PABIRDS
Received From Subject
2/23/19 8:26 am Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...> Red headed woodpecker Dauphin?
2/23/19 8:15 am Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...> “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal, Lebanon County
2/22/19 9:31 pm reeser <reeser...> Re: Off topic, hummingbird map
2/22/19 3:08 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch (22 Feb 2019) 2 Raptors
2/22/19 2:22 pm Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Harlequin Duck, Armstrong Cty.
2/22/19 12:34 pm Dick Snyder <000000b422b14e57-dmarc-request...> Male Eastern towhee, centre county
2/22/19 11:47 am DAVID KOCH <davilene...> Off topic, hummingbird map
2/22/19 10:22 am Donna Collett <dcollett57...> Raven pair Beaver Cty
2/22/19 5:12 am John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...> Re: Harlequin - Armstrong Co.
2/22/19 5:02 am Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Re: Harlequin - Armstrong Co.
2/21/19 2:47 pm Margaret <bcoriole...> Found rain guard covers for Niko binos
2/21/19 2:44 pm Margaret <bcoriole...> Harlequin - Armstrong Co.
2/21/19 2:36 pm Laura Jackson <jacksonlaura73...> Bedford Co. Red-winged blackbirds
2/21/19 12:17 pm Darwin Evangelista <h2ofowl...> Feeder Birds
2/20/19 2:34 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Canvasback Update, Southern Lancaster County
2/20/19 1:18 pm Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...> Singing Red-winged Blackbirds/Indiana co
2/20/19 12:12 pm Marge <marvantassel...> Eurasian Wigeon at Kittanning (Armstrong County)
2/20/19 12:07 pm Cathy Brown <blueapis...> juvenile Red-shouldered hawk, Wash. county
2/20/19 10:49 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Eastern Towhee, Cooper’s Hawk - York County
2/20/19 6:18 am LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...> Re: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 26th, 2019
2/19/19 6:35 pm Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...> Northampton County Sawwhet
2/19/19 4:29 pm Ron Freed <rrfreed...> Mifflin County Raptors - (Roughlegs)
2/19/19 12:41 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Bonaparte's Gulls and Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
2/18/19 5:08 pm Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...> Northampton County sightings
2/18/19 12:34 pm Jim Fiorentino <bluefox122a...> Re: Lebanon County, Lions Lake, Greater White-fronted Goose
2/18/19 8:02 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Allegheny Front (17 Feb 2019) 1 Raptors
2/18/19 7:21 am Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request...> Lebanon County, Lions Lake, Greater White-fronted Goose
2/18/19 7:13 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> N. Shrike - Allegheny Co.
2/18/19 6:42 am Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...> Middle Creek WMA Birds
2/18/19 6:15 am jtraynor <0000010782986cfc-dmarc-request...> Re: Middlecreek peak migration?
2/18/19 4:19 am Amanda Kavitt <0000006d66856098-dmarc-request...> Everybody advises me this
2/17/19 7:06 pm August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Peace Valley Park (IBA) - Bucks Co. (2/10 - 2/16)
2/17/19 6:46 pm Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> Lancaster Waterfowl High Counts
2/17/19 5:43 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Armstrong Co. - Eurasian Wigeon and other waterfowl
2/17/19 4:09 pm jerry stanley <bhnsjerry...> Venango Co.
2/17/19 3:18 pm Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> DISREGARD Rocky Ridge (17 Feb 2019) 32 Raptors
2/17/19 3:14 pm Dean Newhouse <dean.newhouse...> Peregrine Falcons at York Haven Dam facility
2/17/19 1:53 pm Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 2/17/2019
2/17/19 1:50 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Rocky Ridge (17 Feb 2019) 32 Raptors
2/17/19 1:48 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County birds of note
2/17/19 12:55 pm Dan Altif <00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request...> Wayne WRS
2/17/19 11:58 am Bob Keener <keener1538...> Middlecreek peak migration?
2/17/19 9:53 am The Stahls <jalstahl...> "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal, Lebanon County
2/17/19 8:47 am Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Eurasian Wigeon - Armstrong County
2/17/19 8:43 am Dave Brooke <davbrooke...> Field Sparrow, Allegheny Co
2/17/19 6:37 am A. Liebner <000000d98121eaef-dmarc-request...> Red-winged BB, E. Bluebirds, Barred Owl- Schuylkill Co.
2/16/19 10:15 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: Eastern Bluebirds -York County
2/16/19 10:05 pm Dave Leibert <xdave...> Rough Legged Hawk (Maybe) Route 78/33 junction Northampton county
2/16/19 7:13 pm Dan Richards <drichards7...> Hermit Thrush, Clearfield Co.
2/16/19 5:37 pm Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Greater White-fronted Geese, Crawford County
2/16/19 4:41 pm Mark Boyd <mrboyd58...> Blackbirds, Lehigh County
2/16/19 3:53 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Re: More Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
2/16/19 1:53 pm Bill Zinn <wgzinn...> Mergansers - Washington Cnty
2/16/19 12:10 pm g. g <birdersx5...> Common mergansers, Bald eagle, Washington County
2/16/19 11:22 am Bob Schutsky <info...> More Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
2/16/19 11:06 am DNADEB <dsg4...> Evening Grosbeaks Forest county
2/16/19 8:48 am Jason Verdier <0000001361c1d04c-dmarc-request...> Re: Eastern Bluebirds -York County
2/16/19 7:22 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> White-winged Scoter - Beaver Co.
2/16/19 6:39 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Eastern Bluebirds -York County
2/15/19 1:15 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Re: Many Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
2/15/19 12:58 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Allegheny Front (15 Feb 2019) Raptors
2/15/19 9:31 am Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> Fall 2018 Photos for Pennsylvania Birds - Due 2/24/19
2/14/19 4:09 pm g. g <birdersx5...> Common mergansers, Washington County
2/14/19 2:49 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Many Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
2/14/19 12:33 pm Leigh Altadonna <ljalta...> Re: Great Backyard Bird Count & eBird
2/14/19 9:19 am Dave DeReamus <becard...> OT: Florida Trip with Dark-billed Cuckoo
2/14/19 6:41 am Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...> Great Backyard Bird Count & eBird
2/14/19 5:37 am Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Evening Grosbeaks in Forest County?
2/13/19 1:33 pm R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> Lapland Longspur, Harrier, York Co.
2/13/19 12:55 pm g. g <birdersx5...> Merlin, Washington/Allegheny County
2/13/19 9:40 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Great Backyard Bird Count
2/12/19 5:19 pm Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...> Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Feb 12, 2019
2/12/19 1:27 pm LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...> Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 26th, 2019
2/12/19 10:58 am Bob Schutsky <info...> CANVASBACKS, Southern Lancaster County
2/11/19 2:12 pm Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Dauphin County - Harris Sparrow
2/11/19 1:37 pm Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...> Mallard X Northern Pintail is back, Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
2/11/19 11:34 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 22 January 2019
2/11/19 9:39 am Bob Schutsky <info...> Re: Southwest Lancaster County WRS, 10 Feb 2019
2/11/19 9:32 am Bob Schutsky <info...> Southwest Lancaster County WRS, 10 Feb 2019
2/11/19 9:19 am Gary Edwards <gedwards...> WRS Forest County
2/11/19 6:10 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Juniata County - Common Redpoll
2/11/19 6:00 am Gary Robson <garyrobson...> More cowbirds
2/11/19 5:15 am August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Ross's Goose Peace Valley Park-Bucks Co. 2/10
2/11/19 5:03 am Tom Witmer <thomaswitmer...> Lancaster County Safe Harbor Dam
2/10/19 8:23 pm Jeff Holbrook <birdpany...> Tioga Co. NW, WRS
2/10/19 7:39 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> Glaucous Gull, Berks
2/10/19 6:37 pm Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...> Northampton East WRS
2/10/19 4:28 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County Birds of Note
2/10/19 3:11 pm Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...> Mallard X Northern Pintail briefly at Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
2/10/19 2:37 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Evening Grosbeaks - Beaver Co.
2/10/19 1:39 pm Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request...> chipping sparrows-Allegheny County
2/10/19 12:34 pm Michael Leahy <mrl706...> WRS - Crawford Co, Route #203
2/10/19 11:56 am Jim H <englishhaus...> Duck Sightings, Allegheny Co.
2/10/19 10:27 am Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Eastern Towhee, Allegheny County
2/10/19 6:21 am Gary Robson <garyrobson...> Brown-headed Cowbirds
2/10/19 5:59 am Jim H <englishhaus...> Long-tailed Duck, Rachel Carson Riverfront Park, Allegheny Co.
2/10/19 3:11 am August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Peace Valley Park (IBA) - (2/3 - 2/9)
2/9/19 7:53 pm g. g <birdersx5...> Correction: Mute swan, Washington County
2/9/19 5:52 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Gettysburg Area - lots of raptors!
2/9/19 3:11 pm Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...> RW Blackbird - Clearfield County
2/9/19 2:57 pm Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> 3 Merlins, Schenley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
2/9/19 2:23 pm g. g <birdersx5...> Tundra swan, Washington County
2/9/19 1:49 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Long-tailed Duck - Beaver Co.
2/9/19 12:14 pm Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> Red-shouldered Hawk--Beaver County
2/9/19 12:12 pm August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> WRS-North Western Montgomery Co. 2/3/2019
2/9/19 12:03 pm Meredith Lombard <000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request...> Hooded Gull ID? Lancaster County, Susquehanna River
2/9/19 8:02 am Tom Shervinskie <shervinskie...> Redhead Duck Clinton Co
2/9/19 6:42 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> White-winged Scoter - Beaver Co.
2/8/19 6:26 am Michael Leahy <mrl706...> WRS, Clarion Co #162
2/7/19 5:57 pm Bettina Heffner <BettinaHef...> Lancaster Co Bird Club Mtg. Thursday 2/14/19. George Gress - program on Denali
2/7/19 5:20 pm Phil Keener <000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request...> WRS Results- Central York West - New Route
2/7/19 7:40 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Pine Siskin, Regent Sq, Allegheny
2/7/19 6:20 am Linda Widdop <linda...> DVOC program change tonight
2/6/19 10:26 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: Question
2/6/19 10:18 pm Deuane Hoffman <deuane.hoffman...> Re: Question
2/6/19 7:10 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: Question
2/6/19 2:28 pm Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...> 250+ ducks of 12 species, Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
2/6/19 12:17 pm David Yeany II <dyeany2...> Tracking Evening Grosbeak Winter Movements in PA and Beyond
2/6/19 10:48 am Ron Freed <rrfreed...> Adams County Grassland Raptors
2/6/19 9:46 am Dan Richards <drichards7...> Northern Mockingbird, Jefferson Co.
2/6/19 9:44 am Dallas DiLeo <dileod...> Re: Question
2/6/19 9:23 am Evan Mann <7evanmann...> Re: Question
2/6/19 9:06 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Question
2/6/19 1:20 am reeser <reeser...> Egyptian Goose Question -- Cumberland County
2/5/19 5:17 pm Debra Siefken <siefkend...> WRS Adams County Grasslands
2/5/19 8:55 am Gary Edwards <gedwards...> Winter Raptor Survey - Venango County North Route
2/5/19 8:43 am Gary Edwards <gedwards...> WRS Venango County - South Route
2/5/19 7:04 am Bob Fowles <rbf...> Fwd: Trumpeter Swans in Mifflin County
2/5/19 5:51 am DAVID KOCH <davilene...> WRS, southern Northampton County
2/4/19 6:35 pm Bob Fowles <rbf...> WRS 2019 Newton Hamilton Route, Mifflin County
2/4/19 6:03 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> iceland, glaucous gulls, berks
2/4/19 5:56 pm Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> Raptors Adams Co
2/4/19 5:38 pm Steve Fordyce <000000fdf165cdb9-dmarc-request...> Berks Co. WRS.
2/4/19 4:43 pm Dave Brooke <davbrooke...> Short-eared Owl, Armstrong Co.
2/4/19 3:47 pm Heather Jacoby <greybeh...> Geese
2/4/19 2:23 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Southeast Lancaster County WRS, 4 February 2019
2/4/19 1:23 pm Phil Keener <000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request...> WRS Results - SE Fulton - Rte #291
2/4/19 1:16 pm Phil Keener <000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request...> WRS Results - SW Fulton Rte #294
2/4/19 12:06 pm Robert Mulvihill <robert.mulvihill...> WRS, Pittsburgh north to Hartstown
2/4/19 12:02 pm DAVID GROVE <waggap...> WRS cumberland county
2/4/19 11:44 am Dave Brooke <davbrooke...> 3RBC February Meeting
2/4/19 9:54 am Bob Fowles <rbf...> WRS 2019, Ferguson Valley Route, Mifflin County
2/4/19 8:51 am Stratford, Jeff <0000012727f85135-dmarc-request...> New grad program in ornithology
2/4/19 5:23 am Diane K. Bierly <dkb246...> Clearfield County Winter Raptor Survey
2/3/19 7:50 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> winter ducks, Berks
2/3/19 7:23 pm Dave Brooke <davbrooke...> Three Rivers Birding Club February Meeting
2/3/19 6:42 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> WRS Berks
2/3/19 4:38 pm Robert Walczak <0000006fe3ebdd11-dmarc-request...> WRS Lawrence County South
2/3/19 3:14 pm Tom Kuehl <tjk.kuehl...> WRS - Somerset County
2/3/19 2:10 pm Dan Richards <drichards7...> Red-shouldered Hawk behavior, Clarion Co.
2/3/19 1:58 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County birds of note
2/3/19 1:47 pm R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> WRS, SE York
2/3/19 1:25 pm Robert Hoopes <000000eda1daf2ab-dmarc-request...> Winter Raptor Survey 2019 - Lehigh County (northern route)
2/3/19 10:57 am Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...> Re: Juniata County - Western WRS
2/3/19 9:19 am sdschmoyer <0000004a41c07666-dmarc-request...> Re: rye grain question
2/3/19 8:50 am Alane Younger <lanie58...> Re: rye grain question
2/3/19 7:47 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> N. Shrike - Allegheny Co.
2/3/19 4:32 am Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy...> Robin's Lawrence County
2/3/19 3:28 am August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Peace Valley Park (IBA) -Bucks Co. (1/27 - 2/2)
2/2/19 3:39 pm Kimberly Springer <springer0707...> Trumpeter Swan - FOREST COUNTY
2/2/19 2:55 pm Kimberly Springer <springer0707...> Evening Grosbeak (5) - FOREST COUNTY
2/2/19 2:26 pm Tom Kuehl <tjk.kuehl...> Somerset County - Kuehl Northwest WRS Route
2/2/19 2:25 pm Bob Fowles <rbf...> WRS 2019 Mifflin County Milroy Route
2/2/19 1:07 pm Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Juniata County - Western WRS
2/2/19 11:59 am Dave Brooke <davbrooke...> Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspur, Armstrong Co
2/2/19 11:26 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Killdeer - Beaver Co.
2/2/19 11:26 am Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> Allegheny County--Eastern Meadowlark
2/2/19 10:49 am Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> WRS Allegheny County
2/2/19 10:24 am Tom and Nancy Moeller <thosjmoel...> Canvasbacks, Scaup, Goldeneyes; Duck Hollow; Allegheny County
2/2/19 9:24 am Gina Rubino <gina.m.rubino...> Cackling Goose cont. - Beaver Co
2/2/19 7:55 am Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls...> WRS - NW Crawford Co
2/2/19 1:21 am Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 2/2/2019
2/1/19 6:16 pm Claus & Michele Herrmann <00000126e6964c30-dmarc-request...> WRS #452 SW Monroe County 02/01/19
2/1/19 3:38 pm Rob Fergus <birdchaser...> 2019 Delaware County Birding Challenge--January Update
2/1/19 3:25 pm Bill Zinn <wgzinn...> Redhead ducks - Washington Cnty
2/1/19 2:10 pm Tom and Nancy Moeller <thosjmoel...> Goldeneyes, mergansers, cormorants and more, Duck Hollow, Allegheny County
2/1/19 8:20 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Extralimital and extra exciting, part 2
2/1/19 7:48 am Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Winter Birding Extravaganza - Armstrong County
1/31/19 7:55 am Rob Blye <rwblye...> Feeders in the frigid weather, ChesCo in PA and Sussex in DE
1/31/19 7:00 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Anyone see Tundra Swans yesterday, Pittsburgh?
1/31/19 5:29 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Ravens, Allegheny County
1/30/19 4:14 pm Kimberly Springer <springer0707...> Trumpeter Swan - FOREST COUNTY
1/30/19 11:56 am Alane Younger <lanie58...> rye grain question
1/30/19 10:17 am E-mail <wnlaubscher...> Re: Snow Buntings, Lock Haven 1/29
1/30/19 10:07 am E-mail <wnlaubscher...> Snow Buntings, Lock Haven. 1/29
1/30/19 10:06 am E-mail <wnlaubscher...> Snow Buntings, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., 1/29
1/30/19 6:47 am Dan Richards <drichards7...> Turkey Vultures, Clearfield/Jefferson Cos.
1/29/19 7:48 pm Kimberly Springer <springer0707...> Evening Grosbeaks (65) - FOREST COUNTY
1/29/19 6:59 pm Kimberly Springer <springer0707...> Fox Sparrow - FOREST COUNTY
1/29/19 6:17 pm g. g <birdersx5...> Bald eagle, Washington County
1/29/19 5:05 pm David McNaughton <dkmcnaughton...> WRS Lebanon and Dauphin Counties
1/29/19 3:57 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
1/29/19 3:46 pm Richard Nugent <rmnugent...> Cooper's Hawk; Allegheny County; 1/29/2019
1/29/19 3:32 pm john flannigan <rublzrme...> Waterfowl-Washington county
1/29/19 12:14 pm Chris Grecco <chris.grecco65...> American Crow Winter Roost & Early Killdeer,Centre Co.
1/29/19 12:04 pm Marge <marvantassel...> Rough-legged Hawks in Worthington and others in (Armstrong County)
1/29/19 9:40 am Seth Ausubel <birdherpbug...> Northeast Bucks WRS 1/27/19
1/29/19 9:15 am August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Peace Valley Pk. (IBA) Bucks Co. (1/20-1/26)
1/29/19 8:56 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 15 January 2019
1/29/19 8:40 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Sad update on Independence Marsh, Beaver
1/29/19 7:44 am August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Central Bucks WRS 1-26-2019
1/29/19 6:00 am Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Re: Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
1/29/19 5:37 am <kvanfleet...> <kvanfleet...> Re: Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
1/29/19 4:33 am DNADEB <dsg4...> Re: Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
1/28/19 9:11 pm Edward Vermillion <edhvermillion...> Philadelphia Cty Winter Raptor Survey
1/28/19 8:48 pm Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
1/28/19 4:51 pm Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> Snyder County Dickcissel
1/28/19 4:44 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Washington Co. WRS 1/27/18
1/28/19 12:59 pm Ron Freed <rrfreed...> WRS - NW Adams County
1/28/19 12:25 pm Meg Kolodick <000000dc3b46d747-dmarc-request...> Killdeer at kahle Lake area
1/28/19 9:40 am Dave Brooke <davbrooke...> Dark morph Rough-legged hawk - Armstrong Co
1/27/19 5:31 pm Linda Rowan <lrowan1...> Winter Raptor Survey Lower Bucks County
1/27/19 4:29 pm Phil Keener <000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request...> WRS - NE Adams County - Rte 011
1/27/19 3:18 pm Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> Barnacle Goose--Lancaster
1/27/19 3:14 pm Mark Johnson <luckybirder...> WRS - Southern Potter Co.
1/27/19 2:41 pm Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...> Eastern Meadowlark in Crawford Co.
1/27/19 2:40 pm Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> Fwd: WRS NW Lancaster Co./Sus. River/Farmlands
1/27/19 2:30 pm Bruce and Sherri Carl <000000e695e98431-dmarc-request...> WRS - Northern Lancaster County
1/27/19 1:02 pm Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> WRS - Snyder County central
1/27/19 11:18 am Franklin Haas <fhaasbirds...> WRS - Lancaster County NW
1/27/19 9:40 am Marge <marvantassel...> Bald Eagle pair on the Kiskiminetas Rirver (Armstrong & Westmoreland Cos.)
1/27/19 9:06 am Bob Schutsky <info...> Waterfowl on Lower Susquehanna River, Lancaster County
1/27/19 8:57 am Bob Fowles <rbf...> WRS 2019 Mifflin County Kishacoquillas (Big) Valley Route
1/27/19 7:25 am Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...> Monroe county WRS late report
1/27/19 7:02 am Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...> Northampton County (NE) WRS
1/27/19 4:28 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> WRS Eastern Juniata County
1/27/19 3:40 am Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Raptors, Lawrence and Mercer counties
1/26/19 6:49 pm Claus & Michele Herrmann <00000126e6964c30-dmarc-request...> WRS #134 Carbon County 01/25/19-late report
1/26/19 4:14 pm Edward Vermillion <edhvermillion...> Philadelphia Cty Winter Raptor Survey
1/26/19 3:23 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> WRS Berks
1/26/19 3:23 pm Kim Steininger <kim.steininger...> WRS - Lancaster County - Conestoga
1/26/19 1:33 pm <0000012523366415-dmarc-request...> WRS N. Dauphin Co.
1/26/19 12:59 pm Dan Altif <00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request...> Re: Clay-colored Sparrow, Lehigh Cty
1/26/19 11:23 am Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...> Clay-Colored Sparrow, Lehigh - Yes
1/25/19 6:56 pm Gerald Boltz <gmb310...> Lebanon County WR
1/25/19 2:37 pm Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 1/25/2019
1/25/19 12:12 pm Ron Freed <rrfreed...> WRS - SE Adams County
1/25/19 11:30 am Lisa Dziuban <dziubanlisa...> Bluebird -Plumstead Twp., Bucks
1/25/19 10:23 am g. g <birdersx5...> Lost falconry hawk, Washington County
1/25/19 7:01 am David Gibson <20cabot...> extralimital, but extra exciting
1/25/19 5:38 am Dave Brooke <davbrooke...> 3RBC February Meeting
 
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Date: 2/23/19 8:26 am
From: Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Red headed woodpecker Dauphin?
PABirds,

If Jen Szekeres subscribes to PABirds, could she please email me privately
at <sandylockerman...>? It's about the red-headed woodpecker on ebird.

Thank you,

Sandy Lockerman

Dauphin Co. Compiler


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Date: 2/23/19 8:15 am
From: Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal, Lebanon County
The “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal was seen displaying along with other male Green-winged Teal at the pond northeast of Sunnyside Road at Middle Creek WMA this morning, about a dozen birds, including a few females. It has a horizontal white stripe along its side, but I noticed faint, white vertical bars, much less noticeable than those of the other males.Stan Stahl


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Date: 2/22/19 9:31 pm
From: reeser <reeser...>
Subject: Re: Off topic, hummingbird map
Thanks for pointing this out. February is when I generally would start
looking for the new map.

The Lanny Chambers' website did suggest a hummingbird migration map at

https://journeynorth.org/hummingbirds

which has reported a few sightings in Florida and along the Gulf for
2019. Nice to see that they are coming, even if they won't be here in
central PA until April.

Ellen
<reeser...>
Cumberland County, PA


On 02/22/2019 2:47 PM, DAVID KOCH wrote:
> For those of you who consult Lanny Chambers' ruby-throated hummingbird migration map each spring, be aware that it is being discontinued.
>
>
>
> Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
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Date: 2/22/19 3:08 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch (22 Feb 2019) 2 Raptors
Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 22, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 1 1
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 2 2
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2 5 5
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Gary Palmer

Observers:

Visitors:
None.


Weather:
Cool with light NW winds, 100% cloud cover all afternoon.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Common Raven migration late in the day -- total of 23 over four hours.

Predictions:
South wind forecast along with PM showers, could be more productive than
today?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gary Palmer (<palmerjg...>)
Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch information may be found at:
www.shaverscreek.org


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Date: 2/22/19 2:22 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Harlequin Duck, Armstrong Cty.
We observed the Harlequin Duck in Kittaning, Armstrong county today from 1145-1245. Note to those who still want to see it. If you want to go to the east side of the river to look for the bird, note that all the land north of the dam on the east side is private property. You can see the bird well with a scope from the west side of the river.

Glenn Koppel
Mary Alice Koeneke
Butler, PA.
 

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Date: 2/22/19 12:34 pm
From: Dick Snyder <000000b422b14e57-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Male Eastern towhee, centre county
Beautiful male at feeder area in back yard outside of State College this am.
Dicj

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Date: 2/22/19 11:47 am
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene...>
Subject: Off topic, hummingbird map
For those of you who consult Lanny Chambers' ruby-throated hummingbird migration map each spring, be aware that it is being discontinued. 



Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
 

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Date: 2/22/19 10:22 am
From: Donna Collett <dcollett57...>
Subject: Raven pair Beaver Cty
Been seeing a single Raven at Raccoon Creek SP all winter and just saw two
flying together and perching together. Hope its love.

Four -Redtailed Hawk
Two- Fox Sparrows.
One- Turkey Vulture
Two-Robins

Non birding- FOY Chipmunks

Donna Collett
Beaver Cty
 

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Date: 2/22/19 5:12 am
From: John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Harlequin - Armstrong Co.
As of 7:45 this morning, the Harlequin was still present at the Kittanning Dam, but I had not seen the Eurasian Wigeon.

John Boback
Ford City, PA
 

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Date: 2/22/19 5:02 am
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Re: Harlequin - Armstrong Co.
Per John Boback and Sam Gutherie, the Harlequin Duck is still present this morning upriver from the dam. Bird can be viewed with a scope from the Lock 7 entrance off Tarrtown Rd on the west bank of the Allegheny River.

Alan Buriak



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Date: 2/21/19 5:44 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Harlequin - Armstrong Co.

Roger and I stopped at the Lock & Dam 7 at Kittanning to look for the
Eurasian Wigeon after a car appt. today; it was also present. An
immature Harlequin was in the flock of Common Goldeneyes on the opposite
side of the river.

Margaret Higbee

Indiana, PA

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Date: 2/21/19 2:47 pm
From: Margaret <bcoriole...>
Subject: Found rain guard covers for Niko binos
We found rain guards for Nikon binoculars at the Kittanning Lock &
Dam.   Please email me to claim them.

Margaret Higbee, <bcoriole...>


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Date: 2/21/19 2:44 pm
From: Margaret <bcoriole...>
Subject: Harlequin - Armstrong Co.
Roger and I stopped at the Lock & Dam 7 at Kittanning to look for the
Eurasian Wigeon after a car appt. today; it  was also present.  An
immature Harlequin was in the flock of Common Goldeneyes on the opposite
side of the river.

