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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

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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 . 


November Handlan Chapter Outing

After seeing the interesting presentation Monday by Angela Allison, you will all want to see Camp Brookside.

On Saturday, Nov 21, 11 am -1 pm,  the National Park Service will hold a water bird outing at Camp Brookside.  Camp Brookside was a summer camp for kids between Sandstone and Hinton on the New River which the National Park Service is now restoring as a 3-season overnight educational center.  It offers great birding and other nature study, including woodland, riparian and river habitats.  All folks interested in nature, especially birds, are welcomed. Anyone interested in birds is welcome.  Hope to see you all there.

 Directions:  From I-64 take the Sandstone Exit.  Make a left onto Route 20.  Follow Route 20 to the town of Brooks (look for small green sign for the 3 Rivers Avian Center).  Make a right onto the only road in Brooks (North Mullens Road).  Cross the railroad tracks.  Make a left and follow the gravel road over 2 bridges and through the NPS gates. (or enter "camp brookside, wv" in Google maps.)

 Those who want to carpool from Charleston to Camp Brookside on Saturday, meet at the Krogers in Kanawha City (across from Lowe's) near the gas pumps, at 9 am.

Also, the bird walk is on level, but rocky, ground, and we will spend most of our time on rocks above the rivers, so dress appropriately, including sturdy boots/shoes.

Jim Phillips and Sam Richmond will accompany us on our walk.  Jim is a retired naturalist from Pipestem State Park and frequent contributor to the WV bird listserve.  Sam is a local resident, volunteer for the Park Service and Three Rivers Avian Center, an excellent photographer, and visits Camp Brookside every day.

Hope to see all!


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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.




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  



 Awesome Owl

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



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://www.partnersinflight.org/

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


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


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



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.


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 more great photos by

 Doren Burrell


Check out some fascinating Hummingbird photos.



















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



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.



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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