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27 Feb: @ 18:19:35 
Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Feb 27, 2017 [Rudolph Keller]
27 Feb: @ 18:10:36 
"Japanese green pheasant", Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
27 Feb: @ 18:08:46 
Washington County Eastern Towhee [Pat Hutcheson]
27 Feb: @ 17:47:36 
Tussey Mountain (27 Feb 2017) 4 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Feb: @ 17:12:54 
Middle Creek WMA [Windstream Mail]
27 Feb: @ 16:29:51 
Fox sparrow eastern towhee(Indiana co) [Marcy Cunkelman]
27 Feb: @ 15:32:40 
Allegheny Front (27 Feb 2017) 1 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 Feb: @ 14:22:15 
Rusty Blackbirds, Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster County [Stanley C Stahl]
27 Feb: @ 13:17:15 
Luecistic Red Tailed Hawk Allegheny Cty [Donna Collett]
27 Feb: @ 07:43:02 
Kirby Park, Luz. Co. [Sandra Goodwin]
27 Feb: @ 07:36:59 
Pileated Woodpecker, Allegheny County [Jay Kadane]
26 Feb: @ 20:37:11 
Turkey Vulture -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- Feb 26, 2017 [Daniel E. Weeks]
26 Feb: @ 19:00:15 
Tussey Mountain (26 Feb 2017) 4 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Feb: @ 17:32:36 
Northampton County Fox Sparrows [Robin & Dan]
26 Feb: @ 17:31:03 
Allegheny Front (26 Feb 2017) 1 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Feb: @ 15:43:01 
Slaty-backed Gull refound at Lake View Landfill, Erie Co., Pa. [Jerry McWilliams]
26 Feb: @ 15:08:12 
Fox Sparrows - Beaver Co. [Mark Vass]
26 Feb: @ 13:29:50 
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Columbia County [Andy Keister]
26 Feb: @ 11:55:06 
Fox Sparrow-Butler [Glenn Koppel]
26 Feb: @ 11:14:39 
Birds Birds and More Birds [Herb Flavell]
26 Feb: @ 09:28:57 
Middle Creek Sightings [Peter Moffett]
26 Feb: @ 08:41:57 
FOY Fox Sparrow [Eli DePaulis]
26 Feb: @ 08:26:24 
Common Grackles -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- Feb 26, 2017 [Daniel E. Weeks]
26 Feb: @ 07:09:13 
Top 100 birding locations in PA [Chad Kauffman]
26 Feb: @ 05:17:47 
Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(2/19-2/25) [August Mirabella]
25 Feb: @ 18:53:49 
Middle Creek WMA [Windstream Mail]
25 Feb: @ 18:23:34 
Allegheny Front (25 Feb 2017) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Feb: @ 16:55:23 
Tundra Swans, Killdeer, RW Blackbird -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- Feb 25, 2017 [Daniel E. Weeks]
25 Feb: @ 16:46:12 
Leaser Lake, Lehigh county [Frank Dickman]
25 Feb: @ 16:09:33 
Swans and Cormorants, York Co. [R.L. Cleary]
25 Feb: @ 16:08:46 
Tussey Mountain (25 Feb 2017) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Feb: @ 12:35:01 
PSO field trips and events [Chad Kauffman]
25 Feb: @ 10:55:52 
Tussey Mountain (24 Feb 2017) 44 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Feb: @ 10:26:24 
Grackles, Lycoming Co. [Rosemary Lunz]
25 Feb: @ 09:42:56 
Re: Black-backed oriole, Berks Co. [Mike Slater]
25 Feb: @ 08:11:14 
Horned Grebes, Allegheny County [Alan Buriak]
25 Feb: @ 07:03:53 
Woodcock Dauphin Co [SARAH ZAINO]
24 Feb: @ 21:52:45 
Red-winged Blackbirds, Washington County [g. g]
24 Feb: @ 18:51:40 
Presque Isle Hawk Watch for February 24, 2017 [Jerry McWilliams]
24 Feb: @ 18:47:17 
Allegheny Front (23 Feb 2017) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
24 Feb: @ 18:40:18 
Allegheny Front (24 Feb 2017) 79 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
24 Feb: @ 18:30:28 
American Woodcock - Clearfield County [Rick & Marianne Atkinson]
24 Feb: @ 18:18:42 
Greater Yellowlegs; Mercer County; 02/24/2017 [Richard Nugent]
24 Feb: @ 17:56:08 
Woodcock. Chambersburg PA [Tom Dougherty]
24 Feb: @ 17:48:59 
birding at Middle Creek WMA today [Windstream Mail]
24 Feb: @ 16:16:12 
Greater Yellowlegs, Truck Stop - Imperial, Allegheny Co. [Jim Hausman]
24 Feb: @ 14:24:08 
Clarion County [Michael Leahy]
24 Feb: @ 13:48:42 
Black Vultures Centre County [Tom Shervinskie]
24 Feb: @ 12:21:11 
Woodcock, Susquehanna County [Rob Blye]
24 Feb: @ 12:17:40 
Spotted Sandpiper at Boiling Springs Cumberland County [Richard Price]





