PABIRDS
Received From Subject
6/22/17 2:02 pm Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...> Crawford County, Yellow-rumped Warbler (also nearby Ashtabula County, Ohio)
6/22/17 12:25 pm Vernon Gauthier <pabirder...> Reasons #6 and #7 why you should attend the PSO Annual Meeting
6/22/17 12:17 pm Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Fwd: eBird Report - Garrett BBS Data, Jun 21, 2017, Somerset
6/22/17 11:23 am Dave Leibert <xdave...> Young raptors. Northampton county
6/22/17 10:38 am Lisa Dziuban <dziubanlisa...> Kestrels Bedminster Twp Bucks Co.
6/22/17 10:11 am Jim Flowers <artsnimages...> Re: Mississippi Kite, SGL249 Adams County
6/22/17 10:06 am Jim Flowers <artsnimages...> Re: Dickcissel - York County
6/22/17 9:51 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> PSO is looking for vendors for the annual meeting 2017
6/22/17 6:20 am <drichards7...> Northern Harrier, Henslow's Sparrows, Clearfield Co.
6/22/17 6:19 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> Dickcissels Gettysburg Battlefield
6/22/17 4:32 am Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...> Dickcissel's Lanc. Co.
6/22/17 4:03 am Sheree Daugherty <shereedaugherty...> Crawford Co. Upland Sandpipers, Dickcissel, C Moorhen-late post
6/21/17 12:04 pm Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 18 June 2017 (two weeks)
6/21/17 8:27 am LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...> Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 27th, 2017
6/21/17 6:00 am Wiltraut, Richard E <rwiltraut...> Red-headed Woodpecker, Monroe County
6/20/17 3:07 pm Windstream Mail <randyc11...> Lancaster County today
6/20/17 2:27 pm <drichards7...> Dickcissel, Clearfield Co.
6/20/17 1:34 pm Hayley Kile <pezolut...> Nest Watch Invite for Birders in Pittsburgh
6/20/17 11:55 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Dickcissel - York County
6/20/17 9:46 am Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...> Crawford County, Dickcissel and Upland Sandpiper continue
6/20/17 8:11 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> PSO remaining 2017 events and field trips
6/20/17 6:56 am David Wilbur <djwilbur...> OT Bird list serve (other's) discussion
6/20/17 6:51 am Brian Schmoke <bjs5067...> Re: Juniata County dickcissels
6/19/17 7:17 pm L. Simpson <00000090de41cee2-dmarc-request...> OT- Leaser Lake , Lehigh Co- any Ceruleans?
6/19/17 3:52 am Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...> Re: Singing the "Blues": Cerulean Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, and the other "blue" birds, Lancaster County
6/19/17 3:23 am Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...> Dickcissel's Lanc. Co.
6/18/17 10:51 am Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> Re: Singing the "Blues": Cerulean Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, and the other "blue" birds, Lancaster County
6/18/17 9:07 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Red-tailed Hawks - York County
6/17/17 4:08 pm DAVE KRUEL <dkruel300...> Winter Wren - Schuylkill County - Lebanon Reservoir to Jeff's Swamp, Jun 17, 2017
6/17/17 1:59 pm Mike Tanis <michael.tanis...> Revision: Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Pike County June 15 - Delaware SF
6/17/17 1:57 pm Chad E Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Juniata County dickcissels
6/17/17 1:40 pm Steve Sanford <bwredbird...> Dickcissel (Mercer Co)
6/17/17 10:41 am Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Warblers - Beaver Co.
6/17/17 10:11 am Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...> Singing the "Blues": Cerulean Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, and the other "blue" birds, Lancaster County
6/17/17 8:54 am Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...> Peregrine Falcon, Homestead Grays Bridge, Allegheny County
6/17/17 7:42 am Peter Lusardi <0000002a468f9e0e-dmarc-request...> Cumberland Co. , Carlisle Springs area - warblers and others
6/16/17 11:31 pm Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 6/17/2017
6/16/17 7:11 pm Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul...> Cattle egret continues, Schuylkill Co.
6/16/17 5:06 pm <drichards7...> Whip-poor-will, Alder Flycatchers, Clearfield Co.
6/16/17 3:55 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Blue-winged Teal - Crawford Co.
6/16/17 3:19 pm Jim Hausman <englishhaus...> Dickcissels and others - Crawford Co.
6/16/17 10:50 am Mike Tanis <michael.tanis...> Pike and Monroe County warblers - Delaware SF and Delaware Water Gap NRA
6/16/17 10:07 am Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...> Blue Grosbeak and 2 other birds, Lancaster County
6/16/17 4:38 am Jim Hausman <englishhaus...> Upland sandpiper - Wilson Rd., Crawford Co.
6/16/17 4:23 am Jim Hausman <englishhaus...> DICKCISSELS, Wilson Rd. - Crawford Co.
6/15/17 7:26 pm Pabirder1974 <pabirder1974...> Dickcissels Crawford county
6/15/17 5:39 pm Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...> Blue Grosbeaks, Vesper Sparrows, Lancaster County
6/15/17 5:14 pm Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul...> Cattle egret, Schuylkill Co.
6/15/17 12:17 pm Rob Hodgson <robhodgson888...> Re: Crawford County -- Dickcissels?
6/15/17 12:00 pm Richard Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> Dickcissel, York Co.
6/15/17 7:16 am steve cottrell <miami.07...> Re: Bobolink colony, Berks
6/15/17 6:56 am Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...> Crawford County -- Dickcissels?
6/15/17 5:47 am Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...> Warren and Forest County- Swainson's thrush, northern waterthrush
6/14/17 6:40 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> Bobolink colony, Berks
6/14/17 4:51 pm Steve Sanford <bwredbird...> White Pelican, warblers, and others - Mercer Co
6/14/17 1:08 pm Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...> Blue Grosbeak, Lancaster County
6/14/17 10:55 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 4 June 2017
6/14/17 9:07 am Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 28 May 2017 (two weeks)
6/14/17 6:52 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> Mississippi Kite, SGL249 Adams County
6/14/17 3:50 am Vern Gauthier <pabirder...> Breeding Bird Blitz
6/13/17 11:25 am Carole <cjwinslow94...> Warren Co- Swainson's thrush, Canada warblers, golden-crowned kinglet
6/13/17 8:25 am DAVE KRUEL <dkruel300...> Gardening Monarch/Pollinator Workshop - June 24, Tuscarora State Park, Schuylkill County
6/13/17 5:29 am Pabirder1974 <pabirder1974...> Dickcissels Crawford co yes!!
6/13/17 3:59 am Andy Keister <akeister110...> Dickcissel, Clarion County
6/12/17 6:37 pm Flo McGuire <fmcguire1...> Dickcissels at Pymatuning, Crawford Co.
6/12/17 6:36 pm Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...> Dickcissels, Crawford County
6/12/17 6:14 pm Linda Rowan <lrowan1...> Red Tails Fledge Levittown Bucks County
6/11/17 6:54 pm steve cottrell <miami.07...> Nesting notes - Chester Co
6/11/17 3:27 pm DAVE KRUEL <dkruel300...> Schuylkill County - Owl Creek, Jun 11, 2017
6/11/17 1:19 pm TODD HOOE <hooe...> Worm-eating Warbler, Raccoon Creek SP, Beaver Co.
6/11/17 12:20 pm Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...> Clarion Co- (late post)- yellow-rumped warblers, hermit thrush at Piney Tract
6/10/17 6:30 pm Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Hop Bottom Breeding Bird Survey
6/10/17 5:57 pm Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...> Youth/Student Birder Scholarship for the PSO Annual Meeting
6/10/17 5:52 pm john flannigan <rublzrme...> Peregrines-Allegheny County-Mckees Rocks Bridge
6/10/17 2:28 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Great Egrets & Ring-necked Duck - Butler Co.
6/10/17 8:38 am Mary Coomer <000000afc163611c-dmarc-request...> late post Black Tern Memorial Lake SP Leb Co
6/10/17 6:27 am Weidensaul, Amy <aweidensaul...> Hawk Counter Position at Waggoner's Gap
6/9/17 7:46 pm Tom Dougherty <tomdoc...> Coopers Hawk
6/9/17 6:19 pm Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> Allegheny County Eastern Screech Owl
6/9/17 5:39 pm Windstream Mail <randyc11...> Lebanon County today
6/9/17 3:18 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Common Loon & Ospreys - Lawrence Co.
6/9/17 11:42 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Re: Registration for the PSO Annual Meeting begins on June 10th
6/9/17 10:06 am Vern Gauthier <pabirder...> Registration for the PSO Annual Meeting begins on June 10th
6/9/17 8:49 am Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> Compilers needed for Pennsylvania Birds journal.
6/9/17 7:30 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> PSO field trip to SE PA
6/9/17 5:23 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (06 Jun 2017) Raptors
6/8/17 7:31 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> canoe birding, Schuylkill
6/8/17 5:32 pm nettie glickman <nettieglickman...> please remove me from the emails of bird sightings.. thanks a lot
6/8/17 4:29 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Another tragedy
6/8/17 4:07 pm Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Clover BBS route, Lawrence and Mercer counties
6/8/17 2:13 pm Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...> Lawrence County, Clay-colored Sparrow continues
6/8/17 10:44 am Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> Chester - Swallow-tailed Kite
6/8/17 9:07 am Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> NJ Golden-wing Warbler post- off -topic
6/8/17 7:30 am Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...> Re: Allegheny County nighthawk
6/8/17 6:59 am Mike Epler <jmepler...> Swallow-tailed Kite, Nockamixon, Bucks
6/8/17 5:25 am Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Allegheny County nighthawk
6/8/17 5:01 am Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...> Frick Yesterday, Allegheny County
6/8/17 5:01 am Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> Re: Last Call - Winter 16/17 Photo Submissions for Pennsylvania Birds
6/7/17 12:09 pm Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...> Wildwood Park, Dauphin Co.
6/6/17 1:06 pm Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> Last Call - Winter 16/17 Photo Submissions for Pennsylvania Birds
6/6/17 8:17 am Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...> Fwd: Allegheny Co nighthawks etc. late post
6/6/17 8:02 am ofdewdrops <0000001e3bf8599f-dmarc-request...> LawrenceCo., Volant Strip Grasslands, Clay-colored Sparrow
6/6/17 5:41 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Out of state pelicans
6/6/17 4:38 am Sheree Daugherty <shereedaugherty...> 3RBC Meeting Tomorrow/John Canter, Spoon-billed Sandpiper
6/5/17 7:23 pm Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...> Erie Co- least bittern, clay-colored sparrow, mourning warbler
6/5/17 6:53 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (05 Jun 2017) Raptors
6/5/17 11:50 am Craig Holt <0000007fe6ec5d00-dmarc-request...> Miller's Ponds, Crawford Co.
6/5/17 7:23 am Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...> Resignation from compiling for PA Birds
6/5/17 4:43 am Andy Keister <akeister110...> Swallow-tailed Kite, Bucks County
6/5/17 3:42 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (04 Jun 2017) Raptors
6/4/17 4:45 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County birds of note
6/4/17 1:36 pm Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> Re: Swallow-tailed Kite, Nockamixon, Bucks
6/4/17 1:34 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Washington County Plesant (sic) Grove BBS Route
6/4/17 1:33 pm Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> cerulean warbler survey along Lower Trail (Blair/Huntingdon Co)
6/4/17 1:01 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Washington County Plesant Grove BBS Route
6/4/17 12:46 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Beaver Co. Sightings
6/4/17 9:53 am Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...> Mississippi Kite(s) in Akron, Lanc. Co.
6/4/17 9:02 am Adam Smith <000000276915e6b7-dmarc-request...> Olive-sided Flycatcher, Monroe County
6/4/17 8:17 am Gary Robson <garyrobson...> Black-billed Cuckoo
6/4/17 7:49 am Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...> Allegheny County, late Yellow Warbler
6/4/17 7:25 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (03 Jun 2017) Raptors
6/4/17 6:39 am Daniel Weeks <daniel.e.weeks...> eBird -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- Jun 4, 2017
6/4/17 3:07 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Four nighthawks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
6/3/17 12:43 pm Michael David <michaeltdavid...> Swallow-tailed Kite, Nockamixon, Bucks
6/3/17 12:18 pm Sheree Daugherty <shereedaugherty...> Copper Rd Cranes/Lawrence Co
6/3/17 11:37 am Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Re: Butler County--Breeding Bird Survey
6/3/17 11:37 am Glenn Koppel <macatilly...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mars BBS route, Jun 3, 2017
6/3/17 9:57 am Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> white-winged dove near Williamsburg, Blair Co
6/3/17 9:22 am Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...> Butler County--Breeding Bird Survey
6/3/17 9:21 am Dnadeb <dsg4...> Centre county Yellow-headed Blackbird
6/3/17 8:42 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (02 Jun 2017) 1 Raptors
6/3/17 7:03 am Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> Re: Centre county Yellow-headed Blackbird ?
6/3/17 3:26 am Dnadeb <dsg4...> Centre county Yellow-headed Blackbird ?
6/2/17 5:58 pm DAVID KOCH <davilene...> Blue grosbeaks, Koch property, Northampton County
6/2/17 5:37 pm Marge Vantassel <marvantassel...> Purple Martins at Crooked Creek (Armstrong County)
6/2/17 3:46 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Black Duck & White-rumped Sandpipers - Crawford Co.
6/2/17 1:11 pm Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...> Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird - Spring Mills, Centre Co. 6/2
6/2/17 6:39 am R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> Least bittern, York Co.
6/2/17 6:13 am Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...> Sandhill Crane @ Middle Creek WMA Lanc. Co.
6/2/17 4:31 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (01 Jun 2017) 1 Raptors
6/1/17 6:53 pm <foandla...> <foandla...> Common Merg young Northampton County
6/1/17 6:27 pm Marge Vantassel <marvantassel...> Merlin, Harriers, Bobolinks, etc; at several Piney Tract spots (Clarion County)
6/1/17 5:54 pm Bruce Johnson <000000bcb5fcbd4d-dmarc-request...> Monroe Co.--Red-necked Phalarope
6/1/17 5:54 pm Teresa Webster <000000b997dc6158-dmarc-request...> Re: Grasslands near Washington Boro
6/1/17 4:42 pm Windstream Mail <randyc11...> Adult Mississippi Kite -Lititz - Lancaster County
6/1/17 4:32 pm Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Grasslands near Washington Boro
6/1/17 1:36 pm Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Re: Yellow Headed Black Bird - Spring Mills, Centre County
6/1/17 12:31 pm Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> Re: Dickcissels on Laughlin Farm Rd
6/1/17 12:30 pm Amy Taracido <amytaracido...> RBA western Pennsylvania, 14 May 2017 (two weeks)
6/1/17 12:10 pm Windstream Mail <randyc11...> Late post from 5/31 Lebanon County
6/1/17 11:54 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Yellow Headed Black Bird - Spring Mills, Centre County
6/1/17 7:04 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (31 May 2017) Raptors
6/1/17 6:08 am Richard Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> Least bittern, York Co
6/1/17 5:03 am steve cottrell <miami.07...> Pileated Woodpecker magnet - Chester Co
5/31/17 10:50 pm Kevin Dougherty <quid789...> Immature Black-crowned Night Heron, Leaser Lake, Lehigh County
5/31/17 6:45 pm Terry Master <TMaster...> Prothonotary Warbler, Pike County
5/31/17 6:04 pm Carole <cjwinslow94...> Clarion Co- Henslow's and veeries
5/31/17 4:03 pm Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...> Clarion Co- Worm-eating warblers, yellow-breasted chat, NO clay-colored sparrows
5/31/17 3:40 pm Sue Hannon <sbhannon...> Dauphin Co, Harrisburg Peregrine Falcons
5/31/17 1:25 pm Moses Martin <kaboommals...> Red-headed Woodpecker Montour County
5/31/17 10:34 am Katrina Knight <kknight...> 3 Prothonotary Warblers, Berks Co.
5/31/17 9:09 am karen jackson <000000b52f372423-dmarc-request...> dickcissels on Laughlin Farm Rd
5/31/17 6:41 am R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> Snowy Egret, York Co.
5/31/17 6:28 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Fw: Mourning Warbler, Frick, Allegheny
5/31/17 6:18 am Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Mourning Warbler, Frick
5/31/17 6:05 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> PSO field trip to NE PA report
5/31/17 4:54 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (30 May 2017) Raptors
5/31/17 2:27 am Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> migrants, berks
5/31/17 1:43 am Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> possible wood stork Breezewood - last week
5/30/17 9:38 am Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request...> Lebanon County , continuing Surf Scoters
5/30/17 7:02 am Kermit Henning <0000003ed26bf4fb-dmarc-request...> West Fairview
5/30/17 6:19 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (29 May 2017) Raptors
5/29/17 7:37 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> prothonotary warbler continues, berks
5/29/17 5:05 pm Geoff Malosh <pomarine...> Apparent Barn Owl, Allegheny County
5/29/17 4:24 pm August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...> Peace Valley Park (IBA)- Bucks Co. (5/21-5/27)
5/29/17 2:15 pm Anne Annibali <anneanni...> Banner Day in Lebanon County
5/29/17 1:38 pm R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> White-rumped sandpipers, York Co.
5/29/17 12:29 pm Deborah Grove <dsg4...> Broad Mountain Breeding Bird Survey Route- Huntingdon/Mifflin Counties
5/29/17 12:26 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Worm-eating Warbler - Beaver Co.
5/29/17 12:24 pm Robert VanNewkirk <van126...> Olive-sided Flycatcher - North Park - Allegheny Co.
5/29/17 10:36 am -mikeShull <mshull...> Lebanon County, Memorial Lake Surf Scoters
5/29/17 9:29 am Dnadeb <dsg4...> Huntingdon County Rarity of the week -- Red-necked Phalarope
5/29/17 8:15 am Daniel Weeks <daniel.e.weeks...> Eastern Wood-Pewee - Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County.
5/29/17 8:05 am Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...> Frick Today, Allegheny County, OsFl persists
5/29/17 7:51 am Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request...> Lebanon County, Memorial Lake, Surf Scoters
5/29/17 7:20 am steve cottrell <miami.07...> Am. Kestrel nest with eggs - Chester Co.
5/29/17 7:09 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (28 May 2017) Raptors
5/29/17 5:32 am Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> Re: Question for the group about a dead tree swallow - York County
5/29/17 3:49 am Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> Re: Question for the group about a dead tree swallow - York County
5/28/17 7:44 pm Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...> Re: Frick Today, Allegheny County -- OsFl
5/28/17 7:34 pm Sandra Goodwin <chickadd...> Kirby Park, Luz. Co.
5/28/17 3:44 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County birds of note
5/28/17 3:39 pm Richard Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> White-rumped sandpipers, York Co
5/28/17 3:04 pm Cathy Brown <blueapis...> Eastern Kingbird Washington county
5/28/17 2:42 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Allegheny County - Gilfillan Farms - Blackpoll Warbler
5/28/17 1:48 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Common Gallinule & White-rumped Sandpiper - Lawrence Co.
5/28/17 12:18 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (27 May 2017) Raptors
5/28/17 11:20 am Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...> Frick Today, Allegheny County -- OsFl
5/27/17 4:55 pm Amy Henrici <henriciac...> Canada Warbler, Boyce Park, Plum Borough, Allegheny Co.
5/27/17 3:35 pm DAVE KRUEL <dkruel300...> Red Crossbill Continues - Schuylkill County - Owl Creek, May 27, 2017
5/27/17 9:52 am Rob Fergus <birdchaser...> Mississippi Kite Wallingford Delaware Co
5/27/17 9:29 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 May 2017) 2 Raptors
5/27/17 4:02 am Mike Epler <jmepler...> Olive-sided Flycatcher, Middle Creek, Lancaster County
5/26/17 6:42 pm Rob Bergstresser <robear1...> Red-headed Woodpecker; Carbon County
5/26/17 6:21 pm Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...> Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine - North Shore, May 26, 2017
5/26/17 6:07 pm Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls...> Crawford Co. - Red-headed Woodpecker
5/26/17 5:41 pm Linda Rowan <lrowan1...> Lancaster Mt. Eden Rd. Grassland Birds
5/26/17 3:33 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> White-rumped Sandpiper - Mercer Co.
5/26/17 1:52 pm Vern Gauthier <pabirder...> Breeding Bird Blitz June 16-19th
5/26/17 12:20 pm Robert Hoopes <hoopes...> Re: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township
5/26/17 11:40 am Dave DeReamus <becard...> Eastern PA Birdline: 5/26/2017
5/26/17 11:10 am Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls...> Crawford CO. - Warblers
5/26/17 9:58 am Adam Smith <000000276915e6b7-dmarc-request...> Flycatchers, Lehigh and Carbon Counties
5/26/17 9:06 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 May 2017) Raptors
5/26/17 8:15 am Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...> Re: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township
5/25/17 6:46 pm michael schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request...> Whimbrels, Turnstone, Minsi Lake, Northampton Co
5/25/17 6:15 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> Prothonotary Warbler, Berks
5/25/17 4:56 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County, Gull Point Trail
5/25/17 2:00 pm Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> Re: Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County - location coordinates
5/25/17 1:55 pm Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County
5/25/17 1:54 pm Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...> Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, May 24, 2017
5/25/17 12:37 pm Richard Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...> Short-billed dowitcher, York Co.
5/25/17 8:20 am Carole <cjwinslow94...> Venango Co- Kahle Lake, red-necked phalaropes
5/25/17 8:06 am Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (24 May 2017) 2 Raptors
5/25/17 6:08 am Carole <cjwinslow94...> Clarion Co- no phalaropes
5/24/17 7:16 pm Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> canoe birding, Schuylkill
5/24/17 6:04 pm Gary Edwards <gedwards...> clarion/venango
5/24/17 4:51 pm Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...> Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
5/24/17 4:01 pm Robert Hoopes <hoopes...> Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township
5/24/17 3:07 am Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> Lancaster - White-rumped Sandpiper
5/23/17 8:55 pm Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...> Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (23 May 2017) Raptors
5/23/17 7:25 pm Bruce Johnson <000000bcb5fcbd4d-dmarc-request...> Monroe Co.-- Black-bellied Plover and Stilt Sandpiper
5/23/17 5:02 pm Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...> Erie County, Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 23, 2017
5/23/17 2:43 pm Mark Vass <hawk5571...> Am. Wigeons - Crawford Co.
5/23/17 2:18 pm Aidan Place <placea...> Re: Crawford Co _White Pelican - No
5/23/17 12:16 pm Paul Blank <paulblank...> Lancaster County Red-headed woodpecker
5/23/17 10:53 am Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls...> Crawford Co _White Pelican - No
5/23/17 6:43 am Billy Weber <robot.stories...> Northampton Co. sightings
5/23/17 5:49 am Jeff McDonald <00000034a5898a92-dmarc-request...> White Pelicans Crawford County
5/23/17 4:23 am Sue Hannon <sbhannon...> Harrisburg Peregrine Falcon Watch and Rescue
 
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Date: 6/22/17 2:02 pm
From: Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...>
Subject: Crawford County, Yellow-rumped Warbler (also nearby Ashtabula County, Ohio)
Today (June 22, 2017), I and my Ornithology course had a singing Yellow-rumped Warbler at the housing site of Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE, western Crawford County, near the Pymatuning spillway) and another singing at Ohio's Pymatuning State Park (Ashtabula County). Both birds were in mixed deciduous-coniferous forest, the Ohio site with native white pine, and the PLE site with planted Norway spruce. Despite low elevation, apparently these habitats are suitable (though perhaps not optimal) for breeding. The PLE bird has been singing here since early June. Tony Bledsoe


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From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 2:55 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Dickcissel - York County

I found a pair of dickcissels at the Hopewell Landfill grasslands this morning. I had been photographing a grasshopper sparrow and the male dickcissel flew up and perched on one of the vent pipes. Didn't even realize it until I looked at my photos at home.

Fun morning!

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
<rook185...>
https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.pbase.com%2Frook185&data=01%7C01%<7Cbledsoe...>%7C6b93f9e15ea44483f3c908d4b80de19d%7C9ef9f489e0a04eeb87cc3a526112fd0d%7C1&sdata=XDoWwGXojz7feUJSKsmsm1q1UjItU83lZ48%2Bol40HUY%3D&reserved=0

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Date: 6/22/17 12:25 pm
From: Vernon Gauthier <pabirder...>
Subject: Reasons #6 and #7 why you should attend the PSO Annual Meeting
#6 The simple but sometimes overlooked fact that there are more migrants in
the fall! Yes, them warblers have been busy making baby warblers all summer
in the great north woods and now they and the kids will be passing along
the ridges and creeks on their way south. Fall Plumage too confusing?! That
is why we have reason #7, which is a seminar on Friday night by Ian Gardner
on fall warbler identification. In addition and there will are experienced
folks who will be present on each field trip who are more than willing to
help you improve your fall warbler i.d. skills.



So join us September 15 through 17 in Carlisle, Cumberland County in an
event that is most definitely for the birds!



Find out more and/or register at
http://www.pabirds.org/AnnualMeeting/AnnualMeeting.htm



Best,

Vern Gauthier

PSO Vice President
 

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Date: 6/22/17 12:17 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Garrett BBS Data, Jun 21, 2017, Somerset
We ran the Garrett BBS route in Somerset county yesterday. This was our first run of this route and it was interesting. I had thought that because it runs past Mt. Davis, that doing this during the week was better. Not quite, lots of traffic early in the morning around Garrett of mostly large dump trucks heading to the building of the new RT 219. We also had to skip 3 stops because of road work on Mt. Davis road. But still an interesting route with a nice variety of birds.

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koeneke
]
>
> Garrett BBS Data, Somerset, Pennsylvania, US
> Jun 21, 2017 5:20 AM - 9:24 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 24.5 mile(s)
> Comments: The is the Data for the Garrett BBS route. The route starts just outside of Garrett, winding down through Amish farmlands to Mt. Davis Road and ending just outside of Listonburg.
> 66 species
>
> Canada Goose 3
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Killdeer 2
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
> Mourning Dove 14
> Chimney Swift 2
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Seen just after 3 minutes count time ended so not part of official BBS data.
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
> Least Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Phoebe 4
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 37
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 58
> Common Raven 3
> Tree Swallow 2
> Barn Swallow 23
> Cliff Swallow 4
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> House Wren 6
> Carolina Wren 1
> Wood Thrush 4
> American Robin 52
> Gray Catbird 9
> Brown Thrasher 1
> European Starling 34
> Cedar Waxwing 2
> Ovenbird 7
> Common Yellowthroat 21
> Hooded Warbler 2
> American Redstart 10
> Northern Parula 3
> Yellow Warbler 3
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 6
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
> Canada Warbler 2
> Grasshopper Sparrow 2
> Chipping Sparrow 14
> Field Sparrow 6
> Vesper Sparrow 1
> Savannah Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 24
> Eastern Towhee 17
> Scarlet Tanager 9
> Northern Cardinal 5
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
> Indigo Bunting 16
> Bobolink 5
> Red-winged Blackbird 32
> Eastern Meadowlark 1
> Common Grackle 8
> Brown-headed Cowbird 6
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> House Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 23
> House Sparrow 5
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37741336
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 6/22/17 11:23 am
From: Dave Leibert <xdave...>
Subject: Young raptors. Northampton county
Howdy All,

While looking for peregrines near one of their nesting sites I was able
to see a pretty cool assortment of raptors.

On a high tension tower near their nesting site two young peregrines
were perched. A third, one of the adults, flew up carrying prey to give
to the young.

Meanwhile, on the next tower over a first year all dark bald eagle was
hopping around on the tower like it was a jungle gym. He or she hopped
down a slanted beam to get to the next lower level. This bird had been
holding its wings open to dry them off a little from an earlier
rainstorm.


Happy birding.
 

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Date: 6/22/17 10:38 am
From: Lisa Dziuban <dziubanlisa...>
Subject: Kestrels Bedminster Twp Bucks Co.
Today I observed an adult Kestrel feeding young in nest box near Stonebridge Rd., Bedminster township.

Lisa Dziuban
 

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Date: 6/22/17 10:11 am
From: Jim Flowers <artsnimages...>
Subject: Re: Mississippi Kite, SGL249 Adams County
I thought I caught a glimpse of that bird last week but just thought my
eyes were playing tricks on me. Glad to hear that I still have a wee bit
of sanity, LOL

On Jun 14, 2017 9:52 AM, "Andy Wilson" <awilson.gettysburg...> wrote:

> My student and I saw an adult MIKI at the Heidlersburg tract of SGL 249,
> Adams Co, at 8:20 this morning. It flew low to the SW over the (currently
> prohibited entry) propagation area adjacent to Twin Bridges Rd. We've been
> out there most mornings for the last couple of weeks, and this is the first
> sighting...but we're usually only there till 9:30 am. We'll keep checking
> back and report if we see if again.
>
> Thanks
> --
> Andy Wilson
> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
>
 

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Date: 6/22/17 10:06 am
From: Jim Flowers <artsnimages...>
Subject: Re: Dickcissel - York County
Awesome news!.

On Jun 20, 2017 2:55 PM, "Ann Pettigrew" <rook185...> wrote:

> I found a pair of dickcissels at the Hopewell Landfill grasslands this
> morning. I had been photographing a grasshopper sparrow and the male
> dickcissel flew up and perched on one of the vent pipes. Didn't even
> realize it until I looked at my photos at home.
>
> Fun morning!
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> <rook185...>
> www.pbase.com/rook185
>
> Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 6/22/17 9:51 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: PSO is looking for vendors for the annual meeting 2017
Hello all

We are looking for interested vendors for the PSO annual meeting we are
holding this year in Carlisle, Cumberland County, over the weekend of
Sept 15-17.

If you or someone you know might be interested in having a table to show
off their wares, club, business, etc and it would benefit those birders
and nature lovers who attend the meeting, let us know.

Here is the link to the vendor page and a link to print off the vendor
application. http://www.pabirds.org/AnnualMeeting/Vendors.htm

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA

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Date: 6/22/17 6:20 am
From: <drichards7...>
Subject: Northern Harrier, Henslow's Sparrows, Clearfield Co.
This morning I observed a female Northern Harrier hunting over the fields along London Road near Luthersburg. Also, I had several Henslow's Sparrows in various fields in the Luthersburg area.
The male Dickcissel was still present at the corner of Kirk and Hayes Road this morning, as well.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 6/22/17 6:19 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: Dickcissels Gettysburg Battlefield
On a quick stop on my drive to work along Emmitsburg Rd in the Gettysburg
NMP this morning I could hear 3 singing Dickcissels - Pickett's Charge
area, approx 39.811797,-77.242963

Also 1 Bobolink, 1 Grasshopper Sparrow, a couple of Meadowlarks and a
fence-hopping Red-headed Woodpecker.

--
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr.com/
 

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Date: 6/22/17 4:32 am
From: Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...>
Subject: Dickcissel's Lanc. Co.
There are still two Dickcissel's being seen and heard along Durlach Rd
northwest of Ephrata in the field east of this road and south of the small
school house.

Bruce A Carl
Akron / Lanc. Co.
 

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Date: 6/22/17 4:03 am
From: Sheree Daugherty <shereedaugherty...>
Subject: Crawford Co. Upland Sandpipers, Dickcissel, C Moorhen-late post
Yesterday morning around 8:30 there were 3 Upland Sandpipers on the utility wires along route 285 before Wilson Road (approaching from the east). Bobolinks, Meadowlarks and Savannah Sparrows were abundant along 285 and Wilson Rd. A Dickcissel was heard only about half way down Wilson. Passing through again around 11:00 one sandpiper was still on the wire.

A Common Moorhen/Gallinule (whatever they call them at this point in time?) was near the road at Custards. A hike down Shafer Rd had a nice variety of expected songbirds. A highlight was hearing a Veery.

Sorry for the late post. Too tire/lazy last night.

Sheree Daugherty
Allegheny Co


Sheree Daugherty
<shereedaugherty...>
Nature & Avian Art
 

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Date: 6/21/17 12:04 pm
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 18 June 2017 (two weeks)
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE06.18.17

Highlights:
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Mercer County)
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER (Crawford County)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
CLIFF SWALLOW
MARSH WREN
VEERY
WORM-EATING WARBLER
CANADA WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER (Mercer County)
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (Forest County)
SAVANNAH SPARROW
HENSLOW'S SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Lawrence County)
BOBOLINK
DICKCISSEL (Clarion, Crawford, and Mercer Counties)

Contributors: Tony Bledsoe, Shawn Collins, John Flannigan, Jim Hausman, Craig Holt, Todd Hooe, Andy Keister, Glenn Koppel, Steve Sanford, Jack Solomon, Shannon Thompson, Carole Winslow.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Sunday, 4 June 2017 through Sunday, 18 June 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: BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREAT EGRET, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, SWAINSON'S THRUSH continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 6/10 in McKees Rocks, PEREGRINE FALCONS (JF).

In Homestead on 6/17, PEREGRINE FALCON (JS).


BEAVER COUNTY:

At Raccoon Creek State Park on 6/11, WORM-EATING WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (TH).


CLARION COUNTY:

On 6/8 at the Piney Tract, HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, VEERIES (CW).

Near Sligo on 6/13, 1 DICKCISSEL (AK).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

In the Miller's Ponds area on 6/5, 12 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, PURPLE MARTINS, CLIFF SWALLOW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, BOBOLINKS (CH); Along Route 285 on 6/12 and 6/13, 5+ DICKCISSELS were seen (reported to JS; SC); also on 6/13, 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS (SC); on 6/15, 2 DICKCISSELS, HORNED LARKS (reported to SC); on 6/16, 3 DICKCISSELS, BOBOLINKS, HORNED LARKS, 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER, CLIFF SWALLOWS (JH).


FOREST COUNTY:

In the Minister Creek area on 6/14, 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (CW).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

On 6/6 at the Volant Strips, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, 4 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 3 HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, 12 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 16 BOBOLINKS (ST); on 6/8, 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (TB).

Along Nelson Road on 6/16, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (JH).

At Pennsy Swamp on 6/16, MARSH WREN, COMMON GALLINULE (JH).


LAWRENCE/MERCER COUNTIES:

Along the "Clover" BBS Route on 6/8, 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 COMMON RAVEN, 1 PURPLE FINCH, 1 CERULEAN WARBLER, 2 BOBOLINKS (GK).


MERCER COUNTY:

Over Jackson Township on 6/13, 1 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (reported to SS).

On 6/14 at State Gamelands #130, 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, 2 KENTUCKY WARBLERS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, PINE WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (SS).

Near Lake Latonka on 6/16 and 6/17, 1 DICKCISSEL (reported to SS; SS).


