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26 Nov: @ 08:24:40 
Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 26, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
26 Nov: @ 07:58:21 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (25 Nov 2014) 22 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 Nov: @ 07:24:23 
Ring-Billed Gulls - Clearfield County [Rick & Marianne Atkinson]
26 Nov: @ 06:07:08 
Short-eared Owl, Clearfield Co. [drichards7]
26 Nov: @ 04:44:53 
HSR: Second Mountain (25 Nov 2014) 4 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Nov: @ 19:09:16 
Stone Mt., Pa. (25 Nov 2014) 20 Raptors [Gregory William Grove]
25 Nov: @ 17:34:00 
HSR: Allegheny Front (25 Nov 2014) 2 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Nov: @ 17:21:16 
HSR: Allegheny Front (24 Nov 2014) 8 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Nov: @ 17:08:19 
HSR: Bake Oven Knob (25 Nov 2014) 8 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 Nov: @ 16:52:34 
Northern Harriers, Opossum Lake, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr]
25 Nov: @ 12:33:44 
Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 25, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
25 Nov: @ 11:51:10 
Re: Snowy owl Cedar Cliff High School [Ted Nichols II]
25 Nov: @ 11:37:52 
FW: Snowy owl Cedar Cliff High School [Brauning, Daniel]
25 Nov: @ 10:57:19 
Snowy owl Cedar Cliff High School [Brauning, Daniel]
25 Nov: @ 09:20:12 
Siskins Crawford County [Shawn Collins]
25 Nov: @ 07:21:37 
Fox Sparrow - Washington County [Pat Hutcheson]
25 Nov: @ 06:58:01 
Re: Franklin Co Peregrine Falcon [Ted Nichols II]
25 Nov: @ 06:24:18 
Franklin Co Peregrine Falcon [Bill Oyler]
24 Nov: @ 23:31:54 
Fwd: Cornell Lab eNews: To Tell a Crow From a Raven, Trust Your Ears [grant stevenson]
24 Nov: @ 19:20:36 
Sandhill Cranes, Rosecrans Bog area, Clinton Co., 11/23/14 [Wayne Laubscher]
24 Nov: @ 19:11:59 
HSR: Second Mountain (24 Nov 2014) 33 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
24 Nov: @ 18:28:59 
HSR: Bake Oven Knob (24 Nov 2014) 46 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
24 Nov: @ 18:24:56 
Harris's sparrow continues, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
24 Nov: @ 17:30:56 
Washington County Waterfowl [Gigi G.]
24 Nov: @ 16:46:20 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (24 Nov 2014) 21 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
24 Nov: @ 16:30:49 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (24 Nov 2014) 57 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
24 Nov: @ 15:09:22 
Lebanon County - 1ST year Iceland Gull [Windstream Mail]
24 Nov: @ 14:01:54 
Volunteers Needed! [Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology]
24 Nov: @ 13:33:55 
North Park Snow Goose Allegheny County [Janis Bennett]
24 Nov: @ 10:41:08 
Cackling Geese, Snow Goose, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards]
24 Nov: @ 09:35:41 
Bald Eagles Fannett township, Franklin County [Martin Wilson]
24 Nov: @ 09:22:19 
Re: PABIRDS Digest - 22 Nov 2014 to 23 Nov 2014 (#2014-328) [Peb2@case.edu]
24 Nov: @ 09:10:46 
Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 24, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
24 Nov: @ 06:55:25 
Clarification, Swan and Shrike [Glenn Koppel]
24 Nov: @ 05:51:42 
White goose chen sp allegheny county [jusko88]
24 Nov: @ 05:27:51 
Beaver and Ohio Rivers, Nov 23, Rochester, Beaver County [Kate St.John]
24 Nov: @ 03:31:52 
Lake Meade Adams County [Jason Verdier]
23 Nov: @ 23:18:28 
HSR: Second Mountain (23 Nov 2014) 18 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
23 Nov: @ 21:25:32 
Loons, Siskins, Erie County [Shawn Collins]
23 Nov: @ 21:20:24 
Cackling Geese, Great Egret, more Crawford County [Shawn Collins]
23 Nov: @ 19:49:49 
HSR: Allegheny Front (23 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
23 Nov: @ 19:43:45 
Clarion Co- Northern shrike, fox sparrows, Marcellus at Curllsville strips [Carole Winslow]
23 Nov: @ 19:07:55 
HSR: Rose Tree Park (23 Nov 2014) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
23 Nov: @ 18:29:03 
Waterfowl, Allegheny River and County [Amy Henrici]
23 Nov: @ 18:26:43 
Purple Finch, Allegheny Co. [Amy Henrici]
23 Nov: @ 18:22:50 
White goose at North Park, Allegheny County (photos) [Geoff Malosh]
23 Nov: @ 16:51:54 
Cumberland County, SGL 230 [Peter Lusardi]
23 Nov: @ 16:51:13 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (23 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
23 Nov: @ 16:50:19 
HSR: Second Mountain (23 Nov 2014) 18 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
23 Nov: @ 16:46:59 
Trumpeter Swan X6; Lake Arthur; Butler County; 11/23/2014 [Richard Nugent]





Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 26, 2014
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 8:24 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: November 26, 2014
Time: 0715-0845
Weather: Cloudy, ENE windto 5 mph, temp. 31 F, waves about one foot.
Comments: Very quiet on the lake this morning. Horned Grebes were moving east.

Waterbirds counted:

Northern Pintail 1
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 100
White-winged Scoter 6
Surf/Black scoter 3
Long-tailed Duck 8
Bufflehead 6
Common Goldeneye 9
Red-breasted Merganser 64
Common Loon 16
unidentified loon 2
Horned Grebe 43

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






Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (25 Nov 2014) 22 Raptors
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 7:58 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 18
TV 4 276 2011
OS 0 1 357
BE 0 71 477
NH 0 32 180
SS 0 111 9906
CH 0 25 528
NG 1 17 32
RS 1 72 236
BW 0 0 6544
RT 14 1191 2736
RL 0 2 2
GE 2 135 210
AK 0 4 320
ML 0 8 120
PG 0 1 55
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 2 19
UF 0 1 5
UE 0 4 6
UR 0 9 71

Total: 22 1962 23857
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Paul Fritz, Ron Freed

Observers: Carl Rojahn, Dave Grove, Dave Smith, Gene Wagner,
Joe Lavella, Paul Fritz, Ron Freed

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Overcast, then fair skies with light to moderate W winds.

Raptor Observations:
GE Ad 12:17, 3:15

First bird - RT 9:43
Last bird - GE 3:15

Non-raptor Observations:
Loons - 2
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Ring-Billed Gulls - Clearfield County
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 7:24 am
From: marianne5 AT windstream.net
 
There were Ring-Billed Gulls yesterday at the Martin's grocery store parking
lot on Hoover Ave. in DuBois.

On Sunday, there were Ring-Billed Gulls at the Wal Mart parking lot and
sitting on top of the tall lights next to TSC on Beaver Drive in DuBois.

Marianne Atkinson
Clearfield County



Subject: Short-eared Owl, Clearfield Co.
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 6:07 am
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
 Last evening I observed a Short-eared Owl hunting along Sandy Ridge Road near the village of Clover Run.


Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (25 Nov 2014) 4 Raptors
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 4:44 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 18 204
Turkey Vulture 1 75 718
Osprey 0 0 113
Bald Eagle 0 21 131
Northern Harrier 0 14 94
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 33 2737
Cooper's Hawk 0 21 275
Northern Goshawk 0 2 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 29 110
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2963
Red-tailed Hawk 3 305 651
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Golden Eagle 0 40 77
American Kestrel 0 4 115
Merlin 0 1 47
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 7
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 22
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 4 575 8317
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Morris Cox

Observers:

Visitors:
Those helping with the count today were Steve Walthius and Joan Renninger.
3 other visitors also stopped by the mountain.


Weather:
Overcast with winds WSW. Temp range 9-11C.

Raptor Observations:
None

Non-raptor Observations:
Usual showing of winter birds.

Predictions:
Rain to snow
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: Stone Mt., Pa. (25 Nov 2014) 20 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 19:09 pm
From: gwg2 AT psu.edu
 
Our site has now reached a new season high for golden eagles.

