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1/20/18 4:48 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> Short-eared owls
1/20/18 2:32 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Cackling Goose/Glendale Park/Randolph County
1/20/18 11:22 am DAVID PATICK <patick...> Cabell and Mason County Birding
1/20/18 11:03 am John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...> Morgantown - Snow Goose
1/20/18 9:51 am Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Peregrine Falcon Continues on Hogueland Rd, Grant County
1/20/18 8:44 am Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Goldeneye(FOY), Bufflehead, Am. Coot(FOY)- Jefferson County
1/18/18 2:30 pm Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Ring-billed Gull, Nicholas County
1/18/18 6:18 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Blackbirds
1/17/18 11:00 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mountain House of Hope, Jan 17, 2018
1/17/18 10:32 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Downy with damaged bill
1/16/18 11:01 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> eagles & waterfowl on New River at Hinton
1/16/18 10:55 am Bird Mom <pep4223...> Red-headed Woodpecker - Jefferson County yard
1/16/18 5:19 am Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> American Pipit-(FOY) Jefferson County/ Hermit Thrush- Yard- Summit Point
1/15/18 5:20 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> Barboursville Park, Cabell County
1/15/18 7:44 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> siskin
1/14/18 5:28 pm Fred Atwood <fatwood...> Grant Co birding today Jan 14, 2018
1/14/18 3:36 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Fox Sparrow, Pine Siskins
1/14/18 2:40 pm cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Rusty Blackbird
1/14/18 12:08 pm Fred Atwood <fatwood...> White fronted geese near Petersburg
1/14/18 11:50 am Shannon Burner <shannonann66...> Fox Sparrow #2
1/14/18 11:44 am Bird Mom <pep4223...> American Robins galore, Red-winged Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow, BH Cowbird - Jefferson County yard
1/14/18 11:06 am Bird Mom <pep4223...> Savannah Sparrows, Horned Larks, American Kestrel - Jefferson County
1/14/18 9:19 am Jim Triplett <jtrippy...> Feeders
1/14/18 8:45 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> grackles
1/14/18 6:10 am John Snyder <johnsnyder...> Grackles
1/14/18 2:14 am Fred Atwood <fatwood...> Pendleton Co highlights Jan 13
1/13/18 5:22 pm Wilma <wjar...> Cooper's hawk, cedar waxwing e-bird report
1/13/18 12:58 pm Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...> Purple Finch (Tucker)
1/12/18 5:12 pm Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Re: Oddball Geese, Nicholas County
1/12/18 12:53 pm Joette Borzik <pep4223...> Ross’s Goose, Ring-billed Gulls, Red-breasted Mergansers - Shenandoah River, Jefferson County
1/12/18 7:57 am Rich Bailey <wvbirds...> Pocahontas CBC results - 12/16/17
1/12/18 7:19 am Rich Bailey <wvbirds...> Elkins CBC results 1/2/18
1/12/18 2:32 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Peregrine Falcon/Houghlin Road/Grant County
1/11/18 4:14 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> Ross's Goose?
1/11/18 2:05 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Hannibal and Willow Island Lock and Dam water birds
1/11/18 10:58 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Sandhill Crane at Bluestone S.P.
1/11/18 10:37 am Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> Purple Finch
1/11/18 8:57 am Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...> Canaan Christmas Bird Count 1/3/18 (Tucker)
1/11/18 8:03 am Elliot Kirschbaum <kingfisher501...> Re: WF Geese; Snow Geese & Hybrid
1/10/18 10:51 am Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...> funeral services for Jim Evans
1/10/18 10:40 am Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> WF Geese; Snow Geese & Hybrid
1/10/18 10:03 am Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...> Robin (Tucker)
1/10/18 8:52 am Ben Borda <abbreb...> Waterfowl in Milton & Huntington
1/9/18 6:49 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Notable Raptors
1/9/18 3:27 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> 38 Wild Turkey - Jefferson County
1/9/18 3:03 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Gotcha
1/9/18 12:13 pm Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Phoebe (FOY) - Yard - Summit Point
1/9/18 7:20 am tbronsonbirds <tbronsonbirds...> Canvasbacks in Morgantown
1/8/18 6:40 pm Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Oddball Geese, Nicholas County
1/8/18 6:13 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Hawkapooloosa!
1/8/18 4:40 pm Jim Farley <jamesfarley...> Jefferson County Ross Goose
1/8/18 10:01 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Owl
1/8/18 9:52 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Fun Birds
1/8/18 8:33 am Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...> Carolina Wren survived (Tucker)
1/8/18 7:11 am Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...> some sad news
1/7/18 5:05 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Jan 7, 2018
1/7/18 5:05 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Jan 7, 2018
1/7/18 3:34 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> Saturday's Ohio River Birding
1/7/18 3:21 pm Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...> Late report- Short-eared Owl- Canaan Valley
1/7/18 3:16 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Unusual Birds
1/7/18 1:42 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Mason County Birding
1/6/18 8:57 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: Ross's Goose
1/6/18 8:32 pm Sarah Anderson <0000004de8cd7385-dmarc-request...> Rough-legged Hawk / Grant Co.
1/6/18 8:05 pm Sharyn Ogden <aussiebwat...> Rough legged Hawk
1/6/18 5:26 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Canaan Valley
1/6/18 5:06 pm Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> Frozen
1/6/18 4:58 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Short-eared Owls
1/6/18 3:21 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Preston, Taylor, Monongalia Counties: Cormorants, Mergansers, Snow Geese, Yellow-rumps
1/6/18 12:56 pm Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...> White-winged Scoters (3)-Tygart River- Grafton, Taylor county
1/6/18 12:21 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Lucky/Unlucky strike
1/5/18 11:01 am Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Water Birds in Huntington
1/5/18 9:17 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Downy with damaged bill
1/5/18 8:53 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Downy Woodpecker bill
1/5/18 8:45 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Morgantown--Merlin, Bald Eagle, water birds
1/4/18 3:58 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Good raptor day
1/4/18 3:13 pm John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...> Pike Island Dam - Gulls
1/4/18 3:06 pm Jodie Sylvester <jodie.marie...> Yellow-rumped Warbler
1/4/18 12:42 pm Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Frozen Lake and American Pipit, Nicholas County
1/4/18 11:38 am Janet Keating <janet.ovec...> Pine Siskins & Brown-headed Cowbirds
1/4/18 11:12 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> Marmet Locks: GWFG, NOHA
1/4/18 10:11 am laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Bird lecture, Monday, January 8, 6.30 in South Charleston WV
1/4/18 7:36 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Shrike
1/4/18 6:44 am Mindy Waldron <awaldron...> McDowell and Raleigh Co. CBC results
1/4/18 4:49 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> ohio county
1/3/18 7:07 pm Fred Atwood <fatwood...> Pendleton CBC summary Dec 19 2017
1/3/18 2:55 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Marmet Locks: Cackling Goose
1/3/18 1:43 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Mason Co. Birding - Cackling Geese
1/3/18 12:56 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Status of today's New Cumberland Lock and Dam, Hancock County water birds; no Glaucous Gull
1/3/18 10:14 am John Snyder <johnsnyder...> FOY Mockingbird
1/3/18 10:02 am Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Jan 2, 2018
1/3/18 9:28 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y. Cackling Goose
1/3/18 8:19 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Iceland and maybe Glaucous Gulls, White-winged Scoter in Hancock County
1/3/18 6:54 am Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...> Northern Shrike- Canaan Valley
1/2/18 3:47 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Nice surprise
1/2/18 1:43 pm Jackie Burns <jackie.burns...> first bird
1/2/18 11:13 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Raptors
1/2/18 9:08 am Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...> Fairmont/mon River
1/2/18 8:07 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Snow Geese in Morgantown
1/2/18 4:41 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Nerw River waterfowl, owls & other raptors
1/1/18 4:26 pm Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...> New Year yard red-tails (Tucker)
1/1/18 3:03 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Pileated Woodpecker
1/1/18 2:19 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Happy new year yard birds!
1/1/18 2:16 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> New Years Day Birding
1/1/18 2:03 pm Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> Pheasants
1/1/18 11:38 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Northern Pintails/Glendale Park, Elkins(1/1/18)
1/1/18 11:32 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> First bird of 2018
1/1/18 11:30 am Shannon Burner <shannonann66...> First Bird
1/1/18 11:18 am Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Happy New Year!
1/1/18 10:49 am LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious...> BCCH First Bird of the Year
1/1/18 9:58 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Eye Disease
1/1/18 9:43 am Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...> First bird of the year
1/1/18 9:26 am Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb...> Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count
1/1/18 9:11 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Morgantown area--Monongahela River status and water birds
1/1/18 8:17 am Joette Borzik <pep4223...> First bird for 2018
1/1/18 6:28 am Jane Whitaker <jane.whitaker...> Hardy CBC
1/1/18 6:23 am Paul Saffold <pesaffold...> first bird
1/1/18 5:38 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> first bird
1/1/18 4:23 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> First Bird
12/31/17 1:58 pm DAVID <patick...> Hunt. Christmas Count correction
12/30/17 5:47 pm DAVID <patick...> Huntington CBC
12/30/17 3:41 pm David Griffith <dwgriff...> Re: Snowy Owl checkup
12/30/17 3:35 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> Eastern Phoebe returns - Jefferson County yard
12/30/17 11:49 am Allen Bryan <000000f1422dcb65-dmarc-request...> Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspur in Jefferson County
12/30/17 11:04 am Jean Neely <jeaneely...> Snowy Owl checkup
12/30/17 10:23 am Jim Triplett <jimtrippy...> Fwd: eBird Report - Deerfield Village Canaan Valley WV, Dec 29, 2017
12/29/17 7:17 pm cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Pine Siskins
12/29/17 5:52 pm Jodie Sylvester <jodie.marie...> Gray Catbird
12/29/17 2:46 pm Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...> Canaan Christmas Bird Count rescheduled to January 3
12/28/17 4:12 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> bald eagles
12/28/17 12:17 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Cheat Lake freezing; Common Goldeneyes arriving on Mon River in Morgantown area
12/28/17 11:07 am Bird Mom <pep4223...> Eastern Phoebe - Jefferson County yard
12/28/17 10:00 am Bev Triplett <bevtrippy...> Location of Tundra Swan
12/28/17 9:56 am Bev Triplett <bevtrippy...> Tundra Swan
12/27/17 2:36 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> bald eagles
12/27/17 11:25 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Winter Wonder-land (Fox Sparrows, Harrier)
12/27/17 10:47 am Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Waterfowl
12/27/17 8:09 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Purple Finch
12/27/17 8:02 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Wren
12/27/17 5:56 am Joette Borzik <pep4223...> Re: helping window strike victims
12/26/17 5:19 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Re: helping window strike victims
12/26/17 4:47 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> helping window strike victims
12/26/17 4:56 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Siskins
12/26/17 4:02 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Fwd: Snowy Owl prognosis
12/25/17 3:23 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Christmas birding
12/25/17 4:45 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Correction--Ring-necked Duck at Cheat Lake on Christmas Eve
12/24/17 3:23 pm Bird Mom <pep4223...> Red-headed Woodpeckers, American Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow - Jefferson County
12/24/17 3:21 pm Sam Chapman <0000007c3c2c3ecc-dmarc-request...> greater white-fronted geese
12/24/17 2:01 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Christmas Eve at Cheat Lake
12/24/17 1:26 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Rte. 2 Birding
12/24/17 1:09 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Beech Fork Lake Bonaparte's Gull
12/24/17 10:58 am Rankin, Gary <rankin...> New Yard Bird
12/24/17 10:28 am Wilma <wjar...> Snow goose
12/22/17 1:24 pm Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Greater White-fronted Geese and Ross's Goose, Preston and Mineral Counties
12/22/17 7:44 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> GWF Goose in Preston County
12/22/17 7:38 am Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...> thanks Jon
 
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Date: 1/20/18 4:48 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: Short-eared owls
Amy and I went to a farm field on Upland Road near Apple Grove this evening, where we were lucky enough to see a couple of short-eared owls. When we first got there, Amy spotted one sitting on the ground and I was able to get the scope on it and take some really good looks. After it flew, it met up with another owl that was sitting on the ground also. After a while they started chasing some harriers that were flying over the field.

I want to thank Mike for letting us know where these were at.

Rennie Talbert
Barboursville, wv
 

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Date: 1/20/18 2:32 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Cackling Goose/Glendale Park/Randolph County
There was a lone Cackling Goose mixed in with about 400 (most I have ever seen at this spot) it was spooked by a fluorescent green jogger while I was attempting to change my camera lens. All of the geese flew over into the river. I could not find it when I went around to the other side. I returned at about 2:30 & someone was chasing the whole flock up the river with a camera. I HATE that place when the weather is fit to be out.

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/20/18 11:22 am
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Cabell and Mason County Birding
Gary Rankin, Mike Griffith and I did some birding today on one of Cabell County Ridges along Fairview Ridge and Mason County along Rte. 2 and Rte. 35.We finished up at the Blenko Ponds in Milton. Some of the birds seen were:


Cabell County ridges:


Brown Creeper-1

Cedar Waxwings-12


RCB Locks:


Cackling Goose-6

American Black Duck-65

Northern Pintail-6

Canvasback-90

Ring-necked Duck-3

Greater Scaup-10

Long-tailed Duck-2

Bufflehead-2

Hooded Merganser-3

Northern Harrier-2

Bald Eagle-2


Rte. 35- Mason County;


Horned Lark-100

American Pipit-4

Cooper's Hawk-1

Rough-legged Hawk-1

Rusty Blackbird-4

Tundra Swan-1


Blenko Ponds;


Ross's Goose-1

Northern Shoveler-4


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 1/20/18 11:03 am
From: John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Morgantown - Snow Goose
At lunch time today I saw a white Snow Goose mixed in with several hundred Canada Geese at the WVU farm off of Stewartstown Road. Perhaps it is one of the ones that spent time at Mountain View school earlier this month.

John Boback
Morgantown, WV



Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/20/18 9:51 am
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Peregrine Falcon Continues on Hogueland Rd, Grant County
While looking for Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, and Horned Larks on Hogueland Rd, Grant County, I saw a/the Peregrine Falcon attempting to catch European Starlings. No luck finding my target species but the Peregrine made up for it.

Other highlights were Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and American Kestrel.

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 1/20/18 8:44 am
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Goldeneye(FOY), Bufflehead, Am. Coot(FOY)- Jefferson County
I checked out Lake Shannandale yesterday morning, where I found my first for the year American Coot mixed in with hundreds of Canada Geese, Ring-necked Ducks, a pair of Hooded Mergansers and a pair of Mallards. Because most of the lake was frozen, all of the above were bunched together in what open water there was.

Later, I road along the river on Rissler Road finding about 34 Common Mergansers and a pair of Hooded Mergansers. Most of the river was frozen.

There was much more open water in the Millville area of the river down from the damn. It was there I saw 4 female Common Goldeneyes(FOY), a pair of Hooded Mergansers, and two groups of Buffleheads. One group numbered 21 and in the larger one closer to the white water raft launch area I counted 74( 32 males.) Fortunately, most were not in diving mode, so I was able to get a more accurate count. They made a neat sight.

Happy birding,

Carol Del--Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 1/18/18 2:30 pm
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Ring-billed Gull, Nicholas County
This evening there was a Ring-billed Gull flying around Lowe's and Northside Plaza in Summersville, Nicholas County.

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 1/18/18 6:18 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Blackbirds
Two of the Rusty Blackbirds are back today. They even brought along two,
young Red-winged Blackbirds which makes a nice comparison. Of course,
looking them in the eye makes it easy to tell. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph
County
 

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Date: 1/17/18 11:00 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mountain House of Hope, Jan 17, 2018
Today with the cold and snow, we have focused mostly on our feeders. I have
been surprised that the numerous Pine Siskins, that we have had recently,
have not showed up so far. I was just as surprised when I looked out and
saw three Rusty Blackbirds feeding on seeds I put under a shrub. They were
here off and on most of the morning. Dark-eyed Juncos have been the most
numerous and consistently present today. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 1:54 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mountain House of Hope, Jan 17, 2018
To: <hesemyers...>


Mountain House of Hope, Randolph, West Virginia, US
Jan 17, 2018 7:20 AM - 2:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Cold, clear, snow covered
15 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
European Starling 1
Dark-eyed Junco 17
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rusty Blackbird 3
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S41992770

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

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Date: 1/17/18 10:32 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Downy with damaged bill
The little female first seen 12 days ago is alive and well and seems
unhampered by her damaged bill.  She's been on the tray, visiting
feeders and getting a drink of water on both side of the house.

Yesterday I groaned when I saw a lone House Sparrow on the suet. Looked
up in the tree to see if there were others and was pleasantly surprised
to see four Cedar Waxwings.  Don't get them very often.

There is one White-throated Sparrow whose left wing almost touches the
ground rather than being tucked in.  It doesn't seem to affect his flight.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/16/18 11:01 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: eagles & waterfowl on New River at Hinton
This morning in the Hinton area of Summers County, I found 10 bald eagles(4
adults, 1 sub-adult, 1 2nd year and 4 1st year birds.
7 green-winged teal and a gadwall were a nice addition to the black ducks,
mallards, Canada geese, common & hooded mergansers. Also, had 4 ring-billed
gulls.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/16/18 10:55 am
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker - Jefferson County yard
When I was in my driveway unloading my vehicle this morning after running errands, I had a Red-headed Woodpecker across the road near the powerline. I don't expect it to stay, as they normally don't come back here until early April. Maybe it's just doing a wider forage for food today. We are expecting some snow this afternoon, and it is dark and dreary lighting conditions.

This is only the second time for this species in my yard in the winter. The first time I had a January Red-headed Woodpecker in the yard was some year between 2003-2010, but guessing it was probably about 2007 or 2008. I can't recall the exact year, because it was before I entered my bird sightings into eBird. (All the more reason why we should enter our data into eBIRD as we get older!) I remember it being a mild day for January, and I was walking the subdivision for some exercise. The Red-headed Woodpecker flew close by me, and I easily recognized it with my naked eye. It stayed on the powerline side of the road, where this bird was this morning.

What a nice surprise.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 1/16/18 5:19 am
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: American Pipit-(FOY) Jefferson County/ Hermit Thrush- Yard- Summit Point
On my way home from town yesterday afternoon, I stopped by Dutch Hill Road off Kabletown Road hoping to find some Horned Lark in the fields there. Instead, I first heard and then found a flock of about 35 American Pipit moving about in the corn-stubble. Some were close enough to the road that I was able to get very good looks just using my binoculars. They eventually flew to the field across the road where I lost track of them. These were the first for the year for me.

At home yesterday morning, I had a Hermit Thrush come to the mostly frozen pond and stream looking for some water. It then flew to the wooded area nearby. I saw it again about a half an hour later again at the pond.

It was the first one for the yard this year.

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 1/15/18 5:20 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: Barboursville Park, Cabell County
Amy and I stopped at the park to check the lake this afternoon after work.

Probably two-thirds of the lake was frozen, with just the section closest to the aerators being clear. This was the hot spot for the ducks. Most seen were tame ducks, but there were 4 red-breasted mergansers feeding--two males and two females. This makes the second time that I have seen this combination this week, also seeing two males and two females on the Ohio River below the Byrd Locks.

We also saw 4 redheads and 1 ring-necked ducked.

Rennie and Amy Talbert
Barboursville, WV
 

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Date: 1/15/18 7:44 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: siskin
Just had a pine siskin at the feeder.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/14/18 5:28 pm
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: Grant Co birding today Jan 14, 2018
Dear WV Birders
It was a fun day birding on this gorgeous day through many parts of Grant
County. As expected, all of the lakes were frozen solid except for Mt Storm
Lake, which was quite steamy obscuring the view of most of the lake; and
the only bird I could find there was a downy woodpecker.
The river was flowing fast and edged with beautiful icicle-festooned
branches. A few waterfowl were found there. I also stumbled upon several
nice flocks of passerines. Todays birding brought my weekend list up to
57. The highlight of the day was the 2 Greater White-fronted Geese reported
this afternoon near Petersburg. But other highlights included a
rough-legged hawk, goldeneye, chipping sparrows, phoebes, pipits,
sapsuckers,winter wren, fox sparrows, and savannah sparrows. I found no
hermit thrushes, great blue herons, kingfishers, or vultures all day.

Here are the highlights from most of my lists today:

The Cabin, Little Mt, Cabins
6:30 AM a calling Barred Owl

Hogueland Rd 9:30 AM
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Bald Eagle immature chasing the RLHA
1 RLHA light morph being chased by, and circling around the immature BAEA;
probably the bird reported Jan 2 by Herb M
2 Kestrel
couldn't find the Peregrine so nicely photographed a few days ago by Randy B
25 Horned Lark flew over and disappeared
5 Fox Sparrow
10 White-crowned Sparrow
13 Savannah Sparrow
1 Towhee
1 Meadowlark singing in the cold

Stony River Dam Rd/Germany Hollow Rd 11:10 AM
Adult Bald Eagle
American Kestrel, nearby

Knobley Rd near Belle Babb Lane, Maysville 12:20 PM
1 Sapsucker
80 American Pipit
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet

Belle Babb Lane 12:45 PM
2 Bald Eagle immatures
2 sapsucker
1 Brown Creeper
25 Robins
15 Waxwings
11 Yellow-rumped Warblers
26 Field Sparrows in one flock

Thorn Run Rd/Lake 1:30 PM
2 GC Kinglet
5 Bluebird
30 Robin
7 Fox Sparrow
6 House Finch

Royal Glenn Rd 2:15 PM
1 kestrel
1 Phoebe
1 winter wren
13 Chipping Sparrows in one flock
7 White-crowned Sparrows
8 White-throated Sparrows

River at Grant Co PSD 3:00 PM
2 Greater white-fronted Geese, a county LIFER for me.
70 Canada Geese
34 Mallard
2 Common Merganser
perhaps other waterfowl obscured by trees

River at Petersburg 220 bridge towards Franklin 3:15 PM
1 Common Goldeneye
5 Common Merganser
5 Mallard

River, 6 brief stops from Harman's cabins to Smoke Hole Rd 3:45 PM
4 Black Duck
1 Common Merganser
15 robin

River, Welton Park: no waterfowl 4:30

River, Gap Rd Hardy Co near 220 bridge 4:35
13 Canada Geese
1 Mallard
7 Common Merganser
1 Phoebe

River, First mile of River Rd (Hardy) and Brighton Park (from parking lot)
(Hardy)
No waterfowl


Heading to Delaware shore tomorrow with my students; hoping for huge flocks
of Snow Geese and a Snowy Owl.

Good Night
All the best
Fred Atwood
Cabins, Grant Co, WV
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA
Chatham, Barnstable Co, MA
 

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Date: 1/14/18 3:36 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Fox Sparrow, Pine Siskins
Forgot to mention that I had a Fox Sparrow yesterday.
Pine Siskins continue to appear every day since Dec. 23., 30 today.

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie Co. WV

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Date: 1/14/18 2:40 pm
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Rusty Blackbird
I had a lone Rusty Blackbird feeding in our "recycled" Christmas tree, which is lying under the Dogwoods, sprinkled with mixed seed, about 15' from house.  Of course, the Juncos and White-Throated Sparrows enjoy it too.Also continue to have lots of Pine Siskins; about 25 today.
Cynthia BurkhartRitchie Co., WV
 

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Date: 1/14/18 12:08 pm
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: White fronted geese near Petersburg
2 right now with Canada geese in river as viewed from Grant Co PSD (by sign for military museum) along 55 between Petersburg and Cabins. Difficult viewing through trees.
Fred Atwood
Cabins. Grant Co.

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Date: 1/14/18 11:50 am
From: Shannon Burner <shannonann66...>
Subject: Fox Sparrow #2
All,
Glanced out the window that faces my feeder about 10:30AM and was elated
to see a fox sparrow busily cracking corn and sunflower seeds under the
feeder. It has stayed all day. This is only the second fox sparrow I have
seen here. The first was on Thanksgiving Day 2003! I was long overdue!

Shannon A. Burner
1782 New Creek Highway
Keyser, WV 26726
<shannonann66...>
 

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Date: 1/14/18 11:44 am
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: American Robins galore, Red-winged Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow, BH Cowbird - Jefferson County yard
Since 2018 started, we've been fortunate to have a small flock of American Robins gracing our yard, taking full advantage of the water availability. The flock has increased in size, and today, I estimate the number of robins to be about 100. It appears that about 85% are females, and 15% are male robins. Prior to the inch of rain we had a few days ago, every rock and porch railing was covered with purple robin "doo doo." The "doo doo" is back in full force now, and I have to make an effort to keep from carrying it into the house on my shoes. I just love robins, despite being a bit messy. The 2 heated bird baths need to be emptied and refilled every 2 hours after the flock has visited.

The robins also attracted the attention of a small flock of about 30 starlings, which I could do without, but they seemed to tolerate each other, just enough to maintain law and order. When the flock arrives to drink, the small surface area of the pond waterfalls quickly fills up with robins and starlings, and if a bird starts to bathe, it gets harassed by another bird. They seem to know that when they are stacked up only an inch or so away from each other, no splashing is allowed. The starlings brought a male Red-winged Blackbird in with them, which was very welcomed, and a first of season bird for me.

A solo White-crowned Sparrow has been here since the new year, and I usually see it drinking in the waterfalls. There was no way it could get in close today. Too much crowding! I also saw one female Brown-headed Cowbird near the feeders. I stopped using bird mix with large quantities of millet in it, and the cow bird numbers in my yard dropped significantly this fall and winter. I hope the cowbird moves on.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 1/14/18 11:06 am
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Savannah Sparrows, Horned Larks, American Kestrel - Jefferson County
After the PVAS Cool Spring Preserve walk this chilly morning, Lynne W and I headed to Meyerstown Road to look for Horned Larks. We could hear them tinkling, but they were hard to locate in the corn stubble. We got glimpses of about a dozen larks. An American Kestrel was hovering over the field, looking for lunch.

We moved to Dutch Hill Road where we found about 40 Horned Larks. Along the roadway where the tractor had missed mowing small sections of Johnson grass, 12 Savannah Sparrows were foraging in the dead grass clumps. We also got great looks at Savannah's that were perched on corn stubble, not far from the road edge.

It was a sunny morning with temperatures from 12-23 degrees F.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 1/14/18 9:19 am
From: Jim Triplett <jtrippy...>
Subject: Feeders
Our feeders have been loaded today in Charleston, WV. Temperature at noon in the 20’s. Missing are siskins and juncos, none this year so far. Haven’t seen our resident Cooper's Hawk, thought for sure it would be around.

goldfinches
cardinals
a pair of towhees
a pair of bluebirds eating seeds on ground
starlings attacking Bev’s suet cakes
mockingbird being the junk yard dog
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
a pair of Carolina Wren’s
House Finch
doves

Jim and Bev Triplett
Charleston, WV
 

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Date: 1/14/18 8:45 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: grackles
We have a couple common grackles at the feeder this morning. Feeders are
busy with a little snow and 12 degrees to start the day. Lots of blue jays,
juncos, white-throated & 3 fox sparrows plus sapsucker, hairy, downy &
red-bellied woodpeckers.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/14/18 6:10 am
From: John Snyder <johnsnyder...>
Subject: Grackles
Happened to look out the window to our rear feeding station in time to see
20-30 Common Grackles soar in to partake--first this year.



Best regards,

John Snyder

Summersville, Nicholas County



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Date: 1/14/18 2:14 am
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: Pendleton Co highlights Jan 13
Dear WV-birders
My first-of-the-year birding trip to WV was more challenging than usual.
All the lakes were beautifully frozen solid and there wasn't much in the
rivers in Pendleton Co either, even though they were flowing strong and
full of water.

However it was a spectacular day and the lakes were making wonderful noises!

I worked hard to find 37 species this afternoon.

Here are the Pendleton Co highlights.
6 Common Mergansers, 3 Great Blue Herons and 2 Phoebes along the stretch of
river near Ruddle.

A male Eastern Towhee at Little Stony Lake

A Rusty Blackbird at Brushy Fork Lake.

Other birds included white-throated sparrows, field sparrows,
golden-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warblers, cedar waxwings, kestrel,
and red-tailed hawk. I found no eagles anywhere today.

I also visited Hogueland Rd near Petersburg in Grant Co from sunset through
dusk hoping for short-eared owls. In 2.7 miles and 48 minutes I found no
owls and a grand total of only 7 birds: 1 American Robin and 6 Eastern
Meadowlarks. The meadowlarks were a nice surprise.

I wonder what I will find in Grant and Hardy Co tomorrow.

Great to be back in this beee-eee-yoo-tiful state!!

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

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Date: 1/13/18 5:22 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Cooper's hawk, cedar waxwing e-bird report
While watching cedar waxwings* feeding on crabapples a Cooper's hawk* flew through.
* 56 & *57 species for this year
Immature yellow-bellied sapsucker was also feeding on the crabapples.
Saw one bluebird at box.
Other birds at feeder listed below

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: January 13, 2018 4:55:59 PM EST
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Jan 13, 2018
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Jan 13, 2018 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: windy about 20 degrees and dropping with about 3 inches of snow doing feeder count
> 19 species
>
> Mourning Dove 7
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 7
> Hairy Woodpecker 1 later saw 2 females didn't see the male
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 4
> Carolina Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 7
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> American Robin 2
> European Starling 20
> Dark-eyed Junco 18
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 8
> House Finch 8
> Purple Finch 1 later saw a male and two brown birds
> American Goldfinch 20
> House Sparrow 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41876799
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 1/13/18 12:58 pm
From: Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...>
Subject: Purple Finch (Tucker)
Hi, all,



Yesterday at this time it was 60 degrees here. Today it's 12 degrees, and a
male Purple Finch showed up at the feeders.



Good birding,



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 1/12/18 5:12 pm
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Re: Oddball Geese, Nicholas County
After discussion on a hybrid waterfowl ID Facebook group I've decided to withdraw my ID of Greater White-fronted Goose x Canada Goose hybrid and call this goose a Domestic Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrid.

Snow Goose holds true atleast ;)

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 1/12/18 12:53 pm
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: Ross’s Goose, Ring-billed Gulls, Red-breasted Mergansers - Shenandoah River, Jefferson County
(1) Ross’s Goose - with Canada’s at end of John Rissler Road

(3 males) Red-breasted Mergansers - John Rissler Road

(9) Ring-billed Gulls - between S turn and Moulton Park

Birdmom
Jefferson County


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Date: 1/12/18 7:57 am
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Pocahontas CBC results - 12/16/17
This was one of our best counts, with 66 species detected. Highlights were
a barn owl, 6 phoebes, and a large flock of red crossbills. Totals below,
apologies for the all caps:

CANADA GOOSE 525
WOOD DUCK 2
MALLARD 365
BUFFLEHEAD 1
COMMON MERGANSER 2
ROCK PIGEON 26
MOURNING DOVE 78
KILLDEER 4
WILSON'S SNIPE 1
GREAT BLUE HERON 1
BLACK VULTURE 4
TURKEY VULTURE 1
BALD EAGLE 3
NORTHERN HARRIER 4
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 1
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 2
RED-TAILED HAWK 17
BARN OWL 1
EASTERN SCREECH-OWL 1
BELTED KINGFISHER 4
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER 10
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER 7
DOWNY WOODPECKER 27
HAIRY WOODPECKER 15
NORTHERN FLICKER 6
PILEATED WOODPECKER 19
AMERICAN KESTREL 4
EASTERN PHOEBE 6
BLUE JAY 83
AMERICAN CROW 296
COMMON RAVEN 47
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE 71
TUFTED TITMOUSE 59
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 8
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH 45
BROWN CREEPER 2
WINTER WREN 3
CAROLINA WREN 46
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET 31
EASTERN BLUEBIRD 21
HERMIT THRUSH 5
AMERICAN ROBIN 3
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD 7
CEDAR WAXWING 27
EUROPEAN STARLING 261
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER 5
EASTERN TOWHEE 13
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW 1
CHIPPING SPARROW 1
FIELD SPARROW 14
SONG SPARROW 62
SWAMP SPARROW 7
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 27
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW 14
DARK-EYED JUNCO 326
NORTHERN CARDINAL 52
EASTERN MEADOWLARK 2
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD 150
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 4
COMMON GRACKLE 30
HOUSE SPARROW 42
HOUSE FINCH 2
PURPLE FINCH 12
RED CROSSBILL 48
PINE SISKIN 26
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH 121
 

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Date: 1/12/18 7:19 am
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Elkins CBC results 1/2/18
Hi all, despite low temps, we found 59 species and respectable numbers for
17 field observers. Species list below, apologies in advance for the
all-caps:

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
GADWALL
MALLARD
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HOODED MERGANSER
COMMON MERGANSER
WILD TURKEY
ROCK PIGEON
MOURNING DOVE
RING-BILLED GULL
GREAT BLUE HERON
BLACK VULTURE
TURKEY VULTURE
BALD EAGLE
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK
COOPER'S HAWK
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
RED-TAILED HAWK
BELTED KINGFISHER
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
DOWNY WOODPECKER
HAIRY WOODPECKER
NORTHERN FLICKER
PILEATED WOODPECKER
AMERICAN KESTREL
BLUE JAY
AMERICAN CROW
COMMON RAVEN
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE
TUFTED TITMOUSE
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
BROWN CREEPER
WINTER WREN
CAROLINA WREN
EASTERN BLUEBIRD
AMERICAN ROBIN
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
EUROPEAN STARLING
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
EASTERN TOWHEE
CHIPPING SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
SONG SPARROW
SWAMP SPARROW
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
DARK-EYED JUNCO
NORTHERN CARDINAL
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
HOUSE SPARROW
HOUSE FINCH
PINE SISKIN
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
 

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Date: 1/12/18 2:32 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Peregrine Falcon/Houghlin Road/Grant County
There was a Peregrine Falcon at the section of Houghlin Road nearest to the highway at 1pm on (1/11/18) There was also 3 Northern Harriers.. 2 Males and a female. I was there earlier in the day with strong winds and couldn't even find a pigeon or starling.

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/11/18 4:14 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: Ross's Goose?
Amy and I went Blenko Pond in Milton, Cabell County late this evening.

We saw 1 Northern Pintail and 6 Shovellers, but we had one bird that was acting rather unusual.

If I saw it at Greenbottom I would have said it was a Ross's Goose, but it walked right up to us at the Blenko pond. Of course a fence was between us and it, but it acted like it expected to be fed and it was unafraid of us.

I took pictures.


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Rennie Talbert
Barboursville, WV
 

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Date: 1/11/18 2:05 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Hannibal and Willow Island Lock and Dam water birds
Both dams were ice-free below the dam as far as could be seen, but mostly
iced-in above the dam with very little open water.

At Hannibal L&D in New Martinsville this morning:

Canada Goose--400
Mallard--28
American Black Duck--2
Ring-necked Duck--2
Greater Scaup--3
Bufflehead--10
Common Goldeneye--20
Common Merganser--5
Ring-billed Gull--55
Herring Gull--9
Peregrine Falcon--1 adult on tower at Ohio end of bridge, but in WV per
Google Maps

Proctor--completely frozen:

Ring-billed Gull--5 on the ice

Willow Island L&D:

Canada Goose--1
Wood Duck--2 drakes
Mallard--300, maybe 325
American Black Duck--28
Northern Pintail--6
Ring-necked Duck--4
Greater Scaup--2
Lesser Scaup--1 drake
Scaup species--4
Redhead--2 drakes
Canvasback--4 hens
Bufflehead--1 drake
Common Goldeneye--2 hens
Hooded Merganser--5
Red-breasted Merganser--4
Double-crested Cormorant--15
Great Blue Heron--1
Red-shouldered Hawk--1
Ring-billed Gull--45
Herring Gull--2

All other locations along the river between New Martinsville and Willow
Island were mostly to completely frozen, though there were a lot of
floating ice chunks from thawing the last 3 days. Barge traffic has kept a
channel open.

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 1/11/18 10:58 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Sandhill Crane at Bluestone S.P.
Had a good birding morning in Bluestone S.P. with lots of individuals and
32 species. Most of the songbirds were hitting the poison ivy berries
except for a hermit thrush feeding in the top of a sumac.
Highlight was the call of a Sandhill Crane as it flew over. Jim & Bev
Triplett had this species flying over nearby Bluestone Dam during our 13th
winter eagle survey over the weekend.
Participants in the eagle survey visited sites along Indian Creek,
Bluestone, Greenbrier & New Rivers and located 50 bald eagles and 2 golden
eagles. Some observers were treated to the sight of 2 bobcats feeding on a
deer carcass and one saw a river otter catch a fish and eat it.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/11/18 10:37 am
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Purple Finch
I had a male Purple Finch at my feeders on Saturday, January 6. It was here for less than 10 minutes and was not seen again until today, the 11th. This one is a male also. Since the snow started melting, I have had very few birds at my feeders.

Tom Fox
Millstone, Calhoun Co.

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Date: 1/11/18 8:57 am
From: Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...>
Subject: Canaan Christmas Bird Count 1/3/18 (Tucker)
Hi, all,



Thirteen intrepid birders participated in our Canaan Valley Christmas Bird
Count on January 3. Perhaps the most interesting feature: a temperature
range from 21 below zero to 29 above!



Highlights of the count were Joe Hildreth's discovery of a Northern Shrike
and a Short-eared Owl, Ross Brittain's 4-owl morning including Northern
Saw-whet, and one and likely another Golden Eagle observed by Ross Brittain
and Jim and Bev Triplett. Numbers were generally within the average range,
although we had many misses including Cedar Waxwing and Purple Finch.



Total number of species: 48, plus 3 count week birds: Brown Creeper (thanks
to Ken and Julie Dzaack), Eastern Towhee (thanks to Bev and Jim Triplett),
and Yellow-rumped Warbler (thanks to Mimi Kibler). Total number of
individuals: 1,478.



Here's what we found:



American Black Duck 7

Mallard 43

Northern Pintail 1

Hooded Merganser 11 - new record

Rock Pigeon 72

Mourning Dove 149 - new record

Wilson's Snipe 2

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 5

Golden Eagle 1 or 2

Eastern Screech-Owl 2

Great Horned Owl 2

Barred Owl 1

Short-eared Owl 1 - tied for highest

Northern Saw-whet Owl 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 7

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

Downy Woodpecker 18

Hairy Woodpecker 13

Northern Flicker 4

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Northern Shrike 1 - tied for highest

Blue Jay 87

American Crow 120

Common Raven 53

Black-capped Chickadee 137

Tufted Titmouse 61

Red-breasted Nuthatch 16

White-breasted Nuthatch 28

Brown Creeper - cw

Carolina Wren 16

Golden-crowned Kinglet 5

Eastern Bluebird 4

European Starling 178

House Sparrow 77

House Finch 32

Pine Siskin 27

American Goldfinch 15

Eastern Towhee - cw

American Tree Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 18

Swamp Sparrow 1 - tied for highest

White-crowned Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 2

Dark-eyed Junco 211

Red-winged Blackbird 1

Common Grackle 2

Brown-headed Cowbird 2

Northern Cardinal 31.



Many thanks to all who participated, and to those who were unable to make it
due to the rescheduling!



Good birding,



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV






 

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Date: 1/11/18 8:03 am
From: Elliot Kirschbaum <kingfisher501...>
Subject: Re: WF Geese; Snow Geese & Hybrid
Nancy and I checked this morning. No Snow Goose nor Greater White-fronted Goose, but we did have 1 Canvasback and 1 Lesser Scaup.

> On Jan 10, 2018, at 1:40 PM, Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> <mailto:<wbchtelfair...>> wrote:
>
> Around 11am this morning, I stopped at Shipper Ct Pond on Rte 45 and found 7 White-fronted geese, 1 immature Snow Goose and a hybrid (Snow/Canada??) mixed in with about 200 Canada Geese, 5 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Redhead Ducks and 9 Mallards.
> I had my camera and will put photos on Ebird listing.Bill TelfairJefferson County

Elliot

--
Elliot Kirschbaum
Shepherdstown, WV
kingfisher500 at comcast dot net
 

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Date: 1/10/18 10:51 am
From: Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...>
Subject: funeral services for Jim Evans
For those who would like and are able to attend:

Jim's family will receive friends and family at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street<x-apple-data-detectors://3>, Fairmont on Wednesday from Noon to 8pm<x-apple-data-detectors://4> and on Thursday 11am to 1pm<x-apple-data-detectors://5>. The funeral service will be at 1pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018<x-apple-data-detectors://6> at the funeral home with Pastor Jim Solomon officiating. Interment services will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted by the Marion County Veterans Council Honor Guard at the Cemetery.

Susan Olcott
Wildlife Diversity Biologist
WV DNR
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787
Fax (304)825-6270
<susan.p.olcott...>
 

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Date: 1/10/18 10:40 am
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: WF Geese; Snow Geese & Hybrid
Around 11am this morning, I stopped at Shipper Ct Pond on Rte 45 and found 7 White-fronted geese, 1 immature Snow Goose and a hybrid (Snow/Canada??) mixed in with about 200 Canada Geese, 5 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Redhead Ducks and 9 Mallards.
I had my camera and will put photos on Ebird listing.Bill TelfairJefferson County
 

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Date: 1/10/18 10:03 am
From: Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...>
Subject: Robin (Tucker)
Hi, all,



I know it sounds odd to report, but American Robin is an unusual bird in the
mountains in winter. I heard one yesterday and didn't quite believe it, but
I just saw one in the yard.



Good birding,



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 1/10/18 8:52 am
From: Ben Borda <abbreb...>
Subject: Waterfowl in Milton & Huntington
I stopped by the pond at Blenko Glass in Milton this morning about 10:00am and got good looks at several small groups of Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers and American Black Ducks, all of which were mixed in with the local waterfowl. Yesterday morning at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, I saw small groups of Redheads, Common Goldeneyes, Ring-necked Ducks, Greater Scaups, a lone Ruddy Duck and a lone American Coot, all of which, again, were mixed in with the local waterfowl. Day before yesterday at Harris Riverfront Park, there was a male Red-breasted Merganser mixed in with the group.

Ben Borda
Huntington, WV
Cabell County
 

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Date: 1/9/18 6:49 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Notable Raptors
Among the usual suspects, Janet Keating and I found the following less frequent raptors :

1 Merlin (Riviera Golf Course - Cabell Co.)
1 Light Morph Rough-legged Hawk (Ashton - Mason Co.)
1 Short-eared Owl (R.C. Byrd Locks - Mason Co.)

Also, there were several thousand ducks in the vicinity of Byrd Locks and just upstream. Mostly, they could not be seen very well from the WV side of the river. We did not find any waterfowl species that has not been reported recently at that location.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/9/18 3:27 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: 38 Wild Turkey - Jefferson County
I had a nice sighting this afternoon of a flock of 38 Wild Turkeys on Wheatland Road, Jefferson County. They were basking in the sun in the corner of a field, but they stayed close enough to the woods edge in case they had to make a run for cover These were my first turkeys for 2018.


BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 1/9/18 3:03 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Gotcha
When I took my dog out  at 7:30 this morning the street was still icy so
we cut it short.  At 10:00 I saw a male Cardinal having a grand time
splashing around in the bird bath so I figured it must have really
warmed up.  Took the dog out again only to find that the driveway and
road still had slick patches.  So much for using Cardinal behavior as a
guide to road conditions. :-(

Interesting to see the activity on the birdbath change from sippers to
bathers.  By mid day it was Bluebirds, Juncos, Song Sparrows, and
Cardinals getting a much needed bath after all these cold days.

The 15 gal bucket of water for the deer had frozen solid.  I was able to
turn it over today and refill it.  Funny watching the deer approach and
try to figure out what the giant white ice cube was.

Coming back from town the other day I saw the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
putting more holes in the old dogwood next to the driveway.  He was
oblivious to the car.  We waited about five minutes until he left.   I
thought this gave new meaning to the term "driveway moment."

Late afternoon we walked to the river to check out the ice. Well, not
quite.  One of the eagles was perched on the nest tree. As we got closer
it left and landed in a sycamore along the water.  We walked a bit
farther but then saw the second eagle sit nearby in the same tree.  Time
to turn around and walk back.  I wonder if nesting season for our area
is starting.

Had a nice sighting of a fox while walking the dog yesterday morning. 
He was carrying something, probably rodent or bird.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/9/18 12:13 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Phoebe (FOY) - Yard - Summit Point
As I pulled into the driveway about 2:30 this afternoon, I was greeted by a lovely Eastern Phoebe sitting on the back of the bench on our patio. I sat in the car watching it until it flew over to the pond, which is just beginning to melt a little with the bright sun and warmer temperatures. What a delightful homecoming. It is my first Phoebe for the new year.

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle,

Summit Point,

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 1/9/18 7:20 am
From: tbronsonbirds <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Canvasbacks in Morgantown
3 males and 1 female just below Morgantown Lock and Dam. Goldeneyes and Greater Scaup continue.

Nothing else new at the power plant, Star City water treatment plant, or Barill Park.

Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 1/8/18 6:40 pm
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Oddball Geese, Nicholas County
This evening I found what I believe was a juvenile/immature blue morph Snow Goose and a Greater White-fronted Goose x Canada Goose hybrid feeding within a flock of 85 Canada Geese a few miles outside Summersville, Nicholas County.

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 1/8/18 6:13 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Hawkapooloosa!
Sunday was a great day for hawks in Mason County (up Route 35 from Winfield to Pt.Pleasant, then toward Huntington on Route 2) despite the “warm” temperatures (33 degrees and sunny). 1 harrier gliding and hovering around a field, 2 coopers, 8 red-tails, 1 red-shouldered, and 6 Kestrels. Remarkably no vultures or eagles. The best birds were two rough legged’s ...especially the one who displayed it’s dark “elbows” after flashing its white upper tail.

And after years of squinting at fields in the winter, finally 40 horned larks just where they were reported in ebird. And on the farm road, right in front of the car. Way cool.

Finally, did those 5 Eastern Meadowlarks who were pecking around a rare patch of green grass skip the class about leaving town in the winter?

Laura Ceperley
 

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Date: 1/8/18 4:40 pm
From: Jim Farley <jamesfarley...>
Subject: Jefferson County Ross Goose
Bill Telfair's report on Country Club Pond got me to get out and check Shannondale Lake out. I was up last Wednesday and a large section across from the old tennis courts was still open with an FOY Canvasback among 300 Mallards, Canada Geese and Ring-necked Ducks.
Today the same area was open although smaller, Most of the Mallards were gone but there were 100 Canada Geese, and 85 Ringed-necked ducks still there. Sitting on the ice was a white goose that when I scoped it was a Ross Goose. I had seen them in Louden County VA and Frederick MD over the past several years..... FINALLY got one in WV!!!
Also saw 2 American Coots including one out of the water walking on the ice.

The Shenandoah had dozens of Common and Hooded Mergansers and the "S" Curve had 2 Male Red-Breasted Mergansers.
Looking out on Potomac off Bakerton Road there are now 12 Golden-eyes and a solo male Pintail mixed in with 40 Common Mergansers and 25 Black Ducks, 12 Mallards and 75 Canada Geese.

Good Birding!
Jim Farley
Jefferson County
 

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Date: 1/8/18 10:01 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Owl
This was interesting. When we went to walk our labyrinth this morning,
Sarah spotted tracks in the snow at the base of a tree near the labyrinth.
I am fairly certain that they were made by a Great Horned Owl trying to
catch something. The wing span in the snow is about 53+ inches which is
consistent with a Great Horned Owl. There were squirrel tracks nearby,
though we couldn't see evidence that anything was caught. Scary ghosts of
the night!! I did post photos of the snowy imprints on Facebook. Herb
Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 1/8/18 9:52 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Fun Birds
This has been a fun day of surprises at our feeders. A Pine Siskin returned
with some American Goldfinches after being absent for awhile. Then a pair
of Eastern Towhees showed up after being absent since autumn. Lastly a
flock of about seven Red-winged Blackbirds fed briefly. This was after a
Red-tailed Hawk was hunting in our backyard. Back to watching in the midst
of shop cleaning. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 1/8/18 8:33 am
From: Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...>
Subject: Carolina Wren survived (Tucker)
Hi, all,



I was overjoyed yesterday afternoon, in the aftermath of our historic cold
spell, to see the Carolina Wren alive and well on my porch. It had been 10
below that morning.



There was a Fox Sparrow in the yard on Sunday, and this morning a pair of
European Starlings were unusual visitors to the feeders.



Good birding to all,



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 1/8/18 7:11 am
From: Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...>
Subject: some sad news
Hello all - I wanted to let those folks know who knew him that Jim Evans passed away on Sunday, Jan 7 from heart related issues. Jim was a good friend and my first boss in the DNR when I started in 1995, and we had the district office in Fairmont on Goose Run Road. Jim was a gentle soul and a keen birder who had a knack for coming up with wonderful phonetics for bird song. We shared leading the Prickett's Fort spring public bird walks for years. He'll be sorely missed.

Susan Olcott
Wildlife Diversity Biologist
WV DNR
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787
Fax (304)825-6270
<susan.p.olcott...>
 

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Date: 1/7/18 5:05 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Jan 7, 2018
Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: January 7, 2018 7:47:16 PM EST
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Jan 7, 2018
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Jan 7, 2018 10:15 AM - 10:50 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 17 species
>
> Mourning Dove 8
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 2
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 5
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> European Starling 5
> Dark-eyed Junco 8
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 4
> House Finch 7
> Purple Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 17
> House Sparrow 11
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41728270
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 1/7/18 5:05 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Jan 7, 2018
Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: January 7, 2018 7:42:43 PM EST
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Jan 7, 2018
>

> Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Jan 7, 2018 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 23 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 165
> Mallard 26
> American Black Duck 3
> Redhead 4
> Ring-necked Duck 5
> Lesser Scaup 2
> Greater/Lesser Scaup 1
> Bufflehead 12
> Common Goldeneye 23
> Hooded Merganser 5
> Common Merganser 24
> Ruddy Duck 1
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Northern Harrier 1
> Bald Eagle 1 eagle was sitting in tree on Ohio side of river
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Ring-billed Gull 200
> Herring Gull 5
> Great Black-backed Gull 1
> gull sp. 15
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 100
> American Kestrel 1
> Peregrine Falcon 2
> American Robin 150
> European Starling 160
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41728013
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 1/7/18 3:34 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: Saturday's Ohio River Birding
Amy and I have been since for over a week, but we've been dying to get out and see what kind of waterfowl was around.

We started at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, where we met Randy Urian, then joined him again at Guyandotte boat ramp, before going by ourselves up Route 2.

Harris Riverfront

(2) Hooded Mergansers
(6) Common Goldeneye
(20+) Ring-billed Gulls
(8) Scaup (I feel most were greater, but there could have been a couple of lesser
(100+) Canada Goose
(1) DC Cormorant

Guyandotte boat launch: birds of note

(3) Bufflehead
(1) Common Goldeneye


Going up route 2, between Guyandotte and the YMCA Kennedy center, we saw a large raft of waterfowl sitting on the ice in the river. Most were canada geese, but 3 snow geese took of from the group, with 1 of them being a blue goose.

At Ashton, we saw a flock of (18) DC Cormaorants flying in a v. That was something we had never seen before. We also saw a Male Northern Harrier flying over the field, trying to scare up dinner.

At Robert C Byrd Locks and Dam we saw our biggest amount of birds, although when we first went over the hill, we only noticed cormorants and rb gulls.

(200) Ring-billed gulls
(1) Great Blue Heron
over 40) Common Merganser
(2) Long-tailed ducks (both female)
(1) Common Goldeneye
(5) Hooded Merganser
(4) Red-breasted merganser (These were away from the rest of the ducks, at the end of the road, near the storage tanks at the edge of the river.

We got all three mergansers at this location.

We also went along 817 south, but didn't see anything of note. We then crossed the river to head home.

At the RCB locks, we stopped again. The gulls were feeding on the shad in the river, and all of the ducks were along the West Virginia shore of the river below the dam. The water above the locks were mostly iced over, but near the island, we could see some waterfowl sitting on the ice. We also saw two adult bald eagles sitting in a tree on the Ohio side of the river.

Rennie Talbert
Barboursville, wv
 

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Date: 1/7/18 3:21 pm
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...>
Subject: Late report- Short-eared Owl- Canaan Valley
Sorry for the late report,

On Jan. 3rd while helping with the Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count I had a single Short-eared Owl briefly fly in front of my car on Beall Ln. near Cortland Rd. This was around 5:30, just as it was getting to dark to see.

To my eyes the habitat looks favorable along Beall.

Joe Hildreth
 

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Date: 1/7/18 3:16 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Unusual Birds
We went to see Blackwater Falls again today which is almost completely
frozen over and quite beautiful. On the way to and from the falls, we tried
for the Northern Shrike again without success.

On the way home we decided to walk the boardwalk of the Canaan Valley
National Wildlife Refuge on Freeland Road. As we walked down the boardwalk,
a raptor that we hadn't noticed flushed off a snag in the old beaver pond
area and disappeared before we could identify it. At the old beaver pond
overlook, a Wilson's Snipe flushed, circled and landed back in the same
area, but where we couldn't see it.

In the back part of the refuge, I heard and saw Black-capped Chickadees and
a Red-breasted Nuthatch. Suddenly a black bird flew out of the trees, over
our heads and landed in a tree over at the beaver pond. I could see the
yellowish epaulet across its shoulder. It then flew back to the woodsy area
calling like a Red-winged Blackbird, which it was. I was quite surprised.

Then we spotted a raptor perched across the wetlands in a tree in the
distance that was likely the one we had seen before. It was too far for me
to identify with my binoculars, so I took some photos of it. On putting
them in the computer it is clearly a Red-shouldered Hawk. It's banded tail
is the clearest thing in the photos.

I think I was the most surprised when I walked in our door and saw a Gray
Catbird sitting on our birdbath. I thought I must be hallucinating!! I took
a quick photo which confirms it unless the camera was also seeing things. I
have never seen one up here in the winter. I so wonder what its history is?

It is now a balmy 18 degrees up here. The sun was welcome. I think the
birds where happier, too, especially those that really shouldn't be up here
at this time of the year and in the weather we have had the past few days.
Herb Myers from Randolph and Tucker Counties
 

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Date: 1/7/18 1:42 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Mason County Birding
Janet Keating, Mike Griffith, Gary Rankin and I birded mainly Mason County today and we birded with Jerry Westfall for most of the am. We met at Ashton around 645 am with the intention of trying to relocate the pair of Short-eared Owls spotted by Mike Griffith at dusk yesterday. We were not disappointed with the owls making their presence around 710 am with great close up looks. Some of the birds seen were:


Ashton:

Short-eared Owl- 1 pair

Northern Harrier-2


Mt Zion Church;


Red-headed Woodpecker-1

Common Grackle-25


RCB Locks


Ross's Goose-1

American Black Duck-20

Northern Pintail-2

Canvasback-25

Ring-necked Duck-5

Lesser Scaup-10

Bufflehead-1

Common Goldeneye-12

Hooded Merganser-8

Common Merganser-25

Red-breasted Merganser- 1female

Ruddy Duck-1

Pied-billed Grebe-1

Northern Harrier-1


Gallipolis Ferry:


American Wigeon-1

Bufflehead-1


Silver Memorial Bridge:


Peregrine Falcon-2


Apple Grove area;


Wild Turkey-10


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 1/6/18 8:57 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Ross's Goose
F.O.Y. Unusual.
Riverside High School, Belle, WV.
13:30, Sat., 01-06-2018.

Ross’s Goose (2). They were with about 40 CANG in the corn field between the Riverside High School Library and the Quincy Walmart. The field is private property but you can get good views from either the Walmart or High School parking lots.
Photos are on the checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41697915

Bird of note:
Greater White-fronted Goose (1). It was mixed in with the Canadian and Ross's Geese. It was well camouflaged in the corn stalks. I didn’t even see it until reviewing the photographs. It, or another one, was just a few miles away at the Marmet Locks, Belle side, on Thursday.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV.
 

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Date: 1/6/18 8:32 pm
From: Sarah Anderson <0000004de8cd7385-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk / Grant Co.
Mid-afternoon today (Sat 1/6) I got a really nice look at a rough-legged hawk hover-hunting just barely east of Patterson Creek Rd in a field along rt 48. Thrilling!

Sarah Anderson
Canaan Valley

Sent from my prrreciousss6plusss
 

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Date: 1/6/18 8:05 pm
From: Sharyn Ogden <aussiebwat...>
Subject: Rough legged Hawk
On my way out yesterday morning had a pair of rough legged hawks. Life
birds for me. In Summers County south west corner.
 

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Date: 1/6/18 5:26 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Canaan Valley
The waterfowl in Canaan Valley are struggling as the amount of open water
continues to dwindle. It was blowing and snowing most of the day today up
there. The Blackwater River is frozen over at places and has some open
pools at others. Where Beall Lane crosses the river, I saw seven Hooded
Mergansers swimming and diving in the narrowing stream. At another place,
there were three Mallards huddled against a bank in a small pool of water.
Hopefully they will get some relief tomorrow, but tonight is to be below
zero again. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County from Tucker County
 

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Date: 1/6/18 5:06 pm
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: Frozen
I went to Country Club Ponds today to see what water fowl are in Jefferson County.It was completely frozen over with no birds at all!  First time in 5 years that I have seen it frozen over.
Stay warm,Bill Telfair
 

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Date: 1/6/18 4:58 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Short-eared Owls
At dusk I found two Short-eared Owls zigzagging over a farm field at Ashton (Mason).

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/6/18 3:21 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Preston, Taylor, Monongalia Counties: Cormorants, Mergansers, Snow Geese, Yellow-rumps
I found 9 first-of-year species today in a long day in the aforementioned
counties:

Turkey Vulture--10 at the roost along Pixler Hill Road in Monongalia
County. Also 15 Black Vultures, and 20 unidentifiable birds

Red-tailed Hawk--2 sitting side-by-side on the same branch along Zinn
Chapel Road near the sharp bend in Preston County.

Black-capped Chickadee--1 along Arthur Road at Fairfax-Rehe Wildlife
Management Area in Preston County
Eastern Bluebird--8 at same location
Yellow-rumped Warbler--2 at same location
Field Sparrow--1 at same location

Pileated Woodpecker--1 along Route 50 in Taylor County just west of Eby Road

Common Raven--1 in Taylor County along entrance road to Tygart Lake Marina,
which is barricaded off due to construction. The lake was totally frozen.

Double-crested Cormorant--2 in Taylor County at Grafton City Park just
below Tygart Dam

American Kestrel--1 at the Route 50 entrance to Pruntytown State Farm in
Taylor County

Other sightings of note:

Eastern Bluebird--10 along Stony Run Road in Preston County
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker--1 along Tygart Lake State Park entrance road in
Taylor County
Common Merganser--58 along the Tygart Valley River from Tygart Dam to Route
50 in Taylor County
Hooded Merganser--20 along same stretch of river
Common Goldeneye--6 in that river along Riverside Road

The 2 Snow Geese were present at Mountainview Elementary School in
Morgantown as I returned home with 228 Canada Geese. This flock seems to
rotate among this location, Dalton Farms, the Kennedy Correctional
Institution along Greenbag Road, and the Monongahela River. With school
resuming next week, I expect the geese will no longer visit the school when
children are present.

Terry

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 1/6/18 12:56 pm
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...>
Subject: White-winged Scoters (3)-Tygart River- Grafton, Taylor county
I checked the Tygart River, below Tygart Dam (accessed on the west side of the river by Maple Avenue). Good numbers of Mallards and Canada Geese.

The stars were 3 female/immature WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. 1/4-1/2 downstream of the dam.

Joe Hildreth
 

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Date: 1/6/18 12:21 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Lucky/Unlucky strike
Late afternoon I saw the striped tail feathers of a raptor pressed
against the bottom of the window.  Hadn't heard a strike so he must have
tried to get one of the little birds escaping into the bushy leftover
Christmas tree leaning against the L shaped spot provided by the chimney
and house.  The hopper feeder is close by.  Looking out the other window
I saw the Sharpie standing on the ground with empty talons.  He may have
had to roost without his supper while some lucky small bird lived
another day.

Finally had the male Sapsucker back on the suet this morning.  An hour
ago he  was on the pedestal bath with three male Bluebirds opposite
him.  Gorgeous!  Of all the times to be on the phone, on hold no less,
so I didn't get a photo

On Thursday two Waxwings came for a drink.  Always a special treat to
see them.

The little Downy with the broken bill was here several times yesterday
and this morning as well.  She's a tough little gal.

Because of the cold the live mealworms I put out don't stay soft very
long.  The Bluebirds pick them up in the middle but then maneuver them
around so they go down the hatch lengthwise.  I've been trying to see
how they do this but it happens too quickly. Looks like they might use
their tongue.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/5/18 11:01 am
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Water Birds in Huntington
Janet Keating and I found the following on the Ohio River in Huntington :

Guyandotte Boat Ramp
Greater Scaup - 3
Common Goldeneye - 6
Bufflehead - 2

Harris Riverfront Park
Redhead - 8
Scaup Sp. - 10
Long-tailed Duck - 1
Bufflehead - 2
Common Goldeneye - 10
Ruddy Duck - 4
Ring-billed Gull - 13
Herring Gull - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/5/18 9:17 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Downy with damaged bill
A closer look at the female Downy eating my peanut suet on the tray
revealed that she had a damaged bill.  It almost looked like it was
shattered and some had broken off.  She seemed to be using her tongue
more than usual, perhaps to make up for the missing bill.   Seems to be
managing quite well.  She was back again this morning. The little video
is not the best but it gives you an idea of what she looks like.

The bird baths, or drinking fountains, are in high demand in this
weather.  Interesting to see the various combinations of birds drinking
at the same time, like the female Pileated and Bluebirds.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV.



https://youtu.be/7YdTTJ_DQsA
 

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Date: 1/5/18 8:53 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Downy Woodpecker bill
A closer look at the female Downy on the tray had something wrong with
her bill.  It looked like it was splintered and had broken off.  Oddly
enough she was able to eat my peanut suet but used her tongue more than
usual.


https://youtu.be/7YdTTJ_DQsA
 

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Date: 1/5/18 8:45 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Morgantown--Merlin, Bald Eagle, water birds
This morning's highlights:

White Park:

Merlin--female at usual spot on ball field light pole

Morgantown Lock and Dam--downstream, where open water continues to shrink:

Canada Goose--425
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--95
Redhead--1
Ring-necked Duck--1
Greater Scaup--8
Bufflehead--3
Common Goldeneye--11
Hooded Merganser--4
Common Merganser--20
Pied-billed Grebe--2
American Coot--2
Bald Eagle--1 adult, escorted away by a crow
Ring-billed Gull--1

Monongahela Avenue, Westover:

Red-shouldered Hawk--1

Star City Water Treatment Plant, where open water has also shrunk
considerably:

Canada Goose--12
Wood Duck--4
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--110
Green-winged Teal--2
Redhead--2
Bufflehead--29
Hooded Merganser--3
American Coot--2

Barill Park, Star City, at mouth of Scott's Run, where open water has
shrunk to the size of a large swimming pool:

Canada Goose--250, rough estimate as most of them took off as I arrived
American Black Duck--1
Mallard--26
Bufflehead--3
Common Goldeneye--3
Pied-billed Grebe--1

Morgantown Power Plant, where open water is plentiful:

Canada Goose--37
Gadwall--1
Mallard--19
Redhead--3
Greater Scaup--1
Lesser Scaup--1
Bufflehead--28
Common Goldeneye--5
Common Merganser--6
Pied-billed Grebe--4

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 1/4/18 3:58 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Good raptor day
We took a ride through Monroe County today- Greenville, Union & Gap Mills
and had a good day of roadside raptors-
4 bald eagles(all immatures)
4 golden eagles(all immatures) Watched two near Zenith for 15 minutes.
2 kestrels
2 red-shouldered hawks
2 red-tailed hawks
2 Cooper's hawks
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/4/18 3:13 pm
From: John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Pike Island Dam - Gulls
Michael Dietrich saw approximately 800 gulls this evening directly above the Pike Island Dam in Ohio County. During the 20 minutes he was there, he did not see any dark-mantled or white-winged gulls...just Ring-billed and Herring. The gulls were steaming in around 3:45 PM...presumably from the nearby landfill.

John Boback
Morgantown, WV


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Date: 1/4/18 3:06 pm
From: Jodie Sylvester <jodie.marie...>
Subject: Yellow-rumped Warbler
I had a Yellow-rumped Warbler on the porch this afternoon. It was quickly chased off by a Blue Jay.

Jodie Sylvester
Craigmoor -Harrison County
 

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Date: 1/4/18 12:42 pm
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Frozen Lake and American Pipit, Nicholas County
It appears that Summersville Lake is completely frozen. Yesterday I drove down to the Gauley River put-in below Summersville Dam in hopes of atleast finding Common Mergsansers. No waterfowl on my short walk but was surprised when an American Pipit landed about 20 feet from me and fed along the river bank.

Also were several American Robins taking advantage of a single berry-filled holly tree at the road intrance.

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 1/4/18 11:38 am
From: Janet Keating <janet.ovec...>
Subject: Pine Siskins & Brown-headed Cowbirds
I have had both Pine Siskins and Brown-headed Cowbirds at my feeder for the
past several days--around 12-15 siskins and 5 cowbirds.


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Green Shepherd, LLC
Huntington, WV

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Date: 1/4/18 11:12 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Marmet Locks: GWFG, NOHA
F.O.Y. Unusual.
Marmet Locks, Belle side, Belle, WV.
09:40, Thurs., 01-04-2018

Greater White-fronted Goose (1). It was feeding with a flock of Canada Geese next to the Main Lot. I was able to get some poor but identifiable, photos. Life Bird! Yesterday there were three Cackling Geese at the exact same location. They were also life birds. Great couple of days for a birder.

Northern Harrier (1F). I first saw it at the Fisherman’s Lot when it flew past me, about 20-ft away, and landed in the high weeds out of sight. The white rump was obvious. The under-surfaces were a warm brown. About 15-20 minutes later, I was trying to spot it again-to see what it was doing on the ground-but spooked it. I saw it one more time from a distance an hour or so later.

Will post to eBird as time allows.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 1/4/18 10:11 am
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Bird lecture, Monday, January 8, 6.30 in South Charleston WV
Please join the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club at 6.30 pm, Monday, January 8 at the South Charleston Library. Dr. Bryan Watts will be presenting his work on the habitat and ecology of birds, mainly in the mid-Atlantic region. Dr.Watts is the director of the Center for Conservation Biology which is associated with Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and the College of William and Mary College in WIlliamsburg. He grew up in the Charleston area, learning to birdwatch with the Club. All are welcomed to attend. Board meets at 6 pm. Laura Ceperley
 

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Date: 1/4/18 7:36 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Shrike
I tried to find the Northern Shrike in Canaan Valley seen on the Christmas
Bird Count yesterday. I made two trips along Timberline Road. The only bird
I saw was a male Hooded Merganser looking very cold in an open patch of
water in the Blackwater River. I did see Joe Hildreth's photo of the
shrike. I will try again this afternoon on my way home from the refuge
visitor center.

Meanwhile l'm enjoying watching an American Tree Sparrow on the ground
under the refuge feeders that my wife spotted yesterday when she was here.
It is 9 degrees up here and blowing and snowing. Keep warm. Herb Myers,
Harman, Randolph County from Tucker County
 

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Date: 1/4/18 6:44 am
From: Mindy Waldron <awaldron...>
Subject: McDowell and Raleigh Co. CBC results
Here are the results for the Raleigh and McDowell CBCs.

Raleigh Co. CBC was held on Dec. 17th. We had 5 participants. We found 48 species.
Canada goose 281
American Black duck 1
Mallard 60
Ruffed grouse 1
Wild turkey 13
Pied-billed grebe 4
Great blue heron (cw)
Black vulture 5
Turkey vulture 1
Cooper’s hawk 1
Red-shouldered hawk 9
Red-tailed hawk 1
Ring-billed gull 1
Rock pigeon 94
Mourning dove 19
Belted kingfisher 1
Red-bellied woodpecker 8
Downy woodpecker 9
Hairy woodpecker (cw)
N. flicker 6
Pileated woodpecker 11
American kestrel 2
Eastern phoebe 1
Blue jay 55
American crow 14,328 14, 200 at roost, and they were still coming in after dark
Common raven 7
Carolina chickadee 26
Tufted titmouse 25
White-breasted nuthatch 12
Brown creeper (cw)
Winter wren 3
Carolina wren 12
Golden-crowned kinglet 4
Ruby-crowned kinglet 1
Eastern bluebird 41
Hermit thrush 5
Am. Robin 3
N. mockingbird 8
E. starling 844
Cedar waxwing 5
Fox sparrow 1
Slate-colored junco 2
White-throated sparrow 10
Song sparrow 29
Swamp sparrow 3
E. towhee 2
N. cardinal 33
Red-winged blackbird 16
House finch 2
Am. Goldfinch 14
House sparrow 17

McDowell Co. CBC held on Dec. 22. We had 6 participants. We found 36 species.
Mallard 2
Great blue heron 1
Turkey vulture 1
Red-tailed hawk 8
Rock pigeon 18
Mourning dove 35
Red-bellied woodpecker 4
Downy woodpecker 11
Hairy woodpecker 3
N. flicker 3
Pileated woodpecker 13
E. phoebe 1
Blue jay 31
Am. Crow 69
Common raven 2
Carolina chickadee 38
Tufted titmouse 41
White-breasted nuthatch 14
Winter wren 3
Carolina wren 32
Golden-crowned kinglet 10
E. bluebird 12
Hermit thrush 1
Am. Robin 8
N. mockingbird 6
E. starling 177
Cedar waxwing 19
Yellow-rumped warbler 11
Slate-colored junco 20
White-throated sparrow 24
Song sparrow 53
E. towhee 4
N. cardinal 64
House finch 34
Am. Goldfinch 7
House sparrow 27

Allen Waldron, compiler
Surveyor, WV

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Date: 1/4/18 4:49 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: ohio county



i just sae a towhee at my squirrel feeder, along withgoldfinches and juncos and white throated sparrows
paul mckay near west libertySent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 1/3/18 7:07 pm
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: Pendleton CBC summary Dec 19 2017
Dear WV Birders

Many thanks to the 10 participants (Terry Bronson, Herb and Sarah Meyers,
Chuck and Paula Waggy, Casey Rucker, Rich Bailey, David Carr, Sherry
Krigler, and Jim Waybright) who joined me in the Pendleton CBC on Tuesday
Dec 19. In addition Carolyn Ruddle, who ran this count for many years
before it was passed on to me, gathered the results from 14 feeder
watchers.
I apologize for this delayed report.

If my math is right, we tallied our highest count of 72 species, plus 5
more during count week.
New species to the count were Ring-necked Duck, Saw Whet Owl, Red
Crossbill, and an amazing 3 (possibly 4) Blue-headed vireos (Casey Rucker),
all in the east side of the count circle.

Count week birds not seen on the CBC were wild turkey, ring-billed gull
(only noted once before), savannah sparrow (only noted once before),
eastern meadowlark, and golden eagle, the latter species apparently
arriving later than usual in WV this winter.

This was the 40th year of this CBC.

New high counts were the following:
12 Green winged Teal (prev high 3, found on 2 previous counts)
2 Lesser Scaup (previously single birds found on 4 counts)
12 Hooded Merganser (prev high 4, seen 6 times before including one count
week)\
126 Black Vulture, most of which were rising from their roost near
Brandywine in the morning (prev high 124)
18 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (prev high 11)
7 Eastern Phoebe (prev high 6)
9 Hermit Thrush (prev high 8)
3352 Starling (prev high 2897)
107 Yellow-rumped Warbler (prev high 104)
10 Eastern Towhee (prev high 8)
298 American Goldfinch (prev high 252)

Other birds of note included 21 Pine Siskins in the Brandywine sector, 4
Chipping Sparrows (ties prev high, found on 5 prev counts), 4 Ruby-crowned
Kinglets (ties prev high, found on 13 prev counts), 2 Barred Owls, a
Harrier (seen on 3 prev counts), 99 Turkey Vutlures, 2 Ruddy Ducks (ties
prev high, seen only 3 other years), 3 Buffleheads (found on 5 prev
counts), 1 Redhead (seen only once before). We found surprisingly low
numbers of 95 Canada Goose (prev recent ave 216, prev high 517), 66
Cardinals (prev ave 107, prev high 159) 3 Fox Sparrow (prev ave 7, prev
high 18), and 109 House Sparrows (prev ave 115, prev high 353).

The total list is below for those who are interested.

Happy New Year to you all.
May you be blessed with lots of wonderful close views of beautiful and
interesting birds.

Fred Atwood
Cabins, Grant Co WV
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA

95 Canada Geese
4 Black Duck
57 Mallard
175 silhouetted Mallard or Black ducks in early dawn darkness
12 Green-winged Teal
1 Redhead
2 Lesser Scaup
3 Ring-necked Duck
3 Bufflehead
6 Common Merganser
12 Hooded Merganser
2 Ruddy Duck
1 Ruffed Grouse
2 cw Wild Turkey
2 Pied-billed Grebe
5 Great Blue Heron
126 Black Vulture
99 Turkey Vulture
17 Bald Eagle
1 cw Golden Eagle
1 Northern Harrier
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Red-shouldered Hawk
23 Red-tailed Hawk
8 Kestrel
2 Killdeer
1 cw Ring-billed Gull
68 Rock Pigeon
134 Mourning Dove
5 Screech Owl
2 Barred Owl
1 Saw WHet Owl
6 Kingfisher
12 Red-headed Woospecker
44 Red- bellied WOodpecker
18 Sapsucker
46 Downy W
9 Hairy W
28 Flicker
29 Pileated W
7 Phoebe
217 Blue Jay
543 Am Crow
48 Raven
133 BC Chickadee
155 Titmice
3 RB Nuthatch
91 WB Nuthatch
5 Creeper
75 Carolina Wren
9 WInter Wren
59 GC Kinglet
4 RC Kinglet
94 Bluebirds
9 Hermit Thrush
57 Robin
22 Mocking bird
147 waxwing
3352 starling
107 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Blue-headed Vireo
10 Towhee
4 Chipping Sparrow
13 Field Sparrow
7 cw Savannah SParrow
3 Fox Sparrow
84 Song Sparrow
99 White-throated Sparrow
6 White-crowned Sparrow
507 Junco
66 Cardinal
9 Red-winged Blackbird
11 cw Meadowlark
3 Purple Finch
40 House Finch
1 Red Crossbill
21 Pine Siskin
298 Goldfinch
109 House Sparrow
 

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Date: 1/3/18 2:55 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Marmet Locks: Cackling Goose
Here is the checklist with some photos of today’s observation.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41595573 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41595573>

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 1/3/18 1:43 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Mason Co. Birding - Cackling Geese
Janet Keating and I found 5 Cackling Geese with a large flock of Canada Geese in a pasture-field south of Point Pleasant (just downstream from the Silver Memorial Bridge). A few other birds found :

Gallipolis Ferry :
Greater White-fronted Goose - 22
Common Goldeneye - 12
The sand pit pond is frozen except for one small patch of open water.

R.C. Byrd Locks :
Bufflehead - 7
Long-tailed Duck - 1
Common Merganser - 1
Most of the birds here were obscured by heavy fog coming from the "warm" river. The air temperature was -1.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/3/18 12:56 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Status of today's New Cumberland Lock and Dam, Hancock County water birds; no Glaucous Gull
According to Google Maps used by eBird, New Cumberland is one of the few
places where the Ohio/West Virginia boundary is out in the middle of the
river, rather than hugging the Ohio shore. This is apparently a legacy of
the historical channel west bank being there, and then being flooded by
construction of the lock and dam.

Consequently, ALL the water birds I reported earlier today at that location
were in Ohio, not West Virginia. The only birds near the WV shore, which
was completely frozen, were the 3 Bald Eagles.

I also checked on first-year Glaucous and Iceland Gulls to refresh my
memory. Both had a faint terminal tail band, which only Iceland has, so
both birds were thus Iceland Gulls.

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 1/3/18 10:14 am
From: John Snyder <johnsnyder...>
Subject: FOY Mockingbird
Was just down in the kitchen making a new pot of coffee when I noticed a
Mockingbird enjoying a drink at our heated birdbath--not a normal winter
visitor here.



John Snyder

Summersville, Nicholas County



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Date: 1/3/18 10:02 am
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Jan 2, 2018
One snow goose with Canada geese above dam. Northern harrier was hunting along shore and flew directly over me.
As I was driving away saw one of the peregrines rapidly pursuing a pigeon. When I looked back the pigeon was falling down.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: January 3, 2018 12:04:18 PM EST
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Jan 2, 2018
>

> Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Jan 2, 2018 2:50 PM - 4:36 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: walked a short distance very cold
> 19 species
>
> Snow Goose 1
> Canada Goose 180
> Mallard 4
> American Black Duck 2
> Ring-necked Duck 6
> Bufflehead 10
> Common Merganser 5
> Ruddy Duck 1
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Northern Harrier 1
> Ring-billed Gull 170
> Herring Gull 30 larger than ring-billed gull some with brown bodies and varying stages of dark bill. older birds with yellow bill could see a few with pinkish legs most were setting
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 200
> Peregrine Falcon 2
> American Robin 150 watched the robins as they were gathering to go to roost.
> European Starling 200
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
> Song Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41584189
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 1/3/18 9:28 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y. Cackling Goose
F.O.Y.
11:30, Weds., 01-03-2018.
Marmet Locks, Belle side, Belle, WV.
Cackling Goose (3)
They were in the Main Lot area with 30 CANG but flew off towards river. We had to leave so did not see which way they went. (Our car battery died and after getting a jump start I was afraid the motor would die. Not much traffic on the back side of the Marmet Locks property;>) The Kanawha River below the locks is clear of ice. There were over 160 Canada Geese in the area, (Main Lot, grassy area along Lock Wall and the river), along with some Mallards and a pair of Common Mergansers.
Photos will be posted on eBird when time allows.

F.O.Y.
08:00, Weds., 01-03-2018.
Riverview, Belle, WV
Bald Eagle 1-immature. Mottled undersurfaces. Circle once and headed downstream, (NW).
I don’t know what it saw but the Kanawha River in Belle was 100% frozen over in Belle. There are good views of the ice from the Belle Town Dock.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 1/3/18 8:19 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Iceland and maybe Glaucous Gulls, White-winged Scoter in Hancock County
At upstream side of New Cumberland Lock and Dam on Ohio River. QUALIFIER:
The birds are in a small patch of open water adjacent to the lock and may
be in Ohio.

2 first-year white-winged gulls; 1 near Ring-billed size, the other
slightly larger, but I don't think large enough to call it a Glaucous.
Scoter a male.

Also 3 Bald Eagles, 35 Common Mergansers, 6 Common Goldeneyes, 5 Gadwalls,
1 Bufflehead, 1 Mute Swan, 1 American Coot, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 8 Herring
Gulls, and 12 Ring-billed Gulls. About 125 Canada Geese flying back and
forth.

Earlier at Pike Island Dam only 1 Herring Gull visible in heavy mist below
dam.

Terry
 

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Date: 1/3/18 6:54 am
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...>
Subject: Northern Shrike- Canaan Valley
Helping with the Canaan Valley CBC I had a Northern Shrike along Timberline Rd. About 1/2-3/4 mile from 32, on the north side of the road.

Also of note I had a hen Pintail at the stream crossing along Freeland Rd. Just east of the turn of for the Whitegrass XC ski area.

Joe Hildreth
 

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Date: 1/2/18 3:47 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Nice surprise
Coming home from Berryville I decided to check out Smith and Ward Clipp
Road.  Only saw the resident Kestrel as well as a Red-tailed Hawk
soaring over the field of corn stubble.  As I approached the bridge in
Kabletown I noticed a bird sitting on the wire parallel Gen. Andrews
Dr.    My first thought was another hawk but then I saw the thick neck
and the black eyes.  A beautiful Barred Owl.  I stopped the car and
watched him turning his head, most likely listening as well as looking. 
Amazing how an unexpected sighting can make you smile all the way home.

Around 2:00 my dog and I took advantage of the sun and balmy 20 degree
temps and walked to the Shenandoah.  Most of it was iced over with
swaths of open water.  About half of the river was open on the bend
where the falls are.  Some interesting footprints on the light snow
dusting on the ice.

This morning both male and female Pileated came for suet.  I'd gotten my
neighbor's still fresh Fraser Fir Christmas tree and tied it to the back
of the post that holds a suet cake.  It was really beautiful to see that
flashy bird with the tree as backdrop.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/2/18 1:43 pm
From: Jackie Burns <jackie.burns...>
Subject: first bird
Looking out the window Jan. 1, my first bit of the year was a ring billed gull.
No, I am not at home.
 

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Date: 1/2/18 11:13 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Raptors
I drove to Petersburg, WV today in hopes of seeing some Horned Larks and
companion birds along Hogueland Lane. I was not successful - but yet I was.

On the way over, there was a raptor sitting very high in a tree above Route
55/28 near Cabins. I turned around and went back to study it. It was an
adult Cooper's Hawk.

As I drove down Hogueland Lane fretting that there were no larks in the
snowy fields, I saw a large raptor sitting in a tree over the road near the
sharp bend to the right. I stopped and watched. It flew. It was a beautiful
light-morph Rough-legged Hawk. It soared over me for awhile, so I had great
views of its dark wrist patches and white under-tail with a black band on
the tip. I forgot about the larks.

At the same corner there were 3 - 4 brown-crowned White-crowned Sparrows. I
saw a white-crowned one later at some feeders along Ridge Road.

On the way home I turned around to study a cattle feed lot for birds that
might like to feed there on the bare ground. I had seen Rock Pigeons there
earlier when I passed. As I parked, an American Kestrel flew over the car
and landed on a nearby telephone pole. Its rufous tail was beautiful when
it spread it to land. I saw a second one near Seneca Rocks.

So, was the trip a failure, since I didn't meet my goal? I'd say not! Herb
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Date: 1/2/18 9:08 am
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Fairmont/mon River
170 Canada geese, 2 Hooded Mergansers, 4 Mallards, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, and a lone Ring-billed Gull under the high level bridge where there is a small area of open water. 9 degrees.

Fairmont WV
Marion Co.
Joey Herron
 

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Date: 1/2/18 8:07 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Snow Geese in Morgantown
What looks like the 2 Snow Geese--1 adult and 1 immature--seen a couple of
weeks ago at Dalton Farms south of Morgantown are currently roosting and
feeding on the playground area of Mountainview Elementary School on Dorsey
Avenue just north of Greenbag Road along with 55 Canada Geese.

Interestingly, all the geese are lying on the snow and stretching their
necks out in all directions to get at the grasses under the snow.

Terry
 

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Date: 1/2/18 4:41 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Nerw River waterfowl, owls & other raptors
Yesterday afternoon, we drove along New River from the mouth of the
Bluestone River to Sandstone Falls(Summers & Raleigh Counties). Bluestone
Lake was frozen and sections of the river near Brooks were iced over.
We ended the day with 48 species including
Canada Goose 373
Mallard 179
Amer. black Duck 79
N. Pintail 4
Bufflehead 2
Hooded Merganser 71
Common Merganser 100
Great Blue Heron 5
Ring-billed Gull 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 4(all immatures)
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
When we pulled into our driveway, we had a screech owl looking out of one
of our nest boxes. While checking out the full moon early this morning, we
had 2 Great Horned Owls calling as well as a coyote.
Ain't life grand in the country!
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 4:26 pm
From: Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...>
Subject: New Year yard red-tails (Tucker)
Hi, all,



A pair of soaring Red-tailed Hawks brightened the New Year above the yard
today. It's been below zero here for at least five nights, and the birds are
hungry. Approximate numbers: Mourning Doves - 80, Red-bellied, Downy, &
Hairy Woodpeckers - 4 each; (who knows how to count Black-capped Chickadees,
Tufted Titmice, and White-breasted Nuthatches at the feeders? I think I
always undercount.); House Finches - 15; Pine Siskins ~150; American
Goldfinches - 20; Dark-eyed Juncos - 80.



An Eastern Bluebird and a White-throated Sparrow visited the feeders last
Friday. An unfortunate Carolina Wren has been showing up, but I didn't see
him or her today. I'll bet their numbers will be down next summer, poor
little guys.



Good birding,



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 3:03 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Pileated Woodpecker
This morning I saw the female Pileated Woodpecker land on the snag by
the pedestal birdbath.  I wondered whether she was coming for a drink
and, sure enough, she did.  Managed to get two photos of her.  I don't
remember ever having a Pileated there but I guess as Laura C. said
everyone is looking for open water.  Love these surprises.

This afternoon drove to the end of my lane and saw the usual Bluebirds
and large flocks of Juncos on the grass and then flying up into the trees.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 2:19 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Happy new year yard birds!
I was delighted to see all my friends zipping around the yard this morning, despite the frigid temperatures — cardinals, titmouses, nuthatches, Hairy, Downys, Blue Jays,Starlings. The prize for the first bird of 2018 goes to an Eastern Towhee, which there are lots of this winter. I think there was more activity around the bird bath than the feeders, including a Red-bellied that first chased off 3 Mourning Doves then spend about 5 minutes drinking. I’ve never seen a woodpecker at the bird bath before. A good reminder the unfrozen water is in short supply right now.

The most exciting birds was a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet picking on the azaleas by my front door. I stopped treating these bushes for late-summer fungus/insects a few years ago when I realized that kinglets fed on them in the middle of winter. And today one arrived! What a New Year’s treat to watch it’s ruby head on it’s hyper active body two feet from the window instead of way way way up in the tree! The magic of birds.

Happy 2018, Laura Ceperley, Kanawha County.
 

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Date: 1/1/18 2:16 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: New Years Day Birding
Mike Griffith, Janet Keating, Gary Rankin and I ushered in the New Year with nearly a full day of birding today, visiting Cabell and Mason County. Gary and I finished up at Janet's house and we recorded 69 species. The highlights of the day were seeing a Snowy Owl( see link for some pics) off Rte. 35 in Southside, which is in Mason County and a light phase Rough legged Hawk along Rte. 817 in Mason County. We also saw numerous Harriers, Bald Eagles and Greater White-fronted Geese. Some of the birds seen were :


Greenbottom;


Fox Sparrow-1

Winter Wren-1

Northern Harrier-1


Glenwood:


Red-winged Blackbird-75

Rusty Blackbird-6

Brown-headed Cowbird-1

Bald Eagle-2


RCB Locks:


Ross's Goose-1

Mute Swan-1

American Black Duck-20

Northern Pintail-8

Green-winged Teal-4

Canvasback-40

Ring-necked Duck-3

Greater Scaup-1

Lesser Scaup-5

Common Goldeneye-1

Hooded Merganser-1

Pied-billed Grebe-2

Northern Harrier-1

Bald Eagle-3

American Tree Sparrow-3


Gallipolis Ferry:


Horned Lark-30

Greater White-fronted Goose-10

Gadwall-3

American Black Duck-75

Northern Pintail-3

Greater Scaup-3

Ruddy Duck-4

Northern Harrier-3

American Coot-1


Rte. 817:


Rough-legged Hawk(light phase)-1



Rte. 35 Southside, WV


Snowy Owl-1 see link to pics


https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/25566729318/in/dateposted/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/38728778124/in/dateposted/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/39406308432/in/dateposted/


Greater White-fronted Goose-6

Northern Harrier-2

American Pipit-1

Savannah Sparrow-13

Horned Lark-6


Janet's House:


Pine Siskin-2 seen


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 1/1/18 2:03 pm
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: Pheasants
My first bird of the year was 2 Juncos at my feeder.  But my first surprise of the year were 2 male pheasants that ran across the road in front of me on Luther Jones Road.  They stopped at the edge and watched me as my wife and I drove by very slowly. They were only 6 feet from the car and even my wife could identify them easily.  Wonderful full plummage.Bill Telfair, Jefferson County
 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:38 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Northern Pintails/Glendale Park, Elkins(1/1/18)
There were 2 male Northern Pintails, 3 Green-winged Teal (2 Males), 6 American Black Ducks, at least a pair of Gadwalls and a Belted Kingfisher amongst about 175 Mallards and 275 Canada Geese today at High Noon at Riverbend/Glendale Park in Elkins. (1/1/18).

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:32 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: First bird of 2018
Our first bird of the new year was the American Goldfinch.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:30 am
From: Shannon Burner <shannonann66...>
Subject: First Bird
My first bird of 2018 was actually two birds...two dark eyed juncos,
hunkered side by side against the trunk of an ornamental cherry tree,
trying to hide out from the Coopers Hawk that has been visiting the feeders
and was circling the area.

Shannon A. Burner
1782 New Creek Highway
Keyser, WV 26726
<shannonann66...>
 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:18 am
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Happy New Year!
My first bird of 2018 was a Dark-eyed Junco.

Ash Ruckman Road, Hampshire, West Virginia, US
Jan 1, 2018 10:08 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Looking for Northern Harrier and Red-headed Woodpeckers, among other species.
21 species (+1 other taxa)

Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rock Pigeon 16
Mourning Dove 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 9
Common Raven 1
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 3
Eastern Bluebird 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
Dark-eyed Junco 45
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 3

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 10:49 am
From: LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious...>
Subject: BCCH First Bird of the Year
17098 Brandonville Pike, Bruceton Mills US-WV (39.6366,-79.6210), Preston,
West Virginia, US
Jan 1, 2018 1:00 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Incidental count 30 minutes after filling my feeders
11 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
Black-capped Chickadee 5 First bird of 2018
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
Dark-eyed Junco 11
Northern Cardinal 8


May your 2018 be filled with birds

LeJay Graffious
Old Hemlock
Bruceton Mills, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 9:58 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Eye Disease
We have eight House Finches at our feeders today. The first two, a male and
a female, both appeared to have mycoplasmal conjunctivitis. Their feathers
also appear more ruffled than the other finches. It makes me sad. I have
not see that here before. I guess there is nothing I need to do other than
try to keep my feeders clean? Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 1/1/18 9:43 am
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...>
Subject: First bird of the year
My first bird of the year was a gorgeous Blue Jay. We also have the pluckiest Yellow-bellied Sapsucker I have ever seen. This first-year female will take on male Red-bellied Woodpeckers and win.


Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC <http://www.natureimagesandsounds.com/>
Hedgesville, WV
The Songs of Insects <http://www.songsofinsects.com/>

 

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Date: 1/1/18 9:26 am
From: Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb...>
Subject: Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count
Here are the results for the 2017 Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count held December 16. The highlight of the day was getting the Snowy Owl on count day. Other additions to our list were Palm Warbler and Black Vultures. We had a record number of species – 79 plus one (Merlin) count week.

We had high counts for Pied-billed Grebes, Turkey Vultures and Ring-billed Gulls. Counts for many of the local residents were down – woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse and Northern Cardinal.

Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count December 16, 2017
2017
Canada Goose 1759
Wood Duck 7
Gadwall 12
American Black Duck 24
Mallard 618
Northern Shoveler 1
Green-winged Teal 3
Canvasback 3
Redhead 6
Ring-necked Duck 11
Lesser Scaup 9
Scaup Species 14
Bufflehead 36
Hooded Merganser 31
Common Merganser 7
Wild Turkey 27
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 10
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 26
Turkey Vulture 35
Black Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
Cooper's Hawk 2
Accipiter Species 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 8
Red-tailed Hawk 27
Buteo Species 1
American Kestrel 11
Peregrine Falcon 2
American Coot 7
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 409
Rock Dove 838
Mourning Dove 338
Eastern Screech-Owl 3
Snowy Owl 1
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 7
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 52
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 44
Hairy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 22
Pileated Woodpecker 7
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 161
American Crow 209
Carolina Chickadee 109
Tufted Titmouse 82
White-breasted Nuthatch 54
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 73
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 95
American Robin 184
Northern Mockingbird 28
Cedar Waxwing 7
European Starling 1053
Yellow-rumped Warbler 16
Palm Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 28
American Tree Sparrow 7
Chipping Sparrow 12
Field Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 3
Fox Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 80
Swamp Sparrow 13
White-throated Sparrow 55
White-crowned Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 97
Northern Cardinal 149
Red-winged Blackbird 123
Common Grackle 1
Purple Finch 2
House Finch 102
American Goldfinch 69
House Sparrow 95
TOTAL 7368

Total Species 79

Number of Observers 28

Hours birding on foot: 11
by car: 33
feeder: 20
by boat: 4
owling: 4
Total Hours 71

Miles Covered on foot: 10
by car: 227
by boat: 17
owling: 34
Total Miles 287

Count week species: Merlin
Dick & Jeanette Esker


 

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Date: 1/1/18 9:11 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Morgantown area--Monongahela River status and water birds
The river is largely frozen through downtown Morgantown from Cobun Creek to
Star City, except for the usual spots below the dam, the power plant, and
the Star City water treatment plant. Otherwise, only a few small patches of
open water remain. I didn't check upstream from Cobun Creek or downstream
from Star City, but based on past history, those stretches are likely
mostly frozen too.

As a consequence, water birds are concentrated downstream from the dam,
power plant, and water treatment plant.

Downstream from Morgantown Lock and Dam:

Canada Goose--40
Mallard--51
Bufflehead--3
Common Goldeneye--7
Hooded Merganser--14
Common Merganser--5
Pied-billed Grebe--1

Upstream from the dam, mostly roosting on ice and 1 small open patch of
water:

Canada Goose--186
Greater Scaup--1

Star City Water Treatment Plant, as seen from across the river:

Wood Duck--3
Mallard--100
Gadwall--2
Green-winged Teal--5
Bufflehead--12
Redhead--1
Lesser Scaup--2
Killdeer--1
The Northern Pintail and 2 American Coots seen yesterday were not seen
today.

Barill Park, at mouth of Scott's Run:

Canada Goose--425
Wood Duck--1
Mallard--90
Gadwall--1
Bufflehead--19
Greater Scaup--1
Hooded Merganser--9
Ruddy Duck--1
Pied-billed Grebe--1

Morgantown Power Plant:

Canada Goose--17
Mallard--34
Lesser Scaup--2
Bufflehead--57
Common Goldeneye--4
Hooded Merganser--3
Common Merganser--5
Ring-billed Gull--11 flyovers

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 8:17 am
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: First bird for 2018
Like a Christmas ornament shining bright on a tree, the Northern Cardinal, my first year bird, was perched near the bird feeder.

Birdmom
Jefferson County, WV


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Date: 1/1/18 6:28 am
From: Jane Whitaker <jane.whitaker...>
Subject: Hardy CBC
The Moorefield (Hardy County) count was held Dec. 28, 2017. We had 18 participants. High notes were approx. 2500 Robins in a flock flying over Moorefield, a mixed flock of Blackbirds, and a road kill Long-eared owl recovered by Kevin Oxenrider (nongame DNR). Jane Whitaker


Great Blue Heron-4
Black Vulture-48
Turkey Vulture-49
Canada Goose-53
Gadwall-1
American Black Duck-2
Mallard-80
Northern Shoveler-1
American Pintail-17
Common Merganser-17
Duck Sp.-8
Golden Eagle-4
Bald Eagle-66
Northern Harrier-3
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Cooper’s Hawk-4
Red-tailed Hawk-25
American Kestrel-13
Wild Turkey-CW
Killdeer-1
Common Snope-2
Rock Pigeon-460
Mourning Dove-162
Short-eared Owl-1
Great Horned Owl-2
Barn Owl-1
Long-eared Owl-1
Belted Kingfisher-5
Red-headed Woodpecker-7
Red-bellied Woodpecker-23
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-11
Downy Woodpecker-34
Hairy Woodpecker-8
Northern Flicker-14
Pileated Woodpecker-9
Blue Jay-129
American Crow-144
Crow Sp.-2
Common Raven-30
Horned Lark-17
Carolina Chickadee-CW
Black-capped Chickadee-28
Tufted Titmouse-52
White-breasted Nuthatch-39
Brown Creeper-2
Carolina Wren-18
Winter Wren-1
Go;den-crowned Kinglet-6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1
Eastern Bluebird-58
Hermit Thrush-3
American Robin-6,624
Northern Mockingbird-30
European Starling-2,451
American Pipit-2
Cedar Waxwing-23
Yellow-Romped Warbler-13
Eastern Towhee-CW
American Tree Sparrow-1
Fox Sparrow-1
Song Sparrow-47
Swamp Sparrow-8
White-throated Sparrow-72
White-crowned Sparrow-199
Dark-eyed Junco-258
Northern Cardinal-94
Red-winged Blackbird-385
Eastern Meadowlark-2
Rusty Blackbird-42
Common Grackle-2
Brown-headed Cowbird-42
Purple Finch-2
House Finch-12
American Goldfinch-65
House Sparrow -122
 

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Date: 1/1/18 6:23 am
From: Paul Saffold <pesaffold...>
Subject: first bird
2 great horned owls hooting at 4:30 AM. No I didn’t go out, just back to a warm bed.

Happy New Year!

Paul Saffold
Inwood, Berkeley Co
 

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Date: 1/1/18 5:38 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: first bird
Since there was a mixed group of birds on the patio there was no "first"
of 2018.   I counted 17 species within the first 15 minutes.   However,
the early treat of the day was having a Yellow-rumped Warbler on the
bird bath.  Good start for the new year.

My two bird bath de-icers are certainly paying for themselves. The other
morning I saw a Flicker land on the edge of the pedestal bath.  Instead
of drinking he scooted around the edge and then dropped to investigate
the frozen ground bath below.  His actions told me that the deer must
have reached over the fence and emptied the water.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/18 4:23 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: First Bird
Okay, I admit it. I am a wimp. I didn't go outside to see my first bird of
2018. I stood at our back window watching the feeders sway gently in the 5
degree cold as over 8 inches of snow blanket the ground. At 7:15 sharp, a
sharp looking male Dark-eyed Junco flew into the tree from which the
feeders hang. How appropriate that it would be a snow bird! I suspected
that it might be as it is usually them or the Northern Cardinals that are
the earliest birds. The juncos have been by far the dominate birds at our
feeders this weekend as I'm doing a Project FeederWatch count.

So, Happy 2018. Enjoy the birds. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 12/31/17 1:58 pm
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: Hunt. Christmas Count correction
Actually, there were 11 observers, not 9 as was originally reported on the Huntington Christmas count.

David Patick,
Huntington.WV
25701

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Date: 12/30/17 5:47 pm
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: Huntington CBC
9 brave souls persevered the bitterly cold weather today for the Huntington Christmas Count.We recorded 70 species.We had high counts for the following:

Ring-necked Duck-31
Hooded Merganser-62
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-15
Winter Wren-8

We had our first record for Northern Shoveler with 10 seen.

We also saw 2 Common Goldeneye and 42 American Pipits.

David Patick,
Huntington, WV 25701
Compiler



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Date: 12/30/17 3:41 pm
From: David Griffith <dwgriff...>
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl checkup
It’s the one that was recently reported in the Parkersburg area.

On Dec 30, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Jean Neely <jeaneely...> wrote:

A friend in GA sent me this. Is this the owl recently captured that was reported here?

Good video coverage. Hope he recovers!

Happy New Year!
Jean Neely
Shepherdstown

http://juliezickefoose.blogspot.com/2017/12/snowy-owl-vet-check.html


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Date: 12/30/17 3:35 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Eastern Phoebe returns - Jefferson County yard
The Eastern Phoebe that visited my yard yesterday was here again at about 10:30 AM. I saw it again at 4:30 PM sitting on our swinging platform feeder tray eating dried mealworms. How thrilling! I never expected this visitor.

This is the first Eastern Phoebe I've ever had visit the yard outside of migration or breeding season.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 12/30/17 11:49 am
From: Allen Bryan <000000f1422dcb65-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspur in Jefferson County
I visited Jefferson County this morning and relocated the large Horned Lark flock from earlier this year on Meyerstown Road. During this encounter I noted both a single Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspur within the flock.Photographs can be observed at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/winter-20172018/
 
Enjoy each day
Allen
Allen Bryan Winchester & Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
 

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Date: 12/30/17 11:04 am
From: Jean Neely <jeaneely...>
Subject: Snowy Owl checkup
A friend in GA sent me this. Is this the owl recently captured that was reported here?

Good video coverage. Hope he recovers!

Happy New Year!
Jean Neely
Shepherdstown

http://juliezickefoose.blogspot.com/2017/12/snowy-owl-vet-check.html


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Date: 12/30/17 10:23 am
From: Jim Triplett <jimtrippy...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Deerfield Village Canaan Valley WV, Dec 29, 2017
Highlights was a Eastern Towhee. Uncommon this time of year considering weather?
--
Jim Triplett
Deerfield Village
Tucker County
304-539-3554
 

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Date: 12/29/17 7:17 pm
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Pine Siskins
Pine Siskins have started showing up at my feeders in large numbers :  Dec.24 - 60;  Dec. 25 - 3;  Dec.26 - 8;  Dec.28 - 30;  Dec.29 - 50.They are mixed in with a flock of 30-100+ Goldfinches.
Cynthia BurkhartRitchie Co., WV
 

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Date: 12/29/17 5:52 pm
From: Jodie Sylvester <jodie.marie...>
Subject: Gray Catbird
A Gray Catbird continues to be seen in the brambles and brush along the meadow's edge. I watched it late this afternoon as it picked at the hips on the Multiflora Rose.

Jodie Sylvester
Craigmor - Rt. 20 South
Harrison County
 

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Date: 12/29/17 2:46 pm
From: Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...>
Subject: Canaan Christmas Bird Count rescheduled to January 3
Hi, all,



Due to expected wind, cold, and snow in the mountains tomorrow, we will be
holding our Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count on Wednesday, January 3,
instead. My apologies to those who won't be able to make the new date, and
thanks to those who will!



Happy Birding New Year!



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 12/28/17 4:12 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: bald eagles
Mid-day today we stopped in at the mouth of the Bluestone and had at least
10 bald eagles.
Also, had at least 30 hooded mergansers and over 200 common mergansers.
Saw a kestrel north of Athens in Mercer County.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 12/28/17 12:17 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Cheat Lake freezing; Common Goldeneyes arriving on Mon River in Morgantown area
This morning the entire south end of Cheat Lake (both sides of the I-68
bridge and Sunset Harbor Marina) was nearly 100% frozen. At Cheat Lake
Park, the backwaters were frozen, but the lake itself was almost all open
water, though it was tough to tell due to the amount of steam rising from
the lake. There was some ice beginning to form along the shores. With
temperatures in Morgantown forecast not to rise above freezing until Jan.
6, I expect the lake will be completely frozen by the first of the year,
and duck season will be at an end.

Consequently, pickings were slim:

Cheat Lake Park:

Bufflehead--6
Pied-billed Grebe--1

Sunset Harbor Marina, all birds roosting on ice at end of piers:

Canada Goose--15
American Black Duck--4
Mallard--35

North of I-68 bridge: nothing

South of I-68 bridge:

Canada Goose--75 roosting on ice and in small patch of open water at inflow
of stream across lake from Whip-poor-will Bar.

--------------------------

I then went to the Monongahela River, which was unfrozen, though there was
the beginning of ice along the shore in a few places, and some floating ice
chunks.

Normally the river hosts increased numbers of birds once Cheat Lake freezes
and the birds are forced to move elsewhere. In addition, new birds arrive
from the north once lakes and rivers freeze in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and
Canada. That process seems to be beginning. Most notable were the 7 Common
Goldeneyes; only a handful of single birds have been reported to eBird this
fall and winter in WV. From south to north:

Uffington boat launch area:

Canada Goose--94
Mallard--14
Common Goldeneye--2 females
Hooded Merganser--8
Common Merganser--2

Morgantown Lock and Dam to Cobun Creek:

Mallard--2
Common Goldeneye--3 females
Hooded Merganser--2
Pied-billed Grebe--2

Walnut Street boat ramp area:

Canada Goose--5
Mallard--13
Lesser Scaup--1
Bufflehead--1
Hooded Merganser--2
Pied-billed Grebe--3

Morgantown power plant:

Mallard--6
Bufflehead--16
Hooded Merganser--1
Pied-billed Grebe--1

Barill Park:

Mallard--11
Bufflehead--11
Hooded Merganser--4
Pied-billed Grebe--3

Star City wastewater treatment plant, viewed from across the river since
access to the small creek next to the plant is now closed due to
construction:

Wood Duck--2 drakes
Mallard--92
Northern Pintail--2 drakes
Green-winged Teal--3
Redhead--1 female
Bufflehead--40
American Coot--1

Route 100/Fort Martin Road:

Mallard--30
Bufflehead--5
Common Goldeneye--2 females
Hooded Merganser--3
Common Merganser--1 drake
Pied-billed Grebe--1
Great Blue Heron--1
Belted Kingfisher--1

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 12/28/17 11:07 am
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Eastern Phoebe - Jefferson County yard
As I glanced out the living room window to look at what might be at the pond today, I was fortunate to see an Eastern Phoebe sitting only inches from the trickling waterfall. It sat wagging its tail, and then moved on. It made my day special.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 12/28/17 10:00 am
From: Bev Triplett <bevtrippy...>
Subject: Location of Tundra Swan
The Tundra Swan was near the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Charleston.
Bev Triplett
 

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Date: 12/28/17 9:56 am
From: Bev Triplett <bevtrippy...>
Subject: Tundra Swan
Just now saw an immature Tundra Swan on Kanawha River near the Elk River bridge.
Bev and Jim Triplett
 

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Date: 12/27/17 2:36 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: bald eagles
This afternoon, we saw an adult bald eagle and a kestrel at Pence Springs
along the Greenbrier River. We also saw an adult bald eagle at Bluestone
Dam and eight immatures at the mouth of the Bluestone River.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 12/27/17 11:25 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Winter Wonder-land (Fox Sparrows, Harrier)
No snow on the ground, but the falling flurries glistening under the cold
bright sun produced a magical effect at North Schoolhouse. I found a pair
of FOX sparrows amongst the robins and white-throated sparrows. hermit
thrushes and yellow-rumps, digging up old decaying leaves.

Two red-shouldered hawks flew to new perches and a red-tailed hawk looked
like a white plastic bag snagged on a tree, his belly puffed up against the
cold.

Running up the back-side of Bolivar Heights, who should appear hovering
above the tall golden grasses but Ms. NORTHERN HARRIER. We'd seen her on
the front hill on Christmas Eve morning. On that occasion she'd actually
caught a small dark mammal and carried it away in her talons, over the
treetops and away to the nearby river. Today I lost her at the north end of
the field. She has a way of disappearing into thin air.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 12/27/17 10:47 am
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Waterfowl
R.C. Byrd Locks (Mason Co.) :

Greater White-fronted Goose - 1
Ross's Goose - 1
Canada Goose - about 150
Mallard - about 200
Black Duck - 6
Northern Pintail - 11
Canvasback - about 35
Redhead - 6
Lesser Scaup - 12
Bufflehead - 2
Common Goldeneye - 1
Hooded Merganser - 9
Common Loon - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 5
Bald Eagle - 1
Herring Gull - 5
Ring-billed Gull - about 20

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 12/27/17 8:09 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Purple Finch
Just found our first of the season male purple finch at our feeder.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 12/27/17 8:02 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Wren
This cold, snowy morning while trying to photograph a Pine Siskin
(unsuccessfully) at our feeders, a tiny, very dark bird flew across under
our feeders. It landed briefly in a shrub with its short tail cocked
straight up in the air. It left before I could even focus my binoculars on
it. It was smaller than the nearby Black-capped Chickadees.

We have Carolina Wrens around yet, though I bet they wish they were gone!
This was definitely not a Carolina Wren. House Wrens have been long gone. I
really think it was a Winter Wren. Despite the name, Winter Wrens do not
usually stay around here all winter. I have never seen one this late up
here.

Birds continue to surprise me. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 12/27/17 5:56 am
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: Re: helping window strike victims
Our titmouse patient was ready to go out into the cruel world this morning.

I was overwhelmed with the amount of well wishes and great comments from a number of you. Thank you!

Happy New Year!

Birdmom
Jefferson County, WV


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> On Dec 26, 2017, at 7:47 PM, <pep4223...> wrote:
>
> This afternoon, my neighbor knocked on the front door, asking if I would look at an injured bird in their driveway. Of course I would, and I grabbed a coat and out I went. A Tufted Titmouse was a window strike victim from their car window. The vehicle happened to be in direct sunlight at the time. The titmouse was sitting next to the vehicle, directly under the cars side window. It was a good teachable moment for the neighbors, who had never seen a window strike victim. This was the first time I had seen a window strike on a vehicle window.
>
> We have a bit of a problem these days in the Eastern Panhandle of WV. To my knowledge, we no longer have a place where we can take injured wildlife that is a reasonable drive for us. Our two wildlife rescues in VA that are near us no longer can/will accept any wildlife from West Virginia. I'm sure there are legal reasons for that, but I hope a solution can be reached that would allow us some place to take these critters in need. I suspect the financial donations from us in the Eastern Panhandle of WV to these Virginia non-profits have ceased as a result of this. I hope we can change this.
>
> After getting a shallow box and a towel to line the box, I walked up to the dazed titmouse, picked it up in my hands and gently placed it in the box. It's eyes were open but it was obviously dazed. The bird suddenly had a burst of adrenaline, and I quickly found it crawling up my jacket, clinging to the zipper that allowed it to climb up to my shoulder. I didn't expect that! I could see that the wings were in good shape, and it didn't appear to have broken bones.
>
> My husband and I carefully got it back into the box and closed the flaps. We took it into our garage to get it out of the cold wind and into a darker place where it could rest without fear of being eaten by predators. There it sat in the box with the lid flaps open for the next few hours, with me checking on it periodically. It spent the afternoon fluffed up in the towel in the shallow box with its head tucked into its feathers, hopefully resting. It was late afternoon and the sun was going down soon. When I checked on the bird, its head was up, eyes open and it was sitting quietly in the box, not wanting to go anywhere. It did not try to fly away. I put some dried mealworms in the box just in case, and let it be. It is spending the night in our attached garage, which will be warmer than outside exposed to the elements. My hope is that it will get needed rest this evening, and I can open the garage door tomorrow morning, and it will fly away.
>
> Here is a link with good info from National Audubon about how to help a window strike victim: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/why-birds-hit-windows-and-how-you-can-help-prevent-it/
>
> Cross your fingers for this little guy!
>
> BIRDMOM
> Jefferson County, WV
>
>
 

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Date: 12/26/17 5:19 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Re: helping window strike victims
All,


BirdSafe Pittsburgh is doing a lot of great research into preventing window strikes. Matt Webb, who I know, has lots of different methods for greatly reducing strikes, and as of a few weeks ago, had free substrates to help with that. I'd recommend looking up BirdSafe Pittsburgh online and trying that.


Cheers,


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA


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From: Audubon birding discussion for WV <WV-BIRD...> on behalf of Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 7:47 PM
To: <WV-BIRD...>
Subject: helping window strike victims

This afternoon, my neighbor knocked on the front door, asking if I would look at an injured bird in their driveway. Of course I would, and I grabbed a coat and out I went. A Tufted Titmouse was a window strike victim from their car window. The vehicle happened to be in direct sunlight at the time. The titmouse was sitting next to the vehicle, directly under the cars side window. It was a good teachable moment for the neighbors, who had never seen a window strike victim. This was the first time I had seen a window strike on a vehicle window.

We have a bit of a problem these days in the Eastern Panhandle of WV. To my knowledge, we no longer have a place where we can take injured wildlife that is a reasonable drive for us. Our two wildlife rescues in VA that are near us no longer can/will accept any wildlife from West Virginia. I'm sure there are legal reasons for that, but I hope a solution can be reached that would allow us some place to take these critters in need. I suspect the financial donations from us in the Eastern Panhandle of WV to these Virginia non-profits have ceased as a result of this. I hope we can change this.

After getting a shallow box and a towel to line the box, I walked up to the dazed titmouse, picked it up in my hands and gently placed it in the box. It's eyes were open but it was obviously dazed. The bird suddenly had a burst of adrenaline, and I quickly found it crawling up my jacket, clinging to the zipper that allowed it to climb up to my shoulder. I didn't expect that! I could see that the wings were in good shape, and it didn't appear to have broken bones.

My husband and I carefully got it back into the box and closed the flaps. We took it into our garage to get it out of the cold wind and into a darker place where it could rest without fear of being eaten by predators. There it sat in the box with the lid flaps open for the next few hours, with me checking on it periodically. It spent the afternoon fluffed up in the towel in the shallow box with its head tucked into its feathers, hopefully resting. It was late afternoon and the sun was going down soon. When I checked on the bird, its head was up, eyes open and it was sitting quietly in the box, not wanting to go anywhere. It did not try to fly away. I put some dried mealworms in the box just in case, and let it be. It is spending the night in our attached garage, which will be warmer than outside exposed to the elements. My hope is that it will get needed rest this evening, and I can open the garage door tomorrow morning, and it will fly away.

Here is a link with good info from National Audubon about how to help a window strike victim: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/why-birds-hit-windows-and-how-you-can-help-prevent-it/
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Cross your fingers for this little guy!

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 12/26/17 4:47 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: helping window strike victims
This afternoon, my neighbor knocked on the front door, asking if I would look at an injured bird in their driveway. Of course I would, and I grabbed a coat and out I went. A Tufted Titmouse was a window strike victim from their car window. The vehicle happened to be in direct sunlight at the time. The titmouse was sitting next to the vehicle, directly under the cars side window. It was a good teachable moment for the neighbors, who had never seen a window strike victim. This was the first time I had seen a window strike on a vehicle window.

We have a bit of a problem these days in the Eastern Panhandle of WV. To my knowledge, we no longer have a place where we can take injured wildlife that is a reasonable drive for us. Our two wildlife rescues in VA that are near us no longer can/will accept any wildlife from West Virginia. I'm sure there are legal reasons for that, but I hope a solution can be reached that would allow us some place to take these critters in need. I suspect the financial donations from us in the Eastern Panhandle of WV to these Virginia non-profits have ceased as a result of this. I hope we can change this.

After getting a shallow box and a towel to line the box, I walked up to the dazed titmouse, picked it up in my hands and gently placed it in the box. It's eyes were open but it was obviously dazed. The bird suddenly had a burst of adrenaline, and I quickly found it crawling up my jacket, clinging to the zipper that allowed it to climb up to my shoulder. I didn't expect that! I could see that the wings were in good shape, and it didn't appear to have broken bones.

My husband and I carefully got it back into the box and closed the flaps. We took it into our garage to get it out of the cold wind and into a darker place where it could rest without fear of being eaten by predators. There it sat in the box with the lid flaps open for the next few hours, with me checking on it periodically. It spent the afternoon fluffed up in the towel in the shallow box with its head tucked into its feathers, hopefully resting. It was late afternoon and the sun was going down soon. When I checked on the bird, its head was up, eyes open and it was sitting quietly in the box, not wanting to go anywhere. It did not try to fly away. I put some dried mealworms in the box just in case, and let it be. It is spending the night in our attached garage, which will be warmer than outside exposed to the elements. My hope is that it will get needed rest this evening, and I can open the garage door tomorrow morning, and it will fly away.

Here is a link with good info from National Audubon about how to help a window strike victim: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/why-birds-hit-windows-and-how-you-can-help-prevent-it/

Cross your fingers for this little guy!

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 12/26/17 4:56 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Siskins
The snow, wind and cold has brought the Pine Siskins back to our feeders.
There are two enjoying thistle seed this morning. Maybe they came off the
mountain from Casey's place to Harman where it is warmer -13 degrees.

I better go out and put some more feed on the ground for the Dark-eyed
Juncos and White-throated Sparrows that look hungry. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County
 

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Date: 12/26/17 4:02 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Fwd: Snowy Owl prognosis
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Date: Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 7:01 AM
Subject: Snowy Owl prognosis
To: Sue Flowers <sflowers32...>, Stephanie Carpenter <
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For those of you who do not get the Parkersburg News, Dr Jesse Fallon
reported thar the Snowy Owl is doing well, so far. It is eating well. It
has gone from 1100 grams to 1460 grams as of yesterday. They “hope” the owl
can be released into the wild again. Maybe in four to six weeks.

Good news!

Jon
 

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Date: 12/25/17 3:23 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Christmas birding
Hi all,

My usual non birding visit on Christmas to Grandview cemetery late in the
day failed to turn up anything too surprising. Did hear Purple Finch and
Red-breasted Nuthatch. And Great Horned Owl began his evening performance
as I was leaving. No crossbills, but this isn't too surprising this year.
Hope you all have had and are having a wonderful Christmas. Best wishes to
you all.

Good birding,
Derek

Sent from My Verizon Mobile Device
 

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Date: 12/25/17 4:45 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Correction--Ring-necked Duck at Cheat Lake on Christmas Eve
Thanks to Bill Telfair for catching my erroneous post yesterday of a
Ring-necked Gull. No such bird, of course.
 

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Date: 12/24/17 3:23 pm
From: Bird Mom <pep4223...>
Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers, American Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow - Jefferson County
My birding buddy Chuck and I wanted to escape from the hectic craziness of Christmas Eve today, so we visited a number of Jefferson County birding spots. Driving the Bloomery Road along the Shenandoah River was without the daily traffic that funnels through there with the school buses on week days. Although the river was pretty quiet overall birdwise, we did see 2 Bald Eagles today. Another treat was seeing three Brown Creepers in one location together near the river .

We then went to Shannondale Lake, where we had a Ruddy Duck and a few Ring-necked Ducks still hanging around. We were lucky to hear one Red-headed Woodpecker, and get a great visual on another one. They were my first Red-heads of the winter season.

Our last stop was Altona Marsh. Be aware that there is some tie replacement work slated for that area, plus some new equipment recently installed along the tracks. It was good that no one was working there today, which allowed us to bird the tracks. The gem bird at the marsh was one American Tree Sparrow seen among the numerous Song Sparrows. We also had great closeup views of a lone Field Sparrow too.

Happy Holidays,

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 12/24/17 3:21 pm
From: Sam Chapman <0000007c3c2c3ecc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: greater white-fronted geese
This afternoon two were still in Ridgeley along with the Canadas but we couldn't find the Ross's.

SamRomney WV 
 

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Date: 12/24/17 2:01 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Christmas Eve at Cheat Lake
South of I-68 bridge:

Bonaparte's Gull--1
Ring-billed Gull--2
Ring-necked Gull--1
Bufflehead--21

North of I--68 bridge:

Bufflehead--51
Hooded Merganser--3
Common Merganser--5
Ruddy Duck--20
Horned Grebe--1

Sunset Harbor Marina:

Mallard--4
Bufflehead--2
Hooded Merganser--3
Pied-billed Grebe--1

Cheat Lake Park:

Tundra Swan--9
Wood Duck--3
Mallard--3
American Black Duck--2
Bufflehead--15
Hooded Merganser--5
Common Merganser--13

Terry
Red-breasted Merganser--1
Pied-billed Grebe--4
 

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Date: 12/24/17 1:26 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding
Mike Griffith, Gary Rankin and I did some birding this am along Rte. 2 mainly in Mason County. The temp. stayed around 37 and it was overcast. Some of the birds seen were:


Glenwood:

Northern Harrier-1

Red-shouldered Hawk-1

Bald Eagle-1 adult


Shady Waters Campground:

Red-breasted Merganser-11

Pied-billed Grebe-2


Gallipolis Ferry:

Snow Goose-5

Green-winged Teal-4

Canvasback-3

Redhead-3

Ring-necked Duck-15

Lesser Scaup-7

Ruddy Duck-1 see attached link for pic


https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/27489096549/in/dateposted/


Pied-billed Grebe-1

Northern Harrier-1


RCB Locks:

American Black Duck-6

Canvasback-13

Lesser Scaup-5

Long-tailed Duck-11

Bufflehead-5

Red-breasted Merganser-1

Pied-billed Grebe-1

Double-crested Cormorant-12

Sharp-shinned Hawk-1

Bald Eagle-1 Adult

Red-tailed Hawk-1

Wilson's Snipe-1

Herring Gull-1

American Tree Sparrow-1


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 12/24/17 1:09 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Beech Fork Lake Bonaparte's Gull
I drove over to the marina at Beech Fork Lake this afternoon to check for any waterfowl. My wife spotted a gull on the water and getting a good look at the gull, I discovered that it was a Bonaparte's Gull in winter plumage. As I left, the gull was flying around the lake, diving in the water occasionally doing a little fishing.

There were also about 20 Hooded Mergansers, 12 Mallards and 9 Pied-billed Grebes. A Great Blue Heron was also flying around.

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.
Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/24/17 10:58 am
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: New Yard Bird
I started keeping a yard/neighborhood list when we moved into our current home in 1995. We have seen and heard a lot of birds from the yard over the years, and it is rare to add a new one. Today, after returning from birding with Mike Griffith and David Patick, my wife and I decided to take our dogs for a walk. I noticed a large goose flying overhead as we got back to our yard. As I watched it flying, I could see the black wing tips and realized - SNOW GOOSE! I guess you could say that my latest "yard" bird was a Christmas Eve goose.

Merry Christmas to all!
Gary Rankin
Lavalette , WV
Wayne Co.

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/24/17 10:28 am
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Snow goose
A lone snow goose above Hannibal Dam. Was flushed once by car to church yard above railroad tracks. Returned to grassy area north of shelter.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/22/17 1:24 pm
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese and Ross's Goose, Preston and Mineral Counties
On my way to Romney (Hampshire County) from Summersville (Nicholas County) I decided to stop at a few locations that have had reports of rare - uncommon goose species over the last week or so. As previously reported by Terry Bronson, the Greater White-fronted Goose is still present at Reedsville Farm in Preston County. I believe this goose was found over a month ago by David Daniels.

I then went to Cheat Lake Park in Monongalia County to try to find the Cackling Goose that had been previously reported by Mollee Brown, Kyle Carlson, and Terry Bronson, but no luck. I also did not see the Dunlin or American Pipits.

Lastly, I stopped in Ridgeley (Mineral County) to try to find the Ross's Goose previously found during the Allegany CBC and reported to eBird by J.B. Churchill, Janice Beall, Eric Hansen, and Mark Eanes. Bird has apparently been seen on both sides of the Potomac River in WV and MD. The Ross's Goose was still present (on the WV side) along with two Greater White-fronted Geese and a couple hundred Canada Geese.

A successful day!

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 12/22/17 7:44 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: GWF Goose in Preston County
At WVU Reedsville Farm with 375 Canada Geese. Steven Wilson had found it
before I arrived; he thinks it may have been present for some time.

Construction is nearing completion on the new buildings and the entrance
road has now been re-paved.

Terry
 

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Date: 12/22/17 7:38 am
From: Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...>
Subject: thanks Jon
Thanks to all who helped the Parkersburg owl and special thanks to Jon Benedetti for the very welcome updates!


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



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