WV-BIRD
Received From Subject
4/23/18 7:37 am Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...> Pricketts fort/Prothonotary Warbler
4/23/18 3:58 am Fred Atwood <fatwood...> Grant and Hardy counties Apr 22
4/22/18 5:24 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Jefferson County--Prothonotary Warbler, Virginia Rail, Warbling Vireo, Spotted Sandpipers
4/22/18 3:51 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> eagles & herons
4/22/18 1:45 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> American Bittern/Randolph County/Leading Creek
4/22/18 11:09 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: YTVI, SPSA, LOWA, WOTH, BAWW, CORA, WBNU
4/22/18 9:55 am DAVID PATICK <patick...> New Arrivals- Cabell county
4/22/18 8:59 am Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...> PVAS Birding 101 outing to Cool Spring Nature Preserve in Jefferson County
4/22/18 8:56 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> fos house wren
4/21/18 7:26 pm DAVID <patick...> Whip-poor-will
4/21/18 5:40 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> Birding on each end of Beech Fork today
4/21/18 5:23 pm Andy Weaks <awboat...> New yard bird--Osprey
4/21/18 4:08 pm Elizabeth Bullard <beth...> FEEDER
4/21/18 3:52 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Rte. 2 birding etc.
4/21/18 3:44 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Prickett's Fort State Park--Kingbird, Vireo, Sandpiper
4/21/18 12:50 pm LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious...> Citizen Science Project in Morgantown
4/21/18 10:23 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Carolina Wren fledglings
4/21/18 7:14 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> High Elevation Birds
4/21/18 7:00 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Re: Excitement on the front porch
4/20/18 5:33 pm Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> FOY
4/20/18 5:08 pm Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...> Excitement on the front porch
4/20/18 7:39 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Birds
4/20/18 7:18 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> yellow-throated vireo
4/20/18 6:07 am Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...> fred atwood
4/20/18 6:02 am Laura Frazier <00000069bd1ca4c6-dmarc-request...> FOY Purple Martin
4/19/18 7:38 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: YBCH, BWTE, GRYE
4/19/18 5:53 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...> Kimsey Dam
4/19/18 5:13 pm Ben Borda <abbreb...> Cooper's Hawk in Downtown Huntington
4/19/18 3:12 pm Jim Triplett <jtrippy...> Yard Birds
4/19/18 1:43 pm Darrell Good <darzgood...> Horned Grebes and Bufflehead
4/19/18 12:53 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Apr 19, 2018
4/19/18 11:52 am Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Gray Catbird- Yard- Summit Point
4/19/18 11:45 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Surf Scoters/Tucker County/Rt90 Pond
4/19/18 11:26 am Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Hummers and other new arrivals
4/19/18 10:57 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Today's MBC outing + other birds
4/19/18 8:45 am Joan Carr <joan-of-art...> Re: F.O.Y.
4/19/18 7:15 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> New arrivals
4/19/18 6:45 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Waterthrush
4/19/18 6:38 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Loons (Grant)
4/19/18 6:15 am Martha Hopper <marthachopper...> Hummingbird
4/19/18 5:31 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Pine Siskin
4/18/18 6:23 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.
4/18/18 2:48 pm Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Blue-headed Vireo(FOY)- Yard- Summit Point
4/18/18 2:43 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Barn Swallows
4/18/18 12:22 pm Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Chimney Swift (FOY) - Yard- Summit Point
4/18/18 11:24 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Apr 18, 2018
4/18/18 11:13 am Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
4/18/18 11:09 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Harrier
4/18/18 11:05 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Wednesday Birding
4/17/18 5:33 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Good birds
4/17/18 12:09 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Brush Creek Falls State Park, Apr 17, 2018
4/17/18 7:24 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Binoculars
4/17/18 7:06 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> First Hummingbird!
4/16/18 4:01 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> FOS Ospreys and Common Merganser with young
4/16/18 3:47 pm Earl Melton <e2melton...> Lady Hummer Today
4/16/18 3:28 pm sharon kearns <skwalks...> Black and White Warbler
4/16/18 2:58 pm Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> FOY Indigo Bunting
4/16/18 1:37 pm Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Wilson's Snipe(FOY)- Burr Park Pond
4/16/18 12:55 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Herring Gull-Randolph County-Glendale Park
4/16/18 6:39 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Feeder sparrows (Tucker)
4/15/18 5:58 pm Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> FOY Calhoun Co.
4/15/18 5:55 pm Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...> FOY Calhoun Co.
4/15/18 3:38 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> Birding Friday in the mountains
4/15/18 2:40 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...> Re: F.O.Y.: CHSW, SOSA, HOWA, SAVS
4/15/18 2:02 pm Wendy Perrone <wendy...> Re: fos swift, kingbird & redstart
4/15/18 2:00 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Apr 15, 2018
4/15/18 1:56 pm Earl Melton <e2melton...> Hummer
4/15/18 1:46 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> fos swift, kingbird & redstart
4/15/18 11:03 am Kevin Cade <dmgraphics...> Whip-poor-will
4/15/18 10:56 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: CHSW, SOSA, HOWA, SAVS
4/15/18 8:02 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Forster's Tern and Green Herons at Prickett's Fort State Park
4/15/18 7:55 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Rose-breasted Grosbeak!
4/14/18 7:36 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Jefferson County: FOS Solitary Sandpiper
4/14/18 4:21 pm Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...> Field Trip for PVAS Birding 101 to the Shenandoah River, Jeff. Co.
4/14/18 4:09 pm Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> Fw: eBird Report - Fish Hatchery - east side, Apr 14, 2018
4/14/18 3:25 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Fwd: eBird Report - Canaan Valley NWR Freeland Road, Apr 14, 2018
4/14/18 3:23 pm Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> Re: Busy nest boxes
4/14/18 3:09 pm Ben Borda <abbreb...> Merlin in Huntington
4/14/18 11:08 am DAVID PATICK <patick...> Rte. 2 Birding
4/14/18 10:17 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Preston County--Palm Warbler, Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Purple Martins, Savannah Sparrow
4/14/18 8:04 am Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Busy nest boxes
4/14/18 7:30 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> hummingbird
4/14/18 4:44 am Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Caspian Tern; Nicholas County
4/13/18 7:37 pm John Snyder <johnsnyder...> Re: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Apr 13, 2018
4/13/18 6:15 pm sharon kearns <skwalks...> Eastern Kingbird
4/13/18 5:39 pm Paul Saffold <pesaffold...> whip-poor-will Inwood
4/13/18 5:03 pm Heather McSharry <heather.mcsharry...> Chimney Swifts!
4/13/18 4:17 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Forster's Terns
4/13/18 3:59 pm DAVID <patick...> Forster’s Tern
4/13/18 2:58 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: Green Heron
4/13/18 11:54 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Apr 13, 2018
4/13/18 11:18 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Sparrow Festival
4/13/18 11:18 am Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...> Prickett's Fort update/yellow-legs/waterthrush
4/13/18 10:23 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Turkey day
4/13/18 9:52 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Monongalia County--Great Egret, Louisiana Waterthrush
4/12/18 10:18 pm Wilma <wjar...> Common loon
4/12/18 3:32 pm kathy king <000000582aada182-dmarc-request...> Hardy County Birding
4/12/18 2:45 pm cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area
4/12/18 2:42 pm cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area
4/12/18 2:30 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Woodpecker
4/12/18 1:49 pm Darrell Good <darzgood...> Eagles and Bonaparte's Gull
4/12/18 1:48 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Buzzards, blue wings, and a tern
4/12/18 1:17 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Bird Club meeting, Monday, April 16, 6.30 pm
4/12/18 12:56 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> 3 new species for the year
4/12/18 12:52 pm Deb Hale <debhale72...> Northern Parula - Rissler Road
4/12/18 8:08 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Osprey, Brown Thrasher (Tucker) plus others
4/11/18 8:43 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> E. Screech-owl
4/11/18 8:37 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Wayne Co. birds
4/11/18 8:17 pm DAVID <patick...> Sora
4/11/18 7:56 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.Y.: Merlin, PUMA, BARS & YTWA
4/11/18 7:17 pm Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> Sandhill Crane at Stauffer's March
4/11/18 5:25 pm Deb Hale <debhale72...> Afternoon run
4/11/18 3:25 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Waterthrushes and broadwings
4/11/18 3:22 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Wood, Pleasants, Ritchie Counties--new migrants plus a weird Canada Goose nesting
4/11/18 3:19 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Wednesday Parsons Birds
4/11/18 3:02 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Yard activity
4/11/18 2:47 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> More Bonaparte's Gulls
4/11/18 2:29 pm Heather McSharry <heather.mcsharry...> Harpers Ferry trifecta
4/11/18 5:03 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Wood County Great Egrets still present
4/10/18 8:06 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Pine warbler pics, and woodpecker interaction
4/10/18 3:45 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Broad-winged Hawk At Beech Fork Lake
4/10/18 3:16 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Great Egrets in Wood County
4/10/18 12:42 pm cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, & Bluebirds
4/10/18 6:17 am Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Swamp Sparrow (FOY and New for Yard), Brown Thrasher(FOY)- Yard - Summit Point
4/10/18 5:46 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Firsts
4/9/18 9:16 am Richard Gregg <greggra...> Bird of note: Am. Goldfinch
4/9/18 6:13 am Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Spring Birds
4/9/18 4:41 am Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher(FOY) - Yard- Summit Point
4/8/18 2:46 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> 5 warbler day + fos
4/8/18 12:00 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Mason County Birding
4/8/18 7:41 am Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...> FOY Brown Thrasher and other highlights
4/8/18 7:21 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Sora
4/8/18 6:00 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Apr 7, 2018
4/7/18 8:06 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Great Horned Owls & Dog
4/7/18 5:40 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fox sparrow
4/7/18 12:39 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek--YT Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Gnatcatcher, Thrashers, Bonaparte's Gull
4/7/18 12:35 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Poor Downy
4/7/18 12:12 pm Wilma <wjar...> E-bird report and fos savannah sparrow
4/7/18 7:14 am MFowler <monty.fowler...> Juncos in the yard
4/6/18 7:29 pm Ross Brittain <brittainra...> Pleasant Creek WMA
4/6/18 6:49 pm Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...> Jefferson Co. - Two new swallow species
4/6/18 12:38 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> fos broadwing & rough-w. swallow
4/6/18 11:13 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Long-tailed Duck, Ospreys, Thrasher, Swallows, Loons, Cormorants, Blackbirds in Preston County
4/6/18 9:43 am MFowler <monty.fowler...> Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 12 Feb 2018 to 13 Feb 2018 (#2018-44)
4/6/18 3:59 am Martha Hopper <marthachopper...> pine siskins
4/5/18 5:38 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> warblers at the feeder
4/5/18 5:24 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> 1st Bluebird nest
4/5/18 9:59 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Yellowlegs, Shovelers, BW Teals, Loons, and Cormorants in Preston County
4/5/18 9:52 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Today's MBC outing - Yellow-throated Warbler
4/5/18 8:42 am Rich Bailey <wvbirds...> Loggerhead shrikes - Monroe County
4/5/18 3:19 am Jean <jeaneely...> Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 3 Apr 2018 to 4 Apr 2018 (#2018-94)
4/4/18 4:01 pm Lynne Wiseman16 <0000001f1aa07fb9-dmarc-request...> Two good days
4/4/18 1:53 pm cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Yellow-rumped Warbler
4/4/18 1:29 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Lesser Yellowlegs
4/4/18 12:27 pm Deb Hale <debhale72...> 2 Warbler day
4/4/18 10:46 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Milton Ponds
4/4/18 10:02 am Jim Triplett <jtrippy...> Pine Siskin
4/4/18 8:41 am Kevin Cade <dmgraphics...> Blue-headed vireo
4/4/18 5:30 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> fos warblers
4/3/18 4:14 pm Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Purple Martins
4/2/18 5:28 pm Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Fallout at Summersville Dam plus Other Updates
4/2/18 2:22 pm Jim Triplett <jtrippy...> Yellow-throated Warbler
4/2/18 11:29 am Joette Borzik <pep4223...> Waterfowl fallout on the Shenandoah River - Jefferson County
4/1/18 5:58 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...> Kimsey Dam
4/1/18 5:56 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> barn swallow
4/1/18 5:54 pm Rodney <rodbartgis...> Pendleton County waterthrushes
4/1/18 5:48 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Looking for Spring
4/1/18 3:48 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Cabwaylingo State Forest, Beech Fork Marina etc.
4/1/18 12:58 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> 2 Life Birds in 1 sighting
4/1/18 11:14 am Kevin Cade <dmgraphics...> Louisiana Waterthrush
4/1/18 11:02 am cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> The Ladies are Back! (and other FOS birds)
4/1/18 8:54 am Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...> Caspian Terns and other birds
4/1/18 5:04 am Wilma <wjar...> Brown thrasher
3/31/18 9:13 pm cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Nesting Bluebirds; Herons
3/31/18 7:06 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> Birding Cabell and Mason Counties
3/31/18 4:33 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Bluebird eggs
3/31/18 3:01 pm Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...> SANDHILL CRANE- Stauffer’s Marsh
3/31/18 2:33 pm Jean Neely <jeaneely...> Loons on Shenandoah
3/31/18 12:52 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Rte. 2 birding etc.
3/30/18 4:15 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> New Swallows for the year
3/30/18 11:34 am Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...> FOYs
3/30/18 11:30 am Wilma <wjar...> Pine warbler FOY here
3/30/18 7:00 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Good Friday getting better
3/30/18 5:51 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Good Friday indeed
3/29/18 1:46 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Bonaparte's Gull
3/29/18 11:36 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Vesper Sparrow & Osprey first appearances.
3/29/18 5:53 am Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...> Re: Female Cardinal Behavior
3/28/18 5:29 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Cardinal
3/28/18 4:41 pm Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Wild Turkey, Eastern Towhee(FOY)- Yard- Summit Point
3/28/18 3:21 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Herring Gull/Randolph County/Alpena
3/28/18 2:33 pm Holly Canfield <canfield99...> Re: Female Cardinal behavior
3/28/18 2:04 pm James Gregory <000000ddaae71225-dmarc-request...> Re: Female Cardinal behavior
3/28/18 1:41 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Female Cardinal behavior
3/28/18 11:51 am Rich Bailey <wvbirds...> Help needed with 2018 Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)!
3/28/18 7:01 am Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Blue-winged Teal
3/27/18 4:04 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> 2 FOY Birds
3/27/18 10:42 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV, US, Mar 27, 2018
3/27/18 10:13 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> FOY
3/26/18 5:14 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> peent
3/26/18 3:50 pm Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Osprey returns to Harrisville
3/26/18 1:28 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Ospreys return to Stonewall Jackson Lake in force
3/26/18 9:16 am Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Chipping Sparrow (FOY)- Five Sparrow Day- Yard- Summit Point
3/26/18 7:20 am Elliot Kirschbaum <kingfisher501...> American Tree Sparrow in Jefferson County
3/25/18 8:30 am Wilma <wjar...> Chipping sparrow FOY
3/24/18 6:58 pm Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Nicholas County Highlights
3/24/18 4:28 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Mar 24, 2018
3/24/18 2:45 pm Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Towhee, Fox Sparrow (Tucker)
3/24/18 8:24 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Preston County Greater Yellowlegs continues
3/24/18 5:46 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Purple Finch in Morgantown
 
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Date: 4/23/18 7:37 am
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Pricketts fort/Prothonotary Warbler
Off the platform right now with 2 Palm warblers.

Marion County
Joey Herron
Fairmont WV
 

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Date: 4/23/18 3:58 am
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: Grant and Hardy counties Apr 22
Dear WV Birders
Finally, after two months absence, I was able to return for the day to
beautiful WV.
I birded Wardensville Wastewater ponds, Kimsey Run dam lake, and Parker's
Hollow Lake in Hardy, and Thorn Run Rd, Belle Babb Lane, Stony River Dam Rd
Lake, Hogueland Rd (very briefly), my cabin (Cabins), and South Mill Creek
Lake in Grant
I found 84 species (4 more species than my WV year list at the start of the
day), and added 29 FOY species to my year list. I didn't find anything
particularly unusual, but there was good variety. It was a lot of fun, and
the day was spectacular.

Each location has a separate list in eBird (Explore Data) but here are the
highlights in taxonomic order:
88 Canada Geese: including three families of flufflings at Wardensville
Wastewater
27 Wood Ducks
19 Blue-winged Teal: 9 pairs at Belle Babb, 1 male at South Mill Creek
2 Green-winged Teal: a pair at Belle Babb
1 Lesser Scaup: male at Belle Babb
1 Bufflehead: male at Stony River Dam Rd lake
3 Hooded Merganser: 1m and 2 f in a farm pond along Knobley Rd between Rtes
48 and 42
1 Common Merganser: f at Belle Babb
3 Ruddy Duck: Belle Babb
12 Pied-billed grebe, both counties, 5 locations
6 Horned Grebe, both counties, 4 at Kimsey Run; one in fabulous breeding
plumage at Stony R Dam Rd lake
4 Double -crested Cormorant, both counties, 3 locations
1 Green Heron, Parker's Hollow
3 Osprey: Kimsey, flying over Cabin, S Mill Creek
3 Bald Eagle: Kimsey
1 Broad-winged Hawk: Kimsey
14 Spotted Sandpiper at 5 locations, both counties, 8 at S Mill Crk
5 Solitary Sandpiper, 4 at S Mill Crk, 1 at Stony R Dam Rd
1 Greater Yellowlegs, Stony R Dam Rd Lake
1 Lesser Yellowlegs, S Mill Creek
1 Barred Owl calling in midafternoon near the Cabin
Belted Kingfisher cool behavipr: Male and female were near each other at
small pond at South Mill Creek Lake park. Male dove in to catch fish below
female's perch from 20 feet away and then flew up to her perch as she flew
20 feet to the perch he had flown from. Then after a couple minutes with
them rattling back and forth to each other, he flew to the big oak where
he whacked the sunfish-like fish against the branch repeatedly for a few
minutes until it was bloody and unmoving. Then within a minute of that, the
female flew to his perch in oak, and with both birds rattling, they leaned
towards each other and she pulled the fish from his tight grasp. He flew
off to his earlier pond perch. She stayed in oak holding fish for 10-11
minutes looking quite full from other meals. Crop and neck/throat looked
full/bulgy to me. Then she whacked the dead fish repeatedly for four
minutes on the branch, probably to soften it and break its bones for easier
swallowing. Then she swallowed it with difficulty. Three minutes later male
flew up to her to at the oak branch and they copulated after a bit of
rattling.
2 Chimney Swift: single birds seen in Moorefield and Thorn Run Rd
3 Red-headed Woodpecker: Big Ridge Rd (Hardy), Knobley Rd (Grant)
3 Kestrel, 3 locations, both counties
4 Phoebes, 4 locations, both counties
2 Eastern Kingbird, Thorn Run Rd and Parker Hollow Lake
4 House Wrens: Thorn Run Rd all singing
5 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in 3 locations, both counties
9 Ruby-crowned Kinglets in 3 locations, both counties
1 Gray Catbird Belle Babb
10 Brown Thrashers singing all over the place, 7 locations
10 Cedar Waxwing one floc kalong road between Baker and Kimsey Run
1 Ovenbird the Cabin
1 Louisiana Waterthrush road to Parker Hollow Lake
1 Black-and-white Warbler The Cabin
2 Pine Warbler in Grant: Cabin, S Mill Crk
1 Grasshopper Sparrow singing at Thorn Run Rd (clay-colored sparrow spot)
1 Savannah Sparrow Stony River Dam Rd


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

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Date: 4/22/18 5:24 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Jefferson County--Prothonotary Warbler, Virginia Rail, Warbling Vireo, Spotted Sandpipers
David Daniels and I made a whirlwind tour of several spots in Jefferson
County today, with these highlights:

Uvilla Road north of Charles Town:

Cooper's Hawk--1
Fish Crow--2
Brown Thrasher--1
Chipping Sparrow--7
Dark-eyed Junco--1
White-throated Sparrow--2
White-crowned Sparrow--2
Common Grackle--2. All grackles seen today were the purple version.

