to the marina and saw nothing.

There is LOTS of mud NOW at both the Pleasant Creek WMA wetlands in Barbour County AND LOTS of MUD at DOE Run !!
I only saw a couple of Solitary Sandpipers and Killdeer. There was a Green-winged Teal at Doe Run.

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 9/1/17 4:50 pm
From: Paul Saffold <pesaffold...>
Subject: b-t blue w. & n. parula Inwood
Yard birds.
warblers: 1st year chestnut-sided, redstart (f), yellow, black-throated blue (fos)

blue-gray gnatcatchers continue

this evening a FOS n. parula.

Paul Saffold
Inwood
Berkeley Co.
 

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Date: 9/1/17 1:31 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Terns & Shorebirds
Janet Keating and I sloshed around a bit in Harvey's remnants and found the following :

Plymale Lane (Mason Co.) - about 200 Killdeer

R.C. Byrd Locks (Mason Co.) :
Solitary Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 4
Caspian Tern - 3

Ashton Ponds (Mason Co.) :
Lesser Yellowlegs - 4
Solitary Sandpiper - 1
Stilt Sandpiper - 2 (FOS)
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Least Sandpiper - 1

Beech Fork Dam (Wayne Co.) :
Bald Eagle - 1
Osprey - 1
Caspian Tern - 3

Be aware that hunting season for Mourning Dove and Canada Goose started today.

Mike Griffith
Huntington

 

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Date: 8/31/17 12:29 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Three good birds
Yesterday I found a gorgeous male Baltimore Oriole in the birdbath.  I
thought a cosmos flower had fallen in.  Later on in the afternoon a
Great Crested Flycatcher used the bath on the other side of the house
and proceeded to preen in the dogwood right outside the window.  Today
there was an immature Towhee splashing in a ground bath.  Some Bluebird
young and an immature Cardinals are sharing another bath.  Earlier there
was a Catbird that had no feathers on its throat.  Hoping it was just a
youngster molting.

I also found a dead Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on the lawn recently. It may
have flown into the trunk of my maple tree since that was the only
object it could have hit.  Its head was tilted back indicating a broken
neck.   So sad.  It weighed about as much as a feather when I held it in
my hand.

The Goldfinches are all over the anise hyssop getting the ripe seeds.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 8/31/17 11:15 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bluestone S.P. Cabins 1-10, Aug 31, 2017
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 2:02 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Bluestone S.P. Cabins 1-10, Aug 31, 2017
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Bluestone S.P. Cabins 1-10, Summers, West Virginia, US
Aug 31, 2017 9:35 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
34 species

Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 3
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 Every time I raised the binoculars I had 3-6
in sight at once. I use 8x40 binocular but at times they were too close to
use binoculars. In two of the three areas where I had them they were
calling. I have been having trouble picking up their calls recently(age
related) but these birds were so close I could hear them. This was the
highest count I have ever had for this species this time of the year! At
least 17 total in the park for the day.
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Worm-eating Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Hooded Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 3

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch
ecklist/S38922966

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 8/31/17 7:08 am
From: Bob Dean <bobdean52...>
Subject: Nighthawks; southern Berkeley Co.
Watched 6 common nighthawks heading NNE back into southern Berkeley Co.
yesterday evening.

Bob Dean
Near Whitehall, VA
1/2 mile S of Berkeley Co.
 

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Date: 8/30/17 5:54 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Common Nighthawk - Jefferson County
This evening at 7:40 PM in a subdivision in Charles Town, I was in my friend's driveway chatting, when a Common Nighthawk zipped by feeding on insects. This is my first nighthawk for the season.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 8/30/17 5:00 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Blackburnian warbler, Magnolia warbler
First fall warbler migrants a bright male Blackburnian warbler and Magnolia warbler.
Saw ovenbird yesterday.
E-bird follows

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: August 30, 2017 11:30:06 AM EDT
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Aug 30, 2017
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Aug 30, 2017 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.4 mile(s)
> 36 species
>
> Mourning Dove 1
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 3
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Carolina Wren 4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
> Eastern Bluebird 4
> Wood Thrush 2
> Gray Catbird 5
> European Starling 15
> Cedar Waxwing 12
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Hooded Warbler 1
> Magnolia Warbler 1
> Blackburnian Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Field Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 2
> Eastern Towhee 6
> Scarlet Tanager 1
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Common Grackle 1
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38904381
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 8/30/17 1:15 pm
From: Andy Weaks <awboat...>
Subject: Philadelphia vireo et al
Had a very minor wave of birds go through the back yard this afternoon. Had
a nice looking Philadelphia Vireo. One of my favorites and I almost never
see them. Also had Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-throated Warbler, some
unidentified flycatchers, and a few Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Plus the locals

Andy

Northern Marion County
 

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Date: 8/30/17 11:18 am
From: Paul Saffold <pesaffold...>
Subject: FOS Prairie & Blackburnian w. Inwood
Yard birds. This AM we had a female Prairie warbler, a juv. Blackburnian w, also juv. chestnut sided w. plus the regular cast of characters.

