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20 Apr Pocahontas County Birding [DAVID ]
19 Apr Spotted Sandpiper - Warbling Vireo [Mike Griffith ]
19 Apr Prairie Warbler, House Wren, those rowdy Ruby-crowns - Harpers Ferry [Deb Hale ]
19 Apr Pocahontas County Birding [DAVID ]
19 Apr Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Lavalette ["Rankin, Gary" ]
18 Apr Entertainment advice from returning migrant ["Delidow, Beverly C" ]
18 Apr test post [Ryan Tomazin ]
18 Apr (FOY) birds- Wilson's Snipe, Chimney Swift, Purple Martin - Stauffer's Marsh- Berkeley County [Carol Del-Colle ]
18 Apr Eastern Bluebirds [Ricepattij ]
18 Apr FOY's and other good birds - Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
18 Apr Last of the turkeys? [Bruni Haydl ]
17 Apr Mountwood Bird Club Outing -- Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager [Dick & Jeanette Esker ]
17 Apr Wood Thrush ["Rankin, Gary" ]
17 Apr Spring [Herb Myers ]
17 Apr Kingfisher [Richard Kazmierski ]
17 Apr Testing [Richard Kazmierski ]
17 Apr Parulas! [laura ceperley ]
17 Apr New Waterfowl Visitors [John Snyder ]
17 Apr Purple Finch -Yard - Summit Point [Carol Del-Colle ]
16 Apr Re: Bird programs in charleston [ sent from my smartphone" ]
16 Apr Swifts and swallows [Wima ]
16 Apr Bird programs in charleston [laura ceperley ]
16 Apr New customer [Bruni Haydl ]
16 Apr FOY Lesser Scaup [John Snyder ]
16 Apr FOY Rose breasted grosbeaks in Summers County! [Wendy Perrone ]
15 Apr snow warbler ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
15 Apr Hilton Pond 04/07/14 (Belize Hummingbirds) ["Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" ]
15 Apr Ohio county [Paul McKay ]
15 Apr Mourning Doves fledged Tucker [Mimi Kibler ]
15 Apr IMPORTANT ó Yahoo email users being set to NOPOST [wilhershberger ]
15 Apr Jefferson Co. Grasshopper Sparrows [Wade Snyder ]
14 Apr Northern Parulas [Jeff Del Col ]
14 Apr Yellow-throated and hooded warbler, swamp sparrow [Wima ]
14 Apr Grant County April 12, 13 waterfowl, pectoral, whips, prairie, crested fly, vesper [Fred Atwood ]
14 Apr Firsts [Herb Myers ]
14 Apr Manic Mocker [Jeff Del Col ]
14 Apr Whip-poor-wills in Barbour Co. [Jeff Del Col ]
13 Apr Tucker/Randolph county birding places ["cls_121389 AT yahoo.com" ]
13 Apr Eastern Screech Owls, Adventures in Porch-sitting [Deb Hale ]
13 Apr Blue-winged warbler, Louisiana waterthrush [Wima ]
13 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - Shannondale Springs WMA, Apr 13, 2014 [Elliot Kirschbaum ]
13 Apr Another Peregrine sighting in the Ferry [Deb Hale ]
13 Apr Beech Fork birding - Twelve Warbler Species ["Rankin, Gary" ]
13 Apr latest on the listserv problem from our friends at NV birds [wilhershberger ]
13 Apr Yellow warblers in charleston [Laura ]
13 Apr Eurasian-collared Dove in East Pea Ridge [Rennie Talbert ]
12 Apr Huntington area Chimney Swifts and Blue-winged Warbler [Gretchen Nareff ]
12 Apr Stonewall Jackson Dam Visitor Center and Tailwaters, Apr 12, 2014 [Davette Saeler ]
12 Apr Greater yellowlegs- Jefferson County [Joette ]
12 Apr McDonough - a few migrants [Jon Benedetti ]
12 Apr Yellow-throated Warblers-Tucker [Mimi Kibler ]
12 Apr Rte.2 Birding [DAVID ]
12 Apr Osprey/Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
12 Apr Ohio County - White-winged Scoters [John Boback ]
12 Apr PVAS Bird Walk at the National Conservation Training Center [sanford sagalkin ]
12 Apr hummingbird ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
12 Apr Morgantown - Pine Warbler [John Boback ]
11 Apr White-eyed Vireo [Mike Griffith ]
11 Apr Ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher [Wima ]
11 Apr Little Blue Heron [Mike Griffith ]
11 Apr Re: barn swallow [Deborah Beutler ]
11 Apr barn swallow [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
11 Apr Problems with the listserv [wilhershberger ]
11 Apr Problems with providers [Wilbur Hershberger ]
11 Apr FL and WV [Herb Myers ]
10 Apr Osprey over charleston [Laura ]
11 Apr Greater Yellowlegs(FOY)- Burr Park Pond- Jefferson Co. [Carol Del-Colle ]
10 Apr New arrivals in Harpers Ferry (& environs) + Peregrine Falcon [Deb Hale ]
10 Apr Test [DAVID ]
10 Apr Y-t Warblers continue in Philippi, and Pileateds are drumming. [Jeff Del Col ]
10 Apr black & white [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
10 Apr whip poor will ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
9 Apr Blue-headed vireo, common loon [Wima ]
9 Apr Red Neck Grebe [Ms Diane Holsinger ]
9 Apr Banded Rock Pigeon-Bluefield,WV 4-9-14 [Anna McRae ]
9 Apr Carolina Wren Nest [Bruni Haydl ]

Subject: Pocahontas County Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:50:55 +0000
I did some additional brief birding this afternoon and evening. Some of the 
birds seen were: 

  
Blue-headed Vireo- heard at my cabin 
Broad-winged Hawk-  calling over my cabin 
Barred Owl-1 calling this evening 
American Woodcock- several heard calling at dusk at the Williams River Bridge 
  
David Patick, 
Hillsboro, WV 
Subject: Spotted Sandpiper - Warbling Vireo
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:20:22 -0400
Wendell Argabrite and I found the following.

Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.):

Greater Yellowlegs - 2
Lesser Yellowlegs - 3
Black Vulture - 2

Shady Waters CG (Mason Co.):

Lesser Yellowlegs - 3
Spotted Sandpiper - 2
Warbling Vireo - 1

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Prairie Warbler, House Wren, those rowdy Ruby-crowns - Harpers Ferry
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:25:57 -0400
A dog walk round South Schoolhouse Ridge battlefield this morning yielded
FOY Prairie Warbler and House Wren. The Ruby-crowned Kinglets were singing
up a storm near the creek - they love those red cedars - as they have been
vocal all week, including a couple in my back yard. A Barred Owl called
out. A Wild Turkey ran with the deer upon our approach. BG Gnatcatchers
evident around every corner.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Pocahontas County Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:32:14 +0000
I spent a short period of time birding this am around Cranberry Glades and 
vicinity. The temp. was around 50 degrees and calm winds. Some of the birds 
seen were: 

  
Ruffed Grouse- several drumming 
Red-shouldered Hawk-1 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet- singing 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
Hermit Thrush 
Brown Creeper-1 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Winter Wren-1 
  
David Patick, 
Hillsboro, WV 
  
Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Lavalette
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:44:08 +0000
I had a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird (FOY) stop by our hummingbird feeder 
about 8:00 pm this evening. 

