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26 May: @ 11:08:55 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 May 2018) 1 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 May: @ 17:52:58 
Dauphin County, Harrisburg Peregrine Falcons [Sue Hannon]
25 May: @ 13:08:38 
WW Scoter, Clay-colored Sparrow, Chat - Mercer Co [Steve Sanford]
25 May: @ 12:25:37 
Warblers in Presque Isle Park [Dean Newhouse]
25 May: @ 12:05:31 
Presque Isle State Park, Erie County [Dean Newhouse]
25 May: @ 00:28:40 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (24 May 2018) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
24 May: @ 23:53:58 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (23 May 2018) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
24 May: @ 20:03:21 
Mourning & Wilson's Warblers, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards]
24 May: @ 19:58:11 
Presque Isle--Erie County [Michael Fialkovich]
24 May: @ 17:52:52 
Lancaster, Lebanon Counties, Middle Creek WMA: Blue Grosbeak, Grasshopper Sparrows back. [Stanley C Stahl]
24 May: @ 12:25:40 
Re: Put Notifications On Hold Please [Deborah Grove]
24 May: @ 12:08:09 
Put Notifications On Hold Please [Karen Bryant Personal]
24 May: @ 09:01:26 
FYI notice from BIRDEAST [Amy Taracido]
24 May: @ 08:59:53 
White-winged Scoter - Mercer Co. [Mark Vass]
24 May: @ 07:07:43 
Winter 2017/2018 Photo Submissions for Pennsylvania Birds [Ted Nichols II]
23 May: @ 19:28:03 
Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, May 23, 2018 [Karyn Delaney]
23 May: @ 17:02:36 
Dauphin Co, Harrisburg Falcon Watch and Rescue [Sue Hannon]
23 May: @ 16:51:16 
Black tern, Lehigh County [DAVID KOCH]
23 May: @ 15:28:14 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 15 May 2018 [Amy Taracido]
23 May: @ 14:14:10 
Tangled Hummingbird [sugal]
23 May: @ 14:13:02 
Re: Brown pelican, York Co. [Zachary Millen]
23 May: @ 12:27:16 
disregard Re: [PABIRDS] Allegheny County Blue Grosbeak--NO [Amy Taracido]
23 May: @ 12:21:50 
Re: Allegheny County Blue Grosbeak--NO [Amy Taracido]
23 May: @ 08:56:47 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (22 May 2018) 1 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
23 May: @ 08:40:05 
Fwd: [NJBIRDS] Birdchat family of lists is down [Grant Stevenson]
23 May: @ 07:57:20 
FW: [JERSEYBI] Birdchat family of lists is down [John J. Collins]
23 May: @ 06:31:19 
Whimbrel, Montour County [Andy Keister]
23 May: @ 05:49:31 
Re: Brown pelican, York Co. [Zachary Millen]
22 May: @ 19:39:06 
Re: Brown pelican, York Co. [Michael David]
22 May: @ 19:10:05 
Westmoreland County Predator/Prey Drama [Michael Fialkovich]
22 May: @ 15:38:49 
Semipalmated Plovers-Washington county [john flannigan]
22 May: @ 13:29:51 
Brown pelican, York Co. [Richard Cleary]
22 May: @ 13:24:29 
Venango [jerry stanley]
22 May: @ 13:01:39 
Short-billed Dowitcher - Allegheny Co. [Mark Vass]
22 May: @ 10:33:08 
Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co [Denise Donmoyer]
22 May: @ 08:58:06 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 8 May 2018 (two weeks) [Amy Taracido]
21 May: @ 23:52:39 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (21 May 2018) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
21 May: @ 20:47:12 
BioBlitz in Bird Park and Robb Hollow Parks, Mt Lebanon, Allegheny County - June 1-2nd [chrisgphillips]
21 May: @ 20:34:50 
Nesting Herring Gull at Allegheny River Lock 7, Kittanning, Armstrong County [Alan Buriak]
21 May: @ 19:31:14 
Re: OT -- Question about several recent emails with no subject -- are these spam? [Katrina Knight]
21 May: @ 17:48:23 
Re: OT -- Question about several recent emails with no subject -- are these spam? [Don Weiss]
21 May: @ 17:29:00 
Re: OT -- Question about several recent emails with no subject -- are these spam? [Glenn Koppel]
21 May: @ 17:14:15 
OT -- Question about several recent emails with no subject -- are these spam? [reeser]
21 May: @ 13:36:41 
No Subject [Don Weiss]
21 May: @ 10:36:57 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (20 May 2018) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
21 May: @ 09:36:47 
Canadian visitors Bucks County [David Wilbur]
21 May: @ 09:19:41 
Quebec Run, Tebolt Trail, Fayette [Kate StJohn]
20 May: @ 19:04:18 
Red-necked phalarope, Lehigh County [Kevin Dougherty]
20 May: @ 18:44:51 
Common Nighthawk, Berks County [Ed Barrell]
20 May: @ 14:56:14 
Upcoming PSO meeting Sept 14-16 [Deborah Grove]





Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 May 2018) 1 Raptors
Date: Sat May 26 2018 11:08 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 25, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total: 1 3 3
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Barry Blust, Dennis Davis, Kathleen Pileggi, Kelley Nunn

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (11): Beaty Broughton, Kathleen Pileggi, Kelley Nunn, Rhoda
McNitt, Bob Reitz, Barry Blust, Carl Mease, Dennis Davis, Kathleen Rengert,
Hannah Greenberg



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






Weather:
Mostly Sunny (10% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 84 - 75F, Winds SW @ 5 - 10 mph.





Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Osprey, 2-Cooper's
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (25) and Turkey Vultures (50).






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



TODAYS BBB: ---Oh, Courtney!---



The Early Bird Blogs daily word is umpteenth. Play along with mehow
would you define it? Lets see how close you are. I finally settled upon
it meaning numerous. Actually, I figured it wasnt a real word, yet was
surprised it is, although informal. But how close was I? One-Look - my
source for all my words - says its a word used to emphasize that something
has happened on many other occasions; slightly derogatory. This adjective
has uncertain origins. How close were you to the exact phrasing of the
definition? Were you surprised, as I, that it is a word? We love wordsdo
you? Choose the right one, use it in the right way and it can say so much
for you. While certainly if you dont, it can cause so much harm. Feel
free to suggest your favorite.



May 25 Today began with Blue Grosbeak call notes, amid spectacular
conditions for Kites to show up. Southwest winds and warm; a few
background clouds, but could use more. Two Yellow-breasted Chats were
heard singing. An Osprey soaring high overhead and heading directly north,
still appeared to be a late migrant. Two seemingly unrelated events became
suddenly conjoined in what happened next. I had taken the initiative to
request information on auto insurance rates this week, and my new best
friend Courtney, from State Farm, has been calling constantly, despite my
pleading with her that Im busy and will get back to her. Suddenly, I saw
a bird I felt very likely was a Kite. It appeared in the Red Clay Creek
valley. I ran to the scope, as the bird disappeared below the tree line.
Would it be visible? It was then that the phone rang. I feel I need to
answer these, as someone might be lost trying to get here. I answered
quickly you guessed it. It was my new bestest buddy, Courtney. My
blood pressure rose as Im certain the kite did! I dispatched precious
Courtney AGAIN, and the would-be Kite was never seen AGAIN. Oh well note
to self: Dont answer the phone when on a potential kite!



Saving the day, Dennis saw a flock of shorebirds at 7:15, receiving
full-partial credit for his efforts. They were a flock of 300+ Dunlin
migrating over Bucktoe. Kelley returned, this time with Hannah just a bit
too late to see the large flock. Hannah enjoyed an adult beverage, her
drinking problem evident when she hadnt the means to open it. Barry
came to the rescue with a bottle opener. Good job, Barry! Now Hannah can
demonstrate phase II of her drinking problem. [Gotcha, Hannah!] Phase III
of her drinking problem was evident later, when Hannah texted me saying she
had forgotten her camera at the site. The adventure continues



Others among the 59 species seen/heard today were Wood Ducks, Coopers
Hawks, another Osprey, 2 Great Egrets, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Scarlet
Tanager.



Rhoda brought a delicious sliced up apple and Dennis had fashioned some
homemade pseudo-Reeces peanut butter cups spurring me first to give
thanks, and then to offer this reminder: That gifts of food and drink are
not only welcome, but are to be encouraged here at Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
You know, in case you forgot!



And I forgot to mention that my friend Steve was here the other day and he
looked great. Well, good at least. Fair? Not too bad? I may be
overstating this. [Got you, my friend! Seriously, thrilled youre doing so
well, Steve!]



----My thanks to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws,
for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their
property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 300+-Dunlin (@ 7:26pm).



2-Great Egret, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Blue Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (2): Eastern Tiger Swallowtail,
Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians
(0). Mammals (1): Little Brown Bat.



----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 7.43; Steps: 17,435; Floors:
46.



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



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 59; this season: 84



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (2): Cooper's
Hawk, DUNLIN.





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks good with SW winds and clouds for background,
possible showers, though
The Kites winds good
As for the shorebirds - we are due!



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
[email protected] with questions or comments.


========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis ([email protected])


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Dauphin County, Harrisburg Peregrine Falcons
Date: Fri May 25 2018 17:52 pm
From: sbhannon AT gmail.com
 
Re: Falcon Watch and Rescue

While Harrisburg's peregrine chicks are still several days shy of the
average fledging age for this site, the adults were seen attempting to
entice them from the ledge yesterday afternoon. The chicks' feathers are
filling in fast, and their behavioral indicators show they are very near
fledging. So the off-hours watch will go into effect tomorrow at noon and
will run until about June 4, possibly longer depending on how fledging
progresses.



