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07 Jul: @ 17:13:20 
Re: Where are all the comments?!?! Only 11,460 people have commented... ALL COUNTIES [Judy Stepenaskie]
07 Jul: @ 16:22:01 
Re: Where are all the comments?!?! Only 11,460 people have commented... ALL COUNTIES [Andy Wilson]
07 Jul: @ 16:11:58 
Re: Where are all the comments?!?! Only 11,460 people have commented... ALL COUNTIES [Andy Wilson]
07 Jul: @ 15:10:54 
Where are all the comments?!?! Only 11,460 people have commented... ALL COUNTIES [K Springer]
07 Jul: @ 12:11:01 
correction to mystery sparrow:: there appears to be no chest spot. The spot is the fruit of a grass or sedge. Sorry! But, the song was quite different from the usual Field Sparrow. [The Stahls]
07 Jul: @ 12:03:49 
Mystery sparrow, Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster County [The Stahls]
06 Jul: @ 20:40:57 
no Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Erie Co.; Kentucky Warbler, Crawford Co. [Kendall Zook]
06 Jul: @ 07:39:52 
Interesting Happenings at and Near Swainson’s Warbler Stakeout - Indiana Co [Ron & Amy Burkert]
05 Jul: @ 17:31:17 
Individual song differences of Field Sparrows, Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster/Lebanon Counties. [The Stahls]
04 Jul: @ 15:56:55 
Talkin' More Bird Photography [David Gibson]
04 Jul: @ 11:11:00 
Clarion Co- yellow-breasted chat, willow flycatcher, other home bird updates [Carole Winslow]
03 Jul: @ 21:35:15 
Eastern PA Birdline: 7/3/2020 [Dave DeReamus]
03 Jul: @ 20:15:52 
Rare summer Gadwall at Green Lane Reservoir 7/2, Montgomery Co. [Paul Heveran]
03 Jul: @ 15:45:40 
Sandhill Cranes - Lawrence Co. [Mark Vass]
03 Jul: @ 14:37:09 
Allegheny County Updates [Michael Fialkovich]
03 Jul: @ 07:58:55 
Spring Call for Photos [Rob Dickerson]
02 Jul: @ 19:22:22 
OT: Arizona Trip ~ June 2020 [Dave DeReamus]
29 Jun: @ 21:51:00 
Warren Co- Swainson's thrush near Hearts Content [Carole Winslow]
29 Jun: @ 17:31:55 
OT: Terek Sandpiper in Rhode Island [Dave DeReamus]
29 Jun: @ 12:00:33 
Another hummingbird behavior [Franklin Haas]
29 Jun: @ 11:57:32 
Fwd: Another Hummingbird behavior [Grant Stevenson]
29 Jun: @ 10:27:26 
Re: Another Hummingbird behavior [Arlene Koch]
28 Jun: @ 21:30:19 
Another Hummingbird behavior [The Stahls]
28 Jun: @ 19:16:25 
"Young" birds, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
27 Jun: @ 17:44:35 
Re: weird hummingbird behavior [Arlene Koch]
27 Jun: @ 15:46:35 
Talkin' Bird Photography [David Gibson]
27 Jun: @ 02:17:05 
Venango Co- Sandy Creek Trail- Van to Allegheny River [Carole Winslow]
26 Jun: @ 22:01:23 
Eastern PA Birdline: 6/26/2020 [Dave DeReamus]
26 Jun: @ 20:21:54 
Peregrine Falcons Levittown Bucks County [Linda Rowan]
26 Jun: @ 20:07:36 
Fox Chapel Marina, Allegheny County [Cecelia Hard]
26 Jun: @ 17:01:58 
Re: Wilson Road (SGL214) Closed_Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area/Crawford County [Ryan Tomazin]
26 Jun: @ 16:43:48 
Swainson's Warbler Stakeout Spot [Margaret]
26 Jun: @ 16:39:37 
Wilson Road (SGL214) Closed_Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area/Crawford County [Kenneth Pinnow]
26 Jun: @ 06:01:40 
Re: highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co. [Grove, Deborah Shuey]
25 Jun: @ 22:52:42 
Re: highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co. [Alex Lamoreaux]
25 Jun: @ 21:40:46 
Swainson's Warbler confusion - Indiana Co. [Margaret]
25 Jun: @ 21:30:57 
Re: weird hummingbird behavior [Ron & Amy Burkert]
25 Jun: @ 21:08:58 
Re: highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co. [Ryan Tomazin]
25 Jun: @ 20:54:47 
Re: weird hummingbird behavior [Dean Kendall]
25 Jun: @ 20:52:10 
Re: weird hummingbird behavior [Michael Fialkovich]
25 Jun: @ 20:08:58 
highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co. [Billy Weber]
25 Jun: @ 16:12:58 
weird hummingbird behavior [THOMAS N PAWLESH]
25 Jun: @ 15:03:00 
Blue Jay tool use [Franklin Haas]
24 Jun: @ 22:35:10 
Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co [Denise Donmoyer]
24 Jun: @ 20:36:26 
Re: COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, Allegheny County [Michele Mannella]
24 Jun: @ 18:30:32 
Swainson's Warbler in Indiana Co. [Margaret]
24 Jun: @ 16:58:20 
Clarion Co- grasslands updates, worm-eating warblers and ceruleans [Carole Winslow]
24 Jun: @ 16:25:33 
Clarion Co- screech owl fledglings and fireflies [Carole Winslow]
22 Jun: @ 08:29:27 
Re: COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, Allegheny County [Kate StJohn]
20 Jun: @ 23:18:21 
2 Young Red Tailed Hawks, RT Hummingbirds, House Wrens -- Cumberland County [reeser]





Subject: Where are all the comments?!?! Only 11,460 people have commented... ALL COUNTIES
Date: Tue Jul 7 2020 17:13 pm
From: judystep AT comcast.net
 
Here is some additional info from Audubon:  

https://act.audubon.org/online...


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 7, 2020, at 5:21 PM, Andy Wilson wrote:
>
> Worked in Internet Explorer. Glad I persisted.
>
> Andy
>
>> On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 5:15 PM Andy Wilson
>> wrote:
>>
>> So when I try to comment on this, I type my comments in the box and it
>> won't let me proceed. It says " You can't leave this field blank", under
>> the comment box. Using Chrome browser. Any ideas why?
>>
>> The cynic in me - they don't make this easy for a reason.
>>
>> Andy Wilson
>>
>>> On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 4:10 PM K Springer wrote:
>>>
>>> *Public Comment Period Open: *The federal government is moving ahead with
>>> removing protections for birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
>>> The American Ornithological Society has this summary
>>> <
>>> https://cornell.us2.list-manag...
>>>> ,
>>> and you can provide public comments
>>> <
>>> https://cornell.us2.list-manag...
>>>>
>>> through
>>> July 20.
>>>
>>>
>>> Please do your part to save our birds. Sincerely, Kim Springer
>>> Transfer, PA
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Andy Wilson
>> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
>> @AndyWGettysburg on Twitter
>>
>
>
> --
> Andy Wilson
> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
> @AndyWGettysburg on Twitter



Subject: Where are all the comments?!?! Only 11,460 people have commented... ALL COUNTIES
Date: Tue Jul 7 2020 16:22 pm
From: awilson.gettysburg AT gmail.com
 
Worked in Internet Explorer. Glad I persisted.

