Date: 5/7/18 12:21 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: VARIED BUNTING, Elizabeth, PA, Allegheny County
Awesome PA bird! Congrats to all who get to see it.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>

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> On May 6, 2018, at 10:20 PM, Jim H <englishhaus...> wrote:
>
> Hello All,
>
> Bob Mulvihill called me shortly after 6:30 this evening to kindly ask if
> I’d like to see a VARIED BUNTING to which I skeptically replied, “Are you
> for real, they’re from Southwest Texas and Southeastern Arizona! Is it a
> reliable ID?” He replied with a quick yes, and even better, the bird was in
> Elizabeth, PA, only about a 10 minute drive from our neighborhood. I picked
> up Bob and contacted Geoff Malosh. We arrived at the home and Geoff,
> Shannon Thompson, Dave Wilton showed up shortly after. We waited about 15
> minutes before the bird, an adult male in stunning breeding plumage, came
> in, foraging along the ground below a feeder behind the home.
>
> This is an exceptionally rare vagrant, and a PA first record. All present
> saw the bird. The homeowners are willing to allow visitors but under the
> following two conditions:
>
> 1) All visitors wishing to see the bird need to set up a visit with Dave
> Wilton who will give further directions involving visit times and parking
> at a nearby church. Dave may be reached at ‭(412) 848-2372‬.
>
> PLEASE CONTACT DAVE FIRST BEFORE SHOWING UP TO SEE THE BIRD! The homeowners
> are generous and willing to let everyone see the bird, but want to maintain
> their sanity. DO NOT SHOW UP UNANNOUNCED!
>
> 2) YOU MUST USE THE FOLLOWING eBIRD HOTSPOT!
>
> https://ebird.org/hotspot/L7361442
>
> Please DO NOT DROP PERSONAL LOCATIONS in eBird! The homeowners would rather
> the world not know their home location. Dave will give you directions
> personally.
>
> In full disclosure, the bird has now been present at the home for 48 hours,
> having been first spotted by the homeowners yesterday. Hopefully, everyone
> will respect the homeowners’ wishes and have a chance to see this amazing
> rarity!
>
> All the best to those of you who chase this bird!
>
> Good Birding (and good fortune!),
> Jim Hausman
> Allegheny County
>
>
> PS Geoff and I will post pics soon with our lists.
>
>
> --
> Jim Hausman
> Allegheny Co.
 
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