Subject: Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Feb 27, 2017
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 18:19 pm
From: rckeller AT dejazzd.com
 
E. Wigeon continues.


> Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> Feb 27, 2017 12:05 PM - 1:51 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast, 46F
> 39 species
>
> Snow Goose 20
> Canada Goose 160
> Mute Swan 5
> Wood Duck 1
> Gadwall 29
> Eurasian Wigeon 1 Continuing drake at West Shore Dr.
> American Wigeon 205
> Mallard 26
> Northern Pintail 45
> Green-winged Teal (American) 26
> Redhead 1
> Ring-necked Duck 28
> Bufflehead 1
> Hooded Merganser 33
> Common Merganser 730
> Red-breasted Merganser 3 In Common Merganser flock at close range.
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Turkey Vulture 8
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Ring-billed Gull 140
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> American Crow 6
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Carolina Wren 2
> American Robin 20
> European Starling 40
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2
> Northern Cardinal 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
> Common Grackle 1
> House Finch 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County



Subject: "Japanese green pheasant", Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 18:10 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
I was taken aback today when I saw that Charlie, the ring-necked pheasant that's been on the property for years, had a companion. Last breeding season Charlie took up with a turkey that he followed around constantly, but which disappeared after a few weeks. But, frankly, I wasn't sure what this bird was at first since it was facing away from me in overcast lighting. Then, however, it turned sideways and I immediately saw that it was another pheasant, albeit one with a completely dark breast and no ring around its neck. When it turned more towards me I could see that its breast was dark bluish, with a hint of green at spots. And then he and Charlie disappeared into the field. Obviously, this is an escaped raised bird, much like the chukar that showed up on a neighboring farmhouse's front porch a few years back. I have no idea, though, where it came from. It may have traveled a long distance or from a nearby pen, although I know of no one in this farm valley who raises them. It may also have been released by a gun club, but that really doesn't happen here much anymore, especially in February. But it will join my list of other "exotics"  -- a female orange bishop that survived snow and cold into early January several years back, a male nutmeg mannakin that spent four or five days on a backyard feeder, and an adult monk parakeet that visited that same feeder for a day. And on one Christmas Count near Hawk Mtn my partner and I found a yellow-fronted canary. But my most unusual property exotic, wasn't a bird. More than 30 years ago a monkey was in one of the trees in the field. As for normal birds, well, it's been pretty quiet due to the warm weather. The Gambel's white-crowned sparrow is still here with several others of the species but it didn't show today until around 5 in the afternoon. And just about everything else is what you'd expect at this time of the year.  Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Washington County Eastern Towhee
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 18:08 pm
From: 0000001a0b1f86e1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
February 27

East Finley Twp in Washington County -- one Eastern Towhee at my feeders
-- joined by at least ten male Cardinals.

Pat Hutcheson East Finley Twp.



Subject: Tussey Mountain (27 Feb 2017) 4 Raptors
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 17:47 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 2 2
Turkey Vulture 0 31 31
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 4 13 13
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 4 52 52
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Lewis Grove

Observers: Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
Overcast with light SSW winds; a very light rain began mid-afternoon and
gradually intensified.

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1353 Ad, 1405 Sub-ad, 1511 Ad, 1550 unk

Non-raptor Observations:
CANG - 10; Gull sp - 1

Predictions:
Significantly warmer with light south winds and afternoon showers.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lewis Grove (zugunlew@gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainsprin...



Subject: Middle Creek WMA
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 17:12 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
Today before the rain the Eurasian Teal was at the pond on the north side of
Sunnyside Road in Lebanon County still.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Fox sparrow eastern towhee(Indiana co)
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 16:29 pm
From: plant4nature AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,
The Towhee has been calling since Saturday behind the barn in the woods. Just had a very red fox sparrow scratching near brush pile. Finally some new birds!!!!

