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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:22.0pt;font-family:"Gloucester MT Extra Condensed",serif;color:#212121">STATE-EXTIRPATED PIPING PLOVERS NEST IN PENNSYLVANIA</span><span style="color:#212121"></span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><b><i><span style="color:#212121">Conservation planning brings back federally endangered shorebird.</span></i></b><span style="color:#212121"></span></p>
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Absent as a Pennsylvania breeding bird since the mid-1950s, two pairs of federally endangered Great Lakes piping plovers returned this year to nest in the Gull Point
Natural Area at Presque Isle State Park in Erie County.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“The return of nesting piping plovers to the Lake Erie shoreline demonstrates the resolve of the Game Commission and its partners to expand Pennsylvania’s wildlife community
and bring back what time and imprudence had taken from the Commonwealth,” noted Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Program Chief Dan Brauning. “It is invigorating to see more endangered species making a comeback.”</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">The two nests point to piping plovers recolonizing Lake Erie, as well as a positive response to ongoing specialized habitat management and improved environmental health
within the Great Lakes ecosystem. The last recorded piping plover nest in the Erie basin was in 1977 at Long Point on Lake Erie’s north shore in Ontario.
</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121"> “This is a testament to dedication and teamwork, not only in Pennsylvania but throughout the species’ range,” said Brauning. “Their return wasn’t by chance, or an accident.”</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Lake Erie’s piping plover recolonization is a product of regional and local conservation investment, the culmination of decades of nest-site protection measures along
the other four Great Lakes shorelines and active habitat restoration in the Gull Point Natural Area over the past six years, Brauning explained.
</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“Many have worked tirelessly for years throughout the piping plover’s range to bring this bird back from the brink of extinction and it certainly is paying off,” emphasized
Cathy Haffner, a Game Commission biologist who has been involved in Great Lakes piping plover recovery efforts since 2001.
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Two piping plover chicks took flight from one of the Gull Point nests. The second nest was overcome by strong waves the same day the first nest hatched. The Game Commission
rescued the eggs, which were transferred first to the Detroit Zoo and then to the University of Michigan Biological Station piping plover captive-rearing facility. Two chicks hatched and will be released on Lake Michigan in early August.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Shortly after a territorial male was observed there in 2005, the Game Commission, working with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), developed
a Presque Isle Piping Plover and Common Tern Partnership aiming to bring back to Pennsylvania both beleaguered species. Other partners include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Army Corps of Engineers, Audubon Pennsylvania and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“Achieving conservation goals is impossible without teamwork and dedicated partners,” noted Patti Barber, Game Commission biologist. “It’s the only way to bring a project
like this to the finish line.”</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">A 2007 Pennsylvania piping plover recovery assessment, completed by Haffner, recommended woody and invasive vegetation removal along the Gull Point Natural Area shoreline
to improve recolonization potential, among other strategies. </span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">A USFWS Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant, administered by the Game Commission, enabled the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and DCNR’s Presque Isle State Park
to start an annual vegetation-control program within 33 acres of the Gull Point Natural Area in 2011.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“The native plant community, including several rare plants, benefited from treatment,” said Ephraim Zimmerman, a Western Pennsylvania Conservancy ecologist. “This story
is not just about bringing back bird species to Pennsylvania, it’s also about restoring an entire unique ecosystem.”</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Audubon Pennsylvania monitored shorebird presence before and after treatment with a special eye toward piping plovers.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“Shorebird abundance nearly tripled after invasive plants and other vegetation were removed,” said Sarah Sargent, Audubon Pennsylvania bird conservation program manager.
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">That upsurge included more Great Lakes piping plovers stopping to refuel on their fall migration to the beaches in the southeastern United States.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“The nesting of endangered piping plovers exemplifies why Presque Isle State Park is an Important Bird Area,” noted Matt Greene, Presque Isle State Park manager. “Many
years of extraordinary effort from all our partners led to this truly historic event.”</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">One of the rarest birds in the Great Lakes region, the piping plover is slightly larger than a sparrow and found in three geographically separated populations: Atlantic
Coast and Northern Great Plains (protected as threatened) and the Great Lakes (protected as endangered). The world piping plover population numbers a little over 4,000 pairs.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Never abundant, but still somewhat common within suitable breeding habitat on Great Lakes shorelines in the early 1900s, the Great Lakes piping plover population bottomed
out in the late 1980s, when only 17 breeding pairs – confined to Michigan’s shoreline – were recorded.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">At one time, Pennsylvania likely hosted up to 15 pairs at Presque Isle State Park – the only suitable breeding habitat in the state.
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">But steep declines in piping plover populations through the 1940s and ’50s – accompanied by increasing interference from development and human traffic on beaches and
predation – endangered the Great Lakes population. </span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected the Great Lakes piping plover as a federally endangered species in 1986. The Northern Great Plains and Atlantic Coast piping
plovers were protected as federally threatened species the same year. </span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Federal protection fueled research led by Francie Cuthbert at the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan Biological Station into Great Lakes piping plover
breeding ecology, limiting factors to reproductive success, and rearing of abandoned eggs and chicks.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“The population has grown in recent years due to nest-site protections, such as closing areas to human activities and placing wire fencing around nests to protect the
eggs,” said Cuthbert. </span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“Young males are the explorers, establishing territories at new sites that have wide, sparsely vegetated sand and cobble beaches,” she explained. “Over the last 10 to
12 years, high-lake levels and a growing population have caused birds to disperse from Michigan to historic nesting sites across the Great Lakes, like Presque Isle State Park.”
</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Starting in 1994, Presque Isle’s Gull Point, the farthest point of a sandy peninsula, was designated as a “natural area” and permanently closed to seasonal public use,
because of its importance as a nursery and rest stop for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. A year earlier, it had hosted a territorial male piping plover, the last until 2005.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“A key factor in setting the stage for plovers to return to Presque Isle was coordination with the Army Corps to manage unoccupied critical habitat in a way that both
preserved the essential conditions for the birds and also met the goals of the Corps and the state park,” said Bob Anderson, USFWS Pennsylvania endangered species coordinator.</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Gone for a generation, piping plover nesting on Lake Erie this year fills in the historic range map and leads Pennsylvania one step closer to ensuring future generations
will have the chance to hear the bird’s distinctive <i>peep-lo</i> call along Lake Erie’s shores.
</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">“The return of breeding plovers to Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie shoreline is truly historic,” said Vince Cavalieri, a USFWS biologist who coordinates Great Lakes piping plover
management. “We had plovers nesting on all five of the Great Lakes at once for the first time since 1955. The return of breeding plovers to Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in recent years is a major milestone in the recovery of this species.”</span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Tips for helping piping plovers and other shorebirds:</span></p>
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</span><span style="color:#212121">Follow the guidance on signs and respect all areas fenced or posted for protection of wildlife.
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</span><span style="color:#212121">Watch these entertaining birds from a distance.
</span></p>
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</span><span style="color:#212121">If pets are permitted on beaches, keep them leashed and away from birds.
</span></p>
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</span><span style="color:#212121">Remove trash and food scraps, which attract animals that might eat piping plovers and their eggs.</span></p>
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</span><span style="color:#212121">Do not feed animals on or near the beach. Keep your cats indoors.</span></p>
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</span><span style="color:#212121">Volunteer as a piping plover monitor, ambassador, or educator.</span></p>
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Broadcast-quality footage taken by Game Commission videographer Tracy Graziano of piping plovers and their conservation at Presque Isle State Park can be obtained by
news outlets or viewed at <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://youtu.be/CTvq3qg-ifw">https://youtu.be/CTvq3qg-ifw</a>.
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Two Photos are available to media. Email requests for photos to Joe Kosack at
<a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="mailto:<jkosack...>"><span style="color:windowtext"></span></a><a href="mailto:<jkosack...>"><jkosack...></a></span>.
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Photo Captions:</span></p>
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><b><u><span style="color:#212121">Male plover</span></u><span style="color:#212121"> – please photo credit – Cathy Haffner/PGC Photo</span></b><span style="color:#212121"></span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">Male piping plover from the second nest at Presque Isle State Park. The colored legs bands tell us he hatched in 2016 at Darlington Provincial Park, Ontario. Young males
are often the colonizers of new sites.</span></p>
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><b><u><span style="color:#212121">Chick in hand</span></u><span style="color:#212121"> – please photo credit – Tracy Graziano/PGC Photo</span></b><span style="color:#212121"></span></p>
<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:.5in"><span style="color:#212121">A Game Commission biologist places colored leg bands on a piping plover chick. The leg bands allow researchers to track the bird’s travels, nesting history and survivorship.
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Date: 7/24/17 6:44 am
From: Tom Pluto <mapturtles...>
Subject: Re: encountering rattlesnakes
Nick,