Stone Mt., Pa.
Allensville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 8
TV 3 65 420
OS 0 1 73
BE 4 26 108
NH 1 8 39
SS 1 14 1145
CH 0 5 130
NG 0 3 7
RS 0 15 49
BW 0 0 1093
RT 6 224 650
RL 0 0 0
GE 5 111 142
AK 0 2 128
ML 0 0 35
PG 0 1 29
UA 0 0 3
UB 0 0 5
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 1 20
MK 0 0 1

Total: 20 476 4085
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Nick Bolgiano

Observers: Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
Wind W 8-12 mph, sky mostly cloudy until 1400, when it cleared

Raptor Observations:
NH: 1 female
BE: 957 Ad, 1038 Imm, 1120 Ad, 1155 Imm
GE: 1107 Ad, 1301 Unk, 1324 Ad, 1423 Unk, 1537 Ad


Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
2-5 in snow, which may close the access road
========================================================================
Report submitted by Nick Bolgiano (nbolgiano@pennswoods.net)



Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (25 Nov 2014) 2 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 17:34 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 7 85
TV 0 35 362
OS 0 0 91
BE 0 8 123
NH 0 1 32
SS 0 13 1151
CH 0 9 152
NG 1 1 4
RS 0 7 32
BW 0 0 4350
RT 1 180 915
RL 0 1 2
GE 0 80 97
AK 0 0 87
ML 0 0 23
PG 0 1 36
UA 0 0 10
UB 0 1 12
UF 0 0 2
UE 0 0 1
UR 0 2 57

Total: 2 346 7624
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Jim Rocco

Observers:

Visitors:
7 Visitors


Weather:
Moderate winds out of the W
Average temp. 4c
Cloud cover 100% down to 0%
Visibility up to 40km

Raptor Observations:
2 Raptors counted

Non-raptor Observations:
Starlings, Ravens, Crows, Bluejays, Juncos ,BC Chicadees

Predictions:
Snow storm, possible 4 to 7 inchess
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jim Rocco ()



Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (24 Nov 2014) 8 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 17:21 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 7 85
TV 1 35 362
OS 0 0 91
BE 0 8 123
NH 0 1 32
SS 0 13 1151
CH 0 9 152
NG 0 0 3
RS 0 7 32
BW 0 0 4350
RT 6 179 914
RL 0 1 2
GE 1 80 97
AK 0 0 87
ML 0 0 23
PG 0 1 36
UA 0 0 10
UB 0 1 12
UF 0 0 2
UE 0 0 1
UR 0 2 57

Total: 8 344 7622
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Bob Gorsuch

Observers: Bob Wertz, Charlie Voytko, Nancy Ott, Neil Woffinden

Visitors:
6 Visitors


Weather:
Light winds out of the S,SE, SW
Average temp.14c
Cloud cover 0% to 90%
Visibility up to 32km

Raptor Observations:
8 Raptors counted. Sub adult Golden Eagle at3:30

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jim Rocco ()



Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (25 Nov 2014) 8 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 17:08 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 1 51 310
Turkey Vulture 2 154 926
Osprey 0 1 365
Bald Eagle 1 52 302
Northern Harrier 0 16 109
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 84 3934
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 197
Northern Goshawk 0 7 15
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 38 99
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4051
Red-tailed Hawk 1 741 1620
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 90 149
American Kestrel 0 1 149
Merlin 0 8 117
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 69
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 54 259

Total: 8 1313 12671
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Sean Bankos

Observers: Dave Leibert, Dennis Glew, Fritz Brock

Visitors:
a couple of hunters


Weather:
Visibility unlimited, Temp 47-52F, Wind 2-10 mph NW,W,WNW, Cloud Cover
40-100%

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle:0951i
Very slow day; not much activity


Non-raptor Observations:
Raven(4), Cedar Waxwing(6), Pileated Woodpecker, American Crow

Predictions:
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 35. Northeast wind 5 to
11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9
inches possible.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: Northern Harriers, Opossum Lake, Cumberland County
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 16:52 pm
From: dsktc AT comcast.net
 
I was very surprised to see three Northern Harriers this afternoon

at Possum Lake.



All three were in view at 1:13, and I watched them soaring and diving at

each other for the next 15 minutes. Two of the three were juveniles. I
could not

confirm the age of the third bird.



Not a particularly good photo, but I was able to capture all three:



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





Dave Kerr

Carlisle



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 25, 2014
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 12:33 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: Sunset Point, PresqueIsle S.P.
Date: November 25, 2014
Time: 0710-0910
Weather: Cloudy, W wind to 20 mph, temp. 35 F, waves 5 to 6 feet.
Comments: Lesser Scaupand Red-breasted Mergansers moving around on the lake, mainly in a easterly direction. Highlight was a westbount Red-necked Grebe.

Water birds counted:

Canvasback 32
Redhead 22
Lesser Scaup 300
Black Scoter 4
Long-tailed Duck 2
Common Goldeneye 3
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted Merganser 1080
Common Loon 15
unidentified loon 3
Horned Grebe 6
RED-NECKED GREBE 1


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





Subject: Snowy owl Cedar Cliff High School
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 11:51 am
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
There is some great discussion going on about the bird PA Birders Facebook
group.

Most importantly, before everyone starts going there, everyone should note
the bird is not publicly accessible as it is in an internal courtyard of
the school and can't be seen unless you are inside the school.

Regards,
Ted Nichols
Annville, Pa.



Subject: FW: Snowy owl Cedar Cliff High School
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 11:37 am
From: dbrauning AT pa.gov
 

Thanks to those on the ball – make that, Cumberland County!

The Game Commission office in Harrisburg just received a photo of a Snowy Owl taken this morning at the Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill, Cumberland county.

Daniel Brauning





Subject: Snowy owl Cedar Cliff High School
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 10:57 am
From: dbrauning AT pa.gov
 
The Game Commission office in Harrisburg just received a photo of a Snowy Owl taken this morning at the Cedar Cliff High School, Carlisle, Dauphin.

Daniel Brauning





Subject: Siskins Crawford County
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 9:20 am
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
Driving to work this morning, I go past Custard's Marsh....and just as you
go across the bridge, there were about 10-15 small birds along the road. I
pulled off and took a look where they flew in the trees, they were Pine
Siskins.

also at Custards were 2 Tundra Swans


Shawn Collins
Crawford County



Subject: Fox Sparrow - Washington County
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 7:21 am
From: 0000001a0b1f86e1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Nov. 23  in East Finley Twp. Washington County  -- one busy Fox  Sparrow.

Pat Hutcheson East Finley Twp.



Subject: Franklin Co Peregrine Falcon
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 6:58 am
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
This one might be hanging around the area.

I was traveling past exit 24 (8 miles North on 81) on Sunday morning and I
saw a Peregrine Falcon perched atop the handle of what is supposedly the
world's largest paint can that is alongside the highway.

Would have made a great picture, but I had places to be.

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa.



Subject: Franklin Co Peregrine Falcon
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 6:24 am
From: oylerbill AT gmail.com
 
At 710 am this morning watched a peregrine glide in and land on the Four Points Sheraton sign at I-81 Rt 30 Chambersburg.

Bill Oyler

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Fwd: Cornell Lab eNews: To Tell a Crow From a Raven, Trust Your Ears
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 23:31 pm
From: pahawkowl AT verizon.net
 
a little fun for serious beginners...


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Cornell Lab eNews: To Tell a Crow From a Raven, Trust Your Ears
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:20:18 +0000
From: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Reply-To: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
To: pahawkowl@verizon.net



Cornell Lab eNews: To Tell a Crow From a Raven, Trust Your Ears
In this issue: How to tell a caw from a croak, eight migration mysteries
solved, the story of the Laysan Albatross, FeederWatch season
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Rosecrans Bog area, Clinton Co., 11/23/14
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 19:20 pm
From: wnlaubscher AT comcast.net
 
I received a report from Raymond Allgyer who told me that yesterday he observed 4 Sandhill Cranes in a field off Brungard Road near Rosecrans Bog near Loganton. Brungard Road is off Rt. 477 northwest of Loganton.



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



Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (24 Nov 2014) 33 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 19:11 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 18 204
Turkey Vulture 5 74 717
Osprey 0 0 113
Bald Eagle 4 21 131
Northern Harrier 2 14 94
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 33 2737
Cooper's Hawk 0 21 275
Northern Goshawk 0 2 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 29 110
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2963
Red-tailed Hawk 20 302 648
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Golden Eagle 1 40 77
American Kestrel 0 4 115
Merlin 0 1 47
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 7
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 22
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 33 571 8313
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Richard Pohner

Observers:

Visitors:
Those aiding with the count today: Morris Cox, Steve Rannels, Gayle
Lawrance, Steve Walthius. 29 others visited the mountain today.


Weather:
Partly cloudy and windy with SW winds 5-15mph. Temp range 16-21C.

Raptor Observations:
Golden Eagle:
Un-aged @ 11:55

Immature Bald Eagles:
2 @ 2:07
singles birds @ 2:12, 2:29



Non-raptor Observations:
Two Ravens and 64 Ring-billed Gulls.


