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28 Sep: @ 07:40:43 
Cape May Warbler -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Sep 28, 2016 [Daniel E. Weeks]
28 Sep: @ 07:31:15 
Rose Tree Park (27 Sep 2016) 42 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
28 Sep: @ 06:42:59 
Great Horned Owls, Washington County [g. g]
28 Sep: @ 01:00:38 
Sapsuckers, Hummingbirds, other woodpeckers -- Cumberland County [reeser]
27 Sep: @ 23:51:57 
Prairie Warbler, Presque Isle, Erie [Michael David]
27 Sep: @ 20:42:52 
Marsh Wrens & Seasonal Change - Lebanon County [Ted Nichols II]
27 Sep: @ 20:36:27 
Re: Independence Marsh - Beaver Co. [Gina Rubino]
27 Sep: @ 20:02:03 
Bake Oven Knob (27 Sep 2016) 104 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Sep: @ 19:28:01 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (27 Sep 2016) 105 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Sep: @ 18:56:09 
No Dowitchers seen at Middlecreek, Lancaster County [=?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=A2=E2=80=A2S=E2=80=A2J=E2=80=A2Stahl=E2=80=A2=E2=80=A2?=]
27 Sep: @ 18:23:17 
Waggoner's Gap (27 Sep 2016) 131 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Sep: @ 18:00:47 
Second Mountain (27 Sep 2016) 41 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Sep: @ 17:47:04 
Re: PABIRDS Digest - 24 Sep 2016 to 25 Sep 2016 (#2016-270) [Lizzieg927]
27 Sep: @ 17:35:10 
Bucktoe Creek Preserve (27 Sep 2016) 67 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Sep: @ 17:17:59 
Allegheny Front (27 Sep 2016) 19 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Sep: @ 16:50:43 
Ovenbirds, YB Cuckoo, Harrison Hills Park, Allegheny [Kate StJohn]
27 Sep: @ 12:27:19 
American Avocet, Conejohela Flats, Lancaster County [Mike Epler]
27 Sep: @ 12:22:20 
Frick Today, Allegheny County [Jack E. Solomon]
27 Sep: @ 11:52:38 
Connecticut warbler and lots of Cape Mays, Schuylkill Co. [Scott Weidensaul]
27 Sep: @ 08:04:30 
7 Warblers & Sapsucker -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Sep 27, 2016 [Daniel E. Weeks]
27 Sep: @ 07:50:55 
Erie County waterbird count for Sept. 27, 2016 [Jerry McWilliams]
26 Sep: @ 21:33:57 
Bake Oven Knob (26 Sep 2016) 276 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Sep: @ 20:55:23 
Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 Sep 2016) 257 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Sep: @ 17:48:56 
Allegheny Front (26 Sep 2016) 31 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Sep: @ 16:58:38 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (26 Sep 2016) 170 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Sep: @ 16:51:19 
Rose Tree Park (26 Sep 2016) 15 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Sep: @ 15:55:29 
Rose Tree Park (25 Sep 2016) 359 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Sep: @ 15:42:43 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Allegheny County [Amy Henrici]
26 Sep: @ 15:27:03 
Second Mountain (26 Sep 2016) 4 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Sep: @ 15:09:56 
Hahn Rd. AMD Pond, Washington County [g. g]
26 Sep: @ 15:02:46 
Waggoner's Gap (26 Sep 2016) 44 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Sep: @ 12:45:55 
Allegheny County-South Park correction [John Flannigan]
26 Sep: @ 12:28:43 
Allegheny County-South Park-Thrushes [John Flannigan]
26 Sep: @ 11:52:19 
OctoBIRDfest [Acker, Judith]
26 Sep: @ 11:02:17 
Allegheny Co Raven - again [Ryan Tomazin]
26 Sep: @ 10:15:58 
Lancaster Co. Wood's Edge shorebirds 9/25/16 [Meredith_Lombard]
26 Sep: @ 09:43:15 
Central PA Birdline - request for new compiller [Mark Mcconaughy]
26 Sep: @ 03:55:22 
09/25/16 KPNA List, Luz. Co. [Sandra Goodwin]
25 Sep: @ 22:07:15 
Franklin County- Wilson's Warbler & Lincoln's Sparrow [Chris Blazo]
25 Sep: @ 21:24:32 
Yellow B. Cuckoo, WTSparrow, more Crawford County [Shawn Collins]
25 Sep: @ 20:26:28 
Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine State Park - North Shore, Sep 25, 2016 [Karyn Delaney]
25 Sep: @ 20:17:23 
Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co. (9/18-9/24) [August Mirabella]
25 Sep: @ 20:10:19 
Fox Chapel [Cecelia]
25 Sep: @ 18:36:29 
Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 Sep 2016) 724 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Sep: @ 18:04:41 
Bake Oven Knob (25 Sep 2016) 77 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Sep: @ 17:58:20 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (25 Sep 2016) 113 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Sep: @ 17:54:58 
Waggoner's Gap (25 Sep 2016) 67 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Sep: @ 17:14:03 
Thrushes, Warblers, and Other Migrants--Butler County [Brendyn Baptiste]
25 Sep: @ 16:24:56 
Allegheny Front (25 Sep 2016) 122 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Sep: @ 15:47:21 
OUT OF STATE OUT OF SEASON OUT OF SIGHT REPORT [bill drolsbaugh]





Subject: Cape May Warbler -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Sep 28, 2016
Date: Wed Sep 28 2016 7:40 am
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
Had a nice Cape May Warbler in Frick Park this morning. 

Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Sep 28, 2016
07:42
Traveling
2.05 miles
56 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Birding by bicycle in the Riverview hill area near the Blue slide entrance of Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. Observer: Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86

5 Mourning Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
2 Red-eyed Vireo
5 Blue Jay
1 Carolina Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
8 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
1 European Starling
28 Cedar Waxwing
1 Cape May Warbler
2 Magnolia Warbler
2 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Song Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Number of Taxa: 18



Subject: Rose Tree Park (27 Sep 2016) 42 Raptors
Date: Wed Sep 28 2016 7:31 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 11 100 100
Northern Harrier 0 12 12
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1
Bald Eagle 3 61 61
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 144 144
Cooper's Hawk 4 30 30
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 10 742 742
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 60 60
Merlin 1 10 10
Peregrine Falcon 1 7 7
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 3

Total: 42 1178 1178
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Bruce Childs, Tom Bush

Observers: Bob Kelly, Chuck Root, John D'Amico, Sarah Busch, Tom Bush

Visitors:
Barb Elliot


Weather:
Cloudy, with variable winds through the day

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterflies- 15

Predictions:
Clouds in the morning, with possible afternoon thundershowers. Winds ENE,
around 10-20mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly@rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org



Subject: Great Horned Owls, Washington County
Date: Wed Sep 28 2016 6:42 am
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
It was nice to be awakened by two Great Horned Owls calling back and forth
in the backyard before dawn. They called to each other for an hour.


Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Sapsuckers, Hummingbirds, other woodpeckers -- Cumberland County
Date: Wed Sep 28 2016 1:00 am
From: reeser AT mindspring.com
 
We had at least 2 or 3 ruby throated hummingbirds here on Friday 9/23/16
and Saturday 9/24/16. Did not notice them on Sunday, but did not have as
much time to look.

However, on Sunday 9/25/16, I spotted at least 2 young yellow bellied
sapsuckers in the shade master locust tree. One had a faint few red
feathers and a light yellow belly. They moved up and down the tree so
quickly that at times I thought there might be more than 2. The locust
tree seems to attract them in spring and fall. They've drilled rows of
sap wells on various branches of the tree.

We've also been seeing at least 2 young red bellied woodpeckers as well
as the adult male and female. And this year we've gotten a lot of visits
at the suet dough from the flickers, as well as the red belled and the
downy woodpeckers.

Ellen
Cumberland County, PA
reeser@mindspring.com



Subject: Prairie Warbler, Presque Isle, Erie
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 23:51 pm
From: michaeltdavid AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,

I found a Prairie Warbler on Pine Tree Trail at Presque Isle near sunset
this evening. If accepted, this would be the latest ebird record in the
county by about a month.
Other warblers present were Nashville, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, and
Common Yellowthroat.

Best,

Michael David
Allegheny Co.



Subject: Marsh Wrens & Seasonal Change - Lebanon County
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 20:42 pm
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
I had my best ever views of Marsh Wrens in my home county (Lebanon) this
evening as two birds sat atop cattails and alternated singing at the
Quittapahilla Wetlands Preserve just outside of Lebanon.

I also had my first White-throated Sparrow of the season walking down the
entrance path there. The seasonal changing of the guard is indeed happening!

A Wilson's & Nashville Warbler at the end of the loop also added to the
end-of-day fun and served as a reminder of the dynamics of migration.

Good birding!

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



Subject: Independence Marsh - Beaver Co.
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 20:36 pm
From: gina.m.rubino AT gmail.com
 
Dan and I visited Independence Marsh this evening. All the birds reported
perviously in Mark's email continue. In addition, there was a Wilson's
Snipe and an American Pipit at the mudflats of the large pond.

There was also a Green Heron and a couple Green-winged Teals.

Dan & Gina Rubino, Beaver Co.

On Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 2:36 PM, Mark Vass wrote:

> I stopped at Independence Marsh today to checkout the pond there
>
> The water level continues to recede there with the lack of rainfall
>
> The Great Egret continues there and I had five shorebird species
>
> 50 Killdeer
> 1 Lesser Yellowlegs
> 3 Solitary Sandpiper
> 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
> 1 Pectoral Sandpiper
>
> Mark Vass
> Beaver Co.
>



Subject: Bake Oven Knob (27 Sep 2016) 104 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 20:02 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 3 67 112
Turkey Vulture 30 275 471
Osprey 2 170 242
Bald Eagle 5 139 198
Northern Harrier 2 17 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 377 416
Cooper's Hawk 3 53 63
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 9 11
Broad-winged Hawk 23 6050 6218
Red-tailed Hawk 5 128 184
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 4
American Kestrel 1 34 45
Merlin 0 49 57
Peregrine Falcon 0 17 17
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 89 120
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1

Total: 104 7476 8181
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Erin Voss

Observers: Ed Wanamaker, Rich Rehrig, Richard, Rob Keith

Visitors:
Additional Counter: Chad Schwartz (who took over the count after 1500).
Additional Observer: Dave Leibert.



Weather:
Warm (58-72˚F) and partly cloudy. Breezes were from the northwest and
0-6 mph in the morning, but died to 3 mph and shifted to the south in the
late afternoon. Good visibility after low morning clouds lifted (20 miles).


Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle (5): 1242i, 1330a, 1428i, 1428i, 1558i
Two Sharp-shinned Hawks landed on the ridge at 1040 and 1621.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven (1), Monarch (3), Chickadee, Blue Jay, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Goldfinch, Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Predictions:
A chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near
72. Light northeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance
of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of
an inch possible.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (27 Sep 2016) 105 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 19:28 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 10 16
Turkey Vulture 14 53 61
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 4 237 299
Bald Eagle 8 136 190
Northern Harrier 1 36 42
Sharp-shinned Hawk 36 535 571
Cooper's Hawk 7 57 66
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 1 20 20
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 11 13
Broad-winged Hawk 21 8931 9102
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 118 168
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 19 30
Golden Eagle 0 2 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 132 163
Merlin 3 79 83
Peregrine Falcon 3 12 13
Unknown Falcon 0 7 7
Unknown Raptor 0 31 37

Total: 105 10426 10885
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Arlene Koch, Rob Feldman, Rudy Keller, Sue Schmoyer

Weather:
overcast to clear, W to E wind,

Raptor Observations:
bald eagles: JV 1034, AD 1107, immatures--1338, 1343, adult-1352, immature
1504, 1512, imm 1520
peregrine JV 1215, adult 1545, unaged-1330.


