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2/22/18 12:15 pm Donald A Bryant <dab14...> Ravens on Bald Eagle Mountain
2/22/18 11:50 am Karl Striedieck <karls...> Re: Various observations
2/22/18 11:13 am Karl Striedieck <karls...> Re: Various observations
2/22/18 8:55 am Robert Snyder <rhs2...> Re: Ticks and American Woodcocks
2/22/18 8:47 am Robert Snyder <rhs2...> Re: Various observations
2/22/18 8:44 am Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> NY Times: Are Florida flamingos native?
2/22/18 6:02 am E-mail <wnlaubscher...> Re: Sinepuxent the Snowstorm Snowy Owl Union Co. 2/20
2/22/18 5:46 am Bob Fowles <rbf...> Re: Various observations
2/21/18 7:24 pm Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...> Re: Various observations
2/21/18 7:01 pm Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> Tussey Mt hawk watch update
2/21/18 6:39 pm Julia Plummer <julia...> Re: Various observations
2/21/18 6:31 pm Joe Gyekis <j99...> Various observations
2/21/18 6:31 pm Julia Plummer <julia...> Ticks and American Woodcocks
2/21/18 5:02 pm Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> Fwd: [PABIRDS] Tussey Mountain (21 Feb 2018) 37 Raptors
2/21/18 12:06 pm E-mail <wnlaubscher...> Sinepuxent the Snowstorm Snowy Owl Union Co. 2/20
2/20/18 2:23 pm Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> Fwd: [PABIRDS] Tussey Mountain (20 Feb 2018) 10 Raptors
2/20/18 6:43 am Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...> Fwd: [PABIRDS] Ruffed Grouse and West Nile Virus webinar
2/19/18 8:23 am Bob Fowles <rbf...> Bald Eagle at Lake Perez
2/18/18 4:37 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> Big Backyard Bird Count images
2/18/18 2:28 pm Donald A Bryant <dab14...> MT raptors
2/18/18 7:18 am Ron Rovansek <rrovansek...> Re: unknown owl sighting UPDATE
2/17/18 4:19 pm JENNIFER ALAINE LEE <jal21...> Re: unknown owl sighting UPDATE
2/17/18 2:30 pm Robyn Graboski <centrewildlifecare...> Loon
2/17/18 3:56 am Bob Fowles <rbf...> Great Backyard Bird Count February 16-19, 2018
2/16/18 5:30 am Jen Lee <jal21...> unknown owl sighting
2/15/18 6:58 pm Mary MGuire <maryshaymcguire...> snow geese
2/15/18 2:19 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Marina -- Feb 15, 2018
2/15/18 1:41 pm Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> Penns Valley WRS results
2/13/18 7:58 am Joe Gyekis <j99...> February 28th Meeting: "Birds and invasive shrubs in eastern forests"
2/12/18 1:17 pm <chqxz-6413204784...> <bluebird6771...> Any Ideas on This Behavior?
2/11/18 10:46 am Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> Data correction for PABE CBC results 1.1.18
2/10/18 4:19 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> Horned Larks photographed at the Horticulture Farm on 2/8/18
2/10/18 4:45 am JAMES WILLIAM DUNN <jwd6...> Fwd: Christmas Bird count
2/9/18 5:38 pm Bob Fowles <rbf...> Re: Addition to the State College Bird Club website
2/9/18 5:31 pm E-mail <wnlaubscher...> Injured Peregrine Falcon Clinton County 2/8
2/9/18 6:55 am Bob Fowles <rbf...> Addition to the State College Bird Club website
2/8/18 5:09 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> Horned Larks
2/8/18 2:06 pm Donald A Bryant <dab14...> Hummingbird flight
2/7/18 8:23 am Gregory William Grove <gwg2...> Margaret Kenepp
2/6/18 10:21 am Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> NY Times article on Australian kites spreading fire
2/5/18 7:17 am Karl Striedieck <karls...> Eagle
2/4/18 1:12 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> Images of Summer
2/4/18 9:23 am Paul Brigman <paulbrigman...> Re: Red-necked grebe
2/3/18 2:44 pm Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...> Re: Not a bird picture, but I think a bird was here!
2/3/18 2:39 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run -- Feb 3, 2018
2/3/18 1:01 pm Julia Plummer <julia...> Red-necked grebe
2/3/18 12:11 pm John & Linda <000018cb215f4167-dmarc-request...> Hide and Seek
2/3/18 10:21 am Andy Bater <switchgrassfarmer...> Not a bird picture, but I think a bird was here!
2/3/18 6:59 am Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> Pine Siskins return
2/2/18 5:26 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> Results of the Jan 1, 2018 BESP CBC (118)
2/2/18 9:45 am Denyce Matlin <drc109...> Re: Suet feeders this winter
2/2/18 9:08 am Ann Wilken <abwilken...> Suet feeders this winter
2/1/18 3:03 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> Fwd: eBird Report - Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run, Feb 1, 2018
1/31/18 5:18 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> American Tree Sparrow portrait near Sayer's Dam Wetland on the spillway.
1/31/18 10:23 am Donald A Bryant <dab14...> MT Raptors: Harlan's and Rough-legged hawk
1/30/18 3:10 pm NANCY ELLEN KIERNAN <nekiernan...> N Huntingdon WRS
1/30/18 2:55 pm Joseph Verica <joeverica...> Possible Peregrine downtown
1/30/18 12:21 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Foster Joseph Sayers Dam -- Jan 30, 2018
1/30/18 10:54 am Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> eBird -- Curtin Wetland -- Jan 30, 2018
1/30/18 5:34 am Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> eBird -- 158 Black Street (my house) -- Jan 30, 2018
1/28/18 5:04 pm Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> Some birds seen today at Bald Eagle State Park
1/28/18 10:50 am Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Foster Joseph Sayers Dam -- Jan 28, 2018
1/28/18 8:18 am Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...> eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run -- Jan 28, 2018
1/28/18 7:55 am Alan MacEachren <maceachren...> Gray Catbird at Yoder Preserve
1/27/18 4:51 pm Don Kiel <00000ff91fe3ef40-dmarc-request...> Request for bird photos in the Spring Creek Watershed
1/26/18 3:37 pm Ron Crandall <robberfly12...> Greater White-fronted Goose Photos
1/26/18 10:33 am Joe Gyekis <j99...> Collecting info on bird strikes on campus
1/26/18 8:56 am Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...> Re: birdclub mail
1/26/18 6:27 am Bob Fowles <rbf...> Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
1/26/18 5:25 am Diane K. Bierly <dkb246...> Owl trip report
1/26/18 5:22 am Diane K. Bierly <dkb246...> Re: birdclub mail
1/25/18 6:29 pm Alissa Pendorf <ajp2487...> RWBB and Grebe / Coot specimens needed
1/25/18 6:20 pm Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...> Re: birdclub mail
1/25/18 6:08 pm Carla Hass <calisto...> Re: birdclub mail
1/25/18 3:04 pm Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...> birdclub mail
1/25/18 2:39 pm Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...> Re: Cooper's Hawk
1/25/18 12:45 pm Debra Rittelmann <dlrittelmann...> Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
1/25/18 12:39 pm Julia Plummer <julia...> Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
1/25/18 12:39 pm Michael P. Johnson <mpj...> Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
1/25/18 12:37 pm Debra Grim <dsgrim02...> Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
1/25/18 12:21 pm Joe Gyekis <j99...> How to get off the email list
1/25/18 11:42 am Lorrie Miller <lmiller...> Email Change
1/25/18 11:05 am Craig&Jean Miller <csjhmiller...> Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
1/25/18 11:04 am Lora Hunt <carmelhunt32...> List
1/25/18 8:17 am Richard Garland <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...> Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
1/25/18 6:35 am Debra Grim <dsgrim02...> Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
1/25/18 6:31 am Laura Jackson <mljackson2...> Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
1/25/18 6:05 am Debra Grim <dsgrim02...> Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
1/25/18 5:33 am Jon Kauffman <jvk5019...> Field Trip Reminder
1/25/18 2:56 am Susan Braun <braun3112...> Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
1/24/18 5:10 am Diane K. Bierly <dkb246...> Pine Grove Mills area WRS
1/23/18 5:24 pm Doug Wentzel <djw105...> Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
1/23/18 1:22 pm Margaret Brittingham <mxb21...> Paper on SNOW
1/23/18 11:52 am Richard Garland <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...> Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
1/23/18 5:04 am Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...> Greater White-fronted Geese
1/23/18 4:59 am Joe Gyekis <j99...> Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
 
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Date: 2/22/18 12:15 pm
From: Donald A Bryant <dab14...>
Subject: Ravens on Bald Eagle Mountain
Karl,

I am replying to your message via the bird club list serve because EarthLink is blocking service to your provider—or something like that. Anyway, my response to you bounced.

For what it’s worth, about 15 years ago a pair of ravens nested in a pine tree on my property on Neayuka near the orchard on top of Skytop about 3 miles down-ridge from your place… They fledged three young. What a lot of noise those birds make! Anyway, I watched them teaching the youngsters to fly—and to play. The adults would demonstrate barrel rolls, etc. while the young sat perched together and watched, and then the adults would make them try it while they observed and participated. They even taught them to drop objects and go catch them… I think this must be practice for catching prey that they cause red-tails and other raptors/birds to drop when they harass them in the air. We all know they are quite adept at this game.

d

Donald A Bryant, aka Bon Vivant
Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
403C Althouse Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

http://bmb.psu.edu/directory/dab14

Phone: 814-865-1992
Fax: 814-863-7024
e-mail: <dab14...> <mailto:<dab14...>

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Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

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“Messieurs, c’est les microbes qui auront le dernier mot…"
“Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word...”
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Date: 2/22/18 11:50 am
From: Karl Striedieck <karls...>
Subject: Re: Various observations
In the 80's there was a raven's nest in a pine stand on Bald Eagle
Ridge about two miles southwest of Skytop. I took to feeding them via
a "raven feeder" in the form of a "serving dish" on top of a fence
pole visible from the house. Daily I put day old, reject chicken from
the super market on the pole, and like clockwork on early mornings in
April they hauled it to that nest. But one year they hauled it a
different direction and having no idea where that was I outwitted them
(tough to do with ravens!!). I installed a small falconry telemetry
transmitter in the chicken and watched them fly away with that too. A
short flight with the Cessna showed it to be near 322 at Skytop. A
ground sortie lead to the nest in a tall white pine. And the good news
was that the birds left the transmitter ($125) on a stump right at the
foot of that tree!

On 2/22/18, Karl <karls...> wrote:
> Joe, I forgot to relate another raven's nest story. I'll post that now.
>
> Karl
>
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Joe Gyekis" <j99...>
> Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:19 PM
> To: <karls...>
> Subject: Re: Various observations
>
>> Thanks Karl, that's all very interesting.
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Karl Striedieck" <karls...>
>> To: "State College Bird Club" <SCBIRDCL...>
>> Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:13:13 PM
>> Subject: Re: Various observations
>>
>> The stadium nest has been under the upper exterior walkway the last
>> few years. Prior to the installation of the bird exclusion netting the
>> nest was under the southwest upper deck.
>>
>> For the last five or so years there was been another nest under the
>> deck of the high I-99 overpass between Matternville school and Grays
>> Woods.
>>
>> Another raven's nest has be in the Penn DOT salt storage shed east of
>> Port Matilda.
>>
>> Another site prior to 2000 was under the 322 bridge spanning Bald
>> Eagle Creek at the foot if Sky Top. Maybe they moved to the nearby
>> salt shack?
>>
>> Karl Striedieckl
>>
>> On 2/22/18, Robert Snyder <rhs2...> wrote:
>>> I've seen them at the Stadium several times since 2006: carrying nesting
>>> material. Parents feeding young birds also may be found around the Ag
>>> Arena
>>> (Snider building) after fledging.
>>>
>>> Bob Snyder
>>>
>>> Robert Snyder
>>> Research Technologist III
>>> Penn State University
>>> Dept of Plant Science
>>> Rm 219 Tyson Bldg
>>> University Park, PA 16802
>>> Office: 814-863-6168
>>> Cell: 814-753-2629-
>>> Fax: 814-863-6139
>>> <rhs2...>
>>>
>>> "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
>>> Teddy Roosevelt
>>>
>>>
>>> From: "Bob Fowles" <rbf...>
>>> To: "StateCollegeBirdClub" <SCBIRDCL...>
>>> Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:46:18 AM
>>> Subject: Re: Various observations
>>>
>>> They have been reported on the listserv since at least 1999. On
>>> 4/30/2013,
>>> Margaret Brittingham posted the message:
>>> " The ravens have chosen the sky box for a place to nest. Three large
>>> young
>>> in the nest. Mom (or Dad) were perched on beam above the nest and
>>> calling
>>> loudly. “
>>> and included a picture of them.
>>>
>>> Bob
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Feb 21, 2018, at 9:31 PM, Joe Gyekis < [ mailto:<j99...> |
>>> <j99...>
>>> ] > wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi Folks,
>>>
>>> Some highlights from the past week include some interesting behaviors:
>>>
>>>
>>> * A raven was seen carrying a stick toward the stadium. Does anybody
>>> know where the nest was back when it was photographed?
>>>
>>>
>>> ...
>>>
>>>
>>>
>
 

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Date: 2/22/18 11:13 am
From: Karl Striedieck <karls...>
Subject: Re: Various observations
The stadium nest has been under the upper exterior walkway the last
few years. Prior to the installation of the bird exclusion netting the
nest was under the southwest upper deck.

