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18 Dec Morgantown Christmas Bird Count scouting [Terry Bronson ]
17 Dec Christmas Bird Count,Charleston,dec 20 [laura ceperley ]
17 Dec Winter wren singing, Bald Eagles - Harpers Ferry bird walk. [Deb Hale ]
17 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
15 Dec Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 13 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014 (#2014-335) [Dick & Jeanette Esker ]
15 Dec Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 13 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014 (#2014-335) [Dick & Jeanette Esker ]
15 Dec Pine Siskins [LeJay Graffious ]
15 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
15 Dec Great blue heron - Jefferson County yard [Bird Mom ]
15 Dec Red Breasted Nuthatch [kathy king ]
15 Dec Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) ["Rankin, Gary" ]
15 Dec crow roosts ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
14 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
14 Dec Snow geese [James Phillips ]
13 Dec Variant Sapsucker female, Rufous Hummer, Merlin in Morgantown; Ecuador birding information [Terry Bronson ]
13 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
13 Dec Screech-owl Chronicles - Jefferson County yard [Bird Mom ]
12 Dec this month so far at North Schoolhouse Ridge - Harpers Ferry [Deb Hale ]
12 Dec Hawk Run [Bruni Haydl ]
12 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
11 Dec A Big Congratulations! [wilhershberger ]
11 Dec PVAS Walk [Jim Farley ]
10 Dec Snow Goose [Richard Kazmierski ]
10 Dec Larks [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
9 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
9 Dec Buffalo Lake, Clarksburg [Peter McDonald ]
9 Dec siskins [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
9 Dec New arrivals [Beverly Delidow ]
8 Dec Shenandoah - Shannondale - Potomac birds [Bill and Carole Telfair ]
8 Dec Rufous Hummer [Bill Mills ]
8 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
8 Dec Lewis County Ross's Goose [Davette Saeler ]
8 Dec Tygart Lake CBC Monday 12/22 [Ross Brittain ]
7 Dec Non-beeding horned grebe [Susan Aaron ]
7 Dec Grebe [Susan Aaron ]
7 Dec Grebe [Susan Aaron ]
7 Dec Western Grebe [Susan Aaron ]
7 Dec Western Grebe [Susan Aaron ]
7 Dec Ohio River Birding [DAVID ]
7 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
6 Dec lakes in Hardy, Grant and Pendleton [Fred Atwood ]
6 Dec Lake Stephens/Raleigh Co. [Allen Waldron ]
6 Dec Canaan Valley (CV) Tucker Co. [steve kimbrell ]
6 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird/Mountaineer Audubon Field Trip Report [Derek Courtney ]
6 Dec 4 goose species in moorefield, hardy co, in rain [Fred Atwood ]
6 Dec Notice From List for VERIZON.NET Subscribers [wilhershberger ]
5 Dec Scoters & Other Waterbirds [Mike Griffith ]
5 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
5 Dec Tundra Swans at Ward Hollow Wildlife Habitat [Doug Wood ]
4 Dec Kanawha River; Winfield to Nitro ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
4 Dec Tundra Swans [Jon Benedetti ]
4 Dec Fwd: Mark your calendar - Dec. 14 Winter Bird Count in Fayette Co. area [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
3 Dec Mountaineer Audubon Field Trip 12/6/14 [Derek Courtney ]
3 Dec Yard Birds [Susan Aaron ]
3 Dec Birding Blind [Susan Aaron ]
3 Dec Waterfowl, etc / Hardy Co. [Jon Little ]
3 Dec Jefferson County Birding [Jim Farley ]
3 Dec more waterfowl- Summers/Raleigh counties [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
3 Dec Tundra Swans - French Creek boat ramp [Jon Benedetti ]
3 Dec Red breasted Merganser [aaustin61 ]
3 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
2 Dec Waterfowl fallout in Belle, WV [Matt ]
2 Dec Raleigh Co./Lake Stephens [Allen Waldron ]
2 Dec waterfowl in Mercer & Tazewell counties [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
2 Dec Kimsey Dam [ ]
2 Dec Bunch of Buffleheads/Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
2 Dec Tygart Lake [Joe Hildreth ]
2 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
2 Dec Long-tailed Duck, Horned Grebes, Bonaparte's Gull and lots more at Kimsey Run Lake (Hardy County) ["David E. Carr" ]
1 Dec Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
30 Nov Ross's Goose in Mineral county [Matt ]
30 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
30 Nov Am. Coots, N. Shovelers- Jefferson County [Carol Del-Colle ]
29 Nov Prickett's Fort update [Joey Herron ]
29 Nov Rte. 2 Birding [DAVID ]
29 Nov Birds [Herb and Sarah Myers ]

Subject: Morgantown Christmas Bird Count scouting
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:02:03 -0500
Every year my primary task for the Morgantown Christmas Bird Count is to
document 3 species that are usually almost completely found in the sector
that I do, which is primarily south of I-68, east of I-79, and west of
Route 7.

The largest Vulture roost in the area is always found in this sector. The
birds were in exactly the same place as last year this morning--in a small
stand of conifers along Pixler Hill Road. I estimated 45 Black Vultures and
30 Turkey Vultures.

Hornbeck Road is often the only place White-crowned Sparrows are found on
the count, and there were at least 5 there this morning, along with 5
White-throated Sparrows,1 Cooper's Hawk, and 1 American Kestrel.

The Decker's Creek Rail Trail east of Break Iron Hill Road had 2 Common
Ravens, 6 Dark-eyed Juncos, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, and a few other common
species.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Christmas Bird Count,Charleston,dec 20
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:01:23 -0500
The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club is hosting the Charleston
area cbc this Saturday, dec 20.   Please contact doren burrell if you are
interested in participating.  G.immer AT doren.net or 304-343-5873.

Laura ceperley, kanawha county
Subject: Winter wren singing, Bald Eagles - Harpers Ferry bird walk.
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:21:27 -0500
PVAS sponsored a bird walk along the Potomac river here at Harpers Ferry
this morning - a 2 mile stretch of towpath that today felt pretty quiet.
The best bird was a singing Winter Wren - so sweet to hear - and he just
one of five winter wrens that we saw along the way.

2 adult Bald Eagles sat perched in river sycamores, not too far from their
nest.  A small handful of buffleheads kept bobbing up & down in the calm
part of the river, offering some variety apart from the masses of Canada
geese and black ducks.

2 Ruby-crowned kinglets poked about the poison ivy berries - a nice winter
treat.

Beautiful morning for a walk.  Full species list below.

Rgds - Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar

31 species

Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Crow
Common Raven
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:35:22 -0500
Hi all,

    Lake was way up again and very slow. Still a couple surprises as we
enter the CBC count week for Morgantown. Checked out the Botanic Gardens
afterward for a little CBC scouting. Snow/sleet gave way to sunshine as I
was ending the morning, typical.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   1
Bufflehead   5

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose   61
Redhead   6
Ring-necked Duck   1
Long-tailed Duck   1
Bufflehead   22
Ruddy Duck   12

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Canada Goose   7
Ring-necked Duck   1
Hooded Merganser   2
Pied-billed Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Snow Goose   1 (1st year bird)
Canada Goose   94
Mallard   9
Hooded Merganser   4
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   1

Bonus non-waterbird highlights from the Botanic Garden:
Brown Creeper   1 in the evergreens
Winter Wren   1 near the beginning of the board walks
Hermit Thrush   3 foraging together on the trail near the lower parking lot
Fox Sparrow   1 near the Hermit Thrushes
Swamp Sparrow   1 off the boardwalk

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 13 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014 (#2014-335)
From: Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:44:57 -0500
Ignore my previous message.  That was the result of an operator error.

Dick Esker
Subject: Re: WV-BIRD Digest - 13 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014 (#2014-335)
From: Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:32:33 -0500
The CBC is Saturday, January 3.

Dick
Subject: Pine Siskins
From: LeJay Graffious <lejaygraffious AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:16:25 -0500
The Pine Siskins showed up at Old Hemlock in force yesterday and are 
here again today.     I observed them spending a lot of time foraging 
from the trucks of the larger Black Cherry trees. Sometimes there were 
as many a eight birds in a four foot section of the truck.  I have not 
seen this before.

