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Black-bellied Plover,©Barry Kent Mackay

19 Sep Hawk watching report from Little Indian Creek WMA [Gretchen Nareff ]
19 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - East River Mountain, Sep 18, 2014 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
19 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Pipestem Resort State Park, Sep 18, 2014 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
18 Sep 18 Warblers including Brewster's [Mike Griffith ]
18 Sep Today's MBC outing - Philadelphia Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Jon Benedetti ]
18 Sep Monongalia County hawk watch [Terry Bronson ]
18 Sep PVAS-sponsored Hawk Watch - Bolivar Heights (Harpers Ferry) [Deb Hale ]
18 Sep Migrating Wood Thrush & hummers [Jean Neely ]
18 Sep peregrines, eagles, blue grosbeaks [Rodney Bartgis ]
18 Sep Walk [Herb Myers ]
17 Sep Merlin [ ]
17 Sep Birding on Our rdge [Tom Igou ]
17 Sep Randolph County migrants [Mimi Kibler ]
17 Sep Hawks and Hiking Day Sat. Sept 20 on Peters Mountain [Wendy Perrone ]
17 Sep Hardy Birding- New Hawk Spotting Area [kathy king ]
16 Sep Passerine Migrants [Mike Griffith ]
16 Sep raptors over the house [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
16 Sep Monongalia County hawkwatch--day 2 [Terry Bronson ]
16 Sep Philadelphia Vireo (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
15 Sep Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
15 Sep Raleigh Co./Lake Stephens [Allen Waldron ]
16 Sep Common yellowthroat and Common ravens - Jefferson County yard [Bird Mom ]
15 Sep Hanging Rock [Rodney Davis ]
15 Sep broadwings [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
15 Sep Good Broad-winged Hawk showing in Monongalia County, decent warbler show too [Terry Bronson ]
15 Sep Hawk movement [Joe Hildreth ]
15 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Stauffer's Marsh, Sep 14, 2014 [Elliot Kirschbaum ]
15 Sep Greenbrier valley birds - 9/8 - 9/10 [Rich Bailey ]
15 Sep Terns [Larry Metheny ]
14 Sep Terns at Tygart Lake SP [Mike Slaven ]
14 Sep Rte. 2 Birding [DAVID ]
14 Sep Wilson's Warblers and Greater Yellowlegs in Preston County [Terry Bronson ]
13 Sep 3 weeks tally of Nighthawks ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
13 Sep Today's MBC outing [Jon Benedetti ]
13 Sep Yellow-bellied Flycatcher & Philadelphia Vireo [Mike Griffith ]
13 Sep caracara [Todd Katzner ]
13 Sep Re: hundreds of Tree swallows, interesting Hybrid Canada goose - Burr Industrial ponds, Jefferson County [Elliot Kirschbaum ]
13 Sep Warblers (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
12 Sep Prickett's Fort [Joey Herron ]
13 Sep hundreds of Tree swallows, interesting Hybrid Canada goose - Burr Industrial ponds, Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
12 Sep nighthawks [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
12 Sep Yellow-bellied Flycatcher [Mike Griffith ]
12 Sep eagles & red-headed woodpecker [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
12 Sep Merlin/Randolph County/Norton [Randy Bodkins ]
12 Sep Migrant raptors at Little Indian Creek WMA [Gretchen Nareff ]
12 Sep Willet sighting in Morgantown [Terry Bronson ]
11 Sep Shorebirds [Mike Griffith ]
11 Sep Kestrels [Herb Myers ]
11 Sep Merlin/Randolph County/Adult Male [Randy Bodkins ]
11 Sep Merlin Yellow Throat Vireo Tenn Warbler [ ]
10 Sep Passerine Migrants [Mike Griffith ]
10 Sep Monongalia County Scaup update, Core Arboretum [Terry Bronson ]
10 Sep nocturnal movements [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
10 Sep Hanging Rocks [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
9 Sep Pleasant Creek WMA--a few warblers, hummers, and grosbeaks [Terry Bronson ]
9 Sep Mountaineer Audubon bird seed sale - correction ["Olcott, Susan P" ]
9 Sep Red-headed woodpecker, Eastern screech-owl and more - Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
8 Sep Olive-sided flycatcher and warblers [Wima ]
8 Sep Passerine Migrants [Mike Griffith ]
8 Sep Birding Winfield and Rte 2 Sunday ["Rankin, Gary" ]
8 Sep CVNWR [Herb Myers ]
8 Sep Palm Warbler [Richard Kazmierski ]
8 Sep nighthawks ["Hubbard, John" ]
8 Sep Saw-whets calling in Philippi? [Jeff Del Col ]
7 Sep Cooper's Rock Cooper's Hawk vs. Blue Jays, and a few warblers [Terry Bronson ]
6 Sep Grant Co Sora, Merlin, Shrike, Grebe, Nighthawks; Hardy Great EGret [Fred Atwood ]
6 Sep bald eagles [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
6 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - 25951, Hinton, Summers County, WV, US, Sep 5, 2014 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
6 Sep early red-br. nuthatch [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
5 Sep Late Summer Quiet [Herb Myers ]
5 Sep Nighthawks [Richard Kazmierski ]
5 Sep Raleigh Co. 9/5/2014 [Allen Waldron ]
5 Sep 21 Common Nighthawks over Philippi tonight. [Jeff Del Col ]
5 Sep North Bend State Park RH Woodpeckers; Sand Creek Great Egrets [Terry Bronson ]
5 Sep Re: Nighthawks [Richard Kazmierski ]
5 Sep Prickett's Fort Grebe [Joey Herron ]

Subject: Hawk watching report from Little Indian Creek WMA
From: Gretchen Nareff <marshbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:19:04 -0400
Hi folks. Today I was joined by four other women, Rebecca Littleton and her
sister Bonnie, visiting from Tucson, and later on Katherine Payne and her
friend Cindy. The hawks didn't start moving until shortly after 10, which
is common for the Broad-wings.

17 Broad-winged Hawks
2 Bald Eagles (both adults, one right after the other)
2 Red-shouldered Hawks
1 Cooper's Hawk
2 Red-tailed Hawks (locals, maybe more)
6 Common Ravens
1 Wild Turkey (flushed by Cindy)
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
10 Chimney Swifts
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Tree Swallows with a BWHA
1 White-eyed Vireo (singing)
4 Eastern Towhees
numerous Northern Flickers, Blue Jays, American Crows, and American
Goldfinch

I'm sure there were many songbird migrants out there, but I didn't look for
any. Someone in PA posted this morning that there was a huge movement of
birds overnight.

I'll be out there from 8-1 tomorrow. There is typically a burst of migrant
hawks in the afternoon with the warm air, and they are easier to see with
the additional cloud cover that is common later in the day. Maybe next year
we will start a little later and stay longer.

