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Mongolian Finch,©Tony Disley

1 Nov Woodcock [ ]
31 Oct Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk/Upshur County [Randy Bodkins ]
31 Oct first of season birds [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
31 Oct Dawn Caw-ess at Prickett's Fort State Park [Terry Bronson ]
31 Oct Dark-eyed Junco in yard- Summit Point [Carol Del-Colle ]
31 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
30 Oct Rehe WMA in Preston County [Terry Bronson ]
30 Oct Putnam Hermit thrush [Kevin Cade ]
30 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report; Swan Thoughts [Derek Courtney ]
30 Oct Today's MBC outing [Jon Benedetti ]
30 Oct Ruddy Duck & Sparrows (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
29 Oct Request for good photos of Trumpeter/Tudra Swan in Preston county [Matt ]
29 Oct PEFA [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
29 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
29 Oct Greenbrier Valley birds 10/22 - 10/24 [Rich Bailey ]
29 Oct Junco [Richard Kazmierski ]
29 Oct No Subject [Laura Frazier ]
29 Oct Snow Geese Ducks [ ]
28 Oct Pine Siskin [Richard Kazmierski ]
28 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
27 Oct no great influx at Winfield Locks ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
27 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
27 Oct Kimsey Run skirmish [Bob Dean ]
27 Oct Peregrine Ohio county [Paul McKay ]
27 Oct Owls [James Phillips ]
26 Oct Great-horned Owl in Parsons [Mimi Kibler ]
26 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
26 Oct Surf Scoter [Derek Courtney ]
26 Oct Bird list - Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue Ridge, Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
26 Oct PVAS Field Trip Report - Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue Ridge, Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
25 Oct Rte. 2 Birding [DAVID ]
25 Oct Rusty Blackbirds arriving in WV [Terry Bronson ]
25 Oct Grandview Birding [Nancy Moran ]
25 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report; Black Scoters [Derek Courtney ]
25 Oct Yard Birds ["bruni AT citlink.net" ]
25 Oct Pine Siskins ["Rankin, Gary" ]
25 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Bluestone State Park, Oct 24, 2014 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
24 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
23 Oct Wood-cock at Snake Hill WMA [John Burkhart ]
23 Oct First Junco [John Snyder ]
24 Oct Blue-headed vireo, White-crowned and White-throated sparrows arrive - Jefferson County yard [Bird Mom ]
23 Oct Dark-eyed Juncoes here, Vesper Sparrow, et al - Harpers Ferry birds [Deb Hale ]
23 Oct goshawk at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
23 Oct Double-crested Cormorants/Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
23 Oct Good Birds (aren't they all?) [Herb Myers ]
23 Oct Pipits & Vesper Sparrows [Mike Griffith ]
23 Oct Today's MBC outing [Jon Benedetti ]
23 Oct Re: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Terry Bronson ]
23 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
23 Oct More Golden and Ruby-crowned kinglets plus Monarch summary - Jefferson County yard [Bird Mom ]
22 Oct Middle Island 10/22 - Orange-crowned Warbler [John Tharp ]
22 Oct Hummingbirds in Costa Rica: An Opportunity ["Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" ]
22 Oct Juvenile Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Jim Triplett ]
22 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
22 Oct Re-Pleasant Creek [Joe Hildreth ]
22 Oct Pleasant Creek WMA 10-22-14 [Joe Hildreth ]
22 Oct Re: check this out [Ryan Tomazin ]
22 Oct Re: check this out [Elliot Kirschbaum ]
21 Oct Golden-crowned kinglets galore, Brown creeper - Jefferson County yard [Bird Mom ]
21 Oct Marsh Wren [ ]
21 Oct Juncos arriving in lower-elevation areas of WV [Terry Bronson ]
21 Oct Late Post - Coopers Rock, 10/17/14 [Ryan Tomazin ]
21 Oct McDonough - young eyes and ears = excellent birding [Jon Benedetti ]
21 Oct Blue-headed Vireo, Purple Finch- Yard- Summit Point [Carol Del-Colle ]
21 Oct Pleasant Creek WMA (continuing Nelson's Sparrows) [Joe Hildreth ]
21 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
21 Oct Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher ? [Jim Waggy ]
20 Oct Marsh Wren [ ]
20 Oct Peregrine Falcon [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
20 Oct New arrivals ["bruni AT citlink.net" ]
20 Oct Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
19 Oct Wood Duciks [John Snyder ]
19 Oct Blackwater Falls SP & Davis, Tucker Co. [Ryan Tomazin ]
19 Oct Canaan Valley - 10/18 [Ryan Tomazin ]
19 Oct Blue Wing Teal Bald Eagle Snipe PBGrebes Red Head Wpeckers [ ]
19 Oct Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - relocated [wilhershberger ]

Subject: Woodcock
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:12:04 +0000
While birding with my friend Sherry in Franklin today 
Among the birds we saw 
Woodcock flushed from a wet area what a surprize  Great bird

Other good birds on this overcast COLD day
Golden & Ruby Crown Kinglets 
Bluebirds
Five Bald Eagles
AND 
Witch Hazel  blooming

Diane Holsinger
Subject: Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk/Upshur County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:58:58 -0400
The leuchistic Red-tailed Hawk has returned to Upshur County; or has come out 
into a more visible location. Barb Sargent first reported it last week. I got 
some pretty decent photos; much better than last year. This one isn't the best; 
only the most interesting as it is feeding on a fox squirrel. 
http://highvirginiaoutdoors.blogspot.com/ 

 
Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: first of season birds
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:23:19 -0400
Mid-day, I saw my first of the season hooded merganser at Bellepoint 
Park, on New River, near Hinton.
Just now, I saw three white-crowned sparrows at our feeders.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Dawn Caw-ess at Prickett's Fort State Park
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:57:41 -0400
I couldn't resist the play on words. This morning, from dawn until about 40
minutes later, a large number of AMERICAN CROWS headed out from their night
roost for the day, coming from the direction of Fairmont and heading over
Prickett's Fort State Park in a generally northward direction. My final
estimate was 1,200 birds including several flocks of over 100 birds. Likely
I missed some since many birds were barely above the trees to the west.

I was slightly surprised to find 33 species today, with the following of
especial note:

Water birds:
Canada Goose--67
Wood Duck--6
American Black Duck--8
Mallard--75
Green-winged Teal--1
Great Blue Heron--1
Pied-billed Grebe--2
American Coot--16
Killdeer--1

Non-water birds:
Wild Turkey--2 gobbling, 1 male seen, a number heard clucking from the
woods across the mud flats
Red-shouldered Hawk--2 heard
Bald Eagle--1 immature, likely a juvenile based on the amount of white in
the wings and the underparts
Belted Kingfisher--2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker--1 juvenile
Common Raven--3
Winter Wren--1
Northern Mockingbird--5, including 1 or 2 singing briefly
White-crowned Sparrow--1 juvenile

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Dark-eyed Junco in yard- Summit Point
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:59:42 +0000
Hi all,
 This morning I had my first Junco in the yard for this season. Guess he is a 
harbinger of the Arctic weather coming our way. Still it was nice to see him 
out there. 

