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18 Dec: @ 21:18:04 
Fogelsville Quarry - Thousands of Snow Geese [Bill Foy]
18 Dec: @ 16:51:02 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (18 Dec 2014) 6 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
18 Dec: @ 16:37:38 
HSR: Second Mountain (18 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
18 Dec: @ 12:17:15 
Snow Goose, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh [Matt Webb]
18 Dec: @ 10:32:34 
Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 18, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
18 Dec: @ 09:54:30 
Barnacle Geese, Monroe County [David Brown]
18 Dec: @ 08:56:53 
Western Schuylkill County CBC Highlights [Dave Kruel]
17 Dec: @ 18:37:25 
HSR: Second Mountain (17 Dec 2014) 2 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
17 Dec: @ 18:14:15 
Central PA Birdline for 12.18.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy]
17 Dec: @ 18:04:43 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (17 Dec 2014) 15 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
17 Dec: @ 17:24:28 
Sightings - Duck Hollow, Allegheny Co. [Jim Hausman]
17 Dec: @ 11:52:16 
Barred Owl at Pool Sanctuary, Emmaus, Lehigh County [Kathy]
17 Dec: @ 10:10:05 
Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 17, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
17 Dec: @ 09:26:00 
Franklin Co Canvasback and Snow Buntings [Bill Oyler]
16 Dec: @ 10:45:19 
Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [grant stevenson]
16 Dec: @ 09:48:59 
Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [kvanfleet@pa.net]
16 Dec: @ 09:44:16 
Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Rob Blye]
16 Dec: @ 09:25:13 
Coops at Johnston Park/Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem, Northampton Co. 12/15? [grant stevenson]
16 Dec: @ 09:05:24 
Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 16, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
16 Dec: @ 07:50:16 
Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Andy Wilson]
16 Dec: @ 07:10:49 
Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [David Wilbur]
15 Dec: @ 22:48:23 
Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Denise Donmoyer]
15 Dec: @ 21:18:16 
Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Cindy Moyer]
15 Dec: @ 20:53:20 
Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Bill Foy]
15 Dec: @ 19:04:10 
Harris's Sparrow At The Koch Property, Northampton Cty, PA, 12/15/14 [Howard B. Eskin,]
15 Dec: @ 15:53:33 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (15 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
15 Dec: @ 15:25:00 
Southern Lancaster County CBC - - Early Highlights [Bob Schutsky]
15 Dec: @ 15:23:35 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (15 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
15 Dec: @ 14:04:09 
c. mergansers and ring-ducks Nothampton County [Kathy & Dave Sieminski]
15 Dec: @ 13:00:51 
Need to contact following persons [Wayne Laubscher]
15 Dec: @ 10:17:56 
Crawford Co. - Linesville CBC [Clare Nicolls]
15 Dec: @ 08:43:41 
Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 15, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
14 Dec: @ 21:05:51 
Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(12/7 - 12/13) [August Mirabella]
14 Dec: @ 20:08:20 
HSR: Second Mountain (14 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
14 Dec: @ 19:02:56 
Red-necked Grebe, Clearfield Co. [drichards7]
14 Dec: @ 18:36:19 
HSR: Allegheny Front (14 Dec 2014) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
14 Dec: @ 16:18:41 
Beaver Run Reservoir and Hamilton Road in Westmoreland County; Crooked Creek State Park in Armstrong Co. Birds for 12.14.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy]
14 Dec: @ 16:12:38 
eBird -- Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Dec 14, 2014 [Daniel E. Weeks]
14 Dec: @ 15:58:55 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (14 Dec 2014) 12 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
14 Dec: @ 15:41:50 
Erie County birds of note [Jerry McWilliams]
14 Dec: @ 15:37:51 
Presque Isle State Park, Erie County Birds [Shawn Collins]
14 Dec: @ 15:35:58 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (14 Dec 2014) 8 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
14 Dec: @ 14:24:28 
Re: Canada Geese [grant stevenson]
14 Dec: @ 13:48:10 
Perryopolis,PA Youghiogheny River- Fayette Co. [Matthew Juskowich]
14 Dec: @ 11:58:10 
Am. Wigeon - Allegheny Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
14 Dec: @ 11:28:41 
Franklin Co Surf Scoter [Bill Oyler]
14 Dec: @ 10:35:23 
Barnacle Geese - Weir Lake, Monroe Co. [Ted Nichols II]
14 Dec: @ 10:35:08 
2 Ross's Geese, Long Arm, Adams/York [Andy Wilson]
14 Dec: @ 09:52:12 
Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 14, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
13 Dec: @ 20:06:54 
HSR: Allegheny Front (13 Dec 2014) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]





Subject: Fogelsville Quarry - Thousands of Snow Geese
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 21:18 pm
From: gdadtraveling AT gmail.com
 
Pulled into the parking lot at Fogelsville Quarry at about 2:30 this
afternoon and there were thousands of Snow Geese flying above the quarry.
Within 15-20 minutes, almost all of them had landed in the quarry. Amazing
sight!

Bill Foy
Upper Gwynedd
Montgomery County



Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (18 Dec 2014) 6 Raptors
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 16:51 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 18
TV 0 0 2014
OS 0 0 357
BE 2 32 515
NH 0 4 185
SS 0 7 9914
CH 0 2 531
NG 0 4 40
RS 0 0 244
BW 0 0 6544
RT 4 94 2876
RL 0 0 2
GE 0 18 234
AK 0 0 320
ML 0 0 120
PG 0 0 55
UA 0 1 25
UB 0 2 21
UF 0 0 5
UE 0 0 6
UR 0 2 73

Total: 6 166 24099
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers: Carl Laughlin, Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Keith Gingrich,
Robert McLaughlin, Ron Freed

Visitors:
1


Weather:
Overcast with gusty NW wind. Early snow flurries and mini graupel.


