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5/22/24 6:52 pm S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...> Reminder: field trip this Saturday, 5/25/24
5/19/24 3:47 pm Grove, Deborah Shuey <dsg4...> Re: Request for contact information
5/19/24 2:52 pm Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...> Request for contact information
5/19/24 9:34 am Julia Plummer <julia...> Sound Recording trip to Colombia
5/17/24 5:07 pm S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...> Sweet and Swifts 7/17/24
5/16/24 2:31 pm Lee, Jen <jal21...> Falcon breeding & racing article
5/16/24 10:01 am Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> Lower Trail field trip report
5/15/24 6:14 pm Karen Earl <karenearl32...> Re: Bobcat @ Scotia
5/15/24 5:59 pm Hannon, Daniel <dbh126...> Bobcat @ Scotia
5/14/24 2:21 pm Peggy Wagoner Saporito <raven966...> Minutes from State College Bird Club meeting, April 24
5/14/24 12:50 pm Thomas, Brady Scott <bst5117...> State College Bird Club May 22nd Potluck at Millbrook Marsh
5/14/24 10:30 am Nessler, Joan <jxn3...> Re: Question
5/14/24 9:52 am Lee, Jen <jal21...> Re: Question
5/14/24 9:51 am Julia Plummer <julia...> Re: Question
5/14/24 9:36 am Amy Roberts <1amyeroberts...> Question
5/14/24 4:44 am L Wiegand <marmotfarm...> Fwd: Important Event on Bird-Glass Collisions in Lancaster – May 21!
5/13/24 4:13 am Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> Lower Trail field trip - change day to Thursday
5/11/24 6:39 am Shawn Davis <davisflydesigns...> Blue-winged/Golden-winged songs
5/11/24 5:35 am Constanza Ehrenhaus <cxe1169...> Common and Forster´s terns
5/10/24 4:38 pm Joanna Taylor <bluebirdjoanna...> Re: Help with Shore bird ID
5/10/24 11:25 am Constanza Ehrenhaus <cxe1169...> Tadpole rd. ponds
5/10/24 9:18 am Mark Nale <00008ff0c316580d-dmarc-request...> Re: Help with Shore bird ID
5/10/24 8:23 am Navin Viswanathan <mailnavin...> Help with Shore bird ID
5/10/24 8:09 am Jeff Katen <jeffkaten...> Also a Ruddy Turnstone at tadpole road
5/10/24 6:54 am Navin Viswanathan <mailnavin...> Dowitchers are back in Tadpole road
5/9/24 9:59 am Wentzel, Doug <djw105...> Fwd: Warbler Walk on Saturday May 11
5/9/24 9:16 am Margaret Brittingham <mbrittingham01...> Centre Gives -Wildlife for Everyone Foundation - Dreibelbis and Soaring Eagle
5/9/24 7:57 am Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...> State College Celebrates World Migratory Bird Day
5/9/24 5:31 am S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...> Wed. 5/15 Lower Trail: possible road work
5/9/24 4:49 am S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...> Fwd: Family Bird Walk this Saturday 4/27
5/8/24 4:23 pm Wentzel, Doug <djw105...> Fwd: Migration Morning and PSO Birding Festival - time's running out!
5/8/24 12:37 pm Margaret Brittingham <pba3.centre...> Re: Red knot retraction
5/8/24 12:23 pm Margaret Brittingham <mbrittingham01...> Re: Red knot retraction
5/8/24 11:51 am Brittingham, Margaret <mxb21...> Red knots
5/7/24 2:26 pm Feldstein, Steven B <sbf1...> Addendum to my March 2023 State College Bird Club presentation on Bar-tailed Godwit migration
5/7/24 11:53 am Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...> Backlog of field trip reports from this spring; two upcoming activities Saturday
5/7/24 9:48 am Wentzel, Doug <djw105...> Native Plants for sale and the last Migration Morning walk of the spring.
5/6/24 3:49 pm Deborah Escalet <d5me16...> Whimbrel at Tadpole Rd. & Dunlin
5/3/24 2:06 pm Wentzel, Doug <djw105...> Birding Cup starts in less than 2 hours!
5/3/24 10:11 am Carrie Dzikowski <snufflemama...> Help ID
5/3/24 4:49 am Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...> Arboretum walk yesterday
5/1/24 9:11 am Bryant, Don <dab14...> [The Washington Post] John James Audubon was flawed. Should he get credit for his good work?
5/1/24 5:01 am S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...> New field trip 5/25/24
4/30/24 2:23 pm Margaret Brittingham <mbrittingham01...> Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
4/30/24 2:09 pm Jim Cassidy <j-cassidy...> Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
4/30/24 1:43 pm Debra Rittelmann <dlrittelmann...> Re: No Glossy Ibis as of 4:25pm
4/30/24 1:27 pm Lee, Jen <jal21...> No Glossy Ibis as of 4:25pm
4/30/24 12:38 pm Blizard, David A <dab22...> Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
4/30/24 12:38 pm Margaret Brittingham <mbrittingham01...> Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
4/30/24 11:50 am Roana Fuller <roanafuller1956...> Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
4/30/24 11:28 am Julia Plummer <julia...> Spring Creek Park walk
4/30/24 9:07 am Michael Dreibelbis <mjd5243...> Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
4/29/24 1:16 pm Peggy Wagoner Saporito <raven966...> Wednesday April 24 Bird Club recording
4/29/24 8:46 am Bryant, Don <dab14...> NYTimes.com: They Shoot Owls in California, Don’t They?
4/28/24 10:39 am Wentzel, Doug <djw105...> Re: 2024 Tussey Mt hawk watch summary
4/28/24 10:05 am David Brandes <000016035b42742c-dmarc-request...> Re: 2024 Tussey Mt hawk watch summary
4/27/24 3:51 pm Blizard, David A <dab22...> Re: Children's walk- Sat April 27th
4/27/24 2:37 pm Constanza Ehrenhaus <cxe1169...> Children's walk- Sat April 27th
4/27/24 1:43 pm Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> 2024 Tussey Mt hawk watch summary
4/27/24 10:20 am Grove, Deborah Shuey <dsg4...> Re: Birding Cup next week!
4/27/24 10:10 am Jon Kauffman <jvk5019...> Blue Grosbeak -Pine Grove Mills
4/27/24 9:39 am Lee, Jen <jal21...> Birding Cup next week!
4/27/24 8:40 am Wentzel, Doug <djw105...> Plant sale Today! at Shaver's Creek
4/26/24 4:53 pm Mark Ott <000027d7a2c8cc0b-dmarc-request...> Re: Tussey Mt HW, Friday
4/26/24 4:07 pm Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> Tussey Mt HW, Friday
4/26/24 3:58 pm Hawkcount.org reports <reports...> Jacks Mountain (26 Apr 2024) 42 Raptors
4/26/24 12:18 pm Grove, Gregory William <gwg2...> Huntingdon County Birding FB group - Kestrel and Barn Owl
4/26/24 8:00 am Robyn Graboski <centrewildlifecare...> Re: Muddy Paws accessible during Birding Cup
4/26/24 7:56 am McLaughlin, Mark <mxm51...> Re: Muddy Paws accessible during Birding Cup
4/26/24 7:22 am Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...> Muddy Paws accessible during Birding Cup
4/25/24 6:52 pm Andrew Bechdel <andrewbechdel...> Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch - April 25th, 2024
4/25/24 9:48 am Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...> Fw: Warbler walk to forward to State College Birding Club
4/24/24 5:18 pm Andrew Bechdel <andrewbechdel...> Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch - April 24th, 2024
4/23/24 4:44 pm Andrew Bechdel <andrewbechdel...> Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch - April 23rd, 2024
4/23/24 4:03 pm Hawkcount.org reports <reports...> Jacks Mountain (23 Apr 2024) 35 Raptors
4/23/24 11:49 am Wentzel, Doug <djw105...> Fwd: Important Club Meeting Wednesday, this morning walk and PSO news...Birding Festival, Blitz, Art Auction, Birding Tours
4/23/24 10:47 am Mark Nale <00008ff0c316580d-dmarc-request...> Re: FOY Whippoorwill
 
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Date: 5/22/24 6:52 pm
From: S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...>
Subject: Reminder: field trip this Saturday, 5/25/24
Dear Bird Club,
>
> This Saturday Amber Wiewel will be leading a workshop and walk at Shaver's
> Creek on contributing to the Breeding Bird Atlas. Please see the
> description below for registration information.
>


> All field trips are posted to the website https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.scbirdcl.org%2F&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7Cf94ce36ea87f4294cbcf08dc7acb0393%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638520259555497875%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=JWZlFnYpIWIhwoTYg1g39I4IvVkozSEADIHN%2B8V%2BgJ4%3D&reserved=0.
> State College Bird Club field trips are open to members and non-members.
> happy birding!
> Susan Smith
> VP for Field Trips
>
>
>
*Saturday, May 25, 2024 (9:00-11:00 am)*

*Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Petersburg, PA*

PA Bird Atlas Workshop and Bird Walk


Trip Leader: Amber Wiewel



Pennsylvania’s 3rd Bird Atlas is a community science project to document
the birds breeding and wintering in Pennsylvania from 2024 to 2029. This
event is geared toward birders who are interested in participating in the
Atlas but need help getting started. The workshop will begin in the
classroom to cover topics including using the PA Bird Atlas portal in
eBird, finding block maps, and submitting data. Next the group will head
outside for a birding walk around Shaver’s Creek to demonstrate identifying
breeding behaviors and coding these observations in eBird.



If you use a mobile phone, please come with the free eBird app already
installed.


For planning purposes, please email Amber if you will attend:
<wiewel...>


*Wednesday, July 17, 2024 (8:15 pm – 9:15pm or until the last swift
disappears)*

Rain Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024

Sweets and Swifts at Ferguson Township Elementary School, Pine Grove Mills

Come enjoy an amazing evening flight of Chimney Swifts as they circle above
Ferguson Township Elementary before they dive one by one into the chimney
to roost for the night. The town of Pine Grove Mills and the nearby
elementary school can observe dozens of circling swifts during the day.
During dusk, one may gain a better understanding how many swifts are
actually utilizing the school's chimney during this unique time where
swifts finally come to rest. Historical counts range from 97 to 197
individuals!

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a favorite baked or non-baked sweet dish
to share with others while enjoying the evening sunset. Who will bring the
best-looking and tasting Chimney Swift themed cookie?

This field trip is open for all to join.

Trip Leader: Jon Kauffman

 

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Date: 5/19/24 3:47 pm
From: Grove, Deborah Shuey <dsg4...>
Subject: Re: Request for contact information
Emailed a link to you.
Deb

Deborah S. Grove

________________________________
From: State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> on behalf of Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2024 5:52:04 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...> <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Request for contact information

I would like to get in touch with Jeff Katen. If anyone could assist with that, please & thanks. Reply to my personal email please.

Wayne Laubscher
<wnlaubscher...>


 

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Date: 5/19/24 2:52 pm
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Request for contact information
I would like to get in touch with Jeff Katen. If anyone could assist with that, please & thanks. Reply to my personal email please.

Wayne Laubscher
<wnlaubscher...>


 

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Date: 5/19/24 9:34 am
From: Julia Plummer <julia...>
Subject: Sound Recording trip to Colombia
Hi everyone,

I hope you are all having a great weekend! I am following up on Nick
Bolgiano's wonderful reports about his trips to Colombia with Hillstar
Nature Tours. I was inspired to go on a trip to Colombia as well! A lot of
birding tours focus on photography but I wanted to go on a tour where I
could focus on sound recording. So, I got in touch with George Armistead,
at Hillstar, and he designed a brand new tour for January 2025 with a focus
on sound recording.
https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hillstarnature.com%2Fcolombia-sounds-2025&data=05%7C02%<7Cscbirdcl...>%7Cc37f4f8fb9cf4af59ccc08dc78217ce8%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638517332430041190%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=cYBVyEM%2FEvZRNQf3cFzZTETrqY7QfpoF9Ap5Xt2kHQc%3D&reserved=0

There is still space on the tour if you or anyone you know wants to explore
the sounds (and sights!) of the birds of northern Colombia :) And, if
anyone has run across tours that specialize with sound recording, let me
know that too as I hadn't been able to find any.

Julia

 

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Date: 5/17/24 5:07 pm
From: S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...>
Subject: Sweet and Swifts 7/17/24
Dear Bird Club,

We have a new field trip to add to the calendar: Jon Kauffman will be
leading Sweets and Swifts on Wed. July 17. Come on out to see the show!

Susan Smith
VP Field Trips
State College Bird Club



*Wednesday, July 17, 2024 (8:15 pm – 9:15pm or until the last swift
disappears)*

Rain Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024

Sweets and Swifts at Ferguson Township Elementary School, Pine Grove Mills

Come enjoy an amazing evening flight of Chimney Swifts as they circle above
Ferguson Township Elementary before they dive one by one into the chimney
to roost for the night. The town of Pine Grove Mills and the nearby
elementary school can observe dozens of circling swifts during the day.
During dusk, one may gain a better understanding how many swifts are
actually utilizing the school's chimney during this unique time where
swifts finally come to rest. Historical counts range from 97 to 197
individuals!

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a favorite baked or non-baked sweet dish
to share with others while enjoying the evening sunset. Who will bring the
best-looking and tasting Chimney Swift themed cookie?

This field trip is open for all to join.

Trip Leader: Jon Kauffman

>
>>

 

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Date: 5/16/24 2:31 pm
From: Lee, Jen <jal21...>
Subject: Falcon breeding & racing article
A friend shared this article with me. I have mixed feelings about falconry but there were some interesting bits in this story from other parts of the world.


https://getpocket.com/explore/item/inside-the-outrageously-prestigious-world-of-falcon-influencers?utm_source=pocket-newtab-en-us<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgetpocket.com%2Fexplore%2Fitem%2Finside-the-outrageously-prestigious-world-of-falcon-influencers%3Futm_source%3Dpocket-newtab-en-us&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C632d8d61e9ab459b8ab008dc75ef825d%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638514918742620053%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=fZ0YJf7huzCkPkEhvEPz5trRIqXzYUsYRG5QRiho7CA%3D&reserved=0>

Jen

 

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Date: 5/16/24 10:01 am
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: Lower Trail field trip report
On this morning's field trip to the Lower Trail, I tallied 12 Warbling
Vireos, 12 Red-eyed Vireos, 11 American Redstarts, 13 Cerulean Warblers,
and 2 Yellow-throated Warblers. A typical trip there.

My checklist is:
https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fatlaspa%2Fchecklist%2FS174897231&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C40e607b9dbe24be60a1208dc75c9cb9d%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638514756767037510%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=LOtr9Lr8wPhvBhcqBSt0CsLK98OCqyCJ%2BS3iBBumnWE%3D&reserved=0

If you wish to have this checklist shared with you or if there was
something that I missed, let me know.

Nick

 

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Date: 5/15/24 6:14 pm
From: Karen Earl <karenearl32...>
Subject: Re: Bobcat @ Scotia
Awww! Do you think he was caught in a trap?