Non-raptor Observations:
49 blue jay yellow bellied sapsucker, 7 red bellied woodpecker, 77
waxwing, 1 rb nuthatch, 3 BT green warbler, 1 bt blue warbler, 2 phoebe, 1
towhee , 1 tanager
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: No Dowitchers seen at Middlecreek, Lancaster County
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 18:56 pm
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
I didn't see the Dowitchers today. The bird that I saw in the Norway Spruces on the 25th, may have been a  Cape May Warbler rather than a Yellow-rumped that I had thought it was. I thought about this after Scott Weidensaul reported Cape May warblers. Then I recalled that these birds also have yellow rumps.
Later, I went to Woods Edge Park and Chestnut Grove natural area, and saw the same species that I had seen time after time. At Woods Edge Park, I heard a pumping call that could have been a Va. Rail.
Stan Stahl



Subject: Waggoner's Gap (27 Sep 2016) 131 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 18:23 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 1 265 299
BE 2 190 262
NH 4 29 34
SS 91 968 991
CH 3 62 67
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 13 19
BW 18 9196 9397
RT 8 128 211
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 1 1
AK 3 130 157
ML 0 16 18
PG 0 14 18
UA 0 1 2
UB 0 11 14
UF 0 3 3
UE 0 0 0
UR 1 25 29

Total: 131 11052 11522
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers: Gene Wagner, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
Erin Brown - 9


Weather:
Clear skies and light SW wind.

Raptor Observations:
BE Juv 10:12, 11:54

First bird - SS 7:55
Last bird - SS 3:04

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 25
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate@copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Second Mountain (27 Sep 2016) 41 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 18:00 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 71 71
Turkey Vulture 0 9 9
Osprey 0 67 78
Bald Eagle 0 57 68
Northern Harrier 0 14 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 206 206
Cooper's Hawk 1 31 33
Northern Goshawk 0 2 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 12 15
Broad-winged Hawk 11 5915 5940
Red-tailed Hawk 3 50 65
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 5 5
American Kestrel 2 60 67
Merlin 0 9 9
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4

Total: 41 6523 6600
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Fred Wilcox

Observers:

Visitors:
Assisting in the count were Steve Rannels, Tom and Gayle McKinne, Joan
Renninger.
Six visitors for the Vista view.


Weather:
Light fog and heavy clouds at the start of the watch but this quickly
changed as clouds and fog gave way to a bright blue sky. Seasonable
temperatures and a very mild southerly breeze. Visibility good by early
afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
First bird, SS @ 8:50
IM GE @ 9:30
An IM BE observed but not counted

Vultures stopped flying around 12:30.

Non-raptor Observations:
33 monarchs
Local red-tail and SS.

Predictions:
Cloudy and possible showers
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: PABIRDS Digest - 24 Sep 2016 to 25 Sep 2016 (#2016-270)
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 17:47 pm
From: 000000b253303211-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 


 


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: PABIRDS automatic digest system
Date: 9/26/16 12:00 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: PABIRDS Digest - 24 Sep 2016 to 25 Sep 2016 (#2016-270)

There are 24 messages totaling 1218 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Swainson's thrushes, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
  2. Bucktoe Creek Preserve (24 Sep 2016) 45 Raptors
  3. Erie County waterbird count for Sept. 25, 2016
  4. Lincoln's Sparrow, Philadelphia Vireo -- Beechwood Farms, Allegheny County
  5. Dauphin County Sapsucker
  6. Sparrows, etc., Koch property Northampton County
  7. Blue-winged Teal - Lawrence Co.
  8. Dowitcher spp., Red-breasted Nuthatch, Lancaster Co.
  9. Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine SP--Waterfowl Observation Area, Sep 25, 2016
10. Moraine SP warblers and others, Butler
11. Second Mountain (25 Sep 2016) 16 Raptors
12. Swatara State Park this morning (Lebanon Co.; 9/25/2016)
13. OUT OF STATE OUT OF SEASON OUT OF SIGHT REPORT
14. Allegheny Front (25 Sep 2016) 122 Raptors
15. Thrushes, Warblers, and Other Migrants--Butler County
16. Waggoner's Gap (25 Sep 2016) 67 Raptors
17. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (25 Sep 2016) 113 Raptors
18. Bake Oven Knob (25 Sep 2016) 77 Raptors
19. Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 Sep 2016) 724 Raptors
20. Fox Chapel
21. Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co.   (9/18-9/24)
22. Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine State Park - North Shore, Sep 25, 2016
23. Yellow B. Cuckoo, WTSparrow, more Crawford County
24. Franklin County- Wilson's Warbler & Lincoln's Sparrow

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:46:04 +0000
From:    Kate StJohn
Subject: Swainson's thrushes, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Yesterday morning 9/24/16 while it was overcast I walked in Schenley Park for two hours.  Bird activity was low except for lots of blue jays.  Best birds:  A flock of five Swainson's thrushes feasting in a black cherry tree. Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:58:25 -0800
From:    "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (24 Sep 2016) 45 Raptors

Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7             52             52
Bald Eagle                   0             36             36
Northern Harrier             0              7              7
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13             80             80
Cooper's Hawk                5             31             31
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7              7
Broad-winged Hawk           17            219            219
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             39             39
Merlin                       0              3              3
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:                      45            474            474
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end   time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Larry Lewis

Observers:        Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Fowles

Visitors:
Visitors (23):
Evelyn & Mike Fowles,
Sue McLaughlin,
Kathleen Pileggi,
Tim Zador,
Mrs. Zador
Stacey and the TLC Naturalist group
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Watch!



Weather:
Overcast (Cloud cover = 100-90%), 67-70F, Winds N 5-10

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2 - Red-shouldered
Hawk, 6 - Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black and Turkey Vultures – in
fact, all of them until a few obviously migrating Turkey Vultures appear
late in the watch season.

Non-raptor Observations:
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 45 - Double-crested Cormorant, 7 - Palm
Warbler,  2 - Blue Grosbeak, 5 - Bobolink

----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED:  Butterflies (9): Monarch - 25, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Variegated Fritillary.  Dragonflies (1):
Green Darner. 

----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” - (Comments on the “feel” of the day – read on, if
you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other wildlife;
discuss plants; all the while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!:
A text came in at 3:22pm from Hannah, the counter at nearby Ashland Hawk
Watch.  It read, "We have a kettle of 300 Broad-wings!!"  Unfortunately,
Ashland is just to the south of us, the birds would have passed Bucktoe
already.  Even more unfortunately, that text found me in my van, driving to
a meeting I had to get to.  I had left Bucktoe at 3pm...just in time to
miss today's event.  Turns out, Militia Hill had very many Broad-wings
yesterday afternoon...in fact, they were everywhere....finally.  But I was
somewhere else.....it figures!

----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, to The Land
Conservancy of Southern Chester County, and especially, to the Brokaws, for
their support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the
public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!

----EBNT’s  “Walk with Nature” ™ Program Tally with our Fitbits:  Miles:
5.75; Steps: 13,500; Floors: 9.


Predictions:
I am hoping for an early flight of what happened yesterday
afternoon....everywhere else!  Cooler weather continues, but clouds
diminished...winds still good.  I remain hopeful...
========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


Site Description:
High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek

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

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

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:44:45 -0400
From:    Jerry McWilliams
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Sept. 25, 2016

Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: September 25, 2016  
Time: 0650 to 0750
Weather: Clear with aline of clouds to the north, ENE wind to 5 mph, waves about one foot.
Comments:  Very little movement.  Canada Geese were moving across the lake fromCanada.

Waterbirds recorded:

Canada Goose  37
Lesser Scaup  3
Double-crestedCormorant  38


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
jerrymcw@aol.com

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:44:42 -0400
From:    Aidan Place
Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow, Philadelphia Vireo -- Beechwood Farms, Allegheny County

I spent a great morning birding the near side of the property at Beechwood
Farms Nature Reserve. The "best" birds were a Lincoln's sparrow and a nice,
bright Philadelphia vireo. However, the highlight were the huge number of
very vocal Swainson's thrushes along the Spring Hollow Trail. There were
well over twenty with up to four in an individual tree at one time.
Everywhere I looked there would be a thrush and I would flush one off the
trail every ten-twenty feet or so. Two or three birds were even singing, a
sound I have only heard once before in Allegheny County (a fall migrant at
Wingfield Pines in 2014). I additionally had a total of 11 warbler species.

Highlights:
Blackpoll warbler
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Ovenbird
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Philadelphia Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Lincoln's Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Wood Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Grey-cheeked Thrush
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Scarlet Tanager
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Good birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:20:01 -0400
From:    Annette Mathes
Subject: Dauphin County Sapsucker

I have a bright male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker visiting the silver maple trees today at my home in Swatara Township. Other nice migrants so far include a Blue-headed Vireo, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, American Redstart, Black-throated Green Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Also a Common Raven, which I believe is a nearby resident, came soaring over, calling.

Annette Mathes
Harrisburg

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:32:04 +0000
From:    DAVID KOCH
Subject: Sparrows, etc., Koch property Northampton County

Last night's front has finally put Lincoln's, white-throated, and other sparrows in the fields. Two visiting birders had two Connecticut warblers this morning and they (and I at times) also saw a willow fly, brown thrasher, white-eyed vireo, and many other more common species. Hummers continue to visit yard feeders and flowers. 
 Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County davilene@verizon.net

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:20:18 -0700
From:    Mark Vass
Subject: Blue-winged Teal - Lawrence Co.

This morning I stopped at the Wampum - New Galilee Rd. marsh in New Beaver
and had a good count of 32 Blue-winged Teal there

also there was a Hooded Merganser and a Pied-billed Grebe

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:56:54 -0400
From:    ••S•J•Stahl••
Subject: Dowitcher spp., Red-breasted Nuthatch, Lancaster Co.

Just north of stop#1 at Middle Creek, along the slough next to the lake were 2 Dowitchers, feeding and resting among the Canada Geese.
In the Norway Spruce trees southeast of the visitors' center were Red-breasted, as well as White-breasted Nuthatches, along with birds such as a Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
I took photos of the Dowitchers, and tend to lean to long-billed, but I'm not sure. They were backlit, and later, air movement caused distortions.
Stan Stahl


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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:05:59 -0400
From:    Karyn Delaney
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine SP--Waterfowl Observation Area, Sep 25, 2016

Subject: Butler County - eBird Report - Moraine SP--Waterfowl Observation
Area, Sep 25, 2016


After birding the North Shore trails (separate report later), we stopped at
the Waterfowl Observation Area.  There we found a Great Egret and 6
Pied-billed Grebes.  I didn't have my scope with us, but did observe 8 Wood
Ducks.  I believe there were quite a few more along the far side of the
lake.

Karyn & Ray Delaney


Moraine SP--Waterfowl Observation Area, Butler, Pennsylvania, US
Sep 25, 2016 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
8 species

Canada Goose  58
Wood Duck  8
Mallard  5
Pied-billed Grebe  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Blue Jay  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31752587

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

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:29:51 +0000
From:    Glenn Koppel
Subject: Moraine SP warblers and others, Butler

We had 12 species of warblers today at Moraine SP in Butler, birding the Upper and Lower 528 boat launches.

In addition, we had 2 Philadelphia Vireos and a Red-breasted Nuthatch.


