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01 Oct: @ 19:07:06 
Update on Lycoming Co. hummer [Rosemary Lunz]
01 Oct: @ 18:04:04 
HSR: Allegheny Front (01 Oct 2014) 25 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
01 Oct: @ 17:48:12 
HSR: Allegheny Front (30 Sep 2014) 39 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
01 Oct: @ 17:42:00 
Nighthawks - Lorimer Park Montgomery County [Linda Widdop]
01 Oct: @ 17:41:04 
HSR: Rose Tree Park (01 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
01 Oct: @ 17:39:35 
Washington County American Pipits [Lauren Conkle]
01 Oct: @ 17:20:17 
Winter Wren -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Oct 1, 2014 [Daniel E. Weeks]
01 Oct: @ 17:09:01 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (01 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
01 Oct: @ 16:54:23 
Re: Feral Rock Pigeon vs. Homing Pigeon [David McNaughton]
01 Oct: @ 16:52:43 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (01 Oct 2014) 225 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
01 Oct: @ 16:11:50 
Feral Rock Pigeon vs. Homing Pigeon [Kerry A Grim]
01 Oct: @ 16:09:54 
Central PA Birdline for 10.2.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy]
01 Oct: @ 14:40:42 
Fall for Hummingbirds contest [Chad Kauffman]
01 Oct: @ 13:42:10 
Former State Hospital--natural area, Dauphin Co. [Ian Gardner]
01 Oct: @ 12:51:42 
raptor redux [Rob Blye]
01 Oct: @ 12:24:16 
Tomorrow Night: DVOC hosts Tony Croasdale with "Punk Birding" [Steve Kacir]
01 Oct: @ 12:02:31 
? Hummer, Lycoming County [Rosemary Lunz]
01 Oct: @ 11:24:37 
Bucks Co Selasphorus Hummer - NO [William Keim]
01 Oct: @ 10:54:14 
Allegheny County Wissahickon Nature Club Meeting [Varley Susanne I.]
01 Oct: @ 09:19:15 
Pine Siskin, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Jefferson/Clearfield Cos. [Dan Richards]
01 Oct: @ 09:00:40 
Lebanon County, Swatara State Park, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers, Lincoln's sparrows. [Tim Becker]
01 Oct: @ 07:24:39 
Washington Co. singing Gray-cheeked Thrush and warblers [Lauren Conkle]
30 Sep: @ 20:25:11 
HSR: Rose Tree Park (30 Sep 2014) 25 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
30 Sep: @ 18:42:29 
Washington County - Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, etc [Pat Hutcheson]
30 Sep: @ 18:31:43 
HSR: Second Mountain (30 Sep 2014) 35 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
30 Sep: @ 18:04:13 
HSR: Bake Oven Knob (30 Sep 2014) 72 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
30 Sep: @ 17:45:48 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (30 Sep 2014) 71 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
30 Sep: @ 17:17:41 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (30 Sep 2014) 89 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
30 Sep: @ 17:16:13 
Migrants today Montco. [Cindy Ahern]
30 Sep: @ 16:53:12 
Swatara State Park, Lebanon County [Richard Price]
30 Sep: @ 16:37:41 
HSR: Tuscarora Summit (29 Sep 2014) 2 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
30 Sep: @ 16:33:11 
HSR: Tuscarora Summit (27 Sep 2014) 9 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
30 Sep: @ 13:53:11 
Erie County waterbird count for Sept. 30, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams]
30 Sep: @ 13:02:11 
3RBC Meeting Oct 1/Lukas Padegimas/Arctic Alaska Shorebird Research [Sheree Daugherty]
30 Sep: @ 12:50:14 
Lebanon County [Windstream Mail]
30 Sep: @ 09:28:06 
Re: Red-tailed Hawk & Squirrel Video [herb1013]
30 Sep: @ 09:07:45 
Red-tailed Hawk & Squirrel Video [Dave Kruel]
29 Sep: @ 20:30:44 
HSR: Rose Tree Park (29 Sep 2014) 11 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
29 Sep: @ 20:08:34 
Marsh Wrens, Allegheny County [Geoff Malosh]
29 Sep: @ 19:33:07 
HSR: Bake Oven Knob (29 Sep 2014) 82 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
29 Sep: @ 19:22:27 
HSR: Second Mountain (29 Sep 2014) 44 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
29 Sep: @ 17:35:04 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (29 Sep 2014) 109 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
29 Sep: @ 16:45:07 
HSR: Waggoner's Gap (29 Sep 2014) 183 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
29 Sep: @ 15:32:35 
Glacier Ridge Trail at Jennings, Sept 28, Butler [Kate St.John]
29 Sep: @ 15:25:12 
Moraine SP, McDanel's Launch area, Sept 28, Butler [Kate St.John]
29 Sep: @ 15:19:50 
Owls-Washington County [g. g]
29 Sep: @ 13:47:08 
Competing Kestrels; Duck Hollow; Allegheny County [Tom Moeller]
29 Sep: @ 11:33:32 
Pabirds Test [Windstream Mail]
29 Sep: @ 11:03:10 
Lincoln's Sparrows, Virginia Rail, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards]
29 Sep: @ 10:21:06 
TEST [Windstream Mail]