For the last five or so years there was been another nest under the
deck of the high I-99 overpass between Matternville school and Grays
Woods.

Another raven's nest has be in the Penn DOT salt storage shed east of
Port Matilda.

Another site prior to 2000 was under the 322 bridge spanning Bald
Eagle Creek at the foot if Sky Top. Maybe they moved to the nearby
salt shack?

Karl Striedieckl

On 2/22/18, Robert Snyder <rhs2...> wrote:
> I've seen them at the Stadium several times since 2006: carrying nesting
> material. Parents feeding young birds also may be found around the Ag Arena
> (Snider building) after fledging.
>
> Bob Snyder
>
> Robert Snyder
> Research Technologist III
> Penn State University
> Dept of Plant Science
> Rm 219 Tyson Bldg
> University Park, PA 16802
> Office: 814-863-6168
> Cell: 814-753-2629-
> Fax: 814-863-6139
> <rhs2...>
>
> "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
> Teddy Roosevelt
>
>
> From: "Bob Fowles" <rbf...>
> To: "StateCollegeBirdClub" <SCBIRDCL...>
> Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:46:18 AM
> Subject: Re: Various observations
>
> They have been reported on the listserv since at least 1999. On 4/30/2013,
> Margaret Brittingham posted the message:
> " The ravens have chosen the sky box for a place to nest. Three large young
> in the nest. Mom (or Dad) were perched on beam above the nest and calling
> loudly. “
> and included a picture of them.
>
> Bob
>
>
>
>
> On Feb 21, 2018, at 9:31 PM, Joe Gyekis < [ mailto:<j99...> | <j99...>
> ] > wrote:
>
> Hi Folks,
>
> Some highlights from the past week include some interesting behaviors:
>
>
> * A raven was seen carrying a stick toward the stadium. Does anybody
> know where the nest was back when it was photographed?
>
>
> ...
>
>
>
 

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Date: 2/22/18 8:55 am
From: Robert Snyder <rhs2...>
Subject: Re: Ticks and American Woodcocks
Good notice about ticks Julia (and All). I recommend long pants and maybe gaiters to keep the nasty things from crawling up pants legs. I also recommend spraying clothing with the tick repellant/insecticide (brand name) REPEL. works great but not for skin.

DEET is good insurance agains mosquitoes but does not repel ticks.



Bob Snyder

Robert Snyder
Research Technologist III
Penn State University
Dept of Plant Science
Rm 219 Tyson Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Office: 814-863-6168
Cell: 814-753-2629-
Fax: 814-863-6139
<rhs2...>

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Teddy Roosevelt


From: "Julia Plummer" <julia...>
To: "StateCollegeBirdClub" <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 9:30:55 PM
Subject: Ticks and American Woodcocks

The unseasonable warm weather has brought on the display of American Woodcocks and woken up the ticks.
I went out to see if the woodocks would be displaying in Scotia Barrens this evening, after seeing some reports on eBird that woodcocks had been heard peenting around State College. I walked ~.5 miles in past the closed gate on Scotia Range Rd. Just past the research shed, at 6:06PM, I heard the first one peenting. Two more joined it. I got some really good looks at them as the one closest to me did some very close fly-bys of me down the road during its displays. I also heard one an interesting call as it flew by one of the other displaying males. You can hear it 53 seconds in on the recording I uploaded to eBird:
[ https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43077848 | https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43077848 ]

Then, when I got home, I discovered my first tick of the season crawling on my hand (probably from the 10 acre pond). It is time to start watching for those as well.

Julia


 

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Date: 2/22/18 8:47 am
From: Robert Snyder <rhs2...>
Subject: Re: Various observations
I've seen them at the Stadium several times since 2006: carrying nesting material. Parents feeding young birds also may be found around the Ag Arena (Snider building) after fledging.

Bob Snyder

Robert Snyder
Research Technologist III
Penn State University
Dept of Plant Science
Rm 219 Tyson Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Office: 814-863-6168
Cell: 814-753-2629-
Fax: 814-863-6139
<rhs2...>

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Teddy Roosevelt


From: "Bob Fowles" <rbf...>
To: "StateCollegeBirdClub" <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:46:18 AM
Subject: Re: Various observations

They have been reported on the listserv since at least 1999. On 4/30/2013, Margaret Brittingham posted the message:
" The ravens have chosen the sky box for a place to nest. Three large young in the nest. Mom (or Dad) were perched on beam above the nest and calling loudly. “
and included a picture of them.

Bob




On Feb 21, 2018, at 9:31 PM, Joe Gyekis < [ mailto:<j99...> | <j99...> ] > wrote:

Hi Folks,

Some highlights from the past week include some interesting behaviors:


* A raven was seen carrying a stick toward the stadium. Does anybody know where the nest was back when it was photographed?


...



 

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Date: 2/22/18 8:44 am
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: NY Times: Are Florida flamingos native?
Interesting detective story:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/science/flamingos-florida.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

 

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Date: 2/22/18 6:02 am
From: E-mail <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Re: Sinepuxent the Snowstorm Snowy Owl Union Co. 2/20

Sinepuxent the Snowy headed southeast again and was in Berks Co. yesterday!


Wayne Laubscher

Lock Haven

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

“Owl be back”
 

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Date: 2/22/18 5:46 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Re: Various observations
They have been reported on the listserv since at least 1999. On 4/30/2013, Margaret Brittingham posted the message:
"The ravens have chosen the sky box for a place to nest. Three large young in the nest. Mom (or Dad) were perched on beam above the nest and calling loudly. “
and included a picture of them.

Bob

> On Feb 21, 2018, at 9:31 PM, Joe Gyekis <j99...> wrote:
>
> Hi Folks,
>
> Some highlights from the past week include some interesting behaviors:
> A raven was seen carrying a stick toward the stadium. Does anybody know where the nest was back when it was photographed?
...


 

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Date: 2/21/18 7:24 pm
From: Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Various observations

Back on Feb. 10, Carl, Julia, and I were at the Gray-crowned Rosy Finch stake out in Meadville. There was a Hairy Woodpecker coming into a suet feeder with light brown feathers in the wing. It was the first time any of us had seen that color variation.

Kurt Engstrom



-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
To: SCBIRDCL <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 9:31 pm
Subject: Various observations



Hi Folks,



Some highlights from the past week include some interesting behaviors:


A raven was seen carrying a stick toward the stadium. Does anybody know where the nest was back when it was photographed?

A fish crow was seen presenting a stick to a conspecific here in the College Heights neighborhood. Later, a pair of fish crows in the same tree were joined by another pair, and they chased each other around making noises that were weird even for a fish crow.

A few common grackles were seen flying inside a big flock of fish crows, and stuck with them as part of the group. I can't remember ever seeing a non-crow fly with crows before.

A blue jay keeps coming to a bush in my back yard and repeatedly running circular laps through the twiggy center of the shrub. Not chasing another bird, just going as fast as it can around and around the bush in exactly the same track (seen this done on three separate occasions spaced over several weeks). Why would it do this? Has anyone seen something similar?


One interesting plumage aberration:


There's a female hairy woodpecker that has been hanging out in the woods below the arboretum's botanic gardens (along the path through the forest that connects the west end of the summer milkweed plantation to Sunset Park) that has pale brown feathers in her wings. Would make a neat photograph if someone can get it in the cross-hairs.


Some geese:


The eight greater white-fronted came back to the country club pond.

Today in the morning there were dozens of large flocks of Canada geese flying over campus and over the east side of State College off toward Mt. Nittany. At least 2000 went by during the time I could squeeze for counting.


Joe




 

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Date: 2/21/18 7:01 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: Tussey Mt hawk watch update
With two warm days, we got an early start to the hawk watch season. Now it
looks like we have to wait 3-4 days for rain to clear.

By then, our full-time counter, Henry Hvizdos, from the Cleveland area,
will be here. If it isn't raining or snowing, someone will be there each
day until late April.

Tussey Mt is best known for the number of golden eagles counted, the most
at any spring site east of Michigan. The attached histogram shows the
historical distribution, with the peak typically occurring about March 10,
though it occurred 10 days later last year. Best conditions are with a S or
SE wind, though we also can have good flights on W or NW winds. Very
generally, the middle of the day tends to be best, but there is a lot of
day-to-day variation. Most birds that are not raptors tend to be seen in
the morning.

The hawk watch has been supported by Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
and the State College bird club for each of its 18 years, a very successful
partnership.

Nick Bolgiano

 

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Date: 2/21/18 6:39 pm
From: Julia Plummer <julia...>
Subject: Re: Various observations
Joe's message reminds me: Yesterday I spotted 4 Greater White-Fronted geese
and three Snow Geese (1 white and two blue morph) with a large group of
Canada Geese at Bald Eagle State Park (Lower Green Run) while looking for
(and finding) a White-Winged Scoter found earlier in the day by Eric
Zawatski. While there is still ice around Lower Green and the Marina,
there are also large areas of open water. There were 8 Tundra Swans on the
lake on Monday morning.

Julia

On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 9:31 PM, Joe Gyekis <j99...> wrote:
>
> Some geese:
>
> - The eight greater white-fronted came back to the country club pond.
> - Today in the morning there were dozens of large flocks of Canada
> geese flying over campus and over the east side of State College off toward
> Mt. Nittany. At least 2000 went by during the time I could squeeze for
> counting.
>
>

 

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Date: 2/21/18 6:31 pm
From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
Subject: Various observations
Hi Folks,

Some highlights from the past week include some interesting behaviors:


* A raven was seen carrying a stick toward the stadium. Does anybody know where the nest was back when it was photographed?
* A fish crow was seen presenting a stick to a conspecific here in the College Heights neighborhood. Later, a pair of fish crows in the same tree were joined by another pair, and they chased each other around making noises that were weird even for a fish crow.
* A few common grackles were seen flying inside a big flock of fish crows, and stuck with them as part of the group. I can't remember ever seeing a non-crow fly with crows before.
* A blue jay keeps coming to a bush in my back yard and repeatedly running circular laps through the twiggy center of the shrub. Not chasing another bird, just going as fast as it can around and around the bush in exactly the same track (seen this done on three separate occasions spaced over several weeks). Why would it do this? Has anyone seen something similar?

One interesting plumage aberration:


* There's a female hairy woodpecker that has been hanging out in the woods below the arboretum's botanic gardens (along the path through the forest that connects the west end of the summer milkweed plantation to Sunset Park) that has pale brown feathers in her wings. Would make a neat photograph if someone can get it in the cross-hairs.

Some geese:


* The eight greater white-fronted came back to the country club pond.
* Today in the morning there were dozens of large flocks of Canada geese flying over campus and over the east side of State College off toward Mt. Nittany. At least 2000 went by during the time I could squeeze for counting.

Joe

 

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Date: 2/21/18 6:31 pm
From: Julia Plummer <julia...>
Subject: Ticks and American Woodcocks
The unseasonable warm weather has brought on the display of American
Woodcocks and woken up the ticks.

I went out to see if the woodocks would be displaying in Scotia Barrens
this evening, after seeing some reports on eBird that woodcocks had been
heard peenting around State College. I walked ~.5 miles in past the closed
gate on Scotia Range Rd. Just past the research shed, at 6:06PM, I heard
the first one peenting. Two more joined it. I got some really good looks
at them as the one closest to me did some very close fly-bys of me down the
road during its displays. I also heard one an interesting call as it flew
by one of the other displaying males. You can hear it 53 seconds in on the
recording I uploaded to eBird:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43077848

Then, when I got home, I discovered my first tick of the season crawling on
my hand (probably from the 10 acre pond). It is time to start watching for
those as well.

Julia

 

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Date: 2/21/18 5:02 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: Fwd: [PABIRDS] Tussey Mountain (21 Feb 2018) 37 Raptors
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Date: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Tussey Mountain (21 Feb 2018) 37 Raptors
To: <PABIRDS...>


Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 21, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 18 22 22
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 4 5 5
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 6 7 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 5 6 6
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 1
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 37 47 47
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Nick Bolgiano

Observers: Chuck Widmann

Weather:
Wind S 4-11 mph, then switched just before 1400 to W 4-5 increasing to
15-18, sky mostly clear to start, becoming cloudy, temp 15-22C

Raptor Observations:
BE: 1301 Imm, 1424 Imm, 1527 Unk, 1537 Unk
GE: 1011 Ad, 1028 Ad, 1044 Ad, 1345 Ad, 1518 Ad; at 1355 Imm flew SW
(hadn't seen before)

Non-raptor Observations:
C. Goose-580, Ring-billed Gull-27, Herring Gull-6, E. Bluebird-2, Robin-1,
Eur. Starling-6, Red-winged Blackbird-10, C. Grackle-18

Predictions:
rain the next 4 days
========================================================================
Report submitted by Nick Bolgiano (<nickbolgiano...>)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.
php?rsite=438

 

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Date: 2/21/18 12:06 pm
From: E-mail <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Sinepuxent the Snowstorm Snowy Owl Union Co. 2/20
I am posting this with Scott Weidensaul’s permission:


A tagged Project Snowstorm Snowy Owl was found yesterday by Bill & Evelyn Snyder just west of Lewisburg on the north side of Pheasant Ridge Rd. just east of Hoffa Mill Rd. north of a large poultry barn which is on the south side of the road.


Is is ok to view the owl from the roads. No walking through fields and trespassing!


This owl had been heavily harassed by multiple photographers on Assateague Island, MD where it was seen driven off by them never to return.


