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6/26/19 2:24 pm Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 2:13 pm Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 1:03 pm Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Re: eBird Hot spot created for Mifflin West Meadowlark
6/26/19 12:45 pm Eric Hartshaw <eric.hartshaw60...> Re: eBird Hot spot created for Mifflin West Meadowlark
6/26/19 11:25 am David Neimeyer <neimeyer...> Lehigh Co. Great Blue Heron
6/26/19 10:52 am Anne Bekker <anne.sarah.bekker...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 10:03 am Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
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6/26/19 9:49 am Billy Weber <robot.stories...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
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6/26/19 8:23 am Billy Weber <robot.stories...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 8:14 am Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 7:56 am Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> eBird Hot spot created for Mifflin West Meadowlark
6/26/19 7:49 am Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 7:39 am Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 6:57 am Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 6:50 am Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 6:48 am Rob Blye <rwblye...> Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/26/19 5:44 am Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
6/25/19 5:24 pm Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...> Sedge Wren, Crawford Co.
6/25/19 5:07 pm DAVID KOCH <0000012d74227426-dmarc-request...> Extralimital Scissor-tailed flycatcher, Alpha, NJ
6/25/19 5:50 am DAVID KOCH <0000012d74227426-dmarc-request...> A few short comments, Koch property, Northampton County
6/24/19 7:10 pm Cathy Brown <blueapis...> red headed woodpeckers & scarlet tanagers in Bedford County
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6/23/19 7:05 pm Tom Dougherty <tomdoc...> Yellow-billed Cuckoo
6/23/19 10:51 am The Stahls <jalstahl...> Dickcissel, Lancaster County
6/23/19 6:08 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Venango Co.
6/22/19 6:28 pm Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...> Sedge Wrens, Crawford Co.
6/22/19 5:29 pm Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...> Jefferson Co- BBS route- Sigel to Ringgold (late)- cicadas !!!
6/22/19 7:57 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Black Vulture - Beaver Co.
6/22/19 1:38 am Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...> Butler/Armstrong/Clarion Co BBS (late)
6/21/19 11:25 pm Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 6/22/2019
6/21/19 1:54 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Ducks - Crawford Co.
6/21/19 10:08 am Darwin Evangelista <0000013a0054f307-dmarc-request...> Fwd: Titmice
6/21/19 4:34 am Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...> Re: 2 birds with one stone? Northampton County
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6/19/19 3:31 pm Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...> Lancaster county birds
6/19/19 3:21 pm Darwin Evangelista <0000013a0054f307-dmarc-request...> Titmice
6/18/19 9:28 pm Dave Leibert <xdave...> Nice article on banding Allentown peregrine chicks.
6/18/19 8:41 am Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...> Nesting notes, upper Montgomery Co.
6/18/19 8:09 am Cecelia <ceceliahard...> Louisiana Waterthrush, Allegheny County
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6/16/19 3:17 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County birds of note
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6/13/19 9:58 am Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> PSO Annual Meeting
6/12/19 11:38 pm Dave Leibert <xdave...> Bethlehem Peregrines, Northampton county
6/12/19 5:03 pm LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...> Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019
6/12/19 4:17 pm Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Garrett BBS Data, Somerset County, Jun 12, 2019
6/12/19 5:03 am Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> Cumberland County nightjars
6/11/19 6:05 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Wild Turkey - York County
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6/11/19 8:19 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> late news: NFC Whimbrel, Adams, 5/17
6/10/19 7:08 pm Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> Re: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
6/10/19 6:13 pm Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> Allegheny County Ruddy Turnstone
6/10/19 3:01 pm Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Hop Bottom BBS route
6/10/19 9:45 am William Young <wayoung04...> Chestnut Grove Natural Area (Lancaster County) - 6-8-19
6/9/19 3:16 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County birds of note
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6/9/19 1:06 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
6/9/19 11:59 am Daniel Hinnebusch <0000005fca6bddff-dmarc-request...> Eurasian Collared-Dove in Lancaster County
6/9/19 9:44 am Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...> Hooded Warbler, Lancaster County
6/9/19 9:36 am Anne Annibali <anneanni...> Re: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
6/9/19 9:06 am Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Juvenile Peregrine falcons at Tarentum Bridge, Allegheny County
6/9/19 8:42 am Jim Hill <jimhill.jimhill...> Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
6/8/19 5:37 pm Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> Butler County BBS
6/8/19 5:15 pm Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Bank Swallow colony at Chapel Harbor, Allegheny County
6/8/19 3:47 pm Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Fwd: eBird Report - Tripple Link Road, Railroad Bed, Jun 8, 2019
6/8/19 3:09 pm Sally Zaino <szaino...> Dauphin co AT
6/8/19 4:44 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Downtown Pittsburgh peregrine fledglings may need our help
6/8/19 1:41 am Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 6/8/2019
6/7/19 4:57 pm Vern Gauthier <verngauthier14...> 2019 PSO Annual Meeting Registration
6/7/19 12:56 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Ducks - Crawford Co.
6/7/19 8:23 am Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...> Yellow-throated Warbler, Lancaster County
6/7/19 8:02 am Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...> Clarks Ferry Bridge Dauphin Co peregrine falcons
6/6/19 5:53 pm Dan Richards <00000132f63ed96f-dmarc-request...> Ruffed Grouse, Elk Co.
6/6/19 2:44 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> The Killdeer Saga, Part 2
6/6/19 1:22 pm Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Broad Mountain BBS route in Huntingdon and MIfflin counties
6/6/19 6:19 am Denise Donmoyer <nightowl57...> Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co.
6/5/19 1:06 pm Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> 2019 cerulean warbler survey along Lower Trail (Blair, Huntingdon counties)
6/5/19 12:57 pm Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 4 June 2019
6/4/19 1:47 pm Hayley Kile <pezolut...> Neighborhood Nestwatch Open Invite - Wilkinsburg/Churchill Area in Pittsburgh
6/4/19 8:52 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> Re: Washington County - The Whips Continue at Hillman
6/4/19 8:50 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 28 May 2019
6/4/19 8:32 am Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...> Question - Hairy Woodpecker behavior - Clearfield County
6/4/19 7:50 am Rob Blye <rwblye...> Re: Blue grosbeak, etc., Koch property, Northampton County
6/4/19 5:59 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: June eBird Challenge, devices for using eBird Mobile, trip planning
6/4/19 5:03 am Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...> Great Crested Flycatchers - Clearfield County
6/4/19 4:47 am Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...> Alder Flycatcher - new yard bird - Clearfield County
6/4/19 3:56 am Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> June eBird Challenge, devices for using eBird Mobile, trip planning
6/3/19 8:04 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Washington County - The Whips Continue at Hillman
6/3/19 4:11 pm DAVID KOCH <0000012d74227426-dmarc-request...> Blue grosbeak, etc., Koch property, Northampton County
6/3/19 1:50 pm Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...> Clarks Ferry Bridge-Dauphin Co Falcons
6/2/19 7:13 pm Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...> Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine State Park, North Country Trail & Butterfly Trail at McDanel's Boat Launch, Jun 2, 2019
6/2/19 7:06 pm Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...> Cattle Egret, Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
6/2/19 4:11 pm Dan Cunkelman <dancunkelman...> Indiana County unusuals
6/2/19 4:00 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County birds of note
6/2/19 3:44 pm Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...> Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery County: 3,000+ shorebirds last night, Ring-necked Duck this morning
6/2/19 2:33 pm linda & bill franz <00000021c311e447-dmarc-request...> Ravens, Cumberland County
6/2/19 4:43 am August Mirabella <am4birds1...> Peace Valley Park (IBA) - (5/26 - 6/1)
6/1/19 3:24 am Holly <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...> Re: Dickcissel - Berks county
5/31/19 10:48 am Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Golden-winged Warbler Survey
5/31/19 10:26 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Franklin's Gull - Crawford Co.
5/31/19 5:17 am Rob Blye <rwblye...> Re: morning birdwalk in Crawford Co.
5/30/19 5:14 pm John Good <00000101cb5f2433-dmarc-request...> Re: Dickcissel - Berks county
5/30/19 4:25 pm jerry Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> Re: morning birdwalk in Crawford Co.
5/30/19 4:11 pm Barry Blust <barryblust...> Re: Dickcissel - Berks county
5/30/19 2:58 pm John Good <00000101cb5f2433-dmarc-request...> Dickcissel - Berks county
5/30/19 2:13 pm Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> Allegheny County--Alder Flycatcher
5/30/19 10:08 am Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...> morning birdwalk in Crawford Co.
5/29/19 6:23 pm Denise Donmoyer <nightowl57...> Sweet Arrow Lake . Schuylkill Co.
5/27/19 6:39 pm E-mail <wnlaubscher...> Dickcissel, Loganton, Clinton Co., 5/27
5/27/19 6:05 pm Sue Hannon <sbhannon...> Harrisburg's Peregrine Falcons near fledging - volunteers needed
5/27/19 3:01 pm Heather Jacoby <greybeh...> Pittsburgh Strip District - Killdeer
5/27/19 2:39 pm Robert Mulvihill <robert.mulvihill...> Gray-cheeked Thrush, Allegheny County (Pleasant Hills backyard)
5/27/19 8:54 am Denise Donmoyer <nightowl57...> Re: Swatara Creek Birds - Dauphin County
5/27/19 3:44 am August Mirabella <am4birds1...> Peace Valley Park (IBA) - Bucks Co. (5/19 - 5/25)
 
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Date: 6/26/19 2:24 pm
From: Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
What a fascinating discussion, couldn’t help that think that the song didn’t sound like a warbler...

Barb

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 5:13 PM, Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> wrote:
>
> Nice work guys, junco does seem like a nice fit despite the last note.
> Ryan, calls coming from canopy or the understory?
>
> On Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 1:51 PM Anne Bekker <anne.sarah.bekker...>
> wrote:
>
>> I wouldn't have thought twice about calling this as an eastern towhee were
>> it not for the habitat.
>>
>> Anne
>>
>>
>>> On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 1:03 PM Deborah Grove <dsg4...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Thanks.
>>> When separating Junco, Pine, Chipping, I tend to think of the Junco song
>>> as more of a ringing bell. And of course the habitat. Here in Huntingdon
>>> county usually above 2000 feet and in cool Hemlock environment.
>>> Deb
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Billy Weber" <robot.stories...>
>>> To: "PABIRDS" <PABIRDS...>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:49:36 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
>>>
>>> Deb's right. Junco's a good fit. The sixth example in the Sibley app is
>>> very close and juncos are common at Cook. I humbly rescind my
>> Blackburnian
>>> vote.... Although if we want to keep this debate going, it's more fun
>> than
>>> the work I'm supposed to be doing right now.
>>> --Billy
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>> On Jun 26, 2019, at 12:41 PM, Michael Fialkovich <
>>> <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I thought the same thing and juncos breed at that location. Odd high
>>> pitched trill at the end though but this is an odd song all around.
>>>> Mike FialkovichAllegheny County
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: DNADEB <dsg4...>
>>>> To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
>>>> Sent: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 11:55 am
>>>> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
>>>>
>>>> I am going to stick my neck out and say Junco. We hear them on our BBS
>>> routes in the mountains of Rothrock State Forest and this is what it
>> sounds
>>> like to me.
>>>> Second choice would be a weird Towhee song but habitat seems wrong.
>>>>
>>>> Deb Grove
>>>>
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>
>>>>> On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Hello All,
>>>>>
>>>>> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook
>>> Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler
>>> vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the
>>> mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
>>>>>
>>>>> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near
>>> the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type
>> at
>>> that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or
>>> so.
>>>>>
>>>>> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the
>>> creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but
>> a
>>> number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>>>>>
>>>>> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence
>>> of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't
>> even
>>> the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler
>>> that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>>>>>
>>>>> So...let's discuss :)
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>
>>>>> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>>>>>
>>>>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
>>> --
>>> Deborah Grove
>>>
>>
 

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Date: 6/26/19 2:13 pm
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Nice work guys, junco does seem like a nice fit despite the last note.
Ryan, calls coming from canopy or the understory?

On Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 1:51 PM Anne Bekker <anne.sarah.bekker...>
wrote:

> I wouldn't have thought twice about calling this as an eastern towhee were
> it not for the habitat.
>
> Anne
>
>
> On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 1:03 PM Deborah Grove <dsg4...> wrote:
>
> > Thanks.
> > When separating Junco, Pine, Chipping, I tend to think of the Junco song
> > as more of a ringing bell. And of course the habitat. Here in Huntingdon
> > county usually above 2000 feet and in cool Hemlock environment.
> > Deb
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Billy Weber" <robot.stories...>
> > To: "PABIRDS" <PABIRDS...>
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:49:36 PM
> > Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
> >
> > Deb's right. Junco's a good fit. The sixth example in the Sibley app is
> > very close and juncos are common at Cook. I humbly rescind my
> Blackburnian
> > vote.... Although if we want to keep this debate going, it's more fun
> than
> > the work I'm supposed to be doing right now.
> > --Billy
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On Jun 26, 2019, at 12:41 PM, Michael Fialkovich <
> > <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> > >
> > > I thought the same thing and juncos breed at that location. Odd high
> > pitched trill at the end though but this is an odd song all around.
> > > Mike FialkovichAllegheny County
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: DNADEB <dsg4...>
> > > To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
> > > Sent: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 11:55 am
> > > Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
> > >
> > > I am going to stick my neck out and say Junco. We hear them on our BBS
> > routes in the mountains of Rothrock State Forest and this is what it
> sounds
> > like to me.
> > > Second choice would be a weird Towhee song but habitat seems wrong.
> > >
> > > Deb Grove
> > >
> > > Sent from my iPhone
> > >
> > >> On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
> > wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Hello All,
> > >>
> > >> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook
> > Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler
> > vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the
> > mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
> > >>
> > >> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near
> > the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type
> at
> > that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or
> > so.
> > >>
> > >> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the
> > creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but
> a
> > number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
> > >>
> > >> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence
> > of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't
> even
> > the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler
> > that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
> > >>
> > >> So...let's discuss :)
> > >>
> > >> Thanks,
> > >>
> > >> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
> > >>
> > >> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
> > --
> > Deborah Grove
> >
>
 

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Date: 6/26/19 1:03 pm
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Re: eBird Hot spot created for Mifflin West Meadowlark
Yes several of us did and the reviewer for the county will not accept them. LOL!

Deb

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Hartshaw" <eric.hartshaw60...>
To: "PABIRDS" <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 3:35:38 PM
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] eBird Hot spot created for Mifflin West Meadowlark

Matt byler is raising bobwhites in a pain near his barn if you happen to
hear them while you're at this location ,just a heads up

On Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 10:56 AM Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> wrote:

> Hi all
>
> An eBird hotspot has been created for the Western Meadowlark near
> Belleville, Mifflin County. If you have already entered, please merge your
> observation with the hotspot.
>
> stakeout Western Meadowlark, Beech Tree Ln., Belleville (2019)
>
> And - Special Thanks to Eli Peachey (who first recognized the bird) and
> Matt Byler and Jay Zook for the generous use of their farm lane!
>
> An added historical note - A previous Mifflin Co. Western Meadowlark was
> found in 2002 just a few miles from this location - that bird was ID'ed by
> Jay Zook who heard the unfamiliar song while walking to church on Sunday
> morning.
>
>
> Greg Grove
> Editor - Pennsylvania Birds
> eBird reviewer: Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin
> 9524 Stone Creek Ridge Road, Huntingdon, PA. 16652
> 814 643 3295
> <gwg2...>
>
--
Deborah Grove
 

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Date: 6/26/19 12:45 pm
From: Eric Hartshaw <eric.hartshaw60...>
Subject: Re: eBird Hot spot created for Mifflin West Meadowlark
Matt byler is raising bobwhites in a pain near his barn if you happen to
hear them while you're at this location ,just a heads up

On Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 10:56 AM Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> wrote:

> Hi all
>
> An eBird hotspot has been created for the Western Meadowlark near
> Belleville, Mifflin County. If you have already entered, please merge your
> observation with the hotspot.
>
> stakeout Western Meadowlark, Beech Tree Ln., Belleville (2019)
>
> And - Special Thanks to Eli Peachey (who first recognized the bird) and
> Matt Byler and Jay Zook for the generous use of their farm lane!
>
> An added historical note - A previous Mifflin Co. Western Meadowlark was
> found in 2002 just a few miles from this location - that bird was ID'ed by
> Jay Zook who heard the unfamiliar song while walking to church on Sunday
> morning.
>
>
> Greg Grove
> Editor - Pennsylvania Birds
> eBird reviewer: Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin
> 9524 Stone Creek Ridge Road, Huntingdon, PA. 16652
> 814 643 3295
> <gwg2...>
>
 

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Date: 6/26/19 11:25 am
From: David Neimeyer <neimeyer...>
Subject: Lehigh Co. Great Blue Heron
There is a Great Blue heron in the flooded fields at Haafsville, near the
flooded woods.

Sincerely
Dave Neimeyer
 

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Date: 6/26/19 10:52 am
From: Anne Bekker <anne.sarah.bekker...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
I wouldn't have thought twice about calling this as an eastern towhee were
it not for the habitat.

Anne


On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 1:03 PM Deborah Grove <dsg4...> wrote:

> Thanks.
> When separating Junco, Pine, Chipping, I tend to think of the Junco song
> as more of a ringing bell. And of course the habitat. Here in Huntingdon
> county usually above 2000 feet and in cool Hemlock environment.
> Deb
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Billy Weber" <robot.stories...>
> To: "PABIRDS" <PABIRDS...>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:49:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
>
> Deb's right. Junco's a good fit. The sixth example in the Sibley app is
> very close and juncos are common at Cook. I humbly rescind my Blackburnian
> vote.... Although if we want to keep this debate going, it's more fun than
> the work I'm supposed to be doing right now.
> --Billy
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jun 26, 2019, at 12:41 PM, Michael Fialkovich <
> <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> >
> > I thought the same thing and juncos breed at that location. Odd high
> pitched trill at the end though but this is an odd song all around.
> > Mike FialkovichAllegheny County
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: DNADEB <dsg4...>
> > To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
> > Sent: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 11:55 am
> > Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
> >
> > I am going to stick my neck out and say Junco. We hear them on our BBS
> routes in the mountains of Rothrock State Forest and this is what it sounds
> like to me.
> > Second choice would be a weird Towhee song but habitat seems wrong.
> >
> > Deb Grove
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hello All,
> >>
> >> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook
> Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler
> vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the
> mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
> >>
> >> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near
> the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at
> that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or
> so.
> >>
> >> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the
> creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a
> number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
> >>
> >> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence
> of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even
> the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler
> that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
> >>
> >> So...let's discuss :)
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >>
> >> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
> >>
> >> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
> --
> Deborah Grove
>
 

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Date: 6/26/19 10:03 am
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Thanks.
When separating Junco, Pine, Chipping, I tend to think of the Junco song as more of a ringing bell. And of course the habitat. Here in Huntingdon county usually above 2000 feet and in cool Hemlock environment.
Deb

----- Original Message -----
From: "Billy Weber" <robot.stories...>
To: "PABIRDS" <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:49:36 PM
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help

Deb's right. Junco's a good fit. The sixth example in the Sibley app is very close and juncos are common at Cook. I humbly rescind my Blackburnian vote.... Although if we want to keep this debate going, it's more fun than the work I'm supposed to be doing right now.
--Billy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 12:41 PM, Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I thought the same thing and juncos breed at that location. Odd high pitched trill at the end though but this is an odd song all around.
> Mike FialkovichAllegheny County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: DNADEB <dsg4...>
> To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
> Sent: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 11:55 am
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
>
> I am going to stick my neck out and say Junco. We hear them on our BBS routes in the mountains of Rothrock State Forest and this is what it sounds like to me.
> Second choice would be a weird Towhee song but habitat seems wrong.
>
> Deb Grove
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:
>>
>> Hello All,
>>
>> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
>>
>> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.
>>
>> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>>
>> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>>
>> So...let's discuss :)
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
--
Deborah Grove
 

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Date: 6/26/19 9:53 am
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...>
Subject: Black Vultures Indiana co
Hi all,
There were 2 black vultures soaring over the house. Happen to look up before going in house and flying high on the sun. They have been around and Dan and I saw them just down the road in the field and Sitting in dead ash snag with a TV last week.

