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Asian Dowitchers,©BirdQuest

26 Feb Monongahela River water bird update [Terry Bronson ]
26 Feb A bird in the hand.... [Bruni Haydl ]
25 Feb Rough Legged Hawk [Bill Mills ]
25 Feb Birding appalachia (Facebook Group) [Joshua Blackmon ]
25 Feb PVAS bird walk - Harpers Ferry [Deb Hale ]
25 Feb Trumpeter Swans - CORRECTION [Bruni Haydl ]
24 Feb Rough-legged Hawk repeat at Bardane ["N. Wade Snyder" ]
24 Feb Northern Panhandle Ohio River gull and water bird report [Terry Bronson ]
24 Feb Trumpeter Swans [Bruni Haydl ]
24 Feb Two Peregrines are better than One! [Deb Hale ]
24 Feb EAGLES EAGLES EAGLES [ ]
23 Feb Horned Larks, etc. [Bruni Haydl ]
23 Feb Rough-legged Hawk [Jim Farley ]
23 Feb yard birds [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
22 Feb Shenandoah River Birds [Jim Farley ]
22 Feb Gulls! Gulls! Gulls! [Derek Courtney ]
22 Feb Tundra Swan, Horned Larks, etc / Jefferson Co. [Jon Little ]
22 Feb Winter Wren and Mocking Bird [Sam Chapman ]
22 Feb Greater White-fronted Goose in Wayne Co. ["Rankin, Gary" ]
22 Feb Art Auction to Raise Money for ACCA and WVU Student Chapter [Hannah Clipp ]
22 Feb Monongahela River water bird report [Terry Bronson ]
22 Feb Greater Black-backed Gull, White-winged Scoters, Snow Goose [Jon Benedetti ]
22 Feb Rough-legged Hawk/Elkins/Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
22 Feb Harris Riverfront Park, Cabell County, West Virginia [DAVID ]
21 Feb Brown Thrasher still around ["Rankin, Gary" ]
21 Feb Hilton Pond 02/01/15 (30,000 WinterFinches) ["Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" ]
20 Feb Jefferson Co. Rough-legged Hawk [Wade Snyder ]
20 Feb Water conditions & mammal observations today [James Phillips ]
20 Feb Bluestone Lake & New River [James Phillips ]
20 Feb Trumpeter Swan ?? [Jim Farley ]
20 Feb Morgantown water birds [Amanda Dymacek ]
20 Feb King Eider - NO, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Tundra Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose [Matt ]
19 Feb Greenbrier River [Debbie Long ]
19 Feb Fox Sparrows [Kevin Cade ]
19 Feb Tygart River- Grafton [Joe Hildreth ]
19 Feb Greater Black-backed Gull [Jon Benedetti ]
19 Feb Brown Thrasher ["Rankin, Gary" ]
19 Feb Re: Rufous Hummer [Brad Wood ]
19 Feb White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks - Shenandoah River (plus a Mystery Duck) [Deb Hale ]
19 Feb Re: Rufous Hummer [Terry Bronson ]
19 Feb Re: Rufous Hummer [Jeff Del Col ]
19 Feb Rufous Hummer [Bill Mills ]
18 Feb Rough-legged Hawk [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
18 Feb Monongahela River water bird report; Long-tailed Duck at Point Marion, PA [Terry Bronson ]
18 Feb Glaucous Gull on Kanawha River near Charleston [Terry Bronson ]
18 Feb Field sparrows [Beverly Delidow ]
18 Feb You know it's cold when... [Bruni Haydl ]
18 Feb Ohio River Birding north of Wheeling - Tons of ducks, eagles, gulls [Ryan Tomazin ]
17 Feb Gr.Black-backed Gull & White-winged Scoters [Mike Griffith ]
17 Feb Chipping Sparrow at the feeder; Killdeer at Beech Fork Lake ["Rankin, Gary" ]
17 Feb Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Feb 16, 2015 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
16 Feb Pine Siskins- Finally! ["Rankin, Gary" ]
16 Feb Summers Co. on 2/14/2114 [Allen Waldron ]
16 Feb (Oregon) Dark-eyed Junco/Norton Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
16 Feb Morgantown Goshawk--NO; Monongahela River water bird report [Terry Bronson ]
16 Feb Tundra Swans/Herring Gull Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
16 Feb White-winged Scoter [Jon Benedetti ]
16 Feb Bald Eagles at Beech Fork Lake ["Rankin, Gary" ]
16 Feb Eagles & waterfowl [James Phillips ]
16 Feb Goldeneye [Mike Griffith ]
15 Feb White-winged Scoters [Jon Benedetti ]
15 Feb Rte 2 and Rte 35 Birding ["Rankin, Gary" ]
15 Feb Merlin_Kanawha River, St. Albans [Steven Richards ]
15 Feb Pike Island Lock and Dam [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
15 Feb Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Sandstone Falls Trail, Feb 14, 2015 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
15 Feb Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Feb 14, 2015 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
14 Feb Gray Catbird [sharon kearns ]
14 Feb Saved by the Quince [Bruni Haydl ]
14 Feb Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Mountain House of Hope, Feb 14, 2015 [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
14 Feb Gulls and Snow [Derek Courtney ]
14 Feb Canaan Valley NWR Tucker Co Hoodie, Swampie &Treeie [steve kimbrell ]
14 Feb Re: Goshawk in Morgantown [Amanda Dymacek ]
14 Feb Ohio River Birding - White-winged Scoters [Jon Benedetti ]
14 Feb American Kestrel at work [Jeff Del Col ]
14 Feb Re: Goshawk in Morgantown [William Johnson ]
14 Feb Goshawk in Morgantown [Terry Bronson ]

