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Forest Falcon,©Dan Lane

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 ]
19 Oct Bird lecture in charleston [laura ceperley ]
18 Oct WV Botanic Garden--a few winter birds have arrived [Terry Bronson ]
17 Oct Pine Siskins [Mike Griffith ]
17 Oct palm & winter [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
17 Oct NELSON'S SPARROW-Upper Pleasant Creek WMA [Joe Hildreth ]
16 Oct Caracara, Nelson's Sparrow--NO [Terry Bronson ]
16 Oct Morning Birds [Herb Myers ]
15 Oct Caracara near Buckhannon [Davette Saeler ]
15 Oct Re: check this out [Ryan Tomazin ]
15 Oct Fwd: check this out [Davette Saeler ]
15 Oct Phalarope [Herb Myers ]
15 Oct Marsh Wren/Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
15 Oct Pleasant Creek WMA 10-14-14 [Joe Hildreth ]
14 Oct Storks and cranes....NOT! [laura ceperley ]
14 Oct Third NELSON'S SPARROW @ PCWMA [Joe Hildreth ]
14 Oct Nelson's Sparrow Pleasant Creek WMA [Joe Hildreth ]
14 Oct ruby-crowned kinglet [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
13 Oct Battle [Herb Myers ]
13 Oct Sora [Herb Myers ]
12 Oct A little of Grant and mostly Pendleton Co, Brandywine to Sugar Grove area [Fred Atwood ]
12 Oct Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, & other migrants- Yard- Summit Point [Carol Del-Colle ]
12 Oct Ruby-crowned Kinglet [Richard Kazmierski ]
12 Oct GC Kinglet, Peregrine, & a few migrants [Deb Hale ]
12 Oct Harrier, Purple Finches, Sparrows, and Grebes in Preston County [Terry Bronson ]
12 Oct Cattle Egret etc. [DAVID ]
12 Oct Cormorants & Merlin/Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
12 Oct Fork-tailed flycatcher update [Rodney ]
11 Oct BIG SIT - ORINWR - good raptor day [Jon Benedetti ]
11 Oct highlights of Grant Co Oct 11 [Fred Atwood ]
11 Oct Brown creeper, Black-throated blue warbler - yard birds, Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
11 Oct Foggy Day [Herb Myers ]
11 Oct Ruddy Ducks/Barbour County [Randy Bodkins ]
11 Oct Chickadees Challenge []
11 Oct Winter Residents & Migrants [Mike Griffith ]
11 Oct Yard Bird [Susan Aaron ]
11 Oct Rose - breasted Grosbeak (female), White - throated sparrow- Yard - Summit Point [Carol Del-Colle ]
10 Oct Kimsey Run Lake, Hardy Co and Patterson Creek Rd area Grant Co [Fred Atwood ]
10 Oct WC Sparrow, Siskins (Tucker) + new ABA listing rules [Casey Rucker ]

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 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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 
expedition to the Neotropics—this one in Guanacaste Province on the Pacific 
Coast of Coast Rica. The nine-day trip (24 Jan-1 Feb 2015) includes lots of 
opportunities for in-hand looks at numerous hummingbird species—plus other 
resident and migrant birds we encounter while banding and observing RTHU. And 
there’s plenty of time for discovering and photographing other aspects of the 
tropical dry forest, from butterflies to orchids to howler monkeys. 


For info about the upcoming trip please visit 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/CostaRica(west)AnnounceMain15.html 
 . No field 
experience necessary. Deposit deadline is 15 November. 


Happy (Neotropical) Hummingbird Watching!