-- 
Gretchen E. Nareff
Graduate Research Assistant
WV Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - East River Mountain, Sep 18, 2014
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:55:22 -0400
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - East River Mountain, Sep 18, 2014
Date: 	Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:53:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



East River Mountain, Bland, US-VA
Sep 18, 2014 12:55 PM - 2:33 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     East river Mt. Overlook, Bluefield, WV Rt. 598
2 monarchs, 4 dragonflies
12 species

Turkey Vulture  5
Bald Eagle  2     immatures
Broad-winged Hawk  39
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Chimney Swift  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Eastern Towhee  1
American Goldfinch  18

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19873961 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Pipestem Resort State Park, Sep 18, 2014
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:54:29 -0400
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Pipestem Resort State Park, Sep 18, 2014
Date: 	Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:44:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Pipestem Resort State Park, Summers, US-WV
Sep 18, 2014 9:15 AM - 10:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.25 mile(s)
Comments:     Canyon Rim Trails
17 species

Turkey Vulture  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  2
Carolina Wren  2
Wood Thrush  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19873890 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: 18 Warblers including Brewster's
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:34:39 -0400
Wendell Argabrite and I birded ridges and hollows in northern Cabell Co. for 
about three hours and found the following passerine migrants : 


Philadelphia Vireo - 1
Swainson's Thrush - 3
Tennessee Warbler - 6
Brewster's Warbler - 1
Black-throated Green Warbler - 5
Magnolia Warbler - 12
Bay-breasted Warbler - 12
Cape May Warbler - 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 (this bird is uncommon in this part of the 
state in the fall) 

Chestnut-sided Warbler - 5
Palm Warbler - 1 (first of the fall)
Blackburnian Warbler - 1

Also, we found the following warblers, some of which could be transient 
migrants : 


Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler 
Northern Parula
Prairie Warbler 
American Redstart
Black-and-white Warbler
Hooded Warbler 
Common Yellowthroat

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Today's MBC outing - Philadelphia Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:03:45 -0400
  Today's Mountwood Bird outing to the McDonough Refuge was attended by
Sandy Albrecht, Nina Ott, Lucine Wright, Jeanette & Dick Esker and I. We
met Jeanie & Gene Hilton the last 20 minutes or so.  Good numbers of birds,
but lots of leaves, so we missed the IDs on quite a few birds.

  Highlights:

Green Heron - Hiltons
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
*Least Flycatcher
*Philadelphia Vireo
*Brown Creeper
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler - 3
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
*Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Other birds:

Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-pewee
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Monongalia County hawk watch
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:35:57 -0400
As in Harpers Ferry, birds were sparse this morning at the Little Indian
Creek Wildlife Management Area hawk watch sponsored by Mountaineer Audubon.

All we (Gretchen Nareff, Joe Hildreth, and me) could manage was the
following:

Broad-winged Hawk--15
American Kestrel--1
Northern Harrier--1
Sharp-shinned Hawk--4
Red-shouldered Hawk--1
Red-tailed Hawk--2
Dark buteo--1. I thought this could have been a dark-morph Red-tailed, but
couldn't be sure. Then I thought I saw the Red-shouldereds wingtip panels,
so I was even less sure. Guess it would be best to leave it unidentified.
Turkey Vulture--12, at least. Much flying around.
Common Raven--7, including 4 birds playing tag, somersaulting, tumbling,
and diving north of the site.

Landbirds of note on the walk in and at the site:

Blackburnian Warbler--1
Common Yellowthroat--4
Magnolia Warbler--3
Palm Warbler (western)--2
Blackpoll Warbler--1
Prairie Warbler--1
Eastern Meadowlark--1 singing
Chimney Swift--13
Barn Swallow--2
Cedar Waxwing--33
Eastern Phoebe--3
Indigo Bunting--3
Field Sparrow--2
White-eyed Vireo--2
Northern Flicker--4

Gretchen will be back there on Friday and Saturday.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: PVAS-sponsored Hawk Watch - Bolivar Heights (Harpers Ferry)
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:46:51 -0400
A disappointing show of hawks this morning relative to other years. The
conditions were not ideal - though the morning heated up quickly, the winds
were nearly non-existent. Still we saw a smattering of hawks, spread out as
they were across the Harpers Ferry sky (they seemed to be heading in all
different directions). The Osprey gave us the best, closest looks as
several soared directly over us. Loads of vultures filled the broad "gap,"
and a dozen Monarchs passed over our ridge.

Osprey  5
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Broad-winged Hawk  10
Red-tailed Hawk  2

Common Raven 4

Monarch butterflies 12

41 species total up on Bolivar Heights this morning, including:
Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
American Goldfinch

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Migrating Wood Thrush & hummers
From: Jean Neely <jeaneely AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:34:49 -0400
It was fun this morning watching 2 Wood Thrushes wondering whether my pond
was ĆaccessibleĻ.

At about 7:30, they were peering suspiciously at the water lettuce which
covers about half the pond surface.  Would it hold their weight?

Fluttering over the plants, they would lose their nerve each time they
ventured downčstretching toes out.

Finally, one decided to try it, and landed.  It worked!  S/he was able to
get a drink!

Also, migratory hummers still at both feedersčall female and juveniles that
IĻve seen.  No males.

Apropos that, todayĻs Washington Post has an article that quoted the
SmithsonianĻs Director of the Migratory Bird Center, Pete Marra to the
effect: ≥DonĻt leave your hummer feeders up, it makes the birds linger
longer than is good for them.≤

First time IĻve heard this.  I was always was told that migratory birds do
what their brain chemistry tells them to do, so leave the feeders up Ćtil
youĻve not seen a bird in a week.
And, whenever people have asked me about this, itĻs the answer IĻve been
giving.  Do I change?  If so, what happens to those exhausted birds of the
fall months?

Jean Neely
Shepherdstown
Subject: peregrines, eagles, blue grosbeaks
From: Rodney Bartgis <rodbartgis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:14:52 -0400
There were moderately nice movements of broadwings at the Allegheny Front
Migration Observatory in Grant County this past Sunday and yesterday.  On
Sunday, Bob Dean pointed out two peregrine falcons flying off to the east
and there was also at least one adult bald eagle. On Tuesday, Bob and I saw
three immature bald eagles togther and two immature blue grosbeaks at the
Houghland Road grasslands in Grant County.  Rod Bartgis, Valley Bend,
Randolph County
Subject: Walk
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:29:00 -0400
This morning on our walk up the mountain, it was earlier than usual. As the
sky began to get light, a Winter Wren sang along the stream tumbling down
the mountain. It made the cool, autumn air feel like spring.

Other birds heard included American Crow, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Gray
Catbird, Hooded Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, Eastern
Towhee and numerous other unidentified chips and chirps.

I think I like autumn almost as much as spring. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County
Subject: Merlin
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:56:48 -0700
On the way to meet Jane & Kathy yesterday


Merlin still perched in dead tree at Kimsey Dam

Merlin  flew off &  came back to the same perch

 so I know he is ok  food must be good at the dam


Wish he would have a starling or two or three



As Kathy Reported we had a great day in Hardy on Tuesday

Lots of Hawks & thousands of Swallows mostly Tree but a few Cliff & Barn 
Swallows 



Diane Holsinger
Subject: Birding on Our rdge
From: Tom Igou <barnowl1966 AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:54:56 -0400
While others were out running the ridges looking for migrants (on 9/14/14) I 
spent a wonderful day smoking an 8lb ham, in our smoker, at home on the ridge. 
Started at 935 am (56 degrees), ended at 518 pm (70 degrees) & observed the 
following species-- 

 At the bird baths at the West feeder area were: Magnolia Warbler--2 males & 1 
female (in breeding plumage)in for a sip & a dip; N Waterthrush-1, just for a 
dip. 

 In the North woods birds observed were: Canada Warbler--3 males; Blackpoll 
Warbler--2 males; Palm Warbler-3; Chat-1; Summer Tanagers--2 males; & Cedar 
Waxwing--42 (18 Juv). 

 Other birds in the West feeding area totaled 20 (including RT Hummer--1 male, 
2 female & 1 Juv). Total for the day 28 species. Low temps, low humidity, apple 
wood smoke in the air, plenty of birds & a great smoked ham for dinner all 
added to a near perfect day11 


            Tom Igou     Just east of Huntington
Subject: Randolph County migrants
From: Mimi Kibler <Mialk12 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:45:53 -0400
This morning I met Steve Kimbrell and Dick Shelton at the WVDOH wetlands near 
Montrose. We saw two American Kestrals, several Black-throated Green Warblers, 
a Black-throated Blue, a Chestnut- Sided, several American Redstarts, and two 
Palm Warblers. As we were heading towards the cars around 11:00 there a large 
group of Broad-winged Hawks. We first saw tens of dozens in a long loose group, 
gliding southerly. Then a few minutes later we watched a group riding thermals 
around and around like debris in a tornado. We don't know if we saw the same 
large group twice or two groups of well over 100, plus lots of smaller groups. 
Quite exciting for us! 