Regulars at the feeders are:
Black-capped Chickadee
Mourning Doves
Eastern Titmouse
Northern Juncos
Brown Creepers
White-breasted Nuthatches
Downy Woodpeckers
Hairy Woodpeckers
Red-bellied Woodpeckers
American Goldfinch

And our friend the Red Squirrel.


LeJay

-- 
LeJay Graffious
Old Hemlock Foundation
Preston County
Brandonville, WV
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:54:46 -0500
Hi all,

     Pretty similar to yesterday.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   59
Mallard   7
Bufflehead   11

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose   2
American Black Duck   2
Mallard   29
Ring-necked Duck   4
Bufflehead   31
Hooded Merganser   5
Ruddy Duck   35
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Canada Goose   14
Mallard   11
Redhead   6
Ring-necked Duck   4
Bufflehead   7
Hooded Merganser   2
Ruddy Duck   3
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   3

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   74
Mallard   5
Ring-necked Duck   3
Bufflehead   2
Hooded Merganser   10
Ruddy Duck   2
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   4

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Great blue heron - Jefferson County yard
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:15:15 +0000
You can tell by the subject title of this email where this story is leading.  
With continued warm weather, I have no ice on my yard pond.  Like hunters 
wearing bright orange clothing in the woods, my stupid pond fish are out in 
the open basking in the sun right now.  They must be thinking that it's a 
glorious day to be a fish in Birdmom's pond.  With all the pond plants having 
been cut back for the winter to ensure good water quality, the fish normally 
go into torpor underneath the numerous rock shelves in the pond this time of 
year.  

  
Me, being unaware of the fact that the restaurant was obviously open for 
business, I spooked a Great blue heron about two hours ago when I 
peeked through the window curtains to see what was going on at the bird 
feeders.  I caught the heron trying to have Christmas dinner 10 days early.  
When the heron detected motion from the curtains, I watched it flap its large 
wings a few times to get lift while it dangled long legs only a few feet 
off the ground.  It quickly landed in the woods not far from the pond.  An 
hour later, I can see it hiding behind a big tree at the edge of the woods.  
It looks so comical and out of place there.  I expect it to sneak up to the 
pond when it thinks the "coast is clear."  Go for it big boy and good luck!  
Little does this heron know that it is welcome here anytime and can eat all the 
fish it can catch.  Even after a few years of trying, no heron has ever fully 
cleaned out the fish inventory. 

  
  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Red Breasted Nuthatch
From: kathy king <000000582aada182-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:16:42 +0000
  FOY    Red breasted nuthach this am in my yard.
  Kathy King   Hardy County  near Moorefield
Subject: Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:36:02 +0000
Beverly Delidow, John Hubbard, John Waugaman and I took part in the Huntington 
CBC yesterday. While we were looking at a small group of dark-eyed juncos, we 
noticed that one was an "Oregon" dark-eyed junco, probably a female based on a 
slightly lighter colored head than males in this group. The bird was seen at 
Sugarwood Golf Corse in Wayne Co. at the northeast corner of the parking lot 
around 1:15 pm. 


This bird makes the second "Oregon" dark-eyed junco that I have seen in West 
Virginia. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.  

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: crow roosts
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:00:40 -0500
Is the location of the Charleston crow roost known this year?

Does Wheeling continue to host one?

-- 
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


By all means, then, let us have psalms
and days of dedication anew to the old causes.
~Charles Reznikoff, "Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays"







 .
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:08:42 -0500
Hi all,

     A day of (highly unskilled and expletive filled) transmission work and
shoddy home exterior illumination engineering was preceded by a morning at
Cheat Lake. The full all-star roster of the Graffious family birders joined
me; LeJay, Willow and, dusting off her binoculars for one more rodeo, the
matriarch herself ... Helen Ann. If only more women were as receptive to my
invitations. Alas ... on to the birds.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   61
Mallard   4
Bufflehead   12

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
American Black Duck   2
Mallard   45
Ring-necked Duck   4
Bufflehead   27
Ruddy Duck   38

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   5
Redhead   6
Bufflehead   4
Hooded Merganser   2
Common Loon   1
Horned Grebe   3

Cheat Lake --- Cheat lake Park
Canada Goose   81
Mallard   9
Bufflehead   2
Hooded Merganser   12
Ruddy Duck   2
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   3
Horned Grebe   4

Bonus Waterbird Report:
Rock Lake (Marion County)
Canada Goose   78
Wood Duck   6
American Black Duck   4
Mallard   28
Ring-necked Duck   12
Hooded Merganser   37
Pied-billed Grebe   2

Best wishes to you all. Hope the holiday spirit is beginning to wash away
all the gray we have been seeing out there.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Snow geese
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:29:27 -0500
We saw 2 snow geese in Princeton, Mercer County this afternoon. Jim & Judy
Phillips, Summers County, Pipestem, WV
Subject: Variant Sapsucker female, Rufous Hummer, Merlin in Morgantown; Ecuador birding information
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:18:57 -0500
Over the lunch hour, an unusual female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER came to our
suet feeder. It had normal adult plumage except that the crown was black
instead of red. As it turned its head it sometimes seemed it may have had 1
or 2 tiny red feathers next to the bill on the forehead. This variant is
illustrated in the new Sibley Field Guide, but not the original version.
According to Birds of North America Online, 12 of 69 birds in a sample were
this variant form, so apparently it is not that uncommon, though this is
the first time I've ever seen one. Has anyone else ever seen this
black-crowned female variant?

Also at home, I now have 2 Brown Creepers coming to my feeder. 30 Mourning
Doves, 16 Dark-eyed Juncos, and 2 White-throated Sparrows are present,
along with the usual suspects.

The female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD that has been patronizing Mike Slaven's
feeders in Morgantown for a month now did put in an appearance early this
morning about 8:20. Having been away for 18 days in Ecuador during the last
month, I had despaired of seeing it since I missed it twice before I left.

Most of the morning I spent at Morgantown's White Park, where I encountered
27 species, including:

MERLIN--the occasionally seen female was present today in the dead tree
near the maintenance building and ballfields.
Woodpeckers--a 6-species day: Downy, Hairy, Flicker, Red-bellied,
Sapsucker, and Pileated
Eastern Bluebird--3
Yellow-rumped Warbler--at least 13, both north of the ballfields and along
the reservoir shore.
White-throated Sparrow--1
Dark-eyed Junco--4

As for our Ecuador trip, which included the Amazon rainforest, Andes
Mountains, and Galapagos Islands, I am almost finished preparing a trip
report and editing my photos. For those who might be planning an Ecuador
trip or are otherwise interested, let me know, and I'll be happy to send
you copies. I'll also be happy to answer any questions.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:45:07 -0500
Hi all,

     Cool but not windy. Lake was at a good winter level. Easy scoping.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   61
Mallard   13
Bufflehead   16
Horned Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
American Black Duck   2
Mallard   36
Redhead   2
Lesser Scaup   1
Bufflehead   24
Common Goldeneye   3 (my first adult male of the year)
Hooded Merganser   5
Ruddy Duck   37
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   2
Redhead   6
Ring-necked Duck   2
Bufflehead   1
Hooded Merganser   4
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   3

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   18
Mallard   7
Bufflehead   1
Hooded Merganser   12
Ruddy Duck   3
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   3
Merlin   1

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Screech-owl Chronicles - Jefferson County yard
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:59:05 +0000
We continue to watch the Eastern screech-owl activity in our backyard nest 
boxes.  It's been lots of fun, as the other yard birds have been slow right 
now with only the usual suspects coming to the feeders and suet.  Tis the 
season to switch boxes, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.  We think that's what 
occurred at least once during the last two weeks.  

  
Anthropomorphism runs rampant in our household these days, with my hubby 
quickly naming both owls.  I had nothing to do with name selection, as I would 
have chosen something more scientific.  But I need to keep harmony in the 
household, especially during the holiday season, so the owls retain his 
nomenclature. 

