WV-BIRD
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3/26/19 3:00 pm Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...> Re: Jackson and Mason Counties--Ospreys, BW Teals, Tree Swallows, Hermit Thrushes
3/26/19 2:40 pm Jim Triplett <jtrippy...> Stonewall Jackson Lake
3/26/19 2:18 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Jackson and Mason Counties--Ospreys, BW Teals, Tree Swallows, Hermit Thrushes
3/26/19 2:18 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Swallow and Snipe
3/26/19 1:52 pm Jim Triplett <jtrippy...> Stonewall Jackson Lake
3/25/19 7:30 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Mar 25, 2019
3/25/19 7:30 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Proctor, Mar 25, 2019
3/25/19 7:02 pm Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Purple Finches, owls & more grosbeaks
3/25/19 5:51 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Swallows and House Wren
3/25/19 5:50 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Bird Records Committee Updates
3/25/19 5:22 pm Darrell Good <darzgood...> Marsh Wren at Kimsey Run Lake
3/25/19 12:36 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Turkeys
3/25/19 12:28 pm Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...> martin
3/25/19 12:25 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: Great Egret, Blue-winged Teal
3/25/19 11:05 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> FOY Greater Yellowlegs & Com. Loon (Mason)
3/25/19 5:43 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> sparrow song
3/24/19 5:26 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> WV Bird Records Committee News
3/24/19 5:16 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Beech Fork birding
3/24/19 12:35 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> First look - eaglets
3/24/19 7:15 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Evening Grosbeaks (Tucker)
3/23/19 3:04 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Two hawk morning - Bluebird eggs
3/23/19 11:49 am Wilma <wjar...> Purple finch and e-bird report
3/23/19 5:16 am Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> FOY Eastern Phoebe
3/22/19 5:15 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Mar 22, 2019
3/22/19 10:13 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Pine warblers
3/22/19 7:50 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: Common Loon
3/22/19 6:11 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> New Arrival
3/21/19 1:27 pm paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Mar 21, 2019
3/19/19 7:19 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: Marmet Locks, Osprey
3/19/19 6:26 pm Ross Brittain <rossalanbrittain...> Potential Yellow-headed Blackbird in Philippi area
3/19/19 4:08 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Singing Pine Warbler
3/19/19 2:02 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Northern Goshawk/Randolph County
3/19/19 10:15 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Frogs eggs
3/19/19 10:11 am Rich Bailey <wvbirds...> Disregard EWPW report
3/19/19 9:59 am Rich Bailey <wvbirds...> Whip-poor-wills
3/18/19 4:30 pm Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> Bald Eagle Nest
3/18/19 2:52 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 18, 2019
3/18/19 11:33 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> thrasher
3/18/19 7:18 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Mar 18, 2019
3/18/19 6:40 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Fwd: eBird Report - Blizzards Gate Road low, Harman, WV, Mar 18, 2019
3/17/19 6:15 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Bird news: Eagle killed? Meadowlark
3/17/19 2:14 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Sharp-shinned Hawk
3/17/19 11:21 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Fwd: eBird Report - Blackwater Falls SP, Mar 17, 2019
3/17/19 6:48 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> harrier & such
3/17/19 5:17 am Debby KOEGLER <kullbeach...> Peregrine on the Ohio
3/16/19 8:36 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> FOY Osprey on Rt. 2 (Cabell/Mason)
3/16/19 8:04 am Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Mountaineer Audubon Cheat Lake Waterfowl Trip
3/15/19 4:40 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...> Tree Swallows
3/15/19 4:31 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Bird id
3/15/19 3:34 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Help with bird ID, please.
3/15/19 2:26 pm Jim Triplett <jtrippy...> Osprey
3/15/19 1:35 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> early barn swallows
3/15/19 12:31 pm Wilma <wjar...> Chipping sparrow
3/15/19 9:04 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Red-shouldered Hawks
3/15/19 8:05 am cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Drat!! They're back!
3/15/19 7:51 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Phoebe
3/15/19 7:46 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> The wait is over
3/15/19 6:10 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Pelican &. Great Egret
3/14/19 8:01 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Jefferson Co. Meadowlark-mania
3/14/19 6:15 pm Wilma <wjar...> Rusty blackbird first of season and e-bird report
3/14/19 5:27 pm Hajenga, Jeff J <Jeff.J.Hajenga...> first hummingbird
3/14/19 3:28 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Pine warbler
3/14/19 2:49 pm Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> FOY BW Teal & Snipe (Cabell/Mason)
3/14/19 2:38 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Phoebe & Tree Swallow
3/14/19 1:59 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Spring Returns
3/13/19 5:13 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> timber doodles
3/13/19 12:43 pm Wendy Perrone <wendy...> Field Sparrows singing!
3/13/19 11:11 am Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Phoebe
3/13/19 10:58 am Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...> Re: Eastern Phobe
3/13/19 10:02 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Towhee
3/13/19 9:42 am Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...> Eastern Phobe
3/12/19 2:47 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Lower Ohio Valley waterfowl and migrants
3/12/19 2:21 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Eaglet feeding time
3/12/19 11:27 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Pelican
3/12/19 9:01 am Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Hawks & ducks
3/11/19 6:41 pm lbowers22 <lbowers22...> Kestrel
3/11/19 6:13 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> oops - Bird club meeting in Charleston, Monday, March 18, 6.30 pm
3/11/19 3:25 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Eaglets
3/11/19 11:14 am Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Eastern meadowlark
3/11/19 10:22 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Walks
3/10/19 1:56 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Bird club meeting in Charleston, Monday, March 18, 6.30 pm
3/10/19 9:20 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Pelican
3/10/19 6:42 am <research...> <research...> Hilton Pond 02/13/19 (Whither the Winter Finches?)
3/9/19 3:57 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> Surf Scoters
3/9/19 3:52 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Yard, etc.
3/9/19 1:28 pm Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Pond
3/9/19 12:05 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Surf Scoters
3/9/19 11:43 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Mar 9, 2019
3/9/19 11:42 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 9, 2019
3/8/19 2:55 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Mar 8, 2019
3/8/19 2:54 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Mar 8, 2019
3/8/19 2:52 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 8, 2019
3/8/19 2:48 pm Debby KOEGLER <kullbeach...> Greetings from Wheeling...
3/8/19 2:26 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Small Waterbird Fallout
3/8/19 12:33 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Black vultures
3/8/19 7:06 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> unusual red-winged blackbird
3/8/19 6:11 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> White Pelican
3/7/19 4:29 pm Wilma <wjar...> Great horned owl
3/7/19 1:45 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Blue jays, Goldfinches, and Cardinals
3/7/19 12:42 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Mountwood Bird Club field trip south of Parkersburg
3/6/19 7:45 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Blackbirds
3/6/19 6:06 am Joette <pep4223...> Common Grackles are back - Jefferson County
3/6/19 4:49 am Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...> Re: Trip.
3/5/19 7:28 pm Darrell Good <darzgood...> Red-throated Loon and Eagles
3/5/19 1:58 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV, US, Mar 5, 2019
3/5/19 1:10 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Trip.
3/5/19 11:42 am Jim Triplett <jtrippy...> Pine Siskin
3/5/19 10:03 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Carper's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mar 5, 2019
3/5/19 9:18 am Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Pine warbler
3/5/19 8:16 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Ohio River White Pelican update
3/5/19 7:55 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Rockin' robins (and RB nuthatches)
3/5/19 7:49 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> FOY Pine Warbler (Wayne)
3/5/19 6:15 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> 12th Spring Eagle Survey
3/5/19 5:46 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Red-necked Grebes continue in Ohio along Ohio River
3/4/19 5:34 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mar 4, 2019
3/4/19 5:33 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mar 4, 2019
3/4/19 5:32 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 4, 2019
3/4/19 12:04 pm Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Pelican
3/4/19 8:07 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> cowbird
3/3/19 3:26 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Evening Grosbeaks --- Mon. County
3/3/19 7:06 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> Red-throated Loon - Kimsey Run Lake
3/2/19 8:58 pm Fred Atwood <FAtwood...> 2 Red-throated Loons, Long-tailed Duck, other waterfowl, etc Hardy, Grant, Pendleton
3/2/19 5:34 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Mar 2, 2019
3/2/19 4:00 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...> Thanks Fred
3/2/19 3:59 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Long-tailed Duck (sort of)
3/2/19 8:09 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Pelican
3/2/19 6:37 am Fred Atwood <fatwood...> Red throated loon in Hardy
3/1/19 7:58 pm Andy Weaks <awboat...> Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
3/1/19 6:54 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
3/1/19 5:44 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
3/1/19 5:23 pm Andy Weaks <awboat...> Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
3/1/19 4:57 pm Andy Weaks <awboat...> New yard bird
3/1/19 4:56 pm Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
3/1/19 4:38 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
3/1/19 4:22 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mar 1, 2019
3/1/19 4:22 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mar 1, 2019
3/1/19 12:07 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Bald eagle at Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area, Harrisville
3/1/19 8:31 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Now 2 Red-necked Grebes at Shelley gravel pit
3/1/19 8:14 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Red-necked Grebe in Washington County, OH
3/1/19 7:50 am Jim Triplett <jtrippy...> Ring-billed Gulls
3/1/19 7:47 am cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Fw: eBird Report - Burkhart/Williams residence, Mar 1, 2019
3/1/19 6:07 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> White Pelican continues in Pleasants County, WV
2/28/19 8:54 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> Tree Swallow Influx (Cabell)
2/28/19 4:48 am Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> American Woodcock and Wood Frog
2/27/19 7:37 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> bird noise in the yard this morning
2/27/19 6:29 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Jefferson Co. Meadowlarks, Northern Harrier
2/27/19 4:39 pm Rodney <rodbartgis...> Terrific waterfowl diversity
2/27/19 4:02 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> peent
2/27/19 12:43 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Eastern Screech-owls and white-headed cardinal
2/27/19 9:47 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Pine warbler
2/27/19 9:44 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> PVAS Bird Walk - Virginius Island (+ Peregrine sighting)
2/27/19 7:22 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Feb 27, 2019
2/26/19 7:36 pm Hannah Clipp <hlclipp...> Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
2/26/19 2:52 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area
2/26/19 12:20 pm Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Fwd: Pelican
2/26/19 8:52 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> Rt2 & 817 Birds (Cabell/Mason)
2/26/19 7:21 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Feb 26, 2019
2/26/19 5:45 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Feb 25, 2019
2/26/19 4:26 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Fwd: Pelican
2/25/19 7:46 pm Darrell Good <darzgood...> Mute Swan, ducks at Kimsey Run Lake
2/25/19 7:04 pm Joette Borzik <pep4223...> Screech-Owl Chronicles, Winter 2018-2019 Issue - Jefferson County
2/25/19 4:10 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> White-wined Scoter/Pleasant Creek WMA--Tygart Lake Boat Launch/Taylor County
2/25/19 8:21 am Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Black Vulture;Sharp-shinned Hawk;woodpeckers
2/25/19 6:05 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Pelican
2/24/19 1:43 pm paulmck57 <paulmck57...> Phone
2/24/19 6:28 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> White Pelican
 
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Date: 3/26/19 3:00 pm
From: Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...>
Subject: Re: Jackson and Mason Counties--Ospreys, BW Teals, Tree Swallows, Hermit Thrushes
I'm especially glad to see a report from Frozencamp. That Wildlife Management Area was impacted by the construction of the MXP mega-pipeline, although not near the lake. ~CE

----- Original Message -----
From: "Terry Bronson" <tbronsonbirds...>
To: "WV-BIRD" <WV-BIRD...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 5:18:16 PM
Subject: Jackson and Mason Counties--Ospreys, BW Teals, Tree Swallows, Hermit Thrushes

Highlights of today's excursion:

Frozencamp Lake in Jackson County:
Wood Duck--12
Mallard--2
Blue-winged Teal--1
Ring-necked Duck--3
Great Blue Heron--1
Eastern Bluebird--4
Hermit Thrush--2
White-throated Sparrow--15
Swamp Sparrow--1

Frozencamp Creek Road, Jackson County:
Wild Turkey--1

Rollins Lake, Jackson County, where there were 30 or 40 fishermen and women
present:
Canada Goose--18
Mallard--3
Bufflehead--8
Pied-billed Grebe--6
Horned Grebe--2
Great Blue Heron--1
Osprey--1
American Coot--1
Tree Swallow--450, swarming and feeding all over the lake. I scanned
several times, but could not come up with any other swallows.
Yellow-rumped Warbler--1
Eastern Meadowlark--1 singing

McClintic Wildlife Management Area, Mason County:
Mute Swan--1
Canada Goose--72
Wood Duck--20
Mallard--4
Blue-winged Teal--43
Ring-necked Duck--18
Bufflehead--2
Hooded Merganser--12
Pied-billed Grebe--3
Great Blue Heron--6
Osprey--1, caught a fish
American Coot--6
Belted Kingfisher--1
Eastern Phoebe--2
Tree Swallow--65
Yellow-rumped Warbler--1
White-throated Sparrow--15
Swamp Sparrow--1

--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
--
Cynthia D. Ellis
3114 Steel Ridge Road
Red House, WV 25168-7724
304 586-4135 h
304 206-0083 c
<cdellis...>


"The key to understanding West Virginia is to recognize that it is less a fully functioning state government than a resource-extraction colony."
~Jeff Young
 

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Date: 3/26/19 2:40 pm
From: Jim Triplett <jtrippy...>
Subject: Stonewall Jackson Lake
Vandalia Areaf

1 Double-created Cormorant
1 Pied-billed Grebe
1 American Wigeon
3 Osprey (2 sitting on nest)



Jim Triplett 304-539-3554
Charleston, WV
 

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Date: 3/26/19 2:18 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Jackson and Mason Counties--Ospreys, BW Teals, Tree Swallows, Hermit Thrushes
Highlights of today's excursion:

Frozencamp Lake in Jackson County:
Wood Duck--12
Mallard--2
Blue-winged Teal--1
Ring-necked Duck--3
Great Blue Heron--1
Eastern Bluebird--4
Hermit Thrush--2
White-throated Sparrow--15
Swamp Sparrow--1

Frozencamp Creek Road, Jackson County:
Wild Turkey--1

Rollins Lake, Jackson County, where there were 30 or 40 fishermen and women
present:
Canada Goose--18
Mallard--3
Bufflehead--8
Pied-billed Grebe--6
Horned Grebe--2
Great Blue Heron--1
Osprey--1
American Coot--1
Tree Swallow--450, swarming and feeding all over the lake. I scanned
several times, but could not come up with any other swallows.
Yellow-rumped Warbler--1
Eastern Meadowlark--1 singing

McClintic Wildlife Management Area, Mason County:
Mute Swan--1
Canada Goose--72
Wood Duck--20
Mallard--4
Blue-winged Teal--43
Ring-necked Duck--18
Bufflehead--2
Hooded Merganser--12
Pied-billed Grebe--3
Great Blue Heron--6
Osprey--1, caught a fish
American Coot--6
Belted Kingfisher--1
Eastern Phoebe--2
Tree Swallow--65
Yellow-rumped Warbler--1
White-throated Sparrow--15
Swamp Sparrow--1

--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 3/26/19 2:18 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Swallow and Snipe
Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.) :

There was 1 N. Rough-winged Swallow (FOY) among about 300 Tree Swallows. Also, 1 Wilson's Snipe.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 3/26/19 1:52 pm
From: Jim Triplett <jtrippy...>
Subject: Stonewall Jackson Lake
Just now.