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

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

Morgantown Lock and Dam:

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

Morgantown Power Plant:

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

Barill Park:

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

Star City water treatment plant:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time,

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

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

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar

36 species

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

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


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


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


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



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

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

All birds listed were in West Virginia except as noted.

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

Proctor was completely frozen and bereft of birds.

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

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

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

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

Mazeroski Park and adjacent golf course:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Hooter Road 
Common Mergansers BuffleheadAPipit

An exciting Eagle Morning

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

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


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


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

count ever seen in Jefferson County.

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

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

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


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

Good Birding!

Jim Farley
Jefferson County
 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

PB Grebe - 1

GB Heron - 1

Tundra Swan - 1

Gadwall - 6

Hooded Merg - 4

Common Merg - 13

Bald Eagle - 1

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Killdeer - 1

Snipe - 2 (Smith Rd creek)

Horned Lark - 85 total

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester, VA

 

 

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

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

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

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


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


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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



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

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

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

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

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


Thanks,

Hannah Clipp

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

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

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

Morgantown Power Plant:

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

Barill Park:

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

Star City water treatment plant:

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

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


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

Highlights:

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

Other birds:

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

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


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

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


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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

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


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


Happy (Midwinter) Nature Watching!

BILL

Please "Like" our new Facebook pages at http://www.facebook.com/HiltonPond 
 for timely updates on nature topics, 

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

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

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


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


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


Happy birding!

Amanda Dymacek 

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

My list follows... 


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


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

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

Birds:

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

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


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: Rufous Hummer
From: Brad Wood <woodb20 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:51:48 -0500
A picture of the spread tail would help in confirming Rufous.

Brad

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 9:04 AM, Terry Bronson  wrote:

> This bird has been in Charleston since November, and has been reported
> previously. However, it is a female and has not been banded, so it could be
> either a Rufous or an Allen's.
>
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 7:22 AM, Jeff Del Col  wrote:
>
> > Where is this?
> >
> > On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 7:00 AM, Bill Mills 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Our Rufous Hummingbird was waiting at dawn this morning for  Tom
> > > Gillooly  to put out the nectar and heat lamp....4 degrees and going
> way
> > > down....
> > >
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Terry Bronson
> Morgantown, WV
>
Subject: White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks - Shenandoah River (plus a Mystery Duck)
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:12:37 -0500
2 (a M/F pair) WW Scoters this morning on the Shenandoah, and
3 LT Ducks (1 M, 2 F)

upriver from the Outfitters' beach in Millville, halfway to Fiesta Park.

Yesterday afternoon (3:05-ish), my mom & I spotted a lone mystery duck in
this very same spot. At first sight, I thought it might be a WW Scoter;
once home, the King Eider first winter male fit the bill, so to speak, more
accurately.

With no camera, I may never know. That duck was not present this morning,
but in his stead the aforementioned.  Local Jefferson County-ites - please
keep your eyes on this spot, and bring a camera!

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Re: Rufous Hummer
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:04:50 -0500
This bird has been in Charleston since November, and has been reported
previously. However, it is a female and has not been banded, so it could be
either a Rufous or an Allen's.

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 7:22 AM, Jeff Del Col  wrote:

> Where is this?
>
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 7:00 AM, Bill Mills 
> wrote:
>
> > Our Rufous Hummingbird was waiting at dawn this morning for  Tom
> > Gillooly  to put out the nectar and heat lamp....4 degrees and going way
> > down....
> >
>



-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: Rufous Hummer
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:22:49 -0500
Where is this?

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 7:00 AM, Bill Mills 
wrote:

> Our Rufous Hummingbird was waiting at dawn this morning for  Tom
> Gillooly​  to put out the nectar and heat lamp....4 degrees and going way
> down....
>
Subject: Rufous Hummer
From: Bill Mills <williamjmills13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:00:57 -0500
Our Rufous Hummingbird was waiting at dawn this morning for Tom Gillooly​ to 
put out the nectar and heat lamp....4 degrees and going way down.... 