Mimi Kibler
Parsons
Subject: Hawks and Hiking Day Sat. Sept 20 on Peters Mountain
From: Wendy Perrone <wendy AT TRACWV.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:49:43 -0400
Hawks & Hiking Day at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

Saturday September 20, 2014        10 AM - noonish    AT  parking area of 
the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory
       PLUS all day at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory Observation Tower
       near Waiteville WV in Monroe County        FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Brian Hirt and Robert Shaw, members of the West Virginia Scenic Trails 
Association along with the staff and raptors from Three Rivers Avian 
Center will be hosting workshops for anyone interested in learning about 
raptor identification or getting involved with hiking and maintaining 
the Allegheny Trail Saturday September 20,2014 at 10 a.m. in the parking 
area of the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory.

Each year data is compiled from Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory and 
reported to The Hawk Migration Association of North America to be used 
in their studies. 2014 marks the 62nd year that data has been nationally 
shared from Hanging Rock. Brian Hirt will explain the methods used in 
identifying raptors in flight and the process of recording migration 
data by volunteers. Live hawks and a peregrine falcon will be on display 
from Three Rivers Avian Center to further enhance your ability to 
identify these birds of prey.  You will then be lead up to the tower to 
try out your newly acquired skills at raptor identification. Veteran 
hawk watchers Rodney Davis and Brian Hirt will be there to assist you 
all day. Last year September 22nd was the busiest day of the year at 
Hanging Rock with a count of 1591 raptors passing the tower, so bring 
your binoculars and plan on spending a day watching these amazing 
predators in flight.

If bird watching isn't your idea of fun but hiking on The Allegheny 
Trail, the longest trail in West Virginia is, then Robert Shaw is your 
guy. Robert has hiked the entire 330 miles of the trail and has been 
instrumental in maintaining it especially in the southern portions of 
Monroe County. Join Robert and learn about the Allegheny Trail and The 
West Virginia Scenic Trails Association. Then beginning at Hanging Rock 
be prepared for some light trail maintenance and a great hike on Peters 
Mountain.

There are no fees or charges. Just bring your hiking boots, some water 
and love of nature.
For more information contact Brian Hirt at 540-559-9750 or Robert Shaw 
at 304-645-6184. You can also visit www.hangingrocktower.org for 
directions and for current Tower migration counts.

-- 
Wendy Perrone, Executive Director
Three Rivers Avian Center
2583 Brooks Mountain Road
HC 74  Box 279
Brooks, WV 25951
304-466-4683  land line
304-575-5024  mobile
www.tracwv.org
visit us on Facebook "Three Rivers Avian Center"
Subject: Hardy Birding- New Hawk Spotting Area
From: kathy king <000000582aada182-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:39:42 +0000
Jane Whitaker, Diane Holsinger and I spent the day birding Western Hardy 
County.. an absolutely beautiful day.  We included High Knob in our travels.  
About noontime, we observed 43 Broadwings, 2 osprey, a Bald Eagle, 2 Sharpies 
and  a Cooper's Hawk within an hours time...all heading south, from that 
vantage point.  Another highlight were thousands of swallows at the Moorefield 
Sewage pond.  We spotted tree, barn, bank, cave and roughwinged.  We also saw 
a fos purple finch and a great egret at other places.      Kathy King   
Moorefield, Hardy County 

Subject: Passerine Migrants
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:00:47 -0400
Wendell Argabrite and I birded for about two hours on Pleasant View Ridge 
(Mason Co.) and found the following migrants : 


Swainson's Thrush - 1
Tennessee Warbler - 10
Black-throated Green Warbler - 6
Bay-breasted Warbler - 9
Magnolia Warbler - 13
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 8
Blackburnian Warbler - 13

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: raptors over the house
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:07:20 -0400
 From 4:00-6:00  this evening,we counted 25 broad-winged hawks, 1 
sharp-shinned  hawk and 2 bald eagles flying over our place heading 
south. Also, saw 2 red-tailed and 1 red-shouldered hawks that I figure 
are resident birds.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Monongalia County hawkwatch--day 2
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:14:46 -0400
It was hardly worth the effort to drive out to Little Indian Creek Wildlife
Management Area, hike in a half mile, stand around doing not much of
anything, hike back, and drive home.  All that for:

Broad-winged Hawk--3
Merlin--1, harassing 1 of the Broad-wings
Red-tailed Hawk--1, resident
Red-shouldered Hawk--1, resident
Turkey Vulture--12, probably resident

Katherine Payne came out later in the morning, and the following plus the
Broad-wings and Merlin showed up just after she did:

Tennessee Warbler--1
Black-throated Green Warbler--1
Cape May Warbler--1
American Redstart--1
Palm Warbler--2

Earlier, there were, among the usuals:

Prairie Warbler--1
Common Yellowthroat--2
Cedar Waxwing--34, possibly some double-counted birds due to much
back-and-forth flying
Eastern Phoebe--2
House Wren--1

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Philadelphia Vireo (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:57:13 -0400
Hi, all,

 

Yesterday morning my yard had a rare visit from a Philadelphia Vireo - first
in several years. Blue-headed Vireo, too, plus six warblers: Tennessee,
American Redstart, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, and
Black-throated Green.

 

Good birding,

 

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:27:26 -0400
A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher lit on our deck railing this morning; great
view and nice one for the "yard" list!
  Also noted Philadelphia Vireos, Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warblers, and
Black-throated Green Warbler.  Had thought that no more adult male
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were coming through; but actually am still
seeing them.
                                                       Cindy, Putnam County

-- 
Cynthia D. Ellis
3114 Steel Ridge Road
Red House, WV 25168-7724
304 586-4135
304 206-0083 [no cell service at residence]
cdellis AT wildblue.net


Their sense of hearing is excellent, and their eyesight the best in the
entire animal world. Not only can hawks see greater distances than humans,
but their visual acuity (the ability to see clearly) is eight times that of
ours.  Hawks also see in color.
     ~The Raptor Trust


 .
Subject: Raleigh Co./Lake Stephens
From: Allen Waldron <awaldron AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:44:27 -0400
Friends,
As I was checking out Lake Stephens this morning, I had 1 adult bald eagle and 
1 adult golden eagle fly over at the same time. Great opportunity to compare 
both majestic birds. 


I also had red-shouldered and sharp-shinned hawks fly over the house.  

Mindy Waldron
Surveyor, WV
Subject: Common yellowthroat and Common ravens - Jefferson County yard
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:42:05 +0000
Not so common if you ask me, and never a dull moment in my yard.  
While rocking back and forth like an old lady on my glider in the backyard, I 
watched a first fall female Common yellowthroat feeding on insects above the 
pond waterfalls.  I also had two Common ravens chasing each other, with one 
attempting to bite or damage the tail of the other.  Of course there was 
squawking along the way too.  Sweet Cedar waxwings, with one juvenile, 
whistled around the tree tops and allowed nice views. 

  
Here's hoping for more migrants headed to the Eastern Panhandle, 
  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Hanging Rock
From: Rodney Davis <wvkestrel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:17:27 -0400
Had our first big day at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory today. 542
Broad-wings, 7 osprey, 2 balds and 2 sharpies.
Subject: broadwings
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:15:17 -0400
I had a kettle(or would it be a saucepan) of 7 broadwings over the yard 
at 4:00 this afternoon.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Good Broad-winged Hawk showing in Monongalia County, decent warbler show too
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:37:22 -0400
Mountaineer Audubon, as an experiment, is sponsoring a week-long hawkwatch
this week, except for Wednesday, at Little Indian Creek Wildlife Management
Area in Monongalia County, which is south off of U.S. 19 about 5 miles west
of I-79.

