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Red-winged Blackbird

7 Mar Flicker Mania [Bruni Haydl ]
7 Mar Early Great Blue Heron (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
7 Mar Common Redpoll [wilhershberger ]
7 Mar Wigeon find open water on Cheat Lake; Mon River ducks dwindling [Terry Bronson ]
7 Mar Rte. 2 Birding [DAVID ]
7 Mar Posting Guidelines [wilhershberger ]
6 Mar Great-horned Owl [Beverly Delidow ]
6 Mar Fwd: Posting Etiquette [DAVID ]
5 Mar WW Scoters - Grafton [Joe Hildreth ]
5 Mar American Tree Sparrow [Rennie Talbert ]
5 Mar Fwd: Mystery meal [Bruni Haydl ]
5 Mar Mystery meal [Bruni Haydl ]
5 Mar Northern harrier - Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
5 Mar Common redpoll [Wilbur Hershberger ]
5 Mar Quoth the Raven.... [Jeff Del Col ]
5 Mar Volunteer Avian Monitors-Upper Greenbrier Watershed [Ashley Akers ]
5 Mar Mink - not faux fur [Bruni Haydl ]
5 Mar Rusty Blackbirds [Jon Benedetti ]
4 Mar waterfowl & such [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
4 Mar Re: Monongahela River water bird report [John Boback ]
4 Mar Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks [Terry Bronson ]
3 Mar Re: Monongahela River water bird report [Terry Bronson ]
3 Mar Re: Monongahela River water bird report [Kyle Aldinger ]
3 Mar Monongahela River water bird report [Terry Bronson ]
2 Mar Re: The proof is in the video... [aaustin61 ]
2 Mar Black Vultures [Richard Kazmierski ]
1 Mar Chipping Sparrow ["Rankin, Gary" ]
1 Mar Great Black-backed Gulls, Peregrine Falcon, Tundra Swans and Am. Pipits ["Rankin, Gary" ]
1 Mar The proof is in the video... [Bruni Haydl ]
28 Feb Mid-state river, dam, and reservoir birding [Terry Bronson ]
28 Feb Ohio River - Wood County area [Jon Benedetti ]
28 Feb Hinton birds [James Phillips ]
28 Feb Mute swans [Hillar Klandorf ]
28 Feb Re: South Branch Potomac River--Pendleton and Grant County water birds [Fred Atwood ]
28 Feb shenandoah today [Sam Chapman ]
28 Feb Sweet time on the Shenandoah today [Sam Chapman ]
27 Feb South Branch Potomac River--Pendleton and Grant County water birds [Terry Bronson ]
27 Feb Jefferson County Brown Thrasher; Northern Harrier [Wade Snyder ]
27 Feb Late Winter Birds [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
26 Feb Monongahela River water bird update [Terry Bronson ]
26 Feb A bird in the hand.... [Bruni Haydl ]
25 Feb Rough Legged Hawk [Bill Mills ]
25 Feb Birding appalachia (Facebook Group) [Joshua Blackmon ]
25 Feb PVAS bird walk - Harpers Ferry [Deb Hale ]
25 Feb Trumpeter Swans - CORRECTION [Bruni Haydl ]
24 Feb Rough-legged Hawk repeat at Bardane ["N. Wade Snyder" ]
24 Feb Northern Panhandle Ohio River gull and water bird report [Terry Bronson ]
24 Feb Trumpeter Swans [Bruni Haydl ]
24 Feb Two Peregrines are better than One! [Deb Hale ]
24 Feb EAGLES EAGLES EAGLES [ ]
23 Feb Horned Larks, etc. [Bruni Haydl ]
23 Feb Rough-legged Hawk [Jim Farley ]
23 Feb yard birds [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
22 Feb Shenandoah River Birds [Jim Farley ]
22 Feb Gulls! Gulls! Gulls! [Derek Courtney ]
22 Feb Tundra Swan, Horned Larks, etc / Jefferson Co. [Jon Little ]
22 Feb Winter Wren and Mocking Bird [Sam Chapman ]
22 Feb Greater White-fronted Goose in Wayne Co. ["Rankin, Gary" ]
22 Feb Art Auction to Raise Money for ACCA and WVU Student Chapter [Hannah Clipp ]
22 Feb Monongahela River water bird report [Terry Bronson ]
22 Feb Greater Black-backed Gull, White-winged Scoters, Snow Goose [Jon Benedetti ]
22 Feb Rough-legged Hawk/Elkins/Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
22 Feb Harris Riverfront Park, Cabell County, West Virginia [DAVID ]
21 Feb Brown Thrasher still around ["Rankin, Gary" ]
21 Feb Hilton Pond 02/01/15 (30,000 WinterFinches) ["Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" ]
20 Feb Jefferson Co. Rough-legged Hawk [Wade Snyder ]
20 Feb Water conditions & mammal observations today [James Phillips ]
20 Feb Bluestone Lake & New River [James Phillips ]
20 Feb Trumpeter Swan ?? [Jim Farley ]
20 Feb Morgantown water birds [Amanda Dymacek ]
20 Feb King Eider - NO, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Tundra Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose [Matt ]
19 Feb Greenbrier River [Debbie Long ]
19 Feb Fox Sparrows [Kevin Cade ]
19 Feb Tygart River- Grafton [Joe Hildreth ]
19 Feb Greater Black-backed Gull [Jon Benedetti ]
19 Feb Brown Thrasher ["Rankin, Gary" ]

Subject: Flicker Mania
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:16:45 -0500
This afternoon when I looked out the kitchen window I counted 8 
Flickers... two on the tray, two sharing a suet basket and four on the 
walnut tree.  That is my highest count within a small area.  I have no 
idea what the big attraction is other than suet or peanut dough but I 
certainly love having them around.   The Bluebird family which I call my 
"Bluebird Six Pack" has hung around all winter and are here throughout 
the day.   Looks like there may not be a Fox Sparrow this winter but I'm 
happy having Hairy Woodpeckers, YB Sapsucker and Brown Creepers which 
are special birds.

I sat out on the patio near tube feeder and the Pine Siskins did not 
mind at all and were singing up a storm.  I was close enough to touch 
them.  Noticed one this morning that had a very pronounced yellow wing 
bar and another one that had pale yellow coloring under its tail.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Early Great Blue Heron (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:34:17 -0500
Hi, all,

 

This morning our NWR bird walk found a Great Blue Heron at the Freeland
Boardwalk in Canaan Valley, the earliest I can remember in upper Tucker. We
flushed 15 Mallards, too.

 

Good birding,

 

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: Common Redpoll
From: wilhershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:23:37 -0500
Well, the male Common Redpoll finally reappeared at the feeder today. The light 
was very harsh and I had to take the photos through the patio door’s glass, 
but I think that they certainly show this little beauty very well. 

http://natureimagesandsounds.com/gallery/common_redpoll_2015 
 



Wil Hershberger
Hedgesville, WV

              
Subject: Wigeon find open water on Cheat Lake; Mon River ducks dwindling
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:56:09 -0500
After the massive ice break up at the upper end of Cheat Lake a few days
ago, the subsequent flooding, destruction and washing downstream of marina
docks, and deposition of large amounts of debris including dock sections on
shore, the upper portion of Cheat Lake from the mouth of Sunset Harbor
southward to the Mont Chateau marina area is 95% ice free with only small
areas along shore still ice covered. Just in time for north-bound migrating
ducks.

There were no birds on the water south of the Route 857 bridge just
upstream from I-68, but a few ducks have found the open water between 857
and Sunset Harbor north of the I-68 bridge:

Canada Goose--2
Mallard--22
AMERICAN WIGEON--12. They're apparently moving since I see David Patick
reported some from the lower Ohio River today.
Greater Scaup--3
Bufflehead--18
Common Goldeneye--1
Common Merganser--3
Red-breasted Merganser--5

Sunset Harbor and Cheat Lake Park are still iced in and snow covered.
Probably another week or so for melting to occur there, and with daytime
temperatures in the Morgantown area forecast to be in the 40s and even 50s
after tomorrow, the lake may be completely open next weekend.

As for the Monongahela River, it is ice free, water is muddy and levels are
high (some evidence of minor flooding at the Morgantown power plant and the
Star City water treatment plant), and the current is rapid. Some ducks were
literally being washed downstream backwards in a few places.

The Common Goldeneyes that have wintered just below the Morgantown Lock and
Dam are gone, as are all other ducks and geese there. The fact that the dam
is spilling water like crazy, creating a roiling surf and rapids below the
dam is likely the cause, plus it's the time of year for them to migrate.

Walnut Street boat ramp was inaccessible due to what looked like an icy
street and a car broadside in the street just before the ramp. Almost slid
into the water it looks like. No ducks visible in that area in a brief look
while driving across the Pleasant Street bridge one block away.

At the power plant:

Canada Goose--4
Mallard--2
Canvasback--11
Redhead--14
No Buffleheads, and the lone Coot was AWOL.

At the Star City treatment plant:

Wood Duck--1 drake
Mallard--38
Canvasback--6
Redhead--27
Ring-necked Duck--2
No Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, or Shoveler.