Subject: Rough-legged Hawk
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:46:33 -0500
On my way to Petersburg this morning, I drove Hogueland Lane. Just beyond
the sharp right bend, there was a majestic, light-morph Rough-legged Hawk
perched in a tree. It flew around a bit revealing it's starkly marked
under-wing. The American Crows were not as happy about its presence as I
was and periodically harassed it. I couldn't find it this afternoon. Below
is a link to a photo. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County


https://plus.google.com/photos/115596777661595023572/albums/6117300864674511713/6117300977319981954?pid=6117300977319981954&oid=115596777661595023572 

Subject: Monongahela River water bird report; Long-tailed Duck at Point Marion, PA
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:51:23 -0500
I spent the morning in the Point Marion, PA area just across the border,
where there was a drake LONG-TAILED DUCK just below the Point Marion Lock
and Dam, along with lots of other ducks, grebes, and geese. For details,
see my post on the PA Birds listserv, http://birding.aba.org/maillist/PA01

After lunch, I birded along the Monongahela River in Morgantown.

Barill Park, Star City:

Canada Goose--1
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--57
Canvasback--9
Redhead--30
Ring-necked Duck--3
Greater Scaup--8
Lesser Scaup--4
Bufflehead--43
Common Goldeneye--3
Hooded Merganser--6
Common Merganser--2
Red-breasted Merganser--7
Great Blue Heron--1
Ring-billed Gull--44

Snow was starting by then, so I did not check the Star City water treatment
plant.

Morgantown Power Plant:

Mallard--14
Canvasback--12
Ring-necked Duck--2
Greater Scaup--5
Bufflehead--32
Common Goldeneye--6
Hooded Merganser--1
Common Merganser--5
Pied-billed Grebe--1
American Coot--1

Walnut Street boat ramp:

Mallard--11
Common Merganser--9
Ring-billed Gull--2
Herring Gull--2, 1 adult, 1 immature

McQuain Park to Morgantown Lock and Dam, seen from dam parking area on
Westover side:

Canada Goose--3
Redhead--5
Greater Scaup--4
Lesser Scaup--1
Bufflehead--4
Common Goldeneye--24
Hooded Merganser--6
Common Merganser--29
Red-breasted Merganser--2
Ring-billed Gull--2
Herring Gull--1 immature

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Glaucous Gull on Kanawha River near Charleston
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:05:19 -0500
Richard Gregg of Belle, which is 12 miles southeast of Charleston along
U.S. 60 on the north or east side of the Kanawha River, discovered an
almost pure white Glaucous Gull yesterday, Feb. 17. He sent photos which
leave no doubt as to the ID.

He saw the birds from his home at 131 Riverview Avenue, which is along the
river and parallel to Route 60,but the bird could be up or down river a
ways. It might also be visible from streets off WV Route 61 in Chesapeake
across the river.

Sightings of this rare winter visitor are almost always confined to the
Ohio River, so this is quite a notable sighting. Way to go, Rich!

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Field sparrows
From: Beverly Delidow <bdelidow AT MAC.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:07:38 -0500
The sparrows have been active here with the snow.
I looked out back to see 8 field sparrows gleaning in the weeds and tall grass 
above ten inches of snow. 

I've also had close to a dozen white-throated sparrows, especially in the 
cleared driveway. They seem to love the access to a bit of grit. 


Being stuck on an unplowed hill has it's merits.

Stay warm and safe - good birding!
Bev Delidow
Huntington 
Wayne Co.
Subject: You know it's cold when...
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:38:46 -0500
While waiting for my coffee this morning I was watching a Flicker on the 
feeder tray hacking at the peanut suet ball I'd put out.  I could see 
wisps of vapor coming out of his mouth.   When he was joined by a bigger 
female the same thing happened with her as well. Ah, the advantage of 
having the tray  close to the window.

Lots of Pine Siskins too.  When a Flicker lands on the tray the Siskins 
scatter but come right back.  It is really neat to see this big bird 
surrounded by his "entourage" of tiny Siskins.

In addition to several hanging suet cakes I put one on the ground as 
well.  This led to an interesting observation when a YB Sapsucker was 
feeding on it.   Normally you see them from the back or in profile.  
This bird was facing me and I saw that it had an almost square black 
bib.  Made a video clip of it just because it was definitely something 
new to me.  Even Sibley's shows them in profile only.

Among the bird activity last Sunday were six Flickers in the same area 
at the same time.  They kept chasing each other around the walnut tree 
with the suet.  One of them was quite aggressive, snapping at the 
others.  Twice it had a white plume in its bill so it must have 
connected with one of them.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Ohio River Birding north of Wheeling - Tons of ducks, eagles, gulls
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:07:21 -0500
Hello All,

No more news or views of our Kelp Gull suspect in the last week, and with the 
rivers freezing in a lot of places, that ship might have sailed as a 
hypothetical bird with no photo confirmation. 