Subject: Update on Lycoming Co. hummer
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 19:07 pm
From: rlunz58 AT gmail.com
 
​Hello,

Sorry for the late post, but this afternoon I got a good look at my
hummingbird and I didn't see any rust coloring. It must be a Ruby. I
wonder if it will be back tomorrow.

Rosemary Lunz
Warrensville
Lycoming Co.



Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (01 Oct 2014) 25 Raptors
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 18:04 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 45
TV 0 0 0
OS 0 0 80
BE 1 1 95
NH 1 1 15
SS 9 9 245
CH 3 3 79
NG 0 0 1
RS 0 0 11
BW 0 0 4341
RT 6 6 394
RL 0 0 1
GE 0 0 2
AK 1 1 63
ML 3 3 10
PG 0 0 12
UA 0 0 3
UB 0 0 8
UF 0 0 1
UE 0 0 1
UR 1 1 35

Total: 25 25 5442
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Rosemary McGlynn

Observers: Ed Gowarty, Jack Julian, Janet Kuehl, Tom Dick

Visitors:
several including Ed Gowarty,Janet Kuehl, Tom Dick & Jack Julian


Weather:
lt. SE winds,fogged in till 11 EST then cloudy,dry

Raptor Observations:
25 migrating raptors including 1 BE juv @ 1:20 EST & 3 merlins

Non-raptor Observations:
flickers,jays,titmice,nuthatch,chickadee,red bellied wp,pileated wp,black
throated blue warbler,red eyed vireo.
Also 57 monarchs

Predictions:
light SE winds,high 65F,dry,sunny with some clouds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rosemary McGlynn ()



Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (30 Sep 2014) 39 Raptors
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 17:48 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 37 45
TV 0 0 0
OS 0 65 80
BE 1 75 94
NH 1 12 14
SS 12 177 236
CH 4 63 76
NG 0 0 1
RS 0 7 11
BW 2 4013 4341
RT 17 274 388
RL 0 1 1
GE 0 2 2
AK 0 31 62
ML 0 7 7
PG 0 10 12
UA 0 2 3
UB 0 7 8
UF 0 1 1
UE 0 1 1
UR 2 29 34

Total: 39 4814 5417
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Ed Gowarty

Observers: Nancy Ott, Neil Woffinden

Visitors:
several including N. Woffinden & Nancy Ott


Weather:
lt winds with a southerly component,warm,dry at watch but showers in
Bedford Co.

Raptor Observations:
39 migrating raptors including 1 BE juv @ 12:25 EST

Non-raptor Observations:
chickadees,grouse,robins,phoebe,pileated wp,jays,goldfinches

Predictions:
dry,SE winds,high 65-70F
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rosemary McGlynn ()



Subject: Nighthawks - Lorimer Park Montgomery County
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 17:42 pm
From: linda AT techimpact.org
 
Hi PA Birders - Common Nighthawks made an appearance this evening - with a bang! I counted 40 of them swirling, diving, gliding, and dining on insects at Lorimer Park. What a sight.

Thanks,
Linda Widdop
Montgomery County PA
I blog at: www.phillybirdnerd.net
Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/5...



Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (01 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 17:41 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 4 147
Northern Harrier 2 2 16
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 1 94
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 10 351
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 40
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 12
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1890
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 85
Merlin 1 1 11
Peregrine Falcon 3 3 7
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Raptor 0 0 10

Total: 21 21 2681
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Bob Kelly, John Mercer

Observers: Chuck Root, Mike Coll

Visitors:
George Walsh, Scott Robinson,
Radnor Middle School 7th graders, and their teachers Banny Ackerman and Jon
Savitch.


Weather:
Mostly NE winds today, some NNE, 3-8mph. Tempers 62-74 degrees Fahrenheit.
Partly cloudy

Raptor Observations:
Somewhat slow, but three Peregrine Falcons today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Double-crested Cormorant-2
American Black Duck-4

Monarch Butterfly-16

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid
50s. Northeast 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: Washington County American Pipits
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 17:39 pm
From: chickadee54 AT gmail.com
 
This morning on Parkview Dr. in Washington (off of Rt. 844) Roy Ickes found
a flock of 8 American Pipits.