At Barill Park:

Canada Goose--1. Some may have been feeding in local fields, but some
likely have cleared out.
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--10. Low count. Likely the migrants are moving northward.
Canvasback--23
Redhead--21
Greater Scaup--3
Bufflehead--15
Red-breasted Merganser--3
American Coot--4, usually seen at the treatment plant
No gulls.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:35:39 +0000
  

Wendell Argabrite, Mike Griffith I did some winter birding along Rte. 2 this 
am. The temp started out at 13 and rose to 40 by 11 am. It was sunny and 
pleasant. Some of the birds seen were: 

  
Gallipolis Ferry: 
  
Horned Lark-3 
  
Shady Waters Campground: 
  
Redhead 
Ring-necked Duck 
Greater Scaup 
Hooded Merganser 
Canvasback 
  
RCB Locks: 
  
Herring Gull 
American Wigeon- 
Hooded Merganser-2 
  
Greenbottom: 
  
Tundra Swan-1 
American Wigeon 
Pintail-50+ 
Ring-necked Duck 
Gadwall 
Northern Shoveler-2 
Greater Scaup 
Redhead 
Green-winged Teal 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 
25701 
  
  
  
Subject: Posting Guidelines
From: wilhershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:48:04 -0500
Thank you David for the Ohio guidelines.

The WV-Birds list developed the following streamlined posting guide a few years 
ago. 


(1) Include your first and last name and your location (place of residence) at 
the end of each post. If you 

don't actually reside in a town, or city, include a general location, such as, 
"The Charleston area" and or, county 

(something to let others know what part of the state you're from). Researchers 
and other subscribers expect to 

see full name and location at the end of each post. This will make your posts 
far more valuable for active birders and for the historical record. 


(2) Limit your discussion to topics related to wild birds and birding in West 
Virginia. Exceptions to this 

are notices regarding significant rarities in nearby states and ornithological 
events which you feel would be 

of interest to the subscribers of the list. Reports of common birds from other 
states are not acceptable. 

Notices regarding environmental/conservation issues are appropriate, but 
extensive debates which arise as 

a result of those posts are not appropriate. Limited reports of non-aves flora 
and fauna found in the state 

are appropriate as long as they are tied to bird-related posts. 

(3) Use an appropriate subject line, one that accurately reflects the subject 
matter of your post. 


(4) Except in a case where privacy, or sensitivity is an issue, please provide 
details of rare sightings, such as 

location, directions and time of day. If possible, be expedient in reporting 
rarities (it gives others who 

may wish to see the bird an opportunity to do so). A three-day old report of a 
rarity may be too late to 

be of benefit in regards to subsequent sightings by others.  


(5) Attachments are not acceptable.  

(6) No personal exchanges. 

Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC 
Hedgesville, WV
The Songs of Insects 
              
Subject: Great-horned Owl
From: Beverly Delidow <bdelidow AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:14:23 -0500
Just at dark this evening I came home to hear a great-horned owl calling from 
the hill behind my house. It is wooded, but it has been about 5 or 6 years 
since I've heard them up there. What a thrill! 


Bev Delidow
Huntington
Wayne Co.
Subject: Fwd: Posting Etiquette
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 22:38:13 +0000
I found this post from the Ohio's Listowner, which would apply also to our 
state. 

  
David 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Listowner"  
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU 
Sent: Friday, March 6, 2015 8:29:29 AM 
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Posting Etiquette 

This is a friendly reminder of the guidelines to use when posting to the 
OHIO-BIRDS LISTSERV 


APPROPRIATE SUBJECT MATTER 

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Subject: WW Scoters - Grafton
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:57:30 -0500
Yesterday and again this evening there were 2 immature/female White-winged 
Scoters just upstream of the Beech Street bridge on the Tygart River in 
Grafton. This is the bridge right next to Shop and Save. There was also a group 
of 15-20 Scaup sp. and a handful of Bufflehead. 


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: American Tree Sparrow
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:43:02 -0500
Before Amy and I went to work this morning, I had dumped out a load of bird 
seed and corn on the ground, partially protected by our holly tree. 


This evening Amy spotted her first ever American Tree Sparrow, and a new yard 
bird for both of us. 


Rennie Talbert
Barboursville, Cabell County.
Subject: Fwd: Mystery meal
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:38:27 -0500
Just saw the hawk again.  It was the  Red-shouldered.  He was plucking a 
Starling.  Yummo!


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Mystery meal
Date: 	Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:32:44 -0500
From: 	Bruni Haydl 
To: 	WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG



Earlier today  I caught a glimpse of a hawk on the bare ground in front
of the car tires.  All I could tell is that its head was covered in ice
crystals.  Later on when I was on the computer I saw the top of what
looked like the same head right under the window. When I moved to get a
better look it flew off holding something in its talons.  The snow on
the ground where it had been was all flattened, with feathers and some
bloody spots.  May have been a WC Sparrow or Junco.   Can't figure out
how the hawk got there.  I would have noticed the large form coming in
out of the corner of my eye.  Probably flew in low, parallel to the wall
of the house.  With all this bird activity it is surprising there aren't
more hawks out.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Mystery meal
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:32:44 -0500
Earlier today  I caught a glimpse of a hawk on the bare ground in front 
of the car tires.  All I could tell is that its head was covered in ice 
crystals.  Later on when I was on the computer I saw the top of what 
looked like the same head right under the window. When I moved to get a 
better look it flew off holding something in its talons.  The snow on 
the ground where it had been was all flattened, with feathers and some 
bloody spots.  May have been a WC Sparrow or Junco.   Can't figure out 
how the hawk got there.  I would have noticed the large form coming in 
out of the corner of my eye.  Probably flew in low, parallel to the wall 
of the house.  With all this bird activity it is surprising there aren't 
more hawks out.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Northern harrier - Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:51:42 +0000
Yesterday we had 0.5 inches of rain before it turned to snow.  When it was 
raining and foggy, I was driving past the Harpers Ferry Job Corps Center and 
Sam Michael's Park in Jefferson County.  Out of nowhere came a Northern 
harrier that flew across the road, checking out the area that was left on both 
properties as grassland this past summer.  All I could think of was HOORAY!  
I've never seen a Northern harrier in this area, and the bad weather and lack 
of vehicles driving around didn't hurt any.  Seeing the harrier made my day 
and gave me hope that we can restore grasslands, albeit one acre at a time.  I 
am hoping to convince the Park to leave more acreage as wild grassland this 
season.  

Feeling gratitude, 
  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
  
Subject: Common redpoll
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:51:42 -0500
Just had an adult male Common Redpoll at the feeders. Of course, since I got 
the camera out he hasn't been back. 


We have a about 6" of snow and 25F here. 

Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC
Subject: Quoth the Raven....
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:10:44 -0500
"Gimme food..."

There is a Common Raven picking up bird seed below our neighbors' feeders.
I have never seen a raven do that.  I checked the bird out very thoroughly
with binos, and there is no doubt what it is.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Volunteer Avian Monitors-Upper Greenbrier Watershed
From: Ashley Akers <aakers3 AT MIX.WVU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:51:02 -0500
Hi all,
My name is Ashley Akers and I am looking for volunteers to conduct point counts 
in the upper portion of the Greenbrier Watershed in Pocahontas County, WV. I am 
currently serving as an AmeriCorps member with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 
Elkins, WV. In addition to my term of service I am required to set up and 
complete an individual project that will benefit my host site. For the past 
couple of years TNC has partnered with a group called CASRI (Central 
Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative) to push restoration efforts for red 
spruce (Picea rubens) in the Central Appalachians. One approach to spruce 
restoration is spruce release, which includes using chemical and physical 
release methods to remove trees that are competing with red spruce in the 
understory for a spot in the canopy. Through collaboration with my supervisors 
and other CASRI members I have decided to take on an avian monitoring project 
in our spruce release sites in the Upper Greenbrier Watershed. This project is 
meant to be long-term and will seek to establish how spruce release is 
impacting bird populations. 


I am looking for 2 volunteers with point count survey experience to survey 60 
points between May 25th and June 20th. The counts will start at 5:40am and last 
till 9:00am. It is critical that the observer be extremely proficient at 
identifying songs to species including alternate songs. Half of these sites 
will be in areas where red spruce was released and the other half will be 
control sites where red spruce has not been released. We will provide the 
materials needed such as a stop watch, clipboard, writing utensils, a GPS, a 
copy of the protocol and data sheets. Binoculars may be provided if requested 
beforehand. If interested please send a list of your past experience conducting 
point counts to ashley.akers AT tnc.org. Feel free to email me with any other 
additional questions. 


For more information about CASRI and additional restoration actions please 
visit: 

www.restoreredspruce.org or 
https://www.facebook.com/CentralAppalachianSpruceRestorationInitiative

Thank you,
Ashley Akers
ashley.akers AT tnc.org



Subject: Mink - not faux fur
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:45:43 -0500
Yesterday afternoon I decided that the gravel parking lot at Willingham 
Park was safe enough to pull into.  The only thing I saw on my walk was 
the resident Kestrel and a Red-tailed Hawk.  There was still snow and 
standing water all over the place.  Since it was a balmy 43 deg I didn't 
mind getting my feet totally soaked.  On the way home did a quick check 
on Rissler and Bloomery Rd.   Nothing unusual but some of the Hooded and 
Common Mergansers were very close to the road on Rissler, affording 
wonderful views.

The two Tundra Swans were still on Bloomery.  Something brown caught my 
eye walking on the debris island with the big trees.  At first I thought 
it was a cat but it was a Mink, I believe.  It was chocolate brown all 
over, with the end of the tail a slightly darker shade. It was walking 
around that big, horizontal  log.  The snow-covered ground certainly 
made it visible.

All the usual birds here on this snowy morning plus a special visitor, a 
male Purple Finch.  Haven't seen any of them for a few months.  
Amazingly enough, given the weather conditions and all the well-stocked 
feeders, I'm seeing only an occasional Starling.  There were four 
Cowbirds feeding on the step outside the sliding door. My cat was just 
watching them.  Need to sign him up for Birding 101 so he will recognize 
an "undesirable" and tap on the glass to shoo them off.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:55:27 -0500
   Despite 8"+ of snow here, there are two Rusty Blackbirds at our feeders
this morning.