Marcy Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
plant4nature@gmail.com
The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to
seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen



Subject: Allegheny Front (27 Feb 2017) 1 Raptors
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 15:32 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 19 19
OS 0 0 0
BE 0 10 10
NH 0 3 3
SS 0 3 3
CH 0 3 3
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 16 16
BW 0 0 0
RT 1 46 46
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 21 21
AK 0 1 1
ML 0 0 0
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 1 1
UB 0 4 4
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 3 3

Total: 1 130 130
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Deb Bodenschatz

Observers:

Visitors:
Dave Kipp, Jack Gilbert


Weather:
Chilly with moderate winds, mostly WSW at 6-14 mph with occasional higher
gusts. It began snowing a little before 1:00. Skies remained completely
cloudy all day.

Raptor Observations:
One Migrating Red-tailed Hawk and 2 Turkey Vultures that came from the
north and returned to the north after hanging around a bit.

Non-raptor Observations:
Black-capped Chickadee 3, Tufted Titmouse 6, Turkey Vulture 2, American
Crow 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Downy Woodpecker 1

Predictions:
A little warmer ( high of about 10 C) with moderate S to SE wind. Mostly
sunny in the morning with increasing clouds. Rain expected around 2:00.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Deb Bodenschatz (debbiebodenschatz@gmail.com)



Subject: Rusty Blackbirds, Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster County
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 14:22 pm
From: 000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Along the Willow Point trail, I observed a pair of Rusty Blackbirds in the shrubs of a swampy area just north of the trail where a run goes below the trail. This is in the same area where the American Bittern was seen last  week. (I haven't heard or seen the Bittern since then).  On the 3 days before today, a Fox Sparrow was seen in the grass and leaves, feeding with White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos.  By the way, there were good numbers of Snow Geese near Willow Point.Stan Stahl


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Subject: Luecistic Red Tailed Hawk Allegheny Cty
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 13:17 pm
From: dcollett57 AT gmail.com
 
The beautiful snow white Red Tailed Hawk  was present on I-376 towards
airport on a lamp post at Clinton exit.
Nice to know its surviving another year.
Donna Collett
Allegheny County



Subject: Kirby Park, Luz. Co.
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 7:43 am
From: chickadd AT ptd.net
 
Reported by Bob Wasilewski, Sunday, Feb. 26

Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, PA

This walk is held on the 4th Sunday of each month, beginning at 8 a.m.

1) Canada Goose 156
2) Wood Duck 16
3) Mallard 3
4) Bald Eagle 2
5) Red-tailed Hawk 1
6) Peregrine Falcon 1
7) Ring-billed Gull 10
8) Feral Pigeon 2
9) Mourning Dove 3
10) Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
11) Downy Woodpecker 3
12) Hairy Woodpecker 4
13) Pileated Woodpecker 1
14) Blue Jay 1
15) American Crow 12
16) Fish Crow 1
17) Common Raven 2
18) Black-capped Chickadee 5
19) Tufted Titmouse 4
20) White-breasted Nuthatch 4
21) Carolina Wren 4
22) American Robin 2
23) Fox Sparrow 2
24) Song Sparrow 8
25) White-throated Sparrow 4
26) Dark-eyed Junco 17
27) Northern Cardinal 6
28) Common Grackle 8

Gray Squirrel: 2
Total Avian Species: 28
Observers: 4/2
Hours: 4.0
Weather: Cold and windy with occasional snow flurries; 34-37 F

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming Co.



Subject: Pileated Woodpecker, Allegheny County
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 7:36 am
From: kadane AT andrew.cmu.edu
 
Yard bird, Squirrel Hill.

Jay Kadane



Subject: Turkey Vulture -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- Feb 26, 2017
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 20:37 pm
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
The Turkey Vultures have arrived, quite early, yet winter birds like American Tree Sparrows and Golden-crowned Kinglets are still around. 

Good birding,
Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County.

Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County
Feb 26, 2017
12:24
Traveling
0.60 miles
178 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Squaw Valley Woodlands (private), Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County. Good birding, Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

15 Canada Goose
1 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Turkey Vulture -- FOS
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
10 Mourning Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
5 Blue Jay
8 American Crow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
3 American Tree Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
3 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 16



Subject: Tussey Mountain (26 Feb 2017) 4 Raptors
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 19:00 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 2 2
Turkey Vulture 0 31 31
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 2 9 9
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 4 48 48
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Lewis Grove

Observers: Jon Kauffman, Nick Bolgiano

Visitors:
Kelly Sitch


Weather:
Colder with stiff WNW winds; partly cloudy through mid-afternoon when blue
skies began to take over.

