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22 Nov: @ 14:56:54 
HSR: Allegheny Front (22 Nov 2014) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
22 Nov: @ 14:12:11 
Black Scoters - Allegheny Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
22 Nov: @ 13:38:17 
Mercer/Lawrence Counties Larks, Buntings, Longspurs, Pipits [Dave Inman]
22 Nov: @ 13:28:06 
Common Loon - Allegheny Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
22 Nov: @ 12:59:40 
Peregrine Falcons, Bethlehem, Northampton County [Amanda Kavitt]
22 Nov: @ 11:26:08 
Juvenile tundra swan allegheny county [jusko88]
22 Nov: @ 11:14:58 
Common loon limited by new ice cover, Middle Creek, Lancaster County [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?=95=95S=95J=95Stahl=95=95?=]
22 Nov: @ 10:35:53 
Sandhill Cranes - Cumberland County [linda & bill franz]
22 Nov: @ 10:21:35 
Silver Lake in Bucks County [Doug Filler]
22 Nov: @ 09:57:42 
Sandhill Cranes, Sewickley, Allegheny Co. [Robert Mulvihill]
22 Nov: @ 09:39:36 
Snow Goose; Allegheny County; 11/22/2014 [Richard Nugent]
22 Nov: @ 09:25:57 
Help with Hawk ID [Alan Wells]
22 Nov: @ 09:25:11 
Frick Park, Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County [Jack E. Solomon]
22 Nov: @ 09:20:30 
Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 22, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
22 Nov: @ 08:51:50 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (20 Nov 2014) 14 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
22 Nov: @ 07:45:24 
Lawrence County feeder birds [Robert Walczak]
22 Nov: @ 06:30:50 
FW: [PABIRDS] FW: Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co. / Update [Bruce and Sherri Carl]
21 Nov: @ 20:56:21 
HSR: Rose Tree Park (21 Nov 2014) 7 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
21 Nov: @ 20:43:11 
Christmas Bird Counts [Marg Higbee]
21 Nov: @ 18:20:33 
HSR: Second Mountain (21 Nov 2014) 19 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
21 Nov: @ 18:11:26 
HSR: Bake Oven Knob (21 Nov 2014) 40 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
21 Nov: @ 18:11:09 
Harris's sparrow update, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
21 Nov: @ 17:18:17 
Clarion Co- short-eared owl, fox sparrows continue [Carole Winslow]
21 Nov: @ 16:54:38 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (21 Nov 2014) 38 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
21 Nov: @ 16:32:44 
Yard birds, Indiana County [Dan Cunkelman]
21 Nov: @ 16:21:20 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (21 Nov 2014) 63 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
21 Nov: @ 16:15:55 
Re: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales [Patrick Millar]
21 Nov: @ 16:00:30 
HSR: Allegheny Front (21 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
21 Nov: @ 15:14:27 
Lebanon County birds [Windstream Mail]
21 Nov: @ 15:04:12 
Bonaparte's Gull, Hooded Mergansers, more; Duck Hollow; Allegheny County [Tom Moeller]
21 Nov: @ 15:00:56 
Common Goldeneyes - Marquette Lake - Lebanon Co. [Ted Nichols II]
21 Nov: @ 14:13:03 
Re: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales [Kyle Chelius]
21 Nov: @ 14:03:12 
Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Nov 20, 2014 [Karyn Delaney]
21 Nov: @ 14:00:03 
Re: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales [Linda Widdop]
21 Nov: @ 13:13:42 
Re: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales [Marcia Makadon]
21 Nov: @ 13:12:30 
Photo Study Of A Harris's Sparrow At Koch Property, Northampton Cty, PA, 11/21/14 [Howard B. Eskin,]
21 Nov: @ 13:09:57 
Re: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales [Kathleen Evans]
21 Nov: @ 13:03:28 
Eastern PA Birdline: 11/21/2014 [Dave DeReamus]
21 Nov: @ 13:00:45 
RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales [Peter Capobianco]
21 Nov: @ 12:17:22 
Yesterday [Herb Flavell]
21 Nov: @ 12:17:14 
Washington County waterfowl [g. g]
21 Nov: @ 11:44:31 
Hen common goldeneye allegheny county [jusko88]
21 Nov: @ 10:25:55 
Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 21, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
21 Nov: @ 08:27:58 
Sandhill Crane Survey Results 2014 [Williams, Lisa]
21 Nov: @ 07:00:03 
HSR: Rose Tree Park (20 Nov 2014) 8 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
21 Nov: @ 06:00:25 
FW: Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co. / Update [Bruce and Sherri Carl]
20 Nov: @ 20:38:37 
Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Nov 20, 2014 [Rudolph Keller]
20 Nov: @ 19:50:27 
Clarion Co- high number fox sparrows, siskins arrive [Carole Winslow]
20 Nov: @ 19:35:41 
Rusty blackbirds again at Schenley Park [kstjohn001@yahoo.com]
20 Nov: @ 19:26:47 
Hahn Rd. AMD Pond - Washington Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]





Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (22 Nov 2014) Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 14:56 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 3 81
TV 0 33 360
OS 0 0 91
BE 0 8 123
NH 0 1 32
SS 0 12 1150
CH 0 8 151
NG 0 0 3
RS 0 6 31
BW 0 0 4350
RT 0 155 890
RL 0 1 2
GE 0 76 93
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: 0 307 7585
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Deb Bodenschatz

Observers: Tom/Janet Kuehl

Visitors:
Tom & Janet Kuehl


Weather:
Clear and cold early but becoming completely overcast by 11 with light to
moderate drizzle from 11:00 on. Winds moderate WSW. The valley was very
hazy most of the day.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
18 robin, 2 crow, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Blue Jay

Predictions:
Mostly to partly cloudy with SE winds 8-12 mph. Cool but not cold.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Deb Bodenschatz (debbiebodenschatz@gmail.com)



Subject: Black Scoters - Allegheny Co.
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 14:12 pm
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Two BLACK SCOTERS present below the dam at Dashields

The adult Bald Eagle has flushed all the ducks here several times

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone




Subject: Mercer/Lawrence Counties Larks, Buntings, Longspurs, Pipits
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 13:38 pm
From: mercer.county.bird.guy AT gmail.com
 
I took a quick trip this morning over to Amish Country near New Wilmington,
PA. In a field with freshly spread manure at the corner of Leesburg Station
Road and New Castle Mercer Road I had the following:

1 American Kestrel
200 Horned Larks (conservative estimate, it was a huge flock)
10ish Snow Buntings
10ish Lapland Longspurs

Very difficult to count as they foraged and were constantly on the move.