Black and White Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

American Redstart

Cape May Warbler

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler


Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koeneke

kestrel22@hotmail.com

Butler, PA

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:41:12 -0800
From:    "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
Subject: Second Mountain (25 Sep 2016) 16 Raptors

Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             71             71
Turkey Vulture               0              9              9
Osprey                       1             67             78
Bald Eagle                   3             57             68
Northern Harrier             0             14             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            181            181
Cooper's Hawk                0             30             32
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             14
Broad-winged Hawk            9           5904           5929
Red-tailed Hawk              0             47             62
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              4
American Kestrel             0             58             65
Merlin                       0              9              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              4              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      16           6478           6555
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end   time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter:        Richard Pohner

Observers:        Brian Weaver

Visitors:
23


Weather:
Light NW wind under a clear sky, cool with temps 45-65.

Raptor Observations:
3 BE's, adult @ 11:55, juv's @ 1:12, 1:15

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:34:34 -0400
From:    Evan Houston
Subject: Swatara State Park this morning (Lebanon Co.; 9/25/2016)

This morning at Swatara SP, in addition to getting great looks at my top
target bird,  there were a lot of additional birds to enjoy as well.  I
first visited the area that is known for sightings of this target bird,
followed by a stop at the Trout Run area.  Here are the highlights:

- Connecticut Warbler - my top target!  A vocal bird not only allowed me to
get great looks, but also cooperated for videos and photos.  A second bird
gave quick looks in the same spot.
Video:  https://youtu.be/6VIJfZYM3DU
Photo:  https://flic.kr/p/M9p2BU

- The 12 other warbler species were: Black-and-white, Tennessee, Nashville,
Magnolia, Blackpoll, Palm, Pine, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, and
Canada Warblers, and Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat.

- Vireos included one each Philadelphia and Yellow-throated, and good
numbers of Blue-headed and Red-eyed.

- Thrushes and sparrows were also moving through: several Swainson's and a
single Gray-cheeked Thrush; and a single Swamp Sparrow along with multiple
Lincoln's, Savannah, White-throated, Field, and Song.

- A few additional highlights were returning Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a high flyover Osprey.  And a Winter Wren, a nice
bonus lifer!  (I recently moved from Seattle, WA)

More details and a few additional photos are at my eBird checklists:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Good birding,
Evan Houston
Danville, PA

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:44:16 +0000
From:    bill drolsbaugh
Subject: OUT OF STATE OUT OF SEASON OUT OF SIGHT REPORT

While vacationing at the Horicon marsh area near Mayville in S.E Wisc. area last week on Tueday aft at 5:30p.m.  my friend and I witnessed a low level pass of a rough-legged hawk with its distinctive white rump rump apparent  and slow powerful wing beats zooming across RT24,,,,,,, it was shocking to say the least.  When attending a local Audubon mtg at the Horicon refuge center the following Thursday  the I ran into a DEP official who stated that other R.L.hawks had been seen in the area.  I have to wait till the winter months  to go and see these Arctic beauties in the New Wilmington Pa area (Lawrence co.)  Why are these beautiful hawks doing out of their area and season? Sightings like this are making me look into climate change a lot more closely  Bill Drolsbaugh Mercer co Pa

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:22:38 -0800
From:    "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
Subject: Allegheny Front (25 Sep 2016) 122 Raptors

Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              8             24
TV                           0              6             32
OS                           2             70             82
BE                          13             57             68
NH                           1              8              9
SS                          13            107            125
CH                           6             31             36
NG                           0              0              0
RS                           2              7              7
BW                          57           4768           4999
RT                          23            153            200
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           2              4              4
AK                           2              8             16
ML                           1              4              5
PG                           0              2              2
UA                           0              5              5
UB                           0              3             11
UF                           0              0              1
UE                           0              1              1
UR                           0             25             30
SK                           0              1              1

Total:                     122           5268           5658
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end   time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Wargo

Observers:        Gene & Nancy Flament, Jack Julian, Jeanine Ging, Jim Rocco

Visitors:
Meadow & Theo Ging Wargo, Jeanine Ging, Gretchen and Jim Lynn, Ed and Dione
Barry, Steve and Carolyn Hendricks, Ron and Ella Myers, John Hayes, Jim
Rocco, Jack Jullian, Joe and Barb Carrier, Charlene, Cody, Gwen, and Randy
Kiser, Connie and Greg Hawkins, Jeff and Cindy Griffith, Dawn Hewitt, Bob
Wertz, Susan Dickson (Indiana, PA), Jenny Dickson, Glenn and Adam Toth
(Greensburg, PA), Tim, Sonya, Lottie, Francis, and Fredderick Ness
(Stoystown, PA), and Sandy and Bill Cline


Weather:
Sunny with East Winds.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles:
Adults 11:41, 11:59, 12:06, 12:32, 1:01
Sub: 8:05 Sub II: 9:29 Sub III 11:35, 1:33, Sub IV: 8:38, 12:33 Juveniles:
8:48, 1:08

Golden Eagle: 1:07 UA, Adult 3:51

Non-raptor Observations:
7 Monarchs, Flickers, Blue Jays, Waxwings, Raven, Tiger Swallowtails,
Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Predictions:
Possible Rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian M. Wargo (brianwargo@gmail.com)

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:10:53 -0400
From:    Brendyn Baptiste
Subject: Thrushes, Warblers, and Other Migrants--Butler County

I woke up this morning at 5:30am to listen for nocturnal migrants at my house in Clay Twp., Butler County. Among these, I had about 30 Swainson's Thrushes, 2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes, 3 Wood Thrushes, and an Indigo Bunting. I had many migrants the evening before as well including a flock of Canada Geese, a Great Blue Heron, a Green Heron, 2 Eastern Sreech-Owls (not migrants), a Gray-cheeked Thrush, 52 Swainson's Thrushes, 4 Hermit Thrushes, Tennessee, American Redstart, Cape May, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, and Wilson's Warblers, Field Sparrow, and Indigo Buntings.

This morning, I also went to Jennings Nature Preserve in Butler County and had 11 species of warblers including Tennessee, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Cape May, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, and Black-throated Green. I also had 2 Brown Creepers, a Winter Wren, 2 Swainson's Thrushes, a White-throated Sparrow, and 12 Indigo Buntings.

Good Birding
Brendyn Baptiste
Slippery Rock, Butler County

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:52:40 -0800
From:    "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
Subject: Waggoner's Gap (25 Sep 2016) 67 Raptors

Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              0
TV                           0              0              0
OS                           1            262            296
BE                           7            188            260
NH                           2             23             28
SS                          15            841            864
CH                           0             59             64
NG                           0              0              0
RS                           0             13             19
BW                          38           9176           9377
RT                           1            120            203
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0              1              1
AK                           2            125            152
ML                           0             16             18
PG                           0             14             18
UA                           0              1              2
UB                           0             11             14
UF                           0              3              3
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           1             24             28

Total:                      67          10877          11347
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end   time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers:        Gary LaBelle, Gene Wagner, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
John Frain - 83


Weather:
Clear blue skies and winds calm or light from the NE.

Raptor Observations:
BE Juv 10:15(2)
BE Ad 10:15, 12;24, 1;32
BE WB 1;56, 2;01

First bird - SS 9:01
Last bird -  AK 3:29

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO - 13
Loons - 2
Monarchs - 5
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate@copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:56:02 -0800
From:    "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (25 Sep 2016) 113 Raptors

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             10             16
Turkey Vulture               0             39             47
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       3            217            279
Bald Eagle                  11            113            167
Northern Harrier             2             27             33
Sharp-shinned Hawk          44            465            501
Cooper's Hawk                2             45             54
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             19             19
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             10             12
Broad-winged Hawk           28           8831           9002
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             10            112            162
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0             18             29
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
American Kestrel             5            129            160
Merlin                       3             71             75
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              8
Unknown Falcon               1              6              6
Unknown Raptor               3             31             37

Total:                     113          10150          10609
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Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end   time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Bracken Brown, David Barber, Holly Merker, Rudy Keller

Weather:
Clear with few clouds, NW winds 1-3 mph

Raptor Observations:
BAEA: 0948A, 0958A, 1001I, 1151I, 1236I, 1453I, 1515I, 1531A, 1538I, 1610I,
1654I

Non-raptor Observations:
7 red-bellied woodpeckers, 16 blue-headed vireos, 3 ruby-crowned and 3
golden-crowned kinglets, 47 black-throated green, 20 blackpoll and 2 palm
warblers,
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:02:20 -0800
From:    "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
Subject: Bake Oven Knob (25 Sep 2016) 77 Raptors

Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             61            106
Turkey Vulture              10            240            436
Osprey                       1            150            222
Bald Eagle                   8            121            180
Northern Harrier             0             11             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            272            311
Cooper's Hawk                4             45             55
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              8
Broad-winged Hawk           33           5900           6068
Red-tailed Hawk              2            121            177
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              4
American Kestrel             1             32             43
Merlin                       0             47             55
Peregrine Falcon             0              8              8
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               4             80            111
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      77           7096           7801
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end   time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Chad Schwartz

Observers:        John Leskosky, Lance Leonhardt, Travis Rennig

Visitors:
Boy Scouts from the Danielsville, PA area
Kevin and Colleen from the Lansdale, PA area
Several AT through-hikers


Weather:
Warm (55-68˚F) and very clear, with almost no clouds in the sky all
day. Breeze light (0-8 mph) and variable, changing from NW to N throughout
the course of the day. Visibility was good (20 miles).

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle 1002a, 1135a, 1135a, 1135a, 1145i, 1306i, 1315a, 1411i
Four local Red-tailed Hawks appeared throughout the day

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterfly (2), Canada Goose (145), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1),
Common Raven (8), Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Flycatcher sp., Blue
Jay, Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American
Goldfinch

Predictions:
Sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 3 to 7 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:33:58 -0800
From:    "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 Sep 2016) 724 Raptors

Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             58             58
Bald Eagle                   6             42             42
Northern Harrier             2              9              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk          20            100            100
Cooper's Hawk                6             37             37
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7              7
Broad-winged Hawk          675            894            894
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             47             47
Merlin                       0              3              3
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:                     724           1198           1198
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end   time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Larry Lewis

Observers:        Hank Davis, Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett

Visitors:
Visitors (21):
Rodger Bovenkerk,
Tom Brokaw,
Howard Campbell,
Hank Davis,
Colleen DelMonte,
Fran DeMillion,
Susan Fowler,
Jean-Marie Gauthier,
Lana Glass, 
Carol Majors,
Ron Majors,
Sue McLaughlin,
Kathleen Pileggi,
Ken Reynolds,
Janny Sterrett,
Tim Sterrett,
Ian Stewart,
Ollie Stewart,
Debbie Wat,
Ken Wat,
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Watch!



Weather:
Sunny (Cloud Cover = 0-5%), 53-70F, Winds NNW 5

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2 - Red-shouldered
Hawk, 7 - Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black and Turkey Vultures – in
fact, all of them until a few obviously migrating Turkey Vultures appear
late in the watch season. 