Good story and very interesting observation. I hope you made some some "comments" about this when you enter/entered this into PARS.

Tom


________________________________
From: State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> on behalf of Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 4:52 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: encountering rattlesnakes

There was a nice story in the Centre Daily Times today about what to do if you encounter a rattlesnake - Jason Beale of Shaver's Creek Environmental Center said that if you encounter a rattlesnake, let it choose where it wants to go:

http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/article163140723.html
[http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/v1cpo6/picture163140708/alternates/LANDSCAPE_1140/Snake%201]<http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/article163140723.html>

Keep snakes in mind on the trail this summer<http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/article163140723.html>
www.centredaily.com
Timber rattlesnakes and copperheads can be found in Pennsylvania forests.



This is good advice that I try to follow - I watched one Friday for about 10 minutes and it went about its business as if it wasn't the least bit concerned about me being 6 ft away - the distance when I first saw it.

Here is a story of a rattlesnake encounter today in Moshannon State Forest in Centre County, accompanied by pictures. I think that I didn't completely understand what this snake was doing and where it wanted to go until after the final act.

My hiking trail came out on a lane past some cabins and as I walked this lane, I spotted a rattlesnake about 30 ft ahead, moving slowly my way. I slowly sidled up in the opposite tire track and stopped when it was about 12 ft way (picture a), thinking that it would probably continue by and I would just wait.

It knew I was there and kept coming, giving a slight hiss when we were 4 ft away (picture b). We stayed 4-5 ft apart for the next 5 minutes. It was nosing around, flicking its tongue. When it looked like it was going into the vegetation opposite, I vocally encouraged it - I was wondering if I should do anything more active to move it along, in case a cabin owner less hospitable to snakes might come along. I periodically looked behind me in case there was another snake. At one point, I heard something behind me and saw a chipmunk. Chipmunk came past my feet and stopped halfway between me and snake (picture h). There was something wrong with this chipmunk - it didn't have complete command of its legs and its eyes appeared not to see clearly. It moved right at the snake - see last picture. Chipmunk continued past snake into vegetation - now that the snake had a fresh trail to follow, I moved along. Looking back, I think that it is possible that the snake struck the chipmunk before I came along and was trailing it by scent. A story of life occurring by tooth and fang and glad the fang wasn't in me! Nick Bolgiano

 

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Date: 7/24/17 6:32 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Receiving smartphone text messages for notable bird alerts
The webpage invoked by selecting "Current bird sightings and how to report them” from the menu at http://www.scbirdcl.org, now includes instructions for receiving smartphone text messages for notable bird alerts.

For details, visit that page and scroll to the bottom for the paragraph that begins:

"Smartphone text message group for notable bird alerts in the central PA region

The purpose of the Central PA RBA group is to concisely share alerts, updates, and information on rare and unusual birds in the central PA region.”

Thanks to Alex Lamoreaux for providing this capability.

Bob Fowles, Pine Grove Mills
 

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Date: 7/23/17 1:53 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: encountering rattlesnakes
There was a nice story in the Centre Daily Times today about what to do if
you encounter a rattlesnake - Jason Beale of Shaver's Creek Environmental
Center said that if you encounter a rattlesnake, let it choose where it
wants to go:

http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/article163140723.html

This is good advice that I try to follow - I watched one Friday for about
10 minutes and it went about its business as if it wasn't the least bit
concerned about me being 6 ft away - the distance when I first saw it.

Here is a story of a rattlesnake encounter today in Moshannon State Forest
in Centre County, accompanied by pictures. I think that I didn't completely
understand what this snake was doing and where it wanted to go until after
the final act.

My hiking trail came out on a lane past some cabins and as I walked this
lane, I spotted a rattlesnake about 30 ft ahead, moving slowly my way. I
slowly sidled up in the opposite tire track and stopped when it was about
12 ft way (picture a), thinking that it would probably continue by and I
would just wait.

It knew I was there and kept coming, giving a slight hiss when we were 4 ft
away (picture b). We stayed 4-5 ft apart for the next 5 minutes. It was
nosing around, flicking its tongue. When it looked like it was going into
the vegetation opposite, I vocally encouraged it - I was wondering if I
should do anything more active to move it along, in case a cabin owner less
hospitable to snakes might come along. I periodically looked behind me in
case there was another snake. At one point, I heard something behind me and
saw a chipmunk. Chipmunk came past my feet and stopped halfway between me
and snake (picture h). There was something wrong with this chipmunk -
it didn't have complete command of its legs and its eyes appeared not
to see clearly. It moved right at the snake - see last picture. Chipmunk
continued past snake into vegetation - now that the snake had a fresh trail
to follow, I moved along. Looking back, I think that it is possible that
the snake struck the chipmunk before I came along and was trailing it by
scent. A story of life occurring by tooth and fang and glad the fang
wasn't in me! Nick Bolgiano

 

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Date: 7/19/17 4:06 pm
From: Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Roseate Spoonbill - Camp Hill PA

To add to Joe's post, here is some TV news coverage of the Spoonbill. Watch the video and some of you know Ian Gardner who is interviewed for the TV piece.

http://abc27.com/2017/07/17/birders-enjoy-rare-sighting-on-susquehanna-conodoguinet/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_ABC27_News

Kurt Engstrom


-----Original Message-----
From: Joseph Verica <joeverica...>
To: SCBIRDCL <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 4:58 pm
Subject: Roseate Spoonbill - Camp Hill PA



Not sure how many ppl follow the post on PA Birds, but there have been two (2) Roseate Spoonbills spotted in the state this week. One is in Lancaster Co as posted by Rob Dickerson earlier this week. There is a second bird in Cumberland Co in Camp Hill that has been putting on a good show for the last few days. Its an easy 90 min drive to get there. These are only the 3rd and 4th records for the state, the previous records being in the 1880s and 1968 respectively.


