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21 Apr: @ 06:30:30 
Glossy Ibis Lanc. Co. [Bruce Carl]
21 Apr: @ 05:35:50 
Re: Eared Grebe and Red-throated Loon, MCWMA Lanc Co. [Pamela Fisher]
21 Apr: @ 05:28:17 
Lebanon county, Memorial Lake, Red-necked Grebe, Blue-winged Teal and continuing loons [Tim Becker]
20 Apr: @ 21:59:24 
Check of Adams, Franklin, Futlon Water Monday Evening [Bill Oyler]
20 Apr: @ 20:30:50 
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday April 28th, 2015 [LeRoy]
20 Apr: @ 20:08:14 
Peace Valley Park (IBA) - (4/12-4/18) [August Mirabella]
20 Apr: @ 17:48:18 
Frick Today, Allegheny County, Purple Finch [Jack E. Solomon]
20 Apr: @ 15:23:18 
Presque Isle Hawk Watch for April 20, 2015 [Jerry McWilliams]
20 Apr: @ 15:04:22 
Siskins remain, Ruby Throat returns [Nick Guirate]
20 Apr: @ 15:00:14 
Glossy Ibis Lanc. Co. [Bruce Carl]
20 Apr: @ 13:15:11 
No. Shovelers on the Kiski River (Armstrong County) [Marge Van Tassel]
20 Apr: @ 12:01:58 
Eared Grebe and Red-throated Loon, MCWMA Lanc Co. [Pamela]
20 Apr: @ 11:35:35 
Northampton County (Tatamy) Hawk with Bells reported yesterday [Sherri LaBar]
20 Apr: @ 11:20:12 
Lebanon County, Memorial Lake, Red-throated Loon. [Tim Becker]
20 Apr: @ 11:07:33 
BH Vireo and Yellow-rumps, Schenley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny [Kate St.John]
20 Apr: @ 09:19:37 
Re: Lake Meade / Adams County [Jason Verdier]
20 Apr: @ 08:37:36 
Black-throated Green Warbler -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Apr 20, 2015 [Daniel E. Weeks]
20 Apr: @ 08:31:24 
Scoters, RN Grebes - Front Street, Harrisburg, Dauphin Co. [Ian Gardner]
20 Apr: @ 07:34:59 
Re: Yellow-throated Warbler with odd song [Wiltraut, Richard E]
20 Apr: @ 07:00:16 
Lebanon County Long-tail Ducks [Tim Becker]
20 Apr: @ 06:46:56 
Glossy Ibis Lanc. Co. [Bruce Carl]
20 Apr: @ 06:34:51 
BH Vireo/Siskins/Franklin CO [Bob Keener]
20 Apr: @ 04:58:05 
Re: Hummingbird, Chukar, Koch property, Northampton County [Huey Evangelista]
20 Apr: @ 03:52:01 
Lake Meade / Adams County [Jason Verdier]
19 Apr: @ 20:44:46 
Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Gnatcatchers - Lancaster County [ACP]
19 Apr: @ 20:38:22 
House wren, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny [Kate St.John]
19 Apr: @ 20:15:25 
Sparrows, Migrants etc Presque Isle State Park Erie County [Shawn Collins]
19 Apr: @ 19:38:29 
Hummingbird, Chukar, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
19 Apr: @ 18:38:02 
Chimney Swifts - Berks [Katrina Knight]
19 Apr: @ 18:35:11 
Re: Yellow warbler Geneva Swamp Crawford County [Dave Inman]
19 Apr: @ 18:02:33 
Red-Breasted Nuthatch - Jacobsburg State Park [Jonathan Mularczyk]
19 Apr: @ 17:54:28 
HSR: Allegheny Front (16 Apr 2015) 29 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
19 Apr: @ 17:38:07 
HSR: Allegheny Front (19 Apr 2015) 84 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
19 Apr: @ 17:34:08 
House Wren, Lawrence [Glenn Koppel]
19 Apr: @ 17:28:33 
HSR: Tussey Mountain (19 Apr 2015) 73 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
19 Apr: @ 17:26:23 
Blue-headed Vireo, Butler [Glenn Koppel]
19 Apr: @ 17:24:46 
Siskins still, Butler [Glenn Koppel]
19 Apr: @ 17:01:21 
Prairie Warbler @ Hillman SP Grasslands, Washington County [TODD HOOE]
19 Apr: @ 16:17:54 
Lebanon County [Don Billett]
19 Apr: @ 16:15:51 
Frick Today, Allegh. Co., Y-t Warb, etc. [Jack E. Solomon]
19 Apr: @ 15:49:27 
Erie County birds of note [Jerry McWilliams]
19 Apr: @ 15:43:39 
Presque Isle Hawk Watch for April 19, 2015 [Jerry McWilliams]
19 Apr: @ 14:04:09 
Glossy Ibis (belated), McElhatten, Clinton Co., 4/17 [Wayne Laubscher]
19 Apr: @ 13:05:37 
Second Mountain Hawk Watch [Morris Cox]
19 Apr: @ 11:45:31 
Yellow-throated Warbler, Bonaparte's Gulls, and Woodthrush, Allegheny Co. [Amy Henrici]
19 Apr: @ 11:13:06 
Common Raven - York County [Ann Pettigrew]
19 Apr: @ 10:50:01 
Marsh Bird Survey [Ann Pettigrew]
19 Apr: @ 10:38:29 
Re: immature tundra swan and common raven in northern Chester County [Rob Blye]
19 Apr: @ 08:01:10 
Yellow warbler Geneva Swamp Crawford County [Dave Inman]
19 Apr: @ 07:32:40 
Harris's sparrow update, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]





