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HANDLAN NEWSLETTER

February 2016

 

 

 

The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will have our regular meeting on Monday,  February 22, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the South Charleston Public Library. Note that this is the Fourth Monday of the Month.

Doug Wood will discuss Ward Hollow (behind the ponds at the old DOW building).  We will follow-up with a later field trip on Saturday, February 27.

All folks interested in birds are invited.  Board meets at 6:00 pm.

 

 

Note that the February Meeting date is NOT on the third Monday, due to scheduling conflicts with the South Charleston Library.

February 2016 GBBC February 12 - 15, 2016 The Great Backyard Bird Count. For information, check the GBBC website .
February  Meeting at South Charleston Library February 22, 2016 - 6:30pm Doug Wood will discuss Ward Hollow (behind the ponds at the old DOW building).  We will follow-up with a later field trip on Saturday, February 27.
February Ward Hollow Outing February 27, from 9 - 11am Doug Wood will lead a field trip in Ward Hollow
Bald Eagle Count March 5, 2016 Bald Eagle Count on the New and Bluestone Rivers.  Coordinated by Jim Phillips.  Contact Bev Wright for information.
March  Meeting at South Charleston Library March 21, 2016 - 6:30pm Rich Bailey will present the program.
April  Meeting at South Charleston Library April 18, 2016 -  6:30pm Dr Ross Brittain will discuss the Northern Saw-whet Owl project. Dr Brittain is  Dean of the  College of Science, Technology & Mathematics, at Alderson Broaddus University. 
April Outing April 30, 2016 Carriage Trail - Led by Joan Steven
Annual Potluck Picnic May 16, 2016 - 6:00pm Coonskin Park.

 

Birding Tools suggested by members during the "Show & Tell" Meeting on January 11, 2016


The following books were mentioned:

- - - Better Birding - Tips, Tools and Concepts for the field by Armistead and Sullivan $24 from Amazon, published last December

- - - Peterson Field Guide to Feeder Birds of Eastern North America by Roger Troy Peterson $10 guide simplifies identification by including only the birds that frequent feeders

- - - The King of Birds by Helen Ward $5 children's books with beautiful paintings of birds.

Bird Feeders:

- - - The Window Cafe by Aspects $20 transparent window feeder with suction cups to attach to window for small birds.

- - - Window Alert $7 static cling decal helps birds see windows and avoid striking the window.

Apps:

- - - I Bird Pro $10 complete bird id information on the screen

- - - Bird Tunes $10 provides bird enthusiasts with rapid, uncluttered access to a comprehensive collection of North American bird songs and calls.

Calendar:

- - - West Virginia Wildlife Calendar $10 original paintings , sunrise, sunset, moon phases and hunting/fishing regulations available at Drug Emporium

Trips:

- - - Black Swamp Bird Observatory at Magee Marsh offers a trip to see Lake Erie Pelagics.
web site www.bsbo.org/lake-erie-pelagics.html

- - - Carlyle Lake near St. Louis a fly way attracting birds from the Mississippi River
www.htc.net/~kdan/report.html

 

Corrected results of the Handlan Chapter 2015 Christmas Bird Count

Species

2015 Total 2013 Total* Species 2015 Total 2013 Total*
Canada Goose 390 325 Tufted Titmouse 70 74
American Black Duck 2 5 Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 0
Mallard  96 242 White-breasted Nuthatch 49 39
Bufflehead  2 0 Brown Creeper 1 0
Hooded Merganser 22 40 House Wren 1 0
Ruddy Duck 2 9 Winter Wren 1 3
Gadwall 130 57 Carolina Wren 44 83
Pied-billed Grebe 14 8 Golden-crowned Kinglet 7 12
Double-crested Cormorant 4 0 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 0
Great Blue Heron 5 16 Eastern Bluebird 54 65
Black Vulture 4 5 American Robin 112 301
Turkey Vulture 58 246 Northern Mockingbird 20 27
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 0 European Starling 374 1118
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 5 Yellow-rumped Warbler 30 25
Red-tailed Hawk 7 9 Eastern Towhee 19 38
Peregrine Falcon 1 0 Field Sparrow  45 5
Merlin 2 2 Song Sparrow 50 118
American Coot 50 155 White-throated Sparrow 67 67
Wild Turkey 3 1 Dark-eyed Junco 84 136
Killdeer 21 15 Northern Cardinal 143 141
American Woodcock 1 0 Red-winged Blackbird 1 0
Ring-billed Gull 51 1 House Finch 86 63
Rock Dove 388 434 American Goldfinch 40 59
Mourning Dove 101 163 House Sparrow 185 91
Barred Owl 1 0 Common Grackle 0 5
Great Horned Owl 1 0 American Wigeon 0 4
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 0 Northern Shoveler 0 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 30 41 Northern Pintail 0 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 6 5 Ring-necked Duck 0 3
Downy Woodpecker 35 27 Common Merganser 0 2
Hairy Woodpecker 3 7 Coopers Hawk 0 5
Northern Flicker 7 16 American Kestrel 0 2
Pileated Woodpecker 9 13 Hermit Thrush 0 2
Belted Kingfisher 5 4 Cedar Waxwing 0 15
Eastern Phoebe 1 0 American Tree Sparrow 0 5
Blue Jay 40 109 Chipping Sparrow 0 5
American Crow 11255 9147 Swamp Sparrow 0 1
Carolina Chickadee 92 116      

 

* 2013 is used for comparison since there is no data available for 2014




 

    

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