Date: 2/6/21 3:30 pm From: Tom Kuehl <tjk.kuehl...> Subject: New Somerset County WRS Route
Greg and All,
This is a new route covering a large area of primarily farm habitat at high elevations (for PA) just west of the Allegheny Front. The route starts at the Bedford County line on Rt. 30 and ends in Buckstown, which is very close to the Flight 93 National Memorial. The route is all south of Rt. 30, and the area includes Reels Corners, Indian Lake, Berlin and Shanksville.
County - Somerset County - East-Central WRS Route
Date - February 6, 2021
Obs.- Tom and Janet Kuehl
Survey time (subtract breaks) : Hours: 4 Minutes- 20
Start/End time: 9:55am / 4:01pm
Miles on route: 87.5
Avg Temp.- 28F
Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Partly Cloudy to Mostly Sunny
Wind - Calm/Light/medium- Medium
Inches Snow cover- 6"
Rough-legs- 1 Light
Kestrels- ND - 1
Red-shoulders - 2 adults
Cooper's 1 Juvenile
Comments - There were several Common Ravens and very many Crows. Quite a few farms with spread manure, so Horned Larks seen in several locations. One Pileated Woodpecker and two groups of Wild Turkey (roughly 5 and 15).
Happy to get so many Red-tailed Hawks as we get low counts on our Northeast Somerset Route. We had 2 Northern Harriers on a scouting run of the route earlier this week, however dipped on them today. Also had 2 Rough-legs, so thinking some very good potential for this route with lots of open and edge habitat.