Date: 6/10/19 3:01 pm From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Subject: Hop Bottom BBS route
Just a few thoughts after reading Glenn's BBS report. I ran my Hop Bottom route that starts in Susquehanna County with the first 10 stops and then goes into Wyoming ending south of Falls PA. This is my fifth year for me and the amount of noise from fracking pads and traffic from water trucks has increased tremendously. When I was starting at Stop 1 at 5 am, I could hear a low hum. This grew louder until I finally came upon the source at Stop 4, a fracking operation just beyond the barnyard. This used to be a good stop of course in the early morning but yesterday was very frustrating. We also did some county birding the day before and the roads in that part of the state are horrible. The companies should have been made to repair them. Oh, something new this year in the northern counties, a sign before you get to them saying Construction Entrance!
The other problem was nature and loud streams close to the car. It is hard to say how many species I missed due to this.
The route was established in 1967 and I added two species this year: Red-headed Woodpecker and Pine Warbler. Greg and I monitor RHWO here in Huntingdon county and are very familiar with the shrill Wheer call. No visual but undeniable. I checked eBird later and there are spotty records in the area within 15 to 30 miles. We have breeding Pine Warblers here on our ridge in Huntingdon county and are familiar with that sweet trill.
66 species and 605 individuals, fairly average numbers for the BBS route in this century. Higher numbers occurred in the previous century. Also, my numbers of individuals are fairly similar to others recorded this century. Big misses were Killdeer, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chimney Swift, and Pileated Woodpecker, although these are usually low numbers anyway. Some of my new high counts were for Song Sparrow 33, Red-eyed Vireo 38, House Wren 20,and Cedar Waxwing tied for 28.
Those that were somewhat lower than average numbers for this CENTURY were Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Eastern Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Yellow Warbler and Song Sparrow. 10 warbler species
One more BBS route in Rothrock (Greg's) this season and my 2 in southeastern Ohio to go. The breeding period is over so fast.
Wood Duck 1 Mallard 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Bald Eagle 1 Rock Pigeon 4 Mourning Dove 11 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 5 Alder Flycatcher 1 Least Flycatcher 1 Eastern Phoebe 6 Great Crested Flycatcher 3 Yellow-throated Vireo 5 Blue-headed Vireo 1 Warbling Vireo 2 Red-eyed Vireo 38 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 28 Common Raven 2 Tree Swallow 1 Barn Swallow 6 Black-capped Chickadee 4 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Carolina Wren 8 House Wren 20 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 Eastern Bluebird 2 Veery 8 Wood Thrush 10 American Robin 60 Gray Catbird 24 Brown Thrasher 1 European Starling 25 Cedar Waxwing 28 Ovenbird 25 Blue-winged Warbler 1 Black-and-white Warbler 3 Common Yellowthroat 17 American Redstart 12 Blackburnian Warbler 2 Yellow Warbler 21 Chestnut-sided Warbler 7 Pine Warbler 2 Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Eastern Towhee 3 Chipping Sparrow 26 Field Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 33 Scarlet Tanager 3 Northern Cardinal 17 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 Indigo Bunting 16 Bobolink 1 Red-winged Blackbird 33 Eastern Meadowlark 1 Common Grackle 16 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Baltimore Oriole 4 House Finch 4 American Goldfinch 8 House Sparrow 12