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27 Mar: @ 17:07:14 
The Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 Mar 2017) 14 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Mar: @ 14:39:37 
Duck, gull fallout Northampton County [Adam Miller]
27 Mar: @ 14:03:10 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 25 March 2017 (two weeks) [Amy Taracido]
27 Mar: @ 13:58:03 
Re: Marsh Creek SP, Chester Co. 3/27/17 [Zachary Millen]
27 Mar: @ 13:24:14 
Marsh Creek SP, Chester Co. 3/27/17 [Holly Merker]
27 Mar: @ 12:30:31 
Waterfowl, Washington County [g. g]
27 Mar: @ 12:28:49 
Memorial Lake, Lebanon county, Long-tailed Ducks, Bonapartes Gulls, scaup [Tim Becker]
27 Mar: @ 10:38:07 
eBird -- Leaser Lake, Lehigh Co. -- Mar 27, 2017 [Billy Weber]
27 Mar: @ 07:17:02 
Re: Field Sparrows - Thanks [steve cottrell]
27 Mar: @ 07:08:39 
Kirby Park, Luz. Co. [Sandra Goodwin]
27 Mar: @ 06:48:03 
The Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 Mar 2017) 88 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Mar: @ 00:11:00 
Cedar Waxwings -- Cumberland County [reeser]
26 Mar: @ 20:35:05 
Lawrence & Mercer County Birds [Brendyn Baptiste]
26 Mar: @ 19:29:00 
Vulture "behavior," Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
26 Mar: @ 19:26:39 
Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Mar 26, 2017 [Karyn Delaney]
26 Mar: @ 19:00:51 
Lapland Longspurs - Tieline Rd (Mercer Co)It took [Steve Sanford]
26 Mar: @ 18:15:35 
Erie County birds of note [Jerry McWilliams]
26 Mar: @ 18:06:15 
LVAS bird walk, Leaser Lake, Lehigh county [Frank Dickman]
26 Mar: @ 18:02:37 
Cedar waxwings [Johnson, Dennis L (JOHNSON)]
26 Mar: @ 17:55:57 
Erie County, Presque Isle Hawk Watch for March 25, 2017 [Jerry McWilliams]
26 Mar: @ 17:44:41 
Tree Swallows Clinton Co [Tom Shervinskie]
26 Mar: @ 17:12:43 
Eastern Meadowlark and male N. Harrier, N. Wayne Co. yesterday [tgswoods@epix.net]
26 Mar: @ 15:26:13 
Imperial Grasslands and Solar Dr, Allegheny County [g. g]
26 Mar: @ 15:04:56 
Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co. [Denise Donmoyer]
26 Mar: @ 14:53:13 
Vesper Sparrow, North Park, Allegheny County [Amy Henrici]
26 Mar: @ 11:37:43 
Re: Field Sparrows? [Alan Buriak]
26 Mar: @ 11:34:59 
Raccoon Creek SP [Becky Szabo]
26 Mar: @ 11:16:03 
Allegheny Front (26 Mar 2017) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Mar: @ 10:17:12 
N. Rough-winged Swallows - Allegheny Co. [Mark Vass]
26 Mar: @ 08:49:49 
FOY Cowbirds in Churchill [Hayley Kile]
26 Mar: @ 08:22:05 
Snowy Owl - Crawford Co. [Clare Nicolls]
26 Mar: @ 07:22:57 
Field Sparrows? [Ryan Tomazin]
26 Mar: @ 03:51:33 
Tree Swallows/Fox Sparrow Adams County [Jason Verdier]
25 Mar: @ 23:27:11 
Rough-legged Hawks (Mifflin county) [Josh Donaldson]
25 Mar: @ 21:56:50 
Tussey Mountain (25 Mar 2017) 116 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Mar: @ 21:56:50 
NW PA Birding [Stringer, Randy C.]
25 Mar: @ 19:40:02 
Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co, (3/19 -3/25) [August Mirabella]
25 Mar: @ 19:34:43 
Moraine SP--Butler Country [Brendyn Baptiste]
25 Mar: @ 19:28:44 
Allegheny Front (25 Mar 2017) 9 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Mar: @ 18:28:59 
Middle Creek WMA [Windstream Mail]
25 Mar: @ 17:36:16 
Eastern Phoebe, Washington County [g. g]
25 Mar: @ 17:09:07 
Independence Marsh-Beaver County [Becky Szabo]
25 Mar: @ 16:22:55 
Harrison Hills Park- Allegheny County [Dave Brooke]
25 Mar: @ 15:09:12 
Lesser Yellowlegs & Lapland Longspurs - Mercer Co. [Mark Vass]
25 Mar: @ 13:48:49 
Dowitcher update [Stringer, Randy C.]
25 Mar: @ 13:36:32 
Dowitchet at miller Ponds [Stringer, Randy C.]
25 Mar: @ 13:36:00 
Raven, York Co. [R.L. Cleary]
25 Mar: @ 12:57:14 
Tree Swallows, etc; at Moraine State Park [Marge Vantassel]
25 Mar: @ 12:39:51 
Upper Fourteen Mile Island Heron colony and Tree swallows, Allegheny County [Amy Henrici]
25 Mar: @ 11:13:20 
Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co. [Denise Donmoyer]





Subject: The Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 Mar 2017) 14 Raptors
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 17:07 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
The Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 6 64 64
Osprey 2 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 17 17
Northern Harrier 0 7 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 70 70
Cooper's Hawk 0 16 16
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 23 23
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 86 86
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 5 5
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 14 295 295
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Gary Stolz, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors:
THE SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (12): Gwen Lacy (and TLC group of 8), Gary Stolz, Jean-Marie
Gauthier, Kathleen Pileggi



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Watch!






Weather:
Cloudy (100% cloud cover), Temps 42-46F, Winds ESE 10-20 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and
numerous Black (30) and Turkey Vultures (60).





Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!



