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Squacco Heron,©Jan Wilczur

1 Aug Little Indian Creek WMA, Monongalia County [Terry Bronson ]
31 Jul Mother knew best [Bruni Haydl ]
31 Jul Owl [Herb Myers ]
31 Jul Dickcissel, Horned larks, Grasshopper sparrows - Candlewood Drive, Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
31 Jul (BG Gnatcatcher nest) PVAS bird walk - historic Claymont property, Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
30 Jul Accipiter hat trick + Merlin in Dollly Sods (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
30 Jul Great Foggy Morning of birding at Kimsey Dam [ ]
30 Jul Prickett's Fort and Pleasant Creek update [Terry Bronson ]
30 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Jul 29, 2014 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
30 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Pipestem Resort State Park, Jul 29, 2014 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
29 Jul Osprey in Morgantown area; Impending Chimney Swift extravaganza [Terry Bronson ]
29 Jul Re: Golden-winged Warbler and Cerulean Warbler in West Virginia: recent research [wilhershberger ]
29 Jul Golden-winged Warbler and Cerulean Warbler in West Virginia: recent research [Larry Schwab ]
29 Jul Great egret [Wima ]
28 Jul In July? [kathy king ]
28 Jul Merlin Canaan Valley [ ]
28 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Jul 27, 2014 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
28 Jul Re: Peregrine - Jefferson County [Deb Hale ]
27 Jul Seneca Rocks & Warblers [ ]
27 Jul Blue Grosbeaks Grasshopper Sparrows [ ]
27 Jul Rte. 2 Birding- Avocets [DAVID ]
26 Jul Jefferson County Bobwhites [Wade Snyder ]
26 Jul Cheat River kayak birding [Terry Bronson ]
26 Jul Rte. 2 Birding [DAVID ]
26 Jul Freeland boardwalk this morning (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
26 Jul Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 24 Jul 2014 to 25 Jul 2014 (#2014-196) [Jean Neely ]
25 Jul Olive-sided Flycatchers et al. --- Pocahontas County [Derek Courtney ]
25 Jul Decker's Creek Trail in Preston County--lots of breeding signs [Terry Bronson ]
24 Jul eagles [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
24 Jul Bald Eagle at Opekiska Lock and Dam [Judy Bowling ]
24 Jul Shorebird Report [Mike Griffith ]
24 Jul Very early Pied-billed Grebe in Morgantown [Terry Bronson ]
24 Jul Hummers, etc [Bruni Haydl ]
23 Jul Bald eagle reported Upshur County [Holly Canfield ]
22 Jul RB Nuthatch, P. Finch, 7 Warblers at Cooper's Rock clear cut area [Terry Bronson ]
22 Jul Broad-winged hawk, Yellow-billed cuckoos, Scarlet tanager - Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
20 Jul Prickett's Fort [Joey Herron ]
20 Jul Cliff Swallows [Herb Myers ]
20 Jul Black-billed Cuckoo [LeJay Graffious ]
20 Jul Kestrels [Jean Neely ]
19 Jul Red-headed juvenile today ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
18 Jul Re: More baby juncos (Tucker) [David Griffith ]
18 Jul More baby juncos (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
18 Jul Purple Martins [Richard Kazmierski ]
18 Jul Ruby-throated hummingbird missed shaped bill [Wima ]
18 Jul Monongalia County Lesser Scaup update [Terry Bronson ]
17 Jul Yard birds [Bruni Haydl ]
17 Jul Lesser Scaup still in Star City; shorebirds still AWOL [Terry Bronson ]
17 Jul Perfect day [laura ceperley ]
16 Jul Re: Lesser Scaup - Mon County [Ryan Tomazin ]
16 Jul Re: Lesser Scaup - Mon County [Terry Bronson ]
16 Jul Re: Peregrine in New River Gorge [Wendy Perrone ]
16 Jul Peregrine in New River Gorge ["Williams, Barry C" ]
15 Jul Southbound Shorebirds [Mike Griffith ]
15 Jul PVAS-sponsored Bird Walk at Blue Ridge Center (VA): Kentucky Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, YB Chats, Blue Grosbeaks, etc. [Deb Hale ]
14 Jul Carolina Wren update [Bruni Haydl ]
13 Jul Very large Cliff Swallow colony at Opekiska Dam on Monongahela River [Terry Bronson ]
12 Jul Purple martins [laura ceperley ]
12 Jul Normal?? [Nan McDaniel ]
12 Jul Common Merganser [DAVID ]
10 Jul Re: Red-headed woodpecker, Red-shouldered hawks, and one amazing hummer - Jefferson County [Joan Carr ]
10 Jul Red-headed woodpecker, Red-shouldered hawks, and one amazing hummer - Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
9 Jul Purple Martins pre-staging ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
9 Jul Peregrine - Jefferson County [Deb Hale ]
7 Jul Disastrous day for Momma Wood Duck [Terry Bronson ]
5 Jul Mountain Top Birds [Herb Myers ]
5 Jul Hooligan Ravens in Bridgeport [Jeff Del Col ]
5 Jul creeper [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
4 Jul GC Flycatcher calling at night? [Jeff Del Col ]
4 Jul Early Fall Migrant? [Mike Griffith ]
4 Jul Fourth of July Birding [Herb Myers ]
3 Jul Pleasant Creek/Doe Run Shorebirds (7/3/14) [Randy Bodkins ]
30 Jun Baby kingbirds - Bolivar Heights last evening. [Deb Hale ]
29 Jun broadwings ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
28 Jun The Naked Wren [Bruni Haydl ]
27 Jun Golden Tanager in Monongalia County [Terry Bronson ]

Subject: Little Indian Creek WMA, Monongalia County
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:57:04 -0400
This morning's adventure took me west of Morgantown to Little Indian Creek
Wildlife Management Area, which is composed of 2 entirely different
habitats--shrubs and trees along the creek at the bottom of the hill and a
grassy/shrubby reclaimed mine at the top. Highlights:

Along the creek, 28 species:

Great Blue Heron--1 flyby
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO--1 heard
Belted Kingfisher--2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--2
Acadian Flycatcher--2
White-eyed Vireo--3
Yellow-throated Vireo--1
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher--3
Gray Catbird--6, including 1 carrying at least 2 red Russian Olive-type
berries
Brown Thrasher--1
Cedar Waxwing--2
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER--1. I had to look this one up since it didn't look
right. The back was clearly greenish, the black eye stripe was almost
non-existent, and the wing bars were faint. Still it pretty much matches
Sibley's first-year female. Thought it might be a Pine Warbler, though well
out of habitat.
Common Yellowthroat--2
Yellow Warbler--2
American Redstart--2
Scarlet Tanager--3
Indigo Bunting--4

In the mine area, also 28 species:

Hairy Woodpecker--1
PRAIRIE WARBLER--2. They breed there.
Common Yellowthroat--3
Field Sparrow--8, at least, with 1 carrying a green caterpillar
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW--1
Scarlet Tanager--4, including 1 obvious juvenile still with a little white
down.
Indigo Bunting--6
Eastern Meadowlark--1
ORCHARD ORIOLE--1 female

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Mother knew best
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:23:05 -0400
The Bluebird nest I worried about because it was made of an unusually 
high amount of white pine needles was a success after all.  My concern 
was that the cup was too close to the entrance hole making it more 
vulnerable to predation.   When I checked on the youngsters a couple of 
days ago they were fat and happy and definitely ready to fledge.  Sure 
enough,  the next day the nest was empty with just a couple of cherry 
pits in it.  The female had done an excellent job of removing the fecal 
sacs, leaving a very clean nest.

On Monday I saw a young Red Shouldered hawk sitting on the railing of 
the footbridge going across the creek along Old Cave Rd.  Several hours 
later I saw him again, this time sitting on a rock on the shore.  He had 
a white feather protruding from his chest, which I hoped was just a 
result of preening.    Yesterday I went by there again and he was 
sitting on the shore again but did fly up into some trees.  On another 
part of Old Cave road I spotted a butterfly on the edge of the road.  
Thinking it might have been hit by a car I decided to go back and get 
it.  It was a beautiful Tiger Swallowtail.  As I bent down to pick it up 
it lifted up, crossed the road and disappeared into a tree.  Might have 
just gotten salt from the edge of the asphalt.  Not a good idea as most 
people don't brake for butterflies.

I've seen a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher off and on but yesterday there were 
two of them on the fence near the birdbath.  May well have been a pair.

After BIRDMOM told me about the Horned Larks on Candlewood Dr I stopped 
in on the way home and was fortunate to see a small flock, one of them 
landing on the curb so I could get a good look even without my binoculars.

The only active nests near the house that I'm aware of are two House 
Wrens as well as the Carolina wren who is sitting on her eggs in the 
nest in the flower pot.  I'm glad she doesn't mind my being on the patio 
and walking by her.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Owl
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:28:39 -0400
On Tuesday we took two of our granddaughters to Cass. After riding the train
to the top of the mountain, we stayed overnight in one of the park's houses.
I awakened shortly after 3 a.m. to use the bathroom - as aging men are prone
to do. I thought I was dreaming at first, but no, there was a Great Horned
Owl calling just outside our house, "Who's awake? Me, too." Needless to say,
I lay awake listening to it, as we have not heard one around our house in
Harman for a long time. That was one middle of the night bathroom experience
that I didn't mind! Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Dickcissel, Horned larks, Grasshopper sparrows - Candlewood Drive, Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:33:49 +0000
On Saturday, July 26, and acting on a tip from Matt Orsie, I checked out 
Candlewood Drive, which is now the new Norborne Glebe subdivision being 
developed.  There is a lot of disturbed land, which the Horned larks love.  I 
had good looks at 2 and heard 2 others singing.  The developers continue to 
mow the entire area, but with all the rain, it's quickly grown in, and is bird 
friendly (temporarily). 