Predictions:
Much like today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (24 Nov 2014) 46 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 18:28 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 2 50 309
Turkey Vulture 20 152 924
Osprey 0 1 365
Bald Eagle 6 51 301
Northern Harrier 3 16 109
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 83 3933
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 197
Northern Goshawk 0 7 15
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 37 98
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4051
Red-tailed Hawk 9 740 1619
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 90 149
American Kestrel 0 1 149
Merlin 0 8 117
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 69
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 53 258

Total: 46 1305 12663
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter: Sean Bankos

Observers:

Visitors:
Pete Kell, Bruce Englenton-Woods, C.R.Kuhns(was back again trying to break
his previous disk throwing record of 500 feet.)


Weather:
Visibility unlimited, Temp 60-66F, Wind 3-13 mph SW, Cloud Cover 50-100%

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles:1349a,1351a,1408a,1408a,1410i,1600a
Golden Eagle:1459a
A Peregrine Falcon was observed flying west to east so that was not
counted. Also, there were a number of Red-tailed Hawks not in migration
mode. Many were just kiting around and flying randomly in all
directions.Some perched for a while in the trees within the bowl.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven(5), Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pileated Woodpecker

Predictions:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 8 to 13 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: Harris's sparrow continues, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 18:24 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
The Harris's was seen at several places yesterday, Sunday, including down along the edge of our upper fields.  Photos were taken there in addition to ones on the feeder in the backyard and in the small creek. However, there were several hours of down time between sightings. Today, Monday, I saw it this afternoon in the feeder, but not until almost 4 pm. But it has come into the feeder late in the day for 3 days in a row now and several other times it was seen drinking in the creek before alighting on the feeder. I'm guessing that if it sticks around the cold weather to come will bring back into the yard/feeder area again. .  Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Washington County Waterfowl
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 17:30 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
At Boone Reservoir this evening, my son and I found 250 Canada Geese. There was also a Graylag with them.  There was also what appeared to be a domestic Swan Goose, which was quite similar to the Graylag, but had the knob at the base of the bill, which was black, as in a Swan Goose. I got some poor quality photos due to distance and fading light. ​


At a park in New Eagle earlier today, 12 Mallards and a Pied-billed Grebe were seen on the Monongahela River; a Red-tailed Hawk was soaring in the gusting winds above the river.


At Canonsburg Lake, there were 50 Mallards.


At the Hahn Rd. AMD Pond, four Canada Geese were present in the afternoon.




Gigi Gerben

Washington County



Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (24 Nov 2014) 21 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 16:46 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 5 62 198
Turkey Vulture 0 129 936
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 465
Bald Eagle 5 87 367
Northern Harrier 0 38 158
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 114 4769
Cooper's Hawk 0 37 543
Northern Goshawk 0 13 16
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 88
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 83 181
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 6368
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 8 1105 2081
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 6 44
Golden Eagle 0 79 137
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
American Kestrel 0 3 378
Merlin 0 9 189
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 88
Unknown Falcon 0 1 22
Unknown Raptor 0 6 70

Total: 21 1788 17100
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Adam Carter

Weather:
Morning showers cleared around 8am. Skies were overcast all day and
temperatures reached the low 60's. Winds were variable and persistent
predominantly out of the S and SW with gusts up to 25mph.

Raptor Observations:
BAEA: 1421 adult, 1454 immature, 1536 adult, 1540 immature, 1630 adult.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor species: unidentified gull, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated
Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven,
Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (24 Nov 2014) 57 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 16:30 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 18
TV 36 272 2007
OS 0 1 357
BE 4 71 477
NH 0 32 180
SS 1 111 9906
CH 0 25 528
NG 0 16 31
RS 0 71 235
BW 0 0 6544
RT 15 1177 2722
RL 0 2 2
GE 0 133 208
AK 0 4 320
ML 1 8 120
PG 0 1 55
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 2 19
UF 0 1 5
UE 0 4 6
UR 0 9 71

Total: 57 1940 23835
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Keith Gingrich

Observers: Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
29


Weather:
Warm, mostly sunny day with south wind.

Raptor Observations:
First bird -TV 9:40
Last bird - RT 3:57

BE 4yr 10:29
BE ad 10:25, 12:18,3:39

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate@copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Lebanon County - 1ST year Iceland Gull
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 15:09 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
At Lion's Lake at noon to 12:30 there was a first winter Iceland Gull.

When it would fly short distances the wings were translucent and slightly
brown primaries when folded.

At 12:15an adult Bald Eagle flew over the lake and at 12:30 in the clear sky
something spooked the lake again.

I came back at from 1-2 pm but could not find it .

The gulls were increasing with about 200 Ring-billed.

About 200 Herring and 3 Greater-blacked Gulls and 12

Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Also 2 Cackling Geese with small bills, short necks, and slight white rings
on base of necks.

At the Quittapahilla Educational Wetlands there were no sparrows.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Volunteers Needed!
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 14:01 pm
From: PSO AT pabirds.org
 
Volunteers are needed to digitize data from the North American Bird
Phenology Program.

This program ran from 1880 to 1970 and recorded millions of migration
dates (on handwritten cards).

There is no way to convert this data into digital form other than manually.

Therefore, they are looking for persons who will log on to their
website and transcribe the data from scanned cards into their database.

As they are entered, the data is available to the public.

For more information, go to www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bpp/



Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology



Subject: North Park Snow Goose Allegheny County
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 13:33 pm
From: janmben AT comcast.net
 
Snow goose with flock of Canada Geese at Trader Horn parking lot McCandles at 12:45 pm. 
 
Jan



Subject: Cackling Geese, Snow Goose, Clearfield Co.
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 10:41 am
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
This morning I was rather surprised to discover a flock of ten Cackling Geese amongst a scattered flock of several hundred Canada Geese on Treasure Lake. I've never encountered more than one Cackler at a time during my past observations.
Other notable species at New Providence Beach included a Snow Goose, several Canvasbacks, a Bald Eagle, and a Bonaparte's Gull.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: Bald Eagles Fannett township, Franklin County
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 9:35 am
From: ancientbirder AT gmail.com
 
My Amish neighbo told me this morning about 2 Bald Eagles perched in a pine
tree on his property. We have seen singles here before, but this is the
first pair.
I have some pictures, and can provide location. Just respond to this
address.
I will even go make sure they are still there.
Martin Wilson
Doylesburg



Subject: PABIRDS Digest - 22 Nov 2014 to 23 Nov 2014 (#2014-328)
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 9:22 am
From: peb2 AT case.edu
 
Mature snowy owl in tree on side of PA tpk near mp 215 eb about 100 yds to north. 
Peter Burns