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1528 sub-adult, 1550 adult

BAEA: 1554 unk

Non-raptor Observations:
EABL - 5; MODO - 2; BAEA - 4 (not migrating)

Predictions:
Warmer with SW winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lewis Grove (zugunlew@gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainsprin...



Subject: Northampton County Fox Sparrows
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 17:32 pm
From: foandla AT epix.net
 
Four Fox sparrows under the hedges today in the backyard.

They were joined by 8 Red Winged Blackbirds.

The Gulls from Grand Central land fill were up and around a lot yesterday,
but all I could make out were Ring bills and a few Herrings



Dan Zmoda

Pen Argyl



Subject: Allegheny Front (26 Feb 2017) 1 Raptors
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 17:31 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 19 19
OS 0 0 0
BE 0 10 10
NH 0 3 3
SS 1 3 3
CH 0 3 3
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 16 16
BW 0 0 0
RT 0 45 45
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 21 21
AK 0 1 1
ML 0 0 0
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 1 1
UB 0 4 4
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 3 3

Total: 1 129 129
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Bob Stewart

Observers:

Visitors:
1 Dick Akers


Weather:
Morning cloud cover with light snow flurries.
Becoming more sunny in mid-afternoon.
Moderate wind out of the west.
Temp -3 degrees C to 0 degrees C.
Visibility 17 to 25 km.
Hazy til mid-afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
1 migrting raptor- sharp shinned hawk
4 local turkey vultures - not counted
2 local red tailed hawks- not counted

Non-raptor Observations:
40+ gulls, raven, many tufted titmouse, crows, white breasted nuthatch.

Predictions:
High of 43 degrees F.
Wind from SW 10-15 mph.
Morning cloudiness then off and on rain in afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)



Subject: Slaty-backed Gull refound at Lake View Landfill, Erie Co., Pa.
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 15:43 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I spotted the SBGU among about 1500 Ring-billed Gulls and a dozen Herring Gulls in the casino parking lot in Summit Twp. Erie Co., Pa. at 12:45 PM.  It immediately took off when I stopped the car, even though all the other gulls remained on the ground.  It flew directly away from me as before, but then when it was out about 1/2 mile out it started to circle.  I could clearly see the "string of pearls" on the underside of the primaries.  I could also see the grayish inner primaries contrasting with the outer black primaries.  I was able to obtain a few decent shots of the underwings.  After a couple of minutes it flew off towards Lake Erie.

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



Subject: Fox Sparrows - Beaver Co.
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 15:08 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This morning there were two Fox Sparrows at the Raccoon Creek State Park
park office feeder

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Columbia County
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 13:29 pm
From: akeister110 AT gmail.com
 
Currently at least one LBBG at the boat launch in Bloomsburg.  Rare for
Columbia County.

Andy Keister



Subject: Fox Sparrow-Butler
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 11:55 am
From: kestrel22 AT hotmail.com
 
Had our first of season Fox Sparrow and the feeder this morning.


Glenn Koppel

Mary Alice Koeneke

kestrel22@hotmail.com

Butler, PA.



Subject: Birds Birds and More Birds
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 11:14 am
From: herb1013 AT epix.net
 
Here is what we have in our yard today 8 miles from the N,Y, state border. There were 50 Turkeys at the deer food and under the front deck bird feeder eating spilled bird seed. There are now a dozen or more Robins, Many Red Wing Blackbirds,Grackles and Starlings at the feeder. There are also dozens of Doves. But the Doves never leave. There are also dozens of BCCs. Some are so friendly that they sit on the feeder as I send the seed down the chute that I use to fill the flat feeder. There are also a few dozen Blue Jays that love the un-salted peanuts that I buy them. 15 or 20 of them will sit in the White Paper Birch tree waiting for the Manna from Heaven to fall out of the front deck window. Some will take 2 peanuts and fly off to break them open. There are also many DEJs and Gold Finch. My 450 ft long by 150  ft wide pond is ice free. I never remember it ice free at this time. So that will draw Geese and other water birds if it does not get very cold again. What a sight it was to watch 50 Turkeys take off all at once when my son took our dog out. It was like watching 50 B-29s take off in all directions.I stopped counting the deer at the deer feeder. Highest count was 20 at one time.That’s the only good thing about winter is no visits by the Bears. But I guess they will be awake soon.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.