Andy

On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 5:15 PM Andy Wilson
wrote:

> So when I try to comment on this, I type my comments in the box and it
> won't let me proceed. It says " You can't leave this field blank", under
> the comment box. Using Chrome browser. Any ideas why?
>
> The cynic in me - they don't make this easy for a reason.
>
> Andy Wilson
>
> On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 4:10 PM K Springer wrote:
>
>> *Public Comment Period Open: *The federal government is moving ahead with
>> removing protections for birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
>> The American Ornithological Society has this summary
>> <
>> https://cornell.us2.list-manag...
>> >,
>> and you can provide public comments
>> <
>> https://cornell.us2.list-manag...
>> >
>> through
>> July 20.
>>
>>
>> Please do your part to save our birds. Sincerely, Kim Springer
>> Transfer, PA
>>
>
>
> --
> Andy Wilson
> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
> @AndyWGettysburg on Twitter
>


--
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
@AndyWGettysburg on Twitter



Subject: Where are all the comments?!?! Only 11,460 people have commented... ALL COUNTIES
Date: Tue Jul 7 2020 16:11 pm
From: awilson.gettysburg AT gmail.com
 
So when I try to comment on this, I type my comments in the box and it
won't let me proceed. It says " You can't leave this field blank", under
the comment box. Using Chrome browser. Any ideas why?

The cynic in me - they don't make this easy for a reason.

Andy Wilson

On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 4:10 PM K Springer wrote:

> *Public Comment Period Open: *The federal government is moving ahead with
> removing protections for birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
> The American Ornithological Society has this summary
> <
> https://cornell.us2.list-manag...
> >,
> and you can provide public comments
> <
> https://cornell.us2.list-manag...
> >
> through
> July 20.
>
>
> Please do your part to save our birds. Sincerely, Kim Springer
> Transfer, PA
>


--
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
@AndyWGettysburg on Twitter



Subject: Where are all the comments?!?! Only 11,460 people have commented... ALL COUNTIES
Date: Tue Jul 7 2020 15:10 pm
From: springer0707 AT gmail.com
 
*Public Comment Period Open: *The federal government is moving ahead with
removing protections for birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The American Ornithological Society has this summary
,
and you can provide public comments

through
July 20.


Please do your part to save our birds. Sincerely, Kim Springer
Transfer, PA



Subject: correction to mystery sparrow:: there appears to be no chest spot. The spot is the fruit of a grass or sedge. Sorry! But, the song was quite different from the usual Field Sparrow.
Date: Tue Jul 7 2020 12:11 pm
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
J•’e



Subject: Mystery sparrow, Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster County
Date: Tue Jul 7 2020 12:03 pm
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
There is more to the story than Field Sparrow songs along the tour road.  I heard the 2 distinct Field Sparrow songs, and a few singing regular songs, but I heard a sparrow singing a few yards past the entrance to the spur road. I stopped, and managed to photograph the bird. The images are good enough to see some field marks.  The song was introduced by two short notes followed by a trill, drier and not musical like the field sparrows.
The bird has a pink cap, pink shoulders, some slight pink diffuse marks on the cheek and back of head and a pink bill. I can not see the wingbars or back. The underparts are pale to grayish white. There is a distinct dark chest spot. And the tail is quite long, as long as the body. It looks like a field sparrow except for its chest spot and long tail. And its song is quite different.
Along the spur road was a singing Blue Grosbeak and Eastern Meadowlark. I have seen Grasshopper Sparrows along here now and then, but have not heard them. I guess I'm losing hearing in the high pitch range
Stanley Stahl



Subject: no Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Erie Co.; Kentucky Warbler, Crawford Co.
Date: Mon Jul 6 2020 20:40 pm
From: kendallzook98 AT gmail.com
 
Hello all, this evening Adam Erb and I decided to try for the Black-bellied
Whistling Ducks that have been reported in Erie Co. for the last week. No
luck. The lady of the house said that she has not seen them at all today.
She saw them fly off last evening. That's not to say they couldn't still be
around. Two other days she said they have been gone all day and then showed
up again. When we struck out on the ducks, we tried for another good bird
closer home. On Hilltop Rd. Springboro, Crawford Co., Adam had found a
Kentucky Warbler two times in the last week. After half an hour of looking
and waiting, we found the Kentucky Warbler at the same location for the
third time. It's a male, singing. He seems like he could be on territory or
guarding a nest. He's a very scheduled bird. Every time Adam has found him,
he has started singing right around nine o'clock. Tonight he only sang three
times.

Kendall Zook

Crawford Co.



Subject: Interesting Happenings at and Near Swainson’s Warbler Stakeout - Indiana Co
Date: Mon Jul 6 2020 7:39 am
From: raburkert AT comcast.net
 
On June 29, I was fortunate to finally meet Dave Wilton and Shannon Thompson as they waited for another look at the Swainson™s warbler. Hearing it singing as I approached, I™m reasonably certain I had heard it on the 26th singing softly in the distance to the north as I was leaving that evening, after talking to Pam, who was waiting for an appearance. Pam, I hope you got to see it!

After waiting awhile, we had the bird singing just S of MP 9 and almost over us. Shannon got two quick glimpses, the second as it flew W on the S side. Shortly, Dave and Shannon started to head W towards the tunnel. They hadn™t gotten far when they called me over to see and photograph an adult and what turned out to be two juvenile Louisiana waterthrushes begging and being fed. After this, Dave and Shannon continued on and I went back to MP 9.

I then met Eric Hartshaw. We got to hear it singing to the N again and then it moved into the tree overhanging the trail but two bikers spooked it back N before we could get it in binocs. or photos.

After talking for a while, I saw a flash of rufous as a larger bird landed behind a lot of green just off the gas line. When we and it moved, we realized it wasn™t a yellow-billed cuckoo we had heard but a juvenile great-created flycatcher.

After Eric headed W, I eventually got antsy and decided to see if the waterthrushes were still around. As I got close to that point on the S cliff, I saw the Swainson™s warbler in open cover and started taking pictures. The SWWA soon approached a juvenile LOWA and it got interesting. I believe the warbler was trying to chase the begging juvenile and the juvenile didn™t get the message until the encounter illustrated by the three poor documentation photos of the two species in my checklist (below). The juvenile then moved further away and soon the warbler flew up over the S cliff and disappeared. I then was able to follow and photograph an adult LOWA hunting the cliff face and overhangs and feeding the juvenile LOWA. In a few minutes, I heard a few LOWA chips and a second juvenile was about 5 yds further W.

A great few minutes of birding and photography, although with the heavy shade many of the LOWA photos were dark or blurred because of slow shutter speed and some of the SWWA photos got a bit blown out when he popped into patches of sunlight.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...