BILL

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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.
Subject: Bird lecture in charleston
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:32:32 -0400
Please join the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club, Monday evening
,October 20, 6:30  at
the South Charleston Library.  John Northeimer will present his research on
the urbanization of birds in Huntington.  All are welcomed.  Board will
meet on 6 pm .
Subject: WV Botanic Garden--a few winter birds have arrived
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:56:17 -0400
Mountaineer Audubon's field trip this morning to the WV Botanic Garden in
Morgantown, under gloomy overcast skies and a brief shower, was
nevertheless able to find several species of unusual interest:

Accipiter sp.--1. Too brief a view to ID any better than that.
Ring-billed Gull--1 flyover
Common Raven--3
Red-breasted Nuthatch--2
Winter Wren--1, maybe 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet--4
Golden-crowned Kinglet--1, plus several heard by John Boback
Catharus Thrush sp.--very brief views. Most likely Swainson's Thrush.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)--5
Palm Warbler (western)--5
Swamp Sparrow--2
White-throated Sparrow--2
Dark-eyed Junco--2

Also present were 15 other common species, mostly permanent residents.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:47:39 -0400
At Ashton (Mason Co.), I found about 20 Pine Siskins feeding on the seeds of 
some type of thistle or thistle-like plant. 

Also, at Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.), there were about 50 Tree Swallows.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: palm & winter
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:04:23 -0400
Just saw a palm warbler along our driveway and my first of the season 
winter wren.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: NELSON'S SPARROW-Upper Pleasant Creek WMA
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:58:45 -0400
Just had great, prolonged looks at a Nelson's Sparrow on the big island at 
Upper Pleasant Creek WMA.. The water was almost waist deep for me to get 
there... Easily doable with chest waders and some adventure... It was hanging 
by/with a Marsh Wren in the cattails on the south side of the island.. Near a 
small upland area with a few small trees and weeds... 


If crossing go from the smartweed on the near shore passing near the gauge... 

Need help? Contact me

7198502455. If I don't answer it's because I'm still in the field!

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Caracara, Nelson's Sparrow--NO
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:08:02 -0400
A hurried trip this morning to Shumaker Road (Shumaker Hill Road in Google
maps) north of Buckhannon in Upshur County yielded only a Red-tailed Hawk
for birds of prey. As I expected, the Crested Caracara has apparently moved
on.

Notable birds present included:

Mourning Dove--27
American Kestrel--1
Eastern Bluebird--at least 11
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)--1
Palm Warbler (western)--2
Savannah Sparrow--1
Eastern Meadowlark--22

A stop at Upper Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area in Barbour County
on the way home found David Daniels and Ian Batterman already present.
Neither had found any Nelson's Sparrows, but David had found at least 1
Marsh Wren and about 30 Swamp Sparrows.

Also of note in a too-brief stop:

Pied-billed Grebe--5
Osprey--1
Cedar Waxwing--25
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)--2
Palm Warbler (western)--1
Red-winged Blackbird--100

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Morning Birds
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:23:54 -0400
A Sora was still present at the boardwalk at the Canaan Valley National
Wildlife Refuge this morning. It was feeding at the same place that it was
seen Monday. I've placed some photos at the link below along with one of the
Green Heron that was at the boardwalk. 

 

https://plus.google.com/photos/115596777661595023572/albums/6070826511773310
401

 

To find the Sora, go down the boardwalk and turn left at the loop. Take the
next right and walk slowly down that section until you come to the small
stream flowing perpendicularly to the boardwalk out of the spirea. It feeds
along that stream back up in the spirea. I saw it come out three times, feed
a bit and then scamper back into the spirea. 

 

We still have Common Yellowthroats around but most of the other warblers are
gone. I did see a Palm Warbler at the boardwalk.

 

A Gray Catbird just came to our feeder area. That is the first for me this
month.

 

The sparrows at our feeders include Song, White-crowned, White-throated and
Dark-eyed Junco plus Eastern Towhees. I saw Savannah Sparrows at the
boardwalk along with Song and Swamp Sparrows. 

 

It is busy out there. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County

 

 

 
Subject: Caracara near Buckhannon
From: Davette Saeler <ivorybill_24 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:55:29 -0400
Sorry sent that last email without changing the subject line. My friend near 
Buckhannon sent the message below. I'm trying to get a copy of the full article 
that was posted in the Record Delta. 



"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. " 


Davette Saeler
Jane Lew, WV
Ivorybill_24 AT msn.com
Subject: Re: check this out
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:36:06 -0400
Geez, another one? There was one spotted for one day here near Washington, PA, 
in SW PA a month ago. It is bizarre how many of them are on eBird all over 
northern North America. 


