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20 Jan: @ 19:29:54 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 7 December 2020 (two weeks) [Amy Taracido]
20 Jan: @ 19:18:18 
Pennsylvania Birds Latest Issue Mailing [Franklin Haas]
20 Jan: @ 15:34:27 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 23 November 2020 [Amy Taracido]
20 Jan: @ 15:23:11 
Re: Hanging nest box question-Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co. [jerry Kruth]
19 Jan: @ 20:02:42 
Request for Photos [Rob Dickerson]
19 Jan: @ 18:32:29 
Re: Gull ID, anyone? - Montgomery County today [Paul Heveran]
19 Jan: @ 18:15:19 
Re: Carolina Wrens Roosting --HANGING NESTBOX, Levittown Bucks County [jerry Kruth]
19 Jan: @ 17:31:12 
Savannah sparrow Venango County [mike weible]
19 Jan: @ 16:38:11 
Re: Carolina Wrens Roosting --HANGING NESTBOX, Levittown Bucks County [Dean Kendall]
19 Jan: @ 16:12:59 
N. Shrike [Clare Nicolls]
19 Jan: @ 15:43:12 
Black Vulture with Red Wing Tags [Barry E. Blust]
19 Jan: @ 14:41:51 
Long-eared Owl observations - old and new [Barber, Patricia]
19 Jan: @ 12:55:06 
Is there a list of specific birds that should not be reported to PABIRDS? [reeser]
19 Jan: @ 11:31:27 
Re: Carolina Wrens Roosting --HANGING NESTBOX, Levittown Bucks County [jerry Kruth]
19 Jan: @ 01:43:35 
Yard Birds and Article -- Nearby States Banding Rufous Hummingbirds This Winter -- Cumberland County [reeser]
19 Jan: @ 01:43:18 
Lower Bucks County WRS [Linda Rowan]
19 Jan: @ 01:21:37 
Common Redpolls, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards]
18 Jan: @ 22:47:45 
Northampton County new work yard bird [Robin and Daniel Zmoda]
18 Jan: @ 21:14:01 
NW York WRR #672 [Sandy Lockerman]
18 Jan: @ 01:28:48 
Monroe County WRS [Robin and Daniel Zmoda]
18 Jan: @ 01:00:51 
Some interesting but not rare birds, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
17 Jan: @ 18:35:34 
Crawford Co. WRS [Michael Leahy]
17 Jan: @ 15:10:34 
North Central Dauphin #224 WRS [Sandy Lockerman]
17 Jan: @ 13:42:53 
Peace Valley Park (IBA) - Bucks Co. (1/10 - 1/16) [August Mirabella]
17 Jan: @ 04:25:48 
Northern Mockingbird, Clarion Co. [Dan Richards]
16 Jan: @ 22:14:55 
The Red-shouldered and the Goose, Part 2 [David Gibson]
16 Jan: @ 20:16:57 
WRS New Holland, Lancaster County [Franklin Haas]
16 Jan: @ 19:17:15 
WRS 216 Cumberland NEC [Timothy Johnson]
16 Jan: @ 18:52:59 
WRS - SE York Co. [R.L. Cleary]
16 Jan: @ 16:56:07 
Glaucous Gull - Butler Co. [Mark Vass]
16 Jan: @ 12:46:20 
FW: WRS Route - Northern Lancaster County [Bruce A Carl]
16 Jan: @ 02:26:58 
Carolina Wrens Roosting Levittown Bucks County [Linda Rowan]
16 Jan: @ 01:24:50 
Re: Short-eared owls, York County [Ann Pettigrew]
16 Jan: @ 00:41:46 
Short-eared owls, York County [Chuck Berthoud]
15 Jan: @ 22:47:11 
Turkey Vultures-Butler [Glenn Koppel]
15 Jan: @ 22:47:11 
WRS Clarion Route #166 [Michael Leahy]
15 Jan: @ 22:47:09 
Clay-colored Sparrow in Indiana Co. [Margaret]
15 Jan: @ 22:47:09 
WRS Southwest Lancaster County [Bob Schutsky]
15 Jan: @ 22:47:08 
WRC, East Mercer county [Glenn Koppel]
15 Jan: @ 22:47:08 
Common Repolls Succop Nature Park, Butler County [Chris Kubiak]
15 Jan: @ 00:45:36 
WRS - Westmoreland County - Kuehl Crabtree Farm Area Route [Tom Kuehl]
14 Jan: @ 20:51:54 
Venango Co 1/14 [jerry stanley]
14 Jan: @ 16:31:19 
Bucks County Birders Jan. 26th: Bucket-list Birds [JFoulke]
14 Jan: @ 04:43:47 
WRS Lawrence County South 2021 [Robert Walczak]
14 Jan: @ 00:25:53 
Clarion County WRS [Michael Leahy]
14 Jan: @ 00:09:22 
Allen's humingbird in Philadelphia update [Sandy Lockerman]
13 Jan: @ 19:07:02 
Northampton County Jacobsburg State Park [DAVID SIEMINSKI]
13 Jan: @ 13:36:08 
Re: Gull ID, anyone? - Montgomery County today [Donna Collett]
13 Jan: @ 03:34:44 
Re: Gull ID, anyone? - Montgomery County today [Bill Etter]
13 Jan: @ 03:17:43 
Snow Geese commute . College Hill , Northampton county [Dave Leibert]





Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 7 December 2020 (two weeks)
Date: Wed Jan 20 2021 19:29 pm
From: AMYTARACIDO AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE12.07.20twoweeks

Highlights:
ROSS'S GOOSE (Butler County)
KING/COMMON EIDER (Erie County)
EARED GREBE (Somerset County)
RED-NECKED GREBE (Erie County)
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (Erie County)
PURPLE SANDPIPER (Erie County)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE (Erie County)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Erie County)
RED-THROATED LOON
COMMON REDPOLL (Armstrong and Mercer Counties)
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Indiana County)
EVENING GROSBEAK (Forest and Mercer Counties)

Contributors: Tammy Arnold, Michael David, Margaret Higbee, Scott Kinzey, Flo McGuire, Jerry McWilliams, Tom Roberts, Kim Springer.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 23 November 2020 through Monday, 7 December 2020 (TWO WEEKS)

**This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible for errors on websites who reproduce/reprint these reports. If you would like to receive western PA RBAs, contact AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Transcript-

NOTES: Catching back up with my RBAs after ever-changing lockdown delays--apologies for reports being late. TUNDRA SWAN, SCAUP SP., WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, PINE SISKIN continue to be reported.

ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

On 12/1 in Perry Township, 1 COMMON REDPOLL (TA).


BUTLER COUNTY:

Through 11/26 at Lake Oneida, 1 ROSS'S GOOSE (MD).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle this week, sightings included CANVASBACKS, BLACK SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, up to 27 RED-THROATED LOONS, up to 400 REDHEADS, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (11/27, 11/29), PURPLE SANDPIPERS (11/27, 12/1), 1 KING/COMMON EIDER (12/1), RED-NECKED GREBE (12/2), BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE (12/2), LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (12/3), PEREGRINE FALCON (JM).


FOREST COUNTY:

Through 11/28 in Tionesta, 20-30 EVENING GROSBEAKS (JM).


INDIANA COUNTY:

On 11/30 in Indiana, 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (MH).


MERCER COUNTY:

On 11/26 in Sandy Lake, 1 EVENING GROSBEAK (SK).

In Transfer on 12/4, 1 COMMON REDPOLL (KS).