I heard and saw at least 6 Grasshopper sparrows singing--at least one sitting 
on top of the blue plastic piping in the ground.  There are quite a few more 
roads created now, and a Dickcissel was singing near the intersection of 
Courier Drive and Casorsa Drive.  Sorry for the late posting, but there is a 
good chance the birds will continue to frequent the area, unless another mowing 
occurs.  Matt reported hearing the Dickcissel a number of times this summer 
when he drove through this area.  No one else has reported Dickcissel in West 
Virginia this season, so if you see or hear one, please report it here and/or 
in eBIRD. 

  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: (BG Gnatcatcher nest) PVAS bird walk - historic Claymont property, Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:20:59 +0000
On July 26, 2014, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society held a public bird and 
butterfly walk at the historic Claymont mansion property.  The walk started at 
7:00 AM, and the temperature (68-75 degrees F) was very comfortable for this 
time of year.  The skies were clear with light winds, and there was quite a 
bit of dew on the grass all morning.  Three miles of trails were walked, and 
everyone that participated had never attended a Claymont bird walk before. 

  
The highlights included finding a Blue-gray gnatcatcher nest, with female 
sitting on nest and male nearby.  Also, 10 Wood ducks were seen in the 
wetland.  The males were in eclipse plumage, a plumage I had never had the 
opportunity to see, since Wood ducks do a great job of keeping well hidden 
this time of year.  45 species of birds were seen and heard. 

  
I was particularly interested in seeing Chimney swifts, since a few PVAS 
volunteers erected a Chimney swift tower on the property this spring.  I was 
happy to spot at least 6 flying near the wetland feeding.  I have not had the 
opportunity to observe swifts entering and exiting the tower (yet!) 

  
Some of the butterflies seen included:  Cabbage white, Black swallowtail, 
Least skipper, Monarch (2), Red-spotted purple and Clouded sulphur.  Seeing 
two Monarchs was cause for celebration. 

  
Our bird list follows: 

Wood Duck  10 
Black Vulture  5 
Turkey Vulture  3 
Red-shouldered Hawk  1 
Spotted Sandpiper  1 
Mourning Dove  6 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  8 
Chimney Swift  6 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1 
Downy Woodpecker  5 
Hairy Woodpecker  2 
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  6 
Pileated Woodpecker  1 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6 
Eastern Phoebe  2 
Great Crested Flycatcher  5 
Eastern Kingbird  2 
Red-eyed Vireo  2 
Blue Jay  5 
American Crow  1 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10 
Tree Swallow  35 
Carolina Chickadee  6 
Tufted Titmouse  7 
White-breasted Nuthatch  3 
Carolina Wren  7 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2     observed male and female with nest 
Eastern Bluebird  2 
Wood Thrush  1 
American Robin  15 
European Starling  20 
Cedar Waxwing  10 
Common Yellowthroat  2 
Eastern Towhee  3 
Chipping Sparrow  3 
Field Sparrow  12 
Scarlet Tanager  2 
Northern Cardinal  12 
Indigo Bunting  4 
Red-winged Blackbird  2 
Common Grackle  30 
Brown-headed Cowbird  6 
House Finch  1 
American Goldfinch  7 
House Sparrow  1 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19280661 


Enjoying this un-summer-like weather, 
  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Accipiter hat trick + Merlin in Dollly Sods (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:04:10 -0400
Hi, all,

 

I took a walk in Dolly Sods today, putting in a last-minute effort in an
under-covered block for our atlas. I was rewarded with the first time I've
seen all three accipiters in one day - and in a very limited area. This
morning, a Sharp-shinned Hawk soared near the junction of Beaver Pond and
Dobbin Grade trails, and later, on my way out on Beaver Pond trail, a
Northern Goshawk called and soared above me. A few minutes later a Cooper's
Hawk flew low across the meadow right in front of me.

 

2014 is definitely year of the goshawk for me.

 

Plus, near the intersection of Raven Ridge and Dobbin Grade trails, a female
Merlin flew in and posed on top of a spruce tree.

 

At home, I've had unusual visits to the feeders from a Canada Warbler and a
juvenile Baltimore Oriole. Babies in the last couple of weeks include
Red-bellied, Downy, and Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay,
Tufted Titmouse, House Wren, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Common Grackle. A Broad-winged Hawk called and
circled this afternoon.

 

Good birding,

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: Great Foggy Morning of birding at Kimsey Dam
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:20:02 -0700
I arrived at Kimsey at 730 The fog was starting to lift
Mathias had 44 when I went through

There were five Bald Eagles two second year eagles screaming for Bfast

Parent paid no attention at all The Mature Bald Eagle sat in the tree the 
whole time I birded & was still sitting when I left 

There were two Great Blue Herons  chasing each other
green Heron with a fish

Heard & saw Red Head Woodpeckers
One RHWpecker was being chased by a hummer

I counted 28 Wood Ducks

At the top of the dam
Blue Grosbeak
Meadow Larks
Field Sparrow carrying food

Beautiful Morning total of 40 species in one hour


Diane Holsinger
Subject: Prickett's Fort and Pleasant Creek update
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:18:23 -0400
At Prickett's Fort State Park early this morning:

Canada Goose--15, or 30. The first 15 disappeared; then the same number
came in from the river. Could have been same birds.
Wood Duck--11
Mallard--31, including 5 very small ducklings
Solitary Sandpiper--1
Spotted Sandpiper--1
Killdeer--10
Great Blue Heron--1
Green Heron--5. All juveniles except 1 adult. The last 3 flew in as I was
leaving.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo--1 heard
Eastern Bluebird--1
A few other common species.

At the new pond at Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area next to the
railroad trestle:

Green Heron--1 adult, 3 juveniles
Spotted Sandpiper--1
Killdeer--1
Cedar Waxwing--1 juvenile
Common Yellowthroat--1
9 other common species.

At the Upper Pleasant Creek wetlands, where water is high; thus no
shorebird habitat:

Wood Duck--8
Mallard--1 female with 5 ducklings 95% grown
Green Heron--1 adult, 1 juvenile
Red-shouldered Hawk--1
Eastern Bluebird--2
Cedar Waxwing--6 adults
Common Yellowthroat--2
Yellow Warbler--1

Doe Run Impoundment:

Water was very high, so no shorebird habitat.
Only a Mallard family present.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Jul 29, 2014
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:17:47 -0400
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Jul 29, 2014
Date: 	Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:14:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Bertha Campground, Summers, US-WV
Jul 29, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
21 species

Canada Goose  46
Wood Duck  7
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  3
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1     juvenile
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Common Raven  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Redstart  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Common Grackle  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19269687 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Pipestem Resort State Park, Jul 29, 2014
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:17:23 -0400
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Pipestem Resort State Park, Jul 29, 2014
Date: 	Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:08:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Pipestem Resort State Park, Summers, US-WV
Jul 29, 2014 8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Lake Shore Trail
17 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
Brown Creeper  2     1 adult being chased by a begging flegling
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  1
Hooded Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19269635 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Osprey in Morgantown area; Impending Chimney Swift extravaganza
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:23:47 -0400
A walk along the Monongahela River Rail Trail in both directions from the
end of Van Voorhis Road north of Morgantown this morning yielded, among the
32 encountered, 3 unexpected species that count for the WV Breeding Bird
Atlas.

Osprey--1 adult circling over the river near the parking lot at the end of
Van Voorhis Road. Ospreys are periodically seen over the river near
Morgantown, but this is the first time I've seen one north of the city.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo--1 cack-cack-cacking near the rail trail bridge south
of Van Voorhis Road, followed a few minutes later by a seen bird at the
bridge.

Northern Parula--2 south of Van Voorhis.

Other highlights:

Red-tailed Hawk--1
Eastern Kingbird--1
White-eyed Vireo--2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--2
Eastern Bluebird--2, with 1 singing, making it an upgrade for the Atlas
Scarlet Tanager--1 male just starting to molt, showing a couple of tiny
green patches.
Indigo Bunting--5, including a half-molted male: blue on the head and
breast and grayish on the wings.
Brown-headed Cowbird--1. An interesting bird--all dark with just a few
grayish juvenile patches remaining. Head did not show any brown yet. My
first thought was a melanistic Towhee, but the grayish patches persuaded me
it was a Cowbird.

And a reminder: as August arrives, Chimney Swift nestlings will complete
their fledging and join adults in forming huge evening roosts in large
chimneys. Numbers will build throughout the month and peak in September.
Last year, the roost at the old glass factory chimney at the Seneca Center
in Morgantown had an estimated 3,760 swifts on September 12, thanks to
Larry Schwab's diligent count. Plan to arrive at an appropriate chimney
near you about 20 minutes before official sunset to enjoy the spectacle.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: Golden-winged Warbler and Cerulean Warbler in West Virginia: recent research
From: wilhershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:55:13 -0400
Links to articles:
http://www.natureimagesandsounds.com/assets/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS AND HABITAT 
CHARACTERISTICS OF GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS IN HIGH-ELEVATION PASTURELANDS.pdf 


http://www.natureimagesandsounds.com/assets/SELECTION OF FOREST CANOPY GAPS BY 
MALE CERULEAN WARBLERS IN WEST VIRGINIA.pdf 



Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC
Hedgesville, WV
The Songs of Insects
My Blog

On Jul 29, 2014, at 11:46 AM, Larry Schwab  wrote:

