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26 May: @ 08:13:56 
Pine Siskin in Doylestown [Wendy Margolis]
26 May: @ 08:10:49 
Blackpoll -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- May 26, 2015 [Daniel E. Weeks]
26 May: @ 07:15:57 
Pine Siskins Franklin Co [Valerie Barnes]
26 May: @ 06:46:34 
Hummingbirds, Plumstead Township Bucks County [Lisa Dziuban]
26 May: @ 04:21:02 
Venango [jerry stanley]
25 May: @ 22:24:05 
78 Species, Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster County [Pamela Fisher]
25 May: @ 21:11:20 
Pine Siskins, Red Tailed Hawk, Hummingbirds, and other yard birds -- Cumberland County, PA [reeser]
25 May: @ 20:57:52 
Glossy Ibis Flock, Berks County [Steve Ferreri]
25 May: @ 20:38:45 
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Bucks County [Linda Rowan]
25 May: @ 20:20:49 
Dead Ruby-throated Hummingbird - York County [Ann Pettigrew]
25 May: @ 19:57:38 
Perry County birding at Little Buffalo [Chad Kauffman]
25 May: @ 19:50:08 
Warblers, etc Crawford County [Shawn Collins]
25 May: @ 19:45:47 
21 species of Warblers Venango County [Shawn Collins]
25 May: @ 19:26:34 
Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 25, 2015 [Jerry McWilliams]
25 May: @ 19:22:26 
Re: Hummingbirds missing? [Kate StJohn]
25 May: @ 17:37:20 
eBird -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- May 25, 2015 [Daniel E. Weeks]
25 May: @ 16:47:56 
Re: Alder Flycatchers at Middle Creek [Pamela Fisher]
25 May: @ 16:28:03 
Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(5/17-5/23) [August Mirabella]
25 May: @ 15:30:57 
Ruddy Duck Washington County [Matthew Juskowich]
25 May: @ 15:08:05 
Re: Hummingbirds missing? [Scott Weidensaul]
25 May: @ 14:54:15 
Frick Park Allegheny County late post [barb madaus]
25 May: @ 14:52:17 
Hummingbirds missing? [Kate StJohn]
25 May: @ 12:47:28 
Cedar Waxwings Bucks County [David Wilbur]
25 May: @ 12:45:59 
JenningsPark, ButlerCo: RedEyedVireo nesting; GreatCrestedFlycatcher nesting [Marcia Brown]
25 May: @ 12:04:42 
N. Parulas, Wayne Co., Saturday [tgswoods@epix.net]
25 May: @ 10:28:22 
Alder Flycatchers at Middle Creek [Kerry A Grim]
25 May: @ 10:20:26 
Two Mile Run Co. Park, Venango Co. weekend birds [Craig Holt]
25 May: @ 10:02:53 
Re: Pine siskins (ind co) [Jen Harned]
25 May: @ 09:41:53 
Upland Sandpiper, Clearfield Co. [drichards7]
25 May: @ 09:41:16 
Pine siskins (ind co) [Marcy]
25 May: @ 09:31:31 
Alder Flycatcher at MCWMA, Lanc. Co. [Pamela]
25 May: @ 09:13:16 
Kirby Park Natural Area, Luz. Co. [Sandra Goodwin]
25 May: @ 07:53:59 
Bobwhite in Chambersburg, Franklin County [G Rutan]
25 May: @ 05:14:12 
Monroe County, Freeman Tract Road, Delaware Water Gap NRA [Terry Master]
24 May: @ 22:12:28 
Mississippi Kites, Shorebirds, Nighthawks and more at Bucktoe Creek Preserve - Chester County [Larry Lewis & Kathleen Pileggi]
24 May: @ 21:53:44 
Cerulean Warblers - Western Schuylkill Co. [Dave Kruel]
24 May: @ 20:21:58 
Lebanon County, Tomstown Rd, continuing Chuck-wills-widow [Tim Becker]
24 May: @ 20:10:47 
Common Nighthawks, Columbia, Lancaster County [Mike]
24 May: @ 20:09:00 
Three Thrush Evening, Berks [Holly Hartshorne]
24 May: @ 17:17:53 
Erie County birds of Note [Jerry McWilliams]
24 May: @ 16:47:24 
Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 24, 2015 [Jerry McWilliams]
24 May: @ 16:19:20 
Monroe and Pike Counties - Delaware Water Gap NRA and Delaware SF [Mike Tanis]
24 May: @ 15:45:25 
Ring-Necked Duck- Crawford County [Matthew Juskowich]
24 May: @ 15:37:32 
Golden-winged Warbler and Alder Flycatcher -- Westmorland County [Aidan Place]
24 May: @ 15:20:47 
Clarion Co. Sightings [Jim Hausman]
24 May: @ 14:24:46 
Sandhill Cranes, Berks County [Mike Epler]
24 May: @ 09:48:40 
Venango county Kentucky warblers [mike weible]
24 May: @ 09:42:53 
Fwd: [PABIRDS] Sandhill Crane, Middle Creek, Lancaster County [Jim Fiorentino]
24 May: @ 09:04:23 
Blue-winged Warbler and a Chat -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- May 24, 2015 [Daniel E. Weeks]
24 May: @ 07:35:57 
Kentucky Warblers Venango Co [Shawn Collins]





Subject: Pine Siskin in Doylestown
Date: Tue May 26 2015 8:13 am
From: birderpa AT gmail.com
 
Hi everyone,
This morning I had a Pine Siskin drinking from my pond in Doylestown, Bucks
County.