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, Hannon, Daniel <dbh126...> wrote:

> Of interest, I saw this 3½-legged Bobcat while at Scotia (at the bend
> about midway between the "Shooting Range" and "General" hotspot pins) on
> Sunday, 5/12. Just FYI, so you all are aware.
>
>
>
> -----------------------------
> Daniel Hannon
> Penn State University
> Genomics Core Facility
> 408 Chandlee Laboratory
> University Park, PA 16802
>
> *“A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight
> line.” -- CS Lewis*
>

 

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Date: 5/15/24 5:59 pm
From: Hannon, Daniel <dbh126...>
Subject: Bobcat @ Scotia
Of interest, I saw this 3-legged Bobcat while at Scotia (at the bend about midway between the "Shooting Range" and "General" hotspot pins) on Sunday, 5/12. Just FYI, so you all are aware.

[cid:8de5e82d-bc3a-4d75-8f01-b7e8cd6ff289]


-----------------------------
Daniel Hannon
Penn State University
Genomics Core Facility
408 Chandlee Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802

A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. -- CS Lewis

 

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Date: 5/14/24 2:21 pm
From: Peggy Wagoner Saporito <raven966...>
Subject: Minutes from State College Bird Club meeting, April 24
Hello Everyone,

Please find attached minutes from our April 24 bird club meeting.
Sorry for the delay. Somehow the first half of May with travel,
graduations, gardening and not to mention great birding slowed me down more
than usual.

Happy Birding!
Peggy

 

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Date: 5/14/24 12:50 pm
From: Thomas, Brady Scott <bst5117...>
Subject: State College Bird Club May 22nd Potluck at Millbrook Marsh
Good afternoon Bird Club!

I am excited to share some more information about our May meeting next week. We will be having a potluck supper at Millbrook Marsh starting at 6pm. See below for a more detailed schedule!

May 22 2024, Wednesday 6:00 PM
Potluck Supper at Millbrook Marsh<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crpr.org%2Fmillbrook-marsh-nature-center&data=05%7C02%<7Cscbirdcl...>%7C57ff13e3907246b7e08308dc744f2889%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638513130519833515%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=k8RI67LAL8QdZnQkSvW98BL6oq%2BKhm1AzEJtsZyyQig%3D&reserved=0>
Meet at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Pavilion. Supper, in the pavilion (or barn if needed), goes from 6-7, a short meeting from 7-7:30, followed by optional evening birding around the marsh.

Please bring a potluck item to share. Compostable plates, cups, and dinner ware will be provided. Consider options for those with dietary choices and restrictions.

Starting at 4pm, there will be an optional native tree planting project also at Millbrook Marsh. We will have an opportunity to plant river birch and willow; bring work gloves if you have them. Tree planting will last until dinner begins or we run out of trees, whichever one comes first!

I am looking forward to seeing you all there!

Best,

Brady Thomas

(he/him)
Education Program Coordinator
School Programs and Summer Camp
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
3400 Discovery Road
Petersburg, PA, 16669


 

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Date: 5/14/24 10:30 am
From: Nessler, Joan <jxn3...>
Subject: Re: Question
We cant tell but looks like exaggerated markings of rose breasted grosbeaks! Will be fun to see what others think.

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________________________________
From: State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> on behalf of Amy Roberts <1amyeroberts...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 12:36:17 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...> <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Question

Can anyone identify this bird? In Howard.

 

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Date: 5/14/24 9:52 am
From: Lee, Jen <jal21...>
Subject: Re: Question
female Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Jen
________________________________
From: State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> on behalf of Amy Roberts <1amyeroberts...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 12:36:17 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...> <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Question

Can anyone identify this bird? In Howard.

 

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Date: 5/14/24 9:51 am
From: Julia Plummer <julia...>
Subject: Re: Question
That would be a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. What a great bird to have at
your feeder!

Julia

On Tue, May 14, 2024 at 12:37 PM Amy Roberts <1amyeroberts...> wrote:

> Can anyone identify this bird? In Howard.

 

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Date: 5/14/24 9:36 am
From: Amy Roberts <1amyeroberts...>
Subject: Question
Can anyone identify this bird? In Howard.

 

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Date: 5/14/24 4:44 am
From: L Wiegand <marmotfarm...>
Subject: Fwd: Important Event on Bird-Glass Collisions in Lancaster – May 21!
Am forwarding this missive from Lancaster County Bird Club president Ted Nichols II as SCBC folks may be interested. Note that there will be an online broadcast link through the LCBC events page listed below.

L Wiegand


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Lancaster County Bird Club <lancastercountybirdclub...>
> Subject: Important Event on Bird-Glass Collisions in Lancaster – May 21!
> Date: May 13, 2024 at 11:44:45 PM EDT
> To: Lancaster County Bird Club <lancastercountybirdclub...>
>
> Kindly forward this invitation to anyone you know who may be interested in this event!
>
> Lancaster County Bird Club and Franklin & Marshall College are excited to invite you to an enlightening event, "Saving Birds: The Science Behind Bird-Glass Collisions and the Need for Bird-Friendly Buildings" being held next week in the heart of Southcentral Pennsylvania. This event is meant to foster greater awareness on this important conservation issue with members of the general public and local and state officials.
>
> 📅 Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 🕡 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 📍 Location: Bonchek Lecture Hall, Barshinger Life Sciences and Philosophy Building, Franklin & Marshall College, 850 Harrisburg Ave., Lancaster, PA
>
> (Map showing event venue and parking location available at: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flancasterbirdclub.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2024%2F05%2FFandM_Parking.pdf&data=05%7C02%<7Cscbirdcl...>%7C0e48d4a1066d46a1916e08dc740aa455%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638512838695711186%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=%2F3YrZTxFhpfWNBrvwMtZLhljzp72GJtiKbku0Q5qdCQ%3D&reserved=0)
>
> Learn from Dr. Daniel Klem, a renowned ornithologist whose pioneering research on bird-glass collisions has brought significant attention to this critical conservation issue. His work emphasizes the need for bird-friendly building designs to mitigate these collisions and protect bird species.
>
> The event features: opening remarks from Dr. Dan Ardia from F&M, remarks from Dr. Klem and Paul Groleau of Feather Friendly and will wrap up with an engaging moderated panel that will feature a question-and-answer period.
>
> Engaging displays from conservation organizations, glass manufacturers and companies striving to make glass bird-friendly will be available prior to the formal program. Arrive early to explore these informative tables starting at 5:30 PM.
>
> For those unable to attend in person, an online broadcast will be available. A link to the online broadcast will be added to the event page (listed below) closer to the event date. In-person attendance is however strongly encouraged!
>
> Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the leaders on this important conservation issue.
>
> For more details, visit our event page at: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flancasterbirdclub.org%2Fevent%2Fsavingbirds%2F&data=05%7C02%<7Cscbirdcl...>%7C0e48d4a1066d46a1916e08dc740aa455%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638512838695711186%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=nl0GrZKshraUpr148U2mmQUMtUbHZHyV%2BH3Vn5hZXqg%3D&reserved=0
>
> We look forward to seeing you there!
>
> Regards,
> Ted Nichols II
> President - Lancaster County Bird Club
> Dedicated to cultivating an interest in our native birds and bird conservation since our founding in 1937…
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Date: 5/13/24 4:13 am
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: Lower Trail field trip - change day to Thursday
Because rain is forecast for Wednesday, I am switching the Lower Trail
field trip to Thursday instead. I want the best chance for people to see
Cerulean Warblers and the other target species.

As Susan Smith noted earlier, Fox Run Rd is closed to the north of the Mt
.Etna trailhead. If you are coming from the State College or Huntingdon
areas, the signed detour is via Polecat Hollow Rd, 5.1 miles from the
traffic light at rts 453 and 22. At the end of Polecat Hollow Rd, turn L
onto Fox Run Rd and the Mt. Etna parking lot is in view.

Many drivers on rt 22 drive fast - if someone is close behind you so as to
make turning left onto Polecat Hollow Rd unsafe or if you miss the turn,
there is an easy workaround. There is a large pulloff on the L just 0.1 mi
past Polecat Hollow Rd, just before Yellow Springs Rd. There is even a
turning lane. Be watchful about this.

In the past, there has been limited parking at Mt. Etna, so please park to
minimize space between vehicles.

On Saturday, there was much Cerulean Warbler and other riparian bird
activity,so we should see many of our target species.

Nick Bolgiano

 

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Date: 5/11/24 6:39 am
From: Shawn Davis <davisflydesigns...>
Subject: Blue-winged/Golden-winged songs
I was at Scotia a few days ago and heard a bird singing a song I'd never
heard. It had tonal qualities of a Blue-winged/Golden-winged, with a
tinkling, glassy quality reminiscent of a wood thrush, and it was in a spot
I'd found a Brewster's a few years ago, so I thought it might be a hybrid.
Took me almost an hour to finally track down the little ventriloquist, and
it appeared to be a full-blooded Golden-wing, but I wonder if it had
something else in its recent ancestry, because the song was unlike any I'd
ever heard. I suppose it could also have been a young male trying to figure
things out. I've heard GW's make traditional BW songs and BW's make
traditional GW songs - and with hybrids all bets are off - but this was
like the tail end of a GW song repeated 7-8 times, with a little ramp-up
and ramp-down in volume at beginning and end: bzzz bzzz bzzz bzzz bzzz
bzzz bzzz bzzz

Anyone encounter this bird or something like it? It was covering an
area about a hundred yards in diameter next to the parking area at the
power line stretch. A few hundred yards further into the game lands I heard
another bird with a more traditional GW song, (beee bzzz bzzz bzzz bzzz),
but I couldn't see it. I quite enjoy identifying birds by song, but having
been fooled by BW's and GW's more than once, these are two species I always
feel I have to see to believe.

-Shawn

--
Shawn Davis
Author of: "The Talk: A Young Person's Guide to Life's Big Questions"
https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.shawndaviswriting.com%2F&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C53a53d23b6984cbed19008dc71bf8026%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638510315613372848%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C40000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=x%2FMwSCh9guE2gUFgbEWo8HN9NOHhRcJMfZBYiVOOy5E%3D&reserved=0

 

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Date: 5/11/24 5:35 am
From: Constanza Ehrenhaus <cxe1169...>
Subject: Common and Forster´s terns
Good morning group,

Yesterday at the Tadpole rd. ponds there was a party of
birds-that-should-not-be-here, as my sons would put it. In between the fun
mix, I saw four terns that Mr. Winograd said were Forster's Terns, when I
got home and looked at the pictures I saw one that was slightly different,
having a dark lining on the wings. I checked my field guides, would it be
reasonable to think it is a Common Tern?

Thank you!

Coty
--
Constanza Ehrenhaus.
[image: COTE01.JPG]

 

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Date: 5/10/24 4:38 pm
From: Joanna Taylor <bluebirdjoanna...>
Subject: Re: Help with Shore bird ID
 

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Date: 5/10/24 11:25 am
From: Constanza Ehrenhaus <cxe1169...>
Subject: Tadpole rd. ponds
As of 1:30 there were terns, gulls, a Black-bellied Plover, a Ruddy
Turnstone, and 17 Dowichers, plus the usual awesome local birds.


--
Constanza Ehrenhaus.

 

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Date: 5/10/24 9:18 am
From: Mark Nale <00008ff0c316580d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Help with Shore bird ID
Shorebirds can be tough!  I can give you no positive IDs from your photo, (except the dowitcher) but something to consider.  Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs - I read this -- if you have a profile shot (not angling toward or away) if you shoved the bill back into the bird's head, if it would stick way out the back, it is a greater yellowlegs. If the bill is about the same length as the thickness of the head, then it is a lesser.  See the difference in this photo of mine?

Mark

On Friday, May 10, 2024 at 11:23:59 AM EDT, Navin Viswanathan <mailnavin...> wrote:

Hi folks,
I counted up to 25 dowitchers (I could see spots on the sides for the ones that were really close, pics on Ebird later).
 I was hoping you all could help confirm/correct the shore birds in the linked picture. I apologize for the size of the picture so I am  including it as a link. 
https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Ffile%2Fd%2F1xeHuzeiwq54EDNSx4tiE0LPiP_eiysBB%2Fview%3Fusp%3Dsharing&data=05%7C02%<7Cscbirdcl...>%7C313ca82491114373e9de08dc710cc73b%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638509546929383666%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=C6KxDK2Gm9%2F%2F%2FC5PBBbo3KP4njP9teVxe8aDpOU9t9s%3D&reserved=0

Here are my attempts
1: Lesser Yellow Legs2: I am kinda stumped here. The really upright posture and the shortbill really makes me think it is not one of the yellow legs. 3. Short-billed Dowitchers4. Pectoral Sandpiper5. Greater Yellow legs
Happy birding and thanks for your suggestions/corrections,Navin
p.s. I missed the Ruddy Turnstone, I'll go look through the rest of my rainy, grainy pictures



--
Navin Viswanathan



 

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Date: 5/10/24 8:23 am
From: Navin Viswanathan <mailnavin...>
Subject: Help with Shore bird ID
Hi folks,

I counted up to 25 dowitchers (I could see spots on the sides for the ones
that were really close, pics on Ebird later).

I was hoping you all could help confirm/correct the shore birds in the
linked picture. I apologize for the size of the picture so I am including
it as a link.

https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Ffile%2Fd%2F1xeHuzeiwq54EDNSx4tiE0LPiP_eiysBB%2Fview%3Fusp%3Dsharing&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C54687f677ab94904ef1c08dc710531d2%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638509514325990721%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=KMfWNY5UrdHW7p5bEipObtX%2BXRtOyz7Hm85i4%2FtjhEk%3D&reserved=0

Here are my attempts

1: Lesser Yellow Legs
2: I am kinda stumped here. The really upright posture and the shortbill
really makes me think it is not one of the yellow legs.
3. Short-billed Dowitchers
4. Pectoral Sandpiper
5. Greater Yellow legs

Happy birding and thanks for your suggestions/corrections,
Navin
p.s. I missed the Ruddy Turnstone, I'll go look through the rest of my
rainy, grainy pictures




--
Navin Viswanathan

 

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Date: 5/10/24 8:09 am
From: Jeff Katen <jeffkaten...>
Subject: Also a Ruddy Turnstone at tadpole road
Among the dowitchers found earlier today I believe there was a Ruddy
Turnstone seen at 10:45 AM. It had a notably red back, black chest
contrasting with white parts of head and white stomach.

Best wishes,
Jeff

 

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Date: 5/10/24 6:54 am
From: Navin Viswanathan <mailnavin...>
Subject: Dowitchers are back in Tadpole road
Hello all,

By my count there are 23 dowitchers in tadpole road now (945 am, Fri). I
assume short billed but can't tell it's rainy.

Cheers,
Navin

 

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Date: 5/9/24 9:59 am
From: Wentzel, Doug <djw105...>
Subject: Fwd: Warbler Walk on Saturday May 11
Hi all,

Quick reminder that the warbler walk is on Saturday, May 11 at 8 am. This is a special program and requires registration <https://forms.gle/4y3APbvwCddHxNtX6> and parking will be limited at the trail head on Red Rose Road.