SOMERSET COUNTY:

At Quemahoning Reservoir on 11/28, 1 EARED GREBE (TR).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.



Subject: Pennsylvania Birds Latest Issue Mailing
Date: Wed Jan 20 2021 19:18 pm
From: fhaasbirds AT gmail.com
 
The latest issue of Pennsylvania Birds (V34N3) was mailed today.

If you are a PSO member, you will be receiving it shortly (although it can
take up to two weeks...).

The online version is available to all current members at pabirds.org.

Login using your Member Number and Zip Code (unless you changed your login
info).

Non-members can see a sample of this issue at pabirds.org (click on Latest
Issue of Pennsylvania Birds).

If you would like to receive this publication, you can join the PSO at
pabirds.org

Frank Haas
Treasurer

--
Frank Haas

Wisdom begins with putting the right name to a thing.



Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 23 November 2020
Date: Wed Jan 20 2021 15:34 pm
From: AMYTARACIDO AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE11.23.20

Highlights:
CACKLING GOOSE (Westmoreland County)
RED-THROATED LOON
EVENING GROSBEAK (Washington County)

Contributors: John Flannigan, Matthew Juskowich, Hayley Kyle, Jerry McWilliams.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 16 November 2020 through Monday, 23 November 2020

**This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible for errors on websites who reproduce/reprint these reports. If you would like to receive western PA RBAs, contact AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Transcript-

NOTES: Catching back up with my RBAs after ever-changing lockdown delays--apologies for reports being late. COMMON LOON, TUNDRA SWAN, SURF SCOTERS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, SCAUP SP., PINE SISKINS continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 11/22 in Pittsburgh at the (old) Churchill golf course, FOX SPARROW (HK).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle State Park on 11/18, sightings included 13 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 11 REDHEADS, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 13 COMMON GOLDENEYE; on 11/20, 4 RED-THROATED LOONS, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS; on 11/21, 8 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 3 RED-THROATED LOONS; on 11/22, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK, 4 RED-THROATED LOONS, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS; on 11/23, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS (JM).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 11/23 at Mingo Creek Park, 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS (JF).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

At at Beaver Run Reservoir on 11/22, 7 CACKLING GEESE (MJ).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.



Subject: Hanging nest box question-Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co.
Date: Wed Jan 20 2021 15:23 pm
From: 00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Lovely post Lisa.  You must have a lovely yard!  Congratulations on making it bird-friendly!

Thanks for contributing to the pool of data.
jkPgh


-----Original Message-----
From: Lisa Dziuban
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Wed, Jan 20, 2021 8:38 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] Hanging nest box question-Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co.

I have always had some small hanging “wren type” bird houses on my property since I moved to Pennsylvania in 1985.  I clearly remember the first, which I bought upstate in a thrift shop. It was an old one, painted pink.  I couldn’t wait to hang it from a crabapple tree which was adjacent to our patio. I can’t remember when it was first occupied, but it wasn’t long and for approximately the next 10 years it had house wrens in it every summer raising young.  I also remember the first time I saw the fledglings leave the nest, one landed on the side of the house, holding for dear life.
This box was approximately 5” square, with a 1” hole. I hung it with a piece of wire run through a small eye bolt screw.
Now at my current home I have wrens nest in a bigger bird house that is screwed on a post that I pushed into the ground.  It is also very close to the house.  Wrens nest in it every year, although I would not describe it as a wren nest box.  I have many bird houses scattered about, most attached to the side of one of my outbuildings which has a small arbor. Old grapevines, ancient cedar trees and fruiting shrubs provide a good habitat.
What I am curious about is where do the Carolina Wrens nest?  I always have a pair here and they love to hide in an old feed bin I have filled with kindling, or two big baskets on the porch filled with kindling. They seem to prefer being close to human habitat as do the house wrens. The Carolinas are wonderful year round residents although I have yet to see them raise young.

Lisa Dziuban



Subject: Request for Photos
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 20:02 pm
From: radickerson AT gmail.com
 
Do you have some great photos of any birds taken in Pennsylvania from August 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020? Or a picture of a notable/significant sighting from that period? 

I am currently accepting photo submissions through end of day January 31 to be considered for publication as space permits in the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) Fall 2020 issue of Pennsylvania Birds.

**Important Note** Images submitted must be high-res and are preferred to be horizontal shots. Submitted images must be able to be cropped to 1050px x 700px with a resolution of 300 px/in for horizontal images. If space allows high-quality vertical portrait shots may be used, but they take up the space of 2 photos in the layout used by the journal. Vertical photos submitted must be able to be cropped to 1050px x 1313px at 300 px/in.

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

- Submissions for consideration **must** be taken during the above date range and emailed to radickerson@gmail.com, please make mention of the word FALL in the subject line to simplify processing.

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

Rob Dickerson
Photo Editor, Pennsylvania Birds



Subject: Gull ID, anyone? - Montgomery County today
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 18:32 pm
From: birdmeister.paul AT gmail.com
 
Hello PA Birders,

Thanks very much to all who chimed in about my mystery gull. I didn't see
it again.

Responses about it came from other outlets as well. The predominant and
most assertive response was that it was a small HERRING GULL, likely a
female. The two responses that were most specific listed the very dark
primaries and the dark barring on the scapulars as a combination fitting
only Herring Gull. One person thought it might be a bird with some melanin
issues, leading to unusually early bleaching and wear in the wings. This
person also commented that Great Lakes birds can be a bit paler than normal.

The head and bill shape threw a lot of people, including me, on the road to
"Thayer's" Iceland Gull. However, I was given a link to a good article
demonstrating that head and bill shape aren't always reliable in
distinguishing this species pair:
https://larusology.blogspot.co...

You never know what will drop in!


Good birding,
Paul Heveran



On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 6:12 PM Paul Heveran
wrote:

> Hello PA Birders,
>
> I observed an unusual gull at the Church Rd area of Green Lane Reservoir
> today. Although it showed many features of a Lesser Black-backed, I thought
> the head resembled Iceland a bit more and it was very pale.
>
> Photos and comments are in this eBird checklist:
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...
>
>
> Thanks for any advice folks can give on this bird!
>
>
> Good birding,
> Paul Heveran
>



Subject: Carolina Wrens Roosting --HANGING NESTBOX, Levittown Bucks County
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 18:15 pm
From: 00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Dean,

Thanks for that lovely rendition of your efforts to provide nesting habitat for our winged friends.  I'm always interested in the efforts of nestboxes, both success and failures. 

I was especially interested  if your enlargement of the entrance hole would attract any other species?   I find 1 1/2" seems to be the general "fits all" opening, and most often the species attraction will depend on the habitat location and mounting idiosyncrasies such as height, etc.

Best wishes in your efforts Dean, and to all who respond, both on-and-off line. 


Nestboxing is one sure way to positively impact wildlife, and the rewards are well worth the effort.

Jerry Kruth
Pittsburgh



-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Kendall
To: 'jerry Kruth' ; PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Tue, Jan 19, 2021 11:38 am
Subject: RE: [PABIRDS] Carolina Wrens Roosting --HANGING NESTBOX, Levittown Bucks County

I've long used gourds (bottle, dipper and goose types) as hanging nest 'boxes', and up to 5 at a time were used by House Wrens each year that I managed to keep that many up (in an area of trees and shrubbery and bit of lawn at most 200 yds diameter).  But the gourds last only a few years before falling apart, and these days, altho I've a large stash of gourds that I've grown over the years, i'm not making them into nest boxes fast enough to keep up.  The result is fewer pair nesting here, and most of those are finding their own cavities or using other of my home made ones (eg gallon jar hung under an eave).  At the moment I think I've only 1 intact gourd-house out (in use by House Wren at least the last 3 yrs, so getting decrepit). 

