WV-BIRD
Received From Subject
1/23/20 3:55 pm 'Nam Vet <namvet45...> Re: Red-shouldered hawks
1/23/20 3:41 pm Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> FOY Woodcock (Cabell)
1/23/20 1:29 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 23, 2020
1/23/20 12:46 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Red-shouldered hawks
1/23/20 11:52 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Pine Siskins/Randolph County
1/22/20 5:15 pm Bryan Smith <pondforkspecial...> Black-crowned Night Heron
1/22/20 3:01 pm Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Hermit Thrush (FOY)- Yard- Summit Point
1/22/20 8:44 am Richard Bailey <wvbirds...> Final photo request for 2nd WV Breeding Bird Atlas book
1/21/20 7:45 pm Deb Hale <debhale72...> Gee, but it's great to be back home
1/21/20 2:44 am Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> White-crowned Sparrow (FOY)-Yard- Summit Point
1/20/20 5:16 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> RFI: Trumpeter Swan in Milton
1/20/20 1:59 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Peregrine falcon & golden eagle
1/19/20 3:45 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 19, 2020
1/19/20 3:45 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jan 19, 2020
1/18/20 10:31 am Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Brown Creeper(Yard), Killdeer(Shen. River) FOY birds
1/17/20 8:10 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Lake View Trail to Knob Ridge Rd. gate, PipestemState Park, Jan 17, 2020
1/16/20 1:28 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 16, 2020
1/15/20 2:19 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Sweet ending
1/14/20 6:10 pm Richard Bailey <wvbirds...> Loggerhead shrike, Pocahontas County
1/14/20 3:18 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Eagle Survey
1/14/20 10:15 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Purple Finch (Tucker)
1/14/20 5:31 am Doug Wood <chingwe1755...> Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 12 Jan 2020 to 13 Jan 2020 (#2020-13)
1/13/20 3:35 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Unusual Jefferson Co. European Starling
1/13/20 1:15 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV, US, Jan 13, 2020
1/12/20 4:22 pm James Speicher <0000011f2d18fdda-dmarc-request...> Of possible interest to WV birders residing in Jefferson/Berkeley/Morgan/Hampshire/Mineral Counties
1/12/20 3:16 pm James Fox <jmsfox11...> Rough-legged Hawk, Tucker County
1/11/20 2:46 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Long-eared owl and a few ducks
1/11/20 9:00 am Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Barred Owl, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (FOY) Yard- Summit Point
1/9/20 5:49 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Mid-winter gold!
1/9/20 3:12 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> bathing eagles & other raptors
1/9/20 11:48 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Jan 9, 2020
1/8/20 8:58 pm Wilma <wjar...> fox then a great horned owl
1/7/20 4:08 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Birds and Snow
1/7/20 12:22 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Merlin Report
1/7/20 8:30 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jan 7, 2020
1/7/20 7:30 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: Herring Gull
1/6/20 4:00 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Rough-legged Hawk/Tucker County
1/6/20 2:29 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 6, 2020
1/6/20 2:28 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Moncove Lake State Park, Jan 6, 2020
1/6/20 9:33 am <lmeth...> <lmeth...> Cowbird
1/5/20 4:27 pm Bryan Smith <pondforkspecial...> Continuing Merlin
1/5/20 2:59 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 5, 2020
1/5/20 1:55 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Birds of Note: Bald Eagle, Peregrines
1/5/20 11:11 am Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> WV Bird Records Committee Happenings
1/5/20 7:33 am DAVID PATICK <patick...> Huntington Christmas Count
1/4/20 3:09 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Ducks
1/4/20 2:26 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - West Virginia, Jan 4, 2020
1/3/20 7:56 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Turkey Vulture (Tucker)
1/3/20 7:39 am Rankin, Gary <rankin...> New birds for 2020
1/2/20 2:31 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 2, 2020
1/2/20 10:55 am laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> January Blues
1/2/20 10:40 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Fwd: eBird Report - Seneca Rocks - Trail, Jan 2, 2020
1/2/20 8:23 am Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> FOY
1/1/20 10:20 pm Roy Boyle <royboyle...> FOY
1/1/20 5:59 pm Bob Dean <bobdean52...> FOY
1/1/20 5:50 pm Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Re: LeConte’s
1/1/20 5:31 pm LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious...> FOY BIRD
1/1/20 5:19 pm Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...> FOY
1/1/20 4:58 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> FOY
1/1/20 4:49 pm Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...> LeConte’s
1/1/20 2:18 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - jct Rt 7 & Rt 122 Wayside Rd, Jan 1, 2020
1/1/20 1:33 pm Willa Grafton <0000014547b8aa3f-dmarc-request...> FOY Braxton County
1/1/20 9:47 am Laura Frazier <00000069bd1ca4c6-dmarc-request...> FOY
1/1/20 9:06 am Joette Borzik <pep4223...> First of Year Bird Robin Fest with Leucistic Robin - Jefferson County Yard
1/1/20 8:49 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Junco
1/1/20 7:57 am Wendy Perrone <wendy...> Re: FOY birds
1/1/20 7:44 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Another tie - FOY
1/1/20 7:05 am Sharyn Ogden <aussiebwat...> FOY birds
1/1/20 6:19 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> First of the year birds
1/1/20 5:54 am cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> FOY bird(s)
1/1/20 5:47 am Shannon Burner <shannonann66...> FOY Birds
1/1/20 4:42 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Tie
12/31/19 9:19 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y. Snow Goose
12/31/19 1:17 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Harrier
12/31/19 11:29 am Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb...> Parkersburg CBC
12/31/19 7:51 am Peggy Maynard <peggymaynard...> When do I listen for whippoorwihills? Send
12/31/19 6:48 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Dec 30, 2019
12/31/19 6:06 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> Re: Bird Of Note: Leucistic Cormorant?
12/31/19 5:57 am Adam Duerr <adam.duerr.az...> Re: Bird Of Note: Leucistic Cormorant?
12/30/19 1:36 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Re: Bird Of Note: Leucistic Cormorant?
12/30/19 11:40 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Kris Kringle
12/30/19 9:16 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> Bird Of Note: Leucistic Cormorant?
12/29/19 1:25 am Hilarie Jones <00000158ec6c1f87-dmarc-request...> Athens bird count
12/28/19 5:08 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Eagles, etc.
12/28/19 3:48 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Rte 2 Birding
12/28/19 12:22 pm Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...> LeConte’s Sparrow
12/28/19 6:08 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> Re: LeConte's Sparrow still present, Hardy County
12/27/19 3:12 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> black vultures with red wing tags, WV/VA line
12/27/19 12:49 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Rusty Blackbirds
12/26/19 7:06 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Touring Summers County
12/26/19 4:06 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Brown Thrasher
12/26/19 6:49 am Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Re: LeConte's Sparrow still present, Hardy County
12/25/19 6:54 pm Larry Schwab <larryschwab...> Fwd: eBird Report - Core Arboretum, Dec 24, 2019
12/25/19 4:12 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Marion County Miscellany
12/25/19 10:04 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Christmas treats
12/24/19 7:28 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Bluestone WMA, Dec 24, 2019
12/24/19 7:28 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Dec 24, 2019
12/24/19 6:49 pm Doren Burrell <g.immer...> Charleston CBC
12/24/19 6:31 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.S.: Common Loon
12/24/19 2:58 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Pipits, Peregrines and Pintails
 
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Date: 1/23/20 3:55 pm
From: 'Nam Vet <namvet45...>
Subject: Re: Red-shouldered hawks
Our Red-shouldered Hawk pair is busy calling nearly every day. They've been
part of our regulars in the 10 years we've been here.

On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 3:46 PM Bruni Haydl <bruni...> wrote:

> Yesterday morning coming back from our walk I admired the red-shouldered
> sitting in the neighbor's yard. When we reached the street there was
> another one sitting in the big tree in the field beyond.
>
> This morning as we entered the subdivision both birds were sitting on a
> locust branch. They were side by side but facing in the opposite
> direction. I imagined them sitting on one of those antique S-shaped
> loveseats.
>
> Bruni Haydl
>
> Jefferson Co.
>


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Date: 1/23/20 3:41 pm
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: FOY Woodcock (Cabell)
Heard an American Woodcock peenting just after sunset this evening at
Greenbottom WMA in Cabell Co. These can be found all over the wma but the
easiest and most reliable spot is on the left side of boatramp road on the
east end of the property.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 1/23/20 1:29 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 23, 2020
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 4:28 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 23, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Jan 23, 2020 2:25 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
9 species

Common Merganser 46
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Bald Eagle 9 sub-adult, 2 1st year & 6 2nd year birds
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63707352

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

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Date: 1/23/20 12:46 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Red-shouldered hawks
Yesterday morning coming back from our walk I admired the red-shouldered
sitting in the neighbor's yard.  When we reached the street there was
another one sitting in the big tree in the field beyond.

This morning as we entered the subdivision both birds were sitting  on a
locust  branch.  They were side by side but facing in the opposite
direction.  I imagined them sitting on one of those antique S-shaped
loveseats.

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co.
 

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Date: 1/23/20 11:52 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Pine Siskins/Randolph County
I had a flock of 8 or 9 Pine Siskins on Shavers Fork near Bowden today at 12:30 pm..First I've seen since Spring..