John Rissler Road:

Common Merganser--6
Double-crested Cormorant--6
Great Blue Heron--2
Green Heron--2
Spotted Sandpiper--3
Belted Kingfisher--1
Warbling Vireo--1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--3
Cedar Waxwing--4
Prothonotary Warbler--1, near the last 3 trailers on the river side of the
road before the flooded area.
Yellow-rumped Warbler--5
Common Grackle--12

Shepherd's Mill Road:

Loggerhead Shrike--1. Unfortunately, the bird stayed in the field on the
Virginia side of the state line.

Altona Marsh:

Great Blue Heron--1
Virginia Rail--1 heard
American Kestrel--1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--1
Brown Thrasher--1
White-throated Sparrow--1

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 4/22/18 3:51 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: eagles & herons
We checked the great blue heron nests along Rt. 219 south of Salt Sulphur
Springs today. There was a heron in each of the four nests.
Also, had an immature bald eagle east of Greenville and one over the
Mountain Valley Pipeline security guard where the pipeline crosses Rt. 122.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/22/18 1:45 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: American Bittern/Randolph County/Leading Creek
I found an American Bittern in the headwaters of Leading Creek in Randolph County Today (4/22/18) It was there from 12pm to 2:30 pm in the same location. It is on CLOVER Run Road in Randolph County in a wet area on the right side of the road headed toward the Tucker County line.

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 4/22/18 11:09 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: YTVI, SPSA, LOWA, WOTH, BAWW, CORA, WBNU
First Of Year Sightings.

12:28, Friday, April 20th, 2018
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV
Yellow-throated Vireo (1).
Spotted Sandpiper (2).

09:30 Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Kanawha State Forest. Bird walk up Shrewsbury Hollow led by Naturalist Sara Miller and Supt. Kevin Dials. We had (14) observers at the start. I left the group early and didn’t see all the birds. The following are my First Of Year sightings:
Louisiana Waterthrush (1).
Wood Thrush (1).
Black and White Warblers (1).
Common Raven (1).
White-breasted Nuthatch (1).
A Photo of the Wood Thrush, (only my second life sighting), is on the following checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44828663 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44828663>

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 4/22/18 9:55 am
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: New Arrivals- Cabell county
I checked out Beech Fork Marina area and Campground and a Wayne County ridge(Mt. Vernon Ridge) this am for any new arrivals. Some of the birds seen were:


Beech Fork Marina Vicinity:


Spotted Sandpiper-1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet-2

Ovenbird-4

Blue-winged Warbler-1 FOS

Hooded Warbler-4

American Redstart-1

Yellow-throated Warbler-4


Wayne County ridges;


Broad-winged Hawk-1

Yellow-throated Vireo-2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1

Wood Thrush-1

Ovenbird-5

Black-and-white Warbler-1

Hooded Warbler-2

Pine Warbler-2

Yellow-throated Warbler-3


Beech Fork Campground:


Spotted Sandpiper-1

Ovenbird-2

Worm-eating Warbler-1 FOS

Louisiana Waterthrush-2

Common Yellowthroat-1 FOS

Hooded Warbler-2C

American Redstart-1

Yellow Warbler-1

Yellow-throated Warbler-6


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 4/22/18 8:59 am
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...>
Subject: PVAS Birding 101 outing to Cool Spring Nature Preserve in Jefferson County
First of Year Broad-winged Hawk, House Wren and Common Yellowthroat.

Cool Spring Preserve, Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Apr 21, 2018 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.9 mile(s)
Comments: 33F, mostly clear, and calm at start.
39 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 8
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1 Probably an escaped “pen-raised” bird.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) 2 FOY
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 6
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides pubescens pubescens/medianus) 3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1 Nearly the first bird of the day flying over the parking area before most students were there.
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 12
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1 We did indeed hear this species, right at the end when people we leaving, he started singing at the parking lot.
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 FOY
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3
Eastern Bluebird (Eastern) (Sialia sialis sialis/bermudensis) 5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 6
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 3
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 4
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 3 FOY
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 3
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 4
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 18
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 3
Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (Pipilo erythrophthalmus erythrophthalmus/canaster) 14
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 23
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 12
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 10
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 14
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44781689 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44781689>

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

 

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Date: 4/22/18 8:56 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: fos house wren
Just saw and heard two house wrens in our yard,
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/21/18 7:26 pm
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: Whip-poor-will
I did some birding this evening and was able to identify a Whip-poor-will and Chimney Swift-both FOS at Pete Meadows Cemetery in Masoncounty.

David Patick,
Huntington, WV.

Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App
 

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Date: 4/21/18 5:40 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: Birding on each end of Beech Fork today
Amy and I started on Camp Branch near the campground, then the campground, before going to the road leading to the swimming area near the marina, and finally at the marina. We saw a lot of good birds today. The highlights follow:

House Wren (FOS) home
Northern Parula (FOS) Camp Branch
American Redstart (FOS) Camp Branch & swimming area
Yellow-throated Warbler (FOS) Camp Branch
Yellow-throated Vireo (FOS) Camp Branch
Louisana Waterthrush (FOS) Campground
Worm-eating Warbler (FOS) swimming area
Hooded Warbler (FOS) swimming area
Blue-winged Warbler (FOS) swimming area
Black & White Warbler (FOS) swimming area
Scarlet Tanager (FOS) swimming area
Broad-winged Hawk 2 (FOS) swimming area

I took pictures of the Hooded Warbler and the Scarlet Tanager (the tanager had some interested coloring, probably an immature male that was mostly bright red, but with some yellow still on its belly and tail area). I posted the pictures on my ebird list if anyone is interested.

Rennie Talbert
Barboursville, WV
 

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Date: 4/21/18 5:23 pm
From: Andy Weaks <awboat...>
Subject: New yard bird--Osprey
Saw an Osprey flying north as I was walking to the garage. Kinda out of
place here in northern Marion County. Not a bird I would have ever thought
of seeing here.

Also had 5 Siskins. They first were seen at the Thistle feeder that had no
seeds in it. later they found the feeder with the sunflowers. They seemed
happier.

Andy

somewhere near Granttown WV
 

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Date: 4/21/18 4:08 pm
From: Elizabeth Bullard <beth...>
Subject: FEEDER
What a surprise to see a warbler among the ssiskins, goldfinches woodpeckers, doves etc. this morning. It was a yellow rump warbler male in breeding plumage coming, for seeds and suet several times.
a treat.!

Beth Bullard
Pocahontas county ,WV

wv
 

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Date: 4/21/18 3:52 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Rte. 2 birding etc.
Janet Keating and I birded today along Rte. 2 in Cabell and Mason County and also visited a ridge in Cabell County-Fairview and Union Ridge and I finished with a brief visit to Beech Fork Marina. Some of the birds seen were:


Greenbottom WMA:


Greater Yellowlegs-1

Lesser Yellowlegs-3

Blue-winged Teal-6

Mute Swan-1

Great-Egret-3

Sora-1


Cabell County Ridges:


Red-headed Woodpecker-1

Yellow-throated Vireo-2

Warbling Vireo-1 FOS

Ovenbird-2 FOS

Kentucky Warbler-1 FOS

Hooded Warbler-1 FOS

Northern Parula-1 FOS

Yellow-throated Warbler-3

American Redstart-1 FOS

Pine Warbler-1


Ashton Ponds:


Blue-winged Teal-10

Bufflehead-1

Red-breasted Merganser-1

Lesser Yellowlegs-3

Vesper Sparrow-1


RCB Locks;


Blue-winged Teal-11

Osprey-2

Wilson's Snipe-1

Herring Gull-2

Forster's Tern-2

Eastern Kingbird-1 FOS

Savannah Sparrow-1


Rte. 2 Cabell County

Bald Eagle-1 adult at nest

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/39801991600/in/dateposted/


Beech Fork Marina:


Spotted Sandpiper-1 FOS


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701




Gallipolis Ferry:


Blue-winged Teal-46

Green-winged Teal-1

Northern Shoveler-6

Greater Scaup-1

Ruddy Duck-1

Bonaparte's Gull-1 breeding plumage

Bank Swallow-25 FOS
 

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Date: 4/21/18 3:44 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Prickett's Fort State Park--Kingbird, Vireo, Sandpiper
Sue Olcott of WV DNR was the leader this morning of the joint State
Park/DNR/Mountaineer Audubon bird walk at Prickett's Fort State Park in
Marion County. Sue announced the walk is a memorial to the late Jim Evans
of WV DNR who organized and led these walks for many years.

Highlights included:

Wood Duck--11, all but 2 drakes
Blue-winged Teal--a pair
Red-breasted Merganser--the gang of 6 female-types I saw on Tuesday was
still present.
Ruddy Duck--1 breeding-plumaged male in the river
Pied-billed Grebe--1 seen only by me before the walk began.
Great Blue Heron--1
Green Heron--1
Killdeer--1
Solitary Sandpiper--1, mostly wading in the water, since there was little
mud showing
Eastern Phoebe--4
Eastern Kingbird--1 seen only by me before the walk began. Could not find
it later, so apparently just migrating through.
White-eyed Vireo--2, uncharacteristically giving good views near the bridge
over the mouth of Prickett's Creek. The male was singing in fine fettle.
Tree Swallow--5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow--2
Barn Swallow--2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--2, including 1 weakly singing
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--2. Todd Schnopp saw another when he had to briefly
return to his truck.
Brown Thrasher--2
Yellow-rumped Warbler--1 seen by me before the walk began. Only warbler of
the day.
White-throated Sparrow--1 singing

The complete checklist is at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44783639

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 4/21/18 12:50 pm
From: LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious...>
Subject: Citizen Science Project in Morgantown
When birding around Morgantown watch for sparrows with color leg bands and
the standard aluminum USGS code bands. If you spot a color band, reporting
this will be valuable to a WVU project. Chris Rota writes, “Right now, I am
color banding birds only in the WVU Core Arboretum (though birds move, and
it would be interesting to see if folks find them elsewhere!). Any thoughts
for how to make this easier for participants would be greatly appreciated.
If anybody has questions, please have them contact me directly.”
Audubon Members and local birders are encouraged to support this project.
Reporting directions are below.
LeJay Graffious
VP- Mountaineer Audubon.

Directions for reporting.
A link to the online form to report banded birds is here:


<http://trafficlight.bitdefender.com/info?url=https%3A//goo.gl/forms/vmPAXY31bacGi6m43&language=en_US>
https://goo.gl/forms/vmPAXY31bacGi6m43

A link to a document describing how to report color bands is here:


<http://trafficlight.bitdefender.com/info?url=https%3A//drive.google.com/open%3Fid%3D1SOse7KbMkADUYnJ1kPJsju9bfNvcIhze&language=en_US>
https://drive.google.com/open
<https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SOse7KbMkADUYnJ1kPJsju9bfNvcIhze>

Contact information for the project leader:
Christopher Rota
Assistant Professor
West Virginia University
School of Natural Resources
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program
PO Box 6125
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125
Office: 312-B Percival Hall
Phone: (304) 293-3196

 

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Date: 4/21/18 10:23 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Carolina Wren fledglings
Coming back from the Farmer's Market I saw the Carolina Wren fledglings
again in the same area.  This time I had my binoculars and got a good
look at one of them sitting on top of some wood stacked between two
trees.  The wood is hollow and I thought they might have nested in one
of the pieces but didn't find anything. They really are sweet with that
rough plumage and little stub of a tail.

A bit ago the male Pileated was on the suet.  I never noticed before
that his red cap was not rounded but had about an inch of red bleeding
into the black portion on the back of his neck.  This is not noticeable
when you see the bird in profile.  I got some photos just to have a
record.  This is probably common but was new to me.  The female came to
the window tray again last evening for the peanut suet.  A few days ago
both male and female were moving around near the driveway.  I just
watched them for a while and then took another route for my dog walk so
as not to disturb them.  It is such a treat to have them around.

Bruni Haydl
 

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Date: 4/21/18 7:14 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: High Elevation Birds
This morning we had our first high elevation bird walk on Cabin Mountain
mostly on the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness Way Trail.
It was cold but calm and clear.

When we got out of the cars, we were greeted by the irregular drumming of a
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Many bird were singing including Blue-headed
Vireo, Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers,
Hermit Thrush, Dark-eyed Junco and a female Purple Finch. This is the
second time this week that I have heard/seen a female Purple Finch singing
from the top of a tree. It took me a bit to identify the singing Brown
Creepers.

The only bird that scared us was the Ruffed Grouse when it burst from the
brush just behind where we were standing and chatting. Next month we will
welcome the warblers back. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County from Tucker
County

Canaan Valley NWR--Cabin Mountain, Tucker, West Virginia, US
Apr 21, 2018 7:20 AM - 9:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: Clear and cold - 26 degrees when starting.
11 species

Ruffed Grouse 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 2
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Purple Finch 1
 

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Date: 4/21/18 7:00 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Re: Excitement on the front porch
Thanks for confirming that I'm not losing my mind.  Coming back from our
walk this morning I saw a small bird flying into the shrubby area,
followed by three more.  The three flew just like youngsters, about a
foot off the ground and straining to stay airborne.  They were about the
size of a House Wren.  Must have been Carolina Wren fledglings.  I too
thought that it was way too early.  Guess some things just go on despite
the unusually cold Spring we've had.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV


On 4/20/2018 8:08 PM, Wilbur Hershberger wrote:
> Around 7 PM a cacophony of calls attracted our attention to the front porch. Sitting on the floor was a young Carolina Wren just out of the nest. The parents were having a fit. Soon we saw why — a cat (we don’t own a cat so it wasn’t ours). We banged on the window and that sent the cat running. The little one remained near the ground for 10 or so minutes. One of the adults, perhaps the mother, flew up to the nest and began giving quiet calls. The little one was getting stronger at flying with each attempt. She/he actually flew back up to and crawled into the nest. The mother sounded content. However, he/she didn’t stay in the nest for long. Currently, the little one is in a bush by the front porch steps and under constant guard by the parents and homeowners.
>
> This certainly seems early for Carolina Wrens to be fledging. What are the earliest dates for Carolina Wren fledglings that you have seen?
>
> Wil Hershberger
> Hedgesville, Jefferson Co., WV
>
>
>
 

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Date: 4/20/18 5:33 pm
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY
Had my first Wood Thrush this evening.

TomFox
Millstone, Calhoun Co.

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 4/20/18 5:08 pm
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...>
Subject: Excitement on the front porch
Around 7 PM a cacophony of calls attracted our attention to the front porch. Sitting on the floor was a young Carolina Wren just out of the nest. The parents were having a fit. Soon we saw why — a cat (we don’t own a cat so it wasn’t ours). We banged on the window and that sent the cat running. The little one remained near the ground for 10 or so minutes. One of the adults, perhaps the mother, flew up to the nest and began giving quiet calls. The little one was getting stronger at flying with each attempt. She/he actually flew back up to and crawled into the nest. The mother sounded content. However, he/she didn’t stay in the nest for long. Currently, the little one is in a bush by the front porch steps and under constant guard by the parents and homeowners.

This certainly seems early for Carolina Wrens to be fledging. What are the earliest dates for Carolina Wren fledglings that you have seen?

Wil Hershberger
Hedgesville, Jefferson Co., WV


 

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Date: 4/20/18 7:39 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Birds
When I arrived at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
this morning, a Pine Warbler sang in the evergreens beside the parking lot.
I observed it chase a Blue-headed Vireo out of the area where the warbler
was singing. Black-capped Chickadees chattered in the trees. Meanwhile, a
gray ghost (male Northern Harrier) fed over the field across the road. In a
pond beside the field, there was a Gadwall pair and a diving Pied-billed
Grebe. Now, that's a good start to a day at the refuge. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County from Tucker County
 

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Date: 4/20/18 7:18 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: yellow-throated vireo
Found my first of the season yellow-throated vireo in Pipestm S.P. this
morning.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/20/18 6:07 am
From: Cynthia D. Ellis <cdellis...>
Subject: fred atwood
nice piece on listserv contributor Frederick Atwood
https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/faces-of-the-vabba2-fred-atwood/



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





I have realized how much I don’t know. That’s a real revelation. This idea that age blesses you with some kind of knowledge is rubbish.
~actress Glenda Jackson, 81
 

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Date: 4/20/18 6:02 am
From: Laura Frazier <00000069bd1ca4c6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY Purple Martin
FOY Purple Martin in one of my backyard Gourd nests yesterday, and still present today.

Maybe the warm weather is really coming!

<div>Laura Frazier

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Date: 4/19/18 7:38 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: YBCH, BWTE, GRYE
First Of Year Sightings.

09:23 Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Riverview, Belle, WV
Yellow-breasted Chat (1).

15:00, Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV
Blue-winged Teal (1M/1F). My FOY. Joe Jarrell observed some earlier this month.
Greater Yellowlegs (2). Also a life bird!