Raptor Observations:
BE Juv 10:15
BE AD 2:50
First bird - RT 10:00
Last bird - BE 2:50

Non-raptor Observations:

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



Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (18 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 16:37 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 4 211
Turkey Vulture 0 0 718
Osprey 0 0 113
Bald Eagle 2 3 137
Northern Harrier 0 0 94
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2737
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 275
Northern Goshawk 0 0 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 112
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2963
Red-tailed Hawk 0 15 684
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 3
Golden Eagle 0 4 82
American Kestrel 0 0 115
Merlin 0 0 47
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 7
Unknown Falcon 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 22
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 3 29 8373
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Fred Wilcox

Observers:

Visitors:
Morris Cox
2 friendly gentlemen from Lebanon


Weather:
Cloudy and cold. A light wind from the North/Northwest. Visibility very
good. Temperature range of 32F to 33F. Light snow flurries throughout the
day.

Raptor Observations:
10:00 Adult BE
11:46 RL Dark Morph
1:09 Immature BE

All three birds were within the valley on the North side.

Non-raptor Observations:
The usual winter song birds and "the raven"

Predictions:
More sun, a few degrees warmer, winds from the North/Northwest
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: Snow Goose, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 12:17 pm
From: matthewmichaelwebb AT gmail.com
 
Hey all,

At 12:45PM, Amber and I found a single Snow Goose with a group of about 30
Canada Geese at the Allegheny Cemetery. Here's a link to the exact
location in the cemetery: http://binged.it/13DJKeu

Also heard a group of Pine Siskins just outside the cemetery on hillside
across Mossfield St. near the Snow Goose location.

Good Birding!
Matt Webb
Pittsburgh, PA



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 18, 2014
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 10:32 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 18, 2014
Time: 0740-0940
Weather: Cloudy, WNWwind to 15 mph, waves four to five feet, temp. 28 F.
Comments: There was a modest movement of Red-breasted Mergansers with most moving west and often high overhead. Richard Nugent, Debbie Aalbfleisch, and Michele Franz joined me.

Waterbirds counted:

Mallard 2
Redhead 15
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 300
Surf Scoter 2
White-winged Scoter 7
Black Scoter 2
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 5
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 2625
Red-throated Loon 2
Common Loon 3

Other birds moving along the lake:

Bald Eagle 2 imm.


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




Subject: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 9:54 am
From: davidebrownpa AT gmail.com
 
Just left Weir Lake in Monroe County. The two Barnacle Geese continue. Two friendly birders already had their scopes on them when we got there. If only every bird chase could be so easy! 

David Brown

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Western Schuylkill County CBC Highlights
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 8:56 am
From: dkruel300 AT comcast.net
 
Hi All, 



It was a fun day on Sunday for our CBC, and a couple new species were found for the count……..a Canvasback was at the Lebanon Reservoir (a great find here at any time of year), and a Common Yellowthroat was seen near Hegins (with some nice photos taken).



Some other highlight species for our circle were:

Great Blue Heron

Black Duck

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle 19 – including 13 at Pitman farmlands, with meat scraps likely making up some part of their winter diet

Redshoulder

Saw-whet Owl

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Hermit Thrush

Field Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin



We also had a few Common Loons, which is unusual for our area at this time of year. Hoping that they are able to take flight from their current spots……might have to see how this works out.



Dave Kruel

Pottsville

Schuylkill County



Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (17 Dec 2014) 2 Raptors
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 18:37 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 4 211
Turkey Vulture 0 0 718
Osprey 0 0 113
Bald Eagle 0 1 135
Northern Harrier 0 0 94
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2737
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 275
Northern Goshawk 0 0 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 112
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2963
Red-tailed Hawk 0 15 684
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Golden Eagle 2 4 82
American Kestrel 0 0 115
Merlin 0 0 47
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 7
Unknown Falcon 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 22
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 2 26 8370
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 11:00:00
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter: Joan Renninger

Observers:

Weather:
moderate northwest wind under mostly cloudy skies, temps in low 40's

Raptor Observations:
2 adult golden eagles @10:30, med high overhead

Non-raptor Observations:

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



Subject: Central PA Birdline for 12.18.2014
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 18:14 pm
From: timetraveler50 AT comcast.net
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Central Pennsylvania
* December 18, 2014
* PACE1412.18
Bird Highlights
ROSS'S GOOSE (Adams/York Cos.)
CACKLING GOOSE (Adams/York, Cumberland & Lancaster Cos.)
PINE SISKINS (Centre & Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
- Transcript
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
December 18, 2014
To Report: TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy
Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy

Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings made the week prior to Thursday, December 18, 2014.

ADAMS/YORK COUNTIES:
Two ROSS'S GEESE and 1 CACKLING GOOSE were seen on December 14 at Long Arm Reservoir from Old Westminster Road (AW).

BLAIR COUNTY:
One SURF SCOTER was seen on December 11 at Canoe Creek State Park (MD).

CAMBRIA COUNTY:
One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on December 14 at Prince Gallitzin State Park (RL).

CARBON COUNTY:
One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen between December 10 and 15 at Beltzville State Park (RR, MD, BH).

CENTRE COUNTY:
Two adult BALD EAGLES were seen on December 14 in Spring Creek Canyon (NB, BM).

One NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3 PINE SISKINS were observed on November 14 at Pleasant Gap (JC).

One NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on December 15 along Buffalo Run Road (DBr).

