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May 2013




Annual Spring Potluck Picnic

The Handlan 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.



 Spring Hill Cemetery  Bird Walks

This is a reminder that Russ will be leading the last of the Spring Hill Cemetery  Bird Walks Sunday, May 12, at 8:00am.  Meet at the parking area near the office.  Go to for updates.

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 Orange-Crowned Warbler was sighted!

The May 5th 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

Do not forget the  Migratory Week Bird Count ( formerly Century Day) coming up May 4 - 12, 2013.
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 provided.  Further details to be announced later.




Some Up-Coming Events of Our Parent Organization - Brooks Bird Club

For information, see their WebSite

May 14-29 Spain Trip
June 1-8 Foray - Camp Pocahontas, Thornwood, WV
October 18-20 BBC Reunion, Canaan Valley State Park
November 6-10 Eastern Shore Trip




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