The tail waters of the Marmet Dam, (Winfield Pool), have dropped by 10 to 12 feet but are still 8 to 10-feet above normal. A Canada Goose pair re-established their nest in the same location on the Dead-water Pond of Burning Springs Creek. It was about 5-feet under water on Tuesday.
Photos of the BWTE & GRYE are on the following checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44739743 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44739743>

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 4/19/18 5:53 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Kimsey Dam
Lots of ducks today from the fallout

Long Tail DucksHorn Grebe DCCormorants Lesser Scaup Buffleheads






Diane Holsinger
 

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Date: 4/19/18 5:13 pm
From: Ben Borda <abbreb...>
Subject: Cooper's Hawk in Downtown Huntington
Yesterday (April 18, 2018), I saw a Cooper's Hawk flying low over the area between the Downtown Post Office and the Red Cross Building in Huntington, WV.

Ben Borda
Huntington, WV
Cabell County
 

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Date: 4/19/18 3:12 pm
From: Jim Triplett <jtrippy...>
Subject: Yard Birds
At our home, Smith Rd, Charleston, WV

Yellow-throated Warbler-Eating Seed
Eastern Blue Bird-Eating Seed (male and female-five eggs in box)
Mr and Mrs Brown Thrasher (she was gathering nesting material)
Mr and Mrs Eastern Towhee
White-throated Sparrow still around
One Pins Siskin showed up
A lot of American Goldfinch
Brown Headed Cow Bird
Several Northern Cardinal
Several Mourning Dove
American Crow
House Finch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Song Sparrow
European Starling
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Tufted Titmouse
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Northern Flicker


Jim and Bev Triplett
Charleston, WV
 

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Date: 4/19/18 1:43 pm
From: Darrell Good <darzgood...>
Subject: Horned Grebes and Bufflehead
There were four Horned Grebes at Parker Hollow Lake this morning. Photos
and more details on the eBird checklist at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44726469. They had left by about noon
when I came past again, but there were four Bufflehead which hadn't been
there earlier.

Darrell Good
Hardy County
Baker, WV
 

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Date: 4/19/18 12:53 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Apr 19, 2018
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 3:51 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Apr 19, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Durr's Pond, Princeton, WV, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Apr 19, 2018 9:35 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
10 species

Canada Goose 6
Ring-necked Duck 1
Ruddy Duck 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 5
Osprey 1
American Robin 3
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 7

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44728431

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

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Date: 4/19/18 11:52 am
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Gray Catbird- Yard- Summit Point
On a walk around the property this morning I heard and saw a Catbird.. At first it was perched on a low limb, calling, and then it began moving around to various areas of the woods and brambles. This was the first Catbird I have seen since the early surprise visit of one on February 16 of this year. It was also nice to see a pair of Towhees under the feeders. Up to now it has just been the male I have seen. In fact a couple of days ago, I had two males trying to feed in the same area, but that didn't last long as one chased the other all over until only one remained. I always enjoy seeing the female and male together. Beautiful.

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 4/19/18 11:45 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Surf Scoters/Tucker County/Rt90 Pond
There is a pair of Surf Scoters at the Rt90 Pond NW of Thomas in Tucker County (4/19/18) they were there at 10:30am..Along with 18 Scaup..I didn't pay enough attention to the scaup to even guess as to the species..Surf scoters have been on my most wanted WV PHOTO list for a real long time. The snow was blowing sideways at about 40 mph & I got an identifiable photo..That's all I cared about.

There are Ruddy Ducks everywhere right now..33 at Davis WTP & 44 at the Elkins Flood Control.

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 4/19/18 11:26 am
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Hummers and other new arrivals
Yesterday was a beautiful day in Huntington, with blue skies and moderate temperatures. After seeing my first hummingbird of the season on Marshall University's campus, I decided to take a short walk in Rotary Park after work. Along with the usual residents, I was able to find a striking male American Redstart (FOY) along with several Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a Hermit Thrush. When I got home, and after their walk, our dogs wanted a car ride. So, we drove over to Beech Fork Lake around the marina area. Along the way, I heard a Wood Thrush (FOY) and decided to try the road to the swimming beach to see what I could hear and see. I was rewarded with a Cooper's Hawk, several Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, another Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a male Hooded Warbler (FOY). The lake was swarming with Tree Swallows and the number of Barn Swallows has increased several fold over the last week. There was also a pair of Blue-winged Teal past the marina. Earlier in the week, I had seen an adult Bald Eagle flying over Twin Coves area, working its way east along the lake. Activity is certainly increasing around Huntington.

I was also glad that I put up my hummingbird feeder yesterday, as my wife saw the first hummingbird of the year in our yard this morning before we left for work. Just makes you wonder who will show up next!

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.
 

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Date: 4/19/18 10:57 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Today's MBC outing + other birds
Today's Mountwood Bird Club outing to Johnson T.Janes Park was attended
by Barb Hohman, Lucine Wright, Pat Collins, Dick Esker, Jason White and I.
Johnson T. Janes' parking lot was closed and gated. So we went to the
McDonough Refuge. It was a cold, breezy, drizzly morning.

Highlights:

Pileated Woodpecker - 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 10+
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1 or 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 8
Eastern Bluebird - 2
Hermit Thrush - 2
Veery - 1 or 2
Brown Thrasher - 4
Northern Parula - 1 - great views of a male - FOY for us
Nashville Warbler - singing well for us - 1 - FOY for us
Yellow-throated Warbler - 2 - well seen each time

Most of our regular bids were present.

When he got home Jason White had a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at his feeders.

Pat Collins stopped at the wetlands in Williamstown on his way home and had:

Blue-winged Teal
Common Merganser
American Coot
Great Egret
Belted Kingfisher
Cliff Swallow - FOY that I heard of here
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
 

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Date: 4/19/18 8:45 am
From: Joan Carr <joan-of-art...>
Subject: Re: F.O.Y.
Great photos of the flicker and thr savannah sparrow. Even the dabdelions looked beautiful.

Cheers,
Joan (Carr) of Art and Nature in Pike County
 

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Date: 4/19/18 7:15 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: New arrivals
Yesterday morning was mild so I checked my first Bluebird nest box after
seeing the female come out.  Four babies and one blue egg!  The second
Bluebird nest had the complete clutch of five eggs by the end of the
day.  So far so good.

Just had the first House Wren show up.  He's out there blasting away. 
Hope he will get busy filling empty boxes with sticks and leave the
active nests alone, including a lovely, mossy Chickadee nest with some
eggs in it.

Saw three Brown Thrashers this morning on our walk.  Two were chasing
each other around the base of a shrub.  Another one was in another yard
singing in the top of the same cherry where we saw him yesterday
morning.    There seem to be a good number of Towhees this year.  We
hear and see them in various spots along our walk.  As a matter of fact,
a pretty female was just under the feeder.

No activity on the Shenandoah yesterday afternoon.  It was still high
but cleaner than the day before.  Both eagle parents were there.  Coming
back we flushed two Eastern Meadowlarks in different fields.

Setting up housekeeping seems to be on the minds of other birds as
well.  We saw two female Cardinals and a Robin carrying nesting material
this morning.  Sure glad that our weather has turned a bit more
seasonal.  The Phoebe nest on top of the motion light in the mailbox
house is complete but the female has not started incubating yet.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 4/19/18 6:45 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Waterthrush
We went out and dug a mess of ramps this morning. On our way back, a
Louisiana Waterthrush was singing along the mountain stream that empties
into Horse Camp Run. It was our first-of-the-year for up here. Herb Myers,
Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 4/19/18 6:38 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Loons (Grant)
Hi, all,



On New Creek Lake in Grant County yesterday there were three Common Loons in
breeding plumage. Beautiful!



Our snowstorm on Tuesday brought 26 species to the Tucker County yard,
including Wild Turkeys, Eastern Phoebe, ten Purple Finches, more than 250
Pine Siskins, and Field, Chipping, and Song Sparrows. It was great to see
the very cold Field Sparrows survive the winter weather.



Good birding,



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV


 

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Date: 4/19/18 6:15 am
From: Martha Hopper <marthachopper...>
Subject: Hummingbird
Had my first hummer yesterday at my feeder on Wednesday. One came around
Tuesday looking in my windows, so I quickly made up a batch of sugar water,
but, to my knowledge, he never returned on Tuesday. Also, pine siskins and
white-throated sparrows are still at my feeders.
Martha Hopper
Charleston
 

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Date: 4/19/18 5:31 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Pine Siskin
Had a pine siskin at the feeder yesterday.
For the past five months I have had only one siskin on one day each month.
Last winter, we were covered up with them. Usually had 100 each day.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/18/18 6:23 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.
First Of Year sightings for me.

09:50 Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV
Eastern Kingbird (1).
Wilson Snipe (2).
The tailwaters of the Dam were up around 20-ft. Many of the nesting areas are flooded and I suspect a substantial number of nests had to be abandoned.
A photo of the EAKI is on the following checklist along with other species dealing with the high water:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44706581 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44706581>

14:00 Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Belle Town Dock, Belle, WV
Yellow Warbler (1M).
Common Yellowthroat warbler (1M).
A photo of the YEWA is on the following checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44707177 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44707177>

Action of note:
12:15 Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV
For the second time in as many days, I think an Osprey has taken a mammal to the nest. I’ve described what I (think I?) saw on the Marmet Locks checklist above and on the following:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44708248 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44708248>
I’m still not positive of what they were carrying, but would like to know if anyone else has noticed similar behavior during muddy water events?
Also, does anyone know if any species of fish or a Hellbender would double over like an inverted “U” or an “n” while being carried by an Osprey?

Thanks,

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 4/18/18 2:48 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Blue-headed Vireo(FOY)- Yard- Summit Point
I saw my first Blue-headed Vireo for the year a short while ago, as I took a slow walk around the yard perimeter. The vireo was moving down low in the tree line between the back yard and the field and I got some very good looks at this lovely bird. What a wonderful treat on such a beautiful evening...

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 4/18/18 2:43 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Barn Swallows
A FOY Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at my feeder this morning.
Yesterday 2 Barn Swallows, also FOY arrived.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie County, WV

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Date: 4/18/18 12:22 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Chimney Swift (FOY) - Yard- Summit Point
This morning around 11:00 while sitting out on the patio, I saw six Chimney Swifts fly over the yard and house. This was my first sighting of this species for the year. I also got to watch a Ruby-crowned Kinglet flitting around in the nearby trees and a Yellow-rumped Warbler getting a drink from the stream. A very nice way to start the day.

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 4/18/18 11:24 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Apr 18, 2018
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 2:21 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Apr 18, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Apr 18, 2018 11:50 AM - 12:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
17 species

Canada Goose 2
Double-crested Cormorant 13
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 12
Bald Eagle 4 3 adults, 1 2nd year
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Tree Swallow 5
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Common Grackle 11

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44696091

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

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Date: 4/18/18 11:13 am
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
I was walking across the Marshall University campus at noon today when a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird (FOY) flew by. It checked some flowering trees briefly before moving on. Nice to see the advance guard arriving in our area after seeing several reports of hummers in other parts of the state. I was also glad that I put up a hummingbird feeder before leaving for work this morning!

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
 

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Date: 4/18/18 11:09 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Harrier
As I was preparing the last post, my wife Sarah texted me. She is
volunteering at the visitor center of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife
Refuge today. She said she had good looks at a male Northern Harrier out
the visitor center windows. I'm a bit jealous as I've been looking for
their return. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County with a report from Tucker
County
 

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Date: 4/18/18 11:05 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Wednesday Birding
We had a cold but nice morning of birding at the Davis water treatment
plant, Blackwater Falls State Park, and Rose Hill Cemetery near Thomas
behind Cortland Acres Nursing Home. The ground was covered with 2 - 3
inches of snow. As we walked to the settling ponds near Davis, the Canada
Geese became disturbed. About the time we heard them, an adult Bald Eagle
flew over. The geese quieted down once the eagle was gone. One surprise was
a FEMALE Purple Finch singing from the top of a tree. Apparently, the
female does sing. We had good looks at a pair of Hermit Thrushes in the
cemetery. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County from Tucker County

Davis-WTP, Tucker, West Virginia, US
Apr 18, 2018 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Cold and clear. Ground snow covered
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 6 all males
Blue-winged Teal 2 male and female
Mallard 1 male
Bufflehead 3 2 males and a female
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1 adult
hawk sp. 1
Mourning Dove 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1 male
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
American Robin 11
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Purple Finch 1 FEMALE singing from the top of a tree

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44694999

Rose Hill Cemetery, Tucker, West Virginia, US
Apr 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Cold and clear. Partial snow cover
11 species (+1 other taxa)

Northern Flicker 1
woodpecker sp. 1
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 10
Chipping Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44695202
 

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Date: 4/17/18 5:33 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Good birds
It sure pays to eat at home.  This evening I had three good birds within
15 minutes while making dinner.  Two male and one female Towhee in the
quince bush.  At one point one of the males came to the window tray and
ate peanut suet and sunflower chips.  Walking back into the kitchen I
was surprised to find the female Pileated on the tray.  She's here
every, the suet cake on the walnut tree being her usual station.  At
7:00 PM the hummingbird was back. This morning there were three
Mockingbirds hanging out together.

The Shenandoah was flowing fast and carrying quite a bit of debris. 
There were two Cormorants in the water and several of them in a sycamore
down river.  I was happy to see a pair of Wood Ducks close to shore, out
of the current, not far from us.

Walking back home my dog spotted a female turkey.  He probably heard it
first.  Turning into a regular bird dog.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 4/17/18 12:09 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Brush Creek Falls State Park, Apr 17, 2018
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Date: Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 3:08 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Brush Creek Falls State Park, Apr 17, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Brush Creek Falls State Park, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Apr 17, 2018 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
9 species

Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 3
Common Raven 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8
Tree Swallow 4
Louisiana Waterthrush 1

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44667171

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

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Date: 4/17/18 7:24 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Binoculars
Okay, so I'm a slow learner. I decided to go on our morning walk up the
mountain without my binoculars. After all it was cold, blowing and snowing.
A little voice kept chiding me, but I didn't listen. I could easily tell
the American Robins in the bare patches of gravel. Then Sarah spotted a
little bird flitting around in a tree. Fortunately, by its shape, color,
markings and behavior, I could tell it was our first-of-the-year Blue-gray
Gnatctcher. That wasn't so hard.

However on our way down we spotted a bird on the road with the robins that
was smaller but larger than the Dark-eyed Juncos that were also in the
road. As we crept closer, my mind kept thinking thrush. It flew into the
brush and still looked "thrushy" but I couldn't pin it down. Now I really
felt "nude" without my bins.

As we finished our walk, I decided to "punish" myself and go back up the
mountain with my binoculars. On the way back up I had good looks at
Blue-headed Vireos feeding in the trees along with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
I doubt there were many insects out. On the way back down I heard a
sapsucker like call. However, it was too fast and short. It turned out to
be a courting pair of White-breasted Nuthatches. She would flutter her
wings like a baby bird and call. Then he would feed her something. Cute.

Shortly after the courting behavior, a bird flew off the path up into the
shrubs with a robin. I could only see its back and thought maybe a female
Eastern Towhee since they were calling along the walk. However its tail was
reddish. It would lift it slowly and drop it. It was my first-of-the-year
Hermit Thrush. When it turned, I could see its spotted breast.

I felt somewhat vindicated but have I learned my lesson? The next spring
snowstorm will tell. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 4/17/18 7:06 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: First Hummingbird!
Even though it seemed a bit optimistic I put out two nectar feeders on
Sunday, thinking at least the Downy Woodpeckers would make use of it.  I
just saw a male Hummer on the feeder i the back yard.  Crazy to have a
few snow flurries earlier this morning and a Hummingbird a couple of
hours later.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 4/16/18 4:01 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: FOS Ospreys and Common Merganser with young
Talk about a worthwhile walk to the Shenandoah late afternoon. The
eaglets were enjoying the sunshine and sitting up in the nest like
little grown ups.  I could easily see them with just my binoculars. 
Walking to the adjoining neighbors terrace and steps down to the water I
saw an Osprey flying and landing in a tree. After a while it took off
for another tree down river where it was joined by another osprey.  I
would have been happy just to see one since it has been a number of
years since I've seen one.

What I first thought was a piece of wood floating down river turned out
to be a Common  Merganser female with youngsters on and behind her. 
Looked like she had a puffy blanket on her.  First time I've seen
Merganser youngsters.  Sure wish I'd had my scope.

Walking this morning my dog stopped in his tracks and kept looking in my
neighbors big corner lot.  I thought it was a turkey but it turned out
to be a very vocal Guinea hen.  Two deer were walking towards it,
looking curious.  We saw it again on the roof of the home owner's
garage.  About a month ago I found a pile of Guinea fowl feathers
alongside the road.  Wonder if this one will fare better.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 4/16/18 3:47 pm
From: Earl Melton <e2melton...>
Subject: Lady Hummer Today
Poor girl.  Sorry about the weather.
Earl MeltonCharleston, WV
 

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Date: 4/16/18 3:28 pm
From: sharon kearns <skwalks...>
Subject: Black and White Warbler
Today while walking through rain, wind, snow and some blue sky, we spotted
two Belted Kingfishers and First Of Year (FOY) Black and White Warbler as
well as four Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and three Phoebes on the Greenbrier
River Trail near Burnside. It has been quite a weather day here and the
birds are staying down on the trail instead of up here in the cold wind. 36
degrees now (6:25 pm) and the river is flooded but going down. The birds
are assuring me spring is coming.

Sharon (and Larry) Kearns
Hillsboro, Pocahontas County, WV
--
Sharon Kearns Leesburg, Loudoun Co. Va or Hillsboro, Pocahontas Co. WV
 

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Date: 4/16/18 2:58 pm
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY Indigo Bunting
Have an Indigo Bunting at my feeders at 5:30 pm. Earliest here that I can remember.

Tom Fox
Millstone, Calhoun Co.

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Date: 4/16/18 1:37 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Wilson's Snipe(FOY)- Burr Park Pond
Yesterday morning, around 10:45, my mom and I found our first of the year Wilson's Snipe walking around the edge of the pond probing for "goodies". We observed from the car, so as not to disturb it, and therefore, got some very good looks as it had no idea we were there. The only other bird of note at the pond was a Killdeer also moving about the pond's edge.

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County


 

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Date: 4/16/18 12:55 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Herring Gull-Randolph County-Glendale Park
There is a lone Herring Gull along with 3 Bonaparte's and 18 Ring-billed Gulls at Glendale Park in Elkins today (4/16/18). They were there between 1:30 & 2.. There s also a singing Warbling Vireo..