Up to 2 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were observed between December 15 and 17 flying over a field northeast of the intersection of Route 550 and Filmore Road (ECh, DO).

CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
One CACKLING GOOSE was seen on December 14 at Brackbill Pond (SK).

CUMBERLAND/PERRY COUNTIES:
Waggoner Gap reported counting 10 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 4 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 30 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 7 GOLDEN EAGLES between December 11 and 17 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH, JL).

FRANKLIN COUNTY:
One SURF SCOTER was seen on December 14 at Letterkenny Reservoir (BO).

HUNTINGDON/MIFFLIN COUNTIES:
Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting RED-TAILED HAWKS and GOLDEN EAGLES on December (GG).

LANCASTER COUNTY:
Two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on December 10 at State Game Lands 46 (RM).

One LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 1 SNOW BUNTING were seen on December 11 among a flock of HORNED LARKS along Forrey Road south of Mountville (SS).

One CACKLING GOOSE and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were observed on December 14 at the Muddy Run part of the Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count (BS).

One NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found on December 14 in the central part of the Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count (BS).

LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:
Nine BALD EAGLES were seen on December 10 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (RM). One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was present on December 12 along Middle Creek Road (JL).

LEBANON COUNTY:
Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 1 BALD EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE between December 11 and 14 (FW, SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC).

LUZERNE COUNTY:
One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on December 11 at Nesbitt Park (JD).

SCHUYKILL/BERKS COUNTIES:
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 5 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 21 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 9 GOLDEN EAGLES between December 11 and 15 (LG, AK, RK, MB, DWo, DBa, HMe, MR, MJM, BSa, BD, DH, DKr, AC, PC, SSc, MW, JFT, BBr, CE, MC). Forty-three PINE SISKINS also were seen on December 13 (LG, BD). An unspecified number of PINE SISKINS were seen on December 15 (LG, AC, CE, MC).


CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS:
If you miss the usual Thursday postings of the Central PA Birdline on BIRDEAST and PABIRDS, I will also be posting it on my page web site at:
http://people.delphiforums.com...

*PORC = Pennsylvania Ornithological Record Committee. Rare bird sightings should be documented with written descriptions and photographs whenever possible and sent to PORC for review. To submit a report to PORC go to this link:
http://www.pabirds.org/records...

The following people have contributed to this report: David Barber (DBa), Mark Blauer (MB), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Don Bryant (DBr), Adam Carter (AC), Bill Chambers (BC), Ed Chambers (ECh), Mark Chestnut (MC), Ed Chubb (EC), Sue Cooper (SC), Morris Cox (MC), Jim Curtis (JC), Michael David (MD), Bob Davidheiser (BD), Jonathan DeBalko (JD), Catherine Elwell (CE), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz (PF), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Brian Henderson (BH), Craig Houston (CH), Stefan Karkuff (SK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Rudy Keller (RK), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), Dave Kruel (DKr), Josh Lefever (JL), Renee Lubert (RL), Betsy Manlove (BM), Mary Jane McMillan (MJM), Holly Merker (HMe), Randy Miller (RM), Dan Ombalski (DO), Bill Oyler (BO), Richard Pohner (RP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Beth Sassaman (BSa), Sue Schmoyer (SSc), Bob Schutsky (BS), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope (MS), Ron Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Robin Smith (RS), Bob Snyder (BSn), Stan Stahl (SS), Kim Steininger (KS), Jean-Francois Therrien (JFT), Gene Wagner (GW), Doug Wentzel (DW), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Andy Wilson (AW), Matt Wlasniewski (MW) and Doug Wood (DWo). I apologize if I have misspelled their names and I will also refrain from naming that person on request.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mark A. McConaughy TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
Bushy Run Battlefield
P.O. Box 486
Harrison City, PA 15636-0468 (724) 527-5585 x103
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Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (17 Dec 2014) 15 Raptors
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 18:04 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 18
TV 0 0 2014
OS 0 0 357
BE 8 30 513
NH 1 4 185
SS 0 7 9914
CH 0 2 531
NG 0 4 40
RS 0 0 244
BW 0 0 6544
RT 5 90 2872
RL 0 0 2
GE 0 18 234
AK 0 0 320
ML 0 0 120
PG 0 0 55
UA 0 1 25
UB 0 2 21
UF 0 0 5
UE 0 0 6
UR 1 2 73

Total: 15 160 24093
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Keith Gingrich

Observers: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella

Visitors:
5


Weather:
Overcast with northwest wind.

Raptor Observations:
First bird - RT 9:23
Last bird - RT 2:02

BE JUV 11:45
BE WB 10:50; 10:55; 10:59; 11;15
BE AD 10:23; 10:50 (2)


Non-raptor Observations:

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



Subject: Sightings - Duck Hollow, Allegheny Co.
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 17:24 pm
From: englishhaus AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,

I had an opportunity to stop by Duck Hollow late this morning while running errands. There is significant work being done on the bridge spanning Nine Mile Run with quite a few construction vehicles and workers around the area, however, the birds didn't seem to mind too much.

Sightings included 150+ ring-billed gulls, 5 herring gulls (2 first winter, 2 second winter, & 1 third winter), an American coot, a drake ring-necked duck, 4 common mergansers (1 drake & 3 hens), a male belted kingfisher, and the always affable Jack and Sue Solomon. We talked about the upcoming Pittsburgh CBC on Dec. 27 among other things, but the dropping temps and wind made for a chilly outing and a short stay.

Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Jefferson Hills
Allegheny Co.


Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse any typos! :-)



Subject: Barred Owl at Pool Sanctuary, Emmaus, Lehigh County
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 11:52 am
From: pabirder AT ptd.net
 
Sighted this morning at Pool Sanctuary- a Barred Owl!!! Chickadees sounded very agitated and I noticed a large bird fly into the trees obscured by a spruce. I thought it was a hawk until it turned its head and stared at me. It flew to another perch more in the open and again turned its head to stare down at me before flying off. 
Also seen Golden Crowned Kinglet, Brown Creepers and Great Blue Heron.
Kathy Stagl
Emmaus, PA



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 17, 2014
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 10:10 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 17, 2014
Time: 0735-0935
Weather: Cloudy, WSW windto 30 mph, waves five to six feet, temp. 35 F. Light rain showers early.
Comments: Most birds were moving west.

Waterbirds counted:

American Black Duck 2
Northern Pintail 5
Greater Scaup 10
Lesser Scaup 140
White-winged Scoter 4
Bufflehead 3
Common Goldeneye 4
Red-breasted Merganser 457
Red-throated Loon 2
Common Loon 1
unidentified loon 2
Horned Grebe 1


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



Subject: Franklin Co Canvasback and Snow Buntings
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 9:26 am
From: oylerbill AT gmail.com
 
I had to do something before going to work today and so had daylight to
make a brief stop at the ponds across from the Valley Quarry sand plant on
Black Gap Rd (Route 997) near Route 30 east of Fayetteville. Among the
normal large numbers of Mallards and Canada Geese there was a male
Canvasback. When I got back to my car five Snow Buntings took off from the
sand plant across the road, and I watched them fly away in the early
morning sunlight. I also had a winter wren and saw one of the Bald Eagles
(hopefully mating for third year) perched near the past years nest.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg



Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 10:45 am
From: pahawkowl AT verizon.net
 
Gadwall

On 12/16/2014 10:48 AM, kvanfleet@pa.net wrote:
> Mine too.
>
> Quoting Rob Blye :
>
>> My vote is also for gadwall.
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>>
>> From: "Andy Wilson" > To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>> Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:50:12 AM
>> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
>>
>> I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
>> Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> Andy Wilson
>> Gettysburg College/Frederick MD
>>
>> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur
>>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill.
>>>
>>> Dave Wilbur
>>>
>>> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
>>> this
>>> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a
>>> Merganser and
>>> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>>> >
>>> > https://billsbirdingquestions....
>>> >
>>> > Bill Foy
>>> > Upper Gwynedd
>>> > Montgomery County
>>> >
>>> >
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Andy Wilson
>> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
>> http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr...
>>
>


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Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 9:48 am
From: kvanfleet AT pa.net
 
Mine too.

Quoting Rob Blye :

> My vote is also for gadwall.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
>
> From: "Andy Wilson"
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:50:12 AM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
>
> I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
> Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.
>
> Cheers
>
> Andy Wilson
> Gettysburg College/Frederick MD
>
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur
> wrote:
>>
>> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill.
>>
>> Dave Wilbur
>>
>> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:
>> >
>> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
>> this
>> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
>> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>> >
>> > https://billsbirdingquestions....
>> >
>> > Bill Foy
>> > Upper Gwynedd
>> > Montgomery County
>> >
>> >
>>
>
>
> --
> Andy Wilson
> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
> http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr...
>



Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 9:44 am
From: rwblye AT comcast.net
 
My vote is also for gadwall.


----- Original Message -----

From: "Andy Wilson"
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:50:12 AM
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?

I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.

Cheers

Andy Wilson
Gettysburg College/Frederick MD

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur
wrote:
>
> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill.
>
> Dave Wilbur
>
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:
> >
> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
> this
> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
> >
> > https://billsbirdingquestions....
> >
> > Bill Foy
> > Upper Gwynedd
> > Montgomery County
> >
> >
>


--
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr...



Subject: Coops at Johnston Park/Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem, Northampton Co. 12/15?
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 9:25 am
From: pahawkowl AT verizon.net
 
I'm the type of birder who needs to regularly review my bird sounds. My
CD player broke awhile back, and lazy me hasn't replaced it.

Will someone please identify the sources of a possible pair of coops
here. I've heard them on Sat. and Mon. nites. Will go down during a
daytime.

The urban wintering ecology of coops is still relatively unstudied.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

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Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 16, 2014
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 9:05 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 16, 2014
Time: 0740-0910
Weather: Cloudy, S wind to 10 mph, calmwater onshore, temp. 40 F. Rain showers.
Comments: Just a few birds, mostly moving west. First notable number of Greater Scaup, mostly in one flock.

Waterbirds counted:

Redhead 1
Greater Scaup 50
Lesser Scaup 260
White-winged Scoter 5
Common Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 2
Red-breasted Meganser 300
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Horned Grebe 4


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




Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 7:50 am
From: awilson.gettysburg AT gmail.com
 
I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.

Cheers

Andy Wilson
Gettysburg College/Frederick MD

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur
wrote:
>
> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill.
>
> Dave Wilbur
>
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:
> >
> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
> this
> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
> >
> > https://billsbirdingquestions....
> >
> > Bill Foy
> > Upper Gwynedd
> > Montgomery County
> >
> >
>


--
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr...



Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 7:10 am
From: djwilbur AT sidelineguides.com
 
Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard).  Good fun, Bill.

Dave Wilbur

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:
>
> I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park this
> past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>
> https://billsbirdingquestions....
>
> Bill Foy
> Upper Gwynedd
> Montgomery County
>
>



Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 22:48 pm
From: nightowl57 AT verizon.net
 
Looks like a Wigeon on Black & White TV to me.  What the heck kind of mutant
ducks are you folks growin' down there in Montgomery Co.?