Paul Saffold
Inwood
Berkeley Co.
 

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Date: 8/30/17 4:46 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: ospreys & herons & nighthawks
At least 10 great blue herons in the Hinton area yesterday. At Bertha in
the Bluestone WMA had 6 great blue herons, 1 green heron and 5 great egrets.
Watched 4 ospreys(3 flying, 1 perched) at the mouth of the Bluestone River.
Two ospreys at Bertha were messing with an immature bald eagle.
Only saw 2 common nighthawks last evening for a season total so far of 22
birds.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 8/29/17 3:03 pm
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Goshawk; Nashville and Cape May Warblers (Tucker)
Hi, all,



The same second-year Northern Goshawk circled over my house, calling, on
three occasions last week (8/19, 22, and 24).



Today, juvenile and adult Cape May and Black-throated Green Warblers were in
the yard, as well as a Nashville Warbler. Fledgling Common Yellowthroats and
Chestnut-sided Warblers are hanging out as well.



Fledgling American Goldfinches are appearing at the feeders along with a
juvenile Purple Finch, and House Wrens are skulking mostly silently along
with at least one Carolina Wren.



Good birding,



Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV


 

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Date: 8/29/17 1:37 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: A Few Shorebirds
Plymale Lane and Sand Pit @ Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.) : About 100 Killdeer

Ashton Pond (Mason Co.) : 6 Lesser Yellowlegs

Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.) :
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Pectoral Sandpiper - 2

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 8/28/17 5:53 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker, Jefferson County
I observed the local Red-headed Woodpecker at 10:00 AM today, pecking around on his/her favorite power pole near me. I have no knowledge of whether it bred this season or not, but it was not seen on the power line during the peak breeding season, so I'm hopeful it did.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 8/28/17 5:42 pm
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: More Swifts
Walking home from an evening town meeting this evening, I had another Swift
encounter.

Perhaps two hundred or so Chimney Swifts were swirling in a mob just a few
doors down from my house. I stopped and watched while several dipped down
into my neighbor's chimney. Plunk! Another and another dropped in while
the rest of the swift crowd swooped in circles in the sky. A kid passing
on a bike commented on the bats. I told him they were birds flocking in
migration and spending the night in this dude's chimney all pressed in
together. He was impressed.

The chimney owner just happened to be out on his back patio with a few
friends enjoying the evening air. He'd been thinking the swifts were
checking into the United Methodist church chimney next door. But we stood
together witnessing otherwise: it was his hospitality they've been
enjoying. Makes sense. He makes the best pound cake this side of the
Kanawha River, and the best strawberry jam.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 8/28/17 5:10 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Common Nighthawks and other Preston Co. Miscellanea
Hi all,

Tried to send this out last night, but it didn't go through for some
reason. Given the abundance of American Golden-Plover and other grass piper
reports coming in from nearby states, I made my usual Golden-Plover loop
through Preston County to see if I could find one, or my long hoped for
state Buff-breasted. But shorebirds were in short supply everywhere I
looked. A couple of Pectoral Sandpipers north of Brandonville along 26 and
1 at the WVU Reedsville farm were the best sightings for shorebirds. It
seems a few weeks early for them to pass through, at least to me, but
things seem to be moving early this year.

As for migrants, I had an Olive-sided Flycatcher at Cranesville Swamp, a
Wilson's Warbler along Feather Road, and smart looking Blackburnian at Rehe
WMA. The highlight for me though was a nice stream of 97 Common Nighthawks
headed south during my time at Cranesville Swamp. I think that is the most
I have seen in one sitting in WV. Very cool.

Seems like there are lots of instances of early-ish migrants being
reported, not just here but widespread across the country. So keep your
eyes open. Kirtland's should be moving soon. Haven't heard of any big
movements of Broad-winged's yet but vagrant Swallow-tailed Kites are
popping up nearby. Keep your eyes and ears sharp, last night was another
decent one for listening for nocturnal migrants if you are so inclined.
Things are picking up. Best wishes.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 8/28/17 3:38 pm
From: Paul Saffold <pesaffold...>
Subject: new brood of blue birds
We have seen quite a bit of activity at one of our nest boxes. This afternoon I looked in to see 2 or 3 recently hatched blue bird chicks. Seems late to me.

Yard sightings are picking up. We have seen a chestnut sided warbler, black & white w, yellow-throated vireo and 2 b-g gnatcatchers again.