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 4/16/18 6:39 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Feeder sparrows (Tucker)
Hi, all,



Yesterday a pair of Field Sparrows paid a surprising visit to the feeders.
Right now a Chipping Sparrow is sampling the wares. Glad to be of service as
the snow falls!



Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 4/15/18 5:58 pm
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY Calhoun Co.
Sorry. Had Ovenbird and Black and White Warbler and my first snake, Black Rat today.

Tom Fox
Millstone WV

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Date: 4/15/18 5:55 pm
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY Calhoun Co.
Had Ovenbird and Black and Warbler and my first snake, Black Rat today.

Tom Fox
Millstone WV

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 4/15/18 3:38 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: Birding Friday in the mountains
Amy and I went up to mountains Friday to do some fishing and bird watching. We didn't see anything to unusual. I'll just give the highlights.

At the Muddlety Road, we saw our first of the season Gray Catbird. It was sitting in the top of a bush at about eye level, giving us really good views of it.

At the Cranberry Glades, as we were leaving the parking lot and going up the road, we spotted a Ruffed Grouse, standing beside the road. I was able to back up so we could see it through the windshield. It never flushed, and strutted away from us slowly until it got back into the underbrush. We watched it for a minute or so before it disappeared.

On the way back home, about fifteen miles north of Elkview, a turkey glided from one mountain side to another, passing directly over the interstate. It never flapped it wings once, but it was certainly an unique sight. I wish I had a dash cam for that one.

Rennie Talbert
Birding in the mountains.
 

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Date: 4/15/18 2:40 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: F.O.Y.: CHSW, SOSA, HOWA, SAVS

thanks Richard  HOWA   Very NIce On Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:56:02 PM EDT, Richard Gregg <greggra...> wrote:

07:48 Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Riverview, Belle, WV
Chimney Swift (1).

08:45, Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV
Solitary Sandpiper (1).
Hooded Warbler 1-male.
Savannah Sparrow (1). (My First Of Year but Joe Jarrell observed them earlier at this location).
Photos of the SOSA & SAVS on the following checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44600298

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 4/15/18 2:02 pm
From: Wendy Perrone <wendy...>
Subject: Re: fos swift, kingbird & redstart
Ruby throated hummer today at our feeders and a male rose breasted grosbeak yesterday & back again today.  Yay!
-Wendy Perrone, Executive Director, Three Rivers Avian Center, Brooks (Hinton) WV. www.tracwv.org.   Sent from my smartphone.
-------- Original message --------From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Date: 4/15/18 4:46 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <WV-BIRD...> Subject: fos swift, kingbird & redstart
In Hinton today, we found our first of the season chimney swifts, American
redstarts and eastern kingbird(our earliest date).
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/15/18 2:00 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Apr 15, 2018
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 4:54 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Apr
15, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Bellepoint Park, Hinton, Summers County, wV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Apr 15, 2018 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
32 species

Canada Goose 6
Double-crested Cormorant 21
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 15
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 12
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Purple Martin 5
Tree Swallow 30
Barn Swallow 3
American Robin 14
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 11
American Redstart 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 16
House Finch 7
House Sparrow 13

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44607556

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

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Date: 4/15/18 1:56 pm
From: Earl Melton <e2melton...>
Subject: Hummer
A male.
Earl MeltonCharleston, WV
 

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Date: 4/15/18 1:46 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: fos swift, kingbird & redstart
In Hinton today, we found our first of the season chimney swifts, American
redstarts and eastern kingbird(our earliest date).
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/15/18 11:03 am
From: Kevin Cade <dmgraphics...>
Subject: Whip-poor-will
We heard a whip-poor-will sing very briefly last night at home on Hurricane Creek.

Kevin Cade
Putnam County
 

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Date: 4/15/18 10:56 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: CHSW, SOSA, HOWA, SAVS
07:48 Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Riverview, Belle, WV
Chimney Swift (1).

08:45, Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV
Solitary Sandpiper (1).
Hooded Warbler 1-male.
Savannah Sparrow (1). (My First Of Year but Joe Jarrell observed them earlier at this location).
Photos of the SOSA & SAVS on the following checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44600298

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 4/15/18 8:02 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Forster's Tern and Green Herons at Prickett's Fort State Park
The tern only lingered about 2 minutes before continuing north towards
Morgantown.

Also of note:

Red-breasted Merganser--6
Blue-winged Teal--3
Wood Duck--11
Louisiana Waterthrush--1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--2 singing
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--2
Brown Thrasher--5
Chipping Sparrow--2
White-throated Sparrow--3
The Common Raven nest may have failed; it looks abandoned.

At Opekiska Dam in Monongalia County:

Green Heron--2
Red-breasted Merganser--2

Terry
 

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Date: 4/15/18 7:55 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak!
Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the
tube feeder.  In all the years I've lived here this is only the second
time that I've seen one in my yard.  I hope he comes back.  Amazing how
an unexpected sighting like this increases the heart rate.

Purple Martins are back as well.  After a neighbor mentioned that I
checked out the gourds in the yard near Cave Rd and, sure enough, there
were several of them going in and out of the gourds.

The second cup nest has now two Bluebird eggs in it.  Another grass nest
is about half finished.

Had a leftover Christmas tree leaning against the house and chimney. 
The L shape made for a secure place for the birds to shelter in winter. 
I noticed that the Lungwort growing at its base was starting to bloom so
it was time to get it out of there. When I laid the tree on the ground
to drag off I saw an egg on the grass.  Turns out a House Wren had built
a nest near the top of the tree.  I added the egg to the others in the
nest.  Needless to say I felt bad.  Rather than move the nest I just cut
off the lower branches, leaving the top third, and put the tree back
where it had been.  Walking by there this morning the Wren flew out.
Hopefully there was no harm done.

Both male and female Towhee were here a while ago.  She was having a
good time in the pedestal bath.

Bruni Haydl

Jefferson Co, WV
 

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Date: 4/14/18 7:36 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Jefferson County: FOS Solitary Sandpiper
At the risk of sounding redundant, I observed a solitary Solitary Sandpiper at the larger pond in Burr Industrial Park, Bardane this evening.

N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction

 

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Date: 4/14/18 4:21 pm
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...>
Subject: Field Trip for PVAS Birding 101 to the Shenandoah River, Jeff. Co.
You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to take 14 birding students out into the field. There were several FOY sightings for me, indicated by an asterisk in the list below.
The Prothonotary Warbler was certainly a surprise and the views that we had of him were simply amazing — once in a lifetime up-close and personal views.

Shenandoah River, Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Apr 14, 2018 6:34 AM - 10:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
14.398 mile(s)
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 12
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 3
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 1
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 5
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 1 *
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 23
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 9
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 *
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 10
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 5
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides pubescens pubescens/medianus) 4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 9
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 2 *
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 20 *
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 10
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 5
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 1 *
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 4
Eastern Bluebird (Eastern) (Sialia sialis sialis/bermudensis) 7
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 9
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) 2 *
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) 1 *
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 4 *
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 10
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) 3 *
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (Pipilo erythrophthalmus erythrophthalmus/canaster) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 5
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 12

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44555717 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44555717>

Wil Hershberger
Hedgesville, WV






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

 

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Date: 4/14/18 4:09 pm
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Fish Hatchery - east side, Apr 14, 2018
We had a delightful bird walk around the USGS Fish Hatchery in Leetown led by Bob Dean and Heather Walsh.  We were treated with 51 species like Towhee, Kinglets, swallows, Green Heron, Spotted sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, DC Cormorant, 5 woodpecker species, 6 sparrow species, gnatcatchers and Rusty Blackbirds to name some.  See the list below for more details.Bill TelfairJefferson County


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Subject: eBird Report - Fish Hatchery - east side, Apr 14, 2018

Fish Hatchery - east side, Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Apr 14, 2018 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    PVAS group led by Bob Dean
51 species

Canada Goose  18    Breeding Geese
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  2    ID by Bob Dean and self; Photos to come
Mallard  4
Wild Turkey  1    Heard
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1    heard
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  2
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  7
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  11
European Starling  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  4
Field Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  3
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  22
Brown-headed Cowbird  20
Rusty Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  7
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44559231

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Date: 4/14/18 3:25 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Canaan Valley NWR Freeland Road, Apr 14, 2018
I had a wonderful 30 minutes of birding at the boardwalk of the Canaan
Valley National Wildlife Refuge this morning on my way to the visitor
center. When I got out of the car a Brown Thrasher was vigorously singing
from treetops. It was joined shortly by the music of an Eastern Meadowlark
and the irregular tapping of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Red-winged
Blackbirds were showing off all around the boardwalk. The music continued
with Song and Swamp Sparrows plus an American Goldfinch in the very top of
a high evergreen. On the backside of the boardwalk at the Canaan fir grove,
a Purple Finch pair explored from treetop to treetop with the male singing
periodically. I heard a Ruby-crowned Kinglet sing and a Red-breasted
Nuthatch. Yes, it was a welcomed, musical morning. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County from Tucker County


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Subject: eBird Report - Canaan Valley NWR Freeland Road, Apr 14, 2018
To: <hesemyers...>

Canaan Valley NWR Freeland Road, Tucker, West Virginia, US
Apr 14, 2018 9:10 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Clear and warm
15 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
woodpecker sp. 1
American Crow 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 2
Brown Thrasher 2
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Purple Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44570444

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Date: 4/14/18 3:23 pm
From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Busy nest boxes
Beautiful Post! What a delightful yard, and person! My congratulations and best wishes. Too bad more and don't "give back," to birdlife with the helpful and delightful act of nestboxes. It's one way anyone can contribute on their own.


:)


Jerry Kruth
Pgh




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From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
To: WV-BIRD <WV-BIRD...>
Sent: Sat, Apr 14, 2018 11:04 am
Subject: Busy nest boxes

This morning I have seen pairs of Tree Swallows at boxes # 10,11, and 2; pairs of Bluebirds at boxes # 4 and 9; a male Bluebird by box#8, where his mate is laying (3 eggs so far); another male on top of box # 13, where they have a nice nest. (Bluebirds also have a nest under construction in box # 6.) Saw the Phoebe fly off her nest in the rafters of the barn shed. Discovered that the Carolina Wren, who built a nest in some old wooden stirrups hanging on an interior barn wall back early in March, has laid 3 eggs so far.
An interesting interaction yesterday morning between a pair of Bluebirds and a pair of Tree Swallows. When I first looked out the kitchen window, the Bluebirds were at box # 10, taking turns entering and inspecting the box. Then in swooped the Tree Swallows, and forced the Bluebirds away from the box. One of the swallows perched on the front of the box, the other settled on the fence a few feet away. The Bluebirds made several sorties back to the box, but were repelled each time. They finally gave up, and went to check out box # 9 instead. The Tree Swallows stayed at box # 10 for quite a while, and returned intermittently throughout the day, and are there often today. Both species have nested successfully in this box in previous years.

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie County, WV


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Date: 4/14/18 3:09 pm
From: Ben Borda <abbreb...>
Subject: Merlin in Huntington
Yesterday (April 13, 2018), I saw a male Merlin flying low over my house in Huntington, WV.

Ben Borda
Huntington, WV
Cabell County
 

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Date: 4/14/18 11:08 am
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding
Janet Keating, Mike Griffith and I birded today in Cabell and Mason County along Rte.2 and we visited one of the Mason County ridges- Hannon Trace Rd and Chandler's Ridge Rd. Some of the birds seen were:


Greenbottom WMA:


Blue-winged Teal-2

Green Heron-2 FOS

Wilson's Snipe-5

Solitary Sandpiper-3

Greater Yellowlegs-1

White-eyed Vireo-1 FOS

House Wren-2

Yellow Warbler-4 FOS


Mason County Ridges:


Yellow-throated Vireo-1 FOS

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-1 FOS

Louisiana Waterthrush-3

Pine Warbler-1

Yellow-throated Warbler-4

Prairie Warbler-1 FOS


Ashton Ponds:


Blue-winged Teal-12


Apple Grove Farmland:


American Golden-Plover-1 FOS only 3rd ever spring record in our region

Greater Yellowlegs-1

Lesser Yellowlegs-1

Horned Lark-1


Gallipolis Ferry Pit:


Blue-winged Teal-16


Apple Grove Camp Site:


Blue-winged Teal-2

Wilson's Snipe-5

Lesser Yellowlegs-1

House Wren-1


RCB Lock:


Gadwall-2

Wilson's Snipe-3

Greater Yellowlegs-1

Lesser Yellowlegs-1


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 4/14/18 10:17 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Preston County--Palm Warbler, Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Purple Martins, Savannah Sparrow
David Daniels led this morning's Mountaineer Audubon field trip to Fairfax
Pond-Rehe Wildlife Management Area near Arthurdale in Preston County. 45
species were encountered, with the following highlights:

Canada Goose--13, including an incubating bird
Blue-winged Teal--4
Wild Turkey--1 heard gobbling. No hunter vehicles were present, so I'm
assuming it was a legitimate bird and not a hunter turkey call. There is a
special youth turkey hunt today. The main turkey-hunting season begins on
April 16, so heard-only sightings then and thereafter should be taken with
a grain of salt.
Pied-billed Grebe--4
Osprey--1
Sharp-shinned Hawk--1
Killdeer--1
Greater Yellowlegs--1
Spotted Sandpiper--1. Seen briefly on a mud bar of the School Pond, but it
quickly flew off. I did see its bobbing rear end and brown upperparts
though.
Wilson's Snipe--2
Belted Kingfisher--1
Tree Swallow--4, with a nest box and a hole in a dead tree being visited by
separate birds
Barn Swallow--2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--2
Golden-crowned Kinglet--1
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher--2
Brown Thrasher--3
Palm Warbler--1 yellow variety, very uncommon in this area
Yellow-rumped Warbler--8
Yellow-throated Warbler--1
Field Sparrow--3

In the hour after dawn before the field trip began, I birded along nearby
Stony Run Road with these highlights among 26 species:

Wild Turkey--10, including 3 displaying toms.
American Kestrel--1
Purple Martin--2. David later said he saw 5 yesterday, the first time this
year he's seen them there.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--1
Brown Thrasher--4, including 2 courting
Savannah Sparrow--1
Eastern Meadowlark--3

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 4/14/18 8:04 am
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Busy nest boxes
This morning I have seen pairs of Tree Swallows at boxes # 10,11, and 2; pairs of Bluebirds at boxes # 4 and 9; a male Bluebird by box#8, where his mate is laying (3 eggs so far); another male on top of box # 13, where they have a nice nest. (Bluebirds also have a nest under construction in box # 6.) Saw the Phoebe fly off her nest in the rafters of the barn shed. Discovered that the Carolina Wren, who built a nest in some old wooden stirrups hanging on an interior barn wall back early in March, has laid 3 eggs so far.
An interesting interaction yesterday morning between a pair of Bluebirds and a pair of Tree Swallows. When I first looked out the kitchen window, the Bluebirds were at box # 10, taking turns entering and inspecting the box. Then in swooped the Tree Swallows, and forced the Bluebirds away from the box. One of the swallows perched on the front of the box, the other settled on the fence a few feet away. The Bluebirds made several sorties back to the box, but were repelled each time. They finally gave up, and went to check out box # 9 instead. The Tree Swallows stayed at box # 10 for quite a while, and returned intermittently throughout the day, and are there often today. Both species have nested successfully in this box in previous years.

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie County, WV


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Date: 4/14/18 7:30 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: hummingbird
A friend in Princeton, Mercer County texted that he had 3 ruby-throated
hummingbirds at his feeder this morning.
Judy just put a feeder out and had one on the feeder before she got back in
the house.
Jim & Judy Philips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/14/18 4:44 am
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Caspian Tern; Nicholas County
I made it to Summersville Dam just in time this morning to see and hear a Caspian Tern. I viewed it for a short time before he left toward the marina. As I'm leaving here now there are a lot of boats coming from the Battle Run area. Looks like a fishing tournament or something going on here today.

Also of note were 24 Ring-billed Gulls, 3 Bonaparte's Gulls, and 1 Common Loon.

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 4/13/18 7:37 pm
From: John Snyder <johnsnyder...>
Subject: Re: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Apr 13, 2018
Pair of Tree Swallows over our upper pond today.

John Snyder
Summersville, Nicholas County
 

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Date: 4/13/18 6:15 pm
From: sharon kearns <skwalks...>
Subject: Eastern Kingbird
Spring is slowly coming to the mountains. I saw a first of year Eastern
Kingbird today and American Toads as well as the Peepers are singing
tonight.
Sharon Kearns
Hillsboro, Pocahontas Co. WV
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Sharon Kearns Leesburg, Loudoun Co. Va or Hillsboro, Pocahontas Co. WV
 

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Date: 4/13/18 5:39 pm
From: Paul Saffold <pesaffold...>
Subject: whip-poor-will Inwood
Sitting out on the deck listening to a whip-poor-will. 1st time here.

Paul Saffold
Inwood, Berkeley Co
 

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Date: 4/13/18 5:03 pm
From: Heather McSharry <heather.mcsharry...>
Subject: Chimney Swifts!
Had dinner in Shepherdstown tonight. As we left the restaurant, half a
dozen FOY Chimney Swifts chattered and circled above town

Heather McSharry
Jefferson County
 

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Date: 4/13/18 4:17 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Forster's Terns
At Beech Fk. State Park (Cabell and Wayne Co.) this morning, I found the following :

Forster's Tern - 2 (FOY)
Yellow-throated Warbler - 4
Pine Warbler - 1
Worm-eating Warbler - 1 (FOY)
Louisiana Waterthrush - 4

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 4/13/18 3:59 pm
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: Forster’s Tern
I just saw a Forster’s Tern at the Beech Fork Marina.

David Patick,
Huntington, WV. 25701

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Date: 4/13/18 2:58 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Green Heron
07:42, Tuesday, April 13th, 2018
Riverview, Belle, WV
Green Heron (1)

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 4/13/18 11:54 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Apr 13, 2018
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Date: Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 2:50 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Apr 13, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Apr 13, 2018 11:26 AM - 11:36 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: sunny, 73 degrees. 46 painted turtles & 1 snapping turtle
16 species

Wood Duck 8
Blue-winged Teal 4
Northern Flicker 1
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 3
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 2

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


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Date: 4/13/18 11:18 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Sparrow Festival
The last couple mornings, we have had a sparrow song fest in our yard.
Song, chipping, field, white-throated and fox sparrows all singing at the
same time.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/13/18 11:18 am
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Prickett's Fort update/yellow-legs/waterthrush
Had 37 species today:
2 Blue-winged Teal7 Red-breasted Mergansers10 Wood Ducks....close to the platform for good views and pics

First of the year.....Greater YellowlegsFirst of the year.....Louisiana Waterthrush
3 Yellow-throated Warblers
Chipping Sparrows have been back for almost a weekTree Swallows are back checking the boxesA couple Rough-winged Swallows also.