--
Wendy Margolis
Doylestown PA
Bucks County



Subject: Blackpoll -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- May 26, 2015
Date: Tue May 26 2015 8:10 am
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
Blackpoll Warbler -- Heard and seen, in oak near the Blue Slide playground

Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

May 26, 2015
Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Traveling
1.6 miles
31 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Birding by bicycle in the Riverview hill area near the Blue slide entrance of Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. Start time: 8:08 AM. Observer: Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.
2 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
1 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
1 House Wren
6 American Robin
2 Cedar Waxwing
1 Blackpoll Warbler -- Heard and seen, in oak near the Blue Slide playground.
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Chipping Sparrow
3 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Common Grackle
1 House Sparrow



Subject: Pine Siskins Franklin Co
Date: Tue May 26 2015 7:15 am
From: BarnesVa4 AT comcast.net
 
Over the weekend I continued to observe several (high count 6) Pine Siskins
at feeders in my back yard. Saturday and Sunday one seemed to be begging for
food. Once, late Saturday afternoon, I saw an adult feeding the begging
flutterer. The flutterer followed the adult around the yard. In spite of
repeated fluttering later that day and Sunday, I did not see further feeding
occur. The flutterer appeared to be misshapen while fluttering (hump on
back, distended belly). When still, the bird looked fairly normal. Not sure
what was going on, but maybe we have a youngster? Did not see the flutterer
yesterday or so far today. Photos available.

Valerie Barnes

Fayetteville, PA (Franklin Co)



Subject: Hummingbirds, Plumstead Township Bucks County
Date: Tue May 26 2015 6:46 am
From: dziubanlisa AT gmail.com
 
I've seen hummers here this past week.  A female was drinking from a white bleeding heart.  I do not have feeders out.


Lisa Dziuban



Subject: Venango
Date: Tue May 26 2015 4:21 am
From: bhnsjerry AT hotmail.com
 
Yesterday at home, 2 flyover Sandhill crane, 1 recently fledged barred owl perched high above the driveway, 1 pine siskin briefly at feeder

Jerry Stanley
170 Keith Lane
Franklin PA 16323
bhnsjerry@hotmail.com
814-432-4496



Subject: 78 Species, Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster County
Date: Mon May 25 2015 22:24 pm
From: 000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I decided to head to Middle Creek today in the hopes I could pick up some of the fantastic birds that had been being seen there recently. My main target bird was Alder Flycatcher. I saw Fern Bauman as I pulled up to stop 1, and we listened together for awhile, but no Alder. We decided to bird together, and so walked up the main road a bit. When we got to the stream between the Museum Pond and the twin ponds, I heard a Prothonotary Warbler singing. At one point it came out in the open and sang for us. We had Willow Flycatchers singing, Baltimore Orioles, and Cedar Waxwings, but no Alder. So we started going down the tour road. Bobolinks seemed to be everywhere, and we did hear one Eastern Meadowlark. I got a pretty nice photo of a buck with a small set of antlers, but it's early yet! We picked up Grasshopper Sparrow between stops 3 and 4, a singing Swamp Sparrow, and also two Ring-necked Pheasants. We tried for the Clay-colored, but it seems to have left. We had more Willow Flycatchers as well and Horned Larks. We drove down towards the cul-de-sac, and scoped the pond on the left which is drying up. We had one Dunlin, one Semipalmated Plover, three Least Sandpipers and one Spotted Sandpiper. Along the way we had several Green Herons flying around. After checking out the pond on the end, we headed back, in the hopes we might get the Sandhill Crane. We had run into Jim Fiorentino there, and he told us if he saw it he would let us know. We got to the spot, but no Crane. Of course there were more Willow Flycatchers, and a Warbling Vireo. Driving down Millstone Road, we had an Ovenbird in the road, and heard Veeries and Wood Thrushes. We stopped down by the dam, where we had a Wood Duck, a Mallard, and odd looking duck with some kind of fancy feathering on the head, a Spotted Sandpiper, and several Northern Rough-winged Swallows. We had at least two Blackpoll Warblers there, and got a nice look at a Scarlet Tanager. There was a Double-crested Cormorant fishing there at the dam head. We headed back to my car, and Fern left. I wasn't done birding yet though, so I went to the Visitor's Center. I remembered someone had said to go back there for the Alder, so I did. I parked at the lot closest to the pond, and walked down to the wire. It wasn't long before I could hear the distinct song of an Alder Flycatcher! I walked uphill, and soon I could see the singer sitting on a dead tree. As I listened and filmed, I could hear a second bird singing! Lifer number 326! I came back and walked the Conservation Trail for a bit. I had Eastern Towhee, American Redstart, two Blue-winged Warblers, a Yellow-breasted Chat, and a White-eyed Vireo. Even though I missed out on most of the birds I was hoping for, I got the one I wanted the most, and got some very nice photos of others! It was a fabulous day today! My full checklist can be seen here: http://ebird.org/ebird/pa/view/checklist?subID=S23639481   Pamela Fisher
goldeagle_60@yahoo.com
Gap, Lancaster County, PA
http://www.flickr.com/photos/p...



Subject: Pine Siskins, Red Tailed Hawk, Hummingbirds, and other yard birds -- Cumberland County, PA
Date: Mon May 25 2015 21:11 pm
From: reeser AT mindspring.com
 
We had at least 2 pine siskins on the thistle feeder this afternoon,
Monday May 25. Saw a few goldfinches earlier in the week as well as the
siskins.

An adult red tailed hawk was sitting at the top of the Norway Spruce
yesterday and then was seen today soaring over head. Last year, the last
week of June, a young red tailed appeared. So, the parents may be using
the same nearby nest again this year. The adult has been fairly quiet.

We are seeing at least one female ruby throated hummingbird on a regular
basis. We had seen at least one male a week or so ago, but the female
now seems to be here every day. She's been visiting the coral
honeysuckle. And the salvia flower bed has just been replanted, so she
now spends a lot of time there.

The pair of red bellied woodpeckers continues to appear at the suet
dough along with the family of Carolina wrens. The catbirds, chickadees,
titmouse, white breasted nuthatch also like the suet as well as at least
one robin that eats the crumbs on the ground and a few starlings and
house sparrows. Have not noticed the downy woodpeckers for a few days.

We also saw at least one white throated sparrow this weekend at the
regular feeder as well as the cardinals, blue jays, house finches,
mourning doves and song sparrows. The house wren can also be seen/heard
everyday, but has no interest in the feeders. He/she is sometimes seen
at the bird bath.