Did have 3 for our Christmas bird count and sure I saw them a few miles away in December before count. I’m out of the CBC circle.

Possible same birds with one missing? Anyway to tell if a pair?

Marcy Cunkelman, Clarksburg, Indiana County


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Date: 6/26/19 9:49 am
From: Billy Weber <robot.stories...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Deb's right. Junco's a good fit. The sixth example in the Sibley app is very close and juncos are common at Cook. I humbly rescind my Blackburnian vote.... Although if we want to keep this debate going, it's more fun than the work I'm supposed to be doing right now.
--Billy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 12:41 PM, Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I thought the same thing and juncos breed at that location. Odd high pitched trill at the end though but this is an odd song all around.
> Mike FialkovichAllegheny County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: DNADEB <dsg4...>
> To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
> Sent: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 11:55 am
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
>
> I am going to stick my neck out and say Junco. We hear them on our BBS routes in the mountains of Rothrock State Forest and this is what it sounds like to me.
> Second choice would be a weird Towhee song but habitat seems wrong.
>
> Deb Grove
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:
>>
>> Hello All,
>>
>> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
>>
>> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.
>>
>> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>>
>> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>>
>> So...let's discuss :)
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
 

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Date: 6/26/19 9:41 am
From: Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
I thought the same thing and juncos breed at that location.  Odd high pitched trill at the end though but this is an odd song all around.
Mike FialkovichAllegheny County

-----Original Message-----
From: DNADEB <dsg4...>
To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 11:55 am
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help

I am going to stick my neck out and say Junco. We hear them on our BBS routes in the mountains of Rothrock State Forest and this is what it sounds like to me.
Second choice would be a weird Towhee song but habitat seems wrong.

Deb Grove

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:
>
> Hello All,
>
> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
>
> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.
>
> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>
> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>
> So...let's discuss :)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
 

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Date: 6/26/19 9:03 am
From: Rob Blye <rwblye...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
I like junco.

On Jun 26, 2019 11:55 AM, "DNADEB" <dsg4...> wrote:

> I am going to stick my neck out and say Junco. We hear them on our BBS
> routes in the mountains of Rothrock State Forest and this is what it sounds
> like to me.
> Second choice would be a weird Towhee song but habitat seems wrong.
>
> Deb Grove
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hello All,
> >
> > I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook
> Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler
> vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the
> mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
> >
> > The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near
> the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at
> that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or
> so.
> >
> > I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the
> creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a
> number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
> >
> > As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of
> a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even
> the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler
> that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
> >
> > So...let's discuss :)
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
> >
> > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
>
 

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Date: 6/26/19 8:55 am
From: DNADEB <dsg4...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
I am going to stick my neck out and say Junco. We hear them on our BBS routes in the mountains of Rothrock State Forest and this is what it sounds like to me.
Second choice would be a weird Towhee song but habitat seems wrong.

Deb Grove

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:
>
> Hello All,
>
> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
>
> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.
>
> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>
> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>
> So...let's discuss :)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
 

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Date: 6/26/19 8:23 am
From: Billy Weber <robot.stories...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Tom's Run in Cook Forest, by my recollection, would be odd habitat for a towhee ("mature hemlock/beech/birch," in Ryan's words). Blackburnian Warblers are abundant breeders at Cook and I agree with Zach that Ryan's recording isn't too far from a classic Blackburnian permutation, such as the #2 example in the Sibley app (more sibilant and less squeaky/undulating in Ryan's bird, but similar, ending in a high-pitched trill). For that matter, it could have been a redstart, since they seem to sing anything!

Billy Weber
Walnutport, PA

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> On Jun 26, 2019, at 11:14 AM, Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Ryan and All,
>
> I think Andy might be onto something here, with Eastern Towhee. They are known to make a lot of strange vocalizations, including mimicking other songbirds.
>
> Here’s a poor recording I made of a towhee doing a darn good imitation of a White-eyed Vireo here in Chester County a few years ago. I watched the towhee singing this song, and admit to being fooled by it from a distance, and was glad I had the sense to go back and track it down since it was slightly off, and WEVI hadn’t been noted at this location in June that year:
>
> https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=eastow&mediaType=a&userId=USER11194&q=Eastern%20Towhee%20-%20Pipilo%20erythrophthalmus <https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=eastow&mediaType=a&userId=USER11194&q=Eastern%20Towhee%20-%20Pipilo%20erythrophthalmus>
>
> I know others have experienced the same towhee mimicry in their own birding experiences, and here’s what the Birds of North America Online Species Account for Eastern Towhee has to say about Eastern Towhee mimicry:
>
> "Heterospecific Mimicry
> Known to mimic songs, parts of songs, or calls of other species to form versions of its own Primary Song (Borror 1977 <https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/eastow/references#REF26152>, Molnar 1977 <https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/eastow/references#REF52150>, Richards 1979 <https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/eastow/references#REF26176>, JSG). Mimicked alarm calls of Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata), Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) and American Robin (Turdus migratorius) (Greenlaw et al. 1998)."
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> Holly Merker
> Downingtown, Chester County, PA
>
>> On Jun 26, 2019, at 10:48 AM, Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...> wrote:
>>
>> I hate to be the bearer of “bad” news, but after listening to the unedited recording from the video file…. I think it’s a towhee. (Not to cast aspersions on our towhees!)
>>
>> Best way to be sure though is to go back and get eyes on this bird!
>>
>> :-)
>> Best,
>> Andy
>>
>> --
>> Andy McGann
>> Washington, DC
>>
>>> On Jun 26, 2019, at 10:39 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Possibly a really aberrant Black-throated Blue with no buzzy notes?
>>>
>>> ________________________________
>>> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 8:44 AM
>>> To: <PABIRDS...>
>>> Subject: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
>>>
>>> Hello All,
>>>
>>> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
>>>
>>> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.
>>>
>>> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>>>
>>> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>>>
>>> So...let's discuss :)
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>>>
>>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
 

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Date: 6/26/19 8:14 am
From: Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Ryan and All,

I think Andy might be onto something here, with Eastern Towhee. They are known to make a lot of strange vocalizations, including mimicking other songbirds.

Here’s a poor recording I made of a towhee doing a darn good imitation of a White-eyed Vireo here in Chester County a few years ago. I watched the towhee singing this song, and admit to being fooled by it from a distance, and was glad I had the sense to go back and track it down since it was slightly off, and WEVI hadn’t been noted at this location in June that year:

https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=eastow&mediaType=a&userId=USER11194&q=Eastern%20Towhee%20-%20Pipilo%20erythrophthalmus <https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=eastow&mediaType=a&userId=USER11194&q=Eastern%20Towhee%20-%20Pipilo%20erythrophthalmus>

I know others have experienced the same towhee mimicry in their own birding experiences, and here’s what the Birds of North America Online Species Account for Eastern Towhee has to say about Eastern Towhee mimicry:

"Heterospecific Mimicry
Known to mimic songs, parts of songs, or calls of other species to form versions of its own Primary Song (Borror 1977 <https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/eastow/references#REF26152>, Molnar 1977 <https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/eastow/references#REF52150>, Richards 1979 <https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/eastow/references#REF26176>, JSG). Mimicked alarm calls of Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata), Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) and American Robin (Turdus migratorius) (Greenlaw et al. 1998)."


Good birding,

Holly Merker
Downingtown, Chester County, PA

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 10:48 AM, Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...> wrote:
>
> I hate to be the bearer of “bad” news, but after listening to the unedited recording from the video file…. I think it’s a towhee. (Not to cast aspersions on our towhees!)
>
> Best way to be sure though is to go back and get eyes on this bird!
>
> :-)
> Best,
> Andy
>
> --
> Andy McGann
> Washington, DC
>
>> On Jun 26, 2019, at 10:39 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:
>>
>> Possibly a really aberrant Black-throated Blue with no buzzy notes?
>>
>> ________________________________
>> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 8:44 AM
>> To: <PABIRDS...>
>> Subject: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
>>
>> Hello All,
>>
>> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
>>
>> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.
>>
>> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>>
>> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>>
>> So...let's discuss :)
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
 

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Date: 6/26/19 7:56 am
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: eBird Hot spot created for Mifflin West Meadowlark
Hi all

An eBird hotspot has been created for the Western Meadowlark near Belleville, Mifflin County. If you have already entered, please merge your observation with the hotspot.

stakeout Western Meadowlark, Beech Tree Ln., Belleville (2019)

And - Special Thanks to Eli Peachey (who first recognized the bird) and Matt Byler and Jay Zook for the generous use of their farm lane!

An added historical note - A previous Mifflin Co. Western Meadowlark was found in 2002 just a few miles from this location - that bird was ID'ed by Jay Zook who heard the unfamiliar song while walking to church on Sunday morning.


Greg Grove
Editor - Pennsylvania Birds
eBird reviewer: Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin
9524 Stone Creek Ridge Road, Huntingdon, PA. 16652
814 643 3295
<gwg2...>
 

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Date: 6/26/19 7:49 am
From: Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
I hate to be the bearer of “bad” news, but after listening to the unedited recording from the video file…. I think it’s a towhee. (Not to cast aspersions on our towhees!)

Best way to be sure though is to go back and get eyes on this bird!

:-)
Best,
Andy

--
Andy McGann
Washington, DC

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 10:39 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:
>
> Possibly a really aberrant Black-throated Blue with no buzzy notes?
>
> ________________________________
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 8:44 AM
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
>
> Hello All,
>
> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
>
> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.
>
> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>
> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>
> So...let's discuss :)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
 

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Date: 6/26/19 7:39 am
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Possibly a really aberrant Black-throated Blue with no buzzy notes?

________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 8:44 AM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help

Hello All,

I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.

The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.

I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.

As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.

So...let's discuss :)

Thanks,

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
 

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Date: 6/26/19 6:57 am
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Plenty of Blackburnian on your list, that's what I'd go with as best match.
Doesn't sound too out of the ordinary for them and has that Cerulean
cadence like you mentioned.

Zach


On Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 9:50 AM Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...> wrote:

> Hi Ryan,
>
> Can you post the original video clip, so that I can hear the audio with
> all of the background noise unfiltered? I think that would make it easier
> actually!
>
> Thanks!
> Andy
>
> --
> Andy McGann
> Washington, DC
>
> > On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hello All,
> >
> > I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook
> Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler
> vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the
> mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
> >
> > The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near
> the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at
> that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or
> so.
> >
> > I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the
> creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a
> number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
> >
> > As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of
> a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even
> the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler
> that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
> >
> > So...let's discuss :)
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
> >
> > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
>
 

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Date: 6/26/19 6:50 am
From: Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Hi Ryan,

Can you post the original video clip, so that I can hear the audio with all of the background noise unfiltered? I think that would make it easier actually!

Thanks!
Andy

--
Andy McGann
Washington, DC

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:
>
> Hello All,
>
> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.
>
> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.
>
> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>
> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>
> So...let's discuss :)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
 

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Date: 6/26/19 6:48 am
From: Rob Blye <rwblye...>
Subject: Re: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Wow. You got me on that one.

*Rob*

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


On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 8:44 AM Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest
> on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that
> I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of
> recordings I've ever listened to.
>
> The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the
> fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at
> that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or
> so.
>
> I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the
> creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a
> number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.
>
> As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a
> Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the
> hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that
> trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.
>
> So...let's discuss :)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
>
 

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Date: 6/26/19 5:44 am
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Clarion County - Mystery Warbler needs ID help
Hello All,

I need some help/have a quest for warbler fans. We were up at Cook Forest on Tom's Run Road yesterday when I encountered a warbler vocalization that I have never heard before, neither in person or in the mountain of recordings I've ever listened to.

The bird was active, singing from a handful of different perches near the fast-running creek that was high due to heavy rains. The forest type at that area is mostly hemlock/beech/birch, mature height of probably 80' or so.

I ran some pretty strong noise reduction on the file to get rid of the creek, which worked, leaving some slightly robotic background noises but a number of clear (enough) recordings of the bird as it moved around.

As noted in the eBird report linked below, it has some of the cadence of a Cerulean, which I would not expect to find there, but there isn't even the hint of buzziness in the song. Instead, it sounds like a Pine Warbler that trills cleanly at the end in a Cerulean pattern.

So...let's discuss :)

Thanks,

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57697590
 

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Date: 6/25/19 5:24 pm
From: Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...>
Subject: Sedge Wren, Crawford Co.
I located the Sedge Wren last night, a male singing and scolding for the
hour I was there. I got some very nice photos from the road because it was
hanging around only 30-40 feet off the roadway. This bird is at the same
location as a Sedge Wren we found earlier on the PAMC in May. Apparently it
stayed. Adam Erb refound two birds a week ago. He heard a scold he didn't
recognize and ventured into the field. He had a male and female Sedge Wren
scolding and bombarding him only 30 feet into the field. He felt sure that
he must be very close to their nest and left the field. I only saw one bird
this evening, but it seemed to me that he was defending territory.



Kendall Zook

Crawford Co.




 

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Date: 6/25/19 5:07 pm
From: DAVID KOCH <0000012d74227426-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Extralimital Scissor-tailed flycatcher, Alpha, NJ
Found this afternoon along Oberly Road, the road famous for winter raptors, particularly the gyrfalcon.  If anyone goes over there please shoo it across the Delaware (I'm kidding of course).  You can see the valley where I live about 2.5 miles away if you look west when you make a right turn onto Oberly Road. It's a species I haven't yet had on our property. 
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
 

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Date: 6/25/19 5:50 am
From: DAVID KOCH <0000012d74227426-dmarc-request...>
Subject: A few short comments, Koch property, Northampton County
A great-crested flycatcher is nesting in a bluebird box in the front area. Rose-breasted grosbeaks continue to be steady in the yard and at feeders -- males, females, and now young. One adult male grosbeak has a completely red throat.  Young titmice, chickadees, downies, hairies, Baltimore orioles, etc., are regular.  Immature and female hummers are just now starting to become visible in addition to several adult males that have been around. This morning a veery appeared on a bare tree branch in the front yard but only stayed there long enough for identification.  Wood thrushes sound off from the nearby woods, willow flycatchers, bluebirds and yellow warblers are nesting down there etc. Good birding to everyone. 
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
 

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Date: 6/24/19 7:10 pm
From: Cathy Brown <blueapis...>
Subject: red headed woodpeckers & scarlet tanagers in Bedford County
While camping at Shawnee State Park, Bedford County, this past weekend, I had several sightings of Red headed woodpeckers over three days. Never more than two at a time, so I don't know how many total. One gave a very extended view at close range, even hawking twice.

Also spotted were at least three Scarlet Tanagers - again, multiple sightings at multiple locations. Within minutes, two different males and one female were seen. The highlight was when one male tanager flew under a small canopy at the camp site, directly between two people who were three feet apart, and alighted in a nearby grassy area. I was a couple of yards from the canopy when it occurred and happened to look up just as it was flying under, or I wouldn't have believed it happened.

Cathy Brown, Washington County
 

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Date: 6/24/19 4:26 pm
From: Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...>
Subject: Northampton County Raven
Ravens are common near my house in Pen Argyl due to the landfill's all you
can eat policy, but today I saw one flying over the city of Easton. We had
one a few years ago on a CBC in the same general area.
On another note, I had two Kestrels in Plainfield township today, also,
along with Eagle, Osprey and Broad-winged Hawk over the house this weekend.
Dan Zmoda
Pen Argyl
 

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Date: 6/24/19 4:36 am
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jun 23, 2019
Birds are returning to the feeders with the demise of the cicada
population. We saw 5 Baltimore Orioles yesterday. The birds had not been
coming to the feeders at all for 4 weeks. We also saw both a male & female
Rose-breasted Grosbeak which also had not been to the feeders since the
cicadas arrived. I heard the Yellow-billed Cuckoo again yesterday. I'm
guessing it has been enjoying the abundance of readily available food. All
three woodpecker species have young. Some juveniles are feeding without
adults at the suet feeder, while the Red-bellied and a Hairy haven't quite
figured out how to get to it alone!

Karyn Delaney


Subject: Beaver County eBird Report - Economy Borough, Jun 23, 2019

Economy Borough Yard Birds, Beaver, Pennsylvania, US
Jun 23, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
26 species

Mourning Dove 6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Female with 2 fledglings; Male
Downy Woodpecker 6 Female with fledgling; Male juvenile; 2 female
juveniles; 1 female
Hairy Woodpecker 4 Female with juvenile; Female; Male.
Blue Jay 3
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 4
Carolina Wren 3
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 3
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 14
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Baltimore Oriole 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 Male and female
House Sparrow 6 2 females with fledglings; 2 males.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57645144

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

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Date: 6/23/19 7:05 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tomdoc...>
Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Heard and seen along the Rail Trail in Chambersburg today at 0900.

Tom Dougherty
Chambersburg PA.