Ryan

> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:17:08 -0400
> From: ivorybill_24 AT MSN.COM
> Subject: Fwd: check this out
> To: WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> 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
 		 	   		  
Subject: Fwd: check this out
From: Davette Saeler <ivorybill_24 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:17:08 -0400
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
Subject: Phalarope
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:50:54 -0400
I was in Virginia for my daughter-in-law's 50th birthday celebration since
yesterday morning. I was privileged to see the Red Phalarope on a farm pond
near Mount Crawford/Bridgewater that has been reported there. It was still
there as of late this morning. Hopefully the Peregrine Falcon that was
hunting over the pond on Monday won't get that bird for lunch. It is a life
bird for me and completes the phalarope trio. If any are interested, I've
copied the directions below. 

 

"This pond is on private land and there are tons of signs saying no
trespassing. Please be mindful and do not go beyond the gate. However the
bird can be seen from the red gate in the parking area. Scopes will be handy
to say the least. I have talked to the farmer who rents this land and he
seemed okay with me birding from this spot. 

 

"To reach the pond take I 81 to the Mount Crawford exit just south of
Harrisonburg..... exit 240 ? then head West towards Bridgewater and turn
North on route 11 at the stop light. Go a  few blocks and turn left at the
stop light at the intersection of Oakwood and rt 11. Go to top of the first
small hill and turn left into a gravel area in front of some old chicken
houses."

 

Please, do not go into the chicken houses to get closer to the bird as some
have done.

 

Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County

 

 

 
Subject: Marsh Wren/Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:33:15 -0400
I went to the Montrose Wetlands on Rt 219 today (10/15/14) in search of 
Soras,Nelson's"& Marsh Wrens. One out of three isn't bad. I sent the dogs 
through the cattails really hoping to get a Sora up. We were on the South 
facing pond on the 219 side and the leashes were badly tangled. I was standing 
almost in the water at the 3rd alder clump and a Marsh Wren popped up in the 
cattails as I was untangling leashes. It stared at me as I reached for the 
camera and as soon as I got focused, it disappeared. I stared for about 5 
minutes and put my camera in the bag and up it popped again about 4 feet away. 
I got the camera back out and it disappeared. Put the camera back in the bag 
and it reappeared about 8 feet away. I got the camera back out and was trying 
to focus and one of my dogs let out a big dog bellow; he had found a 2 inch 
turtle. I never saw the wren again. Stephen Kimbrell was staring for it when I 
left. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Pleasant Creek WMA 10-14-14
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:32:25 -0400
A more in depth report from yesterday-

I met Mike Slaven, Nick Goodman and Randy Bodkins at the upper Pleasant Creek 
wetlands around 8a.m. Our targets for the day were Marsh Wren and Sora with an 
outside shot at Nelson's Sparrow and American Bittern. I personally ended the 
day with all 4. A great morning for the area! 


In all we had 3 Nelson's Sparrows at least 6 Marsh Wrens, 2 Soras and I flushed 
1 Bittern. 


Heading back out shortly to see what we can find. 

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Storks and cranes....NOT!
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:14:34 -0400
Inspired by reports of storks and cranes from our "non birders" friends,
several of us had a great morning on the Kanawha starting with a great
egret near the patrick street bridge and ending with a female kingfisher
posing over the Malden PUD pond. Also some very busy pied billed grebes and
several groups of cormorants.   --Martha Hopper, Bev Wright, Christy Carr,
Barb Koster and laura ceperley.   Kanawha county

8am  - 12n
Patrick ST.
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Double Crested Commorrant
Canada Geese
Mallards - male and female

Daniel Boone Park
Black Billed Grebe
Mallards
Canada Geese

Marmet Locks
Great Blue Heron
Pied Billed Grebe
Killdeer
Gold Finch
Cat Bird
Belted Kingfisher
Killdeer
Cedar Waxwing

Malden PSD
Robins
Redwing Blackbird
Red Tailed Hawk
Blue Jay
Kingfisher
ChimneySwift
Cardinal
Turkey Vultures
Red shouldered Hawk
Catbird
Northern Flicker
Subject: Third NELSON'S SPARROW @ PCWMA
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:40:09 -0400
A third Nelson's was found by visiting birder Mike Massachusetts .. We 
relocated the bird as well... Accessible with no more than knee boots.. Seen 
just to the east of the small pond encircled by Sycamores. 


