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27 Aug: @ 22:12:53 
Red-headed Woodpeckers on McMichael Road in Crawford County [Marge Vantassel]
27 Aug: @ 20:54:10 
Black Vultures, Peters Creek, Allegheny Co. [Jim Hausman]
27 Aug: @ 20:38:05 
Allegheny county Nighthawks, Aspinwall [Steve]
27 Aug: @ 19:57:12 
Bake Oven Knob (27 Aug 2016) 42 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Aug: @ 19:50:43 
Allegheny Front (27 Aug 2016) 76 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Aug: @ 19:39:48 
Dozens of Common Nighthawks, Clearfield Co. [drichards7]
27 Aug: @ 19:24:36 
Allegheny Co., South Hills: Nighthawks [ofdewdrops]
27 Aug: @ 18:36:39 
Allegheny County migrants, Mercer County shorebirds [Geoff Malosh]
27 Aug: @ 17:11:27 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (27 Aug 2016) 37 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Aug: @ 16:12:04 
Waggoner's Gap (27 Aug 2016) 33 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Aug: @ 15:54:20 
Dickcissel continues, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
27 Aug: @ 14:44:14 
Re: Lancaster- Buff-breasted Sandpiper [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?=95=95S=95J=95Stahl=95=95?=]
27 Aug: @ 14:16:26 
Re: Swallows and swallowish starlings, Moore Twp, Northampton Co [steve cottrell]
27 Aug: @ 13:30:57 
Marsh Wren - Quittapahilla Wetlands, Lebanon Co. [Ted Nichols II]
27 Aug: @ 12:55:44 
Re: Lancaster - Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Zachary Millen]
27 Aug: @ 12:41:29 
Pied-billed Grebes - Butler Co. [Mark Vass]
27 Aug: @ 11:21:23 
Silver Lake in Bucks CO. [Doug Filler]
27 Aug: @ 10:56:13 
Lancaster - Baird's Sandpiper [Zachary Millen]
27 Aug: @ 09:22:28 
Warblers, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh [Kate StJohn]
27 Aug: @ 09:00:52 
Baird's SP at John Heinz [Holger Pflicke]
27 Aug: @ 08:37:45 
Avoet in Allegheny County--NO [Michael Fialkovich]
27 Aug: @ 08:13:53 
Middle Creek WMA Field Trip Tomorrow (8/28) [Ted Nichols II]
27 Aug: @ 05:40:37 
Snowy Egret, Northumberland County [Andy Keister]
26 Aug: @ 20:33:12 
Black-crowned Night Herons, Laughing Gull, Northumberland County [Andy Keister]
26 Aug: @ 18:54:05 
American Avocet--Allegheny County [Michael Fialkovich]
26 Aug: @ 18:49:01 
Second Mountain (26 Aug 2016) 11 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Aug: @ 18:30:12 
Bake Oven Knob (26 Aug 2016) 31 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Aug: @ 17:59:41 
Eastern PA Birdline: 8/26/2016 [Dave DeReamus]
26 Aug: @ 17:39:16 
Am. Avocets, Northumberland County [Andy Keister]
26 Aug: @ 17:18:30 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (26 Aug 2016) 31 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Aug: @ 17:08:49 
Shorebirds - Allegheny Co. [Mark Vass]
26 Aug: @ 16:39:58 
Allegheny Front (26 Aug 2016) 14 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Aug: @ 15:45:37 
Re: Conowingo Dam question [Ron Rovansek]
26 Aug: @ 15:35:01 
Re: Conowingo Dam question [Thomas Wilson]
26 Aug: @ 15:26:56 
Waggoner's Gap (26 Aug 2016) 20 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Aug: @ 14:46:35 
Dickcissel, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
26 Aug: @ 14:35:01 
Great Horned Owls in Levittown [Doug Filler]
26 Aug: @ 13:51:22 
Olive-sided Flycatchers Cumberland County [Vernon Gauthier]
26 Aug: @ 13:00:13 
Re: Lancaster- American Golden Plover [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?=95=95S=95J=95Stahl=95=95?=]
26 Aug: @ 11:21:27 
FYI- NJ Young Birders [Alex Lamoreaux]
26 Aug: @ 09:19:50 
Mourning Warbler, Beechwood Farms, Allegheny County [Amy Henrici]
26 Aug: @ 07:46:04 
Conowingo Dam question [Thomas Wilson]
26 Aug: @ 07:32:31 
Re: Lancaster - Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Zachary Millen]
25 Aug: @ 21:31:34 
Swallows and swallowish starlings, Moore Twp, Northampton Co [Bill Etter]
25 Aug: @ 20:35:18 
Lawrence & Mecer County Birds [Brendyn Baptiste]
25 Aug: @ 20:09:29 
Shorebirds in York County [Dean Newhouse at Gmail]
25 Aug: @ 19:00:11 
Allegheny County Swifts [Michael Fialkovich]
25 Aug: @ 18:39:04 
Bake Oven Knob (25 Aug 2016) 20 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Aug: @ 18:26:02 
Pectoral Sandpiper - Allegheny Co. [Mark Vass]
25 Aug: @ 16:52:10 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (25 Aug 2016) 13 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]





Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers on McMichael Road in Crawford County
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 22:12 pm
From: marvantassel AT gmail.com
 