Denise Donmoyer
Sweet Arrow Lake
Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.
nightowl57@verizon.net



-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Cindy Moyer
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 10:08 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?

That looks like a Gadwall to me (or at least mostly a Gadwall; the head
coloration is a bit atypical). Do Gadwall hybridize with anything?

Cindy


On Dec 15, 2014, at 6:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:

> I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
> this past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a
> Merganser and I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>
> https://billsbirdingquestions....
>
> Bill Foy
> Upper Gwynedd
> Montgomery County

-- Cindy Moyer
Professor of Violin, Viola, Music Theory Humboldt State University Arcata,
CA 95521
707-826-3563

Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our
one duty is to furnish it well. -Peter Ustinov, actor, writer and director
(1921-2004)



Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 21:18 pm
From: cm4 AT humboldt.edu
 
That looks like a Gadwall to me (or at least mostly a Gadwall;  the head coloration is a bit atypical).  Do Gadwall hybridize with anything?

Cindy


On Dec 15, 2014, at 6:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:

> I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park this
> past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>
> https://billsbirdingquestions....
>
> Bill Foy
> Upper Gwynedd
> Montgomery County

-- Cindy Moyer
Professor of Violin, Viola, Music Theory
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521
707-826-3563

Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well. -Peter Ustinov, actor, writer and director (1921-2004)



Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 20:53 pm
From: gdadtraveling AT gmail.com
 
I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park this
past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?

https://billsbirdingquestions....

Bill Foy
Upper Gwynedd
Montgomery County



Subject: Harris's Sparrow At The Koch Property, Northampton Cty, PA, 12/15/14
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 19:04 pm
From: hbeskin AT voicenet.com
 
The beautiful 1st Winter Harris's Sparrow showed up again today at 4:15 PM
at the Koch Property. Visitors are welcome to 1375 Raubsville Road,
Easton, PA 18042 610-253-6377 (H) 610-509-2020 (C)

To see some of today's photos, please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/Har...

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA



Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (15 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 15:53 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 198
Turkey Vulture 0 0 936
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 467
Bald Eagle 1 20 403
Northern Harrier 1 4 164
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 4772
Cooper's Hawk 1 8 555
Northern Goshawk 0 4 22
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 88
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 194
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6369
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 119 2258
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 46
Golden Eagle 0 12 155
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 1 379
Merlin 0 0 189
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 88
Unknown Falcon 0 0 22
Unknown Raptor 0 3 73

Total: 3 179 17382
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Adam Carter, Catherine Elwell, Mark Chestnut

Visitors:
Thanks for a great fall season! We look forward to seeing everyone for the
spring count beginning on April 1!


Weather:
Overcast. Hazy in the morning and clearing as the day went on. W and NW
winds were light and intermittent.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle: 1342 imm

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Goose, American Crow, Common Raven, Downy Woodpecker, Pine Siskin,
American Goldfinch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: Southern Lancaster County CBC - - Early Highlights
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 15:25 pm
From: info AT birdtreks.com
 
Dear PABirders,

The 39th annual Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count was held
yesterday, Sunday 14 December. It is centered south of Quarryville near
Robert Fulton's Birthplace. It is mostly in the southern portion of
Lancaster County, and includes small segments of York & Chester Counties
PA, and Cecil County MD. Also included are Octoraro Lake, Muddy Run
Pumped Storage Reservoir, and eight miles of the Susquehanna River
(Conowingo Pond impoundment). The circle contains lots of great
habitat, and the species count is typically one of the highest (or the
highest) in all of PA.

With roughly half of the areas having reported, here are some early
highlights. The species count currently stands at 89.

Area 2, Muddy Run and part of the Susquehanna: Cackling Goose (1), Wild
Turkey (flock of 45!), Black Vulture (100), Lesser Black-backed Gull (3).

Area 4, Fishing Creek & part of the Susquehanna: Gray Catbird (1), Fox
Sparrow (2).

Area 5b, Lancaster County side of the Susquehanna: Common Loon (1),
American Coot (flock of 60), Bonaparte's Gull (5).

Area 8, Serpentine Barrens: Snow Goose (70), Common Raven (1),
Red-breasted Nuthatch (6).

Area 9, Octoraro Creek and Ware & Horseshoe Scout Camps: Barred Owl (2),
Northern Saw-whet Owl (4), Brown Thrasher (1), Pine Siskin (2).

Areas 12 & 13, lots of farmland in center of circle: Northern Saw-whet
Owl (1), Horned Lark (120), American Pipit (125).

Area 17, parts of Octoraro Creek: Eastern Bluebird (23), American Tree
Sparrow (1), Purple Finch (1).

Areas 18 & 20, Quarryville toward Octoraro Lake: Fish Crow (1), Cooper's
Hawk (1).

Feeder watch near Nottingham: Great Horned Owl (1), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1).

More highlights later in the week. I wish you well if you are helping
with a Christmas Count!

Sincerely,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
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Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (15 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 15:23 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 18
TV 0 0 2014
OS 0 0 357
BE 0 22 505
NH 0 3 184
SS 1 7 9914
CH 0 2 531
NG 0 4 40
RS 0 0 244
BW 0 0 6544
RT 0 85 2867
RL 0 0 2
GE 0 18 234
AK 0 0 320
ML 0 0 120
PG 0 0 55
UA 0 1 25
UB 0 2 21
UF 0 0 5
UE 0 0 6
UR 0 1 72

Total: 1 145 24078
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Keith Gingrich

Observers: Carl Laughlin, Dave Grove, Dave Smith, Gene Wagner,
Joe Lavella, Robert McLaughlin, Ron Freed

Visitors:
4


Weather:
Overcast, with little wind, becoming partly sunny late.