Subject: Glossy Ibis Lanc. Co.
Date: Tue Apr 21 2015 6:30 am
From: hrdabrd AT gmail.com
 
The glossy ibis continues at the conewago trail wetlands area just off rt 743. Other highlights this morning include lesser yellowlegs, solitary sandpiper, osprey, hen pintail and yellow warbler.

Bruce A Carl

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID



Subject: Eared Grebe and Red-throated Loon, MCWMA Lanc Co.
Date: Tue Apr 21 2015 5:35 am
From: 000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I must apologize for this post. It was originally sent last Wednesday, April 15th. I am not sure why it only went through now. Guess it got lost in cyberspace.
 Pamela Fisher
goldeagle_60@yahoo.com
Gap, Lancaster County, PA
http://www.flickr.com/photos/p...
From: Pamela
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 2:58 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Eared Grebe and Red-throated Loon, MCWMA Lanc Co.

I am currently watching the Earned Grebe and the Loon.





Subject: Lebanon county, Memorial Lake, Red-necked Grebe, Blue-winged Teal and continuing loons
Date: Tue Apr 21 2015 5:28 am
From: 0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Nice storm fallout at the Lake. A Red-necked Grebe and Blue-winged Teal pair are in the mix. Also continuing are the Red-throated Loon, about 6 Common Loons, and a Long-tailed Duck. 

Tim Becker

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Check of Adams, Franklin, Futlon Water Monday Evening
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 21:59 pm
From: oylerbill AT gmail.com
 
With the rain and Central Pa reports of good birds on the water, I left
work and checked local water. I did not find some birds I was hopeful for,
but I did see some good birds:

Adams Co Long Pine Reservoir ... Common Loon, Red-breasted Merganser (4),
DC Cormorant, Boneparte's Gull.

Franklin Co Route 997 Fayetteville ponds ... Red-breasted Merganser.

Franklin Co Edenville Mountain Brook Rd pond ... M & F Long-tailed Ducks
and Osprey. Carl Garner had two White-winged Scoters there earlier in the
day.

Franklin Co Edenville area Long Lane pond ... Pied-billed Grebe.

Fulton Co Cowans Gap SP lake ... surprisingly empty except for an Osprey.

Franklin Co Mountain Lake at Fannettsburg ... 4 Ruddy Ducks, 4 Bufflehead,
4 Common Mergansers, 4 DC Cormorants, 1 American Coot, 3 Pied-billed
Grebes, 1 Horned Grebe. The lake was chocolate brown from Path Valley farm
run-off.

Franklin Co Letterkenney Reservoir ... nothing except for all kinds of
debris that had washed down the head waters of the Conodoguinet from Horse
Valley. It was chocolate brown and was a mess.

At this point I ran out of daylight and drove home in some ominous weather
that was moving through north of Chambersburg.

Bill Oyler



Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday April 28th, 2015
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 20:30 pm
From: leroytabb AT hotmail.com
 
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday April 28th,  2015
SPECIAL NOTE:After the presentation at this month's meeting of the Bucks County Birders, there will be a short ceremony to honor Ken Kitson, author of Birds of Bucks County, in recognition of his many efforts and achievements on behalf of birds and birders in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Light refreshments will be served..What eBird Can Do For You and What You Can Do For eBird

by Holly Merker
.




Program Description: This program caters to all birders including those new to eBird. It is an exploration of how eBird is used by birders and researchers alike. If you have ever wondered "what's all the fuss about eBird?" this program will address those questions and more. For those already using eBird, you'll learn new ways this powerful tool can be of use to you from your own backyard, to your travels across the globe. NOTE: This program was rescheduled from January due to weather
Bio of the presenter:Holly Merker has been the Lead Reviewer/Reviewer Coordinator for Pennsylvania since 2005- also eBird Hotspot Editor. She is the Chester County Compiler for PSO, Compiler/Counter/Education Coordinator for Rose Tree Park Hawkwatch, and a volunteer Hawk Counter at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. She is also an Environmental Educator, teaching thousands of school students hands-on outdoor science classes annually around South Eastern Pennsylvania, for several non-profit employers (her primary employer is Paradise Farm Camps in Downingtown). . The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Peace Valley Nature Center. Admission is free.
Directions: Meeting location: Peace Valley Nature Center (enter back side door) 170 N. Chapman Rd. (enter from New Galena Road Side - Chapman Road bridge is blocked) Doylestown, PA.Normal meeting length - 1 to 1 1/2 hours. For directions please go to: http://www.peacevalleynaturece... For further information please contact:LeRoy Tabbtabbleroy@gmail.com

















