Let me know if you'd like further directions!

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Nelson's Sparrow Pleasant Creek WMA
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:34:01 -0400
We have at least 2 Nelson's Sparrows and 3 Marsh Wrens at Upper Pleasant Creek 
WMA in Barbour county! Chest waders required to get on the island in the marsh. 


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: ruby-crowned kinglet
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:33:10 -0400
Yesterday, I saw my first of the season ruby-crowned kinglet feeding in 
our apple trees.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Battle
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:53:07 -0400
I heard a good story at the CVNWR boardwalk this morning from a couple that
was coming as I was leaving. They were there yesterday also until they got
"dumped on." They said they witnessed a battle between a Northern Harrier
and a Belted Kingfisher. The harrier attacked the kingfisher. "The
kingfisher would have none of it." It won as it drove the harrier away.
Kingfisher 1: Harrier 0. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Sora
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:47:30 -0400
This morning I went to the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge boardwalk.
I saw a Spotted Sandpiper feeding over the exposed mud. When I spotted Steve
Kimbrell as I was leaving, I took him to see the sandpiper. As we were
walking toward that bird, he spotted something else feeding along the edge
of the stream close to us. It was a Sora. We watched it for a good while
until it disappeared around the edge of the stream into the spirea. That was
my thrill of the day so far. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: A little of Grant and mostly Pendleton Co, Brandywine to Sugar Grove area
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:23:27 -0400
Only time for a brief summary right now.
65 species.
Highlights. Interesting waterfowl. Tons of cormorants. Pine Siskin.

Cabin on Little Mt, Cabins, Grant
2 Screech Owl
1 Barred Owl
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
PINE SISKIN flyover, first of year
Pine Warbler


Stony River Dam Rd/Germany Hollow Rd Lake, Grant
1 drake RING-NECKED DUCK
4 Western Palm Warblers
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20216119


Broad Run Lake, Pendleton
3 Wood Duck
2 PINTAIL
4 Pied-billed Grebe
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20216117


Miller Run Lake, Pendleton
109 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS no adults
1 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Bald Eagle adult
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20216102


Little Fork lake and road, Pendleton
1 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Bald Eagle, a pair and an immature.
42 Wood Duck (20 male, 22 female)
1 BLUE-WINGED TEAL
3 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (first of fall for me)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20216094


Brushy Fork Lake, Pendleton, extremely low water, would have been good for
shorebirds earlier in fall probably
1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Pied-billed Grebe
6 Killdeer
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20216080


Big Stony and Little Stony lakes, Pendleton
6 Wood Ducks (5 male, 1 female)
6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS
8 Pied-billed Grebes
1 COMMON LOON
1 OSPREY
1 Winter Wren
1 Western Palm Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox?compose=14907832ee0b2047

All the best
Fred Atwood
Cabins WV and Oakton, VA
Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, & other migrants- Yard- Summit Point
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:20:13 +0000
Greetings all, 
I had a very exciting couple of hours this afternoon walking the yard near our 
wooded area. I had a nice wave of migrants come through, which included several 
first of the season birds for me. Finding a Red-breasted Nuthatch was a 
particular surprise since the last time I had one in the yard was in April of 
2013. I was also delighted to see a Hermit Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo, Brown 
Creeper, a Black-throated Blue Warbler(female), several Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 
and 6 species of woodpeckers. At times there was so much going on, I hardly 
knew which way to turn. There was also a lot Robin activity with birds flying 
back and forth through the trees. Yellow-rumped Warblers were flitting around 
and seemed to be enjoying the poison ivy berries. It was also nice to see a 
Catbird still around. 

Yesterday, I had a female Scarlet Tanager come to the trees and tall grass near 
the pond. I haven't had one come through the yards in many years. 

Below is the e-Bird report I submitted listing all the birds seen or heard 
during this afternoon walk. 