   Jon Benedetti
   Vienna, WV
   Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: waterfowl & such
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:34:11 -0500
The sewage lagoons at Glenwood, Mercer County had black ducks, mallards, 
hooded mergansers and redheads this morning.
The pond at Glenwood Park(5 miles south of Princeton, Mercer Co.) had 
buffleheads, hooded mergansers, mallards and ring-billed gulls.
In the yard, a few robins and a gang of red-winged blackbirds.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Re: Monongahela River water bird report
From: John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:52:29 -0500
Last week on the river in Morgantown, Mike Slaven and I saw two failing male 
Canvasbacks. They were both sitting on the ice. One tried to fly, but could not 
get aloft. The prognosis didn't look good. 


John Boback
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:38:05 -0500
The 2015 spring schedule has now been posted on the Mountaineer Audubon web
site, www.mountaineeraudubon.org, under the Activities link.


SPRING 2015 BIRD WALKS



All walks are free and will be on Saturdays except as noted. They will only
be canceled for extremely inclement weather. Bring binoculars and dress
appropriately for the weather. Included are a few sponsored by other area
organizations. For more information, contact Terry Bronson,
bronsonwv AT gmail.com or 304-225-0999.



Mar. 21--Waterfowl trip, Cheat Lake. 8:00 am at Ruby and Ketchy's Restaurant
on Route 857 east of Cheat Lake. 7:00 am if you'd like breakfast first.
Leader: Derek Courtney.



Mar. 27 (Friday)--Evening Woodcock/Owl walk, West Virginia Botanic Garden,
Morgantown. 7:30 pm at lower parking lot on Tyrone Road. Leader: Terry
Bronson.  Sponsored by Garden.



Apr. 4--Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area, Barbour County. 8:00 am at
first parking lot on Upper Pleasant Creek Road west of Routes 119/250. For
those coming from Morgantown, meet at 7:00 am at Mountaineer Mall near the
water tower. Leaders: Joe Hildreth and Terry Bronson.



Apr. 11--Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Geneva, PA. 7:30 am at side
of Kroger Store in Suncrest Town Center or 8:00 am at trail parking lot
along entrance road to Friendship Hill. Leader: Terry Bronson



Apr. 18--Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont. 8:00 am at rail trail parking
lot next to fort.  Leader: Sue Olcott. Sponsored by WV DNR and the Park.



Apr. 21 (Tuesday)--Core Arboretum, Morgantown. 7:30 am at Arboretum parking
lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader: Terry Bronson or guest leader.
Sponsored by Arboretum.



Apr. 25--West Virginia Botanic Garden, Morgantown. 7:30 am at lower parking
lot on Tyrone Road. Leader: Terry Bronson.  Sponsored by Garden.



Apr. 25--Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont. 8:00 am at rail trail parking
lot next to fort.  Leader: Sue Olcott. Sponsored by WV DNR and the Park.



Apr. 28 (Tuesday)--Core Arboretum, Morgantown. 7:30 am at Arboretum parking
lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader: John Boback. Sponsored by Arboretum.



May 2--Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont. 8:00 am at rail trail parking
lot next to fort. Leader: Sue Olcott. Sponsored by WV DNR and the Park.



May 5 (Tuesday)--Core Arboretum, Morgantown. 7:30 am at Arboretum parking
lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader:  Terry Bronson or guest leader.
Sponsored by Arboretum.



May 9--Cooper's Rock State Forest, Morgantown Migratory Bird Day. 7:30 am at
Raven Rock Trail parking lot. Leaders:  Terry Bronson and Derek Courtney .
Sponsored by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia.



May 12 (Tuesday)--Core Arboretum, Morgantown. 7:30 am at Arboretum parking
lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader:  Terry Bronson or guest leader.
Sponsored by Arboretum.



May 16--Dorsey's Knob Park, Morgantown. 8:00 am at mosaic wall parking area.
Leader: John Boback.



May 19 (Tuesday)--Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area, Barbour County.
8:00 am at first parking lot on Upper Pleasant Creek Road west of Routes
119/250. For those coming from Morgantown, meet at 7:00 am at Mountaineer
Mall near the water tower. Leaders: Joe Hildreth and Terry Bronson.



May 23--Rehe Wildlife Management Area, Arthurdale. 8:00 am at Decker's Creek
Trail parking lot where trail crosses Route 92 just south of Reedsville.
Leader: David Daniels.


-- 
Terry Bronson
Field Trips Chairman, Mountaineer Audubon
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: Monongahela River water bird report
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:49:08 -0500
Entirely possible it could be a disease; I'll defer to Jesse's knowledge
about that. There are 200+ Mallards in the area of the water treatment
plant and nearby Barill Park, 100-150 other ducks, over 300 Canada Geese,
and 50-75 gulls. With all those birds crammed into maybe a 0.3 mile stretch
of unfrozen river in recent weeks, I suppose the chances of disease are
pretty good. Just like large chicken operations or home feeders with dozens
of birds. Also, looking from Barill Park across at the ice at the mouth of
Scott's Run, there were numerous noticeable piles of goose droppings from
the over 300 geese that roosted there over night. Once the ice melts it'll
all be in the river and washed downstream, but it was pretty messy looking
this morning.

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM, Kyle Aldinger  wrote:

> Terry (and others),
>
> That may be 3 different Mallards that have died in that same location.  Joe
> Hildreth and I found one dead last month, my wife and I took one to the
> Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia that eventually died, and the one
> that you reported.  Jesse Fallon from the ACCA thought it may have died
> from an infection.  Maybe something going around down there...
>
> Kyle Aldinger
> Morgantown, WV
>



-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: Monongahela River water bird report
From: Kyle Aldinger <kaldinge AT MIX.WVU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:00:26 -0500
Terry (and others),

That may be 3 different Mallards that have died in that same location.  Joe
Hildreth and I found one dead last month, my wife and I took one to the
Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia that eventually died, and the one
that you reported.  Jesse Fallon from the ACCA thought it may have died
from an infection.  Maybe something going around down there...

Kyle Aldinger
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Monongahela River water bird report
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:29:31 -0500
The river is 95% ice free as it flows through Morgantown from the dam all
the way to Fort Martin, with only small patches of ice along the shore here
and there and some, but not a lot, small drifting ice patches and chunks.
Above the dam all the way to Uffington, there is still a fair amount of ice
from the curve below Dorsey's Knob Park to the dam, with many more drifting
ice patches, but even there it is 50% or more clear. No birds, however,
were seen above the dam.

Barill Park:

Canada Goose--322. All drifted downstream or flew off in that direction
during the 15 minutes I was there.
Wood Duck--22
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--14
American Black Duck X Mallard hybrid--1
Canvasback--19
Greater Scaup--3
Lesser Scaup--2
Bufflehead--1
Hooded Merganser--1
Common Merganser--4
Great Blue Heron--1
Ring-billed Gull--75
Herring Gull--2, 1 adult and 1 immature. The latter had a dead fish that it
was eating at on the ice at the mouth of Scott's Run.

Star City water treatment plant:

Canada Goose--6
Gadwall--1
American Black Duck--1
Mallard--100. The injured drake Mallard I reported a few days ago has died.
The corpse in less than ideal condition is on the shore next to the mouth
of the creek adjacent to the treatment plant.
Green-winged Teal--1
Canvasback--19
Redhead--52
Ring-necked Duck--3
Lesser Scaup--7
Bufflehead--16
Common Merganser--1
Red-breasted Merganser--1
American Coot--4

Route 100/Fort Martin Road:

Mute Swan--3, migrating, sort of, by drifting downstream. Today opposite
the abandoned Humphrey Plant coal loading facility.
American Black Duck--8
Mallard--6
Bufflehead--31
Common Goldeneye--1
Common Merganser--36
Red-breasted Merganser--1

Fort Martin boar ramp:

American Black Duck--5
Mallard--3
Bufflehead--8
Common Merganser--2
Red-breasted Merganser--1
Ring-billed Gull--2
Herring Gull--1 adult on a drifting ice patch eating a dead fish.

Morgantown power plant:

Canada Goose--10
Mallard--7
Canvasback--1
Redhead--2
Ring-necked Duck--3
Greater Scaup--7
Lesser Scaup--1
Bufflehead--4
Red-breasted Merganser--3
American Coot--1
Ring-billed Gull--8
Herring Gull--1 immature

Walnut Street boat ramp:

Mallard--1
Common Merganser--1
Red-tailed Hawk--1 flyover

Morgantown Lock and Dam to McQuain Park, as seen from Westover side of
river at dam parking area:

Canada Goose--3
Canvasback--13
Redhead--9
Greater Scaup--4
Lesser Scaup--2
Common Goldeneye--38
Great Blue Heron--1
Ring-billed Gull--1

But perhaps the most noteworthy observation was that at every stop except
the Fort Martin boat ramp, there were 1 or 2 Song Sparrows singing in
anticipation of spring. I'll vote for that!

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: The proof is in the video...
From: aaustin61 <aaustin61 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:24:34 -0500
Bruni,
I just wanted to congratulate you on something I to have longed to do but my 
impatience gets the best of me. Although the chickadee I've been trying with do 
come to sit beside me on the ground, they've yet to feed from hand. 


Sincerely, 
Amanda Austin 


Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S® 5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Bruni Haydl  
Date:03/01/2015  11:09 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG 
Subject: The proof is in the video... 

