PABIRDS
Received From Subject
1/19/18 6:07 pm Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...> Clarion Co- WRS- northern shrike, rough-leg, snow buntings and longspur
1/19/18 4:10 pm Sam Gutherie <000000f9755bef14-dmarc-request...> Worthington Armstrong county
1/19/18 3:42 pm Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux...> Re: Ross's Geese and more, Lancaster county
1/19/18 3:33 pm Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...> Forgot one, Lancaster county
1/19/18 3:30 pm Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...> Ross's Geese and more, Lancaster county
1/19/18 3:21 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Ducks - Crawford Co.
1/19/18 12:28 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Southwest Lancaster County WRS, 19 January 2018
1/19/18 9:43 am michael schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request...> Rough-legged hawk, Northampton County
1/19/18 7:57 am Carole Borek <0000009336f2e4ff-dmarc-request...> Northern Pintail Duck, Allegheny Co
1/19/18 7:45 am Paul Blank <paulblank...> Juvenile Golden Eagle, Eden area, Lancaster County PA
1/18/18 5:16 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: Eastern Bluebirds, Southern Lancaster County
1/18/18 5:13 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Horned Larks - Shippensburg
1/18/18 4:27 pm Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul...> Western tanager, Bucks Co.
1/18/18 3:30 pm Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux...> DauphinCo: Peregrine, Gambel's WCSP
1/18/18 1:26 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Eastern Bluebirds, Southern Lancaster County
1/18/18 11:14 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 15 January 2018
1/18/18 9:44 am Jan Reinhardt <CarolinaWren318...> flicker
1/18/18 8:25 am Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Lapland Longspur - Armstrong County
1/18/18 6:06 am Daniel Weeks <daniel.e.weeks...> eBird -- Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
1/17/18 4:48 pm LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...> Re: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday January 23rd, 2018
1/17/18 4:12 pm DAVID KOCH <davilene...> Fox sparrows, Koch property, Northampton County
1/17/18 2:02 pm Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...> Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jan 17, 2018
1/17/18 3:51 am Mark Johnson <luckybirder...> Southern Potter Co. WRS
1/16/18 1:31 pm Eli DePaulis <elidepaulis1...> Green-winged Teal at Trout Run Nature Preserve, Cumberland CO
1/16/18 11:43 am David McNaughton <dkmcnaughton...> WRS Lebanon/Dauphin Route (443 to 325 to Gold Mine Road)
1/16/18 10:41 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: Thank you
1/16/18 3:29 am Erin Ranson <erin.ranson...> Thank you
1/15/18 4:06 pm DAVID KOCH <davilene...> Sparrows, etc., Koch property, Northampton County
1/15/18 2:17 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Long-tailed Duck, Southern Lancaster County
1/15/18 2:14 pm Heveran . <hheveran...> Rough-legged Hawk continues, Church Rd, Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
1/15/18 2:07 pm Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Peregrine Falcon, Hulton Bridge, Harmar Township, Allegheny County
1/15/18 1:20 pm Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Re: CBC question
1/15/18 12:48 pm Russ States <pelagics202...> CBC question
1/15/18 10:31 am David Neimeyer <neimeyer...> Bald Eagle (Lehigh Co. - Haafsville)
1/15/18 10:05 am Robert VanNewkirk <van126...> Mourning Doves Galore - Allegheny County
1/15/18 9:51 am Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> Re: Sharpsburg Marina--destroyed
1/15/18 9:21 am Peter Robinson <pabirder...> Last Call For 2017 List Numbers, Bird of the Year Vote, Comments
1/15/18 8:33 am Sameer Apte <sameerapte1...> Sharpsburg Marina--destroyed
1/15/18 6:36 am michael schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request...> Greater White-fronted Goose, Lehigh Co
1/14/18 12:51 pm Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Rusty blackbird, Schenley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
1/14/18 12:46 pm <foandla...> <foandla...> Monroe county WRS
1/14/18 10:19 am Dave Brooke <davbrooke...> Rough-legged Hawk- Armstrong Co
1/14/18 10:14 am <joe...> <joe...> Ash-throated refound at Green Lane Montgomery
1/14/18 9:45 am August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Peace Valley Park (IBA) - (1/7 -1/13), etc.
1/14/18 3:26 am Rich Rehrig <000000fa147293ff-dmarc-request...> RFI - Banded Ross's Goose
1/13/18 6:26 pm Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 1/13/2018
1/13/18 2:53 pm Dave Kruel <dkruel300...> Re: on wildlife law and research techniques: response to Chris Grecco
1/13/18 2:31 pm A. Liebner <000000d98121eaef-dmarc-request...> Am. Goldfinch increase in numbers Wayne TWP. Schuylkill Co. PA
1/13/18 1:26 pm Herbert Flavell <herb1013...> birds
1/13/18 12:16 pm Nanette Talbot <talbot.nanette...> Purple finches
1/13/18 12:00 pm Moses Martin <kaboommals...> Pine Warbler Montour County
1/13/18 11:45 am Cheryl Abel <0000008b6c2ed4a5-dmarc-request...> pine siskin, Beaver County
1/13/18 11:35 am Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Allegheny Co. Ring-billed Gull
1/13/18 11:21 am Sam Gutherie <000000f9755bef14-dmarc-request...> Feeders
1/13/18 9:42 am Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...> Pine Siskin & RW Blackbird - Clearfield County
1/13/18 9:12 am John & Brenda Weyant <jbweyant...> Siskins and purple finches - Forest County
1/13/18 7:51 am Erin Ranson <erin.ranson...> Berks county snowy owl
1/13/18 7:07 am Mark Johnson <luckybirder...> Siskins! Cameron County
1/13/18 1:47 am Grant Stevenson <pahawkowl...> continuing the legal thread: Scott is right
1/12/18 8:59 pm Herbert Flavell <herb1013...> Re: on wildlife law and research techniques: response to Chris Grecco
1/12/18 7:23 pm Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul...> Re: on wildlife law and research techniques: response to Chris Grecco
1/12/18 6:52 pm Grant Stevenson <pahawkowl...> on wildlife law and research techniques: response to Chris Grecco
1/12/18 2:35 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Com. Goldeneyes - Beaver Co.
1/12/18 10:34 am Dave Brooke <davbrooke...> Peregrine Allegheny Co
1/12/18 8:03 am PSO <PSO...> Big Day definition clarification
1/12/18 6:08 am Franklin Haas <fhaasbirds...> RFI: Big Day Totals
1/11/18 4:27 pm Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> Sixteen Harriers at Pennsylvania Furnace Rd. (Huntingdon Co.)
1/11/18 9:47 am Donna Collett <dcollett57...> Hermit Thrush Beaver cty
1/11/18 8:45 am Dan Richards <drichards7...> Northern Shrike, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harrier, Clearfield Co.
1/11/18 7:44 am Chris Grecco <chris.grecco65...> Winter Roost Boxes.
1/11/18 7:13 am J Pat Valentik <jettpakk...> Re: winter bird boxes question
1/11/18 6:00 am Michael Barcaskey <mikebarcaskey...> Re: winter bird boxes question
1/10/18 10:35 pm Grant Stevenson <pahawkowl...> winter bird boxes question
1/10/18 6:40 pm Amy Langman <birdgyrl...> Re: Snow Geese, Berks/Lehigh Co.
1/10/18 6:39 pm Russ States <pelagics202...> Re: PISP; Erie County; 01/09/2018
1/10/18 4:25 pm Vern Gauthier <verngauthier14...> Short-eared Owls Cumberland County
1/10/18 1:55 pm Heveran . <hheveran...> Snow Geese, Berks/Lehigh Co.
1/10/18 1:26 pm bill drolsbaugh <00000046cda72c3b-dmarc-request...> Cabin Fever Sunday outing Mercer/Lawrence Co
1/10/18 11:30 am Dave DeReamus <becard...> Dickcissel, Northampton County
1/10/18 7:55 am Richard Nugent <rmnugent...> Snowy Owl; Crawford County; 01/09/2018
1/10/18 7:38 am Richard Nugent <rmnugent...> PISP; Erie County; 01/09/2018
1/10/18 5:28 am Lisa Dziuban <dziubanlisa...> Bluebirds Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co.
1/9/18 6:10 pm Glenn Rutan <glenn.rutan...> Sandhill Cranes, Cumberland Cty
1/9/18 3:27 pm Dave Leibert <xdave...> Re: Berks Snowy post
1/9/18 3:00 pm Dave Leibert <xdave...> Berks Snowy
1/9/18 12:54 pm Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...> Bald eagle (Indiana co)
1/9/18 11:45 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 8 January 2018
1/8/18 7:28 pm LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...> Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday January 23rd, 2018
1/8/18 5:18 pm Russ States <pelagics202...> Crawford
1/8/18 1:54 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Re: Cackling Geese in Southern Lancaster County
1/8/18 12:12 pm Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> Re: Request for Info: Corn Crake Jan 2016
1/8/18 12:08 pm Bob Schutsky <info...> Cackling Geese in Southern Lancaster County
1/8/18 11:51 am David Long <dblong2007...> Re: Request for Info: Corn Crake Jan 2016
1/8/18 11:33 am Robert DeCandido <rdcny...> Request for Info: Corn Crake Jan 2016
1/8/18 11:10 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 1 January 2018
1/8/18 9:35 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> RFI: Birding in Newfoundland
1/8/18 5:39 am Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...> Ross' Geese - Weir Lake (Monroe)
1/7/18 9:00 pm Kevin Dougherty <quid789...> Waterfowl, Lehigh River, Lehigh County
1/7/18 6:29 pm Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> Lancaster - GREAT CORMORANTS Chestnut Grove Natural Area
1/7/18 5:57 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> snowy owls, waterfowl, berks
1/7/18 3:21 pm Herbert Flavell <herb1013...> Re: On Bird Feeding, 1/7
1/7/18 2:21 pm Grant Stevenson <pahawkowl...> On Bird Feeding, 1/7
1/7/18 2:03 pm Linda Rowan <lrowan1...> Re: Fox Sparrows Levittown Bucks County
1/7/18 1:56 pm August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Peace Valley Park (IBA) Bucks Co. (12/31-1/6)
1/7/18 1:45 pm Linda Rowan <lrowan1...> Fox Sparrows Levittown Bucks County
1/7/18 9:20 am john flannigan <rublzrme...> Fox sparrow-Allegheny county
1/7/18 9:06 am Bruce and Sherri Carl <000000e695e98431-dmarc-request...> Lititz CBC 12/31/2017- Middle Creek Section Final Tally
1/6/18 2:41 pm Aidan Place <aidanjplace...> White-winged Scoter -- Bell Harbour, Allegheny County
1/6/18 12:35 pm DAVID KOCH <davilene...> Harris's sparrow comments, from A Koch
1/6/18 12:05 pm Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Possible Sapsucker Hybrid - Allegheny County
1/6/18 11:47 am Tom Dougherty <tomdoc...> Re: Harris' Sparrow - Yes
1/6/18 11:31 am John Baird <jbaird...> Re: Harris' Sparrow - Yes
1/6/18 11:28 am Barry Blust <BarryBlust...> Re: Brown Creeper at my feeders
1/6/18 10:38 am Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...> Harris' Sparrow - Yes
1/6/18 10:23 am Sam Gutherie <000000f9755bef14-dmarc-request...> Rough legged hawk
1/6/18 9:52 am Mike Epler <jmepler...> 2 Rough-legged Hawks, Chestnut Grove Natural Area, Lancaster County
1/6/18 9:46 am Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request...> Brown Creeper at my feeders
1/6/18 8:18 am Steve Gosser <sgosser72...> Allegheny River L&D #4 Brackenridge
1/6/18 5:22 am PSO <PSO...> PA Official List
1/6/18 4:50 am R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> Re: Question re. Counting Black-backed Oriole On 2017 Lists Reports
1/5/18 11:41 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Update on hawk - York County
1/5/18 9:30 pm Dave DeReamus <becard...> Re: Question re. Counting Black-backed Oriole On 2017 Lists Reports
1/5/18 8:35 pm Peter Robinson <pabirder...> Question re. Counting Black-backed Oriole On 2017 Lists Reports
1/5/18 2:34 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> E. Towhee - Beaver Co.
1/5/18 1:20 pm Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...> Any Updates on Bucks Harris' Sparrow?
1/5/18 1:14 pm Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...> The Nashville is back, Lancaster county
1/5/18 12:57 pm Jason Weller <fishingdude20...> Northumberland County - Bald Eagles
1/5/18 8:40 am Bettina Heffner <BettinaHef...> Lanc. Co. Bird Club Mtg - Thurs., 1/11/18 at 7 pm
1/5/18 7:15 am Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> Re: Please Send 2017 List Numbers, Bird of the Year Vote, Comments
1/5/18 5:45 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Centre County - Fwd: Re: Snowy owl Tusseyville rd
1/4/18 8:34 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/4/18 7:32 pm Peter Robinson <pabirder...> Please Send 2017 List Numbers, Bird of the Year Vote, Comments
1/4/18 6:31 pm Scott Kinzey <0000007977429723-dmarc-request...> Tundra Swans over Allegheny County
1/4/18 2:54 pm Dave Leibert <xdave...> Story about Little Doggy and Big Eagle , Carbon County
1/4/18 2:42 pm Dave Leibert <xdave...> Re: Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project
1/4/18 2:08 pm Herbert Flavell <herb1013...> Re: Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project
1/4/18 1:57 pm Herbert Flavell <herb1013...> Re: Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project
1/4/18 1:19 pm Katie Andrews <katieandrews79...> Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project
1/4/18 1:18 pm Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Butler CBC
1/4/18 12:28 pm Matt Sabatine <0000002b37537baa-dmarc-request...> Re: poor behavior, conservation, etc.
1/4/18 12:13 pm PSO <PSO...> PA Rehabilitators
1/4/18 12:09 pm Richard Nugent <rmnugent...> Tundra Swans; Allegheny County; 01/04/2018
1/4/18 11:12 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Raptor rehab
1/4/18 8:58 am Marge Vantassel <marvantassel...> Rough-legged Hawks in Worthington (Armstrong County)
1/4/18 8:43 am Linda Widdop <linda...> DVOC meeting cancelled due to snow conditions
1/4/18 8:41 am reeser <reeser...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/4/18 8:21 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 25 December 2017 (two weeks)
1/4/18 8:19 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Hawk rehabbers
1/4/18 7:57 am Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Pine Siskin - Allegheny County
1/4/18 7:40 am Rob Blye <rwblye...> Re: poor behavior, conservation, etc., etc.
1/4/18 6:49 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: poor behavior, conservation, etc., etc.
1/4/18 6:28 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Goldeneye's, Duck Hollow, Allegheny
1/4/18 6:20 am Georgia Kagle <jazzy523...> Sapsucker York Co
1/4/18 5:46 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Re: poor behavior, conservation, etc., etc.
1/4/18 5:33 am Billy Weber <robot.stories...> poor behavior, conservation, etc., etc.
1/4/18 4:00 am Michael Barcaskey <mikebarcaskey...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/3/18 10:06 pm Dave Kruel <dkruel300...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/3/18 12:58 pm john flannigan <rublzrme...> Long-tailed Duck-Allegheny county
1/3/18 8:33 am Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County Snow Owls continue
1/3/18 8:30 am PSO <PSO...> Latest Issue of Pennsylvania Birds
1/3/18 7:56 am Lee Wells <lwells4...> bad photographers
1/3/18 6:51 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/3/18 6:14 am TED WEAVER <tedspix...> Fwd: Re: [PABIRDS] Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/3/18 5:51 am Nanette Talbot <talbot.nanette...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/3/18 4:47 am Paul Blank <paulblank...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/3/18 1:49 am Dave DeReamus <becard...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/2/18 10:21 pm Chris Blazo <000000a22b6b5249-dmarc-request...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/2/18 5:48 pm Devich Farbotnik <000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/2/18 5:42 pm Dan Altif <00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request...> Reason?
1/2/18 3:58 pm Russ Ruffing <ruff2...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/2/18 3:47 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County 2017 waterbird count summary
1/2/18 3:43 pm Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/2/18 3:30 pm Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Fwd: Snowy Owl-Mercer
1/2/18 3:29 pm Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Fwd: Rough-Legged Hawks
1/2/18 2:41 pm Katrina Knight <kknight...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/2/18 2:36 pm ACP <rook185...> Re: Lapland Longspurs and Snow Bunting, Musser School Rd, Gordonville, Lancaster County
1/2/18 2:17 pm ACP <rook185...> Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/2/18 1:17 pm Devich Farbotnik <000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...> Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
1/2/18 10:35 am Diane Allison <dalliso...> Harris's Sparrow- Bucks County
1/2/18 8:56 am Aidan Place <aidanjplace...> Waterfowl -- Allegheny County Rivers
1/2/18 8:41 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (31 Dec 2017) 16 Raptors
1/2/18 8:36 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Hermit thrush on New Years Day, Allegheny
1/2/18 7:27 am Dean Newhouse <dean.newhouse...> Supermoon Owl in York County
1/2/18 6:50 am Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County waterbird count for Jan. 2, 2017
1/2/18 6:20 am Lisa & Adam Doughty <000000f886397706-dmarc-request...> Re: Lapland Longspurs and Snow Bunting, Musser School Rd, Gordonville, Lancaster County
1/1/18 5:42 pm Russ States <pelagics202...> Pleasantville CBC
1/1/18 4:44 pm Flo McGuire <fmcguire1...> Rough-legged Hawk, Forest Co.
1/1/18 3:42 pm Lee Wells <lwells4...> Breneman Quarry, Berks County
1/1/18 3:24 pm john flannigan <rublzrme...> Waterfowl-Allegheny county
1/1/18 3:03 pm DAVID KOCH <davilene...> Roughleg, Berks County
1/1/18 1:40 pm Mike Epler <jmepler...> Rough-legged Hawk, Chestnut Grove Natural Area, Lancaster County
1/1/18 1:34 pm Mike Epler <jmepler...> Lapland Longspurs and Snow Bunting, Musser School Rd, Gordonville, Lancaster County
1/1/18 12:25 pm Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> Re: RFI -Western Tanager
1/1/18 12:16 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Lawrence Co. Sightings
1/1/18 11:06 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> RFI -Western Tanager
1/1/18 10:36 am Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...> Berks Snowy - Yes; Lehigh Rough-leg - No
1/1/18 8:37 am Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County waterbird count for Jan. 1, 2018
1/1/18 7:09 am <joe...> <joe...> Happy New Year Brown Thrasher Montgomery County
1/1/18 6:38 am Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...> PSO Youth Scholarship: Deadline Extension
1/1/18 3:30 am Bruce and Sherri Carl <000000e695e98431-dmarc-request...> Lititz CBC - Middle Creek Section Highlights
12/31/17 3:26 pm Cathy Brown <blueapis...> late report: GH owl
12/31/17 3:13 pm Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> WESTERN TANAGER on Lititz CBC 12/31/17
12/31/17 2:28 pm Bill Zinn <wgzinn...> Eastern Towhee - Washington County
12/31/17 2:26 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Common Loon - Beaver Co.
12/31/17 12:11 pm Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Allegheny River and County waterbirds
12/31/17 12:07 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (31 Dec 2017) 6 Raptors
12/31/17 10:29 am <joe...> <joe...> First cycle Iceland Gull. Nockamixon Bucks County
12/31/17 7:09 am Ty Sharrow <000000f713495528-dmarc-request...> Ross’s Goose - Beltzville, Carbon County
12/31/17 7:07 am August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Peace Valley Park IBA) -- (12/24 - 12/30)
12/31/17 4:23 am John Dunn <000000f698932c6f-dmarc-request...> Rough-legged hawk Bedford County
12/30/17 10:27 pm Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 12/31/2017
12/30/17 8:12 pm Dave Leibert <xdave...> Harrier . Northampton County, PA
12/30/17 5:44 pm Kathy <000000e8ead06b9c-dmarc-request...> Re: Cowbirds RWBlackbird
12/30/17 5:40 pm Jim Flowers <artsnimages...> Re: Short-eared Owl, York County
12/30/17 4:29 pm Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...> Re: Cowbirds RWBlackbird
12/30/17 2:39 pm Heveran . <hheveran...> Canvasbacks are back, plus large Common Merganser movement, Philadelphia Naval Yard (Philadelphia Co.)
12/30/17 2:05 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Rough-legged Hawk - Allegheny Co.
12/30/17 1:20 pm g. g <birdersx5...> American Tree Sparrows, Allegheny County
12/30/17 1:00 pm Ed Barrell <ed.barrell...> Re: Cowbirds RWBlackbird
12/30/17 12:41 pm rick <dicksons...> Re: Cowbirds RWBlackbird
12/30/17 6:39 am Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Rough-legged Hawk - Armstrong County
12/29/17 6:06 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Com. Grackles - Butler Co.
12/29/17 5:50 pm Randy Phillips <raphillips56...> Short-eared Owl, York County
12/29/17 4:34 pm Devich Farbotnik <000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...> John James Audubon "Birds of America" books from 1856
12/29/17 1:10 pm Andrew Wolf <aewolf...> Re: Berks County Snowy Owl
12/29/17 1:01 pm Annette Mathes <amathes19...> 2017 New Bloomfield CBC Results
12/29/17 12:47 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Snow Goose & Rough-legged Hawk - Allegheny Co.
12/29/17 11:56 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (29 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors
12/29/17 10:23 am Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> eBird challenges for 2018
12/29/17 9:12 am Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...> Cowbirds RWBlackbird
12/29/17 9:06 am Dave Kerr <Dsktc...> Re: Berks County Snowy Owl
12/29/17 8:39 am Bob Schutsky <info...> Eastern Phoebe, Southern Lancaster County
12/29/17 8:32 am DAVE KERR <dsktc...> Berks County Snowy Owl
12/29/17 7:34 am Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...> Snowy Owl rescue ~ Huntingdon, PA
12/29/17 6:17 am Michael David <michaeltdavid...> Greater White-fronted Geese, Venango
12/29/17 5:47 am Dave DeReamus <becard...> OT: Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, Canada
12/29/17 4:42 am ofdewdrops <0000001e3bf8599f-dmarc-request...> Allegheny Co.: Head of Ohio Gulls
12/28/17 7:19 pm Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...> Duck Hollow, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh. Common Merganser
12/28/17 5:55 pm Cindy Dunn <cadunn.444...> Re: Waggoner's Gap (28 Dec 2017) 9 Raptors
12/28/17 2:49 pm Dean Newhouse <dean.newhouse...> Water Fowl in Ice Free Waters -- York County
12/28/17 2:48 pm g. g <birdersx5...> Bald eagle, Allegheny County
12/28/17 2:44 pm g. g <birdersx5...> Tundra Swans, Washington County
12/28/17 1:29 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> eBird -- 100–212 School Rd, Richmond US-PA (40.4763,-75.8170) -- Dec 28, 2017
12/28/17 12:24 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (28 Dec 2017) 9 Raptors
12/28/17 11:27 am Barbara Hunsberger <phunsberger...> Rufous Hummingbird, West Hempfield Twp., Lancaster County Update
12/28/17 10:36 am PSO <PSO...> PSO Website
12/27/17 5:50 pm Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> Lancaster / Lebanon Co Feeder Watchers Needed 12/31
12/27/17 2:56 pm Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Volant area (Lawrence County) birds today
12/27/17 1:56 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (27 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors
12/27/17 12:33 pm Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Northern Pintail, Allegheny River and County
12/27/17 9:29 am Jason Horn <0000007179661740-dmarc-request...> Barrow's Goldeneye, Northampton County
12/27/17 5:56 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Peregrines, Pitt, Allegheny
12/26/17 7:56 pm Meredith_Lombard <000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request...> Lancaster County, Susquehanna River, Iceland Gull; Long-tailed Ducks
12/26/17 4:10 pm Dan Richards <drichards7...> 15 Greater White-fronted Geese, Clearfield Co.
12/26/17 2:54 pm Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Common Mergansers, Allegheny River, Westmoreland County
12/26/17 12:16 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (26 Dec 2017) 6 Raptors
12/26/17 10:18 am Marge Vantassel <marvantassel...> ~20 Greater White-fronted Geese at Crooked Creek (Armstrong County)
12/25/17 2:14 pm Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...> Northern Harrier, Westmoreland County
12/25/17 1:54 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Bonaparte's Gulls - Beaver Co.
12/25/17 12:59 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (25 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors
12/25/17 9:51 am Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Chipping Sparrow, Allegheny County, Plum Borough
12/25/17 8:00 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Xmas Eve peregrine at Neville Island, Allegheny
12/25/17 7:59 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Xmas Eve Peregrines and Pintail, Beaver
12/25/17 6:26 am Dan Richards <drichards7...> Snow Geese, Clearfield Co.
12/25/17 3:47 am August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Peace Valley Park (IBA) -- (12/17 - 12/23) etc.
12/24/17 2:15 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Allegheny Front (24 Dec 2017) 13 Raptors
12/24/17 2:08 pm Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy...> Re: Crawford county Snowy Owl
12/24/17 12:12 pm Peter Lusardi <0000002a468f9e0e-dmarc-request...> SGL 230 Cumberland County
12/24/17 11:46 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (24 Dec 2017) 3 Raptors
12/24/17 11:12 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Snipe - Allegheny Co.
12/24/17 9:19 am Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 24, 2017
12/24/17 8:53 am Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy...> Crawford county Snowy Owl
12/24/17 6:41 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (21 Dec 2017) 1 Raptors
12/24/17 6:37 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (20 Dec 2017) 17 Raptors
12/23/17 2:45 pm Donna Collett <dcollett57...> Redhead , Ring necked-Beaver Cty
12/23/17 2:03 pm john flannigan <rublzrme...> Falcons-Allegheny & Washington counties
12/23/17 7:39 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> N. Shovelers - Beaver Co.
12/23/17 6:29 am Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 23, 2017
12/23/17 12:51 am Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 12/23/2017
12/22/17 6:10 pm Bill Etter <billetter01...> Upper Bucks CBC results
12/22/17 2:23 pm Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...> Allegheny County, Eastern Towhee
12/22/17 2:04 pm Jeff Vinosky <000000d5a223e2f3-dmarc-request...> Berks Co snowy owlS (2)
12/22/17 1:36 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Wood Duck - Allegheny Co.
12/22/17 1:01 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (22 Dec 2017) 3 Raptors
12/22/17 10:42 am Dave Kruel <dkruel300...> Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
12/22/17 8:00 am Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 22, 2017
12/21/17 2:30 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Allegheny Front (21 Dec 2017) 8 Raptors
12/21/17 2:06 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (21 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors
12/21/17 1:10 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> White-winged Scoter - Beaver Co.
12/21/17 11:32 am Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Huntingdon CBC
12/21/17 9:58 am michael schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request...> Gulls, Northampton County
12/21/17 8:33 am Richard Nugent <rmnugent...> PISP; Erie County; 12/20/2017
12/21/17 7:11 am Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 21, 2017
12/21/17 6:16 am Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...> Short-eared Owls and Harriers-Cumberland Co.
12/20/17 3:16 pm g. g <birdersx5...> Kestrel and Merlin, Beaver County
12/20/17 2:41 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Waggoner's Gap (20 Dec 2017) 24 Raptors
12/20/17 2:36 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Second Mountain (20 Dec 2017) 3 Raptors
12/20/17 12:02 pm Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
12/20/17 11:34 am Lynn Roman <000000eb1f5ef221-dmarc-request...> Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
12/20/17 7:44 am Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 20, 2017
12/20/17 6:26 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
12/20/17 6:22 am Dave Kruel <dkruel300...> Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
 
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Date: 1/19/18 6:07 pm
From: Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Clarion Co- WRS- northern shrike, rough-leg, snow buntings and longspur
Today I did my southwest WRS route for the county with Dick Nugent, which
includes the Mt Airy area and Curllsville strips. Snowy roads kept us from
a few areas of roadway but overall it was a beautiful sunny day. We were
very happy to find a northern shrike up on the hill to the right heading up
Morris Rd at Mt Airy, right before where the upland sandpipers normally
are. It appeared to be an adult. Further along by the pond on Cherry Run
Church Rd there was a light rough-legged hawk. At the end of the route on
McCall Rd outside of Curllsville we found a flock of about 40 horned larks
with a herd of cows on pasture. Mixed in with the flock we found 4 snow
buntings and a Lapland longspur.

On Wednesday I ran my southeastern route myself which is areas east of Rt
66 and in Limestone Twp and New Bethlehem area. The highlights were a
light rough-legged hawk on Dairy Rd at the edge of the county and an adult
bald eagle in Truittsburg. Another highlight was a total of 92 turkeys in 4
separate flocks, which is certainly a high number for me to see during a
route.

At home here I have had pine siskins most days for the past week, with a
high of 15 last weekend during the bad weather.

One more route to do and then looking forward to spring..

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
 

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Date: 1/19/18 4:10 pm
From: Sam Gutherie <000000f9755bef14-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Worthington Armstrong county
Hello all,

Successful day in Worthington. A large flock of horned larks at the corner of Claypoole rd and Fox Hollow rd. I estimate the group to be approximately 165 birds. In the flock I photographed one Lapland longspur and 2 snow buntings. On claypoole rd and 422 I saw a dark morph rough legged hawk hover hunting. On green acre rd I also got a flight picture of a light morph as well. I spotted a third rough legged off of route 28 at the Slate Lick exit.

Sam Gutherie

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Date: 1/19/18 3:42 pm
From: Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux...>
Subject: Re: Ross's Geese and more, Lancaster county
In addition to the two Ross’s there were also 3 adult Greater White-fronted Geese there this afternoon.

Alex Lamoreaux

I'm out birding, so this email was sent from my iPhone!

> On Jan 19, 2018, at 6:30 PM, Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I went to Brenner's Quarry this morning, where I had two Ross's Geese, about a dozen Common Mergansers, and two Golden-crowned Kinglets. From there I headed to Lancaster County Central Park, and hiked around the Environmental Center. I saw a Winter Wren along the Mill Creek, and a sub adult Bald Eagle along the Conestoga River, along with the usuals. It was a gorgeous day!
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 1/19/18 3:33 pm
From: Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Forgot one, Lancaster county
Oh, I still have the Nashville Warbler coming to our jelly feeder too.

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 1/19/18 3:30 pm
From: Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Ross's Geese and more, Lancaster county
I went to Brenner's Quarry this morning, where I had two Ross's Geese, about a dozen Common Mergansers, and two Golden-crowned Kinglets. From there I headed to Lancaster County Central Park, and hiked around the Environmental Center. I saw a Winter Wren along the Mill Creek, and a sub adult Bald Eagle along the Conestoga River, along with the usuals. It was a gorgeous day!

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 1/19/18 3:21 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Ducks - Crawford Co.
I was at the Conneaut Lake Marina earlier today and had the following
diving ducks there

4 Ring-necked Duck
1 Greater Scaup
1 Hooded Merganser
2 Ruddy Duck

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 1/19/18 12:28 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Southwest Lancaster County WRS, 19 January 2018
Dear PABirders,

Below are the results of the Southwest Lancaster County Winter Raptor
Survey (WRS) that Nancy Schutsky and I conducted today, 19 January 2018.
Skies began partly sunny, then were mostly sunny for most of the
survey. Air temperature ranged from 32 to 45F. Nancy and I have
conducted this WRS annually beginning in 2001.

There are three known Bald Eagle nests along this survey route. Two
adult Bald Eagles were perched on the Peach Bottom nest which is 0.5
miles from our home, where the survey begins and ends. There were two
adults at the Muddy Run nest. It looks as if the original nest may have
been blown down and the pair is starting a new nest. We could not find
a nest at the Wakefield site, so it was also most likely blown down. We
have had some very strong winds this winter, as high as 40-50 mph.
However, both adults were about 0.25 miles away from the original nest
site, perched in a tree.

In 2016 we counted 210 Turkey Vultures, which was a record high. 2017
yielded 274 Turkey Vultures, which was another record. Well, there was
yet another record set this year, with 392 Turkey Vultures! WOW!!!
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Southwest Lancaster County WRS
19 January 2018
Nancy and Bob Schutsky
3 hours and 15 minutes total survey time
9:45am to 1:15pm, with a 15 minute break
43.0 miles

Turkey Vulture, 392 (record high count)
Black Vulture, 59
Red-tailed Hawk, 15 total (12 adult, 3 age not determined)
American Kestrel, 3 total (1 male, 1 female, 1 sex not determined)
Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 adult
Bald Eagle, 9 total (7 adult, 2 imm)

Average Temperature, 39F
Sky, partly to mostly sunny
Wind, calm to SW 5-10mph
Snow cover, 0-1 inch

Two non-raptor highlights were: Eastern Bluebird, 31. Horned Lark, 25.

Yet another thoroughly enjoyable WRS!

Sincerely,
BOB & NANCY

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

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Date: 1/19/18 9:43 am
From: michael schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Rough-legged hawk, Northampton County
We saw a rough-legged hawk on Main St., Tatamy between Rt 33 exit ramp and the Amazon warehouse about 11am.
Before that we stopped at Grand Central Landfill  to check for gulls and had
4 Iceland Gulls1 Glaucous Gull16 Lesser black-backed gulls2 Great Black-backed Gulls2000 Ring-billed and Herring gulls1 Bald Eagle
Mike and Corinne Schall, Bath
 

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Date: 1/19/18 7:57 am
From: Carole Borek <0000009336f2e4ff-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Northern Pintail Duck, Allegheny Co
NPD is still present on Carnegie Lake in Highland Park
Carole Borek
Pittsburgh pa

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/19/18 7:45 am
From: Paul Blank <paulblank...>
Subject: Juvenile Golden Eagle, Eden area, Lancaster County PA
Hi all,

Although I didn’t see it I am posting for my son, Mitch. Before heading to his Penn State classes yesterday about 12:15 PM he was out with the dog in the yard and looked up and saw a juvenile Golden Eagle doing a low flyover just above the tall Tulip Poplar tree on our property. He ran into the house to crate the dog and grab his camera. By the time he got back out the juvenile Golden Eagle was much higher, but he still got quite a number of definitive photos. If you look at them you can see the juvenile Golden Eagle field marks, though when you zoom in the resolution is not great. As Zach Millen noted, there are dark axillaries, white wrist patches and tail base, small head and secondary bulge where Bald look straighter and more plank-like that are diagnostic. A lifer for Mitch and a new yard bird for our property just off Route 23 in East Lampeter Township on Willow Road along the Conestoga River. An exciting day for us.

Here is the link to the e-bird report with three pictures – such as they are. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42064730

Paul Blank,
Willow Road, East Lampeter township, Eden area
Lancaster County, PA
 

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Date: 1/18/18 5:16 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Eastern Bluebirds, Southern Lancaster County
How exciting! I had three a month ago but none since. I keep putting mealworms out in the hopes of attracting them but the starlings scarf them up within minutes of me putting them out. The starlings are really obnoxious this winter.

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


> On Jan 18, 2018, at 4:26 PM, Bob Schutsky <info...> wrote:
>
> Dear PABirders,
>
> Yesterday TWELVE Eastern Bluebirds were drinking from the heated water bath that is right outside my office window. Quite a treat! It has been many years since I have seen that many at the water bath, all at the same time.
>
> Take care,
> BOB
>
> BOB SCHUTSKY
> Web Site www.birdtreks.com
> --
> BIRD TREKS--Quality Worldwide Birding Tours
> 216 Spring Lane
> Peach Bottom, PA USA 17563-4008
> VOICE 717-548-3303 CELL 717-572-0771 FAX 717-548-3327
> E-MAIL <info...>
 

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Date: 1/18/18 5:13 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Horned Larks - Shippensburg
Saw probably 130 or more horned larks on Mud Level Rd. today. Was hoping to find snow buntings or even a snowy owl, but, no such luck. I recall a snowy owl and prairie falcon being in that area a few years ago.

Drove down to the Gettysburg Battlefied afterwards and saw at least half a dozen red-tailed hawks and several kestrels. Was surprised that I did not find any harriers.

A beautiful day!

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
 

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Date: 1/18/18 4:27 pm
From: Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul...>
Subject: Western tanager, Bucks Co.
Michael and Jeanne O'Shea, who own the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Buckingham, have had a female western tanager at the suet feeder the past two days. The O'Sheas are happy to host visitors, though they ask that folks park at the far end of the driveway so no one is blocked in. The bird is coming to the pole feeder system in the back of the house.