29 Common Merganser
8 Ring-necked Duck
2 Wood Duck

Jim Triplett 304-539-3554
Charleston, WV
 

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Date: 3/25/19 7:30 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Mar 25, 2019
Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: March 25, 2019 10:18:15 PM EDT
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Mar 25, 2019
>

> Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Mar 25, 2019 2:05 PM - 2:40 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: drizzle
> 17 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 8
> Mallard 2
> Greater/Lesser Scaup 85 estimated the group of scaup
> Bufflehead 6
> Horned Grebe 4
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 40
> Mourning Dove 1
> Common Loon 1
> Northern Flicker 2
> Peregrine Falcon 1
> Blue Jay 1
> American Robin 25
> European Starling 75
> Song Sparrow 4
> Eastern Meadowlark 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 7
> Common Grackle 13
> Northern Cardinal 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54233064
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 3/25/19 7:30 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Proctor, Mar 25, 2019
Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: March 25, 2019 10:11:30 PM EDT
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Proctor, Mar 25, 2019
>

> Proctor, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Mar 25, 2019 1:25 PM - 1:50 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: raining, birded from car
> 22 species
>
> Canada Goose 40
> Mallard 2
> Canvasback 1
> Ring-necked Duck 2
> Bufflehead 2
> Hooded Merganser 3
> Common Merganser 2
> Ruddy Duck 2
> Pied-billed Grebe 2
> Mourning Dove 2
> Killdeer 1
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 2
> American Robin 25
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 2
> Common Grackle 6
> Northern Cardinal 3
> House Sparrow 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54232907
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 3/25/19 7:02 pm
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Purple Finches, owls & more grosbeaks
Hi, all,



Five Purple Finches showed up at the feeders today. Yesterday Evening
Grosbeaks came back a few times, numbering at least 12, and in the evening
an Eastern Screech-Owl and Barred Owls were calling outside.



Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 3/25/19 5:51 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Swallows and House Wren
Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.) :

About 400 Tree Swallows and 1 singing House Wren (FOY).

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 3/25/19 5:50 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Bird Records Committee Updates
Hi all,

Just wanted to let you all know that, thanks to Larry Helgerman and the
Brooks Bird Club, our website is now up to date. So you may now view
records submissions, voting commentary, updated by-laws, and our
reformatted state list. Any questions or concerns, please let me know. You
may view everything here:
http://www.brooksbirdclub.org/west-virginia-bird-records-committee.html

Also, I failed to mention last time that Western Tanager, which was
previously only a Hypothetical Species, was successfully documented last
year and seen by many birders. So this also marks a new addition to the
Official State List. Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 3/25/19 5:22 pm
From: Darrell Good <darzgood...>
Subject: Marsh Wren at Kimsey Run Lake
After work today, I checked Kimsey Run Lake and was surprised to find what
I believe to be a Marsh Wren. I got several good looks at it as it scuttled
around the cattail patch beside the road just as it crosses the emergency
spillway. It had the typical rusty-brown body, black wings, and cocked tail
and the right size and behavior. As far as I know, this is the first spring
record in Hardy County, though they certainly show up here in the fall.

Kimsey Run Lake, Hardy, West Virginia, US
Mar 25, 2019 4:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
24 species

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 4
Bufflehead 1
Hooded Merganser 3
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Horned Grebe 10 Exact count.
Osprey 1
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 6
Marsh Wren 1 In the cattails in the ditch beside the road opposite the
lake. Significantly smaller than a nearby Swamp Sparrow, and, wren-like, it
kept its tail up. It tended to skulk near the bottom of the cattails, but I
got several decent looks.
Carolina Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 2
Field Sparrow 5
American Tree Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54226960

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

Darrell Good
Hardy County
Baker, WV
 

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Date: 3/25/19 12:36 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Turkeys
When my dog barked while looking out the window I assumed he saw a
vehicle or person on my neighbor's road.  Nope, it was a group of
turkeys crossing onto my property.  The big tom was bringing up the
rear.  I grabbed my binoculars and went outside to see if I could get an
accurate count.   I picked them up again and there were 12 of them.  The
tom's tail was almost dragging like a peacock train.  The fox that
suddenly appeared in my line of vision may have been the same one I saw
yesterday.

The highlight of our morning walk was a beautiful male Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker at eye level on the tree next to the road.  Later on the air
was unusually full of birdsong.  For better or worse, there are now 4
Bluebird eggs in the nest.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/25/19 12:28 pm
From: Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...>
Subject: martin
FOS Purple Martin at our gourd racks today.
Other recent years' FOS dates:
2014-3/23
2015-3/23
2016-3/20
2017-3/26
2018-3/19


--
Cynthia D. Ellis
3114 Steel Ridge Road
Red House, WV 25168-7724
304 586-4135 h
304 206-0083 c
<cdellis...>


"The key to understanding West Virginia is to recognize that it is less a fully functioning state government than a resource-extraction colony."
~Jeff Young
 

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Date: 3/25/19 12:25 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Great Egret, Blue-winged Teal
First Of Year Sighting:
07:26, Monday, March 25, 2019.
Riverview, Belle, WV.
Great Egret (1). It took off from the far bank and flew downriver. I went down to the Marmet Locks but never saw it again.

My First Of Year Sighting:
09:23, Monday, March 25, 2019
Marmet Locks, Belle side of the river.
Blue-winged Teal (2M).
Photo on checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54219145 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54219145>

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV.
 

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Date: 3/25/19 11:05 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: FOY Greater Yellowlegs & Com. Loon (Mason)
Nice day for birding the Ohio river, with several large rafts of fallout
from the storm that rolled through last night. High counts of R-BMerg at
Harris Riverfront in Huntington, and easily the most L. Scaup I've seen at
the RCB Locks. Also several groups of near-breeding plumage Horned Grebe
between Huntington and Point Pleasant.

The highlights of today were at RCB Hatchery, a FOY Greater Yellowlegs
flyover singing its "Too-too-too" call and a Common Loon that eluded me
until I had already put my scope back in the van. It then let out a
piercing wail from near the bank that was very much appreciated. Very
striking bird in breeding plumage.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 3/25/19 5:43 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: sparrow song
When I was putting bird feeders out this morning, I heard song, field,
chipping, white-throated and fox sparrows singing in our neighborhood.
Our two evening grosbeaks first showed up January 16 and have been here
every morning since February 4.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 3/24/19 5:26 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: WV Bird Records Committee News
Hi all,

2018 was a fantastic year for birding in West Virginia. The WV Bird Records
Committee completed its annual meeting this past Saturday. The Committee
took several actions including the voting of several reports. We amended
the official By-laws. And we made some changes to the format of the
Official State List. All of these changes will be reflected soon and
visible to the public through our website, generously hosted with our
thanks by the Brooks Bird Club:
http://www.brooksbirdclub.org/west-virginia-bird-records-committee.html.
What follows is a summary of the Committee's actions that will be most
important to the WV birding community.

Firstly, it is important for you all to know who we are. The Committee said
goodbye to members John Boback and Davette Saeler whose terms expired. We
thank them heartily for their service. New members voted on to serve 5 year
terms are Joette Borzik and David Daniels; we welcome them both. We also
welcome Jesse Fallon who has agreed to serve as our alternate member for
the coming year. We had a number of excellent candidates under
consideration and thank everyone who volunteered and/or nominated someone
for service. These 3 will join remaining members Joe Hildreth, Randy
Bodkins, Derek Courtney, LeJay Graffious, and Ross Brittain to form the
voting members of the Committee. Our Secretary remains Wil Hershberger. If
you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions at any time, please
contact any one of us and we will be glad to help you out.

Secondly, it is important for you all to know what we do in a general
sense. Basically our job is to maintain the Official State List of birds of
West Virginia. As you all know, some birds are quite common, while others
are quite rare. The Bird Records Committee evaluates reports of those rare
birds and endeavors to make sure they are sufficiently identified and
documented to be included on the Official State List. We keep a Review List
of birds which have been seen infrequently enough within our state to
warrant examination by the Records Committee. If a bird has been seen fewer
than 5 times, it is on our Review List. The Committee has also decided that
if a species hasn't been seen in a 10 year period, that it will return to
the Review List. The new format of the State List should help everyone with
this as the more uncommon species have now been highlighted and noted when
the last sighting was documented with physical evidence. To that end
Whimbrel, which was last documented in 2007 with photographs, returns to
the Review List. The Committee has also added a provision that when a bird
doesn't regularly occur outside of a small, defined geographic area, it too
may be returned the Review List. Currently, only one species meets this
criterion. The Committee is satisfied that Eurasian Collared-Dove occurs
regularly enough at the colony around Union, WV, that it no longer needs
Review List status in Monroe County. However, it remains a Review List
species everywhere else in the state.

In regard to this most recent meeting and preceding year, the Committee
received 14 reports and all were accepted. The fact that all of the reports
were accepted is really a testament to how well everyone in the state is
documenting and writing-up their reports of rare birds. We thank you all
for all of your hard work. The Committee loves to get rare bird submissions
and loves it even more when they are easy to vote on! The most exciting
news is that WV now has its first documented record of Roseate Spoonbill!
This species brings the current number of WV Birds to 351. It isn't every
year that we get to add a new bird. And this was a very well-documented
occurrence of a species many anticipated showing up for some time. Perhaps
the most exceptional news comes from a sighting nearly a century ago! Casey
Rucker found an article in which George Sutton describes a pair of possibly
nesting Brown-headed Nuthatches in Brooke County ... from 1919!!!
Historical reports like this are always exceptionally difficult to analyze
just due to the different standards of the times. In the end, the Committee
was deferential to Sutton's expertise and the species was accepted to the
Hypothetical List. The Hypothetical List exists for situations very much
like this where the sighting or observer is believable but the record
itself ultimately lacks corroborating evidence. We thank Casey very much
for his detective work in tracking down this record. The Hypothetical List
now stands at 15 species. While Whimbrel was re-added to the Review List,
Mississippi Kite, LeConte's Sparrow and the Monroe County population of
Eurasian Collared-Doves were all removed from the Review List.

For those of you who took the time to submit reports to the Committee, you
will soon be receiving a letter of thanks and acknowledgement from the
Committee. Everyone can periodically check the previously mentioned website
for the updated By-Laws and State List. The reports that the Committee
received will also be made available for viewing as well as the Committee's
voting commentary on those reports. We hope to continue to create a more
public and transparent presence in the WV birding community. If we can be
of more help or provide more information, please don't hesitate to contact
us. Thanks to you all for making 2018 such a great year for our state. Best
wishes.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 3/24/19 5:16 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Beech Fork birding
I made a walk this morning at Beech Fork Lake from the parking lot at the swimming area to Twin Coves. The woods were not very active with bird life, but I did see several winter birds along with a FOY Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Some of the birds seen this morning are shown below.

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 6
Carolina Wren 3
Winter Wren 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
E. Bluebird 4
Hermit Thrush 1

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co. The
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Date: 3/24/19 12:35 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: First look - eaglets
The wait finally paid off.  When the adult eagle on the nest started
feeding I could see the tops of two fuzzy heads.  At a later feeding one
of them stretched enough that I saw the whole head, beady black eyes,
black bill and all.  I'm guessing that is the older of the two.   I'd
observed the nest for more than 1.5 hours hoping to see the shift change
of the adults.  When a gorgeous red fox showed up I couldn't resist
putting the scope on it.  It did that classic listening and then leaping
and digging. Of course when I looked back at the nest it was empty with
the new adult sitting on a limb above.  It then flew down and sat on the
nest.    This reminded me of the early days of rearing Monarchs and all
the time I spent watching and waiting for them to emerge from the
chrysalis only to leave momentarily and miss the whole thing.

A Chipping Sparrow was on the feeder this morning.  This is the second
one this year.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/24/19 7:15 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks (Tucker)
Hi, all,



Four male Evening Grosbeaks just made a brief appearance at my feeders. The
Common Grackles chased them away.



Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 3/23/19 3:04 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Two hawk morning - Bluebird eggs
The shadow swooping by the patio door this morning turned out to be a
Cooper's Hawk.  I don't get them very often.  It was really cold and
windy but I was curious about the Red-shouldered Hawk so we did our
usual walk.  When I entered the subdivision I sensed that I was being
watched.  Sure enough, the Red-shouldered Hawk was sitting on the low
branch of the neighbor's walnut tree looking right at me.  It so odd how
you can feel being observed. My dog hadn't noticed it so we walked right
past it.

Back at the house there was the usual crowd of woodpeckers, including a
very nice Hairy on the suet.   A couple of Pine Siskins are still
hanging out with the Goldfinches. The pair of Brown Creepers also showed
up.   They  normally use the suet hanging on the tree trunk.  Later on I
noticed that that particular suet cage was empty and the Brown Creeper
was feeding from the one attached to a post on the patio corner.  That
is the first time I've seen one there.  Guess they watch the bigger
birds that are familiar with suet station #1, 2 and 3.