Wayne Laubscher

Lock Haven

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

"Owl be back"
 

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Date: 2/20/18 2:23 pm
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: Fwd: [PABIRDS] Tussey Mountain (20 Feb 2018) 10 Raptors
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Date: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 5:22 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Tussey Mountain (20 Feb 2018) 10 Raptors
To: <PABIRDS...>


Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 20, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 4 4 4
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 1
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 Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 10 10 10
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Nick Bolgiano

Observers:

Weather:
Wind SE 6-12 mph, sky partly cloudy, temp 9-21C

Raptor Observations:
BE: 1529 Juv
GE: 1345 Ad


Non-raptor Observations:
Herring Gull-12, E. Bluebird-4, Am. Robin-13, Eur. Starling-27, C.
Grackle-21
========================================================================
Report submitted by Nick Bolgiano (<nickbolgiano...>)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.
php?rsite=438

 

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Date: 2/20/18 6:43 am
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman...>
Subject: Fwd: [PABIRDS] Ruffed Grouse and West Nile Virus webinar



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: [PABIRDS] Ruffed Grouse and West Nile Virus webinar
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:18:02 +0000
From: Williams, Lisa <liswilliam...>
Reply-To: Williams, Lisa <liswilliam...>
To: <PABIRDS...>



If anyone has a particular interest in Ruffed Grouse research and management, I presented a Game Commission webinar on the topic last week. I discussed recent findings on population trends, West Nile Virus research, and management response. Since we know that WNV impacts extend far beyond ruffed grouse, I thought the webinar might be of interest to the larger birding community. Here is the link - warning it is a 50-minute event - but I try to keep it moving along without getting too bogged down in minutiae. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKf8TFyHmdc&feature=youtu.be

More complete information - including research posters, status reports, FAQs, links to other videos and presentations - is available on the PGC's Ruffed Grouse web page: http://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeSpecies/Pages/RuffedGrouse.aspx



Lisa M. Williams, Wildlife Biologist - Grouse, Woodcock, Mourning Doves
PA Game Commission
<liswilliam...>
Grouse and Woodcock Mgt: http://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeSpecies/Pages/RuffedGrouse.aspx

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Date: 2/19/18 8:23 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Bald Eagle at Lake Perez
While standing in the middle of frozen-over Lake Perez with the setting sun to our backs, my son, his wife, and I watched an adult Bald Eagle fly over the northeast end of Lake Perez and perch in a large tree at the end of the lake.

Bob Fowles, Pine Grove Mills
 

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Date: 2/18/18 4:37 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Big Backyard Bird Count images
Hello All,

A couple of results from the Big Backyard Bird Count: and a short gallery
of 8 images of Cedar Waxwings that let me approach while they fed on
crabapples at Curtin Wetland this morning.

http://www.pbase.com/bobsnyderphotography/cedar_waxwings_2018


Bob Snyder

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

 

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Date: 2/18/18 2:28 pm
From: Donald A Bryant <dab14...>
Subject: MT raptors
Hi from frigid MT,

I know you guys got some snow (looked like about 3-4 inches around my house), but it is supposed to be 70°F on Tuesday? Not here. Single digits with a stiff wind today, lows around -20 °F tonight and below zero for the next several days at least at night. I think single digits tomorrow. We got a couple of inches of snow with more in the forecast tonight. I am sure the mountains got a lot more—it started snowing in the Bridgers yesterday already.

I am attaching a couple of photos I took yesterday of two different golden eagles. With overcast skies and snow everywhere, you only get “white” backgrounds, which is sort of interesting. One of these birds is a 2nd year (fledged around July 2016) and the other is from 2014, I think (Basic II and Basic III). There have been a lot of bald eagles and golden eagles about recently—staging to move north soon, I suppose. There are always quite a few of them around at this time of year. My friend and I saw more than 100 BE’s last week in a very small area near the Madison River.

There continue to be a lot of rough-legs about as well. I have a lot of photos to sift through these days—I shot about 1000 frames in two days last weekend.

I would suppose you guys will be seeing goldens moving north next week, at least a few! Spring is getting closer, at least in PA.


d

Donald A Bryant, aka Bon Vivant
Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
403C Althouse Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

http://bmb.psu.edu/directory/dab14

Phone: 814-865-1992
Fax: 814-863-7024
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Bozeman, MT 59717

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Date: 2/18/18 7:18 am
From: Ron Rovansek <rrovansek...>
Subject: Re: unknown owl sighting UPDATE
I have no data or studies to back this up, but I’d bet an owl perched in the same spot used a few days later by a Great Horned Owl would have been a Great Horned Owl. I would expect smaller owls to avoid the perches used by GHOs, since GHOs are a danger to other owls.

Ron Rovansek
Stormstown

From: State College (PA) Bird Club [mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>] On Behalf Of JENNIFER ALAINE LEE
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:19 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Re: unknown owl sighting UPDATE

I returned to the same spot same time tonight and was very surprised dispute the falling snow to see an owl perched on the same tree at virtually same time 6:05pm. Definitely a Great Horned Owl. 2 says ago the owl must have been stretching it looked so thin. I would presume this has to be the same owl?

eBird report question? I submitted both reports. 2 says ago as 'owl species'. Tonight as Great horned and commented about previous sighting. Should I change the first report and comment or leave as is?

from Jen

------ Original message------
From: Jen Lee
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 8:30 AM
To: <SCBIRDCL...><mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>;
Cc:
Subject:unknown owl sighting


I was on Feidler Rd, east of Pleasant Gap last evening and a little after 6pm saw an owl perched in a tree in the fading light. It had very prominent ear tufts but was also slender and tall. It did not seem big enough to be a Great Horned but too big to be a Screech.

Possible Long-eared ??

Jen Lee
 

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Date: 2/17/18 4:19 pm
From: JENNIFER ALAINE LEE <jal21...>
Subject: Re: unknown owl sighting UPDATE
I returned to the same spot same time tonight and was very surprised dispute the falling snow to see an owl perched on the same tree at virtually same time 6:05pm. Definitely a Great Horned Owl. 2 says ago the owl must have been stretching it looked so thin. I would presume this has to be the same owl? 
eBird report question? I submitted both reports. 2 says ago as 'owl species'. Tonight as Great horned and commented about previous sighting. Should I change the first report and comment or leave as is?
from Jen
------ Original message------From: Jen Lee Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 8:30 AMTo: <SCBIRDCL...>;Cc: Subject:unknown owl sighting
I was on Feidler Rd, east of Pleasant Gap last evening and a little after 6pm saw an owl perched in a tree in the fading light. It had very prominent ear tufts but was also slender and tall. It did not seem big enough to be a Great Horned but too big to be a Screech.

Possible Long-eared ??

Jen Lee

 

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Date: 2/17/18 2:30 pm
From: Robyn Graboski <centrewildlifecare...>
Subject: Loon
We just got in what I believe to be a red throated loon...any suggestions
of a large body of open water??

Robyn

 

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Date: 2/17/18 3:56 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count February 16-19, 2018
[from the website http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ <http://gbbc.birdcount.org/> ]

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 16-19, 2018, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world...

See http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ <http://gbbc.birdcount.org/> for complete details

Bob Fowles
 

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Date: 2/16/18 5:30 am
From: Jen Lee <jal21...>
Subject: unknown owl sighting
I was on Feidler Rd, east of Pleasant Gap last evening and a little after 6pm saw an owl perched in a tree in the fading light. It had very prominent ear tufts but was also slender and tall. It did not seem big enough to be a Great Horned but too big to be a Screech.

Possible Long-eared ??

Jen Lee

 

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Date: 2/15/18 6:58 pm
From: Mary MGuire <maryshaymcguire...>
Subject: snow geese
Hello, I know this is not local, but it is in Pennsylvania so I thought
there might be interest.

Also, I have seen bluebirds in State College this past weekend. Mary McG.


http://www.pennlive.com/life/2018/02/thousands_of_snow_geese_return.html

 

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Date: 2/15/18 2:19 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Marina -- Feb 15, 2018
Stopped at Marina at BESP on way home: 1 Common Goldeneye male and 4 Redheads at edge of ice.

Bob Snyder


Bald Eagle SP--Marina
Feb 15, 2018
5:00 PM
Traveling
0.15 miles
14 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Checked marina docks and lake at ice edge:,57 degrees F cloudy, calm
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.5 Build 36

1 Canada Goose
4 Redhead
1 Common Goldeneye -- Male
3 Common Merganser
25 Ring-billed Gull -- Sitting on the ice
1 Eastern Bluebird

Number of Taxa: 6


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/15/18 1:41 pm
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: Penns Valley WRS results
Hi all

Excellent results, as always, from the Penns Valley Winter Raptor Survey, from Steve and Bob Hass.

Greg


From: "RHASS" <RHASS...>
To: "greg" <gwg2...>, "<swiftwaterbirds...>" <stevemaverickhass...>
Cc: "Sheehy, Donald" <DSHEEHY...>
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 3:28:47 PM
Subject: RE: your route

Hi Greg,

We completed our route last Saturday, when the fog lifted and the sun came out. Here are our data:


WRS: Eastern Centre County 2/10/18

Observers: Steve Hass, Bob Hass, Don Sheehy
Start Time: 10:50 AM
Finish Time: 6:05 PM
Total Birding Time: 7 Hours
Total Miles: 77.9
Temperature: 36-42F
Winds SW at 5-7mph.
Intermittent rain and fog with afternoon clearing.
Snowpack: 5"

Red Tail Adult: 30
Red Tail Immature: 0

Rough Leg Dark Morph: 2
Rough Leg Light Morph: 2

Harrier Female: 4
Harrier Male: 0

Kestrel Male: 8
Kestrel Female: 4
Kestrel ND: 1

Cooper's: 1
Sharp-Shinned: 2
Red Shoulder: 0
Bald Eagle Adult: 1
Ravens: 12

Field Notes: Beautiful, mystical scenery throughout the day with layered fog pillows moving in and out of the valleys. With the exception of 2 pairs, all red tails were solo (by contrast, two weeks earlier, most red tails in Western Crawford County were paired). Wonderful gloaming Harrier activity in an unmown field on Beaver Dam road below the "Bubba" memorial, with three females working simultaneously.


Best,

Bob

From: Gregory William Grove [<gwg2...>]
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:54 PM
To: <stevemaverickhass...>
Cc: Hass, Robert
Subject: your route

Hi Steve, Bob

Checking to confirm that you have done or will do your Centre route by Feb 19. Not that I picking on you guys in particular, but it is such a great route I want to be sure it is run.

Hope all is well with you - thanks -

Greg

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



 

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Date: 2/13/18 7:58 am
From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
Subject: February 28th Meeting: "Birds and invasive shrubs in eastern forests"
[ https://www.facebook.com/events/408284646276958/?active_tab=about# | Change Photo or Video ]
FEB 28
Erynn Maynard: "Birds and invasive shrubs in eastern forests"


Hello Everyone,
On Wednesday February 28th (getting the email reminder out earlier this time) we will have as our guest speaker Erynn Maynard to talk about "Birds and invasive shrubs in eastern forests."
Erynn is an ecology PhD student here at PSU who is studying how shady invaders are changing the forests around us.
In this talk she'll describe how these profound plant community changes impact our birds.

If you'd like to join Erynn for dinner at 5:15 at Happy Valley Brewing Co. before the meeting, send me an email (<j99...>) so that I can get the right sized table.

Joe



 

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Date: 2/12/18 1:17 pm
From: <chqxz-6413204784...> <bluebird6771...>
Subject: Any Ideas on This Behavior?

Bird Club Members:

A friend mailed me this inquiry today. Any ideas? She lives in State College.

"For the last three winters, a female cardinal has been pecking at our front door thresh hold (actually a small strip of wood). I assume she is after some microscopic insects there. She comes almost every day (male cardinal sits in rhodies and watches).
I never see bugs scurrying about (that's why I think they are microscopic). I guess I could put tape over the wood. She isn't doing much damage, but if this keeps up year after year she may. I sort of feel sorry for her. I shoo her away, but she often comes back on the same day.
Any thoughts about this?"

I doubt if anything "microscopic" would be of food value for a cardinal. Salt/grit/ accumulation? Small seeds blown in (natural or from feeder)? Spiders?

If any thoughts, contact me via email address above. Thanks.

Nick Kerlin


 

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Date: 2/11/18 10:46 am
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Data correction for PABE CBC results 1.1.18
Hello All,

I've corrected two data entry errors from the PABE CBC report for 1.1.18
which have been corrected:

there were actually 2 Killdeer (1 entered by mistake) and 21, instead of 20
Pileated Woodpeckers. I've attached the revised report, and I've closed
the count.

Bob Snyder
Compiler: PABE Circle

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Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Date: 2/10/18 4:19 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Horned Larks photographed at the Horticulture Farm on 2/8/18
Hello All,

I made a trip to the Hort Farm on 2/8/18 but not for birding. At the head
house, a small flock of Horned Larks flew overhead and landed next to the
farm access road. I used my car as a blind and obtained enough images for
a small gallery at

http://www.pbase.com/bobsnyderphotography/horned_larks_2018

I think the dead seed-laden plant the birds were checking out was a
pigweed. There were approximately 15 birds in the flock. They were moving
around quickly, some walking over the icy crust on the snow.

Enjoy!