  
It's going to be tougher figuring out the screech-owl soap opera this year 
since they are both red morphs, but its amazing how you can make guesses, or 
conjure up crazy stories, just by observing their behaviors.  We've guessed at 
which one is male and which one is female, and we have to make educated guesses 
as to who is who.  Fuzz Butt, the first owl to take up residence this winter, 
proved true to "his" name, as two nights ago, just after I observed "him" 
leaving "his" box, "he" flew over to the other box occupied by Lil Red.  I 
was surprised when "he" first clung to the outside of the box, then crawled 
half way inside while "she" was still in the box.  This could be trouble 
brewing!  "His" fuzzy butt was hanging half way out of the box, which made me 
laugh.  It was the first time I could remember ever seeing the bottom of a 
screech-owl.  I believe "he" was feeding "her" or getting "his" face pecked as 
a result of "his" actions.  This activity lasted about one minute, which is a 
long time if you are getting your face pecked by another owl. 

Tonight, Lil Red was only visible with head sticking out of the box for a total 
of 4 minutes.  That's not much time, but we know when to expect them to 
appear, so we nailed the timing.  Fuzz Butt is the owl that pops its head out 
of the box hole at least 45 minutes before it departs for the evening hunt. 

And of course, two reds are better than none! 
  
Happy holidays, 
  
BIRDMOM and Owl Dad 
Jefferson County, W 
Subject: this month so far at North Schoolhouse Ridge - Harpers Ferry
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:00:13 -0500
A handful of visiting winter birds:

today - 3 Savannah Sparrows
7 December - 3 Eastern Meadowlarks and 10 A. Pipits
1 December - 5 Horned Larks

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Hawk Run
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:05:09 -0500
When I came back from my walk this morning I found two messages on my 
machine from a former co-worker who lives about a mile from me. As she 
left for work she saw a hawk on the ground by her driveway. There was 
obviously something wrong with it.  I went over there to check it out.  
The Animal Control lady had just pulled in.  It was a Red-shouldered 
hawk.  She wrapped him up and put him in a carrier. I offered to drive 
him to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center near the State Arboretum in 
Virginia where they rehab wildlife.  The vet said the hawk didn't have 
any broken wings but appeared to have suffered some head trauma, no 
doubt while colliding with a car.   I often see RS hawks on the wires 
along Kabletown Rd near where he was found. I'm always glad when they 
are facing the open field instead of the road.

Let's hope he will make it.  At least he's in good hands and has a 
shot.  When I pulled into the rehab center I was surprised to see a 
catbird in the shrub.  Don't think I've ever seen one in December. The 
vet said it might be one that was raised by them earlier this year.

The number of birds in the yard and along the river seems to be very 
low.  Hope we don't set a record for the lowest numbers on the CBB on 
Sunday. At least the weather forecast sounds promising, no rain or wind.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:59:07 -0500
Hi all,

     Lake was finally near a normal winter level this morning. Cool with a
steady breeze. A little slow overall. But I was lucky enough to again bird
with the peerless pair of Hannah Clipp and Morgan McMurdy. As always, I let
them do the heavy lifting and just sat back and enjoyed the morning.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   68
Mallard   19
Bufflehead   11

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose   1
Mallard   13
Ring-necked Duck   5
Bufflehead   28
Ruddy Duck   61
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   1
American Coot   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
American Black Duck   2
Mallard   19
Redhead   6
Ring-necked Duck   2
Bufflehead   7
Hooded Merganser   1
Ruddy Duck   1
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Mallard   4
Bufflehead   1
Hooded Merganser   2
Ruddy Duck   1
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Horned Grebe   3

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: A Big Congratulations!
From: wilhershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:16:27 -0500
One of our very own listserv members has received the “Hometown Hero” Award 
from his local news affiliate. 

Congratulation Dr. Bill Hilton Jr.!
http://cn2.com/birds-feather/ 


Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC 
Hedgesville, WV
The Songs of Insects 
              
Subject: PVAS Walk
From: Jim Farley <jamesfarley AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:38:32 -0500
PVAS sponsored a bird walk Sunday at Stauffer's Marsh in Berkley County. The 
skies were crystal blue with the tempature at 32 degrees at the start. A 
relatively quiet day with little bird activity. After looking all morning for a 
Great Blue Egret 

   Mallards
   Northern Pintails
   Black Ducks
   Turkey Vulture
   Bald Eagle
   Coopers Hawk
   Red-tailed Hawk
   Mourning Dove
   Northern Flicker 
   Pileated Woodpecker
   Downy Woodpecker
   Blue Jay
   American Crow
   Carolina Chickadee
   Tufted Titmouse
   White-breasted Nuthatch
   Carolina Wren
   Eastern Bluebird
   American Robin
   Northern Mockingbird
   European Starling
   Northern Cardinal
   American tree Sparrow
   Song Sparrow
   White-throated Sparrow
   Dark-eyed Junco
   Brown-headed Cowbird
   American Goldfinch

Jim Farley
Jefferson County



Subject: Snow Goose
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:41:27 -0500
Snow Goose at Hurricane City Park

Kim Kazmierski
Subject: Larks
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:36:43 -0500
Yesterday, when looking for my first of the season Rough-legged Hawk along
Cortland Road in Canaan Valley, I saw two little birds flitting along the
road in front of my car just beyond Beall Lane. When I fixed my binoculars
on them, they clearly had little horns. They also were clearly not little
devils. They were too cute. They were Horned Larks. They were an okay
substitute for the hawk. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:00:25 -0500
Hi all,

     A little slow today. Lake is still very high. Joined LeJay and Willow
Graffious for today's count.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   74
Mallard   5
Bufflehead   4
Ruddy Duck   5

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Redhead   6
Ring-necked Duck   11
Bufflehead   42
Ruddy Duck   37
Common Loon   1
Horned Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   2
Bufflehead   5
Horned Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   10
Mallard   10
Bufflehead   1
Hooded Merganser   6
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Horned Grebe   3

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Buffalo Lake, Clarksburg
From: Peter McDonald <pmcdonaldtrees AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:47:47 -0500
This morning on Buffalo Lake off of Rt 19 South of Clarksburg, WV there
were:
2 Ruddy ducks
2 Pied-bill grebes
4 American Coot

-- 
Peter McDonald
304-406-4462
Subject: siskins
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:47:19 -0500
Pine siskins have started coming to our feeders in the last couple days.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: New arrivals
From: Beverly Delidow <bdelidow AT MAC.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:55:31 -0500
I refilled the feeder the other day and had chickadees and titmice almost in my 
pocket before I'd turned around. 

In addition to the usual yard birds, the seed has brought in the first of these 
three for the season: 


white-throated sparrow
dark-eyed junco
pine siskin

Nice of them to arrive right before the counts!

Good birding all,
Bev Delidow
Huntington, Wayne Co


PS - when I went to post this today, I realized that I had been unsubscribed 
from the list for some reason. Not intentional! 
Subject: Shenandoah - Shannondale - Potomac birds
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:31:00 -0800
I spent the afternoon birding in Jefferson county.

At Country Club Ponds:
51 Canada Geese
19 Gadwalls
2 Buffleheads
11 Mallards
3 Hooded Mergansers
1 Mockingbird
1 A. crow
2 White-throated Sparrows

Along Shenandoah river - Bloomery Road:
12 Common Mergansers
15 Buffleheads
17 Hooded Mergansers
2 Horned Grebes
6 Mallards
1 Common Loon
13 Canada Geese
6 Great Blue Herons
3 crows
2 chickadees
1 white-breasted Nuthatch
2 Cardinals
1 Blue Jay
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Mourning Doves
1 Titmouse

At Shannondale Lake:
87 Canada Geese
3 Ring-necked Ducks
12 Mallards
2 Ruddy Ducks
1 Pie-billed Grebe
1 Great Blue Heron
53 Turkey Vultures

At Shenandoah Springs Park:
23 Carolina Chickadees
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downys
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Pileated woodpecker
1 Mockingbird
1 W-B Nuthatch
3 Titmouse
3 W-T Sparrows
4 Turkey Vultures

Along Potomac River at Elks Run:
4 Black Ducks
1 Phoebe
3 Swamp Sparrows
2 Carolina Wrens

30 Degrees with a few snow flurries all afternoon!
Fun.
Bill Telfair
Subject: Rufous Hummer
From: Bill Mills <williamjmills13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:56:06 -0500
We have had a Rufous here in our Charleston garden for a month now. Shows up 
early for the feeder. Seems to be looking for insects after that. He even 
arrived on a 13 degree morning. 

Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:21:15 -0500
Hi all,

     Much tougher when others aren't finding and identifying the birds for
me .

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   71
Mallard   2
Bufflehead   19
Ruddy Duck   9
Horned Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Ring-necked Duck   11
Greater Scaup   1
Bufflehead   43
Ruddy Duck   39

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Hooded Merganser   2
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   76
American Black Duck   2
Mallard   8
Bufflehead   6
Hooded Merganser   11
Common Loon   2
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Non-waterbird Report: I failed to mention yesterday that a reliable source
reports that the Otter family is still hanging around the Cheat Lake Park
end of the lake. So keep your eyes open.

Nocturnal birding: Continuing insomnia failed to be relieved with a light
workout/yoga session so I went for a jog around the Arboretum and Krepps
Park. Barred and Screech-Owls in the Arb. Barred Owl in Krepps.

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Lewis County Ross's Goose
From: Davette Saeler <ivorybill_24 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:04:42 +0000
Sorry I didn't post yesterday except to the Mountain State Birders Facebook 
page. I had horrible pictures of the bird after sunset last night. I found the 
goose again this morning to the south of where it was last night. Got some good 
pictures and I'm pretty convince now it is a Ross's. 

Anyone intertested in looking for it just get off at the Jane Lew exit, go left 
(Hacker's Creek Road) go maybe 3-4 miles until you see the historical marker 
for Hacker's Creek. It was on the opposite side of the road from the marker. I 
sighted it on both sides of the white house with the green roof. The home owner 
said they wouldn't care if you parked in thier driveway. You may just wave your 
binos so they know why your there. 

Link to ebird checklist with picture, or multiple pictures on my flickr account 
below. 

 
Good birding,
Davette Saeler
Jane Lew, WV
ivorybill_24 AT msn.com
 
 
Ross's Goose 

 
View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20829206 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Tygart Lake CBC Monday 12/22
From: Ross Brittain <brittainra AT AB.EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:48:09 -0500
Hello All,
I am organizing the 2nd Trial of the Tygart Lake CBC scheduled for Monday
12/22. There are 5 of us that participated last year and had a great time.
There are several different habitat types available within the count
circle, including Valley Fall SP, Tygart Lake SP, Pruntytown WMA and
Pleasant Creek WMA. Last year with only three teams we found 68 species,
including a Red-Necked Grebe. Given the potential of this territory we
would love to develop it into a regular CBC, but need more support to get
approval from Audubon. Please let me know if you are willing and able to
help out. I will decide the final number of teams based on the number
volunteers by 12/19.

I plan to go owling very early (~2am) to cover as much nocturnal
habitat/species as possible. I always welcome volunteers for the owling,
but understand that my nocturnal preferences do not always match up with
others. Diurnal birding will start about 7:30am.

Thanks for any help you can provide. Please contact me if you would like to
help.
Happy Birding as the CBC season starts!
*Ross Brittain, PhD*
Dean, College of Science, Technology & Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Alderson Broaddus University
101 College Hill Drive, Box 2096
Philippi, WV 26416
304-457-6428
brittainra AT ab.edu
Subject: Non-beeding horned grebe
From: Susan Aaron <sf46aron AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:32:25 -0500
David P. straightened me out on the grebe ID based on the pic I sent him. It 
was a non-breeding horned grebe, which I've not seen, only breeding plumage. I 
posted because otherwise I'd have to come home, download the pics, make an ID, 
and by that time it might be gone. So I chose to jump the gun. I know better. 


Susan Aaron
Cabell Co.
Huntington,WV
Subject: Grebe
From: Susan Aaron <sf46aron AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:56:08 -0500
Sorry, I'm pretty sure it's an non-breeding adult Eared Grebe. I hadn't planned 
on birding so didn't have my binoc or book and had to look it up on iphone 
which didn't show a non-breeding Eared. Sorry if I got everyone excited. Mea 
culpa! 


Susan Aaron
Cabell Co.
Huntington,WV
Subject: Grebe
From: Susan Aaron <sf46aron AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:42:13 -0500
Maybe a non-breeding eared grebe but I'll send pics to emails

Susan Aaron
Cabell County
Huntington,WV
Subject: Western Grebe
From: Susan Aaron <sf46aron AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:33:48 -0500
I took pictures. Black and white bird, red eyes. I compared pics to those shown 
online and the only ones it resembled was Western or Clarke but its bill didn't 
look that large. 


Susan Aaron
Cabell Co.
Huntington,WV
Subject: Western Grebe
From: Susan Aaron <sf46aron AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:14:55 -0500
At Harris R P hanging around debris pool near shore, the one circling in water
Subject: Ohio River Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 19:08:53 +0000
Mike Griffith and I along with a visiting birder Jim Geisler birded this am 
along the Ohio River from Rte.2 WV side and Rte.7 from the Ohio side. It was 
sunny with temp's starting out around 34. Some of the birds seen were : 

  
Greenbottom: 
  
Fox Sparrow-1 
Northern Harrier-1 
Gadwall-2 
  
RCB Locks: 
  
Ruddy Duck-6 
Redhead 
Gadwall 
Pied-billed Grebe-1 
Horned Grebe-4 
Cackling Goose-3 
Coot-4 
American Tree Sparrow-4 
  
Shady Waters Campground: 
  
Horned  Grebe-2 
  
Gallipolis  Ferry: 
  
Redhead-24 
Canvasback-1 Female 
Ruddy Duck-4 
Coot-4 
Horned Grebe-4 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 25701 
  
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:20:59 -0500
Hi all,

     After yesterday's outing, I figured certainly I would have turned off
a whole group of people from birding. Conditions were rough and I'm
certainly not that entertaining ... I mean no one wanted my autograph or me
to pose with them for photos afterward. Nevertheless, I was lucky enough to
get to join fantastic birders Hannah Clipp and Morgan McMurdy this morning
as they showed me how to REALLY bird Cheat Lake. Those late night on-line
classes in hypnotism I'm taking must be working. They were stars, I just
drove and wrote down what they found. Horned Grebes showed in nice numbers
at the Park. And an adult Bald Eagle was stunning in the morning sun at the
68 Bridge. Here's the rundown:

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   2
Wood Duck   1
Bufflehead   15
Hooded Megranser   1
Ruddy Duck   14
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   1
Ring-billed Gull   1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose   61
Redhead   6
Bufflehead   58
Ruddy Duck   49
Horned Grebe   3
Bald Eagle   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   5
Ring-necked Duck   3
Bufflehead   7
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   3

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   2
Mallard   3
Bufflehead   2
Common Goldeneye   1
Hooded Merganser   5
Ruddy Duck   9
Common Loon   4
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   17

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: lakes in Hardy, Grant and Pendleton
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:54:20 -0500
Because of the rain all day I did not mind spending the day in the car
driving through these three counties checking all of my usual lake birding
spots to see what waterfowl dropped in during the rain. Though I found no
scoters, long-tailed ducks, or loons there was a good diversity of
waterfowl and 56 species of birds (very few passerines noted). Snow Goose
was a state lifer, Pintail (two locations) was a Hardy county lifer, and
Canvasback was a Pendleton County lifer for me. Horned Grebes were in many
locations and I had my highest state counts of Redheads, Gadwalls,
Pintails, and Ruddy Ducks.

Here are the waterfowl and a few other sightings in order of my visits. At
all sites it was raining.