   Carol Del-Colle, 
    Summit Point
      Jefferson County
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:45:23 -0400
Hi all,

     An appropriately gloomy day this morning at Cheat Lake given the date.
The lake was pretty dead. Eerily quite as well around except for the
murders of crows. Tomorrow will be better I think, or at least that's my
hope.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   9
Bufflehead   4
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Bald Eagle   1 4th year bird

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Bufflehead   3
Hooded Merganser   2
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Double-crested Cormorant   32
Bonaparte's Gull   8

Cheat Lake   --- Sunset Harbor
Canada Goose   1
Mallard   30
Pied-billed Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   4
Wood Duck   5
Mallard   3
Double-crested Cormorant   1
Herring Gull   1

Always a good idea to scan through any big flocks of cormorants you see for
Neotropic Cormorant as that is a bird due to show up in WV some time. No
Little Gulls in the small Bonaparte's flock but always worth a check. Best
wishes to you all. Find the joy in your life, whether it's birds or
costumes and candy ... and if you're lucky share it with others. Happy
Halloween! Safe celebrating to all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Rehe WMA in Preston County
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:31:20 -0400
In addition to the water birds already reported by Derek Courtney, there
were a few other notables that I observed while wandering in a different
area than where he was viewing the swans:

Red-shouldered Hawk--1 immature
Common Raven--1
Eastern Bluebird--1 calling
Cedar Waxwing--at least 40, maybe twice that. Some flying back and forth
across the pond near the swans.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)--1
White-throated Sparrow--1 singing
American Goldfinch--6

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Putnam Hermit thrush
From: Kevin Cade <dmgraphics AT DAILYMAILWV.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:09:19 -0400
Two Hermit thrushes at the house today.
Kevin Cade
Hurricane Creek Rd., Putnam County
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report; Swan Thoughts
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:47:45 -0400
Hi all,

     Not much out there today. I still think the weekend looks promising
especially Saturday as of now. I started at Cheat Lake then went to Rehe
WMA in Preston Co. with Terry Bronson to check out the lingering swan pair.
and then back to Cheat Lake to finish up.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   10
Bufflehead   5
Double-crested Cormorant   1

Cheat Lake --- I-68
Bufflehead   6
Double-crested Cormorant   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   18
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   12
Wood Duck   10
Mallard   2
Ring-necked Duck   2
Pied-billed Grebe   3
Double-crested Cormorant   1

Rehe WMA
Canada Goose   60+
Tundra Swan   2
Green-winged Teal   1
Pied-billed Grebe   5

Terry Bronson will likely report better totals to ebird. We were mostly
focused on looking at the two Swans. For those interested, the Swans are
both Tundra Swans. It's a good example of how deceiving photographs can be
at times. The original finder reported the birds to ebird a few days ago
with uncertainty in the ID. Photos posted with the ebird report were not
great but did show a Swan without yellow on the lores and in profile with a
seemingly large bill. Black facial skin near the eyes seemed broad. All
good things for those looking for Trumpeter Swans. So despite the rarity
and time of year there was understandable uncertainty based on the
photographs. Seeing a bird in person often gives a much better impression.
In regards to these swans, they are both Tundras, at least in my opinion,
based on a number of factors. Firstly, there are two birds both adults.
Both have all black legs and neither are sporting bands on the legs at
least to mid tarsus. One bird has obvious yellow markings on the lores. Its
black facial skin in front of the eye pinches. The border between its
forehead and bill is rounded. And it sounds like a Tundra Swan. This bird
can therefore fairly safely be identified as a Tundra Swan. Seeing the
second bird in relation to this Tundra Swan makes the identification
relatively simple. Though lacking obvious yellow in the lores, its facial
skin also pinches in front of the eye in a way far more obvious than in
photos. It's bill/forehead junction is also rounded. It also sounds like a
Tundra Swan. It's bill is also smaller in absolute, and in proportion to
its head, than the accompanying Tundra Swan. It's body is also of equal
size or slightly smaller than the accompanying Tundra Swan. It's body
proportions are essentially identical to the accompanying Tundra Swan in a
way impossible to explain by sexual dimorphism in differing species. In
other words it too is a Tundra Swan. All in all an illustrative example of
bird identification problems. At Cheat Lake there are usually one or two
days a year where we see large numbers of Tundra Swans. It is often
interesting to look at the variety of bill sizes, shapes, gape patterns,
etc. just to see how much variation exists. Regardless, those are just my
thoughts. Even Tundra Swans are still early in my opinion. Good birds ...
though aren't they all. Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Today's MBC outing
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:44:15 -0400
   Today's Mountwood Bird Club outing to the Sandy Creek Backwater and area
was attended by Sandy Albrecht, Lucine Wright, Archie Carpenter, Arnold
Huyghebaert, and I.  It was nice outing but the birding was a little slow.

    Highlights:

Pied-billed Grebe
Ring-necked Duck
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
American Kestrel
Lesser Yellowlegs
Yellow-rumped Warbler

   Other birds:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Ruddy Duck & Sparrows (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:45:34 -0400
Hi, all,

 

There was a lone Ruddy Duck at the Davis settling ponds yesterday.

 

The first White-throated Sparrow of the fall appeared in my yard Monday
(10/27).

 

On October 11 there was a Lincoln's Sparrow at the Freeland Boardwalk of
Canaan Valley NWR.

 

Good birding,

 

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: Request for good photos of Trumpeter/Tudra Swan in Preston county
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:03:57 -0400
All,
    There is a problematic swan in Preston county which depending on the 
angle of some of the photos taken shows characteristics of Trumpeter and 
Tundra. There are two swans at the Fairfax-Rehe WMA just south of 
Reedsviile. If anyone is in the area and can obtain clean shots and 
would forward them to Terry Bronson or myself it would be appreciated.