WARREN COUNTY:

In Heart's Content on 6/12, 2 WINTER WRENS (CW).

On 6/13 near Althom, WINTER WRENS, 3 CANADA WARBLERS, VEERY (CW).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Date: 6/21/17 8:27 am
From: LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...>
Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 27th, 2017
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 27th, 2017

_______________________________________________
Birds of Trinidad & Tobago by LeRoy Tabb


Program Description:



This will be a photo review of birds that Marsha and I have seen during our several trips to Trinidad and Tobago from places including: Asa Wright Nature Center, Caroni Swamp, Cuffie River Nature Retreat, Little Tobago, the rain forests and more.

____________________________________________

About the Speaker:

LeRoy and Marsha have visited Trinidad and Tobago several times over the past few years and we find it the most-amazing birding experience we've ever had.


_______________________________________________


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




Directions:


NOTE: New Galena Road is closed; access should be available through Chapman Road coming in from Callowhill.


Meeting location: Peace Valley Nature Center (enter back side door) 170 N. Chapman Rd. (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
Peace Valley Nature Center is located at 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. Our Latitude is: 40.33067. Our Longitude is: -75.14968. Use the pan and zoom ...


_________________________________________________


For further information please contact:


LeRoy Tabb


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


__,_._,___
 

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Date: 6/21/17 6:00 am
From: Wiltraut, Richard E <rwiltraut...>
Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker, Monroe County
This morning around 7:00 there was and adult Red-headed Woodpecker calling and foraging in oaks at my home in Saylorsburg, a new "yard bird." Also this week the "regulars", Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, Pileated and Northern Flicker.

Good birding,

Rick

Rick Wiltraut | Environmental Education Specialist
PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources
Bureau of State Parks | Jacobsburg EE Center
Phone: 610 746-2801 ext.103<tel:(610)%20746-2801> | Fax: 610 746-2804<tel:(610)%20746-2804>
<rwiltraut...><mailto:<rwiltraut...> | www.dcnr.state.pa.us<http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/>
 

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Date: 6/20/17 3:07 pm
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11...>
Subject: Lancaster County today
Today from 11 am to about Noon I was birding Laurel Drive walking to the
first parking lot from Hopeland Rd. my highlights were Northern Parula
Warbler -3, Nashville Warbler-2, Cerulean Warbler-1, and American Redstart
-2.All birds on left side going up.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County


 

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Date: 6/20/17 2:27 pm
From: <drichards7...>
Subject: Dickcissel, Clearfield Co.
This morning I discovered a Dickcissel singing atop a locust tree at the intersection of Hayes and Kirk Roads near Luthersburg.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 6/20/17 1:34 pm
From: Hayley Kile <pezolut...>
Subject: Nest Watch Invite for Birders in Pittsburgh
Hi Birders,

We are entering our 4th year with the Smithsonian sponsored Nest Watch that
Bob Mulvihill tirelessly heads. He will be setting up mist nets in our yard
and banding target birds as well as noting nests on our property on Sunday
June 25. If you would like to stop by and observe from our porch, please
shoot us an email and we will provide directions. We live east of
Wilkinsburg, right off of Penn Ave. Bob sets up at dawn and usually leaves
at Noon. Kids welcome. We have a cat and dog so bear that in mind if you
have allergies.

Hayley and Jennifer
 

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Date: 6/20/17 11:55 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Dickcissel - York County
I found a pair of dickcissels at the Hopewell Landfill grasslands this morning. I had been photographing a grasshopper sparrow and the male dickcissel flew up and perched on one of the vent pipes. Didn't even realize it until I looked at my photos at home.

Fun morning!

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

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 6/20/17 9:46 am
From: Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...>
Subject: Crawford County, Dickcissel and Upland Sandpiper continue
Today (June 20, 2017) my Ornithology class and I had a singing Dickcissel along Wilson Road near Millers Pond on route 285 in western Crawford County. We also had an Upland Sandpiper giving its amazing flight display and call. Thanks to those of you who responded to my previous query about Dickcissel. We finally got it.


Tony Bledsoe

Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (until end of June)

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Pittsburgh
 

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Date: 6/20/17 8:11 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: PSO remaining 2017 events and field trips
hello gang, on this first day of summer, I had to correct a date on the
Big sit we had on the PSO website, so here is the link for the remaining
events and field trips this year.

http://www.pabirds.org/Events/PSOFieldTrips.php

I will be creating an event for the Allegheny Front hawkwatch field trip
in November for the Golden Eagles peak season at some point with more
details on that trip.

We are looking for more people to help lead field trips this year, next
year and beyond. I personally will be stepping back some after this
year and would like to ask if anyone else can help us think of ideas,
lead trips, etc. We are always looking for people to help with the
field trip committee or just have PSO join you or our group/club on
field trips. It could be a simple trip to a favorite place in your
area. It could be a day trip to a good location or even a several day
trip to somewhere.

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA

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Date: 6/20/17 6:56 am
From: David Wilbur <djwilbur...>
Subject: OT Bird list serve (other's) discussion
​Hello,

Just a note to mention that the Delaware list serve has had a very
interesting and informative discussion going regarding managing vegetation,
particularly trees on one's property for fun and (birding) profit. As I
know the PA group to have interests beyond just chasing rarities, I thought
I'd give everyone a heads up. Nice people in Delaware, too.

David Wilbur
Doylestown, Bucks County
 

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Date: 6/20/17 6:51 am
From: Brian Schmoke <bjs5067...>
Subject: Re: Juniata County dickcissels
Sean Herrmann and I spent about 2 hours on Flint Road and had one male
Dickcissel singing frequently from about 715pm until we left. Landowner
said he has heard it singing every day since Saturday (6/17).
Also had a N. Bobwhite calling frequently from the same fields.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:<PABIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Chad E Kauffman
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:57 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Juniata County dickcissels

I got a call from abram Troyer that dickcissel has returned to the fields of
Amos Renno's farm. They use the nest there years ago. This is the same
field that had clay colored sparrow's several years in a row. From
Mifflintown take Cedarspring road to Van wert, turn south then take a left
which is east on Flint Road. Go past first farm at S turn fields are on the
left between that farm of Amos Renno and GLR repair.
 

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Date: 6/19/17 7:17 pm
From: L. Simpson <00000090de41cee2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: OT- Leaser Lake , Lehigh Co- any Ceruleans?
Has anyone had a Cerulean singing on the road that goes over the mountain during breeding season?Lee Simpson
Do not reply to this email- Please reply directly to me at <avnnut...>
 

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Date: 6/19/17 3:52 am
From: Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...>
Subject: Re: Singing the "Blues": Cerulean Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, and the other "blue" birds, Lancaster County
The Cerulean Warbler is still being heard and seen along Laurel Dr just off
of Kleinfeltersville Rd just before gravel parking area.

Bruce A Carl
Akron / Lanc. Co.

On Jun 18, 2017 1:51 PM, "Zachary Millen" <zjmillen...> wrote:

> Great find Stan! I got to see the Cerulean Warbler this morning as refound
> by Eric Witmer.
>
> Eric also found a Dickcissel singing along Durlach Rd between Clay School
> and Clearview Rds this morning, on the east side and south of the
> schoolhouse. I was able to refind it along with a second singing male. No
> females were observed. Grasshopper Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, and a
> Bobolink also sang.
>
> Zach Millen
> Akron, PA
>
>
> On Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 1:07 PM, Stanley C Stahl <
> <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> > blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important;
> border-left:1px
> > #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important;
> > background-color:white !important; } A Cerulean Warbler sang almost
> > continually along Laurel Rd. near its junction with Kleinfeltersville Rd.
> > at Middle Creek WMA. It sang from the grove of nut trees with the
> > pinnately compound leaves, mostly from the upper canopy.The Blue Grosbeak
> > sang in the same area as before.Stan Stahl
> >
> >
> > Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad
> >
>
 

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Date: 6/19/17 3:23 am
From: Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...>
Subject: Dickcissel's Lanc. Co.
There are still two Dickcissel's singing this morning along Durlach Rd in
the fields looking Eastward and south of the Amish school house.

Bruce A Carl
Akron / Lanc. Co.
 

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Date: 6/18/17 10:51 am
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Re: Singing the "Blues": Cerulean Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, and the other "blue" birds, Lancaster County
Great find Stan! I got to see the Cerulean Warbler this morning as refound
by Eric Witmer.

Eric also found a Dickcissel singing along Durlach Rd between Clay School
and Clearview Rds this morning, on the east side and south of the
schoolhouse. I was able to refind it along with a second singing male. No
females were observed. Grasshopper Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, and a
Bobolink also sang.

Zach Millen
Akron, PA


On Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 1:07 PM, Stanley C Stahl <
<000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px
> #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important;
> background-color:white !important; } A Cerulean Warbler sang almost
> continually along Laurel Rd. near its junction with Kleinfeltersville Rd.
> at Middle Creek WMA. It sang from the grove of nut trees with the
> pinnately compound leaves, mostly from the upper canopy.The Blue Grosbeak
> sang in the same area as before.Stan Stahl
>
>
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Date: 6/18/17 9:07 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Red-tailed Hawks - York County
Have been wondering why the 16 squirrels that show up every day to clean out my bird feeders haven't been making an appearance. Well, today there are two fledgling red-tails screaming for food. I have my answer!

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

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Date: 6/17/17 4:08 pm
From: DAVE KRUEL <dkruel300...>
Subject: Winter Wren - Schuylkill County - Lebanon Reservoir to Jeff's Swamp, Jun 17, 2017
Hi All,

Had a really nice trek this morning from the Lebanon Reservoir (Suedberg, Sch County) to Jeff's Swamp with Dave Rieger. Always a great treat for me to hear a breeding season Winter Wren singing locally. We did not get Brown Creeper or Blackburnian Warbler.......and did not put quite as much effort into hitting a couple specific spots that often have these 2 species........but did get the usual Redshouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, Alder Flycatcher, Swamp Sparrow, and Canada Warbler

>
> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> To: <dkruel300...>
> Date: June 17, 2017 at 6:56 PM
> Subject: eBird Report - Lebanon Reservoir to Jeff's Swamp, Jun 17, 2017
>
> Lebanon Reservoir to Jeff's Swamp, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, US
> Jun 17, 2017 5:40 AM - 12:10 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.7 mile(s)
> 49 species
>
> Wood Duck 1 on creek
> Common Merganser (North American) 4 4 female plumaged birds in group on reservoir
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Mourning Dove 4
> Barred Owl 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Acadian Flycatcher 10
> Alder Flycatcher 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Blue-headed Vireo 3 Species normally found in breeding season here with some hemlock habitat.
> Red-eyed Vireo 34 Good habitat. Always within earshot of multiple RE vireos, likely undercounted
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 3
> Common Raven 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
> Tree Swallow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> Winter Wren 1 Heard singing multiple times from across on north side of reservoir. Good habitat
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
> Veery 3
> Wood Thrush 14
> American Robin 4
> Gray Catbird 4
> Cedar Waxwing 5
> Ovenbird 25 Good habitat. Common breeder. Almost always within earshot of multiple birds. Likely, undercounted
> Worm-eating Warbler 2
> Louisiana Waterthrush 4
> Black-and-white Warbler 9
> Common Yellowthroat 5
> Hooded Warbler 6
> Northern Parula 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 4
> Canada Warbler 1 Male singing in wet rhododendron habitat. Normally found here during breeding season
> Chipping Sparrow 5
> Song Sparrow 1
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Scarlet Tanager 9
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Indigo Bunting 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 9
> Common Grackle 3
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> American Goldfinch 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648923
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>


Dave Kruel

Pottsville

Schuylkill County
 

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Date: 6/17/17 1:59 pm
From: Mike Tanis <michael.tanis...>
Subject: Revision: Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Pike County June 15 - Delaware SF
Regarding the list of birds I reported from June 15, 2017:
I reported Ruby-crowned Kinglet based on a fleeting glimpse of a bird at the Pecks Pond Picnic area on June 15, but I'm reconsidering the identification. Pennsylvania is well outside of the normal summer range for Ruby-crowned Kinglet. While it certainly looked to me like the kinglet, I didn't get a second look at the bird. In the same location a singing Pine warbler was heard, so another possibility is for the bird to have been a drab juvenile Pine warbler. In any case, consider this sighting "unconfirmed."

Mike Tanis
michael DOT tanis AT mckesson DOT com
 

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Date: 6/17/17 1:57 pm
From: Chad E Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Juniata County dickcissels
I got a call from abram Troyer that dickcissel has returned to the fields of Amos Renno's farm. They use the nest there years ago. This is the same field that had clay colored sparrow's several years in a row. From Mifflintown take Cedarspring road to Van wert, turn south then take a left which is east on Flint Road. Go past first farm at S turn fields are on the left between that farm of Amos Renno and GLR repair.

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Date: 6/17/17 1:40 pm
From: Steve Sanford <bwredbird...>
Subject: Dickcissel (Mercer Co)
Neil Troyer called yesterday evening to report he saw a singing male Dickcissel a few miles north of his house, which is north of Lake Latonka. So this morning Neil, his sons Samuel and Harvey, and I went up together and saw the Dickcissel easily at its favorite perch which is on Slater Rd about 1/4 mile south of District Rd, just south of the double 90 degree bends on Sater Rd. It would perch on the telephone line, singing loudly, then sometimes fly into the hayfield across the road and return soon.
Approaching it from Stoneboro Rd to the south would make for a better sun angle most of the day. The approximate location is at:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B020'48.9%22N+80%C2%B009'57.4%22W/@41.346923,-80.1670343,347m/am=t/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41.346923!4d-80.16594
 

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Date: 6/17/17 10:41 am
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Warblers - Beaver Co.
This morning I was at Raccoon Creek State Park and had a singing
Black-throated Green Warbler along Park Rd. and a singing Northern Parula
at the Wildflower Reserve parking lot

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/17/17 10:11 am
From: Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Singing the "Blues": Cerulean Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, and the other "blue" birds, Lancaster County
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } A Cerulean Warbler sang almost continually along Laurel Rd. near its junction with Kleinfeltersville Rd. at Middle Creek WMA.  It sang from the grove of nut trees with the pinnately compound leaves, mostly from the upper canopy.The Blue Grosbeak sang in the same area as before.Stan Stahl


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Date: 6/17/17 8:54 am
From: Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peregrine Falcon, Homestead Grays Bridge, Allegheny County
Peregrine Falcon, immature.
Homestead Grays Bridge, Allegheny County.
An immature, perched near the old owl nest, on a crossbeam a bit above it, and a few feet to the right of the center of the bridge. Viewed from trail, behind the Red Robin.
Jack Solomon

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Date: 6/17/17 7:42 am
From: Peter Lusardi <0000002a468f9e0e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Cumberland Co. , Carlisle Springs area - warblers and others
I did a walk around the yard and adjacent fields and part of the south face of Kittatinny Ridge and found a decent assortment of early summer warblers and others:


Jun 17, 2017
9:00 AM
Traveling
3.00 miles
60 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.2 Build 140

1 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Mourning Dove
3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
3 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Acadian Flycatcher
2 Eastern Phoebe
3 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
13 Red-eyed Vireo
10 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
3 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
3 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 House Wren
5 Carolina Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12 Wood Thrush --
5 American Robin
8 Gray Catbird
4 European Starling
4 Cedar Waxwing
6 Ovenbird
4 Worm-eating Warbler
2 Blue-winged Warbler
2 Kentucky Warbler -- 1 Heard in historical breeding spot. Second heard at new location
1 Common Yellowthroat
5 Hooded Warbler
1 Cerulean Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
1 Grasshopper Sparrow
5 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
10 Eastern Towhee
5 Scarlet Tanager
10 Northern Cardinal
10 Indigo Bunting
10 Common Grackle
3 House Finch
4 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 48


Peter Lusardi
Carlisle, PA


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Date: 6/16/17 11:31 pm
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 6/17/2017
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* June 17, 2017
* PAEA1706.17
- Birds mentioned

AMERICAN BITTERN
BLUE GROSBEAK
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
DICKCISSEL
TRUMPETER SWAN
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE
PURPLE SANDPIPER

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: June 17th at 2:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to <becard...> with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

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

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

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

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from LAKE MINSI, Northampton County:
Ring-necked Duck – 1 on 5/27.

Sightings from the STOCKERTOWN area, Northampton County:
AMERICAN BITTERN – 1 on 6/7 (at the Stockertown Rod & Gun Club).

Sightings from WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
BLUE GROSBEAKS – 2 on 6/2.

Sightings from the WALNUTPORT area, Northampton County:
BLUE GROSBEAK – 1 on 6/12.

Sightings from the LEHIGH GAP NATURE CENTER, Carbon County:
BLUE GROSBEAKS – 2 to at least 6/11.

Sightings from LEASER LAKE, Lehigh County:
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON – 1 on 5/31.

Sightings from HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS – 2 to at least 6/15 (along Church Road at Apple
Butter Road).

Sightings from TREXLER PARK, Lehigh County:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS – 5 on 6/1; 3 on 6/14.

Sightings from the WESCOSVILLE area, Lehigh County:
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD – 1 on 5/31 (at a private feeder).

Sightings from the MAXATAWNY area, Berks County:
DICKCISSELS – up to 2 to at least 6/10 (along Kunkel Road).

Sightings from LAKE TOWHEE, Bucks County:
TRUMPETER SWAN – 1 on 5/28.

Sightings from STATE GAME LANDS 157, Bucks County:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS – 2 to at least 6/10
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/27.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE – 1 from 6/1 to at least 6/11 (near the fishing pier)
PURPLE SANDPIPER – 1 on 5/30 (at the fishing pier)
White-rumped Sandpiper – 1 on 5/30.

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Date: 6/16/17 7:11 pm
From: Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul...>
Subject: Cattle egret continues, Schuylkill Co.
For a second day a lone cattle egret was keeping company with a herd of steers along Moyer's Station Rd. in Wayne Township.

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA
 

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Date: 6/16/17 5:06 pm
From: <drichards7...>
Subject: Whip-poor-will, Alder Flycatchers, Clearfield Co.
This morning before daylight I spotted an (Eastern) Whip-poor-will along the Medix Grade near the intersection of Jack Dent Road; I also located a pair of calling Alder Flycatchers along Wallace Mine Road. Both locations are in the Moshannon State Forest in Clearfield County.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
 

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Date: 6/16/17 3:55 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Blue-winged Teal - Crawford Co.
This afternoon I was at the Linesville Fish Hatchery and found a drake
Blue-winged Teal with the Mallard flock in the back at the spit

also there were four Sandhill Cranes

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/16/17 3:19 pm
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus...>
Subject: Dickcissels and others - Crawford Co.
Hello All,

This morning I was able to relocate along Wilson Rd. several of the Dickcissels Marg and Roger Higbee found earlier in the week. There are two males that sing from the wires rather regularly and a female was in the grasses. I thought there was another female present, but I couldn't make it out for certain. My glance was very fleeting and the bird never did pop back up out of the cover. I was about to leave when an upland sandpiper flew in and briefly perched on the wires before disappearing into the tall grasses along the road. It never reappeared either. There were lots of other good looks to be had at eastern meadowlarks, bobolinks, bluebirds, tree swallows, kestrels, and more. Oddly enough, a hooded warbler was singing in the clump of trees near the north (Rte. 285) end of Wilson Rd. Didn't seem like the right amount of habitat but perhaps he was passing through.

I went to Miller Ponds and saw two spotted sandpipers, killdeer, and cliff swallows gathering mud for their nests under the eaves of the game commission building nearby. The usual suspects were around as well but I did not see any Dickcissels over here.

Afterward, I made my way down to Nelson Rd. in Lawrence Co. to try for the clay-colored sparrow but dipped. There were lots of willow flycatchers and mockingbirds though. I decided to head out the dike off Old Mine No. 2 through Pennsy Swamp and collected quite a few nice views! Yellow-throated vireos, scarlet tanagers, common yellowthroats and wood thrush were all singing vigorously. A pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks copulated rather shamelessly in the open while Acadian flycatchers and a marsh wren sung nearby, and I spotted a common gallinule stealthily sneaking through the grasses at the edge of the swamp some ways in.

It was a bit warm and muggy but a great day to be out and about. My photos and recordings from Wilson Rd. are in the link below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37628367

Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
 

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Date: 6/16/17 10:50 am
From: Mike Tanis <michael.tanis...>
Subject: Pike and Monroe County warblers - Delaware SF and Delaware Water Gap NRA
I made another quick half-day trip to Delaware State Forest on Thursday, June 15, birding from 5:45am to about noon. The weather was mostly overcast (60-80 degrees) with more of a breeze than forecasted. I followed a route that included Snow Hill, Pine Flats, Highline, Hobday, Pecks Pond, and Silver Lake roads. I finished along the Delaware River in the Delaware Water Gap NRA to locate a few warbler species not found on the Pocono plateau.
Although it was cooler than it had been the previous few days, it was a very quiet morning for birdsong. Compared to my last two visits in May, it was eerie how little bird song was heard. Even the Red-eyed vireos were taking a rest. I suppose it's because birds are in the midst of raising young rather than trying to attract mates. As to warblers, some species were common and still easily found: Yellow warbler, Restart, Blackburnian, Ovenbird. Pine warblers were unusually vocal and located at several sites. However, most species were singing infrequently, if at all; I did not find Nashville or Yellow-rumped. Also the Prothonotary warbler that had been reported at Hobday Road was not seen nor heard.
Nonetheless, it was great to spend another morning birding in Delaware SF, and I enjoyed seeing several species attending to young birds.

Warblers:
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Blue-winged – Macdade trail parking south of Freeman Tract
Golden-winged – Highline Road
Northern Parula - Freeman Tract, Delaware River access near Briscoe Mtn Road
Chestnut-sided – very quiet, Highline Road only
Magnolia – Silver Lake Road only
Black-and-white - common
Black-throated Blue – Silver Lake Road only
Cerulean – Freeman Tract, Delaware River access near Briscoe Mtn Road
Blackburnian – Snow Hill, Silver Lake, Hobday Roads
Black-throated Green – Snow Hill, Silver Lake Roads
Prairie – Snow Hill, Highline Roads
Pine –multiple sites: Snow Hill, Pine Flats Road, Peck's Pond Picnic area, Hobday Road
Yellow - common
Canada – Silver Lake Road
Hooded - Freeman Tract, Delaware River access near Briscoe Mtn Road
Ovenbird - common
Worm-eating – Freeman Tract
Northern Waterthrush – Snow Hill, Silver Lake Roads
Louisiana Waterthrush – creek crossing on Marshalls Creek Road
Common Yellowthroat – common
American Redstart- common

Other species:
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Canada Goose
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Phoebe
Least Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Raven (heard)
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Wood Thrush
Veery
Hermit Thrush
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
House Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Scarlet Tanager
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow

Mike Tanis
michael DOT tanis AT mckesson DOT com
 

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Date: 6/16/17 10:07 am
From: Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Blue Grosbeak and 2 other birds, Lancaster County
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } The 2 birds being chased or chased by the male Blue Grosbeak, yesterday at Middle Creek, could have been Red-winged Blackbirds or Brown- headed Cowbirds rather than female Blue Grosbeaks. I thought that they were about the same size as the male, but I was trying to get a photo rather than concentrating on the birds. If Red-wings, the male might have gotten too close to their territory, if Cowbirds, the male might have been trying to chase them away: Blue Grosbeaks are, apparently, heavily parasitized by cowbirds.

Stan Stahl
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Date: 6/16/17 4:38 am
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus...>
Subject: Upland sandpiper - Wilson Rd., Crawford Co.
A lone upland sandpiper just flew in from west of Wilson Rd. and perched on the wires before disappearing into the tall grasses east of the road. Have photo and will post later.

Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
 

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Date: 6/16/17 4:23 am
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus...>
Subject: DICKCISSELS, Wilson Rd. - Crawford Co.
Hello All,

There are now 3 Dickcissels along Wilson Rd. (2 males and a female) continuing from earlier in the week when Margaret and Roger Higbee found them here and at Millers Ponds. I have photos and recordings that I'll post later. Lots of birds out including bobolinks, kestrels, horned larks and bluebirds. No upland sandpipers yet.

Cheers,
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
 

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Date: 6/15/17 7:26 pm
From: Pabirder1974 <pabirder1974...>
Subject: Dickcissels Crawford county
A friend of mine had 2 dickcissels today at millers ponds. He tried on Wilson and couldn't locate any there. Although he said he may of seen one but couldn't be sure on Wilson. He also had a few horned larks!

Shawn collins
Crawford county

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Date: 6/15/17 5:39 pm
From: Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Blue Grosbeaks, Vesper Sparrows, Lancaster County
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; }
I drove to the spur road off the tour road at Middle Creek WMA again. I saw a male Blue Grosbeak in a chase with what appeared to be 2 females. They quickly disappeared. This was north of the pipeline. Then I saw 3 or 4 Vesper Sparrows land on the road, and then fly to the bare ground ridge next to the pipeline.  I took a rather poor photo of one that might be a juvenile.Sincerely,Stan Stahl

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Date: 6/15/17 5:14 pm
From: Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul...>
Subject: Cattle egret, Schuylkill Co.
I was surprised to find a single cattle egret this afternoon with (appropriately enough) a herd of black Angus steers in a pasture near a pond west of Moyer's Station Rd., Wayne Township. The bird remained in the field for about an hour, but was gone when I checked on it later.

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA
 

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Date: 6/15/17 12:17 pm
From: Rob Hodgson <robhodgson888...>
Subject: Re: Crawford County -- Dickcissels?
The last observations I know of were on the 13th (by myself and several
others). I do not know if anyone has tried since. There were up to 4
observed along Wilson Road in the Pymatuning area off of 285. Given the
quality of habitat there, I'd suspect they are still there. Morning seems
to be the best time to observe them. You have a good shot of seeing the
Upland Sandpipers at that time as well.

Rob Hodgson

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 9:56 AM, Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...> wrote:

> Are Dickcissels still being seen in western Crawford County? Tony Bledsoe
> ________________________________
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on
> behalf of Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...>
> Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:47:00 AM
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Warren and Forest County- Swainson's thrush, northern
> waterthrush
>
> To finish up my northern birding time I spent the morning yesterday in
> Warren Co scouting my usual Swainson's thrush areas that I try to survey
> every year.
>
> In the Hickory Creek wilderness IBA area near Heart's Content, I
> followed an old RR bed in, not far from the Tanbark trail on the south side
> of Heart's Content Rd. It's only about .75 miles in that I walk, and
> usually find several singing Swainson's. Today I had a couple of hermits,
> one singing near the one singing Swainson's that I did find. I listened
> for about 20 minutes after walking in, and was able to see the Swainson's
> singing in a large red oak as well as hear him. I thought I maybe heard a
> call in another area coming in but not quite sure, it was only one time.
> They really seem to like to sing from small openings in the darker forest
> that have more deciduous and more sunlight, and they usually perch fairly
> high up in the tree in my experience.
>
> I then crossed to the north side of the road and hiked a short ways back
> in the Tanbark Trail and then down the Ironwood trail there, about another
> .75 total probably. Here I found two counter-singing Swainson's out near
> the road, and then further back in the Ironwood trail, I found two more
> singing Swainson's, near each other, and a third bird down lower not
> singing, down in the hemlock possibly visiting a nesting site but I was
> unable to find one. I was able to make some decent recordings here of the
> song and that is attached to the eBird report. At both sites were the
> expected northern breeders of blackburnian, magnolia, and black-throated
> greens and blues, as well as blue-headed vireos and Acadian flycatchers. At
> this location there were also hermit thrush present, and I actually flushed
> one from the ground walking in and was able to locate the nest right next
> to the path, what a beautiful work of art ! Two blue eggs well concealed
> underneath a tiny hemlock sapling. I attached pictures to the eBird
> report.
>
> I headed home through Marienville and on the way stopped briefly at
> Minister Creek area in Forest Co. Here I found a northern waterthrush that
> was audible from the parking area for the trail there. He was singing
> around some standing water areas back from the main creek and very vocal. I
> was able to watch him for a little while and appreciate the different
> markings from Louisiana with narrower stripe above the eye and darker
> streaking, legs weren't as pink. I was also able to make recordings of the
> song here as well and got that attached to eBird report.
>
> Another great day in the north woods, Pennsylvania is such a beautiful
> place to live..
>
> Carole Winslow
> Sligo, Clarion Co.
>
 

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Date: 6/15/17 12:00 pm
From: Richard Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Dickcissel, York Co.
Dean Newhouse has found a very vocal dickcissel at the Hopewell Rec. Area. It's perching on a vent pipe about 20 yards north of the easternmost platform.
Dick Cleary
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/15/17 7:16 am
From: steve cottrell <miami.07...>
Subject: Re: Bobolink colony, Berks
Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Cecil County MD, a stone's throw from the PA state line, has worked out a program with the contractor who mows their meadow to delay the cut until late August, after the Bobolinks that nest there finish brooding their young. The space has been designated as a Bobolink protection area. Cecil Bird Club was instrumental in providing the supporting data to spearhead this program.


steve cottrell

Chester Co


________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 9:40 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Bobolink colony, Berks

This location has the largest Bobolink colony that I know about in Berks Co.
It's retired pasture (the cattle having been sold) in which grasses are
mixed with a great diversity of meadow flowers, or weeds, depending on your
point of view. The hay it produces is considered fit only for growing
mushrooms, so it tends to get cut later than the nitrogen pumped
monocultures of timothy or orchard grass, whose tender hay the horse owners
prefer. But every year the birds must race to bring off broods before the
mowers appear. Yesterday and today we were watching up to 8 male Bobolinks
at a time chasing each other in flight displays, no longer a common sight in
this county. A mile away, suburbia grows.


> Grist Mill Rd. hayfields, Douglass Twp., Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> Jun 13, 2017 6:50 AM - 9:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Clear, calm, 69-83F.
> 43 species
>
> Canada Goose 12
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
> Mourning Dove 5
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 4
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Warbling Vireo 3
> Red-eyed Vireo 3
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 5
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
> Barn Swallow 6
> Carolina Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> House Wren 6
> Carolina Wren 3
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 15
> Gray Catbird 5
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Northern Mockingbird 4
> European Starling 50
> Common Yellowthroat 2
> Yellow Warbler 2
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Field Sparrow 3
> Song Sparrow 7
> Eastern Towhee 4
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Bobolink 20 Some females may have been feeding young in the nest. In
> 2016, this field was cut in late June as nesting was still in progress. It
> remains to be seen if the birds win the race with the mower this year.
> Red-winged Blackbird 40
> Eastern Meadowlark 1
> Common Grackle 13
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> House Finch 25
> American Goldfinch 11
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37579385
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
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>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 6/15/17 6:56 am
From: Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...>
Subject: Crawford County -- Dickcissels?
Are Dickcissels still being seen in western Crawford County? Tony Bledsoe
________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...>
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:47:00 AM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] Warren and Forest County- Swainson's thrush, northern waterthrush

To finish up my northern birding time I spent the morning yesterday in
Warren Co scouting my usual Swainson's thrush areas that I try to survey
every year.

In the Hickory Creek wilderness IBA area near Heart's Content, I
followed an old RR bed in, not far from the Tanbark trail on the south side
of Heart's Content Rd. It's only about .75 miles in that I walk, and
usually find several singing Swainson's. Today I had a couple of hermits,
one singing near the one singing Swainson's that I did find. I listened
for about 20 minutes after walking in, and was able to see the Swainson's
singing in a large red oak as well as hear him. I thought I maybe heard a
call in another area coming in but not quite sure, it was only one time.
They really seem to like to sing from small openings in the darker forest
that have more deciduous and more sunlight, and they usually perch fairly
high up in the tree in my experience.

I then crossed to the north side of the road and hiked a short ways back
in the Tanbark Trail and then down the Ironwood trail there, about another
.75 total probably. Here I found two counter-singing Swainson's out near
the road, and then further back in the Ironwood trail, I found two more
singing Swainson's, near each other, and a third bird down lower not
singing, down in the hemlock possibly visiting a nesting site but I was
unable to find one. I was able to make some decent recordings here of the
song and that is attached to the eBird report. At both sites were the
expected northern breeders of blackburnian, magnolia, and black-throated
greens and blues, as well as blue-headed vireos and Acadian flycatchers. At
this location there were also hermit thrush present, and I actually flushed
one from the ground walking in and was able to locate the nest right next
to the path, what a beautiful work of art ! Two blue eggs well concealed
underneath a tiny hemlock sapling. I attached pictures to the eBird
report.

I headed home through Marienville and on the way stopped briefly at
Minister Creek area in Forest Co. Here I found a northern waterthrush that
was audible from the parking area for the trail there. He was singing
around some standing water areas back from the main creek and very vocal. I
was able to watch him for a little while and appreciate the different
markings from Louisiana with narrower stripe above the eye and darker
streaking, legs weren't as pink. I was also able to make recordings of the
song here as well and got that attached to eBird report.

Another great day in the north woods, Pennsylvania is such a beautiful
place to live..

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
 

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Date: 6/15/17 5:47 am
From: Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Warren and Forest County- Swainson's thrush, northern waterthrush
To finish up my northern birding time I spent the morning yesterday in
Warren Co scouting my usual Swainson's thrush areas that I try to survey
every year.

In the Hickory Creek wilderness IBA area near Heart's Content, I
followed an old RR bed in, not far from the Tanbark trail on the south side
of Heart's Content Rd. It's only about .75 miles in that I walk, and
usually find several singing Swainson's. Today I had a couple of hermits,
one singing near the one singing Swainson's that I did find. I listened
for about 20 minutes after walking in, and was able to see the Swainson's
singing in a large red oak as well as hear him. I thought I maybe heard a
call in another area coming in but not quite sure, it was only one time.
They really seem to like to sing from small openings in the darker forest
that have more deciduous and more sunlight, and they usually perch fairly
high up in the tree in my experience.

I then crossed to the north side of the road and hiked a short ways back
in the Tanbark Trail and then down the Ironwood trail there, about another
.75 total probably. Here I found two counter-singing Swainson's out near
the road, and then further back in the Ironwood trail, I found two more
singing Swainson's, near each other, and a third bird down lower not
singing, down in the hemlock possibly visiting a nesting site but I was
unable to find one. I was able to make some decent recordings here of the
song and that is attached to the eBird report. At both sites were the
expected northern breeders of blackburnian, magnolia, and black-throated
greens and blues, as well as blue-headed vireos and Acadian flycatchers. At
this location there were also hermit thrush present, and I actually flushed
one from the ground walking in and was able to locate the nest right next
to the path, what a beautiful work of art ! Two blue eggs well concealed
underneath a tiny hemlock sapling. I attached pictures to the eBird
report.