Along with many Cedar Waxwings, E; Phoebes, both Herons, Wood Ducks, Swamp
Sparrows, Baltimore Orioles and a few other more common birds this morning
at McMichaels Road there were
2 Redheaded Woodpeckers, one of which was an adult the other was either a
fledgling or molting as it was by no means as colorful but was certainly
another Redheaded Woodpecker;;;
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County



Subject: Black Vultures, Peters Creek, Allegheny Co.
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 20:54 pm
From: englishhaus AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,

This evening while waiting to pick up pizza for the family I decided to make a quick stop to nearby Peters Creek. While birding the lake area I spotted two turkey vultures above the ridge paralleling Rte. 43 and soon spotted four smaller, stubby looking vultures higher up and circling together. A look through my bins confirmed black vultures with their silver primary patches and steady, flat flight style. This is now the third sighting I've had of black vultures in the last ten months. Two on 17 Oct 2015 above my home, one above Duquesne Rd. just N of Clairton on 12 Mar 2016 and this late afternoon. For better or for worse, their range is inexorably moving northward.

Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Jefferson Hills
Allegheny Co.



Subject: Allegheny county Nighthawks, Aspinwall
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 20:38 pm
From: thomassj22 AT verizon.net
 
This evening at 8:00 P.M. 67 Nighthawks, were seen flying over Aspinwall/Sharpsburg.
One flock with 60 Nighthawks then 3 in a group and 4 in another.

Steve and Suz Thomas,
Allegheny County



Sent from my iPad



Subject: Bake Oven Knob (27 Aug 2016) 42 Raptors
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 19:57 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 5 33 33
Turkey Vulture 12 136 136
Osprey 2 36 36
Bald Eagle 1 46 46
Northern Harrier 0 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 33 33
Cooper's Hawk 1 7 7
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 9 116 116
Red-tailed Hawk 2 39 39
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 5 5
Merlin 3 6 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 26 26
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 42 492 492
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Dan Kunkle

Observers: Ed Wanamaker, Frank Dickman, Rick Gaeta

Visitors:
lots of people taking walks


Weather:
67-86şF, Variable winds beginning NNE to ESE 0-10mph, high clouds; breeze
died after 1300

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle - 1016i
Last raptor of the day was an Osprey in the 1300 hour
Peregrine Falcon hunting (not counted as a migrant).

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterflies - 2
Common Raven - 2
Hummingbird - 3 (one buzzed the owl)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-capped Chickadee
Chimney Swift
Eastern Wood Pewee

Predictions:
Sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the
afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: Allegheny Front (27 Aug 2016) 76 Raptors
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 19:50 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 4 6 6
TV 3 27 27
OS 3 6 6
BE 0 8 8
NH 0 0 0
SS 4 13 13
CH 2 5 5
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 0 0
BW 49 181 181
RT 8 25 25
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 0
AK 3 7 7
ML 0 1 1
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 0 0
UB 0 4 4
UF 0 1 1
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 1 1

Total: 76 285 285
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Brian Wargo

Observers: Ed Gowarty, Tom/Janet Kuehl

Visitors:
Diane and Robert "Mac" McMahon, Ed Gowarty, Sharon Johnson, Newaek-Courtney
Thomas, Dakota, Nolan James Shifer, Navaeh Johnston-Thomas, Tom and Janet
Kuehl, Kirby and Beryl Craft


Weather:
East wind and sun! Beautiful day.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
25 Waxwings, 15 Hummingbirds, Northern Flicker, Raven, Dove, Phoebe

Butterflies - 5 Tiger Swallowtail, 3 Black Swallow Tail, 2 Fritillaries, 5
Monarch, Spicebush, and Red-spotted Purple

Predictions:
South-southeast winds and hot.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian M. Wargo (brianwargo@gmail.com)



Subject: Dozens of Common Nighthawks, Clearfield Co.
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 19:39 pm
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
Dick Rehermann and I tallied 62 Common Nighthawks this evening in the sky over our homes here in Treasure Lake; we have counted at least 110 since last night.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: Allegheny Co., South Hills: Nighthawks
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 19:24 pm
From: 0000001e3bf8599f-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
We have had a nice flight of Nighthawks this evening that has continued over our neighborhood in Upper St.Clair for nearly an hour. Over 56 birds have gone through, some feeding in the valley below our house before moving on.Shannon Thompson Allegheny Co.



Subject: Allegheny County migrants, Mercer County shorebirds
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 18:36 pm
From: pomarine AT earthlink.net
 
There were quite a few migrants around Sewickley Heights Park yesterday
morning (8.26) including several Empidonax flycatchers (Acadian,
Yellow-bellied, and "Traill's definitively identified among about 10
individuals) and eight warbler species highlighted by a late male Cerulean
that actually sang twice. This morning (8.27), as Kate St. John mentioned
earlier, north winds brought a good nocturnal flight; after the onset of
astronomical twilight I heard many calls over my house, headed up mostly by
Scarlet Tanager and Indigo Bunting, and "zeep" calls, with a few Swainson's
Thrush and Bobolink mixed in, as well as what sounded pretty good to my ear
for a Gray-cheeked Thrush, which would be about three weeks early compared
to the typical arrival date here. I'll have to check my recordings later to
see if it passes muster. Encouraged, I went to Sewickley again this morning
but found far fewer birds than yesterday, and no species at all that that
aren't local breeders, although there were decent numbers of Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks, which were certainly arrivals.



