Date: 5/8/18 8:17 am
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Re: VARIED BUNTING, Elizabeth, PA, Allegheny County
Several other birders and I were there from sunrise to 10:30. Bird is a
no-show today, and homeowner said was feeding very actively last night.

Zach Millen
New Holland

On Mon, May 7, 2018, 3:21 PM Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:

> Awesome PA bird! Congrats to all who get to see it.
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> <rook185...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > 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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