Subject: Middle Creek Sightings
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 9:28 am
From: petervmoffett AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday we saw a few early arrivals; tree swallows, red wing blackbirds,
killdeer, and a snipe.
Pete Moffett



Subject: FOY Fox Sparrow
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 8:41 am
From: elidepaulis1 AT gmail.com
 
PA Birders,
A Fox Sparrow just appeared at my feeders. It is a FOY bird for this site.

Good Birding,
Eli DePaulis
York Springs, Adams County



Subject: Common Grackles -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- Feb 26, 2017
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 8:26 am
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
The Grackles have arrived. And the Red-shouldered Hawk was being mobbed by a bunch of Blue Jays. Eastern Bluebirds and Robins were perched atop red clusters of sumac berries, and an early Pied-billed Grebe dove in the midst of snow flurries, while a brilliant Pileated Woodpecker stalked the tree trunks. 

Good birding,
Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County.

Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County
Feb 26, 2017
08:08
Traveling
0.60 miles
53 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Squaw Valley Woodlands (private), Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County. Good birding, Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

8 Canada Goose
3 Ring-necked Duck
1 Pied-billed Grebe -- FOS. Seldom see them in the Spring. Only two past sightings in the spring, on March 27, 2004 and April 4, 2010.
1 Red-shouldered Hawk -- FOS. It was being mobbed by about 10 Blue Jays. Came back on February 24 in 2013.
3 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 Pileated Woodpecker
14 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Eastern Bluebird
4 American Robin
8 Dark-eyed Junco
5 Northern Cardinal
3 Common Grackle -- FOS

Number of Taxa: 18



Subject: Top 100 birding locations in PA
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 7:09 am
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
according to the PGC

http://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife...

It looks like they have picked as spot in almost all of the counties and
some have more than 1.

here's a nice article on the lancaster spots and some other info.

http://lancasteronline.com/new...

chad kauffman, mifflintown, pa


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Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(2/19-2/25)
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 5:17 am
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
The species count this week was 63. Birder reports were light, with the following highlights:
8 duck species including:
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck -high report 30 2/20
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser-high report ~80 2/19
Ruddy Duck - high report 69 2/25
3 Horned Grebe 2/25
American Woodcock-high report 6 2/24
Our normal 4 gull species, with declining numbers
1 Merlin continues
Fox Sparrow-high report 3 2/23 at feeders

Also, Bald Eagle, Pileated Woodpecker, Amer. Kestrel, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned & Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, E. Bluebird, Hermit Thrush


Thanks to all who shared their sightings.


August Mirabella
North Wales, PA



Subject: Middle Creek WMA
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 18:53 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
Today at Middle Creek  WMA on the Lancaster and Lebanon County sides with
strong south winds from 1245 to 4 pm when the rain started , Zach Millen saw
me at the pond north of Sunnyside Rd. that had about 30 Green-winged Teal
but Zach found the Eurasian Teal along Rt. 897 2nd pond west of Chapel Rd.
. He had it earlier there and 3 Tree Swallows flying around Stop #3, both
counties. At 2:15 the Eurasian Teal was still there , at 2:45 while still
there 2 Tree Swallows were going north, thanks Zach.

At stop #3 there were no swallows so I am sure they were the same as
Zach's. At stop #3 flying over the edge of the main lake and flying north
into both counties was a Common Raven .

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County





Subject: Allegheny Front (25 Feb 2017) Raptors
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 18:23 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 19 19
OS 0 0 0
BE 0 10 10
NH 0 3 3
SS 0 2 2
CH 0 3 3
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 16 16
BW 0 0 0
RT 0 45 45
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 21 21
AK 0 1 1
ML 0 0 0
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 1 1
UB 0 4 4
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 3 3

Total: 0 128 128
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 15:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Brian Wargo

Observers: Jeanine Ging

Visitors:
Meadow and Theo Ging Wargo


Weather:
Rain until 3:00 p.m. Strong west winds. A few snow flakes.

Raptor Observations:
A lone Turkey Vulture moved south and then north. It was not counted.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Tufted Titmouse, 2 Nuthatch, 10 Crows, 2 Canada Goose

Predictions:
Cold with some sun and west winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian M. Wargo (brianwargo@gmail.com)



Subject: Tundra Swans, Killdeer, RW Blackbird -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- Feb 25, 2017
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 16:55 pm
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
As it turned colder, I was very happy to see a flock of 12 beautiful Tundra Swans on the lake.