Hope to see some of you on Saturday,
Doug



> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: "Gyekis, Joseph Peter" <jpg186...>
> Subject: Fw: Warbler walk to forward to State College Birding Club
> Date: April 25, 2024 at 12:45:29 PM EDT
> To: <SCBIRDCL...>
> Reply-To: "Gyekis, Joseph Peter" <jpg186...>
>
> Hi Bird Club,
>
> An activity of interest:
>
> Postdoc Kevin Bennett and biology professor David Toews are leading a bird walk at Shaver's Creek / seminar on fun warbler evolution (golden-winged and blue-winged ... and beyond!) next Saturday May 11th at 8am (bird walk), 10 am (food / coffee provided), 10:30 warbler seminar.
>
> Please RSVP just to have an estimate of numbers: https://forms.gle/4y3APbvwCddHxNtX6
>
> Joe
>

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> David Toews, PhD.
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Biology
> Pennsylvania State University
> 619 Mueller Lab, University Park
> State College, PA, 16802
> <toews...> <mailto:<toews...>
> @davetoews
> (814) 863-0848
> http://www.davetoews.com <http://www.davetoews.com/>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------


 

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Date: 5/9/24 9:16 am
From: Margaret Brittingham <mbrittingham01...>
Subject: Centre Gives -Wildlife for Everyone Foundation - Dreibelbis and Soaring Eagle
Hello Birders
If you enjoy birding at the Dreibelbis wetland and birding, fishing and
walking at Soaring Eagle wetland, please consider making a gift to the
Wildlife for Everyone Foundation during Centre Gives. I have been working
with this organization for the past 10 years and love the trails, blinds
and birding opportunities. Your support will go towards maintenance of the
sites as well as expanding the trail system. Let's show support from the
birding community. Any donation amount is great.

Thanks

Margaret

 

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Date: 5/9/24 7:57 am
From: Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...>
Subject: State College Celebrates World Migratory Bird Day
[https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=1d8020c37f&<attid...>&permmsgid=msg-f:1798583459153047631&th=18f5da2075b5f04f&view=fimg&fur=ip&sz=s0-l75-ft&attbid=ANGjdJ_2ktXZiGWHAkhT-xzK57OsGkiuD7nwtvF14eRdb1h9jLayyeZGR3Pkgi-KATyEvmgJOwFTXNDEWI6TSs3VOJrWTzr3KkHDhfU_20Vbc0YaRvneVWpxXzXSr7c&disp=emb]
Good morning!

Saturday is World Migratory Bird Day. I would appreciate it if you could help get the word out about this years theme and the programs that we have developed to help raise awareness about the importance of birds. In addition to the email text below, I have also attached the flyers for the events to this email. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know (if you ask me any questions I can share them to Jasmine). Thank you in advance!

Celebrate migration and the partnership between birds and insects on World Migratory Bird Day 2024 this May 11th & Oct 12th.
The United States and Canada have observed avian population declines, with a significant 29% drop in bird populations since 1970, equating to around 2.9 billion fewer birds (about one in four birds). World Migratory Bird Day is a global campaign that educates and promotes conservation efforts for migratory birds and their journeys across borders. It spreads awareness about the challenges birds face and encourages conservation actions worldwide. Each year features a theme, prompts action, and coordinates global efforts to safeguard migratory birds and their habitats.
Protect Insects. Protect Birds. In a display of interconnectedness, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2024 shines a spotlight on the relationship between migratory birds and insects as a message of conservation considering alarming declines for both populations. Insects are essential sources of energy for many migratory bird species, supporting their extensive journeys and greatly affecting the timing, duration, and overall success of bird migration. Birds play crucial roles in pollination and pest control, and a lack of insects disrupts these ecosystem functions.
What We are Doing: On Monday May 6th, State College Borough Council adopted Resolution #1388, proclaiming May 11th and October 12th as World Migratory Bird Day in the Borough of State College. Sustainable State College has been partnering with various organizations like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State College Bird Club, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and Bird Safe Penn State to develop programs and educational campaigns that raise awareness about the threats that migratory birds face in our urbanizing environment and inspire people to appreciate migratory birds, which are some of the most beautiful and easily observed wildlife in our communities.
Upcoming Events:

*
Movies Under the Stars - Migration - Friday May 17th at Sidney Friedman Parklet, starting at dusk
*
Bird Friendly Glass Demo - Tuesday May 21st in Room 220 of the State College Borough Municipal Building from 5:30pm - 7:00pm.
*
Birdwatching for Kids - Saturday June 13th in the Downsbrough Community Room at Schlow Library, starting at 2:30pm.


World Migratory Bird Day is not only a day to foster appreciation for wild birds, but also a call to action. To learn more about the relationship between insects and birds, and the steps you can take to support migratory bird conservation, visit www.statecollegepa.us/migratorybirds<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.statecollegepa.us%2Fmigratorybirds&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C0cbacb4a70fe4dcd539508dc70384769%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508634230099148%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=fQH6h4wZujVUx5MunwOMvtVUvVP%2BNqfm8Q%2Fzd0goQsA%3D&reserved=0>

Best Regards,

Jasmine Fields
Sustainability Program Officer
Borough of State College
243 S. Allen Street
State College, PA 16801
T: 814 278 4705

MS4 SCP | Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional

To find out more about the Boroughs Sustainability efforts visit:
State College Sustainability Plan Dashboard<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fperformance.envisio.com%2Fdashboard%2Fsustainability&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C0cbacb4a70fe4dcd539508dc70384769%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508634230099148%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=H4XnE4ig7G%2BRBxf9SypfN7TEDyLluMABIH4exJrJVZA%3D&reserved=0>
State College Sustainability Website<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.statecollegepa.us%2F266%2FSustainability&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C0cbacb4a70fe4dcd539508dc70384769%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508634230099148%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=Vkvh1DZ%2BNjZ08ZVRVUeQd8ojkauRMhG15wNAbJAdUvM%3D&reserved=0>
Good morning!

Saturday is World Migratory Bird Day. I would appreciate it if you could help get the word out about this years theme and the programs that we have developed to help raise awareness about the importance of birds. In addition to the email text below, I have also attached the flyers for the events to this email. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thank you in advance!

[https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=1d8020c37f&<attid...>&permmsgid=msg-f:1798583459153047631&th=18f5da2075b5f04f&view=fimg&fur=ip&sz=s0-l75-ft&attbid=ANGjdJ_2ktXZiGWHAkhT-xzK57OsGkiuD7nwtvF14eRdb1h9jLayyeZGR3Pkgi-KATyEvmgJOwFTXNDEWI6TSs3VOJrWTzr3KkHDhfU_20Vbc0YaRvneVWpxXzXSr7c&disp=emb]

Celebrate migration and the partnership between birds and insects on World Migratory Bird Day 2024 this May 11th & Oct 12th.
The United States and Canada have observed avian population declines, with a significant 29% drop in bird populations since 1970, equating to around 2.9 billion fewer birds (about one in four birds). World Migratory Bird Day is a global campaign that educates and promotes conservation efforts for migratory birds and their journeys across borders. It spreads awareness about the challenges birds face and encourages conservation actions worldwide. Each year features a theme, prompts action, and coordinates global efforts to safeguard migratory birds and their habitats.
Protect Insects. Protect Birds. In a display of interconnectedness, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2024 shines a spotlight on the relationship between migratory birds and insects as a message of conservation considering alarming declines for both populations. Insects are essential sources of energy for many migratory bird species, supporting their extensive journeys and greatly affecting the timing, duration, and overall success of bird migration. Birds play crucial roles in pollination and pest control, and a lack of insects disrupts these ecosystem functions.
What We are Doing: On Monday May 6th, State College Borough Council adopted Resolution #1388, proclaiming May 11th and October 12th as World Migratory Bird Day in the Borough of State College. Sustainable State College has been partnering with various organizations like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State College Bird Club, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and Bird Safe Penn State to develop programs and educational campaigns that raise awareness about the threats that migratory birds face in our urbanizing environment and inspire people to appreciate migratory birds, which are some of the most beautiful and easily observed wildlife in our communities.
Upcoming Events:

*
Movies Under the Stars - Migration - Friday May 17th at Sidney Friedman Parklet, starting at dusk
*
Bird Friendly Glass Demo - Tuesday May 21st in Room 220 of the State College Borough Municipal Building from 5:30pm - 7:00pm.
*
Birdwatching for Kids - Saturday June 13th in the Downsbrough Community Room at Schlow Library, starting at 2:30pm.


World Migratory Bird Day is not only a day to foster appreciation for wild birds, but also a call to action. To learn more about the relationship between insects and birds, and the steps you can take to support migratory bird conservation, visit www.statecollegepa.us/migratorybirds<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.statecollegepa.us%2Fmigratorybirds&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C0cbacb4a70fe4dcd539508dc70384769%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508634230255428%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=cdTW8kVopMa9E3JLp3sda7yXMmncFRlVm8ejh2C7Oq0%3D&reserved=0>

Best Regards,

Jasmine Fields
Sustainability Program Officer
Borough of State College
243 S. Allen Street
State College, PA 16801
T: 814 278 4705

MS4 SCP | Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional

To find out more about the Boroughs Sustainability efforts visit:
State College Sustainability Plan Dashboard<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fperformance.envisio.com%2Fdashboard%2Fsustainability&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C0cbacb4a70fe4dcd539508dc70384769%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508634230255428%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=aKsmAuxHQrGov24IAM8ls%2Bs7NsyZh326fEphEPeiw7Y%3D&reserved=0>
State College Sustainability Website<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.statecollegepa.us%2F266%2FSustainability&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C0cbacb4a70fe4dcd539508dc70384769%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508634230255428%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=4vmp6ZLeotNY01WbahrOAZeUktyRmXgrSuasrKQq3jc%3D&reserved=0>
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Date: 5/9/24 5:31 am
From: S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...>
Subject: Wed. 5/15 Lower Trail: possible road work
Dear Bird Club,
>
> The next field trip will be Lower Trail Wed. May 15 with Nick Bolgiano. A
> member shared that there is construction in the area: Fox Run Road is
> closed (to replace the bridge over Roaring Run) between Rt. 22 and the
> Mount Etna trailhead parking area. The posted detour shows traveling
> further west and turning left onto Polecat Hollow Road. It is also
> possible to turn left onto Etna Furnace road, which is before reaching
> Polecat Hollow Road.
>


> All field trips are posted to the website https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.scbirdcl.org%2F&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7Cf888ea9083574696eb5908dc7023f5db%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508546961807036%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=j0qw060iQN97E1ZuQNWbt4P91J8rOFRb762a7DfdaGQ%3D&reserved=0.
> Shaver's Creek (Wed), Millbrook Marsh (Tue at Spring Creek Park), and the
> Arboretum (Th) all offer spring walks which are also listed on the club
> website. State College Bird Club field trips are open to members and
> non-members.
> happy birding!
> Susan Smith
> VP for Field Trips
>
>
>
>

> Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (7:30am - 9:30am)
> Search for Cerulean Warblers on the Lower Trail, Blair County
>
> Please join Nick Bolgiano for a leisurely walk along a stretch of the
> Lower Trail in Blair County. The goal of this trip is to find Cerulean
> Warblers, in the core of their Lower Trail habitat. See
> keystonefund.org/success-story/a-perfect-habitat/ for more information on
> Nick Bolgiano's search for Cerulean Warblers. This stretch of the Lower
> Trail is also great for Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling
> Vireo, Wood Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler,
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Baltimore Oriole.
>
> Please meet at the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot at 7:30am (
> https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rttcpa.org%2Findex.shtml&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7Cf888ea9083574696eb5908dc7023f5db%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508546961807036%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=cQ571Ibw0FabjkXsoPGj2F9qxb6GQySz%2Fqh0pTvyzPk%3D&reserved=0). See note above on possible detour. Travel
> West on Route 22 from the intersection of Route 453 at Water Street. Turn
> Left on Fox Run Rd at 3.3 mi (just after the westbound turns to 2 lanes,
> making this easier if traffic) or Left on Etna Furnace Rd at 4.6 mile.
> Continue Right near the river to reach the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot.
> There is a modern outhouse available.
>
> From the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot, the group will walk South along
> the Lower Trail for 1-2 miles out and back.
>

 

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Date: 5/9/24 4:49 am
From: S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...>
Subject: Fwd: Family Bird Walk this Saturday 4/27
Dear Bird Club,
>
> The next field trip will be Lower Trail Wed. May 15 with Nick Bolgiano. A
> member shared that there is construction in the area: Fox Run Road is
> closed (to replace the bridge over Roaring Run) between Rt. 22 and the
> Mount Etna trailhead parking area. The posted detour shows traveling
> further west and turning left onto Polecat Hollow Road. It is also
> possible to turn left onto Etna Furnace road, which is before reaching
> Polecat Hollow Road.
>


> All field trips are posted to the website https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.scbirdcl.org%2F&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C28b9a5950a8d42bbf91108dc701dfcde%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508521306075588%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=mdnnvaBQnadBTL5S36iCGM1ihjjRP8A4BZjpCuIPupk%3D&reserved=0.
> Shaver's Creek (Wed), Millbrook Marsh (Tue at Spring Creek Park), and the
> Arboretum (Th) all offer spring walks which are also listed on the club
> website. State College Bird Club field trips are open to members and
> non-members.
> happy birding!
> Susan Smith
> VP for Field Trips
>
>
>
>

> Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (7:30am - 9:30am)
> Search for Cerulean Warblers on the Lower Trail, Blair County
>
> Please join Nick Bolgiano for a leisurely walk along a stretch of the
> Lower Trail in Blair County. The goal of this trip is to find Cerulean
> Warblers, in the core of their Lower Trail habitat. See
> keystonefund.org/success-story/a-perfect-habitat/ for more information on
> Nick Bolgiano's search for Cerulean Warblers. This stretch of the Lower
> Trail is also great for Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling
> Vireo, Wood Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler,
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Baltimore Oriole.
>
> Please meet at the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot at 7:30am (
> https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rttcpa.org%2Findex.shtml&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C28b9a5950a8d42bbf91108dc701dfcde%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638508521306075588%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=BRyZDruo4GEL7Ok9SW%2BYOTIEBaKGfCAlbVVhLa9JKxI%3D&reserved=0). See note above on possible detour. Travel
> West on Route 22 from the intersection of Route 453 at Water Street. Turn
> Left on Fox Run Rd at 3.3 mi (just after the westbound turns to 2 lanes,
> making this easier if traffic) or Left on Etna Furnace Rd at 4.6 mile.
> Continue Right near the river to reach the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot.
> There is a modern outhouse available.
>
> From the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot, the group will walk South along
> the Lower Trail for 1-2 miles out and back.
>

 

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Date: 5/8/24 4:23 pm
From: Wentzel, Doug <djw105...>
Subject: Fwd: Migration Morning and PSO Birding Festival - time's running out!
Greetings all,

Many of you were able to attend last year’s PSO festival held in State College. See Frank’s note about the May 31 to June 2 festival south of Pittsburgh — with Keynote by Katie Fallon, presentations on Saturday afternoon and field trips in the mornings. Should be a wonderful weekend and feel free to share with others.