I went down to see the bird this morning and get some really good looks along the creek adj to the township water treatment facility.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38221885


Take care
Joe Verica

--


++++++++++++++++

"If you listen to the thrush and hear a thrush, you've not really heard the thrush. But if you listen to a thrush and hear a miracle, then you've heard the thrush." - Zen Parable



 

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Date: 7/19/17 1:58 pm
From: Joseph Verica <joeverica...>
Subject: Roseate Spoonbill - Camp Hill PA
Not sure how many ppl follow the post on PA Birds, but there have been two
(2) Roseate Spoonbills spotted in the state this week. One is in Lancaster
Co as posted by Rob Dickerson earlier this week. There is a second bird in
Cumberland Co in Camp Hill that has been putting on a good show for the
last few days. Its an easy 90 min drive to get there. These are only the
3rd and 4th records for the state, the previous records being in the 1880s
and 1968 respectively.

I went down to see the bird this morning and get some really good looks
along the creek adj to the township water treatment facility.
<goog_1726809172>
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38221885

Take care
Joe Verica

--
++++++++++++++++

"If you listen to the thrush and hear a thrush, you've not really heard the
thrush. But if you listen to a thrush and hear a miracle, *then* you've
heard the thrush." - Zen Parable

 

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Date: 7/19/17 12:52 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: pictures from Glacier NP
more pictures from Glacier NP, Montana. gray-crowned rosy-finch was a new
bird for us. Nick Bolgiano

 

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Date: 7/19/17 11:38 am
From: Kathleen Domenig <subscriptions...>
Subject: Re: American dipper begging & feeding sequence
Great pictures!

Thanks for sharing them.


Kathleen Domenig
State College, PA



On Jul 18, 2017, at 7:03 PM, Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> wrote:

> The attached pictures give some idea about how incessant a baby dipper can be when begging for food. As soon as food is swallowed, loud screeching and wing-flapping begin - mom or dad can probably hear it under the roaring stream that they just dove into. Parents, be thankful that you have it so easy.
>
> Pictures from Avalanche Creek in Montana's Glacier NP.
>
> Nick Bolgiano
> <W107_dipper, Avalanche Creek_7-08-2017.jpg><W108_dipper, Avalanche Creek_7-08-2017.jpg><W109_dipper, Avalanche Creek_7-08-2017.jpg><W110_dipper, Avalanche Creek_7-08-2017.jpg><W111_dipper, Avalanche Creek_7-08-2017.jpg><W112_dipper, Avalanche Creek_7-08-2017.jpg><W113_dipper, Avalanche Creek_7-08-2017.jpg><W114_dipper, Avalanche Creek_7-08-2017.jpg><W115_dipper, Avalanche Creek_7-08-2017.jpg>
 

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Date: 7/19/17 6:14 am
From: Kelly Johnson <kellyacjohnson...>
Subject: photo matching game sold
Already received two offers! Thanks, folks!

 

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Date: 7/19/17 5:00 am
From: Kelly Johnson <kellyacjohnson...>
Subject: bird photo matching game for sale
​I hope this email is okay and if not, I hope an admin will remove it! ​I
thought some fellow bird lover might like this bird photo matching card
game in excellent condition I am selling for $10. I can meet in/near State
College/ Port Matilda.

Thanks,
Kelly Johnson

 

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Date: 7/19/17 3:21 am
From: Centre Wildlife Care <centrewildlifecare...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
Thank you Bob Cook for catching it!!! It is an adult. And as Bob
indicated it has NO broken bones, but the one wing looks like it had some
trauma and already healing. It's on pain meds now. Since she cannot fly
well, she needs more time to recuperate. She is a feisty old bird and is
not happy with us.a very good sign. :-)



Robyn

*****

Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572, Lemont, PA 16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org <http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/>
814-692-0004

_____

From: State College (PA) Bird Club [mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>] On Behalf
Of Robert Cook
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:47 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond



The injured red-tailed hawk has been captured and transported to Centre
Wildlife Care. While the wing is injured, it does not appear to be broken
or dislocated. It does have a wound on the leading edge of its wing that is
healing.







_____

From: Centre Wildlife Care <centrewildlifecare...>
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond



Yes, that is always an issue. If they can fly, swim or even run fast it is
difficult at best or impossible to catch them.



Robyn



*****

Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572 , Lemont , PA 16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org <http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/>
814-692-0004

_____

From: State College (PA) Bird Club [mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>] On Behalf
Of Nick Bolgiano
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:13 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond



Despite a severely-injured wing, the red-tail was apparently able to fly 40
yd and gain 20 ft in altitude to land in a Norway spruce near the Duck Pond
pond spillway. See attached picture taken about 30 min ago. I found it by
following robin alarm calls. Capturing it is thus not straight-forward while
it retains significant strength.



Nick Bolgiano





On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Centre Wildlife Care
<centrewildlifecare...> wrote:

Volunteer is there now.cannot find the hawk. She can only be there for
another 10 minutes.if you know where it is, please call me.



Robyn



*****

Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572 , Lemont , PA 16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org <http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/>
814-692-0004

_____

From: Nick Bolgiano [mailto:<nickbolgiano...> ]
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:07 AM
To: SCBirds; Robyn Graboski
Subject: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond



An injured adult red-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15 feet up
in a tree along the pond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl" sign at the
east (entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and bone is showing. It
still has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently. Its presumed mate
was close by.



Advice on retrieving?



Nick Bolgiano






 

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Date: 7/18/17 6:47 pm
From: Robert Cook <000015d74f772a5d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
The injured red-tailed hawk has been captured and transported to Centre Wildlife Care.  While the wing is injured, it does not appear to be broken or dislocated. It does have a wound on the leading edge of its wing that is healing.  


From: Centre Wildlife Care <centrewildlifecare...>
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond

#yiv1901772940 #yiv1901772940 -- _filtered #yiv1901772940 {font-family:Tahoma;panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4;}#yiv1901772940 #yiv1901772940 p.yiv1901772940MsoNormal, #yiv1901772940 li.yiv1901772940MsoNormal, #yiv1901772940 div.yiv1901772940MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:12.0pt;}#yiv1901772940 a:link, #yiv1901772940 span.yiv1901772940MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv1901772940 a:visited, #yiv1901772940 span.yiv1901772940MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv1901772940 span.yiv1901772940EmailStyle17 {font-family:Arial;color:navy;} _filtered #yiv1901772940 {margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in;}#yiv1901772940 div.yiv1901772940Section1 {}#yiv1901772940 Yes, that is always an issue.  If they canfly, swim or even run fast it is difficult at best or impossible to catchthem.    Robyn   ***** Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572 , Lemont , PA    16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org
814-692-0004 From: State College(PA) Bird Club [mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>] On Behalf Of Nick Bolgiano
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:13PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailedhawk at Duck Pond   Despite a severely-injured wing, the red-tail was apparently able tofly 40 yd and gain 20 ft in altitude to land in a Norway spruce near the DuckPond pond spillway. See attached picture taken about 30 min ago. I found it byfollowing robin alarm calls. Capturing it is thus not straight-forwardwhile it retains significant strength.   Nick Bolgiano     On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Centre Wildlife Care <centrewildlifecare...>wrote: Volunteer is there now…cannot find the hawk.  She can only bethere for another 10 minutes…if you know where it is, please call me.   Robyn   ***** Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572 , Lemont , PA    16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org
814-692-0004 From: Nick Bolgiano [mailto:<nickbolgiano...> ]
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:07AM
To: SCBirds; Robyn Graboski
Subject: injured red-tailed hawkat Duck Pond   An injured adultred-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15 feet up in a tree along thepond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl" sign at the east(entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and bone is showing. Itstill has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently. Its presumed mate wasclose by.   Advice onretrieving?   Nick Bolgiano  


 

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Date: 7/18/17 4:19 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: recent pictures from Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah
You might enjoy these pictures that I took at the Bear River Migratory Bird
Refuge near Brigham City, Utah (NE of Great Salt Lake) - one of the best
places to see waterbirds in the interior West. Each day, we saw hundreds of
white-faced ibises, coots, Franklin's and California gulls.