--
Lauren Conkle
Washington, PA
chickadee54@gmail.com



Subject: Winter Wren -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Oct 1, 2014
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 17:20 pm
From: daniel.e.weeks AT verizon.net
 
This evening in Frick Park I found a furtive Winter Wren, in the brush just below the overview of the parkway (I.e., the gravel storage area). .  It was making a faint bubbling twittering. 

Also saw a young raccoon.

Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

Oct 1, 2014
Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Traveling
1.8 miles
41 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: 17:25. Observer: Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Blue Jay
1 Winter Wren -- In brush below parkway overlook.
2 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Song Sparrow



Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (01 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 17:09 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 63
Turkey Vulture 16 16 73
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 6 6 331
Bald Eagle 5 5 170
Northern Harrier 1 1 36
Sharp-shinned Hawk 49 49 737
Cooper's Hawk 4 4 108
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Unknown Accipiter 4 4 23
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 7
Broad-winged Hawk 3 3 6347
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 113
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 1 16
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 8 213
Merlin 1 1 60
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 40
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Raptor 1 1 37

Total: 101 101 8383
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Jean-Francois Therrien

Weather:
fog, then overcast, then light rain

Raptor Observations:
BAEA: 2 x ad = 11:17
BAEA: ad = 12:35
BAEA: ad = 14:29
BAEA: imm = 16:39

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: Feral Rock Pigeon vs. Homing Pigeon
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 16:54 pm
From: dkmcnaughton AT gmail.com
 
Though I do review for eBird in another county, this isn't eBird's opinion
on the matter.

I say enter them all with good notes. If, reviewing the case on an
individual basis, the reviewer feels that it shouldn't enter the full
dataset (domestics do not), then she or he can invalidate the record. It's
no big deal to the original observer, it stays available in the review file
in case the data should ever become of interest, and you have records that
can guide your thoughts on the matter in the future.

We have a group in Grantville that races pigeons. Occasionally they don't
bother to return, and often they roost and breed on Fort Indiantown Gap
complete with their leg bands announcing their origin. These birds become
fully feral, but they aren't spreading much beyond the initial introductory
pairs. This data helps me out as a manager, because I can monitor whether
the species is moving towards a tipping point. They do leave a footprint
and, should that footprint spread, it's important to be able to judge where
the population growth curve started to go logarithmic and shoot for the
top. I've seen this pattern in many introduced species from all varieties
of taxa, so I think it's important to record that early detection. If they
are just a flight of domesticated birds that will return to their home
roost, then the data will break off and disappear with no one affected
negatively.

If you want to be extremely kind and conscientious, just send your eBird
county reviewer a note to let them know you've put a strange record in the
system. The filters don't catch everything.

Dave McNaughton,
Lebanon County

On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM, Kerry A Grim
wrote:

> So I see a flock of about 120 pigeons, flying and turning, and I very
> highly suspect they are homing pigeons trying to orient themselves. Knowing
> these are not the local feral Rock Doves that I do see in the area, do they
> get reported? I would think not. So then, how do you draw the line in
> determining if feral or homing for reporting in eBird? I can’t see
> reporting this record, or should it be reported? Ironically, about one-half
> hour later I did see a beautiful white pigeon resting along a road, and
> with leg band.
>
> On the other-hand we report Bobwhite and in all, or very, very close to
> all, cases they are released. Yet they get reported as a rare bird. I do
> think the exotics or released should be documented, just to know what is
> out there. The case of the pigeon is just a bit different.
>
> Any thought? Please address to the list and not me personally.
>
> Kerry Grim
> Hamburg, PA
>



Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (01 Oct 2014) 225 Raptors
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 16:52 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 2 2 2
TV 14 14 14
OS 3 3 282
BE 1 1 262
NH 2 2 41
SS 185 185 1683
CH 9 9 138
NG 0 0 0
RS 1 1 11
BW 2 2 6534
RT 3 3 254
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 1
AK 2 2 160
ML 0 0 28
PG 0 0 13
UA 1 1 8
UB 0 0 10
UF 0 0 3
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 0 35

Total: 225 225 9479
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Joe Lavella, Ron Freed

Observers: Dave Grove, Joe Lavella, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
Wednesday Birding Group (8), 5


Weather:
Thick fog, low clouds and haze through late morning, then mostly cloudy
with light and variable wind.