Best,
Doug

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Franklin Haas <fhaasbirds...>
> Subject: Birding Festival - time's running out!
> Date: May 6, 2024 at 6:55:21 AM EDT
> To: PSO Newsletter <pso-newsletter...>
>
> Dear PSO Members,
>
> We look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming 2024 PSO Birding Festival, May 31-June 2, in Washington County. If you have not yet registered, this Thursday, May 9th, is the last day to register for the banquet.
>
> Visit https://pabirds.org/2024-overview/ to register now! After May 9, you can still register for the Festival, but not the banquet.
>
> And the banquet is not something you will want to miss. In addition to a wonderful buffet dinner, the banquet includes:
>
> Presentation of the Earl Poole Award to Mike Fialkovich, a past president of PSO who has contributed greatly to ornithology projects and publications in Pennsylvania;
>
> Presentation of the Conservation Award to Allegheny Land Trust, whose network of preserves offer great bird (and birding) habitat, including some sites visited during Festival field trips; and
>
> A keynote address by author Katie Fallon entitled Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, based on her book of the same name.
> Birding Festival
> We hope you will join us for this special evening and the rest of the Festival, which features exceptional opportunities for birding in southwestern Pennsylvania hotspots and learning from knowledgeable and engaging speakers. Registration and all of the event details are at https://pabirds.org/2024-overview/.
>
> See you in Washington!
>
> Brian Byrnes
> PSO Vice President
>
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Date: 5/8/24 12:37 pm
From: Margaret Brittingham <pba3.centre...>
Subject: Re: Red knot retraction
Ok. Now I'm fairly sure its a Dowitcher and probably short-billed but I'm
not positive. Hoping others find them. They were first near the Horseshoe
rd entrance and later by the farm rd.

On Wed, May 8, 2024 at 3:23 PM Margaret Brittingham <
<mbrittingham01...> wrote:

> Not sure. Now I think maybe long billed dowitcher Did not have camera.
> Terrible with shorebirds.
>
> On Wed, May 8, 2024 at 2:50 PM Brittingham, Margaret <mxb21...>
> wrote:
>
>> 16 red knots at tadpole rd wetland. Breeding plumage
>>
>> Get Outlook for iOS
>> <https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faka.ms%2Fo0ukef&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C0dad6ec05cfa484c6a1f08dc6f964f5d%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638507938564411674%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=dq%2B56B0N4AE9%2BdKXbX7Hb%2FexlPbHLnO9tf7OVGuIdIo%3D&reserved=0>
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Date: 5/8/24 12:23 pm
From: Margaret Brittingham <mbrittingham01...>
Subject: Re: Red knot retraction
Not sure. Now I think maybe long billed dowitcher Did not have camera.
Terrible with shorebirds.

On Wed, May 8, 2024 at 2:50 PM Brittingham, Margaret <mxb21...> wrote:

> 16 red knots at tadpole rd wetland. Breeding plumage
>
> Get Outlook for iOS
> <https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faka.ms%2Fo0ukef&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7Cdaf496156d34444961f508dc6f946136%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638507930274427637%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=qDR7bWzY278gOt3hDZXo2NWbx1wl7aOx%2F1%2FOu8yL1IE%3D&reserved=0>
>

 

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Date: 5/8/24 11:51 am
From: Brittingham, Margaret <mxb21...>
Subject: Red knots
16 red knots at tadpole rd wetland. Breeding plumage

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Date: 5/7/24 2:26 pm
From: Feldstein, Steven B <sbf1...>
Subject: Addendum to my March 2023 State College Bird Club presentation on Bar-tailed Godwit migration
Hi Everyone,

As some of you may know, I was in Korea for the past six months, spending most of my time birding. I had one experience at the Yellow Sea in March 2024 that is related to the topic of my March 2023 State College Bird Club presentation. Perhaps some people will find this to be interesting.

On March 26, 2024, I went with a group of Korean birders to Hwaseong on the east coast of the Yellow Sea. We saw about 100 Bar-tailed Godwits. This was particularly exciting for me because of the research that I had done on the 9-day nonstop migration of Bar-tailed Godwits from western Alaska to New Zealand. After this field trip, I contacted a Bar-tailed Godwit researcher in New Zealand who told me that large numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits departed New Zealand on March 19, 2024, for their long 7-day nonstop flight from New Zealand to the Yellow Sea. Together with my birding companions, we had arrived one day after the godwits completed their incredible flight.

After returning to State College from Korea, I generated a series of weather maps for the 7 days of the Bar-tailed Godwit migration. I found that these birds departed New Zealand on the third day of consecutive northerly winds and that they encountered tail winds on each of the first six days of their migration. On the last day, they would have encountered light cross winds. Therefore, the godwits used a departure date with tailwinds along almost the entire route from New Zealand to the Yellow Sea of Korea!!! It was also interesting that these birds departed New Zealand during an active Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) event. The MJO, which occurs in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans, affects the weather across the globe. This is well known amongst atmospheric scientists but not ornithologists and birders. The thunderstorms associated with the MJO in mid-March 2024 were in the appropriate location for generating the tailwinds that the Bar-tailed Godwits encountered for the first six days of their flight.

The Bar-tailed Godwit researcher told me that all of the Bar-tailed Godwits that winter in New Zealand fly to the east coast of Yellow Sea, where I was, and then to western Alaska to nest. He told me that the Bar-tailed Godwits on the west coast of the Yellow Sea arrive from Australia and nest in Siberia.

I wrote up a description of the weather associated with this Bar-tailed Godwit flight for my birding companions. If anyone is interested, I can email it to them too. Also, if anyone is curious about what birds one can see by spending six months in Korea (early October 2023 to late March 2024), I can email them my eBird list for my trip. I saw close to 200 species including 50 lifers. It was an amazing experience.

Best wishes,

Steven


Steven B. Feldstein
Emeritus Professor
Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
516 Walker Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802 USA
email: <sbf1...><mailto:<sbf1...>
phone:(814) 865-7042
website: https://sites.psu.edu/stevenfeldstein/

 

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Date: 5/7/24 11:53 am
From: Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...>
Subject: Backlog of field trip reports from this spring; two upcoming activities Saturday
Hi everyone!

I have not been sending my field trip reports, so here's some notes from the spring series:

April 9 Spring Creek Park: Blue Jay carrying sticks and meadowlarks https://ebird.org/checklist/S167855131<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS167855131&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C13e4ac1879714292847f08dc6ec70544%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638507048257909735%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=Mh52AF44iOSiCE3eSD8OVi%2BiOUEChBjiHlG6NiZovnQ%3D&reserved=0>

April 11 Arboretum: 45 loons, also migrating gull and herons https://ebird.org/atlaspa/checklist/S168121824<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fatlaspa%2Fchecklist%2FS168121824&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C13e4ac1879714292847f08dc6ec70544%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638507048257909735%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=PcGJjSghjnv4FtvBehdbAJ9WnBYEs71l%2Fq47pnHWc24%3D&reserved=0>

April 20 ChicoryLane: very cooperative Great Blue Heron, kestrels visiting nest box, and migrating raptors https://ebird.org/tripreport/233202<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Ftripreport%2F233202&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C13e4ac1879714292847f08dc6ec70544%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638507048257909735%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=Fw%2BX7hANs7T41BtSmb9htmRavq6x5FutSbRqupvMMBI%3D&reserved=0>

May 2 Arboretum: beautiful look at an Orchard Oriole https://ebird.org/atlaspa/checklist/S171487796<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fatlaspa%2Fchecklist%2FS171487796&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C13e4ac1879714292847f08dc6ec70544%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638507048257909735%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=sLzhjo940Fx%2B7eGTqE%2BhUn7BxxsnFSXN3xK3I3VR580%3D&reserved=0>

May 7 Spring Creek Park: a couple people got their lifer Scarlet Tanager! https://ebird.org/checklist/S172597941<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS172597941&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C13e4ac1879714292847f08dc6ec70544%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638507048257909735%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=I2lG2GKOQyFF7faa23L%2FqoSSoAPFQyufNbYAAXgoc34%3D&reserved=0>

also I haven't made a field trip for it, but the warblers on campus have been good again this year https://ebird.org/tripreport/232808<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Ftripreport%2F232808&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C13e4ac1879714292847f08dc6ec70544%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638507048257909735%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=6uTHlHxnPDnRVRQDQ5aiJWUknlY6usoXnt%2B6dhoNNeU%3D&reserved=0>


This coming Saturday there are two interesting events coming up:

Morning: Postdoc Kevin Bennett and biology professor David Toews are leading a bird walk at Shaver's Creek / seminar on fun warbler evolution (golden-winged and blue-winged ... and beyond!) Saturday May 11th at 8am (bird walk), 10 am (food / coffee provided), 10:30 warbler seminar. Please RSVP just to have an estimate of numbers: https://forms.gle/4y3APbvwCddHxNtX6<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fforms.gle%2F4y3APbvwCddHxNtX6&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C13e4ac1879714292847f08dc6ec70544%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638507048257909735%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=hkorD0HnpNZbjSXsfF0tPYWMD8FlAM8v1OUzV63pqV0%3D&reserved=0>

Evening: Bird and pollinator garden walk at PSU Arboretum from 7 to 8 pm, more details here: https://arboretum.psu.edu/events/world-migratory-bird-day-birdwatching-walk/

Take care,

Joe


 

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Date: 5/7/24 9:48 am
From: Wentzel, Doug <djw105...>
Subject: Native Plants for sale and the last Migration Morning walk of the spring.
Greetings all,

Birding Cup was very successful in terms of enjoyment, safety, birds (I did run into that Glossy Ibis!) and funds raised! Thanks to all who participated, contributed and sent good thoughts our way. A full recap will be out soon.

Tomorrow (May 8) is our last Migration Morning bird walk of the season, and we are early risers; 7 to 8:30 am. Following the walk, we will open the bookstore for one last chance to purchase some of our native plants. We still have Milkweed, Mountain Mint, Columbine and more, and we will move the plants off site and end this year’s sale by 5 pm tomorrow. Hope to see some of you in the morning,

Best wishes,
Doug


Doug Wentzel
Program Director & Naturalist

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
The Pennsylvania State University
3400 Discovery Road
Petersburg, PA 16669-2114

phone: 814.865.4123
fax: 814.865.2706
http://www.ShaversCreek.org


 

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Date: 5/6/24 3:49 pm
From: Deborah Escalet <d5me16...>
Subject: Whimbrel at Tadpole Rd. & Dunlin
6:30 PM from Doug Wentzel, Kathy & Dave Bechdel and Karen Kottlowski.

Deb Escalet.

 

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Date: 5/3/24 2:06 pm
From: Wentzel, Doug <djw105...>
Subject: Birding Cup starts in less than 2 hours!
Greeting all,

I’m counting down the minutes to the start of Birding Cup 2024! We have over 100 birders on 21 teams that will take to the field this evening at 7 pm to begin the 24 hours of the Birding Cup and the associated categories like the Birding Boot, County Cup, Potter Mug and the Micro Cup. Plus individuals further afield contributing as Global Birders. All funds raised this year will be used to address various financial barriers that prevent community members from accessing outdoor spaces. Thanks to all those Bird Club members who are joining the fun this evening and to those that are sponsoring a team <https://www.shaverscreek.org/public-programs-and-events/birding-cup/>. We appreciate you!

Hope to see many of you at the Birding Cup finish line tomorrow at Shaver’s Creek; always a treat to find out what birds 100 people can find in Central PA in 24 hours! For those participating in the event, I wish you safe, responsible and joyous birding. Now I’m off to find out where those ibis have gone.

Best wishes,
Doug



Doug Wentzel
Bad Optics Team member

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
The Pennsylvania State University
3400 Discovery Road
Petersburg, PA 16669-2114

phone: 814.865.4123
fax: 814.865.2706
http://www.ShaversCreek.org


 

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Date: 5/3/24 10:11 am
From: Carrie Dzikowski <snufflemama...>
Subject: Help ID
I saw this bird high up in a tree this morning at Lederer Park. I thought it looked like an American Bittern but that seems like the wrong habitat.

Carrie











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Date: 5/3/24 4:49 am
From: Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...>
Subject: Arboretum walk yesterday
It was a beautiful day and the neotrops were on display:
https://ebird.org/atlaspa/checklist/S171487796<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fatlaspa%2Fchecklist%2FS171487796&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7Ce5810ff6ec5641f9f92108dc6b67205e%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638503337859233617%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=FFvupWqu6M4x7N0JhAwdlDMipy47EgUNoCksXs%2FN%2Flc%3D&reserved=0>

For migratory bird day at 7 pm on May 11 we will have our first evening Arboretum bird walk
https://arboretum.psu.edu/events/world-migratory-bird-day-birdwatching-walk/

 

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Date: 5/1/24 9:11 am
From: Bryant, Don <dab14...>
Subject: [The Washington Post] John James Audubon was flawed. Should he get credit for his good work?
Some of you may find this interesting:


A new book, “The Birds That Audubon Missed” by Kenn Kaufman, delves into the controversies dividing the birding world.
https://wapo.st/4a9qfva

don

Donald A. Bryant, Ph. D.
Academy Professor,
Ernest C. Pollard Professor Emeritus of Biotechnology ,
and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

https://science.psu.edu/bmb/people/dab14

104 Nea’ Yu’ Ka Street
Port Matilda, PA 16870

Phone: 814-777-9699
Fax: 814-863-7024
e-mail: <dab14...>

"Look deep into nature and you will
understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein









 

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Date: 5/1/24 5:01 am
From: S.B. Smith <sbsmith333...>
Subject: New field trip 5/25/24
> Dear Bird Club,
>
> We have a new field trip to add to the calendar: Amber Weiwel will be
> leading a workshop and walk at Shaver's Creek to bring all of us up to
> speed on contributing to the Breeding Bird Atlas on May 25. Please see the
> description below for registration information. Our next trip will be May
> 15 to the Lower Trail.
>


> All field trips are posted to the website https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.scbirdcl.org%2F&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C1a14b6b8b2df46eb14d108dc69d677a2%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638501617087328226%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=HjGGN8fLVMFeb7PaVdgkqq233lI8VC72UmalQNwVaRg%3D&reserved=0.
> Shaver's Creek (Wed), Millbrook Marsh (Tue at Spring Creek Park), and the
> Arboretum (Th) all offer spring walks which are also listed on the club
> website. State College Bird Club field trips are open to members and
> non-members.
> happy birding!
> Susan Smith
> VP for Field Trips
>
>
>

> Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (7:30am - 9:30am)
> Search for Cerulean Warblers on the Lower Trail, Blair County
>
> Please join Nick Bolgiano for a leisurely walk along a stretch of the
> Lower Trail in Blair County. The goal of this trip is to find Cerulean
> Warblers, in the core of their Lower Trail habitat. See
> keystonefund.org/success-story/a-perfect-habitat/ for more information on
> Nick Bolgiano's search for Cerulean Warblers. This stretch of the Lower
> Trail is also great for Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling
> Vireo, Wood Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler,
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Baltimore Oriole.
>
> Please meet at the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot at 7:30am (
> https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rttcpa.org%2Findex.shtml&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C1a14b6b8b2df46eb14d108dc69d677a2%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638501617087328226%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=w66ncPt1fOjnohO4qzd7JtmRb0Npld0iNP9GdiKY87c%3D&reserved=0). Travel West on Route 22 from the
> intersection of Route 453 at Water Street. Turn Left on Fox Run Rd at 3.3
> mi (just after the westbound turns to 2 lanes, making this easier if
> traffic) or Left on Etna Furnace Rd at 4.6 mile. Continue Right near the
> river to reach the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot. There is a modern
> outhouse available.
>
> From the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot, the group will walk South along
> the Lower Trail for 1-2 miles out and back.
>

*Saturday, May 25, 2024 (9:00-11:00 am)*

*Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Petersburg, PA*

PA Bird Atlas Workshop and Bird Walk


Trip Leader: Amber Wiewel



Pennsylvania’s 3rd Bird Atlas is a community science project to document
the birds breeding and wintering in Pennsylvania from 2024 to 2029. This
event is geared toward birders who are interested in participating in the
Atlas but need help getting started. The workshop will begin in the
classroom to cover topics including using the PA Bird Atlas portal in
eBird, finding block maps, and submitting data. Next the group will head
outside for a birding walk around Shaver’s Creek to demonstrate identifying
breeding behaviors and coding these observations in eBird.