It was a red letter day (two Life listers) for me when Dave, Shannon and Mark McConaughy and I headed E into Westmoreland Co. and they pointed out a cerulean warbler singing in the sycamore trees 50 yds. beyond the bridge toward the Livermore Rd parking area. I was able to record audio and after watching and listening for several minutes, was finally able to see and photograph the bird for documentation.

My afternoon Westmoreland Co checklist for the CEWA photos and audio: https://ebird.org/checklist/S7... While processing other recordings from that day, I realized that what I had heard and recorded in the morning was also a CEWA. That checklist with audio: https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...

Ron Burkert
Oakmont, Allegheny Co.
Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Individual song differences of Field Sparrows, Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster/Lebanon Counties.
Date: Sun Jul 5 2020 17:31 pm
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
i have driven the tour road at Middle Creek, and have heard Field Sparrow songs that differ in the beginning song notes. The first bird sang notes rising in pitch at the beginning. This bird was near the start of the road in a swampy area. The second bird had beginning notes that fell in pitch, but not as pronounced as the first. And the 3rd bird sounded nearly all on the same pitch. I heard these 3 in their same locations on several trips. If I can notice the differences,it is probable that the birds can recognize individuals themselves. The 2nd and 3rd birds were far apart, but may have heard each other. I am sure that songs of Field Sparrows have been studied in depth by some researchers, who could probably shed some light on this.
Stanley Stahl



Subject: Talkin' More Bird Photography
Date: Sat Jul 4 2020 15:56 pm
From: 20cabot AT gmail.com
 
Happy Independence Day, PA birders. And am I grateful to be living in the
"the greatest country on God's green earth." I hope you like both that
sentiment and these bird photography pointers
.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



Subject: Clarion Co- yellow-breasted chat, willow flycatcher, other home bird updates
Date: Sat Jul 4 2020 11:11 am
From: cjwinslow94 AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday, I was surprised and thrilled to hear and then see a
beautiful yellow-breasted chat in my overgrown reclaimed strip mine field.
It's been growing up over the past 6 years since not being mowed, and so is
now great habitat similar to what Curllsville strips used to be. In the
same area as the chat, I also found what appeared to be a pair of willow
flycatchers which were calling softly and busy flying back and forth into a
likely nest area, I had not heard them previously but have been birding
more away recently than in my own fields. Some of this part of the property
is wet, and I also found a young fledgling swamp sparrow with an adult
nearby carrying food. A prairie warbler was singing across the road, and up
on my top field which is still mostly grass with just a few small scattered
shrubs, a single Henslow's sparrow continues to sing. In the neighbor's
horse pasture a grasshopper sparrow has been singing steadily for a couple
of weeks.

Elsewhere, Cooper's hawk young remain in the nest but close to fledging
and yesterday an eastern kingbird was dive bombing one of the adults,
always entertaining to watch. I have a family of fledged screech owls at
the far edge of the farm up on the hill away from the house, they were
calling and flying around last evening after dusk. And my resident screech
owls from the barn by the house successfully used the nest box put up just
this spring and on Tuesday evening the female was perched on the back of
the barn facing the box and a fluffy young red phase was sitting in the
nest box opening looking back ! So cool that they took right to the box and
I think it was just good placement there. I don't know how many young
because I have not seen them the last couple of nights so am guessing they
were fledging that evening. We had a trail cam on the box the last couple
of weeks and it was interesting to see that every night the male would fly
in right between 9:05 and 9:20 every evening and then was seen perched and
bending into the box, assume delivering meals, about every 1-2 hours
through the night, ending around 5-5:30 am. Usually the female was at the
box entrance later in the day, guessing to cool and probably the young
birds getting bigger. She was out of the box for the first time and perched
late afternoon on Sunday for the first time, and then again Tues when the
young birds were seen, and then not since. It's been fascinating to study
their behavior all these years.

eBird list from yesterday:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...

Stay cool and good summer birding, still lots of activity out there
especially morning and evening, don't miss out just because of the heat.. :)

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 7/3/2020
Date: Fri Jul 3 2020 21:35 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* July 3, 2020
* PAEA2007.03

- Birds mentioned

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: July 3^rd at 10:00 PM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to _becard@rcn.com
_with Birdline in subject heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus

My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with
the northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the
southern edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County.Updates are
typically done every Friday, more often when necessary.

You can visit the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society Website at
http://www.lvaudubon.org/ .

You can visit my 'Eastern PA Birding' Website for photos and information
at _http://users.rcn.com/becard/ho...

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, all L.V.A.S. events are cancelled until
further notice.

Directions to many of the sites in this report can be found in the
area™s birding guidebook, Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity. A
completely revised, 2^nd edition of the book can be ordered at:
http://www.lvaudubon.org/shop/ .

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from BEAR SWAMP, Northampton County:

Brown Creeper----1 on 6/28

Northern Waterthrush----1 to at least 6/28.



Sightings from the BETHLEHEM area, Lehigh County:

At the Nisky Hill Cemetery:

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER----1 to at least 7/3.



Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:

At the Walt Road area:

Gadwall----1 on 7/2.



Sightings from DEEP CREEK / KNIGHT LAKE area, Montgomery County:

Gadwall----1 on 7/3.

- End transcript



Subject: Rare summer Gadwall at Green Lane Reservoir 7/2, Montgomery Co.
Date: Fri Jul 3 2020 20:15 pm
From: birdmeister.paul AT gmail.com
 
Hello PA Birders,

Yesterday morning I headed to one of my favorite Green Lane sites (Walt
Rd.) for the first time since March! It was a wonderful morning to sit and
watch the lake, not too warm and with a light N breeze.

Ring-billed Gulls are just arriving back. I had two adults today. The
highlight was when a pair of "Mallards" flew by and I inexplicably decided
to get the binoculars on them. Well, the second bird was a bit smaller and
had the little white secondary squares of a Gadwall! Surely an unexpected
surprise. Gadwall is quite rare in summer in the SE corner of the state,
not even regularly observed at Philadelphia's John Heinz Refuge. One prior
eBird record exists for the park and Montgomery County in 2002.

The bird was relocated and photographed by Paul Driver this morning at
Knight Lake on the southern end of the park.

Hope the shorebirds return soon!


Good (and safe) birding,
Paul Heveran



Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Lawrence Co.
Date: Fri Jul 3 2020 15:45 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon there were 27 Sandhill Cranes present at the Shaner Rd.
marsh in Volant

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Allegheny County Updates
Date: Fri Jul 3 2020 14:37 pm
From: 0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hi,

This morning I checked on the Alder Flycatcher that was at North Park in June and I did not hear it. It may have moved on.

I also checked on the Lawrence's Warbler that was at Deer Lakes Park and did not find it. I did not hear any Blue-winged Warblers singing (it sings a Blue-winged song). It's hot so the birds may not be singing as frequently now as a few weeks ago. The bird was present into June and appeared to be on territory so I would think it's still there.


Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Spring Call for Photos
Date: Fri Jul 3 2020 7:58 am
From: radickerson AT gmail.com
 
Do you have some great photos of any birds taken in Pennsylvania from March 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020? Or a picture of a notable/significant sighting from that period? 