I headed home through Marienville and on the way stopped briefly at
Minister Creek area in Forest Co. Here I found a northern waterthrush that
was audible from the parking area for the trail there. He was singing
around some standing water areas back from the main creek and very vocal. I
was able to watch him for a little while and appreciate the different
markings from Louisiana with narrower stripe above the eye and darker
streaking, legs weren't as pink. I was also able to make recordings of the
song here as well and got that attached to eBird report.

Another great day in the north woods, Pennsylvania is such a beautiful
place to live..

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
 

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Date: 6/14/17 6:40 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: Bobolink colony, Berks
This location has the largest Bobolink colony that I know about in Berks Co.
It's retired pasture (the cattle having been sold) in which grasses are
mixed with a great diversity of meadow flowers, or weeds, depending on your
point of view. The hay it produces is considered fit only for growing
mushrooms, so it tends to get cut later than the nitrogen pumped
monocultures of timothy or orchard grass, whose tender hay the horse owners
prefer. But every year the birds must race to bring off broods before the
mowers appear. Yesterday and today we were watching up to 8 male Bobolinks
at a time chasing each other in flight displays, no longer a common sight in
this county. A mile away, suburbia grows.


> Grist Mill Rd. hayfields, Douglass Twp., Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> Jun 13, 2017 6:50 AM - 9:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Clear, calm, 69-83F.
> 43 species
>
> Canada Goose 12
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
> Mourning Dove 5
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 4
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Warbling Vireo 3
> Red-eyed Vireo 3
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 5
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
> Barn Swallow 6
> Carolina Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> House Wren 6
> Carolina Wren 3
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 15
> Gray Catbird 5
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Northern Mockingbird 4
> European Starling 50
> Common Yellowthroat 2
> Yellow Warbler 2
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Field Sparrow 3
> Song Sparrow 7
> Eastern Towhee 4
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Bobolink 20 Some females may have been feeding young in the nest. In
> 2016, this field was cut in late June as nesting was still in progress. It
> remains to be seen if the birds win the race with the mower this year.
> Red-winged Blackbird 40
> Eastern Meadowlark 1
> Common Grackle 13
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> House Finch 25
> American Goldfinch 11
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37579385
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 6/14/17 4:51 pm
From: Steve Sanford <bwredbird...>
Subject: White Pelican, warblers, and others - Mercer Co
I went birding with Neil Troyer today, primarily in SGL 130 in eastern Mercer Co. He led me to various great sightings.
But first... Neil reports that Tuesday evening he saw a White Pelican flying north, high over his house in Jackson Twp.
Today we saw a pair of Mourning Warblers and a pair of Kentucky warblers at the gameland, along with two Common Ravens, and two Broadwing Hawks. These were all species he had seen earlier. They were all FOYs for me. Later we heard a Pine Warbler on Montgomery Dam Rd, and a Grasshopper Sparrow on Limber Rd (another FOY for me). By Neil's count the Pine Warbler today was the 19th warbler species he has had in Mercer Co this June. Today's count was 12.
Steve Sanford
Sharon PA
 

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Date: 6/14/17 1:08 pm
From: Stanley C Stahl <000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Blue Grosbeak, Lancaster County
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At Middle Creek WMA, along the spur road from the tour road, a male Blue Grosbeak sang from a dead tree branch at the top the tree just south of the gas pipeline.  This is the first Blue Grosbeak I've found this year. I've visited this spot several times this spring without finding one. Grasshopper Sparrows and Bobolinks are in this vicinity, but it seems as though their numbers are down.  But I can't be sure about this.Sincerely,Stan Stahl

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Date: 6/14/17 10:55 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 4 June 2017
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE06.04.17

Highlights:
LEAST BITTERN (Erie County)
LAUGHING GULL
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (Crawford and Erie Counties)
BARN OWL (Allegheny County)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (Allegheny County)
CLIFF SWALLOW
MARSH WREN
PURPLE MARTIN
VEERY
WORM-EATING WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER (Allegheny and Erie Counties)
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
SAVANNAH SPARROW
HENSLOW'S SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Erie County)
BOBOLINK
DICKCISSEL (Westmoreland County)

Contributors: Sheree Daugherty, Mike Fialkovich, Karen Jackson, Glenn Koppel, Geoff Malosh, Jerry McWilliams, Kate St. John, Jack and Sue Solomon, Ryan Tomazin, Robert VanNewkirk, Marjorie Van Tassel, Mark Vass, Daniel Weeks, Carole Winslow.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Sunday, 28 May 2017 through Sunday, 4 June 2017

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ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

From last week: on 5/24 over Moon Township, 1 BARN OWL; on 5/27, 1 MOURNING WARBLER (GM).

At Frick Park on 5/29, 1 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (JSo); on 5/31, 1-2 MOURNING WARBLERS (KSJ).

On 5/29 at North Park, 1 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (RV).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

Along Redbank Creek on 6/1, CLIFF SWALLOWS (MVan).

On 6/2 at Crooked Creek, 6 PURPLE MARTINS (MVan).


BEAVER COUNTY:

In Potter Township on 5/29, 1 WORM-EATING WARBLER (MVas).

On 6/4 along Montgomery Dam Road, WORM-EATING WARBLER (MVas).


BUTLER COUNTY:

On 6/3 during a Breeding Bird Survey between Chicora and Sarver, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, VEERY, KENTUCKY WARBLER, 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (MF).

During a BBS route between Portersville and Mars on 6/3, 2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 PURPLE MARTIN, 1 KENTUCKY WARBLER, 1 SAVANNAH SPARROW (GK).

On 6/3 at Squaw Valley Woodlands, WILLOW FLYCATCHER (DW).


CLARION COUNTY:

On 5/29 in Sligo, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT; on 5/31, 1 HENSLOW'S SPARROW, VEERIES (CW).

Along Redbank Valley Trail on 5/30, CERULEAN WARBLER, 4 WORM-EATING WARBLERS (CW).

On 6/1 in the Mt. Airy area, BOBOLINKS, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, RING-NECKED PHEASANTS, 1 MERLIN (MVan).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

In the Pymatuning area on 6/2, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS (MVas).


ERIE COUNTY:

On 6/2 at Presque Isle State Park, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 3 LAUGHING GULLS (JM), 1 LEAST BITTERN, COMMON GALLINULE, MARSH WRENS, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (CW); on 6/3, 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (JM/CW).

At Siegel Marsh in State Gamelands #218 on 6/3, SORA, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, MARSH WRENS, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 MOURNING WARBLER (CW).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

At the Copper Road marsh on 6/3, 4 SANDHILL CRANES (SD).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 6/4 along the Pleasant Grove BBS route, sightings included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 10 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 3 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS (RT).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

Along Laughlin Farm Road on 5/30, 2 DICKCISSELS (reported to KJ).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

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Date: 6/14/17 9:07 am
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 28 May 2017 (two weeks)
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE05.28.17twoweeks

Highlights:
EARED GREBE (Erie County)
LEAST BITTERN
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Crawford County)
MISSISSIPPI KITE (Erie County)
KING RAIL (Crawford County)
SANDERLING
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (Beaver, Crawford, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties)
DUNLIN
RED KNOT (Erie County)
WILLET (Erie County)
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (Erie County)
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (Clarion/Venango County)
COMMON TERN
FORSTER'S TERN
BLACK TERN (Clarion/Venango County)
CASPIAN TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL (Beaver County)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
ALDER FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (Allegheny and Erie Counties)
PURPLE MARTIN
MARSH WREN
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (Allegheny County)
VEERY
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (Crawford County)
WILSON'S WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER (Allegheny, Crawford, and Washington Counties)
CANADA WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (Erie County)
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
LINCOLN'S SPARROW (Clarion County)
SAVANNAH SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Erie County)
BOBOLINK

Contributors: Alan Buriak, Shawn Collins, Lauren Conkle, Karyn Delaney, Gary Edwards, Mike Fialkovich, Amy Henrici, Rob Hodgson, Craig Holt, Andy Keister, Chris Kubiak, Geoff Malosh, Jeff McDonald, Jerry McWilliams, Clare Nicolls, Steve Sanford, Jack and Sue Solomon, Jerry Stanley, Marjorie Van Tassel, Mark Vass, Carole Winslow.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Sunday, 14 May 2017 through Sunday, 28 May 2017 (TWO WEEKS)

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PLEASE NOTE:

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

Near Dashields Dam on 5/16, 1 MOURNING WARBLER (MVas).

On 5/21 at Harrison Hills Park, NORTHERN BOBWHITE heard, 20 PURPLE MARTINS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 1 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (AB).

Near Sewickley Heights Borough Park on 5/17, sightings included VEERY, CERULEAN WARBLER (KD).

On 5/27 at Boyce Park in Plum, 1 CANADA WARBLER (AH).

At Frick Park on 5/28, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (JSo).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

Along Roaring Run Trail on 5/17, sightings included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (MVan).


BEAVER COUNTY:

On 5/20 at State Gamelands #285, 2 WHIP-POOR-WILLS (MVas).

At Independence Marsh on 5/20, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (GM); on 5/21, 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (MVas, GM).


BUTLER COUNTY:

Near Butler on 5/18, 1 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 1 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (CK).

At Moraine State Park on 5/26, BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, EMPIDONAX FLYCATCHER SP., 40 PURPLE MARTINS, 1 WILSON'S WARBLER (KD).


CLARION COUNTY:

In Sligo on 5/15, 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 1 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT; on 5/16, sighting included BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (CW).

On 5/24 and 5/25 at Kahle Lake, 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 2 BLACK TERNS (GE et. al.; JSt).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

At Miller's Pond on 5/18, 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (MVas); on 5/20, SANDERLINGS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, BOBOLINKS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS (SC, MVas); on 5/22, 4 SANDERLINGS, 20 PURPLE MARTINS, CLIFF SWALLOW, BOBOLINKS (CH).

From 5/18 through 5/22 at Geneva Marsh, 1 KING RAIL (reported to RH; RH, CN; SC, AK); also on 5/19, COMMON GALLINULE, 2 flyover SANDHILL CRANES (CN).

At State Gamelands #213 on 5/20, KING RAIL, VIRGINIAL RAIL, SORA, MARSH WREN, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANES, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, PURPLE MARTIN (SC).

On 5/23 in Pymatuning, 3 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS (reported to JMcD), 1 FORSTER'S TERN (MVas).

In Springboro on 5/25, CERULEAN WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER; on 5/26, 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (CN).


ERIE COUNTY:

On 5/15 at Presque Isle, 1 WILLET, 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW; on 5/16, 5 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 792 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON, PINE SISKINS, 1 SANDHILL CRANE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER; on 5/17, 7 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 1 MISSISSIPPI KITE, 25 PINE SISKINS, 50 DUNLIN; on 5/18, 2 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 1 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, COMMON RAVEN; on 5/19, BLACK SCOTER; from 5/19 to 5/26, EARED GREBE; on 5/20, LEAST BITTERN; on 5/21, 6 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 1 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 1 KENTUCKY WARBLER; on 5/23, 6 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 1 KENTUCKY WARBLER, 1 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT; on 5/25, 5 RED KNOTS, SANDERLING, 42 WILLETS, 12 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS; on 5/26-5/27, 1 WILLET, 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (JMcW).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

On 5/19 at the Volant Strips, 3 SANDHILL CRANES (MVas).

At the Wampum-New Galilee Road marsh on 5/28, COMMON GALLINULE (MVas).

On 5/28 at the Shaner Road gravel pond, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and others (MVas).


MERCER COUNTY:

At Shenango Lake on 5/16, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, 5 FORSTER'S TERNS, 1 COMMON TERN (SS).

On 5/26 along Tieline Road, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (MVas).


VENANGO COUNTY:

On 5/24 and 5/25 at Kahle Lake, 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 2 BLACK TERNS (GE et. al.; JSt).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

At IBA #80 on 5/16, 1 MOURNING WARBLER (LC).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

In New Stanton on 5/16, 1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER, COMMON RAVEN (MF).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Date: 6/14/17 6:52 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: Mississippi Kite, SGL249 Adams County
My student and I saw an adult MIKI at the Heidlersburg tract of SGL 249,
Adams Co, at 8:20 this morning. It flew low to the SW over the (currently
prohibited entry) propagation area adjacent to Twin Bridges Rd. We've been
out there most mornings for the last couple of weeks, and this is the first
sighting...but we're usually only there till 9:30 am. We'll keep checking
back and report if we see if again.

Thanks
--
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
 

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Date: 6/14/17 3:50 am
From: Vern Gauthier <pabirder...>
Subject: Breeding Bird Blitz
Greetings!
The FOURTH ANNUAL BREEDING BIRD BLITZ will be taking place THIS WEEKEND, Friday, June 16th through Monday, June 19th. Another opportunity to add some great PA Breeding Bird data to eBird! What will be different this year is NO PRIZES.
Just like the Migration Count or a Christmas Bird Count the Blitz is something to do for the sheer enjoyment of it, AND knowing the data you submit to eBird will be helping out the birds we find so fascinating.
Some approaches to the Blitz:
1. Bird your local patch – You might be surprised how rewarding it is to track down the local breeders. Do you know how much easier it is to get a good look at warblers when they are on territory rather than migrating? Take the time to explore your local area and try local nearby spot you don’t spend much time at birding or just haven’t got around to before.
2. Bird a neglected county or two - Plan a Breeding Bird Blitz Road Trip with some friends in one of the PA Counties that does not get much love when it comes the number of eBird checklists submitted. Below is a list of the counties from the least to most and the number of eBird checklists submitted all time for each county.
Cameron - 698
Sullivan – 1,205
Elk – 1,241
Jefferson – 1,389
Wyoming – 1,448
Venango – 1,537
Snyder – 1,642
Warren – 1,708
Fulton – 1,886
Forrest – 1,982
Columbia – 2,045
Union – 2,060
Green – 2,116
Potter – 2,145
McKean – 2,168
3. Create a Competition – If birding competitively is your thing then create a competition for you and some birding friends over one or more day of the Blitz. Maybe held in the neglected counties?
4. Use of Breeding Codes – Now that you can include Breeding Codes on the mobile app this task has become a lot easier. Choose one day to include highest breeding codes on all your checklists or maybe a checklist or two each day over the course of the four days.
5. Go Nocturnal – How about some Owls, Whip-poor-wills, and Rails?
6. Send your Stories and Pictures – Send in your stories and pictures to <breedingbirdblitz...> so we can include them in the next edition of the Pileated or post them on the PSO Facebook Page www.facebook.com/pabirds/
DO THE BLITZ!
Vern Gauthier
Cumberland County
 

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Date: 6/13/17 11:25 am
From: Carole <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Warren Co- Swainson's thrush, Canada warblers, golden-crowned kinglet
I am spending a couple of days in Warren Co and went to Heart's Content yesterday evening. On the little loop trail at the picnic area I did have one singing Swainson's thrush as well as other expected species including a pair of winter wrens, plenty of blackburnian warblers and a single singing male yellow-rumped warbler at the parking area.

Today went for a hike on the Tanbark trail from Sandstone Springs to the Allegheny River at RT 62 near Althom. Absolutely beautiful trail with very large areas of blooming laurel all along the way with several small creeks and then the trail follows Slater Run down to the road. Large numbers of blackburnian and black-throated blue warblers, winter wrens, brown creepers, sapsuckers, and magnolias. Best birds were 3 Canada warblers, one seen very well, and two golden-crowned kinglets, one male very territorial, scolding me and crest raised. Also along the trail in different areas were hermit and wood thrush, veery, but no Swainson's.

Tomorrow I will visit my usual area near Heart's Content that I check yearly for Swainson's thrush, and hope to find more on territory.
(Then guess I will head home to look for dickcissels !)

Good birding,

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
 

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Date: 6/13/17 8:25 am
From: DAVE KRUEL <dkruel300...>
Subject: Gardening Monarch/Pollinator Workshop - June 24, Tuscarora State Park, Schuylkill County
Hi All,

There will be a workshop on planting your garden for monarch butterflies and other pollinators, including hummingbirds, at the Tuscarora State Park in Schuylkill County on Sat, June 24.  It will be at the visitor center, starting at 9:30am.......being inside, it will take place, rain or shine.  Free & open to public, but must register ahead.....see below. It will run about 1.5 hours. You can also check out on Schuylkill County Conservancy facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/436292986737873/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

If no rain, there will be  a short walk afterwards to look at some plants/pollinators.

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Free program will include information on monarch butterflies and other pollinators, and information from Master Gardeners on what steps you can take with your own garden to attract these species and provide them a beneficial habitat. Indoor session will be followed by a short outdoor walk to view some plants and pollinators. Registration is required with state park as seating may be limited. Contact Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506 to register or email her at <rtracey...>
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Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County
 

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Date: 6/13/17 5:29 am
From: Pabirder1974 <pabirder1974...>
Subject: Dickcissels Crawford co yes!!
If you drive a long Wilson Road there are two males singing on the phone wires very easy to find also a female in the field and another male singing near 285. Also had 2 upland sandpipers. Big thanks to Margaret for getting the word out on these guys

Shawn collins
Crawford county

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/13/17 3:59 am
From: Andy Keister <akeister110...>
Subject: Dickcissel, Clarion County
There is a Dickcissel singing in a Cherry Tree along Shannon Tipple Road
East of Morris Road near the Mt. Airy hotspot SW of Sligo.

Andy Keister
 

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Date: 6/12/17 6:37 pm
From: Flo McGuire <fmcguire1...>
Subject: Dickcissels at Pymatuning, Crawford Co.
Posting for Margaret Higbee - Margaret and Roger saw at least 5 Dickcissels in the Pymatuning area today, three on 285 near Miller's Ponds and two on Wilson Road.

Flo McGuire
 

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Date: 6/12/17 6:36 pm
From: Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Dickcissels, Crawford County
Marg Higbee just called to say she and Roger Higbee just saw a bunch of Dickcissels today on Rt. 285, some near the Miller Ponds and some on Wilson Rd. She was nowhere near internet service and asked me to post them. 
No doubt, she'll eBird the numbers when she can, if you want that level of detail.
Jack SolomonMy home county is Allegheny, but the birds were reported present in Crawford.





Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 6/12/17 6:14 pm
From: Linda Rowan <lrowan1...>
Subject: Red Tails Fledge Levittown Bucks County
Tonight I had the privilege of seeing both Red Tail Hawk chicks fledge from their nest on the power line tower. They had branched out on the tower. One took off at 8:25 PM and flew up the nearby creek. Then at 8:40 PM the second one took off and flew a distance to the arm of another power line tower. Both had a strong flight. No adults were in sight. I was a little surprised to see the second one take off. Last year the two chicks fledged a week apart.

Hoping they will hang around the neighborhood for a little while learning to hunt. This might be bad news for the squirrels and rabbits.

Linda Rowan
 

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Date: 6/11/17 6:54 pm
From: steve cottrell <miami.07...>
Subject: Nesting notes - Chester Co
Today a pint-sized Downy Woodpecker was at a suet feeder alongside an adult male almost twice its size, being fed by the adult. Just-fledged Tree Swallow chicks were seen being fed by adults in mid-air. Eastern Bluebird chicks, just a few weeks old, have already figured out how to use the starling-proof mealworm feeder. Last winter with over a dozen adult bluebirds stopping by for mealworms, not a single adult figured out how to enter the feeder.


2 yard House Wren nests had 8 eggs. One currently has 9.


Yesterday a female Brown-headed Cowbird was observed on the ground with a mouthful of grass. A male cowbird was on the ground a few feet away. Not sure what to make of that.


steve cottrell
 

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Date: 6/11/17 3:27 pm
From: DAVE KRUEL <dkruel300...>
Subject: Schuylkill County - Owl Creek, Jun 11, 2017
Hi All,

Was really nice to see young Golden-crowned Kinglets being fed by an adult male at Owl Creek today. Two young GCKI sat side-by-side as an adult male would catch bugs, mostly in the same tree, and then bring them back their grub. I could hear lots of their calling as this was going on.


I made a fair effort to look & listen for Red Crossbills there, but had no observations.


Owl Creek, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, US
Jun 11, 2017 7:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.8 mile(s)
30 species


Wood Duck 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 north of Owl Creek Rd
Blue-headed Vireo 3 Good habitat with conifer tracts.
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 great habitat with conifer tracts. Species regularly found here all year.
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4 At least a male GCKI fed two young sitting side-by-side on a branch, also at least another male singing at different spot....also heard calling at this spot, not totally sure if just the one male at second spot. Good habitat with conifer tracts.
Veery 5
Gray Catbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 7
Ovenbird 6
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Hooded Warbler 1
Northern Parula 5
Blackburnian Warbler 8

Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Heard multiple times singing from across on the south side of upper reservoir
Pine Warbler 5
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 3
American Goldfinch 1


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37529887

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


Dave Kruel

Pottsville

Schuylkill County
 

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Date: 6/11/17 1:19 pm
From: TODD HOOE <hooe...>
Subject: Worm-eating Warbler, Raccoon Creek SP, Beaver Co.
Last June, I found a Worm-eating Warbler (WEWA) singing at a steep forested hillside along the Forest Trail at Raccoon Creek State Park. Today, I went on a long hike at the park and found a WEWA singing in the same location as the one last year. I did not see the bird today and was not able to confirm a breeding pair, but I assume there is. I found 10 different warbler species today including Cerulean, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Yellow-throated, but did not hear any Northern Parula today as I have in past summers. Overall, a pretty active morning for birds with 366 individuals from 60 species counted.

My complete eBird checklist is here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37528269


Good birding,

Todd Hooe, Pittsburgh, PA
 

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Date: 6/11/17 12:20 pm
From: Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Clarion Co- (late post)- yellow-rumped warblers, hermit thrush at Piney Tract
Apologies for being a little late with this for the weekend and anyone
maybe visiting the area. On Thursday morning I took a walk out at Piney
Tract and started at the parking area past the main area on the left
(heading east on Mt Zion Rd after the main parking area). This second small
parking area is on the left and a road leads north from here and splits
shortly after the gate. It's mixed scrub, grassland, pine habitat with a
nice stand of some white pine. At this area right past the parking spot
there was a singing yellow-rump in the white pine, and then just a short
distance down the road to the left at the split, I found another one in the
pines to the left, can't remember what kind of pine. Singing their most
typical song and certainly appearing to be territorial, they were actually
counter-singing, the first could be heard faintly while watching the second
one. They've been found here before in breeding season, there is plenty of
habitat, but have never been confirmed which would be nice to do this
year.

I also walked back in from the main parking area as well, heading north
towards the hill down to the river. This would in the opposite direction of
the gated road that most folks use to visit the main grassland area and
birds. Inspired by Steve Gosser, I wanted to check out this area as I have
never been that far in back here. It's some interesting mixed habitat
going back there with mixes of grass and pine stands and some really poor
soil areas with stunted scrubby growth of oak, pine and birch I think. And
as he said, I was able to enjoy hearing in unison the sound of Henslow's in
the grassy areas while hermit thrush sung sweetly in the pines behind. A
unique and lovely combination ! This is right at the edge of the original
stripped area and borders the hill down to the Clarion River where the
forest remains intact mostly with darker areas of hemlock and white pine,
as well as the Scots pine that was planted during reclamation years ago. In
the woods along the hill were black-throated greens singing, veeries, and a
pair of blue-headed vireos scolding me. Piney Tract is home to many and
varied bird species !

Happy breeding bird season,

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
 

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Date: 6/10/17 6:30 pm
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Hop Bottom Breeding Bird Survey
I ventured out of south central PA to do my third year of the Hop Bottom BBS. I started at 5:02 west of HB in Susquehanna County and the route ends south of Falls in Wyoming county about 9 am. The BBS has been done nearly every year since 1966 and using the same 50 stops every 1/2 mile. 3 minute counting time. Instructions to self for next year: Do it on the weekend. One stop had about 9 to 10 water hauling tankers for the fracking industry taking on water.
67 Species (127 species cumulative over 50 yrs plus) and 584 individuals.

Extremely noisy streams at two stops in the early part of the BBS probably eliminated the inclusion of Hermit Thrush, Blackburnian and Blue-headed Vireo this year. Also, misses on Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlark although they were heard down the road after the stop.
Without doing rigorous statistics, there appear to be decreases in Yellowthroats and Song Sparrows since the 90s.
There are slight increases in Red-bellied woodpeckers and Cedar Waxwings.
One nice observation was 4 Common Ravens flying overhead. This species was never recorded between 1967 and 1990.


Overall since 1966, several grassland sparrows have vanished from the count.



Canada Goose 1
Wild Turkey 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
American Kestrel 1
Killdeer 3
Mourning Dove 13
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 3
(Yellow-shafted Flicker) Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 4
Willow Flycatcher 4
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 5
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 28
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 34
Common Raven 4
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 6
House Wren 6
Eastern Bluebird 6
Veery 4
Wood Thrush 5
American Robin 40
Gray Catbird 15
Brown Thrasher 2
European Starling 36
Cedar Waxwing 28
Ovenbird 16
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 17
American Redstart 14
Yellow Warbler 20
Chestnut-sided Warbler 5
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 28
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 21
Swamp Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 19
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 8
Red-winged Blackbird 38
Common Grackle 27
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 4
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 11

--
Deborah S. Grove
 

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Date: 6/10/17 5:57 pm
From: Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Youth/Student Birder Scholarship for the PSO Annual Meeting
Hello PA Birders,

The PSO Board is pleased to announce that there will be a scholarship offered for our Annual Meeting this year, held in Cumberland County, September 15-17th.
We are grateful that this year’s scholarship is sponsored by Rockjumper Birding Tours: http://www.rockjumperbirding.com/ <http://www.rockjumperbirding.com/>
We need your nominations for this fabulous opportunity!

The birder nominated must be 18 years or younger, OR, an undergraduate college student. Nominations must come from a current PSO member (so, join today if there is a person you think deserves this opportunity, but you are not yet a member!)

This scholarship will offer the nominee (and a qualifying accompanying adult) complete conference registration coverages, some meals (including banquet), and travel expenses.
Follow this link for further details: http://www.pabirds.org/AnnualMeeting/PSO%202017%20nomination%20form%20for%20young%20birder.pdf <http://www.pabirds.org/AnnualMeeting/PSO%202017%20nomination%20form%20for%20young%20birder.pdf>

The annual meeting should be loads of fun, filled with great birding, people, and scenery! Check out this link for more information on field trips, speakers, workshops, etc.!
https://pso.ticketspice.com/pennsylvania-society-for-ornithology-annual-meeting <https://pso.ticketspice.com/pennsylvania-society-for-ornithology-annual-meeting>

If you are interested in nominating a birder for the scholarship and wonderful opportunity, please do so before August 1st, 2017, as this is our hard deadline.
Please contact me with any questions.

Good birding!

Holly Merker
Downingtown, Chester Co
<HCybelle...> <mailto:<HCybelle...> (preferred email)
 

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Date: 6/10/17 5:52 pm
From: john flannigan <rublzrme...>
Subject: Peregrines-Allegheny County-Mckees Rocks Bridge
Saw a young peregrine today at the Mckees Rocks Bridge exercising its wings along with presumably two adults flying under bridge deck into the nest site. Heard begging calls coming from the nest site. There are four young preparing to fledge here.

Enjoy your birding,

John Flannigan

Allegheny County
 

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Date: 6/10/17 2:28 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Great Egrets & Ring-necked Duck - Butler Co.
This afternoon there were two Great Egrets and a hen Ring-necked Duck at
the Muddy Creek area of Lake Arthur seen from Barkley Rd.

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/10/17 8:38 am
From: Mary Coomer <000000afc163611c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: late post Black Tern Memorial Lake SP Leb Co
Sorry for the late post.  I had a Black Tern in non-breeding plumage at Memorial Lake on Wed evening.  Gulls and Terns are a challenge for me in good light.  My scope was at home and the bird was always too far for my bins.  The bird was swooping along the lake much like Swallows but it was much larger than the Swallows. Topside of wings grey, white head with black behind eye.  I took photos in low light hoping to be able to zoom in on the display and ID at the lake but they were too dark to make out any details.  
After cropping the photos hard and lightening the exposure I sent photos to Tim Becker who identified it as a Black Tern in non-breeding plumage. Tim sent photos to Randy Miller who also agreed on that ID. Thanks Tim and Randy!  Your help is much appreciated.  The Black Tern is a lifer for me.  I went to the lake again Thursday evening but did not see the Tern.
Again, I'm sorry I did not post it at the time I was seeing it but I really didn't know what I was seeing.
Photos are on my e-bird checklist
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37505343
Mary CoomerLebanon Co
 

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Date: 6/10/17 6:27 am
From: Weidensaul, Amy <aweidensaul...>
Subject: Hawk Counter Position at Waggoner's Gap
Audubon PA is hiring a hawk counter for this fall at Waggoner's Gap (Carlisle, PA). This is a 12 week position from Sept. to Nov.
Job posting and instructions on how to apply can be found at https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3239/hawk-counter/job.
Please help to spread the word.
Thanks, Amy

Amy Weidensaul
Director of Community Conservation & Education
Audubon Pennsylvania
(570) 617 9748 (cell)
 

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Date: 6/9/17 7:46 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tomdoc...>
Subject: Coopers Hawk
Today, at @ 1130, I saw a female Coopers Hawk in the Hunters Chase Subdivision in Chambersburg PA. It looked to have a full crop so may have a nest near. First one I have seen at this time of the year since I moved to Chambersburg in 2006.

Tom Dougherty
Chambersburg PA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/9/17 6:19 pm
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...>
Subject: Allegheny County Eastern Screech Owl
Just now I hear an Eastern Screech Owl calling outside my window. First one I've heard here for a few years.

Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 6/9/17 5:39 pm
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11...>
Subject: Lebanon County today
Today while birding Lebanon County my highlight at Middle Creek WMA north
of Sunnyside Road in the field was a singing Alder Flycatcher. There are at
least 2 Alder's being seen on the Lancaster County , I should say singing
Alder Flycatchers.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County
 

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Date: 6/9/17 3:18 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Common Loon & Ospreys - Lawrence Co.
This afternoon there was a adult Common Loon at the Mason Rd. gravel pond
and a pair of Ospreys were at a nest that is on top of a cell tower at the
Plain Grove Twp. municipal building

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/9/17 11:42 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Re: Registration for the PSO Annual Meeting begins on June 10th
here is the link to the meeting info directly.
http://www.pabirds.org/AnnualMeeting/AnnualMeeting.htm


On 6/9/2017 2:16 PM, Dnadeb wrote:
> Just wanted to mention that Ted Floyd is the speaker at the banquet
> Saturday night. Not only is he the Editor of the ABA publication
> Birding but he is also an ex-president of the State College Bird Club.
> He did his graduate work at PSU. He is a great speaker and a FUN guy
> to go Birding with. I went Birding with him many years ago in Colorado
> --just the two of us--and he kept a list of not only the species but
> different morphs etc. He showed me all the subspecies of Juncos that
> happened to be residents that winter near Boulder. I didn't get to
> see all of the Rosy Finches he said we would see but I had an
> unbelievable day.
> Deb
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jun 9, 2017, at 1:41 PM, Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
> <mailto:<chadkauffman...>> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>>
>> -------- Forwarded Message --------
>> Subject: [PABIRDS] Registration for the PSO Annual Meeting begins on
>> June 10th
>> Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2017 13:05:59 -0400
>> From: Vern Gauthier <pabirder...>
>> Reply-To: Vern Gauthier <pabirder...>
>> To: <PABIRDS...>
>>
>>
>>
>> Greetings!
>> Registration for the 2017 Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) Annual Meeting to be held in Carlisle (Cumberland County) begins tomorrow (June 10). While the meeting is not until September 15-17, it behooves folks who are coming to register early as sign ups for field trips will occur when a person registers. The number of people allowed on any trip is capped, so spaces on any of the field trips are first come first serve. Things to know:
>> 1. Non PSO members can take part in the Annual Meeting.
>> 2. There is a registration fee which enables one to take part in the Saturday and Sunday field trips and attend the seminars. The registration fee also help covers expenses for our speakers, and the Conservation and Poole Awards and other costs associated with the meeting.
>> 3. There is a separate fee for the Saturday Night Banquet.
>> 4. This year we have a special edition t-shirt for the meeting in Iris Blue or Irish Green, with the PSO emblem on the front and a Dickcissel on the back, that is available to people who attend the meeting. Collector items for sure! They will be handed out when a person when the check in at the meeting.
>> 5. All the information you need can be found in the June edition of the PSO Pileated (our newsletter) or by going to the PSO website and looking under the Annual Meeting tab.
>> 6. You can register online at the PSO website or athttps://pso.ticketspice.com/pennsylvania-society-for-ornithology-annual-meeting.
>> 7. You can also register by mail. You can download and print a form at the PSO websitewww.pabirds.org/Index.html or you can find instructions on PSO website or Pileated.
>> 8. There will be no late or walk in registrations. All online registrations need to be completed by August 25th and all mailed registrations need to be postmarked by August 20th.
>> I hope to see you in Carlisle in September!
>> Vern Gauthier
>> Vice President PSO
>>
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Date: 6/9/17 10:06 am
From: Vern Gauthier <pabirder...>
Subject: Registration for the PSO Annual Meeting begins on June 10th
Greetings!
Registration for the 2017 Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) Annual Meeting to be held in Carlisle (Cumberland County) begins tomorrow (June 10). While the meeting is not until September 15-17, it behooves folks who are coming to register early as sign ups for field trips will occur when a person registers. The number of people allowed on any trip is capped, so spaces on any of the field trips are first come first serve. Things to know:
1. Non PSO members can take part in the Annual Meeting.
2. There is a registration fee which enables one to take part in the Saturday and Sunday field trips and attend the seminars. The registration fee also help covers expenses for our speakers, and the Conservation and Poole Awards and other costs associated with the meeting.
3. There is a separate fee for the Saturday Night Banquet.
4. This year we have a special edition t-shirt for the meeting in Iris Blue or Irish Green, with the PSO emblem on the front and a Dickcissel on the back, that is available to people who attend the meeting. Collector items for sure! They will be handed out when a person when the check in at the meeting.
5. All the information you need can be found in the June edition of the PSO Pileated (our newsletter) or by going to the PSO website and looking under the Annual Meeting tab.
6. You can register online at the PSO website or at https://pso.ticketspice.com/pennsylvania-society-for-ornithology-annual-meeting.
7. You can also register by mail. You can download and print a form at the PSO website www.pabirds.org/Index.html or you can find instructions on PSO website or Pileated.
8. There will be no late or walk in registrations. All online registrations need to be completed by August 25th and all mailed registrations need to be postmarked by August 20th.
I hope to see you in Carlisle in September!
Vern Gauthier
Vice President PSO
 

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Date: 6/9/17 8:49 am
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: Compilers needed for Pennsylvania Birds journal.
Hi all

Pennsylvania Birds needs compilers for six, maybe seven counties; listed below.