Happy birding, 
Carol Del-Colle 
Summit Point 
Jefferson County 

Subject: eBird Report - Yard-Summit Point , Jefferson County, Oct 12, 2014 

Yard-Summit Point , Jefferson County, Jefferson, US-WV 
Oct 12, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Protocol: Traveling 
0.25 mile(s) 
Comments: I walked the edge of our property behind the house where our wooded 
area meets the grass yard, field and the side road. I ended up spending more 
time than I had intended because of all the bird activity I found. There was a 
nice little wave of migrants in the wooded area, included some first of season 
birds for me. 

27 species 

Turkey Vulture 8 Circling over our field. 
Mourning Dove 2 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 
Downy Woodpecker 1 
Hairy Woodpecker 1 
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2 
Pileated Woodpecker 2 
Blue-headed Vireo 1 
Blue Jay 4 
American Crow 1 Flew over. 
Common Raven 1 
Carolina Chickadee 4 
Tufted Titmouse 3 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 First one I have had in the yard since April, 2013. 
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 
Brown Creeper 1 
Carolina Wren 2 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4 
Hermit Thrush 1 
American Robin 20 
Gray Catbird 1 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 
Song Sparrow 1 
White-throated Sparrow 4 
Northern Cardinal 2 
House Finch 2 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20211017 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
Subject: Ruby-crowned Kinglet
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:59:34 -0400
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the backyard in Hurricane

Kim Kazmierski
Subject: GC Kinglet, Peregrine, & a few migrants
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:22:52 -0400
I heard my FOS Golden-crowned Kinglet as he flitted through my mulberry
tree this afternoon.

Walking back home from Cavalier Heights earlier today we watched a
Peregrine Falcon soar over our heads straight towards the Shenandoah. I've
spotted one in the sky in the same vicinity, between Murphy Farm and the
outdoor Flea Market, on October 4 and 8.

Yesterday evening I caught glimpses of a B&W warbler, Blue-headed Vireo and
several Yellow-rumped Warblers in a moving gang of songbirds at South
Schoolhouse Ridge. I was glad to have seen them at all - with the clunky
old pair of binocs I'm borrowing at the moment (mine in the shop) in
addition to my own weary eyes, things are a little hazy.  Several wild
turkeys scuttled into the woods there, too, while a pair of ravens honked
from above. It was the first time I'd run there in months, and boy, did it
feel good!

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Harrier, Purple Finches, Sparrows, and Grebes in Preston County
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:01:16 -0400
I visited the Decker's Creek Rail Trail and nearby areas in Preston County
near Masontown and Reedsville this morning.

McKinney Cave Road mostly east of the trail:

Wood Duck--a pair in the creek
PIED-BILLED GREBE--1 in pond just west of trail
Turkey Vulture--48, roosting in dead trees at top of hill
Black Vulture--2, roosting in dead trees at top of hill
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)--1

Trail from McKinney Cave Road to Burke Road:

Great Blue Heron--1
NORTHERN HARRIER--1 female. Being escorted away by some crows.
Belted Kingfisher--1
American Crow--1 large flock of about 125 birds in field west of trail
Gray Catbird--2
Cedar Waxwing--60, 2 flocks
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)--1
Chipping Sparrow--10
Song Sparrow--7, including a couple singing
White-throated Sparrow--5
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW--1 immature, my first of the fall
Eastern Meadowlark--1 heard singing

Trail north of McKinney Cave Road:

PIED-BILLED GREBE--1
Black Vulture--2, probably same 2 seen earlier at roost
Cooper's Hawk--1 immature
Eastern Phoebe--2
BLUE-HEADED VIREO--1 singing male
Tennessee Warbler--1
Palm Warbler (western)--3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)--3
White-throated Sparrow--5
White-crowned Sparrow--1 immature
PURPLE FINCH--2 males

McKinney Cave Road east of trail (seen as I was leaving):

PIED-BILLED GREBE--1, likely a third bird since it's unlikely a grebe would
be pond and creek-hopping.