I used to use the standard 1" hole size for Hse Wren, but later switched to larger (1 1/4-1 1/2) in hopes other birds might use them as well (the bigger holes didn't bother the House Wrens, but so far haven't enticed any other species to use them, at least to nest).  I drill drain-holes in the bottom of the gourd and ventilation holes in the neck, and try to place the ventilation and entry holes so that, when the gourd's hung, the holes faces a bit downward, letting water run by rather than into the holes.  I use rather heavy, stiff wire to hang it by, and on either side of the holes where the wire runs thru the neck, bend it to fashion downward-pointing ears, again so that water running down the wire will drip to the ground rather than into the gourd.  One arm of the wire thru the neck is then wrapped/hooked around the other, longer arm of the wire at a point close above the top of the gourd, and the longer arm then looped at the end into a shallow coil that can be slipped over a branch but will prevent wind from rocking it off.  I hang them 6-10 ft from the ground on a branch/limb that's far enough from the trunk to be getting a bit too narrow/flexible for a raccoon, but still strong enough to not bend too much from the weight of the gourd/nest/brood.  The looseness of the coil of wire over the branch lets the gourd hang freely, plumb to the ground even as the branch moves with the wind. 

I think only once did a predator get into any of them:  I'd hung one a bit too low, at the edge of the yard, and maybe a less mature/thinner-walled gourd.  It happened midday, when the nestlings were nearing fledging and making quite a 'feed me!' fuss.  A 'house' cat must've leapt up and pulled it, broken, to the ground, where I found it in pieces, the wire hanger still attached to the branch.  I found it I think soon after, and sadly saw no sign that any got away

Dean, Berks Co

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania On Behalf Of jerry Kruth
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:31 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Carolina Wrens Roosting --HANGING NESTBOX, Levittown Bucks County

Thanks Linda for that interesting post.
I was particularly interested in the "hanging" wren box?  I have seen depictions of hanging boxes, but never known anyone to have success doing so?
Would you please be so kind as to send a description of the type box, and dimensions of the box?
I'd also like to hear from anyone else who has had success by hanging a box (presumably with wire), as opposed to fastening to a post?
Thanks for any input.
Jerry KruthPgh.


-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Rowan <000001476b4df963-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Fri, Jan 15, 2021 8:26 pm
Subject: [PABIRDS] Carolina Wrens Roosting Levittown Bucks County

In late summer of 2018 we noticed that Carolina Wrens were tucking into the top of our closed patio umbrella to roost each night.


We got a new umbrella in 2019 and never saw the Wrens near it.


Tonight as I got out of my car in the carport I saw something small fly from the motion detector light mounted in the carport.

I walked a little closer and saw that a Carolina Wren was roosting there.
About an hour and a half later I checked and it was still there.


I am glad that they have a safe dry place  to roost.



This will also prompt me to rehang the wren house that was taken down when the shed was painted in Nov.  Perhaps they will use that.

Last summer we had 2 or 3 broods of house wrens in that house. Those adults really worked hard at keeping the young fed.



Linda Rowan

Levittown Bucks County


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Subject: Savannah sparrow Venango County
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 17:31 pm
From: 00000040dbda8dca-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I had a Savannah sparrow on the grounds of Polk State Center today in Venango County.Mike Weible,Franklin, Pa.

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Subject: Carolina Wrens Roosting --HANGING NESTBOX, Levittown Bucks County
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 16:38 pm
From: deankendall AT paydaynet.org
 
I've long used gourds (bottle, dipper and goose types) as hanging nest 'boxes', and up to 5 at a time were used by House Wrens each year that I managed to keep that many up (in an area of trees and shrubbery and bit of lawn at most 200 yds diameter).  But the gourds last only a few years before falling apart, and these days, altho I've a large stash of gourds that I've grown over the years, i'm not making them into nest boxes fast enough to keep up.  The result is fewer pair nesting here, and most of those are finding their own cavities or using other of my home made ones (eg gallon jar hung under an eave).  At the moment I think I've only 1 intact gourd-house out (in use by House Wren at least the last 3 yrs, so getting decrepit).  

I used to use the standard 1" hole size for Hse Wren, but later switched to larger (1 1/4-1 1/2) in hopes other birds might use them as well (the bigger holes didn't bother the House Wrens, but so far haven't enticed any other species to use them, at least to nest). I drill drain-holes in the bottom of the gourd and ventilation holes in the neck, and try to place the ventilation and entry holes so that, when the gourd's hung, the holes faces a bit downward, letting water run by rather than into the holes. I use rather heavy, stiff wire to hang it by, and on either side of the holes where the wire runs thru the neck, bend it to fashion downward-pointing ears, again so that water running down the wire will drip to the ground rather than into the gourd. One arm of the wire thru the neck is then wrapped/hooked around the other, longer arm of the wire at a point close above the top of the gourd, and the longer arm then looped at the end into a shallow coil that can be slipped over a branch but will prevent wind from rocking it off. I hang them 6-10 ft from the ground on a branch/limb that's far enough from the trunk to be getting a bit too narrow/flexible for a raccoon, but still strong enough to not bend too much from the weight of the gourd/nest/brood. The looseness of the coil of wire over the branch lets the gourd hang freely, plumb to the ground even as the branch moves with the wind.

I think only once did a predator get into any of them: I'd hung one a bit too low, at the edge of the yard, and maybe a less mature/thinner-walled gourd. It happened midday, when the nestlings were nearing fledging and making quite a 'feed me!' fuss. A 'house' cat must've leapt up and pulled it, broken, to the ground, where I found it in pieces, the wire hanger still attached to the branch. I found it I think soon after, and sadly saw no sign that any got away

Dean, Berks Co

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania On Behalf Of jerry Kruth
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:31 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Carolina Wrens Roosting --HANGING NESTBOX, Levittown Bucks County

Thanks Linda for that interesting post.
I was particularly interested in the "hanging" wren box? I have seen depictions of hanging boxes, but never known anyone to have success doing so?
Would you please be so kind as to send a description of the type box, and dimensions of the box?
I'd also like to hear from anyone else who has had success by hanging a box (presumably with wire), as opposed to fastening to a post?
Thanks for any input.
Jerry KruthPgh.


-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Rowan <000001476b4df963-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Fri, Jan 15, 2021 8:26 pm
Subject: [PABIRDS] Carolina Wrens Roosting Levittown Bucks County

In late summer of 2018 we noticed that Carolina Wrens were tucking into the top of our closed patio umbrella to roost each night.


We got a new umbrella in 2019 and never saw the Wrens near it.


Tonight as I got out of my car in the carport I saw something small fly from the motion detector light mounted in the carport.

I walked a little closer and saw that a Carolina Wren was roosting there.
About an hour and a half later I checked and it was still there.


I am glad that they have a safe dry place to roost.



This will also prompt me to rehang the wren house that was taken down when the shed was painted in Nov. Perhaps they will use that.

Last summer we had 2 or 3 broods of house wrens in that house. Those adults really worked hard at keeping the young fed.