Raptor Observations:
BE WB 2:30

First bird - SS 8:57
Last bird - SS 3:45

Non-raptor Observations:
CHSW - 1
Monarchs - 8
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Feral Rock Pigeon vs. Homing Pigeon
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 16:11 pm
From: mountainbirder AT gmail.com
 
So I see a flock of about 120 pigeons, flying and turning, and I very highly suspect they are homing pigeons trying to orient themselves. Knowing these are not the local feral Rock Doves that I do see in the area, do they get reported? I would think not. So then, how do you draw the line in determining if feral or homing for reporting in eBird? I cant  see reporting this record, or should it be reported? Ironically, about one-half hour later I did see a beautiful white pigeon resting along a road, and with leg band.

On the other-hand we report Bobwhite and in all, or very, very close to all, cases they are released. Yet they get reported as a rare bird. I do think the exotics or released should be documented, just to know what is out there. The case of the pigeon is just a bit different.

Any thought? Please address to the list and not me personally.

Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA



Subject: Central PA Birdline for 10.2.2014
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 16:09 pm
From: timetraveler50 AT comcast.net
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Central Pennsylvania
* October 2, 2014
* PACE1410.02
Bird Highlights
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (Dauphin Co.)
MARSH WREN (Lancaster Co.)
NELSON'S SPARROW (Lancaster Co.)
- Transcript
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
October 2, 2014
To Report: TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy
Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy

Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings made the week prior to Thursday, October 2, 2014.

BEDFORD/SOMERSET CO.
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting 4 OSPREY, 4 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIER, 34 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 12 COOPER'S HAWKS, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 42 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 22 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL and 4 PEREGRINE FALCONS between September 25 and 28 (EG, TD, DBo, JR, BG, BSt, BG).

BLAIR COUNTY:
One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen on September 26 at Canoe Creek State Park (MD).

CARBON COUNTY:
Two COMMON TERNS were seen on September 25 at Beltzville State Park (RR, RB, BM).

CENTRE COUNTY:
One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen on September 26 at Scotia Barrens (CE). One ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was present between September 27 and 29 (GD, JV, MR, SB, CE, JM).

There was a recapture of a previously banded CONNECTICUT WARBLER on September 26 at the banding station in The Arboretum at Penn State (NK). One GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was banded and 1 MOURNING WARBLER was recaptured at the banding station on September 29 (NK).

One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen on September 28 in Poe Valley State Park (JP).

CLEARFIELD COUNTY:
One VIRGINIA RAIL was found on September 29 in Beaver Meadows near DuBois (DR).

CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
Waggoner Gap reported counting 15 OSPREY, 7 BALD EAGLES, 8 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 570 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 44 COOPER'S HAWKS, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 85 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 27 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 21 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 3 MERLINS and 5 PEREGRINE FALCONS between September 25 and 30 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH).

One GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen between September 27 and 28 along Ridge Road in Michaux State Forest (TC, RSt, RKo).

DAUPHIN COUNTY:
One WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were seen on September 25 at Wildwood Lake Park in northern Harrisburg (EB).

FRANKLIN/FULTON COUNTIES:
Tuscarora Summit Hawk Watch reports counting 6 OSPREY, 4 BALD EAGLES, 22 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 40 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 1 RED-TAILED HAWK, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE and 1 AMERICAN KESTREL between September 25 and 29 (DGe).

HUNTINGDON COUNTY:
One BLUE GROSBEAK was seen on September 27 at the Shavers Creek Environmental Center (AC).

HUNTINGDON/MIFFLIN:
Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 2 BLACK VULTURE, 18 TURKEY VULTURES, 6 OSPREY, 3 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 30 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 4 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 16 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 7 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON between September 25 and 28 (NB, DK, JK, GG).

LANCASTER COUNTY:
One MARSH WREN was heard calling and 1 NELSON'S SPARROW was seen on September 28 at the Bainbridge Islands in the Susquehanna River (BC, EW).

LEBANON COUNTY:
Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 11 OSPREY, 5 BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 88 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 18 COOPER'S HAWKS, 22 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 7 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 11 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 3 MERLINS and 4 PEREGRINE FALCON between September 25 and 30 (FW, SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC).

One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen on September 26 in the middle section of Swatara State Park (TB).

LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were observed between September 27 and 29 at the ponds along Fox and Prescott Road (TN, TB, BC, RM, JD, IG). One LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were present on September 30 (RM).

LYCOMING COUNTY:
The TRUMPETER SWAN with wing tag M05 continues to be seen through at least September 29 at the Muncy Boat Launch (DB, EH, NF).

MIFFLIN COUNTY:
Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 4 OSPREY, 5 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 30 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 8 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 32 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS between September 25 and 30 (RSi, DSm, GB, LW, MS).