----Bald Eagle ages:  1 yr. - 1; 2 yr. - 1; 3 yr. - 0; 4 yr. - 0; adult -
4


Non-raptor Observations:
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 2 - Ruby-crowned Kinglet (first for hawk
watch season), 5 - Palm Warbler,  1 - Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 2 - Blue
Grosbeak, 3 - Bobolink

----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED:  Butterflies (12): Monarch - 55, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Variegated Fritillary, Silver-spotted Skipper.  Dragonflies (2):
Green Darner, Black Saddlebags.  Mammals (1):  Eastern Gray Squirrel

----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” - (Comments on the “feel” of the day – read on, if
you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other wildlife;
discuss plants; all the while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!:
Gazing up into the that cloudless, deep blue sky is often without reward.
Today, it did give up some of its mysteries, but with due diligence.  You
had to watch every vulture and airplane in hopes that a heretofore "hidden"
raptor was within the field of view.  That technique, along with just
scanning at infinite focus yielded our Broad-wings.---When I was a young
birder, we never thought of Ravens in Chester County.  Then in the late
80's, I saw one at Struble Lake.  Never again until I began seeing them
very occasionally around my home outside of Coatesville.  Then at Bucktoe
and a couple of other locations in Chester County.  I had seen these birds
every year on trips I led to Canada and into mountain areas of
Pennsylvania, but this Chester County sightings were out of the blue.
Today, Ravens again made a memorable appearance at the Hawk Watch...at 1pm,
Kathleen noticed a large black bird heading our way.  It was a Raven, soon
joined by another.  They began to soar together, at times cavorting in the
air.  I instantly texted Kim, the day's hawk watcher at nearby
Ashland...relaying that these two birds were heading her way.  At 2:48pm,
the text came in. "We have the Ravens, now!" Kim said.  "It looks as if
they're heading back to you."  No, we didn't see them come back...yet, Kim.
But just how cool is that?

----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, to The Land
Conservancy of Southern Chester County, and especially, to the Brokaws, for
their support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the
public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!

----EBNT’s  “Walk with Nature” ™ Program Tally with our Fitbits:  This is a
stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend to “bulk
up.”  Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at all!
Therefore, I keep moving (if you’ve been here, then you know that I pace
endlessly….) - my Fitbit thanks me and it’s part of my “Walk with Nature”
program.  So, below are MY results for the day.  Your totals could all be
zero, if you choose to sit and relax.  You are certainly welcome to take it
easy….I simply choose not to, affording me a panoramic view of our entire
sky and a bit of exercise.  So come join our “Walk with Nature!” ™ Anyway,
just for fun, here are my numbers for today (join me, if you wish):  Miles:
6.48; Steps: 15,213; Floors: 8.


Predictions:
Tomorrow weather ...more clouds than today, but nice; winds from wrong
direction (SE), but light...
========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


Site Description:
High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek

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

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

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

Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:10:17 -0400
From:    Cecelia
Subject: Fox Chapel

On a birdwalk sponsored by 3RBC  on September 25 in the morning, our group spotted the following: 
Canada Goose, Red-tailed Hawk, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Chickadee sp., Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Nashville Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, other unidentified warblers, Eastern Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, American Goldfinch.    (29+ species)

Cecelia Hard, Allegheny County

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Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:17:20 -0400
From:    August Mirabella
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co.   (9/18-9/24)

All,
The reported species count was 95 this week. Some highlights included:
1 Pied-billed Grebe 9/21
Double-crested Cormorant-high report 54 9/24
Great Egret all week-high reports 2
1 N. Harrier 9/22
1 Red-shouldered Hawk 9/19
Broad-winged Hawk-high report 15 9/22 (one kettle)
Solitary Sandpiper-all week -high report 3
Least Sanpiper -high report 3 9/21
1 Pectoral Sandpiper 9/18
Lesser Black-backed Gull-high report 47 9/24
1 Merlin 9/18
1 Least Flycatcher 9/19
White-eyed Vireo multiple days
Blue-headed Vireo 9/22
2 Common Ravens 9/23
Red-breasted Nuthatch continues
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Swainson's Thrush 9/21
18 warbler species including N. Waterthrush, Tennessee, 2 Cape May 9/19, Bay-breasted 9/20, Blackpoll 9/19,Palm (1st report 9/21), Canada Warbler 9/23
1 Swamp Sparrow -1st fall report 9/22
Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, & Indigo Bunting


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

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

Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:26:23 -0400
From:    Karyn Delaney
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine State Park - North Shore, Sep 25, 2016

Subject: Butler County - eBird Report - Moraine State Park - North Shore,
Sep 25, 2016

Spent a lovely morning birding the trails on the North Shore.  The most
surprising bird was a Red-headed Woodpecker which flew over the McDanel's
parking lot.  Nice variety of migrants.  Complete list below.

Karyn and Ray Delaney


Moraine State Park - North Shore, Butler, Pennsylvania, US
Sep 25, 2016 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
28 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  1     Juvenile
Chimney Swift  3
Red-headed Woodpecker  1     flyover in parking lot
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  6
Cedar Waxwing  25
Tennessee Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  3
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31758655

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

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

Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:24:28 -0400
From:    Shawn Collins
Subject: Yellow B. Cuckoo, WTSparrow, more Crawford County

This morning the bird activity was great on my property.  One highlight was
a Yellow Billed Cuckoo sit in my pine tree and preen for a good bit of
time.  Also had a White Throated Sparrow on Saturday and again today.

1 White Throated Sparrow
1 Yellow Billed Cuckoo
2 Pine Siskins ( still here since July!)
16 Am Goldfinches
5 Purple Finches
2 Eastern Towhees
1 Gray Cheek Thrush
3 Swainsons Thrushes
1 Ruby Crowned Kinglet
1 Red Breasted Nuthatch
4 White Breasted Nuthatches
3 Downy Woodpeckers
1 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Ep. Flycatcher
5 plus Black Capped Chickadees
5 plus Tufted Titmice
10 plus Blue Jays
5 plus House Finches
4 Mourning Doves
9 Common Grackles
1 Red Wing Blackbird
1 Dark Eyed Junco
2 Chestnut Sided Warblers
1 Cape May Warbler
2 Blackpolls
1 Yellow Throated Vireo
22 Cedar Waxwings
1 Gray Catbird
1 Sharp Shinned Hawk
5 Canada Geese ( flyovers)
1 Green Heron ( heard)

No Hummingbirds seen this weekend.

Photos from today in my backyard bird album
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Good Birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford County

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

Date:    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:06:35 -0400
From:    Chris Blazo
Subject: Franklin County- Wilson's Warbler & Lincoln's Sparrow

I had a Lincoln's Sparrow and a Wilson's Warbler near the brush piles at Mennohaven today. There was also a Philadelphia Vireo with a Swainson's Thrush and a small warbler flock along the creek. This has been a good year for Swainson's. I've seen many this spring and fall.

Chris Blazo

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End of PABIRDS Digest - 24 Sep 2016 to 25 Sep 2016 (#2016-270)
**************************************************************



Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (27 Sep 2016) 67 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 17:35 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 14 90 90
Bald Eagle 2 48 48
Northern Harrier 0 9 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 134 134
Cooper's Hawk 3 45 45
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 8 8
Broad-winged Hawk 37 1127 1127
Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 2
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 56 56
Merlin 0 3 3
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: 67 1522 1522
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Armas Hill, Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Zador

Visitors:
Visitors (8):
Howard Campbell,
Kitty Campbell,
George Graham,
Armas Hill,
Kathleen Pileggi,
Sequoia Rock,
Tim Zador,
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Watch!



Weather:
Cloudy to Partly Cloudy (Cloud Cover = 100-50%), 63-73F, Winds NW-SW at
5mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1 - Cooper's Hawk, 3 -
Red-shouldered Hawk, 7 - Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black and Turkey
Vultures in fact, all of them - until a few obviously migrating Turkey
Vultures appear late in the watch season.

----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr. - 1; 2 yr. - 0; 3 yr. - 0; 4 yr. - 0; adult -
1


Non-raptor Observations:
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 1 Least Flycatcher, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1
- COMMON RAVEN, 1 - Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 - Cape May Warbler, 1 -
Yellow-rumped Warbler, 7 - Palm Warbler, 1 - Blackpoll Warbler, 1 -
CONNECTICUT WARBLER, 3 - Savannah Sparrow, 3 - Blue Grosbeak, 8 - Bobolink

----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (14): Monarch - 35, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Variegated Fritillary, Silver-spotted Skipper, Red Admiral, Meadow
Fritillary. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Halloween
Pennant. Mammals (1): Eastern Gray Squirrel.

----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG - (Comments on the feel of the day read on, if
you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other wildlife;
discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!:
Warblers greeted us again today as we pulled in. Blackpoll, Cape May, and
Yellow-rumped were new for the watch season, but the highlight was an
immature Connecticut Warbler, seen but feet from where I had seen my first
Bucktoe Connecticut Warbler some years ago. Later in the day, Armas Hill
came to the Hawk Watch and upon hearing of the Connecticut, decided to try
for it. He had not seen a Connecticut in quite a few years. Well, good
fortune smiled upon Armas as he went to the spot and saw the bird a couple
of times. Congratulations, Armas! Among that same group of migrants had
been a Blue-headed Vireo and a Least Flycatcher. As for the hawk
flight...it was fairly slow, but steady, with good views of Ospreys
predominating. One of our Ravens put in yet another vocal "appearance."

----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to The Land
Conservancy of Southern Chester County, and especially, to the Brokaws, for
their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their property
to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!

----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
Miles: 6.83; Steps: 16,032; Floors: 11.

------TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 56; this season:
99
------NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (7):
Blue-headed Vireo, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, CONNECTICUT
WARBLER, Blackpoll Warbler, Cape May Warbler, LEAST FLYCATCHER

