Date: 2/5/18 11:21 am From: Robert Mulvihill <robert.mulvihill...> Subject: WRS Pittsburgh to Pymatuning
This Winter Raptor Survey was conducted on two dates as an educational outreach tour of the National Aviary.
On each occasion fourteen observers plus myself counted birds from a chartered, bright red, single-decker tour bus from the Pittsburgh Tour Company (famous for their red double-decker bus tours!) Visibility was excellent, and, best of all, we had up to 15 pairs of eyes spotting raptors!
Counties - Allegheny, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, and Crawford
Date - 1/31/2018 and 2/3/18
Observers - Bob Mulvihill plus fourteen others.
Total time on route (excluding lunch etc.) Hours:Minutes- 4.5 hrs
Also seen: Five Snow Buntings at the Pymatuning Causeway on Feb. 3
We had great hot lunches (by special pre-arrangement) at Aunt Bee's in Cochrantown on both days!
Note: I did make some slight route adjustments between our January 31 and February 3 runs, and I likely will make a few more adjustments before settling on a final route, so I consider this winter's surveys as trial runs. Next winter we will finalize the route and incorporate the results into the PSO's Winter Raptor Survey data set.
Robert S. Mulvihill Ornithologist National Aviary 700 Arch Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-258-1148 <Robert.mulvihill...> <Robert.mulvihill...>
*The National Aviary <http://www.aviary.org> works to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.*