Birds of Timberline and Canaan Valley
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johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
June 14, 2004
Member since 07/18/2001
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For anyone interested in critters who enjoy the slopes in the summer, check out this list:

http://www.surfbirds.com/phorum/read.php?f=116&i=1054&t=1054

Corey Rucker, btw, is a truly a fantastic birder. I ran into him two weeks ago at the Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge. He wants me to help out with the Christmas bird count but I told him I could only do it if skiing was part of the game. I'll do all my counting on OFF THE WALL.
andy
June 14, 2004
Member since 03/6/2004
175 posts
Where did the european starling & the canadian warbler come from? The wild turkey is my fav(yum)
johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
June 15, 2004
Member since 07/18/2001
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All of the European Starlings found today in North America-and they number in the 200 million range-are descendants of approximately 100 birds introduced in New York City's Central Park in the early 1890s. A society dedicated to introducing into America all of the birds mentioned in the works of Shakespeare set these birds free. Previous attempts to introduce Starlings were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast as early as 1850, but all were unsuccessful. Today, European Starlings are seen from Alaska to Florida to northern Mexico.

They are kind of a pest because they often evict indigenous birds from their nests. [Frown]

http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i4930id.html

The Canadian Warbler, on the other hand, is an uncommon Spring migrant. We saw one last weekend near White Grass, which is also a good birding area in the Canaan Valley:

http://www.aves.net/birds-of-ohio/birdcawa.htm
snowcone
June 15, 2004
Member since 09/27/2002
589 posts
Wild Turkeys at SS too .. nearly creamed a large male coming down off the mountain this spring. Scared the stuffings out of us as we rounded a turn to see him right in the middle of the road. Slammed on the brakes so both the turkey and our xterra survived. Wondering .. if we had hit and killed the bird, how edible is it?
jimmy
June 16, 2004
Member since 03/5/2004
2,650 posts
Snowcone, the meat's not too bad but the feathers are kind of hard to swallow.
myrto
June 16, 2004
Member since 10/4/2001
259 posts
I had too much wild turkey once at snowshoe as well
myrto
June 16, 2004
Member since 10/4/2001
259 posts
I had too much wild turkey once at snowshoe as well
myrto
June 16, 2004
Member since 10/4/2001
259 posts
didn' I just say that!

I guess it's dejavu all over again
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