I am currently accepting photo submissions through end of day July 20 to be considered for publication as space permits in the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) Spring 2020 issue of Pennsylvania Birds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

Rob Dickerson
Photo Editor, Pennsylvania Birds



Subject: OT: Arizona Trip ~ June 2020
Date: Thu Jul 2 2020 19:22 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
For those interested, I finally finished up writing and adding photos to 
a trip two birding friends and I took to Arizona back in mid-June to
look for the Eared Quetzal. I was also interested in seeing Berylline
Hummingbird and the other two guys were hoping to see the
Crescent-chested Warblers that had also been reported there. The trip
story with photos begin here:
http://becard.blogspot.com/202...
When you get to the bottom of the page, click on "Older Posts" to
continue on to the next page.

For those with concerns, we complied with the COVID-19 guidelines during
the entire trip. In fact, there were several times during the trip when
we were the ONLY birders in the areas we visited.

--
Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, Northampton County, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/ho...



Subject: Warren Co- Swainson's thrush near Hearts Content
Date: Mon Jun 29 2020 21:51 pm
From: cjwinslow94 AT gmail.com
 
On Sunday morning I made another annual trek to the Hearts Content Area
of Warren Co to check my usual spots for breeding Swainson's thrush. It was
a fairly calm and clear morning with a little lingering fog still even at
9:30 after heavy rain the day before. I check an area along an old RR grade
that runs south of Hearts Content Rd and before the intersection with
Mayburg Rd. It's only about .6 miles down in and I check the area around
the creek there and back. I found two up near the road and one further in
across the creek that was singing along with hermits nearer to me at the
same time, what a treat to listen to them at once ! Also at this location
were the expected blue-headed vireos, blackburnian and black-throated green
warblers, black-throated blue warblers as well as winter wren and Acadian
flycatcher.
Just a little further down the road on the north side is the Tanbark
Trail and I wasn't able to do my usual through hike to Heart's Content
(hopefully next week), but did go in just to the split with Ironwood Trail
and even in that brief hike found two countersinging males near the
entrance and got a nice look at one as well. Then further in a little ways
found a bird not singing but down lower giving it's water droplet call.
For both areas I was able to make some pretty decent recordings of the
Swainson's song. On the first hike I recorded the hermit, while you can
just detect the Swainson's in the background along with blue-headed vireo
and an Acadian flycatcher, all on one recording. You can probably also hear
a few of the mosquitoes that pestered me all morning as well..
Links for my eBird checklists:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...
https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...

Good summer birding !

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co



Subject: OT: Terek Sandpiper in Rhode Island
Date: Mon Jun 29 2020 17:31 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
For those interested, a Terek Sandpiper was found yesterday morning at 
Napatree Point, Rhode Island and was still there today. I was lucky
enough to get to see it this morning. There have only been a few
records of this Eurasian shorebird for the "Lower 48", let alone the
East Coast, so this is a really rare find.

Some distant documentation photos I managed to get of the bird can be
seen here:
https://becard.blogspot.com/20...

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Subject: Another hummingbird behavior
Date: Mon Jun 29 2020 12:00 pm
From: fhaasbirds AT gmail.com
 
A few years ago, I was out watering my garden (hummingbird and butterfly
flowers!!) with a fine spray, when a hummingbird came in, sat on a branch
under the spray and took a bath.

It was within two feet of me, and I kept spraying in that direction until
he was finished!

Frank


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Subject: Fwd: Another Hummingbird behavior
Date: Mon Jun 29 2020 11:57 am
From: gsteve5519 AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,

Lots of birds do this, I hear. I think I've seen a red-tail do it. It is
called "rain bathing". They might sing and call during rain while hunkered
down. The song goes by a term like "quiet song'. If anyone knows the actual
name, I'd like to know!

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
Gsteve5519@gmail.com

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 11:27 AM Arlene Koch <
0000012d74227426-dmarc-request@list.audubon.org> wrote:

> Also In the rain they often sit on exposed perches with wings and tail
> spread and head facing up. I™ve seen them do this for 15 or more minutes
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jun 28, 2020, at 10:30 PM, The Stahls wrote:
> >
> > A few years ago, I watched a Ruby-throated Hummingbird bathe on dew
> drops collected on a leaf. The bird would roll on its side, flap its wings
> rapidly, fluff its feathers, like a larger bird might do in a bird bath,
> but this on a single leaf 4 or 5 feet above ground. I recorded this on a
> small video disk.
> > Stanley Stahl
>



Subject: Another Hummingbird behavior
Date: Mon Jun 29 2020 10:27 am
From: 0000012d74227426-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Also In the rain they often sit on exposed perches with wings and tail spread and head facing up. I™ve seen them do this for 15 or more minutes  

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 28, 2020, at 10:30 PM, The Stahls wrote:
>
> A few years ago, I watched a Ruby-throated Hummingbird bathe on dew drops collected on a leaf. The bird would roll on its side, flap its wings rapidly, fluff its feathers, like a larger bird might do in a bird bath, but this on a single leaf 4 or 5 feet above ground. I recorded this on a small video disk.
> Stanley Stahl



Subject: Another Hummingbird behavior
Date: Sun Jun 28 2020 21:30 pm
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
A few years ago, I watched a Ruby-throated Hummingbird bathe on dew drops collected on a leaf. The bird would roll on its side, flap its wings rapidly, fluff its feathers, like a larger bird might do in a bird bath, but this on a single leaf 4 or 5 feet above ground. I recorded this on a small video disk.
Stanley Stahl



Subject: "Young" birds, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Sun Jun 28 2020 19:16 pm
From: 0000012d74227426-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I've been seeing many young birds, fledglings if you will, the last week or so. I will, of course, mention ruby-throated hummingbirds first, like I always do. Females and young are visiting flowers and feeders like they start to do at this time every year when the monarda begins to bloom. The territorial male that's been in the yard since he arrived in late April now has his hands full trying to defend everything. And when he's chasing one of the other hummers his wings make a loud sound. Rose-breasted grosbeaks, which are here all the time, are now feeding young that I usually hear before I see them. But adults of both sexes continue to visit feeders regularly every day, sometimes 4 or 5 at a time. Other young I'm regularly seeing, and I'm sure I'll miss a few, include hairy, downy, and red-bellied woodpeckers, eastern towhees, blue jays, eastern bluebirds, tree and barn swallows, scarlet tanagers ( not often for that one), mockingbirds, red-winged blackbirds, song sparrows, house wrens, Carolina wrens (of course), and many white-breasted nuthatches. At times four or more are on the same branch. Willow flycatchers are in the bottom field and cedar waxwings have been around although I don't know if they've yet nested. And recently a sharp-shinned hawk has been occasionally buzzing the yard.