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Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) - (4/12-4/18)
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 20:08 pm
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
Reports were light this past week. Waterfowl numbers decreased but some first of year arrivals and others were noted. The total count of species was 78.
10 duck species including:
2 N. Shovelers 4/13
1 Red-breasted Merganser continued through the week
Common Loon all week with the high report 7 4/14
Pied-billed Grebe-high report 3 4/12
Horned Grebe all week with the high report 10 4/14
Double-crested Cormorant-high report 258 4/17
Double-crested Cormorant (White-crested) - one 4/13, 2 4/14 (photo)
1 Great Egret 4/12
Green Heron-first spring report 2 4/12
Broad-winged Hawk-first spring report 2 4/12
Amer. Woodcock 4/12
5 gull species including:
1 Bonaparte's Gull all week
Lesser Black-backed Gull -high report 38 4/14
2 Purple Martin-first spring report 4/18
House Wren-first for spring 4/13
1 Winter Wren 4/12-4/15
1 Louisiana Waterthrush 4/18
8 sparrow species including:
E. Towhee all week
1 Amer. Tree Sparrow to at least 4/12
Also, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Amer. Kestrel, Blue-gray Gnatcather, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, E.Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler


Thanks to all who reported their sightings for our weekly spreadsheet.

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA



Subject: Frick Today, Allegheny County, Purple Finch
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 17:48 pm
From: 00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
At Frick Park, on Riverview Hill:
Purple Finch (3, one was an adult male)
Black-throated Green Warbler

At Duck Hollow:
Ring-necked Duck

Jack and Sue Solomon



Subject: Presque Isle Hawk Watch for April 20, 2015
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 15:23 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 140 5665 14528
Osprey 12 36 36
Bald Eagle 8 28 59
Northern Harrier 10 41 46
Sharp-shinned Hawk 99 654 676
Cooper's Hawk 1 21 37
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 56 189
Broad-winged Hawk 1453 1882 1882
Red-tailed Hawk 23 301 578
Rough-legged Hawk 0 14 25
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 171 193
Merlin 2 4 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 4
Unknown Buteo 0 7 19
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 4

Total: 1758 8885 18283
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Jerry McWilliams, John Leskosky, Roger Donn, Russ States,
Sam Stull, Tim & Karena Johnson

Visitors:
Many thanks go to the sharp-eyed watchers that showed up today to help
spot, count, and identify birds. They include Roger Donn, Russ States, Sam
Stull, John Leskosky from the Bake Oven Knob Hawk Watch, and Tim and Karena
Johnson from Pittsburgh on their way back from a weekend of hawk watching
at Braddock Bay. Visitors included David Sublette, Sara Sargent from
Pennsylvania Audubon, and bird bander, Laura Marie


Weather:
Strong SSW under cloudy skies becoming variably cloudy, then a few showers
before becoming partly cloudy. The wind direction made a sudden switch to
the NW at 1330 EST dropping the temp. by 10 degrees.

Raptor Observations:
A slow first hour then a sudden influx of Broad-wings that continued to
build in number until the rain arrived at 1000 hrs. EST and shut everything
down for the next hour. As soon as the storm passed the wind picked up
again from the SW and the skies began to clear opening the flood gates for
the second big push of Broad-wings for the day. The wind shift to the NW
at 1330 hrs. shut the flight down with no birds for the final 30 minutes of
the watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon--30, Double-crested Cormorant--20, Great Blue Heron--6, Barn
Swallow--6, American Robin--75, Eastern Meadowlark--1, and several flocks of
blackbirds. There was one passing Common Green Darner.

Predictions:
Cooler, but with SW wind, so perhaps a continuation of today's flight.

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



Subject: Siskins remain, Ruby Throat returns
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 15:04 pm
From: 00000037bbebe48a-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hello all,

I just had 2 Pine Siskins at my feeders.

At first I thought they may have been darker Goldfinches, but after watching them, I am absolutely certain.

A male Ruby-Throat hummingbird had returned to my feeders this morning. It fed from around 7am until noon today.

Nick Guirate
Valley Township, Chester County
Sent via Electronic Carrier Pigeon
Please feel free to browse my photos:

www.paramaniac10.500px.com



Subject: Glossy Ibis Lanc. Co.
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 15:00 pm
From: hrdabrd AT gmail.com
 
The glossy ibis continues at the
Conowego wetlands area along with a solitary Solitary Sandpiper.

