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8/8/20 4:59 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> COVID birding stories for BBC Mail Bag
8/8/20 1:26 pm Joette Borzik <pep4223...> Common Yellowthroat, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Scarlet Tanager and Chimney Swifts - Jefferson County yard
8/8/20 7:27 am Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> Fw: eBird Report - Altona Marsh, Aug 5, 2020
8/7/20 6:45 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Aug 7, 2020
8/7/20 6:13 am Spencer, Sandy <00000170c8a495d6-dmarc-request...> Re: [EXTERNAL] Bats 🦇
8/7/20 4:46 am jerry Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> Re: Bats 🦇
8/7/20 4:30 am Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> Bats 🦇
8/5/20 4:46 pm Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Purple Finches (Tucker)
8/5/20 5:55 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Wood County--Great Egrets and Solitary Sandpipers
8/4/20 7:13 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Kite update
8/4/20 12:44 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Aug 4, 2020
8/4/20 10:39 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Bonzai: BOBOLINKS!!
8/4/20 6:01 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Aug 3, 2020
8/2/20 10:17 am David Patick <patick...> eBird -- Cranberry Glades Boardwalk -- Aug 2, 2020
8/2/20 10:17 am David Patick <patick...> eBird -- Cranberry Glades Nature Center -- Aug 2, 2020
8/2/20 10:17 am David Patick <patick...> eBird -- Cranberry Glades Nature Center -- Aug 1, 2020
8/2/20 10:17 am David Patick <patick...> eBird -- Cranberry Glades Boardwalk -- Aug 1, 2020
8/2/20 9:25 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Odd summer
8/1/20 9:16 am Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...> Re: confusing bird sounds - Jefferson County yard
8/1/20 9:03 am Joette Borzik <pep4223...> confusing bird sounds - Jefferson County yard
7/31/20 3:46 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jul 31, 2020
7/31/20 2:34 pm Rich Bailey <wvbirds...> Broad-winged hawk fledglings
7/29/20 6:07 am Joe Jarrell <earthlingprimate...> Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 25 Jul 2020 to 28 Jul 2020 (#2020-197)
7/29/20 4:25 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Re: Bird of Note: Solid black ducks with dark bills
7/28/20 11:06 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> Bird of Note: Solid black ducks with dark bills
7/28/20 8:34 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 26, 2020
7/25/20 9:32 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 25, 2020
7/24/20 11:00 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Bluestone WMA, Jul 24, 2020
7/24/20 7:01 am Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> Sharp-shinned Hawk
7/24/20 5:49 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> fledglings
7/24/20 5:28 am Mike Slaven <mikeslavenwv...> Re: First Grt. Blue Heron (White form)
7/23/20 4:59 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> egret
7/23/20 4:56 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 23, 2020
7/23/20 4:05 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Re: First Grt. Blue Heron (White form)
7/23/20 2:51 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Re: First Grt. Blue Heron (White form)
7/22/20 7:18 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Lunch with ducks
7/22/20 2:57 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> First: Great Blue Heron (White form)
7/22/20 1:02 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> egrets, eagles & yellowlegs
7/21/20 1:42 pm Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...> swallow-tailed kite
7/20/20 4:46 am MFowler <monty.fowler...> First hummer
7/19/20 2:05 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> egret
7/17/20 8:50 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Long-eared Owl (Tucker)
7/17/20 8:50 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Cranberry Glades Boardwalk, Monongahela N.F., Jul 16, 2020
7/17/20 8:50 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 15, 2020
7/17/20 8:50 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> House Finch with tumor.
7/14/20 5:36 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Birds
7/14/20 5:05 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> House Finch health issues
7/13/20 1:18 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Camp Creek State Forest and Park, Jul 13, 2020
7/13/20 5:14 am jerry Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> Re: Cliff Swallows and, no butterflies.
7/12/20 7:38 am Andy Weaks <awboat...> Cliff Swallows and, no butterflies.
7/11/20 6:51 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 10, 2020
7/11/20 6:37 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> cormorant & turkeys
7/10/20 9:24 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Black-bellied Whistling Ducks/Barbour County/Pleasant Creek WMA
7/10/20 7:17 am Rich Bailey <wvbirds...> Elkins merlins
7/10/20 4:35 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 9, 2020
 
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Date: 8/8/20 4:59 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: COVID birding stories for BBC Mail Bag
All,

I'm preparing the next Brooks Bird Club Mail Bag newsletter and would like to include input from West Virginia birders on how birding has changed for them in the last 5+ months of birding close to home/in smaller groups/without their clubs and such. Anything from a few sentences to a couple of paragraphs would be great. I'm hoping to use these stories in a positive way for those unable to get out birding or for those missing birding with friends.

Deadline is August 20th. You can respond directly to me off-list.

Thanks,

Ryan Tomazin - Brooks Bird Club of WV
 

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Date: 8/8/20 1:26 pm
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: Common Yellowthroat, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Scarlet Tanager and Chimney Swifts - Jefferson County yard
Today while weeding in the backyard, I heard and saw an immature Common Yellowthroat feeding around the pond. It was there for a few hours, and I'm hoping it sticks around a while. To me, this is a sign of the start of a changing season. I expect to start seeing bird activity picking up over the next few weeks around home. After a summer lull, I'm looking forward to more good pandemic birding.

On August 6, I had a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher singing along my front sidewalk, another sign of seasonal change. August 4, a female Scarlet Tanager was spotted bathing in my pond waterfalls, and that evening, 25 Chimney Swifts were in a flock feeding near my subdivision front entrance before it got dark. On August 3, I counted 35 Chimney Swifts in the same location. They must be roosting together somewhere near, and the swift migration has started.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 8/8/20 7:27 am
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Altona Marsh, Aug 5, 2020
Lovely day!!Bill Telfair - Jefferson County
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>To: "<wbchtelfair...>" <wbchtelfair...>Sent: Saturday, August 8, 2020, 10:25:40 AM EDTSubject: eBird Report - Altona Marsh, Aug 5, 2020
Altona Marsh, Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Aug 5, 2020 6:44 AM - 11:07 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.368 mile(s)
57 species

Canada Goose  9
Wood Duck  7
Mallard  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  15
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Chimney Swift  7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Virginia Rail  3
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  4
Red-tailed Hawk  2    Young with adult
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Willow Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  8
Common Raven  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
Purple Martin  6
Tree Swallow  21
Barn Swallow  16
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  5
European Starling  55
Gray Catbird  12
Northern Mockingbird  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  35
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  17
Chipping Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  10
Eastern Towhee  2
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Baltimore Oriole  3
Red-winged Blackbird  45
Brown-headed Cowbird  89
Common Grackle  57
Common Yellowthroat  7
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S72129166