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



Subject: weird hummingbird behavior
Date: Sat Jun 27 2020 17:44 pm
From: 0000012d74227426-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I™ve seen them take dirt/dust baths a few times through the years.  Unusual to see though. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 25, 2020, at 10:30 PM, Ron & Amy Burkert wrote:
>
> Mike and Dean,
>
> That was my immediate thought, also.
>
> Ron Burkert
> Allegheny Co
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jun 25, 2020, at 9:54 PM, Dean Kendall wrote:
>>
>> Sunbathing. I saw one do the same, once, a few years ago here where I live near Leesport in Berks Co. Really surprised me to see it on the ground like that, but it did just like you often see bigger birds like M.Dove do, leaning to the side w/ lifted wing (if I recall right). A real treat to see a Hummer do it. - Dean
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania On Behalf Of THOMAS N PAWLESH
>> Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:13 PM
>> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>> Subject: [PABIRDS] weird hummingbird behavior
>>
>> This afternoon I was sitting on my patio while a male ruby-throated humming bird was visiting the feeder. He began to visit the flowers in our garden and I lost sight of him low to the ground. I couldn't figure out what he was feeding on so I got up and walked over to find him laying on his side in the dirt in the sun. I called my wife and we both watched him, when I took a few steps closer he flew off as if nothing was wrong.
>>
>> Tom & Marina Pawlesh
>> Allegheny County



Subject: Talkin' Bird Photography
Date: Sat Jun 27 2020 15:46 pm
From: 20cabot AT gmail.com
 
Hi, PA birders, Birds, bird photography, and a nod to the Black
experience. I think those words best describe what this next piece
is all about. Thanks
so much for reading, and I welcome your thoughts and comments.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



Subject: Venango Co- Sandy Creek Trail- Van to Allegheny River
Date: Sat Jun 27 2020 2:17 am
From: cjwinslow94 AT gmail.com
 
I neglected to post earlier my usual summer tribute to this glorious
bike trail in Venango Co. I only get there about twice a year, but am
always enthralled at the wonderful numbers of breeding warblers and more
"northern" birds all seen and heard from a paved and well tended bike trail
through deep forests,edges and riparian habitat all the way along the
beautiful Sandy Creek and ending at the Allegheny River where you are
actually eye level with the tops of the tall trees lining the shore.

This year was no different and I made the trip last Sunday on a perfect
summer day with calm, fog at first then clear skies and sun, mostly cool
till late morning. I found singing winter wrens immediately and totaled 6
along the 8 miles to the river. There were 3 thrush species present, wood,
veery and hermit. Lots of singing dark-eyed juncos at 14 (likely more)
including young ones, and 18 scarlet tanagers. I also found what I believe
were a family of ravens with young ones, there were 6 in a dead tree at the
open cut at Rockland and one adult near giving a typical call whereas the
younger birds sounded different, flapping their wings and finally flew off
with the adult. There is certainly lots of nesting habitat in the area. For
vireos I had two warbling vireos at the river, 2 yellow-throated, at least
40 red-eyed and counted 16 blue-headed (likely more). Best warblers were-

Louisiana- 3 different singing males all down along Sandy Creek
Magnolia- 9
Blackburnian- 19
black-throated green-28 (could be more !)
black-throated blue- 4
northern parula- 1

Also present were blue-winged, black-and-white, hooded, common
yellowthroat, redstart, and chestnut-sided. I was sad to not find any
cerulean or yellow-throated warblers along the river but possibly it was
later and I just missed them that day.
Like I do every year I highly recommend this trail for anyone wanting
some beautiful breeding bird experience. Whether biking or walking, there
is just so much to see and hear along with the most beautiful and peaceful
wooded surroundings, just hard to beat on a summer day. And it's easy to
get to, right off Rt. 322.

Good birding,
Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 6/26/2020
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 22:01 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* June 26, 2020
* PAEA2006.26

- Birds mentioned

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: June 26^th at 11:00 PM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to _becard@rcn.com
_with Birdline in subject heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus

My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with
the northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the
southern edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County.Updates are
typically done every Friday, more often when necessary.

You can visit the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society Website at
http://www.lvaudubon.org/ .

You can visit my 'Eastern PA Birding' Website for photos and information
at _http://users.rcn.com/becard/ho...

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, all L.V.A.S. events are cancelled until
further notice.

Directions to many of the sites in this report can be found in the
area™s birding guidebook, Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity. A
completely revised, 2^nd edition of the book can be ordered at:
http://www.lvaudubon.org/shop/ .

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from BEAR SWAMP, Northampton County:

Northern Waterthrush----1 on 6/22.



Sightings from the MONOCACY NATURE CENTER, Northampton County:

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER----1 on 6/14.



Sightings from the BETHLEHEM area, Lehigh County:

At the Nisky Hill Cemetery:

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER----1 on 6/6 to at least 6/23.



Sightings from STATE GAME LANDS 157, Bucks County:

On Haycock Mountain:

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS----2 to at least 6/17.



Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER----1 on 6/26 (between the marina and the boat rental).

- End transcript



Subject: Peregrine Falcons Levittown Bucks County
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 20:21 pm
From: 000001476b4df963-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Tonight I had  the pleasure of adding Peregrine Falcon to my yard list.



From my patio, I heard the sound of a Peregrine screeching. I saw it in the
air flying to the top of a power line tower. It had prey which is spent 25
min. eating.

It flew off south. With a spotting scope we could see it was a juvenile.



In minutes another peregrine flew overhead to a cell phone tower. It was
joined by a second Peregrine. The first on the tower was an adult as seen
in the scope.

The second was a juvenile.



Great way to end the work week for me.



Linda Rowan

Levittown PA



Subject: Fox Chapel Marina, Allegheny County
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 20:07 pm
From: ceceliahard AT comcast.net
 
Highlights of brief walk: I heard the rattling call of a Belted Kingfisher and 2 birds swooped in and settled on a snag in the Allegheny River.  An adult bird fed a juvenile female and then flew off.  The young bird sat waiting for more food, making 1 brief diving attempt to catch her own (unsuccessful).  An Eastern Kingbird flew in and sat on a branch of the same snag”both birds in view at the same time. Lots of swallows, a great blue heron grooming, Baltimore Oriole sallying out over the river to catch bugs.  

Cecelia Hard

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 8:58 PM
To: ceceliahard@comcast.net
Subject: eBird Report - Fox Chapel Marina, Jun 26, 2020

Fox Chapel Marina, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, US
Jun 26, 2020 8:36 AM - 9:26 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
24 species

Canada Goose 24 2 goslings
Mallard 6 3 domestic mallards
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 3
Killdeer 2
Herring Gull 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Belted Kingfisher 2 Adult fed juvenile female on snag in Allegheny river
Eastern Kingbird 1 On snag in Allegheny river
Warbling Vireo 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Bank Swallow 8
Barn Swallow 3
European Starling 4
Gray Catbird 1
American Robin 4
House Sparrow 2
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 2
Song Sparrow 3
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 2
Yellow Warbler 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...

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



Subject: Wilson Road (SGL214) Closed_Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area/Crawford County
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 17:01 pm
From: wvwarblers AT hotmail.com
 
Hmm...well, at least it will be great(er) for the birds. Last time we drove through Wilson Road, it was a 250+ yard mud bog that we barely made it through, so kind of a win-win?