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Date: 6/23/19 10:51 am
From: The Stahls <jalstahl...>
Subject: Dickcissel, Lancaster County
This morning, there was a singing Dickcissel on a utility wire along Turkey Hill Rd., about 0.3 mile west of Hammertown Rd. in the northeastern part of the county.
Stanley Stahl
 

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Date: 6/23/19 6:08 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Venango Co.
Pabirders,
There is a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron visiting a yard near Titusville

This bird showed up back on May 26 and has appeared almost daily to forage
on worms in the yard ...this is a rural setting with only a creek
nearby..amazing and remarkable that this bird has chosen this location to
hang out at

The homeowner is allowing visitors to see the bird..if anyone is interested
in seeing it contact me for the info

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/22/19 6:28 pm
From: Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...>
Subject: Sedge Wrens, Crawford Co.
Hi all,

This afternoon I Emmanuel Erb told me that a pair of Sedge Wrens is present
along Thatcher Rd., just east of the intersection with S. Center Rd. a few
miles east of Conneautville. A pair at this time of year seems likely for
breeding. I've heard Sedge Wrens in this vicinity 3 of the last 4 years
including one this spring that apparently stayed around. Two years ago we
thought maybe they would breed because a pair was present for a short time
in late spring. I hope to check this report out in the next day or two and
see what I can find.



Kendall Zook




 

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Date: 6/22/19 5:29 pm
From: Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Jefferson Co- BBS route- Sigel to Ringgold (late)- cicadas !!!
My second late brief report on this Jefferson Co route, run on June 9th.
As you can see from the subject, this was unfortunately impacted seriously
during 7 stops by the noise from the periodical cicadas.

Species total was 68, and this route has a low of 60 and high of 75 for
me. Number of individuals has declined steadily the last 7 years from a
high of 1006 to 682 this year. This route is more rural and has some
pockets of more mature forest with some hemlock and pine. Traffic is not so
much an issue, but land use changes continue to show some impact, with less
hay and more crops. When I started there was a vesper sparrow persisting at
a field location but the last several years it is absent, as planted in
corn and soybeans.

A couple new species were nice to find, at a forested location right
where the road crosses Mill Creek. A singing brown creeper, and a hermit
thrush, which isn't that exciting I guess but nice to hear for the first
time on this route. Four blue-headed vireos is an increase, and orchard
orioles and dark-eyed junco, as well as black-throated blue warbler were
noted, not present every year.
Warblers found- ovenbird, yellowthroat, hooded, redstart, magnolia,
blackburnian, yellow, chestnut-sided, black-throated green, and
black-throated blue.

The big event for this route was the presence of large numbers of
periodical cicadas, at 7 stops they really interfered with hearing, and
were actually a distraction, as they were flying everywhere and practically
dripping from some of the treetops. They were laying over the road in
spots, and several times landed on me. A true event of nature but I will
admit since I have them at home as well, they have worn our their welcome
and I will be glad for the noise to end ! I expected to maybe find more
cuckoos because of this but only had two yellow-billed.

Good summer birding !

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
 

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Date: 6/22/19 7:57 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Black Vulture - Beaver Co.
The homeowner who lives near Raccoon Creek S.P. phoned me this morning
letting me know that there was a Black Vulture in their backyard

This is the same yard where two birds were early in the spring...I stopped
by to see the bird before it flew off

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/22/19 1:38 am
From: Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Butler/Armstrong/Clarion Co BBS (late)
Just a little late on reporting some general notes on my BBS survey that
runs from Butler Co up through Armstrong and finishes in Rimersburg,
Clarion Co. This was run the 1st of June and while we heard some cicadas on
the survey they were not yet very loud or numerous enough to impact being
able to hear bird song clearly.

We had 74 species, and the high for this route is 75 at least for me, so
that was good. However total number of birds was the lowest yet at 741. The
best birds for me were several firsts, a singing yellow-breasted chat and
Louisiana waterthrush, and a horned lark. Other decent finds for this
particular route were

eastern screech-owl
yellow-throated vireo
blue-headed vireo
red-breasted nuthatch
veery
warblers- ovenbird, black-and-white,common yellowthroat, hooded, redstart,
yellow, chestnut-sided, black-throated green, Louisiana waterthrush

This route is so busy with traffic that I will only run on Sunday
mornings, otherwise it's a waste of time and almost dangerous. Still even
with that, the more rural parts can be quite nice and at least it ends up
pretty close to home..

Good birding (in hopefully drier weather),
Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
 

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Date: 6/21/19 11:25 pm
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 6/22/2019
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* June 22, 2019
* PAEA1906.22

- Birds mentioned

LONG-TAILED DUCK (1st summer record; possibly injured)
SNOWY EGRET
DICKCISSEL
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: June 22nd at 1:00 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 .

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 LOWER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At a private quarry:
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 from back on 6/2 to at least 6/8 (1st summer record;
possibly injured).

Sightings from the GREEN POND area, Northampton County:
American Black Ducks – 1 to 6/18; 2 on 6/19
SNOWY EGRET – 1 from 6/16 to at least 6/20.

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
Lesser Scaup – 1 on 6/20 (unusual summer record).

Sightings from NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County:
Semipalmated Sandpipers – 2 on 6/9 (along Mauch Chunk Road).

Sightings from UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County:
Along Cetronia Road (across from Air Products):
White-rumped Sandpiper – 1 on 6/13
Semipalmated Sandpipers – 2 on 6/17 and 6/18.

Sightings from RODALE EXPERIMENTAL FARM, Berks County:
DICKCISSEL – 1 from 5/22 to at least 6/21.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
American Black Ducks – 2 to at least 6/18
Hooded Merganser – 1 from 6/12 to at least 6/15
Semipalmated Plover – 1 on 6/8.

Sightings from the RIEGELSVILLE area, Bucks County:
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER – 1 from 4/29 to at least 6/17.

Sightings from STATE GAME LANDS 157, Bucks County:
On Haycock Mountain:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – 1 to at least 6/15.

- End transcript
 

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Date: 6/21/19 1:54 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Ducks - Crawford Co.
I was at the Pymatuning Spillway earlier today

The drake Gadwall that I found and reported last weekend continues there
today
The bird is along the shoreline across from the end of the parking lot
where the Purple Martin house is

other ducks of note seen at the spillway was a American Black Duck and a
Ruddy Duck

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/21/19 10:08 am
From: Darwin Evangelista <0000013a0054f307-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Fwd: Titmice
The titmice I reported on Wednesday are coming to the feeders daily now. I see as many as three - so nice to have them back again.
Hairy woodpeckers used to be sporadic, but are now coming in daily. This morning a male and female hairy were on the suet at the same time, with a downy waiting his turn. Red-bellies are also in daily. I hear flickers and see them in the neighborhood, but rarely see them at the feeders. If only we could get a pileated to come to the feeders.
There are also three pairs of red-winged blackbirds coming in every day.
Huey EvangelistaLaureldale, Berks County 

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On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, <pabirds...> <pabirds...> wrote:

As a lot of other people have been reporting, we haven’t been seeing any tufted titmice at the feeders. Then all of a sudden this evening, I looked out and there were three titmice at the feeders. Two were at the black oil sunflower and one was eating sunflower hearts. I don’t know where they’ve been, but I hope they stick around.
Huey Evangelista Laureldale, Berks County 


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Date: 6/21/19 4:34 am
From: Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: 2 birds with one stone? Northampton County
Makes me think of my neighbors looking at me like I was crazy when I was running down the street a few years back, excitedly trying to tell people that there were red winged crossbills in their pine trees.

Isn’t it sad how people on the street can think that every interaction is a negative one, and also that forgetting to look around them and see the wonder and beauty of the natural world.

But still worth trying...😃

Barb

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 20, 2019, at 9:48 PM, Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...> wrote:
>
> Driving home from work tonight along Northampton St in Easton I noticed a
> crow dive bombing something. It turned out to be an adult Bald Eagle
> sitting on a telephone pole around 9th street.
> Since the light was red, I rolled down my window to flag down a
> twenty-something woman to point it out to her. She gave me another type of
> bird and since the light changed and I was holding up traffic, I drove off,
> leaving her to probably think I was just a creep. Insert sad face here.
> Dan Zmoda (not a creep)
> Pen Argyl
 

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Date: 6/20/19 6:48 pm
From: Robin and Daniel Zmoda <robinanddanielz...>
Subject: 2 birds with one stone? Northampton County
Driving home from work tonight along Northampton St in Easton I noticed a
crow dive bombing something. It turned out to be an adult Bald Eagle
sitting on a telephone pole around 9th street.
Since the light was red, I rolled down my window to flag down a
twenty-something woman to point it out to her. She gave me another type of
bird and since the light changed and I was holding up traffic, I drove off,
leaving her to probably think I was just a creep. Insert sad face here.
Dan Zmoda (not a creep)
Pen Argyl
 

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Date: 6/20/19 6:44 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 18 June 2019
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE06.18.19

Highlights:
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Venango County)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Erie County)
ALDER FLYCATCHER
FISH CROW
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (Westmoreland County)
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH

Contributors: Mike Fialkovich, Jerry McWilliams, Ryan Tomazin, Mark Vass, Kendall Zook.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 through Tuesday, 18 June 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: COMMON LOON, GADWALL continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 6/16 in Bridgeville, FISH CROW (RT).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

In an unspecified location on 6/16, 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (KZ).


ERIE COUNTY:

In Washington Township on 6/13, 5 COMMON RAVENS (JM).

On 6/15 at State Gamelands #218, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (JM).


VENANGO COUNTY:

On 6/14 in Titusville, 1 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (MV).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

Near Donegal on 6/15, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (singing the BWWA song), 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS (MF).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.
 

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Date: 6/19/19 7:56 pm
From: LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...>
Subject: Re: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019
________________________________
From: <BucksCoBirders...> <BucksCoBirders...> on behalf of LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...> [BucksCoBirders] <BucksCoBirders-noreply...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:03 PM
To: <pabirds...>; Bucks Birders
Cc: <ivylamb...>
Subject: [BucksCoBirders] Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019



Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019
_______________________________________________
Aimophila Adventures: Birding in Arizona -- by Kurt Schwarz
Program Description:
Aimophila Adventures: While most birders go to southeast Arizona to see such showy species as Elegant Trogon and a whole raft of hummingbirds, Kurt Schwarz took the opportunity to seek out the little brown jobs in Arizona that make our White-throated and other sparrows look downright gaudy. Kurt will detail his summer of 2009 in Arizona, with visits to virtually all the hotspots.
____________________________________________

About the Speaker:
Kurt Schwarz grew up in Warminster, and is now a retired Department of Defense linguist and analyst. He resides in Maryland, and is a past president and current Conservation Chair of the Maryland Ornithological Society. He has been seriously birding since 1994, and birds Bucks County whenever he is home visiting family.
_______________________________________________
The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Peace Valley Nature Center. Admission is free.

Directions:

Meeting location: Peace Valley Nature Center (enter back side door) 170 N. Chapman Rd<https://maps.google.com/?q=170+N.+Chapman+Rd&entry=gmail&source=g>. (enter from New Galena Road Side - Chapman Road bridge is blocked) Doylestown, PA.

Normal meeting length - 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/>
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Date: 6/19/19 3:31 pm
From: Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lancaster county birds
John Lahr and I did some birding this morning and early afternoon. We visited several places, tallying a total of 71 species for the day.
We started at Conestoga River Park, walking along Warehouse Road. Highlights there were two Prothonotary Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, several Acadian Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwings, and multiple Northern Rough-winged Swallows.
Then we went to Observation Site Road where we had Eastern Meadowlarks, Yellow-breasted Chats, Blue-winged Warblers, Blue Grosbeak, Cliff Swallow, Great Crested Flycatcher, Common Raven, Peregrine Falcon, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
From there we went to Woods Edge Park, where we met Herb and Betty Burkett. We saw Green Herons, a Willow Flycatcher, and best of all, two Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.
I took him home, and he showed me a Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest. We watched her incubating, and driving off Intruders.
All in all, a very productive day. Thank you John for the great day, and it was lovely to meet you Herb and Betty!

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Date: 6/19/19 3:21 pm
From: Darwin Evangelista <0000013a0054f307-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Titmice
As a lot of other people have been reporting, we haven’t been seeing any tufted titmice at the feeders. Then all of a sudden this evening, I looked out and there were three titmice at the feeders. Two were at the black oil sunflower and one was eating sunflower hearts. I don’t know where they’ve been, but I hope they stick around.
Huey Evangelista Laureldale, Berks County 


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Date: 6/18/19 9:28 pm
From: Dave Leibert <xdave...>
Subject: Nice article on banding Allentown peregrine chicks.
Howdy All,

There is a nice article on Lehigh Valley Live about banding the
Allentown peregrine chicks. Lots of pics and a good video.

https://expo.lehighvalleylive.com/news/g66l-2019/06/2456e4724b9989/3-peregrine-falcons-only-a-few-weeks-old-banded-for-research-beneath-allentown-bridge-photos.html
 

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Date: 6/18/19 8:41 am
From: Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...>
Subject: Nesting notes, upper Montgomery Co.
Hello PA Birders,

It's a "slow" time of year for birding. Many colorful and exciting migrants
are busy breeding far to our north. During this rainy and still week, I
thought I would share a few interesting notes about nesting birds in my
yard and at Green Lane Reservoir.

First, a robin has settled in for a second brood in an ornamental inkberry
(?) bush about two feet from our front door! The female is now acclimated
to human traffic after a rough week in April. I think the first batch of
three chicks fledged successfully, but I can't confirm. It appears that
this brood will be three, too. The location of the nest so close to the
house has two big advantages. It is sheltered from any wind/rain to the NE,
E, SE, and S. This really came in handy with the coastal low and heavy E
wind earlier in May. I suspect that the nest's proximity to the front door
gives it some protection from crow predation, too.

For at least a week, a Mourning Dove has been sitting on a nest at eye
level in a Bradford Pear by the sidewalk. The interesting thing about it is
that it used an old robin nest! I "consulted the literature" (*Eastern
Birds' Nests* by Hal Harrison), which stated that only 11 out of about 700
dove nests in Michigan were old robin nests. This dove is very tame and
will tolerate approach to a couple feet. It is not disturbed by the
lawnmower, either.

Finally, I observed the fascinating behavior of nesting Chimney Swifts at
Green Lane Reservoir in early June. I had a front row seat to their
acrobatic way of gathering twigs. The swifts would approach the outer
branches of a small tree, slow down, and try to break off a twig to carry
away. A quick look at "the literature" revealed that they usually break off
twigs with their feet and then transfer the twig to their bill. However, on
at least one occasion it looked to me like the swift snapped off a twig
directly with its beak. I was fortunate to witness this show on two
different days.

Green Lane Reservoir has been quiet recently, but a pair of American Black
Ducks is lingering at Church Rd.

Good birding,
Paul Heveran
 

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Date: 6/18/19 8:09 am
From: Cecelia <ceceliahard...>
Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush, Allegheny County
A dismal and muddy walk in Salamander Park in Fox Chapel on June 17th was brightened by the appearance of a Louisiana waterthrush bobbing its tail and strutting alongside the rushing stream. Cecelia Hard
 

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Date: 6/17/19 7:22 pm
From: reeser <reeser...>
Subject: Young Red Tailed Hawks, Brown Thrasher, Hummingbirds -- Cumberland County
Heard the first of the young red tailed hawks this weekend. They (may be
two) were very vocal today, Mon 6/17/19, lots of screeching for the
parents. This seems to be about the right time of year, mid June.

We've noticed them in the tops of the Norway Spruce trees for at least 5
years (they may have skipped 2017 or 2018, can't recall). But you can't
miss them this year. They are really loud. Have seen the parents soaring
overhead on many days prior to the latest ruckus!

There was a brown thrasher under the feeder last weekend, Sat 6/8/19.
Not as many mulberries this year since the one tree came down, so he/she
may not stay.

The hummingbird(s) are appearing a bit more regularly since we finally
have some blooming Amistad, Black and Blue salvias and some blooming
salvia greggis. Have only seen them a few times so far this year, but
have not had a lot of time to watch. The Jacob Cline bee balm is just
now beginning to bloom with a few flowers opening today and that usually
brings in some regular visitors!

Ellen
<reeser...>
Cumberland County, PA
 

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Date: 6/17/19 2:43 pm
From: Joe Gyekis <gyekis9...>
Subject: Getting GPS Coordinates on Map on an Android Phone
Hi anyone who ever wanted to get a whole spreadsheet worth of GPS
coordinates imported as pins onto a map on their phone:

I am getting ready to run my BBS route and last year I wished that I had
pins saved for every location on my phone to make it easier to see if I
went a little too far or still hadn't gotten to the right spot to do each
count.

Today I figured out how to copy the BBS lat longs from the website, load
them into a spreadsheet, convert them into a KML file, and get them
imported to an Open Street Maps app on my phone. Pretty cool and will save
me time when I run the route this week.

Decided to write instructions in case anyone else wants to repeat the
process. Complicated because a bunch of steps but no specific step ended up
being hard. Feel free to ask me if you run into trouble, I can update the
instructions to include workarounds or extra instructions that I took for
granted.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kwHhI4asbRpFz8oxGuqc8BXR27QOkSxWzEyIrsJbxyc/edit?usp=sharing

Joe


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Date: 6/17/19 12:30 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Binocular question
Hello All,

Not specifically a bird post, but a binocular query. PLEASE respond off-list, unless you have some great recommendations for everyone.

My current binoculars don't focus well, causing migraines, to the point that I've told fellow birders that I was going to leave by bins on top of their cars if they promised to drive far away and take turns quickly...

I have been handed some nice model of Swarovski's that I don't know the number of, and also "Made for Zeiss" Terra EDs. The Terra was nice, though a bit lower-end for my finicky eyes. Brighter and clearer, yes.

I am nowhere near up to date on what bins are out there right now for "the working man". The Swarovski 8.5x42s (model 34208) look fantastic online, but I haven't ever resold a car for as much as they cost. I really want something a bit up the line, but affordable enough to not wear white gloves to protect them. I'd prefer Swarovski, Zeiss or Leica, 8x40-ish.

So...does anyone have any recommendations or advice for perhaps slightly/older models that are pretty great that I can start looking for deals on? I do know about Time & Optics in Millersburg, OH, though I won't be up there until mid-September. Just looking for some good advice from the greater birding community.

Thanks a lot!

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 6/17/19 10:53 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 11 June 2019
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE06.11.19

Highlights:
RUDDY TURNSTONE (Allegheny County)
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Erie County)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Erie County)
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
PURPLE MARTIN
BANK SWALLOW
CLIFF SWALLOW
BOBOLINK

Contributors: Mike Fialkovich, Amy Henrici, Glenn Koppel, Jerry McWilliams.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 through Tuesday, 11 June 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: COMMON LOON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, BLUE-WINGED TEAL continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At Chapel Harbor on 6/8, 6-12 BANK SWALLOWS, 2 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, WILLOW FLYCATCHER (AH).

On 6/9 in Tarentum, PEREGRINE FALCONS (AH).

Along the Ohio River on 6/9, 1 RUDDY TURNSTONE (reported to MF).


BUTLER COUNTY:

On 6/8 during a BBS survey between Chicora and Sarver, sightings included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 PURPLE MARTIN, 2+ PURPLE FINCHES (MF).

On 6/9 along the Mars BBS survey route, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, COMMON RAVEN, BOBOLINK (GK).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle State Park on 6/2, 3 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, 1 LITTLE BLUE HERON (JM).

At Eaton Reservoir on 6/6, PRAIRIE WARBLER (JM).

On 6/7 at Edinboro Lake, 1 COMMON RAVEN (JM). Also this week in Edinboro, PINE SISKINS continue (JM).


GREENE COUNTY:

Near Nineveh on 6/6, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (reported to AT).


SOMERSET COUNTY:

During the Garrett BBS route on 6/12, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 1 HORNED LARK, 22 CLIFF SWALLOWS, 1 PURPLE FINCH, 3 BOBOLINKS (GK).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.
 

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Date: 6/17/19 10:41 am
From: Michael Schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Snowy Egret, Northampton County
A Snowy Egret found yesterday at Green Pond continues today. It was feeding in the flooded field with a Great Egret.

Mike Schall
 

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Date: 6/16/19 6:11 pm
From: Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...>
Subject: Northern Waterthrush, Crawford Co.
Hi all,

In a break between rainstorms I headed out to explore the woods. In the
hemlock bogs behind our place, I heard a Northern Waterthrush singing. This
is the first time I heard them back there in June; very probably it is
nesting. An exciting bird to have nesting on the property, to me at least!



Kendall Zook

Crawford Co.






 

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Date: 6/16/19 3:17 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County birds of note
The following birds of note were reported from Erie County, Pa.  Common Loon  continuing bird; June 15 (late); Edinboro Lake Pied-billed Grebe adult with young; June 15; flooded area near Leo's landing, Presque Isle S.P. Black-crowned Night-Heron  1; June 15; SGL #218 Solitary Sandpiper  2; June 11 (late); Union City Dam Common Raven  two adults and three juveniles; June 13; Washington twp.  First confirmed nesting in the county.  Jerry McWilliamsErie, Erie County, <Pa.jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 6/16/19 8:23 am
From: A. Liebner <000000d98121eaef-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Tree Swallow Nest, update on Blue Grosbeaks & others, Wayne Twp. Sch. Co
Good morning all,
Tree Swallows have been very active at one of our nest boxes.  This morning I spotted a male Eastern Bluebird at the box and since there were no adult Tree Swallows around, I assumed that the babies fledged.When I opened the box to clean it out, the nest was swarming with small ants.  Upon further inspection, I found baby Tree Swallows, alive and hunkered down in the nest.   I closed the box immediately but wondered what to do about the ants.  Adult Tree Swallows were missing for a while, but have returned and are once again active at the box.  The ants are still a concern. Is there anything I can or should do about the swarming ants in the nest box?  
Update on Blue Grosbeaks.   Male & female Blue Grosbeaks visited the feeders from May 15th until May 28th.  The seed  and suet feeders emptied while were were away for a week and when we returned, gone were the pairs of B. Grosbeaks.  I assume they moved on.
Indigo Buntings, Baltimore Orioles, Tufted Titmice and Northern Mockingbirds were also visiting the feeders in pairs since early spring, but now they are among the missing since May 28th.  They've nested for years in trees & shrubs around our property but I no longer hear any of them in the area.  I've kept the feeders filled since we returned on June 3rd but still no Buntings, Orioles, Titmice or Mockingbirds.  Any thoughts on why they would all disappear.
Ann M. Liebner
Wayne Township, Schuylkill Co.
 

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Date: 6/16/19 7:50 am
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Allegheny Co. - Bridgeville Fish Crow
Hello All,

After spending the past 9 days in the WV mountains, enjoying Golden-winged Warblers, Whip-poor-wills and more, it was pleasantly shocking to sit near the window here in scenic downtown Bridgeville and hear (and see) a Fish Crow on the buildings next to ours, vocalizing, and terrorizing the starling population. I have a good video of it that is emailable, if anyone is interested. I guess Chartiers Creek is drawing it in? :P

Cheers,

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 6/15/19 4:52 pm
From: Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Westmoreland County--Hunter's Lane
Hi,
I led an outing for the Three Rivers Birding Club to Hunter's Lane near Donegal in Westmoreland County today.

This site is part of Forbes State Forest and features forest, a shrub wetland and brushy areas.  I scouted the area yesterday afternoon to check the trail conditions and learned RT. 381 (the road the site is on) is closed at the intersection with RT. 31 due to a bridge replacement project.  So we had to detour and enter RT. 381 from the north in Rector. The trail is quite overgrown and in this age of ticks, we decided to stay on the dirt road that is Hunter's Lane.  We also birded along RT. 381. Both were productive.

Warblers included Chestnut-sided, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow and Blue-winged and Hooded.  

We saw what looked like a Golden-winged Warbler, but it was singing a perfect Blue-winged Warbler song.  I read birds that appear to be either Blue-winged or Golden-winged sing each other's songs, but that is rare.  I would think the bird had Blue-winged DNA. This site was good for Golden-winged in the past but now reports are rare here.  I think one was seen last year.
Other highlights include two Red-shouldered and a Broad-winged Hawk, two Alder Flycatchers, a Red-eyed Vireo on a nest and a White-eyed Vireo.

Mike Fialkovich

Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 6/15/19 1:49 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Gadwall - Crawford Co.
This afternoon I was at the Pymatuning Spillway and found a drake Gadwall

The bird was along the shore across from the Purple Martin house

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/15/19 9:22 am
From: The Stahls <jalstahl...>
Subject: Bufflehead, Lebanon County
A male Bufflehead was on a pasture pool just south of Fox Rd., just west of the larger pools along Prescott and Fox Rd.
Later, at Middle Creek WMA, I counted 7 Snow Geese.
Stanley Stahl
 

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Date: 6/15/19 9:10 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Common Loon - Beaver Co.
There is a immature/ non-breeding plumage Common Loon present at Darlington
Lake

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/13/19 3:12 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: The Killdeer Saga, Part 3
Hi PA birders, Many of you have shown an interest in my reports about the
Killdeer family I've been watching since mid-March. I've just
published my final
piece <https://birdpartner.com/2019/06/13/a-killdeer-story-part-three/>. It
was a lot of fun watching and photographing this family, and it definitely
was a learning experience, as well. Thank you, so much, for reading parts 1
& 2, and I hope you enjoy this latest effort, as well. It's amazing what we
can learn when we spend time in the field. Good birding, all!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
 

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Date: 6/13/19 1:21 pm
From: Katie Andrews <katieandrews79...>
Subject: PA Farmland Raptor Project
*Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project*

Once again, we at Hawk Mountain are asking for your help in reporting
sightings of four species of raptors for our Farmland Raptor Project:
American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl. We are
particularly interested in knowing if any Short-eared Owls are nesting in
PA. You can report sightings directly to us using the Online Sighting Form
<http://www.hawkmountain.org/farmland-raptor-information/raptor-farmland~farmlandSightings.aspx>
on our web page: www.hawkmountain.org/farmlandraptors , by email at
<farmlandraptors...> If you currently report your sightings to eBird
please continue to do that, but we ask that for Barn Owls, in general for
other raptors, if you are aware of a nesting site that you permanently hide
the observation (which still allows access to the data for researchers but
protects it from disturbance). To hide your observations after you have
submitted a checklist go to manage my observations, click on the checklist
you want to hide and scroll to the bottom. There is a link to hide the
checklist. EBird has a good summary on reporting sensitive species
<http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-reporting-sensitive-species>.
Thanks again for your help and cooperation.
 

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Date: 6/13/19 9:58 am
From: Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: PSO Annual Meeting
Hi Everyone,
Just a reminder that online (and regular mail) registration for the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology Annual Meeting is up and running.

Come to Williamsport in Lycoming County and join us at the meeting in September.  Field Trips and presentations will be offered as usual. There are plenty of field trips to choose from and they are listed on the registration page at www.pabirds.org

https://pabirds.org/index.php/annual-meeting


You can click on the Latest Newsletter at the top of the homepage (www.pabirds.org) to look over the schedule without getting into the registration page.


We are offering cool Merlin T-shirts for sale to benefit the youth scholarship program!  You know you will look great birding in one, or two!


Mike Fialkovich

PSO President
 

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Date: 6/12/19 11:38 pm
From: Dave Leibert <xdave...>
Subject: Bethlehem Peregrines, Northampton county
Howdy All,

This evening I rolled by the Bethlehem peregrine's nesting spot to check
on the progress of the young birds we have seen lately.

I'm happy to report it looks like the 2 of them have successfully
fledged and were making short flights from their building.

This was in the twilight so it was little difficult to see the juv
plumage on both of the birds. One bird flew off of their beam, circled
out and back and then landed up on the roof. It looked like 2 were on
the roof. They were doing some flapping and walking along with the wing
droop thing a few times. The adult male was perched close to there and
was looking pretty calm and relaxed.

One peregrine did a high speed run upstream about 200 yards and then
returned to the building. I couldn't tell the age of this bird but it
was great to watch.

This is always a great time to get to see the young peregrines practice
their flying skills. Stop by to get a look if you can.

Happy Birding,
Dave
 

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Date: 6/12/19 5:03 pm
From: LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...>
Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019
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Aimophila Adventures: Birding in Arizona -- by Kurt Schwarz
Program Description:
Aimophila Adventures: While most birders go to southeast Arizona to see such showy species as Elegant Trogon and a whole raft of hummingbirds, Kurt Schwarz took the opportunity to seek out the little brown jobs in Arizona that make our White-throated and other sparrows look downright gaudy. Kurt will detail his summer of 2009 in Arizona, with visits to virtually all the hotspots.
____________________________________________

About the Speaker:
Kurt Schwarz grew up in Warminster, and is now a retired Department of Defense linguist and analyst. He resides in Maryland, and is a past president and current Conservation Chair of the Maryland Ornithological Society. He has been seriously birding since 1994, and birds Bucks County whenever he is home visiting family.
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The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Peace Valley Nature Center. Admission is free.

Directions:

Meeting location: Peace Valley Nature Center (enter back side door) 170 N. Chapman Rd<https://maps.google.com/?q=170+N.+Chapman+Rd&entry=gmail&source=g>. (enter from New Galena Road Side - Chapman Road bridge is blocked) Doylestown, PA.

Normal meeting length - 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. Use the pan and zoom ...
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For further information please contact:

LeRoy Tabb
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Date: 6/12/19 4:17 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Garrett BBS Data, Somerset County, Jun 12, 2019
We ran the Garrett (Somerset County) BBS route today. With the forecasts of winds and rain over the next two weeks, we decided to run this today thinking that during the week would be fine as the route goes over Mt. Davis which is not usually too busy. This was a mistake! The first 6 stops were a steady stream of dump trucks and semis hauling gravel from the quarry 2 miles outside of town. And, at stop 3, we had the pleasure of listening to a freight train go by. So, never again even for this count during the week, must be done on Sunday when the quarry will not be working.

We had 66 species which is slightly above the average of 63 with 516 individuals which is lower than the historical average. This route has not had close to average numbers of individuals since 2010 with 2016 being the lowest with 468.

No new species were added to the historical data either.

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koeneke
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
> Mourning Dove 17
> Black-billed Cuckoo 1
> Chimney Swift 1
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
> Killdeer 3
> Turkey Vulture 4
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker 5
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Least Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Phoebe 7
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 3
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 31
> American Crow 28
> Common Raven 2
> Horned Lark 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
> Tree Swallow 2
> Barn Swallow 22
> Cliff Swallow 22
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> House Wren 5
> Carolina Wren 2
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> Hermit Thrush 1
> Wood Thrush 2
> American Robin 32
> Gray Catbird 13
> Brown Thrasher 1
> European Starling 22
> Cedar Waxwing 13
> Purple Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 18
> Chipping Sparrow 15
> Field Sparrow 7
> Dark-eyed Junco 3
> Song Sparrow 29
> Eastern Towhee 12
> Bobolink 3
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 64
> Brown-headed Cowbird 7
> Common Grackle 8
> Ovenbird 10
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 16
> Hooded Warbler 1
> American Redstart 7
> Northern Parula 2
> Yellow Warbler 4
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 5
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
> Scarlet Tanager 2
> Northern Cardinal 7
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
> Indigo Bunting 16
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57326173
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 6/12/19 5:03 am
From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...>
Subject: Cumberland County nightjars
After three days of strong winds, last night had perfect conditions for
listening to Whip-poor-will and Chuck-wills-widow on top of South
Mountain. Whips were heard continuously along Ridge Road, one mile on
either side of Cold Springs Road often two at a time. The single CWWI
was first heard about a half mile east of Cold Springs Road.

The eastern portion of Ridge Road is very rough and I was glad I had an
SUV. Clear Springs Road is mostly paved on the south side and is
probably the best access from the north. SR233 probably is also a good
access to where WPWI are reported on Ridge Road.

Chuck

Spring Grove, York County
 

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Date: 6/11/19 6:05 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Wild Turkey - York County
For the second day in a row we had a hen turkey at our property. Yesterday she was down by the street eating the grass seed that Met-Ed planted last week when they had to bury a new cable for us. This morning she was up by the house close to the bird feeders. We see her periodically but it has been a month or two so it was fun to have her back.

We also have a male Red-winged Blackbird coming to the feeders which is a bit unusual since there are no ponds or marshes in the immediate neighborhood.

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: 6/11/19 2:53 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: WHITE IBIS, Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

Today at about 1pm I saw an immature WHITE IBIS southwest of Christiana.
It was flying due south approximately 100 feet high as I passed the
intersection of Upper Valley Road and Brick Mill Road. I clearly saw
the reddish decurved bill, white underparts, long red legs extending
beyond the tail, and the blotchy brown and white back. It could have
been heading to a pond which is a short distance south along the east
side of Brick Mill Road. I could not stop to see if it landed. I hope
that someone can relocate it.

Take care,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
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Date: 6/11/19 8:19 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: late news: NFC Whimbrel, Adams, 5/17
Dear all

On the night of 16th/17th May my four summer students and I did a nocturnal
flight call (NFC) recording from Gettysburg College. It was the first I've
tried here, but I have done this several times at my home in MD over the
last 13 months.

We added 13 species to the college species list, which now stands at 176+
(there are likely some historical records that I don't know about).
Highlights included 7 species of shorebird, including Short-billed
Dowitcher and Whimbrel, the latter a first for Adams County (I think).
Other local rarities included a Barn Owl (used to be resident on campus
years ago), Common Nighthawk, a diversity of warblers and a good flight of
thrushes. We recorded 45 species in the one night.

The eBird checklist for 17th with the Whimbrel and dowitchers and other
embedded audio is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56409006

Thanks
--
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
@AndyWGettysburg <https://twitter.com/AndyWGettysburg?lang=en> on Twitter
 

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Date: 6/10/19 7:08 pm
From: Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
This is a really interesting observation although I feel bad about the bluebird.
When I was at Magee Marsh, OH in early May, I observed two Tree Swallows in combat. They were flying against each other in mid-air just a few feet offshore of Lake Erie. They actually fell into the water twice, just for a second each time and rose in the air again each time.  Finally they broke apart from their intense battle.  I have seen them do this in the past but never so intent that they fell into the water.
Mike Fialkovich

Allegheny County


-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Hill <jimhill.jimhill...>
To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Sun, Jun 9, 2019 11:42 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird

This morning a male Eastern Bluebird drowned in our pond defending its nest
box against Tree Swallows. We had been watching him and his mate carry
nesting materials to the box until about two weeks ago, when we no longer
saw the female, who we thought was incubating. He remained very active, and
we grew quite fond of him, as he perched on a limb close to our house with
a moth or fly in his mouth. Meanwhile, a pair of swallows had been showing
increasing interest in the box, which I had originally intended for
swallows, not bluebirds. When I first noticed the attack this morning the
bluebird was atop the box while the swallows strafed him. The fight paused
for a few minutes, then resumed with the bluebird this time taking to the
air in defense. It was knocked to the water, from which it immediately
arose. Both sides retreated for a few moments. As the swallows returned to
the house, the bluebird rushed to its defense. Out of nowhere, two more
swallows appeared. The swallows again knocked the bluebird into the pond,
but this time a swallow mounted it and held it down while the other three
swallows swooped overhead. I yelled to my wife and ran from the house to
stop the drowning, but for all of my clapping and yelling the swallow
completed its task. My wife took to the water and scooped up the bluebird,
which survived only a few more minutes.

--
Jim Hill
Airville area, East Hopewell Township, York County, PA
 

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Date: 6/10/19 6:13 pm
From: Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Allegheny County Ruddy Turnstone
Hi,
There was an ebird report yesterday of a Ruddy Turnstone in Pittsburgh along the Ohio River near the Mr. Rogers Memorial. No details were included so I asked the observer for additional details and they attached photographs of the bird to their ebird list today.
This is the seventh county record I'm aware of. The last record was amazingly at this same location May 25, 2009. What was very likely the same bird was seen along the Allegheny River the same day in 2009.
All other county records are from Imperial: 5/15/2002, August 10 and 20, 2004 and May 22, 2005.
The birds are usually associated with thunderstorms like other unusual shorebirds that appear in the county.

Mike FialkovichPittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 6/10/19 3:01 pm
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Hop Bottom BBS route
Just a few thoughts after reading Glenn's BBS report. I ran my Hop Bottom route that starts in Susquehanna County with the first 10 stops and then goes into Wyoming ending south of Falls PA.
This is my fifth year for me and the amount of noise from fracking pads and traffic from water trucks has increased tremendously. When I was starting at Stop 1 at 5 am, I could hear a low hum. This grew louder until I finally came upon the source at Stop 4, a fracking operation just beyond the barnyard. This used to be a good stop of course in the early morning but yesterday was very frustrating.
We also did some county birding the day before and the roads in that part of the state are horrible. The companies should have been made to repair them. Oh, something new this year in the northern counties, a sign before you get to them saying Construction Entrance!

The other problem was nature and loud streams close to the car. It is hard to say how many species I missed due to this.

The route was established in 1967 and I added two species this year: Red-headed Woodpecker and Pine Warbler. Greg and I monitor RHWO here in Huntingdon county and are very familiar with the shrill Wheer call. No visual but undeniable. I checked eBird later and there are spotty records in the area within 15 to 30 miles.
We have breeding Pine Warblers here on our ridge in Huntingdon county and are familiar with that sweet trill.

66 species and 605 individuals, fairly average numbers for the BBS route in this century. Higher numbers occurred in the previous century.
Also, my numbers of individuals are fairly similar to others recorded this century.
Big misses were Killdeer, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chimney Swift, and Pileated Woodpecker, although these are usually low numbers anyway.
Some of my new high counts were for Song Sparrow 33, Red-eyed Vireo 38, House Wren 20,and Cedar Waxwing tied for 28.

Those that were somewhat lower than average numbers for this CENTURY were Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Eastern Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Yellow Warbler and Song Sparrow.
10 warbler species

One more BBS route in Rothrock (Greg's) this season and my 2 in southeastern Ohio to go. The breeding period is over so fast.


Wood Duck 1
Mallard 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 1
Rock Pigeon 4
Mourning Dove 11
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Alder Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 6
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 5
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 38
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 28
Common Raven 2
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 8
House Wren 20
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Veery 8
Wood Thrush 10
American Robin 60
Gray Catbird 24
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 25
Cedar Waxwing 28
Ovenbird 25
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 17
American Redstart 12
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 21
Chestnut-sided Warbler 7
Pine Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 3
Chipping Sparrow 26
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 33
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 17
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 16
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird 33
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Common Grackle 16
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Baltimore Oriole 4
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 12

--
Deborah Grove
 

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Date: 6/10/19 9:45 am
From: William Young <wayoung04...>
Subject: Chestnut Grove Natural Area (Lancaster County) - 6-8-19
To All Subscribers of The Listserv,

Chestnut Grove is a great location to observe Lancaster avianfauna. This place is used for American Chestnut reintroduction purposes. The property is open to the public, and features such amenities as benches and walking trials. The habitat primarily consists of meadow and shrubby wood edges, as well as a small patch of second growth forest. On June 8th, I birded the property, and found many species, including several surprises. Below is an eBird checklist of my birding excursion.

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Chestnut Grove Natural Area, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US
Jun 8, 2019 2:20 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Weather sunny and warm with a temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit. Some low cumulus clouds moving East. Wind low and steady at 3 mph with gusts of 5 mph occasionally. Humidity at about 62%. Birds were decently active, a few presumed migrants were observed. Perhaps the greatest surprise were the Willow Flycatchers, which are uncommon at this location. The large pond was almost completely full of water, while the nearby smaller one was filled about half way, creating good habitat for waders. This checklist was created in part of the ABA's 2020 Young Birder of The Year Contest, in which I am participating. This is also my 865th checklist and my 297th day of eBird checklist streak.
26 species

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3 All flyovers heading East.
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1 Was first noticed when accidentally flushed. At smaller, more muddy pond. Apparently hunting for frogs, which were abundant at this location.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4 Flyovers. Common at this location.
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 Seen near trail-head, flying. Undulating, heavy flight diagnostic.
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 2 Surprising. Both seen and heard (please see attached recordings and photos). By trail head and large pond Both birds were observed for a period of about wight minutes each.
Xeno Canto XC480289:
https://www.xeno-canto.org/480289
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2 Calling (distant)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 3 Interacting with BASW while flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 22 Throughout. Interacting with each other occasionally.
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 Surprising, as there has been a considerable shortage of this species in recent months.
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 Calling near trail head.
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 Both singing birds.
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1 Adult female.
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 14 Throughout. Calling and singing.
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 3 In shrubby edge habitat.
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 2 An apparent pair in suitable habitat. Interacting with each other.
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 3 All together. Loosely associating with each other.
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 4 All singing birds.
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) 1 A distant, singing male.
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 1 Adult male. Seen well.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 16 Throughout. Signing and calling. Almost equal proportions of male/females.
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 21 Throughout. Sometimes loosely associating with RWBL.
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2 Expected at this location. Both birds were singing males.
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 3 All singing birds. Males at different points throughout.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3 Throughout. Calling.
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1 Singing male.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57232411

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Thank you for your interest. Have a great day!

Good birding,

William Young

eBird profile (must be logged in to view):
https://ebird.org/profile/NTcxNjg1/US
 

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Date: 6/9/19 3:16 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.  American White Pelican  3; June 2; Gull Point, Presque Isle S.P. Little Blue Heron  1; June 2; Gull Point Common Raven  1; June 7; Edinboro Lake Prairie Warbler  1; June 6; Eaton Reservoir Pine Siskin  continuing from May; Edinboro Single Common Loons are still being reported from Eaton Reservoir, Edinboro Lake, and Presque Isle Bay  Jerry McWilliamsErie, Erie County, <Pa.jerrymcw...>  
 

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Date: 6/9/19 3:14 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Mars, Butler county BBS route
We ran the Mars BBS route today. Nothing unusual although this route is fairly difficult in that most of the route is through rapidly developing Butler county so traffic and loss of habitat is of concern. Most of the route is through suburban developments with some scattered farmland still remaining. In fact, we can get upwards of 20-30 vehicles just in the last 2 stops of the route.
Here is our data:

Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 27
Chimney Swift 7
Killdeer 2
Great Blue Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern-wood Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 5
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 18
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 11
Common Raven 1 (new to county!)
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 13
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 12
Carolina Wren 7
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 10
American Robin 62
Gray Catbird 17
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 11
European Starling 35
Cedar Waxwing 10
House Sparrow 21
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 16
Chipping Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 33
Eastern Towhee 8
Bobolink 1
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 4
Red-winged Blackbird 78
Brown-headed Cowbird 9
Common Grackle 16
Ovenbird 1
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Hooded Warbler 4
American Redstart 2
Yellow Warbler 8
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 24
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5
Indigo Bunting 9

Glenn Koppel
Mary Alice Koeneke
 

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Date: 6/9/19 1:06 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
Wow! That must have been horrific to watch. Sad for you and the bluebird. I wonder how often an event like that gets documented.

Take care,

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 9, 2019, at 12:36 PM, Anne Annibali <anneanni...> wrote:
>
> Sad story. A possible solution is back-to-back houses on one post. Middle Creek WMA does this very successfully since neither bird will tolerate another nest of the same species too close.
> Anne Annibali, Mount Gretna, Lebanon County
>
> ________________________________
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Jim Hill <jimhill.jimhill...>
> Sent: Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:41 AM
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
>
> This morning a male Eastern Bluebird drowned in our pond defending its nest
> box against Tree Swallows. We had been watching him and his mate carry
> nesting materials to the box until about two weeks ago, when we no longer
> saw the female, who we thought was incubating. He remained very active, and
> we grew quite fond of him, as he perched on a limb close to our house with
> a moth or fly in his mouth. Meanwhile, a pair of swallows had been showing
> increasing interest in the box, which I had originally intended for
> swallows, not bluebirds. When I first noticed the attack this morning the
> bluebird was atop the box while the swallows strafed him. The fight paused
> for a few minutes, then resumed with the bluebird this time taking to the
> air in defense. It was knocked to the water, from which it immediately
> arose. Both sides retreated for a few moments. As the swallows returned to
> the house, the bluebird rushed to its defense. Out of nowhere, two more
> swallows appeared. The swallows again knocked the bluebird into the pond,
> but this time a swallow mounted it and held it down while the other three
> swallows swooped overhead. I yelled to my wife and ran from the house to
> stop the drowning, but for all of my clapping and yelling the swallow
> completed its task. My wife took to the water and scooped up the bluebird,
> which survived only a few more minutes.
>
> --
> Jim Hill
> Airville area, East Hopewell Township, York County, PA
 

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Date: 6/9/19 11:59 am
From: Daniel Hinnebusch <0000005fca6bddff-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove in Lancaster County
I was surprised to hear a Eurasian Collared-Dove at the last stop of my Breeding Bird Survey route this morning.  The bird was calling in a residential neighborhood on Stumptown Rd about 0.25 mile from Mt. Sidney Rd.
Dan HinnebuschLancaster County
 

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Date: 6/9/19 9:44 am
From: Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Hooded Warbler, Lancaster County
Along Laurel Rd., 0.2 miles east of Fawn Hollow Rd. , I heard a singing Hooded Warbler. It was on, or near a fenced in area built to keep deer from browsing on new growth in the forest. A few years ago, a ground fire went through the area, and now, there is extensive sapling and shrub growth.  The fire destroyed a large striped maple tree that troubled me, but the new growth has apparently encouraged at least one singing Hooded Warbler to check it out. An Ovenbird was also singing, and a Blue Jay calling.

Stanley Stahl 
Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad
 

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Date: 6/9/19 9:36 am
From: Anne Annibali <anneanni...>
Subject: Re: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
Sad story. A possible solution is back-to-back houses on one post. Middle Creek WMA does this very successfully since neither bird will tolerate another nest of the same species too close.
Anne Annibali, Mount Gretna, Lebanon County

________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Jim Hill <jimhill.jimhill...>
Sent: Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:41 AM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird

This morning a male Eastern Bluebird drowned in our pond defending its nest
box against Tree Swallows. We had been watching him and his mate carry
nesting materials to the box until about two weeks ago, when we no longer
saw the female, who we thought was incubating. He remained very active, and
we grew quite fond of him, as he perched on a limb close to our house with
a moth or fly in his mouth. Meanwhile, a pair of swallows had been showing
increasing interest in the box, which I had originally intended for
swallows, not bluebirds. When I first noticed the attack this morning the
bluebird was atop the box while the swallows strafed him. The fight paused
for a few minutes, then resumed with the bluebird this time taking to the
air in defense. It was knocked to the water, from which it immediately
arose. Both sides retreated for a few moments. As the swallows returned to
the house, the bluebird rushed to its defense. Out of nowhere, two more
swallows appeared. The swallows again knocked the bluebird into the pond,
but this time a swallow mounted it and held it down while the other three
swallows swooped overhead. I yelled to my wife and ran from the house to
stop the drowning, but for all of my clapping and yelling the swallow
completed its task. My wife took to the water and scooped up the bluebird,
which survived only a few more minutes.

--
Jim Hill
Airville area, East Hopewell Township, York County, PA
 

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Date: 6/9/19 9:06 am
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Juvenile Peregrine falcons at Tarentum Bridge, Allegheny County
This morning Pat and I checked on the peregrines at the Tarentum Bridge. Two juveniles were on the bridge pier. One was pecking at something, and the other was at first perched on a rail and then ran and flapped its wings, ending up on the upstream edge of the pier edge. It does not look ready to fly. While we looked for Bank swallows at the mouth of Bull Creek (unsuccessful), the second juvenile moved to the downstream edge of the pier. The parents did not appear until after I closed my ebird list. They swooped by, disappearing somewhere on the opposite side of the river.

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 6/9/19 8:42 am
From: Jim Hill <jimhill.jimhill...>
Subject: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
This morning a male Eastern Bluebird drowned in our pond defending its nest
box against Tree Swallows. We had been watching him and his mate carry
nesting materials to the box until about two weeks ago, when we no longer
saw the female, who we thought was incubating. He remained very active, and
we grew quite fond of him, as he perched on a limb close to our house with
a moth or fly in his mouth. Meanwhile, a pair of swallows had been showing
increasing interest in the box, which I had originally intended for
swallows, not bluebirds. When I first noticed the attack this morning the
bluebird was atop the box while the swallows strafed him. The fight paused
for a few minutes, then resumed with the bluebird this time taking to the
air in defense. It was knocked to the water, from which it immediately
arose. Both sides retreated for a few moments. As the swallows returned to
the house, the bluebird rushed to its defense. Out of nowhere, two more
swallows appeared. The swallows again knocked the bluebird into the pond,
but this time a swallow mounted it and held it down while the other three
swallows swooped overhead. I yelled to my wife and ran from the house to
stop the drowning, but for all of my clapping and yelling the swallow
completed its task. My wife took to the water and scooped up the bluebird,
which survived only a few more minutes.

--
Jim Hill
Airville area, East Hopewell Township, York County, PA
 

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Date: 6/8/19 5:37 pm
From: Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Butler County BBS
Hi,
I ran my Butler County Breeding Bird Survey today. The route starts in Chicora and works south to Sarver in the eastern part of the county. It was a cool 54 degrees at the start of the survey with mostly clear skies and light winds.
I was within hearing range of cicadas for just over half of the stops along the route. They were not loud enough to affect my ability to hear the birds.
Highlights:
I had both cuckoos (two of each) this year which was nice; I haven't had a Black-billed for years. I saw a Yellow-billed fly into a tree as I was counting; it began calling and then flew off. Perhaps the abundance of cicadas are drawing them in.
Willow Flycatchers at five stops; the most I ever remember.


Yellow-throated Vireo at three stops. White-eyed Vireo and Warbling Vireo.

Purple Martin - a single bird. I believe I had one in the past but this was a surprise. It's been a long time.

Cedar Waxwings at ten stops.

Warblers: Ovenbirds, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Hooded Warblers, an American Redstart, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, a Blue-winged Warbler and a Black-and-white Warbler at the traditional spot which was a miss last year.

Eastern Meadowlark - one calling at a farm; a species that I don't always find.

Purple Finch - a pair and perhaps a few more. The pair flew off and other birds flew around some evergreens but they were too fast for me to get on them.
I missed Brown Thrasher at the last stop--one appeared after I had finished.

I saw an Opossum crossing the road on the way to the starting point and during the survey I saw a Hairy-tailed Mole running across the road.

Mike Fialkovich

Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 6/8/19 5:15 pm
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Bank Swallow colony at Chapel Harbor, Allegheny County
People have been reporting Bank swallows at Chapel Harbor this spring. This morning we saw a dozen birds flying in and out of chambers in a cut bank on the downstream edge of the mouth of Squaw Run Creek. We also saw a pair of Rough-winged swallows entering a cavity in the same cut bank, and a pair of kingfishers (documented by Todd Hooe) are nesting in a nearby cavity. Photos of the Bank swallows can be seen in my ebird checklist. The link is at the end of the checklist copied below.

Sent from my iPad

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> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: June 8, 2019 at 8:03:22 PM EDT
> To: <Henriciac...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Chapel Harbor, Jun 8, 2019
>
> Chapel Harbor, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, US
> Jun 8, 2019 8:39 AM - 10:09 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.7 mile(s)
> 26 species
>
> Canada Goose 17
> Mallard 3
> Mourning Dove 4
> Chimney Swift 2
> Killdeer 1
> Spotted Sandpiper 1
> Herring Gull (American) 2
> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Blue Jay 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Two repeatedly entered a cavity in upper left side of cut bank.
> Bank Swallow 6 Viewed entering repeatedly several of the cavities in the large cut bank on the downstream side of the mouth of Squaw Run Creek. Field marks of white on chin, which extends around the auriculars; dark band running across breast with vertical and distally tapering stripe extending from midpoint of horizontal stripe towards belly; narrow, long, distally forked tail; and dark brown wings contrasting with lighter brown back. See photos.
> Barn Swallow (American) 3
> Carolina Wren 1
> American Robin 8 One fledgling.
> Gray Catbird 1
> European Starling 1
> House Finch 3
> American Goldfinch 5
> Song Sparrow 4
> Red-winged Blackbird 2
> Common Grackle 5
> Yellow Warbler 1
> House Sparrow 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57198188
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 6/8/19 3:47 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Tripple Link Road, Railroad Bed, Jun 8, 2019
Today we birded one of our favorite locations in Mercer County. Birding was good, butterflying was really good too. With all the rain we have been having, there were lots of large puddles (ponds?) in the trail and lots of mud. A beaver was actually building a dam across the trail. One of the puddles was deep enough to contain large tadpoles, fish and northern water snakes. All in all and interesting day.

Glenn Koppel
Mary Alice Koeneke


>
> Tripple Link Road, Railroad Bed, Mercer, Pennsylvania, US
> Jun 8, 2019 6:40 AM - 12:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.7 mile(s)
> 56 species
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Wood Duck 3
> Ruffed Grouse 1
> Wild Turkey 4
> Mourning Dove 10
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Green Heron 2
> Turkey Vulture 5
> Bald Eagle 2
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Broad-winged Hawk 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
> Acadian Flycatcher 3
> Willow Flycatcher 4
> Eastern Phoebe 4
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> White-eyed Vireo 1
> Yellow-throated Vireo 2
> Blue-headed Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 18
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 6
> Tree Swallow 2
> Barn Swallow 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 7
> Wood Thrush 2
> American Robin 4
> Gray Catbird 11
> American Goldfinch 2
> Dark-eyed Junco 1
> Song Sparrow 15
> Swamp Sparrow 11
> Eastern Towhee 12
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 27
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Common Grackle 2
> Ovenbird 5
> Louisiana Waterthrush 3
> Common Yellowthroat 6
> Hooded Warbler 7
> American Redstart 5
> Magnolia Warbler 2
> Yellow Warbler 10
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
> Black-throated Green Warbler 4
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Indigo Bunting 3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57206865
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 6/8/19 3:09 pm
From: Sally Zaino <szaino...>
Subject: Dauphin co AT
In the last week, we have hiked on the Appalachian Trail twice, starting at the top of Peters Mt at the lot on 225 and going west and back, about 4 miles round trip. Both times we heard Cerulean Warblers calling, on our first hike we were able to see them; on the second, today, they were very vocal but not visible to us. Today’s highlight was a beautiful Rose-breasted Grosbeak Male, who alerted us to his presence with his song, and then appeared in the open for some great views.
Also the usual ovenbirds, pewees, phoebes, tanagers, indigo buntings, house and Carolina wrens, red-eyed vireos and other common birds. We heard quite a number of Black and white warblers, but few other warblers.
Sally and Rich Zaino
Hummelstown
 

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Date: 6/8/19 4:44 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Downtown Pittsburgh peregrine fledglings may need our help
Four peregrine falcon nestlings in Downtown Pittsburgh will fledge in the next week.  Their nest is low -- only 12 stories up -- so one or more usually lands on the street in their first day of flight.  At that point they don't have the wing strength to fly up off the ground so they just stand there. 

If you find a downed peregrine, call the PA Game Commission at 724-238-9523 so they can come rescue the bird and put it up high to start over.  PGC will take the bird to the "rescue porch" (take-off zone) that I arranged with Point Park University Police.
Keep an eye out for any juvenile peregrine on the ground in the coming week (6/8 - 6/15). It is usually in the vicinity of Wood St - Third Ave - Smithfield St - Blvd of Allies -Fourth Ave.  It is easy to find because it attracts a crowd, however most people in the crowd don't know who to call.