SCHUYKILL/BERKS COUNTIES:
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 26 TURKEY VULTURES, 35 OSPREY, 6 BALD EAGLES, 11 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 188 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 25 COOPER'S HAWKS, 125 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 20 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 32 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 10 MERLINS and 17 PEREGRINE FALCONS between September 25 and 30 (LG, RK, DBa, BD, PC, DW, MB). Flocks of PINE SISKINS also were observed every day between September 26 and 28 (LG, RK, BD, PC, DW, MB, ACa, AK, RF).

One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen on September 25 at the Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve (JS).

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

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

The following people have contributed to this report:, David Barber (DBa), Timothy Becker (TB), Rob Bergstresser (RB), Ed Bernot (EB), Gloria Bickel (GB), Mark Blauer (MB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Susan Braun (SB), David Brown (DB), Phil Campbell (PC), Bruce Carl (BC), Adam Carter (ACa), Alyssia Church (AC), Ed Chubb (EC), Sue Cooper (SC), Troy Corman (TC), Morris Cox (MC), Michael David (MD), Bob Davidheiser (BD), Jarrod Derr (JD), Tom Dick (TD), Gordon Dimmig (GD), Carl Engstrom (CE), Rob Feldman (RF), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz (PF), Nate Fronk (NF), Ian Gardner (IG), Dale Gearhart (DGe), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Bob Gorsuch (BG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Craig Houston (CH), Jon Kauffman (JK), Rudy Keller (RK) Nick Kerlin (NK), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), Ramsay Koury (RKo), Dave Kyler (DK), Bob Maskey (BM), Jean Miller (JM), Randy Miller (RM), Ted Nichols II (TN), Julia Plummer (JP), Richard Pohner (RP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Dan Richards (DR), Jim Rocco (JR), Matthew Rockmore (MR), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope (MS), Ron Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Bob Stewart (BSt), Joyce Stone (JS), Roger Stone (RSt), Joseph Verica (JV), Gene Wagner (GW), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Eric Witmer (EW) and Doug Wood (DW). I apologize if I have misspelled their names and I will also refrain from naming that person on request.
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Mark A. McConaughy TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
Bushy Run Battlefield
P.O. Box 486
Harrison City, PA 15636-0468 (724) 527-5585 x103
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Subject: Fall for Hummingbirds contest
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 14:40 pm
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
hello all

Today is the beginning of our contest for the next 4 months.

We already have an entry from Juniata County in the form of a late Ruby
Throated Hummingbird seen at Willow Lane Greenhouse, that puts them in
the drawing for the prize at the end of the contest time.

Aden Troyer also saw a hummingbird, but wasn't able to ID it as it went
zipping past him while he was leading a local field trip in the county
for school children.

Our contest is for Juniata, Mifflin, Perry and Snyder Counties. Any
hummingbird that is confirmed is put into our drawing, but anything
other than a RTHU gets an instant $25.

While we would like to see the birds ourselves, we will accept pictures
for proof and if possible, we want to have permission for a bander to
come for non ruby throated hummers.

this will be our 3rd year and it has made some good connections for us
in the county of people we didn't know but have great yards and habitat
as far as feeders, plants, roosts, etc.

here is the link to our facebook page if you are interested in more info
or want to follow anything that gets posted.
https://www.facebook.com/FallF...

Chad Kauffman
Mifflintown, PA


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Subject: Former State Hospital--natural area, Dauphin Co.
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 13:42 pm
From: gardnie07 AT gmail.com
 
Observers: Ian Gardner
Location: Former State Hospital--natural area, Dauphin, US-PA
Date/Time: Oct 1, 2014 10:20 AM - 12:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling, 1.0 mile(s)

Comments:
This is the second time I've birded this new hotspot location. While
driving away after over 2 hours of wandering around the property, I found
another birder, Don Gilbert, who has been birding this location for years
and told me the site is "dripping with warblers every spring and fall".
Looks like I found a new favorite birding spot!

The former State Hospital in Harrisburg was established here in 1851
and has a 'Natural Area' with trees dating back to at least that year. One
white oak on the property is alleged to be older than the American
Revolutionary War. Fittingly, it is an excellent location to find migrating
birds even into October. In fact, this is the best day I've ever had in
Dauphin County with 16 species of warblers and 53 overall species. I found
two flocks of warblers with the largest being comprised mostly of
Black-throated Green and Blackpoll Warblers. They were seen foraging
through the Sugar Maples and Tulip Poplars along the Greenbelt trail and in
the Black Birch and American Beeches along the channelized Paxton Creek
that flows alongside the trail. My highlights include singing Pine Warblers
near the hospital buildings on top of the hill, a large flock of at least
160 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, several migrating Red-tailed and
Cooper's Hawks, a very close Northern Waterthrush (so close I could count
every streak on its buffy throat), an equally close Yellow-throated Vireo,
and a shy male Wilson's Warbler that never came out to the edge of the
forest. Seasons are definitely changing as I saw multiple Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers, both Kinglets, and White-throated Sparrows.