Given the mild weather forecast for next week I thought I better try 
documenting this in case the Pine Siskins move on since they have been 
here over a month.   Thankfully they cooperated even though there isn't 
the feeding frenzy seen before.  The numbers too have dropped but I can 
still easily count 30 or more.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV

http://youtu.be/boeQ9edXV5o    Hand feeding Pine Siskins
http://youtu.be/AdU8Xtw4568     Hand feeding Pine Siskins
Subject: Black Vultures
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:23:39 -0500
Unusual for my area, but 6 Black Vultures just flew over my house in Hurricane. 


Kim Kazmierski
Subject: Chipping Sparrow
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:58:13 +0000
Late this afternoon, a Chipping Sparrow in non-breeding plumage joined the 
birds at my feeders. It may be the one that also showed up about a week ago. I 
haven't noticed the Brown Thrasher for several days, so it may be that the 
melting snow has uncovered food more favored by the thrasher. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Great Black-backed Gulls, Peregrine Falcon, Tundra Swans and Am. Pipits
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:55:07 +0000
Mike Griffith and I birded Rte 2 from Green Bottom WMA to Pt. Pleasant and then 
US 35 and Rte. 817 South to Winfield. Highlights included Great Black-back 
Gulls at GBWMA and at Pt. Pleasant, a Peregrine Falcon at the Robert C. Byrd 
Locks & Dam, and Am. Pipits along 817 South. There were several large flocks of 
Canada Geese between GBWMA and Pt. Pleasant with ~700-1000 birds seen. The 
three Tundra Swans remain at Gallipolis Ferry. A partial list of birds seen is 
shown below: 


GBWMA
Great Blacked-back Gull (1- immature; first winter)
Am. Tree Sparrow (3+)
Song, White-crowned, White-throated Sparrows
Red-winged Blackbird (1 female)

RCBL&D
Canada Goose
Am. Wigeon 5
Canvasback 30+
Greater Scaup 20
Hooded Merganser (1 female)
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Peregrine Falcon 1
Herring and Ring-billed Gulls

Shady Waters Campground 
Snow Goose (20)
Canada Goose (300-400))

Gallipolis Ferry
Tundra Swan (3)
Canada Goose (300-400)
Mallard 100+
Am. Black Duck 30+
N. Pintail 2

Pt. Pleasant -Ohio River 
Canvasback 14
Redhead 4
Ring-necked Duck 1
Greater Scaup 18
Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead (2 female)
Common Goldeneye 14
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Great Black-backed Gull (1 immature)
Herring and Ring-billed Gulls

Rte 817 South/ Rte 35
Red-tailed Hawks 8
Am. Kestrel 6
Am. Pipits 20
Savannah Sparrows 16 
White-crowned Sparrows 12
Song and White-throated Sparrows
Red-winged Blackbird (4 males)

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.



Sent from my iPad
Subject: The proof is in the video...
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:09:39 -0500
Given the mild weather forecast for next week I thought I better try 
documenting this in case the Pine Siskins move on since they have been 
here over a month.   Thankfully they cooperated even though there isn't 
the feeding frenzy seen before.  The numbers too have dropped but I can 
still easily count 30 or more.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV

http://youtu.be/boeQ9edXV5o    Hand feeding Pine Siskins
http://youtu.be/AdU8Xtw4568     Hand feeding Pine Siskins
Subject: Mid-state river, dam, and reservoir birding
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:49:59 -0500
Today I birded the following areas in the middle of the state along I-79.
All reservoirs were 99%-100% frozen and snow covered, except for a few
iced-over but snow free spots and a few trickles at the creek influxes to
Stonewall Jackson Lake.

Elk River in Sutton below Sutton Dam:

Canada Goose--113
Mallard--21
Gadwall--1 female
Redhead--1 female
Greater Scaup--6
Hooded Merganser--3
Common Merganser--21
Red-breasted Merganser--5
Horned Grebe--1
Great Blue Heron--2
Black Vulture--28
Turkey Vulture--9
Belted Kingfisher--1 heard

Little Kanawha River below Burnsville Dam:

Canvasback--1 female
Pied-billed Grebe--1
Red-shouldered Hawk--1 adult
Common Raven--2

Stonewall Jackson Lake area:
Abrams Run Road:

Canada Goose--9

Walkersville Road near Long Point Cemetery:

Hooded Merganser--2

West Fork River below Stonewall Jackson Dam:

Mallard--6
Hooded Merganser--4

Spillway Road below Stonecoal Dam:

Mallard--11

I think we should consider re-naming I-79 the Red-tail Highway, since I saw
about a dozen Red-tailed Hawks perched alongside during my travels today.
There were also 3 more near Stonewall Jackson Lake where Georgetown Road
meets Skin Creek Road.

No other raptors were seen. The Osprey nests at Stonewall Jackson Lake were
full of snow.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Ohio River - Wood County area
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:18:31 -0500
This morning Jerry Westfall & I birded the Ohio River from Neal Island to
Belleville L&D. We met Mike Wine at the old Belleville lock house area and
birded with him briefly. We also talked to Scott Morrison at the lock house
area.   We stopped at Neal Island (NI), Point Park (PP), behind the Belpre
Shrine (BeS), Civitan Park (CP), Bellville lock house/wetland area (BeW),
Belleville L&D (BLD), Sandy Creek Backwater (BW), and Northwest Drive (ND).

Waterfowl: Highlights = **

**Greater White-fronted Goose - 2 - BEW, along the road to the lock house
area.
Canada Goose - hundreds or thousands
**Tundra Swan - 15 - BeW & ND
Wood Duck - 2 - BeW
Mallard
Canvasback - NI, PP, CP
Redhead - NI, PP, CP, BeW, BLD
Ring-necked Duck - NI, PP
Greater Scaup - NI, CP
Lesser Scaup - NI, CP
scaup - sp. - several locations
**White-winged Scoter - 4 - NI, BeS, BeW, BLD - one female and three males
**Long-tailed Duck - 1 - BeW in river behind the power house building
Bufflehead - PP, CP
Common Goldeneye - NI, PP, CP, BeW
Hooded Merganser - PP
Common Merganser - PP, CP, BeW, BLD
Red-breasted Merganser - BLD
Ruddy Duck - PP

Other birds: Highlights = **

Great Blue Heron
**Bald Eagle - 1 - young bird - NI
**Northern Harrier - ND
Cooper's Hawk - ND
Red-shouldered Hawk - NI
Red-tailed Hawk
**Rough-legged Hawk - ND
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
**Greater Black-backed Gull - 1 - PP - looked like the third year bird
picture in Sibley
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

I probably missed a few.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Hinton birds
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:33:03 -0500
Birded a bit around Bellepoint Park this morning. Saw 3 bald eagles, about
30 lesser scaup, common mergansers, hooded mergansers & a couple
ring-billed gulls.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Mute swans
From: Hillar Klandorf <Hillar.Klandorf AT MAIL.WVU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:28:30 +0000
?Edith Barill Park will soon be treating a select few to a Polar Plunge. 
Already in attendance are 3 Mute swans, 32 Canvasbacks, 44 Redheads, 5 Lesser 
Scaup, 3 Greater Scaup, 26 Buffleheads, 24 Ring billed gulls, 26 mallards and 2 
Ring necked ducks. The 200+ Canada's fled earlier. 


Hillar Klandorf

Mon Co
Subject: Re: South Branch Potomac River--Pendleton and Grant County water birds
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:15:47 -0500
Since school was canceled due to a bit of snow on Thursday, I went to see
the Smiths Longspur and Trumpter Swan in Shenandoah Valley, and then
checked out these same spots, and had similar birds, but missed the
long-tailed ducks and tundra swans.

Ruddle towards Petersburg, about 2.5 miles
20 Canada Geese
2 Black Duck
35 Mallard
1 Pintail (female)
1 Redhead (male)
1 Common Goldeneye (female; my first for the county)
8 Common Merganser
8 Red-breasted Merganser (7 males, 1 female)
1 imm Bald Eagle
1 Kingfisher
no herons

Petersburg from the sidewalk of 220 bridge looking up and down river with
scope.
8 Canada Geese
36 Mallard (19 M, 17 F)
1 Red-breasted Merganser female
8 American Pipit

From there I went to Royal Glen Rd hoping to see more waterfowl in the
river but the river was empty.  A Bald Eagle was perched in a tree on the
cliff, and the angle was not good for seeing if the other adult was on the
nest or not. A belted kingfisher was also here.

Then I went to Hogueland Rd hoping to find the flock of 100 horned larks
that someone reported a couple weeks ago. I was hoping to find longspurs
among them. But I found no larks or longspurs. The only raptors I could
find were 3 red-tails.

There were 2 more redtails and a flock of 95 robins along Ridge Rd between
Hogueland and route 42.

Welton Park along the river east of Petersburg which was mostly ice-choked,
had 1 female common merganser, 2 male red-breasted mergansers, and 1 belted
kingfisher.

Just downriver from there below the bridge, looking from Rig Rd, there was
the usual gathering of common mergansers totaling 24 (6 male, 18 female) as
well as 12 black ducks, a kingfisher, and a great blue heron.