Joey HerronMarion Co.Fairmont WV
 

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Date: 4/13/18 10:23 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Turkey day
Driving on Kabletown Rd on my way to town I spotted four male turkeys
walking single file across the field.  They must have been in the
cornfield and safely crossed the road.  Phew!

While sitting at my neighbor's and watching the eaglets being fed
another male turkey walked in the field below us.  I've seen this single
bird twice in the past but assumed it was the last bird of a flock that
had disappeared into the brush.

The eaglets were by themselves when I got there but not too much later a
parent arrived with food.  Couldn't tell what it was except that it was
bloody after the adult got into it.  It took nearly half an hour to feed
the youngsters.  It is so cute to see the little ones sitting side by
side in front of the adult, and gently taking the offered morsels of
food.  Mom or dad make sure each one gets its share.   When the eaglets
lift their wings they wobble forwards and almost lose their balance. 
Guess those big feet keep them anchored.  Yesterday was the first time I
saw the pinfeathers (?) on the edge of the wings.  Looked like a row of
little paint brushes.

My first Brown Thrasher of the season showed up yesterday.  This morning
the air was full of birdsong.  No doubt the birds have had it with this
cold spring.  I especially love the Field Sparrow song.  Just went to
the front door to get a better look at a bird in the crab apple tree. 
Instead I was treated to a gorgeous Red-shouldered hawk soaring above. 
When he banked you could really see those red shoulders.  And that
banded tail is so lovely.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 4/13/18 9:52 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Monongalia County--Great Egret, Louisiana Waterthrush
Egret at 12:50 on gravel bar at mouth of Scott's Run across from Barill
Park in Star City.

Waterthrush earlier at WV Botanic Garden near wetlands boardwalk.

Terry
 

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Date: 4/12/18 10:18 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Common loon
One common loon and one female hooded merganser above Hannibal Dam yesterday afternoon.
At Proctor, Wood ducks and a lone pied-billed grebe.
Three tree swallow were flying around.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Date: 4/12/18 3:32 pm
From: kathy king <000000582aada182-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Hardy County Birding
Jane Whitaker and I had a good day on the western side of the county today, tallying 54 species. Among others, we saw a hermit thrush, thrashers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, and several bald eagles. Water fowl included hooded merganser, common mergansers, woodies and the big surprise...14 blue winged teal. Also had 19 snipes and a greater yellow legs. And one barn swallow! A beautiful SPRING day...at last.


Kathy King Moorefield,Hardy County
 

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Date: 4/12/18 2:45 pm
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area
Ooops!  Forgot to sign the previous post.
Cynthia BurkhartRitchie co. WV
 

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Date: 4/12/18 2:42 pm
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44504963https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44504963 
          Went to check on the Osprey nest at Haught Rec. Area in Harrisville today, after seeing Terry Bronson's report of a nesting Canada goose on the nest.  Alas, he (of course) is correct, a goose has taken possession of the nest.  Surprising to me, as I have seen an Osprey standing on that nest as recently as April 3rd.Saw a singing Mockingbird, and 2 Great Blue Herons, and got some nice photos of both species.  
 

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Date: 4/12/18 2:30 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Woodpecker
Yesterday, we had a five woodpecker day in Parsons. The only one missing
for a complete woodpecker day was a Red-headed Woodpecker. On our way home
from Harrisonburg, VA today on the east side of North Mountain, I stopped
to look for one. Within a few minutes,we found one excavating a hole in a
tree near Route 33 where Terry Bronson and I found them on last years
Christmas Bird Count. It would go in the hole so only its tail was sticking
out. Then it would come out and repeat the process. Fascinating and
exciting! Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County from Pendleton County
 

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Date: 4/12/18 1:49 pm
From: Darrell Good <darzgood...>
Subject: Eagles and Bonaparte's Gull
Parker Hollow Dam, Hardy, West Virginia, US
Apr 12, 2018 11:50 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Met Jim and Bev Triplett at the lake and observed a flock of
~25 bald eagles flying around.
14 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 2
Common Merganser 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 26 Mostly immatures of varying ages, but there were a few
adults as well. One adult on the nest.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1 Singing
American Crow 4
Common Raven 4
Tree Swallow 15 estimate
Carolina Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44500370

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


Also, there was a Bonaparte's Gull earlier this morning at Parker Hollow
Lake. Poor photo at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44499999.


Darrell Good
Baker (Hardy Co.), WV
 

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Date: 4/12/18 1:48 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Buzzards, blue wings, and a tern
On the milton pond this morning, 5 Blue Wing Teals (4 males and one female) swam among the Canadas, while a Great Blue successfully fished on the back bank. About 10 Tree Swallow blew in with a gust of wind, bringing a beautiful tern (I think Common). Then about a mile west of the “Buzzard’s Rest Bar” on Route 60 (west of Hurricane) at the Fat Katz Pay Fish Lake (actually a pond) was a mess of Black Vultures (40 or so). A few were on the roofs of fishing shelters heating their wings, but most were on the ground in small and large groups, interested in something in the grass. I wonder if the owner had piled the dead fish from the winter or sprayed some mangy fertilizer or ??? SO if anyone is missing their BLVU, come to FatKatz’s. And in case you are wondering, the character on the sign for “Buzzard’s Rest Bar” is actually a red-colored condor. Laura. Ceperley, Cabell and Putnam Counties
 

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Date: 4/12/18 1:17 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Bird Club meeting, Monday, April 16, 6.30 pm
The April meeting of the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will be Monday April 16, 6.30 at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston WV (in the Kanawha City area). Rob O’Quinn, the co-owner of Birds, Blooms and Butterflies By Design, in Hurricane WV, will discuss the relationship between birds and native plants. All are welcomed to attend. The Board will meet at 6 pm. Laura Ceperley, Kanawha County
 

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Date: 4/12/18 12:56 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: 3 new species for the year
Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.) :

Green Heron - 1 (FOY)
Solitary Sandpiper - 1 (FOY)
Bald Eagle - 1 adult
White-eyed Vireo - 1 (FOY)
Rusty Blackbird - 12

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 4/12/18 12:52 pm
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Northern Parula - Rissler Road
Heard him singing this afternoon from the wooded side of the road.

The gnatcatchers are gaining in numbers, and ruby-crowned kinglets belting
out their song of spring fever.

D. Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 4/12/18 8:08 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Osprey, Brown Thrasher (Tucker) plus others
Hi, all,



This morning a Brown Thrasher was singing in the backyard. At the feeders,
my two-week absence while visiting Ecuador reduced the Pine Siskin numbers
below 100, and House, Purple, and Goldfinches are still around. Plenty of
Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles are present as well.



On Monday (4/9) I saw an American Kestrel and Eastern Phoebe along the Dry
Fork River between Jenningston and Gladwin in Tucker County.



On Tuesday (4/10) an Osprey was circling above Corridor H near Davis; and in
Hampshire County there was an American Kestrel near Levels, and along the
South Branch River in the Trough I found American Black Ducks, Common
Mergansers, Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated
Woodpeckers, and Golden-crowned Kinglets.





Good birding,

Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 4/11/18 8:43 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: E. Screech-owl
For about a week now, we have had an Eastern Screech-owl doing it’s bounce call from a nearby ridge. I have heard the call at various times from right after dark to 3 am (when the dogs want to go out!). The call is quieter and slower that what we hear in winter. Maybe it knows the Great Horned Owls are still around.

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV

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Date: 4/11/18 8:37 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Wayne Co. birds
I took a drive out Mt. Vernon Ridge Rd from Rte 152 to Camp Jerri after work this evening. I was hoping that a few warblers might be showing up, but didn’t have much luck. But is was a pleasant drive in spite of the lack of activity. Some of the birds seen are shown below.

Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue-headed Vireo
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
E. Bluebird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping and White-throated Sparrows
Pine Siskin

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV




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Date: 4/11/18 8:17 pm
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: Sora
After getting Josh Holland’s report of a Sora seen yesterday at the Greenbottom Boardwalk, I visited the same site this evening and was able to hear a Sora calling.

David Patick,
Huntington, WV. 25701

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Date: 4/11/18 7:56 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Merlin, PUMA, BARS & YTWA
13:21, Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Riverview, Belle, WV
Purple Martin (1-male).

15:05, Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV
Merlin adult (1-male).
Barn Swallow (1).
For low quality photos of the Merlin, see the following checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44481180 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44481180>

09:07, Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
Marmet Locks, Belle, WV
Yellow-throated Warbler.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44482102 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44482102>

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 4/11/18 7:17 pm
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: Sandhill Crane at Stauffer's March
I had great day at Stauffer's Marsh - fox sparrow, phoebe, eastern Towhee, tree swallows, wood ducks, Green-winged Teal and a Sandhill crane!  Just up the road on a little pond were 3 Blue-winged Teal!

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Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley, West Virginia, US
Apr 11, 2018 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
40 species

Canada Goose  24
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  2
Green-winged Teal  2
Common Merganser  2
Wild Turkey  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Sandhill Crane  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  4
European Starling  5
Field Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  24
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Common Grackle  2
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44470608

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Date: 4/11/18 5:25 pm
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Afternoon run
An afternoon run through the Bolivar woods and North Schoolhouse yielded an
interesting assortment:

1 Wood thrush (FOY) singing faintly in the Bolivar woods (also heard in the
morning)
1 Fox sparrow
2 Vesper sparrows
6 Savannah sparrows
2 Palm warblers (we've been seeing them at Bolivar Hts and Murphy Farm)
and 4 Red-shouldered hawks cavorting in the Bolivar woods, chasing and
vocalizing, and finally one couple copulating on a tree branch
3 Brown thrashers have returned
2 male Towhees seen together

It was quite a nice run.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 4/11/18 3:25 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Waterthrushes and broadwings
Sighted a fos broadwings headed north over the old pool area of Kanawha state forest on this glorious spring day. Also heard a waterthrush along Davis creek, but sadly did not see. The last of the white throats and juncos are still hanging out, skeptical of heading north until the blizzard warnings stop in northern Pennsylvania . Laura ceperley with Martha hopper, charleston.
 

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Date: 4/11/18 3:22 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Wood, Pleasants, Ritchie Counties--new migrants plus a weird Canada Goose nesting
I birded both in West Virginia in the above-named counties and across the
river in Ohio today. Ohio highlights at the end of this post. West Virginia
highlights:

Williamstown wetlands, Route 14 and Waverly Road:

Canada Goose--16, with at least 3 incubating
Blue-winged Teal--5
Hooded Merganser--1
Great Blue Heron--1
Great Egret--6 continuing birds from April 10. First 2 birds were reported
on April 6.
Belted Kingfisher--1
Tree Swallow--3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow--4
Barn Swallow--1
Yellow-rumped Warbler--2
Red-winged Blackbird--22
Common Grackle--15

Willow Island Lock and Dam, as seen from the Ohio shore:

Bufflehead--22
Double-crested Cormorant--18
Great Blue Heron--1
Osprey--1
Gull species--12. Already past me and flying away when I first saw them.

Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Middle Island:

Blue-winged Teal--3
Horned Grebe--5, with 4 mostly molted to breeding plumage
Broad-winged Hawk--1 very high up and migrating
Brown Thrasher--2
White-throated Sparrow--1
Fox Sparrow--1
Rusty Blackbird--10

North Bend State Park, lodge area:

Eastern Phoebe--1
Pine Warbler--2. I first saw the dull female in a tree across the road from
the parking lot. I played Sibley's app and was nearly beheaded by a male
who almost landed on my binoculars, flitting barely a foot in front of them!
Chipping Sparrow--2

Elden Haught Recreation Area:

Canada Goose--7. 1 bird was incubating in last year's Osprey nest. Another,
believe it or not, was incubating INSIDE a snapped-off tree trunk, being
surrounded on 2 sides by bark and the outer layer extending up about 2 feet
from where she was incubating. I've seen Canadas nesting in some weird
places--a planter at a shopping mall, on top of the pillars of abandoned
and destroyed bridges, but inside a tree trunk has to be the weirdest of
all.
Blue-winged Teal--2
Bufflehead--2
Common Merganser--1
Great Blue Heron--2
Osprey--1. Since a Canada Goose was incubating in last year's nest, I did
not originally see any Ospreys. Just as I was about to get in my car to
leave, however, 1 came flying from the east end of the lake, past the
fishing pier and the boat ramp, and toward last year's nest, carrying a
small fish. However, it veered upward and flew over the ridge (which is a
peninsula) to the lake on the other side, where I suspect a new nest has
been constructed or is being constructed.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow--1
Brown Thrasher--2

OHIO highlights of interest, for the record:

Willow Island Lock and Dam:

Killdeer--1
Yellow-throated Warbler--1
Savannah Sparrow--5

Newell's Run wetlands:

Canada Goose--9
Wood Duck--5
Blue-winged Teal--9
Ring-necked Duck--6
Scaup species--2
The above 2 species were swimming out of sight around a point, so there may
have been more.
Bufflehead--2
Pied-billed Grebe--2
Double-crested Cormorant--9
Great Egret--1
Osprey--1. Another was seen over a field about a mile south, which may have
been its mate.
American Coot--1
Tree Swallow--4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow--10
Barn Swallow--2
Yellow-rumped Warbler--1
Swamp Sparrow--1

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 4/11/18 3:19 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Wednesday Parsons Birds
It was a good morning of birding in Parsons with Mimi Kibler and Steve
Kimbrell. We saw at least 42 species. Highlights included five woodpecker
species: Downy, Hairy, Pileated, Northern Flicker and Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker. We had three warbler species including excellent looks at each:
Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated and Louisiana Waterthrush. There were three
raptors: an actively hunting Red-shouldered Hawk plus fly-overs of a Bald
Eagle and an Osprey. Mimi, who lives in Parsons, saw her first Black
Vultures there. We saw both kinglets but mostly Golden-crowned. There were
Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Bufflehead and Common Mergansers on the rivers
and/or pond.

Below are the eBird checklists for both sites that we birded. Herb Myers,
Harman, Randolph County from Tucker County

Parsons Pond, Tucker, West Virginia, US
Apr 11, 2018 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: Cool and Partly Cloudy
25 species

Canada Goose 7
Bufflehead 2
Common Merganser 2
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 15
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 5
Cedar Waxwing 2
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Field Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 2
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44472512

Nursery Bottom, Parsons, Tucker, West Virginia, US
Apr 11, 2018 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Partly sunny
41 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 2
Bufflehead 3
Common Merganser 2
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 7
European Starling 2
Louisiana Waterthrush 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Yellow-throated Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 4
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 1
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44474362
 

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Date: 4/11/18 3:02 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Yard activity
I had put out some mealworms and for the first time I saw a male
Bluebird take one and deliver it to the incubating female.
Meals-on-Wings Instead of Meals-on-Wheels, eh?

Lots of Cedar Waxwings during the last three days.  A while ago there
were two Flickers on the birdbath surrounded by Cedar Waxwings.  What a
combination.  They were also groups of them in several trees as my dog
and I entered the subdivision next door. The Phoebes are busy building
their nest.  One of them flew in but landed on the gable of the roof
when it saw us.  It had a lump of black mud in its beak.   As soon as we
moved on it disappeared in the mailbox building.  On our way back I saw
both of them, one having found just the perfect strands of dried grass
to add to their nest.

Checked on the eaglets yesterday afternoon.  The parents no longer feel
it necessary to be in the tree at all times.  The one that was eaglet
sitting when we got there took off after a while.    When a Red-tailed
Hawk started circling overhead, but not really near the nest, an adult
eagle appeared out of nowhere and landed in the sycamore.   Guess at
least one of the parents is never that far away and is keeping an eye
and ear out for possible trouble.

Yesterday the female Towhee was here.  Not as striking as the male but
very pretty with her soft coloring.  The male showed up on the feeder
tray eating suet.  They normally prefer ground feeding.

Tree Swallows were checking out two of their favorite nest boxes. 
Interesting how they show up in my yard and make it known that they are
back.  Can't beat their cheerful song and acrobatics.  They just seem
happy or maybe they just make me feel that way.   They take off again
for a week or two before coming back and get down to nesting.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 4/11/18 2:47 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: More Bonaparte's Gulls
Beech Fork Dam (Wayne Co.) :

16 Bonaparte's Gulls (Most in breeding plumage)

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 4/11/18 2:29 pm
From: Heather McSharry <heather.mcsharry...>
Subject: Harpers Ferry trifecta
Went for a birthday hike this afternoon from Harpers Ferry NP Visitors
center to lower town and back along the AT. There were half a dozen
Double-crested Cormorants on the Shenandoah along with several pairs of
Common Mergansers. Too many yellow rumps to count flitted above hundreds of
flowering cutleaf toothwort and anemones. Bluebells were just beginning to
bloom.

The Red-shouldered Hawk nest is active once again with both adults present
and calling. My FOY Louisiana Waterthrush sang away across the river, a
Winter Wren sang along the AT, and I encountered several singing
Ruby-crowned kinglets. What a treat to hear all three of those songs in one
outing!

Heather McSharry
Jefferson County
 

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Date: 4/11/18 5:03 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Wood County Great Egrets still present
All 6 birds still at Williamstown marsh at Route 14 and Waverly Road
intersection.

Also 5 Blue-winged Teals in section south of Route 14. Belted Kingfisher,
Barn, Tree, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 1 Hooded Merganser. 23
species total.

Terry
 

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Date: 4/10/18 8:06 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Pine warbler pics, and woodpecker interaction
I know this is a few days late, but I just got around to entering my data onto ebird. There are some good photos ( link at bottom )of male
Pine Warbler, and interesting interaction among the Red- bellied and Downy Woodpeckers that you might be interested in.

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie Co.