TODAYS BBB: Winter returned today after a one day hiatus. Jean-Marie
came out to join me. Where were you yesterday, Jean-Marie, when it was
warm and the hawks were on the move?
A very close Osprey broke the doldrums. Gwen & Gary came by with a group
from The Land Conservancy. Then a few Sharpies, a couple of Ospreys and
Red-tails, came by. Today stood in stark contrast of yesterday. Ill take
yesterday.
In my previous blog, I forgot to mention that on Saturdays Wine & Cheese
Evening with the Woodcocks trip, we saw at least three Woodcocks
performing their courtship flights, over and over. While on Marsh Creek
Lake, there were many Bufflehead and three Common Loons.
Thanks Kathleen, for preparing a wonderful and impressive spread that
eveningRobins Velveeta, notwithstanding! Robin just gave me a bird shirt
she purchased while in Florida, recently. After reading yesterdays blog,
doubtless shell be wanting that back



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



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 1-Killdeer, 15-Ring-billed Gull, 2-Eastern
Towhee, 1-Fox Sparrow, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0):; Reptiles &
Amphibians (1): Spring Peeper. Mammals (1): Eastern Gray Squirrel.



----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 1.86; Steps: 4,369; Floors: 7.



----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch,
but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it here, from time
to time (about once a week), to let you know what else were seeing here at
the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will feature an approximation
(very rough, best guestimate, raptors must remain our primary focus)
for totals of each species seen for The Watch year.



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 41; this season: 73



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like yet another soggy one.


Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru April 30, 9am thru 3pm (at
least). Rain or shine. but not snow or ice
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by ... well,
sponsored by nobody at the moment (which, I guess, means its being
sponsored by me, for now, right folks?), although in the past sponsored,
alternately and personally very appreciatively, by the Delaware Nature
Society & The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County. and certainly
the Brokaw family. Please contact us at earlybirdtours@comcast.net with
questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Duck, gull fallout Northampton County
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 14:39 pm
From: 000000cb2d61d6f0-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Like with other places had and excellent numbers and variety of birds at Nazareth quarry(viewed threw fence on Franklin St.) today.
Highlights included:300 Scaup, mostly lesser30 readhead4 longtailed ducks4 shovlers1 Laughing Gull8 Bonaparts gull
and much much more. will do a complete ebird report later after cheching some more spots.

Adam MillerNorthampton County



Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 25 March 2017 (two weeks)
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 14:03 pm
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE03.25.17twoweeks

Highlights:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Mercer County)
EURASIAN WIGEON (Venango County)
BONAPARTE'S GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL (Crawford County)
FISH CROW (Allegheny County)
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (Mercer County)
AMERICAN PIPIT
SAVANNAH SPARROW
RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Contributors: Tammy Frech Arnold, Brendyn Baptiste, Dave Brooke, John Flannigan, Gigi Gerben, Steve Gosser, Jim Hausman, Amy Henrici, Bob Machesney, Jerry McWilliams, Clare Nicolls, Steve Sanford, Jack Solomon, Jerry Stanley, Russ States, Becky Szabo, Mark Vass.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Saturday, 11 March 2017 through Saturday, 25 March 2017 (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-

Please note: COMMON LOON, FOX SPARROW continue to be reported, and FOY TREE SWALLOW was reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

In McKees Rocks on 3/16, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS (JF).

Along Strouss Road on 3/17, 1 SAVANNAH SPARROW (JH).

On 3/20 at Frick Park, 1 FISH CROW (JSo).

In Pittsburgh on 3/21, 2 flyover TUNDRA SWANS (JSo).

On 3/23 at Duck Hollow, FISH CROW (JSo).


BEAVER COUNTY:

On 3/24 and 3/25 at Independence Marsh, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (FOY), 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS (FOY) (MVas, BS).


BUTLER COUNTY:

At State Gamelands #95 on 3/12, sightings included NORTHERN PINTAIL (TA).

On 3/13 at Glade Run Lake, sightings included RUSTY BLACKBIRD (BM).

At Moraine State Park on 3/25, 2 flyover SANDHILL CRANES, 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 1 REDHEAD, 2 CANVASBACKS, 1 MERLIN, 1 AMERICAN PIPIT, 2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and others (BB).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

In Beaver Township on 3/12, 1 SHORT-EARED OWL (CN).

From 3/13 through 3/24 in the Springboro area, 1 SNOWY OWL; also on 3/16, 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS; also on 3/22, 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS (CN).

At Pymatuning on 3/13, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS (SG).

On 3/20 at Geneva Marsh, 11 TUNDRA SWANS, 4 SANDHILL CRANES (DB).

On 3/20 in northwestern Craword, NORTHERN HARRIER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL (CN).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle on 3/17, sightings included 1 PEREGRINE FALCON; on 3/20, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK; on 3/23, 50 TUNDRA SWANS, 20 HORNED LARKS; on 3/24, 5 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 2 MERLINS, 1 GREAT EGRET (JM).


MERCER COUNTY:

Near Shenango Lake on 3/14 & 3/19, 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (reported to SS; AH); on 3/17, 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 87 TUNDRA SWANS (SS).

On 3/21 at Lake Wilhelm, sightings included 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYE (SS).

At Sandy Lake on 3/21, 4 TUNDRA SWANS (SS).

On 3/25 along Tieline Road, 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS (FOY), 8 LAPLAND LONGSPURS (MVas).


VENANGO COUNTY:

At Kahle Lake on 3/22, 115 REDHEADS (JSt).

On 3/22 at Two Mile Run Park, 1 EURASIAN WIGEON, 10 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 4 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 REDHEADS (reported to RS); on 3/23, 12 TUNDRA SWANS (RS).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

At the Hahn Road AMD pond on 3/15, 2 AMERICAN PIPITS (MVas).

On 3/17 at Canonsburg Lake, 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (JF).

Along Ciaffoni Road on 3/20, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS (JF).

On 3/21 at Lake Joann, 3 REDHEADS (GG).

Along Sutherland Drive on 3/22, 3 NORTHERN PINTAILS (GG).

On 3/22 along Scenic Ridge Drive, 1 REDHEAD (JF).

At Peters Lake on 3/22, 1 TUNDRA SWAN and others (JF).

On 3/23 near Eighty Four, 2 TUNDRA SWANS (GG).

At Mingo Creek County Park on 3/25, 1 COMMON RAVEN (GG).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.