> Two significant papers on the topic of breeding characteristics of two West
> Virginia Warbler species are published in the Wilson Journal of
> Ornithology, June, 2014 Vol 126, issue 2.
> 
> Both scientifically grounded papers discuss implications for conservation
> of these two declining species, especially the Golden-winged Warbler.
> 
> Congratulations to the authors and researchers who have performed and
> published these important studies.
> 
> Here are the abstracts:
> 
> Reproductive success and habitat characteristics of Golden-winged Warblers
> in high-elevation pasturelands [image: Full Access]
> Kyle R. Aldinger and Petra Bohall Wood
> pg(s) 279–287
> *Abstract*
> The Golden-winged Warbler (*Vermivora chrysoptera*) is one of the most
> rapidly declining vertebrate species in the Appalachian Mountains. It is
> the subject of extensive range-wide research and conservation action.
> However, little is known about this species' breeding ecology in
> high-elevation pasturelands, a breeding habitat with conservation potential
> considering the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service's Working Lands
> for Wildlife program targeting private lands in the Appalachian Mountains.
> We located 100 nests of Golden-winged Warblers in pastures in and around
> the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia during 2008–2012. Daily
> nest survival rate (mean ± SE = 0.962 ± 0.006), clutch size (4.5 ± 0.1),
> and number of young fledged per nest attempt (2.0 ± 0.2) and successful
> nest (4.0 ± 0.1) fell within the range of values reported in other parts of
> the species' range and were not significantly affected by year or the
> presence/absence of cattle grazing. Classification tree analysis revealed
> that nests were in denser vegetation (≥52%) and closer to forest edges
> (<36.0 m) and shrubs (<7.0 cm) than random locations within the male's
> territory. Successful nests had significantly more woody cover (≥9%) within
> 1 m than failed nests. Our results suggest that cattle grazing at
> 1.2–2.4 ha of forage/animal unit with periodic mowing can create and
> maintain these characteristics without interfering with the nesting of
> Golden-winged Warblers. High-elevation pasturelands may provide a refuge
> for remaining populations of Golden-winged Warblers in this region.
> 
> Selection of forest canopy gaps by male Cerulean Warblers in West
> Virginia [image:
> Full Access]
> Kelly A. Perkins and Petra Bohall Wood
> pg(s) 288–297
> *Abstract*
> Forest openings, or canopy gaps, are an important resource for many forest
> songbirds, such as Cerulean Warblers (*Setophaga cerulea*). We examined
> canopy gap selection by this declining species to determine if male
> Cerulean Warblers selected particular sizes, vegetative heights, or types
> of gaps. We tested whether these parameters differed among territories,
> territory core areas, and randomly-placed sample plots. We used enhanced
> territory mapping techniques (burst sampling) to define habitat use within
> the territory. Canopy gap densities were higher within core areas of
> territories than within territories or random plots, indicating that
> Cerulean Warblers selected habitat within their territories with the
> highest gap densities. Selection of regenerating gaps with woody vegetation
>> 12 m within the gap, and canopy heights >24 m surrounding the gap,
> occurred within territory core areas. These findings differed between two
> sites indicating that gap selection may vary based on forest structure.
> Differences were also found regarding the placement of territories with
> respect to gaps. Larger gaps, such as wildlife food plots, were located on
> the periphery of territories more often than other types and sizes of gaps,
> while smaller gaps, such as treefalls, were located within territory
> boundaries more often than expected. The creations of smaller canopy gaps,
> <100 m2, within dense stands are likely compatible with forest management
> for this species.
> 
> Best wishes to all,
> Larry Schwab, Morgantown
Subject: Golden-winged Warbler and Cerulean Warbler in West Virginia: recent research
From: Larry Schwab <larryschwab AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:46:05 -0400
Two significant papers on the topic of breeding characteristics of two West
Virginia Warbler species are published in the Wilson Journal of
Ornithology, June, 2014 Vol 126, issue 2.

Both scientifically grounded papers discuss implications for conservation
of these two declining species, especially the Golden-winged Warbler.

Congratulations to the authors and researchers who have performed and
published these important studies.

Here are the abstracts:

Reproductive success and habitat characteristics of Golden-winged Warblers
in high-elevation pasturelands [image: Full Access]
Kyle R. Aldinger and Petra Bohall Wood
pg(s) 279–287
*Abstract*
The Golden-winged Warbler (*Vermivora chrysoptera*) is one of the most
rapidly declining vertebrate species in the Appalachian Mountains. It is
the subject of extensive range-wide research and conservation action.
However, little is known about this species' breeding ecology in
high-elevation pasturelands, a breeding habitat with conservation potential
considering the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service's Working Lands
for Wildlife program targeting private lands in the Appalachian Mountains.
We located 100 nests of Golden-winged Warblers in pastures in and around
the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia during 2008–2012. Daily
nest survival rate (mean ± SE = 0.962 ± 0.006), clutch size (4.5 ± 0.1),
and number of young fledged per nest attempt (2.0 ± 0.2) and successful
nest (4.0 ± 0.1) fell within the range of values reported in other parts of
the species' range and were not significantly affected by year or the
presence/absence of cattle grazing. Classification tree analysis revealed
that nests were in denser vegetation (≥52%) and closer to forest edges
(<36.0 m) and shrubs (<7.0 cm) than random locations within the male's
territory. Successful nests had significantly more woody cover (≥9%) within
1 m than failed nests. Our results suggest that cattle grazing at
1.2–2.4 ha of forage/animal unit with periodic mowing can create and
maintain these characteristics without interfering with the nesting of
Golden-winged Warblers. High-elevation pasturelands may provide a refuge
for remaining populations of Golden-winged Warblers in this region.

Selection of forest canopy gaps by male Cerulean Warblers in West
Virginia [image:
Full Access]
Kelly A. Perkins and Petra Bohall Wood
pg(s) 288–297
*Abstract*
Forest openings, or canopy gaps, are an important resource for many forest
songbirds, such as Cerulean Warblers (*Setophaga cerulea*). We examined
canopy gap selection by this declining species to determine if male
Cerulean Warblers selected particular sizes, vegetative heights, or types
of gaps. We tested whether these parameters differed among territories,
territory core areas, and randomly-placed sample plots. We used enhanced
territory mapping techniques (burst sampling) to define habitat use within
the territory. Canopy gap densities were higher within core areas of
territories than within territories or random plots, indicating that
Cerulean Warblers selected habitat within their territories with the
highest gap densities. Selection of regenerating gaps with woody vegetation
>12 m within the gap, and canopy heights >24 m surrounding the gap,
occurred within territory core areas. These findings differed between two
sites indicating that gap selection may vary based on forest structure.
Differences were also found regarding the placement of territories with
respect to gaps. Larger gaps, such as wildlife food plots, were located on
the periphery of territories more often than other types and sizes of gaps,
while smaller gaps, such as treefalls, were located within territory
boundaries more often than expected. The creations of smaller canopy gaps,
<100 m2, within dense stands are likely compatible with forest management
for this species.

Best wishes to all,
Larry Schwab, Morgantown
Subject: Great egret
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:05:58 -0400
Sunday evening7/ 27 saw 2 great egrets at Proctor. 

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
Subject: In July?
From: kathy king <000000582aada182-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:06:11 -0700
My husband and I were returning home from quick trip to Moorefield about noon 
today when we saw a flock of about 30 Canadas flying low and disorganized with 
10 Snow Geese following in a group. We spotted them again as they circled down 
behind the trees by the river. 

No luck in finding them this afternoon, probably need a canoe. But I will be 
out tomorrow am, for sure. Kathy King, Hardy County 

Subject: Merlin Canaan Valley
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:17:50 -0700
Laurea & I saw a Merlin on the road to Timberline
Merlin was sitting in a dead tree Right beside the tree group of Turk's Cap 
lillies 


Laura spotted the merlin
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Jul 27, 2014
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:34:42 -0400
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Jul 27, 2014
Date: 	Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:21:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	do-not-reply AT ebird.org
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Bellepoint Park, Summers, US-WV
Jul 27, 2014 12:28 PM - 1:18 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
38 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  125
Mallard  21
Black Vulture  13
Turkey Vulture  25
Bald Eagle  1     juvenile
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  3
Chimney Swift  14
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  200     number estimated
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  17
Cedar Waxwing  8
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Yellow-throated Warbler  4
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  10
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  19

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19243759 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: Peregrine - Jefferson County
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:01:47 -0400
Rich,  The peregrine was flying overhead above Rte 340 about at this point:

642 Somerset Blvd
Charles Town, WV 25414
39.302105, -77.819841

Do these points make sense to you?

Rgds,
Deb.



On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 12:18 PM, Deb Hale  wrote:

> Just happened to check out the bird flapping its wings above Route 340
> yesterday afternoon as Mom & I drove to the Walmart (this between Aldi &
> Walmart, my homes away from home).
>
> Classic falcon profile. Unmistakable. Size-wise Peregrine. Wish I could
> have watched it longer but had to keep my eyes on the road. He was heading
> NE.
>
> Deb Hale
> Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
>
Subject: Seneca Rocks & Warblers
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:11:51 -0700
Birded Seneca Rocks on my way home from Canaan Valley
after a great weekend attending the WV Mushroom Foray

Mixed flock of warblers
American Restart
Chestnut sided
Black & White Warlbler
Worm eating Warbler looking very soaked after the hard rain last nite

Vireos were well represented
Yellow Throat Vireo Warbling Vireo Red Eye Vireo

A family of Towhees chasing each other Brown Thrasher eating black berries

Bald Eagle & Coopers Hawk & group of TVs flying high

Diane Holsinger
Subject: Blue Grosbeaks Grasshopper Sparrows
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:05:20 -0700
Birded briefly behind Walmart in Moorefield

Green Heron flew to the tree from the pond

Blue Grosbeak on the ground Then flew to a tree & sang for me
Surprized to see Grasshopper Sparrow with food in his mouth


Diane Holsinger
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding- Avocets
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:27:17 +0000
Gary Rankin, Mike Griffith and I did  some birding along Rte. 2 this am. The 
highlight of the day was observing 2 American Avocets in breeding plumage at 
the gravel pit at Gallipolis Ferry at 925 this am. Some of the birds seen were: 

  
Greenbottom; 
  
Great Egret-1 
  
RCB Locks: 
  
Solitary Sandpiper-1 
American Wigeon-1 Juvenile rare for summer 
  
Gallipolis Ferry: 
  
AMERICAN AVOCET-2  breeding plumage 
Solitary Sandpiper-2 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington , WV 25701 
Subject: Jefferson County Bobwhites
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:01:43 -0400
Today as I worked in the yard I was fortunate to hear the sweet song of  
Bobwhites in an adjacent field located on the east side of Daniel Road, about a 
quarter of a mile from the bus garage. I heard a single bird around 10 am. Then 
at 4:30 pm I was picking up two different birds. This field has some fully 
ripened grain heads that are volunteer plants which have resprouted from seed 
dropped from an earlier spring harvest. I'm hoping the Bobwhites will stay 
around for a while. Listening to their songs bring back memories of when 
hearing them was much more common. 