Paul Saffold
Inwood
Berkeley Co.
 

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Date: 8/28/17 2:40 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Near record-eary Blackpoll Warbler in Ritchie County; Red-headed Woodpeckers
I made a spur of the moment decision this morning to go birding near North
Bend State Park in Ritchie County. I had wanted to go to Ritchie Mines
Wildlife Management Area south of the park, but I encountered mud-bog
conditions on both old roads that I tried, so I gave up.

Earlier I checked out the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER colony at Eldon Haught
Lakeside Recreation Area. There were 4 groups of 3-4 birds plus a few
single birds. I counted 13 adults and 6 juveniles. Many were calling
frequently.

Also of note there:

Double-crested Cormorant--2 immatures. A fisherman told me they'd been
there for quite a while.
Great Blue Heron--1
Killdeer--6
Mourning Dove--35
Yellow-billed Cuckoo--1 heard
Belted Kingfisher--2
Warbling Vireo--1 singing
Baltimore Oriole--1 adult male

Complete checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38875022.

After lunch I hiked the part of the North Bend Rail Trail from Cairo
eastward about a mile and a half to the farm just after the second bridge.

BLACKPOLL WARBLER--1 near record-early bird. I note in eBird that Aug. 27
is the earliest August date for fall migrants of this species in WV, and in
fact David Daniels reported a bird of this species yesterday (the 27th) in
Preston County. A couple of birds were reported on Aug. 25 this year in
southern Indiana and near Columbus, OH, and another was seen in northern
Delaware on the 27th, so they are starting to show up.

Also of note along the rail trail:

Small falcon species--1 flyover barely seen through the trees. No rustiness
was evident, so it may have been a Merlin.
Yellow-throated Vireo--1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--2
Black-and-White Warbler--1
Chestnut-sided Warbler--1

Complete checkist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38875340.

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 8/28/17 10:14 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Lake Shore Trail, Pipestem S.P., Aug 28, 2017
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 1:12 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Lake Shore Trail, Pipestem S.P., Aug 28, 2017
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Lake Shore Trail, Pipestem S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Aug 28, 2017 9:40 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
20 species

Turkey Vulture 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 1
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 11
Eastern Towhee 1
Indigo Bunting 1
House Finch 2

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S38870757

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 8/28/17 9:01 am
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: A Couple of Early Migrants
Along Pleasant Ridge (Mason Co.), among scattered local passerines, Janet Keating and I found a Philadelphia Vireo and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. This is the earliest Fall date I have for both of these birds. Also at the Aston Ponds (Mason Co.), we found the following :

Lesser Yellowlegs - 4
Solitary Sandpiper - 2
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 8/27/17 4:47 pm
From: Peter McDonald <pmcdonaldtrees...>
Subject: Saturday Evening Yellow Legs
On Saturday at about 4pm, we saw a Greater Yellow Legs in a pond about 8
miles from Cheat Bridge (Randolph County) between Cromer Top and Sharp
Knob. We had no phone or internet to report it at the time. It was there
for a very short time (30 minutes or so), before resuming flight.

This morning, a pied billed grebe dropped into the same pond for a rest.
It too didn't stay very long.

Pete

--
Peter McDonald
304-406-4462
 

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Date: 8/27/17 4:40 pm
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mine Road Gauley Mountain,WV, Aug 27, 2017
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From: "DAVID" <patick...>
To: "WV Post" <WV-bird...>
Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2017 9:59:02 AM
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mine Road Gauley Mountain,WV, Aug 27, 2017



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To: David Patick
Sent: August 27, 2017 at 9:57 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Mine Road Gauley Mountain,WV, Aug 27, 2017

Mine Road Gauley Mountain,WV, Pocahontas, West Virginia, US
Aug 27, 2017 6:55 AM - 8:17 AM
Protocol: Traveling
6.4 mile(s)
20 species

Blue-headed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Hermit Thrush  4
Cedar Waxwing  12
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  3
Magnolia Warbler  3
Blackburnian Warbler  5
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  4
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38846809

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Date: 8/27/17 4:36 pm
From: John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Morgantown Nighthawks
I saw 31 Common Nighthawks migrate past Dorsey's Knob Park in Morgantown this evening over a 50 minute period. They were in groups of 9, 19 and 3.