If you use a mobile phone, please come with the free eBird app already
installed.


For planning purposes, please email Amber if you will attend:
<wiewel...>

 

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Date: 4/30/24 2:23 pm
From: Margaret Brittingham <mbrittingham01...>
Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
Yes- I think that might be what happened. The red-tail landed in the
tree on the tree line next to where they were feeding.

On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 5:09 PM Jim Cassidy <j-cassidy...> wrote:

> I have a photo of a Redtail Hawk with the timestamp of 15:00:05. It flew
> from a tree midway between Whitehall Rd and the farm lane to the NW and
> parallel to the “shoreline” on the NE side of the flooded field. That was
> toward their last known location. I wonder if that precipitated the
> departure of the Ibis’s.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> *On Behalf
> Of *Margaret Brittingham
> *Sent:* Tuesday, April 30, 2024 3:38 PM
> *To:* <SCBIRDCL...>
> *Subject:* Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
>
>
>
> They took off at 3:05. They headed down Whitehall Road and I spotted them
> in flight at Diebler and Whitehall Road. I lost them and it looks like they
> were heading towards Spruce Creek.
>
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 2:50 PM Roana Fuller <roanafuller1956...>
> wrote:
>
> They are still there at 2:30
>
>
>
> Roana
>
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 12:07 PM Michael Dreibelbis <mjd5243...>
> wrote:
>
> 20 Glossy Ibis currently at Tadpole Rd just north of Whitehall in the
> flooded fields along the long farm lane.
>
> Mike Dreibelbis
>
> <mjd5243...>
>
> 814-571-6860
>
>

 

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Date: 4/30/24 2:09 pm
From: Jim Cassidy <j-cassidy...>
Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
I have a photo of a Redtail Hawk with the timestamp of 15:00:05. It flew from a tree midway between Whitehall Rd and the farm lane to the NW and parallel to the “shoreline” on the NE side of the flooded field. That was toward their last known location. I wonder if that precipitated the departure of the Ibis’s.







From: State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> On Behalf Of Margaret Brittingham
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 3:38 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd



They took off at 3:05. They headed down Whitehall Road and I spotted them in flight at Diebler and Whitehall Road. I lost them and it looks like they were heading towards Spruce Creek.



On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 2:50 PM Roana Fuller <roanafuller1956...> <mailto:<roanafuller1956...> > wrote:

They are still there at 2:30



Roana



On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 12:07 PM Michael Dreibelbis <mjd5243...> <mailto:<mjd5243...> > wrote:

20 Glossy Ibis currently at Tadpole Rd just north of Whitehall in the flooded fields along the long farm lane.



Mike Dreibelbis

<mjd5243...> <mailto:<mjd5243...>

814-571-6860


 

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Date: 4/30/24 1:43 pm
From: Debra Rittelmann <dlrittelmann...>
Subject: Re: No Glossy Ibis as of 4:25pm
These are the last photos I took of the Glossy Ibis at 2:44 pm. I was so
concentrating on photographing the other shorebirds, I didn't see them take
out! What a sight that would have been!

Deb Rittelmann

On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 4:27 PM Lee, Jen <jal21...> wrote:

> Saw them earlier. They are not in any of the water areas.
>
> Jen
>

 

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Date: 4/30/24 1:27 pm
From: Lee, Jen <jal21...>
Subject: No Glossy Ibis as of 4:25pm
Saw them earlier. They are not in any of the water areas.

Jen

 

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Date: 4/30/24 12:38 pm
From: Blizard, David A <dab22...>
Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
Must have come up on the Auto train with me, Haha!
Sent from my iPad

On Apr 30, 2024, at 2:51 PM, Roana Fuller <roanafuller1956...> wrote:


They are still there at 2:30

Roana

On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 12:07 PM Michael Dreibelbis <mjd5243...><mailto:<mjd5243...>> wrote:
20 Glossy Ibis currently at Tadpole Rd just north of Whitehall in the flooded fields along the long farm lane.

Mike Dreibelbis
<mjd5243...><mailto:<mjd5243...>
814-571-6860
 

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Date: 4/30/24 12:38 pm
From: Margaret Brittingham <mbrittingham01...>
Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
They took off at 3:05. They headed down Whitehall Road and I spotted them
in flight at Diebler and Whitehall Road. I lost them and it looks like they
were heading towards Spruce Creek.

On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 2:50 PM Roana Fuller <roanafuller1956...>
wrote:

> They are still there at 2:30
>
> Roana
>
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 12:07 PM Michael Dreibelbis <mjd5243...>
> wrote:
>
>> 20 Glossy Ibis currently at Tadpole Rd just north of Whitehall in the
>> flooded fields along the long farm lane.
>>
>> Mike Dreibelbis
>> <mjd5243...>
>> 814-571-6860
>>
>

 

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Date: 4/30/24 11:50 am
From: Roana Fuller <roanafuller1956...>
Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
They are still there at 2:30

Roana

On Tue, Apr 30, 2024 at 12:07 PM Michael Dreibelbis <mjd5243...>
wrote:

> 20 Glossy Ibis currently at Tadpole Rd just north of Whitehall in the
> flooded fields along the long farm lane.
>
> Mike Dreibelbis
> <mjd5243...>
> 814-571-6860
>

 

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Date: 4/30/24 11:28 am
From: Julia Plummer <julia...>
Subject: Spring Creek Park walk
This morning, Susan Smith and I led a walk at Spring Creek Park (for
Millbrook Marsh). It was a beautiful morning for the 15 of us to slowly
meander around the park! The highlights included:

- Shortly after we started, Carrie pointed out an interesting bird with
a bright yellow chest. We watched this for a while, suggesting various
possibilities. Finally it moved enough that I got a look at its dark wings
and realized we were seeing a female Scarlet Tanager!
- We had another interesting bird to ID later on the walk. A grey-brown
bird was perched on a branch next to the bridge. At first glance, we
thought this must be an Eastern Phoebe. But after we got a better look at
the bird (and could hear its very non-phoebe calls!) we realized it was a
Northern Rough-winged Swallow. It was a great opportunity to study this
species as it perched for quite a while on the branch.
- A final highlight was the committee of Turkey Vultures sunning
themselves on some trees and posts. They were just on the other side of
the road from us. We wondered why they were spreading their wings.
According to Birds of the World, Turkey Vultures spread their wings for two
functions: 1) to dry themselves and 2) to help with thermal regulation.

Here is a link to our eBird checklist:
https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fatlaspa%2Fchecklist%2FS171126566&data=05%7C02%<7Cscbirdcl...>%7C5662979694d14dc1c51008dc69434f2f%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638500985006293592%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=CinH3HjlhgWGNeKhrN%2FAOukkrkcO7Wi8%2FIyS3DXeT9c%3D&reserved=0
If anyone was at the walk this morning and wants me to share this with
them, please just send me an email!

There are two more walks at this location: next Tuesday and the following
Tuesday.

Julia

 

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Date: 4/30/24 9:07 am
From: Michael Dreibelbis <mjd5243...>
Subject: Glossy Ibis Tadpole Rd
20 Glossy Ibis currently at Tadpole Rd just north of Whitehall in the
flooded fields along the long farm lane.

Mike Dreibelbis
<mjd5243...>
814-571-6860

 

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Date: 4/29/24 1:16 pm
From: Peggy Wagoner Saporito <raven966...>
Subject: Wednesday April 24 Bird Club recording
Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying this late spring/summer weather and that you have
had a chance to get out and marvel at the migration we are experiencing
right now.

For those of you who did not have the opportunity to see Jon Kauffman's
presentation on the nest box lives of breeding kestrels and barn owls at
last Wednesday's bird club meeting, or would like to see it again, here is
the link to Jon's zoom recording. The minutes from the meeting will be
delayed this month. I apologize for any inconvenience.

https://psu.zoom.us/rec/share/AUr4o5cUWnrvOj9CLUBp47FpUqtuMee8w4u9Vviy_FrT1w3UVB0lAGzOPOU0MIDq.Y-UomMnIHJnSeGq7

Happy Birding!
Peggy

 

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Date: 4/29/24 8:46 am
From: Bryant, Don <dab14...>
Subject: NYTimes.com: They Shoot Owls in California, Don’t They?
Hi all,

An interesting and alarming article about barred owls and northern spotted owls…


Explore this gift article from The New York Times. You can read it for free without a subscription.

They Shoot Owls in California, Don’t They?

An audacious federal plan to protect the spotted owl would eradicate hundreds of thousands of barred owls in the coming years.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/29/science/california-barred-spotted-owls.html?<unlocked_article_code...>&smid=em-share

don

Donald A. Bryant, Ph. D.
Academy Professor,
Ernest C. Pollard Professor Emeritus of Biotechnology ,
and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

https://science.psu.edu/bmb/people/dab14

104 Nea’ Yu’ Ka Street
Port Matilda, PA 16870

Phone: 814-777-9699
Fax: 814-863-7024
e-mail: <dab14...>

"Look deep into nature and you will
understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein









 

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Date: 4/28/24 10:39 am
From: Wentzel, Doug <djw105...>
Subject: Re: 2024 Tussey Mt hawk watch summary
I could not agree more, and thank you Dave for your important role on getting it all started!
Best,
Doug

Doug Wentzel
Program Director & Naturalist

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
The Pennsylvania State University
3400 Discovery Road
Petersburg, PA 16669-2114