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 24, 2014, at 12:00 AM, PABIRDS automatic digest system wrote:
>
> There are 27 messages totaling 1012 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
> 1. Peace Valley Park (IBA) (11/16 - 11/22)
> 2. FOS American Tree Sparrows - Northampton County
> 3. Black Scoters - Allegheny Co.
> 4. Lifebird 200 snow goose allegheny county
> 5. Chambers Lake Waterfowl, Chester County
> 6. Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 23, 2014
> 7. White-Fronted Geese, Coatesville Reservoir, Chester County
> 8. N.Pintail on Ohio R, Beaver
> 9. Worried about a Common Loon, Lancaster County
> 10. Erie County birds of note
> 11. HSR: Bake Oven Knob (23 Nov 2014) 12 Raptors
> 12. HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (23 Nov 2014) 12 Raptors
> 13. Forster's Tern - Beltzville Wildlife Management Area (Carbon County)
> 14. Tundra Swan and Northern Shirke
> 15. Odd Sapsucker behavior-Pool Wildlife Sanctuary Emmaus, Lehigh County
> 16. Trumpeter Swan X6; Lake Arthur; Butler County; 11/23/2014
> 17. HSR: Second Mountain (23 Nov 2014) 18 Raptors
> 18. HSR: Waggoner's Gap (23 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors
> 19. Cumberland County, SGL 230
> 20. White goose at North Park, Allegheny County (photos)
> 21. Purple Finch, Allegheny Co.
> 22. Waterfowl, Allegheny River and County
> 23. HSR: Rose Tree Park (23 Nov 2014) Raptors
> 24. Clarion Co- Northern shrike, fox sparrows, Marcellus at Curllsville
> strips
> 25. HSR: Allegheny Front (23 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors
> 26. Cackling Geese, Great Egret, more Crawford County
> 27. Loons, Siskins, Erie County
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:32:57 -0500
> From: August Mirabella
> Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) (11/16 - 11/22)
>
> All,
> The reports this week totaled 69 species. The highlights were:
> 1 Brant 11/17
> 3 Cackling Goose 11/17
> 13 duck species including:
> N. Shoveler - high report 4 11/20
> 2 Redhead males 11/20-21
> 3 Greater Scaup 11/22
> Hooded Merganser-high report 9 11/22
> 1 Common Loon all week
> Pied-billed Grebe-high report 3 11/16-17
> Horned Grebe all week-high report 2
> Bonaparte's Gull-high report ~15 11/20
> Lesser Black-backed Gull-high report 68 11/19
> 1 Black-capped Chickadee 11/22 at feeders
> 3 Red-breasted Nuthatch 11/19
> Purple Finch all week-high report 5 11/16
>
>
> Also, Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Amer. Coot, Belted Kingfisher, Brown Creeper, E. Bluebird, Cedar Waxwing,Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow
>
>
> Thanks to all who share their sightings for our weekly spreadsheet.
>
>
> August Mirabella
> North Wales, PA
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:00:57 -0500
> From: Jon
> Subject: FOS American Tree Sparrows - Northampton County
>
> While birding around the fields near Martins Creek PP&L plant yesterday (Northampton county) I came across my first of season American tree sparrows ... Also witnessed four bald eagles, one adult three juveniles, harassing a ring-billed gull
>
> Good birding,
>
> Jon Mularczyk
> Brodheadsville, pa
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:11:06 -0500
> From: mvas1200@yahoo.com
> Subject: Black Scoters - Allegheny Co.
>
> The two BLACK SCOTERS along with the Common Loon continue this morning below the dam at Dashields
>
> Mark Vass
> Beaver Co.
>
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:06:14 +0000
> From: Matthew Juskowich
> Subject: Lifebird 200 snow goose allegheny county
>
> This Morning i got my 200th Lifebird at North Park in Allegheny County. It was a Snow Goose!!! This is my 1st year birding and its been a wild ride. Thanks to all the birders ive met along the way. Birding is truly amazing.
> Matthew JuskowichAllegheny County
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:05:49 -0500
> From: Rick Robinson
> Subject: Chambers Lake Waterfowl, Chester County
>
> No hunters on Sunday !! Always nice to see goldeneye.
>
> Chambers Lake, Chester, US-PA
> Nov 23, 2014 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Scan of lake while walking west dike
> 18 species
>
> Canada Goose 50
> Mallard 6
> Ring-necked Duck 9
> Bufflehead 1
> Common Goldeneye 1
> Hooded Merganser 3
> Common Merganser 2
> Ruddy Duck 40
> Horned Grebe 2
> Great Blue Heron 1
> American Coot 3
> Ring-billed Gull 3
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> American Crow 6
> Northern Mockingbird 2
> Fox Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20644331
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3
> (http://ebird.org/pa))
>
> Rick Robinson
> Chester County
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:08:45 -0500
> From: Jerry McWilliams
> Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 23, 2014
>
>
> Location: SunsetPoint,Presque Isle S.P.
> Date: November 23, 2014
> Time: 0705-0905
> Weather: Cloudy, SW windto 10 mph, temp. 45 F, waves 1 to 2 feet. Light rain showers with only scattered patches of snow cover left on the ground.
> Comments: Horned Grebes were moving in small groups mainly to the east. There were very few ducks until a boat came across the lake putting up over 9,000 Lesser Scaup, which all moved west. Despite the slow activity on the water, it was quite exciting to find a basic plumaged Pacific Loon sitting on the water about 1/2 mile offshore. Some poor, but identifiable images were taken. It had a smoothly rounded head and the evenly dark gray neck was sharply demarcated in a straight line from the white front of the neck. A diffused black line could be seen where the gray of the neck met the white of the neck. A dark chinstrap was also easily seen. The dark gray on the top of the head extended down and completely covered the eye. The mantle was darker than the back of the neck. As the bird bent its' neck forward to preen, the gray on the back of the neck became noticeably paler gray. The bill was clearly small and the head was usually held horizontally or slightly elevated. It eventually drifted out into the lake and out of sight after about 25 minutes or so and could not be relocated. Coincidentally, I found the first county Pacific Loon on Nov. 25 back in 1992. Roger Donn got to see the loon, arriving seconds after I found it.
>
> Waterbird count:
>
> Redhead 8
> Greater Scaup 6
> Lesser Scaup 9000+-
> Surf Scoter 4
> White-winged Scoter 13
> Long-tailed Duck 1
> Bufflhead 1
> Hooded Merganser 2
> Red-breasted Merganser 400
> PACIFIC LOON 1 basic plumaged bird. First spotted on the water at 8:30 AM and last seen at about 8:55 AM
> Common Loon 28
> Horned Grebe 209
>
>
>
> Jerry McWilliams
> Erie, Erie County, Pa.
> jerrymcw@aol.com
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:29:58 -0500
> From: Rick Robinson
> Subject: White-Fronted Geese, Coatesville Reservoir, Chester County
>
> Two GWFG at reservoir; sitting on dam
> Rick Robinson
> Chester County
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:27:58 -0800
> From: "kstjohn001@yahoo.com"
> Subject: N.Pintail on Ohio R, Beaver
>
> There's a Northern Pintail (male) with the mallards at Rochester Riverfront Park
>
> Kate St. John
> www.wqed.org/birdblog
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:01:18 -0500
> From: ••S•J•Stahl••
> Subject: Worried about a Common Loon, Lancaster County
>
> At Middle Creek, the open lead in the ice where the Common Loon had been found, had iced over, The nearest lead to this one was, perhaps 40-50 feet away. I wondered whether or not there was a long enough stretch for a takeoff into flight. At any rate, I failed to see the loon. I wondered whether or not the loon could have found a new lead to surface from.
> There were a number of species, including a Horned Grebe, here.
> Sincerely,
> Stan Stahl
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:07:28 -0500
> From: Jerry McWilliams
> Subject: Erie County birds of note
>
>
> The following birds of note were reported this week from Presque Isle State Park all during the waterbird count at Sunset Point.
>
>
> Harlequin Duck 1 pair; Nov. 18
> 1 likely different male based upon more advanced plumage; Nov. 19
>
> Pacific Loon 1 basic plumage; Nov. 23
>
> Red-necked Grebe 2; Nov. 21
>
> Eared Grebe 1; Nov. 21
>
> Parasitic Jaeger 1 imm.; Nov. 18
>
>
> All three scoters and Long-tailed Ducks continue to be seen nearly daily, with some scoters staging off Beach 11. Fox, Chipping, and White-crowned Sparrows, not often reported at feeders in late fall, are still being seen from various sites throughout the county.
>
> Jerry McWilliams
> Erie, Erie County, Pa.
> jerrymcw@aol.com
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:11:36 -0400
> From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
> Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (23 Nov 2014) 12 Raptors
>
> Bake Oven Knob
> 2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 1 48 307
> Turkey Vulture 1 132 904
> Osprey 0 1 365
> Bald Eagle 0 45 295
> Northern Harrier 0 13 106
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 80 3930
> Cooper's Hawk 0 11 197
> Northern Goshawk 0 7 15
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 37 98
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4051
> Red-tailed Hawk 4 731 1610
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 1 89 148
> American Kestrel 0 1 149
> Merlin 0 8 117
> Peregrine Falcon 0 5 69
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 1 51 256
>
> Total: 12 1259 12617
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 14:30:00
> Total observation time: 6.5 hours
>
> Official Counter: Bob Hoopes
>
> Observers: Steve Sushinski
>
> Visitors:
> None.
>
>
> Weather:
> Visibility 5 miles early, increasing to 10 miles. Temps 35-42F. Wind
> variable, starting out from the NW then swinging around to East after noon.
> Wind speed 0-7 mph
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Golden Eagle (1): 1136a.
>
> In addition to the GE, four Sharp-shinned Hawks and four Red-tailed Hawks.
>
> The 1136 adult Golden Eagle was on the north side behind the hump. It came
> out from behind the hump in perfect lighting showing great coloration on
> the head and back. Without much wind at all at that time, the GE had to
> flap periodically to maintain altitude. This was my best look at an adult
> GE all season. It would have been a great photo op for camera buffs but it
> was just Steve and me enjoying the show.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Pine Siskin (120). Wild Turkey (15) on the north side down in the valley.
