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22 Nov possible hybrid Ross' x Snow Goose at the Moorefield sewage pond (Hardy County) ["David E. Carr" ]
22 Nov Killdeer [Bill and Carole Telfair ]
22 Nov Rufous Hummingbird ["Rankin, Gary" ]
22 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
22 Nov Snow Bunting at Kimsey Run Lake (Hardy County) ["David E. Carr" ]
21 Nov Common Mergansers, Black Ducks on Shenandoah R. [Carol Del-Colle ]
21 Nov rufous hummingbird [Mike Slaven ]
20 Nov Today's MBC outing - a few ducks [Jon Benedetti ]
20 Nov Fox Sparrows [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
20 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
20 Nov Yard Red-wings (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
19 Nov waterfowl, Byrd Locks ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
19 Nov FW: Passing of Walter Fye [Ryan Tomazin ]
19 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
19 Nov Morgantown Hummingbird update [Joe Hildreth ]
19 Nov Autumn Birds [Herb Myers ]
18 Nov siskins ["Olcott, Susan P" ]
18 Nov Ohio county ducks [Paul McKay ]
18 Nov Siskin [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
18 Nov Ruby-throats in Guanacaste, Costa Rica ["Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" ]
18 Nov Clay-colored Sparrow/Norton/Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
18 Nov Summers Co. birds from 11/15 [Allen Waldron ]
18 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report, some drama, and a mystery [Derek Courtney ]
18 Nov Morgantown Selasphorus - back! [Joe Hildreth ]
18 Nov Greater Yellowlegs, Horned Grebes, Ducks, etc. ["Rankin, Gary" ]
17 Nov Pipestem Area cbc [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
17 Nov Morgantown Selasphorus Hummingbird--may be gone [Terry Bronson ]
17 Nov Ohio county [Paul McKay ]
17 Nov Re: loggerhead shrike in Jefferson [Rich Bailey ]
17 Nov Morgantown-Selasphorus (update) [Joe Hildreth ]
17 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
17 Nov loon [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
16 Nov SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD - Morgantown [Joe Hildreth ]
16 Nov Ohio River birding [Jon Benedetti ]
16 Nov Loggerhead Shrike - Jefferson county [Matt ]
16 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
16 Nov Bird Songs [Herb Myers ]
16 Nov Kimsey Dam [ ]
16 Nov fox sparrows [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
15 Nov More Eagles and Common Mergansers [Derek Courtney ]
15 Nov Rusty Blackbirds/Randolph County [Randy Bodkins ]
15 Nov Tygart Lake-Pleasant Creek Mountaineer Audubon field trip report [Terry Bronson ]
15 Nov Rough-legged Hawk (light morph) - Harpers Ferry [Deb Hale ]
15 Nov Sparrows [Herb Myers ]
15 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
14 Nov Raleigh Co. birds [Allen Waldron ]
14 Nov mouth of the Bluestone River [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
14 Nov Bird club program in charleston [laura ceperley ]
14 Nov Mountaineer Audubon- field trip 11-15-14 [Joe Hildreth ]
14 Nov Peregrine Falcon ["Cynthia D. Ellis" ]
14 Nov Peregrine Falcon - Cheat Lake [Katie Fallon ]
14 Nov Tundra Swan [Ross Brittain ]
14 Nov waterfowl [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
14 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
14 Nov Winter Birds [Herb Myers ]
13 Nov More Morgantown Swans... [John Boback ]
13 Nov Re: Snowy owl sightings [Nan McDaniel ]
13 Nov Snowy Owl Sighting [cathy mckown ]
13 Nov rusty blackbirds [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
13 Nov Peregrine Falcons & Loons [Jon Benedetti ]
13 Nov Re: Snowy owl sightings [Nan McDaniel ]
13 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
13 Nov Re: Snowy owl sightings [Terry Bronson ]
13 Nov Re: Snowy owl sightings [Gretchen Nareff ]
12 Nov Re: Snowy owl sightings [Ryan Tomazin ]
12 Nov Snowy owl sightings [Cathy McKown ]
12 Nov Jefferson Co. 98 Tundra Swans; Northern Harrier [Wade Snyder ]
12 Nov Tundra swans overhead in Morgantown [Amanda Dymacek ]
12 Nov Golden eagle record at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory [Rodney Davis ]
12 Nov Re: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Terry Bronson ]
12 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
12 Nov Greater Yellowlegs and Common Loon at Stonewall Jackson ["Rankin, Gary" ]
12 Nov New Yard Bird [Bruni Haydl ]
12 Nov Extralimital- Couch's Kingbird Maryland [Joe Hildreth ]
11 Nov harrier [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
11 Nov Sixty Rusty Blackbirds at Altona Marsh and Greater Yellowlegs at Earle Road Pond, Nov 11, 2014 [Elliot Kirschbaum ]

Subject: possible hybrid Ross' x Snow Goose at the Moorefield sewage pond (Hardy County)
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT CMS.MAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:00:51 -0500
At about 12:40 this afternoon I found a goose that I think is a hybrid Ross' 
x Snow at the Moorefield sewage pond in Hardy County.  I've seen only a 
couple of Ross' Geese in my life, and I've never seen a bird that I thought 
was a hybrid before, so I'd be interested to hear what others make of this 
bird.

The bird is in all white plumage except for its black primaries (there are 4 
all white-plumaged domestic geese on the pond).  The bird showed little or 
no grin patch in its pink bill and had a more rounded head with a more 
abrupt forehead than a Snow.  The bill was stubbier than a Snow.  However, 
the curvature of the base of the bill where it meets the face seems more 
substantial than would be expected of a pure Ross' and seems common in the 
photos I've seen on the web of putative hybrids.  The bird also seemed a 
little less dainty than I remember Ross' (it's been many years since I've 
seen a Ross').

I'll post some photos of the bird that I took through my spotting scope on 
my eBird report.

Other waterfowl on the pond included Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Gadwall, 
American Wigeon, Mallards, Black Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked 
Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, and Coots.  Two American Kestrels were chasing each 
other around.

Anyway, if anyone gets a chance to see the bird or check out my photos, I'd 
be interested in hearing opinions.

David Carr
Arkansaw, WV
Hardy County
Subject: Killdeer
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:24:48 -0800
Winter birds are really here. I've enjoyed all the reports of water foul on the 
lakes and rivers. 


My feeders have the usual winter visitors - blue jays, cardinal, red-bellied 
woodpeckers, Downies, Carolina chickadees, titmice, juncos, white-breasted 
nuthatches, house finches, gold finches, white-throated and song sparrows, 
crows, starlings (with red-winged blackbirds and cowbirds mixed in - no 
grackles yet), and a red-shouldered hawk. The last Bluebird I saw was a week 
ago. 


But last evening as I walked to the mailbox, I heard and saw a Killdeer in the 
field across the road. Since I haven't heard anyone else mention it yet, I 
though I would. 