Bruce A Carl

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID



Subject: No. Shovelers on the Kiski River (Armstrong County)
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 13:15 pm
From: marvant AT windstream.net
 
2 No. Shovelers (1m, 1f)
2 Common Mergansers (1 m, 1 f)
2 Mallards (m)
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County



Subject: Eared Grebe and Red-throated Loon, MCWMA Lanc Co.
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 12:01 pm
From: 000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I am currently watching the Earned Grebe and the Loon.



Subject: Northampton County (Tatamy) Hawk with Bells reported yesterday
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 11:35 am
From: sherri.labar AT gmail.com
 
A co-worker of mine just reported that he saw a hawk fly across the
Bushkill Creek near one of the bridges in Tatamy yesterday. When it
flew off, he noticed that it had bells on. He is not good enough at
bird ID to tell what kind of hawk, and he couldn't make any guess as
to what kind.

Has anyone reported a missing falconer's bird?

Sherri LaBar
sherri.labar@gmail.com
North Bangor, Northampton Co., PA



Subject: Lebanon County, Memorial Lake, Red-throated Loon.
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 11:20 am
From: 0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Currently a Red-throated and nine Common Loons on the lake. Also the continuing 6 Long-tailed Ducks. 

Tim Becker

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: BH Vireo and Yellow-rumps, Schenley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 11:07 am
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
A singing blue-headed vireo and a flock of bright yellow-rumped warblers were the new migrants this morning in Schenley Park.  The house wren and eastern bluebird persist at the golf course (hole #14).  It was nice to see dark-eyed juncoes + chipping sparrows + yellow-rumped warblers (representing winter & spring) feeding on the ground in a flock. Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/



Subject: Lake Meade / Adams County
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 9:19 am
From: 0000001361c1d04c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Naturally after I send this post, a Junco and the (2) Pine Siskin's are at the sunflower feeder....

Sent from AOL Mobile Mail


-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Verdier
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Mon, Apr 20, 2015 04:51 AM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Lake Meade / Adams County





Good morning all,
Just an update on the Pine Siskins. They appear to have
moved on. Did not see them all weekend. Juncos, and most sparrows were absent
as well. Did have two White Throated, and one White Crowned Sparrow. Haven't
seen a Catbird yet, but did have (3) Purple Finch. I will update if the Siskins
return.

Jason Verdier
Lake Meade / Adams County





Subject: Black-throated Green Warbler -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Apr 20, 2015
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 8:37 am
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
Highlights this morning included a Black-throated Green Warbler, and a Pileated Woodpecker on the ground, pecking at a fallen log. 

Good birding,
Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

Apr 20, 2015
Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Traveling
1.8 miles
31 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Birding by bicycle in the Riverview hill area near the Blue slide entrance of Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. Start time: 8:18 AM. Observer: Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Blue Jay
4 Carolina Chickadee
3 Tufted Titmouse
2 American Robin
1 Black-throated Green Warbler -- FOY. Calling near far end of off leash area. Then seen along trail.
2 Eastern Towhee
3 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Brown-headed Cowbird



Subject: Scoters, RN Grebes - Front Street, Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 8:31 am
From: gardnie07 AT gmail.com
 
Observers:  Ian Gardner
Location: Harrisburg--Front St., Dauphin, US-PA
Date/Time: Apr 20, 2015 8:30 AM - 8:56 AM

Comments: The storm system that hit the area last night left a very
diverse fallout on the Susquehanna River this morning. Highlights include
an adult male White-winged Scoter, male and female Black Scoters, and 6
Red-necked Grebes. Full checklist is below.

25 species

Canada Goose 7
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 1
Green-winged Teal (American) 3
Canvasback 1 Female
Redhead 2
Greater Scaup 4
Lesser Scaup 26
White-winged Scoter 1 Adult male. Photos taken
Black Scoter 2 Male and female.
Long-tailed Duck 4
Bufflehead 16
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Red-necked Grebe 6 Breeding plumage
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Bonaparte's Gull 31
Ring-billed Gull 22
Mourning Dove 2
Tree Swallow 52
American Robin 4
European Starling 11
Song Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 20
House Sparrow 9

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22961537

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

Ian Gardner,
Hummelstown, PA



Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler with odd song
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 7:34 am
From: rwiltraut AT pa.gov
 
Thanks Stan for your post.  I've had a couple people ask me if it was a Sutton's.  I watched the bird for almost an hour and everything pointed to Yellow-throated.  Bird had black streaks on the side. Specifically checked back for olive wash and it was all gray.

Good birding,

Rick

Rick Wiltraut
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of State Parks
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
835 Jacobsburg Road Wind Gap, PA 18091
Phone: 610.746.2810 Fax: 610.746.2804
Email: rwiltraut@pa.gov
www.dcnr.state.pa.us

Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler with odd song
Date: Sat Apr 18 2015 10:11 am
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net


Many years ago, at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County, I heard birds in Yellow-throated Warbler plumage singing Northern Parula songs, and combination songs. I believe these two species might hybridize frequently. Birds with these mixed plumages were first thought to be a new species, Sutton's Warblers.

