Date: 9/10/17 5:00 am From: Kruth G <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> Subject: Re: HELP. Anticipated big birding opportunity today in Clarion County
Shippenville Gamelands is a great birding place. I would add to this very appealing note, Shippenville is also known for attracting Connecticut Warbler in fall. We found one there once, courtesy of Mike Weibel.
Jerry Kruth Pittsburgh
-----Original Message----- From: Lewis Crowell <ltcjac...> To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...> Sent: Sun, Sep 10, 2017 12:04 am Subject: [PABIRDS] HELP. Anticipated big birding opportunity today in Clarion County
Adjoining the south line of Shippenville is the main parcel of State Game Land 63, an unusually dependable birding location. It may probably be the best Game Land in northern PA area for its lush and varied vegetation, and its abundance of Shingle Oak. This oak, along with the White Oak have to be the top two magnets attracting migrant warblers. For the third year in a row I have run into a major warbler fallout in the same location of this Game Land, yet only to be able to identify 1/5 of them. Today (Saturday) was no exception. We were planning to to take our usual 3 mile loop. However right at the start I became so bombarded with warblers and migrating sparrows that I never left the vicinity of the parking lot. Still I could only ID maybe one out of six. The tentative list of warblers and sparrows is
Black-Throated Green Warbler Yellow Warbler (?) Orange-Crowned Warbler (very shaky, relied on yellow under tail coverts and olive back) Tennessee Warbler - equally shaky ID Pine Warbler Worm- Eating Warbler (VERY shaky; only saw breast part) Cape May Warbler Bay-Breasted Warbler Chipping Sparrow; adults & juveniles Junco Field Sparrow , and who knows what else - at least 40 sparrows- too skittish to get a good look. Clay-colored sparrows are a real possibility here. and MANY MANY other species hidden deep in the clumps of Shingle Oak leaves.
Such incompetence is a terrible waste of a superb birding opportunity. I am pleading that a local, more competent birder(s) check this spot out tomorrow (Sunday). PM is best but I have never birded here in the AM. The wind direction will still be from the NE, so it should still be busy.
LOCATION: Park near the gate in front of the sign saying 854 Roberts Hill Rd , which is about 100 yards from SR 208 just south of Shippenville . Go around the gate and just past the Game Land buildings. Check out the trees surrounding the small mowed area in the rear, the trees lining the stone road and up to the rail trail, and generally around the whole complex. Also check the patches of "foxtail" grass growing on the the rail trail (This grass (Setaria,sp.) is light tan and is also called millet or bristle grass. Ignore the abundant Japanese Stiltgrass which is green. The warblers and sparrows concentrated within a 150 feet radius of the building complex and stayed put for the whole time. (between 4 and 6:30 PM) I suspect the abundant sunshine here attracted many more insects than further down the shady rail trail. The cool weather also helped concentrate the birds in the sunny areas, and the grit on the rail trail was yet another draw.
In the unlikely event you don't find much, continue up Roberts Hill Road about 1/4 mile and park in the the main parking area on the right. Walk across Roberts Hill Rd. and up the Game Land Road. Soon you will find a clearcut on the right and mature woodland on the left. These trees (including plenty of Shingle Oak will be bathed in sunshine, and should provide excellent opportunities. Plenty of other areas abound here . E-mail me if you need further information on this remarkable Game Land.
Lewis and Jennifer Crowell East Aurora, NY (near Buffalo)