N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction
Subject: Cheat River kayak birding
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:22:32 -0400
My wife Nancy and I reprised our 9/15/2013 kayak trip along the Cheat River
in Tucker County this afternoon, putting in north of Bethel Cemetery south
of St. George and taking out north of St. George just north of the Route
72/38 intersection at the Patriots4 campground, owned by our outfitter.
It's about a 3 mile trip; water was very low, and I had to get out and wade
through very shallow rapids at least 4 times. It took 4 hours and 10
minutes including a lunch break. Last year with higher water it took only 2
hours and 35 minutes.

Needless to say, seeing songbirds from the middle of the river in a kayak
is a challenging task, but I managed a few. Here is the complete eBird list
of 26 species--nothing really unexpected:

Canada Goose  131     All in adult plumage. (125 last year)
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6     On St. George bridge.
Belted Kingfisher  2
Northern Flicker  1     Heard calling only.
Pileated Woodpecker  1     Heard only.
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  8     2 heard only.
American Crow  3
Common Raven  3
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  1
Cliff Swallow  1     About 20 nests on St. George bridge, though many in
disrepair. No birds seen at nests except a House Sparrow.
swallow sp.  4     Not Cliff or Barn Swallows, but not a good view.
Tufted Titmouse  1     Heard singing only.
White-breasted Nuthatch  1     Heard calling only.
Carolina Wren  4     Heard only--3 singing and 1 calling.
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  1     Heard singing only.
Song Sparrow  10     Heard singing only.
Indigo Bunting  3     Heard singing only.
Red-winged Blackbird  1     Heard singing only.
American Goldfinch  5     2 heard calling only.
House Sparrow  2

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:25:19 +0000
Wendell Argabrite ,Mike Griffith and I did some birding along Rte. 2 this am. 
We had some shorebird activity. Some of the birds seen were: 

  
Greenbottom: 
  
Least Sandpiper-2 
Killdeer-6 
Blue Grosbeak-1 
Red-tailed Hawk-1 
  
RCB Locks: 
  
Spotted Sandpiper-5 
Killdeer-7 
Red-shouldered Hawk-2 
  
Gallipolis Ferry: 
  
Pectoral Sandpiper-1 
Solitary Sandpiper-2 
Killdeer-17 
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 25701 
Subject: Freeland boardwalk this morning (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:10:23 -0400
Hi, all,

 

Our Canaan Valley NWR bird walk at the Freeland boardwalk this morning found
a good number of our local specialties. Highlights included many
hummingbirds, a pair of Vesper Sparrows, and a juvenile Red-breasted
Nuthatch. Here's what we saw and heard:

 

Canada Goose

Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Alder Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

American Crow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Gray Catbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Eastern Towhee

Vesper Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Bobolink

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch 

 

Good birding,

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 24 Jul 2014 to 25 Jul 2014 (#2014-196)
From: Jean Neely <jeaneely AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:43:34 -0400
Morning, All:
The eBird folks are going to have to re-draw the map on Olive-sided
Flycatchers if this keeps up!
Congrats, guys!

Jean Neely
Near Shepherdstown




> There are 2 messages totaling 83 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>   1. Decker's Creek Trail in Preston County--lots of breeding signs
>   2. Olive-sided Flycatchers et al. --- Pocahontas County
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:31:15 -0400
> From:    Terry Bronson 
> Subject: Decker's Creek Trail in Preston County--lots of breeding signs
> 
> I birded 3 sections of the Decker's Creek Trail in the Reedsville area of
> Preston County this morning, with these highlights:
> 
> East of Route 92:
> 
> Killdeer--3
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird--2
> House Wren--3, including 1 entering and leaving a natural tree cavity
> Eastern Bluebird--2 juveniles
> American Robin--11, including 1 young being fed
> Gray Catbird--9, including 1 carrying food
> Cedar Waxwing--4, including 2 juveniles, my first of the year
> Indigo Bunting--3, including a female carrying grass
> Red-winged Blackbird--22, including 1 female carrying food
> Common Grackle--7, including 1 young being fed
> 
> North of McKinney Cave Road:
> 
> Solitary Sandpiper--1
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird--2
> Belted Kingfisher--1
> White-eyed Vireo--3, including 1 carrying food that was very agitated by my
> presence, indicating I was very near its nest
> Cedar Waxwing--5 adults, including 1 nest building
> Swamp Sparrow--1 singing male
> Northern Cardinal--5, including 2 courting. The female was singing on top
> of a utility pole, while the male followed her around, leaning forward,
> spreading his wings, and swaying from side to side. She was not impressed.
> 
> Between McKinney Cave Road and Burke Road:
> 
> Willow Flycatcher--4, plus 3 silent birds that were likely this species. 1
> of them was carrying food.
> Barn Swallow--23, including 3 youngsters on a wire being fed
> Common Yellowthroat--3, including 1 carrying food
> Yellow Warbler--2, still singing
> Baltimore Oriole--1 female or young bird
> 
> On nearby Giuliani Road:
> 
> Turkey Vulture--a mini-roost of 10 birds, including 4 juveniles
Subject: Olive-sided Flycatchers et al. --- Pocahontas County
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:05:08 -0400
Hi all,

     I joined LeJay Graffious for some birding this morning in the high
country of Pocahontas County. An excellent, if foggy, morning to start out.
The highlight was probably the Olive-sided Flycatchers found initially by
Matt Orsie and his tour group last year that seem to have returned this
year. We had at least 4 individual Olive-sided's in sight at once and most
probably two separate groups based on location and vocalizations bringing
the total to 6 birds. The Olive-sided's were by far the most vocal birds
encountered and both groups called nearly the entire time we were on the
boardwalk. We also saw the adults of the group of 4 bringing food to the
juveniles which was nice to see. Canada Warblers were also conspicuous
feeding their young. Swainson's and Hermit Thrushes were encountered along
the scenic highway giving a nice morning chorus. A female Ruffed Grouse
with young was seen along the Cowpasture trail. We didn't catch up with any
Red Crossbills but most every other expected bird was seen or heard. A
lovely day be out in WV. Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Decker's Creek Trail in Preston County--lots of breeding signs
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:31:15 -0400
I birded 3 sections of the Decker's Creek Trail in the Reedsville area of
Preston County this morning, with these highlights:

East of Route 92:

Killdeer--3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--2
House Wren--3, including 1 entering and leaving a natural tree cavity
Eastern Bluebird--2 juveniles
American Robin--11, including 1 young being fed
Gray Catbird--9, including 1 carrying food
Cedar Waxwing--4, including 2 juveniles, my first of the year
Indigo Bunting--3, including a female carrying grass
Red-winged Blackbird--22, including 1 female carrying food
Common Grackle--7, including 1 young being fed

North of McKinney Cave Road:

Solitary Sandpiper--1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--2
Belted Kingfisher--1
White-eyed Vireo--3, including 1 carrying food that was very agitated by my
presence, indicating I was very near its nest
Cedar Waxwing--5 adults, including 1 nest building
Swamp Sparrow--1 singing male
Northern Cardinal--5, including 2 courting. The female was singing on top
of a utility pole, while the male followed her around, leaning forward,
spreading his wings, and swaying from side to side. She was not impressed.

Between McKinney Cave Road and Burke Road:

Willow Flycatcher--4, plus 3 silent birds that were likely this species. 1
of them was carrying food.
Barn Swallow--23, including 3 youngsters on a wire being fed
Common Yellowthroat--3, including 1 carrying food
Yellow Warbler--2, still singing
Baltimore Oriole--1 female or young bird

On nearby Giuliani Road:

Turkey Vulture--a mini-roost of 10 birds, including 4 juveniles

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: eagles
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:06:53 -0400
We saw two adult bald eagles over Bluestone Dam, Summers Co. this afternoon.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Bald Eagle at Opekiska Lock and Dam
From: Judy Bowling <judybowling AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:17:39 -0400
Greetings everyone. I've been following this listserv for awhile and thought 
I'd join in. I drove over to Opekiska Lock and Dam along the Mon River on 
Tuesday to see the cliff swallows and got a brief look at a bald eagle that 
landed in a crag tree and moved quickly into the woods. Beautiful bird! 

Subject: Shorebird Report
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:01:21 -0400
Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.):

Semipalmated Plover - 3
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Solitary Sandpiper - 5

Also at R.C. Byrd Locks - 1 Bald Eagle (hatch-year) and 6 Herring Gulls (5 
adults and 1 hatch-year) 


Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Very early Pied-billed Grebe in Morgantown
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:55 -0400
At Morgantown's White Park reservoir this morning, I was extremely
surprised to find an adult PIED-BILLED GREBE in breeding plumage swimming
around just around the bend past the mud flats. Since there have been no
reports of this species at White Park to my knowledge this year, I'm pretty
sure this bird has to be a very early migrant--perhaps a failed breeder?
There is virtually no emergent vegetation at this reservoir, so it did not
breed there.