Gretchen Nareff had this great idea after seeing over a hundred hawks there
last fall, so she and I went out there this morning to see what might
occur. It did not look good at first, as fog limited visibility to about a
football field away, and it wasn't until after 10:30 that the fog finally
burned off. But then the fun began.

Between about 10:45 and 11:45, we had many kettles of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS,
the largest being over 100 birds. Almost all were towards the east near
where I-79 crosses the Monongahela River at Uffington. No doubt these were
the same birds reported by Joe Hildreth from the University Town Center,
which is about 5 miles north of the I-79 Uffington bridge. It appeared they
were generally following the river southward.

The totals:
Broad-winged Hawk--337
Bald Eagle--1. Silhouette only, couldn't tell if it was an adult or
immature.
Sharp-shinned Hawk--1
Cooper's Hawk--2
Red-shouldered Hawk--1
Red-tailed Hawk--2
American Kestrel--2
Turkey Vulture--5

All but the Broad-wings and maybe the Eagle were likely local breeding
residents.

I wandered around from 7:45 until about 10:15 while waiting for the fog to
lift and found a pretty fair selection of warblers:

Magnolia--5
Common Yellowthroat--3
Black-throated Green--2
Palm--2, western variety
Prairie--1
Blackburnian--1
Cape May--1
American Redstart--1
Tennessee--1
Blackpoll--2
Chestnut-sided--1

Also noteworthy:

Wild Turkey--1 gobbling
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--2
Northern Flicker--5, including what had to be the largest Flicker I've ever
seen. I actually thought it was a hawk at first. Really fluffed out and/or
fat.
Eastern Phoebe--1
White-eyed Vireo--3
Red-eyed Vireo--1
Common Raven--2
Gray Catbird--7
Brown Thrasher--1
Field Sparrow--3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak--2
Indigo Bunting--4
American Goldfinch--18, including 3 fledged juveniles begging side-by-side
to be fed by their father, who laudably attempted to feed all 3 equally.

Also seen or heard: Blue Jay, Eastern Towhee, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted
Titmouse, Carolina Wren, American Crow, Chimney Swift, Pileated Woodpecker

I'll be out there again tomorrow beginning about 8:00 am, and Gretchen will
be there Thursday through Saturday. The hawkwatch area is a leisurely
15-minute walk back along the road behind the gate and kiosk at the upper
parking area under the power line.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Hawk movement
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:48:45 -0400
Just spent about 30 minutes watching the sky in Morgantown(University town 
center). I had 2-250 Broadwings. They seem to be on a pretty steady line 
passing east to west nearly over Star City park... 


Too bad I'm stuck in work now... 

Gretchen is up at Little Indian Creek and is reporting similar numbers in the 
last hour. 


Get out and look up/around if you can!

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Stauffer's Marsh, Sep 14, 2014
From: Elliot Kirschbaum <kingfisher501 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:34:37 -0400
Nancy and I visited Staffer's Marsh mid-morning yesterday. We saw a total of 21 
species, including 3 species of shorebirds, and heard a woodpecker feeding, but 
did not see it. 


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Stauffer's Marsh, Sep 14, 2014
> Date: September 14, 2014 at 5:01:54 PM EDT
> To: kingfisher500 AT comcast.net
> 
> Stauffer's Marsh, Berkeley, US-WV
> Sep 14, 2014 10:10 AM - 11:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 21 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Wood Duck  5
> Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
> Green Heron  2
> Turkey Vulture  2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2
> Killdeer  3
> Solitary Sandpiper  2
> Greater Yellowlegs  4
> Mourning Dove  1
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> woodpecker sp.  1
> White-eyed Vireo  4
> Blue Jay  3
> Common Raven  2
> Carolina Wren  3
> Gray Catbird  9
> Common Yellowthroat  1
> Magnolia Warbler  1
> Song Sparrow  2
> Northern Cardinal  1
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19831617 

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

-- 
Elliot

-- 
Elliot Kirschbaum
Shepherdstown, WV
kingfisher501 at gmail dot com
Subject: Greenbrier valley birds - 9/8 - 9/10
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:27:09 -0400
Hi all, finally sitting at my computer after being in the field last week.
I've already posted on the facebook page, but thought I'd do so here as
well:

Some notables:

Wild turkey - 2 hens and a platoon of half-grown poults
NORTHERN BOBWHITE - not a personal observation, but a very credible report
of a female with young this year in the Renick area. No captive releases in
the area that he knew about.
Great blue heron
Osprey - winging south over the river
Cooper's hawk
Red-tailed hawk - many
Red-shouldered hawk - several
Broad-winged hawk - 1 calling in a tree in the Stone Hill area
BARN OWL - possible roost found in a silo in the Sunlight area
Chimney swift
Ruby-throated hummingbird
Belted kingfisher
American kestrel - many
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE - 3 located. One was already banded, one we couldn't
catch, and one hatch-year bird we successfully trapped and banded in the
Pickaway area (pic below)
Common raven - dozens
Tree swallow - hundreds scattered at various sites
Barn swallow - same
BOBOLINK - flock of ~100! flushed from feeding in a pasture near Renick.
Red-winged blackbird - hundreds total in a couple spots
Subject: Terns
From: Larry Metheny <lmeth AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:15:20 -0400
I fished on Tygart Lake most of the day on Sunday. I also saw the terns 
reported by Mike Slaven but was never close enough for an ID. Thanks Mike for 
the report. 


Larry Metheny
Bruceton Mills
West Virginia 
Subject: Terns at Tygart Lake SP
From: Mike Slaven <mikeslavenwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:53:52 -0400
This evening, while eating dinner at Tygart Lake Lodge, I saw and
photographed several Common Terns plus a Caspian Tern. Hopefully they will
linger so that others can see them!  Here is a link to a couple of pictures
I took:

https://picasaweb.google.com/117192701691602396122/Terns?authuser=0&feat=directlink 


Mike Slaven
birding in Taylor County
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:30:09 +0000
Wendell Argabrite, Mike Griffith, Gary Rankin and I birded around Greenbottom 
this am and some of the Cabell County Ridges including Union Ridge Rd, checking 
on migrants. It was sunny with temp's around 48 starting out rising to 60 at 
1130 am. Some of the birds seen were: 

  
Greenbottom: 
  
Great Egret-2 
Solitary Sandpiper-2 
Bald Eagle- 1 immature 
Yellow-throated Vireo-1 
Warbling Vireo-1 
Swainson's Thrush-1 
Blue-winged Warbler-1 
Magnolia Warbler-2 
Common Yellowthroat-3 
  
Cabell Ridges: 
  
Tennessee Warbler-1 
Magnolia Warbler-4 
Nashville Warbler-1 
Chestnut-sided Warbler-2 
Blue-winged Warbler-1 
Common Yellowthroat-1 
Blackburnian Warbler-1 
Hooded Warbler-1 
Worm-eating Warbler-1 
Black-and-white Warbler-2 
Pine Warbler-1 
Black-throated Green Warbler-1 
Acadian Flycatcher-1 
Yellow-throated Vireo-1 
Broad-winged Hawk-1 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 
25701 
Subject: Wilson's Warblers and Greater Yellowlegs in Preston County
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:42:22 -0400
I spent the latter part of the morning along the Decker's Creek Rail Trail
south of Kingwood Pike near Reedsville in Preston County.

Clear highlight was the pair of WILSON'S WARBLERS found at the point where
the trail starts making a long curve to the left. They only stayed a few
minutes, unfortunately, before moving on southward.

Other highlights:

Magnolia Warbler--1
Tennessee Warbler--1
Common Yellowthroat--3
Blackpoll Warbler--3
Cedar Waxwing--34, with 1 juvenile showing an orange tail tip
White-eyed Vireo--2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak--2
Brown Thrasher--1
Gray Catbird--6
Eastern Bluebird--3
Indigo Bunting--2
Northern Mockingbird--2, not common in that area

At the nearby WV University Reedsville Farm beforehand, 1 GREATER
YELLOWLEGS was foraging in the grass. It's skinny head had me thinking
Upland Sandpiper at first, but its massive bill and frenetic foraging style
soon got me straight.

Also there was an immature Great Blue Heron. 11 Killdeers, mostly at the
storage facility across the road, were also present.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: 3 weeks tally of Nighthawks
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:49:58 -0400
Completed another season of counting Common Nighthawks tonight.  Total =
1155.  Have watched since 2003;  lowest year was 2012 = 80, 2nd highest was
2006 = 656.  Do watch annually for 3 weeks Aug. to Sept., 6 to 8 pm.  Noted
Whip-poor-wlll twice this year; highlight was Osprey on 9/7!  Did count all
birds observed each eve and submit to eBird.
Very enjoyable to be out and tuning in to subtle seasonal changes.  Nightly
totals follow.                                 ~Cindy, Putnam County



Nighthawks observed 2014

8/18---0

8/19---14

8/20---2

8/21---2

8/22---0

8/23---1

8/24---6

8/25---1

8/26---2

 8/27---7

8/28---21

8/29---11

8/30---29

8/31---37

9/1---70

9/2---172

9/3---383

9/4---246

 9/5---56

9/6---59

9/7---1

9/8---nc

9/9---20

9/10---1

9/11---14

9/12---0

9/13---0


-- 
Cynthia D. Ellis
3114 Steel Ridge Road
Red House, WV 25168-7724
304 586-4135
304 206-0083 [no cell service at residence]
cdellis AT wildblue.net



*"The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not
television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism. Only
those who know the most about it can appreciate how little we know about
it. The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant:
"What good is it?" If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every
part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course
of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a
fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is
the first precaution of intelligent tinkering."~Aldo Leopold*


 .
Subject: Today's MBC outing
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:49:08 -0400
  Today's Mountwood Bird Club outing to Mountwood Park was attended by
Jeanie Hilton, Jeanette & Dick Esker, Mike Wine and I.

   Highlights:

Osprey - seen by Mike just as he was leaving to go home.
Common Raven - unusual for Wood County
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Magnolia Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler - two males and one female
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Baltimore Oriole

  Other birds:

Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-pewee
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Jon Benedetti
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Vienna, WV
Wood County
Subject: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher & Philadelphia Vireo
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:04:16 -0400
Along Nine Mile Road (Cabell Co.), in one mixed flock, I found the following 
migrants : 


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 1
Philadelphia Vireo - 1 (first of the fall)
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Magnolia Warbler - 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: caracara
From: Todd Katzner <todd.katzner AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:33:53 -0400
For those of you interested in a local oddity, just outside of WV, Holly
McChesney has a caracara near Washington PA. 

 

"It's on Pleasant Valley Road near the intersection of Clark Road in
Washington, PA.  Coordinates 40.160563, -80.345633."

 

Holly has a nice picture I can share with folks if they are interested. 

 

Todd Katzner
Subject: Re: hundreds of Tree swallows, interesting Hybrid Canada goose - Burr Industrial ponds, Jefferson County
From: Elliot Kirschbaum <kingfisher501 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:35:19 -0400
On Sep 12, 2014, at 8:22 PM, Bird Mom  wrote:

> The hybrid goose was quite lovely with its "salt and peppery" neck and crown, 
that should have been all black. It reminded me of my husbands' salt and 
peppery hair, with more salt than pepper. Makes me wonder what the other part 
of the equation is for the hybrid Canada goose? 


Still hanging around eh? I photographed that goose on May 31 of this year. I 
uploaded one of the images to my Flickr account, today. You can see it here: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/78850296 AT N04/15038615158/

-- 
Elliot

-- 
Elliot Kirschbaum
Shepherdstown, WV
kingfisher501 at gmail dot com
Subject: Warblers (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:58:10 -0400
Hi, all, 

The last couple of days have brought a few waves of warblers to the yard.
Mostly Black-throated Greens, as usual, but also Blue-winged (yard bird
#138, warbler #29),  Orange-crowned, Common Yellowthroat, Cape May and
Magnolia. I saw my first Palm Warbler of the season yesterday at the
Freeland Boardwalk of Canaan Valley NWR.

American Goldfinches are feeding babies at the feeders.

A lone Common Nighthawk flew by on Sunday (9/7).

Good birding,

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV
Subject: Prickett's Fort
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:09:45 -0700
Had a lone female Blue-winged Teal in with 53 Mallards this evening.
No shorebirds.............just 8 Killdeer.
1 Green Heron and a Kingfisher.
27 species total.


Joey Herron
Fairmont WV
Marion Co.
Subject: hundreds of Tree swallows, interesting Hybrid Canada goose - Burr Industrial ponds, Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:22:30 +0000
As I drove closer to the Burr Industrial ponds in Jefferson County before 
sunset, I could see hundreds of Tree swallows circling the large pond, 
scooping in unison to the water surface, catching a bite to eat and leaving 
quickly so the next bird could feed.  It was the perfect system for survival 
and courtesy among fellow swallows.  I would spot an occasional Barn 
swallow within the swirl of Tree swallows.  Such a noisy bunch for tiny 
birds.  The Great blue heron that has moving in for the last month was amid it 
all.  Eight Canada geese, one being a hybrid, have been present for at least 
a week.  No shorebirds due to high water levels from all the rain. 

  
The hybrid goose was quite lovely with its "salt and peppery" neck and crown, 
that should have been all black.  It reminded me of my husbands' salt and 
peppery hair, with more salt than pepper.  Makes me wonder what the other part 
of the equation is for the hybrid Canada goose?  

  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
  
  
Subject: nighthawks
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:00:35 -0400
We saw a dozen nighthawks over the Speedway/Lerona area of Mercer County 
this evening between 6:30 and 7:00.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:22:04 -0400
Wendell Argabrite and I found the following migrants along Fee's Branch Road 
(Mason Co.) : 


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 1 (first of the fall)
Swainson's Thrush - 3
Tennessee Warbler - 5
Magnolia Warbler - 4
Bay-breasted Warbler - 6
Blackpoll Warbler - 1 (first of the fall)
Black-throated Green Warbler - 3
Blackburnian Warbler - 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1

At Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.), we found the following shorebirds :

Solitary Sandpiper - 3
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Least Sandpiper - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: eagles & red-headed woodpecker
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:32:27 -0400
Yesterday, I saw an adult red-headed woodpecker at the sewage lagoons at 
Glenwood, Mercer County
Today, I saw 3 adult  and 1 immature bald eagles along New River near 
Hinton, Summers County.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Merlin/Randolph County/Norton
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:27:01 -0400
The Merlin is still present at the west end of the Norton Bridge. Dead tree on 
the left as you are headed west. 2:15 pm (9/12/14) 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Migrant raptors at Little Indian Creek WMA
From: Gretchen Nareff <marshbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:54:05 -0400
I spent a few hours hawkwatching at Little Indian Creek WMA (outside of
Morgantown) this morning. There weren't many birds to our north yesterday
so I wasn't expecting much. I had 3 Broad-winged Hawks, 1 Merlin, 2
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Coopers Hawk, 1 migrant Red-tailed Hawk, and 1
migrant Great Blue Heron. White-eyed Vireos are still singing.

I'll be out there Monday morning for the first day of hawkwatching with
Audubon. If you want my number, email me off list.