Can't believe I just found two Bluebird eggs in one of the boxes.  Hope
they know what they are doing.  It probably just seems early because it
is cold.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/23/19 11:49 am
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Purple finch and e-bird report
There are 2 purple finch (brown plumage) at feeders now. Along with higher number of several of the other birds.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: March 23, 2019 11:38:36 AM EDT
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Mar 23, 2019
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Mar 23, 2019 10:25 AM - 10:55 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: cold and sunny
> 17 species
>
> Mourning Dove 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 5
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> European Starling 2
> Purple Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 8
> Red-winged Blackbird 1
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Common Grackle 3
> Northern Cardinal 1
> House Sparrow 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54132501
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 3/23/19 5:16 am
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY Eastern Phoebe
Had my first Phoebe this morning at daylight in its traditional location.

Tom Fos
Millstone Calhoun Co.

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 3/22/19 5:15 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Mar 22, 2019
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Date: Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 8:05 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Mar 22, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mercer County Landfill, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Mar 22, 2019 12:50 PM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 47 degrees, mostly cloudy
6 species

Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 1 3rd year
American Crow 150
Common Raven 13
European Starling 275

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54117655

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

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Date: 3/22/19 10:13 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Pine warblers
2 Pine warblers @ Murphy Farm this morning

Also, tree swallows over the river there (FOY's appeared en masse above our
yard on Tuesday - a cloud of about 200)

We timed our arrival at my in-law's just right this AM. The bald eagle was
delivering freshly caught fish to the Potomac island nest just as we looked
out their kitchen windows.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 3/22/19 7:50 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Common Loon
First Of Year sighting:
07:32 a.m., Friday, March 22, 2019.
Riverview, Belle, WV
Common Loon (1) in adult breeding plumage.
It took off and headed downriver, (northwest), towards the Marmet Locks and Charleston.
(Only 359 days since two were last observed at this location).

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 3/22/19 6:11 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: New Arrival
He didn't quite make it for the start of spring but I was thrilled to
see a beautiful male Towhee sitting in the quince bush yesterday morning
when I walked into the kitchen for my second cup of coffee.  Seeing him
was definitely more of an eye opener than the caffeine.

This morning on our walk we just turned into the subdivision when I
spotted the Red-shouldered Hawk in the middle of the drive.  It was
picking at something on the road the way a Robin would.  We stopped to
watch it.  It did a couple of hops before finally lifting off and
landing in the tree.  Had me worried for a minute that it might be
injured.    Coming back we saw it again on the side of the road, picking
at something.  Sometimes after a heavy rain such as we had all day
yesterday an occasional frog or toad will get run over.   However, there
was no evidence of that.

Flickers are really going for the suet.  There were four of them
together.  The brave little Brown Creeper was right in there with them,
not intimidated by their size at all.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/21/19 1:27 pm
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Mar 21, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)Mar 21, 20198:25 AMTraveling3.04 miles119 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments: rusty blackbird, phoebe, deer with only one antler and wood frog eggs. All in all a good walkX Canada Goose 2 Mallard 4 Mourning Dove 1 American Woodcock 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Phoebe 10 Blue Jay 12 American Crow 5 Carolina Chickadee 4 Tufted Titmouse 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Carolina Wren 2 Eastern Bluebird 25 American Robin 1 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 2 Field Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 10 Song Sparrow 2 Eastern Towhee 4 Red-winged Blackbird 1 Rusty Blackbird 4 Northern Cardinal 2 House Sparrow Number of Taxa: 29Paul McKayOhio CountySent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 3/19/19 7:19 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Marmet Locks, Osprey
First Of Year sighting:
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV. Belle side.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Observation started at 11:18 but saw the Osprey around 14:00.
Osprey (1). It got a nice fish in the Dead-water Pond of Burning Springs Creek and was headed back out to the Kanawha River.

Note on reported Bald Eagle incident:
I called Charleston Police and WV DNR concerning the report of a Bald Eagle killed by a vehicle in Charleston last week.
Charleston P.D. referred me to their humane officer but she hasn’t returned my call.
WV DNR did return my call. They have not had any reports of this. The last one they had in Charleston was sometime last year. The person who called that in was upset and said he would stay with the bird until DNR got there. When the DNR officer got there, he found a dead bird alright—a Canada Goose! The DNR officer told me he could understand when an Osprey kill is reported as a Bald Eagle. However, he has a little harder time understanding when they find a Barn Owl, or a Red-tailed Hawk, or a Canada Goose reported as one. Anyway, that gives me hope that the recent incident was misreported. I do know there are a lot of Canada Geese that stal along the Boulevard in Charleston.

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co.
 

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Date: 3/19/19 6:26 pm
From: Ross Brittain <rossalanbrittain...>
Subject: Potential Yellow-headed Blackbird in Philippi area
Hello Birders,
I got an email from a Biology Professor at ABU in Philippi today about a
potential Yellow-headed Blackbird this evening. The bird was spotted this
evening (3/19) at 6:22 PM. The bird was spotted over the mine site adjacent
to the wastewater treatment plant down the road from Philippi park. He took
a photo of the bird in flight but the lighting and distance made it
impossible to identify in the photo.

If any of you are in the Philippi area tomorrow, you may want to look
around the area to see if we can verify this account. Pleasant Creek WMA
might be a likely spot for it to move to.

Thanks, and Happy Birding!
Ross Brittain
Bridgeport, WV
 

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Date: 3/19/19 4:08 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Singing Pine Warbler
The male Pine warbler is still here, singing all day. Got a few pics at the end of the day. Also had 6 Turkey Vultures just floating back and forth over the r/w all afternoon, with hardly a flap of wings.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54024641

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Date: 3/19/19 2:02 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Northern Goshawk/Randolph County
I had a VERY Mouthy Northern Goshawk today (3/19/19) at the Stuart Recreation Area Group Camp. It started calling up near the old water reservoir and then flew over the dogs and I at tree top level..Never Shutting Up...It was headed towards the Bickle Knob area...About 1"30 pm..

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 3/19/19 10:15 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Frogs eggs
I took my young son over to Nash Farm this morning to see the sacs of frogs
eggs in the tiny pond that I'd found there yesterday. He was enchanted. We
walked around a bit, heard a red-shouldered hawk calling when we were in
the woods; emerged in time to see a pair of pileated woodpeckers flying
away; watched a pair of house finches near the old farmhouse probably
setting up housekeeping. We'd bundled ourselves back in the car when I
spotted a red-breasted nuthatch scaling one of the scrub pines. Out again
to watch her more closely when in swooped a hawk, through the woods near us
to perch on a taller tree nearer the river but still in sight: a female
northern harrier. A phoebe then started singing at the rooftop of the
house. It was hard tearing ourselves away, but we have reason to return:
tadpoles.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 3/19/19 10:11 am
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Disregard EWPW report
It was an older report that someone sent to me for 2017. I missed the dates!
 

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Date: 3/19/19 9:59 am
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Whip-poor-wills
I received credible reports of whip-poor-wills singing near a clearcut in
the Sand Springs area of Coopers Rock, Monongalia County.

Rich Bailey, Elkins
 

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Date: 3/18/19 4:30 pm
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Bald Eagle Nest
Checked a Bald Eagle nest in Gilmer County today. Female was sitting on the nest for about half an hour before male appeared with food for her. I watched her eat but didn't see her feed young. Nice addition was an Eastern Meadowlark singing song and chatters in a nearby field.

Tom Fox
Millstone, Calhoun Co.

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Date: 3/18/19 2:52 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 18, 2019
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Date: Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 5:49 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 18, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Mar 18, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
32 species

Canada Goose 10
Bufflehead 6
Mourning Dove 8
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 16
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 8
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 9
Evening Grosbeak 2
House Finch 8
Purple Finch 11
American Goldfinch 14
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 7
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird 22
Common Grackle 12
Pine Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 4
House Sparrow 6

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53991793

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Date: 3/18/19 11:33 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: thrasher
Just had our first of the season brown thrasher show up in the yard.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 3/18/19 7:18 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Mar 18, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)Mar 18, 20198:05 AMTraveling2.66 miles126 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments:very pretty day  about a half dozen deer, gadwalls on pond, have not seen them there in ages.Fob gadwall field sparrow 8 Canada Goose 8 Wood Duck 2 Gadwall 2 Mallard 1 Wild Turkey 3 Mourning Dove 1 Turkey Vulture 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 4 Blue Jay 21 American Crow 4 Carolina Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Carolina Wren 41 American Robin 25 European Starling 1 Field Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 10 Song Sparrow 5 Eastern Towhee 51 Red-winged Blackbird 12 Northern Cardinal 4 House Sparrow Number of Taxa: 24Paul McKayOhio CountySent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 3/18/19 6:40 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Blizzards Gate Road low, Harman, WV, Mar 18, 2019
This morning on our walk up the mountain, we heard our first Field Sparrow
of the spring. I looked up at the treetops. They were covered with puffs of
new snow. One puff was brown. It was the sparrow singing its heart out.
What a wonderful way to begin a new day. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County

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Date: Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 9:36 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Blizzards Gate Road low, Harman, WV, Mar 18, 2019
To: <hesemyers...>

Blizzards Gate Road low, Harman, WV, Randolph, West Virginia, US
Mar 18, 2019 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: 30 degrees, 1 inch of new snow, calm
8 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 3
Field Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Song Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53974842

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Date: 3/17/19 6:15 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Bird news: Eagle killed? Meadowlark
We got a report tonight that a Bald Eagle was killed by a car sometime last week. We were told it was on the Boulevard in Charleston, WV.
No way to confirm whether accurate or not.
We haven’t seen either of the two at the Marmet Locks for about a month. (That’s not surprising since it’s hard to fish in high, fast, muddy water. The water has only been near normal for the last day or two.)
Hope it wasn’t one of those.

First Of Year sightings:
Marmet Locks, (Belle side).
18:30, 03-16-2019 Saturday.
Meadowlark (1)
Joe Jarrell and Sue Westfall flagged us down as we were leaving the Locks property and pointed it out. According to eBird Range Maps, it was the first reported sighting of a Meadowlark at the Locks.
(Tonight, Sunday, there were two there).

Riverview, Belle, WV.
12:12, 03-14-2019 Thursday
Tree Swallow (1)

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 3/17/19 2:14 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk
The Sharp-shinned Hawk that has been a regular visitor to my yard was here again this morning. For awhile it was in a small dogwood about 20' from the house, before moving to its usual perch in the pin oak across the yard. I was able to get some better photos this time.
I'm wondering how its presence is going to affect the bluebirds and tree swallows that usually nest in our 15 nest boxes. Can I expect that the hawk will move on, or will he/ she hang around the yard all summer?
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53946991

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie


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Date: 3/17/19 11:21 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Blackwater Falls SP, Mar 17, 2019
This morning Sarah and I went to Blackwater Falls State Park to hike to
Pase Point. I did a bird count along the way which is listed below. We had
a number of surprises. First, was a Ring-billed Gull sitting on the grass
beside Pendleton Lake. On the way to Pase Point, a Red-shouldered Hawk was
calling and soaring overhead. When we got back from our hike, a Bald Eagle
flew over the lake. It was probably a third or fourth year bird as the tail
was fairly white, but the head was just changing. A male Common Merganser
flew over the lake. As I was getting in the car, I saw a vulture flying
over. It was a Black Vulture. I think it is the first one I have seen up in
the park. It was a good morning for hiking and birding. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County from Tucker County

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Date: Sun, Mar 17, 2019 at 2:13 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Blackwater Falls SP, Mar 17, 2019
To: <hesemyers...>

Blackwater Falls SP, Tucker, West Virginia, US
Mar 17, 2019 9:15 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments: Scattered Clouds, 28 degrees, calm
14 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 7
Common Merganser 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
woodpecker sp. 1
American Crow 1
Common Raven 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 7
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53940758

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Date: 3/17/19 6:48 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: harrier & such
Saw a female northern harrier not far from our house and 8 tree swallows.
We still have our two evening grosbeaks and several purple finches at the
feeder.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 3/17/19 5:17 am
From: Debby KOEGLER <kullbeach...>
Subject: Peregrine on the Ohio
Greetings from Wheeling WV !

Yesterday while birding with friends at the Pike Island Dam on the Ohio River (north of Wheeling)…we were delighted to see a Peregrine falcon…it flew on to the dam apparatus and perched there for quite sometime…finally flying off towards the West Virginia hillside.

Happy birding to all,
Debby Koegler
Ohio County
Wheeling WV
 

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Date: 3/16/19 8:36 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: FOY Osprey on Rt. 2 (Cabell/Mason)
David Patick, Gary Rankin, Mike Griffith, and I birded up route 2 and saw
Osprey at three different locations. One bird each at Greenbottom, RCB
Locks, and the Gallipolis Ferry sandpit on Plymale Lane.

Other notable sightings - We flushed snipe at Hoeft Marsh and RCByrd goose
ponds. One pine warbler at the top of Union Ridge Rd in Cabell Co. Several
Blue-winged teal from the bridge at Greenbottom.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 3/16/19 8:04 am
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Mountaineer Audubon Cheat Lake Waterfowl Trip
Hi all,

This morning a lucky 13 birders joined me for a tour of Cheat Lake's
waterfowl hot spots. Birding was a little hit or miss on the lake with the
uplake portions being much more productive than the lower lake. Decent
variety with 15 total species and a nice Scaup flock made for a pleasant
morning among friends. Raptor numbers were low with just Red-shouldered
Hawk and both Vulture species seen. As always, thanks go out to fearless
Audubon leader Katie Fallon and field trip coordinator Orion Metheny for
helping to organize another great outing. Spring is coming; hope to see you
all out in the field soon. Full totals follow. Tundra Swans were heard
overhead from the meeting area, but cloud cover obscured their path. No
Woodcock were heard pre-dawn.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose 28
Mallard 2
Lesser Scaup 4
Bufflehead 26
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose 12
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 4
Canvasback 2
Ring-necked Duck 4
Greater Scaup 10
Lesser Scaup 84
Bufflehead 31
Common Goldeneye 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Horned Grebe 1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard 7

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose 10
Mallard 9
Lesser Scaup 11
Belted Kingfisher 2

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 3/15/19 4:40 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Tree Swallows
Trees Swallows have arrived at Kimsey Lake



Diane Holsinger
 

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Date: 3/15/19 4:31 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Bird id
Thanks everyone! I'm embarrassed to say I can't even recognize an Eastern Phoebe.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie

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Date: 3/15/19 3:34 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Help with bird ID, please.
I saw a bird I can't identify this evening. It looks like a swallow to me, but its plumage is odd. There are 2 photos of the same bird on the attached ebird report, under "swallow sp.".
Any ideas are appreciated...
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53869950
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Date: 3/15/19 2:26 pm
From: Jim Triplett <jtrippy...>
Subject: Osprey
Just now, Osprey at the Vandelia nest, Stonewall Lake. Plus Sping Peepers singing.