There is only one eBird record in WV for July--a bird seen at R.C. Byrd
Locks and Dam by Todd Deal in 2010 coincidentally on today's date, July 24.
The next earliest record is a bird I saw Aug. 4, 2012 at Dixon Lake west of
Morgantown--which may have been there all summer. Migrants usually start
showing up here and there beginning mid-August.

Of course, there are a few birds present in July in the state. The WV
Breeding Bird Atlas update now nearing conclusion has reports of breeding
birds in 11 blocks scattered throughout the state, so almost all of those
would no doubt have been present in July even if reported in June or May,
based on the length of time it takes to raise a brood of youngsters.

In the hour I spent at the park, I also noted the following:

Spotted Sandpiper--1
Belted Kingfisher--1
Louisiana Waterthrush--1 singing

There are extensive mud flats in the reservoir, and although only a few
shorebirds ever show up there, it's that time of year, so periodic checks
may yield a surprise or two.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Hummers, etc
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:58:01 -0400
The much needed rain we got around 6:30 last night really got the 
Hummers fired up.  Had the best time watching them.  There was one that 
insisted on perching on the rim of the ant trap cup of the feeder right 
next to the patio door.   Don't remember seeing them do that in the 
past.  This went on for over an hour.  This morning, while checking the 
video I took of the hummer,  I see this yellow bird sitting on the back 
of my patio chair.   It took me a second to realize I was looking at a 
female Yellow Warbler.  That was a surprise, and to see it two feet away 
from the sliding glass door no less.

Last week there was a female Orchard Oriole getting dog fur from the 
suet cage.  Would they be building another nest this late?  Frumpy, the 
Carolina Wren appears to have finished laying eggs.  She has four and 
the rain doesn't seem to have affected her nest in the flower pot, 
probably because of the deep cup and the very thick roof.  Plus the 
protection of the Penta plant.

The other day there was a very pretty young Robin taking a bath.  It had 
some really interesting marking around the head.  While I was watching 
it spit up a cherry pit.  I see these pits more often now in the bird bath.

Other youngsters such as a Nuthatch, Chickadees, Titmice, Downy and RB 
Woodpeckers etc are coming to the feeder tray.  Fun to see their 
incomplete feathers.  The Gray Catbird is the new kid on the block (or 
tray) and is a bit more shy but still comes for the peanut suet and 
sunflower hearts.

Last week I visited a 200 acre private property in nearby VA  for a 
butterfly count.  It was an absolute haven for wildlife and not by 
accident either but because of the owner's interest.  What caught my eye 
immediately were the alternate-leafed dogwood trees that were loaded 
with dark blue berries.  Needless to say the bird activity was 
phenomenal.   I will definitely get one or two of those trees next 
spring. /Cornus //alternifolia, /also known as Pagoda Dogwood is not a 
common tree in nurseries most likely because it does not have the 
traditional dogwood flowers.  Who cares if it is such a magnet for birds.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Bald eagle reported Upshur County
From: Holly Canfield <canfield99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:52:00 -0400
I just got a report of a bald eagle sighting on Stoney Run Road in Buckhannon, 
Upshur County, eating a groundhog in a field for the past 30 minutes from a 
family member. They confirmed a white head. 


I'm not able to go out and check at this time.

Holly Canfield
Buckhannon, WV

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RB Nuthatch, P. Finch, 7 Warblers at Cooper's Rock clear cut area
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:43:28 -0400
A visit to the regenerating clear cut area adjacent to the Ken's Run Trail
a mile back behind the forest maintenance building on Chestnut Ridge Road
in Cooper's Rock State Forest (actually that portion is the WV University
Experimental Forest) east of Morgantown in Preston County this morning
yielded a couple of surprises.

Though not a priority block in the WV Breeding Bird Atlas, this block (Lake
Lynn-5) is just a few miles south of the PA state line and is about the
northernmost block in the state for higher-elevation species. It is about
2,500 feet there.

New species for the Atlas included:

Red-breasted Nuthatch--1, becomes northernmost Atlas record in the state
Blackburnian Warbler--1, ditto
Black-throated Blue Warbler--2, ditto
Black-throated Green Warbler--1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--1
Sharp-shinned Hawk--1

Upgrades included:

Purple Finch--3, with 2 singing
Hooded Warbler--2 singing
Common Yellowthroat--9, including 2 juveniles
Chipping Sparrow--5, including 2 juveniles

Others of note:

Chestnut-sided Warbler--4, all males
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--2
Cedar Waxwing--11
American Redstart--1
Field Sparrow--13, including 3 juveniles
Scarlet Tanager--2
Baltimore Oriole--1
Turkey Vulture--1 juvenile

34 species total. The only disappointment was that I could not find an
adult Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I had a juvenile 2 years ago, but it was
independent and not countable for the Atlas.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Broad-winged hawk, Yellow-billed cuckoos, Scarlet tanager - Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:41:33 +0000
Like you, I've been loving this wonderful unseasonably cool weather 
and thunderstorms the last week or so.  It's kept me outside digging in the 
dirt (gardening), and I'm hearing what goes on in my yard and neighborhood when 
I'm inside or not home. 




The most exciting has been hearing a Broad-winged hawk.  It's high pitched 
whistle is unlike any other hawk.  I heard it on July 17, then again on the 
18th, then for the third time on July 20.  The location is the same 
place--wooded area,  private land on the edge or just outside the subdivision 
, so I can't easily go exploring  for it.  I hope it is a nest location.  
After checking my eBird records, I heard a Broad-winged hawk on August 1, 2013 
in the same general location (one of my BBA blocks.) 




I've also been hearing numerous Yellow-billed cuckoos in my yard and 
neighboring yards.  I  even heard one while driving about 40 mph with windows 
down p ast Sam Michael's Park.  On July 20, while making the turn from Flowing 
Springs Road to Job Corps Road, I heard a Scarlet tanager singing in the woods 
. 




Hoping it stays cool, 



BIRDMOM 

Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Prickett's Fort
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:07:08 -0700
Had 36 species today...............first Solitary Sandpiper today.
Also, a Yellow-throated Warbler a Parula Warbler.
8 Killdeer
19 Canada Geese
9 Mallards
5 Wood Ducks

Joey Herron
Marion County
Fairmont WV
Subject: Cliff Swallows
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:34:47 -0400
Since I am working in Fairmont this weekend, I decided to see the Cliff
Swallow colony that Terry Bronson mentioned at the Opekiska Lock and Dam. I
counted 21 nests on the downriver side of the dam and 78 nests on the
upriver side. There clearly had been more than that as some were already
broken down. Most of the nesting activity must be over as there were only a
few swallows going in and out of a few of the nests. 

 

There were 75 - 100 Cliff Swallows wallowing in the sun on the wall of the
lock on the downriver side. Some of them looked like young birds. It was
fascinating as they would lie on their sides as if to warm their bellies.
There were more Cliff Swallows flying on the upriver side of the dam over
the Monongahela River along with some Barn Swallows. 

 

Swallows have been one of my favorite birds as, growing up on the farm, I
loved to watch Barn Swallows swooping around the tractor as we worked the
fields. Cliff Swallows are just about as good at aerial acrobatics. Herb
Myers, Harman, Randolph County

 
Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo
From: LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:17:27 -0400
Black-billed Cuckoo at Old Hemlock house today.    

LeJay Graffious
Bruceton Mills. WV
Preston County

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Subject: Kestrels
From: Jean Neely <jeaneely AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:05:12 -0400
Good morning, All:
Yesterday, while driving along the southern edges of Jefferson Co., I
meandered down Box Factory Rd (yes, there used to be a box factory there!)
looking at the lush farm scene.

To my delight, there were seven kestrels perched on various dead snags on
both sides of the road within 1/4 mile of one another!  A real bonanzanever
had seen so many of the fierce little birds in one area before.  There must
be a nest in one of those snaggy trees.

Nice to see them doing well.  I happened along at exactly the right time.

Jean Neely
Near Shepherdstown
Subject: Red-headed juvenile today
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:23:11 -0400
Second year to see adult Red-headed Woodpeckers bring young to feeders here.
                                                                   ~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


Surely no child, and few adults, have ever watched a bird in flight without
envy.
                             ~Isaac Asimov
Subject: Re: More baby juncos (Tucker)
From: David Griffith <dwgriff AT SPRYNET.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:30:59 -0400
Wow! Baby Juncos in WV. Get any pictures?

> On Jul 18, 2014, at 9:13 PM, Casey Rucker  wrote:
> 
> Hi, all,
> 
> 
> 
> My inaugural breeding Dark-eyed Juncos have had a second clutch. I just
> watched three fledglings being fed by mouth on my porch, after the first
> round apparently produced only one chick. What an exciting summer bird.
> 
> 
> 
> This morning, I heard an Eastern Screech-Owl at dawn on Rt. 72 a couple of
> miles north of Red Creek, and later I saw an unexpected Canada Warbler at
> Dry Fork river level south of Parsons. It's right below the Fernow
> Experimental Forest, a hotbed of Canadas, so I guess I shouldn't have been
> surprised.
> 
> 
> 
> Good birding to all, 
> 
> 
> 
> Casey Rucker
> Dry Fork, WV 
> 
> 
Subject: More baby juncos (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:13:57 -0400
Hi, all,

 

My inaugural breeding Dark-eyed Juncos have had a second clutch. I just
watched three fledglings being fed by mouth on my porch, after the first
round apparently produced only one chick. What an exciting summer bird.

 

This morning, I heard an Eastern Screech-Owl at dawn on Rt. 72 a couple of
miles north of Red Creek, and later I saw an unexpected Canada Warbler at
Dry Fork river level south of Parsons. It's right below the Fernow
Experimental Forest, a hotbed of Canadas, so I guess I shouldn't have been
surprised.

 

Good birding to all, 

 

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: Purple Martins
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:58:41 -0400
7:50 and many Purple Martins going over the neighborhood heading towards Teays 
Valley. I'm located in Hurricane, Putnam County. 