Killdeer and Red-winged Blackbird have arrived - the earliest ever, as previously the earliest Spring arrival was around March 13/14.

Good birding,
Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County.

Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County
Feb 25, 2017
16:30
Traveling
0.70 miles
58 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Squaw Valley Woodlands (private), Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

18 Canada Goose
12 Tundra Swan -- Seen on the lake. Saw yellow mark on bill on one of them. Only the second time I have seen them here; last time was on December 1, 2012 when we had 3 on the lake.
4 Ring-necked Duck -- Previous earliest Spring sighting was March 14, 2009.
2 Killdeer -- Previous earliest Spring sighting was March 14, 2009.
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 American Crow
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Red-winged Blackbird -- Previous earliest Spring sighting was March 13, 2005.

Number of Taxa: 9



Subject: Leaser Lake, Lehigh county
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 16:46 pm
From: 0000003652a0d84e-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I visited Leaser Lake this morning, twice, between 7 and 10.

First visit yielded 47 Tundra Swans among a variety of other waterfowl. Thousands of both Canada and Snow Geese flying over fairly continuously.

Second trip and the Swans were gone but 2 American Coot and a Pied-billed Grebe were spotted back behind the island.

Lastly, the pond across the street from my home in Lynnville is loaded with Snow Geese right now. Estimated 1000+.

Phonescoped Tundra Swan pics can be seen at:

https://flic.kr/p/RaB4zJ

And ....

https://flic.kr/p/Sg5W7v

Frank Dickman
New Tripoli/Lynnville, Lehighcounty



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Subject: Swans and Cormorants, York Co.
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 16:09 pm
From: 0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Flocks of forty to fifty tundra swans were resting on both Lake Marburg and Long Arm Reservoir this morning and a pair of d.c. cormorants on Lake Marburg seemed a little early.


Dick Cleary



Subject: Tussey Mountain (25 Feb 2017) Raptors
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 16:08 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 2 2
Turkey Vulture 0 31 31
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
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 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 7 7
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 44 44
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 10:15:00
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter: Lewis Grove

Observers:

Weather:
Unseasonably warm and overcast, with an imposing front of rain bearing down
from the SW.

Raptor Observations:
No raptors moving before the rain.

Non-raptor Observations:
Waterfowl on the move before rain set in. Apparent flight of blackbirds
overnight or early morning, with notably increased numbers of RWBL and COGR
on the ridge and near the watch generally.

Common Merganser - 6; Red-winged Blackbird - 14; Common Grackle - 10;
Canada Geese - 98

Predictions:
Forecast is for west winds and clearing skies; should be some birds on the
move.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lewis Grove (zugunlew@gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainsprin...



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Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 12:35 pm
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
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Subject: Tussey Mountain (24 Feb 2017) 44 Raptors
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 10:55 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 2 2 2
Turkey Vulture 31 31 31
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
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 3 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 7 7 7
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 44 44 44
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Nick Bolgiano

Observers: Joe Verica, Lewis Grove

Weather:
Unusually warm late February day with southeast winds, variable clouds,
sunny skies and highs in the mid 70s.

Raptor Observations:
A good number of birds moving today on the good winds, including seven
Golden Eagles.

Golden Eagles: 1035 Ad, 1151 Ad, 1159 Ad, 1313 Unk, 1524 Ad, 1606 Ad, 1625
Ad



Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese - 116; Ring-billed Gull - 15; European Starling - 2;
Red-winged Blackbird - 3; Common Grackle - 1; Bald Eagle - 4 (not counted)

Predictions:
Rain moving through in waves on S winds; potential for waterbird flight in
between showers/storms. Could be some raptors moving if rain clears out.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lewis Grove (zugunlew@gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainsprin...



Subject: Grackles, Lycoming Co.
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 10:26 am
From: rlunz58 AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,

The Grackles continue, up to 11 individuals, working the lawn. Of note is
a couple of them found the feeder and the suet, which they seem to prefer.

Also I saw 3 flocks of Canada Geese northbound.

Rosemary Lunz
Warrensville



Subject: Black-backed oriole, Berks Co.
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 9:42 am
From: mslater AT voicenet.com
 
Saturday morning BB Oriole report.

