Date: 3/17/17 5:44 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: Pectoral Sandpiper, many field birds, Berks
Besides the concentration of shorebirds in this snowy wetland (below), I saw
thousands of Horned Larks and blackbirds on manure, one Lapland Longspur, 2
N. Harriers, a couple thousand lingering Snow Geese and many other field
birds at and near Pheasant Valley Farm, Robesonia.

> School Rd. wetland, Marion Twp., Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> Mar 17, 2017 2:05 PM - 2:25 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Sunny, about 8" snowcover. Most of wetland covered with
> snow, but a small area open.
> 8 species
> Killdeer 4
> Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Smaller than Wilson's Snipe & Killdeer, but
> larger than any peep. Chunky shorebird with fairly short yellowish bill,
> heavy streaking on breast (darkest on center of breast) that ended
> abruptly at white belly, yellowish legs, pale supercilium, warm buffy
> feather edgings on folded wings. Walked about in grassy wet areas picking
> at prey. Did not probe in manner of snipe. I have a previous Berks Co.
> March record of 2 birds near Fleetwood 3/11/13 and there are other March
> records.
> Wilson's Snipe 18
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
> Mourning Dove 2
> European Starling 300
> Common Grackle 6
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> View this checklist online at
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
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