Margaret Higbee

Indiana, PA

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Date: 2/21/19 2:36 pm
From: Laura Jackson <jacksonlaura73...>
Subject: Bedford Co. Red-winged blackbirds
In addition to the regular backyard birds yesterday, 9 red-winged
blackbirds showed up at our feeding area around noon - no doubt confused
from the snow storm that brought 6.5 inches of snow, followed by sleet and
rain.

Why do these birds show up when it snows in Feb. or March and never any
other time?

Why is it that we see males at our feeders and rarely female red-winged
blackbirds? This is the 12th time during the past 27 years that male
red-wings have appeared during a snow storm. Two of those years we also
saw 1 female.

Any thoughts?

Here's the complete list - woodpeckers were well represented.

Laura Jackson
Bedford Co.
lower slope of Tussey Mountain

Mountain Meadows, Bedford, Pennsylvania, US
Feb 20, 2019 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Heavy snow (6.5 inches), followed by sleet kept the bird
feeders busy. Temperature around 27°
22 species

Mourning Dove 41
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
House Finch 5
Purple Finch 3
American Goldfinch 31
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 9
Northern Cardinal 8
House Sparrow 1
 

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Date: 2/21/19 12:17 pm
From: Darwin Evangelista <h2ofowl...>
Subject: Feeder Birds
The birds finished off a suet cake, so I put a new one in about 30 minutes ago. Immediately, a white-breasted nuthatch came in to try it. As soon as the nuthatch left, a female downy came in, then a male red-bellied woodpecker, followed by a mockingbird.
Eastern bluebirds and Carolina wrens were in for mealworms.
The other feeders are busy with juncos, white-throated sparrows, house finches, blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmouse, house sparrows, starlings, and one song sparrow.
The red-winged blackbirds usually show up in February, but I haven’t seen them yet.
About half of the yard (where the sun doesn’t hit) still has snow, but I’m enjoying the nice weather.
Huey EvangelistaLaureldale, Berks County


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Date: 2/20/19 2:34 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Canvasback Update, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

Checked the Susquehanna River in front of our house late late this
afternoon. Counted 220 Canvasbacks that appeared to be forming their
mid-river roosting flock. Poor visibility today with the snow, so this
was the first time I could see the river fairly well. Also about 40
Buffleheads and 15 Common Goldeneyes. Roughly 250 blackbirds spent most
of the day at our feeding station, mostly Red-winged Blackbirds plus
some Brown-headed Cowbirds and a few Common Grackles. The flock really
scattered when the immature Red-shouldered Hawk buzzed them,
unsuccessfully. The hawk is still perched high in one of our front yard
trees.

Take care,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
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Date: 2/20/19 1:18 pm
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...>
Subject: Singing Red-winged Blackbirds/Indiana co
Hi all,
Better counting day than the GBBC days. First time I remember NOT having a Tree Sparrow for the count.

4 inches of wet snow and thankfully not the freezing rain or ice so far. Changed to rain.

Had a Different flock of 11 male RWBlackbirds. Some immature in this group. Last week they were all mature males-14 on 2/13/19. Today they were singing. FOY. 59 cowbirds and 9 starlings. Lots of usual birds, but still waiting for something new. 40 species so far for 2019 in yard.

Had a red phase Screech Owl hanging out by deck Sunday and Monday night.

Marcy Cunkelman, Clarksburg PA.

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Date: 2/20/19 12:12 pm
From: Marge <marvantassel...>
Subject: Eurasian Wigeon at Kittanning (Armstrong County)
The Eurasian Wigeon (found originally by Theo Rickert on the 17th and
posted by Sam Gutherie and Alan Buriak and seen by others) was still on the
river at Kittanning with quite a few other duck species yesterday as Linda
and Rebecca and I got good looks at it through Linda's scope (thank you)..
There were quite a few Canvasbacks, a few Gadwall, Common Goldeneye,
Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead, Scaup, a lone No Pintail, many Common
Mergansers, and 2 Herring gulls hanging around the structure where they
nested last year;
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
 

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Date: 2/20/19 12:07 pm
From: Cathy Brown <blueapis...>
Subject: juvenile Red-shouldered hawk, Wash. county
A hawk was spotted in the woods behind our house by my eagle-eyed son. I was thrown by the pale breast and head but slight color on the wings. That is, until I realized it was a juvenile red-shouldered hawk. The light wing crescents in flight confirmed.

this is the second RSH spotted in our yard, though a buteo spotted in a fly-by last month was suspected to be another. Such a beautiful bird! My Sibley guide does not do justice to the beautiful mottling and striking head shape. The eye stripe on the bird today was very pronounced. Lovely.

Cathy Brown
Washington County, west of Burgettstown.
 

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Date: 2/20/19 10:49 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Eastern Towhee, Cooper’s Hawk - York County
Had a Cooper’s fly in first thing this morning and cause all the feeder birds to scatter. To watch it turn on a dime in pursuit was amazing!

Later had a male Eastern Towhee appear at the feeders although it was very skittish and did not hang around for long.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
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www.pbase.com/rook185

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Date: 2/20/19 6:18 am
From: LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...>
Subject: Re: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 26th, 2019
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From: <BucksCoBirders...> <BucksCoBirders...> on behalf of LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...> [BucksCoBirders] <BucksCoBirders-noreply...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:27 PM
To: <pabirds...>; Bucks Birders
Subject: [BucksCoBirders] Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 26th, 2019



Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 26th, 2019

_______________________________________________

The Wire-tailed Manakin: Social Networking in an Amazonian Bird -- by Jennifer Houtz


Program Description:

The wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda) is a neotropical, lek-breeding bird well-known for its exaggerated courtship display. Territorial males and non-territorial males or floaters exhibit a rare reproductve strategy in which two males engage in cooperative courtship displays and form long-term partnerships. Importantly, territorial males naturally exhibit higher testosterone levels than floaters. This project aimed to determine how altering testosterone levels would influence male social rank and social network structure. Jennifer will discuss her experience with wire-tailed manakins in the Ecuadorian Amazon in addition to her other ornithological research endeavors.

___________________________________________

About the Speaker:

Jennifer Houtz is a first-year PhD student at Cornell University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She graduated from Millersville University with her B.S. in Animal Behavior in 2018. She has received prestigious research awards such as the 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. At Millersville, she worked on projects investigating the social behavior of the wire-tailed manakin, the effect of herbicides on the offspring sex ratio of white-crowned sparrows, and the development of the European starling gut microbiome. At Cornell, she is studying the mechanistic links between the gut microbiome and stress-related changes in physiology in tree swallows.


____________________________________________

The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Peace Valley Nature Center. Admission is free.



Directions:



Meeting location: Peace Valley Nature Center

Meeting room entrance is in the back, on the right side of the building. Enter through the Deer Gate (on the right as you face the Nature Center).



Normal meeting length is 1 to 1 1/2 hours. For directions please go to:

Directions - Peace Valley Nature Center<http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/directions/>

www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org<http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/>



Peace Valley Nature Center is located at 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901<https://maps.google.com/?q=170+North+Chapman+Road,+Doylestown,+PA+18901&entry=gmail&source=g>

Our Latitude is: 40.33067.

Our Longitude is: -75.14968




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For further information please contact:



LeRoy Tabb

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Date: 2/19/19 6:35 pm
From: Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...>
Subject: Northampton County Sawwhet
Found a roadkill Sawwhet today at the junction of Gall and Kesslersville
Rds in Plainfield Township.
Not banded and unfortunately a pancake. First knowledge (for me) of one in
the county outside of late fall migration.

Dan Zmoda
Pen Argyl
 

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Date: 2/19/19 4:29 pm
From: Ron Freed <rrfreed...>
Subject: Mifflin County Raptors - (Roughlegs)
This afternoon, Pat Freed, Robert and Diane McLaughlin and I spent about an
hour exploring part of Bob Fowles' WRS route.

We started a loop at Milroy, then to Salem Road, Salem Cross Road, Back Mt.
Road, Salem Road, Bush Lane, Hoffman Road, Back Mt. Road to Milroy.

(Bush Lane and Hoffman Road are dirt/mud).



American kestrel - 2

Northern Harrier - 1

Red-tailed Hawk - 2

Rough-legged Hawk - 2

Black Vulture - 5

Turkey Vulture - 5



A light roughleg was seen perched and then flying from a line of trees east
of Bush Lane.

A dark roughleg was hover hunting and then perched south of Back Mt. Road
near Short Lane.



Ron Freed

Carlisle



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Date: 2/19/19 12:41 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Bonaparte's Gulls and Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

There is still a large number of Canvasbacks present on the lower
Susquehanna River at Peach Bottom. I did not count them today, but the
most recent count was 515 made by Zach Millen and his wife on Sunday.

While I was checking on the ducks at 3pm today, three Bonaparte's Gulls
were working their way slowly upriver past my house near the Lancaster
County shoreline. These are the first that I have seen here since the
two that we found on the Solanco CBC on 16 December 2018.

Our feeders are filled in preparation for tomorrow's snowstorm!

Take care,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
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Peach Bottom, PA USA 17563-4008
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Date: 2/18/19 5:08 pm
From: Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...>
Subject: Northampton County sightings
GBBC count produced FOY Red-winged Blackbirds and BH Cowbirds in Pen Argyl.
And today I had a new work yard bird of an immy Merlin at 10th and
Northampton Streets in Easton.

Dan Zmoda
Pen Argyl
 

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Date: 2/18/19 12:34 pm
From: Jim Fiorentino <bluefox122a...>
Subject: Re: Lebanon County, Lions Lake, Greater White-fronted Goose
Was still present at 2:30pm near the lower end of lake mixed in with several hundred Canada Geese at Lion's Lake
Jim FiorentinoCornwall
On ‎Monday‎, ‎February‎ ‎18‎, ‎2019‎ ‎10‎:‎21‎:‎37‎ ‎AM‎ ‎EST, Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Currently a Greater White-fronted Goose in with the Canada Geese at Lion’s Lake.

Tim Becker

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Date: 2/18/19 8:02 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Allegheny Front (17 Feb 2019) 1 Raptors
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 17, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 0 0 0
BE 0 0 0
NH 0 0 0
SS 0 0 0
CH 0 0 0
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 0 0
BW 0 0 0
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 1 1 1
AK 0 0 0
ML 0 0 0
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 0 0
UB 0 0 0
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 0 0

Total: 1 1 1
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Observation start time: 12:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Bob Stewart

Observers:

Visitors:
none


Weather:
Southeast winds 15-19 mph sustained.
100% Cloud Cover.
Visibility 17 km

Raptor Observations:
1 migrant- Golden Eagle adult at 12:51 pm

Non-raptor Observations:
2 ravens


Predictions:
Note: The hawk watch is closed. Lambert Mtn road is not driveable, 2 inches
of snow over thick ice. Hawk Watch lane is not plowed.
I hiked in from cemetery with modern snowshoes with cleats.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (<bob...>)


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Date: 2/18/19 7:21 am
From: Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lebanon County, Lions Lake, Greater White-fronted Goose
Currently a Greater White-fronted Goose in with the Canada Geese at Lion’s Lake.

Tim Becker

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Date: 2/18/19 7:13 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: N. Shrike - Allegheny Co.
This morning I found a adult N. Shrike at the Imperial Grasslands

The bird was perched on top of a tree along William Dr. on the left side of
the road

This is most likely the same bird that I found back on 2-3

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 2/18/19 6:42 am
From: Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...>
Subject: Middle Creek WMA Birds
PA Birders,

I located a Ross's goose this morning with about 50,000 snow geese as
they lifted off the lake to go out to feed seen from Willow point.
Currently I have been watching a light phase rough legged hawk looking
inside the refuge from girl scout rd.

Bruce A Carl
Akron / Lanc. Co.
 

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Date: 2/18/19 6:15 am
From: jtraynor <0000010782986cfc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Middlecreek peak migration?
Bob,
Keep an eye on
https://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationResources/AboutUs/ContactInformation/Southeast/MiddleCreekWildlifeManagementArea/Pages/MigrationUpdate.aspx
for updates.

The tour road opens March 1 at which time migration is "usually" in full swing.
I'll be checking MC periodically and will report on any findings.

John

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To: "PABIRDS" <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2019 2:58:46 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Middlecreek peak migration?

PA birders,
When is the best waterfowl migration at Middlecreek? Is the end of
February a good time?

Bob Keener
Shippensburg
717-658-8765
 

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Date: 2/18/19 4:19 am
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Date: 2/17/19 7:06 pm
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) - Bucks Co. (2/10 - 2/16)
All,
Waterfowl were the main attraction this week. A total of 73 species were reported
Snow Goose - high report ~75 2/14 flyover. On the lake, one small (Lesser) Snow Goose (photo) and one larger (Greater) Snow Goose were first listed that way 2/14 but likely present earlier.Ross's Goose-no reports since first found 2/10
Cackling Goose - high report 10 2/14 all together (photo)1 Mute Swan 2/1416 duck species:American Wigeon-high report 16 2/15N. Pintail - high report 36 2/15Canvasback - high report 3 2/14Redhead - high report 2 2/15Ring-necked Duck - high report 6 2/152 Greater Scaup - 2/10 (photo)3 Lesser Scaup 2/15
Common GoldeneyeHooded Merganser - high report 12 2/11
Common Merganser- high report ~1300 2/16Red-breasted Merganser- high report 2 2/11 & 2/15Ruddy Duck - high report 7 2/161 Horned Grebe 2/115 gull species:3 Iceland Gulls (adult) - 2/11Lesser Black-backed Gull- high 51 2/11Bald Eagle - at least 3 most days1 Red-shouldered Hawk 2/141 Gray Catbird 2/11
1 Brown Thrasher continues at the bird blind and near the Nature Center

Also, Belted Kingfisher, Amer. Kestrel, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned & Ruby-crowned Kinglets, E. Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, E. Towhee
Thanks to all who shared their sightings.

August MirabellaNorth Wales, PA
 

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Date: 2/17/19 6:46 pm
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Lancaster Waterfowl High Counts
I enjoyed a nice afternoon out with my wife checking waterfowl in southern
Lancaster county. Highlights were 515 Canvasback at Peach Bottom on the
Susquehanna (previously reported by Bob Schutsky) and at least 2,700 Common
Merganser at Octoraro Reservoir. Can you imagine the amount of fish those
mergs must remove from the waterway every day?

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52837166
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52842614

Zach Millen
New Holland
 

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Date: 2/17/19 5:43 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Armstrong Co. - Eurasian Wigeon and other waterfowl
Hello all,

Thanks to Alan Buriak (and Theo Rickert and Sam Gutherie for letting him know), I decided to do my first rare bird chase in ages and got up to Kittanning for this awesome Eurasian Wigeon. I happened to show up about a minute after Alan did, and we both got scopes on it right away. Michael David soon arrived, and we had a nice list of waterfowl.

Eurasian Wigeon - 1
American Wigeon - 10
Canvasback - 12
Bufflehead - 2
Common Goldeneye - 2
Hooded Merganser - 3
Redhead - 6
Ring-necked Duck - 2
Mallards
Canada Geese
Herring Gull - 3

Cheers,

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 2/17/19 4:09 pm
From: jerry stanley <bhnsjerry...>
Subject: Venango Co.
About 70 COMMON GOLDENEYE on Oil Creek.

Jerry Stanley
 

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Date: 2/17/19 3:18 pm
From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...>
Subject: DISREGARD Rocky Ridge (17 Feb 2019) 32 Raptors
Please disregard incorrect data entry.

Chuck

On 2/17/2019 4:50 PM, Hawkcount.Org Reports wrote:
> Rocky Ridge
> York, Pennsylvania, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 17, 2019
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 0 0 0
> Northern Harrier 2 2 2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 3
> Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
> Broad-winged Hawk 26 26 26
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 1 1 1
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
>
> Total: 32 32 32
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 09:30:00
> Observation end time: 13:00:00
> Total observation time: 3.5 hours
>
> Official Counter: Al Spiese
>
> Observers:
>
> Weather:
> Light northeast wind.
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
>
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Andrew Wolfgang (<a19wolfgang...>)
>
>
> More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=430
 

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Date: 2/17/19 3:14 pm
From: Dean Newhouse <dean.newhouse...>
Subject: Peregrine Falcons at York Haven Dam facility
Located along the Lancaster County/York County line. This afternoon from about 2:15 until 3:00. Found two Peregrine Falcons perched on the impoundment wall on the Lancaster County side of the line. They then flew to the dam rooftop. One stopped at the 2017 nest location used by Peregrine Falcons, checked it out and then flew up to the top of the York Haven Hydro Plant sign on the rooftop. The other flew around the building a bit before perching on a separate rooftop on the York County side of the county line.

Also, could see two adult Bald Eagles at the eagle's nest directly east of the dam facility in a Sycamore tree on the Lancaster County shoreline. One eagle was actually inside the nest, and the other beside. After a bit they both flew to the top of a nearby transmission tower.

Dean Newhouse
York County
 

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Date: 2/17/19 1:53 pm
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 2/17/2019
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* February 17, 2019
* PAEA1902.17
- Birds mentioned

LONG-TAILED DUCK
CANVASBACK
ROSS’S GOOSE
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ICELAND GULL
GREATER SCAUP
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
REDHEAD

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: February 17th at 4:00 PM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to <becard...> with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

You can visit the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society Website at
http://www.lvaudubon.org/ .

You can visit my 'Eastern PA Birding' Website for photos and information at
http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html .

The next Audubon program will be held on March 8th at 7:00 PM at the Dorothy
Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly known as the Wildlands Conservancy)
in Emmaus. Chris Hugosson will do a program on “Birding By Ear.”

Directions to many of the sites in this report can be found in the area’s
birding guidebook, “Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity”. A completely
revised, 2nd edition of the book can be ordered at:
http://www.lvaudubon.org/shop/ .

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Albert Road ponds:
Cackling Geese – 2 on 2/16.

Sightings from the NAZARETH QUARRY, Northampton County:
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 on 2/2.

Sightings from LOWER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Golden Eagle – 1 on 2/6 (fly-by).

Sightings from EAST ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At Seiple’s Pond:
CANVASBACK – 1 on 2/10.

Sightings from HANOVER CANAL PARK (CATASAUQUA LAKE), Lehigh County:
Cackling Goose – 1 on 2/16.

Sightings from the FOGELSVILLE QUARRY, Lehigh County:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 2/9.

Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
At the Dorney Park pond:
Cackling Goose – 1 on 2/15.

Sightings from the ALBURTIS area, Lehigh County:
Along Congdon Hill Drive:
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW – 1 to at least 2/16.
Also Savannah Sparrow.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
Tundra Swans – 4 on 2/16
Lesser Black-backed Gulls – 26 on 2/15; 30 on 2/16
Great Black-backed Gull – 1 on 2/7.
Also Red-shouldered Hawk, Merlin, and Killdeer.
At the Walt Road area:
Cackling Goose – 1 on 2/15
CANVASBACKS – 2 on 2/3 and 2/6; 4 on 2/16
ICELAND GULL – 1 on 2/3.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
At the Tohickon boat launch:
CANVASBACK – 1 on 2/8 and 2/16
GREATER SCAUP – 2 on 2/16.
Also Killdeer.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 2/10
Cackling Geese – 3 on 2/4; 10 on 2/14; 9 on 2/15
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal – 1 on 2/7 and 2/8
CANVASBACKS – 4 on 2/3; 8 on 2/5; 6 on 2/6; 3 on 2/14; 1 on 2/15
REDHEADS – 6 on 2/3; 2 on 2/15
Red-breasted Mergansers – 1 on 2/6 to 2/9; 2 on 2/15
Lesser Black-backed Gulls – ~60 on 2/7 and 2/8.

- End transcript
 

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Date: 2/17/19 1:50 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Rocky Ridge (17 Feb 2019) 32 Raptors
Rocky Ridge
York, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 17, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 2 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 26 26 26
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 32 32 32
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter: Al Spiese

Observers:

Weather:
Light northeast wind.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Wolfgang (<a19wolfgang...>)


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Date: 2/17/19 1:48 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County birds of note
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Erie Co., Pa.  Long-tailed Duck  up to 13; channel at Presque Isle S.P. Rough-legged Hawk  1 light morph migrant; Feb. 15; over Erie  Jerry McWilliamsErie, Erie County, <Pa.jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 2/17/19 12:55 pm
From: Dan Altif <00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Wayne WRS
County -Wayne    Date -2/16/2019Observers-Dan Altif, Rick Wiltraut
Total time on route 6hr 45min
Start time/End time 8:30a.m/3:15p.m
Miles on route 85.1
 TVs-4BVs-3 Harriers- 0
 Red-tails-  5 Ad./0 Imm./1 ND Rough-legs- 0 Kestrels- 1 male Sharp-shins- 0 Cooper's - 0 Red-shoulders- 2 Ad. Bald Eagles-7 Ad/ 6 Imm. Other raptors 3 unidentified
Shrikes 1 Ad.

Avg Temp.-34Sky - Clear, partly cloudy
Wind - Medium to strong
Avg Snow cover depth - 1-2" 
Daniel Altif

<swiftwaterbirds...>
 

Daniel Altif
 

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Date: 2/17/19 11:58 am
From: Bob Keener <keener1538...>
Subject: Middlecreek peak migration?
PA birders,
When is the best waterfowl migration at Middlecreek? Is the end of
February a good time?

Bob Keener
Shippensburg
717-658-8765
 

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Date: 2/17/19 9:53 am
From: The Stahls <jalstahl...>
Subject: "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal, Lebanon County
This morning, among 3 Green-winged Teal, was an "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal on the pond across from the corn crib at Middle Creek WMA. Interestingly, I have a photo of one from Feb. 14, 2017, 2 years ago, at the same location. There were a few American wigeon there also.
Stan Stahl
 

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Date: 2/17/19 8:47 am
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Eurasian Wigeon - Armstrong County
I got notice today from Theo Rickert that he found a male Eurasian Wigeon above Lock 7 at Kittanning, Armstrong County this morning. Sam Gutherie just confirmed that the bird is still present with a group of 10 American Wigeon in the middle of the river upriver from the concrete pier and can be viewed distantly with a scope from the Lock 7 entrance on the Tarrtown side of river. It is also possible that it could be seen more closely by driving north up Tarrtown Rd however there are very few safe places to pull over on this road so use caution.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak



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Date: 2/17/19 8:43 am
From: Dave Brooke <davbrooke...>
Subject: Field Sparrow, Allegheny Co
I saw my first Field Sparrow of the year and an Eastern Towhee at Harrison
Hills Park, Allegheny Co. today.
A few Towhees must over winter here as I've seen one in December and
January in the same area.

Harrison Hills County Park, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, US
Feb 17, 2019 8:58 AM - 10:43 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.924 mile(s)
19 species (+1 other taxa)

Mourning Dove 12
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
Blue Jay 14
American Crow 5
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
Field Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52817401

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home
)

--
Dave Brooke
DDB Photography <https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddbphoto/albums>
 

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Date: 2/17/19 6:37 am
From: A. Liebner <000000d98121eaef-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Red-winged BB, E. Bluebirds, Barred Owl- Schuylkill Co.
Good morning all,
Five Red-winged Blackbirds (male) showed up at the feeders yesterday, Feb. 16th.
My son was hiking on the mountain above Hidden Valley Golf Course (Feb. 16th) and was surprised by a Barred Owl flying from a tree. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough time for a photo.  Another large bird flew from the same area shortly afterward.  He thought it was a second Barred Owl but couldn't positively ID that second bird.
This morning (Feb.17th)  an Eastern Bluebird was observed checking out one of the birdhouses in our yard.  I have one box on each clothesline "T" pole.  Each box had a Downy Woodpecker using it as a roosting box since early fall.  
Unfortunately, the battle has begun.  I removed the beginnings of a house sparrow nest from one box and, as I type this, a pair of house sparrows are in & out of the other box where the E. Bluebird was earlier today.     
Good birding,
Ann M. Liebner
Wayne Twp. Schuylkill County
 

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Date: 2/16/19 10:15 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Eastern Bluebirds -York County
We are inundated with starlings this winter! I have mealworms out and the starlings have decimated them except for the few they can’t reach. I have yet to see bluebirds enter the feeder.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>
www.pbase.com/rook185

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.



> On Feb 16, 2019, at 11:48 AM, Jason Verdier <jver226841...> wrote:
>
> I had 2 pairs show up at the feeders today. Put the mealworms out, they are happy as can be.....If I could keep the darn Starlings away.....
>
> Jason Verdier
> Lake Meade
> Adams County
>
> Sent from AOL Mobile Mail
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>
> On Saturday, February 16, 2019, Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:
>
> I have a pair of bluebirds going in and out of one of our boxes this morning. Now to try to keep the house sparrows away!
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> <rook185...>
> www.pbase.com/rook185
>
> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
> ― Mahatma Gandhi
>
> "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.
 

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Date: 2/16/19 10:05 pm
From: Dave Leibert <xdave...>
Subject: Rough Legged Hawk (Maybe) Route 78/33 junction Northampton county
Howdy All,

Hope you are having a swell time looking around for Winter raptors.

With that in mind I though that I would mention a possible rough legged
hawk sighting over my way. I've seen this bird 2x in the same spot-in
the vicinity of the big ramp from 33 South to 78 West.

This highway junction is on the high ground of South Mountain
overlooking the Lehigh river. The ramp is headed Southwest and you cut
across the contour line of the ridge. Unfortunately you get about 2
seconds at 60mph to view raptors right in this spot so it can be tough
to make a positive ID.

The other day a buteo glided right-to-left and hovered over the bank and
the went right again. On the way right it looked like it had a heavy
dark band across its belly-heavier than a red tail's belly band.

Then today on the right side a buteo was hovering in place but the
lighting was terrible as I was looking into the sun almost. Birds often
fly to the right here and are heading downridge into the wind.

Last year I kept seeing a buteo here that I thought was a roughie but It
took several sightings to get a good enough look. So perhaps this is
another one I am seeing overwintering in the same spot again.

Back in November I saw a raptor here gliding high and to the right on a
cold and blustery day. This bird was large and dark and looked
eagle-like with some white at the base of its tail. Who knows it could
have been a Golden or Rough legged. Same thing I had a few seconds to
try and ID it while driving.

I had another adult peregrine sitting on a pole munching away on a
pigeon sized bird. This was along Township line road in East Allen
township and the date was last week.

Happy birding,
Dave
 

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Date: 2/16/19 7:13 pm
From: Dan Richards <drichards7...>
Subject: Hermit Thrush, Clearfield Co.
Today I discovered a Hermit Thrush along McGees Mills Road near the village of Clover Run.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 2/16/19 5:37 pm
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese, Crawford County
There is a flock of 30+ Greater White-fronted geese in the Miller's pond area. They were first spotted by Micheal Williams and Jim McConner yesterday. Also seen of interest was a Rough-legged Hawk.