Subject: Marsh Creek SP, Chester Co. 3/27/17
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 13:58 pm
From: zjmillen AT gmail.com
 
Lancaster also received nice waterfowl fallout. From Lemon St at
Wrightsville just now had 29 Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead in the 250
range and scaup at 300+. Plenty of other waterfowl roaming around also, but
Bonaparte's Gull numbers are still on the low side with around 70 birds.
Ran into Jason Horn and he had a pair of Redhead from the other side. No
Canvasback or Long-tails.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Zach Millen
Akron, PA


On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 2:24 PM, Holly Merker <
0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request@list.audubon.org> wrote:

> PA Birders,
>
> I noticed that Billy Weber posted about a nice waterfowl fallout at Leaser
> Lake. Here in Chester Co., Marsh Creek lake was host to some similar
> species fallouts, which Mike Hartshorne and I witnessed this morning.
> Billy's comments about the Redheads up there being mostly hen-types is the
> same gender diversity we saw at Marsh Creek (5 drakes, 16 hen-types).
>
> We also had a cluster of Bonaparte's Gulls visiting, which grew in size to
> 14 by noon.
>
> For those interested, Marsh Creek is birded regularly, and most reports
> are posted on eBird :http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot...
> This hotspot is for the main entrance to the park (Park Rd). There are
> separate hotspots for other spots in this area.
>
>
> My morning eBird checklist:
>
> Marsh Creek SP, Chester, Pennsylvania, US
> Mar 27, 2017 9:17 AM - 10:44 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: 46¬į with calm winds, haze, and some fog. Checking lake just
> after heavy rain.
> 52 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Gadwall 4
> American Wigeon 4
> American Black Duck 4
> Mallard 8
> Blue-winged Teal 1 Drake continues
> Northern Shoveler 1 Drake
> Green-winged Teal 14
> Redhead 21 5 drakes 21 brown . Dropped into main body of lake while
> MH was in lot
> Ring-necked Duck 8
> Greater Scaup 1 Hen
> Lesser Scaup 1 Drake
> Bufflehead 6
> Hooded Merganser 10
> Common Merganser 9
> Red-breasted Merganser 2 Two hen types with classic black-eyed
> appearance and shaggy crests. Bad scoped pics
> Ruddy Duck 24
> Common Loon 3
> Pied-billed Grebe 2
> Horned Grebe 8
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> American Coot 65 Continuing group
> Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Continuing. Photos by MH yesterday. Back Cove
> Bonaparte's Gull 9 All in winter plumage. Fall out from earlier
> storm. Will embed photos
> Herring Gull 1 Adult
> Mourning Dove 2
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 3
> crow sp. 2
> Tree Swallow 30 Conservative estimate
> Carolina Chickadee 3
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
> American Robin 35 Conservative estimate
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Chipping Sparrow 3 My first of 2017. Brightly plumaged
> Dark-eyed Junco 4
> White-throated Sparrow 4
> Song Sparrow 50 Conservative estimate
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 40 Conservative estimate
> Common Grackle 15
> Brown-headed Cowbird 5
> House Finch 1
> House Sparrow 1 Not good. Near boxes at entrance of park
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
> checklist/S35467468
>
> ~Holly Merker
> Downingtown, Chester Co
>



Subject: Marsh Creek SP, Chester Co. 3/27/17
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 13:24 pm
From: 0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
PA Birders,

I noticed that Billy Weber posted about a nice waterfowl fallout at Leaser Lake. Here in Chester Co., Marsh Creek lake was host to some similar species fallouts, which Mike Hartshorne and I witnessed this morning. Billy's comments about the Redheads up there being mostly hen-types is the same gender diversity we saw at Marsh Creek (5 drakes, 16 hen-types).

We also had a cluster of Bonaparte's Gulls visiting, which grew in size to 14 by noon.

For those interested, Marsh Creek is birded regularly, and most reports are posted on eBird :http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot...
This hotspot is for the main entrance to the park (Park Rd). There are separate hotspots for other spots in this area.


My morning eBird checklist:

Marsh Creek SP, Chester, Pennsylvania, US
Mar 27, 2017 9:17 AM - 10:44 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: 46į with calm winds, haze, and some fog. Checking lake just after heavy rain.
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2
Gadwall 4
American Wigeon 4
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 8
Blue-winged Teal 1 Drake continues
Northern Shoveler 1 Drake
Green-winged Teal 14
Redhead 21 5 drakes 21 brown . Dropped into main body of lake while MH was in lot
Ring-necked Duck 8
Greater Scaup 1 Hen
Lesser Scaup 1 Drake
Bufflehead 6
Hooded Merganser 10
Common Merganser 9
Red-breasted Merganser 2 Two hen types with classic black-eyed appearance and shaggy crests. Bad scoped pics
Ruddy Duck 24
Common Loon 3
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Horned Grebe 8
Great Blue Heron 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 65 Continuing group
Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Continuing. Photos by MH yesterday. Back Cove
Bonaparte's Gull 9 All in winter plumage. Fall out from earlier storm. Will embed photos
Herring Gull 1 Adult
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
crow sp. 2
Tree Swallow 30 Conservative estimate
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 35 Conservative estimate
Northern Mockingbird 1
Chipping Sparrow 3 My first of 2017. Brightly plumaged
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 50 Conservative estimate
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 40 Conservative estimate
Common Grackle 15
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
House Finch 1
House Sparrow 1 Not good. Near boxes at entrance of park

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

~Holly Merker
Downingtown, Chester Co



Subject: Waterfowl, Washington County
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 12:30 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
There were numerous Ring-necked ducks and Ruddy ducks at a pond along
Scenic Ridge Dr. this morning.


Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Memorial Lake, Lebanon county, Long-tailed Ducks, Bonapartes Gulls, scaup
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 12:28 pm
From: 0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Currently at Memorial Lk there are 5 Lt Ducks and 7 Bonapartes gulls. Also a good many scaup, with the ones whose heads are up being lesser. Lots of Buffleheads as well. 

Tim Becker

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: eBird -- Leaser Lake, Lehigh Co. -- Mar 27, 2017
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 10:38 am
From: robot.stories AT gmail.com
 
Leaser Lake
Mar 27, 2017
11:00 AM
Traveling
2.00 miles
30 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.1 Build 113

2 Canada Goose
8 Wood Duck
18 Redhead -- Drakes outnumbered by hens
15 Ring-necked Duck
10 Lesser Scaup
5 Bufflehead
3 Hooded Merganser
3 Common Merganser
6 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Ruddy Duck
3 Horned Grebe
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Killdeer
10 Bonaparte's Gull -- Tight flock on water
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 American Crow
1 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creeper
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 American Robin
1 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
X Common Grackle
X House Finch

Number of Taxa: 30

Billy Weber
Nazareth, PA

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Field Sparrows - Thanks
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 7:17 am
From: miami.07 AT hotmail.com
 
FOY male FISP was singing here on the southern edge of Chester County on Wednesday, 3/22.   At least one Fox Sparrow is still feeding on the back deck.  Red-breasted Nuthatches are still feeding on suet.


steve cottrell

London Britain Twp, Chester Co


________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on behalf of Ryan Tomazin
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:23 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Field Sparrows - Thanks

Thanks to everyone from PA and WV who responded to paint a picture of where we are with Field Sparrow migration. I got a terrific, more scientific post from WV State Ornithologist Rich Bailey, too.