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

 

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Date: 8/7/20 6:45 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Aug 7, 2020
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Date: Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 9:43 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Aug 7, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Aug 7, 2020 6:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: yard, driveway &Sun Valley Lake(private lake)
35 species

Canada Goose 33
Wood Duck 2
Ring-necked Duck 1 male present since winter
Mourning Dove 10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 7
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 5
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
Barn Swallow 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
European Starling 2
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 2
American Robin 2
House Finch 9
American Goldfinch 4
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 4
Red-winged Blackbird 4
American Redstart 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S72201056

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

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Date: 8/7/20 6:13 am
From: Spencer, Sandy <00000170c8a495d6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Bats 🦇
Hi Tom,
So sorry to hear this. Any white powdery substance on their faces? Do you know what species? Hard to say what happened but if no bats returned suggested that temps werent quite right for them in that location on that date. Small bat colonies sometime move around to different roosts bc of changing temps, winds, sun angles that affect interior temps.
Did you take photos of the dead bats?

Sandy Spencer
Laurel, MD
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Bats 🦇



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I have bat box, had around 17 adults, then 35 after youth started flying out with the parents. Went along fine for a week or so, then I found 6 dead under the box. Didn’t see any damage on them or the box and no bats have ever returned. Anyone have an idea what may have happened?

Tom Fox
Millstone Calhoun Co.

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Date: 8/7/20 4:46 am
From: jerry Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Bats 🦇
Tom,
I have no knowledge of this tragedy, but would like to now what others have to say
Sorry for your loss,
Jerry


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
To: <WV-BIRD...>
Sent: Fri, Aug 7, 2020 5:29 am
Subject: Bats 🦇

I have bat box, had around 17 adults, then 35 after youth started flying out with the parents. Went along fine for a week or so, then I found 6 dead under the box. Didn’t see any damage on them or the box and no bats have ever returned. Anyone have an idea what may have happened?

Tom Fox
Millstone Calhoun Co.

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Date: 8/7/20 4:30 am
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Bats 🦇
I have bat box, had around 17 adults, then 35 after youth started flying out with the parents. Went along fine for a week or so, then I found 6 dead under the box. Didn’t see any damage on them or the box and no bats have ever returned. Anyone have an idea what may have happened?

Tom Fox
Millstone Calhoun Co.

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Date: 8/5/20 4:46 pm
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Purple Finches (Tucker)
Hi, all,



I think Purple Finches are nesting in a Christmas Tree farm near my house,
and I've been seeing at least five (four males at one time) coming to the
feeders lately. The Red-bellied Woodpeckers are feeding their second-clutch
youngsters, one of whom is very feisty. He or she pecked at dad's breast
while being fed, and dad applied discipline. I've also seen my first
fledgling American Goldfinches for the year. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
have mostly dispersed, and I'm concerned for a male Eastern Towhee with a
lame leg. He frequents the feeders, but long-term prospects aren't good for
a scratcher with one leg.



Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 8/5/20 5:55 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Wood County--Great Egrets and Solitary Sandpipers
At Sandy Creek backwater. Egrets roosting in trees behind backwater.
Reported yesterday by Daniel Jonas.

Also 3 Green Herons, 3 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Spotted Sandpiper.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 8/4/20 7:13 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Kite update
I’m happy to report that the two adult Mississippi Kites that have nested outside Scott Depot in Putnam County for several years are busy taking food to their nest high in a tulip tree. We couldn’t actually see the nest through the leaves so don’t know how many mouths were being fed, but the adults flew in and out every 5-10 minutes. They put on a wonderful show swooping around catching bugs, and even sitting in a nearby snag for a few minutes. What handsome and dapper birds they are. Shouldn’t be too much longer before the baby/babies fledge. Laura Ceperley
 

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Date: 8/4/20 12:44 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Aug 4, 2020
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Date: Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 3:39 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Aug 4, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mercer County Landfill, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Aug 4, 2020 10:58 AM - 11:08 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments: sunny, 77 degrees
7 species

Black Vulture 11
American Crow 106
Common Raven 2
European Starling 87
Northern Mockingbird 2
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S72108823

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Date: 8/4/20 10:39 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Bonzai: BOBOLINKS!!
12 Bobolinks were waiting for me at North Schoolhouse today - 12!!

Up till now I'd only seen 1 or 2 at a time.

I found them in the first field up the grassy hill from the parking lot on
the eastern side of the split-rail fence that divides the upper fields.

I counted 6 clinging to the tall stalks of Johnson grass. Then we (me &
the birds) all heard a loud windy grunt as a doe startled her two spotted
does into flight southward across the field. That in turn sent Mama
BOBOLINK to the sky to check things out. 6 juveniles, a toasty warm yellow,
followed shortly after her once they received what must have been the sign
to relocate. I waited to see what would happen next. There was a raspier
call still coming from the old perching spot. Sure enough soon 5 more
BOBOLINKS flew up, including a conspicuous B&W Dad. They flew directly over
to the new gathering place to join the rest of the family.

So lovely, especially on such a beautiful day when the fields here look so
picture-perfect you might turn around and find yourself at the Little House
on the Prairie.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 8/4/20 6:01 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Aug 3, 2020
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Date: Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:56 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Aug 3, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Aug 3, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
14 species

Canada Goose 11
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 6
Killdeer 3
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 4
Turkey Vulture 11
Blue Jay 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Robin 3
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 15

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S72098027

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Date: 8/2/20 10:17 am
From: David Patick <patick...>
Subject: eBird -- Cranberry Glades Boardwalk -- Aug 2, 2020
Cranberry Glades Boardwalk
Aug 2, 2020
8:52 AM
Traveling
0.50 miles
50 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.0.13 Build 2.0.122

1 Mourning Dove
2 Northern Flicker
2 Eastern Phoebe
2 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Carolina Wren
3 Gray Catbird
2 Hermit Thrush
3 American Robin
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
1 Northern Waterthrush
2 Common Yellowthroat
3 Magnolia Warbler

Number of Taxa: 15


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Date: 8/2/20 10:17 am
From: David Patick <patick...>
Subject: eBird -- Cranberry Glades Nature Center -- Aug 2, 2020
Cranberry Glades Nature Center
Aug 2, 2020
8:32 AM
Stationary
15 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.0.13 Build 2.0.122