Raptor Observations:
Only bird - SS 3:02

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO - 16
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: c. mergansers and ring-ducks Nothampton County
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 14:04 pm
From: sieminski1 AT frontier.com
 
This morning on Albert Road pond in Bushkill Township in 
Northampton County, I saw
10 M/F Ring-necked ducks and
9 M/F Common Mergansers.

Kathy Sieminski
Plainfield Township
Northampton County
Nazareth PA



Subject: Need to contact following persons
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 13:00 pm
From: wnlaubscher AT comcast.net
 
I am trying to contact the following persons:

Mike & Laura Jackson
Tom & Nancy Moeller
Donna Foyle
Sheree Daugherty

If any of these persons sees or gets this message, please email me as soon as possible please.

Thank you!


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



Subject: Crawford Co. - Linesville CBC
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 10:17 am
From: tcnicolls AT windstream.net
 
Some highlights for the Linesville (Pymatuniing area) CBC.

Date: 12/14/2014



Total Species: 72



Great Birds:

Snow Goose

Northern Pintails

Common Loon

Horned Grebes

Great Egret

Bald Eagles

Bonaparte's Gulls

Barred Owl

Red-breasted Nuthatches

Brown Creepers

Golden-crowned Kinglets

Winter Wrens

Marsh Wrens



Clare Nicolls, Compiler

Springboro, PA

Crawford County



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 15, 2014
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 8:43 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 15, 2014
Time: 0730-0830
Weather: Cloudy, calm wind and water, 38 F.
Comments: Should have stayed in bed:

Waterbirds counted:

Lesser Scaup 5
Bufflehead 1
Red-breasted Merganser 134
Horned Grebe 2



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




Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(12/7 - 12/13)
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 21:05 pm
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 




All,
Reporting was light this week. A total of 61 species were tallied. Some highlights were:
Snow Goose-high report ~150 12/12
Cackling Goose daily
1 N. Pintail-male at Chapman Rd. bridge 12/12-13
1 Black Scoter 12/12 -Almost eagle food-Bald Eagle was in hot pursuit in flight until the scoter hit the water and immediately went under for an amazingly long time. The eagle was still close when it surfaced, so it repeated the long dive. The eagle gave up. One wonders how the most unusual bird on the lake was singled out for a potential meal when there were so many other choices. A Ring-billed Gull was not so lucky on 12/8 when an eagle caught one and held it under water for some time to finish it off.
9 duck species including:
Hooded Merganser-high report 3 12/8
Red-breasted Merganser 2 12/7; 1 12/13
Common Merganser-high report 102 12/12
Red-necked Grebe-one increased to 2 12/12-13
5 gull species including:
Iceland Gull -2 12/8; 2 12/12 (at least 3 different birds based on age)
Lesser Black-backed Gull -high report 210 12/8
Great Black-backed Gull-high report 16 12/12
Black-capped Chickadee-at least one continues at feeders
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12/13
Purple Finch-at least one continues at feeders


Also, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Winter Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Swamp Sparrow


Thanks to all who share their sightings for our weekly spreadsheet.

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA













Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (14 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 20:08 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 4 211
Turkey Vulture 0 0 718
Osprey 0 0 113
Bald Eagle 0 1 135
Northern Harrier 0 0 94
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2737
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 275
Northern Goshawk 0 0 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 112
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2963
Red-tailed Hawk 0 15 684
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Golden Eagle 0 2 80
American Kestrel 0 0 115
Merlin 0 0 47
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 7
Unknown Falcon 1 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 22
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 1 24 8368
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter: Ed Chubb

Observers:

Visitors:
9 visitors


Weather:
Overcast with moderate northwest winds. Temperature a steady 40 degrees F
all afternoon.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
175 Snow Geese; 325 Canada geese; usual feeder birds; 2 Ravens; 8 Am. Crows

Predictions:
Partly sunny, temps in the 40's, winds from the NW should make for a better
day but in December...who knows?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Clearfield Co.
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 19:02 pm
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
This morning there was a Red-necked Grebe on Bimini Lake.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (14 Dec 2014) Raptors
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 18:36 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 85
TV 0 0 362
OS 0 0 91
BE 0 4 128
NH 0 0 33
SS 0 0 1151
CH 0 0 152
NG 0 0 4
RS 0 0 32
BW 0 0 4350
RT 0 8 927
RL 0 0 2
GE 0 28 127
AK 0 0 87
ML 0 0 23
PG 0 0 36
UA 0 0 10
UB 0 0 12
UF 0 0 2
UE 0 0 1
UR 0 0 57

Total: 0 40 7672
----------------------------------------------------------------------

(No count conducted today)



Weather:
NO COUNT- DENSE FOG

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)



Subject: Beaver Run Reservoir and Hamilton Road in Westmoreland County; Crooked Creek State Park in Armstrong Co. Birds for 12.14.2014
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 16:18 pm
From: timetraveler50 AT comcast.net
 
I was out looking for waterfowl today.  I visited Beaver Run at the 380 overlook twice, once in the morning and then in the afternoon on my way home.  There were fewer birds present in the morning due to the two adult Bald Eagles that were present.  The afternoon had large numbers of Canada Geese (I did not find any Cackling Geese) and Mallards along with the other species.

I also check the old mine treatment ponds along Hamilton Road and two of them produced ducks. A lot of Mallards, the American Black Ducks and 3 Hooded Mergansers were in the lower pond, the rest in the upper pond.