>
> Predictions:
> Monday: Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Patchy fog before 8am.
> Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 14 to 18 mph,
> with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New
> precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
> Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
> www.lgnc.org
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:11:03 -0400
> From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
> Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (23 Nov 2014) 12 Raptors
>
> Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
> Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 57 193
> Turkey Vulture 2 129 936
> Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
> Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
> Osprey 0 1 465
> Bald Eagle 0 82 362
> Northern Harrier 1 38 158
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 111 4766
> Cooper's Hawk 0 37 543
> Northern Goshawk 0 13 16
> Unknown Accipiter 0 5 88
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 83 181
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 6368
> Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 9 1097 2073
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 6 44
> Golden Eagle 0 79 137
> Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
> American Kestrel 0 3 378
> Merlin 0 9 189
> Peregrine Falcon 0 8 88
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 22
> Unknown Raptor 0 6 70
>
> Total: 12 1767 17079
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 08:30:00
> Observation end time: 15:30:00
> Total observation time: 7 hours
>
> Compiler: Laurie Goodrich
>
> Counters: Bracken Brown
>
> Weather:
> Overcast to partly cloudy skies, variable winds 1-7 mph
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 39 ring-billed gulls, 2 herring gulls, pine siskin, American goldfinch
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
> Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
> http://www.hawkmountain.org/
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:04:26 -0700
> From: Jonathan Mularczyk
> Subject: Forster's Tern - Beltzville Wildlife Management Area (Carbon County)
>
> I decided to end my day at Beltzville Lake in Carbon County to look for waterfowl. The area I scanned held nothing, but a white bird caught my eye. A non-breeding adult Forster's Tern was working the perimeter of the lake, occasionally diving into the water at fish. Seems a bit late for terns, but nature doesn't always follow the plan.
>
> Here's a photo:
> https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=277660515777503&set=pcb.906087829411115&type=1&theater
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Jon Mularczyk
> Brodheadsville, PA
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:07:11 +0000
> From: Glenn Koppel
> Subject: Tundra Swan and Northern Shirke
>
> We found an immature Tundra Swan and the pond on McConahy Road in Lawrence county (There is a hotspot marked on e-bird for this location). Also on Black Road, just west of the intersection with Martin Road, we found the Northern Shrike perched up in a shrub.
> Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22@hotmail.comButler, PA
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:21:29 -0500
> From: Kathy
> Subject: Odd Sapsucker behavior-Pool Wildlife Sanctuary Emmaus, Lehigh County
>
> I was observing a YB Sapsucker as it worked its way up a tree and flew to others and did its normal thing. Suddenly the bird crashed to the dead leaves at the base of the tree. It fluttered briefly as if shaken but then flew up and proceeded to a sapling and continued foraging. Was this done on purpose or did it lose its footing?
>
> Other birds observed include
> Hairy woodpecker
> Downy Woodpeckers
> Red-bellied Woodpeckers
> Northern Flicker
> 2 Brown Creepers
> Multiple White Breasted Nuthatches
> lots of Robins
> Mourning Doves
> Cardinals
> Chickadees
> Tufted Titmice
> White Throated sparrows
> Song Sparrow
> Goldfinch
> Great Blue heron
> Canada Geese
> Mallards
>
> Kathy Stagl
> Emmaus, PA
> Emmaus, Pa
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:46:53 -0500
> From: Richard Nugent
> Subject: Trumpeter Swan X6; Lake Arthur; Butler County; 11/23/2014
>
> This morning Lorraine Asturino and I were the only ones to participate in the 3RBC outing at Lake Arthur. It was cold and overcast with fog and a light drizzle, which is probably the reason for the low turn out. We were rewarded with six Trumpeter Swans (2 adults and 4 juveniles). One of the adults was wearing a neck band (R48). They were in the bay by the swimming area on the south shore. Another highlight was a flock of about 12 American Tree Sparrows (FOS).
>
> I thought I had saved an email about how to report banded waterbirds, but I can not find it. I would appreciate it if someone could tell me how to report it. I would like to find out where this bird had been banded.
>
> Best Regards ......... Richard Nugent
> Hampton Township, Allegheny County
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:11:45 -0400
> From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
> Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (23 Nov 2014) 18 Raptors
>
> Second Mountain
> Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 18 204
> Turkey Vulture 0 69 712
> Osprey 0 0 113
> Bald Eagle 0 17 127
> Northern Harrier 2 12 92
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 33 2737
> Cooper's Hawk 0 21 275
> Northern Goshawk 0 2 6
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 28 109
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2963
> Red-tailed Hawk 16 282 628
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
> Golden Eagle 0 39 76
> American Kestrel 0 4 115
> Merlin 0 1 47
> Peregrine Falcon 0 3 35
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 7
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 7 22
> Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1
>
> Total: 18 538 8280
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 07:45:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8.25 hours
>
> Official Counter: Morris Cox
>
> Observers:
>
> Visitors:
> Those aiding with the count today: Tom & Gayle Mckinne, Dick Pohner,
> Rosemary Sprea, Mike and Linda Mckinne. 11 others visited the watch today
> with one having to change a flat.
>
>
> Weather:
> Overcast first two hours with some clearing followed by high cirrus clouds
> rest of the day. Temp range 0-13C with winds WSW-SSE.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Red-tails and Northern Harriers only today.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Siskins and Purple Finch's with a good showing of winter birds.
>
> Predictions:
> Rain early.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
> Second Mountain information may be found at:
> 2ndmtn.shutterfly.com
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:11:28 -0400
> From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
> Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (23 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors
>
> Waggoner's Gap
> 40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> BV 0 0 18
> TV 5 236 1971
> OS 0 1 357
> BE 5 67 473
> NH 3 32 180
> SS 0 110 9905
> CH 0 25 528
> NG 0 16 31
> RS 1 71 235
> BW 0 0 6544
> RT 15 1162 2707
> RL 0 2 2
> GE 0 133 208
> AK 0 4 320
> ML 0 7 119
> PG 0 1 55
> UA 0 0 24
> UB 0 2 19
> UF 0 1 5
> UE 0 4 6
> UR 0 9 71
>
> Total: 29 1883 23778
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 09:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:30:00
> Total observation time: 7.5 hours
>
> Official Counter: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner
>
> Observers: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner
>
> Visitors:
> 51
>
>
> Weather:
> High clouds and warmer with a light SE wind
>
> Raptor Observations:
> First bird RT 10:44
> Last Bird RT 4:17
> BE AD 3:55(2), 3:57(2)
> BE WB 4:15
>
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Spike buck
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate@copper.net)
> Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
> www.waggap.com
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:51:47 -0500
> From: Peter Lusardi
> Subject: Cumberland County, SGL 230
>
> Some birds of note, SGL 230 Sunday 11/21/14, 10:30 am to 12 noon:
>
>
> Ruby-crowned kinglet: 3
> Golden-crowned kinglet: 1
> Red-breasted nuthatch: 1
> Hermit thrush: 4
> Eastern towhee 4
> Fox sparrow: 5
> Pine siskin: 1
>
>
> Also, nearby, some backyard birds of note:
> Pine siskin 30+
> Fox sparrow: 1
> Purple finch: 1
>
>
> peter lusardi
> carlisle, pa
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:22:35 -0500
> From: Geoff Malosh
> Subject: White goose at North Park, Allegheny County (photos)
>
> Hi all,
>
> The white goose previously reported at North Park, Allegheny County was
> still present this afternoon from 12:30pm to at least 3:30pm at the field on
> Kummer Road across from the entrance road to the golf course. It was
> remarkably cooperative, approaching my car to within 20 feet at one time.
> Eventually it crossed the road with the large flock of Canada Geese it's
> associating with and walked out onto the fairways on the golf course. I
> would guess by dusk it headed over to the lake to roost and probably will be
> somewhere on the lake first thing in the morning.
>
> When it was refound today it was eventually identified as a Ross's Goose,
> but the very close look I and others got at it showed that it may be a
> Ross's x Snow hybrid. I posted some photos on my flickr site:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> It appears to be a juvenile, with some dusky markings on its head and the
> back of its neck, but otherwise it is clean white like an adult. Normally in
> juveniles, clean or nearly clean white plumage is indicative of Ross's
> Goose, with young Snow Geese normally considerably more dusky. But close
> inspection of the bill and head shape showed that if it is a pure Ross's, it
> is at the extreme end of variation for that species. The bill shows a
> limited but obvious grin patch, and the lower mandible seems to be ever so
> slightly curved. Additionally, the vertical feathering that forms the base
> of the bill has an obvious curve just above the gape. Overall the head shape
> is somewhat elongated (oval) rather than the typically rounded crown of
> Ross's. All of these are Snow features and together on this small goose,
> these may indicate a Ross's x Snow Goose. Yet all of these features could
> also be within the extreme range of variation for Ross's Goose, and I could
> go either way on this bird, but as is often the case with an out of range
> bird, there may be enough doubt here to prevent calling it a definitive
> Ross's. Of course I'd be interested in further discussion and opinions.
>
> I also uploaded a doc shot of the continuing Black Scoters at Dashields Dam.
> They were present all day and easily spotted from the dam access road,
> though they spent pretty much the whole day out in the middle of the river
> so close photo ops were limited. While I was photographing the scoters (I
> sat there for about two and a half hours), I heard one or perhaps 2 Pine
> Siskins fly over at one point, probably around 10am.
>
>
> Geoff Malosh
> Allegheny County
>
>
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> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:26:27 -0500
> From: Amy Henrici
> Subject: Purple Finch, Allegheny Co.
>
> A female Purple Finch visited our bird feeder yesterday. This is a new yard bird for us. We also had a Mocking Bird using the feeder, which is a behavior we've not seen before.
>
> Amy Henrici
> Pat McShea
> Plum Borough
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:23:27 -0500
> From: Amy Henrici
> Subject: Waterfowl, Allegheny River and County
>
> We decided to check the river for ducks on this pleasantly warm and sunny morning. We did not see any peregrines at the Tarentum Bridge. Listed below is what we saw.
>
> Natrona
> Common Merganser-4
>
> Creighton
> Hooded Merganser-2
>
> Tarentum Bridge
> Lesser Scaup- 1 female
>
> Fox Chapel
> Pied-billed Grebe- 1
> Ring-gull Gull-6
> Herring Gull-3
> Great-blue Heron -1 (slipping and sliding on the ice in the marsh)
>
> Powers Run
> Hooded Merganser-2
>
> Amy Henrici
> Pat McShea
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:11:15 -0400
> From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
> Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (23 Nov 2014) Raptors
>
> Rose Tree Park
> Media, Pennsylvania, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Turkey Vulture 0 138 351
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 0 1 209
> Northern Harrier 0 5 46
> Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 0 19 163
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 105 1021
> Cooper's Hawk 0 18 141
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 130 226
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1909
> Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 149 307
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
> Golden Eagle 0 3 4
> American Kestrel 0 3 161
> Merlin 0 8 33
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 19
> Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
> Unknown Buteo 0 4 11
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 6
> Unknown Raptor 0 5 22
>
> Total: 0 591 4636
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 09:30:00
> Observation end time: 14:00:00
> Total observation time: 4.5 hours
>
> Official Counter: Chris Pugliese, Sheryl Johnson
>
> Observers: Chuck Root
>
> Visitors:
> Dan
>
>
> Weather:
> SW winds, 2-8mph. Temperatures 40-40 degrees Fahrenheit.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> None!
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Ring-billed Gull-2
> Purple Finch-1
> Pine Siskin-7
>
> Predictions:
> NO HAWKWATCHING AT OUR SITE.
>
> TODAY WAS THE LAST DAY of OUR 2014 SEASON.
>
> Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us, AND who read our reports
> each evening!
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly@rtphawkwatch.org)
> Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
> www.rtphawkwatch.org
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:43:39 -0600
> From: Carole Winslow
> Subject: Clarion Co- Northern shrike, fox sparrows, Marcellus at Curllsville strips
>
> Last night I tried getting out to Piney Tract to check for owls but the back roads out there were too icy and I turned back. This evening I made it out there to look around from 4:30pm until 5:15 or so. I didn't find any owls but I did find a Northern Shrike along Mt Zion Rd near the old fenced in storage building next to the intersection with Mauthe Rd. It's about .3 miles from the intersection with Limestone Flat Rd. It was perched up on a treetop in the scrubby areas there where a lot of the trees have been cut and are now regrowing. It was against a sunset sky so I could ID but didn't get a good look at details, best guess is it looked like an adult bird. They've been found around this same area regularly in past years.
>
> Here at home I watched feeder and yard birds both days and while yesterday I only saw 3 fox sparrows in the yard, today there were once again 8 birds ! Still astonished to be seeing so many. Nothing else exciting was around though and less birds overall today with the warmer weather. I didn't find the screech owl in the barn either today. No siskins were heard or seen either day.
>
> I've now checked three areas for short-eared owls and Mt Airy is left still, I'll try to get out there one evening this week before hunting starts next weekend.
>
> One final note for those familiar with the Curllsville strips area, over the past several weeks there has been an increased collection of trailers and equipment and they were doing seismic testing for Marcellus drilling. Over the past week there was an even bigger increase in activity with many workers, trucks, trailers and other equipment that I am not familiar with. There is even a sign out by the main road warning drivers to keep clear that there is a helicopter landing pad there now ! So I would imagine that we will see this area heavily disturbed over the next year with what I would anticipate would be a marcellus well going in. It will remain to be seen how much of the habitat there is left untouched.
>
> At the edge of the Mt Airy location not far from here, another Marcellus well is going in currently also, and the flames from that were bright enough to light up the western sky here from the house a few nights, and driving towards Sligo from the north it looked as if the town itself was on fire at times.
>
> Part of the Rankin Rd site just a mile and a half from here has been partially disturbed over the past year as well by a new strip mine, so things continue to constantly change here as far as habitat. I'll update as things progress for those interested who travel here to bird.
>
> Carole Winslow
> Sligo, Clarion Co.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:11:44 -0400
> From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports"
> Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (23 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors
>
> Allegheny Front
> Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> BV 4 7 85
> TV 1 34 361
> OS 0 0 91
> BE 0 8 123
> NH 0 1 32
> SS 1 13 1151
> CH 1 9 152
> NG 0 0 3
> RS 1 7 32
> BW 0 0 4350
> RT 18 173 908
> RL 0 1 2
> GE 3 79 96
> AK 0 0 87
> ML 0 0 23
> PG 0 1 36
> UA 0 0 10
> UB 0 1 12
> UF 0 0 2
> UE 0 0 1
> UR 0 2 57
>
> Total: 29 336 7614
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:45:00
> Total observation time: 8.75 hours
>
> Official Counter: Bob Stewart
>
> Observers: Che & Marian Mincone, Ed Gowarty, Gene & Nancy Flament,
> Joe Sabo
>
> Visitors:
> 36 visitors. Many good observers including: Che & Marian Mincone, Gene &
> Nancy Flament, Craig Kunkle, Joe Sabo, Tom & Janet Kuehl, Ed Gowarty Sr,
> Karen & Merle Jackson, Barb &Joe Carrier, Jack Julian, Jim Rocco, & Kevin
> Georg.
>
>
>
> Weather:
> Warms day partly sunny.
> Strong SE wind 10-20 mph sustained; gusts to 27 mph.
> Cloud cover 85%;
> Visibility 30 km.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> 29 raptors-
> 3 Golden Eagles all adults 11:50; 1:40; 3:39 pm
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> At least 4 flocks of gulls.
> 1 brown creeper.
> ravens, black-capped chicadees.
>
> Predictions:
> Very warm 65 degrees.
> Wind from SSW 16 mph with gusts to 39 mph.
> A couple of showers possible.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:20:17 -0500
> From: Shawn Collins
> Subject: Cackling Geese, Great Egret, more Crawford County
>
> On my way home from Pittsburgh, I birded on the way home...
>
> I stopped in Mercer County first, around New Wilmington...found a few
> flocks of Horned Larks, but that was it
>
> Crawford County
>
> Causeway
> 25 Hooded Mergansers
> 2 Common Loons
> 4 Bufflehead
> 10 Ring Neck Ducks
> 2 Bald Eagles
> 3 Red Breasted Mergansers
> 4 Tundra Swans
>
> North Lake Road and Fries Road
> 10 American Tree Sparrows
> 1 Fox Sparrow
> 2 Golden Crowned Kinglets
> 1 Carolina Wren
>
> Miller's Ponds
> 1 Great Egret
> 2 Cackling Geese
> 1 Am Wigeon
> 3 Black Ducks
> 2 Gadwall
>
> Photos from today
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
>
> Shawn Collins
> Crawford County
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:25:26 -0500
> From: Shawn Collins
> Subject: Loons, Siskins, Erie County
>
> I spend some time at Presque Isle w/ a few other birders looking for the
> reported Pacific Loon. We did have 2 different Red Throated Loons, both in
> Completely different Plumage variations, while we thought we had the
> Pacific...we all looked at the doc pics and they were 2 Red Throated!
> Still a great bird..esp two of them! This was at Beach 10 and 11
>
> Other birds of note here were
>
> Redhead
> many Scaup
> Red Breasted Mergs
> Horned Grebes
> Greater Black Backed Gulls
> Bonaparte's Gulls
>
> Also thanks to Mary Birdsong for the heads up, there were 22 Pine Siskins
> at the Ranger Station
>
> I have photos of a VERY yellowish Pine Siskin, much more yellow on wings
> and tail than the others
>
> Also at the Station were
> 1 Fox Sparrow
> 1 White Crowned Sparrow
> 4 Am Goldfinches
> 4 White Breasted Nuthatches
> 1 Red Bellied Woodpecker
> 2 Northern Cardinals
>
> Photos of the Siskins and some others
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/
>
>
> There was a lot of waterfowl around PISP..I didn't really check all the
> spots, I only went up for the Loon and the Siskins
>
>
> Shawn Collins
> Crawford County
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of PABIRDS Digest - 22 Nov 2014 to 23 Nov 2014 (#2014-328)
> **************************************************************



