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Updated on Friday, November 28 at 09:09 PM EST
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Black-necked Stork,©Jan Wilczur

28 Nov Ross's Goose still in Moorefield [Matt ]
28 Nov Question about birding in the Morgantown area [Bradley Dalton ]
28 Nov Jefferson County Snow Bunting [Wade Snyder ]
28 Nov Red Necked Grebes [aaustin61 ]
28 Nov FOS - Pine Siskin [Bruni Haydl ]
28 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
28 Nov Thanksgiving raptors [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
28 Nov Pine Siskin ["Rankin, Gary" ]
28 Nov Cackling Goose and other waterfowl ["Rankin, Gary" ]
27 Nov Thanksgiving Special [Nan McDaniel ]
27 Nov Female Rose-Breast Grosbeak [Willa Grafton ]
27 Nov Thanksgiving Birds [Bruni Haydl ]
27 Nov Pine Siskins [Joe Jarrell ]
27 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report and another mystery ... [Derek Courtney ]
26 Nov Pine siskins [Tom Fox ]
26 Nov Merlin at White Park [aaustin61 ]
26 Nov No Subject [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
26 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
26 Nov Rufous Hummingbird is back! [Mike Slaven ]
25 Nov Cackling Geese [Mike Griffith ]
25 Nov Birds of Today [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
25 Nov Goldfinch mystery solved [Bruni Haydl ]
25 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
25 Nov Great horned owl - Jefferson County yard [Bird Mom ]
25 Nov PVAS bird walk report - Altona Marsh, Jefferson County [Bird Mom ]
25 Nov Screech owl chronicles - Jefferson County yard [Bird Mom ]
24 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
24 Nov birds along New River [Jim & Judy Phillips ]
24 Nov Warblers [Herb and Sarah Myers ]
23 Nov Grant and Hardy Counties Nov 21-23 [Fred Atwood ]
23 Nov Northern Shovelers - Locust Hill GC ponds [Matt ]
23 Nov Rusty Blackbirds (Tucker) [Casey Rucker ]
23 Nov Ohio River birding - Black Scoter [Jon Benedetti ]
23 Nov Rufous Hummingbird Probably Gone [Mike Slaven ]
23 Nov Cheat Lake Waterbird Report [Derek Courtney ]
23 Nov Re: possible hybrid Ross' x Snow Goose at the Moorefield sewage pond (Hardy County) [Fred Atwood ]
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 ]

Subject: Ross's Goose still in Moorefield
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:41:02 -0500
The snow depths in Hardy county this afternoon ranged from 3-8 inches 
depending on where you were. I stopped by the Moorefield Sewage plant 
and Kimsey Run Lake and noted any other species in transit in between. 
The Ross's Goose first found by David Carr was still present along with 
most of the same duck species previously reported by David and Fred Atwood.

Other notables:

Pied-billed Grebe   2  Kimsey Run Lake
American Kestrel
Northern Harrier    1  Webb Ln (northwest of Old Fields, WV)
Bald Eagle          3  Kimsey Run Lake (sub-adults)
Red-tailed Hawk     4  various locations
Horned Lark        57  Fish Pond Rd (north of Moorefield)
American Pipit      4  ""
Eastern Meadowlark  2  Kimsey Run Lake

Matt Orsie- Summit Point
Subject: Question about birding in the Morgantown area
From: Bradley Dalton <bradley.dalt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:05:16 -0500
I am a birder from South Carolina and I will be up in Morgantown on
Thursday and Friday of this coming week for an interview.  If I have the
chance, I was hoping to get out and see what was around.  Would anyone mind
letting me know of any specific locations I should check out, or if there
has been anything interesting showing up?  I looked at eBird and know of
the Arboretum, and of Cheat Lake, but for example, some specifics of where
to go to see some waterfowl on the lake would be nice. Thanks in advance.

Regards,


Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC
Subject: Jefferson County Snow Bunting
From: Wade Snyder <dry_fly_fisherman1 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:38:22 -0500
Hello to All,
 
After returning to work in Bardane today from being off most of this week, I 
was surprised when I stepped outside one of our main buildings and flushed a 
lone Snow Bunting. In flight the crisp white wing bars gave an appearance of a 
lot more white than the duller appearance of the flights of Horned Larks - 
which typically hang out in this particular gravel lot. That's initially what 
grabbed by attention. Today there weren't any Horned Larks in this area, just 
the lone Bunting. It didn't go far and landed rather quickly. That was enough 
to send me scampering for my binocs and camera from my car. I am attaching 
links for photos of those of you whom may be interested. The sighting location 
is behind one of our secured areas at the USDA facility on Wiltshire Road, but 
perhaps there are some other possibilities close to some similar sites in Burr 
Industrial Park. 

