Friday, February 15, 2008

My Friday Great Backyard Bird Counts in West Virginia

I got out briefly today to conduct two counts in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The results follow:
Locality: 25401, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV
Observation Date: FEB 15, 2008
Start Time: 12:30 PM
Total Birding Time: 30 minutes
Party Size: 1
Skill: excellent
Weather: excellent
Snow Depth: Less than 2 in (5.1 cm)
Habitat(s):
- deciduous woods
- suburban
- freshwater
Number of Species: 8
All Reported: yes
Checklist:
- Wood Duck - 1
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 3
- American Crow - 1
- Tufted Titmouse - 4
- White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
- European Starling - 1
- Northern Cardinal - 2
- House Finch - 7
Comments:
- Site covered was War Memorial Park and adjacent
Tuscarora Creek.

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Locality: 25401, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV
Observation Date: FEB 15, 2008
Start Time: 1:15 PM
Total Birding Time: 15 minutes
Party Size: 1
Skill: excellent
Weather: excellent
Snow Depth: Less than 2 in (5.1 cm)
Habitat(s):
- urban
- freshwater
Number of Species: 2
All Reported: yes
Checklist:
- Hooded Merganser - 8
- American Crow - 1
Comments:
- Site covered was an abandoned quarry now filled
with water.
In total, I tallied 31 individuals of 9 species. At the time I submitted the checklists in late afternoon, I had seen two species that had not yet been reported from West Virginia by other GBBC participants: Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser.

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