BB showed up for about 20 or 25 people this am. He was at the Hybki's
Feeder (#20) at 6:58, 7:32, 8:07, 8:55 and 9:05 am.



Subject: Horned Grebes, Allegheny County
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 8:11 am
From: a_buriak AT hotmail.com
 

There are currently 5 horned grebes at Duck Hollow in Pittsburgh straight out from the spit. An American Wigeon pair is also present.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
Gibsonia, Allegheny County


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



Subject: Woodcock Dauphin Co
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 7:03 am
From: szaino AT icloud.com
 
Just so Dauphin is represented here, we've had woodcock displaying here at home (Hershey/Hummelstown)for at least the last 4 nights. Last night there were at least 3 in the immediate area. 
Rich and Sally Zaino



Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds, Washington County
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 21:52 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
There was a large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds at Canonsburg Lake today.

An adult Bald Eagle was also observed.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Presque Isle Hawk Watch for February 24, 2017
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 18:51 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 45 45 45
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 5 5 5
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
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: 50 50 50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 12:30:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Roger Donn

Visitors:
Roger Donn assisted with the count


Weather:
Variably cloudy, moderate SW wind, record high temperatures.

Raptor Observations:
Our watch doesn't officially open until March 1, but the conditions were
just too good to pass up a day watching the sky. TVs were on the move as
well as a handful of RTs.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two Killdeer and a flock of 13 Sandhill Cranes

Predictions:
Much colder with late day snow showers.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jerry McWilliams (jerrymcw@aol.com)
Presque Isle information may be found at:
http://www.presqueisleaudubon....



Subject: Allegheny Front (23 Feb 2017) Raptors
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 18:47 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 23, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 8 8
OS 0 0 0
BE 0 6 6
NH 0 3 3
SS 0 1 1
CH 0 1 1
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 2 2
BW 0 0 0
RT 0 22 22
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 5 5
AK 0 0 0
ML 0 0 0
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 0 0
UB 0 0 0
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 1 1

Total: 0 49 49
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Ed Gowarty

Observers: Jim Rocco

Visitors:
1


Weather:
Warm with moderate winds out of the west.
Cloud cover 40 to 100&.
Haze, visibility 12 to 30 km.

Raptor Observations:
No migrating raptors observed.
Helping spot: Jim Rocco.
Non migrating Turkey Vultures.

Non-raptor Observations:
Mourning doves, tufted titmouse, crows, blue birds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)



Subject: Allegheny Front (24 Feb 2017) 79 Raptors
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 18:40 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 11 19 19
OS 0 0 0
BE 4 10 10
NH 0 3 3
SS 1 2 2
CH 2 3 3
NG 0 0 0
RS 14 16 16
BW 0 0 0
RT 23 45 45
RL 0 0 0
GE 16 21 21
AK 1 1 1
ML 0 0 0
PG 0 0 0
UA 1 1 1
UB 4 4 4
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 2 3 3

Total: 79 128 128
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Bob Stewart

Observers: Janet Kuehl, Jim Rocco, Joe Sabo, Kevin Georg, Mike Wolfe

Visitors:
6- Micheal Wolfe and grandson Ian
Helping spot: Jim Rocco, Joe Sabo, Janet Kuehl, Michael Wolfe, Kevin
Georg.



Weather:
Unseasonably warm. Possible record high.
Temp 14 to 23 degrees C.
Partly sunny.
Wind initially out of SW changing to SE late am.
light to moderate winds.
Hazy in am.
Visibility 17 km increasing to 30 km in afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
70 migrating raptors.including 14 red-shouldered hawks.
Most of the raptors were very high.
16 Golden Eagles; 4 Bald eagles.
2 Bald Eagles flying south and 1 kestrel - not counted.
Golden Eagles: 11:43 Ad; 12:42 Ad; 12:58 Ad; 1:08 Ad; 2 at 1:10 Ad; 1:15
Ad; 1:52 Ad; 2:32 Ad; 2:33 Ad; 2:53 Ad; 2@ 2:54 Ad; 2:57 Ad; 3:32 Ad; 3:54
Ad.
Bald Eagles: 1:42 Ad; 2:39 Ad; 2:57 Subad; 4:46 SubAd

Non-raptor Observations:
3 bluebirds, tufted titmouse; pileated woodpecker

Predictions:
AM rain showers and T-storm possible.
Windy in afternoon.
Moning High of 55 degrees with falling temps to 40 degrees.
Wind out of the WSW 20-30 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)



Subject: American Woodcock - Clearfield County
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 18:30 pm
From: marianne5 AT windstream.net
 
I heard my first of the year American Woodcock peenting this evening at
6:10. This is very early.