Anyways, before a bird club meeting last night, I scoped the river at Pike 
Island Dam from the Ohio side (Belmont Co.), and also further up in 
Tiltonsville and Warrenton (Jefferson Co.). There were good ducks in the 
unfrozen parts of the north, while the large stretch of unfrozen river from the 
dam south a couple of miles held hundreds of ducks, mainly on the WV side. 


Upriver in Tiltonsville and Warrenton, I had Common & Red-breasted Mergansers, 
Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, dozens of Mallards and Black Ducks that were flushed 
from an ice floe when a barge crushed it, Canvasbacks and Greater Scaup. An 
adult Bald Eagle was cruising at Rayland Marina. 


At the dam and down river, I had Common Goldeneye, one coot, Mallards, a 
continuing female LONG-TAILED DUCK, Greater Scaup (dozens, in the great 
majority for scaup), a few Lesser Scaup, Canvasback, Common/RB/Hooded Mergs, 
Bufflehead and one Horned Grebe. Many hundreds of Canada Geese all along the 
way, giving me 16 species of waterbirds. 


I had at least 3 more Bald Eagles down river (1 adult and 2, but very possibly 
3, immatures). Thousands of gulls on the ice, but I didn't stop anywhere to see 
them well, and only had Herring, Ring-billed, and one far-away Great Black 
Back. Michael Dietrich from WV was birding the area as well, and walked into a 
spot to see the gulls, and added I think 2 Glaucous and 2 Icelands. 


The scoters might have leapfrogged us in the last week. Down river should be 
great these next few days, for both Ohio and West Virginia. Get out and bird 
(safely)! 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: Gr.Black-backed Gull & White-winged Scoters
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:57:52 -0500
Harris Riverfront Park - Huntington :

This afternoon, there were 7 White-winged Scoters (5 near the boat ramp and 2 
at the lower end). At least 9 Common Mergansers were at the mouth of Symmes 
Creek (Ohio side). At the boat ramp, there was a Great Black-backed Gull 
(probably first winter). The gull left, flying upstream, while I was watching. 


Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Chipping Sparrow at the feeder; Killdeer at Beech Fork Lake
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:12:28 +0000
I was checking to see what birds were hanging around our feeders this afternoon 
when I noticed a small bird fly to the ground and start picking through the 
seeds under the feeders. Turns out it was a Chipping Sparrow in non breeding 
plumage. I haven't seen one in this part of the state since January 1, 2015, 
and that was in Mason Co. There are usually a few Chipping Sparroes around 
Beech Fork Lake or Sugarwood Golf Corse in December, but I haven't seen any 
there lately. 


I also drove over to the marina area at Beech Fork Lake this afternoon. The 
lake was frozen except for a small area about 20 ft long and 5 ft wide. The 
resident ducks were huddled around this open water. There were a few Robins 
near the Corp's Visitor's building/offices and a single Killdeer running 
between snow tracks on the road near the marina parking lot. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Subject: Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Feb 16, 2015
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:21:17 -0500
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	GBBC eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Feb 16, 2015
Date: 	Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:13:00 -0500 (EST)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, US-WV
Feb 16, 2015 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Knob Ridge Rd & yard feeders 7-10" snow, 16 degrees
26 species

Mourning Dove  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  17
American Crow  7
Carolina Chickadee  11
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  10
European Starling  9
Cedar Waxwing  6
Eastern Towhee  6
Fox Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  7
Dark-eyed Junco  23
Northern Cardinal  9
House Finch  16
Purple Finch  8
Pine Siskin  90
American Goldfinch  18
House Sparrow  6

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

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Subject: Pine Siskins- Finally!
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:07:59 +0000
With everyone in the mountains seeming to have Pine Siskins, but not having any 
at our feeders this winter, I figured that we low landers would have to wait 
for a few to migrate through Wayne Co. But the heavy snow we received so far 
today (~8" as of 5 pm), brought in 2 Pine Siskins mixed with the 40+ N. 
Cardinals, 6 blue Jays, assorted sparrows, doves and the one lone N. 
Mockingbird. The feisty Siskins are always a treat! 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Subject: Summers Co. on 2/14/2114
From: Allen Waldron <awaldron AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:31:19 -0500
Friends,
Saturday Alma Lowry, Wade Snyder, Allen Waldron and I were birding in Summers 
Co. We began at Mountain Valley Lake, (90% frozen), then down Surveyor Branch 
Rd. to Bluestone State Park, Pits (Bluestone Lake boat launch), Hinton and 
Bellepoint park. We had a great day and finished just as the weather was 
turning nasty, cold and snowy. Our list which I posted on the GBBC is below. 