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/22/20 5:15 pm
From: Bryan Smith <pondforkspecial...>
Subject: Black-crowned Night Heron
This is an Ohio bird, and sorry if not allowed.
But, for those in the Huntington area that may be interested, Josh Holland, Mike Griffith, and myself found a Juvenile Black-crowded Night Heron at the mouth of Symmes Creek and the Ohio River this afternoon in Chesapeake, Ohio. Just across the Ohio River from Harris Riverfront in Huntington.

Before heading to work yesterday, I was at Symmes Creek boat launch and saw what I thought was a trash bag/Walmart bag in a tree. Today, that bag turned out to be a bird!

Bryan Smith
Proctorville, OH

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/22/20 3:01 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Hermit Thrush (FOY)- Yard- Summit Point
As I took a walk around the yard last evening, I found a Hermit Thrush in the back woods area eating from one of the vines there. I got some good looks before he flew back into the fence line bordering the field. This was my first sighting of this thrush for this year Then very nicely, I got to see him again on my way back as he moved from the woods to the stream for a drink.
That morning, I had been treated to good views of a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk when it flew in, clearing out any birds that had been around the feeders and water sources. It stayed sitting in a tree near the back of the house in plain sight for a good 10 minutes or so. Of course it was the only bird that could be seen during that time. This too was a new bird in the yard for this year.
Away from the house later that day, stopping at the Boliver 7-11, I heard and saw 3 Fish Crows fly over the parking lot. They were quite noisy seemingly enjoying each other's company. Their distinctive call quickly got my attention, having not heard or seen a Fish Crow for some time. Another first of the year bird. It was a very good day, indeed;
Happy birding,
Carol Del-Colle
Summit Point
Jefferson County
 

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Date: 1/22/20 8:44 am
From: Richard Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Final photo request for 2nd WV Breeding Bird Atlas book
Greetings!



We are in the final months of preparing the 2nd WV Breeding Bird Atlas
manuscript for publication by Penn State Press. As a part of this process,
we have been amassing photographs of both species and their habitats,
preferably taken within the state and identified by their county location.
As many of you know, photographers will be credited both in opening
acknowledgments and with their names accompanying the photographs.



First, we'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who have already
submitted excellent photographs for this endeavor. Because of your
generosity, we now have more than 80% of the species photographs for the
book. We have been amazed by the quality of photographs submitted, which
will stand as a testament to the talents of photographers who love our
state's birds.



We're hoping, with your help, that we can increase the number of WV
photographs for our atlas. In some cases, you may have already submitted a
photograph of a particular species on the list below. Please understand that
we have been spoiled by the superb quality of the submissions already
received, and can't help striving to represent our state with the best
possible photos.



Photographs should include the species or habitat, and should depict a
spring/summer setting or at least could be interpreted as being taken during
those seasons. To meet publisher specifications, please send us the largest
file you have of a particular photo, which ideally has not been enhanced by
software such as Photoshop or Lightroom, and includes no watermarks. Files
that are smaller than 2 Mb will likely not be large enough. To submit
photos, email them to <Richard.S.Bailey...>
<mailto:<Richard.S.Bailey...> . Email photos individually with their
county locations noted in the text of the email.



Birds:



Pied-billed Grebe

Chuck-will's-widow

Eastern Whip-poor-will

Chimney Swift

Killdeer

Upland Sandpiper

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Northern Goshawk

Long-eared Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Acadian Fycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

American Crow

Fish Crow

Bank Swallow

Swainson's Thrush

Wood Thrush

Brown Thrasher

House Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Vesper Sparrow

Ovenbird

Worm-eating Warbler

Vermivora Hybrids

Nashville Warbler

Summer Tanager

Dickcissel



Landscape photos for the following:



Allegheny Mountains ecoregion: the "high country" from Mercer north to
Preston counties

Allegheny Plateau: western counties, the "hill country"

Cumberland Mountains: southern WV, the coalfields, northeast to Webster
County

Ridge and Valley: all areas east of the Allegheny Front



Habitat photos of the following:



Dry-Mesic Oak forest

Dry Oak-Pine forest

Mixed Mesophytic forest

Northern Hardwood forest

Eastern Hemlock forest

Red Spruce forest

Pasture and cropland

Reclaimed Minelands

High Allegeny Wetlands (e.g. Cranberry Glades, CVNWR, etc)

Ponds/Ephemeral Wetlands

River Floodplains/Riparian

Open Water

Developed/urban

Mature/Late Successional forests

Early-Successional forests

High-Elevation forests

Invasive plant infestations

White-tailed Deer (ideally a bunch in a field)



Thank you!



Richard Bailey and Casey Rucker




 

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Date: 1/21/20 7:45 pm
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Gee, but it's great to be back home
First morning back after a couple weeks away, and how good it felt - though
stinging cold, the sunshine warmed - to run along the pavement and bricks
and hear the familiar sounds of robin and junco, the chip of cardinal, and
to know the homes and the people who live inside them. When I reached the
bottom of the hill and wound my way down long stairs - several
white-throated sparrows hiding shy in the hedges - and across cobblestones
to the Point, I aimed my binoculars towards the Maryland Heights granite
cliffs. I hardly needed to scour the rock face; the peregrine falcon was
sitting plump and white bellied in plain view atop the train trestle that
straddles the Potomac river. What a welcoming sight.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry
 

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Date: 1/21/20 2:44 am
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: White-crowned Sparrow (FOY)-Yard- Summit Point
Yesterday morning, I had my first of the year White-crowned Sparrow feeding along side White-throated Sparrows and other birds. It was a very welcome sight.
Happy birding,
Carol Del-Colle
Summit Point
Jefferson County
.


.
 

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Date: 1/20/20 5:16 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: RFI: Trumpeter Swan in Milton
Hi all,

As the Bird Records Committee prepares for its annual meeting, one of the
records we will be considering is the Trumpeter Swan in Milton. If anyone
birds the area in the coming weeks, can you report on its
presence/condition. This could be done by posting to Ebird, the list-serv,
Facebook, or contacting me directly. Thank you all so much. Best wishes.

Good birding,
Derek

Sent from My Verizon Mobile Device
 

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Date: 1/20/20 1:59 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Peregrine falcon & golden eagle
We watched a peregrine falcon for about 30 minutes this afternoon at the
entrance of Bluestone State Park. While we were watching it we also saw an
immature golden eagle and 4 bald eagles(2 adults, 2 immature). There were
80+ common mergansers, several buffleheads and a killdeer.
Then we rode along the Greenbrier River at Lowell where we saw a northern
harrier, Amer. kestrel and red-tailed hawk all in view at the same time.
Near Pence Springs we had another redtail and several black vultures.
On the way home, we stopped to look for the peregrine but didn't see it. We
did see 6 bald eagles(2 adults, 4 immatures) there and a red-shouldered
hawk at True.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/19/20 3:45 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 19, 2020
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 6:43 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 19, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Jan 19, 2020 1:20 PM - 1:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: river otter swimming across the lake.
5 species

Bufflehead 6
Common Merganser 37
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Bald Eagle 3 immatures
Common Raven 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63569103

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

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Date: 1/19/20 3:45 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jan 19, 2020
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 6:40 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jan 19, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Jan 19, 2020 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
29 species

Mourning Dove 4
Black Vulture 4
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 17
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
European Starling 7
American Robin 1
Cedar Waxwing 6
House Sparrow 8
House Finch 10
Purple Finch 2
Pine Siskin 3
American Goldfinch 14
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-throated Sparrow 9
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63568978

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Date: 1/18/20 10:31 am
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Brown Creeper(Yard), Killdeer(Shen. River) FOY birds
Taking a ride along the Shenandoah River on Rissler Road yesterday morning, I found a Killdeer on a large rock in the middle of the river. I first saw it fly to the rock and then watched as it moved around getting some drinks from the river. This was the first Killdeer I have seen this year.
Then this morning, I finally got to see my first Brown Creeper of the year!! By this time over the past 11 years according to my records, I had already seen creepers in the yard on several occasions beginning in early January.. I have been on the look out this year, and was extremely happy to see one in the side yard tree that has 2 suet cages attached, where I have regularly seen creepers in the past. I hope this is the start of some coming to the yard on a more regular basis.. It will be so good to have these delightful little winter visitors back again.
Happy birding,
Carol Del-Colle
Summit Point
Jefferson County.
 

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Date: 1/17/20 8:10 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Lake View Trail to Knob Ridge Rd. gate, PipestemState Park, Jan 17, 2020
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 11:05 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Lake View Trail to Knob Ridge Rd. gate,
PipestemState Park, Jan 17, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Lake View Trail to Knob Ridge Rd. gate, PipestemState Park, Summers, West
Virginia, US
Jan 17, 2020 9:20 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
14 species

Ruffed Grouse 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Goldfinch 5
Field Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 12
White-throated Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 6

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Date: 1/16/20 1:28 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 16, 2020
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Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Jan 16, 2020 2:56 PM - 3:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
3 species

Bald Eagle 5 1 adult, 4 immatures
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Kestrel 1

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Date: 1/15/20 2:19 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Sweet ending
My dog walk down to the river late afternoon yielded almost no birds. 
The eagles were absent.   All I could see on the Shenandoah was a small
group of Common Mergansers.  Just got home and went to take the laundry
off the line.  Who is peeking out of the nest box behind it but a Downy
Woodpecker.  Didn't want to disturb him in his roost for the night and
decided to take my chances on it not raining tomorrow morning and just
came back to the house.  Oddly enough I had just been thinking about
another Downy in a nest box who had watched me cut down some autumn
olives when we passed that area in my yard.  Reminiscent of doing a bird
count and stating we need such and such and a few minutes later you see
that bird.