Marianne Atkinson
Clearfield County near DuBois



Subject: Greater Yellowlegs; Mercer County; 02/24/2017
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 18:18 pm
From: rmnugent AT excite.com
 
  Today Debbie Kalbfleisch and I found a Greater Yellowlegs at the propagation ponds at Shenango Reservoir. The bill was obviously longer that its head and we heard the distinctive call. This appears to be the first February record for this species in Mercer County according to eBird.

Best Regards ......... Richard Nugent
Hampton Township, Allegheny County



Subject: Woodcock. Chambersburg PA
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 17:56 pm
From: tomdoc AT hotmail.com
 
This evening in the Hunters Chase Subdivision there were 4 Woodcock calling at 6:15 PM.

Also, for the past 8 nights othere have been both Screech and Great Horned Owls calling throughout the night.

Tom Dougherty
Chambersburg PA


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Subject: birding at Middle Creek WMA today
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 17:48 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
North of  Sunnyside Rd the pond I  had 20 Green-winged Teal and  1 Eurasian
Teal on the left side this afternoon , in Lebanon County . At the main lake
the 30000 Snow Geese were to far out to see well. The tour road is open now
for the season.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Greater Yellowlegs, Truck Stop - Imperial, Allegheny Co.
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 16:16 pm
From: englishhaus AT gmail.com
 
Hello All, 

This afternoon I spotted a yellowlegs in the marshy seep below the truck stop in Imperial. The bird appeared at first to be a lesser as it lacked barring along the flanks and the bill was difficult to ascertain from the steep angle but didn't seem conspicuously longer than the head. Eventually the bird flushed and called what sounded like a lesser's 2 note call, however, as the bird moved to the pond (a better view) and began foraging, the jizz of the bird seemed large and at times the bill appeared to upturn at the tip and extend much longer than the head length not to mention it appeared to have large knobby knees. Lauren Nagoda and Todd Hope showed up and we debated the bird for a few minutes before it kindly helped us out by giving a series of distinctively greater yellowlegs' emphatic 3-4 note tewtewtew call. It was a good ID lesson for me and a reminder to look and study details closely (see list link at end of message). Grateful for the help from Mother Nature we packed up and moved on as did the bird, taking off toward the southwest.

3 American wigeon continue at Janoski's, and at the main pond a gray ghost harrier flushed 6 Wilson's snipe while a common grackle flew overhead and two male red-winged blackbirds cried konkaree.

What a lovely evening, and I haven't even had dinner with the family yet!

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

Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.



Subject: Clarion County
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 14:24 pm
From: mrl706 AT gmail.com
 
The last couple days of unseasonably warm weather have brought the
following birds to my area of Clarion County.
Turkey Vulture
Re-headed Woodpecker (juvenile)
Red-winged Blackbird
Grackles
White-throated Sparrow
Many (8 to 10) Woodcock peenting & displaying at Beaver Creek Nature Center
near Knox

Regards

Michael R Leahy
Knox, PA
Clarion County

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Subject: Black Vultures Centre County
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 13:48 pm
From: shervinskie AT gmail.com
 
Three Black Vultures were observed soaring over the Pleasant Gap State Fish
Hatchery at 12pm today.

Tom Shervinskie
Furnace Rd
Mill Hall PA



Subject: Woodcock, Susquehanna County
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 12:21 pm
From: rwblye AT gmail.com
 
Nephew reported peenting woodcock in Jessup Township, Susquehanna County
the evening of Feb 23, 2017!

*Rob*

Robert W. Blye
34603 Doe Run
Lewes DE 19958-3332
302 945-8618
610 213-2413 mobile



Subject: Spotted Sandpiper at Boiling Springs Cumberland County
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 12:17 pm
From: rprice210 AT comcast.net
 
While catch and release fly-fishing at the mouth of Boiling Springs Run, I saw a Spotted Sandpiper working the bank of the Yellow Breeches yesterday morning at about 9:50AM. I stopped fishing and watched the bird for several minutes doing its characteristic bobbing. Although I occasionally encounter these birds while fishing small streams in the area, I don't ever recall seeing one as early as February.  It should be noted that later in the day the high temperature broke the record for the day at 72 degrees F, after several days of unseasonably warm weather.

Rick Price



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