Ryan Tomazin
Bridgeville, PA

________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on behalf of Kenneth Pinnow <000000eea5970e91-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 5:39 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Wilson Road (SGL214) Closed_Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area/Crawford County

This morning, Tom Nonnenmacher and I were birding Wilson Road in the SGL 214 (near Miller Ponds and the Pymatuning area) when we were approached by a game warden and told that the road is now closed to non-permitted individuals as well as vehicles. The road, which sits between two off-limits propagation zones, used to be owned by the county. Ownership has now been transferred to the PA Game Commission. At some point in the near future metal gates and signage will be installed at both ends indicating that the road is off-limits as part of the overall propagation zone. Currently, there are only sawhorses and a "road closed" sign, which we interpreted to mean closed to vehicles.
This change in access is certainly a loss for birders, particularly during the spring/summer months when grassland birds are nesting and plentiful. We had good numbers of meadowlarks, bobolinks, red-winged blackbirds, sandhill cranes, savannah sparrows, several vocalizing upland sandpipers, as well as a grasshopper sparrow (our target bird for the day). However, it will still be possible to hear and see many of these birds by parking at the southern end and birding from there or walking along Hartstown Road. Please note as well that if you park at that end, you should use the official parking area. The warden kindly did not give me a ticket for parking on the side of the road near the sawhorses.
Best,Ken Pinnow, Meadville, PA



Subject: Swainson's Warbler Stakeout Spot
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 16:43 pm
From: bcoriole AT windstream.net
 
If you go to see the Indiana County Swainson's Warbler, please use the
Indiana Co. Stakeout Spot to report your lists. Be aware that the
Livermore parking lot and the trail all the way to the bridge are in
Westmoreland Co., so if you keep county lists, please keep your data for
each county separate.

Margaret Higbee, Indiana, PA


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Subject: Wilson Road (SGL214) Closed_Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area/Crawford County
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 16:39 pm
From: 000000eea5970e91-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This morning, Tom Nonnenmacher and I were birding Wilson Road in the SGL 214 (near Miller Ponds and the Pymatuning area) when we were approached by a game warden and told that the road is now closed to non-permitted individuals as well as vehicles. The road, which sits between two off-limits propagation zones, used to be owned by the county. Ownership has now been transferred to the PA Game Commission. At some point in the near future metal gates and signage will be installed at both ends indicating that the road is off-limits as part of the overall propagation zone. Currently, there are only sawhorses and a "road closed" sign, which we interpreted to mean closed to vehicles.
This change in access is certainly a loss for birders, particularly during the spring/summer months when grassland birds are nesting and plentiful. We had good numbers of meadowlarks, bobolinks, red-winged blackbirds, sandhill cranes, savannah sparrows, several vocalizing upland sandpipers, as well as a grasshopper sparrow (our target bird for the day). However, it will still be possible to hear and see many of these birds by parking at the southern end and birding from there or walking along Hartstown Road. Please note as well that if you park at that end, you should use the official parking area. The warden kindly did not give me a ticket for parking on the side of the road near the sawhorses.
Best,Ken Pinnow,Meadville, PA



Subject: highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 6:01 am
From: dsg4 AT psu.edu
 
Interesting find. Lends more to the question of what is a species.

David Toews presented his work on the Burket hybrid, Brewsters x Chestnut-sided, at the last PSO meeting and he also has a publication on this project. I also covered this in an article in the last issue of PA Birds. A quote he gave me for the article.
" 'Although this is a rare hybrid, hybridization between "species" is fairly common.' David Toews comments that 'I usually lump these into two categories: 1) species pairs where there is a defined hybrid zone, where hybrids are produced constantly (i.e. very little reproductive isolation between the groups) and 2) one off odd hybrids, which still happen quite regularly, but it is not clear if it is regular enough to allow genes to move between these distantly related groups.' "

David was a postdoc at Cornell when he went to visit Lloyd Burket at his farm near Roaring Springs and take samples from the warbler. He is now at Penn State as an assistant Prof in Biology. You can look at some of his publications here.

https://davetoews.com/publicat...
[https://davetoewsdotcom.files....
Publications | Toews Lab
Google Scholar Profile [32] Toews, D. P. L., Streby H., Burket L., and S. Taylor (2018). A wood-warbler produced through both interspecific and intergeneric ...
davetoews.com
You might want to contact him and let him know about your hybrid.


Deb

Deborah S. Grove

________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on behalf of Alex Lamoreaux
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:52 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.

Black-throated Blue x Chestnut-sided seems like a darn good combo for this
incredible bird!

If that combo isn't currently available on eBird, you could email Marshall
Iliff (mji26@cornell.edu) at eBird and see if he can tack it onto the
July/August taxonomy update.

-Alex

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ryan Tomazin
Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.
To:


If you showed me those photos blind, I'd have said the same thing, Billy.
BTBWxCSWA is the look. What it actually is, who knows without a feather?
Great catch, well worth the wait for the photos.

Ryan Tomazin
Bridgeville, PA

________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on
behalf of Billy Weber
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:08 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.

Finally got around to uploading photos I promised in an eBird checklist
from Carbon County below Bake Oven Knob last May (gulp!). My best guess is
that this bird is a Black-throated Blue x Chestnut-sided combination, for
which I can find no reference online. Corrections welcome! Click this link
and scroll down to "passerine sp.":

https://nam01.safelinks.protec...

The only hybrids involving Black-throated Blue and Chestnut-sided on eBird
are both with Magnolia Warbler.

Billy Weber
Danielsville, PA


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Subject: highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 22:52 pm
From: aslamoreaux AT gmail.com
 
Black-throated Blue x Chestnut-sided seems like a darn good combo for this
incredible bird!

If that combo isn't currently available on eBird, you could email Marshall
Iliff (mji26@cornell.edu) at eBird and see if he can tack it onto the
July/August taxonomy update.

-Alex

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ryan Tomazin
Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.
To:


If you showed me those photos blind, I'd have said the same thing, Billy.
BTBWxCSWA is the look. What it actually is, who knows without a feather?
Great catch, well worth the wait for the photos.

Ryan Tomazin
Bridgeville, PA

________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on
behalf of Billy Weber
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:08 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.

Finally got around to uploading photos I promised in an eBird checklist
from Carbon County below Bake Oven Knob last May (gulp!). My best guess is
that this bird is a Black-throated Blue x Chestnut-sided combination, for
which I can find no reference online. Corrections welcome! Click this link
and scroll down to "passerine sp.":

https://ebird.org/checklist/S5...

The only hybrids involving Black-throated Blue and Chestnut-sided on eBird
are both with Magnolia Warbler.

Billy Weber
Danielsville, PA


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717-943-7086
Senior Leader/North America Specialist for Wildside Nature Tours
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Subject: Swainson's Warbler confusion - Indiana Co.
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 21:40 pm
From: bcoriole AT windstream.net
 
The Swainson's Warbler, found by Dennis Lauffer along the West Penn
Trail, is actually in Indiana Co. Several have posted it in
Westmoreland Co. The parking access at Livermore is in Westmoreland,
but as soon as you start to cross the bridge as you walk toward MM 9,
you're crossing the Conemaugh River which is the boundary between
Indiana and Westmoreland. For county listers, the bird has been seen
only in Indiana.