If interested, let me know - you could start with the spring season or wait and start with the (easier, shorter) summer season.

Compilers are now (or soon) preparing reports for the spring season, March through May. These reports are due July 1 (or at least by early July).

Summer season is June -July, with reports due September 1.

Bradford
Carbon
Lackawanna
Lancaster
Potter
Tioga
Snyder (possibly)


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

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Date: 6/9/17 7:30 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: PSO field trip to SE PA
PSO field trip to Bucktoe and SE PA

June 2^nd Noah and I took off for a long weekend working our way to
Kennett Square to enjoy Bucktoe Kite & Shorebird watch.We hit Little
Buffalo State Park first to see a late pair of Buffleheads on the lake,
ventured over to Memorial Lake near Fort Indiantown Gap to search for
the scoters that had been there the day or 2 before, but dipped on
that.We did get to enjoy 4 Ruddy Duck and 2 Common Loon instead.Getting
a few alerts about a Sandhill Crane being at Middle Creek, we took off
for that but weren’t lucky enough to find it, we were told later that
about that time, it was resting in the fields and it must have been out
of sight for us.

Shortly after 3pm we got to Bucktoe and were greeted by the ever smiling
Larry Lewis who always welcomes people to enjoy the skies there.Several
other friends soon came and we had a flurry of activity shortly after we
got there.There was an odd raptor that several of us got on and Barry
Blust even got a pic of it.We had considered it to be a Kite, but after
some more discussion and seeing some pics from another day of probably
the same bird, it was a Red Shoulder with some missing feathers.Around
5pm, Larry got on a bird coming across from the south east and it flew
past most of the viewing area.I was able to get on it with bins and then
scope it the rest of the way.It was my lifer Mississippi Kite.I was very
excited to be able to get on the bird and actually get the Kite vibe.I
have often wondered if I have overlooked them, because looking at some
of the pics and field guides, there are times it just looks like another
raptor or doesn’t stand out enough to me.Who knows if I could have
picked this one out on my own, but I got the vibe and finally added this
bird to my lifelist.The rest of the evening got quieter while more
friends and birders arrived.I think I saw 1 small peep flying by but
that was it.We tallied 45 species for the evening.

Saturday morning offered some overcast and rain, but we still went for
the field trip at John Heinz.We were led by Holly Merker and Brian
Byrnes.We went out on the boardwalk first in the hopes of seeing or
hearing the Common Gallinules that had been reported before and after
our trip, but we didn’t luck out.We decided to keep birding in the woods
to escape some of the light rain and were soon rewarded with a singing
Kentucky Warbler.We didn’t all hear it at first and it was distant, but
we soon traveled around another section and got to hear it better.We had
considered a Mourning Warbler at one point, but soon the Kentucky song
was loud and strong.Holly got the word out and some others came to enjoy
the bird as well.We tallied 53 species in the morning.

Saturday evening at Bucktoe started out in a flurry of activity, but
soon dried up.We got to enjoy some new friends and birders for the
weekend as well as view Jupiter which was right off the side of the
moon.The wine and cheese adventure seemed to go well for those who
joined in on that.49 species were tallied for the evening.Noah and I
were joined by Ted and Mike and we enjoyed some seafood at a location 5
minutes from the site.

Sunday morning we ventured to Ridley Creek State Park, lead by Al
Guarente and Brian Byrnes.We started off at the parking area and found a
Cliff Swallow flying around the horse barn.We soon took our walk on the
Bridal Trail and it was a bit quieter than we hoped, but we still got
some nice looks and heard many Veery, several flycatchers and vireos.We
were able to tally 55 species for the morning.While there, we got more
reports of the Swallow Tailed Kite being seen in Bucks County at Lake
Nockamixon.

So Noah and I bid farewell to the rest of the field trip members and
headed to Bucks.We got there a little after lunchtime, went right to the
fishing pier and I saw the lineup of birders looking around.It had been
an hour or so since the last sighting, so we got out and started looking
around.We had to wait maybe an hour or so and August said the bird was
coming towards us from the trees and bathroom area.I felt like the group
of birders was lined up like a drive for deer with bins, scopes and
cameras at the ready.Sure enough, in less than a minute, this beautiful
creature lifted up on the winds and the snapping of the cameras went
off.As far as I know, no animals were hurt in this adventure.The kite
drifted left and right of us for at least a minute or 2.I enjoyed bin
looks, then went to the camera and finished with great scope views.This
was certainly a WOW bird in my books and I won’t forget it for a long
time.We were able to tally 49 species at the lake.From there, we decided
it was time to head back to central PA and recoup from our rigorous SE
PA ventures.

For the whole trip, I was able to get 101 species while birding in
Perry, Lebanon, Lancaster, Chester, Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware
counties.I asked Noah was his favorite part of the whole trip was and it
was visiting Philadelphia.

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA

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Date: 6/9/17 5:23 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (06 Jun 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 06, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 2 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 2 13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Evelyn Fowles, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Fowles

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (9): Steve Cottrell, Evelyn Fowles, Mike Fowles, Rhoda McNitt, Bob
Reitz, Kitty Campbell, Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Partly to Mostly Cloudy, with late Rain (50-100% cloud cover), Temps 65 -
62F, Winds NE @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (25) and
Turkey Vultures (40).
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Im 5 Years Old Today---
And some say I act every bit of that - more on that later. Weather
forecast was all wrong for todaywhat else is new? It was to be overcast
with rain all day a repeat of what yesterday TURNED OUT to be (they were
wrong then, too). Unexpectedly, I was greeted with partly cloudy skies
with no rain upon arrival. Great conditions - go figure! Steve was here
with the Martin pole to be put in at our Hawk Watch meadow site. I came in
early and together, we installed it. It now graces the skyline at the Hawk
Watch with anticipation of the first Martins. There is an outside chance
theyll use it, even this year. We will have another put in along the
entrance driveway next week. Thanks, Steve!! The Chat Ive been thinking
I could hear in the distance, but never well enough to count, was
suddenly, very obviously around today and goes on the list as species #92.
Good thing as its my last day.
Speaking of last days this is a red-letter date for me. It was five
years ago today that I was born again in a medical sense. It was then when
I was at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, having been transported by
ambulance from the Crozier Trauma Unit, that I came out of my coma of
several weeks. They tell me that there was no dramatic Hollywood
awakening. You just slowly come to gain a miniscule level of
consciousness that trickles into more, day-by-day. It began with me
opening my eyes for just a second - when moved. Anyway, it was 5 years
ago today, that my stream of consciousness began. And it flows to this day
- a raging river, its not. Could it be a stream? Yes, maybe, a stream.
The doctors brought me back to life. My friends, loved ones, and
associates gave me a life to come back to. The nurses, but especially
those therapists, gave me the ability to enjoy that life to a certain
level, which keeps expanding, bit by bit. I am reminded that for a long
time, I thought I would never be able to use my binoculars again. Yet,
here I am completing another successful Kite Watch. I was certain Id
never be able to again type, because my left side of my body would not work
as I instructed it. My brain and it would not communicate. But here I am
blogging away, as wordy as ever! So, on this anniversary of that
improbable miracle, which occurs now on the last day of our annual Kite &
Shorebird Watch - wish me a happy birthday this year, my 5th. I owe a
debt of gratitude to so many of you folks for reaching that ripe age. I
will try to act it. Back to current events, a Cloudless Sulphur, a rather
unusual butterfly for us, particularly this early in the year, flew by. I
saw at one point it was 72 degrees out. I thought, that could mean but one
thing Howard Campbell would be out. Howard is only comfortable when
its 72 degrees out. Sure enough, just a little after 6pm in strolls
Howard, with wife Kitty in tow. Awfully predictable you are, Howard! As
the day and this years Kite & Shorebird Watch drew to a close, there it
was - our rain. What a fitting end to our soggy spring events. Hey, a
season recap is in order, wouldn't you say? Just in case you havent
heard, the weather really hurt us this year - rain and heavy overcast skies
with low ceilings, were the standard, particularly, at critical migration
times, keeping our witnessing of the shorebird spectacle to a minimum.
Mississippi Kites were about average with 6. Still, I await my first
Swallow-tailed Kite here. Shorebirds included 40 Whimbrel, over 100 Red
Knots, 90+ Black-bellied Plovers, 200+ Dunlin, and more than 2,800
shorebirds in flocks to distant, or in poor conditions, to identify. For
the first time, no Turnstones or Sanderlings were picked out. Nighthawks
were a low of 26, well down from last years Watch record 372 those skies
did us in. All in all, we identified 92 bird species from the watch area,
14 species of Butterflies, 2 Dragonflies, 3 Reptile and Amphibian species,
and 6 mammals. That included a single Raven, and 3 Olive-sided Flycatchers
appeared on their favorite snag, bearing their name both species are of
annual occurrence during this event. Our Blue Grosbeaks performed
admirably, as did the Barred Owls. Observers numbered 98 different
birders, not including TLC or DNS groups, families, etc. but birders; we
averaged 11 people visiting each day. Anyone wishing a more detailed
summary, kindly contact me, and I will forward it. For anyone interested
in my walking results, During our three weeks here, I walked 351,845
steps, covering 150.01 miles (that last one-hundredth of a mile was a
killer!) and up 509 floors. That averages to 16, 754 steps, 7.1 miles, and
24.2 floors every day. Thanks everyone it was fun! See you at Bucktoe
beginning in August for our regular Sunday walks, the Nighthawk Watch
beginning August 23 sponsored by Delaware Nature Society, and September 1
thru November 30, for the fall Hawk Watch sponsored by The Land Conservancy
for Southern Chester County.
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
1-Great Blue Heron, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-White-eyed Vireo,
1-Yellow-breasted Chat, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 3, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black
Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, , Cloudless Sulphur. Dragonflies (1): Green
Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail,
Eastern Gray Squirrel.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 5.09; Steps: 11,931; Floors:
26.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. Below is the
list of species identified on this years Watch, from the watch area. We
include it here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know
what else were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on
site, will feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate,
searching for Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary
focus) for totals of each species seen for The Watch year. Heres the
species list, thus far, for this season from the watch:
<BR><BR>
Canada Goose---Wood Duck--- Mallard--- Double-crested Cormorant---Great
Blue Heron---Great Egret---Green Heron---Black Vulture---Turkey
Vulture---Osprey---MISSISSIPPI KITE---Bald Eagle---Coopers
Hawk---Red-shouldered Hawk---Broad-winged Hawk---Red-tailed
Hawk---BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER--- Killdeer--- WHIMBREL---RED KNOT---DUNLIN ---
Great Black-backed Gull---Feral Pigeon---Mourning Dove---Yellow-billed
Cuckoo---Barred Owl---COMMON NIGHTHAWK---Chimney Swift---Ruby-throated
Hummingbird---Belted Kingfisher---Red-bellied Woodpecker--- Downy
Woodpecker---Hairy Woodpecker---Northern Flicker---Pileated
Woodpecker---OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER---Eastern Wood-Pewee---Willow
Flycatcher---Eastern Phoebe---Great Crested Flycatcher---Eastern
Kingbird---White-eyed Vireo---Yellow-throated Vireo---Warbling
Vireo---Red-eyed Vireo---Blue Jay---American Crow---Fish Crow---COMMON
RAVEN---Purple Martin---Tree Swallow---N. Rough-winged Swallow---Barn
Swallow---Carolina Chickadee--- Tufted Titmouse--- White-breasted
Nuthatch--- Carolina Wren---House Wren--- Eastern Bluebird---Veery---Wood
Thrush---American Robin---Gray Catbird---Northern Mockingbird---Brown
Thrasher---European Starling--- Cedar Waxwing---Northern Parula---Yellow
Warbler--- Blackpoll Warbler---American Redstart---Ovenbird---Common
Yellowthroat---Canada Warbler---Yellow-breasted Chat---Eastern Towhee---
Chipping Sparrow---Field Sparrow --- Song Sparrow--- Scarlet
Tanager---Northern Cardinal---Rose-breasted Grosbeak---BLUE
GROSBEAK---Indigo Bunting--- Red-winged Blackbird--- Common
Grackle---Brown-headed Cowbird---Orchard Oriole---Baltimore Oriole---House
Finch---American Goldfinch---House Sparrow
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 58; this season: 92
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):
Yellow-breasted Chat.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
It's all over. See you in the fall!
<BR><BR>

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 6/8/17 7:31 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: canoe birding, Schuylkill
The temp. on the river this morning at 6:30 was 44 for part one of this
route, warming just a little for the second part (below). There's nothing at
all surprising about the bird list, but the river is scenic, the water was
high and the stretches of baby rapids made the trip exciting enough to
forget that we hadn't worn enough layers.


> Little Schuylkill River, Route 2, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, US
> Jun 8, 2017 7:50 AM - 9:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Clear, 50F. Canoe trip from Saw Mill Lane to Port Clinton.
> High water meant good boating, but river noise may have masked some bird
> songs. Chilly for the date. Todd Bauman, Rudy Keller.
> 46 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 23
> Wood Duck 3 Adult females did long distraction displays to lure boat
> from hidden ducklings along riverbank.
> Mallard 16
> Common Merganser 1
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Green Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Mourning Dove 1
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Chimney Swift 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 9
> Acadian Flycatcher 4
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Yellow-throated Vireo 3
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 32 About half of the 60 counted on this route
> 6/4/2014.
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 7
> Tree Swallow 1
> Barn Swallow 3
> Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 9
> Carolina Wren 3
> Veery 1
> Wood Thrush 4
> American Robin 3
> Gray Catbird 19
> Ovenbird 5
> Louisiana Waterthrush 11 Much counter singing and territorial
> scrapping among these birds. Apparently good habitat for them.
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Hooded Warbler 7
> American Redstart 1
> Northern Parula 1
> Field Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Scarlet Tanager 11
> Northern Cardinal 9
> Indigo Bunting 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 10
> Common Grackle 13
> Baltimore Oriole 12
> American Goldfinch 5
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37477634
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 6/8/17 5:32 pm
From: nettie glickman <nettieglickman...>
Subject: please remove me from the emails of bird sightings.. thanks a lot
Nettie Glickman

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Life Matters Coaching

Living on Purpose
 

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Date: 6/8/17 4:29 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Another tragedy
Found our newspaper box house wren dead in the road. Suspect she flew out and hit a car or got hit. Amazingly she had seven eggs in the nest. Life is tough for these little guys.

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

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/8/17 4:07 pm
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Clover BBS route, Lawrence and Mercer counties
Following is the data for the Clover BBS route we ran today. The 3 Blue-winged Warblers were a nice find!
We had 57 species compared to our average of 61.

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koeneke

Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 18
Chimney Swift 3
Killdeer 7
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood Pewee 8
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 4
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 11
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 24
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 28
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 16
House Wren 7
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 66
Gray Catbird 17
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 74
Cedar Waxwing 3
House Sparrow 54
House Finch 3
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 29
Blue-winged Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 8
Hooded Warbler 4
American Redstart 3
Cerulean Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 15
Eastern Towhee 6
Chipping Sparrow 17
Song Sparrow 31
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 34
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 7
Indigo Bunting 4
Bobolink 2
Red-winged Blackbird 103
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Common Grackle 25
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
 

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Date: 6/8/17 2:13 pm
From: Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...>
Subject: Lawrence County, Clay-colored Sparrow continues
The singing Clay-colored Sparrow reported from Nelson Road at the Volant Strips in Lawrence County continues there today (June 8, 2017). I and my Ornithology course from PLE heard and saw it this morning.


Tony Bledsoe

Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE, through late June)

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Pittsburgh
 

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Date: 6/8/17 10:44 am
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Chester - Swallow-tailed Kite
A Swallow-tailed Kite was photographed soaring low at Exton Park near the
Swedesford Rd entrance in Chester Co by Allen C. Warren around 11am today.
He is unsure if it remained in the area. This is in addition to the bird
continuing at Nockamixon SP.

Zach Millen
Akron
 

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Date: 6/8/17 9:07 am
From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: NJ Golden-wing Warbler post- off -topic
Without Carmen's permission, but I believe with his acquiesce, this post is
of concern to PA birders because we have seen a significant precipitous
drop in GWWarblers, and could benefit from this, and we have habitat that is
equally affected.

--jk.


----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hello John C. JBers,

The thread started with an observation by several that important early
successional habitat, in a strip of AT LEAST 36,000 ft x 250 ft wide has been
severely impaired as habitat for common to rare birds (GWWA and more) and
an important predator on deer, bears. Deer browse and the concomitant
exposure to Brown-headed Cowbirds has decimated many avian understory, midstory
and canopy nesters.

These cuts are surrounded by primary forest and wetlands; this land is an
inexpensive opportunity for species specific or avian community management.

The irony that some support cutting healthy, mid to late seral forests to
create early successional habitat when the above event has occurred is
obvious.It makes sense to manage the thousands of acres of utility line habitat
in NJ “eternally” damned to be early successional habitat……..as early
successional habitat for select species. Someone even put a road down these
cuts so you do not have to hike too far.

Happily various informed people are looking at the above cut damage event.
Thanks to all. But see the Phrag problem below also.

Your post/links and others emails to me have brought up tangential
subjects.

Managing Habitat.Creating habitat for common species by eliminating
habitat for other species produces little to no net gain in biomass or
biodiversity on larger scales. It’s not where conservation needs to be going.
Creating openings in what we consider contiguous forest (it’s often not all that
large of a patch) just invites Brown–headed Cowbirds deeper into our limited,
and important contiguous forests.

Golden-winged Warblers. While hiking off/on trail several hundred miles in
NE North America the only habitat where I have found probable source
populations of GWWA is in beaver swamp borders in forests, swampy or wet forest
edges with bushes, boggy forest areas with semi open canopy, and limited
sections of power line cuts at points that intersected the former habitat
types.Cuts through dry, upland forest are population sinks that attract
Blue-winged Warblers. We should be thinking of managing the borders of these
upland cut sections by creating brushy wetlands nearby (if possible) to
advantage GGWA over BWWA.Or failing that we should prevent BWWA (if possible) but
support as many other species as possible. Now that’s a difficult but worthy
management puzzle.

NJ is likely down to < 15 pairs of GWWA from a few hundred decades ago.
And now the above subject cut area that had at least 3 pairs has been
severely damaged. The Pequannock Watershed is proximal compared to Sparta WMA to
some of the last populations of GGWA left in the area.Stirling Forest NY and
the Hudson Highlands are likely the most significant source population of
GWWA left in the entire NE USA. Certain select areas of The Pequannock and
perhaps Wawayanda or Ringwood therefore seems more of strategic area for a
long term GGWA metapopulation management plan than Sparta WMA. I just hope
it still is a hypothetical population increase project rather than a more
difficult reestablishment project with the recent events.

Utility Line Management and Forest Trail Management. It’s obvious the
maintenance divisions of Nj/NY utility firms, the NJ/NY Parks Divisions or
maybe volunteer trail people (at a minimum) are bringing fill and bluestone
into our headwaters laced with Common Reed (Phragmites australis) seeds, etc.
This is ridiculously damaging especially in higher altitude cuts in our
headwaters. They have degraded upper sections of watersheds and helped along
the impairment of entire watersheds. This is poor maintenance by them and
poor stewardship by others. The fill must be from a known, forest source or
heat treated to render invasive seeds non-propagative.

The laced fill has also been used at Wawayanda State Park on the very
special Cedar Swamp Trail…….Stirling Forest and who knows where else.

GWWA often nest in natural palustrine wetland vegetation; Phragmites is
possibly the last straw for C. vermivora.

Thanks Fred Virrazzi

Secaucus, NJ
 

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Date: 6/8/17 7:30 am
From: Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Allegheny County nighthawk
I hear them daily on Braddock Ave in Swissvale proper at dusk and delight in doing so.

Barb

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 8, 2017, at 8:25 AM, Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> wrote:
>
> Interestingly enough, I was a few blocks away from Phipps Garden Center AFTER a 3 Rivers Birding Club meeting last night when a Common Nighthawk flew over the car, peenting. Around the block of Fifth and S. Highland.
>
>
> Might be another year without them here in Bridgeville. One stuck around last year, but not a sound this spring.
>
>
> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 6/8/17 6:59 am
From: Mike Epler <jmepler...>
Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite, Nockamixon, Bucks
The continuing Swallow-tailed Kite showed quite well this morning. Initially seen from the fishing pier flying north over the bathroom area. It was refound in the cove near the end of the paved bike path to the north (near the first bench). It perched in a spruce tree on the shoreline to the right, near a catalpa tree for 15 minutes before it started to feed near that same tree line.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA
 

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Date: 6/8/17 5:25 am
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Allegheny County nighthawk
Interestingly enough, I was a few blocks away from Phipps Garden Center AFTER a 3 Rivers Birding Club meeting last night when a Common Nighthawk flew over the car, peenting. Around the block of Fifth and S. Highland.


Might be another year without them here in Bridgeville. One stuck around last year, but not a sound this spring.


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 6/8/17 5:01 am
From: Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Frick Yesterday, Allegheny County
Frick Park, Riverview Hill:Yellow-billed CuckooCommon Yellowthroat
Indigo BuntingScarlet TanagerBaltimore Oriole
On Tuesday, down on Nine Mile Run Trail, near the boardwalk:
Orchard Oriole
Jack Solomon, with Susie "Sharp-eyed Susan" Solomon
P.S. My thanks to the several  of yinz who sent  me private messages with  helpful advice on how  to more easily  use eBird.  For  reasons  I will not discuss because they might tend to call me into ridicule and disrepute, I have, at least temporarily, given up on trying.


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Date: 6/8/17 5:01 am
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: Re: Last Call - Winter 16/17 Photo Submissions for Pennsylvania Birds
Just a note if anyone has any Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, Red-breasted
Nuthatch or Rough-legged Haw photos from this time period, I really could
use some to consider for this issue per below message instructions!

Thanks!
-Ted

On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 16:06 Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> wrote:

> Do you have some great photos of any birds taken in Pennsylvania from
> December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017? Or a picture of a notable/significant
> sighting from that period?
>
>
> I am currently accepting photo submissions through end of day JUNE 11,
> 2017 to be considered for publication as space permits in the Pennsylvania
> Society for Ornithology (PSO) Winter issue of Pennsylvania Birds.
>
>
> Some instructions... If your submission does not follow the instructions
> below or contain the info requested below, it will not be processed!
>
>
> - Submissions for consideration **must** be taken during the above date
> range and emailed to <pabirdsphotos...>, please make mention of the
> word WINTER in the subject line to simplify processing.
>
>
> - Please do not submit me dozens of images for consideration, please do
> some initial limiting/judging of selections on your end that reflect the
> best of your work. However, if you have 15 different images of truly
> notable sightings in the state from this period, I'll gladly accept them
> for consideration!
>
>
> - VERY important!!! For each image attached to the e-mail, you must
> include a description in the body of the e-mail for that image. Best format
> to follow: Species Name - Location, County, DD Month. Sentence about
> significance if known/applicable. (Photographer Name) Example: Antillean
> Nighthawk - Presque Isle SP, Erie, 12 June. This bird represented a first
> state record and was observed through 1 July. (John Doe)
>
>
> - Please also submit your photos for consideration in full resolution or
> as close to full resolution as possible as these will be printed. Your
> photo also may be considered for a cover shot and a 250KB image just won't
> work for that! I need to be able to crop your photo to fit the space as it
> permits in the journal and a precropped / low-resolution image is
> problematic for that. It's safe to say that if you're sending me an image
> under a megabyte in size, it isn't going to be the resolution I need to
> work with. I also need room to crop the image to the specs used for the
> newsletter and an extremely tight crop may not allow me to do that.
>
>
> - Photos selected for printing in the issue will be credited to the
> photographer, please DO NOT submit watermarked/signatured images or they
> will not be considered. The image should be clean of any add-ons.
>
>
> Thanks for considering submitting your photos for consideration for our
> statewide ornithology journal!
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Ted Nichols II
>
> Photo Editor, Pennsylvania Birds
>
> Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)
>
 

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Date: 6/7/17 12:09 pm
From: Sandy Lockerman <000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Wildwood Park, Dauphin Co.
A snowy egret is being reported at Wildwood Park today. Was spotted feeding
in the central section of the lake, viewed from the Towpath.

Sandy Lockerman

Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.
 

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Date: 6/6/17 1:06 pm
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: Last Call - Winter 16/17 Photo Submissions for Pennsylvania Birds
Do you have some great photos of any birds taken in Pennsylvania from
December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017? Or a picture of a notable/significant
sighting from that period?


I am currently accepting photo submissions through end of day JUNE 11, 2017
to be considered for publication as space permits in the Pennsylvania
Society for Ornithology (PSO) Winter issue of Pennsylvania Birds.


Some instructions... If your submission does not follow the instructions
below or contain the info requested below, it will not be processed!


- Submissions for consideration **must** be taken during the above date
range and emailed to <pabirdsphotos...>, please make mention of the
word WINTER in the subject line to simplify processing.


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


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


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


- Photos selected for printing in the issue will be credited to the
photographer, please DO NOT submit watermarked/signatured images or they
will not be considered. The image should be clean of any add-ons.


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


Regards,

Ted Nichols II

Photo Editor, Pennsylvania Birds

Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)
 

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Date: 6/6/17 8:17 am
From: Barb <0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Fwd: Allegheny Co nighthawks etc. late post
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Barb <bmtimpani23...>
> Date: June 6, 2017 at 11:16:39 AM EDT
> To: Barbara M <bmmadaus...>
> Subject: Fwd: Allegheny Co nighthawks etc. late post
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> Delighted to hear nighthawks above Swissvale main drag at dusk last several nights as well as last week., I also heard one overhead as I left a Phipps class at the Shadyside garden center a few weeks ago. Also heard s yellow warbler just past the SqHill tunnel going toward town. I hear them as I drive around town, I love that!
>>
>> Also there are Balt orioles and a female grosbeak last week, new yard birds. I see chimney swifts over my deck for the last few weeks, and everywhere I go as well. I listen for them twittering all the time and they are there.
>>
>> Barb Madaus
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/6/17 8:02 am
From: ofdewdrops <0000001e3bf8599f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: LawrenceCo., Volant Strip Grasslands, Clay-colored Sparrow

-------- Original message --------From: <ebird-checklist...> Date: 6/6/17 10:58 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <ofdewdrops...> Subject: eBird Report - Volant Strip Grasslands, Jun 6, 2017
Volant Strip Grasslands, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, US
Jun 6, 2017 10:04 AM - 10:24 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
32 species

Ring-necked Pheasant  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Willow Flycatcher  4
Eastern Phoebe  1
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  3
Brown Thrasher  4
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Grasshopper Sparrow  1
Henslow's Sparrow  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Clay-colored Sparrow  1     Returned? Same location as last year along Nelson Road at corner of game lands and private property
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  12     Many along sides of road
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  16
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37422412

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

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Date: 6/6/17 5:41 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Out of state pelicans
We are spending a few days in Rehoboth and I am fascinated by the large numbers of brown pelicans here. We never saw pelicans this far north when I was a kid!

Ann

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

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/6/17 4:38 am
From: Sheree Daugherty <shereedaugherty...>
Subject: 3RBC Meeting Tomorrow/John Canter, Spoon-billed Sandpiper
John Canter will present a program on the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Sands of the Sandpipers Time on Wednesday, June 7 for the Three Rivers Birding Club.

Meetings are held at the Phipps Garden Center at 1059 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh 15217. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing. Business meeting starts at 7:30 followed by the program at 8:00.

All meetings are free and open to the public. See the club's web site, www.3rbc.org, for more information.

Sheree Daugherty
Allegheny Co


Sheree Daugherty
<shereedaugherty...>
Nature & Avian Art
 

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Date: 6/5/17 7:23 pm
From: Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Erie Co- least bittern, clay-colored sparrow, mourning warbler
Apologies for the late posting, got it to Facebook but neglected to
post here earlier. I spent time birding in Erie County both Friday and
Saturday and had some great birding to share.

On Friday morning I kayaked through Big Pond and Long Pond at Presque
Isle and the weather was great for birding. The highlight was certainly a
least bittern that flew across the water in front of me at the southeast
end of Long Pond and landed in the reeds along the shore to my left. I had
a decent period of time to enjoy it's beautiful colors as it perched
awkwardly on the reeds watching and then disappeared into them. It did not
call at all, was probably only 40 ft or less away maybe so with the bins
had a very nice view. What a treat to finally get this life bird and kind
of nice to find it without someone else guiding me right to it. I found
nothing else really unexpected, a common gallinule, coot, good numbers of
marsh wrens, warbling vireos, and willow flycatchers. A wonderful place to
kayak and bird !

On Saturday morning drove down to Siegel Marsh at SGL 218 southeast of
Erie. I have only been here once and did not find too much current on
eBird from this location so was hoping to find some good marsh birds.
Starting around 5:30 am did a stationary count at the back end the main
body of water, on the closed roadway that stretches across there. I had
calling sora and had 2 calling Virginia rails with one seen at pretty close
distance. I tried playback for American bittern also but no luck. There
were also marsh wrens, willow flycatcher, warbling vireo, plenty of wood
ducks with one with young, and two hooded mergansers with one on a nest
box. Aside from the marsh birds the other best bird by far was a singing
mourning warbler. It sang the entire time I was there, about an hour and a
half. It was singing the typical song, very easy to hear from the young
scrubby woods at the back edge of the marsh. Before I left I did head in
there and was easily able to locate it singing from a little bit of
clearing near an old apple tree. It's not quite in safe dates but it
certainly seemed territorial and in good habitat. I will try to check back
on this location in a couple of weeks to see if it remains.

Later in the morning I biked around Presque Isle and was very surprised
to find a singing clay-colored sparrow between Beach 10 and Beach 11. It
was in a open area on the lake side with scattered small pines and some
locust and cottonwood. I heard it several times which stopped me to
listen. I made a brief attempt to find it but had just sneaked through in
front of a 5k walk/run and was really trying to avoid getting stuck in
that, so I did not take the time to look further. Since these birds breed
in my county, I am pretty confident of the ID as nothing else really sounds
like them. Perhaps it is just hanging on from migration and stuck with
some appropriate habitat there ? Not sure but I'd be curious to see if
others find it or it moves on.

Lots of other good birds as well but these were the highlights,
Good summer birding !

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
 

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Date: 6/5/17 6:53 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (05 Jun 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 05, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 2 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 2 13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Ian Stewart

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (2): Ian Stewart.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Cloudy with periods of Rain (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 4,300-5,500 ft.,
Visibility - 5 miles, Temps 76 - 72F, Winds SW @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: none - a first for me!

<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---There was Blue in the Sky, This Dreary, Rain-filled
Day---
It rained and to escape it, I was in my van. It was then I heard the crisp
rambling song of a Blue Grosbeak out my window. Peering out, I saw the
culprit perched upon the grasses, not three feet away from my car door!
I am truly spoiled by this beautiful songster being so regular here. This
however, was beyond belief. Another, more distant bird retorted the song.
Then a male and female were seen flying together, nearby. That truly
brightened this dingy day. I sat out here all alone with my thoughtsnot a
single person came by, not a solitary hawk was seen - no vulture and no
shorebirds. But I will not sing the blues about what I did not view.
Rather, I will rejoice in the view and song of the Blues.the Blue
Grosbeaks, which gave me their very best. Besides, tomorrow is my last day
here. I did add one new species for this years event today - that, a
House Sparrow. Our 91st species, seen only once in the watch period, was
in stark contrast with our Blue Grosbeaks, which has been seen or heard
every day this year. At last light, Ian stopped by, preventing the
participant shutout the weather had so richly deserved.
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
1-Great Blue Heron, 1-Barred Owl, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-White-eyed Vireo,
3-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): (0): Reptiles & Amphibians (0):
Mammals (1): Eastern Cottontail.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 3.04; Steps: 7,130; Floors: 10.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 51; this season: 91
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (1): House
Sparrow.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like a repeat of today's dreariness, perhaps
worse.
The Kites Not good
As for the shorebirds even worse.
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 6/5/17 11:50 am
From: Craig Holt <0000007fe6ec5d00-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Miller's Ponds, Crawford Co.
I checked Miller's Ponds on my way home from Conneaut Ohio today.  The drained pond held killdeers, 12 white-rumped sandpipers, and 11 semipalmated sandpipers.  Also in the area were purple martins, cliff swallow, savannah sparrow, bobolinks, and e. meadowlark.  Craig Holt, Lowellville Ohio
 

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Date: 6/5/17 7:23 am
From: Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Resignation from compiling for PA Birds
I am sorry to announce that I am resigning from compiling for Lancaster County for PA Birds. I am working now, and I no longer have internet. I thought that perhaps I could manage with these setbacks, but it's just too much for me. I hope someone can step up and take my place. Thank you for allowing me to serve.

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 6/5/17 4:43 am
From: Andy Keister <akeister110...>
Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite, Bucks County
At 7:40 am, the Swallow-tailed Kite was observed from the fishing pier
flying East to west above the tree tops. Visible for maybe 45 seconds.