Fledging time provides a great opportunity to see peregrine falcons at
pretty close range. The next week should offer some terrific chances to
witness and photograph aerial food exchanges, falcons stooping to hunt or
chasing eagles and other birds of prey out of the area, and plenty of
fascinating juvenile antics. The annual show is almost ready to begin, so
bring your lawn chairs, binoculars, and cameras and join us on the lawn
across the street from the Carson Building for a front row seat!



Volunteers are still needed for this year's Falcon Watch. If you are
interested in participating, please let me know.


--
Sue Hannon
Grantville
Dauphin County, PA



Subject: WW Scoter, Clay-colored Sparrow, Chat - Mercer Co
Date: Fri May 25 2018 13:08 pm
From: bwredbird AT gmail.com
 
I wasn't expecting much success chasing rarities this morning, but Jim
McConnor and I hit a few jackpots.
We saw the White-winged Scoter (adult male) at the pond on Tower Rd as
soon as we got out of the car.
Later on S Spring Rd we heard a Chat in the scrub-brush area, and a
Clay-colored Sparrow while we were waiting. The sparrow sang only one
buzz at a time as opposed to the usual three, but we got good looks and
Jim (and Kim Springer on her own) should have some pictures on eBird.
This was my first Clay-colored Sparrow in Mercer Co.


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Subject: Warblers in Presque Isle Park
Date: Fri May 25 2018 12:25 pm
From: dean.newhouse AT gmail.com
 
Somehow I forgot to mention all the warblers.  We had a singing Pine
Warbler, Yellow Warblers by the dozens, Common Yellowthroats,
Yellow-throated Warblers, Mourning Warbler, Magnolia Warblers, Cape May
Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers, American Redstarts, a Northern Parula,
Baybreasted Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Tennessee Warbler,
Black-throated Blue Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Northern
Waterthrush, Nashville Warblers, a Wilson's Warbler and a Black-and-white
Warbler.

Dean Newhouse
York County



Subject: Presque Isle State Park, Erie County
Date: Fri May 25 2018 12:05 pm
From: dean.newhouse AT gmail.com
 
Last two days at Presque Isle State Park.  Walked the Pine Tree Trail, the
Dead Pond Trail, the Sidewalk Trail, The Ridge Trail, and the Fry's Landing
Trail. Saw Brown Thrashers, Swainson and Wood Thrushes, and Red-eyed,
Blue-headed, and Warbling Videos, and Great-crested and Yellow-bellied
Flycatchers, Pee-wees and Phoebes, Common Nighthawks, Ospreys, Eagles,
Harriers, even a Lincoln Sparrow and an Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhees,
and Baltimore Orioles all over the place. Elsewhere in the park we had
Caspian Terns, a Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Mergansers, Double-crested
Cormorants, a Great Black-backed Gull, Ruddy Ducks, Canada Geese, Herring
Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, Clay-colored Sparrows, and more.

Dean Newhouse
York County



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (24 May 2018) Raptors
Date: Fri May 25 2018 0:28 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 24, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total: 0 2 2
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers:

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (5): Jean-Marie Gauthier, Hank Davis, Joel Flachs, Deb Beer.



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






Weather:
Sunny (0% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10 miles, Temps
81 - 71F, Winds Light & Variable.




Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-tailed Hawk, and
numerous Black (6) and Turkey Vultures (25).





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



TODAYS BBB: May 24: Today began with with me having all my teeth.
Ah, but would it end that way?? It was another slow day with only 57
species highlighted by: Wood Duck, Green Heron, 1 Common Nighthawk,
Yellow-breasted Chat, and Blue Grosbeak. Weve had 2 bad days in a row.
Well, at least with nothing spectacular. What does that mean? Come on,
silly - it means we are due for another great day and soon! Im thinking
tomorrow, to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend! The winds will be from the
southwest and there will be at least a few clouds. Ill take that! [Oh,
and still have all my teeth!]



----My thanks to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws,
for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their
property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 1-Killdeer.



1-Wood Duck, 1-Green Heron, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 2-Willow Flycatcher,
1-Yellow-breasted Chat, 1-Blue Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (2): Eastern Tiger Swallowtail,
Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner, Twelve-spotted Skimmer.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (1): White-tailed Deer.



----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 4.71; Steps: 11,060; Floors:
21.



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



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 57; this season: 82



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





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks nice with a few clouds and warm southwest winds.
The Kites best day, yet!
As for the shorebirds could be due for another good one!



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
[email protected] with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis ([email protected])


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (23 May 2018) Raptors
Date: Thu May 24 2018 23:53 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 23, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total: 0 2 2
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers:

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (28): Kathleen Pileggi, Richard & Ellie Wolf, Dick & Pat Williams,
Steve Nuttle, Barry Blust, Nolan Morris, Anna Altieri, Deb Kirchdoerfer,
Judy Ford, Dennis Davis, Bob Reitz, Rhoda McNitt, Puff Busch, Mike
Hartshorne, Lauren Diamond, Walter & Pam Borys, Al Guarante, Holly Merker,
Ian Stewart (plus family of 6).



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






Weather:
Partly Cloudy-Sunny (75-0% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility -
10 miles, Temps 74 - 79F, Winds NW @ 10 mph.





Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Osprey, 5-Red-tailed
Hawk, and numerous Black (16) and Turkey Vultures (35).





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



TODAYS BBB: ---Almost Heaven? West Viginia??---



The Early Bird Blogs daily word is predicament. Play along with
mehow would you define it? Lets see how close you are. I finally
settled upon it meaning difficult situation. (I dont know - like losing
your tooth before meeting a group. Something like that, maybe?) But how
close was I? One-Look - my source for all my words - says it means a
difficult, unpleasant or embarrassing situation. Yah, that about covers
it! This noun has European roots. How close were you to the exact
phrasing of the definition? We love wordsdo you? Choose the right one,
use it in the right way and it can say so much for you. While certainly if
you dont, it can cause so much harm. Feel free to suggest your favorite.



May 23 Where do I begin? Lets try here: On Tuesday, I had to go to the
dentist for a loose implant for a tooth lost as a result of my accident.
[Yes folks, Im still dealing with things.] He installed a new temporary
one until the new one arrives next week. I love my dentist, he gets the
blog and reads it but lets test it to make sure he does, shall we? Hes
a great guy, but someone should tell him that HIS breath is kicking! Now,
Ill find out if he reads it or not by whether he installs my tooth back in
crooked or his dentists tools mysteriously slip, gouging my gums. [Im
just kidding dr. your breath is fine, but give me another hit of laughing
gas, will ya?] Anyway, back to my tooth. The day following my temporary
tooth being put in in fact, during my very first meal with it at the
remodeled cafat Longwood [an entire different story about our thoughts of
it ask me] I was eating apiece of fried chicken [part of a meal sold
for $17!!!!, BTW] when my tooth broke! IT FREAKIN BROKE OFF!!!! I damn
near ate it! Of course, this is my top very front tooth. You cant miss
it. Yah, I had myself a predicament. An INTENSE PREDICAMENT!



Now, its 1:30 pm and I am meeting a large group of people for the
much-ballyhooed Whimbrel Day [turns out 28 people] at Bucktoe in 90
minutes. All I can see is me greeting and talking with people with no
tooth! Id look like I was transported from West Virginia or Arkansas
[with my apologies and condolences to anyone from there].



I could try this recourse, Hey, I got involved with a man trying to rob a
little old lady at the Wawa just before coming her. Youre right, who
would believe me?



Kathleen, who I was eating with, was caught in a vicious cycle [as I was]
between laughing, feeling my pain, and disgust at what she was seeing when
I talked, but somehow offered this sage advice, Call the dentist. This is
an emergency and he knows you have an event tonight. I would have never
thought that possible at this exceptionally late hour. But call I did, and
amazingly the Dr. squeezed me in for my tooth, if not my dignitys sake!
Arriving at my dentists, he said between laughs at my GQ look and
predicament, I have NEVER seen one break like that! Wow, a first!



So, I have THAT going for me, which is nice.



There I was at 2:15 - I was toothless, yet at 3:00 I arrived in full smile
for the event!



Sporting such a toothless look [as I almost did], just how do those people
in West Virginia breed, anyway? I know, it must be with the lights off



I had gone to Longwood after receiving a call from Kathleen about Al
finding a Worm-eating Warbler [my FOY] at Longwood Gardens this morning.
She was standing with Al and wanted to know if I would like to come for it.
I did, and fortunately heard it sing a few times before the Arkansas
Angels had their way with me! I also heard Black-and-white Warbler and
very oddly, a Barred Owl calling mid-day.



This was all before arriving at Bucktoe for Whimbrel Day. Once there,
everybody showed up 28 people in all! I sure hope they werent expecting
my West Virginia alter ego. Youll never know just how close you were!
Ahh, the birds? Well, the birds were an utter disappointment this time.
It was slow today. Highlights among the 56 species seen were: Kentucky
Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Osprey, Common Nighthawk, and Blue
grosbeak. But we did have shorebirds Thats right, two Killdeer whoo,
the pressure is off, right? No??