To add as a courtesy, would like to mention that Cindy has seen Osprey not too 
long ago and Randy was the first one to spot the one we saw across the river at 
the Winfield Wetlands. 


Cindy not sure of your dates. If you get a chance you could add those.

Happy Birding,
Kim Kazmierski
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Ruby-throated hummingbird missed shaped bill
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:47:35 -0400
 There is a hummingbird coming to feeder this week with top upper mandible 
curved down along throat and breast. 

  Seems to do better feeding on feeder with slots, does go to others some.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Subject: Monongalia County Lesser Scaup update
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:31:06 -0400
The drake first reported 2 days ago at Barill Park in Star City was still
there this morning, seen by me and separately by Kyle Aldinger, and perhaps
others later.

It wasn't very active while I watched. I did not see it dive at all.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Yard birds
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:25:44 -0400
The Gray Catbird has shown up at the window tray several times in the 
past and twice today.  It was eating the shelled sunflowers. Normally I 
see them under the tube feeder or in the birdbath.

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher has also been in the yard.  They are so tiny and 
look like a cross between a chickadee and hummer.  Yesterday, while 
talking to my sister on the phone I blurted out:  He just pooped on my 
car.  She said:  Who?  And I told her:  The Blue- gray Gnatcatcher.   
Fortunately she is used to such strange comments because she knows there 
is always something going on in the yard, no matter which window you 
look out.

Frumpy, the Carolina Wren, now has 4 eggs in her new nest in the flower 
pot.    It was nice to see the female Towhee in the birdbath this 
morning.  Unlike the male, she is not a regular visitor.

Saw my first Red Spotted Purple butterfly today.  It was on the 
Hummingbird feed.  When it left a Monarch took its place.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Lesser Scaup still in Star City; shorebirds still AWOL
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:15:30 -0400
The LESSER SCAUP reported yesterday was still present this afternoon at
2:30-2:45 pm, across the river from Barill Park in Star City near the
sandbar. I attempted to get a few photos, but they are barely recognizable
due to distance, heat haze, and scope wobble. Thanks to John Boback for
keeping me informed on its status during the morning. No other unusual
ducks found during a trip down the river to the Fort Martin boat ramp.

At Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area in Barbour and Taylor Counties
this morning, I found 1 lone Killdeer at the new pond next to the railroad
trestle. Water levels were high at Doe Run Impoundment and Upper Pleasant
Creek wetlands, so basically almost no shorebird habitat is available now.

At Prickett's Fort State Park on the way home, there was 1 SOLITARY
SANDPIPER on the mudflats, along with 11 Killdeers.

At Upper Pleasant Creek, highlights included:
Mallard--1 female with 6 almost completely grown ducklings
Belted Kingfisher--1
Tree Swallow--20, with about half in juvenile brown plumage
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--1
Yellow Warbler--2, including a young or molting male with almost no tail or
breast streaking singing an unusual not-ready-for-prime-time
song--something like "tseet-tseet-tseet (pause) tseet-tsi-tsu".
Yellow-breasted Chat--2
Baltimore Oriole--1 adult male

At the new pond nest to the railroad trestle:
Green Heron--1 adult (caught and ate a small fish) and 2 juveniles
Empidonax Flycatcher--1 silent bird
Eastern Kingbird--2, with 1 looking like it was carrying a vine tendril.
Way too late for nesting--this species is almost 2 weeks past its safe date
period end in the WV Breeding Bird Atlas.
Eastern Bluebird--4, with a male going into and out of one of the duck
boxes. 1 juvenile too.

At Doe Run Impoundment:
Great Blue Heron--1 immature
Mallard--1 female with 8 very small ducklings

Along Bailey Road:
Hairy Woodpecker--1 female
Alder Flycatcher--1 singing. Out on a utility wire above a farm field--not
exactly its usual habitat.
Barn Swallow--10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--1
Eastern Bluebird--4 juveniles
Brown Thrasher--3
Common Yellowthroat--3, including a juvenile
American Redstart--2
Field Sparrow--10, including some juveniles

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Perfect day
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:21:00 -0400
Wednesday was perfect for birding the Winfield wetlands and locks on both
sides of the kanawha.  Light breeze, low humidity, 70 degrees.   Orioles
(both flavors), catbirds, brown thrashers, cliff swallows and their
cousins, multiple green and great blues, and several vireos.  Made more
perfect when alert birders kim and randy sited an osprey nest on top of one
of the REALLY tall comm towers above Bancroft --with one adult circling and
a youngsters on the nest stretching.  Cool.  PLUS randy sites a solitary
Solitary Sandpiper on the mud around the last lake of the lock area.  Cindy
e, Bev w, Christy c, randy u,  Kevin c, Kim k, and laura
Subject: Re: Lesser Scaup - Mon County
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:42:15 -0400
There is a lot of this in Pennsylvania, too. I wonder if some individuals never 
went back north, or else got confused in one way or another. Perhaps they are 
2nd year birds. I have a hunch that a lot of this has to do with the Great 
Lakes freeze last winter. 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA

> Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:12:44 -0400
> From: bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: Lesser Scaup - Mon County
> To: WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> I too saw the Lesser Scaup between 11:00 and 11:30, and was equally
> flabbergasted.
> This is an extremely rare summer record for the state. Neither the first
> nor the second
> (in progress) WV Breeding Bird Atlas (so far) have any breeding records for
> the state.
> 
> Birds of North America Online indicates this species breeds almost
> exclusively in Canada,
> with very small areas north of Lakes Erie and Ontario and along the St.
> Lawrence River
> being the closest known breeding areas to WV.
> 
> A quick check of eBird shows zero July records in West Virginia; the
> closest was July 4, 2009
> at Piney Reservoir in Garrett County, MD, just across the MD/WV border.
> There are, however,
> numerous records on Chesapeake Bay and on the Great Lakes.
> 
> George Hall in his 1983 book "West Virginia Birds" has this to say about
> summer Lesser
> Scaups in WV:
> 
> "Occasional birds of this species are seen in June or even later in the
> summer in the state.
> These birds are probably incapacitated in some way but there is evidence of
> breeding in
> the state. Thaddeus Surber reported (fide Brooks, 1944) an adult with downy
> young on the
> Greenbrier River in Greenbrier County in 1907. Rives (1898) took a female
> in breeding
> condition on the Blackwater River in Tucker County. Young birds were seen
> on Lake
> Terra Alta, Preston County, in the summer of 1936 (Brooks, 1936)."
> 
> But nothing since. This all begs the question: Is this bird an injured bird
> from last winter
> that has been here all along but just not noticed since almost all birders
> mostly ignore
> the Monongahela River, Cheat Lake, and other water bodies in the state once
> the ducks
> have migrated north in the spring and boat traffic takes over for the
> summer?
> 
> Fascinating food for thought.
> 
> Terry
> 
> 
> On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM, John Boback <
> 00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:
> 
> > Hi All,
> >
> > Much to my surprise, I found a male Lesser Scaup on the Monongahela River
> > today at Star City's Barill Park. It was actively diving and swimming
> > around.
> >
> > I also saw a Least Sandpiper in the parking lot beside Ashley Furniture at
> > the University Town Centre.
> >
> > John Boback
> > Morgantown, WV
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Terry Bronson
> Morgantown, WV
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Lesser Scaup - Mon County
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:12:44 -0400
I too saw the Lesser Scaup between 11:00 and 11:30, and was equally
flabbergasted.
This is an extremely rare summer record for the state. Neither the first
nor the second
(in progress) WV Breeding Bird Atlas (so far) have any breeding records for
the state.

Birds of North America Online indicates this species breeds almost
exclusively in Canada,
with very small areas north of Lakes Erie and Ontario and along the St.
Lawrence River
being the closest known breeding areas to WV.

A quick check of eBird shows zero July records in West Virginia; the
closest was July 4, 2009
at Piney Reservoir in Garrett County, MD, just across the MD/WV border.
There are, however,
numerous records on Chesapeake Bay and on the Great Lakes.

George Hall in his 1983 book "West Virginia Birds" has this to say about
summer Lesser
Scaups in WV:

"Occasional birds of this species are seen in June or even later in the
summer in the state.
These birds are probably incapacitated in some way but there is evidence of
breeding in
the state. Thaddeus Surber reported (fide Brooks, 1944) an adult with downy
young on the
Greenbrier River in Greenbrier County in 1907. Rives (1898) took a female
in breeding
condition on the Blackwater River in Tucker County. Young birds were seen
on Lake
Terra Alta, Preston County, in the summer of 1936 (Brooks, 1936)."

But nothing since. This all begs the question: Is this bird an injured bird
from last winter
that has been here all along but just not noticed since almost all birders
mostly ignore
the Monongahela River, Cheat Lake, and other water bodies in the state once
the ducks
have migrated north in the spring and boat traffic takes over for the
summer?

Fascinating food for thought.

Terry


On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM, John Boback <
00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Much to my surprise, I found a male Lesser Scaup on the Monongahela River
> today at Star City's Barill Park. It was actively diving and swimming
> around.
>
> I also saw a Least Sandpiper in the parking lot beside Ashley Furniture at
> the University Town Centre.
>
> John Boback
> Morgantown, WV




-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: Peregrine in New River Gorge
From: Wendy Perrone <wendy AT TRACWV.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:04:57 -0400
There were 4 hatched out on the New River Gorge Bridge this year.

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"



On 7/16/2014 8:10 AM, Williams, Barry C wrote:
> A coworker asked me to ID a "hawk" that she had photographed on July 3
> on the Long Point Trail in the New River Gorge.  It was a juvenile
> Peregrine Falcon.  She said there was also another one circling just
> overhead, not sure if it was another juvenile or adult.
>
>
>
> Barry Williams
>
> Organ Cave, Greenbrier County
>
Subject: Peregrine in New River Gorge
From: "Williams, Barry C" <Barry.C.Williams AT WV.GOV>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:10:44 -0400
A coworker asked me to ID a "hawk" that she had photographed on July 3
on the Long Point Trail in the New River Gorge.  It was a juvenile
Peregrine Falcon.  She said there was also another one circling just
overhead, not sure if it was another juvenile or adult.

 

Barry Williams

Organ Cave, Greenbrier County
Subject: Southbound Shorebirds
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:52:52 -0400
R.C. Byrd Locks (Mason Co.):

Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 (one of the earliest summer/fall migration records for 
this area) 

Least Sandpiper - 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1 (earliest summer/fall migration record for this 
area) 


Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: PVAS-sponsored Bird Walk at Blue Ridge Center (VA): Kentucky Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, YB Chats, Blue Grosbeaks, etc.
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:50:43 -0400
The rain held off for us this morning, and the sun just roasted us a little
bit after we emerged from the woods at the Blue Ridge Center in nearby
Loudoun County, VA. Our group of one dozen birders found some nice birds
along the way of a 3-mile route including wild fields and deep woods. Great
mix of habitat.

Highlights included: the pair of Kentucky Warblers heard/seen flitting
around their nest site - a Lifer for several; Scarlet Tanagers finally
spotted - one very much orange-hued; clear view of several Yellow-breasted
Chats (and tons of Common Yellowthroats) in the fields; and to finish - a
pair of Blue Grosbeaks close enough to hear and see when we returned to our
cars. A wonderful place to explore. Thanks to all those who made the trip
across the river.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar

49 species

Great Blue Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  13
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  12
Eastern Phoebe  2
Red-eyed Vireo  12
American Crow  X
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  20     all lined up on the telephone line as we drove out.
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  1
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  x
Cedar Waxwing  5
Ovenbird  1
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  3     1 singing near Piney Run; 2 others heard
chipping on the walk back to the cars through the  wooded hallway
Kentucky Warbler  5     one pair seen flying around their nest site; others
heard singing and chipping in the deep woods.
Common Yellowthroat  12
Northern Parula  4     all heard singing down near Piney Run
Yellow-breasted Chat  5
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  2     hanging out not far from the parking area - we heard
then saw them as we returned to our cars - at the top of small trees on the
far side of the meadow growth.
Indigo Bunting  15
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  3
American Goldfinch  8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19108886
Subject: Carolina Wren update
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:44:41 -0400
Last Friday I saw Frumpy (the Carolina Wren with the bad case of mites) 
   and her mate carrying nesting material and was surprised when they 
ducked into the pot of pentas on my patio table.  Sure enough, there was 
the beginning of a nest.   For an instant I thought about pulling it out 
but realized it was more important for her to have a shot at raising her 
own babies instead of feeding the Cowbird chick on her first nesting go 
around.  The flowers can be watered  from below  through the saucer.  It 
was amazing how quickly the nest materialized.  The speedy progress says 
a lot about teamwork.

I don't know where she nested the first time but the location she picked 
this time is certainly attractive.  She also has the window feeder tray 
and several bird baths nearby.  This morning when she left the nest I 
peaked in and saw one egg.

Some of the Hummers are very tiny and must be the youngsters.  Other 
baby birds such as Cardinals, WB Nuthatches, Chickadees and Titmice are 
also showing up at the feeder tray by themselves.

While preparing supper last night I wondered where  the "colorful" birds 
were.  When I looked at the birdbath there was an Indigo Bunting right 
in the middle of it and behind him a beautiful  male Tiger Swallowtail 
nectaring on the hot pink tall phlox.   Really pretty.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Very large Cliff Swallow colony at Opekiska Dam on Monongahela River
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:48:16 -0400
While my wife was doing some fishing near Opekiska Lock and Dam southwest
of Morgantown this morning, I wandered up and down the Monongahela River
Rail Trail in both directions from the dam, noting the following:

Cliff Swallow--at least 150 nests on the dam, with maybe half in use.
Dozens of nestlings poking their heads out of the nests to be fed by
adults. Conservatively 200 birds present, including young in nests. Likely
300 if 2-3 young in each nest. Certainly one of the largest colonies in the
state, higher than the current eBird high count of 154 birds in Red House
along the Kanawha River in 2012, though I'm sure historically even higher
counts occurred. A whopping increase at this location since eBird has only
1 record of 2 birds in late-July 2006.

Statewide, Cliff Swallows have made a big comeback since the first WV
Breeding Bird Atlas in the late 1980s. That Atlas found the birds in only
35 blocks; the not-quite-final-yet count in the current Atlas update is 88
blocks.

Also present and noteworthy at the dam and along the rail trail:

Canada Goose--3, including 1 juvenile. About 25 more birds present along
Opekiska Road in the residential area just before the river.
Great Blue Heron--1
Green Heron--1
Belted Kingfisher--2
Eastern Kingbird--1
Barn Swallow--20. All flying around the dam, but curiously all nests on the
dam were Cliff Swallow nests.
Hooded Warbler--2
Yellow Warbler--4
Scarlet Tanager--2
Indigo Bunting--3
Red-winged Blackbird--30, all in female/juvenile plumages

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Purple martins
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:59:03 -0400
Around 3 pm today, 60 plus purple martins were flitting around and perching
on one of the super tall towers in the middle of Kettle6, a priority block
west of clendenin.   Despite the late season, hot sun and 90 degree
heat,  we saw and or heard 40 species in two hours, adding a few records to
the atlas, including waxwings which are missing from many blocks in the
Teays valley region.

Bev wright, martha hopper and laura ceperley.
Subject: Normal??
From: Nan McDaniel <fordrun AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:31:20 -0400
Our daughter got married this weekend. As the wedding party arrived Wednesday 
night, they spotted a little brown guy sleeping in a broken birdhouse. They 
checked to confirm he was breathing, snapped a flash free photo to keep from 
awakening him, and had ?s I couldn't answer. (I'm a novice). First, is it 
normal for a bird to lie down to sleep. He was lying down on belly, listing 
slightly to the right side. 

what kind of bird is it? It was sparrow sized with brown back and wings with 
white dots on its back. List serve will not let me post photo. Thanks Nan 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Common Merganser
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:56:48 +0000
While fishing on the Greenbrier River this am, I observed 11 female Common 
Mergansers swimming downstream about 0.5 miles north of the Buckeye bridge 
which runs over the Greenbrier River. 

  
  
David Patick, 
Hillsboro, WV 
Subject: Re: Red-headed woodpecker, Red-shouldered hawks, and one amazing hummer - Jefferson County
From: Joan Carr <joan-of-art AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:02:48 -0400
Hi Birdmom,

How do we ever get anything done outdoors when there is so much going on? I 
stop to watch wasps carrying a spider to its nest, a darner resting on the beak 
of the copper cranes at the pond's edge, birds bathing or drinking at the ponds 
and waterfall, ants trekking across the patio with food held tightly, a 
red-bellied snake wiggling from the leaf mold, and birds making all kinds of 
wondrous sounds. My husband and I find all kinds of things to enjoy on our 60+ 
acres of woodland mountains and creeks. 


Thanks for sharing your adventures.  

Cheers,
Joan of Art and Nature in Kentucky, adjacent to Williamson, WV
Subject: Red-headed woodpecker, Red-shouldered hawks, and one amazing hummer - Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:20:15 +0000
The hummer moved methodically from flower head to flower head, feeding 
diligently on every plant, then repeated the cycle all over again .  The Bee B 
alm was exploding with color and nectar .  When she landed, I watched her sit 
quietly on an upright stick that was straightening a leaning plant near the 
pond.  Her mouth was open, and my first thought was that she was cooling 
off.  It was humid, but not that hot, as a thunderstorm was looming, but not 
happening at the moment.  Her beak resembled miniature chop sticks, waiting 
for the right moment.  I had seen it on the glorious  show "Extraordinary 
Birds" featured on Nature aired on PBS, but never in real life until today.  
Success!  She caught that tiny gnat in her tiny beak and gulped it down quick 
.  Hummers rarely come to my feeder right now, as there is so much good stuff 
to eat in the yard.  Who wants a feeder when you can have the real nectar from 
native flowers and plenty of meaty insects ? 




Earlier in the morning while weeding , I heard the screams of a Red-shouldered 
hawk.  I looked up and there was a small kettle of 5 Red-shouldered hawks, 
circling around and around high over my driveway.  I watched them soaring 
gracefully, then they disappeared into the clouds. 




The Red-headed woodpecker I' ve been watching all summer was sitting on the 
crossbars of the powerline this evening as I rode my bike on a short jaunt.  
I have not been able to find a nest (except a dummy nest cavity) , but hope 
that it found someplace safe to call home this season.   




BIRDMOM 

Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Purple Martins pre-staging
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:43:23 -0400
Local Martin host sends word that groups of birds are gathering each
evening in the Putnam County area used last year.  He thought that it seems
early.
Saw an Osprey near Winfield Bridge on both Monday and Tuesday.

                             ~Cindy Ellis

-- 
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


~Well the one thing we did right
Was the day we started to fight
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on~
Subject: Peregrine - Jefferson County
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:18:35 -0400
Just happened to check out the bird flapping its wings above Route 340
yesterday afternoon as Mom & I drove to the Walmart (this between Aldi &
Walmart, my homes away from home).

Classic falcon profile. Unmistakable. Size-wise Peregrine. Wish I could
have watched it longer but had to keep my eyes on the road. He was heading
NE.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Disastrous day for Momma Wood Duck
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:02:45 -0400
No happy ending here, unfortunately. After I finished a morning of
last-ditch atlasing in the Grafton-6 block of the WV Breeding Bird Atlas, I
stopped at the new Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area pond between
Routes 119/250 and the railroad trestle.