There appear to be spots, mainly along the eastern and western (in relation to WV and PA) flyways, where there are some singing males. What I've noticed so far this season is this:


Parkersburg, WV, and North Bend State Park area due east - FISP 1st weekend of March (Brooks Bird Club meeting time)

East-central Ohio, Senecaville Lake to Egypt Valley near Morristown - 2nd weekend of March (BBC waterfowl trip)

Western PA - March 10th-15th


By no means scientific, but these have held almost completely to form in the last 10 years for me. This year, even with lots of birding time in all these areas and more: no FISPs.


Rich Bailey discussed the downward plunge in FISP populations. I had figured on hearing them in late Feb-early March, due to the weather patterns, and with other birds coming back earlier. No dice. In fact, I just saw the first Louisiana Waterthrush mentioned in WV down at Seneca Rocks, which is a little later than normal. I'm sure the birds are having as much trouble with this topsy-turvy weather as we are having.


Anyone who wants to continue sending short emails about where their FISPs have shown up and when, cool. I'm kind of already mapping a spring scenario in my mind that might help with figuring this year's migration.


Thanks a lot!


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA



Subject: Kirby Park, Luz. Co.
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 7:08 am
From: chickadd AT ptd.net
 
Reported by Bob Wasilewski
March 26
Natural Area, Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne Co.

1) Great Blue Heron 1
2) Snow Goose 25
3) Canada Goose 8
4) Wood Duck 5
5) American Black Duck 2
6) Mallard 17
7) Ring-necked Duck 8
8) Bufflehead 2
9) Hooded Merganser 8
10) Common Merganser 5
11) Peregrine Falcon 2
12) Ring-billed Gull 48
13) Feral Pigeon 4
14) Mourning Dove 1
15) Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
16) Downy Woodpecker 6
17) Hairy Woodpecker 2
18) Pileated Woodpecker 1
19) Eastern Phoebe 5
20) Blue Jay 7
21) American Crow 10
22) Fish Crow 19
23) Tree Swallow 52
24) Black-capped Chickadee 5
25) Tufted Titmouse 2
26) White-breasted Nuthatch 3
27) Carolina Wren 5
28) American Robin 64
29) European Starling 5
30) Song Sparrow 17
31) White-throated Sparrow 2
32) Dark-eyed Junco 2
33) Northern Cardinal 8
34) Red-winged Blackbird 4
35) Common Grackle 9
36) American Goldfinch 5

Gray Squirrel: 3
Woodchuck: 1
Total Avian Species: 36
Observers: 1/12/3/2
Hours: 4.75
Weather: Overcast and chilly; 39-43 įF

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming Co.



Subject: The Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 Mar 2017) 88 Raptors
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 6:48 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
The Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 22 58 58
Osprey 1 4 4
Bald Eagle 4 17 17
Northern Harrier 0 7 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 68 68
Cooper's Hawk 8 16 16
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 18 23 23
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 18 83 83
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 4 4
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 88 281 281
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carol Spease, Kathleen Pileggi, Rodger Bovenkerk

Visitors:
THE SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (7): Rodger Bovenkerk, Beaty Broughton, Lana Glass, Anita
Regester, Carol Spease, Kathleen Pileggi



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Watch!






Weather:
Mostly Cloudy (70-100% cloud cover), Temps 56-70F, Winds SW 5-10 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (35) and Turkey Vultures (50).



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





Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!



TODAYS BBB: A Spring dayhow did that get in the mix here this month
with the horrible weather? Well take it, though. Early on, a group of
gulls fly over, hungrily heading towards SECCRA Landfill But really, does
a gull head anywhere in a way other than hungrily? A phoebes call reaches
my ear from down where one was before the storm! Could it be our MIA
Phoebe survived the storm?? I say it IS and its MY STORY.
The Gulls continue streaming over, presumably from the Delaware River.
With predators like foxes around, gulls roost on water foxes, wily or
not, wont swim out to eat them. Absent a large body of water near the
SECCRA Landfill, the birds head towards the River to roost with safety -
making the return trip to feed on fresh garbage each day. At the
landfill in the northern part of the County, the gulls roost on Struble
Lake. Not here. Im still waiting for the gull to discover he can take
Sunday off, save the trip, as the dump is closed that day. Now, THAT would
be a smart gull! And theres apparently nothing worse for a gull than
stale trash.
A Barred Owl called at 10:40am. Shortly after 11am, an Osprey streamed
over. What a majestic bird.
Next came a Red-shouldered. In fact, several Red-shoulders- then more.
Rodger brought great luck.the hawks were flying, now. Full-partial credit
to you, Rodger grab yourself a celebratory pretzel from our boxl! All
Hell broke lose! The Red-shouldered Hawks continued coming by in all,
Eighteen, through the remainder of the day. The clouds today provided a
perfect background to see them, too. Wow!!
Today was the day that our local Field Sparrows broke into song to
establish territories. They were so obvious today.
Anita showed up with my new bulletin boards. I had asked her to print some
thinks on it for me with her incredible handwriting. She DID NOT
disappoint. Great Job, Anita!!
Tonight we had our Wine & Cheese Evening with the Woodcocks and it was
full. Fourteen of us enjoyed the trip up to Marsh Creek to sample several
wines, local cheeses, crackers, and apples. My friend, wine expert and
maker Tom Zunino, couldnt make it. Drats, I needed his expertise to tell
me whether I liked the wines or notlol. All wines were fully enjoyed,
though. Now, could it be that I was just in association with a bunch of
raging alcoholics or wine-os? Might they all have been equally happy with
my Mad Dog (I did have that available for discriminating tastes! as a
JOKE, Robin) or Ripple? Sure, it could bebut everyone had a great time
enjoying nature, waterfowl, the Woodcocks performances and the sampling of
the wines, cheeses, crackers and apples. Robin even broke into the
Velveeta Cheese! That was there as a joke, Robin! You know, Wine & Cheese
event.Mad Dog 20/20 and Velveeta Cheese.nothing but the best for you
folks, my clients!! A JOKE visual sarcasm!!! (I always have fine wines
and cheeses actually available for the groups on these events). You would
not be deterred away from Velveeta to our classier fare. You went right
for the good stuff! Robin actually ate it, without comment. I have two.
She used my cheese slicer to slice the lengthy block of Velveeta longwise.
Ive NEVER seen that before. When I say this Robin, I mean it: I have
NEVER seen anyone cut the cheese like YOU do. Honestly, Robin! And I
thought Id have that block of Velveeta forever and the joke would live
on..I was wrong. Thanks Robin. Well do another wine & cheese event next
month Wine & Cheese Evening with the Whip-poor-wills.



