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Updated on Wednesday, January 28 at 01:22 PM EST
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28 Jan PVAS walk at North Schoolhouse Ridge with a quick stop at Potomac River. [Deb Hale ]
28 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Jan 27, 2015 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
27 Jan In search of the Lost City of Gold(en Eagles) ... [Derek Courtney ]
27 Jan Bridgeport -Gadwalls, Merlin [Joe Hildreth ]
27 Jan White-winged Scoter [Jon Benedetti ]
27 Jan very very late report from grant and hardy Jan 17,18 [Fred Atwood ]
27 Jan yard birds [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
26 Jan Cedar Waxwings Tucker [Mimi Kibler ]
26 Jan Common Redpoll in Hardy County ["David E. Carr" ]
26 Jan Lesser Scaubs and Green-Winged Ieals [Jim Farley ]
26 Jan Fwd: FW: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read [Jeff Del Col ]
26 Jan eagle, phoebe, Putnam ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
26 Jan Re: FW: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read [Bruni Haydl ]
26 Jan FW: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read ["Olcott, Susan P" ]
26 Jan Taylor Co snowy owl - please read ["Olcott, Susan P" ]
26 Jan Taylor County Snowy Owl No [Ross Brittain ]
25 Jan Surf Scoter & Snow Geese [Jon Benedetti ]
25 Jan Snowy Owl Location Update [Derek Courtney ]
25 Jan Golden eagles, Randolph County [Rod Bartgis ]
25 Jan Gulls & Boys [Deb Hale ]
25 Jan Re: Lifer ----Meadland Road Snowy Owl [Ross Brittain ]
25 Jan Lifer ----Meadland Road Snowy Owl [Jeff Del Col ]
25 Jan Re: SNOWY OWL- Taylor County 01-25-15 [Derek Courtney ]
25 Jan Tree Sparrows [Mike Griffith ]
25 Jan SNOWY OWL- Taylor County 01-25-15 [Joe Hildreth ]
24 Jan Surf Scoter [Jon Benedetti ]
24 Jan Taylor County- SNOWY OWL [Joe Hildreth ]
23 Jan Northern Panhandle birding--correction [Terry Bronson ]
23 Jan Ohio River birding in the Northern Panhandle [Terry Bronson ]
23 Jan Fake and real [Bruni Haydl ]
23 Jan Birding on the Ohio River [Jon Benedetti ]
23 Jan Surf Scoter [Jon Benedetti ]
23 Jan Maryland Heights Peregrine "Perry" - he's back! [Deb Hale ]
23 Jan Taylor co Snowy [Joey Herron ]
23 Jan Snowy Owl/Taylor County (1/22/15) [Randy Bodkins ]
22 Jan 4:15 UPDATE. Taylor County SNOWY OWL [Joe Hildreth ]
22 Jan Taylor County SNOWY OWL [Joe Hildreth ]
22 Jan Snowy Owl Update and Thoughts [Derek Courtney ]
22 Jan No Snowy as of 11:45am [Joey Herron ]
22 Jan Snowy Owl [John Taylor ]
22 Jan Snowy Owl / Sandhill Crane [Gretchen Nareff ]
22 Jan Sandhill Crane Preston County ["Olcott, Susan P" ]
22 Jan Snowy Owl update [Ross Brittain ]
22 Jan Snowy Owl in Taylor County [Ross Brittain ]
22 Jan Snowy Owl [Ross Brittain ]
22 Jan Re: Help from the woodpecker [Brad Wood ]
22 Jan Help from the woodpecker [Sam Chapman ]
21 Jan Turkeys at Heritage Farm [John Waugaman ]
21 Jan Mockingbird roosting in lamp pole? [aaustin61 ]
21 Jan Scaup/Randolph County (1/21/15) [Randy Bodkins ]
21 Jan Snow birds [Bruni Haydl ]
21 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Jan 20, 2015 [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
20 Jan Monongahela River water bird report [Terry Bronson ]
20 Jan mycoplasmal conjuctivitis in birds ["Olcott, Susan P" ]
20 Jan Re: Pine Siskin with infected eyes? [Ross Brittain ]
20 Jan Pine Siskin with infected eyes? [Joe Jarrell ]
20 Jan Crossbill, eagles Pendleton County [Rodney Bartgis ]
19 Jan Re: Mon River Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
19 Jan Mon River Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
19 Jan Peregrine Falcon in Huntington ["Rankin, Gary" ]
19 Jan Long-tailed Duck, Cackling Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose [Jon Benedetti ]
19 Jan Monongahela and West Fork Rivers [Terry Bronson ]
19 Jan Morgantown-Mute Swans [Joe Hildreth ]
19 Jan Common Redpoll continues in Hardy County ["David E. Carr" ]
19 Jan Tundra Swans ["Rankin, Gary" ]
18 Jan Brewer's Blackbirds, Rough-legged Hawk and Wild Turkeys ["Rankin, Gary" ]
18 Jan Virginia Rial, Savannah Sparrows, FOYs [Matt ]
18 Jan Yard Birds [Bruni Haydl ]
17 Jan Eagles and Barn Owl [Matt ]
17 Jan The Continuing Saga of Trumpeter Swan L55 [Terry Bronson ]
17 Jan Siskins [James Phillips ]
17 Jan Rte. 2 Birding [DAVID ]
17 Jan Local Ohio River birding [Jon Benedetti ]
17 Jan Re: Pine Siskins [John Snyder ]
17 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Old Mill Road/Black Property, Jan 17, 2015 [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
17 Jan Common Redpoll in Hardy County ["David E. Carr" ]

Subject: PVAS walk at North Schoolhouse Ridge with a quick stop at Potomac River.
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:52:25 -0500
A small flock of bold human beings showed up for my PVAS bird walk this
morning, 5 of the 6 arriving earlier than myself - I was shocked to see
cars and people waiting!  Temps stayed cold, starting off at 18 deg. F and
finishing at a whopping 21 deg.  The sunshine and blue sky made us happy;
the shallow snow made our toes freeze. The birds eventually made themselves
known.

Highlights included: following in the footsteps of a pair of red foxes all
along the way (Claudia caught a glimpse of one); 3 Hermit Thrushes - one of
which gave us marvelous open views; the fiery-red bellies of the robins
flying in the bright sunshine; 8 Savannah Sparrows hiding out in the
brambles in the middle of the open field.

After the 2 mile walk through the battlefield, we stopped at the Potomac
River to look for waterfowl. Common Goldeneyes abounded. Complete species
lists may be seen below.

Rgds,
Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar

North Schoolhouse - 30 species

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Potomac River - 7 species

Canada Goose
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Common Raven
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Jan 27, 2015
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:52:40 -0500
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Jan 27, 2015
Date: 	Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:51:50 -0500 (EST)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Mouth of the Bluestone, Summers, US-WV
Jan 27, 2015 4:50 PM - 5:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
7 species

Canada Goose  3
Hooded Merganser  2
Common Merganser  15
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  10     2 adults, 8 immature
American Crow  6
Common Raven  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21576239 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: In search of the Lost City of Gold(en Eagles) ...
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:40:13 -0500
Hi all,

     I set out well before dawn broke over the horizon because I decided I
needed more Golden Eagles in my life. Then again, who doesn't? My trip was
much less harrowing and more fruitful than those of the Quesada brothers
despite the wintry WV roads. Though if I am being fair, Lost City, WV is
pretty easily found by Garmin..
     I started out by checking in on the Barn Owls around Moorefield where
they were present for muster. Next, I headed toward Kimsey to look for
Red-headed Woodpeckers and I only found one after a good deal of searching.
By this hour I figured it was a good time to look for Golden Eagles and
other raptors. I found two Golden Eagles between Baker and Lost City, and
another north of Baker. Probably should have contacted David about seeing
the Common Redpoll at his feeders, but this was a spontaneous outing.
Didn't find any Rough-legged Hawks though which was disappointing. There
were a handful of Horned Larks in the fields along Hogueland. Pipits were
lacking. Stopped in the metro Cumberland area on the way home to check in
on our old friend L55 (the Trumpeter Swan) and he was actually kind enough
to be on the WV side with his goose friends. 2 Greater White-fronted's are
continuing and mixed in with the goose flock there. A pair of Fish Crows
were a surprise. I didn't realize they were expected this far west; usually
I plan on heading deeper into the Eastern Panhandle for those guys.
Nevertheless, there they were. Nothing else struck me as noteworthy but the
full lists will be on ebird. Hope everyone is staying warm and safe. Best
wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek

PS: Has anyone seen any Short-eared Owls this season? To my knowledge all
the usual haunts are coming up empty. Sad.
Subject: Bridgeport -Gadwalls, Merlin
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:16:43 -0500
Passing through Bridgeport enroute to the Snowy Owl last Thursday I stopped off 
at the Bridgeport Recreation complex just south of 279 on Benedum Rd. There is 
a very small pond along the S/SW side of the entrance road. I was fairly 
shocked to find 22 Gadwall there, along with a few Mallards, Canada Geese, 4 
Hooded Mergansers and a lone drake Redhead. 


even more surprising was when I stopped today and 17 Gadwall remained, 2 
Hoodeds and the drake Redhead remained as well. 


Also of note, right now, right down the road near the corner of Benedum and Rt. 
50 in the Bridgeport Cemetery I had a nice MERLIN. it was atop a large spruce 
right by the entrance. 



I hope to update about the SNOW shortly. 


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: White-winged Scoter
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:56:12 -0500
  Found a female White-winged Scoter in the West Virginia side channel of
the Ohio River near the head of Neal Island. To get to a viewing area you
turn toward the Ohio River at the traffic light on Grand Central Ave.
(Route 14) near the Working man's Store in Vienna.

 Jon Benedetti
 Vienna, WV
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: very very late report from grant and hardy Jan 17,18
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:07:04 -0500
Well today my school was cancelled due to snow so I have a little time to
throw together a very belated report from a couple weeks ago.
I stopped at Kimsey Run Lake, Moorefield sewage ponds, Brighton Park, River
Rd and Rig Rd at 28/55 bridge all in Hardy County on Saturday; and at South
Mill Creek Lake, Petersburg,  and 4 places in the Cabins area on Sunday. I
did not have time to visit the PAtterson Creek Rd area or Stony River Dam
Rd Lake, but these were most likely frozen as the other lakes were (except
S Mill Creek partly open).  I found 55 species and tried hard for
short-eared owl at Hogueland Rd at dusk (unsuccessfully).
Here are the highlights. Not all species are included.
Canada Geese: only 4, Brighton Park
Black Duck 1 Petersburg 220 bridge
Mallard 199, 137 of which were at Petersburg 220 bridge. most of the others
were at river rd.
1 Pintail female at River Rd
1 Lesser Scaup male at Petersburg 220 bridge
4 Common Goldeneye females at Brighton Park
62 Common Mergansers in the river at Rig Rd near the 28/55 bridge
1 Horned Grebe at Petersburg 220 bridge
4 Great BLue Herons
51 Black Vultures and 153 turkey vultures; most were flying towards a roost
in the direction of Petersburg  as I birded River Rd in the late afternoon
1 Golden Eagle adult flying over my cabin and down Powers Hollow towards
North Fork Mt
1 Coopers Hawk (hardy)
4 Bald Eagles both grant and hardy: could not see second bird at nest along
river at royal glen rd (grant) so I am wondering if she is sitting low and
incubating. Other adult was in a nearby tree.
8 Red-tailed Hawk (grant and hardy)
2 Killdeer (grant)
1 Kingfisher (river rd)
1 Merlin along S Mill CReek Rd (grant)
4 kestrels: both hardy and grant
1 Phoebe near Cabins
1 Horned Lark River Rd, heard only. Found no horned lark flock along
Hogueland which was a big surprise. ALso no Harrier or rough-legged hawk
there. (2 visits)
4 winter wren river rd, brighton park, and royal glen rd (cabins)
7 golden-crowned kinglets (grant)
4 yellow rumped warblers, grant and hardy
13 field sparrows: hardy
3 swamp sparrows: grant and hardy
20 white-throats and 12 white-crowned sparrows in grant and hardy
70 red-winged blackbirds: searched carefully for other species but only
found starlings and 6 cowbirds: River Rd

Good luck to all trying to reach their January 100.
Wishing you all a great 2015
Fred
Subject: yard birds
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:06:08 -0500
We are still seeing fox sparrows and towhees in the yard. Also, a few 
purple finches and yesterday I counted 70 siskins on the porch.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Cedar Waxwings Tucker
From: Mimi Kibler <Mialk12 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:27:28 -0500
I encountered thirty-ish Cedar Waxwings in the nursery bottom yesterday. 
Mimi Kibler
Parsons, Tucker County
Subject: Common Redpoll in Hardy County
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT CMS.MAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:25:38 -0500
The Common Redpoll that first appeared in my yard (Arkansaw, WV, Hardy 
County) on 17 January made a brief appearance at one of my feeders during 
today's snow storm.  I had not seen it since the 20th.

David Carr
Arkansaw, WV
Hardy County
Subject: Lesser Scaubs and Green-Winged Ieals
From: Jim Farley <Jamesfarley AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:17:26 -0500
I saw 6 Lesser Scaup on the Shenandoah halfway between Moulton Point and the S 
curve. I also had 11 Green-winged Teals in the rapids north of the bridge in 
Harpers Ferry. Both were FOY, and bring my total WV species to 86 for the 
month. This ties my pervious high set two years ago. Don't think I will make 
100 but with luck maybe I can sneak over 90! 


Jim Farley
Jefferson County 

Saw Mute Swan on Saturday in the Potomac..... close but no cigar as my dad used 
to say. 

Subject: Fwd: FW: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:53:49 -0500
On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 12:01 PM, Jeff Del Col  wrote:

> The private lane in question has an unofficial street sign reading
> CADILLAC LANE, but  birders should be aware that it is not a public
> street.
>
> On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:39 AM, Olcott, Susan P 
> wrote:
>
>> Note the 100 yard suggestion.
>>
>> Susan Olcott
>> WV DNR
>> PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
>> Farmington WV 26571
>> (304)825-6787
>> Fax (304)825-6270
>> susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
>>
>> From: Gary Sylvester [mailto:twosylvesters AT cs.com]
>> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 11:00 AM
>> To: Olcott, Susan P
>> Subject: Re: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read
>>
>> One hundred feet doesn't seem like enough distance to me.  I suspect 100
>> yards would be more appropriate.  We were up there last year and more
>> agressive birders were driving the birds off.
>>
>> Diane Sylvester
>> Berkeley County
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Olcott, Susan P > >>
>> To: WV-BIRD >
>> Sent: Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:45 am
>> Subject: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read
>>
>> This is just a reminder for everyone out there hoping to catch a glimpse
>> of our
>>
>> arctic visitor.  I just spoke with the owner of the property on the
>> corner of
>>
>> Meadland Rd and US50.  Apparently some enthusiastic visitors have been
>> walking
>>
>> or driving up their private lane to get closer to the owl.  She knows
>> that they
>>
>> just want a closer look - however seeing strangers creeping toward their
>> house
>>
>> is distressing to her elderly parents who live on the same drive.  Be a
>>
>> responsible, polite, and law abiding birder.  Do not trespass - and give
>> the owl
>>
>> space - every time she's flushed means more food she has to catch in an
>>
>> unfamiliar habitat.  I couldn't find the flushing distance is for this
>> species -
>>
>> but 100 feet might be a good starting point to stay behind and use your
>> car as a
>>
>> blind if at all possible.  If anyone has insights to what an appropriate
>>
>> distance might be please post.
>>
>>
>>
>> Susan Olcott
>>
>> WV DNR
>>
>> PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
>>
>> Farmington WV 26571
>>
>> (304)825-6787
>>
>> Fax (304)825-6270
>>
>> susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
>>
>
>
Subject: eagle, phoebe, Putnam
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:34:07 -0500
Saw juv., prob. 1st yr Bald Eagle by Kanawha River near Amherst Plymouth
WMA yesterday.
Saw Eastern Phoebe at our pond today; had not noted here since Dec. 10.
                                          ~Cindy, northern Putnam Co

-- 
Cynthia D. Ellis
3114 Steel Ridge Road
Red House, WV 25168-7724
304 586-4135
304 206-0083 [no cell service at residence]
cdellis AT wildblue.net


“…climate change will test our moral character like little before…” 
~Naomi 

Klein “This Changes Everything”














 .
Subject: Re: FW: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:40:52 -0500
I wholeheartedly agree with Diane.    100 yards  (300 ft) is much more 
realistic.  If you need to get closer than that maybe it is time to 
invest in better binos or camera.  The owl's well being and respect for 
the property owner should be the primary concern.

Bruni Haydl
Jefferson Co


On 1/26/2015 11:39 AM, Olcott, Susan P wrote:
> Note the 100 yard suggestion.
>
> Susan Olcott
> WV DNR
> PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
> Farmington WV 26571
> (304)825-6787
> Fax (304)825-6270
> susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
>
> From: Gary Sylvester [mailto:twosylvesters AT cs.com]
> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 11:00 AM
> To: Olcott, Susan P
> Subject: Re: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read
>
> One hundred feet doesn't seem like enough distance to me. I suspect 100 yards 
would be more appropriate. We were up there last year and more agressive 
birders were driving the birds off. 

>
> Diane Sylvester
> Berkeley County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Olcott, Susan P >
> To: WV-BIRD >
> Sent: Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:45 am
> Subject: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read
>
> This is just a reminder for everyone out there hoping to catch a glimpse of 
our 

>
> arctic visitor.  I just spoke with the owner of the property on the corner of
>
> Meadland Rd and US50. Apparently some enthusiastic visitors have been walking 

>
> or driving up their private lane to get closer to the owl. She knows that 
they 

>
> just want a closer look - however seeing strangers creeping toward their 
house 

>
> is distressing to her elderly parents who live on the same drive.  Be a
>
> responsible, polite, and law abiding birder. Do not trespass - and give the 
owl 

>
> space - every time she's flushed means more food she has to catch in an
>
> unfamiliar habitat. I couldn't find the flushing distance is for this species 
- 

>
> but 100 feet might be a good starting point to stay behind and use your car 
as a 

>
> blind if at all possible.  If anyone has insights to what an appropriate
>
> distance might be please post.
>
>
>
> Susan Olcott
>
> WV DNR
>
> PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
>
> Farmington WV 26571
>
> (304)825-6787
>
> Fax (304)825-6270
>
> susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
>
Subject: FW: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read
From: "Olcott, Susan P" <Susan.P.Olcott AT WV.GOV>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:39:21 +0000
Note the 100 yard suggestion.

Susan Olcott
WV DNR
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787
Fax (304)825-6270
susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov

From: Gary Sylvester [mailto:twosylvesters AT cs.com]
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 11:00 AM
To: Olcott, Susan P
Subject: Re: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read

One hundred feet doesn't seem like enough distance to me. I suspect 100 yards 
would be more appropriate. We were up there last year and more agressive 
birders were driving the birds off. 