Ellen
Cumberland County, PA



Subject: Glossy Ibis Flock, Berks County
Date: Mon May 25 2015 20:57 pm
From: sferreri333 AT gmail.com
 
This evening (Monday) around 8:10pm while driving along a short stretch of route 222 just east of the route 61 interchange (40.422539 -75.923274) in Berks County, north of Temple, I encountered an interesting flock of about 10-15 birds. Here's the play by play... The flock was flying parallel to 222 in a southwesterly direction. At this point I had a view from the rear and what I saw were dark colored, medium to large birds with fast wingbeats with occasional periods of gliding and teetering in a sloppy V to no formation. I then caught up to the flock and was driving parallel to them obtaining a side profile where outstretched necks and downward curved bills became apparent. I had to get off on 61 and the flock continued to fly in the SW direction.
Not sure if this is a current regular flight path or if they are passing through but I thought I'd pass it on to give everyone the heads up to be on the look out.
Have Fun!
-Steve Ferreri

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Bucks County
Date: Mon May 25 2015 20:38 pm
From: lrowan1 AT verizon.net
 
Today on a short walk at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve we saw a Gray Cheeked Thrush and a Northern Waterthrush.

Linda Rowan



Subject: Dead Ruby-throated Hummingbird - York County
Date: Mon May 25 2015 20:20 pm
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
I discovered the body of a young ruby-throat today on our patio.  It was fully feathered, but, the bill was short, the feathers not full length and it was only about an inch and a half long.  Pretty sad.  I cannot spot a nest in the trees and I can't be sure if one of the dogs didn't find it elsewhere and carry it over.  A first for me, and I hope the last.

Ann

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
rook185@comcast.net

Sent from my iPad



Subject: Perry County birding at Little Buffalo
Date: Mon May 25 2015 19:57 pm
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
hello all

I spent the long weekend camping at Little Buffalo State park and got
myself 79 birds over that time

The highlights were 8 Common Nighthawks seen flying all around the lake
on Saturday evening between 7:30- dark, while awaiting the telescope
presentation showing us the moon, Jupiter and its 4 moons and Saturn
with its rings. I was pleased at how well I could see some of the stuff
thru my scope as well.

Other highlights were seeing/hearing Blue Winged Warbler and Golden
Winged Warbler.

Chad Kauffman
Mifflintown, PA
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Subject: Warblers, etc Crawford County
Date: Mon May 25 2015 19:50 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
After Venenago...I headed up to Erie Wildlife Refuge in Guys Mills PA,
Crawford County

2 Orchard Orioles
4 Baltimore Orioles
2 Prothonotary Warblers ( new location for me)
5 Blue Wing Warblers
1 Canada Warbler
2 Cerulean Warblers ( new location for me!)
1 Magnolia Warbler
2 Black Throated Green Warblers
1 Black Throated Blue Warbler
5 plus Am Redstarts
5 plus Ovenbirds
10 plus Hooded Warblers
10 plus Yellow Warblers
1 Brown Creeper
8 Red Eyed Vireos
2 Field Sparrows
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Acadian Flycatcher
2 Alder Flycatchers
4 Willow Flycatchers
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Least Flycatcher
2 Spotted Sandpipers
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Common Gallinule

Photos
www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Good Birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford County



Subject: 21 species of Warblers Venango County
Date: Mon May 25 2015 19:45 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
I started early and went to a few areas in Venango County

SGL 39

2 Kentucky Warblers
1 Mourning Warbler
1 Chestnut Sided Warbler
1 Blue WIng Warbler
3 Hooded Warblers
1 American Redstart
1 Wood Thrush
1 Eastern Wood Pewee
1 Least Flycatcher
1 Scarlet Tanager
***This was JUST the parking lot*** I didnt bird any further, I got the
Kentucky as Mike W found!

SGL 253/ Oil Creek State Park
Mostly found the same birds in both places, Oil Creek had more

Mourning Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut Sided Warbler
Canada Warbler
Black Throated Blue
Black Throated Green
Am Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Worm Eating Warbler
Yellow Throated Warbler
Am. Redstart
Northern Parula
Ovenbird
Blue Wing Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Cerulean Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Blue Headed Vireo
Dark Eyed Junco
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Wood Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole

I found a small water outlet and a Blackburnian Warbler was bathing.

Photos
www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/


Good Birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford County



Subject: Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 25, 2015
Date: Mon May 25 2015 19:26 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 25, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 65 1503 16206
Osprey 4 35 77
Bald Eagle 1 48 122
Northern Harrier 1 20 68
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 212 900
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 51
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 189
Broad-winged Hawk 179 625 2887
Red-tailed Hawk 6 63 650
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 26
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 12 207
Merlin 0 0 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
Unknown Buteo 0 1 20
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 2 4 9
Mississippi Kite 1 1 1
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 1 1

Total: 263 2541 21432
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Roger Donn

Visitors:
Roger Donn assisted with the count. Visitors include a park volunteer,
Carol Allen, Frank & Julie Leonard, and Brian Berchtold.


Weather:
Variably cloudy throughout the day with an occasional sprinkle. Strong SSW
wind and warm temperatures reaching the low 80s F

Raptor Observations:
Finally after several days in a row of cold lake winds, conditions were
right for a nice late season flight. A stiff SSW throughout the day kept
birds close to the lake. It was a fun day. Highlight was a Mississippi
Kite kettling with five BW, two TV, and an imm. BE at least a mile above
the ground. Despite the height above the watch, easily identifiable photos
were obtained. The last MK recorded at the watch was on May 24, 2012. A
nice showing of immature BWs with one kettle containing 18 birds.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not much else moving: Double-crested Cormorant--5, Blue Jay--8, Eastern
Kingbird--2, and several American Goldfinches.

Predictions:
A carbon copy of today. Let's hope there are still a few birds still to
come.


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



Subject: Hummingbirds missing?
Date: Mon May 25 2015 19:22 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
On the one hand I was confused about the time of year when I've seen sentinel males on dead snags in the park.  I thought it was late May but last year, for instance, hummingbirds first showed up on June 5 & 6.  
I saw a J flight above a foxglove plant on June 14.
Not sure why June is/was a big time for hummingbirds in Schenley but I will have to wait 2 weeks to find out if it's the same this year. Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/




Subject: eBird -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- May 25, 2015
Date: Mon May 25 2015 17:37 pm
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
Highlight today: a Orchard Oriole -- First summer male!

