Date: 4/5/17 11:41 am
From: Jen Lee <jal21...>
Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher - NOT YET
I was just out in the area for about 20 mins. Didn't see it, lots of OPP vehicle traffic during the day thru Services road. Likely pushed out of that area. I'm thinking best bets are Arboretum lands north of their bldgs or fields east of stadium/baseball field down toward the PSU retention pond. Saw 2 other birders along Services in cars (one playing calls) and 2 on foot in Arboretum land. GOOD LUCK ALL !

Jen Lee

From: "Mark Bonta" <markabonta...>
To: "Jen Lee" <jal21...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 2:03:00 PM
Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher - possible sighting on PSU campus

Would be a county first - and I assume those in the area are already on it. Juniata Co had a record in 2014, Lycoming in 2003. Fork-tailed Flycatcher is also a possibility--can't think what else.

From: Jen Lee <jal21...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher - possible sighting on PSU campus

It would be very rare ! Checking eBird there was one reported & photographed in Ocean City NJ on March 1-13

Perhaps it has made its way here !

Jen Lee

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shari Edelson" < <ske13...> >
Sent: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:55:09 PM
Subject: Scissor-tailed flycatcher - possible sighting on PSU campus

This is the first time I've ever posted to this listserve, but I've been a subscriber for a few years now.

The reason I'm writing is that I am almost positive that I saw a scissor-tailed flycatcher on the Penn State campus this morning!

Location was Big Hollow Rd., between the intersections with Tower Rd. and Services Rd. Time was about 9am - I'm just getting back to my computer now, or I would have written earlier.

The extremely long tail feathers, dark band of coloration near the beak and eye, overall size, and fluffed-up crest of feathers on the forehead are a dead-on match.

I am an amateur/hobbyist as far as bird ID goes, but I am almost completely positive that this is what I saw - which would be extremely rare, right?

I hope someone else can get out to look for this bird and maybe even get another peek!

All the best,

Shari Edelson
Director of Horticulture & Curator
The Arboretum at Penn State
320 Forest Resources Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-8080 Office
(443) 418-8731 Cell

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