I went to Shenango Reservoir after that, where the current reservoir level
is all the way down to 891.59 feet, a condition more typical for the end of
September than the end of August. Vast mudflats are exposed at West River,
and another nice section is exposed at Willow Tree. Golden Run still doesn't
have much to speak of except at the Osprey platform cove, but it won't take
much more lowering before Golden Run gets productive flats too - probably by
next weekend. That said, there really aren't a lot of birds anywhere at the
reservoir at present, at least not by Shenango standards. Among modest
numbers of the expected species, the highlights today were two juvenile
Ruddy Turnstones (about the eighth record for the reservoir) and 4 juvenile
Baird's Sandpipers, all at Willow Tree.



Geoff Malosh

Allegheny County





Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (27 Aug 2016) 37 Raptors
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 17:11 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 7 7
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 1 38 38
Bald Eagle 2 33 33
Northern Harrier 0 5 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 26 26
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 22 139 139
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 30 30
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 3 7 7
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 22 22
Merlin 0 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 4 4

Total: 37 324 324
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: David Barber, Jason Deeter, Rudy Keller

Weather:
Clear to mostly cloudy with variable winds.

Raptor Observations:
BAEA: 1050I, 1258I

Non-raptor Observations:
cape may and black-and-white warbler, american redstart, eastern towhee,
baltimore oriole, blue-headed and red-eyed vireo
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: Waggoner's Gap (27 Aug 2016) 33 Raptors
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 16:12 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 0 22 22
BE 2 64 64
NH 0 5 5
SS 1 22 22
CH 0 5 5
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 6 6
BW 21 177 177
RT 4 72 72
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 0
AK 3 24 24
ML 1 2 2
PG 0 4 4
UA 1 1 1
UB 0 3 3
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 3 3

Total: 33 410 410
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Ron Freed

Observers: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Karena Johnson, Pat Freed,
Ron Freed, Tim Johnson

Visitors:
Lanner Johnson, Mark (Tenafly NJ) 28

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www.facebook.com/Waggonersgaphawkwatch/



Weather:
Mostly sunny with light SE wind.

Raptor Observations:
BE JUV 11:15, 2:55

First bird - SS 8:23
Last bird - BW 2:58

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 3
Hummers - 3
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Dickcissel continues, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 15:54 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
I realize that dickcissels aren't big rarities in the state, but they're still unusual. And while I don't intend to post about this one anymore, I thought I'd mention that it is still here out in the open on a rock below the backyard feeding area.  I usually get one or two in the fields each fall migration, but seldom are they so obvious. I'm calling it a juvenile male due to its strong yellow breast and dots of black on its throat.  Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Lancaster- Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 14:44 pm
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
This morning,  I saw the Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the same location described by Zachary Millen.  At first, about 6:30 A.M., I watched it  from Junction Rd. at first.  Sod vehicles went into the fields by my car.
Later, I could see it from Graystone Rd. The bird always fed in the grass with nearby Killdeer, and occasionally Starlings.. The bird seemed even smaller than the Starlings.
Horned Larks were numerous on the bare and manured fields. Also a few Mourning Doves, Rock Doves, and Crows.
This sandpiper was, in previous years, accompanied by another. I wonder whether this was one of the same individuals?
Stan Stahl



Subject: Swallows and swallowish starlings, Moore Twp, Northampton Co
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 14:16 pm
From: miami.07 AT hotmail.com
 
Have not seen swallow-like behavior of starlings, but I recently witnessed sparrow-like behavior. A few days ago I watched about a dozen Chipping Sparrows foraging in the mowed area of a nearby park with about the same number of nondescript birds about twice their size.  On closer look, all the larger birds were juvenile European Starlings.


Common elderberry currently has ripened fruit and I've been expecting to see the various frugivores such as robins, bluebirds, mockingbirds, and waxwings to be feasting on the purple berries. So far, besides a few random cardinals and catbirds, the only birds I see devouring the fruit in large number are House Sparrows.


steve cottrell

London Britain Twp, Chester Co




________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on behalf of Bill Etter
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:31 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Swallows and swallowish starlings, Moore Twp, Northampton Co

Since Tuesday, but especially this evening, there have been good numbers of
swallows over the yard and adjacent fields that are visible from the front
deck. Good numbers for here, at least. It's typical for this time of
year, and I'm sure brought about by some sort of insect hatch...maybe from
the small pond across the street. Among the Tree and Barn Swallows, there
was a Cliff Swallow yesterday and at least one Bank Swallow this evening.
Also many dragonflies at prey over the side yard this evening, hunting
right out there off the side of the deck in dangerous proximity to all
those hungry tree swallows. But here's what I found to be the most
interesting:

I stepped out front around 7:15 this evening to take another look and
noticed dozens of larger birds flying among the (mostly) Tree Swallows. I
thought they were martins at first, and wish they were...but these were all
starlings. They were behaving exactly as the swallows, moving about
independently of one another, soaring, chasing, circling and fluttering
with a surprising degree of agility to catch insects on the wing. Some
down low, others high and distant. Starlings move east to west across the
neighborhood in loose flocks most evenings at about this time of day, but
always in a very direct pattern. They were doing the same this evening in
small groups, but with individual birds breaking away and circling back to
catch prey as soon as they moved into the buggy airspace above the yard.