Jim Triplett 304-539-3554
Charleston, WV
 

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Date: 3/15/19 1:35 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: early barn swallows
We saw a barn swallow near Greenville, Monroe County and one near Forest
Hill, Summers County today. This is our earliest spring record for the
species by about 2 weeks.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 3/15/19 12:31 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Chipping sparrow
First of season chipping sparrow at feeder today.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Date: 3/15/19 9:04 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Red-shouldered Hawks
Two mornings in a row I've seen the pair of Red-shouldered Hawks on our
walk next door.  Keeping my eye out for a nest.

Two unexpected birds were sitting on the roof of a neighbor's big metal
barn.   The posture was odd for Turkey Vultures.  Well, that is because
they were two Canada Geese.

Nice to still see a Pine Siskin  feeding with the Goldfinches.


Bruni Haydl

Charles Town
 

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Date: 3/15/19 8:05 am
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Drat!! They're back!
Unfortunately, I had a Brown-headed Cowbird at the feeder this morning.  NOT my favorite sign of spring!Cynthia BurkhartRitchie
 

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Date: 3/15/19 7:51 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Phoebe
Yesterday, Sarah heard our first Eastern Phoebe while I was at the refuge.
This morning I heard it as well. The returned Eastern Towhees have started
to call. It does sound like spring. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 3/15/19 7:46 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: The wait is over
This morning when we entered the subdivision road I was thrilled to see
that the resident Phoebe had returned.    Later on I saw it (or another
one) about a quarter mile away.  This bird has been building its nest on
top of the motion light inside the structure housing the mailboxes. 
With all the moss due to the excessive rain this spring they won't have
to fly very far for building material, that's for sure.

The warm temps have been perfect for some yard cleanup.  They also
motivated the birds to sing.  Love being out and hearing the Field
Sparrows while I'm working.

Late afternoon checked on the eagles.  One adult was on the nest.  When
it took off another adult came flying in.  That one started feeding the
young with food that was already there.  My guess is that the eaglets
are about two weeks old, based on the fact that during feeding the
adult's head did not dip into the nest as deeply as it had before.  
Every once in a while you could see movement through a small opening in
the branches.  Can't wait for the gray, fuzzy wobbly heads to become
visible.

When I checked one of the nest boxes the other day I found a perfect
pine needle cup nest.  I've seen Bluebirds going in and out.  They
usually wait a week or more after nest completion before laying eggs.

The female Pileated is still coming to the tube feeder.  The other day
she showed up when the feeder was low so I went out and filled it up.  A
few minutes later she came back.  It was neat to watch her feed while I
was having dinner.  Here is a link to a little video I made of her.   
https://youtu.be/Y2szMr5sC-g Female Pileated on tube feeder

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/15/19 6:10 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Pelican &. Great Egret
Martin Powney reports a Great Egret with White Pelican at Sycamore Ponds at
8:50 this morning.

Jon Benedetti
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Date: 3/14/19 8:01 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Jefferson Co. Meadowlark-mania
It was a non-stop melody of Meadowlarks today with a sprinkling of Field Sparrow songs as well. The grasslands in Bardane had life today. I counted a total of ten Eastern Meadowlarks.

A Northern Harrier floated by around 945 am as well.

N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction
 

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Date: 3/14/19 6:15 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Rusty blackbird first of season and e-bird report
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: March 14, 2019 8:50:56 PM EDT
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Mar 14, 2019
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Mar 14, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.6 mile(s)
> Comments: warm sunny windy
> 27 species
>
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
> Mourning Dove 5
> Killdeer 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 4
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> Carolina Wren 4
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 10
> European Starling 1
> House Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 5
> Field Sparrow 6
> American Tree Sparrow 3
> Dark-eyed Junco 5
> White-throated Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 10
> Red-winged Blackbird 9
> Rusty Blackbird 1
> Common Grackle 15
> Northern Cardinal 7
> House Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53837274
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Wilma Jarrell
 

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Date: 3/14/19 5:27 pm
From: Hajenga, Jeff J <Jeff.J.Hajenga...>
Subject: first hummingbird
I heard my first hummingbird of the year today at my home near Athens in Mercer county.

Jeff Hajenga
 

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Date: 3/14/19 3:28 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Pine warbler
Had our first pine warbler on the porch today.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 3/14/19 2:49 pm
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: FOY BW Teal & Snipe (Cabell/Mason)
Greenbottom (Cabell)
Saw several Blue-winged Teal from the bridge with a variety of other
species of ducks. Total number of ducks well over 200, probably closer to
(or over) 300 with Ring-necked ducks being the most numerous.

RCByrd L&D Goose Ponds (Mason)
Saw one Wilson's Snipe in flight with a group of ducks that I spooked from
the pond. Another snipe flushed up from short marshy grass further around
the pond.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 3/14/19 2:38 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Phoebe & Tree Swallow
Heard first Phoebe, and saw first Tree Swallow here this morning.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie

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Date: 3/14/19 1:59 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Spring Returns
On the way to the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge this morning, I
saw two male Common Mergansers on the Dry Fork between Harman and Dry Fork.
On Freeland Road, the Killdeer have returned to the horse pasture and
Eastern Meadowlarks to the field across from the refuge boardwalk. As I
walked the boardwalk, the Song Sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds seemed to
be having a singing competition. The blackbirds were really displaying
their red and yellow epaulets. I think they were all happy with the warmer
weather. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County from Tucker County
 

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Date: 3/13/19 5:13 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: timber doodles
When we were bringing in bird feeders just now, we were entertained by
peenting and flight calls from Amer. woodcocks in our neighbor's field. For
years we drove a mile from our house to hear them. Now, we can hear and
sometimes see them from our porch.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 3/13/19 12:43 pm
From: Wendy Perrone <wendy...>
Subject: Field Sparrows singing!
We've been hearing the field sparrows now and again singing, beginning
on Sunday.  Today  we have them literally everywhere, singing and
singing....  It's a lovely  surrounding sound!

--
Wendy Perrone, Executive Director
Three Rivers Avian Center
2583 Brooks Mountain Road
Hinton, WV 25951- 5621
304-466-4683 land line
304-575-5024 mobile
www.tracwv.org
visit us on Facebook "Three Rivers Avian Center"

Caring for West Virginia's wild birds since 1990
 

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Date: 3/13/19 11:11 am
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Phoebe
No phoebe, but heard my first singing mockingbird.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie

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Date: 3/13/19 10:58 am
From: Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...>
Subject: Re: Eastern Phobe
Heard my first one today too and Bird Cast noted a northward push of Phoebes. ~Cindy Ellis, Putnam County

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From: "Wilbur Hershberger" <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...>
To: "WV-BIRD" <WV-BIRD...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:42:06 PM
Subject: Eastern Phobe

An Eastern Phoebe is singing outside my office window at this vary moment. He just arrived, as he wasn’t singing earlier today.
Spring can’t be far behind.

Wil Hershberger
Hedgesville, WV
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Cynthia D. Ellis
3114 Steel Ridge Road
Red House, WV 25168-7724
304 586-4135 h
304 206-0083 c
<cdellis...>


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Date: 3/13/19 10:02 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Towhee
A male Eastern Towhee just appeared and was scratching under our feeders.
That is another new arrival here as the days lengthen and warm. Herb Myers,
Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 3/13/19 9:42 am
From: Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Eastern Phobe
An Eastern Phoebe is singing outside my office window at this vary moment. He just arrived, as he wasn’t singing earlier today.
Spring can’t be far behind.

Wil Hershberger
Hedgesville, WV


 

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Date: 3/12/19 2:47 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Lower Ohio Valley waterfowl and migrants
I was in Mason and Cabell Counties today in the Ohio River Valley. Lots of
ducks at Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area and McClintic Wildlife
Management Area, but few elsewhere. In all, I saw all the usual duck
species except Canvasback, Long-tailed Duck, all 3 scoters, and all 3
mergansers.

For landbirds, Tree Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles,
Eastern Meadowlarks, and Killdeers were the only obvious migrants, though a
handful of some of those species have been known to overwinter.

Gallipolis Ferry gravel pit and Plymale Road:
Canada Goose--8
Ring-necked Duck--1
Greater Scaup--10
Lesser Scaup--34
Ruddy Duck--1
Horned Grebe--3
American Coot--1
Killdeer--3
White-crowned Sparrow--3
Red-winged Blackbird--14
Common Grackle--6

Gallipolis Ferry farm fields:
Herring Gull--3

Crab Creek:
Double-crested Cormorant--6

Apple Grove Fish Hatchery:
Canada Goose--60
Mallard--3
Killdeer--2
Belted Kingfisher--1
Tree Swallow--1
Red-winged Blackbird--6
Common Grackle--10
Eastern Meadowlark--6

Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam. The goose ponds remain closed with a
prominently posted No Trespassing sign, so I couldn't check them.
Canada Goose--2
Killdeer--1
Red-winged Blackbird--5
Common Grackle--10
Eastern Meadowlark--1

Ashton ponds:
Gadwall--1
Bufflehead--2

Greenbottom WMA north of the Jenkins house. Almost all the waterfowl were
near the Route 2 bridge over the railroad tracks, where visibility is
partially obstructed by the shrubs and small trees next to Route 2. I
attempted to walk down the flooded road to the observation deck for a
better view, but the water looked to be deeper than my knee-high waterproof
boots, so I had to give up.
Canada Goose--40
Wood Duck--11
Gadwall--10
American Wigeon--22
Mallard--20
American Black Duck--2
Northern Shoveler--15
Northern Pintail--11
Blue-winged Teal--5
Ring-necked Duck--100, probably more
Lesser Scaup--20
Bufflehead--5
Common Goldeneye--4
American Coot--8
Tree Swallow--20
Red-winged Blackbird--4
Common Grackle--4

Greenbottom, Hoeft Marsh:
Canada Goose--2
Wood Duck--4
Redhead--3
Ring-necked Duck--28
Greater Scaup-1-9
Lesser Scaup--12
Scaup species--30. Took off before I could get a good look.
American Coot--2
Tree Swallow--6
Red-winged Blackbird--4
Common Grackle--20

McClintic WMA:
Canada Goose--92
Mute Swan--1
Gadwall--2
American Wigeon--8
Mallard--2
American Black Duck--2
Green-winged Teal--2
Redhead--4
Ring-necked Duck--115
Bufflehead--6
Common Goldeneye--1
Pied-billed Grebe--1
Great Blue Heron--2. Only herons seen all day.
American Coot--2
Tree Swallow--25
Yellow-rumped Warbler--4
Red-winged Blackbird--zero!
Common Grackle--1

--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 3/12/19 2:21 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Eaglet feeding time
Early afternoon I spent about an hour with the eagles and got my
confirmation that there were indeed chicks.  It was fun to watch the
adult sitting on the rim and dipping her head down to the youngsters. 
At one point she fanned her tail and stretched her wings out full.

We walked on down to the water but did not see any ducks.  I did pick up
the other eagle in a tree across the river over by the falls.  I guess
for eagles that would be close enough to be shouting distance if a
problem arose at the nest.

There was a flock of robins under the nest sycamore turning over wet
leaves.  A pair of Turkey and Black Vultures were circling overhead.  So
pretty against the bright blue sky.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/12/19 11:27 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Pelican
White Pelican resting at Sycamore Ponds at 2:25 p.m.

Jon Benedetti
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Date: 3/12/19 9:01 am
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Hawks & ducks
Heard a Red-shouldered and saw a Red-tailed this morning over our pasture. Also a pair of mallards on stock pond.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53738304

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Date: 3/11/19 6:41 pm
From: lbowers22 <lbowers22...>
Subject: Kestrel
I saw an American Kestrel on a power pole in my neighbor's field this evening. What a beautiful bird! Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone
 

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Date: 3/11/19 6:13 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: oops - Bird club meeting in Charleston, Monday, March 18, 6.30 pm
The topic of the Charleston-area bird club meeting next week has changed. The time and location are still the same. Diana Green will discuss future developments being planned at the Forks of Coal State Natural Area, our newest State Park, a few miles south of Charleston. The Tripletts’ presentation (about Cuba as well as discuss the Brook Bird Club foray) is delayed until our April 15th meeting. We will also discuss our project to build a tower for chimney swifts.
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The monthly meeting of the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will be 6.30 pm on Monday, March 18 at the Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue SE, Charleston WV. Jim and Bev Triplett will talk about their recent trip to Cuba as well as about discuss the Brooks Bird Club’s upcoming foray to Randolph County. All are welcomed. The Board will meet at 6 pm. Laura Ceperley
 

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Date: 3/11/19 3:25 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Eaglets
Based on the behavior of the adult eagle on the nest it appears that at
least one or perhaps both eaglets have hatched.  I took my scope over to
my neighbors and as I had noticed last week the adult was indeed sitting
much higher in the nest.  I could see quite a bit of the brown body, not
just the head.  There seemed to be some vocalization  meant for the
chicks rather than "the bodyguard" sitting in the sycamore along the river.

An hour later I went back and this time the bird was standing in the
nest pulling at something.  Apparently it was food  because I could see
some blood on the beak.  Before I left the eagle stood up, rocked back
and forth, and carefully settled back down over the young.  Looks like I
missed feeding time.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/11/19 11:14 am
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Eastern meadowlark
Saw an Eastern meadowlark in our pasture this morning. I've only seen one once before here, back around 1980, so this was a real treat. Blue skies, singing bluebirds and red-winged blackbirds, and mild temperature made it all that much better.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53706289

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Date: 3/11/19 10:22 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Walks
This morning we did our monthly walks in Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley
State Parks. It was windy and cold but almost all of the snow is gone.
It was beginning to sound like spring with woodpeckers drumming, Song
Sparrows singing and American Robins calling. Our biggest surprise was when
a Great Blue Heron flew out of a tree along the Blackwater River Trail near
the river just above us. I wasn't sure whether to count the geese in Canaan
Valley as they were on the golf course where the trail begins.