I went up to Rosston boat ramp along the Allegheny River, but did not see anything. I then stopped at Crooked Creek State Park and went to several overlooks to view the species at this Armstrong County site. I saw a large flock of Common Mergansers when I first stopped at the main beach overlook. As I was scanning for other birds and went back to check on them - they had almost all disappeared! I figured there was a Bald Eagle around. So I started checking and found one probable first year bird at the dam overlook. I went back to the main beach overlook and the Mergs were back out, but I also found a second immature Bald Eagle perched in a distant tree. It probably was a second year bird.

Mark A. McConaughy

Here are the complete lists for the different stops:

Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
6 species

Canada Goose 1
Mallard 2
Hooded Merganser 6
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
Pied-billed Grebe 3 One of the three that were seen.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
Bald Eagle 2 Probably the nesting pair at the lake. The larger of the two (rightmost in photos) is the female.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
American Crow 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20903883


Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: There were a lot of Canada Geese and Mallards all over the lake this afternoon. The Bald Eagles from the morning apparently moved to the southern portion of the lake away from the PA 380 overlook.
10 species

Canada Goose 300 Estimated number
Canada Geese, Mallards and American Black Ducks are all in this photo. It is only a subset of all of the number of these species present.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
Gadwall 1
American Black Duck 30
Mallard 250
Lesser Scaup 1 Might have been a Greater Scaup female, but based on the size compared to nearby mallard (It was noticeably smaller), I'm calling it a Lesser Scaup female. It was a scope bird.
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 3 One of the adult males is in the photo below.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Horned Grebe 1 It was in winter plumage - white neck and cheek patch.
American Crow 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20904091



Hamilton Road Ponds, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
6 species

American Black Duck 5
Photo of 2 of the American Black Ducks with 2 Mallards.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
Mallard 32
Hooded Merganser 12 Nine of the twelve are in this photo. The other three were is another treatment pond along Hamilton Road.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
Belted Kingfisher 1
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
American Crow 7
Northern Mockingbird 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20904192

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


Crooked Creek Lake--Overlook area, Armstrong, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
7 species

Canada Goose 7
American Black Duck 10
Common Merganser 86
Photos of some of the large flock of Common Mergansers
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
Great Blue Heron 2
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
Bald Eagle 2 One was a very dark immature, probably a first year Bald Eagle.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
The other immature had a lot of mottled white on its back and the bill was still largely gray - probably a 2nd year bird:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albu...
Herring Gull 1
American Crow 8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20904318



Subject: eBird -- Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Dec 14, 2014
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 16:12 pm
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
There was an American Coot at Duck Hollow this afternoon. Plus two Common Mergansers. 

Dan Weeks
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Dec 14, 2014
Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Traveling
0.5 miles
54 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:


18 Mallard
2 Common Merganser
1 American Coot
265 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull
1 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
1 Carolina Wren
2 Song Sparrow



Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (14 Dec 2014) 12 Raptors
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 15:58 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 18
TV 0 0 2014
OS 0 0 357
BE 0 22 505
NH 0 3 184
SS 1 6 9913
CH 1 2 531
NG 0 4 40
RS 0 0 244
BW 0 0 6544
RT 9 85 2867
RL 0 0 2
GE 0 18 234
AK 0 0 320
ML 0 0 120
PG 0 0 55
UA 1 1 25
UB 0 2 21
UF 0 0 5
UE 0 0 6
UR 0 1 72

Total: 12 144 24077
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Gene Wagner

Observers: Andy Francis, Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Gene Wagner

Visitors:
return of Shorty Lowe - 8


Weather:
Overcast with a gusty NW wind

Raptor Observations:
First bird - RT 9:32
Last bird - RT 2:32

Non-raptor Observations:

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



Subject: Erie County birds of note
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 15:41 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

The following birds of note were reported this past week from Presque Isle S.P., unless noted otherwise:


Harlequin Duck 1 female; Dec. 8; Sunset Point (Waterbird count)

White-winged Scoter 95 (high count); Dec. 8; Sunset Point (WC)

Rough-legged Hawk 1; Dec. 8; Gull Point
1 dark; Dec. 9; Waterford

Black-headed Gull 1; Dec. 13; head of Presque Isle Bay

Little Gull 1; Dec. 13; head of Presque Isle Bay

Lesser Black-backed Gull 1; Dec. 13; Lake View Landfill

Glaucous Gull 1; Dec. 8; Gull Point

Snowy Owl at least 2 birds; Dec. 8 & 9; Sunset Point (WC), Gull Point, breakwater #36, and off the south pier

Rufous Hummingbird 1 adult female continues to come to the feeder in Albion, as was reported today. This bird has been present since late September.

Common Redpoll 1; Dec. 13; Fairview Twp.


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







Subject: Presque Isle State Park, Erie County Birds
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 15:37 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
I birded Presque Isle today, I didn't count most of the waterfowl but there
was a great deal in many areas of the park, esp around Perry Monument and
head of the bay. Also went to some of the beaches lake side

Highlights
3 Greater Black Backed Gulls
1 Lesser Black Backed Gull
2 White Winged Scoters
Buffleheads
Lesser Scaups
American Coots
2 Common Goldeneyes
3 Mute Swans
1 Trumpeter Swan
Mallards
Red Breasted Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
Gadwalls
Ring Necked Ducks
Ruddy Ducks
Horned Grebes ( so many around the monument area)
Pied Billed Grebes
1 Common Loon
Bonaparte's Gulls
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 White Throated Sparrows
8 Dark Eyed Juncos
1 Pine Siskin ( at the Ranger feeders)
1 Great Horned Owl

