Date: 2/3/18 3:26 pm From: Tom Kuehl <tjk.kuehl...> Subject: Westmoreland County WRS - Unity Township area - Peregrine Falcon and Rusty Blackbirds
Greg and All,
This is the second year for this WRS route south of Greensburg that wanders through the rural area of primarily Unity Township. It was created in 2017 by Sharon Gewecke who lives in the area. The route includes passes through the Westmoreland Fair Grounds and Mammoth Lake Park; goes through a number of small towns, but mainly in farm and a bit of strip habitat.
The Peregrine Falcon, always in flight, appeared to be carrying prey when it was first spotted on the driver's side, but the prey was not seen as it flew away on the passenger side. The Peregrine was seen on Pollin's Road - not far from the Fairgrounds.
County - Westmoreland
Date - February 3, 2018
Observers- Sharon Gewecke, Tom Kuehl and Janet Kuehl
Total time actually surveying Hours: 2 Minutes- 15
Start time = 10:35 am /End time = 12:55 pm
Miles on route = 36.2
Harriers- 2 (both Gray Ghosts)
Red-tails- Ad. = 6 /Imm. = 0 /ND = 6 Total = 12
Other raptors ? YES! Peregrine Falcon = 1 (not able to age)
Avg Temp.- 23F
Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Partly Cloudy to start, gradually changing to full cloud cover
Wind - Light
Avg Snow cover depth - A snow cover, but generally 1" or less
Of note: Four Rusty Blackbirds were seen on Brinkerton Road near a reclamation pond.