4 Mourning Dove
5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
4 Barn Swallow
1 Hermit Thrush
2 American Robin
8 Red Crossbill
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler

Number of Taxa: 8


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Date: 8/2/20 10:17 am
From: David Patick <patick...>
Subject: eBird -- Cranberry Glades Nature Center -- Aug 1, 2020
Cranberry Glades Nature Center
Aug 1, 2020
11:35 AM
Stationary
15 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.0.13 Build 2.0.122

1 Mourning Dove
6 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Common Raven
1 Black-capped Chickadee
6 Barn Swallow
1 Purple Finch
2 Red Crossbill
2 Chipping Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 8


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Date: 8/2/20 10:17 am
From: David Patick <patick...>
Subject: eBird -- Cranberry Glades Boardwalk -- Aug 1, 2020
Cranberry Glades Boardwalk
Aug 1, 2020
11:46 AM
Traveling
0.50 miles
41 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.0.13 Build 2.0.122

1 Northern Flicker
1 Alder Flycatcher
1 Blue-headed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
1 Common Raven
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Winter Wren
1 American Robin
3 American Goldfinch
3 Eastern Towhee
2 Northern Waterthrush
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
4 Canada Warbler

Number of Taxa: 14


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Date: 8/2/20 9:25 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Odd summer
The flowers and birds are not behaving the way they have in past years. 
Yet there is still much to take pleasure in.   Took a break after some
planting and saw a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher gleaning some insects from a
gnarly Virginia Creeper vine.  I saw one a week ago coming back from our
walk.  For a minute I thought maybe I was seeing a young Titmouse but
then the Gnatcatcher landed on the roof so there was no doubt.

The other bird of note was a Yellow Billed Cuckoo in my neighbor's
sycamore.  The different movement and shape caught my eye but then I saw
his white chest and the underside of his tail. That definitely qualified
as my morning eye-opener.

It has been fun watching my nesting Gray Catbirds carrying worms to
their young.  I don't know what these green worms are but there seem to
be plenty of them.  One morning a Bluebird landed on the road right in
front of us, no more than 12 feet.  We stopped.  He came back to the
same spot and picked up a juicy green worm. Another morning I watched
him pecking at something on the edge of the road.  Couldn't figure out
why he didn't carry it off.  Turned out to be a blackberry that no doubt
a different bird had dropped.

More Hummingbird activity.  Saw one this morning nectaring on the Coral
Honeysuckle as well as the native petunia that popped up in my flower
bed.  The deer haven't eaten that...yet.

Both the Pileated and Red-bellied youngsters are coming to the suet by
themselves.  The Red-bellied also discovered the home-made peanut suet
in the sphere feeder right outside the patio door.   I saw the young 
Downy on the nectar feeder for the first time today.  He looked a bit
unsure of how to work it.

A turkey walked through the yard last week that may have been a young
male.  At least it looked like he had a short beard.  At one point he
fluffed himself up and then let the feathers all settle back into
place.  Several weeks ago I was coming home from getting my taxes done, 
surprised and disappointed that I had to pay. Driving on Cattail Rd. a
Turkey hen with about six poults came out of the cornfield on the right
onto the road.   They were able to go up the embankment to enter the
cornfield on the other side. Then I noticed a bunch more poults entering
the road.  They seemed a bit confused so I tapped the horn and that was
enough to startle them into flight to join the others.  I was so happy
that there was no car behind me or coming from the other direction. 
That was enough to put the tax experience on the not important list.

Just looked out the window and saw the Gnatcatcher and a young
Great-crested Flycatcher in the half dead dogwood.  I have a pedestal
birdbath next to the trunk and a little earlier Catbirds and Bluebirds
were using it.

Butterfly activity is finally picking up.  Seeing Monarchs every day. 
Lots of interesting wasps and bees as well.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 8/1/20 9:16 am
From: Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: confusing bird sounds - Jefferson County yard
Joette,
Fascinating. I am amazed that you were able to find that one call in all of the recordings of American Goldfinch. Great detective work. I am so glad that you were able to find the call and solve your mystery.
Good Birding,

Wil Hershberger
Hedgesville, WV



> On Aug 1, 2020, at 12:03 PM, Joette Borzik <pep4223...> wrote:
>
> Yesterday late afternoon I stepped outside for a minute or 2 to feed my koi fish. While standing on my porch above, I was dropping food down to my koi from above. I love doing this. My fish always experience food falling out of the sky (which it does at my house). It's like how some wasteful people believe money grows on trees. Urban folklore.
>
> While the fish food was falling, I saw three small birds flying across my horizon, vocalizing the entire way. It was quick, and only naked eye viewing. I wasn't paying attention to their trajectory so much as what they were vocalizing. Wow, did it sound interesting. It sounded like squeaky toys, and the first bird that came to mind for this bird vocalization was Red-breasted Nuthatch. Could these 3 dark, but small moving bird silhouettes be Red-breasted Nuthatches? I reminded myself that it was July 31, and although I have seen Red-breasted Nuthatches in my yard, it was always during migration. Could it be a very early migration? That would be nuts! Or nuthatches!!!!???
>
> So this morning, I dug into the Macaulay Lab files searching for truth. I wish I paid more attention to the silhouette of the mystery birds, but it was only a few seconds view, and my ears were in awe, not my eyes. And I was feeding hungry fish. I knew it was probably a flight call, since they were flying (duh!), and there were 3 birds, so started looking at flight calls. Flight calls for the Red-breasted Nuthatch are lacking in the lab files. Not surprising, as it is an unusual time to be set up to record songs. I did not hear the typical yank yank call from my mystery birds, so I eliminated all clips that had the yank call in them. Nothing left.
>
> I did see some goldfinches flying around, so then searched for flight songs and uncommon songs or calls of the American Goldfinch in the library. I found one that had only one second of the sound I heard. Just imagine 3 birds flying together quickly across your horizon, only making a repeated squeak, squeak, squeak sound, like a Red-breasted Nuthatch when it sounds like a squeaky toy. If you stop this sound clip below at the 0:10 second mark, you will hear just the squeak that I heard repeated over and over again, with no other sound.
>
> https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?mediaType=a&catId=94299
>
> Try it. The sound at the 0:10 mark sounds like a Red-breasted Nuthatch, but the answer to this quiz question is...
>
> American Goldfinch
>
> ...and goldfinches are late breeders, and this is a courtship, display or copulation vocalization by our beloved soundman Wil Hershberger recorded in Frederick, Maryland in 1998. Wil--your recordings just keep on giving...
>
> Mystery solved. If the link does not work for you, go to the Macaulay Lab online and search for ML94299.
>
>
> BIRDMOM
> Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 8/1/20 9:03 am
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: confusing bird sounds - Jefferson County yard
Yesterday late afternoon I stepped outside for a minute or 2 to feed my koi fish. While standing on my porch above, I was dropping food down to my koi from above. I love doing this. My fish always experience food falling out of the sky (which it does at my house). It's like how some wasteful people believe money grows on trees. Urban folklore.