If you're in the Harrisburg area, definitely stop by for a visit since
its future is unknown and the city plans on selling it. I just hope they
keep the forest intact.


52 species (+1 other taxa)

Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 6
Chimney Swift 52
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 5
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 9
Blue Jay 51
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 161
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 5
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 56
Gray Catbird 9
European Starling 23
Cedar Waxwing 13
Northern Waterthrush 1 Best look I've ever had other than in hand.
Buffy underside and supercilium, obvious streaked throat and breast, gave
distinctive chip note. Seen foraging along Paxton Creek.
Black-and-white Warbler 2 Juvenile/female
Tennessee Warbler 3 2 adult, 1 juvenile
Nashville Warbler 2
American Redstart 4 3 juvenile/female, 1 adult male
Cape May Warbler 1 Adult male
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 5 All juvenile/female
Bay-breasted Warbler 1 Adult with buffy undertail and faded
bay-colored flanks
Blackburnian Warbler 3 2 juvenile/female, 1 adult male
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 All juvenile/female
Blackpoll Warbler 11 All juvenile/female
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Adult male
Pine Warbler 2 Singing males
Black-throated Green Warbler 14
Wilson's Warbler 1 Adult male
Song Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 3 1 juvenile/female, 1 yellow male with black wings
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 Both juvenile/female seen and heard well
Indigo Bunting 2
American Goldfinch 5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19999027

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

Ian Gardner,
Hummelstown, PA



Subject: raptor redux
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 12:51 pm
From: rwblye AT comcast.net
 
While sitting at the kitchen table eating a late breakfast, my wife and I saw a bullet streak north through the yard and hit the ground next to our feeders, in a clump of pampas grass. I saw the tell tale flash of the light crescent in the wings of a red-shouldered hawk. Binoculars revealed the bird was shielding something on the ground. It saw us stirring in the kitchen and flew to our fence dangling a 18-in garter snake. It then flew to large sycamore in the yard near the Schuylkill River. What a sight! We have a had at least one, sometimes two, immature red-shouldered hawks in or near the yard for about two weeks now.

That scene is usually played by the Cooper's hawks that frequent the yard and the prey then is birds.

Yesterday we were privy to a "kettle" of 16 turkey vultures gaining height in a tight group immediately over the back yard. I ran out with binoculars and saw the TVs soaring, one immature red-shoulder with them and a second, age unknown, screaming from the sycamore (see above). Very high in the sky were two black vultures and even higher and smaller a sharp-shinned hawk streaming to the southwest over the River (see above, too). Add to them to two kestrels on Frick's Locks Road on the way to the grocery store and the ubiquitous red-tails and we had quite a raptor show here in beautiful, sunny East Coventry, Chester County.

Rob Blye,
East Coventry Township
Chester County, Pennsylvania



Subject: Tomorrow Night: DVOC hosts Tony Croasdale with "Punk Birding"
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 12:24 pm
From: setkacir AT gmail.com
 
Hello Birders, 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets this Thursday Oct 2 at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The meeting features the program "Punk Birding" by Tony Croasdale, former lead singer of the punk band R.A.M.B.O., and the founder of the Ridin' Birdy and Bristleheads World Series of Birding Teams.

All who have an interest are invited to attend; the program is free with no admission charged. Club meetings will begin at 7:30PM and are held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. A pre-meeting dinner takes place at Asia on the Parkway, not far from the Academy. More details and directions to the Academy and Asia on the Parkway can be found on the DVOC website: http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm

Punk Birding:

In this talk Tony Croasdale will share photos and videos from his unconventional approach to birding. He will show how a working class kid from Philadelphia came to visit 46 countries and observe over 2,000 species of bird by his mid thirties. From touring Southeast Asia in his anarchist punk rock band, performing field research in polar bear infested tundra, to peddling a bicycle for 24 hours and over 100 miles during the World Series of Birding, Tony will show you how to apply the 'do it yourself' ethic of punk to achieving your birding dreams.
Tony Croasdale was born and raised in Philadelphia and began birding at 9. His passion for protecting wildlife brought led to discover politically charged music. As a singer in a punk rock band Tony toured the sates, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia birding wherever he went. He started working a field technician and performed field biology in Arctic Canada, Peru, Alaska, and locally. Tony returned to college in his 30s and did a semester abroad in Brazil. This led to organizing tours and leading a birding tour in Brazil. Tony received a degree in horticulture from Temple university. Tony is currently in a Biology MS program at St Joseph's University though a fellowship at the Wagner Free Institute teaching supplemental science in Philadelphia public schools. Tony currently works for the Philadelphia Water Department directing environmental education programs at Cobbs Creek Environmental Center. Tony has captained a World Series of Birding team 5 times using alternatively fueled vehicles and bicycle. His team won the Carbon Footprint Cup in 2010.