Bill Telfair
Shepherdstown, WV
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:25:01 +0000
Mike Griffith and I drove to Morgantown early this morning and saw the Rufous 
Hummingbird at Mike Slaven's home around 8 am. It fed from the feeder and flew 
back and forth around the vine covered bushes. It was still there when we left 
at 8:25 am. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co. 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:58:37 -0500
Hi all,

     Calm your nerves and bestill your hearts ... the morning report has
returned! I'm sure you all missed me, lol. Lake must have been actively
being drawn because the Cheat was really pouring in. Looks like I picked
the wrong weekend to do some cold water kayaking; might have been a wild
ride today. Timing though never seemed to be my thing. Ice was noticeable
at all stops today with Sunset Harbor being totally iced over. Hooded
Mergansers are really putting on quite a show at Cheat Lake Park (Morgan's
Run) for those so inclined to enjoy one of our most impressive looking
ducks. And a after giving me the slip early, Katie's Peregrine was back on
the 68 Bridge waving me on as I finished my morning.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   3
Tundra Swan   4
Bufflehead   2
Common Merganser   1
Ruddy Duck   7

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose   14
Mallard   1
Bufflehead   2
Hooded Merganser   2
Ruddy Duck   15

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Bufflehead   6

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose    18
American Black Duck   19
Mallard   42
Ring-necked Duck   3
Bufflehead   31
Hooded Merganser   59
Common Loon   4
Pied-billed Grebe   6
Horned Grebe   12

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Snow Bunting at Kimsey Run Lake (Hardy County)
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT CMS.MAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:12:50 -0500
This morning at about 7:20 I saw a single Snow Bunting at Kimsey Run Lake. 
 The bird was on the spit and was spending most of its time hiding in the 
dry grass at the edge of the water.  It flew a couple of times and afforded 
nice looks at its wing patches, and I got close enough for a nice photo.

Other birds on and around the lake included a flock of Canada Geese, 
Mallards, 5 Hooded Mergansers, a single drake Bufflehead, at least 5 
Pied-billed Grebes, and 4 Bald Eagles (1 adult).

David Carr
Arkansaw, WV
Hardy County
Subject: Common Mergansers, Black Ducks on Shenandoah R.
From: Carol Del-Colle <WVnaturalist AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:38:03 +0000
Greetings,
 I took my mom on a ride this morning around 9:30 along the river traveling on 
Bloomery and Rissler Roads. I have been watching the Cheat Lake waterfowl 
reports and was hoping some ducks etc. would begin gracing us with their 
presence. 

 I got my wish this morning when we observed a nice raft of 47 Common 
Mergansers between Moulton Park and the bridge. When I left, they had spread 
out some but we're still in the same general area. 

   I found 7 Black Ducks at the end of Rissler Road.  
 Earlier this morning about 7:45 on our way to breakfast at Mountain View Cafe 
in Charlestown, we saw 5 Ringed-bill Gulls circling over the restaurant and 
parking lot 

.   All in all, a very nice way to begin the day.
    Happy birding, 
      Carol Del-Colle
      Summit Point
       Jefferson County
Subject: rufous hummingbird
From: Mike Slaven <mikeslavenwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:03:56 -0500
The rufous hummingbird was still present in my yard this cold morning. That
makes seven days so far. Hopefully, she will stay a while and gain strength
for the rest of her journey.

Mike Slaven
Morgantown
Monongalia County
Subject: Today's MBC outing - a few ducks
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:11:49 -0500
Today's Mountwood Bird Club outing upriver to Middle Island was attended by
Lucine Wright, Earlene & Archie Carpenter, Jeanette & Dick Esker, and I. We
stopped at Willow Island L&D (both WV & OH sides), the dentist's office in
Belmont, French Creek boat ramp, Middle Island, Dana's Run (OH), Newell's
Run (OH), the old quarry pond below Willow Island L&D, and the HQ area of
the Ohio River Islands NWR along Waverly Road.

  Waterfowl and highlights:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter - 4
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American Coot

Sandpiper species - probably a Yellowlegs, but too far to positively ID in
the wind and cold
Ring-billed Gull - 50+
Bonaparte's Gull - 10+
Eastern Screech-Owl - gray phase

Peregrine Falcon
Cedar Waxwing
White-crowned Sparrow


Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood & Pleasants Counties, WV and Washington County, OH
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Fox Sparrows
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:57:04 -0500
I just counted four Fox Sparrows under our feeders. I don't recall ever
having that many before. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:31:57 -0500
Hi all,

     As expected, the sunshine yesterday took care of the ice and the lake
was again 100% open. A light morning workout allowed to get there pre-dawn
and watch the lake wake up. A nice flock of Common Mergansers flew down
stream from the Cheat at dawn and kudos to Katie's Peregrine for having a
Starling for breakfast on the docks at Sunset Harbor.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Bufflehead   19
Hooded Merganser   6
Common Merganser   32
Ruddy Duck   23
RIng-billed Gull   19

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Tundra Swan   4
Bufflehead   31
Hooded Merganser   4
Ruddy Duck   12

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   10
Ruddy Duck   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   4
Peregrine Falcon   1 (gotta be my most consecutive days with a Peregrine)

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   6
Wood Duck   1
Mallard   3
Ring-necked Duck   8
Bufflehead   2
Hooded Merganser   11
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Horned Grebe   2
Double-crested Cormorant   1
Bald Eagle   1
Ring-billed Gull   27

I will be giving a lecture in Cleveland tomorrow and won't be able to check
the lake. So unless someone else checks it out and posts, you all will get
a short reprieve. Lucky you :) Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Yard Red-wings (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:41:24 -0500
Hi, all,

 

Our cold weather brought a small flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, mostly
female, to my feeders in the last couple of days. November is an unusual
month for Red-wings around here, and I expect these visitors are on their
way south.

 

Fox Sparrows arrived in the yard last Saturday, when our Canaan Valley NWR
bird walk found American Tree Sparrows at the visitor center feeders as well
as four or five Wilson's Snipes at the Freeland Boardwalk.

 

Last Thursday I found a flock of 34 Pine Siskins in Canaan Valley State
Park, as well my first feeder siskin of the fall. Cedar Waxwings visited the
yard last Friday.

 

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: waterfowl, Byrd Locks
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:16:03 -0500
A brisk and cutting wind seemed to keep waterfowl elsewhere or hunkered
down in the area of the Robert C Byrd Locks today.  A few more were seen
when we traveled to the Ohio side.  Birds at the Locks included:
 Gadwall
 Lesser Scaup
 Horned Grebe
  Northern Pintail

  [At Raccoon Creek, in OH, we saw:
 Horned Grebe
 Hooded Merganser
 Pied-billed Grebe
 and Bufflehead.]

 Raptors were nicely visible though, and we saw:
 Kestrel
 Harrier
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Red-shouldered Hawk
 Bald Eagle [imm.]
 Osprey

We were glad to happen to meet up with Mike Griffith.  He and group member
Randy Urian were especially helpful with this outing.

~Birding in Mason County, WV---and observing the Ohio River and the WV
shore from Gallia County, Ohio---
    Cindy Ellis, Chuck Wirts, Martha Hopper, Kevin Cade, Laura, Ceperly,
Randy Urian, and Bev Wright



-- 
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

  Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike
deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart. ~Henry Clay








 .
Subject: FW: Passing of Walter Fye
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:37:18 -0500
For those in WV and the BBC who knew him...

Ryan Tomazin


> Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:21:03 -0500
> From: leahym AT WINDSTREAM.NET
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Passing of Walter Fye
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> Dear List,
> 
>  
> 
>             It is with a very heavy heart that I must report the passing of
> Walter Fye of Knox, Clarion County. He had unfortunately been in declining
> health the past few years. 
> 
>  
> 
> He was a founding member and a driving force behind Seneca Rocks Audubon
> Society in Clarion. Among many other things he was very instrumental in the
> discovery of the grassland breeding bird populations at Piney Tract/Mt. Zion
> and the subsequent protection of that property in the public trust for
> future generations. When Seneca Rocks Audubon was awarded the first PSO
> Conservation Award in 2005 for the work at Piney Tract, it was Walter that
> accepted the award on behalf of Seneca Rocks.  One of his favorite projects
> was the development of the Beaver Creek nature Area near Knox. Walter was a
> bander and ran a banding station at his property that he fondly referred to
> as "The Swamp". I was fortunate to have been able to "cut my birding teeth"
> there with Walter and several other birders teaching me the finer points of
> bird identification and ornithology. Walter was at his best showing "his
> birds" to the many youngsters that visited his property. His smile was
> broadest when he placed a bird in the hand of child to be released.
> 
>  
> 
> His obituary can be found here  
> http://www.mcentire-weaverfuneralhome.com/
> 
> 
> 
> He will be greatly missed by all who knew and associated with him. His
> spirit will migrate forever with the birds he loved.
> 
>  
> 
> Respectfully submitted,
> 
>  
> 
> Michael R Leahy
> 
> Knox, PA
> 
> Clarion Co.
 		 	   		  
