[Bristol-Birds] Birding Buchanan County, VA

  • From: "Ed Talbott" <etalbott@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol Birders" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 22:05:23 -0400

Bristol Birders,

Michelle and I spent the morning birding Poplar Gap Park in Buchanan County 
today.  We
logged about 40 different species on the mountain top in about 3 hours of 
birding.  The
flock of 20+ Horned Larks are still on the upper reclaimed strip mine site 
along with
several Killdeer.  We were hoping for a couple of migrant shorebirds near some 
of the
larger mud holes but found none.  One surprise was a young Magnolia Warbler.  
We also
found a couple of loose feeder flocks that included Blue-winged Warblers, 
Redstarts, Chickadees, Vireos, and at least one each of Worm-eating Warbler and 

We then made our way over to Guesses Fork in the northern part of the county.  
After a
fine home-cooked chicken dinner at Michelle's parents, we birded the reclaimed 
mine sites
along the ridge towards West Virginia.  We were joined by Shirley Justus, 
mother, who is also a member of the Buchanan County Bird Club.  We managed to 
find one
Spotted Sandpiper but no other shorebirds.  We got some nice looks at a female 
Oriole and heard a Black-billed Cuckoo.  Overall, we located around 53 species 
and had a
great day of birding.  Below is the total list.

Ed and Michelle Talbott
Buchanan Co. Bird Club

Worm-eating Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat
Hooded Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Sandpiper
Horned Lark
Eastern Meadowlark
Scarlet Tanager
Chimney Swift
Barn Swallow
Orchard Oriole
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird
European Starling
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Black-billed Cuckoo
Cedar Waxwing
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Towhee
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Carolina Wren
Eastern Phoebe
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
American Goldfinch
American Crow
Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Grey Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Cardinal
Great Blue Heron (Levisa River)
Mallard (Levisa River)


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