----EBNT UPCOMING SCHEDULE- (Thru Nov. 30) for Walks, Events & Tours
(contact me at earlybirdtours@comcast.net for additional details,
directions or questions):
Note: All these events/walks/tours are free and open to the public (unless
otherwise indicated) - sponsored by Bucktoe Creek Preserve, The Land
Conservancy of Southern Chester County, Delaware Nature Society or Longwood
Gardens. This will be posted occasionally, as part of our report.
-------
SPECIAL EVENT: Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk Watch---9/1/16 (Thurs.) thru
11/30/16 (Wed.) - --daily 9am 3pm---(Bucktoe is an excellent location to
view the annual fall migration of a variety of hawks. Well also see and
hear a variety of other migrants, including some at our water feature.
Last year, we had Orange-crowned Warbler and Nashville Warblers on it!
Bring a picnic and beverages, and join Larry as he scans the sky - plenty
of seating is provided.)
--------
Bucktoe Creek Preserve---10/2/16 (Sun.)---8-11am---(Warblers, Vireos,
Thrushes, Flycatchers, Swallows and other fall migrants Warbler variety
should be slowing down, Sparrows on the increase.)
--------
SPECIAL EVENT: Big Sit at Chambers Lake, Hibernia Park---10/8/16
(Sat.)---5am 7pm---(This is an exciting all-day event to see just how
many species can be identified from one spot. Bring a chair, food and
drink and join the fun! Shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, egrets, hawks,
eagles, warblers, vireos, will all be seen. We are often among the top
counts in the world! Well be there from pre-dawn thru dusk. We sit near
the road at the NW corner of the lake on the dike near the road.
Directions below, contact EBNT for details and questions.)
--------
SPECIAL EVENT: Big Sit at Longwood Gardens---10/9/16 (Sun.)---9am
6pm---(This is another exciting all-day event to see just how many species
can be identified from one spot this time Longwood Gardens. Chairs are
provided by the Gardens, bring a snack, food and drink and join the fun!
Shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, egrets, hawks, eagles, warblers, sparrows,
vireos will all be seen. We sit at Hawk Point. Directions below, contact
EBNT for details and questions.)
--------
(Remember the Hawk Watch is also continuing every day details above)
--------
Bucktoe Creek Preserve---10/16/16 (Sun.)---8-11am---(Warblers, Vireos,
Thrushes, Swallows and other fall migrants Warbler variety should be
waning but Palm Warblers should be seen, Sparrows including Vesper? Hawks
and Eagles.)
--------
Bucktoe Creek Preserve---11/6/16 (Sun.) 8-11am---(Fall migrants
Sparrows.a great time for rarities. Hawks and Eagles.)
--------
(Remember the Hawk Watch is also continuing every day details above)
--------
Longwood Gardens---11/13/16 (Sun.)---9am-Noon---(Waterfowl, Sparrows,
Finches, Hawks)
--------
Bucktoe Creek Preserve---11/20/16 (Sun.)---8-11am---(Fall migrants
Sparrows.a great time for rarities. Hawks and Eagles.)
--------
(Remember the Hawk Watch is also continuing every day thru 11/30/16
details above)
- - - - - - - - -
UPCOMING NATIONAL TOURS & EXTENDED TOURS:---(Contact EBNT for detailed
Itineraries, questions or to reserve a spot on tour)
--------
Magee Marsh---May, 2017---Warblers
- - - - - - - - -
UPCOMING EVENTS: (Further down the line, but please mark your calendars
for these)
--------
Bucktoe Creek Preserve Christmas Bird Count---December 17, 2016
(Saturday)---We have a territory covering just Bucktoe Creek Preserve as
part of the Wilmington CBC (let me know if youd like to participate.
Participants can meet us at 5am, 8am, and at pre-arranged times throughout
the day. Be prepared for lots of walking.)
--------
Western Chester County Christmas Bird Count---January 1, 2017
(Sunday)---(All day in assigned groups let me know if you wish to
participate. I am the compiler for this CBC.)
- - - - - - - - -
DIRECTIONS TO SELECTED MEETING PLACES:
------
Bucktoe Creek Preserve - 426 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311: From Kennett
Square (in southern Chester County): Take Union Street south out of town.
This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about
1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a left. At the second hilltop on Sharp
Road, the entrance is on the left across from Candlewyck development. Upon
entering driveway, make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you
see. Follow gravel road to the parking area. We meet at the wooden
visitor's shelter. Additionally, when the hawk watch is operating, there
will be signs indicating where to park and where the watch is. Please note:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve is open to the public only during these
professionally guided walks and special events such as the Spring Kite &
Shorebird Watch, Nighthawk Watchand Fall Hawk Watch.
------
Chambers Lake -- From Coatesville, PA (in western Chester County): From
the Rt. 30 By-pass north of Coatesville, take the Rt. 82 exit north. Turn
left at the 4-way stop sign (Rt. 340) and go 1.3 miles to Wagontown Rd.
Turn right on Wagontown Rd. and continue on this winding road for 1.5 miles
(you will pass the Hibernia Park entrance on your right). Continue up the
hill and the lake will become visible on the right. We will often meet in
the parking lot for the lake. However, if attending the Big Sit, continue
a couple tenths of a mile further along Wagontown Rd. past the lake parking
lot and to the western dike of the lake. Carefully pull off the road and
park in the grass near the dike. You will see us sitting on the dike near
the road.
------
Longwood Gardens You must be kidding, right? Surely you know where this
is! And if you cant find the Gardens, how do you expect to ever find a
4-inch warbler atop a tall oak?? Ill assume you can find this world-famous
locale. On our walks, we meet just inside the Visitor Center, to the left.
Well be the large group with the binoculars. You cant miss us (especially
since you were able to find the Gardens!). On these walks you must be a
member or purchase a day-pass to enter the Gardens.

Larry Lewis & Kathleen Pileggi
-------
Early Bird Nature Tours(EBNT)---"Exciting & Fun Adventures in Nature"---63
S. Park Ave., Coatesville, PA 19320---484-340-SORA (7672)--Business
Cell---email: earlybirdtours@comcast.net
"Group Birding - The Economical, Fun and Environmentally Friendly Way to
Bird!"


Predictions:
Tomorrow's forecast has improved. No longer is the rain predicted during
our time at the watch. Winds will be light and there will be ample cloud
coverage.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


Site Description:
High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Allegheny Front (27 Sep 2016) 19 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 17:17 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 8 24
TV 0 6 32
OS 0 71 83
BE 0 59 70
NH 1 10 11
SS 4 118 136
CH 2 37 42
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 7 7
BW 1 4774 5005
RT 7 168 215
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 4 4
AK 2 11 19
ML 1 5 6
PG 1 3 3
UA 0 6 6
UB 0 3 11
UF 0 0 1
UE 0 1 1
UR 0 26 31
SK 0 1 1

Total: 19 5318 5708
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Jim Rocco

Observers: Mike Wolfe, Tom Dick

Visitors:
Mike Wolfe and Tom Dick helped with spotting. 10 other visitors


Weather:
Strong WNW winds in the morning with gust up to 28mph,
switching to W then SW.
Average temp. 15c. 0% cloud cover all day.
Visibility up to 32km.

Raptor Observations:
19 Raptors counted , most of them right off the edge of the watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
12 Monarch's, Black swallowtails, Red spotted purple,
Cabbage whites , Yellow sulpher.
Juncos, large number of blue jays streamed through in the morning,
Flickers, Goldfinches, Red headed woodpecker,
White breasted nuthatches, Ravens, Waxwings, Red eyed vireo

Predictions:
Clear with SE wind in the morning , then rain in the pm.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jim Rocco ()



Subject: Ovenbirds, YB Cuckoo, Harrison Hills Park, Allegheny
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 16:50 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I spent 3 hours hiking at Harrison Hills Park today and saw lots of woodpeckers and blue jays (same as everywhere I go in the Pittsburgh area lately) but also many thrushes and some warblers.
Thrushes: many many Robins, lots of Swainson's Thrushes and 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
Warblers:  Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Green WarblerAlso nice: Pileated woodpeckers, wild turkeys, gray catbirds and 2 wood ducks on the pond (they left abruptly).

Best Birds: Ovenbirds, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and the chip-burr call of a Scarlet Tanager.

Complete Checklist is here:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org



Subject: American Avocet, Conejohela Flats, Lancaster County
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 12:27 pm
From: jmepler AT hotmail.com
 
I am currently viewing three American Avocet NW of Gull Point on the Conejohela Flats.  They are resting with a flock of Ring-billed Gulls on a sand bar.  They might be very distantly viewable from the Lake Clarke Marina area in York County.  They are currently at the southern end of the northern most flock of gulls.

I have had few shorebirds today, but I did have a pair of juvenile Black-bellied Plover.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA



Subject: Frick Today, Allegheny County
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 12:22 pm
From: 00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Jack and Sue Solomon at "Lower" Frick Park, starting at the lot on the park's east side, off Lancaster and Hutchinson:
Black-throated Green WarblerNorthrrn ParulaBlackburnian WarblerMagnolia WarblerBay-breasted Warbler
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSwainson's ThrushEastrrn PhoebeIndigo Bunting   3, at least one an HY male.Cedar Waxwing  many
Jack SolomonAKA Wolfman Jack
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Subject: Connecticut warbler and lots of Cape Mays, Schuylkill Co.
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 11:52 am
From: scottweidensaul AT verizon.net
 
  The past several mornings there have been good numbers of some of the late warbler species around the house, primarily Cape May and blackpoll. Given last night's rain I wasn't expecting much, but once the sun warmed the treetops and the bugs became active, I found a few blackpolls feeding in the white pines.

What I wasn't expecting was the bird that popped up out of a thicket of goldenrod and gray-heded coneflower in response to a fussing house wren -- a young female Connecticut warbler. She gave me really unparalleled views in a shaft of sunlight for a minute or more (the camera, naturally, was in the house), and when I started making very, very quiet pishes, she moved to within 10 feet before ducking back into the tangle.

The only other Connecticuts I've seen here have been three birds I've netted at night over the years, always shortly after dark, when trying to catch saw-whet owls -- birds that were taking off on their nocturnal migration, I expect. So this was a doubly special yard bird sighting.

Yesterday, on the other hand, was exceptional for Cape May warblers -- many dozens were passing through in groups of three to six at a time, mixed with a number of blackpoll and one or two bay-breasted warblers.

About half the Cape Mays yesterday were fall-plumaged adult males -- not quite as dazzling as in spring, but still bright and very yellow against the white pines and crabapples. Unlike in recent days, when many of the Cape Mays have been very dull first-fall females, I only had a couple of very gray individuals.

It's my impression that the number of Cape May warblers I'm seeing is up significantly, both in spring and fall, the past three or four years. The same is true of blackpolls and, to a less extent, bay-breasted warblers, though not to the same degree. Interestingly, all of these warblers (along with Canada warblers and a few other species) are tied very closely to spruce budworm, a native conifer pest in the boreal forest that rises and falls on a roughly 40-year cycle. (The budworm caterpillars are an important food for nestlings during the breeding season.) The last budworm cycle peaked in the 1970s and early '80s, and in recent decades they have been all but nonexistent, but since about 2009 the acreage infested by budworms in eastern Canada and Maine has grown dramatically.

I suspect we're seeing the result of this natural cycle in the form of more and more "budworm specialist" warblers, like the mini-fallout I witnessed yesterday. I'd be curious to know if similar trends are showing up in places like Cape May (New Jersey, not the warbler) where standardized passerine counts are taken.

The other species that depends on budworm to feed its chicks, and whose numbers here peaked in the 1970s and early '80s, is evening grosbeak. The surge in winter grosbeaks here in the East in the 1960s through 1980s coincided with the last budworm epidemic, and since the caterpillars collapsed, we've seen almost no grosbeaks this far south. But the past few years, EVGR sightings have been ticking up -- and I wonder if we'll be seeing even more as the budworm cycle continues.

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA



Subject: 7 Warblers & Sapsucker -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Sep 27, 2016
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 8:04 am
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
After a few slow mornings, there were a lot of nice birds in Frick Park this beautiful cool blue-sky morning.  Highlights: an Ovenbird in the sunshine on a bare branch, a Northern Parula, and a Sapsucker. 

Good birding,
Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Sep 27, 2016
07:54
Traveling
1.95 miles
60 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Birding by bicycle in the Riverview hill area near the Blue slide entrance of Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. Observer: Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86

1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
4 Mourning Dove
1 Chimney Swift
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- First of Fall
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
4 Blue Jay
1 Carolina Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
4 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
2 European Starling
48 Cedar Waxwing
1 Ovenbird -- Landed briefly on a bare branch in full sun!
1 Black-and-white Warbler
2 American Redstart
1 Northern Parula -- Beautiful!
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting

Number of Taxa: 26



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Sept. 27, 2016
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 7:50 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: September 27, 2016
Time: 0655 to 0755
Weather: Clear with aline of clouds to the north, WSW wind to 10 mph, waves about three feet.
Comments: Littlemovement with a trickle of scaup moving west.

Waterbirds recorded:

Canada Goose 1
Lesser Scaup 15
Double-crested Cormorant 7

Others moving across the lake:

Passerine 1
Big Brown Bat 1


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
jerrymcw@aol.com



Subject: Bake Oven Knob (26 Sep 2016) 276 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 21:33 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 3 64 109
Turkey Vulture 5 245 441
Osprey 18 168 240
Bald Eagle 13 134 193
Northern Harrier 4 15 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 77 349 388
Cooper's Hawk 5 50 60
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 8 10
Broad-winged Hawk 127 6027 6195
Red-tailed Hawk 2 123 179
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 4
American Kestrel 1 33 44
Merlin 2 49 57
Peregrine Falcon 9 17 17
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 8 88 119
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1

Total: 276 7372 8077
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Erin Voss

Observers: Chad Schwartz, Ed Wanamaker, Fritz Brock, Richard

Visitors:
Additional Observers: Dan Kunkle, Ron Hillegass, Rob Keith, Dave Leibert,
Rick Gaeta.
Visitors: Lance Leonhardt, Bob from New York, Dave from Arizona, Kevin, a
6th grade class from Palmerton Middle School, and several others.