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



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 2-Wood Duck, 1-Killdeer, 45-Ring-billed
Gull, 13-Herring Gull, 1-Barred Owl, 1-Belted Kingfisher, 1-Fox Sparrow,
7-White-crowned Sparrow.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (0); Mammals (0).



----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 5.9; Steps: 13,842; Floors: 9.



----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch,
but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it here, from time
to time (about once a week), to let you know what else were seeing here at
the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will feature an approximation
(very rough, best guestimate, raptors must remain our primary focus)
for totals of each species seen for The Watch year.



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 47; this season: 73



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.





Predictions:
Tomorrow the winter returns....darn it!



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru April 30, 9am thru 3pm (at
least). Rain or shine. but not snow or ice
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by ... well,
sponsored by nobody at the moment (which, I guess, means its being
sponsored by me, for now, right folks?), although in the past sponsored,
alternately and personally very appreciatively, by the Delaware Nature
Society & The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County. and certainly
the Brokaw family. Please contact us at earlybirdtours@comcast.net with
questions or comments.


========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Cedar Waxwings -- Cumberland County
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 0:11 am
From: reeser AT mindspring.com
 
We saw several cedar waxwings in the yard today eating juniper berries.
There were also a few robins. The robins and waxwings usually come for
the holly berries, but most of those were already gone. The neighbors
hollies may have still had some.

Got a nice look at a few of the waxwings with their black mask and
yellow tipped tail.

On a side note, the local deer have been appearing again looking for
spilled bird seed. At least one appears frequently and this week we saw
three.

Also, thanks to those who provided information on the turkeys. We keep
looking for them, but no sightings this week.

Ellen
reeser@mindspring.com
Cumberland County
Across the Susquehanna from Harrisburg



Subject: Lawrence & Mercer County Birds
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 20:35 pm
From: 000000c0e1e11ab7-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This morning, I birded the area in and around Black Swamp, Pennsy Swamp, and the Volant Strips and had 4 FOY species. The highlight of the day included a flock of 50 Horned Larks, 4 American Pilots, 30 Lapland Longspurs, and 6 Snow Buntings along Jackson School Rd at the Volant Strips. The birds were fist detected among the corn stubble, and then the whole flock would take flight multiple times with the birds, especially the longspurs, singing jumbled songs. 

Other birds of note included many Ring-necked Ducks at multiple locations, 7 American Wigeons, 2 Green-winged Teals, and a Merlin at Black Swamp, 4 Canvasbacks, 2 Redheads, 2 Greater Scaup, 50 Lesser Scaup, 4 Buffleheads, 14 Ruddy Ducks, and 5 Rusty Blackbirds at McConahy Rd and Shaner Rd Ponds, FOY Savannah Sparrow at the Volant Strips, 1 Barn Swallow and 3 Fox Sparrows at Pennsy Swamp, and a flock of 13 Wild Turkeys with 5 males displaying.

Brendyn Baptiste
Slippery Rock, Butler County



Subject: Vulture "behavior," Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 19:29 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
In mid-morning today seven turkey vultures were lined up but spread out in the treeline along a creek on the east side of our property. Although we're bordered by preserved open land on three sides of our farm, on the other side of that creek there are four really big homes in a gated development. As I looked at the vultures suddenly two of them flew over to the roof of one of these homes, whereupon I saw a third vulture sitting on the edge of the roof. Then the two arrivals jostled a bit and one of them mounted and copulated with the one that had already been there. I admit I started laughing because of where this occurred. Guess gates can keep humans out but it can't stop the vultures. Also, today the green pheasant was back in the yard, eating the white millet and cracked corn on the ground and a rock in the backyard feeding area. Then later a female turkey showed up and ate at the same place. And while she was eating a tom turkey with his bluish head bright and shiny suddenly walked out from under the deck and made his way toward the female. I didn't see anything happen with them, but they left together. It's that time of the year!Fox sparrows are still around, as are newly arrived chipping sparrows, and continuing field, song, white-throated, and white-crowned sparrows.  

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



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Mar 26, 2017
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 19:26 pm
From: delaneykaryn AT gmail.com
 
Subject: Beaver County - eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Mar 26,
2017

FOY Eastern Towhee and FOY Fox Sparrow singing and calling in the yard this
afternoon. Sure signs of spring!

Karyn Delaney


Economy Borough Yard Birds, Beaver, Pennsylvania, US
Mar 26, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
20 species

Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 6
Great Horned Owl 1 Heard overnight
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 3
Fox Sparrow 1 FOY
Dark-eyed Junco 5
White-throated Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1 Male, FOY
Northern Cardinal 6
Common Grackle 10
American Goldfinch 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35456797

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



Subject: Lapland Longspurs - Tieline Rd (Mercer Co)It took
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 19:00 pm
From: bwredbird AT gmail.com
 
It took a mere four hours, but with Kim and Jim Springer joining me after about three hours solo, we finally got some good looks at the little devils, in striking breeding plumage, on Tieline Rd in the fields near the little pools on Tieline Rd north of Rt 208. There were three mails and a female. The viewpoint that finally worked for us was from near the top of the hill north of the gas well. There was a pretty clear view all the way down the corn-rows from there. Most other viewpoints have little hills that block a long view. There were about 50 Horned Larks frequently flying about the extensive fields and we could sometimes hear the Longspurs little rattles among them. I heard a few pipits in the mix. Thanks to Mark Vass for the posting.
Steve Sanford
Sharon PA



Subject: Erie County birds of note
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 18:15 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Erie County, Pa.

Great Egret 1; March 23; Presque Isle Hawk Watch
2; March 26; near Erie Wastewater Treatment Plant

Eurasian Wigeon 1 male; March 25 & 26; Thompson Bay, Presque Isle S.P.