Andy Keister
 

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Date: 6/5/17 3:42 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (04 Jun 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 04, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 2 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 2 13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:30:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Dave Wilton, Kathleen Pileggi, Shannon Thompson,
Tim Sterrett

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (13): Jim Balint, Tom Brokaw, Kathleen Pileggi, Janny Sterrett,
Tim Sterrett, Michelle Scheive, Henry Scheive, Christian Scheive, Shannon
Thompson, Dave Wilton, John Baird, Elaine Kirk.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Mostly Cloudy (75% cloud cover), Ceiling - 13,800-25,800 ft., Visibility -
10 miles, Temps 75 - 80F, Winds South @ 10 - 15 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (30) and Turkey Vultures (50).
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Basically Tranquil---
We had a basic day today at The Watch. Best bird was our beautiful
Blue Grosbeaks, showing off on queue as requested by Elaine. But I have to
tell you, a basic day at Bucktoe Creek is better than a great day many
other places. Its tranquility soothes the soul. We said goodbye to our
friends from western Pennsylvania. We will see you next year OR SOONER!
Yeah, nothing REAL exciting today, but a basic day can be good, too,
right? Its what gives a fantastic day meaning. Besides, this morning I
met with property owner Tom and Jim and we got both of our holes prepared
for our upcoming Purple Martin gourde houses to be installed next week.
And our best bird may actually have been the Eastern Box Turtle we found
crossing one of our cleared pole prep areas, later. A beauty! That, in
itself, is fantastic! Late Blackpoll Warblers were heard near the parking
lot.
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: again, none.
<BR><BR>
1-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 1_White-eyed Vireo,
2-Blackpoll Warbler, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur. Dragonflies (2): Green
Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles & Amphibians (1): Eastern Box Turtle.
Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 5.82; Steps: 13,643; Floors:
15.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 62; this season: 90
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks cloudy with less visibility, winds are light from
the southwest.
The Kites Not perfect, but doable.
As for the shorebirds where are they? I think they got by us on those
stormy days. But maybe a few flocks left to come by.
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 6/4/17 4:45 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County birds of note
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Presque isle S.P., Pa.


White-rumped Sandpiper 3; June 2; Gull Point

Laughing Gull 3 (one adult and two imm.); June 2; Gull Point

Clay-colored Sparrow 1; June 3; between Beach 10 & 11


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

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Date: 6/4/17 1:36 pm
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed Kite, Nockamixon, Bucks
Much thanks to Michael for getting the word out on this bird. It has been
seen regularly throughout the day today, I personally had it from the
fishing pier at 1:45 and 3:15.

Zach Millen
Akron

On Jun 3, 2017 3:43 PM, "Michael David" <michaeltdavid...> wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I just refound a Swallow-tailed Kite from the Nockamixon state park fishing
> pier. It was discovered by Bob Shaffer 2 days ago and seen that afternoon
> and yesterday morning but absent between then and now despite as I gather
> several people looking. Will share poor but diagnostic photos on the
> Facebook page.
>
> Best,
>
> Michael David
> Allegheny Co.
>
 

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Date: 6/4/17 1:34 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Washington County Plesant (sic) Grove BBS Route
Ran my BBS route in Washington County this morning, and it went well, other than the 50% increase or something in traffic.


Lots of interesting data in comparison with other years. Tied my high for species in the last 11 years, had far and away the most individuals ever, and had many species with high counts. Also had a good number with low counts, and some birds, such as Scarlet Tanager, were absent altogether. Weather was good and cooperated the whole time.


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA


Canada Goose - 117
Mallard - 5
Wild Turkey - 9
Rock Pigeon - 23
Mourning Dove - 47
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
Chimney Swift - 30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1
Killdeer - 9
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 22
Downy Woodpecker - 6
(Yellow-shafted Flicker) Northern Flicker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1
Acadian Flycatcher - 5
Willow Flycatcher - 10
Eastern Phoebe - 4
Great Crested Flycatcher - 2
Eastern Kingbird - 6
White-eyed Vireo - 1
Yellow-throated Vireo - 4
Warbling Vireo - 3
Red-eyed Vireo - 11
Blue Jay - 16
American Crow - 50
Barn Swallow - 20
Carolina Chickadee - 9
Tufted Titmouse - 13
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
House Wren - 14
Carolina Wren - 17
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Eastern Bluebird - 11
Wood Thrush - 8
American Robin - 108
Gray Catbird - 24
Brown Thrasher - 10
Northern Mockingbird - 16
European Starling - 412
Cedar Waxwing - 32
House Sparrow - 49
House Finch - 12
American Goldfinch - 25
Common Yellowthroat - 18
Hooded Warbler - 3
American Redstart - 2
Yellow Warbler - 38
Yellow-breasted Chat - 3
Eastern Towhee - 12
Chipping Sparrow - 36
Field Sparrow - 7
Song Sparrow - 61
Northern Cardinal - 25
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 3
Indigo Bunting - 3
Red-winged Blackbird - 115
Eastern Meadowlark - 13
Common Grackle - 34
Brown-headed Cowbird - 13
Orchard Oriole - 1
Baltimore Oriole - 4

ADD ONS:
Turkey Vulture - 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 4
Yellow-throated Warbler - 1

Total species - 67
Total ind - 1577
Vehicles - 142
 

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Date: 6/4/17 1:33 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: cerulean warbler survey along Lower Trail (Blair/Huntingdon Co)
On June 1,3,4, I walked my now-annual cerulean warbler survey along the
16.5 mile Lower (rhymes with flower) Trail that mostly parallels the
Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River. I walk 5-6 miles per day so that I
complete a day's count by late morning and usually bike back. This year, I
counted 50 singing male ceruleans in the northern 11.5 mi (Alfarata to
Williamsburg) and 11 additional ceruleans in the southern 5 mi
(Williamsburg to Flowing Springs).

I've done the northern 11.5 mi during 8 of the last 20 years, with cerulean
warbler counts there shown in the below table. Counts have risen during the
last three years after a low period.

Year

CERW N 11.5 mi

1998

36

2001

43

2012

24

2013

22

2014

25

2015

44

2016

55

2017

50

Below are 2017 counts of some species common in this easily-accessible,
high-value riparian forest, which is a PA Important Bird Area.

Eastern Wood-Pewee 22
Acadian Flycatcher 58
Great Crested Flycatcher 7
Yellow-throated Vireo 20
Warbling Vireo 41
Red-eyed Vireo 151
Wood Thrush 47
Gray Catbird 64
Louisiana Waterthrush 17
American Redstart 126
Cerulean Warbler 61
Northern Parula 7
Yellow-throated Warbler 8
Orchard Oriole 12
Baltimore Oriole 51

Info about this rail-trail is at http://www.rttcpa.org/lower.shtml
Story about my cerulean warbler survey is at
http://keystonefund.org/success-story/a-perfect-habitat/

Good access for kayak/canoe. Walkers should be prepared for stretches with
mosquitoes. Bikers can pedal.

Nick Bolgiano
 

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Date: 6/4/17 1:01 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Washington County Plesant Grove BBS Route
Sorry if this double-posts. Didn't look like my first post went through.


Ran my BBS route in Washington County this morning, and it went well, other than the 50% increase or something in traffic.


Lots of interesting data in comparison with other years. Tied my high for species in the last 11 years, had far and away the most individuals ever, and had many species with high counts. Also had a good number with low counts, and some birds, such as Scarlet Tanager, were absent altogether. Weather was good and cooperated the whole time.


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA


Canada Goose - 117
Mallard - 5
Wild Turkey - 9
Rock Pigeon - 23
Mourning Dove - 47
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
Chimney Swift - 30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1
Killdeer - 9
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 22
Downy Woodpecker - 6
(Yellow-shafted Flicker) Northern Flicker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1
Acadian Flycatcher - 5
Willow Flycatcher - 10
Eastern Phoebe - 4
Great Crested Flycatcher - 2
Eastern Kingbird - 6
White-eyed Vireo - 1
Yellow-throated Vireo - 4
Warbling Vireo - 3
Red-eyed Vireo - 11
Blue Jay - 16
American Crow - 50
Barn Swallow - 20
Carolina Chickadee - 9
Tufted Titmouse - 13
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
House Wren - 14
Carolina Wren - 17
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Eastern Bluebird - 11
Wood Thrush - 8
American Robin - 108
Gray Catbird - 24
Brown Thrasher - 10
Northern Mockingbird - 16
European Starling - 412
Cedar Waxwing - 32
House Sparrow - 49
House Finch - 12
American Goldfinch - 25
Common Yellowthroat - 18
Hooded Warbler - 3
American Redstart - 2
Yellow Warbler - 38
Yellow-breasted Chat - 3
Eastern Towhee - 12
Chipping Sparrow - 36
Field Sparrow - 7
Song Sparrow - 61
Northern Cardinal - 25
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 3
Indigo Bunting - 3
Red-winged Blackbird - 115
Eastern Meadowlark - 13
Common Grackle - 34
Brown-headed Cowbird - 13
Orchard Oriole - 1
Baltimore Oriole - 4

ADD ONS:
Turkey Vulture - 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 4
Yellow-throated Warbler - 1

Total species - 67
Total ind - 1577
Vehicles - 142
 

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Date: 6/4/17 12:46 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Beaver Co. Sightings
I had these sightings today

Townsend Dam(New Brighton)

4 Common Merganser

Montgomery Dam Rd.

1 Worm-eating Warbler

Independence Marsh

1 Semipalmated Plover(first June record on ebird for Beaver)
3 Semipalmated Sandpiper(first June record on ebird for Beaver...my
thirteenth specie of shorebird seen here this year)

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/4/17 9:53 am
From: Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...>
Subject: Mississippi Kite(s) in Akron, Lanc. Co.
I just watched one and possibly two Mississippi Kites soaring over my home
here in Akron, PA. Both birds looked liked first summer birds mainly dark
above and below with faint barring​ in the tail and definitive
pointed/fingers to the wings. They both were also missing a primary feather
or two. Both birds were soaring at a pretty good height and occasionally
flapped with both birds eventually flying towards the northeast.

Bruce A Carl
Akron / Lanc. Co.
 

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Date: 6/4/17 9:02 am
From: Adam Smith <000000276915e6b7-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Monroe County
This morning I found an Olive-sided Flycatcher at Thomas Darling Preserve in Monroe County. It was singing from snags in a swampy area for the approx 30 minutes that I was in the area. I know Olive-sided Flycatchers are late migrants and I'm not aware of any confirmed breeding in PA, but my (unscientific) opinion is that this bird seemed like it might try to stick around. Unfortunately I probably won't be able to check again for a while. If anyone wants to look for it, feel free to send me a message off list (but know that it's a soggy 2 mile hike, and GPS would be helpful).
Some of the other highlights from today include Alder Flycatcher, great looks at a Pileated Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, and 15 warbler species including Nashville, Blackburnian, Canada, and Blackpoll. Link to ebird checklist:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37375866 

Adam SmithBushkill TownshipNorthampton County
 

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Date: 6/4/17 8:17 am
From: Gary Robson <garyrobson...>
Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo
This morning at Middle Creek I spotted a life bird for me - a Black-billed Cuckoo. I spotted the bird at the 90 degree turn on the dead end cul de sac road. The bird had red eyes and the black bill. I don't know if it was in Lebanon or Lancaster County.

Gary Robson
Lebanon County

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 6/4/17 7:49 am
From: Bledsoe, Anthony <bledsoe...>
Subject: Allegheny County, late Yellow Warbler
I have a very late migrant Yellow Warbler singing in my yard in Forest Hills Borough, Allegheny County (June 4, 2017). No suitable breeding habitat anywhere nearby. Tony Bledsoe
________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Daniel Weeks <daniel.e.weeks...>
Sent: Sunday, June 4, 2017 9:39:34 AM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] eBird -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- Jun 4, 2017

This morning there was a Hooded Merganser on the lake I usually see them in November.

Highlights yesterday included a Willow Flycatcher calling and great views of a very beautiful and very vocal Great Crested Flycatcher.

I always thought it said "weep", but the Sibley guide says that it says "kreeep", while the Peterson says "wheeep". Whatever it is, it is very distinctive.

Good birding,
Dan Weeks
Allegheny Township, Butler County


Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County
Jun 4, 2017
08:33
Traveling
0.90 miles
44 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Squaw Valley Woodlands (private), Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County. Good birding, Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.0 Build 136

10 Canada Goose
1 Hooded Merganser -- Female
1 Green Heron
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Eastern Kingbird
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
1 American Robin
2 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 19
 

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Date: 6/4/17 7:25 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (03 Jun 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 03, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 2 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 2 13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:30:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Chad Kauffman, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Epler, Ted Nichols

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (15): Mike Epler, Kathleen Pileggi, Tom Brokaw, Molly Daly, Steve
Cottrell, Barry Blust, Chad Kauffman (+2), Noah Kauffman, Ted Nichols,
Steve Grunwald, Shannon Thompson, Dave Wilton.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Partly Cloudy, becoming Mostly Sunny (25 - 0% cloud cover), Temps 72 - 68F,
Winds NNW @ 10 - 15 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle, 1-Osprey,
1-Cooper's Hawk, 2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (35) and Turkey Vultures (55).
<BR><BR>
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-0
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Hands Ruled the Day---
Today was the big day for the PSO. They first went on a morning excursion
to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, then back to Bucktoe. It was so
great to see some people from across the state that you dont see
frequently and others for the first time. A White-eyed Vireo, heard
calling down towards the Red Clay Creek, became our 90th species at the
Watch for this season. Otherwise, the birding remained a bit uneventful
today. An Osprey flew by, an Eagle soared over, a couple of Egrets, all
the local hawks made an appearance, Barred Owls called in the woods towards
Bucktoe Creek, the Rough-winged and Tree Swallows were back on Hollys
Magic Millet, and I had a first sighting for me ever! That? I looked
down upon my left hand and there it was. A tick was biting my palm. My
palm! Just where did that tick think of that technique? It thought that
was going to work!? No, I wont notice that, Mr. Tick! That tick must
have dropped out of arachnid school. Hands down, that was not going be
successful. A minute or two later, that tick was off to find another
handout, albeit now headless. (sorry) Ticks have been bad this year,
though - havent they? At 6pm our Wine & Cheese with the Shorebirds
event started - sadly, sans shorebirds. To ease that pain, we enjoyed
wine, grapes, local cheeses, crackers and a beautiful and tasty spread
prepared by Kathleen including bold Lilies in a vase. I dont know if
what followed was a function of the wine or not, but it made the earlier
tick encounter seem mundane. Shannon and I somehow got to talking about my
injury 5+ years ago now, my long miraculous recovery, and what trials
remain. Shannon is a massage therapist, recently receiving further
training on Myofascial Release whatever that is. Well, I soon was to
find out what it was. Shannon had her massage mat back in the car and
wanted to teach me some techniques. She made me an offer I couldnt refuse
so, I didnt. Up on a mat-covered picnic table I went (with pillow), and
I was soon under the delightfully skilled hands of Shannon. Wow! Molly
watched, chirping in about how these very same techniques have helped her
and how much shes a fan of it. Who wouldnt be? It was GREAT! How
didnt we have any shorebirds? I had 1% of the sky completely covered
that, straight up above my head. Oh, its a tough life having wine,
cheese, fruit, and crackers simultaneously, getting a professional massage
while watching for hawks, kites and shorebirds at a beautiful, tranquil
Preserve, resting comfortably on a soft mat. Yeah, its toughbut
someones got to do it! Ill need you the next time I get a touch of
warbler-neck there, Shannonsay August? Seriously though, I have
something to say about physical therapists. Doctors perform their miracles
saving your life remaining a bit distant I guess they have to. Nurses
silently do work nobody else would do. But those therapistsyou, as a
patient, fall in love with all those folks they give you your life back.
They get in there with you. Battle with you. Teach you your own life
(in my case)! Trust me Ive been there. I go back often and tell them,
each of them, that I love them and they know it. They take the journey
with you - feel your pain, cry with you, their smiles of joy when you have
little successes, match your own. INCREDIBLE!! Id be nothing without
those folks. Sorry for being serious, but I had to it happens once in a
while. This incredible evening drew to a close. Birders right to the end,
Shannon and Dave, while walking to their car, massage mat in hand, Shannon
called out, Nighthawk! And there it was a Common Nighthawk in the
dimming light. Yet another great job, Shannon well tick that off on
our list for the day. Id hand you a celebratory pretzel if this imaginary
leg cramp would go away. Know a good therapist??
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
1-Wood Duck, 1-Great Blue Heron, 2-Great Egret, 1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
2-Barred Owl, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-White-eyed Vireo,
2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (7): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black
Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (0).
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 5.53; Steps: 12,970; Floors:
33.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 65; this season: 90
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (1): White-eyed
Vireo.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like a good one, now. Winds switch to south and
the rain looks like it will miss us, but there will be background clouds.
The Kites Like this wind for another Kite.
As for the shorebirds I give up predicting these guys, this year!
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 6/4/17 6:39 am
From: Daniel Weeks <daniel.e.weeks...>
Subject: eBird -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- Jun 4, 2017
This morning there was a Hooded Merganser on the lake – I usually see them in November.

Highlights yesterday included a Willow Flycatcher calling and great views of a very beautiful and very vocal Great Crested Flycatcher.

I always thought it said "weep", but the Sibley guide says that it says "kreeep", while the Peterson says "wheeep". Whatever it is, it is very distinctive.

Good birding,
Dan Weeks
Allegheny Township, Butler County


Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County
Jun 4, 2017
08:33
Traveling
0.90 miles
44 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Squaw Valley Woodlands (private), Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County. Good birding, Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.0 Build 136

10 Canada Goose
1 Hooded Merganser -- Female
1 Green Heron
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Eastern Kingbird
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
1 American Robin
2 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 19
 

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Date: 6/4/17 3:07 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Four nighthawks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
This morning just after dawn I heard and saw four common nighthawks swooping over my neighborhood.  Based on behavior there were at least 2 males and 1 female.
This is the largest flock of nighthawks I've seen this year ... perhaps in several years.
 Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org
 

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Date: 6/3/17 12:43 pm
From: Michael David <michaeltdavid...>
Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite, Nockamixon, Bucks
Hi All,

I just refound a Swallow-tailed Kite from the Nockamixon state park fishing
pier. It was discovered by Bob Shaffer 2 days ago and seen that afternoon
and yesterday morning but absent between then and now despite as I gather
several people looking. Will share poor but diagnostic photos on the
Facebook page.

Best,

Michael David
Allegheny Co.
 

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Date: 6/3/17 12:18 pm
From: Sheree Daugherty <shereedaugherty...>
Subject: Copper Rd Cranes/Lawrence Co
At noon today, there were 4 Sand Hill Cranes in the marsh on Copper Rd.

Sheree Daugherty
Allegheny Co

Sheree Daugherty
<shereedaugherty...>
Nature & Avian Art
 

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Date: 6/3/17 11:37 am
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Re: Butler County--Breeding Bird Survey
Interesting about the bear. When I was running my Naginey BBS route on the 27th, I was standing at a stop during my 3 minutes and Greg recording, when a white pickup came up and stopped. Of course we usually dread these as you don't know what they are going to say. This guy was all excited and said Hey did you see the black bear back there!
Well no!
He said it was really big when it stood up on its back legs.

Then he said I had my 45 in here in case it came any closer.

(WHAT!???!)
I thought, you are in your vehicle...


Deb

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Fialkovich" <mpfial...>
To: "PABIRDS" <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Saturday, June 3, 2017 12:21:59 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Butler County--Breeding Bird Survey

Hi,

I ran my breeding bird survey today that runs north to south in eastern Butler County from Chicora to Sarver. Paul Hess recorded the data for me.

Highlights:

Numerous Chimney Swifts. With the decline of this species it was nice to see quite a few.
One Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
Cedar Waxwings were very common this year and recorded at 15 stops.
Veery was singing at the usual location.

Warblers included Ovenbird, Hooded, American Redstart (seemed more numerous than usual), Blue-winged, Black-and-white at two regular locations, Common Yellowthroat, one Kentucky and Yellow. I usually find a few Chestnut-sided Warblers but didn't have any this year.

Yellow-throated Vireo at four stops.
Eastern Kingbirds at two stops
Willow Flycatcher at two stops.
Only one Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Two Orchard Orioles--both first year males.

The big surprise came at Stop #34 in Winfield Twp. I was pulled off at an entrance to a storage facility and heard something moving through the woods next to the entrance, lots of twigs snapping, etc. I thought it was a deer or perhaps a person but out came a Black Bear! It paused at the edge of the woods for a few seconds, took a few steps away from us (which was good because it was close) and entered the woods again. It emerged a few yards away and crossed the road at a relaxed pace.

Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
--
Deborah S. Grove
 

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Date: 6/3/17 11:37 am
From: Glenn Koppel <macatilly...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mars BBS route, Jun 3, 2017
We ran the Mars BBS route today. The route starts just west of Portersville and ends just north of Mars. The route has some nice areas, except for the first 9 stops and last 5 it is a nice route. There is quite a bit of traffic on the first 9 stops including one at a I-79 intersections and the last 5 are in the massive development that is now Mars causing huge amount of traffic. The middle though goes through nice farm lands and woodlands so birds can be good.
We had 68 species (average since 1989 is 65 with a range of 56-82). The American Kestrels were seen between stops, therefore not part of the BBS data.
Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koeneke
<macatilly...> <mailto:<macatilly...>
Butler, PA
>
>
> Mars BBS route, Butler, Pennsylvania, US
> Jun 3, 2017 5:20 AM - 9:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 24.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Data from Mars BBS route, starting just west of Portersville, PA and ending just north of Mars, PA.
> 69 species
>
> Canada Goose 6
> Mallard 1
> Wild Turkey 1
> Great Blue Heron 4
> Bald Eagle 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Killdeer 7
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
> Mourning Dove 33
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
> Chimney Swift 15
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 13
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker 2
> American Kestrel 2 Pair seen between stops 34 and 35, not part of BBS survey.
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 10
> Acadian Flycatcher 4
> Willow Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Yellow-throated Vireo 3
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 13
> Blue Jay 12
> American Crow 28
> Purple Martin 1
> Barn Swallow 19
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> House Wren 5
> Carolina Wren 6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> Wood Thrush 6
> American Robin 74
> Gray Catbird 15
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Northern Mockingbird 7
> European Starling 38
> Cedar Waxwing 7
> Ovenbird 1
> Louisiana Waterthrush 1
> Kentucky Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 11
> Hooded Warbler 1
> American Redstart 3
> Yellow Warbler 9
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 14
> Field Sparrow 1
> Savannah Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 21
> Eastern Towhee 11
> Scarlet Tanager 5
> Northern Cardinal 13
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Indigo Bunting 8
> Red-winged Blackbird 64
> Eastern Meadowlark 1
> Common Grackle 12
> Brown-headed Cowbird 16
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 9
> House Finch 5
> American Goldfinch 8
> House Sparrow 27
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37355090
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 6/3/17 9:57 am
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: white-winged dove near Williamsburg, Blair Co
Betsy Manlove and I saw a white-winged dove from the Lower Trail this
morning at 845, coordinates (40.48630, -78.17223). It was on a power pole
on the east side of the river near the end of Cove Forge Rd outside
Williamsburg. We were on the west side of the river viewing through an
electric line right-of-way.

I heard its "who-cooks-for-you" call and we both saw the white forewing
patches when perched and more extensive white patches when it fluttered
down.

Our viewing spot didn't strike me as a reliable location to see it again
from. This spot was 1/4 mi S of the Covedale Station trailhead, near mile
marker 8, where a power line crosses the trail and river. On the other side
of the river, I recall that there was what appeared to be a rehab center in
the Cove Forge Rd area with a check-in booth on the road, so I'm uncertain
about access.

Nick Bolgiano
 

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Date: 6/3/17 9:22 am
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial...>
Subject: Butler County--Breeding Bird Survey
Hi,

I ran my breeding bird survey today that runs north to south in eastern Butler County from Chicora to Sarver. Paul Hess recorded the data for me.

Highlights:

Numerous Chimney Swifts. With the decline of this species it was nice to see quite a few.
One Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
Cedar Waxwings were very common this year and recorded at 15 stops.
Veery was singing at the usual location.

Warblers included Ovenbird, Hooded, American Redstart (seemed more numerous than usual), Blue-winged, Black-and-white at two regular locations, Common Yellowthroat, one Kentucky and Yellow. I usually find a few Chestnut-sided Warblers but didn't have any this year.

Yellow-throated Vireo at four stops.
Eastern Kingbirds at two stops
Willow Flycatcher at two stops.
Only one Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Two Orchard Orioles--both first year males.

The big surprise came at Stop #34 in Winfield Twp. I was pulled off at an entrance to a storage facility and heard something moving through the woods next to the entrance, lots of twigs snapping, etc. I thought it was a deer or perhaps a person but out came a Black Bear! It paused at the edge of the woods for a few seconds, took a few steps away from us (which was good because it was close) and entered the woods again. It emerged a few yards away and crossed the road at a relaxed pace.

Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
 

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Date: 6/3/17 9:21 am
From: Dnadeb <dsg4...>
Subject: Centre county Yellow-headed Blackbird
Still present
Deb G
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/3/17 8:42 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (02 Jun 2017) 1 Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 02, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 1 2 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 1 2 13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Chad Kauffman, Holly Merker, Margarette Higbee,
Peter Wilner

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (15): Holly Merker, Evelyn & Mike Fowles, Peter Wilner, Chad
Kauffman, Noah Kauffman, Steve Cottrell, Barry Blust, Roger & Margaret
Higbee, Brian Byrnes (plus 3).
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Mostly Sunny (50-5% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 75 - 67F, Winds West @ 10 - 20 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (30) and
Turkey Vultures (50).
<BR><BR>
----Mississippi Kite ages: Sub adult-1; adult-0
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Magic Seed?---
Yesterday, we had a Mississippi Kite. Can we get one two days in a row?
More importantly, for me, can I get a phone that works? Mine malfunctioned
a few days ago and Ive been incommunicado since. So, I spent the morning
doing that getting a new phone - and voila, I have one! Now, I feel just
in touchenough almost in this century. Today we welcomed the
Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) here for their annual weekend at
beautiful, tranquil Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Chad, like Tom Garner a week
or so ago, has been coming here for years as part of that group, hoping for
a Mississippi Kite our star attraction. Lets get him one, shall we? A
5pm, we did! I spotted a bird in the distance, gliding on pointed wings.
Chad, and others, were fixed at their spotting scopes. I stayed with my
binoculars, fearing a repeat of yesterday when I had lost the Kite in a
dash to my scope, hoping for a better view. What was important was that
Chad had a great look. Congratulations Chad, on your Lifer! No shorebirds
again this evening. Where are they?? We did enjoy Tree and Rough-winged
Swallows coming to our feeders. Thats right I said feeders!! Well, the
seed sprinkled on our bare earthen area. You might think these
insectivores would be getting insects or picking up nesting material,
right? But no, upon very close surveillance, they were eating particles of
suet spread by our Brown Thrashers umwell, madly thrashing on suet cake
feeders and/or what appeared to be particles of seed. Holly had spread
some of her Magic Millet there just a couple of days ago. Anyone ever
see anything like that? Holly Says Rough-winged Swallow & Tree Swallow
go on my feeder list. And what Holly Says, goesshes Mrs. E-bird
around these parts, dont you know? I wouldnt want to get flagged more
often by a dissed Holly! So, on my feeder list of species they now are.
Funny thing, Sharron had been here just yesterday, wanting a Rough-winged
Swallow VERY much. We didnt get one, but now here was one at our feeders!
You just never know what youre going to see in nature!
More western Pennsylvania birders arrived and were happy with our Blue
Grosbeaks. A few had been even happier with the earlier Mississippi Kite
for the second day in a row. On Saturday, the rest of the PSO members
arrive. Maybe we can make it three straight days seeing Kites? Im sure
gonna try!
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
1-Great Blue Heron, 2-Great Egret, 1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1-Barred Owl,
2-Willow Flycatcher, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange
Sulphur. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals
(2): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 6.74; Steps: 15,807; Floors: 40.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 61; this season: 89
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like another good day...some background clouds to
start, lighter winds.
The Kites Not perfect, but had them the previous two "imperfect days,"
which made them...well, perfect!
As for the shorebirds winds are wrong, but lighter...are there still some
to come? Where are "my" Turnstones??
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 6/3/17 7:03 am
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: Re: Centre county Yellow-headed Blackbird ?
FYI - Bird has been reported to eBird by several people this morning at
same location.

-Ted

On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 06:26 Dnadeb <dsg4...> wrote:

> If anyone sees the YHBB today, please post.
> Thanks!
> Deb
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
 

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Date: 6/3/17 3:26 am
From: Dnadeb <dsg4...>
Subject: Centre county Yellow-headed Blackbird ?
If anyone sees the YHBB today, please post.
Thanks!
Deb

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/2/17 5:58 pm
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene...>
Subject: Blue grosbeaks, Koch property, Northampton County
At 5 this evening a male and female grosbeak came up out of one of last year's wildflower patches in our upper field.  It's been several years since I've had a pair here but obviously I don't yet know if they'll stick around.

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

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Date: 6/2/17 5:37 pm
From: Marge Vantassel <marvantassel...>
Subject: Purple Martins at Crooked Creek (Armstrong County)
4 adults I watched and photographed near the house by the dam and Ken K;
said he saw 2 at the house near the office same time so hoping they all
stay and produce more!
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
 

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Date: 6/2/17 3:46 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Black Duck & White-rumped Sandpipers - Crawford Co.
This afternoon I had these sightings

Millers Pond

3 White-rumped Sandpiper
4 Semipalmated Sandpiper

Linesville Fish Hatchery

American Black Duck with Mallards in the back at the spit

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 6/2/17 1:11 pm
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird - Spring Mills, Centre Co. 6/2
The male Yellow-headed Blackbird continued today through at least 11:30. It was in the pasture previously mentioned by Joe Verica with some cows then flew into the tree & rock lined swale just to the south of the pasture.


Wayne Laubscher

Lock Haven

Clinton Co.

<wnlaubscher...> mailto:<wnlaubscher...>

"Owl be back"

>
 

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Date: 6/2/17 6:39 am
From: R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Least bittern, York Co.
The least bittern found yesterday in wetlands pond #3 on Brunner Island was calling repeatedly this morning from the reed grass (phragmites) but refused to show itself in the hour that I spent there (6:30 - 7:30). There are four ponds in this wetlands area numbered from right to left as you face them from the parking lot. The bittern is most easily heard, and perhaps glimpsed, from the dirt "road" that separates pond two and three. The road is currently being used by maintenance vehicles and can be accessed from the end of the parking lot furthest from the entrance.


Dick Cleary
 

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Date: 6/2/17 6:13 am
From: Bruce Carl <hrdabrd...>
Subject: Sandhill Crane @ Middle Creek WMA Lanc. Co.
There is currently a report of a Sandhill Crane along the tour route just
past Stop #3.

Bruce A Carl
Akron / Lanc. Co.
 

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Date: 6/2/17 4:31 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (01 Jun 2017) 1 Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 01, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 1 1 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 1 1 12
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Beaty Broughton, Gerry Teig

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (20): Beaty Broughton, Gerry Teig, Kristi (& TLC group of 16),
Sharron Milner.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Mostly Sunny (25-0% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 77 - 70F, Winds WNW @ 10 - 20 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Bald Eagle,
1-Cooper's Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (30) and Turkey
Vultures (45).
<BR><BR>
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-2
<BR><BR>
----Mississippi Kite ages: Sub adult-1; adult-0
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---It Was a Great Wind to Fly a Kite---
Skies were very good upon arrival, about 25% filled with white billowy
cumulous clouds. At 3:53pm EDT, I noticed a Red-tailed Hawk kiting into
the wind, as they often do. I placed my binoculars on it and quickly
noticed a smaller raptor in the view, slightly higher against a cloud
background, just then. It had more pointed wings, a longer tail, narrow at
the body, flared at the end, appearing mostly black and was gracefully
gliding to our east. My heart raced a Mississippi Kite! I walked to the
scope in an effort to get an even better look and could not relocate it.
The great sky, by this point had lost some of that cloud cover we were
down to 10% now, and my bird had found the other 90%. Try as I might, I
could not relocate it. Dont you hate when that happens? Anyway, it was
our seasons fifth Kite. Where was everybody? Tomorrow the Pennsylvania
Society for Ornithology comes for their weekend visit. We NEED the Kite
then!
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
2-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 2-Barred Owl, 2-Willow Flycatcher,
2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 2, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black
Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Silver-spotted Skipper. Dragonflies (2):
Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (2):
Eastern Cottontail, White-tailed Deer.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 7.0; Steps: 16,420; Floors: 43.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 56; this season: 89
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.
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Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like another good one. About the same as today.
And with today's Kite, we'll take it!
The Kites Yesterday worked!
As for the shorebirds strong winds are forecast, not totally favorable.
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Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

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Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 6/1/17 6:53 pm
From: <foandla...> <foandla...>
Subject: Common Merg young Northampton County
I keep seeing a female Common Merg on the Bushkill Creek at the bottom of College Hill in Easton on the way to work.Today there were 6-8 young fuzzballs swimming around her.

Dan ZmodaPen Argyl
 

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Date: 6/1/17 6:27 pm
From: Marge Vantassel <marvantassel...>
Subject: Merlin, Harriers, Bobolinks, etc; at several Piney Tract spots (Clarion County)
After watching the Mute Swans and their cygnets on the Redbank Creek in New
Bethlehem today Anna Marie, Debby Fazekas and I drove out to Morris Road,
Mt. Airy, Cherry Run Church Road, then out to Mt; Zion;

On and in between Mt; Airy and Cherry Run Church Road we had quite a few
Eastern Meadowlarks
Bobolinks
2 hovering Kestrels
1 female No; Harrier
Turkey Vultures
Henslow sparrows
Cedar Waxwings
Ring-necked Pheasants

and as we passed the Mt; Zion Cemetery on our way to check the Harriers saw
1 Merlin on the wires (Anna may have a photo)
1 Northern Harrier (female) who flew a little then perched on a bush;
Quite a few Brown Thrashers, Barn and Tree Swallows, etc;
Also checked the Cliff Swallows and their mud nests on the Redbank Creek at
Walker Flats Road/bridge as they were busy feeding; (that would be Armtrong
County, sorry)

Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
 

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Date: 6/1/17 5:54 pm
From: Bruce Johnson <000000bcb5fcbd4d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Monroe Co.--Red-necked Phalarope
On May 31st, there was a beautiful Red-necked Phalarope at Mt. Airy Casino Lake in the afternoon. Ebird post and photos
may be seen here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37319468


Bruce Johnson Mt. Pocono
 

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Date: 6/1/17 5:54 pm
From: Teresa Webster <000000b997dc6158-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Grasslands near Washington Boro
I believe you are referring to Chestnut Grove...above Turkey Hill along the Susquehanna. Correct me if I overshot the location. Owned by the Lancaster Solid Waste Authority.

Terry Webster, Lancaster County PA

> On Jun 1, 2017, at 7:32 PM, Ann Pettigrew <rook185...> wrote:
>
> Can someone please tell
> Me where this is? I believe it was owned by the sewage
> Plant maybe ?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> <rook185...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/1/17 4:42 pm
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11...>
Subject: Adult Mississippi Kite -Lititz - Lancaster County
Today at 4:35 pm while walking in north Lititz on the northern part of
Market Street a bird flying north about 250 ft. up and almost overhead .
Right away I saw a kite shaped bird It did a loop overhead and had a floppy
flight and fanned it's dark tail in the loop. Than went north again. It had
medium gray body, head light. This bird was in sight maybe 2 minutes. Than
a few minutes later a higher adult Cooper's Hawk flying south over the same
area . I always have binoculars on my walks.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County
 

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Date: 6/1/17 4:32 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Grasslands near Washington Boro
Can someone please tell
Me where this is? I believe it was owned by the sewage
Plant maybe ?