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 24, 2014
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 9:10 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: SunsetPoint, Presque Isle S.P.
Date: November 24, 2014
Time: 0705-0835
Weather: Variably cloudy, SW windto 25 mph, temp. 59 F, waves one foot. Passing sprinkle. Snow has all melted
Comments: Lesser Scaup and Red-breasted Mergansers moving around on the lake, mainly in a westerly direction. Almost nothing else happening.

Waterbirds counted:

Redhead 1
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 3400
Long-tailed Duck 2
Bufflehead 1
Red-breasted Merganser 650
Ruddy Duck 1
Common Loon 5
Horned Grebe 9


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




Subject: Clarification, Swan and Shrike
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 6:55 am
From: kestrel22 AT hotmail.com
 
I forgot to mention that the immature Tundra Swan and Northern Shrike we saw yesterday were both in Lawrence county near the Volant Strips.
Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22@hotmail.comButler, PA



Subject: White goose chen sp allegheny county
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 5:51 am
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
If anyone is interested,  the goose that I had yesterday is currently still here with the big flock of geese on the main lake at north park.
Matthew juskowich
Allegheny county
Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® III mini, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone



Subject: Beaver and Ohio Rivers, Nov 23, Rochester, Beaver County
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 5:27 am
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Yesterday after viewing the black scoters at Dashields Dam I drove to Rochester Riverfront Park.  Later I walked up the Beaver River at Bridgewater.  Highlights beyond the Canada geese, mallards, and domestic geese & ducks were:1 Northern Pintail, male (Visible around noon but then disappeared. I reported this in a earlier email)2 Horned Grebes 
1 Pied-billed Grebe. This bird surfaced between the Horned Grebes and startled them. One of them gave it quite a wide berth.
15 Hooded Mergansers on the Beaver River at Bridgewater at 4pm

I looked for the peregrines but did not see them. Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/



Subject: Lake Meade Adams County
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 3:31 am
From: 0000001361c1d04c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Good morning all,
Here is the report from feeder birds over the weekend, as well as the waterfowl we could ID from the lake. Lake is FULL of geese right now, I would say over 500. The ducks make things difficult for us as they stay as far away from land as possible. Looks like mostly Common Mergansers (well over 100), and there are some Hooded mixed in, did get some photos of them. The two nice surprises were an adult Bald Eagle, and a Red Headed Woodpecker (we don't see the Red Headed very often). On the feeder front, I still have two female Purple Finches, and the Chipping Sparrow is still present (Ebird considers this late for this species, so each week I have to verify the species). Below is the complete list.

Feeders (21 species)

Northern Cardinals 4
DE Juncos 7
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Chickadee 4
White Throated Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
White Crowned Sparrow 3 (2 adult, 1 juv)
House Sparrow 12
Carolina Wren 2
House Finch 14
American Crows 7 (most I ever had in the yard for bread scraps...I think they are telling their friends)
Blue Jay 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Red Bellied Woodpecker 1 female
Northern Flicker 1 Male (got lots of pictures of this guy, very into my woodpecker bars...)
American Goldfinch 12
Purple Finch 2 females
Mourning Doves 3
European Starlings 3
White Breasted Nuthatch 1

Drive around the lake birds

Belted Kingfisher 1
Bald Eagle 1 Adult
Ring Billed Gulls too many
Herring gulls lots
Canadian Geese 500+
Common Mergansers 100+
Tundra Swans 3
Mallards 50+
Great Blue Heron 5
Buffleheads 5
Double Crested Cormorants 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Red Headed Woodpecker 1

Take care all,
Jason Verdier
Lake Meade, Adams County




Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (23 Nov 2014) 18 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 23:18 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 18 204
Turkey Vulture 0 69 712
Osprey 0 0 113
Bald Eagle 0 17 127
Northern Harrier 2 12 92
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 33 2737
Cooper's Hawk 0 21 275
Northern Goshawk 0 2 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 28 109
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2963
Red-tailed Hawk 16 282 628
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Golden Eagle 0 39 76
American Kestrel 0 4 115
Merlin 0 1 47
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 7
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 22
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 18 538 8280
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Morris Cox

Observers:

Visitors:
Those aiding with the count today: Tom & Gayle Mckinne, Dick Pohner,
Rosemary Sprea, Mike and Linda Mckinne. 11 others visited the watch today
with one having to change a flat.


Weather:
Overcast first two hours with some clearing followed by high cirrus clouds
rest of the day. Temp range 0-13C with winds WSW-SSE.

Raptor Observations:
Red-tails and Northern Harriers only today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Siskins and Purple Finch's with a good showing of winter birds.

Predictions:
Rain early.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: Loons, Siskins, Erie County
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 21:25 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
I spend some time at Presque Isle w/ a few other birders looking for the
reported Pacific Loon. We did have 2 different Red Throated Loons, both in
Completely different Plumage variations, while we thought we had the
Pacific...we all looked at the doc pics and they were 2 Red Throated!
Still a great bird..esp two of them! This was at Beach 10 and 11

Other birds of note here were

Redhead
many Scaup
Red Breasted Mergs
Horned Grebes
Greater Black Backed Gulls
Bonaparte's Gulls

Also thanks to Mary Birdsong for the heads up, there were 22 Pine Siskins
at the Ranger Station

I have photos of a VERY yellowish Pine Siskin, much more yellow on wings
and tail than the others

Also at the Station were
1 Fox Sparrow
1 White Crowned Sparrow
4 Am Goldfinches
4 White Breasted Nuthatches
1 Red Bellied Woodpecker
2 Northern Cardinals

Photos of the Siskins and some others
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


There was a lot of waterfowl around PISP..I didn't really check all the
spots, I only went up for the Loon and the Siskins


Shawn Collins
Crawford County



Subject: Cackling Geese, Great Egret, more Crawford County
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 21:20 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
On my way home from Pittsburgh, I birded on the way home...

I stopped in Mercer County first, around New Wilmington...found a few
flocks of Horned Larks, but that was it

Crawford County

Causeway
25 Hooded Mergansers
2 Common Loons
4 Bufflehead
10 Ring Neck Ducks
2 Bald Eagles
3 Red Breasted Mergansers
4 Tundra Swans

North Lake Road and Fries Road
10 American Tree Sparrows
1 Fox Sparrow
2 Golden Crowned Kinglets
1 Carolina Wren

Miller's Ponds
1 Great Egret
2 Cackling Geese
1 Am Wigeon
3 Black Ducks
2 Gadwall

Photos from today
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Shawn Collins
Crawford County



Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (23 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 19:49 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 4 7 85
TV 1 34 361
OS 0 0 91
BE 0 8 123
NH 0 1 32
SS 1 13 1151
CH 1 9 152
NG 0 0 3
RS 1 7 32
BW 0 0 4350
RT 18 173 908
RL 0 1 2
GE 3 79 96
AK 0 0 87
ML 0 0 23
PG 0 1 36
UA 0 0 10
UB 0 1 12
UF 0 0 2
UE 0 0 1
UR 0 2 57

Total: 29 336 7614
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter: Bob Stewart

Observers: Che & Marian Mincone, Ed Gowarty, Gene & Nancy Flament,
Joe Sabo

Visitors:
36 visitors. Many good observers including: Che & Marian Mincone, Gene &
Nancy Flament, Craig Kunkle, Joe Sabo, Tom & Janet Kuehl, Ed Gowarty Sr,
Karen & Merle Jackson, Barb &Joe Carrier, Jack Julian, Jim Rocco, & Kevin
Georg.



Weather:
Warms day partly sunny.
Strong SE wind 10-20 mph sustained; gusts to 27 mph.
Cloud cover 85%;
Visibility 30 km.

Raptor Observations:
29 raptors-
3 Golden Eagles all adults 11:50; 1:40; 3:39 pm

Non-raptor Observations:
At least 4 flocks of gulls.
1 brown creeper.
ravens, black-capped chicadees.

Predictions:
Very warm 65 degrees.
Wind from SSW 16 mph with gusts to 39 mph.
A couple of showers possible.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)



Subject: Clarion Co- Northern shrike, fox sparrows, Marcellus at Curllsville strips
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 19:43 pm
From: cjnal AT windstream.net
 
Last night I tried getting  out to Piney Tract to check for owls but the back roads out there were too icy and I turned back. This evening I made it out there to look around from 4:30pm until 5:15 or so.  I didn't find any owls but I did find a Northern Shrike along Mt Zion Rd near the old fenced in storage building next to the intersection with Mauthe Rd.  It's about .3  miles from the intersection with Limestone Flat Rd.  It was perched up on a treetop in the scrubby areas there where a lot of the  trees have been cut and are now regrowing. It was against a sunset sky so I could ID but didn't get a good look at details, best guess is it looked like an adult bird. They've been found around this same area regularly in past years.