-- 
Gretchen E. Nareff
Graduate Research Assistant
WV Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Willet sighting in Morgantown
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:38:34 -0400
For the record, eBird received a sighting of 2 Willets, well described, in
Morgantown's White Park in the Cobun Creek Reservoir a week ago on Sep. 4.
Long gone today when I checked, of course. Thanks to Amanda Austin for
submitting the the sighting.

White Park did have 4 Solitary Sandpipers this morning, 1 Great Blue Heron,
and 3 Mallards in a fairly brief check.

Prickett's Fort State Park had 1 Killdeer and zero other shorebirds.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Shorebirds
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:26:38 -0400
Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.):

Greater Yellowlegs - 3
Solitary Sandpiper - 6
Pectoral Sandpiper - 3
Least Sandpiper - 1
Little Blue Heron - 1 (immature, possibly the same individual that was present 
recently) 


Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.):  3 Semipalmated Plovers

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Kestrels
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:38:10 -0400
I hadn't seen an American Kestrel in the circle I'm counting in around
Harman since April. This has made me feel sad as I used to often see them
along Freeland Road in Canaan Valley. It also felt scary like experiencing a
part of the "Silent Spring" during the summer. On Tuesday when crossing the
Allegheny Front, there was a pair chasing each other along the power lines
in the pasture up there. Yesterday I saw one along Hogueland Lane near
Petersburg. Today there was one along Freeland Road and another along
Cortland Road in Canaan Valley. These all gave me the same kind of thrill I
feel when I encounter a Monarch butterfly since both species are declining
in numbers. Let's hope they can all bounce back. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County
Subject: Merlin/Randolph County/Adult Male
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:52:43 -0400
There was an Adult Male Merlin at the West end of the Norton Bridge on the 
Tygart River Today (9/11/14) at 2:40pm. It was in the dead tree on your left as 
you are heading west toward Jimtown. (Not the bridge on Rt 33/Corridor H that 
aliens call the Norton Bridge) This is the bridge on the Real Rt 33, now called 
Rt.151 between Harding and Norton. West of TV Regional Jail. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Merlin Yellow Throat Vireo Tenn Warbler
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:21:06 -0700
Got few hours of birding before the  storms  this afternoon


First bird  

Merlin perched in a dead branch near the dam

  He sat  for half hour did not fly as I walked by

 Looks like the same Merlin I saw several weeks ago 


At Least ten Red Head Woodpeckers 

Five Mature Bald Eagles 

The woods near the  campground was loaded with birds


Tennessee Warbler
Magnolia Warblers
Chipping   Field   Song Sparrows
Indigo Buntings
House Wren
Baltimore Oriole
Lots of Goldfinches 
BGGnatcatchers

Yellow Throat Vireo  singing & another  answering  



Diane  Holsinger
Subject: Passerine Migrants
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:10:45 -0400
Birded for about two hours on Lynn Creek and Mt. Vernon Ridge (Wayne Co.) and 
found the following migrants: 


Swainson's Thrush - 1
Tennessee Warbler - 4
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Blackburnian Warbler - 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 3
Bay-breasted Warbler - 3
Cape May Warbler - 1
Magnolia Warbler - 3
Canada Warbler - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Monongalia County Scaup update, Core Arboretum
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:04:51 -0400
The injured drake Lesser Scaup that has been present across the Monongahela
River from Barill Park in Star City in Monongalia County since July 16
continues to roost on the gravel bar at the mouth of Scotts Run,
occasionally taking a swim to presumably feed and exercise.

Aside from its mostly missing right wing, which has shown no feather
regrowth during molt and remains just a few bare shafts, the bird appears
healthy enough for now. The bird was standing and flapping its wings today.
Although still in mostly dull non-breeding plumage with a distinct white
patch behind the bill, it appeared a bit brighter than the last time I saw
it a couple of weeks ago, so molt is apparently proceeding.

Because of the difficulty in attempting to capture this bird since it can
just swim away when approached along with the 2-3 dozen Mallards also
present, monitoring the bird is about all that can be done for now. With
the wing pretty much gone and not regrowing, there would not seem to be
much that could be done anyway.

Also present today were 18 Killdeers,1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Belted
Kingfisher, and 2 adult Green Herons.

A walk through the WV University Core Arboretum afterwards found only 21
species. Not a single warbler, tanager, or grosbeak. Only migrants present
were 2 Indigo Buntings, 30 Chimney Swifts, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, 1 Gray
Catbird--all of which breed there or nearby.

1 White-eyed Vireo was singing across the rail trail from the Star City
water treatment plant. This might be the bird that has been present in
winter the last 2 years.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: nocturnal movements
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:19:53 -0400
Had a pretty good flight of migrant songbirds over the house this 
morning from about 5:45-6:30.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Hanging Rocks
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:07:57 -0400
Yesterday, I spent a couple hours at the hawkwatch on Peters Mt., Monroe 
Co. The fog was in and out while I was there. Saw an adult bald eagle 
but the real treat were the songbirds.  I had veery, junco, gnatcatcher, 
waxwings, tree swallows,  worm-eating, black-thr. blue, Cape May & 
Tennessee warblers. The warblers were all 4-7' from me providing some 
really good looks!
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Pleasant Creek WMA--a few warblers, hummers, and grosbeaks
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:53:04 -0400
I didn't expect much in the way of shorebirds this morning at Pleasant
Creek Wildlife Management Area in Barbour County. Only 1 heard-only GREATER
YELLOWLEGS at the upper wetlands west of Routes 119/250. No Killdeers even.

Also at the upper wetlands and the hill behind the blue gate:

Wood Duck--11
Great Blue Heron--1
Turkey Vulture--1 juvenile with all-black head, 1 immature showing just a
little red on the crown, and 1 adult with all-red head. All in the same
tree so likely a family.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--2
Belted Kingfisher--1
White-eyed Vireo--10, with 7 singing
Gray Catbird--9
Brown Thrasher--1
Tennessee Warbler--1
Chestnut-sided Warbler--1
Magnolia Warbler--2
American Redstart--2
Common Yellowthroat--2
Black-throated Green Warbler--2
Eastern Towhee--9
Indigo Bunting--3, including a molting male that was more gray than blue
plus 11 usual suspects

At the lower wetlands between the new pond next to the railroad trestle and
the power line crossing about 0.5 mile east:

Green Heron--1, at new pond
Broad-winged Hawk--my first migrating kettle of the fall--all of 2 birds.
Defining "kettle" very loosely!
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--8
Eastern Wood-Pewee--2, with 1 singing
White-eyed Vireo--4, all singing
Gray Catbird--4
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH--1, late
Tennessee Warbler--1
NASHVILLE WARBLER--1, early
Magnolia Warbler--2
Hooded Warbler--1 heard-only singing its alternate song
Blackburnian Warbler--2
Common Yellowthroat--1
Eastern Towhee--5
Scarlet Tanager--1
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK--5, a single flock
Indigo Bunting--2
plus 11 usual suspects

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Mountaineer Audubon bird seed sale - correction
From: "Olcott, Susan P" <Susan.P.Olcott AT WV.GOV>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 15:20:30 +0000
I apologize for posting this on the list serve, but I needed to info as many 
bird-oriented folks as I could. 


The fall newsletter for Mountaineer Audubon was late getting mailed, and had a 
typo in it that led recipients to believe that the ordering deadline for bird 
seed was Septemer 9. This is wrong. The new ordering date is (meaning that 
orders should be post marked by then) is Saturday, September 20. Please mail 
your orders to the address on the order form. If you have any questions, please 
call me at the number on the order form. Sorry for the confusion. 




You may now return to your regularly scheduled bird oriented postings ...