Sandhill Crane 1; March 26; Presque Isle Hawk Watch

Red-tailed Hawk--1 all dark with gray tail; March 26; Presque Isle Hawk Watch


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



Subject: LVAS bird walk, Leaser Lake, Lehigh county
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 18:06 pm
From: 0000003652a0d84e-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I led a Lehigh Valley Audubon Society bird walk at Leaser Lake this morning. We ended up with an impressive 54 species for the end of March.

Ebird checklist can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Good variety of waterfowl plus good numbers of early migrants such as Fox Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe and Tree Swallows. ..... and a surprising number of Song Sparrows, Wood Ducks and gulls, flying overhead, as well.

Frank Dickman
Lynnville, Lehigh county

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Subject: Cedar waxwings
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 18:02 pm
From: JOHNSON AT juniata.edu
 
I've had a flock in Alexandria for several days.


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Subject: Erie County, Presque Isle Hawk Watch for March 25, 2017
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 17:55 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1938 4371 4416
Osprey 1 1 1
Bald Eagle 2 12 12
Northern Harrier 9 14 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk 67 79 79
Cooper's Hawk 8 13 13
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 42 115 115
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 69 157 162
Rough-legged Hawk 4 5 5
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 132 150 150
Merlin 1 3 3
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 12 16 16
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2286 4939 4989
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Ken Felix, Russ States, Sam Stull

Visitors:
Ken Felix, Russ States, and Sam Stull assisted with the count. Visitors
and spotters included Joao Taveres, Bob Grubbs, Bonnie Ginader, Julie and
Frank Leonard, and two others.


Weather:
High clouds, but translucent with sun trying to break through all day,
light SSE wind, and mild temps. Light drizzle after 1500 hrs.

Raptor Observations:
Strong steady movement all day, with another great day of a TV passage.
Also the best day of hawk migration so far with a steady flow of SS, RS,
RT, and especially AK. Birds stayed next to the lake throughout the day,
staying low for most of the time. Nice species diversity as well.
Highlight was a black Red-tailed Hawk with a dark gray tail, with no
apparent red between 1100 and 1200 EST. Rain shut the flight down at 1530
EST.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon--3, Great Blue Heron--2, Killdeer--20, Belted Kingfisher--1,
Northern Flicker--2, Eastern Phoebe--1,American Crow--50+-, Horned
Lark--26, Tree Swallow--50+, Barn Swallow--1, American Ronin--50+, Cedar
Waxwing--12, Red-winged Blackbird--100+-, Common Grackle--500+. Highlight
was a single Sandhill Crane.

Predictions:
If there are still birds in the pipeline it could be another active day
with good SW wind and continued warm temps.


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



Subject: Tree Swallows Clinton Co
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 17:44 pm
From: shervinskie AT gmail.com
 
The Tree Swallows have returned to southern Clinton County.  We observed a
large flock in Lamar this afternoon feeding over a large grassy field
adjacent to Fishing Creek.

We have also observed several small groups(2-5 birds) of Ruby-Crowned
Kinglets over the last week.

Tom & Lori Shervinskie
Lamar.



Subject: Eastern Meadowlark and male N. Harrier, N. Wayne Co. yesterday
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 17:12 pm
From: tgswoods AT epix.net
 
John and I saw the first Eastern Meadowlark over in N. Wayne Co. yesterday (intersection of Pleasant Mt. and Red Shale Rd, and then I had a lovely male N. Harrier flying over the same location later in the afternoon!!
Trudy GerlachBradford Co.tgswoods@epix.net



Subject: Imperial Grasslands and Solar Dr, Allegheny County
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 15:26 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
There were two Blue-winged teal with Mallards in a small pond along Solar
Dr. this afternoon. There were also two Northern Harriers here, along with
many Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbirds and European Starlings.

There was a lone male Redhead in the main pond at Imperial Grasslands. A
Northern Harrier and American Kestrel were also here, along with an Eastern
Meadowlark and numerous Killdeer.

The conifers (and everything else!) along King Rd. have been taken down.
The habitat along this road has been decimated. It was not like this last
time we were out here, about three weeks ago. Very sad.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co.
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 15:04 pm
From: nightowl57 AT verizon.net
 
Sweet Arrow Lake  3/26/17



Red-Breasted Merganser

Common and Hooded Mergansers

Golden - crowned Kinglet

Ring-billed gulls

Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

Wooducks





Denise Donmoyer

Sweet Arrow Lake

Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.

nightowl57@verizon.net



Subject: Vesper Sparrow, North Park, Allegheny County
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 14:53 pm
From: henriciac AT gmail.com
 
We saw a Vesper Sparrow today around noon in the Upper Fields at North
Park. It flew in while we were eating lunch on the observation platform
steps. It was flying around and landing here and there. We last saw it fly
towards a Russian Olive near the parking lot. We were not able to relocate
it as we headed back to the car. Several Field sparrows were singing and a
Tree Swallow was flying around and calling. Other than that, it was the
usual suspects for this time of year. No Fox sparrows were seen.

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea.



Subject: Field Sparrows?
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 11:37 am
From: a_buriak AT hotmail.com
 
I just had 3 singing Field Sparrows this morning at the upper field of North Park, Allegheny County.  However these were my FOY.  I had been out a couple mornings in appropriate habitat prior to this but they were absent so it seems the bulk of the migrant field sparrows may just be arriving.

Side note, although I didnt find any this morning, I had 3 Fox Sparrows yesterday at the upper field of North Park, two in the same exact area as previous seasons (the brushy area off the east end of the field where multiple trails cross and head toward the nature center). Even though I knew exactly where to look, these guys still, as is typical, gave just fleeting glimpses as they scurried under the thickest brush. The Eastern Phoebes are also back and singing at both the upper field (one) and Marshall Lake (two) this morning. No sign of Tree Swallows yet at these locale.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
Gibsonia, Allegheny County



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-------- Original message --------
From: Ryan Tomazin
Date: 3/26/17 8:23 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Field Sparrows?

Hello All,


Just a question that is beginning to really nag me: where are the field sparrows? Not the one or two holdovers, but the normal singing breeding males? I have been to most of the areas where I get them, usually 3 weeks earlier than this, and nothing. I've not seen anyone in PA, WV or OH mentioning them, unless I've really missed something.