Species for the day:
Canada Goose
Wood Duck, Hinton DQ
A. Black Duck 
Mallard
C. Goldeneye,  36, Bellepoint Park
Hooded Merganser
C. Merganser  130 on Bluestone Lake
Great Blue Heron
Black and Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle, 6 adults, and at least 6 immature
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk,  1 Bellepoint Park on nest
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
N. Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
E. Phoebe
Blue Jay
C. Raven
A. Crow
Carolina Chickadee
T. Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
C. Wren 
E. bluebird
A. Robin
N. Mockingbird
E. Starling
E. Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
N. Cardinal 
A. Goldfinch

M. Waldron
Surveyor, WV
Subject: (Oregon) Dark-eyed Junco/Norton Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:58:50 -0500
The Oregon Junco has returned to my yard today (2/16/15) after an apparent 6 
day absence. I guess it doesn't plan on getting a good photo taken outside in 
the sunlight. It was close to the window earlier, but was spooked off. here are 
the best shots I got of it on (2/10/15) 
http://highvirginiaoutdoors.blogspot.com/ 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Morgantown Goshawk--NO; Monongahela River water bird report
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:34:03 -0500
With temperatures ranging from 3 to 6 degrees this morning, I only got out
of the car when I had to. Even well bundled up, I had to get back in after
only 15 minutes to warm up and thaw out.

I spent nearly 45 minutes in search of the Northern Goshawk reported by
John Hall last Friday in the area of Vista Place. No success.

I did find an adult Red-shouldered Hawk along Forest Drive nearby, which
may be one of a pair that I understand are resident in that general area.

I then went to the Monongahela River, which is now mostly frozen from
Barill Park in Star City to Uffington. There are only modest-sized open
areas at the stops mentioned below, plus some quite small scattered open
patches--none large enough for water birds--elsewhere.

Barill Park, Star City:

Canada Goose--300
American Black Duck--5
Mallard--29
Canvasback--4
Redhead--18
Ring-necked Duck--2
Greater Scaup--5
Lesser Scaup--2
Bufflehead--11
Common Goldeneye--1
Hooded Merganser--5
Pied-billed Grebe--1
Great Blue Heron--2
Ring-billed Gull--86
Herring Gull--1 adult

Star City water treatment plant, as seen from behind CVS Pharmacy, where
the view is partially obstructed by trees, so I may have missed a few birds:

Mallard--4
Bufflehead--5
American Coot--2

Morgantown Power Plant:

Canada Goose--10
Mallard--24
Canvasback--12
Redhead--14
Ring-necked Duck--1
Greater Scaup--5
Lesser Scaup--3
Bufflehead--56
Hooded Merganser--6
Common Merganser--9
Pied-billed Grebe--3

Walnut Street boat ramp, Morgantown:

Canada Goose--53
Lesser Scaup--1
Bufflehead--3
Common Goldeneye--12
Hooded Merganser--4
Common Merganser--1

Morgantown Lock and Dam to McQuain Park, as seen from the dam parking lot
on the Westover side of the river:

Canada Goose--59
Mallard--61
Canvasback--5
Ring-necked Duck--1
Greater Scaup--4
Lesser Scaup--3
Bufflehead--4
Common Goldeneye--25, with only 3 adult males
Hooded Merganser--19
Common Merganser--14
Herring Gull--1 molting into adult plumage. Limited gray on the mantle and
bill still pinkish with black tip.

Uffington access point:

Canada Goose--17
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--9
Hooded Merganser--3

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Tundra Swans/Herring Gull Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:01:34 -0500
There were 12 Tundra Swans circling at Glendale Park in Elkins this morning. 
(2/16/15) They made 3 passes while I was there, but did not land. There was a 
lone adult Herring Gull flying up the Tygart River at Aggergates along old rt 
33. It was headed toward Crystal Springs. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: White-winged Scoter
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:13:15 -0500
 I birded from 9:00 a.m. until a little after 11:00 a.m. this morning.
Stopped at Neal Island (twice), Point Park, Civitan Park, behind the Belpre
Shrine (birds on the far shore and the heat waves off the river made it too
hard for good IDs), and Joe Skinner Road (no birds).  Saw Mike Wine at
Civitan Park. Saw Arnold Huyghebaert at Neal Island the second time.

   The female White-winged Scoter was in the WV channel along Neal Island
both times I was there.
     Mike Wine had two Bald Eagles at Joe skinner Road when he was there.

    The river was iced over 60%-80% everywhere I was. Started snowing and
roads started to get bad a little after 11:00 a.m.

Birds:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Canvasback - Neal Is. & Civitan
Redhead - Neal Is. & Civitan
Ring-necked Duck - Neal Is. & Civitan
Greater Scaup - Neal Is. & Civitan
Lesser Scaup - Neal Is. & Civitan
Bufflehead - Civitan
Common Goldeneye - Neal Is & Civitan
Hooded Merganser - Point Park
Common Meganser - Point Park
Ruddy Duck - Civitan
Great Blue Heron - Neal Is.
Red-shouldered Hawk - Neal Is.
Sharp-shinned Hawk - Neal Is.
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Wodopecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
American Robin
European Starling
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Bald Eagles at Beech Fork Lake
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:35:02 +0000
I stopped by the dam and marina area of Beech Fork Lake yesterday and saw two 
immature Bald Eagles flying toward the Twin Coves part of the lake. A few 
Hooded Mergansers were also present. 

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co. 

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Subject: Eagles & waterfowl
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:29:38 -0500
We stopped in at the mouth of the Bluestone River yesterday afternoon. In
with about 100 common mergansers we found several hooded mergs, redheads &
scaup. We saw 1 adult & 10 immature bald eagles.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Pipestem, WV
Summers County.
Subject: Goldeneye
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:05:19 -0500
Late yesterday evening (2-15), there were at least 8 Common Goldeneye at Harris 
Riverfront Park in Huntington. 


Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: White-winged Scoters
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:25:57 -0500
   I went to look at the Ohio River at the head of Neal Island today. From
2:30 until 2:45 p.m. (when I left), there were two White-winged Scoters in
the open water of the WV side channel, 100 yards downstream from the head
of the island. They were in the open water patches, between the sheets of
ice. One appeared to be a first year male and the other a female. Nyla
Wiggins and her niece were there and looked at them with me.

   Other birds present:

Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Common Goldeneye - 20 or so

It was hard to see at times with the sun reflecting off the wavelets.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Rte 2 and Rte 35 Birding
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:20:11 +0000
This morning Wendell Argabrite, Mike Griffith, David Patick and I birded the 
Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam, the Gallipolis Ferry area, and fields along US 35 
toward Winfield. Given the cold temperatures, we were hoping for some rarer 
gulls, scoters Snow Buntings or Longspurs. No luck with the rare gulls, 
buntings or Longspurs, but we did find White-winged Scoters at the RCBL&D and 
Tundra Swans at Gallipolis Ferry. Some of the birds seen are shown below: 


RCBL&D 
Canada Goose
Snow Goose (20 with both morphs present)
Gadwall
Am. Black Duck
Mallard
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
White-winged Scoter(2)
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great-blue Heron
Ring-billed and Herring Gulls
Savannah Sparrow

Gallipolis Ferry
Tundra Swan (3)
Am. Black Duck
Mallard
N. Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Am. Coot (2)
N. Harrier
Horned Lark (25+)

Rte.35 fields
N. Harrier (1)
Am. Pipit (20)
Horned Lark (16)
Savannah Sparrow (25+)
White-crowned Sparrow (1)

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.



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Subject: Merlin_Kanawha River, St. Albans
From: Steven Richards <srichards AT WVSTATEU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:39:13 -0500
Perhaps mistaking the Kanawha Valley for the taiga, a Merlin was harassing
Ring-billed Gulls this morning (Sunday) in St. Albans at the riverside park
along the Kanawha River (immediately north of Krogers). I saw the bird
make several playful stoops on gulls, but no kills were witnessed. Though
temperatures are bitter this morning, the Merlin seemed unfazed by the
weather.

Best in birding,
Steve
-- 
Steven W. Richards, Ph.D.
Professor
West Virginia State University
Department of Health and Human Performance
156 Fleming Hall
Institute, WV 25112-1000
office phone: (304) 766-3003
office fax:        (304) 766-5194
Subject: Pike Island Lock and Dam
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:29:17 -0500
Is anyone planning a trip to the Pike Island Lock and Dam tomorrow near
Wheeling? I am interested in going to see the gulls there especially the
Glaucous and Iceland Gulls which would be new for me. I would prefer to not
go alone as I am not familiar with the area and don't feel very confident
in identifying gulls.

I would come from Harman via Weston and Morgantown. If anyone is
interested, I would be happy to drive. The weather looks a bit "warmer"
tomorrow and no snow is predicted here until mid-late afternoon. If you are
interested, email me or call at (304) 227-4661. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County where winter has come in full force.
Subject: Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Sandstone Falls Trail, Feb 14, 2015
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:44:43 -0500
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	GBBC eBird Report - Sandstone Falls Trail, Feb 14, 2015
Date: 	Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:32:13 -0500 (EST)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Sandstone Falls Trail, Raleigh, US-WV
Feb 14, 2015 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     New River Gorge National River
18 species

Canada Goose  17
American Black Duck  32
Mallard  33
Redhead  9
Lesser Scaup  8
Hooded Merganser  7
Common Merganser  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  1     adult
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  6
Common Raven  2
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Dark-eyed Junco  8
Northern Cardinal  4
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

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Subject: Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Feb 14, 2015
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:43:30 -0500
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	GBBC eBird Report - Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Feb 14, 2015
Date: 	Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:26:26 -0500 (EST)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Knob Ridge Road, Pipestem, WV, Summers, US-WV
Feb 14, 2015 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     yard & vicinity
27 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  17
American Crow  4
Common Raven  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  3
European Starling  12
Eastern Towhee  5
Fox Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  21
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
House Finch  13
Purple Finch  5
Pine Siskin  80
American Goldfinch  12
House Sparrow  4
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