Ian was out to check on the Martin gourdes, finding 2 nests in progress.
Ians family came all the way from England, just to miss the shorebirds!
Sono complaining! Besides, what do you mean miss the shorebirds?? You
saw the Killdeer! Two of them!! This evenings clear, blue sky was
against us, but 28 pairs of eyes were certainly for us. I think wed have
seen something if they were moving in mass. It looks like perhaps Monday
was Whimbrel Day. They just forgot to tell us. No worries, there will
be a day[s] for Black-bellied Plovers, Red Knots, Ruddy Turnstone, and
others though, too and Im certain some more Whimbrel. So please give
Bucktoe a chance to produce for you. Trust me, it can be amazing. Just
talk to someone who has witnessed it here or look at our pictures! As for
today, I looked hard for a flock, but couldnt find it.



We waited to watch the space station, scheduled to pass over us at 8:42pm.
We looked hard in the SW sky where it was to appear. I looked as hard as I
could - couldnt find it.



With a shrug I gave up the night. What a letdown tonight was. But I know
how readily it can all change. All packed up, I turned to leave.



I couldnt find my keys.



- - - - -
Angela spotted a Pileated Woodpecker at Unionville Park [AB].



A Worm-eating Warbler and Swainsons Thrushes were at Longwood Gardens on
5/23 [AG,KP].



----My thanks to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws,
for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their
property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 2-Killdeer.



1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 3-Willow Flycatcher, Kentucky Warbler, Yellow-breasted
Chat, 1-Blue Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Eastern Tiger Swallowtail,
Clouded Sulphur, Red Admiral. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles &
Amphibians (1): Spring Peeper. Mammals (1): Little Brown Bat.



----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 6.63; Steps: 15,549; Floors:
17.



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



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 56; this season: 82



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





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks OK, except, no clouds.



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
[email protected] with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis ([email protected])


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Mourning & Wilson's Warblers, Clearfield Co.
Date: Thu May 24 2018 20:03 pm
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
This morning there were two Wilson's Warblers and a Mourning Warbler singing along the Beaver Meadow Walkway in DuBois.


Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: Presque Isle--Erie County
Date: Thu May 24 2018 19:58 pm
From: mpfial AT verizon.net
 
Hi,


Took a trip to Presque Isle in Erie today to catch the late migrants. The warbler diversity was surprisingly good.


Two Horned Grebes and two Red-breasted Mergansers were in the bay along with a Scaup sp.


Other notables include:


Blue-headed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - two on Pine Tree Trail and it was nice to hear one calling
Alder Flycatcher - two heard calling
Swainson's Thrush - several


Cape May Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler - one singing on Pine Tree Trail
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler


White-throated Sparrow



Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Lancaster, Lebanon Counties, Middle Creek WMA: Blue Grosbeak, Grasshopper Sparrows back.
Date: Thu May 24 2018 17:52 pm
From: 000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
A male Blue Grosbeak is back along the spur road from the tour rd., singing from the same trees. Also singing Grasshopper Sparrows. An Oriole was singing an unusual song. I got only a glimpse of this bird when it flew. I wonder whether some genes from southern and western species are infiltrating the eastern orioles.Stanley C. Stahl


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad



Subject: Put Notifications On Hold Please
Date: Thu May 24 2018 12:25 pm
From: dsg4 AT psu.edu
 
Here is the site concerning the listserve.

Deb

----- Original Message -----
From: "Karen Bryant Personal"
To: "PABIRDS"
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:57:51 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Put Notifications On Hold Please

I'm new to all of this and didn't realize my inbox would be inundated with info that I'm not ready to do anything with. Please put a hold on my distribution until I'm prepared. Any tips on how to get started?

Karen Bryant
South Side

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania On Behalf Of Sue Hannon
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:03 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Dauphin Co, Harrisburg Falcon Watch and Rescue

Harrisburg's peregrine falcons are raising 4 eyases on the 15th floor ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building this year. The chicks hatched between April 19-23, and measurements taken during the banding on May 14 showed that there are 2 females and 2 males. At this time, the chicks are beginning to show signs that they will be fledging soon. Their feathers are rapidly filling in and their wing-flapping antics are bringing them ever closer to the edge of the ledge. In a few days, one of them will take that first big jump into the air and before long the other 3 will follow.

With fledging imminent, it is time for the Falcon Watch and Rescue to begin. We are currently scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 27, and will continue until the four young falcons have fledged and are flying competently, probably around June 4. We are currently looking for volunteers for the off-hours portion of the watch.

Volunteers will be asked to help monitor activity on the ledge. When one of the juvenile falcons flies, we track its progress and mark where it lands.
If one of the fledglings comes to ground, it will be rescued. There will always be experienced volunteers on duty should a rescue be required.

I have been volunteering with the Falcon Watch and Rescue since 2005. In the past ten years, I've helped with 17 rescues. Two of these rescued birds are currently nesting at sites in Wilmington, DE and Lorain, OH. I can honestly tell you that my participation in the Falcon Watch and Rescue is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. In addition to the excitement of watching the juvies as they master the use of their wings, and their parents as they engage in dazzling flight displays, sharing the experience with other volunteers and passersby is always interesting.

If you are interested in joining us, please email me for more information.


.
--
Sue Hannon
Grantville
Dauphin County, PA
--
Deborah Grove



Subject: Put Notifications On Hold Please
Date: Thu May 24 2018 12:08 pm
From: karenbryant747 AT gmail.com
 
I'm new to all of this and didn't realize my inbox would be inundated with info that I'm not ready to do anything with.  Please put a hold on my distribution until I'm prepared.  Any tips on how to get started?

Karen Bryant
South Side

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania On Behalf Of Sue Hannon
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:03 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Dauphin Co, Harrisburg Falcon Watch and Rescue

Harrisburg's peregrine falcons are raising 4 eyases on the 15th floor ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building this year. The chicks hatched between April 19-23, and measurements taken during the banding on May 14 showed that there are 2 females and 2 males. At this time, the chicks are beginning to show signs that they will be fledging soon. Their feathers are rapidly filling in and their wing-flapping antics are bringing them ever closer to the edge of the ledge. In a few days, one of them will take that first big jump into the air and before long the other 3 will follow.

With fledging imminent, it is time for the Falcon Watch and Rescue to begin. We are currently scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 27, and will continue until the four young falcons have fledged and are flying competently, probably around June 4. We are currently looking for volunteers for the off-hours portion of the watch.

Volunteers will be asked to help monitor activity on the ledge. When one of the juvenile falcons flies, we track its progress and mark where it lands.
If one of the fledglings comes to ground, it will be rescued. There will always be experienced volunteers on duty should a rescue be required.

I have been volunteering with the Falcon Watch and Rescue since 2005. In the past ten years, I've helped with 17 rescues. Two of these rescued birds are currently nesting at sites in Wilmington, DE and Lorain, OH. I can honestly tell you that my participation in the Falcon Watch and Rescue is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. In addition to the excitement of watching the juvies as they master the use of their wings, and their parents as they engage in dazzling flight displays, sharing the experience with other volunteers and passersby is always interesting.

If you are interested in joining us, please email me for more information.


.
--
Sue Hannon
Grantville
Dauphin County, PA



Subject: FYI notice from BIRDEAST
Date: Thu May 24 2018 9:01 am
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
I was requested by one of the Birdeast Listserv managers to spread the word on other local birding platforms that: The BirdChat family of lists, including Birdeast, Birdcntr, Birdwest, Birdband and BirdChat itself, will be down until further notice.  Kansas State University's Listserv server facility experienced a small fire late on 5/22/18. The servers will be restored as soon as possible but there is currently no time estimate. Please feel free to re-post this to other state and regional bird forums.

Chuck Otte, Dave Rintoul, and Laurie Larson, co-listowners, BirdChat"

She also posted that yesterday to Jerseybirds, and asked Ted Floyd at ABA to have it posted to their website; they were hoping it would be a very brief outage. If you can share it with any state or regional forum please do.


Thanks,

Amy Taracido


Washington Co., PA



Subject: White-winged Scoter - Mercer Co.
Date: Thu May 24 2018 8:59 am
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
Dick Nugent found a late drake White-winged Scoter yesterday at the gravel
pond on Tower Rd. that is behind the Grive City outlets

The bird continues there today...nice find Dick

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Winter 2017/2018 Photo Submissions for Pennsylvania Birds
Date: Thu May 24 2018 7:07 am
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
**CALL FOR WINTER 2017/2018 (Dec. 1, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018) PA BIRDS PHOTO
SUBMISSIONS**

Do you have some great photos of any birds taken in Pennsylvania from Dec.
1, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018? Or a picture of a notable/significant sighting
from that period?

I am currently accepting photo submissions through end of day June 3, 2018,
to be considered for publication as space permits in the Pennsylvania
Society for Ornithology (PSO) Winter 2017/2018 issue of Pennsylvania Birds.

**DUE TO TIME LIMITATIONS SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW MUST BE FOLLOWED,
SUBMISSIONS MADE NOT FOLLOWING BELOW INSTRUCTIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED**

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

- IMAGE SIZE: Images submitted must be high-res and are preferred to be
horizontal shots. Submitted horizontal 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.

- DATES/SUBMISSION E-MAIL: Submissions for consideration **must** be taken
during the above date range for the issue being worked on and emailed to
[email protected], please make mention of the word WINTER in the
subject line to simplify processing.

- QUANTITY OF IMAGES SUBMITTED: 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!

- CAPTION INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED: 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)

- IMAGE QUALITY: PLEASE 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.