Thanks!

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

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/1/17 1:36 pm
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Re: Yellow Headed Black Bird - Spring Mills, Centre County
as per joe verica, he confirmed the Yellow Headed Blackbird at the same
location. he stated triple J comes off route 45, different from what
the google map had said.

chad kauffman


On 6/1/2017 2:54 PM, Chad Kauffman wrote:
> hello all
>
> I just got a call from an amish friend in Belleville about a rare bird
> alert on a phone line that I didn't know about. It sounds like it
> might be run by amish. that phone number is 712-432-8550 x1
>
> the report he gave me was a Yellow Headed Blackbird was reported at
> Triple J Drive, Spring Mills in centre county. the reporter was Alvin
> Stoltzfus, his phone is 814-349-5377 x 2
>
> from the phone message, it sounded like it was seen yesterday 2 times,
> the last time at 4pm at their driveway and in their pasture.
>
> looking at the map in google, on route 45, it looks like it is East,
> before Millheim, turn right on gordons lane, which is before Weavers
> Store, then once on gordons lane, you turn right onto Triple J Lane.
>
> good luck to anyone who can chase it. I saw there was another one
> with picture in the state yesterday, reported on one of the birding
> pages on facebook.
>
> Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA
>

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Date: 6/1/17 12:31 pm
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: Re: Dickcissels on Laughlin Farm Rd
Nice find! I hope to be able to try to visit there this weekend, to see if by chance they're still around.


Amy Taracido


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From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of karen jackson <000000b52f372423-dmarc-request...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:09 PM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] dickcissels on Laughlin Farm Rd

Margaret Higbee saw 2 dickcissel at the above location on Tues. Directions From RT 22 driving east to RT 982 turn right onto 982, drive approx. 1.5 mile and turn left onto Laughlin Farm Rd. Drive approx. .75 to 1 mile to where you have wide open vista of farm fields. Karen JacksonNew Alexandria, PAWestmoreland county
 

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Date: 6/1/17 12:30 pm
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido...>
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 14 May 2017 (two weeks)
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE05.14.17twoweeks

Highlights:
RED-THROATED LOON (Erie County)
EARED GREBE (Erie County)
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Erie County)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Armstrong and Erie Counties)
AMERICAN BITTERN
LEAST BITTERN (Erie County)
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (Erie County)
BLACK TERN (Erie and Venango Counties)
FORSTER'S TERN
CASPIAN TERN
GLAUCOUS GULL (Erie County)
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (Erie County)
RED KNOT (Erie County)
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (Mercer County)
WILLET (Erie and Lawrence Counties)
AMERICAN AVOCET (Erie County)
PIPING PLOVER (Erie County)
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (Westmoreland County)
UPLAND SANDPIPER (Clarion County)
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO
BANK SWALLOW
CLIFF SWALLOW
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
MARSH WREN
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (Allegheny and Beaver Counties)
WORM-EATING WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (Crawford County)
AUDUBON'S YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (Erie County)
BREWSTER'S WARBLER (Allegheny County)
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER (Erie County)
WILSON'S WARBLER
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
HENSLOW'S SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
SAVANNAH SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Erie County)
EVENING GROSBEAK (Forest County)
BOBOLINK

Contributors: Tony Bledsoe, Dave Brooke, Cathy Brown, Alan Buriak, Dick Byers, Donna Collett, Shawn Collins, Karyn Delaney, Gigi Gerben, Steve Gosser, Todd Hooe, Matt Juskowich, Michelle Keinholz, Scott Kinzey, Glenn Koppel, Geoff Malosh, Flo McGuire, Jerry McWilliams, Clare Nicolls, Philip O'Brien, Dan Richards, Steve Sanford, Kate St. John, Christina Schmidlapp, Jack Solomon, Jerry Stanley, Ryan Tomazin, Marjorie Van Tassel, Mark Vass, Dan Weeks, Carole Winslow.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Saturday, 29 April 2017 through Sunday, 14 May 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

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PLEASE NOTE: GREAT EGRET, RUDDY DUCK, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At Frick Park on 5/10, 1 BREWSTER'S WARBLER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (DW); on 5/14, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 2 EMPIDONAX FLYCATCHER SP. (SK).

At Barking Slopes on 4/30, WORM-EATING WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS (TH).

On 4/30 at Schenley Park, sightings included PALM WARBLER; on 5/1, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (KSJ).

At Linwood Park on 5/1, KENTUCKY WARBLER (KD).

In Forest Hills Borough on 5/9, PRAIRIE WARBLER (TB).

On 5/11 at North Park, 1 CLIFF SWALLOW; on 5/12, 1 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (AB); on 5/14, 1 DUNLIN (PO).

In the Imperial area on 5/12, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, HORNED LARK, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, PRAIRIE WARBLER (GM).

On 5/12 at Sewickley Park, VEERY, PURPLE FINCH, and others (GM).

At Harrison Hills Park on 5/13, 2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 1 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 2 PURPLE MARTINS, 1 KENTUCKY WARBLER, 1 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and others (DB).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

At Crooked Creek Lake on 5/10, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, COMMON RAVENS (MVan).


BEAVER COUNTY:

On 5/2 at Raccoon Creek State Park, CERULEAN WARBLER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH; on 5/12, 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 1 CANADA WARBLER, 2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS (DC).

At Independence Marsh on 5/12, 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS, 2 BANK SWALLOWS; on 5/14, 1 DUNLIN (MVas).


CLARION COUNTY:

In the Mt. Airy area on 5/3, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BOBOLINKS, 1 GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (CW).

On 5/3, in Sligo, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, BOBOLINKS (CW).

In Beaver Township on 5/7, 1 SHORT-EARED OWL (CN).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

At Conneaut Marsh on 5/2, SORA, MARSH WREN, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (CN).

On 5/12 at Custards Marsh, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (SC); on 5/13, VIRGINIA RAIL (RT).

Along McMichael Road on 5/13, AMERICAN BITTERN, 8+ SORAS, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, 4 SANDHILL CRANES, 1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, MARSH WRENS, PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS (RT).

On 5/13 near Miller's Pond, HORNED LARK, NORTHERN HARRIER, BOBOLINKS, SANDHILL CRANES, PURPLE MARTINS (RT).


ERIE COUNTY:

From last week: on 4/24 at Presque Isle, 1 PIPING PLOVER; on 4/26, 2 AMERICAN BITTERN; on 4/27, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK (JM).

On 4/29 at Presque Isle, 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 1 PIPING PLOVER, 1 AMERICAN AVOCET, 7 WILLETS; on 5/1, 1 RED-THROATED LOON, 1 PIPING PLOVER, 4 WILLETS, 1 RED KNOT; on 5/3, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN; on 5/4, 1 PIPING PLOVER, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL; on 5/5 and 5/7, BLACK TERN; on 5/6, 1 EARED GREBE, 1 LEAST BITTERN, 2+ AMERICAN BITTERNS, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, PRAIRIE WARBLER; on 5/7, PRAIRIE WARBLER, 4 SURF SCOTERS, 2+ AMERICAN BITTERNS, 1 AUDUBON'S YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER; on 5/13, 1 BLACK SCOTER, 1 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (JM), 1 LEAST BITTERN, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, COMMON TERN, FORSTER'S TERN (RT); on 5/14, 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, 1 MOURNING WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (SC), 1 LEAST BITTERN, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, 1 CERULEAN WARBLER, 1-2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 1-3 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS (JM).

In Fairview Township on 4/29, 1 WILLET (JM).


FOREST COUNTY:

In Tionesta on 4/30, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (FM).

On 5/13 in Marienville, 1 PURPLE FINCH, 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS (MVas).


GREENE COUNTY:

On 4/30 at Enlow Fork, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (CS).


INDIANA COUNTY:

On 5/5 at Yellow Creek State Park, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, FORSTER'S TERN, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and others (SG).


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

On 5/6 at Kyle Lake, 11 CASPIAN TERNS (DR).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

At the Volant Strips on 4/30, 4 HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, BOBOLINKS (GK); on 5/13, COMMON MOORHEN, 2 PURPLE FINCHES (RT).

On 4/30 at the Shanor Road ponds, 5 WILLETS (GK).


MERCER COUNTY:

On 5/10 at Shenango Lake, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, western PALM WARBLER, 2 FORSTER'S TERNS, and others (SS).

Along Tieline Road on 5/11, sightings included 2 AMERICAN PIPITS (MVas).


VENANGO COUNTY:

On 4/29 in Franklin, CLIFF SWALLOWS (JSt).

At Kahle Lake on 4/29, 1 BLACK TERN (JSt).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 5/3 in an unspecified location, 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (CB).

Around Taylorstown and State Gamelands #232 on 5/3, sightings included CERULEAN WARBLER, 3+ BOBOLINKS, 1 RING-NECKED PHEASANT, SAVANNAH SPARROW, 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS (RT).

On 5/8 along the Montour Trail, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, VEERY (GG).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

On 4/30, 5/7, and 5/8 at Donegal Lake, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (MJ, DB).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Date: 6/1/17 12:10 pm
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11...>
Subject: Late post from 5/31 Lebanon County
Don Billett and I were where at Memorial Lake State Park yesterday and from
1 pm to about 4:30 pm and the pair of Surf Scoters was one highlight that
used every part of the lake.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County
 

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Date: 6/1/17 11:54 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Yellow Headed Black Bird - Spring Mills, Centre County
hello all

I just got a call from an amish friend in Belleville about a rare bird
alert on a phone line that I didn't know about. It sounds like it might
be run by amish. that phone number is 712-432-8550 x1

the report he gave me was a Yellow Headed Blackbird was reported at
Triple J Drive, Spring Mills in centre county. the reporter was Alvin
Stoltzfus, his phone is 814-349-5377 x 2

from the phone message, it sounded like it was seen yesterday 2 times,
the last time at 4pm at their driveway and in their pasture.

looking at the map in google, on route 45, it looks like it is East,
before Millheim, turn right on gordons lane, which is before Weavers
Store, then once on gordons lane, you turn right onto Triple J Lane.

good luck to anyone who can chase it. I saw there was another one with
picture in the state yesterday, reported on one of the birding pages on
facebook.

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA

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Date: 6/1/17 7:04 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (31 May 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 31, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 11 11
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Observation start time: 13:30:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Holly Merker, John McNamara, Kathleen Pileggi, Peter Wilner

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (16): Peter Wilner, Myron Showalter, Melvern Martin, Kristy Given
(6), John McNamara, Holly Merker, Debby Kern, Bob Suter, Dale Kendall,
Kathleen Pileggi.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Weather:
Partly Cloudy (50-25% cloud cover), Ceiling - 34,600-28,300 ft., Visibility
- 10 miles, Temps 75F, Winds WSW @ 5 - 10 mph.


Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
1-Cooper's Hawk, 1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (30) and Turkey Vultures (50).
<BR><BR>
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Riders on the Storm?---
Weatherman was wrong but for onceto our benefit. It was perfect today
when it was to be overcast and dreary. Ill take it! The group from
Kendal/Crosslands Retirement Community was here again today. Bob said he
needed a Blue Grosbeak for a lifer. Ill buy everyone an ice cream if we
get a good look at one! He says. Shortly, there came the strong beautiful
tones of a Blue Grosbeak. Hey, I hear a hot fudge sundae singing in the
meadow! I said, adding, Ill take mine with whipped cream, hold the
(fake) cherry! The 6pm whistle blew to a perfect sky and signaling the
beginning of when we typically see shorebird flocks. Holly found a
Nighthawk at 6:22pm. Four more came by. Dale, who I love dearly, was able
to get everyone on a leaf in the woods. Yay, Dale! You found a leaf on a
tree!! And she wanted a celebratory pretzel for THAT!!! Bob walked down
to get a picture of a Common Yellowthroat, asking Dale not to forget and
leave with the group without him. Dale said, Oh no, Bob, we wont forget
you, we need you for our ice cream! Hey, a new segment to the blog the
Holly says segment: Holly says that Kites were moving thru Maryland, and
that during a trip last week to the Delaware marshes, in talking with
people there, discovered that the Horseshoe Crab eggs on which so many of
these shorebirds rely are late in getting laid. We didnt get any during
this perfect day Kites or Shorebirds. Just not our day? Or in the case
of the shorebirds, did they slip by us at night, over and during those
storms? Or are they. as Holly suggests, perhaps still fattening up on
somewhat late Horseshoe Crab eggs?
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
4-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 5-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 2-Willow Flycatcher,
5-COMMON RAVEN, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (9): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange
Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, American Lady, Little Wood Satyr.
Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (1):
Eastern Gray Squirrel.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 5.95; Steps: 13,955; Floors:
29.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 58; this season: 89
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks mostly sunny and breezy
The Kites Background clouds may be a bit limited.
As for the shorebirds who knows??
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 6/1/17 6:08 am
From: Richard Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Least bittern, York Co
Lou Carpenter and I had a least bittern calling and briefly seen in wetland pond #3 on Brunner Is. this morning.

Dick Cleary

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Date: 6/1/17 5:03 am
From: steve cottrell <miami.07...>
Subject: Pileated Woodpecker magnet - Chester Co
In the project to go native, a 28-year-old non-native weeping willow was girdled last fall with the intention of leaving it as a snag while the scarlet and white oaks planted underneath get established. It didn't take long for Pileated Woodpeckers to discover the decaying willow. They can be expected to be regular visitors until they bring down the entire snag.


steve cottrell

London Britain Twp
 

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Date: 5/31/17 10:50 pm
From: Kevin Dougherty <quid789...>
Subject: Immature Black-crowned Night Heron, Leaser Lake, Lehigh County
There was an immature Black-crowned Night Heron present at the upper end of
the West Inlet (the inlet directly west of the west parking lot) at
approximately 0900 on May 31. Photos can be seen at the following eBird
checklist http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37301855

kevin dougherty
 

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Date: 5/31/17 6:45 pm
From: Terry Master <TMaster...>
Subject: Prothonotary Warbler, Pike County
Hello Everyone:

I was at the swamp just in from PA Rt. 402 on Hobday Rd. in Delaware State Forest this morning with my graduate students looking for Northern Waterthrushes but the bird of the morning was a Prothonotary Warbler singing on prominent snags in the swamp.

Terry

Terry L. Master, Ph.D.
Interim Department Chair
Dept. Graduate Coordinator
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Dept. of Biological Sciences
East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
570-422-3709
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Date: 5/31/17 6:04 pm
From: Carole <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Clarion Co- Henslow's and veeries
A nice combination to enjoy this evening.. sitting by the fire on the hilltop, listening to a Henslow's sparrow calling out in the field while veeries and wood thrush are singing in the woods behind​ me ! The pleasures of living in Clarion County..

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co

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Date: 5/31/17 4:03 pm
From: Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Clarion Co- Worm-eating warblers, yellow-breasted chat, NO clay-colored sparrows
Late spring greetings !

Just a couple of items from the past several days of birding here in the
county. On Monday evening I checked on the yellow-breasted chat that has
been present here on the property for the past several weeks. It was
singing in the same area and visible at dusk around 8:30 or so. I will
hope that it continues here and that I might be able to confirm breeding
somehow, what a great record to add to the property list !

On my new favorite birding area along the Redbank Valley Trail at
Lawsonham (heading east towards New Bethlehem), I biked about 5 miles or so
yesterday morning. What a beautiful morning with some fog still in the
valley when I got there. The yellow-throated warbler continues to be
singing at the parking area as well as northern parula, two great birds for
southern Clarion. I did finally hear one cerulean singing further in the
trail and a total of 4 worm-eating warblers. If you want to see one, this
is a great area and right now they are very vocal and easily seen right
down along the trail. I had walked there a little Monday evening and did
not hear them, so morning does seem to be better. Louisiana waterthrush
were also singing down along the creek bank, and in the pines and hemlock
found black-throated green and blackburnian warblers. Acadian flycatchers
were back here as well. This is just a beautiful trail to walk or bike.

I will plan to get to Piney tract again some time in the next week but
so far I have not found any clay-colored sparrows present in their usual
areas. That doesn't mean they aren't there, but I have not had luck. If
someone else has located any this year I'd be happy to hear. I did see one
eBird report but not sure of the details so can't really confirm. I will
post again if I located any this year.

I was able to run my first BBS this morning with nothing spectacular to
report other than good weather for a change. The second one will be
tomorrow and I'll pass along anything interesting.

Enjoy the start of breeding season !

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
 

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Date: 5/31/17 3:40 pm
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon...>
Subject: Dauphin Co, Harrisburg Peregrine Falcons
The 2017 version of the before and after-hours volunteer contingent,
Harrisburg Falcon Watch and Rescue Program, has concluded - sort of. After
an accidental fall from the ledge by the blue-banded male on Thursday, May
25, and subsequent rescue from a nearby rooftop Friday morning, May 26, all
three chicks fledged on Friday (Red, aged 40 days) and Saturday (White and
Blue, both aged 39 days). Red took to the skies pretty much instantly,
fledging upwards and making numerous short upwards flights with very short
breaks between, then began to focus on making precision landings on small
targets like the top of a flagpole or a utility pole where 2 mourning doves
were perched. On Saturday afternoon he made an attempt at the ledge but
circled around for another attempt even though he had the height, seemingly
because he wanted to land on the perching stick where the adult male was
perched. On the 2nd approach he succeeded in bumping dear old Dad off his
perch and taking it over.

White also fledged upwards, but his first few subsequent flights were not
as strong or as long, and he had difficulty maintaining altitude. As of
fledging time, White was the largest of the three chicks, being slightly
taller and broader and deeper in the chest, and the extra weight that goes
with the extra size could account for his slower start. He managed to avoid
coming to ground while his wing muscles developed however, and by Monday
afternoon he and Red were zipping over the tallest building in Harrisburg
at will and enjoying nearly constant mock battles high in the air above 4th
and Market Streets. They and their parents put on the most incredible show
of tail pulling, talon locking, side-slipping, barrel rolling, high speed
and high altitude flying I've witnessed since I began watching in 2005. It
was a truly breathtaking gift for the volunteers who set aside part of
their Memorial Day to help out with Falcon Watch.

The blue-banded male did not have a good fledging flight and he ended up in
the street after about 15 seconds in the air. He was successfully rescued
and transported to Red Creek Wildlife Center where he is expected to stay
for a few days until he is ready to try again. When he returns to
Harrisburg, the Falcon Watch volunteers will reconvene for a few days until
he is at home in the air and ready to be taught the finer points of falcon
survival by his parents.

The next week or two will be the best opportunity until next year to watch
this falcon family at play above the streets of Harrisburg. Even as they
wander farther afield during the daytime, the chicks will probably continue
to return to the area near the nest ledge in the early evening for the next
few weeks. Eventually, visits to the nest ledge will become more sporadic
and it will take more luck as time goes on to catch the falcon family at
play "at home".

Good birding,

--
Sue Hannon
Grantville
Dauphin County, PA
 

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Date: 5/31/17 1:25 pm
From: Moses Martin <kaboommals...>
Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker Montour County
Some friends of mine reported seeing a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers near their home over a month ago. I missed on first 3 tries to seeing them but this morning I saw one on a fence post near the road which then flew into the trees. I drove past and then turned around and when I returned there was one about 100 yards farther down the road, once again on a fence post along the road. So I didn't see two at once, but my friends have seen a pair. This was on Mill Rd 1/4 mile east of the intersection of County Line and Mill (Schuyler in Google Earth).

Been seeing Eastern Kingbirds several different places around Millville and Exchange and had a great close up eye level view of our resident Great Created Flycatcher here at the house on Saturday. I rarely fail to hear him calling when I step out of the house this time of year, but he usually doesn't come down and land of the fence just 15 feet away!

Moses Martin
Millville, PA
 

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Date: 5/31/17 10:34 am
From: Katrina Knight <kknight...>
Subject: 3 Prothonotary Warblers, Berks Co.
Art Zdancewic and I spent the morning birding around Lake
Ontelaunee. We found a singing Prothonotary Warbler at Peters
Creek, as Rudy Keller reported previously. Later we stopped at
Bailey's Creek where we found another singing male and a few
minutes later a female near the little bridge where the creek
empties into the lake. In the more than 20 years that I've lived
in Reading, I don't think I've ever seen more than one
Prothonotary here in a single day.

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

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Date: 5/31/17 9:09 am
From: karen jackson <000000b52f372423-dmarc-request...>
Subject: dickcissels on Laughlin Farm Rd
Margaret Higbee saw 2 dickcissel at the above location on Tues. Directions From RT 22 driving east to RT 982 turn right onto 982, drive approx. 1.5 mile and turn left onto Laughlin Farm Rd.  Drive approx. .75 to 1 mile to where you have wide open vista of farm fields.  Karen JacksonNew Alexandria, PAWestmoreland county
 

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Date: 5/31/17 6:41 am
From: R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Snowy Egret, York Co.
There was a snowy egret at Lake Redman last evening associating with a dozen or so great egrets and moving to several spots on either side of Hess Farm Rd. I didn't see it this morning, but it could still be around and may return this evening.


Dick Cleary
 

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Date: 5/31/17 6:28 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Fw: Mourning Warbler, Frick, Allegheny
Oops. Have now included county

Kate St. John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org

On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 9:14, Kate StJohn<kstjohn001...> wrote: 9:12am. There's a mourning warbler, maybe two, in the trees just beyond the portajohns at Blue Slide entrance. He's singing 

Kate St. John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 5/31/17 6:18 am
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Mourning Warbler, Frick
9:12am. There's a mourning warbler, maybe two, in the trees just beyond the portajohns at Blue Slide entrance. He's singing 

Kate St. John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 5/31/17 6:05 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: PSO field trip to NE PA report
Hello all

PSO trip to NW PA May 2017.

It is always great to think about a trip to the Northwest Corner of PA,
no matter what time of the year it is.I get extra excited to go in May
as I have had some of my best migration moments being on Presque Isle.We
saw the migration was heavy during the week before our trip, which was
the 3^rd weekend of May.We knew some birders were already on the Isle
before we met with some to start the day late morning of Friday 5/19.Our
first major surprise was seeing a lingering Eared Grebe.It was seen off
the water’s edge quickly from our car, I first shouted Pied Billed
Grebe, and then we thought Horned Grebe.After everyone climbed out to
get some bins and cameras on it, we all agreed it was an Eared Grebe,
not a bird we expected to see in Mid May and to see one in breeding
plumage was very awesome.

We had heard about a report of a Black Scoter being seen early morning
with Bufflehead, so when we got to Beach 11 to scan the water, we were
again pleasantly surprised to see the flock out on the water among a lot
of fishing boats.This isn’t an easy bird to get in PA, so another odd
bird to get on our list.While scanning and waving to Mary Birdsong at
Gull point, we saw something lift up the birds there and were able to
see Great Egret, Caspian Tern and Common Tern.

We got into some flocks of birds, but nothing big or many for the
weekend, so we had to work for our birds a bit more than usual.The
Yellow Warbler is always the bird of the area, but we got to see and
hear a few others.

On Saturday, it seemed like the winds emptied out the isle quite a bit,
so it was almost like we had to find the newcomers still moving
north.The high winds had the waters really choppy so the waterfowl was
almost none existent.We tried to find protected areas to do our
birding.We did luck into some active Red Breasted Nuthatch on the north
side of isle near the pines, the only spot we had them on the weekend.We
ran into another birder who found a perched Common Nighthawk off
Sidewalk trail, so we explored that area and lucked out seeing it
loafing on a branch, good pics were had by several of us.

On Sunday morning, we ventured south to visit Crawford County.There had
been an exciting report of a King Rail at the Geneva Marsh and we look
forward to that different type of habitat on this trip.We were able to
get Sora and Virginia Rail, but weren’t lucky enough to get the King
Rail.Some awesome point blank views of Prothonatary Warbler, as well as
a flyby Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

Traveling to Pymatuning and Millers ponds gave us some more habitats to
look at.We got to enjoy some nice shorebirds and some grassland birds.We
thought we had another Common Tern at the spillway, but after further
review, it turned out to be a Forsters Tern, which was new for the trip.
On the way out of the spillway, in a field eagle eye Bill Oyler spotted
2 Sandhill Cranes in a field, which made us all stop and enjoy that
sighting.It is always a special bonus to get these birds when you visit
areas they can be found in.

From there, we followed Carole Winslow’s lead down to her birding areas
in the hopes of more grassland species.She led us right to Mt Airy where
some Upland Sandpipers were being seen and it didn’t take long to call
one in and it came right to a post at point blank range for us.It even
gave us the wolfcall back in return.From there we made our way to Piney
Tract to finish the day with some great looks and sounds of the Henslows
Sparrow.A male Northern Harrier also entertained us on that route to end
our birding when the rains finally caught up to us again.

Overall, we had another great PSO trip, met more people, matched names
to faces and we enjoyed some new dining areas as well as promoted
birding to those locales.Our birding checklist got to over 130 species
seen/heard by someone in the group.

Our next PSO trip is this coming weekend to Bucktoe Shorebird and Kite
watch with side trips to John Heinz and Ridley Park. Please contact me
or check out the link if you need more information
https://www.facebook.com/events/1297165533699319/

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA

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Date: 5/31/17 4:54 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (30 May 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 30, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 11 11
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Gerry Teig

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (2): Gerry Teig.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Cloudy with Rain & Drizzle (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 800 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 65 - 62F, Winds SE @ 5 - 10 mph.
<BR><BR>


Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
2-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (2) and Turkey Vultures (4).
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---This Made Yesterday Look Like a Dream Day---
Complain about a 1,300 ft. ceiling, will ya? Try an 800 foot ceiling,
Larry! A singing Rose-breasted Grosbeak, our 89th species at this years
Watch, brought a smile to my sullen face. But, I do enjoy a talented
singer. Oh look, now theyve changed this cloudy forecast, which was wrong
to begin withinto a spotty showers forecast. Well, that spot they have
in mind must be right over my head. All its done for me today is rain or
drizzle.
Gerry showed up and noticed an Eastern Towhee at the feeder platform.
Thats our first at our feeders and our 42nd species to feed at our
feeders. Later, after Gerry left, the trill of an American Toad kept me
company. I remained, dampened in attire if not in spirit, right to the
bitter end, and at 8:20, close to leaving, I was treated to 9 single
eerie hoots from a Barred Owl, close by, spaced about 30 seconds apart.
Ive never heard one do that before. Darkness enveloped me as my spirit
lifted
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
3-Great Blue Heron, 1-Green Heron, 1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1-Barred Owl,
2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Blackpoll Warbler, 1-Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 2-Blue
Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): Dragonflies (0): Reptiles &
Amphibians (1): American Toad. Mammals (0).
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 4.51; Steps: 10,587; Floors: 6.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 57; this season: 89
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):
Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like one more dreary one, though not as bad, before
we break out of it for a few days (or so THEY say).
The Kites not particularly a Kite-type day, although the winds are
favorable, but light.
As for the shorebirds It could happen if the thunderstorms that are
possible, hold off.
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 5/31/17 2:27 am
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: migrants, berks
Some birds still moving. Prothonotary continues.


> Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> May 30, 2017 10:40 AM - 11:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast, intermittent drizzle, 60F
> 53 species
>
> Canada Goose 42
> Mute Swan 3
> Wood Duck 24 Female with 13 recently hatched fluffballs.
> Red-breasted Merganser 2 In very washed out female type plumage,
> lacking white throats and showing no demarcation line between faded red
> heads and necks. Presumably late migrants forced down by last night's
> rain.
> Common Loon 3 Imm. birds forced down by last night's rain.
> Double-crested Cormorant 18
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Green Heron 1
> Ring-billed Gull 5 May be late migrants. Unusual at this lake so late
> in spring.
> Chimney Swift 4
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Merlin 1 Small, dark falcon flying not far above treetops on backward
> angled, pointed wings. No color or light feathers on underside to indicate
> kestrel. Size and overall dark coloring point to Merlin. Did not appear
> to be migrating - went down behind trees at Peters Creek ponds. Unusual
> and interesting to have one still here now.
> Alder Flycatcher 1 Singing 'r-r-E-E-beer'. Migrant. Fitz-bew relative
> also present.
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Warbling Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 8
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 2
> Fish Crow 2
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 14
> Purple Martin 4
> Tree Swallow 10
> Barn Swallow 8
> Cliff Swallow 60
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> House Wren 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> Wood Thrush 10
> American Robin 5
> Gray Catbird 8
> Cedar Waxwing 2
> Prothonotary Warbler 1 Sang intermittently for several minutes near
> railroad tracks, then flew away upstream toward the ponds, displaying
> blue-gray wings and tail and golden yellow body.
> Common Yellowthroat 3
> Yellow Warbler 3
> Song Sparrow 5
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Scarlet Tanager 1
> Northern Cardinal 10
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 7
> Common Grackle 7
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Orchard Oriole 2
> Baltimore Oriole 9
> House Finch 4
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37272632
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 5/31/17 1:43 am
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: possible wood stork Breezewood - last week
Hi all

A bird was reported to me as an apparent Wood Stork, seen on the Juniata R. near Breezewood in Bedford Co. by kayakers. Seen with some Great Blue Herons, it was observed by one person to have a "dark head". A second person, known to me as a reliable observer in my opinion, noted black and white on the wings when the bird took flight. This person has seen Wood Storks in Florida. Might have been a Great Egret, but their descriptions of head and wings, unprompted by me, suggests not an egret.

Sighting was last week, but I just today got these details.

Greg

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

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Date: 5/30/17 9:38 am
From: Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lebanon County , continuing Surf Scoters
The two Surf Scoters are still at Memorial Lk, along with six Ruddy Ducks and s Common Loon. Good scoter viewing is from the Hillside Fishing Access overlook on south side of lake.

Tim Becker

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 5/30/17 7:02 am
From: Kermit Henning <0000003ed26bf4fb-dmarc-request...>
Subject: West Fairview
Interesting morning at the West Faitview boat launch area at 6:30. A
yellow crowned night heron was walking around on shore right next to the parking
lot, foraging for earthworms. A mallard hen had 12 ducklings following her
in and out of the water. Also saw 4 families of Canada geese with a total
of 28 goslings, 7 cormorants fishing in the mouth of the creek, and 3
spotted sandpipers working the shoreline.

Kermit Henning
Mechanicsburg
 

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Date: 5/30/17 6:19 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (29 May 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 29, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 11 11
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Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (8): Kathleen Pileggi, Angela Benjamin, Kathleen Rengert, Jim
Green, Pam Green, Lisa Tull, Mike Harvell .
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Overcast (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 1,300 ft., Visibility - 10 miles,
Temps 61 - 66F, Winds ENE @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
3-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (5) and Turkey Vultures (10).
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Watch the Low Ceiling---
A ceiling (in a meteorological sense) is defined as the height above the
earth's surface of the cloud base (or of the lowest cloud layer if there's
more than one type of cloud in the sky), covering at least 50% of the sky.
A low ceiling is anything below 6,500 feet. Middle clouds are formed at
6,500 feet to 23,000 feet; high above that, up to 40,000 feet. I define a
low ceiling as birds possibly slipping by us unseen. Our ceiling today
was only 1,300 feet. They could have flown under the clouds that
happens, right? That is, if they did fly over us to begin with. And they
just might have. Kelley called around 7:15pm to say that she was down at
Port Mahon on the Delaware bay-shore, and was seeing large flocks of
shorebirds migrating out, heading north in our direction. But we saw no
Kites during the day or shorebirds during the evening flight. Another
gloomy day, highlighted by a Common Nighthawk, ever-present Blue Grosbeaks,
and flyby Great Egret and Green Heron. Our weather is really cramping our
style this year.
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 1-Killdeer.
<BR><BR>
1-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 1-Green Heron, 1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): Dragonflies (0): Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Chipmunk.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 8.61; Steps: 20,189; Floors:
40.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 63; this season: 88
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks basically like a repeat of this day, with a low
ceiling (expected to be only 800 feet tomorrow) and complete cloud cover.
The Kites will be tough to spot in that
As for the shorebirds they will have to come by low to be seen.
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 5/29/17 7:37 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: prothonotary warbler continues, berks
Nice list so late in the day due to cool, overcast weather and much singing.



> Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> May 29, 2017 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 5.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast with residual drizzle at beginning, calm, 60-64F.
> 61 species
>
> Canada Goose 15
> Mute Swan 7 The breeding pair produced 2 cygnets.
> Wood Duck 21
> Mallard 3
> Double-crested Cormorant 16
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Osprey 1
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Mourning Dove 6
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Chimney Swift 4
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 6
> Eastern Kingbird 3
> Warbling Vireo 4
> Red-eyed Vireo 17
> Blue Jay 11
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 3
> Common Raven 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 11
> Purple Martin 4
> Tree Swallow 10
> Barn Swallow 12
> Cliff Swallow 60
> Carolina Chickadee 3
> Tufted Titmouse 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> House Wren 5
> Carolina Wren 6
> Eastern Bluebird 4
> Wood Thrush 30
> American Robin 32
> Gray Catbird 52
> European Starling 5
> Cedar Waxwing 2
> Ovenbird 3
> Prothonotary Warbler 1 Singing this time at the larger of the Peters
> Creek ponds among willow snags.
> Common Yellowthroat 7
> Yellow Warbler 3
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Field Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 9
> Eastern Towhee 8
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal 19
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
> Indigo Bunting 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 37
> Common Grackle 9
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 21
> House Finch 9
> American Goldfinch 7
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37253841
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 5/29/17 5:05 pm
From: Geoff Malosh <pomarine...>
Subject: Apparent Barn Owl, Allegheny County
I have been recording nocturnal migration over my house in western Allegheny
County again this spring, and recently turned up a very interesting record:
an apparent Barn Owl which flew over my house at 3am on May 24. Recordings
are here:



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37213774



Unfortunately I was not awake for this one, otherwise it would have made for
a very remarkable addition to the yard list. Instead it goes into the
"appendix" of species that I have listed here only by automated recording
and did not hear live at the time (5 species are on that list these days).
This was one of the last birds I imagined I would ever record here,
considering how rare the species is in Pennsylvania west of the Allegheny
Front. I did consider the possibility of an immature owl of another species,
for example, Great Horned or Barred, and certainly any NFC (nocturnal flight
call) naturally comes with a higher level of uncertainty and skepticism. But
this set of calls is so perfectly consistent with Barn Owl that it seems a
pretty safe ID. It was also unanimously endorsed as a Barn Owl by several
respondents to a post I made about this bird to the NFC-L discussion group.
Of course if anyone has any other thoughts on the ID of this call I would
certainly like to hear it.