phone: 814.865.4123
fax: 814.865.2706
http://www.ShaversCreek.org

> On Apr 28, 2024, at 1:04 PM, David Brandes <000016035b42742c-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Fantastic report, Nick! so grateful to you and Jon for keeping this important site running all these years, and to Andrew for continuing the tradition of counting excellence!
>
> Dave Brandes
>
> On Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 04:43:04 PM EDT, Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> wrote:
>
>
> 2024 was the 24th full season of the spring hawk watch at Tussey Mt, staffed daily Feb 20-Apr 26. The watch site is located on the top of Tussey Mt, the second ridge from the north and west in the western Ridge-and-Valley physiographic province and near the boundary between Huntingdon and Centre counties. The watch’s primary focus is monitoring the spring Golden Eagle migration. This report reflects that focus.
>
> Annual Golden Eagle totals at western sites such as Bridger Mts, MT; Mt Lorette, AB; and Gunsight Mt, AK, are commonly around 1,000-2,000. However, they draw from a western population of approximately 60,000 birds. The eastern Golden Eagle population is thought to have about 4,000-5,000 birds. Among eastern watch sites, the Golden Eagle total at Tussey Mt ranks second to Mackinac Straits, MI, in the spring, while Bald Eagle Mt ranks first in the fall (Table 1). No other spring site east of Michigan consistently counts close to the number of Golden Eagles that we do at Tussey Mt, although the 2024 total at the Allegheny Front site was close. Thus, these local hawk watches are important in monitoring the eastern population.
>
> Table 1. 10-Year Golden Eagle Averages (2014-2023) at Some Eastern North American Watch Sites.
>
> Spring
> Fall
> Site
> 10-year average
> Site
> 10-year average
> Tussey Mt, PA
> 169
> Bald Eagle Mt, PA #
> 324
> Allegheny Front, PA
> 80
> Allegheny Front, PA
> 208
> Derby Hill, NY
> 55
> Franklin Mt, NY
> 178
> Braddock Bay, NY
> 27
> Stone Mt, PA
> 150
> Mackinac Straits, MI
> 231
> Jacks Mt, PA
> 128
> West Skyline, MN *
> 155
> Waggoner’s Gap, PA
> 215
>
>
> Hawk Mt, PA
> 123
>
>
> Detroit River, MI
> 82
>
>
> Holiday Beach, ON
> 59
>
>
> Hawk Ridge, MN
> 195
> * - 6-year average for West Skyline; # - 4-year average for Bald Eagle Mt
>
> The 2024 official counter was Andrew Bechdel, who returned for a second year. Andrew did an excellent job; he was very diligent and his increased raptor ID skills were apparent. He joints a cohort of distinguished local birders who have been hawk watch counters at Tussey Mt: Jon Kauffman in 2009-2010 and 2014, Lewis Grove in 2017, and Sean McLaughlin in 2021 (Sean has subsequently counted raptors in Duluth, MN, at the West Skyline site in the spring and the Hawk Ridge site in the fall).
>
> The 2024 watch was conducted on 56 days, with 414 hours of watching. This closely matches past median (middle) effort of 56 days and 403 hours. We accomplished our primary goal of conducting the watch over the same time span as previous years and with similar hours and watchfulness. Season totals are shown in Table 2.
>
> Table 2. 2024 season totals and 10-year averages (2014-2023).
>
> Species
> 2024
> 10-year average
> 2024 Ranking
> Turkey Vulture
> 196
> 186
> average
> Osprey
> 59
> 89
> below average
> Bald Eagle
> 69
> 69
> average
> Northern Harrier
> 19
> 21
> average
> Sharp-shinned Hawk
> 203
> 162
> above average
> Cooper’s Hawk
> 28
> 26
> average
> American Goshawk
> 0
> 1
>
> Red-shouldered Hawk
> 35
> 40
> average
> Broad-winged Hawk
> 1378
> 920
> above average
> Red-tailed Hawk
> 213
> 286
> below average
> Rough-legged Hawk
> 0
> 2
>
> Golden Eagle
> 164
> 169
> average
> American Kestrel
> 38
> 42
> average
> Merlin
> 4
> 6
> average
> Peregrine Falcon
> 4
> 3
> average
> Total
> 2425
> 2020
>
>
> Below-average counts were observed for Osprey and Red-tailed Hawk, but these observations were consistent with long-term trends. Ospreys in Northeastern North America have been experiencing a decline, possibly related to the rise of Bald Eagles, and there is evidence that Red-tailed Hawks are not migrating as much as their ancestors did. Above-average counts were observed for Sharp-shinned Hawk and Broad-winged Hawk. The Sharp-shinned Hawk count was the highest since 2104 and was somewhat surprising since we had observed low Sharp-shinned Hawk totals during the previous fall. The 1378 Broad-winged Hawks was our 4th highest season total; 83% were observed during a four-day period, Apr 15-18. All other raptor species were observed in average numbers.
>
> The 24-year trend in Golden Eagle total count has an overall hill shape, with lower counts during 2001-2007 (average 161), higher counts during 2008-2015 (average 205), and lower counts again in 2016-2024 (average 153). The 2024 total of 164 was just below the 10-year average of 169 and welcome after 2023’s low count of 118 (Figure 1). I suspect that lower totals occur when less severe winters cause Golden Eagles to winter farther north than they previously did or allow them to begin filtering back north before the spring migration begins in earnest during late February and early March. Sometimes, as in 2023, a sustained W/NW wind regime in the first half of March seems to limit Golden Eagle counts, but the 2024 wind regime was much more favorable during the peak Golden Eagle migration period.
>
> The first detections of migrating Golden Eagles at Tussey Mt have been fairly consistent across seasons, so there is no indication that many have moved past us before we start (the Allegheny Front watch starts earlier than we do and they have only detected a few before we start). In 2024, we recorded the first three Golden Eagles on Feb 21 and the first significant count, nine, on Feb 26. They then came with a rush in early March, with 95 counted during the first 12 days (which includes four rain days), 58% of the season’s total. The high count was 27 on Mar 8. The cumulative Golden Eagle chart shows that the 2024 count was slightly ahead of the long-term average through Mar 16, but from mid-March on, the detection pattern was very similar to the observations of other years (Figure 2).
>
> The best winds at Tussey Mt are from the S or SE, which we observed on Feb 26-27 and Mar 1, 3,4, 8, and 11-12. This largely explains the early Golden Eagle movement. At the Allegheny Front hawk watch, on the Allegheny Front west of Bedford and about 61 air miles to our southwest, favorable flights occur when winds are from the E or SE. The Allegheny Front site experienced their best Golden Eagle count this season and it was concentrated during the same time period as the good flights at Tussey Mt (Figure 3). Interestingly, the Derby Hill, NY, site, near the SE end of Lake Ontario, also has experienced one of their best Golden Eagle seasons (Figure 4).
>
> I suspect that when a sustained period of S or SE winds occurs during the peak period, as happened this year, a large percentage of Golden Eagles moves north along the Allegheny Front and Laurel Ridge to its west and we miss seeing those birds. I have noticed before that sustained S or SE winds seem to push many Golden Eagles toward the Allegheny Front and, at Tussey Mt, I theorize that we need periods of both S/SE and W/NW to keep them on our ridge. While Tussey Mt has many of its best flights on S/SE winds, we also see Golden Eagles on W/NW winds. Tussey Mt is not situated along a landscape feature that is commonly called a “leading line”, like at the Great Lakes sites, or acts as a natural “collector” of Golden Eagles, like Bald Eagle Mt does in the fall. Instead, we benefit from the length of our ridge, which extends south into Maryland, and its location in the western Ridge & Valley.
>
> The shapes of the three cumulative curves help to tell a story about the three sites. Counts at Tussey Mt have been more consistent, which I believe is related to the many Golden Eagles moving through here and the consistency of our effort over the years. Counts at Allegheny Front have been more variable largely because of that site’s strong dependency on E and SE winds. Derby Hill observations are dominated by immature birds, as shown by consistent flights occurring in April. However, as in 2024 and 2021, they sometimes see many Golden Eagles in March, probably related to more adult Golden Eagles being seen there when winds have been from the S or SE.
>
> Thanks to our sponsors, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, the State College Bird Club, and individuals. Also, thanks to the many people who visited and helped to spot migrating raptors; we appreciate all the good help. Next year will be our 25th season, a good milestone to achieve.
>
> Nick Bolgiano
>


 

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Date: 4/28/24 10:05 am
From: David Brandes <000016035b42742c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: 2024 Tussey Mt hawk watch summary
Fantastic report, Nick!  so grateful to you and Jon for keeping this important site running all these years, and to Andrew for continuing the tradition of counting excellence!
Dave Brandes
On Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 04:43:04 PM EDT, Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> wrote:


2024 was the 24th full season of the spring hawkwatch at Tussey Mt, staffed daily Feb 20-Apr 26. The watch site is located onthe top of Tussey Mt, the second ridge from the north and west in the westernRidge-and-Valley physiographic province and near the boundary betweenHuntingdon and Centre counties. The watch’s primary focus is monitoring thespring Golden Eagle migration. This report reflects that focus.

Annual Golden Eagle totals at western sites such as BridgerMts, MT; Mt Lorette, AB; and Gunsight Mt, AK, are commonly around 1,000-2,000. However,they draw from a western population of approximately 60,000 birds. The easternGolden Eagle population is thought to have about 4,000-5,000 birds. Amongeastern watch sites, the Golden Eagle total at Tussey Mt ranks second toMackinac Straits, MI, in the spring, while Bald Eagle Mt ranks first in thefall (Table 1). No other spring site east of Michigan consistently counts closeto the number of Golden Eagles that we do at Tussey Mt, although the 2024 totalat the Allegheny Front site was close. Thus, these local hawk watches areimportant in monitoring the eastern population.

Table 1. 10-Year Golden Eagle Averages (2014-2023) at SomeEastern North American Watch Sites.

|
Spring
|
Fall
|
|
Site
|
10-year average
|
Site
|
10-year average
|
|
Tussey Mt, PA
|
169
|
Bald Eagle Mt, PA #
|
324
|
|
Allegheny Front, PA
|
80
|
Allegheny Front, PA
|
208
|
|
Derby Hill, NY
|
55
|
Franklin Mt, NY
|
178
|
|
Braddock Bay, NY
|
27
|
Stone Mt, PA
|
150
|
|
Mackinac Straits, MI
|
231
|
Jacks Mt, PA
|
128
|
|
West Skyline, MN *
|
155
|
Waggoner’s Gap, PA
|
215
|
|
 
|
 
|
Hawk Mt, PA
|
123
|
|
 
|
 
|
Detroit River, MI
|
82
|
|
 
|
 
|
Holiday Beach, ON
|
59
|
|
 
|
 
|
Hawk Ridge, MN
|
195
|


* - 6-year average for West Skyline; # - 4-year average forBald Eagle Mt

The 2024 official counter was Andrew Bechdel, who returnedfor a second year. Andrew did an excellent job; he was very diligent and hisincreased raptor ID skills were apparent. He joints a cohort of distinguished localbirders who have been hawk watch counters at Tussey Mt: Jon Kauffman in2009-2010 and 2014, Lewis Grove in 2017, and Sean McLaughlin in 2021 (Sean has subsequentlycounted raptors in Duluth, MN, at the West Skyline site in the spring and the HawkRidge site in the fall).

The 2024 watch was conducted on 56 days, with 414 hours ofwatching. This closely matches past median (middle) effort of 56 days and 403hours. We accomplished our primary goal of conducting the watch over the sametime span as previous years and with similar hours and watchfulness. Seasontotals are shown in Table 2.

Table 2. 2024 season totals and 10-year averages (2014-2023).

|
Species
|
2024
|
10-year average
|
2024 Ranking
|
|
Turkey Vulture
|
196
|
186
|
average
|
|
Osprey
|
59
|
89
|
below average
|
|
Bald Eagle
|
69
|
69
|
average
|
|
Northern Harrier
|
19
|
21
|
average
|
|
Sharp-shinned Hawk
|
203
|
162
|
above average
|
|
Cooper’s Hawk
|
28
|
26
|
average
|
|
American Goshawk
|
0
|
1
|
 
|
|
Red-shouldered Hawk
|
35
|
40
|
average
|
|
Broad-winged Hawk
|
1378
|
920
|
above average
|
|
Red-tailed Hawk
|
213
|
286
|
below average
|
|
Rough-legged Hawk
|
0
|
2
|
 
|
|
Golden Eagle
|
164
|
169
|
average
|
|
American Kestrel
|
38
|
42
|
average
|
|
Merlin
|
4
|
6
|
average
|
|
Peregrine Falcon
|
4
|
3
|
average
|
|
Total
|
2425
|
2020
|
 
|


 

Below-average counts were observed for Osprey and Red-tailedHawk, but these observations were consistent with long-term trends. Ospreys in NortheasternNorth America have been experiencing a decline, possibly related to the rise ofBald Eagles, and there is evidence that Red-tailed Hawks are not migrating as muchas their ancestors did. Above-average counts were observed for Sharp-shinnedHawk and Broad-winged Hawk. The Sharp-shinned Hawk count was the highest since2104 and was somewhat surprising since we had observed low Sharp-shinned Hawktotals during the previous fall. The 1378 Broad-winged Hawks was our 4thhighest season total; 83% were observed during a four-day period, Apr 15-18.All other raptor species were observed in average numbers.

The 24-year trend in Golden Eagle total count has an overallhill shape, with lower counts during 2001-2007 (average 161), higher counts during2008-2015 (average 205), and lower counts again in 2016-2024 (average 153). The2024 total of 164 was just below the 10-year average of 169 and welcome after2023’s low count of 118 (Figure 1). I suspect that lower totals occur when lesssevere winters cause Golden Eagles to winter farther north than they previouslydid or allow them to begin filtering back north before the spring migrationbegins in earnest during late February and early March. Sometimes, as in 2023,a sustained W/NW wind regime in the first half of March seems to limit GoldenEagle counts, but the 2024 wind regime was much more favorable during the peakGolden Eagle migration period.

The first detections of migrating Golden Eagles at Tussey Mthave been fairly consistent across seasons, so there is no indication that manyhave moved past us before we start (the Allegheny Front watch starts earlier thanwe do and they have only detected a few before we start). In 2024, we recordedthe first three Golden Eagles on Feb 21 and the first significant count, nine,on Feb 26. They then came with a rush in early March, with 95 counted duringthe first 12 days (which includes four rain days), 58% of the season’s total. Thehigh count was 27 on Mar 8. The cumulative Golden Eagle chart shows that the2024 count was slightly ahead of the long-term average through Mar 16, but frommid-March on, the detection pattern was very similar to the observations ofother years (Figure 2).

The best winds at Tussey Mt are from the S or SE, which weobserved on Feb 26-27 and Mar 1, 3,4, 8, and 11-12. This largely explains theearly Golden Eagle movement. At the Allegheny Front hawk watch, on the AlleghenyFront west of Bedford and about 61 air miles to our southwest, favorableflights occur when winds are from the E or SE. The Allegheny Front siteexperienced their best Golden Eagle count this season and it was concentratedduring the same time period as the good flights at Tussey Mt (Figure 3). Interestingly,the Derby Hill, NY, site, near the SE end of Lake Ontario, also has experiencedone of their best Golden Eagle seasons (Figure 4).

I suspect that when a sustained period of S or SE windsoccurs during the peak period, as happened this year, a large percentage ofGolden Eagles moves north along the Allegheny Front and Laurel Ridge to itswest and we miss seeing those birds. I have noticed before that sustained S orSE winds seem to push many Golden Eagles toward the Allegheny Front and, atTussey Mt, I theorize that we need periods of both S/SE and W/NW to keep them onour ridge. While Tussey Mt has many of its best flights on S/SE winds, we alsosee Golden Eagles on W/NW winds. Tussey Mt is not situated along a landscapefeature that is commonly called a “leading line”, like at the Great Lakessites, or acts as a natural “collector” of Golden Eagles, like Bald Eagle Mt doesin the fall. Instead, we benefit from the length of our ridge, which extendssouth into Maryland, and its location in the western Ridge & Valley.

The shapes of the three cumulative curves help to tell a storyabout the three sites. Counts at Tussey Mt have been more consistent, which Ibelieve is related to the many Golden Eagles moving through here and theconsistency of our effort over the years. Counts at Allegheny Front have been morevariable largely because of that site’s strong dependency on E and SE winds. DerbyHill observations are dominated by immature birds, as shown by consistent flightsoccurring in April. However, as in 2024 and 2021, they sometimes see manyGolden Eagles in March, probably related to more adult Golden Eagles being seenthere when winds have been from the S or SE.

Thanks to our sponsors, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center,the State College Bird Club, and individuals.  Also, thanks to the many people who visitedand helped to spot migrating raptors; we appreciate all the good help. Nextyear will be our 25th season, a good milestone to achieve.

Nick Bolgiano

 

 

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Date: 4/27/24 3:51 pm
From: Blizard, David A <dab22...>
Subject: Re: Children's walk- Sat April 27th
Thank you Constanza/Coty for a delightful verbal tour! Reminds me, once missed, never recovered. I’ll look fed to the next opportunity! Dave
Sent from my iPad

On Apr 27, 2024, at 5:38 PM, Constanza Ehrenhaus <cxe1169...> wrote:


Good evening, Bird Club,

The threat of rain and the chilly morning were no match for the small group that gathered this morning at Tudek Park to watch birds. We had children 1.5 to 12 y.o., and their adults.

We got to see some nice vignettes of Northern Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse males courtship-feeding their mates, always a sweet sight! A Pileated Woodpecker majestically flew low along the trail in the direction of the tree line, giving us a good view of the contrasting white patches in its wings. A House Wren sang for us, letting us know they are back from their wintering grounds! And a small, agile warbler quickly passed over us, hopping in the branches. So quickly that we did not get to see more than a streaked belly, and we could not properly ID the bird. The Pine Siskins are still hanging around Tudek Park after two weeks, making this irruption year a fun one to find them all over the area, even in town!

Other observations included spring violets in the Butterfly Garden, a gray squirrel with a stubby tail, and huge pieces of a cut tree that delighted our sense of smell.


See the full list of species in the link:
https://ebird.org/atlaspa/checklist/S170518618<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fatlaspa%2Fchecklist%2FS170518618&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7Cdec9860cc6f148c87c2208dc670c87a8%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638498550704969249%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=H8Ukmo%2F87%2BbY3StPo%2FVX%2FOyJoU7brvuT7U1Ei5hsYtw%3D&reserved=0>


Enjoy the weekend and happy birding!

Coty
--
Constanza Ehrenhaus.

 

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Date: 4/27/24 2:37 pm
From: Constanza Ehrenhaus <cxe1169...>
Subject: Children's walk- Sat April 27th
Good evening, Bird Club,

The threat of rain and the chilly morning were no match for the small group
that gathered this morning at Tudek Park to watch birds. We had children
1.5 to 12 y.o., and their adults.

