Not really expecting a whole lot, I made a swing through
4 locations in western Monongalia County this morning.
To put it mildly, Pedlar Wildlife Management Area--both
Dixon Lake and Mason Lake Units--and Mason-Dixon
Historical Park were busts. A grand total of 3 birds were
seen at the 3 locations in late morning. I cut my losses
quickly at each location and moved on rapidly.
The only highlights were at Little Indian Creek WMA,
my first stop. I had not been to this location before--there
are no signs on Route 19 and the entrance sign is about a
mile south of that road on Little Indian Creek Road.
There is lots of good riparian habitat and many brushy areas
along the road, where I struggled to find 10 species:
Downy Woodpecker--3, maybe 4
Belted Kingfisher--1 heard only
WINTER WREN--1 frustrating bird seen only briefly
twice in the shrubs. Called occasionally, but I could only
glimpse a small brown bird with a cocked tail.
Carolina Wren--1 heard only
EASTERN TOWHEE--1 bird heard calling only. Been
quite a while since I've seen one in this area.
I also checked out the road to the top of the hill under
the powerline, but there were 3 pickup trucks parked
there. I assumed hunters and retreated, later hearing
a couple of gunshots and what sounded like some
Definitely an area to go back to in spring.