Weather:
58-62˚F and windy, with SE breezes up to 15 mph. Visibility 15-20
miles, with partly cloudy skies early; entirely overcast after 12 pm EST.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle (13): 1025i, 1026a, 1026a, 1126i, 1130a, 1210i, 1214i, 1231a,
1237i, 1241i, 1330i, 1330a, 1349a.
Peregrine Falcon (9): 1330u, 1345u, 1353a, 1354a, 1359u, 1429i, 1503a,
1540a. After the counter left at 1600, Dave Leibert and Richard reported
another adult Peregrine at 1624.
1408--had four Ospreys fly through together.


Non-raptor Observations:
Raven (8), Canada Goose (approximately 65).

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 72. Calm
wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 Sep 2016) 257 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 20:55 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 18 76 76
Bald Eagle 4 46 46
Northern Harrier 0 9 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 26 126 126
Cooper's Hawk 5 42 42
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 7
Broad-winged Hawk 196 1090 1090
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 55 55
Merlin 0 3 3
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: 257 1455 1455
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: John McNamara, Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors:
Visitors (3):
John McNamara, Kathleen Pileggi


Weather:
Mostly Cloudy (Cloud cover = 50-100%), 57-70F, Winds SSE 10-15

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3 - Red-shouldered
Hawk, 7 - Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black and Turkey Vultures in
fact, all of them - until a few obviously migrating Turkey Vultures appear
late in the watch season.

----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr. - 3; 2 yr. - 0; 3 yr. - 0; 4 yr. - 0; adult -
1


Non-raptor Observations:
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 2 - Barred Owl, 1 - COMMON RAVEN, 1 -
Magnolia Warbler, 1 - Black-throated Blue Warbler, 7 - Palm Warbler, 1 -
American Redstart, 2 - Bobolink

----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 30, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Common Checkered Skipper, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Variegated
Fritillary, Red Admiral. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner.

----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG - (Comments on the feel of the day read on, if
you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other wildlife;
discuss plants; all the while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!:

A nice greeting upon arrival in the parking lot at Bucktoe this
morning....the fall "chip notes" of migrant warblers. Among them, a female
American Redstart, female Black-throated Blue, and immature Magnolia
Warblers. A harbinger of the day to come? Or perhaps, just a greeting for
the new day? All three species were new for the Hawk Watch this season.
Then at 10am, it started...an Osprey first soared over. Majestically. Oh,
can anything lift your spirits more than a hawk drifting effortlessly on
stiff breezes? Well OK, perhaps a winning lottery ticket on one of those
mega-million drawings, but you get my drift. Later four Ospreys - all
together. Then Sharpies followed, some flying low with vigorous wing
beats, some high circling on the building thermals. Soon followed
Broad-wings....first picking up off the nearby woods, then slowly circling,
gaining height - just beginning their days journey. Suddenly a Raven
again came by, flying by the Watch and directly over Toms house.
Croak the Raven nevermore? Bah, humbug! This one "croaked" for us
several times. (Am I mixing up my great writers and their masterpieces, or
what?) My old friend, John McNamara (a great photographer) was there to
enjoy much of this action. During the few lulls, talk ran to old times and
great stories. John told a great one.. shortly after we discussed whether
we had counted a Sharpie already or not, and the difficulty distinguishing
them from the similar Cooper's Hawk - and the confusion brought on by it
all. "I was on a pelagic trip (ocean trip designed to see birds which
exist there) once," began John, "and we had a Jaeger fly by us...the leader
of the trip exclaimed, "Parasitic Jaeger!" The bird circled the boat,
coming around again to the side where it was first seen...The trip leader
now was very excited: "Look now there's a Pomarine Jaeger!" The bird
circled the boat yet again - once again ending up before our steadfast
leader. "Oh my God..now there's a Long-tailed Jaeger, the most unusual of
the three species." These laps were all seen by birders on the craft's
second deck." John continued,"The same bird circled the boat and got
identified as three different species!" John finished, and we
laughed...knowing just how difficult some identifications are. "But what
if that bird had circled a fourth time, John?" I asked! What would it have
been then - a South Polar Skua!?---The winds were stronger than the light
winds predicted for today. But they were out of the wrong direction for a
typical big hawk push. Weather forecasterscan anyone be so wrong in
prognostication and still have a job? OK, leave we hawk prognosticators
out of that question.

----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to The Land
Conservancy of Southern Chester County, and especially, to the Brokaws, for
their support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the
public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!

----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Tally with our Fitbits: Miles:
5.4; Steps: 12,674; Floors: 6.

----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch,
but conduct a Fall migration tally from the site. Below is the list of
species identified on this years Watch, from the watch area. We include
it here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
were seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature the approximate totals seen for each species for The Watch year.
Heres the species list thus far for this season:
Canada Goose---Wood Duck---Mallard---Double-crested Cormorant---Great Blue
Heron---Green Heron---Black Vulture---Turkey Vulture---Osprey---Bald
Eagle---Northern Harrier---Sharp-shinned Hawk---Coopers
Hawk---Red-shouldered Hawk---Broad-winged Hawk---Red-tailed Hawk---American
Kestrel---Merlin---Killdeer---Greater Yellowlegs---Least
Sandpiper---Ring-billed Gull---Herring Gull---Feral Pigeon---Mourning
Dove---Yellow-billed Cuckoo---Eastern Screech-Owl---Barred Owl---Common
Nighthawk---Chimney Swift---Ruby-throated Hummingbird---Belted
Kingfisher--- RED-HEADED WOODPECKER---Red-bellied Woodpecker--- Downy
Woodpecker---Hairy Woodpecker---Northern Flicker---Pileated
Woodpecker---Eastern Wood-Pewee---Eastern Phoebe---Great Crested
Flycatcher---Eastern Kingbird---Yellow-throated Vireo---Warbling
Vireo---Red-eyed Vireo---Blue Jay---American Crow---Fish Crow---COMMON
RAVEN---Purple Martin---Tree Swallow---N. Rough-winged Swallow---Barn
Swallow---Carolina Chickadee---Tufted Titmouse---Red-breasted
Nuthatch---White-breasted Nuthatch---Carolina Wren---House Wren---Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher---Eastern Bluebird---Wood Thrush---American Robin---Gray
Catbird---Northern Mockingbird---Brown Thrasher---European Starling---Cedar
Waxwing---Magnolia Warbler---Black-throated Blue Warbler---Palm
Warbler---American Redstart---Common Yellowthroat---Eastern
Towhee---Chipping Sparrow---Field Sparrow---Song Sparrow---Scarlet
Tanager---Northern Cardinal---Rose-breasted Grosbeak---Blue
Grosbeak---Indigo Bunting---Bobolink---Red-winged Blackbird---Common
Grackle---Brown-headed Cowbird---Orchard Oriole---Baltimore Oriole---Purple
Finch---House Finch---American Goldfinch---House Sparrow
------TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 51; this season:
92
------NEW SPECIES ADDED THIS WEEK TO THIS YEARS COUNT:
Scarlet Tanager (9/22), Greater Yellowlegs (9/22), Double-crested Cormorant
(9/24), Brown Thrasher (9/25), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (9/25), American
Redstart (9/26); Magnolia Warbler (9/26), Black-throated Blue Warbler
(9/26)


Predictions:
Tomorrow, there may be some showers to interfere with our counting of the
hawks....and with my comfort. Come join me....lol
========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


Site Description:
High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Allegheny Front (26 Sep 2016) 31 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 17:48 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 8 24
TV 0 6 32
OS 1 71 83
BE 2 59 70
NH 1 9 10
SS 7 114 132
CH 4 35 40
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 7 7
BW 5 4773 5004
RT 8 161 208
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 4 4
AK 1 9 17
ML 0 4 5
PG 0 2 2
UA 1 6 6
UB 0 3 11
UF 0 0 1
UE 0 1 1
UR 1 26 31
SK 0 1 1

Total: 31 5299 5689
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Deb Bodenschatz

Observers: Ed Gowarty, Jack Julian, Nancy Ott

Visitors:
Michael Estock, Suzanne Estock,Jackie Nindel, Kathleen ?, Ed Gowarty, Nancy
Ott, Jack Julian


Weather:
Completely fogged in all morning, until a little before 12:00. Light SSE
and SE wind with very high humidity and extensive cloud cover. The
temperatures ranged from 11.5-17.7 C. A thunderstorm moved in at 3:30.

Raptor Observations:
We had two non-migrating Red-tailed Hawks and one non migrating Cooper's
Hawk. We had two Bald Eagles, one Adult a little after 2:00 that went
through way out in the valley, and one Juvenile (3rd yr) (3:09) the went
just along the escarpment. One Red-tailed Hawk came eye level through the
fog (7:55) screaming all the way.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven 3, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Flicker 1, Towhee 4, Blue Jay 9, Cedar Waxwing
11, Chickadee 2, Cormorant 1, Turkey Vulture 7, Crow 2

Butterflies: Cabbage, Red-spotted Purple, Monarch 3

Predictions:
Sunny with WSW wind at 11-17 mph. Low humidity with a high of 17 C.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Deb Bodenschatz (debbiebodenschatz@gmail.com)



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (26 Sep 2016) 170 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 16:58 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 10 16
Turkey Vulture 0 39 47
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 16 233 295
Bald Eagle 14 127 181
Northern Harrier 8 35 41
Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 499 535
Cooper's Hawk 5 50 59
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 19 19
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 10 12
Broad-winged Hawk 79 8910 9081
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 115 165
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 18 29
Golden Eagle 2 2 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 130 161
Merlin 5 76 80
Peregrine Falcon 2 9 10
Unknown Falcon 1 7 7
Unknown Raptor 0 31 37

Total: 170 10320 10779
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 05:45:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Dave Rieger, Laurie Goodrich

Weather:
sunny early then overcast most the day, SE wind 5-15 mph
cool and damp, hazy late

Raptor Observations:
Golden eagles; adult 1320, 1405, (one sat down on ridge to our northeast at
1430 so not counted.
Bald eagles: adults--1055, 1056, 1114, 1200, 1208, 1121,1259, 1359,
immatures: JV 1059, Imm 1200, 2nd yr 1225, imm 1240, 2nd yr 1309, JV-1535.

Non-raptor Observations:
278 canada geese, 6 red bellied woodpecker, 1 phoebe, 5 tree swallow, 39
American robin, 122 blue jay
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: Rose Tree Park (26 Sep 2016) 15 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 16:51 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 89 89
Northern Harrier 0 12 12
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1
Bald Eagle 2 58 58
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 132 132
Cooper's Hawk 1 26 26
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 2 732 732
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 60 60
Merlin 1 9 9
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 6
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 3

Total: 15 1136 1136
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Bill Cranny, Bob Kelly

Observers: Bruce Childs, Debbie Beer

Visitors:
Mike K., Scott Tuttle, Mike Cosgrove


Weather:
As a front from the west approached, the clouds rolled in. Winds shifting
and variable, 3-17 mph

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Great Blue Heron-1

Predictions:
Showers, mostly in the morning, and then clearing with W winds, 5-10mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly@rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org



Subject: Rose Tree Park (25 Sep 2016) 359 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 15:55 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 84 84
Northern Harrier 5 12 12
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1
Bald Eagle 12 56 56
Sharp-shinned Hawk 33 129 129
Cooper's Hawk 3 25 25
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 287 730 730
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 14 59 59
Merlin 0 8 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 6
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 3 3

Total: 359 1121 1121
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Chris Pugliese, Chuck Root

Observers: Al Guarente, Bob Kelly, Charles Smith, Debbie Beer,
Jamie Pugliese, Judy Mayer

Visitors:
Linda,Ned Connely, Andy Huemmier, and a few others


Weather:
Winds with a northerly flavor- NE N and NW, 3-12mph. Virtually no clouds
all day,

Raptor Observations:
A moderate push of Broad-wingeds over the site

Non-raptor Observations:
DC Cormorant- 34
Common Raven-2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-1
Cedar Waxwings- many

Monarch Butterflies- 18

Predictions:
Cloudy, with SE/SSE winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly@rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org



Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Allegheny County
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 15:42 pm
From: henriciac AT gmail.com
 
A Red-breasted Nuthatch has been hanging around our yard the past couple of
days. This looks like a different one than the one here a couple weeks ago,
as the breast is darker. Pat and I watched it catch a stink bug from the
rain gutter on the roof. It flew to the big silver maple adjacent to our
back patio, where it ate the bug. It later took a drink from our late dog's
water dish, which the birds like to drink from and bath in. The nuthatch
doesn't seem to be shy at all, because we were within ten feet of it eating
our lunch. I posted a couple photos of it on
ebird. http://ebird.org/ebird/pa/view...

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea
Plum Borough



Subject: Second Mountain (26 Sep 2016) 4 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 15:27 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 71 71
Turkey Vulture 0 9 9
Osprey 0 67 78
Bald Eagle 0 57 68
Northern Harrier 0 14 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 185 185
Cooper's Hawk 0 30 32
Northern Goshawk 0 2 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 14
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5904 5929
Red-tailed Hawk 0 47 62
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 4 4
American Kestrel 0 58 65
Merlin 0 9 9
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4

Total: 4 6482 6559
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Coble

Observers: Fred Habbeger, Linda McKinne, Mike Dale, Mike McKinne

Visitors:
4


Weather:
A gentle to moderate breeze from the northeast early, from the south later.
Cloudy skies. Barometer falling (30.15 start/30.07 finish). Afternoon
drizzle and fog ended the count for the day.

Raptor Observations:
One local Red-tailed Hawk and a Turkey Vulture seen briefly.

Non-raptor Observations:
Double-crested Cormorant(7), Great Blue Heron, Northern Flicker(3),
Red-bellied Woodpecker(2), Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow(9), Blue Jay(215),
Gray Catbird, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler(2),
Blackpoll Warbler(3), unknown warbler(7), and American Goldfinch(11).

BUTTERFLIES: Monarch(5)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: Hahn Rd. AMD Pond, Washington County
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 15:09 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
I stopped at the pond here today and was surprised to see 40 Chimney Swifts
flying high over the pond. There were also at least 8 Cedar Waxwings
working the pond for insects as well. It was a nice contrast to have both
species there plucking insects out of the sky.

And a late report, last Friday, I again saw the Great Egret at Boone
Reservoir. I went past there today but did not see it.

Last week at my house, I could hear the flight calls of large numbers of
Swainson's Thrushes each morning before dawn, but this morning there were
only a few stragglers.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Waggoner's Gap (26 Sep 2016) 44 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 15:02 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 2 264 298
BE 0 188 260
NH 2 25 30
SS 36 877 900
CH 0 59 64
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 13 19
BW 2 9178 9379
RT 0 120 203
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 1 1
AK 2 127 154
ML 0 16 18
PG 0 14 18
UA 0 1 2
UB 0 11 14
UF 0 3 3
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 24 28

Total: 44 10921 11391
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Keith Gingrich

Observers: Deb Gingrich, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella, Keith Gingrich,
Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
8


Weather:
Totally overcast with light southeast wind.

Raptor Observations:
First bird - AK 7:00
Last bird - SS 1:17

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 2
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate@copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Allegheny County-South Park correction
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 12:45 pm
From: rublzrme AT comcast.net
 
Correction to earlier post-should be Hermit thrush not veery..
John Flannigan
Allegheny County



Subject: Allegheny County-South Park-Thrushes
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 12:28 pm
From: rublzrme AT comcast.net
 
Birded South Park this AM before the rain and had 3 thrush species: Wood thrush,Veery and Gray-checked along with a Field Sparrow and 3 warblers 2 of which were identifiable- Oven bird and Common Yellowthroat.
Enjoy your birding
John Flannigan
Allegheny County



Subject: OctoBIRDfest
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 11:52 am
From: jacker AT audubon.org
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Please share this with all your birding friends!

Come to OctoBIRDfest!
October 15th at Sprague Farm and Brew Works, Venango, PA
From 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Come for some BIRDY fun and support Audubon Pennsylvania!
Enjoy delicious German style food and Craft Beer!!
LIVE birds from: Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation & Ed Center
5:00 to 6:30 PM
Live music by Salmon Frank
6:30 to 9:00 PM.
"Bird Trivia" contests!! Win PRIZES!!
Silent Auction and Chinese Auction!!
*All proceeds remain local to support Audubon Pennsylvania's education and outreach including; in-school programing for FIVE local school districts, French Creek education, bird banding at Presque Isle, Forestry for the Birds, Hummingbirds @ Home, Native Plant education and more!
Tickets are available at the Audubon PA office at 301 Chestnut Street, Meadville or at the door.
$20 which includes your food and one drink!
(Tickets for under 21 years old are $15.00)

For more information call Judy or Sarah at 814-333-1170.



Subject: Allegheny Co Raven - again
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 11:02 am
From: wvwarblers AT hotmail.com
 
Hello All,


My friend the raven was back again just now, climbing, diving, calling and swooping over town here in Bridgeville. PLEASE let this be a daily/weekly occurrence!!!


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA



Subject: Lancaster Co. Wood's Edge shorebirds 9/25/16
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 10:15 am
From: 000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The main lake at Wood's Edge along Centerville Road in Lancaster has a lot of mud exposed on the west and east ends of the lake.  Sunday afternoon, about 70 Least Sandpipers and nearly a dozen Pectoral Sandpipers were foraging there, as well as three Greater Yellowlegs and a single Killdeer.  Canada Geese and mallards were plentiful on the lake.

Good Birding

-Meredith Lombard
www.flickr.com/photos/caritas_nature



Subject: Central PA Birdline - request for new compiller
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 9:43 am
From: timetraveler50 AT comcast.net
 
Unfortunately, due to health problems, I must discontinue compiling the Central PA Birdline after over 20 years of work.  I hope that someone else will decide to pick up the task and continue to produce a Central PA Birdline as a service for the birders in the region.  Good luck!

Mark A. McConaughy
TimeTraveler50@comcast.net



Subject: 09/25/16 KPNA List, Luz. Co.
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 3:55 am
From: chickadd AT ptd.net
 
Reported by Bob Wasilewski
Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre

>
> 1) Double-crested Cormorant 1
> 2) Great Blue Heron 3
> 3) Canada Goose 15
> 4) Mallard 20
> 5) Bald Eagle 2
> 7) Feral Pigeon 1
> 8) Mourning Dove 5
> 9) Belted Kingfisher 1
> 10) Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> 11) Downy Woodpecker 7
> 12) Hairy Woodpecker 1
> 13) Northern Flicker 2
> 14) Eastern Phoebe 2
> 15) Red-eyed Vireo 4
> 16) Blue Jay 15
> 17) American Crow 4
> 18) Fish Crow 1
> 19) Common Raven 2
> 20) Black-capped Chickadee 11
> 21) Tufted Titmouse 2
> 22) White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> 23) Carolina Wren 9
> 24) American Robin 17
> 25) Gray Catbird 14
> 26) Blue-winged Warbler 1
> 27) Northern Parula 1
> 28) Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
> 29) American Redstart 2
> 30) Ovenbird 1
> 31) Common Yellowthroat 1
> 32) Song Sparrow 14
> 33) Northern Cardinal 9
> 34) Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> 35) American Goldfinch 6
>
> Gray Squirrel: 6
> Cabbage White Butterfly: 8
> Total Avian Species: 35
> Observers: 3-2-1
> Hours: 5.75
> Weather: Sunny but chilly; 46-66 F

Sandy Goodwin, Wyoming County



Subject: Franklin County- Wilson's Warbler & Lincoln's Sparrow
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 22:07 pm
From: 000000a22b6b5249-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I had a Lincoln's Sparrow and a Wilson's Warbler near the brush piles at Mennohaven today. There was also a Philadelphia Vireo with a Swainson's Thrush and a small warbler flock along the creek. This has been a good year for Swainson's. I've seen many this spring and fall.

Chris Blazo



Subject: Yellow B. Cuckoo, WTSparrow, more Crawford County
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 21:24 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
This morning the bird activity was great on my property.  One highlight was
a Yellow Billed Cuckoo sit in my pine tree and preen for a good bit of
time. Also had a White Throated Sparrow on Saturday and again today.

1 White Throated Sparrow
1 Yellow Billed Cuckoo
2 Pine Siskins ( still here since July!)
16 Am Goldfinches
5 Purple Finches
2 Eastern Towhees
1 Gray Cheek Thrush
3 Swainsons Thrushes
1 Ruby Crowned Kinglet
1 Red Breasted Nuthatch
4 White Breasted Nuthatches
3 Downy Woodpeckers
1 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Ep. Flycatcher
5 plus Black Capped Chickadees
5 plus Tufted Titmice
10 plus Blue Jays
5 plus House Finches
4 Mourning Doves
9 Common Grackles
1 Red Wing Blackbird
1 Dark Eyed Junco
2 Chestnut Sided Warblers
1 Cape May Warbler
2 Blackpolls
1 Yellow Throated Vireo
22 Cedar Waxwings
1 Gray Catbird
1 Sharp Shinned Hawk
5 Canada Geese ( flyovers)
1 Green Heron ( heard)

No Hummingbirds seen this weekend.

Photos from today in my backyard bird album
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Good Birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford County



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine State Park - North Shore, Sep 25, 2016
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 20:26 pm
From: delaneykaryn AT gmail.com
 
Subject: Butler County - eBird Report - Moraine State Park - North Shore,
Sep 25, 2016

Spent a lovely morning birding the trails on the North Shore. The most
surprising bird was a Red-headed Woodpecker which flew over the McDanel's
parking lot. Nice variety of migrants. Complete list below.

Karyn and Ray Delaney


Moraine State Park - North Shore, Butler, Pennsylvania, US
Sep 25, 2016 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
28 species

Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 1 Juvenile
Chimney Swift 3
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 flyover in parking lot
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 6
Cedar Waxwing 25
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31758655

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



Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co. (9/18-9/24)
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 20:17 pm
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
The reported species count was 95 this week. Some highlights included:
1 Pied-billed Grebe 9/21
Double-crested Cormorant-high report 54 9/24
Great Egret all week-high reports 2
1 N. Harrier 9/22
1 Red-shouldered Hawk 9/19
Broad-winged Hawk-high report 15 9/22 (one kettle)
Solitary Sandpiper-all week -high report 3
Least Sanpiper -high report 3 9/21
1 Pectoral Sandpiper 9/18
Lesser Black-backed Gull-high report 47 9/24
1 Merlin 9/18
1 Least Flycatcher 9/19
White-eyed Vireo multiple days
Blue-headed Vireo 9/22
2 Common Ravens 9/23
Red-breasted Nuthatch continues
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Swainson's Thrush 9/21
18 warbler species including N. Waterthrush, Tennessee, 2 Cape May 9/19, Bay-breasted 9/20, Blackpoll 9/19,Palm (1st report 9/21), Canada Warbler 9/23
1 Swamp Sparrow -1st fall report 9/22
Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, & Indigo Bunting


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



Subject: Fox Chapel
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 20:10 pm
From: ceceliahard AT comcast.net
 
On a birdwalk sponsored by 3RBC  on September 25 in the morning, our group spotted the following:  
Canada Goose, Red-tailed Hawk, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Chickadee sp., Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Nashville Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, other unidentified warblers, Eastern Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, American Goldfinch. (29+ species)

Cecelia Hard, Allegheny County



Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 Sep 2016) 724 Raptors
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 18:36 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 58 58
Bald Eagle 6 42 42
Northern Harrier 2 9 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 20 100 100
Cooper's Hawk 6 37 37
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 7
Broad-winged Hawk 675 894 894
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 47 47
Merlin 0 3 3
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: 724 1198 1198
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Hank Davis, Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett

Visitors:
Visitors (21):
Rodger Bovenkerk,
Tom Brokaw,
Howard Campbell,
Hank Davis,
Colleen DelMonte,
Fran DeMillion,
Susan Fowler,
Jean-Marie Gauthier,
Lana Glass,
Carol Majors,
Ron Majors,
Sue McLaughlin,
Kathleen Pileggi,
Ken Reynolds,
Janny Sterrett,
Tim Sterrett,
Ian Stewart,
Ollie Stewart,
Debbie Wat,
Ken Wat,
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Watch!



Weather:
Sunny (Cloud Cover = 0-5%), 53-70F, Winds NNW 5

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2 - Red-shouldered
Hawk, 7 - Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black and Turkey Vultures in
fact, all of them until a few obviously migrating Turkey Vultures appear
late in the watch season.

----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr. - 1; 2 yr. - 1; 3 yr. - 0; 4 yr. - 0; adult -
4


Non-raptor Observations:
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 2 - Ruby-crowned Kinglet (first for hawk
watch season), 5 - Palm Warbler, 1 - Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 2 - Blue
Grosbeak, 3 - Bobolink

----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (12): Monarch - 55, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Variegated Fritillary, Silver-spotted Skipper. Dragonflies (2):
Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Mammals (1): Eastern Gray Squirrel

----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG - (Comments on the feel of the day read on, if
you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other wildlife;
discuss plants; all the while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!:
Gazing up into the that cloudless, deep blue sky is often without reward.
Today, it did give up some of its mysteries, but with due diligence. You
had to watch every vulture and airplane in hopes that a heretofore "hidden"
raptor was within the field of view. That technique, along with just
scanning at infinite focus yielded our Broad-wings.---When I was a young
birder, we never thought of Ravens in Chester County. Then in the late
80's, I saw one at Struble Lake. Never again until I began seeing them
very occasionally around my home outside of Coatesville. Then at Bucktoe
and a couple of other locations in Chester County. I had seen these birds
every year on trips I led to Canada and into mountain areas of
Pennsylvania, but this Chester County sightings were out of the blue.
Today, Ravens again made a memorable appearance at the Hawk Watch...at 1pm,
Kathleen noticed a large black bird heading our way. It was a Raven, soon
joined by another. They began to soar together, at times cavorting in the
air. I instantly texted Kim, the day's hawk watcher at nearby
Ashland...relaying that these two birds were heading her way. At 2:48pm,
the text came in. "We have the Ravens, now!" Kim said. "It looks as if
they're heading back to you." No, we didn't see them come back...yet, Kim.
But just how cool is that?

----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to The Land
Conservancy of Southern Chester County, and especially, to the Brokaws, for
their support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the
public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!

----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Tally with our Fitbits: This is a
stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend to bulk
up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at all!
Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I pace
endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with Nature
program. So, below are MY results for the day. Your totals could all be
zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are certainly welcome to take it
easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a panoramic view of our entire
sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our Walk with Nature! Anyway,
just for fun, here are my numbers for today (join me, if you wish): Miles:
6.48; Steps: 15,213; Floors: 8.


Predictions:
Tomorrow weather ...more clouds than today, but nice; winds from wrong
direction (SE), but light...
========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


Site Description:
High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Bake Oven Knob (25 Sep 2016) 77 Raptors
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 18:04 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 3 61 106
Turkey Vulture 10 240 436
Osprey 1 150 222
Bald Eagle 8 121 180
Northern Harrier 0 11 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 272 311
Cooper's Hawk 4 45 55
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 8
Broad-winged Hawk 33 5900 6068
Red-tailed Hawk 2 121 177
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 4
American Kestrel 1 32 43
Merlin 0 47 55
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 8
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 4 80 111
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1

Total: 77 7096 7801
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Chad Schwartz

Observers: John Leskosky, Lance Leonhardt, Travis Rennig

Visitors:
Boy Scouts from the Danielsville, PA area
Kevin and Colleen from the Lansdale, PA area
Several AT through-hikers


Weather:
Warm (55-68˚F) and very clear, with almost no clouds in the sky all
day. Breeze light (0-8 mph) and variable, changing from NW to N throughout
the course of the day. Visibility was good (20 miles).

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle 1002a, 1135a, 1135a, 1135a, 1145i, 1306i, 1315a, 1411i
Four local Red-tailed Hawks appeared throughout the day

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterfly (2), Canada Goose (145), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1),
Common Raven (8), Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Flycatcher sp., Blue
Jay, Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American
Goldfinch

Predictions:
Sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 3 to 7 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (25 Sep 2016) 113 Raptors
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 17:58 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 10 16
Turkey Vulture 0 39 47
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 3 217 279
Bald Eagle 11 113 167
Northern Harrier 2 27 33
Sharp-shinned Hawk 44 465 501
Cooper's Hawk 2 45 54
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 19 19
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 10 12
Broad-winged Hawk 28 8831 9002
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 10 112 162
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 18 29
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 129 160
Merlin 3 71 75
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 8
Unknown Falcon 1 6 6
Unknown Raptor 3 31 37

Total: 113 10150 10609
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Bracken Brown, David Barber, Holly Merker, Rudy Keller

Weather:
Clear with few clouds, NW winds 1-3 mph

Raptor Observations:
BAEA: 0948A, 0958A, 1001I, 1151I, 1236I, 1453I, 1515I, 1531A, 1538I, 1610I,
1654I

Non-raptor Observations:
7 red-bellied woodpeckers, 16 blue-headed vireos, 3 ruby-crowned and 3
golden-crowned kinglets, 47 black-throated green, 20 blackpoll and 2 palm
warblers,
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: Waggoner's Gap (25 Sep 2016) 67 Raptors
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 17:54 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 1 262 296
BE 7 188 260
NH 2 23 28
SS 15 841 864
CH 0 59 64
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 13 19
BW 38 9176 9377
RT 1 120 203
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 1 1
AK 2 125 152
ML 0 16 18
PG 0 14 18
UA 0 1 2
UB 0 11 14
UF 0 3 3
UE 0 0 0
UR 1 24 28

Total: 67 10877 11347
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers: Gary LaBelle, Gene Wagner, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
John Frain - 83


Weather:
Clear blue skies and winds calm or light from the NE.

Raptor Observations:
BE Juv 10:15(2)
BE Ad 10:15, 12;24, 1;32
BE WB 1;56, 2;01

First bird - SS 9:01
Last bird - AK 3:29

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO - 13
Loons - 2
Monarchs - 5
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate@copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Thrushes, Warblers, and Other Migrants--Butler County
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 17:14 pm
From: 000000c0e1e11ab7-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I woke up this morning at 5:30am to listen for nocturnal migrants at my house in Clay Twp., Butler County. Among these, I had about 30 Swainson's Thrushes, 2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes, 3 Wood Thrushes, and an Indigo Bunting. I had many migrants the evening before as well including a flock of Canada Geese, a Great Blue Heron, a Green Heron, 2 Eastern Sreech-Owls (not migrants), a Gray-cheeked Thrush, 52 Swainson's Thrushes, 4 Hermit Thrushes, Tennessee, American Redstart, Cape May, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, and Wilson's Warblers, Field Sparrow, and Indigo Buntings.

This morning, I also went to Jennings Nature Preserve in Butler County and had 11 species of warblers including Tennessee, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Cape May, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, and Black-throated Green. I also had 2 Brown Creepers, a Winter Wren, 2 Swainson's Thrushes, a White-throated Sparrow, and 12 Indigo Buntings.

Good Birding
Brendyn Baptiste
Slippery Rock, Butler County



Subject: Allegheny Front (25 Sep 2016) 122 Raptors
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 16:24 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 8 24
TV 0 6 32
OS 2 70 82
BE 13 57 68
NH 1 8 9
SS 13 107 125
CH 6 31 36
NG 0 0 0
RS 2 7 7
BW 57 4768 4999
RT 23 153 200
RL 0 0 0
GE 2 4 4
AK 2 8 16
ML 1 4 5
PG 0 2 2
UA 0 5 5
UB 0 3 11
UF 0 0 1
UE 0 1 1
UR 0 25 30
SK 0 1 1

Total: 122 5268 5658
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Brian Wargo

Observers: Gene & Nancy Flament, Jack Julian, Jeanine Ging, Jim Rocco

Visitors:
Meadow & Theo Ging Wargo, Jeanine Ging, Gretchen and Jim Lynn, Ed and Dione
Barry, Steve and Carolyn Hendricks, Ron and Ella Myers, John Hayes, Jim
Rocco, Jack Jullian, Joe and Barb Carrier, Charlene, Cody, Gwen, and Randy
Kiser, Connie and Greg Hawkins, Jeff and Cindy Griffith, Dawn Hewitt, Bob
Wertz, Susan Dickson (Indiana, PA), Jenny Dickson, Glenn and Adam Toth
(Greensburg, PA), Tim, Sonya, Lottie, Francis, and Fredderick Ness
(Stoystown, PA), and Sandy and Bill Cline


Weather:
Sunny with East Winds.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles:
Adults 11:41, 11:59, 12:06, 12:32, 1:01
Sub: 8:05 Sub II: 9:29 Sub III 11:35, 1:33, Sub IV: 8:38, 12:33 Juveniles:
8:48, 1:08

Golden Eagle: 1:07 UA, Adult 3:51

Non-raptor Observations:
7 Monarchs, Flickers, Blue Jays, Waxwings, Raven, Tiger Swallowtails,
Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Predictions:
Possible Rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian M. Wargo (brianwargo@gmail.com)



Subject: OUT OF STATE OUT OF SEASON OUT OF SIGHT REPORT
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 15:47 pm
From: 00000046cda72c3b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
While vacationing at the Horicon marsh area near Mayville in S.E Wisc. area last week on Tueday aft at 5:30p.m.  my friend and I witnessed a low level pass of a rough-legged hawk with its distinctive white rump rump apparent  and slow powerful wing beats zooming across RT24,,,,,,, it was shocking to say the least.  When attending a local Audubon mtg at the Horicon refuge center the following Thursday  the I ran into a DEP official who stated that other R.L.hawks had been seen in the area.  I have to wait till the winter months  to go and see these Arctic beauties in the New Wilmington Pa area (Lawrence co.)  Why are these beautiful hawks doing out of their area and season? Sightings like this are making me look into climate change a lot more closely  Bill Drolsbaugh Mercer co Pa



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