- WATERMARKS/CREDITS: Photos selected for printing in the issue will be
credited to the photographer, please DO NOT submit watermarked/signatured
images as they will not be considered. The image must be clean of any
add-on text or watermarks.

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

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Photo Editor, Pennsylvania Birds
Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, May 23, 2018
Date: Wed May 23 2018 19:28 pm
From: delaneykaryn AT gmail.com
 
Subject: Allegheny County - eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, May 23, 2018

Highlights were: An Orchard Oriole on the Summit Trail. They have bred
here in the past, but I haven't seen any in two years. Also a Least
Flycatcher there, first observance of one. A Blue-headed Vireo was in the
trees on the disc golf course perimeter. They have usually moved through
the park by this date. Complete list below.

Karyn Delaney

Knob Hill Park, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, US
May 23, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
28 species

Turkey Vulture 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2 1 observed entering tree cavity
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5 1 observed nest building
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Tufted Titmouse 1
Wood Thrush 6
American Robin 19
Gray Catbird 9
European Starling 1
Hooded Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 3
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 male & female
Indigo Bunting 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 3
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

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



Subject: Dauphin Co, Harrisburg Falcon Watch and Rescue
Date: Wed May 23 2018 17:02 pm
From: sbhannon AT gmail.com
 
Harrisburg's peregrine falcons are raising 4 eyases on the 15th floor ledge
of the Rachel Carson State Office Building this year. The chicks hatched
between April 19-23, and measurements taken during the banding on May 14
showed that there are 2 females and 2 males. At this time, the chicks are
beginning to show signs that they will be fledging soon. Their feathers are
rapidly filling in and their wing-flapping antics are bringing them ever
closer to the edge of the ledge. In a few days, one of them will take that
first big jump into the air and before long the other 3 will follow.

With fledging imminent, it is time for the Falcon Watch and Rescue to
begin. We are currently scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 27, and will
continue until the four young falcons have fledged and are flying
competently, probably around June 4. We are currently looking for
volunteers for the off-hours portion of the watch.

Volunteers will be asked to help monitor activity on the ledge. When one of
the juvenile falcons flies, we track its progress and mark where it lands.
If one of the fledglings comes to ground, it will be rescued. There will
always be experienced volunteers on duty should a rescue be required.

I have been volunteering with the Falcon Watch and Rescue since 2005. In
the past ten years, I've helped with 17 rescues. Two of these rescued birds
are currently nesting at sites in Wilmington, DE and Lorain, OH. I can
honestly tell you that my participation in the Falcon Watch and Rescue is
one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. In addition to the
excitement of watching the juvies as they master the use of their wings,
and their parents as they engage in dazzling flight displays, sharing the
experience with other volunteers and passersby is always interesting.

If you are interested in joining us, please email me for more information.


.
--
Sue Hannon
Grantville
Dauphin County, PA



Subject: Black tern, Lehigh County
Date: Wed May 23 2018 16:51 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
Fritz Brock had an adult black tern at Leaser Lake this morning. It was flying up and down the lake at that time.
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County [email protected]



Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 15 May 2018
Date: Wed May 23 2018 15:28 pm
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE05.15.18

Highlights:
RED-THROATED LOON
AMERICAN BITTERN
LEAST BITTERN (Erie County)
PIPING PLOVER (Erie County)
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
WILLET (Erie County)
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
CASPIAN TERN
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
BONAPARTE'S GULL
ALDER FLYCATCHER
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (Allegheny County)
BANK SWALLOW
CLIFF SWALLOW
PURPLE MARTIN
VEERY
WILSON'S WARBLER
WORM-EATING WARBLER
CANADA WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER (Allegheny and Armstrong Counties)
LAWRENCE'S WARBLER (Erie County)
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER /HYBRID (Erie County)
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (Erie County)
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (Erie County)
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
SAVANNAH SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Erie County)
LINCOLN'S SPARROW (Armstrong County)
BOBOLINK

Contributors: Carole Borek, Alan Buriak, Karyn Delaney, Gigi Gerben, Steve Gosser, Sam Gutherie, Craig Holt, Marjorie Howard, Geoff Malosh, Jerry McWilliams, Jerry Stanley, Shannon Thompson, Ryan Tomazin, Mark Vass, Carole Winslow.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 through Tuesday, 15 May 2018

**This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible for errors on websites who reproduce/reprint these reports. If you would like to receive western PA RBAs, contact [email protected] YAHOO.COM

Transcript-

PLEASE NOTE: GREAT EGRET, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 5/12 in the Imperial area, ~55 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS (GM).

At Boyce-Mayview Park on 5/12, 1 BROAD-WINGED HAWK, 1 PHILADELPHIA VIREO (RT).

On 5/12 at Harrison Hills Park, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 7 PURPLE MARTINS, 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 1 KENTUCKY WARBLER, 2 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 1 CANADA WARBLER (SGo).

At Frick Park on 5/13, 1 MOURNING WARBLER, 1 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER; on 5/14, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, VEERY, 4 CANADA WARBLERS (ST).

On 5/14 over Moon Township, numerous WARBLER SP., BOBOLINKS, CUCKOO SP., and more; also on 5/14, 1 CANADA WARBLER (GM).

On 5/15 along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in Lawrenceville, 1 WILSON'S WARBLER (CB).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

At Crooked Creek Lake on 5/12, 1 PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 1 COMMON RAVEN, 1 MOURNING WARBLER, 1 CERULEAN WARBLER, 1 CANADA WARBLER, 1 WILSON'S WARBLER, 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW (SGo); on 5/14, CERULEAN WARBLER (AB).

On 5/14 in the Worthington area, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 4+ BOBOLINKS (AB).

Near the village of Yellow Dog on 5/15, 1 ALDER FLYCATCHER (SGu).


BEAVER COUNTY:

In Economy Borough on 5/12, sightings included WILSON'S WARBLER (KD).

On 5/13 at Independence Marsh, 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS (MVas).


CLARION COUNTY:

In Sligo on 5/14, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and others (CW).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 5/11 at Pymatuning, 55 CLIFF SWALLOWS, BONAPARTE'S GULL, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, 30 PURPLE MARTINS, BOBOLINKS (CH).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle State Park on 5/7, 1 WILLET; on 5/8, LEAST BITTERN; on 5/9, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 2 BANK SWALLOWS, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER/HYBRID, 37 BOBOLINKS, 1 PURPLE FINCH; on 5/10, 1 LAWRENCE'S WARBLER, 1 PROTHONOTARY WARBLER; on 5/11, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER; also this week, 2 PIPING PLOVERS continue, 3-4 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 2-3 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS (JM).


GREENE COUNTY:

On 5/14 in Wayne Township, 2 SANDHILL CRANES (MH).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

Along Shaner Road on 5/12, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS (MVas).


VENANGO COUNTY:

At Kahle Lake on 5/13, 1 RED-THROATED LOON, PEREGRINE FALCON, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, CLIFF SWALLOW (JS).


WARREN COUNTY:

On 5/13 near the Hickory Creek Wilderness Ranch outside of Tidioute, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN (reported to CW).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

Near Burgettstown on 5/11, PURPLE FINCH (CB).

On 5/11 near Taylorstown, 1 ALDER FLYCATCHER, 4 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, 9+ CERULEAN WARBLERS, 1 WILSON'S WARBLER, 1 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 1 BOBOLINK (RT).

At Peters Lake on 5/14, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS (GG).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Thank you to all the contributors.



Subject: Tangled Hummingbird
Date: Wed May 23 2018 14:14 pm
From: 0000010d3e139e85-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hi List,
I was contacted by a man who's got a hummingbird visiting his feeder for about a week now, with something tangled around its foot--string or something that hangs down several inches.I've no idea on how or even if I could capture to help get the bird loose.Anybody willing to try mist netting in Carbon County, outside Weatherly?Thanks for any advice/help.
Susan Gallagher


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S 6 edge, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone



Subject: Brown pelican, York Co.
Date: Wed May 23 2018 14:13 pm
From: zjmillen AT gmail.com
 
For those following the pelican saga, my friend Nick Polini just found an
apparent adult Brown Pelican in the tailrace at Conowingo dam in Maryland.
Last and only Brown Pelican eBird record at this spot was 30 Nov 2014. Same
bird or unlikely coincidence?

Zach

On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 6:43 AM, Zachary Millen wrote:

> Pelican is not currently present at original location as of 6am this
> morning, Wednesday May 23.
>
> Zach Millen
> New Holland
>
> On Tue, May 22, 2018, 8:39 PM Michael David
> wrote:
>
>> The Brown Pelican remained in view by the dam until a few minutes ago when
>> it flew around the bend down the lake. It looked more like it was heading
>> to roost along the near shore than leaving for good. Hopefully it will
>> remain for anyone looking tomorrow. Thanks to all who got the word out!
>>
>> Michael David
>> Allegheny Co.
>>
>> On May 22, 2018 2:29 PM, "Richard Cleary" <
>> [email protected]> wrote:
>>
>> Via Karen Lippy- Brown pelican, Shepherd-Myers reservoir, York Co. The
>> bird
>> just flew toward the dam along Impounding Dam rd.
>>
>> Dick Cleary
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>



Subject: Allegheny County Blue Grosbeak--NO
Date: Wed May 23 2018 12:27 pm
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
Apologies, I mistook this for the Blue Grosbeak that had been reported at Frick. Please disregard.