Saw a first summer male last year here on almost the same date: May 24th, 2014.

Good birding,
Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County

May 25, 2015
Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County
Traveling
0.8 miles
101 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Squaw Valley Woodlands (private), Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County. Start time: 3:58 PM. Observer: Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County

17 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Mourning Dove
1 Eastern Kingbird
2 American Crow
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 American Robin
2 Cedar Waxwing
1 Song Sparrow
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Orchard Oriole -- First summer male: yellowish with black chin patch.
9 American Goldfinch



Subject: Alder Flycatchers at Middle Creek
Date: Mon May 25 2015 16:47 pm
From: kpfisher5560 AT gmail.com
 
You can't get close where they are. They are both singing from an area that
is off limits.
On May 25, 2015 11:28 AM, "Kerry A Grim" wrote:

> I do not want to sound like a killjoy, but I can no longer take it. If
> there is any chance the Alder Flycatchers are or will attempt to nest,
> there chances are or may likely reduced be dramatically by an onslaught of
> birders and photographers. All it takes is one or two people to get close
> and this will happen…maybe not when there are a bunch of people there. You
> can be sure that someone will be using their tapes when no others are
> around. PABIRDS is notorious for lurkers who never participate, but use
> locations of others for their selfish purposes. That also applies to
> raptors nesting and especially Goshawk locations. Assume falconers are
> watching all postings.
>
> It is always nice when you can share a rare bird with others, but, too
> often the welfare of the species has long been forgotten. Others may
> disagree with me, and that is fine, but I will air on the side of caution.
>
> Alder Flycatcher numbers have increased dramatically (see the latest bird
> atlas). Hopefully range expansion at places like Middle Creek are not
> ruined by over zealous birders and photographers. The bird deserves a
> chance and I suppose people will say this is a safe location and people are
> not disturbing it. Maybe so, maybe not.
>
> Kerry Grim
> Hamburg, PA



Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(5/17-5/23)
Date: Mon May 25 2015 16:28 pm
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
Migrants continue to dribble through, with the non-resident Catharus thrushes being most notable this week. The species count was 93.
Some highlights include:
Dbl.-crested Cormorant-high report 45 5/22
Osprey continues with high report 2 5/22
Mud is exposed at the Chapman Rd. bridge, so a few shorebirds have been reported all week including:
Killdeer - high report 2
1 Solitary Sandpiper 5/17
Spotted Sandpiper -high report 6 5/23
Least Sandpiper -high report 5 5/20
1 imm Ring-billed Gull continues-likes to perch on top of the owl box on the island!
Yellow-billed Cuckoo-high report 2 5/20
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher-FOY 5/20 & 5/22
Bank Swallow- high count 3 5/22
Veery -high report 2 5/20
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush-FOY 5/21 & 5/22
Swainson's Thrush all week-often heard singing - high reports 6 5/21, 4 5/22, 5 5/23
Cedar Waxwing in small numbers all week-high report 8 5/21
16 warbler species including:
Prothonotary now on eggs
1 Worm-eating Warbler 5/17
1 Mourning Warbler -FOY 5/18 & 5/21
1 Wilson's Warbler 5/23


Thanks to all for sharing their sightings for our weekly spreadsheet.


With migration winding down, updates will be sporadic based on any interesting reports.


August Mirabella
North Wales, PA



Subject: Ruddy Duck Washington County
Date: Mon May 25 2015 15:30 pm
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I have a drake currently at Canonburg Lake. Most likely the same one I have seen periodically here in a months time. Matthew Juskowich Allegheny County



Subject: Hummingbirds missing?
Date: Mon May 25 2015 15:08 pm
From: scottweidensaul AT verizon.net
 
  Like most hummingbird banders/researchers, I get a lot of "Where are the hummers?" emails at this time of year. Kate's a sharp observer, so this may not be the case here, but most of the time it's a matter of folks comparing apples and oranges -- the number of hummers they usually see later in the summer with those they're seeing (or not seeing) now.

There's always a huge lull in hummingbird activity and visibility in late May and June, both at feeders and in general, because the females are spending almost all of their time incubating, and the males are mostly hanging out at display locations. Activity will pick up visibly in about a month once the first chicks begin to fledge, and reach its seasonal peak in late July and August when the rest of fledging and the peak of migration are taking place.

Again, if Kate is comparing recorded sightings from previous Mays with what she's seeing now, that may be a different story. But I've had three or four, "My hummingbirds are missing" emails this week alone, which is about par for the course every year at this time.

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA




On May 25, 2015, at 3:52 PM, Kate StJohn wrote:

> I have noticed far fewer hummingbirds this spring. We usually have them perched at regular intervals on the dead snags in Schenley Park (Allegheny County) but not this year. Has any of you noticed fewer hummingbirds?
> Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
> Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/



Subject: Frick Park Allegheny County late post
Date: Mon May 25 2015 14:54 pm
From: 0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Lower Frick Park walk Sat afternoon, we saw a male Baltimore Oriole and maybe a young male? bathing in the creek (cute!) along with a grackle and a flock of first of year cedar waxwings bathing. Also first of year male indigo bunting singing! Plus lots of yellow warblers singing, more Baltimores heard and seen, male red winged blackbirds, rough winged swallows and chimney swifts overhead, mama mallard and 7 ducklings (cute!) swimming in the creek, a few more mallards, blue jay, cardinals, grackles, robins, possible Am goldfinch male, wood thrush singing, and a pair of house? finches, etc. No hawks or turkey vultures or large snakes seen today. And a few songs I couldn't identify. 

Barb 



Subject: Hummingbirds missing?
Date: Mon May 25 2015 14:52 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I have noticed far fewer hummingbirds this spring.  We usually have them perched at regular intervals on the dead snags in Schenley Park (Allegheny County) but not this year.   Has any of you noticed fewer hummingbirds?
 Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
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Subject: Cedar Waxwings Bucks County
Date: Mon May 25 2015 12:47 pm
From: djwilbur AT sidelineguides.com
 
While waiting for the Memorial Day parade to kick off this morning, a
friend pointed out a good size flock of Cedar Waxwings eating the
mulberries in the trees in the Memorial Park at the old courthouse. An
Orchard Oriole sang, as well.

Dave Wilbur
Doylestown, PA
Bucks County



Subject: JenningsPark, ButlerCo: RedEyedVireo nesting; GreatCrestedFlycatcher nesting
Date: Mon May 25 2015 12:45 pm
From: mamabrun AT zoominternet.net
 
Nice walking day at Jennings. 
In addition to seeing the 4 REVireos and 2 GCFlycatchers (much calling and entering what appears to be their nesting hole), we saw
IndigoBuntings (in constant song)
YellowThroats
Yellow Warblers
BlueGray Gnatcatcher
Cedar Waxwings (flock of 7)
Swamp Sparrows
Pileated Woodpeckers
Downy and RedBellied Woodpeckers
RoseBreasted Grosbeaks (male and female)
Baltimore Oriole (male only)
RedShouldered Hawk
as well as the other usuals along with what we believe was a brown water snake.
 
Marcia/Larry Brown
ButlerCounty
 
 
 
 



Subject: N. Parulas, Wayne Co., Saturday
Date: Mon May 25 2015 12:04 pm
From: tgswoods AT epix.net
 
Sorry for the late post, but I haven't been near a computer since Saturday, when I heard 3 singing Northern Parulas on River Rd. along the Delaware within the 2 miles north of the NPS headquarters (below Milanville).Trudy Gerlach Bradford Co.tgswoods@epix.net



Subject: Alder Flycatchers at Middle Creek
Date: Mon May 25 2015 10:28 am
From: mountainbirder AT gmail.com
 
I do not want to sound like a killjoy, but I can no longer take it. If there is any chance the Alder Flycatchers are or will attempt to nest, there chances are or may likely reduced be dramatically by an onslaught of birders and photographers. All it takes is one or two people to get close and this will happen…maybe not when there are a bunch of people there. You can be sure that someone will be using their tapes when no others are around. PABIRDS is notorious for lurkers who never participate, but use locations of others for their selfish purposes. That also applies to raptors nesting and especially Goshawk locations. Assume falconers are watching all postings.

It is always nice when you can share a rare bird with others, but, too often the welfare of the species has long been forgotten. Others may disagree with me, and that is fine, but I will air on the side of caution.

Alder Flycatcher numbers have increased dramatically (see the latest bird atlas). Hopefully range expansion at places like Middle Creek are not ruined by over zealous birders and photographers. The bird deserves a chance and I suppose people will say this is a safe location and people are not disturbing it. Maybe so, maybe not.

Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA



Subject: Two Mile Run Co. Park, Venango Co. weekend birds
Date: Mon May 25 2015 10:20 am
From: 0000007fe6ec5d00-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I spent the weekend at Two Mile Run Co. Park in Venango Co. (near Franklin).  This is an annual trip for me; I go for the boat races but always manage to get some birding in.  Once again, I had good success finding birds.  Highlights were: osprey, ruby-throated hummingbird, belted kingfisher, e. wood-pewee, e. phoebes, e. kingbird, yellow-throated vireos, 12 red-eyed vireos, tree swallows, house wren, Swainson's thrush, wood thrush, gray catbirds, 6 ovenbirds, blue-winged warblers, c. yellowthroats, 4 hooded warblers, Am. redstarts, yellow warblers, chestnut-sided warblers, black-throated green warblers, e. towhees, indigo bunting, and Baltimore oriole.  Craig Holt, Mahoning Co., Ohio



Subject: Pine siskins (ind co)
Date: Mon May 25 2015 10:02 am
From: jen.harned AT verizon.net
 
I have three siskins still frequenting my birdbath here in Chester County!

Jen Harned
Uwchlan Township
Chester County

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 25, 2015, at 10:41 AM, Marcy wrote:
>
> Had one possibly 2 Pine Siskins on the deck feeder. Last date here was May 8th the day before the migratory count. Enough time for babies in nest? Have a blessed Memorial Day!
>
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Upland Sandpiper, Clearfield Co.
Date: Mon May 25 2015 9:41 am
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
This morning I located an Upland Sandpiper along Sandy Ridge Road near the village of Clover Run.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: Pine siskins (ind co)
Date: Mon May 25 2015 9:41 am
From: plant4nature AT gmail.com
 
Had one possibly 2 Pine Siskins on the deck feeder.  Last date here was May 8th the day before the migratory count. Enough time for babies in nest?  Have a blessed Memorial Day!

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Alder Flycatcher at MCWMA, Lanc. Co.
Date: Mon May 25 2015 9:31 am
From: 000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I am hearing two Alder Flycatchers singing behind the pond at stop 1.



Subject: Kirby Park Natural Area, Luz. Co.
Date: Mon May 25 2015 9:13 am
From: chickadd AT ptd.net
 
>
> 05/24/15 Kirby Park List
>
> Heres the list -- a pretty typical near-post-migration species
> mix. Notable misses were black-capped chickadee, a species that
> seems to become very secretive in the Park during the breeding
> season, white-breasted nuthatch, and eastern phoebe. I thought it
> odd that we heard a pewee before we heard a phoebe, and even odder
> when we didnt see or hear a phoebe by the end of the walk. Also
> noteworthy were the low numbers of woodpeckers -- a single downy,
> for example -- and low numbers of Carolina wren -- again, one, and
> we heard a house wren, a bird that has, in recent years, become
> scarce in the Park, before we heard that single Carolina wren.
>
> 1) Great Blue Heron 1
> 2) Turkey Vulture 1
> 3) Canada Goose 19
> 4) Wood Duck 6
> 5) Mallard 18
> 6) Common Merganser 2
> 7) Broad-winged Hawk 2
> 9) Killdeer 1
> 10) Feral Pigeon 6
> 11) Mourning Dove 1
> 12) Black-billed Cuckoo 2
> 13) Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
> 14) Chimney Swift 2
> 15) Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> 16) Downy Woodpecker 1
> 17) Northern Flicker 1
> 18) Eastern Wood Pewee 1
> 19) Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> 20) Red-eyed Vireo 13
> 21) Blue Jay 5
> 22) American Crow 2
> 23) Fish Crow 16
> 24) Tree Swallow 1
> 25) Tufted Titmouse 2
> 26) Carolina Wren 1
> 27) House Wren 1
> 28) Wood Thrush 2
> 29) American Robin 38
> 30) Gray Catbird 25
> 31) European Starling 3
> 32) Cedar Waxwing 2
> 33) Yellow Warbler 6
> 34) Blackpoll Warbler 1
> 35) American Redstart 14
> 36) Common Yellowthroat 1
> 37) Song Sparrow 9
> 38) Northern Cardinal 8
> 39) Indigo Bunting 6
> 40) Red-winged Blackbird 1
> 41) Common Grackle 22
> 42) Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> 43) American Goldfinch 3
> 44) House Sparrow 3
>
> Gray Squirrel: 4
> Eastern Cottontail: 1
> Snapping Turtle: 10
> Painted Turtle: 14
> Tiger Swallowtail: 2
> Cabbage White: 2
> Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle: 3
> Total Avian Species: 44
> Observers: 2
> Hours: 4.0
> Weather: Sunny and pleasant; 48-77 F



Subject: Bobwhite in Chambersburg, Franklin County
Date: Mon May 25 2015 7:53 am
From: 0000009725d2f1c0-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
> There's at least one bobwhite wandering the north end of Chambersburg this
> morning. Yesterday I tracked it down at Chambersburg Area Middle School
> North (Faust). This morning it seems to be in the nearby Chancellor Drive
> neighborhood. There may be more than one, I seemed to hear calls from
> different directions. Very neat to see, it's been years!
>
> Glenn Rutan
> Chambersburg
> Franklin County



Subject: Monroe County, Freeman Tract Road, Delaware Water Gap NRA
Date: Mon May 25 2015 5:14 am
From: TMaster AT po-box.esu.edu
 
Hi Everyone:

Our annual Freeman Tract Road survey on May 16th produced fewer species this year than in the past but higher numbers of some species, especially Cerulean Warblers with 46 singing males detected, almost double the previous high count since 2011. We also had high counts for Red-eyed Vireo and Red-bellied Woodpecker with 26 individuals, almost triple the previous high. The survey extends along a road adjacent to the Delaware River for 3.2 miles.

Terry

Canada Goose 4
Common Merganser 1
Wild Turkey 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1
Mourning Dove 9
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
Black-billed Cuckoo 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 26
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great-crested Flycatcher 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 9
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 76
Blue Jay 16
American Crow 20
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher 17
Veery 15
Wood Thrush 47
Gray Catbird 17
Cedar Waxwing 2
Ovenbird 74
Worm-eating Warbler 14
Blue-winged Warbler 8
Black-and-White Warbler 9
Common Yellowthroat 21
Hooded Warbler 24
American Redstart 89
Cerulean Warbler 46
Northern Parula 16
Yellow Warbler 5
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 16
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6
Indigo Bunting 17
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 10
Baltimore Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 3

Terry L. Master, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Dept. Graduate Coordinator
______________________
Dept. of Biological Sciences
East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
570-422-3709
tmaster@esu.edu



Subject: Mississippi Kites, Shorebirds, Nighthawks and more at Bucktoe Creek Preserve - Chester County
Date: Sun May 24 2015 22:12 pm
From: EarlyBirdTours AT comcast.net
 
PA Birders, 
The first week of the Bucktoe Creek Preserve "Kite & Shorebird Watch" ended with the following among the highlights:
3 - Mississippi Kites, including 2 today (an immature and an incredible, close, and photographed adult - please send me a copy for our gallery, Kelley)
A flock of 150 shorebirds to our northeast a bit that went unidentified (the first flock for the Watch - expect many more, soon)
1 - Common Raven
3 - Great Egret
1 - Osprey
2 - Barred Owl
12 - Common Nighthawk
1 - Red-headed Woodpecker
2 - Yellow-breasted Chat
4 - Blue Grosbeaks (seen every day)
Also today on our regular Sunday walk we saw/heard Canada Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and 2 Blue Grosbeaks.
Nearby, while getting ice for the refreshments we have at the Kite & Shorebird Watch at the nearby Giant, a Mourning Warbler was heard singing at the nearby wetland/thicket.
 
The "Watch" will continue daily thru June 6th, 3pm until dark.  Directions are below.  Everyone is invited, signs will direct you to the site once on the property.  Come, bring a picnic dinner, drinks, and help us scan the skies.
 
Directions:
 

Bucktoe Creek Preserve - 426 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311: From Kennett Square (in southern Chester County): Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left across from Candlewyck development.  Upon entering driveway, make a right on the first gravel road opposite first driveway you see. If attending a walk, follow this gravel road to the first parking area on the right or the second parking area located on the left. We meet at the wooden visitor's shelter. When attending the "Hawk Watch" or the "Kite & Shorebird Watch," there will be signs indicating where to park and where the watch is - it's about a quarter mile further along the gravel driveway.  Lots of seating is available, but feel free to bring a lawn chair to relax in., as we expect a large crowd.  Food and drink are permitted, too (adult beverages within reason) - there are several picnic tables.  There is a large area in the meadow mowed for us and our chairs.  Parking is available right near the site for the first 15-20 cars.  If the grass lot near the Hawk Watch is filled, a large amount of backup parking is available back at the large first parking area along the driveway (to the right and left), but will require a walk further along the gravel driveway back to the Hawk Watch pavilion for the driver.  You can drive up and drop off your "stuff" first, drive back and park in the other large area, then walk back to the site (if necessary).  Please note: Bucktoe Creek Preserve is open to the public only during these professionally guided walks and special events such as the upcoming "Kite & Shorebird Watch," and Fall "Hawk Watch." 


Contact me with any questions.

 
Good Birding All,


Larry Lewis  &  Kathleen Pileggi

EARLY BIRD NATURE TOURS
"Exciting & Fun Adventures in Nature"
     Coatesville, PA 19320
     484-340-SORA (7672) --  Business Cell
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Subject: Cerulean Warblers - Western Schuylkill Co.
Date: Sun May 24 2015 21:53 pm
From: dkruel300 AT comcast.net
 
Hi All,
There were two Cerulean Warblers singing at SGL-132 just north of Hegins today. One bird was about 2/3 up the Rte-125 grade, and the other was heard singing from the newly constructed parking area near the crest of the ridge along Rte-125. It has been a number of years, maybe around a decade that I've had this species at SGL-132, where a territorial individual would often remain into the breeding season in the past.

Was notable to not observe any Hooded or Chestnut-sided Warblers, nor Yellow-throated Vireos that I normally found there in the past, nor a Wood Thrush(maybe due to late start). Worm-eating count seemed good.

Hegins, Schuylkill, US-PA
May 24, 2015 9:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.2 mile(s)
Comments: Walked Rte 125 plus SGL road
30 species (+1 other taxa)

Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Red-eyed Vireo 34 good habitat
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Common Raven 2
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 4
Ovenbird 19
Worm-eating Warbler 6
Black-and-white Warbler 7
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 8
Cerulean Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 4
Field Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 8
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 17
Brown-headed Cowbird 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23619867

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

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



Subject: Lebanon County, Tomstown Rd, continuing Chuck-wills-widow
Date: Sun May 24 2015 20:21 pm
From: 0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The Chuck-wills-widow began calling at 8:52 along

Tomstown Rd at Fort Indiantown Gap. It has been

calling from a point further east than in past years,

about 200 yards west of the intersection with Rte 443.


A couple of Whip-poor-wills were also heard.


Tim Becker






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Subject: Common Nighthawks, Columbia, Lancaster County
Date: Sun May 24 2015 20:10 pm
From: jmepler AT hotmail.com
 
This evening at the Breezyview Overlook in Columbia I had 90+ Common Nighthawks. This was by far the biggest flock of Nighthawks I have ever seen. Many were quite close and numerous birds were heard peenting.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA



Subject: Three Thrush Evening, Berks
Date: Sun May 24 2015 20:09 pm
From: gonebirding AT dejazzd.com
 
We had Gray-cheeked, Swainson's, and Wood Thrush visit our pond this
evening, taking turns getting their baths and drinks, allowing some nice
close views. Very nice.



Subject: Erie County birds of Note
Date: Sun May 24 2015 17:17 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.


Unidentified heron yet to be determined (resembles Tricolored Heron or perhaps a hybrid)--1; May 24; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC. Two images were taken.

Sandhill Crane--8; May 18; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at junct. of West 12th and Peninsula Drive

Willet--1; May 21; Lake LeBoeuf


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



Subject: Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 24, 2015
Date: Sun May 24 2015 16:47 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 24, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 5 1438 16141
Osprey 1 31 73
Bald Eagle 0 47 121
Northern Harrier 0 19 67
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 208 896
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 51
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 189
Broad-winged Hawk 0 446 2708
Red-tailed Hawk 0 57 644
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 26
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 12 207
Merlin 0 0 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
Unknown Buteo 0 1 20
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 2 7
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 1 1

Total: 6 2278 21169
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 09:45:00
Total observation time: 1.75 hours

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Jerry McWilliams

Visitors:
Mark Lethaby


Weather:
Mostly clear with SSW wind becoming westerly shortly after starting the
watch. Warmest day in some time.

Raptor Observations:
Nothing much moving.

Non-raptor Observations:
A rather bizzare looking heron flew over the watch, resembling a Tricolored
Heron, where the white looked confined to just below the neck and didn't
appear to extend to the wing-linings or belly. I didn't get much of a look
through the bins, so the above description is based upon the couple of
quick photos I took of the bird.

Predictions:
A little stronger winds tomorrow from the SSW, so maybe something will
happen, or not.


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



Subject: Monroe and Pike Counties - Delaware Water Gap NRA and Delaware SF
Date: Sun May 24 2015 16:19 pm
From: michael.tanis AT mckesson.com
 
Saturday I did my annual warbler roundup at the Pocono Plateau and the Delaware Water Gap (DWG).  I retraced my route of last year, this time hoping to take advantage of the repaired Snow Hill Road bridge to connect Rt 402 with good birding habitat near Bushkill Creek along Snow Hill Road.  In short the route is: PA Rt 402 north to Hobday road, then taking Silver Lake Road east to Rt 209 along the Delaware River, which is followed south to River Road, where I usually run out of time and energy and head home.

Besides many thrushes and catbirds in the deafening dawn chorus along Rt 402, I couldn’t pick up any notable warblers. Snow Hill Road was not snowy, but indeed quite frigid this late May morning. Highlights found along the road in the vicinity of the creek were Sapsuckers seen and heard, a distant drumming Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Cuckoo (seen well), Yellow-throated Vireo, Chestnut-sided, Parula, Black-and-white, and Prairie in the cutover area, Black-throated Green and Blackburnian in the pines and hemlocks, and a Nashville and Blackpoll by the small swamp area. Hermit Thrush was heard singing along the road closer to Rt 402.

Hobday road produced a number of Black-and-white warblers and a couple of Black-throated Blue amid the throngs of Redstarts. Least Flycatcher and Pewee were also heard here. The only Golden-winged warbler of the day was heard on the first open area along Highline Road. Normally I will hear several Golden-winged in this area in a day of birding, but not this day.

Silver Lake Road produced the usual warblers along its creeks and swamps: Ovenbird and Redstart, of course, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Waterthrush, Nashville, Canada, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Blue.

Childs Park along Silver Lake Road failed to produce anything new for the day, such as Louisiana Waterthrush, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Blue-headed vireo. The latter three I did not find on the day at all.

At the Dingmans Visitor Center and falls trail I heard Acadian Flycatcher, but not Winter Wren, even walking halfway back to the falls. Looking for Louisiana Waterthrush along the creek at every open place along the entrance road, I finally heard it near to the entrance gate itself.

I found Worm-eating Warbler along the edges of the fields on the side road to the Delaware River (opposite Briscoe Mountain Road heading toward PEEC). I also found Hooded warbler in the woods along the river.

Cerulean was heard, but not Worm-eating or Blue-winged, along the Freeman Tract Road. I was shocked to end the day without Blue-winged Warbler. Normally you can hear this bird easily just riding around with the car windows open in the DWG or Pocono Plateau.

I really didn’t get a migrant species of warbler, except maybe Blackpoll. This year it was a lot drier than in other spring visits to this area. It was still a beautiful day to be out birding in one of my favorite areas!