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:02:49 -0500
Hi all,

     Cold but not much wind. A little turnover. Katie's Peregrine continues
to hang around the 68 bridge hopefully culling some of our Starling flock.
And I almost sent an Eastern Screech-Owl to the ACCA as it darted in front
of my car at Sunset Harbor. Cheat Lake Park had fair diversity. Ice has
started to form at the marinas while Sunset Harbor was almost totally iced
over. Not very thick of course and I doubt it will last very long. But
still, it shows that winter is coming. A good reminder of how quickly
things change and to take nothing for granted. Onto the birds ...

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   58
Redhead   22
Ruddy Duck   30
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Ring-billed Gull   4

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Mallard   3
Bufflehead   30
Ruddy Duck   28
Peregrine Falcon   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   4
Redhead   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   15
Wood Duck   2
Gadwall   6
American Black Duck   15
Mallard   50
Green-winged Teal   1
Ring-necked Duck   44
Bufflehead   4
Hooded Merganser   19
Ruddy Duck   10
Common Loon   2
Pied-billed Grebe   8
Horned Grebe   9
Double-crested Cormorant   1
American Coot   1
Ring-billed Gull   1

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Morgantown Hummingbird update
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:19:45 -0500
It is official, the hummingbird visiting Mike Slaven's yard is an adult female 
Rufous Hummingbird. The bird was caught and banded this a.m. by Bob Mulvihill 
with the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Mike reports that the bird was back to 
the feeders almost immediately after being released, acting like nothing ever 
happened. Mike is still allowing visitors. 


His address is 632 West Virginia Ave in Morgantown. The bird is hanging out in 
the backyard accessed around the right side of the house. She frequents both 
feeders when they are up and hangs out in the thick honey suckles in the back 
corner. 


Good luck!!

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Autumn Birds
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:51:55 -0500
We still have three Fox Sparrows hanging around under our feeders. One hops
mostly on one leg. It has a second because occasionally it will put it down
briefly. We remember one like that last year and wonder if it could be the
same one? It would be a survivalist despite its handicap. This morning we
had an immature Red-winged Blackbird - the first of this autumn/winter (10
degrees). Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: siskins
From: "Olcott, Susan P" <Susan.P.Olcott AT WV.GOV>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:33:06 +0000
Scurried outside this morning to dump seed in the feeders. Had a nice little 
flock of 5 pine siskins. By the time I left the house an hour later, it had 
grown to 10 with 3 purple finches and 2 juncos added in - along with the usual 
jays, goldfinches, white-breasted nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, song 
sparrows, and cardinals. House is located in southern Monongalia Co. 


Also - just a word of advice - with the good mast crop in much of the state 
black bears have mostly not denned up yet - they are still out and actively 
feeding. If you can hold out, avoid putting out your suet feeders until after 
Thanksgiving (or later if you know that bears are in the area). Otherwise you 
may have unwelcome guests. Don't worry - the woodpeckers will do just fine 
until then. 


Susan Olcott
WV DNR
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787
Fax (304)825-6270
susan.p.olcott AT wv.gov
Subject: Ohio county ducks
From: Paul McKay <paulmck57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:25:48 -0500
Hi
I went above the dam in Ohio county at War wood and saw
Ruddy ducks
Ring necked ducks
Gadwalls 
Mallards
Coots 
Red breasted  mergansers 
Common mergansers 
Canada geese
And the well cared for cats
Paul McKay 
Ohio County 


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Subject: Siskin
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:13:59 -0500
With the temperature hovering in the low teens, we had our first Pine
Siskin and Common Grackle of the autumn show up at our feeders. The siskin
was alone with many American Goldfinches and Purple Finches. The siskin is
a little terror when other birds threaten it. It spreads its wings and
makes horrible faces at them. They usually retreat. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County
Subject: Ruby-throats in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
From: "Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" <research AT HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:27:48 -0500
Ever wonder where “our” West Vigrinia Ruby-throated Hummingbirds go 
specifically when the weather turns cold? Nobody knows for sure, so here’s a 
chance to possibly solve that mystery once and for all. 


Time is running out to join our upcoming Operation RubyThroat hummingbird 
expedition to Guanacaste Province on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, where my 
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observing and photographing all sorts of exotic Neotropical plants and animals. 
Dates are 24 Jan-1 Feb 2015. Sign up today; you'll be very glad you did. 


See the detailed itinerary at 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/CostaRica(west)AnnounceMain15.html 


My report on our just-completed record-breaking trip to the Orosi Valley on 
Costa Rica's Caribbean slope will be posted soon. 


Happy (Neotropical) Birding!

BILL


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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow/Norton/Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:52:17 -0500
I just had a Clay-colored Sparrow sitting in a Butterfly Bush just outside my 
window. (11/18/14) 11:32 am...I had just came inside from slinging some seed in 
the snow-free areas around the house and there it was. I was able to watch it 
for about 2 minutes at less than 2 feet away. The wind finally made it go away. 
I also have 3 Chipping Sparrows hanging around in the same general area. I have 
the camera set and ready, Now. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Summers Co. birds from 11/15
From: Allen Waldron <awaldron AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:01:35 -0500
Friends,
Bibbee Nature Club welcomed friends from the Buchanan County Bird Club 
(Virginia) to the Hinton area on Sat. (Nov. 15th) for a day of birding. We 
started at Bluestone Lake and the boat launch area, then to Bellepoint Park, 
Mountain Valley Lake and River Road to Sandstone Falls (Raleigh Co.). 

There weren't a lot of ducks yet, but we did get a few species: wood duck, 
gadwall, black duck, mallard, scaup, bufflehead, hooded and common merganser, 
and ruddy duck. We had 2 common loons on Bluestone Lake. Other highlights were 
great egret, bald eagle, yellow-bellied sapsucker, winter wren, pine warbler, 
and rusty blackbirds. 

The day started cold, but with very little wind, it wasn't uncomfortable and 
all in all a very good day. 