 

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Date: 7/18/17 4:04 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: American dipper begging & feeding sequence
The attached pictures give some idea about how incessant a baby dipper can
be when begging for food. As soon as food is swallowed, loud screeching
and wing-flapping begin - mom or dad can probably hear it under the roaring
stream that they just dove into. Parents, be thankful that you have it so
easy.

Pictures from Avalanche Creek in Montana's Glacier NP.

Nick Bolgiano

 

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Date: 7/18/17 1:33 pm
From: Centre Wildlife Care <centrewildlifecare...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
Yes, that is always an issue. If they can fly, swim or even run fast it is
difficult at best or impossible to catch them.



Robyn



*****

Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572, Lemont, PA 16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org <http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/>
814-692-0004

_____

From: State College (PA) Bird Club [mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>] On Behalf
Of Nick Bolgiano
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:13 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond



Despite a severely-injured wing, the red-tail was apparently able to fly 40
yd and gain 20 ft in altitude to land in a Norway spruce near the Duck Pond
pond spillway. See attached picture taken about 30 min ago. I found it by
following robin alarm calls. Capturing it is thus not straight-forward while
it retains significant strength.



Nick Bolgiano





On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Centre Wildlife Care
<centrewildlifecare...> wrote:

Volunteer is there now.cannot find the hawk. She can only be there for
another 10 minutes.if you know where it is, please call me.



Robyn



*****

Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572, Lemont, PA 16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org <http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/>
814-692-0004

_____

From: Nick Bolgiano [mailto:<nickbolgiano...>]
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:07 AM
To: SCBirds; Robyn Graboski
Subject: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond



An injured adult red-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15 feet up
in a tree along the pond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl" sign at the
east (entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and bone is showing. It
still has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently. Its presumed mate
was close by.



Advice on retrieving?



Nick Bolgiano




 

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Date: 7/18/17 1:14 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
Despite a severely-injured wing, the red-tail was apparently able to fly 40
yd and gain 20 ft in altitude to land in a Norway spruce near the Duck Pond
pond spillway. See attached picture taken about 30 min ago. I found it by
following robin alarm calls. Capturing it is thus not straight-forward
while it retains significant strength.

Nick Bolgiano


On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Centre Wildlife Care <
<centrewildlifecare...> wrote:

> Volunteer is there now…cannot find the hawk. She can only be there for
> another 10 minutes…if you know where it is, please call me.
>
>
>
> Robyn
>
>
>
> *****
>
> Robyn Graboski
> Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
> Centre Wildlife Care
> PO Box 572, Lemont, PA 16851
> www.centrewildlifecare.org
> 814-692-0004
> ------------------------------
>
> *From:* Nick Bolgiano [mailto:<nickbolgiano...>]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:07 AM
> *To:* SCBirds; Robyn Graboski
> *Subject:* injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
>
>
>
> An injured adult red-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15 feet
> up in a tree along the pond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl" sign at
> the east (entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and bone is
> showing. It still has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently. Its
> presumed mate was close by.
>
>
>
> Advice on retrieving?
>
>
>
> Nick Bolgiano
>

 

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Date: 7/18/17 9:35 am
From: Centre Wildlife Care <centrewildlifecare...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
Volunteer is there now.cannot find the hawk. She can only be there for
another 10 minutes.if you know where it is, please call me.



Robyn



*****

Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572, Lemont, PA 16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org <http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/>
814-692-0004

_____

From: Nick Bolgiano [mailto:<nickbolgiano...>]
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:07 AM
To: SCBirds; Robyn Graboski
Subject: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond



An injured adult red-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15 feet up
in a tree along the pond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl" sign at the
east (entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and bone is showing. It
still has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently. Its presumed mate
was close by.



Advice on retrieving?



Nick Bolgiano


 

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Date: 7/18/17 7:09 am
From: Centre Wildlife Care <centrewildlifecare...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
Greetings all,



I called the Game Commission.they are not sure if they have anyone to go out
or when. I am working on getting a volunteer to go out, but she is only
available after work today.



Robyn

*****

Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572, Lemont, PA 16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org <http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/>
814-692-0004

_____

From: Nick Bolgiano [mailto:<nickbolgiano...>]
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:07 AM
To: SCBirds; Robyn Graboski
Subject: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond



An injured adult red-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15 feet up
in a tree along the pond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl" sign at the
east (entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and bone is showing. It
still has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently. Its presumed mate
was close by.



Advice on retrieving?



Nick Bolgiano


 

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Date: 7/18/17 7:07 am
From: Dnadeb <dsg4...>
Subject: Fwd: Clarion County Birding and... FISHERS


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Deborah Grove <dsg4...>
> Date: July 18, 2017 at 7:51:15 AM EDT
> To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: Clarion County Birding and... FISHERS
>
> Greg and I left Huntingdon county this past Saturday to do some birding in Clarion co after reading Carole Winslows posts of last week.
> We visited several of the spots she had gone to and were not disappointed. We found the Mourning Warbler, a bird we don't find breeding in Hunt. at SGL 24.
> We did a short playback of chips at one site and got several Common Yellowthroats responding. Their chip is a little sharper and coarser and it looked like there was a family or two. Down the forest road further we played it again. No response until I played the song. Then we got some chips that were a little thinner than the COYE. It was bobbing up and down and Greg finally spotted it about 30 feet back sitting in the crotch of a small tree.
> We had tried to find some in Hunt. during migration in a logged area and heard the two different types of chips but never saw a bird.
> Walking back up through we heard a meow of a Catbird on one side and the mew of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on the other.
>
> We also walked Toms River Rd in Cook SF and found two Winter Wrens, one singing and one that flew across the trail. This is another bird we have searched at the expected sites in Huntingdon county and came up empty this year.
> Other birds of this north woods that we found at several spots were Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Black-throated Blue and Blackburnian Warbler.Hooded Warblers and Black-throated Green were more common. And, I spotted a silent Brown Creeper which is always a nice sighting.
> Before we left the county we found Purple Martins on an Amish farm reported by a couple of the area's birders.
>
> However, the most exciting sighting was seeing two Fisher kits. We had driven to the north edge of Cook SF and headed down a small road that borders the northern edge. We stopped in a wooded/clearing area when I heard some bird songs.
> Not long after we got out of the car, Greg said look! And there up the about 70 yards a fisher kit crossed the road. Seconds later another did. Then shortly after that they crossed back over. Then to top it off they came back out and wrestled and rolled in the road!
>
> Deb
>
> --
> Deborah S. Grove

 

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Date: 7/18/17 6:02 am
From: Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
Call Game Commission. Game Commission North central office phone numbers: (570) 398-4744 Dispatcher will get message to an officer.

