Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sunday Great Backyard Bird Counting in West Virginia

I managed to get out for two counts today, with the following results:
Locality: 25401, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV
Observation Date: FEB 17, 2008
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Total Birding Time: 1 hour
Party Size: 1
Skill: excellent
Weather: excellent
Snow Depth: No snow was present
Habitat(s):
- deciduous woods
- scrub
- rural
- freshwater
Number of Species: 17
All Reported: yes
Checklist:
- Canada Goose - 6
- Mallard - 12
- Killdeer - 1
- Rock Pigeon - 3
- Mourning Dove - 5
- Belted Kingfisher - 1
- Downy Woodpecker - 1
- Hairy Woodpecker - 2
- American Crow - 5
- Carolina Chickadee - 2
- Tufted Titmouse - 1
- Carolina Wren - 2
- European Starling - 4
- White-throated Sparrow - 5
- Dark-eyed Junco - 1
- Red-winged Blackbird - 5
- Common Grackle - 1
Comment:
- Site was Poor House Farm Park.

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Locality: 25401, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV
Observation Date: FEB 17, 2008
Start Time: 2:15 PM
Total Birding Time: 15 minutes
Party Size: 1
Skill: excellent
Weather: good
Snow Depth: No snow was present
Habitat(s):
- urban
Number of Species: 5
All Reported: yes
Checklist:
- Rock Pigeon - 39
- American Crow - 2
- Northern Mockingbird - 1
- European Starling - 1
- House Sparrow - 15
Comment:
- Site was my backyard.
All told, I tallied 115 individuals of 19 species. As of 10:15 PM (EST) my Belted Kingfisher is the first reported for Martinsburg by GBBC participants.

1 Comments:

Anonymous sparrowfall said...

To the extent that this is the only (and perhaps former) Martinsburg bird blog online, its readers might be interested in the following observation.

On March 3, 2008, at approximately 5:30pm, a meandering wave of blackbirds and grackles darkened a non-insignificant sliver of the sky over Queen Street in downtown Martinsburg. From the ground, it seemed that the flock stretched from the Blue White Restaurant to the Catholic school, numbering many thousands of individuals.

It was a beautiful and hopeful thing to see on this first warm day in months.

March 03, 2008 8:28 PM  

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