Amy



________________________________
From: Amy Taracido
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:21 PM
To: Michael Fialkovich; PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Allegheny County Blue Grosbeak--NO


Hi Michael, I am interested in more on this ID...in the photos I am looking at on his eBird list, the beak is extremely large and dark, and the back has no mottling and the bird is overall quite dark.


Amy Taracido


________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on behalf of Michael Fialkovich
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2018 11:26 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Allegheny County Blue Grosbeak--NO

Hi,


I was out of town all week so upon returning home I just had a chance to look at the photos on ebird of a Blue Grosbeak that was reported at Beechwood Farms here in Allegheny County yesterday, May 10.


The bird is a first year male Indigo Bunting. Buntings at this age show rusty brown on the wings and other parts of their body. There is a photo that shows the entire bird (most are in profile with the head turned away) and it's an Indigo Bunting.


Mike Fialkovich

Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Allegheny County Blue Grosbeak--NO
Date: Wed May 23 2018 12:21 pm
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
Hi Michael, I am interested in more on this ID...in the photos I am looking at on his eBird list, the beak is extremely large and dark, and the back has no mottling and the bird is overall quite dark.


Amy Taracido


________________________________
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania on behalf of Michael Fialkovich
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2018 11:26 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Allegheny County Blue Grosbeak--NO

Hi,


I was out of town all week so upon returning home I just had a chance to look at the photos on ebird of a Blue Grosbeak that was reported at Beechwood Farms here in Allegheny County yesterday, May 10.


The bird is a first year male Indigo Bunting. Buntings at this age show rusty brown on the wings and other parts of their body. There is a photo that shows the entire bird (most are in profile with the head turned away) and it's an Indigo Bunting.


Mike Fialkovich

Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (22 May 2018) 1 Raptors
Date: Wed May 23 2018 8:56 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 22, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total: 1 2 2
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Kathleen Pileggi, Kelley Nunn, Sabrena Boekell, Sara Busch

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (5): Sara Busch, Sabrena Boekell, Kathleen Pileggi, Kelley Nunn



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






Weather:
Cloudy w/periods of Rain (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 3,100-1,800 ft.,
Visibility - 10-5 miles, Temps 64 - 68F, Winds SSE @ 5 - 10 mph.





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



----Mississippi Kite ages: Sub adult-0; adult-1





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



TODAYS BBB:



-When you receive this it will be WHIMBREL DAY!---



The Early Bird Blogs daily word is encapsulate. Play along with
mehow would you define it? Lets see how close you are. I finally
settled upon it meaning well, the way I write!?!? No??? I say this word
does not exist! One-Look - my source for all my words - says it means to
express the essential features of something SUCCINCTLY. Yah, like I
saidlike me! This verb has Latin roots. [of course the Latins are
succinctits a dead language] How close were you to the exact phrasing of
the definition? We love wordsdo you? Choose the right one, use it in the
right way and it can say so much for you. While certainly if you dont, it
can cause so much harm. Feel free to suggest your favorite.



This long-winded Blogster [so called] rejects this word and resents its
suggestion - SANDY!!! What do you mean!?!? It joins the garbage pile of
other made up, fake, non-existent words like concise, brevity and succinct.
Please people, we here at The Blod like to deal with REAL words.like
elaborate.



May 21 Today began with heavy rain. More rain! This is horrible, but
still Im here. I will get something. Thankfully, I have a pavilion to
get under and oh so soon, some field brew to warm my raw & dreary spirits
An adult MISSISSIPPI KITE chose to warm it though at 2:10!!!! VERY
CLOSE!!! I had chosen to ride out a particularly strong spell of rain in
the Early Bird van, while still watching the skies. It had just let up
when this went down. This Kite stayed in sight for about 15 minutes
feeding low over woods to our NE, before drifting west, very low, looking
very well like hell be back. I have always thought this species to be a
fair weather bird, but my 2 birds thus far this season have both been in
bad weather. Do I have to readjust my thoughts? I mean, about the Kites,
smart guy. (LOL) Seriously though, need I group this species in with the
likes of inland Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Red-necked Grebes, Phalaropes,
and the like, as birds more often seen during stormy weather? No, I think
not, but they are DEFINITELY ok to see in bad weather, and often at low
heights! Blue Grosbeaks were here, as always during this season.
Redstarts and Blackpolls sang from the woods. Sabrena and Sara both
arrived to a Green Heron flying overhead. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo called to
our east. Kathleen arrived in time for a search for the Chat, singing
infrequently today. Kelley was here to. hear the Chat. 1 Common
Nighthawk darted over the Red Clay Creek valley.



And just how on earth does anyone hear Yani? I dont hear Yani [nor
want to] there or playing any instrument, really I prefer those hearing
the Laurels, anyway! I love those laurels. I cant even make myself
hear Yani! [If you dont know what Im talking about, I will seem more
nuts than usual. Google this current cultural, if not physical phenomenon]




I received a report of 6 WHIMBRELS down on the mud at Chambers Lake [DD] on
5/21 an extremely rare event! Also, a report of a MOURNING WARBLER at a
property neighboring Bucktoe for the same day [JS]. Its been great here
at Bucktoe this spring!



My thanks to Clyde, Dave, Diane, Kathleen, Sandy, Arild & Kay for your
comments about the BLOG this blogster appreciates it.



1 new species today for this years watch, bringing our total to 81:
Belted Kingfisher.



----My thanks to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws,
for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their
property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none today.



1-Green Heron, 1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 3-Willow
Flycatcher, 2-American Redstarts, 3-Blackpoll Warblers, 1-Yellow-breasted
Chat, 2-Blue Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Red Fox.



----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 5.98; Steps: 14,096; Floors: 9.



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



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 59; this season: 81



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (1): Belted
Kingfisher.





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight [Wednesday] looks like it could be great
The Kites winds a bit wrong, but skies are good
As for the shorebirds light winds and clear for evening flight



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
[email protected] with questions or comments.


========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis ([email protected])


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Birdchat family of lists is down
Date: Wed May 23 2018 8:40 am
From: pahawkowl AT gmail.com
 
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: L Larson
Date: Wed, 23 May 2018 08:16:54 -0400
Subject: [NJBIRDS] Birdchat family of lists is down
To: [email protected]

The BirdChat family of lists, including Birdeast, Birdcntr, Birdwest,
Birdband and BirdChat itself, will be down until further notice.
Kansas State University's Listserv server facility experienced a small
fire late on 5/22/18. The servers will be restored as soon as possible
but there is currently no time estimate. Please feel free to re-post
this to other state and regional bird forums.

Chuck Otte, Dave Rintoul, and Laurie Larson, co-listowners, BirdChat

How to report NJ bird sightings: see

or e-mail to [email protected]
List help: [email protected]
List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...



Subject: Birdchat family of lists is down
Date: Wed May 23 2018 7:57 am
From: jjcbird AT verizon.net
 
The BirdChat family of lists, including Birdeast, Birdcntr, Birdwest,
Birdband and BirdChat itself, will be down until further notice. Kansas
State University's Listserv server facility experienced a small fire late on
5/22/18. The servers will be restored as soon as possible but there is
currently no time estimate. Please feel free to re-post this to other state
and regional bird forums.

Chuck Otte, Dave Rintoul, and Laurie Larson, co-listowners, BirdChat


How to report NJ bird sightings: see

or e-mail to [email protected]
List help: [email protected]
List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...



Subject: Whimbrel, Montour County
Date: Wed May 23 2018 6:31 am
From: akeister110 AT gmail.com
 
This morning at 6:15 I found a single Whimbrel at the Greenhouse Ponds near
Washingtonville. I think I flushed the bird as I drove into the ponds.
When I got out of my car it was calling and circling overhead fairly low.
Within a minute, it turned, headed south and flew out of site.

Andy Keister



Subject: Brown pelican, York Co.
Date: Wed May 23 2018 5:49 am
From: zjmillen AT gmail.com
 
Pelican is not currently present at original location as of 6am this
morning, Wednesday May 23.

Zach Millen
New Holland

On Tue, May 22, 2018, 8:39 PM Michael David wrote:

> The Brown Pelican remained in view by the dam until a few minutes ago when
> it flew around the bend down the lake. It looked more like it was heading
> to roost along the near shore than leaving for good. Hopefully it will
> remain for anyone looking tomorrow. Thanks to all who got the word out!
>
> Michael David
> Allegheny Co.
>
> On May 22, 2018 2:29 PM, "Richard Cleary" <
> [email protected]> wrote:
>
> Via Karen Lippy- Brown pelican, Shepherd-Myers reservoir, York Co. The bird
> just flew toward the dam along Impounding Dam rd.
>
> Dick Cleary
> Sent from my iPhone
>



Subject: Brown pelican, York Co.
Date: Tue May 22 2018 19:39 pm
From: michaeltdavid AT gmail.com
 
The Brown Pelican remained in view by the dam until a few minutes ago when
it flew around the bend down the lake. It looked more like it was heading
to roost along the near shore than leaving for good. Hopefully it will
remain for anyone looking tomorrow. Thanks to all who got the word out!

Michael David
Allegheny Co.

On May 22, 2018 2:29 PM, "Richard Cleary" <
[email protected]> wrote:

Via Karen Lippy- Brown pelican, Shepherd-Myers reservoir, York Co. The bird
just flew toward the dam along Impounding Dam rd.

Dick Cleary
Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Westmoreland County Predator/Prey Drama
Date: Tue May 22 2018 19:10 pm
From: mpfial AT verizon.net
 
Hi,


I was walking at lunchtime and two co-workers got my attention and said they just witnessed a murder. They said that big crow took two eggs from a Killdeer nest. There are several Killdeer nests at my workplace and one is in a pile of rocks next to the road where I walk. I walk on the opposite side of the road so the bird won't be disturbed and as long as I do that, it will stay put.