Linda Rowan

Levittown Bucks County


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Subject: N. Shrike
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 16:12 pm
From: tcnicolls AT windstream.net
 
I had a Northern Shrike perch on one of my bird feeder posts yesterday
(1/18). It cleaned its beak and then flew off towards some shrubs. When it
first landed, all the other birds disappeared!



Clare Nicolls

Crawford Co.



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Subject: Black Vulture with Red Wing Tags
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 15:43 pm
From: barryblust AT comcast.net
 
It's always satisfying when one is able to submit information from a
banded/tagged bird and make a small contribution to science. On Sunday,
01/17/21, a group I was leading on a bird walk at the Great Marsh in Chester
County, PA, observed a Black Vulture with red patagial tags. I was able to
get a number (E98) off of the tags from my photos and submit it to a couple
of different places. The response was quick. The USGS returned a
"certificate of appreciation" indicating the bird was tagged near
Martinsburg, WV, on 6/13/19 and was at least two years old at the time.
Another source indicated this was likely the first reported sighting since
the tagging. Photos of the bird with the tags can be seen in my ebird list
at https://ebird.org/pa/checklist... .

Barry E. Blust
21 Rabbit Run Lane
Glenmoore, PA
Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County
BarryBlust@comcast.net

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to
everything else in the Universe."
-- John Muir



Subject: Long-eared Owl observations - old and new
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 14:41 pm
From: patbarber AT pa.gov
 
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is interested to learn more about long-eared owls (LEOW) in the state. In preparation for a future survey, we're asking birders to share your long-eared owl observations with the agency. We are interested in current and older records (up to 5 years ago). Long-eared owls are Pennsylvania Threatened and extremely vulnerable to disturbance at both nonbreeding roost and nesting sites. At this time, please postpone adding your observations on eBird or other social media platforms. We are working with eBird to develop a process to allow your observations to be entered while also protecting these sensitive locations. Until that is resolved, please do your part to protect the critters that mean so much to us. PGC will to its part; all long-eared owl observations and locations are confidential.



Observations should be sent directly to me, Patti Barber, patbarber@pa.gov, with LEOW observations in the subject line. Please include the date and location of your observation, how many owls counted and the evidence you found of the birds, seen/heard/pellets or some other evidence. Your welcome to send a pic of the area and/or owls but please keep a safe distance to not disturb the birds. If the birds have notice you, you are too close. Roosts have been abandoned due to disturbance and a picture isn't worth risk. Last, always be respectful of landowners and do not walk on to private property without owner's consent.



date

location (lat/long if possible)

property (public/private)

evidence (call/seen/other)

number of owls

Thanks for all your help and stay safe!
Patti

Patricia Barber
Endangered Species Biologist
Pennsylvania Game Commission
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
717-303-4482
patbarber@pa.gov



Subject: Is there a list of specific birds that should not be reported to PABIRDS?
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 12:55 pm
From: reeser AT mindspring.com
 
When a bird is reported in the local PA news (TV, newspaper, etc),
should the bird still not be reported to PABIRDS? I'm trying to
understand what restrictions there are on discussing local sightings. It
seems like it's ok to report the location of some birds but not others.
Or maybe it's ok to report the bird was seen but not provide a location.
Or maybe one shouldn't report the bird at all? And if the bird is in the
news, do all the same rules apply?

Is there a list that lays out all the rules for reporting birds on PABIRDS?

Thanks

Ellen
reeser@mindspring.com
Cumberland County



Subject: Carolina Wrens Roosting --HANGING NESTBOX, Levittown Bucks County
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 11:31 am
From: 00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Thanks Linda for that interesting post.
I was particularly interested in the "hanging" wren box?  I have seen depictions of hanging boxes, but never known anyone to have success doing so?
Would you please be so kind as to send a description of the type box, and dimensions of the box?
I'd also like to hear from anyone else who has had success by hanging a box (presumably with wire), as opposed to fastening to a post?
Thanks for any input.
Jerry KruthPgh.


-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Rowan <000001476b4df963-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Fri, Jan 15, 2021 8:26 pm
Subject: [PABIRDS] Carolina Wrens Roosting Levittown Bucks County

In late summer of 2018 we noticed that Carolina Wrens were tucking into the
top of our closed patio umbrella to roost each night.


We got a new umbrella in 2019 and never saw the Wrens near it.


Tonight as I got out of my car in the carport I saw something small fly from
the motion detector light mounted in the carport.

I walked a little closer and saw that a Carolina Wren was roosting there.
About an hour and a half later I checked and it was still there.


I am glad that they have a safe dry place  to roost.



This will also prompt me to rehang the wren house that was taken down when
the shed was painted in Nov.  Perhaps they will use that.

Last summer we had 2 or 3 broods of house wrens in that house. Those adults
really worked hard at keeping the young fed.



Linda Rowan

Levittown Bucks County


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Subject: Yard Birds and Article -- Nearby States Banding Rufous Hummingbirds This Winter -- Cumberland County
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 1:43 am
From: reeser AT mindspring.com
 
If interested, article on banding rufous hummingbirds this winter DE, N VA

https://www.washingtonpost.com...

Miss seeing the hummingbirds, not much activity locally lately. Most of
the activity are the birds that are coming for peanuts and peanut suet
dough. Blue Jays, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Cardinal, Titmice and others
watch for us to put out some peanuts each day. Deer have been showing up
some evenings. Have not seen the turkeys that frequent the same stream
as the deer this winter.

Ellen
reeser@mindspring.com
Cumberland County



Subject: Lower Bucks County WRS
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 1:43 am
From: 000001476b4df963-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Yesterday we drove our Winter Raptor Survey route. The route covers the
lower end of Bucks County beginning in Levittown and continuing up into
Solebury Township and back down.

As in the past we add very few to our count when we get north of Route 1.



Time on route (excluding lunch etc) Hours:Minutes- 4 Hrs. 50 Min.

Start time = 10:40 AM/ End time 3:30 PM

Miles on route: 57 Miles



Avg Temp 43 degrees

Sky- - Partly Cloud

Wind - 15 MPH

Avg Snow cover depth - None



Turkey Vultures - 4

Black Vultures --5

Harriers - 1 a Gray Ghost

Red Tails - 5 Adult, 2 Immature, 4 Not Determined

Kestrels - 2 not determined

Bald Eagles - 10 Adult, 28 Immature

Peregrine Falcon - 1 immature

Unidentified Raptors - 2

Other birds of note - 2 Great Cormorants

4 American Coot



Linda Rowan and Mick Jeitner



Subject: Common Redpolls, Clearfield Co.
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 1:21 am
From: 00000132f63ed96f-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Today I located a large flock of 80-100 Common Redpolls feeding on grass seeds along Kirk Road near Luthersburg.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: Northampton County new work yard bird
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 22:47 pm
From: robinanddanielz AT gmail.com
 
This morning around 10 I had a Raven flying over Easton.  First one I've
had from work.
Lately there has been the thousands of Snow Geese heading out of Nazareth
over our building.

Farther afield, yesterday I came across a dead Sawwhet Owl north of
Broadheadsville in Monroe county. When I checked it for a band (no) I
found a mouse next to it. Probably hit while going for or carrying dinner.

