Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will have the
annual Spring picnic on Monday, May 20, at 6:00
at Coonskin park.
This is a potluck dinner,
so bring a covered dish of your choice - main
dish, dessert, or salad. Some drinks will
be provided as will plastic plates, cups,
dishes, eating utensils.
Due to renovation
work on some of the shelters, the exact location
is not clear, but we are aiming for shelter #19,
where we have used the last few years. If
for some reason #19 is not available when we get
there, we will use either #18 or #20, which are
in the same general area. See the map.
At the Gorman area (on the left), turn right -
pass through the gate and go up the hill - go
all the way up the hill until you see several
picnic shelters. Turn right into the
parking lot for shelter # 19.
Hope to see you all there.
Hill Cemetery Bird Walks
This is a reminder that
Russ will be leading the last of the
Cemetery Bird Walks Sunday,
May 12, at 8:00am. Meet at the parking area
near the office. Go to KVbirdclub.org for
This is a really nice
birding walk. The Spring Hill Cemetery i
beautiful especially this time of year.
On the April 21st
Cemetery Walk, among
other birds, an
Warbler was sighted!
Cemetery Walk was a little quiet,
but we did see: Chipping Sparrow,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Baltimore
Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Blue Bird,
Indigo Bunting, Rock Dove, Chimney
Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker,
Northern Flicker, Eastern Pewee,
Blue Jay, Crow, Carolina Wren,
American Robin, Northern
Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Cedar
Waxwing, Starling, White-eyed Vireo,
Northern Cardinal, Eastern Towhee,
Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch,
American Goldfinch. I am sure
I forgot some. This was all by
10:00am, since several of us had to
cut out early. Russ stayed on,
so I am sure the count increased!
Migratory Week Bird Count
not forget the Migratory Week Bird
Count ( formerly Century Day) coming up May 4 -
This year, instead of having a
century count day or weekend, the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird
Club is having a Migratory Bird Week Count.
The count will begin this Saturday, May 4 and extend through Sunday,
May 12. To participate, just keep a record of all the different
species of birds you see over those nine days. You don't have to
record the total number of individuals, just the species (for
example, you don't need to record 50 robins, 20 cardinals; just list
robin, cardinal). Traditionally, the count area covers the Kanawha
Valley/Ohio Valley regions, though anywhere in WV is fair game. (If
you are on vacation in Florida during the count period, we can't
count the birds you see there, unfortunately.) When you've
completed your list, e-mail it to me and I'll total up how many
different species of birds we were able to collectively identify.
We'll talk about the results at the May meeting.
We extended the count days this year to take full advantage of what
is arguably the best week of the year for birding in our area. All
the birds are in their finest breeding colors and are singing
energetically. The migratory birds that travel here to nest have
returned, plus the migratory birds that will nest further north are
now passing through our area.
Having a nine day count offers flexibility for working around things
such as bad weather or schedule conflicts. Plus, it gives you the
chance to visit a variety of habitats, which will increase the
number of species you are able to see. Whether you do a little or a
lot, at your feeders or in the deep woods, the idea is to have fun
with it, learn a few things, and enjoy this magical time of spring.
Earth Day Celebration
Doren Burrell, Laura Miller, and Jim Smith set up and manned a Handlan
Chapter booth at the Earth Day celebration
at the West Virginia State University on April 22, 2013, ong with
about 10 other organizations.
Handlan Chapter Up-Coming Events
May 4 - 12, 2013
Migratory Week ( formerly Century Day)
Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 8:00am
Russ will have the last of four of his
famous Cemetery Walks.
|Monday, May 20,
2013 at 6:00pm
The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club Annual Picnic
at Coonskin Park. Please bring a covered dish of your
choice. Drinks, plates, and eating utensils will be
Further details to be announced later.
Some Up-Coming Events of Our Parent
Organization - Brooks Bird Club
For information, see their WebSite
||Foray - Camp Pocahontas,
||BBC Reunion, Canaan
Valley State Park
||Eastern Shore Trip