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA



Subject: Raccoon Creek SP
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 11:34 am
From: 000000077d56e4ca-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Yesterday, along with the usual feeder birds, we had an Eastern Phoebe in the parking lot and two more further out in the park near the creek just across the bridge.
Becky Szabo

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Allegheny Front (26 Mar 2017) Raptors
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 11:16 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 29 49
OS 0 0 0
BE 0 7 17
NH 0 4 7
SS 0 6 10
CH 0 7 10
NG 0 1 1
RS 0 8 24
BW 0 0 0
RT 0 40 93
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 34 56
AK 0 1 2
ML 0 1 1
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 0 1
UB 0 0 4
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 5 8

Total: 0 143 283
----------------------------------------------------------------------

(No count conducted today)



Weather:
NO COUNT
DENSE FOG- VISIBILITY 20 YARDS
WINDS 15-20 MPH FROM SE

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)



Subject: N. Rough-winged Swallows - Allegheny Co.
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 10:17 am
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This morning there are two N. Rough-winged Swallows present at the Imperial
Grasslands main pond

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: FOY Cowbirds in Churchill
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 8:49 am
From: 0000003585d127de-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Saw 3 cowbirds at Churchill Golf Course in Pittsburgh this morning with Jennifer Horovitz.

Hayley Kile

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Snowy Owl - Crawford Co.
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 8:22 am
From: tcnicolls AT windstream.net
 
Good Morning,



The Snowy Owl was located this morning approximately 8:00 AM. It was hidden
in grass along a fence row. Good Luck!

The Amish will not be available to help locate the owl this morning



Clare Nicolls

Springboro, PA





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Subject: Field Sparrows?
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 7:22 am
From: wvwarblers AT hotmail.com
 
Hello All,


Just a question that is beginning to really nag me: where are the field sparrows? Not the one or two holdovers, but the normal singing breeding males? I have been to most of the areas where I get them, usually 3 weeks earlier than this, and nothing. I've not seen anyone in PA, WV or OH mentioning them, unless I've really missed something.


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA



Subject: Tree Swallows/Fox Sparrow Adams County
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 3:51 am
From: 0000001361c1d04c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Good morning all,
Quick update, the Tree Swallows have showed up at Lake Meade. Also, the Fox Sparrow and American Tree Sparrow are both still present under the feeders each day.

Take care,
Jason Verdier
Lake Meade/Adams County



Subject: Rough-legged Hawks (Mifflin county)
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 23:27 pm
From: jd425 AT embarqmail.com
 
Ongoing sighting, 3 were counted on Winter Raptor Survey of this area; I
saw one here two weeks ago, and FOUR there today - two dark morph and
two light morph. Not duplicate counts, they were seen in pairs. North
Back Mountain Rd. Milroy, PA (near intersection with Salem Cross Road).
Reported on ebird.



Subject: Tussey Mountain (25 Mar 2017) 116 Raptors
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 21:56 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 4 6
Turkey Vulture 60 157 207
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 4 16 17
Northern Harrier 1 4 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 8 9
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 11 24 25
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 12 72 78
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 20 145 163
American Kestrel 5 12 12
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 3 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 3 4

Total: 116 457 538
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Lewis Grove

Observers: Bob Fredrick, Nick Bolgiano

Visitors:
Carl and Kurt Engstrom, Zachary Adams, Cynthia Lukyanenko, Karl Suttman,
Alex Bircher, Cody Campbell


Weather:
Overcast with occasional darker clouds passing through on light W/NW winds.
Very warm, with a high around 70F.

Raptor Observations:
Another really good Golden Eagle day, with twenty birds; that makes 111
over the past week.

GOEA: 0934 Unk, 0934 Unk, 0936 Ad, 0936 Ad, 0942 Ad, 0950 Sub, 1003 Ad,
1004 Ad, 1007 Ad, 1013 Unk, 1022 Unk, 1030 Ad, 1030 Ad, 1138 Ad, 1151 Ad,
1212 Ad, 1227 Sub, 1227 Ad, 1232 Ad, 1444 Ad

BAEA: 1153 Imm, 1255 Imm, 1315 Imm, 1315 Imm

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of new arrivals on the strong songbird flight last night and others on
the move during the day; a Belted Kingfisher was particularly notable.

COGR - 28; EABL - 9; HOFI - 3; AMRO - 2; CEDW - 5; EAPH - 2; GCKI - 4; RBGU
- 20; TRES - 4; BEKI - 1

Predictions:
A little cooler with light SE winds and a chance of rain showers.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lewis Grove (zugunlew@gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainsprin...



Subject: NW PA Birding
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 21:56 pm
From: RCStringer AT gcc.edu
 
Dear Friends,

It was a great day for birding in Northwest PA. The overcast skies kept birds active most of the day.

Highlights include:

Tundra Swan- 100+ Shenango Propagation Area in Mercer County
White-fronted Goose- 3 same location
Large numbers of puddle ducks here of many species.

Short-billed Dowitcher- 1 Miller's Pond
Greater Yellowlegs- 2 large Miller's Pond
Wilson's Snipe- 4 on Tieline Road near my house

Sandhill Crane- 4 just east of the town of Geneva
Rough-legged Hawk- 3 dark phase birds in the vicinity of Miller's Ponds

Tree Swallows- 15 Lake Wilhelm et al
Eastern Phoebe- 1 Shenango Reservoir
LAPLAND LONGSPUR- 15 on Tieline Road

Total of 77 species from 11:15-7:30 PM
Total of 30 species of water birds and 24 species of waterfowl

Good Birding,

R.C. Stringer
Grove City, PA



Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co, (3/19 -3/25)
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 19:40 pm
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
The species count this week was 71. Highlights included:
Snow Goose-high count 104 3/21
8 duck species including:
1 Greater Scaup female -all week to at least 3/24 by the dam
Hooded Merganser -high report 10 3/20-3/21
Common Merganser - high report 510 3/23
Ruddy Duck-high report 98 3/19 (still at least 81 3/25)
1 American Coot- 3/20-3/25
1 Common Loon 3/20 to at least 3/24
Pied-billed Grebe-3/20-3/21, 3/25
1 to 2 Horned Grebes-all week
Double-crested Cormorant-high report 12 3/25
1 Osprey 3/24 & 3/25
Red-shouldered Hawk 3/21
4 regular gull species including Lesser Black-backed Gull-high report 29 3/20
1 Merlin 3/21
1 Chipping Sparrow 3/23
Black-capped Chickadee & Red-breasted Nuthatch continue to at least 3/20
1 American Pipit 3/19
1 E. Meadowlark 3/24?? Sailor's Point
Also, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, American Kestrel, Tree Swallow, Golden-crowned & Ruby-crowned Kinglets, E. Bluebird, Swamp Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Fox Sparrow



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



Subject: Moraine SP--Butler Country
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 19:34 pm
From: 000000c0e1e11ab7-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This morning at Moraine SP, I had a variety of good birds including 7 FOY species. Highlights for the day are listed below. One note for the day would be the big influx of Eastern Phoebes that likely came in overnight.