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Entertainment advice from returning migrant
From: "Delidow, Beverly C" <delidow AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:51:47 +0000
While walking the dogs this evening I heard a FOY White-eyed Vireo suggesting I 
pick up a beer. :) 

Birds with adult beverage suggestions aside - there are signs that spring is 
taking hold. 


I saw a flock of about 30 Chimney Swifts near downtown Huntington. Near my home 
(Spring Valley area), Field Sparrows are singing, Towhees are singing, 
Mockingbirds have started to display, and the Titmice are chasing each other. I 
heard Canada Geese calling this morning on their way to the river. Looking 
forward to the first swallows in this area soon. 


Good birding all,

Bev Delidow
Huntington
Wayne Co.
Subject: test post
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:15:00 -0400
Hello All. Re-joining for the 3rd time now... no emails in two days. Is anybody 
out there? The birds still are. 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: (FOY) birds- Wilson's Snipe, Chimney Swift, Purple Martin - Stauffer's Marsh- Berkeley County
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:45:06 +0000
Greetings, 

  I accompanied Ellen Murphy yesterday on a trip to Stauffer's Marsh to look 
over the area for a PVAS children's educational wetland program that Ellen is 
developing specifically for Stauffer's.  Although, we were there to observe a 
wide variety of things that could be used in the wetland program, of course, I 
was trying to also observe any birds that I heard and/or saw while there.  I 
was delighted to find 3 FOY birds.  Ellen was responsible for my observing the 
Snipe when she unexpectedly flushed one out, startling us both as it took off 
in front of us, calling as it went.  Very exciting.  I was also pleased when 
I looked up to see the Chimney Swift flying over as well as a Purple Martin a 
little later on.  


 In addition to the birds, we enjoyed the frogs,turtles and fish we observed 
either by sight or sound.  There was also a vernal pool in part of the wooded 
area between the marsh and creek.  In the field area, Ellen found several 
wildflower species.  


 Clearly, this will be a wonderful place for children to come to learn more 
about nature and specifically about wetlands. This was my first trip back to 
the marsh since I was there in January for the CBC, having had hip surgery in 
February, so it was an especially enjoyable time for me. Nice to be back out 
and about. 


  The e-bird list I submitted yesterday follows.            



----- Original Message -----




From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org 
To: wvnaturalist AT comcast.net 
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:13:10 PM 
Subject: eBird Report - Stauffer's Marsh, Apr 17, 2014 

Stauffer's Marsh, Berkeley, US-WV 
Apr 17, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Protocol: Traveling 
0.5 mile(s) 
Comments:     We went walking around Stauffer's Marsh to look at it in terms 
of children educational programs for PVAS.  While there, we observed the 
following birds. The Chimney Swift, Purple Martin, and Wilson's Snipe were 
first of the year birds for me. 

21 species 

Canada Goose  6 
Mallard  2 
Turkey Vulture  1 
Red-tailed Hawk  1 
Wilson's Snipe  1     Flew up from edge of marsh, calling as it flew. 
Mourning Dove  2 
Chimney Swift  1 
Belted Kingfisher  1 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2 
Hairy Woodpecker  1 
American Crow  3 
Purple Martin  1 
Tree Swallow  10 
Carolina Chickadee  2 
Tufted Titmouse  1 
Carolina Wren  1 
Northern Mockingbird  1 
Song Sparrow  3 
Northern Cardinal  1 
Red-winged Blackbird  5 
American Goldfinch  2 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17933900 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
Subject: Eastern Bluebirds
From: Ricepattij <ricepattij AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:08:47 -0400
A couple of Eastern Bluebirds were checking out the Real Estate in my back yard 
this morning. I'm so excited, this is their second year to show up!! 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: FOY's and other good birds - Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:06:02 +0000
Here are some of my better sightings and first of years (FOY)  from the last 
few days.  I've been having listserv troubles too.  Thanks to Wil for 
bringing me back, as I've missed you all. 




BANK SWALLOW  - 4 on Shenandoah River, Virginius Island, Harpers Ferry and  3 
Bloomery Road , April 15 


CHIMNEY SWIFT- 1 Harper's Ferry old town, April 15 

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - 2 Shenandoah River, Bloomery Rd, and 2 Claymont, April 
16 


EASTERN KINGBIRD - 1 Shenandoah River, John Rissler Rd 

GREEN HERONS - 2 Altona Marsh, April 16 

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS - 4 Altona Mars h, April 16 

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT - 2 Altona Marsh, April 16 

SPOTTED SANDPIPER - Washington High School drainage pond, April 16 

WILD TURKEY - 4 Claymont, April 16 and 1 at Craftworks at Cool Spring, April 17 


EASTERN TOWHEE - numerous locations Jefferson Co. 

BROWN THRASHER - numerous locations Jefferson Co. 



Had a FOY  Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly emerge from overwintering this 
morning (FOY) . Will be released this afternoon. 




BIRDMOM 

Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Last of the turkeys?
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:56:14 -0400
Thought I was done with my turkey postings but coming home on 340 Bypass 
I spotted one on the hillside right beyond the Old Rt 9 exit, the kind 
of place where you would normally see a groundhog.   Since it was coming 
downhill towards a multi-lane road I turned around at Candlewood and 
went back to take another look and also to try and keep it from getting 
into the road.    When I got to it it had turned around and was heading 
back up the hill and to safety.  It was a young bird.  No doubt it was 
part of a flock and had just broken rank.

On Old Cave Rd. four Black Vultures were feeding on a squirrel in the 
middle of the road.  They were in  no hurry and I had to come to a 
complete stop to wait for the last one to casually saunter out of the 
way.  Luckily the folks in the car behind me were not impatient and 
waited along  with me.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Mountwood Bird Club Outing -- Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager
From: Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:49:26 -0400
The Mountwood Bird Club visited McDonough Wildlife Refuge today. Those 
participating were Sandy Albrecht, Jon Benedetti, Nancy Cornes, Dick & Jeanette 
Esker, Neal and Barb Hohman, Nina Ott, Jerry Westfall and Lucine Wright.The 
highlight of the day was spectacular views of a Northern Parula at about 20 
feet, basking in the sun. Lots of Yellow-throated Vireos with several good 
views since the trees have not yet adorned their spring foliage. We also saw 
two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers attacking a Brown-headed Cowbird. The Cowbird did 
not seem to bothered much by the dive bombing. 


Here is the list for the day.  * is for those of special interest to the group.

Mallard
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
*Hermit Thrush
*Wood Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
*Northern Parula
*Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
*Northern Waterthrush
*Louisiana Waterthrush
*Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Dick & Jeanette Esker
Wood County, WV
Subject: Wood Thrush
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:57:55 +0000
I'm listening to my FOY Wood Thrush singing from the hillside next to our 
neighborhood. A nice serenade for dining on our deck. 