I explained to them the large crow which was just a few yards away on the ground eating was actually a Common Raven. One of them said she thought it was really big for a crow. The raven flew off and another came circling over, probably looking to snatch the last egg in the nest (there was one remaining according to my co-workers). One of them recognized the Killdeer's broken wing act and said her dad taught her about that when she was a child so she knows what the bird was doing.


As I continued my walk, both ravens were perched on light poles some distance away. As I returned after making my loop, one bird was still on the light pole and another was flying over carrying something in its bill with a Common Grackle in hot pursuit, diving at the raven and chasing after it across the parking lot to the building. The Killdeer were in the area but had not returned to the nest at that point.


That was a first for me. I often see Killdeer with their chicks during the summer at work so it appears nests are often successful.


Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Semipalmated Plovers-Washington county
Date: Tue May 22 2018 15:38 pm
From: rublzrme AT comcast.net
 
There are a pair of Semipalmated Plovers on the mudflats at the causeway at Canonsburg Lake and at Peters Lake there was a pair of Double-crested Cormorants.

Enjoy your birding

John Flannigan

Allegheny county



Subject: Brown pelican, York Co.
Date: Tue May 22 2018 13:29 pm
From: 0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Via Karen Lippy- Brown pelican, Shepherd-Myers reservoir, York Co. The bird just flew toward the dam along Impounding Dam rd.

Dick Cleary
Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Venango
Date: Tue May 22 2018 13:24 pm
From: bhnsjerry AT hotmail.com
 
1 DUNLIN, 8 SEMI PLOVER, 1 SEMI SANDPIPER, 22 PEEPS no ID, 1 PIED-BILLED GREBE, 1 COMMON LOON @ Kahle Lake.

Jerry Stanley



Subject: Short-billed Dowitcher - Allegheny Co.
Date: Tue May 22 2018 13:01 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
There is a Short-billed Dowitcher at the Imperial Grasslands main pond

The bird appears to be a Atlantic bird with a white belly

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Sweet Arrow Lake, Schuylkill Co
Date: Tue May 22 2018 10:33 am
From: nightowl57 AT comcast.net
 
Sweet Arrow Lake  5/22/18



Eagle

Blackpoll Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Oriole

E. Kingbird

Kingfisher

Woodthrush

Veery

Scarlet Tanager

E. Wood Peewee

Cedar waxwing

Indigo Bunting

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-eyed Vireo

Overbird

Am. Redstart





Denise Donmoyer

Sweet Arrow Lake

Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.

[email protected]



Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 8 May 2018 (two weeks)
Date: Tue May 22 2018 8:58 am
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE05.08.18twoweeks

Highlights:
RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
EARED GREBE (Clarion County)
AMERICAN BITTERN
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK VULTURE
PIPING PLOVER (Erie County)
DUNLIN
WILLET (Allegheny and Erie Counties)
COMMON TERN
CASPIAN TERN
FORSTER'S TERN
SNOWY OWL (Erie County)
PURPLE MARTIN
CLIFF SWALLOW
BANK SWALLOW
MARSH WREN
VEERY
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (Allegheny and Butler Counties)
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (Crawford County)
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (Butler County)
WORM-EATING WARBLER
BREWSTER'S WARBLER (Allegheny and Erie Counties)
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (Allegheny County)
WILSON'S WARBLER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
SAVANNAH SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Erie County)
HENSLOW'S SPARROW
SUMMER TANAGER (Erie County)
DICKCISSEL (Clarion and Erie Counties)
VARIED BUNTING (Allegheny County)
BOBOLINK
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
BLUE GROSBEAK (Allegheny County)

Contributors: Sameer Apte, Donna Collett, Shawn Collins, Lauren Conkle, Lewis Crowell, Marcy Cunkelman, Karyn Delaney, John Flannigan, Gigi Gerben, Mike Hamberg, Jim Hausman, Craig Holt, Dave Inman, Matt Juskowich, Michelle Kienholz, Glenn Koppel, Chris Kubiak, Geoff Malosh, Michele Mannella, Jerry McWilliams, Kate St. John, Jack Solomon, Jerry Stanley, Shannon Thompson, Ryan Tomazin, Bob VanNewkirk, Marjorie Van Tassel, Mark Vass, Matt Webb, Daniel Weeks.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 through Tuesday, 8 May 2018 (TWO WEEKS)

**This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible for errors on websites who reproduce/reprint these reports. If you would like to receive western PA RBAs, contact [email protected] YAHOO.COM

Transcript-

PLEASE NOTE: GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREAT EGRET, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, FOY COMMON NIGHTHAWK, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, PALM WARBLER, FOX SPARROW continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

In Collier on 4/27, WINTER WREN (JF).

On 4/28 in the Sewickley area, sightings included EMPIDONAX SP. FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (RT), PURPLE FINCH, BANK SWALLOW (SA); on 5/2, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, CERULEAN WARBLER (GM), TENNESSEE WARBLER (BV); on 5/4, VEERY, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 2 KENTUCKY WARBLERS, 4 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 1 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and others (GM).

At Baker Park on 4/29, 2 VESPER SPARROWS (ST).

On 5/2 in Moon Township, flyover VEERY, possible GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (GM).

In Frick Park on 5/3, 1 BLUE GROSBEAK (MW); on 5/4, CERULEAN WARBLER, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS (SA), TENNESSEE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, FORSTER'S TERN (JH); on 5/5, 1 BLUE GROSBEAK (MM); on 5/8, 1 CANADA WARBLER, 1 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (MH), TENNESSEE WARBLER (DW).

On 5/2 at Schenley Park, VEERY (SA); on 5/5, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, 22 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, PEREGRINE FALCON (KSJ).

At Allegheny Land Trust's Wingfield Pines on 5/3, 1 WILLET; on 5/4, 1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (MJ).

On 5/4 at CMU's Doherty Apartments, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (SA).

At Boyce-Mayview Park on 5/4, CERULEAN WARBLER, PINE WARBLER (GG); on 5/7, sightings included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (RT).

On 5/5 at Beechwood Farms, 1 BREWSTER'S WARBLER (MK).

In Elizabeth on 5/6 and 5/7, 1 VARIED BUNTING (JH).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

On 4/23 and 4/25 in Leechburg, 1 PINE SISKIN (MVan).


BEAVER COUNTY:

At Knob Hill Park on 4/25, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER (KD).

On 4/29 at the mouth of Beaver River, SURF SCOTER (MVas).

On 5/3 at Raccoon Creek State Park, CERULEAN WARBLER and others (DC).


BUTLER COUNTY:

On 4/29 at Moraine State Park, PURPLE MARTIN, 3 PINE SISKINS (KD et. al.); on 5/2, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, and others; on 5/6, 2 VEERIES, 1 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 7 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 1 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 1 PINE WARBLER, 1 WILSON'S WARBLER, 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 1 PURPLE FINCH (GK).

Along North Country Trail on 4/29, RED-THROATED LOON (KD et. al.).

On 5/4 at Todd Nature Reserve, KENTUCKY WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, VEERY (CK).


CLARION COUNTY:

On 5/4 at Kahle Lake, 1 EARED GREBE, 9 COMMON TERNS (JSt).

At the Piney Tract on 5/5, NORTHERN HARRIER, COMMON RAVEN, 1 PRAIRIE WARBLER, 1 DICKCISSEL, 1 GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 5 HENSLOW'S SPARROWS (LCr).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

At Pymatuning Lake on 4/26, sightings included 18 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 35 CASPIAN TERNS, PURPLE MARTINS, CLIFF SWALLOWS, SAVANNAH SPARROW (CH).

On 4/27 at Miller's Pond, 5 DUNLIN, 19 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (MVas).

At Geneva Swamp on 4/28, SORA (DI); on 5/2 at Geneva & Conneaut Marshes, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, MARSH WREN, COMMON GALLINULE, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, CLIFF SWALLOW, SANDHILL CRANE (SC).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle State Park on 4/24, 1 GRASSHOPPER SPARROW; on 4/26, 1 CASPIAN TERN, 2 PINE SISKINS; from 4/27 to 4/29, 1 SNOWY OWL; from 4/30 to 5/5, 12 SURF SCOTERS, 1 SNOWY OWL; on 5/1, BANK SWALLOW, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, SNOWY OWL; on 5/2, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1 BANK SWALLOW, 40 WILLETS, 1 SNOWY OWL; on 5/4, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 3 BOBOLINKS, 1 BREWSTER'S WARBLER; on 5/5, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON, 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 1 CLIFF SWALLOW, 1 LEAST BITTERN, 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, 2 SUMMER TANAGERS (JM), 2 HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, 1 DICKCISSEL (reported to SC). Also this week, up to 7 AMERICAN BITTERNS, 1 SANDHILL CRANE, 2 PIPING PLOVERS (JM).


INDIANA COUNTY:

In Clarksburg on 4/27, BLACK VULTURE (MC).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

In Plain Grove on 5/5, REDHEAD and others (MVas).


VENANGO COUNTY:

At Kahle Lake on 4/29, 6 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 1 RED-THROATED LOON (JS).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

In Midway on 4/27, 1 BOBOLINK (JF).

On 5/1 in Washington, PINE SISKIN; on 5/6, TENNESSEE WARBLER (GG).