Margaret Higbee, Indiana, PA


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Subject: weird hummingbird behavior
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 21:30 pm
From: raburkert AT comcast.net
 
Mike and Dean,

That was my immediate thought, also.

Ron Burkert
Allegheny Co
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 25, 2020, at 9:54 PM, Dean Kendall wrote:
>
> Sunbathing. I saw one do the same, once, a few years ago here where I live near Leesport in Berks Co. Really surprised me to see it on the ground like that, but it did just like you often see bigger birds like M.Dove do, leaning to the side w/ lifted wing (if I recall right). A real treat to see a Hummer do it. - Dean
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania On Behalf Of THOMAS N PAWLESH
> Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:13 PM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] weird hummingbird behavior
>
> This afternoon I was sitting on my patio while a male ruby-throated humming bird was visiting the feeder. He began to visit the flowers in our garden and I lost sight of him low to the ground. I couldn't figure out what he was feeding on so I got up and walked over to find him laying on his side in the dirt in the sun. I called my wife and we both watched him, when I took a few steps closer he flew off as if nothing was wrong.
>
> Tom & Marina Pawlesh
> Allegheny County



Subject: highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 21:08 pm
From: wvwarblers AT hotmail.com
 
If you showed me those photos blind, I'd have said the same thing, Billy. BTBWxCSWA is the look. What it actually is, who knows without a feather? Great catch, well worth the wait for the photos.

Ryan Tomazin
Bridgeville, PA

________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on behalf of Billy Weber
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:08 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.

Finally got around to uploading photos I promised in an eBird checklist
from Carbon County below Bake Oven Knob last May (gulp!). My best guess is
that this bird is a Black-throated Blue x Chestnut-sided combination, for
which I can find no reference online. Corrections welcome! Click this link
and scroll down to "passerine sp.":

https://ebird.org/checklist/S5...

The only hybrids involving Black-throated Blue and Chestnut-sided on eBird
are both with Magnolia Warbler.

Billy Weber
Danielsville, PA



Subject: weird hummingbird behavior
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 20:54 pm
From: deankendall AT paydaynet.org
 
Sunbathing.  I saw one do the same, once, a few years ago here where I live near Leesport in Berks Co.  Really surprised me to see it on the ground like that, but it did just like you often see bigger birds like M.Dove do, leaning to the side w/ lifted wing (if I recall right).  A real treat to see a Hummer do it.  - Dean

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania On Behalf Of THOMAS N PAWLESH
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:13 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] weird hummingbird behavior

This afternoon I was sitting on my patio while a male ruby-throated humming bird was visiting the feeder. He began to visit the flowers in our garden and I lost sight of him low to the ground. I couldn't figure out what he was feeding on so I got up and walked over to find him laying on his side in the dirt in the sun. I called my wife and we both watched him, when I took a few steps closer he flew off as if nothing was wrong.

Tom & Marina Pawlesh
Allegheny County



Subject: weird hummingbird behavior
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 20:52 pm
From: 0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hi Tom and All,
My thought is he was sunning himself. I've never heard of a hummingbird doing that but based on your description that's my thought.
Interesting!
Mike Fialkovich


-----Original Message-----
From: THOMAS N PAWLESH
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Thu, Jun 25, 2020 5:12 pm
Subject: [PABIRDS] weird hummingbird behavior

This afternoon I was sitting on my patio while a male ruby-throated humming bird was visiting the feeder. He began to visit the flowers in our garden and I lost sight of him low to the ground. I couldn't figure out what he was feeding on so I got up and walked over to find him laying on his side in the dirt in the sun. I called my wife and we both watched him, when I took a few steps closer he flew off as if nothing was wrong.

Tom & Marina Pawlesh
Allegheny County



Subject: highly belated hybrid warbler pics, Carbon Co.
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 20:08 pm
From: robot.stories AT gmail.com
 
Finally got around to uploading photos I promised in an eBird checklist
from Carbon County below Bake Oven Knob last May (gulp!). My best guess is
that this bird is a Black-throated Blue x Chestnut-sided combination, for
which I can find no reference online. Corrections welcome! Click this link
and scroll down to "passerine sp.":

https://ebird.org/checklist/S5...

The only hybrids involving Black-throated Blue and Chestnut-sided on eBird
are both with Magnolia Warbler.

Billy Weber
Danielsville, PA



Subject: weird hummingbird behavior
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 16:12 pm
From: tpawlesh AT comcast.net
 
This afternoon I was sitting on my patio while a male ruby-throated humming bird was visiting the feeder.  He began to visit the flowers in our garden and I lost sight of him low to the ground.  I couldn't figure out what he was feeding on so I got up and walked over to find him laying on his side in the dirt in the sun.  I called my wife and we both watched him, when I took a few steps closer he flew off as if nothing was wrong.

Tom & Marina Pawlesh
Allegheny County



Subject: Blue Jay tool use
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 15:03 pm
From: fhaasbirds AT gmail.com
 
I have a peanut feeder heavily visited by Blue Jays.

It looks like a slinky in the shape of a donut. I put peanuts-in-the-shell
in it.

The coils are loose enough that the jays can usually pull them out, fly
away to eat them and return for more.

Last week when I pulled it in to fill it, there was a twig -- about 5
inches long and a quarter-inch thick stuck in it.

The feeder has a large saucer-shaped squirrel baffle hanging over it, so
there is no way that twig could have fallen into the feeder (let alone be
jammed in it).

So my only conclusion is that one of the jays was using it to pry out
peanuts!

I wish I had witnessed it.

The jay and crow family are well known as the most intelligent of birds.
Here was another example...

Frank



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Frank Haas

Wisdom begins with putting the right name to a thing.



Subject: Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co
Date: Wed Jun 24 2020 22:35 pm
From: nightowl57 AT comcast.net
 
Sweet Arrow Lake  6/25/20



Our Bald Eagles have produced 3 fine eaglets this year. They are beginning
to hop into the branches above the nest and will soon fledge.



Yellow-billed Cuckoo

E. kingbird

Green Heron

Great Blue Heron

Baltimore Oriole

Bluebird

Tree and Rough-winged Swallows (a large swarm of these 70-80 on 6/13)

Wooducks

Woodthrush

Veery

Ovenbird

Red-eyed Vireo

Great Horned Owl





Denise Donmoyer

Sweet Arrow Lake

Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.

nightowl57@comcast.net



Subject: COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, Allegheny County
Date: Wed Jun 24 2020 20:36 pm
From: mkmannella AT gmail.com
 
One on the North Side near City of Asylum and the Old Garden Theater.  

Sent from miPhone

> On Jun 22, 2020, at 9:29 AM, Kate StJohn <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request@list.audubon.org> wrote:
>
> Also 1 or 2 over Greenfield plus 1 or more at Craig Street-Neville-Ellsworth Ave area.
>
> Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
> Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org



Subject: Swainson's Warbler in Indiana Co.
Date: Wed Jun 24 2020 18:30 pm
From: bcoriole AT windstream.net
 
Dennis Lauffer called us today to report a Swainson's Warbler along the
West Penn Trail in Indian County. He first heard the bird on June 9,
and it was still present today at 4:00 p.m. The best access point in
the Livermore parking lot in Westmoreland County which is accessed from
US 22. Take the exit marked Livermore and drive to the parking lot for
the trail. Walk down the hill to the trail and walk left. You will
pass MM 9.5 which is still in Westmoreland Co. Cross the next bridge
into Indiana County and proceed to MM 9. The bird is singing within
100-200 feet of the mile marker. It's been on both sides of the trail.
Dennis saw it four or five times this afternoon. Roger and I went down
when we got home from birding and heard it sing multiple times, but we
did not see the bird.

This morning Roger and I had at least four Henslow's Sparrows and two
Grasshopper Sparrows at SGL 262 in Indiana Co. near Gipsy.

Margaret Higbee, Indiana Co.


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Subject: Clarion Co- grasslands updates, worm-eating warblers and ceruleans
Date: Wed Jun 24 2020 16:58 pm
From: cjwinslow94 AT gmail.com
 
I was finally able to spend a little time checking grasslands the end of
last week, spending some time at Mt. Airy and Mt Zion (Piney Tract/SGL 330)
I was surprised and happy to find upland sandpipers still at Mt Airy on
Morris Rd, two birds, both seen but heard the wolf whistle before seeing.
Hopefully a pair, but did not find young birds. While there have been many
unhappy changes in land management there due to change in ownership, there
does continue to be still a decent amount of pasture and grassland, much of
it still not hayed as of last Thursday/Fri. Henslow's sparrows number were
pretty good in several areas along with bobolinks.

On neighboring Burn's Farm Rd and Licking Line Rd. there are now really
nice extensive grasslands as well from areas stripped more recently, I
believe less than 10 years ago. I found nice populations of Henslow's out
here as well plus bobolinks and meadowlarks, and short-eared owls have been
seen here in good numbers in migration and winter. I would suggest this as
an additional check for visiting birders.

At Mt Zion/SGL 330 there were really excellent numbers of Henslow's this
year, I had a high of 18 at the main site in not much time and 12 I believe
on Stockdill Rd in just a short time. They were really singing up a storm
(if you can call it that !) and I would believe they are into second
nesting. Grasshoppers were present but not nearly as many, and I found no
vesper sparrows or clay-coloreds at any of my spots.

On the southern border along the Redbank Valley Trail from Lawsonham
(near Rimersburg) to the Allegheny River at Redbank, I had on Saturday 6
singing ceruleans on that stretch along with 5 singing worm-eating
warblers, a couple of both were seen. No Kentucky warblers that day but may
have just not been singing as much. Two Louisiana waterthrush were singing
and had the happy fortune of finding an adult right out on the bike path
with a mouthful of bugs, while a young bird flew across the path chipping
loudly. Both northern parula and yellow-throated warblers continue to be
heard at the Lawsonham parking area, and along the trail are hooded,
black-and-white,black-throated green warblers and redstart in good numbers.

I believe that's it for local reporting, good summer birding to all !

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Subject: Clarion Co- screech owl fledglings and fireflies
Date: Wed Jun 24 2020 16:25 pm
From: cjwinslow94 AT gmail.com
 
On Sunday evening we were treated to a wonderful spectacle after dusk on
the top fields, with the field dotted with slowly flashing fireflies. But
the woods along the edges were where the action was, just alive with
hundreds of flashing fireflies winking off and on like the trees were
covered with twinkling Christmas lights. It was a magical sight under a
starry sky, but the perfect ending was hearing the soft calls of young owls
and realizing that scattered about the branches of an old chestnut oak
right above us, were four young screech owls, newly fledged. They were so
close to us that we were able to see them well just in the flashlight from
my phone.

On Monday, we then found that our screech owl pair from the barn, a
different pair, appears to have maybe nested after all. The gray male has
been hanging out on the back of the barn on a little ledge that faces
through a little wooded strip to a field, where we placed a screech owl box
early this spring with the opening facing the barn about 18 ft up in an
oak. The male had a chipmunk with him midday the other day, and on Monday
he was sitting facing the box again and there was our missing red female at
the opening to the box ! So if they got off to a late start, I estimate
there may be young fledging from here within the next couple of weeks. I
will be anxious to see if we are able to confirm two separate screech owl
families in one season.

Other raptor news is that our nesting Cooper's hawks have at least 3 young
in the nest, yesterday standing in the nest and starting to flap their
wings. Hopefully they fledge successfully again this year. And lastly a
nearby empty house was the site for kestrels nesting this spring and on
Friday I was happy to see two young fledglings sitting out on the chimney.

A good week for birds at Maple Glen farm !

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Subject: COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, Allegheny County
Date: Mon Jun 22 2020 8:29 am
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Also 1 or 2 over Greenfield plus 1 or more at Craig Street-Neville-Ellsworth Ave area.

Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org



Subject: 2 Young Red Tailed Hawks, RT Hummingbirds, House Wrens -- Cumberland County
Date: Sat Jun 20 2020 23:18 pm
From: reeser AT mindspring.com
 
Red tailed hawks
Today, Sat 6/20/20, the 2 recently fledged red tailed hawks were calling
for their dinner earlier this evening. Around 8 PM the 2 young and one
of the adults all flew into the Norway Spruce with the nest. Lots of
wing flapping, then apparently the one young hawk was displaced to a
tree a few yards away, while the parent flew off and the other young
hawk remained in the nest tree.

The one in the nest tree, after a bit more wing flapping, appeared with
his/her dinner apparently courtesy of the parent hawk. He sat up there
picking at whatever it was, while the other young hawk kept calling from
his/her top of tree perch not far away.

I'm guessing that the adult hawk flew off to get more dinner or the
other parent was already out there hunting for it. Was not able to watch
longer to see if/when the parents returned.

Ruby Throated Hummingbirds
This is the first day this year we finally saw more than one hummingbird
at a time. The Jacob Cline beebalm is really starting to bloom and all
that red has attracted at least one hummingbird over the past several
days. The one yesterday was a male.

Today one appeared visiting the Lady in Red salvia and then flew over to
the beebalm, after a few minutes, out of nowhere came the other hummer
to start the chase. The first bird was chased over the hedge and a bird,
presumably the second bird, reappeared at the beebalm. Not sure if
today's birds were male or female, no obvious flash of red like
yesterday and moved too quickly to be sure.

Did not have a chance to put the feeder out and wasn't sure I could get
sugar reliably to refill it. So, we're depending on the perennials
coming back from previous years and some new salvias that are just now
finally getting a few flowers on them. Quite a few plants are back from
last year due to the relatively mild winter, including some of the salvias.

Baby House Wrens
Baby house wrens are getting louder calling for food and the parents are
hard at work feeding them dawn to dusk coming and going from their wren
house.


Ellen
reeser@mindspring.com
Cumberland County, PA



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