I've seen individual starlings chase down bugs, but I've never witnessed
this sort of swallow-like behavior in starlings before. Has anyone else?
Say what you will about European Starlings, but their adaptability is right
up there with the House Sparrow...everyone's *other* favorite bird...ha!

Bill Etter
Moore Twp
Northampton Co



Subject: Marsh Wren - Quittapahilla Wetlands, Lebanon Co.
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 13:30 pm
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
There is a Marsh Wren showing well and actively chitting and giving other
associated calls at the Quittapahilla Wetlands Preserve across from the
Home Depot and Prison on the east side of Lebanon.

If you were to look from inside the preserve pavilion across the wetlands
at the Career and Technology Center it is directly on the non-pavilion side
of the marsh. A train loops around to that side.

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)



Subject: Lancaster - Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 12:55 pm
From: zjmillen AT gmail.com
 
Rich Wood contacted me to let me know that he was able to locate both the
Buff-breasted and Stilt Sandpipers at their below reported locations this
morning before 9am, and asked me to share with the list.

On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 8:32 AM, Zachary Millen wrote:

> The Buff-breasted Sandpiper is continuing this morning at the same
> location, nearly all the way out at the end of the sod field. No other
> shorebirds were present besides Killdeer. Once the fog burned off it was
> nice to see it in the early morning without heat wave issues.
>
> Also, the Stilt Sandpiper found last night at Alcoa Marsh beside Red Rose
> Commons was still present early today.
>
> Zach
>
> On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:30 PM, Zachary Millen
> wrote:
>
>> At the Graystone Rd sod farm near Becker Rd was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper
>> about an hour ago. I also checked the sod farm at Colebrook Rd where Stan
>> Stahl reported an American Golden-Plover around noon but did not have the
>> bird. I thought the overcast skies might bring down something of interest,
>> but maybe there's no correlation..who knows?
>>
>> Zach Millen
>> Akron
>>
>
>



Subject: Pied-billed Grebes - Butler Co.
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 12:41 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This morning at Moraine State Park there were four Pied-billed Grebes and
the continuing Great Egret present at the Waterfowl Observation Area

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Silver Lake in Bucks CO.
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 11:21 am
From: d.filler AT verizon.net
 



The following were seen or heard on the morning bird walk from the Silver Lake Nature Center located in Bristol PA.

Silver Lake Nature Center, Bucks, Pennsylvania, US


Aug 27, 2016 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling...
0.8 mile(s)
Participants : 11


Comments: Had a nice look at a Canada Warbler.

36 species

Canada Goose 8
Mallard 4
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2 Seen from route 13 after the walk.
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Ring-billed Gull 15
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 4
Tree Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 18
Gray Catbird 10
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 10
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 8



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

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



Subject: Lancaster - Baird's Sandpiper
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 10:56 am
From: zjmillen AT gmail.com
 
This morning on the Conejohela Flats at Avocet Point, Mike Epler, Ted
Nichols and I had a juvenile Baird's Sandpiper and a juvenile Sanderling
among ten shorebird species. The Sanderling was still present when we left
and would be scopeable from shore if interested. We were not able to locate
the Baird's after about 9am, but it may simply have moved somewhere out of
sight. Mike took some amazing photos of the bird to be added to this list.

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

Zach Millen
Akron



Subject: Warblers, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 9:22 am
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Last night's north wind brought in a couple od warblers (Redstart & Chestnut-sided), Baltimore orioles and a Kingfisher.
Here's my checklist for Schenley Park, Aug 27, 2016, 8:30 AM90 minutes
Near the lake and Westinghouse fountain
Submitted from eBird

14 Canada Goose
1 Mourning Dove
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
4 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Empidonax sp.
3 Red-eyed Vireo
6 Blue Jay
2 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
10 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
1 American Redstart
2 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Song Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
2 Baltimore Oriole
10 American Goldfinch

Kate St. John
Visit my blog, Outside My Window, at
birdsoutsidemywindow.org



Subject: Baird's SP at John Heinz
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 9:00 am
From: pflicke.holger AT gmail.com
 
Hi guys,

In case anyone is not using ebird or any other instant alert notifications
the Baird's SP yesterday reported by Jim is still hanging out at Tinicum.
It's moving between the 1st and 2nd horseshoe bend.
No warblers though even with the good bird movement last night.

Enjoy the less humid weather.

Holger
Center City Philly



Subject: Avoet in Allegheny County--NO
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 8:37 am
From: mpfial AT verizon.net
 
Just an update for anyone interested, the American Avocet that was at Duck Hollow yesterday was not there this morning.  It's right in line with typical Avocet visits, if it's there one day, it's gone the next.  I was told the bird flew off at dusk as a boat passed by.

Last evening one of the local Osprey flew in and circled the area.

Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Middle Creek WMA Field Trip Tomorrow (8/28)
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 8:13 am
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
All,

I'm leading a field trip for the Lancaster County Bird Club (LCBC) tomorrow
(8/28) at Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster County.

All are welcome. See below for details.

Good birding,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)

Sunday August 28, 7:00 AM
Field Trip to Middle Creek WMA

Ted Nichols will lead a field trip to Middle Creek WMA. Meet at the
visitor’s center parking area at 7am. Contact Ted (tanicholsii@gmail.com)
if you plan to attend. The emphasis of this trip is to look for fall
migrants that could include warblers, flycatchers, thrushes, shorebirds and
hopefully a surprise or two along the way. The group will bird into the
early afternoon so bring some snacks, lunch, drinks and dress for the
weather. Be prepared for ticks.

Here's the link for all LCBC upcoming programs:
http://lancasterbirdclub.org/i...



Subject: Snowy Egret, Northumberland County
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 5:40 am
From: akeister110 AT gmail.com
 
This morning at dawn at the Fabridam a juv. Snowy Egret flew out of roost
with 30 Great Egrets and flew down river. A Snowy Egret was seen here a
little over a week ago. The birds were roosting on the Shamokin Dam side
of the river.

The American Avocets that I saw here yesterday are gone.

Last night I saw 8 Black-crowned Night Herons below the Fabridam. I had
one here this morning. I suspect that they are here every night.

Andy Keister



Subject: Black-crowned Night Herons, Laughing Gull, Northumberland County
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 20:33 pm
From: akeister110 AT gmail.com
 
Along with the Avocets tonight, I had 8 Black-crowned Night Herons fly from
the Shamokin Dam side of the river. Four adults flew to rocks below the
Fabridam and four juveniles flew down river. A single first summer
Laughing Gull joined over 50 Ring-billed Gulls just before dark.

Andy Keister



Subject: American Avocet--Allegheny County
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 18:54 pm
From: mpfial AT verizon.net
 
An American Avocet was found at Duck Hollow earlier today.

It is still present at Duck Hollow, so if you live close by, there's still time to see it. About a dozen birders have been spending the evening with it. A barge, people on paddleboards, and a speed boat with someone tubing all passed by but the bird did not move.

This is the sixth county record.

Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Second Mountain (26 Aug 2016) 11 Raptors
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 18:49 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 2 2
Bald Eagle 3 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 18 18
Red-tailed Hawk 5 13 13
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 4 4
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 11 53 53
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Sue Cooper

Observers:

Visitors:
4 visitors (one family)
Ed Chub mowed grass from 7:45am to 9:10am then left.


Weather:
1 to 3MPH gusts occasionally, out of the west all day.
Hard to tolerate this very hot day. we did have a compliment clouds as 1%
to 75% changing all day.
82 to 89F.

Raptor Observations:
IMBE@10:20am
ABE & juvenile@3:21PM
the adult bald eagle was flying wing to wing with the juvenile.

Non-raptor Observations:
chimney swifts, tree swallows, barn swallows, goldfinches, cardinals, 4
hummingbirds, 25 wax wings, 1 white pigeon, 3 ravens and many turkey
vultures and black vultures. Interesting, that the ruby throated
hummingbirds would fly to me and take a long look.

Predictions:
hoping for more wind and less heat
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: Bake Oven Knob (26 Aug 2016) 31 Raptors
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 18:30 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 2 28 28
Turkey Vulture 7 124 124
Osprey 2 34 34
Bald Eagle 3 45 45
Northern Harrier 0 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 29 29
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 5 107 107
Red-tailed Hawk 6 37 37
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 5 5
Merlin 0 3 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 24 24
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 31 450 450
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Erin Voss

Observers: Ed Wanamaker, Rick Gaeta, Rob Keith

Visitors:
Occasional day hikers, no AT through-hikers.


Weather:
Today was pretty hot (mid 80s) and partly cloudy, with good visibility (20
miles), and northwestern breezes up to 10 mph all day.

Raptor Observations:
Despite today's breezy weather, it was pretty quiet raptor-wise.

Bald Eagle (3): 0936a, 1156i, 1320i
Watched a Sharp-shinned Hawk catch and eat a dragonfly on the wing at
1219.
Non-migratory male American Kestrel 1133, non-migratory Red-tailed Hawk at
1230.




Non-raptor Observations:
Raven (3), Monarch (4), Hummingbird (15)
Pileated Woodpecker, Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, American Goldfinch.

Predictions:
Sunny, with a high near 89. Light and variable wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 8/26/2016
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 17:59 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* August 26, 2016
* PAEA1608.26

- Birds mentioned

BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SNOWY EGRET
LITTLE BLUE HERON
SANDERLING
GLOSSY IBIS
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: August 26th at 6:00 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... .

There will be a field trip to the Whitehall Parkway on September 3rd. Meet
at the Whitehall Parkway in the Chestnut Street parking lot at the barn,
west of Route 145, at 7:30 AM. Trip leader will be Adam Smith.

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, 2nd edition of the book can be ordered at:
http://www.lvaudubon.org/shop/ .

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
BLUE GROSBEAK – 1 on 8/22 and 8/23
DICKCISSEL – 1 on 8/26 (first-year male).

Sightings from LEASER LAKE, Lehigh County:
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON – 1 on 8/23.

Sightings from BAKE OVEN KNOB, Lehigh County:
Bald Eagles – 23 on 8/22
Merlins – 2 on 8/22.
Also Common Raven.

Sightings from the LEHIGH GAP NATURE CENTER, Carbon County:
BLUE GROSBEAK – 1 on 8/20.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
SNOWY EGRET – 1 to 8/21; 2 on 8/22; 1 from 8/23 to at least 8/25
LITTLE BLUE HERONS – 3 to 8/22; 1 from 8/23 to at least 8/25
SANDERLING – 5 on 8/21
Great Black-backed Gull – 1 on 8/21
Caspian Terns – 8 on 8/21.
Also Pectoral and Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Sightings from DEEP CREEK / KNIGHT LAKE area, Montgomery County:
GLOSSY IBIS – 1 to at least 8/24.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER – 1 on 8/24.
Also Red-breasted Nuthatch.

- End transcript



Subject: Am. Avocets, Northumberland County
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 17:39 pm
From: akeister110 AT gmail.com
 
Currently two American Avocets below the Fabridam in Sunbury.

Andy Keister



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (26 Aug 2016) 31 Raptors
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 17:18 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 7 7
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 37 37
Bald Eagle 1 31 31
Northern Harrier 0 5 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 23 23
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 15 117 117
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 27 27
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 22 22
Merlin 0 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 31 287 287
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 05:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Laurie Goodrich, Zach Bordner

Weather:
warm and humid with steady WNW winds all day, 4-10 mph

Raptor Observations:
Immature Bald Eagle--1234 pm; male kestrel and sharp-shinned diving on each
other for some time til they finally passed. Local RTs seen all day along
with TV, BV groups

Non-raptor Observations:
153 barn swallow, 12 cliff sw., 141 unidentified swallow,, 6 roughwing
swallow, 102 chim swift, 21 hummers, 78 waxwings
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: Shorebirds - Allegheny Co.
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 17:08 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
I stopped at the Imperial Grasslands main pond late this afternoon and had
four species of shorebirds there

20 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Pectoral Sandpiper
3 Least Sandpiper

also had a Savannah Sparrow there

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Allegheny Front (26 Aug 2016) 14 Raptors
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 16:39 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 2 2
TV 5 24 24
OS 0 3 3
BE 0 8 8
NH 0 0 0
SS 2 9 9
CH 1 3 3
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 0 0
BW 3 132 132
RT 2 17 17
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 0
AK 1 4 4
ML 0 1 1
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 0 0
UB 0 4 4
UF 0 1 1
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 1 1

Total: 14 209 209
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Tom Dick

Observers: Walter Shaffer

Visitors:
Walter and Dana Shaffer


Weather:
SW wind with 30% clouds

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Tree Swallows, Goldfinches, Cedar Waxwings, Chimney Swifts, Cabbage white,
Monarch Butterflies, Tiger Swallowtails

Predictions:
West winds and clear
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Dick ()



Subject: Conowingo Dam question
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 15:45 pm
From: rrovansek AT pacewater.com
 
No. No petrel is regular anywhere in PA. Black and white gull-like birds could be gulls or terns. 

Ron Rovansek
Centre county

Commitment, Teamwork, Pride

> On Aug 26, 2016, at 4:35 PM, Thomas Wilson wrote:
>
> Are there Petrels that migrate through the area? Lower Susquehanna area?
>
>> On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 8:45 AM, Thomas Wilson wrote:
>>
>> My wife and I were there last night around sunset enjoying all the
>> activity. Bald Eagles, GBH, Green Herons, Great Egrets, Osprey, etc. There
>> were two gull-like birds soaring over the tail race that I'm sure someone
>> more experienced would be able to ID. Mostly black and white with buff and
>> white chest. Black cap. One of them had distinct white marking above the
>> bill. Black wing tips. Black primary and secondary with a white stripe
>> adjacent. Tail was black with a distinct white rump. I wish I could say
>> what color the legs and feet were. I appreciate any input from the bird
>> gurus!
>>
>> Tom Wilson
>> Strasburg PA
>
>
>
> --
> Tom Wilson V.M.D.
> Strasburg PA
> (_))
> (oo)_______
> (__) )\
> | |---------w| \~
> | | | |



Subject: Conowingo Dam question
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 15:35 pm
From: cowdoc99 AT gmail.com
 
Are there Petrels that migrate through the area? Lower Susquehanna area?

On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 8:45 AM, Thomas Wilson wrote:

> My wife and I were there last night around sunset enjoying all the
> activity. Bald Eagles, GBH, Green Herons, Great Egrets, Osprey, etc. There
> were two gull-like birds soaring over the tail race that I'm sure someone
> more experienced would be able to ID. Mostly black and white with buff and
> white chest. Black cap. One of them had distinct white marking above the
> bill. Black wing tips. Black primary and secondary with a white stripe
> adjacent. Tail was black with a distinct white rump. I wish I could say
> what color the legs and feet were. I appreciate any input from the bird
> gurus!
>
> Tom Wilson
> Strasburg PA
>



--
Tom Wilson V.M.D.
Strasburg PA
(_))
(oo)_______
(__) )\
| |---------w| \~
| | | |



Subject: Waggoner's Gap (26 Aug 2016) 20 Raptors
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 15:26 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 1 22 22
BE 4 62 62
NH 0 5 5
SS 3 21 21
CH 0 5 5
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 6 6
BW 4 156 156
RT 7 68 68
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 0
AK 1 21 21
ML 0 1 1
PG 0 4 4
UA 0 0 0
UB 0 3 3
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 3 3

Total: 20 377 377
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Ron Freed

Observers: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
Gene Odato, 5


Weather:
Mix of sun and clouds with moderate NW wind.

Raptor Observations:
BE JUV 11:42
BE Ad - 9:23, 9:43, 12:51

First bird - RT 9:06
Last bird - SS 1:46

At 9:40, A white Red-tailed Hawk appeared on the south side among some
Turkey Vultures. It circled slowly over us to the north side and continued
to circle, then started calling, just before an adult Bald Eagle dove on it
and hurried it on its way southwest. It was entirely white except for a bit
of mottling on the breast and underwing coverts.

Non-raptor Observations:
Hummers - 5

Visit our new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Waggonersgaphawkwatch/

========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Dickcissel, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 14:46 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
At 3:30 this afternoon I was sitting on the deck, intending to rest for just a few minutes and watch the hummingbird activity in the back yard, when I realized the bird feeding on the rock below the feeders was a dickcissel, not a house sparrow.  It fed for more than 10 minutes before going into the big bush behind the feeders.  Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Great Horned Owls in Levittown
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 14:35 pm
From: d.filler AT verizon.net
 
 Had the most interesting GHO experience I have ever had this morning. I came out the door to go to work at 5:05 this morning, as I was walking down the driveway I heard the hooting of a Great Horned Owl. I looked up at the electric towers and there sat two GHO's one on each tower. I got my scope out of the car and could clearly see the birds silhouetted against the sky. I hooked up my Phoneskope and took a few pictures. They can be seen on my facebook page www.facebook.com/douglas.filler or Instagram @dougfiller . I tried making a GHO sound (hoot hoot hooo) and then thought to my self that the birds will never buy that. As I started to put my scope away, as I was now perhaps going to be late to work, I turned to get one last look at the owls and there to my surprise one of the birds had taken off and was coming toward me about twenty feet over my head. The owl then swooped up and over the house and I lost sight of it, but it must have landed in the trees behind the house because I could still hear it hooting. Have never had an owl fly that close to me, was a very neat experience. 

P.S. thanks to another PABirder. Linda Rowan who lives about a mile away down the same powerline cut that I do. She reported the two owls a week and a half ago and I told her to send them my way. Apparently the birds listened.
Doug Filler
Levittown



Subject: Olive-sided Flycatchers Cumberland County
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 13:51 pm
From: pabirder AT gmail.com
 
Greetings,
Annette Matthes and I had 2 Olive-sided Flycatchers today. The first was at
the clear cut near the power line on Ridge Road Michaux State Forest. The
second was at SGL 169 Cabin Road which is a continuing bird. Not too much
in the way of migrant warblers yet.
Best,
Vern Gauthier
Newville



Subject: Lancaster- American Golden Plover
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 13:00 pm
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
This afternoon, I found the American Golden Plover on a field on the northern side of Stevens St., not too far from where I had seen it yesterday.
I looked for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper without finding it.
Stan Stahl



Subject: FYI- NJ Young Birders
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 11:21 am
From: aslamoreaux AT gmail.com
 
The New Jersey Young Birders Club has some nice field trips planned for
this fall, and invites young birders from outside NJ to join in on the
fun... more details on their website:
http://njyoungbirders.weebly.c...

Alex

--
Alex Lamoreaux
717-943-7086
http://www.nemesisbird.com/



Subject: Mourning Warbler, Beechwood Farms, Allegheny County
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 9:19 am
From: henriciac AT gmail.com
 
This morning I saw a Mourning Warbler alongside the Goldenrod Trail. It was an adult male and gave me good looks before diving into the thick vines on the slope side of the trail. The preserve was otherwise quiet, with the only other warbler I spotted being a Redstart. 

Amy Henrici

Sent from my iPad



Subject: Conowingo Dam question
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 7:46 am
From: cowdoc99 AT gmail.com
 
My wife and I were there last night around sunset enjoying all the
activity. Bald Eagles, GBH, Green Herons, Great Egrets, Osprey, etc. There
were two gull-like birds soaring over the tail race that I'm sure someone
more experienced would be able to ID. Mostly black and white with buff and
white chest. Black cap. One of them had distinct white marking above the
bill. Black wing tips. Black primary and secondary with a white stripe
adjacent. Tail was black with a distinct white rump. I wish I could say
what color the legs and feet were. I appreciate any input from the bird
gurus!

Tom Wilson
Strasburg PA



Subject: Lancaster - Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 7:32 am
From: zjmillen AT gmail.com
 
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper is continuing this morning at the same
location, nearly all the way out at the end of the sod field. No other
shorebirds were present besides Killdeer. Once the fog burned off it was
nice to see it in the early morning without heat wave issues.

Also, the Stilt Sandpiper found last night at Alcoa Marsh beside Red Rose
Commons was still present early today.

Zach

On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:30 PM, Zachary Millen wrote:

> At the Graystone Rd sod farm near Becker Rd was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper
> about an hour ago. I also checked the sod farm at Colebrook Rd where Stan
> Stahl reported an American Golden-Plover around noon but did not have the
> bird. I thought the overcast skies might bring down something of interest,
> but maybe there's no correlation..who knows?
>
> Zach Millen
> Akron
>



Subject: Swallows and swallowish starlings, Moore Twp, Northampton Co
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 21:31 pm
From: billetter01 AT gmail.com
 
Since Tuesday, but especially this evening, there have been good numbers of
swallows over the yard and adjacent fields that are visible from the front
deck. Good numbers for here, at least. It's typical for this time of
year, and I'm sure brought about by some sort of insect hatch...maybe from
the small pond across the street. Among the Tree and Barn Swallows, there
was a Cliff Swallow yesterday and at least one Bank Swallow this evening.
Also many dragonflies at prey over the side yard this evening, hunting
right out there off the side of the deck in dangerous proximity to all
those hungry tree swallows. But here's what I found to be the most
interesting:

I stepped out front around 7:15 this evening to take another look and
noticed dozens of larger birds flying among the (mostly) Tree Swallows. I
thought they were martins at first, and wish they were...but these were all
starlings. They were behaving exactly as the swallows, moving about
independently of one another, soaring, chasing, circling and fluttering
with a surprising degree of agility to catch insects on the wing. Some
down low, others high and distant. Starlings move east to west across the
neighborhood in loose flocks most evenings at about this time of day, but
always in a very direct pattern. They were doing the same this evening in
small groups, but with individual birds breaking away and circling back to
catch prey as soon as they moved into the buggy airspace above the yard.

I've seen individual starlings chase down bugs, but I've never witnessed
this sort of swallow-like behavior in starlings before. Has anyone else?
Say what you will about European Starlings, but their adaptability is right
up there with the House Sparrow...everyone's *other* favorite bird...ha!

Bill Etter
Moore Twp
Northampton Co



Subject: Lawrence & Mecer County Birds
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 20:35 pm
From: 000000c0e1e11ab7-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I spent the morning at Black and Pennsy Swamps in Lawrence and Mercer counties and had a few notable species. At Pennsy, there were 2 Virginia Rails, 1 Alder Fylcatcher, 1 Marsh Wren, and 4 flyover Bobolinks. Afterwards, I made a stop along No. 2 Mine Rd at the northern edge of Black Swamp in Lawrence County. Here, I had 22 Wood Ducks and 3 Common Gallinules. 

The highlight though was my lifer Least Bittern heard making its "coo" call from within the cattails on the south side of No. 2 Mine Rd. This species was reported from this area earlier in the season, so it's possible that this might have been the same individual. My last stop was at the Shaner Rd Ponds to look for shorebirds, but the only species that I had were Killdeer and Solitary Sandpiper. Despite the heat and humidity this morning here in NW PA, it was a great morning for birding.

Brendyn Baptiste
Slippery Rock, Butler County

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Shorebirds in York County
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 20:09 pm
From: dean.newhouse AT gmail.com
 
Visited the retention ponds behind the Gateway Hanover Shopping Center on
the northwest side of Hanover this morning, and moved on to the Blackrock
Flats on Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park after noon, and I found several
different shorebird species, including Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary
Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers, Killdeer, and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Also,
two Green Herons and an Osprey at the Black Rock Flats, and about a dozen
Goldfinches down in the mud. At the ponds, I also had a Kingfisher, Great
Egret and Great Blue Heron, and all the peeps arose in a fuss when a
Cooper's Hawk flew over at tree top level.

The water level at both sites is now low enough to attract shorebirds during
migration.

Dean Newhouse
York County



Subject: Allegheny County Swifts
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 19:00 pm
From: mpfial AT verizon.net
 
Looking to the sky right now over my house the sky is filled with Chimney Swifts.   I just noticed two Common Nighthawks with them, must be a lot of insects up there as the birds were twisting and turning.  I better get back to watching them. 

Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Bake Oven Knob (25 Aug 2016) 20 Raptors
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 18:39 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 25, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 2 26 26
Turkey Vulture 6 117 117
Osprey 3 32 32
Bald Eagle 0 42 42
Northern Harrier 0 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 25 25
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 3 102 102
Red-tailed Hawk 3 31 31
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 5 5
Merlin 0 3 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 22 22
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 20 419 419
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Erin Voss

Observers: Ed Wanamaker, Rick Gaeta, Rob Keith, Ron Hillegass

Visitors:
Additional Observer: Kenny Fowler.

A few hikers.


Weather:
Hazy and cloudy all the day. Sprinkled briefly around 12 pm EST, so we
retreated to the parking lot before returning 15 minutes later.
Temperatures were in the 70s and low 80s, and winds reached 10 mph in the
morning, but were lighter in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Non-migratory peregrine and merlin passed through, flying northeast at
0947.


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch (1)

Black-capped Chickadee, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-throated Blue Warbler,
Ovenbird, unidentified sandpiper (likely a yellowlegs), Chimney Swift.

Predictions:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 6 to 9 mph.
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Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: Pectoral Sandpiper - Allegheny Co.
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 18:26 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This evening there was a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Least Sandpiper at the
Imperial Grasslands main pond

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (25 Aug 2016) 13 Raptors
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 16:52 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 25, 2016
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 7 7
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 2 37 37
Bald Eagle 0 30 30
Northern Harrier 0 5 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 18 18
Cooper's Hawk 1 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 6 102 102
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 25 25
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 14 14
Merlin 0 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 13 256 256
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Observation start time: 05:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: David Barber

Weather:
Clear first thing in the morning with increasing clouds and overcast for
most of the day, S and SW winds 1-7 mph

Raptor Observations:
Eastern Screech Owl was calling from below the lookout in the morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
Chestnut-sided, black-throated blue, black-throated green, blackburnian,
and black-and-white warblers, american redstart, wood thrush, red-breasted
nuthatch
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Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



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