 
Thanks for taking time to view,
 


https://flic.kr/p/pWsrXu



https://flic.kr/p/qbK98w


 
N. Wade Snyder
Shenandoah Junction 
Jefferson Co WV
 		 	   		  
Subject: Red Necked Grebes
From: aaustin61 <aaustin61 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:13:05 -0500
Two Red Necked Grebe at Tygart Lake Marina. Observed for at least 30 minutes. 
Still showing a lot of breeding plumage, rusty Red starting at throat extending 
down along neck to breast. Gray/black cap.Throat is mostly white at this point. 
Sharp white contrast cheeks. Bill long and sharply pointed, slight yellow but 
mostly black. Horned Grebe near by for good comparison. They are diving & 
actively hunt, interesting one caught a somewhat large fish. Tossing and 
manipulating it go down.  

Of note:
Ruddy Ducks: 15
Common Merganser: 5
Hooded Merganser: 7
Mallard: 3
Redheads: 2
Greater /Lesser Scalp: 2: Distance to great to tell.
Herring Gull: 1

Good day, 

Amanda Austin
Taylor County, WV 

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Subject: FOS - Pine Siskin
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:01:42 -0500
Had a Pine Siskin on the feeder tray at noon.  It was there by itself 
and had its back towards me.  I wasn't paying much attention but when it 
turned and showed that telltale slender bill I knew what it was.    Hope 
it will be back and bring some friends.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:18:17 -0500
Hi all,

     Happy Black (Swan) Friday to you all. Snow had the ground and roads
largely covered. Birds were definitely moving. More Swans than I think I
have seen at Cheat Lake before. Nothing crazy numbers wise except Swans,
but good diversity. Presumably Katie's Peregrine even made another
appearance; proving that you just never know sometimes. White-winged
Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks were probably the most uncommon but the Swans
stole the morning.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   57
Tundra Swan   6
Mallard   29
Lesser Scaup   28
Bufflehead   21
Hooded Merganser   9
Ruddy Duck   17
Ring-billed Gull   2

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Tundra Swan   67
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   85
Redhead   2
Lesser Scaup   27
White-winged Scoter   7
Bufflehead   41
Hooded Merganser   8
Ruddy Duck   26
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Peregrine Falcon   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   19
Hooded Merganser   6
Common Merganser   1
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Horned Grebe   5

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   28
Tundra Swan   784!!!
Gadwall   7
American Black Duck   19
Mallard   32
Northern Shoveler   2
Canvasback   5
Redhead   9
Ring-necked Duck   1
Lesser Scaup   42
Long-tailed Duck   3
Bufflehead   13
Hooded Merganser   29
Red-breasted Merganser   3
Ruddy Duck   1
Common Loon   7
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Horned Grebe   6
Bald Eagle   1 adult
Bonaparte's Gull   1
Ring-billed Gull   14

Birds were pretty actively moving around the Lake. Difficult to say if new
birds were coming in or if birds were just repositioning so my counts may
be low. Most of the Swans took flight as I was showing a jogger the Bald
Eagle through my scope. Wonderful sight and sound through the falling snow.
Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Thanksgiving raptors
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:29:01 -0500
Wednesday afternoon, we had a barred owl fly across Rt. 20 near the 
Pipestem State Park entrance.
Yesterday, we saw a red-shouldered hawk and an American kestrel at 
Speedway, Mercer County.
Yesterday afternoon we saw another kestrel at Bluestone Dam and then sat 
at the mouth of the Bluestone River for about 30 minutes. At first, 
nothing,  not even a Canada goose. Then,  Judy spotted a red-tailed hawk 
kiting. It dropped into the woods like a rock. Next, we had five bald 
eagles circling high above the ridge. The only other birds there were 
three common ravens.
At the house, we had a good look at a Copper's hawk at our bird feeder.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Pine Siskin
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:56:50 +0000
I looked out at my feeders about 4 pm this afternoon and noticed a single Pine 
Siskin at the thistle feeder. It was feeding with the House Finches and Am. 
Goldfinches. Something caused all the birds to fly away from the feeders (a 
Sharp-shinned Hawk has been hanging around), and I did not notice it return - 
probably due to my being distracted by another bird, our Thanksgiving turkey. 


Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Subject: Cackling Goose and other waterfowl
From: "Rankin, Gary" <rankin AT MARSHALL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:50:52 +0000
This morning I made a trip up Rt 7 in Ohio along the Ohio River to Gallipolis 
to observe waterfowl at the Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam from the Ohio side. 
Unfortunately, I got surprised as there were not any ducks, geese or anything 
else on the Ohio River from the RCBL&D to Pt. Pleasant except one 
Double-crested Cormorant and a couple of tugs with barges. So, I crossed back 
over into WV at Pt. Pleasant and drove downriver to Gallipolis Ferry before 
driving back up to Pt. Pleasant and over to the Winfield Lock & Dam. There were 
a few ducks and geese at Gallipolis Ferry, including one Cackling Goose, and 
some waterfowl at the large pond at Winfield L&D. Also, there was a nice mixed 
flock of black birds along Rt 817 South. Some of the birds observed are shown 
below. 


Gallipolis Ferry
Canada Goose 100+
Cackling Goose 1
Mallard 30
Am. Black Duck 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Redhead 8
Ring-necked duck 12
Ruddy Duck 2
Am. Coot 10

Rt817
A mixed flock of about 60 black birds, mostly Red-winged Blackbirds but also 
containing European Starlings, Rusty Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, and 
Common Grackles. 


Winfield L&D
Canada Goose 50
Mallard 60
Gadwall 16
Green-winged Teal 9
Hooded Merganser 14
D.C. Cormorant 2
Ring-billed Gull 1

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Subject: Thanksgiving Special
From: Nan McDaniel <fordrun AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:46:00 -0500
This afternoon, while eating Thanksgiving meal at my parent's house in St.
Albans, W.Va, we all enjoyed a bluebird flitting around the yard.  Grateful
for such beauty.

Nan M.
Subject: Female Rose-Breast Grosbeak
From: Willa Grafton <willag AT ME.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:36:18 -0500
I have had a female RBGB at the feeders for a couple weeks. I waited to get 
another birder to verify before posting. She better be heading south, we are 
getting snow here this evening. I've never seen one this late in the year. 


Willa 
Heaters, WV
Subject: Thanksgiving Birds
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:13:29 -0500
At noon I decided to take a walk at Willingham Park.  Not exactly the 
best time for birds but I wanted the exercise.   Among the birds seen 
were lots of Song Sparrows, a Golden-crowned Kinglet flashing its yellow 
crest and a Mocking bird vigorously defending its tangle of bittersweet 
growing around the snag he likes to perch on.  What looked like a white 
trash bag blowing across the snowy grass turned out to be a Great 
Egret.  It is probably the same bird I saw fishing a few days ago in 
another part of the creek.  One of the RS Hawks was sitting on the line 
having his Thanksgiving mouse.  When he was finished he flew off and 
landed on the same line but nearer the path.  I was able to walk 
practically under him and he never moved, even when I stopped to enjoy 
the close up view, front and back.

Around 3:30, after having a lovely meal with friends I drove down to 
check out the river.  Nothing on Rissler Rd but some Canada Geese, one 
Great Blue and a female Kingfisher.  Driving to the S curve I found a 
raft of 20 Hooded Mergansers.  Really nice.  On the way back I was 
surprised to find two Coots, birds I hadn't seen for quite a while.  
There were also two more Hooded Mergansers, six Mallards and an adult 
Bald Eagle that lifted from its perch and flew across the river landing 
in a sycamore.

Special birds at the house are the male YB Sapsucker and Brown Creeper 
still enjoying the suet cakes.  At one point today I had them and a 
Flicker and RB Woodpecker within a square yard area on the trunk of the 
walnut tree.  Great combination.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Joe Jarrell <earthlingprimate AT SUDDENLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:44:28 -0500
We had about a dozen pine siskins at the feeders this morning for the first 
time in a couple of years. This is at the edge of an area of homes with grassy 
lawns in a mostly wooded and mountainous section of Kanawha County near 
Charleston. The loud call notes of a Mockingbird alerted me to a Barred Owl in 
the back yard yesterday. Otherwise, only the usual and common seed eaters have 
been present in some good number every day recently. 

Joe Jarrell
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report and another mystery ...
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:05:10 -0500
Hi all,

     And a good morning to everyone on this most bird-related of holidays.
Lake was like glass which made for easy counting which was good given a
half-hearted effort on my part. The Thanksgiving double was easily
accomplished as both Turkeys (Wild and Vulture) were easily seen. 7 Snow
Geese seen at Cheat Lake Park was nice and unexpected. Horned Grebes put in
a good showing at the 68 Bridge. And I again saw something that I have
never seen before ...