WV University Reedsville Farm:

PIED-BILLED GREBE--1, fourth for the day

Trail north of Kingwood Pike:

American Crow--75, probably some of the same birds seen about 2 hours
earlier
Eastern Bluebird--2
Cedar Waxwing--12
Palm Warbler (western)--1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)--2
Chipping Sparrow--1
Field Sparrow--1
Song Sparrow--2
White-crowned Sparrow--1 immature
Unidentified sparrows--about a dozen, very uncooperative

I was hoping for Fox and Lincoln's Sparrows, a Marsh Wren, and a Wilson's
Snipe, but zilch for them all.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Cattle Egret etc.
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:53:41 +0000
Wendell Argabrite, Mike Griffith and I birded along Rte. 2 this am. We visited 
Greenbottom, Ashton Wetlands and the RCB Locks. The highlight of the day was 
seeing a Cattle Egret 

on the boom with Cormorants. Some of the birds seen were: 
  
Greenbottom; 
  
Marsh Wren-1 
Lincoln's Sparrow-1 
White-crowned Sparrow 
Swamp Sparrow 
Palm Warbler 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Great Egret-2 
  
Ashton: 
  
Marsh Wren-1 
Lincoln's Sparrow-1 
Palm Warbler 
White-crowned Sparrow 
Swamp Sparrow 
  
RCB Locks: 
  
Cattle Egret-1 
  
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 25701 
  
Subject: Cormorants & Merlin/Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:16:48 -0400
(10/12/14) 9:30 am..There were 8 Double-crested Cormorants flying over the 
Elkins Wal-Mart and there was a Merlin sitting in the top of a dead tree behind 
Bob Evans. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Fork-tailed flycatcher update
From: Rodney <wvkestrel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:38:31 -0400
A number of people wanted me to keep them updated on this bird. I have scanned 
my property regularly since Wednesday with no luck. 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: BIG SIT - ORINWR - good raptor day
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:17:21 -0400
  The Big Sit at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge was
started  just before sunrise and finished by about 5:15 p.m.   We started
the day and ended the day with a bird of prey. About 20 people stopped by,
some briefly, others to bird a while.

Birds:  "*" birds of particular interest to me

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
*Northern Pintail - 7 - one small flock
Double-crested Cormorant - 67 (62 in one flock)
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
*Osprey - 1
*Bald Eagle - 1
*Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
*Cooper's Hawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 5
*American Kestrel - 1
**Merlin - 1 - last bird of the day
*Peregrine Falcon - 2
Mourning Dove
**Eastern Screech Owl - 1 - first bird of the day
Red-bellied Woodpecker
*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
*House Wren - 1
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
*Nashville Warbler - 1
*Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
*Black-throated Green Warbler - 2
*Palm Warbler - 5
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
*Dark-eyed Junco - 1
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

49 species

After the Big Sit I got this message from Glenn Klingler, the refuge
Manager:

This evening I had (tho not from big sit area) white-crowned sparrow,
vesper sparrow, field sparrow and song sparrow. Add to that the swamp
sparrow earlier and I'd say the sparrows are moving through.  Obviously the
song and field are residents.

A good birding day at the Refuge.




Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: highlights of Grant Co Oct 11
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:10:40 -0400
Low overcast with patches of drizzly fog today. Clouds were totally
covering the mountains so I didn't go up to Dolly Sods as planned.
I started in the Cabins area , slowly birding Powers Hollow Rd, Royal Glen
Rd and Hogueland Rd.  Then I went to Stony River Dam Rd/Germany Hollow Rd
Lake, and finished at South Mill Creek Lake.

I found 76 species including a few late (according to ebird) migrants, 10
species of warblers and 9 species of sparrows (including junco and towhee)
some of which were present in big numbers. I also had 4 WV year-birds and 1
WV life-bird. I saw no cormorants all day and almost no waterfowl or
raptors.  The mountains were really beautiful with their bright patches of
color peering out between folds of the cloud-blankets.

Here are the highlights of each location followed by links to the complete
ebird lists.