Delaware Water Gap NRA and State Forest Land
23 May 2014, 5am-2pm
Weather: Sunny, light breeze, 40-80 degrees

Warblers:
---------------------
Northern Parula
Black-throated Green
Black-and-white
Blackpoll
Black-throated Blue
Cerulean
Magnolia
Canada
Chestnut-sided
Blackburnian
American Redstart
Prairie
Yellow
Worm-eating
Hooded
Golden-winged
Nashville
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Ovenbird

Other species:
----------------------
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Acadian Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Pewee
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Gray Catbird
American Robin
Wood Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Veery
Eastern Bluebird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
House Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Eastern Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow

Mike Tanis
Audubon, PA
michael.tanis AT mckesson DOT com



Subject: Ring-Necked Duck- Crawford County
Date: Sun May 24 2015 15:45 pm
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There's a lone drake ring necked duck in conneaut marsh W Vernon Rd. Also I  finally saw my lifer virginia rail off browns hill rd.Matthew juskowich allegheny county



Subject: Golden-winged Warbler and Alder Flycatcher -- Westmorland County
Date: Sun May 24 2015 15:37 pm
From: placea AT winchesterthurston.org
 
This afternoon on the way back to Pittsburgh from Powdermill, I stopped at Hunters Lane in Forbes State Forest to look for Vermivora warblers. I was not disappointed with stellar looks at a singing golden-winged warbler. The only slightly odd thing was that it was singing the standard blue-winged song. Also present was at least one singing alder flycatcher, a blue-winged warbler, great created flycatcher, and swamp sparrows.
Good Birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

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Subject: Clarion Co. Sightings
Date: Sun May 24 2015 15:20 pm
From: englishhaus AT gmail.com
 
Hello All,

My 8 year old wanted to look for some life birds today, namely clay-colored sparrow, Henslow's sparrow, upland sandpiper, and anything else of note, so to start we drove to the Curlsville Strips in Clarion County. We quickly heard Henslow's sparrows calling from the side of the road and soon after spotted James's lifer atop a nearby shrub. Soon after we found several towhees as well as grasshopper, field, and song sparrows. While attempting to spot several singing yellow-breasted chats, we heard a few ring-necked pheasants and spotted James's life prairie warblers! He also spotted his life brown thrasher and life willow flycatcher, but the clay-colored sparrows reported by various people yesterday were nowhere to be seen or heard. Interestingly enough, we ran into a large birding group from New Jersey also looking for the clay-colored sparrows, but despite the addition of several skilled ear birders in their group, we were flummoxed by the uncooperative birds. Every other species recently reported was present with a pair of harriers, numerous bobolinks, and even a hunting American kestrel making an appearance.

We left the NJ birders several new friends richer and headed over to Mt. Airy area to see the upland sandpipers. They remained out of view for sometime (couldn't see them from Morris Rd.) though we were able to hear one singing from Mt. Airy Rd. We made our way back down to Morris Rd. when our newly befriended Jersey crew showed up. Within seconds two upland sandpipers perched seemingly from nowhere on separate posts losing for several minutes for all to get great looks and photos. James got his fifth life bird of the day, and a special surprise. One of the NJ ladies raises cecropia moths and gave one to James as well as two more chrysalises. On the way home, one emerged from a chrysalis, so now we have two females. Hopefully, when we put them out tonight, they'll find a male, mate, and successfully spawn a new generation. It was a great day to be out and meet some wonderful new people in love with nature as much as us.

Happy Memorial Day to Everyone,
Jim Hausman
Allegheny County



Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Berks County
Date: Sun May 24 2015 14:24 pm
From: jmepler AT hotmail.com
 
I am passing this on to the pabirds for Elaine.  It was sent at 9:45 this morning.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA

I just saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes on Green Valley Rd north of Wernersville. They were in the driveway and barnyard of the first farm north of the school complex (on the west side of the road).

Elaine HendricksGreenbelt, MD



Subject: Venango county Kentucky warblers
Date: Sun May 24 2015 9:48 am
From: 00000040dbda8dca-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
 Venango county Kentucky Warblers. As Shawn posted for me, I had several Kentucky Warblers on G.L. 39 near Polk. I also had Mourning Warbler. The habitat is fantastic. To get to this spot take 62 south from Polk. Turn onto 965 E. Travel a mile or so and Adams road will be on your left (east). go to the dead end which is the game land parking lot. The birds were encountered from the parking lot down to the intersections. GPS coords are 41.33809 and -79.94007.
Mike WeibleFranklin, Pa



Subject: Sandhill Crane, Middle Creek, Lancaster County
Date: Sun May 24 2015 9:42 am
From: bluefox122a AT gmail.com
 
Sandhill crane still here

Jim fiorentino
Cornwall, pa
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From: "Mike"
Date: May 23, 2015 1:07 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Sandhill Crane, Middle Creek, Lancaster County
To:
Cc:

There is currently a sandhill crane feeding along the tour road at Middle
Creek. It is best the last gravel pull off before Girl Scout Road.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA



Subject: Blue-winged Warbler and a Chat -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- May 24, 2015
Date: Sun May 24 2015 9:04 am
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
Highlights this morning included a Blue-winged Warbler (heard and seen) and an invisible Yellow-breasted Chat singing in dense brush.  The Mayapples are blooming.   

Good birding,
Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County

May 24, 2015
Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County
Traveling
0.6 miles
73 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Squaw Valley Woodlands (private), Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County. Start time: 8:35 AM. Observer: Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County
4 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
2 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Mourning Dove
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Red-eyed Vireo
2 American Crow
1 Barn Swallow
2 House Wren
2 European Starling
1 Blue-winged Warbler -- Heard and seen.
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-breasted Chat -- Heard calling near lake, in dense bushes. New bird for the cabin list! Not seen.
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
2 American Goldfinch



Subject: Kentucky Warblers Venango Co
Date: Sun May 24 2015 7:35 am
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
Mike Weible has up to 6 Kentucky Warblers at SGL 39 just south of the city
of Polk. He wanted me to post to the list for him!

I may stop down there for these guys!

--
Shawn Collins
Crawford County

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