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co.
 

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Date: 1/14/20 6:10 pm
From: Richard Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Loggerhead shrike, Pocahontas County
Hi all, on my way back from a meeting I was very happy to see a
female-looking shrike on a power line at a site in southern Pocahontas
County that had been otherwise unoccupied for nearly 2 years.



Rich Bailey, Elkins
 

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Date: 1/14/20 3:18 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Eagle Survey
The Eagle Brigade of Southern WV(including Three River Aviation Center,
Bibbee Nature Club, Hanging Rock Tower Migration Observatory, Pipestem S.P.
and guests) conducted our 15th Winter Eagle survey on Jan. 11.
70 participants watched from sites along Indian Creek, New ,Greenbrier &
Bluestone Rivers in southern WV. This was the warmest survey with a high
temperature of 73 degrees and the windiest with gusts to 25 mph. A record
high count for bald eagles was achieved.
Results:
71 bald eagles
2 golden eagles
3 unidentified eagles
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/14/20 10:15 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Purple Finch (Tucker)
Hi, all,



A bedraggled male Purple Finch just appeared at the feeders on this rainy
day.



Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV


 

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Date: 1/14/20 5:31 am
From: Doug Wood <chingwe1755...>
Subject: Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 12 Jan 2020 to 13 Jan 2020 (#2020-13)
Observation date: Jan. 11, 2020
Observers: Doug Wood and Dianne Anestis

During the southern WV eagle survey, we saw a roosting flock of
approximately 40 black vultures beside WV-3 and Greenbrier River a short
distance upstream of Barnettown and below Griffith Creek . All birds had
their wings spread when we passed by going upstream, and then an hour and a
half later they had their wings closed as we passed by heading downstream.
Vultures were on both sides of the river at this roost and many were at eye
level. During our travel along the river we saw many Canada Geese, a few
Common Mergansers, and a very few Hooded Mergansers.
Later that night, as we drove along Lowell Road between Kellys Ck. and Wind
Ck. near the Monroe-Summers county line, a red-phase Screech Owl pounced
and captured a small animal on the roadway while in the illumination of our
headlights.
Doug Wood, Coal Mountain, Putnam Co., WV
 

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Date: 1/13/20 3:35 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Unusual Jefferson Co. European Starling
A flash of white in the midst of a large flock of European Starlings this morning was enough for me to dig out the camera and try to capture an image - which turned out to be a leucistic bird. I have included photos in my checklist if interested. Quite a beautiful bird! It definitely stood out amongst the kin.

N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction


2217 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia, US (39.352, -77.883), Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Jan 13, 2020 10:20 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Checklist Comments: Overcast and temps in the mid 40s.
8 species

Killdeer 1 Heard only
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 5
European Starling 500 Three large distinct flocks were circling and landing in fields. A flash of white in the midst of one flock landing drew my attention. Closer looks revealed the leucistic bird shown in the photos.
American Robin 50

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Date: 1/13/20 1:15 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV, US, Jan 13, 2020
Came home to find 20 cedar waxwings perched in our birch tree.
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Subject: eBird Report - Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers
County, WV, US, Jan 13, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV, US, Summers, West
Virginia, US
Jan 13, 2020 1:43 PM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
16 species

Bufflehead 3
Mourning Dove 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Field Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 3

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Date: 1/12/20 4:22 pm
From: James Speicher <0000011f2d18fdda-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Of possible interest to WV birders residing in Jefferson/Berkeley/Morgan/Hampshire/Mineral Counties
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath mid-winter bird survey

Count dates for 2020:  1/25/20 thru 2/2/20

Current availability opposite WV in Washington & Allegany counties MD:(milepost/milepost):
94/95
112/150

2020 will mark the 3rd year of the count's rebirth following the end of DC Audubon Society's [DCAS] sponsorship of the count in 2016.  DCAS began the count in the late 1990s as a mid-winter birding survey of the entire 184 miles of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park [https://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm].

Every year there are far flung areas in Washington & Allegany counties that lack coverage.  This year is no different.  Detailed information for all aspects of the count are available upon request.


Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
Frederick County MD
M.O.S. member, Washington Co Chapter
C&O count coordinator
 

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Date: 1/12/20 3:16 pm
From: James Fox <jmsfox11...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk, Tucker County
I came across a juvenile light morph Rough-legged Hawk along US-48 in Tucker county this afternoon. The exact location and some photos are in my eBird list https://ebird.org/checklist/S63316477. I also spent several hours looking for the LeConte's Sparrow in Hardy County with no luck although I did hear a promising chip a handful of times so it might still be there. There were a few Tree Sparrows and a Harrier around.

James Fox
Front Royal, VA
 

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Date: 1/11/20 2:46 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Long-eared owl and a few ducks
Yesterday, my wife and I drove up to Stonewall Resort for a couple of days. On the way, we stopped at Sutton Lake and the Burnsville Dam area. No ducks at either location, although there were a few Common Mergansers on the Elk River below the Sutton Lake Dam. When we got to our cabin, we sat on the deck as the moon was coming and were surprised to hear a Long-eared Owl call. Nice one!

Today I checked Cheat Lake at the Marina end and Cheat Lake Park. Lots of Bufflehead at the marina (30+) and a few Mallards and Canada Geese. At the Park, there were Hooded Mergansers(16), Common Mergansers (3) and more Mallards and Canada Geese.

Tried to find the Rough-legged Hawk reported earlier at Canaan Valley, but I think the heat sent it back North. I did find several Black-capped Chickadees, one Red-breasted Nuthatch and several House Finch and Am. Goldfinch. No Siskins or Purple Finch.

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Date: 1/11/20 9:00 am
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Barred Owl, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (FOY) Yard- Summit Point
I have had two very nice surprises in the yard this week. Last evening a little before 7 as my husband and I returned home from dinner out, we were greeted by a Barred Owl sitting on the grass at the end of our driveway. We sat for a moment looking at this unexpected visitor before he/she decided to fly off toward the back woods, and we lost sight of it. I looked and listen several times during the evening but never heard or saw it again This was the first one for this year. However it was not the first time we have found a barred owl sitting in the yard. On March 23, 2019 at about 9:30PM, we observed one as we looked out our kitchen window. It was on the ground near the pond and then flew up to a nearby tree, where we got some good looks before it took off further back into the woods. That one I did get to hear a few times throughout the night.
My other surprise this week was the sighting of my first of the year Ruby-crowned Kinglet. On Tuesday, I found a male with its ruby crown quite evident as he moved through some trees near the driveway. A Yellow-rumped Warbler was keeping him company, so there was a lot of activity to catch my attention. Neither stayed around long, as they moved on around the front of the house and then off across the street where I lost sight of them. This was the earliest Ruby-crowned in the yard that I have recorded. From 2007 to present, I have listed over 70 sightings of this species in the yard, but only 1 other one in January, which was on January 28th, 2014. So this has been a very interesting week indeed.
Happy birding,
Carol Del-Colle
Summit Point
Jefferson County
 

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Date: 1/9/20 5:49 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Mid-winter gold!
What can be better on a mid-January day than listening to 15 golden Eastern Meadowlarks giving a pre-season recital of that old favorite “spring of the year?” Beautiful, and so brilliantly gold!

It’s hard to top, but certainly a Common Goldeneye comes close!

Not to mention Goldfinches rolling overhead.

All seen on this beautiful mid winter day at Robert Byrd Locks and Dam, plus adjacent fish hatchery.
Additional highlights of a Route 2 birding loop - Bald Eagles, Red tail and Red Shouldered Hawks, Cooper’s Hawk, Kestrel, Buffleheads, Canvasbacks, and several Swamp Sparrows.
Laura Ceperley with Christy Carr in Cabell and Mason Counties.
 

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Date: 1/9/20 3:12 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: bathing eagles & other raptors
We had a pretty good raptor day today as we were taking care of
errands/chores.
The topper was six bald eagles in the Hinton area, Summers County. We had 2
adults below Bluestone Dam but the entertainment came from 3 of 4 immatures
bathing in Bluestone Lake. They looked like robins in a bird bath or
starlings in a puddle!
Also, had 5 redtails, 2 red-shouldered hawks and 2 kestrels. The surprise
was a sharp-shinned hawk in the mall parking lot.
We will be doing our 15th winter eagle survey in southern WV on Saturday,
January 11 from 10am-2pm.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/9/20 11:48 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Jan 9, 2020
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Subject: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Jan 9, 2020
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Mercer County Landfill, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Jan 9, 2020 10:45 AM - 10:55 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments: sunny, 35 degrees
7 species

Black Vulture 8
Turkey Vulture 6
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Crow 165
Common Raven 4
European Starling 20
House Sparrow 1

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Date: 1/8/20 8:58 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: fox then a great horned owl
I had just got to bed when I though I heard a fox barking. opened window to be sure could hear it close by.
returned to bed when I heard another call. opened window to listen to a great horned owl briefly, it's a cold,clear, noon light out side.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Date: 1/7/20 4:08 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Birds and Snow
This morning, we drove around Canaan Valley looking for the Rough-legged
Hawk that Randy Bodkins saw yesterday. We did not blame it for hunkering
down somewhere with the snow coming down. When we could not find it, we
went home and continued counting birds at our feeders for Project
FeederWatch. With the snow, we had many birds. The most numerous were
American Goldfinches with 33 counted at one time. In second place were the
Dark-eyed Juncos with 16 at one time. The only other sparrows we have just
now are the Song and White-throated Sparrows.

It is interesting to observe feeder behaviors. When the Blue Jays come
screaming in everyone scatters. However, the Blue Jays move aside for the
Red-bellied Woodpeckers. The lone Carolina Wren doesn't seem to move aside
for anybody. The Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice and White-breasted
Nuthatches carry their food off elsewhere to either store or eat it.
Finally, the Mourning Doves come in and sweep up after everyone. The
earliest and latest birds are often the Northern Cardinals. Oh, yes, by the
tracks, the White-tailed Deer come at night looking for leftovers.

Fourteen species were at the feeders today. I hope the Hairy Woodpecker
comes in tomorrow. Otherwise, we will keep our eyes open for the oddball.
Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 1/7/20 12:22 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Merlin Report
Riviera Golf Club - Rte. 2 Cabell Co.
.
The Merlin that has been seen here for the last couple of weeks is still present. It was seen at separate times this morning by Josh Holland, Janet Keating, and myself.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/7/20 8:30 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Jan 7, 2020
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Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Jan 7, 2020 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: 3-4" of snow really brought the birds into the yard
today.
22 species

Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 17
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
European Starling 1
House Sparrow 5
House Finch 13
Purple Finch 1
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 21
Dark-eyed Junco 17
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 8

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63129614

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Date: 1/7/20 7:30 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Herring Gull
My First Of Year sightings:
Herring Gull 1.
See attached checklist for photo.
I had it labeled as a Ring-billed Gull in my field notes. I was getting ready to delete the poor quality photo when I noticed there was no “ring” around the bill but a “spot" on the lower mandible. Then I noticed the pink legs.
Saved by the camera. Again.
I’m not sure whether it’s a sub-adult or not. The spot should be red on a full adult. Any other gull with pink legs and a black spot would be rare at this location.

Also a Belted Kingfisher 1M.
I hope it's the male “rescued” on Nov. 2nd of last year.
(Here’s that checklist showing him caught in fishing line: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61131309 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S61131309>)
We can only hope!

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.


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> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Jan 6, 2020
> Date: January 7, 2020 at 10:10:09 AM EST
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Jan 6, 2020 11:17 AM - 2:12 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.85 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Mostly clear, 80%. Breezes.
> 13 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 9
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 15
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 6
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1 Field notes stated, "Ring-billed Gull". The adult plumage with a black gonydeal spot threw me. Lucky to have the photo showing the pinkish legs. Any other gull with pink legs would be rare.
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
> Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
> Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63127117
>
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Date: 1/6/20 4:00 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk/Tucker County
There was a light morph Rough-legged Hawk on Beall Lane in CVNWR today (1/6/20) at 2:45 pm..

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/6/20 2:29 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 6, 2020
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Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Jan 6, 2020 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
2 species

Common Merganser 1
Bald Eagle 4 2 adults, 2 immatures

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Date: 1/6/20 2:28 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Moncove Lake State Park, Jan 6, 2020
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Moncove Lake State Park, Monroe, West Virginia, US
Jan 6, 2020 12:05 PM - 12:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
11 species

Hooded Merganser 20
Common Merganser 11
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Bald Eagle 1 immature
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
American Crow 6
Common Raven 1
White-throated Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63107669

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Date: 1/6/20 9:33 am
From: <lmeth...> <lmeth...>
Subject: Cowbird
I had a flock of 85 brown headed cowbirds at my feeders this morning.
Larry MethenyBruceton MillsPreston County
 

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Date: 1/5/20 4:27 pm
From: Bryan Smith <pondforkspecial...>
Subject: Continuing Merlin
Gary Rankin and myself were able to get some looks at the Merlin that has been at the Riviera Golf Course in Lesage this morning. Bird was spotted from club house parking, south of club house, in the dead snags near the edge of the golf course property.

Bryan Smith
Proctorville, OH

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Date: 1/5/20 2:59 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 5, 2020
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Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Jan 5, 2020 2:50 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
3 species

Bald Eagle 6 3 adults, 3 immatures
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Eastern Bluebird 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63067014

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Date: 1/5/20 1:55 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Birds of Note: Bald Eagle, Peregrines
Birds of Note: Today at the Marmet Locks, Belle, WV.
Bald Eagle 1-ad.
Peregrine Falcon 2. On the Cell Tower just north of the Locks property.
Buteo, at least 1 but there were several individual sightings. Assumed duplicate birds.
American Kestrel 1M. I assume it was trying to catch something on the cut grass just north of the picnic tables. It would run along the ground for 10 or so feet before taking flight again. It did this several times. When it landed on the fence near the Chimney Swift tower, it pumped its head up and down.
See attached checklist for photo of Kestrel.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.

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> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Jan 5, 2020
> Date: January 5, 2020 at 4:46:55 PM EST
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Jan 5, 2020 10:38 AM - 1:08 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.52 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Overcast. Breezes. Around 30F (+/-). Kanawha River is up about (+) 1-foot in the Winfield Pool and has normal color. Distance is unique for any out and back portions. Observation was from the Belle side of the river.
> 14 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 16
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 11
> duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 3 Continuing sighting of three green-headed, white-throated brown ducks. Possibly Swedish Duck/Mallard hybrid.
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
> Buteo sp. (Buteo sp.) 1
> Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
> Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
> American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
> Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 2
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 29
> White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 3
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63062969
>
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Date: 1/5/20 11:11 am
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: WV Bird Records Committee Happenings
Hi all,

The calendar has now flipped once again and we are in a brand new decade!
With this turning of the page, the WV Bird Records Committee begins to
think about its annual proceedings. Our yearly meeting will occur at the
end of February this year in Preston County, As always, we have a number of
items to consider. A few of those require assistance from the WV birding
community.

1.) If you are hanging on to any rare bird information, now is this the
time to get that information out to us. If you are wondering what kind of
information we may be looking for, the place to begin is to look at our
website (graciously hosted by the Brooks Bird Club):
http://www.brooksbirdclub.org/west-virginia-bird-records-committee.html. If
you have seen any bird noted on our state list (
http://www.brooksbirdclub.org/uploads/5/2/8/3/52832773/2019_wv_list.pdf) as
a Review Species, Hypothetical Species, or Review Subspecies, please fill
out a form and send it in for our review. If you have seen a species that
isn't listed at all on our state list, please do the same. May people ask
about our Watch List. This is a list of uncommon birds that we may not see
in the state in several years. If you have seen a Watch List species, you
don't need to send us any information. If you have documented one of those
Watch List birds with a photo, recording, or specimen and posted it on
line, we have likely already seen those records and will note them at our
meeting. If you haven't made any of those public, feel free to contact me
to let me know.

2.) The Committee is now seeking nominations for service on the Committee.
This year we have one scheduled slot opening up with the completion of Joe
Hildreth's term on the committee. Each term is for a period of 5 years.
Much of what we do and what is expected of Committee Members is detailed in
our Bylaws which can be seen on our website. If you have any questions, or
concerns, or ideas to improve what the WV BRC does, please feel free to
contact me (or any of the current members). We would be happy to answer
questions and hear from you.

You can submit nominations to any of the Committee Members, or to our
Secretary, Wil Hershberger. If you have any rare bird submissions please
send those to our Secretary as well. Wil Hershberger can be contacted at
<wilhershberger...>

Best wishes to you all for a wonderful and bird-filled 2020, and thank you
all for a great 2019.

Good birding,
Derek Courtney, MD
WV Bird Records Committee Chairperson
 

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Date: 1/5/20 7:33 am
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Huntington Christmas Count
Our Huntington CBC was held yesterday and 22 brave individuals persevered thru the rainy cool weather. We observed 70 species. We had tied the high for Ruby-crowned Kinglets at 19.For ducks, we saw 2 Wood Ducks,2 Gadwall,222 Mallards, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, 6 Hooded Mergansers and 2 Pied-billed Grebes. We also had 2 Wilson's Snipe. We had 10 Screech Owls,3 Great-horned Owls and 3 Barred Owls. The highlight of the count was finding an Orange-crowned Warbler in Proctorville, Ohio by Josh Holland's group at the northern part of our circle.

David Patick,
Huntington, WV 25701
Compiler
 

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Date: 1/4/20 3:09 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Ducks
This morning when heading to the refuge, I noticed some birds on the pond
in the state park along Route 32 since it is no longer frozen over. I
turned around and went back to see what was there. There were nine
Mallards, both males and females. This evening on the way home, there were
eleven Mallards and a pair of Hooded Mergansers. I suspect they will leave
soon as the snow starts to fly and the weather turns colder. Herb Myers,
Harman from Tucker County
 

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Date: 1/4/20 2:26 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - West Virginia, Jan 4, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 5:16 PM
Subject: eBird Report - West Virginia, Jan 4, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


West Virginia, West Virginia, US
Jan 4, 2020 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
3 species

Black Vulture 156 They were circling like broadwings and then peeled
out so we could count them.
Turkey Vulture 52 The were circling like broadwings and then peeled
out so we could count them.
Bald Eagle 1 immature. Obviously different from the vultures.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63017513

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

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Date: 1/3/20 7:56 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Turkey Vulture (Tucker)
Hi, all,



Our springlike weather brought an unexpected Turkey Vulture to the high
country, flying above Davis yesterday afternoon. Another Turkey Vulture was
my FOY WV bird in Marion County as I drove back from the Pittsburgh airport
Wednesday.



Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV


 

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Date: 1/3/20 7:39 am
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: New birds for 2020
It was interesting to learn about all the FOY birds that birders in WV saw/heard on New Year's Day. Mine was an Eastern Towhee found in the German Ridge area near Huntington. Perhaps the more interesting find of the day happened after David Patick, Mike Griffith, Janet Keating, Josh Holland and I spent the morning and part of the afternoon birding along Rte 2 from Green Bottom WMA to Pt Pleasant and then along Rte 817. During the day, we found 55 species of birds including winter wren and Fox Sparrow at GBWMA; two adult Bald Eagles, Herring and Ring-billed Gulls, N. Harrier and Canvasbacks and Ruddy Ducks at Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam and Peregrine Falcon at Pt. Pleasant. It was a very nice ay to be birding. As my wife was getting dinner ready around 6:30 pm, I noticed a feather on the kitchen table. I have no idea where it came from, nor did she. So, I walked out to the back yard deck to let the feather float out into the yard and was greeted by a Barred Owl calling! My last bird of New Year's Day! If it hadn't been for the appearance of the feather, I wouldn't have heard the owl. But I'm still not sure how the feather appeared when it did.

Gary O. Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.
 

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Date: 1/2/20 2:31 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 2, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:26 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 2, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Jan 2, 2020 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
3 species

Common Merganser 4
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Bald Eagle 3 adults

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62931028

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Date: 1/2/20 10:55 am
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: January Blues
As a reminder for me to look close at every Canada Goose, we saw a BLUE Goose (a dark morph of a Snow Goose) as well as 2 Greater White-fronted Geese in a mob of CANG, giving us great views before they flew off with the herd to work. At least 3 Great BLUE Herons, including one who insists on squawking overhead at us on every visit). Also some BLUEbirds. And probably the most abundant birds beside CANG were BLUE Jays. Is anyone else noticing lots and lots of Jays moving around now?

Birds of note that are not dressed in blue were hoodies, gadwalls, red-wing BBirds, a brown thrasher, swamp sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers.

A beautiful morning in South Charleston. Laura Ceperley with Christy Carr and Rick Gregg
 

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Date: 1/2/20 10:40 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Seneca Rocks - Trail, Jan 2, 2020
Instead of counting birds in our local state parks as we did in 2019, I
decided to count birds once a month at the Seneca Rocks National Recreation
Area in 2020. We did our January count this morning. It began cloudy and
cold. Our first birds were a flock of 9 Eastern Bluebirds with a Downy
Woodpecker high in a sycamore tree along the North Fork of the South Branch
of the Potomac. At the bottom of the trail up to the top of the rocks, we
were surprised by a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I thought this might be our
bird of the day. It was pretty quiet climbing to the top of the rocks - on
the trail, not the rocks.

After enjoying the view, a snack, and a pair of Black-capped Chickadees at
the platform on top, we started down. Very shortly, Sarah noticed a
"nuthatch" climbing a tree. When I got my binoculars on it, I saw that it
was a Brown Creeper. That quickly became our bird of the day as I have not
seen one for a long time. It also called for us in its high pitched voice.

Our family of birds for the day is woodpeckers. As seen on the list below,
we saw all of the possible woodpeckers for the area except Red-headed
Woodpeckers. We probably could have found one of those up in Germany Valley.

It was a good morning. I wonder and Sarah hopes that we will need to climb
up in snow in February or March? Herb Myers, Harman from Pendleton County

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Date: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 1:23 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Seneca Rocks - Trail, Jan 2, 2020
To: <hesemyers...>

Seneca Rocks - Trail, Pendleton, West Virginia, US
Jan 2, 2020 8:16 AM - 11:12 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.8 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Cloudy to sunny. Calm. 28 to 44 degrees
17 species

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
American Crow 6
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 9
American Robin 2
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62913558

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

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Date: 1/2/20 8:23 am
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: FOY
My FOY was an American Goldfinch and 4 House Finches on my nyer seed sack.Happy new year!Bill 
 

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Date: 1/1/20 10:20 pm
From: Roy Boyle <royboyle...>
Subject: FOY
Happy New Year! First of year was the elusive starling followed by an
American crow. Ended the day with 24 species in the Berkeley, Jefferson
County region.

--
Roy Boyle
 

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Date: 1/1/20 5:59 pm
From: Bob Dean <bobdean52...>
Subject: FOY
Happy New Year to you all.
My first new year sightings were the two vulture species as they departed
the roost beside our home. I've been assured by others that they weren't
coming for me!
Sometimes some of the members of this roost wear the red tags of the
marking project in Martinsburg.
Bob Dean
Near Whitehall, VA
A stone's throw from the WV line.
 

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Date: 1/1/20 5:50 pm
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Re: LeConte’s
I also looked for the LeConte's Sparrow for a short time this afternoon
without luck. It was very windy, so it may have stayed deep in the cattails.

Steven Wilson
Beckley, WV

On Wed, Jan 1, 2020, 7:49 PM Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...> wrote:

> Happy New Year everyone,
> I spent 4. hrs this morning looking for the LeConte’s Sparrow with
> James Fox. We missed finding the Sparrow. It was windy so that could’ve
> been a reason. We did get a Harrier and Tree Sparrow.
>
> Mark Johnson
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/1/20 5:31 pm
From: LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious...>
Subject: FOY BIRD
FOY bird is young male cardinal who has decided tapping on our window daily
is his lot in life. It was been interesting watching him molt from a Hatch
Year bird to his current full red plumage.

LeJay Graffious
Bruceton Mills
Preston County
 

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Date: 1/1/20 5:19 pm
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY
Of course my first bird of the year was a House Sparrow. But my second was a handsome male Northern Cardinal followed by a female!

Joey Herron
Marion County
Fairmont WV

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/1/20 4:58 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: FOY
My and Amy's first of the year was a couple of Canada geese flying over the house.

We then went birding up Route 2, McClintic WMA, and Winfield Locks and Dam. The highlights were a Merlin at Riviera Golf Club, an adult Bald Eagle and Northern Harrier at the Robert C Byrd Locks and Dam, and an immature Cooper's Hawk at McClintic.

Rennie Talbert
Barboursville, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/20 4:49 pm
From: Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...>
Subject: LeConte’s
Happy New Year everyone,
I spent 4. hrs this morning looking for the LeConte’s Sparrow with James Fox. We missed finding the Sparrow. It was windy so that could’ve been a reason. We did get a Harrier and Tree Sparrow.

Mark Johnson

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/1/20 2:18 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - jct Rt 7 & Rt 122 Wayside Rd, Jan 1, 2020
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Wed, Jan 1, 2020 at 5:09 PM
Subject: eBird Report - jct Rt 7 & Rt 122 Wayside Rd, Jan 1, 2020
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


jct Rt 7 & Rt 122 Wayside Rd, Monroe, West Virginia, US
Jan 1, 2020 1:02 PM - 1:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
6 species

Bald Eagle 6 immatures
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Crow 2
Common Raven 1
Eastern Bluebird 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62875901

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Date: 1/1/20 1:33 pm
From: Willa Grafton <0000014547b8aa3f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY Braxton County
First I heard a Carolina wren, then saw both the wren and a ruby crowned kinglet. Love the way my 2020 birding year has started.
Happy 2020 Birding Year to All!


Willa
Heaters, Braxton Co.
 

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Date: 1/1/20 9:47 am
From: Laura Frazier <00000069bd1ca4c6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY
My FOY bird was a Belted Kingfisher at Coonskin Park in Charleston!  Lots of other birds out there this morning - including Golden-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Eastern Bluebirds, and many others!
Happy New Year and Happy Birding everyone!
Laura FrazierMiddleway WV
 

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Date: 1/1/20 9:06 am
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: First of Year Bird Robin Fest with Leucistic Robin - Jefferson County Yard
My "first of year bird" was the American Robin. How patriotic for the New Year!

My first observation this morning was looking out the kitchen window on the deck where we have a meal worm platform and two heated bird bath bowls attached to the deck. I saw 6 robins all together in the right heated bird bath, and when I looked to left bowl, there was a lone leucistic robin drinking water. Yesterday was a busy day in my yard for robins also, and I saw the leucistic robin once, but wasn't able to photograph it. So it was a great start to 2020 for it to be one of my first robins sighted.

There are also Cedar Waxwings and American Goldfinches in good numbers, but nothing like the 150+ robin flock. I took some quick photos and added to my checklist in link below:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62850000

I will add more photos if I am able to get anything better. This was a wonderful start to a fresh new year.

Happy birding,


BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/20 8:49 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Junco
First bird of the year- Junco
Hurricane, Putnam County

Kim Kazmierski
 

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Date: 1/1/20 7:57 am
From: Wendy Perrone <wendy...>
Subject: Re: FOY birds
FOY birds here are juncos, morning doves and a Downy woodpecker.Happy new year everyone!-Wendy Perrone, Executive Director, Three Rivers Avian Center, Brooks (Hinton) WV. www.tracwv.org.   Sent from my smartphone.
-------- Original message --------From: Sharyn Ogden <aussiebwat...> Date: 1/1/20 10:06 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <WV-BIRD...> Subject: FOY birds My FOY birds have been, in order, purple finches, mourning doves, a pair ofdowny woodpeckers, a white crowned sparrow and a Red bellied woodpecker. These all at my feeders outside my window.  Great start to a new year.
 

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Date: 1/1/20 7:44 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Another tie - FOY
My first two birds sitting next to each other were a Dark-eyed Junco and
a Carolina Wren.  The birds certainly took their time showing up this
morning.  Hadn't seen a single one by 7:00 AM.

About an hour later there were lots of Robins in the yard.  I decided to
take my binoculars when I walked my dog in the little subdivision next
door.   Good move.  The ground of one of the yards was covered in
Robins.  I counted over 50.  One yard has two big hackberry trees on
each side of the house.  One of them had Robins on one side but on the
other there were some gorgeous Cedar Waxwings chowing down on the
berries.  They looked like ornaments with the sun illuminating their
yellow breasts.  So much fun to watch them pick the berries, sometimes
hanging upside down,  and then straighten up and toss them back.

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co.
 

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Date: 1/1/20 7:05 am
From: Sharyn Ogden <aussiebwat...>
Subject: FOY birds
My FOY birds have been, in order, purple finches, mourning doves, a pair of
downy woodpeckers, a white crowned sparrow and a Red bellied woodpecker.
These all at my feeders outside my window. Great start to a new year.
 

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Date: 1/1/20 6:19 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: First of the year birds
My FOY bird was hairy woodpecker and Judy's was blue jay.
Happy New Year!
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/20 5:54 am
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY bird(s)
Pileated woodpecker and 16 Am. goldfinches.
Good birding to all in 2020!

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie
 

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Date: 1/1/20 5:47 am
From: Shannon Burner <shannonann66...>
Subject: FOY Birds
Happy New Year, Birders! My first of the year bird was a downy woodpecker,
heard not seen. First seen bird(s) were two blue jays flying in to the
feeder tray.

Good birding in 2020!

Shannon Burner
Keyser, Mineral County
 

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Date: 1/1/20 4:42 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Tie
My first bird of the year was a tie with Song Sparrow and American
Goldfinch. They were sitting side by side on the feeder. Just below them
were Dark-eyed Juncos and Tufted Titmice. Happy New Year. Herb Myers,
Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 12/31/19 9:19 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y. Snow Goose
First Of Year Sighting, Last of year sighting:
Snow Goose, immature.
Photos on attached checklist.

Nice way to end 2019!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
May the new decade be even better for us all than the last one.
Treasure the good times. Love those with us. Remember and continue to love the ones lost. Overcome your tribulations.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Dec 31, 2019
> Date: January 1, 2020 at 12:07:09 AM EST
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Dec 31, 2019 2:05 PM - 5:05 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.09 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Overcast. Windy. Kanawha river has normal level in the Winfield Pool. Distance is unique for any out and back portions. Observation was from the Belle side of the river.
> 9 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) 1 About 75% the size of the Canada Geese it was accompanying. Fairly significant "grin" patch. It was in the upstream, (Marmet), pool. First Of Year sighting for me and a nice way to end 2019.
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 65 About 15 were in the Marmet Pool along with the Ross Goose. The rest were on the lock wall on the Winfield Pool side of the dam.
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 7
> duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 3 Continuing sighting of green-headed, white-throated brown ducks. Possible a Swedish Duck/Mallard hybrid.
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 12
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62831010
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 12/31/19 1:17 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Harrier
We hiked the HooDoo/Moon Rocks Trail back Camp 70 Road behind Davis today.
It was cold, cloudy, and blowing with snow showers. I only saw five
Black-capped Chickadees and three White-breasted Nuthatches in the almost
five miles. Maybe the birds were smarter than we were.

Then, while waiting for Sarah at the Loom Barn in Canaan Valley, I saw a
male Northern Harrier hunting in the field across from the Loom Barn. I
haven't seen one in the valley for a while. Herb Myers, Harman reporting
birds from Tucker County
 

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Date: 12/31/19 11:29 am
From: Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb...>
Subject: Parkersburg CBC
The Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count was Saturday, December 28. We had a good day. This was our 40th anniversary. The first count was December 29, 1979, organized by Brent Bailey.

The weather cooperated. One new bird was added to our list – Common Raven. Several uncommon ones were found – Great Egret, Cackling Goose and Merlin. Ducks, gulls and White-crowned Sparrows were low. Flickers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Carolina Wrens and Brown Creepers were plentiful. Owls were also high, probably because of the increase in owling hours.

Thanks to all who participated.

Dick & Jeanette Esker
Wood County

Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count
2019
Cackling goose 1
Canada Goose 1225
Wood Duck 2
Gadwall 3
American Black Duck 10
Mallard 365
Bufflehead 1
Hooded Merganser 12
Common Merganser 10
Ruddy Duck 1
Wild Turkey 30
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Horned Grebe 0
Great Blue Heron 20
Great Egret 2
Turkey Vulture 8
Bald Eagle 7
Cooper's Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 13
Red-tailed Hawk 23
Buteo Species 1
American Kestrel 10
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Gull Species 1
Rock Dove 2281
Mourning Dove 536
Eastern Screech-Owl 10
Great Horned Owl 4
Barred Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 83
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 66
Hairy Woodpecker 12
Northern Flicker 53
Pileated Woodpecker 19
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 362
American Crow 123
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 138
Tufted Titmouse 136
White-breasted Nuthatch 50
Brown Creeper 6
Carolina Wren 154
Golden-crowned Kinglet 7
Eastern Bluebird 81
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 168
Northern Mockingbird 68
European Starling 1950
Yellow-rumped Warbler 37
Rufous-sided Towhee 37
American Tree Sparrow 14
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 9
Fox Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 112
Swamp Sparrow 17
White-throated Sparrow 55
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 117
Northern Cardinal 291
Red-winged Blackbird 101
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 153
House Finch 70
American Goldfinch 79
House Sparrow 160
TOTAL 9353

Total Species 68

Number of Observers 29

Hours birding on foot: 12.25
by car: 41.25
feeder: 14.00
by boat: 3.00
owling: 9.00
Total Hours 79.50

Miles Covered on foot: 9.00
by car: 301.75
by boat: 17.00
owling: 86.50
Total Miles 414.25

Count Week bird was: Common Loon
 

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Date: 12/31/19 7:51 am
From: Peggy Maynard <peggymaynard...>
Subject: When do I listen for whippoorwihills? Send
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/31/19 6:48 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Dec 30, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 9:46 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Dec
30, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Dec 30, 2019 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
8 species

Canada Goose 68
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 37
Bald Eagle 2 adults
American Crow 3
European Starling 52
Northern Mockingbird 1
House Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62804535

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Date: 12/31/19 6:06 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Re: Bird Of Note: Leucistic Cormorant?
Adam,

Thank you so much for the feedback. With your input, the consensus is 100% Double-crested.

I was about 85% sure of my I.D. but that means I was 15% sick that a Great Cormorant was misidentified!

Your, and all the other comments offered were greatly appreciated and informative. Thanks and have a great New Year!

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV

> On Dec 31, 2019, at 8:57 AM, Adam Duerr <adam.duerr.az...> wrote:
>
> Rick - I think the cormorant that you photographed and described is a double-crested cormorant. I am not sure about the leucistic designation, although it appears lighter in color than I have seen before with that lightness extending farther onto its back. The molt characteristics of double-crested cormorants is not well described (not accurately). While completing my Dissertation on this species, I individually marked thousands of cormorants. I routinely saw adult cormorants (captured on nests and confirmed breeding) molt into what is described in field guides etc. as first year plumage in the fall. The alternate plumage of these birds was highly variable, with some showing more white/tan than others.
> Very nice description and photos too.
>
> Adam Duerr
> New Castle, PA
 

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Date: 12/31/19 5:57 am
From: Adam Duerr <adam.duerr.az...>
Subject: Re: Bird Of Note: Leucistic Cormorant?
Rick - I think the cormorant that you photographed and described is a
double-crested cormorant. I am not sure about the leucistic designation,
although it appears lighter in color than I have seen before with that
lightness extending farther onto its back. The molt characteristics of
double-crested cormorants is not well described (not accurately). While
completing my Dissertation on this species, I individually marked
thousands of cormorants. I routinely saw adult cormorants (captured on
nests and confirmed breeding) molt into what is described in field
guides etc. as first year plumage in the fall. The alternate plumage of
these birds was highly variable, with some showing more white/tan than
others.
Very nice description and photos too.

Adam Duerr
New Castle, PA
 

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Date: 12/30/19 1:36 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Re: Bird Of Note: Leucistic Cormorant?
Rich,

I think you've got it right as a partially-leucistic Double-crested
Cormorant. Probably a first-year bird.

Terry

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 12:16 PM Richard Gregg <greggra...>
wrote:

> Bird Of Note: Double-crested Cormorant, (slightly leucistic?)
> See attached checklist with poor photos. (I tried to get Josh Holland to
> come by. *sigh*)
> Google Earth distance to the bird is 280 to 300 yards.
>
> Description:
> Cormorant bill.
> Large head.
> Bright white throat and front of neck.
> Bright white chest and upper belly.
> Very light gray-white lower belly.
> Gray backside of the neck and upper back.
> Dark wings, flanks and under tail.
> The cormorant appeared larger than “normal” but that is subjective.
> However, I have observed hundreds of them at this location since starting
> on eBird in Feb. 2014. This bird was distinctively patterned even around
> 300-yards away. Maybe the white front made it look larger.
>
> After researching it, I “assumed” it was a Double-crested. This was due to
> the lower belly being slightly darker than the chest/throat area. A Great
> Cormorant should have the upper chest and throat areas somewhat darker than
> the belly. The opposite of this bird.
>
> (Note: Some photos of immature White-breasted Great Cormorants from Africa
> look terribly similar to “my” bird and I will gladly, happily, gloriously
> change the species if eBird personnel should recommend I do so. Here’s a
> photo of that variant.
> https://www.hbw.com/ibc/photo/great-cormorant-phalacrocorax-carbo/adult-and-immature-white-breasted-cormorant-right-bird
> ).
>
> Sometimes, I want to pull out the rest of my hair with these @%@% birds.
> (Just kidding. Luv em to death;>)
>
> Humorous comments gladly accepted via public "reply all”.
> Mean comments sullenly accepted via "reply”.
> Educational comments/recommendations gladly accepted via “any way you
> want”.
>
> Rick Gregg
> Kanawha Co.
>
>
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > From: <ebird-checklist...>
> > Subject: eBird Report - 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Dec 29, 2019
> > Date: December 30, 2019 at 11:10:47 AM EST
> > To: <greggra...>
> >
> > 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> > Dec 29, 2019 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
> > Protocol: Stationary
> > Checklist Comments: Overcast with slight rain showers. Kanawha River
> has normal level, current and color. With Jeannette G.
> > 8 species
> >
> > Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6
> > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> > Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 Possibly
> slightly leucistic. Bright white throat, front of neck, chest and upper
> belly. Lower belly is slightly darker off-white. Back appeared light gray
> with very dark wings. Great Cormorant should have darker throat and chest.
> > Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> > European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 27
> > Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> > House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10
> > Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> >
> > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62772652
> >
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
> https://ebird.org/home)
>


--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 12/30/19 11:40 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Kris Kringle
It feels like old Kris Kringle has been leaving me little secret santa
treats this week, post-Christmas, to brighten up some of these dreary
end-of-year days:

Red-headed Woodpeckers - they're back at Murphy Farm, last seen this
afternoon, and there were 2! Again, an adult and a juvenile but the
younger had a browner head than the one I'd reported Nov. 30. Located in
same location, however - between the farm gate and the lookout to St.
Peter's church.

Wild Turkeys - 14-20 of them foraging in the field at Altona Marsh,
clustered near the gravel lane, looking a lot like a flock of vultures.

Northern harrier - at North Schoolhouse coursing low above the upper field,
alighting again in the grass to preen or eat her lunch.

And then there was the titmouse with a wooly bear in his mouth; and several
red-bellied woodpeckers in a hurry to hunt down tree cavities to store
acorns; and the small flock of savannah sparrows flying into the locust
tree. Sweet!

Happy New Year!
Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 12/30/19 9:16 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Bird Of Note: Leucistic Cormorant?
Bird Of Note: Double-crested Cormorant, (slightly leucistic?)
See attached checklist with poor photos. (I tried to get Josh Holland to come by. *sigh*)
Google Earth distance to the bird is 280 to 300 yards.

Description:
Cormorant bill.
Large head.
Bright white throat and front of neck.
Bright white chest and upper belly.
Very light gray-white lower belly.
Gray backside of the neck and upper back.
Dark wings, flanks and under tail.
The cormorant appeared larger than “normal” but that is subjective. However, I have observed hundreds of them at this location since starting on eBird in Feb. 2014. This bird was distinctively patterned even around 300-yards away. Maybe the white front made it look larger.

After researching it, I “assumed” it was a Double-crested. This was due to the lower belly being slightly darker than the chest/throat area. A Great Cormorant should have the upper chest and throat areas somewhat darker than the belly. The opposite of this bird.

(Note: Some photos of immature White-breasted Great Cormorants from Africa look terribly similar to “my” bird and I will gladly, happily, gloriously change the species if eBird personnel should recommend I do so. Here’s a photo of that variant. https://www.hbw.com/ibc/photo/great-cormorant-phalacrocorax-carbo/adult-and-immature-white-breasted-cormorant-right-bird).

Sometimes, I want to pull out the rest of my hair with these @%@% birds.
(Just kidding. Luv em to death;>)

Humorous comments gladly accepted via public "reply all”.
Mean comments sullenly accepted via "reply”.
Educational comments/recommendations gladly accepted via “any way you want”.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Dec 29, 2019
> Date: December 30, 2019 at 11:10:47 AM EST
> To: <greggra...>
>
> 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Dec 29, 2019 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Checklist Comments: Overcast with slight rain showers. Kanawha River has normal level, current and color. With Jeannette G.
> 8 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 Possibly slightly leucistic. Bright white throat, front of neck, chest and upper belly. Lower belly is slightly darker off-white. Back appeared light gray with very dark wings. Great Cormorant should have darker throat and chest.
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 27
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62772652
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 12/29/19 1:25 am
From: Hilarie Jones <00000158ec6c1f87-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Athens bird count
Saw 2 green winged teal with mallards on mud flats. Waldrons covering route on Spanishburg and Cornbread ridge road and along Bluestone river.

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 12/28/19 5:08 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Eagles, etc.
Decided to check on my neighbor's  eagle nest yesterday afternoon.  One
Eagle was in the nest tree and its mate on a sycamore along the shore. 
A little later they both took off and landed in two different trees on
the far shore of the Shenandoah. They seem to stay within sight of one
another.  I couldn't tell if there had been any sticks added to the nest.

It was great to see a raft of Common Mergansers on the water, thirteen
females and three males.  Also spotted some Turkeys disappearing into
the brush.  On the way back there was a lot of activity in a tangle of
honeysuckle vine, mostly White-throats, Song Sparrows, Chickadees,
Carolina Wrens and one sweet little Field Sparrow.

On the Christmas Bird count we were unable to find an American
Kestrel.   Since then I have seen over six of them in different places. 
On my way home from Winchester one was on the wire over the median
strip.  Sine I had my binoculars I circled back so as to pull off the
road to get a good look at it.  He had his back to me with the sun on
him.  That rufous back and slate blue wings were stunning in the
afternoon light.  Later on I saw the resident Kestrel on Kabletown Rd.
hunting.  So cool to see him hover and then freeze for a minute before
moving his wings again.

Unusual bird not in WV but nearby Bluemont, VA is a gorgeous male
Baltimore Oriole.  Showed up in a perfect place because the property
owner is a bird watcher and good photographer.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 12/28/19 3:48 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Rte 2 Birding
Mike Griffith and I spent the morning birding Rte 2 from Green Bottom WMA to Gallipolis Ferry. A few ducks were seen along the way, particularly at Gallipolis Ferry, although numbers of ducks have been generally low so far this season. The Common Raven that is seen occasionally at GBWMA did a fly by to let us know that it is still around, and the Rusty Blackbird flock reported by Mike yesterday was still present at Ashton Wetlands.


Perhaps the most interesting sighting today was a hybrid duck that was a cross between a Mallard and an American Black Duck. It was seen from Rte. 2 in the field upriver from the entrance to RCBL&D in a wet area. The body was a mix of mallard and black duck, the bill was yellow, not orange, and there was a greenish cast to the top of the head. The bird was very similar to the cross shown between Mallard and Am. Black Duck in the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.


Some of the birds seen today are listed below.


GBWMA

Great Blue Heron 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Common Raven 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Song, Swamp, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows

Red-winged Blackbird 1


Ashton Ponds

Belted Kingfisher 1

Am. Kestrel 2

Mallard 4


Ashton Wetlands

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

Rusty Blackbird 55+

Red-winged Blackbird 1


RCBL&D

Mallard 12

Mallard x Am. Black Duck 1

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant 16

Herring Gull 6

Ring-billed Gull 4

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Am. Kestrel 2

E. Meadowlark 1


Gallipolis Ferry

Mallard 100+

Am. Black Duck 18

N. Pintail 2

Green-winged Teal 2

Canvasback 11

Ring-necked Duck 23

Ruddy Duck 4

Am. Tree Sparrow 4

White-crowned Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 6

Swamp Sparrow 1


Shady Waters Campground

Mallard 4

Hooded Merganser 11

Double-Crested Cormorant 2


Gary Rankin

Lavalette, WV

Wayne Co
 

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Date: 12/28/19 12:22 pm
From: Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...>
Subject: LeConte’s Sparrow
Hello everyone,
My name is Mark Johnson and I live in Virginia. My wife’s family live in Moorefield. My wife and I are going to be in Moorefield Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. I would like to meet up with someone to look for LeConte’s. Wednesday morning. Any time will be good. I can meet anywhere too.

Mark Johnson

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/28/19 6:08 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: Re: LeConte's Sparrow still present, Hardy County
Still present 12/28 at 9am.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV

On Thu, Dec 26, 2019, 9:48 AM Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> wrote:

> For those interested, the LeConte's Sparrow that Aaron Graham found during
> the Moorefield CBC was still present at 8:00am this morning (12/26/19). The
> bird was very cooperative.
>
> Steven Wilson
> Beckley, WV
>
> On Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 9:22 AM Jim Stasz <jlstasz...> wrote:
>
> > Yes. It's on State Highway land.
> > ------------------------------
> > On Saturday, December 21, 2019 Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
> wrote:
> > Is this location accessible to the public?
> >
> > On Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 8:16 AM Jim Stasz <
> > <0000006548a92e8f-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Folks,
> >
> > Aaron Graham can't post but he just found a Lincoln's Sparrow at
> > 39°08'31.2"N 78°59'01.9"W
> > https://goo.gl/maps/gof6NjYd1bcSYc4r8 while birding for Moorefield CBC
> >
> > Jim Stasz
> > North Beach MD
> >
> >
>
 

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Date: 12/27/19 3:12 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: black vultures with red wing tags, WV/VA line
Today, we encountered a group of 41 black vultures with six of the birds
having red wing tags with numbers on them. They were on the state line,
near Glen Lyn, VA where Rt. 460 leaves Mercer County, WV and enters Giles
County, VA.
We sent the information to <vulture.tag...>
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 12/27/19 12:49 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
Ashton Wetland (Mason Co.) :

Mallard - 2
Wood Duck - 1
Savannah Sparrow - 4
Song Sparrow - 8
Swamp Sparrow - 3
White-crowned Sparrow - about 20
Rusty Blackbird - about 70
Red-winged Blackbird - 3

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 12/26/19 7:06 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Touring Summers County
On our post-Christmas tour of Summers County, we enjoyed so many beautiful Common Mergansers, as well as Hoodies and Buffleheads. Even three Killdeers picking along the Bluestone River. Several raptors, including a handsome Cooper’s Hawk. The best teaching minutes were with two vultures circling together in the sun — a Turkey and a Black. No better way to compare their differences! Sadly, the loons and the Long-tailed Duck were not around, probably due to the number of fishing boats at “the Pits.” But all was forgiven when we were treated to three otters playing and fishing in the reservoir at Jumping Branch. What a sight! Laura, with Martha, Christy and Barb
 

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Date: 12/26/19 4:06 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Brown Thrasher
With this weather, it's no big surprise that I found a singing Brown Thrasher in Huntington's Ritter Park today.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 12/26/19 6:49 am
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Re: LeConte's Sparrow still present, Hardy County
For those interested, the LeConte's Sparrow that Aaron Graham found during
the Moorefield CBC was still present at 8:00am this morning (12/26/19). The
bird was very cooperative.

Steven Wilson
Beckley, WV

On Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 9:22 AM Jim Stasz <jlstasz...> wrote:

> Yes. It's on State Highway land.
> ------------------------------
> On Saturday, December 21, 2019 Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> wrote:
> Is this location accessible to the public?
>
> On Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 8:16 AM Jim Stasz <
> <0000006548a92e8f-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Hi Folks,
>
> Aaron Graham can't post but he just found a Lincoln's Sparrow at
> 39°08'31.2"N 78°59'01.9"W
> https://goo.gl/maps/gof6NjYd1bcSYc4r8 while birding for Moorefield CBC
>
> Jim Stasz
> North Beach MD
>
>
 

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Date: 12/25/19 6:54 pm
From: Larry Schwab <larryschwab...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Core Arboretum, Dec 24, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 9:51 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Core Arboretum, Dec 24, 2019
To: <larryschwab...>


Core Arboretum, Monongalia, West Virginia, US
Dec 24, 2019 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: clear sky, temp 55 degrees F, walked trails in West
Virginia University Arboretum
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 23
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2 Male-Female
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 1 Single male in bright plumage in
company with Mallard pair on Monongahela River
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 opposite bank Monongahela River
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1 Near old nest site at Arb circle;
flew to perch in White Oak fifty feet from me with Grey Squirrel prey;
Probably first year bird with streaked chest
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 5 including foraging pair in
leaf litter at trailside
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 6 6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62612108

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Date: 12/25/19 4:12 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Marion County Miscellany
Hi all,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! I was able to make my usual
Christmas non-birding pilgrimage to Grandview cemetery in Fairmont today.
To no one's surprise, there were no crossbills around. This just doesn't
seem to be the year for them to wander. It was a pleasant time to be out,
nonetheless; though it felt almost more like my April visits than my
Christmas ones. The birds I did encounter certainly felt the sun and warmth
as vocal activity was high. Song Sparrows were belting out some melodies,
Chickadees were making a ruckus as a Barred Owl tried to take a siesta, and
Cardinals tried to harmonize with the Carolina Wrens. Not too much in the
way of variety or numbers, but I didn't search out anything. Hope you all
had a wonderful day however you were able to spend it. Best wishes to you
all.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 12/25/19 10:04 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Christmas treats
When I opened the front door yesterday a Bluebird was sitting on the
railing.  Turned out there was another one in the bouquet of Fraser fir
greens I had in a container.  Since Nandina berries are poisonous I'd
added some red cedar branches instead.  They were loaded with blue
berries that the birds really enjoy.   To my surprise I spotted a
Yellow-rumped Warbler foraging in the leaves in a flower bed.

There was a lot of bird activity on my dog walk this morning. Wish I'd
taken my binoculars.  Lots of Robins, several Red-bellied Woodpeckers as
well as a nice YB Sapsucker.  A handsome fox also crossed the road.  It
was odd seeing only three Canada Geese fly over.  The three Wise Geese
instead of Wise Men.  Several hours later two large V's came up from the
river.

Lots of Gold and House Finches. White-throated Sparrows and Song
Sparrows at the feeders and the bird baths.  Still hoping for a Fox
Sparrow or Purple Finch.

Merry Christmas to all!

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co, WV
 

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Date: 12/24/19 7:28 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Bluestone WMA, Dec 24, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 10:26 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Bluestone WMA, Dec 24, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Bertha Campground, Bluestone WMA, Summers, West Virginia, US
Dec 24, 2019 12:10 PM - 1:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
26 species

Mallard 52
American Black Duck 42
Common Merganser 6
Ring-billed Gull 21
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 4 3 adults, 1immature
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 14
American Crow 10
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Cedar Waxwing 1
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 15

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62602364

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Date: 12/24/19 7:28 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Dec 24, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 10:18 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Dec 24, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Dec 24, 2019 11:20 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
7 species

Canada Goose 1
Long-tailed Duck 1
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 14
Ring-billed Gull 1
Bald Eagle 2 1 adult, 1 immature
Belted Kingfisher 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62602264

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Date: 12/24/19 6:49 pm
From: Doren Burrell <g.immer...>
Subject: Charleston CBC
Eighteen volunteers ventured out on the first day of winter to survey
birds in the Charleston area, on Saturday, December 21, for the
Charleston CBC. The day began rather frosty, but the sun soon warmed
things up to a comfortable 50 degrees. The sky was mostly clear with
high cirrus clouds breaking up the blue vista and light breezes lasted
throughout the day. In all, we tallied 62 different species for the day.
Sightings of particular note included Black Ducks, a Merlin,
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and a Wood Thrush (verified by photo). Diana
Green concluded the day's efforts with her observation of a Great Horned
Owl shortly before midnight.

Doren Burrell
Mink Shoals, WV
 

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Date: 12/24/19 6:31 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.S.: Common Loon
First Of Season:

131 W. Riverview, Belle, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
Dec 23, 2019 10:37 AM
Common Loon (Gavia immer) (1).

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62597349 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62597349>
No photo.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.
 

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Date: 12/24/19 2:58 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Pipits, Peregrines and Pintails
I decided to take this morning and explore Rte 2 from Green Bottom WMA to Pt. Pleasant and along part of Rte. 817. The highlights were three Am. Pipits and 6 N. Pintail at Gallipoli Ferry and a Peregrine Falcon on the silver bridge at Pt. Pleasant. Along Rte. 817, I found a group of over 24 E. Meadowlarks sitting in a few low trees. They looked like yellow and brown Christmas tree ornaments! Early morning fog prevented any birding at Green Bottom WMA and the Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam. Some of the birds seen this morning are shown below:

Ashton Ponds
Belted Kingfisher 1
Carolina Wren 1

Ohio River - Hay bales
Canada Goose 100+
Double-crests Cormorant 8
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 3
Mallard 50+

Gallipolis Ferry
Mallard 16
Green-winged Teal 1
N. Pintail 6
Ruddy Duck 5
Herring Gull 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Am. Pipit 3
Am. Tree Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
E. Meadowlark 1

Pt. Pleasant
Great Blue Heron 1
Peregrine Falcon 1

Rte 817
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
N. Harrier 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Am. Kestrel 4
Turkey Vulture 1
E. Bluebird 4
E. Meadowlark 24+
Red-winged Blackbird 1

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.


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