Kurt Engstrom

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To: SCBIRDCL <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Tue, Jul 18, 2017 08:58 AM
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="2" color="navy" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy">We can take it if someone can get it to
us. I will also forward this message to the Game Commission. We don’t have
anyone to pick it up at this time.</span></font></p>

<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="2" color="navy" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy"> </span></font></p>

<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="2" color="navy" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy">It can also be dropped off at Animal Medical
Hospital at 1909 North Atherton street, State College.</span></font></p>

<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="2" color="navy" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy"> </span></font></p>

<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="2" color="navy" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy">If you do try to catch it, use heavy
leather gloves or welding gloves, throw a towel/blanket over it and put it in a
carrier or box with a lid.</span></font></p>

<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="2" color="navy" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy"> </span></font></p>

<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="2" color="navy" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy">Thanks all!</span></font></p>

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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="2" color="navy" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy">Robyn</span></font></p>

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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><font size="2" color="navy" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy">Robyn Graboski

Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

Centre Wildlife Care

PO Box 572, Lemont, PA 16851

<a target="_blank" title="blocked::http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/">www.centrewildlifecare.org</a>

<a target="_blank" title="blocked::tel:814-692-0004" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="tel:814-692-0004">814-692-0004</a></span></font></p>






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(PA) Bird Club [<a href="mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>?">mailto:<SCBIRDCL...></a>] <b><span style="font-weight:bold">On Behalf Of </span></b>Cindy Petrick

<b><span style="font-weight:bold">Sent:</span></b> Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:12
AM

<b><span style="font-weight:bold">To:</span></b> <a href="mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>"><SCBIRDCL...></a>

<b><span style="font-weight:bold">Subject:</span></b> Re: injured red-tailed
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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Call Robyn at Centre Wildlife. 814-692-0004. She should be able to
help.</span></font></p>

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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">On Jul 18, 2017 8:06 AM, "Nick Bolgiano" <<a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="mailto:<nickbolgiano...>"><nickbolgiano...></a>> wrote:</span></font></p>

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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">An injured adult red-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15
feet up in a tree along the pond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl"
sign at the east (entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and
bone is showing. It still has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently.
Its presumed mate was close by.</span></font></p>






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<p class="aolmail_MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Advice on retrieving?</span></font></p>






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Date: 7/18/17 5:58 am
From: Centre Wildlife Care <centrewildlifecare...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
We can take it if someone can get it to us. I will also forward this
message to the Game Commission. We don't have anyone to pick it up at this
time.



It can also be dropped off at Animal Medical Hospital at 1909 North Atherton
street, State College.



If you do try to catch it, use heavy leather gloves or welding gloves, throw
a towel/blanket over it and put it in a carrier or box with a lid.



Thanks all!



Robyn

*****

Robyn Graboski
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572, Lemont, PA 16851
www.centrewildlifecare.org <http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/>
814-692-0004

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From: State College (PA) Bird Club [mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>] On Behalf
Of Cindy Petrick
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:12 AM
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond



Call Robyn at Centre Wildlife. 814-692-0004. She should be able to help.

Cindy Petrick



On Jul 18, 2017 8:06 AM, "Nick Bolgiano" <nickbolgiano...> wrote:

An injured adult red-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15 feet up
in a tree along the pond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl" sign at the
east (entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and bone is showing. It
still has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently. Its presumed mate
was close by.



Advice on retrieving?



Nick Bolgiano




 

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Date: 7/18/17 5:22 am
From: Cindy Petrick <cindypetrick15...>
Subject: Re: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
Call Robyn at Centre Wildlife. 814-692-0004. She should be able to help.
Cindy Petrick

On Jul 18, 2017 8:06 AM, "Nick Bolgiano" <nickbolgiano...> wrote:

An injured adult red-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15 feet
up in a tree along the pond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl" sign at
the east (entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and bone is
showing. It still has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently. Its
presumed mate was close by.

Advice on retrieving?

Nick Bolgiano

 

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Date: 7/18/17 5:07 am
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: injured red-tailed hawk at Duck Pond
An injured adult red-tailed hawk is at the Penn State Duck Pond - 15 feet
up in a tree along the pond near the 4th "Do Not Feed Waterfowl" sign at
the east (entrance) end. Its right wing is hanging down and bone is
showing. It still has some vigor, so injury likely happened recently. Its
presumed mate was close by.

Advice on retrieving?

Nick Bolgiano

 

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Date: 7/17/17 6:17 pm
From: STEPHANIE A. SHIELDS <sashields...>
Subject: off topic--bats!
Hello flying mammal lovers

I was pleased to see at least 6 bats working the back yard tonight at
dusk. It has been several years since I've seen *any* bats on the property
(West Branch Road), though I did find a dead one on the driveway a couple
of weeks ago. When we moved in 20 years ago they were here every evening.

Best wishes,

Stephanie




 

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Date: 7/17/17 4:11 am
From: Jon Kauffman <jvk5019...>
Subject: Saturday's Field Trip
Hello all,

This Saturday, 20 participants enjoyed a leisurely day watching
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds from comfortable seating on a wrap around porch
of Coburn residents, John and Jan Reed.

Along with many Ruby-throats visiting feedings we had the opportunity to
observe
Sandy Lockerman and Scott Weidensaul band 81 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
with 4 birds being hatch years. Along with 81 new bands there were 47
recaptures for a total of 128 individuals for the day. Sandy had stated
that there was a good increase in males, indicating migration has begun!
Males tends to leave first.

A big thank to the Reeds, Scott, Sandy and their assistants Shirley
Hamilton, Avery Corondi, Walt Mays, and Gary Lockerman.

Other highlights for the day included singing a Cerulean Warblers and
Northern Parula.

Thank you to all participants that attended this field trip. It was great
to be in good company to start off the migration season.

Be well,
Jon


Turkey Vulture 12
Mourning Dove 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 45 A conservative estimate.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Cerulean Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 8
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 2

 

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Date: 7/15/17 5:47 am
From: Rob Dickerson <rob...>
Subject: Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill reported this morning at Conejohela Flats in Lancaster County. It was still present as of 8 am.

Rob
 

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Date: 7/14/17 2:31 pm
From: Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Baltimore Oriole Nest Needed
Alissa, have you contacted tree trimming companies in the area? Many have the equipment and skill to get those high nests.

Kurt Engstrom

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-----Original Message-----
From: Alissa Pendorf <ajp2487...>
To: SCBIRDCL <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Fri, Jul 14, 2017 05:28 PM
Subject: Baltimore Oriole Nest Needed



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<div class="aolReplacedBody"><div dir="ltr"><div><div><div>Hello everyone,

Thank you for your wonderful responses thus far in helping me to source nests this year. The only one that I am still in need of is the Baltimore Oriole. These birds like to build their nests waaaaay up high where you can't harvest them, so if you happen to know of a "reachable" nest, please let me know! I have both state and federal permits for bird salvage for educational use.

</div>Thank you!
</div>Alissa<br clear="all">
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B.A. Integrative Arts | Arts Entrepreneurship Minor
<span>The Pennsylvania State University | 2016</span></span>
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Date: 7/14/17 2:28 pm
From: Alissa Pendorf <ajp2487...>
Subject: Baltimore Oriole Nest Needed
Hello everyone,

Thank you for your wonderful responses thus far in helping me to source
nests this year. The only one that I am still in need of is the Baltimore
Oriole. These birds like to build their nests waaaaay up high where you
can't harvest them, so if you happen to know of a "reachable" nest, please
let me know! I have both state and federal permits for bird salvage for
educational use.

Thank you!
Alissa

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B.A. Integrative Arts | Arts Entrepreneurship Minor
The Pennsylvania State University | 2016
paperbirdcreative.com | <ajp2487...>
<http://paperbirdcreative.com>

 

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Date: 7/14/17 9:00 am
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: An excellent overnight pelagic opportunity Aug. 19- 20, Lewes, DE
I am shamelessly promoting a great opportunity for seabird watching next month. If you have ever wanted to do a pelagic trip to see ocean birds, cetaceans, and other marine fauna, this is the trip. Professionally run with outstanding guides. I have been on multiple pelagic trips with these folks. I can't say enough good things about them.


I do not benefit financially from promoting this. I do benefit by being on the trip, however.


Also, If a trip is cancelled for bad weather, participants will be informed the day before.


And, FYI, the total solar eclipse is 8/21.


An Aug.13- 14 Cape May, NJ trip is also scheduled.


Wayne Laubscher

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


From Paul Guris ofhttp://paulagics.com :


We are running a trip out of Lewes, DE to the deep (over 6,00') waters beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf. The trip will leave at
10:30 PM and return at approximately 4:30 PM the next day. The cost is $225 per person. We still need about 7 people to get the trip to
sail.

Summer trips in the Mid-Atlantic at this time of year have found FEA'S PETREL (once), HERALD/TRINDADE PETREL (once), BLACK-
CAPPED PETREL (multiple times), BAND-RUMPED and LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS (most trips), WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL
(multiple trips), SOUTH POLAR SKUA (multiple trips), LONG-TAILED JAEGER (multiple trips), SABINE'S GULL (once), BRIDLED TERN
(multiple trips), and more regular species like CORY'S, GREAT, and AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.

Marine mammals are often found including SPERM WHALE, CUVIER'S BEAKED WHALE, TRUE'S BEAKED WHALE, PILOT WHALE,
RISSO'S DOLPHIN, and even STRIPED DOLPHIN.

We will be aboard the approximately 100' long THELMA DALE V. Our plan is to head out to the deep waters beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf in the dark and set out a chum slick. We will spend some time at first light scanning the storm-petrel flock since this has been our best method for finding Band-rumped and Leach's Storm-Petrels. When we feel we've covered the slick well, we'll work other areas until we head for home. We expect to spend most of our offshore time in Maryland waters.

Sleeping conditions are roughly camping style and the choice of sleeping space will be determined by the order people signed up.
People who sign up early get first pick of where they wish to sleep. Sleeping bags and ground pads are the way to go, and people will be sleeping on benches, the cabin floor, and on the upper deck. We limit the number of participants so as not to overcrowd the boat.

See Life Paulagics always provides friendly, helpful, and approachable leaders for all of our trips. We use radios to get the word of any
sightings around the boat quickly. It is important to us to get the participants on the birds and make sure they are comfortable with the
IDs, not just create a good trip list.

Be sure to check out our web site for information on how to sign up, and to review our policies. If you have any questions or need more
information, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone.

Hope to see you aboard!

-Paul A. Guris
http://paulagics.com


 

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Date: 7/13/17 10:33 am
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Re: Clinton County Dicksissels
Yesterday morning, PGC personnel and I placed 6 safety cones in a semicircle around the perimeter of the Dickcissel nest. It was fortuitous that we checked on the nest as it was leaning precipitously and the 2 nestlings were in danger of falling out. The 3rd egg which failed to hatch had fallen out. Information suggests that a visitor had accidentally walked into the nest- the reason obviously to avoid the area. We stabilized the nest and the female returned several times with food.


She was at times being followed/ chased by another female- once up to the nest. Males were still calling in the area.


We strongly urge folks to stay well away from the nest area and don't linger in the parking area- at least on the west side. There is good opportunity to hear & view the Dickcissels down in the lower disturbed area on the west side of the hill past the yellow gate. I understand the Blue Grosbeak was seen in the last couple of days and I saw it on Saturday morning in the treeline to the south.


I wonder if this spot could be the Clinton Co. version of the Patagonia Roadside Rest Stop?


Photos attached.


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

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Date: 7/11/17 2:07 pm
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Fwd: Re: Clinton County Dicksissels

Tomorrow morning the PGC will be placing safety cones around the nest which is at the west/ southwest corner of the parking area. Please avoid this area and don't linger in the parking area.


Thank you,


Wayne


-------- Original Message ----------From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Date: July 11, 2017 at 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: Clinton County Dicksissels


The Clinton Dickcissel nest was previously discovered last week. The PGC is aware of it and is very concerned about undue attention and possible disturbance of the nest site from people getting too close or possibly inadvertently causing damage. A prolonged presence in the parking area, even from just observation, may be disturbing.


Yes, it is in a bad area for people traffic, but we are asking that people avoid the location in an effort to help the birds and minimize disturbance of the nest which is a county first.


It is best that birders should not linger in the parking area. Park on the east side of the lot. Fot access, use the disturbed area below the hillside beyond the gate or the berm area well off the road. You will easily see & hear the Dickcissels from those areas.


Wayne Laubscher
Lock Haven
<wnlaubscher...>


On July 10, 2017 at 7:44 PM PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...> wrote:


For anyone that hasn't been to see them, the Dicksissels continue at the fairgrounds. I observed or heard two males and two females. I believe I also located a Dicksissel nest. I'll attach a photo. I'm surprised it's still there, as it was right on the edge of all the weeds that were trampled by the visitors, this guy included. It is leaning but I think it should be ok. It makes me wonder if reporting rare birds is a good thing. I'm not trying to start a argument or anything, just a thought I had when I saw the nest.


Paul Schwiderske



 

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Date: 7/11/17 12:17 pm
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Re: Clinton County Dicksissels
The Clinton Dickcissel nest was previously discovered last week. The PGC is aware of it and is very concerned about undue attention and possible disturbance of the nest site from people getting too close or possibly inadvertently causing damage. A prolonged presence in the parking area, even from just observation, may be disturbing.


Yes, it is in a bad area for people traffic, but we are asking that people avoid the location in an effort to help the birds and minimize disturbance of the nest which is a county first.


It is best that birders should not linger in the parking area. Park on the east side of the lot. Fot access, use the disturbed area below the hillside beyond the gate or the berm area well off the road. You will easily see & hear the Dickcissels from those areas.


Wayne Laubscher
Lock Haven
<wnlaubscher...>


> On July 10, 2017 at 7:44 PM PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...> wrote:
>
>
> For anyone that hasn't been to see them, the Dicksissels continue at the fairgrounds. I observed or heard two males and two females. I believe I also located a Dicksissel nest. I'll attach a photo. I'm surprised it's still there, as it was right on the edge of all the weeds that were trampled by the visitors, this guy included. It is leaning but I think it should be ok. It makes me wonder if reporting rare birds is a good thing. I'm not trying to start a argument or anything, just a thought I had when I saw the nest.
>
>
> Paul Schwiderske
>

 

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Date: 7/10/17 5:09 pm
From: PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...>
Subject: Re: Clinton County Dicksissels
I never know what to do about reporting nests. Is that just something I should keep to myself? I've seen a lot about not reporting raptor nests.

> On July 10, 2017 at 8:02 PM Carl Engstrom <carlengstrom...> wrote:
>
> I was up at the location a few days ago (about 3) to look for the reported Blue Grosbeak there without any luck. I too found the nest but at that time it only had 3 eggs in it. So it seems despite the human activity in the area, at least some of the eggs have hatched.
>
> Carl
>
> On Jul 10, 2017, at 7:46 PM, PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...> mailto:<pds114...> > wrote:
>
>
> > >
> > And I misspelled Dickcissel. I knew I should of checked that. Haha.
> >
> > > > > On July 10, 2017 at 7:44 PM PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...> mailto:<pds114...> > wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > For anyone that hasn't been to see them, the Dicksissels continue at the fairgrounds. I observed or heard two males and two females. I believe I also located a Dicksissel nest. I'll attach a photo. I'm surprised it's still there, as it was right on the edge of all the weeds that were trampled by the visitors, this guy included. It is leaning but I think it should be ok. It makes me wonder if reporting rare birds is a good thing. I'm not trying to start a argument or anything, just a thought I had when I saw the nest.
> > >
> > >
> > > Paul Schwiderske
> > >
> > > > >
> > >

 

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Date: 7/10/17 5:02 pm
From: Carl Engstrom <000021e74a5688a6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Clinton County Dicksissels
I was up at the location a few days ago (about 3) to look for the reported Blue Grosbeak there without any luck. I too found the nest but at that time it only had 3 eggs in it. So it seems despite the human activity in the area, at least some of the eggs have hatched.

Carl

> On Jul 10, 2017, at 7:46 PM, PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...> wrote:
>
> And I misspelled Dickcissel. I knew I should of checked that. Haha.
>
>> On July 10, 2017 at 7:44 PM PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...> wrote:
>>
>> For anyone that hasn't been to see them, the Dicksissels continue at the fairgrounds. I observed or heard two males and two females. I believe I also located a Dicksissel nest. I'll attach a photo. I'm surprised it's still there, as it was right on the edge of all the weeds that were trampled by the visitors, this guy included. It is leaning but I think it should be ok. It makes me wonder if reporting rare birds is a good thing. I'm not trying to start a argument or anything, just a thought I had when I saw the nest.
>>
>>
>>
>> Paul Schwiderske

 

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Date: 7/10/17 4:47 pm
From: PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...>
Subject: Re: Clinton County Dicksissels
And I misspelled Dickcissel. I knew I should of checked that. Haha.

> On July 10, 2017 at 7:44 PM PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...> wrote:
>
>
> For anyone that hasn't been to see them, the Dicksissels continue at the fairgrounds. I observed or heard two males and two females. I believe I also located a Dicksissel nest. I'll attach a photo. I'm surprised it's still there, as it was right on the edge of all the weeds that were trampled by the visitors, this guy included. It is leaning but I think it should be ok. It makes me wonder if reporting rare birds is a good thing. I'm not trying to start a argument or anything, just a thought I had when I saw the nest.
>
>
> Paul Schwiderske
>

 

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Date: 7/10/17 4:45 pm
From: PAUL SCHWIDERSKE <pds114...>
Subject: Clinton County Dicksissels
For anyone that hasn't been to see them, the Dicksissels continue at the fairgrounds. I observed or heard two males and two females. I believe I also located a Dicksissel nest. I'll attach a photo. I'm surprised it's still there, as it was right on the edge of all the weeds that were trampled by the visitors, this guy included. It is leaning but I think it should be ok. It makes me wonder if reporting rare birds is a good thing. I'm not trying to start a argument or anything, just a thought I had when I saw the nest.


Paul Schwiderske

 

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Date: 7/8/17 4:39 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: New photos: Dickcissels in Clinton County and selected favorites from recent birding outings.
Hello All,

I hope the summer is going well for everyone. A little too much rain for
my comfort I think, but we have no control over that. Nor do we know when
a rare bird will arrive.

I've created a short gallery of Dickcissel photos (Clinton County birds),
and included some photos of the pair of Great Crested Flycatchers that have
nested and now are feeding young in my aging and decaying gray birch, plus
some selected images of birds from my last couple of outings.

http://www.pbase.com/bobsnyderphotography/dickcissels_in_pa

Enjoy, and Good Birding,

Bob Snyder

--
Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.
Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Date: 7/6/17 6:20 am
From: Jon Kauffman <jvk5019...>
Subject: Upcoming Field Trip - Saturday, July 15th
Saturday, July 15, 2017 (9:30am-11:30am and 1pm-3pm)
Hummingbird Migration and Banding at the Reed Residence, Coburn, Pa

Please join Jon Kauffman as we visit the homestead of Jan and John Reed of
Coburn, Pa to learn about Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration. With the
fall season quickly approaching the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds,
Pennsylvania’s only nesting hummingbird, are beginning the journey south.
The Reed residence will provide photogenic opportunities for feeding
Ruby-throats as well as the opportunity to observe and learn about
hummingbird banding with fellow naturalist and bird bander, Sandy Lockerman
of Harrisburg,Pa. Sandy will provide on-site demonstrations in how bands
are placed on the hummingbirds as well as collecting wing length, tail
length, weight, beak length, and fat content.

Due to limited parking, field trip participants are asked to choose an AM
visit or PM visit. (See times above). With this in mind carpooling is
highly recommended. If interest in attending, please reply to Jon directly
by Thursday, July 13th with your preferred time slot. A follow-up email
with details and directions will be provided.

Field Trip Leader: Jon Kauffman (<jvk5019...>)

 

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Date: 7/5/17 4:17 pm
From: Nancy Butkovich <njbutkovich...>
Subject: Merlin?
If you happen to be going through the Park Ave. intersection at Beaver Stadium, keep an eye out for a bird that strongly resembles a Merlin.

I was sitting at the light this morning and noticed a grayish bird about the size of a pigeon land on top of a power pole. It had multiple light and dark bands on the underside of the tail, which wasn't shaped like a dove. As it perched on top of the pole, it had a very upright stance like a raptor. The face didn't have "sideburns" like a kestrel or a peregrine.

I didn't put it in ebird. I know Merlins are very, very, very... very rare here in the summer, and since I don't have any documentation...

Nan

 

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Date: 7/5/17 3:15 pm
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: Re: Whip-poor-will surveys in Rothrock SF

Diane Bierley, Deb Grove, and I completed our 3 Nightjar routes in Rothrock SF for the 8th year.

30 count points. We totaled 54 Whip-poor-wiils, down from last year's record count of 61 but above the 8-year average of 45.

Most stops are in Huntingdon Co, a few in Mifflin and Centre.

Greg Grove


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


 

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Date: 7/3/17 8:49 pm
From: Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...>
Subject: out of the area birding

I spent the afternoon smallmouth bass fishing on the Susquehanna River today. Take out point was a private campground at the junction of the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers. At 8:30 pm, our boats were anchored just below the Clark's Ferry Bridge and heard Peregrine Falcons screeching. Looked slightly down river and saw one Peregrine Falcon with a bird in its talons being chased by 3 more falcons. All four Peregrines then flew under the Clark's Ferry Bridge and roosted on an abutment exactly at the split for the exit off the bridge. About 15 minutes later, I saw 2 Peregrines flying over and around the street lights for the bridge.

I reported to eBird knowing full well it will be flagged as a high count. I hope it is accepted.