I then headed over towards the Volant strips area and once again in a field
with freshly spread manure on Carter Road I found:

80 approx Horned Larks
8 American Pipits

I did not locate any Snow Buntings or Longspurs in this flock of birds.
Also, this is the first time since I have been birding these fields that I
have found pipits mixed in. I've always known it was a possibility and have
always kept a watchful eye and finally found them today. They were not the
least bit shy and came fairly close to the road. Below is a link to one of
the pictures I took of the Pipits.

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

As I headed home I quickly drove through the Volant strips/ PSGL 284 area
and found:

2 Kestels
1 Northern Harrier
1 Red-shouldered Hawk

--
Dave Inman
Mercer, PA



Subject: Common Loon - Allegheny Co.
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 13:28 pm
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There is a Common Loon along with a Lesser Scaup and two Ruddy Ducks present on the Ohio River at Dashields Dam

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone




Subject: Peregrine Falcons, Bethlehem, Northampton County
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 12:59 pm
From: 0000006d66856098-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hi All;
Just drove past the Peregine's nesting site in South Side, Bethlehem at about 1:20 p.m. and there were TWO of them perched there.  Have not seen them both together in over a month!
Amanda KavittBethlehem, PA



Subject: Juvenile tundra swan allegheny county
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 11:26 am
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This morning I had one juvenile tundra swan in with a flock of about a hundred canada geese. I first saw at six mile island then after all the geese took off It was swimming around the lower part of the highland park bridge. It took off round 830am and I later refound it sitting on a sandbar at fox chapel marina squaw run. Other waterfowl on note I had 2 drake gadwall feeding with about 20 mallards below lock and dam 3 and also present was a pair of hooded mergansers.
Matthew Juskowich
Allegheny County
Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® III mini, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone



Subject: Common loon limited by new ice cover, Middle Creek, Lancaster County
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 11:14 am
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
Overnight, cold temperatures and calm conditions allowed Middle Creek lake to ice over.  The past 2 days the Common Loon was able to dive underwater, and disappear for long periods, and pop up away from my view.  But, today, the loon was limited to a very small area of open water, maybe 5 by 20 feet?  He, or She, would dive beneath the water, and stay underwater for less than 5 seconds at a time.  Occasionally, the loon would flap its
winds, and preen a bit. Once, I heard it call.
Swans, geese, and ducks rested on the ice.
The ice should erode with warmer temperatures on the way.
Sincerely,
Stan Stahl



Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Cumberland County
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 10:35 am
From: 00000021c311e447-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Watched a line of six Sandhill Cranes fly north to south about fiftyfeet above the tree tops in the middle of a cold morning.  I was initially tipped off to them by arattle I really did not recognize coming out of the north.  All of a sudden the line appeared in fullsun.  I kept my binoculars on them fromhorizon to horizon.  The flock sounded the rattle every five seconds or so.  The red crown wasfully visible.  It was an early Christmaspresent for this Cumberland County birder.
Bill Franz / Newville



Subject: Silver Lake in Bucks County
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 10:21 am
From: d.filler AT verizon.net
 
The following were seen or heard on the morning bird walk from the Silver Lake Nature Center located in Bristol PA.
Good looks at Fox Sparrows also heard them singing which was a first for the group.

Silver Lake Nature Center, Bucks, US-PA
Nov 22, 2014 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile
Participants: 5
28 species


Canada Goose 25
Mallard 6
Great Blue Heron 1 Seen after the walk at the dam.
Red-tailed Hawk 1 Seen on the way the SLNC.
Ring-billed Gull 10
Great Black-backed Gull 1 Seen after the walk at the dam.
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 1
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 1
Fox Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 15
Dark-eyed Junco 8
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 5
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20632570
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Doug Filler
Levittown



Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Sewickley, Allegheny Co.
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 9:57 am
From: robert.mulvihill AT gmail.com
 
I was out owl banding as usual at Sewickley Heights Borough Park last
night, and just after dark I heard a small flock of Sandhill Cranes fly
over calling--they seemed to be coming from the north-northeast and flying
south-southwest. If I had to make a guess, I'd say the flock contained
fewer than ten birds, and possibly not more than a half dozen.

We heard one Northern Saw-whet Owl, but didn't capture any last night. Our
total for the season at this location close to downtown Pittsburgh is
fifteen NSWOs banded and three recaptured.

I plan to continue owl banding on M, W, and F nights through Dec. 5.
Visitors are always welcome, but by way of warning--we have no shelter at
this site; all our banding is done outside in the cold, so come bundled up!


Robert S. Mulvihill
Ornithologist
National Aviary
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-258-1148
Robert.mulvihill@aviary.org


*The National Aviary works to inspire respect for
nature through an appreciation of birds.*



Subject: Snow Goose; Allegheny County; 11/22/2014
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 9:39 am
From: rmnugent AT excite.com
 
  This morning at 9:24 AM I observed a Snow Goose feeding with some Canada Geese in North Park. It was on the golf course near the clubhouse. I suspect that this is the same Snow Goose that I saw at Hampton Park on 11/17/2014. 

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



Subject: Help with Hawk ID
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 9:25 am
From: alanwells505 AT gmail.com
 
Had a hawk land in the neighbors tree this morning. I only got two pictures before it flew away. It was behind some limbs so the shots are not the best but I am hoping someone better than me could help ID it. I am more of a photographer than a birder but I always like to know what I captured and am always looking to add the ID to the list of birds I have photographed. 