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co. 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Spring
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:47:25 -0400
I experienced more firsts of the year today. At the Canaan Valley National
Wildlife Refuge boardwalk, the Swamp Sparrows are now singing along with the
Song Sparrows. In the Canaan firs on the back side of the boardwalk, a male
Purple Finch was singing sweetly from the top of one of the firs. At the
refuge visitors center, a Tree Swallow was exploring one of the nest boxes.
When I got home a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was in a shrub behind the house with
a Black-capped Chickadee. The Northern Flickers have been making a racket
around our house after being quiet or absent most of the winter. I like
spring noises. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Kingfisher
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:03:03 -0400
Kingfisher just flew over the house heading for the pond. Hurricane, WV Sent 
from my iPhone 
Subject: Testing
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:00:10 -0400
Was kicked off, just seeing if I'm back on. 
Subject: Parulas!
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:48:25 -0700
In charleston for the last few days.  Zzzzippp! Laura c, kanawha county.
Subject: New Waterfowl Visitors
From: John Snyder <johnsnyder AT BTCONNECT.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:02:27 -0400
Our Lesser Scaup of yesterday--which hung around all day in spite of various
activities along the shore of the pone--seems to have departed, replaced
this morning by 3 Canada Geese (FOY) floating serenely on the pond (with 2
others grazing in the field behind the house). They departed earlier; must
make a note to check the lower pond for visitors.

John Snyder
Persinger, Nicholas County


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Subject: Purple Finch -Yard - Summit Point
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:27:40 -0400
Greetings, 
     A female Purple Finch is still hanging around the yard mixing in with 
the house finches and lots of gold finches at the black oil sunflower seed 
feeders. 

The purple finch has been here off and on throughout the day for the past week 
or so. 

    Also had a chipping sparrow feeding on the ground with about a dozen 
white throated sparrows that are still here. 

      Happy birding, 
         Carol Del-Colle 
           Summit Point
              Jefferson Country

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Re: Bird programs in charleston
From: "-Wendy Perrone, Three Rivers Avian Center Exec. Dir., sent from my smartphone" <wendy AT TRACWV.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:25:21 -0400
Three Rivers Avian Center will be at 2 Kanawha County Public Libraries with our 
"Wings of Wonder: WV Birds of Prey" program featuring 6 live birds of prey 
tomorrow 4/17/2014.    2 hawks, 2 owls, a peregrine falcon and a bald eagle. 
 These are the last 2 programs of a series of 5 in the Kanawha County Public 
Libraries this week and are free & open to the public. 


We will be at Cross Lanes Public Library tomorrow at 2 pm and at Saint Albans 
Public Library at 6 pm.  The programs run about an hour. 


A full schedule of Three Rivers Avian Center events and programs is available 
on our website:    www.tracwv.org.     


I'll try to do better on getting the word out - we've been a bit distracted 
these last few weeks. 


-Wendy Perrone -TRAC, sent from my smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: laura ceperley  
Date:04/16/2014  6:24 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG 
Subject: Bird programs in charleston 

Two upcoming programs in Charleston.  All are welcomed to attend, Laura
ceperley, kanawha county.

Saturday evening, April 19, 6:30, Barb Koster will discuss owls and lead a
night walk as part of the monthly "Bird of the Month." Meet at the swimming
pool area in Kanawha State Forest.  Bring a light source.   Kids are
welcomed!

Monday, April 21, 6:30, Joey Herron will also discuss owls as well as the
WV birding trail at the monthly meeting of the Handlan Chapter of the
Brooks Bird Club.
Subject: Swifts and swallows
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:55:50 -0400
  This evening saw 10+ chimney swift in New Martinsville. 
   Yesterday saw double-crested cormorant  below Hannibal Dam.  
 At Proctor in the sleet saw barn swallow and rough-winged swallow feeding over 
the river. Along with the continuing tree swallows. 

   A pair of common merganser sitting on edge of Proctor Creek. 

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Bird programs in charleston
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:24:41 -0700
Two upcoming programs in Charleston.  All are welcomed to attend, Laura
ceperley, kanawha county.

Saturday evening, April 19, 6:30, Barb Koster will discuss owls and lead a
night walk as part of the monthly "Bird of the Month." Meet at the swimming
pool area in Kanawha State Forest.  Bring a light source.   Kids are
welcomed!

Monday, April 21, 6:30, Joey Herron will also discuss owls as well as the
WV birding trail at the monthly meeting of the Handlan Chapter of the
Brooks Bird Club.
Subject: New customer
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:23:29 -0400
Yesterday afternoon and into the early evening was a madhouse at the 
feeders.  Lots of Cardinals and well over 30 Goldfinches.  A dozen 
finches covered the feeder tray by the window.  They did not care at all 
that I was only two feet away preparing my dinner.  I was surprised to 
see a Chipping sparrow join them.  Nice to see him back this morning.  
They have been on my tube feeders and on the ground for about a month 
but having one on the tray is a first.

The Brown Thrasher and Mockingbird are regulars on the suet feeder.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: FOY Lesser Scaup
From: John Snyder <johnsnyder AT BTCONNECT.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:42:57 -0400
I opened the blinds this morning to find our FOY Lesser Scaup dabbling
happily in our upper pond. First wild duck we've had on the pond this year.
Must make a note to check our lower pond later today.

John Snyder
Persinger, Nicholas County


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Subject: FOY Rose breasted grosbeaks in Summers County!
From: Wendy Perrone <wendy AT TRACWV.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:16:51 -0400
Hi everyone,
Yesterday evening, around 6:30 pm, we suddenly saw our first rose 
breasted grosbeaks for 2014.  2 males came in to the feeders, along with 
40+ cowbirds.  The cowbirds hogged the feeders and wouldn't let the 
grosbeaks eat. I tried tapping on the window to get the cowbirds to 
leave (they were very jumpy), but that made the grosbeaks leave too.  
Hopefully they can ditch the cowbird entourage and come in for snacks on 
their own today.

Also, for those who haven't seen it on the Three Rivers Avian Center 
facebook page, Streaky, the bald eagle from Brooks Island has died.  We 
were unable to heal her up from the train strike and vehicle hit after a 
month of trying.  Her legs were paralyzed and her liver shut down during 
the last week. She was euthanized on Monday the 14th.   Ron and I 
stopped by the Rt 20 overlook yesterday around 4:30 and there was an 
adult bald eagle eating something in the Island nest.  We just saw the 
one eagle yesterday.

-- 
Wendy Perrone, Executive Director
Three Rivers Avian Center
2583 Brooks Mountain Road
HC 74  Box 279
Brooks, WV 25951
304-466-4683  land line
304-575-5024  mobile
www.tracwv.org
visit us on Facebook "Three Rivers Avian Center"
Subject: snow warbler
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:55:16 -0400
Winfield Locks, this afternoon, brushy area between two ponds...heard
"sweet sweet sweeter than sweet" of Yellow Warbler as the snow was
falling...
                                            ~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


*"An optimist is the human personification of spring." *

*                                        ~Susan J. Bissonette*
Subject: Hilton Pond 04/07/14 (Belize Hummingbirds)
From: "Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" <research AT HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:51:26 -0400
What with an unusual abundance of spring hummingbirds to be banded--plus 
renovations on the old farmhouse at Hilton Pond Center--I've been slowed 
considerably in producing my summary report about our March 2014 Operation 
RubyThroat expedition to Crooked Tree in Belize. At long last it is finished 
and posted and, who, knows, maybe one of our Belize birds will show up at your 
West Virginia feeders sometime soon. :-) 


I provide this detailed summary as a thank-you and permanent record for the 
generous and hard-working citizen scientists who help these trips succeed, but 
I also like sharing everything with other birders and naturalists. I hope 
you'll enjoy the latest write-up, which serves as the 7-16 March 2014 
installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond." 


The photo essay includes nearly 150 images of Neotropical flora and fauna--more 
than usual and my attempt to drive away this winter blast affecting much of the 
U.S. this week. 


The installment is at  http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek140307.html

Happy (Neotropical) Nature Watching!

BILL

P.S. Please "Like" our new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/HiltonPond 
for timely updates on nature topics. Follow us on Twitter  AT hiltonpond. 


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RESEARCH PROGRAM
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: Ohio county
From: Paul McKay <paulmck57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:30:37 -0400
Hi all,
I just saw a flock of about 50 very cold chimney swifts flying in the snow over 
wheeling. I do not think I have ever seen chimney swifts and snow before. 

Paul mckay
Ohio county


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Subject: Mourning Doves fledged Tucker
From: Mimi Kibler <Mialk12 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:08:29 -0400
Our yard's first clutch of Mourning Doves this season fledged over the past two 
days. The eggs were incubated through two snows and some extremely cold nights. 

Subject: IMPORTANT ó Yahoo email users being set to NOPOST
From: wilhershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:11:36 -0400
Problems with e-mail addresses from Yahoo are continuing today. Yahooīs 
policy change last week is also causing problems that affect e-mail 
addresses from other domains, such as Comcast, ATT, Hotmail, and MSN. 
You can read a technical explanation of why this occurs at:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing
_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber=1

Because the problem occurs _EVERY TIME_ a message from a Yahoo.com 
address is posted to the list, our mail administrators have advised us to set 
all subscriptions with Yahoo.com to NOPOST. I am in the process of doing 
this today. I apologize for the inconvenience this will cause you. I realize
it is NOT your fault, Yahoo has caused this through their actions.

Other providers have "honored" Yahooīs policy although they have not set 
the same restrictive policy; they should stop seeing rejections once we 
remove the Yahoo posts. These include Comcast, ATT, MSN, and Hotmail. 

IF YOU HAVE A YAHOO.COM ADDRESS, I encourage you to contact Yahoo.com support 
and tell them "I have been inconvenienced because I am unable to 
participate in Listserv mailing lists because of Yahoo's DMARC policy.Ē 

I also suggest that you may want to get a different e-mail provider for your 
listserv 

subscriptions (and maybe for all your e-mail). While I cannot and do not
recommend any particular provider, I can inform you that two large providers 
which have had no problems are Google (Gmail.com) and Apple 
(iCloud.com, me.com, mac.com). There have also been no problems with 
any .org, .gov, or .edu address as far as I know right now.  

**********To repeat, if you are subscribed to the list with a Yahoo address 
your 

subscription will be set to "nopost"  -  if you are a Yahoo
user, you will be able to read messages but not post to the list. *************

To manage your subscription, please use the following information:
Send an email to LISTSERV AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG from the email address that you want 
to use, with no subject and no signature and with one of the 

following commands in the body of the email:

To subscribe to the list:          SUBSCRIBE WV-BIRD
                                  (may be abbreviated to
                                   SUB WV-BIRD)

To leave the list:                 SIGNOFF WV-BIRD
                                  (or UNSUB WV-BIRD)

To change your address: CHANGE WV-BIRD newemailaddress AT newhost.com (substitute 
for your new email address here) 


To set the list to digest mode:    SET WV-BIRD DIGEST

To set the list to index mode:     SET WV-BIRD INDEX

To set the list to individual
postings mode:                     SET WV-BIRD NODIGEST
                               or SET WV-BIRD NOINDEX

To turn mail off for a while
(e.g., vacation, business trip):   SET WV-BIRD NOMAIL

To turn mail back on:              SET WV-BIRD MAIL

To receive copies of your own
posts:                             SET WV-BIRD REPRO NOACK

To get only a short acknowledgement
message for your posts (default):  SET WV-BIRD ACK NOREPRO

Again, the listowners regret that we have had to take this action but for the 
time being this is the only action we can take to minimize the impact of the 
Yahoo email policy changes.

Wil Hershberger
Subject: Jefferson Co. Grasshopper Sparrows
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:47:24 -0400
This morning's rain must have brought Grasshopper Sparrows along with it. I 
have counted four so far in our fields here at work in Bardane. If they are 
here I highly suspect they will be in the fields in Burr Industrial Park as 
well. Their songs along with Field Sparrows' songs are seemingly coming from 
every direction. 


N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction
Jefferson Co.
Subject: Northern Parulas
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:02:57 -0400
I just heard FOY NOPA's zeeeeing up in the woods around the house.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Yellow-throated and hooded warbler, swamp sparrow
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:38:30 -0400
   Three FOY species today. 
   This morning saw  swamp sparrow and heard  yellow-throated warbler. 
   Later while outside working heard  hooded warbler.  

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Grant County April 12, 13 waterfowl, pectoral, whips, prairie, crested fly, vesper
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:00:43 -0400
HAPPY SPRING!
After seeing the Little Gull close to home in Fairfax Co, VA on Saturday
AM, I headed out to the mountains and valleys of WV spending almost all of
my time on Saturday and Sunday in Grant Co.  I found 87 species including
17 first-of-years. Nothing was very unusual and I did not find the variety
of warblers that others noted, but it was a spectacular weekend and the
wildflowers in the Smokehole area were quite magnificent. The mountains
still have not started to leaf-out or bloom but there were plenty of
flowers in the valleys. American toads, Pickerel Frogs, and Spring Peepers
were singing, and turtles were sprawled out in the sun everywhere.

Here are the bird highlights. All birds were in Grant Co, unless noted
otherwise.
7 wood ducks: Arnold Rd and S Mill Creek Lake
2 Mallard: Thorn Run
13 Blue-winged Teal: Belle Babb and S Mill Crk Lake
26 Green-winged Teal: Belle Babb
3 Ring-necked Duck: S Mill Creek Lake, Belle Babb
1 Greater Scaup: S Mill Creek Lake
7 Lesser Scaup: Belle Babb
4 Hooded Merganser: Hogueland Rd and Thorn Run
6 Common Merganser: Smokehole (Pendleton), Belle Babb
10 Pied-billed Grebe (6 at Belle Babb)
7 Horned Grebe, several in great breeding plumage
2 Red-necked Grebe: S Mill Creek Lake in quite dull plumage
1 double-crested cormorant Arnold Rd
4 green heron: Thorn Run, Hogueland (3)
1 Osprey: Belle Babb
4 Bald Eagle: ad and imm at Belle Babb and Arnold
1 sharp-shinned hawk: my cabin, Little Mt, Cabins
1 cooper's hawk: S Mill Creek Lake
11 red-tails including 4 at my cabin
only 2 kestrels: Maysville
14 killdeer
2 spotted sandpipers: Arnold, S Mill Creek Lake
1 Pectoral Sandpiper: Belle Babb
1 Coot: S Mill Creek Lake
3 snipe: Belle Babb, Grizzly Rd
4 Barred Owl: heard from my cabin calling back and forth in Powers Hollow,
Cabins
2 Whip-poor-wills: same location
3 turkeys calling at dawn same location
1 Great Crested Flycatcher: Smokehole Rd (Grant)
3 Blue-headed Vireo: road to Dolly Sods (gate closed so didn't make it to
Bear Rocks)
4 fish crow
rough-winged, tree, and barn swallows
4 horned larks: Grizzly Rd, Hogueland
lots of gnatcatchers and ruby-crowned kinglets, a few golden-crowned
kinglets
1 brown creeper
10 Louisiana Waterthrush especially along Smokehole (Pendleton)
1 Parula: Smokehole (Pendleton)
1 Prairie: Hogueland
several Pine Warblers: Cabins, Smokehole (Grant and Pendleton)
2 Vesper Sparrow: Hogueland
3 Savannah Sparrow: Belle Babb
4 swamp sparrow: S Mill Creek Lake
Tons of singing phoebes, thrashers, field sparrows, chipping sparrows, and
meadowlarks
1 Rusty Blackbird:Hogueland
All the best
Fred Atwood
Cabins, Grant Co, WV
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA
Subject: Firsts
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:53:37 -0400
It is amazing the changes that happen in spring when one is gone for a week.
When I got out of the shuttle to pick up my car yesterday afternoon near BWI
on my return from Florida, I heard a Chipping Sparrow singing lustily. The
first bird to greet me as I drove up Blizzards Gate Road to our house was a
singing Eastern Towhee. 

 

As I walked out the door this morning, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds were
exploring our nest box. On my walk up the mountain, the first warbler
singing here was a Black-and-white Warbler. Two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
were echoing each other with their irregular drumming. 

 

As I walked to our labyrinth in the woods, a House Wren was singing at the
edge of the woods. I quickly put up a house and it is already investigating
it. As I walked the labyrinth, a Louisiana Waterthrush sang repeatedly down
by Horse Camp Run. On returning from the labyrinth, a Broad-winged Hawk
whistled overhead.

 

Oh, the joys of traveling but of also returning home. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County
Subject: Manic Mocker
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:25:11 -0400
There is a testosterone crazed Northern Mockingbird running through an
amazing catalog of birds just outside our office window here at ABU.  One
special feature of its repertoire  was a Yellow-breasted Chat.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Whip-poor-wills in Barbour Co.
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:48:17 -0400
A colleague of mine at Alderson Broaddus reports hearing FOS
whip-poor-wills near her house on the Audra Park Rd.  I have no heard any
here at the ABU campus, but I will be going out to her place  to listen
some evening this week.

I did hear Eastern Screech Owls this morning, so now I have to figure out
how to get to the WVBBA page---it's been a while.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: Tucker/Randolph county birding places
From: "cls_121389 AT yahoo.com" <cls_121389@YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:27:17 -0700
Greetings from Dryfork,

I'll be staying with friends here in Dryfork, Randolph County the next couple 
days.† Looking for places to go in Randolph or Tucker counties (preferably near 
Dryfork, but I can travel if needed) for migrants or newly arrived nesting 
birds.† Is there a hawk watch where Northern Goshawk might be a possibility - 
even if slight?† Any places for shorebirds? 


Thanks in advance for any help,
Carlton Schooley
normally of Strasburg, Ohio

Subject: Eastern Screech Owls, Adventures in Porch-sitting
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:51:02 -0400
My husband said it was some sort of insect; I thought a piece of machinery
of some kind. And then on a hunch, I got out my Sibley's android app and
played the Screech-owl trill: a match.  Just now between 8:15 and 8:45, a
pair of them quite near in the neighborhood trilling to each other and the
near-full moon.  And we enjoying their trill in the silky night air while
sitting out on the front porch.

D. Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Blue-winged warbler, Louisiana waterthrush
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:43:18 -0400
    Heard FOY Louisiana waterthrush  yesterday.
 When looking in multafloral rose bush this morning for a sparrow saw a flash 
of yellow. It was FOY blue-winged warbler had great views. 

   One yellow-rumped warbler and one singing purple finch. 
   A yellow-bellied sapsucker and two white-throated sparrow.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Shannondale Springs WMA, Apr 13, 2014
From: Elliot Kirschbaum <kingfisher501 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:52:23 -0400
N. Paula, White-eyed Vireo, and huge numbers of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at 
Shannondale Springs WMA this morning. Seen during a two and one-half hour walk 
along the river and around the Old Farm Loop. 


We had a total of 37 species, including the above as well as several singing 
Louisiana Waterthrushes, and singing and displaying Ruby-crowned Kinglets. 


The entire checklist is included below.

Elliot

Elliot Kirschbaum
Shepherdstown, WV


Begin forwarded message:

> From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
> Date: April 13, 2014 at 5:43:06 PM EDT
> To: kingfisher500 AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Shannondale Springs WMA, Apr 13, 2014
> 
> Shannondale Springs WMA, Jefferson, US-WV
> Apr 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments:     Clear and sunny, temp high 70s to low 80s, light breeze
> 37 species
> 
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
> Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  2
> Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  3
> Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)  1
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
> Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  1
> Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  5
> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1
> Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)  1
> Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  8
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  10
> Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
> Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1
> Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  4
> White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  2
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
> Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  1
> Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
> Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  30
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  20
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  10
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 45 Heard everywhere along the 2.5 
mile walk. 

> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  4     Singing and displaying
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  2
> Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  4
> Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  5
> Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  5
> Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  4
> Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  2
> White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  8
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  50
> Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  4
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  50
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17873811 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Another Peregrine sighting in the Ferry
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:24:20 -0400
I was pointing out to my mother the four cormorants circling gracefully in
the skies to our north, telling her how they are also the most able of
swimmers and fishermen, equally comfortable underwater as they appear in
the air: another amazing miracle of life.

When suddenly, the classic profile appeared: pointed wings tapering back,
longish straight tail, a looming figure with strength & purpose.  He was
soaring, and circled over the two of us as we strolled down the hill of
High Street towards the church.  He flew close enough for me to see clearly
his helmet and handlebar mustache before veering into the bright morning
sun.

On the walk home, the black vultures drifted high on the thermals, a raven
flew over, the fish crows quacked and the cardinals whistled joyfully.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Beech Fork birding - Twelve Warbler Species
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:29:42 +0000
This morning David Patick, Mike Griffith and I birded the area from the Beech 
Fork Dam and beach to Beech Fork Campground to see if we could find any early 
warblers, vireos, etc. We were able to find 12 warbler and two vireo species, 
along with two Broad-winged Hawks (at the campground). Overall, we identified 
61 species of birds. We also saw a possible Cerulean Warbler, but it 
disappeared before we could get a positive ID. A partial list of the birds seen 
is given below. 


Beech Fork Dam/road to beach Area
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Yellow-throated Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Brown Thrasher

Beech Fork Campground area
Green Heron
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Redstart
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Ovenbird
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Parula
Black-throated Green Warbler

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Sent from my iPad
Subject: latest on the listserv problem from our friends at NV birds
From: wilhershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:46:16 -0400
A major snafu in the email world has led to a number of us being
deleted from the bird listserv.  This is far beyond just our
listserv, and the root problem, unfortunately, will persist.  Yahoo.com has
implemented a new policy that is trying to put a stop to phishing attacks,
and many (but not all) of the major ISPs have had to adopt or cope with it.
PC World provided a more detailed summary of this change and its effect on
listservs, so read that if you want the gory details:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2141120/yahoo-email-antispoofing-policy-breaks-mailing-lists.html 



The bottom line is that any yahoo.com email (janedoe AT yahoo.com for example)
that passes through a second party (i.e., our listserv) gets blocked by
other internet service providers (ISPs) because it's not coming directly
from Yahoo.  The ISP generates what's called an error message that is sent
to the listserv software.  Most listservs, including the one that hosts our
list, have long deleted subscribers when the subscriber accumulates error
messages from their ISP over five or six days, or gets 10 error messages in
a shorter period of time.  The listserv software is mainly trying to prevent
repeated phishing attacks on email accounts, as well as weeding out defunct
email addresses.   

Quite a few subscribers to this list have yahoo.com email addresses and
regularly report sightings to the list.  The new Yahoo policy did not go
into full effect until about April 5, and earlier yahoo.com postings did not
generate error messages.  Starting April 5, the change kicked into gear and
began creating error messages as yahoo.com contributors sent in postings.
This has nothing to do with the listserv software, and everything to do with
how ISPs have dealt with this change in different ways.  People who use
yahoo.com, msn.com, att.net, live.com, sbcglobal.net, comcast.com, and a few
others have been badly affected, and they rapidly accumulated error messages
and were deleted on April 10 (Thursday).  People who use other ISPs (aol.com
and others) have not been affected because their ISP so far has not adopted
this policy (yet).  As the PC World article and other things that I've read
have noted, some ISPs like gmail.com don't create an error message but
instead move all yahoo.com emails into the spam folder. 

All of the companies that run listservs, including the L-Soft company that
runs our software,  are up in arms about this (see the PC World article).
Yahoo.com might change its policy, but this problem will persist until a
workable compromise is reached.  All of us will continue to get emails from
yahoo.com subscribers, which will result in more deletions and more need to
resubscribe (likely repeatedly for both).  

Digests accumulate all of the day's
postings and send them as one package at the end of the day.  Thus, even
though a digest may CONTAIN a posting from a yahoo.com person, the actual
digest comes directly FROM the listserv software and thus is OK:  the
content of the email is not the problem, just the "From" line if it comes
from a yahoo.com account.

So, what to do?  If you were not deleted, then you might be fine as long as
your ISP doesn't adopt this policy.  If you did get deleted, then you likely
will be deleted again as more postings come in from yahoo.com addresses.
The workaround is to change your subscription to the digest format.  To do
that:  
***********************
Send an email to LISTSERV AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG  (note that this is different
from the address to send postings).

Leave the subject line blank.

In the body of the email, type (or cut/paste) SET WV_BIRD DIGEST

Do not have anything else in the body of the email, such as signatures or
canned stuff that your ISP might put in there.

Finally, send the email.  You'll get a confirmation of the change.

To resubscribe to the list, do as above with this line in the body of the 
email: 

		SUBSCRIBE WV_BIRDS

***********************
Thank you for your help and cooperation,

Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC
Hedgesville, WV
The Songs of Insects
My Blog
Subject: Yellow warblers in charleston
From: Laura <lceperley AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:32:35 -0400
Our "breeding bird " group spent a lovely couple hours this morning looking at 
bluebirds measuring their snag- condo for carpeting, barn swallows reclaiming 
last year's nest, and downies inspecting different cavities. Also, Foy yellow 
warblers, a black and white warbler, and a female redwing. 


Doren, jimmy, laura m, Martha and Laura c, Kanawha county.  
Subject: Eurasian-collared Dove in East Pea Ridge
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:55:23 -0400
Just a few moments ago, Amy was checking the feeders in front of the house and 
she noticed an Eurasian-collared dove below the feeders. After feeding for a 
few moments, it flew across the road to the neighbors yard, but not before I 
was able to get some pictures of it. 


Rennie Talbert
Barboursville, WV
Subject: Huntington area Chimney Swifts and Blue-winged Warbler
From: Gretchen Nareff <marshbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:02:18 -0400
I had half a dozen Chimney Swifts over downtown Huntington this evening. I also 
had an early Blue-winged Warbler near some houses just south of Beech Fork SP 
this morning. 


Gretchen E. Nareff
Graduate Research Assistant
WV Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Stonewall Jackson Dam Visitor Center and Tailwaters, Apr 12, 2014
From: Davette Saeler <ivorybill_24 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:23:30 -0400
   
Hello all, 

 

 Beautiful day to be out birding this morning. Got off to a foggy start but 
that just let the Barred Owl's stay out longer. I heard two of them calling 
back and forth upsetting the turkeys on Rush Run today. Gnatcatchers, 
Blue-headed Vireo, Golden and Ruby Kinglets, Black-and-white Warbler, and 
Yellow-throated Warbler were some highlights. Had a great hike! Complete list 
below. 


 

Good birding, 

 

Davette

Jane Lew, WV

ivorybill_24 AT msn.com

 



Stonewall Jackson Dam Visitor Center and Tailwaters, Lewis, US-WV

Mallard  1
Wild Turkey  2
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  1
Barred Owl  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  3
Brown Thrasher  2
European Starling  4
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Subject: Greater yellowlegs- Jefferson County
From: Joette <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:18:40 -0400
Got a call from Chuck while riding my bike on the Route 9 bike trail. He 
reported 2 Greater yellowlegs in the pond at Burr Industrial, so we rode there 
and birded by bike. Also there were Northern-rough winged swallows at the pond 
and Field sparrows and Eastern meadowlarks singing along the trail. 


What a day!

BIRDMOM
Jefferson County, WV

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: McDonough - a few migrants
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:25:40 -0400
This morning Nina Ott, Mike Wine and I birded MDonough for about three
hours.

   Birds:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
*Eastern Wood-pewee - Mike got it before Nina & I got there - FOY for McD
Eastern Phoebe
*Yellow-throated Vireo - FOY for us
Blue Jay
*Tree Swallow
 Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
*Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - at least 12
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
*Northern Parula - 2 - FOY for McD
*Black-throated Green Warbler - 1 - FOY for us
*Pine Warbler - 2 - FOY for McD
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Yellow-throated Warblers-Tucker
From: Mimi Kibler <Mialk12 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:29:07 -0400
Today Yellow-throated Warblers were singing in several locations at the nursery 
bottom near Parsons. I also saw and heard lots of Tree Swallows, Field 
Sparrows, Meadowlarks, and Chipping Sparrows there. 

Subject: Rte.2 Birding
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:18:24 +0000
Wendell Argabrite, Mike Griffith and I birded most of the am along Rte. 2 
starting with Union Ridge Rd, looking for any new arrivals and also visiting 
Greenbottom WMA, RCB Locks, Shady Waters Campground and Gallipolis Ferry. It 
was slightly foggy starting out with temp's around 50 climbing to 79 degrees at 
12:30 pm. Some of the birds seen were: 

  
Union Ridge Rd: 
  
Yellow-throated Vireo-FOY 
Blue-headed Vireo 
Hooded Warbler-1-FOY 
Pine Warbler 
Louisiana Waterthrush 
Yellow-throated Warbler 
  
Greenbottom; 
  
Blue-winged Teal 
Green-winged Teal 
Pied-billed Grebe-1 
Lesser Scaup-1 
Wilson's Snipe-4 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1 
House Wren-1 
Cormorant-1 
White-eyed Vireo 
Yellow-rumped Warbler-1 
Dunlin-1 FOY 
Solitary Sandpiper-1 
  
RCB Locks: 
  
Bufflehead-7 
Northern Shoveler-12 
Blue-winged Teal-2 
Osprey-4 
Herring Gull 
Cormorant 
Eastern Kingbird-1 FOY 
  
Shady Waters Campground: 
  
Lesser Yellowlegs-1 
Blue-winged Teal-5 
  
Gallipolis Ferry: 
  
Bonaparte's Gull-15 
Ring-billed Gull 
American Wigeon-2 
Green-winged Teal 
Ruddy Duck-4 
Lesser Scaup-1 
Bank Swallow-FOY 
  
The Dunlin and Eastern Kingbird were the second earliest records in our 
region. 

  
David Patick, 
Huntington, WV 25701 
  
  
Subject: Osprey/Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:05:35 -0400
I just saw my FOY Osprey at the Tygart River Bridge in Norton at 12:45pm 
(4/12/14) 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Ohio County - White-winged Scoters
From: John Boback <morlitte AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:30:57 -0400
Hi All:

This morning Michael Dietrich saw two lingering White-winged Scoters near the 
Pike Island Dam in Ohio County. 


John Boback
Morgantown, WV
Subject: PVAS Bird Walk at the National Conservation Training Center
From: sanford sagalkin <monsansagalkin AT MYACTV.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:27:23 -0400
PVAS conducted a bird walk this morning in perfect spring weather at the 
National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. We had 50 species, 
including a lovely Yellow-throated Warbler that stayed long enough for everyone 
to get nice looks. The Bald Eagles were either at the nest or nearby and we had 
some nice aerial acrobatics from two Red-shouldered and one Red-tailed hawk not 
from the eagles nest. A Broad-winged Hawk did a flyover for us. 


Our list included:

Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Subject: hummingbird
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:42:08 -0400
Ruby-throated Hummingbird here early this morning.
FOS date for 2013 was 4/11.            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


*"An optimist is the human personification of spring." *

*                                        ~Susan J. Bissonette*
Subject: Morgantown - Pine Warbler
From: John Boback <morlitte AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:13:59 -0400
Hi All,

Yesterday evening I saw a Pine Warbler near the lodge at Dorsey's Knob Park in 
Morgantown. Pine Warblers are very uncommon in this area and I was happy to 
finally see one in my home county of Monongalia. 


John Boback
Morgantown, WV
Subject: White-eyed Vireo
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:25:53 -0400
Beech Fork Dam-Beach (Wayne Co.): 1 White-eyed Vireo (FOY)

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:45:54 -0400
 Went out after rain stopped a 4:00 heard a rusty blackbird. After returning 
from walk checked the cowbirds, red-winged and grackles feeding in pasture 
field for the rusty. Located 4 feeding below watering trough. 

   Saw FOY  2 blue-gray gnatcatchers and a ruby-crowned kinglet.
  Saw 2 white-throated sparrows.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Little Blue Heron
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:47:10 -0400
Wendell Argabrite and I found the following at Green Bottom WMA (Cabell Co.):

Little Blue Heron - 1 FOY  1st year bird - all white
House Wren - 1 FOY

At Apple Grove (Mason Co.): 3 Vesper Sparrows

At Shady Waters CG pond (Mason Co.): 1 Solitary Sandpiper FOY

Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Re: barn swallow
From: Deborah Beutler <Deborah.Beutler AT MAIL.WVU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:33:46 +0000
I also saw my first Barn Swallow for Montgomery, Fayette Co. side, WV today 
near Orndorff Hall of the WVU Tech campus. 


Dr. Deborah K. Beutler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology
Faculty Athletic Representative
WVUIT Biological Association adviser
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Montgomery, Fayette Co., WV

Office: 304-442-3202

www.wvutech.edu

________________________________________
From: Audubon birding discussion for WV  on behalf of 
Jim & Judy Phillips  

Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 2:49 PM
To: WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: barn swallow

Saw my first of the season barn swallow at Camp creek, Mercer County today.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: barn swallow
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:49:03 -0400
Saw my first of the season barn swallow at Camp creek, Mercer County today.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Problems with the listserv
From: wilhershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:01:26 -0400
Here is the latest from the PA listserv folks. It is affecting all emails sent 
to these addresses: 


The list seems to have gone wonky.

It isn't the list server that has gone wonky. It is Yahoo. Yahoo implemented 
changes on their yahoo.com server that are causing all messages sent from 
yahoo.comaddresses to mailing lists to be treated as not being legitimate 
messages. When a list server sends a message from a yahoo.com user out, it 
bounces for every recipient receiving it at an address hosted by yahoo. (That 
includes all addresses provided by both Frontier and AT&T amongst others, not 
just yahoo.com addresses.) Other service providers, including Comcast, whose 
servers verify messages with the sending server are bouncing the messages as 
well because Yahoo is telling those other servers that the messages aren't 
legitimate. Some other service providers, like gmail, may be shunting the 
messages from yahoo.com addresses to a spam folder rather than bouncing them. 


You can read a more detailed and technical explanation of what is happening 
here 


 
. 



 A great number of you resubscribed or sent me a note asking to be put back on 
the list, which i did. You can help by telling any friends or associates that 
were knocked off the list to resubscribe. 


Unless Yahoo comes to their senses and fixes what they're doing, or an 
administrator changes the list server setting to stop it from worrying about 
bounced messages, the same people are likely to have the same problem 
repeatedly if they don't do something to change what's happening. This is also 
likely to happen with other mailing lists with active yahoo participants 
because most list servers have some automated procedure for dealing with 
addresses that are returning a lot of bounced messages. 


What I've been recommending to my clients and friends who ask me about this 
that they get an address that isn't a yahoo address for list mail if they're 
currently using an address hosted by Yahoo and if they're not using Yahoo but 
aren't receiving the yahoo messages, to check the settings for their email 
account and try to white-list messages from the lists in question. 
White-listing works for gmail users. To do it, create a filter that looks for 
list messages and tell it that those messages are never spam. For others, 
white-listing may or may not work. 


Hopefully, this will be fixed in the near future.
Thank you for your patience. 

Wil Hershberger

Hedgesville, WV
Subject: Problems with providers
From: Wilbur Hershberger <wilhershberger AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:41:57 -0400
There appears to be a problem with a large list of email providers. We are not 
sure what is happening. We are looking into it. If you get an email that you 
were bumped off please forward it to me and I'll try to add you back in. 

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC
Subject: FL and WV
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:37:44 -0400
I had a wonderful experience today hearing and then seeing the
Black-whiskered Vireo (along with the White-crowned Pigeon). I had a
similar experience a few days ago with the Mangrove Cuckoo. We had a very
rough trip to the Dry Tortugas yesterday but it was fabulous once we got
there. We saw a large variety of birds heading north plus the Brown
Noddies, Sooty Terns and Magnificent Frigate birds that are nesting out
there. Now I'm getting eager to return home and see what has arrived back
in the mountains.  Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Osprey over charleston
From: Laura <lceperley AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:51:30 -0400
Several of us hopeful folks looking for breeding birds looked up to see an 
osprey headed north over Cato Park this evening. Closest water is the city 
swimming pool. Also heard a yellow-throated warbler. Bev, Christy, Doren, 
Jimmy, Karen, Martha and Laura. Kanawha county. 

Subject: Greater Yellowlegs(FOY)- Burr Park Pond- Jefferson Co.
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:02:44 +0000
Greetings, 

   On my way home from an errand earlier this evening, I was in the area of 
Burr Industrial Park, and thought I would drop by the pond there.  I found a 
Greater Yellowlegs probing and feeding around the edge of the pond, often 
racing about to try to get its prey. Fun to watch. It was my first sighting 
of this species for the year.  There were also a pair of Canada Geese and a 
Killdeer at the pond along with some Tree Swallows, and Northern Rough-winged 
swallows. 


   On my way out, I heard my first of the year Eastern Towhee calling from 
the woods nearby.    


      Happy birding, 

           Carol Del-Colle 

            Summit Point 

              Jefferson County 
Subject: New arrivals in Harpers Ferry (& environs) + Peregrine Falcon
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:34:14 -0400
Tuesday - BROAD-WINGED HAWK over Murphy Farm

Wednesday - LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (2) - Murphy Farm woods
GREAT EGRET (same Jim Farley saw earlier, no doubt) - Harpers Ferry train
station

Today - YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS (2) and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER along C&O
Canal towpath near Harpers Ferry; also 4 LOWAs singing; and 1 PEREGRINE
FALCON circling with 2 Black vultures over MD Heights before making a
beeline batmobile-style towards West Virginia shores.

What a beautiful morning!

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Subject: Test
From: DAVID <patick AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:42:37 +0000
This is a test as I was somehow deleted from the ListServ this am. 
  
David Patick 
Huntington,WV 
Subject: Y-t Warblers continue in Philippi, and Pileateds are drumming.
From: Jeff Del Col <delcolja AT AB.EDU>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:42:11 -0400
This morning I again heard the Yellow-throated Warblers calling among the
spruces.  I also heard Pileated Woodpeckers calling and drumming from two
locations. White-throated Sparrows lamented Sam Peabody from many points in
the surrounding woods.  Male Eastern Towhees have been challenging each
other all over the backyard for several days.

Jeff Del Col,
Philippi
Subject: black & white
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:22:02 -0400
Had my first of the season black-&-white warbler in Pipestem S.P. 
yesterday morning. Also, had yellow-thr. & pine warblers.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: whip poor will
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:41:43 -0400
Whip-poor-will...2...calling this morning at 6:10 a.m.
And a Fox Sparrow yesterday.            ~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



*"Every requirement for coal mine water discharge permits has come about
only after hard fought battles with an industry that has fought tooth and
nail against every strong legal limit proposed."  ~Cindy Rank, chairperson,
mining committee, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy*
Subject: Blue-headed vireo, common loon
From: Wima <wjar AT HUGHES.NET>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:49:25 -0400
Yesterday saw FOS blue-headed vireo and today FOY common loon flying north 
above river when I was at Proctor. 

  The osprey was on nest at Ormet aluminum plant in Ohio south of Proctor. 
 
Hannibal Lock &Dam
 A lone gadwall, 7 ring-billed gulls, a raven, and a mature bald eagle flying 
south over dam. 

 Saw a shorebirds fly out across river to Ohio. Yellowlegs size, time 
restraints didn't allow me to go over and try to find it. 

  On walk this morning saw a male yellow-bellied sapsucker and 2 fox sparrows.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Red Neck Grebe
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <dhworkout AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:35:47 -0700
Visited Kimsey Dam this evening

Red Neck Grebe continues to be present 

Pied Bill Grebes† Five 

15 Common Mergansers
One Red Breasted Merganser 


Seven turkeys on Rt. 259



Diane Holsinger

Subject: Banded Rock Pigeon-Bluefield,WV 4-9-14
From: Anna McRae <annamcrae AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:53:25 -0400
At 5: 21 p.m. today I started to check the back lawn bird feeders and noticed a
Rock Pigeon walking on the ground under the platform feeding. My first reaction 

was to yell "Shoo" at the bird, but it just looked at me and kept walking . By 
this 

time I could see some bands on its legs. I walked up to the bird and just 
picked 

it up. It was very docile as I checked the bands and took it inside to show my 

husband.  The bird didn't appear to have any injuries or be hurt in any way so
I recorded the numbers on the leg bands , took it back to the picnic table 
(which 

is covered in plastic), poured out several cups of mixed grain bird seed. The 
bird 

took a few steps around , didn't eat anything, flew up to a neighbor's rail 
fence 

where it sat as I refilled the bird feeders and put fresh water out.

Leg band information:

Right leg band was blue tape like material with black numbers   4    4    4

Left leg white band was covered with a clear plastic  with numbers 5966  then 
smaller numbers 2013   then space  and 1f   over FOYS.  

If any one has missed their pet/racing pigeon today, check the above band
numbers to see if it was the one that took a rest break this evening at 5:21 
p.m. 

in Bluefield, WV   Mercer County.

Ann McRae
Bluefield, WV   Mercer County
Subject: Carolina Wren Nest
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:04:05 -0400
Yesterday I discovered a Carolina Wren nest in my shed.  It is at the 
bottom of a coil of extension cord hanging on the wall.  A pair of wrens 
have been busy feeding each other on the window tray.  It is easy to 
tell who is who because the female is molting and I noticed a bare spot 
on her lower chest (brood patch?).  She really looks frazzled while the 
male looks like a little dandy by comparison.

For the last several days there have been two Brown Thrashers showing up 
at the same time which makes me think they might be a pair.  Would love 
to have them nest again like they did last year. Only one male Towhee so 
far.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town