2009 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, CHARLESTON, WV

Handlan Chapter - Brooks Bird Club

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Fox Sparrow (By Roger Mayhorn)

                                                                                                          

2009 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, CHARLESTON, WV

Handlan Chapter - Brooks Bird Club

The count area consists of all points within a 15 mile diameter circle centered at La-Z-Boy Showroom site located at 38 22'N, 81 43'W. The circle extends from Kanawha City west to St. Albans, and from Kanawha State Forest north to Rocky Fork and Wallace Heights. The area is about 40% residential, 35% deciduous woods, 17% farm and grassland, and 17% streams and ponds. The count took place Saturday, December 19, 2009. Skies were overcast. Temperature was 32-34 F, northwest wind 0-9 mph, still water mostly open, moving water open, heavy snow, and wild food crop fair. A winter storm moved through the area the previous night resulting in hazardous driving conditions, and thus limiting participation. There were seven observers in three parties, and five feeder counts.

Record Counts

Party Number (see other side)

Feeder

Since 1944

Species

1

2

3

Count

Total

Count

Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Goose  

8

11

4

23

1498

2002

Mallard

1

28

 

 2

31

886

1989

Great Blue Heron  

1

   

1

25

1988

Black Vulture

2

     

2

6

2007

Turkey Vulture

180

     

180

259

2007

Northern Harrier

1

     

1

1

2009

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

     

1

5

1996

Rock Pigeon  

310

100

 

410

942

2007

Mourning Dove

5

2

27

34

554

1982

Great Horned Owl

2

     

2

3

1980

Barred Owl    

1

 

1

4

1955

Red-bellied Woodpecker

2

 

1

5

8

60

2008

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2

1

 

3

6

18

1986

Downy Woodpecker

3

4

 

9

16

147

1963

Hairy Woodpecker      

1

1

36

1971

Northern Flicker

2

1

   

3

108

1981

Pileated Woodpecker

1

     

1

33

1970

Blue Jay  

1

 

3

4

513

1981

American Crow

37

7416

 

12

7465

12279

2007

Carolina Chickadee

24

10

3

19

56

594

1981

Tufted Titmouse

12

6

3

17

38

446

1979

White-breasted Nuthatch

6

2

2

11

21

165

1968

Brown Creeper

1

     

1

25

1963

Carolina Wren

9

3

 

7

19

183

1976

House Wren      

1

1

4

1970

Winter Wren

4

     

4

15

1947

Golden-crowned Kinglet

7

     

7

70

1976

Eastern Bluebird

1

1

   

2

140

1981

Hermit Thrush

1

     

1

27

1947

American Robin

24

2

40

2

68

7775

2008

Northern Mockingbird

1

2

 

1

4

89

1971

European Starling

23

240

   

263

26703

1968

Yellow-rumped Warbler

8

23

   

31

86

2008

Eastern Towhee

1

   

1

2

383

1971

Chipping Sparrow

12

     

12

39

2005

Song Sparrow

4

5

2

4

15

505

1949

White-throated Sparrow

6

8

 

9

23

865

1971

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

27

4

1

33

65

886

1965

Northern Cardinal

20

13

7

46

86

745

1969

House Finch

1

 

14

11

26

302

1983

American Goldfinch  

7

11

28

46

324

1949

House Sparrow      

9

9

559

1953

Totals: Species

32

24

14

24

42

Individuals

426

8101

198

265

8990

 

Observers in parties numbered above

  Party Area Covered Hours

Miles

On Foot

Miles

By Car

#1 Jim Waggy, Jerry Westfall,

Donna Joy

Kanawha State Forest, Coonskin Park, Spring Hill Cemetery 7.5 5  
#2 Doren Burrell, Laura Miller Capitol Complex, Northern Arc,

Crow Roost

7

1.5

40

#3

 

Joan Steven, Barbara Smith Carriage Trail

3

3

 

At feeders: Willis & Betsy Trammel, Charles Wirts, Connie Bergmark, Diana Green, Don & Marilyn Morton

 

Total: 17.5 hours, 9.5 miles on foot, 40 miles by car,

.75 hours owling, 22 hours at feeders.

 

  • Compiler: Marilyn Morton
  • 2720 Lakeview Drive

    St. Albans, WV 25177 (304-727 5077)

    (oldsquaw2@aol.com)