John Boback
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 8/26/17 7:27 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Common nighthawks
This evening watched group of 18 nighthawks flying through. They were flying northeast.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Date: 8/26/17 12:06 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: First Passerine Fall Migrants
Walnut Gap Road (Cabell Co.) - 4 Blackburnian Warblers

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 8/26/17 10:07 am
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: Pocahontas County Birding
I spent a short period of time birding this am around the Cranberry Glades Boardwalk. Some of the birds seen were:
 
Blue-headed Vireo-4
Golden-crowned Kinglet-1
Magnolia Warbler-3
Blackburnian Warbler-1
Chestnut-sided Warbler-1
Black-throated Green Warbler-1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak-2
Red Crossbill-2
 
David Patick,
Hillsboro, WV
 
 
 
 

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Date: 8/25/17 8:01 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Jefferson Co. Lesser Yellowlegs
I've been conducting periodic visits to Burr Industrial Pond and this evening I observed my first shorebird for migration season: a Lesser Yellowlegs.

N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction

 

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Date: 8/25/17 12:39 pm
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: Barn Owl
This morning at 6:55 my doorbell rang. I was planning to go birding and was 5 minutes from leaving for Altona Marsh. It was my neighbor who knew I was a birder and she wanted me to look at an owl that had been around her garage for the last 12 hours.  I went to see and found an immature Barn owl that could hardly walk. It couldn't fly. How it had survived the night with the foxes and coyotes prowling around, I could only guess.
So I grabbed my thick leather gloves and a heavy blanket and threw the blanket over it. It just rolled up in the blanket and went to sleep, as far as I could tell. I put it on the front seat of my car with its head showing and drove it to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Boyce, VA (the closest avian recovery center).  Unfortunately, it passed away about a half hour after it arrived.
Bill TelfairJefferson County
 

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Date: 8/24/17 7:56 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Terns and Nocturnal Migrants
Hi all,

There were a handful of terns headed down river from Wheeling Island this
evening including 5 Black Terns and 2 Common Terns, alas no White-winged
with them. Last night was the first decent night I have heard for Nocturnal
Flight Calls as well with large numbers of Yellow Warblers moving with some
Prairie and Chestnut-sided mixed in. A few flycatchers (sounded like
Acadian) and some faint shorebirds that were too far away or slight for me
to make an ID also moved through. Seems like the cold front has spurred
some movement on radar so you never know what might be waiting in the
morning for those able to make it out. Fall is coming! Best wishes to you
all.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 8/24/17 5:15 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Red Head Woodpeckers
Kathy King & I went birding today
Greenland Gap was hopping with  Red Head Woodpeckers 
We saw TEN Red Heads in a Locust Grove So don't CUT those LOCUST TREES 
They were calling chasing & drumming   Nice to see that many in one place 

Kimsey Dam  this Morning 
Osprey Merlin Family of Common Yellow ThroatsFour Kingfishers 

Four Red Head Woodpeckers in a Tree With a Bald Eagle This group was NOT at Kimsey  BUT  at the bridge before KimseyBeen a long time since I have seen RHWP near KimseyThe starlings have chased them away from the dead trees at the dam

Diane Holsinger
 

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Date: 8/24/17 8:13 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Pleasant Creek WMA update
Upper Pleasant Creek in Barbour County:

95% of mudflats now covered by water after Tuesday storm.

Pied-billed Grebe--2
Killdeer--2
Spotted Sandpiper--1
Unidentifiable peep sandpiper--1
Cooper's Hawk--2 juveniles

Doe Run Impoundment in Taylor County is completely submerged. Water within
2 feet of road.

Only expected songbirds along both Pleasant Creek and Upper Pleasant Creek
Roads.

Terry
 

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Date: 8/24/17 6:45 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Aug 23, 2017
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Date: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 9:28 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Aug 23, 2017
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Mercer County Landfill, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Aug 23, 2017 10:19 AM - 10:29 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 70 degrees, overcast
9 species

Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 46
Bald Eagle 1 adult
Mourning Dove 1
American Crow 31
Common Raven 3
European Starling 68
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 3

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S38795268

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Date: 8/24/17 5:05 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Prickett's Fort Avocet--no
Not present Thursday morning just after 7:00. I did see it Wednesday
afternoon.

Terry
 

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Date: 8/23/17 2:21 pm
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: American Avocet
Prickett's Fort State Park now!

Joey Herron
Marion County

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Date: 8/23/17 2:13 pm
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...>
Subject:
American Avocet at Prickett's Fort right now!

Joey Herron
Marion County

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Date: 8/23/17 9:13 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: ohio county

hi all,an adult Bald Eagle is flying over downtown Wheeling,paul mckay,ohio county

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Date: 8/23/17 5:05 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Excited
We are back in WV from a week and a half at our place in VA. While in VA I
saw an audiologist since I can no longer hear kinglets when I am hiking. I
ended up with a pair of hearing aids.

This morning from our garage, I heard what sounded like Cedar Waxwings.
Sure enough, there were 13 perched in the top of a dead tree near our
neighbors house which is some distance away. I was thrilled as I was
missing them as well!

High pitchers, watch out! Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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