My final stop was at Brighton Park in Moorefield where I found:
45 Canada Geese (or more, in the corn field)
8 Gadwall
2 Mallard
4 Common Merganser

All the best
Fred Atwood
Cabins, WV
Oakton, VA


On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 6:03 PM, Terry Bronson  wrote:

> Derek Courtney, LeJay Graffious, and I made the long drive to Augusta
> County, VA today to see the Smith's Longspur present there for a few days.
> It only took 5 minutes or so before it arrived and gave great views at
> close range as it fed along the airport entrance road.
>
> On the way back, we went by way of Pendleton and Grant Counties, where we
> found the following in the South Branch of the Potomac River along Route
> 220:
>
> Pendleton County from Ruddle to north of Ruddle Park, about 2 miles:
>
> Canada Goose--4
> Mallard--34
> Redhead--1 male
> Common Goldeneye--1 female
> Common Merganser--20
> Red-breasted Merganser--8
> Great Blue Heron--2
> Belted Kingfisher--1
>
> Grant County from levee at Petersburg just east of Route 220 bridge looking
> downstream:
>
> Tundra Swan--2
> American Black Duck--1
> Mallard--36
> Long-tailed Duck--1
>
> --
> Terry Bronson
> Morgantown, WV
>
Subject: shenandoah today
From: Sam Chapman <0000007c3c2c3ecc-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:50:13 +0000
Forgot to mention the canvasbacks and redheads; two pairs of canvasback, male 
and female, and a pair, male and female of redheads.  Sam Romney 

Subject: Sweet time on the Shenandoah today
From: Sam Chapman <0000007c3c2c3ecc-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:45:34 +0000
Highlight was the five or six Long-tailed Ducks, at least three maies. They are 
so awesome. I saw my first few two winters ago but these were backgrounded with 
the ice/snow and had such a subtle, cosmic air about them. Marvelous birds. 

We think we saw one Trumpeter, with the other swan having the head tucked the 
whole time. We had point-blank looks in the scope and the black bill seemed to 
go all the way to the eye, so I would love to see the pics, please Bruni and 
Laura.  

We also had two or four black ducks; hard to say that the first two we saw 
didn't fly down river to us. 

Also seen:male green-winge tealmale and female ring-necked ducks, perfect 
looks, pristine birds, but aren't they all.6 hooded mergsmany common mergsa 
female ww scoter diving actively, as were the ww scoters.6 crows and 2 ravens 
combined to give a young red-tail a very hard time. Once a crow temporarily 
forgot it allegiance and swooped after one of the ravens.2 or 3 killdeer 
searching/pecking in the snow/ice for something.We got a very close view of a 
gb heron with the scope, stunning eyeball. Many many bluebirds were all about, 
alsoAnd lastly a brown creeper. 

Sam Romney
Subject: South Branch Potomac River--Pendleton and Grant County water birds
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:52 -0500
Derek Courtney, LeJay Graffious, and I made the long drive to Augusta
County, VA today to see the Smith's Longspur present there for a few days.
It only took 5 minutes or so before it arrived and gave great views at
close range as it fed along the airport entrance road.

On the way back, we went by way of Pendleton and Grant Counties, where we
found the following in the South Branch of the Potomac River along Route
220:

Pendleton County from Ruddle to north of Ruddle Park, about 2 miles:

Canada Goose--4
Mallard--34
Redhead--1 male
Common Goldeneye--1 female
Common Merganser--20
Red-breasted Merganser--8
Great Blue Heron--2
Belted Kingfisher--1

Grant County from levee at Petersburg just east of Route 220 bridge looking
downstream:

Tundra Swan--2
American Black Duck--1
Mallard--36
Long-tailed Duck--1

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Jefferson County Brown Thrasher; Northern Harrier
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:34:44 -0500
Early this morning in a small clearing on the edge of Daniel Road across from 
our driveway, my eyes were drawn to some movement in some leaf litter where 
there was not any snow. The movements were a Brown Thrasher busily raking 
through some leaves. The moment begged to be recorded. So if interested I am 
including a link to one of those images. This is my first Thrasher for the 
year. 

 
https://flic.kr/p/qrV7Bx

In addition to that sighting, at noon today while hoping to catch a glimpse of 
the Rough-legged Hawk (which I did not get to see), I instead was entertained 
by a Northern Harrier gracefully searching the abandoned lot surfaces west of 
Wiltshire Road. 

 
N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction
 		 	   		  
Subject: Late Winter Birds
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:12:38 -0500
This morning we snowshoed the Blackwater River Trail from Timberline into
the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The only birds heard or seen
were Common Raven, American Crow and Tufted Titmouse. The snow is deep but
it was beautiful. On the way in Timberline Road and again on the way out,
there was a dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk sitting on top of a medium sized
evergreen about 1/4 mile in from Route 32 on the left.

I was pleased to add Glaucous and Iceland Gulls to my life list on
Wednesday when I visited the Pike Island Lock and Dam on the Ohio River
near Wheeling with three other WV birders. I also added the Great
Black-backed Gull to my WV list along with the former two birds. It was
cold along the river but the birds warmed my heart.

In case you are interested, there are two Smith Longspurs hanging out on
the entrance road to the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport at Weyer's Cave
in VA. I hope to see them on Sunday if they hang around. Here is a link to
someone's photos of the bird/s.

http://birdsofvirginia.com.smugmug.com/Smiths-Longspur-2252015/

Good late winter birding. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Monongahela River water bird update
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:46:58 -0500
The only ice-free areas in Morgantown continue to be just downstream for
Morgantown Lock and Dam, at the power plant, at the Star City water
treatment plant, and at Barill Park.

Although the treatment plant and Barill Park are still hosting good numbers
and variety of water birds, the dam and the power plant seem to have
thinned out considerably. Noteworthy today was the almost complete absence
of Canada Geese, which were no doubt scattered to their usual grassy
feeding areas.

Morgantown Lock and Dam:

Canada Goose--3
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--45
American Black Duck X Mallard hybrid--2
Canvasback--2
Greater Scaup--3 females
Lesser Scaup--1 male
Bufflehead--1 male
Common Goldeneye--31
Hooded Merganser--2
Great Blue Heron--1
Ring-billed Gull--3
Herring Gull--1 near-adult just starting to gain its gray mantle

Morgantown Power Plant:

Mallard--20
Canvasback--2
Redhead--2
Greater Scaup--9
Bufflehead--7
Common Goldeneye--13
Hooded Merganser--1 female
Red-breasted Merganser--2 females
American Coot--1
Ring-billed Gull--2

Barill Park:

American Black Duck--7
Mallard--77
Canvasback--16
Redhead--8
Ring-necked Duck--4
Lesser Scaup--2
Bufflehead--23
Great Blue Heron--2
Ring-billed Gull--35

Star City water treatment plant:

Wood Duck--2
Gadwall--1 female
American Black Duck X Mallard hybrid--1
Mallard--206
Northern Shoveler--1 female
Green-winged Teal--2
Canvasback--24
Redhead--34
Ring-necked Duck--1 male
Lesser Scaup--7
Bufflehead--16
Common Merganser--3 females
American Coot--4
Ring-billed Gull--1

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: A bird in the hand....
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:49:18 -0500
I've seen pictures of people feeding Chickadees by hand but never had 
any luck the few times I've tried it.  Since all the Pine Siskins are 
not shy and keep feeding on the step by the sliding door even when I 
open it slowly a few inches I decided to see if they would get on my 
hand.  Got on the floor, stuck my hand with Finch Feast out the door and 
within two minutes one of them jumped up on my hand and started to 
feed.  It even flared its tail when another one tried to muscle in.  
Despite that very sharp little beak it is very gentle when picking up 
the seed.

Having so many Pine Siskins in 2015 has been a real treat and holding 
one on  my hand is definitely the cherry on the sundae.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Rough Legged Hawk
From: Bill Mills <williamjmills13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:22:02 -0500
This afternoon I walked out in to the yard to hear Crows upset, diving into a 
large tree in the woods behind our home. Eventually they flushed out a light 
morph Rough Legged. Not what I was expecting to see glide over the neighbors 
meadow and into the ravine. 

Bill Mills, Charleston, WV
Subject: Birding appalachia (Facebook Group)
From: Joshua Blackmon <bla4352 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:07:37 -0500
I'd like to make you all aware of a facebook group we are just getting off
the
ground. So far it has been fun to see what people are sharing and talking
about, and I'd like to extend an invitation to come check it out if you are
interested.

Link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/birdingappalachia

Quick Description:
Birding Appalachia is a group focused on birding the Appalachian mountains.
With so many access points throughout the region, there are great
opportunities
to observe the wide species diversity along this ancient range. Whether you
are
sharing bird sightings from the Catskills, down the Appalachian Trail, in
the
Blue Ridge or Smoky mountains, your input is welcome here. Feel free to
chat,
share photos, and use this page as a *supplement to your state listserv* or
other
online birding experience. Lets get out and do a bit of birding and showcase
what this region has to offer!

Thank you for your time,

Josh Blackmon
Subject: PVAS bird walk - Harpers Ferry
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:11:54 -0500
Bright beautiful (and cold) morning along the C&O Canal towpath at Harpers
Ferry. The peregrines were not out this morning, but we watched an adult
Bald Eagle make circles in the shadow of MD Heights. We also enjoyed seeing
the bluebirds, robins and yellow-rumped warblers feeding on the swaths of
river ice (it looked like the riverside trees had dropped seed there). Song
sparrows were singing. Mike found us our first Ruby-crowned kinglet of the
day (there were 3) and the Hermit thrush. My favorite part was following
the flying flickers - 8 or 9 of them flashing ahead of us on the path,
flushing from ground or trees or the canal walls; what a gorgeous sight.
Loads of ducks on the water, but the Common Goldeneyes well outnumbered the
others - a sea of at least 100 of them in a long slice at the furthest edge
of the river from where we walked. At one point, 50+ had taken to the air
in a kind of aerial ballet. It was worth struggling along on foot through
what felt like frozen tundra to see it all.

Thanks to all participants for coming out today to help find these birds!