Susan Olcott
Biologist
Wildlife Diversity and Technical Services Unit
PO Box 99
Farmington, WV 26571
(304)825-6787
fax (304)825-6270
susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
Subject: Red-headed woodpecker, Eastern screech-owl and more - Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 02:32:01 +0000
What a gorgeous day it was today.  I wouldn't mind if they all were like 
today.  The American goldfinches were enjoying feeding on the seeds of 
Coneflower and other past bloom flowers in my yard.  I heard a Great-crested 
flycatcher singing earlier today.  It's been a while since I heard one.  
Throughout the day while working in the yard, I could hear the "pip, pip, pip" 
of Wood thrushes in the woods.  A Gray catbird visited the pond for a drink.  
Hummingbirds occasionally buzzed me as I had my head low in the vegetation and 
flowers while pulling the dreaded "creeping jenny" invasive.  

   
While in my front yard, I saw and heard a Red-headed woodpecker in a dead tree 
top across my road.  It was doing a call that I've only heard only once or 
twice before.  It sounds like a little monkey or a tiny ratchet wrench.  The 
overcast sky which backlit the bird did not allow for seeing whether it was in 
juvenile plumage or not.  Here is a similar RHWO from Macaulay Library (ML 
41336), and I hope the link works:  

  

http://macaulaylibrary.org/search?location_id=&location_type_id=&location=&recordist_id=&recordist=&catalogs=&behavior=&behavior_id=&tab=audio-list&taxon_id=12008778&taxon_rank_id=67&taxon=red+headed+woodpecker 

   
At dinner time, 30+ Tree swallows circled high over the backyard, starting to 
form flocks for their journey south.  And at about 8:00 PM when I sat down to 
do some computer work with the back screen door open, I heard an Eastern 
screech-owl whinny a few times in the back woods.  Always a welcome sound any 
time of year!  And just now as I type this, I hear the vixen screams of a fox 
(horrid sound!)  Halloween must be coming. 

  
  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Olive-sided flycatcher and warblers
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 20:56:05 -0400
 On walk this morning watched olive-sided flycatcher in top of partly dead 
tree. Bluebirds and phoebe would come in chasing it off perch it would go to 
another. 

 This evening from yard watched 1Tennessee, 3Magnolia, 2 bay-breasted, 3 
Blackburnian , 1 black-throated green and a few other warbler I couldn't put a 
name to for sure. 

A white-eyed vireo, rose-breasted grosbeak, pewee, and hummingbird also put in 
appearance with some resident bird. 


Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Subject: Passerine Migrants
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 20:32:47 -0400
Wendell Argabrite and I birded for about two hours along Rush Hollow, Union and 
Fairview Ridges. We found the following passerine migrants: 


Swainson's Thrush - 1 (This ties the second earliest fall record for this 
species in our area) 

Blackburnian Warbler - 4
Black-throated Green Warbler - 2
Bay-breasted Warbler - 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 2
Magnolia Warbler - 4

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Birding Winfield and Rte 2 Sunday
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 23:14:36 +0000
I made the loop from Huntington to Winfield to Pt Pleasant and down Rte 2 to 
Green Bottom WMA yesterday morning. Highlights are shown below: 


Winfield L&D 
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Killdeer 3
Prairie Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 1

Gallipolis Ferry
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Killdeer 3

RCBL&D
Herring Gull 2
DC Cormorant 2
Cliff Swallows 4 

Green Bottom WMA
Solitary Sandpiper 3
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Great Egret 3

Gary Rankin
Lavalette WV
Wayne Co.  


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Subject: CVNWR
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:06:35 -0400
On my way to the refuge visitors center this morning, I stopped at the
boardwalk. There were the usual Song and Swamp Sparrows actively chirping
and feeding plus American Goldfinches doing the same. A Common Yellowthroat
darted through the spireia in front of me. I was most thrilled to watch a
Northern Waterthrush bathing in the backwater of the beaver pond. It seemed
more yellow than usual through its eyebrow and chest/abdomen. The water is
quite low since the beavers are gone. Two Solitary Sandpipers fed in the
shallow water and mud. It was breezy and chilly.

 

On my way home, I went to the Davis settling ponds to see if the Northern
Shovelor was still there. I could find no waterfowl at all on the pond. As I
came through Harman, there was a kettle of 25 - 30 Turkey Vultures soaring
higher and higher over the town. I hoped for a Black Vulture or so but could
see none. Now I am home where it continues quite quiet except for an Eastern
Towhee occasionally calling. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County

 

 
Subject: Palm Warbler
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:00:33 -0400
First warbler of the season for me is a Palm Warbler. 

Kim Kazmierski
Hurricane WV
Subject: nighthawks
From: "Hubbard, John" <hubbard AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:10:18 +0000
Many common nighthawks were flying above Marshall University Stadium 
(Huntington, Cabell Co.) on the evening of Saturday September 6. Twenty or more 
could be observed at any one time. 

Subject: Saw-whets calling in Philippi?
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 06:46:08 -0400
Once again I am hearing what sound like Saw-whet owls calling from the
spruce and hemlock stands near my house.  There were at least three last
night, and two were sounding off just a few minutes ago.  The call I am
hearing is the first one on the list on the Audubon page for this species.

I will try to record the calls.
Subject: Cooper's Rock Cooper's Hawk vs. Blue Jays, and a few warblers
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:12:18 -0400
This morning at the power line crossing of Henry Clay Furnace Road in
Cooper's Rock State Forest east of Morgantown, an immature COOPER'S HAWK, a
male I think judging from its size, was being harassed mercilessly by at
least a dozen BLUE JAYs. Amid the almost constant harsh "catch" or "kretch"
calls of the hawk and the screaming of the jays during the 15-minute chase
among the treetops, it was hard to see who was chasing whom. Finally, the
jays gave up and moved away, leaving the hawk in possession of the
battlefield, where it celebrated by doing a couple of victory laps overhead
before settling on a branch in a bare tree to look over its hard fought
domain. After a couple of minutes it too was off, probably in search of
food to replenish its energy after the prolonged battle.

No warblers there, but a bit later along the power line cut between the
McCollum Campground road junction parking lot and the small lake, and in
the thicket across the road from the lot, I found a nice little collection,
including:

Black-throated Green Warbler--8
Black-throated Blue Warbler--1
Tennessee Warbler--1
Magnolia Warbler--3
Common Yellowthroat--1
Black-and-White Warbler--1
Blackpoll Warbler--1
American Redstart--1

plus

Gray Catbird--5
Hairy Woodpecker--1
Scarlet Tanager--2
Indigo Bunting--1
Chipping Sparrow--3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--1
Red-breasted Nuthatch--1
White-breasted Nuthatch--1
Black-capped Chickadee--1
Pileated Woodpecker--1
American Robin--1
Northern Cardinal--1
Blue Jay--1
Song Sparrow--2
Eastern Towhee--5

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Grant Co Sora, Merlin, Shrike, Grebe, Nighthawks; Hardy Great EGret
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 20:11:41 -0400
It was great to be back in WV after a long summer away. It seemed like a
slow day for birds, and very hot, but despite the low numbers of birds,
there were a few goodies.
I birded the Patterson Creek Rd area, South Mill Creek Lake Park, and
Hogueland Rd.

I heard a SORA giving alarm calls from the cat-tails at S Mill Creek Lake,
and then saw one very well in the scope as it foraged along the shore of a
farm pond along Hogueland Rd. The first I have actually seen in the state.

A very cooperative MERLIN also allowed great scope views as it preened atop
a dead tree in the middle of south mill creek lake.

At least one LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE is back again along Hogueland Rd.  I have
not seen it here since 18 Feb 2013. I have never seen it this early in the
fall. I scoped it across the road from Hereford Lane along the closest of
the distant fence lines. It was eating some sort of unidentifiable prey.

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was at Belle Babb Lake along with 2 double crested
cormorants but no waterfowl or shorebirds.

A flock of 17 NIGHTHAWKS flew over Belle Babb Lane at 5:45 PM.

A GREAT EGRET was in the river at the bridge in town in Moorefield.