I suspect the counts will really jump next month. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County from Tucker County

*Blackwater Falls SP*, Tucker, West Virginia, US
*Mar 11*, 2019 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.2 mile(s)
Comments: Clear, windy, 32 degrees, snow gone
*12 species*
Canada Goose 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 4
Common Raven 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 2
American Goldfinch 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 2





*Blackwater River Trail, Canaan Valley State Park*, Tucker, West Virginia,
US
*Mar 11,* 2019 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Clear, windy, 38 degrees, no snow
*6 species*
Canada Goose 150 On golf course where the trail begins. This is likely
an undercount.
Great Blue Heron 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Common Raven 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
American Robin 2
 

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Date: 3/10/19 1:56 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Bird club meeting in Charleston, Monday, March 18, 6.30 pm
The monthly meeting of the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will be 6.30 pm on Monday, March 18 at the Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue SE, Charleston WV. Jim and Bev Triplett will talk about their recent trip to Cuba as well as about discuss the Brooks Bird Club’s upcoming foray to Randolph County. All are welcomed. The Board will meet at 6 pm. Laura Ceperley
 

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Date: 3/10/19 9:20 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Pelican
Bev & Jim Triplett watching the White Pelican at Sycamore Ponds now.

Jon Benedetti
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Date: 3/10/19 6:42 am
From: <research...> <research...>
Subject: Hilton Pond 02/13/19 (Whither the Winter Finches?)
I thought my West Virginia friends might be interested in my latest note about Purple Finches, including a primer on ageing and sexing.

I’ve heard from several WV birders that Purple Finches have been few and far between at many WV sites this winter.

P.S. Hope to see some of you at the upcoming New River Birding & Nature Festival in Fayette County. :-)

==========

For most of February, Hilton Pond Center was inundated not only by rain but by Purple Finches. The rain continued, but our finches were suddenly gone--a mystery we investigate in installment #688 of "This Week at Hilton Pond." As a bonus we offer lots of images to help you age and sex migratory PUFI at your feeders, and to differentiate them from House Finches that likely are year-round residents.

As always we include tallies of all birds banded or recaptured during the period, plus miscellaneous nature notes and acknowledgment of recent contributors to Hilton Pond Center.

To view the photo essay for 13-28 Feb 2019, please see http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek190213.html <http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek190213.html>

Happy Nature Watching,

BILL



Please "Like" our Facebook pages at http://www.facebook.com/HiltonPond for timely updates on nature topics,
and for info about hummingbirds at http://www.facebook.com/rubythroats

Follow us on Twitter @hiltonpond
=========

RESEARCH PROGRAM
℅ BILL HILTON JR., D.Sci.
Executive Director
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
1432 DeVinney Road, York, South Carolina 29745 USA
office & cell (803) 684-5852

Please visit our web sites:
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History at http://www.hiltonpond.org
"Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project" at http://www.rubythroat.org

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Date: 3/9/19 3:57 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: Surf Scoters
Amy and I saw the pair of Surf Scoters this afternoon, not realizing that others had already seen them. They were still there at 6pm when we left, but a layer of fog was rising over the water. Further up in Miller's Fork, I saw two other scoter sized birds, but I couldn't make a positive ID on those.

Rennie & Amy Talbert
Barboursville
 

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Date: 3/9/19 3:52 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Yard, etc.
Just came back in from cutting off with a hand saw some of the despised
autumn olives.  I felt something looking at me and sure enough, the
black and white face of the Downy Woodpecker was peering out of the nest
box.  So sweet.  Just stayed right there watching.  That would not have
been the case   had I been using a chain saw.   A few days ago I
happened to walk by that same box and he/she popped out.   Nice to see
the nest boxes used for roosting as well as nesting.

Yesterday I spotted six male turkeys in the field off Kabletown Rd. 
Made a U-turn to get a more leisurely look at them.  The week before I
saw six male turkeys in the old corn field on the east side of Marlow
Rd.   Six must be a good number.

I checked on the Eagle nest tonight.  One bird on the nest and the mate
in the sycamore along the river.  The nesting bird seemed to be sitting
up higher than before.  I wonder if the chicks hatched.  Could be since
they started incubating on February 2.  I hope to spend more time there
next week to observe any activity.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/9/19 1:28 pm
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Pond
2 Scaup species, heads tuck in.
2 Wood Ducks
At pond on Hickory Mills Road in Hurricane
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler coming to the Suet the past few days.
Large flock, around 56 Black Vultures, with a few Turkey Vultures mixed in. Nice seeing the short fanned tails.
Cooper's Hawk-2

Kim Kazmierski
Hurricane,
Putnam County
 

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Date: 3/9/19 12:05 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Surf Scoters
Gary Rankin had texted some local birders this am about seeing a pair of Surf Scoters at Beech Fork Marina. I was able to see the pair and was later joined by Mike Griffith and Janet Keating, who also had the pleasure of seeing them.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/47329485621/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/47329485161/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/40364360083/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/40364356363/in/dateposted/


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 3/9/19 11:43 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Mar 9, 2019
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sat, Mar 9, 2019 at 2:40 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Mar 9, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Mar 9, 2019 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
11 species

Bufflehead 22
Common Merganser 14
Horned Grebe 2
Ring-billed Gull 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 2 1 adult, 1 2nd year
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Carolina Wren 1

Jim & JudyPhillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53639604

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

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Date: 3/9/19 11:42 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 9, 2019
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Date: Sat, Mar 9, 2019 at 2:37 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 9, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Mar 9, 2019 8:00 AM - 8:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: yard, driveway & Sun Valley Lake
29 species

Gadwall 4
Redhead 20
Ring-necked Duck 10
Bufflehead 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Mourning Dove 26
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 6
European Starling 8
Evening Grosbeak 2
House Finch 5
Purple Finch 15
American Goldfinch 12
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 13
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird 115
Northern Cardinal 8
House Sparrow 5

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53639475

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Date: 3/8/19 2:55 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Mar 8, 2019
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Date: Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 5:49 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Mar 8,
2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Mar 8, 2019 4:07 PM - 4:47 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
18 species

Canada Goose 5
Lesser Scaup 2
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 1
Common Merganser 8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
Ring-billed Gull 3
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Bald Eagle 1 sub-adult
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 50
American Robin 19
European Starling 45
House Finch 3
Red-winged Blackbird 3

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53610599

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Date: 3/8/19 2:54 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Mar 8, 2019
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Date: Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 5:53 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Mar 8, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Mar 8, 2019 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: visibility 1/4 mile because of snow & fog, 33 degrees
4 species (+1 other taxa)

Bufflehead 11
Common Merganser 11
duck sp. 12
Tree Swallow 47
Dark-eyed Junco 12

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53610438

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Date: 3/8/19 2:52 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 8, 2019
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 5:42 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 8, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Mar 8, 2019 7:10 AM - 8:25 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 3" fresh snow, 30 degrees
27 species

Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 7
European Starling 16
Evening Grosbeak 2
House Finch 8
Purple Finch 19
American Goldfinch 11
Fox Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 15
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird 35
Common Grackle 3
Northern Cardinal 11
House Sparrow 8

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53610325

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Date: 3/8/19 2:48 pm
From: Debby KOEGLER <kullbeach...>
Subject: Greetings from Wheeling...
Today while walking on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University we saw a Bufflehead on Wheeling Creek…flew back and forth twice giving us great looks.
Happy birding,
Debby Koegler
Ohio County
Wheeling WV
 

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Date: 3/8/19 2:26 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Small Waterbird Fallout
Beech Fork Dam (Wayne Co.) :

Scaup - 94 (predominately, if not all, Greater)
Ring-necked Duck - 26
Bufflehead - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 3/8/19 12:33 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Black vultures
At 2 pm today, we saw at least 40 Black Vultures roosted in trees and on ground under bushes along the main road at the west end of Harrisville.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie county

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Date: 3/8/19 7:06 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: unusual red-winged blackbird
We were watching our feeders this morning when we noticed a strange looking
red-winged blackbird. It was a normal appearing male but with a cream
colored bib. When we checked it with binoculars we found the bib contained
a wash of red coloring in it.
Last year, we had a redwing with a bib but we didn't notice the red in the
bib.
Same bird? Who knows.
A few years ago, I had an Oregon junco to show up on Pipestem S.P. It had a
white spot on the dark chest. It was usually at park headquarters and the
nearby Canyon Rim Center. It remained all winter. A bird with the same
markings showed up every winter in the same area for at least 4 years in a
row.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 3/8/19 6:11 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: White Pelican
The Pelican is on Sycamore Ponds right now (9:05 a.m.)
Ponds partly open.
Red-necked Grebes at gravel pit. A few ducks at some of the partly thawed
backwaters.
Tow big white things above WIL&D both man made plastic things.
Jon
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Date: 3/7/19 4:29 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Great horned owl
I'm listening to a great horned owl calling.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Date: 3/7/19 1:45 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Blue jays, Goldfinches, and Cardinals
Had a record number of blue jays here yesterday...16. At one point 12 of them were in an apple tree with 2 pairs of cardinals-a lovely sight. Forty minutes later there were 130 goldfinches gorging on sunflower seeds. One male pine warbler was feeding on the ground under feeders throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday.
Around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, I was out trying to get some photos, as the light was so nice. Finally got a few of a female cardinal ( on the attached edird report).
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie county

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53525469
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Date: 3/7/19 12:42 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Mountwood Bird Club field trip south of Parkersburg
Today's MBC trip was attended by Jeanette and Dick Esker, Lucine Wright,
Scott Mullens (visiting the area from Cary, NC), and myself.

We visited the following locations: Northwest Drive (ND), Sandy Creek
backwater (SC), Belleville Ohio River access road (BAR), and Belleville
Lock and Dam (BLD).

Afterwards, Scott and I returned north via Robinhood Road and New England
Ridge Road (RR). We then visited Civitan Park in Belpre (CP) and Joe
Skinner Road (JS). After he left, I checked Blue Knob Road (BK).

The trip plus sightings by Scott and me afterward totaled 56 species.

48 species encountered during field trip:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck (23 at SC)
Gadwall (3 at SC, 3 at BAR)
American Wigeon (2 at SC)
Mallard (ND, SC)
Green-winged Teal (2 at SC, 2 at BLD)
Ring-necked Duck (22 at SC, 6 at BAR)
Lesser Scaup (4 at SC)
Common Goldeneye (2 at BLD)
Hooded Merganser (28 at SC)
Red-breasted Merganser (1 at SC)
Rock Pigeon
Great Blue Heron (12 at SC)
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle (1 adult SC,)
Cooper's Hawk (ND,BAR)
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot (12 at BAR)
Killdeer (13 at ND, 1 at SC, 8 at BLD)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull (3 at BLD)
Barn Owl (1 briefly seen in nest box entrance by Scott at BAR)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (ND)
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel (at all stops, 2 copulating at BLD)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet (BAR)
Eastern Bluebird (ND,BLD)
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
White-crowned Sparrow (ND)
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (2 at BAR)
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Towhee
House Finch
Red-winged Blackbird (ND)
Common Grackle
Eastern Meadowlark (ND,BAR,BLD)
Northern Cardinal

Highlights and 8 additional species seen by Scott and/or me after the trip
ended:

Wood Duck (4 at BK, Bronson only)
Gadwall (2 at RR)
Canvasback (6 at CP,18 at JS)
Ring-necked Duck (5 at BK, Bronson only)
Greater Scaup (1 at BK, Bronson only)
Lesser Scaup (26 at CP, 52 at JS, 1 at BK by Bronson only)
Common Goldeneye (3 at CP)
Mourning Dove
Black Vulture (1 along Route 892 near warehouses south of Dupont plants)
Bald Eagle (1 incubating on Neal Island nest at JS)
Killdeer (2 at RR, 2 at CP)
Belted Kingfisher (RR)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Yellow-rumped Warbler (JS)
House Sparrow

--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 3/6/19 7:45 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Blackbirds
I counted about 30 Red-winged Blackbirds at our feeders on this cold, snowy
morning. The gals are beginning to show up with the guys. Herb Myers,
Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 3/6/19 6:06 am
From: Joette <pep4223...>
Subject: Common Grackles are back - Jefferson County
I have grackles eating under my feeders this morning, which are first of season (FOS) for the yard. I observed them yesterday in Ranson, WV.

Is spring here yet?

BIRDMOM


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Date: 3/6/19 4:49 am
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
Subject: Re: Trip.
We saw four yesterday too, driving through eastern KY and western WV.
Bill B.

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 5, 2019, at 4:10 PM, Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> wrote:
>
> Yesterday on our return trip from Harrisonburg, VA to Harman, WV, we were
> pleased to see more American Kestrels than we ever have on that trip. There
> were three on wires east of Oak Flat. The fourth was on the top of a small
> tree coming off North Mountain. We saw one Red-tailed Hawk perched on the
> wires along the road near Oak Flat.
>
> On a small farm pond north of Riverton, there was a pair (male and female)
> of Common Mergansers.
>
> As we came down into Harman, a Turkey Vulture was soaring overhead.
> According to our postmistress's uncle who keeps records on his calendar,
> they usually arrive around March 16th. Talk about an early bird.
>
> These birds helped make the trip go faster. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph
> County from Pendleton and Randolph Counties
 

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Date: 3/5/19 7:28 pm
From: Darrell Good <darzgood...>
Subject: Red-throated Loon and Eagles
The Red-throated Loon that Fred Atwood found Saturday is still hanging
around Kimsey Run Lake, along with one Horned Grebe. Also, the Bald Eagle
nests at both Kimsey and Parker Hollow Lake are currently active with
adults incubating.

Kimsey Run Lake, Hardy, West Virginia, US
Mar 5, 2019 5:50 PM - 6:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments: Windy and cold: ~20F.
10 species

Horned Grebe 1
Mourning Dove 4
Red-throated Loon 1 Continuing bird from 3-2-19.
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Robin 15
European Starling 2
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Song Sparrow 4
Red-winged Blackbird 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53480602

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

Darrell Good
Hardy County
Baker, WV
 

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Date: 3/5/19 1:58 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV, US, Mar 5, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 4:56 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers
County, WV, US, Mar 5, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV, US, Summers, West
Virginia, US
Mar 5, 2019 1:53 PM - 2:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
12 species

Canada Goose 17
Canvasback 3
Ring-necked Duck 211
Lesser Scaup 19
Bufflehead 15
Hooded Merganser 8
Turkey Vulture 4
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 8
American Robin 25
Northern Mockingbird 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53470794

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Date: 3/5/19 1:10 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Trip.
Yesterday on our return trip from Harrisonburg, VA to Harman, WV, we were
pleased to see more American Kestrels than we ever have on that trip. There
were three on wires east of Oak Flat. The fourth was on the top of a small
tree coming off North Mountain. We saw one Red-tailed Hawk perched on the
wires along the road near Oak Flat.