In the Taylorstown and the State Gamelands #232 area on 5/3, sightings included CERULEAN WARBLERS, SAVANNAH SPARROW, RING-NECKED PHEASANT (RT).

On 5/8 near Cross Creek Park, BOBOLINK (LCo).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
[email protected] YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (21 May 2018) Raptors
Date: Mon May 21 2018 23:52 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 21, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total: 0 1 1
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers:

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (3): Jean-Marie Gauthier, Cathy Huneke.



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!



Weather:
Partly Cloudy (25-50% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 72 - 77F, Winds NE @ 4 - 10 mph.





Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Bald Eagle, 1-Osprey,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (17) and
Turkey Vultures (33).



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




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



TODAYS BBB: ---ITS WHIMBREL WEEK!---



The Early Bird Blogs daily word is tribulation. Play along with
mehow would you define it? Lets see how close you are. I finally
settled upon it meaning great difficulty. But how close was I? One-Look
- my source for all my words - says it means a cause of great trouble or
suffering. This noun has Latin roots. How close were you to the exact
phrasing of the definition? We love wordsdo you? Choose the right one,
use it in the right way and it can say so much for you. While certainly if
you dont, it can cause so much harm. Feel free to suggest your favorite.



May 21 Today began with the chatter of Purple Martins at their gourdes -
sure is enjoyable watching them. They have completely taken over the
arrangement at the watch. A Swainsons Thrush [my FOY] at our wooded
parking lot, singing the reverse Veery song was very strangely my first.
A Blackpoll Warbler was also there. Blue Grosbeaks and Yellow-breasted
Chat were at their usual posts. Jean-Marie arrived, seemingly bringing
with him an Osprey, 2 Bald Eagles, and 10 Common Nighthawks before our 6pm
switchover to watching for migrant shorebird flocks. I posted the
Nighthawks and told everyone on the list that I felt Whimbrels coming on!
I guess I missed my calling should have been a prognosticator.



It was 6:40pm. I heard Jean-Marie excitedly say, Ive got a sting of
birds heading this way!



I looked, found them, and ran to my spotting scope. Shorebirds, large
brown shorebirds! My excitement rose to meet Jean-Maries. WHIMBREL!
See their long decurved bills? He could, as they ended up pretty close,
and we estimated the fast moving flock at about 250 birds. It was on!
What followed was a quickly-paced onslaught of flocks of shorebirds some
close, some not. It ended when Jean-Marie left at 7:30. Coincidence? I
think not. When it was over, we had amassed an amazing 630 WHIMBREL, 250
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, and 400 unidentified smaller shorebirds, too distant
to positively identify. Joe texted to say he had 80 WHIMBREL over his
property, adjoining Bucktoe [JS].



The nearly half, waxing moon peering through the high background clouds,
offered little distraction to the excitement we were feeling. It was a sky
simply perfect for, and only missing winged adventurers and they were
here!



WOW! What a rush!! Now, I remember why I do this! The thrill of his is
something you can get few other places. Jean-Marie had to leave at 7:30,
leaving me to my own devices. NEVER a good idea! [Lol] However, today I
was good, seeing nothing really unusual on my own. Cathy arrived in time
to miss all the shorebirds, but to see a Great Egret fly over.



I promised Jean-Marie [hell say I threatened to] blog this interaction
with him today, held before the rush of birds. I was standing nearby
trying to point a bird out to him, when he suddenly took to assailing his
senses. I dont see so good. He said. I dont hear so good, either.



I chuckled, coming back at my friend, Why stop there? Truth be told, you
dont smell so good either! I got you, my friend!



Now, sadly, permit me this? It was six years ago, tomorrow, my long
tribulation began the accident, emergency air transport by helicopter,
lengthy coma, months in a hospital bed, years in therapy. leading me to
what? Who knows? My life will never be the same and is just completely
laced with uncertainty for the future. I sure wish I could go back and
undo all that and what Ive been through, but I guess we dont get to do
that, do we? Very, very sad.really. When I think of it, as I certainly
do on the anniversary, I feel depressed beyond belief



An Alder Flycatcher was at Ashland Nature Center in northern Delaware on
May 21 [JS].



3 new species today for this years watch, bringing our total to 80:
Swainsons Thrush, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WHIMBREL.



----My thanks to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws,
for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their
property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 250-BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (250
@ 7:20pm), 630-WHIMBREL (200 @ 6:40pm, 100 @ 7:15, 250 @ 7:18, 80 @ 7:20),
400-Unidentified (400 @ 7:16pm).



1-Great Egret, 10-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 3-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Swainson's
Thrush, 1 Blackpoll Warbler, 2-Blue Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Red Admiral, American Lady. Dragonflies (1):
Green Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (1): White-tailed
Deer.



----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 4.28; Steps: 10,047; Floors:
13.



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



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 63; this season: 80



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (3): Swainson's
Thrush, WHIMBREL, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like a different day with cloudy skies and a couple
of showers, but a washout by no means. Shorebirds could happen again.
The Kites Not the best of days for Kites.
As for the shorebirds I feel lucky again.



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
[email protected] with questions or comments.


========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis ([email protected])


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: BioBlitz in Bird Park and Robb Hollow Parks, Mt Lebanon, Allegheny County - June 1-2nd
Date: Mon May 21 2018 20:47 pm
From: chrisgphillips AT verizon.net
 
The Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy is sponsoring a BioBlitz in two of our
parks starting at 6 pm on Friday, June 1 until 6 pm on Saturday, June 2nd.
If you are interested in helping with any taxa please let me know. If you
have a specialty in insects, moths, or butterfly IDs that you would like to
share we would be happy to have your expertise.



www.lebonature.org





Chris Phillips

412-445-8768



Subject: Nesting Herring Gull at Allegheny River Lock 7, Kittanning, Armstrong County
Date: Mon May 21 2018 20:34 pm
From: a_buriak AT hotmail.com
 
Hello all,


Yesterday at Lock and Dam #7 at Kittanning, Armstrong County, Theo Rickert discovered and reported a Herring Gull in an incubating position on a nest built on a concrete navigational structure out in the middle of the Allegheny River just north of the dam. Today I got a call from Sam Gutherie who was there and took pictures of the nest with the bird still on it.

Here is Sam's checklist with pictures: https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

There have been 3 or 4 adult Herring Gulls hanging around the Lock 7 area year round for awhile now, which by itself is unremarkable, however correct me if I'm wrong, but this nesting occurrence seems a bit incredible! I consulted The Birds of Pennsylvania (McWilliams and Brauning), which I believe contains data up through 1998. As of 1998, there were only three known sites at which nesting was ever attempted in PA: continuous nesting (with some actual success) at the Highland Park Bridge area in Pittsburgh since 1994, periodic nesting attempts (but no confirmed successes) at Presque Isle SP in Erie since 1995, and a single attempt on Turning Point Island west of Erie in 1990, which was not followed up on. Can anyone fill in as to whether there are additional known nesting attempts in PA since 1998? I assume there is some scattered nesting being attempted since Herring Gull populations and range I believe are expanding, but I am trying to gather how big a deal this nesting attempt is at Lock 7 in Kittanning. Thanks in advance for anyone that can fill in info on this.


Good birding,

Alan Buriak

Gibsonia, Allegheny County



Subject: OT -- Question about several recent emails with no subject -- are these spam?
Date: Mon May 21 2018 19:31 pm
From: kknight AT fastmail.fm
 
At 06:14 PM 5/21/2018 reeser wrote:
>I've received several emails from what appear to be list
>subscribers email addresses but there is no subject header and
>when opened the email only contains a link.
>
>Should these be deleted? Are they spam?

Yes, they'e spam, or possibly something worse. The links may
lead to malicious content - I'm not going to click on one to
find out.

Someone is harvesting user names and addresses from various
mailing lists then sending messages to the lists using them. All
of the ones I've checked out originate from a server in Japan.
If your mail client is capable of it, you can set up a filter
that looks for "smtp.ocn.ne.jp" either in the Received: headers
or in any header. Unless you get mail from people in Japan,
you're not likely to be getting any legitimate mail from there.

--
Katrina Knight
[email protected]
Reading, PA, USA



Subject: OT -- Question about several recent emails with no subject -- are these spam?
Date: Mon May 21 2018 17:48 pm
From: 0000009ab575ba1e-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There was one with my name on it today but, it was not my email address. erase it!
http://www.donweissphotography...

On Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:14:14 PM EDT, reeser wrote:

I've received several emails from what appear to be list subscribers
email addresses but there is no subject header and when opened the email
only contains a link.

Should these be deleted? Are they spam?

If you need any further info on this I can provide some of the names but
I do not want to test/repeat the link.

Thanks.

Ellen
[email protected]
Cumberland County



Subject: OT -- Question about several recent emails with no subject -- are these spam?
Date: Mon May 21 2018 17:29 pm
From: macatilly AT gmail.com
 
They are spam and you should just delete them, never open a link you don™t know.  Generally when this happens, it is because the sender™s account has been hacked and spammers are using that account to send e-mails.

Glenn Koppel
Butler, PA.



> On May 21, 2018, at 6:14 PM, reeser wrote:
>
> I've received several emails from what appear to be list subscribers email addresses but there is no subject header and when opened the email only contains a link.
>
> Should these be deleted? Are they spam?
>
> If you need any further info on this I can provide some of the names but I do not want to test/repeat the link.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Ellen
> [email protected]
> Cumberland County



Subject: OT -- Question about several recent emails with no subject -- are these spam?
Date: Mon May 21 2018 17:14 pm
From: reeser AT mindspring.com
 
I've received several emails from what appear to be list subscribers
email addresses but there is no subject header and when opened the email
only contains a link.