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea

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Date: 2/16/19 4:41 pm
From: Mark Boyd <mrboyd58...>
Subject: Blackbirds, Lehigh County
This morning I had 7 common grackles, and 3 red-winged blackbirds. A sign
of spring? Maybe the groundhog was right.

Mark Boyd
Lehigh County
 

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Date: 2/16/19 3:53 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Re: More Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
Well Folks,

More good news about the Canvasbacks on the lower Susquehanna River.
This morning Nancy and I counted 245, as reported below. This evening,
right at sunset, I made a conservative estimate of 300+. The flock was
so closely packed that I could not do an actual count.

This certainly is fun!

Sincerely,
BOB

On 2/16/2019 2:22 PM, Bob Schutsky wrote:
> Dear PABirders,
>
> The Canvasback flock near our home in Peach Bottom continues to grow.
> This morning Nancy and I counted 245, yet another new record high
> number!  This is on the lower Susquehanna River, 2 miles upriver from
> the Mason-Dixon Line, and 7 miles upriver from Conowingo Dam in Maryland.
>
> Take care,
> BOB
>
> BOB SCHUTSKY
> Web Site  www.birdtreks.com
> --
> BIRD TREKS--Quality Worldwide Birding Tours
> 216 Spring Lane
> Peach Bottom, PA USA 17563-4008
> VOICE 717-548-3303      CELL 717-572-0771      FAX 717-548-3327
> E-MAIL <info...>
 

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Date: 2/16/19 1:53 pm
From: Bill Zinn <wgzinn...>
Subject: Mergansers - Washington Cnty
One pair of hooded mergansers and one pair of common mergansers at Peters
Lake this afternoon.



Bill Z
 

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Date: 2/16/19 12:10 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Common mergansers, Bald eagle, Washington County
There were 7 Common mergansers (all males) and 1 Herring gull at the
reservoir along 43 today. As I was getting ready to leave a juvenile Bald
eagle starting circling the resevoir, dropping lower and lower. Two
American crows then chased it, but it still went after a duck. Lucky for
the duck, the crows had distracted the eagle too much. The eagle then
perched in a nearby tree and was still perched when I left 15 minutes
later.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
 

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Date: 2/16/19 11:22 am
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: More Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

The Canvasback flock near our home in Peach Bottom continues to grow.
This morning Nancy and I counted 245, yet another new record high
number! This is on the lower Susquehanna River, 2 miles upriver from
the Mason-Dixon Line, and 7 miles upriver from Conowingo Dam in Maryland.

Take care,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
--
BIRD TREKS--Quality Worldwide Birding Tours
216 Spring Lane
Peach Bottom, PA USA 17563-4008
VOICE 717-548-3303 CELL 717-572-0771 FAX 717-548-3327
E-MAIL <info...>
 

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Date: 2/16/19 11:06 am
From: DNADEB <dsg4...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks Forest county
Thanks to all who wrote me about where to find them.
Greg and I found 47 at the Tionesta Dam Ranger’s Office.
We found the feeder first. And then heard the birds behind the Project Office house. 25 in that tree.
Walking back to the parking lot 22 flew into a tree there.
Deb Grove

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Date: 2/16/19 8:48 am
From: Jason Verdier <0000001361c1d04c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Eastern Bluebirds -York County
I had 2 pairs show up at the feeders today.  Put the mealworms out, they are happy as can be.....If I could keep the darn Starlings away.....
Jason Verdier Lake MeadeAdams County

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On Saturday, February 16, 2019, Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:

I have a pair of bluebirds going in and out of one of our boxes this morning.  Now to try to keep the house sparrows away!

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>
www.pbase.com/rook185

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.
 

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Date: 2/16/19 7:22 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: White-winged Scoter - Beaver Co.
This morning there is a White-winged Scoter present at the mouth of the
Beaver River

This most likely is the same bird that I reported from there last weekend

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 2/16/19 6:39 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Eastern Bluebirds -York County
I have a pair of bluebirds going in and out of one of our boxes this morning. Now to try to keep the house sparrows away!

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>
www.pbase.com/rook185

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.
 

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Date: 2/15/19 1:15 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Re: Many Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

The lower Susquehanna River Canvasback flock continues to grow.
Yesterday there were 105. This morning at 10:00am I counted 126, again
at about mid-river, directly out from our house. Suddenly an adult Bald
Eagle approached from downriver. The entire flock lifted off and flew
rapidly upriver and out of sight. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

Take care,
BOB

On 2/14/2019 5:49 PM, Bob Schutsky wrote:
> Dear PABirders,
>
> At 5:30pm this evening I counted exactly 105 Canvasbacks, all in one
> flock in front of our house in Peach Bottom.  This is a new record high
> count for me on the lower Susquehanna River.  Mixed in with this flock
> were much smaller numbers, that I did not attempt to count, of Common
> Goldeneye, Lesser and Greater Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, and Bufflehead.
>
> At about noon Nancy and I watched an immature Red-shouldered Hawk
> hunting in our front yard, near the river.  We had great scope views of
> this bird.  Later in the afternoon Nancy saw an adult male Northern
> Harrier fly over PA 272 south of the Buck, about 1 mile north of the
> Peach Bottom Post Office.
>
> It was a fine day of relaxed birding!
>
> Take care,
> BOB
>
> BOB SCHUTSKY
> Web Site  www.birdtreks.com
> --
> BIRD TREKS--Quality Worldwide Birding Tours
> 216 Spring Lane
> Peach Bottom, PA USA 17563-4008
> VOICE 717-548-3303      CELL 717-572-0771      FAX 717-548-3327
> E-MAIL <info...>
 

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Date: 2/15/19 12:58 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Allegheny Front (15 Feb 2019) Raptors
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 15, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 0 0 0
BE 0 0 0
NH 0 0 0
SS 0 0 0
CH 0 0 0
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 0 0
BW 0 0 0
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 0
AK 0 0 0
ML 0 0 0
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 0 0
UB 0 0 0
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 0 0

Total: 0 0 0
----------------------------------------------------------------------

(No count conducted today)



Weather:
NOTE THE HAWK WATCH IS CLOSED. LAMBERT MTN ROAD IS IMPASSIBLE DUE TO ICE ON
THE ROAD SURFACE. THE ROAD IS ALSO SNOW COVERED.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (<bob...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=111
 

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Date: 2/15/19 9:31 am
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: Fall 2018 Photos for Pennsylvania Birds - Due 2/24/19
Do you have some great photos of any birds taken in Pennsylvania from
August 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018? Or a picture of a notable/significant
sighting from that period?


I am currently accepting photo submissions through end of day Feb. 24,
2019, to be considered for publication as space permits in the Pennsylvania
Society for Ornithology (PSO) Fall 2018 issue of Pennsylvania Birds.


**DUE TO TIME LIMITATIONS SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW MUST BE FOLLOWED,
SUBMISSIONS MADE NOT FOLLOWING BELOW INSTRUCTIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED**

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

- IMAGE SIZE: Images submitted must be high-res and are preferred to be
horizontal shots. Submitted horizontal images MUST be able to be cropped to
1050px x 700px with a resolution of 300 px/in for horizontal images. If
space allows high-quality vertical portrait shots may be used, but they
take up the space of 2 photos in the layout used by the journal. Vertical
photos submitted must be able to be cropped to 1050px x 1313px at 300
px/in. Images will not be enlarged/upscaled.

- DATES/SUBMISSION E-MAIL: Submissions for consideration **must** be taken
during the above date range for the issue being worked on and emailed to
<pabirdsphotos...>, please make mention of the word FALL in the
subject line to simplify processing.

- QUANTITY OF IMAGES SUBMITTED: Please do not submit me dozens of images
for consideration, please do some initial limiting/judging of selections on
your end that reflect the best of your work. However, if you have 15
different images of truly notable sightings in the state from this period,
I'll gladly accept them for consideration!

- CAPTION INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED: VERY important!!! For each image
attached to the e-mail, you must include a description in the body of the
e-mail for that image. Best format to follow: Species Name - Location,
County, DD Month. Sentence about significance if known/applicable.
(Photographer Name) Example: Antillean Nighthawk - Presque Isle SP, Erie,
12 June. This bird represented a first state record and was observed
through 1 July. (John Doe)

- IMAGE QUALITY: PLEASE submit your photos for consideration in full
resolution or as close to full resolution as possible as these will be
printed. Your photo also may be considered for a cover shot and a 250KB
image just won't work for that! I need to be able to crop your photo to fit
the space as it permits in the journal and a precropped / low-resolution
image is problematic for that. It's safe to say that if you're sending me
an image under a megabyte in size, it isn't going to be the resolution I
need to work with. I also need room to crop the image to the specs used for
the newsletter (exact specs posted above) and an extremely tight crop may
not allow me to do that.

- WATERMARKS/CREDITS: Photos selected for printing in the issue will be
credited to the photographer, please DO NOT submit watermarked/signatured
images as they will not be considered. The image must be clean of any
add-on text or watermarks.


Thanks for considering submitting your photos for consideration for our
statewide ornithology journal!


Regards,

Ted Nichols II

Photo Editor, Pennsylvania Birds

Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)
 

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Date: 2/14/19 4:09 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Common mergansers, Washington County
There were 15 Common mergansers today on the reservoir along Rte 43 near
the Eighty-four exit. There was also a bird which looked like a Black
scoter, but we could not get definitive looks at it.

Gigi Gerben & Mark Kaspar
Washington County
 

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Date: 2/14/19 2:49 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Many Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

At 5:30pm this evening I counted exactly 105 Canvasbacks, all in one
flock in front of our house in Peach Bottom. This is a new record high
count for me on the lower Susquehanna River. Mixed in with this flock
were much smaller numbers, that I did not attempt to count, of Common
Goldeneye, Lesser and Greater Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, and Bufflehead.

At about noon Nancy and I watched an immature Red-shouldered Hawk
hunting in our front yard, near the river. We had great scope views of
this bird. Later in the afternoon Nancy saw an adult male Northern
Harrier fly over PA 272 south of the Buck, about 1 mile north of the
Peach Bottom Post Office.

It was a fine day of relaxed birding!

Take care,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
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Date: 2/14/19 12:33 pm
From: Leigh Altadonna <ljalta...>
Subject: Re: Great Backyard Bird Count & eBird
Holly,

Thanks. This is helpful!

Leigh

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 14, 2019, at 9:41 AM, Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Greetings, PA Birders,
>
> With the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) almost upon us (Feb 15-18, 2019), you may be noticing some changes in what species eBird considers “rare” or species flagged for review. These temporary “tweaks” are set in place to accommodate the GBBC project, and volumes of incoming data submitted, and will straddle the date window that will encompass the possible dates of GBBC over the years. This is why you may have noticed some species being flagged early in the week, despite the fact the GBBC has not yet started.
>
>
> While many of these species are not rare at all, and some very much expected, these species are some which reviewers have discovered a high error rate by GBBC participants through the years. Examples might be: Purple Finch, Winter Wren, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-headed Woodpecker, Common Raven some gull species, etc.. Having the filters tweaked to display the most common species attending feeding stations, has proven to be helpful to those learning. With some new tools provided by Merlin (http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/ <http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/>) we expect the learning curve to improve and help guide people, but eBird reviewers are trying to do their part by these filter changes.
>
> All data submitted to eBird during the GBBC will simultaneously count towards the GBBC data, so no need to change portals during that time if you are an eBirder.
>
> As Chad Kauffman mentioned earlier this week, Pennsylvania has traditionally held high-ranking in checklists submitted to the GBBC project over its history, with some PA counties ranking in the top five counties across the US! This proves that Pennsylvanians love to participate in Citizen Science, and to watch birds, so we are eager to embrace new birders into our community, and are looking forward to gathering all contributions during this period.
>
> To learn more about this project, please visit: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ <http://gbbc.birdcount.org/>
>
> Happy birding, and GBBC’ing,
>
> Holly Merker
> Downingtown, Chester Co., PA
> eBird Pennsylvania, State Coordinator
 

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Date: 2/14/19 9:19 am
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: OT: Florida Trip with Dark-billed Cuckoo
If interested, here’s the link to a story with photos about my very lucky trip to Florida for American Flamingo that included getting to see a Dark-billed Cuckoo from South America:
http://becard.blogspot.com/2019/02/

Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html
Google Photo Albums: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/109457857807399603170?source=pwa
 

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Date: 2/14/19 6:41 am
From: Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count & eBird
Greetings, PA Birders,

With the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) almost upon us (Feb 15-18, 2019), you may be noticing some changes in what species eBird considers “rare” or species flagged for review. These temporary “tweaks” are set in place to accommodate the GBBC project, and volumes of incoming data submitted, and will straddle the date window that will encompass the possible dates of GBBC over the years. This is why you may have noticed some species being flagged early in the week, despite the fact the GBBC has not yet started.


While many of these species are not rare at all, and some very much expected, these species are some which reviewers have discovered a high error rate by GBBC participants through the years. Examples might be: Purple Finch, Winter Wren, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-headed Woodpecker, Common Raven some gull species, etc.. Having the filters tweaked to display the most common species attending feeding stations, has proven to be helpful to those learning. With some new tools provided by Merlin (http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/ <http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/>) we expect the learning curve to improve and help guide people, but eBird reviewers are trying to do their part by these filter changes.

All data submitted to eBird during the GBBC will simultaneously count towards the GBBC data, so no need to change portals during that time if you are an eBirder.

As Chad Kauffman mentioned earlier this week, Pennsylvania has traditionally held high-ranking in checklists submitted to the GBBC project over its history, with some PA counties ranking in the top five counties across the US! This proves that Pennsylvanians love to participate in Citizen Science, and to watch birds, so we are eager to embrace new birders into our community, and are looking forward to gathering all contributions during this period.

To learn more about this project, please visit: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ <http://gbbc.birdcount.org/>

Happy birding, and GBBC’ing,

Holly Merker
Downingtown, Chester Co., PA
eBird Pennsylvania, State Coordinator
 

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Date: 2/14/19 5:37 am
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks in Forest County?
Is anyone in Forest County still seeing EVGR?
Thanks!

Deb

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Date: 2/13/19 1:33 pm
From: R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lapland Longspur, Harrier, York Co.
Yesterday Chuck Berthoud found a Lapland longspur associating with a flock of Horned larks along Pinchtown rd. about 1/4 mile north of Admire rd. in York Co.The bird was still there today, but it may require some patience to sort through all the HOLA in the corn stubble. Fortunately, the longspur came out onto the road a couple of times and gave good looks.
A juvenile harrier was hunting the corn fields as well.
Dick Cleary
 

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Date: 2/13/19 12:55 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Merlin, Washington/Allegheny County
A Merlin did a flyover of the Montour Trail today, basically flying from
Allegheny County into Washington County at the Bethel Park/Peters Twp.
line.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
 

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Date: 2/13/19 9:40 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count
hello all, we have 4 days of the GBBC coming up friday to monday

http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/

check out the link, anything you put in ebird those 4 days go towards
the final tally.

Last year, I believe, PA had the most checklists and we have done well
in the last several years.

If you haven't done it before or ebird, it is  very easy

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA


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Date: 2/12/19 5:19 pm
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Feb 12, 2019
Subject: Beaver County - eBird Report - Feb 12, 2019

Pine Siskins continue daily at the feeders with a count of 12 today,
chasing one another for seeds in the rain. The number of Siskins was much
lower with the warmer temperatures of the previous week. There are 2 that
come each morning with a flock of Goldfinch. The remainder come as their
own group.

Karyn Delaney


Economy Borough Yard Birds, Beaver, Pennsylvania, US
Feb 12, 2019 9:10 AM - 9:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
15 species

Mourning Dove 20
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 3
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
House Finch 1
Pine Siskin 12 Continue daily at feeders in varying numbers dependent
on time of day and weather.
American Goldfinch 24
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 5
House Sparrow 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52639472

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 2/12/19 1:27 pm
From: LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...>
Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 26th, 2019
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 26th, 2019

_______________________________________________

The Wire-tailed Manakin: Social Networking in an Amazonian Bird -- by Jennifer Houtz


Program Description:

The wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda) is a neotropical, lek-breeding bird well-known for its exaggerated courtship display. Territorial males and non-territorial males or floaters exhibit a rare reproductve strategy in which two males engage in cooperative courtship displays and form long-term partnerships. Importantly, territorial males naturally exhibit higher testosterone levels than floaters. This project aimed to determine how altering testosterone levels would influence male social rank and social network structure. Jennifer will discuss her experience with wire-tailed manakins in the Ecuadorian Amazon in addition to her other ornithological research endeavors.

___________________________________________

About the Speaker:

Jennifer Houtz is a first-year PhD student at Cornell University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She graduated from Millersville University with her B.S. in Animal Behavior in 2018. She has received prestigious research awards such as the 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. At Millersville, she worked on projects investigating the social behavior of the wire-tailed manakin, the effect of herbicides on the offspring sex ratio of white-crowned sparrows, and the development of the European starling gut microbiome. At Cornell, she is studying the mechanistic links between the gut microbiome and stress-related changes in physiology in tree swallows.


____________________________________________

The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Peace Valley Nature Center. Admission is free.



Directions:



Meeting location: Peace Valley Nature Center

Meeting room entrance is in the back, on the right side of the building. Enter through the Deer Gate (on the right as you face the Nature Center).



Normal meeting length is 1 to 1 1/2 hours. For directions please go to:

Directions - Peace Valley Nature Center<http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/directions/>

www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org<http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/>



Peace Valley Nature Center is located at 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901<https://maps.google.com/?q=170+North+Chapman+Road,+Doylestown,+PA+18901&entry=gmail&source=g>

Our Latitude is: 40.33067.

Our Longitude is: -75.14968




_________________________________________________



For further information please contact:



LeRoy Tabb

<tabbleroy...><mailto:<tabbleroy...>
 

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Date: 2/12/19 10:58 am
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: CANVASBACKS, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

At 1:30pm Nancy and I counted 87 Canvasbacks on the lower Susquehanna
River. We were able to stay dry and scope them from the comfort of our
home through the dining room window. There was one flock of 15 and a
second flock of 72. This is almost certainly the largest number I have
ever seen my 46 years of birding the lower Susquehanna. Other ducks
included approximately 25 Bufflehead, 12 Common Goldeneye, and 8
Ring-necked Ducks. Good fun on a rainy afternoon!

Take care,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
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Date: 2/11/19 2:12 pm
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Dauphin County - Harris Sparrow
hello all, got a call from Chester Zook that he has had a Harris Sparrow
coming to his feeders at his amish home/farm

address is 721 W Middle Rd, Lykens, PA

He had a western meadowlark a few years back and another good bird or 2.

He has always welcomed birders when there is something visiting his
property.

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA

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Date: 2/11/19 1:37 pm
From: Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...>
Subject: Mallard X Northern Pintail is back, Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
Hello PA Birders,

The Mallard X Northern Pintail is back at the Walt Rd area of Green Lane Reservoir this afternoon. I thought it had left for good yesterday.

Good birding,
Paul Heveran

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Date: 2/11/19 11:34 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 22 January 2019
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE01.22.19

Highlights:
ICELAND GULL (Erie County)
GLACOUS GULL (Erie County)
SNOWY OWL (Erie County)
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (Erie County)
NORTHERN SHRIKE
COMMON REDPOLL (Erie County)

Contributors: John Flannigan, Gigi Gerben, Jerry McWilliams, Mark Vass.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 through Tuesday, 22 January 2019

**This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible for errors on websites who reproduce/reprint these reports. If you would like to receive western PA RBAs, contact AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Transcript-

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 1/22 along Cork-Bocktown Road, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (JF).


BEAVER COUNTY:

On 1/19 in Rochester, 1 drake MALLARD x NORTHERN PINTAIL hybrid (MVas).


ERIE COUNTY:

From last week: on 1/13 at Presque Isle State Park, 1 ICELAND GULL (JM).

At Presque Isle on 1/15, 1 SNOWY OWL, 1 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL; on 1/17, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL; also this week, up to 24 COMMON REDPOLLS (JM).

This week at Fairview Industrial Park, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE (JM).

In Edinboro this week, up to 125 PINE SISKINS (JM).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 1/21 at an unspecified lake location, 2 MERLINS (GG).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.
 

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Date: 2/11/19 9:39 am
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Re: Southwest Lancaster County WRS, 10 Feb 2019
I forgot to note that the total mileage was 43.0 miles.

On 2/11/2019 12:32 PM, Bob Schutsky wrote:
> Dear PABirders,
>
> Below are the results of the Southwest Lancaster County Winter Raptor
> Survey (WRS) that Nancy Schutsky and I conducted yesterday, 10 February
> 2019.  Skies began mostly sunny and ended mostly cloudy. Air temperature
> ranged from 26 to 35F.  Winds began calm and reached 5 mph from the SW
> by the end of the survey.  Nancy and I have conducted this survey
> annually beginning in 2001.
>
> There are three known Bald Eagle nest sites on this survey route. Two
> adult Bald Eagles were perched beside the Peach Bottom nest which is 0.5
> miles from our home, where the survey route begins and ends.  Two adults
> were perched on the Muddy Run nest.  Both of these nests are located on
> large electrical transmission towers.  We could not find a nest at or
> near the Wakefield site, so it must have blown down since I last checked
> in the fall of 2018, when the nest was in a sycamore tree.  There was
> one adult at this site yesterday and a week ago, so hopefully the pair
> will re-build.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Southwest Lancaster County WRS
> 10 February 2019
> Nancy and Bob Schutsky
> 2 hours and 45 minutes total survey time
> 9:40am to 12:40pm, with a 15 minute break
>
> Turkey Vulture, 275
> Black Vulture, 63
> Red-tailed Hawk, 19 total (14 adult, 5 age not determined)
> American Kestrel, 3 total (1 male, 2 female)
> Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 adult
> Bald Eagle, 15 total (5 adult, 10 immature)
>
> Average Temperature, 31F
> Sky, mostly sunny to mostly cloudy
> Wind, calm to SW 5 mph
> Snow cover, none
>
> Non-raptor highlights were: Wild Turkey, 2.  Horned Lark, 1.  Eastern
> Bluebird, 9.
>
> Yet another thoroughly enjoyable WRS!
>
> Sincerely,
> BOB & NANCY
>
> BOB SCHUTSKY
> Web Site  www.birdtreks.com
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> E-MAIL <info...>
>


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Date: 2/11/19 9:32 am
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Southwest Lancaster County WRS, 10 Feb 2019
Dear PABirders,

Below are the results of the Southwest Lancaster County Winter Raptor
Survey (WRS) that Nancy Schutsky and I conducted yesterday, 10 February
2019. Skies began mostly sunny and ended mostly cloudy. Air temperature
ranged from 26 to 35F. Winds began calm and reached 5 mph from the SW
by the end of the survey. Nancy and I have conducted this survey
annually beginning in 2001.

There are three known Bald Eagle nest sites on this survey route. Two
adult Bald Eagles were perched beside the Peach Bottom nest which is 0.5
miles from our home, where the survey route begins and ends. Two adults
were perched on the Muddy Run nest. Both of these nests are located on
large electrical transmission towers. We could not find a nest at or
near the Wakefield site, so it must have blown down since I last checked
in the fall of 2018, when the nest was in a sycamore tree. There was
one adult at this site yesterday and a week ago, so hopefully the pair
will re-build.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Southwest Lancaster County WRS
10 February 2019
Nancy and Bob Schutsky
2 hours and 45 minutes total survey time
9:40am to 12:40pm, with a 15 minute break

Turkey Vulture, 275
Black Vulture, 63
Red-tailed Hawk, 19 total (14 adult, 5 age not determined)
American Kestrel, 3 total (1 male, 2 female)
Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 adult
Bald Eagle, 15 total (5 adult, 10 immature)

Average Temperature, 31F
Sky, mostly sunny to mostly cloudy
Wind, calm to SW 5 mph
Snow cover, none

Non-raptor highlights were: Wild Turkey, 2. Horned Lark, 1. Eastern
Bluebird, 9.

Yet another thoroughly enjoyable WRS!

Sincerely,
BOB & NANCY

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
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Date: 2/11/19 9:19 am
From: Gary Edwards <gedwards...>
Subject: WRS Forest County
Winter Raptor Survey

West Forest, Route #271, Forest County

Sunday 2/10/2019

Observers: Gary Edwards, Michael Leahy, Jeffrey Hall

Start time: 10:30, Stop time: 13:30
Elapsed time: 3 hours
Miles on Route: 63 miles
Weather: cloudy
Snow cover: dusting
Temp: start-19, end 28
Wind: slight

12 total raptors

6 Red-tails
1 Red-shouldered
1 American Kestrel (Und)
2 Bald Eagle (Adult)
2 Rough-legs, 1 light, 1 dark

Others of note:
~35 black ducks in a group on the Allegheny river
24 turkeys
 

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Date: 2/11/19 6:10 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Juniata County - Common Redpoll
the less than 1 inch of snow this morning, I scraped it away and make
some ground feeding areas and low and behold, the Common Redpoll
returned, for the first time since 2/1/19.

So where did it entertain its self since then?

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA

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Date: 2/11/19 6:00 am
From: Gary Robson <garyrobson...>
Subject: More cowbirds
Again this morning I have a nice size flock of cowbirds at the feeder. They must be starting to migrate. Is this early for them?

Gary Robson
Lebanon County

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Date: 2/11/19 5:15 am
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Ross's Goose Peace Valley Park-Bucks Co. 2/10
All,An adult Ross's Goose was photographed yesterday (Sean Greene, Lynne Falterbauer). This species had not been reported for 10 yrs. at Peace Valley until reported in 2017. It was seen last year and now 2019. Coincidence or not, an immature was first detected 2/10/2018, so this adult may be that bird, also detected one year to the day later.
The Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) hasn't been reported in a couple of days at Peace Valley. Often these rare ducks and geese alternate between Peace Valley and Pine Run. So, if you can't find them at PVP, check Pine Run. 
August MirabellaNorth Wales, PA
 

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Date: 2/11/19 5:03 am
From: Tom Witmer <thomaswitmer...>
Subject: Lancaster County Safe Harbor Dam
Saturday 2/9 - Birds of note: 14 Bald Eagles, Common Raven, and pair of Peregrine Falcons (mating).
 

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Date: 2/10/19 8:23 pm
From: Jeff Holbrook <birdpany...>
Subject: Tioga Co. NW, WRS
Subject: [PABIRDS] Tioga, NW WRS



Mostly non-forested areas of Tioga Co. Pa, north of Rt. 6 and west of Rt. 15
except for start at Lawrenceville Station at the PA/NY state line.