Matt Orsie - Summit Point, WV
Subject: PEFA
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:16:20 -0400
I heard and saw a peregrine falcon along New River at Lovern, Mercer 
County(near the state line) today.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:10:48 -0400
Hi all,

     Finally topped 100 (non-geese) waterbirds on the lake today thanks to
some arriving Coots. The most interesting sight was an adult Bald Eagle
toying with a Coot raft at Cheat Lake Park. The eagle would seem to probe
the raft repeatedly looking for a weak Coot, but didn't have its talons out
and never really made an attempt to snatch one. I was actually no more than
15 feet away watching from the trail for about 10 minutes as this went on.
Very cool. I should have taken a video. Anyway, here's the report. Scoters
were probably the best birds out there.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   47
Mallard   4
Ring-necked Duck   4
Bufflehead   2
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Double-crested Cormorant   1
American Coot   17

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
BLACK SCOTER   7
Bufflehead   9
Ruddy Duck   27
Horned Grebe   1
Double-crested Cormorant   1
American Coot   41
Bonaparte's Gull   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   37
Ring-necked Duck   2
Hooded Merganser   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1
American Coot   4

Cheat Lake   --- Cheat Lake Park
Wood Duck   16
Mallard   3
Ring-necked Duck   2
Ruddy Duck   6
Pied-billed Grebe   5
Double-crested Cormorant   2
Bald Eagle   1
American Coot   48

Bonus waterbird Report: Rock Lake in Marion County
Canada Goose   32
Wood Duck   4
Mallard   21
Ring-necked Duck   3
SURF SCOTER   1
Pied-billed Grebe   4
American Coot   7

Bonus non-waterbird report
Last evening at (fittingly) Raven Rock at Cooper's Rock SF I had 14 Common
Ravens in sight simultaneously playing and surfing the wind coming up
through the canyon. A nice way to end the day and the most Ravens I have
seen at one time in quite a while outside of Baltimore. Best wishes to you
all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Greenbrier Valley birds 10/22 - 10/24
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:12:22 -0400
I spent 3 days in the field, with very few notables, below:

Northern Harrier - 1
American kestrel - 12
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE - 4 shrikes at 4 sites in Monroe, Greenbrier and
Pocahontas counties
Flock of ~300 red-winged blackbirds, all males from what I could tell
Subject: Junco
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:10:58 -0400
FOS Junco for my yard this morning. 

Kim Kazmierski
Putnam County
Subject: No Subject
From: Laura Frazier <00000069bd1ca4c6-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:52:35 -0400
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Subject: Snow Geese Ducks
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:58:32 +0000
Kathy King & I birded Moorefield today 
 Moorefield Sewage Treatment ponds
Five Snow Geese Ruddy Ducks Gadwalls Thousand plus Tree Swallows Greater 
ScaupPBGrebe 

Fish Pond Road we had six Red Head WoodpeckersLots of Pileated Wpeckers 

On way home stopped at Kimsey DamBald Eagle Five Wood Ducks Gadwalls   
  NHarrierRed Wing Black Birds 

Lincoln Sparrow behind Sheet's 

Diane Holsinger
Subject: Pine Siskin
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:14:54 -0400
5 Pine Siskin in Hemlock out back in Hurricane Putnam County

Kim Kazmierski
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:10:00 -0400
Hi all,

    Today was unsurprisingly dead given the weather. Fear not though fellow
birders, it's always darkest before the dawn. Temps will cool and winds
will shift. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. There was already a
putative Arctic Loon in Ohio not far from the border. Maybe it will show up
tomorrow. Saturday looks like it might bring a push of birds down from the
north. The only way to know is to get out there.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Nothing

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Nothing

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   17

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Wood Duck   12
Mallard   4
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Double-crested Cormorant   1

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: no great influx at Winfield Locks
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:36:12 -0400
Very pleasant day and nice general birding.  Great looks at a very
cooperative Savannah Sparrow, but 3 people in the group had needed to leave
before that happened [sorry].
Most of the observations today were made while walking...around the ponds
and up on the "plateau" accessed by the gated roads.
~Cindy Ellis, Kevin Cade, Kim Kazmierski, Randy Urian, Laura Ceperley,
Martha Hopper

42 species
Canada Goose  62
Wood Duck  6
Gadwall  5
Mallard  14
Green-winged Teal  3
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  14
Great Blue Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  6
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  7
Killdeer  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  13
American Crow  8
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  7
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  6
European Starling  45
Eastern Towhee  4
Field Sparrow  9
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  21
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  57
Eastern Meadowlark  2
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  1

-- 
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


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Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:28:49 -0400
Hi all,

     Not much out there today.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   58

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Bufflehead   7

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   8
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Wood Duck   17
Ring-necked Duck   3
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Double-crested Cormorant   1

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Kimsey Run skirmish
From: Bob Dean <bobdean52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:27:31 -0400
Hello all,

Yesterday at Kimsey Run two friends and I were watching an adult bald
eagle, a young bald eagle, a northern harrier, and a raven rising in some
good air over the ridge to the east.  As they gained altitude the whole
group got tighter and some chasing began.  The adult eagle suddenly grabbed
the harrier and made quick work of it.  The young eagle went under the
adult and turned over latching onto the harrier as well.  After a couple of
somersaults the adult regained control and was last seen being chased by
the young bird over the east side of the ridge with limp harrier in tow.
Life in the wild is a very tenuous affair.

At the lake were:
Pied-billed grebe                 4
Mallard                                4
Black duck                           1
Red-headed woodpecker    1
Red-winged blackbird          6

Bob Dean
Near Hedgesville, Berkeley Co., WV
Subject: Peregrine Ohio county
From: Paul McKay <paulmck57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:56:09 -0400
Hi all
A peregrine  is eating a bird on the Wheeling  Steel  Building in downtown 
 wheeling. First I have seen of one since last post so it may not be same one. 

As an aside has anyone heard anything new about Artic Loon in Ohio?
Paul McKay
Ohio County

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Subject: Owls
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:08:03 -0400
Heard two barred owls and a great horned at our house this morning.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Great-horned Owl in Parsons
From: Mimi Kibler <Mialk12 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:01:41 -0400
I went to the mill pond in Parsons to look for sparrows this afternoon. A 
Great-horned Owl landed on a limb near the river about 30 feet from me while 
two crows were calling around him. He soon flew across the river and landed on 
a narrow cliff ledge. The crows lost interest. 45 minutes later I returned to 
the spot and saw that he had moved on. But when I headed towards the car, he 
was busy on the ground, his prey a small snake. I crouched down to watch him. 
He swallowed the head, turned, flew toward me and landed just above my head for 
a look. Then he turned around and flew away from me. It made me very glad since 
the Great-horned Owl I saw in the summer had been seen injured and may have 
since died. 

Mimi Kibler
Tucker County
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:27:12 -0400
Hi all,

     Not much out there yet. More squirrels/chipmunks than ducks. Light was
lovely at dawn though with the autumn foliage.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   10
Mallard   5
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Zilch

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   19
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   33
Wood Duck   6
Mallard   2
Ring-necked Duck   4
Surf Scoter   1 sharp looking male
Bufflehead   3 including my first adult male of the season
Pied-billed Grebe   4

Sunday morning walk out to Raven Rock was very quiet except for the wind.
Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Surf Scoter
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:01:19 -0400
Hi all,

1 nice male Surf Scoter at Cheat Lake Park.

Derek

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Subject: Bird list - Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue Ridge, Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:18:39 +0000
Forgot to attach the bird list:  
  
Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands (private), Jefferson, US-WV 

Oct 25, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
Protocol: Traveling 
2.0 mile(s) 
Comments:   Sunny, perfect fall weather, 45-66 degrees F, no wind. 

33 species 

Wood Duck  3 
Turkey Vulture  3 
Red-shouldered Hawk  2 
Red-tailed Hawk  1 
Mourning Dove  2 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  5 
Downy Woodpecker  7 
Hairy Woodpecker  2 
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5 
Eastern Phoebe  1 
Blue-headed Vireo  1 
Blue Jay  20 
American Crow  1 
Common Raven  2 
Carolina Chickadee  9 
Tufted Titmouse  3 
White-breasted Nuthatch  5 
Carolina Wren  2 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  20 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1 
Eastern Bluebird  8 
American Robin  14 
Northern Mockingbird  1 
Cedar Waxwing  20 
Eastern Towhee  1 
Song Sparrow  1 
White-throated Sparrow  9 
White-crowned Sparrow  1     
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  4 
Northern Cardinal  6 
Brown-headed Cowbird  1 
American Goldfinch  6 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20336389 



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Subject: PVAS Field Trip Report - Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue 
Ridge, Jefferson County 


The fall foliage was spectacular and in peak color.  The early morning air was 
crisp and clean on the mountain top.  Potomac Valley Audubon Society sponsored 
a public bird walk on Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands.  A special thanks goes 
to Scot and Linda DeGraf for being our hosts.  It was great to have two 
birders from the Washington D.C. metro area join us. 

  
Numerous Golden-crowned kinglets flitted around the tree tops gleening insects 
throughout the morning.  We were able to find 1 Ruby-crowned kinglet as 
well. Yellow-bellied sapsuckers have arrived in good numbers, and we saw 5.  
A Blue-headed vireo sang a few notes from the tree tops when we were in a small 
meadow.  Our D.C. friends enjoyed seeing and hearing Common ravens, which is a 
rarity in the metro area.  

  
Three Wood ducks were observed in the small wooded ponds along with an Eastern 
phoebe.  A Song sparrow sung while clinging to a cattail stalk on the edge of 
the pond.  Dark-eyed juncos and White-throated sparrows were found, and 
Johnnie found a silent male Eastern towhee kicking around in the thickets, 
which allowed for excellent viewing.  An immature White-crowned sparrow was 
our last bird found.  The fallen leaves crunched as we walked, and reminded me 
that winter will be here soon. 

  
My next bird walk will be at Altona marsh on November 23, 2015 at 8 AM.  
Register here:  http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-1773569 

  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: PVAS Field Trip Report - Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue Ridge, Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:11:04 +0000
The fall foliage was spectacular and in peak color.  The early morning air was 
crisp and clean on the mountain top.  Potomac Valley Audubon Society sponsored 
a public bird walk on Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands.  A special thanks goes 
to Scot and Linda DeGraf for being our hosts.  It was great to have two 
birders from the Washington D.C. metro area join us. 

  
Numerous Golden-crowned kinglets flitted around the tree tops gleening insects 
throughout the morning.  We were able to find 1 Ruby-crowned kinglet as 
well. Yellow-bellied sapsuckers have arrived in good numbers, and we saw 5.  
A Blue-headed vireo sang a few notes from the tree tops when we were in a small 
meadow.  Our D.C. friends enjoyed seeing and hearing Common ravens, which is a 
rarity in the metro area.  

  
Three Wood ducks were observed in the small wooded ponds along with an Eastern 
phoebe.  A Song sparrow sung while clinging to a cattail stalk on the edge of 
the pond.  Dark-eyed juncos and White-throated sparrows were found, and 
Johnnie found a silent male Eastern towhee kicking around in the thickets, 
which allowed for excellent viewing.  An immature White-crowned sparrow was 
our last bird found.  The fallen leaves crunched as we walked, and reminded me 
that winter will be here soon. 

  
My next bird walk will be at Altona marsh on November 23, 2015 at 8 AM.  
Register here:  http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-1773569 

  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:17:05 +0000
Mike Griffith and I  birded this am along Rte. 2 . We visited Ashton wetlands, 
RCB Locks and Gallipolis Ferry. It was 40 degrees this am climbing to 62 by 
noon. Some of the birds seen were: 

  
Ashton: 
  
Rusty Blackbird-4 
  
RCB Locks; 
  
Marsh Wren-1 
Palm Warbler-1 
Savannah Sparrow-10 
Red-shouldered Hawk-2 
  
Gallipolis Ferry: 
  
Snow Goose-1  White phase 
Green-winged Teal-15 
Ring-necked Duck-3 
Killdeer-8 
Spotted Sandpiper-1  tied for second latest Fall record for our region 
Northern Harrier-1 
Kestrel-1 
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 25701 
  
  
  
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds arriving in WV
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:13:37 -0400
In the same vein as my note last week about Dark-eyed Juncos arriving in
WV, this is the time for Rusty Blackbirds to move through. Since Oct. 21,
there have been 5 observations in eBird for the state.

Add a 6th. This morning at the Decker's Creek Rail Trail north of McKinney
Cave Road in Preston County, there were at least 6 Rusties in a mixed flock
with about 10 Red-winged Blackbirds. This is the same location where David
Daniels had 17 Rusties on Oct. 22, so quite possibly the birds I saw may be
some of the same ones he did.

An interesting note: the birds were in the shrubs and small trees around a
lily-pad infested pond. The Red-wings were mostly in the shrubs and trees
at least a few feet off the ground, but the Rusties had no problem with
getting their feet wet by foraging in the debris at water's edge.

It was rather quiet otherwise. I birded from Burke Road to north of
McKinney Cave Road. Just a few notable birds:

Pied-billed Grebe--4
Eastern Bluebird--7
Cedar Waxwing--49
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)--2
White-crowned Sparrow--4, 2 adults, 2 immatures
Northern Cardinal--2 birds with black bills, 1 female and 1 male. Must have
hatched very very late to still have them black.
Red-winged Blackbird--27, including 1 singing.
Purple Finch--1 female-type

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Grandview Birding
From: Nancy Moran <nancym AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:48:01 -0400
What a beautiful morning to enjoy the great outdoors at Grandview on the New 
River Gorge! Ken, Alma, Tom, Judy, and Nancy were joined by a Den of seven Cub 
Scout Webelos and their seven chaperones. It was great having them with us, and 
we hope they’ll plan to join us on our walks in 2015. The morning was pretty 
chilly but warmed as the fog lifted and the sun shined in the bright, blue sky. 
The fact that only a few birds were seen and heard did not dampen the 
enthusiasm of the group. Between 9-10:30 a.m. we saw and/or heard: 


American Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Chickadee
Blue Jay
Killdeer

Nancy Moran
Raleigh County
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report; Black Scoters
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:20:53 -0400
Hi all,

     I wasn't expecting much this morning and really not expecting much
until later next week based on the weather forecast. But if I know
anything, it's that I know nothing. Lo and behold 3 nice female type Black
Scoters were well down the trail at Cheat Lake Park. Hope is the thing with
feathers according to Dickinson. Scoters surely qualify as hope of better
days ahead.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   44

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   2
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   28
Wood Duck   9
Mallard   2
BLACK SCOTER   3
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Double-crested Cormorant   1

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Yard Birds
From: "bruni AT citlink.net" <bruni@CITLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:24:33 -0700
The Purple Finches that arrived on Oct 19th are still here daily from early 
morning to dusk. Love having them on the tray feeder outside the kitchen 
window. They are not a bit shy and continue feeding while I'm moving around in 
the kitchen or washing dishes. Wonderful to be able to observe them at such 
close range. They also stay put when joined by other birds such as Titmice, 
Cardinals, Chickadees and Goldfinches. A female even held her ground when a 
young Red-bellied Woodpecker landed on the tray. These are the most Purple 
Finches I've ever had and for this long. 


Also having White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows. Yesterday BIRDMOM 
spotted the first Junco in my backyard. She also found Pine Siskins and Cedar 
Waxwings in the big Norway Spruce by the parking pad. 


There is lots of activity in the garden among spent flowers with birds feasting 
on the various dried seed. When you see that you know that leaving any cleanup 
until spring is the right thing to do. Why deprive them of all that great 
natural food? 


Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV           
Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:12:17 +0000
We have had about four Pine Siskins at the thistle feeders each morning for the 
last two days. 

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bluestone State Park, Oct 24, 2014
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:37:00 -0400
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Bluestone State Park, Oct 24, 2014
Date: 	Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:35:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Bluestone State Park, Summers, US-WV
Oct 24, 2014 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.25 mile(s)
Comments:     Meador & Old Mill campgrounds, Riverview Trail
27 species

Canada Goose  10
Wood Duck  12
Mallard  12
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  2     adults
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  7
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  6
Cedar Waxwing  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20329907 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:56:34 -0400
Hi all,

    An overcast afternoon/early evening yesterday thwarted eclipse viewing
but gave way to clear skies overnight with nearly no wind. As a result
Cheat Lake was pretty dead.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   17
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Wood Duck   10
Mallard   6
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Bonus: a yard along Morgans Run Road held a flock of about 875 Common
Grackle.

Bonus Waterbird Report:

Rock Lake in Marion County
Canada Goose   40
Wood Duck   4
Mallard   12
Bufflehead   3
Pied-billed Grebe   2

Best wishes.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Wood-cock at Snake Hill WMA
From: John Burkhart <johnyboyburkhart AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:02:36 -0400
Saw a woodcock at Snake Hill WMA in the 'Big Field' right uphill of the big
clearcut.  It jumped out of some brush and flew off.

I bet it'll be flying south very soon.

Also there was some amazing light up there from the solar eclipse, which
was just starting during our golden hour and sunset.

John Burkhart
Morgantown
Subject: First Junco
From: John Snyder <johnsnyder AT BTCONNECT.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:29:34 -0400
Can snow be far behind?

 

John Snyder

Persinger, Nicholas County



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Subject: Blue-headed vireo, White-crowned and White-throated sparrows arrive - Jefferson County yard
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:58:42 +0000
Today was so lovely a Blue-headed vireo was singing in the treetops of my yard 
this afternoon.  It wasn't a perfect song, so maybe a youngster just 
practicing.  Also, had my FOS White-crowned sparrow under the feeder, 
accompanied by droves of FOS White-throated sparrows (WTSP).  I've got a nice 
big sloppy brush pile for them, which they quickly found and conquered like it 
was a jungle gym.  I also heard at least two WTSP's singing "Old Sam 
Peabody."  

  
A small flock of Cedar waxwings made their presence known, and a Red-shouldered 
hawk has been enjoying hanging out in the top of my magical white oak tree on 
the side of the house.  Some flowers in the yard are re-blooming from all the 
rain. 

  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Dark-eyed Juncoes here, Vesper Sparrow, et al - Harpers Ferry birds
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:20:02 -0400
3 FOS Dark-eyed Juncoes at Nash Farm this afternoon.

1 Vesper Sparrow flying from the grass at Murphy Farm yesterday.

A Swainson's Thrush in the woods at South Schoolhouse last Saturday.

Brown Creepers have returned this week, too.

Each day we see either a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned hawk circling solo in
the skies above Bolivar.

The gold and copper leaves blowing on the wind look like so many birds or
butterflies. They make a gorgeous contrast against the bright blue sky or
moody clouds. I did find a common buckeye flitting in the wheat-colored
grass this morning, and a couple of cabbage whites. And the monarchs have
been numerous, passing through town, above fields, finding their way
blowing in the wind.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: goshawk at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:05:18 -0400
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Hanging Rock Migration Observatory, Oct 23, 2014
Date: 	Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:01:33 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Hanging Rock Migration Observatory, Monroe, US-WV
Oct 23, 2014 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
11 species

Double-crested Cormorant  1     fly over
Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5     fly over
Cooper's Hawk  1     fly over
Northern Goshawk 1 observed through 8x40 binoculars at a distance of about 50'. 
It was slightly below eye level and the gray color indicated an adult. observed 
for 7-8 minutes (fly over) 

Bald Eagle  6     fly over-  4 adults, 1 1sr yr, 1 2nd yr
Red-tailed Hawk  15     fly over
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  8     fly over
Common Raven  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20315869 


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Subject: Double-crested Cormorants/Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:09:59 -0400
There are 26 DC Cormorants at BIG ROCK, upstream from Norton. Between the 
infamous Riverside Tavern and where you turn uphill to the Tygart Valley 
Regional Jail (nice location). There are 10 on Big Rock(The Big Rock covered 
with flood debris) and 16 straight across on the log. There are 4 Wood Ducks on 
the far side and 2 Pied-billed Grebes on the near side. 14 TV's above. 


Randy Bodkins 
Norton, WV
Subject: Good Birds (aren't they all?)
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:07:55 -0400
On my way to Thomas to have lunch with a friend, I stopped at the Canaan
Valley National Wildlife Refuge boardwalk briefly. I did not see the Sora
nor anything else on the ponds. The male Northern Harrier did fly over. He
truly looked like a "gray ghost" as he emerged briefly from the fog/mist and
then disappeared quickly back into it. Along Freeland Road there was a
White-crowned Sparrow with a real white crown.

 

After lunch I stopped by the Davis settling pond. Along with about 8 Canada
Geese and a pair of Mallards, there were three white geese. On closer
inspection, they appeared to me to be Ross's Geese. I have photos at the
link below to see if you agree. I have not seen them before in West Virginia
but found them occasionally in Pennsylvania among the Snow Geese at the
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County. The geese today
were much smaller than the Canada Geese and not much bigger than the
Mallards. I think they have a cute face compared with the Snow Geese with
their scowl. 

 

Then, on the way home at the ponds on the right at the south end of Canaan
Valley, there was a white bird swimming and turning in the water. In my
scope, it turned out to be a Bonaparte's Gull along with a Pied-billed
Grebe. 

 

https://plus.google.com/photos/115596777661595023572/albums/6073470895098604
289

 

I suspect the weather we are having brought in these birds that are not very
common in Canaan Valley. It made me love the foggy, drizzly, rainy days we
have been having. As I type this, I'm watching two White-crowned Sparrows at
our feeders - one with a white and the other with a reddish brown crown. I'm
waiting for the first Purple Finches. We have a lot of House Finches at this
time. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Pipits & Vesper Sparrows
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:23:02 -0400
At Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.), Wendell Argabrite and I found the following :

American Pipit - about 50 (first of fall)
Horned Lark - 7
Vesper Sparrow - 8 (first of fall)

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Today's MBC outing
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:52:30 -0400
   Today's outing to McDonough was attended by Nancy Cornes, Emily Grafton,
Jennifer Hamilton, Barb Hohman, Nina Ott, Rachel Wrenn, Lucine Wright,
Earlene & Archie Carpenter, Jeanette & Dick Esker, Arnold Huyghebaert, John
Tharp, and I. It was cloudy most of the time and a bit chilly. Great
company and decent birding.

Highlights:

Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2
Brown Creeper - 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow - 2
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Other birds:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:44:03 -0400
I basically did the reverse of Derek's route, starting at Cheat Lake Park
and ending up at
the south end marinas. Most of the same birds, though in slightly different
numbers.
The swans, wigeon, and Ring-necked were gone by the time I got there.

Cheat Lake Park:
WOOD DUCK--36, most of which flew off just before Derek arrived.
Ring-billed Gull--2 flying over heading north toward Pennsylvania. Never
stopped.
With Derek:
Golden-crowned Kinglet--1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--1
Dark-eyed Junco--1, with a completely white left outer tail feather, making
the tail look half-white.

North of I-68 bridge:

SURF SCOTER--12. Originally separate from the Ruddy Ducks, I first thought
they were that
species because of their cocked tails, but then noticed the 2 white spots
on the head, the
more upright posture, and what appeared to be a larger bill. They then
flew, showing no white
in the wings, down the lake and landed next to the Ruddies, where it was
immediately apparent
they were considerably larger ducks. Still there just before 11:00 when
LeJay Graffious showed
up to see them too.


On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM, Derek Courtney <
derek.dana.courtney AT gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
>      Turnover but not much in the way of numbers. A few early birds.
>
> Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
> Tundra Swan   2 ( a bit early )
> Mallard   2
> Common Loon   7
>
> Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
> American Wigeon   1
> Mallard   1
> Ring-necked Duck   1
> Ruddy Duck   31
> Pied-billed Grebe   1
>
> Terry Bronson later reported possibly 12 Surf Scoters
>
> Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
> Mallard   7
> Pied-billed Grebe   2
>
> Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
> Canada Goose   25
> Wood Duck   9 (a few more early am per Terry Bronson)
> Ruddy Duck   1
> Pied-billed Grebe   4
> Horned Grebe   2 ( a bit early )
>
> Terry also reported a pair of Ring-billed Gulls early in the am as well.
>
> Best wishes.
>
> Good birding,
> Derek
>



-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:33:45 -0400
Hi all,

     Turnover but not much in the way of numbers. A few early birds.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Tundra Swan   2 ( a bit early )
Mallard   2
Common Loon   7

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
American Wigeon   1
Mallard   1
Ring-necked Duck   1
Ruddy Duck   31
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Terry Bronson later reported possibly 12 Surf Scoters

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   7
Pied-billed Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   25
Wood Duck   9 (a few more early am per Terry Bronson)
Ruddy Duck   1
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Horned Grebe   2 ( a bit early )

Terry also reported a pair of Ring-billed Gulls early in the am as well.

Best wishes.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: More Golden and Ruby-crowned kinglets plus Monarch summary - Jefferson County yard
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:28:14 +0000
It's official.  My yard is the Sheetz or Wawa for kinglets right now.  After 
all the rain, there are plenty of tiny insects to be found at all hours of 
the day.  During the warmest parts of the day, Golden-crowned kinglets can be 
heard quietly singing their 3 note song in numerous front yard trees while they 
feast.  They are also heard in the side and backyard.  An occasional 
Ruby-crowned kinglet can also be spotted, but not heard.  

We hosted a successful Monarch Waystation (more like a factory) in 2014.  We 
reared and released a total of 201 Monarchs, with most activity occurring 
between early September and mid-October 2014.  Most of the 
caterpillars originated from milkweed in my yard, but other contributors to 
this success included some "cats" from Bruni and Diane's yards.  12 Monarchs 
were reared and released earlier in the season while 189 Monarchs were reared, 
tagged for Monarch Watch and released during early September and 
mid-October.  Of the tagged Monarchs, 109 were males and 80 were females.  
Here's hoping they have an uneventful and safe journey to Mexico! 

  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Middle Island 10/22 - Orange-crowned Warbler
From: John Tharp <jlt290 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:11:04 -0400
Good birding late this morning on Middle Island. Spent about two hours
walking the trails on the south end of the island with my girlfriend and
parents. Plenty of mixed flock activity. Best birds of the day were an
Orange-crowned Warbler at the blind (one of very few that I have seen in
WV), a late Yellow Warbler, 25 Pine Siskins flying over, and two Peregrine
Falcons sitting on the power structure at the south end of the island. Five
warbler species for the day. No ducks of note in the area other than 4
Green-winged Teal over in OH at Newell's Run. Full list is below.

Canada Goose
Mallard
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 4
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing - 50
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 2
Yellow Warbler - 1 pale first year bird
Palm Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 40
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow - 16
Song Sparrow - 20
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow - 14
Dark-eyed Junco - 2
Northern Cardinal
Pine Siskin - 25 in a small flock flying over
American Goldfinch

Good Birding,

John Tharp
Norman, OK
Subject: Hummingbirds in Costa Rica: An Opportunity
From: "Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" <research AT HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:16:09 -0400
There may be a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (RTHU) lingering in the Carolina 
Piedmont this week, but by now nearly all of our Carolina (and West Virginia) 
hummers have flown south—except, of course, for those hardy individuals that 
seem determined to overwinter on the Outer Banks. 


If you think you’ll need a “hummingbird fix” before these little birds 
return next spring, consider joining me on my 25th Operation RubyThroat 
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there’s plenty of time for discovering and photographing other aspects of the 
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For info about the upcoming trip please visit 
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Subject: Juvenile Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Jim Triplett <jimtrippy AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:06:02 -0400
We have a Juvenile male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at our feeder. Also, lots of 
Goldfinches. 

--
Jim Triplett
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:13:26 -0400
Hi all,

     A little north component to the wind brought a few in, but the faucet
is still only dripping.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Gadwall   6
American Wigeon   7
Hooded Merganser   1
Ruddy Duck   8
Pied-billed Grebe   4
American Coot   13

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
American Wigeon   8

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   9
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Double-crested Cormorant   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Wood Duck   5
Ring-necked Duck   3
Hooded Merganser   2
Ruddy Duck   2
Pied-billed Grebe   14

Still under triple digits for birds on the lake (minus the resident goose
flock which is hit or miss depending on when I get there in the am). In non
waterbird sightings there were a few Yellow-rumped's moving through at the
Park. Best wishes.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Re-Pleasant Creek
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:25:56 -0400
Oops sent prematurely 

When searching it is probably best to park in the furthest west gravel lot. 
Walk down the mowed trail to the pond.. The Nelson's were feeding in the 
grass/weeds in between the 2 ponds on the left.. The Sedge Wren was in the 
weedy field to the right. 


Good birding! 

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Pleasant Creek WMA 10-22-14
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:21:34 -0400
Kyle & Joni Aldinger, Randy Bodkins and John Boback joined me at Pleasant Creek 
this a.m. to search for Nelson's Sparrow. We were not disappointed! At least 
3(likely 4) were detected with relative ease. 


As good a bird or possibly better was a SEDGE WREN spotted by John and Kyle.. 
The bird was not very obliging giving only brief views and unfortunately no 
pics. 


Next John spotted 2 Great Egrets as they flew into the main marsh.

When searching it is probably best to park in the furthest west gravel lot. 
Walk down the mowed trail to the pond.. The Nelson's were feeding in the 
grass/weeds in between the 


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Re: check this out
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:49:25 -0400
There was discussion at our local Brooks Bird Club meeting last night that the 
photo in the paper has the possibility of being a hoax, but that isn't any more 
confirmed than the bird was. Here in PA, we had a Spotted Towhee hoax last 
week, and a Pacific Golden Plover hoax in late summer, both on our listserv. 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA

> Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:35:54 -0400
> From: kingfisher501 AT GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: check this out
> To: WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> > On Oct 15, 2014, at 8:17 PM, Davette Saeler  wrote:
> > 
> > Had anybody heard about this yet?
> > 
> > -------- Original Message --------
> > Subject: check this out
> > From: Donna Broslawsky
> > Sent: 6:36PM, Wednesday, October 15, 2014
> > To: Davette Saeler
> > CC:
> > 
> > Our local paper, the Record Delta has a picture on the front cover of a
> > bird someone saw right outside of Buckhannon on the Shoemaker Rd (Rt. 20  S
> > between Buckhannon and Hodgesville).It is in the Wed. Oct. 15th paper. They
> > Id it as a caracara.  I looked it up as well and it really is a crested
> > caracara.  Thought you'd like to know.  I actually feel like trekking
> > around that area to see if I can find it.  What do you think?  Pretty
> > cool!!!
> > 
> > Happy Autumn!!!    Donna
> 
> These bird are kept and trained by falconers. Sometimes they escape.
> 
> -- 
> Elliot
> 
> -- 
> Elliot Kirschbaum
> Shepherdstown, WV
> kingfisher501 at gmail dot com
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: check this out
From: Elliot Kirschbaum <kingfisher501 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:35:54 -0400
> On Oct 15, 2014, at 8:17 PM, Davette Saeler  wrote:
> 
> Had anybody heard about this yet?
> 
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: check this out
> From: Donna Broslawsky
> Sent: 6:36PM, Wednesday, October 15, 2014
> To: Davette Saeler
> CC:
> 
> Our local paper, the Record Delta has a picture on the front cover of a
> bird someone saw right outside of Buckhannon on the Shoemaker Rd (Rt. 20  S
> between Buckhannon and Hodgesville).It is in the Wed. Oct. 15th paper. They
> Id it as a caracara.  I looked it up as well and it really is a crested
> caracara.  Thought you'd like to know.  I actually feel like trekking
> around that area to see if I can find it.  What do you think?  Pretty
> cool!!!
> 
> Happy Autumn!!!    Donna

These bird are kept and trained by falconers. Sometimes they escape.

-- 
Elliot

-- 
Elliot Kirschbaum
Shepherdstown, WV
kingfisher501 at gmail dot com
Subject: Golden-crowned kinglets galore, Brown creeper - Jefferson County yard
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:36:30 +0000
While doing transplanting in the yard this afternoon, I was serenaded with 3 
hours of Golden-crowned kinglet soft song in the front yard.  The gnats were 
particularly annoying as they totally ignored my bug spray, but this was 
good feasting for kinglets.  A young Northern mockingbird sang relentlessly 
all afternoon in a spruce tree.  He's been visiting for the last two weeks, 
and his song is getting much better every day.  I also had a Brown creeper on 
trees in the driveway earlier in the morning.  

BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Marsh Wren
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:58:15 +0000
Mark Johnson & I saw the Marsh Wren this morning   Great looks from all 
angles The wren was very cooperative  

Lots of Sparrows Lincoln Chipping Field Swamp White Crown
Immature Bald Eagle flew by as we were searching for  the Merlin for Mark
Red Head Woodpeckers & Tree Swallows 


Nice morning before the rain


Diane Holsinger
Subject: Juncos arriving in lower-elevation areas of WV
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:21:19 -0400
I set up my feeders yesterday for the winter, and got 2 Dark-eyed Juncos
almost immediately. Today I've got 3, including one with a faint white
wingbar on its right wing. My first was 2 weeks ago at Core Arboretum at WV
University.

This seems to be arrival week in the non-mountainous portions of the state,
as there are now several eBird records for the last 3 days west of the
mountains plus a few in the Eastern Panhandle.

So get those feeding stations set up, if you haven't already, for those
extraordinary ordinary juncos!

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Late Post - Coopers Rock, 10/17/14
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:26:58 -0400
Boy, I'm trying to keep on top of bird sightings, and I keep finding myself 
behind... 


I was at Cooper's Rock on Friday the 17th, and had a singing Blue-headed Vireo, 
Swainson's Thrush, and a possible Hermit Thrush. 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: McDonough - young eyes and ears = excellent birding
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:20:57 -0400
  Birded McDonough this morning with Rachel Wrenn and John Tharp II.
Rachel's eyes and John's ears led the way to a very good morning of
birding. They are both meteorologists in Norman, OK, and they worked their
weather magic to keep the rain completely off of us. Hopefully they can
join us Thursday for our MBC outing to McDonough. .

   Highlights:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Winter Wren - FOY for me
Brown Creeper - 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwings
Yellow-rumped Warblers
Black-throated Green Warbler - 2
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Pine Siskin

  Other Birds:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-belled Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

Jon
Subject: Blue-headed Vireo, Purple Finch- Yard- Summit Point
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:19:49 +0000
Hi all, 
This morning I had a Blue-headed Vireo gleaning insects on the leaves in the 
trees near the pond just outside the kitchen window. This is the second 
sighting of this species in the yard for this month. October 12th was my first 
one. On Saturday, there was a female Purple Finch at the feeder, and Sunday, a 
male Purple Finch showed up. Over the weekend, I have also had a Yellow-rumped 
warbler enjoying the birdbath on the side deck, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
moving about in the trees just off the pond area. 

There has been lots of Carolina Chickadee,Titmice, and House Finch activity at 
the black-oil sunflower feeding stations. Some noisy, not so subtle, Blue Jays 
are making sure that everyone knows they are in and around the yard too 

Happy birding, 
Carol Del-Colle 
Summit Point 
Jefferson County 
Subject: Pleasant Creek WMA (continuing Nelson's Sparrows)
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:56:33 -0400
I was once again out in the marsh at Upper Pleasant Creek in Barbour county 
this a.m. I was able to locate at least 3 Nelson's Sparrows, but it was likely 
4... Note that I only did a brief unsuccessful search on "the island" which has 
had birds multiple times this fall. 


Other birds of note

54 Canada Geese
1 American Black Duck (FOS)
1 Ruddy Duck (FOS)
1 American Coot
4 Pied-billed Grebes
4 Wood Ducks
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
2 Savannah Sparrows 
 
Good Birding 

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:26:19 -0400
Hi all,

     Up very early but the overcast skies made watching for meteors
fruitless. No owls either. On to the birds ...

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   36

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Uhhh ... do Starlings count? Otherwise nada

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   23

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Wood Duck   9
Mallard   1
Double-crested Cormorant   1
Belted Kingfisher   1

Wood Ducks are looking mighty spiffy for those who admire such things.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher ?
From: Jim Waggy <truthseeker23 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:08:03 -0400
I spent about 45 minutes looking for it late this afternoon and was not able to 
relocate it. 

 
Jim Waggy
Charleston
 
> Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:30:28 -0400
> From: 00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher ?
> To: WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> Hi All:
> 
> Is there any word on the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher today?
> 
> John Boback
> Morgantown, WV
 		 	   		  
Subject: Marsh Wren
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:25:11 -0700
Mark Johnson asked me to post that he saw a Marsh Wren around 11:00 am this 
morning at Kimsey Run Dam 

& he returned again about 3:00 this afternoon the wren was still present & 
singing 




Diane Holsinger post for Mark Johnson
Subject: Peregrine Falcon
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:13:25 -0400
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Oct 20, 2014
Date: 	Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:04:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Mercer County Landfill, Mercer, US-WV
Oct 20, 2014 12:56 PM - 1:06 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     60 degrees, partly cloudy
5 species

Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  8
Peregrine Falcon  1
American Crow  12
European Starling  150     number estimated

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20288237 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: New arrivals
From: "bruni AT citlink.net" <bruni@CITLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:58:56 -0700
The slight drop in temperature yesterday morning produced the first Purple 
Finches of the season in my yard. I spotted two females and was thrilled when 
they were joined by a male. They were on the tube feeder with the shelled 
sunflower hearts, the only feeder I have out right now except for the window 
tray. Later on in the afternoon I saw more of them. What looked like a young 
male actually landed on the window feeder tray. 


This morning they were back in greater numbers, five males and four females. I 
went out to clean the sliding glass door so I could get better photos. Turned 
out to be not necessary as they were feeding while I was on the patio, enjoying 
my coffee and talking on the phone about 10 feet away. No need to shoot through 
glass. I had seen some first-year White Crowned sparrows over the last few days 
but had the first mature one show up this morning, joining the Purple Finches. 
What a beauty! Love those crisp black and white stripes. 


Will have to look at the Goldfinches more closely so as not to miss any Pine 
Siskins. Saw the last RT Hummingbird a week ago so believe it is safe to take 
in the feeders. There are still quite a few flowers should there be any 
stragglers. 


Saw a pair of Bluebirds checking out the nestbox behind the garden. Maybe they 
are just looking for a good roosting site for the winter. Nearby a bunch of 
Goldfinches were feasting on garlic chive seeds as well as those of zinnias and 
cosmos. 


Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV           
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:23:56 -0400
Hi all,

     Late October. Plants wither. Leaves fall. Advertisers tell us we
should have already started, if not finished, our Christmas shopping. And
the return of the Cheat Lake Waterbird Report.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Bufflehead   1
Ruddy Duck   2
Double-crested Cormorant   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Wood Duck   10
Mallard   6
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Double-crested Cormorant   1
Bald Eagle   1 adult

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Wood Duciks
From: John Snyder <johnsnyder AT BTCONNECT.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:56:54 -0400
We had a pair on our upper pond this morning--first since Spring.

John Snyder
Persinger, Nicholas County


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Subject: Blackwater Falls SP & Davis, Tucker Co.
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:02:11 -0400
Had some nice birds as we wrapped up our Brooks Bird Club weekend at 
Blackwater, and after I left: 


On a short bird walk I took around the waste treatment building at the Lodge:
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3-4
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK - immature or female in the top of a dead tree, roosting 
and looking VERY cold 

Pine Siskin - 10+, in flight over the Lodge and a couple in a tree
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Hermit Thrush
PEREGRINE FALCON - flew over the Lodge as the last cars pulled out

At the Marathon Gas Station in Davis:
American Kestrel - migrating very high up

At the Canaan Valley Institute:
Eastern Phoebe

Also had some cool stuff at Hemlock Run at the WVU University Forest:
Common Raven - 3 in a family group (also had 4 around the radio tower at the 
Coopers Rock exit 

Swainson's Thrush 
Hermit Thrush - with the Swainson's Thrush

Had SWTH and HETH at Blackwater on a Saturday morning early birdwalk, just 
before 110 Turkey Vultures flew over. 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: Canaan Valley - 10/18
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:46:38 -0400
Janice Emrick and I took a ride from Blackwater Falls SP where we were with the 
Brooks Bird Club Fall Reunion, and we had a handful of nice birds in Canaan 
Valley, at Freeland Road and on Cortland Road: 


Bald Eagle - as we were coming down 32 towards the Valley, adult
White-crowned Sparrow - a good number on the Freeland boardwalk
White-throated Sparrow - a few "   "
Solitary Sandpiper - continuing bird  "    "
Red-winged Blackbird - late calling male "   "
Swamp Sparrow - 2 or more  "    "
Palm Warbler - 3-4  "    "
Northern Harrier - Cortland Road
Wilson's Snipe - Cortland Road... if the person that fired their rifle less 
than 30 yards from my car is on the listserv, thanks for flushing the bird, and 
&#^$% for being so irresponsible to discharge a weapon that close to a moving 
vehicle in the vague direction of my car!!! 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: Blue Wing Teal Bald Eagle Snipe PBGrebes Red Head Wpeckers
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:09:42 -0700
Kimsey  Dam  beautiful this morning but slightly COLD 

 

Bald Eagle White Head
Seven PBGrebes
Blue Birds
Snipe 
Lots of Savannah & Song Sparrows

Merlin was sitting in its favorite spot 
about four feet from the Merlin   beautiful Meadow Lark was perched   

the ML flew away & the Merlin was not in pursuit thank goodness

Three Red Head Woodpeckers in the back of the dam 

Female Blue Wing Teal  west side of the dam


Diane Holsinger
Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - relocated
From: wilhershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:09:26 -0400
Wendell Argabrite, Mike Griffith and I relocated the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 
in Malden,WV near TerraSalis Nursery at 530 pm, seen for 5 minutes . Congrats 
to Bills Mills for spotting at 2 this afternoon. We feel it was a possible 
adult female. 


David Patick,
Huntington,WV.