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Subject: Gray Catbird
From: sharon kearns <skwalks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:36:51 -0500
Kitty Bailey, Amy Cimarolli, Sue Groves and Sharon Kearns participated in
the GBBC today and found a Gray Catbird munching a stash of privet berries
in Mill Point as well as a Gray phase E. Screech Owl and Hermit Thrush in
other areas around Mill Point and Seebert. Kitty and Sharon saw a Northern
Harrier (Gray Ghost) outside of Hillsboro at Kearns' farm. All in all a fun
day in cold weather but beating the ultra cold temps, snow and wind we are
experiencing as I post this.😘
Sharon Kearns
Hillsboro, Pocahontas County, WV
Subject: Saved by the Quince
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:25:57 -0500
I just looked out the kitchen window to see a bird in the quince bush 
that almost looked like a puffed up Brown Thrasher.  Turned out to be a 
Sharpie that was pursuing a White-throated Sparrow.   The Sharpie would 
fly around the outside of the shrub and then go back in but the sparrow 
was smart enough to stay close to the base  where the stems are close 
together.  Had he left the shrub he would have been a goner for sure.  
The Sharpie finally gave up and flew off. Fascinating to watch this 
little life and death drama with a happy ending...at least for the White 
throat.

A couple of days ago I saw eight male Turkeys in the big corn field off 
Cattail Rd., the same place I saw them often last year.   Also had 
another Rusty Blackbird at the same feeder it was several weeks ago.

My late morning walk at Willingham Park was devoid of birds except for 
three Blk Vultures, Cardinals and Carolina Chickadees.   Did have a nice 
surprise on my way back, seeing a Fox cross the mowed area into the 
rocky thicket.  I was hoping it had a den and wouldn't cross the street 
into that tacky subdivision or get hit by a car on Cave Rd.

There were a number of Common and Hooded Mergansers on the river. 
Country Club Pond had lots of Canadas and a nice bunch of Gadwalls, 
Mallards and two Coots.  About half of the water was iced over, with the 
far shore  being open.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Mountain House of Hope, Feb 14, 2015
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:19:56 -0500
It is snowing hard here in Harman. The birds are out in force especially
the snow birds. The deer are also seeking bird seed. I won't include them
in my Great Backyard Bird Count. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County

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From: 
Date: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 4:15 PM
Subject: GBBC eBird Report - Mountain House of Hope, Feb 14, 2015
To: hesemyers AT gmail.com


Mountain House of Hope, Randolph, US-WV
Feb 14, 2015 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
16 species

Mourning Dove  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  6
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
European Starling  4
White-throated Sparrow  7
Dark-eyed Junco  32
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  3
Purple Finch  1
Pine Siskin  16
American Goldfinch  10

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Subject: Gulls and Snow
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:38:51 -0500
Hi all,

     Being that it is February 14th, like many if not most Americans I
found myself with only one sensible option of things to do today ... go
look for some rare Gulls followed by a trip to WalMart. I was unable to
find the possible Kelp Gull reported earlier nor a good candidate for the
vagrant. I did see all 6 species previously reported along the Ohio
(Ring-billed, Herring, Iceland, Lesser Black-backed, Glaucous, and Great
Black-backed). I would guess total Gull numbers along my route today to be
about 3,000-3,500. I didn't keep great totals as I was looking for the
rarity but there were over a dozen Great Black-backed's at the very least.
Hopefully the variety, which is rare for WV, will keep people looking and
hopefully Ryan and Jay's gull can be refound. Nothing else out of the
ordinary waterbird-wise on the River.
     Back in Morgantown, at the University Town Center, there was a
Peregrine Falcon perched atop a light pole at the new baseball stadium
(just exactly what Morgantown needed by the way) and about 100-125
Ring-billed Gulls in the parking lots. I didn't manage to see the reported
Goshawk either but only gave a brief look of the area.
     Happy Valentine's Day to everyone out there. And since this ain't
Phoenix, you might have to look a bit harder to find your own Lovebird
today. Or maybe you know exactly where he/she is. Regardless, hold onto
them tight once you find them. Stay warm and stay safe. Roads were pretty
slick in spots this morning with quite a few accidents. Best wishes to you
all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Canaan Valley NWR Tucker Co Hoodie, Swampie &Treeie
From: steve kimbrell <galvmcm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:33:58 -0500
Our Beginning Birding Birdwalk today at Canaan Valley National Wildlife
Refuge found winter's typical low numbers, low diversity, yet high value
species at the Visitor's Center and Freeland Boardwalk, respectively:

Black-capped Chickadee 3
American Tree Sparrow 8
American Crow 2
Mourning Dove guessed  AT 30

Swamp Sparrow Great views and a lifer for several participants
Wilson's Snipe 2 (ditto the above)
Hooded Merganser 2
Mallard 6
American Crow 2

A participant will lead the effort to do the Great Backyard Bird Count for
our walks

Going home found the Red-tailed Hawk inside the entrance to CV State Park
and
Three Ravens, two of which were interacting non-antagonistically (touching
not striking) in flight by the golf course.