Bird hybrids may start new species: this phenomenon has been much researched in Galapagos Finches.

Sincerely,

Stan Stahl

Thanks to Rick for sharing this observation.



Subject: Lebanon County Long-tail Ducks
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 7:00 am
From: 0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Not much fallout on Memorial Lake today. But there were six Long-tailed Ducks along with two Buffleheads and three Ruddy Ducks. 

Tim Becker

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Glossy Ibis Lanc. Co.
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 6:46 am
From: hrdabrd AT gmail.com
 
The previously reported Glossy Ibis with the injured leg/limp was seen again just after 7 am at the conowego trail wetlands area just off of rt 743. Other birds in the area included Wilson's Snipe, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Brown Thrasher and Meadowlark.

Bruce A Carl

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID



Subject: BH Vireo/Siskins/Franklin CO
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 6:34 am
From: keener1538 AT gmail.com
 
The Blue-headed Vireo was singing in the drizzle rain this morning.  The
Pine Siskins are still here at the feeder this morning.

Bob Keener



Subject: Hummingbird, Chukar, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 4:58 am
From: h2ofowl AT verizon.net
 
Arlene,

There's a State Games Land just south of Bernville in Berks County. The parking lot is on Bright School Road. Several years ago, we pulled into the parking lot to check for grassland birds in the fields. As we started to get out of the car, a Chukar walked through the parking lot. Like you, we had seen them in Utah, but couldn't understand why one would be here. I found out that a dog club from New Jersey uses the land adjacent to the State Game Lands to run periodic dog trials. They release birds, apparently Chukars as we'll as ring-neck pheasants, and a few survive the day. I don't know if they would make it through our winters.

Jane & Huey Evangelista
Laureldale, Berks County

Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 19, 2015, at 8:35 PM, DAVID KOCH wrote:
>
> An adult male ruby-throated hummingbird made a "hell-o, good-bye" visit to a feeder on the front porch this afternoon about 2. I watched it fly across the front yard, the front gardens, and the road, and then I lost sight of it as it headed for the ridge across the way. He's probably going to New England. As for the chukar, well, a neighbor who lives in a restored farmhouse about half a mile to the west of our farm emailed two photos to me of a "beast" that flew into his window and then spent 30 minutes recuperating on the windowsill before flying off. He had no idea what it was. I remember them from out west but I've never seen a chukar here in the 37 years I've been here. It's obviously an escapee or a released bird but it was still interesting knowing that it flew into a second story window. Arlene Koch
> Easton, PA
> Northampton County
> davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Lake Meade / Adams County
Date: Mon Apr 20 2015 3:52 am
From: 0000001361c1d04c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Good morning all,
Just an update on the Pine Siskins. They appear to have moved on. Did not see them all weekend. Juncos, and most sparrows were absent as well. Did have two White Throated, and one White Crowned Sparrow. Haven't seen a Catbird yet, but did have (3) Purple Finch. I will update if the Siskins return.

Jason Verdier
Lake Meade / Adams County



Subject: Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Gnatcatchers - Lancaster County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 20:44 pm
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
I am a day late, but, while we were riding bikes on the path along the
Susquehanna River near Riverview Park yesterday we saw a pair of N.
Rough-winged Swallows hawking for insects. Also heard several FOY
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.


Ann C. Pettigrew, VMD
York, PA
rook185@comcast.net
www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)



Subject: House wren, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 20:38 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I saw and heard my first-of-year house wren at the edge of Schenley Park Golf Course (near the Steve Falloon trail) in an area where there's been habitat improvement with tall grasses and bluebird boxes.  
The improvements have made quite a difference.  The wren was singing and perching near the box but a Carolina Chickadee was *in* it, looking out and vocalizing.  Eventually the house wren moved away.  Earlier in the week I heard an eastern bluebird singing near this same box.  ...Build it & they will come. Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/



Subject: Sparrows, Migrants etc Presque Isle State Park Erie County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 20:15 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
I birded Presque Isle today w/ Donna Foyle, Melissa Little, Kathy Saunders,
Debby Kalbfleisch, and Kathy Miller.

Our highlights were

1 Common Loon
5 American Coots
8 Ring Necked Ducks
2 Copper's Hawks
2 Great Horned owls
5 Caspian Terns
3 Common/Forsters Terns
1 Savannah Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
1 White Throated Sparrow
4 Yellow Rump Warblers
3 Hermit Thrushes
1 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
many Northern Flickrs
many Dark Eyed Juncos
50 plus Red Breasted Mergansers
25 plus Bonaparte's Gulls
1 Great Black Backed Gull
many Blue Gray Gnatcatchers
many Ruby Crowned Kinglets
1 Great Blue Heron
plus all the usual suspects

Photos
www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Good Birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford County
www.shawncollinsphotography.com