ANother double-crested cormorant was at South Mill Creek Lake as were my
only ducks of the day, 10 wood ducks.  I saw only 1 Canada Goose all day,
also at S Mill CReek Lake where there were also 5 green herons.

I was disappointed by the lack of shorebirds. Other than 1 spotted
sandpiper in Moorefield at the bridge I only saw Killdeers, the highest
total being 32 along Hogueland Rd.

Other than yellowthroats, the only warblers I saw were 3 cape mays along
Thorn Run Rd.

Indigo BUntings were patchily abundant with 24 in one patch of corn along
HOgueland Rd.  I also saw Blue Grosbeaks at Hogueland and Thorn Run Rds

Hogueland Rd also had a lot of swallows foraging over the fields. Most
common was Barn (110) followed by Tree (40) Cliff (4) and Rough-winged (2).

Right now I an greatly enjoying a lightining/thunder storm passing across
the Smoke Hole and North Fork Mt area down below my cabin. Wonderful!

ALl the best
Fred Atwood
Cabins, Grant Co, WV
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA
Subject: bald eagles
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:50:24 -0400
Mid-day yesterday, I saw two adult bald eagles perched along New River 
near Hinton, Summers County.
Last evening, we saw an osprey pull a fish from our neighbor's pond.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 25951, Hinton, Summers County, WV, US, Sep 5, 2014
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:48:10 -0400
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - 25951, Hinton, Summers County, WV, US, Sep 5, 2014
Date: 	Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:44:50 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



25951, Hinton, Summers County, WV, US, Summers, US-WV
Sep 5, 2014 7:10 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Hinton Farmer's Market, Stokes Drive
14 species

Canada Goose  5
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Killdeer  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  19
Mourning Dove  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Common Raven  2
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  23
Cedar Waxwing  7
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  17

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19745132 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: early red-br. nuthatch
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:46:51 -0400
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Pipestem Resort State Park, Sep 4, 2014
Date: 	Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:37:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Pipestem Resort State Park, Summers, US-WV
Sep 4, 2014 9:23 AM - 10:16 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Comments:     Turkey Spur & Cottage Trails
14 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  2

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19745098 


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Subject: Late Summer Quiet
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:02:11 -0400
When I went into the Harman post office this week, the post mistress asked
me, "Why am I not hearing any birds?" I gave her my answer but have been
listening and pondering since. I, too, have been missing the birds singing.
Is this what a Silent Spring would be like, feel like?

 

The only warblers consistently singing yet around Harman are the Common
Yellowthroat and Hooded Warblers. The rest are following Black-capped
Chickadees around silently fattening up for the coming trip. White-breasted
Nuthatches keep tabs on the group. The only flycatcher I hear regularly but
less and less is the Eastern Wood-Pewee. Sparrows are silent. The American
Robin is hiding as it molts. Blue Jays still scream. American Crows and
Common Ravens keep calling each other. A flock of Common Grackles descended
on our yard but there were no displays - only pecking around for food.
American Goldfinches are probably the most active birds. Wild Turkeys appear
and disappear like ghosts.

 

So, the birds are around. We just have to listen and observe more closely
and wait more patiently. It is a good time to study a different behavior
than breeding frenzy. I must admit though that I am already eager for
spring. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Nighthawks
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:45:04 -0400
25 Nighthawks for Friday Evening in Hurricane, Putnam County.

Kim Kazmierski
Subject: Raleigh Co. 9/5/2014
From: Allen Waldron <awaldron AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:30:24 -0400
Friends,
I was birding at Lake Stephens this morning and found:
Canada Goose
Mallard
Pied-billed grebe
Spotted Sandpiper
Turkey vulture
Cooper's hawk
Red-shouldered hawk
M. Dove
Red-bellied woodpecker
Hairy woodpecker
N. Flicker
Eastern wood-pewee
E. Phoebe
Blue-headed vireo
Red-eyed vireo
A. crow
C. raven
C. chickadee
T. titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch
C. wren
E. bluebird
Yellow-throated warbler
Scarlet tanager
Chipping sparrow
Field sparrow
A. goldfinch

Tonight had....      go over the house
10 chimney swifts 
128 c. nighthawks
2 bats 
dragonflies

Mindy Waldron
Surveyor, WV
Subject: 21 Common Nighthawks over Philippi tonight.
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:21:27 -0400
I spotted 21 CONI's over the AB campus this evening.  I am also still
seeing the kestrels that nest on the chapel bell tower.  We learned today
that the bell tower has been declared to be seriously unsafe, and it will
be taken down immediately beginning on Monday.  The AMKE's will have to
find somewhere else to nest in the Spring.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: North Bend State Park RH Woodpeckers; Sand Creek Great Egrets
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:40:48 -0400
A long day today took me to the North Bend State Park area in Ritchie
County, then to the Ohio River from Parkersburg south to the Belleville
Locks and Dam.

The healthy RED-HEADED WOODPECKER population at the lake at the state park
continues. Today I found 6 across from the Ritchie County 4-H Camp along
Old Bunnell's Run Road below the RV camp, 13 at the east end of the lake at
the recently renamed Eldon Haught Lakeside Recreation Area, and 5 at the
fishing area underneath the bridge a bit west of the golf course. 24 birds
total, including 5 heard-only. However, only 3 juveniles were seen. Should
be considerably more at this time of the year--hopefully most of the
heard-onlys were juvies.

Also of note at those locations:

Old Bunnell's Run Road: 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, and 1
Cedar Waxwing.

Eldon Haught Rec Area: 1 immature DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, 5 Killdeers, 24
Mourning Doves, 2 Belted Kingfishers, 2 Canada Geese, 11 Turkey Vultures, 2
Pileated Woodpeckers, 2 Northern Mockingbirds, 1 American Kestrel, 5
Red-winged Blackbirds, and 1 heard-only White-eyed Vireo.

Fishing area: 1 Yellow-throated Vireo, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 5 Canada Geese,
1 Great Blue Heron.

I then zigged and zagged along county roads southwest to the Palestine Fish
Hatchery just south of Elizabeth in Wirt County, hoping for some
shorebirds. Not only weren't there any, most of the ponds were dried up or
weed-covered. It looks like this hatchery is mostly abandoned.

Finally I went to a few places along the Ohio River south of Parkersburg:

Northwest Drive athletic fields: only 9 Killdeers

Sand Creek backwater: 5 GREAT EGRETS, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Green Heron, 1
Solitary Sandpiper, 3 Killdeers, 15 Mallards, 1 Wood Duck, 5 Chimney
Swifts, 1 Cedar Waxwing

Belleville Ohio River access road (River Road): 1 lone Killdeer. Vegetation
has grown up, partially obscuring views, and there isn't much water in the
2 ponds close to the road.

Belleville Locks and Dam: 9 Killdeers, 10 Barn Swallows feeding just
downstream from the dam

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:11:21 -0700
I'm not sure who this is, but if they want to be removed from the list, I think 
they might have to go about it differently. I'm not sure how to go about it, 
maybe someone on the list could give them the info needed. 

Thanks So Much,Kim

> Subject: Re: Nighthawks
> From: ricepattij AT aol.com
> Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:42:49 -0400
> To: richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM
> 
> Please remove my name from your mailing list.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> > On Sep 5, 2014, at 12:14 AM, Richard Kazmierski  
wrote: 

> > 
> > 227 Nighthawks for Thursday evening in Hurricane, Putnam County
> > 
> > Kim Kazmierski
> > Sent from my iPhone
 		 	   		  
Subject: Prickett's Fort Grebe
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:59:58 -0700
Had just 20 species this morning.............
Earliest Pied-billed Grebe ever for me at the fort today.
2 Warbling Vireos
2 Green Herons
5 Killdeer
no shorebirds

Joey Herron
Fairmont WV
Marion County