While the fish food was falling, I saw three small birds flying across my horizon, vocalizing the entire way. It was quick, and only naked eye viewing. I wasn't paying attention to their trajectory so much as what they were vocalizing. Wow, did it sound interesting. It sounded like squeaky toys, and the first bird that came to mind for this bird vocalization was Red-breasted Nuthatch. Could these 3 dark, but small moving bird silhouettes be Red-breasted Nuthatches? I reminded myself that it was July 31, and although I have seen Red-breasted Nuthatches in my yard, it was always during migration. Could it be a very early migration? That would be nuts! Or nuthatches!!!!???

So this morning, I dug into the Macaulay Lab files searching for truth. I wish I paid more attention to the silhouette of the mystery birds, but it was only a few seconds view, and my ears were in awe, not my eyes. And I was feeding hungry fish. I knew it was probably a flight call, since they were flying (duh!), and there were 3 birds, so started looking at flight calls. Flight calls for the Red-breasted Nuthatch are lacking in the lab files. Not surprising, as it is an unusual time to be set up to record songs. I did not hear the typical yank yank call from my mystery birds, so I eliminated all clips that had the yank call in them. Nothing left.

I did see some goldfinches flying around, so then searched for flight songs and uncommon songs or calls of the American Goldfinch in the library. I found one that had only one second of the sound I heard. Just imagine 3 birds flying together quickly across your horizon, only making a repeated squeak, squeak, squeak sound, like a Red-breasted Nuthatch when it sounds like a squeaky toy. If you stop this sound clip below at the 0:10 second mark, you will hear just the squeak that I heard repeated over and over again, with no other sound.

https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?mediaType=a&catId=94299

Try it. The sound at the 0:10 mark sounds like a Red-breasted Nuthatch, but the answer to this quiz question is...

American Goldfinch

...and goldfinches are late breeders, and this is a courtship, display or copulation vocalization by our beloved soundman Wil Hershberger recorded in Frederick, Maryland in 1998. Wil--your recordings just keep on giving...

Mystery solved. If the link does not work for you, go to the Macaulay Lab online and search for ML94299.


BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 7/31/20 3:46 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jul 31, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 6:36 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jul 31, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Jul 31, 2020 1:50 PM - 2:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: The osprey caught a fish and both bald eagles
chased it for several minutes but the osprey kept the fish.
9 species

Canada Goose 17
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 16
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 2 1 adult, 1 immature
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Crow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71991079

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Date: 7/31/20 2:34 pm
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Broad-winged hawk fledglings
A pair of broad-winged hawks successfully fledged 3 young near my house,
and I've been "enjoying" their incessant begging calls for a couple weeks
now. One is perched outside my window presently as I type.

Rich Bailey, Elkins, Randolph County
 

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Date: 7/29/20 6:07 am
From: Joe Jarrell <earthlingprimate...>
Subject: Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 25 Jul 2020 to 28 Jul 2020 (#2020-197)
good lists; good times. Joe

On Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 11:58 PM WV-BIRD automatic digest system <
<LISTSERV...> wrote:

> There are 2 messages totaling 144 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
> 1. Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 26, 2020
> 2. Bird of Note: Solid black ducks with dark bills
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:34:04 -0400
> From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
> Subject: Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 26, 2020
>
> Rare bird:
> Sunday, July 26, about 09:30 to 09:50 a.m.
> Great Blue Heron (white form).
> It came back for a bit on Sunday. It dove below one of the low, upstream
> lockwall.
> If it flew on it would be hard to miss but it did not reappear. (???)
> Maybe it was swimming. (I’ve observed “normal” Great Blue Herons do
> that-i.e. swim.)
> See checklist for poor photo.
>
> Please excuse the late report.
>
> Rick Gregg
> Kanawha Co.
>
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > From: <ebird-checklist...>
> > Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 26, 2020
> > Date: July 28, 2020 at 11:21:01 AM EDT
> > To: <greggra...>
> >
> > Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> > Jul 26, 2020 9:26 AM - 12:51 PM
> > Protocol: Traveling
> > 1.1 mile(s)
> > Checklist Comments: Mostly clear, 90%. Breezes. Hot. Kanawha River
> has normal level and color in the Winfield Pool. Distance is unique for any
> out and back portions. Observation was from the Belle side of the river.
> > 26 species (+2 other taxa)
> >
> > Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
> > Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 2 A
> lot of extra white on their plumage.
> > Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 10
> > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
> > Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 2
> > Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
> > Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
> > Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> > Great Blue Heron (White form) (Ardea herodias occidentalis) 1
> Continuing sighting first observed on July 22nd.
> > Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
> > Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
> > Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
> > Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1
> > American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
> > Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1 All gray wings and
> coverts.
> > Purple Martin (Progne subis) 5
> > Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4
> > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 1
> > Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2
> > Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1
> > Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 3
> > American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5
> > House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
> > American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
> > Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> > American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2
> > Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
> > Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
> >
> > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71897472
> >
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
> https://ebird.org/home)
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 14:06:21 -0400
> From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
> Subject: Bird of Note: Solid black ducks with dark bills
>
> Bird of Note:
> Duck sp.: Black Ducks with dark bills, (domestic or exotic?)
> See photos on the attached checklist.
> The photos caught glare from the sun on the duck’s bills but they were
> mostly dark.
> I don’t think they are domestic Cayuga Ducks. They had no green or
> metallic sheen.
> What are they??
>
> Laurel Lake WMA was absolutely gorgeous, (after the rain quit). No one
> there but me and a couple with two small children at a playground.
>
> Rick G.
>
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > From: <ebird-checklist...>
> > Subject: eBird Report - Laurel Lake WMA, Jul 27, 2020
> > Date: July 28, 2020 at 1:53:38 PM EDT
> > To: <greggra...>
> >
> > Laurel Lake WMA, Mingo, West Virginia, US
> > Jul 27, 2020 12:02 PM - 3:52 PM
> > Protocol: Traveling
> > 2.5 mile(s)
> > Checklist Comments: Heavy rain cleared up after 15-minutes or so. It
> was nice after that, but hot. Distance is unique for any out and back
> portions. Beautiful area.
> > 15 species (+2 other taxa)
> >
> > Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
> > duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 3 Soft black ducks with very dark bill.
> Possibly some sort of domestic but I have no idea what breed. I believe
> Cayuga Ducks have greenish heads and shinier feathers. These ducks were a
> black as a crow with a very soft looking texture to the feathers-not shiny
> at all.
> > Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1
> > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 9
> > Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
> > Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> > Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
> > Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
> > Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
> > American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
> > Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
> > Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3
> > Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
> > American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
> > Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
> > warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) (Parulidae sp.) 1
> > Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1
> >
> > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71898771
> >
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
> https://ebird.org/home)
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of WV-BIRD Digest - 25 Jul 2020 to 28 Jul 2020 (#2020-197)
> **************************************************************
>
 

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Date: 7/29/20 4:25 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Re: Bird of Note: Solid black ducks with dark bills
Rick, and all,

Certainly these are domestic Mallards, and should be reported as such.
There are only 2 possibilities of domestic ducks: Muscovy, often
multi-colored but with knobby bills, and Mallards, which come in a wide
variety of colors, including the pure black (iridescent greenish in the
right light) Cayuga form, which these appear to be. There are no wild
all-black ducks like this in North America.

Terry

On Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 2:06 PM Richard Gregg <greggra...>
wrote:

> Bird of Note:
> Duck sp.: Black Ducks with dark bills, (domestic or exotic?)
> See photos on the attached checklist.
> The photos caught glare from the sun on the duck’s bills but they were
> mostly dark.
> I don’t think they are domestic Cayuga Ducks. They had no green or
> metallic sheen.
> What are they??
>
> Laurel Lake WMA was absolutely gorgeous, (after the rain quit). No one
> there but me and a couple with two small children at a playground.
>
> Rick G.
>
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > From: <ebird-checklist...>
> > Subject: eBird Report - Laurel Lake WMA, Jul 27, 2020
> > Date: July 28, 2020 at 1:53:38 PM EDT
> > To: <greggra...>
> >
> > Laurel Lake WMA, Mingo, West Virginia, US
> > Jul 27, 2020 12:02 PM - 3:52 PM
> > Protocol: Traveling
> > 2.5 mile(s)
> > Checklist Comments: Heavy rain cleared up after 15-minutes or so. It
> was nice after that, but hot. Distance is unique for any out and back
> portions. Beautiful area.
> > 15 species (+2 other taxa)
> >
> > Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
> > duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 3 Soft black ducks with very dark bill.
> Possibly some sort of domestic but I have no idea what breed. I believe
> Cayuga Ducks have greenish heads and shinier feathers. These ducks were a
> black as a crow with a very soft looking texture to the feathers-not shiny
> at all.
> > Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1
> > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 9
> > Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
> > Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> > Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
> > Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
> > Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
> > American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
> > Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
> > Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3
> > Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
> > American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
> > Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
> > warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) (Parulidae sp.) 1
> > Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1
> >
> > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71898771
> >
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
> https://ebird.org/home)
>


--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 7/28/20 11:06 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Bird of Note: Solid black ducks with dark bills
Bird of Note:
Duck sp.: Black Ducks with dark bills, (domestic or exotic?)
See photos on the attached checklist.
The photos caught glare from the sun on the duck’s bills but they were mostly dark.
I don’t think they are domestic Cayuga Ducks. They had no green or metallic sheen.
What are they??

Laurel Lake WMA was absolutely gorgeous, (after the rain quit). No one there but me and a couple with two small children at a playground.

Rick G.

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Laurel Lake WMA, Jul 27, 2020
> Date: July 28, 2020 at 1:53:38 PM EDT
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Laurel Lake WMA, Mingo, West Virginia, US
> Jul 27, 2020 12:02 PM - 3:52 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Heavy rain cleared up after 15-minutes or so. It was nice after that, but hot. Distance is unique for any out and back portions. Beautiful area.
> 15 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
> duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 3 Soft black ducks with very dark bill. Possibly some sort of domestic but I have no idea what breed. I believe Cayuga Ducks have greenish heads and shinier feathers. These ducks were a black as a crow with a very soft looking texture to the feathers-not shiny at all.
> Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 9
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
> Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
> Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
> warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) (Parulidae sp.) 1
> Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71898771
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 7/28/20 8:34 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 26, 2020
Rare bird:
Sunday, July 26, about 09:30 to 09:50 a.m.
Great Blue Heron (white form).
It came back for a bit on Sunday. It dove below one of the low, upstream lockwall.
If it flew on it would be hard to miss but it did not reappear. (???)
Maybe it was swimming. (I’ve observed “normal” Great Blue Herons do that-i.e. swim.)
See checklist for poor photo.

Please excuse the late report.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 26, 2020
> Date: July 28, 2020 at 11:21:01 AM EDT
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Jul 26, 2020 9:26 AM - 12:51 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.1 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Mostly clear, 90%. Breezes. Hot. Kanawha River has normal level and color in the Winfield Pool. Distance is unique for any out and back portions. Observation was from the Belle side of the river.
> 26 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
> Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 2 A lot of extra white on their plumage.
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 10
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 2
> Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> Great Blue Heron (White form) (Ardea herodias occidentalis) 1 Continuing sighting first observed on July 22nd.
> Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
> Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
> Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
> Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
> Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1 All gray wings and coverts.
> Purple Martin (Progne subis) 5
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 1
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2
> Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 3
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2
> Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71897472
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 7/25/20 9:32 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 25, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 25, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Jul 25, 2020 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: yard, driveway & Sun Valley Lake(private lake)
41 species

Wood Duck 1
Mourning Dove 8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Turkey Vulture 6
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 13
American Crow 7
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Tree Swallow 5
Barn Swallow 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
European Starling 13
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 2
House Finch 9
American Goldfinch 7
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 3
Red-winged Blackbird 13
Common Grackle 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71806583

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Date: 7/24/20 11:00 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Bluestone WMA, Jul 24, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 1:49 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Bluestone WMA, Jul 24, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Bertha Campground, Bluestone WMA, Summers, West Virginia, US
Jul 24, 2020 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
20 species

Canada Goose 36
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 7
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Killdeer 1
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 8
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 1
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 40
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71779565

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Date: 7/24/20 7:01 am
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk
For the last week or so I have been watching the adults training them to fly and feeding the two fledglings . The young call frequently and fly all around the yard. They nest here nearly every year.
Tom Fox
Millstone, Calhoun Co.

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 7/24/20 5:49 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: fledglings
We just watched a female red-winged blackbird with a praying mantis in her
beak. She was trying to decide which of two fledglings would get it. We
watched for several minutes without seeing the outcome.
A brown thrasher fledgling has been very entertaining this past week. If
anything with wings comes anywhere near it, it begs with great gusto.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 7/24/20 5:28 am
From: Mike Slaven <mikeslavenwv...>
Subject: Re: First Grt. Blue Heron (White form)
I want to echo Terry's congratulations on a new first! Good eyes to
realize this was not a Great Egret.

Mike Slaven

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 7:05 PM Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
wrote:

> Congratulations, Rick,
>
> This is the first sighting for WV. There've been a handful of sightings in
> MD, VA, KY, OH, and PA over the years.
>
> Interestingly, there was one in western NC near Boone for a couple of
> months, last reported on July 18. Maybe the same bird?
>
> Terry
>
> On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 5:51 PM Richard Gregg <greggra...>
> wrote:
>
> > Bird Of Note:
> > Great Blue Heron (White form) at the Marmet Locks and Dam.
> > Thursday, July 23, 2020.
> > Observation at 10:50, (No photos, not attached).
> > Observation at 12:32 with photos. (Observation is attached).
> >
> > I reacquired the Great White Heron a couple of times today and got some
> > decent quality photos from the Marmet side of the river.
> > The legs are a greenish-yellow, not black like a Great Egret.
> >
> > Are there any other records of a sighting in WV?
> >
> > Rick Gregg
> > Kanawha Co.
> >
> > > Begin forwarded message:
> > >
> > > From: <ebird-checklist...>
> > > Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 23, 2020
> > > Date: July 23, 2020 at 5:42:00 PM EDT
> > > To: <greggra...>
> > >
> > > Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> > > Jul 23, 2020 12:32 PM - 1:32 PM
> > > Protocol: Traveling
> > > 0.39 mile(s)
> > > Checklist Comments: Overcast. Light to moderate rain. OBSERVATION
> > WAS FROM THE MARMET SIDE OF THE RIVER. Distance is unique for any out and
> > back portions. Kanawha River has normal level in the Winfield Pool.
> > > 11 species (+3 other taxa)
> > >
> > > Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1
> > > Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 12
> > > Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 2
> > > duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 2 Green-headed, white-throated brown
> ducks.
> > > Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 13
> > > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> > > Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> > > Great Blue Heron (White form) (Ardea herodias occidentalis) 1
> Large
> > white heron with a bi-colored bill, (upper mandible medium gray, lower
> > mandible yellowish), and greenish-yellow legs. Continuing sighting of
> > yesterday and earlier today from the Belle side of the river.
> > > Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
> > > Purple Martin (Progne subis) 1
> > > Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
> > > European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 8
> > > Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> > > Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> > >
> > > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71757387
> > >
> > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
> > https://ebird.org/home)
> >
>
>
> --
> Terry Bronson
> Marietta, OH
>
 

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Date: 7/23/20 4:59 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: egret
We saw a great egret on Durr's Pond, near Princeton, Mercer County today.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, wV
 

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Date: 7/23/20 4:56 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 23, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 7:52 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 23, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Jul 23, 2020 7:41 AM - 8:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: yard & driveway
33 species

Mourning Dove 17
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 13
American Crow 7
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
Tree Swallow 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
European Starling 3
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 10
House Finch 13
American Goldfinch 9
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 4
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Common Grackle 27
Northern Cardinal 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71760942

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Date: 7/23/20 4:05 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Re: First Grt. Blue Heron (White form)
Congratulations, Rick,

This is the first sighting for WV. There've been a handful of sightings in
MD, VA, KY, OH, and PA over the years.

Interestingly, there was one in western NC near Boone for a couple of
months, last reported on July 18. Maybe the same bird?

Terry

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 5:51 PM Richard Gregg <greggra...>
wrote:

> Bird Of Note:
> Great Blue Heron (White form) at the Marmet Locks and Dam.
> Thursday, July 23, 2020.
> Observation at 10:50, (No photos, not attached).
> Observation at 12:32 with photos. (Observation is attached).
>
> I reacquired the Great White Heron a couple of times today and got some
> decent quality photos from the Marmet side of the river.
> The legs are a greenish-yellow, not black like a Great Egret.
>
> Are there any other records of a sighting in WV?
>
> Rick Gregg
> Kanawha Co.
>
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > From: <ebird-checklist...>
> > Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 23, 2020
> > Date: July 23, 2020 at 5:42:00 PM EDT
> > To: <greggra...>
> >
> > Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> > Jul 23, 2020 12:32 PM - 1:32 PM
> > Protocol: Traveling
> > 0.39 mile(s)
> > Checklist Comments: Overcast. Light to moderate rain. OBSERVATION
> WAS FROM THE MARMET SIDE OF THE RIVER. Distance is unique for any out and
> back portions. Kanawha River has normal level in the Winfield Pool.
> > 11 species (+3 other taxa)
> >
> > Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1
> > Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 12
> > Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 2
> > duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 2 Green-headed, white-throated brown ducks.
> > Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 13
> > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> > Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> > Great Blue Heron (White form) (Ardea herodias occidentalis) 1 Large
> white heron with a bi-colored bill, (upper mandible medium gray, lower
> mandible yellowish), and greenish-yellow legs. Continuing sighting of
> yesterday and earlier today from the Belle side of the river.
> > Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
> > Purple Martin (Progne subis) 1
> > Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
> > European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 8
> > Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> > Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> >
> > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71757387
> >
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
> https://ebird.org/home)
>


--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 7/23/20 2:51 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Re: First Grt. Blue Heron (White form)
Bird Of Note:
Great Blue Heron (White form) at the Marmet Locks and Dam.
Thursday, July 23, 2020.
Observation at 10:50, (No photos, not attached).
Observation at 12:32 with photos. (Observation is attached).

I reacquired the Great White Heron a couple of times today and got some decent quality photos from the Marmet side of the river.
The legs are a greenish-yellow, not black like a Great Egret.

Are there any other records of a sighting in WV?

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 23, 2020
> Date: July 23, 2020 at 5:42:00 PM EDT
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Jul 23, 2020 12:32 PM - 1:32 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.39 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Overcast. Light to moderate rain. OBSERVATION WAS FROM THE MARMET SIDE OF THE RIVER. Distance is unique for any out and back portions. Kanawha River has normal level in the Winfield Pool.
> 11 species (+3 other taxa)
>
> Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 12
> Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 2
> duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 2 Green-headed, white-throated brown ducks.
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 13
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> Great Blue Heron (White form) (Ardea herodias occidentalis) 1 Large white heron with a bi-colored bill, (upper mandible medium gray, lower mandible yellowish), and greenish-yellow legs. Continuing sighting of yesterday and earlier today from the Belle side of the river.
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
> Purple Martin (Progne subis) 1
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 8
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71757387
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 7/22/20 7:18 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lunch with ducks
Today I stopped at the St. Mary's marina in Pleasants county to eat my lunch. As usual, a large group of mallards were hanging out in the grass along the river's edge. It wasn't very long before a female mallard waddled over within 3 feet of me, soon to be joined by 27 of her buddies. They watched me eat with silent patience, but were unimpressed with the only offering I gave them, cherry pits. After awhile, a family of 3 arrived at another table, with their McDonald's lunch. The ducks, after assessing the situation, moseyed on over to try their luck there. But alas! I never saw those people give them anything either. Poor ducks!
Then, driving home on Rt. 16, still in Pleasants county, I narrowly avoided hitting a hen turkey and her 6 poults! They were stretched out across the other lane, the hen and 1 poult in my lane, but those 2 turned around just in time. The poults were about 9" long.
A few minutes later I saw a Red- tailed hawk.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie,(reporting from Pleasants county)

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Date: 7/22/20 2:57 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: First: Great Blue Heron (White form)
Great Blue Heron (White form) (1). It was present when I left the Locks at 13:40.
See photos of it and a normal Great Blue Heron on the checklist. Compare the bill coloring and shape.
I believe a Great Egret should have an all yellow bill.
It would NOT let me see the legs which would have been helpful to confirm the I.D. (I’ll try to get back this evening to recheck those).
Maybe it’s leucistic?
If confirmed, it’s my First Of Year sighting and a Life Bird, (sorta?).

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Jul 22, 2020
> Date: July 22, 2020 at 5:39:58 PM EDT
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Jul 22, 2020 9:50 AM - 1:40 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.34 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Mostly cloudy, 70%. Breezes. Hot. Kanawha River has normal level in the Winfield Pool. Distance is unique of any out and back portions. Observation was from the Belle side of the river.
> 22 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 12
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4
> Great Blue Heron (White form) (Ardea herodias occidentalis) 1 Large, long-necked white heron with medium gray upper mandible and light yellowish lower mandible.
> Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 2
> Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
> Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
> Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
> Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
> vireo sp. (Vireo sp.) 1 It had wingbars and was eating a large hornet or wasp.
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
> Purple Martin (Progne subis) 1
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 9
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 24
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
> Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 4
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
> American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71729826
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 7/22/20 1:02 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: egrets, eagles & yellowlegs
Yesterday, we saw 3 great egrets, a greater yellowlegs and adult bald eagle
in Bluestone S.P.and an immature bald eagle on New River near Hinton.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 7/21/20 1:42 pm
From: Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...>
Subject: swallow-tailed kite
This afternoon I observed a swallow-tailed kite for about 5 minutes soaring low over a pasture behind my house in Barbour County. It was a real treat!

Donna Mitchell
Barbour County, WV

Sent from Mail<https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows 10
 

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Date: 7/20/20 4:46 am
From: MFowler <monty.fowler...>
Subject: First hummer
Finally spotted our first of the year Rubythroated hummingbird yesterday,
and she scrupiously ignored the feeder that has been up since April. She was
a lot more interested in the string of colored lights hung around the back
porch, especially the red ones (as you might guess).



Monty Fowler

Beverly Hills area

Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 7/19/20 2:05 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: egret
This afternoon, we saw a great egret at Carper's Pond, near the jct of I-77
& Rt. 460 at Princeton, Mercer County.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 7/17/20 8:50 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Long-eared Owl (Tucker)
Hi, all,



Last night a Long-eared Owl called in the yard. Recent juveniles include
Red-bellied, Downy, and Hairy woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted
Titmouse, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.



Good birding,



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV


 

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Date: 7/17/20 8:50 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Cranberry Glades Boardwalk, Monongahela N.F., Jul 16, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 7:29 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Cranberry Glades Boardwalk, Monongahela N.F., Jul
16, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Cranberry Glades Boardwalk, Monongahela N.F., Pocahontas, West Virginia, US
Jul 16, 2020 12:36 PM - 1:36 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Forest Service is working on the boardwalk but the
very nice worker left room for us to do the entire boardwalk.
The Cranberry Mt. Nature Center is still closed. The hummingbird and seed
feeders were filled but the seed was a mix and the only birds seen were
brown-headed cowbirds and mourning doves. Bee balm blooms were gorgeous.
21 species

Mourning Dove 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Gray Catbird 2
Veery 1
American Robin 1
Cedar Waxwing 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71556095

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Date: 7/17/20 8:50 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 15, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 7:45 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 15, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Jul 15, 2020 8:40 AM - 9:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: yard & driveway
35 species

Wood Duck 1
Mourning Dove 7
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 16
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 3
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 4
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 10
Ovenbird 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71529178

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Date: 7/17/20 8:50 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: House Finch with tumor.
The House Finch with the tumor on its bill still seems to be doing o.k. and is getting around fine.
Photo is on checklist.

Rick G.
Kanawha Co.


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Jul 15, 2020
> Date: July 15, 2020 at 9:18:44 AM EDT
> To: <greggra...>
>
> 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Jul 15, 2020 7:03 AM - 8:38 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Checklist Comments: Clear. Breezes. 60F. Kanawha River has normal level, current and color.
> 12 species
>
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 43 Minimum number.
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 1
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
> Purple Martin (Progne subis) 10
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 6
> House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 7
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71512600
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 7/14/20 5:36 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Birds
Last Thursday, when crossing the Allegheny Mountain on our way to
Harrisonburg, a bird flew in front of us with a flash of white. I thought
it was a Red-headed Woodpecker, but when I turned around and came back, I
could not locate it.

Today, on returning to Harman, I stopped at the spot to listen and look. I
heard a Yellow-belled Sapsucker drumming and a Downy Woodpecker calling. I
saw a juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (not the drummer). I'm wondering if
the flash of white last week was the white patches on the sapsucker's wings?

Today, in Canaan Valley, I saw a male Northern Harrier hunting in the state
park along Route 32. While there, I walked the wonderful, new boardwalk on
the refuge on Freeland Road. I was impressed that they didn't do too much
damage to the habitat during construction. I do miss the Hawthorn trees
that were taken down. I was happy to hear both Alder and Willow Flycatchers
along the boardwalk. My count is below.

Enjoy the boardwalk and sit on one of the six benches along the way when
you are in the valley. Herb Myers, Harman from Pendleton and Tucker
Counties now back in Virginia

Freeland Boardwalk, Davis, West Virginia, US (39.025, -79.425), Tucker,
West Virginia, US
Jul 14, 2020 10:59 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling 0.54 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Sunny. Calm.
*10 species*
Alder Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Barn Swallow 2
American Robin 1
Cedar Waxwing 4
American Goldfinch 2
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 5
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Common Yellowthroat 4
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71485597

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Date: 7/14/20 5:05 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: House Finch health issues
Photos of House Finches with medical issues are on the attached checklist.

The one with the growth on the bill seems to fly and feed o.k. If it, (a tumor?) continues to grow, I’m sure it will affect its field of vision.

As long as it is flying/reacting normally the trauma of catching and transporting it to a vet would not be helpful?

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Jul 13, 2020
> Date: July 13, 2020 at 3:02:25 PM EDT
> To: <greggra...>
>
> 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Jul 13, 2020 7:20 AM - 9:05 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Checklist Comments: Foggy overcast (+) 500-feet. Calm. 60F. Kanawha River has level down about (-) 6-inches with normal current and color.
> 14 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 40 Minimum number.
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 3
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 3
> Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter striatus/cooperii) 1
> Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 3 Two were perched together on the SSW Electrical Pylon across the river. One was on the North Cell Tower.
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
> Purple Martin (Progne subis) 2
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 6
> House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5 The female fed one of the immature fledglings.
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4 The photos show an immature male/female with a large growth on the bill. (Cancer)? The other one may have the eye disease (Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis).
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71435074
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 7/13/20 1:18 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Camp Creek State Forest and Park, Jul 13, 2020
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Date: Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:15 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Camp Creek State Forest and Park, Jul 13, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Camp Creek State Forest and Park, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Jul 13, 2020 12:20 PM - 1:33 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Blue Jay Campground to Bear Wallow Trailhed.
14 species

Turkey Vulture 1
Acadian Flycatcher 5
Blue-headed Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 6
American Crow 4
Carolina Wren 2
Wood Thrush 4
American Robin 1
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Scarlet Tanager 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71437271

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Date: 7/13/20 5:14 am
From: jerry Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Cliff Swallows and, no butterflies.
Everyone,
Municipal roadside spraying is killing off MILKWEED and other vital plants needed by butterflies, especially Monarchs  Do all you can to have governments stop this short-sighted process
Regards to all,
Jerry Kruth
Pgh


-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Weaks <awboat...>
To: <WV-BIRD...>
Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2020 8:38 am
Subject: Cliff Swallows and, no butterflies.

The other day while canoeing down the West Fork River between Worthington
and Monongah, I found a number of Cliff Swallow nests and numerous flying
birds on/around the County Rt 27 bridge. Not sure the name of the road but
it goes from Rt 19 to Manley Chapel.

If anyone is interested it is a nice stretch of river and the shuttle is
shorter than the river trip.

And, we have almost no butterflies so far this year. A few Red Admirals, a
couple of skippers and one or two Monarchs but the usually swarm of insects
around the Monardia are gone. I have only seen one Fritillary. The
Butterfly weeds are not attracting much either.
 

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Date: 7/12/20 7:38 am
From: Andy Weaks <awboat...>
Subject: Cliff Swallows and, no butterflies.
The other day while canoeing down the West Fork River between Worthington
and Monongah, I found a number of Cliff Swallow nests and numerous flying
birds on/around the County Rt 27 bridge. Not sure the name of the road but
it goes from Rt 19 to Manley Chapel.

If anyone is interested it is a nice stretch of river and the shuttle is
shorter than the river trip.

And, we have almost no butterflies so far this year. A few Red Admirals, a
couple of skippers and one or two Monarchs but the usually swarm of insects
around the Monardia are gone. I have only seen one Fritillary. The
Butterfly weeds are not attracting much either.
 

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Date: 7/11/20 6:51 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 10, 2020
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Date: Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 9:44 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 10, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Jul 10, 2020 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: yard & driveway. only heard one periodical cicada
today.
34 species

Wood Duck 4
Mourning Dove 17
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 9
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
European Starling 5
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 2
House Finch 11
American Goldfinch 4
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 8
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71347313

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

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Date: 7/11/20 6:37 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: cormorant & turkeys
We saw an adult double-crested cormorant at Bluestone Dam, Summers County
yesterday morning.
Then in the afternoon, we had two hen wild turkeys with at least 16 poults
cross the road in front of us near Elgood, Mercer County.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 7/10/20 9:24 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks/Barbour County/Pleasant Creek WMA
I stopped briefly at the Pleasant Creek CR 10 Wetlands in Barbour County this morning (7/10/20) at around 8:30..IF the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were there, I DID NOT SEE THEM.. I'm not saying they are not there, but I didn't see them. I DID NOT look very hard in the nooks & crannies, either.

There were however 2 Greater Yellowlegs, a Lesser Yellowlegs and 2 Least Sandpipers present.

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 7/10/20 7:17 am
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Elkins merlins
Hi all, merlins have once again been confirmed breeding successfully in
Elkins along the flood control, with noisy fledged young in recent weeks.

Also, yesterday I encountered a merlin at the entrance to WVDNR offices on
Ward Road cruising around the edge of the airport and half-heartedly
chasing some starlings. Because of the lighting I wasn't able to age the
bird.

Rich Bailey, Elkins
 

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Date: 7/10/20 4:35 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 9, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 7:22 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jul 9, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Jul 9, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: yard & driveway. only hear two periodical cicadas
today.
40 species

Mourning Dove 17
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 6
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 9
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
European Starling 18
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 2
House Finch 13
American Goldfinch 7
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 3
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Common Grackle 5
Hooded Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71308844

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

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