Date: 7/2/18 7:05 am From: Aidan Place <aidanjplace...> Subject: Belated Report-- Sewickley and Imperial Area, Allegheny County
This is a very belated report, but this past Tuesday I made use of my second day in the US after having moved back to Pittsburgh from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to go birding with Jack Chaillet and Sameer Apte in Sewickley and the Imperial Area.
Sewickley Heights Park and the surrounding areas of the Little Sewickley Creek held all the usual breeding species (with the exception of Kentucky warbler which are not present this year to the best of my knowledge) such as: Ovenbird Cerulean Warbler Hooded Warbler Veery Yellow-billed Cuckoo Louisiana Waterthrush
At Snead's (sic?) we also located Eastern Red-backed, Northern Two-lined, and Jefferson Salamanders.
Imperial has gotten *vastly* more developed since I was last in Pittsburgh, but held some decent birding none-the-less. At the main pond and King Road area we had: Spotted Sandpiper Killdeer Fledglings Yellow-breasted Chat Grasshopper Sparrow Savanah Sparrow Orchard Oriole Prairie Warbler
Chapman-Westport's efforts to develop the entire area have been sad to watch but, for the time being, have produced some interesting habitat along King Road which is supporting Chats as well as a large number of Grasshopper Sparrows and what feels like thousands of Indigo Buntings. The Blue Grosbeaks found earlier this season do not appear to be still present here, apparently having dispersed after they completed breeding.
At a small wetland area on Burgettstown Road we had a singing Swamp Sparrow.
Unfortunately, at Solar Drive, we found the grasslands being torn up by earthmovers and bulldozers with seemingly most of the areas historically holding Willow Flycatcher and Bobolink already having been plowed over.
We had no Henslow's Sparrows at West Imperial Grassland, but a singing Eastern Meadowlark was nice.
Overall, I had 45 county yearbirds over the course of the day; it's good to be back!
Good birding, Aidan Place Allegheny County (again)