GPX file will be attached to email sent to Greg Grove.



County: - Tioga, Rt. # ???

Date: - 02-10-19

Observers: -Jeff Holbrook

Time on Route: -5 hr 02 min

Start/End: - 1016/1518

Miles on Route: - 82.0



#TVs: - 0

#BVs: - 0



#Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.): - 0/0/0 - 0 total



#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND): - 12/1/0 - 13 total



#Rough-legs (Light/Dark): - 0/4 - 4 total



#Kestrels (M/F/ND): - 0/0/0 - 0 total



Sharp-shins(Ad/Imm.): - 0/0/0 - 0 total





Cooper's (Ad/Imm.): - 0/0 - 0 total



Red-shouldered hawks (Ad/Imm.): - 0/0 - 0 total



Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)- 0/0 - 0 total



Other raptors: - 0



Shrikes or Owls: - 0



Avg. Temperature: - 26 deg. F



Sky(Clear/ Pt cloudy/ Cloudy): - clear at start, 100% overcast at end Wind
(light/medium/strong): - light Avg. Snow Cover: - random patches but mostly
none





Birds of Note:



Wild Turkey - 8

Pileated Woodpecker - 1

Eastern Bluebird - 4

Northern Mockingbird - 4

Red-winged Blackbird - 7



Non-natives:

Muscovy Duck - 25

Guinea Hen - 1



Corvids:

American Crow - 156

Common Raven - 0 First time ever, since 2003 that I've been skunked on
Common Ravens



No eagles either!! None were seen at or near the nest on Cowanesque Lake.



Year 17 for this route. Last year's route was cut short after I wiped out on
icy roads and was not posted.

This seems like the worst year ever! I was observing alone. Hard to drive
and spot at the same time.

I'd love to have a compatriot on this route. It is an easy route. Once I got
off of Rt. 49, I only had 12 cars or less pass me in any direction along 77
miles of the route.



Kindest Regards,



Jeff Holbrook



Corning, NY


 

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Date: 2/10/19 7:39 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: Glaucous Gull, Berks
Probably the same first winter bird I saw at the end of Jan. Blue Marsh & L.
Ontelaunee are mostly frozen, but the earlier migrating ducks like N.
Pintail, Am. Wigeon & Common Merganser are starting to move.


> Blue Marsh Lake SRA--Dry Brooks Day Use Area, Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> Feb 10, 2019 3:10 PM - 4:10 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Most of lake frozen. Most gulls on ice.
> 8 species
>
> Canada Goose 17
> Ring-billed Gull 1200
> Herring Gull 300 Reasonably careful count.
> Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
> Glaucous Gull 1 Imm. Larger than GBBG. White wing tips, pink legs,
> pink bill with dark tip, minimal sandy colored speckling on wings and
> undertail coverts. A big white gull.
> Great Black-backed Gull 2
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52571020
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3
> (https://ebird.org/home)
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 2/10/19 6:37 pm
From: Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...>
Subject: Northampton East WRS
County-Northampton rt # 483
Date- 2-10-19
Observers-Dan Zmoda, Doug Burton
Time on Route-3 hr 00 min
Start/End-1015/115
Miles on Route-38.5

#TVs- 44
#BVs- 13

#Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.)- 0

#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND)- 6/2/13 21 total

#Rough-legs (Light/Dark)- 0

#Kestrels (M/F/ND)- 0/2/0 2 total

Sharp-shins(Ad/Imm)- 0/0/1 1 not determined


Cooper's (Ad/Imm.)- 0

Red-shouldered hawks (Ad/Imm.)- 0

Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)- 4/2 6 total

other raptors- 1 unid

Shrikes or Owls- 0

Avg Temperature- 24-31 27.5 avg
Sky(Clear/ Pt cloudy/ Cloudy)- clkear to start, partly cloudy and hazy at
end
Wind (light/medium/strong)- light
Avg Snow Cover- none



Other birds of note- 2 Horned Larks. 6 Buffleheads, 12 Common Mergansers,
many Snow Geese, one Scaup sp.

Year 10 for this route after taking over for Dave Brandes.

redtails were a bit below average of 23, but half our high of 45.

Eagles beat our high of 4 and tvs continue their upswing. BVs dropped to
more normal numbers since last year's high of 34. Two kestrels were about
normal and will be sent to PA farmlands along with one seen on the way to
the start area.





Dan Zmoda

Pen Argyl
 

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Date: 2/10/19 4:28 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County Birds of Note
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Erie Co., Pa.  Long-tailed Duck  1; Feb. 8; mouth of Horseshoe Pond Iceland Gull  2 basic I; Feb. 8; Perry Monument, Presque Isle S.P. Pine Siskin  up to 125 continuing at an Edinboro feeder  Jerry McWilliamsErie, Erie County, <Pa.jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 2/10/19 3:11 pm
From: Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...>
Subject: Mallard X Northern Pintail briefly at Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
Hello PA Birders,

I was surprised to see a male Mallard X Northern Pintail this afternoon at
the Walt Rd area of Green Lane Reservoir. Unfortunately the bird appeared
to continue its migration with a group of Mallards, flying high and to the
north.

Pictures and details are in the eBird checklist below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52568561


Other ducks included Common Goldeneyes, Ring-necked Ducks, American
Wigeons, and Lesser Scaup.

Good birding,
Paul Heveran
 

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Date: 2/10/19 2:37 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks - Beaver Co.
I had the good fortune today to be able to see two Evening Grosbeaks that
are visiting a feeding station in Hanover Twp.

My first time seeing this specie in Beaver

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 2/10/19 1:39 pm
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: chipping sparrows-Allegheny County
Joe Papp, Michele Manella, John Flannigan And I observed a small flock of 6 chipping sparrows feeding along the railroad tracks and at a feeder station off S Highland Ave and MacLean Ave near Rachael Carson Riverfront Park. It's Hard to say if these particular birds are migrants or over wintering but none the less a great sighting for this time of year. Thanks Joe and Michele for bringing these birds to me and johns attention. also of note, we did see the long tailed duck on the Allegheny river at rachael carson riverfront park but our duck appeared to be a female. Thanks Jim for getting the word out.
Matthew JuskowichAllegheny County
 

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Date: 2/10/19 12:34 pm
From: Michael Leahy <mrl706...>
Subject: WRS - Crawford Co, Route #203
Hello Greg & All

Here are the results of the WRS route #203 in Crawford Co, that we ran
yesterday.

County - Crawford Route #203

Date - 2/9/2019

Observers- Michael Leahy, Gary Edwards, Nick Kolodick

Total time - 4 hrs

Start time/End time - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (minus 1 Hr lunch)

Miles on route - 70.5



# Harriers - 0

# Red-tails - 23

# Rough-legs- Light/Dark - 1 Dark phase

# Kestrels- M/F/ND- 0

# TVs - 0

# BVs- 0

Red-shoulders - 6

Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 2 (1 Imm, 1 Adult)

Other raptors 0

Shrikes? - 0



Avg Temp.- 15

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Pt cloudy

Wind - Light/medium/strong- Light

Avg Snow cover depth - < 1"


Other birds of note: 1 Raven, 30 Turkey


*Michael R Leahy*
*Knox, PA*
 

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Date: 2/10/19 11:56 am
From: Jim H <englishhaus...>
Subject: Duck Sightings, Allegheny Co.
Hello All,

This morning, Bob Mulvihill and I birded a few spots along the Allegheny
and Mon rivers in Allegheny Co. Rachel Carson Riverfront Park near
Springdale and Duck Hollow were the only locations that produced anything
of note. At Rachel Carson we had 7 species of ducks including a flyby drake
Long-tailed Duck (headed upriver toward New Kensington) and 4 American
Wigeon among the more common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Canvasback, Wood Duck,
and Mallard. At Duck Hollow, we had Canvasback, Common Merganser, and
Lesser Scaup in stellar light. While we didn’t see much, it was a beautiful
(if a bit cold) day to be out birding with a good friend.

Cheers,
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
--
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
 

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Date: 2/10/19 10:27 am
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Eastern Towhee, Allegheny County
This morning at Harrison Hills Park, Pat and I got good looks at a pair of towhees. They were in thickets of multiflora rose on either side of the trail. They would occasionally fly from one side of the trail to the other and were also calling. In some places on this section of the trail, the hoar frost was over four inches tall. Our crunching through it may have alarmed the towhees and brought them out to investigate.

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 2/10/19 6:21 am
From: Gary Robson <garyrobson...>
Subject: Brown-headed Cowbirds
This morning a had 6 male Brown-headed Cowbirds at my feeder. I thought this is a little early for them to be in our area.

Gary Robson, Lebanon County

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 2/10/19 5:59 am
From: Jim H <englishhaus...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Rachel Carson Riverfront Park, Allegheny Co.
Hello All,

Bob Mulvihill and I just saw a drake Long-tailed Duck flying upriver
towards New Kensington. We are at Rachel Carson Riverfront Park.

Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
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Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
 

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Date: 2/10/19 3:11 am
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) - (2/3 - 2/9)
All,The species count this week was 72. There was a nice waterfowl movement 2/7-2/8. Snow Goose - high report 380 flyover 2/9Cackling Goose - high report 3 2/414 duck species plus one subspecies:American Wigeon - high report 38 2/8N. Pintail - high report 55 2/81 Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) 2/7-2/8 photo -1st at park since one to two wintered at the park from Feb. 1987 to Feb. 1996 mostly Jan/Feb but once in Nov. and once in Dec. Probably the same birds each winter. During that time frame a hybrid was also seen one winter at Pine Run & maybe at Peace ValleyCanvasback-high report 8 2/5Redhead - high report 6 2/3 photoRing-necked Duck-high report 37 2/8Common Goldeneye-high report 5 2/9Hooded Merganser- high report 16 2/4Common Merganser -high count 171 2/81 female Red-breasted Merganser 2/6-2/9 photo1 Horned Grebe 2/94 gull speciesLesser Black-backed Gull -high report 55 -60 2/7-2/81 Merlin 2/3-2/4 photo1 Common Raven 2/51 Brown Thrasher 2/9 photo1 Lincoln's Sparrow - 2/5-2/6 photo
Also, Wild Turkey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Amer. Kestrel, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet,Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler
Thanks to all who reported their sightings.
August MirabellaNorth Wales, PA  
 

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Date: 2/9/19 7:53 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Correction: Mute swan, Washington County
After a closer look at the photos I took, the swan along Bebout Rd. is a
young Mute swan.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
 

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Date: 2/9/19 5:52 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Gettysburg Area - lots of raptors!
Went over to the battlefield and surrounding areas today and had really good luck.
Had at least 9 or 10 Red-tailed Hawks, a Rough-legged Hawk, a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, a half dozen American Kestrels, two Northern Harriers, and a single Merlin. Bigham Rd. was quite good!

Have a good evening!

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>
www.pbase.com/rook185

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.
 

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Date: 2/9/19 3:11 pm
From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...>
Subject: RW Blackbird - Clearfield County
A male Red-Winged Blackbird showed up at my bird feeding area this morning. I did not see it this afternoon.

Marianne Atkinson
Clearfield County near DuBois
 

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Date: 2/9/19 2:57 pm
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: 3 Merlins, Schenley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
Tonight at dusk, three merlins at the Schenley Park golf course. Woo hoo!

Kate St.John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 2/9/19 2:23 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Tundra swan, Washington County
There was a young Tundra swan at a small pond along Bebout Rd. earlier
today. A Ruddy duck was also present.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
 

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Date: 2/9/19 1:49 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck - Beaver Co.
I returned to the mouth of the Beaver River this afternoon

The White-winged Scoter that I reported this morning was present and I
found a Long-tailed Duck there

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 2/9/19 12:14 pm
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...>
Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk--Beaver County
Hi,
I was driving on Cork-Bocktown Road and noticed a raptor perched in a tree on a branch over the road.  As I passed I realized it wasn't a red-tail, so I turned around and get a look from the front and it was a Red-shouldered Hawk. It's always an unexpected treat to see one.
Mike FialkovichAllegheny County
 

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Date: 2/9/19 12:12 pm
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS-North Western Montgomery Co. 2/3/2019
All.This survey runs from Franconia Twp. to the western border of the county. This is the 15th yr. doing this route, with 2016 missed. Running the route solo, early clouds, and varying degrees of haze didn't help in detecting birds. However, Red-tailed Hawk counts have been in this lower range for the last five years probably due to habitat changes. The 79 Black Vultures smashed the previous high of 17 in 2015. August MirabellaNorth Wales, PA
County -BucksDate -2/03/2019Observers-August MirabellaTotal Time Actually Surveying  4 hrs. 37 mins.
Start time  9:33 AM  /End time 3:25 PM (Breaks-~15 minutes)
Miles on route   = 43 Harriers - 1 Ad. male / 1 Ad. female / 0 imm.  / 0 ND  Total =2   15 yr. avg. = 1.13
 Red-tails-  11 Ad./ 3 Imm./ 12  ND  Total = 26       15 yr. avg. = 33.87 Rough-legs- 0 Light/ 0 Dark  Total = 0     15 yr. avg.. = 0.67 Kestrels- 2 M/ 0 F/ 0 ND   Total = 2    15 yr. avg..= 2.33
TVs- 57    15 yr. avg. = 39.33
BVs- 79     15 yr. avg. = 12.80
Red-shoulders- 0 Ad/ 1 Imm/ 0 ND  Total = 1    15  yr. avg.= 0.2
 
Bald Eagles- 1 Ad/  0 Imm. Total = 1    15 yr. avg.= 1.33
Other raptors 

Sharp-shins- 1 Ad. / 0 imm   Total =1      15 yr. avg.= 0.73

Cooper's - 3 Ad. / 0 imm.    Total = 3        15 yr. avg.= 1.87
Merlin-  Total = 0     15 yr. Avg. = 0

Shrikes? No

Avg. temp. - 39° F
Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy  -   Partly Cloudy  Wind - Light/medium/strong  -  LightAvg Snow cover depth -   2"
 

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Date: 2/9/19 12:03 pm
From: Meredith Lombard <000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Hooded Gull ID? Lancaster County, Susquehanna River
Greetings All

I videoed a hooded gull resting on an ice shelf on the Susquehanna River earlier this week. It's partially hidden by an ice chunk, but I'm hoping someone can correctly ID this gull based on the fact that it had a hood in February, and the visible field marks--the smaller appearance than a ring-billed, the size of the hood, bill shape, and the overlapping black wing tips. It's hard to see, but I don't think the mantle is as dark as a laughing gull. The video link is on Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/241QDe8

You may email me privately or to the forum. Any help is appreciated!

Good birding

Meredith Lombard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/caritas_nature/
 

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Date: 2/9/19 8:02 am
From: Tom Shervinskie <shervinskie...>
Subject: Redhead Duck Clinton Co
There are eight Redhead Ducks on lower Fishing Creek in Mill Hall. The
ducks have been frequenting the stream section between the fire hall and SR
0150.

Tom Shervinskie
Lamar, PA
 

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Date: 2/9/19 6:42 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: White-winged Scoter - Beaver Co.
There is a White-winged Scoter present at the mouth of the Beaver River

The bird is close to the Rochester side....
also present is a drake American Wigeon

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 2/8/19 6:26 am
From: Michael Leahy <mrl706...>
Subject: WRS, Clarion Co #162
Greg & All,

Here are the sad results for the WRS route #162 - Clarion County that we
ran on Tuesday, Feb 5th.
This was the worst result in the 16 years that I've been doing this route.

*Red-tailed Hawk - 3*
*Kestrel - 1 - Adult Male*

OBSERVERS – Michael Leahy, Paulette Colantonio

TIME ON ROUTE – 5 Hrs

START/STOP – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

MILES ON ROUTE – 84

Average Temp.- 48 Sky – *Cloudy* Wind - *light*

Snow cover depth – 4-6“



*Michael R Leahy*
*Knox, PA*
 

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Date: 2/7/19 5:57 pm
From: Bettina Heffner <BettinaHef...>
Subject: Lancaster Co Bird Club Mtg. Thursday 2/14/19. George Gress - program on Denali
Event date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Program: Critical Connections - Denali

Presenter: George Gress, Fire Specialist/Land Steward, PA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

The Lancaster County Bird Club will meet Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA.

George Gress, Fire Specialist/Land Steward for the PA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will present a program titled, "Critical Connections - Denali." This project is seeking to learn more about the migration of birds that breed in Denali National Park, and to connect Denali with the places from where its visitors come. Learn about the technology and field work that is being used to track migrating birds across the world. George assists with fire training and planning, and is a member of the chapter's prescribed fire crew. He also manages the chapter's Bog Turtle program and assists with all aspects of the management of TNC's preserves in PA. He is an avid photographer and is involved in several bird research projects including Saw-whet Owl banding and the Critical Connections project in Denali NP, Alaska.

A short business meeting will precede the program. The public is invited to attend free of charge and may call 717-725-2717 or 717-984-2738 with questions. More information about the club can be found on its website at www.lancasterbirdclub.org<http://www.lancasterbirdclub.org/> and on Facebook @ Lancaster Bird Club.






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Date: 2/7/19 5:20 pm
From: Phil Keener <000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS Results- Central York West - New Route
County - York

Date - 2/7/19

Observers- Phil and Brett Keener 

Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 1 hr 12 mins

Start time/End time: 1:15 pm / 2:27 pm

Miles on route - 20.6

 

No Harriers

 

4  Red-tails

 

No Rough-legs 

 

2 Kestrels- 1-M/1-ND
 12 TVs
No  BVs

 

1 Red-shoulders - 1 A

No Bald Eagles 

 
Other raptors:1 Sharp-shinned - undetermined, soaring high with TVs. 1 Merlin -  1 Female, age undetermined 
 
No Shrikes
No other birds of note.Kestrel locations will be entered into e-bird for Hawk Mt Farmland Raptor initiative.Survey route details will be forwarded to Frank Haas- there was no infringement on existing routes. 

 Avg Temp.- 51F
Mostly cloudy

Wind - Light
Avg Snow cover depth - None
Phil KeenerEast BerlinAdams County
 

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Date: 2/7/19 7:40 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Pine Siskin, Regent Sq, Allegheny
Today at 10:20a I heard & saw a pine siskin feeding in a London plane tree with goldfinches -- corner of Sanders & Lancaster Streets in Regent Square near Frick Park. This is the first one I've seen in the city this winter.

Kate St.John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 2/7/19 6:20 am
From: Linda Widdop <linda...>
Subject: DVOC program change tonight
Hi Birders - I wanted to get a quick note out letting everyone know that the DVOC "Return of the Raven" program scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. The program will be rescheduled to a future date so keep an eye on our calendar. Sorry for the late notice but wanted to let you know in case you were traveling from outside of the Philly area for the program.

We are replacing it with "Alaska's St. Paul Island" by yours truly. Should be fun. Feel free to attend.
http://dvoc.org/events/alaskas-st-paul-island-or-i-can-see-russia-from-here/

Thanks,
Linda Widdop
DVOC VP/Program Coordinator
 

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Date: 2/6/19 10:26 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Question
Thanks, Deuane! I was thinking the late 80’s. I appreciate your responding to me.

Take care,
Ann

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>
www.pbase.com/rook185

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.

Tem

> On Feb 7, 2019, at 1:17 AM, Deuane Hoffman <deuane.hoffman...> wrote:
>
> Ann,
>
> Done Henise started what is now the PA Audubon PABIRDS listserv when he worked in the IT department at Shippensburg University back in the mid 90's IIRC. So, we are talking about 20 plus years of birding emails regarding Pennsylvania birds and birding!
>
> Take care,
> Deuane Hoffman
> Harrisburg, PA
>
>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 10:10 PM Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:
>> Actually, I was referring to the LISTSERV.
>>
>> Thanks, All!
>>
>> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
>> York, PA
>> <rook185...>
>> www.pbase.com/rook185
>>
>> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
>> ― Mahatma Gandhi
>>
>> "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.
>>
>>
>>
>> > On Feb 6, 2019, at 12:44 PM, Dallas DiLeo <dileod...> wrote:
>> >
>> > You mean the listserv?
>> >
>> >> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 12:06 PM Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:
>> >> How long has PABirds been in existence? Anybody know?
>> >>
>> >> Thanks!
>> >>
>> >> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
>> >> York, PA
>> >> <rook185...>
>> >> www.pbase.com/rook185
>> >>
>> >> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
>> >> ― Mahatma Gandhi
>> >>
>> >> "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.
>
>
> --
> Take care,
> Deuane Hoffman
> Harrisburg, PA
> <corvuscorax...>
 

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Date: 2/6/19 10:18 pm
From: Deuane Hoffman <deuane.hoffman...>
Subject: Re: Question
Ann,

Done Henise started what is now the PA Audubon PABIRDS listserv when he
worked in the IT department at Shippensburg University back in the mid 90's
IIRC. So, we are talking about 20 plus years of birding emails regarding
Pennsylvania birds and birding!

Take care,
Deuane Hoffman
Harrisburg, PA

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 10:10 PM Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:

> Actually, I was referring to the LISTSERV.
>
> Thanks, All!
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> <rook185...>
> www.pbase.com/rook185
>
> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way
> its animals are treated.”
> ― Mahatma Gandhi
>
> "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John
> Muir.
>
>
>
> > On Feb 6, 2019, at 12:44 PM, Dallas DiLeo <dileod...> wrote:
> >
> > You mean the listserv?
> >
> >> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 12:06 PM Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:
> >> How long has PABirds been in existence? Anybody know?
> >>
> >> Thanks!
> >>
> >> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> >> York, PA
> >> <rook185...>
> >> www.pbase.com/rook185
> >>
> >> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the
> way its animals are treated.”
> >> ― Mahatma Gandhi
> >>
> >> "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John
> Muir.
>


--
Take care,
Deuane Hoffman
Harrisburg, PA
<corvuscorax...>
 

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Date: 2/6/19 7:10 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Question
Actually, I was referring to the LISTSERV.

Thanks, All!

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>
www.pbase.com/rook185

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.



> On Feb 6, 2019, at 12:44 PM, Dallas DiLeo <dileod...> wrote:
>
> You mean the listserv?
>
>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 12:06 PM Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:
>> How long has PABirds been in existence? Anybody know?
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
>> York, PA
>> <rook185...>
>> www.pbase.com/rook185
>>
>> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
>> ― Mahatma Gandhi
>>
>> "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.
 

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Date: 2/6/19 2:28 pm
From: Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...>
Subject: 250+ ducks of 12 species, Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
Hello PA Birders,

The Walt Rd area of Green Lane Reservoir held good numbers and variety of
ducks this afternoon, though many pintails and Mallards left while I was
there. Ducks taking off far away towards Church Rd had to be left
unidentified.

Here is my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52442248

Good birding,
Paul Heveran
 

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Date: 2/6/19 12:17 pm
From: David Yeany II <dyeany2...>
Subject: Tracking Evening Grosbeak Winter Movements in PA and Beyond
Evening Grosbeaks have been a recent regular winter occurrence in my
hometown of Marienville in Forest County, appearing during 7 of the last 11
years. With a 92% decline since 1970, Evening Grosbeak shows the steepest
decrease among all continental land birds in the U.S. and Canada (Partners
in Flight 2016) with little explanation as to why.



This winter the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) at the Western
Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Powdermill Avian Research Center at the
Carnegie Museum of Natural History are collaborating to study winter and
migration movements of Evening Grosbeaks in and around the Allegheny
National Forest. By color-banding and deploying nanotag radio transmitters
on select Evening Grosbeaks, we aim to learn more about this species via
the Motus Wildlife Tracking System and resighting banded birds.



Over the years many birders have enjoyed viewing the grosbeaks in Forest
County. With the current irruption of grosbeaks this winter, birds may be
encountered widely across the state, and we ask that if you observe any
COLOR-BANDED or TAGGED birds, please report them to us!



When you encounter Evening Grosbeaks, especially in western Pennsylvania,
pay particular attention to the legs and take note of any color band
combinations and look for a long thing antenna extending from the back/rump
area for any tagged birds.



Please include date, time, location (address and GPS coordinates), and most
importantly COLOR-BAND combination/ NANOTAG transmitter presence.

Identifying photos of birds are great!



Email observations and photos to <dyeany...>





*******************************************************************************************************



For anyone wishing to visit the Evening Grosbeaks this winter in

Marienville:



1. Please contact me via phone, text, or email (#814#221#4361 or

<dyeany...>) to arrange a visit, as we are actively conducting
research at the site.



2. Please view birds at the feeding station from the sidewalk near the blue
spruce at the corner of the yard. Please do not enter the yard. Parking may
be available at municipal lot behind the Quick-N-Easy, on-street, or at the
church (if not in use).



3. Finally, please submit an eBird checklist! Share any color-banded
Evening Grosbeaks with me at <dyeany...>



We appreciate any additional observations of Evening Grosbeaks from our
project as we try to learn more about this declining nomad from the boreal
forest!



--

David Yeany II

Conservation Planning Specialist/Ornithologist

Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Office: 412-586-2313
 

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Date: 2/6/19 10:48 am
From: Ron Freed <rrfreed...>
Subject: Adams County Grassland Raptors
Pat and I decided to try part of Deb Siefken's WRS route this morning.

We saw several raptors on route to and from the area, but the counts below
are for the following route:



Start at the intersection of Pumping Station/Millerstown Road and Black
Horse Tavern/Red Rock Road.

Turn right on Bigham Road, left on Camp Gettysburg Road.

Right on Pumping Station Road. Left on Cunningham Road.

Left on Schriver Road, Right on Red Rock Road, back to Pumping Station Road.

Total about 9 miles.



Red-tailed Hawks - 13

Red-shouldered Hawks - 4 (two adults and 2 immatures, with one AD and one
IMM calling back and forth nonstop)

Northern Harriers - 2

American Kestrels - 2

Rough-legged Hawk - 1 Light morph (seen north of Pumping Station Road, east
of Bigham Road)



Ron Freed

Carlisle



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Date: 2/6/19 9:46 am
From: Dan Richards <drichards7...>
Subject: Northern Mockingbird, Jefferson Co.
This morning I found a Northern Mockingbird along the Big Run-Prescottville Road. Mockingbirds are a rare treat in this part of the state.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 2/6/19 9:44 am
From: Dallas DiLeo <dileod...>
Subject: Re: Question
You mean the listserv?

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 12:06 PM Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:

> How long has PABirds been in existence? Anybody know?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> <rook185...>
> www.pbase.com/rook185
>
> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way
> its animals are treated.”
> ― Mahatma Gandhi
>
> "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John
> Muir.
>
 

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Date: 2/6/19 9:23 am
From: Evan Mann <7evanmann...>
Subject: Re: Question
At the PSO website you can view a PDF of the first issue from June 1987. Here is a link to all back issues: https://pabirds.org/index.php/publications/pennsylvania-birds/back-issues <https://pabirds.org/index.php/publications/pennsylvania-birds/back-issues>

> On Feb 6, 2019, at 12:06 PM, Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:
>
> How long has PABirds been in existence? Anybody know?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> <rook185...>
> www.pbase.com/rook185
>
> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
> ― Mahatma Gandhi
>
> "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.
 

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Date: 2/6/19 9:06 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Question
How long has PABirds been in existence? Anybody know?

Thanks!

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>
www.pbase.com/rook185

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.
 

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Date: 2/6/19 1:20 am
From: reeser <reeser...>
Subject: Egyptian Goose Question -- Cumberland County
Did anyone on the list see or hear about the Egyptian Goose reported on
pennlive.com on 2/5/19? It was seen by someone on Sunday near Marysville
on the Susquehanna.

https://www.pennlive.com/life/2019/02/unusual-bird-sighted-along-susquehanna-river.html

Ellen
<reeser...>
Cumberland County
 

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Date: 2/5/19 5:17 pm
From: Debra Siefken <siefkend...>
Subject: WRS Adams County Grasslands
Feb. 5, 2019
Nancy Locher, Ralph & Deb Siefken

0 Black Vulture

16 Turkey Vultures

27 Red-tailed Hawks 17 adult 10 ND

0 N. Harrier

2 Rough-legged Hawks both light morph

3 A. Kestrels 2 male 1 female

0 Bald Eagle

2 Red-shouldered Hawks 1 adult 1 immature

0 Sharp-shinned Hawk

1 Cooper’s Hawk adult

1 ND Accipiter

Other - Great Blue Heron, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 4 Ravens

Average Temp - 55 degrees
Sunny
Wind - light
No snow cover

Miles - 22.5
Start time - 9:30am
End time - 1:25pm
 

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Date: 2/5/19 8:55 am
From: Gary Edwards <gedwards...>
Subject: Winter Raptor Survey - Venango County North Route
Winter Raptor Survey

Venango County, North Route
Monday 2/4/2019

Observers: Gary Edwards, Russ States, Nick Kolodick

Start time: 10:50, Stop time: 14:50
Elapsed time: 4 hours
Miles on Route: 61

14 total raptors

11 Red-tails (all adults)
1 Red-shouldered
1 American Kestrels (1 F)
1 Bald Eagle (on nest)

Ave Temperature: 49F
Sky: cloudy-clear
Wind: slight
Ave Snow Cover: 3”-5"

Others of note:
2 Common Raven
1 Canvasback flyby

Gary Edwards, Venango County
 

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Date: 2/5/19 8:43 am
From: Gary Edwards <gedwards...>
Subject: WRS Venango County - South Route
Winter Raptor Survey

Venango County, South Route
Thursday, 2/3/2019

Observers: Gary Edwards, Jim Wilson, Nick Kolodick

Start time: 10:40, Stop time: 14:40
Elapsed time: 4 hours
Miles on Route: 81

9 total raptors

5 Red-tails (all adults)
1 Red-shouldered
3 American Kestrels (2 F, 1 M)


Ave Temperature: 46F
Sky: cloudy-clear
Wind: slight
Ave Snow Cover: 4”-6"

Gary Edwards, Venango County
 

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Date: 2/5/19 7:04 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Fwd: Trumpeter Swans in Mifflin County
Correction to my post yesterday titled "WRS 2019 Newton Hamilton Route, Mifflin County”.
Thanks Rob.

Bob Fowles, Pine Grove Mills

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Rob Dickerson <rob...>
> Subject: Trumpeter Swans in Mifflin County
> Date: February 5, 2019 at 7:17:04 AM EST
> To: <SCBIRDCL...>
> Reply-To: Rob Dickerson <rob...>
>
> The three Tundra Swans found on the Newton Hamilton WRS route are actually Trumpeter Swans. Yesterday, Bob Hosler went back to Newton Hamilton and found the three birds approximately one mile upriver from the original location. Route 103 parallels the Juniata River at this location giving great, close views of the river. If the birds stick around, they should be fairly easy to find again.
>
> Rob
>
 

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Date: 2/5/19 5:51 am
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene...>
Subject: WRS, southern Northampton County
This area borders on the Delaware River to the east, the Lehigh River to the north, west to the town of Hellertown, and south to the Bucks County border. There's a valley with preserved farms in its middle, which is where I live, but the rest is primarily lightly populated residential areas on hilly wooded areas. 
February 1, 2019Arlene Koch and Rudy Keller10:20 am -- 2:10 pm      3 hrs, 50 minutes
71 miles
20 -- turkey vultures19 -- black vultures20 -- redtails1-- kestrel (male) 1 -- bald eagle (adult)
There was 2-3 inches of snow on the ground and it was very cold. Temps started at 14 degrees and ended at 15 degrees. Had we been doing a CBC it would've been a great day as there were flocks of sparrows, juncos, etc., along every roadside. Otherwise the numbers were average. I have both sharpies and Cooper's in the yard or fields here just about every day but we didn't pick up any accipiters on the route. 
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
 

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Date: 2/4/19 6:35 pm
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: WRS 2019 Newton Hamilton Route, Mifflin County
Winter Raptor Survey, Newton Hamilton Route, Mifflin County
Monday 2/3/2019

Observers: Bob Hosler, Bob Fowles (driver)

Start time: 9:45 Stop time: 13:55
Total time on route: 4:10 Hours:Minutes
Miles on route: 53

34 Total raptors and Vultures

19 Black Vultures
9 Red-tails (8 AD, 1 ND)
1 Kestrels (1 M)
1 Red Shouldered (1 AD)
3 Bald Eagle (3 AD)
1 Unidentified raptors

Other species: Tundra Swan, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, BC Chickadee, Horned Lark, Carolina,Wren, Junco, WT Sparrow, Flicker, Kingfisher, WB Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, House Sparow, Canada Goose, Bluebird, Tufted Titmouse, Crow, RB Woodpecker, Rock Pigeon, Starling, Blue Jay, Pileated Woodpecker, Cardinal, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser

Avg Temperature: 41
Avg Sky: Mostly Cloudy
Avg Wind: Light
Avg Snow: 2"

Route Description: Areas along US 522/22 west of US 322 and north of the Juniata River up to McVeytown; areas along both sides of the Juniata west of McVeytown to Newton Hamilton; Ferguson Valley Rd west of Jack's Mt Rd.
 

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Date: 2/4/19 6:03 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: iceland, glaucous gulls, berks
It has been an interesting winter for gulls at Blue Marsh L. in Berks
County. A first winter Glaucous Gull was there 1/28, a dark imm. Thayer's
type Iceland Gull on 2/3 and a much lighter imm. Iceland Gull today, 2/4.
All these are described in eBird reports. Besides those rarities, we've seen
more than the usual number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and recently a few
Great Black-backed Gulls. As usual, the most abundant gull is Ring-billed
(up to 5000 counted some days, but not that many recently) and more than the
usual number of Herring Gulls, with local birders commenting on the large
number of brown immatures present. Most of my eBird reports get flagged for
high numbers of Herrings, sometimes in the hundreds. If you go, try State
Hill Boat Launch in mid- to late afternoon, when gulls arrive for the night
and afternoon light streaming over your shoulder really helps in identifying
the gulls out on the ice. Scope necessary. E. J. Breneman Quarry, just over
the hill from the lake, has lots of handsome ducks to look at if you get
tired of gulls.
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 2/4/19 5:56 pm
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: Raptors Adams Co
Had a wonderful 20 mins or so at Bigham Rd (off Pumping Station Rd, Adams) this afternoon. Saw a light-morph adult Rough-legged Hawk, 2 harriers and a Short-eared Owl off in fields to east (none were close). I saw a dark-morph Rough-leg in same area last week, and I know others have seen them in the area.

More remarkable was a count of 24 Ravens. A steady stream of small groups headed north over a period of about 10 minutes. The soundscape was pretty amazing! Ravens are now regular here, but such a high count was most unexpected. I wonder whether there could be a communal roost nearby?

Please note that Bigham Rd is very narrow and doesn’t have a shoulder—so pull over as much as you can if birding here.

A stop a Lake Kay (Fairfield) produced 10 species of duck, including 2 Canvasbacks, 2 Redheads and 3 Lesser Scaup. 3 Tundra Swans were my first here.

Andy Wilson
Gettysburg College/Frederick MD
 

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Date: 2/4/19 5:38 pm
From: Steve Fordyce <000000fdf165cdb9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Berks Co. WRS.
Berks Co.
2/4/2019
Observers- Steven Fordyce, Vince Rose, Larry Fenner.
Start Time- 10:00 am to 2:15 PM. minus lunch break.
Total count time- 3hrs. 45min.
Miles- 55.

Harriers-0
Red-Tails- 14
Rough-legged-0
Kestrels-0
TVs- 24
BVs- 9
Red-shouldered- 1
Bald Eagle- 1 adult
Sharp-shinned-0
Coopers- 1 imm
Ave. Temp.- Start 38degrees, Finish 57degrees= 46degrees.
Clear
Wind- light
Snow cover- 1” to 3”

Steve Fordyce
Berks Co.
 

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Date: 2/4/19 4:43 pm
From: Dave Brooke <davbrooke...>
Subject: Short-eared Owl, Armstrong Co.
I covered several roads in the Worthington area of Armstrong County that I
thought could be habitat for Short-eared Owls. After checking the fields
off of Deer Run Rd north of Rt. 422 and Fox Hollow Rd south, I drove down
Green Acres Rd, which bisects large rolling farm fields. I saw a
Short-eared Owl fly low over the south side of the fields while making it's
distinctive 'kee-ow' barking call. It made several passes before flying
over a hill and out of sight. This happened at 6:05pm, which is the end of
Civil Twilight for this date.

--
Dave Brooke
Allegheny Co.
DDB Photography <https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddbphoto/albums>
 

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Date: 2/4/19 3:47 pm
From: Heather Jacoby <greybeh...>
Subject: Geese
V formation of geese overhead in Castle Shannon

It is dark but it didn't sound like Canada geese. Higher pitched, briefer
sound. Reminded me vaguely of a hotn on a little kids' bike. Sharp sounding.

I didn't want to speculate bit the unusual tone snapped my head right up
 

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Date: 2/4/19 2:23 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Southeast Lancaster County WRS, 4 February 2019
Dear PABirders,

Tom Amico and I conducted the Southeast Lancaster County Winter Raptor
Survey (WRS) today, Monday, 4 February 2019. This survey has been
conducted annually beginning in 2004. Conditions for this year's survey
were full sun all day, no clouds, with a very light east breeze (0-2
mph). Air temperature ranged from 40 to 53F. There was a distant light
haze all day. The haze, combined with bright sun, made for difficult
viewing at times.

Southeast Lancaster County WRS.
4 February 2019.
Bob Schutsky and Tom Amico.
5hr and 10 min.
9:50am to 3:00pm.
63 miles.

Turkey Vulture, 257.

Black Vulture, 42.

Red-tailed Hawk, 30 total (21 adult, 9 age not determined).

American Kestrel, 4 total (3 male, 1 female).

Bald Eagle, 6 total (4 adult, 2 immature).

Average Temperature, 47F.
Sunny sky entire survey, no clouds, distant light haze.
Wind very light, 0-2mph from the east.
Snow cover, 0-1".
No ice on creeks, ponds partly frozen.

Other birds of note: Red-bellied Woodpecker, 3. Northern Flicker, 1.
Horned Lark, 4. Eastern Bluebird, 20. White-crowned Sparrow, 5.
No large flocks of blackbirds.

The two Bald Eagle nests between Belmont Road and Cherry Hill Lane, just
south of the town of Paradise, are still present. We saw no Bald Eagles
in that immediate area.

Sincerely,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
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Date: 2/4/19 1:23 pm
From: Phil Keener <000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS Results - SE Fulton - Rte #291
County - Fulton

Date - 2/4/19

Observers- Phil Keener

Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 55 mins

Start time/End time 12:27 pm/ 1:22 pm

Miles on route - 13.8 miles

 

1 Harrier - 1 Adult Female

 

1 Red-tails

 

No Rough-legs

 

1 Kestrels- 1 Male

 

1  TVs

No BVs

 

No Red-shoulders

2 Bald Eagles- 1 Ad/ 1 Imm.

 

 No Other raptors

 
No Shrikes
Other birds of note -1 Pileated Woodpecker
Note: Harrier and Kestrel location will be entered into e-bird for Hawk Mt Farmland Raptor initiative.
 

Avg Temp.-53F

Clear

Wind - Calm to Light

Avg Snow cover depth - None
 Phil KeenerEast BerlinAdams County
 

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Date: 2/4/19 1:16 pm
From: Phil Keener <000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS Results - SW Fulton Rte #294
County - Fulton

Date -2/4/19

Observers- Phil Keener

Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 1 hr 3 min

Start time/End time - 10:30 am/11:33 am

Miles on route - 13.4 miles

 

 No Harriers

 

3 Red-tails

 

No Rough-legs

 

2 Kestrels- 2M

 

 No TVs

 No BVs

 

2 Red-shoulders 2A

No Bald Eagles

 

 No Other raptors

 
 No Shrikes
Other birds of note - 31 Tundra Swan in flight heading in a SE direction.  
Note: Kestrel locations will be plotted for Hawk Mt Farmland raptor initiative.
 

Avg Temp.- 44F

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Clear

Wind - Calm to Light
Avg Snow cover depth - 1" but melting rapidly
Phil KeenerEast Berlin Adams County
 
 

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Date: 2/4/19 12:06 pm
From: Robert Mulvihill <robert.mulvihill...>
Subject: WRS, Pittsburgh north to Hartstown
A busload of us traveled about 110 miles from the National Aviary north
toward Pymatuning on Saturday morning. The weather was perfect! Along the
way we counted 62 raptors of five species:

53 Red-tailed Hawk
3 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 American Kestrel (male)
4 Bald Eagle (2 ad.; 2 imm.)

A single Turkey Vulture was seen on the return trip to Pittsburgh. The 53
RTHAs was a new high count for that species. The best result for this
route was 69 birds of eight species a year ago, on Feb. 3, 2018. That year
we had Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier, and Northern Shrike.

I will be re-running the route for another busload of birders on Thursday.

Robert S. Mulvihill
Ornithologist
National Aviary
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-258-1148
<Robert.mulvihill...> <Robert.mulvihill...>


*The National Aviary <http://www.aviary.org> works to inspire respect for
nature through an appreciation of birds.*
 

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Date: 2/4/19 12:02 pm
From: DAVID GROVE <waggap...>
Subject: WRS cumberland county
> County - Cumberland
> Date - Feb 4,2019
> Observers-Ron Freed, Keith Gingrich, Gene Wagner, Dave Grove
> Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 3hrs 30 min
> Start time/End time 10:00-1415
> Miles on route 59
>
> # Harriers
>
> # Red-tails 37
>
> # Rough-legs- Light/Dark
>
> # Kestrels- M/F/ND- 1 M, 1 F= 2
>
> # TVs 75
> # BVs- 26
>
> Red-shoulders
> Bald Eagles- 1 Ad/1 Unaged =2
>

> Other raptors
> CH 1 Juv, 2 Unaged =3
>


> GE 1 Adult First for the route. In SGL169, circled us over the course of 20 minutes at our lunch stop
>

> GBHE 2
>

Hola 2

Raven 1

>
> Avg Temp.- 36-51
> Clear/-
> Wind - Light SW-
> Avg Snow cover depth 0 to half inch-
>
>
>



 

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Date: 2/4/19 11:44 am
From: Dave Brooke <davbrooke...>
Subject: 3RBC February Meeting
Correction: I misspelled Aidan's name in yesterday's email and felt it only
fair to this tremendous young birder to post it correctly.


The Three Rivers Birding club will be holding it's next meeting on
Wednesday, February 6th at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave,
Pittsburgh, 15217

Our speaker will be Aidan Place. Aidan was chosen to participate in the
Champions of the Flyway competition in Eilat, Israel, an ABA sponsored
event, along with 2 other college aged birders to represent the USA. The
"race" in March 2017 was a two-part international challenge: first, to list
the most bird species during 24 hours in Israel's Negev Desert; second, to
raise funds for bird conservation in the eastern Mediterranean Basin where
migrating birds face horrific slaughter.
Join us for his presentation titled "An Israeli Bird Race for Conservation."

Doors open at 6:30pm followed by the business meeting at 7:30 and the
program beginning at 8:00.

Our meetings free and open to the public. Please join us

--
Dave Brooke
Program Director
3RBC
 

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Date: 2/4/19 9:54 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: WRS 2019, Ferguson Valley Route, Mifflin County
Winter Raptor Survey, Ferguson Valley, Mifflin County
Saturday, 2/2/2019

Observers: Louie Peight, Jay Zook, Bob Fowles (driver)

Start time: 9:43 Stop time: 15:30
Elapsed time: 5 hours 47 minutes
Miles on Route: 71

115 Total raptors and vultures

80 Black Vultures (roosting in 3-4 trees close to a large Pig Farm)

29 Red-tails (13 AD, 16 ND)
2 American Kestrels (1 M, 1 F)
1 Sharp-shin (1 AD)
2 Bald Eagles (2 AD)

1 Unidentified raptor

Other species: Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow, Junco. American Crow, M. Dove, Starling, Horned Lark, Blue Jay, Mockingbird, Mallard, Song Sparrow, RB Woodpecker, Carolina Wren. Killdeer, Bluebird.

Avg Temperature: 25F
Avg Sky: Partly Sunny
Avg Wind: light
Avg Snow Cover: 3"

Route: Jack's Mt Rd to Ferguson Valley Rd to Burnham, Old Stage Rd to Bannerville, back to Lewistown via roads: Decatur, Samuel Church, Whiskey, Dormontown, Snook, Alfarata, Dry Valley, and Long Ln; then to Maitland and SR 2004 to Lewistown. Rt 103 to River Rd near Fairview. Rt 103 to Pine Glen to River Rd to John St.

[AD=adult, IMM=immature, M=male, F=female, ND=Not Determined, Light=light morph, Dark=dark morph]
 

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Date: 2/4/19 8:51 am
From: Stratford, Jeff <0000012727f85135-dmarc-request...>
Subject: New grad program in ornithology
Are you deciding where to attend college? Do you know someone who is?

Want to study birds? Of course, you do!

I am the Director of a newly organized ornithology program at Oregon State
University in Corvallis, Oregon. In Corvallis, we have more than 30
PhD-level ornithologists, most of whom focus on field ornithology,
conservation and ecology.

Our ornithology program emphasizes hands-on experiential learning and we
currently offer 7 bird classes, more than any program in the country.

Imagine going to college and getting to take a bird class every year,
starting with your freshman year!

If you’re a birder, we are the place for you. Oregon has more than 535
species, a super active eBirding community, and a huge diversity of amazing
habitats and natural areas from the Pacific Ocean to the top of Mount Hood.

If you just love birds and want to study their behavior or work to conserve
them, we have a top-rated group of professors and graduate students who can
help you.

Please check our web page and consider joining us at OSU. We’re the FLOCK!

All the best,
Dr. Douglas Robinson
Mace Professor of Watchable Wildlife
Director, OSU FLOCK
fw.oregonstate.edu/flock
 

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Date: 2/4/19 5:23 am
From: Diane K. Bierly <dkb246...>
Subject: Clearfield County Winter Raptor Survey
Debra Grim and I did a Winter Raptor Survey on Saturday, February 2 in
Clearfield County. This route meanders from Kylertown to Karthaus by way of
Grassflat, Morrisdale, Wallaceton, Bigler, and Shawville (Route #172 on the
PSO map: https://pabirds.org/wrs/ClearfieldWRS.php).

The surprise of the day was a barred owl that flew across the road in front of
us.

Here is the complete report:

County – Clearfield (east—route #172)
Date – February 2, 2019
Observer(s) – Debra Grim and Diane Bierly
Start time – 10:23 a.m.; End time – 3:20 p.m.; Time on Route – 2:47 (40
minute lunch)
Miles driven on the route – 72.6

7 Red-tails: 6 Adult, 1 ND
3 Rough-legs: 2 Light, 1 Dark
3 Unidentified Raptors
1 Barred Owl

average conditions:
Avg Temp (F)- 30 degrees
Sky: clear
Wind: moderate
Avg inches snow cover- 3 inches

Diane Bierly
State College
 

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Date: 2/3/19 7:50 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: winter ducks, Berks
The recent extremely cold days froze most of the waterways in Berks,
concentrating ducks at E. J. Breneman Quarry, which was itself mostly frozen
today. There's a nice selection of divers among the many suburban Mallards
and Canada Geese, and the birds are easy to see. Park near the soccer fields
at the bottom of the hill. List below. There was a female Red-breasted
Merganser & Buffleheads, plus many gulls, at nearby Blue Marsh L.


> E.J. Breneman Quarry, Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> Feb 3, 2019 2:50 PM - 3:40 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Quarry about 75% frozen.
> 26 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 1000
> Mallard 320
> American Black Duck 2
> Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1 Looked exactly like an Am.
> Black Duck except for a curled tail feather and a suggestion of a neck
> ring.
> Canvasback 12
> Redhead 6
> Ring-necked Duck 20
> Greater Scaup 1
> Common Goldeneye 3
> Common Merganser 10
> Ruddy Duck 14
> Pied-billed Grebe 6
> Mourning Dove 2
> American Coot 13
> Ring-billed Gull 500
> Herring Gull 6
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> American Crow 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Carolina Wren 1
> Northern Mockingbird 2
> European Starling 4
> House Finch 3
> Song Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52355452
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3
> (https://ebird.org/home)
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 2/3/19 7:23 pm
From: Dave Brooke <davbrooke...>
Subject: Three Rivers Birding Club February Meeting
The Three Rivers Birding club will be holding it's next meeting on
Wednesday, February 6th at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave,
Pittsburgh, 15217

Our speaker will be Adian Place. Adian was chosen to participate in the
Champions of the Flyway competition in Eilat, Israel, an ABA sponsored
event, along with 2 other college aged birders to represent the USA. The
"race" in March 2017 was a two-part international challenge: first, to list
the most bird species during 24 hours in Israel's Negev Desert; second, to
raise funds for bird conservation in the eastern Mediterranean Basin where
migrating birds face horrific slaughter.
Join us for his presentation titled "An Israeli Bird Race for Conservation."


Doors open at 6:30pm followed by the business meeting at 7:30 and the
program beginning at 8:00.

Our meetings free and open to the public. Please join us.

--
Dave Brooke
DDB Photography <https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddbphoto/albums>
 

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Date: 2/3/19 6:42 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: WRS Berks
Berks County
Area bordered on east by Rt. 143 between Virginville & Lenhartsville, on
north by Old Rt. 22, on west by Windsor Castle Rd, on south by Onyx Cave Rd.
2/3/19
Rudy Keller, Rob Feldman
2 hours, 32 minutes
10:06 a.m. - 12:38 p.m.
44 miles
Black Vulture 12
Red-tailed Hawk 10 AD, 4 ND
Am. Kestrel 1 M, 2F
Bald Eagle 1 AD perched beside nest
Hazy overcast to mostly clear, 32F, calm to light wind, 3" snowcover.
Two E. Meadowlarks, an increasingly rare bird in Berks Co.



Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 2/3/19 4:38 pm
From: Robert Walczak <0000006fe3ebdd11-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS Lawrence County South
WRS Lawrence County South 2019


February 3, 2019


Start Time:    9:45 A.M.                    Temperature:    33 degrees
End Time:     2:45 P.M.                    Temperature:    57 degrees


Total time on route was 5 hours.
Distance on route - 82.4 miles.
Had an overcast morning giving way to a sunny afternoon with very little wind.
All ponds were frozen and rivers were mostly free of ice.
There was 4-6 inches of snow on the ground.




Bald Eagle                    ( 2 adults & 1 immature )
Cooper's Hawk              ( 1 adult )
Sharp-Shinned Hawk      ( 1 adult )
Red-Tailed Hawk            ( 15 adults)
Red-Shouldered Hawk    ( 1 adult )
American Kestrel           ( 2 females )



Observer:     Robert Walczak


Robert Walczak
New Wilmington, PA
Lawrence County
<Rwalczakw...>
 

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Date: 2/3/19 3:14 pm
From: Tom Kuehl <tjk.kuehl...>
Subject: WRS - Somerset County
Our 16th running of this short North Central route through Somerset County
that runs from the Cambria County line in Windber to Buckstown on Rt. 30
(near the Flight 93 Memorial). It includes what you would think of as good
WRS farm and reclaimed strip mine habitat, but today, as has been the
history for this route, not many raptors. It lies between Laurel Ridge and
the Allegheny Front, so have often thought that the hash high-elevation
conditions accounts for the numbers being lower than what we get on our
routes further west on the Plateau. Today just 7 Red-tailed Hawks, a low
count however actually just one below average. No other raptor species
observed today; we never get many but the average has been 1.5 per year.

We had 5 Common Ravens and 3 Pileated Woodpeckers during the route. Also,
after completing the Route we drove the Flight 93 Memorial as we have had
Rough-legged Hawks and Snow Buntings in the past, alas just 2 RT's observed
there today.

County - Somerset

Date - 2/3/19

Observers- Tom and Janet Kuehl

Total time actually surveying Hours: 2 Minutes- 2

Start time 10:32am /End time 12:55pm (stopped for a quick lunch)

Miles on route 38.3





Red-tails- Total = 7 Ad. 2 /Imm. /ND 5





Avg Temp.- 48F

Sky- Largely Clear at the start, and then mostly Cloudy after 11am

Wind - Light

Avg Snow cover depth - 1 to 2 inches




 

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Date: 2/3/19 2:10 pm
From: Dan Richards <drichards7...>
Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk behavior, Clarion Co.
This afternoon I saw two Red-shouldered Hawks along SR 68 between Rimersburg and East Brady. Oddly enough, one of them was feeding on a deer carcass along the berm. Last spring, I witnessed a Broad-winged Hawk picking over an opossum roadkill. Has anyone else seen scavenging behavior with the smaller buteos?
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 2/3/19 1:58 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County birds of note
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Erie County, Pa.  Rough-legged Hawk  1 light morph; Feb. 2; near Lake View Landfill Glaucous Gull  1 imm.; Feb. 2; Lake View Landfill Northern Saw-whet Owl  1; Jan. 29; pines at Presque Isle S.P. Pine Siskin  up 125 (high count); continuing through the week at an Edinboro feeder  Jerry McWilliamsErie, Erie County, <Pa.jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 2/3/19 1:47 pm
From: R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS, SE York
County - York
Date - 2/3/19Observers- Dick, Kevin and Dakota ClearyTotal time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 4hrs.7min.Miles on route - 75.2 # Harriers - 1 (f) (Hopewell Rec. area) # Red-tails - 16  # Kestrels- M/F/ND- 1/3/3
# TVs - 40# BVs - 4 Red-shouldereds - 2Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 2/1
Other birds of note: Gray catbird (at Lock 15) Avg Temp.- 43Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Light cloudsWind - Light/medium/strong- LightAvg Snow cover depth - < 1"

 
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Date: 2/3/19 1:25 pm
From: Robert Hoopes <000000eda1daf2ab-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Winter Raptor Survey 2019 - Lehigh County (northern route)
Jeff Hopkins and I ran the WRS for northern Lehigh County today, as noted below.


