Date: 6/13/18 1:17 pm
From: Jim H <englishhaus...>
Subject: Re: 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS, Imperial Grasslands, Allegheny County
Hello Barb et al,

I’ll second Alan’s and Aidan’s comments and follow with an affirmative for
Barb. I heard the female’s chip calls relatively early during my
observation this morning, but she never showed herself and the male was
almost a no show until after 2 ½ hours of waiting (all without playback),
when he popped up onto a snag and then flew to another perch before
disappearing again. Sadly, he never had the decency to sing or call. I wish
he was idiot enough with an iPod full of human calls to have tricked me.
He’d have saved me a lot of time.

I did, however, enjoy observing Northern Rough-winged Swallows enter with
food what is surely a nest hole in a large mound of dirt, singing Willow
Flycatchers, Common Yellowthroats, Yellow-breasted Chats, and many others
as well as a flyover Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, and
Yellow-billed Cuckoo. There were more Indigo Buntings than I needed to see
that also gave me fits teasing me with their similarity to the Blue
Grosbeak, especially a few of the immature males, but despite the wait, I
had an awesome time seeing, hearing, and studying many other species. A
link to my list with some distant photos of the grosbeak follows.

Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.

On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 9:44 AM Barb <
<0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Well said Alan, is the bird still in the area?
> Barb
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Jun 13, 2018, at 9:05 AM, Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> wrote:
> >
> > I always appreciate specific directions to a rare and interesting bird.
> I think the characterization that "everyone idiot with an ipod will be out
> there today harassing the grosbeaks" is quite wrong. The vast majority of
> the "idiots with an ipod" are not going to be receiving emails from the
> PABirds listserve, and even if they did, I find it unlikely that the casual
> idiot is going to drive to an obscure location in an industrial park to see
> a Blue Grosbeak when most people don't even look out their window to
> appreciate a Blue Jay in their yard. We sort of have to assume that those
> receiving these emails are capable and aware of how to handle themselves
> with respect to proper behavior when viewing birds, otherwise what is this
> list even for? There are bad actors rarely yes, but I'm pretty sure the
> massive construction efforts at the King Rd area are gonna do more
> disturbance than any number of birders walking the road and trying to get a
> glimpse of a beautiful bird. If people aren't permitted to view and
> appreciate birds (within reason), then how can we expect anyone to care
> about their fate? Just my thoughts.
> >
> > Good birding,
> > Alan Buriak
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> >
> >
> > -------- Original message --------
> > From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
> > Date: 6/13/18 6:07 AM (GMT-05:00)
> > To: <PABIRDS...>
> > Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS, Imperial Grasslands, Allegheny
> County
> >
> > Everyone,
> >
> >
> >
> > Although posts like this are informative and interesting, by giving
> specific directions, the unfortunate downside will be every idiot with an
> IPOD will be out there today harassing the Grosbeaks.
> >
> >
> >
> > Jerry Kruth
> > Pgh
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Sameer Apte <sameerapte1...>
> > Sent: Sun, Jun 10, 2018 3:50 pm
> > Subject: [PABIRDS] 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS, Imperial Grasslands, Allegheny
> County
> >
> > Hi all,
> > Tessa Rhinehart, Jack Chaillet, and I birded the Imperial Grasslands this
> > morning. Upon entering King Road Jack called out a female BLUE GROSBEAK
> > from the car. After brief but identifiable looks this bird disappeared
> into
> > the marshes and brief playback flushed an adult male Blue Grosbeak which
> > immediately started to sing from the leafy tree in the marsh. Photos can
> be
> > found on our checklist, the link to which is below.
> > Incidentally, Michael David's follow-up to our report had neither male or
> > female adult birds, but an immature male, which indicates that there are
> at
> > least 3 birds present at this site. While nesting has historically
> occurred
> > here, BLGR has not recently bred in the county and it would be very cool
> to
> > see evidence of breeding.
> > Also notable from King Rd. were a Ring-necked Pheasant on the berm on the
> > left after turning from Westport Rd., several very vocal Yellow-breasted
> > Chats, close looks at a Grasshopper Sparrow, White-eyed Vireo, and 5
> > species of breeding warblers (Blue-winged, Ovenbird, Prairie, Yellow,
> > yellowthroat).
> >
> > Bobolinks and a Horned Lark were present at the truck stop, and while
> > Henslow's Sparrows were not singing at the west grasslands, they were
> > abundant at the Beagle Rd. area down the road in Washington Co.
> >
> > Less rare but also of note was a total of around 8 to 10 Green Herons
> > throughout the day, a surprisingly high number for the county.
> >
> > The link to the checklist is here:
> >
> >
> > Good birding,
> > Sameer Apte
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
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