Dan Zmoda
Pen Argyl



Subject: NW York WRR #672
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 21:14 pm
From: 000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
County-York (Northwest York #672)

Date-January 18, 2021

Observers-Sandy and Gary Lockerman

Amount of Time on Route (hours:minutes): 2 hours

Start/End- 10:15 am - 12:10 pm

Miles on Route-38



#TVs-39

#BVs-0



#Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.)-0

#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND)-2 Adults, 1 ND



#Rough-legs (Light/Dark)-0



#Kestrels (M/F/ND)-2 males



Sharp-shins(Ad/Imm)-0

Cooper's (Ad/Imm.)-0



Red-shouldered hawks (Ad/Imm.)-0



Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)-1 adult



other raptors-0



Shrikes-0



Avg Temperature-40

Sky-partly cloudy

Wind-4-7 mph

Avg Snow Cover depth-0










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Subject: Monroe County WRS
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 1:28 am
From: robinanddanielz AT gmail.com
 
Keeping it within the bubble this year, my wife and I ran year 17 of this
Monroe County route. Vultures continue an upward trend with them being
seen the last two years with only one of either species seen in the
previous nine. Redtail numbers were double of last year with 4, but way
below the ten year average of 8.6. Every bird except one Redtail was in the
air. Super special was the first Kestrel on this route even though there
are several areas with suitable habitat. We missed Harrier and Red shoulder
but did get one accip sp.

County-Monroe #451
Date-1-17-21
Observers- Dan and Robin Zmoda
Time on Route-3h 15m
Start/End-1230/1545
Miles on Route-74.5

#TVs- 7
#BVs-3

#Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.)-0

#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND)-4 1 ad 3 nd

#Rough-legs (Light/Dark)-0

#Kestrels (M/F/ND)-1 male

Sharp-shins(Ad/Imm)-0


Cooper's (Ad/Imm.)-0

Red-shouldered hawks (Ad/Imm.)-0

Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)-2 1ad / 1imm

other raptors- 1 acc sp

Shrikes or Owls- Wellll, we did find a roadkill Sawwhet with a small rodent
dead next to it.

Avg Temperature- 40 39-41
Sky(Clear/ Pt cloudy/ Cloudy)-mostly cloudy
Wind (light/medium/strong)- strong most of day
Avg Snow Cover-mostly none, but 2-3 inches in the very northern part of the
county



Other birds of note-

Ravens 2

turkey 6





Dan Zmoda
Pen Argyl



Subject: Some interesting but not rare birds, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 1:00 am
From: 0000012d74227426-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Late in the afternoon when the back yard gets busy with sparrows, a white-striped adult whitethroat with a band on its right leg feeds on the deck. I've not been able to see it clearly enough to read, but it's been 5 years since a bander was here, so who knows where it came from.  There are white-crowned sparrows both in the yard and fields, and a juvenile that's been frequenting the back yard has pale lores and a bright orangish/pink bill. I would say it's a gambelli, but I'm not sure that's a correct ID classification term any longer. Visibly it's a match for first winter west taiga white-crowned in the Sibley book. I have constant chickadee activity and 95% of them look like  black-capped's, although some could be hybrids. More than a month ago one with tan tips to its wings and tail was here for a few days, and it always took my eye.  But it disappeared until today.  And I find myself constantly looking at it, trying to make it into something unusual, but I can't  Some purple finches are around again too. . Other species of note seen today include a small flock of cedar waxwings, one of which had an intensely bright yellow belly, a juvenile red-shouldered hawk that's been around off and on for a few weeks, flocks of flyover snow geese, and a fox sparrow in the field. 
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Crawford Co. WRS
Date: Sun Jan 17 2021 18:35 pm
From: mrl706 AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,


Here are the results for our Crawford County WRS route which we ran
yesterday under less-than-ideal conditions. I was very surprised by the
results. I was expecting very low numbers due to cloudy/foggy/snowy
conditions. However, we had a record number of Coopers Hawks with 4 and
record tying number of Rough-legged Hawk with 5.


County – Crawford – Route #203

Date – 16 January 2021

Observers- Michael R Leahy, Jim Wilson, Gary Edwards, Dennis Beaver

Total time *- *4.5 Hours

Start time/End time 10:15 am / 3:15 pm (minus 30 Min. lunch)

Miles on route – 70.5



Harriers – NONE

Red-tails - 14

Rough-legs- 5 – All light phase

Kestrels- 2- (Adult Male)

TVs - NONE

BVs- NONE

Red-shoulders – 2 Adult

Bald Eagles- NONE

Sharp-shins - NONE

Cooper’s – 4 – 3 Adult male, 1 Adult female

Merlin - NONE

Peregrine - NONE



Avg Temp.- 30 degrees

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- !00% cloudy

Wind - Light/medium/strong- Light wind

Avg Snow cover depth – 2” 100% coverage



OTHER BIRDS:

4 Ravens


Regards,


*Michael R Leahy*
*Knox, PA*



Subject: North Central Dauphin #224 WRS
Date: Sun Jan 17 2021 15:10 pm
From: 000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
County-Dauphin (North Central Duphin #224)

Date-January 15, 2021

Observers-Sandy and Gary Lockerman

Amount of Time on Route (hours:minutes): 2 hours 30 minutes

Start/End-9:10 am - 11:40 am

Miles on Route-49



#TVs-48

#BVs-5



#Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.)-0

#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND)- 1 adult, 1 immature



#Rough-legs (Light/Dark)-0



#Kestrels (M/F/ND)-1 male, 1 female



Sharp-shins(Ad/Imm)-0

Cooper's (Ad/Imm.)-0



Red-shouldered hawks (Ad/Imm.)-0



Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)-3 adults, 2 immatures



other raptors-Peregrine Falcon 1 adult Clarks Ferry Bridge



Shrikes-0



Avg Temperature-39

Sky-cloudy

Wind-4-7 mph

Avg Snow Cover depth-0




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Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) - Bucks Co. (1/10 - 1/16)
Date: Sun Jan 17 2021 13:42 pm
From: am4birds1 AT gmail.com
 
All,
The reported species count this week was 66.
1 Snow Goose continues
1 Greater White-fronted Goose 1/10, 1/11, 1/12 photo
1 Pink-footed Goose - (1/10, 1/11 photos), 1/16
1 Cackling Goose 1/12
6 duck species:
Common Goldeneye- 1/16
Hooded Merganser - high report 8 1/11
Common Merganser -high count ~850 1/10
1 Red-breasted Merganser - 1/16
1 Ruddy Duck 1/10
1 Pied-billed Grebe 1/10
1 American Woodcock 1/11
5 gull species:
1 Iceland Gull adult 1/12
Lesser Black-backed Gull - high report 30 1/10
Bald Eagle - high report 4 1/11, 1/12
Red-shouldered Hawk- imm. continues & 1 adult 1/12
1 American Kestrel male continues
1 Common Raven - 1/11, 1/13
Black-capped Chickadee continues
1 Purple Finch 1/10
6 sparrow species:
1 Fox Sparrow 1/10
Also, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Winter
Wren, both kinglets, E. Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Field
Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler continue.

Thanks to all who reported their sightings.

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA



Subject: Northern Mockingbird, Clarion Co.
Date: Sun Jan 17 2021 4:25 am
From: 00000132f63ed96f-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This morning a Northern Mockingbird was perched on a rooftop in East Brady.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: The Red-shouldered and the Goose, Part 2
Date: Sat Jan 16 2021 22:14 pm
From: 20cabot AT gmail.com
 
Hi VA birders, This is part 2 of "The Scuffletown Creek Hunters."
As much
as it's about the hunting party I encountered, it's also about birds and
bird photography. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome your feedback!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



Subject: WRS New Holland, Lancaster County
Date: Sat Jan 16 2021 20:16 pm
From: fhaasbirds AT gmail.com
 
I did my New Holland, Lancaster County WRS today.

I used the Global Raptor Impact Network (GRIN) app to record my sightings.

More on that below...


Date 01/16/21

Frank Haas

Start Time: 10:15 am
Total Survey Time: 3 Hrs 31 Min
Mileage: 55 miles
Temperature: 45
Cloudy
Moderate Winds
No snow

Black Vulture: 9
Turkey Vulture: 13
Bald Eagle: 4 (All adult)
Red-tailed Hawk: 4 (All adult)
American Kestrel: 3 (2 Male, 1 Fem.)

Wilson’s Snipe: 3


Comments: There are two eagle nests on this route. There was one eagle at
one of the nests (although I have seen all four birds in recent days).

The overall count (33) was near a record low (previous low 29).

I used GRIN to record my sightings. Since I was solo, I put it on Voice to
record and then edited it when I got home. It was very easy to use.

Halfway through, I paused it, had lunch, and then resumed the survey.

The only bad thing about it was it calculated 572.74 kilometers! However,
the resulting map did show the actual sighting locations. So I have no idea
what went wrong on the mileage.


*GRIN Primer:* Once you've installed it on your phone and set up an
account, press on the Car Icon to do a road survey.

Accept the terms and conditions, then edit the name of the route, weather,
etc.

When you are ready to start, press on Start Survey, then press “start voice
obs.”

Then start driving. When you see a raptor, just tap on the screen and it
gives you 5 seconds to record. Ie> “red-tail one adult.” etc.

At the next observation, tap on it again, etc.

It stores your location with the voice record.

When you get back, edit your survey records. Press on the record, then
press on the speaker icon and it will play back that record. Edit the
species, age, etc.

Then save the whole thing.

You can download it as a csv file if desired.

You can also upload it to the Global Raptor network.

I will be using it for the rest of my surveys.

Frank







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Frank Haas

Wisdom begins with putting the right name to a thing.



Subject: WRS 216 Cumberland NEC
Date: Sat Jan 16 2021 19:17 pm
From: tj359 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Date: 1/16/2021
Miles: 22Start Time: 11:20AMEnd Time: 1PMTotal Survey Time: 1 hour 40 minutesSnow Cover: None
Temps: 41-44F
% Cloud Cover: 10-40
Wind: Light

Northern Harrier: NoneRed-tailed Hawk: 12 (6 adult, 6 unknown)Red-shouldered Hawk: NoneRough-legged Hawk: NoneAmerican Kestrel: 2 (1M, 1F)Merlin: NonePeregrine Falcon: NoneCooper's Hawk: 3 (all unaged)Sharp-shinned Hawk: NoneNorthern Goshawk: NoneBald Eagle: 3 (all adult including a pair together)Golden Eagle: NoneTurkey Vulture: 44Black Vulture: 4
Total: 6 species, 68 individuals
Tim and Karena JohnsonCumberland County



Subject: WRS - SE York Co.
Date: Sat Jan 16 2021 18:52 pm
From: 0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
County -  York Date -  1/16/21 Observers-  Dick, Kevin and Dakota Cleary Total time actually surveying(i.e. subtract lunch breaks)        Hours:Minutes-  4:10 Start time/End time  - 8:00 - 12:10 Miles on route - 67 mi.    Harriers: 1 (f)    Red-tails (age optional): 17      Rough-legs- Light/Dark: 0      Kestrels- M/F/ND: 6      TVs: 91   BVs: 28      Red-shoulders – age if possible: 1 ad., 1 juv. Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 11 ad., 1 juv.      Sharp-shins, Cooper’s, Merlin, Peregrine: 0      Other? (Gold. Eagle, IfGoshawk, be prepared to back up ID with details): 1 phoebe, 2 pileated woodpeckers     Avg Temp.-  38 Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy-  Clear changing to partly cloudy Wind - Light/medium/strong-  Light changing to medium Avg Snow cover depth -   None    


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Subject: Glaucous Gull - Butler Co.
Date: Sat Jan 16 2021 16:56 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This morning I found a first cycle Glaucous Gull at the Waterfowl
Observation Area.. Moraine S.P.

It and all the other gulls present flew off after being spooked by a Great
Blue Heron that flew high over the flock

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: FW: WRS Route - Northern Lancaster County
Date: Sat Jan 16 2021 12:46 pm
From: hrdabrd AT gmail.com
 
PA BIRDERS & Greg Grove,



The WRS Route for Northern Lancaster County Year # 10 is in the
books and was run on Thursday January 14, 2021. My total numbers on this day
were the second lowest ever on this route mainly due to TV's and BV's
numbers being below normal along with the lack of variety of raptors. On the
bright side the (12) Bald Eagles were above my normal and the (8) Kestrels
tied my previous high count for this species. With the area I cover I am
looking forward to the day I can reach double digits with Kestrels!! I
believe this will be possible one day. I was able to locate (2) Harriers at
Middle Creek WMA with the Male only the second one ever recorded on this
route.



**A nice find today was a flyover calling flock of about 50-60 Common
Redpolls along Girl Scout Rd on the east side of Middle Creek WMA.



See complete route details below and see the E-bird checklist for complete
list of birds seen along route.



County - Lancaster County

Date - 01/14/2021

Observers- Bruce A Carl

Total time actually surveying (i.e. subtract lunch breaks)

Hours: Minutes- 5 Hours 20 Minutes



Start time 9:30 am



End time 2:50 pm



Miles on route 56.8



Harriers - (1) male (1) female



Red-tails (age optional) - 40



Adults - 26



Imm. - 2



Unidentified - 12



Rough-legs- Light/Dark - 0



Kestrels- 8



M - 3



F - 5



TVs - 52



BVs - 4



Red-shoulders - age if possible -0



Bald Eagles- 12



Ad - 8



Imm. - 4



Sharp-shins - 1



Cooper's, Merlin, Peregrine -0



Other? (Gold. Eagle, If Goshawk, be prepared to back up ID with details) -0



Avg Temp.- 35 degrees at the start / 46 degrees at the finish



Mostly Cloudy at the start / Mostly sunny at the finish



Wind - Light/variable at the start / 0-5 mph wnw at the finish



Avg Snow cover depth - 0"



Complete checklist for the day - https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...





Bruce A Carl

Akron, PA

Lancaster County

hrdabrd@gmail.com



Subject: Carolina Wrens Roosting Levittown Bucks County
Date: Sat Jan 16 2021 2:26 am
From: 000001476b4df963-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
In late summer of 2018 we noticed that Carolina Wrens were tucking into the
top of our closed patio umbrella to roost each night.



We got a new umbrella in 2019 and never saw the Wrens near it.



Tonight as I got out of my car in the carport I saw something small fly from
the motion detector light mounted in the carport.

I walked a little closer and saw that a Carolina Wren was roosting there.
About an hour and a half later I checked and it was still there.



I am glad that they have a safe dry place to roost.



This will also prompt me to rehang the wren house that was taken down when
the shed was painted in Nov. Perhaps they will use that.

Last summer we had 2 or 3 broods of house wrens in that house. Those adults
really worked hard at keeping the young fed.



Linda Rowan

Levittown Bucks County


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Subject: Short-eared owls, York County
Date: Sat Jan 16 2021 1:24 am
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
There is a flock of about 13-15 Eastern Meadowlarks hanging out there this winter as well.  They always seem to fly off toward the west at sunset.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
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? Mahatma Gandhi




> On Jan 15, 2021, at 7:41 PM, Chuck Berthoud wrote:
>
> ?At the eBird Hotspot Hopewell Twp. Park, Five SEOW flew over the parking lot for 10 minutes just after sunset tonight. There was also an immature harrier.
>
> Chuck
>
> Spring Grove



Subject: Short-eared owls, York County
Date: Sat Jan 16 2021 0:41 am
From: cbpabirds AT gmail.com
 
At the eBird Hotspot Hopewell Twp. Park, Five SEOW flew over the parking
lot for 10 minutes just after sunset tonight. There was also an immature
harrier.

Chuck

Spring Grove



Subject: Turkey Vultures-Butler
Date: Fri Jan 15 2021 22:47 pm
From: macatilly AT gmail.com
 
We had 4 Turkey Vultures flying over the house this afternoon in Butler,.

Glenn Koppel
Mary Alice Koeneke



Subject: WRS Clarion Route #166
Date: Fri Jan 15 2021 22:47 pm
From: mrl706 AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,


Here are the results of the WRS we ran today for Clarion County, Route #166
- Clarion South-west.



County - CLARION - Route #166

Date – 15 January 2021

Observers- Michael R Leahy, Paulette Colantonio, Gary Edwards

Total time *- *4.5 Hours

Start time/End time 10:00 am / 2:30 pm

Miles on route - 51



Harriers – 1-Adult Female

Red-tails - 9 Adult

Rough-legs- Light/Dark - NONE

Kestrels- 3- (1 Adult Male, 2 Adult Female)

TVs - NONE

BVs- NONE

Red-shoulders – None

Bald Eagles- 3 Adult

Sharp-shins - NONE

Cooper’s - NONE

Merlin - NONE

Peregrine - NONE



Avg Temp.- 43

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Partly Cloudy

Wind - Light/medium/strong- MODERATE WIND

Avg Snow cover depth – No Snow



OTHER BIRDS:

4 Ravens

1 Unidentified Falcon


*Michael R Leahy*
*Knox, PA*



Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow in Indiana Co.
Date: Fri Jan 15 2021 22:47 pm
From: bcoriole AT windstream.net
 
Our Clay-colored Sparrow appeared under the trumpet vine tangle
alongside our driveway today at 1:08.  We last saw it on the morning of
Dec. 26; Rich Carlson spotted it the same day in the afternoon.  Birders
are welcome.

Margaret Higbee, Indiana, PA



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Subject: WRS Southwest Lancaster County
Date: Fri Jan 15 2021 22:47 pm
From: info AT birdtreks.com
 
Dear PABirders,

Below are the results of the Southwest Lancaster County Winter Raptor Survey that Nancy and I conducted on Wednesday, 13 January 2021. Skies began mostly cloudy and quickly became mostly sunny. Air temperature ranged from 36 to 49F. Winds began calm and reached 5 mph by the end of the survey. Nancy and I have conducted this survey annually beginning in 2001.

There are three known Bald Eagle nests on this survey route. There was an adult Bald Eagle on both the Muddy Run nest and Wakefield nest. No Bald Eagle was present at the Peach Bottom nest.

Southwest Lancaster County WRS.
13 January 2021.
Nancy and Bob Schutsky.
3 hours and 10 minutes total survey time.
10:05am to 1:25pm with 10 minute break.
Miles on route: 42.5.

Turkey Vulture, 319 total.

Black Vulture, 36 total.

Red-tailed Hawk, 16 total (11 adult, 5 age ND).

American Kestrel, 3 total (1 male, 1 female, 1 sex ND).

Cooper’s Hawk, 1 total (age ND).

Bald Eagle, 7 total (4 adult, 3 immature).

Average temperature, 43F.
Sky, mostly cloudy to mostly sunny.
Wind, calm to light, 5 mph.
Snow cover, none.
Water mostly ice free except for several farm ponds that were ice covered.

Non-raptor highlights:
Belted Kingfisher, 3.
Eastern Bluebird, 12.
Northern Flicker, 2.
Mixed blackbirds, mostly Grackles, 8000.

Sincerely, Bob and Nancy Schutsky



Subject: WRC, East Mercer county
Date: Fri Jan 15 2021 22:47 pm
From: macatilly AT gmail.com
 
County - Mercer	
Date - 1/14/2021
Observers- Glenn Koppel, Mary Alice Koeneke
Total time actually surveying (i.e. subtract lunch breaks)
Hours:Minutes- 2 hours, 52 minutes
Start time/End time Start 1154, End 1518
Miles on route 54.1

Harriers 0

Red-tails (age optional) 11, 9 Adult, 1 immature, 1 unknown

Rough-legs- Light/Dark 0

Kestrels- M/F/ND- 6, 3 Male, 3 Female

TVs 0
BVs- 0

Red-shoulders – age if possible 1 Immature
Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 1 Adult

Sharp-shins, Cooper’s, Merlin, Peregrine 0, 0, 0, 0

Other? (Gold. Eagle, If Goshawk, be prepared to back up ID with details) 0

Avg Temp.- 41 degrees F
Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- AM, mostly cloudy, PM, partly cloudy
Wind - Light/medium/strong- light
Avg Snow cover depth - 0

Other: Nothing unusual but a high number of Eastern Bluebirds.



Subject: Common Repolls Succop Nature Park, Butler County
Date: Fri Jan 15 2021 22:47 pm
From: ckubiak AT aswp.org
 
All,

We've had several reports and sightings of Common Redpolls at Succop
Nature Park in Butler County. 12 Common Redpolls were observed last
weekend in the back pond of the Nature Park and feeding on the abundant
birch catkins.

I went Sunday and didn't find any but re-discovered them on the 12th as
well as yesterday afternoon.

This property is administered by Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
and the main parking lot is less than 50 yards from this pond and
birches.

Best,

Chris Kubiak
Director of Education
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
(412) 963-6100



Subject: WRS - Westmoreland County - Kuehl Crabtree Farm Area Route
Date: Fri Jan 15 2021 0:45 am
From: tjk.kuehl AT gmail.com
 
Greg and All,



This is the 10th consecutive year for running our Crabtree Farm Area WRS
route. The route is located south of Rt. 22 and east of Rt. 66 and west of
Chestnut Ridge - starts in Delmont and extends east to the Indiana County
border near Blairsville. Just three species, but all counts above the
average and a total of 5 Cooper's Hawk was a new route record, and also a
new record for all of our Westmoreland and Somerset County routes.



County: Westmoreland

Date: January 14, 2021

Observers: Tom and Janet Kuehl



Total time: Hours = 4 Minutes = 5



Start time = 11:00 am End time = 3:05 pm



Miles on route = 74.8



Weather:

Avg Temp. = 45 F



Cloud Cover: Average % = 50



Wind: Calm



Avg Snow depth: None



Raptor Species:



Cooper's Hawk: Immature = 2 ND = 3 Total = 5



Red-tailed Hawk: Adult = 9 Immature = 0 ND = 24 Total = 33



American Kestrel: Adult Male = 4 Adult Female = 1 ND = 1 Total = 6





Other Birds of Note (including Shrikes):



* 25 Horned Larks on Galando Road near New Alexandria
* One Pileated Woodpecker
* A few Eastern Bluebirds at scattered locations (so far a good year
for Bluebirds)



Other Highlights:



* A Black Phase Gray Squirrel - adorable on a low perch, but
unfortunately not there long enough for a photo.
* A pair of Fox Squirrels



Subject: Venango Co 1/14
Date: Thu Jan 14 2021 20:51 pm
From: bhnsjerry AT hotmail.com
 
At home, 1 TURKEY VULTURE

Jerry Stanley



Subject: Bucks County Birders Jan. 26th: Bucket-list Birds
Date: Thu Jan 14 2021 16:31 pm
From: 000000e096e748ef-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Happy New Year! Time to start a new list, seek creative ways to go birding in a pandemic and dream of the birds we want to see post-COVID19.Bucks County Birders in cooperation with Bucks County Audubon invites you to our January 26th meeting at 7pm. Armas Hill will present his recommendations for 30 bucket-list birds based on his worldwide experience and a lifetime of birding.
Armas, a long-time Bucks County Birders member and Fellow of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Society, started Focus on Nature Tours in 1990 and guided birders and nature enthusiasts on trips to five continents and the Caribbean. His interests extend beyond birds to mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians and he's photographed many of them. Please join us to learn more about the birds you might have seen or dream about seeing.

For a link to the meeting, please contact Bucks County Birders    bucksbirders@gmail.com



Subject: WRS Lawrence County South 2021
Date: Thu Jan 14 2021 4:43 am
From: 0000006fe3ebdd11-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
WRS Lawrence County South 2021

January 13, 2021



Start time:   9:42 A.M.                        Temperature:    31 degreesEnd Time:   3:14 P.M.                         Temperature:    45 degrees

Total time on route was 5 hours and 32 minutes.Distance on route:  - 79 miles.Morning slightly overcast to sunny in the afternoon.Most ponds had thin layer of ice and rivers were all open.There was no snow on the ground.


Bald Eagle:                         ( 2 adults & 1 immature )Cooper's Hawk:                  ( 4 adults )Northern Harrier:                ( 2 males & 1 female )Red-tailed Hawk:                ( 28 adults )Red-shouldered Hawk:       (5 adults )American Kestrel:               ( 3 males & 1 female )Merlin:                                 ( 1 female )

Observers:            Robert Walczak & Martin Carlin



Robert WalczakNew Wilmington, PALawrence Countyrwalczakw@aol.com



Subject: Clarion County WRS
Date: Thu Jan 14 2021 0:25 am
From: mrl706 AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,


Here are the results of the Winter Raptor Survey Route #162 for Clarion
County, West Central area that we ran yesterday.


County - CLARION - Route #162

Date - 12 January 2021

Observers- Michael R Leahy, Paulette Colantonio, Gary Edwards

Total time *- *5.5 Hours

Start time/End time 10:00 am / 4:30 pm

Miles on route - 84



Harriers - 1 Undetermined

Red-tails - 7

Rough-legs- Light/Dark - NONE

Kestrels- 1-Adult Male

TVs - NONE

BVs- NONE

Red-shoulders – 2 Adult

Bald Eagles- 1 Adult

Sharp-shins - NONE

Cooper’s - 1 Adult female

Merlin - NONE

Peregrine - NONE



Avg Temp.- 29

Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Solid cloud cover all day

Wind - Light/medium/strong- LIGHT WIND

Avg Snow cover depth - 10 % snow cover @ 1 to 2 inches


The highlight of the day was a flock of aprox. 50 Common Redpolls which
gave us good views through the scope.


Regards,


*Michael R Leahy*
*Knox, PA*



Subject: Allen's humingbird in Philadelphia update
Date: Thu Jan 14 2021 0:09 am
From: 000000b169997ab9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
PABirds,

I was able to catch and confirm the band number on the Allen's hummingbird
in Philadelphia today. It was too iffy to go with just the prefix letter and
the last digit as a confirmation, especially with 4 numbers in between. But
she was caught within 10 minutes and she is indeed the same adult female
that I originally banded in December approximately 10 miles due west of the
home.



First observed in Springfield on 12/9/20.

Banded on 12/11/20.

Last observed on 12/19/20



First observed in Philadelphia on 1/6/21

Band number confirmed in hand on 1/13/21

Last observed ????



She acquired more fat and has molted in some new feathers. Otherwise looked
healthy and full of spunk. She was back at the feeder within the hour.
Fantastic piece of data on hummingbird movement in PA.



Sandy Lockerman

Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.


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Subject: Northampton County Jacobsburg State Park
Date: Wed Jan 13 2021 19:07 pm
From: dksieminski AT gmail.com
 
This morning walking in Jacobsburg State Park I saw a Brown Creeper.

This is the second one I have seen in one week.

The first one was in our yard last Wednesday.

Kathy Sieminski
Plainfield Township
Nazareth, PA
Northampton County



Subject: Gull ID, anyone? - Montgomery County today
Date: Wed Jan 13 2021 13:36 pm
From: dcollett57 AT gmail.com
 
Pink legs on Iceland/Thayers vs. Yellow legs on LBB. Per photos appear more
pink to me?
Donna Collett
Washington County

On Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 6:46 PM Liam Hart wrote:

> Sure looks good for a Thayer’s Iceland to me, Paul. Nice find.
> On Jan 12, 2021, 6:13 PM -0500, Paul Heveran ,
> wrote:
> > Hello PA Birders,
> >
> > I observed an unusual gull at the Church Rd area of Green Lane Reservoir
> > today. Although it showed many features of a Lesser Black-backed, I
> thought
> > the head resembled Iceland a bit more and it was very pale.
> >
> > Photos and comments are in this eBird checklist:
> > https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...
> >
> >
> > Thanks for any advice folks can give on this bird!
> >
> >
> > Good birding,
> > Paul Heveran
>



Subject: Gull ID, anyone? - Montgomery County today
Date: Wed Jan 13 2021 3:34 am
From: billetter01 AT gmail.com
 
Nice one Paul!  I think that prior to the AOU’s lump in 2017, this
would have been called a first cycle Thayer’s Gull, but is now Iceland
Gull (thayeri). Your pics capture the smaller, rounded dove-like head
(clearly not LBBG), darkish primaries, and bright edged tertials. The
back and scaps are wonderful...frosty and dark-centered. Great looking
bird! I don’t think the dark primaries rule out thayeri at all,
especially weighed against other aspects of plumage and overall
structure of this bird. Really nice pics!


Bill Etter

Moore Twp, Northampton Co





>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>



Hello PA Birders,

I observed an unusual gull at the Church Rd area of Green Lane Reservoir
today. Although it showed many features of a Lesser Black-backed, I thought
the head resembled Iceland a bit more and it was very pale.

Photos and comments are in this eBird checklist:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...


Thanks for any advice folks can give on this bird!


Good birding,
Paul Heveran



Subject: Snow Geese commute . College Hill , Northampton county
Date: Wed Jan 13 2021 3:17 am
From: xdave AT enter.net
 
Howdy All,

I regularly see flocks of snow geese flying at a roughly 315 degree
heading past my place in College Hill. That is a Northwest heading. If
you connect the dots they are flying roughly from Alpha towards Tatamy
and Nazareth.

I see them sitting on the water at Green Pond at night. They still seem
pretty boisterous .

These is pretty good sized flocks with multiple V's and goose chatter I
see flying past.

The last few times that I've gone by the Alpha grasslands I haven't seen
any snow geese. Today I thought there was one bird sitting on the ground
in the middle of the cornfield. From 1/2 mile away you couldn't tell
that it wasn't a snowy owl. It was a white "bag bird" .

Happy Birding,
Dave



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