More information on their location is here: https://www.birdsoutsidemywindow.org/2019/05/16/peregrine-watchers-needed-downtown-3/
News from Fledge Watch yesterday, 7 June 2019: https://www.birdsoutsidemywindow.org/2019/06/08/june-7-news-from-downtown/



Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org
 

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Date: 6/8/19 1:41 am
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 6/8/2019
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* June 8, 2019
* PAEA1906.08

- Birds mentioned

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
NELSON’S SPARROW (1st Northampton County record)
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
DICKCISSEL
COMMON GALLINULE
BLUE GROSBEAK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
CATTLE EGRET
RED KNOT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
COMMON TERN
ALDER FLYCATCHER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: June 8th 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 .

There will be a beginner’s bird walk at The Ponds at Apple Park on June 8th.
Meet at The Ponds at Apple Park parking lot at 1892 Packhouse Road in
Fogelsville at 8:30 AM. Trip leader will be Chris Hugosson.

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 UPPER MOUNT BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Along National Park Drive:
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/25.

Sightings from LAKE MINSI, Northampton County:
NELSON’S SPARROWS – 2 on 6/1 (1st Northampton County record).

Sightings from BEAR SWAMP, Northampton County:
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH – 1 on 5/25.

Sightings from PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
DICKCISSEL – 1 on 6/1.

Sightings from BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Albert Road ponds:
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER – 1 on 6/1.

Sightings from LOWER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Along Christian Springs Road:
COMMON GALLINULE – 1 to at least 5/20.

Sightings from WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Koch property:
BLUE GROSBEAK – 1 on 6/3 (female).

Sightings from the GREEN POND area, Northampton County:
Ruddy Ducks – 2 on 5/19; 1 on 5/20 and 5/23
Great Egret – 1 from 6/1 to at least 6/3.

Sightings from HOUSENICK PARK, Northampton County:
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/23
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH – 1 on 5/17.

Sightings from MOORE TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – 1 on 5/25 (along E. Best Road)
PHILADELPHIA VIREO – 1 on 5/26
Purple Finch – 1 on 5/26.

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
Buffleheads – 2 on 6/5
Red-breasted Merganser – 1 from 5/21 to 5/24, 5/31, and 6/4
Black-bellied Plover – 1 on 5/23
BLACK TERN – 1 on 5/24.

Sightings from BAKE OVEN KNOB, Lehigh County:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS – 3 on 5/25
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH – 1 on 5/25.

Sightings from UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County:
Along Cetronia Road (across from Air Products):
Buffleheads – 1 from 5/21 to 5/27; 2 from 5/28 to at least 6/3
Hooded Merganser – 1 on 6/3
Semipalmated Sandpipers – 6 on 6/2.

Sightings from RODALE EXPERIMENTAL FARM, Berks County:
DICKCISSEL – 1 from 5/22 to at least 6/7.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
CATTLE EGRET – 1 on 6/2
Black-bellied Plovers – ~250 on 6/1 (fly-by’s)
RED KNOTS – ~30 on 6/1 (fly-by’s)
RUDDY TURNSTONES – ~1100 on 6/1 (fly-by’s)
SANDERLINGS – ~500 on 6/1 (fly-by’s)
Dunlin – ~100 on 6/1 (fly-by’s)
COMMON TERN – 1 on 5/19
Forster’s Tern – 1 on 6/6
Bonaparte’s Gull – 1 on 5/25.
Along Knight Road:
ALDER FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/18.

Sightings from the RIEGELSVILLE area, Bucks County:
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER – 1 from 4/29 to at least 5/20.

Sightings from STATE GAME LANDS 157, Bucks County:
On Haycock Mountain:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS – 2 during this past week.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/25
ALDER FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/25
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER – 1 to at least 6/4
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT – 1 on 5/24.

- End transcript
 

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Date: 6/7/19 4:57 pm
From: Vern Gauthier <verngauthier14...>
Subject: 2019 PSO Annual Meeting Registration
Greetings,
Registration for the PSO Annual Meeting to be held in Williamsport, September 13 through 15, opens on Saturday June 8th.

This link brings you to the registration page - https://pso.ticketspice.com/2019-pennsylvania-society-for-ornithology-annual-meeting

This link to the PSO Page which gives more info and a link to the registration page - https://pabirds.org/index.php/annual-meeting

Or you can register by mail with forms available in the June PSO Pileated.

Best,
Vern Gauthier
PSO Board
 

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Date: 6/7/19 12:56 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Ducks - Crawford Co.
This afternoon I was at the Linesville Fish Hatchery and in the back at the
spit there were two American Black Ducks and a drake Blue-winged Teal

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/7/19 8:23 am
From: Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler, Lancaster County
At Safe Harbor this morning, I heard 1 singing Yellow-throated Warbler, and 1 singing Prothonotary Warbler. I drove to the mouth of the Conestoga River where it flows into the Susquehanna River. There, an Osprey was flying around and calling.


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Date: 6/7/19 8:02 am
From: Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Clarks Ferry Bridge Dauphin Co peregrine falcons
PABirders,

Update on the falcons at Clarks Ferry Bridge Dauphin Co. all 4 have fledged
from the under piers.

Sandy Lockerman

Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.


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Date: 6/6/19 5:53 pm
From: Dan Richards <00000132f63ed96f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Ruffed Grouse, Elk Co.
In my lifetime I never expected Ruffed Grouse to be an unexpected bird in north central Pennsylvania, but alas, it is, thanks to West Nile virus and dwindling habitat. Today I was fortunate to see a pair along the Medix Grade in Elk County.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 6/6/19 2:44 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: The Killdeer Saga, Part 2
Hi PA birders, I just published part 2 of the Killdeer Saga
<http://birdpartner.com/2019/06/06/a-killdeer-story-part-two/>. And a saga
it has been. The piece includes a number of interesting photos and what I
hope will be some useful bird photography advice. Thanks so much for
reading. I'd appreciate your feedback!
<http://birdpartner.com/2019/06/06/a-killdeer-story-part-two/>
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
 

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Date: 6/6/19 1:22 pm
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Broad Mountain BBS route in Huntingdon and MIfflin counties
Hi
I ran my Broad Mountain BBS route this morning. Started at the intersection of Rag Hollow Rd and 305 at GReenwood Furnace
State Park. The route goes up the mountain and down to Alan Seeger and then down Stone Creek Rd to Cooper's Gap road where it meanders in Rothrock Forest before coming back to Stone Creek Rd east of Penn Roosevelt SP. Elevation from 918 to 2250 but most over 1100 feet.
This is one of three BBS routes that are in Rothrock State Forest and the 26th year it has been run, my 13th.
Very good day for a count. Warm, no wind until a breeze at the end, only one vehicle a small motorbike. But, very noisy streams.

Because the habitat is nearly 100% wooded, the number of species is low. This year's total species, 52, is one below the record and 9 above the average of 43. Three new species were recorded: Canada Goose (2 flew over), Prairie Warbler (with logging going on there will probably be more in the future) and Blue-winged Warbler which surprised both Greg and I. The song was very clear but was in an area that was not very open.
Found 17 warbler species. Occasionally we have had a Magnolia but not this year.
This was the first time in running this route that American Robin was not recorded. Average is 6. No feral species, European Starling, House Sparrow, and Rock Pigeon. Rock Pigeon has only been recorded once. Another big miss was White-breasted Nuthatch. High counts for
Acadian Flycatcher (12), Wood Thrush(20), Ovenbird(66), Black-and-White Warbler(13), Hooded Warbler (tied the record, 26), Blackburnian (10), and Eastern Towhee (54). Low counts for American Crow (3), Veery (13), Common Yellowthroat (12), American Redstart (8), Black-throated Green Warbler (7), and Scarlet Tanager (15).
Noteworthy: Red-eyed Vireo = 55, record is 73.


Turkey Vulture 1
Canada Goose 2
Mourning Dove 1
Eastern Whip-poor-will 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 11
Acadian Flycatcher 19
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Blue-headed Vireo 6
Red-eyed Vireo 55
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Winter Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Veery 13
Hermit Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 20
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 5
Ovenbird 66
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 4
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 13
Prairie Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 12
Hooded Warbler 26
American Redstart 8
Cerulean Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Blackburnian Warbler 10
Chestnut-sided Warbler 11
Black-throated Blue Warbler 11
(Myrtle Warbler) Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 7
Canada Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 54
Chipping Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 1
(Slate-colored Junco) Dark-eyed Junco 1
Scarlet Tanager 15
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
American Goldfinch 2

--
Deborah Grove
 

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Date: 6/6/19 6:19 am
From: Denise Donmoyer <nightowl57...>
Subject: Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co.
Sweet Arrow Lake 5/5/19



Saw Whet Owl

Eagle

Ovenbird

Red-eyed Vireo

Woodthrush

Veery

Great Crested Flycatcher

E. Wood Pee Wee

E. kingbird

Oriole

Bluebird

Red-tailed hawk

Pileated Woodpecker

Hummingbird





Denise Donmoyer

Sweet Arrow Lake

Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.

<nightowl57...>




 

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Date: 6/5/19 1:06 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: 2019 cerulean warbler survey along Lower Trail (Blair, Huntingdon counties)
I completed my early June three-morning (June 1,4,5) walking survey for
singing male cerulean warblers along the Lower Trail in Blair and
Huntingdon counties. This is a 16.2 mi rails-to-trails along the Frankstown
Branch of the Juniata River - Williamsburg is the largest town it passes.

My first survey, in 1998, was part of Cornell's cerulean warbler atlas
project and covered the northern 11 miles of the trail, which has since
extended. I repeated in 2001, and in recent years over the full trail. As
the below table of singing males shows, my recent counts are as high or
higher than in the early years, so numbers are holding steady or even
increasing. This year's tally was the highest.

Year

Cerulean Warblers (11 mi)

Cerulean Warblers (16.2 mi)

1998

36



2001

43



2015

44

51

2016

55

65

2017

50

61

2018

39

54

2019

61

72

This is one of PA's most accessible high-quality riparian corridors and
early morning bird song is very dense. There were few mosquitoes this week,
but soon there will likely be more (and then a good reason to ride a bike).

Nick Bolgiano
State College
 

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Date: 6/5/19 12:57 pm
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 4 June 2019
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE06.04.19

Highlights:
WHIP-POOR-WILL (Washington County)
FRANKLIN'S GULL (Crawford County)
BLACK TERN (Erie County)
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Erie County)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Erie County)
BLACK VULTURE (Indiana County)
ALDER FLYCATCHER
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
CLIFF SWALLOW
VEERY
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Erie County)
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
MOURNING WARBLER (Crawford County)

Contributors: Dan Cunkelman, Karyn Delaney, Michael Fialkovich, Jerry McWilliams, Mark Vass, Kendall Zook.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 through Tuesday, 4 June 2019

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NOTE: BROAD-WINGED HAWK continues to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At Imperial on 5/30, ALDER FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, PRAIRIE WARBLER (MF).


BUTLER COUNTY:

At Moraine State Park on 6/2, sightings included 3 PURPLE MARTINS, 1 CLIFF SWALLOW (KD).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

Along Rundelltown Road on 5/30, sightings included 4 MOURNING WARBLERS, ALDER FLYCATCHER, VEERIES (KZ).

On 5/31 at Pymatuning State Park, 1 FRANKLIN'S GULL (MV).


ERIE COUNTY:

On 5/30 at Presque Isle State Park, 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW; on 6/1, 2 BLACK TERNS; on 6/2, 3 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, 1 LITTLE BLUE HERON (JM).


INDIANA COUNTY:

On 6/2 in Conemaugh Township, 2 BLACK VULTURES (DC).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 6/3 at Hillman State Park, 7 WHIP-POOR-WILLS, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, PRAIRIE WARBLERS, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (RT).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

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Date: 6/4/19 1:47 pm
From: Hayley Kile <pezolut...>
Subject: Neighborhood Nestwatch Open Invite - Wilkinsburg/Churchill Area in Pittsburgh
Hi All,

Bob Mulvihill and likely an intern or assistant will be bagging and tagging
target birds for Neighborhood Nestwatch at our house in the 15221 area on
Sunday, June 9th from dawn until about 11. We have a covered porch, light
food, coffee and tea. Feel free to reach out if you would like to stop by
and observe and hold/release a bird! Just reply to this email for
directions.

Hayley and Jennifer
 

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Date: 6/4/19 8:52 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: Re: Washington County - The Whips Continue at Hillman
This is great to hear, I definitely want to make the time and get up there!

Amy

________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Sent: Monday, June 3, 2019 11:03 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Washington County - The Whips Continue at Hillman

For those who haven't gone out to Five Points Road at Hillman State Park for whip-poor-wills, you definitely need to take the time and do it. Michele Mannella and I went there this evening and were serenaded by a total of seven birds, plus a woodcock kept flying over in the twilight, making a few noises but nothing else. We saw one whip fly over to a new perch, but nothing like 10 days ago. However, they were close, and one was singing super-fast.

We also had Pine Warbler again, Red-breasted Nuthatch, plenty of Ovenbirds, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Prairie Warblers, Blue-winged Warbler, Willow Flycatchers, White-eyed Vireos and more. 42 species between 7:09 and 9:41. COLD, too!

More audio will accompany my eBird checklist when I get around to it.

Cheers,

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 6/4/19 8:50 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 28 May 2019
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE05.28.19

Highlights:
WHIP-POOR-WILL (Washington County)
WHIMBREL (Erie and Washington Counties)
STILT SANDPIPER (Lawrence County)
RED KNOT (Erie County)
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (Allegheny County)
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Forest County)
BOBOLINK
WILSON'S WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (Erie County)
CONNECTICUT WARBLER (Erie County)

Contributors: Karyn Delaney, John Flannigan, Todd Hooe, Jerry McWilliams, Robert Mulvihill, Kim Springer, Jerry Stanley, Ryan Tomazin, Daniel Weeks.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 through Tuesday, 28 May 2019

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NOTE: COMMON NIGHTHAWKS continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

In Chapel Harbor on 5/25 and 5/26, COMMON GALLINULE (reported to MVas; TH).

On 5/27 in Pleasant Hills, 1 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (RM).


BEAVER COUNTY:

In Economy Borough on 5/22, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (KD).


BUTLER COUNTY:

On 5/25 in Allegheny Township, 1 BOBOLINK (DW).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle State Park on 5/23, 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, 7 WHIMBRELS, 1+ CONNECTICUT WARBLERS; on 5/25, 5 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, 10 RED KNOTS, 1 PROTHONOTARY WARBLER; also this week, 1-4 SANDHILL CRANES (JM).


FOREST COUNTY:

This week near Tionesta, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (KS).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

On 5/26 at the Shaner Road marsh, 1 STILT SANDPIPER (reported to MVas).


VENANGO COUNTY:

Near Franklin on 5/25, 1 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS (JS).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

In Bentleyville on 5/23, 2 flyover WHIMBRELS (JF).

On 5/24 at Hillman State Park, sightings included 3 PRAIRIE WARBLERS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, PINE WARBLER, 9 WHIP-POOR-WILLS, 3-4 AMERICAN WOODCOCK (RT).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.
 

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Date: 6/4/19 8:32 am
From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...>
Subject: Question - Hairy Woodpecker behavior - Clearfield County
For the last couple of weeks, a Hairy Woodpecker has been clinging to the
side of my house and taps around my kitchen window on many days. I can see
its cute head! This mostly happens around 6:00 - 6:30 A.M., BEFORE I get
outside to put the sunflower heart and suet feeders out. I also put
sunflower hearts and white millet on the ground. Surely it is not trying to
tell me that it is ready for breakfast...is it??? Maybe it is just a
coincidence that it is tapping before the feeders go out.....I am curious to
know why.

In addition to eating suet, hairy woodpeckers peck sunflower hearts out of
my 1/4" screen big sunflower feeders and pick seeds up out of the tray.

My house is set far back from the main road, so I cannot see what is going
on down there. A neighbor recently told me that a woodpecker, which I assume
was a Hairy from his description, has also been clinging to and tapping on
different metal road signs.

All of the above tapping has been slow and random and NOT rapid drumming.

Thanks for any insights.

Marianne Atkinson
Clearfield County near DuBois




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Date: 6/4/19 7:50 am
From: Rob Blye <rwblye...>
Subject: Re: Blue grosbeak, etc., Koch property, Northampton County
Nice, Arlene, to read what is in your yard. We just spent the weekend with
our daughter and family near Green Pond. We took the 6- and 9-yr olds
birding. They had a ball. The little girl even brought a note book and took
notes!

*Rob*

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


On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 7:11 PM DAVID KOCH <
<0000012d74227426-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Tonight, Monday the 3rd, a female blue grosbeak appeared on the mulberry
> tree in the yard. I assume it was eating the not-yet-ripe berries. Both
> willow and least flycatchers have occasionally visited the front yard for
> nesting material, as have several Baltimore oriole females. A fish crow is
> visiting a jelly feeder for orioles out front and a male Baltimore
> immediately comes in and begins peaking it on the head. I've heard and seen
> orchard orioles in the fields but don't know where they're nesting.
> Rose-breasted grosbeaks are, as usual, at the sunflower feeders off and on
> every day. Two adult male ruby-throated hummingbirds are around, every so
> often fighting over a feeder even though I have 12 out. Of course most of
> them don't get visited right now, but they will in a few weeks when females
> and young begin appearing. Only seldom right now do I see a female. But
> the salvias (16 different kinds), cupheas (3 kinds), porterweeds, and
> everblooming honeysuckles are ready for them. Chickadees excavated a hole
> in a 4-ft stump in the back yard and they're nesting there. They look like
> Carolinas, but I know better than to call them anything but chickadee
> species. At least two tufted titmice pairs are nesting nearby, as are
> several white-breasted nuthatches. Everything else is normal -- indigo
> buntings, field sparrows, lots of song sparrows, chipping sparrows, all the
> expected woodpeckers, etc. Cedar waxwings visit the big walnut tree in the
> yard every night - some special insect in it I suppose. And there are lots
> of blue jays in and out of the yard all day, especially in the morning for
> peanuts we throw out. .
> Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
>
 

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Date: 6/4/19 5:59 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: June eBird Challenge, devices for using eBird Mobile, trip planning
Thanks, Chuck!

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 Jun 4, 2019, at 6:56 AM, Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> wrote:
>
> This month’s Challenge is to use the breeding bird behavior codes in our checklists. June is the peak breeding season in the northern hemisphere. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 20eligible checklists containing at least one breeding behavior.
>
> Not on eBird Mobile because you don’t have a smartphone? While you need a smartphone or tablet you don’t need a data plan. When my daughter gave me her old phone I initially began using it for apps that took too muchmemory on my main phone. Now I have the eBird Mobile and other birding apps as wellon that old phone it helpssave the battery of my main phone. A smartphone without a data plan can work very well for making offline checklists and the GPS will still track your path. If you are at a new location start with the Create Offline Checklist, unless you already have a Recent Checklist to use which avoids having to use the full world-wide taxonomy. Submit the checklist with WiFi or your phone’s mobile hotspot. Complete instructions can be found in the Help tab at ebird.org “Using eBird Mobile Offline” where you can learn how to prepare the app with checklists from the places you plan to visit.
>
> Planning a trip? You will probably take your binoculars as well in order to see birds that you don’t normally see. A great way to prepare is by reviewing photographs and sounds of birds taken by others for the area and date you specify. eBird has developed a photo quiz which uses photographs and recordings from the Macaulay Library. Much of that media is collected from user checklists. Many of the media are pretty good and easy to discern, some are admittedly impossible to identify. Try out the quiz before you go to the next new area! Find it near the bottom of the Explore Page.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Chuck Berthoud, York
 

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Date: 6/4/19 5:03 am
From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...>
Subject: Great Crested Flycatchers - Clearfield County
This morning while putting out my bird feeders, I heard a couple of Great
Crested Flycatchers. This is the first time that I have heard them this
spring. They breed on my property every year.

Marianne Atkinson
Clearfield County near DuBois




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Date: 6/4/19 4:47 am
From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...>
Subject: Alder Flycatcher - new yard bird - Clearfield County
On June 2, I heard an Alder Flycatcher below my house, which is a new yard
bird for me. It is swampy and shrubby in that area.

I live a couple of miles from the City of DuBois and have about 100 acres. I
am so lucky that my property has a variety of habitats, making birding from
my house very convenient. I have fields, shrubby/swampy areas, shrub edges
and woods. I can visit all of these habitats in a few minutes by going for a
short walk.

Marianne Atkinson
Clearfield County near DuBois



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Date: 6/4/19 3:56 am
From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...>
Subject: June eBird Challenge, devices for using eBird Mobile, trip planning
This month’s Challenge is to use the breeding bird behavior codes in our
checklists. June is the peak breeding season in the northern hemisphere.
The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least
20eligible checklists containing at least one breeding behavior.

Not on eBird Mobile because you don’t have a smartphone? While you need
a smartphone or tablet you don’t need a data plan. When my daughter gave
me her old phone I initially began using it for apps that took too
muchmemory on my main phone. Now I have the eBird Mobile and other
birding apps as wellon that old phone it helpssave the battery of my
main phone. A smartphone without a data plan can work very well for
making offline checklists and the GPS will still track your path. If you
are at a new location start with the Create Offline Checklist, unless
you already have a Recent Checklist to use which avoids having to use
the full world-wide taxonomy. Submit the checklist with WiFi or your
phone’s mobile hotspot. Complete instructions can be found in the Help
tab at ebird.org “Using eBird Mobile Offline” where you can learn how to
prepare the app with checklists from the places you plan to visit.

Planning a trip? You will probably take your binoculars as well in order
to see birds that you don’t normally see. A great way to prepare is by
reviewing photographs and sounds of birds taken by others for the area
and date you specify. eBird has developed a photo quiz which uses
photographs and recordings from the Macaulay Library. Much of that media
is collected from user checklists. Many of the media are pretty good and
easy to discern, some are admittedly impossible to identify. Try out the
quiz before you go to the next new area! Find it near the bottom of the
Explore Page.

Good Birding,

Chuck Berthoud, York
 

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Date: 6/3/19 8:04 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Washington County - The Whips Continue at Hillman
For those who haven't gone out to Five Points Road at Hillman State Park for whip-poor-wills, you definitely need to take the time and do it. Michele Mannella and I went there this evening and were serenaded by a total of seven birds, plus a woodcock kept flying over in the twilight, making a few noises but nothing else. We saw one whip fly over to a new perch, but nothing like 10 days ago. However, they were close, and one was singing super-fast.

We also had Pine Warbler again, Red-breasted Nuthatch, plenty of Ovenbirds, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Prairie Warblers, Blue-winged Warbler, Willow Flycatchers, White-eyed Vireos and more. 42 species between 7:09 and 9:41. COLD, too!

More audio will accompany my eBird checklist when I get around to it.

Cheers,

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 6/3/19 4:11 pm
From: DAVID KOCH <0000012d74227426-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Blue grosbeak, etc., Koch property, Northampton County
Tonight, Monday the 3rd, a female blue grosbeak appeared on the mulberry tree in the yard.  I assume it was eating the not-yet-ripe berries.  Both willow and least flycatchers have occasionally visited the front yard for nesting material, as have several Baltimore oriole females. A fish crow is visiting a jelly feeder for orioles out front and a male Baltimore immediately comes in and begins peaking it on the head. I've heard and seen orchard orioles in the fields but don't know where they're nesting. Rose-breasted grosbeaks are, as usual, at the sunflower feeders off and on every day.  Two adult male ruby-throated hummingbirds are around, every so often fighting over a feeder even though I have 12 out.  Of course most of them don't get visited right now, but they will in a few weeks when females and young begin appearing. Only seldom right now do I see a female.  But the salvias (16 different kinds), cupheas (3 kinds), porterweeds, and everblooming honeysuckles are ready for them. Chickadees excavated a hole in a 4-ft stump in the back yard and they're nesting there. They look like Carolinas, but I know better than to call them anything but chickadee species. At least two tufted titmice pairs are nesting nearby, as are several white-breasted nuthatches. Everything else is normal -- indigo buntings, field sparrows, lots of song sparrows, chipping sparrows, all the expected woodpeckers, etc.  Cedar waxwings visit the big walnut tree in the yard every night - some special insect in it I suppose.  And there are lots of blue jays in and out of the yard all day, especially in the morning for peanuts we throw out. .  
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
 

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Date: 6/3/19 1:50 pm
From: Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Clarks Ferry Bridge-Dauphin Co Falcons
PABirders,

The peregrine falcons on the Clarks Ferry Bridge on the Susquehanna River
about Harrisburg are beginning to fledge. 2 of the 4 were seen sitting on a
EastBound9 South pier and 2 more are still on EastBound 9 pier South
yesterday. Thanks to Ed Chubb and Scott and Steph Bills for helping us out
with the Falcon Watch.

Sandy and Gary Lockerman

Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.


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Date: 6/2/19 7:13 pm
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine State Park, North Country Trail & Butterfly Trail at McDanel's Boat Launch, Jun 2, 2019
Subject: eBird Report - Moraine State Park, North Country Trail & Butterfly
Trail at McDanel's Boat Launch, Jun 2, 2019


Walked the North Country and Butterfly Trails this afternoon. The
Blue-winged Warbler is back on its breeding territory near the bridge over
Muddy Creek. And the Chestnut-sided Warbler was seen in the same area as
it was on May 3, on the trail behind the picnic pavilion at the McDanel's
parking area. Complete list below.
Karyn Delaney

Moraine State Park, North Country Trail & Butterfly Trail at McDanel's Boat
Launch, Butler, Pennsylvania, US
Jun 2, 2019 12:52 PM - 3:52 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
37 species

Mallard 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2 1 at nest, 1 flying with fish
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 10
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 3
Purple Martin 3
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 3
Cliff Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 4
Carolina Wren 3
Eastern Bluebird 3
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 7
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 11
Eastern Towhee 6 male & female together, remainder heard
Baltimore Oriole 3
Blue-winged Warbler 1 male
Common Yellowthroat 8
Hooded Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 5
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 In same area as seen on May 3.
Northern Cardinal 10
Indigo Bunting 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57018437

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

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Date: 6/2/19 7:06 pm
From: Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...>
Subject: Cattle Egret, Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
Hello PA Birders,

I was thrilled to see a lifer Cattle Egret this evening at the Church Rd
area of Green Lane Reservoir. It was a fairly quick flyby, but it appeared
to land at Walt Rd.

Hopefully with approaching NW winds the bird will stay overnight. It could
be at the Walt Rd day use area or even the adjacent high school ball fields.

More details are in my eBird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57015931

A few lingering Bank Swallows were nice, too.

Good birding,
Paul Heveran
 

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Date: 6/2/19 4:11 pm
From: Dan Cunkelman <dancunkelman...>
Subject: Indiana County unusuals
I stopped at MacDonalds in Blairsville (Burrell Twp, Indiana Co) this morning and observed 2 juvenile Ring-billed Gulls in the parking lot. Seems a bit late for migration, but the Conemaugh River Lake is high due to all the rain. They were in the driving lane at the lower end. I watched a car trying to get past them and they refused to move. I think they were waiting the driver to pay a toll of French fries.

On the way home from Indiana this evening, I observed 2 Black Vultures feasting on road-fried groundhog. This was on Barclay Road, Conemaugh Twp, Indiana Co, about a mile from my house. BV’s are rare for us. One flew up and displayed the underside white wing patches. The other stayed to protect the meal. The black skin around the head and smaller size (compared to TV) were obvious identifiers.

Dan Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp, Indiana Co

Sent from Dan Cunkelman's iPhone
 

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Date: 6/2/19 4:00 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County birds of note
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Presque Isle S.P., Pa.  American White Pelican  3; June 2; Gull Point Little Blue Heron  1 imm.; June 2; Gull Point Laughing Gull  1; May 27; Gull Point Black Tern  2; June 1; Gull Point                   1; June 2; Gull Point Clay-colored Sparrow  1; May 30; Fry's landing  Jerry McWilliamsErie, Erie County, <Pa.jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 6/2/19 3:44 pm
From: Paul Heveran <birdmeister.paul...>
Subject: Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery County: 3,000+ shorebirds last night, Ring-necked Duck this morning
Hello PA Birders,

I had a very exciting, but also frustrating, evening at Church Rd last
night. I got there too late for the low shorebirds in good light, but I
still managed to see about 1,500 pass overhead and/or far out. I was able
to identify one group (250 or so) as Black-bellied Plovers. The rest were
so high up that they looked more like migrating Snow Goose flocks at times,
but with hundreds of tiny dots instead of a line of larger dots!

Here is my eBird checklist with details:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56978988

Jason Horn's checklist has a lot of different birds and more general
details: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56988678


This morning I was surprised by a drake Ring-necked Duck at Walt Rd.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56989442


Good birding,
Paul Heveran
 

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Date: 6/2/19 2:33 pm
From: linda & bill franz <00000021c311e447-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Ravens, Cumberland County
Fairly confident I just observed a pair of recently fledgedRavens.  Both were constantly squawkingfor several minutes in the top of a long line of tall trees.  One was visible and had its head tilted up andsquawking through its wide-open beak - just like a young bird would be doing inthe nest.  The raucous session was endedby an adult that flew above the duo and led them away to a distant field.

Bill Franz / Newville
 

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Date: 6/2/19 4:43 am
From: August Mirabella <am4birds1...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) - (5/26 - 6/1)
All,
Reports were light with 70 species total.
1 Common Loon 5/28 & 5/29
1 Common Raven 5/27 & 5/31
1 Prothonotary Warbler all week.

Thanks to all who reported their sightings. My posts will be sporadic going
forward for the summer unless something unusual shows up.

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA
 

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Date: 6/1/19 3:24 am
From: Holly <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Dickcissel - Berks county
Hello John, and PABirders,
To clarify what John is referring to regarding the search for Dickcissel not appearing on the maps, or other data outputs in eBird, here's what's happening:
When a species that is rare for a region, or out of date ranges for what we expect, the observation entered into eBird is flagged for review. This means, the observation was trapped by filters designed to catch them, and requires supporting documentation: photo or audio recording, or supportive field notes that describes the bird and rules out other similar species easily confused with the one reported. 
When a flagged species is submitted, it gets loaded into a "review queue" which is managed by a regional eBird reviewer, or in some cases, several reviewer's review queues. The record will be "pending" review (sort of like being in limbo) until it is manually analyzed by an eBird reviewer, and vetted for the database. 
Most people are aware that eBird reviewers are volunteers, and are tasked with tedious reviewing, and, in addition, responsibilities that involve filter tweaking, communication with both eBirders and other reviewers, reviewing of fluid data and date ranges in eBird to better understand our changing bird distributions, and, the actually process of reviewing a single record. As you can probably imagine, this can be time consuming, and, many of us have multiple counties in Pennsylvania to oversee data for. During the months of migration, our review queues back up with piles of records needing to be reviewed. April and May, not to mention August- October, are our heaviest contribution months, and we reviewers have lots of work to do to keep up! 
While we, too, would love to have our records vetted quickly, and work off our volunteer plates, I can speak to all of our PA reviewers and say that we are all avid birders, and are also out there enjoying migration and contributing to the database. Hence, our free time is very limited and our reviewing gets a little boggled down. Additionally, most of us our employed, have families, and other personal obligations/responsibilities (and many other volunteer obligations!) so time is already limited. 
So, please bear with us when you don't see your records in eBird being vetted quickly, especially during migration months. We will get to them. Here in PA, we have a great eBird review team, all of whom include volunteers who are generously donating volumes of their personal time to maintain a regional database. 
Your contributions to eBird are valuable, and we take each one seriously. Immediacy in review would be a great thing for eBirders hoping to understand where birds are, but in the big picture, a short delay in review will not impact what eBird was designed for, and that is avian conservation science, and a greater understanding of bird distributions.
Happy birding, 
Holly MerkereBird Pennsylvania, State CoordinatorChester County, Pennsylvania (temporarily working in Maine, with a piled up review queue!)



-----Original Message-----
From: John Good <00000101cb5f2433-dmarc-request...>
To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Thu, May 30, 2019 5:58 pm
Subject: [PABIRDS] Dickcissel - Berks county

I listened to (for quite an enjoyable long time) and photographed a singing
male Dickcissel on Kunkle Road, Berks county today (5/30). GPS=40.5480,
-075.7144. Observation (with photo) will probably appear in the eBird "PA
rare bird alert" email tomorrow, but undoubtedly will not show up in a
general search on eBird for Dickcissel in PA, current year. Go figure. If
you search hotspot=Rodale Experimental Farm, you can find the documentation.



John Good

Lehigh Co.
 

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Date: 5/31/19 10:48 am
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Golden-winged Warbler Survey
Finished my second Golden-winged Warbler survey on State Game Lands 121 near Joller strip mines in Southern Huntingdon county. This is part of the Broad Top Coal Mine area and was originally strip-mined. Found 6 Golden-wings (visuals on 5) at 4 of the 5 sites I had to survey (1700-1800 feet in elevation).
Probably 2 to 3 more between sites. Also had other species (Towhee, Field Sparrow, Prairie Warbler) expected for this type of habitat, much like power line ROW except no destruction by herbicides. Lots of flowering plants and butterflies. Also heard one Chat.

--
Deborah Grove
 

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Date: 5/31/19 10:26 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Franklin's Gull - Crawford Co.
There is a Franklin's Gull at Pymatuning State Park Espyville Marina...the
bird is on the break wall with a flock of Ring-bills

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 5/31/19 5:17 am
From: Rob Blye <rwblye...>
Subject: Re: morning birdwalk in Crawford Co.
I agree with Jerry. Nice job, Kendall.

On Thu, May 30, 2019, 7:25 PM jerry Kruth <
<00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Kendall, what an absolutely enchanting rendition! You took my own eyes
> on your walk, thanks. I opine Crawford County is packed with great birding
> places, and the Troyer land surely adds another jewel in the crown.
> i posted this publicly to encourage others to take us on their trips
> rather than just a list!
> Jerry KruthPgh; been in Costa Rica, but love home
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...>
> To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
> Sent: Thu, May 30, 2019 10:48 am
> Subject: [PABIRDS] morning birdwalk in Crawford Co.
>
> I birded some beautiful habitat with Andy Troyer this morning. We birded
> his
> 95 acres along Rundelltown Rd. We kicked off the morning with a great bird
> -
> a Mourning Warbler singing in the ravine right behind his house! I love
> their song - such a rich, full "jirry, jirry, jirry, jorry, jorry." The
> Mourning Warbler was a target bird today. The logging that happened several
> years ago left prime habitat for Mourning Warblers. Throughout the morning
> we had another 3 Mourning Warblers, all on territory. "Our morning for
> Mournings!" Andy said.
>
>
>
> The woods is thick. We passed through new thickets of aspen with an alder
> flycatcher calling "re-BEAT" and Chesnut-sided Warblers calling all around,
> through open meadows with Blue-winged Warbler buzzing, and into more mature
> woods with the ever-present Hooded Warbler.
>
>
>
> At the back of the property, we hit gorgeous habitat. Old hemlock woods -
> dark, cool, and quiet. Dark pools of water and a few prostrate and
> moss-covered hemlock trunks. And the dark evergreen canopy overhead.
> Personally, this is my favorite Pennsylvania woods habitat. I never tire of
> Eastern Hemlock forests, and hope to see them stay much longer. Part of the
> enchantment of this special habitat is the special species you find there.
> And we found them. We heard the high sweet song of the Blue-headed Vireo,
> the "zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee" of the Black-throated Green Warbler, and of
> course
> Veeries and Wood Thrushes. Then we heard one of the highlights. Not too far
> away came the Hermit Thrush's haunting, beautiful song in a minor key. Wow!
> That was the first one, and the second one came a little further along.
> Finding two singing Hermit Thrushes on May 30 in Crawford Co., is a
> highlight to me, hands down.
>
> On our way back, we passed a tree with a Fisher nest in it. No Fishers
> around today, but Andy's family has seen two babies and one adult. That's
> exciting, as Fishers are a recent arrival in Crawford Co. We reached the
> car
> just as rain began to sprits. In an hour and a half we reached 63 species
> with 11 species of warblers. A wonderful bird walk to end May.
>
>
>
> Kendall Zook
>
> Crawford Co.
>
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>
>
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Date: 5/30/19 5:14 pm
From: John Good <00000101cb5f2433-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Dickcissel - Berks county
Thanks Barry - I believe you are 100% correct on this! I enjoy sharing on eBird, and really appreciate when information is disseminated in a timely manner. Maybe eBird is not the right choice for that. Because I use that resource (eBird species search) extensively, I just wish that some of the observations (especially when well documented with photos/recordings) were more accessible to the general birding public, in a less-delayed time frame.

Thanks,
John Good
Lehigh County

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From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:<PABIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Barry Blust
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:11 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Dickcissel - Berks county

John,
I’m responding to the list since others may find this information useful as well.

I am no ebird expert but I believe I can explain why the search you describe fails to show your Dickcissel report. It was likely flagged as a rare bird when you entered it and thus requires a reviewer to confirm that the identification is correct. Although ebird “Rare bird alerts“ will show these unconfirmed reports (with a caveat at the top indicating that some of them may not be confirmed) they will not show up on searches in eBird until they are confirmed.

If I have misspoken I ask that somebody who knows eBird better than I do please correct me.

Barry E. Blust
(from iPad)
Glenmoore, PA
Chester County

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."

-- John Muir


> On May 30, 2019, at 5:55 PM, John Good <00000101cb5f2433-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I listened to (for quite an enjoyable long time) and photographed a
> singing male Dickcissel on Kunkle Road, Berks county today (5/30).
> GPS=40.5480, -075.7144. Observation (with photo) will probably appear
> in the eBird "PA rare bird alert" email tomorrow, but undoubtedly will
> not show up in a general search on eBird for Dickcissel in PA, current
> year. Go figure. If you search hotspot=Rodale Experimental Farm, you can find the documentation.
>
>
>
> John Good
>
> Lehigh Co.
 

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Date: 5/30/19 4:25 pm
From: jerry Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: morning birdwalk in Crawford Co.
Kendall, what an absolutely enchanting rendition!  You took my own eyes on your walk, thanks.  I opine Crawford County is packed with great birding places, and the Troyer land surely adds another jewel in the crown.
i posted this publicly to encourage others to take us on their trips rather than just a list!
Jerry KruthPgh; been in Costa Rica, but love home


-----Original Message-----
From: Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...>
To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Thu, May 30, 2019 10:48 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] morning birdwalk in Crawford Co.

I birded some beautiful habitat with Andy Troyer this morning. We birded his
95 acres along Rundelltown Rd. We kicked off the morning with a great bird -
a Mourning Warbler singing in the ravine right behind his house! I love
their song - such a rich, full "jirry, jirry, jirry, jorry, jorry."  The
Mourning Warbler was a target bird today. The logging that happened several
years ago left prime habitat for Mourning Warblers. Throughout the morning
we had another 3 Mourning Warblers, all on territory. "Our morning for
Mournings!" Andy said.



The woods is thick. We passed through new thickets of aspen with an alder
flycatcher calling "re-BEAT" and Chesnut-sided Warblers calling all around,
through open meadows with Blue-winged Warbler buzzing, and into more mature
woods with the ever-present Hooded Warbler.



At the back of the property, we hit gorgeous habitat. Old hemlock woods -
dark, cool, and quiet. Dark pools of water and a few prostrate and
moss-covered hemlock trunks. And the dark evergreen canopy overhead.
Personally, this is my favorite Pennsylvania woods habitat. I never tire of
Eastern Hemlock forests, and hope to see them stay much longer. Part of the
enchantment of this special habitat is the special species you find there.
And we found them. We heard the high sweet song of the Blue-headed Vireo,
the "zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee" of the Black-throated Green Warbler, and of course
Veeries and Wood Thrushes. Then we heard one of the highlights. Not too far
away came the Hermit Thrush's haunting, beautiful song in a minor key. Wow!
That was the first one, and the second one came a little further along.
Finding two singing Hermit Thrushes on May 30 in Crawford Co., is a
highlight to me, hands down.

On our way back, we passed a tree with a Fisher nest in it. No Fishers
around today, but Andy's family has seen two babies and one adult. That's
exciting, as Fishers are a recent arrival in Crawford Co. We reached the car
just as rain began to sprits. In an hour and a half we reached 63 species
with 11 species of warblers. A wonderful bird walk to end May.



Kendall Zook

Crawford Co.



 






 

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Date: 5/30/19 4:11 pm
From: Barry Blust <barryblust...>
Subject: Re: Dickcissel - Berks county
John,
I’m responding to the list since others may find this information useful as well.

I am no ebird expert but I believe I can explain why the search you describe fails to show your Dickcissel report. It was likely flagged as a rare bird when you entered it and thus requires a reviewer to confirm that the identification is correct. Although ebird “Rare bird alerts“ will show these unconfirmed reports (with a caveat at the top indicating that some of them may not be confirmed) they will not show up on searches in eBird until they are confirmed.

If I have misspoken I ask that somebody who knows eBird better than I do please correct me.

Barry E. Blust
(from iPad)
Glenmoore, PA
Chester County

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."

-- John Muir


> On May 30, 2019, at 5:55 PM, John Good <00000101cb5f2433-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I listened to (for quite an enjoyable long time) and photographed a singing
> male Dickcissel on Kunkle Road, Berks county today (5/30). GPS=40.5480,
> -075.7144. Observation (with photo) will probably appear in the eBird "PA
> rare bird alert" email tomorrow, but undoubtedly will not show up in a
> general search on eBird for Dickcissel in PA, current year. Go figure. If
> you search hotspot=Rodale Experimental Farm, you can find the documentation.
>
>
>
> John Good
>
> Lehigh Co.
 

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Date: 5/30/19 2:58 pm
From: John Good <00000101cb5f2433-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Dickcissel - Berks county
I listened to (for quite an enjoyable long time) and photographed a singing
male Dickcissel on Kunkle Road, Berks county today (5/30). GPS=40.5480,
-075.7144. Observation (with photo) will probably appear in the eBird "PA
rare bird alert" email tomorrow, but undoubtedly will not show up in a
general search on eBird for Dickcissel in PA, current year. Go figure. If
you search hotspot=Rodale Experimental Farm, you can find the documentation.



John Good

Lehigh Co.
 

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Date: 5/30/19 2:13 pm
From: Michael Fialkovich <0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Allegheny County--Alder Flycatcher
Hi,
I had a singing Alder Flycatcher at Imperial today.  It was along King Road not far from the intersection with Country Hollow Road. Coming from Bald Knob it was on the right side of the road, at a point where there are two blank wooden signs on poles.  It was calling out in the brush and wasn't very loud.  I also heard a Yellow-breasted Chat and a Prairie Warbler in the area.  
Alder Flycatchers are rare migrants here and I think this is the third or fourth record from Imperial.  I have to look it up to be certain.
Access to King Road has changed.  Now from the stop sign at the main pond, instead of turning left you need to go straight.  Part of the road is paved and part is a temporary gravel road.  Every time I go out there these days, something new is torn apart.
Sorry for the late post, my internet was down since yesterday and I just got back online late this afternoon.
Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 5/30/19 10:08 am
From: Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...>
Subject: morning birdwalk in Crawford Co.
I birded some beautiful habitat with Andy Troyer this morning. We birded his
95 acres along Rundelltown Rd. We kicked off the morning with a great bird -
a Mourning Warbler singing in the ravine right behind his house! I love
their song - such a rich, full "jirry, jirry, jirry, jorry, jorry." The
Mourning Warbler was a target bird today. The logging that happened several
years ago left prime habitat for Mourning Warblers. Throughout the morning
we had another 3 Mourning Warblers, all on territory. "Our morning for
Mournings!" Andy said.



The woods is thick. We passed through new thickets of aspen with an alder
flycatcher calling "re-BEAT" and Chesnut-sided Warblers calling all around,
through open meadows with Blue-winged Warbler buzzing, and into more mature
woods with the ever-present Hooded Warbler.



At the back of the property, we hit gorgeous habitat. Old hemlock woods -
dark, cool, and quiet. Dark pools of water and a few prostrate and
moss-covered hemlock trunks. And the dark evergreen canopy overhead.
Personally, this is my favorite Pennsylvania woods habitat. I never tire of
Eastern Hemlock forests, and hope to see them stay much longer. Part of the
enchantment of this special habitat is the special species you find there.
And we found them. We heard the high sweet song of the Blue-headed Vireo,
the "zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee" of the Black-throated Green Warbler, and of course
Veeries and Wood Thrushes. Then we heard one of the highlights. Not too far
away came the Hermit Thrush's haunting, beautiful song in a minor key. Wow!
That was the first one, and the second one came a little further along.
Finding two singing Hermit Thrushes on May 30 in Crawford Co., is a
highlight to me, hands down.

On our way back, we passed a tree with a Fisher nest in it. No Fishers
around today, but Andy's family has seen two babies and one adult. That's
exciting, as Fishers are a recent arrival in Crawford Co. We reached the car
just as rain began to sprits. In an hour and a half we reached 63 species
with 11 species of warblers. A wonderful bird walk to end May.



Kendall Zook

Crawford Co.










 

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Date: 5/29/19 6:23 pm
From: Denise Donmoyer <nightowl57...>
Subject: Sweet Arrow Lake . Schuylkill Co.
Sweet Arrow Lake - 5/29/19



Eagle with 2 eaglets

Towhee

E. Kingbird

Tree Swallow

Pileated Woodpecker

Ovenbird

E. Wood Pee Wee

Double-crested Cormorant

Green Heron

Woodthrush

Veery

Oriole

Cedar Waxwing

Great Crested Flycatcher

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Hummingbird





Denise Donmoyer

Sweet Arrow Lake

Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.

<nightowl57...>












 

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Date: 5/27/19 6:39 pm
From: E-mail <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Dickcissel, Loganton, Clinton Co., 5/27
A Dickcissel was reported coming to a feeder today at the residence of Jesse Kaufman at Kaufman Lane. It is a Loganton address, however it is actually located in the adjacent hamlet of Eastville.


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

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Date: 5/27/19 6:05 pm
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon...>
Subject: Harrisburg's Peregrine Falcons near fledging - volunteers needed
The peregrine falcons on the Rachel Carson State Office Building in
Harrisburg have produced four chicks this year: one female and 3 males. At
one month of age, the chicks are very nearly ready to fledge. Historically
at this site, male chicks fledge between 38-40 days after hatch and females
fledge between 40-44 days after hatch. The Falcon Watch and Rescue will be
starting on Saturday, June 1 and continue until all four chicks are flying
proficiently and landing safely on nearby rooftops, probably 3 or 4 days
after the last chick fledges.

Urban nesting offers a number of advantages to peregrine falcons in terms
of safety from predators, but it also presents the young falcons with a
number of deadly hazards they would not face in a totally natural
environment. In most cases, when an urban fledgling runs into trouble,
having a fledge watch in place means the young bird can be rescued and
given a second chance to master flight skills, or if injured, it can
receive the necessary care and rehabilitation to make future return to the
wild possible. Since 2000, the year falcons first hatched on the Rachel
Carson Building, 66 chicks have fledged from the 15th floor ledge, and 40
of them have required rescue, many of them more than once. In its 20 year
history, Harrisburg's Falcon Watch and Rescue has performed 60 rescues.
Our presence during the most dangerous week of a falcon's life dramatically
increases its chances of surviving.

The Falcon Watch and Rescue is in need of volunteers to assure adequate
coverage during all daylight hours (5:30 AM to 9 PM) during the fledging
period. If you are in the area and interested in being a part of Falcon
Watch and Rescue between June 1-10, or know anyone who might be, please
contact me at <Hbgfalconwatch...>
.

Thanks!

Sue Hannon
Grantville
Dauphin County, PA
 

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Date: 5/27/19 3:01 pm
From: Heather Jacoby <greybeh...>
Subject: Pittsburgh Strip District - Killdeer
I was shopping on Saturday afternoon in the Strip District when I heard
calls of a killdeer. I looked toward the direction of the calls for a
mimicking starling but instead caught sight of a flying bird that I expect
was actually a killdeer. I had more of an "impression" than sighting but I
did see longer legs, the longer (not stubby) tail... and a bird of the
proper size and shape.

These birds hold a fond memory for me because I used to see them in the
cemetery in Johnstown, PA (Richland Cemetery) when I was growing up.

--
Heather Jacoby
<greybeh...>
Pittsburgh, PA
Allegheny County
 

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Date: 5/27/19 2:39 pm
From: Robert Mulvihill <robert.mulvihill...>
Subject: Gray-cheeked Thrush, Allegheny County (Pleasant Hills backyard)
Was bird watching from our kitchen window (looking down onto our driveway)
looking at a Song Sparrow feeding not one but two baby cowbirds when a
fourth bird poking around under the rear bumper of Pam's car caught my
wife's and my attention. I had to move quickly to get my binoculars from
the living room, but I did so in time to get back and take a great look in
very good light at a second year (still showing many juvenal wing coverts
with the characteristic light buffy "teardrops") Gray-cheeked Thrush--a new
yard bird for us, and a very memorable Memorial Day bird!

Robert S. Mulvihill
Pleasant Hills
 

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Date: 5/27/19 8:54 am
From: Denise Donmoyer <nightowl57...>
Subject: Re: Swatara Creek Birds - Dauphin County
Ian
As a member of the Swatara Watershed Association, former manager of their boat rental at Black's Bridge Rd. and an avid birder I have done this trip many times during their yearly Sojourn and birded along the way. This is a great and wonderfully descriptive report. Isn't the Swatara a beautiful ride? I hope more people will take this trip and enjoy it. The upper part of the Swatara from pine Grove to Lickdale is great for birding too as it travels many miles through the mostly undeveloped Swatara State Park. Further down, if you start at the very nice launch at Jonestown, is also cool. You pass Blue Rock along the way. Great birding the entire length of the creek.


Denise Donmoyer
Sweet Arrow Lake
Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.
<nightowl57...>



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From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:<PABIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Jady
Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2019 2:41 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Swatara Creek Birds - Dauphin County

I really enjoyed your description of your kayak trip, Ian. We have also enjoyed birding by kayak, as it seems you are able to get closer to wildlife while on the water. Thanks for sharing it!
I have a question for you or any others who are good birders by ear.... Have you ever heard or seen a Swainson’s Thrush in the south central PA area? I am in extreme northern York County and twice this past week, I felt like I was listening to the ever-upward-spiraling song of this elusive thrush. It did not match with any of the other thrushes or the veery. We recently saw and heard them in Kentucky and Ohio, otherwise I would have been ignorant of the song. Living in mature woods, I know I have little chance of spotting the bird with the current leaf cover. Looking for either confirmation that this is a possibility or suggestions for what I may be confusing it with. Thanks in advance...
Jady Conroy

> On May 26, 2019, at 9:17 AM, Ian Gardner <gardnie07...> wrote:
>
> Yesterday afternoon, my girlfriend Jess and I took a double kayak down
> the Swatara Creek from Pine Rd to Sand Beach Rd. It started out as
> cloudy and cool, but eventually opened up to a clear warm day, warm
> enough to leave my knees the color of a male House Finch’s head.
> Kayaking gives me a different perspective because I feel more
> connected to nature and animals are less likely to flee as quickly as when I’m walking. We share the same current.
> The time of year has an impact on what I see as well. May 25th means
> I’ll hear many local breeding birds, some just setting up territories
> and others with fledglings, and a few lingering migrants as well. The
> leaves are out on all the trees. Hickories and Walnuts are just about done blooming.
> Silver Maples and Box Elders are setting seeds. And Northern Catalpas
> haven’t started blooming yet, but their long split seed pods are still
> hanging from last year.
>
> We started out at Pine Rd, adjacent to an active Blad Eagle nest that
> has been occupied for several years now. One adult flew right over the
> creek as we put in our kayak. That also gave us Baltimore Oriole and
> American Crow as both were in active pursuit in order to defend their
> nearby nests. Gray Catbirds, Northern Cardinals, Red-eyed and Warbling
> Vireos, Song Sparrows, American Robins, and Common Grackles were
> ubiquitous throughout the riparian corridor. As we settled in to the
> landscape we could see toll the heavy spring rains left on the stream
> banks. After 4-6 days of clear skies the water level dropped at least
> a foot and the tree roots looked like knuckles of hands clinging to
> the soil and rocks to prevent them from washing away. We passed a few
> adult Mallards and a family group of Wood Ducks with hatchlings in
> tow. One great highlight was a mother Hooded Merganser with 7 chicks
> weaving in and out of those exposed tree roots. The further we
> traveled, the more songs started popping out. American Redstarts sang
> in choirs, rarely solo. More of a call and response. Louisiana
> Waterthrushes released a few clear whistles followed by a jumble that
> reminds me of several notes bouncing off rocks as they drop over a
> waterfall. Eastern Wood-pewees and Wood Thrushes let their soothing
> songs drift out from the forest pockets and a migrant Blackpoll
> Warbler let loose its high-pitched staccato number. At our second
> island split we took the lesser channel and ended up in the shade of
> several surprisingly lush Eastern Hemlocks. Not much further we were
> serenedaded by the tinkling and melodious song of a Winter Wren, most
> likely convinced to stay by the Hemlocks and a tumbling spring. They
> typically breed further north or west in steep wooded valleys that
> prominently feature narrow rushing streams. In between his songs we
> could also hear a Yellow-throated Warbler with a descending series of
> notes that rises at the very end. We rounded a turn that swept along a
> high steep mud bank and suddenly Northern Rough-winged Swallows darted
> out from their burrows. A Belted Kingfisher, likely another occupant
> of the bank, chattered from the far shore. Once out of the side
> channel and into the main current the sun finally came out and the
> stream broadened. Painted and Map Turtles were out sunning themselves
> on exposed rocks, logs, and vine tangles. As we paddled closer to an
> exposed Map Turtle to see its swirling topographic and namesake skin
> pattern, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo sallied out from a grape vine that
> latched itself in the canopy of a Sycamore. Another cuckoo sang about
> half a mile further down the stream. And every so often we would flush
> a Spotted Sandpiper from the bank and watch it flit low across the
> water with its wings barely lifting above its body. Before we knew it
> we were at the boat take out point near Sand Beach Rd. There’s a Great
> Blue Heron and Great Egret rookery just downstream that has hosted Red-headed Woodpeckers and Prothonotary Warblers in the recently lifeless Ash Trees. Another trip for another day.
>
> Full ebird checklist:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56724463
>
> Ian Gardner,
> Harrisburg, PA
 

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Date: 5/27/19 3:44 am
From: August Mirabella <am4birds1...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) - Bucks Co. (5/19 - 5/25)
All,
The reported species totaled 78. Early morning bird song is the main
highlight right now.
Wood Duck-one family with ~7 little ones 5/25
1 Hooded Merganser 5/22-5/25 photo - 1st year male
Spotted Sandpiper all week - high report 2 5/22 & 5/24
2 Ring-billed Gulls - 5/21
1 Common Loon 5/19 photo
Double-crested Cormorant-high report 17 5/24
Osprey through 5/25 -high report 2 5/20 & 5/22
2 Belted Kingfisher 5/25
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 5/25
1 Alder Flycatcher 5/25 - audio recording
Cedar Waxwing-increasing numbers-high report 17 5/25
10 warbler species:
Ovenbird, Blue-winged Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler -summer
residents
1 N. Waterthrush 5/20
1 Prothonory Warbler - male 5/21 - 5/25 hopefully a mate will appear.
American Redstart through 5/25
Blackpoll Warbler through 5/25
1 Prairie Warbler 5/25
Canada Warbler through 5/25
1 Yellow-breasted Chat 5/24
1 Scarlet Tanager-5/25
Rose-breasted Grosbeak-high report 5 5/22 & 5/25 -summer resident
1 Indigo Bunting 5/21-summer resident

Thanks to all who reported their sightings.

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA
 

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