This morning I birded the Monongahela River all the way
from Prickett's Fort State Park north of Fairmont to Fort
Martin near the PA state line.
Clear highlight was the 6 HORNED GREBES in
Morgantown. 5 were just north of the Route 19 bridge at
McQuain Park, while the 6th was a bit further north at
the wastewater treatment plant near the Star City
Route 19 bridge.
A close runnerup was the 4 female COMMON MERGANSERS
at Prickett's Fort south of the railroad trestle.
Prickett's Creek, by the way, is completely frozen in the park.
The Mon is open, but just upstream of the Opekiska Dam ice is
creeping out from the shore and covers maybe 25% of
the water above the dam.
Other noteworthy sightings:
Wood Duck--1 drake in a small unfrozen section of Prickett's
Creek just outside the park
American Black Duck--8 along Fort Martin Road
Bufflehead--2 along Fort Martin Road
Hooded Merganser--9 at Prickett's Fort, 11 at Opekiska Dam,
9 near Barill Park, 10 along Fort Martin Road, 4 near the
American Coot--6 near the Horned Grebes, 5 near the Star
City water treatment plant
Pied-billed Grebe--8 from the Morgantown Dam to the
Great Blue Heron--2 at Prickett's Fort, 2 at Opekiska Dam,
1 at the Star City water treatment plant
Herring Gull--1 flying around near the Star City water treatment
plant. I was disappointed there weren't more gulls.
Belted Kingfisher--1 near Barill Park
Pileated Woodpecker--2 flying across the river at Prickett's Fort
Golden-crowned Kinglet--1 at Prickett's Fort
Eastern Bluebird--3 behind the Morgantown Events Center
Cedar Waxwing--40 at the south end of Hornbeck Road while
enroute to Prickett's Fort
White-throated Sparrow--5 at Prickett's Fort
I'd like to wish everyone a very pleasant holiday season.