Bob Snyder

--
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Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Date: 2/10/18 4:45 am
From: JAMES WILLIAM DUNN <jwd6...>
Subject: Fwd: Christmas Bird count
The 2017 State College Christmas Count was held on December 17, 2017. This is the 78 th year for the count. The list of the birds reported is below. Seventy species and 12,201 individuals were reported by 23 teams and 52 people all together. These people spent 77.3 hours birding on foot and 44 hours birding by car, travelling 67 miles walking and 350 miles driving once they arrived on their route. They also spent 10.33 hours owling and one hour watching feeders. Species found this year, but in fewer than 15% of the years are Gadwall, American Wigeon, Black Vulture, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Owl, and Savannah Sparrow. The Snowy Owl was seen on the Penn State Blue Golf Course. Thank you to all of the volunteers who braved the cold weather, although it was far from the record cold.


Jim Dunn and Bob Fowles, compilers

4

Great Blue Heron


2250

Canada Goose


7

Gadwall


1

Am. Wigeon


5

Black Duck


524

Mallard


1

N. Pintail


5

Green-winged Teal


1

duck sp.


4

Bald Eagle


1

N. Harrier


5

Sharp-shinned Hawk


14

Cooper's Hawk


1

Red-shouldered Hawk


65

Red-tailed Hawk


13

Am. Kestrel


1

Merlin


1

Peregrine Falcon


2

Ring-necked Pheasant


36

Wild Turkey


3

Killdeer


964

Rock Pigeon


647

Mourning Dove


18

Screech Owl


11

Gr. Horned Owl


1

Snowy Owl


2

Barred Owl


7

Belted Kingfisher


94

Red-bellied Woodpecker


16

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


117

Downy Woodpecker


44

Hairy Woodpecker


20

N. Flicker


20

Pileated Woodpecker


350

Blue Jay


874

Am. Crow


8

Fish Crow


2

crow species


20

C. Raven


59

Horned Lark


251

Black-capped Chickadee


129

Tufted Titmouse


1

Red-breasted Nuthatch


160

White-breasted Nuthatch


9

Brown Creeper


111

Carolina Wren


10

Winter Wren


30

Golden-crowned Kinglet


123

Eastern Bluebird


10

Hermit Thrush


27

American Robin


1

Gray Catbird


45

N. Mockingbird


2666

Eur. Starling


54

Cedar Waxwing


1

Yellow-rumped Warbler


54

Am. Tree Sparrow


1

Savannah Sparrow


65

Song Sparrow


1

Swamp Sparrow


357

White-throated Sparrow


10

White-crowned Sparrow


811

Dark-eyed Junco


264

N. Cardinal


8

Red-winged Blackbird


1

C. Grackle


3

Purple Finch


208

House Finch


16

Pine Siskin


227

Am. Goldfinch


329

House Sparrow




 

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Date: 2/9/18 5:38 pm
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Re: Addition to the State College Bird Club website
To the left of that new link is another new link “Facebook Links” that has a list of 4 Facebook Links: State College Bird Club, PA Birders Photography, ID that PA Bird, and Pennsylvania Chase Birds.

To the right of that new link is another new link "Bird Slideshow by PSO” which links to the PSO main page that has the continuous slideshow of PA birds. The challenge is to think of the bird’s name before it is displayed.

Bob Fowles

> On Feb 9, 2018, at 9:53 AM, Bob Fowles <rbf...> wrote:
>
> The new link titled "Gallery of Audubon Award-winning Bird Photography” has been added to our website's main page http://www.scbirdcl.org right above the Barn Owl photo. The new webpage has links to Audubon.org webpages with the results of Audubon's Photography contests in 2015 - 2017. 300+ photographs can be viewed in these links. The photos in the links with the phrase “Award Winners” are accompanied by additional information for each photo including what camera and lens were used.
>
> Bob Fowles
 

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Date: 2/9/18 5:31 pm
From: E-mail <wnlaubscher...>
Subject: Injured Peregrine Falcon Clinton County 2/8


Yesterday afternoon, Beth Zbegner spotted a Peregrine Falcon unable to fly in the corn stubble of a field along Island Road on the Great Island east of Lock Haven. She called me to help retrieve it. I was able to catch it and found that it was an adult female with damaged feathers on the wrist of the right wing. I drove it to Centre Wildlife Care. There, Robyn Graboski examined it. She could not rule out the bird having been shot until it was examined by a veterinarian today.


The good news is that the falcon was not shot and has no broken bones. She apparently struck a sharp object and damaged her feathers. She is expected to make a full recovery. The bad news is that it may take months for new feathers to molt out. She will miss the breeding season, and if part of a pair, could be replaced by another female. There is a good possibility that this bird may be part of the local breeding pair which has eluded observation since 2016.


This is a great example of the good work Centre Wildlife Care does.


Wayne Laubscher

Lock Haven

"Owl be back"

<wnlaubscher...>

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Date: 2/9/18 6:55 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Addition to the State College Bird Club website
The new link titled "Gallery of Audubon Award-winning Bird Photography” has been added to our website's main page http://www.scbirdcl.org right above the Barn Owl photo. The new webpage has links to Audubon.org webpages with the results of Audubon's Photography contests in 2015 - 2017. 300+ photographs can be viewed in these links. The photos in the links with the phrase “Award Winners” are accompanied by additional information for each photo including what camera and lens were used.

Bob Fowles
 

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Date: 2/8/18 5:09 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Horned Larks
At Rock Springs (Hort Farm lane) caught these Horned Larks as they fed on weed seeds. About 10-15 in the flock!
More photos this weekend when I have a chance to look at all images!

Bob Snyder




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Date: 2/8/18 2:06 pm
From: Donald A Bryant <dab14...>
Subject: Hummingbird flight
From Science magazine today—the doi number may get you to the actual article, as it may be public domain. If so, there is a video clip as well that goes along with this.

http://www.sciencemag.org/ <http://www.sciencemag.org/>

doi:10.1126/science.aat2656

High-speed cameras reveal how hummingbirds can turn on a dime



By Elizabeth Pennisi <http://www.sciencemag.org/author/elizabeth-pennisi>Feb. 8, 2018 , 2:00 PM

Hummingbirds are the fighter pilots of the avian world, diving and weaving at speeds of up to 55 kilometers per hour—then turning on a dime to hover midair, wings frantically beating, as they refuel on nectar. Now, through herculean efforts, researchers are one step closer to figuring out what makes the animals so nimble. The new work not only helps explain their complex choreography, but it may also lead to more maneuverable robots and drones.

Biologists have clocked how fast hummingbirds can fly and how long they can hover, but maneuverability—all that zipping back and forth—is “notoriously difficult to study,” says Peter Wainwright, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California (UC), Davis, who was not part of the new work. That’s because “it involves a complicated set of possible movements, and it’s very spontaneous.”

That didn’t stop Paolo Segre, then a graduate student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He decided to try by filming hummingbirds in the wild, which are less inhibited about flying than their captive counterparts. To prepare, he spent the better part of a year perfecting and miniaturizing a four-camera, computer-coordinated system for high-speed filming.

Two months later, Segre was in Peru. He and his team hiked up mountains and crashed through jungles to find the perfect site. Once they set up camp, they constructed a large cage outfitted with the solar-powered camera system and started testing their hummingbirds, one by one. The researchers filmed each bird for about 30 minutes as it flitted between perches and visited a nectar-feeding station inside. Then they let the bird go and repeated the process. Segre and his team set up stations in three other locations: the Ecuadorian Andes, and high- and low-elevation camps in Costa Rica.

Getting the data wasn’t easy. In Peru, the team’s testing site was swarmed with army ants for 2 days straight. In Costa Rica, Segre and his colleagues had to wade across crocodile-infested waters—at night—in the middle of a lightning storm. “We were mostly terrified by the lightning,” recalls Segre, now an ecophysiologist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The scientists eventually made videos of 207 birds belonging to 25 species.

Once they had the data, Segre's labmate, postdoc Roslyn Dakin, now at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington, D.C., developed machine learning software <http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/04/self-taught-artificial-intelligence-beats-doctors-predicting-heart-attacks> with her colleagues to analyze them. Because there were four cameras, the researchers could reconstruct the flight pattern of each bird in three dimensions, measuring the number of times it accelerated, decelerated, turned, rolled, soared, or dove, among other maneuvers. Each of those simple moves repeated and combined into predictable patterns. “More complex maneuvers were made up of sequences of simpler maneuvers,” Segre explains.

When the researchers compared flight patterns among species, they found that each one tended to stick to the maneuvers it was best at (something especially true of turns). But they were surprised to find that heavier hummingbird species were generally better at accelerating and making tight turns <http://science.sciencemag.org/cgi/doi/10.1126/science.aar7615>. Based on studies in birds and bats, the team had expected the exact opposite. “But larger hummingbird species were actually more maneuverable,” Dakin says. The reason: Those heftier hummers had relatively bigger muscles and wings than smaller species, she and her colleagues report today in Science.

Several other trends emerged. Maneuvering behaviors that differed from species to species generally came down to structural and physiological traits such as wing size, wing surface area, weight, and muscle mass. Finally, when the team grouped the birds based on their flight patterns, they found the clusters reflected the hummingbird family tree: More closely related species had similar flight patterns.

Dakin says this new maneuverability “framework” could help roboticists understand how to tweak their flyers to be less clumsy and fragile. Particularly useful is hummingbirds’ ability to generate rapid wing movements, which helps with agility, says Andrew Biewener, a biomechanist at Harvard University. As a result, adds Robert Dudley, an organismal biologist at UC Berkeley, even more engineers are now studying animal flight than biologists.

d

Donald A Bryant, aka Bon Vivant
Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
403C Althouse Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

http://bmb.psu.edu/directory/dab14

Phone: 814-865-1992
Fax: 814-863-7024
e-mail: <dab14...> <mailto:<dab14...>

Please don’t forget ISPP2018 in Vancouver, BC

http://ispp2018.com/ <http://ispp2018.com/>

Research Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Visiting Profesor, SCELSE
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

“Messieurs, c’est les microbes qui auront le dernier mot…"
“Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word...”
Louis Pasteur




 

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Date: 2/7/18 8:23 am
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2...>
Subject: Margaret Kenepp
​​​​​Long time Mifflin county birder Margaret Kenepp has passed away at age 94. She is perhaps best known to State College Bird Club members from her many days at the Jacks Mt hawk watch.


http://www.lewistownsentinel.com/obituaries/2018/02/etta-margaret-kenepp/

Greg Grove



 

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Date: 2/6/18 10:21 am
From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...>
Subject: NY Times article on Australian kites spreading fire
An update on Mark Bonta's research:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/science/australia-firehawks-aboriginal.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-4&action=click&contentCollection=Science&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

 

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Date: 2/5/18 7:17 am
From: Karl Striedieck <karls...>
Subject: Eagle
At 10AM an adult golden eagle passed along Bald Eagle Ridge heading southwest.
 

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Date: 2/4/18 1:12 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Images of Summer
Hello All,

While updating bird and adding some images as well, I came across these two
great photos from my visit to Lake Nessmuk last August to see the
White-winged Tern:

Not photos of the terns (which are on my website), but portraits of two
common, but popular birds:
Cedar Waxwing and Great Blue Heron.

Enjoy and have fun shoveling snow: close to 3" in Howard: that wet, heavy
snow!

Bob Snyder

--
Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.
Theodore Roosevelt
http://www.pbase.com/bobsnyderphotography

 

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Date: 2/4/18 9:23 am
From: Paul Brigman <paulbrigman...>
Subject: Re: Red-necked grebe
The grebe is still present as of 12 o’clock today! Thanks for this find Julia!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 3, 2018, at 4:01 PM, Julia Plummer <julia...> wrote:
>
> A report came in on eBird today that a Red-necked Grebe was at the Centre Hills CC pond yesterday (on branch rd). It is still currently there. I observed from behind guard rails on other side of the road by the gravel parking lot.
>
> Julia
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/3/18 2:44 pm
From: Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Not a bird picture, but I think a bird was here!
Definitely pileated woodpecker holes.






Jean Aron


227 Kimport Ave., Boalsburg, PA 16827


(814) 466-6067 <shorthiker...>


A Good Friend is someone who listens to you. ---Anon.






-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Bater <switchgrassfarmer...>
To: SCBIRDCL <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 1:21 pm
Subject: Not a bird picture, but I think a bird was here!



While walking through our Cerulean Warbler habitat project area at the farm, I came across this tree and snapped a couple pictures with the cellphone.


I theorized these were holes from a pileated woodpecker, posted them on my Instagram and Facebook accounts. I got a few "yeas", on that but one friend, a beekeeper, asked if they might not be from a bear. Well there is a suspected bear den only a short distance away, so I guess I am not totally sure of my pileated woodpecker diagnosis. The timing does seem odd though for a bear, and what I have seen before with bears hasn't seemed so methodical.

Anyhow thought I would post here; best I can do as I am not nearly skilled enough to have pictures of actual birds.


As a new member of this group have been enjoying the excellent images that are shared. That and the accompanying text is extremely informative.


Thank you to all!


Andy




-------- Forwarded Message --------



Subject:

Woodpecker holes



Date:

Sat, 3 Feb 2018 10:04:12 -0500



From:

Andy Bater <switchgrassfarmer...>



To:

Andy Bater <SwitchgrassFarmer...>





Pix





 

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Date: 2/3/18 2:39 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run -- Feb 3, 2018
Went to Bullit Run Area this afternoon. Best birds were 3 Yellow-dumped Warblers and 3 Killdeer.

Also checked the main BESP looking for a shrike, but came back empty-handed!
Maybe the Shrike has moved on?

Bob Snyder

EBird report below. I really lile the feature that draws your track.


Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run
Feb 3, 2018
2:20 PM
Traveling
0.85 miles
81 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Birded from Bullet Run to Bald Eagle Creek the upstream along BEC 1/4 mike then back to car.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.4 Build 31

45 Canada Goose
8 Common Merganser (North American)
1 Red-tailed Hawk
3 Killdeer -- Seen along Bald Eagle Creek where small stream enters Creek on Bullit Run side of Creek. Upon returning to Bullit Run Area, 3 Killdeer flew upstream from a rock bar on the Creek.
3 Northern Flicker
9 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
2 Song Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 9


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Date: 2/3/18 1:01 pm
From: Julia Plummer <julia...>
Subject: Red-necked grebe
A report came in on eBird today that a Red-necked Grebe was at the Centre Hills CC pond yesterday (on branch rd). It is still currently there. I observed from behind guard rails on other side of the road by the gravel parking lot.

Julia

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/3/18 12:11 pm
From: John & Linda <000018cb215f4167-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Hide and Seek
This was a new one for us! This Hawk hid under our covered patio table keeping a watchful eye on the bird feeder. At first we wondered what we were seeing under the table, then it walked out and back under a few times. I grabbed the camera and took a few pictures from inside through our dirty sliding glass door! The first blurry picture shows only a part of its tail. It didn't like we had discovered it, so it flew to our bench and off to the treeline.
We think it was a Cooper's Hawk. What do you think?
Linda and John StevensIra LaneStormstown
 

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Date: 2/3/18 10:21 am
From: Andy Bater <switchgrassfarmer...>
Subject: Not a bird picture, but I think a bird was here!
While walking through our Cerulean Warbler habitat project area at the
farm, I came across this tree and snapped a couple pictures with the
cellphone.

I theorized these were holes from a pileated woodpecker, posted them on
my Instagram and Facebook accounts.  I got a few "yeas", on that but one
friend, a beekeeper, asked if they might not be from a bear.  Well there
is a suspected bear den only a short distance away, so I guess I am not
totally sure of my pileated woodpecker diagnosis.  The timing does seem
odd though for a bear, and what I have seen before with bears hasn't
seemed so methodical.

Anyhow thought I would post here; best I can do as I am not nearly
skilled enough to have pictures of actual birds.

As a new member of this group have been enjoying the excellent images
that are shared.  That and the accompanying text is extremely informative.

Thank you to all!

Andy



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Woodpecker holes
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2018 10:04:12 -0500
From: Andy Bater <switchgrassfarmer...>
To: Andy Bater <SwitchgrassFarmer...>


Pix

 

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Date: 2/3/18 6:59 am
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Pine Siskins return
Two Pine Siskins mixed in with the usual juncos, Goldfinches and House finches. Have not been present since last observed (5) at the feeders on Jan 13.

Bob SNYDER
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/2/18 5:26 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Results of the Jan 1, 2018 BESP CBC (118)
Hello All,

I have attached a pdf file of the Count Summary Report for this year's CBC
at Bald Eagle State Park.
We observed *62 species* and tallied a total of 3,537 individual birds.
BEPA circle was covered by 10 parties consisting of 17 participants.
Distance by foot was 23.7 miles and 178.6 by car. Hours on foot: 26 and
16.5 hours by car.

Historically, the BESP Circle (PABE) was founded in 1980, and the data
start from the count made on 12/21/1980
(*http://netapp.audubon.org/CBCObservation/Historical/ResultsByCount.aspx#
<http://netapp.audubon.org/CBCObservation/Historical/ResultsByCount.aspx#>*),
if you want to check it out.

This year's count results for number of species counted was in line with
the average from the last 26 years of counts (1990-2017: species number
prior to 1990 were not listed in the header data). The lowest number of
species tallied was *48 in 2013*, while the highest number of species
observed was *71 in 1999*.

The weather was most notable for the 2017 PABE count with temperatures
around *minus 7 degrees F overnight in the Howard area*, which if one were
walking a route, it made keeping warm a challenge. Many thanks to those
who braved the cold to go owling.

Even with the below-zero temperatures, an ice-covered lake and Bald Eagle
Creek and Fishing Creek iced over in places of slow moving water, some
waterfowl were observed: *Canada Goose *(26), *Wood Duck* (3), *Mallard*
(30), *Common Goldeneye *(2), *Hooded Merganser *(7) and *Common Mergansers*
(19): Nick Bolgiano Route F (Bald Eagle Creek), Joe Gyekis (Route B:
Mingoville) and Ro Fuller (Route H: BESP; main park).

Two *Great Blue Heron* were seen; Ro Fuller (Route H: BESP main), and Nick
Thomas (Route L: Eagleville).

Two *Northern Harriers* were reported by Joe Gyekis (1); Hublersburg area,
and Mark Henry (1); Curtin Wetland. A single *Red-shouldered Hawk* was
counted by Mark Nale's group in (Route K; NW part of circle).

Owls were covered by Jim Dunn (Route A: Nittany Valley from Zion), and
Diane Bierly and Debra Grim (Route J: Marsh Creek Rd/Monument): *Eastern
Screech-Owl* (10) *Great Horned Owl* (5) and *Barred Owl* (3).

*Horned lark* (86) and *Snow Bunting* (3) were reported by Joe Gyekis
(Route B: Hublersburg/Mingoville area).

*Dark-eyed Juncos* (489) were nearly as abundant as in year 2004 (514); the
Maximum number for PABE circle history.

A late *Gray Catbird* was found by Jim Curtis (Route G: old Rt 150 from
Bullit Run to Lower Green's Run and Hunter's Run area). A lone *Eastern
Towhee* was counted by Jim Dunn in Route A, and a single *Brown Creeper*
was observed by Bob Snyder at the end of Spearing Street in Howard (Route
I).


Submitted by,
Bob Snyder
PABE Compiler


I apologize for the long report, but I've checked out some PABE count
history and wanted to share it with all of you in my notes presented below.



*Compiler's notes: Did you know?*

I began compiling the PABE count in 2004. Over these 13 years, *Sandhill
Crane* was seen only in 1 year: 2016, with three birds reported by Susan
Braun at Bald Eagle State Park, Hunter's Cove.

If you think that the *Snow Bunting* should be easy to find in manured
fields, consider that since 2004 they have only been observed during 5
BESP CBC's: 4 in 2006 on Route D (Jacksonville Rd) by Joe Bishop, 200 were
reported in 2008 from Route J (Marsh Creek Rd) by Diane Bierly and Nan
Butkovich, 1 bird reported in 2010 by Dorothy Bordner (Route B)
Hublersburg/Mingoville, 3 birds in 2012 reported from Curtin Wetland by
Mark Henry, and 3 birds by Joe Gyekis from the Hublersburg/Mingoville area
in 2017. This doesn't mean you can't find them, but it takes patience and
perseverance.

*Red-headed Woodpecker* is uncommon in our circle, but they have been
counted in 4 BESP CBC's since 2004: 1 bird observed in years 2006 and 2007
by Dorothy Bordner and again by Joe Gyekis in 2016 (3) and 2017 (1): all
from Route B: Hublersburg/Mingoville area.

As we all know observing a *Northern Shrike* at Bald Eagle State Park is
not easy when they overwinter here between November and March. *Northern
Shrike has only been reported during six BESP CBC's: since 2004:* 1 bird
per report for the years: 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. Since
*1980*, Northern Shrike has been reported in only *10 counts total* (1
bird per count except in 1995 when 4 shrikes were observed).

*Horned Larks* have mostly been observed in Route B (Hublersburg/Mingoville
area) though they have also been seen along Jacksonville Rd (Route D); my
data indicated since 2004. *Horned Larks* have been counted in 19 BESP
CBC's since 1980: *high count was 207 in 2002*.

(As a personal note: Data at Audubon do not reveal locations where the
birds were observed within the circle; only the compiler would have this
data in personal files. )


Bob Snyder





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

 

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Date: 2/2/18 9:45 am
From: Denyce Matlin <drc109...>
Subject: Re: Suet feeders this winter
I have had a Hairy at my feeders this year but it is ignoring the suet for
the regular bird seed in the feeder. I had three different suet cakes out
and it wasn’t interested in any of them.



Denyce Matlin



From: State College (PA) Bird Club [mailto:<SCBIRDCL...>] On Behalf
Of Ann Wilken
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2018 12:08 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Suet feeders this winter



This is the first winter I've had 2 Hairy Woodpeckers and at least one YB
Sapsucker hanging around my suet feeder. Pretty thrilling for me, since I
don't see them often in the woods. NOw I get to see them and count them for
FeederWatch all the time.

Ann in Julian


 

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Date: 2/2/18 9:08 am
From: Ann Wilken <abwilken...>
Subject: Suet feeders this winter
This is the first winter I've had 2 Hairy Woodpeckers and at least one YB Sapsucker hanging around my suet feeder. Pretty thrilling for me, since I don't see them often in the woods. NOw I get to see them and count them for FeederWatch all the time.
Ann in Julian

 

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Date: 2/1/18 3:03 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run, Feb 1, 2018
Hello All,

Birded Bullit Run access area today before the rain arrived. Air temp
around 38 degrees F, wind was from the NE at 5-10 mph. The Canada Geese
were on the lake about 1/4 mile away. The pair of Mergansers shown in one
of the photos had just lifted off from Bald Eagle Creek as I approached the
old bridge abutment at Bullit Run.

About 30yds west along the bank of the creek, I encountered a flock of 10
Yellow-rumped Warblers foraging for berries and moving around constantly in
the tree canopy. This one managed to perch for a few seconds on a branch
fairly close to my position.

Sky was overcast with a beautiful gray pall, but still enough light for the
EM-1 to catch some detail.

As I was walking back to the car through the cattail marsh on the frozen
mud, a Northern Harrier streaked by just overhead: alas, no time to get the
camera off my shoulder.

My eBird report is attached below.

Good Birding!

Bob Snyder

http://www.pbase.com/bobsnyderphotography

PS new quote to think on today; found posted on the school sign at the
Howard Elementary School:
"It always seems impossible until it is done"
Nelson Mandela


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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 5:51 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run, Feb 1, 2018
To: <birdphotoginpa...>


Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run, Centre, Pennsylvania, US
Feb 1, 2018 12:42 PM - 2:14 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.936 mile(s)
Comments: Walked to Bald Eagle Creek, used scope to check lake, walked
along Creek, upstream, then thru frozen marsh to trail: checked out Bullit
Run bridge
15 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 90
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 10 On lake 1/4 mile along bank.
Two on Bald Eagle Creek
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) 1 Male, flew over marsh
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 14
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 10 A flock of 10 warblers
was foraging in the tree canopy along Bald Eagle Creek.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S42414933

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



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

 

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Date: 1/31/18 5:18 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: American Tree Sparrow portrait near Sayer's Dam Wetland on the spillway.
Hello All,

I managed to salvage one decent American Tree Sparrow photo out of several
exposures from yesterday's birding at Sayer's dam along the road to the
spillway marsh.

I like the effect of the harsh highlights reflecting off the bird and
leaves. Usually this harsh, contrasty lighting is disastrous to a photo.
I was able to pull out enough details in the bird, and the highly
reflective leaves to make the image look 'natural'. At 420mm, the lens
compresses the distance and the narrow depth of field separates the bird
from a very confusing background. But I think you can see how well these
birds blend into their surroundings.

The Olympus EM-1 Mark II's sensor seems to have quite a bit of latitude, to
allow me to draw details from both fairly deep shadows and all highlights
that are not fully blown to white.


Good Birding, and keep your camera with you!

Bob Snyder


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

 

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Date: 1/31/18 10:23 am
From: Donald A Bryant <dab14...>
Subject: MT Raptors: Harlan's and Rough-legged hawk
Hi all,

The weather conditions here in Montana haven’t been too great lately for getting good photos—unusually overcast as the temperatures have been too high to dry things out and fronts keep coming in off the Pacific. The temperatures will spike up to the 40s or 50s and then plummet into the 20s as fronts pass and drop snow. Anyway, this gives largely white or gray backgrounds which aren’t my first choice for sure. Over the weekend, I managed to get really close to a juvenile female light-morph rough legged hawk that was perched on a fence post. You can make it life-sized… I also managed to get close to an adult intermediate-morph Harlan’s hawk that I had been chasing for 2 months. The underwing pattern is quite interesting—mostly mottled feathers with only a couple of feathers that have the more typical lined pattern, and the tail has only a bit of a blush band at the end as well.

I also made a sad discovery over the weekend. I found a 3rd year golden eagle that I had photographed several times dead from electrocution—beneath one of its favorite power-pole perches.

d

Donald A Bryant, aka Bon Vivant
Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
403C Althouse Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

http://bmb.psu.edu/directory/dab14

Phone: 814-865-1992
Fax: 814-863-7024
e-mail: <dab14...> <mailto:<dab14...>

Please don’t forget ISPP2018 in Vancouver, BC

http://ispp2018.com/ <http://ispp2018.com/>

Research Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Visiting Profesor, SCELSE
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

“Messieurs, c’est les microbes qui auront le dernier mot…"
“Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word...”
Louis Pasteur



 

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Date: 1/30/18 3:10 pm
From: NANCY ELLEN KIERNAN <nekiernan...>
Subject: N Huntingdon WRS
Overall: More than the usual Red Tails, one usual Bald Eagle, and lacking in
other raptors this year:

N Huntingdon WRS Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, US
Jan 29, 2018 12:12 PM - 4:42 PM
Protocol: Traveling
48.5 mile(s)
NancyEllen and Michael Kiernan;
cloudy; low 40's; no snow or wind;



1 Bald Eagle Circling in general area where seen in previous years; one
mile north of 45 off 350. Immature.
14 Red-tailed Hawk
At four stops, 2 Red Tails were perched close together,
showing courting behavior,or flying together
1 hawk sp. Non Determined



Other birds of interest:

Great Blue Heron 1
Northern Flicker 1
Horned Lark 5
Eastern Bluebird 5
Northern Mockingbird 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42374005

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


Nancy Ellen Kiernan, Ph.D.
Co-author: The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture.
University of Iowa Press (2016).