We hope to see you there,

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com



Subject: ? Hummer, Lycoming County
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 12:02 pm
From: rlunz58 AT gmail.com
 
Hello,

This morning I was surprised by a hummer at my feeder! He/she came and
drank about every 30 or 40 min. Unfortunately I don't have the leisure
time to sit by the window and watch all day. I set up my scope but he
didn't fan his tail for me to get a better ID. He or she looked like a
female immature Ruby throated hummingbird. I'm skeptical because of the
selasphorous hummer that was here a couple of years ago. Maybe I can do my
work in half hour spurts.

Rosemary Lunz
Warrensville
Lycoming Co.



Subject: Bucks Co Selasphorus Hummer - NO
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 11:24 am
From: keimwj AT hotmail.com
 
The Selasphorus hummingbird that had been frequenting my yard since Sep 14 was last seen the morning of Sep 28. Two attempts to band it were unsuccessful, and it is now presumed gone. A number of folks observed the bird or photos of the bird. Most suggestions were that it was an immature male Rufous, although some felt there was some ambiguity in the shape of the tail feathers that could have allowed for an ID of an Allen's. Scott Weidensaul indicated that, in this plumage, the two species couldn't be safely separated, or even aged or sexed, without measurements. So it appears it will officially remain a Selasphorous sp.
Bill Keim
Buckingham, Bucks Co, PA
KeimWJ@hotmail.com
photos www.flickr.com/forktail



Subject: Allegheny County Wissahickon Nature Club Meeting
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 10:54 am
From: mywintermoon AT verizon.net
 
On October 2, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.   Bobby Greene will present  Birding.    His father introduced him to the art of photography at a young age.  advances into the digital world gave him the itch to get back into photography after a 20-year absence.  This time hes photographing nature.  For a sneak-peek about this program visit Bobbys website at bobbygreene.com 
The meeting and program begins at 7:30 p.m. Arrive at 7:00 p.m. for coffee, tea and a potluck dessert. Bring a mug. Free and open to the public. Bring your friends.
Meetings are held at: Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley, PA 15143
For directions visit our website at:
http://www.wissahickonnaturecl...

Yours in conservation,
Susanne Varley
Wissahickon Nature Club wissahickonnatureclub.com
Visit Chuck Tague's Nature Observer's Journal
http://ctague.pairserver.com/N...



Subject: Pine Siskin, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Jefferson/Clearfield Cos.
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 9:19 am
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
This morning Dick Rehermann, Charlie Shestak and I birded along Mosquito Creek Road near Falls Creek, Jefferson County. Highlights included at least one Pine Siskin (feeding in a Hemlock), plus Lincoln's and White-crowned Sparrows.
Afterwards we checked a section of SGL #77 near Clear Run, Clearfield County. Notable species included a Gray-cheeked Thrush and a Northern Parula.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: Lebanon County, Swatara State Park, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers, Lincoln's sparrows.
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 9:00 am
From: 0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

I spent some time this morning floundering around in a
field of very damp goldenrod, pokeberry, and briars at
Swatara State Park. I was not able to find my target
species of Orange-crowned Warbler, but had some interesting
sightings. I saw two Connecticut Warblers. One was a first-fall
bird with a brownish hood, brown upper breast and lighter throat. The
second was an adult male with a full gray hood. I also had a
bird which I eventually decided was a first-fall Mourning Warbler.
It had a gray hood and broken gray breastband, with a nearly
complete eyering that appeared to be broken at the ends. It
was hopping lengthwise on a branch at one point. I have read
that Connecticuts usually walk rather than hop.

Also seen were two Palm Warblers, seven Lincoln's sparrows,
and two first-year White-crowned Sparrows.

Tim Becker
Grantville
Lebanon county




Subject: Washington Co. singing Gray-cheeked Thrush and warblers
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 7:24 am
From: chickadee54 AT gmail.com
 
I found the first Gray-cheeked Thrush of the season for me while birding
Washington Park yesterday (Sept. 30). I would not have known it was there
at all if it hadn't been singing, which it did almost constantly for the
whole 10 minutes it took me to find it. When I did, I got a very good
up-close view of it and watched it sing for a while. This bird is by far
the most vocal Grey-cheeked thrush I've ever encountered. I also saw an
Ovenbird while searching for the thrush that I otherwise would not have
noticed. The only other warblers I saw were Magnolia, Blackpoll and a few
Black-throated Greens.