     As I was walking south along the trail at Cheat Lake Park, I saw a
large brown bird take off from the opposite side of the lake in a slow
flapping, low glide. It made a large splash in the middle of the lake and
continued on toward my side. I thought to myself, "Cool, a young eagle
caught a fish." I raised my bins up only to see that it was, in fact, a
Wild Turkey. What the heck? I was once on the hawkwatch platform at Cape
May with Pete Dunne when we watched a pigeon circle and land in Bunker
Pond, presumably to cool off, for a moment. But this was much stranger in
my opinion. This Turkey ... what was he (gotta be a male; seems like a guy
thing to do) thinking? Was he confused by the stillness of the lake and
mistook it for land? Drunk on fermented acorns and berries? Or did he
simply say "Screw it! This seems like a fun idea." One of the myriad things
in this world that I will never understand. I like to think it is the
latter though if only because it makes me smile. On to the birds.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   53
Wood Duck   1
Mallard   2
Bufflehead   6
Hooded Merganser   3
Ruddy Duck   19
Pied-billed Grebe   2

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose   6
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   86
Redhead   2
Bufflehead   78
Hooded Merganser   6
Ruddy Duck   39
Horned Grebe   42

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   6
Bufflehead   12
Hooded Merganser   3
Common Loon   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Snow Goose   7
Canada Goose   49
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   18
Ring-necked Duck   5
Hooded Merganser   27
Common Loon   2
Pied-billed Grebe   10
Horned Grebe   3

Enjoy your holiday. Be safe. Be thankful for what, and especially who, you
have. And tell them so, life is short ... it will probably make their day.
Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Pine siskins
From: Tom Fox <0000007091f045bc-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:43:47 -0500
First Pine Siskins of the fall today at my feeders.

Tom Fox
Millstone
Calhoun Co.

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Subject: Merlin at White Park
From: aaustin61 <aaustin61 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:21:49 -0500
One Merlin actively hunting by creek just off Lake Shore trail in White Park, 
Morgantown. This trail is closest to ice skating ring.  


Good Birding & Happy Holidays 

Amanda Austin
Morgantown, WV 

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Subject: No Subject
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:14:18 -0500
Our feeders have been invaded by at least 18 Red-winged Blackbirds along
with a female Brown-headed Cowbird. No Rusty Blackbirds yet. We have 7 - 8
inches of snow down and it is still coming. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph
County
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500
Hi all,

     Wet, gray, and very dark. Tough to scope.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   38
Bufflehead   10
Ruddy Duck   20

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
American Black Duck   12
Mallard   114
Redhead   2
Bufflehead   32
Ruddy Duck   27

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   7
Hooded Merganser   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
American Black Duck   6
Mallard   21
Bufflehead   2
Hooded Merganser   10
Ruddy Duck   1
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   3
Horned Grebe   2

Best wishes to you all. Hope the weather doesn't hinder your travel plans
to whomever or wherever you are going for the holiday if indeed you are
out. Be safe. Have fun.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird is back!
From: Mike Slaven <mikeslavenwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:25:43 -0500
After three days of no sightings, the Rufous Hummingbird is back in my back
yard this morning. I can only surmise that the cold front has driven the
bird back to the feeders. Perhaps it was fattening up on insects during the
warm snap?  As always, birders are welcome at my house, but results are not
guaranteed! In the past, mornings have been much more dependable for
spotting the bird. If I seem to be awake, just come to the door. If you
decide to stake out from outside, be extremely sneaky and remain crouched
near the a/c unit, since the bird has been rater hyper-alert.
Subject: Cackling Geese
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:06:36 -0500
R.C. Byrd Locks (Mason Co.):

There were three Cackling Geese among the Canada Geese on the river between the 
two upstream islands. 


Mike Griffith
Huntington
Subject: Birds of Today
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:57:25 -0500
This morning I drove up and over Little Middle Mountain between Job and
Whitmer to see if there are any Golden Eagles hanging out up there. The
only raptor that I could find was a lone American Kestrel hunting in the
high pastures. I think I saw more deer hunters than birds.

We had a male Eastern Towhee under our feeders this afternoon, so they have
not vacated the highlands completely yet. We were away all weekend so I was
afraid the birds might abandon us due to the empty feeders. However, a Fox
Sparrow showed up very soon after I put feed out yesterday afternoon. It
seems they have forgiven us.

Tomorrow should be an exciting feeder day with the snow forecast.  Come on
birds. There will be plenty of food for Thanksgiving. Herb Myers, Harman,
Randolph County
Subject: Goldfinch mystery solved
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni AT CITLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:55:35 -0500
I couldn't figure out why I had such a high number of Goldfinches for 
the last month or so.  The tray outside the kitchen window is always 
covered with them, chowing down on sunflower chips.  Then I noticed that 
my neighbor's feeders were gone.  He used to have two tube feeders with 
sunflower chips hanging from a shepherd's hook.  I suspected that I had 
inherited his birds.  Saw him yesterday and he told me that the deer 
kept knocking the feeders down so he stopped feeding.  Even though this 
will cost me more I much prefer it to him switching to cheap food which 
would draw all the undesirables.

Still getting some Purple Finches.  Saturday some friends stopped by and 
were able to see the Purple and House finches side by side at close 
range.   A great way to tell the difference between the two, much more 
obvious than it appears in the Field Guides.  The little Brown Creeper 
was also on the nearby walnut tree.

Among the Goldfinches there are three with very recognizable markings on 
their head.  The one that has a half yellow head, actually white going 
into yellow, is the most unusual.  What is odd is that the top of his 
bill is pink and the bottom is the normal dark color.  This is the kind 
of detail that I can only pick up because they are right outside the 
window.   Another thing I never noticed before is that the shelled 
sunflower chips still have a very thin skin/chaff on them that the 
Goldfinches remove.

Last week at Willingham Park saw a pair of RS Hawks circling and the 
next morning saw them again, this time sitting on the line, side by 
side.  We also see the resident Kestrel several times a week.  On this 
morning's walk there were 5 Black Vultures in the sycamore trees along 
the creek and what appeared to be a Sharpie on the top of a snag, 
feasting on a rodent.  The surprise was seeing a Great Egret in the 
creek, across from the Eastland entrance.

It will be interesting to see if tomorrows wintery weather will bring in 
something new, like a Fox Sparrow.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:17:36 -0500
Hi all,

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   54
Mallard   2
Bufflehead   11
Common Merganser   1
Ruddy Duck 19

Cheat Lake --- I-68
Canada Goose   5
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   96
Redhead   1
Bufflehead   35
Hooded Merganser   9
Common Merganser   7
Ruddy Duck   24

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   15
Hooded Merganser   4
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   12
Gadwall   1
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   51
Ring-necked Duck   3
Bufflehead   4
Hooded Merganser   34
Common Merganser   6
Ruddy Duck   1
Common Loon   1
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Horned Grebe   6

Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Great horned owl - Jefferson County yard
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:09:26 +0000
Working late tonight in my home office really paid off!  While the house was 
quiet, I heard a Great horned owl hooting numerous times with the sound coming 
from the direction of my front yard.  I slowly opened the front door so as 
not to spook it.  Taking my binoculars with me, I quietly stepped outside the 
front door and slowly walked down the sidewalk, thinking I was actually hiding 
from the owl.  I guess my presence didn't disturb, as I was able to see this 
massive king of the night still hooting.  It was perched in a large snag in 
my neighbors yard directly across the road from my house.  I've never seen 
one from my doorstep!  And after seeing 2 screech-owls earlier in the evening 
in the back yard, I can't say that I've ever SEEN 3 owls in the same day/night 
in my yard before.  

  
A lucky BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
  
Subject: PVAS bird walk report - Altona Marsh, Jefferson County
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:02:45 +0000
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society sponsored a public bird walk at Altona Marsh 
in Jefferson County on Sunday, November 25, 2014 with 12 birders 
participating.  One visiting birder gets the furthest distance award being 
from North Carolina, and 3 drove from the Washington D.C. metro area to join 
us.  It is always an honor for me to bird with so many enjoyable and 
enthusiastic people, especially in non-ideal weather, and it being outside of 
the birds breeding season with little bird song.  

  
While every bird is a joy to observe and is special in its own way, a gorgeous 
Merlin graced us with its presence and stole the show.  We were in the 
vicinity of the small pond while the impressive Merlin flew directly over us.  
Everyone was able to see it, and some without using binoculars.  Two or three 
birders were able to score photos of it while it flew over us.  It was our 
bonus bird of the day in my opinion.  We had 39 different species during a 3 
hour period while walking 2 miles. 

  
Jim observed a Wilson's snipe doing a quick fly by, but only a few were able 
to catch the quick action.  A Belted kingfisher did numerous fly overs, 
rattling the whole way.  We were treated to a number of Swamp sparrows, and I 
was happy we had so many quality looks at them.  Our last bird of the walk 
was a Pileated woodpecker that most, if not all present, were able to observe 
for quite some time.  We had one small flock of blackbirds fly quickly through 
the area, but they did not perch, so we were unable to determine if Rusty 
blackbirds were present in the mixed flock. 

  
Our bird list follows: 

Canada Goose  10     flyover 
American Black Duck  7 
Mallard  4 
Great Blue Heron  2 
Black Vulture  5 
Turkey Vulture  7 
Red-shouldered Hawk  1 
Red-tailed Hawk  1 
Wilson's Snipe  1 
Mourning Dove  2 
Belted Kingfisher  1 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4 
Downy Woodpecker  4 
Hairy Woodpecker  2 
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2 
Pileated Woodpecker  1 
Merlin  1     
Blue Jay  4 
American Crow  2 
Fish Crow  1     heard 
Carolina Chickadee  8 
Tufted Titmouse  8 
White-breasted Nuthatch  4 
Carolina Wren  3 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3 
Eastern Bluebird  5 
American Robin  1 
Northern Mockingbird  1 
European Starling  12 
Song Sparrow  12 
Swamp Sparrow  8     
White-throated Sparrow  12 
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  5 
Northern Cardinal  6 
Red-winged Blackbird  9 
Common Grackle  7 
Brown-headed Cowbird  3 
American Goldfinch  7 
House Sparrow  2 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20664701 


Happy Thanksgiving! 
  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Screech owl chronicles - Jefferson County yard
From: Bird Mom <pep4223 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:12:01 +0000
On November 6, 2014, we were happy that a red morph Eastern 
screech-owl decided to occupy one of our nest boxes in the back yard.  It's 
such a comforting feeling knowing that we are providing habitat for these 
magnificent creatures.  We've had success of some sort every year since we put 
the boxes up in the fall of 2011.  What started out as a one box operation 
morphed (no pun intended) to three boxes today.  We've been serious box 
watchers ever since, except for short periods where our timing was off or we 
were not home.  

  
It's a great spectator sport, and there is never a dull moment--like the time a 
nuthatch ran up, down and around the box hole.  Out pops a fluffy head with 
big eyes, and the nuthatch was no where to be found again.  Other times 
curious chickadees check out the occupant during the heat of the day when the 
tenant is sound asleep, or supposedly asleep.  One brave chickadee sat briefly 
on the box hole edge looking inside, but only long enough to pop its head 
inside the box.  Was it some kind of chickadee dare-you-to-do-it game?  In 
2012, two owls changed box locations 9 different times throughout the mating 
season.  We were only able to discover this because one was a gray morph and 
the other was a red morph. 

  
We've gathered pages of data on the buggers, and can claim one year where 3 
owlets fledged during a cold May rainstorm.  I thought the little ones would 
freeze to death, but they might have been trying to avoid predators by 
fledging in bad weather.  Who knows their intentions?  Who knows if the 
residents today are the owlets of past years?  The whole process has enriched 
the quality of our lives and the quality of habitat in our yard and 
neighborhood.  

  
Last evening, hubby thought there was something in all three boxes.  One was 
confirmed to be a squirrel this afternoon.  In the 70 degree heat of the sun 
today, our red morph owl sat in the hole of its box at 3:27 PM and soaked up 
the sun until it left for the evening hunt at 5:12 PM.  Prior to that, the 
third box hole was empty.  I continued vigil through my scope after our red 
owl departed, and then at 5:16 PM, I could see a set of eyes inside the box, 
near the hole, but not in full view position.  The eyes shifted back and forth 
inside the box and when the occupant sensed "the coast was clear," out pops a 
replica of the first red morph owl.  It left the box at 5:20 PM when one 
could barely see.  

  
Two reds are definitely better than one. 
  
BIRDMOM 
Jefferson County, WV 
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:45:55 -0500
Hi all,

     Almost balmy weather today. Not ideal for waterfowl movement in
November but made for a pleasant walk. No Peregrine today, maybe he has
finally departed.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Mallard   9
Bufflehead   2
Ruddy Duck   22


Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Canada Goose   68
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   50
Redhead   2
Bufflehead   47
Ruddy Duck   32

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Mallard   23
Bufflehead   8
Pied-billed Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   94
Mallard   32
Bufflehead   4
Hooded Merganser   15
Ruddy Duck   4
Pied-billed Grebe   4
Horned Grebe   3

Days like today with unseasonably warmer temps might offer good
opportunities to do some birding for passerines. Insects are much more
active, birds are more vocal, and if we were going to get some rare austral
migrant, I would expect them to show up after some strong southerly winds.
Just some thoughts. Enjoy the sun. Find an excuse to get out, play hooky
with someone, etc. Find the joy ... and of course the birds. Best wishes to
you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: birds along New River
From: Jim & Judy Phillips <jimandjudyphillips AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:56:04 -0500
Yesterday, we birded along New River from the mouth of the Bluestone 
River to Sandstone Falls-
horned grebe
hooded mergansers
lots of black ducks, mallards & Canada geese
buffelheads
redhead
great blue herons
belted kingfishers
ring-billed gull
American wigeons
ring-necked ducks
bald eagle
red-tailed hawk
Amer. kestrel
winter wren
golden-crowned kinglet
At home, we had fox, white-throated & song sparrows, towhee, sapsucker, 
raven and lots of purple finches.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
Subject: Warblers
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:24:27 -0500
I stopped by Prickett's Fort State Park yesterday afternoon. I was happy to
find at least three Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding with a chickadee in some
vines encircling at tree. I have not seen the butter-butts in our area this
fall yet. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County
Subject: Grant and Hardy Counties Nov 21-23
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:19:24 -0500
This weekend my best friend from college who now studies manatees (and
helps to protect them) in Florida (Chip Deutsch) joined me for a weekend of
birding in Grant and Hardy counties. We found 77 species.  The most
exciting birds were the previously noted Snow Bunting and Ross's Goose
found by David Carr.   Notable also were  dramatic drops in phoebes (none),
towhees (none), yellow-rumped warblers (only 2), kinglets, meadowlarks
(none), pine siskins, purple finches, chipping sparrows (none) and field
sparrows since my last visit two weeks ago.  The best spot for waterfowl
was the sewage ponds in Moorefield. We did not have time to visit Belle
Babb Lane, Dolly Sods, or Stony River Dam Rd lake.

Here are the highlights.

Kimsey Run Dam (Hardy) Nov 21 and 23
1 SNOW BUNTING  (23rd)
3 Hooded Merganser (only 1 on 23rd)
1 Gadwall
1 Black Duck
12 Mallards
1 Bufflehead male (23rd)
1 REDHEAD (23rd)
80 Canada Geese
8 Pied Billed Grebe (3 on 23rd)
1 Red-headed woodpecker (21st)
2 Savannah Sparrows (23rd)
1 Pine Siskin (23rd)
1 snipe (23rd)
1 Am Pipit, flyover calling (23rd)
On the road between Kimsey Run Rd and Baker a Sharp-shinned Hawk was
standing on a recently captured starling or blackbird.  I stepped on the
brakes and as we approached the hawk relaxed its grip on the prey and both
flew away in opposite directions  just a second before another car came
from the opposite direction.

Patterson Creek Rd
Cooper's Hawk flew low across the road

Cabin on Little Mt, Cabins (Grant) Nov 22, dawn
1 Screech Owl
5 pine siskins
4 purple finch

South Mill Creek Lake Park (Grant) Nov 22 (quite a drop in waterfowl). It
was 100% free of ice.
85 Canada Geese
1 male Green-winged Teal
3 female Ruddy Ducks
2 Pied-billed Grebes
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Bald Eagles: one brought nesting material to the old nest while mate sat
nearby
3 Killdeer
1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS
7 Wilson's Snipe
3 sapsuckers
Pileated Woodpeckers eating grapes
30 cedar waxwings eating cedar berries
1 PINE WARBLER
13 red-winged blackbirds
1 purple finch
1 pine siskin
http://ebird.org/ebird/edit/checklist?subID=S20653824

Thorn Run Rd and Lake (Grant) 22nd It was 99% frozen
53 Mallards
3 Am Coot
1 Killdeer
1 Kestrel
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20653797

Royal Glen Rd (Grant) 22nd
55 Mourning Doves in a recently plowed corn field
1 Killdeer
4 Winter Wren
6 GC Kinglet
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20653768

Hogueland Rd (grant) 22nd. Not much, but we didn't have much time to spend
here.
2 kestrels
2 red-tailed hawks
35 mourning doves
We searched twice at dusk to see if possibly short-eared owls had returned.
None were confirmed, though one distant bird with buoyant flight seen at
very low-light levels may have been one.

Petersburg riverfront at dusk by route 220 bridge
1 Black Duck
59 Mallards (39 male, 20 female)
15 Red-winged blackbirds

Moorefield sewage ponds (Hardy) 23rd
1 ROSS'S GOOSE
73 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
19 Gadwall
2 American WIgeon
2 Black Duck
95 Mallard
15 Green-winged teal
1 Redhead
1 Ring-necked Duck
2 Ruddy Duck
2 Coot
1 Horned Lark flying overhead calling
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20644693

River Rd (near Fisher) Hardy (23rd)
no waterfowl!
2 great blue heron
both vultures
2 immature bald eagle
5 red-tailed hawk
1 killdeer
4 pileated woodpeckers one of which was dangling over a frozen section of
the creek on a slender hanging grape vine as it gobbled up grapes from the
vine.
1 Kestrel
1 Brown Creeper
28 White-crowned Sparrow in several flocks along the road, some singing
beautifully
75-100 Red-winged blackbirds
In same flock lots of starling, 20 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 1 cowbird, 35 Grackles
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20653716

May you all have a wonderful and thankful Thanksgiving!
All the best
Fred Atwood
Cabins, Grant Co WV
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA










Wardensville route 55 (Hardy)
! Red-shouldered Hawk 23rd
Subject: Northern Shovelers - Locust Hill GC ponds
From: Matt <wvbirder AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:47:43 -0500
All,
    In the eastern panhandle the rarest expected duck species (not 
including Scoters) for me have been Canvasback, Northern Shoveler and 
Long-tail Duck with less than 50 total birds (each) in the last 14 
years. It was nice to find three Northern Shovelers on the Locust Hill 
GC ponds this afternoon (2 female, 1 male).

Matt Orsie - Summit Point
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds (Tucker)
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:22:24 -0500
Hi, all,

 

There were two Rusty Blackbirds at the Freeland Boardwalk of Canaan Valley
NWR this morning, along with at least four Wilson's Snipe and a Belted
Kingfisher. Swamp Sparrows haven't left yet.

 

Good birding,

 

Casey Rucker
Dry Fork, WV 

 
Subject: Ohio River birding - Black Scoter
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:51:37 -0500
  I birded the Ohio River shore from Vienna to the Sandy Creek Back water
for a couple hours this morning.  Not many birds, but a few pretty good
ones.

Highlights:

   Black Scoter - 1 - 100 yards upriver from the head of Neal Island.
   Common Loon - 1 - 200 yards downriver from Point Park.
   Horned Grebe - 1 - across from the boat ramp at Northwest Drive

   Also saw :

Canada Goose
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
Wood County
jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird Probably Gone
From: Mike Slaven <mikeslavenwv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:58:30 -0500
Hello,

The Rufous Hummingbird that has seen at my feeder seems to be gone. She was
last viewed at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday. If the bird returns, I will repost.
She lingered a week, and possibly decided to leave with the approaching
high front. I enjoyed meeting many birders, and I hope to see you all again
soon.

Mike Slaven
Morgantown
Monongalia County
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterbird Report
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:03:59 -0500
Hi all,

     I tagged along with master birders LeJay and Willow Graffious for this
morning's trip around Cheat Lake. Lake was even lower than yesterday, and
perhaps more surprising a good 15 degrees cooler that Cooper's Rock. Still
a lovely day to be out. American Black Ducks put an impressive showing at
Cheat Lake Park with lots of nice Hooded Mergansers still around. Katie's
Peregrine was on the Ice's Ferry Bridge at dawn.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose   62
Mallard   3
Bufflehead   5
Common merganser   7
Ruddy Duck   10
Peregrine Falcon   1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
American Black Duck   1
Mallard   53
Redhead   1
Bufflehead   37
Ruddy Duck   26
Horned Grebe   1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor (still with ice)
Mallard   12
Bufflehead   2

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose   27
Wood Duck   1
American Black Duck   68
Mallard   36
Bufflehead   7
Common Goldeneye   1
Hooded Merganser   32
Common Loon   4
Pied-billed Grebe   5
Horned Grebe   8

Bonus non-waterbird report: my usual Sunday play time around Cooper's Rock
yielded very little birdwise. Not much at at Tilted Tree; Winter Wren still
hanging out at Raven Rock. Again, even surprisingly today, I didn't see
anyone at either location; just me and the chipmunks in the forest. Seems
like a lovely day in store for us, so get out and do something special with
somebody special. Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
Subject: Re: possible hybrid Ross' x Snow Goose at the Moorefield sewage pond (Hardy County)
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:31:59 -0500
Ross's goose and snow bunting Are still in the locations David Carr reported 
yesterday. THANKS DAVID! 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 22, 2014, at 3:00 PM, "David E. Carr"  
wrote: 

> 
> 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: 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
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From: "Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)" <research AT HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:27:48 -0500
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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. 
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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