Powers Hollow Rd (across from the Post Office in Cabins)

My first RUFFED GROUSE of the year.
My first WV PEREGRINE of the year
6 Phoebes
2 Golden-crowned Kinglets FOS for me in Cabins area
1 Blue-headed Vireo FOS for me in Cabins area
1 Hermit Thrush FOS for me in Cabins area
Single Magnolia, Black-throated Blue (male) and Pine Warblers
2 Juncos FOS for me in Cabins area
20 Chipping Sparrows
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20196048


Royal Glen Rd

1 adult Bald Eagle
1 Killdeer, my first only 2  today!
1 Eastern WOOD PEWEE
2 Blue-headed Vireo
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 House Wren
1 Winter Wren FOS for me in Cabins area
30 Cedar Waxwing
Warblers: single Tennessee, Black-and-white and REDSTART, 2 Western Palm,
29 Yellow-rumped eating posion ivy berries and hanging out in the corn
6 towhees
3 indigo buntings
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20196756


Hogueland Rd

52 vultures: 4 black, 48 turkey
3 bald eagles, all immatures
2 cooper's hawks
1 red-tail
no kestrel, harrier, or shrike
screech owl, responding to my imitations used to attract passerines
16 tree swallows
1 house wren
2 hermit thrush
only 1 warbler, a Western Palm
a BIG flock of 52 Chipping Sparrows
2 Savannah Sparrows.
6 Indigo Buntings
1 Purple Finch
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20200969


Stony River Dam Rd/Germany Hollow Rd Lake

1 Wood Duck, 3 Mallards, 16 Canada Geese
1 Kestrel
7 Western Palm Warblers
no cattle egret
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20200926


South Mill Creek Lake Park

1 COMMON LOON still in mostly breeding plumage. Its haunting song was very
dramatic in this setting of drizzly fog.
4 Pied-billed Grebes
1 OSPREY still hanging around
1 HERRING GULL a WV Lifer for me, flying over with a full bulging crop.
4 Tree Swallow
Both kinglets
1 Hermit Thrush
12 catbirds
a thrasher
36 cedar waxwings
Warblers: 1 WILSON'S, 1 Tennessee, 2 yellowthroat, 2 magnolia, 2 western
palm, 4 yellow-rumped.
Lots of Sparrows: 12 Towhee, 33 field, 36 song, 8 swamp, 29 white-throated,
1 white-crowned
1 SCARLET TANAGER
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20200904

INTERESTING TOTALS for the day
11 Phoebe
82 Blue Jay
32 Carolina Wren
17 Catbird
18 Towhee
77 Chipping Sparrow
44 Field Sparrow
43 Song Sparrow
32 White-throats

All the best
Fred Atwood
Cabins, Grant Co, WV
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA
Subject: Brown creeper, Black-throated blue warbler - yard birds, Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:48:59 +0000
Today's yard excitement included my first Brown creeper of the season.  The 
earliest I've found Brown creepers in the yard was October 26, so neat-o!  I 
also enjoyed watching a Black-throated blue warbler (female) feeding vigorously 
in the tall vegetation around the pond.  I have an abundance of Tufted 
titmice--plus Blue jays galore!  It's starting to feel and look like autumn 
around here. 

  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Foggy Day
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:39:19 -0400
We decided to take guests to a bog on Backbone Mountain to pick cranberries
today. On the way we stopped for a picnic at a pavilion near Thomas along
the North Fork of the Blackwater River. There was a lone Double-crested
Cormorant on an islet in the river when we arrived. However, as we ate, a
flock of 40 - 50 birds began circling over and eventually landed on the
river above where 219 crosses it. I have never seen so many cormorants in
that area. There were also Wood Ducks sharing the water. It was neat in the
mist and fog.

 

Then, while picking cranberries, I heard a Ruffed Grouse repeatedly drumming
in the forest surrounding the bog while American Robins chattered in the
trees. I wondered if the robins eat cranberries? They seemed fitting sounds
for a bog socked in with fog and drizzle. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph
County
Subject: Ruddy Ducks/Barbour County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:53:57 -0400
I took a little ride to fight the boredom today. I went to Mill Creek Reservoir 
near Belington. (1:30-2:05pm) There were 6 Ruddy Ducks, 5 Blue-winged Teal, 2 
Wood Ducks and a pair of Ring-necked Ducks present. also 4 Pied-billed Grebes 
and 4 Cracker Ducks. Not much else other than a male Common Yellowthroat and a 
lot of Yellow-rumps. I didn't kick around in the Alders, any. 10/11/14. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Chickadees Challenge
From: 0000006548a92e8f-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:45:30 -0400
Hi Folks!
 
I just uploaded images of 6 different chickadees, each one an  
identification challenge. I am getting ready for a short vacation [where 
Internet will 

not be available]. If you want to comment on one or all, please it  here. 
 
They start here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26803925 AT N05/15320539137/
 
Have fun!
 
Jim
 
Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
_jlstasz AT aol.com_ (mailto:jlstasz AT aol.com) 
Subject: Winter Residents & Migrants
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:42:13 -0400
Ashton Wetland (Mason Co.) :

Palm Warbler - 12
Marsh Wren - 1
Swamp Sparrow - 7
Lincoln Sparrow - 2
White-crowned Sparrow - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Yard Bird
From: Susan Aaron <sf46aron AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:38:19 -0400
FOS  White-crowned Sparrow

Susan Aaron
Cabell Co.
WV
Subject: Rose - breasted Grosbeak (female), White - throated sparrow- Yard - Summit Point
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:55:24 +0000
Hi all.
 Just had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the hanging tray feeder with 
black-oil sunflower seeds. This is just after seeing my first white- throated 
sparrow feeding on seed on the ground. Exciting beginning to the day. 

 Over the past two days , there have been quite a few blue jays noisily coming 
in to eat. Also have had : 

 Cedar Waxwings, Yellow- rumped Warblers, lots of Robins at the pond, a female 
Northern Flicker, and plenty of the usual suspects. 

    Happy birding, 
      Carol Del-Colle
        Summit Point
          Jefferson County
Subject: Kimsey Run Lake, Hardy Co and Patterson Creek Rd area Grant Co
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:51:27 -0400
This afternoon en route from VA to Cabins.

Highlights:
Kimsey Run Lake, light rain
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20192151

7 pied billed grebes
3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS
4 red-headed woodpeckers
no merlin
3 phoebe
palm (6), pine (1), and yellow-rumped warblers (7)
lincoln's (1), field (13), savannah (5) swamp (3), chipping (9), and song
(14) sparrows
towhee
1 meadowlark
4 PURPLE FINCH
see list for others.

1 adult Bald Eagle along 48 in Hardy

1 Kestrel along Patterson Creek Rd in Grant

Thorn Run Rd, Grant, light rain
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20191369

3 pied-billed grebes
18 killdeer
2 ruby-crowned kinglet
7 catbirds
31 cedar waxwings
2 nashville warblers
1 male YELLOW warbler
4 yellowthroats
chipping, field, swamp, song, white-throated sparrows
towhee
1 rose-breasted grosbeak
see list for others.

Belle Babb, Grant, light rain
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20191332

1 pied-billed grebe
5 catbirds
13 yellow-rumped warblers
meadowlark
see list for others.


All the best
Fred
Subject: WC Sparrow, Siskins (Tucker) + new ABA listing rules
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:45:08 -0400
Hi, all,

A quick visit to the Freeland Boardwalk of Canaan Valley NWR this afternoon
yielded the Gray Ghost (male Northern Harrier), a dozen FOS Pine Siskins in
a flock, and an FOS White-crowned Sparrow (a juvenile). Yard warblers were
Blackpoll, Palm and Black-throated Green.

Meanwhile, the American Birding Association has recently revised some of its
listing rules substantially.
http://blog.aba.org/2014/10/news-from-the-aba-reording-standards-and-ethics-
committee-supplemental.html

Three big changes:
1.  Reintroduced species can be counted as soon as young are fledged in the
wild, not 20 years later. (Woo hoo! -- just added California Condor and
Aplomado Falcon to my life list. My first ABA 6's.)
2.  Exotic species that become extirpated, but had been seen by the birders
while they were on the list, get to stay on the birder's list. (Woo hoo! --
I no longer have to worry about losing my Budgerigars.)
3.  New rules about birds released after rehabilitation or banding -- under
many circumstances, you can count them right away. (Congratulations to Bob
Dean on his now-countable Kirtland's Warbler!)

I'm sure there's more to consider in the changes, too

Good birding,

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV