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1 Sep Summers Co. Ospreys; Bald Eagles [Wade Snyder ]
2 Sep Caspian terns [Hillar Klandorf ]
31 Aug Nighthawks in Tucker County [Sandra ]
31 Aug nighthawks [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
31 Aug Black Terns [Dick & Jeanette Esker ]
31 Aug A few shorebirds ["Rankin, Gary" ]
30 Aug 27 Nighthawks and an odd encounter. [Jeff Del Col ]
30 Aug Merlin, swallows at Kimsey Run Lake (Hardy County) ["David E. Carr" ]
30 Aug Dickcissel, Randolph County [Rod Bartgis ]
29 Aug More Nighthawks and Hundreds of Swifts [Jeff Del Col ]
29 Aug Re: Blue Grosbeak- Morgantown [Terry Bronson ]
29 Aug Blue Grosbeak- Morgantown [Joe Hildreth ]
28 Aug Nighthawks and Chimney Swifts [Joey Herron ]
28 Aug Hanging Rocks [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
28 Aug nighthawks [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
28 Aug Eight Nighthawks Over Philippi [Jeff Del Col ]
28 Aug Pleasant Creek WMA update [Terry Bronson ]
27 Aug Prickett's Fort [Joey Herron ]
27 Aug Braxton County golden eagle [Rod Bartgis ]
27 Aug Two Nighthawks---many Swifts [Jeff Del Col ]
27 Aug RS Hawk [John Snyder ]
26 Aug Byrd Locks, Aug 26, 2014 ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
26 Aug Another Lone Nighthawk, a Kestrel and Two Pileateds. [Jeff Del Col ]
26 Aug Cooper's Rock State Forest--Juncos and Warblers [Terry Bronson ]
25 Aug Morgantown Chimney Swifts AWOL [Terry Bronson ]
25 Aug First Nighthawk [Jeff Del Col ]
25 Aug Prickett's Fort update [Joey Herron ]
25 Aug Canaan Valley Natl Wildlife Refuge weekend sample [Steve Kimbrell ]
25 Aug Re: Barn owl in Morgantown, August 15 [Terry Bronson ]
24 Aug Immature Great Horned Owl [Paula Jean Hallberg ]
24 Aug fos [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
23 Aug Eastern screech-owl [Wima ]
24 Aug Little Blue Heron update ["Rankin, Gary" ]
24 Aug Great Horned Owls ["Rankin, Gary" ]
24 Aug PVAS field trip to Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands, Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
23 Aug Barn owl in Morgantown, August 15 [John Burkhart ]
23 Aug Greenbottom WMA [DAVID ]
23 Aug Jefferson County Common Nighthawks; Wild Turkeys [Wade Snyder ]
22 Aug nighthawks [Rodney Bartgis ]
21 Aug Chimney swift, nighthawk [Wima ]
21 Aug Frumpy and mate [Bruni Haydl ]
21 Aug Mercer County [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
20 Aug Long-eared Owl (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
20 Aug Nighthawks [Diane Sylvester ]
20 Aug Blackburnian Warblers in Jefferson County [Jim Farley ]
19 Aug Saw-Whet Sounding Off. [Jeff Del Col ]
19 Aug Eastern Screech Owl in Philippi [Jeff Del Col ]
19 Aug Nighthawks ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
19 Aug Mixed Flock Warblers [ ]
19 Aug 2 Red-headed woodpeckers still around - Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
19 Aug A helpful Osprey [Jim Farley ]
19 Aug New River Hummingbird Festival (23 Aug) ["Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" ]
19 Aug Hilton Pond 08/01/14 (Truth About Ruby-throats) ["Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" ]
18 Aug Winfield Locks; Eagle, Osprey pair, couple shorebirds ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
18 Aug Some thoughts on the Monongalia County Lesser Scaup [Terry Bronson ]
18 Aug bald eagle [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
18 Aug Female scaup [Amanda Dymacek ]
17 Aug Birds starting to be more visible ["Rankin, Gary" ]
17 Aug Peregrine falcon and a few shorebirds ["Rankin, Gary" ]
17 Aug Another Peregrine Falcon sighting - Harpers Ferry Nat'l Park [Deb Hale ]
16 Aug Cathedral State Park--L. Flycatcher, M. Warbler fledglings, orange-variant S. Tanager [Terry Bronson ]
15 Aug Prickett's Fort: singing orioles, 2-red-patched Hairy Woodpecker [Terry Bronson ]
14 Aug Kimsey Dam [ ]
14 Aug black billed cuckoo [Judy Bowling ]
14 Aug Green Heron [Jim Triplett ]
14 Aug Forster's Tern & Another Avocet [Mike Griffith ]
14 Aug Merlin [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
13 Aug Lake Erie Marblehead Pennisula ["Olcott, Susan P" ]
13 Aug Another goshawk + 10th annual sighting of dark-morph Red-tails (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
12 Aug Black-bellied Plover - Archer's Rock [Matt ]
12 Aug Avocet [Mike Griffith ]
10 Aug Freeland Boardwalk, Canaan Valley [Paula Jean Hallberg ]
10 Aug Semi-palmated Plovers and Juvenile N. Harrier ["Rankin, Gary" ]
10 Aug Greater Scaup [Hillar Klandorf ]
10 Aug Baby Towhee [Bruni Haydl ]
10 Aug Re: A Very bald cardinal [Bruni Haydl ]

Subject: Summers Co. Ospreys; Bald Eagles
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:50:57 -0400
My son and I spent some time today in Summers County from 11 am to 2:30 pm. Our 
first stop was in Bluestone State Park where we observed two Ospreys; one 
perched in a snag viewed from the lower campground. It left it's perch and 
headed up the Bluestone River. We were also treated to an immature Bald Eagle 
flyover at this spot. Minutes later we were parked at the boat launch below the 
visitors center and observed the second Osprey flying from the New River up the 
lake towards Bluestone. 


We had one more immature Bald in a thermal with Turkey and Black Vultures at 
the confluence of Bluestone and New below the Rt. 20 bridge. 


Finally, while dining on the patio at Kirk's in Hinton, we observed one more 
Osprey, one adult and one immature Bald all located in a mix with vultures 
circling over the Greenbrier River. They gradually drifted up the New towards 
the Bluestone Dam. 


N. Wade Snyder 
Shenandoah Junction 
Subject: Caspian terns
From: Hillar Klandorf <Hillar.Klandorf AT MAIL.WVU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:01:58 +0000
There were 3 Caspian terns flying over Edith Barill park this morning. I 
managed to take a blurry photograph, which John Boback reviewed, as it was 
extremely humid and the lens kept fogging over. Each was vocalizing as they 
swept the area. There was a Great Blue heron nearby along with a collection of 
mallards. 


Hillar Klandorf

Mon Co
Subject: Nighthawks in Tucker County
From: Sandra <sandralfarkas2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:38:51 -0400
Hello All,

Sorry for the late post but of interest were seven nighthawks flying over Big 
John's in Canaan Valley Friday night. 