County - Lehigh (northern route)
Date – February 3, 2019
Observers – Bob Hoopes & Jeff Hopkins
Total time actually surveying – 4 hours: 30 minutes
Start time/End Time: 1100 / 1530
Miles on route: 70

TV – 0
BV – 0
N. Harrier – 0
Red-tailed Hawk (Ad./Imm./ND) – 8/0/7
Rough-legged Hawk – 0
Am. Kestrel (M/F/ND) – 0/0/0
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1 (Adult)
Cooper’s Hawk – 1 (Adult)
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1 (Not determined)
Bald Eagles – 0
Other raptors – 0
Shrikes – 0

Avg. Temp. – 38F
Sky – Cloudy
Wind – Light
Avg. snow cover depth - 2”


Robert Hoopes
Schnecksville, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 2/3/19 10:57 am
From: Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Juniata County - Western WRS
Neat ! We had a long one with the Aviary WRS tour, it was cool! Not as many kestrels and eagles tho.

Barb

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> On Feb 2, 2019, at 4:07 PM, Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> wrote:
>
> hello, today was our big route, running the western side. the weather and temps were ideal.
>
> start time 9am, end time 2:51pm
>
> 101 miles
>
> start temp 3, end temp 33, full cloudy to partly cloudy, no wind, 0-4 inches of snow
>
> sharp shinned - 2, 1 adult 1 imm
>
> coopers 1 ND
>
> red tails 58, 50 adult, 2 imm, 6 ND
>
> kestrel 8, 5 male, 2 female
>
> bald eagle 5, 4 adult, 1 imm
>
> other highlights were Redhead, Pine Siskin, Horned Lark, Wild Turkey, Red headed woodpecker and American Tree Sparrow.
>
> chad kauffman, mike mccahren, butch mccahren and aden troyer.
>
>
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Date: 2/3/19 9:19 am
From: sdschmoyer <0000004a41c07666-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: rye grain question
Copied from the Penn State Extension website...

Many feed stores and specialty stores sell a birdseed mix whose content allows you to provide a variety of seed in one place. When purchasing a mix, look at the seed content. All seed is not alike, and birds can tell the difference among seeds. Some of the inexpensive commercial mixes contain items such as wheat, milo, hulled oats, rice, and rye seed that are not attractive to birds. If you have used these mixes in the past, you may have noticed how the birds sorted through the mix, selecting the seeds they preferred and discarding the rest.

Looks like you’d just be feeding the local rodents. I’d chuck it if I were you.

Sue Schmoyer
Kutztown, Berks County

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> On Feb 3, 2019, at 11:50 AM, Alane Younger <lanie58...> wrote:
>
> Does anyone know the answer here?
>
> ________________________________
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Alane Younger <lanie58...>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:56 PM
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: [PABIRDS] rye grain question
>
> Does anyone know if my backyard birds can eat rye grains. I use to make my own bread but no longer do so and was going to toss it for the birds but thought I( would ask first
> Thanks
> Alane Lehigh County
 

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Date: 2/3/19 8:50 am
From: Alane Younger <lanie58...>
Subject: Re: rye grain question
Does anyone know the answer here?

________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Alane Younger <lanie58...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:56 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] rye grain question

Does anyone know if my backyard birds can eat rye grains. I use to make my own bread but no longer do so and was going to toss it for the birds but thought I( would ask first
Thanks
Alane Lehigh County
 

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Date: 2/3/19 7:47 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: N. Shrike - Allegheny Co.
I am at the Imperial Grasslands and I just found a N. Shrike where the
fenced in retention pond is along Burgettstown Rd.

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 2/3/19 4:32 am
From: Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy...>
Subject: Robin's Lawrence County
My wife and I made a quick hour long side trip around Volant Strips on our
way to Grove City last evening. We had 1 Kestrel on George Washington Rd.,
2 Horned Larks on Shaner Rd., And at least 40-50 Robin's in one flock on
Bonanni Road.
 

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Date: 2/3/19 3:28 am
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) -Bucks Co. (1/27 - 2/2)
All,Birder reports were very light this week. The lake is mostly frozen. 2 Snow Goose 2/2 Canada Goose- very large number - guessing about 6000 packed in small areas of open water and on the ice. Quite a show when they take off.9 duck species:1 Canvasback male 2/2Common Goldeneye - high report 2 2/2Hooded Merganser- high report 5 1/29
1 N. Harrier 1/30 photoBald Eagle - high report 4 1/28Lesser Black-backed Gull -high report 14 1/29
2 Common Raven 1/27 photo
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1/28
Also, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Amer. Kestrel, Golden-crowned Kinglet, E. Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow
Thanks to all who reported their sightings.
August MirabellaNorth Wales, PA
 

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Date: 2/2/19 3:39 pm
From: Kimberly Springer <springer0707...>
Subject: Trumpeter Swan - FOREST COUNTY
The trumpeter swan with the yellow wing tag marked P951 is still present -
able to be seen coming from Elm Street up Route 36 at the bridge. This area
is across from Lighthouse Island. I had first reported this on January 27th
2019.

Kim Springer,
Mercer County, PA
 

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Date: 2/2/19 2:55 pm
From: Kimberly Springer <springer0707...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeak (5) - FOREST COUNTY
This afternoon around the Tionesta Dam, Tionesta, PA we found 5 Evening
Grosbeaks (continuing birds...I reported 44 here on 1/27/19). 1 came down
to the feeder. One that was in a tree had a transmitter attached to it. I
will post more pictures to eBird when I have cell service. Glenn Koppel and
Mary Alice Koeneke were also present.

Kim Springer,
Mercer County, PA
 

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Date: 2/2/19 2:26 pm
From: Tom Kuehl <tjk.kuehl...>
Subject: Somerset County - Kuehl Northwest WRS Route
Hi All,



A beautiful blue-sky day for running a WRS route. This was the 9th running
of our Northwest Somerset County Route. It starts on the Westmoreland County
border at the Rt. 30 crossing of Laurel Ridge, goes north along the eastern
base of the Ridge to North Fork Reservoir, then east to Rt. 2019 at
Davidsville, then south to the Quemahoning Reservoir, and then west, roughly
back to the starting point.



Almost no variety today with just Red-tailed Hawks (15) and Cooper's Hawks
(2), however the total of 17 was above the 9-year average of 15. Species not
reported today but with 1 or 2 observed on occasion in previous years are
Harriers, Kestrels, Sharp-shins Red-shouldered Hawk and Bald Eagles.



Tom Kuehl

Westmoreland County



County - Somerset

Date - 2/2/19

Observers- Tom and Janet Kuehl, and Mark McConaughy

Total time actually surveying Hours: 3 Minutes- 10

Start time 9:57am /End time 1:28pm

Miles on route 50.1





Red-tails- Total = 15 Ad. 4 /Imm. 0 /ND 11



Cooper's - 2



Avg Temp.- 31F

Sky- Pt cloudy to start, then mostly sunny

Wind - Light

Avg Snow cover depth - 6"



We all got to see a Coyote in open farm land on Blough Road. A flock of 150
Horned Larks were at the reliable Lemon-Hyasota Hill-Fallen Oak Road farm
area. Janet spotted a Killdeer in the wet area at the intersection of Rt.
985 and Stemmler Road. A Common Raven was perched in a tree at the Sliding
Rock Golf Course on Rt. 30 (at the end of the route at the base of Laurel
Ridge).






 

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Date: 2/2/19 2:25 pm
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: WRS 2019 Mifflin County Milroy Route
Winter Raptor Survey

Mifflin County, Milroy area (Northeastern part of Kishacoquillas Valley east of Rte 322)
Thursday, 1/31/2019

Observers: Jay Zook, Louie Peight, Amos Swarey, Bob Fowles (driver)

Start time: 12:25, Stop time: 15:35
Elapsed time: 3:10 hours:min
Miles on Route: 30.6

33 Total raptors and vultures

8 BV
1 Harrier (1 IMM or F)
12 Red-tails (8 AD, 4 ND)
6 Rough-legs (4 Light, 2 Dark)
2 American Kestrels (1 F, 1 ND)
2 Bald Eagles (2 AD)
2 Unidentified raptors

Avg Temperature: 12F
Avg Sky: clear
Avg Wind: slight
Avg Snow Cover: 4"

Comment: The NH, RLs, and BEs were observed within 5 miles of driving along Back Mt Road and Salem Cross Road.

Route: Starting from the intersection of Field Ln and Clear View Drive, Back Mountain Rd (including Salem Cross Rd), to Siglerville including part of Treaster Valley Rd. Siglerville Pike to Naginey Rd to the end of Church Ln. Logan St in Reedsville to Waterfront to Honey Creek Rd to Locke Mills Rd into Siglerville. Salem Rd to Main St. Milroy.

Other species: White-crowned Sparrow, Chickadee, Rock Pigeon, Blue Jay, Crow, Raven, Starling, Mourning Dove, Mallard, Bufflehead, Junco, GB Heron

[AD=adult, IMM=immature, M=male, F=female, ND=Not Determined, Light=light morph, Dark=dark morph]
 

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Date: 2/2/19 1:07 pm
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Juniata County - Western WRS
hello, today was our big route, running the western side.  the weather
and temps were ideal.

start time 9am, end time 2:51pm

101 miles

start temp 3, end temp 33, full cloudy to partly cloudy, no wind, 0-4
inches of snow

sharp shinned - 2, 1 adult 1 imm

coopers 1 ND

red tails 58, 50 adult, 2 imm, 6 ND

kestrel 8, 5 male, 2 female

bald eagle 5, 4 adult, 1 imm

other highlights were Redhead, Pine Siskin, Horned Lark, Wild Turkey,
Red headed woodpecker and American Tree Sparrow.

chad kauffman, mike mccahren, butch mccahren and aden troyer.


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Date: 2/2/19 11:59 am
From: Dave Brooke <davbrooke...>
Subject: Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspur, Armstrong Co
I checked the manured fields along Fox Hollow Rd this morning. There were
200+ Horned Larks moving about in the field 100-150 yard from the road.
John Boback arrived and he spotted a Snow Bunting in the group. I got a
couple no so well focus photos of it and of 2 Lapland Longspurs that were
mixed in as well.

Fox Hollow Rd, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, US
Feb 2, 2019 11:15 AM - 12:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
3 species

Horned Lark 200 at least 200
Lapland Longspur 2 Continuing in large flock of Horned Larks
Snow Bunting 1 Found by John Boback

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52303846

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Date: 2/2/19 11:26 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Killdeer - Beaver Co.
There were two Killdeer present at the Seibel Farm( Bocktown - Cork
Rd.,Independence Twp.) today

The birds were walking around foraging on top of the snow and ice

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 2/2/19 11:26 am
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...>
Subject: Allegheny County--Eastern Meadowlark
Hi,
During my Winter Raptor Survey today, I saw an Eastern Meadowlark along Solar Drive at Imperial.
Mike FialkovichPittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 2/2/19 10:49 am
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...>
Subject: WRS Allegheny County
Date: 2/2/2019

Observers: Mike Fialkovich, Mark VanderVen

Start time: 8:40 amEnd time 11:45  pmTotal time on route: 2 hours 42 minutes (short side trip for 25 minutes)
Route miles: : 67.2



TV = 0

BV = 0

Red-tailed Hawk = 4 adult; 6 ND

Rough-legged Hawk = 0

Am. Kestrel = 0

Sharp-shinned Hawk = 0

Cooper's Hawk = 0

Red-shouldered Hawk = 0

Bald Eagle = 1 imm (first or second year)

Peregrine Falcon = 1 adult
N. Shrike = 0



Average temperature = 19 degrees F


Sky = clear


Wind = light


Average snow depth = 2 inches


A bridge closure added miles to the typical route due to using another bridge and backtracking.


Mike FialkovichPittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 2/2/19 10:24 am
From: Tom and Nancy Moeller <thosjmoel...>
Subject: Canvasbacks, Scaup, Goldeneyes; Duck Hollow; Allegheny County
Duck Hollow, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, US
Feb 2, 2019 9:10 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Stationary
11 species

Mallard 50+
Canvasback 8 All drakes
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 3
Common Goldeneye 5 Hens
Common Merganser 17 4 drakes, 13 hens
Ring-billed Gull 150+
Herring Gull 3+
Carolina Wren 1 Heard calling
European Starling 20 Flock above road
Song Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52292067

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Tom and Nancy Moeller
Allegheny County
 

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Date: 2/2/19 9:24 am
From: Gina Rubino <gina.m.rubino...>
Subject: Cackling Goose cont. - Beaver Co
Dan and I went to find the cackling goose at the new Brighton boat launch just now. It is currently still present within a group of Canada geese on the shore.

Gina Rubino
Beaver County

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Date: 2/2/19 7:55 am
From: Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls...>
Subject: WRS - NW Crawford Co
Date: 2/1/2019

Observers: Clare & Todd Nicolls

Start time: 10:15 End time 1:45 Total time on route: 3 hours 30
minutes

Route miles: : 48.5



TV = 0

BV = 0

Red-tailed Hawk = 15 adult; 2 immature

Rough-legged Hawk = 1 dark morph

Am. Kestrel = 1 male

Sharp-shinned Hawk = 0

Cooper's Hawk = 0

Red-shouldered Hawk = 0

Bald Eagle = 3 adults



N. Shrike = 0



Average temperature = 13 degrees F



Sky = clear



Wind = light



Average snow depth = 5 inches



Clare Nicolls

Springboro, PA





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Date: 2/2/19 1:21 am
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 2/2/2019
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* February 2, 2019
* PAEA1902.02
- Birds mentioned

CANVASBACK
REDHEAD
GREATER SCAUP
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
LONG-TAILED DUCK
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
COMMON REDPOLL
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
ICELAND GULL
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: February 2nd at 4:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to <becard...> with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

You can visit the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society Website at
http://www.lvaudubon.org/ .

You can visit my 'Eastern PA Birding' Website for photos and information at
http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html .

The next Audubon program will be held on February 8th at 7:00 PM at the
Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly known as the Wildlands
Conservancy) in Emmaus. Keith Bildstein will do a program on “The Life &
Times of Turkey Vultures.”

Directions to many of the sites in this report can be found in the area’s
birding guidebook, “Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity”. A completely
revised, 2nd edition of the book can be ordered at:
http://www.lvaudubon.org/shop/ .

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from EAST ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Along Valley View Road:
Rusty Blackbirds – 2 on 1/29.

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
CANVASBACK – 1 on 1/27
REDHEADS – 2 on 1/27
GREATER SCAUP – 14 on 1/27
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – 1 to at least 1/30
LONG-TAILED DUCKS – 1 on 1/26 and 1/27; 5 on 1/28; 3 on 1/29; ~90 on 1/30; 2
on 1/31
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – 1 to at least 1/27 (light morph)
COMMON REDPOLLS – 15 on 1/26 and 1/27.
Also Red-shouldered Hawk.

Sightings from LEASER LAKE, Lehigh County:
Ruffed Grouse – 1 on 1/26.

Sightings from the ALBURTIS area, Lehigh County:
Along Congdon Hill Drive:
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW – 1 to at least 1/26.
Along Mertztown Road:
LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1 on 1/30 and 1/31.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
American Black Ducks – 92 on 1/27
Lesser Black-backed Gulls – 60 on 1/27
Great Black-backed Gull – 1 on 1/27
ICELAND GULL – 1 on 1/26.
At the Walt Road area:
Cackling Geese – 4 on 1/26 and 1/27
CANVASBACK – 1 on 1/27.
At the Hill Road area:
American Wigeon – 2 on 1/27.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
At the Tohickon boat launch:
REDHEAD – 1 to at least 1/29
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE – 1 on 1/25 (female).

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Cackling Geese – 2 on 1/25.

- End transcript
 

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Date: 2/1/19 6:16 pm
From: Claus & Michele Herrmann <00000126e6964c30-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS #452 SW Monroe County 02/01/19
Here is WRS #452 SW Monroe County run on Feb 1st, 2019.



County - Monroe County Route # 452

Date - 02/01/19

Observers - Claus Herrmann

Time on route - 3.75 hours

Miles on route - 54.5 miles



TVs - 0



BVs- 0



Harriers- 0



Red-tails- 11 Total; 11 Adult/ 0 Im / 0 ND



Rough-legs- 0



Kestrels- 0



Sharp-shins- 0



Cooper's - 0



Red-shoulders- 2 total; 2 adult / 0 Immature



Bald Eagles-2 Total; 2 Adult / 0 Immature



Golden Eagle - 0



Peregrine Falcon - 0



Shrikes - 0



Others -





Avg Temp.- 15'F

Sky- overcast to partly sunny sky

Wind - light

Avg Snow cover depth - 4-6 inches




 

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Date: 2/1/19 3:38 pm
From: Rob Fergus <birdchaser...>
Subject: 2019 Delaware County Birding Challenge--January Update
88 bird species have been reported to eBird so far this year in Delaware County. In the total species category, (Categories—Bronze 100 species, Silver 150 species, Gold 200 species) the highest total so far is 57 species. In the total eBird checklist category (Categories—Bronze 100 county eBird checklists, Silver 200 checklists, Gold 300 checklists) the highest number of checklists so far is 50.

In the yard birding category, for total species the highest total so far is Lathrop Nelson with 25 species, and for total eBird checklists the highest total so far is Regina Hildwine with 31 checklists.

For comparison sake, last year at the end of January birders had reported a total of 89 species in Delaware County. There haven’t been any real rarities reported in the county so far this year (though John Zygmunt’s wintering Black-throated Blue Warbler is a bit of an eye-popper). The best birds have probably been locally uncommon wintering species such as American Tree Sparrow, Long-tailed Duck, Tundra Swan, and Canvasback. After making a solid appearance earlier in the winter, Purple Finches and Pine Siskins have been hard to come by, and there haven’t been any reports of Evening Grosbeaks yet this year.

Also for comparison, this January in nearby (and more heavily covered—sigh!) Philadelphia County, birders have reported 118 species (better than last year’s 109), with Patrick McGill already logging 98 species in eBird.

So get out and bird Delaware County and submit your checklists to eBird. If you live in DelCo but haven’t registered your yard on eBird, go ahead and do that too! By the end of February last year there had been 100 species reported in the county, so let's see if we can stay on track or even supersede that this coming month. More birders out birding=more birds=more fun for everyone!

Rob Fergus
Wallingford, PA
<birdchaser...><mailto:<birdchaser...>
Birding Club of Delaware County

 

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Date: 2/1/19 3:25 pm
From: Bill Zinn <wgzinn...>
Subject: Redhead ducks - Washington Cnty
I saw two male redhead ducks at the AMD pond on Hahn Rd in Peters Twp this
afternoon. The pond had virtually no ice covering it at all. There were
also lots of mallards there.



Bill Z.


 

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Date: 2/1/19 2:10 pm
From: Tom and Nancy Moeller <thosjmoel...>
Subject: Goldeneyes, mergansers, cormorants and more, Duck Hollow, Allegheny County
Sunny but cold, river had ice, snow on spit

Canada Goose 100+
Mallard 75+
Greater Scaup 1 Drake
Common Goldeneye 3 Hens
Common Merganser 8 3 drakes, 5 hens
Ring-billed Gull 150+
Herring Gull 5+
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Bald Eagle 1 Hays male
Carolina Chickadee 1 Heard calling
Song Sparrow 1

Tom Moeller
Allegheny County
 

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Date: 2/1/19 8:20 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Extralimital and extra exciting, part 2
Hi everyone, As I wrote to you earlier, my wife and I had the good fortune
recently to go out west and work with The Peregrine Fund and to help with
the release of captive-bred and wild-bred California Condors. Here is my
latest blog post (part 2) that describes in more detail all that we did:
https://birdpartner.com/2019/02/01/the-thrill-of-a-lifetime-part-two/.
You'll find there additional photos and a terrific video taken by our host.
Thank you so much,
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
 

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Date: 2/1/19 7:48 am
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Winter Birding Extravaganza - Armstrong County
I'm going to make a shameless plug for the birding in my native county of Armstrong. If anyone in the area is looking for a birding destination this weekend, it's hard to beat as far as winter birding in western PA goes. Here's a little summary of things that could be targeted right now with a one-day birding loop through the county:


* A Northern Shrike was found on Ankeny Rd in the SE corner of the county near the Elders Ridge area on Saturday, and although not relocated, presumably would still be in the area. That area is a huge section of reclaimed strip mines so the habitat is vast.

* A Golden Eagle was found as a rare over-winterer near the same location that it was first found around Thanksgiving, near the village of Shay. It is now known that the bird has been photographed as far west as near the mouth of Garrett's Run at the Allegheny River, so it is covering a large area between the river and the Shay area all the way up Garrett's Run Rd.

* Rough-legged Hawks are putting on a display again this winter in the county after a great showing last year. There have been multiple birds, both light and dark morph, seen in the Worthington area around Claypoole and Fox Hollow Rds. There have also been multiple birds of both color morphs found in the Pasture Rd area west of Dayton and also in the field area east of Mayport, both in the NE corner of the county. Northern Harriers are also routinely found in these same areas. Also last winter, the Peregrine Falcons that nest under the Graff Bridge near Manorville on the Allegheny River had been flying the whole way west to the fields around Worthington to hunt and were seen regularly on telephone poles etc, which was an interesting occurrence. I would assume that at any point they could be found out in those fields again this winter. Merlins are also periodically found in these field areas in winter.

* Lapland Longspurs and a Snow Bunting have been found amongst huge flocks of Horned Larks in recent days in the manured fields along Fox Hollow and Claypoole Rds in the Worthington area.

* Some nice waterfowl are congregating at the remaining area of open water above Lock 7 on the Allegheny River at Kittanning. There are currently multiple Tundra Swans, Canvasbacks, and Common Goldeneyes present.

* Bald Eagles are numerous all over the typical areas of the county, including Crooked Creek Lake and along the Allegheny River.

All of these sightings are in eBird for reference, birder credit, and location information. I cannot take credit for any of these sightings personally but I still felt compelled to share them as, in my opinion, Armstrong County is one of the best and most under-appreciated birding counties in the area (I will be moving back there in just a few months!). Thanks to those birders that braved the rough weather to make these great finds.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
 

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Date: 1/31/19 7:55 am
From: Rob Blye <rwblye...>
Subject: Feeders in the frigid weather, ChesCo in PA and Sussex in DE
Our efforts at feeding and providing water to the birds finally paid off
today with our first siskin and a fox sparrow that we have seen on and off
all winter. Siskin is eating nyjer with its goldfinch buddies and the fox
sparrow scratches under a tube feeder and got a drink from the flowing
freshwater in our "bird stream". It requires an electric heater to keep
the water moving on days like today but virtually all our yard birds will
visit today for a drink. We have had a pine warbler and hopefully it will
show on the suet today.

While we were in northern Chester County we had much activity at our
feeders almost every day. Here in southern Delaware the birds only hit the
feeders hard in frigid or rainy weather. I interpret this to indicate that
in Delaware there is less cold stress and more natural food than in PA. Or
perhaps more feeders for the birds to choose from . We were the only family
in a half mile to feed in PA and everyone in our current development has
feeders.

Trying to stay warm in Lewes. I would be trying even harder if still in PA.

*Rob*

Robert W. Blye
34603 Doe Run
Lewes DE 19958-3332
302 945-8618
610 213-2413 mobile
 

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Date: 1/31/19 7:00 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Anyone see Tundra Swans yesterday, Pittsburgh?
Yesterday, 30 Jan, just before 4pm my friend John English saw a "massive flock of swans" flying past Duck Hollow on the Mon River.  Anyone else see them?
I imagine that any tundra swans that stayed north during our warm December decided to leave yesterday!

Kate St.John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 1/31/19 5:29 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Ravens, Allegheny County
In the past two weeks I've seen (probably) two pairs of ravens in Allegheny County:A pair flying near the Homestead Grays Bridge a couple of weeks ago and yesterday a pair flying over Ohio River Blvd at the I79 Neville Island Bridge
Kate St.John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 1/30/19 4:14 pm
From: Kimberly Springer <springer0707...>
Subject: Trumpeter Swan - FOREST COUNTY
Sorry for the delay in posting...have been feeling under the weather. On
1-27-19 among 120+ Canada Geese, I found a lone Trumpeter Swan with a
yellow wing tag that had black writing that read P951. The swan was in the
Allegheny River visible from the Route 36 bridge in town in Tionesta, PA.
Photos are posted to eBird.

Kim Springer,
Mercer County, PA
 

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Date: 1/30/19 11:56 am
From: Alane Younger <lanie58...>
Subject: rye grain question
Does anyone know if my backyard birds can eat rye grains. I use to make my own bread but no longer do so and was going to toss it for the birds but thought I( would ask first
Thanks
Alane Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/30/19 10:17 am
From: E-mail <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Re: Snow Buntings, Lock Haven 1/29
This is in Clinton County.


Wayne Laubscher
<wnlaubscher...>


> On January 30, 2019 at 1:15 PM E-mail <wnlaubscher...> wrote:
>
>
>
> As a first for the season, Dave Rockey reported that yesterday he saw a flock of 7 Snow Buntings along River Road on the Great Island just east of the river bridge next to the Piiper Airport at Lock Haven.
>
>
> Wayne Laubscher
> Lock Haven
> <wnlaubscher...>
> "Owl be back"
>



 

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Date: 1/30/19 10:07 am
From: E-mail <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Snow Buntings, Lock Haven. 1/29
As a first for the season, Dave Rockey reported that yesterday he saw a flock of 7 Snow Buntings along River Road on the Great Island just east of the river bridge next to the Piiper Airport at Lock Haven.


Wayne Laubscher
Lock Haven
<wnlaubscher...>
"Owl be back"

 

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Date: 1/30/19 10:06 am
From: E-mail <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Snow Buntings, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., 1/29
As a first for the season, Dave Rockey reported that yesterday he saw a flock of 7 Snow Buntings along River Road on the Great Island just east of the river bridge next to the Piiper Airport at Lock Haven.


Wayne Laubscher
Lock Haven
Clinton Co.
<wnlaubscher...>
"Owl be back"
 

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Date: 1/30/19 6:47 am
From: Dan Richards <drichards7...>
Subject: Turkey Vultures, Clearfield/Jefferson Cos.
Sorry for the delayed posting; however, yesterday I came across a kettle of 14-16 Turkey Vultures near Murray's Honda south of DuBois. I also discovered six more TV's along US 119 south of Sykesville. Although Turkey Vultures are year round residents in the southern half of the state, they used to be absent in the northern plateau during the wintertime.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 1/29/19 7:48 pm
From: Kimberly Springer <springer0707...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks (65) - FOREST COUNTY
I went to the Tionesta Dam - Spillway Road & UNEXPECTEDLY found 44 Evening
Grosbeaks in the tree above the Ranger's Station. They eventually started
coming down to the feeder there, & I was able to get great views!!! *The
eBird checklist can be viewed here with some pictures:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52192577

I also went to the McGuire property in Tionesta, PA where they have been
frequenting daily & counted 21 there...
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52193014

Kim Springer,
Mercer County, PA
 

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Date: 1/29/19 6:59 pm
From: Kimberly Springer <springer0707...>
Subject: Fox Sparrow - FOREST COUNTY
1-27-19 I observed a Fox Sparrow foraging on the ground with other sparrow
species under feeders at a house on Outflow Rd. in Tionesta, PA.

There were also 4 Pine Siskins at these feeders.

(All pictures on eBird.)

Kim Springer,
Mercer County, PA
 

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Date: 1/29/19 6:17 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Bald eagle, Washington County
A juvenile Bald eagle flew across the road in front of me near frozen Lake
Joann this afternoon.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
 

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Date: 1/29/19 5:05 pm
From: David McNaughton <dkmcnaughton...>
Subject: WRS Lebanon and Dauphin Counties
This count is a little different than others in that the loop incorporates
both counties, which I keep separate for Greg Grove's statistics, going
along 443, 325, and Goldmine Road primarily. The route featured one eagle
adjusting its nest and the rest on/over the river. Red shoulders were back
in Fishing Creek Valley again, this time mostly at the east end. Thanks to
Jane for driving, and Barb who notes it would be completed faster if we
talked to humans at McDonalds instead of the touch screen.

Dave McNaughton

Lebanon Co.


County - Lebanon

Date - 27 January 2019

Observers- David McNaughton, Barb Ritzheimer, Jane Fennelly

Total time *actually surveying* Hours:Minutes- 1:47

Start time/End time 09:04-13:46

Miles on route 26.2

# Harriers 0

# Red-tails Ad/Imm/Unk- 3/3/0

# Rough-legs- Light/Dark 0

# Kestrels- M/F/ND- 0/1/0

# TVs 0

# BVs- 0

Red-shoulders 1

Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 1/0

Other raptors None

Shrikes? No

Avg Temp.- 35

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Cloudy

Wind - Light/medium/strong- Light

Avg Snow cover depth - <1"


County - Dauphin

Total time *actually surveying* Hours:Minutes- 2:25

Start time/End time 10:40-13:35

Miles on route 48.2

# Harriers 0

# Red-tails 3 all adults

# Rough-legs- Light/Dark 0

# Kestrels- M/F/ND- 0

# TVs- 13

# BVs- 1

Red-shoulders 3

Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm./Unk. 4/1/1

Other raptors - none

Shrikes? No

Avg Temp.- 36

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Pt cloudy

Wind - Light/medium/strong- light

Avg Snow cover depth - <1"
 

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Date: 1/29/19 3:57 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Canvasbacks, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

Late this afternoon (Tuesday) there were 26 Canvasbacks on the lower
Susquehanna River. They were in a long line, very close to the
Lancaster County shoreline, right in front of our house in Peach Bottom.
Also in the immediate area were 12 Common Goldeneye and 25+
Bufflehead. This was all during the heaviest part of the afternoon snow.

Take care,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
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216 Spring Lane
Peach Bottom, PA USA 17563-4008
VOICE 717-548-3303 CELL 717-572-0771 FAX 717-548-3327
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Date: 1/29/19 3:46 pm
From: Richard Nugent <rmnugent...>
Subject: Cooper's Hawk; Allegheny County; 1/29/2019
This afternoon I saw an immature Cooper's Hawk on the ground in our back yard in northern Allegheny County. On closer inspection I saw that it was plucking a Mourning Dove. At a distance of about 50 feet I watched for 45 minutes as the hawk plucked and ate the dove. Towards the end I could see how the hawk's crop was distended after the large meal. Finally the hawk flew off with what was left of the dove. It was a fascinating nature observation from the warmth of our kitchen.

Best Regards ........... Richard Nugent
Hampton Township, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 1/29/19 3:32 pm
From: john flannigan <rublzrme...>
Subject: Waterfowl-Washington county
Today behind the Fredericktown Library there were 10 Canvasback and 1 Common Goldeneye on the Monogahela River in Washington county.


Enjoy your birding,

John Flannigan

Allegheny county
 

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Date: 1/29/19 12:14 pm
From: Chris Grecco <chris.grecco65...>
Subject: American Crow Winter Roost & Early Killdeer,Centre Co.
Hi All,

Yesterday my wife,daughter and I were doing some shopping in State College.We were in the plaza where Wegman’s,Target,Michael’s and PetCo are located.When getting out of our vehicle near PetCo,we observed large numbers of crows in flight,over the main plaza area.We also observed several crows perched in trees,directly behind PetCo.It appeared the crows were staging to go to a winter roost.The time was around 4:45 to 5pm.

At the same time,I did hear three different killdeer from different locations of the plaza.This could have been European starlings mimicking killdeer,but the cadence of the calls made me think it was real killdeer.

Chris Grecco
Clearfield,Pa.
Clearfield Co.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/29/19 12:04 pm
From: Marge <marvantassel...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawks in Worthington and others in (Armstrong County)
Great to see the "winter" hawks return to this lovely countryside. Several
of us have been seeing both the light and the dark phase Rough-legged Hawks
in this area altho' both have also been seen near Dayton, another section
of Armstrong County (thanks to Higbees and Anna Donato). I have, in the
past, seen both phases in Worthington as I know a few others who don't
post;have and yesterday I had a light phase while Dave Brooke had a dark
phase having already had the light one on Saturday;;and Mark McConaughy.
had a light one here and an even greater find of the immature Golden Eagle
on his winter raptor survey that perhaps was same eagle that had been
observed and photographed by Sam Gutherie and Alan Buriak, says a lot about
this county in my opinion also considering the Snowy owl that was here some
6-7 years ago...but it also leads me to believe that perhaps more eyes and
ears are exploring and enjoying Armstrong County. Keep it up folks and
thanks!
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
 

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Date: 1/29/19 9:40 am
From: Seth Ausubel <birdherpbug...>
Subject: Northeast Bucks WRS 1/27/19
Hello Bucks County and PA Birders,

This is the third year that Mary and I have conducted a Winter Raptor Survey route in Northeastern Bucks County. We cover areas from the Delaware River to Route 611 and 413, down along the river into Solebury Township, and a slice of Bedminster south of Route 113. The weather this year was great. Of note were 84 Black Vultures, 50 of which were in one kettle north of Mechanicsville; 5 Bald Eagles (4 along the river); and a beautiful leucitic Red-tailed Hawk at the Bucks County Audubon Honey Hollow Preserve in Solebury (photo at https://flic.kr/p/2d4nuHg). Data below.

Date – 1/27/19
Observers- Seth Ausubel, Mary Normandia
Total time Hours:Minutes- 6:13
Start time/End time - 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Miles on route - 86

Harriers- M/F/Imm – 0/1/1 (Total 2)
Red-tails - 16
Rough-legs- Light/Dark - 0
Kestrels- M/F/ND- 0/2/0 (Total 2)
TVs - 62
BVs- 84
Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm – 3/1 (Total 4)
Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm – 5/0 (Total 5)
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1 ND
Cooper’s Hawk – 1 Imm
Merlin - 1
Shrikes 0

Avg Temp.- 40F
Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Pt. cloudy
Wind - Light/medium/strong- light
Avg Snow cover depth - 0

Seth Ausubel
Washington Crossing, PA
 

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Date: 1/29/19 9:15 am
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peace Valley Pk. (IBA) Bucks Co. (1/20-1/26)
All,Birder reports were light this week. The reported species total this week was 57.Snow Goose-high report 3 1/20
Cackling Goose-high report 9 1/209 duck species:    2 Gadwall     2 Amer. Wigeon 
    Mallard-high report 101 1/24
    1 Ring-necked Duck
    Hooded Merganser    Common Merganser -high report ~350 1/25    Ruddy Duck - high report 2 1/26  
1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1/194 gull species   Lesser Black-backed Gull-high report 30 1/241 N. Harrier 1/23Black-capped Chickadee1 Brown Thrasher through the week at Bird Blind1 E. Towhee through the week at bird blind.
Also, Wild Turkey, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, E. Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Thanks to all who shared their sightings. 
The last few weeks my posts have been garbled. If any techies out there know how to avoid this, please advise. My WRS post this morning is an example.
August MirabellaNorth Wales, PA
 

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Date: 1/29/19 8:56 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 15 January 2019
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE01.15.19

Highlights:
CACKLING GOOSE (Erie County)
SNOWY OWL (Erie County)
NORTHERN SHRIKE
AMERICAN PIPIT
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (Lawrence County)
EVENING GROSBEAK (Forest County)

Contributors: Cathy Brown, Karyn Delaney, Amy Henrici, Tom Kuehl, Michael Leahy, Flo McGuire, Jerry McWilliams.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 8 January 2019 through Tuesday, 15 January 2019

**This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible for errors on websites who reproduce/reprint these reports. If you would like to receive western PA RBAs, contact AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Transcript-

NOTE: HORNED LARKS continue to be reported.

BEAVER COUNTY:

On 1/10 in Economy Borough, 6 PINE SISKINS (KD).


CLARION COUNTY:

On 1/14 in Clarion, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (FM).

During the winter raptor survey on 1/15 in the Callensburg area, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 6 COMMON RAVENS (ML).


ERIE COUNTY:

Through 1/7 at Fairview Industrial Park, 3 CACKLING GEESE (JM); through the week, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE (FM).

At Presque Isle State Park on 1/8, 1 SNOWY OWL (JM).

This week in Edinboro, 75+ PINE SISKINS (JM).


FOREST COUNTY:

Through 1/12 in Tionesta, sightings of EVENING GROSBEAKS continue (FM).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

Along Lake Road on 1/13, 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 1 AMERICAN PIPIT (AH).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

Near Hickory on 1/10, 1 MERLIN (CB).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

On 1/15 during the winter raptor survey, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS (TK).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.
 

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Date: 1/29/19 8:40 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Sad update on Independence Marsh, Beaver
This is not a bird sighting so please ignore if it's not of interest.  Please reply Privately!(I am sending this to PABIRDS because the "AudubonPA" listserve seems to be defunct.)

In November I posted news that the Falcon Pipeline was proposed to run right through Independence Marsh, linking Washington County gas wells to the new Shell cracker plant in Beaver, PA.  Just before Christmas DEP approved the pipeline path. It will indeed wipe out the wetland.  Here is recent news, 28 Jan 2019, from FracTracker.org (<info...>).
"Yes unfortunately the path has been approved. There are a number of issues concerning birds with the pipeline route at Independence Marsh- this is a registered "Important Bird Area," and as such, Shell should have been in contact with the local Audubon Society which they were not. Shell also stated that the only area water body large enough to support waterfowl in this section of the route would be Independence Marsh, but that this area would be drained to make it more into a wetland. This statement has a number of people in the community concerned. The testimony of a birder would be important for groups challenging the route on the Beaver County Conservation District's property."

PABIRDers, if you are interested in providing testimony please email me privately. I don't yet know where/when or even to whom the testimony would be given.

p.s. I *think* the reason they will drain the lake and make it a wetland is because they will completely wipe out the wetland upstream of the lake and since the wetland is a mitigation, they probably need to provide one of comparable size.  So there we are.

Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
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Date: 1/29/19 7:44 am
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Central Bucks WRS 1-26-2019
All, We did this WRS for the 19th year centered south of Nockamixon St. Pk. that was first established by Bill Etter for 10 years . It was a perfect day for a WRS. Calm winds and partly cloudy skies made spotting easier. Add Devich with his Polaroid sun glasses, and some luck and the count was surprising. The previous high for Red-tailed Hawk of 48 in 2013 was smashed, with 69 total this day. The 33 Black Vultures also were a high beating 26 last year. Despite the 208 kestrels fledged this year in Devich's boxes and passing several of those boxes today, we only had one pair. 
August Mirabella & Devich Farbotnik
 County -BucksDate -1/26/2019Observers-Devich Farbotnik, August MirabellaTotal Time Actually Surveying  4 hrs. 30 mins.
Start time  9:30 AM  /End time 2:30 PM (Breaks-~30 minutes)
Miles on route   = 39 Harriers - 1 Ad. female/ 1 imm.  / 0 ND  Total =2   19 yr. avg. = 2.89
 Red-tails-  34 Ad./ 3 Imm./ 32 ND  Total = 69       19 yr. avg. = 33.07 Rough-legs- 0 Light/ 0 Dark  Total = 0     19 yr. avg.. = 0.47 Kestrels- 1 M/ 1 F/ 0 ND- 0  Total = 2    19 yr. avg..= 3.68
TVs- 46     19 yr. avg. = 33.05
BVs- 33     19 yr. avg. = 8.95
Red-shoulders- 1 Ad/ 3 Imm/ 0 ND  Total = 4    19  yr. avg.= 1.32
 
Bald Eagles- 0 Ad/  0 Imm. Total = 0     19 yr. avg.= 0..68
Other raptors 

Sharp-shins- 0 Ad. / 1 imm   Total =2      19 yr. avg.= 0.89

Cooper's -1 Ad. / 0 imm.    Total = 1        19 yr. avg.= 1.11
Merlin-  Total = 1 imm.      19 yr. Avg. =0.26

Shrikes? No
Also, Great Horned Owl - 1
Avg. temp. - 30° F
Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy  -   Partly Cloudy  Wind - Light/medium/strong  -  LightAvg Snow cover depth -   0
 

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Date: 1/29/19 6:00 am
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Re: Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
Thanks to all who have replied so far with the great info. It occurred to me to check The Birds of Pennsylvania (McWilliams and Brauning). It turns out that outside of the central mountains and ridges, the winter records are fairly few for the state. There are about 5 winter records from eastern PA and as of 2000 when the book was published, only 3 winter locations from western PA were known by the authors, one from Warren County (not sure year), one from Westmoreland County in 1990, and one or more records from Pymatuning area pre-1978.

Alan Buriak

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Date: 1/28/19 11:48 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County

Hello all,

An interesting thing to share... A subadult Golden Eagle was found by Sam Gutherie back on November 20th in the Shay area of Armstrong County hunting the fields around Ardale Rd. The bird was well observed and photographed on the 20th and 21st by Sam and by myself, however despite later attempts by several additional birders, it was never seen after November 21st. At that time it seemed perfectly reasonable that the bird had simply made a rare migration stopover in an area usually considered to be west of the normal migration routes, and that it had moved on and continued its southward journey. Incredibly, today, Mark McConaughy, while running his winter raptor survey route, encountered and photographed an immature Golden Eagle on Rt 2020 east of Garrett's Run Rd, which would be only about a mile away from the Ardale Rd location from November. The assumption of course is that this is the same Golden Eagle that we had observed just before Thanksgiving, and that this bird indeed has chosen this area of Armstrong County to over-winter! How common is it for a Golden Eagle to over-winter in Pennsylvania? I had always assumed that they probably did, however only in the central ridge areas of the state.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
 

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Date: 1/29/19 5:37 am
From: <kvanfleet...> <kvanfleet...>
Subject: Re: Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
Long before Trish, Mike, & Todd et al's. work golden eagles were
periodically observed during winter in more northern Counties of PA,
especially at deer dumps. I remember chatting with both WCOs and
local foresters up around Quehanna Wild Area, during my early years at
Audubon PA (late 1990s) who told me about a deer dump in the area
frequented by goldens back then.

Kim
Carlisle PA



Quoting DNADEB <dsg4...>:

> You may already be aware of the following but others may not. Trish
> Miller did her dissertation on Golden Eagles and her work and others
> well over a decade has shown GOEA overwinter in PA and other sites
> in the Appalachians.
> She, Lanzone, Katzner and others have published their work in journals.
> Here is one non-scientific article.
>
> https://pittsburghquarterly.com/pq-environment/pq-nature/item/1516-golden-eagle-high-wild-and-here.html
>
> Upcoming talk unfortunately not close.
>
> https://www.capemaycountyherald.com/community/article_42d54852-2827-11e8-a8e1-bbdfcefb00f3.html
>
> Finding a Golden Eagle overwintering in Armstrong County may be a
> first and of great interest to those who have been monitoring them.
> Deb Grove.
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 28, 2019, at 11:48 PM, Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> wrote:
>>
>> Hello all,
>>
>> An interesting thing to share... A subadult Golden Eagle was found
>> by Sam Gutherie back on November 20th in the Shay area of Armstrong
>> County hunting the fields around Ardale Rd. The bird was well
>> observed and photographed on the 20th and 21st by Sam and by
>> myself, however despite later attempts by several additional
>> birders, it was never seen after November 21st. At that time it
>> seemed perfectly reasonable that the bird had simply made a rare
>> migration stopover in an area usually considered to be west of the
>> normal migration routes, and that it had moved on and continued its
>> southward journey. Incredibly, today, Mark McConaughy, while
>> running his winter raptor survey route, encountered and
>> photographed an immature Golden Eagle on Rt 2020 east of Garrett's
>> Run Rd, which would be only about a mile away from the Ardale Rd
>> location from November. The assumption of course is that this is
>> the same Golden Eagle that we had observed just before
>> Thanksgiving, and that this bird indeed has chosen this area of
>> Armstrong County to over-winter! How common is it for a Golden
>> Eagle to over-winter in Pennsylvania? I had always assumed that
>> they probably did, however only in the central ridge areas of the
>> state.
>>
>> Good birding,
>> Alan Buriak
>
 

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Date: 1/29/19 4:33 am
From: DNADEB <dsg4...>
Subject: Re: Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
You may already be aware of the following but others may not. Trish Miller did her dissertation on Golden Eagles and her work and others well over a decade has shown GOEA overwinter in PA and other sites in the Appalachians.
She, Lanzone, Katzner and others have published their work in journals.
Here is one non-scientific article.

https://pittsburghquarterly.com/pq-environment/pq-nature/item/1516-golden-eagle-high-wild-and-here.html

Upcoming talk unfortunately not close.

https://www.capemaycountyherald.com/community/article_42d54852-2827-11e8-a8e1-bbdfcefb00f3.html

Finding a Golden Eagle overwintering in Armstrong County may be a first and of great interest to those who have been monitoring them.
Deb Grove.


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 28, 2019, at 11:48 PM, Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> wrote:
>
> Hello all,
>
> An interesting thing to share... A subadult Golden Eagle was found by Sam Gutherie back on November 20th in the Shay area of Armstrong County hunting the fields around Ardale Rd. The bird was well observed and photographed on the 20th and 21st by Sam and by myself, however despite later attempts by several additional birders, it was never seen after November 21st. At that time it seemed perfectly reasonable that the bird had simply made a rare migration stopover in an area usually considered to be west of the normal migration routes, and that it had moved on and continued its southward journey. Incredibly, today, Mark McConaughy, while running his winter raptor survey route, encountered and photographed an immature Golden Eagle on Rt 2020 east of Garrett's Run Rd, which would be only about a mile away from the Ardale Rd location from November. The assumption of course is that this is the same Golden Eagle that we had observed just before Thanksgiving, and that this bird indeed has chosen this area of Armstrong County to over-winter! How common is it for a Golden Eagle to over-winter in Pennsylvania? I had always assumed that they probably did, however only in the central ridge areas of the state.
>
> Good birding,
> Alan Buriak
 

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Date: 1/28/19 9:11 pm
From: Edward Vermillion <edhvermillion...>
Subject: Philadelphia Cty Winter Raptor Survey
County: Philadelphia
January 26, 2019
Observers: Ed Vermillion Ron Kline
Time surveying: 5hrs 30 mins
Start time: 9:15 A.M. End time 3:30 P.M. 45 mins for lunch
Miles on route: 63

5 RTS 4 adult 1 Undetermined
1 TV

Avg Temp 34
Clear at start Cloudy at finish
Wind: Calm at start 6 MPH at finish
Snow cover: None

Least amount of raptors ever in the 10 + years we have done this route.

Ed Vermillion??Bethlehem PA <edhvermillion...><mailto:<edhvermillion...>
 

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Date: 1/28/19 8:48 pm
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
Hello all,

An interesting thing to share... A subadult Golden Eagle was found by Sam Gutherie back on November 20th in the Shay area of Armstrong County hunting the fields around Ardale Rd. The bird was well observed and photographed on the 20th and 21st by Sam and by myself, however despite later attempts by several additional birders, it was never seen after November 21st. At that time it seemed perfectly reasonable that the bird had simply made a rare migration stopover in an area usually considered to be west of the normal migration routes, and that it had moved on and continued its southward journey. Incredibly, today, Mark McConaughy, while running his winter raptor survey route, encountered and photographed an immature Golden Eagle on Rt 2020 east of Garrett's Run Rd, which would be only about a mile away from the Ardale Rd location from November. The assumption of course is that this is the same Golden Eagle that we had observed just before Thanksgiving, and that this bird indeed has chosen this area of Armstrong County to over-winter! How common is it for a Golden Eagle to over-winter in Pennsylvania? I had always assumed that they probably did, however only in the central ridge areas of the state.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
 

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Date: 1/28/19 4:51 pm
From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...>
Subject: Snyder County Dickcissel
The Dickcissel found on January 22 at the Alvin Wenger residence, has
been coming to the feeders regularly. At least 4 people saw it today at
4 different times.Mr. Wenger was happy that people wanted to come and
see his bird. It is coming to the tray feeder next to the house. There
is parking for 2 cars near the driveway. The address is 987 Old Trail
Road, Port Trevorton.

Chuck Berthoud

York County
 

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Date: 1/28/19 4:44 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Washington Co. WRS 1/27/18
Covering NW, W and central Washington County


Time of day: 9 a.m. to 3:36 p.m, 1/27/19

6 hours, 36 minutes

95.0 miles driven, no breaks


Weather - started overcast, then a sudden snowstorm with limited visibility and wind, then bright sun the rest of the day

Snow depth - 1/2" on many roads, 1-2" on grass in some areas

Temperature - 33F at start to 29F to 30F at end

Cloud cover - 100% coverage at start, 90% clear at end

Wind - 6-10 at start, more calm during mid-day, 6-10 at end

Water - standing water frozen, creeks and streams open



Red-tailed Hawk - 25 total: 15 A, 5 Imm., 5 U

American Kestrel - 3 total: 2M, 1U (scarce, compared to previous years)

Cooper's Hawk - 1U


Turkey Vulture - 3 total



Other birds of note: Horned Lark (50+ on Parkview Road near Cross Creek Lake), White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow (30+), Northern Mockingbird, Wild Turkey (12), American Tree Sparrow, American Black Duck (2), Common Merganser (2), a total of around 37 species on the day, including the raptors.


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 1/28/19 12:59 pm
From: Ron Freed <rrfreed...>
Subject: WRS - NW Adams County
We did our NW Adams County survey today and most species were around the average for this route, with exception of kestrels.

We hit a new low number with only one, where our all time high was 13 back in 2013.



County – NW Adams

Date – 1/28/19

Observers- Ron Freed, Pat Freed, Deb Gingrich, Keith Gingrich

Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 3 h 55 m

Start time/End time 9:45 am/2:35 pm

Miles on route - 77



# Harriers 1 (ND)



# Red-tails 37 (16 AD, 21 ND)



# Rough-legs- Light/Dark 0



# Kestrels- M/F/ND- 1 (M)



# TVs - 91

# BVs- 6



Red-shoulders 4 (AD)



Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 1 (AD)



Other raptors



Other birds of note – Red-headed woodpecker



Shrikes?



Avg Temp.- 27

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Clear

Wind - Light/medium/strong- Light

Avg Snow cover depth - 0





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Date: 1/28/19 12:25 pm
From: Meg Kolodick <000000dc3b46d747-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Killdeer at kahle Lake area
One killdeer was sighted near a streambed in the Kahle Lake, Venango Co. area, today, January 28th,  by Meg and Nick Kolodick
<nkolodick6...>
 

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Date: 1/28/19 9:40 am
From: Dave Brooke <davbrooke...>
Subject: Dark morph Rough-legged hawk - Armstrong Co
A beautiful dark morph Rough-legged hawk was perched in a tree along
Claypoole Rd near Worthington. One perched in the same tree last winter as
well. I had a light morph a few days ago in the same area. Flocks of Horned
Larks are still in the fields at Claypoole & Fox Hollow and a couple
Kestrels Were on the wire along that road.

Dave Brooke
Allegheny Co
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Date: 1/27/19 5:31 pm
From: Linda Rowan <lrowan1...>
Subject: Winter Raptor Survey Lower Bucks County
Here is the report for the lower part of Bucks County.

Please use this outline:

County - Bucks ( lower part of County)

Date - January 27, 2019

Observers- Linda Rowan & Mick Jeitner

Time on route (excluding lunch etc) Hours:Minutes- 6 hrs. Min.

Start time/End time 10:20AM / 4:40 PM

Miles on route: 60 Miles



TVs


5



BVs-


6



Harriers-






Red-tails




Ad 8


Imm


ND



Rough-legs-


Light
Dark


Kestrels


Male
Female
ND

Sharp-shins-




Ad
Imm
ND

Cooper's –




Ad
Imm
ND

Red-shoulders-


Ad 1
Imm
ND

Bald Eagles-




Ad 17


Imm 79




Other raptors


Peregrines 1

Merlin -

3 unidentified

Shrikes




Other birds of note - optional







Avg Temp 41 degrees

Sky- Partly Cloudy-

Wind - Light/med

Avg Snow cover depth - None



All except the Red Shoulder Hawk, 3 unidentified raptors and 2 turkey vultures were found south of Route 1.

Linda Rowan
 

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Date: 1/27/19 4:29 pm
From: Phil Keener <000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS - NE Adams County - Rte 011
County - Adams

Date - 1/27/18

Observers- Randy Phillips, Phil Keener

Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 3 hrs 50 min

Start time/End time 11:00 am/2:50 pm

Miles on route - 57.8

 

1 Harriers - Sub-adult Male

 

27 Red-tails -21 A / 5 Imm / 1 ND

 

 0 Rough-legs- Light/Dark

 

 9 Kestrels- 7 M/ 2 F

 

 16 TVs

 20 BVs-

 

2 Red-shoulders - 2 A

6 Bald Eagles- 5 A / 1 Imm

 

1 Peregrine Falcon

 

Other birds of Note - ~ 15 Horned Larks, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Common Raven, 3 Eastern Meadowlarks, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers

 

Avg Temp.- 38F

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Variable, overall partly cloudy

Wind - Light
Avg Snow cover depth - None
Note - Specific locations for harrier and kestrels will be entered into e-bird for Hawk Mt's Farmland Raptors initiative. 
Regards,   Phil Keener   East Berlin   Adams County
 
 

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Date: 1/27/19 3:18 pm
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Barnacle Goose--Lancaster
A Barnacle Goose was found at Greenfield Estates pond in Lancaster
yesterday afternoon by Roger Stoner. At dawn today I refound the bird at
Brenner Quarry near Lancaster city, where it spent about two hours before
taking off for the day. It was back on the quarry by 2pm in the afternoon.

To view Brenner Quarry, park in a parking space off Circle Ave near the
juvenile intervention center and view from the northeast corner. This
location link can be found on my eBird checklist below. It shouldn't be a
problem, but this quarry is posted and I'm not sure if the center is
considered sensitive by local authorities, so please just be smart and use
discretion when viewing.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52093299

Most area geese spend the night at this quarry. Notably, last winter it
attracted at least 5 goose species including Ross's and Greater
White-fronted. Other spots to check for geese during the day include Alcoa
Marsh, Greenfield Estates pond and Beechdale Rd farm pond. I put eBird
links to these hotspots below.

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L617330
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L788816
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L780296

Zach Millen
New Holland
 

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Date: 1/27/19 3:14 pm
From: Mark Johnson <luckybirder...>
Subject: WRS - Southern Potter Co.
Greetings,

Yesterday Kathy and I ran the eighth consecutive Southern Potter County
WRS. Nice wintry day but not many raptors.



County- Potter (Cameron/Potter Co line on Rt 872, n to Rt 6, e to Rt 144,
s to Carter Camp)

Date- 01/26/2018

Observers- Kathy Johnson, Mark Johnson

Start/end- 8:30am to 3:30 pm (minus 90 minutes non-birding)

Time birding- 5.5h

Total miles- 87m

Avg temp- 19f

Winds- calm

Sky- mostly cloudy

Snow Cover- 4 to 6”

Red-tailed Hawk- 3 adults

Bald Eagle- 1 adult

Rough-legged Hawk- 1 light phase

Coopers Hawk- 1 adult



Other birds- 2 Barred Owls, 11 Common Ravens



Mark Johnson, Driftwood
 

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Date: 1/27/19 2:41 pm
From: Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...>
Subject: Eastern Meadowlark in Crawford Co.
Hello all,

I found an Eastern Meadowlark at Miller Ponds this afternoon. It was flying
around on the ground. Not sure how it will make out in the cold weather this
week. I also had 2 light-morph Rough-legged Hawks at Wilson Rd.






 

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Date: 1/27/19 2:40 pm
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: Fwd: WRS NW Lancaster Co./Sus. River/Farmlands
From: "Ed Chubb" <edwe3g...>

Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2019 5:27:03 PM
Subject: WRS NW Lancaster Co./Sus. River/Farmlands

Lancaster Co.
Jan. 27,2019, Sunday
Steve Rannels, Ed Chubb
4 Hours, 20 Minutes; 8:25AM to 12:45PM
39 Miles on route

0 Harriers
7 Red-tailed Hawks, all adults
0 Rough-legged Hawks
3 American Kestrels, 1 male,1 female, 1 not id'ed
60 Turkey Vultures
15 Black Vultures
1 Cooper's Hawk
2 Peregrine Falcons, found at almost the same location as a single bird last year in West Donegal Twp. Excellent photo study by Steve Rannels of an immature female and adult male.
Ave. Temp.34 F
Partly Sunny
Winds light to medium
Virtually no snow cover only in protected areas-shaded and northern exposures-and then less than an inch coverage.
 

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Date: 1/27/19 2:30 pm
From: Bruce and Sherri Carl <000000e695e98431-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS - Northern Lancaster County
PA BIRDERS,

A very successful day doing my 8th WRS for Northern Lancaster County. Start point is at the intersection of Meadow Valley Rd & Rothsville Rd traveling west and north and ending at Middle Creek WMA at the Willow Point parking lot. A new daily high count of (249) total birds of an amazing (12) species were identified today. It was like a hawk watch on wheels! Some highlights include a Light Phase Rough-legged Hawk (1), (2) Peregrine Falcons, (1) Merlin, (1) Red-shouldered Hawk and (3) Northern Harriers. New daily high counts included Northern Harrier (3), Black Vulture (61), Turkey Vulture (116) and Peregrine Falcon (2). Some other birds of note included Common Raven (1), Red-headed Woodpecker (1) and Great Horned Owl (1).



My report is shown below and my ebird checklist link is at the end of this email.





County - LANCASTER

Date - 1/27/2019

Observers- (1) Bruce A Carl



Total time Hours: 5 Minutes- 38



Start time 9:07 AM



End time 3:09 PM (24 minute lunch/break)



Miles on route 67.4



# Harriers 3

(2 F)

(1 imm)



# Red-tails 43

(37 adult)

(1 imm)

(5 nd)



# Rough-legs- 1



Light 1



Dark



# Kestrels- 6

M 4

F 2

ND-



# TVs 116

# BVs- 61



Red-shoulders 1



Bald Eagles- 10

Ad 4

Imm. 6



Other raptors



Merlin 1



Peregrine Falcon 2



Cooper’s Hawk 3



Sharp-shinned Hawk 2



Shrikes?



Avg Temp.- Start – 33 degrees End – 45 degrees

Mostly Cloudy at Start Mostly Cloudy at Finish

Winds - SE at 5 mph at Start SW at 10-15 mph at Finish

Avg Snow cover depth - no snow



Other birds of note - Common Raven (1), Red-headed Woodpecker (1), Great Horned Owl (1).



View this checklist online at <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52109883> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52109883



Bruce A Carl

Akron, PA

Lancaster County






 

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Date: 1/27/19 1:02 pm
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: WRS - Snyder County central
today I was joined by Greg Grove, Robert Hosler and Chuck Berthoud to do
our count

started at 8:35 till 12:06 for 55 miles

temps 31-35

mostly cloudy, no to light wind, snow cover avg 3"

Coopers 3, 1 adult, 2 imm

red tail 11, 6 adult, 1 imm, 3 nd

kestrel 8, 3 male, 5 female

bald eagle 1 imm

chad kauffman, mifflintown, pa


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Date: 1/27/19 11:18 am
From: Franklin Haas <fhaasbirds...>
Subject: WRS - Lancaster County NW
Frank & Barb Haas
77.4 Miles
3 Hours
Temp 40
Cloudy
Moderate Wind
No snow cover

14 Black Vulture
48 Turkey Vulture
6 Bald Eagle - 3 Ad: 3 Imm
18 Red-tailed Hawk - all ad.
1 American Kestrel - Male

Other bird of note: Belted Kingfisher.

The number of vultures on this count is dependent on a chicken farm along
the route. In years when they throw out carcasses, we get 90 to 150 --
other years, not. This was a non-chicken year.

The six eagles was a new high (previous 2)
Red-tails were slightly above average.
The lone kestrel was low.

Usually on this count (which we normally run at the end of January) we see
Red-tails pairing up. Not so much this year -- very few pairs.

Frank

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Date: 1/27/19 9:40 am
From: Marge <marvantassel...>
Subject: Bald Eagle pair on the Kiskiminetas Rirver (Armstrong & Westmoreland Cos.)
Quite a few of us have been seeing Bald Eagles (both adults and immatures)
on either side of the river;;;quite often near the Parks Bend Farm Ind;
Park or down near Lakes Restaurant and Motel;;;and
This morning I spied;one on a tree I have often watched them on ;but did
not stp and coming home from church I pulled over in a driveway that goes
up to a trucking company and watched and took several photos and as I was
taking photos it began to call/cry and chatter as if one was nearby but I
could not see another but it began flying off and I watched another adult
come out of trees behind the bare one the first eagle had been perched
in;;;a snow plow was coming down the drive behind me so i had to leave but
probably would not have been able to get a photo anyway;;quite a few of the
local residents and I are beginning to wonder if rather than it being a
pair from Cooked Crook or Ford City perhaps there is a nest near
Vandergrift or Leechburg (many hillside with many trees close to the river
and a few farms for pickins. The river is flowing freely also while a few
ponds and lakes nearby are frozen);
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
 

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Date: 1/27/19 9:06 am
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Waterfowl on Lower Susquehanna River, Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

The following waterfowl are on the Susquehanna River this morning in
front of my house in Peach Bottom, Lancaster County:
Canvasback, 9.
Long-tailed Duck, 2.
Common Goldeneye, 5.

Take care,
BOB

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Date: 1/27/19 8:57 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: WRS 2019 Mifflin County Kishacoquillas (Big) Valley Route
Winter Raptor Survey, Kishacoquillas (Big) Valley Route, Mifflin County
Saturday 01/26/2019

Observers: Louie Peight, Amos Swarey, Stephen Swarey, Bob Fowles (driver)

Start time: 9:45 Stop time: 16:45
Total time surveying: 7 Hours

Miles on route: 69
54 Total raptors

31 Red-tails (13 AD, 18 ND)
15 Kestrels (3 M, 5 F, 7 ND)
1 Red-shouldered (1 AD)
3 Bald Eagles (2 AD, 1 IMM)

1 Sharp-shinned (imm)
1 Cooper’s (1 AD)
1 Peregrine (1 AD)
1 Unidentified raptor

Avg Temp: 25F
Avg Sky: cloudy
Avg Wind: light
Avg Snow: 3”

Comments: As we were having lunch in a spot overlooking the valley, the immature Bald Eagle (a 2nd year bird) flew toward us and circled overhead. The two adult Bald Eagles were perched side-by-side in a tree in an area where we have seen them in past years.

After watching the Peregrine perched for several minutes, we saw it fly away. During the latter part of the route, we passed within a mile of the first sighting and watched a Peregrine eating a Mourning Dove. We assume it was the same Peregrine. During the past few weeks, two or three people reported seeing a Peregrine in Big Valley.

Other species: GB Heron, Horned Lark, Rock Pigeon, Starling, Mourning Dove, Crow, Raven, Mallard, Eastern Bluebird, Blue Jay, Junco, Downy Woodpecker

Route Description: Front Mt Road, Back Mt Road, and connecting roads between Front and Back Mt Roads and Rte 655. All areas are east of the Huntingdon line (.7 mi west of Zook Rd on 655) and west of US 322.

[AD=adult, IMM=immature, M=male, F=female, ND=Not Determined]
 

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Date: 1/27/19 7:25 am
From: Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...>
Subject: Monroe county WRS late report
County- Monroe
Date-1-19-19
Observers-Dan Zmoda, Doug Burton, Brad Orey
Time on Route- 3 h 45 m
Start/End-1015/200
Miles on Route-77

#TVs-0
#BVs-0

#Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.)-0

#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND)-6/1/3 10 total

#Rough-legs (Light/Dark)-0

#Kestrels (M/F/ND)-0

Sharp-shins(Ad/Imm)-0


Cooper's (Ad/Imm.)-1/0 1 total

Red-shouldered hawks (Ad/Imm.)-0

Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)-4/5 9 total

other raptors-none


Shrikes or Owls- Great Horned Owl 1 flew across the road

Avg Temperature- 28/34 31 avg
Sky(Clear/ Pt cloudy/ Cloudy)- cloudy
Wind (light/medium/strong)- light
Avg Snow Cover-trace

Other birds of note-none It was a toss up if the eagles or hawks would come
out ahead, with the eagles giving a last push of 2 ad and 1 imm at our last
stop. Usual red shoulder was a miss this year. Redtails about average, but
eagles were the most we have ever gotten since they first showed up in 2014

Dan Zmoda

Pen Argyl
 

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Date: 1/27/19 7:02 am
From: Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...>
Subject: Northampton County (NE) WRS
County- Northampton
Date-1-26-19
Observers-Dan Zmoda, Doug Burton
Time on Route- 3 h 15 m
Start/End-1000/115
Miles on Route-44

#TVs-22
#BVs-29

#Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.)-0

#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND)-17/0/13 30 total

#Rough-legs (Light/Dark)-0

#Kestrels (M/F/ND)-0

Sharp-shins(Ad/Imm)-0


Cooper's (Ad/Imm.)-0

Red-shouldered hawks (Ad/Imm.)-0/1

Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)-0/3

other raptors-unid 3
Peregrine 1Ad

Shrikes or Owls- none

Avg Temperature- 23/30 26.5 avg
Sky(Clear/ Pt cloudy/ Cloudy)- partly cloudy
Wind (light/medium/strong)- medium
Avg Snow Cover-none

Other birds of note-
Redtails were highest count since 2013 (46) and just about every one was up
in the air
vulture numbers were about average, Kestrels are hit or miss and we missed
although one was seen on the route during the week. All eagles were at
Grand Central Landfill

Dan Zmoda

Pen Argyl
 

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Date: 1/27/19 4:28 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: WRS Eastern Juniata County
hello all, yesterday I was joined by Aden Troyer, Dave McNaughton and
Tiffany Willow and we ran our eastern Juniata county WRS

started at 10:08, ended at 2:03 with a 45 minute break to detour for a
Dickcissel in Port Trevorton

54 miles driven, temps went from 19 to 23, cloudy all day, light to no
wind and snow was from minimal to 3-4 inches in spots. closer to the
susky river there was less to no snow.

sharp shinned - 1 imm

red tails - 20, 13 adult, 3 imm, 4 nd

kestrel - 4, 3 male, 1 female

bald eagle - 21, 11 adult, 10 imm

dickcissel - 1 young male.  :)

chad kauffman.

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Date: 1/27/19 3:40 am
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Raptors, Lawrence and Mercer counties
A good day for raptors in the New Wilmington area yesterday, 1/26/19. Had Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrel and finished off the day with a Short-eared Owl at the Volant Strips.

Glenn Koppel
Mary Alice Koeneke
Butler, PA
 

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Date: 1/26/19 6:49 pm
From: Claus & Michele Herrmann <00000126e6964c30-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS #134 Carbon County 01/25/19-late report
Here is WRS #134 Carbon County run on Jan 25th, 2019.



County - Carbon County Route #134

Date - 01/25/19

Observers - Claus Herrmann

Time on route - 3.5 hours

Miles on route - 24.5 miles



TVs - 0



BVs- 0



Harriers- 1 male



Red-tails- 9 Total; 7 Adult/ 0 Im / 2 ND



Rough-legs- 1 Light Phase



Kestrels- 0



Sharp-shins- 0



Cooper's - 1 Adult



Red-shoulders- 0



Bald Eagles-11 Total; 2 Adult / 9 Immature



Golden Eagle - 1 Immature (First record for this route)



Peregrine Falcon - 0



Shrikes - 0



Others - At least 20 Ravens



Rough-legged was observed 3 x times moving west from intersection of
Pohopoco Drive and Station Rd along the north side of Beltsville Lake and
last sighted successfully hunting the dam spillway from the observation
deck.



Avg Temp.- 33'F

Sky- Mostly sunny sky

Wind - moderate with some gusting

Avg Snow cover depth - hard crusted snow in shaded areas/woods. Fields open.




 

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Date: 1/26/19 4:14 pm
From: Edward Vermillion <edhvermillion...>
Subject: Philadelphia Cty Winter Raptor Survey
County: Philadelphia
January 26, 2019
Observers: Ed Vermillion Ron Kline
Time surveying: 5hrs 30 mins
Start time: 9:15 A.M. End time 3:30 P.M. 45 mins for lunch
Miles on route: 63

5 RTS 4 adult 1 Undetermined
1 TV

Avg Temp 34
Clear at start Cloudy at finish
Wind: Calm at start 6 MPH at finish
Snow cover: None

Least amount of raptors ever in the 10 + years we have done this route.

Ed Vermillion??Bethlehem PA <edhvermillion...>
 

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Date: 1/26/19 3:23 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: WRS Berks
Berks County
Oley Valley north of Oley Turnpike
1/27/19
Rudy Keller
4 hours
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
55 miles
Black Vulture 60
Turkey Vulture 49
Red-tailed Hawk 11 AD, 3 ND
American Kestrel 1 M
Cooper's Hawk 1 AD, 1 ND
30F
Partly sunny, light to moderate wind, no snowcover, ground not deeply
frozen.
Mixed flocks of Euro. Starlings and Brown-headed Cowbirds numbering in the
thousands and first significant Am. Crow flock (800) of the winter.

Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 1/26/19 3:23 pm
From: Kim Steininger <kim.steininger...>
Subject: WRS - Lancaster County - Conestoga
Tom Raub and I did his Conestoga, Lancaster County WRS today. This was the
lowest number of Red-tailed Hawks we've had since we've been doing this
route. The previous low was 17. It was fun seeing so many Bald Eagles,
along with a pair of Peregrine Falcons at the Safe Harbor Dam! Totals
below...

Date - 1/25/2019
County - Lancaster
Observer(s) Tom Raub, Kim Steininger
Start time - 9:30
End time - 1:00
Miles driven on the route- 47


121 TVs

233 BVs

0 Harriers

0 Sharp-shins

0 Coopers

0 Red-shoulders

10 Red-tails: Adult- 7 Imm ND- 3

0 Rough-legs

2 Kestrels : Males- 1 Females- 1

58 Bald Eagles Adult- 39 Imm- 17 ND- 2

2 Peregrine Falcon Adult- 2

0 Merlin

Shrikes, owls :

average conditions:
Avg Temp (F)- 30
clear/partly cloudy/cloudy- partly cloudy
light/moderate/strong wind- light
Avg inches snow cover- 0
 

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Date: 1/26/19 1:33 pm
From: <0000012523366415-dmarc-request...>
Subject: WRS N. Dauphin Co.
WRS - N. Dauphin County
Date:  1/26/19
Observers: Joan Renninger, Ramsay Koury 
Time:  10:21 to 1:40.     3 hours, 19 minutes 
Miles: 39
Northern Harrier:  1 lmmature
Red-tailed Hawk:  28 (24 ad. 1 imm  3 nd)
Rough-legged Hawk: 3. (1 light, 2 dark)
Am. Kestrel:  6 ( 2 male, 4 female)
Black Vulture : 6
Bald Eagle 7 ( 1 adult, 6 immature)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 adult
Temperature 27 to 32 degrees
Partly sunny
Light wind
No snow cover
Great day!  Two of the Rough-legs were hanging out at the intersection of Middle Road and Miller Road.
Good birding,Ramsay KouryCamp Hill/ Baltimore 
 

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Date: 1/26/19 12:59 pm
From: Dan Altif <00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Clay-colored Sparrow, Lehigh Cty
Just an important side note on the Clay-colored Sparrow. A big thanks to Jason Horn for finding it !!
Daniel Altif
 

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Date: 1/26/19 11:23 am
From: Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...>
Subject: Clay-Colored Sparrow, Lehigh - Yes
Hi PABirders,


I headed down to Congdon Hill Drive in Alburtis to see if I could find the Clay-colored Sparrow that was found last week. Success!


I found it in the tall brush line between the dirt road that used to be Ruth Lane and the parking area where the construction trailer for the industrial park formerly stood. The bird was in a mixed flock of sparrows (mostly White-crowned and Tree Sparrows). I also had a couple Horned Larks at the point where Ruth Lane ends at a pile of rubble.


A warning: there were also people goose hunting there, although I never saw them. It was somewhat disconcerting to be birding in a fairly wide open area and suddenly hearing gunfire.


Good birding,


Jeff Hopkins

Whitehall

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Date: 1/25/19 6:56 pm
From: Gerald Boltz <gmb310...>
Subject: Lebanon County WR
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> Date – 1/25/19
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> Observers- Gerry Boltz, Fritz Heilman, Art Schiavo, Jim Fiorentino
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> Total time 4 hours 15 minutes
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> Start time/End time 9:40-2:25
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> Miles on route - 70
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> # Harriers 1 (F)
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> # Red-tails 28. 25 Adult. 3 unknown
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> # Rough-legs- 0
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> # Kestrels- M/F/ND- (2M)
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> # TVs - 31
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> # BVs- 11
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> Red-shoulders 1 (AD)
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> Bald Eagles- 5 4 adult, 1 immature
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> Sharp-shinned - 1
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> Cooper’s Hawk – 0
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> Other raptors
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> Shrikes?
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> Other sightings: 2 Ravens putting on an aerial display
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> Avg Temp.- 34
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> Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Pt Cloudy
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> Wind - Light/medium/strong- Medium
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> Avg Snow cover depth - 0
 

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Date: 1/25/19 2:37 pm
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 1/25/2019
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* January 25, 2019
* PAEA1901.25
- Birds mentioned

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
NORTHERN SHRIKE
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
DICKCISSEL
COMMON REDPOLL
ICELAND GULL
GREATER SCAUP
GLAUCOUS GULL
CANVASBACK
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
REDHEAD
LONG-TAILED DUCK

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: January 25th at 5:00 PM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to <becard...> with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

You can visit the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society Website at
http://www.lvaudubon.org/ .

You can visit my 'Eastern PA Birding' Website for photos and information at
http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html .

The next Audubon program will be held on February 8th at 7:00 PM at the
Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly known as the Wildlands
Conservancy) in Emmaus. Keith Bildstein will do a program on “The Life &
Times of Turkey Vultures.”

Directions to many of the sites in this report can be found in the area’s
birding guidebook, “Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity”. A completely
revised, 2nd edition of the book can be ordered at:
http://www.lvaudubon.org/shop/ .

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from the MARTINS CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVE (Tekening area),
Northampton County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 1/12.

Sightings from the DELAWARE WATER GAP area, Northampton County:
Golden Eagle – 1 on 1/21.

Sightings from the NAZARETH QUARRY, Northampton County:
Golden Eagle – 1 on 1/14.

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – 1 on 1/15
Double-crested Cormorant – 1 on 1/14
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – 1 on 1/23 (at the Pine Run Boat Launch area)
NORTHERN SHRIKE – 1 on 1/12.
Also Red-shouldered Hawk and Merlin.

Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
Near the Dorney Park pond:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 1/17.

Sightings from the ALBURTIS area, Lehigh County:
Along Congdon Hill Drive:
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW – 1 from 1/13 to at least 1/22.
Along Smith Lane area:
DICKCISSEL – 1 on 1/20.

Sightings from the MACUNGIE area, Lehigh County:
At Kalmbach Memorial Park:
COMMON REDPOLL – 1 on 1/19.
Also Pine Warbler.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
ICELAND GULL – 1 on 1/17 (adult).
At the Walt Road area:
Cackling Goose – 1 on 1/14 and 1/17
GREATER SCAUP – 1 on 1/16
Bonaparte’s Gull – 1 on 1/16
GLAUCOUS GULL – 1 on 1/13 (first-winter).
At the Hill Road area:
Cackling Geese – 2 on 1/14 and 1/17; 1 on 1/18 and 1/22
CANVASBACK – 1 on 1/20.

Sightings from the UHLERSTOWN area, Bucks County:
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE – 1 on 1/23 (below the Frenchtown bridge).

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
At the Tohickon boat launch:
Cackling Goose – 1 on 1/22
CANVASBACKS – 2 on 1/22; 1 on 1/23
REDHEAD – 1 on 1/22 and 1/23
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 on 1/23
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE – 1 on 1/22.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Cackling Geese – 2 on 1/15; 1 on 1/20.
Also Red-shouldered Hawk.

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Date: 1/25/19 12:12 pm
From: Ron Freed <rrfreed...>
Subject: WRS - SE Adams County


County – SE Adams

Date – 1/25/19

Observers- Ron Freed, Pat Freed, Deb Gingrich, Keith Gingrich

Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 3 h

Start time/End time 9:45 am/1:45 pm

Miles on route - 68



# Harriers 1 (M)



# Red-tails 26 (14 AD, 12 ND)



# Rough-legs- Light/Dark



# Kestrels- M/F/ND- 3 (2M, 1ND)



# TVs - 99

# BVs- 23



Red-shoulders 1 (AD)

Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 3 AD



Cooper’s Hawk – 1 (JUV)



Other raptors



Shrikes?



Avg Temp.- 34

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Pt Cloudy

Wind - Light/medium/strong- Medium

Avg Snow cover depth - 0







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Date: 1/25/19 11:30 am
From: Lisa Dziuban <dziubanlisa...>
Subject: Bluebird -Plumstead Twp., Bucks
Saw a male bluebird sunning himself above a small wetland seep this afternoon.
White Crowned and White Throated sparrows, Red Bellied woodpeckers, Titmice, Juncos, etc. are daily visitors to the feeders.


Lisa Dziuban
 

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Date: 1/25/19 10:23 am
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Lost falconry hawk, Washington County
Hope it is ok to post this here, if not please remove.
If you happen to see a Red-tailed hawk with leather straps and bells
hanging, please contact me and I will put you in touch with the falconer.
The bird went missing in the Beau Street area of Washington, Washington
County PA.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
 

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Date: 1/25/19 7:01 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: extralimital, but extra exciting
Hi everyone, My wife and I had the good fortune recently to go out west and
work with The Peregrine Fund and to help with the release of captive-bred
and wild-bred California Condors. That organization is doing absolutely
incredible work to save raptors and to reintroduce the condor. If you're
interested in learning more about the work they do, and if you're
interested in learning more about condors and our trip (photos included),
please click on this link:
https://birdpartner.com/2019/01/24/the-thrill-of-a-lifetime/. Thanks so
much!
Dave Gibson
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Date: 1/25/19 5:38 am
From: Dave Brooke <davbrooke...>
Subject: 3RBC February Meeting
The Three Rivers Birding club will be holding our next meeting on
Wednesday, February 6th at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave,
Pittsburgh, 15217

Our speaker will be Adian Place. Adian was chosen to participate in this
ABA sponsored event along with 2 other college aged birders to represent
the USA. The "race" in March 2017 was a two-part international challenge:
first, to list the most bird species during 24 hours in Israel's Negev
Desert; second, to raise funds for bird conservation in the eastern
Mediterranean Basin where migrating birds face horrific slaughter.
Join us for his presentation titled "An Israeli Bird Race for Conservation."


Doors open at 6:30pm followed by the business meeting at 7:30 and the
program beginning at 8:00.

Our meetings free and open to the public. Please join us.


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