 

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Date: 1/30/18 2:55 pm
From: Joseph Verica <joeverica...>
Subject: Possible Peregrine downtown
I was driving downtown (State College) this afternoon around 4:30. A flock
of pigeons was circling overhead as usual, except that the flock was
tighter than I am used to seeing. They were also wheeling about more than
usual. Turns out they were being harassed by a raptor. The raptor settled
down on the ledge of the Hyatt Place on Beaver Ave. I did not get a clean
look at it as I was driving at the time. My first impression was a
Peregrine. I pulled into an alley so I could get out of the car for a
better look but the bird was gone. It might be worth keeping an eye of for
the bird in case it returns.

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: 1/30/18 12:21 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Foster Joseph Sayers Dam -- Jan 30, 2018
Walked to spillway marsh and back to car at monument parking lot at the Dam. Highlights were 25 Am. Tree Sparrows and one American Kestrel.

Bob Snyder


Bald Eagle SP--Foster Joseph Sayers Dam
Jan 30, 2018
2:08 PM
Traveling
1.51 miles
70 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.4 Build 31

2 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel -- Male hunting near monument parking lot
1 Black-capped Chickadee
25 American Tree Sparrow -- Feeding along dry bank of lake near Wetland
6 White-throated Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow -- At small marsh on Emergency spillway
3 Northern Cardinal -- Adult male and female with 1st year juvenile.

Number of Taxa: 8


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/30/18 10:54 am
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: eBird -- Curtin Wetland -- Jan 30, 2018
Birding was almost nil st Curtin Wetland probably due to the NW wind gusting to 25 mph: 27 degrees did feel like 10 degrees F.

Bob SNYDER



Curtin Wetland
Jan 30, 2018
1:01 PM
Traveling
0.66 miles
45 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Walked in via the pond side of Curtin Wetland to Bald Eagle Creek, then walked the meadow on the east, back to the car. Bird activity low: NW wind gusting to 25 mph.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.4 Build 31

1 Red-tailed Hawk
26 American Crow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 4


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/30/18 5:34 am
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: eBird -- 158 Black Street (my house) -- Jan 30, 2018
Watched the feeder activity this morning: one Eastern Bluebird at bird bath, one Red-bellied Woodpecker that prefers black oil sunflower seeds and peanuts in the shell. Usual Lue Jays coming in for Peanuts in shell, Dark-eyed Juncos and Morning Doves prefer white millet. No Pine Siskins lately. I hope the return to cold temps this week brings some into the backyard.

Thinking of going Shrike hunting after breakfast.

Good Birding

Bob Snyder



158 Black Street (my house)
Jan 30, 2018
7:43 AM
Stationary
40 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Feeder watch at 158 Black St, Howard 16841. 27 degrees F, West 1-5 mph, light snow: 1/4” ground covering snow. A typical morning at the feeders for this winter. One Red-bellied Woodpecker that comes to ground feed and favors black oil sunflower seeds and peanuts in the shell. One Eastern Bluebird at heated birdbath today.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.4 Build 31

12 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
6 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Eastern Bluebird
15 Dark-eyed Junco
16 House Finch
11 American Goldfinch
9 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 11


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/28/18 5:04 pm
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: Some birds seen today at Bald Eagle State Park
Hello All,

Here is a photo of some of the 12 Common Goldeneyes that were on a foggy
Bald Eagle Creek, just downstream of the confluence with Bullit Run.

At Joesph Foster Sayers Dam, at the side road that leads to the flood
spillway, and American Pipit paused briefly, but just long enough for three
photos: one attached.

This American Tree Sparrow was one in a flock of 10-15, that moved very
quickly through the brushy growth in the flat area between the main park
road and the hill at the Nature Inn.

I looked for the Northern Shrike at the marina, over at the "Shrike Trail:
where I never find a shrike, and along the main park road from the 4-way
intersection south: no shrike showed today.

A good day out birding none the less.

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

 

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Date: 1/28/18 10:50 am
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Foster Joseph Sayers Dam -- Jan 28, 2018
One American Pipit paused for a few seconds in a small tree at Trail to wetland at top of Dam. It bobbed it’s tail characteristically (thank you Cornell’s All about Birds); then it was gone.
Several of us have been Shrike hunting: I’ve come up empty-handed.

Bob SNYDER


Bald Eagle SP--Foster Joseph Sayers Dam
Jan 28, 2018
1:14 PM
Traveling
0.32 miles
31 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: I was Birding for Northern Shrike at top of Dam. Highlight bird was an American Pipit.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.4 Build 31

1 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Common Raven
5 Black-capped Chickadee
6 Eastern Bluebird
1 American Pipit -- Landed briefly in tree at edge of area that shrubs were recently Bush-hogged. Small slim bird, horizontal posture, streaked breast, bobbed tail. Have a photo
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 7


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/28/18 8:18 am
From: Robert Snyder <birdphotoginpa...>
Subject: eBird -- Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run -- Jan 28, 2018
Birded Bullit Run Area thus morning in the fog. Julia Plummer pointed me towards Bald Eagle Creek and 12 Common Goldeneyes, male and female feeding on the Creek below the confluence with Bullit Run. I have photos of the flock feeding in the fog.

Good Birding All,
Bob Snyder


Bald Eagle SP--Bullit Run
Jan 28, 2018
9:55 AM
Traveling
0.64 miles
77 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Birded Bald Eagle Creek at Bullit Run, and walked around the area from parking lot to Bullit Run bridge and Creek. 45 Degrees F, very foggy. Twelve Common Golddneye ducks were feeding on BE Creek. Other bird activity was light.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.4 Build 31

12 Common Goldeneye -- On Bald Eagle Creek, 30yds below the confluence with Bullit Run. Photos were obtained. Julia Plummer told me they we on the Creek.
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
6 Blue Jay
5 American Crow
2 Common Raven
3 Tufted Titmouse
3 Eastern Bluebird
7 Dark-eyed Junco
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 10


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/28/18 7:55 am
From: Alan MacEachren <maceachren...>
Subject: Gray Catbird at Yoder Preserve
SC Birders:

I was surprised this morning to encounter at least one Gray Catbird -- I
initially heard it at the back of our field next to the Yoder Preserve.
Then it moved to the hedgerow between the Preserve and our property. I
encountered either the same bird or a 2nd about 20 min. later along the
main trail in the preserve closest to Main Street.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42303456

regards,
alan
 

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Date: 1/27/18 4:51 pm
From: Don Kiel <00000ff91fe3ef40-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Request for bird photos in the Spring Creek Watershed
Hello all,
Some of you might be aware that there is an ongoing project to develop an online atlas of the Spring Creek Watershed (https://www.springcreekwatershedatlas.org/). Articles are currently being added, and Margaret Brittingham is putting one together about birding in that area.  I've been asked to find some good representative bird photos from the area, particularly any from Fisherman's Paradise/Spring Creek Canyon, Millbrook Marsh, the Duck Pond, Walnut Springs Park/Lederer Park/Thompson Woods, Penn State Campus spots, and Toftrees Pond.  If you would care to share any that aren't copyrighted, please send to me and I will forward them on to my Atlas contact.  There's not really any tight specs on resolution, formats, etc.  If used, the Atlas group will provide proper attribution of your photos in the article.
Thanks for your help! Don Kiel
<skyco26...>
 

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Date: 1/26/18 3:37 pm
From: Ron Crandall <robberfly12...>
Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose Photos
I saw the 7-8 visiting Greater White-fronted Geese near the Centre Hills
Country Club pond yesterday morning. I'm including Flickr links to a couple
of the better photos I took. It was tough getting clear shots with all the
Canada Geese in the way! :-)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/robberfly12/39903479741/in/photostream
https://www.flickr.com/photos/robberfly12/39870265762/in/photostream

Ron

 

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Date: 1/26/18 10:33 am
From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
Subject: Collecting info on bird strikes on campus

Hi everyone who frequents PSU campus/downtown,

From now until further notice I am collecting records of window strikes in State College boro (especially downtown--neighborhoods I'm less interested in) and University Park campus.

Send me an email (<j99...> or <gyekis9...> both fine) with the following info


* picture of the bird, with your comments on identification
* time found (mention it if you know that the bird struck at a particular time)
* place found (if possible, be extremely detailed, such as which face of which building you think it hit)

For example,


* Species: Worm-eating warbler (see picture attached)
* Time: 5:28 pm on June 27, 2017
* Place: along the south edge of the Life Science Building on campus (suggests the bird was northbound, perhaps post-nesting dispersal)
In the past I have given carcasses to Margaret Brittingham's collection on campus and I have delivered injured birds to Robyn Graboski's wildlife care place in Port Matilda. I have also left birds (live and dead) alone. Until a better plan is in place, I'll leave the decision about what to do with the victim up to you.

But I'll assemble your records. If you have some historical notes (I don't remember when or where exactly but about 5 years ago a I found ruby-crowned kinglet close to the music building and another time there was an injured ovenbird) I'll take those comments with whatever level of detail you have available.

Thanks,
Joe



From:
To: "Joe Gyekis" <j99...>
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 4:45:32 PM
Subject: Re: How to get off the email list

Hi Joe -

I've seen quite a few birds killed by window impacts on campus over the years - most often under the walkway between Music I and II, and below the bridge between the Chemistry and Life Sciences Buildings, but also by buildings with long rows of windows like Mueller Lab. Is someone collecting data on these? If so, I can send a photo whenever I find one. Usually they are robins, but the two that I remember distinctly were a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I did see an ovenbird on the ground that was clearly dazed but it recovered so at least some of them survive.

Regards,
Carla

--- <j99...> wrote:

From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: How to get off the email list
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:50:20 -0500


The list won't let me say certain words in the email, so I'm sending a picture of what I wanted to write:

Or read the instructions here about joining and bailing on the email list http://www.scbirdcl.org/joinemaillist.html




To make this boring clerical message more interesting (but no more uplifting except for the fact that paying attention to problems inspires us to solve them), here is a picture of a University Park window-killed Cooper's hawk that Andrea Ferich, Penns Valley conservationist, agroecologist, birder, and PSU all-but-done grad student sent the other day:


 

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Date: 1/26/18 8:56 am
From: Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: birdclub mail
Thanks to all who responded. If there is a problem, it must be on my end. Working on it.

Looking good in Boalsburg today --- I was entertained in my backyard again, this time by a FOY bluebird, posing in his glory, on a wire, and warbling sweetly. OK, I know his song wasn't aimed at me, but it sure lifted my spirits. Jan. 26, 2018.


Jean A.

Free Dumb?

On Thursday, January 25, 2018 Carla Hass <calisto...> wrote:

Came through to my inbox no problem - I enjoyed your description of your handsome visitor :-)

Cheers,

Carla


On 1/25/2018 6:03 PM, Jean Ar

on wrote:

Lately, I find some of this list serv mail is showing up in my spam pile instead of new mail.  I have to check daily and fish out the club mail as "not spam".   Being put into spam can become a problem for anybody's email.   Just now I sent a note about a Cooper's Hawk, and my own copy showed up in Spam.   Did anybody else receive my post?

Jean Aron

227 Kimport Ave., Boalsburg, PA 16827


(814) 466-6067       <shorthiker...>

A Good Friend is someone who listens to you.   ---Anon.



 

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Date: 1/26/18 6:27 am
From: Bob Fowles <rbf...>
Subject: Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
More information about Matt Shumar and the Lights Out initiative:

Matthew Shumar, Program Coordinator, Lights Out Ohio at Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI) - Western Cuyahoga Audubon

https://www.wcaudubon.org/story-blog/matthew-shumar-program-coordinator-lights-out-ohio-at-ohio-bird-conservation-initiative-obci6531241

http://ohiolightsout.org/western-cuyahoga-audubon-society-interviews-lights-out-leaders/

Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthewbuhrl, and the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI) at @OBCI

Bob Fowles
 

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Date: 1/26/18 5:25 am
From: Diane K. Bierly <dkb246...>
Subject: Owl trip report
The owls were not very talkative last night.

We were able to hear screech owls doing both whinny and tremolo (bounce)
calls.

Diane Bierly
State College
 

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Date: 1/26/18 5:22 am
From: Diane K. Bierly <dkb246...>
Subject: Re: birdclub mail
My email service provider offers "white list filtering" as one of its
subscriber services.

I can add email addresses onto my white list so that the emails are delivered
to my inbox. Some of the messages still come through labeled "spam" but at
least I see them in my inbox.

Both my private email service provider and my work email service provider are
continually updating their filters.

Diane

State College

------ Original Message ------
Received: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:20:42 PM EST
From: Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...>
To: <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Re: birdclub mail


Jean, I am having the same experience as you with list serv mail going to
spam. It only started a few days ago.