I was not able to record for a few days in late April and early May due to
being out of town, and I still have a backlog of recordings to go through
from about May 5-15, but overall it's been a pretty typical flight this
year, even as it maybe hasn't been the greatest year for migrants on the
ground, at least around these parts. The birds are definitely flying
through, though.



Speaking of yard birds, on Saturday morning (5/27), a Canada Warbler was
singing in the yard, just the second (non-NFC) record here, and this morning
(5/29), a Great Crested Flycatcher was present, also the second record for
the yard.



Geoff Malosh

Allegheny County

www.flickr.com/photos/geoffmalosh/


 

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Date: 5/29/17 4:24 pm
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)- Bucks Co. (5/21-5/27)
All,


Birder reports were light this week. The reported species totaled 85. Some migrants continued to trickle through.
Wood Duck-1st juvs. 5/27 (photo.). Also, the male Wood Duck-female Mallard pair continue (photo at bird blind 5/27)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo-multiple days
1 Common Nighthawk 5/23 Photo
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush -only report 5/26
Swainson's Thrush-last report 2 5/26
14 warbler species including:
3 N. Waterthrush 5/26
4 American Redstarts 5/26

1 N. Parula 5/26

Magnolia Warbler multiple days

1 Blackburnian Warbler 5/23

2 Black-throated Blue Warblers 5/27

Blackpoll Warbler -multiple days

Canada Warbler multiple days

1 Wilson's Warbler 5/26



Weekly posts for the next few weeks will be for only standout reports if any. All are welcome to post as usual if you feel you saw something of interest.
A Peace Valley Park Flickr site has pictures taken by local photographers. It is supposed to be for pictures only from the park but I noticed some are not.
https://www.flickr.com/groups/peacevalleypark/



Thanks to all who reported their sightings this week.


August Mirabella
North Wales, PA

 

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Date: 5/29/17 2:15 pm
From: Anne Annibali <anneanni...>
Subject: Banner Day in Lebanon County
What started as a casual Memorial Day drive turned into a great day of special sightings. First stop was an area eagle nest where both adults were perched on lookout and 2 nearly-grown fledglings were wing-hopping on the edge of the nest. Then on to the dam breast at Memorial Lake where the highlights were a red-bellied woodpecker, a bluebird and two brown thrashers near the parking lot, a loon diving and grooming in the lake, an osprey fishing the lake (both ignoring all the people fishing and boating) and a great blue heron in the spillway creek along with 3 more GBH's flying across the lake in echelon formation. Didn't find the surf scoters reported earlier today.


Anne Annibali,

Lebanon County
 

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Date: 5/29/17 1:38 pm
From: R.L. Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: White-rumped sandpipers, York Co.
In addition to the two white-rumped sandpipers reported yesterday at Lake Redman feeding in the temporary pond on the south side of Hess Farm rd., a mixed flock of about a dozen semi-palmated and white-rumped sandpipers flew into the Sparton rd. area this morning. At least four of the birds were white-rumps. Despite all the people and dogs the flock was still present when I checked this afternoon.


Dick Cleary
 

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Date: 5/29/17 12:29 pm
From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
Subject: Broad Mountain Breeding Bird Survey Route- Huntingdon/Mifflin Counties
I managed to get my BBS route done yesterday with no rain and before they close Standing Stone Road from Alan Seeger Natural Area to Cooper's Gap Road. It starts at Greenwood Furnace at 5:10 and goes up Broad Mtn to Alan Seeger and then meanders along Cooper's Gap Road and other roads until it returns to STanding Stone Rd. 50 stops every 1/2 mile and 3 minute count. Some excessive noise along streams.
Elevation change from 1000 ft to 2200 ft. Rhododendron/ hemlock, deciduous woods and scrub/huckleberry.
Cumulative species list for my 2007-2017 data is 67 and for all years 75.
New records are 24 Hooded Warblers and 6 Louisiana Waterthrush. Black and White tied another year with 15.
Nice surprise with 4 Canada Warblers. I love hearing them.
Biggest miss was Common Raven and perhaps Flicker altho we saw Flickers along the way between stops. And a walk earlier in the week in the Natural area had several Ravens.
Since Greg first ran the route in 1993, a subjective look at the data seems to show that the number of each species seems fairly stable with perhaps increases in Veerys, Ovenbirds, Hooded and Towhees.
All stops have been put into eBird so you can find exact coordinates for any bird that you are interested in. Alan Seeger Natural Area can be put in as location.

46 Species 484 individuals 2017
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Eastern Whip-poor-will 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 9
Acadian Flycatcher 14
Least Flycatcher 0
Eastern Phoebe 6
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue-headed Vireo 5
Red-eyed Vireo 64
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Veery 18
Hermit Thrush 3
Wood Thrush 18
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 5
Ovenbird 69
Worm-eating Warbler 3
Louisiana Waterthrush 6
Black-and-white Warbler 15
Common Yellowthroat 14
Hooded Warbler 24
American Redstart 13
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 11
Black-throated Blue Warbler 14
Black-throated Green Warbler 6
Canada Warbler 4
Eastern Towhee 51
Chipping Sparrow 12
Scarlet Tanager 31
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 4
Total Species 46
Total individuals 484


--
Deborah S. Grove
 

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Date: 5/29/17 12:26 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Worm-eating Warbler - Beaver Co.
This afternoon I stopped at Montgomery Dam Rd. in Potter and had a
Worm-eating Warbler that was singing incessantly there on the hillside...I
also had a Magnolia Warbler there

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 5/29/17 12:24 pm
From: Robert VanNewkirk <van126...>
Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher - North Park - Allegheny Co.
Late this morning, I found an Olive-sided Flycatcher hawking for insects in
the field three quarters of the way up the hill from the Latodomi Nature
Center. Also found while walking the Braille Trail, there was a nice
diversity of birds present including: Acadian Flycatcher, Wood Thrush (2),
Swainson's Thrush (2), Hooded Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and a Hairy
Woodpecker.

Good birding,

Bob VanNewkirk

Allegheny County
 

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Date: 5/29/17 10:36 am
From: -mikeShull <mshull...>
Subject: Lebanon County, Memorial Lake Surf Scoters
The pair of Surf Scorers reported earlier by Tim Becker are still in the lake area out from the General's residence... best viewed from the south side.
mikeShullLititz


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 5/29/17 9:29 am
From: Dnadeb <dsg4...>
Subject: Huntingdon County Rarity of the week -- Red-necked Phalarope
Thanks to about 2 inches of rain and flooded fields Jon Kauffman found a Red-necked Phalarope in a flooded farm field. Private property and requires a scope. Please respect the farmers property. McMahon Rd.
Deb G

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 5/29/17 8:15 am
From: Daniel Weeks <daniel.e.weeks...>
Subject: Eastern Wood-Pewee - Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County.
This morning I heard an Eastern Wood-Pewee calling. Amazing how it arrives right on schedule - previous first of season dates here include May 29, 2006, May 24, 2009, and May 30, 2010.

And we just saw a beautiful little Red Squirrel for the second time here - and, you guessed it, the last time we saw one was on May 29, 2006, eleven years to the day!

Yesterday I saw a Swainson's Thrush.

Saturday evening we were canoeing and were fortunate to get great fairly close views of the elusive beaver, who was swimming around the lake at dusk.

Saturday evening we also saw a male Ruddy Duck. Seems kind of late for a Ruddy Duck, although some were seen three days ago at nearby Kahle Lake. It has some fishing line sticking up out of its back - hope that is not impeding its ability to fly.

Reporting from Squaw Valley Woodlands (private), Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County.

Good birding, Dan Weeks
Allegheny Township, Butler County.
 

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Date: 5/29/17 8:05 am
From: Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Frick Today, Allegheny County, OsFl persists
The Olive-sided flycatcher was at Frick Park this morning, same clearing as described yesterday.  This time I took note and the clearing's  about 20 meters down the trail. And this time that bird ordered 3 beers, demanding the quick service that nailed our I.D.
This time, we encountered Claire S. near the park entrance on her way out but she went back with us to see it. At the same clearing we scored:
Downey Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Scarlet TanagerIndigo Hunting
Jack Solomon, with Susie Solomon
No bird sightings, or any rational thoght, for that matter, follows.
The glow of the morning persists, such that I plan to drive Susie home now, hit the couch in a few minutes, untie my shoes, point to the kitchen, an gently, but firmly, say, "Quick, three beers." 
I'll let yinz know later how that works out for me... 

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 5/29/17 7:51 am
From: Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Lebanon County, Memorial Lake, Surf Scoters
There is currently a pair of Surf Scoters at Memorial Lk, along with a male Ruddy Duck.

Tim Becker

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 5/29/17 7:20 am
From: steve cottrell <miami.07...>
Subject: Am. Kestrel nest with eggs - Chester Co.
Previously I thought a pair of kestrels abandoned a nest box because Tree Swallows commandeered it, removed all the wood shavings that were inside, and brought in grass and feathers. I cleared the box on finding that and added fresh shavings for next season. On Saturday I heard a kestrel in the area, and on checking the box I found 3 brown kestrel eggs. That underscores the importance of doing nest checks to address the unexpected.


There are 7 active Tree Swallow nests in the near vicinity with a couple of vacant boxes, so the pair evicted from the kestrel box was able to find better accommodations.


steve cottrell

London Britain Twp
 

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Date: 5/29/17 7:09 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (28 May 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 28, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 11 11
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carol Spease, Holly Merker, Kathleen Pileggi,
Mike Hartshorne

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (21): Beaty Broughton, Mike Hartshorne, Lauren Diamond, Holly
Merker, Carol Spease, Donna Harding, DC Cebula, Walter Borys, Leo Custer,
Kathleen Pileggi, Hank Davis, Mike Gardner, Lana Glass, Jean-Marie
Gauthier, Chris Weaver, Laureen Eick-Benson, Carl Mease, Bob Phillips,
Janet Phillips, Pete Zeigler.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Mostly Cloudy w/rain (75-100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 5,000 ft., Visibility
- 7.5 miles, Temps 71 - 74F, Winds Southeast @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Osprey, 1-Cooper's
Hawk, 1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (25) and
Turkey Vultures (30).
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Dont Know Weather Theyll Fly Tonight---
The Bucktoe Bird Walk came first this morning, led by Mike Gardner. Mike
loves to grill, preferring a smoker to cook with. Today, with all the
love and pride of a new father he flashed us some pictures of his newest
creation a pork loin. It did look delicious, Mike! You should be so
proud! Now, wheres my cigar? Carol arrived, bearing a gift. Thanks,
Carol. Holly came a bit afterwards, with news of a little blip on the
radar These darn weather forecasts and the actual weather has been just
horrible this spring. Today was to be Partly cloudy, becoming mostly
cloudy with no mention of rain until overnight. Yet, there it was rain at
4pm! Darn the luck! A harder, steadier, rain after 6pm, lasted right till
dark when I left. Discussion, as we watched, drifted to the topic of best
hawk watch accoutrements. Specifically, the finest hawk watch chairone on
a solar powered rotating platform of variable speed to cover the entire
sky, when that is necessary, like when we are watching for Kites, but still
a manual swivel when you must suddenly look in a different direction - you
know, to follow that streaking Merlin in the fall! Now, that would be a
chair I would sit in. All the while, there were no migrating shorebirds,
no raptors in the air. After a bit, I found myself alone with the rain and
my thoughts. A new list came to mind. Birders like to keep lists, right?
Life list, state lists, yard lists, etc. I am keeping a new list and
publishing it here. The list? A list of the people contacting me - by
phone, text or email - to see if we hardy, diligent, weather-weary birders
had seen anything yet, before chancing to venture down. Ill call this
list The Non-Hardy, Cherry-Pickers List. What do you think? Just who
were this clubs inaugural members, this day? Rick Robinson was first and
repeated several times (no surprise there), Tom Brokaw (sorry Tom!), and
Kathleen Pileggi (only a partial member it would have been her second
time here today). Dont be on this list. Come out, put your time init
WILL pay off eventually many times!
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
1-Great Blue Heron, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
Dragonflies (0): Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (0).
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 11.29; Steps: 26,476; Floors:
26.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 59; this season: 88
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks mostly cloudy, with rain LIKELY holding off
The Kites Winds are okay. Would like to see a bit more sunshine,
though.
As for the shorebirds Rain, shouldn't be a problem, winds light and from
the southeast, which is good.
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 5/29/17 5:32 am
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Question for the group about a dead tree swallow - York County
I didn't report this but I found a second male tree swallow in one of my boxes. Fortunately, he flew off when I opened the side. Made deep grooves in the wood to try to prevent any more deaths.

Ann

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

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 29, 2017, at 6:48 AM, Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Nice post Kathy (obviously I'm behind in reading my mail -- so this is what
> I do with my holidays!!!)
>
> I checked boxes yesterday at Moraine SP. I opened one, and sadly saw a
> dead adult TS. I went to examine her, and she turned and looked at me while
> sitting peacefully.
>
> Sometimes all is well.
>
> :)
>
> jk
>
>
>
>
>
> In a message dated 5/17/2017 10:39:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> <0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request...> writes:
>
> Ann,
>
>
> Things happen that we have no control of. This spring before today took a
> sharp turn with cold wet weather after the birds nested and when that
> happens, they cannot find bugs to feed the young. It may have been feeding
> earthworms and that gives diarrhea. I have seen many springs like this when
> the weather takes a sharp cold turn. Also make sure that your nestboxes
> inside on the front panel are gouged out or have some metal fencing stapled
> inside. Also, you can make kerfs, or slices, in the wood when the boxes are
> made. The Tree Swallows legs are not strong and as you probably know they
> eat on the wing while flying. If it is just regular planed lumber or PVC
> they cannot climb out of the box and that might be what happened. Of
> course, we will never know but these are clues to help you figure it out. Feel
> free to ask me anytime. If you have questions let me know
>
>
> Kathy Clark, New Cumberland, PA
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
> To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
> Sent: Wed, May 17, 2017 10:06 pm
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Question for the group about a dead tree swallow - York
> County
>
> I was checking my bluebird boxes yesterday and found a dead male tree
> swallow in one. There was no nesting material and he was lying as if roosting,
> in other words, on his sternum. I thought for a moment that he was alive
> but frozen on the spot in the hopes I would go away. I thought maybe house
> sparrows had killed him but there were no obvious signs of trauma. There
> was a lot of dried stool that looked as though it had been liquid.
>
> Those of you who have boxes, have you found this before? It was
> incredibly sad and I still wonder if sparrows had something to do with it although
> years ago when I discovered dead bluebird hatchlings in a box they had
> obvious signs of trauma where the sparrows had pecked the heads of the
> hatchlings.
>
> Thanks very much for any thoughts about this swallow.
>
> Best regards,
> Ann
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> <rook185...>
> www.pbase.com/rook185
>
> Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 5/29/17 3:49 am
From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Question for the group about a dead tree swallow - York County
Nice post Kathy (obviously I'm behind in reading my mail -- so this is what
I do with my holidays!!!)

I checked boxes yesterday at Moraine SP. I opened one, and sadly saw a
dead adult TS. I went to examine her, and she turned and looked at me while
sitting peacefully.

Sometimes all is well.

:)

jk





In a message dated 5/17/2017 10:39:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
<0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request...> writes:

Ann,


Things happen that we have no control of. This spring before today took a
sharp turn with cold wet weather after the birds nested and when that
happens, they cannot find bugs to feed the young. It may have been feeding
earthworms and that gives diarrhea. I have seen many springs like this when
the weather takes a sharp cold turn. Also make sure that your nestboxes
inside on the front panel are gouged out or have some metal fencing stapled
inside. Also, you can make kerfs, or slices, in the wood when the boxes are
made. The Tree Swallows legs are not strong and as you probably know they
eat on the wing while flying. If it is just regular planed lumber or PVC
they cannot climb out of the box and that might be what happened. Of
course, we will never know but these are clues to help you figure it out. Feel
free to ask me anytime. If you have questions let me know


Kathy Clark, New Cumberland, PA



-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Wed, May 17, 2017 10:06 pm
Subject: [PABIRDS] Question for the group about a dead tree swallow - York
County

I was checking my bluebird boxes yesterday and found a dead male tree
swallow in one. There was no nesting material and he was lying as if roosting,
in other words, on his sternum. I thought for a moment that he was alive
but frozen on the spot in the hopes I would go away. I thought maybe house
sparrows had killed him but there were no obvious signs of trauma. There
was a lot of dried stool that looked as though it had been liquid.

Those of you who have boxes, have you found this before? It was
incredibly sad and I still wonder if sparrows had something to do with it although
years ago when I discovered dead bluebird hatchlings in a box they had
obvious signs of trauma where the sparrows had pecked the heads of the
hatchlings.

Thanks very much for any thoughts about this swallow.

Best regards,
Ann

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

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 5/28/17 7:44 pm
From: Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Frick Today, Allegheny County -- OsFl
Thnx, Dan. I only have  a  semismart phone, a  Tracphone deal. No room on it for more apps.

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 2:20 PM, Jack E. Solomon<snaggle719...> wrote: Sue Solomon and yours' truly birded Riverview Hill this morning around 9am and bumped into a birder we know named Rachel. About 1/4 down Riverview Extension Trail, in a clearing on the right (as you're heading down) we 3 saw, within seconds of each other:
Olive-sided FlycatcherScarlet Tanager 2,   a male and a femaleBrown ThrasherBaltimore Oriole Eastern TowheeNorthern Cardinal
Jack Solomon

My ramblings, characteristically of zero value, follow. If your time is valuable, read no more. You were warned.
Long live glorius Frick Park. The signal achievement was celebrated over good hot coffee, a tasty quiche, and a delicious breakfast  taco at Staghorn, on nearby Greenfield Ave. The owners, Katy and Mark, are birder friendly. Say high to them for us if ya stop in.
I promised someone who has persistantly pestered me to put my sightings on eBird. So I may try, again. It is, however, annoyingly difficult for me to navigate in eBird. If any o' yinz got any influence with Cornell (or whoever maintains it) please say something.
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 5/28/17 7:34 pm
From: Sandra Goodwin <chickadd...>
Subject: Kirby Park, Luz. Co.
Redorded by Bob Wasilewski
05/28/17

Perhaps the most notable miss was blackpoll warbler, normally pretty
much a sure thing on the May walk. Although most blackpolls, like the
other migrants, probably arrived earlier than normal, on Saturday I
had heard them in a couple of places, including at the intersection of
Franklin and South Streets in Wilkes-Barre while waiting for the light
to change. Another notable miss was common yellowthroat, although
that’s not as guaranteed as blackpoll had been. Notable sightings, or
“hearings,” were scarlet tanager, black-throated green warbler, and
chestnut-sided warbler. I hadn’t expected these in the Park since
most probably are on their breeding grounds, and as far as I know,
none breeds in the Natural Area. Also, the habitat isn’t the best for
black-throated greens, which normally I associate with conifers or
mixed woods.

Bob

1) Green Heron 3
2) Great Blue Heron 1
3) Turkey Vulture 2
4) Canada Goose 11
5) Wood Duck 3
6) Mallard 15
7) Common Merganser 1
8) Bald Eagle 1
9) Cooper’s Hawk 1
10) Broad-winged Hawk 1
11) Peregrine Falcon 2
12) Rock Dove 5
13) Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
14) Chimney Swift 4
15) Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
16) Downy Woodpecker 4
17) Hairy Woodpecker 3
18) Northern Flicker 2
19) Pileated Woodpecker 1
20) Eastern Phoebe 2
21) Great Crested Flycatcher 4
22) Red-eyed Vireo 19
23) Blue Jay 7
24) American Crow 2
25) Fish Crow 3
26) Common Raven 1
27) Tree Swallow 3
28) Black-capped Chickadee 4
29) Tufted Titmouse 5
30) White-breasted Nuthatch 2
31) Carolina Wren 7
32) House Wren 4
33) Eastern Bluebird 1
34) American Robin 20
35) Gray Catbird 31
36) European Starling 26
36) Yellow Warbler 5
37) Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
38) Black-throated Green Warbler 1
39) American Redstart 14
40) Scarlet Tanager 1
42) Song Sparrow 19
43) Northern Cardinal 10
44) Indigo Bunting 4
45) Common Grackle 31
46) Brown-headed Cowbird 3
47) Baltimore Oriole 1*
48) American Goldfinch 4

*I’m waiting for more information. John Dickinson saw one while I was
looking for wood ducks, and I saw one after he had left.

Gray Squirrel: 2
Woodchuck: 1
Garter Snake: 2
Gray Tree Frog: ≥ 2
American Toad: ≥ 2
Painted Turtle: ≥ 10
Snapping Turtle: ≥ 3
Cabbage White Butterfly: 3
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly: 1
Mosquito: More than I’d like (which is more than zero)

Total Avian Species: 48
Observers: 3-2-1
Hours: 5.0
Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant (except for the mosquitoes) with an
increasing breeze (kept the mosquitoes at bay); 61-75 °F

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming Co.
 

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Date: 5/28/17 3:44 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County birds of note
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Presque Isle S.P., Pa. unless noted otherwise.


Eared Grebe 1; to at least May 26; off Vista 4; latest spring record in the county

Whimbrel up to 42 (one flock); May 25; Gull Point
1; May 26 & 27; Gull Point

Red Knot 5; May 25; Gull Point

White-rumped Sandpiper 12; May 25; Gull Point
1; May 26; Gull Point

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1; May 21; near the marina

Kentucky Warbler 1; May 21; Fairview Twp.
1; May 23; Fry's landing

Yellow-breasted Chat 1; May 23; Fry's landing


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

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Date: 5/28/17 3:39 pm
From: Richard Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: White-rumped sandpipers, York Co
There are currently two white-rumped sandpipers feeding in Lake Redman in the pond along Hess Farm Rd.

Dick Cleary

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 5/28/17 3:04 pm
From: Cathy Brown <blueapis...>
Subject: Eastern Kingbird Washington county
I watched a beautiful male Eastern Kingbird today on the fence of a horse pasture in northwestern Washington County. There may have two kingbirds; a second bird of equal size flew off immediately and I wasn't able to ID it.


Cathy Brown, Washington County
 

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Date: 5/28/17 2:42 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Allegheny County - Gilfillan Farms - Blackpoll Warbler
A very late singing male Blackpoll Warbler just across from the parking lot for Westminster Church, in the walnut and butternut trees.


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
 

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Date: 5/28/17 1:48 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Common Gallinule & White-rumped Sandpiper - Lawrence Co.
I was in Lawrence Co. earlier today and had these sightings

Wampum-New Galilee Rd. marsh

Common Gallinule singing from reeds

Shaner Rd. gravel pond

1 Semipalmated Plover
1 White-rumped Sandpiper
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 5/28/17 12:18 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (27 May 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 11 11
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Armas Hill, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Schall, Pam Fisher

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (13): Kathleen Pileggi, Armas Hill, Rise Hill, Irene Goverts,
Cathy Huneke, Mike & Corinne Schall, Pam Fisher, Ian Stewart (Sarah, Ollie,
Isaac).
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Cloudy to Partly Cloudy (100-50% cloud cover), Ceiling - 10,400 ft.,
Visibility 5 miles, Temps 70-72F, Winds WNW 5-10 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (35) and Turkey Vultures (60).
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Where are You Guys, Anyway?---
Just when we have some birds, you guys have left! I dont have to do ALL
your thinking for you, do I? (lol). Seriously, the weather people claimed
it was to a rain-filled afternoon and evening, but come 5pm, the skies
brightened, no rain, and the flight of shorebirds I expected for yesterday
was back on in my mind, anyway. A day I had almost cancelled the Watch
now looked nearly perfect. Go figure! It is very difficult to predict
anything when your prediction is based on weather which is so often wrong.
The only one worse than them is that guy predicting flights at Bucktoe.
And I have it on good authority that the prognosticator here at Bucktoe
Creek Preserve Kite & Shorebird Watch really is certifiably bad! (lol)
Sure enough, Ramsey and Annette and so many of those cursed people here
yesterday, weren't here today when 5 flocks of shorebirds came by (Just as
I had predicted, right Ramsey?). Flocks were: 90 Black-bellied Plover @
7:08, 200 Dunlin @ 7:39, and flocks of unidentified shorebirds too distant
or a bit too dark to ID 75 @ 7:47, 200 @ 8:15, and 200 @ 8:20. Also,
seen were 6 Common Nighthawks! They came just as I said they would but
you cant believe everything you read, can you? That thought in mindI
expect many more flocks on Sunday!
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 90-BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (@
7:08pm), 200-Dunlin (@ 7:39pm), 475-Unidentified (@ 7:47, 8:15, 8:20pm).
<BR><BR>
1-Great Blue Heron, 6-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Blue
Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange
Sulphur, American Lady, Little Wood Satyr. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner.
Reptiles & Amphibians (2): Spring Peeper, American Toad. Mammals (2):
Eastern Cottontail, Little Brown Bat.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 4.28; Steps: 10,041; Floors:
11.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 60; this season: 88
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Expecting good things tomorrow! Winds are right, date is right and my mojo
is right!
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 5/28/17 11:20 am
From: Jack E. Solomon <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Frick Today, Allegheny County -- OsFl
Sue Solomon and yours' truly birded Riverview Hill this morning around 9am and bumped into a birder we know named Rachel. About 1/4 down Riverview Extension Trail, in a clearing on the right (as you're heading down) we 3 saw, within seconds of each other:
Olive-sided FlycatcherScarlet Tanager 2,   a male and a femaleBrown ThrasherBaltimore Oriole Eastern TowheeNorthern Cardinal
Jack Solomon

My ramblings, characteristically of zero value, follow. If your time is valuable, read no more. You were warned.
Long live glorius Frick Park. The signal achievement was celebrated over good hot coffee, a tasty quiche, and a delicious breakfast  taco at Staghorn, on nearby Greenfield Ave. The owners, Katy and Mark, are birder friendly. Say high to them for us if ya stop in.
I promised someone who has persistantly pestered me to put my sightings on eBird. So I may try, again. It is, however, annoyingly difficult for me to navigate in eBird. If any o' yinz got any influence with Cornell (or whoever maintains it) please say something.
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 5/27/17 4:55 pm
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac...>
Subject: Canada Warbler, Boyce Park, Plum Borough, Allegheny Co.
This afternoon at Boyce Park we encountered a Canada Warbler feeding and singing just in from the entrance to the Outer Trail off of New Texas Road. Other warblers were a Kentucky, Redstart, three Hooded, and Yellow, all singing males. Hopefully they will all find mates.

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea


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Date: 5/27/17 3:35 pm
From: DAVE KRUEL <dkruel300...>
Subject: Red Crossbill Continues - Schuylkill County - Owl Creek, May 27, 2017
Hi All,'
Kerry Grim and I had a single red crossbill calling at the Owl Creek area this morning. That species has been observed here since the beginning of December 2016, nearly 6 months continually.

We had a nice count of a dozen Blackburnian Warblers singing, mostly likely all territorial. Other species likely territorial are Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Golden-crowned Kinglet. And a real treat was to see a pair of Canada Warblers with female carrying nesting material.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County

> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> To: <dkruel300...>
> Date: May 27, 2017 at 6:25 PM
> Subject: eBird Report - Owl Creek, May 27, 2017
>
> Owl Creek, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, US
> May 27, 2017 7:15 AM - 12:46 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Date: May 27, 2017, Saturday, 7:15 a.m.-12:46 p.m., with Dave Kruel
> Location: Owl Creek, Schuylkill County [3.0 m., on footi].
> Ground: Wet
> Sky: Cloudy (cloudy)
> Temperature °f: 51 at start
> Wind, mph: Calm (calm)
>
> Additional wildlife:
> Red Squirrel (3)
> Red Eft (21)
> Wood Frog (1)
> 62 species
>
> Wood Duck 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Spotted Sandpiper 4
> Mourning Dove 2
> Black-billed Cuckoo 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Blue-headed Vireo 5 Five. Number in line with the area of coverage and habitat. Dave Kruel and I easily separated teh calls from Red-eyed Vireos.
> Red-eyed Vireo 5
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 7
> Common Raven 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Heard doing nasal calling, easily distinguished from WBNU. Good habitat with spruce, red pine, scotch pine. Species is normally found here year round.
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Brown Creeper 2
> House Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
> Veery 11
> Wood Thrush 1
> American Robin 3
> Gray Catbird 11
> Cedar Waxwing 9
> Ovenbird 15
> Black-and-white Warbler 3
> Common Yellowthroat 5
> Hooded Warbler 6
> Northern Parula 5
> Magnolia Warbler 1
> Blackburnian Warbler 12 Dave Kruel and I were very careful in counting them and we are both familiar with their songs. Norway spruces in addition to other pines and hemlocks provides their habitat. Numbers are in line with Dave Kruel's previous counts.
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
> Blackpoll Warbler 2
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 4
> Pine Warbler 7
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 Very distinctive 'chip' call that Dave and I heard at close distance.
> Black-throated Green Warbler 5
> Canada Warbler 4
> Chipping Sparrow 6
> Field Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 4
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Scarlet Tanager 4
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
> Common Grackle 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 3
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> House Finch 1
> Red Crossbill 1 Call given during flight when bird flew overhead twice. Very distinctive kip-kip-kip call and verified by Dave Kruel. Continuing bird(s) which Dave Kruel has been monitoring for approximately six months.
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37190381
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
 

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Date: 5/27/17 9:52 am
From: Rob Fergus <birdchaser...>
Subject: Mississippi Kite Wallingford Delaware Co
At 12:25 a Mississippi Kite soared over the Springhaven golf course across the street from my yard in Wallingford. Unfortunately my camera was a few feet away and after can the few seconds it took to grab it and get back I couldn't relocate the bird :-(

Watch those skies!

Rob Fergus
Wallingford, PA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 5/27/17 9:29 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 May 2017) 2 Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 26, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2 11 11
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carl Mease, Holly Merker, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Hartshorne

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (23): Walter Borys, Tom Brokaw, Mike & Evelyn Fowles, Eric
Hartshaw, Mike & Lauren Hartshorne, Dale Kendal, Debby Kern, Ramsey Koury,
Annette Mathes, Sue McLaughlin, Lesley Mease, Holly Merker, Carl Mease,
Kathleen Pileggi, Joan Renninger, Rick & Becky Robinson, Les Small, Paul
Stevens, Bob Suter.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Mostly Cloudy (75% cloud cover), Temps 65-74F, Winds WNW 10-20 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle, 2-Osprey,
2-Cooper's Hawk, 2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (40) and Turkey Vultures (60).
<BR><BR>
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-0
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---What Brings You All Here?---
Twenty-three people? Twenty-three?? Lets seeIll do the quick
mathtwenty-three goes into, carry the twothat comes to exactly 0.0
shorebirds per person. Thats right, not only did my predicted Whimbrel
Day produce none of those magnificent shorebirds (they only had 39 at Sam
Smith Park in Ontario, so its not just Holly who didnt produce), but we
had no Red Knots, Turnstones, Black-bellied Ploversnot even a Killdeer!
Thats right, Ramsey couldnt even identify a single Killdeer! And he
calls himself a birder? Not a peep was heard out Annette, Kathleen, or
Carl of a shorebird, NO SHOREBIRDS!!
Perhaps those winds that were to be 10-15 mph, but were more like 20+, and
from the wrong direction were more than the birds wanted to handle? I make
light, but I was so saddened by the birds not coming by yesterday for you
all, but so very happy to see many of you (some having driven so far and
who I dont see often) and share stories, and lots of laughsLOTS! Please
give the birds and Bucktoe many more chancesI know, that you know, they
are both worth it and will come through! Just ask my friend Tom Garner
about his recent rendezvous with one of our Kites. Best birds today,
however, were a heard Blue Grosbeak, a couple of Ospreys, Bald Eagle, a
Great Egret flew by, and we had Common Nighthawk, as evening fell. Even
that bird was heard only, not seen. It was not our best dayblame Holly,
or Rick and Becky Robinson, Ramsey, Kathleen or Annette, if you must I
do!! (lol) For what its worth (admittedly, nothing), I predict that this
failure was just a Little Blip on the radar (she knows, its her), and
that SUNDAY will be the day the whistle blows in earnest and the winds
will blow out of the right direction the Southeast! Here come the
Shorebirds!! Before then, lets get a Kite You know, in an effort to be
right just onceI predict that predictions SUCK! Hey, I got that one
right!
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none, weren't you paying
attention?
<BR><BR>
1-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 1-Green Heron, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK,
2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Blackpoll Warbler, 1-American Redstart, 2-Blue
Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black
Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Little Wood Satyr. Dragonflies (1): Green
Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail,
Eastern Gray Squirrel, Red Fox.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 6.45; Steps: 15,129; Floors:
16.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 63; this season: 86
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like another rough one with showers predicted...but
we all know how predictions turn out, right Ramsey?
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 5/27/17 4:02 am
From: Mike Epler <jmepler...>
Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Middle Creek, Lancaster County
There is currently an Olive-sided Flycatcher in the tree line behind the parking lot of the visitors center. It has been singing periodically.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA
 

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Date: 5/26/17 6:42 pm
From: Rob Bergstresser <robear1...>
Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker; Carbon County
Today my uncle accompanied me for some birding along the Hatchery Road power line cut and Yellow Run Wetlands/Pine Barrens in Carbon County. This unique area is one of my personal favorite birding sports because it's less than 3 miles from my house, but unfortunately does not get the attention it deserves. Doug Gross and I had a short discussion on Facebook last week, regarding this unique ecosystem. As usual, my uncle and I accessed the area via the Hatchery Road parking lot (some prefer to access via the Stoney Mountain Rd parking lot). Most of the area is encompassed within Weiser State Forest (Penn Forest Tract) but the 1/2 mile or so from Hatchey Road to the state forest boundary is currently under PP&L and petroleum pipeline ROW. Needless to say, there has been quite a bit of clearing (yet again) along the petroleum ROW. Fortunately, it's not an extensive amount of clear cutting. Now, for the bird highlights:

Our most notable highlights started with a WILSON'S WARBLER popping around in the pitch pines in front of my car, right as we parked. We walked about 50 yards north on the power line cut when I heard the unmistakable call of a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. The woodpecker was perched at the top of a telephone pole, right above the transformer station to the west of the power line. RHWO sightings in Carbon County, off of the ridge lines, are always very uncommon. Other notable birds in or near the wetlands included NASHVILLE WARBLERS and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH calling on territory. We also had one BARRED OWL calling from within the pine barrens, and a lone ALDER FLYCATCHER calling near the wetlands. Unfortunately, no one has seen/heard any Golden-winged Warblers in this area in a couple years. Hopefully, some enthusiastic birder will report a Golden-winged sighting in the near future. I highly recommend the short ~1.8 mile hike back into the wetlands/pine barrens. Doug Gross, myself, and quite a few other birders on here are familiar with accessing this area if anyone needs directions. Get out there and bird those underrated birding locales!

-Rob Bergstresser, Carbon County


Rob Bergstresser | Avian Biologist
Tetra Tech, CES Inc. | Sciences
820 Town Center Drive, STE 100
Langhorne, PA 19047
(570)657-0990 (mobile)
<robert.bergstresser...>
-----------------------------------
Avian Biologist (Volunteer Staff)
Carbon County Environmental Education Center
151 E. White Bear Drive
Summit Hill PA 18250
(570)657-0990 (direct)
(570)645-8597 (center)
http://www.facebook.com/carboneec
 

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Date: 5/26/17 6:21 pm
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine - North Shore, May 26, 2017
Subject: Butler County - eBird Report - Moraine - North Shore, May 26, 2017

We took a walk around the North Shore trails this morning and found a
Blackpoll, Wilson's & Chestnut-sided Warbler. Also a FOY Eastern
Wood-Pewee. Two Broad-winged Hawks were present and very visible.

Karyn Delaney
Melissa Little
Kathy Miller


Moraine - North Shore, Butler, Pennsylvania, US
May 26, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
43 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant 1
Osprey 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 FOY
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 7
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 40
Tree Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 8
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 7
Hooded Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 FOY
Blackpoll Warbler 1 FOY
Wilson's Warbler 1 FOY Male
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S37167094

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

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Date: 5/26/17 6:07 pm
From: Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls...>
Subject: Crawford Co. - Red-headed Woodpecker
I had a Red-headed Woodpecker coming to my sunflower feeder all afternoon
today. (5/26)



Clare Nicolls

Springboro, PA



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Date: 5/26/17 5:41 pm
From: Linda Rowan <lrowan1...>
Subject: Lancaster Mt. Eden Rd. Grassland Birds
We had great looks at Dickcissels, Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, Chipping Sparrow, Savanah Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Purple Martins, Barn Swallow Tree Swallow.

A real treat was hearing a Barred Owl at the north end of the Octoroara lake.

Linda Rowan
 

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Date: 5/26/17 3:33 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: White-rumped Sandpiper - Mercer Co.
This afternoon I stopped at Tieline Rd. and had a White-rumped Sandpiper
with six Semipalmated Sandpipers at the flooded field

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 5/26/17 1:52 pm
From: Vern Gauthier <pabirder...>
Subject: Breeding Bird Blitz June 16-19th
The fourth annual PA Breeding Bird Blitz will be taking place Friday, June 16th through Monday, June 19th. Another opportunity to add some great PA Breeding Bird data to eBird! What will be different this year is NO PRIZES.
Just like the Migration Count or a Christmas Bird Count the Blitz is something to do for the sheer enjoyment of it, AND knowing the data you submit to eBird will be helping out the birds we find so fascinating. To steal a little historical thunder from John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what the birds can do for you but what you can do for the birds!”
Some approaches to the Blitz below:

1. Bird your local patch – You might be surprised how rewarding it is to track down the local breeders. Do you know how much easier it is to get a good look at warblers when they are on territory rather than migrating? Take the time to explore your local area and try local nearby spot you don’t spend much time at birding or just haven’t got around to before.

2. Bird a neglected county or two - Plan a Breeding Bird Blitz Road Trip with some friends in one of the PA Counties that does not get much love when it comes the number of eBird checklists submitted. Below is a list of the counties from the least to most and the number of eBird checklists submitted all time for each county (as of a couple of weeks ago).

1. Cameron - 698
2. Sullivan – 1,205
3. Elk – 1,241
4. Jefferson – 1,389
5. Wyoming – 1,448
6. Venango – 1,537
7. Snyder – 1,642
8. Warren – 1,708
9. Fulton – 1,886
10. Forrest – 1,982
11. Columbia – 2,045
12. Union – 2,060
13. Green – 2,116
14. Potter – 2,145
15. McKean – 2,168

3. Create a Competition – If birding competitively is your thing then create a competition for you and some birding friends over one or more day of the Blitz. Maybe held in the neglected counties?

4. Use of Breeding Codes – Now that you can include Breeding Codes on the mobile app this task has become a lot easier. Choose one day to include highest breeding codes on all your checklists or maybe a checklist or two each day over the course of the four days.

5. Go Nocturnal – How about some Owls, Whip-poor-wills, and Rails?

6. Send your Stories and Pictures – Send in your stories and pictures to <breedingbirdblitz...> so we can include them in the next edition of the Pileated.
DO THE BLITZ!
Vern Gauthier
Cumberland County
 

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Date: 5/26/17 12:20 pm
From: Robert Hoopes <hoopes...>
Subject: Re: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township
Several birders checked the site again this morning (fenced pasture to the south of Church Road and Applebutter Road) and noted TWO Red-headed Woodpeckers sitting side-by-side on a tree limb in the back right corner of the fenced-in pasture. As Jeff Hopkins noted, there are numerous potential nest holes in the dead trees in this section of the pasture. Some look old and some look quite promising with some new excavation marks near the nest hole.

Interestingly, the older gentleman who lives in the brick house across the street stopped to ask what we were looking at and unfazed, said that the RHWOs hammer on the downspout behind his home.

It appears we have a resident pair of RHWOs in northern Lehigh County!!

Robert Hoopes
Schnecksville, Lehigh County


----- Original Message -----
From: "Hopkins, Jeff A." <Jeff.Hopkins...>
To: "PABIRDS" <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 11:14:57 AM
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township

All:

After seeing Bob Hoopes' post, I made a run to Heidelberg Twp. to find the red-headed woodpecker last evening. After about a half-hour search, the bird came in silently and started working on one of the dead trees at the north end of the pasture on Church Rd. After feeding for about ten minutes, it flew back into the woods on the west side of the pasture. I couldn't see whether it was carrying anything when it left.

As Bob noted, this is perfect habitat for the red-headed, but other woodpeckers seem to like it too. I had a pair of flickers copulating and a red-bellied, too. There are numerous woodpecker holes in several of the dead trees, so somebody is (or was) using that area for nesting.

While waiting for the woodpecker, I also had a singing immature male orchard oriole, an adult male Baltimore oriole, a yellow warbler, and a common yellowthroat, among the more common species.

Good birding,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall

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Date: 5/26/17 11:40 am
From: Dave DeReamus <becard...>
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 5/26/2017
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* May 26, 2017
* PAEA1705.26
- Birds mentioned

YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
WHIMBREL
RUDDY TURNSTONE
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
ALDER FLYCATCHER
BLUE GROSBEAK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: May 26th at 2:00 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 the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe
County on May 27th. Meet at the Kmart parking lot in Wind Gap, just north
of the Route 512 exit off Route 33 at 6:30 AM. Trip leader will be Terry
Master.

There will also be a field trip to Laurel Run Road in Delaware State Forest
in the Poconos on May 28th. Meet at the Kmart parking lot in Wind Gap, just
north of the Route 512 exit off Route 33 at 6:30 AM. Trip leader will be
Scott Burnet.

Another field trip will be to Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in nearby
New Jersey on June 3rd. Meet at the Tilghman Square parking lot, near the
Red Robin restaurant, just west of Route 309 at 7:00 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 SAYLORSBURG area, Monroe County:
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/23.

Sightings from LAKE MINSI, Northampton County:
Black-bellied Plovers – 6 on 5/25
WHIMBRELS – 16 on 5/25
RUDDY TURNSTONE – 1 on 5/22 and 5/25
Short-billed Dowitchers – 18 on 5/25.
Also Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Sightings from BEAR SWAMP, Northampton County:
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH – 1 on 5/23.

Sightings from JACOBSBURG STATE PARK, Northampton County:
ALDER FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/23.

Sightings from the LEHIGH GAP NATURE CENTER, Carbon County:
BLUE GROSBEAKS – 2 on 5/24.

Sightings from LEASER LAKE, Lehigh County:
Merlin – 1 on 5/17.

Sightings from HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – 1 on 5/24 and 5/25 (along Church Road at Apple
Butter Road).

Sightings from the TREXLERTOWN PINES area, Lehigh County:
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/26
ALDER FLYCATCHER – 1 on 5/26.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
Black-bellied Plover – 1 on 5/22
Short-billed Dowitcher – 1 on 5/22.
Also Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Sightings from the MECHANICSVILLE area, Bucks County:
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE – 1 on 5/21.

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Date: 5/26/17 11:10 am
From: Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls...>
Subject: Crawford CO. - Warblers
Last evening (5/25) I went with an Amish man to find birds on his property
in Crawford Co. We were able to find a total of 55 species in a period of 2
hours. Highlights were:

Blue-winged Warbler

Yellow

Chestnut-sided

` Black-throated Green

Cerulean

American Redstart

Ovenbird

Mourning

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded

Plus other common woodland and scrub pasture birds.



Clare Nicolls

Springboro, PA





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Date: 5/26/17 9:58 am
From: Adam Smith <000000276915e6b7-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Flycatchers, Lehigh and Carbon Counties
Today I had an Olive-sided Flycatcher and an Alder Flycatcher at Rodale Park (Trexlertown Pines). The Olive-sided was on a snag and was very vocal. The Alder called about 5 times from a wet brushy area. Also 1 Pine Warbler singing.
On Tuesday 5/23 I had very close looks at a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at the Yellow Run Wetlands at the end of the Hatchery Road Powerline. Also Nashville, Pine, and Canada Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, and Swamp Sparrows. And a Lincoln's Sparrow along the powerline. Sadly, no Golden-wingeds.
Also on Tuesday I visited Drakes Creek Road and had Prairie, Pine, Magnolia, BT Blue, BT Green, Yellow-rumped, and Blackburnian Warblers all on territory. And a migrating Bay-breasted Warbler.
Adam SmithBushkill TownshipNorthampton County
 

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Date: 5/26/17 9:06 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 May 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 25, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 4 4
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 9 9
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Observation start time: 14:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett

Visitors:
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (3): Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR>



Weather:
Cloudy w/Rain (100-75% cloud cover), Temps 63-65F, Winds East 10-15 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (14) and
Turkey Vultures (10).
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Memories, I Have No Memory of---
Tim was out to finish work on my scope. Thanks again, Tim.
So far today, at least the rain has stopped, but its promising to rain
againsoon. If you can believe these weather forecasters! The only ones
worse than them is thoseumm..those, wellshorebird and hawk flight
prognosticators of which I am one!! While we waited for any nature to
unfurl before us this gloomy day, Kathleen read from her recent gift to me
a large three-ring binder full of hundreds (thousands?) of emails
covering my accident, coma, hospital stay, therapy and recovery all done
without my knowledge. This was marking my 5 year anniversary.
As Kathleen read an email shed sent to interested parties in 2012, that
the doctors said I may never wake up, I filled the Hummingbird feeders.
Another saying I may never walk again and once I had, still another email
detailing that it took several people to help me walk 20 feet, were read as
I paced around our site and walked over to scan Olive-sided Flycatcher
Snag - just a tiny fraction of 75 miles Ive walked since beginning this
years Watch, just nine days ago.
My daughters emotional email describing me holding two-fingers up as I
awoke from my coma, was read to her tears then Kathleen and my tears
now, even as I point to the sky at a bird. What an amazing gift and an
amazing emotional journey, that was.then, as it was again, reliving it
now. Hundreds more, too. Ive come so very far! Weve been on an
incredible journey, you and I. I have so many of you to thank, and I hope
you know that I love you. Enough emotional stuff, right? Back to the
birds..With my horrible prediction of the weather and my advice not to come
out today, the suddenly brightening skies had me in the very strange
position of hoping Id see nothing and praying for rain!
Fortunately, the skys conditions diminished a bit although it did not
rain right here (till later) - and I noticed no shorebird flight. I sure
was glad, although admittedly I didnt search as diligently as I usually
do, fearing I might see something and not be able to share it with anyone.
Im doing this report the following morning and after having checked with
Ontario and Virginia on Friday morning. It seems like the storm broke last
night in Virginia in time for some 1,000 of their birds to leave overnight,
unseen by us, and by those in Ontario, as a storm was there this morning.
Its a Good Bad Good news situation for us. Good for those Whimbrel to
finally get on their way. Bad for us to have missed them last night. But
good there are still some down in Virginia that we still may see maybe
tonight!?!?
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
1-Great Blue Heron, 1-Barred Owl, 1-Blackpoll Warbler, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (0); Mammals (1): Eastern Cottontail.
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 4.71; Steps: 11,056; Floors:
11.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 58; this season: 86
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like it might be our big Whimbrel flight, other
shorebirds?, and Kites??
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 5/26/17 8:15 am
From: Hopkins, Jeff A. <Jeff.Hopkins...>
Subject: Re: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township
All:

After seeing Bob Hoopes' post, I made a run to Heidelberg Twp. to find the red-headed woodpecker last evening. After about a half-hour search, the bird came in silently and started working on one of the dead trees at the north end of the pasture on Church Rd. After feeding for about ten minutes, it flew back into the woods on the west side of the pasture. I couldn't see whether it was carrying anything when it left.

As Bob noted, this is perfect habitat for the red-headed, but other woodpeckers seem to like it too. I had a pair of flickers copulating and a red-bellied, too. There are numerous woodpecker holes in several of the dead trees, so somebody is (or was) using that area for nesting.

While waiting for the woodpecker, I also had a singing immature male orchard oriole, an adult male Baltimore oriole, a yellow warbler, and a common yellowthroat, among the more common species.

Good birding,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall

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Date: 5/25/17 6:46 pm
From: michael schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Whimbrels, Turnstone, Minsi Lake, Northampton Co
  Conditions were prime today for a shorebird watch in eastern PA. The rain was steady and the winds easterly. I got a text from Billy Weber at 0745, there were 16 Whimbrels at Minsi Lake. I didn't arrive until 0820, they flew off after a 5 minute stop.
So why is Minsi Lake a shorebird magnet, they started draining the lake in early May to repair the dam and spillway. The lake is now down 80%. There is great habitat. I was frustrated at missing the whimbrels and left to look elsewhere for storm birds. Billy had to go to work. I returned to Minsi at 1100 with dry clothes and rain gear. The rain continued as I set up under a maple tree at the east parking lot. There was a flock of semipalmated sandpipers but nothing else. Then at 1230, 5 Black-bellied Plovers landed on an island, they stayed 5 minutes and flew off. Adam Miller showed up and helped me search for more fallout. We got a count on the semipalmated sandpipers that flew around often. There were 45 birds. The wait continued but at 1505, we noticed another Black-bellied Plover and a Ruddy Turnstone. They stayed about 10 minutes and flew off together. I was happy after missing a turnstone on 5/22 at this location. Our shorebird watch was not over, and at 1630, another flock of large shorebirds circled over the lake before landing. We counted 18 Short-billed Dowitchers. They stayed 30 minutes.  Rick stopped by and saw this group. Around 1800, Billy came back to help us search. We stayed until 1950 before giving up. There were Common Nighthawks and a few Purple Martins to occupy the time.
Mike Schall, Bath PA

- Whimbrels 16
- Semipalmated Sandpiper 45
- Ruddy Turnstone 1
- Black-bellied Plover 6
- Least Sandpiper  2
- Spotted Sandpiper 2
- Killdeer 1
- Lesser Yellowlegs 1
- Short-billed Dowitcher 18 
 

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Date: 5/25/17 6:15 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: Prothonotary Warbler, Berks
See below. L. Ontelaunee is a consistent location for their irregular
appearances in Berks. All the eastern swallow spp. were there today as well.


> Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> May 25, 2017 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast after earlier rain, east wind.
> 52 species
>
> Canada Goose 28
> Mute Swan 3
> Wood Duck 15
> Mallard 5
> Common Loon 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 17
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Spillway.
> Black Vulture 48 All in large kettle over Evansville cement plant.
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Mourning Dove 4
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Warbling Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 2
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
> Purple Martin 2
> Tree Swallow 17
> Bank Swallow 6
> Barn Swallow 12
> Cliff Swallow 50
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> House Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 4
> Swainson's Thrush 1
> Wood Thrush 7
> American Robin 15
> Gray Catbird 10
> European Starling 12
> Prothonotary Warbler 1 Heard, then saw golden yellow male with dark
> wings and tail sing 'seet-seet-seet' at water's edge near Norway spruces
> in Peters Creek cove below railroad tracks.
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Northern Parula 1
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 2
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Scarlet Tanager 1
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
> Common Grackle 8
> Brown-headed Cowbird 3
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 9
> House Finch 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37146057
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 5/25/17 4:56 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County, Gull Point Trail
Hello birders,

This note is to alert the birding community that Gull Point Trail is CLOSED to everyone, because of downed trees from erosion and flooded trail. In some places on the trail, the water is thigh deep. The trail head has been posted as such by DCNR. Please do not enter the trail via the trail or the beach. DCNR rangers and the PGC will be monitoring the trail to make sure the restrictions are being followed. It is not known when the trail will be reopened. In the mean time, birders can walk out to the tip of north pier and scan the point from there. If conditions are good, you can still ID some of the larger shorebirds, as well as gulls, herons, raptors, etc. I know, it is a long way from the point, but I was able to ID Red Knots and Sanderling from there this afternoon.

Lets hope conditions will improve, like lower lake levels, so that when of the best birding spots in the state can be accessed once again.

With regards, and good birding,

Jerry McWilliams
 

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Date: 5/25/17 2:00 pm
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: Re: Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County - location coordinates
40.24926 , -77.91188

Greg


From: "greg" <gwg2...>
To: "State College Bird Club" <scbirdcl...>, "<PABIRDS...>" <pabirds...>
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:55:01 PM
Subject: Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County

Deb and I found a Ruddy Turnstone in just about full breeding pl. Thursday afternoon(5/25) at a farm pond along Beers Rd near Orbisonia in southern Huntingdon Co.

To the best of my knowledge this is second county record.

Three Semi-pal. Plovers also present.

Greg

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

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Date: 5/25/17 1:55 pm
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County
Deb and I found a Ruddy Turnstone in just about full breeding pl. Thursday afternoon(5/25) at a farm pond along Beers Rd near Orbisonia in southern Huntingdon Co.

To the best of my knowledge this is second county record.

Three Semi-pal. Plovers also present.

Greg

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

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Date: 5/25/17 1:54 pm
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, May 24, 2017
Subject: Allegheny County - eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, May 24, 2017

Great looks at seven FOY Swainson's Thrush at the park yesterday, one group
of 5, another of 2. Also FOY Eastern Wood-Pewee.

Karyn Delaney


Knob Hill Park, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, US
May 24, 2017 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
24 species (+1 other taxa)

Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 FOY
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush 7 FOY - Group of 5, Group of 2
Wood Thrush 5
American Robin 25 Including 1 juvenile bird, one bird w/nesting
material
Gray Catbird 5
European Starling 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 8
Scarlet Tanager 1 Female
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Baltimore Oriole 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S37141029

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

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Date: 5/25/17 12:37 pm
From: Richard Cleary <0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Short-billed dowitcher, York Co.
There's currently a short-billed dowitcher at Lake Redman being seen from the Sparton Rd. parking lot.
Dick Cleary

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 5/25/17 8:20 am
From: Carole <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Venango Co- Kahle Lake, red-necked phalaropes
Jerry Stanley has refound the 3 red-necked phalaropes that I couldn't find earlier. They are in Venango Co, near the dam. They are visible from the north boat launch area.

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
 

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Date: 5/25/17 8:06 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (24 May 2017) 2 Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 4 4
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2 9 9
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:30:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Holly Merker, Joe Sebastiani, Kathleen Pileggi, Ted Nichols

Visitors:
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (14): Tom Brokaw, Howard Campbell, Mike Fowles, Evelyn Fowles, Jim
Green, Kathleen Pileggi, Holly Merker, Joe Sebastiani, Gerry Teig, Ted
Nichols, Zach Millen, Sue Trahan, Flora Poindexter
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR



Weather:
Mostly Cloudy (80% cloud cover), Temp 68F, Winds ENE 5-10 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (30) and
Turkey Vultures (60).
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Sure Birds?---
Forgot the Wood Duck from yesterday which was new and species #85 for this
years watch. And a Mallard flew by this afternoon for species #86.
This was Whimbrel Day #2. The weather did cooperate; the birds, not so
much. We did have 5 flocks of shorebirds: 75 @ 7:23, 75 @ 7:30, 75 @ 7:38,
300 @ 7:56, and 100 @ 8:05 - approximately 625 birds, in all.
Unfortunately, today they were all too distant to get an ID. I felt
certain today was THE daybut what do I know? Revised theory/prediction,
and follow my logic here, folks. FRIDAY will be our day, or rather
evening! Ive been in contact with Ontario where the birds are heading
nothing much seen; and Virginia where the Whimbrel stage in the marshes,
and where they STILL are in the thousands. So they are still there
fattening up and eager to breed (arent we all?). The calendar calls for
it to be NOW, but todays and tonights weather says otherwise. And they
wont undertake a migration like this in heavy rain. So, FRIDAY evening
after 6pm, it is!! Whimbrel watchers and photogs, be there or be square!

Our best bird today was a Common Nighthawk. Other Highlights were
Ospreys, Great Egret, Green Heron, Blue Grosbeaks and a flyby Yellow-billed
Cuckoo.
A Silver spotted Skipper, spotted by Mike, was our first of the watch, and
Kathleen found a Monarch.
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 625-Unidentified.
<BR><BR>
3-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 1-Green Heron, 1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
1-Barred Owl, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 3-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Blackpoll Warbler,
2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Silver-spotted
Skipper. Dragonflies (0): Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (0).
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 7.51; Steps: 17,616; Floors:
10.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 65; this season: 86
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (2): Wood Duck
(from yesterday), Mallard.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like a total washout...I'll be there, but
drenched.
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 5/25/17 6:08 am
From: Carole <cjwinslow94...>
Subject: Clarion Co- no phalaropes
I was unable to relocate the phalaropes or black terns this morning at Kahle Lake.

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
 

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Date: 5/24/17 7:16 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: canoe birding, Schuylkill
A pleasant hour that passes too quickly! Todd Bauman from Hawk Mt. and I do
this route 1-3 times each year about this time. I bird, he does all the work
of canoeing, the ideal situation. The list is pretty predictable if you know
the area and habitat, but I'm a bit surprised there aren't more Warbling and
Yellow-throated Vireos in this riparian corridor. Maybe it's just too
extensively forested for them. It's fun to see the Bald Eagle flush from one
perch to another ahead of the canoe.


> Little Schuykill River, New Ringgold, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, US
> May 24, 2017 7:30 AM - 8:32 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast, 54F. Canoe trip from Rip Rap Run to Saw Mill Rd.
> Todd Bauman, Rudy Keller.
> 43 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 4
> Wood Duck 8
> Mallard 3
> Bald Eagle 1
> Spotted Sandpiper 3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 8
> Acadian Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Great Crested Flycatcher 7
> Yellow-throated Vireo 1
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 33 Not an unusual number near the Kittatinny Ridge in
> this habitat. May have been some migrants still moving through.
> Blue Jay 14
> American Crow 6
> Tree Swallow 4
> Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 17
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> Veery 4
> Wood Thrush 22 Common in this habitat.
> American Robin 4
> Gray Catbird 23
> Ovenbird 22 Most common forest warbler in this region.
> Louisiana Waterthrush 8
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 4
> Hooded Warbler 1
> American Redstart 2
> Northern Parula 1
> Eastern Towhee 4
> Scarlet Tanager 9
> Northern Cardinal 14
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Indigo Bunting 8
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
> Common Grackle 6
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 12
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37124222
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
 

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Date: 5/24/17 6:04 pm
From: Gary Edwards <gedwards...>
Subject: clarion/venango
Kahle Lake
3 red-necked phalaropes in breeding plumage seen from Clarion Co. boat dock
I found them about 4:15 this afternoon & they were still there at 7:15 when Jerry Stanley, Mike Weible, Mal Hays, Nick Kolodick & I left.

Also
2 black terns flying back & forth the length of the lake until about 5:15.

Gary Edwards
Venango County
 

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Date: 5/24/17 4:51 pm
From: Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
This afternoon I took a rapid 45 minute walk in Schenley Park, not expecting to find anything because it was raining a little.
Instead I saw nearly 30 robins, a pileated woodpecker, and a common nighthawk flying by. I think the nighthawk had just left its roosting place.
I also saw am amazing event. For the first time in my life, without any wind, I saw a tree trunk break near the ground and the tree fell over. I heard it cracking and snapping and watched it slowly keel over from a safe distance. It was a black cherry tree, many of which are plagued by armillaria (fungus) In Schenley. You can't tell they're in trouble until they break.
After the tree fell 2+ robins gave alarm calls for longer than I was willing to listen. It reminded me that bird nests are vulnerable to so many dangers, not least of which is losing the nest tree.
Here's the checklist:ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37116620

Kate St. John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org
 

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Date: 5/24/17 4:01 pm
From: Robert Hoopes <hoopes...>
Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township
On Tuesday at 5:49 p.m. John Good posted the following on the PA birders Facebook site:

"I happened upon another good for Lehigh County bird today. Red Headed Woodpecker in Heidelberg Township. The bird was on a fence post along Church Rd. directly across from Applebutter Rd. There is a wet pasture full of dead trees that I assume they are breeding in. I'm not sure if this is a known spot for this species."

This bird was located again today around 2:30 p.m. The bird (perhaps more than one) was heard vocalizing near Applebutter Road and Church Road. It was located several times in different dead trees in the pasture, about 40 yards northwest of Applebutter Road. It then flew across the pasture towards Church Road, across Church Road and into the yard with the brick house on the other side. I left the site to bird the local fields and returned about an hour later. At this point the bird(s) seemed to be vocalizing in the trees by the driveway to the farm opposite Applebutter Road. I agree with John in that this looks like good habitat for nesting RHWO.

Robert Hoopes
Schnecksville, Lehigh County
 

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Date: 5/24/17 3:07 am
From: Zachary Millen <zjmillen...>
Subject: Lancaster - White-rumped Sandpiper
There is currently a White-rumped Sandpiper feeding in the small pond at
Middle Creek just west of the Willow Point parking lot. This bird was found
by Craig Boyhont last evening. The phalaropes are no longer present.

Zach Millen
Akron
 

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Date: 5/23/17 8:55 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (23 May 2017) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 23, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 2 2
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 7 7
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Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carl Mease, Joe Sebastiani, Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett

Visitors:
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
<BR><BR>
Visitors (7): Joe Sebastiani, Tom Brokaw, Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett,
Andy Keister, Carl Mease.
<BR><BR>
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!
<BR><BR



Weather:
Cloudy w/Drizzle (100% cloud cover), Temp 69F, Winds ENE at 5 - 10 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 2-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (8) and Turkey
Vultures (15).
<BR><BR>


Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
<BR><BR>
TODAYS BBB: ---Whimbrel Day Did Someone Tell the Whimbrel?---
Its Whimbrel Day. The weather is not fantastic, but the rain held off.
Well, mostly. It spit at us a bit and was overcast with a low ceiling,
again. The Whimbrel apparently did not get the memo nor did any
shorebirds that we could tell. Whimbrel Day up in Ontario, may have to go
on much as ours did without many (or any) new Whimbrel! Well see how
they make out. We looked hard, to no avail. Maybe tomorrow will be our
day. Or perhaps Friday (Thursday is more rain), it certainly wasnt today.
We tried! We did get our third Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Blue
Grosbeaks. A singing Northern Parula to our east became this years Watch
species # 84. An Orchard Oriole female came in to our spectacular water
feature, the famous Bucktoe Basin. It was a first, and the 25th species
to bathe here. We like our birds cleanALL of our birds. Tim stopped by
to fix my loose scope/tripod assembly.thanks, Tim!
Better luck and weather tomorrow??
<BR><BR>
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
<BR><BR>
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
<BR><BR>
1-Wood Duck, 3-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 1-Green Heron,
1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1-Barred Owl, 1-OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 3-Willow
Flycatcher, 1-Northern Parula, 2-Blackpoll Warbler, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
<BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): Dragonflies (0): Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (0).
<BR><BR>
----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 8.55; Steps: 20,059; Floors: 9.
<BR><BR>
----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best guestimate, searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.
<BR><BR>
TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 67; this season: 84
<BR><BR>
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (1): Northern
Parula.
<BR><BR>


Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks promising now. Clearing a bit just in time for our
watch. Perhaps the Kites will come by, followed by a flight of
shorebirds.
<BR><BR>
Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.


========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
 

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Date: 5/23/17 7:25 pm
From: Bruce Johnson <000000bcb5fcbd4d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Monroe Co.-- Black-bellied Plover and Stilt Sandpiper
There was quite a fog bank up here on the mountain top which may have contributed to some good birds late in the day.

A Black-bellied Plover was in the first retention pond on the right at Kalahari Resort, and a Stilt Sandpiper was at Lynchwwod Lake

north of the airport in Mt. Pocono. Photos can be seen on my ebird posts.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37104085.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37104369.


Bruce Johnson Mt. Pocono
 

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Date: 5/23/17 5:02 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County, Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 23, 2017
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 23, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 39 447 13914
Osprey 0 5 67
Bald Eagle 2 26 101
Northern Harrier 0 5 93
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 11 966
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 43
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 186
Broad-winged Hawk 6 813 3475
Red-tailed Hawk 1 22 571
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 9
Golden Eagle 0 0 1
American Kestrel 0 0 473
Merlin 0 0 14
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 7
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 10
Unknown Buteo 0 0 31
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 48 1333 19966
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Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 10:45:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Jerry McWilliams

Visitors:
Roger Donn stopped by for a minute to see if any birds were moving.


Weather:
Partly cloudy becoming mostly clear starting off with SSW wind becoming NNW
by 1030 Hrs.

Raptor Observations:
A trickle of vultures early with a burst of vultures along with a dribble
of hawks when the wind shifted to the north.

Non-raptor Observations:
Just 17 Blue Jays

Predictions:
Similar temps. with winds out of the SE and a chance of rain.


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

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Date: 5/23/17 2:43 pm
From: Mark Vass <hawk5571...>
Subject: Am. Wigeons - Crawford Co.
I chased Ross's pelicans earlier today but was unsuccessful in finding them

There was a Forster's Tern perched on a rock at the spillway

There was a late pair of American Wigeons at the Hartstown Marsh Project
pond

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.
 

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Date: 5/23/17 2:18 pm
From: Aidan Place <placea...>
Subject: Re: Crawford Co _White Pelican - No
For what it's worth, 3 American white pelicans were found this afternoon at Point Pelee in Ontario, Canada. Perhaps the same birds?

Good birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

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> On May 23, 2017, at 1:53 PM, Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls...> wrote:
>
> I went to Pymatuning late this morning to locate the pelicans. I was in the
> area for 75 minutes. I checked the Spillway, Ford Island, and the Hatchery.
> I did not locate the pelicans.
>
>
>
> Clare Nicolls
>
> Springboro, PA
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Date: 5/23/17 12:16 pm
From: Paul Blank <paulblank...>
Subject: Lancaster County Red-headed woodpecker
Hi Everyone,
Hope you are enjoying the spring weather. Another first for my property happened today as a red-headed woodpecker has been coming regularly to the peanut feeder at our property on Willow Road, in the Eden area of East Lampeter township, Lancaster County. This was very exciting for me and my family!! Birding is such a great passion to have as you always have a chance to see something new and exciting – even if it is not a lifer. We have had loads of fun all through our children’s growing up years keeping a list of birds viewed from our property. Mr. Red-Headed Woodpecker brings the total to somewhere close to 150 species seen from our property. I have to go over my records and verify that.

Keep your eyes open – you never know what you might see next!

Good birding!!
Paul Blank
Eden area,
Lancaster County
 

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Date: 5/23/17 10:53 am
From: Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls...>
Subject: Crawford Co _White Pelican - No
I went to Pymatuning late this morning to locate the pelicans. I was in the
area for 75 minutes. I checked the Spillway, Ford Island, and the Hatchery.
I did not locate the pelicans.



Clare Nicolls

Springboro, PA



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Date: 5/23/17 6:43 am
From: Billy Weber <robot.stories...>
Subject: Northampton Co. sightings
A few birds from the last few days:

5/20
Old Allentown Rd: American Pipit (2)

5/22
Minsi Lake (3:30pm): Ruddy Turnstone with 15 Semipalmated Plovers and a small group of Semipalmated and Least sandpipers
Echo Lake: Ring-necked Duck
Martin's Creek PPL: Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon (2)
Nazareth Quarry: Bufflehead, Double-crested Cormorant (80)

5/23
Jacobsburg SP (upper fields): Alder Flycatcher, Blue-winged Warbler with yellow wingbars

Billy Weber
Nazareth, PA

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Date: 5/23/17 5:49 am
From: Jeff McDonald <00000034a5898a92-dmarc-request...>
Subject: White Pelicans Crawford County
Ross Gallardy found three American White Pelicans this morning at the Spillway at Pymatuming. The birds are still present but distant a scope would be required. The birds are east of the spillway.

Jeff McDonald
Allegheny County
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Date: 5/23/17 4:23 am
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon...>
Subject: Harrisburg Peregrine Falcon Watch and Rescue
The three peregrine falcon chicks on the Rachel Carson State Office
Building are very nearly ready to fledge. At 35/37 days of age, they are
all physically mature enough for flight, but are probably still a day or so
away from actually taking that first big jump into the air. The chicks have
all shown at least one of the behaviors we've learned to watch for that
indicate fledging is near, and the adults have started doing flybys in
front of the ledge trying to entice the youngsters to pursue them.

Falcon Watch volunteers will be starting watch activity on Wednesday. If
you are in the area and would like a chance to see a peregrine take its
first flight, feel free to join us on the lawn across the street from the
Carson Building.



--
Sue Hannon
Grantville
Dauphin County, PA
 

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