We got to see some nice vignettes of Northern Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse
males courtship-feeding their mates, always a sweet sight! A Pileated
Woodpecker majestically flew low along the trail in the direction of the
tree line, giving us a good view of the contrasting white patches in its
wings. A House Wren sang for us, letting us know they are back from their
wintering grounds! And a small, agile warbler quickly passed over us,
hopping in the branches. So quickly that we did not get to see more than a
streaked belly, and we could not properly ID the bird. The Pine Siskins are
still hanging around Tudek Park after two weeks, making this irruption year
a fun one to find them all over the area, even in town!

Other observations included spring violets in the Butterfly Garden, a gray
squirrel with a stubby tail, and huge pieces of a cut tree that delighted
our sense of smell.


See the full list of species in the link:
https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fatlaspa%2Fchecklist%2FS170518618&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C33fb36bf9afe4d51ad4e08dc67023f79%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638498506550486349%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=y8TQ83Hah%2BQs3LSOagAKoywBnnwj9BIs9wW3D9P36vs%3D&reserved=0


Enjoy the weekend and happy birding!

Coty
--
Constanza Ehrenhaus.

 

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Date: 4/27/24 1:43 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: 2024 Tussey Mt hawk watch summary
2024 was the 24th full season of the spring hawk watch at Tussey Mt,
staffed daily Feb 20-Apr 26. The watch site is located on the top of Tussey
Mt, the second ridge from the north and west in the western
Ridge-and-Valley physiographic province and near the boundary between
Huntingdon and Centre counties. The watch’s primary focus is monitoring the
spring Golden Eagle migration. This report reflects that focus.

Annual Golden Eagle totals at western sites such as Bridger Mts, MT; Mt
Lorette, AB; and Gunsight Mt, AK, are commonly around 1,000-2,000. However,
they draw from a western population of approximately 60,000 birds. The
eastern Golden Eagle population is thought to have about 4,000-5,000 birds.
Among eastern watch sites, the Golden Eagle total at Tussey Mt ranks second
to Mackinac Straits, MI, in the spring, while Bald Eagle Mt ranks first in
the fall (Table 1). No other spring site east of Michigan consistently
counts close to the number of Golden Eagles that we do at Tussey Mt,
although the 2024 total at the Allegheny Front site was close. Thus, these
local hawk watches are important in monitoring the eastern population.

*Table 1. 10-Year Golden Eagle Averages (2014-2023) at Some Eastern North
American Watch Sites.*

*Spring*

*Fall*

*Site*

*10-year average*

*Site*

*10-year average*

Tussey Mt, PA

169

Bald Eagle Mt, PA #

324

Allegheny Front, PA

80

Allegheny Front, PA

208

Derby Hill, NY

55

Franklin Mt, NY

178

Braddock Bay, NY

27

Stone Mt, PA

150

Mackinac Straits, MI

231

Jacks Mt, PA

128

West Skyline, MN *

155

Waggoner’s Gap, PA

215





Hawk Mt, PA

123





Detroit River, MI

82





Holiday Beach, ON

59





Hawk Ridge, MN

195

* - 6-year average for West Skyline; # - 4-year average for Bald Eagle Mt

The 2024 official counter was Andrew Bechdel, who returned for a second
year. Andrew did an excellent job; he was very diligent and his increased
raptor ID skills were apparent. He joints a cohort of distinguished local
birders who have been hawk watch counters at Tussey Mt: Jon Kauffman in
2009-2010 and 2014, Lewis Grove in 2017, and Sean McLaughlin in 2021 (Sean
has subsequently counted raptors in Duluth, MN, at the West Skyline site in
the spring and the Hawk Ridge site in the fall).

The 2024 watch was conducted on 56 days, with 414 hours of watching. This
closely matches past median (middle) effort of 56 days and 403 hours. We
accomplished our primary goal of conducting the watch over the same time
span as previous years and with similar hours and watchfulness. Season
totals are shown in Table 2.

*Table 2. 2024 season totals and 10-year averages (2014-2023). *

*Species*

*2024*

*10-year average*

*2024 Ranking*

Turkey Vulture

196

186

average

Osprey

59

89

below average

Bald Eagle

69

69

average

Northern Harrier

19

21

average

Sharp-shinned Hawk

203

162

above average

Cooper’s Hawk

28

26

average

American Goshawk

0

1



Red-shouldered Hawk

35

40

average

Broad-winged Hawk

1378

920

above average

Red-tailed Hawk

213

286

below average

Rough-legged Hawk

0

2



Golden Eagle

164

169

average

American Kestrel

38

42

average

Merlin

4

6

average

Peregrine Falcon

4

3

average

Total

2425

2020





Below-average counts were observed for Osprey and Red-tailed Hawk, but
these observations were consistent with long-term trends. Ospreys in
Northeastern North America have been experiencing a decline, possibly
related to the rise of Bald Eagles, and there is evidence that Red-tailed
Hawks are not migrating as much as their ancestors did. Above-average
counts were observed for Sharp-shinned Hawk and Broad-winged Hawk. The
Sharp-shinned Hawk count was the highest since 2104 and was somewhat
surprising since we had observed low Sharp-shinned Hawk totals during the
previous fall. The 1378 Broad-winged Hawks was our 4th highest season
total; 83% were observed during a four-day period, Apr 15-18. All other
raptor species were observed in average numbers.

The 24-year trend in Golden Eagle total count has an overall hill shape,
with lower counts during 2001-2007 (average 161), higher counts during
2008-2015 (average 205), and lower counts again in 2016-2024 (average 153).
The 2024 total of 164 was just below the 10-year average of 169 and welcome
after 2023’s low count of 118 (Figure 1). I suspect that lower totals occur
when less severe winters cause Golden Eagles to winter farther north than
they previously did or allow them to begin filtering back north before the
spring migration begins in earnest during late February and early March.
Sometimes, as in 2023, a sustained W/NW wind regime in the first half of
March seems to limit Golden Eagle counts, but the 2024 wind regime was much
more favorable during the peak Golden Eagle migration period.

The first detections of migrating Golden Eagles at Tussey Mt have been
fairly consistent across seasons, so there is no indication that many have
moved past us before we start (the Allegheny Front watch starts earlier
than we do and they have only detected a few before we start). In 2024, we
recorded the first three Golden Eagles on Feb 21 and the first significant
count, nine, on Feb 26. They then came with a rush in early March, with 95
counted during the first 12 days (which includes four rain days), 58% of
the season’s total. The high count was 27 on Mar 8. The cumulative Golden
Eagle chart shows that the 2024 count was slightly ahead of the long-term
average through Mar 16, but from mid-March on, the detection pattern was
very similar to the observations of other years (Figure 2).

The best winds at Tussey Mt are from the S or SE, which we observed on Feb
26-27 and Mar 1, 3,4, 8, and 11-12. This largely explains the early Golden
Eagle movement. At the Allegheny Front hawk watch, on the Allegheny Front
west of Bedford and about 61 air miles to our southwest, favorable flights
occur when winds are from the E or SE. The Allegheny Front site experienced
their best Golden Eagle count this season and it was concentrated during
the same time period as the good flights at Tussey Mt (Figure 3).
Interestingly, the Derby Hill, NY, site, near the SE end of Lake Ontario,
also has experienced one of their best Golden Eagle seasons (Figure 4).

I suspect that when a sustained period of S or SE winds occurs during the
peak period, as happened this year, a large percentage of Golden Eagles
moves north along the Allegheny Front and Laurel Ridge to its west and we
miss seeing those birds. I have noticed before that sustained S or SE winds
seem to push many Golden Eagles toward the Allegheny Front and, at Tussey
Mt, I theorize that we need periods of both S/SE and W/NW to keep them on
our ridge. While Tussey Mt has many of its best flights on S/SE winds, we
also see Golden Eagles on W/NW winds. Tussey Mt is not situated along a
landscape feature that is commonly called a “leading line”, like at the
Great Lakes sites, or acts as a natural “collector” of Golden Eagles, like
Bald Eagle Mt does in the fall. Instead, we benefit from the length of our
ridge, which extends south into Maryland, and its location in the western
Ridge & Valley.

The shapes of the three cumulative curves help to tell a story about the
three sites. Counts at Tussey Mt have been more consistent, which I believe
is related to the many Golden Eagles moving through here and the
consistency of our effort over the years. Counts at Allegheny Front have
been more variable largely because of that site’s strong dependency on E
and SE winds. Derby Hill observations are dominated by immature birds, as
shown by consistent flights occurring in April. However, as in 2024 and
2021, they sometimes see many Golden Eagles in March, probably related to
more adult Golden Eagles being seen there when winds have been from the S
or SE.

Thanks to our sponsors, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, the State
College Bird Club, and individuals. Also, thanks to the many people who
visited and helped to spot migrating raptors; we appreciate all the good
help. Next year will be our 25th season, a good milestone to achieve.

Nick Bolgiano

 

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Date: 4/27/24 10:20 am
From: Grove, Deborah Shuey <dsg4...>
Subject: Re: Birding Cup next week!
I will stick my neck out and suggest the Huntingdon Hawkeyes! Greg and Deb Grove and Dave and Trudy Kyler.
Added a photo to show how serious we are.


Deb Grove


 

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Date: 4/27/24 10:10 am
From: Jon Kauffman <jvk5019...>
Subject: Blue Grosbeak -Pine Grove Mills
Hello all,

I just observed a Blue Grosbeak in my yard in Pine Grove Mills. It was in the garden and it flew up the street to my neighbors yard. I have not been able to relocate.

Jon

 

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Date: 4/27/24 9:39 am
From: Lee, Jen <jal21...>
Subject: Birding Cup next week!
Hi Bird Clubbers, next Fri 7pm - Sat 7pm is the annual fundraiser for Shavers Creek. If anyone would like to support a team with a donation please head here: https://www.shaverscreek.org/public-programs-and-events/birding-cup/<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shaverscreek.org%2Fpublic-programs-and-events%2Fbirding-cup%2F&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C7fdc55fb136f44123e4b08dc66d8a1b5%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638498327802121249%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=SQ%2F2yi3RoLxuE15sY4wLXGj1sKh4aGFFStAp6HaWuUo%3D&reserved=0>
and scroll down to the "DONATE" button.

If you can't decide which team, Stork Raven Mad (Roana Fuller, Susan Braun, Nora Serotkin and myself) would be thrilled to accept your donation ;)
https://give.communityfunded.com/o/annual-giving/i/the-birding-cup/s/stork-raven-mad<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgive.communityfunded.com%2Fo%2Fannual-giving%2Fi%2Fthe-birding-cup%2Fs%2Fstork-raven-mad&data=05%7C02%<7CSCBIRDCL...>%7C7fdc55fb136f44123e4b08dc66d8a1b5%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638498327802121249%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=UWmxWO6mrmBJ9j1%2FMg3lOLo84qw7YP7ziJjOk9ZUwUE%3D&reserved=0>

Hoping for great weather in the 60s and lots of surprising birds!! Good luck to all teams!!

Jen Lee

 

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Date: 4/27/24 8:40 am
From: Wentzel, Doug <djw105...>
Subject: Plant sale Today! at Shaver's Creek
Hi All,

We have the fire going and plants to sell if you are out and about today.

As of 11:30 am, still plenty of milkweed, bee balm, goldenrod, boneset…and more.

We are here to 5 pm and hope to see some of you.
Best,
Doug



Doug Wentzel
Program Director & Naturalist

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
The Pennsylvania State University
3400 Discovery Road
Petersburg, PA 16669-2114

phone: 814.865.4123
fax: 814.865.2706
http://www.ShaversCreek.org

 

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Date: 4/26/24 4:53 pm
From: Mark Ott <000027d7a2c8cc0b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Tussey Mt HW, Friday
 

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Date: 4/26/24 4:07 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: Tussey Mt HW, Friday
Today was the last day for the 2024 season. Despite favorable SE winds, we
saw few birds today.

A season summary will soon appear. Thanks to everyone for visiting and to
Andrew for an excellent season.

Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 26, 2024
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 2 125 196
Osprey 4 52 59
Bald Eagle 2 35 69
Northern Harrier 0 18 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 153 203
Cooper's Hawk 0 12 28
American Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 35
Broad-winged Hawk 7 1378 1378
Red-tailed Hawk 4 99 213
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 15 164
American Kestrel 1 23 38
Merlin 0 3 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 2 5

Total: 24 1923 2425
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Andrew Bechdel, Nick Bolgiano

Observers: Debra Rittlemann, Ken Bowman, Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
Wind ESE/SE/SSE, mostly 8-12 mph, sky mostly clear, temp 50-65F

Raptor Observations:
Despite favorable SE winds, raptor migration was light. This is the last
day for our 2024 season. It was another successful season. Thanks to Andrew
for his good work.

A Peregrine Falcon circled near the tower, then flew S.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Nick Bolgiano (<nickbolgiano...>)

 

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Date: 4/26/24 3:58 pm
From: Hawkcount.org reports <reports...>
Subject: Jacks Mountain (26 Apr 2024) 42 Raptors
Jacks Mountain
Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 26, 2024
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 0 15
Osprey 7 11 12
Bald Eagle 0 3 6
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 2
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 5
American Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 31 57 57
Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 15
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0

Total: 42 77 116
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Darrell Smith

Observers: Craig Kochel, Diane Stewart, Ken Tucker, Linda Whitesel,
Phil Park

Visitors:
This was our postponed Earth Day get together from Monday.
Craig Kochel, Diane Stewart, Ken Tucker, Phil Park and Linda Whitesel. A
group of fishermen that were on there way to Standing Stone Creek. A hang
glider waiting for a little less wind to launch.


Weather:
A little chilly with brisk winds from the SE. Clear blue to start with
partly cloudy at the end.

Raptor Observations:
A good Osprey day for 3 hours. One good hour of Broad-wings.
A fast moving Peregrine Falcon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local Red-tails, Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures, Ravens. Nemo made a
visit. A Black-Capped Chickadee popped in and out of a nest hole in a dead
tree.

Predictions:
Rain predicted.
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Report submitted by Darrell Smith (<oleagleye...>)
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Date: 4/26/24 12:18 pm
From: Grove, Gregory William <gwg2...>
Subject: Huntingdon County Birding FB group - Kestrel and Barn Owl
As some of you know, there is a facebook group : Huntingdon County Birding.

I just posted there a link to the talk by Jon Kauffman on action (videos) from his kestrel and Barn Owl boxes, mostly in Huntingdon and Mifflin Co. Fascinating to watch what goes on with the young birds and their parents.


Greg Grove
eBird reviewer: Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin
PBA Ridge and Valley Coordinator
Stone Mt. Hawk Watch, Winter Raptor Survey
Huntingdon, PA.

 

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Date: 4/26/24 8:00 am
From: Robyn Graboski <centrewildlifecare...>
Subject: Re: Muddy Paws accessible during Birding Cup
Please consider making a donation to help them maintain the wetland.

Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572, Lemont, PA 16851
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814-692-0004


On Fri, Apr 26, 2024 at 10:56 AM McLaughlin, Mark <mxm51...> wrote:

> Thanks for clearing that path for us Joe!
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> Mark McLaughlin
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> Director, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
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> 814-865-4119
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> (He, him) (why share pronouns
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> Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/my/goshawk
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> *From: *State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> on behalf
> of Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...>
> *Date: *Friday, April 26, 2024 at 10:22 AM
> *To: *<SCBIRDCL...> <SCBIRDCL...>
> *Subject: *Muddy Paws accessible during Birding Cup
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> Birders are welcome to visit the usually closed wetland Muddy Paws (east
> of Spring Mills) during the Birding Cup hours, which are May 3 at 7:00 p.m.
> (ET) until May 4 at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
>

 

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Date: 4/26/24 7:56 am
From: McLaughlin, Mark <mxm51...>
Subject: Re: Muddy Paws accessible during Birding Cup
Thanks for clearing that path for us Joe!

Mark McLaughlin
Director, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
814-865-4119
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Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/my/goshawk

ShaversCreek.org



From: State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> on behalf of Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...>
Date: Friday, April 26, 2024 at 10:22 AM
To: <SCBIRDCL...> <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Muddy Paws accessible during Birding Cup

Birders are welcome to visit the usually closed wetland Muddy Paws (east of Spring Mills) during the Birding Cup hours, which are May 3 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) until May 4 at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
 

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Date: 4/26/24 7:22 am
From: Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...>
Subject: Muddy Paws accessible during Birding Cup

Birders are welcome to visit the usually closed wetland Muddy Paws (east of Spring Mills) during the Birding Cup hours, which are May 3 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) until May 4 at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

 

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Date: 4/25/24 6:52 pm
From: Andrew Bechdel <andrewbechdel...>
Subject: Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch - April 25th, 2024
Good Evening Y'all,

Although the forecast didn't look promising, we still had a decent flight
with 63 Broad-wingeds moving steady throughout the day. The BWs did not
seem to settle into any particular flight path, but were mostly spotted
along the ridgetop and out to the N side of the ridge. In the final 15
minutes, a Peregrine Falcon (a raptor we only see about 4 times a season)
was spotted behind the tower. Knowing how much Broad-wingeds can be
confused with Peregrines due to their pointed wings, I initially
discredited it as a BW. However, as it glided closer there was no doubt
what it was. Unlike the other 8 sightings in the previous 2 years, this
Peregrine took the time to give me a show, circling for about a minute
overhead in the powercut before moving along. During that time, it dropped
its talons, grabbed at the air as if it was playing with an imaginary prey
item, and pulled at its feathers as if midair preening. I've observed this
at the Grand Canyon, but never in PA.

Another special thanks to my parents who supported me yet again. And,
thanks to all who've supported our watch throughout the season.

Tomorrow will be the last watch day and hopefully a nice cap to the season.
The SE winds could bring big numbers of Broad-wingeds. Today's steady
flight indicated that the pipeline is still full of BWs.

See you at the Watch!

-Andrew






















*------------------------------Tussey Mountain Hawk WatchState College,
Pennsylvania, USADaily Raptor Counts: Apr 25, 2024SpeciesDay's CountMonth
TotalSeason TotalBlack Vulture000Turkey Vulture0123194Osprey44855Bald
Eagle23367Northern Harrier01819Sharp-shinned Hawk5149199Cooper's
Hawk01228American Goshawk000Red-shouldered Hawk0535Broad-winged
Hawk6313711371Red-tailed Hawk095209Rough-legged Hawk000Golden
Eagle015164American Kestrel02237Merlin034Peregrine Falcon114Unknown
Accipiter015Unknown Buteo002Unknown Falcon012Unknown Eagle001Unknown
Raptor025Total:7518992401Observation start time:08:30:00Observation end
time:16:30:00Total observation time:8 hoursOfficial CounterAndrew
BechdelObservers:Kathy Bechdel, Nick BolgianoVisitors:Kathy & Dave
BechdelWeather:In the morning, partly cloudy, mild, and light to moderate
NE wind. In the afternoon, mostly full sun, warmer, and light to moderate
ENE wind. Wind Speed: 2-8mph. Temperature: 5-14 Celsius.Raptor
Observations:No Golden Eagles. Today's flight was a slow but steady trickle
of BWs. There seemed to be no established flight path. Almost all BWs
followed the ridge top or parallel to the N side, but they were seen at a
variety of distances and heights. Non-migratory raptors: 1 Black Vulture, 5
Turkey Vulture, 2 Bald Eagle, 2 Red-tailed HawkNon-raptor
Observations:Notable Birds: 10 Dbl Crested Cormorants, 5 Common Loons, FOY
OvenbirdPredictions:Uncertain; Tomorrow will likely be the final day of the
watch. With SE winds forecasted, it could be an excellent day to see big
kettles of BWs and other migrants.*

 

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Date: 4/25/24 9:48 am
From: Gyekis, Joseph Peter <jpg186...>
Subject: Fw: Warbler walk to forward to State College Birding Club
Hi Bird Club,

An activity of interest:

Postdoc Kevin Bennett and biology professor David Toews are leading a bird walk at Shaver's Creek / seminar on fun warbler evolution (golden-winged and blue-winged ... and beyond!) next Saturday May 11th at 8am (bird walk), 10 am (food / coffee provided), 10:30 warbler seminar.

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Joe


 

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Date: 4/24/24 5:18 pm
From: Andrew Bechdel <andrewbechdel...>
Subject: Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch - April 24th, 2024
Good Evening Birders,

Our penultimate day was punctuated with rain in the morning and afternoon.
We still enjoyed an Osprey and a few more Broad-winged Hawks. Despite the
slow raptor day, Eastern Tent Caterpillar webs can be seen in the Cherry
behind the rock pile and some adult moths were seen on the walk into the
site. Perhaps these are a preferred snack of the now abundant
Black-throated Green Warblers on Tussey. Moreover, the maples and oaks are
budding, ephemerals are blooming on the trail, and the Appalachian
Gooseberry has been blooming in the powercut. All are nice harbingers of
spring and the flood of migrants yet to come in the next couple weeks. As
mentioned previously, Friday will be our final day and potentially a big
one for BWs!

See you at the Watch!

-Andrew






















*Tussey Mountain Hawk WatchState College, Pennsylvania, USADaily Raptor
Counts: Apr 24, 2024SpeciesDay's CountMonth TotalSeason TotalBlack
Vulture000Turkey Vulture1123194Osprey14451Bald Eagle23165Northern
Harrier01819Sharp-shinned Hawk0144194Cooper's Hawk01228American
Goshawk000Red-shouldered Hawk0535Broad-winged Hawk1413081308Red-tailed
Hawk295209Rough-legged Hawk000Golden Eagle015164American
Kestrel02237Merlin034Peregrine Falcon003Unknown Accipiter015Unknown
Buteo002Unknown Falcon012Unknown Eagle001Unknown
Raptor025Total:2018242326Observation start time:10:00:00Observation end
time:16:30:00Total observation time:4.75 hoursOfficial CounterAndrew
BechdelObservers:Visitors:N/AWeather:Started the watch at 1000 due to rain
and had to take a couple breaks for showers at 1100 and 1300. Wind was
moderate WNW in morning, shifting to NW in the afternoon. Skies were partly
cloudy and variable throughout the day. Wind Speed: 5-14mph. Temperature:
10-14 Celsius.Raptor Observations:No Golden Eagles. Flight was slow to
non-existent. Non-migratory Raptors: 5 Turkey Vultures, 2 Bald Eagles, 1
Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Broad-winged
HawkNon-raptor Observations:N/APredictions:Uncertain; Tomorrow doesn't look
promising. Friday could be a great day for BWs with moderate SE wind.*

 

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Date: 4/23/24 4:44 pm
From: Andrew Bechdel <andrewbechdel...>
Subject: Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch - April 23rd, 2024
Good Evening Birders,

Today, we enjoyed warm weather, good company, and some late afternoon
raptors. Another 5 Bald Eagles soared sky high and migrated straight N,
adding some numbers to what has been a below average count this season.
Although the Broad-winged Hawk flight never took off (pun intended), Nick
spotted our *164th Golden Eagle of the season gliding high over Stone
Valley*. This was our 3rd straight day with a GE and we hope to finish off
the season strong and keep the streak going until the end!

In other bird news, we had 7 Common Loons and our FOY (and possible first
for Tussey Hawkwatch) Wood Duck. The Wood Duck flew low over the ridge late
this afternoon and seemed destined for the ever attractive Fairbrook
Wetland.

Thanks to our Penn State SEED semester students who joined us during the
morning to learn about hawkwatching and raptor migration. Doug Wentzel and
Laurie McLaughlin were wonderful to have at the sight as always. And...
Doug has, after 23 long awaited years, earned observer status in the
hawkcount database. Congratulate him if you see him!

Tomorrow and Thursday do not look auspicious for Broad-wingeds or other
raptors. However, Friday could be a great final day for Broad-winged Hawks.
I will give a better forecast in the next couple days.






















*Tussey Mountain Hawk WatchState College, Pennsylvania, USADaily Raptor
Counts: Apr 23, 2024SpeciesDay's CountMonth TotalSeason TotalBlack
Vulture000Turkey Vulture1122193Osprey24350Bald Eagle52963Northern
Harrier11819Sharp-shinned Hawk1144194Cooper's Hawk11228American
Goshawk000Red-shouldered Hawk0535Broad-winged Hawk1312941294Red-tailed
Hawk393207Rough-legged Hawk000Golden Eagle115164American
Kestrel12237Merlin034Peregrine Falcon003Unknown Accipiter015Unknown
Buteo002Unknown Falcon012Unknown Eagle001Unknown
Raptor025Total:2918042306Observation start time:08:30:00Observation end
time:16:30:00Total observation time:8 hoursOfficial CounterAndrew
BechdelObservers:Dave Kelley, Doug Wentzel , Laurie McLaughlin, Nick
Bolgiano, PSU SEED StudentsVisitors:PSU Seed Semester Students, Doug
Wentzel, Laurie McLaughlin, Dave KelleyWeather:Partly cloudy with moderate
SSW wind all day. In the late afternoon, wind slightly more SW. Wind speed:
5-21mph. Temperature: 11-20 Celsius.Raptor Observations:Golden Eagles: 1
Unk-15:34 Flight was mostly slow, but picked up steam in the late afternoon
with a few high Broad-wings, a distant Golden Eagle, and a few other
raptors. Non-migratory raptors: 1 Black Vulture, 7 Turkey Vulture, 1
Osprey, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Bald Eagle, 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American
KestrelNon-raptor Observations:Notable Birds: FOY (and possible first for
site) Wood Duck eBird Checklist:
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Tomorrow and Thursday do not look promising. Friday's SE winds could bring
one final push to end our season.*

 

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Date: 4/23/24 4:03 pm
From: Hawkcount.org reports <reports...>
Subject: Jacks Mountain (23 Apr 2024) 35 Raptors
Jacks Mountain
Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 23, 2024
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 0 15
Osprey 4 4 5
Bald Eagle 3 3 6
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 2
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 4
American Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 26 26 26
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 14
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
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0

Total: 35 35 74
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Craig Kochel

Observers: Mark Shope

Weather:
Mild with moderate winds from the S and SE

Raptor Observations:
Several local Old Eagles and Red-tails not counted

Non-raptor Observations:
Towhees, pileated woodpeckers, TVs, BVs, ravens.
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Date: 4/23/24 11:49 am
From: Wentzel, Doug <djw105...>
Subject: Fwd: Important Club Meeting Wednesday, this morning walk and PSO news...Birding Festival, Blitz, Art Auction, Birding Tours
Hi All,

Looking forward to Zooming with you all on Wednesday and hearing from Jon Kauffman on "Life in a Nest Box of American Kestrels and Barn Owls." This program will provide an in depth look of the breeding behavior of American Kestrels and Barn Owls through live nestcam footage.

Let me know if you have New Business items for the club in advance so we can make sure we have time, and of course April means board elections and I know our nominating committee has been working on a slate of candidates.

Nice walk at Spring Creek this morning with 21 of us and 30 species. Highlights were chimney swifts, blue-headed vireo and happy bird watchers.
https://ebird.org/atlaspa/checklist/S169930882
Pennsylvania Bird Atlas Checklist - 23 Apr 2024 - Spring Creek Park - 30 species (+1 other taxa)
ebird.org


Finally, news from our friends at PA Society for Ornithology (PSO).

Happy Earth Day,
Doug



> Begin forwarded message:
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> From: Franklin Haas <fhaasbirds...>
> Subject: Birding Festival, Blitz, Art Auction, Birding Tours
> Date: April 21, 2024 at 12:24:12 PM EDT
> To: PSO Newsletter <pso-newsletter...>
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> As we are all busily seeking warblers this spring, PSO is hard at work preparing for some exciting programs that offer great birding opportunities. Please take a minute to check out the programs below, check your calendars, and sign up!
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> Birding Festival <https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpabirds.org%2F2024-overview%2F&data=05%7C02%<7Cmerlin...>%7C2e44b105a01746ee7f9908dc621f7dd2%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638493135182023107%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C60000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=N%2B0cLWnC2tN6BmAhSBNSVGptmMIgUK4PiBeaO2kCMjQ%3D&reserved=0>
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> The PSO Birding Festival will take place May 31-June 2 in Washington County. Nearly 90 PA birders have already signed up, but there is plenty of space for YOU. We have an incredible line-up of expert-led field trips and fascinating speakers.
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> In addition to trips to birding hotspots throughout southwestern PA, there is a special opportunity to visit the National Aviary, which is proudly sponsoring the festival.
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> The deadline to register for the banquet - featuring a keynote address by author Katie Fallon - is May 9. Click here to register <https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpabirds.org%2F2024-overview%2F&data=05%7C02%<7Cmerlin...>%7C2e44b105a01746ee7f9908dc621f7dd2%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638493135182034384%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C60000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=NnYm8YRyv4fQ5wXJJlTn%2B4PlnssHAeOVE5%2FYduu8gC8%3D&reserved=0>.
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> A few field trips have filled and more will do so as we get closer to the event, so we recommend registering now for your best selection of trips.
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Date: 4/23/24 10:47 am
From: Mark Nale <00008ff0c316580d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: FOY Whippoorwill
We also heard a whippoorwill calling at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday - Along the road to Scotia Range (between 10-Acre Pond & the range)

On Monday, April 22, 2024 at 10:16:17 PM EDT, Anderson, Jennifer Lynn <jab56...> wrote:

Also at Shaver’s Creek about 9:55 PM!From: State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> on behalf of Mark Ott <000027d7a2c8cc0b-dmarc-request...>
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2024 9:23:45 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...> <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: FOY Whippoorwill 9:00pm western suburbs of Howard. Two whippoorwills calling from two sides of the hollow.

Mark Ott

 

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