Kurt Engstrom



-----Original Message-----
From: Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...>
To: SCBIRDCL <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 6:04 pm
Subject: birdclub mail



Lately, I find some of this list serv mail is showing up in my spam pile
instead of new mail. I have to check daily and fish out the club mail as "not
spam". Being put into spam can become a problem for anybody's email. Just
now I sent a note about a Cooper's Hawk, and my own copy showed up in Spam.
Did anybody else receive my post?



Jean Aron


227 Kimport Ave., Boalsburg, PA 16827


(814) 466-6067 <shorthiker...>


A Good Friend is someone who listens to you. ---Anon.
 

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Date: 1/25/18 6:29 pm
From: Alissa Pendorf <ajp2487...>
Subject: RWBB and Grebe / Coot specimens needed
Just sending a shout out on the off chance someone knows of a Red-winged
Blackbird (male or female) or American Coot / Grebe (any species) specimen
available. I am nearing the completion of my specimen collection for
educational use (permits available for reference) and am struggling to find
these birds.

Thank you!
Alissa

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

 

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Date: 1/25/18 6:20 pm
From: Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: birdclub mail

Jean, I am having the same experience as you with list serv mail going to spam. It only started a few days ago.

Kurt Engstrom



-----Original Message-----
From: Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...>
To: SCBIRDCL <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 6:04 pm
Subject: birdclub mail



Lately, I find some of this list serv mail is showing up in my spam pile instead of new mail. I have to check daily and fish out the club mail as "not spam". Being put into spam can become a problem for anybody's email. Just now I sent a note about a Cooper's Hawk, and my own copy showed up in Spam. Did anybody else receive my post?



Jean Aron


227 Kimport Ave., Boalsburg, PA 16827


(814) 466-6067 <shorthiker...>


A Good Friend is someone who listens to you. ---Anon.




 

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Date: 1/25/18 6:08 pm
From: Carla Hass <calisto...>
Subject: Re: birdclub mail
Came through to my inbox no problem - I enjoyed your description of your
handsome visitor :-)

Cheers,

Carla


On 1/25/2018 6:03 PM, Jean Aron wrote:
> Lately, I find some of this list serv mail is showing up in my spam
> pile instead of new mail.  I have to check daily and fish out the club
> mail as "not spam". Being put into spam can become a problem for
> anybody's email.   Just now I sent a note about a Cooper's Hawk, and
> my own copy showed up in Spam.   Did anybody else receive my post?
>
> Jean Aron
> 227 Kimport Ave., Boalsburg, PA 16827
>
> (814) 466-6067 <shorthiker...>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> A Good Friend is someone who listens to you.   ---Anon.


 

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Date: 1/25/18 3:04 pm
From: Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: birdclub mail

Lately, I find some of this list serv mail is showing up in my spam pile instead of new mail. I have to check daily and fish out the club mail as "not spam". Being put into spam can become a problem for anybody's email. Just now I sent a note about a Cooper's Hawk, and my own copy showed up in Spam. Did anybody else receive my post?



Jean Aron


227 Kimport Ave., Boalsburg, PA 16827


(814) 466-6067 <shorthiker...>


A Good Friend is someone who listens to you. ---Anon.


 

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Date: 1/25/18 2:39 pm
From: Jean Aron <000000ab966af9e4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Cooper's Hawk

Sad to see the window-killed hawk. Most of my birding these wintry days is done at the bird feeders in my front yard.
Fortunately, so far I have not seen any window-kills or other problems around my home "wildlife" yard this year. There surely must be quite a few victims of the cold, but there are enough predators and scavengers to keep it neat. The usual variety of feeder birds are showing up, along with too many squirrels, & too many house sparrows.
But the most spectacular and interesting bird I saw this month was a magnificent Cooper's Hawk. I just glanced out a back window, when it swooped down into my backyard one morning, and perched proudly for a moment on an old clothesline pole--- the largest bird I have seen around here, maybe 18 inches -- it looked very tall because it stood so straight and upright. Allowing me one minute to fetch my binocs, it then hopped over onto the large brush pile in my garden, and made several attempts to get at the "prey" critter hiding inside the pile, but soon realized that was not possible. The bird strutted and turned all the way around once or twice so I could make note of the tail stripes, and the robin-like red breast and dark back, and the hawk face, beak and talons. After it left, I looked it up in Sibley just to make sure, since I seldom see these hawks, and never before had such a good look. I assume it was a mature female?, since it was so large, and healthy. Really a beautiful bird.




Jean Aron


227 Kimport Ave., Boalsburg, PA 16827


(814) 466-6067 <shorthiker...>


A Good Friend is someone who listens to you. ---Anon.






-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
To: SCBIRDCL <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 2:53 pm
Subject: How to get off the email list





The list won't let me say certain words in the email, so I'm sending a picture of what I wanted to write:



Or read the instructions here about joining and bailing on the email list http://www.scbirdcl.org/joinemaillist.html ;











To make this boring clerical message more interesting (but no more uplifting except for the fact that paying attention to problems inspires us to solve them), here is a picture of a University Park window-killed Cooper's hawk that Andrea Ferich, Penns Valley conservationist, agroecologist, birder, and PSU all-but-done grad student sent the other day:








 

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Date: 1/25/18 12:45 pm
From: Debra Rittelmann <dlrittelmann...>
Subject: Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
As someone who is new to the area, if you are headed towards Lemont from
322 Business (Atherton) on Branch Road, is it the pond on the right side of
the road? Is this private property. I think I saw the gravel area on the
left mentioned earlier that you could park in. I'm concerned about being on
private property, but I would love to see them as well.

Thanks!

Deb Rittelmann

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 2:04 PM, Craig&Jean Miller <csjhmiller...>
wrote:

> We just saw them around 1:30 this afternoon at the Centre Hill CC pond on
> Branch Road.
>
> Jean Miller
>
> On 1/25/2018 11:17 AM, Richard Garland wrote:
>
> They are at the back pond edge late this morning....
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 23, 2018, at 2:52 PM, Richard Garland <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-
> <request...> wrote:
>
> I checked the end area today about 11ish....the Canada geese were there,
> but I didn't't see any Greater White Fronted Geese.....
>
> Richard
>
>
> On Monday, January 22, 2018 4:36 PM, Julia Plummer <julia...>
> wrote:
>
>
> Joe Verica spotted 6 Greater White Fronted Geese at Centre Hill CC on
> Branch Rd. They were by the pond when I saw them this afternoon. With
> 100+ Canada geese.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/25/18 12:39 pm
From: Julia Plummer <julia...>
Subject: Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
To follow-up, yes, if you are heading away from Atherton, towards Lemont,
the pond is on the right side of Branch Road (yes, the pond is private
property). I was initially able to see the Geese from Cliffside drive
(right hand turn just before the gravel lot). Not as good a view,
possibly, but I stayed in my car and could see the geese on the grass until
walked all the way down to the pond with just binoculars. I'm not sure who
owns the gravel lot.

Julia

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 3:09 PM, Debra Grim <dsgrim02...> wrote:

> park in the gravel area, then walk toward the bridge, staying behind the
> fence and then the rail. there is a fairly wide flat area where you can
> stand and set up a scope. If you are short like me, you may have to bend
> and peer under the far rail to see them, or stand on tippy toes.
>
> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 2:33 PM, Debra Rittelmann <dlrittelmann...>
> wrote:
>
>> As someone who is new to the area, if you are headed towards Lemont from
>> 322 Business (Atherton) on Branch Road, is it the pond on the right side of
>> the road? Is this private property. I think I saw the gravel area on the
>> left mentioned earlier that you could park in. I'm concerned about being on
>> private property, but I would love to see them as well.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Deb Rittelmann
>>
>> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 2:04 PM, Craig&Jean Miller <
>> <csjhmiller...> wrote:
>>
>>> We just saw them around 1:30 this afternoon at the Centre Hill CC pond
>>> on Branch Road.
>>>
>>> Jean Miller
>>>
>>> On 1/25/2018 11:17 AM, Richard Garland wrote:
>>>
>>> They are at the back pond edge late this morning....
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> On Jan 23, 2018, at 2:52 PM, Richard Garland <
>>> <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I checked the end area today about 11ish....the Canada geese were there,
>>> but I didn't't see any Greater White Fronted Geese.....
>>>
>>> Richard
>>>
>>>
>>> On Monday, January 22, 2018 4:36 PM, Julia Plummer <
>>> <julia...> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Joe Verica spotted 6 Greater White Fronted Geese at Centre Hill CC on
>>> Branch Rd. They were by the pond when I saw them this afternoon. With
>>> 100+ Canada geese.
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 1/25/18 12:39 pm
From: Michael P. Johnson <mpj...>
Subject: Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
Still there at 2:53.


On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 02:04 PM Craig&Jean Miller <csjhmiller...> wrote:
>
>We just saw them around 1:30 this afternoon at the Centre Hill CC pond
>on Branch Road.
>
>Jean Miller
>
>
>On 1/25/2018 11:17 AM, Richard Garland wrote:
>> They are at the back pond edge late this morning....
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Jan 23, 2018, at 2:52 PM, Richard Garland
>> <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...>
>> <mailto:<0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...>> wrote:
>>
>>> I checked the end area today about 11ish....the Canada geese were
>>> there, but I didn't't see any Greater White Fronted Geese.....
>>>
>>> Richard
>>>
>>>
>>> On Monday, January 22, 2018 4:36 PM, Julia Plummer
>>> <julia...> <mailto:<julia...>> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Joe Verica spotted 6 Greater White Fronted Geese at Centre Hill CC on
>>> Branch Rd. They were by the pond when I saw them this afternoon. 
>>> With 100+ Canada geese.
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>
>


Michael P. Johnson, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies,
and African and African American Studies, Penn State

1155 Oneida St.
State College, PA 16801
(814) 404-6975 www.personal.psu.edu/mpj
 

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Date: 1/25/18 12:37 pm
From: Debra Grim <dsgrim02...>
Subject: Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
park in the gravel area, then walk toward the bridge, staying behind the
fence and then the rail. there is a fairly wide flat area where you can
stand and set up a scope. If you are short like me, you may have to bend
and peer under the far rail to see them, or stand on tippy toes.

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 2:33 PM, Debra Rittelmann <dlrittelmann...>
wrote:

> As someone who is new to the area, if you are headed towards Lemont from
> 322 Business (Atherton) on Branch Road, is it the pond on the right side of
> the road? Is this private property. I think I saw the gravel area on the
> left mentioned earlier that you could park in. I'm concerned about being on
> private property, but I would love to see them as well.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Deb Rittelmann
>
> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 2:04 PM, Craig&Jean Miller <csjhmiller...>
> > wrote:
>
>> We just saw them around 1:30 this afternoon at the Centre Hill CC pond on
>> Branch Road.
>>
>> Jean Miller
>>
>> On 1/25/2018 11:17 AM, Richard Garland wrote:
>>
>> They are at the back pond edge late this morning....
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Jan 23, 2018, at 2:52 PM, Richard Garland <
>> <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>
>> I checked the end area today about 11ish....the Canada geese were there,
>> but I didn't't see any Greater White Fronted Geese.....
>>
>> Richard
>>
>>
>> On Monday, January 22, 2018 4:36 PM, Julia Plummer <
>> <julia...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Joe Verica spotted 6 Greater White Fronted Geese at Centre Hill CC on
>> Branch Rd. They were by the pond when I saw them this afternoon. With
>> 100+ Canada geese.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>
>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 1/25/18 12:21 pm
From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
Subject: How to get off the email list

The list won't let me say certain words in the email, so I'm sending a picture of what I wanted to write:

Or read the instructions here about joining and bailing on the email list http://www.scbirdcl.org/joinemaillist.html




To make this boring clerical message more interesting (but no more uplifting except for the fact that paying attention to problems inspires us to solve them), here is a picture of a University Park window-killed Cooper's hawk that Andrea Ferich, Penns Valley conservationist, agroecologist, birder, and PSU all-but-done grad student sent the other day:



 

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Date: 1/25/18 11:42 am
From: Lorrie Miller <lmiller...>
Subject: Email Change
Please change my email address to :

<miller.lorrie...><mailto:<miller.lorrie...>



Lorrie L. Miller

Director of Sales

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott



150 Granite Run Drive

Lancaster, Pa 17601

717-581-1800

Fax 717-581-1810

<lmiller...><mailto:<lmiller...>

 

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Date: 1/25/18 11:05 am
From: Craig&Jean Miller <csjhmiller...>
Subject: Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
We just saw them around 1:30 this afternoon at the Centre Hill CC pond
on Branch Road.

Jean Miller


On 1/25/2018 11:17 AM, Richard Garland wrote:
> They are at the back pond edge late this morning....
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 23, 2018, at 2:52 PM, Richard Garland
> <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...>
> <mailto:<0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...>> wrote:
>
>> I checked the end area today about 11ish....the Canada geese were
>> there, but I didn't't see any Greater White Fronted Geese.....
>>
>> Richard
>>
>>
>> On Monday, January 22, 2018 4:36 PM, Julia Plummer
>> <julia...> <mailto:<julia...>> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Joe Verica spotted 6 Greater White Fronted Geese at Centre Hill CC on
>> Branch Rd. They were by the pond when I saw them this afternoon. 
>> With 100+ Canada geese.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>


 

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Date: 1/25/18 11:04 am
From: Lora Hunt <carmelhunt32...>
Subject: List
We have moved and I would like to be removed from your list.

<carmelhunt32...>

Thanks!

Lora

 

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Date: 1/25/18 8:17 am
From: Richard Garland <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
They are at the back pond edge late this morning....