Between Baker and Kimsey Run Lake, no stops
2 Bald Eagle
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Kestrel

Kimsey Run Lake, Hardy
79 Canada Geese
1 Black Duck
10 Mallard
3 PINTAIL (2 male, 1 female), lifer for my county list
1 Ring-necked Duck male
1 Bufflehead female
1 Common GOLDENEYE male
1 Hooded Merganser female
1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER female
10 Ruddy Duck 5m, 5 f
1 Horned Grebe
2 Red-headed Woodpecker
1 Pine SIskin

Moorefield, Water Treatment Ponds, Hardy
4 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
1 SNOW GOOSE (Blue) a state lifer for me!
1 ROSS'S GOOSE
94 Canada Geese
24 Gadwall, my highest WV count
3 American Wigeon
2 Black Duck
12 Mallard
2 Northern SHOVELER
6 PINTAIL 3m, 3f, my highest WV count
25 REDHEAD 12m, 13 f, my highest WV count
7 Ring-necked Duck 5 m, 2 f
2 Lesser Scaup females
1 Bufflehead female
28 Ruddy Duck 12m 16f, my highest WV count
2 Horned Grebe
1 Double-crested Cormorant imm
1 WHite-crowned Sparrow

Thorn Run Rd Lake, Grant
16 Mallard
1 CANVASBACK female
7 Hooded Merganser 1m, 6f
10 Common Merganser (all female type)
1 Horned Grebe
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Coot
10 Pipits, flock flew over calling

Belle Babb Lake, Grant
1 Black Duck
4 Mallard
12 Ruddy Duck 4m, 8 f
2 Pied-billed Grebe
6 HORNED GREBE

Stony River Dam Rd/Germany Hollow Rd Lake, Grant
1 Ruddy Duck female
2 Horned Grebe
1 Harrier female
2 Kestrel males
1 Purple Finch calling

Arnold Rd Lake, Grant
2 Hooded Merganser female
1 Ruddy Duck female
2 Horned Grebe

South Mill Creek Lake, Grant
190 Canada Geese
5 Mallard 2m, 3f
4 Ruddy Duck 3 m, 1 f
1 Bald Eagle adult perched near nest tree
6 Killdeer
2 Field Sparrow
3 WHite-throated Sparrow

near Ruddle, Pendleton
imm Bald Eagle perched in tree along river
1 kestrel

Franklin water treatment ponds, Pendleton
uncounted  Canada Geese
visibility is now very difficult here

Brushy Fork Lake near Sugar Grove, Pendleton
1 Hooded Merganser female
1 Great Blue Heron
16 Field Sparrow

Little and Big Stony Lakes near Sugar Grove, Pendleton
22 Canada Geese
9 Black Duck
2 Mallard MF

Between Sugar Grove and Little Fork, Pendleton
10 Wild Turkeys in a farm field
1 kestrel

Little Fork Lake, Pendleton
78 Canada Geese
1 Black Duck
CANVASBACK, Male, My first ever  for the county

Miller Run Lake, Pendleton
1 Canada Goose This is the 4th time I have seen a single bird here in the
past year so I am wondering if it is an injured bird.

Broad Run Lake, Brandywine, Pendleton
2 Redhead (M,F)
3 Ring-necked Duck males
3 Ruddy Duck 1 m, 2 f
1 Pied-billed Grebe

Brandywine Lake, Pendleton
No waterfowl

All the best
Fred Atwood
Cabins, Grant Co, WV
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA
Subject: Lake Stephens/Raleigh Co.
From: Allen Waldron <awaldron AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:17:37 -0500
Friends,
We found around 110 ruddy ducks on Lake Stephens this morning. Also found A. 
coot, hooded mergansers, horned grebe, mallards and C. geese. Didn't see the 
bald eagle this trip. There were 3 deer swimming across the lake as well. 


Mindy Waldron
Surveyor, WV
Subject: Canaan Valley (CV) Tucker Co.
From: steve kimbrell <galvmcm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:10:17 -0500
Horned Grebes were found on this month's Beginning Birding Birdwalk at CV
National Wildlife Refuge. Found two, one on each pond below the lodge at CV
St Park, Tucker County. 45 degrees F. in steady rain.
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird/Mountaineer Audubon Field Trip Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:46:00 -0500
Hi all,

     I filled in as leader for the Mountaineer Audubon Trip to Cheat Lake
this morning. That fact alone should have scared off any potential trip
participant. But as if that wasn't enough, it is difficult to imagine a
more difficult day for lake watching. The Lake was absurdly high for
winter. South winds meant that new birds overnight would be at a minimum.
And due to the temperature difference between the air and water, there was
a permanent fog layer low on the water that just wouldn't relent. Combined
with the rain making our optics a hassle ... and well, you have the makings
for a rough day. Nevertheless one of the clear highlights for me today was
the fact that we had 17 birders come out for all or part of the morning.
They all definitely earned their birder badges today.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   4
Bufflehead   4
Ruddy Duck   9
Horned Grebe   5

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Mallard   3
Redhead   4
Lesser Scaup   5
Bufflehead   27
Ruddy Duck   36

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   9
Bufflehead   2
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   3

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   38
Tundra Swan   78
Mallard   2
Canvasback   1
Bufflehead   1
Common Goldeneye   1
Common Loon   2
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   4
Bald Eagle   1 (1st year bird)

The other clear highlight of the morning was the fantastic folks at the
Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia opening their doors to a very wet
and haggard group of birders. Jesse, Katie and Meghan all gave us a
wonderful experience. These are just great people doing good work in our
community. And doing it well. It's always nice, especially at this time of
year, to see these people doing well and getting the recognition they
deserve. Visit their website (http://www.accawv.org/) or Facebook page to
see and learn more about them. Many thanks again to the ACCA! And many
thanks to all the field trip participants for coming out this morning. Best
wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: 4 goose species in moorefield, hardy co, in rain
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 09:54:17 -0500
Right now at water treatment ponds. Continuing Ross's goose as well as Canadas, 
a blue snow goose and 4 white fronted geese. Other waterfowl include redhead, 
ring necked, lesser scaup, gadwall, pintail, black, mallard, am wigeon, ruddy, 
horned grebe. Water treatment ponds. 

Raining so no photos. Possibly more birds in unseen portions of pond. 
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Notice From List for VERIZON.NET Subscribers
From: wilhershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:32:02 -0500
If you are using a verizon.net address, please add wv-bird AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG to 
your allowed list. Several verizon.net subscribers are generating errors 
because listserv emails are being rejected as spam. 

Thank you,

Wil Hershberger

Hedgesville, WV
Subject: Scoters & Other Waterbirds
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 18:42:30 -0500
Wendell Argabrite and I birded the Ohio River today and found the following 
(all locations are Mason Co. except Old Lock 27 - Cabell Co.). 


Old Lock 27: Greater Scaup - 7

R.C. Byrd Locks:

Wood Duck - 2
Gadwall - 8
Surf Scoter - 2
White-winged Scoter - 2
Bufflehead - 7
Ruddy Duck - 8
Pied-billed Grebe - 4
Horned Grebe - about 25
Bald Eagle - 2 (1 adult and 1 first-year bird - they have been in the area for 
4 to 6 weeks) 


Crab Creek:

Bufflehead - 6
Hooded Merganser - 12
Red-breasted Merganser - 13
Pied-billed Grebe - 2
Horned Grebe - 5

Gallipolis Ferry:

Mallard - about 60
Black Duck - 6
Green-winged Teal - 1
Northern Pintail - 4
Canvasback - 1
Redhead - about 165 (not a typo)
Ring-necked Duck - 3
Lesser Scaup - 1
Hooded Merganser - 8
Ruddy Duck - 15
Horned Grebe - 6

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:07:54 -0500
Hi all,

     Lake was very high again this morning.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   57
Mallard   2
Bufflehead   6
Hooded Merganser   5
Ruddy Duck   9

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Redhead   1
Lesser Scaup   4
Bufflehead   12
Ruddy Duck   39
Common Loon   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   4
Redhead   3
Bufflehead   1
Common Loon   2
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   31
Tundra Swan   9
Mallard   8
Bufflehead   1
Common Goldeneye   1
Hooded Merganser   16
Ruddy Duck   7
Red-throated Loon   1 (likely continuing)
Common Loon   7
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   2