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar

36 species

Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Crow
Common Raven
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow
Subject: Trumpeter Swans - CORRECTION
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:06:36 -0500
They are indeed TUNDRA SWANS.  Laura Frazier sent me a great photo 
showing the lovely pair with the small yellow spot in front of the eye 
quite evident.   Thanks, Laura.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk repeat at Bardane
From: "N. Wade Snyder" <dry_fly_fisherman1 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:45:40 -0500
Another lunch outing today was a near repeat of Friday. The light morph 
Rough-legged Hawk observed on Friday and by Jim Farley yesterday "glowed" again 
today in the crystal blue sky above the same fields off either side of 
Wiltshire Road. Today's prevailing winds were from the east so the hovering 
action was opposite of Friday. It was also interesting to watch the Red-tails 
hover into the wind today as well, although they exhibited less finesse than 
the Rough-legged. 


The hawk landed by Rt 9 at one point. There seemed a higher degree of activity 
of raptors in this area, perhaps due to the south facing exposure of some of 
the banks and roadside areas not having any snow now. I have been seeing Horned 
Larks on that side of Rt 9 exit and entrance ramps. 


Raptors today included the Rough-legged, Red-tails, Red-shouldered and one 
Sharp-shinned. Also both Vultures were surfing the winds. 


With plowed snow now along the highway, pull off areas along Wiltshire are 
limited. 



N. Wade Snyder
Jefferson County
Subject: Northern Panhandle Ohio River gull and water bird report
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:45:37 -0500
Herb Myers, Joe Hildreth, Andy Weaks, and I made a pilgrimage to West
Virginia's winter gull capital today in search of rare gulls and other
rarities. We had pretty good success.

We first did a quick check of Morgantown Lock and Dam, the Morgantown Power
Plant, and Barill Park in Star City for the Iceland Gull found on Sunday by
Mike Slaven, but no success. The only bird noted that was new was a
Northern Pintail at the dam.

All birds listed were in West Virginia except as noted.

Hannibal Lock and Dam in New Martinsville was pretty quiet during the noon
hour. Only 27 gulls, but 3 were Greater Black Backs, with 6 Herring, and 18
Ring-billed. Canada Goose, Canvasback, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Common
Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, and Common Merganser were present, but
not in large numbers.

Proctor was completely frozen and bereft of birds.

At Moundsville Riverfront Park, 50 Ring-billed and 1 Herring Gull, 3
Red-breasted Mergansers.

We got to Pike Island Lock and Dam just after 2:00 pm, and the stiff breeze
made for wobbly scopes, tearing eyes, and a not-too-lengthy examination of
the water, which was completely open. We left at 3:00, but stopped again on
our way back about 4:40 for another hour, where we met Michael Dietrich.
Most of the water birds were seen during the final hour, but lots of gulls
were present at both viewings. Almost all the ducks and geese were in the
mile below the dam. The gulls were split, with a majority in the mile above
the dam, and about 1,000 about a mile below the dam. Summary:

Iceland Gull--2, almost completely white young birds
Glaucous Gull--2, also almost completely white
Great Black-backed Gull--30
Ring-billed Gull--maybe 2,000. A very rough estimate.
Herring Gull--1,000. A very rough estimate. We really didn't try to count
Ring-bills and Herrings.
We tried but could not find any Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Canada Goose--40
Mallard--60
Canvasback--48
Redhead--10
Ring-necked Duck--3
Greater Scaup--25
Bufflehead--10
Common Goldeneye--80
Long-tailed Duck--7
White-winged Scoter--1 drake
Common Merganser--2
Red-breasted Merganser--1
Bald Eagle--1 adult in WV, 3 immatures in Ohio, though they may also have
flown out over the river.
Red-tailed Hawk--1, in Ohio

Mazeroski Park and adjacent golf course:

Canada Goose--900, all on golf course in Ohio. We saw 1 that initially
appeared to be a Cackling Goose, but we later decided it probably wasn't.
Mallard--10
American Black Duck--2

Short Creek boat launch. Many of the gulls were initially roosting along
the Ohio shore, but flew out into the river, and thus WV, when spooked by
the Eagles:

Iceland Gull--1 all-white bird
Great Black-backed Gull--10
Herring Gull--75
Ring-billed Gull--100
Bufflehead--3
Great Blue Heron--2
Bald Eagle--2 immatures

And finally, at 6:00 pm, as we came through Martin's Ferry, Ohio just north
of Wheeling:

American Crow--30,000 preparing to roost for the night. Very rough
estimate. 20,000 were in Martin's Ferry, 10,000 on Wheeling Island in WV.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Trumpeter Swans
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:44:10 -0500
If two Peregrines are better than one, so are Trumpeter Swans.  Took a 
run down to Bloomery Rd around 3 o'clock to get another look at the 
Trumpeter Swan I saw yesterday and got a nice surprise...  there were 
two of them.   They were in the same area, between the debris island and 
the road.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Two Peregrines are better than One!
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:17:33 -0500
A wild & windy evening here in Harpers Ferry. Brrrr - the cold whipping up
the river made me wince. BUT at least I got great looks at the peregrine -
and then there were two of them!  hanging out on a rocky ledge of the
Maryland Heights outcropping above the Mennon powder sign. One then flew
off vocalizing. If love is in the air, can Spring be far away?

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: EAGLES EAGLES EAGLES
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:39:56 +0000
 River Road out of Moorefeild about 10:26 this morning blue skies filled with 
Eagles Eagles started flying from sycamore trees 

I counted at 28 mostly immature Bald Eagles flying from what I assume was a 
roost last niteand another 25 sitting in sycamore trees  

Most of the Eagles were immature Counted   12 White Heads in the trees 
Saw one White Head sitting in a tree with an immature sitting right beside it

One Golden Eagle among the immatures Bald Eagles 
One lone Canvasback on the river on top of the ice Eight  Mallards



Hooter Road 
Common Mergansers BuffleheadAPipit

An exciting Eagle Morning

Diane Holsinger
Subject: Horned Larks, etc.
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:52:42 -0500
Walking at Willingham in the sunshine seemed like a good idea late 
morning.  The parking lot was in worse shape than I thought and I barely 
managed to make a circle and, wheels spinning, got out of there and back 
on Cave Rd.  Whew, that would have been a long walk home.  On the way 
back there was a flock of about 50 or so Horned Larks landing in the 
corn field by the Eastland S turn.  Luckily some came over to the road 
in front of me and also the other snow covered side so I got to sit 
there and enjoy them.  Then I went to Rissler Rd which had some Common 
Mergansers.  On Bloomery Rd I got a great look at the Trumpeter Swan.  
It was on the first section and very close to the road.  A Killdeer was 
walking on one of the ice flows.   Also saw a few Robins and a Bluebird 
picking at some multiflora rose hips along the shore of the river.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk
From: Jim Farley <Jamesfarley AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:16:54 -0500
A check of the Shenandoah River showed many of the ducks the storm brought in, 
had moved on. The Long-tailed Ducks were still there though. 5 or 6 were on the 
far side of the river fishing near the ice. Another male was right under the 
pumping station (Johnny Cash) by himself. 


Ran down to Bardane to see the Rough-legged Hawk that Wade Snyder had reported 
and found it immediately right off Wiltshire Blvd. Floating in the first field 
on the left. I pulled off the road near the empty warehouse and got the beauty 
in my scope. I have only seen Rough-leggeds perched and resting before. He put 
on quite a show hovering over the field like a miniature helicopter. After it 
floated to the far side of the field I found it again at the intersection of 
Burr and Wiltshire where it hovered in front of my truck before flying across 
the street and out of sight! Goodness I love birding! 


Good Birding!
Jim Farley
Jefferson County
Subject: yard birds
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:53:26 -0500
Since last Thursday, we have gone from 3 below zero to 44 degrees with 
about two feet of snow on the ground. Went through a little over 40 lbs 
of bird seed feeding at least 250 birds of 25 species. Nearly half the 
individuals were pine siskins. Highlights in and around the yard include 
red-shld hawk, raven and brown creeper. Thought I had a pine warbler on 
the porch but it got away from me. Two additional species today were 
red-winged blackbirds and a Cooper's hawk along the driveway.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers county
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Shenandoah River Birds
From: Jim Farley <Jamesfarley AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:07:23 -0500
Shenandoah birding was really easy as great number of birds are forced to stay 
in the small open areas available. The snow increased the number of visitors 
including my WV FOY a pair of Canvasbacks and 8 Long-Tailed Ducks which is my 
highest 

count ever seen in Jefferson County.

 Tundra Swans-2  north of Moulton Place
 Canvasbacks -2 male/female.  Mouton Pl
 Pie-billed Grebe-1 Mouton Place
 250 Canada Geese- many local to area but many probably from our frozen ponds 
and lakes 

 Mallards-28
 Black Ducks -20
 Common Mergansers-66 including 40 males
 Hooded Mergansers-25
 Gadwall-1 female with a small group of black ducks near rookery
 Ruddy Duck-1 Male
 White-winged Scotor-2 Female
 Long-tailed Ducks-8 looked to be all males, where scoter has been south of 
rookery 

 Bufflehead Ducks-60 near their  favorite spot near the River runner camp
 Redhead Ducks-6 On Rissler Rd 100 from the mail boxes on John Rissler Road
 Lesser Scaup- 4 with the Redheads 
 
Also saw the Peregrine Falcon in Downtown Harpers Ferry being chased by a group 
of Crows 


Weather was great 45-51 degrees between 10 and 1:00

Good Birding!