Should these be deleted? Are they spam?

If you need any further info on this I can provide some of the names but
I do not want to test/repeat the link.

Thanks.

Ellen
[email protected]
Cumberland County



Subject:
Date: Mon May 21 2018 13:36 pm
From: 0000009ab575ba1e-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
http://contain.caligenix.com
Don Weiss



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (20 May 2018) Raptors
Date: Mon May 21 2018 10:36 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 20, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total: 0 1 1
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers:

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (16): Hank Davis, Dennis Davis, Lana Glass, Colleen DelMonte,
Jean-Marie Gauthier, Carl Mease, Maria Zouras, Elias Zouras, Laureen
Eick-Benson, Jerry Jeffers, Tim Sterrett, Janny Sterrett, Kathleen Pileggi,
Ken Reynolds, Sue McLaughlin.



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






Weather:
Partly Cloudy (75% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 74 - 80F, Winds SW @ 5 - 10 mph.





Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Bald Eagle, 2-Osprey,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (15) and Turkey Vultures (30).



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


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



TODAYS BBB: - A First -



The Early Bird Blogs daily words are ravished and ravaged. I would
have done well featuring these words here before using them in yesterdays
blogincorrectly. I must admit to looking at them, even now, and for a
moment, thinking them the same general meaning, but then realizing
something was wrong. Play along with mehow would you define them? Lets
see how close you are. One-Look - my source for all my words - says
ravaged is an adjective meaning severely damaged; devastated; while
ravished is a verb meaning to seize and carry off by someone with force.
Thanks, PATRICK!!!! How close were you to the exact phrasing of the
definitions? We love wordsdo you? Choose the right one, use it in the
right way [YEAH, LARRY!] and it can say so much for you. While certainly
if you dont, it can cause so much harm. Feel free to suggest your
favorite.



May 20 Today began with my regular Sunday Bucktoe Creek Preserve bird
walk. 10 of us saw the sun finally break out, relieving the birds from
their binds first, the insects and then the warblers got active; we
enjoyed the results. Among the many species seen and heard were Blackpoll
Warblers, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Prairie
Warbler, Wilsons Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Northern Parula,
American Redstarts, Northern Waterthrushes, Canada Warblers, while 2 Common
Loons and Cormorants migrated overhead.



Then a bird I had always hoped for at Bucktoe, in fact had expected here,
but never encountered, sang from a tall Sycamore along the Red Clay Creek.
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER! I cried out. Eventually everybody got a great
look and I have included a picture of the beauty from Carl (if I get it on
time, but what are the chances of THAT?!?) This bird could readily breed
here. I will have to keep an eye on it. WOW!! There was lots more among
the 74 species we identified, including 15 warbler species! Jean-Marie was
there to add a flare of sophistication [he asked me to say that]. Lana was
there to not see, then stumble over a huge log and land gracefully on
top, while trying to see the Wilsons Warbler, because..well, who else? I
will forever deny that she has a drinking problem [she asked me to say
THAT!]! Then there was this: Maria and Elias, a married couple, arrived
LATE, even AFTER Carl [hard to do]. An endless saga ensued with Maria
finally saying Traffic [weather or something I dont know, I wasnt
really paying any attention to her] really aggravated me.



Elias and I retorted in unison, And thats my/his job! I know what you
both mean. I have a couple of people on walks that aggravate me. Yeah,
they show up late and have stories to tell[gotcha guys!]



Later at the Kite & Shorebird Watch good birds continued. Among our 62
species for that were: Green Heron, Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Common
Nighthawks, Redstart, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat,
Blackpoll Warblers, and Blue Grosbeaks.



Jerry arrived in time to see an Osprey, then another. Kathleen showed up
in time to miss the first, but in time to hear the Kentucky Warbler which
sang from the woods to the north and to see the Pileated Woodpecker, which
flew a few feet over our heads. Sue & Ken came and PROMISED to come again
tomorrow, and with wine, cheese and crackers! I dont think it too early
to remind you that gifts of food and drink are always welcome and to be
encouraged here at the watch! A few Common Nighthawks, always a favorite,
were seen flying over the landscape landmark Ive always called the Cliffs
of Gibraltar, because the shape of that distant tree line looks what I
imagine that famous landmark does. Howard, whos been there, has told me
it does.



For the day, we had 18 species of warblers here at Bucktoe on this late
date!



I wanted to thank Kay for her nice comments about the blog and her report
of a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on her property in Glen Mills [Del. County] last
week [KT]. And thank, Patrick, too, for his comments and noticing that I
had made an error with using hurricane-ravished in yesterdays blog,
when wordsmith that I am, I had meant, hurricane-ravaged. And our
language isnt even Patricks main language. He doesnt speak it. hes
British! [Got you, my friend!] Note todays word[s] of the day!



Now, Ive got a quick word about successful Kite & Shorebird watching
here at Bucktoe. Kites are very rare, but most often seen riding afternoon
thermals on warm. Partly cloudy days, with southerly winds.before 6pm is
best. After 6pm, my whistle blows, and we switch over to watching for
shorebirds migrating in, often huge flocks overhead, appearing like smoke.
These birds lift off late in the day in mass off their staging grounds on
the Delaware Bay and migrate overnight, bringing them over waiting
appreciative eyes here at Bucktoe usually just before dusk. Again, these
birds are rare, but this is one of the few Pennsylvania locations where
rarities like Whimbrel, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstones, and Black-bellied
Plovers might be seen. In fact, they are seenevery year. Come join us.
It surely is fun watching with anticipation for these migrating miracle
powerhouses.



With that said, tomorrow, Whimbrel Week begins for these magnificent
shorebirds running May 21 thru May 27, with our Whimbrel Day being on
May 23, for our best chances of seeing this rarely-encountered, large
shorebird species in Pennsylvania. Peak numbers arrive in Ontario each year
on May 24, which means our day to see them pass over is May 23rd in the
evening for this nighttime migrant. This is so much fun! We need
photographers here for them too!! Do you hear me Hank, Holly, Carl,
Jean-Marie, John?



9 new species today for this years watch, bringing our total to 77:
Kentucky Warbler, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Veery, American Redstart, Black-throated Green Warbler,
Ruby-throated Hummingbird.



----My thanks to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws,
for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their
property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.



2-Green Heron, 3-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 3-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Kentucky Warbler,
2-American Redstart, 1-Blackpoll Warbler, 1-Black-throated Green Warbler,
1-Yellow-breasted Chat, 2-Blue Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Monarch - 2, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Black Swallowtail, American Lady, Spring Azure.
Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians (2): Spring Peeper,
Green Frog. Mammals (0).



----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 5.2; Steps: 12,196; Floors: 9.



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



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 62; this season: 77



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (9): Kentucky
Warbler, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
Veery, American Redstart, Black-throated Green Warbler, Ruby-throated
Hummingbird.




Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks OK.
The Kites Winds wrong, but that's all.
As for the shorebirds could be ok



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
[email protected] with questions or comments.

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Report submitted by Larry Lewis ([email protected])


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

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

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



Subject: Canadian visitors Bucks County
Date: Mon May 21 2018 9:36 am
From: djwilbur AT sidelineguides.com
 
Delighted yesterday to play host to several visitors heading to Canada from
their tropical winter homes. Blackpoll and Bay-breasted Warblers and a
friendly Gray-cheeked Thrush dropped into my backyard while I was planting
my peppers for the summer.

Oddly enough, also had a full-fledged immature Robin hopping around.

David Wilbur
Doylestown
Bucks County



Subject: Quebec Run, Tebolt Trail, Fayette
Date: Mon May 21 2018 9:19 am
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Yesterday I hiked the Tebolt Trail at Quebec Run Wild Area and heard many singing birds but they were hard to see in the leaves. I patiently waited to find a singing Canada warbler since I hadn't seen one yet this year. Eventually I saw him belting out his song very high in the trees. So much for lurking in the underbrush!
Here's my complete list:https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Kate St.John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org



Subject: Red-necked phalarope, Lehigh County
Date: Sun May 20 2018 19:04 pm
From: quid789 AT gmail.com
 
There was a red-necked phalarope at the Centronia Road flooded fields this
afternoon; the bird was still there feeding at 5:00 when I left. Photos are
available on this checklist https://ebird.org/view/checkli...



Subject: Common Nighthawk, Berks County
Date: Sun May 20 2018 18:44 pm
From: ed.barrell AT comcast.net
 
I had five Nighthawks this evening flying Northeast over the house.
Ed BarrellBerks Co


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Subject: Upcoming PSO meeting Sept 14-16
Date: Sun May 20 2018 14:56 pm
From: dsg4 AT psu.edu
 
Watch out for the upcoming registration for the annual Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) meeting September 14, 15 and 16! This year we travel to Crawford County and target sites for field trips will be the Conneaut Marsh area, Linesville Fish Hatchery and Miller Ponds/Game Commission Management Area among other sites. The Saturday evening banquet speaker is Dr. Ronald Mumme, professor of biology at Allegheny College for 25 years. He began his study on the hooded warbler in 2010 and one aspect of his studies has been the startling of insects as an important foraging technique. The bird flashes its brightly colored tail feathers to startle the insects and catches them when they attempt to fly away. Saturday afternoon events will include other talks and several vendors.

--
Deborah Grove



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