Kurt Engstrom

 

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Date: 7/3/17 9:51 am
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: eBird -- 576 Fairground Rd, Lamar US-PA (41.0614,-77.4471) -- Jul 3, 2017
I visited the Dickcissel Area this morning, hoping to retrieve my lost lens cap (10 bucks!) and hoping for more photos of singing Dickcissels. Success on both endeavors!

Heard or saw 5 males, and 2 females.
Got some short video clips of singing males and one clip of M&F perched on a shrub.

Another rewarding time Birding.
Images coming soon.

Bob Snyder





576 Fairground Rd, Lamar US-PA (41.0614,-77.4471)
Jul 3, 2017
9:45 AM
Traveling
0.50 miles
104 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Location is SE of Clinton Co. Fairground, in a man-made meadow just below a an artificial hill with gravel parking lot. Came to see Rare Dickcissels that came into the area last week.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.2 Build 140

1 Turkey Vulture
3 Red-tailed Hawk -- Heard cries of two young birds coming from different direction plus on adult observed
2 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
6 Tree Swallow
5 Barn Swallow
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Carolina Wren
1 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
4 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
12 Song Sparrow
5 Indigo Bunting -- Heard singing it observed
7 Dickcissel -- 5 males heard or seen singing, 2 female observed. I have photos of both male and female birds and 3 short videos of makes singing. Life bird for me. First seen at this location on 7/1/17.
12 Red-winged Blackbird
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 17


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/3/17 5:45 am
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Indigo Bunting from Dickcissel site
The Dickcissels were a life bird for me, but as Wayne Laubscher had
mentioned: I think the Indigo Bunting was more photogenic, among the
various flowers.

And the Chipping Sparrow wasn't too shabby either in the meadow environment.

Bob Snyder

--
Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.
Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Date: 7/2/17 2:44 pm
From: Roana Fuller <roanafuller1956...>
Subject: Red-headed woodpecker
Hi

This morning I saw a Red-headed woodpecker on Plainfield drive. First time ever seen one there

Ro

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/2/17 1:31 pm
From: Mary MGuire <maryshaymcguire...>
Subject: robin /wren ?
A robin built a nest in my daughter's carport and laid eggs. Along came a
wren and threw the eggs to the ground. The robin persisted and kept the
nest and had baby robins. In the meantime, the wren built a nest less the a
foot from the robin's nest--literally inches near. Is this
unusual--building a nest so close and apparently living peacefully after
the first attacks?
Thanks, Mary McG.

 

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Date: 7/1/17 12:04 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Dickcissel
Hello All,
Since I sent two copies of the same pose, here is a more robust singing pose!
Bob Snyder





Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/1/17 10:21 am
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Dickcissels
Stopped to see the Dickcissels: photographed 3 males and heard and saw 4-5 males.
2 low res images transferred from my camera to the phone.
I just got back to the car as the shower hit.

Bob









Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/28/17 11:25 pm
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Re: Dickcissels - across from Clinton County Fairgrounds entrance

Yesterday morning I found one male and one female Dickcissel at the location. I did not hear any singing but the female occasionally perched in shrubs and a small tree and was making chip notes.


Tom Shervinskie reported to me that he saw 2 males & one female there last evening.


A few photos are attached. The most photogenic bird I think, however, was the bunting on the sumac.


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

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Date: 6/27/17 1:37 pm
From: Julia Plummer <julia...>
Subject: Re: Dickcissels - across frm Clinton County Fairgrounds entrance
I just heard and saw two of the males. Great find, Brian! Thanks for the update, Wayne!

Julia

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 27, 2017, at 12:49 PM, Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...> wrote:
>
> I saw and heard at least 6 birds- 4 males & 2 females. They are being heard first and usually perching on mullein or shrubs. Some photos attached.
>
> Wayne Laubscher
> Lock Haven
> <wnlaubscher...>
> "Owl be back"
>
>
>> On June 27, 2017 at 11:37 AM Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> just got a call from Wayne Laubscher, he was at this location now and
>> has at least 3 males and 2 females, got great pics too.
>>
>> he wanted to have me send out this update to everyone
>>
>> chad kauffman, mifflintown, pa
>>
>>
>>> On 6/27/2017 8:37 AM, Brian Schmoke wrote:
>>> Had a pair of male Dickcissels singing and showing very well last evening.
>>> Southeast side of Fairground road across from the entrance to the Clinton
>>> county fairgrounds. There is a gravel parking lot there to park in and both
>>> birds were within 50 yards of that parking lot.
>>>
>>> Parking lot coordinates: N41.06211, W77.44827
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Brian Schmoke - Howard, PA
>>
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Date: 6/27/17 9:51 am
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Dickcissels - across frm Clinton County Fairgrounds entrance
I saw and heard at least 6 birds- 4 males & 2 females. They are being heard first and usually perching on mullein or shrubs. Some photos attached.

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


> On June 27, 2017 at 11:37 AM Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> wrote:
>
>
> just got a call from Wayne Laubscher, he was at this location now and
> has at least 3 males and 2 females, got great pics too.
>
> he wanted to have me send out this update to everyone
>
> chad kauffman, mifflintown, pa
>
>
> On 6/27/2017 8:37 AM, Brian Schmoke wrote:
> > Had a pair of male Dickcissels singing and showing very well last evening.
> > Southeast side of Fairground road across from the entrance to the Clinton
> > county fairgrounds. There is a gravel parking lot there to park in and both
> > birds were within 50 yards of that parking lot.
> >
> > Parking lot coordinates: N41.06211, W77.44827
> >
> >
> >
> > Brian Schmoke - Howard, PA
> >
> >
> >
>
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Date: 6/27/17 7:38 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Fwd: [PABIRDS] Dickcissels - Clinton County
That is 33 miles from Old Main on University Park.

Bob Fowles

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Brian Schmoke <bjs5067...>
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Dickcissels - Clinton County
> Date: June 27, 2017 at 8:37:56 AM EDT
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Reply-To: Brian Schmoke <bjs5067...>
>
> Had a pair of male Dickcissels singing and showing very well last evening.
> Southeast side of Fairground road across from the entrance to the Clinton
> county fairgrounds. There is a gravel parking lot there to park in and both
> birds were within 50 yards of that parking lot.
>
> Parking lot coordinates: N41.06211, W77.44827
>
> Brian Schmoke - Howard, PA

 

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Date: 6/27/17 7:22 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Bird Club Webpage addition for eBird reports
If you click on "Current bird sightings and how to report them” in the main menu at http://www.scbirdcl.org, you will see a new list of links:

Recent eBird reports in Centre County
Recent eBird reports in Mifflin County
Recent eBird reports in Huntingdon County
Recent eBird reports in Clearfield County
Recent eBird reports in Clinton County
Recent eBird reports in Cambria County
Recent eBird reports in Blair County
Recent eBird reports in Union County
Recent eBird reports in PA

Each county link will display recent eBird reports for that county. Those counties are all adjacent to Centre County.
You can view eBird postings for any listed region by going to ebird.org, clicking on Explore Data, then clicking on Explore Region, and then entering the name of a county, state, province, or country. You can also see reports from “hotspots” by selecting “Explore Hotspots” at http://ebird.org/ebird/explore and then zooming in to selected areas. The displayed species list can be ordered taxonomically by clicking on the column heading “species”.

Bob Fowles
 

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