The pond did have some mud around the edges, but no shorebirds were
present. However, 2 Great Blue Herons, 15 Canada Geese, 3 Eastern Phoebes,
1 Eastern Kingbird, 1 Yellow-throated Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, and a
few other common species were.

Also present was a female Wood Duck with 2 surviving ducklings that were
about 3/4 grown. They were swimming around near the islands at the south
end of the pond. I walked part-way around the pond and set up my scope to
look at what turned out to be the Kingbird. Out of the corner of my eye I
saw a flash of a lighter color streak past.

It turned out to be an adult Red-shouldered Hawk, which was sitting
partially obscured behind a small berm at the edge of the pond behind the
female Wood Duck, who was frantic, and, sadly, only one duckling. The hawk
was bending down like it was feeding, but I couldn't see what it had. After
a couple of minutes it moved up the bank a bit, and I could see it did have
a baby Wood Duck, still struggling, in its bill. But not for long. The hawk
soon flew off with the hapless duckling.

I then noticed the Great Blue Herons flying off and tried to find the
remaining Wood Ducks. Suddenly, the female flew off by herself crying. I
could not find the remaining duckling, which I assume couldn't fly. A
mother duck would not abandon her brood, so I'm speculating that while the
mother was distracted, one of the Great Blue Herons grabbed the remaining
duckling and flew off with it. Either that or it swam behind the island.
But the fact that the mother flew off alone leads me to think the second
duckling also met its fate.

With a sad heart, I continued on to the Upper Pleasant Creek wetlands
across Routes 119/250, where there was no mud and no shorebirds. I found
another Wood Duck family of a female and 3 half-grown youngsters. I only
spent a few minutes, but saw 1 Great Blue Heron (probably one of the 2 seen
earlier), 2 Brown Thrashers, another Eastern Kingbird, and heard a
Yellow-breasted Chat and a Common Yellowthroat.

Earlier in the morning, the atlasing in Grafton-6 had these highlights:

West Hill Road:
Red-bellied Woodpecker--1 juvenile
Scarlet Tanager--1
Orchard Oriole--1

Meyers Cove Road:
Mallard--18
Acadian Flycatcher--2
Black-capped Chickadee--1 heard-only 2-note "fee-bee" song.
Hooded Warbler--1
Yellow-throated Warbler--1

McVicker Road:
Acadian Flycatcher--2
White-eyed Vireo--2
Cedar Waxwing--1
Common Yellowthroat--2
Scarlet Tanager--2
Eastern Meadowlark--1

Tygart Lake Pleasant Creek boat launch access road:
Broad-winged Hawk--1, new to block
Black-capped Chickadee--1, also heard-only
Ovenbird--1
Blue-winged Warbler--1, new to block
Hooded Warbler--1
American Redstart--1

Doe Run Impoundment:
Mallard--1 female with 9 small ducklings
Green Heron--1
Killdeer--4
Tree Swallow--1 adult, 3 brown-backed females/juveniles
Eastern Bluebird--1
Hooded Warbler--1

Unless someone else finds a few more species, this block will close out
with only 77 species compared to 83 in the first Atlas. I'm not sure why
since there is very little development in this block, mostly along West
Hill Road.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Mountain Top Birds
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:27:35 -0400
This morning Sarah and I hiked to the top of Briar Patch Mountain behind our
house to try to get some more higher elevation birds or upgrade their
breeding status for Harman Block 6. It seems like the birds may sing a bit
later in the summer at the higher elevation where it is cooler. The Magnolia
and Yellow-rumped Warblers where very active as were the Golden-crowned
Kinglets. Dark-eyed Juncos were trilling with their bell-like voices. A
Hermit Thrush sang in the distance. Cedar Waxwings sat like silent sentinels
on the very tops of the spruce trees. I am always amazed by the American
Robins. They are at home nesting on our porch but are also at home on the
tops of the mountains. As we prepared to descend, a Winter Wren repeatedly
sang almost beside us.  Also, we finally heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch as we
were heading back. It was another beautiful morning - a true mountaintop
experience. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Hooligan Ravens in Bridgeport
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:41:52 -0400
This morning I watched and heard two Common Ravens buzzing a parking lot at
Sam's Club in Bridgeport.  They were screaming at one another and seemed to
be having a grand time terrorizing the shoppers.  Influenced by Hitchcock,
I guess.

Jeff Del Col
Subject: creeper
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:43:23 -0400
We heard and saw a brown creeper this morning on Pipestem S.P. Recent 
June & July sightings cause me to wonder if they may be nesting.
Have at least one family of rose-breasted grosbeaks coming to our feeders.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers county
Pipestem, WV
Subject: GC Flycatcher calling at night?
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 21:47:24 -0400
For the second evening in a row I am hearing what certainly sounds like a
Great-crested Flycatcher calling the woods after dark.  This doesn't make
sense to me.  Has anyone else heard them at night.    We have a manic
mocker or two in the vicinity, but this is not one of them--no variation to
the call, just a "wheeep! every five or six seconds.

What other bird could it be?

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Early Fall Migrant?
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:19:13 -0400
Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.):

One Least Sandpiper was present with 3 Killdeer.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Fourth of July Birding
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:56:46 -0400
My wife and I spent about 3 hours hiking in Harman Block 6 this morning for
the West Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas. It was cloudy and intermittently
drizzling but nice and cool. We savored black raspberries along the way.
Flowers decorated both sides of the logging road. I want to share with you
some of the wonders of this walk.

 

When we got out of the car, an almost adult Bald Eagle was soaring overhead.
Awesome.

 

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers seemed to be communicating across the valley or
were having a contest with their Morse code type tapping. 

 

We encountered a family of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks along the logging road.
They weren't pleased with our presence so we moved on.

 

A Mourning Warbler sang at the first switchback. 

 

A Wood Thrush was almost singing a Hermit Thrush type song. 

 

Gray Catbirds were mimicking other forest birds and almost fooling me. 

 

Indigo Buntings seemed to be everywhere. 

 

As we returned to the car a Louisiana Waterthrush sang and teetered on the
rocks of the Dry Fork. 

 

As we drove through Harman, the odors of chicken barbeque welcomed us home. 

 

This morning beat fire-works hands down. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County

 
Subject: Pleasant Creek/Doe Run Shorebirds (7/3/14)
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 20:41:52 -0400
No exposed mud anywhere

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Baby kingbirds - Bolivar Heights last evening.
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:27:13 -0400
3 or 4 baby kingbirds sat lined up on a branch awaiting feeding, mostly
obscured by the leafy fronds and green textured fruit of a mature black
walnut tree, under which we sat with our dog. 1 or 2 would hop to an
adjacent open branch, providing us wonderful views of their chubby
unfinished figures from below. Mom and Dad worked diligently nearby,
"hunting," resting momentarily on battlefield marker signs and cannons.

Their little show and the pleasant breezes flowing up the hill provided us
a wonderful way to wind down an otherwise hectic day, a simple reminder of
the wonders of the natural world.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: broadwings
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:14:47 -0400
Gratified to hear, and see, 3 Broad-winged Hawks calling and circling here
this morning.
                         ~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


~Well the one thing we did right
Was the day we started to fight
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on~
Subject: The Naked Wren
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:09:09 -0400
Yesterday the Carolina Wren I nicknamed Frumpy because of her roughed up 
coat came to the feeder tray after having visited the birdbath.  She is 
a sight to behold.  Nothing but pink skin on her torso below the 
feathered neck.  Luckily my camera was on the kitchen counter so I was 
able to get some good photos of her.  Sure wish I knew what the cause of 
her condition is.  As I said before, she eats well and her flight 
feathers are in good shape.  However, if her feathers don't grow back by 
winter she better consider moving to Florida.

There were two 1st year male Orchard Orioles around the birdbath. At one 
point one of them sat on the garden wire facing me and I could see some 
rusty spots below his black throat as well as a rusty line going down 
the center of his breast.  I've also had a female get dog fur out of the 
suet basket so there may be a second brood on the way.

A Chipping Sparrow and Robin shared the birdbath making for a good size 
comparison.  Later on the orioles and an Indigo Bunting showed up.  A 
lovely Great Crested Flycatcher made a brief appearance.

A House Wren had a nest in an old birdhouse that was on its last leg.  I 
was afraid the nearly rotted bottom would fall out so a couple of days 
ago I decided to put a string around it to hold it together.  When I did 
that, facing the back of the box, all of a sudden there was this 
explosion of three youngsters coming out of the hole and hopping around 
on the grass.  Reminded me of miniature clay pigeons.  They must have 
been ready to leave the nest or they would have stayed put.

Of the three new Bluebird nests, one of them has an unusual amount of 
nesting material (3.5 inches) made up mostly of white pine needles.  It 
concerned me because that makes the cup not all that far down from the 
entry hole.  When I checked yesterday it contained 5 eggs.  Let's hope 
this is a case of mother knows best.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Golden Tanager in Monongalia County
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:05:38 -0400
This morning, while squeezing in a couple of hours of mop-up WV Breeding
Bird Atlas work in the Blacksville area of western Monongalia County, I
came across a startling bright gold Scarlet Tanager male, seen in the
bright sun at Mt. Herman Cemetery at the end of Stull Hollow Road. The
wings and tail were the normal black color. He was singing the normal
Scarlet Tanager song.

Orange-morph males are occasionally reported, but this is the first I've
heard of that was actually golden yellow in color. It looked like a large
darker yellow Goldfinch without the black cap and white wing markings. I
attempted to get my camera on it, but the bird was only visible for about
10-15 seconds, so no photo.

A bit later while walking down Long Drain Road west of the cemetery, a
red-morph Ruffed Grouse flushed from the roadside. A Cooper's Hawk flew
overhead.Also of note were unseen singing Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Kentucky
and Hooded Warblers, and yet another Chickadee that looked like a Carolina
but sang the 2-note "fee-bee" song.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV