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22 Jul: @ 22:14:19 
OFF TOPIC--Bat Roost at my home in New Cumberland, PA [Kathy Clark]
22 Jul: @ 18:51:36 
SGL-95; Butler County; 07/22/2014 [Richard Nugent]
22 Jul: @ 17:58:22 
Grackle kill [Cindy Ahern]
22 Jul: @ 17:31:45 
Westmorland County Birds [Michael Fialkovich]
22 Jul: @ 17:00:33 
Franklin Co Short-billed Dowitcher [Bill Oyler]
22 Jul: @ 12:02:13 
Chester County - Grackle flocks starting to grow [Patrick Millar]
22 Jul: @ 08:45:45 
Re: Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14 [Sue Hannon]
22 Jul: @ 07:18:22 
Question on heron movement [Dave Kruel]
22 Jul: @ 06:43:00 
Cliff Swallows interesting behavior), Berks County [Kerry A Grim]
21 Jul: @ 21:23:24 
Re: Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14 [Kathy]
21 Jul: @ 20:52:33 
black-bellied plover, Dauphin Co [Ed Bernot]
21 Jul: @ 20:45:07 
Green Herons, Bradford Co. [Trudy Gerlach]
21 Jul: @ 20:07:03 
Red Tail Hawk Levittown, Bucks County [Linda Rowan]
21 Jul: @ 19:55:29 
Re: Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14 [Linda Rowan]
21 Jul: @ 19:28:13 
Re: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh [Kathy Clark]
21 Jul: @ 18:21:37 
Re: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh [Cathy Brown]
21 Jul: @ 18:08:39 
Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14 [Howard B. Eskin,]
21 Jul: @ 17:25:05 
Re: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh [Herb Flavell]
21 Jul: @ 17:18:42 
Re: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh [Michael Fialkovich]
21 Jul: @ 17:14:01 
SGL-150; Lawrence County; 07/21/2014 [Richard Nugent]
21 Jul: @ 15:43:09 
Re: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh [Kate St.John]
21 Jul: @ 12:27:54 
Stilt Sandpiper @ Green Pond, Northampton County [Dave DeReamus]
21 Jul: @ 11:11:59 
Lebanon County Birds [Windstream Mail]
21 Jul: @ 10:57:40 
Re: hummer behavior [Barbara Malt]
21 Jul: @ 10:24:16 
Re: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh [Hayley Kile]
21 Jul: @ 07:55:12 
Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh [Hayley Kile]
20 Jul: @ 22:17:54 
Great Egret, Monastery Road, Blair Co [Michael David]
20 Jul: @ 19:27:02 
Fulton Co by proxy - Bobwhite [Amy Evans]
20 Jul: @ 15:59:30 
Erie County bird sightings [Jerry McWilliams]
20 Jul: @ 14:59:17 
Re: hummer behavior [DAVID KOCH]
20 Jul: @ 10:58:16 
Little Tern [Stringer, Randy C.]
20 Jul: @ 10:48:05 
dickcissels, berks [Rudolph Keller]
20 Jul: @ 09:40:32 
Extralimital: European Golden Plover - New Jersey [Hopkins,Jeffrey A.]
20 Jul: @ 08:03:50 
Re: recovered leg band, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards]
20 Jul: @ 06:30:34 
Re: Merlin Fledgling, recovered songbird leg band, Clearfield Co. [Rob Blye]
19 Jul: @ 20:13:59 
hummer behavior [Barbara Malt]
19 Jul: @ 19:19:28 
Sandhill Cranes & Shorebirds - Crawford Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
19 Jul: @ 14:20:17 
Merlin Fledgling, recovered songbird leg band, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards]
19 Jul: @ 14:07:00 
Short-billed Dowitchers & Wilson's Snipe - Crawford Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
19 Jul: @ 12:09:22 
Lebanon County Birds [Windstream Mail]
19 Jul: @ 10:40:34 
Erie County Least Tern [Jerry McWilliams]
18 Jul: @ 20:08:37 
Fwd: Can't identify yardbird [Georgia Kagle]
18 Jul: @ 19:24:13 
A few migrant shorebirds - Shenango Lake, Mercer Co [Steve Sanford]
18 Jul: @ 16:22:56 
Birding the east side of Wildwood Lake from the N. Boardwalk ( Dauphin County ) [Richard Price]
18 Jul: @ 14:10:52 
Willow Flycatcher, 9Mi Run Trail, Frick Park, Allegheny [Jack E. Solomon]
18 Jul: @ 11:01:25 
Re: Can't identify yardbird [Ann Pettigrew]
18 Jul: @ 10:56:01 
Wildwood Park [Alan Wells]
18 Jul: @ 10:45:04 
Can't identify yardbird [Georgia Kagle]
18 Jul: @ 08:07:31 
Re: woodpecker at hummingbird feeder ? [DAVID KOCH]
18 Jul: @ 07:11:56 
Birding/Biking/Franklin CO [Bob Keener]





Subject: OFF TOPIC--Bat Roost at my home in New Cumberland, PA
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 22:14 pm
From: 0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hope this is okay for me to share that this season for the bats was very successful.  Last  year's final count was 21 and started out initially with 25.  It started out as very normal with 25 bats in the spring.  Then they all disappeared for about a week, and only 4 were seen.  Then there was 11, and I'm proud to say my final count tonight was 47!!!  Yeah!!  They are awesome to watch emerging.  I've never watched them return at dawn but I should do that.  I heard it is awesome and they look like bees swarming a hive to get back in.  

Just wanted to share.

Kathy Clark, New Cumberland, PA



Subject: SGL-95; Butler County; 07/22/2014
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 18:51 pm
From: rmnugent AT excite.com
 
  This morning I birded at State Game Lands 95 in northern Butler County near Hilliards. The morning started warm and humid progressing to hot and humid. A light breeze helped. Besides the birds, I found a patch of Purple Bergamot in bloom including one that was a very deep purple color. My list of bird highlights is below:

Wood Thrush (3)
Common Yellowthroat (7)
Scarlet Tanager (4)
Cedar waxwing (7)
Field Sparrow (1)
Hooded Merganser (1)
Ovenbird (1)
American Redstart (1)
Blue-headed Vireo (1)
Swamp Sparrow (10)
Belted Kingfisher (2)
Veery (2)
Hooded Warbler (1)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1)
Green Heron (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)

Best Regards ......... Richard Nugent
Hampton Township, Allegheny County



Subject: Grackle kill
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 17:58 pm
From: songbird5212 AT msn.com
 
Grackles commonly take House Sparrows at my feeders.  While ugly to watch,  the Grackle is native and the House Sparrow is not.  I have seen them go after House Finches as well. They seem to go for the eyes, pecking aggressively.  Blue Jays do this, too, although I think more people are aware that this behavior is expected in Blue Jays.
Sent from my iPhone
Cindy Ahern
Montgomery Co.



Subject: Westmorland County Birds
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 17:31 pm
From: mpfial AT verizon.net
 
Hi,

Today at work in New Stanton a Willow Flycatcher and a White-eyed Vireo were singing. I haven't heard the local Wood Thrush this week so they are going quiet. Eastern Towhee and Song Sparrows were still singing away.

Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Franklin Co Short-billed Dowitcher
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 17:00 pm
From: oylerbill AT gmail.com
 
Carl Garner found it late morning at Kriner Rd retention pond.  Currently it is resting on the east side in the grass about 20 feet off the water.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Chester County - Grackle flocks starting to grow
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 12:02 pm
From: patrick.millar AT gmx.com
 
Since there were some Grackle mentions yesterday, I thought I would post this.  I am starting to see the Grackle flocks appear in the area - this weekend we had flocks of around 1,000 birds fly out towards Lancaster County in the morning and back towards Maryland in the evening.  This suggests that the winter pattern starts early.  Although this is only 0.1% of a large winter flock, I expect the numbers to grow steadily.

On a separate and only remotely related note, curiosity got the better of me and I looked up the last name "Grackle" online. Apparently there are very few people with this last name (the same applies to Cowbird, another species that likes large flocks). On the other hand, I was surprised to see a relatively large number of people seem to have the last name of "Hummingbird" and a menagerie of other more attractive birds e.g. Oriole. I wonder if there are historic roots to these names (e.g. Native American?), or if this is people getting bored with common last names and changing them.

Patrick Millar
Chester County



Subject: Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 8:45 am
From: sbhannon AT gmail.com
 
Wonderful photos, Howard! Good job all around on the rescue and rehab of
this beautiful bird. Peggy Hentz has done tremendous work with the juvenile
peregrines that she has worked with. I'm very glad that Red is on her way
to full recovery, and look forward to hearing when she is returned to the
wild!

Sue


On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM, Howard B. Eskin,
wrote:

> Mick Jeitner rescued a young Peregrine Falcon that flew into some
> razor-wire under the NJ/PA Turnpike Bridge on June 10th. This bird was one
> of five Peregrine chicks banded by Dr. Art McMorris and his team on May
> 15th. I brought the injured fledgling to the Red Creek Wildlife Center in
> Schuykill Haven. The Director, Peggy Hentz, cared for Red for many weeks
> and then realized that it was time for the falcon to begin flight
> excercise. She transferred Red to the Carbon County Environmental Center
> in (CCEEC has a 100 foot Flight Cage) in Summit Hill, PA. I visited today
> and took some photographs of this beautiful Peregrine Falcon. To see the
> Photo Study, please click on the following link:
>
>
> http://www.howardsview.com/Per...
>
> Regards,
> Howard
>
>
> Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
> Harleysville (Montco), PA
>



--
Sue Hannon
Middletown
Dauphin County, PA



Subject: Question on heron movement
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 7:18 am
From: dkruel300 AT comcast.net
 
Hi All,
Someone mentioned to me that one day in the past week or so, they saw a group of herons & egrets take off from a spot in a forested area along the Second Mountain in Schuylkill County. First a group of 5 Great Blue Herons took off together, then a group of 3 Great Egrets together, followed by 8 more single Great Blues (not in one group). The entire process may have taken 15 minutes or so. I'm not sure if they all headed the same direction or not.

Just wanted to ask for any thoughts as to what this may have been. Do herons/egrets roost near each other in spots during summer after dispersing from nest sites ?

Thanks much.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



Subject: Cliff Swallows interesting behavior), Berks County
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 6:43 am
From: mountainbirder AT gmail.com
 
Cliff Swallows bread under a bridge in Hamburg, above the Schuylkill River. The bridge was rebuilt a few years ago and the swallows returned. Parallel to the river are utility wires. On July 2, I counted 40 on the wires, so they were very likely done breeding and this was most of the population that included adults and young. 

I had not seen the swallows after July 2, so I assumed they departed the area.

Yesterday, July 21, from another bridge ⅛ mile to the north I was surprised to see approximately 20 Cliff Swallows flying near the bridge. They would fly together and occasionally go under the bridge near their nests. Normally, swallows fly randomly, hawking insects. However, these swallows moved in a group more starling-like than swallows. Even when flying under the bridge to the nests, it was in a group, not scattered. I have no clue why they flew in formation or whether they were feeding on insects like that. Has anyone else seen behavior like this?

Although it is not the best time to be birding, there were a number of records yesterday for Kernsville Dam Recreation Area: high count of Belted Kingfisher (4), Cliff Swallow (20…the count of 40 was taken from outside the area), and two late Louisiana Waterthrushes were found.

Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA



Subject: Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 21:23 pm
From: pabirder AT ptd.net
 
Very nice!! What a great service to this young bird. 
Kathy Stagl

> On Jul 21, 2014, at 8:55 PM, Linda Rowan wrote:
>
> Howard Eskin deserves credit for assisting with the rescue of Red from the razor wire and being her chauffeur to Red Creek Wildlife Center. This was quite a drive and it was late at night when they arrived at the center, and even later when Howard finally returned home. Thanks Howard for all you have done and the beautiful photos of Red.
>
> Linda Rowan
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Howard B. Eskin,
> Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 7:08 PM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14
>
> Mick Jeitner rescued a young Peregrine Falcon that flew into some
> razor-wire under the NJ/PA Turnpike Bridge on June 10th. This bird was one
> of five Peregrine chicks banded by Dr. Art McMorris and his team on May
> 15th. I brought the injured fledgling to the Red Creek Wildlife Center in
> Schuykill Haven. The Director, Peggy Hentz, cared for Red for many weeks
> and then realized that it was time for the falcon to begin flight
> excercise. She transferred Red to the Carbon County Environmental Center
> in (CCEEC has a 100 foot Flight Cage) in Summit Hill, PA. I visited today
> and took some photographs of this beautiful Peregrine Falcon. To see the
> Photo Study, please click on the following link:
>
> http://www.howardsview.com/Per...
>
> Regards,
> Howard
>
>
> Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
> Harleysville (Montco), PA



Subject: black-bellied plover, Dauphin Co
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 20:52 pm
From: warbler4 AT gmail.com
 
A black bellied plover was observed along Waltonville Road near Hummelstown
this afternoon.

Ed Bernot
Harrisburg, PA



Subject: Green Herons, Bradford Co.
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 20:45 pm
From: tgswoods AT epix.net
 
Saw two Green Herons flying over my field near one of the beaver ponds at dusk this evening, a beautiful sight. Near New Era.
Trudy Gerlach
Bradford Co.
tgswoods@epix.net



Subject: Red Tail Hawk Levittown, Bucks County
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 20:07 pm
From: lrowan1 AT verizon.net
 
Tonight was a great night to eat dinner on my screened porch.  As I went onto the porch I saw a Kingbird sitting on the fence, looking over the greenbelt and the edge of the creek.  In a minute it flew off to catch an insect.  After that we caught glimpses of it as it seemed to prefer perching out of view on the other side of my shed.

Shortly after that I saw a big bird fly low from between the houses heading toward the creek. It was a Red-Tail Hawk. It went by so fast, I could not tell if it was an adult or a juvenile, though it appeared to be a pale bird. It had a few small birds chasing it. The last few days we have had a juvenile Red-Tail calling from the power line towers behind our houses. Mick Jeitner went to see if the bird had perched up on the tower, but it was nowhere to be seen.

We did see a humming bird at the feeder, but no other excitement.

Linda Rowan



Subject: Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 19:55 pm
From: lrowan1 AT verizon.net
 
Howard Eskin deserves credit for assisting with the rescue of Red from the
razor wire and being her chauffeur to Red Creek Wildlife Center. This was
quite a drive and it was late at night when they arrived at the center, and
even later when Howard finally returned home. Thanks Howard for all you
have done and the beautiful photos of Red.

Linda Rowan

-----Original Message-----
From: Howard B. Eskin,
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 7:08 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At
Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14

Mick Jeitner rescued a young Peregrine Falcon that flew into some
razor-wire under the NJ/PA Turnpike Bridge on June 10th. This bird was one
of five Peregrine chicks banded by Dr. Art McMorris and his team on May
15th. I brought the injured fledgling to the Red Creek Wildlife Center in
Schuykill Haven. The Director, Peggy Hentz, cared for Red for many weeks
and then realized that it was time for the falcon to begin flight
excercise. She transferred Red to the Carbon County Environmental Center
in (CCEEC has a 100 foot Flight Cage) in Summit Hill, PA. I visited today
and took some photographs of this beautiful Peregrine Falcon. To see the
Photo Study, please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/Per...

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA



Subject: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 19:28 pm
From: 0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Not sure if this is true, but I have heard it in the past.  Not to put down grackles.  Do they behead other birds?  That's what I heard.  Is it true?

Kathy Clark


-----Original Message-----
From: Cathy Brown
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 7:21 pm
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh


I like Grackles too, Mike. I think they are beautiful. I only ever have a few
at my home, so maybe they are easier to appreciate.
Cathy Brown, Burgettstown, Washington County

> Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:18:35 -0400
> From: mpfial@VERIZON.NET
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>
> I've read accounts of grackles killing House Sparrows.
>
> Many years ago at my previous residence I saw a Common Grackle attack a
> House Sparrow on the ground. I also saw a grackle attacking a sparrow while
> in flight, or perhaps it was carrying off its struggling victim.
>
> It was a nice example of a native species controlling a non-native.
>
> I'm probably one of the few people who like grackles.
>
> Mike Fialkovich
> Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Hayley Kile"
> To:
> Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 8:55 AM
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
>
>
> > Proxy reporting for Jennifer Horovitz...after a wonderful morning spent
> > with Bob Mulvihill and volunteer Todd banding birds for Neighborhood
> > Nestwatch at our house in East Pittsburgh, relaxing on the back porch
> > enjoying the millions of birds now at the feeder, a grackle took a
> > songbird at the feeder and proceeded to eat it 5 feet from the feeder. We
> > first noticed a single grackle on Saturday, sitting on the garden fence in
> > the rain and showing some interest in the feeder.
> > Opinions on whether we should just let nature run its course? Stop feeding
> > for a couple of days?
> > Hayley






Subject: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 18:21 pm
From: blueapis AT msn.com
 
I like Grackles too, Mike.  I think they are beautiful.  I only ever have a few at my home, so maybe they are easier to appreciate.  
Cathy Brown, Burgettstown, Washington County

> Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:18:35 -0400
> From: mpfial@VERIZON.NET
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>
> I've read accounts of grackles killing House Sparrows.
>
> Many years ago at my previous residence I saw a Common Grackle attack a
> House Sparrow on the ground. I also saw a grackle attacking a sparrow while
> in flight, or perhaps it was carrying off its struggling victim.
>
> It was a nice example of a native species controlling a non-native.
>
> I'm probably one of the few people who like grackles.
>
> Mike Fialkovich
> Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Hayley Kile"
> To:
> Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 8:55 AM
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
>
>
> > Proxy reporting for Jennifer Horovitz...after a wonderful morning spent
> > with Bob Mulvihill and volunteer Todd banding birds for Neighborhood
> > Nestwatch at our house in East Pittsburgh, relaxing on the back porch
> > enjoying the millions of birds now at the feeder, a grackle took a
> > songbird at the feeder and proceeded to eat it 5 feet from the feeder. We
> > first noticed a single grackle on Saturday, sitting on the garden fence in
> > the rain and showing some interest in the feeder.
> > Opinions on whether we should just let nature run its course? Stop feeding
> > for a couple of days?
> > Hayley



Subject: Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 18:08 pm
From: hbeskin AT voicenet.com
 
Mick Jeitner rescued a young Peregrine Falcon that flew into some
razor-wire under the NJ/PA Turnpike Bridge on June 10th. This bird was one
of five Peregrine chicks banded by Dr. Art McMorris and his team on May
15th. I brought the injured fledgling to the Red Creek Wildlife Center in
Schuykill Haven. The Director, Peggy Hentz, cared for Red for many weeks
and then realized that it was time for the falcon to begin flight
excercise. She transferred Red to the Carbon County Environmental Center
in (CCEEC has a 100 foot Flight Cage) in Summit Hill, PA. I visited today
and took some photographs of this beautiful Peregrine Falcon. To see the
Photo Study, please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/Per...

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA



Subject: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 17:25 pm
From: herb1013 AT epix.net
 
That maybe why I have mostly large birds at my 2 flat feeders on the front 
porch. I go through a Folgers coffee can of mixed seed,cracked corn and BO
Sunflower seed in each feeder every day. I also throw 20 unshelled peanuts
out for Chippie the Chipmunk. 2 minutes later they are gone because he hides
them under the porch. Blue Jays also rob nests by stealing eggs and eating
babies. I might as well mention that if the Mourning Doves here are as
abundant in other yards, then Collared Doves will never drive them out. Back
before I retired from the USPS there were a pair of Collared Doves that I
saw daily. They hung out between Pulaski and Noel Drive in North Arlington
N.J. The back yards on both streets were perfect for them because there were
high tension wires that supplied electric to the west shore cities along the
Hudson river. I have hundreds of Doves here. There are always 25 or 30
sitting in the trees waiting their turn at the 2 feeders. Most of my feeder
birds are Doves,Grackles,RW Blackbirds, Blue Jays, Tree sparrows, Cardinals
and some big Crows. My owl nest fledged 2 young Sparrow Hawks. They now hunt
from the big dead tree by the road with their parents. Mom and Dad crow
fledged 3 young and fed them from seeds on the front feeders. They now feed
them selves. Both black PVC nests fledged House Wrens. All the Tree swallows
that fledged here have abandoned me for the beaver pond 1/2 mile north. I
guess there are more bugs there than her. That’s ok by me because there are
at least 2 bats flying around here at night. I hope they are using one of my
2 bat houses.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, for Gods creatures, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna
County.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kate St.John
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 4:43 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh

Grackles eat eggs and nestlings so I'm not surprised they prey on weak/young
songbirds too.

Tom Fegely wrote this in The Morning Call in 1997:
"Although it's only natural, grackles are often scorned because they're
known to raid other birds nests, stealing eggs or young. Recently a coworker
who lives near the Jordan Creek in Whitehall told me of watching a grackle
capture and kill, by incessant pecking, what he believed was a young house
finch. ..."
Read more at the link: Common Grackle Is A Blackbird Of Uncommon Behavior *
One Grackle Killed 39 Songbirds, Two Dozen Of Them In Three Days.


Common Grackle Is A Blackbird Of Uncommon Behavior * One Grackle Killed 39
Songbirds, Two D...
Among the predictable subjects of calls to this desk each spring and fall
are complaints that someone's bird feeder is being "raided" or "taken over"
by grackles.Many feeder-operators don't take...
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Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/



Subject: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 17:18 pm
From: mpfial AT verizon.net
 
I've read accounts of grackles killing House Sparrows.

Many years ago at my previous residence I saw a Common Grackle attack a
House Sparrow on the ground. I also saw a grackle attacking a sparrow while
in flight, or perhaps it was carrying off its struggling victim.

It was a nice example of a native species controlling a non-native.

I'm probably one of the few people who like grackles.

Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County


----- Original Message -----
From: "Hayley Kile"
To:
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 8:55 AM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh


> Proxy reporting for Jennifer Horovitz...after a wonderful morning spent
> with Bob Mulvihill and volunteer Todd banding birds for Neighborhood
> Nestwatch at our house in East Pittsburgh, relaxing on the back porch
> enjoying the millions of birds now at the feeder, a grackle took a
> songbird at the feeder and proceeded to eat it 5 feet from the feeder. We
> first noticed a single grackle on Saturday, sitting on the garden fence in
> the rain and showing some interest in the feeder.
> Opinions on whether we should just let nature run its course? Stop feeding
> for a couple of days?
> Hayley



Subject: SGL-150; Lawrence County; 07/21/2014
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 17:14 pm
From: rmnugent AT excite.com
 
  This morning I birded and explored State Game Lands 150 near Pulaski in Lawrence County. The temperatures were in the low 70s with lots of sunshine and swarms of mosquitoes. Some of the mosquitoes were about 1/2 the size of normal mosquitoes and were especially ferocious. On a positive note there were lots of birds and I saw Wild Bergamot and Turk's Cap Lily in bloom. My list of bird highlights is below:

Red-shouldered Hawk (1; very vocal)
Wood Thrush (3)
Yellow-throated Vireo (1)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Baltimore Oriole (1)
Scarlet Tanager (1)
Acadian Flycatcher (1)
Common Yellowthroat (1)
Hooded warbler (1)
Warbling Vireo (1)
Cedar waxwing (3)

Best Regards ......... Richard Nugent
Hampton Township, Allegheny County



Subject: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 15:43 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Grackles eat eggs and nestlings so I'm not surprised they prey on weak/young songbirds too.

Tom Fegely wrote this in The Morning Call in 1997:
"Although it's only natural, grackles are often scorned because they're known to raid other birds nests, stealing eggs or young. Recently a coworker who lives near the Jordan Creek in Whitehall told me of watching a grackle capture and kill, by incessant pecking, what he believed was a young house finch. ..."
Read more at the link: Common Grackle Is A Blackbird Of Uncommon Behavior * One Grackle Killed 39 Songbirds, Two Dozen Of Them In Three Days.


Common Grackle Is A Blackbird Of Uncommon Behavior * One Grackle Killed 39 Songbirds, Two D...
Among the predictable subjects of calls to this desk each spring and fall are complaints that someone's bird feeder is being "raided" or "taken over" by grackles.Many feeder-operators don't take...
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Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
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Subject: Stilt Sandpiper @ Green Pond, Northampton County
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 12:27 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
A stop at the flooded fields by Green Pond yielded the following:

Great Blue Herons (5)
Green Herons (3)
Stilt Sandpiper (1; still with a good amount of barring underneath)
Solitary Sandpipers (several)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)
Least Sandpipers (~20)
plus
Eastern Kingbirds
Bank Swallow
Cedar Waxwings.

Documentation photos of the Stilt and Semipalmated Sandpipers are at: http://picasaweb.google.com/be... .

Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com/
PicasaWeb Photo Albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/be...
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/ho...



Subject: Lebanon County Birds
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 11:11 am
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
I was at the Reistville ponds today and had almost all the shorebirds were
along Fox Road.

These were all the shorebirds.

Killdeer- 4- 1 young almost as big as the adult.

Lesser Yellowlegs-2

Least Sandpiper-5

Also many ,about 50, Canada Geese chasing the shorebirds around.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County





Subject: hummer behavior
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 10:57 am
From: bcm0 AT lehigh.edu
 
Thanks, Arlene.  Last year I had a chance to see a female hummer actually
feed a youngster - they happened to land within easy view of me. That was a
treat.

B


On Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM, DAVID KOCH wrote:

> Barbara,
>
> This behavior is quite normal. I hear it here often when I'm sitting on
> the front porch near a row of feeders and flowers, and it often comes from
> adults, not young. They chatter when what they perceive to be their
> territory has something unusual, usually a human or other bird, in it. And,
> for them, their territory is wherever they happen to be. As for the
> begging, well, young hummers are out and completely on their own a few
> weeks after they fledge. By then the female adult is no longer taking care
> of them. Hummingbirds are not like robins or other species that stay with
> the young after they're out of the nest. They live their lives in
> overdrive, doing everything quicker and sooner than other species because
> they have to.
>
> Arlene Koch
> Easton, PA
> Northampton County
> davilene@verizon.net
>
>
> On Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:14 AM, Barbara Malt wrote:
>
>
> Today I was sitting on my porch, which has a roof but open sides, and twice
> a hummingbird flew in and buzzed around my head, chattering animatedly.
>
> What do you make of this behavior? Territorial? On the plus side of that
> interpretation, there is trumpet honeysuckle blooming along the porch rail,
> and pink impatients in hanging baskets, both of which hummers feed from. On
> the negative side, I have had those growing there, and hummers feeding from
> them, and myself sitting on the porch while they are in bloom, for the past
> 10 years and have never had this happen before.
>
> Here's an alternative that crossed my mind. Juvenile begging to be fed?
> Not long before that, I had seen two hummers flying around the yard, one
> following the other, which I think means mother and kid. And the face
> pattern of this one that buzzed me seemed a little fuzzy, suggesting
> juvenile. While it may seem a little crazy to suggest that a juv would
> approach a human to beg, earlier this summer, Linda Freedman and I saw a
> recently-fledged Robin that seemed to do exactly that. It was on the ground
> and it approached us fearlessly and in a very intentional way, cheeping
> persistently. A few minutes later, an adult dropped down and fed it. So,
> it seemed like it was doing a begging behavior directed at us.
>
> (reminds me of that children's book in which a fledgling bird approaches
> all sorts of creatures asking "Are you my mother?")
>
> Barbara Malt
> Allentown
>
>
>


--
Barbara Malt
Department of Psychology
17 Memorial Drive East
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4797
http://www.lehigh.edu/~bcm0/bc...



Subject: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 10:24 am
From: 0000003585d127de-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
She said the grackle dive-bombed the feeder birds and caught one in mid-air and then we watched as it ate it a few feet away from the feeder leaving a pile of feathers. Is this really uncommon? The grackle came back several times last night and we clapped loudly. I saw it eating seed from the feeder this morning.


-----Original Message-----
From: bill drolsbaugh
To: pezolut
Sent: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 11:06 am
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh



A grackle killed a songbird and ate it ?? Wow







On Monday, July 21, 2014 8:55 AM, Hayley Kile wrote:




Proxy reporting for Jennifer Horovitz...after a wonderful morning spent with Bob Mulvihill and volunteer Todd banding birds for Neighborhood Nestwatch at our house in East Pittsburgh, relaxing on the back porch enjoying the millions of birds now at the feeder, a grackle took a songbird at the feeder and proceeded to eat it 5 feet from the feeder. We first noticed a single grackle on Saturday, sitting on the garden fence in the rain and showing some interest in the feeder.
Opinions on whether we should just let nature run its course? Stop feeding for a couple of days?
Hayley









Subject: Grackle Kill at Feeder - Pittsburgh
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 7:55 am
From: 0000003585d127de-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Proxy reporting for Jennifer Horovitz...after a wonderful morning spent with Bob Mulvihill and volunteer Todd banding birds for Neighborhood Nestwatch at our house in East Pittsburgh, relaxing on the back porch enjoying the millions of birds now at the feeder, a grackle took a songbird at the feeder and proceeded to eat it 5 feet from the feeder. We first noticed a single grackle on Saturday, sitting on the garden fence in the rain and showing some interest in the feeder. 
Opinions on whether we should just let nature run its course? Stop feeding for a couple of days?
Hayley



Subject: Great Egret, Monastery Road, Blair Co
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 22:17 pm
From: michaeltdavid AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,

A Great Egret was present at Monastery Road today, in the near pond visible
from the road. It's been an excellent year for them here, this is my 7th
sighting, at least 6 of which were likely different individuals. In the
surrounding fields, Bobolinks in their fall colors are starting to flock
up. Here's my checklist with photos of the Great Egret:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19167459

Also, I was at State Game Lands 147 earlier in the afternoon. Here's that
checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19167413

Best,

Michael David
Blair Co.



Subject: Fulton Co by proxy - Bobwhite
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 19:27 pm
From: needmore.pa AT gmail.com
 
My Mom told me today that she had a bobwhite quail at her yard feeders off
and on for several hours this morning. This is a new yard bird for her.
She was afraid it wasn't feeling well, but it seemed to go about its
business later in the day.

Amy Evans
Columbia, PA



Subject: Erie County bird sightings
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 15:59 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The following birds of note were reported from Gull Point at Presque Isle S.P. this past week.


American Avocet 3; July 15
3; July 20

Willet 1; July 19

Whimbrel 2; July 16

Marbled Godwit--1; July 19

Apparently the Least Tern reported yesterday was not seen again today.


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




Subject: hummer behavior
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 14:59 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
Barbara, 

This behavior is quite normal. I hear it here often when I'm sitting on the front porch near a row of feeders and flowers, and it often comes from adults, not young.They chatter when what they perceive to be their territory has something unusual, usually a human or other bird, in it. And, for them, their territory is wherever they happen to be.As for the begging, well, young hummers are out and completelyon their own a few weeks after they fledge. By then thefemale adult is no longer taking care of them.Hummingbirds are not like robins or other species that stay with the young after they're out of the nest.They live their lives in overdrive, doing everything quicker and sooner than other species because they have to.

Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene@verizon.net


On Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:14 AM, Barbara Malt wrote:



Today I was sitting on my porch, which has a roof but open sides, and twice
a hummingbird flew in and buzzed around my head, chattering animatedly.

What do you make of this behavior? Territorial? On the plus side of that
interpretation, there is trumpet honeysuckle blooming along the porch rail,
and pink impatients in hanging baskets, both of which hummers feed from. On
the negative side, I have had those growing there, and hummers feeding from
them, and myself sitting on the porch while they are in bloom, for the past
10 years and have never had this happen before.

Here's an alternative that crossed my mind. Juvenile begging to be fed?
Not long before that, I had seen two hummers flying around the yard, one
following the other, which I think means mother and kid. And the face
pattern of this one that buzzed me seemed a little fuzzy, suggesting
juvenile. While it may seem a little crazy to suggest that a juv would
approach a human to beg, earlier this summer, Linda Freedman and I saw a
recently-fledged Robin that seemed to do exactly that. It was on the ground
and it approached us fearlessly and in a very intentional way, cheeping
persistently. A few minutes later, an adult dropped down and fed it. So,
it seemed like it was doing a begging behavior directed at us.

(reminds me of that children's book in which a fledgling bird approaches
all sorts of creatures asking "Are you my mother?")

Barbara Malt
Allentown



Subject: Little Tern
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 10:58 am
From: RCStringer AT gcc.edu
 
Any update on the Little Tern at Presque Isle?  Randy Stringer

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: dickcissels, berks
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 10:48 am
From: rckeller AT dejazzd.com
 
This morning at Virginville Rd., two Dickcissels sang only intermittently
from hidden perches in the grass. The hayfields used by most of the
grassland birds have matured at about two feet and most of the usual species
were present, including the singing Blue Grosbeak. Red-headed Woodpeckers
appeared to be feeding young in one of the cavities in their favorite snag.
The hayfields across the road have been cut a second time, and I expect the
same to happen on the other side of the road. At Haas/Leiby Rds., all the
hay but a tiny wet patch along the road has now been cut, the last of it
awaiting baling. I found no Dickcissels at that site.
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County



Subject: Extralimital: European Golden Plover - New Jersey
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 9:40 am
From: HOPKINJA AT airproducts.com
 
I haven't seen any info posted on PABIRDS about it, but a European Golden Plover was found yesterday afternoon at a sod farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  It was there again this morning until about 9:00 when it flew off to the west (it did the same thing yesterday afternoon, so it's possible it's still around).  Also a warning, the farmer who owns the field is reported to be "not birder friendly" so the thought was get there before the bird is permanently scared off.

For more details and directions, check out the Jerseybirds listserve.

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall



Subject: recovered leg band, Clearfield Co.
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 8:03 am
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
I reported my finding to the BBL and the band number is valid; however, the bander has yet to submit their data to the USGS. 
I will post as soon as I find out what songbird became Merlin fodder.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: Merlin Fledgling, recovered songbird leg band, Clearfield Co.
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 6:30 am
From: rwblye AT comcast.net
 
report the band to USFWS, Patuxent bird banding lab


Rob Blye
East Coventry Township
Chester County, Pennsylvania

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Richards"
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 3:20:05 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Merlin Fledgling, recovered songbird leg band, Clearfield Co.

A friend of mine asked me to identify a fledgling bird of prey perched in an evergreen in his mother's yard in northwest Clearfield County. I stopped by this morning and was pleased to discover the young bird was a Merlin, and the nest was likely in a stand of Norway Spruce along her driveway. One of the adults cruised in with a morsel of food for the youngster as I watched.
Additionally, the entire driveway was littered with various discarded songbird parts (mostly legs). One of the severed legs was from a songbird of unknown origin that had a band around it.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: hummer behavior
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 20:13 pm
From: bcm0 AT lehigh.edu
 
Today I was sitting on my porch, which has a roof but open sides, and twice
a hummingbird flew in and buzzed around my head, chattering animatedly.

What do you make of this behavior? Territorial? On the plus side of that
interpretation, there is trumpet honeysuckle blooming along the porch rail,
and pink impatients in hanging baskets, both of which hummers feed from. On
the negative side, I have had those growing there, and hummers feeding from
them, and myself sitting on the porch while they are in bloom, for the past
10 years and have never had this happen before.

Here's an alternative that crossed my mind. Juvenile begging to be fed?
Not long before that, I had seen two hummers flying around the yard, one
following the other, which I think means mother and kid. And the face
pattern of this one that buzzed me seemed a little fuzzy, suggesting
juvenile. While it may seem a little crazy to suggest that a juv would
approach a human to beg, earlier this summer, Linda Freedman and I saw a
recently-fledged Robin that seemed to do exactly that. It was on the ground
and it approached us fearlessly and in a very intentional way, cheeping
persistently. A few minutes later, an adult dropped down and fed it. So,
it seemed like it was doing a begging behavior directed at us.

(reminds me of that children's book in which a fledgling bird approaches
all sorts of creatures asking "Are you my mother?")

Barbara Malt
Allentown



Subject: Sandhill Cranes & Shorebirds - Crawford Co.
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 19:19 pm
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Here is my shorebird list that I had at Miller's Ponds this afternoon

58 Killdeer
1 Solitary Sandpiper
2 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
5 Least Sandpiper
7 Short-billed Dowitcher
3 Wilson's Snipe

also a flock of six Sandhill Cranes were present here

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone




Subject: Merlin Fledgling, recovered songbird leg band, Clearfield Co.
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 14:20 pm
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
A friend of mine asked me to identify a fledgling bird of prey  perched in an evergreen in his mother's yard in northwest Clearfield County. I stopped by this morning and was pleased to discover the young bird was a Merlin, and the nest was likely in a stand of Norway Spruce along her driveway. One of the adults cruised in with a morsel of food for the youngster as I watched.
Additionally, the entire driveway was littered with various discarded songbird parts (mostly legs). One of the severed legs was from a songbird of unknown origin that had a band around it.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: Short-billed Dowitchers & Wilson's Snipe - Crawford Co.
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 14:07 pm
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I just arrived at Pymatunings Miller's Ponds and there are 7 Short-billed Dowitchers and a Wilson's Snipe here
I will post a full shorebird report later

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone




Subject: Lebanon County Birds
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 12:09 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
I was at Reistville ponds and had all but a few Killdeer at Fox Road.

These are most of the birds.

Killdeer -7

Semipalmated Sandpiper-1 adult

Least Sanpiper-3

The grass was just mowed.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Erie County Least Tern
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 10:40 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Ruth Swaney reports an immature Least Tern at Gull Point about mid-morning today.  She said it was still there sitting on a sandbar near some Caspian Terns when she left.  She also reported a Willet, a Marbled Godwit, and 26 Short-billed Dowitchers.

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



Subject: Fwd: Can't identify yardbird
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 20:08 pm
From: jazzy523 AT verizon.net
 
Thanks for all the towhee suggestions!  I found some pictures on the web and do think it is an immature Eastern Towhee. 


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Georgia Kagle
> Date: July 18, 2014 at 11:44:50 AM EDT
> To: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
> Subject: Can't identify yardbird
>
> From a distance the bird was acting and had the appearance of a cardinal. On the ground eating sunflower. Closer up it was Large sparrow size. Thick bill. Scratching like sparrows do with both legs scratching backwards. Back brown with very small white patches at tip of wings. Outside tail feathers also white. You could barely see the white when on the ground but definitely noticeable when flying-like on a junco. Streaked upper breast then solid light grey below. Long legs slightly orangish. Hops on both legs when moving. Not as afraid of humans as most birds.
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Georgia Kagle
> Carroll Twp/York county
>
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: A few migrant shorebirds - Shenango Lake, Mercer Co
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 19:24 pm
From: bwredbird AT gmail.com
 
This morning I finally saw a smattering of real migrants at the propagation area on W Lake Rd:
Least Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
The flats are about the same as the other day: a moderate amount showing along the south side of the big island and hints that some of the closer mud islands are emerging.
Steve Sanford
Sharon PA



Subject: Birding the east side of Wildwood Lake from the N. Boardwalk ( Dauphin County )
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 16:22 pm
From: rprice210 AT comcast.net
 
Peggy and I birded the east side of Wildwood Lake (Dauphin County) from the N. Boardwalk late this AM. Birding was better than anticipated for mid July, possibly due to mild weather over the past few days. The three breeding species of warblers : redstarts, yellow and common yellowthroats, were all in stages of moulting, as was one of the tufted titmice we saw. The yellows and the common yellowthroats were still singing.

Other notables seen were a warbling vireo, a wood thrush, cardinals, a great egret, four great blue herons, several black ducks, Canada geese, a house finch, a goldfinch, an unidentified flycatcher (willow?), an American crow, a mourning dove, red winged blackbirds, tree swallows, N. rough winged swallows, several song sparrows and many, many gray catbirds. The American lotus were in bloom limiting waterfowl viewing from the blinds, hence no wood ducks or mallards were visible from our perspective. Strangely enough we saw no woodpeckers, wrens, hummingbirds or phoebes.

We did have two personal first time sightings for Wildwood Park: 1) a blue winged warbler not far from the first blind and 2) three young robins ( still spotted ) sunning themselves on the boardwalk with wings spread. The sunning behavior was the first we have seen anywhere in robins. Perhaps they had just bathed and were drying. It reminded us of drying vultures, cormorants, or anhingas.

It was a productive walk for July.

Rick and Peggy Price



Subject: Willow Flycatcher, 9Mi Run Trail, Frick Park, Allegheny
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 14:10 pm
From: 00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Mike Fialkovich and Kate St. John both reported Willow Flycatchers at teh 9 Mi. Run Trail along the restored slag heaps. Today, Sue Solomon and I checked them out and heard more than one. We also (as did Mike) saw a female Orchard Oriole there -- ours was on its nest, near Old Brown's Hill Rd. 

FYI, a sign near the foot bridge over 9 Mile Run proclaims the trail's name to be the *Summerset at Frick Park Trail.* Apparently named after the new housing development installed at the top of the slag.

The Common Mergansers were still at the mouth of Nine mile Run. 3 males and a female.
Jack Solomon
Allegheny County



Subject: Can't identify yardbird
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 11:01 am
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
Could it have been an Eastern towhee, Georgia?

Ann

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
rook185@comcast.net

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 18, 2014, at 11:44 AM, Georgia Kagle wrote:
>
> From a distance the bird was acting and had the appearance of a cardinal. On the ground eating sunflower. Closer up it was Large sparrow size. Thick bill. Scratching like sparrows do with both legs scratching backwards. Back brown with very small white patches at tip of wings. Outside tail feathers also white. You could barely see the white when on the ground but definitely noticeable when flying-like on a junco. Streaked upper breast then solid light grey below. Long legs slightly orangish. Hops on both legs when moving. Not as afraid of humans as most birds.
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Georgia Kagle
> Carroll Twp/York county
>
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Wildwood Park
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 10:56 am
From: alanwells505 AT gmail.com
 
Stopped by Wildwood Park to see if there was any activity. Along the canal I saw 4 Egrets, 3 Blue Herons, 3 Female Wood Ducks with their young and one Belted Kingfisher. On the lake along the parking lot there were 10-12 Juvenile Wood Ducks. And of course a large amount of Redwings, Tree Swallows, Catbirds, Robins etc.

The Egrets and Herons were all out looking for a meal and I managed to get a couple pictures of their fishing expertise.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Alan Wells



Subject: Can't identify yardbird
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 10:45 am
From: jazzy523 AT verizon.net
 
From a distance the bird was acting and had the appearance of a cardinal. On the ground eating sunflower. Closer up it was Large sparrow size. Thick bill. Scratching like sparrows do with both legs scratching backwards. Back brown with very small white patches at tip of wings. Outside tail feathers also white. You could barely see the white when on the ground but definitely noticeable when flying-like on a junco. Streaked upper breast then solid light grey below. Long legs slightly orangish. Hops on both legs when moving.  Not as afraid of humans as most birds. 

Thanks for your help.
Georgia Kagle
Carroll Twp/York county

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: woodpecker at hummingbird feeder ?
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 8:07 am
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
Happens regularly.

Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene@verizon.net


On Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:16 PM, Linda Trader wrote:



The last few days, I've had a red bellied woodpecker drinking from my hummingbird feeder. Never saw this before? There are seed feeders hanging there too, he drinks the hummingbird nectar and then jumps over and works on the seed. Is this common?


Linda Trader
AKC Breeder of Merit
NDGAA Nat'l Cert. Master Groomer



Subject: Birding/Biking/Franklin CO
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 7:11 am
From: keener1538 AT gmail.com
 
 Hi All,
It was a good morning with cool temps to do a quick birding tour around the
neighborhood and check out the birds.
The hummingbirds are at the sugar feeder as I leave the house. The House
Finches and Chipping Sparrows are at the seed feeder.
On Heisey Road the YB Cuckoo was vocalizing in the north end of the
orchard, third day in a row.
Up Stillhouse Hollow the Worm-eating Warblers, Black and White Warblers,
and Hooded Warblers are singing, yet for a little while, before nesting
season winds down.
Out on White Church Road the Purple Martins and the Barn Swallows are
showing off their juvs. on the wires, scolding me as I ride by.
The cows race me along the pasture fence at the Wadel farm.
The Meadowlarks, Horned Larks and Savannah Sparrows sing their morning song
at several points.
Coming up Wood Rd, the Indigo Buntings are singing on both sides of the
road.
On Old Scotland Road, by the golf course the Mockingbird is happy this
morning.
On Two Turn Rd the Killdeer graze along the shoulder and fly up, displaying
their rustic rump.
Coming back to Heisey Rd the EW Peewee is sharing her song.
"All nature sings and 'round me rings the music of the spheres"

Bob Keener
5207 Heisey Rd
Shippensburg, PA 17257
717-532-9723



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