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Tundra Swans at Ward Hollow Wildlife Habitat
From: Doug Wood <00000016a0b31c37-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:54:14 +0000
On Wednesday Dec. 3 there were 94 Tundra Swans (mature and first-year birds) at 
the lower pond at Ward Hollow Wildlife Habitat, operated at the Dow Technology 
Park in South Charleston.  Yesterday, Dec. 4 the flock was down to around 40 
birds.  There were 38 swans at the pond previously around Nov. 14-17. Doug 
Wood 

Subject: Kanawha River; Winfield to Nitro
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:03:24 -0500
Birded along the river today.  Main areas listed below.  Checked other
spots, including Hidden Cove Marina at Winfield.  Saw a Horned Grebe near
the Winfield Bridge.  Roadside birds not otherwise listed were Kestrel,
Red-shouldered Hawk, and Mourning Dove.  A nice rainy sleety day for
chasing duckies; we especially enjoyed seeing the two eagles and the
swirling flocks of gulls. ~Cindy Ellis, Kim Kasmierski

Winfield Locks & Dam, Putnam, US-WV
 31 species
Canada Goose  21
Gadwall  10
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  37
Green-winged Teal  12
Canvasback  2
Redhead  4
Greater Scaup  1
Bufflehead  2
Hooded Merganser  7
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  2---1 adult; 1 3rd year
American Coot  6
Ring-billed Gull  16
Herring Gull  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Northern Mockingbird  5
Eastern Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  12
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  10
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
American Goldfinch  2

Hometown backwater, Putnam, US-WV [at Haven of Rest Cemetery]
 16 species
Wood Duck  8
Mallard  4
Hooded Merganser  11
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
American Coot  10
Ring-billed Gull  87
Herring Gull  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1

Holiday Park, Putnam, US-WV [near Larrabee Lane, Winfield]
 12 species
Canada Goose  1
Mallard  18
Hooded Merganser  16
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Ring-billed Gull  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Robin  4
House Finch  2

-- 
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

* 'What's important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the
natural world, to learn to love it and feel comfortable in it, before being
asked to heal its wounds."  ~ David Sobel*








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Subject: Tundra Swans
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:39:44 -0500
   Two Tundra Swans remain at the French Creek backwater at Belmont, WV.

    Jon Benedetti
    Vienna, WV
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Fwd: Mark your calendar - Dec. 14 Winter Bird Count in Fayette Co. area
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:14:58 -0500
FYI


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Mark your calendar - Dec. 14 Winter Bird Count in Fayette Co. 
area
Date: 	Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:22:54 -0500
From: 	French-Burr, Jodi 
To: 	undisclosed-recipients:;



Hello friends,

Wanted to let you know a local group will again conduct the annual 
Winter Bird Count in association with the National Audubon Society. Here 
is the basic information about the local count in Fayette County:

*LOCAL DATE: Sunday, December 14, 2014*
*LOCAL LOCATION & TIME: *daylight hours in varied areas of Fayette 
County, including Fayetteville and Oak Hill (more details to follow from 
local coordinator)
*WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:* anyone (advanced and beginner birders are welcome)*
*
*WHAT WILL HAPPEN LOCALLY: *group will likely meet at Cathedral Cafe in 
Fayetteville in early morning > small groups will then "bird"/count in 
multiple locations throughout the day (be prepared for anticipated 
weather) > then group will meet again in late day to collect data and 
share stories of the day's adventures (more details to follow from local 
coordinator)

*ABOUT THE NATIONAL COUNT: *visit 
http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count for basic information 
about this national event

*INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING LOCALLY? *Call local coordinator Hillary 
Jones, 304-663-0876

Hope to see you on this fun winter adventure!

Jodi French-Burr
Park Ranger and NPS Northeast Region Outdoor Ethics Coordinator
National Park Service
New River Gorge National River
P.O. Box 246, 104 Main St.
Glen Jean, WV 25846

jodi_french-burr AT nps.gov 
304-574-2115 or 304-465-2632 (desk)
Subject: Mountaineer Audubon Field Trip 12/6/14
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:46:55 -0500
Hi all,

     The Mountaineer Audubon is holding a field trip to Cheat Lake this
coming Saturday 12/6/14. There is no sign up required, just show up ready
for some birding. I have been called in off the bench to fill in for LeJay
Graffious as leader; a trade off I'm sure will work out as well as the Red
Sox sending Babe Ruth to New York for a loan to finance *No, No, Nanette*.
Nevertheless, we'll give it a go.
     If you feel like breakfast before birding, show up at Ruby and
Ketchy's at 7:00 am, support a local business, and we can discuss my
upcoming guide on how NOT to find a Snowy Owl in Preston County ... or
whatever else you want.
     If you feel like getting right to the birding, then just show up at
Ruby and Ketchy's at 8:00 am and we'll figure out carpooling, etc. and then
head to the lake. I will be there rain or shine. Feel free to email me with
any questions or concerns.
     The trip is open to birders of all ages, interests, and experience
levels so feel free to bring your friends. I will try to bring candy and/or
door prizes to reward (bribe) those who come out. And almost all of my
field trips return with their full complement of participants. Usually. So
your chance of survival is excellent. See you this Saturday.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Yard Birds
From: Susan Aaron <sf46aron AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 18:16:03 -0500
I've had a busy backyard this past week. I've had White-crowned, 
White-throated, and Fox Sparrow. The Fox showed up two days ago which made it 
FOS. I also have a pair of Towhees, m&f, and lots of woodland birds. What I 
only saw once was a pine siskin which never returned even though I have Gold 
and House Finches. Looking forward to Juncos when they show up. 


Susan Aaron
Cabell County
Huntington, WV
Subject: Birding Blind
From: Susan Aaron <sf46aron AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 18:08:08 -0500
I have been out of town most of Nov., a week of that in Aruba where naturally 
my friend and I birded. This was hard to do since there isn’t an Aruban bird 
book, just a list of what may or may not be there. Had to look online for 
markers and took pictures for later ID’s. Birding isn’t easy when you 
don’t know what to expect. We did alright as these are lifers. Due to the 
lighting, I missed two markers on the White-tipped Dove thus the question mark. 
Also I’m not sure if some of these are species or variations as sources were 
vague. Also saw birds we couldn’t ID as the markers didn’t match the 
descriptions. 


Bananaquit, Bare-Eyed Pigeon, Black-Faced Grassquit, Carib Grackle, Caribbean 
Coot, Cayenne (Sandwich) Tern, Crested Caracara Pair, Eared Dove, Groove-Billed 
Ani. 2, one a juvenile, Magnificent Frigatebird, Northern Scrub Flycatcher, 
Tropical Mockingbird, Trupial, White-Cheeked Pintail, White-Tipped Dove (?), 
Yellow Warbler: The “Gold” Warbler of the Caribbean. 


Susan Aaron
Cabell Co.
Huntington, WV
Subject: Waterfowl, etc / Hardy Co.
From: Jon Little <littlejon48 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 17:24:52 -0500
Thanks to Dave Carr's enticing post, we headed to Kimsey Run Lake today. We
too have never seen that many ducks on the lake. We had a few species he
didn't, but we did not find the Long-tailed Duck. We didn't keep a total
count at Moorefield because of the fence (and the wind). Over the years, I
can't recount how many times I've seen a single Ross's Goose with a flock
CAGOs - it's apparently quite common.

 

Kimsey Run:

 

Horned Grebe - 6

Canada Goose - 71

Tundra Swan - 14 adult; 2 imm

Mallard - 14

N. Pintail - 6

Canvasback - 3 fem

Redhead - 52

Ring-necked Duck - 9

Greater Scaup - 5

Lesser Scaup - 3

Bufflehead - 3 fem

Common Goldeneye - 1 male

Hooded Merganser - 9

Ruddy Duck - 55

Bald Eagle - 1 hatchyear

Ring-billed Gull - 1 imm

Red-headed WP - 1

Pileated WP - 1

 

Moorefield Sewage Ponds:

 

Canada Goose

ROSS'S GOOSE - 1

Tundra Swan - 3

Gadwall

A. Wigeon

Black Duck

Mallard

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback 

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Ruddy Duck

Bald Eagle - 1

A. Coot - 2

 

Jon & BJ Little 

Winchester, VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Subject: Jefferson County Birding
From: Jim Farley <jamesfarley AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 16:08:22 -0500
Good birding today as dozens of our winter visitors are moving through our 
area. Saw my FOS Horned Grebes(3) between the S curve and Moulton Point on the 
Shenandoah River and a late migrate Great Egret. 

   
   COUNTY CLUB POND
   Northern  Shovelers  4(2 males)
   Gadwalls                 20
   American Coot
   Ringed-necked Ducks 16 (14males)
   Canada Geese         130
   Mallards                  24-(12 Males)
   Hooded Mergansers  12 (8 males)
  
   Potomac Street-
   Bald Eagle
   Belted Kingfisher

   SHENANDOAH RIVER
   Great Egret
   Common Mergansers- 4(All Females)
   Black Ducks-              6
   Hooded Mergansers-  20(9 males)
   Horned Grebes-           3
   Mallards-                    6(3 males)
   Canada Geese           40 

   SHANONDALE LAKE
   Ring-necked Ducks-4 ( Down from 30 last week)
   Ruddy Duck
   Canada Geese      125
   Mallards                30(15 Males)
   The two American Widgeons that have been there the past week are gone.



Jim Farley
Jefferson County
Subject: more waterfowl- Summers/Raleigh counties
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:26:50 -0500
After yesterday's waterfowl count, I decided to go the other direction 
today-
Sun Valley Lake -Pipestem
redhead 15
ruddy duck 17
pied-billed grebe 1
Canada goose 1

Mouth of the Bluestone River- Bluestone Lake
ruddy duck 43
bufflehead 28
redhead 36
red-breasted merganser 3
American wigeon 2
horned grebe 18
common loon 1

Bellepoint Park- Bluestone Dam
common merganser 2
red-breasted merganser 4
Canada geese 29

Mt. Valley Lake- Jumping Branch
ruddy duck 43
ring-necked duck 52
hooded merganser 5
horned grebe 2
American wigeon 2
bufflehead 6
lesser scaup 6

Hinton to Sandstone Falls- New River
mallard 5
great blue heron 1
Canada geese 51
redhead 2
lesser scaup 1
hooded merganser 6

15 species, 382 individuals
also had 3 bald eagles & 1 kestrel along New River
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Tundra Swans - French Creek boat ramp
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:58:41 -0500
   On our way back from Middle Island today, our son, Michael and I saw 14
Tundra Swans in the backwater behind the French Creek boat ramp in Belmont,
WV.  We had not taken a scope. The birds could not be seen from the ramp
itself. But they could be seen from the side of Route 2 just upriver
between the overpass over French Creek and the Greenhouse.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
 birds in Pleasants County, WV
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Red breasted Merganser
From: aaustin61 <aaustin61 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:03:29 -0500
There are Still 4 male Red breasted Merganser at Tygart Lake Marina 
presently.  


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Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:32:19 -0500
Hi all,

     Lake very high. First duck hunters of the year seen. Tagged along with
LeJay and Willow Graffious. As usual, they found the birds ... I just took
the notes.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   61
Mallard   29
Greater Scaup   3
Bufflehead   11
Hooded Merganser   22
Ruddy Duck   19
Horned Grebe   4
Bonaparte's Gull   2
Ring-billed Gull   1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   68
Redhead   1
Greater Scaup   4
Lesser Scaup   3
Long-tailed Duck   2
Bufflehead   51
Red-breasted Merganser   2
Ruddy Duck   27
Horned Grebe   6

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Canada Goose   95
Mallard   7
Bufflehead   5
Hooded Merganser   6
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   5
American Coot   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   162
Tundra Swan   228
American Black Duck   2
Mallard   12
Canvasback   1
Redhead   4
Ring-necked Duck   3
Greater Scaup   3
Lesser Scaup   4
Bufflehead   25
Common Goldeneye   2
Hooded Merganser   12
Red-breasted Merganser   8
Red-throated Loon   1
Common Loon   15
Horned Grebe   9
Bonaparte's Gull   2

Non-waterbird report: Pine Siskins at Grandview Cemetery in Fairmont on a
non-birding visit. No Crossbills.

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Waterfowl fallout in Belle, WV
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 23:39:05 -0500
All,
Richard Gregg reports that there were hundreds of ducks, etc " in the 
pool of the Marmet Locks" today at Belle, WV. The crappy weather for at 
least this evening may keep a lot of them around if your in the area.

Matt Orsie - Summit Point
Subject: Raleigh Co./Lake Stephens
From: Allen Waldron <awaldron AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 23:13:59 -0500
Friends,
There were a few species of ducks on the lake today.  

Pied-billed grebe
Horned grebe
Mallard
Hooded merganser
Red-breasted merganser
Ruddy duck
Lesser scaup
Bufflehead

Bald Eagle, adult I've seen it at the lake and along Rt. 3 for the last week. 


Mindy Waldron
Surveyor, WV
Subject: waterfowl in Mercer & Tazewell counties
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:29:05 -0500
I thought I was going to town for a haircut and a trip to the grocery 
store today but the waterfowl distracted me.
Durr's Pond(north of Princeton, Mercer Co, along Rt. 20)
2 black ducks, 6 mallards & 12 ruddy ducks
Carper's Pond(at Princeton where Rt. 460 & I-77 cross)
1 hooded merganser
2 wood ducks
13 ruddy ducks
1 greater scaup
24 redheads
8 buffleheads
12 mallards
3 horned grebes
Glenwood Sewage Lagoons(between Bluefield & Princeton)
12 ruddy ducks
1 horned grebe
33 mallards
10 black ducks
2 buffleheads
1 wood duck
2 gadwalls
Bulltail Hollow(behind Mercer Mall)
2 hooded mergansers
2 lesser scaup
1 horned grebe
11 ruddy ducks
1 bufflehead
2 pied-billed grebes
7 Amer. coots
Falls Mill, Tazewell Co., VA
1 Canada goose
11 ring-billed gulls
2 Bonaparte's gulls,
51 Amer. coots
3 mallards
3 horned grebes
12 ring-necked ducks
32 buffleheads
7 redheads
6 red-breasted mergansers
2 lesser scaup
25 ruddy ducks
Pinnacle Rock S.P.
11 buffleheads
6 mallards
3 n. pintails
4 hooded mergansers
Glenwood Park(south of Princeton along Rt. 20)
24 Canada geese
18 buffleheads
14 mallards
6 canvasbacks
15 ruddy ducks
3 ring-necked ducks
8 lesser scaup
1 ring-billed gull
Kee Dam(near Bluefield)
42 buffleheads
2 mallards
54 lesser scaup
18 ruddy ducks
1 pied-billed grebe
1 horned grebe
At various places ended up with 37 unidentified ducks.
20 species & 594 individuals
Just call me shaggy. The barber will still be there when the ducks aren't.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Kimsey Dam
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 20:29:27 +0000
I just happen to be on the computer this morning & had time to ck out Kimsey 
My friend & I headed to Kimsey   I have never seen so many ducks as was on 
Kimsey this morning 


thanks David

As we sat there for at least an hour  checking out the ducks  We heard 
something flying over head   Looked up & Huge white swans flying graceful to 
the water 

19 Tundra  Swans   What a site   calling as they landed 



Diane Holsinger
Subject: Bunch of Buffleheads/Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:44:29 -0500
There are 24 Buffleheads above the Elkins Spillway today (12/2/14) at about 
1:15pm. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, Downtown Norton !!
Subject: Tygart Lake
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:35:34 -0500
Following the lead of Derek Courtney and David Carr I decided I had better 
check Tygart Lake. I'm glad I did. Nice variety and decent numbers. Best so far 
are 1 female type Surf Scoter, 3 Long-tailed Ducks (2 m 1f), 65 Horned Grebe, 
68 Tundra Swans, 46 Red-breasted Mergansers and 5 Bonaparte's Gulls. 


Good luck out there!

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:18:21 -0500
Hi all,

     Now we're making some progress. Sometimes blind faith and persistence
is rewarded. Good variety with 28 species seen. Red-throated Loon,
Long-tailed Duck and White-winged Scoters were the rarest I spotted. Swans,
Geese and Loons were still arriving as I was leaving Cheat Lake Park so it
might be worth checking out later on if you are feeling bored/adventurous.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   28
Greater Scaup   3
Bufflehead   24
Hooded Merganser   16
Ruddy Duck   19

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose   2
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   98
Northern Pintail   3
Redhead   3
Ring-necked Duck   12
Lesser Scaup   24
Long-tailed Duck   5
Bufflehead   53
Common Goldeneye   2
Hooded Merganser   28
Red-breasted Merganser   4
Ruddy Duck   33
Common Loon   2
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   9
Bonaparte's Gull   5
Ring-billed Gull   4
Herring Gull   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Canada Goose   96
Mallard   75
Redhead   1
Hooded Merganser   19
Common Merganser   1
Common Loon   5
Pied-billed Grebe   3
Horned Grebe   12
Double-crested Cormorant   1
American Coot   14

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   117
Tundra Swan   119
Gadwall   11
Mallard   20
Canvasback   3
Redhead   1
Ring-necked Duck   1
Greater Scaup   2
Lesser Scaup   12
White-winged Scoter   6
Bufflehead   16
Hooded Merganser   23
Red-breasted Merganser   11
Ruddy Duck   17
Red-throated Loon   1
Common Loon   7
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Horned Grebe   25
Bald Eagle   1

Now that we are getting later into the season, hopefully diversity will
stay high. I think we have seen just about all the reasonably expected
species in our area except for Mute Swan and Brant. If anybody has
something in particular they want to see, let me know and I'll try my best
to get the word out to you ASAP.

Bonus non-waterbird highlight: River Otter numbers doubled to 4. Seemed
like a family unit today with 2 juveniles.

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Horned Grebes, Bonaparte's Gull and lots more at Kimsey Run Lake (Hardy County)
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT CMS.MAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:01:25 -0500
I had time to stop at Kimsey Run Lake (Hardy County) on my way to 
Charlottesville this morning.  I arrived at 8:15 AM, and I don't recall ever 
seeing as many ducks or as much diversity on the lake before.  The best 
birds included a hen Long-tailed Duck (sleeping among the Ruddies), 4 Horned 
Grebes, and a single Bonaparte's Gull, but other birds included:

Canada Geese (2), Northern Pintails (8), Canvasback (16), Redhead (12), 
Ring-necked Ducks (6), Greater Scaup (at least 6), Lesser Scaup (at least 
14), Bufflehead (20), Hooded Merganser (10), Red-breasted Mergansers (4), 
Ruddy Ducks (70), Pied-billed Grebes (2), Ring-billed Gulls (2).

Because my time was short, I did all of my scoping from the parking lot in 
my truck.  I didn't have time to check out the western corner of the lake 
where dabblers commonly hang out.  An immature Bald Eagle spooked the gulls 
off the lake, but everybody else was still there when I left at 8:50 AM.

Many of the ponds along WV 259 between Baker and Mathias had ducks on them 
too, tiny sub-samples of what I saw on Kimsey Run.

David Carr
Arkansaw, WV
(Hardy County)
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:53:33 -0500
Hi all,

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December
is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get
so late so soon?" - *Dr. Seuss*

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   52
Mallard   5
Bufflehead   12
Ruddy Duck   16

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose   7
Mallard   96
Redhead   1
Bufflehead   40
Ruddy Duck   26

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   11
Hooded Merganser   5
Common Merganser   1
Horned Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
American Black Duck   6
Mallard   21
Ring-necked Duck   7
Bufflehead   5
Hooded Merganser   13
Ruddy Duck   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   2

That's it from the rain this morning. Enjoy your Cyber Monday. Only 3 weeks
or so left to find me that perfect holiday gift, so let's not
procrastinate; get creative! Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Ross's Goose in Mineral county
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:32:03 -0500
John Hubbell reported to me that the Ross's Goose that has been seen at 
the C & O Canal Terminus and Potomac river area in Cumberland, MD has 
also been seen across the river in Ridgeley, WV feeding on the grass.

Matt Orsie - Summit Point
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:08:00 -0500
Hi all,

     I joined local legend LeJay Graffious for a trip around Cheat Lake
this morning. It was pretty dead overall. Afterward, we searched Preston
County for Snowy Owls and came up empty. Keep your eyes out though as they
are being seen in every state to our north not to mention Maryland and
Delaware so far this year. Alpine Lake hand only a handful of Coot,
Mallard, Ruddies, and Bufflehead. Terra Alta Lake held small numbers of
Mallard and Canada Goose. Nothing terribly uncommon was seen on our
wanderings around Preston. On to the birds:

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   22
Bufflehead   6
Ruddy Duck   21

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Tundra Swan   4
Mallard   64
Redhead   1
Bufflehead   37
Ruddy Duck   29

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Canada Goose   59
Tundra Swan   4
Bufflehead   6
Hooded Merganser   5
Common Merganser   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   7

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Mallard   22
Bufflehead   3
Hooded Merganser   25
Pied-billed Grebe   3
Horned Grebe   3

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Am. Coots, N. Shovelers- Jefferson County
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:49:57 +0000
The two Northern Shovelers reported earlier by Matt were still at the Locust 
Hill Golf Course as of 11:30 this morning. There were also 2 American Coots and 
2 Mallards. These were all in the pond closest to the road in the develop just 
off Summit Point Rd. 

 I also saw about 4 smaller ducks in the second pond which is further back fron 
the road. Before I could get my binoculars on them, they flew of my line of 
sight when some people with a dog walking along the golf course cart path 
startled them. I never did get to ID them. Hopefully they will hang around for 
awhile for someone else to observe and ID. 

.    Happy birding, 
       Carol Del-Colle, 
          Summit Point
            Jefferson County
Subject: Prickett's Fort update
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:34:51 +0000
Had 21 species today.American Black Ducks    
6Mallards                            25Canada 
Geese                10Hooded Mergansers        4American 
Coot                2Great Blue HeronBelted Kingfisher 


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    2Pileated Woodpecker        2
A lone Yellow-rumped Warbler and Dark-eyed Junco.
Saw a nice Red-shouldered Hawk on Morgantown Ave. on my way.......pics on my FB 
page....Herron Birding. 

Joey HerronFairmont WVMarion Co.
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:03:54 +0000
Mike Griffith and I birded along Rte. 2 this am. It was overcast with temp's 
starting out at 36 and climbing to 52 at noon. Some of the birds seen were: 

  
Gallipolis Ferry: 
  
Redhead-15 
Ring-necked Duck-11 
Ruddy Duck-5 
Lesser Scaup-1 
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1 
Kestrel-1 
  
Shady Waters Campground: 
  
Horned Grebe-2 
Hooded Merganser-11 
  
RCB Locks: 
  
American Tree Sparrow-1 FOS 
Cormorant-15 
Northern Harrier-1 
Kestrel-1 
Gadwall-14 
Wood Duck-2 
Wilson's Snipe-1 
  
Greenbottom WMA: 
  
Northern Harrier-1 
Red-tailed Hawk-2 
Winter Wren-1 FOS on Boardwalk 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 25701 
  
  
  
  
Subject: Birds
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:54:53 -0500
It's interesting what a snow storm can bring in. I just had a Chipping
Sparrow visit our feeders along with the Fox and White-throated Sparrows.
There is also a Pine Siskin with the usual American Goldfinches, House
Finches and Purple Finches. Yesterday when I stopped at my brother-in-laws
in Harman, there was a lone Killdeer on the bare patches in his driveway.
Two days ago during the storm, I saw a flock of about a dozen Cedar Waxings
on my morning walk up the mountain feeding in the tops of some trees. Herb
Myers, Harman, Randolph County