On a small farm pond north of Riverton, there was a pair (male and female)
of Common Mergansers.

As we came down into Harman, a Turkey Vulture was soaring overhead.
According to our postmistress's uncle who keeps records on his calendar,
they usually arrive around March 16th. Talk about an early bird.

These birds helped make the trip go faster. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph
County from Pendleton and Randolph Counties
 

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Date: 3/5/19 11:42 am
From: Jim Triplett <jtrippy...>
Subject: Pine Siskin
Just now at our Nyger feeder at home, one only, Pine Siskin. First time since spring of 2018 we have seen a siskin.

Jim Triplett
Charleston, WVV
<jtrippy...>
 

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Date: 3/5/19 10:03 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Carper's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mar 5, 2019
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 1:01 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Carper's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mar 5, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Carper's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Mar 5, 2019 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
13 species

Mallard 2
Redhead 5
Ring-necked Duck 5
Lesser Scaup 6
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 3
Ruddy Duck 4
American Coot 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Northern Flicker 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Song Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53463765

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Date: 3/5/19 9:18 am
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Pine warbler
FOY Pine warbler at my feeders this morning. He picked a cold week to return!

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie County

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Date: 3/5/19 8:16 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Ohio River White Pelican update
Sycamore Pond in Pleasants County, WV is now frozen and snow-covered and
will probably remain so for several days.

I was driving by the private farm pond along Route 2 with the 2 Mute Swans
when I saw the American White Pelican coming in for a landing in that pond.
It is still mostly unfrozen.That pond is 1.4 miles south along Route 2 from
Sycamore Pond. If it does freeze (likely), the bird will probably be forced
to the Ohio River at Willow Island Lock and Dam, most likely upsteam near
the WV shore.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH

On Tue, Mar 5, 2019, 9:33 AM Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:

> Terry,
>
> Do those Employee Ponds stay ice-free, or will they be frozen this week? I
> was hoping for the pelican, but of course, winter comes in March instead of
> February...
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ryan
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Audubon birding discussion for WV <WV-BIRD...> on
> behalf of Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:46 AM
> *To:* <WV-BIRD...>
> *Subject:* Red-necked Grebes continue in Ohio along Ohio River
>
> 2 birds still at the former Shelley gravel pit pond across from Haessley
> Lumber along Route 7 north of Marietta, OH.
>
> The last couple of days' freezing temperatures seem to have forced some
> waterfowl to move on. The Red-breasted Mergansers and Horned Grebe
> at the Shelley pond and the Pied-billed Grebes, Northern Shoveler,
> Green-winged Teals, and American Wigeons at nearby Newell Run are all gone.
>
> Newell Run is half-frozen and will likely be mostly frozen by tomorrow
> morning. The Shelley pond is still free of ice.
>
> Terry Bronson
> Marietta, OH
>
 

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Date: 3/5/19 7:55 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Rockin' robins (and RB nuthatches)
At Nash Farm this morning, the robins were rocking out. So many -
everywhere! - flying, singing, 12 or 20 to a tree. Flying up from the
ground, moving in the woods, chirping and whinnying as they moved. I stood
counting a bunch in a tulip poplar near the parking lot, and Oh! there with
them was a small bird flitting: a kinglet? Nope, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
looking so pretty. He made me stop when I reached the far ridge of Bolivar
Heights to examine the scrub pines there (their old favorite haunt), and
sure enough, I found 4 more red-breasted nuthatches climbing all over the
tip-tops brimming with pine cones!

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 3/5/19 7:49 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: FOY Pine Warbler (Wayne)
I saw my FOY Pine Warbler this morning on Mt. Vernon Ridge Road in Wayne
County.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 3/5/19 6:15 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: 12th Spring Eagle Survey
*12th Southern WV Spring Eagle Survey*

*Eagle Brigade of Southern WV(including Three Rivers Avian Center, Bibbee
Nature Club, Hanging Rock Migration Observatory, Pipestem State Park &
guests)*

*March 2, 2019*

*Bertha* – Allen Waldron, Bob Dameron, Josh Parks & Chris Mullens. 2
BAEA*(1 adult & 1 3rd year)

*Mouth of the Bluestone River* – Rodney Davis, Julie & Corey McQuade, Jerry
Gladwell, Jeff Hajenga, Daniel Ward, Christopher & Andrew Pinnick, Tim
Hughes, Darrel Fernatt, Delmer Kelley, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Post, Suleka Deevi,
Barb Koster, Kristen Richmond, Carolyn Garrell, Rebecca Bailey, Becky &
Ernie Wheeler, Jeanne Smith, Ann McRae, Todd & Sandy Fenstermacher. 9 BAEA
– (1 adult, 5 1st year, 2 3rd year & 1 4th year)

*Bluestone State Park* – John Hawkins, Jim(compiler) & Judy Phillips. 7
BAEA – (2 adults, 2 1st year, 2 2nd year & 1 4th year). 1 GOEA** - 1
immature

*Rt. 20 Overlook, south of Bluestone Dam* – Brian Hirt, Betsy Reeder, Mark
Mengele, Brynn Kusic, Buddy Shaver, Kermit & Randy Stover, David & Anne
Wills, Bev & Chuck Wright. 7 BAEA – (4 1st year, 2 2nd year & 1 3rd year).

*Bellepoint* – Charlie Kahle, Dale Porter & Sharyn Ogden. 3 BAEA – (2
adults & 1 1st year)

*Mouth of Madam’s Creek* – Bev & Jim Triplett. 1 unidentified eagle.

*Brooks Falls* – Alma Lowry & Mindy Waldron. No eagles.

*Brooks Overlook* – Jessy Perrine, Shelby Chapman, Ron & Wendy Perrone. 2
BAEA (adults).

*Rt. 122* – Leigh Prince & David Shrewsbery. No eagles.

*Hans Creek Valley* – Maury Johnson, Bob & Gladys Carter. No Eagles.

*Red Sulphur Springs* – Rodney & Julie Bragg. 1 BAEA (adult).

*Greenbrier River(Alderson to Hinton)* – Doug Wood, Dianne Anestis, Ronald,
Gwendolyn, Roslyn & Gabriel McAllister. 3 BAEA(2 adults & 1 1st year).

*66 participants located 34 Bald Eagles(11 adults, 13 1st year, 4 2nd year,
4 3rd year & 2 4th year), 1 Unidentified eagle and 1 Golden Eagle(
immature) *=Bald eagles **=Golden Eagles*

Conditions – 38-49 degrees, 100% cloud cover, NW wind 0-10 mph & visibility
1.5-3 miles.
 

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Date: 3/5/19 5:46 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Red-necked Grebes continue in Ohio along Ohio River
2 birds still at the former Shelley gravel pit pond across from Haessley
Lumber along Route 7 north of Marietta, OH.

The last couple of days' freezing temperatures seem to have forced some
waterfowl to move on. The Red-breasted Mergansers and Horned Grebe
at the Shelley pond and the Pied-billed Grebes, Northern Shoveler,
Green-winged Teals, and American Wigeons at nearby Newell Run are all gone.

Newell Run is half-frozen and will likely be mostly frozen by tomorrow
morning. The Shelley pond is still free of ice.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 3/4/19 5:34 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mar 4, 2019
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:08 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mar 4, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Mar 4, 2019 1:07 PM - 1:27 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
6 species

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 1
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 3
American Crow 1

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53400507

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Date: 3/4/19 5:33 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mar 4, 2019
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Date: Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:12 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mar 4, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Mar 4, 2019 1:59 PM - 2:09 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 25 degrees, light snow
11 species

Canada Goose 7
Wood Duck 14
Mallard 25
American Black Duck 10
Redhead 6
Ring-necked Duck 32
Lesser Scaup 3
Bufflehead 1
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 3
American Crow 1

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


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Date: 3/4/19 5:32 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 4, 2019
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:29 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Mar 4, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Mar 4, 2019 7:20 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
24 species

Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 18
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 8
European Starling 17
Evening Grosbeak 2
House Finch 10
Purple Finch 31
American Goldfinch 13
Fox Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 18
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 4
Red-winged Blackbird 98
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 1
Northern Cardinal 10

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

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Date: 3/4/19 12:04 pm
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Pelican
Martin Powney reported the White Pelican was at Sycamore Ponds at 12:15
p.m. today.

With the cold temperature forecast the next few days, Martin suggested the
ponds may freeze over the next night or two.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
 

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Date: 3/4/19 8:07 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: cowbird
The snow is really bringing in the birds this morning.
first of the season brown-headed cowbird
about 100 red-winged blackbirds
several Amer. robins along the driveway
2 evening grosbeaks still around
at least a dozen purple finches
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, wV
 

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Date: 3/3/19 3:26 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks --- Mon. County
Hi all,

After seeing the mountainous areas hogging all the Evening Grosbeaks thus
far this season, I was finally treated to a visit from a trio (1M and 2F)
at my feeders this evening. This is in Morgantown near the football stadium
in the Tanglewood area. This is the first time I have had them in my yard.
Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 3/3/19 7:06 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: Red-throated Loon - Kimsey Run Lake
The Red-throated Loon that was found yesterday by Fred Atwood is still
present as of 10am. It was hanging out with a Lesser Scaup between the dam
and the fisherman's peninsula.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 3/2/19 8:58 pm
From: Fred Atwood <FAtwood...>
Subject: 2 Red-throated Loons, Long-tailed Duck, other waterfowl, etc Hardy, Grant, Pendleton
Hello WV Birders
I had a great day birding today, making a big loop through Hardy
(Wardensville wastewater ponds, Kimsey Run Lake, and Teets Cattle Farm
pond), Grant (Thorn Run, Belle Babb, Martin, Stony River Dam Rd, Hogueland,
my cabin, South Mill Creek Lake), and Pendleton (Franklin Wastewater ponds,
Brushy Fork, Big and Little Stony, Little Fork, and Broad Run), mostly to
check to see what waterfowl were around.

I found 74 species including 20 species of waterfowl (25 if you include
loons, grebes, coot and gull), as well as a Golden Eagle, and calling
flyover Red Crossbill. Most exciting were TWO Red-throated Loons, one at
Kimsey Run Lake and the other in Pendleton at the end of the day at Broad
Run Lake. This was a state lifer for me. Another unsual bird for the area
was the female Long-tailed Duck at Belle Babb. It was only my second in WV.
Please remember if you bird this lake, to park off the road at entrance to
the small dirt road just upstream from the upper end of the lake where it
floods back into the woods and meadow. This road's name has the word "Rail"
in it. Also do not go beyond the fence. The landowners are friendly if you
obey these two rules. I bumped into Aaron Graham a little later and he said
he saw the same long-tailed duck a little earlier in the day.

I finished the day at Broad Run Lake in Brandywine (Pendleton). The lake
had over 150 waterfowl in it including some unidentified dabblers flying in
at near-darkness. Also a Screech Owl was calling and I heard the chirping
notes of a woodcock display flight once.

To see detailed lists for each location check out the Explore Data county
pages in eBird. Aaron Graham has some lists from a few other locales in
Grant that I did not get to including a great destination at Mt Storm Lake
(Grassy Run Rd) that I will need to get to more often in the future!
Below I will list the totals for the waterfowl and what counties I saw them
in, and maybe another note or two.
120 Canada Geese (all)
6 Tundra Swan (Teets Cattle Farm, Hardy)
12 Wood Duck (4 locations in H, P)
12 Gadwall (all, 5 locations)
14 American Wigeon (all, 5 locations)
26 Mallard (all, 6 locations)
17 Am Black Duck (G,P)
11 Pintail (Kimsey, Teets in Hardy, S Mill Cr in Grant)
15 Canvasback (H, G, P, including 12 males at Broad Run, Pendleton)
53 Redheads (H, G, P including 34 at Stony River Dam Rd pond, Grant)
115 Ring-necked Duck, seemed to be everywhere (H,G,P with high of 27 at S
Mill Cr Grant)
6 Greater Scaup (H, G: Wardensville and Thorn Run)
71 Lesser Scaup, seemed to be everywhere, 11 locations H,G,P with high of
22 at Broad Run (Pendleton)
1 Long-tailed Duck (Belle Babb, Grant)
8 Bufflehead 4 locations in H,G,P)
2 Common Goldeneye at Teets Cattle Farm pond (Hardy)
14 Hooded Merganser 4 locations in G,P
82 Common Mergansers 7 locations in all, high of 67 at Broad Run (Pendleton)
2 Ruddy Duck: single birds at Kimsey and S Mill Cr (H,G)
1 Pied-billed Grebe at Kimsey (H)
2 Horned Grebe at Kimsey (H)
1 Coot at Teets (H)
42 Ring-billed Gull at Wardensville (H)
2 Red-throated Loon Kimsey Run L (H) and Broad Run L (Pendleton)

Also of Note
35 Wild Turkey seen along route 48 just before Moorefield
23 Killdeer 6 locations in H,G,P
1 Woodcock Broad Run (P)
1 Golden Eagle intersection of Thorn Run and corridor H (48) in Grant
1 Harrier (Stony River Dam Rd, Grant )
1 Winter Wren and 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches at S Mill Cr Lake (G)
1 Red Crossbill Little Fork (Pendleton)
8 White-crowned Sparrow Franklin WTP (P)
over 1000 mixed blackbirds/starlings/cowbirds at Hogueland (G) which I
scope-scanned for rusty blackbirds and rarities but found nothing unusual

All the best
Fred Atwood
Cabins, Grant Co, WV
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA
 

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Date: 3/2/19 5:34 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Mar 2, 2019
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Date: Sat, Mar 2, 2019 at 8:32 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Mar 2, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Mar 2, 2019 9:43 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Eagle Survey
24 species

Canada Goose 1
Hooded Merganser 3
Common Merganser 4
Ring-billed Gull 35
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 5
Golden Eagle 1 immature
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 7 2 adults, 1 sub-adult, 2 2nd year & 2 1st year
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 14
American Crow 4
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 40
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 4
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53302109

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Date: 3/2/19 4:00 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Thanks Fred
Thanks Fred for posting the Red Throated Loon


Good Bird


Diane Holsinger
 

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Date: 3/2/19 3:59 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck (sort of)
Late Saturday afternoon a molting male Long-Tailed Duck was hanging out with 7 female Buffleheads 1/10 of a mile upstream from Moulton Park on the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County. The bird was still in its attractive winter plumage, but his long tail was missing.

Patsy & Ken Hunter
Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/2/19 8:09 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Pelican
The White Pelican is resting at Sycamore Ponds. Mike Williams reported it a
little while ago and I just saw it. Some folks have gone down to the ponds
for pictures. This is private Solvay land. So please keep that in mind.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
--
Sent from Gmail Mobile
 

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Date: 3/2/19 6:37 am
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: Red throated loon in Hardy
Kimsey Run Lake At 8:30 AM. also pintails and horned grebes etc. Nearby at Teets Cattle Farm Pond tundra swans, scaup, goldeneye, redheads, ring-necked, buffleheads, coot.

Wardensville wastewater ponds had all the Aythya ducks as well as wigeon gadwall wood ducks and ring billed gulls.

Heading to Grant now.
Fred Atwood
Grant Co
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 3/1/19 7:58 pm
From: Andy Weaks <awboat...>
Subject: Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
My biggest complaint, and advice, is for people to quit using abbreviations
for birds. Unless the first time you use the birds given name, then the the
abbreviation, and then go ahead use the abbreviation from there out. That
is just common usage when using short hand, and common courtesy to someone
that is not as smart as you.

I am not learning the codes now, and there are lots of confusing ones. Like
I said MODO, maybe. But this is not a bird banders website. Lots of
beginners use this site. If I see someone that only uses codes in the
header or the body, I skip the entry. It is offensive to me.

On Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 9:54 PM Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
wrote:

> Actually, there are several Glaucous-winged Gull records in eBird from St.
> John's in Newfoundland, 1 in New Hampshire, and 1 in, of all places,
> Alabama.
>
> Terry
>
> On Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 8:44 PM Richard Gregg <greggra...>
> wrote:
>
> > Oops. I saw Glaucous Gulls (GLGU),here in Belle. Not Glaucous-winged
> > Gulls, (GWGU) . The GWGU’s were in Alaska and I had a “slight” memory
> lapse.
> >
> > Thanks to Andy Weaks for quickly pointing out my mistake. I do regret any
> > inconvenience this may have caused and will endeavor to do better in the
> > future.
> >
> > Rick Gregg
> > Kanawha County
> >
> >
> > > On Mar 1, 2019, at 7:38 PM, Richard Gregg <greggra...>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > To all Kanawha County Birders:
> > > This evening at dusk, around 15:30, a large flock of white birds were
> > flying downriver at Belle, Kanawha Co., WV. They were between 100 to 200
> > flying fast and between 5 to 15 feet above the river.
> > >
> > > I really don’t know what they were but my best guess would be
> > Ring-billed Gulls. I don’t think they were Mergansers or ducks. We had
> > numerous sightings of RBGU going back and forth all day with the largest
> > flight numbering 45, (hard count). There may be some unusual species
> within
> > a flock of over a hundred. In the past HERG, GWGU, BOGU, FOTE and CATE
> have
> > been observed in Belle.
> > >
> > > A quick trip to the Marmet Locks didn’t turn up anything. By the time I
> > got there, it was just too dark to see. The Kanawha is running high, fast
> > and very milky in the tailwater of the dams. Thus, any waterfowl will be
> > carried quickly downstream until the current slows in the next dam’s
> pool.
> > >
> > > This is just a head’s-up for any Birders along the Kanawha to be on the
> > lookout. It could be interesting if we can find them-assuming they aren’t
> > at the Great Lakes by morning.
> > >
> > > Rick Gregg,
> > > Kanawha Co., WV
> >
>
>
> --
> Terry Bronson
> Marietta, OH
>
 

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Date: 3/1/19 6:54 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
Actually, there are several Glaucous-winged Gull records in eBird from St.
John's in Newfoundland, 1 in New Hampshire, and 1 in, of all places,
Alabama.

Terry

On Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 8:44 PM Richard Gregg <greggra...> wrote:

> Oops. I saw Glaucous Gulls (GLGU),here in Belle. Not Glaucous-winged
> Gulls, (GWGU) . The GWGU’s were in Alaska and I had a “slight” memory lapse.
>
> Thanks to Andy Weaks for quickly pointing out my mistake. I do regret any
> inconvenience this may have caused and will endeavor to do better in the
> future.
>
> Rick Gregg
> Kanawha County
>
>
> > On Mar 1, 2019, at 7:38 PM, Richard Gregg <greggra...>
> wrote:
> >
> > To all Kanawha County Birders:
> > This evening at dusk, around 15:30, a large flock of white birds were
> flying downriver at Belle, Kanawha Co., WV. They were between 100 to 200
> flying fast and between 5 to 15 feet above the river.
> >
> > I really don’t know what they were but my best guess would be
> Ring-billed Gulls. I don’t think they were Mergansers or ducks. We had
> numerous sightings of RBGU going back and forth all day with the largest
> flight numbering 45, (hard count). There may be some unusual species within
> a flock of over a hundred. In the past HERG, GWGU, BOGU, FOTE and CATE have
> been observed in Belle.
> >
> > A quick trip to the Marmet Locks didn’t turn up anything. By the time I
> got there, it was just too dark to see. The Kanawha is running high, fast
> and very milky in the tailwater of the dams. Thus, any waterfowl will be
> carried quickly downstream until the current slows in the next dam’s pool.
> >
> > This is just a head’s-up for any Birders along the Kanawha to be on the
> lookout. It could be interesting if we can find them-assuming they aren’t
> at the Great Lakes by morning.
> >
> > Rick Gregg,
> > Kanawha Co., WV
>


--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 3/1/19 5:44 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
Oops. I saw Glaucous Gulls (GLGU),here in Belle. Not Glaucous-winged Gulls, (GWGU) . The GWGU’s were in Alaska and I had a “slight” memory lapse.

Thanks to Andy Weaks for quickly pointing out my mistake. I do regret any inconvenience this may have caused and will endeavor to do better in the future.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha County


> On Mar 1, 2019, at 7:38 PM, Richard Gregg <greggra...> wrote:
>
> To all Kanawha County Birders:
> This evening at dusk, around 15:30, a large flock of white birds were flying downriver at Belle, Kanawha Co., WV. They were between 100 to 200 flying fast and between 5 to 15 feet above the river.
>
> I really don’t know what they were but my best guess would be Ring-billed Gulls. I don’t think they were Mergansers or ducks. We had numerous sightings of RBGU going back and forth all day with the largest flight numbering 45, (hard count). There may be some unusual species within a flock of over a hundred. In the past HERG, GWGU, BOGU, FOTE and CATE have been observed in Belle.
>
> A quick trip to the Marmet Locks didn’t turn up anything. By the time I got there, it was just too dark to see. The Kanawha is running high, fast and very milky in the tailwater of the dams. Thus, any waterfowl will be carried quickly downstream until the current slows in the next dam’s pool.
>
> This is just a head’s-up for any Birders along the Kanawha to be on the lookout. It could be interesting if we can find them-assuming they aren’t at the Great Lakes by morning.
>
> Rick Gregg,
> Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 3/1/19 5:23 pm
From: Andy Weaks <awboat...>
Subject: Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
There is a record of Glaucous-winged Gull in Belle??? GWGU?? Right?

I searched ebird and couldn't find it. I think you need to report it.

If you saw it and didn't report it, well. not sure what to say. I am still
utterly pissed off that no one reported the Great Knot. You can go and look
at the thread on the list serve if you want to be educated.

Or, you could just quit using Banding Codes in your sightings. Please.
Well, except MODO.

Yes, I am dick, (been kicked off Facebook wvbirds cause I am dick (look up
about the Great Knot thread), hell, even been kicked off ABA birds
Facebook) but there few things that piss me off more than birders using
banding codes to report birds. It is arrogant and, as we see in your post,
useless and miss-informative.

There has never been a Glaucous winged Gull found east of the Great Lakes.
One of the most important things in life is being able to effectively
communicate your information to another. Using CODE, whether being an
insider with a unique language, or as a pseudo "birder", it does not give
you props. I can talk for hours about stormwater management and unless you
are in the KNOW, you wouldn't understand a thing I said.

On Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 7:38 PM Richard Gregg <greggra...> wrote:

> To all Kanawha County Birders:
> This evening at dusk, around 15:30, a large flock of white birds were
> flying downriver at Belle, Kanawha Co., WV. They were between 100 to 200
> flying fast and between 5 to 15 feet above the river.
>
> I really don’t know what they were but my best guess would be Ring-billed
> Gulls. I don’t think they were Mergansers or ducks. We had numerous
> sightings of RBGU going back and forth all day with the largest flight
> numbering 45, (hard count). There may be some unusual species within a
> flock of over a hundred. In the past HERG, GWGU, BOGU, FOTE and CATE have
> been observed in Belle.
>
> A quick trip to the Marmet Locks didn’t turn up anything. By the time I
> got there, it was just too dark to see. The Kanawha is running high, fast
> and very milky in the tailwater of the dams. Thus, any waterfowl will be
> carried quickly downstream until the current slows in the next dam’s pool.
>
> This is just a head’s-up for any Birders along the Kanawha to be on the
> lookout. It could be interesting if we can find them-assuming they aren’t
> at the Great Lakes by morning.
>
> Rick Gregg,
> Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 3/1/19 4:57 pm
From: Andy Weaks <awboat...>
Subject: New yard bird
Walking back from the garage this afternoon I heard a high pitched call,
from way far away, said, "WTF is that?" sounds gull-like, then heard a
guttural call, and then a high pitched call. Looked up, way way up, and saw
4 gulls flying north. Damn. I am way way way away from any water. Ran to
get the binoculars and they all looked the same. So, calling them Ring
billed, my list, my call.

But no matter what, really cool to see gulls where I live. The Cranes a
couple of years ago were cooler, but gulls around here are not expected,
ever. And the Osprey was cool too. But Gulls, here!! Living in the middle
of nowhere northern WV ya got to take your pleasures as you can.

Also lots of Robins around too today. I think they, along with the Tree
Swallows down in the Huntington area are going to be really bummed out next
week.,

Northern Marion County. Near Grant Town.
 

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Date: 3/1/19 4:56 pm
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: Re: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
There were roughly 1000 RBGU on Rt 817 outside of Henderson in Mason Co.
this afternoon. The only non-RBGU were a couple dozen Herring gulls, and a
Bonaparte's gull feeding by itself. Did not see any other suspicious
looking birds but it was difficult work to scan so many gulls when they
were leap-frogging each other while feeding.

This group has quickly grown from 30-40 on Monday to it's current number.
By far the most gulls I've seen at one time in WV.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV



On Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 7:38 PM Richard Gregg <greggra...> wrote:

> To all Kanawha County Birders:
> This evening at dusk, around 15:30, a large flock of white birds were
> flying downriver at Belle, Kanawha Co., WV. They were between 100 to 200
> flying fast and between 5 to 15 feet above the river.
>
> I really don’t know what they were but my best guess would be Ring-billed
> Gulls. I don’t think they were Mergansers or ducks. We had numerous
> sightings of RBGU going back and forth all day with the largest flight
> numbering 45, (hard count). There may be some unusual species within a
> flock of over a hundred. In the past HERG, GWGU, BOGU, FOTE and CATE have
> been observed in Belle.
>
> A quick trip to the Marmet Locks didn’t turn up anything. By the time I
> got there, it was just too dark to see. The Kanawha is running high, fast
> and very milky in the tailwater of the dams. Thus, any waterfowl will be
> carried quickly downstream until the current slows in the next dam’s pool.
>
> This is just a head’s-up for any Birders along the Kanawha to be on the
> lookout. It could be interesting if we can find them-assuming they aren’t
> at the Great Lakes by morning.
>
> Rick Gregg,
> Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 3/1/19 4:38 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Kan. Co.: 150 White Birds
To all Kanawha County Birders:
This evening at dusk, around 15:30, a large flock of white birds were flying downriver at Belle, Kanawha Co., WV. They were between 100 to 200 flying fast and between 5 to 15 feet above the river.

I really don’t know what they were but my best guess would be Ring-billed Gulls. I don’t think they were Mergansers or ducks. We had numerous sightings of RBGU going back and forth all day with the largest flight numbering 45, (hard count). There may be some unusual species within a flock of over a hundred. In the past HERG, GWGU, BOGU, FOTE and CATE have been observed in Belle.

A quick trip to the Marmet Locks didn’t turn up anything. By the time I got there, it was just too dark to see. The Kanawha is running high, fast and very milky in the tailwater of the dams. Thus, any waterfowl will be carried quickly downstream until the current slows in the next dam’s pool.

This is just a head’s-up for any Birders along the Kanawha to be on the lookout. It could be interesting if we can find them-assuming they aren’t at the Great Lakes by morning.

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 3/1/19 4:22 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mar 1, 2019
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Date: Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 7:19 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mar 1, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Mar 1, 2019 2:04 PM - 2:14 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 43 degrees, rain
7 species

Canada Goose 1
Wood Duck 5
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 48
American Black Duck 14
Ring-necked Duck 13
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53264602

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

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Date: 3/1/19 4:22 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mar 1, 2019
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 7:12 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mar 1, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Mar 1, 2019 1:20 PM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
4 species

Canada Goose 6
Northern Shoveler 3
Mallard 2
Hooded Merganser 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53264415

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Date: 3/1/19 12:07 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Bald eagle at Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area, Harrisville
An adult Bald Eagle flew over the parking area, headed upstream at noon today.

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie

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Date: 3/1/19 8:31 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Now 2 Red-necked Grebes at Shelley gravel pit
Missed one on first scan; thought it was a Red-breasted Merganser. 3 of
those present.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 3/1/19 8:14 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Red-necked Grebe in Washington County, OH
In old Shelley gravel pit across from Haessely Lumber on Route 7 about 10
miles north of Marietta.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 3/1/19 7:50 am
From: Jim Triplett <jtrippy...>
Subject: Ring-billed Gulls
Just now, 10:30AM, Ring-billed Gulls at Lowes in Kanawha City, 5750 MacCorkle Ave,SE, Charleston,WV.
At least 8 seen from across the street.

Jim Triplett 304-539-3554
Charleston, WV
 

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Date: 3/1/19 7:47 am
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Burkhart/Williams residence, Mar 1, 2019
On Friday, March 1, 2019 10:41 AM, "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...> wrote:


Burkhart/Williams residence, Ritchie, West Virginia, US
Mar 1, 2019 8:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:    Feeders/yard; 30 degrees F; overcast.  Very patchy, scant snow/sleet cover. Huge flock of Red-winged Blackbirds.
2 species

Red-winged Blackbird  300    Huge (at least for a front yard!) flock of Red-winged Blackbirds swooped into yard.  Stayed for about 45 minutes. Pictures only show small part of the flock.
Common Grackle  3    Saw 3 amongst the Red-winged Blackbirds.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53248190

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Date: 3/1/19 6:07 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: White Pelican continues in Pleasants County, WV
Roosting at 8:30 am at Sycamore Pond in its usual spot.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 2/28/19 8:54 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: Tree Swallow Influx (Cabell)
A couple hundred Tree Swallows are hawking for insects near the Jenkins
home at Greenbottom WMA in Cabell County.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 2/28/19 4:48 am
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: American Woodcock and Wood Frog
Jumped an American Woodcock, first of the year, while hiking in my woods Wednesday evening. The Wood Frogs in my pond first called Sunday the 2/24th but it ended shortly due to the weather, no eggs. My sister Lou Fauber sent me a video of them in Kanawha State Forest on the 2/21st.

Tom Fox
Millstone, Calhoun Co.

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Date: 2/27/19 7:37 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: bird noise in the yard this morning
fussing robins
12 red-winged blackbirds
song, fox, white-throated & field sparrows
cardinal
both chickadees
titmice
2 brown creepers
2 very vocal common ravens
red-shouldered hawk
2 Carolina wrens
house finches
towhee
white-breasted nuthatch
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 2/27/19 6:29 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Jefferson Co. Meadowlarks, Northern Harrier
This morning was a busy morning with bird activity in Bardane, USDA Fruit Research Center. Two singing Meadowlarks were observed as well as a Northern Harrier. Checklist includes photos. Maybe Spring is drawing closer.

N. Wade Snyder
Kearneysville

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Date: 2/27/19 4:39 pm
From: Rodney <rodbartgis...>
Subject: Terrific waterfowl diversity
It has been great waterfowl diversity in the Potomac counties this week, especially in the Shenandoah Valley. Today, Bob Dean and I visited several sites in Berkeley County and had Canada Goose (almost 1000 across all sites), 2 Cackling Geese (Shipper Court Pond), Green-winged Teal, Redhead (25 at Swan Pond), Canvasback, America Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck (40 at Stonebridge Ponds), Northern Pintail, Black Duck, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Horned Grebe (1 at West End Quarry), Mute Swan (1 at Stonebridge). Swan Pond had 11 species of waterfowl. In Jefferson County, the Shenandoah River was still high but we had Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser & Common Goldeneye on the river plus 72 Redhead, 44 Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck and a Coot at Country Club Road Ponds. Later, I saw 4 Tundra Swans, Ring-necked Duck, and Canada Goose at Wardensville WTP in Hardy County. That was 21 waterfowl species in one day. We also had a harrier and fish crows in Berkeley County and a bald eagle in Jefferson County.
Yesterday, at various flood control lakes between Sugar Grove and Brandywine in Pendleton County I saw Canada Goose, Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, Mallard, Common & Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup (11 at Broad Run Lake) and Canada Goose, plus an immature golden eagle at the high pass on Snowy Mountain Road. I found red-breasted nuthatches at two sites, in Virginia pines both times.
Rodney Bartgis, Valley Bend, Randolph County

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Date: 2/27/19 4:02 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: peent
For the last 15 minutes, from our yard, we have been listening to our
first of the season American woodcocks. We got to see one fly by before it
got too dark.
Also, this morning we heard our first wood frogs of the season in Bluestone
State Park.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 2/27/19 12:43 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Eastern Screech-owls and white-headed cardinal
For about the last two weeks, we have been serenaded each night by the bounce calls of Eastern Screech-owls. They can be heard anywhere between a little after sundown to midnight. The calls come from the ridges to the south or west of our home, and are a soft and gentle reminder that the owls are around. In contrast, the Great Horned Owls that were calling back in early January have been quite for some time.

We also were revisited by a female Northern Cardinal that has a white head. The crest feathers are normal coloring, but the rest of the head and neck feathers are white. She first appeared last year at our feeders during the winter of 2018, and I thought she might not have made to 2019. But when the weather turned cold last week, there she was! Glad she is still around.

Gary O. Rankin
Lavalett, WV
Wayne Co.
 

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Date: 2/27/19 9:47 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Pine warbler
Had our first of the season pine warbler in Bluestone State Park this
morning.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 2/27/19 9:44 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: PVAS Bird Walk - Virginius Island (+ Peregrine sighting)
The promise of mild weather brought folks out this morning; but guess
what? despite the relatively late start time of 8:30, the cold air
lingered, temps rising above freezing in three hours but never lifting out
of the 30's. Plus the "friendly" breeze off the river really chilled us
down. WOW!

Still - the sun was shining, and there was bird activity for much of the
walk. A couple of new birders became enthralled with decent looks at
Pileated Woodpecker, Red-shouldered hawk, Belted Kingfisher and Common
Mergansers. It's always fun introducing birds to fresh eyes. The river
level is still way up, we got a little muddy, but we learned that the
reason the geese are spending lots of time on the railroad tracks is that
they are gobbling up the milled wheat that has leaked out of the hopper
cars en route to market. Interesting! We were surprised NOT to see
Yellow-rumped warblers or Winter wrens. We were happy to see Robin numbers
increasing.

After the walk, 4 of us drove to The Point in Lower Town to look for
falcons. Sure enough - thanks, Mike! - there, sitting tight on a rock ledge
about 10 ft above the left hand upper corner of the Powder sign, was a
Peregrine. We were able to get great looks through Mike's scope and Carol's
camera. Great way to end the morning.

Thanks to all participants for joining in today's walk.

Deb Hale
35 Species:
Canada Goose
Mallard
American Black Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Ring-billed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
 

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Date: 2/27/19 7:22 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Feb 27, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)Feb 27, 201910:13 AMTraveling3.30 miles60 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments:FOY killdeerLots of Robin's, blackbirds and starlings2 Canada Goose 2 Mallard 1 Wild Turkey 1 Killdeer 2 Turkey Vulture 2 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 6 Blue Jay 50 American Crow 2 Carolina Chickadee 3 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Carolina Wren 10 Eastern Bluebird 29 American Robin 50 European Starling 5 White-throated Sparrow 15 Song Sparrow 6 Red-winged Blackbird 5 Northern Cardinal 4 House Sparrow Number of Taxa: 21Paul McKayOhio CountySent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 2/26/19 7:36 pm
From: Hannah Clipp <hlclipp...>
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
Hi all,

I did two partial circuits of the usual Cheat Lake route earlier this
afternoon (2/26/19). The first run-through was on my own at noon. For the
second round at 3 pm, I was helping with a West Virginia University
Ornithology class field trip. Best birds of the day were a very handsome
trio of male Red-breasted Mergansers seen from under the I-68 bridge,
looking north (towards Sunset Harbor).

Below are the total waterbird species and approximate numbers I counted
between the two trips.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose 15-20
Mallard 4 (2 pairs)
Bufflehead ~25 total
Common Goldeneye 1 male

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Scaup sp. at least 5, a bit too far to get looks good enough to identify
to species
Canvasback 2 males
Bufflehead at least 20
Hooded Merganser 2 (male and female pair)
Red-breasted Merganser 3 crisp-looking males

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard at least 5
American Black Duck 2 (male and female pair)
Bufflehead 4
Hooded Merganser 1

Good birding,
Hannah

--
Hannah L. Clipp
PhD Student | Associate Wildlife Biologist®
West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
West Virginia University
 

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Date: 2/26/19 2:52 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area
Spent an hour on this beautiful spring- like day photographing any birds I could find. Some nice ones of Mockingbird, and interesting ones of C geese on a standing snag. 2 geese look especially dark, with less white on breast than others.
ebird report attached. Hope everyone else was out enjoying the sunshine, too.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53168997
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie county, WV



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Date: 2/26/19 12:20 pm
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Fwd: Pelican
From Josh Holland this afternoon.

Jon

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From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 3:16 PM
Subject: Re: Pelican
To: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>


Pelican, bald eagles, and a beautiful male red-breasted merganser were at
Sycamore Pond at 2:45.

Josh


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Date: 2/26/19 8:52 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: Rt2 & 817 Birds (Cabell/Mason)
On my way up to Parkersburg I had a few birds of note.

3 Rusty Blackbird (Greenbottom)
2 Tundra Swan (Crab Creek farm)
9 Tundra Swan (817 near D&W Homes)
17 Pintail " " "
13 Greater White-fronted Goose " "
1 Bonaparte's Gull " " "

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 2/26/19 7:21 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Feb 26, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)Feb 26, 20198:36 AMTraveling2.30 miles99 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments: mixed flock of starlings, Robin's and red winged blackbirds working my pasture looking for seeds. 2 Canada Goose 2 Mourning Dove 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 7 Blue Jay 25 American Crow 8 Carolina Chickadee 4 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Carolina Wren 6 Eastern Bluebird 7 American Robin 25 European Starling 5 American Goldfinch 5 White-throated Sparrow 12 Song Sparrow 2 Eastern Towhee 9 Red-winged Blackbird 6 Northern Cardinal 5 House Sparrow Number of Taxa: 23Paul McKayOhio CountySent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 2/26/19 5:45 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Feb 25, 2019
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Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 8:41 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Feb 25, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Feb 25, 2019 1:51 PM - 2:01 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 42 degrees, sunny
7 species

Canada Goose 22
Mallard 28
American Black Duck 12
Ring-necked Duck 39
Bufflehead 3
Common Goldeneye 2
Turkey Vulture 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53156045

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Date: 2/26/19 4:26 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Fwd: Pelican
Got this from Stephanie Carpenter this morning. She had seen 11 Bald
Eagles at Sycamore Ponds last week. (The most at one sighting I have heard
about at that location.)

Jon Benedetti

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From: Stephanie Carpenter <stefndug412...>
Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 7:12 AM
Subject: Pelican
To: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>


My husband saw the White Pelican at the Ponds on Rt 2 about 7am this
morning.
 

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Date: 2/25/19 7:46 pm
From: Darrell Good <darzgood...>
Subject: Mute Swan, ducks at Kimsey Run Lake
Kimsey Run Lake, Hardy, West Virginia, US
Feb 25, 2019 5:35 PM - 5:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments: Windy
11 species

Canada Goose 14
Mute Swan 1
Ring-necked Duck 2
Lesser Scaup 2
Common Merganser 6
Bald Eagle 3
Cedar Waxwing 35
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Red-winged Blackbird 30

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53150024

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

Darrell Good
Hardy County
Baker WV
 

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Date: 2/25/19 7:04 pm
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: Screech-Owl Chronicles, Winter 2018-2019 Issue - Jefferson County
The 2018 owl breeding season on our property north of Charles Town, West Virginia was a sad one. We had no owl activity, and it was the first year that we had empty nest boxes since the boxes were erected in 2012. We will never know why, but I can say that we had a lot more free time in the early spring evenings when we would normally be spying on owls from the living room window with a scope. A new nearby subdivision began construction in what used to be a farmed field, so I suspect the disturbance could be a possible reason we lost the owls that season. There may be other factors involved also.


The subdivision is still being built and is slowly growing, but we were fortunate to have a red morph owl show up on October 23, 2018. This owl stayed with us until November 15, 2018. It disappeared after that, and we had no occupancy in any of the owl boxes, until just recently.


At 5:40 PM on February 19, 2019, we observed a gray morph owl with its head popped out of the nest box hole of our middle nest box. We had one morning sighting of our gray morph "screechie" at 6:50 AM on February 20 before it dropped into the box for its daytime sleep. It then was not seen at all the next day or night, and it was a sad time in our household. We wondered if we were going to have another breeding season with no owls.


Then the following evening on February 22, we discovered our "screechie" seemed to have brought home a friend from the night before. Sweet! There has been no trilling on our property this fall or winter. I miss not hearing the owl sounds of love in the air, but I am happy regardless.


We had only evening sightings from Feb 22 to date, including tonight. We watched one food delivery on the night of February 22 and then tonight, February 25, we watched a first quick food drop by an owl into an empty box hole. Obviously there was an owl inside waiting, but it did not show itself. A few minutes later, the aerial owl flew by again and hung on the nest box hole for at least 2 minutes, head inside. It could have been the male owl regurgitating food for his bride. We were able to observe this only via night vision scope. All this activity is happening in the dark.


Hopefully this is the start of something good.



BIRDMOM

Jefferson County, West Virginia
 

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Date: 2/25/19 4:10 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: White-wined Scoter/Pleasant Creek WMA--Tygart Lake Boat Launch/Taylor County
There was a White-winged Scoter at the Pleasant Creek WMA Tygart Lake Boat Launch late this morning (2/25/19) it was floating around sleeping with some Greater Scaup..Scope needed. There was also Lesser Scaup & Buffleheads at Doe Run Sub-impoundment...

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 2/25/19 8:21 am
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Black Vulture;Sharp-shinned Hawk;woodpeckers
Yesterday a Black Vulture flew (blew?) over the yard.
This morning, the Sharpie that has been visiting our yard was here again and I got a few photos. Immediately after he left, the suet feeders were FULL of woodpeckers: 2 Pileated,5 Downy, 5 Red-bellied, and 2 Hairy.
ebird report attached.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie Co.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53127506
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Date: 2/25/19 6:05 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Pelican
Connie Dalecreports White Pelican at Sycamore Ponds this morning at 8:10.

Jon Benedetti
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Date: 2/24/19 1:43 pm
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: Phone
Thanks I got it!Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 2/24/19 6:28 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: White Pelican
Pelican at Mute Swan Pond 9:25 a. m. Below WI L&D on Route 2.

Jon Benedetti
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