Sandra Farkas 
Springfield, VA

Sent from my iPad
Subject: nighthawks
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:09:36 -0400
This evening, just before dark, we saw 7 nighthawks over Lerona, Mercer 
County.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Black Terns
From: Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:49:48 -0400
We saw about 15 juvenile Black Terns flying over the Ohio River at Washington 
Bottom in Wood County. They were at the foot of Riverview Drive (The road down 
to the river just beyond Sandy Creek Backwater.) They were flying back and 
forth, occasionally swooping down to pick something off the water. We watched 
them for about 15 minutes and then we lost track of them. 


Dick & Jeanette Esker
Wood County, WV
Subject: A few shorebirds
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:35:52 +0000
Yesterday, Wendell Argabrite, Mike Griffith and I made a trip up Rte 2 from 
Huntington to Pt. Pleasant and across to Winfield Lock and Dam. We found a 
small number of shorebirds as listed below. The immature Little Blue Heron was 
still at Green Bottom WMA at the second pond at Hoeft Marsh. 


GBWMA
Little Blue Heron -1
Great Egret - 2
Killdeer -4

RCBLD
Killdeer  8
Herring Gull 1
Savannah Sparrow

Gallipolis Ferry
Killdeer 10
Lesser Yellowlegs -1
Spotted Sandpiper -1

Winfield L&D 
Solitary Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 1
Pectoral Sandpiper -1

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Sent from my iPad
Subject: 27 Nighthawks and an odd encounter.
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:04:37 -0400
Twenty-Seven CONI's passed over the AB campus this evening with 23 in one
flock.

Early in the evening I witnessed an peculiar encounter between a female
American Kestrel and a female Northern Flicker.

The kestrel was perched atop a power pole when the flicker swooped in and
perched slightly below it on a wire. The birds were about a foot apart.
The flicker then proceeded to do a weird head-bobbing and turning  routine
for at least a minute while facing the kestrel.  The kestrel ignored the
show, and the flicker departed.  I'm not sure what was going on.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Merlin, swallows at Kimsey Run Lake (Hardy County)
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT CMS.MAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:44:44 -0400
This morning at about 8:30 I saw a Merlin perched in a snag at Kimsey Run 
Lake (Hardy County), perhaps the same bird Diane Holsinger reported here 
about two weeks ago.

There were a large number of swallows in the area, mostly below the dam 
along Kimsey Run Road.  I counted at least 120 Tree Swallows, about 10 
Barns, but there were also single Bank and Cliff Swallows in the mix.

Other birds included 3 immature Bald Eagles (1 sub-adult), Red-headed 
Woodpeckers, and Belted Kingfishers.

David Carr
Arksansaw, WV
Hardy County
Subject: Dickcissel, Randolph County
From: Rod Bartgis <rodbartgis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:52:24 -0400
I jumped a single female dickcissel in a meadow of goldenrod and wingstem on 
our farm this morning. It then flew up and perched on the end of a nearby tree 
branch, in the open, for about five minutes, then flew south giving it's 
electric buzz call as it went. 


Rodney Bartgis
Valley Bend, Randolph County
Subject: More Nighthawks and Hundreds of Swifts
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:22:16 -0400
This evening yielded 14 CONI's between 6:09 and 8:00.

I also saw hundreds of Chimney Swifts  milling around above  the AB
Coliseum.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Re: Blue Grosbeak- Morgantown
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:12:27 -0400
Not present from 11:30 to 11:45. Lots of noise from the Wal-Mart tire
center may have scared it back into the trees and shrubs down the hill.
I'll try checking early tomorrow morning.


On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM, Joe Hildreth 
wrote:

> There is currently a Blue Grosbeak singing his heart out behind the
> parking lot between SAMs and Walmart- University Town Center- Morgantown
>
> Joe Hildreth
> Taylor county
>



-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Blue Grosbeak- Morgantown
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:18:43 -0400
There is currently a Blue Grosbeak singing his heart out behind the parking lot 
between SAMs and Walmart- University Town Center- Morgantown 


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Nighthawks and Chimney Swifts
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:06:02 -0700
Had 6 Nighthawks this evening fly over Fairmont about 7:45pm.
Also counted 292 Chimney Swifts enter my neighbor's chimney.

Joey Herron
Fairmont WV
Marion Co.
Subject: Hanging Rocks
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:03:22 -0400
I spent a couple hours  at Hanging Rocks, Monroe County this morning.
I had 4 broadwings and a merlin as well as at least 4 resident redtails. 
Also, one helicopter that I think was looking for pot.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: nighthawks
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:00:25 -0400
Between 7:15 and 8:00 p.m. today we had at least 76 nighthawks go over 
our place.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Eight Nighthawks Over Philippi
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:43:16 -0400
These evening I tallied 8 CONI's flying over the AB campus. In addition I
saw a half-dozen or so Yellow-rumped Warblers---they were flitting around
in heavy foliage so an exact count was not doable.

The Cliff Swallows appear to have departed.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Pleasant Creek WMA update
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:46:45 -0400
The Upper Pleasant Creek wetlands in Barbour County actually have a fair
amount of muddy areas now, and 5 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and 2 Killdeers had
found them.

7 Green Herons and 1 Great Blue Heron were also present, as were 3 Wood
Ducks and 3 Mallards. 1 of the latter had a large black growth on the left
side of its head between the bill and the eye.

Also noteworthy:

Red-shouldered Hawk--1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--5
Belted Kingfisher--1
White-eyed Vireo--2, the only species singing
Blue-winged Warbler--2, 1 a juvenile and 1 a first-year female.
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher--1
Cedar Waxwing--5
Scarlet Tanager--1

The new pond next to the railroad trestle had 1 Green Heron. Only bird
present.

Doe Run Impoundment continues to be at very high water level. No mudflats
at all. There was 1 Great Blue Heron and a larger-than-normal number of
Mallards--43.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Prickett's Fort
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:06:24 -0700
Had 36 species today..........still no shorebirds.
Only Killdeer and 2 Spotted Sandpipers.

Had a huge wave of Scarlet Tanagers and a few Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 3 
Baltimore Orioles. 


5 woodpecker species, 5 Green Herons, 2 Kingfishers.
Water was down exposing more mudflats, hopefully it will coax in a few birds.

Joey Herron
Fairmont WV
Marion County
Subject: Braxton County golden eagle
From: Rod Bartgis <rodbartgis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:59:02 -0400
There was an immature golden eagle feeding on a carcass, and being harassed by 
crows, along I-79 at Flatwoods, Braxton County this morning. These few young 
birds in West Virginia in the summer make me hope a few will like it and decide 
to stay and nest here someday (if some aren't already)! 


Rodney Bartgis, Valley Bend, Randolph County
Subject: Two Nighthawks---many Swifts
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:05:19 -0400
This evening I saw two CONI's flying over the AB campus. Down by the Tygart
there were well over 100 Chimney Swifts milling around.  the American
Kestrel was on its perch behind the old Broaddus hospital, probably very
puzzled by the torrent of water rushing downhill from a water main break
behind that building. ( I had seen the break erupt and had called 911)
Subject: RS Hawk
From: John Snyder <johnsnyder AT BTCONNECT.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:28:54 -0400
Well, we just had a bit of a treat. I've been hearing a Red-Shouldered Hawk
calling on and off this morning, and Caroline noticed that it was now
perched on the phone line above our upper pond. We watched it through
binoculars for a few minutes, and it was bobbing its head, obviously
watching something. It finally flew down to our pondside patio, out of
sight. I spotted in a couple of minutes later, barely visible through the
bushes but perched either on one of the patio chairs, or on one of the patio
tables. After several minutes down, it flew back to the phone line, carrying
an 18-20 inch snake (of unknown variety), which it proceeded to eat
head-first while we watched. The hawk is still there now, happily digesting
breakfast while backing in the sun, and perhaps looking for an encore. Good
hawk!



John & Caroline Snyder

Persinger, Nicholas County



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Subject: Byrd Locks, Aug 26, 2014
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:52:20 -0400
After a delayed start [two cars of our group had detours due to stopped
traffic at two different car wrecks] we enjoyed a warm day with a light
breeze at the Byrd Locks.  We concentrated on the area around the ponds
near the picnic area and then on the small impoundments at the Fish
Hatchery.  The Blue Grosbeak [male] lit on the roadway in front of the
car. Great day to be birding!
   [in Cabell County] ~Cindy Ellis, Christie Carr, Bev Wright, Randy Urian

.
.


Byrd Locks, Mason, US-WV
Aug 26, 2014 .
39 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  15
Wood Duck  6
Mallard  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  23
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Herring Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  16
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  8
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  11
Tree Swallow  4
Bank Swallow  1     .
swallow sp.  2
Carolina Wren  2
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  8
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Blue Grosbeak  1
Eastern Meadowlark  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
American Goldfinch  22

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19583815

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



-- 
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


 "Because we are working for eternity.
Ally yourself with hope."
         ~Ed Zahniser
catalyst for Wilderness efforts in WV

 .
Subject: Another Lone Nighthawk, a Kestrel and Two Pileateds.
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:13:09 -0400
I spotted the second CONI of the season at about 6:10 this evening.  After
that I went down to the Tygart again and saw even larger numbers of Cedar
Waxwings, scores of them.

I also saw several dozen Cliff Swallows, so they may be forming up for the
move south.
There were two Killdeers, and three female Mallards as well.

On the way up the hill to the college I saw a male AMKE perched on a power
pole below the old Broaddus Hospital.  At least two pairs of kestrels have
been nesting around the AB campus this summer.

Finally, just as I approached my street two adult female Pileated
Woodpeckers swooped low onto the trunk of a small black locust tree.  They
sidled around the tree for about 30 seconds with much head bobbing and wing
ruffling. Then they flew off.  I have no idea what it was all about.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Cooper's Rock State Forest--Juncos and Warblers
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:32:02 -0400
I birded 4 locations in Cooper's Rock State Forest this morning: the
powerline crossing along Henry Clay Furnace Road, the McCollum Campground
Road junction area, the Raven Rock trailhead and logging road across the
main road, and the Overlook/Concession Stand area.

Dark-eyed Juncos breed in the forest near the overlook in very limited
numbers--probably only 2-3 pairs. I found 2 birds today. Interestingly, the
male was attempting to bite foot long grass stems in half but without
success. The grass was just too thin for his thick bill to cut. He tried
several different pieces of grass, but with the same result. No ants or
insects on the grass that I could see, and certainly way too late in the
year to be thinking about nesting, so I'm not sure what to make of it.

I had a fair smattering of warblers:

Black-and-White, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, and Chestnut-sided at
the Clay Furnace Road crossing.

Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Ovenbird, and Common
Yellowthroat at the McCollum Campground Road junction

Hooded just behind the Raven Rock Trailhead parking lot.

Also of note:

At Clay Furnance Road--4 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Scarlet Tanager, 1 Baltimore
Oriole

At McCollum Campground junction--1 heard-only Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1
Accipiter species seen too briefly to ID.

Along the logging road behind the Raven Rock trailhead, which leads to an
area logged a few years ago that is mostly open with scattered trees--1
heard-only Eastern Wood-Pewee and 1 adult Red-tailed Hawk. Believe it or
not, the Hawk is a new bird for the WV Breeding Bird Atlas for that block
(Lake Lynn-6).

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Morgantown Chimney Swifts AWOL
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:25:56 -0400
I did my first check of the Seneca Center in Morgantown this evening, where
last year there were almost 1,600 Chimney Swifts roosting in the old glass
factory chimney on Aug. 19, arriving between 8:05 and 8:35 pm.

During the same time period this year, a week later, there were ZERO swifts
roosting in that chimney! They must have switched to a different chimney
elsewhere in Morgantown, or maybe across the river in Westover or
Granville. So Morgantown birders, please check any feasible location with a
large chimney, and let us all known if you find the new roost.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: First Nighthawk
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:14:08 -0400
I spotted my first CONI this evening at about 8PM. as I was walking along
Greystone drive near the Alumni Center. I had spent about an hour and a
half at the North Philippi bridge without seeing any CONI's but I did see
several dozen Cedar Waxwings and a group of about ten Cliff Swallows.  They
nest under that bridge, but I would have thought they'd have moved on by
now.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Prickett's Fort update
From: Joey Herron <0000002ee8843fb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:11:10 -0700
28 species this morning.............no shorebirds.
Still 5 Killdeer and a Spotted Sandpiper.
3 Green Herons and a Great Blue.

Lots of Red-eyed Vireos and Kingbirds moving.

Had a Chipping Sparrow feeding a fledgling.

3 Scarlet Tanagers and a flock of Cedar Waxwings.

Joey Herron
Fairmont, WV
Marion County
Subject: Canaan Valley Natl Wildlife Refuge weekend sample
From: Steve Kimbrell <galvmcm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:40:23 -0400
Saturday's (8/23) Beginning Birding Birdwalks were fun. We stayed in the open 
on the Beall Trials (B) and briefly visited the Freeland Boardwalk (F). This 
weekend's birds were: 


Canada Goose BF
Wood Duck B
Great Blue Heron F
Green Heron BF
Turkey Vulture BF
Northern Harrier F male and female (no chestnut color on underbody)
Red-shouldered Hawk B Two juveniles
Red-tailed Hawk F Adult molting some inner primary feathers
Mourning Dove B
Ruby-throated Hummingbird viewed female at Nature Center
Belted Kingfisher F male
Hairy Woodpecker B
Northern Flicker B
Empidonax (sp?) F Alder or Willow flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe BF
Blue Jay B
American Crow BF
Common Raven F
Black-capped Chickadee B
Red-breasted Nuthatch Two at Nature Center parking lot.
White-breasted Nuthatch B
House Wren B
Eastern Bluebird B
Gray Catbird F
Cedar Waxwing BF
Common Yellowthroat F
Savannah Sparrow BF
Song Sparrow F
Swamp Sparrow F
Red-winged Blackbird B Six females only two appeared to be adults
Eastern Meadowlark B
American Goldfinch BF

The 7:30am temperature in the 50's F. the warmed to shirt sleeve weather. The 
rain had stopped before and the fog lifted during the first morning walk. Next 
Beginning Birding Walks on Leaf Peeper Weekend Sept 27th 7:30 and 10am. 

Steve Kimbrell for Tucker County, W.Va.
Subject: Re: Barn owl in Morgantown, August 15
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:55:24 -0400
Katherine Payne, my wife Nancy Nelson, and I checked out the bottom of
Whitmore Park
last night for 45 minutes after sunset. No owls of any kind, but since it's
been 9 days
since the original sighting, I suspect the bird has moved on. Just passing
through,
probably, since it is not very good habitat.

We did see a few bats and Chimney Swifts, and heard a Kingfisher along
Decker's Creek.

Terry


On Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM, John Burkhart 
wrote:

> Hello everybody on the Bird list!
>
> This sighting prompted me to join this listserv, as I had no way to report
> or have  confirm the sighting.
>
> I was walking in Whitmore Park in Morgantown, the forested area below
> Mario's Fishbowl.  The area includes some very large oaks and other
> hardwoods, probably one of the finest patches of forest in Morgantown.
>  Some of the old large trees are hollow, which might be relevant to the
> sighting.
>
> Saw a hawk-like bird flying above the ravine of the creek bottom in this
> park.  As the bird got closer, it was clearly a barn owl: wing shape and
> neck shape, pale color, and 'clown-mask' face all gave clues to its
> identity.
>
> If anybody is willing/able to confirm this sighting that would be great, as
> I suspect the bird might have been nesting/living in this forested area and
> roosting in one of the large hollow trees.
>
> Thank you, and I'm enjoying being part of this listserv.
>
> John Burkhart
> Morgantown, WV 26501
>



-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Immature Great Horned Owl
From: Paula Jean Hallberg <pjerhall AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:40:19 -0400
Doing trail maintenance last Thursday on Sand Run trail at the Canaan 
Valley National Wildlife Refuge, we inadvertantly flushed an immature 
great horned owl.
PJ
Subject: fos
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:46:28 -0400
Went on the Bibbee Nature Club trip to Bull Falls, Bluestone WMA, 
Summers County yesterday. Saw my first of the fall Tennessee warbler.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Eastern screech-owl
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:33:26 -0400
   Heard screech-owl calling when I was outside about half hour ago.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Subject: Little Blue Heron update
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 01:38:41 +0000
I went up to Green Bottom WMA this afternoon to see if I could find the 
immature Little Blue Heron that David Patick reported earlier today. The bird 
was still present at 4:00 pm on the second pond at the Hoeft Marsh. I also then 
checked the Robert C. Byrd L&D and Gallipolis Ferry areas, but didn't find 
anything but the usual suspects. Lots of Eastern Kingbirds at RCBLD, I counted 
at least 12. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Subject: Great Horned Owls
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 01:32:01 +0000
Seems like several owls are calling around the state. About 2 am this morning, 
our dogs went out and I went out with them. A pair of Great Horned Owls were 
calling from a nearby wooded hillside. This was the first time I have heard 
them calling since winter. 

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne, Co

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Subject: PVAS field trip to Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands, Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:35:53 +0000
Potomac Valley Audubon Society sponsored a bird and butterfly field trip this 
morning on the Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands property on the Blue Ridge in 
Jefferson County.  A group of 19 birders enjoyed the gorgeous property and 
trail system despite unusual August weather.  We had low clouds and fog, light 
rain, moderate winds, but no downpours.  It was quite warm and balmy at 68 
degrees F, so we didn't mind the moisture.  The weather kept the birds and 
butterflies scarce, but we did find a few.  The Eastern Wood-pewee was the 
singer of the day along with Blue jays.  We had nice looks at a small flock 
of Cedar waxwings.  The nesting Red-headed woodpeckers had left the nest tree 
and were not seen or heard today. Teri and Amy found us 2 Pine warblers, which 
was our only warbler.  A total of 19 species of birds were found. 

  
We enjoyed each others company and just being in the woods as we walked two 
miles of trail.  Scot pointed out some of the history of the area, including 
an intricate stone chimney from a time long ago plus a graveyard.  We 
focused on identifying host plants of our common butterflies and found a big 
fat monarch caterpillar in Linda's gorgeous butterfly garden.  Today I really 
appreciated the people aspect of birding, and am grateful for all the lovely 
birders we have in our state.  Amy bringing a big bag of homegrown cucumbers 
to share was just one example of kindness I often find among West Virginia 
birders.  We even had fun taking a group photo! 

  
Many thanks to our gracious hosts, Linda and Scot DeGraf, who literally 
opened their home to us.  We will return for another trip soon! 

  
Our bird list follows: 
  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2 
Downy Woodpecker  1     heard on road to parking area 
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1 
Pileated Woodpecker  1 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  8 
Great Crested Flycatcher  1 
Blue Jay  7 
American Crow  1 
Tree Swallow  1 
Carolina Chickadee  8 
Tufted Titmouse  5 
Carolina Wren  1 
Eastern Bluebird  1 
Wood Thrush  1 
Cedar Waxwing  7 
Pine Warbler  2     
Chipping Sparrow  3     seen in the garden area along walkway to house 
American Goldfinch  3 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19553695 


BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Barn owl in Morgantown, August 15
From: John Burkhart <johnyboyburkhart AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:09:24 -0400
Hello everybody on the Bird list!

This sighting prompted me to join this listserv, as I had no way to report
or have  confirm the sighting.

I was walking in Whitmore Park in Morgantown, the forested area below
Mario's Fishbowl.  The area includes some very large oaks and other
hardwoods, probably one of the finest patches of forest in Morgantown.
 Some of the old large trees are hollow, which might be relevant to the
sighting.

Saw a hawk-like bird flying above the ravine of the creek bottom in this
park.  As the bird got closer, it was clearly a barn owl: wing shape and
neck shape, pale color, and 'clown-mask' face all gave clues to its
identity.

If anybody is willing/able to confirm this sighting that would be great, as
I suspect the bird might have been nesting/living in this forested area and
roosting in one of the large hollow trees.

Thank you, and I'm enjoying being part of this listserv.

John Burkhart
Morgantown, WV 26501
Subject: Greenbottom WMA
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:17:11 +0000
Mike Griffith and I birded along Rte. 2 this am looking for any shorebirds. It 
was muggy, overcast and 75 degrees. Things were quite slow. The only 
significant findings were at Greenbottom. 

  
Greenbottom: 
  
Little Blue Heron- 1 Juvenile 
Great Egret-2 
Solitary Sandpiper-1 
  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 25701 
  
  
Subject: Jefferson County Common Nighthawks; Wild Turkeys
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:17:42 -0400
After work this evening I made a run by Burr Industrial Park ponds in Bardane. 
The Great Blue Heron which has been hanging out there this week was still 
present. There were a couple of Killdeer but not any other shorebirds. However, 
I did observe two Wild Turkey hens along with seven poults foraging in the 
grasses between the two ponds. 

Later at home between 6:45 and 7 pm I watched six Common Nighthawks fly in 
continuous erratic patterns over the pasture catching insects. Also in the mix 
were tree and barn swallows and above them were several groups of Chimney 
Swifts. The skies were a flurry of activity until dark. 

I was able to capture an image (rather crude) of one of the Nighthawks pursuing 
dinner with beak wide open. I also have uploaded a couple of pics of the Turkey 
hens with poults taken at Burr Park.https://flic.kr/ps/2nzT4P 

Have a good weekend.
N. Wade SnyderShenandoah JunctionJefferson Co. 		 	   		  
Subject: nighthawks
From: Rodney Bartgis <rodbartgis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:53:47 -0400
Saw 35 common nighthawks this evening flying over our farm, in groups of 1 to 
6. 

Rodney Bartgis, Valley Bend, Randolph County
Subject: Chimney swift, nighthawk
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:19:52 -0400
 Saw one nighthawk flying over New Martinsville as I was watching the swifts 
flying about. 

 As I was counting the last of the 260 swifts enter a church chimney on main 
street saw 2 more nighthawks flying south. 

 Earlier saw 8 purple martins flying with 30+ barn swallow at Proctor. One 
Baltimore oriole and 9 eastern kingbirds. 



Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

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Subject: Frumpy and mate
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:35:12 -0400
Wednesday a week ago the offspring of Frumpy, the Carolina wren with the 
bad case of mites, fledged.   I didn't think they were ready but was 
hoping for the best.  What had me worried was that the two days before I 
had a Grackle show up under the nearby feeder.  Thankfully both parents 
showed up on my feeder tray the next day and started carrying off meal 
worms.  The base of the quince bush was one of the areas where they kept 
flying to and where I saw movement but could not spot the youngsters.    
Young Chickadees, Titmice, Cardinals, Downy woodpeckers etc are also 
showing up on the tray, learning to eat on their own.

Having some Baltimore Orioles come to the birdbath this week has also 
been a special treat.  I have a big orange Cosmos plant behind the 
pedestal bath and really complement the gorgeous plumage. Later on two 
female Baltimores showed up.  One of them was pulling on the dog fur in 
the suet basket but did not carry off any the way it had earlier.

Nearly 7:30 tonight I took my dog for her second walk.  When we came 
back I noticed what looked like a dead bird in the grass.  Took a better 
look and it was  Frumpy and her mate, motionless with something red 
showing in the grass.  Fearing the worst I quickly tied my dog to the 
hand railing and went back.  No movement.  I bent down to touch them and 
one of them flew up and the other one scooted under the car.  The red 
was not blood but a flower petal.  I have no idea what I interrupted.  
Probably an argument or a mating.  When I got back in the house I looked 
out the kitchen window and Frumpy was eating two meal worms before 
carrying two off.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Mercer County
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:04:44 -0400
Saw an osprey in Princeton, Mercer Co. this morning. It was in the same 
area where I saw the bald eagle on Tuesday.
Also, saw 2 broadwings come out of a tree, climb to the top of a thermal 
and head south.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Long-eared Owl (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:34:20 -0400
Hi, all,

A Long-eared Owl is currently calling outside my house. 

 

Yesterday, a Merlin was on a wire on Cortland Road near Beall Lane. And I
saw a goshawk again here a few days ago.

 

There's a third round of feeding baby Dark-eyed Juncos by mouth on my porch.
I think I just have one pair, so that would be three clutches. There's been
a dad Purple Finch mouth-feeding the baby lately, too.

 

Good birding

 

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: Nighthawks
From: Diane Sylvester <00000025a46760bf-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:03:21 -0400
Tonight around 7:15 pm I witnessed about 15 Common Nighthawks circling over my 
house. Later, at the Ranson dog park, a significant number (at least 30) Tree 
Swallows flew overhead. 



Diane Sylvester
Paynes Ford Road near Opequon Creek

Subject: Blackburnian Warblers in Jefferson County
From: Jim Farley <jamesfarley AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:49:42 -0400
Tom Masters and I had a real treat where after three (3) years of birding we 
spotted our first ever pair of Blackburnian Warblers down by the creek on South 
School House Ridge, in Jefferson County. The male was magnificent, although the 
breeding colors were gone he was still bright yellow on his head, throat and 
breast. The other was probably a immature bird, which frankly with my level of 
expertise, I probably would not have identified without the presence of the 
male. Both birds were in no hurry to move on and we were able to identify the 
triangular eye patch and the broad supercilium on each. 


Great birding!
Jim Farley
Jefferson County
Subject: Saw-Whet Sounding Off.
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:07:14 -0400
Now a Northern Saw-Whet is sounding off in the woods near our house.
Unfortunately, I have just a 'dumb' phone and no video recorder, so I can't
record the vocalizations.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Eastern Screech Owl in Philippi
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:37:28 -0400
About an hour ago I heard an Eastern Screech Owl whinnying in the forest
just south of our house.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Nighthawks
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:23:46 -0400
Been counting Common Nighthawks, beginning on Aug 18, for 11 years.
Never got any at all before on Aug 19.
Tonight---14!!!

ah, the changing of the seasons!
                                    ~Cindy, Putnam County

-- 
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


 "When the rain falls out of the sky, the ocean is touching you."
-                          Sylvia Earle, oceanographer


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Subject: Mixed Flock Warblers
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:13:48 -0700
Kathy King & I birded Moorefield area today
We ran into a mixed flock of Warblers Tanager Grosbeak Vireos

Six Blackburnian Warlers
Bay breasted Two
Chestnut sided
Black throat Green
Cerulean Warbler

Rose Breasted Grosbeak Immature
Scarlet Tanager
Yellow Throat Vireo
Red Eye Vireo


On Fish Pond Road we saw a large flock of Wild Turkeys

Moorefield Sewage Pond

Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

72 Wood Ducks WOW



Red Head Woodpeckers were present in several places
Blue Grosbeaks

Huge flocks of Tree and Barn Swallows  with a few Cliff Swallows

Diane Holsinger

Subject: 2 Red-headed woodpeckers still around - Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:37:12 +0000
During a morning run, I spotted the 2 Red-headed woodpeckers hanging out on the 
power pole full of cavities where I have been watching them all summer.  I 
hadn't seen two at one time in a while, so thought I would report it.  They 
seem to be defending their dummy cavities from starlings.  These are the 
RHWO's off Job Corps Road in Jefferson County. 

  
Also, during early summer, I had my first Bullfrog find my small backyard 
pond--unfortunately.  It literally "cleaned out" all the other frogs, i.e. 
probably ate them.  As a result, I haven't had more than 1 Green frog all 
summer, but today, we found our first ever Pickerel frog in the pot of a 
submerged water plant.  It was quite secretive, as it hid in the side rock 
wall of the pond when I walked by.  I'm hoping the Bullfrog never returns. 

  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: A helpful Osprey
From: Jim Farley <jamesfarley AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:12:56 -0400
Tom Masters and I were birding in Berkley County last Friday on the 15th. 
Stopped by Stauffer's Marsh to check on possible migrating shore birds. The 
water was too high, offering little in the way of mud flats. However we were 
tickled to find three(3) Blue-winged Teals passing through. There was a big 
splash right in front of where we had set up our scope, as an Osprey came out 
of the trees behind us and dived for prey. Unfortunately he came up without any 
luck. He landed in a tree across the road where he perched in plain sight. We 
looked back on the pond and there were seven (7) teals swimming near the edge 
of the pond. Tom joked that Osprey was giving us a hand. He was right! The 
Osprey began circling the Marsh again and with each pass we seemed to see more 
ducks. Before the bird began to rise and pull away we had fourteen(14) Teals 
and a Wood Duck as well. Tip of our binoculars for the help! 


Jim Farley
Jefferson County
Subject: New River Hummingbird Festival (23 Aug)
From: "Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" <research AT HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:17:25 -0400
New River Hummingbird Festival
(hummingbird banding demonstration)
Saturday, August 23
8 am until noon
Lively Family Amphitheater, at the corner of Kelly Avenue and Main Street
Oak Hill WV

No admission charge
Hummingbird feeders & Operation RubyThroat T-shirts for sale

Details at https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverBirdingNatureCenter

Hope to see you there!

BILL

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Executive Director
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
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office & cell (803) 684-5852

Please visit our web sites (courtesy of Comporium.net):
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Subject: Hilton Pond 08/01/14 (Truth About Ruby-throats)
From: "Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" <research AT HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:18:05 -0400
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds may be the most common and best understood of all 
hummer species, but misinformation about these tiny birds always seems to float 
around. "This Week at Hilton Pond" I offer a photo essay to clear up incorrect 
information I've read lately about ruby-throat behavior and morphology. To view 
this latest "fact-checking" installment for 1-15 August 2014, please visit 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek140801.html 


While there don't forget to scroll down for miscellaneous nature notes and a 
list of all birds banded and recaptured during the period, plus info about 
banding hummers in the Neotropics. 


Happy Hummingbird Watching!

BILL

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c/o BILL HILTON JR., D.Sci.
Executive Director
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
1432 DeVinney Road, York, South Carolina 29745 USA
office & cell (803) 684-5852

Please visit our web sites (courtesy of Comporium.net):
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History at http://www.hiltonpond.org 
"Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project" at http://www.rubythroat.org

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Subject: Winfield Locks; Eagle, Osprey pair, couple shorebirds
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:16:00 -0400
[Have started an informal Nighthawk Watch here at home, for 11 years, on
this date.  Sighted target birds on the 18th in only two instances...and
not this year.]  ~CE, Putnam  County

Date: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:58 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Winfield Locks & Dam, Aug 18, 2014
To: cdellis AT wildblue.net


Winfield Locks & Dam, Putnam, US-WV
Aug 18, 2014 1:30 PM - 2:52 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
28 species

Canada Goose  43
Wood Duck  12
Mallard  33
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  10
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  3
Solitary Sandpiper  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Mourning Dove  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  7
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  3
Carolina Wren  4
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  6
Cedar Waxwing  3
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  2
House Finch  7
American Goldfinch  12

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19507770

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



-- 
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


 "When the rain falls out of the sky, the ocean is touching you."
-                          Sylvia Earle, oceanographer


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Subject: Some thoughts on the Monongalia County Lesser Scaup
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:07:05 -0400
Prompted by Amanda Dymacek's post yesterday about a possible female Scaup
at Barill Park at the Star City riverfront, I went down there this
afternoon to check it out and to check on the male Lesser Scaup that has
been present since July 16. I only saw the male resting on the gravel bar
at the mouth of Scott's Run across the river. It did eventually get up and
enter the water for a swim. It looked like it may have been limping a bit,
but that could have just been due to its waddling on the uneven gravel bar.

This bird appears to be molting into its duller non-breeding plumage, which
does take place between July and September, according to Birds of North
America Online. Since that takes about 2-3 weeks, the bird would thus be
flightless, which is no doubt why it has been there so long.

You can see the change by comparing the following eBird photos of this bird:

July 17, per Kyle Aldinger's photo, which clearly shows an adult male in
breeding plumage:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19134233

Aug. 11, per Mike Slaven's photo:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19412282

Notice how much duller the flanks are in the later photo. (If anything,
they are even duller now.) You can also see, just barely, a small white
spot behind the bill that makes it look very similar to a female bird. Per
Birds of North America Online, this is not unusual for immature or basic
plumage male Lesser Scaups.

Amanda sent me a couple of her digiscoped photos of the bird she saw
yesterday, and we've now agreed that there is only the one male bird
present.

Unfortunately, the bird seems to have a major injury or other problem that
was not visible in Kyle's and other early photos. Ian Batterman referred to
this a few days ago. With the benefit of a high-power scope view, its right
wing looks like it just has several whitish primary shafts, like the soft
parts of the feathers have been completely stripped. The left wing looks
normal.

If it were just a molt problem, both wings should look the same, so I'm
afraid this bird has either a major feather mite infestation on its right
wing, had an encounter with a predator that resulted in losing most of its
wing, or otherwise suffered from major wing damage. Since the bird arrived
out of the blue, it presumably flew in under its own power, and the problem
or damage has occurred since it arrived.

I, and others, I'm sure, will be checking on this bird from time to time.
With the current state of the wing, the bird cannot fly, and will not be
going anywhere, at least by air, anytime soon. I greatly fear, though, that
it may never be able to fly again, thus becoming a permanent resident of
Star City for the rest of its life.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: bald eagle
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:33:05 -0400
I saw a bald eagle in Princeton, Mercer County at 11:30 this morning. It 
was still present at 1:30 and was being scolded by a green heron.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Female scaup
From: Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:37:32 -0400
Yesterday I spotted a female scaup at the Star City riverfront. I have a
hard time telling lesser from greater but she seems to have a very golden
eye like my pictures of the greater. No scope with me, can't take pictures.
She's still there as of 10:30 this morning. Swimming just off mud flat by
red buoy.

Amanda
Subject: Birds starting to be more visible
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:58:46 +0000
Over the last two weeks, a number of birds that I hadn't noticed around our 
yard and neighborhood have started to be more visible and/or vocal. Last week 
an Eastern Screech-owl started to whinny at night (with a few bounce calls 
thrown in) and a yellow-billed cuckoo joined in. Both are still active at 
night. We have also had visits from a Summer Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Blue 
Grosbeak, and Eastern Wood-pewee in the morning and/or late afternoon. Two 
evenings ago, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher checked out our bird feeders and last 
evening a Blue-winged Warbler and a Yellow-throated Warbler came around the 
feeders. Hummingbirds are coming to the feeders like gangbusters! So, it looks 
like the young birds are out of the nests and the adults are starting to move 
around. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.
Sent from my iPad
Subject: Peregrine falcon and a few shorebirds
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:49:49 +0000
Mike Griffith and I birded the Winfield Lock & Dam area and then over to Pt 
Pleasant and down Rte 2 to Green Bottom WMA this morning. The highlight was a 
juvenile Peregrine Falcon at the Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam. Shorebirds seen 
were two Solitary Sandpipers at Winfield L&D on the large pond and one Greater 
Yellowlegs and two Lesser Yellowlegs at GBWMA. Two Great egrets were also 
present at Green Bottom. Gallipolis Ferry was pretty devoid of bird life with 
the exception of a Yellow-breasted Chat near the sand pit. Neither Mike nor I 
had seen one in this area this summer, so it may be moving. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Gary
Sent from my iPad
Subject: Another Peregrine Falcon sighting - Harpers Ferry Nat'l Park
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:38:01 -0400
The large falcon muscling his way above the fields at North Schoolhouse
Ridge could only be a peregrine. He didn't stop until he reached the far
western edge of the battlefield above the adjacent housing development,
where he circled with three turkey vultures (below him) and a handful of
swallows (above). Always exciting to spot one, though they are far & few
between.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Cathedral State Park--L. Flycatcher, M. Warbler fledglings, orange-variant S. Tanager
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:33:38 -0400
David Daniels, John Kahly, and I were the only ones who showed up for
Mountaineer Audubon's field trip to the always delightful Cathedral State
Park--home of the largest, or at least formerly the largest prior to storm
damage, grove of virgin Hemlock trees in the state. That allowed us to
spend a leisurely 5 hours there since no one had to get back earlier.

We came up with 39 species, including the following:

Broad-winged Hawk--1
BALD EAGLE--1 adult, seen by John only. One has been reported in the area
before, so probably a resident bird.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird--4
Red-bellied Woodpecker--1 juvenile
American Kestrel--1 male
Eastern Wood-Pewee--2, including 1 singing.
LEAST FLYCATCHER--4. We debated at length as to what these birds were since
all were silent. The adult seen best had a greenish back and brownish
primaries and tail. It was also carrying a small dragonfly, and looked like
it had a tiny white spot in front of the eye. A fledgling nearby that had
almost no tail had broad buffy/tan wingbars. It was able to fly weakly
about 20 feet between trees. When I got home I checked Birds of North
America Online and those field marks fit best with Least, instead of
Acadian, Flycatcher.
BLUE-HEADED VIREO--9, including 4 singing.
Black-capped Chickadee--7
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH--2 heard by David only.
Brown Creeper--1, maybe 2
WINTER WREN--2. 1 carrying small bugs a few times to the same spot under a
rhododendron on a stream bank. The other was seen earlier carrying a bright
white something, probably a fecal sac, away from that general area.
Golden-crowned Kinglet--1
HERMIT THRUSH--2, including 1 carrying a blackberry
Cedar Waxwing--14
Black-and-White Warbler--1
Common Yellowthroat--1 juvenile
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER--1 male that appeared to be molting. Its throat had
faded to yellow, but it had the large white wing patch typical of adult
males.
MAGNOLIA WARBLER--9 by my count, at least 11 by David's. Included 2
fledglings sitting on a branch waiting to be fed, not looking anything like
the nearby adults. Also 3 first-fall females and 4 adult males.
American Redstart--1 female or first-fall male.
Black-throated Green Warbler--4
Eastern Towhee--6, including 1 immature female not quite into adult plumage.
SCARLET TANAGER--1 orange-variant male starting to molt. 2 red males also
molting, 2 females or young birds.

Also seen or heard: Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Downy Woodpecker,
Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe,
Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Barn Swallow, White-breasted
Nuthatch, American Robin, Field Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, American
Goldfinch.

Strangely, no Dark-eyed Juncos or Indigo Buntings.

Cathedral State Park is located on Route 50 in Preston County about 2-3
miles west of the Maryland state line.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Prickett's Fort: singing orioles, 2-red-patched Hairy Woodpecker
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:59:42 -0400
A very nice morning at Prickett's Fort State Park in Marion County yielded
some interesting birds, including:

Great Blue Heron--1
GREEN HERON--5. A pair nested in the park this year.
Spotted Sandpiper--1
Killdeer--16. Also a nesting species in the park.
Belted Kingfisher--3
HAIRY WOODPECKER--1 juvenile male. It is not widely known that juvenile
males of this species have a red patch on their foreheads instead of their
napes. (So do Downy Woodpeckers.) Well this bird had both! A first for me.
Obviously at that stage where it was transitioning between juvenile and
first basic plumages.
EASTERN KINGBIRD--3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher--6
Brown Thrasher--1
Yellow Warbler--1 female
Scarlet Tanager--4, including 1 partially molted male
BALTIMORE ORIOLE--4, including 2 gorgeous adult males, at least 1 of which
sung a few times.

38 species total, plus the resident domestic ducks, geese, and Muscovy
Ducks.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Kimsey Dam
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:32:51 -0700
Beautiful fall like morning

Water was way toooooo high for shore birds

 Merlin was sitting in one of the dead trees at the dam First bird of the 
morning at the dam 



Merlin sat for 15 minutes

Great looks with my scope

Twenty Three Wood Ducks

Two Bald Eagles


Red Head Woodpeckers alive & well this morning


Diane Holsinger
Subject: black billed cuckoo
From: Judy Bowling <judybowling AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:27:16 -0400
Highlights of a walk at the Centerbranch WMA in Harrison County included a 
black billed cuckoo, a blue winged warbler, common yellowthroats, cedar 
waxwings and a brown thrasher. 


Judy Bowling
Harrison County
Subject: Green Heron
From: Jim Triplett <jimtrippy AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:21:47 -0400
Bev and I saw eight green heron in the ponds at Winfield Locks today.
--
Jim and Bev Triplett
Subject: Forster's Tern & Another Avocet
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:14:16 -0400
Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.):

1 Forster's Tern and 1 American Avocet (probably juvenile female)

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Merlin
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:46:26 -0400
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - Bellepoint Park, Aug 14, 2014
Date: 	Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:43:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	jimandjudyphillips AT gmail.com



Bellepoint Park, Summers, US-WV
Aug 14, 2014 9:05 AM
Protocol: Incidental
1 species

Merlin  1     bird flew over Bluestone Dam heading south

Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

 View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19466895 


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Subject: Lake Erie Marblehead Pennisula
From: "Olcott, Susan P" <Susan.P.Olcott AT WV.GOV>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:58:47 -0400
Spending the week along Lake Erie in OH. Saw 60+ Bonaparte's Gulls (adults and 
juveniles) moving - island hopping across the western basin of Lake Erie 
heading south. If you're along the Ohio or Mon River or Cheat Lake keep an eye 
out. Happy birding! 


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: Another goshawk + 10th annual sighting of dark-morph Red-tails (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:17:39 -0400
Hi, all,

 

Sorry to be repetitive, but yesterday, once again, a Northern Goshawk called
and circled just east of my front porch. Meanwhile, a Sharp-shinned Hawk
puts in near-daily visits. One of the local Blue Jays has learned the
sharpie's call, but the other birds can tell the difference and ignore it.

 

And last week (8/6) I had my 10th annual sighting of a pair of dark-morph
Red-tailed Hawks (the first was 8/22/05). I still don't understand it. Where
do they come from? And why do I see one or both of them once a year? 

 

A young Carolina Wren is learning to sing in the yard - fun to listen to!
New babies here include a just-fledged Common Yellowthroat, with its yellow
bill looking cartoonishly large, and two Purple Finches. Naked jaybirds are
much in evidence, in this heart of molting season.

 

Good birding,

 

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: Black-bellied Plover - Archer's Rock
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:41:08 -0400
All,
   The welcomed rains today brought with them some shorebird migrants. 
In addition to local Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers a Lesser 
Yellowlegs, three Least Sandpipers, three Solitary Sandpipers and a 
Black-bellied Plover pretty much still retaining most of its alternate 
plumage where at the Archer's Rock pond sub-division. This is only the 
second BBPL I've seen in the Jefferson/Berkeley county area with the 
first being on 9-13-2007.

Archer's Rock info can be found on the Shorebirds page of the Potomac 
Valley Audubon: http://www.potomacaudubon.org/shorebirds.html

Matt Orsie - Summit Point
Subject: Avocet
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:41:46 -0400
Gallipolis Ferry (Mason Co.):

1 American Avocet (breeding  plumage male) and 3 Semipalmated Plovers.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Freeland Boardwalk, Canaan Valley
From: Paula Jean Hallberg <pjerhall AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:06:38 -0700
Today four of us took a quick late morning walk on the Freeland 
Boardwalk. I really doubted how many birds we might see, due to the late 
time of day.
Though we only saw one of most of these, we were still happy to see the 
following:

Little green heron
Eastern meadow lark
Northern Harrier (Made quite a sweep over the meadow that in the winter 
becomes White Grass)
Female Bobolink
Cedar waxwing
Many goldfinches (At one point,there were 3 sitting on a log on the 
water, leaning down to pick insects out of the pond.)
Many robins
Gaggle of Canada geese (okay, not so happy to see these guys, as pretty 
as they are-hope they are the ones that will migrate.)

Also at the  house on Cabin Mountain we are getting tons of purple 
finches, goldfinches, chickadees, juncos, chipping sparrows, fairy 
diddles (!) and hummingbirds at the seed and nectar feeders.
Saw a leucistic junco in the neighborhood- took me awhile to figure out!
And, three or four monarchs, one swallowtail caterpillar. Two or three 
bats, which were wonderful to see (not sure what kind they were- we used 
to see lots but these were the first ones we have seen for 3-4 years.)
Again, 3-4 years ago we saw lots of swallowtails and monarchs, and 
grasshoppers- but very dull these days looking out over our little 
meadow with very limited insect activity.

PJ
Subject: Semi-palmated Plovers and Juvenile N. Harrier
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:51:24 +0000
I made a trip to Winfield L&D, across Rte. 35 to Pt. Pleasant and then down Rte 
2 with stops at Gallipolis Ferry and the Robert C, Byrd L&D. The highlights 
were a pair of Semi-palmated Plovers at Gallipolis Ferry and a juvenile 
Northern Harrier at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam. 


Some birds seen today:

Winfield Lock and Dam 
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (1 adult, 1 juvenile)11
American Kestrel 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mallards 6
Wood Ducks 10
Green Heron 6
Great Blue Heron 1

Gallipolis Ferry
Semipalmated Plover 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Killdeer 4

RCBLD
Osprey 1
Herring Gull 1
Am. Kestrel 3
N. Harrier (juvenile) 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
E. Kingbird 4

I also saw a large mixed group of swallows (150+) working a recently mown field 
along Rte 817 (spur off of Rte. 35). 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.


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Subject: Greater Scaup
From: Hillar Klandorf <Hillar.Klandorf AT MAIL.WVU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:45:34 +0000
The Greater Scaup that has been reported by John and Terry in July is currently 
grooming itself on a log across from Edith Barill Park in Morgantown (12:45pm). 
Earlier in day there was a pair of gnatchatchers and a yellowthroat along the 
Rail-Trail. 


Hillar Klandorf

Mon Co
Subject: Baby Towhee
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:44:56 -0400
A few days ago I was watching  a young bird that looked unfamiliar. It 
was sitting in the quince bush as if it was waiting for instructions as 
to what to do.  Under the tube feeder there was a male Towhee.  
Yesterday morning the brownish youngster was back. When it did some 
awkward flying I could see the white on the outside of the tail 
feathers.    Sure enough, it was a young Towhee.  Papa was nearby and 
watched while it explored the shallow ground bath. So nice to see this 
little youngster.

The pair of Carolina Wrens are busy feeding their young in the flower 
pot nest.   This morning I put a dish of 20 meal worms on the table by 
the nest.  Of course they are also bringing bugs and caterpillars in but 
they sure don't turn down my offering. Sometimes both parents are on the 
rim dipping their heads down to feed the babies.  Interesting to see how 
the leg joint works  to move the bird forward while holding on to the 
rim.  A couple times I saw the female take meal worms and then reach 
back and come out with a fecal sac.  Last night she was feeding and 
instead of waiting for her to come down he simply flew up and handed her 
the worm, almost like "since you're there already."

The House wren youngsters in the nearby gourd nest are still being fed 
as well.  I've also seen the adult removing fecal sacs from there.

Still have good Hummingbird activity, both on the feeders and the 
various flowers.

Just went out to get something out of the car and saw a Monarch on their 
favorite nectar plant, Blue Mist flower.  Only it wasn't one but two in 
the process of mating.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Re: A Very bald cardinal
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:58:22 -0400
I also have a bald Cardinal but it is a female.  This morning she was on 
the feeder tray and it looked downright scary when she turned her head 
exposing her neck that looked like a fine cord.  There are also a couple 
of male Cardinals that are missing a good deal of their head feathers.
Bruni Haydl
Jefferson Co






On 8/10/2014 7:49 AM, Monty Fowler wrote:
> Something very odd at the feeder this morning - a completely bald male 
cardinal. I'm guessing by his less than brilliant colors that he's a juvenile. 
The rest of his feathers seemed to be fully-developed, but he had absolutely 
none on his head - just almost-black skin. It made him look rather like a 
football fullback with pads on and no helmet. 

>
>   Monty Fowler
> Pea Ridge, Cabell County.
>
>