Casey's walk is next week.
Subject: Re: Goshawk in Morgantown
From: Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:43:38 -0500
Has anyone seen the goshawk today? We are currently prowling through those 
blocks but haven't spotted it. 


Sent from my iPhone 

> On Feb 14, 2015, at 11:49 AM, Terry Bronson  wrote:
> 
> I just got a call from John Hall who saw an adult Northern Goshawk in his
> yard yesterday, Feb. 14. He also saw it a few days earlier.
> 
> This could very well be the same bird that was present at Bill and Emilie
> Johnson's home only a block away on Clearview Street from late December
> 2009 through early March 2010.
> 
> John is at 648 Vista Place in Morgantown. From the intersection of Route
> 705 and Van Voorhis Road by the BB&T Bank and EuroSuites Hotel, take Van
> Voorhis along the side of the bank about 3 blocks to Southview St. Turn
> left onto Southview and go to Wilson Circle. Turn right and go to Vista
> Place, then turn right to John's house.
> 
> The bird could be anywhere in the area, so check surrounding streets as
> well.
> 
> Thanks, John, for the alert!
> 
> -- 
> Terry Bronson
> Morgantown, WV
Subject: Ohio River Birding - White-winged Scoters
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:07:58 -0500
This morning I birded along the Ohio River  from Neal Island in Vienna to
Civitan Park in Belpre, OH. There were quite a few ducks on the river.

  The highlights were two White-winged Scoters - a young male early at Neal
Island , and a female later at Neal Island. Also saw two young Bald Eagles
and had a nice group of Common Goldeneye (25-30) at Neal Island.

  Birds: "*" = highlights:

Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Canvasback - behind Belpre Shrine
Redhead - Neal Island
Greater Scaup - 3 - Neal Island
Lesser Scaup - 7 - Neal Island
scaup - sp - 15-20 - behind Belpre Shrine
* White-winged Scoter - 2
Bufflehead - 10-15 - Civitan and behind Belpre Shrine
* Common Goldeneye - 25+ Neal Island
Red-breasted Merganser - 3 - one Neal Island and two Civitan
Ruddy Duck - 10-15 - behind Belpre Shrine

Great Blue Heron
* Bald Eagle - 2 - one Neal Island and one behind Belpre Shrine
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
* Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1 - Neal Island
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch

All the birds were in West Virginia, even though I was in Ohio much of the
time.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: American Kestrel at work
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:43:06 -0500
Walking home from campus this morning I surprised a female American Kestrel
that had taken a small mammal in the field behind the old Broaddus
Hospital.  The bird flew off with its meal to a nearby power pole.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Re: Goshawk in Morgantown
From: William Johnson <johnson-w-r AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:18:25 -0800
Interesting! Yesteday afternoon as I was walking from the car toward the front 
door I saw a large hawk sitting on the ground under one of the blue spruces in 
the side yard. I approached within about 20' before it flushed, but I didn't 
get a good look at the plumage and couldn't tell it was an accipiter until it 
flew. My gut reaction was "goshawk" but I didn't get enough of a look to report 
it as a "possible". 


Bill Johnson
Morgantown


________________________________
 From: Terry Bronson 
To: WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG 
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2015 11:49 AM
Subject: Goshawk in Morgantown
 

I just got a call from John Hall who saw an adult Northern Goshawk in his
yard yesterday, Feb. 14. He also saw it a few days earlier.

This could very well be the same bird that was present at Bill and Emilie
Johnson's home only a block away on Clearview Street from late December
2009 through early March 2010.

John is at 648 Vista Place in Morgantown. From the intersection of Route
705 and Van Voorhis Road by the BB&T Bank and EuroSuites Hotel, take Van
Voorhis along the side of the bank about 3 blocks to Southview St. Turn
left onto Southview and go to Wilson Circle. Turn right and go to Vista
Place, then turn right to John's house.

The bird could be anywhere in the area, so check surrounding streets as
well.

Thanks, John, for the alert!

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Goshawk in Morgantown
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:49:04 -0500
I just got a call from John Hall who saw an adult Northern Goshawk in his
yard yesterday, Feb. 14. He also saw it a few days earlier.

This could very well be the same bird that was present at Bill and Emilie
Johnson's home only a block away on Clearview Street from late December
2009 through early March 2010.

John is at 648 Vista Place in Morgantown. From the intersection of Route
705 and Van Voorhis Road by the BB&T Bank and EuroSuites Hotel, take Van
Voorhis along the side of the bank about 3 blocks to Southview St. Turn
left onto Southview and go to Wilson Circle. Turn right and go to Vista
Place, then turn right to John's house.

The bird could be anywhere in the area, so check surrounding streets as
well.

Thanks, John, for the alert!

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV