WV-BIRD
Received From Subject
11/12/19 8:36 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> McKay FARM, Ohio County
11/12/19 8:02 am <mitchell_roody...> <mitchell_roody...> Teter Creek Lake
11/12/19 7:33 am Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> 2nd hand Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
11/12/19 7:00 am Mindy Waldron <awaldron...> Dates for Christmas counts
11/12/19 6:26 am Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...> first snow sightings - Monongalia Co
11/12/19 6:21 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> What a difference a day makes!
11/11/19 5:09 pm DAVID <patick...> CBC
11/11/19 5:00 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Bird of Note: Bald Eagle
11/11/19 10:54 am Bob Dean <bobdean52...> Eastern Panhandle CBCs
11/11/19 8:56 am James Gregory <000000ddaae71225-dmarc-request...> Re: Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count December 15
11/10/19 6:46 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Re: Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count December 15
11/10/19 5:06 pm Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...> Teter Creek Lake
11/10/19 11:39 am Hannah Clipp <hlclipp...> Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
11/9/19 5:09 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Nov 9, 2019
11/9/19 3:34 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Today's Birds
11/9/19 12:14 pm Joette Borzik <pep4223...> Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Thrasher, Purple Finches, RW Blackbird, YR Warbler - Jefferson County yard
11/9/19 11:19 am LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious...> Morgantown Area CBC 12/14
11/9/19 9:36 am Paul Mckay <paulmck57...> MCKAY FARM
11/9/19 6:44 am Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...> Teter Creek Lake
11/9/19 5:44 am Darrell Good <darzgood...> Snow bunting and Rusty Blackbirds
11/9/19 4:29 am Cindy Joseph <00000151873be276-dmarc-request...> Re: Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count December 15
11/8/19 5:01 pm Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count December 15
11/8/19 3:19 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> waterfowl
11/8/19 1:36 pm Luanne Bowers <lbowers22...> First of season
11/8/19 12:38 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Very Late Barn Swallow & Winter Waterfowl
11/8/19 10:16 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Teter Creek Lake/DUCKS
11/8/19 9:43 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> More Exciting Birds
11/8/19 8:25 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> FOS Juncos here too
11/8/19 7:36 am 'Nam Vet <namvet45...> FOS Junco
11/8/19 6:55 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> Fwd: F.O.S.: Horn.Grebe, Hood.Merg.
11/8/19 6:53 am Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...> tundra swans/Teter Creek Lake
11/8/19 3:20 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Tundra Swans/Norton/Randolph County
11/7/19 6:32 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Jefferson Co. Vesper Sparrows
11/7/19 3:15 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> New Birds
11/7/19 3:45 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Sparring Eagles
11/6/19 1:23 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Bonaparte's gulls
11/6/19 10:45 am steve kimbrell <galvmcm...> Wednesday Walk Elkins/Randolph county incl. a Rusty & a Red-wing
11/6/19 10:14 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> PVAS bird walk - North Schoolhouse
11/6/19 4:47 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Junco
11/5/19 4:08 pm Joette Borzik <pep4223...> Jefferson County yard highlights
11/5/19 12:43 pm Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...> Teter Creek Lake
11/5/19 12:42 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> juncos & sapsucker
11/5/19 12:39 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Nov 5, 2019
11/5/19 8:17 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> FOS Juncoes and Vesper sparrow - Harpers Ferry
11/4/19 5:51 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: Blue-headed Vireo
11/4/19 10:33 am Kevin Cade <dmgraphics...> Red-headed Woodpeckers
11/4/19 8:03 am Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...> Teter Creek Lake WMA
11/4/19 7:04 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> ~100 Am. White Pelicans (Mason)
11/4/19 3:57 am Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...> Pleasant Creek WMA
11/3/19 4:27 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
11/3/19 1:36 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Roadside Raptors
11/3/19 1:27 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Moncove Lake State Park, Nov 3, 2019
11/2/19 3:50 pm Jean Neely <jeaneely...> Great Horned Owls
11/2/19 1:41 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Marmet Locks: Bald Eagle
11/2/19 7:13 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Eagle visit
11/1/19 7:00 pm Rodney Bartgis <rodbartgis...> Snow goose, swans, Bonaparte’s , more
11/1/19 3:39 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Bufflehead and winter musings
11/1/19 3:33 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> tree swallows
11/1/19 12:32 pm Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Frisky Bald Eagles (Tucker)
11/1/19 10:59 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Bald eagles, Bolivar Heights back field
11/1/19 8:55 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> Re: Ross's Goose
11/1/19 8:43 am Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Ross's Goose
11/1/19 7:26 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Vultures ahead of the storm
11/1/19 7:03 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> FOY Dunlin, FOS Gulls (Mason)
10/31/19 7:48 am <cathypardee...> <cathypardee...> FOS Junco
10/30/19 6:38 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Jefferson Co. Merlin
10/30/19 10:07 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, etc.
10/29/19 2:27 pm Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush(FOS)- Yard- Summit Point
10/29/19 7:04 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Birds
10/29/19 4:07 am Fred Atwood <FAtwood...> Grant Co this past weekend
10/28/19 11:18 am cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> YTVI
10/28/19 10:26 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> FOS American Pipits
10/28/19 6:44 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV, Oct 27, 2019
10/27/19 5:14 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Winfield Locks: Peregrine Falcon
10/27/19 11:18 am Joette Borzik <pep4223...> G Yellowlegs, N Shoveler, Lesser Scaup, RB Gull, PB Grebes, NRW Swallows, Savannah Sparrow - Shenandoah River, Jefferson County
10/27/19 9:43 am Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...> northern harrier
10/27/19 8:42 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Virginia Rail (Tucker)
10/26/19 2:08 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y. Marmet Locks: Vesper Sparrow
10/26/19 10:42 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> Ohio River Loons (Mason)
10/25/19 7:30 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.S.: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
10/25/19 6:37 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Autumn Bird Song
10/24/19 6:00 pm Deb Hale <debhale72...> Palm Warblers
10/24/19 5:28 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Changes At Green Bottom
10/24/19 4:09 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Life bird
10/24/19 1:05 pm Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> FOS Waterfowl (Mason)
10/24/19 7:12 am Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> Fw: eBird Report - Cool Spring Preserve, Oct 23, 2019
10/24/19 6:22 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Surf Scoters in Ohio River south of Belpre, OH
10/24/19 5:52 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV, Oct 23, 2019
10/23/19 9:42 am Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Great Horned Owls
10/23/19 9:15 am Joette <pep4223...> Cooper’s Hawk in pond, Jefferson County yard
10/23/19 7:17 am Katie Fallon <katie...> Young Birders Walk, WV Botanic Garden
10/23/19 7:06 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Oct 23, 2019
10/23/19 7:03 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Birds in the rain
10/22/19 6:40 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Stilt Sandpiper
10/22/19 7:15 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Autumn Arrivals
10/22/19 6:15 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> White-throated Sparrow
10/22/19 5:54 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Mercer County birds
10/21/19 11:57 am Ron Kingston <kingston...> Virginia Bluebird Society Conference
10/21/19 9:05 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Oct 21, 2019
10/21/19 6:31 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> birding New River & Indian Creek
10/21/19 6:22 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Island Loop Trail, New River Gorge National River, Oct 20, 2019
10/20/19 11:24 am Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Mason Co. Birding
10/19/19 8:50 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Greater White-fronted Goose at Marietta,OH
10/18/19 7:01 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Preston County - Golden Eagle
10/18/19 11:09 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Autumn Birds
10/18/19 7:45 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> white-throated sparrow
10/17/19 11:43 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> eagles
10/17/19 10:27 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Oct 17, 2019
10/17/19 8:08 am Rankin, Gary <rankin...> New yard bird
10/16/19 2:21 pm Joette Borzik <pep4223...> FOS Golden-crowned Kinglets - Jefferson County yard
10/16/19 1:42 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Mercer County ponds in the rain today
10/16/19 11:33 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Oct 16, 2019
10/15/19 6:08 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Jefferson Co. Northern Harrier
10/15/19 2:24 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...> Moorefield Birding
10/15/19 12:09 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> white-cr. sparrow
10/14/19 1:47 pm Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Palm Warblers
10/13/19 9:30 pm Joette Borzik <pep4223...> FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Jefferson County yard
10/13/19 8:56 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> Birds of Note.
10/13/19 7:30 pm Mindy Waldron <awaldron...> Big Sit results for the Dam Sitters/Bibbee Nature Club
10/13/19 5:02 pm Ron Canterbury <0000000bb52bba5f-dmarc-request...> TRMO, 10/10 thru. 10/13/2019
10/13/19 12:17 pm cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Red-winged Blackbirds; RTHU review.
10/13/19 7:02 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Rusty Blackbirds (Tucker)
10/13/19 6:40 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> New arrival
 
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Date: 11/12/19 8:36 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: McKay FARM, Ohio County
Went out for a beautiful but cold walk, 28 degrees and falling and an inch of snow. There were three large flocks of birds almost side by side, the first were cedar waxwings, probably fifty, next to them were several hundred starlings, and the another fifty robins. Later, while the starlings were going here and there a Cooper's hawk swung in twice to try and grab some food.Also a sapsucker, house, song and white throated sparrows, red bellied woodpeckers, Downey woodpeckers, Carolina chickadee s,titmice,goldfinches,red tailed Hawks and turkey vulturesPaul MckayOhio county Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S10, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone
 

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Date: 11/12/19 8:02 am
From: <mitchell_roody...> <mitchell_roody...>
Subject: Teter Creek Lake
12 Nov. 2019 9:30 am
Very cold and windy morning with blowing snow.

Pied billed grebes-8
Black duck-12
Gadwalls-10
Ring necked ducks-21
Bufflehead-7
Hooded mergansers-42
Ruddy-10



Donna Mitchell

Barbour Co., WV
 

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Date: 11/12/19 7:33 am
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: 2nd hand Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
Hi all,

Quick 2nd hand report I received from Cheat Lake. A good, not epic day out
there. A couple hundred birds on the water. Good variety. Scoters, both
Scaup, Wigeon, Shovelers, Redhead, Black Ducks, Ring-billed Gulls, good
numbers of Hoodies, among others. Maybe Hannah or Katie will stop by later
on and give us a report. Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 11/12/19 7:00 am
From: Mindy Waldron <awaldron...>
Subject: Dates for Christmas counts
Friends,
Here are dates for 2 Christmas counts in Southern WV.

Raleigh County CBC is scheduled for Sunday December 15.
McDowell County CBC is scheduled for Saturday December 21.

Anyone who is interested in helping with either CBC drop me a line or call. Thanks.

Allen Waldron
<awaldron...>
304.573.3247

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Date: 11/12/19 6:26 am
From: Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...>
Subject: first snow sightings - Monongalia Co
Woke up to an inch of snow with more on the way. A phoebe was very put out by the whole thing. Four goldfinches foraged for breakfast on coneflower and joe pye weed flower heads. Juncos and song sparrows poked around shrubs and forb flower heads in an old field area.

Susan Olcott
WVDNR
Lepidoptera and Pollinator Conservation Project Leader
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787
 

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Date: 11/12/19 6:21 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: What a difference a day makes!
Yesterday, temperatures were near 70 degrees. Beautiful day.
Decided to go to Hanging Rocks Tower Monroe Co. to look for migrating
raptors. At Lindside, I saw 3 Amer. kestrels and at Zenith there were 3
dozen Amer. robins along the road. On the walk to the tower, I enjoyed
watching a small flock of juncos and 2 pileated woodpeckers.
I spent 2 hours at the tower and saw 10 redtails and a golden eagle and
heard a barred owl.
On the way home, near Greenville, I saw 4 bald eagles, 2 redtails and my
4th kestrel for the day. Sat on the porch and listened to a white-crowned
sparrow sing and watched a sapsucker flycatch. We don't hear white-crowns
very often and I had never seen a sapsucker feed like a phoebe.
This morning, woke up to cardinals at the feeder before daylight and 32
degrees and a dusting of snow. Also, heard the sapsucker calling.
You gotta love the changing seasons.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 11/11/19 5:09 pm
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: CBC
CBC’s

ONA -December 14

HUNTINGTON-January 4

David Patick
Cell 304-633-4450

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Date: 11/11/19 5:00 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Bird of Note: Bald Eagle
A Bald Eagle has been hanging around the neighborhood. Observed one at the house in Belle on the 9th and at the Marmet Locks, (a couple of miles away), on the 10th and 11th.

I managed to get some photos for today's sighting, Veteran’s Day.
There was also an adult and an immature Red-tailed Haw along with a Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk.
No wonder I haven’t been seeing many birds there.
A couple of beaver ponds have been added too.

____________________________________________
Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
Nov 11, 2019 9:45 AM - 1:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.73 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Mostly cloudy, 55%, but with very thin clouds so it was sunny. Around 40F. Kanawha River had normal level in the Winfield Pool. Distance is unique for an out and back trip. Observation was from the Belle side of the river.
12 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3 Two were on the Lock walls, the other on the channel diversion island near the far side of the river.
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter striatus/cooperii) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2 I spooked the adult and it carried something in its talons across the river. The immature one flew about 20-feet over my head about an hour later.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61377544 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S61377544>

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

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.
 

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Date: 11/11/19 10:54 am
From: Bob Dean <bobdean52...>
Subject: Eastern Panhandle CBCs
Hello all,
The annual Christmas Bird Counts in the eastern panhandle will be held on:
Charles Town - Sun., Dec. 15, 2019
Inwood - Sat., Jan. 4, 2020
Please contact me if you have any questions or have an interest in
participating.
Bob Dean
304 671-4995
 

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Date: 11/11/19 8:56 am
From: James Gregory <000000ddaae71225-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count December 15
My wife Nancy and I , Jamie Gregory would be interested in assisting in the CBC in Canaan. Who do we contact to get added to the list?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 10, 2019, at 9:46 PM, Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> wrote:
>
> Count Sarah and me in for the count. Herb & Sarah
>
>> On Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 8:01 PM <autoblock...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi, all,
>>
>>
>>
>> It’s that time again, and our Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday,
>> December 15. Since we’re ahead of the holiday season, I hope it’s a
>> convenient date for all or many of you.
>>
>>
>>
>> Please email me if you would like to participate!
>>
>>
>>
>> BTW, just to report a bird, a Bald Eagle almost paced my
>> slowing-down-from-60 mph car as I was driving home from Elkins last Tuesday
>> afternoon on the ‘road to nowhere’ (the few miles of four-lane on Rt. 33).
>>
>>
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>>
>>
>> Casey Rucker
>>
>> Dry Fork, WV
>>
 

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Date: 11/10/19 6:46 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Re: Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count December 15
Count Sarah and me in for the count. Herb & Sarah

On Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 8:01 PM <autoblock...> wrote:

> Hi, all,
>
>
>
> It’s that time again, and our Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday,
> December 15. Since we’re ahead of the holiday season, I hope it’s a
> convenient date for all or many of you.
>
>
>
> Please email me if you would like to participate!
>
>
>
> BTW, just to report a bird, a Bald Eagle almost paced my
> slowing-down-from-60 mph car as I was driving home from Elkins last Tuesday
> afternoon on the ‘road to nowhere’ (the few miles of four-lane on Rt. 33).
>
>
>
> Good birding,
>
>
>
> Casey Rucker
>
> Dry Fork, WV
>
 

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Date: 11/10/19 5:06 pm
From: Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...>
Subject: Teter Creek Lake
10 Nov. 2019

Teter Creek Lake

Pied billed grebes- 6
Bufflehead-8
Ruddy duck-24

Donna Mitchell
Barbour county

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Date: 11/10/19 11:39 am
From: Hannah Clipp <hlclipp...>
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
Hi all,

Today was a nice morning -- not too cold despite an occasional brisk wind
-- but not too productive in terms of waterbirds at Cheat Lake. Derek
Courtney and I noted the following species:

Uplake Marinas

Bufflehead --- 66
Ruddy Duck --- 12
Mallard --- 6
Hooded Merganser --- 3

I-68 Bridge

Bufflehead --- 69
Ruddy Duck --- 9
Mallard --- 3
Pied-billed Grebe --- 1

Sunset Harbor

Lesser Scaup --- 2
Canada Goose --- 12 (most flying over)
Mallard --- 14
Pied-billed Grebe --- 7
Great Blue Heron --- 1

Cheat Lake Park

Pied-billed Grebe --- 1
Common Loon --- 2
Mallard --- 4
Wood Duck --- 6

If you want to join in on some waterbird action at Cheat Lake, there will
be a Mountaineer Audubon field trip on Saturday, November 23. We meet at
8am at Ruby and Ketchy’s Restaurant on Route 857 east of Cheat Lake; or 7am
for those who would like breakfast beforehand.

Good birding,
Hannah

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

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Date: 11/9/19 5:09 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Nov 9, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sat, Nov 9, 2019 at 8:06 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Nov 9, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Nov 9, 2019 10:40 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
26 species

Mourning Dove 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 7
Northern Harrier 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 4
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 4
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Robin 9
House Sparrow 4
House Finch 6
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 3
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Northern Cardinal 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61314368

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

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Date: 11/9/19 3:34 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Today's Birds
On my way to volunteer at the Canaan Valley NWR visitor center, I did some
quick birding stops. It was cold (16 degrees) but sunny and calm.

At the Davis settling pond there were six Hooded Mergansers with only one
male. I also had four Dark-eyed Juncos feeding on the road along the pond.
Most exciting was a mammal walking along the far edge of the pond. I
believe it was an American Mink, but I really wanted to make it my first in
the wild fisher since it seemed fairly large. However, the habitat and
behavior favored a mink though I could never see white under its chin. I do
have photos on Facebook if anyone wants to render an opinion.

At North Lake, there were four Mallards. One lone Canada Goose was in a
small unfrozen pool in the midst of a sheet of ice. It was turning around
in the pool so it was not frozen in.

I quickly walked the refuge boardwalk before going inside to warm up. At
the boardwalk, there was a pair of Mallards, one male Belted Kingfisher,
three Black-capped Chickadees, a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Red-breasted
Nuthatch. American Crows were cawing somewhere nearby.

When I arrived at the visitor center a Blue Jay was screaming in the trees
by the parking lot.
 

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Date: 11/9/19 12:14 pm
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Thrasher, Purple Finches, RW Blackbird, YR Warbler - Jefferson County yard
As I watched from my living room window, a flock of Cedar Waxwings, going crazy eating my red winterberries on a shrub near my backyard pond, caught my attention. I pulled up my old oak rocking chair and grabbed the binoculars. I located my favorite waxwing that has been visiting for the last few weeks. It's yellow terminal tail band is actually so dark yellow that it looks like the orange color of an old Volkswagen beetle or camper van. Those of you younger than 35 might not know what that color looks like, but the ex-hippies know what I'm talking about.

Bluebirds were bathing in one of 2 heated bird baths on the deck, American Robins numbering 20+, were bathing and pooping blue all around the waterfalls, most likely from frozen pokeweed berries. When the robins joined the waxwings eating winterberries, a frenzy of activity could be seen in the yard.

The waxwings started fighting with each other for prime branches. The fat robins were sagging the small shrub branches, and I watched a number of red berries fall to the ground. I was surprised to see a Brown Thrasher, a late migrant, land on the waterfall to take a drink. This was getting exciting.

I then saw a white eye ring flashing around in the shrubs as the remaining leaves fell to the ground. Quickly thinking it was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, I did a sharper focus with the binoculars. I could see a really bold white eye ring, but also a white "eye spectacle" bridge. I had myself a Blue-headed Vireo! I rarely have them in my yard, and this was a real treat. It dropped down from the shrub to the waterfalls, took a quick drink, then flew back into the tall woods canopy.

A male Red-winged Blackbird was eating from a suet basket on my old Black Walnut. Two male Purple Finches then appeared on the busy shrub, but didn't stick around very long. These were my first of the season. A Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow and juncos joined the crowd for a brief time also.

Unfortunately a squirrel head popped out of the nest box the Eastern Screech-owl was occupying. Hubby was so mad that he immediately carried the tall ladder out to the box to dump the "trap door" box bottom. I guess you could say it was war. He wants "his owl" back. Sorry, no squirrels allowed. Down drops the squirrel that scurries away quickly into the tree canopy. It was a great way to spend an unseasonably cold afternoon, while watching from the toasty warmth of one's home.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 11/9/19 11:19 am
From: LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious...>
Subject: Morgantown Area CBC 12/14
Plans are being made for our annual CBC in the Morgantown area. If you
are interested, please email me, <lejaygraffious...> We will
have teams in the field to cover our area.

More information at http://mountaineeraudubon.org/index.php/cbc/

Around December 1, I will begin assigning team leaders and members to keep
posted on the link above.

Hope you can make it.

LeJay

--
LeJay Graffious
Coordinator
Mountaineer Audubon CBC
 

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Date: 11/9/19 9:36 am
From: Paul Mckay <paulmck57...>
Subject: MCKAY FARM
nice walk this morning, nothing unusual except large number of robins.

Paul McKay
Ohio County

hopefully the ebird list will follow
 

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Date: 11/9/19 6:44 am
From: Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...>
Subject: Teter Creek Lake
09 Nov. 2019 9:00am

Very different from yesterday.

Pied-billed grebe-8
Bufflehead-6
Ruddy ducks 48

Donna Mitchell
Barbour County


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Date: 11/9/19 5:44 am
From: Darrell Good <darzgood...>
Subject: Snow bunting and Rusty Blackbirds
Kyle Rambo reported two snow buntings at Kimseys last night, and I went
down this morning to try to find and photograph them. We only found one of
the buntings but I got several pictures (included in the eBird checklist).
We also found FOS Rusty Blackbirds.

Kimsey Run Lake, Hardy, West Virginia, US
Nov 9, 2019 6:45 AM - 8:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.4 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Looking for the Snow Bunting reported by Kyle Rambo
last night. Birded with David Carr for a while.
23 species

Canada Goose 19
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 2
Hooded Merganser 3
Common Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Mourning Dove 1
American Coot 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Bald Eagle 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Common Raven 1
European Starling 25
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 1
Snow Bunting 1 Reported by Kyle Rambo yesterday. Feeding in the grass
along near the tip of the spit.
Field Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Song Sparrow 10
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Rusty Blackbird 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61290411

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

Darrell Good
Hardy County
Baker, WV
 

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Date: 11/9/19 4:29 am
From: Cindy Joseph <00000151873be276-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count December 15
Count me in (pun intended ;-)

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 8, 2019, at 8:01 PM, <autoblock...> <autoblock...> wrote:
>
> Hi, all,
>
> It’s that time again, and our Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday, December 15. Since we’re ahead of the holiday season, I hope it’s a convenient date for all or many of you.
>
> Please email me if you would like to participate!
>
> BTW, just to report a bird, a Bald Eagle almost paced my slowing-down-from-60 mph car as I was driving home from Elkins last Tuesday afternoon on the ‘road to nowhere’ (the few miles of four-lane on Rt. 33).
>
> Good birding,
>
> Casey Rucker
> Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 11/8/19 5:01 pm
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Canaan Valley Christmas Bird Count December 15
Hi, all,



It's that time again, and our Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday,
December 15. Since we're ahead of the holiday season, I hope it's a
convenient date for all or many of you.



Please email me if you would like to participate!



BTW, just to report a bird, a Bald Eagle almost paced my
slowing-down-from-60 mph car as I was driving home from Elkins last Tuesday
afternoon on the 'road to nowhere' (the few miles of four-lane on Rt. 33).



Good birding,



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 11/8/19 3:19 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: waterfowl
This afternoon there were 7 buffleheads, 3 hooded mergansers and a
pied-billed grebe on Durr's Pond north of Princeton, Mercer Co.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 11/8/19 1:36 pm
From: Luanne Bowers <lbowers22...>
Subject: First of season
Today I had FOS juncos and a FOS pine siskin at my feeder in northeast Upshur County.
Luanne BowersBuckhannon WV
 

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Date: 11/8/19 12:38 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Very Late Barn Swallow & Winter Waterfowl
Mason Co. (Ashton - Gallipolis Ferry)

Janet Keating and I found the following :
Ring-necked Duck - 23
Redhead - 3
Hooded Merganser - 3
Bufflehead - 6
Greater Yellowlegs - 2
Wilson's Snipe - 4
Tree Swallow - 2
Barn Swallow - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 11/8/19 10:16 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Teter Creek Lake/DUCKS
After hearing all of the swans fly over my house early this morning I decided to check out the usual Barbour/Taylor locations. I started at Mill Creek Reservoir at about 7, went to Doe Run and the Tygart Lake Boat launch and then to the Pleasant Creek Wetlands.ALL were pretty much less than expected..I did see a Otter at the PC Wetlands and 8 American Pipits.

Last hope was Teter Creek Lake and it did not disappoint. It was covered with ducks when I got there..There was around 300 Buffleheads, 40 ish Ruddy Ducks, 40ish Redheads, 20ish widgeons, 8 Scaup, about 30 Ring-necked Ducks, about 10 Gadwalls, 30 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 American Coots, 2 Black Ducks and 8 Mallards..I'll get more accurate counts after while when I look at my photos. But, I counted 276 Buffleheads in one line. (11/8/19)

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 11/8/19 9:43 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: More Exciting Birds
I didn't see a Fox Sparrow all morning (We had one yesterday). About noon,
I looked out and one was sitting on a rock eating seeds I had placed there.
As I photographed it, a second Fox Sparrow fluttered in and chased the
first one off the rock. Were they playing king or queen of the rock? I
suspect they were vying for food.

While eating lunch, I noticed a female Purple Finch on the platform feeder.
As I photographed her, a male Purple Finch flew in and fed beside her. I
appreciate birds that are so cooperative. I'll post them on my Facebook
page. How much excitement can I take in a day? Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph
County
 

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Date: 11/8/19 8:25 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: FOS Juncos here too
I was wondering when they would show up in my yard after having seen
them in BIRDMOM'S back yard last week.

Given the predicted drop in temps tonight it is time to exchange the
hose dripper for the water de-icer.

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co.
 

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Date: 11/8/19 7:36 am
From: 'Nam Vet <namvet45...>
Subject: FOS Junco
My Dad and the other old-timers out West always called them "snowbirds",
and they always live up to the name. First snow last night, first Junco
today....

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Date: 11/8/19 6:55 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Fwd: F.O.S.: Horn.Grebe, Hood.Merg.
First Of Season sightings for me.
No photos.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co

>> On Nov 8, 2019, at 9:46 AM, <ebird-checklist...> wrote:
>>
>> 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
>> Nov 8, 2019 7:45 AM - 8:22 AM
>> Protocol: Stationary
>> Checklist Comments: Mostly cloudy, 80%. Breezes. 27F. Kanawha River has normal level, current and color.
>> 11 species
>>
>> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 11
>> Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 3 First Of Season sighting.
>> Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 4
>> Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 11 First Of Season sighting.
>> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 18
>> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
>> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
>> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 16
>> House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2
>> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
>> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
>>
>> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61264331
>>
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
>
 

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Date: 11/8/19 6:53 am
From: Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...>
Subject: tundra swans/Teter Creek Lake
Very interesting Randy! I was woken at 1:30 am by the tundra swans flying over and they continued until around 1:50 am. I thought they might be at Teeter Creek Lake this morning but they werent. I guess they continued south through Norton.

Teter Creek Lake however was full of ducks as recorded below. Numbers are estimates since they were constantly moving, within mixed flocks and feeding.

Wood duck-4
Pied billed grebes-8
Mallard-10
Gadwall-12
American widgeon-25
Redhead-20
Ring-neck-22
Scaup-6
Bufflehead-87
Hooded merganser-4
Ruddy duck-75
Coot-8
Wilsons snipe-1

Donna Mitchell
Barbour county

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Date: 11/8/19 3:20 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Tundra Swans/Norton/Randolph County
I had lots of Tundra Swans flying over my house this morning (11/8/19)..From 1:31 until 1:38 there was a steady stream flying over VERY LOW..At 1:43 a straggler came over also very low. From 1:53 until 1:58 there was another large flock going over a lot higher than the first group.

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 11/7/19 6:32 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Jefferson Co. Vesper Sparrows
I observed two Vesper Sparrows just before noon today at the USDA research site in Bardane. The white on the sides of the tails is what caught my attention. Photos were uploaded to checklist if interested.

Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction
Jefferson Co.


2217 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia, US (39.356, -77.877), Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Nov 7, 2019 11:25 AM
Protocol: Incidental
1 species

Vesper Sparrow 2 As I was driving the two sparrows flew from the road into some nearby trees. The flash of white showing from the sides of the tails were the first signal of Vesper Sparrows. Closer inspection showed bright white eye rings and one of the birds had a pronounced rust colored shoulder patch.

View this checklist online at https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS61248236&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C6b709c8c670a473b512a08d763f31649%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637087768002972251&amp;sdata=GkrIHfYl08nHo9czky2QuszpmbISdiEUwoii3XMSXeg%3D&amp;reserved=0

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Date: 11/7/19 3:15 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: New Birds
Today we enjoyed the visit of three new birds for this autumn. Late this
morning, a Winter Wren explored the area where we have our feeders. Shortly
after the wren flew up into the woods, a male Purple Finch landed amongst
the House Finches on our platform feeder.

Late this afternoon, Sarah called, "Come check out this sparrow." She
thought she might have seen a Fox Sparrow. She noted that it was reddish. I
couldn't see anything except White-throated Sparrows for awhile. I assumed
she had seen one of our well-marked Song Sparrows. However, she was right.
I finally found a truly reddish Fox Sparrow scratching below the feeders. I
knew I should trust her!

I was excited on our group's Wednesday morning walk yesterday when we found
a male Red-winged Blackbird along the Tygart River. I thought they had all
gone. I was really excited when we found a lone Brown-headed Cowbird in a
tree on the opposite side of the river - which turned into a Rusty
Blackbird. It had yellow eyes.

That is about enough excitement for two days. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph
County
 

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Date: 11/7/19 3:45 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Sparring Eagles
I was on 340 yesterday near Smith Road when I saw the two birds flying
in tandem and quite fast.  When they banked it was obvious what they
were.  Fortunately there was little traffic so I could watch them
without risking my life or someone elses.   Were they ever gorgeous! 
They were on one side and then crossed over the road where they finally
disappeared over a field.  This is the first time I've seen two fly like
that.  Don't know if they were two males or a pair that had a disagreement.

The day before on our evening dog walk I saw three Pileated Woodpeckers
within five minutes.  Two were flying together towards the west and
another one was heading towards the river.  Such great birds and so easy
to identify.

Talking advantage of another nice late afternoon we walked to the
Shenandoah.  Almost.  There were ten Buffleheads on the water.  So
beautiful on the bottle green water.  They looked so relaxed so we
stayed back and cut across the meadow to a vantage point right above the
falls so as not to flush them.

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co.
 

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Date: 11/6/19 1:23 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Bonaparte's gulls
This afternoon, we saw 2 Bonaparte's gulls on Bluestone Lake in Bluestone
S.P. Also had 2 adult bald eagles.
Jim& Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 11/6/19 10:45 am
From: steve kimbrell <galvmcm...>
Subject: Wednesday Walk Elkins/Randolph county incl. a Rusty & a Red-wing
There was a hundred and more Robins, beaucoup Cedar Waxwings & far more
starlings in the ornamental crabapples, plumbs &other fruiting trees in the
parks.

WedWalk 11-6-19 tally: Elkins/Randolph County Tygart's Valley River flood
control (FC) Complex including: the Spillway area, 1st FC levee (upstream)
to Georgetown Road then Glendale and Riverbend parks. Partly Cloudy, 29
degrees F. then clearing and warming into 50's F. with Herb M., Jackie B,
&Steve K. 39 species
Canada Goose
Mallard
Green-winged Teal female (f.)
Bufflehead f.
Gadwall -7
Hooded Merganser f.
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Great Blue Heron -2
Belted Kingfisher -2
Turkey Vulture
Raptor (sp.) inferred listing. The racket of Starlings, Robins and Cedar
Waxwings suddenly hushed and all birds present discretely left
the area or ducked out of sight. It remained quiet several
minutes.
this we took as indication of a raptor present, like the resident
Coopers Hawk on this side of town.
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern (yellow-shafted) Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird *all along 1st flood control levee road
Northern Mockingbird * " " "
Brown Thrasher * " " " "
European Starling in pretty winter colors
Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow--in town
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Palm Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird -1 male
Rusty Blackbird -1 male

for Elkins/Randolph County and our WedWalk Co-birders,
Steve Kimbrell
 

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Date: 11/6/19 10:14 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: PVAS bird walk - North Schoolhouse
I am so happy when people actually show up for my bird walks with PVAS. And
this group was great at finding birds, very much a joint effort. We spent a
fair amount of time in the parking lot, where so many birds happen. There
we determined that the four gleaming white bellied birds circling in
migration in the distance were RING-BILLED GULLS; the raptor that had been
circling in a kettle of vultures but pulled off was a NORTHERN HARRIER, as
evidenced by his very long tail and long slender flapping wings. Not far up
the gravel lane, Mark caught sight of a BLUE-HEADED VIREO in the treetops,
very much flushed yellow on his underparts and only allowing us a glimpse
before he disappeared forever. I found the EASTERN TOWHEE exactly where
they've been hanging out. And Mike pointed out the V-formation in the
eastern sky near walk's end - which we assumed at first must be geese, but
turned out to be about 2 dozen DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS.

The butterflies are still flitting about - a few sulphurs and two common
buckeyes. Their days may be numbered. A cold front expected to push through.

Thanks to all participants for a great morning walk.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar

35 species

Mourning Dove 1 heard
Ring-billed Gull 4 circling in migration
Double-crested Cormorant 24 About 2 dozen flying SE in V-formation
over Bolivar Heights towards the Shenandoah River. At first we assumed it
was a flock of Canada geese. But quickly we realized that the birds were
shaped more like crosses- even parts front and back divided by wings. Some
front parts appeared white, as juveniles might be.
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Northern Harrier 2 We clearly saw one harrier as he departed a kettle
of vultures that had formed over Bolivar Hts; his long tail and long
flapping wings (& size of him) indicated harrier. Then another appeared
with him and they disappeared over the NW trees.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1, juvenile
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3 (2 juveniles)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1 We all got to see the bird in the treetop, no
matter how swiftly it disappeared forever. The white spectacle around eye
was evident, also the blue head and white wing bars. The bird was very
heavily imbued with yellow in his underparts.
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 4
Common Raven 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
Eastern Bluebird 12
American Robin 10 flying together
Cedar Waxwing 1
American Goldfinch 15
Field Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 20
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 15
Eastern Towhee 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 12

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61228104
 

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Date: 11/6/19 4:47 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Junco
FOS Junco here, too.
Hurricane, Putnam County

Kim Kazmierski
Putnam County
 

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Date: 11/5/19 4:08 pm
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: Jefferson County yard highlights
Late this morning, my backyard was teeming with life. A flock of about 40 Cedar Waxwings found the winterberries on one of my bushes. The waxwings were also bathing 7 or 8 at a time in the pond waterfalls, utilizing fallen leaves in the waterfalls to bathe on. They were using the wet leaves like big birdie washcloths.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler, 4 Chipping Sparrows, a group of 5 American Robins, Tufted Titmouse and Carolina Chickadees also joined in the water festivities. The Chipping Sparrows seemed a bit late for my yard, although about 8 years ago, I had one in my yard around Christmas.

Once the pool party was over, a Northern Flicker was on the tree which housed one of 3 owl nest boxes. We are currently housing a gray morph Eastern Screech-owl in that nest box, which has been there the last 3 days. Screechie popped its head out of the box and remained visible for about one hour. A few chickadees were also harrassing the sleepy owl during that time.

In the afternoon, Bruni stopped by, and we both saw 2 Dark-eyed Juncos in my backyard, which were new arrivals and first of the season for both of us. It's nice to have them back.


BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 11/5/19 12:43 pm
From: Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...>
Subject: Teter Creek Lake
05 November 2019

5 pied billed grebes
28 ring neck ducks
1 bufflehead

1 adult bald eagle


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Date: 11/5/19 12:42 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: juncos & sapsucker
Had our first of the season dark-eyed juncos and yellow-bellied sapsucker
in the yard today.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 11/5/19 12:39 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Nov 5, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 3:33 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Nov 5, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Nov 5, 2019 1:20 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
7 species

Canada Goose 86
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 10
Bald Eagle 3 immatures
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Common Raven 1
Carolina Wren 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61208300

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

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Date: 11/5/19 8:17 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: FOS Juncoes and Vesper sparrow - Harpers Ferry
Finally, the juncoes have returned to town, and also my first Vesper
sparrow for the season showed up amidst the Savannah sparrows and bluebirds
along the split-rail fence at North Schoolhouse.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 11/4/19 5:51 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Blue-headed Vireo
F.O.Y.
08:59 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019.
Marmet Locks.
Blue-headed Vireo (1)
First one reported at the Locks. Life Bird for me! (No photo:>(

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co.

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Nov 3, 2019
> Date: November 4, 2019 at 8:41:46 PM EST
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Nov 3, 2019 8:59 AM - 11:29 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.39 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Clear. Slight breeze. Around 33F (+/-). Kanawha River is up about (+) 4-feet in the Winfield Pool. The gate is closed to the Fisherman's Lot and it is about half covered with water. Observation was from Belle side of the river.
> 14 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 10
> Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 3
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 21
> duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 3 Continuing sighting of green-headed, white-throated brown ducks. Possibly a Swedish Duck/Mallard hybrid.
> Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1 Life bird!
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 20
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
> Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 5
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61189602
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 11/4/19 10:33 am
From: Kevin Cade <dmgraphics...>
Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers
I am happy to report that the Red-headed Woodpeckers are back at my brother's house near the town of Wayne. For several minutes, we watched as two of them would land in a beech tree, take a beechnut, fly off, and return. We've observed RHWP there before in 2017, 2015 and 2006.

Kevin Cade
Wayne County
 

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Date: 11/4/19 8:03 am
From: Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...>
Subject: Teter Creek Lake WMA
04 November 2019

6 pied billed grebes
7 northern shovelers

Cedar Waxwing
Song sparrow
Swamp sparrow
White throated sparrow
American goldfinch

Donna Mitchell
Barbour County



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Date: 11/4/19 7:04 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: ~100 Am. White Pelicans (Mason)
I pulled into the fish hatchery at Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam this morning
just before 9am and saw a large flock of sizable white birds rising up from
the river. At first glance I assumed Snow Geese, gulls or Tundra Swans
based on the size at a distance and reports from Ohio birders that swans
were spotted moving south from Lake Erie.

Once I got my bins on the group they were clearly American White Pelicans.
In a panic I reached for my camera and realized I had conveniently
forgotten it at home on the charging adapter. So I began counting the
birds, reached 50 halfway through the flock and scrambled for the scope to
hopefully get some documentation shots.

The birds flew low and steady to the south before I lost sight of them.
This appears to be a new WV high count based on ebird data.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 11/4/19 3:57 am
From: Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...>
Subject: Pleasant Creek WMA
3 November 2019
Doe Run, Pleasant Creek WMA

2 pied billed grebe
8 mallards
4 hooded mergansers
12 killdeer

Wetlands west of 250

1 great egret
Killdeer
crows
Hermit thrush
Mocking bird
Towhee
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow

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Date: 11/3/19 4:27 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
Yesterday I saw two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers together at my neighbors
while walking my dog late afternoon.  On our walk this morning I was
surprised to see two of them as well in the small subdivision next
door.  They both appeared to be females.  I'm so grateful that the
builder left so many of the big trees such as sycamore, hackberry,
walnut, cherry, etc.   With the additional trees and shrubs the
homeowners planted it really is good habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Was hoping to see the Eagle again tonight but no luck.  I did see some
Bluebirds, Yellow Rumps and a couple of Northern Flickers. One was
sitting in the tree with his back to me and prominently displayed the
white rump something that usually shows during flight.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 11/3/19 1:36 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Roadside Raptors
Went to Moncove Lake S.P., Monore County today hoping for waterfowl from
the Halloween storm. Saw 2 belted kingfishers & one common loon. As we
looked at the loon through the scope we noticed it looking straight up.
Turned out there were 2 immature bald eagles circling above it. Also, saw
an adult bald eagle.
We kept a roadside raptor list plus ravens - total was: 30 common ravens,
99 turkey vultures, 8 black vultures, 9 bald eagles, 1 red-shouldered hawk,
16 red-tailed hawks, 3 American kestrels and 2 unidentified accipiters.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 11/3/19 1:27 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Moncove Lake State Park, Nov 3, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 4:22 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Moncove Lake State Park, Nov 3, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Moncove Lake State Park, Monroe, West Virginia, US
Nov 3, 2019 11:56 AM - 12:36 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
11 species

Common Loon 1
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 3 1 adult, 2 immatures
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 8
Common Raven 2
American Robin 2

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Date: 11/2/19 3:50 pm
From: Jean Neely <jeaneely...>
Subject: Great Horned Owls
Two serenading each other now in a big oak over the Potomac. Very antiphonal — only sound
at the moment.
Jean Neely
Near Shepherdstown

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Date: 11/2/19 1:41 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Marmet Locks: Bald Eagle
Bird of Note:
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV.
Bald Eagle (1-adult)
(Poor photo on checklist).

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Nov 1, 2019
> Date: November 2, 2019 at 4:29:05 PM EDT
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Nov 1, 2019 4:22 PM - 5:47 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.45 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Clear. Windy. Observation was from Belle side of the river.
> 8 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 29
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 1
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 17
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61123031
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 11/2/19 7:13 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Eagle visit
Late afternoon I went down to the Shenandoah on my neighbor's property. 
Hadn't been all the way to the river since early summer.  It was very
quiet, nothing on the water.  As I was crossing the flood plain meadow
an adult Eagle lifted from one of the sycamores on the river's edge and
flew into the nest sycamore.  The sliver of moon behind him made for a
lovely and peaceful picture.   A YB Sapsucker, Red-headed Woodpecker and
Flicker also showed themselves.

Yesterday morning while walking my dog I heard one and saw a pair of
Pileated Woodpeckers.  Looking forward to seeing them at my suet again. 
The numbers of Goldfinches has really increased.  The only bird outside
the usual suspects are one or more Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  One was right
outside the window pulling at the aster seeds.  It is nice to see how
many birds the "messy" flowerbeds support.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 11/1/19 7:00 pm
From: Rodney Bartgis <rodbartgis...>
Subject: Snow goose, swans, Bonaparte’s , more
Despite the cold windy morning (flurries at the house and mountains are white), great birding early this morning. An adult bald eagle and First of season tundra swans flew over the house and at a nearby set of ponds, along with nearly 250 Canada geese, were a snow goose, Am. wigeons, n shovelers, buffleheads, a lesser scaup, a Bonaparte’s gull, 3 ring-billed gulls, and a greater yellowlegs. The big storm yesterday really brought the water birds in.

Rodney Bartgis
Valley Bend, Randolph County

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Date: 11/1/19 3:39 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Bufflehead and winter musings
Hi all,

Cheat Lake is now playing host to its first Buffleheads of the season
(along with some Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks and Hooded Mergansers). And
as we all know, this means that winter is officially upon us; regardless of
the fact trick-or-treating was ridiculously cancelled for "weather" and
Halloween somehow lingers on for many.

So since we are firmly in the winter season, it is time to look toward some
winter birding activities.

Mountaineer Audubon will be hosting a program on Tuesday, November 12 at
7pm at the Spruce St. Methodist Church in Morgantown. The presentation will
be on the various waterfowl that visit our area during the colder season.

Mountaineer Audubon will also be sponsoring a field trip to the Cheat Lake
area on Saturday, November 23. We meet at 8am at Ruby and Ketchy's; or 7am
for early risers who would like breakfast.

And most importantly, the Morgantown Christmas Bird Count will be held on
Saturday, December 14. Will this be the year we finally reach 100 species
on count day? Who knows, but we could use all the eyes we can get to help
us hit triple digits. There are lots of potentially productive areas that
receive little or no coverage within our count circle on count day. So
please circle the date on your calendars and come out to participate.
Contact compiler extraordinaire LeJay Graffious at <lejaygraffious...>
to be included and get all the latest info.

Information on all of the above (except the Buffleheads) can be found on
the Mountaineer Audubon website: http://mountaineeraudubon.org/. I hope to
see you all at any or all of the upcoming events. Best wishes.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 11/1/19 3:33 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: tree swallows
We saw 3 tree swallows at Falls Mills, VA and 10 at the Glenwood Sewage
Lagoons, near Princeton, WV today.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 11/1/19 12:32 pm
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Frisky Bald Eagles (Tucker)
Hi, all,



I just watched a pair of adult Bald Eagles cavorting together in the sky
above my house, one of them holding a twig. I guess it's never too early to
do a little nest maintenance!



A chilly-looking Common Grackle visited the feeders today, and Dark-eyed
Juncos have begun to appear as well.



Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 11/1/19 10:59 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Bald eagles, Bolivar Heights back field
Out for an early afternoon run. Pips from above made me stop to look up.
I found two immature eagles flying, chasing each other, calling playfully.
I stood and watched them as they turned to circle. They both appeared
uniformly dark until they caught the sun's rays and their differences
became apparent. One had a fair amount of white underneath (with the look
of an osprey) - probably second year? The other was slightly mottled white
with a changing-to-white head and bands on his tail - perhaps third year
bird? I imagined they were siblings, one generation removed. And then - it
wasn't long - I noticed another large bird above them. Another bald eagle!
Much like the second, with the mottled look and thick tail bands. And
shortly afterwards, at mid-level in the same sky, two more eagles appeared,
both adults. All five eagles circled together at differing levels,
climbing, and in the next five minutes exited the sky due west southwest.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 11/1/19 8:55 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: Re: Ross's Goose
Ross's Goose continues through to today. It was just seen from Ohio side of
the locks but still in WV waters.

Josh

On Fri, Nov 1, 2019, 11:43 AM Rankin, Gary <rankin...> wrote:

> I'm running behind on getting this posted due to work deadlines, but last
> Sunday Mike Griffith, Janet Keating, David Patick and I did some birding
> along Rte. 2 from Greenbottom WMA to Gallipolis Ferry. The highlight of the
> day was a Ross's Goose among a large flock of Canada Geese at the Robert C.
> Byrd Locks and Dam. David was able to get some good pictures of the Ross's
> Goose. In checking the records, he found that this sighting is the earlies
> fall record of a Ross's Goose for this area of the state.
>
> Another interesting sighting was of a Greater Yellowlegs. We spotted the
> yellowlegs along the edge of one of the ponds at the RCBL&D. As we
> approached, it flew a few feet and then squatted down at the edge of the
> water. It was clearly trying to "get small". It got completely down and
> even lowered its head and bill to the edge of the water. While trying to
> understand this odd behavior, we suddenly saw the reason - a Peregrine
> Falcon came out of nowhere and made a dive at the yellowlegs trying to get
> it to fly up. The yellowlegs stayed down and didn't try to fly off, where
> it would have been easy prey for the falcon. Smart bird! Eventually, the
> Peregrine left the area and the yellowlegs went back to feeding.
>
> We also spotted two Lincoln's Sparrows and several Tree Swallows at Ashton
> wetlands.
>
> Gary Rankin
> Lavalette, WV
> Wayne Co
>
 

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Date: 11/1/19 8:43 am
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Ross's Goose
I'm running behind on getting this posted due to work deadlines, but last Sunday Mike Griffith, Janet Keating, David Patick and I did some birding along Rte. 2 from Greenbottom WMA to Gallipolis Ferry. The highlight of the day was a Ross's Goose among a large flock of Canada Geese at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam. David was able to get some good pictures of the Ross's Goose. In checking the records, he found that this sighting is the earlies fall record of a Ross's Goose for this area of the state.

Another interesting sighting was of a Greater Yellowlegs. We spotted the yellowlegs along the edge of one of the ponds at the RCBL&D. As we approached, it flew a few feet and then squatted down at the edge of the water. It was clearly trying to "get small". It got completely down and even lowered its head and bill to the edge of the water. While trying to understand this odd behavior, we suddenly saw the reason - a Peregrine Falcon came out of nowhere and made a dive at the yellowlegs trying to get it to fly up. The yellowlegs stayed down and didn't try to fly off, where it would have been easy prey for the falcon. Smart bird! Eventually, the Peregrine left the area and the yellowlegs went back to feeding.

We also spotted two Lincoln's Sparrows and several Tree Swallows at Ashton wetlands.

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co
 

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Date: 11/1/19 7:26 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Vultures ahead of the storm
Yesterday afternoon, we were on our way home from Hinton when we noticed a
large kettle of vultures over the mouth of the Bluestone River. We stopped
and started counting. We had 74 turkey vultures, 43 black vultures and a
Cooper's hawk at one time.
The birds headed toward the south east. Right behind them came the storm.
The rain reduced visibility to just a few feet and the wind was a steady
13-17 mph, gusting to 21 mph.
I didn't post last evening because we had no power until this morning. AEP
reported about 1800 outages.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 11/1/19 7:03 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: FOY Dunlin, FOS Gulls (Mason)
The storm front last night pushed some birds into the Ohio River Valley.
The first larger group of Ring-billed gulls this season are hanging out
around the Byrd Locks in Mason County. Mixed in with around forty other
gulls was a FOS Bonaparte's Gull. Also present was a FOY Dunlin at the fish
hatchery.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 10/31/19 7:48 am
From: <cathypardee...> <cathypardee...>
Subject: FOS Junco
Today in Mineral County

Cathy  :)

 

 

 

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Date: 10/30/19 6:38 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Jefferson Co. Merlin
After lunch I was returning to work when a Merlin that was perched on a snag darted off. It didn't go too far and perched on top of a post in one of the apple blocks. I was able to get a few distant photos before the Merlin took off.

If interested the photos are attached with the checklist.

N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction
Jefferson County


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2217 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia, US (39.352, -77.883), Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Oct 30, 2019 1:00 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Checklist Comments: Overcast day, warm and in the lower 60s. Rain started later in the afternoon.
1 species

Merlin 1 As I was driving a Merlin flushed from a roost before perching on top of a post located in the middle of grove of apple trees. I was able to get some distant photos.

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Date: 10/30/19 10:07 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, etc.
A couple of days ago I saw a lovely female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on
my neighbor's tree.  Hadn't seen one for a while.

The ground birdbath is really getting a workout, to the point where I
have to go out and add water.  Tons of Chipping Sparrows and some House
and Goldfinches in addition to the Bluebirds and an occasional group of
Robins.  Just saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler there as well.  He had the
non-breeding plumage but still had the yellow on top of his head. 
Confused me for a minute.   Earlier Ruby-crowned Kinglets were foraging
in the Norway spruce and a Phoebe also made an appearance.

A Sharpie was also cruising over the road this morning when I walked my
dog.  The sleek shape looked great against the gray sky.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 10/29/19 2:27 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush(FOS)- Yard- Summit Point
On a walk around the yard yesterday morning, I found my first for the season Yellow-rumped Warblers(2), and one Hermit Thrush in the wooded area behind the house. Good to have both back in the area again.
Happy Birding,
Carol Del-Colle
Summit Point
Jefferson County
 

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Date: 10/29/19 7:04 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Birds
Yesterday, we took a hike on the Splashdam Trail's middle section along the
Blackwater River. As we neared the bridge to the parking area, a Ruffed
Grouse flew across the road in front of our car. It is always great to see
one with their population declining.

As we headed for the trail, an adult Bald Eagle flew downstream. We spoke
to some fisherwomen who said they see them fairly frequently and have seen
one catch a fish.

This morning on our walk, we were surprised to see three Eastern Bluebirds
congregated on the roof and entrance to the nest box. We wondered if they
slept in there last night? I have read that they do that to keep warm and
safe.

Aren't birding surprises always wonderful? Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph
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Date: 10/29/19 4:07 am
From: Fred Atwood <FAtwood...>
Subject: Grant Co this past weekend
Dear WV Birders
Sorry for the delayed post. I am short on time so I will only give a brief
overview of the highlights.
Saturday I visited Thorn Run Rd, Belle Babb Rd, Grassy Ridge Rd, and Stony
River Dam Rd on my way to my cabin in Cabins. Sunday I visited Johnson Run
Rd (Petersburg) and South Mill Creek Lake. I had to cut my day short in
order to get home to finish my homework-grading since first quarter grades
were due the next day.

Best Bird was a late Wilson's Warbler at Johnson Run Rd

Here are some highlights of the 58 species found.
Thorn Run Rd:
42 Killdeer and 2 Savannah Sparrows
https://ebird.org/checklist/S60946107

Belle Babb:
1 American Wigeon, 51 Black Ducks, 20 Mallards, 2 ring-necked ducks, 2
pied-billed grebes,
https://ebird.org/checklist/S60962052

Grassy Ridge Rd (Mt Storm Lake)
1 Common Loon, 1 Killdeer
https://ebird.org/checklist/S60948651

Stony River Dam Rd Lake
7 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Killdeer
https://ebird.org/checklist/S60962063

Johnson Run Rd, Petersburg https://ebird.org/checklist/S60965791
10 immature Bald Eagles
1 Cooper's Hawk
7 white-crowned sparrow
3 meadowlark
265 red-winged blackbirds
6 rusty blackbirds

S Mill Creek Lake https://ebird.org/checklist/S60968812
5 Pied-billed Grebes
1 Mute Swan
1 Killdeer

BTW the Pendleton Co CBC is scheduled for Thursday Dec 19
Let me know if interested in helping out.

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

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Date: 10/28/19 11:18 am
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: YTVI
I was surprised to hear, and then see, a Yellow-throated Vireo in a large pasture tree this morning. This is my first sighting since Oct.9. I'm wondering if anyone else has seen one lately?
Also saw my FOS White-throated Sparrow this morning.

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie
 

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Date: 10/28/19 10:26 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: FOS American Pipits
I had 60+ pipits this afternoon at Crab Creek in Mason County.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 10/28/19 6:44 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV, Oct 27, 2019
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Date: Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 9:35 AM
Subject: eBird Report - East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV,
Oct 27, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Oct 27, 2019 12:57 PM - 2:27 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments: unofficialhawk count. 61-65 degrees, 100% cloud
cover, wind from north 0-6 mph.
7 species

Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 5
Common Raven 6
Carolina Wren 1

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Date: 10/27/19 5:14 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Winfield Locks: Peregrine Falcon
Birds of Note:
12:00 Stationary Observation and 12:38 Travel Observation.
Sunday, October 27, 2019.
Winfield Locks.
Peregrine Falcon (1). (Poor quality photos).
Double-crested Cormorant (21). One was partially hidden by a light pole and appeared to have a white breast AND a white belly. However, it would not provide a better view and I assumed it too, was a Double-crested Cormorant. If anyone ventures to the Winfield Locks in the next day or so, you may want to take a hard look at all the Cormorants.

Winfield Locks & Dam, Putnam, West Virginia, US
Oct 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments: Mostly cloudy, 70%. Windy. Observation was from the Winfield side parking lot. With Jeannette G.
5 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 10
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 It was resting on the downstream Lock-wall. Usually, I have observed them on high perches and thought this was unusual.

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Winfield Locks & Dam, Putnam, West Virginia, US
Oct 27, 2019 12:38 PM - 2:28 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Distance is unique for any out and back portions. Mostly cloudy, 70%. Windy. Observation was from the Eleanor side of the river. With Jeannette G.
8 species (+2 other taxa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 7
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 21 One bird, (partially hidden behind the light pole on the left), appears to have a much lighter belly than the others. In addition to the (16) individuals that can be seen in the photograph, others were perched on various light poles.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 Continuing sighting of the same bird in our 12:00 Stationary Observation that was from the Winfield side of the river.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis/atricapillus) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
passerine sp. (Passeriformes sp.) 300 They would circle in a balled flock and then all dive together below the tree line. They reminded me of Chimney Swifts entering a chimney except they all dove at the same time. Estimate is X10's for the largest flock. Several other flights of 50 or more were observed but I assumed they could have been duplicate birds. All the flights dove down in the same area in the town of Eleanor. We did not observe the Peregrine Falcon or other raptors stalking them. I assumed they are passerine species. They were too far away to determine the species and are being reported because of what I perceive to be unusual behavior.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60981769 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S60981769>

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

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Date: 10/27/19 11:18 am
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: G Yellowlegs, N Shoveler, Lesser Scaup, RB Gull, PB Grebes, NRW Swallows, Savannah Sparrow - Shenandoah River, Jefferson County
This morning's PVAS public bird walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab in Leetown, WV started out very rainy. I did not want to cancel, as there were a few people that registered. Roy, the only brave soul that showed up, joined Heather and I on a drive along the hatchery ponds. It was fun to drive on the top of the dike and drive around most of the ponds looking down into them. There was no waterfowl, and it was raining hard. We did have a large flock of about 100 Red-winged Blackbirds in the cattails, joined by a few cowbirds.

Leetown Hatchery Ponds checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60962085

Then, we headed to the Shenandoah River to see what the storm brought down. There was a Greater Yellowlegs on a rock in the river off John Rissler Road. It was still raining as we drove along Bloomery Road. We found a Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup, a Ring-billed Gull, then later, 4 Pied-billed Grebes at the S turn. There were 4 Northern-rough Winged Swallows sitting on a wire near the Millville Dam. Bald Eagles were present.

John Rissler Rd checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60963035
Shenandoah River checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60964729

The sun had come out, and the rain finally stopped. The battlefield birds were back to foraging. Schoolhouse Ridge South of Harper's Ferry NHP was teeming with small birds by the ruins where there was unmowed grass. One Savannah Sparrow, Field Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows and an amazing number of Eastern Bluebirds were a joy to watch. An Eastern Phoebe with an bright yellow belly posed on the fence for us.

Schoolhouse Ridge South checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60965923

It was a nice way to spend a rainy morning.

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 10/27/19 9:43 am
From: Donna Mitchell <dmitchellbirding...>
Subject: northern harrier
Ive been waiting to see the northern harrier migrating through in the pastures around my house and finally saw one this morning. They dont stay long so there could have been more earlier that I missed.
Also had an adult bald eagle sitting in a tree in the field 3 days ago which is unusual.
We returned from a trip to Maine on Oct. 8th and had killdeer calling in the fields every night until Oct. 20th. I saw 6 of them in the day once during that time and none since.

Donna Mitchell
Barbour County

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

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Date: 10/27/19 8:42 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Virginia Rail (Tucker)
Hi, all,



During our bird walk at the Freeland Road boardwalk of Canaan Valley
National Wildlife Refuge yesterday morning, we encountered a very
cooperative Virginia Rail, with everyone getting great views.



Last Wednesday evening an Eastern Screech-Owl was calling outside the house.



Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 10/26/19 2:08 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y. Marmet Locks: Vesper Sparrow
F.O.Y.
Vesper Sparrow (2).
Photos are on the attached checklist.

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Oct 26, 2019
> Date: October 26, 2019 at 4:28:06 PM EDT
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Oct 26, 2019 12:28 PM - 2:38 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.07 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Overcast with thin areas allowing it to look sorta sunny. Breezes. Kanawha River has normal level in the Winfield Pool. Observation was from the Belle side of the river.
> 15 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 59 They were in the Kanawha, along the Kanawha, in the grass and in the Dead-water Pond of Burning Springs Creek. I know I missed some.
> Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) 1 Continuing sighting.
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 34 One raft was on the Dead-water Pond. The other across the Kanawha at Rush Creek.
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 15
> Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 50 Estimated.
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
> Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 1
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 12
> Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) 2
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 50
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60947155
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 10/26/19 10:42 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: Ohio River Loons (Mason)
A rainy drive from Huntington to Point Pleasant along the Ohio River was
not too pleasant this morning/afternoon, but I did see a total of six FOS
Common Loons at three different locations. Also had one Ring-necked duck at
the Gallipolis Ferry sandpit.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 10/25/19 7:30 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.S.: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Marmet Lock and Dam, Oct 24, 2019
> Date: October 25, 2019 at 10:20:05 PM EDT
> To: <greggra...>
>
> Marmet Lock and Dam, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> Oct 24, 2019 12:34 PM - 3:54 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.33 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Clear. Breezes. Distance is unique for and any out and back paths. Observation was from the Belle side of the river.
> 16 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 18
> Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) 1
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 12
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
> Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1 First Of Season for me.
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
> Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1 All gray coverts and wings.
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
> Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 9
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 8
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
> Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60928032
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 10/25/19 6:37 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Autumn Bird Song
We have had flocks of American Robins feeding in the woods around our
place. I saw them eating wild grapes today sharing them with Cedar
Waxwings. The robins even have been singing their "cheerily - cheerio"
song.

The newly arrived White-throated Sparrows are not only issuing their sharp
calls but singing their "old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody" or "Oh, sweet
Canada, Canada, Canada" song depending on where the listener is from.

Our Song Sparrows also have been brightening the cold, frosty mornings with
song. They aren't complaining about the weather a bit. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County
 

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Date: 10/24/19 6:00 pm
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Palm Warblers
I am still seeing Palm warblers out in the field. This morning there were
two at North Schoolhouse. Yesterday I very nearly missed one, stopped
suddenly to listen to a red-winged blackbird's unseasonably late song when
along chipped a yellow Palm to a close branch. I wallowed in his glow for
five minutes or more before moving on. They are the friendliest of birds.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry
 

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Date: 10/24/19 5:28 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Changes At Green Bottom
At Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.), construction has begun on a new pond in the Hoeft Wetland section (this is the downstream section of Green Bottom). It is possible that this section may soon be partially or totally closed to visitors. I'll provide updates as soon as I know more.
Also, as I'm sure most birders know, it is hunting season - right now small game and bow hunting for bear and deer. Personally I think it is advisable to wear some blaze orange attire (at least a hat or vest) especially when birding in wooded or shrubby areas where visibility is compromised.
Stay safe.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 10/24/19 4:09 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Life bird
I was thrilled to discover a Blue-headed Vireo in my back yard late
afternoon.  It was sitting on a dry branch  no more than 20 ft from the
patio door so I got really good looks at it.  I probably would not have
been able to identify it had I not seen a posting of this bird
(including photos) in someone's yard in nearby Bluemont, VA last week. 
What a treat!

Later on a Yellow-rumped Warbler came to the birdbath. White-throated
Sparrows were also bathing.  Neat to see the different "bib" pattern. 
Some are solid white and others seem to be divided into three parts.

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co, VA
 

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Date: 10/24/19 1:05 pm
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: FOS Waterfowl (Mason)
Had a couple of FOS waterfowl species this morning at Byrd Locks & Fish
Hatchery in Mason County. A group ducks on the goose ponds included
Mallard, BW Teal, GW Teal, Wood Duck, and Gadwall (FOS). Also present were
three American Coot.

A lone Ring-necked Duck (FOS) was seen in one of the hatchery ponds.

Also of note were hundreds of Tree Swallows hawking insects over the river.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 10/24/19 7:12 am
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Cool Spring Preserve, Oct 23, 2019
Jefferson County bird walk.
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>To: "<wbchtelfair...>" <wbchtelfair...>Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 10:09:54 AM EDTSubject: eBird Report - Cool Spring Preserve, Oct 23, 2019
Cool Spring Preserve, Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Oct 23, 2019 7:17 AM - 11:04 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.69 mile(s)
41 species

Mallard  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Virginia Rail  1
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  8
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  1
Common Raven  3
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  2
Tree Swallow  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  9
European Starling  37
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
American Robin  23
Cedar Waxwing  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  49
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  23
Northern Cardinal  12

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60864853

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

 

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Date: 10/24/19 6:22 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Surf Scoters in Ohio River south of Belpre, OH
2 first-year/female types across from Northwest Drive in Wood County, WV.
Off River Road? In Little Hocking, OH. Close to Ohio shore. Did not spook
when abarge went by.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 10/24/19 5:52 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV, Oct 23, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 8:50 AM
Subject: eBird Report - East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV,
Oct 23, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


East River Mountain Overlook, Mercer County, WV, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Oct 23, 2019 12:15 PM - 1:35 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments: unofficial hawk watch. clear, 51-55 degrees, 0-6
mph wind from the north
10 species

Turkey Vulture 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Common Raven 6
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 2
Song Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60886405

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Date: 10/23/19 9:42 am
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Great Horned Owls
The Great Horned Owls have started their calling over the last three days near our home. I heard a pair calling near sunset on Sunday and Monday, and my wife heard them calling last night. The E. Screech-owls were busy calling this summer and the Barred Owls were more common in Spring. With the Great Horned Owls calling, colder weather can't be too far away.

Gary O. Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.
 

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Date: 10/23/19 9:15 am
From: Joette <pep4223...>
Subject: Cooper’s Hawk in pond, Jefferson County yard
My pond fish are going through their seasonal slowdown, approaching torpor, which is how they survive the winter. Their lack of movement attracted a Cooper’s Hawk to the pond. A most ingenious maneuver for the hawk was to stand on a large “floating” rock and try to catch lethargic fish.

The “floating” rock sits on cinder blocks in the middle of the pond and gives the appearance of it floating. Fish can swim through the cinder blocks and also hide underneath the rock.

It’s a bit comical to see a Cooper’s Hawk standing on a big rock in the middle of a pond. The bird left its guano mark on the rock, then gave up and flew away without dinner. Nice try anyway!

Waiting for the return of the heron to do seasonal population thinning,

Birdmom
Jefferson County, WV




Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/23/19 7:17 am
From: Katie Fallon <katie...>
Subject: Young Birders Walk, WV Botanic Garden
We had a small but mighty group for our Young Birders Walk this past Sunday
morning (Oct 20) at the West Virginia Botanic Garden near Morgantown.
Highlights
included yellow-rumped warblers, both golden-crowned kinglets and
ruby-crowned kinglets, a hermit thrush, and several blue-headed vireos. We
also got to observe a red-backed salamander, discovered under a log by
Hannah Clipp.


Our next walk for Young Birders will be held on Saturday, Nov 16, at 10am
at the WV Botanic Garden. Everyone is welcome and the walk is free, but the
Botanic Garden would like you to register ahead of time via their website (
www.wvbg.org). Send me an email for more information about our Young
Birders walks, or if you'd like to help grow the WV Young Birders Club.


Thank you to everyone who came out on Sunday morning, and to the volunteer
guides who helped lead the walk! eBird list follows:


WV Botanic Gardens
Oct 20, 2019
9:36 AM
Traveling
1.18 miles
115 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.6 Build 18

4 Turkey Vulture
3 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 Downy Woodpecker
4 Pileated Woodpecker
3 Blue-headed Vireo -- Seen very clearly - all three were foraging together
10 Blue Jay
10 American Crow
2 Common Raven
6 Carolina Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse
5 Golden-crowned Kinglet
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Winter Wren
2 Carolina Wren
4 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
20 American Robin
5 Cedar Waxwing
4 American Goldfinch
6 White-throated Sparrow
10 Song Sparrow
12 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 26

--
Katie Fallon

Chair & Co-founder, *Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia*
President, *Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society*

286 Fairchance Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
(304) 906-5438
http://www.accawv.org
http://www.mountaineeraudubon.org
http://www.katiefallon.com

*Check out the WV Young Birders' Club, an outreach project of the ACCA:
http://www.wvybc.org <http://www.wvybc.org>*
 

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Date: 10/23/19 7:06 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Oct 23, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)Oct 23, 20198:03 AMTraveling3.59 miles116 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments:Nice walk on farm, sunny and cool5 Mourning Dove 5 Turkey Vulture 8 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 5 Blue Jay 26 American Crow 3 Carolina Chickadee 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 9 American Robin 20 Cedar Waxwing 12 House Sparrow 9 American Goldfinch 4 Field Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 13 Song Sparrow 2 Eastern Towhee 13 Red-winged Blackbird Number of Taxa: 19Paul McKayOhio CountySent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/23/19 7:03 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Birds in the rain
The rain that started this afternoon did not keep the birds from having
a good time splashing in the ground birdbath.  The highlights were a
lone Cedar Waxwing who, unfortunately, was run off by the squirrel with
the black walnut-stained mouth.   The other good bird was a lovely
Nashville Warbler.  Such a nice spot of color on a gray day.

A White-throated Sparrow and Song Sparrow were also bathing. They sure
look big next to the Chipping Sparrow.

Trying to get a better look at a little bird flitting around in the
crabapple I walked to the front door.  Yup, it was a Ruby Crowned
Kinglet.  Just then the Red-Shouldered Hawk came flying over the house
from behind.

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co
 

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Date: 10/22/19 6:40 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Stilt Sandpiper
Ashton Ponds (Mason Co.)
Janet Keating and I found 15 Greater Yellowlegs and a sandpiper we were not sure of. We were not sure of leg color. The birds were
in relatively deep water. Josh Holland arrived a little later and determined the bird had yellowish legs. He suggested Stilt Sandpiper
and we all agreed. Gary Rankin arrived somewhat later and saw the birds just before most of them flew off.

R.C. Byrd Locks
A little earlier Janet and I found a late Green Heron.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 10/22/19 7:15 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Autumn Arrivals
This morning we had our first White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos
in our yard and feeding area. There was a Red-shouldered Hawk hunting when
we walked up the mountain. The birds were on high alert. Herb Myers,
Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 10/22/19 6:15 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: White-throated Sparrow
FOS White-throated Sparrow for my yard in Hurricane, Putnam County

Kim Kazmierski
 

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Date: 10/22/19 5:54 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Mercer County birds
The yellow-rumped warblers moved in over the weekend.
Yesterday, we had our first of the season hermit thrush in Princeton City
Park.
Also, saw an adult bald eagle at the Mercer County Landfill.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 10/21/19 11:57 am
From: Ron Kingston <kingston...>
Subject: Virginia Bluebird Society Conference
WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

WHERE: Dorothy Hart Community Center, Fredericksburg, VA --

https://fredericksburgva.gov/1477/Dorothy-Hart-Community-Center
DETAILS: Keynote speaker for the conference is Bet Zimmerman Smith,
a North American Bluebird Society board member, Life Member of NABS and
owner of the comprehensive educational website about bluebird and small
cavity nester conservation:
<http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sialis.org%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwA
R3hzXBnkR3w-BFFvj_Buv8X6B2OpOcMOQsPvUMsMecUrnm2ZYa1NHpdJzQ&h=AT1VYu7TpkITnYp
9Sy_qh6pdp_IiL8PLhv2QujbLYSYoQRntLfR34LzQDjdaiPXGNMzv7DqJipfyLRXF_TwZ2ZM5QFs
TNM7nWYTU7KjiT1-BPfoAfV_4BY4rd6tEwxhhk_nlFaW4TTqNL4mMyrfn> www.sialis.org.



Conference registration at
<http://www.virginiabluebirds.org/about-vbs/upcoming-events/?fbclid=IwAR3LlD
uVrth770lOT64MKssfz7eclr8-34ZlJxxp5h4JrLxgVcoBBbazDQc>
http://www.virginiabluebirds.org/about-vbs/upcoming-events/.



CONTACT: Valerie Kenyon Gaffney at <mailto:<vkg3105...>
<vkg3105...>





SPONSOR: Virginia Bluebird Society


 

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Date: 10/21/19 9:05 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Oct 21, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)Oct 21, 201910:13 AMTraveling3.26 miles103 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments:Nice late morning walkSpring peepers calling, Buckeye Butterflies, and an immature Harrier along with Ruby Crowned Kinglets.4 Canada Goose 1 Wood Duck 12 Turkey Vulture 1 Northern Harrier 5 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 8 Blue Jay 7 American Crow 7 Carolina Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Carolina Wren 4 American Robin 13 House Sparrow 4 American Goldfinch 8 Field Sparrow 7 White-throated Sparrow 14 Song Sparrow 2 Eastern Towhee 1 Red-winged Blackbird 6 Northern Cardinal Number of Taxa: 23Paul McKayOhio CountySent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/21/19 6:31 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: birding New River & Indian Creek
Yesterday, we rode from Hinton to Sandstone Falls and found the following:
bald eagle- adult
lots of Canada geese
a few mallards
30 common mergansers
25 wood ducks
1 tree swallow
5 kingfishers

In the Greenville area of Monroe Co. we found 20 common ravens, 2 kestrels,
6 immature bald eagles, 2 redtails and 2 red-shouldered hawks.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers CountyPipestem, WV
 

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Date: 10/21/19 6:22 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Island Loop Trail, New River Gorge National River, Oct 20, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 9:01 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Island Loop Trail, New River Gorge National River,
Oct 20, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Island Loop Trail, New River Gorge National River, Raleigh, West Virginia,
US
Oct 20, 2019 11:40 AM - 12:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: 3 river otters
19 species

Canada Goose 21
Mallard 3
Great Blue Heron 5
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 6
Cedar Waxwing 2
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60813250

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

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Date: 10/20/19 11:24 am
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Mason Co. Birding
R.C. Byrd Locks
There were about 500 Tree Swallows in the area. Also, 3 Rusty Blackbirds.

Ashton Ponds
5 Greater Yellowlegs.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 10/19/19 8:50 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose at Marietta,OH
At 11:45 at waterfront park upstream from Lafayette Hotel at end of 2nd
Street. With about 200 Canada Geese and the resident Canada x Greater
White-fronted Goose hybrid.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 10/18/19 7:01 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Preston County - Golden Eagle
Hello All,


I was traveling south on my way to the Brooks Bird Club fall meeting at Blackwater, and I had Nathan Pieplow with me (Peterson's Bird Sounds author). As we entered scenic Nestorville, south of Rowlesburg, I saw an eagle over the road. I'd assumed it was a Bald, but Nathan, who lives in Boulder, Colorado, exclaimed that it was a Golden Eagle. We parked/blocked someone's driveway and got great looks at the bird as it wheeled overhead, probably my best look at a Golden ever. Then it got dive-bombed by a pair of Red-tails, chased by a raven, and accompanied by a Sharp-shinned. An immature Bald eventually flew over with a Turkey Vulture. VERY cool!


So keep close looks on those eagles...you never know!


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 10/18/19 11:09 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Autumn Birds
I've been procrastinating on reporting on some fun birds that we saw this
week. I was reminded again at lunch when a Ruby-crowned Kinglet was
flitting around in a shrub just off of our back deck. Also, this morning as
the sun was beginning to peek through the clouds, a beautifully marked
Red-tailed Hawk was soaring through the sunbeams over Harman going higher
and higher as the strong breezes lifted it.

On Monday, we did counts in both of our local state parks. In Blackwater
Falls State Park, there was a Pied-billed Grebe swimming and diving on
Pendleton Lake. On the Blackwater River Trail and along the river just
north of the golf course in Canaan Valley State Park, we encountered some
late flocks that included some warblers. There were Yellow-rumped Warblers
and my first of the autumn Tennessee Warbler. There was a Ruby-crowned
Kinglet there as well along with both White and Red-breasted Nuthatches. On
the river, we had Canada Geese, a Mallard and a male Wood Duck.

Yes, birds are leaving but others are arriving and birding is still fun
amidst the beauty of the autumn colors. Snowflakes flew in Canaan Valley
yesterday and Spruce Knob had about an inch so beware. Herb Myers, Harman
from Randolph and Tucker Counties.
 

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Date: 10/18/19 7:45 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: white-throated sparrow
Found my first of the season white-throated sparrow along the our driveway
this morning.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 10/17/19 11:43 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: eagles
We spent an hour at the mouth of the Bluestone River in Bluestone S.P. this
afternoon. We watched an adult bald eagle chase 2 different great blue
herons. It almost hit one and made the other one drop its fish. We saw a
second adult and at least 1 immature.
Also had an adult golden eagle go over.
Other birds included belted kingfisher and red-tailed hawk.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 10/17/19 10:27 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Oct 17, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)Oct 17, 20191:13 PMStationary120 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments: Sitting around the kitchen table working on a talk concerning the various laws associated with bee keeping and watching the feeders. Surprisingly I have a half dozen Canada Geese on the pond along with my neighbor's mute swan.they hate geese for some reason and buy mute swans to scare them off, but today they are hanging together like old friends.Several Myrtle Warblers flew around the trees behind the feeders and Pileated Woodpeckers are calling6 Canada Goose 1 Wood Duck 2 Turkey Vulture 1 Downy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 3 Blue Jay 4 American Crow 9 Carolina Chickadee 12 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Carolina Wren 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Northern Cardinal Number of Taxa: 14Paul McKayOhio CountySent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/17/19 8:08 am
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: New yard bird
Over the years, we have had soon interesting birds pass through our area that I could see or hear in or from our yard. These birds have included five owl species (E. Screech-owl, Great Horned, Barred, Long-eared and N. Saw-whet), a few Bald Eagles, a Golden Eagle flyover, Am. Woodcock, Chuck-wills-widow, Dickcissel, and Canada, Swainson's and Mourning Warblers to mention just a few. But I got a real surprise Tuesday morning. I had taken our two Golden Retrievers into the back yard one more time before we headed for work. Our older retriever Bonnie wandered up into a large patch of cone flowers, blackberry lilies, a butterfly bush and a few roses at the southwest corner of our fenced in back yard. As I watched her walk along the edge and into this thick plant area, a Sora flushed out, flew about 15-20 ft,, dropped to the ground and ran under the gate of our fence and out of the back yard! Both of our dogs immediately ran to the gate, as I did, but the Sora was nowhere to be seen. Possibly, it came back through the fence into the perennial garden that runs along that part of the fence, but if so, I didn't plan on bothering it again. Needless to say, that was one bird I never expected to add to my "yard" list. But as Leon Wilson used to say, "Birds are where you find them". My guess is that it was migrating, got tired and looked for somewhere to rest. Our patch of thick vegetation apparently fit the bill until Bonnie flushed it.

Gary O. Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.
 

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Date: 10/16/19 2:21 pm
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: FOS Golden-crowned Kinglets - Jefferson County yard
Alas, they are back! I heard my first Golden-crowned Kinglets today during the rainstorm as I was getting into my car in the driveway. They were flitting around like kinglets do, never sitting still for a moment. Is that you Jenny?


BIRDMOM

Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 10/16/19 1:42 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Mercer County ponds in the rain today
After last night and this morning rain we decided to check some ponds.
Glenwood Park had over 100 Canada geese, 40 tree swallows, 2 pied-billed
grebes, one double-crested cormorant and one great egret.
The Glenwood sewage lagoons had 21 wood ducks, 16 mallards, 1 Amer. black
duck, 4 killdeer, a kingfisher and 140 Canada geese.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 10/16/19 11:33 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Oct 16, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)Oct 16, 20191:04 PMTraveling1.91 miles78 minutesAll birds reported? YesComments: after the rain stopped I went for a walk past the old log cabin site on our farm. The cabin fell in about 10 years ago but lasted from the 1770's. It was lived in until the 1950's. Surprisingly the 3 white spruce trees there had just died, not sure why.I was surprised to find a catbird there, 12 wood ducks and a ruby crowned kinglet.12 Wood Duck 4 Turkey Vulture 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker 5 Blue Jay 9 American Crow 4 Carolina Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Carolina Wren 1 Gray Catbird 20 American Robin 15 Cedar Waxwing 4 White-throated Sparrow 6 Song Sparrow 7 Eastern Towhee 26 Red-winged Blackbird 3 Northern Cardinal Number of Taxa: 21Paul McKayOhio CountySent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/15/19 6:08 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Jefferson Co. Northern Harrier
The breezy conditions on a beautiful afternoon must have been ideal for hunting. If interested photos are with the checklist below.

N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction


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Subject: eBird Report - 2217 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia, US (39.352, -77.883), Oct 15, 2019

2217 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia, US (39.352, -77.883), Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Oct 15, 2019 2:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
1 species

Northern Harrier 1 What I believe is a juvenile Harrier was using the increasing winds building from a southern direction to hunt over adjoining fields.

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Date: 10/15/19 2:24 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Moorefield Birding
Kathy Jane & I had a good day of birding around  Moorefield
High Lights were
TWO  Yellow Bellied Sapsucker  FOS
Peregrine Falcon sat for photos by Jane

Northern Harrier     FOS



Diane Holsinger
 

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Date: 10/15/19 12:09 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: white-cr. sparrow
We just heard a white-crowned sparrow sing in our yard. First of the season.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 10/14/19 1:47 pm
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Palm Warblers
2 Palm Warblers in the yard this morning.

Kim Kazmierski
Hurricane, Putnam County
 

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Date: 10/13/19 9:30 pm
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Jefferson County yard
I welcomed a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker to my yard on October 13. This was a first of season for me.


BIRDMOM

Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 10/13/19 8:56 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Birds of Note.
Marmet Locks:
09:36, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019.
Bald Eagle 1-adult.
No photo.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60599680

Riverview, Belle, WV:
17:50, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019
Blue-winged Teal (50, estimate. I counted (60) but the most shown on the photos was 44 so I settled on (50) ).
Northern Shoveler (1 male. It was with the Teal).
Poor photos.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60602942 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60602942>
(I didn’t realize that Northern Shovelers can have a white crescent at the base of the bill and got all excited that a Northern Shoveler/Blue-winged Teal hybrid was out back. Oh well.)

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 10/13/19 7:30 pm
From: Mindy Waldron <awaldron...>
Subject: Big Sit results for the Dam Sitters/Bibbee Nature Club
Friends,
Bibbee Nature Club participated in the BWD’s Big Sit on October 13, 2019. Participants were Alma Lowry, David Hundley, Margaret Hank, Jim and Judy Phillips, Allen and Mindy Waldron. Our day began with cold temperatures around 38 and fog. The fog burned off around 10 AM and it warmed up to the 60’s. It was a beautiful day on our lake in Summers Co. Our location is the Mountain Valley Lake near Jumping Branch, WV. We sit on the dam and have views of the lake, forests, fields and a roadway. None of these great views helped us much today. We had no warblers or migrants. Our species were mostly residents. We watched from 7:45 till 3 :30 PM. Usually the wind can blow you off the dam, but it was relatively calm. We were hoping the storms in the Midwest would bring in some migrants and ducks, no such luck. Each year our tally shows fewer and fewer species.

Here is the list of our species.

Ca. goose
Wood duck
Mallard
Pied-billed grebe
Great blue heron
Turkey vulture
Black vulture
Red-tailed hawk
Red-shouldered hawk
Cooper’s hawk
Am. Coot
Killdeer
M. dove
B. kingfisher
Red-bellied woodpecker,
Downy woodpecker
Hairy woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker
N. flicker
E. phoebe
Blue jay
Am. Crow
C. raven
C. chickadee
T. titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch
C. wren
E. bluebird
Am. Robin
E. starling
G. catbird
N. mockingbird
E. towhee
Song sparrow
N. cardinal
Red-winged blackbird
Am. Goldfinch
House sparrow
38 species.

Mindy Waldron
<mwaldron...>
Surveyor, WV


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Date: 10/13/19 5:02 pm
From: Ron Canterbury <0000000bb52bba5f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: TRMO, 10/10 thru. 10/13/2019
I spent October 10-13th banding at the Three RiversMigration Observatory (TRMO) in Metalton, Raleigh County, WV.  In short, was exceptionally slow withvirtually little to no movement.  Belowis the banding list and a list of birds seen/heard only.  Unlike Denver, CO that went from 83°F to 24°Fwith snow within 24 hours recently, we had two relatively hot days and did go from ahigh 79°F one day to 53°F the next and a low of 38°F this morning, but still nofrost.  Finally, some rain on October 12and this morning, as has been a significant drought in the area.  Woodpeckers were very noise, active andfeeding.
Numbers of birds seen or heard per species represent thehighest number noted during the 4 days.
Banding List:New Bands:NorthernFlicker – 1EasternPhoebe - 2Blue-headedVireo – 1CarolinaChickadee - 2White-breastedNuthatch - 2HouseWren – 1 (banded 10/10 and recaptured on 10/12/2019)Swainson’sThrush – 4 (1 was very fat = high migratory fat)AmericanRobin - 3GrayCatbird – 1FieldSparrow – 1EasternTowhee - 2Ovenbird– 1 (was very fat = high migratory fat)NorthernCardinal – 2 Recapturesincluded:Birdsfrom this fall: 1 White-eyed Vireo (captured three times during the 4 days;hey, he likes the area), 2 Carolina Chickadees, 1 Tufted Titmouse, 1 House Wrennoted above, 1 Carolina Wren, 1 Eastern Towhee, and 1 Magnolia Warbler.  Birdsfrom previous years: Tufted Titmouse banded as hatch-year (HY) on 9/24/2018, CarolinaWren banded as HY on 7/19/2017, Song Sparrow banded as HY on 10/16/2017, and aCommon Yellowthroat banded as HY on 10/14/2017. Allthe recaptured birds had been previously banded by Allen and Mindy Waldron;they are wonderful and locally great resources and help to the project.  Heard/Seen:MourningDove – 2Yellow-billedCuckoo – 1TurkeyVulture – 1NorthernHarrier – 1 (female) – * not seen by me, pictures sent to meSharp-shinnedHawk – 1BaldEagle * (not at site; adult bird – pictures sent to me feeding on a roadkillopossum at Lake Stephens (virtually our backyard)EasternScreech-Owl - 1 (little calling rascal didn’t get into the net)BarredOwl – 2Red-belliedWoodpecker – 3DownyWoodpecker – 2HairyWoodpecker – 1NorthernFlicker – 4PileatedWoodpecker – 1EasternWood-Pewee – 1EasternPhoebe – 4Blue-headedVireo – 6BlueJay – 9AmericanCrow – 10CommonRaven – 2CarolinaChickadee – 3TuftedTitmouse – 4White-breastedNuthatch – 4HouseWren (the banded bird noted above seen several times) – 1CarolinaWren – 3Ruby-crownedKinglet – 3EasternBluebird – 2Swainson’sThrush – 10 (at least, or more from nocturnal flight calls and early morning fall-out)WoodThrush – 1 (call notes)AmericanRobin – 30CedarWaxwing – 12FieldSparrow – 1 (popped up, and then flew into a net)EasternTowhee – 7PineWarbler – 2NorthernCardinal – 3 ** Insteep decline at this long-term research site and very troublesome:American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, most sparrows (succession is now mostly ayoung forest bordered by mature forests and clear-cuts), and especiallyWhite-throated Sparrow, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Sorry,but no time on the wonderful birds seen while driving back to Cincinnati,including some Rusty Blackbirds along Rt. 35 in Mason County. Joyfulbirding to all, Ron CanterburyCincinnati,OH and Lilly Mt. Rd., <WVron.canterbury...>
  
 

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Date: 10/13/19 12:17 pm
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds; RTHU review.
Hi all,
We had some male Red-winged Blackbirds here yesterday; still here today. Alas, unlike Casey Rucker, no Rusties. Also seeing a few Robins again.
Our last RTHU was on Oct. 3. I happened across my notes of how much we were feeding daily, and thought you might find them interesting. Of course it starts out slowly, with one partially-filled pint feeder put up in mid-April, but from July 24 through Aug.25, we fed an average of 4.5 quarts of syrup / day, in 4 feeders (two qt. and two pt. ), all at front edge of porch. The record day was Aug. 11, when 6 qts. were consumed!
On several other days, 5 qts. was the high. By Aug. 31, we were down to 2 qts.; Sept. 6, 1qt.; Sept.10, 1 pt. Then just less & less, until our last humminbird sighting on Oct. 3.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie
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Date: 10/13/19 7:02 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds (Tucker)
Hi, all,



On Wednesday morning at least a couple of Rusty Blackbirds were whistling
among a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds (our local breeders departed at the
end of August).



On October 4 a Yellow-billed Cuckoo visited the yard, and on October 5 a
Ruby-crowned Kinglet made a first-of-season appearance.



Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 10/13/19 6:40 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: New arrival
The White-throated Sparrows that have been seen in our area this past
week finally made it to my yard yesterday afternoon.  This is always an
interesting time of overlap.  Still seeing Monarchs and on Thursday
morning a Hummingbird was on the nectar feeder.

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co, WV
 

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