Jim Farley
Jefferson County
 

Subject: Gulls! Gulls! Gulls!
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:15:19 -0500
Hi all,

     I was lucky enough to head out today with two of WV's premiere birders
in LeJay Graffious and Matt Orsie. Our targets were (as the title suggests)
the variety of gulls that have been frequenting the Ohio River. We decided
to focus on variety so we stayed along the stretch between Pike Island and
Rayland Marina. There's a good amount of ice upon which the gulls are
roosting and there are good numbers of Ring-billed and Herring to sift
through in search of your rarities if you are so inclined. There were
impressive numbers of Great Black-backed Gulls on this stretch of all ages.
The peak count of Great Black-backed was 42 at Pike Island with undoubtedly
a few more further upriver beyond comfortable scoping levels. We were able
to find at least 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls; 1 adult and 1 immature bird.
There was 1 full adult winter plumaged Iceland Gull (Kumlien's of course).
1 second winter Glaucous Gull was seen at the end of our vigil bringing our
total to 6 gull species for the day. We gave good effort to try and suss
out a 7th species, and though I kept telling both Matt and LeJay that I was
sure we were seeing Lava and Swallow-tailed Gulls, they assured me we were
not. One day someone will get a 7 species gull day in WV, but it was not to
be for us today.

     Waterfowl were also present in fairly decent numbers. 1 Tundra and 1
Cackling Goose were seen among the 600 or so Canada Geese. All 3 Merganser
species were present and accounted for. 12 Long-tailed Ducks put in a good
show but no Scoters were seen. Goldeneye numbers were also impressive with
over 50 being seen below Pike Island with more upriver. We scanned hard for
Barrow's or a Harlequin, but none were to be seen. At least 4 Bald Eagles
were seen as they scattered our roosting gulls making counting and
identification all the more difficult. But one can never complain too hard
about Bald Eagles.

     I will enter full totals into ebird when I get a chance for those
interested. All birds being reported were in WV and I didn't make any
effort to separate specific totals for Ohio although the Geese and Tundra
Swan were all on the Golf Course in OH before an Eagle flushed them into
the river. The weather was actually fairly pleasant and the light was
fairly flat. This made sorting the gulls a tad easier as there are so many
variations to the gray tones to the mantles of these gulls (some might even
claim 50, but not me). So patience is definitely recommended. Looks like
the cold will come again this week and temps will descend so the Gulls
should stick around a little while longer I should think. Best wishes to
you all and stay warm!

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Tundra Swan, Horned Larks, etc / Jefferson Co.
From: Jon Little <littlejon48 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:48:52 -0500
While birding SE Jefferson Co this afternoon, we found a good number of
Winter birds. The Snipe were merely hoped for, so they were a nice treat.
Where we often see Kestrels on a wire along Smith Rd, there sat an immature
Cooper's Hawk.

 

The Tundra Swan was a surprise, being that it was all alone (but with some
CAGOs). There was very little open water North of the old Hwy 9 bridge, and
it was near the shore by the road. We could not see a yellow spot below the
eye, but some do not have that (I'll check my pics later).

 

We found Horned Larks in 7 different spots, but the only large flock (60-70)
was on Meyerstown Rd. We did find a small number of Common Mergansers in
various spots as well as 1 Pied-billed Grebe. Otherwise, the river was
mostly frozen.

 

PB Grebe - 1

GB Heron - 1

Tundra Swan - 1

Gadwall - 6

Hooded Merg - 4

Common Merg - 13

Bald Eagle - 1

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Killdeer - 1

Snipe - 2 (Smith Rd creek)

Horned Lark - 85 total

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester, VA

 

 

 
Subject: Winter Wren and Mocking Bird
From: Sam Chapman <0000007c3c2c3ecc-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:10:24 +0000
Nice to finally find a winter wren on the ridge. There are a couple nice 
streams running nearby where I have always looked for one, but he was just out 
in the woods along an old logging road. 

I haven't seen our mocking bird since last fall but it was in it's area 
yesterday. Last summer for the first time, a pair set up shop and had three or 
four offspring. 

SamRomney
PS. I have a like-new Swarovski ATM 80 scope I am selling. Let me know off list 
if you have any interest and I will send details.  

Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose in Wayne Co.
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:37:45 +0000
I had to run a couple of errands this afternoon, and as I passed by Sugarwood 
Golf Course along Rte. 152, I noticed a slightly smaller goose at the edge of a 
small group of a dozen or so Canada Geese. So, I turned around and parked off 
the road to observe the geese near the shore of the southern pond. To my 
surprise, it was a Greater White-fronted Goose! This was about 3:45 pm. The 
goose was still present when I left about 10 minutes later. 


Returning home, I took the dogs out into the back yard and sat down to look at 
the feeders. I noticed a large bird flying over the neighborhood a little to 
the north of our home. Looking at it more closely through binoculars, I found 
that it was an immature Bald Eagle, most likely a first year bird. I saw a 
couple of immature Bald Eagles at Beech Fork Lake a few days ago, and this bird 
was headed that way, a little over two miles from my home. A new bird for my 
"yard" list. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Subject: Art Auction to Raise Money for ACCA and WVU Student Chapter
From: Hannah Clipp <hlclipp AT MIX.WVU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:14:36 -0500
Please consider attending the following cool community event. 50% of the
profit from the Art Auction will be donated to the Avian Conservation
Center of Appalachia , and the other 50%
goes towards our group's educational activities and community outreach
programs. If you want to help out even more, we are currently looking for
art donations (drawings, paintings, photographs, pottery, clay pieces,
jewelry, crafts, etc.). To purchase tickets and/or make a donation, visit
the WVU SCB Facebook page (WVU Chapter of the Society for Conservation
Biology ) or email us at
wvuchapterscb AT gmail.com. Thanks!!!



*Who/What: *Every spring, the WVU student chapter of the Society for
Conservation Biology (SCB) hosts an art auction to raise money for
education and community outreach. This year, we will be donating 50% of the
profit to the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia
 (ACCA), a non-profit organization that
rehabilitates wild birds and leads education programs about bird
conservation.

*Where/When:* The Art Auction will take place in the Percival Hall Lobby
(located along Evansdale Dr) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, beginning at
6pm. We will have refreshments, educational activities, a kids' station
(yes, children are welcome!), a create-your-own-bird-feeder station, and of
course, our art auction, which will start at 6:30pm. In addition, there
will be an education bird from the ACCA in attendance!

*Tickets:* Tickets are $10, and can be purchased from a SCB member (if you
know one) or reserved by posting on our Facebook page (WVU Chapter of the
Society for Conservation Biology ) or
emailing wvuchapterscb AT gmail.com. When you buy a ticket, you are guaranteed
an original art piece. Art pieces come from local artists and generous
donations. The order in which people will have the opportunity to select
their art pieces is based on a raffle ticket system.

Any questions? Contact wvuchapterscb AT gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

This is a community powered-event, so please pass this along to anyone else
who might be interested!


Thanks,

Hannah Clipp

WVU SCB President
Subject: Monongahela River water bird report
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:47:04 -0500
The river continues to be about 95% frozen. There is only about 600 feet
open below Morgantown Lock and Dam, maybe 0.3 mile both up and downstream
from the power plant, maybe 250 feet at the Star City water treatment
plant, and only a patch about the size of a public swimming pool at Barill
Park. All birds at the treatment plant and a majority at Barill Park were
on the ice and gravel bar.

Morgantown Lock and Dam, as seen from Westover side of river:

Mute Swan--3, continuing
Canada Goose--3
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--5
Canvasback--8
Redhead--4
Greater Scaup--4
Lesser Scaup--2
Bufflehead--3
Common Goldeneye--42
Hooded Mergansr--6
Common Merganser--1
Red-breasted Merganser--1
Ring-billed Gull--3

Morgantown Power Plant:

American Black Duck--2
Mallard--18
Canvasback--5
Redhead--15
Ring-necked Duck--4
Greater Scaup--14
Lesser Scaup--1
Bufflehead--57
Common Goldeneye--7
Common Merganser--4
Red-breasted Merganser--2
Pied-billed Grebe--2
Amerian Coot--1, continuing
Ring-billed Gull--13

Barill Park:

Canada Goose--0, All off feeding somewhere.
American Black Duck--6
Mallard--115
Northern Shoveler--1, the female that is seen occasionally near the
treatment plant, but is usually hidden among the female Mallards
Canvasback--21
Redhead--46
Ring-necked Duck--2
Greater Scaup--1
Lesser Scaup--6
Bufflehead--27
Great Blue Heron--1
Ring-billed Gull--20
Herring Gull--2

Star City water treatment plant:

American Black Duck--2
Mallard--171, including an injured drake unable to fly. It flopped into the
water and was struggling across it. to catch up with other Mallards that
flushed when I arrived.
Green-winged Teal--2. Present for a couple of months now, but usually
hidden among the Mallards.
Redhead--1
American Coot--4, continuing. Actually walking on the ice after they
flushed when I arrived.

With temperatures headed back down below freezing for the next few days,
there should not be any more thawing, so the water birds will continue to
be concentrated at these locations.


-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Greater Black-backed Gull, White-winged Scoters, Snow Goose
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:41:12 -0500
 This morning I met Mike Wine at Neale Island (NI) & we birded there, Point
Park (PP), and Civitan Park (CP).