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

Shawn Collins
Crawford County



Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (14 Dec 2014) 8 Raptors
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 15:35 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 198
Turkey Vulture 0 0 936
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 467
Bald Eagle 0 19 402
Northern Harrier 0 3 163
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 4772
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 554
Northern Goshawk 1 4 22
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 88
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 194
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6369
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 4 119 2258
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 46
Golden Eagle 3 12 155
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 1 379
Merlin 0 0 189
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 88
Unknown Falcon 0 0 22
Unknown Raptor 0 3 73

Total: 8 176 17379
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Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: David Barber

Weather:
Overcast with NW winds 10-15 mph. Hazy in the morning with clearing in the
afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1204A, 1221I, 1335A


Non-raptor Observations:
191 American goldfinches
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Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: Canada Geese
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 14:24 pm
From: pahawkowl AT verizon.net
 
good idea; but please in the summertime remove any water in them if 
present to dissuade mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. thanks, Grant
Stevenson, fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

On 4/3/2014 10:33 PM, Herbert Flavell wrote:
> Hi Dennis. The snakes using the tires was their idea not mine. I used the tires for goose nests. But 5 or 6 times as I walked around the pond the snakes (Northeastern Water snakes) mostly would be lying on the top of the tire. One tire near my gazebo you could sit in the gazebo and see one inside. Snakes unlike humans like heat. Black tires draw heat and hold it on cool days. Both my ponds have snakes but the tires are only by the big pond. Next time some airhead dumps a few on my road they go out to the little pond. Tires to like my PVC bird nests last forever. Set it there and forget it. Except birds nests need cleaning no matter what they are made from. That was our chore today and again tomorrow.
> Herb Flavell, Susquehanna County
>
> From: Dennis Kelly
> Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:08 PM
> To: herb1013 AT EPIX.NET ; PA Birds Listserve
> Subject: RE: [PABIRDS] Canada Geese
>
> Herb very intrigued by your making good snake habitat out of the old tires. That's a great idea. Snakes are fascinating critters and they keep the mice and rats under control. Everybody wins!
>
> Dennis Kelly
> PIttsburgh, Penna.
>
>
>> Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:28:24 -0400
>> From: herb1013 AT EPIX.NET
>> Subject: [PABIRDS] Canada Geese
>> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>>
>> There are now 2 pair of Canada Geese. One pair courting in the pond and another pair courting on the lawn. I took 4 short videos. I guess Ill put them on FB later. At least one pair nests every year in one of the 6 old tires that I placed in the cover on the west side of the pond. The cover was suggested by the Forester that made our farm a PA.Forest Stewardship property. The tires were my idea to get rid of some that were dumped on my part of our dirt road.I put hay in them each year for a ready made nest. The tires are also good snake nests because black tires draw heat and snakes like heat. A few times I watched as they sun themselves on top of the tires. I threw 4 or 5 in the pond to for fish protection.So far its worked good and hatched both ducks and geese and provided cover for a fawn till his Mom got him later in the day. He even posed for me to take his picture. I say he because I think it was the same deer that came to the entrance of the gazebo and looked at me while
I sat and watched the fish in November. It was not afraid that I was sitting there. I was leery of him though. But he just looked at me a few minutes and walked away.
>> Herb Flavell, Susquehanna County
>


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Subject: Perryopolis,PA Youghiogheny River- Fayette Co.
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 13:48 pm
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
 While heading home today,  I scanned the river and had 3 Drake Common Mergansers on the Greater Allegheny Passage Trail(North) . Such a cool species!!!
Matthew JuskowichAllegheny County 



Subject: Am. Wigeon - Allegheny Co.
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 11:58 am
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This morning I stopped at Janoskl's Farm to check out the pond and had a Am. Wigeon along with a Black Duck, a Green-winged Teal and Mallards

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Franklin Co Surf Scoter
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 11:28 am
From: oylerbill AT gmail.com
 
As of 12:05 there was a First year Surf Scoter at Letterkenny Reservoir.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg

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Subject: Barnacle Geese - Weir Lake, Monroe Co.
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 10:35 am
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
All,

The Barnacle Geese are present right now at Weir Lake in Monroe County.

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa.



Subject: 2 Ross's Geese, Long Arm, Adams/York
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 10:35 am
From: awilson.gettysburg AT gmail.com
 
Currently 2 Ad Ross's Geese with Canadas at Long Arm Resr - viewable from Old Westminster Rd.

Andy Wilson

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Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 14, 2014
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 9:52 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 14, 2014
Time: 0730-0900
Weather: Cloudy, W windto 10 mph, temp. 35 F, waves about two feet. Light fog with mist
Comments: Very quiet with a few scaup moving west and Red-breasted Mergansers moving mostly east. Sam Stull and Roger Donn assisted with the count.

Waterbirds counted:

Lesser Scaup 145
White-winged Scoter 1
Common Goldeneye 2
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 315


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




Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (13 Dec 2014) Raptors
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 20:06 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 13, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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BV 0 0 85
TV 0 0 362
OS 0 0 91
BE 0 4 128
NH 0 0 33
SS 0 0 1151
CH 0 0 152
NG 0 0 4
RS 0 0 32
BW 0 0 4350
RT 0 8 927
RL 0 0 2
GE 0 28 127
AK 0 0 87
ML 0 0 23
PG 0 0 36
UA 0 0 10
UB 0 0 12
UF 0 0 2
UE 0 0 1
UR 0 0 57

Total: 0 40 7672
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Deb Bodenschatz

Observers:

Weather:
Cold and foggy with snow showers. Wind 15-25 mph out of the WNW

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Discontinued today's watch due to deteriorating weather conditions.

Predictions:
High near freezing, cloudy with a chance of fog or drizzle. WNW aids at 15
mph.
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Report submitted by Deb Bodenschatz (debbiebodenschatz@gmail.com)



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