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Here are some photos of the Merlins taken by Christina Carr.

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Photo Courtesy of Doren Burrell

(at his feeder)

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Photo by Mike Bohl

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Whooping Crane (10/17/11)

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Leucistic Goldfinch

Photo by Mike Bohl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Dinner

The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will hold our annual Christmas Party/Dinner at Harding's Family Restaurant, at 6:00pm on Monday, December 15, 2013.  In addition to good food and socializing, we will have some of our traditional bird-related games.  We will also discuss details of the Christmas Bird Count which will take place on Saturday, December 20.

So that we will be able to have appropriate seating, would you please let either myself or Joan Steven know if you plan to attend (non-binding reservation) if possible.

Joan Steven:   jsteven001@AOL.com   304-346-6542

Jim Smith:   jallbee@fiascofarm.com    304-342-1755

 

The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club meets on the third Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at the South Charleston Public Library . 

 

 

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Russ led three of his famous Sunday Spring Hill Cemetery Walks, on , April 21, May 5, and May 12, 2013.  The April 28th walk was rained out. Check out the field observation reports for these three walks.

On the April 21st Cemetery Walk, an Oranged-Crowned Warbler was sighted!

 

We saw it again on April 20, 2014!!

On the May 12th Cemetery Walk, a Cape May Warbler was sighted!
Also sighted on that May 12th walk was a Wilson's Warbler.

 

Doren Burrell spoke to the Pocahontas Nature Club about bird migration at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) classroom  in Green Bank, WV, on March 16.

There was a nice write-up on the lecture in the Pocahontas Times.

 

 

Nesting Red-shouldered Hawk by Doren Burrell

 

Check out the Flora identified in Shrewsberry Hollow during the September 14, 2013, Margaret Denison Fall Nature Walk at Kanawha State Forest

 

Macauley Library of Natural Sounds

Susan Olcott of the WV DNR reports that the Macauley Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell lab has now digitized all their sounds – they are available free to listen.  Downloads are charged.  This is a great resource for birders. 
 

 

Check out a website on Birdwatching contacts throughout the world,  in case you would like to go birdwatching with a local wherever you are.  Go to birdingpal.org.

 

 Northern Goshawk

Here is an amazing "Must See" video of Chris Packham putting a northern goshawk through its paces in the lab  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00gn1yd

 

 Awesome Owl

Here is video of an owl flying directly at the camera. 

http://www.dogwork.com/owfo8/

 

Click photo to see information about John Smith

 
   

 Master Naturalist

Check out all the activities

Some photos on the current Master Naturalist program in Kanawha county 

Future information about Master Naturalists Classes, etc, will now be found at the new Master Naturalist website: mnofwv.org/home 

 
 
  • Did you know that WV has 38% of the world's Cerulean Warblers?
  • WV has more Red-eyed Vireos than Robins.
  • Our state only has 20 Ospreys.

Terry Bronson brought to our attention that Partners in Flight maintains a database of population estimates of bird species in the US and Canada, including state estimates.
Many of these are very rough estimates, but they should give
good relative totals for most species. Data are derived primarily
from US government Breeding Bird Surveys.

The Partners in Flight web site is http://rmbo.org/pif_db/laped/default.aspx.

Click here for all the population estimate data for West Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Eagle Surveys

The dates for the Hinton eagle surveys are set for Jan 10 & Mar 14, 2015.

There will be more eagles at the January 10 survey since some birds will be sitting on the nests in March. 

More information.

 

In Search of the Elusive Orange Crowned Warbler 

Read and hear this story on WV Public Broadcasting by

Jim Triplett took the great photos of a red-necked grebe and a ring-necked (hen) duck at Coon Skin Park.

 

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Three Rivers Avian Center released a young Golden Eagle at Grandview Park WV.  This bird was found in Monroe County, West Virginia, caught in a coyote leg hold trap and rehabilitated at Three Rivers Avian Center. 

Click on the photo to see a video of his rehab and release.

 

Check out the Three Rivers Avian Center  Facebook page

 

 
Check out the new Brooks Bird Club  Facebook page

 

At our January 14, 2013, meeting Martha Hopper presented part of a video by Dr. Douglas Tallamy on "Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens"

 

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8th Winter Eagle Survey

The 8th Winter Eagle Survey was held in southern WV on Sat., Jan. 12, 2013.

Click on the photo for Survey Results.

Also, check out the wonderful article about the survey by Rick Steelhammer in the Charleston Gazette

 

6th Early Spring Eagle Survey
March 9, 2013



Area covered - Mouth of Bluestone River to Sandstone Falls plus Indian Creek between Forest Hill and Greenville.


Bald Eagles - 10(3 adults, 7 immatures)
Golden Eagle - 1 immature
5/9 sites reported eagles


Temp was 32-65 degrees, 0-12% cloud cover, 0-6 mph winds and no
precipitation.


Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

 

Bird Migration Forecast

e-Bird announces a new collaboration between NOAA and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to provide this newest eBird’s feature: the Bird Migration Forecast (BirdCast).

 

Bird Migration

Kitty Bailey recently posted on the listserve this great article on Bird Migration.

 

The Bird walk at Coonskin Park on Sunday, March 25, 2012, was very successful.  Click here for  the list of birds seen.

 

Here is an article that had been published in a bird journal about the eminent WV birder, George Hall.
Indices listing all the bird photographs and flower photos on this website submitted by our members have been added for your convenience.
Here are the bird details of the 2009 Handlan Century Count
Learn about the Point Count Program in West Virginia
Check out some links about bird feeding.
The Alice Knight Memorial
Spring 2011 wildflower photos

 

 

Check out some fascinating Hummingbird photos.

 

The Brooks Bird Club held the 2009 Foray in Randolph County, June 13-21.

 

Check out some more great photos by

 Doren Burrell

 

 

 

 
WCHS-TV news recently aired another WV Wildlife segment featuring one of our Handlan members, Bev Wright, who did an excellent job describing the joys of feeding birds.  The video was shot at Bev and Chuck's home.
 
To see this video clip click here,  or go to wchstv.com.  - WV Wildlife

 

 
See some wonderful photos of Bald Eagles sent in by a member.
 
For birding reports for Russ Young's famous Spring Hill Cemetery birding walks check out the Cemetery walk page.
 
If you are intrigued by dragonflies, Jim Waggy wrote an article about them that's in the current (August) issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, the magazine that is beautifully edited by Master Naturalist near-grad Sheila McEntee.
 

Sandhill Cranes

See the great pictures of Sandhill Cranes by Matt Orsie. 

Some additional photos of the Hiwassee flock.

 
 

Peregrine Falcon

Photo Courtesy of Jim Triplett

Click picture to read about a pair of Peregrine Falcons which have been hanging out around the I 64 bridge with photos by Jim Triplett and Ron McLaughlin

 
   
 
Here are some Puffin photos taken on our trip to New Brunswick.

Here are the links to the YouTube videos referenced in the Puffin presentation at the October 20th meeting.

1)  Puffins on Machias Seal Island

2)  Puffins Swimming Underwater

3)  Rough Trip on the Grand Manan Ferry

 

ALICE KNIGHT

We miss Alice, but her photos give us something to remember her by.

 

Jason Scott Means has some wonderful bird photos at his flickr site.


 

Kite

Click above picture to read the story by Kevin Cade of the Charleston Daily Mail

Members who would like to contribute photos, sightings, or other information to be added to the web site, may send that information to jallbee@fiascofarm.com

 

Red Shouldered Hawk

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Photo Courtesy of Mike Wright

 

 


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