Highlights:

White-winged Scoters - 2 - female at NI, adult male at CP
Snow Goose - 1 - PP
Greater Black-backed Gull - 1 - PP
Bald Eagle - 3 - first one at PP and then it joined two others at CP, where
they squabbled over one's catch
Red-shouldered Hawk - at nest - found by Mike along Blennerhassett Ave in
Belpre.
Peregrine Falcon - 1 - PKB-Belpre Bridge

Other birds:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Canvasback - NI, PP , CP
Redhead - NI, CP
Ring-necked Duck - NI, CP
Greater Scaup - NI, CP
Lesser Scaup - NI, PP,  CP
Bufflehead - CP
Common Goldeneye - NI, PP CP
Common Merganser - CP
Ruddy Duck - CP
Great Blue Heron - PP
Cooper's Hawk - NI
Ring-billed Gull - NI, PP, CP
Herring Gull - PP

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk/Elkins/Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:28:58 -0500
There was a light morph Rough-legged Hawk at Glendale Park in Elkins this 
morning (2/22/15) at 9:40. It was perched across from the Sewer Plant on the 
Glendale Park side of the river. I was able to get good fifty yard looks with 
binoculars. It flew towards the spillway while I was trying to dig the camera 
out. The road to the Sewer Plant/Riverbend Park is solid ice with water on top. 
4WD ONLY. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Harris Riverfront Park, Cabell County, West Virginia
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:10:29 +0000
I birded this am along Harris Riverfront Park braving the icy road conditions 
and saw some of  the following: 

  
Common Goldeneye-8 
Red-breasted Merganser-6 
American Black Duck-1 
Lesser Scaup-3 
Herring Gull-1 
Ring-billed Gull-30 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 25701 
  
Subject: Brown Thrasher still around
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:27:57 +0000
With all the ice, sleet, rain, and snow coming down this morning, the feeders 
are very active. Around 8:30 am, I checked the avian visitors and saw the Brown 
Thrasher was back again. That makes three days in a row. Lots of White-throated 
and Song Sparrows, and a few White-crowned Sparrows, among the Mourning Doves, 
Blue Jays, N. Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice and the occasional 
woodpecker. And our one very wet N. Mockingbird. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Subject: Hilton Pond 02/01/15 (30,000 WinterFinches)
From: "Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" <research AT HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:49:14 -0500
In commemoration of banding our 30,000th "winter finch" at the Center, I 
devoted my 1-14 February 2015 installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond" to 
images, identification tips, and trends appropriate to four species that show 
up at feeders when the weather gets cold. To view the latest photo essay, 
please visit 

http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek150201.html 
 (All these, of course, are 
liable to show at your West Virginia feeders.) 


While there, don’t forget to scroll down for a list of all birds banded and 
recaptured during the period, along with miscellaneous nature notes from the 
first half of February. 


Happy (Midwinter) Nature Watching!

BILL

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Subject: Jefferson Co. Rough-legged Hawk
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:36:07 -0500
Right after noon today, as I headed out for lunch, I was fortunate to observe a 
light morph Rough-legged Hawk flying over the abandoned fields in Bardane. The 
hawk was first seen over the Industrial Park area, but then made it's way over 
Wiltshire Road. It then was met by the pair of local Red-tails, but seemed 
unphased as it continued to hover and hunt over the abandoned lots that are 
west of Wiltshire. 

 
If intereseted I have posted a couple of photos to share with you all.
 
https://flic.kr/p/r1178a
 
Stay warm!
 
N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction, WV
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Water conditions & mammal observations today
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:32:52 -0500
On our trip along the New River today, we watched a river otter eat a very
large fish. Parts of the river were frozen all the way across. Bluestone
Lake at the mouth of the Bluestone River was completely frozen as far as we
could see. We watched an imm bald eagle feeding on something on the ice. 3
Coyotes walked all the way across the lake & spooked a group of 12 wild
tureys. Then the coyotes went back across the lake as a great blue heron
flew over.
Subject: Bluestone Lake & New River
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:21:04 -0500
After a week of 16" plus of snow & temps either side of 0 we took advantage
of a sunny 20 degree day to ride along New River. Lots of common & hooded
mergansers, Canada geese, mallards & a lesser scaup. Others included 5
adult & 4 imm bald eagles, 4 redtails, hermit thrush, golden-cr. kinglet &
several small groups of robins. At home, we had afew red-winged blackbirds
along the driveway.
Subject: Trumpeter Swan ??
From: Jim Farley <Jamesfarley AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:11:55 -0500
Fellow birder Deb Hale had sent me a message yesterday, that she had seen a 
dark duck on the Shenandoah river which she was not sure whether it was an 
Eider or Scoter. Went out today and spotted a male and female White-winged 
Scoter between the Heron Rookery and the pumping station. Thanks Deb! These 
were my first WV Scoters, having only seen them on the Potomac River before. I 
also saw my first Jefferson County Trumpeter Swan(might have been a Tundra) 
near Moulton Point mixed in with all the Canada Geese close to shore. When I 
first saw it, the bird had its head under its wing resting and I dismissed it 
as a white domestic duck that stays with our local Canada Geese. A minute later 
I saw the domestic goose and turned around. The Swan brought its head up the 
beak was sharp and the were no yellow lore's, and began to swim. I can't 
believe I almost missed it! 

Counted 68 Pine Siskins at my porch today. A large group came in a week ago 
last Tuesday, and are still here. I have taken to dropping seed on the railing 
as the two cylinder feeders are not enough to feed all the finches. 


Good Birding!
Jim Farley
Jefferson County
Subject: Morgantown water birds
From: Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:15:57 -0500
For anyone who hasn't gotten to see the mute swans that have been staying in 
Uffington, today may be your day. They are in temporary residence at the dam 
and keeping themselves to themselves. Look for them on the near shore all the 
way down behind the waterfront hotel. 


Also there were plenty of buffleheads, goldeneyes, canvasbacks, mallards, 
redheads and mergansers. The only red breasted mergansers we have seen today 
have been the four at the power plant. We hoped for gulls but not much luck 
there. 


Happy birding!

Amanda Dymacek 

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Subject: King Eider - NO, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Tundra Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:35:19 -0500
All,
   I got a chance to check some of the few remaining open slices of 
water on the Shenandoah river late yesterday afternoon and early 
afternoon today. Checked along John Rissler and Bloomery roads. Although 
the reported King Eider was not relocated a number of rare waterbirds 
for this area of the state was seen:


Greater White-fronted Goose  1 (at the island where the Heron Rookery is)
Canada Goose  150
Tundra Swan  1  (near the Rt 9 bridge)
American Black Duck  7
Mallard  12
Canvasback  1  (near the Rt 9 bridge)
Redhead  2  (near the Rt 9 bridge)
Greater Scaup  15  (just downstream of the island where the Heron Rookery is)
Lesser Scaup  2  (just downstream of the island where the Heron Rookery is)
White-winged Scoter 2 (just downstream of the island where the Heron Rookery 
is) 

Long-tailed Duck  2  (just downstream of the island where the Heron Rookery is)
Bufflehead  40
Hooded Merganser  16
Common Merganser  17
Red-breasted Merganser  3  (John Rissler road)
Great Blue Heron  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1

Matt Orsie - Summit Point, WV
Subject: Greenbrier River
From: Debbie Long <0000008694f6d325-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:05:49 -0800
A drive down the river from Ronceverte this afternoon produced 3 Common Golden 
Eye Adult Males, many geese of course, several Mallard and Common Merganser 
pairs. One highlight was one Adult Male White Winged Scoter and then to top 
that for me was an adult Screech Owl on the power line at the intersection of 
Hokes Mill and Brushy Ridge Rds. It flew into a steeple of an abandoned church 
thereby dispatching several starlings! 

Subject: Fox Sparrows
From: Kevin Cade <dmgraphics AT DAILYMAILWV.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:48:11 -0500
Found two Fox Sparrows scratching around the feeders this morning. Also had 
several Pine Siskins, which have been around for a few days now. 


Kevin Cade
Hurricane Creek Rd.
Putnam County
Subject: Tygart River- Grafton
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:57:26 -0500
I decided since the Great Lakes ice coverage is up to 85%+ and local rivers are 
freezing up so I decided I should do my duty and check out the Tygart River 
through Grafton. 


Clear highlights were female type White-winged Scoter and at LEAST 6 Wood Ducks

My list follows... 


56 Canada Goose
4 Wood Duck
77 Mallard
2 Canvasback
4 Redhead
4 Ring-necked Duck
1 White-winged Scoter
3 Bufflehead
1 Common Goldeneye
13 Hooded Merganser
47 Common Merganser
1 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Ruddy Duck
2 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Herring Gull
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
3 Carolina Wren
38 European Starling
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Greater Black-backed Gull
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:42:09 -0500
  I birded along the Ohio River this morning. I stopped at Neal Island
(NI), Point Park (PP), behind the Belpre Shrine (BeS), and at Civitan Park
(CP).  The river is mostly frozen over, with a few open patches of water
that change as each barge goes by.

   At Point Park I discovered a first year *Greater Black-backed Gull* with
the Ring-billed and Herring Gulls sitting on the ice. It was there from
9:30 until 10:15, it flew off a couple times and returned. It was not
present at 11:00 a.m.

Birds:

Canada Goose
American Black Duck - NI
Mallard
Canvasback - NI, PP, CP
Redhead - NI, PP, CP
Ring-necked Duck - NI
Greater Scaup - NI
Lesser Scaup - NI, PP
scaup sp. - CP
Bufflehead - NI, PP
Common Goldeneye - NI, CP
Common Merganser - NI, PP
Red-breasted Merganser - PP
Bald Eagle - 3rd year, CP - Blenn. Island
Cooper's Hawk - CP
Herring Gull - PP
Ring-billed Gull - NI, PP, CP

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Brown Thrasher
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:41:57 +0000
With Marshall University closed, I am working at home today and have been 
watching the feeders off and on to see what is showing up. Around noon, a Brown 
Thrasher was feeding at the ground feeder. A towhee also showed up yesterday 
afternoon and again this morning, the first one that I have seen at the feeders 
this year. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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