Date: 4/1/17 11:01 pm From: Aidan Place <placea...> Subject: Eared Grebe and Others -- Northwestern PA
I returned late last night from a birding trip to Panama so I was, of course, anxious to get out birding again in PA, so this morning Jack Chaillet, Sameer Apte, Michael Auda, and myself went birding in Northwestern PA.
We started at Tieline Rd to try for Lapland longspur. Unfortunately, the one large flock of American pipit and horned larks we had was completely obscured by grass every time it landed so we couldn't make out any longspurs. However, we had 4 rusty blackbirds and 2 wood ducks in the surrounding fields.
Our next stop was Kahle lake where we located the continuing eared grebe as well as the following other waterbirds: Long-tailed duck (6) Horned grebe Lesser scaup Gadwall Common loon (4) Ruddy duck Bufflehead Ring-necked duck Hooded merganser
We then moved on to Shenango Resevoir where we had the following birds around the propagation ponds: Northern pintail Northern shoveller Lesser scaup Ring-necked duck Green-winged teal American wigeon Gadwall Common loon American black duck Wood duck American coot
Lastly we stopped at Volant Strips where we had the following: Northern harrier Horned lark Bonaparte's gull Wilson's snipe Sandhill crane American tree sparrow Savannah sparrow
At the nearby Shaner Rd. ponds we added redhead and greater scaup to the day list plus some of the more common waterfowl.