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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: April 10, 2018 at 10:53:08 PM EDT
> To: <goatgirl3971...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Burkhart/Williams residence, Apr 7, 2018
>
> Burkhart/Williams residence, Ritchie, West Virginia, US
> Apr 7, 2018 5:50 PM - 6:10 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Feeders/yard; 41 degrees F; sunny.
> 19 species
>
> Mourning Dove 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 One male was in Hawthorn tree, along with a pair of Downies, all within 6" of each other. Another male Red-bellied flew into the same tree(!), and everyone flew off in separate directions.
> Downy Woodpecker 2 SEE note on Red-bellied Woodpecker.
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1 heard
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 1 heard
> Eastern Bluebird 2 pair at Box #8, where they have a very big nest built
> Pine Warbler 3 2 males, 1 female. Finally got some good pics of one of the males.
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 5
> Red-winged Blackbird 1
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Common Grackle 1 saw and heard
> American Goldfinch 5
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44438500
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 4/10/18 3:45 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Broad-winged Hawk At Beech Fork Lake
I took my dogs for a drive after work and we drove over to Beech Fork Lake. Along the road to the beach, I heard a Broad-winged Hawk calling. It called several times and as I drove up to the locked gate to the beach, I saw it fly out of a tree and farther along the ridge.

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV

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Date: 4/10/18 3:16 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Great Egrets in Wood County
6 birds currently in Williamstown marsh at intersection of Route 14 and
Waverly Road. I'm staying overnight so I''ll check again in the morning.

Terry
 

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Date: 4/10/18 12:42 pm
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, & Bluebirds
Saw my FOY Yellow-throated Warbler in our woods this morning.  Second sighting of aYellow-rumped Warbler, as well.Bluebirds working on nests in 2 of our boxes, and lots of investigating of several other boxes going on.
Cynthia BurkhartRitchie Co. WV
 

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Date: 4/10/18 6:17 am
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Swamp Sparrow (FOY and New for Yard), Brown Thrasher(FOY)- Yard - Summit Point
Yesterday evening, I had a very pleasant surprise as I watched a first ever for the yard Swamp Sparrow taking a dip in the stream and moving about with other sparrows in the area near the pond and stream. It hung around off and on for about 2 hours. I have not seen it today so far, and figure it was just passing through. I am so delighted that I was here to see it when it came by for its visit.

This morning on an early morning walk around the yard, I heard and saw my first of the year Brown Thrasher as it sang to greet the sun from the top of a tall tree in the field. A wonderful start to a beautiful day.

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County


 

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Date: 4/10/18 5:46 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Firsts
Yesterday, we had our first-of-this-spring Brown Thrasher and female
Brown-headed Cowbird at our feeders.

This morning a Field Sparrow was singing in the field above our house. Herb
Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 4/9/18 9:16 am
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: Bird of note: Am. Goldfinch
Bird of note:

07:25 A.M., April 09, 2018
Riverview, Belle, WV

American Goldfinch, (20). I know, I know, goldfinches shouldn’t be a “bird of note"-but one was all creamy white. The eyes appeared to be normal color so it was leucistic, not albino. Some poor photos are on the eBird checklist.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44401148 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44401148>

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Col, WV
 

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Date: 4/9/18 6:13 am
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Spring Birds
After being away for 2.5 weeks, I was excited to see/hear what changes have
taken place in the bird world back in the mountains. The first bird I heard
when I went out to put some feed in the feeders was a Ruffed Grouse
drumming. This was especially significant since I didn't hear any around
our house last year. There were still at least 10 Pine Siskins waiting for
feed.

On our walk up the mountain, I heard a Golden-crowned Kinglet before I saw
it. That was a real switch from the pre-hearing aid era. On the way back
down, we heard a Winter Wren singing. That seemed appropriate as the snow
was falling. Dark-eyed Juncos were singing at numerous places. In the
tumbling stream, there was a bird jumping from rock to rock that I was sure
would be our first Louisiana Waterthrush of the spring or West Virginia's
first American Dipper. The bins revealed it to be a Song Sparrow.

Near the house I heard a meowing up in the trees. There was a plump, female
Yellow-belled Sapsucker. That was accompanied by the kek-kek of a Pileated
Woodpecker and the rattling neigh of a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Though covered with snow, it seemed like spring as the ramps are up and the
spring beauties are trying to open their buds. It is good to be home. It's
time to go ramp digging. Yum!! Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 4/9/18 4:41 am
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher(FOY) - Yard- Summit Point
Yesterday evening around 5:00, I heard and saw my first for the year Blue-gray Gnatcatcher flitting about in the treeline near our field. A wonderful sight, indeed. Wonder what it thinks of the snow showers we are waking up to this morning. Oh, the roller coaster weather of early spring!

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 4/8/18 2:46 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: 5 warbler day + fos
Had pine and yellow-throated warblers at the feeders this morning.
Then, we rode from Hinton to Sandstone Falls along New River, Summers &
Raleigh Counties. Had more yellow-throated warblers plus yellow-rumped and
first of season black-&-white & black-throated green warblers. Also, first
of season blue-gray gnatcatchers, solitary vireos and purple martins.
Other birds included 12 double-crested cormorants, 5 bald eagles, a
Cooper's hawk, several ruby-crowned & golden-crowned kinglets and 100s of
tree swallows.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/8/18 12:00 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Mason County Birding
I birded this am in Mason county spending the first hour with Mike Griffith. Some of the birds seen were:


RCB Locks:

Gadwall-3

Ring-necked Duck3

Greater Scaup-2

Red-breasted Merganser-9

American Coot-2


Shady Waters Campground:

Blue-winged Teal-7


Gallipolis Ferry:

Lesser Yellowlegs-2

Bonaparte's Gull- 2 1 in breeding plumage

Horned Lark-3

Blue-winged Teal-1

Lesser Scaup-2

Ruddy Duck-1

Pied-belled Grebe-1

Purple Martin-8 FOS for me


McClintic WMA:

Mute Swan-1

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/27451663748/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/26452551007/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/27451662818/in/dateposted/

Wood Duck-1

Gadwall-1

Greater Scaup-1

Pied-billed Grebe-4

Osprey-1

Yellow-rumped Warbler-5

Yellow-throated Warbler-1


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 4/8/18 7:41 am
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...>
Subject: FOY Brown Thrasher and other highlights
Wood Song, Berkeley, West Virginia, US
Apr 8, 2018 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 24F, mostly cloudy, calm
28 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 5 Fly overs
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) 1 Heard calling from the property to the north of the house. This is the first time I have heard this species in the immediate area of the house.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 3 Numerous brief interactions with vocalizations occurring throughout the day. Several trees have sap wells that are visited by other species.
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides pubescens pubescens/medianus) 5
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides villosus [villosus Group]) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 3
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 3
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 6 Small flocks moving through the woods. There were at least 6 within earshot at one time this morning.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1 First of the year at this location. He was singing up a storm from the neighbors yard.
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (Pipilo erythrophthalmus erythrophthalmus/canaster) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 50 For the last several days there has been a large flock of AMGOs coming to the feeders. There are at least 50 individuals in the flock.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44357910 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44357910>

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

 

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Date: 4/8/18 7:21 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Sora
Yesterday Arnold Huyghebaert found a Sora in the Williamstown Marsh, across
rte 14 from the BP gas station in Williamstown. Jason White found it again
this morning.
There are 4 Great Egrets at the other end of the Marsh.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
 

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Date: 4/8/18 6:00 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Apr 7, 2018
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 8:50 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Apr 7, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, West Virginia, US
Apr 7, 2018 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: yard, driveway & Sun Valley Lake
39 species

Mallard 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 3
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 7
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 11
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 5
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 52
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 3
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 29
House Sparrow 6

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44355036

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

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Date: 4/7/18 8:06 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Great Horned Owls & Dog
A pair of Great Horned Owls are hooting away in the large white pine at the edge of our front yard tonight, driving our young dog crazy. Every time they hoot, she charges out in the yard, barking madly. Had to bring her in so we could hear the owls!
Also, FOY Golden-crowned Kinglet this afternoon. Pine Warblers continue to visit suet feeders- 2 males and 1 female. Singing males.

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie Co. WV

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 4/7/18 5:40 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fox sparrow
This afternoon saw 3 fox sparrows, red-tailed hawk, a brown thrasher, phoebe, and a hen turkey.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 4/7/18 12:39 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek--YT Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Gnatcatcher, Thrashers, Bonaparte's Gull
This morning's Mountaineer Audubon field trip was led by David Daniels.
Despite a dusting of overnight snow and temperatures around the freezing
mark, it turned out to be a productive morning.

Very high water at Tygart Lake did not allow for access to Doe Run
Impoundment and the south end of the lake, so most of the time we were
land-birding. Highlights included:

Tygart Lake Marina, which was completely underwater, and the north end of
the lake--12 species:

Common Loon--17
Double-crested Cormorant--18
Bald Eagle--1 adult, presumably the female, was incubating on the nest
across the lake.

Tygart Dam Visitor Center--17 species:

Common Merganser--2 flying over the dam
All the other species were at the feeders and surrounding trees.
Yellow-throated Warbler--1
Chipping Sparrow--1
White-throated Sparrow--3
Dark-eyed Junco--2
American Goldfinch--100. Several males had almost completed their molts
into breeding plumage.

Upper Pleasant Creek Road and wetlands--41 species:

Canada Goose--39, including several incubating
Wood Duck--3
Gadwall--3
Mallard--7
Blue-winged Teal--12
Ring-necked Duck--3
Bufflehead--9
Hooded Merganser--5
Pied-billed Grebe--3
Killdeer--1
Bonaparte's Gull--1
Belted Kingfisher--1
Eastern Phoebe--5
American Kestrel--1, maybe 2
Tree Swallow--200, maybe even 250
Northern Rough-winged Swallow--2
Barn Swallow--10
Golden-crowned Kinglet--2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--1
Brown Thrasher--2
Yellow-rumped Warbler--2
White-crowned Sparrow--4 at the farm past the house under construction
White-throated Sparrow--8
Swamp Sparrow--2
Eastern Towhee--7
Eastern Meadowlark--1

Pleasant Creek Road and wetlands as far as Bartlett Run Road--25 species:

Wood Duck--3
American Black Duck--1
Wild Turkey--1 heard gobbling
Great Blue Heron--2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker--1
Eastern Phoebe--2
Tree Swallow--2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow--1
Golden-crowned Kinglet--6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--1
Hermit Thrush--2
Yellow-rumped Warbler--4
Field Sparrow--2
Swamp Sparrow--1

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 4/7/18 12:35 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Poor Downy
An odd looking female Downy has been here for a few weeks.  The poor
thing looks like she has the mumps and from the side she looks like a
hunchback with another bulge below her neck.  She comes for food and
water and has no trouble flying.  I've never seen anything like it.  I
took some photos of her this afternoon if anyone wants to see them.

A nice surprise was having a flock of Cedar Waxwings come several times
to the birdbath.  A Yellow-rumped warbler joined them twice.  Such crisp
colors.

Another visitor the past week or more has been what I assumed was a
female Red-winged Blackbird.  After looking at my photo and the Sibley
Guide I believe it to be a variation of a 1st summer male, judging by
the white stripe above the eye.  Oddly enough this bird seems to have
befriended a lone female Cowbird.  I've seen them sit together in the
quince bush or feed together on the ground.

My order of fresh mealworms arrived today.  Makes for happy customers.

Lots of goldfinches in various stages of molt.  While I was getting my
coffee the male Towhee was on the tray feeding on peanut suet.  Haven't
seen the female for a while.  She may be working on her nest.

That persistent female Cardinal is still seeing her reflection no matter
where I put the car.  The only thing that works is draping a sheet over
the side of the car.  Looks awful.  Like those photos you see of an
accident scene.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 4/7/18 12:12 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: E-bird report and fos savannah sparrow
Just looked out to see a savannah sparrow under feeder.
Was interesting to watch the female hairy woodpecker keep the larger flicker from suet and let the downy eat.
Other birds for today that are not on e-bird report below are
Turkey vulture, Carolina wren, American robin, and song sparrow.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: April 7, 2018 1:52:42 PM EDT
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Apr 7, 2018
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Apr 7, 2018 8:40 AM - 9:50 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: later saw a male yellow-bellied sapsucker and white-breasted nuthatch
> 23 species
>
> Mourning Dove 7
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Blue Jay 7
> American Crow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> European Starling 3
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Field Sparrow 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 7
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 6
> Brown-headed Cowbird 33
> Common Grackle 7
> House Finch 6
> Purple Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 18
> House Sparrow 7
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44329755
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 4/7/18 7:14 am
From: MFowler <monty.fowler...>
Subject: Juncos in the yard
Our (brief) winter storm brought out three Slate-colored Juncos in the front
yard this morning. Haven't seen them around here for awhile, since we're in
the middle of town.



Monty Fowler

Beverly Hills, Huntington

Cabell County
 

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Date: 4/6/18 7:29 pm
From: Ross Brittain <brittainra...>
Subject: Pleasant Creek WMA
HI All,
Last night, a colleague and I led a class to the Pleasant Creek WMA in
Barbour County. While there we had several highlights:

2 - Great Egrets
1 - Ring-necked Duck
6 - Gadwall
4 - Mallard
4 - Bufflehead
2 - Pied-billed Grebe
1 - Barn Swallow
1 - Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 - American Woodcock
2 - Barred Owl
1 - Red-tailed Hawk
45 - Canada Geese

Plus the usual assortment of passerines

Note that you cannot get to the Doe Run Impoundment and boat ramp at
Pleasant Creek right now due to high water.

Happy Birding!

*Ross Brittain, PhD*
Dean, College of Science, Technology & Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Alderson Broaddus University
101 College Hill Drive, Box 2096
Philippi, WV 26416
304-457-6428
<brittainra...>
[image: Alderson Broaddus University]
 

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Date: 4/6/18 6:49 pm
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1...>
Subject: Jefferson Co. - Two new swallow species
Hello all,


I observed my first of the season Barn Swallow gliding over fields at the USDA Fruit Research Station in Bardane today. I also had a beautiful Northern Harrier using brisk winds as an opportunity to glide over the fields this afternoon.


After work I drove by Burr Industrial Ponds and observed a pair of Northern Rough-winged Swallows in one of the trees by the smaller pond. There was also a singing Brown Thrasher near by. More construction has begun in this section of the Park and may bring some forms of disruption to this great area. A herd of fifteen White-tail Deer made their way to the larger pond while I was there.


Have a great weekend!


N. Wade Snyder

Shenandoah Junction

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 4/6/18 12:38 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: fos broadwing & rough-w. swallow
Today, I saw my first of the season broad-winged hawk at Pence Springs,
Summers County and rough-winged swallows at Alderson, Greenbrier County.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/6/18 11:13 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Ospreys, Thrasher, Swallows, Loons, Cormorants, Blackbirds in Preston County
At Fairfax Pond-Rehe Wildlife Management Area near Reedsville water levels
are high and there are no mud flats at this time for any shorebirds that
might show up. This morning's highlights included:

Wood Duck--2
Ring-necked Duck--2
Pied-billed Grebe--8
Double-crested Cormorant--17
Osprey--2. One was carrying a small fish.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker--1 female. I couldn't see any red on the head, so
she may have been a rare black-crowned bird. However, my view was not ideal.
Eastern Phoebe--1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow--3
Tree Swallow--53
Golden-crowned Kinglet--2
Brown Thrasher--1 singing male near the school pond
Yellow-rumped Warbler--2

Terra Alta Lake:

Canada Goose--29

Alpine Lake:

Canada Goose--30
Bufflehead--5
Long-tailed Duck--1. Distant scope view. It looked like a female, but a
molting male without its long tail feathers looks similar, so I'm not sure
which it was.
Red-breasted Merganser--12, all in female-type plumage
Ruddy Duck--22. Many of the males were striking in their rusty-brown
breeding plumage with blue bills.
Common Loon--7
Pied-billed Grebe--5
Horned Grebe--1 molting bird just starting to show some yellow on the head
Tree Swallow--19

Oak Grove Road/Oak Grove Circle Road, where I could only estimate numbers
for some of the blackbird species:

American Kestrel--4
European Starling--75 estimate
Red-winged Blackbird--300 estimate
Rusty Blackbird--2
Eastern Meadowlark--5
Brown-headed Cowbird--4 males
Common Grackle--80 estimate

Pond along Brandonville Pike at Scott Cramer Road:

Hooded Merganser--2

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 4/6/18 9:43 am
From: MFowler <monty.fowler...>
Subject: Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 12 Feb 2018 to 13 Feb 2018 (#2018-44)
If you get an e-mail from me that has Subject: Document (1) received in the Subject: line, DO NOT OPEN IT. I received a very clever spam e-mail that sent the same thing to everyone in my address book. I apologize.

Monty


-----Original Message-----
From: Audubon birding discussion for WV [mailto:<WV-BIRD...>] On Behalf Of WV-BIRD automatic digest system
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:00 AM
To: <WV-BIRD...>
Subject: WV-BIRD Digest - 12 Feb 2018 to 13 Feb 2018 (#2018-44)

There are 5 messages totaling 163 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Listserv commands and information
2. F.O.Y.: Horned Grebe
3. Nesting box question (2)
4. F.O.Y.: Winter Wren

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Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:27:04 -0500
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...>
Subject: Listserv commands and information

I thought that I would post the Listserv commands incase someone needs them.

WV-BIRD is a birding communications network covering the entire state of West Virginia where you can: * report and receive rare bird sighting information * share timely information about bird outings and chapter field trips * interact with members of the National Audubon Society, Partners in Flight, and other bird-related organizations.

To subscribe, send a message to <LISTSERV...> <mailto:<LISTSERV...>>; leave the subject line blank, and in the body of your message, write: SUB WV-BIRD

After subscribing, you will receive a WELCOME message, along with a command reference guide for your use.

Once you're a member of WV-bird, you can send a message to all subscribers by sending your message to: <WV-BIRD...> <mailto:<WV-BIRD...>

The result is a fast and simple way to reach the birding community across the state with one e-mail message.

We welcome your participation in the network and your involvement in birding activities in West Virginia.

For more information about Audubon LISTSERV discussion lists, visit:

<http://www.audubon.org/net/list/ <http://www.audubon.org/net/list/>>

If you have any questions about this mailing list, please send an e-mail
message to: Wil Hershberger: <wilhershberger...> <mailto:<wilhershberger...>> Subject:
Information about the WV-BIRD list

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Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:09:37 -0500
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Horned Grebe

F.O.Y.
15:22, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
Horned Grebe, (2)
The Kanawha River is running about a foot above normal Marmet Pool and is muddy as heck. The current was around 2 1/2 MPH, (which is about 2 1/2 MPH faster than normal).
I walked out to the deck just to see what treasures the river would bring and saw these little ones merrily drifting along.

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co., WV

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Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:23:39 -0500
From: Cynthia Burkhart <goatgirl3971...>
Subject: Nesting box question

Last fall, after cleaning out all our nest boxes, I put a bit of dry hay/ grass in each box, as suggested in BirdersDigest. Now I'm wondering if I should remove that material before nesting season begins? Any ideas?
Thanks,
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie County, WV

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Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:07:54 -0500
From: Gerald Kruth <gkruth...>
Subject: Re: Nesting box question

Hi Cynthia,

I've been doing nestboxes for years, and I would suggest REMOVING everything you can from the inside of a box. Primarily, insects like blowflies might breed and accumulate in any vegetation.

Why take a chance?

jerry kruth

Pgh







-----Original Message-----
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
To: WV-BIRD <WV-BIRD...>
Sent: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 1:23 pm
Subject: Nesting box question

Last fall, after cleaning out all our nest boxes, I put a bit of dry hay/ grass in each box, as suggested in BirdersDigest. Now I'm wondering if I should remove that material before nesting season begins? Any ideas?
Thanks,
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie County, WV

Sent from my iPad

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Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:58:05 -0500
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.Y.: Winter Wren

F.O.Y.:
12:19, Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Marmet Locks.
Winter Wren (1)
I was being still after positioning myself to try and get photos of a Common Goldeneye and Gadwall in one pond or Hooded Mergansers in the other. I caught movement to my left and saw this one about 5-feet away. It stayed a minute or so and I got a good look at my first Winter Wren. Life Bird! My 3rd Life Bird at the Locks this year. The Locks property never fails to surprise me.

Bird of note:
I also ran into some folks at the Locks today who saw the male Ring-necked Pheasant. I didn’t see it but they showed me a photo they took not five minutes before running into me. After closing out my Travel Observation, I stayed another hour hoping it would come back out. It was not to be I’ve looked hard but haven’t seen him since November 26th. Their sighting was in the road. It ran a few yards into the high scrubby area between the Main Lot and Mt. Holly Lawn.

Rick Gregg,
Kanawha Co., WV

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Date: 4/6/18 3:59 am
From: Martha Hopper <marthachopper...>
Subject: pine siskins
3/6/2018
Pine siskins didn't show up all winter, but 5 are now among the 15 or so
goldfinches at my feeders. White-throated sparrows have been here all
winter and continue to feed on the ground along with juncos. A pair of
bluebirds have recently started feeding on my suet, I hope that I'll see
the red-shouldered hawk return to sitting on the nest it built last week
behind my house. I hear it calling in the woods but haven't seen it for
days.
Martha Hopper
Charleston WV
 

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Date: 4/5/18 5:38 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: warblers at the feeder
Just finished reading North on the Wing by Bruce M. Beehler. Inspired by
Edwin Way Teale's North With the Spring, he visited the breeding grounds
for the wood warblers in eastern United States. As I finished, I looked out
at our suet feeders on the porch and had beautiful yellow-throated and pine
warblers feeding within 10' of me. Ain't spring a grand time of the year!
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/5/18 5:24 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: 1st Bluebird nest
The female Bluebird was sitting in the tree above when I checked the
box.  It had all five eggs so now incubation can begin.  The Phoebe nest
on the motion light nest next door is progressing nicely.  They started
with mud and by this morning they had progressed to incorporating moss.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 4/5/18 9:59 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Yellowlegs, Shovelers, BW Teals, Loons, and Cormorants in Preston County
A good morning for migration yielded these highlights in Preston County:

Lake o'Woods:

Ring-necked Duck--29
Bufflehead--19
Common Loon--6, all in breeding plumage
Pied-billed Grebe--2
Double-crested Cormorant--38. I could even see the small crests on a few
that give this species its name. All adults. I'll check when I get home,
but this may be the highest count ever for this species at this
seldom-birded lake.
Bald Eagle--1 adult
Bonaparte's Gull--2, including 1 in breeding plumage
Ring-billed Gull--6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker--1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--2, including 1 flashing its red crest
Fox Sparrow--1

Pond along Route 26 about 0.1 mile west of Glade Farms Road:

Greater Yellowlegs--4

Teets Pond along Route 26 about 0.1 mile east of Glade Farms Road:

Canada Goose--120
Blue-winged Teal--5
Northern Shoveler--3
Lesser Scaup--2

Also, in the Morgan's Run cove of Cheat Lake in Monongalia County there
were 7 more cormorants--all adults.

Otherwise, Cheat Lake was bereft of birds.

Terry
 

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Date: 4/5/18 9:52 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Today's MBC outing - Yellow-throated Warbler
Today's Mountwood Bird Club outing to the McDonough Refuge was attended
by Nancy Cornes, Jeanie Hilton, Nina Ott, Jeanette & Dick Esker, Barb &
Neal Hohman, Pat Collins, Arnold Huyghebaert, Mike Sheppard, Jason White
and I.

Birds: "*" = highlights

Canada Goose
*Wood Duck
duck - sp. - flyover small flock
Mourning Dove
Turkey Vulture
*Sharp-shinned Hawk
*Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
**Merlin
*Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
*Tree Swallow
*Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
*Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
*Golden-crowned Kinglet - several
*Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird
**Hermit Thrush - FOY for most of the group
American Robin
*Brown Thrasher
American Goldfinch
*Yellow-rumped Warbler
**Yellow-throated Warbler - FOY for us
Eastern Towhee
*Chipping Sparrow
*Field Sparrow
**Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
*Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
*Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
 

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Date: 4/5/18 8:42 am
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Loggerhead shrikes - Monroe County
Hi all, our initial surveys of the season have already found an active
loggerhead shrike nest in Monroe County with a female incubating as of
today. Hopefully this will be the first of a number of such reports for the
Greenbrier Valley!

Rich Bailey, Elkins
 

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Date: 4/5/18 3:19 am
From: Jean <jeaneely...>
Subject: Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 3 Apr 2018 to 4 Apr 2018 (#2018-94)
A fierce gust of wind blew a handsome Brown Thrasher into the front windows yesterday at sunup. I heard the thump and looked out.

He was sitting, but leaning, swaying and blinking — all bad signs!

Got a brown grocery bag and opened it, laid it on its side in the front entry out of the rain. Put bird inside.

Half hour later, he was gone.

Hasta la vista, amigo!! Hope you make it.

Jean Neely
Near Shepherdstown
 

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Date: 4/4/18 4:01 pm
From: Lynne Wiseman16 <0000001f1aa07fb9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Two good days
Yesterday morning brought in a female Purple Finch and today brought a first to property Eastern Towhee, then 3 Chipping Sparrows and lastly an Eastern Phoebe. What will tomorrow bring?

Lynne Wiseman
Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County

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Date: 4/4/18 1:53 pm
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Yellow-rumped Warbler
FOY Yellow-rumped Warbler here this morning.  He was probably unimpressed with the empty feeders, as I didn't see him after 8:30.  T-o-o-o windy to fill feeders until late this afternoon.  Pine Warbler especially active today at suet, and poking around in the wet yard.  Watched him yank a worm out of the ground!
Cynthia BurkhartRitchie County, WV
 

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Date: 4/4/18 1:29 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Lesser Yellowlegs
R.C. Byrd Locks (Mason Co.) : 1 Peregrine Falcon (1st year) and 1 Rusty Blackbird

Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.) : 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and 3 Vesper Sparrows

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 4/4/18 12:27 pm
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: 2 Warbler day
They must have rode here on the wind:
1 Palm (yellow) warbler - Bolivar Heights
1 Louisiana waterthrush - Murphy Farm (singing)

Yesterday, the Brown Thrasher returned to Murphy.

The Bald eagles are back nesting on the Shenandoah above Bulls Falls. They
took a year or two off and moved downstream a ways. But today I'm pretty
sure I could see their nest just inland from the curve of river (visible
from the Murphy Farm overlook), sitting big and fat in what looks like a
huge palm of a hand of a giant sycamore tree limb.

D. Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 4/4/18 10:46 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Milton Ponds
Stopped for a few minutes at the Milton Ponds.

Osprey-1
Blue-winged Teal-7
Pied-billed Grebe-4
Red-shouldered Hawk-1

Kim Kazmierski

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Date: 4/4/18 10:02 am
From: Jim Triplett <jtrippy...>
Subject: Pine Siskin
We didn’t have Pine Siskins at our feeders this past winter, 2017/2018. Last winter, 2016/2017, we fed a large charm through March 2018.

A small charm of six showed up at our feeders for a short period of time presumably headed north migrating from further south.

Jim Triplett
Charleston, WV
 

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Date: 4/4/18 8:41 am
From: Kevin Cade <dmgraphics...>
Subject: Blue-headed vireo
Heard a Blue-headed Vireo singing at the house this morning.

Kevin Cade
Hurricane Creek Road, Putnam County
 

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Date: 4/4/18 5:30 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: fos warblers
We heard our first of the season Louisiana waterthrush and yellow-throated
warbler at Brush Creek Falls state Park, Mercer County yesterday afternoon.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/3/18 4:14 pm
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Purple Martins
Purple Martins flying over the neighborhood this evening in Hurricane, Putnam County.

Kim Kazmierski
Hurricane, WV

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Date: 4/2/18 5:28 pm
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Fallout at Summersville Dam plus Other Updates
After hearing word of a couple fallouts today and steady eBird reports of some great rarities I decided to check a couple places after work to see what had stopped over near Summersville. Highlights below, plus a couple other belated updates. Many counts are estimates.

Muddlety Valley Road:

Wood Duck 2
Blue-winged Teal 7
Northern Shoveler 12
Gadwall 4
American Wigeon 7
Green-winged Teal 6
Ring-necked Duck 6
Lesser Scaup 65
Bufflehead 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
American Coot 3
Bonaparte's Gull 3

Summersville Dam:

Blue-winged Teal 15
Northern Shoveler 75
Gadwall 10
American Wigeon 24
Green-winged Teal 15
Ring-necked Duck 13
Lesser Scaup 400
Bufflehead 10
Ruddy Duck 16
Common Loon 8
Horned Grebe 12
Double-crested Cormorant 9
American Coot 7
Bonaparte's Gull 2
Ring-billed Gull 30
Barred Owl 2

Ospreys returned to the Muddlety area on 3/29/2018.

My wife and I saw a pair of Canada Geese with 5 goslings near Weston, WV on 3/30/2018

While driving through Lincoln County today I spotted 3 Great Egrets roosting in the same tree above a small fish pond.

Lastly, I have been hearing Chipping Sparrow, Louisiana Waterthrush, Brown Thrasher, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Northern Mockingbird, and other birds singing in various locations.

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 4/2/18 2:22 pm
From: Jim Triplett <jtrippy...>
Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler
Bev and I found a FOY Yellow-throated Warbler at Coonskin Park today.

Jim and Bev Triplett
Charleston, WV
 

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Date: 4/2/18 11:29 am
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: Waterfowl fallout on the Shenandoah River - Jefferson County
Come one, come all! Long- tailed Ducks, Horned Grebes galore, Redhead, Gadwall, Scaup and more!

Get out here now before they leave. S turn to Moulton Park.

Birdmom
Jefferson County, WV


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Date: 4/1/18 5:58 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Kimsey Dam
Brief  Stop at Kimsey this  morning
Four Palm Warbles  Surprize 
Even more of a surprize  a   Warbling Vireo  Singing
Nice Blue Wing Teal   male
Tree Swallows every where with   one Barn Swallow 


Diane Holsinger
 

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Date: 4/1/18 5:56 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: barn swallow
We had our first of the season barn swallow today near Athens, Mercer
County.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers county
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 4/1/18 5:54 pm
From: Rodney <rodbartgis...>
Subject: Pendleton County waterthrushes
There were at least two, and maybe a third, Louisiana waterthrushes today at Seneca Rocks, Pendleton County
Rodney Bartgis

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Date: 4/1/18 5:48 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Looking for Spring
Several of us found a few signs of Spring last week around the New River area, including 1/2 bloomed Spring Beauties, leaves of Wild Ginger (no blossoms), and the Easter Bunny. Bird highlights were...
Carnifex Ferry State Park - a group of very friendly Golden Crown Kinglets (would that be a “Reign?”). A pair of Great Blue Herons flying very high into the dusk, croaking all the way. A well groomed Yellowbellied Sapsucker (usually they look kinda ratty), chipping sparrows, and zip zip zip — a Northern Parula (heard only, but what else sounds like a zipper?).
Summersville Reservoir—three Horned Grebes fishing in the rain and mist (they spend more time submerged than above water). Plus two Black Vultures looking quite threatening hunkered on top of telephone poles.
Camp Brookside near Sandstone - 4 very handsome Common Mergansers grooming on a log (three very white males and one female). And the Brook Island Eagle was very visible on the nest.
Blue Stone Dam - several cormorants flying to the dam and riding down, fishing all the way, then flying back to the dam, riding down, then flying back....
Pipestem Nature Center, and under THE NR bridge - Pine Warblers, sparking the annual debate about which trill is it — Pine warbler, Chipping Sparrow , or Juncos?

Speaking of which, the juncos and white throats are still at my feeders in Charleston. A Chippie on the feeder greeted me home, despite the prediction of yet more snow. And i’m glad that the gang of towhees that i’ve been feeding all winter for the rest of you are finally thinning out as many head north for you all to enjoy. So, enjoy this glorious season....

Laura Ceperley, with Martha Hopper, Luanne Bowers, Andy Dalton, and Elaine George.
 

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Date: 4/1/18 3:48 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Cabwaylingo State Forest, Beech Fork Marina etc.
Mike Griffith and I birded most of the morning birding at Cabwaylingo State Forest and finished up at Beech Fork Marina with a few stops along Rte. 152 in Wayne County. Rennie and Amy Talbert were fortunate to see Surf and Black Scoters today at Beech Fork Marina, who later contacted Gary Rankin for confirmation- thanks to Amy and Rennie. Gary later contacted us and we were also successful in seeing the Scoters. I have enclosed several links to pics from today. We were able to see all 7 Woodpeckers in the state at Cabwaylingo. Some of the birds seen were:

'

Cabwaylingo State Forest:


Red-headed Woodpecker-6

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/40271396245/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/40271396245/in/dateposted/

Yellow-belly Sapsucker-2

Louisiana Waterthrush-9

Black-and-white Warbler-3 FOS

Yellow-rumped Warbler-2

Yellow-throated Warbler-1 FOS

Black-throated Green Warbler-2 FOS


Rte. 152 in Wayne County:


Bonaparte's Gull-1 in a flooded farm field between Dunlow and Genoa

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/40454712044/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/40271417985/in/dateposted/

Great Egret-1 just outside of Wayne in farm field


Beech Fork Marina:

Surf Scoter-16 7 males and 9 females- one of the pics also has a Black Scoter present.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/27293616998/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/41123181312/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/40271518035/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/40271517255/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/27293602098/in/dateposted/

Black Scoter-2 first year males- one of the pics has a Surf Scoter present.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/26295060847/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/26295061397/in/dateposted/

Bonaparte's Gull-1 seen although 3 were seen earlier

Greater Scaup-3

Bufflehead-1

Red-breasted Merganser-13


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 4/1/18 12:58 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: 2 Life Birds in 1 sighting
Amy and I decided to go out birding today instead of sitting around the house doing nothing, and it's a good thing that we did. Our first stop was at the Beech Fork Marina.
From the parking lot we could see a group of ducks out in the middle of the lake, although they were closer to the mouth of Stowers Branch, which is where the swimming area is.

As I was getting the scope set up, a gull flew over me, and I realized it was a Bonaparte's Gull and there were actually three of the them.

I got the scope on the ducks, but could only recognize the Greater Scaup. Amy looked and she thought some of them looked like scoters. We took the scope around the right side of the lake so we could be closer, and looked at the ducks again. I'll admit that Amy and I had only every seen white-winged scoters before, and she was pretty sure that these were surf scoters, so the closest person that I could think of that would know was Gary Rankin, and he was good enough to come and check them out.

When he got there he said he had been there earlier in the day and had seen the Bonaparte's Gulls. He identified the surf scoters for us and as an added bonus, he was able to identify a black scoter also. (After we had left, David Patick called and said he was there with Gary Rankin and Mike Griffith, and that they were also able to identify two black scoters.) So that makes two life birds for Amy and I. I took pictures, but the ducks were far away and in poor light conditions. so they turned out grainy, but you can make out the surf scoters and another that I believe is the black scoter.

Other birds that we saw out there:

Greater Yellowlegs (FOS) Flying over and calling
Rough-winged swallow (FOS)
Barn Swallow (FOS)
Greater Scaup
Tree Swallows
Hooded Mergansers
Bufflehead
Belted Kingfisher

I want to thank Gary for taking the time to check out the scoters for us.

Amy and Rennie Talbert
Barboursville, WV
 

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Date: 4/1/18 11:14 am
From: Kevin Cade <dmgraphics...>
Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush
Heard a Louisiana Waterthrush singing this afternoon along Big Creek Road in Wayne County.

Kevin Cade
 

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Date: 4/1/18 11:02 am
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: The Ladies are Back! (and other FOS birds)
This morning there were 6 FOS FEMALE Red-winged Blackbirds under my feeders (and only 2 males). Let the fun begin!Other FOS birds this morning:  a very wet Brown Thrasher, and a Black Vulture.Also had a Purple Finch (m) at feeder.
Cynthia BurkhartRitchie County, WV
 

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Date: 4/1/18 8:54 am
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti...>
Subject: Caspian Terns and other birds
Two Caspian Terns flew upriver past Bennerhassett Island this morning
about 11:20 a.m.

Other birds this morning along the Ohio River near Parkersburg were:

Two Bonaparte's Gulls at Spencer's Lading in Vienna.

An Osprey on the battered nest on Memorial Bridge.

Two adult Bald Eagles in the nest on Neale Island at Vienna.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
 

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Date: 4/1/18 5:04 am
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Brown thrasher
Observed FOS brown thrasher yesterday. When I went out to do chores this morning he had joined the chorus.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Date: 3/31/18 9:13 pm
From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Nesting Bluebirds; Herons
Bluebirds have built the FOS nest in Box #8 at edge of our yard; no eggs yet.My husband and I walked over to the Heron colony on Bond's Creek, in Ritchie Co.  There are 7 nests:  4 visibly occupied by sitting Herons;  and Herons standing sentry by the others.  These nests are all in one large Sycamore at edge of the stream.  Last year there were an additional 3 nests in another Sycamore just a little downstream, but there is no trace of them this year.
Cynthia BurkhartRitchie Co.
 

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Date: 3/31/18 7:06 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: Birding Cabell and Mason Counties
Amy and I got a late start birding today. We got to our first spot, entrance to Camp Arrowhead, at 3:45pm.

The highlight were:

Eastern Phoebe (Camp Arrowhead)
American Coots (Ashton Wetlands)
Pied-billed Grebe (Ashton Wetlands & New Ponds near the start of Ashton-Upland Road)
Horned Grebe (ponds at the start of Ashton-Upland Road)

I was able to take several pictures of the horned grebe. It was very close to shore and unafraid.

Amy and Rennie Talbert
Barboursville
 

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Date: 3/31/18 4:33 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Bluebird eggs
Looks like the Easter Bunny is not the only one laying eggs. Found two
eggs in the Bluebird nest box.  Keeping my fingers crossed that they
will be successful in raising their young.

Seeing a Brown Creeper on the crab apple tree this morning was a nice
surprise.  Haven't seen one in the yard all winter.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/31/18 3:01 pm
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth...>
Subject: SANDHILL CRANE- Stauffer’s Marsh
A single Sandhill Crane was spotted and photographed this morning at Stauffer’s Marsh in Berkeley County.

Bob Sebring saw the bird in flight as it dropped out of view into the off limits area of the marsh. May be worth looking for. Seems like a great place for a pair!


Joe Hildreth
 

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Date: 3/31/18 2:33 pm
From: Jean Neely <jeaneely...>
Subject: Loons on Shenandoah
This afternoon at 3, we saw 4 Common Loons at the rapids along Bloomery rd. Just before the road turns uphill & away from the river.
Very good looks. Jefferson Co.
Jean Neely
Near Shepherdstown

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Date: 3/31/18 12:52 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Rte. 2 birding etc.
Gary Rankin and I birded this am along Rte. 2 in Cabell and Mason County and also covered one of Cabell County ridges- Union Ridge Rd. I later made a brief visit this afternoon to Beech Fork Marina. Some of the birds seen were:


Cabell County Ridges:


Louisiana Waterthrush-1

Brown Thrasher-2 FOS for Gary


Ashton Ponds:


Blue-winged Teal-9

Green-winged Teal-2

Hooded Merganser-15

Pied-billed Grebe-2


Apple Grove:


Lesser Yellowlegs-2 FOS

Greater Yellowlegs-1 FOS


Gallipolis Ferry;


Northern Shoveler-2

Mallard-2

Greater Scaup-6

Double-crested Cormorant-2

Black Vulture-1

Turkey Vulture-7

Osprey-1

American Coot-1

Eastern Phoebe-1

Vesper Sparrow-4 FOS

Savannah Sparrow-3


RCB Locks:


Blue-winged Teal-2

Gadwall-5

Ring-necked Duck-2

Greater Scaup-5

Bufflehead-3

Hooded Merganser-8

Wilson's Snipe1 FOS

Osprey-5

Herring Gull-2

Cliff Swallow-2 FOS


Greenbottom WMA:


Great Egret-1 FOS for me


Beech Fork Marina:


Barn Swallow-1 FOS


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 3/30/18 4:15 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: New Swallows for the year
Beech Fork Dam (Wayne Co.) : 2 Barn Swallows and 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 3/30/18 11:34 am
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...>
Subject: FOYs
There are two male Pine Warblers singing in the woods around the house this morning. An Eastern Towhee is singing from the neighbors land to the north along with a Field Sparrow.
Also of interest, a pair of Northern Flickers are courting in the woods around the house. Fingers are crossed that they nest here again this year.


Wil Hershberger
Hedgesville, WV


 

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Date: 3/30/18 11:30 am
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Pine warbler FOY here
Just looked out at feeder to see a bird that didn't look right got a goldfinch watched it come out from behind some grass and saw it was a warbler. Good view of pine warbler. A lot of female red-winged blackbirds and brown headed cowbirds showed up today.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Date: 3/30/18 7:00 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Good Friday getting better
The long-awaited Phoebe has arrived.  Coming back from my dog walk I saw
him sitting on the roof of the mailbox building, singing away.  Let the
nest building begin.

Also saw my first Spring Azures yesterday afternoon.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/30/18 5:51 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Good Friday indeed
I just noticed a dark bird clinging to one of the nest boxes and a
closer look revealed the first Tree Swallow of the season. Stepping out
the back door I was treated to their chorus.  What a welcome sight they
are.  It just seemed like Spring was never going to get here this year.

Yesterday I spent part of the balmy afternoon watching the eagles.  An
adult was on the nest but I could see the eaglets stretching and moving
around.  Their fuzzy wings look like they are about 8 or more inches
long.  The faces are losing some of the down,making them look like they
have a mohawk.  After a while another eagle came and landed on a higher
branch in the same sycamore.   Turned out to be an immature.  Based on
the coloring a 3-4 year bird.  That is the best look I've had at the
interesting feathers of one this age.    At first the adult on the nest
did not seem bothered but when the immature moved to a lower branch and
kept looking down at the nest the adult started calling.   I was
wondering if she was calling for her mate or just trying to drive the
intruder away.   Finally she started screaming, mouth wide open, and the
immature got the message and left.  A bit later the other adult came
towards the sycamore.  It is really funny to see that as soon as the one
on the nest sees the mate approaching she leaves, anxious to get out of
Dodge.

Just had a female Towhee make her appearance under the feeder. Probably
the mate of the male that has been here for several days.

Looks like I solved the problem of the female Cardinal pecking at the
car window.  Throwing a sheet over the car worked but a simpler solution
was just backing my car into the parking pad. She hasn't been near the
car since.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/29/18 1:46 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Bonaparte's Gull
R.C. Byrd Locks : 1 Bonaparte's Gull (FOY)

Apple Grove farm field (Mason Co.) : 15 Savannah Sparrows & 2 Chipping Sparrows (FOY)

Birding for 2.5 hours in good waterfowl habitat, I saw, among other ducks, about 100 Wood Ducks and about 50 Blue-winged Teal.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 3/29/18 11:36 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Vesper Sparrow & Osprey first appearances.
Here in Harpers Ferry a VESPER SPARROW gave me & husband wonderful long
looks on the split-rail fence dividing the upper fields of North
Schoolhouse Ridge battlefield today. Loads of robins foraged in the fields
there, and blackbirds filled the air with their snap-crackle-and-pop music.

Our B&B guest, who went for a long run on the towpath before breakfast said
that he saw an OSPREY carrying a twig to the nest atop the trestle
footbridge that spans the Potomac at Lower Town.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
 

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Date: 3/29/18 5:53 am
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger...>
Subject: Re: Female Cardinal Behavior
Yes, paired female Northern Cardinals will help their mate defend their nesting territory. The reflections appear to be intruders in their territory and they try to chase them out. It would be best to put the cloth on the outside of the window so that she cannot see her reflection.
Female Northern Cardinals will also sing to help protect their nesting territory, especially if the male is busy with an intruder.

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

 

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Date: 3/28/18 5:29 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Cardinal
We have a female Northern Cardinal who persistently flys into our large,
deck window. She hangs onto our Acopian Bird Saver parachute cords, that
are to save her from the windows, and fights with her reflection. She was
doing this off and on for a few months last year and has started again this
year. She will also go to a back door window flying to and from the deck
railing. She pays no attention to our attempts to teach her that the
reflection is no threat. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
 

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Date: 3/28/18 4:41 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Wild Turkey, Eastern Towhee(FOY)- Yard- Summit Point
Yesterday a male Wild Turkey strolled into the yard out back from our field. It stayed a short time and then returned to the field. It was the first one I have seen in the yard this year. Then this morning, I heard a Towhee singing its distinctive song from the side yard woods and brambles. Have not seen it as yet, but continued to hear its invitation to tea from time to time throughout the day. Looking forward to its making an appearance.

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 3/28/18 3:21 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Herring Gull/Randolph County/Alpena
I was passing the pond at The Alpines in Alpena at 1:41pm, I always look at the pond but rarely is anything there..A gull was on the water near the road..The first thing that popped into my head was whoa, that isn't a Ring-bill. I got slowed down quick enough to get the binoculars on it for about 45 seconds before the traffic caught up to me..It was a Herring Gull, without a doubt. I drove to the top of the mountain and turned around to come back to where I could park and get out..It was 1:45 and the gull was GONE. I sat there about 20 minutes and it never returned. (3/28/18)

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 3/28/18 2:33 pm
From: Holly Canfield <canfield99...>
Subject: Re: Female Cardinal behavior
I surprisingly have had a female cardinal dogs by this this year to my windshield, I've never seen a female do it before.

Holly Canfield

Holly Canfield
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From: Audubon birding discussion for WV <WV-BIRD...> on behalf of James Gregory <000000ddaae71225-dmarc-request...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:03:59 PM
To: <WV-BIRD...>
Subject: Re: Female Cardinal behavior

Never heard of a female doing that.

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> On Mar 28, 2018, at 4:41 PM, Bruni Haydl <bruni...> wrote:
>
> For the past week I've had a female Cardinal keep flying from the dogwood branch into my car window. I thought she saw her reflection so I moved the car back. She still does it, but now sits on the mirror first. I even went out and hung a cloth on the inside of the window but to no avail. Anybody have any idea what her problem is? If it wasn't raining I'd open the car window just to see what she would do.
>
> Male Cardinals and Bluebirds have done that in the past but never a female.
>
> Bruni Haydl
>
> Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/28/18 2:04 pm
From: James Gregory <000000ddaae71225-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Female Cardinal behavior
Never heard of a female doing that.

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> On Mar 28, 2018, at 4:41 PM, Bruni Haydl <bruni...> wrote:
>
> For the past week I've had a female Cardinal keep flying from the dogwood branch into my car window. I thought she saw her reflection so I moved the car back. She still does it, but now sits on the mirror first. I even went out and hung a cloth on the inside of the window but to no avail. Anybody have any idea what her problem is? If it wasn't raining I'd open the car window just to see what she would do.
>
> Male Cardinals and Bluebirds have done that in the past but never a female.
>
> Bruni Haydl
>
> Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/28/18 1:41 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Female Cardinal behavior
For the past week I've had a female Cardinal keep flying from the
dogwood branch into my car window.  I thought she saw her reflection so
I moved the car back.  She still does it, but now sits on the mirror
first.  I even went out and hung a cloth on the inside of the window 
but to no avail.  Anybody have any idea what her problem is?      If it
wasn't raining I'd open the car window just to see what she would do.

Male Cardinals and Bluebirds have done that in the past but never a female.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/28/18 11:51 am
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds...>
Subject: Help needed with 2018 Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)!
Hi all, I'm working on filling as many vacant survey routes as I can for
this year. As many of you know, the BBS is a primary tool for long term
monitoring of songbird populations. Routes are 25 miles long, with 50 stops
where observers count birds for 3 minutes.

To run a route, you must have mastery by sight and sound of all native birds
in WV. Additionally, your hearing must be excellent, particularly in the
high range. Ability to hear high pitches unfortunately declines with age.

Routes can be run between 5/27 and 7/2.

We currently have the following vacant routes:

Route name County start Start latitude Start longitude
Three Forks Webster 38.3420287 -80.3742359
Valley Head Randolph 38.60707 -80.0272954
Cedarville Gilmer 38.8295556 -80.7952778
Breeden Mingo 37.8519437 -82.4001619
Rockport Wood 39.0742387 -81.5530999
Slate Wirt/Wood 39.04944 -81.55312

If you're interested in learning more, let me know!

Rich Bailey, Elkins
304-637-0245 <(304)%20637-0245>
 

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Date: 3/28/18 7:01 am
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Blue-winged Teal
I was surprised to look out my kitchen window at 8:30 this morning and see a male Blue- winged Teal in the pond. He only stayed about 10 minutes, but was a pleasure to see. Only second time in 40 years to see one here.

Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie Co.

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Date: 3/27/18 4:04 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: 2 FOY Birds
On Nine Mile Creek (Cabell Co.), I found a singing Louisiana Waterthrush and at R.C. Byrd Locks (Mason Co.), there was 1 Cliff Swallow.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 3/27/18 10:42 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV, US, Mar 27, 2018
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 1:33 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers
County, WV, US, Mar 27, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mountain Valley Lake, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV, US, Summers, West
Virginia, US
Mar 27, 2018 8:50 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: 39degrees, overcast,3-5mph wind
24 species

Mallard 1
Ring-necked Duck 36
Lesser Scaup 14
Bufflehead 8
Hooded Merganser 3
Wild Turkey 21 Gobbler displaying in a field
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Black Vulture 14
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 12
Common Raven 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 9
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 2

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44008519

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

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Date: 3/27/18 10:13 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: FOY
Just had my first Towhee under the feeder, a beautiful male. Usually I
hear them before I actually see one.  Not this year.

Saw the eaglet yesterday.  They are growing.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 3/26/18 5:14 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: peent
Just went out to bring in bird feeders to keep the raccoons out of them and
had an Amer. woodcock fly past my head. Ended up seeing at least three in
flight while a fourth was peenting from the ground. That's with 4-5" snow
on the ground with a few bare spots and 40 degrees. Ain't Spring grand?
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 3/26/18 3:50 pm
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Osprey returns to Harrisville
The Osprey has returned to Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area in Harrisville. This afternoon, I saw it in last year's nest, then watched as it flew into a nearby snag. Other highlights were a singing Mockingbird, and a gorgeous Great Blue Heron. Its feathers just looked so new and bright as it flew low overhead.
At home, I saw FOY Chipping Sparrow, a male Purple Finch, and a singing male Pine Warbler.
With the beautiful, warmer sunny day, it actually felt like Spring!

Cynthia Burkhart. Ritchie co.

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Date: 3/26/18 1:28 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Ospreys return to Stonewall Jackson Lake in force
The first reported pair in eBird this year at Stonewall Jackson Lake was at
the Pen Run access, as reported by Davette Saeler on March 18. Well, today
there were 5 occupied nests, as follows:

Skin Creek Road at Curtis Run Road--2 birds on nest
Pen Run access--2 birds on nest, copulating
Oil Creek Road near Roanoke School entrance--2 birds on nest
Mud Lick Road just south of Route 19--1 bird on nest on the man-made
platform atop a telephone pole
Route 19 northwest of Dunkin Run Road--1 bird on nest. Note: due to trees
along Route 19, this nest is only visible when parked at the Dunkin Run
Road junction.

The latter 2 locations were previously unknown to me, though the Dunkin
Road location was reported to eBird in 2016.

In addition, a flying bird was seen at the Hog Hollow Road bridge, heading
toward Pen Run, so I presume it was one of that pair.

No birds were present at the Skin Creek Road nest south of Little Skin
Creek Road. Maybe they moved to the Mud Lick Road platform?

Other highlights today:

Stonecoal Lake at Stonecoal Run Road access:

Canada Goose--4
Wood Duck--9
Blue-winged Teal--4
Mallard--3
Ring-necked Duck--3
Bufflehead--1
Hooded Merganser--2
Common Merganser--4

Little Skin Creek Road:

Common Merganser--2

Vandalia Bay:

Eastern Phoebe--1

Pen Run access:

Canada Goose--34
Mallard--2
Ring-necked Duck--3
Tree Swallow--1

Abrams Run Road:

Wood Duck--6
Eastern Meadowlark--1

Boat launch at south end of Mud Lick Road:

Common Merganser--11

Oil Creek Road Osprey site:

Common Merganser--37

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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Date: 3/26/18 9:16 am
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Chipping Sparrow (FOY)- Five Sparrow Day- Yard- Summit Point
I had my first of the year Chipping Sparrow in the yard yesterday, which brought the sparrow species count up to 5 yesterday including White-throated, one immature White-crowned, Song, and one Fox Sparrow. The only one missing which I had seen previously at the the pond on one of the snow days last week was the Field Sparrow. The Fox Sparrow first appeared with the snow and has shown up about once a day since. A nice early spring bouquet.

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle

Summit Point

Jefferson County
 

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Date: 3/26/18 7:20 am
From: Elliot Kirschbaum <kingfisher501...>
Subject: American Tree Sparrow in Jefferson County
This morning, Nancy and I finally got an American Tree Sparrow in Jefferson County, and it was in our yard! Yay!


Elliot Kirschbaum
<kingfisher501...>
 

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Date: 3/25/18 8:30 am
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Chipping sparrow FOY
Chipping sparrow has returned to feeder. Haven't saw the pine siskin today.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Date: 3/24/18 6:58 pm
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Nicholas County Highlights
I spent a short time birding this afternoon, but also found some incidental birds while out and about. Highlights below.

Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park:
Ross's Goose continues

Old Airport Road:
Wilson's Snipe 1
Blue-winged Teal 2
Eastern Meadowlark 10
Killdeer 8

Jordan Chapel United Methodist Church:
Snow Goose (dark morph) 1

Home feeders:
Pine Siskin 1

Mohawk Campground:
Northern Pintail 1

Steven Wilson
Summersville, WV
 

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Date: 3/24/18 4:28 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Mar 24, 2018
Had one pine siskin at feeder this morning. First one here this year.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: March 24, 2018 1:56:15 PM EDT
> To: <wjar...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Mar 24, 2018
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Mar 24, 2018 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: cold and sunny
> 20 species
>
> Mourning Dove 8
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 4
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> European Starling 2
> Dark-eyed Junco 2
> Song Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 2
> Common Grackle 4
> House Finch 4
> Purple Finch 2
> Pine Siskin 1
> American Goldfinch 35
> House Sparrow 5
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43914508
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 3/24/18 2:45 pm
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Towhee, Fox Sparrow (Tucker)
Hi, all,



During the wintry bluster of last Wednesday, the first Eastern Towhee of the
season appeared in the yard, and Fox Sparrows have been around for about a
week. Pine Siskin numbers (I hope) have peaked at 500+.



Good birding,



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV
 

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Date: 3/24/18 8:24 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Preston County Greater Yellowlegs continues
Reported yesterday to eBird by David Daniels. In wetlands along Decker's
Creek Trail just north of McKinney Cave Road at 11:15. Also 7 Wilson's
Snipes and 2 Killdeers.

Terry
 

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Date: 3/24/18 5:46 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Purple Finch in Morgantown
At my feeders. Female. Only my second record in the 9 years I've lived
here--last was in 2011.

--
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 

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