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 23, 2018, at 2:52 PM, Richard Garland <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I checked the end area today about 11ish....the Canada geese were there, but I didn't't see any Greater White Fronted Geese.....
>
> Richard
>
>
> On Monday, January 22, 2018 4:36 PM, Julia Plummer <julia...> wrote:
>
>
> Joe Verica spotted 6 Greater White Fronted Geese at Centre Hill CC on Branch Rd. They were by the pond when I saw them this afternoon. With 100+ Canada geese.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>

 

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Date: 1/25/18 6:35 am
From: Debra Grim <dsgrim02...>
Subject: Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
Laura,
I'll send you the meeting minutes once I get them into Word.
Debra

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 9:28 AM, Laura & Mike Jackson <
<jacksonlaura73...> wrote:

> Mike and I are sorry we missed the program - we couldn’t attend due to a
> family obligation.
>
> Is there anything that could be shared with folks who missed the program?
>
> We had trouble with bird hits and kills at our kitchen window.
>
> We’ve tried various commercial products and what has worked the best,
> which we have now, is the Bird Crash Preventer kit. Strands of fishing
> line 4” apart are held in place with rods attached to brackets above and
> below our window. It’s available at: http://stores.santarosanational.com
>
> I know this setup may not be practical for large buildings, but it is
> feasible for house and some office windows.
>
> Laura
>
> On Jan 25, 2018, at 9:04 AM, Debra Grim <dsgrim02...> wrote:
>
> I agree. This was an excellent program on a very important topic.
>
> Debra
>
> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 5:56 AM, Susan Braun <braun3112...> wrote:
>
>> Thank you Joe for bringing this speaker to Bird Club. As State College
>> continues to grow, I think this is a very important topic for our area.
>>
>> Susan
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 8:24 PM, Doug Wentzel <djw105...> wrote:
>>
>>> Greetings all,
>>>
>>> If you have yet to attend a meeting this Bird Club season, a reminder
>>> that we will be using the Spring Creek Education Building at Millbrook
>>> Marsh Nature Center. The walk from the parking lot is a relatively short
>>> one, and the nature center recently added some additional lighting around
>>> the building. You are also welcome to park in the staff lot, and there are
>>> two handicapped spaces as well, that are very well lighted and close to the
>>> building.
>>>
>>> Thanks to Joe for lining up another informative speaker, and remember
>>> that your membership dues support our meeting presenters.
>>>
>>> Hope to see you tomorrow night,
>>> best,
>>> Doug
>>>
>>> > On Jan 22, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Joe Gyekis <j99...> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > January 24, 2018 (Wednesday)
>>> > Regular State College Bird Club Meeting
>>> >
>>> > 7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
>>> > Program
>>> >
>>> > Our guest speaker will be Matt Shumar, who will give a program titled
>>> "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across
>>> the landscape".
>>> >
>>> > Matthew Shumar is the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird
>>> Conservation Initiative, a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses,
>>> state and federal government agencies, and citizens working to advance bird
>>> conservation efforts. In addition to his work with OBCI, he is in charge of
>>> web communications for the Association of Field Ornithologists and is the
>>> co-editor of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.
>>>
>>
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/25/18 6:31 am
From: Laura Jackson <mljackson2...>
Subject: Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
Mike and I are sorry we missed the program - we couldn’t attend due to a family obligation.

Is there anything that could be shared with folks who missed the program?

I know lighting is a big issue, but we’ve also had problems with bird hits and kills at our kitchen window.

We’ve tried various commercial products and what has worked the best, which we have now, is the Bird Crash Preventer kit. Strands of fishing line 4” apart are held in place with rods attached to brackets above and below our window. It’s available at: http://stores.santarosanational.com <http://stores.santarosanational.com/>

I know this setup may not be practical for large buildings, but it is feasible for houses and some office windows.

Laura

> On Jan 23, 2018, at 8:24 PM, Doug Wentzel <djw105...> wrote:
>
> Greetings all,
>
> If you have yet to attend a meeting this Bird Club season, a reminder that we will be using the Spring Creek Education Building at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. The walk from the parking lot is a relatively short one, and the nature center recently added some additional lighting around the building. You are also welcome to park in the staff lot, and there are two handicapped spaces as well, that are very well lighted and close to the building.
>
> Thanks to Joe for lining up another informative speaker, and remember that your membership dues support our meeting presenters.
>
> Hope to see you tomorrow night,
> best,
> Doug
>
>> On Jan 22, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Joe Gyekis <j99...> wrote:
>>
>> January 24, 2018 (Wednesday)
>> Regular State College Bird Club Meeting
>>
>> 7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
>> Program
>>
>> Our guest speaker will be Matt Shumar, who will give a program titled "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape".
>>
>> Matthew Shumar is the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses, state and federal government agencies, and citizens working to advance bird conservation efforts. In addition to his work with OBCI, he is in charge of web communications for the Association of Field Ornithologists and is the co-editor of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.


 

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Date: 1/25/18 6:05 am
From: Debra Grim <dsgrim02...>
Subject: Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
I agree. This was an excellent program on a very important topic.

Debra

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 5:56 AM, Susan Braun <braun3112...> wrote:

> Thank you Joe for bringing this speaker to Bird Club. As State College
> continues to grow, I think this is a very important topic for our area.
>
> Susan
>
> On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 8:24 PM, Doug Wentzel <djw105...> wrote:
>
>> Greetings all,
>>
>> If you have yet to attend a meeting this Bird Club season, a reminder
>> that we will be using the Spring Creek Education Building at Millbrook
>> Marsh Nature Center. The walk from the parking lot is a relatively short
>> one, and the nature center recently added some additional lighting around
>> the building. You are also welcome to park in the staff lot, and there are
>> two handicapped spaces as well, that are very well lighted and close to the
>> building.
>>
>> Thanks to Joe for lining up another informative speaker, and remember
>> that your membership dues support our meeting presenters.
>>
>> Hope to see you tomorrow night,
>> best,
>> Doug
>>
>> > On Jan 22, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Joe Gyekis <j99...> wrote:
>> >
>> > January 24, 2018 (Wednesday)
>> > Regular State College Bird Club Meeting
>> >
>> > 7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
>> > Program
>> >
>> > Our guest speaker will be Matt Shumar, who will give a program titled
>> "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across
>> the landscape".
>> >
>> > Matthew Shumar is the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird
>> Conservation Initiative, a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses,
>> state and federal government agencies, and citizens working to advance bird
>> conservation efforts. In addition to his work with OBCI, he is in charge of
>> web communications for the Association of Field Ornithologists and is the
>> co-editor of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/25/18 5:33 am
From: Jon Kauffman <jvk5019...>
Subject: Field Trip Reminder
Hello all,

A friendly reminder of the upcoming field trip tonight. Hope you can make
it.

Cheers,
Jon


Thursday, January 25, 2017 (7:30pm-9pm)
Owl Prowl at Bald Eagle State Park

Diane Bierly will lead an owling field trip on Thursday, January 25 to some
areas included in the Bald Eagle State Park Christmas Bird Count. This will
be
a listening activity which requires standing around in the cold for up to 25
minutes at a time. Binoculars are not necessary but you might want to bring
a
flashlight.

We will meet at the Rt. 150 Overlook at Bald Eagle State Park at 7:30 p.m.
and
then we will carpool to several locations along Bullitt Run Road and Marsh
Creek Road. We will be back at the Overlook by 9:00 p.m.

Eastern Screech Owls, Barred Owls, and Great-horned Owls were all heard
during the CBC on
January 1.

Directions: From the the Milesburg exit off of Interstate 80, travel ~7
miles east on Rt 150 (North Eagle Valley Rd) towards Bald Eagle State Park.
Shortly after PA-26 (the road to Howard) turn right into the overlook
parking lot.

 

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Date: 1/25/18 2:56 am
From: Susan Braun <braun3112...>
Subject: Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
Thank you Joe for bringing this speaker to Bird Club. As State College
continues to grow, I think this is a very important topic for our area.

Susan

On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 8:24 PM, Doug Wentzel <djw105...> wrote:

> Greetings all,
>
> If you have yet to attend a meeting this Bird Club season, a reminder that
> we will be using the Spring Creek Education Building at Millbrook Marsh
> Nature Center. The walk from the parking lot is a relatively short one,
> and the nature center recently added some additional lighting around the
> building. You are also welcome to park in the staff lot, and there are two
> handicapped spaces as well, that are very well lighted and close to the
> building.
>
> Thanks to Joe for lining up another informative speaker, and remember that
> your membership dues support our meeting presenters.
>
> Hope to see you tomorrow night,
> best,
> Doug
>
> > On Jan 22, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Joe Gyekis <j99...> wrote:
> >
> > January 24, 2018 (Wednesday)
> > Regular State College Bird Club Meeting
> >
> > 7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
> > Program
> >
> > Our guest speaker will be Matt Shumar, who will give a program titled
> "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across
> the landscape".
> >
> > Matthew Shumar is the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation
> Initiative, a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses, state and
> federal government agencies, and citizens working to advance bird
> conservation efforts. In addition to his work with OBCI, he is in charge of
> web communications for the Association of Field Ornithologists and is the
> co-editor of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.
>

 

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Date: 1/24/18 5:10 am
From: Diane K. Bierly <dkb246...>
Subject: Pine Grove Mills area WRS
Jim Dunn, Nancy Ellen Kiernan and I did a Winter Raptor Survey on Saturday,
January 20.

The northern goshawk was seen at Fairbrook marsh which is near where we saw
one during the 2013 survey. The harriers were spread out over the route with
one seen along Whitehall Road west of Fairbrook, one seen along Tadpole Road
north of Fairbrook, and two seen along Nixon Road. We also saw 49 turkeys.

Here is the full report:

County – Centre (Pine Grove Mills Area)
Date – January 20, 2018
Observer(s) – Diane Bierly, Jim Dunn, Nancy Ellen Kiernan
Start time – 10:05 am
End time – 1:18 pm
Time on Route – 3:13
Miles driven on the route – 41

5 TVs
1 BVs
4 Harriers: 3 Male, 1 Female
10 Red-tails: 8 Adult, 2 ND
3 Kestrels: 2 Male, 1 Female
1 Sharp-shins:
1 Coopers:
1 Northern Goshawk

("ND" = not determined)

average conditions:
Avg Temp (F)- 42
Sky: partly cloudy
Wind: moderate
Avg inches snow cover- 1 inch

Diane Bierly
State College
 

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Date: 1/23/18 5:24 pm
From: Doug Wentzel <djw105...>
Subject: Re: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
Greetings all,

If you have yet to attend a meeting this Bird Club season, a reminder that we will be using the Spring Creek Education Building at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. The walk from the parking lot is a relatively short one, and the nature center recently added some additional lighting around the building. You are also welcome to park in the staff lot, and there are two handicapped spaces as well, that are very well lighted and close to the building.

Thanks to Joe for lining up another informative speaker, and remember that your membership dues support our meeting presenters.

Hope to see you tomorrow night,
best,
Doug

> On Jan 22, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Joe Gyekis <j99...> wrote:
>
> January 24, 2018 (Wednesday)
> Regular State College Bird Club Meeting
>
> 7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
> Program
>
> Our guest speaker will be Matt Shumar, who will give a program titled "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape".
>
> Matthew Shumar is the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses, state and federal government agencies, and citizens working to advance bird conservation efforts. In addition to his work with OBCI, he is in charge of web communications for the Association of Field Ornithologists and is the co-editor of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.
 

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Date: 1/23/18 1:22 pm
From: Margaret Brittingham <mxb21...>
Subject: Paper on SNOW
Hi All
Here's a link to a paper on snowy owls written by some former SCBC members
and friends discussing the diverse array of habitats used during irruptive
years. .

http://www.bioone.org/doi/10.1656/045.024.s712

 

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Date: 1/23/18 11:52 am
From: Richard Garland <0000236c4f481b8f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
I checked the end area today about 11ish....the Canada geese were there, but I didn't't see any Greater White Fronted Geese.....
Richard

On Monday, January 22, 2018 4:36 PM, Julia Plummer <julia...> wrote:


Joe Verica spotted 6 Greater White Fronted Geese at Centre Hill CC on Branch Rd.  They were by the pond when I saw them this afternoon.  With 100+ Canada geese. 

Sent from my iPhone



 

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Date: 1/23/18 5:04 am
From: Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese

John Carter and Carl Engstrom are reporting the Greater White-fronted Geese are continuing at the Centre Hills Country Club Pond. Carl found 8 mixed in with the Canada Geese. For those not familiar, Centre Hills Country Club Pond is alongside East Branch Rd. It is a busy road, but there is a gravel parking lot across the street from the pond where you can park and then walk down to the pond.

Kurt Engstrom

 

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Date: 1/23/18 4:59 am
From: Joe Gyekis <j99...>
Subject: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"
Hi Everyone,
If you'd like to join Matt and a few more of us on Wednesday at 5:15 pm to eat at Happy Valley Brewing Company, please do let me know.
Joe


----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Gyekis" <j99...>
To: "State College Bird Club" <SCBIRDCL...>
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2018 4:51:26 PM
Subject: Meeting this Wed: Matt Shumar, on "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape"

January 24, 2018 (Wednesday)
Regular State College Bird Club Meeting

7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program

Our guest speaker will be Matt Shumar, who will give a program titled "Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape".

Matthew Shumar is the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses, state and federal government agencies, and citizens working to advance bird conservation efforts. In addition to his work with OBCI, he is in charge of web communications for the Association of Field Ornithologists and is the co-editor of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.
 

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