Subject: Hummingbird, Chukar, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 19:38 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
An adult male ruby-throated hummingbird made a "hell-o, good-bye" visit to a feeder on the front porch this afternoon about 2.  I watched it fly across the front yard, the front gardens, and the road, and then I lost sight of it as it headed for the ridge across the way. He's probably going to New England. As for the chukar, well, a neighbor who lives in a restored farmhouse about half a mile to the west of our farm emailed two photos to me of a "beast" that flew into his window and then spent 30 minutes recuperating on the windowsill before flying off.  He had no idea what it was. I remember them from out west but I've never seen a chukar here in the 37 years I've been here.  It's obviously an escapee or a released bird but it was still interesting knowing that it flew into a second story window.   Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Chimney Swifts - Berks
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 18:38 pm
From: kknight AT fastmail.fm
 
The Chimney Swifts have returned to Reading. They're several
days later than usual.

--
Katrina Knight
kknight@fastmail.fm
Reading, PA, USA



Subject: Yellow warbler Geneva Swamp Crawford County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 18:35 pm
From: mercer.county.bird.guy AT gmail.com
 
Here is a link to the Picture I took today of this beautiful little bird.
I've only been birding for 5-6 years now but this seems rather early to me
for this bird to show up in Northwestern, PA.

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

Along with the Yellow Warbler we also had the following birds of note:

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher 2
Rusty Blackbirds at least 30
Sora 2 (saw 1 Heard 1 other)
Virginia Rail Heard 2
Swamp Sparrow 6 Minimum
Green-winged Teal 1
Bald Eagle 1 flying over the swamp as we approached
early in the morning


On Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 9:01 AM, Dave Inman <
mercer.county.bird.guy@gmail.com> wrote:

> Currently looking at a Yellow Warbler as I'm watching for Virginia Rails
> and Sodas. Will post pictures later tonight.
>
> Dave Inman
> Mercer, PA
>



--
Dave Inman
Mercer, PA



Subject: Red-Breasted Nuthatch - Jacobsburg State Park
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 18:02 pm
From: jonjmular16 AT hotmail.com
 
I had a couple of hours to kill before work, so I headed to a couple of places to bird.  I only had one highlight.  I had my first run in with a Red-Breasted Nuthatch today at Jacobsburg State Park in Northampton County.  Other than that, birding was sloooooooow.

Good Birding,

Jon Mularczyk
http://www.broadwingedbirding....



Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (16 Apr 2015) 29 Raptors
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 17:54 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 2 6 16
TV 9 45 218
OS 0 2 2
BE 0 1 13
NH 0 5 8
SS 5 35 46
CH 1 12 18
NG 0 0 1
RS 0 5 13
BW 6 132 132
RT 4 57 121
RL 0 0 0
GE 1 5 62
AK 1 5 9
ML 0 1 1
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 2 3
UB 0 4 4
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 8 21

Total: 29 325 688
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Bob Gorsuch

Observers:

Weather:
Light wind from East in AM and SE in PM.
Temp 6.0 to 13.3 degrees C.
Cloud cover 10% to 100%.
Visibility 32 km.

Raptor Observations:
30 raptors.
1 Golden Eagle- Sub-Ad at 10:45

Non-raptor Observations:
7 loons; 1 cormorant.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)



Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (19 Apr 2015) 84 Raptors
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 17:38 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 4 14
TV 0 36 209
OS 6 8 8
BE 1 2 14
NH 4 9 12
SS 11 41 52
CH 4 15 21
NG 0 0 1
RS 0 5 13
BW 33 171 171
RT 14 69 133
RL 0 0 0
GE 4 8 65
AK 1 5 9
ML 4 5 5
PG 0 0 0
UA 1 3 4
UB 0 4 4
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 1 9 22

Total: 84 394 757
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Bob Stewart

Observers: Jack Julian, Jim Rocco, Joe Sabo

Visitors:
11 visitors
Also helping spot: Paul Fritz, Joe Sabo, Jim Rocco, and Jack Julian



Weather:
Mostly sunny morning becoming 100% cloud cover by 1200 hours.
Cool.

Strong Winds from ESE aver velocity 25mph gusting up to 34 mph.
Visibility 40km in am decreasing to 20 km in afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Nice flight of raptors. Many were at the limit of naked eye vision.
4 Golden Eagles- 9:28 1st yr; 10:32 Juv; 2@ 12:42 Adult,together.
1 Bald Eagle- 11:20 Sub-Ad
4 Merlins

Non-raptor Observations:
common loons- 29; chimney swift-1; cormorants-1; mourning cloak -1.