Thanks for the help.

The photos can be seen on my Flickr page

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


Alan Wells
York Haven PA



Subject: Frick Park, Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 9:25 am
From: 00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The cold, and Sue Solomon's schedule made us decide to take a short walk along the Mon River near Duck Hollow, and along Nine Mile Run Trail almost to the footbridge There was a falcon  there I couldn't ID, Sue said probably a Merlin. We had seen one there a few days ago.  Other sightings:

Kestrel (Not more than 100 - 150 yards from the unidentified falcon, and that 1st bird was no longer in sight).
Wood Duck (1 male, 1 female)
Hooded Merganser " "
Common Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Belted Kingfisher (Heard only)
Kildeer 2
Ring-billed Gull (Around 20)


Jack Solomon
Allegheny County



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 22, 2014
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 9:20 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: SunsetPoint,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: November 22, 2014
Time: 0700-0930
Weather: Cloudy, SW windto 10 mph, temp. 25 to 31 F, waves 2 to 3 feet. Six to eight inches of snow cover on the ground. light to moderate freezing rain showers the last 30 minutes of the watch.
Comments: Much slower than yesterday with birds moving in all directions. Carolyn Ruth joined me at the waterbird count this morning.

Waterbirds counted:

Tundra Swan 19
Mallard 8
Redhead 100
Lesser Scaup 530
White-winged Scoter 3
Long-tailed Duck 2
Bufflehead 8
Common Goldeneye 7
Hooded Merganser 7
Red-breasted Merganser 1400
Common Loon 30
Horned Grebe 54


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





Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (20 Nov 2014) 14 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 8:51 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 57 193
Turkey Vulture 0 127 934
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 465
Bald Eagle 1 71 351
Northern Harrier 2 37 157
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 108 4763
Cooper's Hawk 0 36 542
Northern Goshawk 0 13 16
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 88
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 81 179
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 6368
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 10 1039 2015
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 6 44
Golden Eagle 0 77 135
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: 14 1687 16999
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: David Barber

Weather:
Variable cloudiness, west winds 4-12 mph with higher gusts

Raptor Observations:
BAEA: 1341A

Non-raptor Observations:
common loon, tundra swan, ring-billed gull (151), pine siskin
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: Lawrence County feeder birds
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 7:45 am
From: 0000006fe3ebdd11-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 


Besides the usual birds at the feeder this morning and yesterday was great to see two fox sparrows and an eastern towhee foraging in the leaf litter under the spruce trees by the feeders.

Robert Walczak
New Wilmington, PA
Lawrence County

rwalczakw@aol.com





Subject: FW: Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co. / Update
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 6:30 am
From: carls94 AT ptd.net
 
PA BIRDERS,

The Imm. Male Rufous has not been seen this morning as of 7:25 am. This
is out of his pattern of arriving right at daybreak for the last 7 days. He
may still be around but not being seen this morning could be a sign of him
possibly have left. The last sighting I received was from yesterday before
noontime. Not sure who if anyone was here during the afternoon. If you are
in the area and want to try please do so.

The feeder on the porch has a heat lamp near it to keep it from freezing.
He has been seen using both feeders.

PS: Anyone seeing the bird please send me an e-mail with your sighting so I
can keep track of how he is doing.

Thanks to all who have visited and have seen the bird so far and have kept
me up to date with his activities!!

Keep those e-mails and photos coming!

Bruce A Carl
Akron, PA
Lanc. Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Bruce and Sherri Carl
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 2:09 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co.

PA BIRDERS


All I can say is FINALLY! A Selaphorus Hummingbird arrived at
my residence hear in Akron, PA Lancaster County on Saturday morning 11/15. I
spooked it at the feeder on the back porch at about 6:30am while going out
to fill the rest of the bird feeders. What a nice surprise that was. It was
then seen regular throughout the day on Saturday. Sandy Lockerman was here
on 11/16 and successfully banded the bird which confirmed that it was indeed
a Imm.
Male Rufous Hummingbird. Thank you Sandy! It was very neat and educational
experience. It has been visiting (2) feeders. There is one under the red
maple tree in the back yard and another under the roof of our back porch.

Anyone who wishes to visit Akron to see the hummingbird can do
so with a few instructions on viewing. Please park in the Akron Church of
the Brethren parking lot which sits directly behind my property. There is
plenty of room for cars and you can see all the feeders from this vantage
point while staying behind the wooden guard rail at the edge of the lot. The
only time that this would not be available would be on Sunday mornings
between the hours of 8 am and 12 pm. Being that this is property owned by
someone other than myself and I have been given permission to have people
use this lot it is very important not to leave the parking lot area, do not
walk down over the rocky bank and most important not to venture into our
yard area as there are plenty of other bird feeders ect in the yard and
entering will only interfere with those birds as well as the Rufous
Hummingbird that has at least for the time being has taken my home as his
home. Thanks to all who will visit for following these details. Hope he
stays around for a while. It will be nice to see a hummingbird in the yard
daily in November!


628 Fulton Street
Akron, PA

Bruce A Carl
Akron,. Pa
Lancaster County





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Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (21 Nov 2014) 7 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 20:56 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 138 351
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 1 209
Northern Harrier 0 5 46
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 19 163
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 105 1021
Cooper's Hawk 0 18 141
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 130 226
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: 7 591 4636
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Al Guarente, Holly Merker

Observers: Al Guarente, Holly Merker

Weather:
Blustery and cold, with WNW/NW winds, 15mph with gusts higher. Temperatures
26-32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Raptor Observations:

An Osprey was a surprise for us on this very late date

Otherwise, migration seemed to be very slow over our site

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.--USWX
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly@rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org



Subject: Christmas Bird Counts
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 20:43 pm
From: bcoriole AT windstream.net
 
Do you participate in a Christmas Bird Count?   Why do you take part?  What do you like about CBCs?  Do you have a favorite memory of a count or of an experience during a count?  The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology is compiling a list of reasons to participate and the stories of CBCs past.  We’d like to publish some of your comments in the December issue of “The PSO Pileated.”

Thanks for responding!

Margaret Higbee
PSO Pileated Editor
bcoriole@windstream.net



Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (21 Nov 2014) 19 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 18:20 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 16 202
Turkey Vulture 0 69 712
Osprey 0 0 113
Bald Eagle 0 16 126
Northern Harrier 0 10 90
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 33 2737
Cooper's Hawk 0 21 275
Northern Goshawk 0 2 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 27 108
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2963
Red-tailed Hawk 12 262 608
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Golden Eagle 4 39 76
American Kestrel 2 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: 19 512 8254
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Sue Cooper

Observers:

Visitors:
6 visitors plus Morris Cox and Joan Renninger stopped by.
beautiful day for public relations.


Weather:
Bright sunny day with calm to 10mph winds from west to north west. clcv was
8% throughout.
Nice temperatures of -2.5c to -0.6c.
humidity 48% to 43% and barometric pressure 28.65 to 28.70inches

Raptor Observations:
GOLDEN EAGLES
AD GE@1046 & 1245
SUB AD GE@1244 & 1502


Non-raptor Observations:
3 crows, 7 ravens, 500+ Canada geese plus a lot of downy woodpeckers, white
breasted nuthatches, chickadees, wax wings, juncos, tufted titmouse and our
favorite red breasted tufted titmouse.

Predictions:
warmer and there will be an increase in clcv
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (21 Nov 2014) 40 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 18:11 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 42 301
Turkey Vulture 2 130 902
Osprey 0 1 365
Bald Eagle 5 45 295
Northern Harrier 1 13 106
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 76 3926
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 197
Northern Goshawk 2 7 15
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 36 97
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4051
Red-tailed Hawk 18 724 1603
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 9 88 147
American Kestrel 0 1 149
Merlin 0 8 117
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 68
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 49 254

Total: 40 1235 12593
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Sean Bankos

Observers:

Visitors:
none


Weather:
Visibility 7 miles-unlimited, Temp 22-31F, Wind 4-19 mph WNW,NW,NNW, Cloud
Cover 5-30%


Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles:1115i,1306i,1314a,1314i,1331a
Golden Eagles:
1243u,1246a,1313u,1347a,1359a,1408i,1525a,1531a,1619a
Northern Goshawks:0935a,1423a
Birds were flying high. There were some nice looks at two Northern
Goshawks.


Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese(6,446), Raven(6), Gull sp.(3), Great Blue Heron, American
Crow, American Robin, Pine Siskin, Black-capped Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing

Predictions:
Sunny, with a high near 40. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the
morning.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: Harris's sparrow update, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 18:11 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
It was here all day, first being found at 7:10 in one of our driveways, then in the trees behind the fence, and eventually it began coming into the feeders and small creek in the back yard. I don't know what will happen tomorrow but today it was relatively regular at the feeders from mid-morning on.  Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Clarion Co- short-eared owl, fox sparrows continue
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 17:18 pm
From: cjnal AT windstream.net
 
I checked the fields on Rankin Rd at dusk just over the hill from the farm here. I did catch a brief look at a short-eared owl but it never got close to the road.

     At home here remarkably,  8 fox sparrows continue under the feeders. I will be very curious to see what will be around tomorrow since I'll be here to watch. Didn't catch any siskins but did hear a mockingbird giving its harsh call up in the old orchard as I left to look for owls.

Carole Winslow
Sligo Clarion Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID



Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (21 Nov 2014) 38 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 16:54 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 18
TV 1 231 1966
OS 0 1 357
BE 4 61 467
NH 1 29 177
SS 1 110 9905
CH 2 25 528
NG 1 16 31
RS 1 69 233
BW 0 0 6544
RT 20 1130 2675
RL 0 1 1
GE 6 133 208
AK 0 4 320
ML 0 7 119
PG 0 0 54
UA 0 0 24
UB 1 2 19
UF 0 1 5
UE 0 4 6
UR 0 9 71

Total: 38 1833 23728
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Gene Wagner, Keith Gingrich

Observers: Carl Laughlin, Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Don Orris,
Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella, MJ McMillan, Robert McLaughlin,
Ron Freed

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Cold sunny day with northwest wind.

Raptor Observations:
First bird -RT 9:30
Last bird - GE 3:42

BE 4yr 10:45; 11:53
BE ad 10:35; 10:48

GE juv 11:40
GE ad 10:22,2:12,3:40,3:42(2)


Non-raptor Observations:
Loons -2
CAGO-1163
TUSW -74
Mallards - 40
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate@copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Yard birds, Indiana County
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 16:32 pm
From: dancunkelman AT gmail.com
 
Interesting afternoon at our creek/pond water feature from 3:00pm on.
Small flocks of Robins and Cedar Waxwings
Starling
Juvenile male Redwing Blackbird - yellow bar on wing and tan eyebrow; very cool bird
Female cowbird
Northern Flicker
Mourning doves
Northern Cardinals
And a button buck

At feeders and brushpile:
BC Chickadees
Tufted Titmouse
Juncos
White-breasted Nuthatches
House Finches
House Sparrows
Goldfinches
White-throated Sparrow

Marcy wasn't home to take pictures.

Dan Cunkelman

Sent from Dan Cunkelman's iPhone



Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (21 Nov 2014) 63 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 16:21 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 57 193
Turkey Vulture 0 127 934
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 465
Bald Eagle 10 81 361
Northern Harrier 0 37 157
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 111 4766
Cooper's Hawk 1 37 543
Northern Goshawk 0 13 16
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 88
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 83 181
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 6368
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 45 1084 2060
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 6 44
Golden Eagle 2 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: 63 1750 17062
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters:

Weather:
-1 t0-5 C, partly cldy, WNW 15-18

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles: ad 1058, JV1140, three JV together 1136, JV 1137, ad 1405, JV
1415, Two Yr--1440, JV 1415.
Golden Eagles: adult1451; immature 1456

Non-raptor Observations:
1996 Canada Geese, 21 pine siskin, 25 Am goldfinch, 4 raven, 43 RB gull, 33
crow, 18 robin
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 16:15 pm
From: patrick.millar AT gmx.com
 
I will second Cape May as a good choice.  If you like challenges, their Big Sit team had 150 species on Oct 12th:
http://cmboviewfromthecape.blo...

Two good places to start there:
>Cape May Hawk Watch (runs until Nov 30)
>Avalon sea-watch (runs until Dec 22)

Go the NJ Audubon site - or Cape May Bird Observatory site for more info. Their Twitter account @cmbobirds is a good source for recent sightings (Snowy Owl in Sea Isle City; Evening Grosbeak, Western Tanager, Baltimore Orioles, Cattle Egret all reported in Cape May in recent days).

If you want to bird the back-waters there, consider contacting the operators of the "Osprey" : http://birdingbyboat.com

Also - it can be fun to ride the Cape May - Lewes ferry for a "mini-pelagic". If you ride the ferry one-way to Delaware you could drive back up the coast and visit Bombay Hook, which can also have spectacular birding, on the way back to Philly.

Best wishes,

Patrick Millar
Southern Chester County

> On Nov 21, 2014, at 3:02 PM, Kyle Chelius wrote:
>
> Peter -
>
> Cape May, NJ is about 2 hours from Philly and Forsythe NWR (Oceanville NJ - near Atlantic City) is about 1 1/2 hours. Either are great places to bird.
>
> Also Hawk Mountain is about 2 hours NW of Philly.
>
> Good luck!
>
>> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:09:32 -0500
>> From: kje514 AT GMAIL.COM
>> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales
>> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>>
>> Hi Peter,
>>
>> Welcome to Philadelphia! This is marathon weekend so there may be some
>> traffic problems depending on where you are staying. There is a lot to be
>> said for Bartram's Garden and it can easily be accessed by public
>> transportation. http://www.bartramsgarden.org/
>>
>> Full disclosure, have only been there once but really liked it and intend
>> to return.
>>
>> There are lots of birders in the area and I am sure that they will will
>> some wonderful suggestions.
>>
>> Please take care,
>>
>> Kathie Evans
>>
>> On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM, Peter Capobianco <
>> peter.capobianco@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I will be in Philadelphia this weekend and will have the opportunity to do
>>> some
>>> birding in the area for the full day on Saturday. Does anyone have
>>> recommendations of places to go at this time of year in the area? I'd be
>>> interested in getting the largest day list possible and will have a car. I
>>> was thinking of starting at Heinz NWR/Tinicum but don't that would take the
>>> full day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free
>>> to respond to me at Peter.Capobianco@gmail.com.
>>>
>>> Thank you,
>>> Peter Capobianco
>>> Knoxville, TN
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Q: How much ego do you need? A: Just enough so that you don’t step in front
>> of a bus. — Shunryu Suzuki
>



Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (21 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 16:00 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 3 81
TV 0 33 360
OS 0 0 91
BE 0 8 123
NH 0 1 32
SS 0 12 1150
CH 0 8 151
NG 0 0 3
RS 1 6 31
BW 0 0 4350
RT 0 155 890
RL 0 1 2
GE 2 76 93
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: 3 307 7585
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Tom Dick

Observers:

Visitors:
none


Weather:
northwest wind with speeds from 10 to 20 accompanied by snow

Raptor Observations:
Ad. GE: 11:15, Ad GE: 1:30

Non-raptor Observations:
14 Snow Buntings, 150 Robins, Hairy WP, Ravens,
55 Tundra Swans

Predictions:
NW west with poss. of snow
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Dick ()



Subject: Lebanon County birds
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 15:14 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
Sid Hostetter lead 7 people on SGL 145 on the west side of Pinch Road just
south of Mt. Gretna.

These are the high lights.

At 9:45 George Tallman flush a American Woodcock that right beside me.

George saw the bird flush a short distance into the woods.

Then a few went down to see if we could find it again.

Sid almost stepped on the bird and it flew a short distance east.

Everyone had good views in flight.

Woodpeckers were very good today .

We had 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

We had 7 Pileated Woodpeckers.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Bonaparte's Gull, Hooded Mergansers, more; Duck Hollow; Allegheny County
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 15:04 pm
From: thosjmoel AT gmail.com
 
We found a good number of Ring-billed Gulls on the sandbar at Duck Hollow with a single Bonaparte's Gull in the group.  Birds of note were two Horned Grebes, two Pied-billed Grebes, and three Hooded Mergansers.  Our list is below:


Duck Hollow, Allegheny, US-PA
Nov 21, 2014 2:15 PM - 3:03 PM
Comments: Birded Old Browns Hill Road and along Duck Hollow parking lot
12 species

Canada Goose 27
Mallard 40+
Hooded Merganser 3
Common Merganser 2
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Horned Grebe 2
Killdeer 3
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 98+
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Song Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20625755

Also, on November 19, 2014, we saw a White-throated Sparrow along Old Browns Hill Road.

Tom and Nancy Moeller
Allegheny County



Subject: Common Goldeneyes - Marquette Lake - Lebanon Co.
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 15:00 pm
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
All,

There are 2 Common Goldeneyes on Marquette Lake, Fort Indiantown Gap, with
a bunch of Hooded Mergansers and Bufflehead.

I took several photos of them and confirmed my ID with Tim Becker and
several others as this is the first time I have observed these birds.

They are in the middle of a large flock of geese and were there when I last
drove by at 1500.

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa.



Subject: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 14:13 pm
From: ganglerisson AT hotmail.com
 
Peter -

Cape May, NJ is about 2 hours from Philly and Forsythe NWR (Oceanville NJ - near Atlantic City) is about 1 1/2 hours. Either are great places to bird.

Also Hawk Mountain is about 2 hours NW of Philly.

Good luck!

> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:09:32 -0500
> From: kje514 AT GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>
> Hi Peter,
>
> Welcome to Philadelphia! This is marathon weekend so there may be some
> traffic problems depending on where you are staying. There is a lot to be
> said for Bartram's Garden and it can easily be accessed by public
> transportation. http://www.bartramsgarden.org/
>
> Full disclosure, have only been there once but really liked it and intend
> to return.
>
> There are lots of birders in the area and I am sure that they will will
> some wonderful suggestions.
>
> Please take care,
>
> Kathie Evans
>
> On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM, Peter Capobianco <
> peter.capobianco@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I will be in Philadelphia this weekend and will have the opportunity to do
> > some
> > birding in the area for the full day on Saturday. Does anyone have
> > recommendations of places to go at this time of year in the area? I'd be
> > interested in getting the largest day list possible and will have a car. I
> > was thinking of starting at Heinz NWR/Tinicum but don't that would take the
> > full day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free
> > to respond to me at Peter.Capobianco@gmail.com.
> >
> > Thank you,
> > Peter Capobianco
> > Knoxville, TN
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Q: How much ego do you need? A: Just enough so that you dont step in front
> of a bus. Shunryu Suzuki



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Nov 20, 2014
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 14:03 pm
From: delaneykaryn AT gmail.com
 
2 male Purple Finches frequented the feeders yesterday, along with a
White-throated Sparrow.
Complete list below. Stay warm!

Karyn Delaney


Economy Borough Yard Birds, Beaver, US-PA
Nov 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
16 species

Cooper's Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Northern Cardinal 4
Purple Finch 2 male
American Goldfinch 23

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20625270

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



Subject: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 14:00 pm
From: linda AT techimpact.org
 
Hi Peter - check out the DVOC website for locations. We have a nice listing of sites that can be viewed by month.

Www.dvoc.org

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 21, 2014, at 2:00 PM, "Peter Capobianco" wrote:
>
> I will be in Philadelphia this weekend and will have the opportunity to do some
> birding in the area for the full day on Saturday. Does anyone have
> recommendations of places to go at this time of year in the area? I'd be
> interested in getting the largest day list possible and will have a car. I
> was thinking of starting at Heinz NWR/Tinicum but don't that would take the
> full day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free
> to respond to me at Peter.Capobianco@gmail.com.
>
> Thank you,
> Peter Capobianco
> Knoxville, TN



Subject: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 13:13 pm
From: 0000006e187e30d8-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
In Philadelphia area I would also include Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at 
Tinicum.


In a message dated 11/21/2014 2:09:54 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
kje514 AT GMAIL.COM writes:

Hi Peter,

Welcome to Philadelphia! This is marathon weekend so there may be some
traffic problems depending on where you are staying. There is a lot to be
said for Bartram's Garden and it can easily be accessed by public
transportation. http://www.bartramsgarden.org/

Full disclosure, have only been there once but really liked it and intend
to return.

There are lots of birders in the area and I am sure that they will will
some wonderful suggestions.

Please take care,

Kathie Evans

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM, Peter Capobianco <
peter.capobianco@gmail.com> wrote:

> I will be in Philadelphia this weekend and will have the opportunity to
do
> some
> birding in the area for the full day on Saturday. Does anyone have
> recommendations of places to go at this time of year in the area? I'd be
> interested in getting the largest day list possible and will have a car.
I
> was thinking of starting at Heinz NWR/Tinicum but don't that would take
the
> full day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please feel
free
> to respond to me at Peter.Capobianco@gmail.com.
>
> Thank you,
> Peter Capobianco
> Knoxville, TN
>



--
Q: How much ego do you need? A: Just enough so that you don’t step in front
of a bus. — Shunryu Suzuki



Subject: Photo Study Of A Harris's Sparrow At Koch Property, Northampton Cty, PA, 11/21/14
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 13:12 pm
From: hbeskin AT voicenet.com
 
Arlene and David Koch have dedicated their farm to birding. Their
plantings are incredible and the birds come in year-round. Arlene has been
reporting a 1st Winter Harris's Sparrow for about a week. This morning I
joined twenty people with scopes and cameras who were all also fortunate
enough to see the bird. 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: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 13:09 pm
From: kje514 AT gmail.com
 
Hi Peter,

Welcome to Philadelphia! This is marathon weekend so there may be some
traffic problems depending on where you are staying. There is a lot to be
said for Bartram's Garden and it can easily be accessed by public
transportation. http://www.bartramsgarden.org/

Full disclosure, have only been there once but really liked it and intend
to return.

There are lots of birders in the area and I am sure that they will will
some wonderful suggestions.

Please take care,

Kathie Evans

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM, Peter Capobianco <
peter.capobianco@gmail.com> wrote:

> I will be in Philadelphia this weekend and will have the opportunity to do
> some
> birding in the area for the full day on Saturday. Does anyone have
> recommendations of places to go at this time of year in the area? I'd be
> interested in getting the largest day list possible and will have a car. I
> was thinking of starting at Heinz NWR/Tinicum but don't that would take the
> full day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free
> to respond to me at Peter.Capobianco@gmail.com.
>
> Thank you,
> Peter Capobianco
> Knoxville, TN
>



--
Q: How much ego do you need? A: Just enough so that you don’t step in front
of a bus. — Shunryu Suzuki



Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 11/21/2014
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 13:03 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* November 21, 2014
* PAEA1411.21

- Birds mentioned

HARRIS’S SPARROW
PINE SISKIN
BRANT
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
TRUMPETER SWAN

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: November 21st at 2:00 PM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to becard@rcn.com with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

You can visit the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society Website at
http://www.lvaudubon.org/ .

You can visit my 'Eastern PA Birding' Website for photos and information at
http://users.rcn.com/becard/ho... .

Directions to many of the sites in this report can be found in the area’s
birding guidebook, “Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity”. A completely
revised, 2nd edition of the book can be ordered at:
http://www.lvaudubon.org/shop/ .

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
HARRIS’S SPARROW – 1 from 11/17 to at least 11/21 (first-winter bird).

Sightings from the BETHLEHEM area, Northampton County:
Peregrine Falcon – 1 on 11/18 and 11/20.

Sightings from BAKE OVEN KNOB, Lehigh County:
Bald Eagles – 8 on 11/14
Golden Eagles – 8 on 11/14.
Also PINE SISKIN ‘fly-by’s.

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
BRANT – 1 to at least 11/14
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – 1 on 11/14.

Sightings from SMITH LANE, near Alburtis, Lehigh County:
LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1 to at least 11/14.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
Bonaparte’s Gulls – 5 on 11/16.
Also Osprey.

At the Church Road area:
Rusty Blackbird – 1 on 11/16.

Sightings from LAKE TOWHEE, Bucks County:
TRUMPETER SWAN – 1 to at least 11/16.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Merlin, and Gray Catbird.

Sightings from MERRILL CREEK RESERVOIR in nearby New Jersey:
At the Scotts Mountain Hawkwatch:
Bald Eagles – 11 on 11/18
Northern Goshawk – 1 on 11/20.

- End transcript



Subject: RFI Philadelphia Area Birding Locales
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 13:00 pm
From: peter.capobianco AT gmail.com
 
I will be in Philadelphia this weekend and will have the opportunity to do some
birding in the area for the full day on Saturday. Does anyone have
recommendations of places to go at this time of year in the area? I'd be
interested in getting the largest day list possible and will have a car. I
was thinking of starting at Heinz NWR/Tinicum but don't that would take the
full day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free
to respond to me at Peter.Capobianco@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Peter Capobianco
Knoxville, TN



Subject: Yesterday
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 12:17 pm
From: herb1013 AT epix.net
 
My son and I were coming home after buying food for turkey day. Coming up Booth road and a male Pheasant is standing in the road. It looks at us and stands there watching us as I creep the truck closer. It still stood there watching us. So not wanting others to hit it like some have a habit of doing here, I sent my son out to chase it. He got to within 3 feet of it before it flew off to land 25 feet away in the weeds. No doubt a stocked bird.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County



Subject: Washington County waterfowl
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 12:17 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
Brief stop at the Hahn Rd AMD pond this afternoon turned up the following:

81 Mallards
10 Canada Geese
2 Canada Geese x Graylag
1 Belted Kingfisher

At Canonsburg Lake:

3 male Buffleheads in the small area of water which is not iced over, 4
American Crows chasing a Red-tailed Hawk.

BooneReservoir:

40 Canada Geese

Timber Lake:

54 Mallards

Lake Jo-Ann:

~150 Canada Geese

All of these bodies of water have limited open water at this time.


Gigi Gerben
Washington County



--
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson



Subject: Hen common goldeneye allegheny county
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 11:44 am
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I had a hen common goldeneye at the mckees rocks marina just now. Also present was about 40 hooded merganers, a pair of buffleheads, a pied-billed grebe, 8cormorants and about 30 gulls. 1 bonaparte gull was in the mixed flock of herring &ring billed.
Matthew juskowich
Allegheny county

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® III mini, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Nov. 21, 2014
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 10:25 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: SunsetPoint,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: November 21, 2014
Time: 0700-1000
Weather: Cloudy, NW wind to 20 mph, temp. 20 F, waves 4 to 5 feet. Six inches of new snow fall overnight.
Comments: Though not in huge numbers, there was a steady westward movement of waterfowl all during the count period. Lesser Scaup and Red-breasted Merganser were about evenly split in terms of numbers of individuals. There was a nice movement of White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks as well as Horned Grebes. Highlights were two Red-necked Grebes and an Eared Grebe moving west. The Eared Grebe was not far from shore.

Waterbirds counted:

Cananda Goose 10
Mallard 2
Canvasback 7
Rehead 76
Ring-necked Duck 1
Lesser Scaup 3020
Surf Scoter 10
White-winged Scoter 31
Black Scoter 2
Surf/Black scoter 2
Long-tailed Duck 30
Bufflehead 8
Common Goldeneye 4
Red-breasted Merganser 2950
Ruddy Duck 4
Red-throated Loon 11
Common Loon 26
unidentified loon 6
Horned Grebe 103
RED-NECKED GREBE 2
EARED GREBE 1
Double-crested Cormorant 200

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





Subject: Sandhill Crane Survey Results 2014
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 8:27 am
From: liswilliam AT pa.gov
 
As part of the 2014 Sandhill Crane Fall Survey in PA, 30 PGC and volunteer observers surveyed 30 sites in 15 counties during two survey periods (late October and mid November).  In total, cranes were observed in seven counties in two regions: Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer (NW Region) and Sullivan, Lackawanna, Bradford and Wayne (NE Region). A total of 130 cranes were observed across all sites. Compared to 2013, this year's survey revealed an increase in both number of birds (+32 birds) and number of counties (+2 counties). These increases are likely an artifact of more thorough searching, and a greater understanding of roost locations compared to 2013 and may not reflect actual population changes.

At USFWS request, 7 known roost sites in 5 counties were included in both survey periods to look for changes between Late-Oct and Mid-Nov counts. Cranes in known roosts totaled 91 birds in Late-Oct, and 108 birds in Mid-Nov. Though this information is too limited to say much about the timing of crane migration in PA, it will contribute to USFWS understanding of what's occurring at the scale of the Eastern Population. The continued presence of fall cranes in eastern PA is interesting to managers, as it represents a 'far eastern' population extension and may be evidence of the development of a new migratory flyway.

The Game Commission appreciates the assistance of everyone who participated in this effort!

Lisa Williams
PA Game Commission



Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (20 Nov 2014) 8 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 7:00 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 138 351
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 208
Northern Harrier 0 5 46
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 18 162
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 104 1020
Cooper's Hawk 0 18 141
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 126 222
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1909
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 149 307
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 3 4
American Kestrel 0 3 161
Merlin 1 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: 8 584 4629
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Dave Eberly, Gary Stolz

Observers: Bob Kelly

Weather:
SW winds, with temperatures up to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Decent clouds.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon-8

Predictions:
Sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to
30 mph.--USWX
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Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly@rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org



Subject: FW: Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co. / Update
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 6:00 am
From: carls94 AT ptd.net
 
PA BIRDERS,

The Imm. Male Rufous was seen at 6:47 am this morning at the feeder by
the tree. The feeder on the porch has a heat lamp near it to keep it from
freezing. He has been seen using both feeders.

PS: Anyone seeing the bird please send me an e-mail with your sighting so I
can keep track of how he is doing.

Thanks to all who have visited and have seen the bird so far and have kept
me up to date with his activities!!

Keep those e-mails and photos coming!

Bruce A Carl
Akron, PA
Lanc. Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Bruce and Sherri Carl
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 2:09 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co.

PA BIRDERS


All I can say is FINALLY! A Selaphorus Hummingbird arrived at
my residence hear in Akron, PA Lancaster County on Saturday morning 11/15. I
spooked it at the feeder on the back porch at about 6:30am while going out
to fill the rest of the bird feeders. What a nice surprise that was. It was
then seen regular throughout the day on Saturday. Sandy Lockerman was here
on 11/16 and successfully banded the bird which confirmed that it was indeed
a Imm.
Male Rufous Hummingbird. Thank you Sandy! It was very neat and educational
experience. It has been visiting (2) feeders. There is one under the red
maple tree in the back yard and another under the roof of our back porch.

Anyone who wishes to visit Akron to see the hummingbird can do
so with a few instructions on viewing. Please park in the Akron Church of
the Brethren parking lot which sits directly behind my property. There is
plenty of room for cars and you can see all the feeders from this vantage
point while staying behind the wooden guard rail at the edge of the lot. The
only time that this would not be available would be on Sunday mornings
between the hours of 8 am and 12 pm. Being that this is property owned by
someone other than myself and I have been given permission to have people
use this lot it is very important not to leave the parking lot area, do not
walk down over the rocky bank and most important not to venture into our
yard area as there are plenty of other bird feeders ect in the yard and
entering will only interfere with those birds as well as the Rufous
Hummingbird that has at least for the time being has taken my home as his
home. Thanks to all who will visit for following these details. Hope he
stays around for a while. It will be nice to see a hummingbird in the yard
daily in November!


628 Fulton Street
Akron, PA

Bruce A Carl
Akron,. Pa
Lancaster County





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Subject: Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Nov 20, 2014
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 20:38 pm
From: rckeller AT dejazzd.com
 
There was a good variety of ducks in the cove near the dam at L. Ontelaunee
today. An imm. Bald Eagle tried to do some duck hunting, but its slow,
ponderous turns and passes in the close quarters of the cove were no match
for the quick flight and sharp turns made by the ducks, which almost
literally flew circles around it. It was kind of like watching a dump truck
pursuing motorcycles in a parking lot.


> Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, US-PA
> Nov 20, 2014 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 23 species
>
> Canada Goose 400
> Gadwall 2
> American Black Duck 60
> Mallard 24
> Northern Shoveler 10
> Canvasback 6
> Ring-necked Duck 50
> Lesser Scaup 4
> Bufflehead 34
> Hooded Merganser 21
> Common Merganser 30
> Ruddy Duck 10
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Horned Grebe 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 4
> Bald Eagle 1 Chased ducks for a short time, but was not agile enough
> to catch one.
> Ring-billed Gull 20
> Mourning Dove 2
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> American Crow 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20618956
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County



Subject: Clarion Co- high number fox sparrows, siskins arrive
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 19:50 pm
From: cjnal AT windstream.net
 
Ok, so it's not a Harris's sparrow like Arlene but I did find an astonishing number of fox sparrows under my feeders this afternoon, at least for here. When I pulled in the driveway getting home from work, I could see a number of larger birds under my front feeder in the maple tree.  I parked and got my old glasses out that I keep in the car.  There were not one or two fox sparrows but 5 all together along with 2 back under the pine tree scratching in the litter.  When I pulled the car to turn towards the back of the house, I looked at the nyger and saw two pine siskins.  I parked and got out,  filled all the feeders and put out suet and came in.  After a few minutes I checked again and now the sparrows were at the back feeders. After watching for a short while I determined that there were actually 8 that I could see all together in sight at one time.  I only did see two siskins that stayed together on the nyger feeder out back.

I have never seen 8 fox sparrows together before, I sometimes see none in migration and don't recall ever more than 2 here at one time. So it was a treat to view these beautiful birds all together. I'm assuming that with the ridiculous weather further north it is having some impact on migration patterns.

Earlier in the week I had over a 100 tundra swans pass over around the same time of day, and have also seen two very large flocks of gulls which is not typical that I can recall for here in November. Both were while I was driving, one near the river in East Brady and one near the Clarion River outside of town. Both appeared to be ring-billed but that's just best guess as I couldn't see them that well.

I keep meaning to get out to check for owls at dusk and haven't got that accomplished, I will plan for that this weekend and post with any findings.

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Subject: Rusty blackbirds again at Schenley Park
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 19:35 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This afternoon at 1:00pm I found 4 rusty blackbirds among a flock of about 40 grackles in Schenley Park near Bartlett Playground. The grackles were eating bread that someone leaves near the picnic shelter for the birds. When the flock flew to the trees above the Lower Trail & creek, the rusties stayed together. I got good looks at them. 

Kate St. John
www.wqed.org/birdblog





Subject: Hahn Rd. AMD Pond - Washington Co.
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 19:26 pm
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I stopped at the Hahn Rd. AMD Pond in N. Strabane Twp. today on my way home from work.

The only bird of note was a hen Gadwall

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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