Diane Sylvester
Berkeley County

-----Original Message-----
From: Olcott, Susan P >
To: WV-BIRD >
Sent: Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:45 am
Subject: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read

This is just a reminder for everyone out there hoping to catch a glimpse of our

arctic visitor.  I just spoke with the owner of the property on the corner of

Meadland Rd and US50.  Apparently some enthusiastic visitors have been walking

or driving up their private lane to get closer to the owl.  She knows that they

just want a closer look - however seeing strangers creeping toward their house

is distressing to her elderly parents who live on the same drive.  Be a

responsible, polite, and law abiding birder. Do not trespass - and give the owl 


space - every time she's flushed means more food she has to catch in an

unfamiliar habitat. I couldn't find the flushing distance is for this species - 


but 100 feet might be a good starting point to stay behind and use your car as 
a 


blind if at all possible.  If anyone has insights to what an appropriate

distance might be please post.



Susan Olcott

WV DNR

PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St

Farmington WV 26571

(304)825-6787

Fax (304)825-6270

susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
Subject: Taylor Co snowy owl - please read
From: "Olcott, Susan P" <Susan.P.Olcott AT WV.GOV>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:45:16 +0000
This is just a reminder for everyone out there hoping to catch a glimpse of our 
arctic visitor. I just spoke with the owner of the property on the corner of 
Meadland Rd and US50. Apparently some enthusiastic visitors have been walking 
or driving up their private lane to get closer to the owl. She knows that they 
just want a closer look - however seeing strangers creeping toward their house 
is distressing to her elderly parents who live on the same drive. Be a 
responsible, polite, and law abiding birder. Do not trespass - and give the owl 
space - every time she's flushed means more food she has to catch in an 
unfamiliar habitat. I couldn't find the flushing distance is for this species - 
but 100 feet might be a good starting point to stay behind and use your car as 
a blind if at all possible. If anyone has insights to what an appropriate 
distance might be please post. 


Susan Olcott
WV DNR
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787
Fax (304)825-6270
susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
Subject: Taylor County Snowy Owl No
From: Ross Brittain <brittainra AT AB.EDU>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:47:01 -0500
Hi All,
I drove by the US50/Meadland Road area in Taylor County this morning around
8am and was unable to locate the Snowy Owl that has been there for the past
several days. Rainy/foggy conditions made viewing far less than perfect,
though. Hopefully someone can relocate the owl later today.

Happy Birding,
*Ross Brittain, PhD*
Dean, College of Science, Technology & Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Alderson Broaddus University
101 College Hill Drive, Box 2096
Philippi, WV 26416
304-457-6428
brittainra AT ab.edu
Subject: Surf Scoter & Snow Geese
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:33:00 -0500
    The Surf Scoter was still in the Ohio River along Virginia Street in
Marietta again today.

    There was a juvenile Snow Goose with some Canada Geese on the
Parkersburg Country Club golf course along River Road in Vienna this
afternoon.

    Earlier today Jason White saw an adult Snow Goose in the Ohio River
downriver from Fenton Park in Williamstown.

   Jon Benedetti
    Vienna, WV
    Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Snowy Owl Location Update
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:28:28 -0500
Hi all,

     Just to give an update to those still seeking the Taylor County Snowy
Owl, the Owl was present this evening atop a pole along Rte. 50 just west
of the Rte. 50/Meadland Rd. intersection. Today the Owl was seen:

1.) along Meadland Road north of Rte. 50
2.) along Berry Run Road south of Rte. 50
3.) east of the Meadland/Rte. 50 intersection nestled down in some long
grass near a ditch
4.) west of the Meadland/Rte. 50 intersection atop poles and in the grass
near the ditch

All of these sightings were within 0.5 miles of the Meadland Road/Rte 50
intersection.

Scanning the hay bails, fence posts and telephone poles seems the best bet
combined with a little patience. I wouldn't overlook any roofs or farm
equipment as perches either. Use caution and common sense if you are not
pulled off the road in one of the gravel areas. Best wishes to you all.
Good luck to anyone still chasing.

Good birding,
Derek

PS: Anyone who is in the area at dawn or dusk, keep an eye out for
Short-eared Owls. Northern Harriers and Short-eared's often favor the same
type of habitat and there's lots of that in the area.
Subject: Golden eagles, Randolph County
From: Rod Bartgis <rodbartgis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:33:02 -0500
It's that time of year for golden eagles. I jumped a golden eagle off of a deer 
carcass on Cheat Mtn., Randolph County, this afternoon, after seeing one two 
hours earlier flying over Cheat Bridge. 


Rod Bartgis, Valley Bend, Randolph County
Subject: Gulls & Boys
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:57:06 -0500
Both times I took my boys out for walks today streams of gulls flew
overhead heading due NW.

First, over South Schoolhouse Ridge - I counted 98 of them.
Then late afternoon over Bolivar - a smaller gang of 18.

The silent flight of the skinny-winged Ring-billed Gulls, their gray
silhouettes against dull gray sky, matched the quiet of the day.

Robins also moved through Bolivar, about 100 bunched together at the NE
corner of Bolivar Heights ridge, and more gangs passing through town just
as we did, noisy they were with their shouts and shudders.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Re: Lifer ----Meadland Road Snowy Owl
From: Ross Brittain <brittainra AT AB.EDU>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:51:35 -0500
HI All,
I got to take my family to see the owl this afternoon and was glad that my
4 and 6 year old kids were rewarded with their first Snowy Owl... not to
mention it being a lifer for my wife and mother-in-law. The Snowy Owl was
perched on a hay bail from 1:45 to 2:15pm when we left. The hay bail was at
the end of a line of hay bails (not covered in white plastic) about 250-300
yards west of Meadland Road and about 0.3 miles north of the intersection
with US 50. Meadland Road goes north of US 50 toward the West Taylor
Elementary School and Berry Run Road goes to the south toward Flemington
and Hwy 76,  just to clear up any directional confusion. The owl stood up
and vocalized at one point but sat back down (was hoping to see it fly).
Other birds seen during the outing:

Great Blue Heron - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 5 (they were all over the wires in the field complex)

Hearing it vocalize reminded me that during the Tygart Lake CBC on 12/22 I
heard an owl vocalize about 1 mile south of that position in fields along
Berry Run Road at 1:30 at night. I identified the owl as a GHOW begging
call. Tried playing GHOW to elicit a response but the owl never came any
closer. Odds are it really was a GHOW, but the GHOW begging call is similar
enough to a SNOW mew call that I am now wondering... did we miss a SNOW
during the CBC? I highly doubt it, the owl call I heard on 12/22 sounded
much more like the GHOW begging call than the SNOW mew... still, it is fun
to imagine though.

Happy Birding,

*Ross Brittain, PhD*
Dean, College of Science, Technology & Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Alderson Broaddus University
101 College Hill Drive, Box 2096
Philippi, WV 26416
304-457-6428
brittainra AT ab.edu

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 1:47 PM, Jeff Del Col  wrote:

> I saw the Snowy Owl at 1PM.  it is perched on a hay bail in a field of
> Meadland Road 3 10ths of a mile North  of the intersection with  Rte. 50.
> The views are excellent.  As I was watching it along with another birder
> who came from Morgantown, a Northern harrier flew over as well.  The Snowy
> Owl is a lifer for me.
>
> Jeff Del Col,
> Philippi
>
Subject: Lifer ----Meadland Road Snowy Owl
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:47:00 -0500
I saw the Snowy Owl at 1PM.  it is perched on a hay bail in a field of
Meadland Road 3 10ths of a mile North  of the intersection with  Rte. 50.
The views are excellent.  As I was watching it along with another birder
who came from Morgantown, a Northern harrier flew over as well.  The Snowy
Owl is a lifer for me.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Re: SNOWY OWL- Taylor County 01-25-15
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:20:07 -0500
Hi all

Snowy is is still perched on hay bails SOUTH of Rte 50 along Meadland Road.
There is a large gravel lot with some farm machinery and hail bails.
Fantastic looks.

Derek

Sent from My Verizon Mobile Device
On Jan 25, 2015 11:11 AM, "Joe Hildreth"  wrote:

> I saw on the Mountain State Biders Facebook group that the SNOWY OWL was
> found again this morning along Meadland Rd. just north of Rt. 50 in Taylor
> county. This is across the intersection from 50/Berry RunRd.  West of
> Grafton and East of Bridgeport.
>
> If I were going searching I would look along the stretch of Meadland from
> Rt.50 to the Marrow Cross/Middleville intersection to the north.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Joe Hildreth
> Taylor county
>
Subject: Tree Sparrows
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:15:53 -0500
Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.) :

I found a flock of 10-12 American Tree Sparrows on the "Hoeft" section of Green 
Bottom (down-river). 


Mike
Subject: SNOWY OWL- Taylor County 01-25-15
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:11:50 -0500
I saw on the Mountain State Biders Facebook group that the SNOWY OWL was found 
again this morning along Meadland Rd. just north of Rt. 50 in Taylor county. 
This is across the intersection from 50/Berry RunRd. West of Grafton and East 
of Bridgeport. 


If I were going searching I would look along the stretch of Meadland from Rt.50 
to the Marrow Cross/Middleville intersection to the north. 


Good luck!

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Surf Scoter
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:46:14 -0500
  The Surf Scoter was seen in the Ohio River off Virginia Street in
Marietta, Ohio this morning and again this afternoon.

   Jon Benedetti
   Vienna, WV
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Taylor County- SNOWY OWL
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:42:33 -0500
After going unreported yesterday, despite many people searching, the Snowy Owl 
was relocated this a.m. by Ian Batterman. 


Location today was along Meadland Rd. just north of Rt. 50 between Grafton and 
Bridgeport in Taylor county. 


There is extensive field habitat in this area...

PLEASE DO NOT STOP, WALK, CREEP along RT. 50!!

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Northern Panhandle birding--correction
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:44:33 -0500
The 2 birds off Mazeroski Park in Tiltonsville (Long-tailed Duck and
Bufflehead) were far enough offshore to be in WV waters.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Ohio River birding in the Northern Panhandle
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:10:56 -0500
Derek Courtney and I traveled over to WV's Northern Panhandle today for
what has become an annual event. We started at East Liverpool, Ohio at the
northern tip of the Panhandle and worked our way down the Ohio River,
ending up at Hannibal Locks and Dam in New Martinsville. Total mileage
round-trip from Morgantown was 287.5 miles, which took 10 hours and 35
minutes.

Although the Ohio River is legally in WV, there are backwaters and some
areas near the various dams and creek mouths where the water has backed up
and overflowed into Ohio. It seemed today that a majority of birds we saw
were actually in Ohio.

The river was ice-free, though some of the backwaters and small ponds on
land were iced over. We saw 13 species of ducks, about 3,000 Canada Geese,
2 Peregrine Falcons, 10 Bald Eagles. Disappointingly, we only found
Ring-billed (about 1,750 birds) and Herring Gulls. A Long-tailed Duck, a
Northern Pintail, Red-breasted Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Redheads, and
Greater Scaups were the duck highlights.

The lists in chronological order:

East Liverpool, Ohio under and just north of the US 30 bridge between the
mainland and the island. All birds here were in Ohio:

Canada Goose--132
American Black Duck--20
Mallard--215
Northern Pintail--1 drake
Canvasback--38
Redhead--16
Ring-necked Duck--6
Bufflehead--1
Common Goldeneye--23
Ring-billed Gull--7

Chester, WV across the river from East Liverpool. All in WV:

Canada Goose--9
American Black Duck--1
Mallard--20
Ring-billed Gull--1

East Liverpool, Ohio at Broadway Wharf, WV birds:

Canada Goose--54
Mallard--14
Common Merganser--8
Ring-billed Gull--1
Herring Gull--1

Broadway Wharf, Ohio birds:

Mallard--12
Gadwall--1
Hooded Merganser--1
Ring-billed Gull--45

Ohio end of Newell Bridge. All in OH:

Mallard--10
Common Merganser--3
Ring-billed Gull--155
Herring Gull--5

Tomlinson Run backwaters, mostly frozen. All in WV:

Common Merganser--4
Great Blue Heron--2
Red-tailed Hawk--1
Bald Eagle--2 adults
Ring-billed Gull--36
Herring Gull--3

New Cumberland Locks and Dam, WV birds:

Common Merganser--8
Ring-billed Gull--20
Herring Gull--2
Bald Eagle--1 second-year bird
Peregrine Falcon--1 adult sitting on middle of dam, then dive-bombing the
Eagle when in showed up.

New Cumberland L&D, OH birds:

Canada Goose--26
Ring-billed Gull--38
Herring Gull--7

New Cumberland public boat ramp, WV birds:

Canada Goose--15
Mallard--2
Greater Scaup--3
Common Goldeneye--3
Hooded Merganser--1
Common Merganser--1
Great Blue Heron--1
Ring-billed Gull--1
Bald Eagle--2 immatures

Route 2 at south edge of New Cumberland. In WV:

Bald Eagle--1 first-year

Steubenville, OH Marina. WV birds:

Ring-billed Gull--420
Herring Gull--9

Steubenville Marina, OH birds:

Canada Goose--34
Ring-billed Gull--290
Herring Gull--1

Short Creek Marina, Rayland, OH. All birds in OH:

Canada Goose--915
Mallard--4
Lesser Scaup--2
Bufflehead--12
Hooded Merganser--2
Common Merganser--12
Ring-billed Gull--22
Bald Eagle--2 immatures

Mazeroski Park, Tiltonsville, OH. Both in OH:

Bufflehead--1
Long-tailed Duck--1 female

Pike Island Locks and Dam. WV birds:

Canada Goose--215
Bufflehead--4
Common Goldeneye--11
Common Merganser--4
Ring-billed Gull--45
Herring Gull--4
Peregrine Falcon--1

Pike Island L& D. OH birds:

Pied-billed Grebe--1
Great Blue Heron--1
Ring-billed Gull--55

Moundsville Riverfront Park. All in WV:

Canada Goose--88
Mallard--8
Ring-billed Gull--15

PPG Natrium fields and the river. All in WV:

Canada Goose--150
Ring-billed Gull--2

Proctor. All in WV:

Canada Goose--30
Mallard--3
Greater Scaup--4
Hooded Merganser--2
Red-breasted Merganser--5
Pied-billed Grebe--1
Horned Grebe--1
Ring-billed Gull--27
Bald Eagle--1 second-year

Hannibal Locks and Dam. WV birds:

Canada Goose--52
Mallard--33
Lesser Scaup--6
Bufflehead--25
Common Merganser--13
Red-breasted Merganser--1
Ring-billed Gull--246
Herring Gull--17
American Kestrel--1

Hannibal L&D. OH birds:

Ring-billed Gull--181
Herring Gull--17

Route 2, New Martinsville. WV bird:

Bald Eagle--1 adult

In addition, we saw 3 or 4 flocks of Canada Geese of at least 50-75 birds
each at locations where we couldn't stop. There were also maybe 150-200
gulls in similar circumstances, which were probably Ring-billed.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Fake and real
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:02:39 -0500
Mid afternoon I checked Rissler Rd and saw what appeared to be a group 
of Canvasbacks,  Buffleheads, and Mallards on the far side of the 
river.  I was excited about the Canvasbacks until I realized they were 
not moving their heads.  They looked like decoys.  Well, duh...  they 
were decoys.  The too bright green heads of the male Mallards were 
another dead give away.  Then I saw a pickup come down the hill and 
approach the boat landing.  Three guys in camouflage got into a flat 
bottom boat.  I watched them pull the boat onto a sandbar.  If these 
hunters got anything at all I hope it was just Canada Geese.

On the way home I swung by Country Club Pond and did see well over 20 
beautiful Redheads.  These were _not_ out of plastic.  Also present were 
Mallards, Gadwalls and a pair of Coots.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Birding on the Ohio River
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:01:15 -0500
  Dick Esker and I did a Wood Duck box survey on Middle Island today.
Connie Dale, Fritzann Isenhart and Vicky ? joined us. We had a nice
assortment of ducks and raptors at Middle Island (MI), the head of
Broadback Island behind the Belmont dentist's office (BBI), and Virginia
Ave. in Marietta (VA).

Canada Goose
Mallard
American Black Duck (MI)
Canvasback (BBI)
Redhead (VA)
Lesser Scaup (VA)
**Surf Scoter (VA)
Bufflehead - (BBI)
*Common Goldeneye (MI) -1 - adult male
Hooded Merganser (MI)
Common Merganser (MI)
Ruddy Duck (MI)

Bald Eagle (MI)
Red-tailed Hawk
Peregrine Falcon - 1 - St. Marys-Newport bridge
American Kestrel - 4

Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove


*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (MI)
Red-bellied Wood pecker
Downy Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
European Starling
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Surf Scoter
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:20:09 -0500
 The young female Surf Scoter that the Eskers found yesterday afternoon,
and the Hohman's saw last evening, was still in the Ohio River off Virginia
Avenue in Marietta at 2:30 this afternoon.  It was in the river toward the
downriver end of Virginia Ave., just before the big right turn where it
heads toward Route 7. It was with some Redheads and a couple Lesser Scaup.

   The bird was far enough out in the river to be in West Virginia.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County, WV
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Maryland Heights Peregrine "Perry" - he's back!
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:21:38 -0500
I'd forgotten to mention in my last PVAS bird walk report of December 17
about the peregrine falcon Jim Farley had spotted that morning - he the
first to arrive at John Brown's fort for the walk. The falcon was seen
chasing 2 immature bald eagles! and none of us but Jim had caught the
action.

2 weeks later, on New Year's Eve, B&B guests of ours had heard then spotted
a peregrine flying up from the rocky outcropping of the heights as they
crossed the footbridge from Harpers Ferry.

Finally, this morning I found Perry: even as we walked across the
footbridge to the C&O towpath, he shone bright - his white belly looming
large as he perched in a tree halfway between the train tunnel and the
first wooden canal bridge and halfway up the mountain, his usual haunt.
Just as we walked past him, far below, he took off, flapping muscularly
upriver. By the time we returned, so had he. This time his big yellow feet
were clearly visible. I pointed him out to passersby.  Beautiful!

Also present:
an immature bald eagle flying high over the chimneys of the Lower Town
the 3 graylag geese
1 Eastern Phoebe
a pair of brightly-clad human climbers, scaling the granite face of MD Hts.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Taylor co Snowy
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:22:36 -0500
Searched this morning 8:30. No owl found. But that doesn't mean anything. I 
missed it yesterday too. 


Joey Herron
FAIRMONT WV

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Snowy Owl/Taylor County (1/22/15)
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:11:56 -0500
Thanks to social media I was fortunate enough to see my first ever Snowy Owl 
yesterday on US 50 west of Grafton. I got lucky with the owls 'location while I 
was there and got several good photos. I haven't even looked closely at all of 
them yet.But I can't sleep and wanted to post this article. 
http://highvirginiaoutdoors.blogspot.com/ . I never thought I would be able to 
delete any Snowy Owl photos, let alone several! 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: 4:15 UPDATE. Taylor County SNOWY OWL
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:28:49 -0500
Did a few more drives past and the bird seems very content on the ground WEST 
of Meadland NORTH of Rt.50... Between Meadland and the 1st house. 


There is NO (!) safe place to pull off along 50... PLEASE DO NOT try. I've been 
parked in the small "lot" at the intersection hoping if flies back this way. 


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Taylor County SNOWY OWL
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:15:23 -0500
As of 3:10 p.m. I refound the snowy owl near the Meadland Rd./ Rt. 50 
intersection. It is on the ground (looks like a chunk of snow) NORTH of 50 WEST 
of Meadland. Driveby looks ONLY! 


To reiterate what Derek said. PLEASE DO NOT STOP ALONG RT.50. It is VERY busy 
and curvy at this location. 


NO BIRD IS WORTH CAUSING AN ACCIDENT!!!


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Snowy Owl Update and Thoughts
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:25:39 -0500
Hi all,

     First off, thanks to Ross for the great sighting and getting the word
out. Last report from the field was that the Snowy Owl has NOT been refound
as of yet (~1:15pm). There is a small area which can accommodate a few
vehicles at the intersection of Rte. 50 and Meadland Road. If the bird is
where it was this morning when originally found, this should provide the
best and safest spot to park. If the bird is refound elsewhere along Rte.
50 you might have to settle for drive-by views. Rte. 50 is a terribly busy
road; under no circumstance should you stop or try to pull over on Rte. 50.
It just isn't safe. Hopefully the bird wasn't flushed off permanently and
has just gone to day roost behind some hay bails. There is a lot of
territory for it to hunt in the area. Use some common sense when looking
for it/viewing it/photographing it. No trespassing of course (I know the
property owners). Everyone can get great looks and the bird can remain
undisturbed enough to do its thing. Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: No Snowy as of 11:45am
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:21:46 +0000
When I left, the owl had not been seen.Just a Kestrel and a couple Crows.
Joey HerronFairmont WVMarion Co.
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: John Taylor <johntaylor1 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:55:20 -0500
The Snowy Owl has moved slightly west of where it was. Still just off of Rt. 
50. I guess I got a bit close getting a picture. I was trying to be careful and 
not move too fast. I stayed on the road. 

He was on a pole near the next house at 11:00 AM. You can easily spot it as you 
drive by on 50. 

Subject: Snowy Owl / Sandhill Crane
From: Gretchen Nareff <marshbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:31:34 -0500
The Snowy Owl was still present at 10:10 in the same place Ross described.

Derek Courtney, Terry Bronson, and I tried for the Sandhill Crane but did
not find it.


-- 
Gretchen E. Nareff
Graduate Research Assistant
WV Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Sandhill Crane Preston County
From: "Olcott, Susan P" <Susan.P.Olcott AT WV.GOV>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:12:45 +0000
Mike Peters (DNR biologist - District 1) saw an adult Sandhill Crane at Fairfax 
Pond/Rehe WMA in Arthurdale, Preston Co this morning (1/22/2015). Directions: 
from state route 92 in Arthurdale head east on Arthur Rd to the first WMA 
parking lot (on the right). Park there, then walk further down Arthur Rd to a 
red gate on the right - walk down that trail towards the ponds and wetlands on 
a peninsula. The crane was on the left hand pond in the cattails foraging. 


Susan Olcott
WV DNR
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787
Fax (304)825-6270
susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
Subject: Snowy Owl update
From: Ross Brittain <brittainra AT AB.EDU>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:36:25 -0500
Hi All,
I just heard from my father-in-law, Dave Lawrence, that the owl was still
on the same pole at 9:20am . He took a few photos, but said they weren't
very good. A telephoto will be needed. Gretchen Nareff emailed that she was
on her way to try to find the owl... oh, I just got a text from here that
she arrived on the scene. She can send updates from here on.

The owl has reddish mud stains on its tail, too. When I first got my scope
on the owl I was looking at its back and saw the reddish color. Thought I
was getting fooled by another albino Red-tailed Hawk but the head was much
more rounded than a RTHA so I drove to another position to verify the
species and the frontal view confirmed the distinct facial disk.

Cheers,
*Ross Brittain, PhD*
Dean, College of Science, Technology & Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Alderson Broaddus University
101 College Hill Drive, Box 2096
Philippi, WV 26416
304-457-6428
brittainra AT ab.edu
Subject: Snowy Owl in Taylor County
From: Ross Brittain <brittainra AT AB.EDU>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:14:06 -0500
HI All,
Unfortunately work duty called me away from the Snowy Owl in Taylor County
(I almost got a sudden case of "avian flu" and called in sick) but when I
left it was still perched on the same pole at 8:30 am. The owl was located
on a utility pole about 100 yards north of US 50 in a large field complex
about 0.3 miles west of the Meadland/Berry Run intersection with US50. The
field complex extends well to the north so if the owl has moved by the time
you get there I would suggest driving north on Meadland to relocate the
owl.

There are no good parking areas along US50 in this stretch but there are
some along Meadland.

Hope some others are able to find that owl and that it hangs around. I have
some students and fellow faculty that would love to see it later today.
Please keep us posted if you are able to locate the owl again.
Happy Birding!
*Ross Brittain, PhD*
Dean, College of Science, Technology & Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Alderson Broaddus University
101 College Hill Drive, Box 2096
Philippi, WV 26416
304-457-6428
brittainra AT ab.edu
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Ross Brittain <brittainra AT AB.EDU>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:05:04 -0500
Hi All
After three years of passing by great field habitat and being
disappointed by the lack of raptors it finally paid off. I am staring
at what appears to be a first year Snowy Owl (definitely an owl the
age/sex are up for debate since it could be an older female) in the
fields along US 50 in Taylor County at the junction of Meadland
Rd/Berry Run Road along US 50 about 4 miles or so east of Bridgeport.
The owl is perched on a utility pole and being harassed by the
occasional crow.
Great way to start a day!
Enjoy,
Ross Brittain
Bridgeport, WV

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Help from the woodpecker
From: Brad Wood <woodb20 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:04:03 -0500
It looks to me like damage done by woodpeckers trying to get emerald ash
borers (in the winter their larva is in the bark).

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 11:17 PM, Sam Chapman <
0000007c3c2c3ecc-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:

> I heard you can post from Yahoo again, so let's see.
> There are some oak (we think oak--no leaves so it's hard for us amateurs
> to say for sure) trees on our ridge that have been stripped of bark in
> patches and in at least one case, from top to bottom all around the tree.
> You can see holes where some kind of borer insect has been at work. But the
> bark clearly was not stripped by the insects. Looks like woodpeckers trying
> to get to the insects. We don't think the bark is damaged deep enough to
> get to the sap or kill the trees. I can't imagine any of the woodpeckers
> doing this except the Pileated. And I don't think it was done by, say our
> local fisher, or raccoons or possums. Looks like we are getting help
> against some kind of infestation. Click the link below for photos. No one
> around here has ever seen this before so I would love to hear from anyone
> who can shed some light on this.
>  https://www.flickr.com/photos/108284589 AT N08/sets/72157650287818512/
>
> SamRomney
> PS. If you would like to see photos of tracks with a ruler that we think
> are from the local fishers, let me know and I can send them off list.
>
>
Subject: Help from the woodpecker
From: Sam Chapman <0000007c3c2c3ecc-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:17:38 +0000
I heard you can post from Yahoo again, so let's see.
There are some oak (we think oak--no leaves so it's hard for us amateurs to say 
for sure) trees on our ridge that have been stripped of bark in patches and in 
at least one case, from top to bottom all around the tree. You can see holes 
where some kind of borer insect has been at work. But the bark clearly was not 
stripped by the insects. Looks like woodpeckers trying to get to the insects. 
We don't think the bark is damaged deep enough to get to the sap or kill the 
trees. I can't imagine any of the woodpeckers doing this except the Pileated. 
And I don't think it was done by, say our local fisher, or raccoons or possums. 
Looks like we are getting help against some kind of infestation. Click the link 
below for photos. No one around here has ever seen this before so I would love 
to hear from anyone who can shed some light on this. 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/108284589 AT N08/sets/72157650287818512/ 

SamRomney
PS. If you would like to see photos of tracks with a ruler that we think are 
from the local fishers, let me know and I can send them off list.   

 
Subject: Turkeys at Heritage Farm
From: John Waugaman <jwaugama AT ACCESS.K12.WV.US>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:12:13 -0500
While attending a training today, at Heritage Farm in Huntington, I had the 
pleasure of observing 23 Turkeys glide from one hilltop to the other. I first 
heard what I thought was a turkey and immediately saw 3 large dark birds come 
out of what looked like the tree tops. I believed at first glance that they 
were only crows and didn’t pay very close attention; until I realized the 
birds kept coming out of the trees and were gliding across the narrow valley. 
By now I could see clearly that they were indeed turkeys as they “gracefully 
as turkeys can” filled the sky. Several landed in a large tree as I heard 
others clumsily go through the branches making their way to the ground. 


After the turkeys had all made it across the valley, I got to experience what 
is probably one of my favorite parts of being a birdwatcher, sharing my 
sighting with lay people. A gentleman joined me on the porch, taking in the 
beautiful day, and I directed his attention to the turkeys sitting in the tree. 
While sharing what I had just seen, he smiled and said he would have loved to 
see them glide across the valley. The ability to share what others don’t see, 
notice, or recognize and to be in tune with your surroundings is a wonderful 
part of this hobby. Even if I ever had the opportunity to see all the birds in 
the world, I would still cherish my passion, because I could give others the 
“gift” of the enjoyment and beauty of the avian realm. 


John B. Waugaman, Jr.
Wayne County WV
Subject: Mockingbird roosting in lamp pole?
From: aaustin61 <aaustin61 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:23:21 -0500
This is an odd question but it's been perplexing me several days. I work 
Afternoon janitorial. On my break I go outside of a building with a large 
parking lot with many light poles between 6pm-8pm each night. I have began 
hearing multiple species bird songs and calls in a three repetition pattern. 
Exactly how a mockingbird mocks. Has anyone ever heard of a mockingbird 
roosting in a light pole? There is a little woodland surrounding this parking 
lot.  


Amanda 
Mon county, WV 


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Subject: Scaup/Randolph County (1/21/15)
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:08:30 -0500
There were 6 Scaup this afternoon at the Elkins Flood Control on the Tygart 
River today. (1/21/15) They were all males. 5 Lesser & 1 Greater. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Snow birds
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:59:12 -0500
The highlight of yesterday's birdwatching was seeing _three_ Brown 
Creepers on the trunk of my walnut tree.  One of them is a regular, 
sometimes there are two, but three is definitely special. I get a kick 
out of watching the tiny Creepers march right past the Pileated eating 
suet.  They don't seem to be intimidated at all by her size.

A handful of Pine Siskins have also been here today.  That's another 
feisty little bird.  Fun to see them defend their bowl of food.

Had a Red-shouldered Hawk sitting in a tree in the back yard for several 
hours.  Really looked beautiful through the falling snow. As I was 
adding suet to the basket he/she came swooping down and picked up a 
Grackle hat had been limping across the snowy lawn.  If that was just an 
appetizer there are plenty more for the main course.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Jan 20, 2015
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:55 -0500
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Bertha Campground, Jan 20, 2015
Date: 	Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:58:04 -0500 (EST)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Bertha Campground, Summers, US-WV
Jan 20, 2015 12:02 PM - 1:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 mile(s)
31 species

Canada Goose  26
Mallard  10
Hooded Merganser  15
Common Merganser  41
Golden Eagle  1     adult
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  6     2 adults, 2 4th year, 1 2nd year, 1 1st year
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  6
Common Raven  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  1
European Starling  11
American Pipit  3
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  13
Dark-eyed Junco  18
Northern Cardinal  10
American Goldfinch  7

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21444224 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Monongahela River water bird report
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:20:07 -0500
The river is wide open with only a few very small patches of ice along the
shores. Some, but not too many, ice flows here and there. Mallards riding a
few of the floes.

Morgantown Lock and Dam to McQuain Park:

Canada Goose--29
Mallard--2
Common Goldeneye--1
Hooded Merganser--3. 1 male in the river caught a small silvery fish. 1
female in Decker's Creek caught a small dark fish.
Pied-billed Grebe--2, in Decker's Creek
Ring-billed Gull--2
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK--1 immature bird behind the Waterfront Place Hotel that
caught what looked like a mouse under the shrubs next to the bench
dedicated to Milan Puskar--the late founder of Morgantown's Mylan
Pharmaceuticals.

Walnut Street boat ramp:

Canada Goose--17
Mallard--17
Redhead--7
Canvasback--1
Greater Scaup--3
Lesser Scaup--2
Ring-necked Duck--2
Bufflehead--5
COMMON GOLDENEYE--17
Hooded Merganser--1
Horned Grebe--2
Great Blue Heron--1

Morgantown Lock and Dam to Cobun Creek:

Canada Goose--2
Mallard--2
Ring-necked Duck--2
Hooded Merganser--10
Great Blue Heron--1

Uffington access and rail trail heading towards Morgantown:

Canada Goose--16
MUTE SWAN--3. Reported yesterday. Today in front of the house with the long
concrete retaining wall. May have been in area since last Friday or
Saturday according to Kelly Williams, who I met on the rail trail and who
saw 3 swans one of those days.
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--16
Hooded Merganser--27. Includes a few from Cobun Creek area that flew
upriver when flushed by a barge tug that had just come through the lock.
COMMON MERGANSER--64. Flocks of 54 at the curve just below Dorsey's Knob
Park and 10 upriver from the I-79 bridge. (Total for the day was 74 birds;
more reported below.) There have been sightings of this species at at least
35 locations in the state within the last 30 days, according to eBird. The
bird is becoming downright common.

Morgantown power plant:

Mallard--6
Redhead--1
Bufflehead--12

Barill Park, Star City:

Mallard--45
Redhead--6
Lesser Scaup--2
Bufflehead--16
Ring-billed Gull--5
Belted Kingfisher--1

Wastewater Treatment Plant, Star City:

American Black Duck--2
Mallard--62
Bufflehead--2
Hooded Merganser--1
American Coot--4

Route 100/Fort Martin Road:

Canada Goose--1
Bufflehead--31
Common Merganser--8

Fort Martin Industrial Park boat ramp:

Mallard--2
Bufflehead--16
Common Merganser--2

Route 100 at mouth of Dent's Run, Granville:

Mallard--10
Bufflehead--8
Horned Grebe--2. Likely the same birds seen earlier in the morning at
McQuain Park.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: mycoplasmal conjuctivitis in birds
From: "Olcott, Susan P" <Susan.P.Olcott AT WV.GOV>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:55:30 +0000
Mycoplasmal conjuctivitis can affect several species of birds, but it mostly 
affects house finches. Since it is passed from bird-to-bird by direct contact, 
or with contact with infected seed, feeders, or surfaces, any feeder or seed 
can be a conduit for infection. Be a responsible bird feeder! Regularly wash 
and disinfect (with 10% bleach solution) your feeders, and clean up seed hulls 
and bird droppings. If you see sick birds stop feeding - discard old seed, wash 
and disinfect you feeders, and either hang them in a new location or stop 
feeding for a week or two to allow any disease to run its course and have the 
birds disperse. Remember, birds don't need us to survive the winter - we invite 
them to our feeders with an easy meal. It's our responsibility to ensure that 
our actions don't negatively affect birds that brighten out winter days. 




Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology has good information on this disease: 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/hofi/abtdisease.html. 




Happy bird feeding everyone!  Sue



Susan Olcott
Biologist
Wildlife Diversity and Technical Services Unit
PO Box 99
Farmington, WV 26571
(304)825-6787
fax (304)825-6270
susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
Subject: Re: Pine Siskin with infected eyes?
From: Ross Brittain <brittainra AT AB.EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:37:55 -0500
HI All,
Jerry, conjunctivitis is spread through contact/transfer of the bacteria.
Any feeder where the birds have to reach in to get seeds and potentially
touch a part of their infected eye on the feeder becomes a vector for the
disease. All tube feeders have a relatively high potential for transfer due
to their design, whether they are thistle feeders or sunflower/mixed seed
feeders. The birds have to perch in a certain location and poke their
heads/beaks into the same spot, increasing the odds of another bird
touching the exact same spot as the previous birds.

Hopper feeders tend to have a reduced chance for transfer but even they can
be a problem. Infected birds often have to reach under the plastic hopper
and touch the edge of the plastic. Another bird just has to do the same
thing in the same spot. Luckily the area is larger and the birds have a
greater chance of touching in different spots so that the odds of transfer
are reduced, but not eliminated.

Conjunctivitis happens to hit the finches fairly hard and the design of the
tube feeders which they prefer doesn't help. Siskins, redpolls,
goldfinches, etc. all can get conjunctivitis but have better immunity than
the House Finch population... or at least they used to. House Finches,
being new to this part of the world in the 1940s and 50s, and coming from a
small genetic stock, had little resistance to the strain of conjunctivitis
in this area and were hit hard by the disease. Conjunctivitis ended up
being the main limiting factor for House Finch populations after they
exhibited exponential growth during the 70s through the 90s. But the House
Finches have gained better immunity by weeding out the ones who had none...
Evolution 101.

You are right to point out that this is a lesson to us all to keep our
feeders clean. Bleach and/or alcohol both have done well to keep feeders
clean of the bacteria.

Happy Birding!

*Ross Brittain, PhD*
Dean, College of Science, Technology & Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Alderson Broaddus University
101 College Hill Drive, Box 2096
Philippi, WV 26416
304-457-6428
brittainra AT ab.edu

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:14 AM, Gerald Kruth <
00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:

> Joe's experience is a message to us all -- to keep feeders clean.
>
> But I am also asking, does that finch conjunctivitus apply only to
> nyger-thistle feeders, or to sunflower and other feeds as well?
>
> thanks,
>
> Jerry Kruth
> Pittsburgh
>
>
>
>
>
>
> In a message dated 1/20/2015 1:58:34 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> earthlingprimate AT SUDDENLINK.NET writes:
>
> As I  filled feeders today, I saw a Pine Siskin that was rather tame, even
> for a  siskin.  I walked over to where it was perched and offered my hand,
> then  let it stand on my hand.  One eye looked a bit dull and sunken.  The
> other eye was not sunken, but it looked irritated and dull.  I moved my
> hand
> up and down until it flew to a nearby bush.  I walked up to it to  get a
> better look at its eyes; it tolerated me for a short while, then flew
> across
> a parking area.  Its flight was erratic, somewhat fluttery, but it  was
> able
> to recognize a dogwood tree, pick out a limb for a perch, and  land.  I
> went inside and washed my hands, then came back outside with a  new
> feeder.  I
> filled the new feeder, hung it, then took the rest of the  feeders down for
> a good bleaching.  I do not remember the bacterial  details, but there was
> and likely still is a rather contagious  bacteria  that infected House
> Finch
> eyes, and in fact, reduced their numbers in a  substantial fashion,
> according to my memories.  I have no knowledge of  whether siskins catch
> the same
> infection as do the House Finches, but I like  the visiting siskins, so to
> the
> bleach with the dirty feeders as soon as  possible.
> Joe Jarrell
>
Subject: Pine Siskin with infected eyes?
From: Joe Jarrell <earthlingprimate AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:58:10 -0500
As I filled feeders today, I saw a Pine Siskin that was rather tame, even for a 
siskin. I walked over to where it was perched and offered my hand, then let it 
stand on my hand. One eye looked a bit dull and sunken. The other eye was not 
sunken, but it looked irritated and dull. I moved my hand up and down until it 
flew to a nearby bush. I walked up to it to get a better look at its eyes; it 
tolerated me for a short while, then flew across a parking area. Its flight was 
erratic, somewhat fluttery, but it was able to recognize a dogwood tree, pick 
out a limb for a perch, and land. I went inside and washed my hands, then came 
back outside with a new feeder. I filled the new feeder, hung it, then took the 
rest of the feeders down for a good bleaching. I do not remember the bacterial 
details, but there was and likely still is a rather contagious bacteria that 
infected House Finch eyes, and in fact, reduced their numbers in a substantial 
fashion, according to my memories. I have no knowledge of whether siskins catch 
the same infection as do the House Finches, but I like the visiting siskins, so 
to the bleach with the dirty feeders as soon as possible. 

Joe Jarrell
Subject: Crossbill, eagles Pendleton County
From: Rodney Bartgis <rodbartgis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:18:56 +0000
Today, while hiking with Bob Dean and Stan Corwin-Roach on North Fork Mountain 
southeast of Seneca Rocks, Pendleton County, I saw (and heard) a male Red 
Crossbill (single bird), an adult and immature golden eagle flying together, 
and an immature bald eagle. I also saw a golden eagle this past Saturday at 
Panther Knob, southeast of Cherry Grove, Pendleton County. 



Rod Bartgis, Valley Bend, Randolph County
Subject: Re: Mon River Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:39:14 -0500
Hi all,

     I omitted 4 American Coot and 18 Ring-billed Gull from the sightings
list of Barill Park to the Sewage Plant. Apologies. My mind wanders at times

Derek
Subject: Mon River Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:34:27 -0500
Hi all,

     I was able to somehow bribe the dynamic duo of Hannah Clipp and Morgan
McMurdy into showing me some of the waterfowl on the Mon River in
Morgantown. As usual I just carried the scope and tried to keep up. But
before we hit the river, we checked in on the Vulture Roost east of
Sabraton where we counted 37 Black and 40 Turkey Vultures taking in the
morning sun. From there it was a quick jaunt over to White Park where the
girls quickly spotted the continuing Merlin enjoying a tasty passerine
breakfast atop the light post. Then we hit the river ...

Mon River --- Locks and Dam to Walnut Street
Canada Goose   4
Mallard   24
Canvasback   1
Redhead   7
Ring-necked Duck   6
Greater Scaup   5
Lesser Scaup   1
White-winged Scoter   1
Bufflehead   11
Common Goldeneye   22
Hooded Merganser   8
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Horned Grebe   1
Great Blue Heron   1
Ring-billed Gull   4

Both ladies studied the Scoter intently and had a nice discussion on
whether this might be a fusca or stejnegeri ... but alas I was assured it
was just a common American White-winged and not either of the mega rarities
:)

Mon River --- Power Station
Mallard   7
Bufflehead   4

Mon River --- Barill Park to the Sewage Plant
Canada Goose   16
Wood Duck   2
American Black Duck   3
Mallard   86
Northern Shoveler   1
Green-winged Teal   2
Canvasback   2
Redhead   5
Ring-necked Duck   8
Lesser Scaup   3
Bufflehead   39
Common Goldeneye   1
Hooded Merganser   5
Common Merganser   2
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Great Blue Heron   2

All in all, a wonderful day to be out with wonderful company. Hope everyone
is enjoying their extended weekend. Get out in the field when you can. You
never what you might see. best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek

PS: Watch those gulls carefully especially in light of the potential
mega-rarity in Pittsburgh
Subject: Peregrine Falcon in Huntington
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:46:00 +0000
As my wife and I were stopped at a traffic light in downtown Huntington this 
afternoon, we watched an adult Peregrine Falcon fly from the south toward 
Harris Riverfront Park and the 12th Street boat ramp (about a block behind us). 
Great views! Maybe it was doing duck or pigeon hunting. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Gary O. Rankin, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
BBSC-435F
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
TEL: 304-696-7319
FAX: 304-696-7391
Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Cackling Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:08:54 -0500
 Today Pat Collins and I birded the Ohio River from Vienna to below the
Bellevile L&D. We stopped at Neal Island, under the Pkb-Belpre Bridge,
behind the Belpre Shrine, Civitan Park, along Route 124 from Little Hocking
to Forked Run State Park.  We met Mike Wine behind the Belpre Shrine and
Nancy Cornes, Barb & Neal Hohman and Dick Esker at Civitan Park.

 ****  As I was writing this Dick Esker called that they had a *Greater
White-fronted Goose* at Civitan and the L-t Duck was still there. (3:00
p.m.)  ****

  Highlights:

**Cackling Goose - 1 - Civitan Park
**Long-tailed Duck - 1 - Civitan Park
Peregrine Falcon - 2 - Parkersburg - Belpre Bridge

   Waterbirds:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
American Coot

    Raptors:

Bald Eagle - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 5
Red-tailed Hawk - 7
American Kestrel - 5

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County, WV & Washington County, OH
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Monongahela and West Fork Rivers
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:37:01 -0500
Katherine Payne and I birded along the subject rivers this morning. We
stopped at Opekiska Lock and Dam in Monongalia County, and Prickett's Fort
State Park, Fairmont's Palatine Park, and Worthington Park and the West
Fork Rail Trail in Marion County.Both rivers were open except for scattered
patches of ice along the shorelines. Highlights:

Opekiska:

Canada Goose--10
Mallard--2
Hooded Merganser--6
COMMON MERGANSER--19
Domestic-type geese and ducks--about a dozen
BALD EAGLE--1, maybe 2. 1 second-year bird, and maybe a first-year bird,
though more likely the same bird.
Great Blue Heron--4
Pileated Woodpecker--2
Yellow-rumped Warbler--1
White-throated Sparrow--3
Dark-eyed Junco--4

Prickett's Fort:

Canada Goose--14
Mallard--52
American Black Duck X Mallard hybrid--2
Hooded Merganser--4
Common Merganser--2
Great Blue Heron--1
Bald Eagle--1 second-year bird
Red-shouldered Hawk--1
Belted Kingfisher--1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker--1
Common Raven--2, flying near the railroad trestle, so maybe thinking of
nesting there again

Palatine Park:

Canada Goose--30

Worthington Park/West Fork Rail Trail southward to Hutchinson:

Canada Goose--90
Common Merganser--1
Red-shouldered Hawk--1
Brown Creeper--1, hanging from the bottom of a thin branch at times
Eastern Bluebird--4
Northern Mockingbird--4
Song Sparrow--6, including 1 singing

Manley Chapel Road:

American Kestrel--1


-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Morgantown-Mute Swans
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:11:09 -0500
This a.m. while crossing the I-79 bridge over the Mon. River I noticed 3 large 
white birds in the river opposite the Uffington access. As I was on my way into 
work I alerted John Boback and he kindly went to investigate. 3 Mute Swans. 
Decent birds for the county. 


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Common Redpoll continues in Hardy County
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT CMS.MAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:30:53 -0500
I saw a Common Redpoll in my yard again this morning in Arkansaw, WV (Hardy 
County).  Finch activity at the feeders was as high as I have seen thus far 
this winter, with four other species including the redoll: Pine Siskin (25), 
Purple Finch (3), House Finch (10), and American Goldfinch (50).

I got another poor but identifiable photo of the Common Redpoll:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/89922350 AT N06/16132282587/

David Carr
Arkansaw, WV
Hardy County
Subject: Tundra Swans
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:42:21 +0000
I forgot to mention in my earlier post that there were 12 Tundra Swans resting 
in a field along Rte. 817South about 3/4 mile past the Brewer's Blackbirds 
(closer to Winfield ). 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Brewer's Blackbirds, Rough-legged Hawk and Wild Turkeys
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:23:00 +0000
I decided to start early this morning looking for a barred owl in Wayne Co. but 
wind and rain before sunrise keep the owls in bed. So, I headed up Rte 2 to 
Green Bottom WMA, Ashton, Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam and Gallipolis Ferry. I 
didn't see anything not reported by David Patick yesterday except a flock of 26 
Wild Turkeys at Ashton and some Horned Larks at Gallipolis Ferry. 


Next, I headed toward Pt. Pleasant. The Peregrine Falcon was sitting on the Rte 
35 bridge to Gallipolis, OH in the regular spot, but little else was around. 
So, I decided to check the fields along Rtes. 817 South and 35 on the way to 
Winfield. 


Shortly after leaving Pt. Pleasant on Rte. 35, I took the 817South loop to 
check the field for raptors, pipits and blackbirds. I soon found a couple of N. 
Harriers and then a lone Common Grackle. Further along, 817 South, I saw a 
light morph Rough-legged Hawk gliding over a harvested corn field. A little 
further along, I noticed a small group of blackbirds fly across the road and 
light in the top of a tree at the edge of the harvested corn field. I was 
expecting to see Red-winged Blackbirds, but when I looked at them with my 10x 
binoculars, I couldn't see any red on the wings. So, I put the scope on them 
and low and behold - 23 Brewer's Blackbirds! They were mostly males, and the 
yellow eyes of the males and dark eyes of the females was easily seen. 


After my excitement died down, I could hear a flock of mostly Starlings calling 
from trees behind me and across the road. As I scanned the flock with my scope 
I could see several more Brewer's - both males and females. The flock of about 
200 birds flew across the road to the corn stubble and began to feed with a 
large flock of American Crows. I watched the birds with binoculars and my scope 
as they flew nervously around the field in front of me. Overall, I would 
estimate at least 50 Brewer's Blackbirds were present and at least two 
Brown-headed Cowbirds were also mixed in with the Starlings. Surprisingly, 
there weren't any Red-winged Blackbirds in the flock. As I continued along 
817South, I saw more flocks of Starlings and Crows, but no other blackbirds. 


To get to the field where the Brewer's Blackbirds were seen, travel east from 
Pt. Pleasant on Rte 35 for about 1.5 - 2 mile or so until you see the signs to 
turn left onto Rte. 817 South. Shortly after you get onto 817S, there are large 
soybean and corn fields on the left side of the road (between the road and the 
Kanawha River). Watch for a white building with 18 wheeler trailers parked 
around it on the left side of the road. The Brewer's Blackbirds were feeding in 
the field behind this building or in the trees along the edge of the field. I 
parked in the parking area near some of the trailers. Across the street and 
just about 50 yards farther east is the Henderson Dairy Farm. There is a white 
sign with black letters for the farm along the side of the road. The mixed 
flock was originally in trees at the farm, but flew across the road into the 
corn field. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Virginia Rial, Savannah Sparrows, FOYs
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:03:42 -0500
I crossed over the 80 species threshold for my WV Jan 100 effort. FOY's 
and other notables below:

AM = Altona Marsh, J = Jefferson County, HF=Harper's Ferry North Ridge 
Battlefield
SR = Shenandoah River, CC=Country Club Road ponds

*=FOYs

  Gadwall                 14  (CC)
  Green-winged Teal        5  (AM)
  Redhead                  3  (CC)
  Common Goldeneye         1  (SR) S-turn
  Hooded Merganser         9  (SR)
  Common Merganser        11  (SR)
*Sharp-shinned Hawk       1  (AM)
*Virginia Rail            1  (AM)
*Herring Gull             1  (SR) adult
*Golden-crowned Kinglet   1  (J)
  Yellow-rumped Warbler    8  (J)
*Savannah Sparrow        13  (HF) upper tier in "Blond" grass NE of the 
Cannons

Matt Orsie - Summit Point
Subject: Yard Birds
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:32:42 -0500
Yesterday's mild and sunny weather was a great opportunity to clean some 
windows, the most frequently used ones for bird watching and 
photography.  While making a new batch of peanut suet I enjoyed watching 
the birds on the tray.  With the sun on them the Bluebirds are 
especially stunning.  Viewed closeup their feathers look like satin.  
I'm still surprised how they are going for the sunflower chips this 
year, both from the tube feeder and the tray outside the window.  But 
then that is what makes birdwatching interesting, the unexpected.

Two days ago I saw and heard two RS hawks in the yard.  Yesterday when I 
opened the front door there one of them was again, sitting in a tall 
walnut tree with the sun right on it.  So big and fluffy. Sure would be 
nice if the pair decided to nest here.

Still having some Pine Siskins coming to the feeder.  The Brown Creeper 
and tons of Goldfinches are regulars.

Saw something odd yesterday on Rissler Rd.  A turtle on ice.  It was on 
the frozen water inlets on the left, past the camping area.  It was the 
kind of smooth shelled turtle you normally see basking on logs in the 
river.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Eagles and Barn Owl
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:18:55 -0500
Jim Farley, Barry Marts and I enjoyed a warm winter day in Hardy and 
Grant counties looking for raptors. We found 34 eagles, two of which 
were Golden in the ridge areas near and east of South Mountain. We ended 
the day finding a Barn Owl in Moorefield. We looked for the Short-eared 
Owls and light morph Rough-legged Hawk that had been regular at Webb 
Lane just north of Old Fields, WV but it was not to be this year. On a 
happier note we saw the first of two Red-headed Woodpeckers at Kimsey 
Run lake were they had been absent on the trip last January.

Other Notables:
    Northern Harrier   4  (one male)
    Red-tailed Hawk  13
    American Kestrel  8

Matt Orsie - Summit Point, WV
Subject: The Continuing Saga of Trumpeter Swan L55
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:35:35 -0500
Remember L55, the wing-tagged Trumpeter Swan that showed up at Cheat Lake
on Dec. 7, 2013 for 2 days, and then was seen again on Jan. 19, 2014 along
the South Branch of the Potomac River in Grant County west of Petersburg?

It disappeared after that, but it was back in WV today at Ridgely in
Mineral County just across the Potomac from Cumberland, MD.

Actually, L55 has been hanging out in the North Branch of the Potomac and
the adjacent C&O Canal at Cumberland since Nov. 27, and is seen there
regularly. Both locations, of course, are legally in MD at that point.
Today was the first reported sighting on the WV side of the river.

The bird was also in Cumberland from June 5-11, 2014, apparently refueling
on its way north.

I checked all eBird locations in VA and MD from Jan. 19-June 5, 2014 but
the bird was not reported then. There were no sightings south of those 2
states, so where it spent the latter part of last winter and spring is
unknown.

I also checked the area in Ontario north of Toronto where it had been
originally tagged, but came up blank for the June 11-Nov. 27, 2014 period.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Siskins
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:27:23 -0500
We had at least 40 pine siskins on our porch feeders this morning.
Subject: Rte. 2 Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:14:51 +0000
I birded the Ohio River this am along Rte. 2 and Rte. 7. It was chilly 
starting out at 21 and rising  to 35 degrees at Noon. The river was iced 
over around the Locks. Some of the birds seen were: 

  
Gallipolis Ferry: 
  
Greater Scaup 
Redhead 
Ring-necked Duck 
Coot 
  
RCB Locks: 
  
Hooded Merganser 
Black Duck 
Redhead 
Pied-billed Grebe 
Cormorant 
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 25701 
  
Subject: Local Ohio River birding
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:44:31 -0500
  I stopped at a few places along the Ohio River this morning between 9
a.m. and noon.  The head of Neal Island (NI) at 17th St in Vienna, Civitan
Park (CP), behind the Belpre Shrine (BSH), and Point Park (PP) were a
little more productive for water birds. Saw Arnold Huyghebaert at 17th St
at Neal Island and Nancy Cornes and Joyce Boone the second time I stopped
at Civitan and Belpre Shrine. All the water-birds listed were well out in
the Ohio River, and thus in West Virginia.

Birds:

Canada Goose - 300+  - all locations plus along Blennerhassett Ave
Mallard - all locations - saw hunters bag one drake at Neal Island
Canvasback - 70+ BSH, CP
Redhead - NI, CP, BSH
Ring-necked Duck - BSH
Lesser Scaup - BSH
Bufflehead - NI, CP, BSH - saw hunters bag one female at Neal Island
Common Goldeneye - NI, CP, PP
Hooded Merganser - BSH, PP
Ruddy Duck - BSH
Pied-biled Grebe - 1 - PP
Great Blue Heron - 1 - PP

Ring-billed Gull - 150+ most locations
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
American Crow
Blue Jay

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County, WV and Washington County, OH
Subject: Re: Pine Siskins
From: John Snyder <johnsnyder AT BTCONNECT.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:05:22 -0500
We've had our first sizeable Siskin visit (18+) since 2009. We've only seen
occasionals since that time, until now.

 

Best regards,

John Snyder

Persinger, Nicholas County



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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Old Mill Road/Black Property, Jan 17, 2015
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:00:13 -0500
This morning we took a nice walk up Old Mill Road near Harman and onto the
private property where I do the "Stop, Look & Listen" walk for the Canaan
Valley Bird Festival. It was 19 degrees with a crunchy snow cover. The most
surprising bird was a lone Bufflehead on the Dry Fork. It was also nice to
see Eastern Bluebirds. Otherwise, it was our usually hardy winter birds. It
was also nice to have the sun shining. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County

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Old Mill Road/Black Property, Randolph, US-WV
Jan 17, 2015 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
10 species

Bufflehead  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  11
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
Dark-eyed Junco  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21378621

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Common Redpoll in Hardy County
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT CMS.MAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:42:48 -0500
I found a Common Redpoll among the many American Goldfinches, House Finches, 
and Pine Siskins visiting my backyard and feeders this morning in Arkansaw, 
WV (Hardy County).  I spotted the bird in flight (an exceptionally pale 
finch) within a small group of American Goldfinches as I watched from my 
dining room window.  It perched in a black locust tree long enough to get an 
identifiable photo.  You can see the yellow-ish bill, black face, and rusty 
forehead.

Here is a link to the photo: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/89922350 AT N06/16114731609/

David Carr
Arkansaw, WV
Hardy County