The address is 733 Rolling Hills Rd., Ottsville, PA 18942. (Obviously, while the O'Sheas are being very welcoming, all the usual caveats about respecting the homeowners, their neighbors and not causing any issues with parking apply here.)

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA
 

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Date: 1/18/18 3:30 pm
From: Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux...>
Subject: DauphinCo: Peregrine, Gambel's WCSP
This afternoon there was an adult Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow at the
Hershey IBA with at least 6 Eastern White-crowns in the area. This is the
1st record for Dauphin County, but is likely overlooked.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42048265

Another interesting sighting was an overly aggressive adult female
Peregrine that I saw perched on the old Hershey cocoa-bean silos at 8am,
then I saw presumably the same bird attacking an adult Bald Eagle at the
Hershey Cemetery at 2:20pm, and then I saw it back at the silos at 4:50pm
attacking an adult Red-tail. After driving off the Red-tail, the Peregrine
perched on a telephone pole and screamed while repeatedly bowing. I've only
ever seen this behavior from an adult female when on or establishing
breeding territory... something to keep tabs on for sure, since the silos
are abandoned and other cliff-nesters like Common Ravens have taken an
interest in the site in previous years.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42052548

--
Alex Lamoreaux
717-943-7086
http://www.nemesisbird.com/
 

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Date: 1/18/18 1:26 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Eastern Bluebirds, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

Yesterday TWELVE Eastern Bluebirds were drinking from the heated water
bath that is right outside my office window. Quite a treat! It has
been many years since I have seen that many at the water bath, all at
the same time.

Take care,
BOB

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

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Date: 1/18/18 11:14 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 15 January 2018
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE01.15.18

Highlights:
SNOWY OWL (Crawford and Erie Counties)
SNOW BUNTING
RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Contributors: Cheryl Abel, Dave Brooke, Bill Drolsbaugh, Amy Henrici, Richard Nugent, Kate St. John, Brenda Weyant.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 8 January 2018 through Monday, 15 January 2018

**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-

PLEASE NOTE: COMMON GOLDENEYE, HERMIT THRUSH continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

In Tarentum on 1/12, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS (DB).

On 1/14 at Schenley Park, 1 RUSTY BLACKBIRD (KSJ).

Through 1/15 in Harmar Township, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON (AH).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

Near Worthington on 1/14, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (DB).


BEAVER COUNTY:

At an unspecified backyard location on 1/13, PINE SISKIN (CA).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 1/9 at Conneaut Lake, REDHEAD, SNOWY OWL, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS (RN).


ERIE COUNTY:

On 1/9 at Presque Isle State Park, 1 SNOWY OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (RN).


FOREST COUNTY:

In Marienville on 1/13, ~24 PINE SISKINS, 2 PURPLE FINCHES (BW).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

From last week: on 1/7 in the Heather Heights Road area, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK; in the Volant Strips area on 1/7, 107 SANDHILL CRANES; along White Chapel Road on 1/7, 8 HORNED LARKS and others (BD).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.
 

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Date: 1/18/18 9:44 am
From: Jan Reinhardt <CarolinaWren318...>
Subject: flicker
I am enjoying the presence of a flicker at my suet feeders for the past several days. Jan Reinhardt, Allegheny County, Bethel Park
 

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Date: 1/18/18 8:25 am
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Lapland Longspur - Armstrong County
I briefly drove around the Worthington area today and in addition to yet another Rough-legged Hawk (light morph in tree on Green Acres Rd), I was also able to pick out a single Lapland Longspur in a flock of at least 60 Horned Larks in a manured strip north of Fox Hollow Rd. Dave Brooke was there too to view it. The manure strip is pretty far off the road though so a scope or long lens is needed.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
Gibsonia, Allegheny County



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 1/18/18 6:06 am
From: Daniel Weeks <daniel.e.weeks...>
Subject: eBird -- Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
New bird for our yard list: American Tree Sparrow!

Good Birding,
Dan Weeks

Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 18, 2018
08:38
Stationary
25 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: New bird for our yard list: American Tree Sparrow
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.2 Build 28

1 Carolina Chickadee
1 American Tree Sparrow -- New for the yard list!
1 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Song Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
3 House Finch

Number of Taxa: 6
 

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Date: 1/17/18 4:48 pm
From: LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...>
Subject: Re: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday January 23rd, 2018

________________________________
From: LeRoy Tabb
Sent: Monday, January 8, 2018 10:28 PM
To: <pabirds...>; Bucks Birders; GMail
Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday January 23rd, 2018


Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday January 23rd, 2018

_______________________________________________

Cerulean Warbler conservation concerns and population status in eastern Pennsylvania-- by Dr. Gregory George

Program Description:


Greg George will discuss the background and population trends of Cerulean Warblers across the species’ range and then highlight how populations are changing in Eastern Pennsylvania. This will be the first talk given that includes some of the newest information gathered from the 2017 field research season along the Delaware River within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.


____________________________________________

About the Speaker:


Greg George is an Associate Professor of Biology at Delaware Valley University (DVU) where he teaches Ornithology, Ecology, Quantitative Ecology and a Tropical Ecology course in Costa Rica. He has spent the majority of the last 10 years studying Cerulean Warblers. From 2004-2009 his research focused on foraging ecology and the influence of silviculture operations on Cerulean population demographics at West Virginia University (WVU) while completing his Ph.D. in wildlife management. More recently, he has focused on areas of population expansion in northeast Pennsylvania.



Greg has worked on various projects associated with the conservation of Neotropical migrants including Ovenbirds, Louisiana Waterthrush and raptors. His interest in raptors culminates from 20+ years of volunteering with the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary research department. His work with raptor migration at Hawk Mountain afforded him the opportunity to assist research crews quantifying raptor migration in the Florida Keys (1997) and Veracruz, Mexico (2000). Prior to his time at WVU, Greg was a raptor bander along the Kittatinny Ridge, north of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Greg expanded on his international researcher experience while investigating niche partitioning among a guild of obligate riparian songbirds in Costa Rica (2003 - 2004) for his Master’s thesis from East Stroudsburg University.


_______________________________________________


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




Directions:


NOTE: New Galena Road is ​NOW OPEN AGAIN!!


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: http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/directions/

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 ...


_________________________________________________


For further information please contact:


LeRoy Tabb


<tabbleroy...>



 

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Date: 1/17/18 4:12 pm
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene...>
Subject: Fox sparrows, Koch property, Northampton County
The snowfall brought two fox sparrows in to feed with the swarm of the other ones. Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
 

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Date: 1/17/18 2:02 pm
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jan 17, 2018
Subject: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jan 17, 2018

There were 4 Pine Siskins at the feeders today, the first this winter
season. Also nice to see a Brown Creeper.

Karyn Delaney


Economy Borough Yard Birds, Beaver, Pennsylvania, US
Jan 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
18 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1 male
Hairy Woodpecker 1 female
Blue Jay 4
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Dark-eyed Junco 15
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 10
House Finch 3
Pine Siskin 4 First this season. Mixed with feeding Gold Finches.
American Goldfinch 32
House Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S42009652

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

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Date: 1/17/18 3:51 am
From: Mark Johnson <luckybirder...>
Subject: Southern Potter Co. WRS
Greetings,



On Monday Kathy and I ran the seventh consecutive Southern Potter County
WRS. Nice wintry day but not many raptors.



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

Date- 01/15/2018

Observers- Kathy Johnson, Mark Johnson

Start/end- 8:55am to 3:20 pm (minus 55 minutes non-birding)

Time birding- 5.5h

Total miles- 90m

Avg temp- 9f

Winds- calm

Sky- sunny to mostly cloudy

Snow Cover- 4 to 6”

Red-tailed Hawk- 7 (4 adults, 3 undetermined)

American Kestrel- 1 (undetermined)

Other birds- 1 Common Goldeneye, 21 Common Ravens, 170 Dark-eyed Juncos,
115 Snow Buntings



Mark Johnson, Driftwood
 

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Date: 1/16/18 1:31 pm
From: Eli DePaulis <elidepaulis1...>
Subject: Green-winged Teal at Trout Run Nature Preserve, Cumberland CO
PA Birders,
Today while birding at the Trout Run Nature Preserve in Cumberland County, I found a lone Green-winged Teal drake. It was mixed in with a flock of Mallards sitting on the pond near the viewing deck. This was the first time I have seen Green-winged Teal at this location.

Good Birding,
-Eli DePaulis

York Springs, Adams County
 

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Date: 1/16/18 11:43 am
From: David McNaughton <dkmcnaughton...>
Subject: WRS Lebanon/Dauphin Route (443 to 325 to Gold Mine Road)
We ran our normal route for 2018 covering Lebanon and Dauphin Counties. Our
old highlight used to be high numbers of Red-shouldered Hawks along Fishing
Creek Valley. We did see one there as well as a few Buteos on 325 in all
new places. The river was dull as grey skies, temperatures in the teens,
and shores racked by flooding and ice ruled out most of the area. You will
see the results broken between counties (appearing repeated) below. It was
fairly slow birding but good times for the crew. I wish the forecast had
lived up to the hype.


County - Lebanon

Date - 15 JAN 2018

Observers- Barb Ritzheimer, Jane Fennelly, David McNaughton

Total time *actually surveying* Hours:Minutes- 1:24

Start time/End time 0905/1253

Miles on route 23.2



TVs- 1

BVs- 0



Harriers- 0



Red-tails- 3 (1 Ad./2 Imm./0 ND)



Rough-legs- 0



Kestrels- 0



Sharp-shins- 0



Cooper's - 0



Red-shoulders- 0



Bald Eagles- 0 (pair still working nests on route per other observations
but not seen during count)



Other raptors 0



Shrikes 0



Avg Temp.- 17

Sky- Cloudy

Wind - Medium

Avg Snow cover depth - 0 in.



County - Dauphin

Date - 15 JAN 2018

Observers-

Total time *actually surveying* Hours:Minutes- 2:07

Start time/End time 1019-1242

Miles on route 29.5



TVs 7

BVs- 0



Harriers- 0



Red-tails- 4 (2 Ad./0 Imm./2 ND )



Rough-legs- 0



Kestrels- M/F/ND- 0



Sharp-shins- 0



Cooper's - 0



Red-shoulders- 2 Ad/0 Imm/0 ND



Bald Eagles- 0 (2 adults just below count area on a bathroom break but
hidden by Rockville Bridge from the route)



Other raptors 1 Unknown (brief glimpse ahead of crow mob as it dove into
houses in Perry Co., probably an Accipiter but not clearly identified)



Shrikes? 0


Other birds of note - 6 Wild Turkey under the last Red-shoulder, 6 Common
Mergansers, 3 Common Ravens



Avg Temp.- 20

Sky- Cloudy, some light snow on route (not forecasted)

Wind - Light

Avg Snow cover depth - 0.1" (0-.25" on route)

Big thanks to Barb and Jane for their help!

David McNaughton
Lebanon/Dauphin Counties
 

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Date: 1/16/18 10:41 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Thank you
I couldn’t agree more with your statement at the end about this group, Erin. No matter what the question, I will invariably have answers from several members sometimes within minutes! The collective knowledge of this group on birds is phenomenal. So glad you were able to find the snowy for your friends.

Best regards,
Ann

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

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 16, 2018, at 6:29 AM, Erin Ranson <erin.ranson...> wrote:
>
> Thank you to everyone who took the time to give me good directions to the
> area of the Berks County snowy owl. I was able to go there yesterday and
> found the lighter phased owl rather quickly upon arriving in the area. This
> was a life bird for my friend and his son and I was happy to share this
> with them.
>
> You all are a great group!
>
> Erin Ranson, CPC
> 717.468.8312 (cell)
 

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Date: 1/16/18 3:29 am
From: Erin Ranson <erin.ranson...>
Subject: Thank you
Thank you to everyone who took the time to give me good directions to the
area of the Berks County snowy owl. I was able to go there yesterday and
found the lighter phased owl rather quickly upon arriving in the area. This
was a life bird for my friend and his son and I was happy to share this
with them.

You all are a great group!

Erin Ranson, CPC
717.468.8312 (cell)
 

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Date: 1/15/18 4:06 pm
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene...>
Subject: Sparrows, etc., Koch property, Northampton County
Nothing unusual here but currently there's a lot of bird activity. I spread white millet on the ground at several places in the yard, so during the cold weather there are birds all over it.  I haven't seen anything really unusual, but among the 50+ juncos there's now what appears to be an adult female Oregon. Unless I missed it prior to today, it just showed up, as has a partially leucistic adult male slate-colored with small white blotches on its head and neck. The Gambel;s subspecies white-crowned sparrow continues to visit the yard daily, mostly but not always in the afternoons. There are about 10 others that do the same and I've seen pnes down in the lower fields. Tree sparrows are certainly not plentiful here this year, but a few come into the yard daily and others are in the fields. There's also a lone field sparrow in the field, but song sparrow and white-throated numbers are normal. Grackles, cowbirds, and red-winged blackbirds are daily visitors, as are downy, hairy, and red-bellied woodpeckers and a yellow-bellied sapsucker that come to suet on the deck. Both a sharpie and a Cooper's hawk show up in the yard, occasionally a male kestrel hovers over the fields, and one late afternoon an adult male northern harrier coursed between the feeders and the deck, sending about 25 whitethroats flying. Goldfinch numbers are really low. I did, however, have a flock of siskins on the local CBC but I only saw them because I was in the fields when they flew over, landed in a tree, and then quickly flew away. Robins are visible daily, sometimes in big flocks flying over, and waxwings are also around in low numbers.  And while both black and turkey vultures are around, their numbers this winter are also low. The body of a coyote that was shot here during deer season  laid in the upper field for more than 6 weeks before anything touched it and that happened overnight. I was hoping a bald eagle would come down for it but so far I haven't even seen a vulture on it. 
 Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
 

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Date: 1/15/18 2:17 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

The Susquehanna River in front of our house is mostly frozen, but there
is a big strip of open water that is clearly visible from our dining
room window. I scoped the gulls and ducks that were there late this
afternoon.

Long-tailed Duck - 1 hen (nice yard bird!)
Common Goldeneye - 10 (9 drakes, 1 hen)
Common Merganser - 11 hens
Bufflehead - 26
Among the 500 Ring-billed Gulls were 15 Herring Gulls and 1 Great
Black-backed Gull.

Nice comfortable birding from the comfort of my house! I can watch my
feeders at the same time.

Take care,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
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Date: 1/15/18 2:14 pm
From: Heveran . <hheveran...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk continues, Church Rd, Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co.
Hello PA Birders,

The dark morph Rough-legged Hawk found several days ago (not by me) continues at Church Rd today. I saw it briefly from the parking area. I think it settled somewhere between the main parking lot and the fly-fishing area just down the road.

Here is my eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41938986

A light morph has also been reported here in the past few days. I did not see this bird.

On another note, I did not see the Ash-throated Flycatcher that was re-found along Knight Rd.

Good birding,
Paul Heveran
 

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Date: 1/15/18 2:07 pm
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Peregrine Falcon, Hulton Bridge, Harmar Township, Allegheny County
For the past month or two I've seen a bird perched on a dead tree
downstream of the Hulton Bridge that sure looked like a Peregrine Falcon.
Because of traffic, I was never able to get a really good look at it. When
Pat and I crossed the bridge on our way home from a pleasant day birding in
Lawrence County, the bird was there. We parked the car and walked across
the bridge to get a better look. It is indeed a Peregrine Falcon. I took
some photographs, but the bird was out-of-range for my camera, and the auto
focus on my camera focused on the building behind the bird. It looks like
leg bands are present. Someone with a better camera (and photographer) will
need to take images.

The tree the peregrine perches on is on the Hamar bank of the river and
just downstream of the bridge. Sometimes an eagle or two perch in this tree.

Images are posted on my ebird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/pa/view/checklist/S41942896

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea
 

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Date: 1/15/18 1:20 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Re: CBC question
I think I would count it but add a comment that there is a question as to whether it is wild or not. They are still considered countable but I think qualifying the entry makes sense now.
Glenn Koppel
Butler CBC compiler



> On Jan 15, 2018, at 3:48 PM, Russ States <pelagics202...> wrote:
>
> I have a question for other CBC compilers.
> I had a report of a N. Bobwhite from one of my feeder watchers.
> Question is .. How do you handle this?
> Obviously there is no longer a breeding population of these in most of the
> state (if anywhere).
> But then, Ring-necked Pheasant is counted, and I think the same could be
> said of them (and they aren't even a native bird).
>
> ???
> Any thoughts.
>
> Thanks
> Russ States
> Compiler, Pleasantville CBC
 

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Date: 1/15/18 12:48 pm
From: Russ States <pelagics202...>
Subject: CBC question
I have a question for other CBC compilers.
I had a report of a N. Bobwhite from one of my feeder watchers.
Question is .. How do you handle this?
Obviously there is no longer a breeding population of these in most of the
state (if anywhere).
But then, Ring-necked Pheasant is counted, and I think the same could be
said of them (and they aren't even a native bird).

???
Any thoughts.

Thanks
Russ States
Compiler, Pleasantville CBC
 

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Date: 1/15/18 10:31 am
From: David Neimeyer <neimeyer...>
Subject: Bald Eagle (Lehigh Co. - Haafsville)
At noon today there was a Bald Eagle on a deer carcass about 40 yards off
the side of Haaf Road, about 1/2 mile from where Haaf Road starts from Main
Street. On the 12th there was a Bald Eagle perched on a tree in the tree
line a bit farther along Haaf Road, closer to the row of houses.

Sincerely
Dave Neimeyer
 

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Date: 1/15/18 10:05 am
From: Robert VanNewkirk <van126...>
Subject: Mourning Doves Galore - Allegheny County
About 30 minutes after I filled my feeders and scattered seed on the ground
this morning, I looked out from my bedroom window and counted 45 mourning
doves. During this very cold period, the most I counted until today has been
26 doves. The usual numbers are between 10 - 15. Juncos and cardinals seem
not to be scared off by the doves, but feed on the periphery of them. Many
goldfinches are around too. They tend to stay on the finch feeders when
there is lots of ground activity below them.

Good birding,

Bob Van Newkirk

Ross Township

Allegheny County
 

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Date: 1/15/18 9:51 am
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...>
Subject: Re: Sharpsburg Marina--destroyed
The river flow was swift yesterday with a lot of the ice broken up. There was still quite a jam around Creighton.


The White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Duck and others that have been at Dam #4 on the Allegheny River were gone yesterday and the only waterfowl I found were six Common Mergansers at Chapel Harbor.


Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



-----Original Message-----
From: Sameer Apte <sameerapte1...>
To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Mon, Jan 15, 2018 11:33 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] Sharpsburg Marina--destroyed

Hi all,
Aidan Place and I attempted to bird James Sharp Landing in Sharpsburg,
Allegheny County on the 13th. We were shocked to find that the recent
floods had both closed off the entry road under the bridge and wrecked
large chunks of the physical marina.
There is still some viewing access for the location by crossing the RR
tracks above the marina, but please use caution as I believe this is an
active line.
Crossing my fingers that the damage is repairable when the flood does
recede and everyone's property is OK. This is a great birding location and
I'd hate to lose it.

A couple miles upriver, Bell Harbor Marina was also submerged, but the
infrastructure of the boardwalk, marina, etc. seems to be OK.

On a happier note, earlier that morning we had a Bald Eagle, Brown Creeper,
8 Cedar Waxwings, and a hybrid chickadee at Harrison Hills County Park. Two
American Black Ducks continue at Carnegie Lake, Highland Park, Pittsburgh.

Good birding,
Sameer Apte
 

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Date: 1/15/18 9:21 am
From: Peter Robinson <pabirder...>
Subject: Last Call For 2017 List Numbers, Bird of the Year Vote, Comments
12:18 pm


PA Birders --


If you have not already done so, please send your 2017 List numbers within the next few days for the PA Birds magazine summary.


Peter Robinson
Hanover, York County, PA
 

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Date: 1/15/18 8:33 am
From: Sameer Apte <sameerapte1...>
Subject: Sharpsburg Marina--destroyed
Hi all,
Aidan Place and I attempted to bird James Sharp Landing in Sharpsburg,
Allegheny County on the 13th. We were shocked to find that the recent
floods had both closed off the entry road under the bridge and wrecked
large chunks of the physical marina.
There is still some viewing access for the location by crossing the RR
tracks above the marina, but please use caution as I believe this is an
active line.
Crossing my fingers that the damage is repairable when the flood does
recede and everyone's property is OK. This is a great birding location and
I'd hate to lose it.

A couple miles upriver, Bell Harbor Marina was also submerged, but the
infrastructure of the boardwalk, marina, etc. seems to be OK.

On a happier note, earlier that morning we had a Bald Eagle, Brown Creeper,
8 Cedar Waxwings, and a hybrid chickadee at Harrison Hills County Park. Two
American Black Ducks continue at Carnegie Lake, Highland Park, Pittsburgh.

Good birding,
Sameer Apte
 

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Date: 1/15/18 6:36 am
From: michael schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose, Lehigh Co
Yesterday there were 3 GWFG at the Dorney Park pond in AllentownOther waterfowl were N Pintail, Gadwall, Coot, Common Merg and Cackling Goose.
Mike Schall, Bath
 

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Date: 1/14/18 12:51 pm
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Rusty blackbird, Schenley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
On a walk from home to Oakland I saw a rusty blackbird flipping leaves in Phipps Run below the Visitors Center in Schenley Park.
Also 12 dark-eyed juncoes at Bartlett Shelter where someone left birdseed.
Complete checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41906444

Kate St. John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 1/14/18 12:46 pm
From: <foandla...> <foandla...>
Subject: Monroe county WRS
Doug Burton and I ran our Monroe WRS today.  Numbers were about average, although we had 6 of our redtails before we did thirty miles.Merlin was a bonus for this route. There was minimal open water.  Last bird was the adult eagle munching on something unidentified on the ice at Saylor's Lake.  About the only thing in the air were corvids.

County-Monroe
Date-1-14-2018
Observers- Dan Zmoda, Doug Burton
Time on Route-3:30
Start/End-1015/145
Miles on Route-75.5

#TVs-0
#BVs-0

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

#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND)-4/0/4

#Rough-legs (Light/Dark)-0

#Kestrels (M/F/ND)-0

Sharp-shins(Ad/Imm)-0
Cooper's (Ad/Imm.)-0

Red-shouldered hawks (Ad/Imm.)-3/0

Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)-1/0

other raptors- Merlin imm

Shrikes or Owls-0

Avg Temperature-19  14-24
Sky(Clear/ Pt cloudy/ Cloudy)- clear
Wind (light/medium/strong)-light
Avg Snow Cover-trace Other birds of note- sapsucker, bluebirds, ravens
  Dan ZmodaPen Argyl
 

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Date: 1/14/18 10:19 am
From: Dave Brooke <davbrooke...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk- Armstrong Co
Rough-legged hawk, dark morph continuing on Claypole Rd near Worthington in
Armstrong Co.
Photos are post in PA Birds- Photography Facebook group.


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

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Date: 1/14/18 10:14 am
From: <joe...> <joe...>
Subject: Ash-throated refound at Green Lane Montgomery
Steve Grunwald refound the Ash-throated Flycatcher that was first seen on the Upper Bucks CBC 12/17. It is in the same general area in Green Lane Park by the horse trial lot off Rte 29. Walk across knight road and follow the trail as it turns left into the cedars. It was with a flock of American Robins.


Joe Greco
Upper Hanover
Montgomery County
 

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Date: 1/14/18 9:45 am
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) - (1/7 -1/13), etc.
All,
Birder reports were very light this week. The lake remained mostly ice covered. The species count was 57. Some highlights include:
Snow Goose-the dark adult continued
7 duck species including:
1 Lesser Scaup 1/13
Ring-necked Duck-high report 6 1/11
Red-breasted Merganser-high report 3 1/13 (photo)
1 Pied-billed Grebe 1/11
Bald Eagles remain visible often standing on the ice.
1 adult Red-shouldered Hawk 1/9
Lesser Black-backed Gull continues as usual-high report 62 1/13
Great Black-backed Gull -high report 10 1/13
1 Merlin 1/11 (photo)


For those who don't follow eBird, the Harris's Sparrrow at 135 Rickert Rd. Doylestown continues. Almost everyone who goes sees it. Remember to view from the road only. The only other known county occurrence was at New Hope in 1965.


Thanks to all who share their sightings.
August Mirabella
North Wales, PA
 

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Date: 1/14/18 3:26 am
From: Rich Rehrig <000000fa147293ff-dmarc-request...>
Subject: RFI - Banded Ross's Goose
Jim Figlar’s eBird checklist submitted Jan 13, 2018 included great photos of the Ross’s Goose continuing to be seen at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County, PA. The photos show the bird is banded. I am hoping Jim will contact me off-list to discuss this. If you know Jim, please share this request with him.

Thanks,
Rich Rehrig
Palmerton, PA
<rrehrig...>

Sent from Mail for Windows 10
 

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Date: 1/13/18 6:26 pm
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 1/13/2018
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* January 13, 2018
* PAEA1801.13
- Birds mentioned

BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
ROSS’S GOOSE
REDHEAD
LONG-TAILED DUCK
BRANT
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: January 13th at 9:00 PM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to <becard...> with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

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

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

There will be a field trip to waterfowl and gull hotspots in nearby New
Jersey on January 20th. Meet at the Tilghman Square parking lot, near the
Red Robin restaurant, just west of Route 309 at 7:30 AM. Trip leader will
be Mark Boyd.

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

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from the BELVIDERE area in nearby New Jersey:
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE – 1 back on 12/31 and 1/1 (female; downriver from
bridge).

Sightings from the MARTINS CREEK PPL POWER PLANT area, Northampton County:
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – 1 on 1/3 (light morph).
At the boat launch area:
Blue-winged Teal – 1 to at least 1/6 (late date)
Spotted Sandpiper – 1 to at least 1/2.

Sightings from PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
GLAUCOUS GULL – 1 to at least 1/12 (first-winter)
ICELAND GULL – 1 on 1/12 (adult).

Sightings from the NAZARETH QUARRY, Northampton County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 1/10
ROSS’S GOOSE – 2 on 1/1; 3 on 1/10; 1 on 1/11
Snow Geese – 20,000+ to at least 1/10.

Sightings from PALMER TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
DICKCISSEL – 1 on 1/10 (first-winter; at a private feeder)
LAPLAND LONGSPURS – 5 on 1/3 (between Tatamy exit of Route 33 and Van Buren
Road).

Sightings from WEIR LAKE, Monroe County:
ROSS’S GEESE – up to 9 to at least 1/11.

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 to at least 1/11
Double-crested Cormorant – 1 back on 12/31.

Sightings from the COPLAY area, Lehigh County:
At the Sheetz Quarry:
Snow Geese – ~20,000 on 1/1.

Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
At Lehigh Canal Park:
CANVASBACKS – 4 on 1/7
REDHEADS – 15 on 1/7
GREATER SCAUP – 2 on 1/7
Killdeer – 1 on 1/7.
Also Gadwall, Common Goldeneye, and Pied-billed Grebe.

Sightings from the ALBURTIS area, Lehigh County:
Along Smith Lane:
LAPLAND LONGSPURS – 2 on 1/1.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Hill Road area:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE – 2 on 1/9 and 1/10
Cackling Goose – 1 on 1/11
REDHEADS – 4 on 1/6; 2 on 1/7; 3 on 1/10 and 1/11; 2 on 1/12
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 on 1/7
Red-breasted Mergansers – 16 on 1/6 (high count); 5 to at least 1/11
Common Goldeneye – 11 on 1/11.
Also Pied-billed Grebe and American Wigeon.
At the Church Road area:
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS – 2 to at least 1/12 (dark morph and light morph).

Sightings from TINICUM TOWNSHIP, Bucks County:
REDHEADS – 3 on 1/11 (at the Frenchtown bridge).

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
REDHEADS – 3 back on 12/31
ICELAND GULL – 1 back on 12/31 (first-winter).

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 1/1 and 1/2
Red-breasted Mergansers – 2 on 1/6.
Also Cackling Geese, Common Goldeneye, and Eastern Towhee.

- End transcript
 

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Date: 1/13/18 2:53 pm
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300...>
Subject: Re: on wildlife law and research techniques: response to Chris Grecco
Scott,
Would you have a good suggested action for birders in response to this direction from the administration ?

Dave


On Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:22:55 -0500, Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul...> wrote:

> Realistically, no one is going to get in trouble for using a mirror pole to check on a bird nest (any more than you'll be arrested for opening your nest box to see if the bluebird eggs have hatched yet). The more sensitive the species -- including raptors, and especially eagles -- the more likely state or federal law enforcement will take issue with nest disturbance, but if you're peeking in your backyard robin nest, you're fine.
>
> Ironically, this discussion comes at a time when the Trump administration has moved to seriously weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, just in time for the MBTA's 100th birthday. (Audubon, Nat Geo, the Cornell Lab and 50 other organizations have declared 2018 "The Year of the Bird" to commemorate this historic, bedrock law.) The new interpretation of the law, announced over the holidays, will make it extraordinarily difficult to hold oil companies, energy producers and others liable for killing native birds, unless it can be shown that their actions were intended to "render an animal subject to human control." That would have left those responsible for the Exxon Valdez and the BP oil spill, to take two examples under which MBTA violations were prosecuted, off the hook despite immense damage to bird populations.
>
> Just today, 17 former Interior Department officials, representing eight administrations of both parties back to Nixon (and yes, including Reagan appointees) wrote to Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke asking that the department reverse its ruling, calling the new guidelines a "contrived legal standard that creates a huge loophole" in the MBTA.
>
> Scott Weidensaul
> Schuylkill Haven, PA
>
>
>
>
>
>On Jan 12, 2018, at 9:52 PM, Grant Stevenson wrote:
>
>> In response to Chris, maybe poles with mirrors disturb the nest to much,
>> possibly causing nest failure. For example, even causing some of the
>> chicks.
>>
>> On the other hand, pole monitoring may be more genteel compared with
>> climbing the tree. Mostly raptors and herons perhaps, it is best to let
>> wildlife academic people with training and permits, or the PGC, do iit.
>> Somme colleges have raptor biology courses and a degree, and the raptor
>> research place in Steven's Point, WI, www.raptorresearch.com. You will
>> learn to climb a tree or cliff, for example, with disturbing it minimally.
>> If you have the habit of visiting breeding raptors and herons and coming
>> too close, even the tamer species of birds will permanently leave the nest
>> unless the chicks have fledged. U. of Minnesota ornithologist/raptor
>> biologist David Andersen, published a paper saying when he climbs a nest
>> tree of some Red-tailed Hawk pair, as the chicks grew, he was attacked
>> fewer times.
>>
>> The Migratory Bird Treaty Act may cover nests, disturbance, and taking
>> birds, bird parts, and eggs, and two other acts cover the transportation of
>> these materials. Bald and Golden Eagles, according to the Eagle Act, are
>> protected strongly and can lead to a $5000 first offense or year in jail,
>> or both, $10,000 each additional offense. Migratory other species, like
>> songbirds, if violated, can render a $500 fine or six months in prison, or
>> both. Oops, the latter is from the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation
>> Act! Vagrants and House Sparrows, European Starlings, and Rock Pigeons are
>> not protected. Also, according to the Congressional Record, Lesser
>> Black-backed Gulls, Cattle Egrets, and Eurasian Collared Doves may not have
>> gotten on the okay list for protection yet
>>
>> People do seem to violate wildlife law, a lot surprisingly: one person I
>> met was from Florida, and shot an Alligator after they were remove from the
>> Endangered Species List. He thought it wasn't protected anymore.
>>
>> Nice subject... thank you very much,, Chris and the other respondents to my
>> box inquiry. Natural history is still exciting!
>>
>> Grant Stevenson
>> Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/13/18 2:31 pm
From: A. Liebner <000000d98121eaef-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Am. Goldfinch increase in numbers Wayne TWP. Schuylkill Co. PA
Hello all,  
This morning I was happy to see an increase in Goldfinch numbers at the feeders. There had been only one or two visiting occasionally until today.
We have a Downy WP. roosting in one of the Bluebird boxes since fall. 
Good birding,
Ann Liebner
Wayne Twp. Schuylkill Co. PA
 

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Date: 1/13/18 1:26 pm
From: Herbert Flavell <herb1013...>
Subject: birds
At my feeders today are the usual 25 or so Blue Jays that come mostly
for the unshelled peanuts that we put out for them. There are also a few
dozen Dark Eye Juncos. Plus the usual 40 or 50 Doves This morning there
were 2 Pine Siskins  on the tube feeder, In case anyone is interested
here are a bunch of pictures of our pet farm. to see different pictures
you need to push the back arrow. There are a few pictures of all the
Canada geese that used to nest here. Yea I fed them to. There is also a
picture of a nurse Guinea Hen sitting on 26 eggs.Herb Flavell. Gods
Knob, Milk Can Corners Susquehanna County.

http://www.angelfire.com/pa/bonniedellfarm
 

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Date: 1/13/18 12:16 pm
From: Nanette Talbot <talbot.nanette...>
Subject: Purple finches
A few purple finches at my frozen feeders this morning, a nice surprise.

Nanette Talbot
Montgomery County, PA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/13/18 12:00 pm
From: Moses Martin <kaboommals...>
Subject: Pine Warbler Montour County
A friend got a great pic of a Pine Warbler at his home outside of Exchange. He said it fed at the suet feeder.

Moses Martin
Millville, PA
 

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Date: 1/13/18 11:45 am
From: Cheryl Abel <0000008b6c2ed4a5-dmarc-request...>
Subject: pine siskin, Beaver County
I also have my first pine siskin of the season at my feeder today.

Cheryl Abel
Beaver County
 

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Date: 1/13/18 11:35 am
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Allegheny Co. Ring-billed Gull
Had a Ring-billed Gull fly right over our street in Bridgeville this morning. I think it was lost...


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 1/13/18 11:21 am
From: Sam Gutherie <000000f9755bef14-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Feeders
The gold finches have returned to the feeders! Mixed in I found a single pine Siskin. On the ground I had two American tree sparrows.

Sam Gutherie
Armstrong county.
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/13/18 9:42 am
From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...>
Subject: Pine Siskin & RW Blackbird - Clearfield County
As I do every day, today, I scoured the flock of about 75 goldfinches at my bird feeding area and aha, there is ONE Pine siskin for FOW (First of Winter)! We got about 5" of snow last night.

A Red winged blackbird showed up here a little bit ago also for FOW. I don’t mind one blackbird, but in other years in the winter, the blackbirds have turned into a flock of about 100! Boy, do they eat a lot of seeds! Expensive!

I put white millet and sunflower hearts on the ground. I also have 3 hanging sunflower feeders and 3 suet feeders.

Marianne Atkinson
Clearfield County near DuBois
 

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Date: 1/13/18 9:12 am
From: John & Brenda Weyant <jbweyant...>
Subject: Siskins and purple finches - Forest County
Nice surprise this morning at the bird feeder. Yesterday's storm blew in a
couple dozen pine siskins to our feeder. We also have a couple purple
finches - the first of the winter.



Brenda Weyant

Marienville, PA
 

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Date: 1/13/18 7:51 am
From: Erin Ranson <erin.ranson...>
Subject: Berks county snowy owl
Can anyone give me some rough directions to find the snowy owl on Mertz Rd
in Berks county coming from Lancaster? I'm not that familiar with Berks
county and finally have time this Monday during the morning to go see if I
can find it.

Thanks in advance.

Erin Ranson, CPC
717.468.8312 (cell)
 

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Date: 1/13/18 7:07 am
From: Mark Johnson <luckybirder...>
Subject: Siskins! Cameron County
Over thirty FOW (first of the winter) Pine Siskins with scores of American
Goldfinches at the feeder this morning, on five inches of fresh snow.