Here at home I watched feeder and yard birds both days and while yesterday I only saw 3 fox sparrows in the yard, today there were once again 8 birds ! Still astonished to be seeing so many. Nothing else exciting was around though and less birds overall today with the warmer weather. I didn't find the screech owl in the barn either today. No siskins were heard or seen either day.

I've now checked three areas for short-eared owls and Mt Airy is left still, I'll try to get out there one evening this week before hunting starts next weekend.

One final note for those familiar with the Curllsville strips area, over the past several weeks there has been an increased collection of trailers and equipment and they were doing seismic testing for Marcellus drilling. Over the past week there was an even bigger increase in activity with many workers, trucks, trailers and other equipment that I am not familiar with. There is even a sign out by the main road warning drivers to keep clear that there is a helicopter landing pad there now ! So I would imagine that we will see this area heavily disturbed over the next year with what I would anticipate would be a marcellus well going in. It will remain to be seen how much of the habitat there is left untouched.

At the edge of the Mt Airy location not far from here, another Marcellus well is going in currently also, and the flames from that were bright enough to light up the western sky here from the house a few nights, and driving towards Sligo from the north it looked as if the town itself was on fire at times.

Part of the Rankin Rd site just a mile and a half from here has been partially disturbed over the past year as well by a new strip mine, so things continue to constantly change here as far as habitat. I'll update as things progress for those interested who travel here to bird.

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (23 Nov 2014) Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 19:07 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 138 351
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 209
Northern Harrier 0 5 46
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 19 163
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 105 1021
Cooper's Hawk 0 18 141
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 130 226
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1909
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 149 307
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 3 4
American Kestrel 0 3 161
Merlin 0 8 33
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 19
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
Unknown Buteo 0 4 11
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 6
Unknown Raptor 0 5 22

Total: 0 591 4636
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Chris Pugliese, Sheryl Johnson

Observers: Chuck Root

Visitors:
Dan


Weather:
SW winds, 2-8mph. Temperatures 40-40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Raptor Observations:
None!

Non-raptor Observations:
Ring-billed Gull-2
Purple Finch-1
Pine Siskin-7

Predictions:
NO HAWKWATCHING AT OUR SITE.

TODAY WAS THE LAST DAY of OUR 2014 SEASON.

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us, AND who read our reports
each evening!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly@rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org



Subject: Waterfowl, Allegheny River and County
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 18:29 pm
From: henriciac AT gmail.com
 
We decided to check the river for ducks on this pleasantly warm and sunny morning. We did not see any peregrines at the Tarentum Bridge. Listed below is what we saw. 

Natrona
Common Merganser-4

Creighton
Hooded Merganser-2

Tarentum Bridge
Lesser Scaup- 1 female

Fox Chapel
Pied-billed Grebe- 1
Ring-gull Gull-6
Herring Gull-3
Great-blue Heron -1 (slipping and sliding on the ice in the marsh)

Powers Run
Hooded Merganser-2

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea

Sent from my iPad



Subject: Purple Finch, Allegheny Co.
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 18:26 pm
From: henriciac AT gmail.com
 
A female Purple Finch visited our bird feeder yesterday. This is a new yard bird for us. We also had a Mocking Bird using the feeder, which is a behavior we've not seen before. 

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea
Plum Borough

Sent from my iPad



Subject: White goose at North Park, Allegheny County (photos)
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 18:22 pm
From: pomarine AT earthlink.net
 
Hi all,

The white goose previously reported at North Park, Allegheny County was
still present this afternoon from 12:30pm to at least 3:30pm at the field on
Kummer Road across from the entrance road to the golf course. It was
remarkably cooperative, approaching my car to within 20 feet at one time.
Eventually it crossed the road with the large flock of Canada Geese it's
associating with and walked out onto the fairways on the golf course. I
would guess by dusk it headed over to the lake to roost and probably will be
somewhere on the lake first thing in the morning.

When it was refound today it was eventually identified as a Ross's Goose,
but the very close look I and others got at it showed that it may be a
Ross's x Snow hybrid. I posted some photos on my flickr site:

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

It appears to be a juvenile, with some dusky markings on its head and the
back of its neck, but otherwise it is clean white like an adult. Normally in
juveniles, clean or nearly clean white plumage is indicative of Ross's
Goose, with young Snow Geese normally considerably more dusky. But close
inspection of the bill and head shape showed that if it is a pure Ross's, it
is at the extreme end of variation for that species. The bill shows a
limited but obvious grin patch, and the lower mandible seems to be ever so
slightly curved. Additionally, the vertical feathering that forms the base
of the bill has an obvious curve just above the gape. Overall the head shape
is somewhat elongated (oval) rather than the typically rounded crown of
Ross's. All of these are Snow features and together on this small goose,
these may indicate a Ross's x Snow Goose. Yet all of these features could
also be within the extreme range of variation for Ross's Goose, and I could
go either way on this bird, but as is often the case with an out of range
bird, there may be enough doubt here to prevent calling it a definitive
Ross's. Of course I'd be interested in further discussion and opinions.

I also uploaded a doc shot of the continuing Black Scoters at Dashields Dam.
They were present all day and easily spotted from the dam access road,
though they spent pretty much the whole day out in the middle of the river
so close photo ops were limited. While I was photographing the scoters (I
sat there for about two and a half hours), I heard one or perhaps 2 Pine
Siskins fly over at one point, probably around 10am.


Geoff Malosh
Allegheny County


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Subject: Cumberland County, SGL 230
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 16:51 pm
From: 0000002a468f9e0e-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Some birds of note, SGL 230 Sunday 11/21/14, 10:30 am to 12 noon:


Ruby-crowned kinglet: 3
Golden-crowned kinglet: 1
Red-breasted nuthatch: 1
Hermit thrush: 4
Eastern towhee 4
Fox sparrow: 5
Pine siskin: 1


Also, nearby, some backyard birds of note:
Pine siskin 30+
Fox sparrow: 1
Purple finch: 1


peter lusardi
carlisle, pa








Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (23 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 16:51 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 18
TV 5 236 1971
OS 0 1 357
BE 5 67 473
NH 3 32 180
SS 0 110 9905
CH 0 25 528
NG 0 16 31
RS 1 71 235
BW 0 0 6544
RT 15 1162 2707
RL 0 2 2
GE 0 133 208
AK 0 4 320
ML 0 7 119
PG 0 1 55
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 2 19
UF 0 1 5
UE 0 4 6
UR 0 9 71

Total: 29 1883 23778
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner

Observers: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner

Visitors:
51


Weather:
High clouds and warmer with a light SE wind

Raptor Observations:
First bird RT 10:44
Last Bird RT 4:17
BE AD 3:55(2), 3:57(2)
BE WB 4:15


Non-raptor Observations:
Spike buck
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate@copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (23 Nov 2014) 18 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 16:50 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 18 204
Turkey Vulture 0 69 712
Osprey 0 0 113
Bald Eagle 0 17 127
Northern Harrier 2 12 92
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 33 2737
Cooper's Hawk 0 21 275
Northern Goshawk 0 2 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 28 109
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2963
Red-tailed Hawk 16 282 628
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Golden Eagle 0 39 76
American Kestrel 0 4 115
Merlin 0 1 47
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 7
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 22
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 18 538 8280
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Morris Cox

Observers:

Visitors:
Those aiding with the count today: Tom & Gayle Mckinne, Dick Pohner,
Rosemary Sprea, Mike and Linda Mckinne. 11 others visited the watch today
with one having to change a flat.


Weather:
Overcast first two hours with some clearing followed by high cirrus clouds
rest of the day. Temp range 0-13C with winds WSW-SSE.

Raptor Observations:
Red-tails and Northern Harriers only today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Siskins and Purple Finch's with a good showing of winter birds.

Predictions:
Rain early.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: Trumpeter Swan X6; Lake Arthur; Butler County; 11/23/2014
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 16:46 pm
From: rmnugent AT excite.com
 
  This morning Lorraine Asturino and I were the only ones to participate in the 3RBC outing at Lake Arthur. It was cold and overcast with fog and a light drizzle, which is probably the reason for the low turn out. We were rewarded with six Trumpeter Swans (2 adults and 4 juveniles). One of the adults was wearing a neck band (R48). They were in the bay by the swimming area on the south shore. Another highlight was a flock of about 12 American Tree Sparrows (FOS).  

I thought I had saved an email about how to report banded waterbirds, but I can not find it. I would appreciate it if someone could tell me how to report it. I would like to find out where this bird had been banded.

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



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