Burton Rd
2 Sandhill Cranes (flyovers)
1 Wilson's Snipe
1 Barred Owl (calling) (FOY)
3 Eastern Phoebe
1 Fox Sparrow
5 Rusty Blackbird

Lower 528 Boat Launch
4 Common Loon (FOY)
1 Eastern Phoebe

Waterfowl Observation Area
1 Redhead
2 Greater Scaup
40 Lesser Scaup
2 Eastern Phoebe
3 Tree Swallow

South Shore
2 Canvasback
9 Lesser Scaup
78 Bufflehead
4 Horned Grebe
130 American Coot
1 Merlin
2 Eastern Phoebe
3 Tree Swallow
1 American Pipit (FOY)
1 Chipping Sparrow (FOY)

Bear Run Boat Launch
1 Common Loon

McDanels Boat Launch
2 Horned Grebe
3 Osprey (FOY)
2 Bonaparte's Gull (FOY)
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Tree Swallow

Watts Bay
4 Red-breasted Merganser
1 Common Loon
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (FOY)
1 Eastern Phoebe
12 Cedar Waxwing

Clay Township Residence
6 American Woodcock (displaying)

Good Birding
Brendyn Baptiste
Slippery Rock, Butler County



Subject: Allegheny Front (25 Mar 2017) 9 Raptors
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 19:28 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 29 49
OS 0 0 0
BE 0 7 17
NH 0 4 7
SS 3 6 10
CH 2 7 10
NG 0 1 1
RS 0 8 24
BW 0 0 0
RT 3 40 93
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 34 56
AK 0 1 2
ML 0 1 1
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 0 1
UB 0 0 4
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 1 5 8

Total: 9 143 283
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Brian Wargo

Observers:

Visitors:
John Schneiber, Jeff Lenton, Cliff Josmafime, Tom Wasilenlia, Annette Smith


Weather:
Warm (60s) with a steady WNW wind. Cloudy all day!

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures would kettle, but not migrate. A local Cooper's Hawk
escorted other accipiters away from the hawk site.

Non-raptor Observations:
Nuthatch, Grackles, Titmouse, Chickadee, Hairy Woodpecker, Turkey, Raven,
Crows, Common Loon, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern
Phoebe, Northern Flicker, Robin

Predictions:
East-Southeast Wind with rain late in the day.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian M. Wargo (brianwargo@gmail.com)



Subject: Middle Creek WMA
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 18:28 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
Today I was at Middle Creek WMA on the Lancaster and Lebanon County sides,
Most of the teal were in Lebanon County side with 22 Green-winged Teal , not
all ponds are visible, no Eurasian Teal today. The Rough-legged Hawks were
not reported again today. There might be 5000 Snow Geese yet in the fields.
Nice to visit still.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Eastern Phoebe, Washington County
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 17:36 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
Finally! An Eastern Phoebe was calling right outside of Mingo Park. FOS for
me. A single Common Raven was calling and flying inside the park.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Independence Marsh-Beaver County
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 17:09 pm
From: 000000077d56e4ca-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Early this afternoon we saw the five Pectoral Sandpipers, the Greater Yellowlegs and the two Killdeer reported yesterday. We also had four Tree Swallows and a Golden-crowned Kinglet.
Becky Szabo

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Harrison Hills Park- Allegheny County
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 16:22 pm
From: davbrooke AT gmail.com
 
Many FOY for me. The Golden-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,
Phoebe, Field Sparrow, and Cowbirds.

I hoped to find the Eastern Meadowlark that Amy Henrici reported but no
dice.



Dave Brooke

Allegheny County



Subject: Lesser Yellowlegs & Lapland Longspurs - Mercer Co.
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 15:09 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon I went to Tieline Rd.

at the flooded field that is next to the road there were three Lesser
Yellowlegs and three Wilson's Snipe

There was a large flock of field birds here and I was able to confirm at
least eight LAPLAND LONGSPURS were present

Mark Vass
Beaver Co



Subject: Dowitcher update
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 13:48 pm
From: RCStringer AT gcc.edu
 
The bird called: Short-billed.

RC stringer

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Dowitchet at miller Ponds
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 13:36 pm
From: RCStringer AT gcc.edu
 
Dear Pa Birders, 

Dowitcher at Miller Ponds. R C Stringer

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Raven, York Co.
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 13:36 pm
From: 0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
While watching my granddaughter's lacrosse game yesterday at Red Lion High School a raven, harassed by a pair of crows, flew over the field and disappeared from view. Five minutes later it flew back again, still chased by the crows, and landed on the roof of the high school. The area is not the sort of place to expect to see a raven but there it was.


Dick Cleary



Subject: Tree Swallows, etc; at Moraine State Park
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 12:57 pm
From: marvantassel AT gmail.com
 
10+ Tree Swallows going in and out of the boxes/houses on the tall
birdhouse tree at Porter's Cove which you can see well from the path/trail;
Many waterfowl at most of the spots (Waterfowl Obs Platform, Barkley and
Burton road areas, South Shore, and Porter's Cove) and
1 Bald Eagle adult flushed when I parked at the end of Barkley briefly;
Not as much yesterday at the North Shore other than the Osprey on nest,
Redbreasted Merganser pair and a Common Loon
Also Common Grackles, Chipping Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County



Subject: Upper Fourteen Mile Island Heron colony and Tree swallows, Allegheny County
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 12:39 pm
From: henriciac AT gmail.com
 
Today we saw fifteen herons at the heron colony, most of which were sitting on nests. We also saw three Tree swallows at the damn, and eight more at Lock and Dam #4.

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea

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Subject: Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co.
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 11:13 am
From: nightowl57 AT verizon.net
 
Sweet Arrow Lake 3/25/17



Phoebe

Black-throated Green and Prairie Warblers

Towhee





Denise Donmoyer

Sweet Arrow Lake

Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.

nightowl57@verizon.net



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