Mark Johnson
 

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Date: 1/13/18 1:47 am
From: Grant Stevenson <pahawkowl...>
Subject: continuing the legal thread: Scott is right
Thanks to Scott for pointing out that box monitoring is generally okay with
state and US, as they have no time to be petty, and get birders/citizen
scientists/amateur ornithologists do a lot to record data in the field.
keeping a database, or writing it down, uses a different part of the brain
than technology,Plus many will monitor over a larger biogeographical area
they often can't get to unless their college/university is well endowed
thus helping to restore and rest the brain from too much adrenaline and
cortisol, the stress chemicals in the body. Eagles age slower, in yearly
steps, clutch size is 1-2 eggs, indicating the same or less final
offspring, as predation continues is tragic, but rare, as eagles have a
sort of generalized diet.
The brain. Also, bigger birds like eagles have a larger bodies to provide
more surface area on their bodies. Also, some may feel that smaller birds
more easily are predated, but may be able to lay more eggs after. The size
issue is called "Bergman's Rule", And, small birds with several clutches,
mostly 2-3, and more eggs, are called "r-selection"and red-tails, and
goshawks, and some beautiful buteos, while eagles and peregrines and
gyrfalcons are referred to by "k-selection". Studies are needed to
determine when one ends and the other begins again.

In birding,

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/12/18 8:59 pm
From: Herbert Flavell <herb1013...>
Subject: Re: on wildlife law and research techniques: response to Chris Grecco
Years ago I planted a Red Pine by the stairs of my enclosed front deck.
In a few years the tree was over 18 feet tall because of the 300 years
of cow poop on this part of an old dairy farm. One day I looked out the
window to see a Robin building her nest right near the window. Every day
I watched that nest grow. Mom Robin knew that I was watching. Then she
had 3 eggs. So I got to watch her sit on her eggs till they hatched.
Finally all 3 eggs hatched. So I got to watch them grow till they all
flew away. But then birds destroyed my bird observatory. A family of
Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers killed the tree along with 25 White Birch that
I had planed. Only the stump of the Red Pine is left. But seeds from the
White Birch have started between 40 and 50 more that are now 25 or 30
feet tall. I have always loved birds. As a kid in the late 40s I bought
a surplus U.S. Army pigeon coop. It was used to send secret messages
from Europe back to England. That way the Germans could not intercept
the secret message by radio. Pigeons helped to win the war. I used to be
able to feed the pigeons  by putting cracked corn on my tongue and
opening my mouth to let the pigeons eat the corn off my tongue. What did
I know about lice. Years later I became a letter Carrier for the United
States Post Office Department. Now the USPS. One day while I was
delivering the mail a pigeon landed on my shoulder and sat there for a
few minutes. It did that for 4 or 5 days. One lady said I see you have a
helper delivering your mail with you Herb. It made me wonder if it was
one of my birds that just flew away when I let them fly. Being outside
delivering mail for 6 to 8 hours I had lots of time to watch birds. One 
Saturday I found a live bat lying on the sidewalk on its back. I bent
over to look at it and it clicked its teeth at me. There were kids
playing all over so I rang the bell at 3 Jefferson. The homeowner came
to the door so I asked her to call the police. She said ok. Then I saw a
hub cap on her lawn so I put the hub cap over the bat. Then continued my
deliveries. A few minutes later a squad car pulls up and asked wheres
the bat. So I told him. A few weeks later the same cop stopped me and
said that the bat was rabid. I found another on that same route but it
was crushed and died out. So a man living there dug a hole and buried
it. i Have another bat story for another time. Herb Flavell, Gods Knob,
Milk Can Corners. Susquehanna County.


On 1/12/2018 10:22 PM, Scott Weidensaul wrote:
> Realistically, no one is going to get in trouble for using a mirror pole to check on a bird nest (any more than you'll be arrested for opening your nest box to see if the bluebird eggs have hatched yet). The more sensitive the species -- including raptors, and especially eagles -- the more likely state or federal law enforcement will take issue with nest disturbance, but if you're peeking in your backyard robin nest, you're fine.
>
> Ironically, this discussion comes at a time when the Trump administration has moved to seriously weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, just in time for the MBTA's 100th birthday. (Audubon, Nat Geo, the Cornell Lab and 50 other organizations have declared 2018 "The Year of the Bird" to commemorate this historic, bedrock law.) The new interpretation of the law, announced over the holidays, will make it extraordinarily difficult to hold oil companies, energy producers and others liable for killing native birds, unless it can be shown that their actions were intended to "render an animal subject to human control." That would have left those responsible for the Exxon Valdez and the BP oil spill, to take two examples under which MBTA violations were prosecuted, off the hook despite immense damage to bird populations.
>
> Just today, 17 former Interior Department officials, representing eight administrations of both parties back to Nixon (and yes, including Reagan appointees) wrote to Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke asking that the department reverse its ruling, calling the new guidelines a "contrived legal standard that creates a huge loophole" in the MBTA.
>
> Scott Weidensaul
> Schuylkill Haven, PA
>
>
>
>
>
> On Jan 12, 2018, at 9:52 PM, Grant Stevenson wrote:
>
>> In response to Chris, maybe poles with mirrors disturb the nest to much,
>> possibly causing nest failure. For example, even causing some of the
>> chicks.
>>
>> On the other hand, pole monitoring may be more genteel compared with
>> climbing the tree. Mostly raptors and herons perhaps, it is best to let
>> wildlife academic people with training and permits, or the PGC, do iit.
>> Somme colleges have raptor biology courses and a degree, and the raptor
>> research place in Steven's Point, WI, www.raptorresearch.com. You will
>> learn to climb a tree or cliff, for example, with disturbing it minimally.
>> If you have the habit of visiting breeding raptors and herons and coming
>> too close, even the tamer species of birds will permanently leave the nest
>> unless the chicks have fledged. U. of Minnesota ornithologist/raptor
>> biologist David Andersen, published a paper saying when he climbs a nest
>> tree of some Red-tailed Hawk pair, as the chicks grew, he was attacked
>> fewer times.
>>
>> The Migratory Bird Treaty Act may cover nests, disturbance, and taking
>> birds, bird parts, and eggs, and two other acts cover the transportation of
>> these materials. Bald and Golden Eagles, according to the Eagle Act, are
>> protected strongly and can lead to a $5000 first offense or year in jail,
>> or both, $10,000 each additional offense. Migratory other species, like
>> songbirds, if violated, can render a $500 fine or six months in prison, or
>> both. Oops, the latter is from the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation
>> Act! Vagrants and House Sparrows, European Starlings, and Rock Pigeons are
>> not protected. Also, according to the Congressional Record, Lesser
>> Black-backed Gulls, Cattle Egrets, and Eurasian Collared Doves may not have
>> gotten on the okay list for protection yet
>>
>> People do seem to violate wildlife law, a lot surprisingly: one person I
>> met was from Florida, and shot an Alligator after they were remove from the
>> Endangered Species List. He thought it wasn't protected anymore.
>>
>> Nice subject... thank you very much,, Chris and the other respondents to my
>> box inquiry. Natural history is still exciting!
>>
>> Grant Stevenson
>> Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/12/18 7:23 pm
From: Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul...>
Subject: Re: on wildlife law and research techniques: response to Chris Grecco
Realistically, no one is going to get in trouble for using a mirror pole to check on a bird nest (any more than you'll be arrested for opening your nest box to see if the bluebird eggs have hatched yet). The more sensitive the species -- including raptors, and especially eagles -- the more likely state or federal law enforcement will take issue with nest disturbance, but if you're peeking in your backyard robin nest, you're fine.

Ironically, this discussion comes at a time when the Trump administration has moved to seriously weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, just in time for the MBTA's 100th birthday. (Audubon, Nat Geo, the Cornell Lab and 50 other organizations have declared 2018 "The Year of the Bird" to commemorate this historic, bedrock law.) The new interpretation of the law, announced over the holidays, will make it extraordinarily difficult to hold oil companies, energy producers and others liable for killing native birds, unless it can be shown that their actions were intended to "render an animal subject to human control." That would have left those responsible for the Exxon Valdez and the BP oil spill, to take two examples under which MBTA violations were prosecuted, off the hook despite immense damage to bird populations.

Just today, 17 former Interior Department officials, representing eight administrations of both parties back to Nixon (and yes, including Reagan appointees) wrote to Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke asking that the department reverse its ruling, calling the new guidelines a "contrived legal standard that creates a huge loophole" in the MBTA.

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA





On Jan 12, 2018, at 9:52 PM, Grant Stevenson wrote:

> In response to Chris, maybe poles with mirrors disturb the nest to much,
> possibly causing nest failure. For example, even causing some of the
> chicks.
>
> On the other hand, pole monitoring may be more genteel compared with
> climbing the tree. Mostly raptors and herons perhaps, it is best to let
> wildlife academic people with training and permits, or the PGC, do iit.
> Somme colleges have raptor biology courses and a degree, and the raptor
> research place in Steven's Point, WI, www.raptorresearch.com. You will
> learn to climb a tree or cliff, for example, with disturbing it minimally.
> If you have the habit of visiting breeding raptors and herons and coming
> too close, even the tamer species of birds will permanently leave the nest
> unless the chicks have fledged. U. of Minnesota ornithologist/raptor
> biologist David Andersen, published a paper saying when he climbs a nest
> tree of some Red-tailed Hawk pair, as the chicks grew, he was attacked
> fewer times.
>
> The Migratory Bird Treaty Act may cover nests, disturbance, and taking
> birds, bird parts, and eggs, and two other acts cover the transportation of
> these materials. Bald and Golden Eagles, according to the Eagle Act, are
> protected strongly and can lead to a $5000 first offense or year in jail,
> or both, $10,000 each additional offense. Migratory other species, like
> songbirds, if violated, can render a $500 fine or six months in prison, or
> both. Oops, the latter is from the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation
> Act! Vagrants and House Sparrows, European Starlings, and Rock Pigeons are
> not protected. Also, according to the Congressional Record, Lesser
> Black-backed Gulls, Cattle Egrets, and Eurasian Collared Doves may not have
> gotten on the okay list for protection yet
>
> People do seem to violate wildlife law, a lot surprisingly: one person I
> met was from Florida, and shot an Alligator after they were remove from the
> Endangered Species List. He thought it wasn't protected anymore.
>
> Nice subject... thank you very much,, Chris and the other respondents to my
> box inquiry. Natural history is still exciting!
>
> Grant Stevenson
> Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/12/18 6:52 pm
From: Grant Stevenson <pahawkowl...>
Subject: on wildlife law and research techniques: response to Chris Grecco
In response to Chris, maybe poles with mirrors disturb the nest to much,
possibly causing nest failure. For example, even causing some of the
chicks.

On the other hand, pole monitoring may be more genteel compared with
climbing the tree. Mostly raptors and herons perhaps, it is best to let
wildlife academic people with training and permits, or the PGC, do iit.
Somme colleges have raptor biology courses and a degree, and the raptor
research place in Steven's Point, WI, www.raptorresearch.com. You will
learn to climb a tree or cliff, for example, with disturbing it minimally.
If you have the habit of visiting breeding raptors and herons and coming
too close, even the tamer species of birds will permanently leave the nest
unless the chicks have fledged. U. of Minnesota ornithologist/raptor
biologist David Andersen, published a paper saying when he climbs a nest
tree of some Red-tailed Hawk pair, as the chicks grew, he was attacked
fewer times.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act may cover nests, disturbance, and taking
birds, bird parts, and eggs, and two other acts cover the transportation of
these materials. Bald and Golden Eagles, according to the Eagle Act, are
protected strongly and can lead to a $5000 first offense or year in jail,
or both, $10,000 each additional offense. Migratory other species, like
songbirds, if violated, can render a $500 fine or six months in prison, or
both. Oops, the latter is from the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation
Act! Vagrants and House Sparrows, European Starlings, and Rock Pigeons are
not protected. Also, according to the Congressional Record, Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, Cattle Egrets, and Eurasian Collared Doves may not have
gotten on the okay list for protection yet

People do seem to violate wildlife law, a lot surprisingly: one person I
met was from Florida, and shot an Alligator after they were remove from the
Endangered Species List. He thought it wasn't protected anymore.

Nice subject... thank you very much,, Chris and the other respondents to my
box inquiry. Natural history is still exciting!

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/12/18 2:35 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Com. Goldeneyes - Beaver Co.
This afternoon there was a flock of four Common Goldeneyes and a
Ring-necked Duck at the mouth of the Beaver River

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 1/12/18 10:34 am
From: Dave Brooke <davbrooke...>
Subject: Peregrine Allegheny Co
A pair of Peregrine Falcons are active under the Tarentum bridge on the Allegheny river. They were out on an ice flow and appeared to be eating. They have also flown up to the bridge to perch.

Dave Brooke
Allegheny Co.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/12/18 8:03 am
From: PSO <PSO...>
Subject: Big Day definition clarification
A big Day consists of one team that stays together all day (except for
potty breaks), not multiple teams or parties.

Frank





--
Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology
 

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Date: 1/12/18 6:08 am
From: Franklin Haas <fhaasbirds...>
Subject: RFI: Big Day Totals
I am looking for Big Day records for Pennsylvania to put on the PSO website.

I know that back in the 70s and 80s especially, a lot of birders in the
state ran big days. Does anyone do them anymore?

For the uninitiated, a Big Day is a list of all of the species seen in a
prescribed area (state, county, back yard...) Between midnight and midnight
on one day by a party of two or more birders. Most over the years have been
run in mid-may, hoping to catch the peak of migration, but others have been
run throughout the year. It is a great way to learn where all of the
breeding species can be found in your area (you have to plan out your route
so as to maximize both breeders and migrants).

I would like to gather all of the Big Day totals that have been run in
Pennsylvania (statewide or local) and add them to the listing section of
the website.

If you ran (or run) Big Days in the state (doesn’t matter how long ago),
please send me your information on them.

I would like the date, whether it was a state, county, backyard, etc.,
names of the participants, total species for the day, total species
seen/heard by all participants (in other words, sometimes a birds flies by
and is seen by one or two in the party, but not everyone), and any comments
you would like to make about that day.

Please send the info to <fchaas...>

Thanks

Frank Haas





--
Frank Haas

Wisdom begins with putting the right name to a thing.
 

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Date: 1/11/18 4:27 pm
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: Sixteen Harriers at Pennsylvania Furnace Rd. (Huntingdon Co.)
Thursday evening while waiting for Short-eared Owls, which we did not see, 16 N. Harriers were counted coursing around the fields at Pennsylvania Furnace Rd (Hunt. County)

Greg Grove
Editor - Pennsylvania Birds
9524 Stone Creek Ridge Road, Huntingdon, PA. 16652
814 643 3295
<gwg2...>
 

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Date: 1/11/18 9:47 am
From: Donna Collett <dcollett57...>
Subject: Hermit Thrush Beaver cty
I was pleasantly surprised to see a very active Hermit Thrush at Raccoon
Creek SP. Also had a fly over of one of the resident Ravens.
A lovely day to try and work out stiffness and see a few birds.
Donna Collett
Beaver County
 

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Date: 1/11/18 8:45 am
From: Dan Richards <drichards7...>
Subject: Northern Shrike, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harrier, Clearfield Co.
This morning I took a drive around NW Clearfield County and observed the following notable species:


Northern Shrike (1) Saddle Club Rd., Luthersburg


Rough-legged Hawk (2) Kirk Rd. & Stoney Lonesome Rd., Luthersburg


Northern Harrier (1) Sandy Ridge Rd., Clover Run


Purple Finch (2) Anderson Creek Rd., Home Camp




Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 1/11/18 7:44 am
From: Chris Grecco <chris.grecco65...>
Subject: Winter Roost Boxes.
I saw a posts regarding the use of nest boxes as winter roosting quarters,
for cavity nesting and other species of birds during colder months.

There are "roost boxes" available for purchase, and plans for same
available.

I have witnessed non-cavity nesters such as dark-eyed juncos exit nest
boxes during extreme cold weather situations.

I also saw a reference to a beauty mirror on a pole being possibly illegal?
Just wondering what that was about and the reason?

Chris Grecco
Clearfield,Pa.
Clearfield Co.
 

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Date: 1/11/18 7:13 am
From: J Pat Valentik <jettpakk...>
Subject: Re: winter bird boxes question
Yes. My EABL boxes have groups in winter and I've seen multiple birds come
out of other breeding holes in cooler seasons.

On 8:00AM, Thu, Jan 11, 2018 Michael Barcaskey <mikebarcaskey...>
wrote:

> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jan 11, 2018, at 1:35 AM, "Grant Stevenson" <pahawkowl...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Has anyone seen in a cavity a bird spps. huddling in trees, and perhaps
> > nest boxes, like a winter roost box, such as the one used for breeding
> the
> > previous year, together in a circle with heads in center?
> >
> > The literature seems to indicate so far that the following may be such
> > species : Eastern Bluebirds, Brown Creepers, chickadee spps., like
> > Black-capped and Carolina, and Boreal up in Canada, titmice spps.
> (Tufted),
> > nuthatch spps., especially White-breasted, and possibly Downy
> Woodpeckers.
> > A pole with a beauty mirror may come in handy, but may be illegal. I ope
> > soon to contact the PGC about this soon.
> >
> > Grant Stevenson
> > Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
>
--

J Pat Valentik
Huntsville, AR
479 981 0901
 

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Date: 1/11/18 6:00 am
From: Michael Barcaskey <mikebarcaskey...>
Subject: Re: winter bird boxes question
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 11, 2018, at 1:35 AM, "Grant Stevenson" <pahawkowl...> wrote:
>
> Has anyone seen in a cavity a bird spps. huddling in trees, and perhaps
> nest boxes, like a winter roost box, such as the one used for breeding the
> previous year, together in a circle with heads in center?
>
> The literature seems to indicate so far that the following may be such
> species : Eastern Bluebirds, Brown Creepers, chickadee spps., like
> Black-capped and Carolina, and Boreal up in Canada, titmice spps. (Tufted),
> nuthatch spps., especially White-breasted, and possibly Downy Woodpeckers.
> A pole with a beauty mirror may come in handy, but may be illegal. I ope
> soon to contact the PGC about this soon.
>
> Grant Stevenson
> Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/10/18 10:35 pm
From: Grant Stevenson <pahawkowl...>
Subject: winter bird boxes question
Has anyone seen in a cavity a bird spps. huddling in trees, and perhaps
nest boxes, like a winter roost box, such as the one used for breeding the
previous year, together in a circle with heads in center?

The literature seems to indicate so far that the following may be such
species : Eastern Bluebirds, Brown Creepers, chickadee spps., like
Black-capped and Carolina, and Boreal up in Canada, titmice spps. (Tufted),
nuthatch spps., especially White-breasted, and possibly Downy Woodpeckers.
A pole with a beauty mirror may come in handy, but may be illegal. I ope
soon to contact the PGC about this soon.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/10/18 6:40 pm
From: Amy Langman <birdgyrl...>
Subject: Re: Snow Geese, Berks/Lehigh Co.
We had a huge flock on Saturday along Route 222 near Church Road not too far from the Lehigh County line in Maxatawny. They stretched over the hills, so I couldn’t estimate.

Amy L.
Morgantown, PA

> On Jan 10, 2018, at 4:55 PM, Heveran . <hheveran...> wrote:
>
> Hello PA Birders,
>
> I saw a large flock of Snow Geese while driving home at the intersection of Valley Rd and Dorney Rd. I hastily estimated 5,000 as more settled in the distance. I saw a few dark geese mixed in, but wasn't sure if they were blue morph Snows or Canada Geese.
>
> Good birding,
> Paul Heveran
 

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Date: 1/10/18 6:39 pm
From: Russ States <pelagics202...>
Subject: Re: PISP; Erie County; 01/09/2018
They do not use salt on the roads at Presque Isle.


On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:38 AM, Richard Nugent <rmnugent...>
wrote:

> Yesterday I birded for several hours at Presque Isle State Park. It was
> a pleasant winter day with temperatures in the low 30s and light wind. The
> bays were almost completely frozen and there was substantial pack ice in
> Lake Erie. I measured about 12 inches of heavy crusted snow in the park and
> hiking without snowshoes was difficult. The roads were covered with hard
> packed snow and ice with no evidence of salt being used. As a result most
> of my birding was within 100 feet of my car. The tiny amount of open water
> held a nice variety of waterbirds and I did see one Snowy Owl on the ice of
> Presque Isle Bay. My list of highlights is below:
>
> Mallard
> American Black Duck
> Ring-necked Duck
> Common Goldeneye
> Common Merganser
> Red-breasted Merganser
> Double-crested Cormorant
> Rough-legged Hawk (light morph; life county bird for me)
> Snowy Owl
>
> Best Regards ....... Richard Nugent
> Hampton Township, Allegheny County
>
 

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Date: 1/10/18 4:25 pm
From: Vern Gauthier <verngauthier14...>
Subject: Short-eared Owls Cumberland County
Greetings,
There are 4 Short-eared Owls at Ponderosa Road which is near Opossum Lake.
Vern Gauthier
Newville
 

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Date: 1/10/18 1:55 pm
From: Heveran . <hheveran...>
Subject: Snow Geese, Berks/Lehigh Co.
Hello PA Birders,

I saw a large flock of Snow Geese while driving home at the intersection of Valley Rd and Dorney Rd. I hastily estimated 5,000 as more settled in the distance. I saw a few dark geese mixed in, but wasn't sure if they were blue morph Snows or Canada Geese.

Good birding,
Paul Heveran
 

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Date: 1/10/18 1:26 pm
From: bill drolsbaugh <00000046cda72c3b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Cabin Fever Sunday outing Mercer/Lawrence Co
Steve Sanford Mimi iHoffmaster and My self fled  Sharon Pa with a big Thermos of Hot Cocoa Sunday afternoon  and headed to Cotton rd Heather Heights  intersection. It wasn't long before  we spotted our first ROUGH LEGGED HAWK medium  plumage at 200yds to the West  it circled us and did its famous Hover Hunting flight pattern       Our ever present Northern  Mockingbird was on duty near the intersection as usual   we then scuttled over through Volant creek valley  and on to the Volant Siloes  to surprise 107 Sand hill cranes dining on stubble corn and doing their mystical  dry rattle calls   we could see light reddish mottling on their flanks easily at no more than 100 yds away      Moving on to try and spot the Snowy owl or the Northern Shrike reports   that have been seen  moving around the SHANER rd area  with no luck   we did find 40+Field Sparrows dining at an  old orchard on apples seeds    We then headed up to White chapel rd area hoping for Snow bunting and Horned larks  and found 8 H.larks feeding     further down the rd at a  hillside seep area we spied a COMMON SNIPE noodling for worms and a KILLDEER keeping it  company Running out of light we returned to the VOLANT  SILOES just in time to see a big female COOPERS hawk drop on a House sparrow flock from 3 ft  and proceed to pin  strip and eat one of the unlucky    Wonderful shots for MiMI with her New Sony 64x camera   the Common  Snipe was a lifer for her !!!  Nice frozen afternoon for all     Bill Drolsbaugh Mercer & Lawrence co 
 

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Date: 1/10/18 11:30 am
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Dickcissel, Northampton County
A little while ago, I looked out the window at the feeders, which is usually packed with House Sparrows. One of the birds on the ground looked a little different and when I put the bins on it, it turned out to be a first-winter Dickcissel! It later perched in the honeysuckle next to the feeder. I took a bunch of photos. Some are online at:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/JSudUe2iQoenSiBA2

My address is: 3339 Allen Street, Easton, PA 18045.
Anyone is welcome to come and look for the bird. The feeders are on the left side of the house along a fence. They are easily visible from the street, so please BIRD ONLY FROM THE STREET.

As I write this, the whole group of birds left after a Sharp-shinned Hawk sent them scurrying into the shrubs. They periodically harassed by accipiters. Hopefully, the bird will return.

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

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Date: 1/10/18 7:55 am
From: Richard Nugent <rmnugent...>
Subject: Snowy Owl; Crawford County; 01/09/2018
Yesterday on my way home from Erie County, I did a little birding in the Pymatuning area. My first stop was the Conneaut Lake marina, where the bubblers keep a little water open. Lots of geese and coots with a few other ducks:

American Coot
Canada Goose
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Redhead
Common Goldeneye
Ring-necked Duck

I then drove to the causeway to see if the Snowy Owl was still present. I easily saw it as I was driving, but had to drive to Ohio and turn around in order to park along the causeway. The owl was well inside Pennsylvania and was sitting on the ice about 100 yards north of the road. It was calm, but vigilant as it frequently rotated its head almost 180 degrees to the right and then to the left. While I was enjoying the owl two Snow Buntings flew past me at close range.

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

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Date: 1/10/18 7:38 am
From: Richard Nugent <rmnugent...>
Subject: PISP; Erie County; 01/09/2018
Yesterday I birded for several hours at Presque Isle State Park. It was a pleasant winter day with temperatures in the low 30s and light wind. The bays were almost completely frozen and there was substantial pack ice in Lake Erie. I measured about 12 inches of heavy crusted snow in the park and hiking without snowshoes was difficult. The roads were covered with hard packed snow and ice with no evidence of salt being used. As a result most of my birding was within 100 feet of my car. The tiny amount of open water held a nice variety of waterbirds and I did see one Snowy Owl on the ice of Presque Isle Bay. My list of highlights is below:

Mallard
American Black Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Rough-legged Hawk (light morph; life county bird for me)
Snowy Owl

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

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Date: 1/10/18 5:28 am
From: Lisa Dziuban <dziubanlisa...>
Subject: Bluebirds Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co.
Despite the -3 temps here the other morning the bluebird flock that frequents the hedgerows on Meeting House and Curly Hill Rds seemed quite active yesterday as the temperature rose to 40 degrees. Also it was great to hear the songs of the Carolina Wrens, Song Sparrows and Chickadees.


Lisa Dziuban
 

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Date: 1/9/18 6:10 pm
From: Glenn Rutan <glenn.rutan...>
Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Cumberland Cty
This morning about 7:30, I saw what I think could only be 3 sandhill cranes flying WNW across I-81 just south of the Newville exit 37.

Glenn Rutan
Chambersburg, Franklin County
 

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Date: 1/9/18 3:27 pm
From: Dave Leibert <xdave...>
Subject: Re: Berks Snowy post
Howdy All,

Regarding my post it should read to HANG OUT, not to hand out! Kuztown
is a great little town to spend some time in. Decent birding in the
general region too.

Not sure how to edit your posts once they are up.

Dave
 

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Date: 1/9/18 3:00 pm
From: Dave Leibert <xdave...>
Subject: Berks Snowy
Howdy All,

I've had the Winter birding bug recently and decided to take a trip out
to the Kutztown area to hand out and look for snowies.

After a few laps through the farm area by Weaver's hardware,I was
treated to a snowy owl flying in from the west very low across Mertz
road. This was 100 feet in front of my car.

This individual was on the lighter side and landed on a telephone pole.
That is pretty high up for a snowy owl I guess. As for a second snowy I
thought I saw something white sitting on a big concrete cube by the
raised up turn on the main road but there was no way to stop and view
through binocs.

Happy Birding,
Dave
 

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Date: 1/9/18 12:54 pm
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...>
Subject: Bald eagle (Indiana co)
Happy New Year,
Warm out there today and can see the driveway after shoveling off snow and
ice. Birds are happy too and using the creek, which is thawing and snow
melting. Made it thru bitter temps and ice with pond still running. Added
another heater and that helped. Expecting to see frogs on rocks when temps
hit above 50 in a few days!!!

Dan was out for a walk and I asked him if he saw any red tails? Looked out
the door and here comes a huge bird flying toward house and circling over
garden and barn. NOT a Red-tailed Hawk, but an immature Bald Eagle. 2 into
3 year. Came back over yard and flew west headed toward Saltsburg or
Loyalhanna. Not that far as the Eagle flies. Nice yard bird and up to 25
species for the yard since 2018 started. Been slow.

Lots of sparrows-tree, white-throated, song and dejuncos. Way too many
FARM birds-mourning doves, house sparrows and bhcowbirds...House finches
we’re near 70 during the bitter weather. Did heard some singing. Also
white-throated were singing during those cold temps. Poor old Sam Peabody
was cold! Expect to hear more singing as temperatures keep getting warmer.

Enjoy the thaw. Cold again by weekend.

Marcy Cunkelman, Clarksburg, Indiana co
 

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Date: 1/9/18 11:45 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 8 January 2018
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE01.08.18

Highlights:
HARLEQUIN DUCK (Crawford County)
SNOWY OWL (Erie and Mercer Counties)

Contributors: Alan Buriak, John Flannigan, Steve Gosser, Glenn Koppel, Jerry McWilliams, Aidan Place, Russ States, Marjorie Van Tassel.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 1 January 2018 through Monday, 8 January 2018

**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

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PLEASE NOTE: COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At Brunot's Island on 1/1, 2 REDHEADS (AP).

On 1/1 at Six Mile Island, 3 REDHEADS (AP).

At Highland Park on 1/2, NORTHERN PINTAIL (AP).

On 1/3 in McKees Rocks, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK and others (JF).

In Gibsonia on 1/4, 1 PINE SISKIN (AB).

In Brackenridge on 1/6, sightings included 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK (SG).

On 1/6 at Bell Harbour in Blawnox, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (AP).

On 1/7 in an unspecified backyard location, 1 FOX SPARROW (FOY) (JF).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

In Worthington on 1/3, 1 dark-phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (MVan).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 1/2 in Pymatuning, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (1 dark phase) (GK).

Near Meadville on 1/8, 1 hen HARLEQUIN DUCK (reported to RS).


ERIE COUNTY:

On 1/3 at Presque Isle State Park, 4 SNOWY OWLS (JM).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

On 1/2 in the Slater Road area, 1 SNOWY OWL (GK), 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (reported to GK).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

From previous 2 weeks: on 12/13 at Peters Lake, REDHEAD (GG). On 12/17 north of Taylorstown, PURPLE FINCHES (AT).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

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Date: 1/8/18 7:28 pm
From: LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...>
Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday January 23rd, 2018
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday January 23rd, 2018

_______________________________________________

Cerulean Warbler conservation concerns and population status in eastern Pennsylvania-- by Dr. Gregory George

Program Description:


Greg George will discuss the background and population trends of Cerulean Warblers across the species’ range and then highlight how populations are changing in Eastern Pennsylvania. This will be the first talk given that includes some of the newest information gathered from the 2017 field research season along the Delaware River within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.


____________________________________________

About the Speaker:

Greg George is an Associate Professor of Biology at Delaware Valley University (DVU) where he teaches Ornithology, Ecology, Quantitative Ecology and a Tropical Ecology course in Costa Rica. He has spent the majority of the last 10 years studying Cerulean Warblers. From 2004-2009 his research focused on foraging ecology and the influence of silviculture operations on Cerulean population demographics at West Virginia University (WVU) while completing his Ph.D. in wildlife management. More recently, he has focused on areas of population expansion in northeast Pennsylvania.

Greg has worked on various projects associated with the conservation of Neotropical migrants including Ovenbirds, Louisiana Waterthrush and raptors. His interest in raptors culminates from 20+ years of volunteering with the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary research department. His work with raptor migration at Hawk Mountain afforded him the opportunity to assist research crews quantifying raptor migration in the Florida Keys (1997) and Veracruz, Mexico (2000). Prior to his time at WVU, Greg was a raptor bander along the Kittatinny Ridge, north of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Greg expanded on his international researcher experience while investigating niche partitioning among a guild of obligate riparian songbirds in Costa Rica (2003 - 2004) for his Master’s thesis from East Stroudsburg University.


_______________________________________________


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




Directions:


NOTE: New Galena Road is ​NOW OPEN AGAIN!!


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: http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/directions/

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 ...


_________________________________________________


For further information please contact:


LeRoy Tabb


<tabbleroy...>



 

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Date: 1/8/18 5:18 pm
From: Russ States <pelagics202...>
Subject: Crawford
Hi,
I got a report of a female harlequin duck at the creek that crosses under
Wilson Shute Rd. near Meadville.
I looked for a short time today, but did not see it.

Russ States
Oil City
 

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Date: 1/8/18 1:54 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Re: Cackling Geese in Southern Lancaster County
Additional aquatic species seen on the Susquehanna in front of my house
later in the afternoon was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3
Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes, 1 hen).

BOB

> Dear PABirders,
>
> At 3pm this afternoon there were 4 Cackling Geese on the Susquehanna
> River in front of my house in Peach Bottom.  They were swimming
> downriver with a flock of approximately 200 Canada Geese, which made for
> an easy comparison.  Also on the river at that time were 4 American
> Black Ducks, 24 Bufflehead, 13 Common Mergansers, and a single Horned
> Grebe.
>
> An Eastern Phoebe was again drinking from our heated water bath earlier
> today.  I had not seen it since the end of December.
>
> Take care,
> BOB
>
> BOB SCHUTSKY
> Web Site  www.birdtreks.com
> --
> BIRD TREKS--Quality Worldwide Birding Tours
> 216 Spring Lane
> Peach Bottom, PA USA 17563-4008
> VOICE 717-548-3303      CELL 717-572-0771      FAX 717-548-3327
> E-MAIL <info...>
>


--
BOB SCHUTSKY

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

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Date: 1/8/18 12:12 pm
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: Re: Request for Info: Corn Crake Jan 2016
Since birding (and the report Robert cites) is very county driven, the
Wayne mention refers to Wayne County, not the town. The bird was found near
Honesdale, Pa. in Wayne County.

Benjamin Van Doren, who was with Cornell, worked the issue with the
homeowners and I would contact him. I do know that the Academy of Natural
Sciences in Philly was interested and I linked him up with Jason Weckstein
there to try and get the bird, but I’m not sure where it ultimately ended
up. I would reach out to Benjamin at <bmvandoren...>

There were lots of great photos and information in the post the farm made
about the find, but they deleted the post when people started commenting
about them keeping cats outside.

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 14:51 David Long <dblong2007...> wrote:

> I would assume that it eventually made it's way to the Academy of Natural
> Sciences in Philadelphia. Wayne is a western suburb of the city.
>
> Dave
>
> On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 2:33 PM, Robert DeCandido <rdcny...>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi-
> >
> > For an article I am writing on the history of the Corn Crake in North
> > America, can anyone supply information on the individual found in Wayne
> in
> > January 2016?
> >
> > Specifically, what day in early January did the cat bring in the bird?
> >
> > What was the age/sex of the bird?
> >
> > If the bird was taken to a Museum, what Museum (alternately, does anyone
> > know the collection#)?
> >
> > What was the first Corn Crake record for the state (see below)?
> >
> > Thank You!
> >
> > Bob/nyc
> > rdcny AT earthlink.net
> > =======================
> > “The other mind-bender for the week was in Pennsylvania, where a Corn
> > Crake (5) was rescued from the jaws of a cat in Wayne. Remarkably, this
> is
> > the 2nd record for the state (Pennsylvania must have the strangest rail
> > list in the ABA Area, as it also boasts Spotted Rail). Unfortunately, the
> > bird eventually succumbed to its injuries, and the specimen is on its way
> > to a museum.”
> >
> > ABA Rare Bird Alert: January 8, 2016
> > By Nate Swick, on January 8, 2016
> >
> > See: http://blog.aba.org/2016/01/rare-bird-alert-january-8-2016.html
> >
>
 

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Date: 1/8/18 12:08 pm
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Cackling Geese in Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

At 3pm this afternoon there were 4 Cackling Geese on the Susquehanna
River in front of my house in Peach Bottom. They were swimming
downriver with a flock of approximately 200 Canada Geese, which made for
an easy comparison. Also on the river at that time were 4 American
Black Ducks, 24 Bufflehead, 13 Common Mergansers, and a single Horned Grebe.

An Eastern Phoebe was again drinking from our heated water bath earlier
today. I had not seen it since the end of December.

Take care,
BOB

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

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Date: 1/8/18 11:51 am
From: David Long <dblong2007...>
Subject: Re: Request for Info: Corn Crake Jan 2016
I would assume that it eventually made it's way to the Academy of Natural
Sciences in Philadelphia. Wayne is a western suburb of the city.

Dave

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 2:33 PM, Robert DeCandido <rdcny...>
wrote:

> Hi-
>
> For an article I am writing on the history of the Corn Crake in North
> America, can anyone supply information on the individual found in Wayne in
> January 2016?
>
> Specifically, what day in early January did the cat bring in the bird?
>
> What was the age/sex of the bird?
>
> If the bird was taken to a Museum, what Museum (alternately, does anyone
> know the collection#)?
>
> What was the first Corn Crake record for the state (see below)?
>
> Thank You!
>
> Bob/nyc
> rdcny AT earthlink.net
> =======================
> “The other mind-bender for the week was in Pennsylvania, where a Corn
> Crake (5) was rescued from the jaws of a cat in Wayne. Remarkably, this is
> the 2nd record for the state (Pennsylvania must have the strangest rail
> list in the ABA Area, as it also boasts Spotted Rail). Unfortunately, the
> bird eventually succumbed to its injuries, and the specimen is on its way
> to a museum.”
>
> ABA Rare Bird Alert: January 8, 2016
> By Nate Swick, on January 8, 2016
>
> See: http://blog.aba.org/2016/01/rare-bird-alert-january-8-2016.html
>
 

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Date: 1/8/18 11:33 am
From: Robert DeCandido <rdcny...>
Subject: Request for Info: Corn Crake Jan 2016
Hi-

For an article I am writing on the history of the Corn Crake in North America, can anyone supply information on the individual found in Wayne in January 2016?

Specifically, what day in early January did the cat bring in the bird?

What was the age/sex of the bird?

If the bird was taken to a Museum, what Museum (alternately, does anyone know the collection#)?

What was the first Corn Crake record for the state (see below)?

Thank You!

Bob/nyc
rdcny AT earthlink.net
=======================
“The other mind-bender for the week was in Pennsylvania, where a Corn Crake (5) was rescued from the jaws of a cat in Wayne. Remarkably, this is the 2nd record for the state (Pennsylvania must have the strangest rail list in the ABA Area, as it also boasts Spotted Rail). Unfortunately, the bird eventually succumbed to its injuries, and the specimen is on its way to a museum.”

ABA Rare Bird Alert: January 8, 2016
By Nate Swick, on January 8, 2016

See: http://blog.aba.org/2016/01/rare-bird-alert-january-8-2016.html
 

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Date: 1/8/18 11:10 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 1 January 2018
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE01.01.18

Highlights:
SNOW GOOSE (Allegheny County)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Armstrong, Lawrence, and Venango Counties)
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (Lawrence and Venango Counties)
SNOW BUNTING

Contributors: Alan Buriak, Michael David, John Flannigan, Amy Henrici, Flo McGuire, Jerry McWilliams, Kate St. John, Russ States, Shannon Thompson, Marjorie Van Tassel, Mark Vass.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 25 December 2017 through Monday, 1 January 2018

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PLEASE NOTE: COMMON LOON, TUNDRA SWAN, NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RING-NECKED DUCK, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

In Oakland on 12/27, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS (KSJ).

In Pittsburgh on 12/28-12/29, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (ST).

In Findlay Township on 12/29-12/30, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (MVas).

On 12/29 at Janoski's Farm, 1 BLUE-MORPH SNOW GOOSE (MVas).

At McKees Rocks on 1/1, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS (JF).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

At Crooked Creek Lake on 12/26, ~20 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (reported to MVan).

On 12/30 in the Worthington area, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (AB).


ERIE COUNTY:

On 1/1 at Presque Isle, sightings included 10 REDHEADS, 13 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 14 LONG-TAILED DUCKS (JM).


FOREST COUNTY:

Near Neiltown on 12/31, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (FM).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

In the Volant Strips area on 12/27, sightings included 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE, 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 2 REDHEADS, 63-67 SANDHILL CRANES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 105 HORNED LARKS, 1 SNOW BUNTING (AB).

On 1/1 in New Wilmington, 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 30 HORNED LARKS (MVas).


VENANGO COUNTY:

Over Kahle Lake on 12/29, 16 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MD).

On 12/31 during the Pleasantville CBC, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 3 SNOW BUNTINGS, 57 PINE SISKINS, SHORT-EARED OWL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR (RS).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Date: 1/8/18 9:35 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: RFI: Birding in Newfoundland
Does anyone have information on birding in Newfoundland, possible bird guides and places to stay?
Please reply off-list.
Thanks,

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

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Date: 1/8/18 5:39 am
From: Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...>
Subject: Ross' Geese - Weir Lake (Monroe)
Yes, "geese".

While I was unsuccessfully chasing the Ross' Goose at Beltzville yesterday AM, I ran into Rich Rehrig who told me about a group of Ross' Geese at Weir Lake near Brodheadsville that he had seen New Year's Day.

I ran over there and found 8 - count 'em, 8 - Ross' Geese mixed in with the large flock of Canada Geese. There were also quite a few white domestic mallards there with their bills tucked in, just to make things tricky, but the Ross' Geese pretty much kept to themselves in the middle of the lake. This is easily the most Ross' geese I've ever seen at one time in the eastern US. Thanks for the tip, Rich!

I suspect with these ultra-low temperatures north of us, we're going to see a lot more waterfowl in general as the bigger lakes freeze over. Keep your eyes open!

Good birding,

Jeff Hopkins
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Date: 1/7/18 9:00 pm
From: Kevin Dougherty <quid789...>
Subject: Waterfowl, Lehigh River, Lehigh County
With the cold weather freezing up most of the waterbodies, waterfowl are
concentrating on the Lehigh River although the river itself is frozen from
bank to bank or choked with floating ice in many segments. I went along the
Lehigh River from just upstream of the Sewer plant outfall to downstream of
Sterners Island (Canal Park) and found numerous canvasbacks, common
goldeneyes, redheads, and a pair of greater scaups along with the usual
suspects, and one forlorn killdeer. Additionally, there are large numbers
of gulls in the area along the sewer plant shoreline. If you have the time
this represents a good opportunity to catch some of those ducks that seem
to be hard to find in the county. The checklist can be found at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41734526.

kevin dougherty
 

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Date: 1/7/18 6:29 pm
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Lancaster - GREAT CORMORANTS Chestnut Grove Natural Area
Today Mike Epler, Meredith Lombard, Nicole Koeltzow, and I had both
continuing juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, light and intermediate types, a
passing juvenile ICELAND GULL, two flyover GREAT CORMORANTS (juv and
adult), and the continuing BLUE GROSBEAK from yesterday.

The cormorants were flying south following the Susquehanna. Unlike the
Delaware river in winter, the Susquehanna is a very difficult place to find
this bird. As several have suggested, they are likely an artifact of winter
storm Grayson that buzzed up the east coast. Perhaps there could be other
coastal storm birds moving through the state?

Photos and complete list are here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41726249

Zach Millen
Akron
 

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Date: 1/7/18 5:57 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: snowy owls, waterfowl, berks
Both Snowy Owls were reported by birders along Mertz Rd. near Weaver's
Hardware, Fleetwood this morning. I saw one of them in corn stubble near the
first farm on Mertz Rd. near Weaver's. L. Ontelaunee is frozen thickly
enough to support many huts of ice fishermen, and Blue Marsh L. is all or
mostly frozen. This has concentrated waterfowl at Breneman's Quarry, where
they're easy to watch. You have to be patient and pick the goodies out of
the big flocks of Canadas & Mallards. List below.


> E.J. Breneman Quarry, Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> Jan 7, 2018 2:20 PM - 3:43 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Clear, light nw wind, 17F, 1" snowcover. Quarry about half
> frozen. Local lakes frozen.
> 29 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Snow Goose 1
> Greater White-fronted Goose 10 Probably the same flock that has been
> seen here for several days. Pinkish orange bills, white frontal shields.
> Cackling Goose 1
> Canada Goose 4000
> Mute Swan 1
> Tundra Swan 1
> Northern Shoveler 2
> Gadwall 2
> Mallard 200
> Mallard (Domestic type) 3
> American Black Duck 10 What appeared to be a female Am. Black Duck
> seemed to be paired with a male Mallard, staying with it wherever it swam.
> Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1
> Canvasback 1
> Redhead 3
> Ring-necked Duck 9
> Hooded Merganser 3
> Common Merganser 11
> Red-breasted Merganser 1 Female type plumage. Washed out version of
> female Common Merganser.
> Ruddy Duck 13
> Pied-billed Grebe 2
> Double-crested Cormorant 3 Unusual in Berks Co. in Jan. Usually gone
> by early Dec.
> Turkey Vulture 1
> American Coot 13
> Ring-billed Gull 67
> Mourning Dove 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> European Starling 7
> Dark-eyed Junco 5
> White-throated Sparrow 3
> Northern Cardinal 2
> House Finch 15
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41729053
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 1/7/18 3:21 pm
From: Herbert Flavell <herb1013...>
Subject: Re: On Bird Feeding, 1/7
I sort of like that nuisance. I started feeding deer here about 28 years
ago when I found two dead of starvation does by my  small pond out by my
Hemlock forest. Now I have as many as 50 deer eating from 2 rubber
feeding bowls and 2 mineral blocks that I put out all winter. Then the
deer food drew turkeys. So my flock numbers about 40. I looked out the
window one day last year to find 4 horses enjoying a meal on deer food.
I called the PA State Police to see if they had a report of lost horses.
They had not. The horses left and I found out that they had jumped a
fence at a riding stable over the west mountain. Feeding birds can be a
problem. I used to feed from 4 feeders on my open back deck when I had
the 300 Red Pols here. But a Bear used to just walk up the stairs to
raid my feeders at night. Then he stole and broke 2 hummer feeders
suctioned to the dinning room window. So I moved my feeders to the
enclosed front deck. That lead to Red  and Gray Squirrels chewing a hole
in the T111 siding and going into the front deck. I solved that after
have - heart trapping 15 Reds a Gray  squirrel and a dozen Chip monks.
The mice drove me nuts setting off the trap and crawling through holes
in the trap> I solved that by lining the wall with aluminum and storing
food in 2 garbage cans.But I still get a nightly visit by Raccoons,
Possums a skunk and this summer a Porcupine. We got rid of him by
calling my neighbor who is a PA fish warden. He came with a long pole
with a lasso on the end to live trap the porky. The Porky saw ham and
took off under my motor home never to be seen again. He was quite
friendly because some of my grand kids were here and just went and
looked at him like you would a cat.I dont feed the deer till after deer
season is over so that none of the hunters that I let hunt could be
blamed for hunting over bait.

Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County


On 1/7/2018 5:21 PM, Grant Stevenson wrote:
> PA Game Commission, PGC.pa.gov, on You-Tube: Do Not Feed Wildlife: animals
> tend to get disease, hit windows, road-killed, etc. if you have a louder,
> more active/aggressive bird-life at your feeders amount and squirrels at
> your feeders, please consider taking away some food and putting out less
> per day from now on. Simply imagine them under the conditions of turkeys
> just before Thanksgiving. Provided for wild birds can become a nuisance.
> Thank you.
>
> Grant Stevenson
> Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/7/18 2:21 pm
From: Grant Stevenson <pahawkowl...>
Subject: On Bird Feeding, 1/7
PA Game Commission, PGC.pa.gov, on You-Tube: Do Not Feed Wildlife: animals
tend to get disease, hit windows, road-killed, etc. if you have a louder,
more active/aggressive bird-life at your feeders amount and squirrels at
your feeders, please consider taking away some food and putting out less
per day from now on. Simply imagine them under the conditions of turkeys
just before Thanksgiving. Provided for wild birds can become a nuisance.
Thank you.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 1/7/18 2:03 pm
From: Linda Rowan <lrowan1...>
Subject: Re: Fox Sparrows Levittown Bucks County
Make that 3 Fox Sparrows as another appeared just before 5 PM. All three
feeding on the ground where black oil sunflower seed has been spread.

Linda Rowan

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Rowan
Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2018 4:45 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Fox Sparrows Levittown Bucks County

Yesterday we saw the first Fox Sparrow of the year in the yard. Today there
were two Fox Sparrows. Had a Carolina Wren near a Fox Sparrow and that
sparrow made the wren look really tiny.

Linda Rowan
Levittown Bucks County
 

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Date: 1/7/18 1:56 pm
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) Bucks Co. (12/31-1/6)
All,
The species count was 63 this week. The lake is mostly frozen. Some highlights include:
Snow Geese
1 Greater-White-fronted Goose 1/1-1/2 photo
Cackling Geese
9 duck species including:
1 N. Pintail 12/31
5 Common Goldeneyes 1/6
2 Red-breasted Mergansers 1/6
Bald Eagle - high report 8 1/1
9 sparrow species including:
13 Chipping Sparrow 1/3
1 Fox Sparrow 1/1
E. Towhee through at least 1/5


Thanks to all who shared their sightings.


August Mirabella
North Wales, PA
 

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Date: 1/7/18 1:45 pm
From: Linda Rowan <lrowan1...>
Subject: Fox Sparrows Levittown Bucks County
Yesterday we saw the first Fox Sparrow of the year in the yard. Today there were two Fox Sparrows. Had a Carolina Wren near a Fox Sparrow and that sparrow made the wren look really tiny.

Linda Rowan
Levittown Bucks County
 

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Date: 1/7/18 9:20 am
From: john flannigan <rublzrme...>
Subject: Fox sparrow-Allegheny county
This morning had a FOY Fox Sparrow under the feeders.

Enjoy your birding

John Flannigan

Allegheny county
 

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Date: 1/7/18 9:06 am
From: Bruce and Sherri Carl <000000e695e98431-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lititz CBC 12/31/2017- Middle Creek Section Final Tally
PA BIRDERS,



A final count for this section came to a total of (68) species for
the day. Thanks again to all the volunteers!!



Bruce





PA BIRDERS,



About (12) hardy birders braved the very cold and breezy conditions
yesterday and with a few reports due in yet have so far produced a
preliminary total of (66) species for the day for this section. I personally
think this is a great number at this location despite the weather conditions
the participants and the birds had to face throughout the day. Of course the
highlight for the day which has already been mentioned by this counts
compiler Ted Nichols II was a female Western Tanager found during our
afternoon session and seen well by a few of the days birders. This is
definitely the counts first record of this species and very well will be a
first record for Lancaster County as well. Congratulations to Jonathan
Heller and his group for finding this rare bird!!

Some other highlights for the day at Middle Creek WMA included the
following: (9) species of waterfowl (snow goose, canada goose, tundra swan,
mallard black duck, ruddy duck, pintail, shoveler, ring-necked duck) which
was also a pretty good number with only a few small patches of open water
still available on the lake, Golden Eagle, (4) species of owls (screech,
Great horned, short-eared and long-eared), (6) species of woodpeckers (all
the expected except red-headed), common raven, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped
warbler, eastern towhee, chipping sparrow, fox sparrow, savannah sparrow,
meadowlark and purple finch.



Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted with the section yesterday. Your
efforts are rewarded and very much appreciated when you a see a list of
birds like this.



**A complete species update for this section will follow when all reports
are in!!



Bruce A Carl

Akron, PA

Lancaster County
 

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Date: 1/6/18 2:41 pm
From: Aidan Place <aidanjplace...>
Subject: White-winged Scoter -- Bell Harbour, Allegheny County
This evening I had a white-winged scoter mixed in with 14 common mergansers, 7 common goldeneye, and a pied-billed grebe at Bell Harbour in Blawnox.
I also had 3 common goldeneye at Sharpsburg Marina.

Good birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County
 

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Date: 1/6/18 12:35 pm
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene...>
Subject: Harris's sparrow comments, from A Koch
Perhaps this will help people looking for the Harris's. On Nov 17, 2014, I found a Harris sparrow here on our property in Northampton County on a white millet spread near the house. It, as Jeff Hopkins said, wasn't easy to find in the morning, although occasionally it would show up for a few minutes at that time somewhere in the yard. During the day it usually stayed sheltered in the fields, but it was almost always late in the afternoon when it would come to eat under the backyard feeders. And then it often stayed out in view for long periods of time so regularly that I could almost predict when it would appear. That individual stayed until cinco de Mayo, May 5, 2015. The current individual in Bucks County may of course be different.
 Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
 

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Date: 1/6/18 12:05 pm
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Possible Sapsucker Hybrid - Allegheny County
This morning in my back yard in Gibsonia, Allegheny County, I had a sapsucker going up a large oak tree. They are not common in my yard so I grabbed the camera, however because of the extreme cold, I settled on shooting through the not-so-clean window, and since the bird was pretty high, my pictures are not good. After some research on my part, it appears at least possible that the bird is a Yellow-bellied x Red-naped Sapsucker hybrid. I have stated my reasons for thinking this in my eBird checklist, along with the two poor pictures. I would love some other opinions on this bird.


Here is the checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41673272


Thanks,

Alan Buriak

Gibsonia, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 1/6/18 11:47 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tomdoc...>
Subject: Re: Harris' Sparrow - Yes
I know this has probably been published before but if someone could please send directions to see this bird, I would really appreciate that

Thanks
Tom Dougherty
Chambersburg PA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 6, 2018, at 14:31, John Baird <jbaird...> wrote:
>
> Is there anything we need to do before going to see the bird?
>
>
> On 1/6/18, 1:38 PM, "Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on behalf of Hopkins, Jeff A." <PABIRDS...> on behalf of <Jeff.Hopkins...> wrote:
>
> To answer my own question from yesterday, the Harris' Sparrow is still present at the home on Rickert Rd. in Doylestown. I saw the bird come into the feeders at about 8:40 and again around 9:05 this morning.
>
>
> It didn't stay very long on each visit, which based on previous vagrant Harris' Sparrows I've seen is pretty typical behavior.
>
>
> Good birding,
>
>
> Jeff Hopkins
>
> Whitehall
>
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>
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Date: 1/6/18 11:31 am
From: John Baird <jbaird...>
Subject: Re: Harris' Sparrow - Yes
Is there anything we need to do before going to see the bird?


On 1/6/18, 1:38 PM, "Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on behalf of Hopkins, Jeff A." <PABIRDS...> on behalf of <Jeff.Hopkins...> wrote:

To answer my own question from yesterday, the Harris' Sparrow is still present at the home on Rickert Rd. in Doylestown. I saw the bird come into the feeders at about 8:40 and again around 9:05 this morning.


It didn't stay very long on each visit, which based on previous vagrant Harris' Sparrows I've seen is pretty typical behavior.


Good birding,


Jeff Hopkins

Whitehall

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Date: 1/6/18 11:28 am
From: Barry Blust <BarryBlust...>
Subject: Re: Brown Creeper at my feeders
I live in southeast PA  and put out beef suet chunks.  Brown Creepers
(usually one, sometimes two) have been coming regularly to eat the suet
crumbs for at least a few years.  I'd have to go back in my Project
Feeder Count records to see exactly how many years.

Barry Blust
(from Win 10 laptop)
Glenmoore, PA
Chester County

On 1/6/2018 9:46 AM, Matthew Juskowich wrote:
> This Morning 1/6, the Brown Creeper continues at my feeders! I live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh Allegheny County. I discovered the creeper on Christmas Day. Its been present since. I spread Bark Butter from Wild Birds Unlimited and C&S Peanut Delight no melt suet on my Pine Trees. It also seems to like sunflower hulls.My question is, has anyone in the state ever witnessed this before? Its a real treat for me and would love to hear some feedback . Ive gotten some emails back from Cornell and Bird Studies Canada. The one lady from cornell said quote "its uncommon, but not unusual". Below is one of my pics of the bird and a link to one of my videos on my Vimeo account. https://vimeo.com/249308429
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/98699553@N02/38831128724/in/dateposted-public/
> Matthew Juskowich
> Allegheny County
 

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Date: 1/6/18 10:38 am
From: Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...>
Subject: Harris' Sparrow - Yes
To answer my own question from yesterday, the Harris' Sparrow is still present at the home on Rickert Rd. in Doylestown. I saw the bird come into the feeders at about 8:40 and again around 9:05 this morning.


It didn't stay very long on each visit, which based on previous vagrant Harris' Sparrows I've seen is pretty typical behavior.


Good birding,


Jeff Hopkins

Whitehall

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Date: 1/6/18 10:23 am
From: Sam Gutherie <000000f9755bef14-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Rough legged hawk
This morning I observed 2 dark morph rough legged hawks 93 horned larks and one peregrine. Located off of claypoole rd in Worthington Armstrong county.

This morning I also observed above lock 7 in Kittanning Armstrong county
1 red head
5 common goldeneye
1 American black duck
Yesterday there was a tundra swan.

Thanks

Sam Gutherie

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/6/18 9:52 am
From: Mike Epler <jmepler...>
Subject: 2 Rough-legged Hawks, Chestnut Grove Natural Area, Lancaster County
Late this morning I had two Rough-legged Hawks at Chestnut Grove Natural Area. One appeared to be the same juvenile, light morph, that I had there earlier in the week. The second was likely the juvenile, dark morph, that Ian Gardner found later in the week.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA
 

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Date: 1/6/18 9:46 am
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Brown Creeper at my feeders
This Morning 1/6, the Brown Creeper continues at my feeders! I live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh Allegheny County. I discovered the creeper on Christmas Day. Its been present since. I spread Bark Butter from Wild Birds Unlimited and C&S Peanut Delight no melt suet on my Pine Trees. It also seems to like sunflower hulls.My question is, has anyone in the state ever witnessed this before? Its a real treat for me and would love to hear some feedback . Ive gotten some emails back from Cornell and Bird Studies Canada. The one lady from cornell said quote "its uncommon, but not unusual". Below is one of my pics of the bird and a link to one of my videos on my Vimeo account. https://vimeo.com/249308429
https://www.flickr.com/photos/98699553@N02/38831128724/in/dateposted-public/
Matthew Juskowich
Allegheny County
 

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Date: 1/6/18 8:18 am
From: Steve Gosser <sgosser72...>
Subject: Allegheny River L&D #4 Brackenridge
Hello, currently this morning there is a nice assortment of waterfowl below
the L&D #4. Here are the birds seen:

White-winged Scoter - 1
Long-tailed Duck - 1
Horned Grebe - 1
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Bufflehead - 1
Common Goldeneye - many
Greater Scaup - many
Common Merganser - many
Also plenty of Canada Geese and Mallards.

Steve Gosser
New Kensington, PA
 

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Date: 1/6/18 5:22 am
From: PSO <PSO...>
Subject: PA Official List
The Official List of Birds of Pennsylvania can be found on the PSO website
at:

http://pabirds.org/records/index.php/pennsylvania-bird-list/

The Annotated List (last published in 2005) is not the current Official
List.




--
Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology
 

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Date: 1/6/18 4:50 am
From: R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Question re. Counting Black-backed Oriole On 2017 Lists Reports
I think Peter's suggestion is a good one. I confess I don't know if the second edition of the Annotated List of the Birds of Pennsylvania (2005) is still the official edition, but Black-backed Oriole is not the only bird seen this past year not on it. Neither is White-winged Tern.


Why not list both, in lieu of any solid reason to think their provenience suspect, pending the PORC's decision?



Dick Cleary



-----Original Message-----
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Sat, Jan 6, 2018 12:30 am
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Question re. Counting Black-backed Oriole On 2017 Lists Reports

Peter and all,

If I'm not mistaken, the lists are ONLY supposed to include birds that are
on the official annotated list of the Birds of Pennsylvania. Since the
Black-backed has not yet been added, it shouldn't be included in the totals.
The same holds true for ABA and AOU birds. Until the species is included on
those lists, it is not considered "countable". Once a bird is accepted and
added to the list, it can then be included.

I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts on this to the contrary.

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



-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Robinson
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2018 11:35 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Question re. Counting Black-backed Oriole On 2017 Lists
Reports

11:20 pm


Ted Nichols II raised the following question, which is a good one:


"Since a PORC decision won™t be done before the deadline, how do you want
people to handle the Black-backed Oriole for lists submitted this year? I™d
assume it could still be voted on as a Bird or the Year separate of
whether or not it is able to be listed??

There seems to be no doubt about the identification of the Black-backed
Oriole. The only other question would be its provenance, since it is a
Mexican endemic.

I think that it is reasonable to count it for the List reporting. If the
PORC does not approve it as a valid PA record, those who have counted it can
delete it from their lists.

Peter Robinson
Hanover, York County, PA
 

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Date: 1/5/18 11:41 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Update on hawk - York County
Just wanted to let those who were kind enough to send me information on raptor rehabbers this week that the hawk turned out to be an adult female Cooper's hawk. Unfortunately, she died and they were unable to help her. Kudos to the couple who had to exit off of 83 or 30 to go around to pick her up off the road to try to help her.

I have seen several dead red-tails and a red-shouldered hawk dead on Rt. 30 the past couple of weeks. Hate that they seem to have a propensity for hunting along these dangerous roads.

Thanks again to those who responded to request for help.

Best regards,
Ann

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

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

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Date: 1/5/18 9:30 pm
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Re: Question re. Counting Black-backed Oriole On 2017 Lists Reports
Peter and all,

If I'm not mistaken, the lists are ONLY supposed to include birds that are
on the official annotated list of the Birds of Pennsylvania. Since the
Black-backed has not yet been added, it shouldn't be included in the totals.
The same holds true for ABA and AOU birds. Until the species is included on
those lists, it is not considered "countable". Once a bird is accepted and
added to the list, it can then be included.

I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts on this to the contrary.

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



-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Robinson
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2018 11:35 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Question re. Counting Black-backed Oriole On 2017 Lists
Reports

11:20 pm


Ted Nichols II raised the following question, which is a good one:


"Since a PORC decision wont be done before the deadline, how do you want
people to handle the Black-backed Oriole for lists submitted this year? Id
assume it could still be voted on as a Bird or the Year separate of
whether or not it is able to be listed??

There seems to be no doubt about the identification of the Black-backed
Oriole. The only other question would be its provenance, since it is a
Mexican endemic.

I think that it is reasonable to count it for the List reporting. If the
PORC does not approve it as a valid PA record, those who have counted it can
delete it from their lists.

Peter Robinson
Hanover, York County, PA
 

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Date: 1/5/18 8:35 pm
From: Peter Robinson <pabirder...>
Subject: Question re. Counting Black-backed Oriole On 2017 Lists Reports
11:20 pm


Ted Nichols II raised the following question, which is a good one:


"Since a PORC decision wont be done before the deadline, how do you want
people to handle the Black-backed Oriole for lists submitted this year? Id
assume it could still be voted on as a Bird or the Year separate of
whether or not it is able to be listed??

There seems to be no doubt about the identification of the Black-backed Oriole. The only other question would be its provenance, since it is a Mexican endemic.

I think that it is reasonable to count it for the List reporting. If the PORC does not approve it as a valid PA record, those who have counted it can delete it from their lists.

Peter Robinson
Hanover, York County, PA
 

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Date: 1/5/18 2:34 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: E. Towhee - Beaver Co.
I was at the park office at Raccoon Creek State Park today and at the
feeder was a male Eastern Towhee

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 1/5/18 1:20 pm
From: Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...>
Subject: Any Updates on Bucks Harris' Sparrow?
All,

Getting back to the subject of sightings, has the Harris' Sparrow in Bucks County been seen in the past couple days? There are no recent eBird reports since Weds. nor any updates on PA Chase Birds.

Thanks,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall
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Date: 1/5/18 1:14 pm
From: Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...>
Subject: The Nashville is back, Lancaster county
Well, the Warbler was nowhere to be seen all day yesterday and all this morning. We figured it must have left overnight to head to warmer climes. However, early this afternoon I happened to look out the window, and there was this little yellow-green bird making its way to the jelly feeder. I was astonished to say the least. God has truly created his creatures with the ability to survive. I do have a question though. I was asked how I keep the jelly from freezing. The answer is, I don't. As soon as I realized it was back, I went out to put fresh, unfrozen see stuff in. I checked what was there, and to my surprise, it wasn't rock hard! I tried looking up the temperature at which jelly freezes, but I read that it doesn't, it sets instead. Does anyone know if this is correct?

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Date: 1/5/18 12:57 pm
From: Jason Weller <fishingdude20...>
Subject: Northumberland County - Bald Eagles
I've been checking out one of the chicken farms on my way home from work this week that usually has a good number of Bald Eagles hanging around. The high count was Wednesday when there were 11, this morning there were 9. I have seen at least two Bald Eagles every day coming home from work from Herndon to Sunbury of varying ages the past two weeks. Today there were 6 in the area of the Fabridam.


Jason Weller

Selinsgrove, PA
 

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Date: 1/5/18 8:40 am
From: Bettina Heffner <BettinaHef...>
Subject: Lanc. Co. Bird Club Mtg - Thurs., 1/11/18 at 7 pm
The Lancaster County Bird Club will meet Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA.

Jenna Diehl, the 2016 Lancaster County Bird Club adult scholarship award winner, will present on her research on the Common Tern in the Great Lakes region. The North American Common Tern is a small waterbird that breeds along the Atlantic coast as well as on rivers and large lakes. In the Great Lakes region, populations have rapidly declined and are of conservation concern. Presquile Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, is home to large numbers of waterbirds and is the focus of the field research done by Penn State Berks.

Jenna is a junior at Penn State Berks focusing on a degree in Ecology. She has spent the last two summers assisting Dr. Arnold and Dr. Oswald of Penn State Berks in their Common Tern field research. This past year she analyzed the repeatability of abnormal egg characteristics and fitness consequences of these traits. This project was then presented at the annual Waterbird Society meeting in Iceland. In addition to her research activities, Jenna enjoys birding and hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

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




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Date: 1/5/18 7:15 am
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: Re: Please Send 2017 List Numbers, Bird of the Year Vote, Comments
Peter,

Since a PORC decision won’t be done before the deadline, how do you want
people to handle the Black-backed Oriole for lists submitted this year? I’d
assume it could still be voted on as a Bird or the Year separate of
whether or not it is able to be listed?

Not sure what your protocol is for species not yet accepted with submitting
lists... Of course there were other state firsts this year that I’m sure
people will include on their lists, but those weren’t near as controversial.

Thanks for the clarification,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)

On Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 22:32 Peter Robinson <pabirder...> wrote:

> 10:30 pm
>
>
> PA Birders --
>
>
> Now that the holidays are behind us it is time to E-mail your 2017 list
> numbers to me for the Pennsylvania Birds magazine Lists Report.
>
> YOUR NUMBERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 20th, so that the report can be
> submitted soon after that.
>
>
> The 2017 Lists Report will again be published in the PA Birds magazine,
> and will be put on the PSO website.
>
> For "The Bird of the Year" please send your vote for first, second, and
> third place. Your first place vote will be worth 3 points, second place
> will be worth 2 points, and third place will be worth 1 point. The ranking
> for the "The Bird of the Year" will be determined by adding up all of the
> votes.
>
> Please submit a list of your new PA state life list species for 2017, and
> any brief comments about 2017 birding in PA that you would like to have
> published.
>
> As usual, please send the number of species for your PA Life List, PA Life
> List Unassisted, "Total Ticks" , PA Yearly List, and any County Life List
> or County Year List that you keep. Please include your own personal Highest
> PA Annual List and the year.
>
> PLEASE SEND ONLY THE NUMBERS THAT ARE NEW OR THAT HAVE CHANGED FROM LAST
> YEAR. THERE IS NO NEED TO SUBMIT ANY NUMBERS THAT ARE THE SAME AS LAST
> YEAR.
>
> Only those species included in the official list of the Birds of PA (see
> www.pabirds.org) should be included in your list numbers unless you are
> VERY certain of the bird ID, and VERY confidant that the bird is a wild
> one, not an escapee.
>
> Let me know if you have any questions.
>
>
> Peter Robinson
> <pabirder...>
> P. O. Box 482
>
> Hanover PA 17331
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Peter Robinson
> Mobile: 717.542.8341
> Hanover, York County, PA
>
 

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Date: 1/5/18 5:45 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Centre County - Fwd: Re: Snowy owl Tusseyville rd
from the state college bird club listserv.  bird has been refound and
still in view.



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Re: Snowy owl Tusseyville rd
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:19:32 -0500
From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
Reply-To: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
To: <SCBIRDCL...>



Found it again. Come on down!

----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Fri, 05 Jan 2018 07:56:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Snowy owl Tusseyville rd

So about 3 minutes ago I just looked straight into the eyes of a large white round headed owl with extensive thin black barring on its body. It was quite close to the road if you turn off of 45 onto tusseyville Road and drive up to a plowed field on the right it was quite close to the road and when I went back in the car to grab my cell phone and take a picture it flew. My heart is pumping in my hands are trembling!

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Date: 1/4/18 8:34 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
Dave,

I think the big issue being discussed here is not so much what bad birders or photographers do to populations of birds, but rather, what they are doing to individual birds who are perhaps struggling to survive in these winter conditions. My understanding is that a lot of these snowy owls are young birds who are having to venture far from their normal range to find open territory in which to hunt.

Then you have the rude photographer who blatantly trespasses on someone's property to get a better shot of the Harris's sparrow. I don't know what the answer is, but if there are any birders and photographers reading these emails who have been guilty of poor behavior maybe it will be enough for them to have read these notes to make them change their ways.

I agree with you that we should all be concerned about the larger picture. Let's hope the potential damage being proposed by the present administration through their total lack of concern for wildlife and our environment does not go so far that the damage cannot be repaired.

Have a good night.

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


> On Jan 4, 2018, at 1:06 AM, Dave Kruel <dkruel300...> wrote:
>
> From the perspective of bird populations & habitat preservation, I’m not sure how much a rogue photographer or birder spooking a stray species comes into play. Naturally, items like houses, roads, coffee, fine dining, shopping malls, fine hotels, energy extraction, cars that burn fossil fuels, human footprint etc, etc would seem to be much bigger items regarding the health of bird populations. From the vantage point an outsider looking in on the birding community…….I’m not sure what exactly would make good versus bad birder behavior regarding bird population health.....what do you think ? How well do we keep score of habitat lost to developmental destruction ? Maybe a good discussion topic. Probably one that birds would like birders to have.......much more than discussions on rogue birders & photographers regarding a vagrant.
>
> At a minimum, maybe we should try to bridge with detailed verbage our thoughts on how rogue photographer & birder behavior actually impacts bird populations & habitats.
>
> Good birding.
>
> Dave Kruel
 

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Date: 1/4/18 7:32 pm
From: Peter Robinson <pabirder...>
Subject: Please Send 2017 List Numbers, Bird of the Year Vote, Comments
10:30 pm


PA Birders --


Now that the holidays are behind us it is time to E-mail your 2017 list numbers to me for the Pennsylvania Birds magazine Lists Report.

YOUR NUMBERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 20th, so that the report can be submitted soon after that.


The 2017 Lists Report will again be published in the PA Birds magazine, and will be put on the PSO website.

For "The Bird of the Year" please send your vote for first, second, and third place. Your first place vote will be worth 3 points, second place will be worth 2 points, and third place will be worth 1 point. The ranking for the "The Bird of the Year" will be determined by adding up all of the votes.

Please submit a list of your new PA state life list species for 2017, and any brief comments about 2017 birding in PA that you would like to have published.

As usual, please send the number of species for your PA Life List, PA Life List Unassisted, "Total Ticks" , PA Yearly List, and any County Life List or County Year List that you keep. Please include your own personal Highest PA Annual List and the year.

PLEASE SEND ONLY THE NUMBERS THAT ARE NEW OR THAT HAVE CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR. THERE IS NO NEED TO SUBMIT ANY NUMBERS THAT ARE THE SAME AS LAST YEAR.

Only those species included in the official list of the Birds of PA (see www.pabirds.org) should be included in your list numbers unless you are VERY certain of the bird ID, and VERY confidant that the bird is a wild one, not an escapee.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Peter Robinson
<pabirder...>
P. O. Box 482

Hanover PA 17331











Peter Robinson
Mobile: 717.542.8341
Hanover, York County, PA
 

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Date: 1/4/18 6:31 pm
From: Scott Kinzey <0000007977429723-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Tundra Swans over Allegheny County
     I finally got Tundra Swan as a yard bird at 8:35pm this evening.  About 22 flew over my house as I after I opened my garage door.  They were quite low and made a pretty V heading South and West towards Pittsburgh.  My wife had a similiar experience a few weeks ago.
Scott KinzeyVerona, Allegheny County

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Date: 1/4/18 2:54 pm
From: Dave Leibert <xdave...>
Subject: Story about Little Doggy and Big Eagle , Carbon County
Howdy All,

In today's online edition of the Lehigh Valley Live/Express Times there
is a story about a cute little doggy being carried away by a bald eagle.
This happened in front of the traumatized owners near Palmerton, PA.

Fortunately for the dog and everyone else someone found the shivering
little dog alive at a location 4 miles away from where it got carried
away. The person who found the dog saw a facebook post about the
incident and was able to contact the owners and return the dog. The dog
was a little beat up and cold but otherwise OK.

So the moral of the story is don't get carried away if you are a cute
little dog!

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/snatched_by_hungry_eagle_along.html#incart_river_home
 

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Date: 1/4/18 2:42 pm
From: Dave Leibert <xdave...>
Subject: Re: Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project
I do my part :)


Anyhow, I think it would be cool to have an app for this on your phone.

On the screen you have a pic of each type of raptor. When you see one
that you would like to report the sighting it would date/time/geo stamp
what you saw while presumably you were out driving.

Later you could work out the details at home on your laptop for a more
accurate report of the location specifics.

Happy birding,

Dave
 

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Date: 1/4/18 2:08 pm
From: Herbert Flavell <herb1013...>
Subject: Re: Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project
I found 2 pictures. A side view and front view. A funny thing happened
as I walked past the box one day. Either Mom or Dad flew out and almost
took my head off. It just missed me so now I walk either close and duck
or further away and watch the door.

Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners Susquehanna County


On 1/4/2018 4:57 PM, Herbert Flavell wrote:
> Funny you posted that today. I just downloaded a set of plans for a
> Kestrel nest box. A few years ago 2 game commission wardens checked
> out my barn for a Barn Owl. There was a nest but it had not been used
> in a few years because the droppings were like cement. So they roamed
> my 1000 by 1100 foot piece of mixed forest and meadow calling owls and
> checking my 2 ponds. When they left they gave me an Owl nest box. So
> we put it on a pressure treated 2X4 and installed it by the big pond .
> The next spring I went to sit on the bench and feed the fish a few
> water snakes and Tillie the Snapping Turtle. As I passed the box there
> was a head looking out the door. It was a Kestrel chick. When we took
> it down to clean it the next spring there were hundreds of different
> bird feathers in it and many wing parts. They have nested there every
> year since. So I have been wondering where their chicks go as adults.
> So this year I plan on adding 3 more Kestrel boxes by the big pond.
> Maybe a few of their kids will nest here to. I dont know whats using
> the barn again because I store my deck furniture in the hay loft over
> the winter because the tables are glass. Every spring we go to get
> them to find bird parts on the table tops. So something is living in
> there again. A few of the lower cow barn windows are broken so I just
> left them broken for the Barn Swallows to nest in. So something flies
> in the window and up the hay trap door thats open to roost on the top
> floor. I have a picture of the head in the door if I can find it and
> any one would like to see it.
>
> Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners Susquehanna County
>
>
> On 1/4/2018 4:19 PM, Katie Andrews wrote:
>> Once again we at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary are asking for your help in
>> reporting winter and summer sightings of four species for our Farmland
>> Raptor Project: American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owl and
>> Barn Owl. Your help over the past few years has been invaluable, so
>> thank
>> you again for continued assistance. For winter locations we also are
>> interested in identifying sites with multiple winter birds, so reporting
>> numbers seen is helpful.
>>
>> If you currently report your sightings to eBird please continue to do
>> that,
>> no need to double report. If you have any concerns about the
>> sensitivity of
>> the location please hide the observation (researchers can still
>> access the
>> data). To hide your observations 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>.
>>
>> You can also report 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 or by email at
>> <farmlandraptors...> All observations are confidential. Thanks
>> again
>> for your help.
>>
>> Katie Andrews
>>
>> Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
>>
>> PA Farmland Raptor Project
 

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Date: 1/4/18 1:57 pm
From: Herbert Flavell <herb1013...>
Subject: Re: Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project
Funny you posted that today. I just downloaded a set of plans for a
Kestrel nest box. A few years ago 2 game commission wardens checked out
my barn for a Barn Owl. There was a nest but it had not been used in a
few years because the droppings were like cement. So they roamed my 1000
by 1100 foot piece of mixed forest and meadow calling owls and checking
my 2 ponds. When they left they gave me an Owl nest box. So we put it on
a pressure treated 2X4 and installed it by the big pond . The next
spring I went to sit on the bench and feed the fish a few water snakes
and Tillie the Snapping Turtle. As I passed the box there was a head
looking out the door. It was a Kestrel chick. When we took it down to
clean it the next spring there were hundreds of different bird feathers
in it and many wing parts. They have nested there every year since. So I
have been wondering where their chicks go as adults. So this year I plan
on adding 3 more Kestrel boxes by the big pond. Maybe a few of their
kids will nest here to. I dont know whats using the barn again because I
store my deck furniture in the hay loft over the winter because the
tables are glass. Every spring we go to get them to find bird parts on
the table tops. So something is living in there again. A few of the
lower cow barn windows are broken so I just left them broken for the
Barn Swallows to nest in. So something flies in the window and up the
hay trap door thats open to roost on the top floor. I have a picture of
the head in the door if I can find it and any one would like to see it.

Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners Susquehanna County


On 1/4/2018 4:19 PM, Katie Andrews wrote:
> Once again we at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary are asking for your help in
> reporting winter and summer sightings of four species for our Farmland
> Raptor Project: American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owl and
> Barn Owl. Your help over the past few years has been invaluable, so thank
> you again for continued assistance. For winter locations we also are
> interested in identifying sites with multiple winter birds, so reporting
> numbers seen is helpful.
>
> If you currently report your sightings to eBird please continue to do that,
> no need to double report. If you have any concerns about the sensitivity of
> the location please hide the observation (researchers can still access the
> data). To hide your observations 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>.
> You can also report 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 or by email at
> <farmlandraptors...> All observations are confidential. Thanks again
> for your help.
>
> Katie Andrews
>
> Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
>
> PA Farmland Raptor Project
 

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Date: 1/4/18 1:19 pm
From: Katie Andrews <katieandrews79...>
Subject: Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project
Once again we at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary are asking for your help in
reporting winter and summer sightings of four species for our Farmland
Raptor Project: American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owl and
Barn Owl. Your help over the past few years has been invaluable, so thank
you again for continued assistance. For winter locations we also are
interested in identifying sites with multiple winter birds, so reporting
numbers seen is helpful.

If you currently report your sightings to eBird please continue to do that,
no need to double report. If you have any concerns about the sensitivity of
the location please hide the observation (researchers can still access the
data). To hide your observations 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>.
You can also report 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 or by email at
<farmlandraptors...> All observations are confidential. Thanks again
for your help.

Katie Andrews

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

PA Farmland Raptor Project
 

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Date: 1/4/18 1:18 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Butler CBC
Looks like I finally have all the data and here is a quick summary:

We ended with a species total of 73, slightly above our average of 67.
Individuals were 5602 lower than our average of 8955.

Three species set all time high numbers: Cooper’s Hawk 11, Northern Mockingbird 15, and Yellow-rumped Warbler 14.

Mourning Doves were way up, 649 compared to average of 285.

The most dramatic change though was American Robin, only 35 were counted against an average of 562 and last year’s 740!

Glenn Koppel
Butler, PA.
<macatilly...>
 

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Date: 1/4/18 12:28 pm
From: Matt Sabatine <0000002b37537baa-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: poor behavior, conservation, etc.
I hope that people in these situations never feel afraid or intimidated to call the authorities. Whether from doubt about any actual laws being broken or not wanting to "bother" the police, I can say personally that I would rather take a report on something that ends up being "nothing" than have to hear about a situation after the fact in which I could have effectively intervened. This has happened to me at my job many times and it's a shame. A perfectly acceptable response to witnessing behavior similar to what has been described could be to say, "please get out of that person's yard or I'm calling the cops". Sure, some responding officers may not be thrilled about certain calls, but it is what it is. I'm not thrilled about getting called out at 3 am to reset a falsely set off fire alarm or spending an hour or more on paperwork for fender bender motor vehicle accidents but we all have a job to do, and we're sworn in to do it. I read that the Fowler Beach situation in Delaware seems to have been resolved just from the possibility of law enforcement intervening. Usually that's enough. Also, preemptively alerting authorities in certain situations can be very effective, too. The Amazon Kingfisher in south Texas years ago drew enough people that police were regularly patrolling the area and no issues arose. Could be as simple as calling when a rarity shows up and explaining the situation, whether it be a bird on private property or a possibility of birders obstructing traffic and issues could be squashed before they even have a chance of arising. 
I'm glad this discussion is taking place, as it's an issue that will unfortunately probably intensify as birding, photography and wildlife viewing in general becomes more popular and, inversely, the public places we have to enjoy these activities become fewer. There was mention of not publicizing certain sightings and, while unfortunate, is sometimes necessary. I personally would rather miss out on seeing or hearing about a bird from the observer's fear of it getting harassed or people trespassing to see it than have to hear about people misbehaving. I observed the Ross's Gull out in San Fransisco last January get flushed into heavy traffic on Hwy 1 by overzealous photographers and nearly killed as a direct result and it was devastating to see people who understood the circumstances exhibit such wanton disregard for its well being all for the sake of getting better photos. Exclusion is unfortunate as it relates to our hobbies, as a goal for conservation should be to engage and encourage people to become interested and active in the outdoors and educate them where those opportunities arise. But there are circumstances when some rarities, or even common but sensitive species, like roosting owls, should not make their way to the masses.
Finally, I have no opinion on publicly disclosing someone's name in these situations as a solution to combat these issues. But I can clarify that the aforementioned declaration that doing so would be "slander" and "you can't", is false. Slander is the spoken word form of defamation of character, and any defamation in writing, even on the internet, would instead be considered libel. And for those criteria to be met, the content in question must be provably false and intentionally damaging to someone's character. So, writing, "I saw person X disregarding the clearly stated rules about viewing this bird by standing 20 feet into the homeowner's yard", from what we know of the situation, would be neither false nor damaging to that person's character. Again, I have no opinion on employing this particular tactic in these situations, but so long as the person or people did what you said they did there's nothing defamatory about it. Though, I certainly can't fault someone for not wanting to go down that road, as even if someone is 100% innocent, anyone can sue anyone else for just about anything these days, and pointless years-long battles in civil litigation is a bell you can't unring. 
probably much more than, but worth much less than, my two cents,
Matthew Sabatine
 

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Date: 1/4/18 12:13 pm
From: PSO <PSO...>
Subject: PA Rehabilitators
For future reference...

There is a link to all of the Pennsylvania Wildlife Rehabilitators on the
PSO web site pabirds.org under "Other Stuff."




--
Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology
 

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Date: 1/4/18 12:09 pm
From: Richard Nugent <rmnugent...>
Subject: Tundra Swans; Allegheny County; 01/04/2018
This morning near the northern edge of Allegheny County I heard Tundra Swans. Looking up, I saw a V formation of 23 swans heading south. Also today at home, I heard a House Finch singing. This happens each year as the period of daylight gets longer. I like to think of it as a sign of Spring.

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

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Date: 1/4/18 11:12 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Raptor rehab
Thanks so much for all who contacted me about the hawk. It has been taken to our local rehabber. I appreciate your reaching out.

Best regards,

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

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/4/18 8:58 am
From: Marge Vantassel <marvantassel...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawks in Worthington (Armstrong County)
Yesterday I watched and took a few photos of a dark phase Rough-legged Hawk
that was first perched on a tree I'd photographed one on about 4-5 years
ago and watched it fly to another tree and another and eventually over
fields;;;another birder also watched and took photos of the dark morph
later and a few days ago a gentleman had taken photos of a light morph
also;;;
Always good birding in Worthington, PA
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
 

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Date: 1/4/18 8:43 am
From: Linda Widdop <linda...>
Subject: DVOC meeting cancelled due to snow conditions
Sorry if this isn't the right forum but wanted to get the word out to DVOC members and guests that tonight's Annual Member Meeting is postponed to Jan 11 due to snow conditions. Please check dvoc.org for further details. Stay safe!

Thanks,
Linda Widdop
DVOC Secretary
www.dvoc.org<http://www.dvoc.org>
 

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Date: 1/4/18 8:41 am
From: reeser <reeser...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
The birders I know do everything they can to maintain wildlife habitat
on their own property as well as supporting Audubon and many wildlife
sanctuaries around the world. I know of several families who own many
acres of woodland in Cumberland County and York County who do everything
they can to preserve 100 year old 2nd growth forest, maintain streams
that flow through their property, and prevent invasive plant growth.
These properties support wood thrushes, scarlet tanagers, pileated
woodpeckers, ruffed grouse, fishers, fox, deer, pink lady slippers,
huckleberry, mountain laurel, hemlock, etc. At their residences they
plant for wildlife food and habitat. I don't know any birders who are
only in it to compile a list. If all you want to do is compile a list,
and have no appreciation for nature, there are a lot of other
competitive sports that you can be involved in and you won't need to
hike through a swamp, trying to ignore the snakes hanging from the
trees, hoping to get a glimpse of a prothonotary warbler, a painted
bunting or a limpkin :-)

I quit taking my camera several years ago, I was spending too much time
looking at the viewfinder/screen instead of observing the wildlife. I do
have binoculars, so that I can observe from a distance where needed.
Also, I hope to learn from posts about what is proper birder etiquette
and how close is too close when you are out in nature observing and how
not to disturb/stress the birds/wildlife. Thanks to all for their
thoughts on this subject.

Ellen
<reeser...>
Cumberland County


On 01/04/2018 7:00 AM, Michael Barcaskey wrote:
> Great post. A topic for another thread. It seems many of today's birders (dare I say a majority) are only concerned about their lists and themselves, aside from some involvement in Audubon and CBC, almost all of the birders I know do nothing when it comes to conservation.
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Dave Kruel <dkruel300...>
> Sent: Thursday, January 4, 2018 1:06 AM
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
>
> >From the perspective of bird populations & habitat preservation, Im not sure how much a rogue photographer or birder spooking a stray species comes into play. Naturally, items like houses, roads, coffee, fine dining, shopping malls, fine hotels, energy extraction, cars that burn fossil fuels, human footprint etc, etc would seem to be much bigger items regarding the health of bird populations. From the vantage point an outsider looking in on the birding community.Im not sure what exactly would make good versus bad birder behavior regarding bird population health.....what do you think ? How well do we keep score of habitat lost to developmental destruction ? Maybe a good discussion topic. Probably one that birds would like birders to have.......much more than discussions on rogue birders & photographers regarding a vagrant.
>
> At a minimum, maybe we should try to bridge with detailed verbage our thoughts on how rogue photographer & birder behavior actually impacts bird populations & habitats.
>
> Good birding.
>
> Dave Kruel
>
 

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Date: 1/4/18 8:21 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 25 December 2017 (two weeks)
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE12.25.17twoweeks

Highlights:
RED-THROATED LOON (Erie County)
SNOW GOOSE (Allegheny County)
CACKLING GOOSE (Washington County)
BLACK SCOTER
KING/COMMON EIDER (Erie County)
LITTLE GULL (Erie County)
BONAPARTE'S GULL
SNOWY OWL (Allegheny, Crawford, and Erie Counties)
SHORT-EARED OWL
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (Erie County)
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (Allegheny County)
SNOW BUNTING

Contributors: Alan Buriak, Donna Collett, John Flannigan, Gigi Gerben, Steve Gosser, Dave Inman, Matt Juskowich, Jerry McWilliams, Robert Mulvihill, Richard Nugent, Philip O'Brien, Kate St. John, Jack Solomon, Mark Vass.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 11 December 2017 through Monday, 25 December 2017 (two weeks)

**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-

PLEASE NOTE: COMMON LOON, TUNDRA SWAN, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, SCAUP SP., AMERICAN TREE SPARROW continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

In Hampton Township through 12/14, 1 BULLOCK'S ORIOLE continues (reported to RM).

This week in Pittsburgh's South Park area, 1 SNOWY OWL (reported to PO); on 12/16, 1 MERLIN (reported to MJ).

On 12/15 in McKees Rocks, 5 SURF SCOTERS, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON; on 12/23, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS (JF).

In Kittanning on 12/15 and 12/16, 1 NORTHERN PINTAIL (reported to AB; AB).

In Findlay Township on 12/17, 1 BLUE-PHASE SNOW GOOSE (MVas).

On 12/25 in Glenfield, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON (KSJ).


BEAVER COUNTY:

At Hozak's Tree Farm on 12/19, 1 MERLIN (GG).

On 12/21 in Rochester, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER; on 12/23, 10 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (MVas); on 12/25, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, 1 NORTHERN PINTAIL (KSJ), 2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (MVas).

At Ambridge Reservoir on 12/23, 3+ REDHEADS (DC).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

In Pymatuning on 12/24, 1 SNOWY OWL (DI).


ERIE COUNTY:

On 12/13 at Presque Isle State Park, 1 KING/COMMON EIDER, 100 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 10 RED-THROATED LOONS (JM); also this week, SURF SCOTERS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, BLACK SCOTERS, CANVASBACKS, REDHEADS; on 12/14, 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR; on 12/15, 4 RED-THROATED LOONS; on 12/18, 9 SNOWY OWLS; on 12/19, 1,065 REDHEADS, 1 RED-THROATED LOON; on 12/20, 850 REDHEADS, 1 RED-THROATED LOON, 1 LITTLE GULL, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER (JM), 1 SNOWY OWL (RN); on 12/21, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS; on 12/22, 1 SNOWY OWL; on 12/23, 13 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 1 RED-THROATED LOON (JM).


INDIANA COUNTY:

In the West Lebanon area on 12/16, sightings included 1 dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 16 HORNED LARKS (SG).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

Along Heather Heights Road on 12/16, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (DI).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

At Peters Lake on 12/13, 1 CACKLING GOOSE; on 12/23, 1 MERLIN (JF).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

In Murrysville on 12/25, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER (reported to JS).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

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Date: 1/4/18 8:19 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Hawk rehabbers
Had a hawk dropped off at a local animal hospital in York. Having trouble contacting local rehab. Anyone know of any other local places. Tristate under blizzard conditions.

Call please at 717-880-8715.

Thanks!

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

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/4/18 7:57 am
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Pine Siskin - Allegheny County
A single Pine Siskin just started visiting my nyjer feeders in Gibsonia, Allegheny County, with a flock of American Goldfinches this morning. Ever since the snowfall prior to Christmas, I have had a flock of up to 30 goldfinches constantly hitting my feeders, but this is the first siskin to join them this winter. A group of about 8 House Finches has been regular as well, but no Purple Finches yet. At this rate, I am going through about 3 pounds of nyjer seed a day with only 2 nyjer feeders, yikes!


Pictures of the Pine Siskin are in my eBird checklist here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41611947


On a side note, I have a large platform feeder with a roof that I sit on a low stump at the bottom of the yard near the stream and put a mix of seeds in it. Initially, as expected, I had the local swarm of gray squirrels (and chipmunks) literally sitting inside it like it was their house and just emptying it as fast as possible, usually in less than a day. I decided to experiment with the hot pepper strategy, as my use of hot pepper suet has successfully kept the mammals away from my suet feeder, even though it is hanging flat against a large oak trunk so that anything and everything could have at it. For this platform feeder, I decided to try the Cole's Flaming Squirrel Seed Sauce, however it is quite pricey at over 20 dollars for 16 ounces on Amazon. The product instructions state to shake the seed with the straight, undiluted sauce, to fully coat each seed, and that this method will treat about 40-50 pounds of seeds. I wanted to stretch it as far as possible and I was also looking for an easier method to use the stuff, so I got a clean spray bottle and diluted the sauce with water 3 or 4 to 1. The pepper is dissolved in soybean oil, so naturally the water and sauce separates out, but a quick shake will nicely mix it for a few minutes. I have found that it sprays perfectly a very fine mist of hot pepper misery this way, and so I can just mix the seed in the platform feeder, spray it, stir it around, spray again, and after 3 or 4 times, it is coated pretty well. This takes hardly any sauce to do. I have also used it to spray my hopper feeders and my whole peanuts. Even with the fine mist, you can still see it go on the seeds as it turns the seeds orange with just one spray. I was initially concerned that by diluting it, it may no longer be potent enough to keep the critters away, but as soon as a slight breeze drifted a puff towards my face, I was no longer concerned! Be careful! The spray bottle makes such a fine mist that it is extremely easy to have it blown at you and trust me, you will be feeling it for a couple hours if it hits your face. I was actually coughing when using the stuff outside on a breezing day just from catching some residual in the air and breathing it in! However, after the burn on my face subsided, I was actually happy that the stuff was still that potent after being diluted. As for the results, it is hard to say for sure because the mammal activity in general is so much lower in mid-winter, but on multiple occasions a gray squirrel has gone in and sat in the platform feeder. Normally, that had been the end of that batch of seed, as they would not stop until it was gone, however now, after sitting and eating for maybe 15 minutes, they leave and spare the rest of the seed. I wonder if the spiciness just builds too much until they can't stand it anymore, sort of like when we are eating hot buffalo chicken wings! The verdict is still out, but at this point my seed is lasting multiple days in the platform feeder and the bird activity at it is great. Just an interesting experiment that I wanted to share.


Good birding,

Alan Buriak

Gibsonia, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 1/4/18 7:40 am
From: Rob Blye <rwblye...>
Subject: Re: poor behavior, conservation, etc., etc.
In my opinion, the best way for responsible birders and photographers to
deal with those who encroach on private property or approach birds too
closely is to calmly,but with much resolve, ask them to stop, explain why
and call the WCO (PA Game Commission) or USFWS (on federal land) if they do
not heed the warning.

I had to warn a group of over zealous photographers at Prime Hook NWR who
were harassing the snowy owl there. It set off a "hot mess" on the Delaware
Birds list serv and Facebook pages and the FWS is patrolling and
threatening to close off Fowler Beach.

So without regard to effects on the bird, which are real, poor behavior can
shut off access to responsible birders and photographers. Which is why we
need to make sure that everyone behaves appropriately.



*Rob*

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

On Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 8:46 AM, Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
wrote:

> yeah, I think most of the people who are finding issues with the problems
> of people pushing birds are not the problem. They are thinking of the
> birds welfare and hoping to stop the ones who want to always push the
> envelope. Possibly even hoping to educate those who don't know. You are
> still going to have the greedy ones who want to push more, get closer, not
> caring about others or the welfare of the birds.
>
> To argue against helpers and educators just makes no sense. To belittle
> those who are helping and educating is even worse, in my opinion.
>
> I was glad to hear Devich speak up about this and bring it to more peoples
> attention. If more people would be brave enough and loud enough to speak
> up against the ones who don't care, I think we are winning the overall
> battle of bad behavior.
>
> I do know birders can be as guilty as photographers, but that shouldn't
> stop us from trying to stop the bad behavior by all.
>
> Good post Billy and thank you again to Devich for bringing this up to
> everyones attention.
>
>
> On 1/4/2018 8:33 AM, Billy Weber wrote:
>
>> The individual who began this thread (about the notorious photographer's
>> unfortunate behavior) is the recent recipient of a prestigious
>> conservation
>> award, has done more in his spare time for the welfare of the American
>> Kestrel than arguably anyone else in the region, and has taken the
>> opportunity--often in the context of chases and rarity stakeouts--to
>> educate countless members of the general public about the beauty and worth
>> of birds and their habitats. He also annually spearheads the citizen
>> effort
>> to protect vernal-pool-breeding amphibians from traffic in his home area.
>> In other words, "hardcore" birding and environmental awareness/activism
>> are
>> not exclusive domains. True, guideline-flouting by an unprincipled visitor
>> to someone's property may not adversely affect the rare bird itself, and
>> if
>> it did, that would not impact the bird's population or native habitat or
>> even its immediate surroundings, necessarily. But someone's poor manners
>> might convince a homeowner that maintaining a bird-friendly environment is
>> not worth such barbarian invasions, or that people who love nature enough
>> to observe and/or document it happen to be pragmatic pricks. Also,
>> personal
>> selfish actions destroy the sense of community that conservation requires.
>> In other words, "good versus bad birder behavior regarding bird population
>> health" is the same as good versus bad behavior regarding anything else:
>> you don't win friends and influence people by being "that guy." Decency
>> and
>> respect are as important to species' well-being--including our own--as
>> activism, because they are prerequisites for it.
>>
>> Billy Weber
>> Nazareth, PA
>>
>>
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Date: 1/4/18 6:49 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: poor behavior, conservation, etc., etc.
Good thoughts, Billy. Thanks for sharing.

Ann

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

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 4, 2018, at 8:46 AM, Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> wrote:
>
> yeah, I think most of the people who are finding issues with the problems of people pushing birds are not the problem. They are thinking of the birds welfare and hoping to stop the ones who want to always push the envelope. Possibly even hoping to educate those who don't know. You are still going to have the greedy ones who want to push more, get closer, not caring about others or the welfare of the birds.
>
> To argue against helpers and educators just makes no sense. To belittle those who are helping and educating is even worse, in my opinion.
>
> I was glad to hear Devich speak up about this and bring it to more peoples attention. If more people would be brave enough and loud enough to speak up against the ones who don't care, I think we are winning the overall battle of bad behavior.
>
> I do know birders can be as guilty as photographers, but that shouldn't stop us from trying to stop the bad behavior by all.
>
> Good post Billy and thank you again to Devich for bringing this up to everyones attention.
>
>
>> On 1/4/2018 8:33 AM, Billy Weber wrote:
>> The individual who began this thread (about the notorious photographer's
>> unfortunate behavior) is the recent recipient of a prestigious conservation
>> award, has done more in his spare time for the welfare of the American
>> Kestrel than arguably anyone else in the region, and has taken the
>> opportunity--often in the context of chases and rarity stakeouts--to
>> educate countless members of the general public about the beauty and worth
>> of birds and their habitats. He also annually spearheads the citizen effort
>> to protect vernal-pool-breeding amphibians from traffic in his home area.
>> In other words, "hardcore" birding and environmental awareness/activism are
>> not exclusive domains. True, guideline-flouting by an unprincipled visitor
>> to someone's property may not adversely affect the rare bird itself, and if
>> it did, that would not impact the bird's population or native habitat or
>> even its immediate surroundings, necessarily. But someone's poor manners
>> might convince a homeowner that maintaining a bird-friendly environment is
>> not worth such barbarian invasions, or that people who love nature enough
>> to observe and/or document it happen to be pragmatic pricks. Also, personal
>> selfish actions destroy the sense of community that conservation requires.
>> In other words, "good versus bad birder behavior regarding bird population
>> health" is the same as good versus bad behavior regarding anything else:
>> you don't win friends and influence people by being "that guy." Decency and
>> respect are as important to species' well-being--including our own--as
>> activism, because they are prerequisites for it.
>>
>> Billy Weber
>> Nazareth, PA
>>
>
> --
> ***See our new video https://youtu.be/3gyjkxmmFS4 *** ***Check us out on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kauffmaninsurance/ ***Call us 717-436-8257 Toll free 866-588-7831
 

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Date: 1/4/18 6:28 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Goldeneye's, Duck Hollow, Allegheny
Yesterday afternoon I walked the Duck Hollow Trail toward the Glenwood Bridge. I saw 2 common goldeneyes and a dozen common mergansers on the river near Sandcastle.  My binoculars were fogging (on the outside, fortunately) so I can't be sure that 4 additional ducks were lesser scaup.

My list is here:
Jan 03, 2018
3:55 PM
Traveling
3.00 miles
60 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

40 Mallard
4 Lesser Scaup
2 Common Goldeneye
12 Common Merganser
1 Pied-billed Grebe
X Ring-billed Gull
10 Herring Gull
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 American Crow
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 Carolina Wren
3 American Robin
2 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 15
Kate St. John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 1/4/18 6:20 am
From: Georgia Kagle <jazzy523...>
Subject: Sapsucker York Co
Happy to see a yellow-bellied sapsucker at the seed wreath this morning.

Also have a sharp-shinned hawk keeping my feeder birds low. It came down about 3 feet behind me the other day and caught something that continued to scream as it flew away.

Georgia Kagle
Carroll Twp. York Co.



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Date: 1/4/18 5:46 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Re: poor behavior, conservation, etc., etc.
yeah, I think most of the people who are finding issues with the
problems of people pushing birds are not the problem.  They are thinking
of the birds welfare and hoping to stop the ones who want to always push
the envelope.  Possibly even hoping to educate those who don't know. 
You are still going to have the greedy ones who want to push more, get
closer,  not caring about others or the welfare of the birds.

To argue against helpers and educators just makes no sense.  To belittle
those who are helping and educating is even worse, in my opinion.

I was glad to hear Devich speak up about this and bring it to more
peoples attention.  If more people would be brave enough and loud enough
to speak up against the ones who don't care, I think we are winning the
overall battle of bad behavior.

I do know birders can be as guilty as photographers, but that shouldn't
stop us from trying to stop the bad behavior by all.

Good post Billy and thank you again to Devich for bringing this up to
everyones attention.


On 1/4/2018 8:33 AM, Billy Weber wrote:
> The individual who began this thread (about the notorious photographer's
> unfortunate behavior) is the recent recipient of a prestigious conservation
> award, has done more in his spare time for the welfare of the American
> Kestrel than arguably anyone else in the region, and has taken the
> opportunity--often in the context of chases and rarity stakeouts--to
> educate countless members of the general public about the beauty and worth
> of birds and their habitats. He also annually spearheads the citizen effort
> to protect vernal-pool-breeding amphibians from traffic in his home area.
> In other words, "hardcore" birding and environmental awareness/activism are
> not exclusive domains. True, guideline-flouting by an unprincipled visitor
> to someone's property may not adversely affect the rare bird itself, and if
> it did, that would not impact the bird's population or native habitat or
> even its immediate surroundings, necessarily. But someone's poor manners
> might convince a homeowner that maintaining a bird-friendly environment is
> not worth such barbarian invasions, or that people who love nature enough
> to observe and/or document it happen to be pragmatic pricks. Also, personal
> selfish actions destroy the sense of community that conservation requires.
> In other words, "good versus bad birder behavior regarding bird population
> health" is the same as good versus bad behavior regarding anything else:
> you don't win friends and influence people by being "that guy." Decency and
> respect are as important to species' well-being--including our own--as
> activism, because they are prerequisites for it.
>
> Billy Weber
> Nazareth, PA
>

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Date: 1/4/18 5:33 am
From: Billy Weber <robot.stories...>
Subject: poor behavior, conservation, etc., etc.
The individual who began this thread (about the notorious photographer's
unfortunate behavior) is the recent recipient of a prestigious conservation
award, has done more in his spare time for the welfare of the American
Kestrel than arguably anyone else in the region, and has taken the
opportunity--often in the context of chases and rarity stakeouts--to
educate countless members of the general public about the beauty and worth
of birds and their habitats. He also annually spearheads the citizen effort
to protect vernal-pool-breeding amphibians from traffic in his home area.
In other words, "hardcore" birding and environmental awareness/activism are
not exclusive domains. True, guideline-flouting by an unprincipled visitor
to someone's property may not adversely affect the rare bird itself, and if
it did, that would not impact the bird's population or native habitat or
even its immediate surroundings, necessarily. But someone's poor manners
might convince a homeowner that maintaining a bird-friendly environment is
not worth such barbarian invasions, or that people who love nature enough
to observe and/or document it happen to be pragmatic pricks. Also, personal
selfish actions destroy the sense of community that conservation requires.
In other words, "good versus bad birder behavior regarding bird population
health" is the same as good versus bad behavior regarding anything else:
you don't win friends and influence people by being "that guy." Decency and
respect are as important to species' well-being--including our own--as
activism, because they are prerequisites for it.

Billy Weber
Nazareth, PA
 

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Date: 1/4/18 4:00 am
From: Michael Barcaskey <mikebarcaskey...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
Great post. A topic for another thread. It seems many of today's birders (dare I say a majority) are only concerned about their lists and themselves, aside from some involvement in Audubon and CBC, almost all of the birders I know do nothing when it comes to conservation.


________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Dave Kruel <dkruel300...>
Sent: Thursday, January 4, 2018 1:06 AM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County

From the perspective of bird populations & habitat preservation, Im not sure how much a rogue photographer or birder spooking a stray species comes into play. Naturally, items like houses, roads, coffee, fine dining, shopping malls, fine hotels, energy extraction, cars that burn fossil fuels, human footprint etc, etc would seem to be much bigger items regarding the health of bird populations. From the vantage point an outsider looking in on the birding community.Im not sure what exactly would make good versus bad birder behavior regarding bird population health.....what do you think ? How well do we keep score of habitat lost to developmental destruction ? Maybe a good discussion topic. Probably one that birds would like birders to have.......much more than discussions on rogue birders & photographers regarding a vagrant.

At a minimum, maybe we should try to bridge with detailed verbage our thoughts on how rogue photographer & birder behavior actually impacts bird populations & habitats.

Good birding.

Dave Kruel
 

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Date: 1/3/18 10:06 pm
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
From the perspective of bird populations & habitat preservation, I’m not sure how much a rogue photographer or birder spooking a stray species comes into play. Naturally, items like houses, roads, coffee, fine dining, shopping malls, fine hotels, energy extraction, cars that burn fossil fuels, human footprint etc, etc would seem to be much bigger items regarding the health of bird populations. From the vantage point an outsider looking in on the birding community…….I’m not sure what exactly would make good versus bad birder behavior regarding bird population health.....what do you think ? How well do we keep score of habitat lost to developmental destruction ? Maybe a good discussion topic. Probably one that birds would like birders to have.......much more than discussions on rogue birders & photographers regarding a vagrant.

At a minimum, maybe we should try to bridge with detailed verbage our thoughts on how rogue photographer & birder behavior actually impacts bird populations & habitats.

Good birding.

Dave Kruel
 

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Date: 1/3/18 12:58 pm
From: john flannigan <rublzrme...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck-Allegheny county
The Long-tailed Duck seen at the McKees Rocks bridge on New Years day continues along with the Greater Scaup , 3 unidentified Scaup which were asleep while I was present and the Common Goldeneye and Pied-billed Grebe.

Enjoy your birding,

John Flannigan

Allegheny county
 

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Date: 1/3/18 8:33 am
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County Snow Owls continue
For those interested in starting their New Years bird list with Snowy Owl, there were four birds sitting on the Presque Isle Bay ice off of the east pier around 10:00 this morning. Look for dark bumps on the snow covered ice. A scope is recommended since most are quite a distance from shore.

Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 1/3/18 8:30 am
From: PSO <PSO...>
Subject: Latest Issue of Pennsylvania Birds
The latest issue of *Pennsylvania Birds* (V31N3) was mailed today.

If you are a PSO member, you will be receiving it shortly.

The online (full color) version is available to all current members at
pabirds.org.

Login using your Member Number and Zip Code (You can change your login
information after you login the first time).

Non-members can see a sample of this issue at pabirds.org (click on *Latest
Issue of Pennsylvania Birds*).

If you would like to receive this publication, you can join the PSO at
pabirds.org.



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Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology
 

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Date: 1/3/18 7:56 am
From: Lee Wells <lwells4...>
Subject: bad photographers
It isn't just the photographers that need educated. I read a post a few days ago about someone who was playing an owl recording at night and bragging about how he got the owl to fly around wasting precious energy in this cold weather for no reason other than his own amusement. Any time that you have a group of people involved in an activity, there are bound to be those whose only concern is themselves and what they want.
Lee Wells
Pine Grove, PA
 

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Date: 1/3/18 6:51 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
Good point, Dave, about the equipment. No reason in the world for photographers to have to get closer and closer.

On a separate note, I just read that the Fowler's Beach snowy was not seen yesterday. Can't believe it has hung on this long!

Have a good day.

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


> On Jan 3, 2018, at 4:46 AM, Dave DeReamus <becard...> wrote:
>
> OK, I'll bite. Since slander is defined as "a false and malicious statement or report about someone" and the poster is obviously telling the TRUTH about what happened since his observation is backed up by others who were witnesses, how can it be considered slander? On that note, why does it seem nowadays that the bad guys apparently tend to have the legal upper hand over the good guys? Oh, never mind. This isn't the place for that. I'll just check it out at "Legal Zoom".
>
> Realistically, all that can be done is to have the good birders police the 'bad eggs' as was apparently done here.
>
> Isn't it strange that, even with the ever-increasing megapixel cameras that now allow for significant cropping of a photo with very little degradation, it seems that the photographers with the longest, biggest, and most expensive lenses are the ones who still have to try to get much closer to the bird than anyone else?
>
> Good birding,
> Dave DeReamus
> Palmer Township, PA
> becard -at- rcn.com
> Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com
> Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html
> Google Photo Albums: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/109457857807399603170?source=pwa
>
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Chris Blazo
> Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:20 AM
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
>
> No matter how bad you want to post the person's name, you can't. It's slander and if they really wanted to, they could sue the poster and the listserv provider. These people will always exist and hopefully one day karma will catch up with them. It's just best to do you and let those folks hang themselves.
>
>
> Chris Blazo- Franklin County
 

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Date: 1/3/18 6:14 am
From: TED WEAVER <tedspix...>
Subject: Fwd: Re: [PABIRDS] Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
-------- Original Message ----------
From: TED WEAVER <tedspix...>
To: "Pa.birds@list" <Pa.birds@list>
Date: at
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County



On January 2, 2018 at 6:08 PM TED WEAVER wrote:


Birders and Photographers

Yes, they are as bad on one side as the other, having no ethics and/or manners whatsoever. I have witnessed both. Four years, plus, ago around Ephrata I was photographing a snowie behind an Amish family home and barn. Whereby, I had asked and received permission to do so from a reasonable safe distance. After being there for 1-2 hours I observed 3 lady birders walking towards me with their binoculars thinking that they had permission to be there. After a short time the Amish farmer walked out to converse with me, which I then, after some casual conversation asked if they had permission to be there, which he stated they had not. In fact I generally carry a photo with me which I had given to him of a snowie. Not only did he thank me, but he returned in a very short time span and placed a bag on my hood. Inside the bag was some freshly smoked sausage.

I have also witnessed some bad behavior from photographers as well. I watched them also walking out into the field toward a snowie until the bird flew. So, how do you chastise these individuals without making it bad and causing a rift from either side, an/or taking sides blaming one more than the other? I have also left them heard by yelling at them or saying a few choice words so that they would hear me. Enough said to address the poor manners from anyone individual, as you watch TV or read the daily news, there are always and will be a bunch of bad apples to spoil it for those whom act appropriately.

Thank you for all listening. Have a GOOD DAY, GOOD BIRDING and GOOD PICTURE taking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ted Weaver

> On January 2, 2018 at 5:17 PM ACP wrote:
>
>
> Devich,
>
> Thank you for sharing this story. I have run into so many poorly behaved photographers that I hesitate to get my own camera out. Watched a man with a 500 lens walk out into an open field to get a snowy when he could have gotten awesome photos without harassing the owl. The Fowler’s Beach owl apparently is being harassed on a daily basis. I don’t know what the answer is except to do what you did with this photographer. They ruin it for anyone else trying to see the bird from a safe distance. If this man is a true birder then shame on him. I think photographers who are non-birders might be the culprits but I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush as I have seen some pretty unethical birders over the years as well.
>
> Education will help, but, I think there will always be those folks who will push the envelope like this man did.
>
> Have a good evening.
>
> Ann
>
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, VMD
> York, PA
> <rook185...> mailto:<rook185...>
> www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)
>
>
> > > On Jan 2, 2018, at 4:17 PM, Devich Farbotnik <000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...> mailto:<000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...> .ORG> wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I pulled up to the Harris's Sparrow spot this afternoon to find someone standing at least 20 feet off the road in the yard. Apparently he had been farther into the yard before I arrived. Another birder asked me what was with that guy and I said (loud enough for the trespasser to hear) that I thought the rules were pretty clear that we were supposed to stay by the road and that he thinks the rules don't apply to him. He obviously heard me because he got in his vehicle and left with his monstrous camera lens. I have had multiple run-ins with this guy and he has a history of harassing birds and going where he is not supposed to trying to get pictures. For example, he rented a boat and was chasing the Pacific Loon around at Nockamixon a couple summers ago. He also snuck in to get closer pictures of the Brown Booby I had at the Van Sciver Lakes when I had arranged permission for people to stay by the road. He is the reason I don't post anymore. I'd be happy to share sightings if I knew the birds wouldn't be harassed.
> >
> > Anybody have any ideas for filtering out these people? Private listserves? Private text groups?
> >
> > Good birding,
> >
> > Devich Farbotnik
> > Quakertown, PA
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > >
>
 

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Date: 1/3/18 5:51 am
From: Nanette Talbot <talbot.nanette...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
I like the idea of educating this person - I’m not in that area but if others band together and approach him each time, perhaps it’s a way of curtailing this bad behavior?
Has anyone every spoken with him??

Nanette Talbot
Montgomery County
610-246-2076
<talbot.nanette...>






> On Jan 3, 2018, at 7:45 AM, Paul Blank <paulblank...> wrote:
>
> I would agree. I was uncomfortable with the public shaming sin past situations as I don’t think it represents the overall good quality that I see in the birding community.
>
> I know it’s frustrating when people act in less than stellar ways, but responding in kind generally exacerbates the situation rather than helping it. My experience with the PA birding community is that the majority is composed of caring, gracious, and considerate people of good character. I hate to see that reputation lessened by perhaps legitimate, but hasty responses to these kinds of situations.
>
> I want to thank all of you in the PA birding community whom I have met in the field for being such caring, helpful, and respectful people of character that give us the positive reputation we have in our region. Thanks for contributing to something positive in times when so much in our culture is divisive and harsh.
>
> All the best
> Paul Blank
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 3, 2018, at 4:46 AM, Dave DeReamus <becard...> wrote:
>>
>> OK, I'll bite. Since slander is defined as "a false and malicious statement or report about someone" and the poster is obviously telling the TRUTH about what happened since his observation is backed up by others who were witnesses, how can it be considered slander? On that note, why does it seem nowadays that the bad guys apparently tend to have the legal upper hand over the good guys? Oh, never mind. This isn't the place for that. I'll just check it out at "Legal Zoom".
>>
>> Realistically, all that can be done is to have the good birders police the 'bad eggs' as was apparently done here.
>>
>> Isn't it strange that, even with the ever-increasing megapixel cameras that now allow for significant cropping of a photo with very little degradation, it seems that the photographers with the longest, biggest, and most expensive lenses are the ones who still have to try to get much closer to the bird than anyone else?
>>
>> Good birding,
>> Dave DeReamus
>> Palmer Township, PA
>> becard -at- rcn.com
>> Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com
>> Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html
>> Google Photo Albums: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/109457857807399603170?source=pwa
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message----- From: Chris Blazo
>> Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:20 AM
>> To: <PABIRDS...>
>> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
>>
>> No matter how bad you want to post the person's name, you can't. It's slander and if they really wanted to, they could sue the poster and the listserv provider. These people will always exist and hopefully one day karma will catch up with them. It's just best to do you and let those folks hang themselves.
>>
>>
>> Chris Blazo- Franklin County
 

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Date: 1/3/18 4:47 am
From: Paul Blank <paulblank...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
I would agree. I was uncomfortable with the public shaming sin past situations as I don’t think it represents the overall good quality that I see in the birding community.

I know it’s frustrating when people act in less than stellar ways, but responding in kind generally exacerbates the situation rather than helping it. My experience with the PA birding community is that the majority is composed of caring, gracious, and considerate people of good character. I hate to see that reputation lessened by perhaps legitimate, but hasty responses to these kinds of situations.

I want to thank all of you in the PA birding community whom I have met in the field for being such caring, helpful, and respectful people of character that give us the positive reputation we have in our region. Thanks for contributing to something positive in times when so much in our culture is divisive and harsh.

All the best
Paul Blank

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 3, 2018, at 4:46 AM, Dave DeReamus <becard...> wrote:
>
> OK, I'll bite. Since slander is defined as "a false and malicious statement or report about someone" and the poster is obviously telling the TRUTH about what happened since his observation is backed up by others who were witnesses, how can it be considered slander? On that note, why does it seem nowadays that the bad guys apparently tend to have the legal upper hand over the good guys? Oh, never mind. This isn't the place for that. I'll just check it out at "Legal Zoom".
>
> Realistically, all that can be done is to have the good birders police the 'bad eggs' as was apparently done here.
>
> Isn't it strange that, even with the ever-increasing megapixel cameras that now allow for significant cropping of a photo with very little degradation, it seems that the photographers with the longest, biggest, and most expensive lenses are the ones who still have to try to get much closer to the bird than anyone else?
>
> Good birding,
> Dave DeReamus
> Palmer Township, PA
> becard -at- rcn.com
> Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com
> Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html
> Google Photo Albums: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/109457857807399603170?source=pwa
>
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Chris Blazo
> Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:20 AM
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
>
> No matter how bad you want to post the person's name, you can't. It's slander and if they really wanted to, they could sue the poster and the listserv provider. These people will always exist and hopefully one day karma will catch up with them. It's just best to do you and let those folks hang themselves.
>
>
> Chris Blazo- Franklin County
 

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Date: 1/3/18 1:49 am
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
OK, I'll bite. Since slander is defined as "a false and malicious statement
or report about someone" and the poster is obviously telling the TRUTH about
what happened since his observation is backed up by others who were
witnesses, how can it be considered slander? On that note, why does it seem
nowadays that the bad guys apparently tend to have the legal upper hand over
the good guys? Oh, never mind. This isn't the place for that. I'll just
check it out at "Legal Zoom".

Realistically, all that can be done is to have the good birders police the
'bad eggs' as was apparently done here.

Isn't it strange that, even with the ever-increasing megapixel cameras that
now allow for significant cropping of a photo with very little degradation,
it seems that the photographers with the longest, biggest, and most
expensive lenses are the ones who still have to try to get much closer to
the bird than anyone else?

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


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Blazo
Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:20 AM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's
Sparrow location - Bucks County

No matter how bad you want to post the person's name, you can't. It's
slander and if they really wanted to, they could sue the poster and the
listserv provider. These people will always exist and hopefully one day
karma will catch up with them. It's just best to do you and let those folks
hang themselves.


Chris Blazo- Franklin County
 

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Date: 1/2/18 10:21 pm
From: Chris Blazo <000000a22b6b5249-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
No matter how bad you want to post the person's name, you can't. It's slander and if they really wanted to, they could sue the poster and the listserv provider. These people will always exist and hopefully one day karma will catch up with them. It's just best to do you and let those folks hang themselves.


Chris Blazo- Franklin County
 

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Date: 1/2/18 5:48 pm
From: Devich Farbotnik <000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
Hi again,

I have gotten a ton of emails about this. Most were asking who it was (I let all that asked know) and some guessed who it was without me telling them! This guy has a history of bad behavior so it wasn't just what I witnessed today or have witnessed over the last few years. Several people have said that I should post his name, which I'm hesitant to do. I would like to, but another poor behaving photographer threatened legal action when he was called out for his bad behavior so I don't need that. If you want to know who it is, just shoot me an email.

I'm not sure what the solution is to this problem, which is a nationwide (and probably worldwide) issue. Private listserves or text groups might help but birders policing rarity stakeouts might be the best solution. Speak up when you see somebody breaking the rules. Or maybe have a designated babysitter at each stakeout to make sure that everyone is following the rules.

Good birding,

Devich Farbotnik
Quakertown, PA


>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> I pulled up to the Harris's Sparrow spot this afternoon to find someone standing at least 20 feet off the road in the yard. Apparently he had been farther into the yard before I arrived. Another birder asked me what was with that guy and I said (loud enough for the trespasser to hear) that I thought the rules were pretty clear that we were supposed to stay by the road and that he thinks the rules don't apply to him. He obviously heard me because he got in his vehicle and left with his monstrous camera lens. I have had multiple run-ins with this guy and he has a history of harassing birds and going where he is not supposed to trying to get pictures. For example, he rented a boat and was chasing the Pacific Loon around at Nockamixon a couple summers ago. He also snuck in to get closer pictures of the Brown Booby I had at the Van Sciver Lakes when I had arranged permission for people to stay by the road. He is the reason I don't post anymore. I'd be happy to share sightings if I knew the birds wouldn't be harassed.
>>>>
>>>> Anybody have any ideas for filtering out these people? Private listserves? Private text groups?
>>>>
>>>> Good birding,
>>>>
>>>> Devich Farbotnik
>>>> Quakertown, PA
>>>>
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
 

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Date: 1/2/18 5:42 pm
From: Dan Altif <00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Reason?
 

 

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Date: 1/2/18 3:58 pm
From: Russ Ruffing <ruff2...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
Yeah - print said person’s name so that everyone knows who it is and publicly shame him. It’s the only way they get the message

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 2, 2018, at 5:41 PM, Katrina Knight <kknight...> wrote:
>
> At 04:17 PM 1/2/2018 Devich Farbotnik wrote:
>> I have had multiple run-ins with this guy and he has a history of harassing birds and going where he is not supposed to trying to get pictures.
>
>> Anybody have any ideas for filtering out these people? Private listserves? Private text groups?
>
> My take on people who are doing inappropriate things is that we should all try to educate them where possible, assuming that we feel safe doing so. A lot of bad behavior involves ignorance. Some people, and this guy sounds like one of them, don't care about anything but doing what they want to do though. When educating them doesn't work, I think public shaming needs to be considered. If we know who is misbehaving repeatedly, why don't we say so? Reporting it to the authorities is another possibility if laws are being broken. I've done that here and there when I spotted people in off-limits areas.
>
> While it works in some situations, I don't think that keeping sightings private is a very good answer in many cases. If you tell even a few people, word will spread to some extent and the bad eggs may still find out while people who've never done anything wrong will end up shut out.
>
> --
> Katrina Knight
> <kknight...>
> Reading, PA, USA
 

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Date: 1/2/18 3:47 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County 2017 waterbird count summary
Below is the 2017 season summary of my waterbird count in the Sunset Point area of Presque Isle State Park.

Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>


WATERBIRD COUNT 2017

Summary

Sunset Point, Presque Isle State Park, Erie County, Pa.

By

JerryMcWilliams



Time in thefield this year was 128 hours, up from 109 hours last year. Open water farther north allowed waterfowl,which typically would be passing through our region at this time, to stayput. Therefore we had relatively lowcounts for many species. Even thoughRed-breasted Merganser totals are still far lower than a few years ago, thisseason’s total was nearly double that of last year. Redheads had the most significantly flight ofany of the other species of waterfowl breaking the all-time season total of1776 set last year to 2275 birds this season. Redheads also broke the record high daily total at 1065 birds. Though no record was broken for scaup, therewas a significant number counted. Twonew species of waterbirds were added to the count this year, Piping Plover andLeast Tern.



Thanks to allof the birders who stopped by and helped at times with the count. I would also like to thank the park staff atPresque Isle State Park, especially the Operations Manager, Mathew Greene, forgiving me permission to conduct the survey, by car, from the hard pan sandridge adjacent to Sunset Point. Thissite allowed me a clear 180 degree scan of the lake, and the increasedelevation gave me the height needed to identify distant birds.





Below are thespecifics of the count:



Time period: Sept. 28, 2017to Jan. 2, 2018

Hours observed: 128

Total species of water related birds: 42

Total species of other birds: 19

Total of all species of birds: 61

Total individuals of water related birds: 94276

Total individuals of other species of birds: 408

Total of all individuals: 94684















Season Totals by Species

Waterbirds



Brant 1

Canada Goose 203

Tundra Swan 168

Wood Duck 27

Gadwall 89

American Wigeon 99

American Black Duck 420

Mallard 216

Northern Shoveler 31

Northern Pintail 183

Green-winged Teal 120

Canvasback 497

Redhead 2275

Ring-necked Duck 23

Greater Scaup 450

Lesser Scaup 25486

Scaup species 19933

Eider species 1

Harlequin Duck 1

Surf Scoter 201

White-winged Scoter 328

Black Scoter 30

Surf/Black Scoter 174

Long-tailed Duck 307

Bufflehead 375

Common Goldeneye 522

Hooded Merganser 39

Common Merganser 88

Red-breasted Merganser 38461

Ruddy Duck 12

Red-throated Loon 108

Common Loon 1318

Loon species 20

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Horned Grebe 641

Red-necked Grebe 9

Double-crested Cormorant 626

Black-bellied Plover 48

Piping Plover 1

Sanderling 74

Purple Sandpiper 2

Dunlin 633

Unidentified shorebird 2

Little Gull 1

Common Tern 2

Common/Forster’s tern 30

Least Tern 1









Non-water related birds



Turkey Vulture 37

Osprey 1

Bald Eagle 22

Northern Harrier 1

Cooper’s Hawk 1

Merlin 6

Peregrine Falcon 6

Mourning Dove 1

Snowy Owl 2

Belted Kingfisher 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Winter Wren 2

Kinglet species 1

European Starling 1

American Tree Sparrow 1

Lapland Longspur 1

Snow Bunting 188

Small passerine 25

Red-winged Blackbird 100



Non-bird related



Unidentified bat 1

Painted Lady 5
Monarch 3
 

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Date: 1/2/18 3:43 pm
From: Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
PA Birders,

First, thank you greatly, to the Crunkletons who took the time to negotiate for birders to have a try at seeing this very pretty sparrow.
And, thanks to the property owner, Mike, for allowing us to look into his backyard with all of our optical equipment.

When people go out of their way to do this for the rest of the birding community, it needs to be greatly respected, so that the arrangers, or property owners do not regret allowing access.
In my opinion, it’s a gift, not a privilege, to see a rarity.

All information alerting the public to this bird (SEPA RBA Text Group, eBird hotspot (roadside access only), PABirds, BucksCoBirders list, etc.) made it VERY clear that people should stand on the road, or, remain in their cars.

So, it was disheartening that when I arrived at Rickert Rd today, there was a photographer IN the yard, beyond the crest of the hill, and standing on the flat ground. The instructions stated “roadside access only”, and “viewing from the road”.

There is no excuse for not abiding by the rules of the rarity. None.

This photographer had two choices: standing at the edge of the road, or in his car, and instead, he chose to stand in the yard. That’s a choice to disrespect the instructions from all resources.
And, frankly, it’s unfair to everyone.

Within minutes after the photographer left his post in the yard, birds came into the yard, and the Harris’s Sparrow appeared.
Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Good birding,

Holly Merker






> On Jan 2, 2018, at 4:17 PM, Devich Farbotnik <000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> I pulled up to the Harris's Sparrow spot this afternoon to find someone standing at least 20 feet off the road in the yard. Apparently he had been farther into the yard before I arrived. Another birder asked me what was with that guy and I said (loud enough for the trespasser to hear) that I thought the rules were pretty clear that we were supposed to stay by the road and that he thinks the rules don't apply to him. He obviously heard me because he got in his vehicle and left with his monstrous camera lens. I have had multiple run-ins with this guy and he has a history of harassing birds and going where he is not supposed to trying to get pictures. For example, he rented a boat and was chasing the Pacific Loon around at Nockamixon a couple summers ago. He also snuck in to get closer pictures of the Brown Booby I had at the Van Sciver Lakes when I had arranged permission for people to stay by the road. He is the reason I don't post anymore. I'd be happy to share sightings if I knew the birds wouldn't be harassed.
>
> Anybody have any ideas for filtering out these people? Private listserves? Private text groups?
>
> Good birding,
>
> Devich Farbotnik
> Quakertown, PA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/2/18 3:30 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Fwd: Snowy Owl-Mercer
>
>
> From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
> Subject: Snowy Owl-Mercer
> Date: January 2, 2018 at 6:29:02 PM EST
> To: <pabirdsrus...>
>
> There is currently a Snowy Owl in Mercer county, PA. It is hanging around Slater and Zehniger roads. There is an awful lot of habitat around there so be patient and spend some time looking. There has also been a report of a Rough-legged Hawk in the same area.
>
> Glenn Koppel
> Mary Alice Koeneke
> <mactilly...> <mailto:<mactilly...>
> Butler, PA
 

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Date: 1/2/18 3:29 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Fwd: Rough-Legged Hawks
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
> Subject: Rough-Legged Hawks
> Date: January 2, 2018 at 6:26:03 PM EST
> To: <pabirdsrus...>
>
> There was 1 Light Phase and 1 Dark Phase at Wilson Road in Pymatuning (Crawford county) today.
 

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Date: 1/2/18 2:41 pm
From: Katrina Knight <kknight...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
At 04:17 PM 1/2/2018 Devich Farbotnik wrote:
> I have had multiple run-ins with this guy and he has a
> history of harassing birds and going where he is not supposed
> to trying to get pictures.

>Anybody have any ideas for filtering out these people? Private
>listserves? Private text groups?

My take on people who are doing inappropriate things is that we
should all try to educate them where possible, assuming that we
feel safe doing so. A lot of bad behavior involves ignorance.
Some people, and this guy sounds like one of them, don't care
about anything but doing what they want to do though. When
educating them doesn't work, I think public shaming needs to be
considered. If we know who is misbehaving repeatedly, why don't
we say so? Reporting it to the authorities is another
possibility if laws are being broken. I've done that here and
there when I spotted people in off-limits areas.

While it works in some situations, I don't think that keeping
sightings private is a very good answer in many cases. If you
tell even a few people, word will spread to some extent and the
bad eggs may still find out while people who've never done
anything wrong will end up shut out.

--
Katrina Knight
<kknight...>
Reading, PA, USA
 

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Date: 1/2/18 2:36 pm
From: ACP <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Lapland Longspurs and Snow Bunting, Musser School Rd, Gordonville, Lancaster County
I was over at this spot this afternoon and saw one snow bunting at a time but saw it or other individuals a total of three times. Not sure if I was seeing the same bird each time as there was a large flock of larks as you mentioned who would all fly at the same time. Saw a bunting in 3 different locations but in the same general area. Missed the longspurs.

Thanks for sharing your sightings.

Ann


Ann C. Pettigrew, VMD
York, PA
<rook185...>
www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)




> On Jan 2, 2018, at 9:10 AM, Lisa & Adam Doughty <000000f886397706-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> The Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspurs were still there as of 3pm 1/1/18. We saw them in a flock of about 75 Horned Larks in the same horse pasture. Additionally, there were about another 100 Horned Larks in the field just north of Musser School Rd. bordering S. Groffdale Rd. There was also another very large flock of Horned Larks (maybe as many as 200) in the recently spread field just north of route 23 and bordered by N. Groffdale Rd. and a small flock of Horned Larks feeding in a horse pasture on S. Fairmount Rd. just south of E. Farmersville Rd. Also saw one adult Bald Eagle sitting in a snag along the frozen over creek visible from Hess Rd.
> Lisa Garrett
> On Monday, January 1, 2018, 4:34:43 PM EST, Mike Epler <jmepler...> wrote:
>
> This morning I had a single Snow Bunting, and at least four Lapland Longspurs. They were in a large flock of Horned Larks, feeding in the horse pasture near the intersection of Musser School Rd and Zeltenreich Rd in Gordonville. This is south west of New Holland.
>
> Mike Epler
> Middletown, PA
>
>
>
 

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Date: 1/2/18 2:17 pm
From: ACP <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
Devich,

Thank you for sharing this story. I have run into so many poorly behaved photographers that I hesitate to get my own camera out. Watched a man with a 500 lens walk out into an open field to get a snowy when he could have gotten awesome photos without harassing the owl. The Fowler’s Beach owl apparently is being harassed on a daily basis. I don’t know what the answer is except to do what you did with this photographer. They ruin it for anyone else trying to see the bird from a safe distance. If this man is a true birder then shame on him. I think photographers who are non-birders might be the culprits but I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush as I have seen some pretty unethical birders over the years as well.

Education will help, but, I think there will always be those folks who will push the envelope like this man did.

Have a good evening.

Ann


Ann C. Pettigrew, VMD
York, PA
<rook185...>
www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)




> On Jan 2, 2018, at 4:17 PM, Devich Farbotnik <000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> I pulled up to the Harris's Sparrow spot this afternoon to find someone standing at least 20 feet off the road in the yard. Apparently he had been farther into the yard before I arrived. Another birder asked me what was with that guy and I said (loud enough for the trespasser to hear) that I thought the rules were pretty clear that we were supposed to stay by the road and that he thinks the rules don't apply to him. He obviously heard me because he got in his vehicle and left with his monstrous camera lens. I have had multiple run-ins with this guy and he has a history of harassing birds and going where he is not supposed to trying to get pictures. For example, he rented a boat and was chasing the Pacific Loon around at Nockamixon a couple summers ago. He also snuck in to get closer pictures of the Brown Booby I had at the Van Sciver Lakes when I had arranged permission for people to stay by the road. He is the reason I don't post anymore. I'd be happy to share sightings if I knew the birds wouldn't be harassed.
>
> Anybody have any ideas for filtering out these people? Private listserves? Private text groups?
>
> Good birding,
>
> Devich Farbotnik
> Quakertown, PA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/2/18 1:17 pm
From: Devich Farbotnik <000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Poor photographer behavior already at Harris's Sparrow location - Bucks County
Hi all,

I pulled up to the Harris's Sparrow spot this afternoon to find someone standing at least 20 feet off the road in the yard. Apparently he had been farther into the yard before I arrived. Another birder asked me what was with that guy and I said (loud enough for the trespasser to hear) that I thought the rules were pretty clear that we were supposed to stay by the road and that he thinks the rules don't apply to him. He obviously heard me because he got in his vehicle and left with his monstrous camera lens. I have had multiple run-ins with this guy and he has a history of harassing birds and going where he is not supposed to trying to get pictures. For example, he rented a boat and was chasing the Pacific Loon around at Nockamixon a couple summers ago. He also snuck in to get closer pictures of the Brown Booby I had at the Van Sciver Lakes when I had arranged permission for people to stay by the road. He is the reason I don't post anymore. I'd be happy to share sightings if I knew the birds wouldn't be harassed.

Anybody have any ideas for filtering out these people? Private listserves? Private text groups?

Good birding,

Devich Farbotnik
Quakertown, PA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/2/18 10:35 am
From: Diane Allison <dalliso...>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow- Bucks County
A Harris’s Sparrow was found on the Central Bucks CBC on Sunday. It has been seen yesterday afternoon and this morning and is frequenting a feeder so it will likely stick around. It is a very narrow road so park all cars on one side. The homeowner has graciously agreed to have birders view the bird. There is a pole with three suet feeders and a house type feeder. There is a red bush and sapling to the right of the feeding station and a stump behind. The birds stage in the bush and sapling and drop to the stump and ground under the feeder. Watch for this bright male to be mixed in with the sparrows and juncos that are visiting the feeder. Please view from the gap in the trees along the road so as not to disturb the bird or the homeowner. It is easily seen from the road. The address is 135 Rickert Rd Doylestown. From Ferry Rd go down the hill, there is a horse farm on the right and the house is on the left, it has green siding. As you look at the house the feeders are to the right of the home and towards the back. Thanks to Chuck Crunkleton for finding the bird and speaking with the homeowner, Mike, and for their hospitality in sharing the bird. Let’s all be thoughtful and courteous so many birders can enjoy this beauty. Diane Allison, Central Bucks CBC Compiler

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Date: 1/2/18 8:56 am
From: Aidan Place <aidanjplace...>
Subject: Waterfowl -- Allegheny County Rivers
Yesterday, Jack Chaillet and I hit the rivers for some waterfowl as our way of celebrating the New Years. We had the following.

Doerr Street (Brunot's Island)-
Hooded Merganser (2)
Redhead (2)

Sharpsburg Marina-
Bufflehead

Six-mile Island-
Horned Grebe
Redhead (3)
Ring-necked Duck
American Black Duck x Mallard (Hybrid)

Bell Harbor Marina-
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Common Goldeneye

Chapel Harbour-
Common Merganser (6)

Duck Hollow-
Double-crested Cormorant
Pied-billed Grebe
Common Goldeneye

Today we stopped by Carnegie Lake in Highland Park and had the continuing two American black ducks and northern pintail. All the ducks are using the areas of unfrozen water around the pumps in this artificial lake and seem likely to stick around for a while.

I ended this morning with a very respectable 45 species for 2018 in Allegheny County. Although I'm back off to Bosnia in two weeks so that number won't get much higher anytime soon!

Good birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County
 

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Date: 1/2/18 8:41 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (31 Dec 2017) 16 Raptors
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 31, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 44
Turkey Vulture 0 2 701
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 277
Bald Eagle 4 62 430
Northern Harrier 0 3 79
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2453
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 358
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 71
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 162
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10726
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 10 73 1121
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 37
Golden Eagle 2 13 103
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 234
Merlin 0 1 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 68
Unknown Falcon 0 0 21
Unknown Raptor 0 0 38

Total: 16 164 17049
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:15:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Bracken Brown

Weather:
overcast with west winds 8-17 mph, temperatures were 8-10 F

Raptor Observations:
BAEA: 1100I, 1206J, 1356I, 1446A
GOEA: 1249A, 1429I

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (<goodrich...>)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/


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Date: 1/2/18 8:36 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Hermit thrush on New Years Day, Allegheny
12 of us walked Irwin Road in North Park yesterday for the annual Botanical Society New Years Day hike led by Richard Nugent.  It was very cold, hard to see through fogged binoculars, hard to count birds.  So you will see a lot of Xs on this checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41549314
Best Birds:  Hermit thrush & Golden-crowned kinglet
It was 10 degrees F.   Brrrr!

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

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Date: 1/2/18 7:27 am
From: Dean Newhouse <dean.newhouse...>
Subject: Supermoon Owl in York County
Around 8 PM yesterday, I went out on the cold, clear night lit brightly by the Supermoon. I tried to get owl responses from the woods to pre-recorded owl recordings. First, I played a recording of the Screech Owl, but got no response. Then I played a recording of the Great Horned Owl, and the Screech-Owl responded (probably in alarm). Could then hear the Screech Owl calling steadily for about 10 minutes. It sounded like it was moving around, as it sounded like it was coming from different directions, as well as closer and farther away. Also, briefly heard two other hoots/screeches from different, nearer directions, but those sounds didn't repeat and I'm not sure what they were.

Dean Newhouse
York County
 

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Date: 1/2/18 6:50 am
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Jan. 2, 2017
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: January 2, 2018
Time: 0808 to 0838
Weather: Cloudy, temp.12 F, wind SW to 25 mph, light snow showers,
Comments: The lake wascovered with drifting pack ice, so almost no movement. Today will be the final day of this seasonswaterbird count.

Waterbirdsrecorded:
Greater Scaup 12
Lesser Scaup 3
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 3
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted Merganser 9

Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 1/2/18 6:20 am
From: Lisa & Adam Doughty <000000f886397706-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Lapland Longspurs and Snow Bunting, Musser School Rd, Gordonville, Lancaster County
The Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspurs were still there as of 3pm 1/1/18. We saw them in a flock of about 75 Horned Larks in the same horse pasture.  Additionally, there were about another 100 Horned Larks in the field just north of Musser School Rd. bordering S. Groffdale Rd. There was also another very large flock of Horned Larks (maybe as many as 200) in the recently spread field just north of route 23 and bordered by N. Groffdale Rd. and a small flock of Horned Larks feeding in a horse pasture on S. Fairmount Rd. just south of E. Farmersville Rd. Also saw one adult Bald Eagle sitting in a snag along the frozen over creek visible from Hess Rd.
Lisa Garrett
On Monday, January 1, 2018, 4:34:43 PM EST, Mike Epler <jmepler...> wrote:

This morning I had a single Snow Bunting, and at least four Lapland Longspurs.  They were in a large flock of Horned Larks, feeding in the horse pasture near the intersection of Musser School Rd and Zeltenreich Rd in Gordonville.  This is south west of New Holland.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA



 

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Date: 1/1/18 5:42 pm
From: Russ States <pelagics202...>
Subject: Pleasantville CBC
The Pleasantville CBC was held on Dec. 31, 2017.
A group owling reported -8 degrees.
By Daybreak it was a balmy Zero, and by afternoon we were getting out the
t-shirts & sandals as the temperature soared to 13 degrees (all degrees in
Fahrenheit).

There have only been 2 other Pleasantville CBCs with zero degrees reported:
the 90th (held on Dec. 23, 1989) & the 69th (held on Jan. 1, 1969).

With all field reports, but no feeder reports in, we have 57 species, which
is topped only by last year's 58 species.

Also, there were 3 new species for this count: Northern Pintail,
Short-eared Owl, and Lapland Longspur.

Highlights include 1992 Canada Geese (previous high was 1332), 6 species of
duck (two species is probably normal), 20 bald eagles, 3 rough-legged
hawks, 3 snow buntings, and 57 pine siskins.

Russ States
Compiler, Pleasantville CBC
 

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Date: 1/1/18 4:44 pm
From: Flo McGuire <fmcguire1...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk, Forest Co.
Yesterday on the Pleasantville CBC, we had a light-phase Rough-legged Hawk over the fields just south of Neiltown, on the east side of Neiltown Rd.

Flo & Jim McGuire
Tionesta
 

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Date: 1/1/18 3:42 pm
From: Lee Wells <lwells4...>
Subject: Breneman Quarry, Berks County
Today we stopped at Breneman Quarry near Sinking Spring, Berks County and these were the highlights. There may have been more but our time there was limited.


Greater White-fronted Goose 10
American Coot 2
Ruddy Duck 7
Snow Goose many
Tundra Swan 1
Common Merganser 5
Canvasback 1
Redhead 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
American Wigeon 1
Northern Shoveler 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-necked Duck 12


Audrey & Lee Wells
Pine Grove, PA
 

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Date: 1/1/18 3:24 pm
From: john flannigan <rublzrme...>
Subject: Waterfowl-Allegheny county
Today in the bitter cold first of the year at the Mckees Rocks bridge in Allegheny county there was a sizable amount of open water west of the bridge and directly underneath. We saw the following:

1 Long-tailed duck 1 Common Goldeneye 1 American Black duck 1 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Greater Scaup 18 Hooded Mergansers along with plenty of Mallards and Ring-billed Gulls. The resident Peregrine Falcons were also present chilling out side-by-side in their favorite spot underneath the pedestrian walkway.

Enjoy your birding,

John Flannigan

Allegheny county
 

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Date: 1/1/18 3:03 pm
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene...>
Subject: Roughleg, Berks County
Yesterday, the 31st, while doing the Hamburg CBC we had a light phase rough-legged hawk over big farm fields in the area a few miles north of Rt. 78, east of 143, and not far from Greenawald.  
    Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County <davilene...>
 

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Date: 1/1/18 1:40 pm
From: Mike Epler <jmepler...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk, Chestnut Grove Natural Area, Lancaster County
This afternoon I had a light morph Rough-legged Hawk at Chestnut Grove Natural Area. I was initially alerted to it's presence by the calls of a Common Raven. When I turned around to look for the raven, I found it harassing the hawk.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA

 

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Date: 1/1/18 1:34 pm
From: Mike Epler <jmepler...>
Subject: Lapland Longspurs and Snow Bunting, Musser School Rd, Gordonville, Lancaster County
This morning I had a single Snow Bunting, and at least four Lapland Longspurs. They were in a large flock of Horned Larks, feeding in the horse pasture near the intersection of Musser School Rd and Zeltenreich Rd in Gordonville. This is south west of New Holland.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA


 

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Date: 1/1/18 12:25 pm
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: Re: RFI -Western Tanager
Ann and others,

The bird was not relocated after initially being seen for about 20 minutes.

Additionally, as mentioned in my original post informing of the bird, the
bird was seen in a restricted area of the wildlife management area that is
never open to the public. Only during the CBC are birders permitted to go
into these areas and that is via permit and escort from the Game
Commission. I would suggest anyone with friends in Kleinfeltersville to
encourage them to watch their feeders!

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Lititz CBC Compiler

On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 14:06 Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:

> Does anyone know if the tanager is still being seen at Middle Creek?
>
> Thanks and Happy New Year!
>
> Ann
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> <rook185...>
> www.pbase.com/rook185
>
> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way
> its animals are treated.”
> ― Mahatma Gandhi
>
 

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Date: 1/1/18 12:16 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Lawrence Co. Sightings
This morning I birded the New Wilmington Amish Farms and had these
highlights

1 American Black Duck
1 Wilson's Snipe
30 Horned Lark
1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:06 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: RFI -Western Tanager
Does anyone know if the tanager is still being seen at Middle Creek?

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Ann

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

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

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Date: 1/1/18 10:36 am
From: Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...>
Subject: Berks Snowy - Yes; Lehigh Rough-leg - No
PABirders,


I made a run down to Lyons (Berks) to see if the Snowy Owl was still there. It was. From the low point in Mertz Rd. just north of Fleetwood-Lyons Rd. the bird was to the NE on small ridge next to one of the telephone poles. Thanks to the two women who were already on the bird, who gave me an indication of where to look. There was also a small flock of Horned Larks further NE on Mertz Rd.


Heading back to Lehigh, I stopped at Smith Lane in Alburtis. A flock of At least 50 Horned Larks had two Lapland Longspurs mixed in. I also had a female harrier hunting over the fields.


After that I went after a Rough-legged Hawk that was reported near the intersection of Church and Heidelberg Heights Rd. in Lehigh County. I had a strongly marked red-tail there, but no roughie. So I tried some of the other fields in Heidelberg Twp. No other raptors. Just lots of Horned Larks and another longspur feeding along the road with a few larks on Church Rd. just south of the Good Farm near the top of the hill.


Last stop was the "Sheetz Quarry" here in Whitehall. I have never seen so many Snow Geese there. I'd say between 15,000 and 20,000, i.e, Middle Creek numbers. No Ross' Geese with them, but plenty of blue geese.


Happy New Year To All,


Jeff Hopkins

Whitehall



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Date: 1/1/18 8:37 am
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Jan. 1, 2018
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: January 1, 2018
Time: 0930 to 1030
Weather: Cloudy, temp.16 F, wind NNW to 30 mph, waves five to six feet, snow squalls with white-outconditions, at least 20 inches of snow on the ground.
Comments: Mostlywestward movement. A few CommonGoldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers moving. Highlights were a flock of 13 White-winged Scoters and a flock of 13Long-tailed Ducks flying west near shore.


Waterbirds recorded:

Redhead 10
Greater Scaup 28
Lesser Scaup 1
White-winged Scoter 13 (one flock)
Long-tailed Duck 14 (13 in one flock)
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 86
Common Merganser 6
Red-breastedMerganser 390

Other bird moving alongthe lake:

Bald Eagle 1 adult


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 1/1/18 7:09 am
From: <joe...> <joe...>
Subject: Happy New Year Brown Thrasher Montgomery County
My first interesting bird of the year is a Brown Thrasher at my feeders this New Years Day.

Joe Greco
Upper Hanover
Montgomery County
 

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Date: 1/1/18 6:38 am
From: Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...>
Subject: PSO Youth Scholarship: Deadline Extension
Happy New Year, PA Birders!

Due to some technical issues with the PSO Youth Scholarship application, the PSO Board of Directors, and Education Committee have decided to extend the deadline for the application until January 15th!

If you, or someone you know, is interested in this scholarship for a young birders camp, please apply!!

Please forward this note to your local bird clubs, so that a young birder might have the opportunity to attend one of the camps listed on this link:

https://pabirds.org/index.php/education/youth-scholarship <https://pabirds.org/index.php/education/youth-scholarship>

Happy, and safe, birding in 2018!

Holly Merker
PSO Education Committee, Chairperson
 

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Date: 1/1/18 3:30 am
From: Bruce and Sherri Carl <000000e695e98431-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lititz CBC - Middle Creek Section Highlights
PA BIRDERS,



About (12) hardy birders braved the very cold and breezy conditions
yesterday and with a few reports due in yet have so far produced a
preliminary total of (66) species for the day for this section. I personally
think this is a great number at this location despite the weather conditions
the participants and the birds had to face throughout the day. Of course the
highlight for the day which has already been mentioned by this counts
compiler Ted Nichols II was a female Western Tanager found during our
afternoon session and seen well by a few of the days birders. This is
definitely the counts first record of this species and very well will be a
first record for Lancaster County as well. Congratulations to Jonathan
Heller and his group for finding this rare bird!!

Some other highlights for the day at Middle Creek WMA included the
following: (9) species of waterfowl (snow goose, canada goose, tundra swan,
mallard black duck, ruddy duck, pintail, shoveler, ring-necked duck) which
was also a pretty good number with only a few small patches of open water
still available on the lake, Golden Eagle, (4) species of owls (screech,
Great horned, short-eared and long-eared), (6) species of woodpeckers (all
the expected except red-headed), common raven, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped
warbler, eastern towhee, chipping sparrow, fox sparrow, savannah sparrow,
meadowlark and purple finch.



Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted with the section yesterday. Your
efforts are rewarded and very much appreciated when you a see a list of
birds like this.



**A complete species update for this section will follow when all reports
are in!!



Bruce A Carl

Akron, PA

Lancaster County
 

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Date: 12/31/17 3:26 pm
From: Cathy Brown <blueapis...>
Subject: late report: GH owl
Very early in the morning of Christmas eve (around 2 or 3 AM), I heard two Great Horned Owls making quite a ruckus outside my bathroom window. This is another first for my yard. I've listened each morning since but have not heard them.

Cathy Brown, Washington County
 

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Date: 12/31/17 3:13 pm
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: WESTERN TANAGER on Lititz CBC 12/31/17
All,

A WESTERN TANAGER was found by Jonathan Heller and seen by his CBC team
(Andrew Keister, Pamela Fisher, Larry Bernhardt, et al.) on today’s Lititz
CBC in a restricted area of Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster County. After
providing up-close views for close to 20 minutes the bird took off and was
not relocated. More preliminary info on the count later...

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Lititz CBC Compiler
 

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Date: 12/31/17 2:28 pm
From: Bill Zinn <wgzinn...>
Subject: Eastern Towhee - Washington County
We've had a male Eastern Towhee at our feeder yesterday and today.

Cecil Twp, northern Washington County. I read that one had been reported
in Allegheny Cnty recently too.



Bill Zinn
 

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Date: 12/31/17 2:26 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Common Loon - Beaver Co.
This afternoon I stopped at Rochester and present here on the Ohio River
was a Common Loon

also there was a pair of N. Pintails

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 12/31/17 12:11 pm
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Allegheny River and County waterbirds
We checked the river in a few places. It is nearly completely frozen over at Lock and Dam #3. There are some open areas in the vicinity of Oakmont, Blawnox, and Sharpsburg. We saw very few gulls. After we got home, around 2:30 I think, a flock of 63 geese flew over our house heading east. Highlights are below.

Sharpsburg
Mallard 25
Canada geese 11
Buffleheads 1
Horned Grebe 1
Bald Eagle 1

Blawnox
Mallard 14
Ring-necked Duck 3
Common Goldeneye 1
Common Merganser 1
Duck sp. 2 (Out of range of scope)

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea

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Date: 12/31/17 12:07 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (31 Dec 2017) 6 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 31, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 0 39 545
NH 0 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 0 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 0 3 120
BW 0 0 8053
RT 4 74 1364
RL 0 1 1
GE 2 18 188
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 6 162 17568
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Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter: Ron Freed

Observers: Dave Grove, Diane McLaughlin, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella,
Pat Freed, Robert McLaughlin

Weather:
Overcast with brisk NW wind and below average temps.

Raptor Observations:
GE AD 9:55, 11:50

First bird - GE 9:55
Last bird - RT 1:02

Non-raptor Observations:
We closed out the season with good food and fellowship, a reading by Gene
and a rousing song by Dave.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ron Freed (<rrfreed...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


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Date: 12/31/17 10:29 am
From: <joe...> <joe...>
Subject: First cycle Iceland Gull. Nockamixon Bucks County
Kevin Crilley has a first cycle Iceland Gull at Lake Nockamixon Bucks County. It’s at the Marina.

Joe Greco
Upper Hanover
Montgomery County
 

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Date: 12/31/17 7:09 am
From: Ty Sharrow <000000f713495528-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Ross’s Goose - Beltzville, Carbon County
If anyone would like another possible year bird for 2017 there is a Ross’s goose at Beltzville State Park this morning mixed with a flock of CANG. If you go into the main entrance it was close to the shore in the cove. Five other birders saw it and confirmed it’s ID, I will be posting doc photos on ebird shortly. Happy New Year

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/31/17 7:07 am
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park IBA) -- (12/24 - 12/30)
All,
The species count was 56 with fewer birder reports & bitter weather. The lake is mostly frozen now. The hightlights included:
Snow Goose - adult dark morph first reported 12/26 & continuing plus occasional white morph individuals
Greater White-fronted Goose-4 12/24; 3 12/28
Cackling Goose-high report 10 12/29 All classic very small birds, etc.
1 Tundra Swan - 12/24 photo
8 duck species including:
At least 2 Red-breasted Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers-high report 21 12/24
Common Merganser-high report 2750 12/24 decreasing due to mostly frozen lake later in week
Bald Eagle-High report 10 12/26 (9 imm. 1 adult) and 8 imm. 12/27 A outstanding local bird show with the 100s of gulls and 1000s of mergansers taking flight when the eagles were present.
1 Killdeer has been lingering for weeks to at least 12/29
5 gull species including one adult Iceland Gull 12/24
1 Common Raven 12/26
Some of the winter passerines reported included Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, E. Bluebird, Cedar Waxwing,Yellow-rumped Warbler, Field Sparrow, & Swamp Sparrow.


Thanks to all who shared their sightings.


Happy New Year!
August Mirabella
North Wales, PA
 

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Date: 12/31/17 4:23 am
From: John Dunn <000000f698932c6f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Rough-legged hawk Bedford County
During yesterday’s Bedford county CBC count, observed a dark morph rough-legged hawk in friends cove on Diehl road near double brick churches.
 

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Date: 12/30/17 10:27 pm
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 12/31/2017
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* December 31, 2017
* PAEA1712.31
- Birds mentioned

BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
ROSS’S GOOSE
REDHEAD
LONG-TAILED DUCK
BRANT
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: December 31st 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 .

The Bethlehem-Easton-Hellertown Christmas Bird Count will be held on
December 30th. Contact your group leader from last year or call Don &
Elaine Mease for information at 610-346-7754.

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

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from the BELVIDERE area in nearby New Jersey:
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE – 1 on 12/27, 12/28, and 12/30 (female; downriver from
bridge).

Sightings from the MARTINS CREEK PPL POWER PLANT area, Northampton County:
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – 1 on 12/28 (dark morph).
At the boat launch area:
Blue-winged Teal – 1 on 12/27 (late date)
Spotted Sandpiper – 1 to at least 12/30.

Sightings from PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
GLAUCOUS GULL – 1 on 12/24 and 12/28 (first-winter)
ICELAND GULL – 1 on 12/28 (first-winter).

Sightings from the NAZARETH QUARRY, Northampton County:
Snow Geese – ~29,000 on 12/30
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 12/30
Cackling Goose – 1 on 12/30
REDHEADS – 5 on 12/30.
Also Pied-billed Grebe and Ruddy Duck.

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 on 12/24.

Sightings from the FOGELSVILLE QUARRY, Lehigh County:
BRANT – 1 on 12/25.

Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
At the Dorney Park pond:
Double-crested Cormorant – 1 on 12/30.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Knight Road area:
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 on 12/26.
Also Gray Catbird.
At the Walt Road area:
Cackling Geese – 6 on 12/24; 4 on 12/25.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
REDHEADS – 3 on 12/29.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE – 4 on 12/24
Cackling Geese – 2 on 12/26; 10 on 12/29.

- End transcript
 

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Date: 12/30/17 8:12 pm
From: Dave Leibert <xdave...>
Subject: Harrier . Northampton County, PA
Howdy All,
Did a little driving today looking for Winter birds. There were a ton of
snow geese by the Moo farm along Township Line road. Along Silverxrest
road near 512 a female or immature Harrier was hunting by flying very
low over some tall grass fields.

Happy Birding and Seasons Greetings,

Dave
 

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Date: 12/30/17 5:44 pm
From: Kathy <000000e8ead06b9c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Cowbirds RWBlackbird
We had Redwings on the CBC in early December in Lehigh County. The same last year and from what it understand that is not unusual.
Kathy Stagl


> On Dec 30, 2017, at 7:29 PM, Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...> wrote:
>
> They (29 cowbirds and single male RWBlackbird) were back in full force today with the 5-6 inches of snow. Most birds all season at feeders the last couple of days. Snowing hard again. Stay warm and safe everyone!!! Waiting for Siskin.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Dec 30, 2017, at 4:00 PM, Ed Barrell <ed.barrell...> wrote:
>>
>> I have two male red-winged blackbirds at my feeder here in Berks County. Very unusual for me to get ready Red Wings.
>> Ed Barrell
>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>> -------- Original message --------From: rick <dicksons...> Date: 12/30/17 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <PABIRDS...> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Cowbirds RWBlackbird
>> I've been having flocks of redwings with cowbirds mixed in. They need to get
>> a little further south!!
>> Rick Dickson
>> Greencastle,Antrim township, Franklin Co.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
>> [mailto:<PABIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Marcy Cunkelman
>> Sent: Friday, December 29, 2017 12:12 PM
>> To: <PABIRDS...>
>> Subject: [PABIRDS] Cowbirds RWBlackbird
>>
>> Hi all,e been having flocks of redwings eith cowbirds mixed in.
>> Yesterday right before dark 29 bhcowbirds came to the feeders. Today they
>> were back along with an almost adult male red-winged black bird. Still had
>> some brown on it's back. Lots of birds at feeders the past few days.
>> Clarksburg, INDIANA co.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone=
 

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Date: 12/30/17 5:40 pm
From: Jim Flowers <artsnimages...>
Subject: Re: Short-eared Owl, York County
Great News Randy

On Dec 29, 2017 7:50 PM, "Randy Phillips" <raphillips56...> wrote:

> I had a single Short-eared Owl working the grasslands at the Hopewell
> Township Complex near Stewartstown around 5:10 this evening.
>
> Randy Phillips
>
 

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Date: 12/30/17 4:29 pm
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...>
Subject: Re: Cowbirds RWBlackbird
They (29 cowbirds and single male RWBlackbird) were back in full force today with the 5-6 inches of snow. Most birds all season at feeders the last couple of days. Snowing hard again. Stay warm and safe everyone!!! Waiting for Siskin.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 30, 2017, at 4:00 PM, Ed Barrell <ed.barrell...> wrote:
>
> I have two male red-winged blackbirds at my feeder here in Berks County. Very unusual for me to get ready Red Wings.
> Ed Barrell
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------From: rick <dicksons...> Date: 12/30/17 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <PABIRDS...> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Cowbirds RWBlackbird
> I've been having flocks of redwings with cowbirds mixed in. They need to get
> a little further south!!
> Rick Dickson
> Greencastle,Antrim township, Franklin Co.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
> [mailto:<PABIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Marcy Cunkelman
> Sent: Friday, December 29, 2017 12:12 PM
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Cowbirds RWBlackbird
>
> Hi all,e been having flocks of redwings eith cowbirds mixed in.
> Yesterday right before dark 29 bhcowbirds came to the feeders. Today they
> were back along with an almost adult male red-winged black bird. Still had
> some brown on it's back. Lots of birds at feeders the past few days.
> Clarksburg, INDIANA co.
>
> Sent from my iPhone=
 

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Date: 12/30/17 2:39 pm
From: Heveran . <hheveran...>
Subject: Canvasbacks are back, plus large Common Merganser movement, Philadelphia Naval Yard (Philadelphia Co.)
Hello PA Birders,

Canvasbacks have returned in good numbers to the Philadelphia Naval Yard. I counted about 100 today.

Also of note were many flocks of Common Mergansers flying downriver. Perhaps they were heading south for open water?

Here is my eBird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41429074

Good birding,
Paul Heveran
 

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Date: 12/30/17 2:05 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk - Allegheny Co.
The dark morph Rough-legged Hawk that I found yesterday was still present
this afternoon along Cork-Bocktown Rd.

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 12/30/17 1:20 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: American Tree Sparrows, Allegheny County
There was a flock of ~20 American Tree Sparrows along the Montour Trail in
Bethel Park today.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
 

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Date: 12/30/17 1:00 pm
From: Ed Barrell <ed.barrell...>
Subject: Re: Cowbirds RWBlackbird
I have two male red-winged blackbirds at my feeder here in Berks County. Very unusual for me to get ready Red Wings.
Ed Barrell
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: rick <dicksons...> Date: 12/30/17 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <PABIRDS...> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Cowbirds RWBlackbird
I've been having flocks of redwings with cowbirds mixed in. They need to get
a little further south!!
Rick Dickson
Greencastle,Antrim township, Franklin Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:<PABIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Marcy Cunkelman
Sent: Friday, December 29, 2017 12:12 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Cowbirds RWBlackbird

Hi all,e been having flocks of redwings eith cowbirds mixed in.
Yesterday right before dark 29 bhcowbirds came to the feeders. Today they
were back along with an almost adult male red-winged black bird.  Still had
some brown on it's back.  Lots of birds at feeders the past few days.
Clarksburg, INDIANA co. 

Sent from my iPhone=
 

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Date: 12/30/17 12:41 pm
From: rick <dicksons...>
Subject: Re: Cowbirds RWBlackbird
I've been having flocks of redwings with cowbirds mixed in. They need to get
a little further south!!
Rick Dickson
Greencastle,Antrim township, Franklin Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:<PABIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Marcy Cunkelman
Sent: Friday, December 29, 2017 12:12 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Cowbirds RWBlackbird

Hi all,e been having flocks of redwings eith cowbirds mixed in.
Yesterday right before dark 29 bhcowbirds came to the feeders. Today they
were back along with an almost adult male red-winged black bird. Still had
some brown on it's back. Lots of birds at feeders the past few days.
Clarksburg, INDIANA co.

Sent from my iPhone=
 

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Date: 12/30/17 6:39 am
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk - Armstrong County
Sam Gutherie and I just had a light morph Rough-legged Hawk perched in a tree at the intersection of Claypoole and Smith Roads in the Worthington area of Armstrong County. I will put pictures into eBird later today.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
Gibsonia, Allegheny County



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 12/29/17 6:06 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Com. Grackles - Butler Co.
Debbie Darney called me this evening to report two Common Grackles appeared
at her feeder today
Debbie is in Chicora

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 12/29/17 5:50 pm
From: Randy Phillips <raphillips56...>
Subject: Short-eared Owl, York County
I had a single Short-eared Owl working the grasslands at the Hopewell
Township Complex near Stewartstown around 5:10 this evening.

Randy Phillips
 

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Date: 12/29/17 4:34 pm
From: Devich Farbotnik <000000505ebb95e2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: John James Audubon "Birds of America" books from 1856
Hi all,

I'm posting this with Carmen's permission. I noticed that there is a 7 volume set of Audubon's "Birds of America" books going up for auction tomorrow morning. It's from 1856 and appears to be in nice condition. I figured I'd pass this along in case anyone was interested in purchasing this.

If interested, there are a bunch of pictures on brownbrosauction.com. Just click on the current auctions tab at the top and select tomorrow's date. After that, it's listed on the left side under Birds of America.

I'll probably go tomorrow to check it out.

Good birding,

Devich Farbotnik


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Date: 12/29/17 1:10 pm
From: Andrew Wolf <aewolf...>
Subject: Re: Berks County Snowy Owl
One being seen right now from Mertz Rd. near the intersection with
Fleetwood Lyons. Distant looks near the base of a telephone. Only visible
from very the highest ground looking northeast right after turning onto
Mertz.

On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 12:06 PM Dave Kerr <Dsktc...> wrote:

> At 1205 we are watching a juv. Snowy Owl
> On Oakhaven Road north of Short Lane.
> It was found by Noel Bond and Connor Mertz.
>
> Dave Kerr
>
--
Andy Wolf
York, PA
 

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Date: 12/29/17 1:01 pm
From: Annette Mathes <amathes19...>
Subject: 2017 New Bloomfield CBC Results
Dear PA Birders,



The 69th annual New Bloomfield Christmas Bird Count took place on December
23, 2017, with temperatures ranging in the 40s, little to no wind, and a
steady light rain for nearly the entire day. This circle is in Perry County,
with the town of New Bloomfield just northwest of the center, and it
includes several miles of the Juniata River, a small section of the
Susquehanna River, several miles of Sherman Creek, a good bit of farmland
and forest, and Little Buffalo State Park. Thirty-two participants logged 64
hours and nearly 450 miles, but our species count of 67 was the lowest since
1992. Total individuals counted was only 6,979 birds, or just 60% of the
individuals counted last year. Noticeably absent were ducks, with only 2
American Black Ducks, 69 Mallards, and 13 Common Mergansers.



Without a doubt the star of the count was a Baltimore Oriole that has been
at a feeder in Duncannon since December 15. The only other Baltimore Orioles
reported for the New Bloomfield CBC was one in 1957, one in 1967, and one
seen during count week in 1973. Other nice finds included two Merlins, which
have been reported several times in the past for this count but only as
singles, and two Gray Catbirds.



Complete results are reported at
http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count under the
"PANB" count. Next year's count will take place on December 22, 2018.



Happy New Year!

Annette Mathes

Harrisburg




 

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Date: 12/29/17 12:47 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Snow Goose & Rough-legged Hawk - Allegheny Co.
There was a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK hunting over the farm fields along
Cork-Bocktown Rd. in Findlay Twp. earlier today and a blue morph SNOW GOOSE
was at Janoski's Farm

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 12/29/17 11:56 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (29 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 29, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 0 39 545
NH 0 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 0 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 0 3 120
BW 0 0 8053
RT 4 70 1360
RL 0 1 1
GE 1 16 186
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 5 156 17562
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Ron Freed

Observers: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
6


Weather:
Overcast early, clearing to mostly sunny with light and variable winds
going west.

Raptor Observations:
GE JUV 1:26

First bird RT 1:06
Last bird RT 1:32

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (<waggap...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=439
 

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Date: 12/29/17 10:23 am
From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...>
Subject: eBird challenges for 2018
Hello PABIRDERS,

To start out the new year, the eBird Challenge for January is to get in
the habit of daily submitting a checklist—one for each day of the month.
For each monthly Challenge there is a prize of a new pair of Zeiss
Conquest HD 8x42 binoculars, $969 on Amazon, right now. January’s
Challenge is a setup to get on pace for the Checklist-a-day Challenge
for the entire year. Three committed birders who submit at least one
checklist each day during 2018 will be selected for an unnamed prize.
More about the year long challenge later.

January’s eBird Challenge brings in a new year of birding. There is a
new Challenge each month designed to improve birding skills, become
familiar with new technology and improve the quality of bird sightings
in their massive worldwide database. Eligible checklists must contain an
exact count or a good estimate of every species observed. Xs should not
be used. This is a good opportunity learn to use your smartphone better
as several of the 2017 Challenges require submitting checklists using
eBird Mobile. Recorded audio and pictures were required for a couple of
monthly Challenges this past year. One of the easiest Challenges is to
submit just 5 checklists on the second Saturday in May. These sightings
are part of the annual Global Big Day.

The Checklist-a-day will be the best chance to win a prize as fewer
birders will be willing or able to submit 365 consecutive checklists.
The Challenge reveals that the eBird database is best built on the
volume of smaller and shorter checklists. Checklists from your doorstep,
feeders or the parking lot are welcomed. A minimum time spent of 3
minutes is suggested.

For more information read the three new articles on the eBird.org Home page.

Chuck Berthoud

717 608-2614

Spring Grove, PA
 

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Date: 12/29/17 9:12 am
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature...>
Subject: Cowbirds RWBlackbird
Hi all,
Yesterday right before dark 29 bhcowbirds came to the feeders. Today they were back along with an almost adult male red-winged black bird. Still had some brown on it's back. Lots of birds at feeders the past few days. Clarksburg, INDIANA co.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/29/17 9:06 am
From: Dave Kerr <Dsktc...>
Subject: Re: Berks County Snowy Owl
At 1205 we are watching a juv. Snowy Owl
On Oakhaven Road north of Short Lane.
It was found by Noel Bond and Connor Mertz.

Dave Kerr
 

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Date: 12/29/17 8:39 am
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>
Subject: Eastern Phoebe, Southern Lancaster County
Dear PABirders,

I have a heated water bath right outside my office window. An Eastern
Phoebe was just drinking from it. Pretty neat to watch on this cold day!

Happy New Year,
BOB

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

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Date: 12/29/17 8:32 am
From: DAVE KERR <dsktc...>
Subject: Berks County Snowy Owl
I have spoken to two birders in the last 45

minutes, on Baldy and Mertz Roads,

who have not seen the Snowy Owl today.


Dave Kerr

Carlisle
 

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Date: 12/29/17 7:34 am
From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...>
Subject: Snowy Owl rescue ~ Huntingdon, PA
http://wjactv.com/news/local/wildlife-officer-rescues-snowy-owl-on-christmas
-day

The snowy owl is now in the hands of Robyn Graboski, founder of the Centre
for Wildlife Care, a nonprofit organization that relies fully on donations.

HUNTINGDON, Penn. (WJAC) - There's a new patient checked into Centre
Wildlife Care in Port Matilda, and he is a long way from home. He's a snowy
owl who migrated from northern Canada and ended up at SCI Smithfield prison
in Huntingdon, PA. Wildlife officer Amanda Isett got the call on Christmas
Day.

"He said, 'I have an injured snowy owl, what do I do?'" Isett said to her
friend who works at the prison and made the call.

The owl was injured after getting his wing caught in the prison's barbed
wire. Isett arrived at the prison within minutes, ready to work.

"I called my supervisor to make sure it was OK to go respond on my day off,"
Isett said. "When I walked in, I had a crate and a net, that's all I had."

It only took Isett a few minutes to wrangle the injured bird with some help
from the prison's security guards.

"I was able to catch it in my net and easily put it on the ground, I grabbed
it by its legs, which weren't injured, and put in the crate."

The snowy owl is now in the hands of Robyn Graboski, founder of the Centre
for Wildlife Care, a nonprofit organization that relies fully on donations.

"We got a call from Amanda and of course we were going to help. We have all
sorts of animals here but snowy owls are the unicorns of the bird world,"
Graboski said. "It's rare when you see them."

Graboski said Thursday that she expects the owl, whom she named "St. Nick,"
to make a full recovery.

"We need to get his feather in perfect condition before we can send him back
to the tundra." Graboski said.

Isett said she always wanted to see a snowy owl, and rescuing one made her
Christmas a day she will never forget.

"It was a lifetime bird for me, so I was pretty excited," Isett said. "I
told my mom and husband that this was my favorite Christmas gift I ever
got."
 

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Date: 12/29/17 6:17 am
From: Michael David <michaeltdavid...>
Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese, Venango
Hi All,

A flock of 16 Greater White-fronted Geese just flew south over Kahle Lake,
Venango County side. I was able to get a couple pictures.

Best,

Michael David
Allegheny Co.
 

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Date: 12/29/17 5:47 am
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: OT: Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, Canada
I finally got a chance to go see the Mistle Thrush that has been in New Brunswick, Canada since December 9th. If interested, a short story and photos are on my blog at:
http://becard.blogspot.com/2017/12/mistle-thrush-in-new-brunswick-canada.html

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

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Date: 12/29/17 4:42 am
From: ofdewdrops <0000001e3bf8599f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Allegheny Co.: Head of Ohio Gulls
Gull numbers have been building off The Point State Park in Pittsburgh this week. An adult Great Black-backed Gull was present the last two evenings. Several other waterfowl also present and will be good count week birds for the Pittsburgh CBC on Saturday. With cold weather continuing any evening will likely be good to check but maybe challenging with the Steelers game on Sunday. North Shore has been the best for observing. Poor pic and checklist from last night of the Great Black-backed Gull:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41393516
Go Steelers, Shannon ThompsonAllegheny Co.
 

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Date: 12/28/17 7:19 pm
From: Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Duck Hollow, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh. Common Merganser
One male, at Duck Hollow, this afternoon.
Jack Solomon,withSusie Solomon

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 12/28/17 5:55 pm
From: Cindy Dunn <cadunn.444...>
Subject: Re: Waggoner's Gap (28 Dec 2017) 9 Raptors
Wow. Looks f’n freez’n

Emphasis on the f

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 28, 2017, at 3:23 PM, Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> wrote:
>
> Waggoner's Gap
> 40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 28, 2017
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> BV 0 6 67
> TV 0 5 1670
> OS 0 1 238
> BE 3 39 545
> NH 0 5 127
> SS 0 3 4278
> CH 0 5 356
> NG 0 1 12
> RS 1 3 120
> BW 0 0 8053
> RT 4 66 1356
> RL 0 1 1
> GE 1 15 185
> AK 0 0 256
> ML 0 1 77
> PG 0 0 75
> UA 0 0 24
> UB 0 0 16
> UF 0 0 6
> UE 0 0 7
> UR 0 0 88
>
> Total: 9 151 17557
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 09:30:00
> Observation end time: 14:45:00
> Total observation time: 5.25 hours
>
> Official Counter: Dave Grove, Ron Freed
>
> Observers: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Joe Kelly, Joe Lavella, Ron Freed
>
> Visitors:
> 2
>
>
> Weather:
> Sunny with unseasonably cold temps and brisk NW wind.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> BE WB 10:24, 11:31(2)
> GE AD 11:48
>
> First bird - BE 10:24
> Last bird - RT 2:02
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> We watched for about five minutes as a game of keepaway with a white
> feather took place between five ravens and two redtails. It involved much
> chasing, diving on each other, and snatching the feather out of the air. It
> was the first time we had seen multiple species play.
>
> A light morph roughleg approached from the north, but didn't pass by.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by dave grove (<waggap...>)
> Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
> www.waggap.com
>
>
> More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=439
 

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Date: 12/28/17 2:49 pm
From: Dean Newhouse <dean.newhouse...>
Subject: Water Fowl in Ice Free Waters -- York County
Had many Gadwalls, American Wigeons, Northern Pintails, and Mallards congregated in the ice free portion of Lake Lea this afternoon around noon. Then went to Pinchot Lake and found a good sized area opposite the Conewago Day Use Area still ice free with 160 Canada Geese, 26 Mallards, one Northern Pintail, one Horned Grebe and one Ruddy Duck swimming around at about 1:30 PM.

Dean Newhouse

York County
 

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Date: 12/28/17 2:48 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Bald eagle, Allegheny County
I am reporting this for my son who saw an adult Bald eagle fly low over the
meadow near the Outdoor Classroom at Boyce-Mayview Park yesterday afternoon.

Gigi Gerben, for Luke Gerben Kaspar
Washington County
 

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Date: 12/28/17 2:44 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Tundra Swans, Washington County
Yesterday afternoon there were four Tundra swans which flew in a southerly
direction over the Montour Trail near Hendersonville.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
 

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Date: 12/28/17 1:29 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: eBird -- 100–212 School Rd, Richmond US-PA (40.4763,-75.8170) -- Dec 28, 2017
100–212 School Rd, Richmond US-PA (40.4763,-75.8170)
Dec 28, 2017
12:14 PM
Traveling
75.00 miles
120 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.1 Build 25

1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Snowy Owl -- Large white owl in large corn field along school Rd. on east side of road.

Number of Taxa: 2


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

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/28/17 12:24 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (28 Dec 2017) 9 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 28, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 3 39 545
NH 0 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 0 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 1 3 120
BW 0 0 8053
RT 4 66 1356
RL 0 1 1
GE 1 15 185
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 9 151 17557
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Ron Freed

Observers: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Joe Kelly, Joe Lavella, Ron Freed

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Sunny with unseasonably cold temps and brisk NW wind.

Raptor Observations:
BE WB 10:24, 11:31(2)
GE AD 11:48

First bird - BE 10:24
Last bird - RT 2:02

Non-raptor Observations:
We watched for about five minutes as a game of keepaway with a white
feather took place between five ravens and two redtails. It involved much
chasing, diving on each other, and snatching the feather out of the air. It
was the first time we had seen multiple species play.

A light morph roughleg approached from the north, but didn't pass by.
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (<waggap...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=439
 

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Date: 12/28/17 11:27 am
From: Barbara Hunsberger <phunsberger...>
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird, West Hempfield Twp., Lancaster County Update
The adult female Rufous Hummingbird banded by Sandy Lockerman on Chestnut
Hill Drive in West Hempfield Twp. has departed. The bird was first observed
by the homeowner on Dec. 2 and departed on Dec. 20, 2017. The bird was
identified and banded by Sandy Lockerman on Dec. 17.



Barbara Hunsberger


 

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Date: 12/28/17 10:36 am
From: PSO <PSO...>
Subject: PSO Website
The new PSO website pabirds.org is now up and running!

The Site Guide portion is not, as I am converting that to a Google map
(this will take a while...).

You can now login (using your member number and zipcode, which you can
change once logged in), to see all issues of *Pennsylvania Birds*.

The online versions of the issues are in full color.

You also now have the option of continuing to receive the printed version
or just the online version. Just change the option in your profile.





--
Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology
 

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Date: 12/27/17 5:50 pm
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: Lancaster / Lebanon Co Feeder Watchers Needed 12/31
Do you live in the count circle for the Lititz CBC being held on 12/31/17
and have a feeder?

Notable towns covered by the count include: most of Akron, Brickerville,
Clay, Cornwall, Elm, the east side of Ephrata, Flintville, Iona, Hopeland,
Kleinfeltersville, Lititz, Manheim, Penryn, Rothsville and Schaefferstown.

Please consult the CBC circle map at https://arcg.is/0OeXWn that shows the
circle for the count to verify your home is included in the area and drop
me an email back and I will be in contact about how to submit your feeder
data for the count being held on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

I am very much looking to improve the data representing feeder counts for
this CBC — thanks for considering helping!

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Lititz Christmas Bird Count Compiler
Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)
 

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Date: 12/27/17 2:56 pm
From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Subject: Volant area (Lawrence County) birds today
I just finished a productive late afternoon birding the Volant area of Lawrence County. I first stopped at the Shaner Rd mine ponds and had the continuing Northern Shrike perched atop a tree just north of Shaner Rd. I then checked the ponds, which were all frozen except for a small area in the SW pond, and that open water attracted a lot of action. On the ice sleeping around the thawed water was a large group of about 185 Canada Geese and 130 Mallards, and among them were 2 Greater White-fronted Geese, a drake Northern Pintail, an American Black Duck, and diving were 2 drake Redheads and 3 drake Ring-necked Ducks. In the fields just west of the ponds along Shaner Rd were 4 Sandhill Cranes and a male Northern Harrier was hunting. Then on Lake Rd in a recently manured field was a large group of Horned Larks, my count was 105, and among them I picked out a single Snow Bunting. Then on my way out I counted 63 Sandhill Cranes flying over the marsh by the strips.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
Gibsonia, Allegheny County



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 12/27/17 1:56 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (27 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 1 36 542
NH 0 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 0 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 0 2 119
BW 0 0 8053
RT 2 62 1352
RL 0 1 1
GE 2 14 184
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 5 142 17548
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner

Observers: Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella, Robert McLaughlin

Visitors:
4


Weather:
Mostly cloudy with increasing sun, light WNW wind

Raptor Observations:
BE JUV 12:08
GE SUB 11:30
GE UN 11:30

First bird GE 11:30
Last bird RT 1:04

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (<nate...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=439
 

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Date: 12/27/17 12:33 pm
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Northern Pintail, Allegheny River and County
This afternoon Pat and I saw a Northern Pintail feeding with four mallards in a small embayment near the head of Lower Fourteen Mile Island.

Amy Henrici

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/27/17 9:29 am
From: Jason Horn <0000007179661740-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Northampton County
A female Barrow's Goldeneye is currently being seen on the Delaware River below the Belvidere Bridge. Of other interest I also found A Blue-winged Teal at the Martin Creek Boat launch. And I heard that the Spotted Sandpiper has also been seen there this week. This will make the third year that this bird has over wintered.

Cool birding

Jason Horn
 

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Date: 12/27/17 5:56 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peregrines, Pitt, Allegheny
2 Peregrines are perched on the Cathedral of Learning high on the southeast corners. They're in the sun and out of the wind on this 9 degree morning.

Kate St. John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 12/26/17 7:56 pm
From: Meredith_Lombard <000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lancaster County, Susquehanna River, Iceland Gull; Long-tailed Ducks
Tuesday afternoon, Joe Yoder and I birded the Susquehanna River at Accomac and at Long Level (Lake Clarke area). At Accomac, we had a group of about 40 Long-tailed Ducks (LTDU). They eventually flew south along the river. Later that afternoon, we had 45 LTDUs at the Lake Clarke area, viewed from Long Level Marina in York County. We presumed these to be most of the same birds. We also spotted an Iceland Gull (ICGU) mixed with a large flock of Ring-billed gulls. All the gulls were moved around the area by bald eagles flying over. Occasionally, an eagle would make a pass at a gull flock, but none were successful in hunting. The gulls staged off of the York County shoreline between the ball field and the rowing club before eventually moving northward toward "the rocks" below the Rt 462 bridge near the islands after sunset.

Good birding

-Meredith Lombard
Lancaster County
 

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Date: 12/26/17 4:10 pm
From: Dan Richards <drichards7...>
Subject: 15 Greater White-fronted Geese, Clearfield Co.
At 1 o'clock this afternoon there were 15(!) Greater White-fronted Geese on Bimini Lake near the boat launch. The two Snow Geese were still there, as well. I was feeling smug about finding an entire flock of "specklebellies" until I learned of the twenty birds located in Armstrong County earlier this morning.


Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 12/26/17 2:54 pm
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Common Mergansers, Allegheny River, Westmoreland County
Today Pat and I were hiking at Harrison Hills Park in Allegheny County. We saw 42 Common Mergansers on the Westmoreland side of the river. This is the highest number of Common mergansers that we have seen on the Allegheny River. We also saw three Bald eagles, two adults perched in a tree and an immature (probably third year) fly down river. We later saw an adult eagle at Lock and Dam #4 on the Westmoreland side of the river.

Amy Henrici

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/26/17 12:16 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (26 Dec 2017) 6 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 3 35 541
NH 0 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 0 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 0 2 119
BW 0 0 8053
RT 2 60 1350
RL 0 1 1
GE 1 12 182
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 6 137 17543
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Ron Freed

Observers: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Weather:
Sunny with light W wind, increasing in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
BE JUV 12:12
BE WB 1:14
BE AD 11:46
GE AD 1:21

First bird - RT 11:12
Last bird - GE 1:21

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (<waggap...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=439
 

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Date: 12/26/17 10:18 am
From: Marge Vantassel <marvantassel...>
Subject: ~20 Greater White-fronted Geese at Crooked Creek (Armstrong County)
I received report of approximately 20 Greater White-fronted Geese on the
lake this morning from the park ranger and another person of which both who
had a fair photo so I could see for certain 20 of these birds;
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
 

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Date: 12/25/17 2:14 pm
From: Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Northern Harrier, Westmoreland County
While visiting her sister in Murraysville, Susie Solomon glanced out the window and saw it fly by.
I arrived a few minutes too late. Even on Christmas Day, I can't catch a break. Bah, humbug!
Jack Solomon

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 12/25/17 1:54 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Bonaparte's Gulls - Beaver Co.
This afternoon I stopped at the mouth of the Beaver River and found two
Bonaparte's Gulls that were with a raft of Ring-billed Gulls

The White-winged Scoter and Greater Scaup continues there

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 12/25/17 12:59 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (25 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 3 32 538
NH 0 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 0 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 0 2 119
BW 0 0 8053
RT 2 58 1348
RL 0 1 1
GE 0 11 181
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 5 131 17537
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers: Gene Wagner, Pat Freed

Visitors:
Mike and Pat from Michigan, 5


Weather:
Partly cloudy with strong gusty W wind. Occasional snow showers early.

Raptor Observations:
BE JUV 12:59
BE AD 10:49, 12:57

First bird BE 10:49
Last Bird - RT 2:15

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (<nate...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=439
 

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Date: 12/25/17 9:51 am
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Chipping Sparrow, Allegheny County, Plum Borough
An adult nonbreeding Chipping Sparrow was feeding under our feeder for a brief time just now.

Merry Christmas,
Amy Henrici

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/25/17 8:00 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Xmas Eve peregrine at Neville Island, Allegheny
On my way home from Beaver, PA I stopped by the I-79 bridge on Neville Island and saw a peregrine eating prey while perched on a light pole on the Glenfield side of the bridge.

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

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Date: 12/25/17 7:59 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Xmas Eve Peregrines and Pintail, Beaver
On Christmas Eve at midday I visited Rochester Riverfront Park on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Beaver River.  Best birds were:2 peregrines perched on top of the central tower of the big black railroad bridge.1 northern pintail with the mallards8 hooded mergansers1 American coot1 Belted kingfisher
Complete checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41289696


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

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Date: 12/25/17 6:26 am
From: Dan Richards <drichards7...>
Subject: Snow Geese, Clearfield Co.
This Christmas morning there were two Snow Geese amongst a modest sized flock of Canada Geese on Bimini Lake. One of the Snow Geese was a "blue" phase.


Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 12/25/17 3:47 am
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) -- (12/17 - 12/23) etc.
All,
The species count this week was 66. Some highlights were:
1 Greater White-fronted Goose 12/21 photo(also 4 12/24)

Snow Goose - high report 170 12/17
Cackling Goose-high report 2 12/17
5 Tundra/Trumpeter Swans 12/20 (also one Tundra12/24)-If anyone saw the five and ID'd them, please advise.
11 duck species including:
Hooded Merganser-high report 30 12/18
Common Merganser - high count of 2130 estimated 12/20

4 gull species with the high counts:
Ring-billed Gull 400 12/17
Herring Gull 112 12/17
Lesser Black-backed Gull 93 12/17
Great Black-backed Gull 23 12/17
11 American Pipit 12/17


Thanks to all who shared their sightings.


Happy Holidays!
August Mirabella
 

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Date: 12/24/17 2:15 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Allegheny Front (24 Dec 2017) 13 Raptors
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 32
TV 0 0 422
OS 0 0 71
BE 3 4 181
NH 0 0 25
SS 0 3 757
CH 0 1 76
NG 0 1 6
RS 0 4 32
BW 0 0 3576
RT 7 22 1121
RL 0 0 0
GE 3 21 194
AK 0 0 26
ML 0 0 27
PG 0 0 28
UA 0 0 8
UB 0 0 9
UF 0 0 1
UE 0 0 2
UR 0 0 29
MK 0 0 1
SK 0 0 1

Total: 13 56 6625
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Bob Stewart

Observers: Ed Gowarty, Kevin Georg

Visitors:
2




Weather:
Heavy cloud cover, cold.
Light winds in AM becoming moderate in afternoon.
Wind from East, then ESE, then SE.
Visibility 17 km.

Raptor Observations:
13 migrating raptors.
3 Golden Eagles all adult: 10:55 AM, 11:29 AM, 2:32 AM
3 Bald Eagles 12:20PM SubAd, 1:53 PM Ad, 1:59 SubAd

Observers: Kevin Georg, Ed Gowarty

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens.
Some red-tailed hawks deemed not migrating
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (<bob...>)


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

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Date: 12/24/17 2:08 pm
From: Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy...>
Subject: Re: Crawford county Snowy Owl
Sorry, I should have mentioned that this is at Pymatuning Lake

On Dec 24, 2017 11:53 AM, "Dave Inman" <mercer.county.bird.guy...>
wrote:

> I'm parked on the causeway just past the bridge on the PA side and there
> is a Snowy Owl sitting on the ice on the south side.
>
>
 

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Date: 12/24/17 12:12 pm
From: Peter Lusardi <0000002a468f9e0e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: SGL 230 Cumberland County
Hi All:


It was a good morning on the gamelands for winter wrens, hermit thrushes, fox sparrows and eastern towhees:


1 Cooper's Hawk
7 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
10 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
5 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Pileated Woodpecker
5 Blue Jay
5 American Crow
10 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
10 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 Winter Wren --
6 Carolina Wren
15 Eastern Bluebird
10 Hermit Thrush --
4 American Robin
3 European Starling
4 Fox Sparrow --
20 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
30 White-throated Sparrow
10 Song Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee --
15 Northern Cardinal
3 House Finch
10 American Goldfinch



Peter Lusardi
Carlisle, PA
 

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Date: 12/24/17 11:46 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (24 Dec 2017) 3 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 1 29 535
NH 0 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 0 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 0 2 119
BW 0 0 8053
RT 2 56 1346
RL 0 1 1
GE 0 11 181
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 3 126 17532
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers: Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
4


Weather:
Overcast with light N wind in the morning, changing to mostly sunny with E
wind.

Raptor Observations:
First Bird - BE 9:31
Last Bird - RT 1:40

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (<nate...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=439
 

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Date: 12/24/17 11:12 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Snipe - Allegheny Co.
I found a Wilson's Snipe this afternoon at a Imperial Grasslands retention
pond

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 12/24/17 9:19 am
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 24, 2017
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: December 24, 2017
Time: 0740 to 0910
Weather: Cloudy, temp.30 F, wind NNE to 5 mph, waves one foot.
Comments: Very littlemovement. Jim Flynn and Joe Susiassisted with the count

Waterbirds recorded:

Greater Scaup 35
Lesser Scaup 3
Unidentified scaup 7
White-winged Scoter 23
Long-tailed TailedDuck 5
Common Goldeneye 17
Common Merganser 6
Red-breastedMerganser 65
Horned Grebe 6


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 12/24/17 8:53 am
From: Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy...>
Subject: Crawford county Snowy Owl
I'm parked on the causeway just past the bridge on the PA side and there is
a Snowy Owl sitting on the ice on the south side.
 

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Date: 12/24/17 6:41 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (21 Dec 2017) 1 Raptors
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 21, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 44
Turkey Vulture 1 2 701
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 277
Bald Eagle 0 58 426
Northern Harrier 0 3 79
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2453
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 358
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 71
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 162
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10726
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 63 1111
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 37
Golden Eagle 0 11 101
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 234
Merlin 0 1 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 68
Unknown Falcon 0 0 21
Unknown Raptor 0 0 38

Total: 1 148 17033
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Compiler:

Counters: Joe Scholtes

Visitors:
Paul helping


Weather:
Sunny light NW wind

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Local 5 black vultures, immature bald eagle and redtail
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (<goodrich...>)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/


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Date: 12/24/17 6:37 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (20 Dec 2017) 17 Raptors
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 20, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 44
Turkey Vulture 0 1 700
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 277
Bald Eagle 9 58 426
Northern Harrier 0 3 79
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2453
Cooper's Hawk 2 5 358
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 71
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 162
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10726
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 5 63 1111
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 37
Golden Eagle 0 11 101
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 234
Merlin 0 1 120
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 68
Unknown Falcon 0 0 21
Unknown Raptor 0 0 38

Total: 17 147 17032
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Compiler:

Counters: Bruce Eglinton-Woods, Joe Scholtes

Weather:
NW wind 10 to 15 ovct to sunny

Raptor Observations:
Local eagle seen and a light morph rough legged seen flying north at 3:10
pm

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (<goodrich...>)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/


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Date: 12/23/17 2:45 pm
From: Donna Collett <dcollett57...>
Subject: Redhead , Ring necked-Beaver Cty
At Ambridge Reservoir- 3 Redhead, maybe more, as I had to move along due to
approaching car,
4 -Ring- necked Duck, 2-Am. Black Duck along with a few dozen Mallards.
Donna Collett
Beaver County
 

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Date: 12/23/17 2:03 pm
From: john flannigan <rublzrme...>
Subject: Falcons-Allegheny & Washington counties
Today I was able to confirm a pair of Peregrine falcons has once again adopted the McKees Rocks bridge in Allegheny County as a probable breeding and nesting site this upcoming Spring. Two were seen sitting together under the pedestrian walkway protected from the sleet that was falling at the time. Last year 4 young were raised under the bridge. Another member of the falcon family(Merlin) was present at Peters Lake in Washington county perched atop a tree right at the parking lot and drenched from the rain at the time. To top it off I also saw my third Scoter species of the year in Pennsylvania today in Beaver county at the Mouth of the Ohio river where the White-wing scoter found by Mark Vass was present keeping a hen Greater scaup company.


Enjoy your birding,

John Flannigan

Allegheny county
 

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Date: 12/23/17 7:39 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: N. Shovelers - Beaver Co.
This morning there was a flock of ten Northern Shovelers present at the
mouth of the Beaver River

This is a first county record on ebird in December

also the White-winged Scoter continues there and a hen Greater Scaup was
present with it

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 12/23/17 6:29 am
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 23, 2017
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: December 23, 2017
Time: 0740 to 0840
Weather: Cloudy, temp.36 F, wind ENE to 5 mph, waves 2 feet. Moderate rain showers.
Comments: Very littlemovement. A flock of mostly maleNorthern Pintails in breeding plumage flying west was a bit unusual for this late date.

Waterbirds recorded:

Northern Pintail 13
Redhead 10
Greater Scaup 3
Unidentified scaup 6
White-winged Scoter 1
Common Goldeneye 1
Red-breastedMerganser 25
Red-throated Loon 1

Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 12/23/17 12:51 am
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 12/23/2017
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* December 23, 2017
* PAEA1712.23
- Birds mentioned

GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
SNOW BUNTING
GOLDEN EAGLE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: December 23rd at 3:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to <becard...> with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

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

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

The Bethlehem-Easton-Hellertown Christmas Bird Count will be held on
December 30th. Contact your group leader from last year or call Don &
Elaine Mease for information at 610-346-7754.

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 PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
GLAUCOUS GULL – 1 on 12/21 (first-winter)
ICELAND GULLS – 2 on 12/21 (first-winter).

Sightings from the NAZARETH QUARRY, Northampton County:
Snow Geese – ~20,000 on 12/16.

Sightings from the HELLERTOWN area, Northampton County:
Merlin – 1 on 12/19.

Sightings from GRAVER’S HILL, Northampton County:
LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1 on 12/17
SNOW BUNTINGS – 3 on 12/17.

Sightings from MOORE TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Peregrine Falcon – 1 on 12/17 (along Walker Road).

Sightings from the WILD CREEK RESERVOIR area, Carbon County:
GOLDEN EAGLE – 1 on 12/20.

Sightings from the FOGELSVILLE QUARRY, Lehigh County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 12/18
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 12/19.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
Along Knight Road:
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER – 1 on 12/17.
Also Gray Catbird.
At the Walt Road area:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 12/19
Cackling Goose – 1 on 12/19.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
Peregrine Falcon – 1 on 12/17.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Cackling Geese – 2 on 12/17; 1 on 12/19.

- End transcript
 

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Date: 12/22/17 6:10 pm
From: Bill Etter <billetter01...>
Subject: Upper Bucks CBC results
The 50th Upper Bucks CBC happened Sunday. We had a pretty nice count this
year, with 42 participants and 180 field hours, including 25 hours of
owling. The species total was 100, which is the third best since the first
count back in 1968. Temps hovered within 5 degrees of freezing either
way. The pre-dawn hours were still...quite windless, moonless, and
overcast...in other words, more or less perfect owling conditions. Twelve
teams tried owling, with six owl species found. Highlights were Barn Owl
(1), and Eastern Screech-Owl (229). Lows were Great Horned Owl (just 7).
The Barn Owl was the first on this CBC since 1996; from 1968 to 1996 they
were found annually. The screech-owl total is our second best (we had 237
in 2010). Our 2010 total remains the North American CBC "High Count" as
far as I know, so I guess we missed a new record by single digits...maybe
next year. I am not alone in my belief that 300 screech owls is a
possibility in this CBC circle given the perfect storm of good conditions
and enough effort...

We had three new Count species this year: Sandhill Cranes (3) were found
west of Quakertown by two parties. An Ash-throated Flycatcher at Green
Lane Reservoir was a very unexpected addition this year. The bird didn't
stay long, but was well documented and photographed. Finally, a male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak was well-described near Upper Milford.

There were several new "High Counts" this year: Northern Pintail (47),
Red-shouldered Hawk (10), Red-bellied Woodpecker (268), Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker (57), Winter Wren (32), Common Raven (4), and Rusty Blackbird
(87). The Rusty BB count is really nice to see. All of them were near
Quakertown, where there continues to be a reliable winter roost.

Other notables: Ten Bald Eagles was our second highest tally. There was a
Long-eared Owl near Green Lane, which is never a given for this CBC. A
Common Yellowthroat was the 4th UBCBC record, and the first since 2005.
Very nice.

Thanks to all who participated!

Happy CBCing,

Bill Etter
 

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Date: 12/22/17 2:23 pm
From: Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...>
Subject: Allegheny County, Eastern Towhee
This afternoon (Dec. 22, 2017), I had an Eastern Towhee in our backyard in Forest Hills Borough, eastern Allegheny County. I looked up last year's Christmas Bird Count results for Pittsburgh (code PAPI) and found that only one Eastern Towhee was recorded on count day. We're just outside the count circle (by about 300 yards), but I thought I'd report the sighting so that counters on Dec. 30th can keep apprised of possibilities inside the count circle close to us. Tony Bledsoe
 

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Date: 12/22/17 2:04 pm
From: Jeff Vinosky <000000d5a223e2f3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Berks Co snowy owlS (2)
Went looking for the snowy owl along FLeetwood Lyons road today, found one, happened upon a second less than a mile down the road. Looped back to ensure it was indeed a second bird.

First was seen at the corner of Deka Rd (up by weavers, not Dekas actual entrance) and FLeetwood Lyons. Was viewable from weavers. There was a private rd to a farm just prior to this corner where it was being seen directly across from, there are signs to indicate no trespassing beyond this point, monitored via surveillance, but we were able to pull off at the corner without infringing on the Property.

Second bird was just past weavers continuing in the fields seen from the corner of Fleetwood Lyons and Baldy rd. Believe this was the birding that has been continuing for the past week.

Jeff Vinosky
 

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Date: 12/22/17 1:36 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Wood Duck - Allegheny Co.
This afternoon I found a drake Wood Duck that was with a flock of Mallards
at a Imperial Grasslands pond

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 12/22/17 1:01 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (22 Dec 2017) 3 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 22, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 2 28 534
NH 0 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 0 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 0 2 119
BW 0 0 8053
RT 0 54 1344
RL 0 1 1
GE 1 11 181
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 3 123 17529
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 4.75 hours

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers: Gene Wagner, Pat Freed

Visitors:
1


Weather:
Overcast with strong SSE wind in the morning decreasing in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
GE AD 11:44
BE JUV 1:45
BE 4YR 2:12

First bird - GE 11:44
Last Bird - BE 2:12

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (<nate...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


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Date: 12/22/17 10:42 am
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300...>
Subject: Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
I agree that it is a good thing for us to help the public become knowledgeable about birds and what they require for their populations to survive.

Sort of in a nutshell we have birds that need habitat, wilderness, clean air & water to survive……….AND we have people (including birders) that want nice houses with property, nice cars, nice things. People want jobs so they can have the things after the AND.

Jobs and the things to the right of the AND basically cut into the items left of the AND.

So that leaves folks who want to see good for nature to convince most people (including birders) that we have to work on decreasing the footprint/impact of the things after the AND……..such as nice but small apartments for example, ways to live that we reduce the land/habitat that we take away from birds, and put for a plan for enabling folks to have this along with jobs, or whatever nature enthusiasts can put forth.

So these would be the items that I would think we want to address: living small, living without as much “stuff”: without as many malls, stadiums, etc that take away habitat, and providing jobs for people in a way that it does not negatively impact bird habitat. Right now, people are under the impression that saving habitat hurts their ability to get a job to have good lives. How are we doing on this so far ?

Unless we can increase the size of the earth (would be neat), seems that plans with any real hope for the future of birds would require us to work hard on the items to the right of the AND. What are our strategies to get folks to want small living quarters, small affected properties, small cars, and a plan to show folks that the public can have jobs without taking it out on the items before the AND. If there are other/better ways to success, please share.

Thanks much & good birding.

Dave



On Wed, 20 Dec 2017 09:26:46 -0500, Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> wrote:

>I think the goodwill of birders and making people more aware of birds is
>invaluable.
>
>some money was raised for their local birding club or Audubon, which is
>great, it got the neighborhood to notice and from what I know, there was
>no issues at this spot, thankfully.
>
>I commend the hosts as well as the people who drew up this survey and
>the article for doing a top notch job.
>
>chad kauffman, mifflintown
>
>
>
>On 12/20/2017 9:22 AM, Dave Kruel wrote:
>> The article may hint at something near the end......but, the question remains, because people shelled out money to various things to see this bird, what do we do ? What does it mean for us protecting bird habitat going forward ?
>>
>> Dave Kruel
>> Pottsville
>> Schuylkill County
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:45:22 -0500, Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>>
>>> I saw a link to an article on the ABA Blog about the economic impact of birders visiting the area where the Black-backed Oriole spent the winter in Pennsylvania that might be of interest, regardless of whether or not the bird was considered wild. Here is the link.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bird-bush-worth.html
>>>
>>>
>>> Mike Fialkovich
>>> PSO President
>>> Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
>
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Date: 12/22/17 8:00 am
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 22, 2017
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: December 22, 2017
Time: 0740 to 0910
Weather: Cloudy, temp.36 F, wind ESE to 5 mph, waves 2 to 3 feet. Misty rain
Comments: Because of themisty conditions, visibility was very poor, so little was seen. However, a Snowy Owl flew east past thewatch. Jim and Jacob Flynn assisted withthe count for a while.

Waterbirds recorded:

Tundra Swan 10
Greater Scaup 2
Unidenitifed scaup 3
Long-tailed Duck 1
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 9
Common Merganser 1
Red-breastedMerganser 114

Other bird moving alongthe lake:

Snowy Owl 1
 

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Date: 12/21/17 2:30 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Allegheny Front (21 Dec 2017) 8 Raptors
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 21, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 32
TV 0 0 422
OS 0 0 71
BE 0 1 178
NH 0 0 25
SS 1 3 757
CH 0 1 76
NG 0 1 6
RS 0 4 32
BW 0 0 3576
RT 2 15 1114
RL 0 0 0
GE 5 18 191
AK 0 0 26
ML 0 0 27
PG 0 0 28
UA 0 0 8
UB 0 0 9
UF 0 0 1
UE 0 0 2
UR 0 0 29
MK 0 0 1
SK 0 0 1

Total: 8 43 6612
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Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Bob Stewart

Observers: Bob Stewart

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Periods of sun and clouds. Pleasant.
Temp -2.9 degrees C to +1.3 degrees C.
Visibility 27 km.
Winds out of the SE - aver velocity 6 mph up to 11 mph sustained after 3
pm.


Raptor Observations:
8 migrating raptors.
5 Golden Eagles all adults: 2 at 11:45; 2:52; 3:32; 3:41
1 unidentified eagle flying north, not counted.
3 non-migrating red-tailed hawks, not counted.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 juncos.
Deer and turkey tracks in snow.

Predictions:
High 45 degrees.
Possible scattered showers.
Wind from S changing to SSW then SW in afternoon, aver velocity 8 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (<bob...>)


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Date: 12/21/17 2:06 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (21 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 21, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 1 26 532
NH 0 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 0 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 1 2 119
BW 0 0 8053
RT 3 54 1344
RL 0 1 1
GE 0 10 180
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 5 120 17526
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers: Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella, Pat Freed

Visitors:
6


Weather:
Sunny with light and variable wind, becoming totally overcast by 3:30.

Raptor Observations:
First Bird - RT 11:18
Last Bird - BE 3:08
BE JUV 3:08
Adult PG at 2:45 did not migrate

Non-raptor Observations:
We welcomed the first day of winter, and at 12:45 we logged our 1,000th
hour of observation for the season.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (<nate...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


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Date: 12/21/17 1:10 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: White-winged Scoter - Beaver Co.
This afternoon there was a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER present at the mouth of the
Beaver River

also of note there were two D.c. Cormorants

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 12/21/17 11:32 am
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Huntingdon CBC
The 34th annual Huntingdon CBC count was held Sunday December 17. The count is centered in Donation PA and was started by Walter and Lois Braun of the then Huntingdon Bird Club.
This year saw the addition of 4 participants in the CBC to 35.
70 species were reported and that is above the average of 65. .
Individual birds were the second most ever with 9053. The most were 11827 in 1998 with estimated 5000 Robins seen in McAlevys Fort.
A new species, Northern Saw-whet Owl (3), this year brought the number of cumulative species to 122.
Another seldom-found species was Northern Shrike.
Lake Perez and farm ponds were frozen so only a few waterfowl were spotted on some unfrozen creeks and the Juniata River in Huntingdon.
New records are Black Vultures (from 80 in 1995 to 138 due to a roost), Red-shouldered Hawks (from 10 in 2013 to 14), Mourning Doves (from 447 in 1999 to 489), Red-bellied Woodpeckers (from 82 in 2014 to 104), Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (from 11 in 2008, 13, 14, 15 to 18), Blue Jays (from 384 in 2014 to 405), Common Raven (from 25 in 2011 to 35), Carolina Wren (from 68 in 2012 to 94), Winter Wren ( from 6 in 1998, 2000 to 7), Northern Mockinbird (from 20 in 2012 to 27), Song Sparrow ( from 109 in 2005 to 116), White-throated Sparrow (from 281 in 2015 to 366), and Dark-eyed Junco (from 1067 in 2016 to 1072).
There was a tie for Great-horned Owls with the year 2010 and 26 individuals and Barred Owls with 1984 and 5.
The count was one short of our best Long-eared Owl count with 7, one short for Pileated Woodpeckers with 39, and White-crowned Sparrow with 23.
G Blue Heron
4
Canada Goose
586
Tundra Swan
cw
Mallard
69
Hooded Merganser
5
Com Merganser
7
Black Vulture
138
Turkey Vulture
22
Bald Eagle
5
N Harrier
4
S S Hawk
2
Cooper's Hawk
6
Red-should Hawk
14
R T Hawk
62
Am Kestrel
19
R Grouse
3
Wild Turkey
153
Killdeer
2
R B Gull
140
Rock Dove
638
Mourning Dove
489
E Screech Owl
22
G Horned Owl
26
Barred Owl
5
Long Eared Owl
7
Saw-whet Owl
3
B Kingfisher
7
Red-bellied Wood
104
Y B Sapsucker
18
Downy Wood
103
Hairy Wood
30
N Flicker
35
Pileated Wood
39
Red-headaed Woodpecker
1
Blue Jay
405
Am Crow
448
C. Raven
35
B C Chickadee
223
T Titmouse
184
R B Nuthatch
22
W B Nuthatch
178
Brown Creeper
6
Carolina Wren
94
Winter Wren
7
G C Kinglet
60
E Bluebird
104
Hermit Thrush
32
Am Robin
51
Mockingbird
27
Cedar Waxwing
95
Northern Shrike
1
Eur Starling
1897
Yel-rump Warb
2
N Cardinal
141
E Towhee
2
Am Tree Sp
57
Field Sp
6
Song Sp
116
Swamp Sp
1
W T Sparrow
366
W C Sparrow
23
D E Junco
1072
Red-wing BB
15
E Meadowlark
8
Rusty BB
2
C Grackle
3
Purple Finch
4
House Finch
44
American Goldfinch
215
House Sparrow
339



--
Deborah S. Grove
--
Deborah S. Grove
 

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Date: 12/21/17 9:58 am
From: michael schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Gulls, Northampton County
This morning I had a 1st winter Glaucous Gull and 2 1st winter Iceland Gulls among the thousands of gulls at al Grand Central Landfill in Pen Argyl. Best viewing is no longer at the cemetery but along the fence near the wildlife center (always closed).
Mike Schall, Bath
 

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Date: 12/21/17 8:33 am
From: Richard Nugent <rmnugent...>
Subject: PISP; Erie County; 12/20/2017
Yesterday I spent most of the short daylight hours birding at Presque Isle State Park. Presque Isle Bay was mostly open water and only patches of snow remained in the park. There were numerous duck hunters in the park and hundreds of duck decoys, which made for challenging birding. I found a nice variety of live waterfowl and even managed to find a Snowy Owl. My list of highlights is below:

Tundra Swan
Gadwall
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Snowy Owl (FOY)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

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

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Date: 12/21/17 7:11 am
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 21, 2017
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: December 21, 2017
Time: 0730 to 0900
Weather: Cloudy, temp.32 F, wind NE to 5 mph, waves one foot.
Comments: Except for agood number of White-winged Scoters, it was quite slow. Two Snowy Owls were sitting nearly side byside on the pack ice off Perry Monument around 9:30 this morning.

Waterbirds recorded:

Canvasback 90
Redhead 130
Greater Scaup 13
Lesser Scaup 4
Unidentified scaup 285
White-winged Scoter 43
Surf/Black scoter 1
Long-tailed Duck 2
Common Goldeneye 27
Common Merganser 2
Red-breastedMerganser 65
Common Loon 1
Horned Grebe 1

Other birds movingacross the lake:

Snow Bunting 2


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 12/21/17 6:16 am
From: Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Short-eared Owls and Harriers-Cumberland Co.
We stopped along Ponderosa Road north of Carlisle last night at sunset and
were able to observe 2 short-eared owls and 2 northern harriers. 1 of the
harriers was an adult male with that handsome gray plumage.

Sandy Lockerman

Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.
 

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Date: 12/20/17 3:16 pm
From: g. g <birdersx5...>
Subject: Kestrel and Merlin, Beaver County
Yesterday, we had a male American kestrel, and a Merlin at Hozak's tree
farm.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
 

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Date: 12/20/17 2:41 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (20 Dec 2017) 24 Raptors
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 20, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 1 238
BE 9 25 531
NH 1 5 127
SS 0 3 4278
CH 1 5 356
NG 0 1 12
RS 1 1 118
BW 0 0 8053
RT 10 51 1341
RL 0 1 1
GE 2 10 180
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 1 77
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 24 115 17521
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Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers: Diane McLaughlin, Joe Lavella, Joe Sabo, Jonathan Stein,
Pat Freed, Robert McLaughlin, Ron Freed

Visitors:
6


Weather:
Early clouds gave way to fair skies with moderate NW wind.

Raptor Observations:
BE 4YR 9:53, 9:55
BE AD 9:04, 9:58, 1:55, 2:40, 2:43
BE JUV 12:32, 12:34
GE AD 10:52
GE SUB 12:45

First bird - RT 8:25
Last bird - BE 2:43

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO - 82
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Report submitted by Gene Wagner (<nate...>)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=439
 

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Date: 12/20/17 2:36 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Second Mountain (20 Dec 2017) 3 Raptors
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 20, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 3 28 357
Turkey Vulture 0 4 333
Osprey 0 0 55
Bald Eagle 0 11 183
Northern Harrier 0 1 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 1122
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 192
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 82
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4654
Red-tailed Hawk 0 12 375
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 4
Golden Eagle 0 7 56
American Kestrel 0 0 85
Merlin 0 0 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 13

Total: 3 68 7610
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Ed Chubb

Observers:

Visitors:
3 vehicles with 7 visitors


Weather:
Moderate winds out of the northwest, temp's in the 40's. Mostly cloudy
early becoming clear in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Much like today but with diminishing winds doesn't bode well for a flight.
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Report submitted by David Schwenk (<schwenkde...>)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=432
 

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Date: 12/20/17 12:02 pm
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
another good reason and opportunity to use birding calling cards we had
made for the PSO annual meeting, which we gave away to the members.

when I go out birding and stay somewhere or eat, etc.  I try to lay out
the card to let them know why I am there and to continue to support all
things nature.  I got the idea from ohio around magee marsh and the
black swamp group. a quick search on google showed me many groups/clubs
around the country have done the same.

the cards I had made say

You have been patronized by a Birder.  We have come to your area to
enjoy your birds and nature.  Please do what you can to keep valuable
habitat for birds and all things nature

I then put the pso website and say compliments of PSO and PaBirders.

I got 500 of them cheap off vistaprint.

if you have a nature or birding group/club,get some of these made up and
let birders toot their own horn.  They aren't all cheap skates.  or
cheep skates if you will.  :)

chad kauffman, mifflintown, pa


On 12/20/2017 2:34 PM, Lynn Roman wrote:
> Clearly... the "What's in it for me" concerns for local governments and business to appreciate how nature in the neighborhoods and communities (protection of the environment) also has financial benefits to many! Such a great article to raise awareness. Be sure if you spend $$ near our natural resources that you have enjoyed, let the business folks know that you are spending money with them because you were birding or appreciating nature nearby!
> And mainly keep enjoying birdwatching everywhere!
>
>
> Lynn Roman
> Board Secretary
>
> http://www.friendsofheinzrefuge.org/
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300...>
> To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
> Sent: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 9:22 am
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Economic Impact of Birders In PA
>
> The article may hint at something near the end......but, the question remains, because people shelled out money to various things to see this bird, what do we do ? What does it mean for us protecting bird habitat going forward ?
>
> Dave Kruel
> Pottsville
> Schuylkill County
>
>
>
> On Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:45:22 -0500, Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>>
>> I saw a link to an article on the ABA Blog about the economic impact of birders visiting the area where the Black-backed Oriole spent the winter in Pennsylvania that might be of interest, regardless of whether or not the bird was considered wild. Here is the link.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bird-bush-worth.html
>>
>>
>> Mike Fialkovich
>> PSO President
>> Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County

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Date: 12/20/17 11:34 am
From: Lynn Roman <000000eb1f5ef221-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
Clearly... the "What's in it for me" concerns for local governments and business to appreciate how nature in the neighborhoods and communities (protection of the environment) also has financial benefits to many! Such a great article to raise awareness. Be sure if you spend $$ near our natural resources that you have enjoyed, let the business folks know that you are spending money with them because you were birding or appreciating nature nearby!
And mainly keep enjoying birdwatching everywhere!


Lynn Roman
Board Secretary

http://www.friendsofheinzrefuge.org/




-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300...>
To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 9:22 am
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Economic Impact of Birders In PA

The article may hint at something near the end......but, the question remains, because people shelled out money to various things to see this bird, what do we do ? What does it mean for us protecting bird habitat going forward ?

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



On Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:45:22 -0500, Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>
>I saw a link to an article on the ABA Blog about the economic impact of birders visiting the area where the Black-backed Oriole spent the winter in Pennsylvania that might be of interest, regardless of whether or not the bird was considered wild. Here is the link.
>
>
>
>
>
>https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bird-bush-worth.html
>
>
>Mike Fialkovich
>PSO President
>Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 12/20/17 7:44 am
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 20, 2017
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: December 20, 2017
Time: 0725 to 0925
Weather: Mostly clear,temp. 34 F, wind NNW to 15 mph, 3 to 4 feet.
Comments: Nearly all movement was westbound. There was another movement of Redheads thismorning as well as a few Canvasbacks and scaup. Highlights were an adult Little Gull with two Bonaparte’s Gulls, a flockof 22 White-winged Scoters, and a Northern Harrier.

Waterbirds recorded:

Canvasback 185
Redhead 850
Greater Scaup 36
Lesser Scaup 176
Unidentified scaup 155
White-winged Scoter 26 (22in one flock)
Long-tailed Duck 2
Common Goldeneye 20
Red-breastedMerganser 64
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 2
Unidentified loon 1
LITTLE GULL 1 adult

Other bird moving acrossthe lake:

Northern Harrier 1

Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>
 

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Date: 12/20/17 6:26 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
I think the goodwill of birders and making people more aware of birds is
invaluable.

some money was raised for their local birding club or Audubon, which is
great, it got the neighborhood to notice and from what I know, there was
no issues at this spot, thankfully.

I commend the hosts as well as the people who drew up this survey and
the article for doing a top notch job.

chad kauffman, mifflintown



On 12/20/2017 9:22 AM, Dave Kruel wrote:
> The article may hint at something near the end......but, the question remains, because people shelled out money to various things to see this bird, what do we do ? What does it mean for us protecting bird habitat going forward ?
>
> Dave Kruel
> Pottsville
> Schuylkill County
>
>
>
> On Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:45:22 -0500, Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>>
>> I saw a link to an article on the ABA Blog about the economic impact of birders visiting the area where the Black-backed Oriole spent the winter in Pennsylvania that might be of interest, regardless of whether or not the bird was considered wild. Here is the link.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bird-bush-worth.html
>>
>>
>> Mike Fialkovich
>> PSO President
>> Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County

--
***See our new video https://youtu.be/3gyjkxmmFS4 *** ***Check us out on
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Date: 12/20/17 6:22 am
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300...>
Subject: Re: Economic Impact of Birders In PA
The article may hint at something near the end......but, the question remains, because people shelled out money to various things to see this bird, what do we do ? What does it mean for us protecting bird habitat going forward ?

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



On Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:45:22 -0500, Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>
>I saw a link to an article on the ABA Blog about the economic impact of birders visiting the area where the Black-backed Oriole spent the winter in Pennsylvania that might be of interest, regardless of whether or not the bird was considered wild. Here is the link.
>
>
>
>
>
>https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bird-bush-worth.html
>
>
>Mike Fialkovich
>PSO President
>Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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