Predictions:
Winds from South at 7-14 mph.
Afternoon showers and T-storms.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)



Subject: House Wren, Lawrence
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 17:34 pm
From: kestrel22 AT hotmail.com
 
We found a House Wren today at the Book Road wetlands, in the State Game Lands at the Handicapped trail entrance.
Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22@hotmail.comButler, PA



Subject: HSR: Tussey Mountain (19 Apr 2015) 73 Raptors
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 17:28 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 5 16
Turkey Vulture 0 26 146
Osprey 10 43 44
Bald Eagle 2 22 63
Northern Harrier 3 11 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 110 170
Cooper's Hawk 2 14 29
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 58
Broad-winged Hawk 34 269 269
Red-tailed Hawk 6 89 280
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 11
Golden Eagle 1 10 235
American Kestrel 0 13 24
Merlin 1 5 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 9
Unknown Buteo 0 2 10
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 2 4
Unknown Raptor 0 5 14

Total: 73 634 1416
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Nick Bolgiano

Observers: Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
Wind ENE and eventually SE at 8-18 mph, sky clear in morning, cloudy in
afternoon, temp 13-20C

Raptor Observations:
BE: 1144 Unk, 1413 4th-year
GE: 919 Sub

Non-raptor Observations:
Double-crested Cormorant-29, C. Loon-16, C. Raven-51, Barn Swallow-2, Rusty
Blackbird-2, Br-headed Cowbird-2, Pine Siskin-4
========================================================================
Report submitted by Nick Bolgiano ()
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainsprin...



Subject: Blue-headed Vireo, Butler
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 17:26 pm
From: kestrel22 AT hotmail.com
 
We found a Blue-headed Vireo at Wolf Creek Narrows this morning
Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22@hotmail.comButler, PA



Subject: Siskins still, Butler
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 17:24 pm
From: kestrel22 AT hotmail.com
 
We continue to have Pine Siskins everyday here in Butler although numbers are down to 1 or 2 a day now.
Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22@hotmail.comButler, PA



Subject: Prairie Warbler @ Hillman SP Grasslands, Washington County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 17:01 pm
From: hooe AT verizon.net
 
After dipping on a Prairie Warbler for the second consecutive day at Imperial Grasslands (Allegheny County), I drove the short distance to Hillman State Park Grasslands in Washington County to try my luck. After a short walk, I heard the song of a PRAW. I was able to get some good looks a beautiful singing male (FOY). Other highlights included 5 Brown Thrashers and a Broad-winged Hawk (also a FOY) with a snake in its talons. My complete eBird checklist with photos is here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22950101

Good birding,
Todd Hooe
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County



Subject: Lebanon County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 16:17 pm
From: donbsrbirds AT gmail.com
 
I checked out the ponds at Fox Road and Prescott Road on the way home from
meeting today - at 3pm only the only birds were in the western pond on Fox
road (2nd from Prescott) - There were 5 pairs of Shovelers and 6 shore
birds, mostly yellow legs - I am still working on pics to id the shore
birds for certain.

All of the vernal ponds are gone - a little moisture but no ponds.

Don Billett
Lebanon County



Subject: Frick Today, Allegh. Co., Y-t Warb, etc.
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 16:15 pm
From: 00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Sue Solomon & I met Kyle Carlsen "Asst. Editor of Birdwatchers' Digest, in Fern Hollow at Frick Park today and he promptly found us a 
Yellow-throated Warbler.

Later, on the Earth Day birdwalk we led, Kai Shakh spotted a
Field Sparrow for us.

Yesterday, at Duck Hollow, Jack Chaillet found us a
Ruddy Duck.

And we saw the resident
Common Merganser female that we haven't seen there for a few weeks.

Jack Solomon
Allegheny County



Subject: Erie County birds of note
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 15:49 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
It has been a slow week for birds of note in Erie County, Pa.


Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 adult; April 14; Leo's landing, Presque Isle S.P.

Sandhill Crane 2; April 13; over the Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC
6; April 16; over the Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC

A few Pine Siskins have been reported, especially at feeding stations.


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



Subject: Presque Isle Hawk Watch for April 19, 2015
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 15:43 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 8 5525 14388
Osprey 0 24 24
Bald Eagle 0 20 51
Northern Harrier 0 31 36
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 555 577
Cooper's Hawk 0 20 36
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 55 188
Broad-winged Hawk 0 429 429
Red-tailed Hawk 0 278 555
Rough-legged Hawk 0 14 25
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 162 184
Merlin 0 2 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 4
Unknown Buteo 0 7 19
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 4

Total: 9 7127 16525
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 10:30:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Roger Donn, Sam Stull

Visitors:
Roger Donn and Sam Stull assisted with the count. Bob Harris, Ruth Swaney,
and Laura Giles stopped to chat for a while.


Weather:
Cold with NE wind and variably cloudy skies

Raptor Observations:
Pretty quiet with just one hawk and a handful of vultures.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
If there are breaks between storms, there could be a rush of birds. SSW
wind and warmer temps.


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



Subject: Glossy Ibis (belated), McElhatten, Clinton Co., 4/17
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 14:04 pm
From: wnlaubscher AT comcast.net
 
A Glossy Ibis was reported on 4/17 by Charles & Carol Hildebrand in the flooded old canal area in the field to the west of the north end of the McElhatten Ave. bridge over the Susquehanna River. It was not seen yesterday.



Wayne Laubscher
Lock Haven
Clinton Co.
wnlaubscher@comcast.net
"Owl be back"



Subject: Second Mountain Hawk Watch
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 13:05 pm
From: morriscox17003 AT gmail.com
 
Not a bad few hours on the mountain this morning thanks to Dick Pohner and Steve Walthius.

Common Loons = 5
Osprey = 3
Bald Eagle = 3
Coopers Hawk = 1
Northern Harrier = 1
Sharp-shinned = 3
Red-tail = 3
Broad-winged = 24



Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler, Bonaparte's Gulls, and Woodthrush, Allegheny Co.
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 11:45 am
From: henriciac AT gmail.com
 
This morning Pat heard a Woodthrush calling across the road from our house. At Herr's Island we saw a Yellow-throated Warber. I would assume that it is the same bird Dave Yeany saw there a couple of weeks ago. At Blawnox five Bonaparte's gulls flew in and landed on the river, just as we were heading back to the car.  

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea
Plum Borough

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Subject: Common Raven - York County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 11:13 am
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
Heard a brief call from a raven yesterday over our house.  This is the fourth time in the last six months.

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

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Subject: Marsh Bird Survey
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 10:50 am
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
Have any members of PaBirds done
this survey? I would love to talk to someone who has just to hear your experiences. I am considering it but am not sure about the time commitment.

Please respond privately and thanks in advance!

Ann

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

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Subject: immature tundra swan and common raven in northern Chester County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 10:38 am
From: rwblye AT comcast.net
 
After a private email from someone else who saw this swan, and a second, close up observation with my binocs, I am revising the identification to an immature mute swan. The black bulb is not fully evident but is beginning to form and the bird had the typical crooked neck posture of a mute swan. Ravens I got correctly and will continue to monitor them.

Rob Blye,
East Coventry Township
Chester County, Pennsylvania

----- Original Message -----

From: "Rob Blye"
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 4:30:22 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] immature tundra swan and common raven in northern Chester County

PA Birders,

Two days in a row (Thursday and Friday 4/16 & 17) my wife and I observed an immature swan in corn stubble or an adjacent newly disked agricultural field on the floodplain of the Schuylkill River in East Coventry Township, Chester County. Today I went back with a scope to get a better look. I stayed far enough away so as not to move or push the bird.

I believe it to be an immature tundra swan. The head is rounded; plumage on head and neck dingy but seems to be molting into white feathers. Bill is mostly pink with black margins. No yellow present on lores that I could see but even with my new 20X - 85-mm scope the distortion from heat made observation difficult. Head on view of bill shows a U shape rather than V shape. Yesterday the swan was preening. Today it stood on the ground and moved its head around frequently but appeared not to be concerned abuot my presence. There was a swan in a flooded area in the same floodplain in late winter early spring. I haven't seen it since then. This is very close to where two trumpeter swans were observed two winters ago.

In about the same place and for the same two days in a row I heard and saw common ravens. Yesterday I heard, then saw, two in Montgomery County initially. One bird was perched on a utility pole between the railroad tracks and the Pottstown Trap Rock Quarry and the other flying around the area. Then both flew into Chester County at the Sanatoga Desiliting Basin. Today I heard then saw one raven flying south from the quarry area towards Limerick Generating Station.

I heard several ravens croaking in the about the same spot near the quarry last year and I saw one in the Basin last fall. Could we have MontCos first raven nest in the quarry?

I went to the quarry today to inquire as to whether anyone was aware of a raven nest. The scale attendant sent me to the lake up the road to look for birds but had no knowledge of ravens or raven nests and little to no interest in the question. I am going to inform the PGC regional biologist to see if we can investigate more fully.

All observations are entered into Ebird.

Rob Blye,
East Coventry Township
Chester County, Pennsylvania



Subject: Yellow warbler Geneva Swamp Crawford County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 8:01 am
From: mercer.county.bird.guy AT gmail.com
 
Currently looking at a Yellow Warbler as I'm watching for Virginia Rails
and Sodas. Will post pictures later tonight.

Dave Inman
Mercer, PA



Subject: Harris's sparrow update, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Sun Apr 19 2015 7:32 am
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
I realize most people have lost interest in the Harris's sparrow here at my place. However, it's still here and in the last week it has molted into much of its adult plumage. Its throat is almost all black and the back of its head and the top of its head are also changing. This visible molt has taken place rapidly, although obviously internally it's been going on for some time.  Actually, it's quite striking. However, the only reliable time I'm seeing it on a daily basis, if at all, is between 6 pm and dark. Last night it came in at 7:20 and the night before that it was 6:30. Many of the white-crowned's here now are also showing molt and many of the white-throated sparrows are becoming much brighter. Juncos continue but only in small numbers.  Field, Savannah, and song sparrows are, for the most part, in the fields like they should , and chipping sparrows are everywhere.  Arlene Koch
Easton, PANorthampton County
davilene@verizon.net



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