Mindy Waldron
Surveyor, WV
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report, some drama, and a mystery
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:57:54 -0500
Hi all,

     Pretty cold this am with temps around 13 and winds gusting to 30mph+.
Takes a special kind of crazy to stand around outside when it gets like
that. I was pleasantly surprised with bird numbers as, despite the low
temps, the winds weren't stellar for big movement. Report in a second, but
first the drama ... from the 68 bridge the birds were unusually agitated
and flighty. There was an adult Bald Eagle hunting the rafts. It managed to
separate a juvenile Coot from its raft and proceeded to hunt it at which
point the Coot did something I had never seen. It took flight, and not low
along the water but decided it was going to out-maneuver the Eagle in
flight. I figured this wouldn't end well for the Coot as it was rather
ungainly in flight but it climbed and dodged and did an impressive job of
giving the Eagle the slip. That is until, Katie's Peregrine came barreling
down in full stoop and just obliterated the young Coot. The Coot fell about
75 feet to the water in a cloud feathers, but the Eagle was still in chase
and circled and snatched the Coot from the Lake before the Peregrine could
get it. Then the Peregrine got angry that he wouldn't enjoy the spoils of
his kill and set out to harass the Eagle. The Eagle dropped the Coot a
couple of times but always managed to reclaim it. This went on until both
raptors were out of sight to the north. All we needed was an uptempo
soundtrack and some special effects explosions and Michael Bay could have
made another movie. Onto the report.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   52
Tundra Swan   25
Gadwall   38
American Wigeon   2
Redhead   2
Ring-necked Duck   9
Lesser Scaup   9
Bufflehead   35
Hooded Merganser   1
Ruddy Duck   21
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Ring-billed Gull   7

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Mallard   1
Greater Scaup   14
Lesser Scaup   78
Long-tailed Duck   1
Bufflehead   84
Ruddy Duck   54
Common Loon   1
Bald Eagle   1
American Coot   14
Ring-billed Gull   7
Peregrine Falcon   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   3
Redhead   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Wood Duck   1
Lesser Scaup   29
Bufflehead   2
Ruddy Duck   22
Pied-billed Grebe   3
American Coot   12
Ring-billed Gull   3

And now to end on the mystery. Also at the 68 bridge while scanning to
count Bufflehead a small, black and white bird crossed my scope view and
flew downlake. The bird was moving reasonably fast, low to the water and
was shaped like a football. I saw it in reasonable but brief profile and
the mostly from the back. I followed it in the scope for 30-45 seconds or
so before it rounded the bend to Cheat Haven. It never stopped and never
set down. And if it came from the areas by the uplake marinas then I
completely missed it while I was there. Odds are, based just on color, that
it was a Bufflehead or maybe a Long-tailed duck except for the fact that it
looked nothing like either species and flew nothing like either species. If
I was out was out west or even along the Great Lakes I would have been very
excited. As it is ... it will have to go down as totally unidentified. Such
is life.

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Morgantown Selasphorus - back!
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:24:18 -0500
The presumed Rufous Hummingbird coming to Mike Slaven's yard was seen again 
this morning. Such tough little birds! Mike is graciously allowing people to 
watch for the bird while he is home. Go to the door first.. If no one is home 
you are welcome to go around the right side of the house into the backyard 
where you can watch the yard from the back porch. The bird seems a bit shy in 
this rough weather so please remain still and silent to avoid stressing the 
bird or keeping it from feeding. 


Thanks to Mike!

Good luck!

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Greater Yellowlegs, Horned Grebes, Ducks, etc.
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:08:09 +0000
Sunday morning David Patick, Mike Griffith and I birdied Rt 2 from Green Bottom 
WMA to Pt. Pleasant and then down Rt 7 in Ohio along the Ohio River. 

Highlights were three Greater Yellowlegs at GBWMA (late date for our area of 
WV) and 44 Horned Grebes at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam. Some of the birds 
seen are shown below. 


GBWMA 
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Killdeer 15
Wilson's Snipe 6
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Am Coot 10

Ashton at the Ohio River
Bald Eagle 1- immature

RCBL&D 
Horned Grebe 44
Pied-billed Grebe3
N. Shoveler 7
Mallard 15
Gadwall 25
Canvasback 1 male
Lesser Scaup 2
Green-winged Teal 12
Red-breasted Merganser 10
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 12
N. Harrier 1
Herring Gull 4
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Savannah, Swamp, White-crowned and Song Sparrows

Gallipolis Ferry
Ring-necked Duck 9
Ruddy Duck 1
Am. Coot 6

Gallipolis
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 1

Sorry for the late post, but I have not had Internet service at home for a few 
days. 

Gary  Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne  Co. 
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Pipestem Area cbc
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:48:39 -0500
The 43rd annual Pipestem Area Christmas Bird Count will be Saturday, 
December 20, 2014
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Morgantown Selasphorus Hummingbird--may be gone
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:03:39 -0500
Wendell Argabrite, Mike Griffith, and I staked out Mike Slaven's
hummingbird mid-day today from 10:30 to about 1:45. It was a no-show,
unless it showed up just after I left and before they did. The nearly
constant drizzle and light rain probably induced it to seek more
comfortable conditions to the south.

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Ohio county
From: Paul McKay <paulmck57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:01:52 -0500
Dreary day with rain and snow. Peregrine  just flew over downtown. First I 
have seen of one in about 2 weeks. 


Now sitting on wheeling steel building eating.
Paul McKay
Ohio county

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Subject: Re: loggerhead shrike in Jefferson
From: Rich Bailey <wvbirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:27:15 -0500
Hi all, to those of you who will be searching for the shrike and have a
scope, please try to note the presence of color bands. As you may know,
shrikes moving south from Ontario have been spotted in the mid-Atlantic in
recent years. If the shrike is unbanded and appears to be occupying a
stable territory this winter, we may make an attempt to trap and band.

Good birding

Rich Bailey, Elkins
Subject: Morgantown-Selasphorus (update)
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:46:25 -0500
Mike Slaven reported that he saw the presumed Rufous Hummingbird as recently as 
9:05 this morning feeding at the feeder behind his house and perching in a 
honeysuckle. 



Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:40:23 -0500
Hi all,

     Cool, gray and very wet. A good morning to stay in bed if you have
someone or some reason to stay there.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Gadwall   4
American Black Duck   2
Mallard   14
Bufflehead   19
Ruddy Duck   7
Horned Grebe   4

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Mallard   3
Redhead   3
Bufflehead   41
Ruddy Duck   17
Peregrine Falcon   1 (hanging in there still, under the bridge today)

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Canada Goose   31
Mallard   3
Redhead   1 (seems to be content to hang around)
Pied-billed Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Mallard   3
Bufflehead   3
Hooded Merganser   4
Red-breasted Merganser   9
Common Loon   2
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Horned Grebe   4

Best wishes to you all. Keep warm. Stay dry. Be happy.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: loon
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:03:21 -0500
Last evening, just before dark, there was a common loon on Bluestone 
Lake at the mouth of the Bluestone River.
On Saturday, we saw 3 hooded mergansers and a bufflehead on Carpers 
Pond(at the jct of I-77 and U.S. 460 at Princeton, Mercer County).
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD - Morgantown
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:58:23 -0500
Mike Slaven has a Selasphorus Hummingbird sp. Visiting his feeder and yard in 
Morgantown today, likely a Rufous but nothing is confirmed yet. He is allowing 
visitors to try their luck in looking for the bird. His address is 632 West 
Virginia, Avenue, Morgantown 


Good birding!

Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Ohio River birding
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:44:34 -0500
 I birded upriver from Willow Island L&D to Middle Island on both sides of
the Ohio River today. Some ducks are starting to arrive in our part of the
Ohio River.
  I stopped at Willow Island L&D - both sides, the dentist's office in
Belmont,  French Creek boat landing (twice), Middle Island, Dana's Run
(OH), Newell's Run (OH) (twice), the new pond below the Willow Island L&D
on the Ohio side.

   Waterfowl: "*" = first of the season for me

Canada Goose
Gadwall
*American Wigeon (Ohio only)
American Black Duck
Mallard
*Green-winged Teal (Ohio only)
*Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
*Hooded Merganser
*Ruddy Duck

Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
*Horned Grebe
American Coot

*Bonaparte's Gull (Ohio only)
Ring-billed Gull

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood & Pleasants Counties, WV and Washington County, OH
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Loggerhead Shrike - Jefferson county
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:04:57 -0500
On the way back from an early departure from the Snicker's Gap Hawk 
watch (which BTW had no raptors in over two hours this morning) I 
spotted a Loggerhead Shrike perched on old corn stalks just north of 
Shepherds Mill Rd as you make the 90 degree turn to approach Rt 340. 
There is a line of telephone poles and a couple of trees in the field. 
It was hunting and flying between the corn stalks and then to the trees. 
This is on the WV/VA line and a check of Google Earth revealed the bird 
was going between both states. This is the first Loggerhead Shrike I've 
seen in the eastern panhandle in almost two years (last sighting Jan 15, 
2013 - Candlewood Dr, Jefferson county). I'd expect it will be working 
that area and could even be a little farther north along Smith road id 
you care to give it a chase.

Matt Orsie - Summit Point
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:49:36 -0500
Hi all,

     Near perfect viewing conditions at Cheat Lake today. Only a breath of
wind, cloudy-bright light, and no haze/fog/heat distortion ... just not
much to see. Katie's Peregrine was perched sentinel on the east bound lane
boundary and foretold of a more interesting raptor day than that for
waterfowl.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   1
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   27
Bufflehead   22
Ruddy Duck   7
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Bufflehead   54
Ruddy Duck   13
Peregrine Falcon   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Tundra Swan   15
Mallard   2
Redhead   1
Bufflehead   8
Hooded Merganser   5

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Gadwall   1
Mallard   21
Bufflehead   4
Hooded Merganser   1
Common Merganser   6
Common Loon   2
Pied-billed Grebe   3
Horned Grebe   1
Bald Eagle   1

Bonus non-waterbird report: It was too cold (for me at least) to play
around on the boulders at Tilted Tree so I just hiked out to Raven Rock
where the local unkindness was vocal, making lots clicking sounds
reminiscent of the aliens in the movie Signs. Not much else was heard
except for woodpeckers. And unfortunately I didn't run into anyone else out
enjoying the fine morning at Cooper's Rock.

Double Bonus non-waterbird report: There is a deer carcass on the westbound
side of the I-68 Bridge that had attracted Black and Turkey Vultures as
well as an immature Golden Eagle on my return drive to Morgantown.
Red-tailed Hawks were prominent all around the lake. I added a Cooper's at
the park and a Red-shouldered at Cooper's Rock for an 8 species raptor day
I believe.

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Bird Songs
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:11:11 -0500
There is not much more inspiring on a Sunday morning than hearing a Fox
Sparrow's rich, whistled song. That is exactly what I was treated to as I
tended our feeders this morning. The sopranos of the White-throated Sparrows
were great but just couldn't compete. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Kimsey Dam
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:08:45 +0000
Kimsey had a few good birds 

Two Wilson's Snipes and one Lesser Yellowleg   Late for the yellowlegs

Two Bald Eagles  one mature 
Hooded Mergansers   Males outnumbered the femalesEight PBGrebes
Red Head Wpecker

Diane Holsinger
Subject: fox sparrows
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:52:28 -0500
Yesterday, we found our first of the season fox sparrows in our yard.
We also had one rusty blackbird hanging around with a couple of common 
grackles.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: More Eagles and Common Mergansers
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:05:57 -0500
Hi all,

    I spent the day intermittently enjoying the sunshine and trying to
avoid drowning/hypothermia on the Cheat. In between strokes, I did manage
to tally 4 Bald Eagles and about 15 Common Mergansers. I think there was a
group of 5-6 Bufflehead at Jenkinsburg bridge but I wouldn't swear to it.
Best wishes to you all. Stay warm and be smarter than me :)

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds/Randolph County
From: Randy Bodkins <highvirginia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:32:52 -0500
I was riding on the Old Backroad at Bowden today (11/15/14) not the Byrd 
Highway or Old Rt 33; but the one in between. Just North of the Faulkner RR 
sign something flew across the road in front of me in a cloud of House Sparrows 
and Cardinals. First thought was Catbird, but a bit further up the road it 
became a weird Catbird so I turned around. I couldn't find the one I first saw, 
but there were 3 other Rusty Blackbirds flipping leaves in a mowed area. 1 
Female and 2 Males. 


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
Subject: Tygart Lake-Pleasant Creek Mountaineer Audubon field trip report
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:30:48 -0500
Thanks to Joe Hildreth for being leader this morning of Mountaineer
Audubon's late-fall (though at 19 degrees it sure felt like winter) Tygart
Lake-Pleasant Creek field trip. Complete list follows.

We started at the State Park marina/boat launch area at the north end of
the lake:

Mallard--12
Bufflehead--5
Hooded Merganser--4
COMMON MERGANSER--2, both female-types
COMMON LOON--3
Pied-billed Grebe--2
Horned Grebe--1
KILLDEER--15
Belted Kingfisher--1
Red-bellied Woodpecker--2
Blue Jay--1
American Crow--6
White-breasted Nuthatch--1
Carolina Wren--1
Yellow-rumped Warbler--1 heard by Joe only.

At the Tygart Dam Visitor's Center there was a surprising number of birds
at the feeders (thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers for providing and
maintaining the feeders) and in the lawns, shrubs, and trees surrounding
the parking lot--17 species total, plus 2 on the water next to the dam:

Pied-billed Grebe--1
Hooded Merganser--1
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER--1, a shy bird that never gave us a good look
Red-bellied Woodpecker--2
Downy Woodpecker--2
Blue Jay--2
Carolina Chickadee--2
Tufted Titmouse--6
White-breasted Nuthatch--2
Carolina Wren--1
EASTERN BLUEBIRD--3
American Robin--10
Song Sparrow--1
DARK-EYED JUNCO--3
Northern Cardinal--1
House Finch--2
PURPLE FINCH--2
PINE SISKIN--1 heard by Joe only
American Goldfinch--15

Then on to Doe Run Impoundment at the south end of the lake:

Hooded Merganser--2
Killdeer--2
Belted Kingfisher--1
Red-bellied Woodpecker--1
Blue Jay--1
Carolina Wren--1

On and around the south end of the lake off the boat launch:

Mallard/other ducks--55. At the limit of scope vision. Quite a few drake
Mallards, but the others unidentifiable. Most likely Mallard females, but
there could have been some Black Ducks or Gadwalls mixed in. Every time a
dark duck turned and the light hit it differently, some light areas showed,
so who knows what they were.
Bufflehead--2
Pied-billed Grebe--4
Horned Grebe--4
Great Blue Heron--1 flying across the lake
BALD EAGLE--3, 1 near-adult with a mostly white head and 2 younger birds. A
couple of them made a few flybys over the ducks on the lake--more exercise
than a serious effort to catch one, it seemed.
Red-tailed Hawk--2
Pileated Woodpecker--1
American Crow--7

Upper Pleasant Creek wetlands were mostly frozen so we spent most of our
time out in and around the cattails and along the roadside:

Pied-billed Grebe--2
BALD EAGLE--1 adult soaring way up in the air
AMERICAN COOT--2
Blue Jay--1
Carolina Chickadee--2
White-breasted Nuthatch--1
Carolina Wren--2
Northern Mockingbird--1
Eastern Towhee--1
Field Sparrow--4
Song Sparrow--6
SWAMP SPARROW--5
White-throated Sparrow--2
Northern Cardinal--1

-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk (light morph) - Harpers Ferry
From: Deb Hale <debhale72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:11:24 -0500
Rough-legged hawk circling with 3 turkey vultures above Schoolhouse Ridge
battlefield in Harpers Ferry this morning some time past 11:30.

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry/Bolivar.
Subject: Sparrows
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:09:06 -0500
The first American Tree Sparrows appeared at the feeders at the Canaan
Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center this morning. I spoke too
quickly yesterday about the Fox Sparrows fleeing. There are two under our
feeders as I type. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:37:01 -0500
Hi all,

    Cold again this morning, but with little wind. A nice rime of frost
covered Cheat Lake Park. Katie's Peregrine (presumably) is still hanging
around and was seen roosting at the old driving range near Sunset Harbor
waiting for the sun to warm things up. Eagles were active and seen at two
stops. Otherwise, it was a little slow. The birds must have headed down to
Tygart where I'm sure the Hildreth/Bronson dynamic duo will find the
Audubon field trip lots of good birds.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   13
Bufflehead   9
Hooded Merganser   6
Ruddy Duck   8
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   1
Bald Eagle   1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Mallard   10
Bufflehead   18
Ruddy Duck   24
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   8
Redhead   1
Bufflehead   2
Pied-billed Grebe   3
Peregrine Falcon   1 (at the old driving range)

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   9
Ring-necked Duck   1
Hooded Merganser   14
Common Loon   2
Pied-billed Grebe   5
Bald Eagle   1

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Raleigh Co. birds
From: Allen Waldron <awaldron AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:05:55 -0500
Friends,
Today I had a flock of c. grackles (31) come to the yard. As I was checking it 
out, I saw rusty blackbirds (4) and red-winged blackbirds (3) in the group. 
They stayed throughout the afternoon feeding/hunting in the leaves in the yard. 
They were right at home with the large flock of starlings that are regulars and 
eating me out of house and home. 


There were buffleheads on Lake Stephens today.  

Yesterday there was 1 ring-necked duck, 1 gadwall, 1 A. coot, 1 pied-billed 
grebe, 1 great blue heron, and 5 mallards on the pond at the entrance to the 
Raleigh Co. airport. 


Mindy Waldron
Surveyor, WV
Subject: mouth of the Bluestone River
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:53:19 -0500
This afternoon, I saw a double-crested cormorant, 6 buffleheads and 2 
gadwalls on Bluestone Lake at the mouth of the Bluestone River.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Bird club program in charleston
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:25:09 -0500
The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will meet on Monday, November
17, 6:30  at the South Charleston Library.  The
public is welcomed.  The program will be a "Show and Tell"  of favorite
tools for birdwatchers.  Everyone is to bring at least one item to share
such as favorite guides and books, optics, computer programs and
websites, educational programs, and feeders.  See website for details.
Laura ceperley, kanawha county
Subject: Mountaineer Audubon- field trip 11-15-14
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:46:46 -0500
I'm leading a Mountaineer Audubon field trip tomorrow to Tygart Lake State Park 
and Pleasant Creek WMA. We will meet at the southernmost boat ramp at the state 
park at 8 a.m. (I will likely be around earlier) if coming from Morgantown , 
Terry Bronson will be meeting and potentially carpooling with anyone interested 
at 7 a.m. under the water tower at Mountaineer Mall. We will bird around the 
northern end of the lake then eventually make our way to the southern end. 
Likely around 11-12. All are welcome for any amount of time.. Come and go as 
you please/are willing... If you'd like to meet up along the way, feel free to 
call or text me to find our location # 719-850-2455 


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: Peregrine Falcon
From: "Cynthia D. Ellis" <cdellis AT WILDBLUE.NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:09:34 -0500
Adult Peregrine Falcon, Winfield Bridge, today, 3:05.
          ~Cindy E., 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

   But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.

    ~James Whitcomb Riley








 .
Subject: Peregrine Falcon - Cheat Lake
From: Katie Fallon <katie AT ACCAWV.ORG>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:39:39 -0500
Hi folks,

A few minutes ago a Peregrine Falcon was sitting on the edge of the I-68
bridge (eastbound lane) over Cheat Lake. It was eating what appeared to be
a pigeon. I think this is my first Morgantown-area peregrine!

Stay warm,
Katie

-- 
Katie Fallon

*Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia*
286 Fairchance Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
(304) 906-5438
http://www.accawv.org

*To conserve wild birds through scientific research; education and public
outreach; and rescue and rehabilitation*
Subject: Tundra Swan
From: Ross Brittain <brittainra AT AB.EDU>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:43:18 -0500
Hi All,
I can add one more Tundra Swan to the recent list that was heard but not
seen. While banding Northern Saw-whet Owls at Watters Smith Memorial State
Park near West Milford on Wednesday night (11/12) we heard one Tundra Swan
fly over in the middle of the night. At first, and from a distance, I
though it was a LEOW that had come to check out our station but then I
realized it was flying and that ruled out the owls.

Regarding the NSWO station, I had been banding NSWOs in Indiana since 2002
and been looking to start a new station in WV since moving here in 2012. I
think I finally have my station. On only five nights of banding at Watters
Smith we have captured 19 NSWOs, including one which was a foreign
recapture but I am still waiting to find out where it was originally
banded. Our best night so far was this past Wednesday, the same night as
the swan, when we had 7 owls, including one local recapture and the foreign
recaptured owl.

I hope to be able to expand my research of NSWOs to the highland breeding
population here in WV in the future and hopefully expand our knowledge base
of this isolated population of a highly secretive species.

Happy Birding!
*Ross Brittain, PhD*
Dean, College of Science, Technology & Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Alderson Broaddus University
101 College Hill Drive, Box 2096
Philippi, WV 26416
304-457-6428
brittainra AT ab.edu
Subject: waterfowl
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:16:31 -0500
Durr's Pond, along Rt. 20, north of Princeton, Mercer County has a 
pied-billed grebe and 4 gadwalls in with the Canada geese and mallards.
Sun Valley Lake here at Pipestem has
8  pied-billed grebes
7 mallards
2 wood ducks
4 lesser scaup
37 Canada geese
Also, saw a kestrel along Rt. 20.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:09:08 -0500
Hi all,

     LeJay Graffious joined me this morning for another tour around Cheat
Lake. Coldest morning so far I think. Swans were still the major player
today.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Tundra Swan   30
Mallard   12
Lesser Scaup   2
Bufflehead   32
Ruddy Duck   10
Pied-billed Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Tundra Swan   76
Mallard   7
Ring-necked Duck   8
Bufflehead   54
Ruddy Duck   47
Common Loon   4
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Ring-billed Gull   2

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   13
Redhead   1
Bufflehead   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   14
Mallard   8
Lesser Scaup   12
Bufflehead   4
Hooded Merganser   8
Ruddy Duck   22
Pied-billed Grebe   3
Horned Grebe   1

We ran into Terry Bronson at Cheat Lake Park. There were around 300 Tundra
Swans here earlier per his report. They lifted, like the Swans at the upper
lake, earlier in the morning when the skies started to clear. Best wishes
to you all. Stay warm.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Winter Birds
From: Herb Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:12:06 -0500
It is white and wintry here in Harman - 21 degrees. The Dark-eyed Juncos
(snow birds) have arrived in flocks rather than dabbles. Purple Finches are
crowding each other away from the feeders. American Goldfinches try to worm
their way in for a beakful. The White-crowned and Fox Sparrows seem to have
fled leaving behind the White-throated Sparrows. Mourning Doves hang around
under the feeders cleaning up what the others drop. Blue Jays swarm in
screaming their hawk-like cries sending the others scattering. Tufted
Titmice and Black-capped Chickadees seem to have learned to ignore the
intrusive jays. Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers freeze briefly and then
resume their tapping on the suet. Yes, it really feels and looks like winter
has arrived. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: More Morgantown Swans...
From: John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:18:49 -0500
Hi All:

Tundra Swans are definitely on the move tonight. From Dorsey's Knob Park in 
Morgantown, I've heard flyover flocks at the following times: 


7:00 PM
7:49 PM
7:51 PM
8:05 PM

John Boback
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: Snowy owl sightings
From: Nan McDaniel <fordrun AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:41:46 -0500
I humbly apologize to Ms McKown. I was wrong and hasty. It is a great group for 
new birders and I'm sure I speak for all in saying Welcome. 


I also am in awe by owls. I'm glad you got to enjoy one up close and I hope we 
all get a chance to see a Snowy this season. 


Once again, I'm glad you are "real" and welcome. 

Nan

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 12, 2014, at 9:13 PM, Cathy McKown 
<0000006cbd48aa49-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG> wrote: 

> 
> I first saw her last Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Couldn't believe my eyes but I 
was coming home around 7:00 pm and there perched on my ground line to the power 
pole in my yard was the most beautiful creature I've ever seen. She was 
probably 30 ft. from my jeep. 

Subject: Snowy Owl Sighting
From: cathy mckown <0000006cbd48aa49-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:03:43 +0000
 Here is one of the pics of my owl. After conferring with members of the Brooks 
Bird Club, I am now not so sure it is a snowy owl. Some members seem to think 
it's a barred owl. I'm hoping to get better picture soon. I have seen it twice 
in the last week in the same spot. I have no experience identifying birds and 
this is one of the reasons I joined the group. Any insight would be greatly 
helpful. But, regardless of the species, I am still in AWE. Thanks Cathy 

Subject: rusty blackbirds
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:09:00 -0500
Today, in Monroe County, I saw an adult bald eagle near Greenville and 2 
kestrels and 40 rusty blackbirds near Gap Mills.
In Summers County, I saw an adult bald eagle at Bluestone Dam and 10 
rusty blackbirds here in our yard.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Peregrine Falcons & Loons
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:17:09 -0500
   On my way back from today's MBC outing along the Ohio side of the Ohio
River, (where we saw 9 Common Loons out in the Ohio River, and thus in West
Virginia)  I stopped under the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge and was pleased to
see two adult Peregrine Falcons. There was one perched on each of the high
bridge peaks toward the Ohio side.

   Jon Benedetti
   Vienna, WV
   Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Snowy owl sightings
From: Nan McDaniel <fordrun AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:00:35 -0500
I'm thinking we may have been "Given the bird" by Ms. McKowan. This is her 
email address and it looks odd: 


0000006cbd48aa49-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG

Hoping I'm wrong and she responds. 

Nancy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 13, 2014, at 7:27 AM, Terry Bronson  wrote:
> 
> There have also been Snowies reported near Erie and Reading, PA in the last
> few days.
> 
> Terry
> 
> On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 7:24 AM, Gretchen Nareff 
> wrote:
> 
>> There have already been Snow Owls reported in NJ, IL, RI, and MA. It could
>> be another good year.
>> 
>> Please report these and other "interesting birds" in a timely manner so
>> others can enjoy them.
>> 
>> Thank you,
>> --
>> Gretchen E. Nareff
>> Graduate Research Assistant
>> WV Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
>> West Virginia University
>> Morgantown, WV
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Terry Bronson
> Morgantown, WV
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:46:14 -0500
Hi all,

     Some turnover. Lake was slightly lower than yesterday. Swans showed up
and many of the Bufflehead pressed. Joined this morning by LeJay Graffious
which is always a pleasure.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   30
Bufflehead   26
Hooded Merganser   2
Ruddy Duck   7
Pied-billed Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Tundra Swan   26
American Wigeon   6
Lesser Scaup   17
Bufflehead   85
Hooded Merganser   3
Ruddy Duck   25
Common Loon   9
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Ring-billed Gull   2

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   14
Redhead   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Tundra Swan   284
Wood Duck   7
Mallard   4
Hooded Merganser   2
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   5
Ring-billed Gull   1

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Re: Snowy owl sightings
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:27:31 -0500
There have also been Snowies reported near Erie and Reading, PA in the last
few days.

Terry

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 7:24 AM, Gretchen Nareff 
wrote:

> There have already been Snow Owls reported in NJ, IL, RI, and MA. It could
> be another good year.
>
> Please report these and other "interesting birds" in a timely manner so
> others can enjoy them.
>
> Thank you,
> --
> Gretchen E. Nareff
> Graduate Research Assistant
> WV Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
> West Virginia University
> Morgantown, WV
>



-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: Snowy owl sightings
From: Gretchen Nareff <marshbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:24:43 -0500
There have already been Snow Owls reported in NJ, IL, RI, and MA. It could
be another good year.

Please report these and other "interesting birds" in a timely manner so
others can enjoy them.

Thank you,
-- 
Gretchen E. Nareff
Graduate Research Assistant
WV Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Re: Snowy owl sightings
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:25:30 -0500
Cathy,

Could you let us know what county and general area? Nothing on the WV Listserv 
yet about Snowy Owls. 


Thanks!

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA

> Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:13:12 -0500
> From: 0000006cbd48aa49-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: Snowy owl sightings
> To: WV-BIRD AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> I first saw her last Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Couldn't believe my eyes but I 
was coming home around 7:00 pm and there perched on my ground line to the power 
pole in my yard was the most beautiful creature I've ever seen. She was 
probably 30 ft. from my jeep. 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Snowy owl sightings
From: Cathy McKown <0000006cbd48aa49-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:13:12 -0500
I first saw her last Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Couldn't believe my eyes but I was 
coming home around 7:00 pm and there perched on my ground line to the power 
pole in my yard was the most beautiful creature I've ever seen. She was 
probably 30 ft. from my jeep. 

Subject: Jefferson Co. 98 Tundra Swans; Northern Harrier
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:43:08 -0500
Hello to all,

While at work in Bardane today I was treated to some spectacular bird 
sightings. 


Between 9:30 and 10 am a Northern Harrier was taking advantage of a brisk 
northwest wind to do some hunting - so graceful for such a large bird. 


About 11 am I observed my first Tundra Swans (17) as they flew in formation in 
a southeastern direction. As with both sightings today, if it had not been for 
flight calls, I'm not so sure I would have looked up to spot them. Then at 2:45 
pm the larger group (81) flew overhead, consisting of three sub-groups. In one 
of those subs was a lone Canada Goose as noted in my photograph. The brilliant 
blue sky, this afternoon, provided a beautiful backdrop for the crisp, white 
profiles of the swans. 


Photos may be viewed at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nwsnyder_photos/15773974441/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nwsnyder_photos/15773974491/

Good birding,

N. Wade Snyder
Jefferson Co. WV
Subject: Tundra swans overhead in Morgantown
From: Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:34:40 -0500
We were sitting on the porch just now and our house was passed straight over by 
a group of calling tundra swans. Who knows how many, probably not more than 
5-6. The sky was too overcast and dark to see them but it was a very haunting 
and unique noise coming out of the East Oak Grove Cemetery and heading towards 
Dorseys Knob. I would have never thought I would log a swan at my house! 


Amanda Dymacek
Subject: Golden eagle record at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory
From: Rodney Davis <wvkestrel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:21:31 -0500
Out of 54 birds on November 12, 23 were eagles, including a single day
record 13 goldens.
Subject: Re: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Terry Bronson <bronsonwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:33:29 -0500
After leaving Derek at Cheat Lake Park, I retraced his route back to
the uplake marinas. A few new birds had arrived and some had departed:

Arrivals:

Northern Pintail--2 north of the bridge
Common Loon--1 north of bridge
Pied-billed Grebe--4 at marinas
Horned Grebe--1 at marinas
Gadwall--2 at marinas

My count of Buffleheads at the marinas and north of the bridge was
142, compared to Derek's 110.

Gone by the time I got there were the Coots, half the Hooded
Mergansers, half the Ring-necked Ducks, and half the Ruddy Ducks.

Just goes to show that timing can be everything.

On 11/12/14, Derek Courtney  wrote:
> Hi all,
>
>      A little bit of influx this morning with most being Bufflehead.
> Nothing crazy. Though I did see an older gentleman wearing a retro Teenage
> Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack moonwalking across the Ice's Ferry bridge at
> dawn. Really not sure where we go from that ... so on to the birds.
>
> Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
> Canada Goose   13
> Mallard   35
> Ring-necked Duck   10
> Lesser Scaup   6
> Bufflehead   76
> Hooded Merganser   24
> Ruddy Duck   3
> American Coot   13
>
> Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
> Mallard   6
> Ring-necked Duck   9
> Bufflehead   34
> Ruddy Duck   15
>
> Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
> Canada Goose   29
> American Black Duck   1
> Mallard   33
> Northern Shoveler   1
> Redhead   1
>
> Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
> Canada Goose   21
> Wood Duck   2
> Mallard   16
> Bufflehead   72
> Hooded Merganser   1
> Common Loon   1
> Pied-billed Grebe   7
> Ring-billed Gull   12
>
> I met up with Terry Bronson about halfway through my Cheat Lake Park walk.
> He had at least a few more Bufflehead before I arrived but no different
> species.
>
> Also, man has now soft landed a probe on a comet traveling 135,000 km/hr
> that tweets updates on its mission. Pretty impressive. Think of all the
> horizons we have yet to see, both as a species and through our own eyes.
>
> Best wishes to you all.
>
> Good birding,
> Derek
>


-- 
Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:25:29 -0500
Hi all,

     A little bit of influx this morning with most being Bufflehead.
Nothing crazy. Though I did see an older gentleman wearing a retro Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack moonwalking across the Ice's Ferry bridge at
dawn. Really not sure where we go from that ... so on to the birds.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   13
Mallard   35
Ring-necked Duck   10
Lesser Scaup   6
Bufflehead   76
Hooded Merganser   24
Ruddy Duck   3
American Coot   13

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Mallard   6
Ring-necked Duck   9
Bufflehead   34
Ruddy Duck   15

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Canada Goose   29
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   33
Northern Shoveler   1
Redhead   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   21
Wood Duck   2
Mallard   16
Bufflehead   72
Hooded Merganser   1
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   7
Ring-billed Gull   12

I met up with Terry Bronson about halfway through my Cheat Lake Park walk.
He had at least a few more Bufflehead before I arrived but no different
species.

Also, man has now soft landed a probe on a comet traveling 135,000 km/hr
that tweets updates on its mission. Pretty impressive. Think of all the
horizons we have yet to see, both as a species and through our own eyes.

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Greater Yellowlegs and Common Loon at Stonewall Jackson
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:20:49 +0000
I had a meeting at Stonewall Jackson Lodge yesterday and when the meeting was 
over, Ken Tew from South Carolina and I checked out the small lakes around the 
area. We found a Common Loon on the lake behind the lodge in the cottage area 
and a Greater Yellowlegs on a mudflat off Oil Creek Road. There were also a few 
Mallards and a couple of Am. Black Ducks. 

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV

Gary O. Rankin, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
BBSC-435F
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
TEL: 304-696-7319
FAX: 304-696-7391
Subject: New Yard Bird
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:50:28 -0500
A few days ago, late afternoon I noticed this little brown bird moving 
through the old-fashioned mums outside the window.  Turned out to be a 
WINTER WREN.  What a nice surprise.  The usual birds in that patch are 
White-throated Sparrows, Titmice, Chickadees and Finches.  It is also 
lovely to see the various kinds of bees gathering nectar at this late 
date considering the snow in other parts of the country.  Yesterday 
afternoon a Common Checkered Skipper, Fritillary,   American Lady and a 
Common Buckeye were nectaring as well.

In the morning a Goldfinch flew into the sliding glass door.  Poor thing 
was on the step, lying on its back but the legs were moving slightly.  I 
went into the garage to fetch my "recovery pad" which is a piece of 
polar fleece but when I came back the little bird was upright so I 
decided to leave well enough alone and let it recover on its own since 
there were no predators to worry about.  About 15 minutes later it was 
gone.

Last weekend I noticed  a Bluejay hopping on the ground, seeming to be 
unable to fly.  As annoyed as I get when they hog the feeders I hate to 
see one that is injured.  I'd seen it in various places in the yard and 
yesterday afternoon saw it disappear around the corner of the house.  My 
friends and I followed him and lo and behold, saw him flying, albeit 
only several feet off the ground.   For now that should be enough not to 
be so vulnerable.  Hopefully he/she will make a full recovery.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Extralimital- Couch's Kingbird Maryland
From: Joe Hildreth <joehildreth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:51:24 -0500
Yesterday a COUCH'S KINGBIRD was found along Mason Rd. Just west of Rocky Gap 
SP in Allegheny county, MD. This is a great bird that is pretty close to WV, so 
I thought some chasers may be interested. Hard to say what this cold front will 
do. As they say, November is the month for rarities! Check the MD/DC listserve 
at Birding.aba.org for more details. 


Joe Hildreth
Taylor county
Subject: harrier
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:40:52 -0500
This afternoon, we saw a northern harrier between I-77/I-64 and the 
Tamarac parking lot at Beckley, Raleigh County. It flew in and landed on 
one of the light posts.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Sixty Rusty Blackbirds at Altona Marsh and Greater Yellowlegs at Earle Road Pond, Nov 11, 2014
From: Elliot Kirschbaum <kingfisher501 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:04:59 -0500
Nancy and I encountered an unusually large flock of Rusty Blackbirds at Altona 
Marsh this morning and then found a Greater Yellowlegs at Earle Road Pond. 
Complete eBird checklists for each place are shown below. Some of the 
blackbirds were photographed. Unfortunately, the yellowlegs was not. 


Altona Marsh, Jefferson, US-WV
Nov 11, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Clear skies and unusually warm
36 species

Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  12
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Virginia Rail  1     Female heard vocalizing in the marsh
Mourning Dove  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  3
Common Raven  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  2
Carolina Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  13
American Robin  20
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Song Sparrow  15
Swamp Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  6
White-crowned Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  15
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Rusty Blackbird  60     One unusually large flock crossing the train tracks 
from one side of the marsh to the other in four or five smaller groups. Landed 
in the trees near the tracks. Easily identifiable from rusty coloring, white 
eyes, and squeaky calls. 

Rusty 
Blackbirds 

Brown-headed Cowbird  20
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  20

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20515850 
 



Earle Road Pond, Jefferson, US-WV
Nov 11, 2014 11:40 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Stationary
11 species

American Black Duck  4
Green-winged Teal  2
Black Vulture  5
Killdeer  1
Greater Yellowlegs 1 Seen very well by both observers in very good sunlight on 
the far shore of the pond. Observed with Nikon 8X42 binoculars. Medium size 
wading shorebird with bright yellow legs, grey on upper breast and back, white 
below. Slightly upturned bill longer than depth of head. 

Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Common Raven  2
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20515987 
 


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


-- 
Elliot

-- 
Elliot Kirschbaum
Shepherdstown, WV
kingfisher501 at gmail dot com