On Sept. 29th I found my first of season Blue-headed Vireo, at Washington
Park. This bird was also singing.

Lauren Conkle

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Lauren Conkle
Washington, PA
chickadee54@gmail.com



Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (30 Sep 2014) 25 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 20:25 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 139 143
Northern Harrier 0 12 14
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 6 88 93
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 341 341
Cooper's Hawk 4 39 40
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 12 12
Broad-winged Hawk 1 1889 1890
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 7 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 85 85
Merlin 2 10 10
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 4
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 7 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 2 3 3
Unknown Raptor 0 10 10

Total: 25 2647 2660
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Mike Coll, Tom Bush

Observers: John D'Amico, Tom Bush

Visitors:
Vicki Pecunig


Weather:
East winds in the morning, shifting to SE winds later in the day, 2-6mph.
Temperatures 64-76 degrees Fahrenheit.

Raptor Observations:
Some Bald Eagles, and a few falcons passing over.

Two unidentified falcons spotted in the 14:00-1500 EDT hour were likely
PEFAs

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Nighthawk-1
Hummingbird-1

Monarch Butterfly-7

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning, then partly sunny
with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the
morning. Highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds around 5 mph. Chance of
rain 30 percent.
--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: Washington County - Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, etc
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 18:42 pm
From: 0000001a0b1f86e1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Seen in East Finley Twp. Washington cty:

Sept 21 Scarlet Tanager

Sept 27 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sept 28 Tennessee Warbler

Blue-headed Vireo


Pat Hutcheson East Finley Twp. Washington County



Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (30 Sep 2014) 35 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 18:31 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 14 18
Turkey Vulture 0 80 108
Osprey 4 71 76
Bald Eagle 0 40 47
Northern Harrier 0 15 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 293 296
Cooper's Hawk 4 51 56
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 9
Broad-winged Hawk 1 2897 2957
Red-tailed Hawk 0 52 66
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 2
American Kestrel 1 43 49
Merlin 2 10 10
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 8
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 10

Total: 35 3595 3732
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Morris Cox

Observers: Steve Walthius

Visitors:
Bob Lenord


Weather:
Heavy fog till 10:am (est)with overcast skies throughout the count. Light
south wind. Temp range 16-24C.

Raptor Observations:
None

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs = 19
Dragonfly = 2

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



Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (30 Sep 2014) 72 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 18:04 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 6 101 147
Turkey Vulture 6 265 395
Osprey 4 232 281
Bald Eagle 1 112 159
Northern Harrier 1 20 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 43 663 679
Cooper's Hawk 1 45 54
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 7
Broad-winged Hawk 3 3883 4042
Red-tailed Hawk 5 101 126
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 55 66
Merlin 0 40 45
Peregrine Falcon 1 21 21
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 87 114

Total: 72 5630 6158
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Sean Bankos

Observers: Dan Kunkle

Visitors:
Tow Amending Elementary School, Diane Husic and Moravian College
Environmental Science class, Brandon Wehr


Weather:
Visibility less than 1 mile-unlimited, Temp 63-69F, Wind 0-4 mph
E,SE,ESE,SSE, Cloud Cover 30-100%

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle:1213a
Peregrine Falcon:1150a
Dense fog in morning not clearing until noon. Had some nice looks at both a
Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle that came close to the lookout.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven(10), Monarch(1), Connecticut Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler,
Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Hairy
Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, White-breasted
Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, American Crow, Pileated Woodpecker, Black-capped
Chickadee, Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, Flying Ants, Worm Millipede, Thread
Waisted Wasp

Predictions:
A chance of showers, mainly before 5pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise,
mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of
precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an
inch possible.
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Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (30 Sep 2014) 71 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 17:45 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 58 63
Turkey Vulture 18 56 57
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 2 270 325
Bald Eagle 1 137 165
Northern Harrier 3 32 35
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 662 688
Cooper's Hawk 1 90 104
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Unknown Accipiter 1 17 19
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 7
Broad-winged Hawk 4 6156 6344
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 81 111
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 6 15
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 173 205
Merlin 3 57 59
Peregrine Falcon 3 34 40
Unknown Falcon 0 7 7
Unknown Raptor 1 30 36

Total: 71 7872 8282
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Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Arlene Koch, Rob Feldman

Weather:
Foggy, then overcast

Raptor Observations:
BAEA, Juv, 14:47

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (30 Sep 2014) 89 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 17:17 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 1 238 279
BE 0 178 261
NH 1 31 39
SS 79 1478 1498
CH 2 114 129
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 6 10
BW 1 6271 6532
RT 2 165 251
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 1
AK 0 131 158
ML 2 25 28
PG 1 12 13
UA 0 7 7
UB 0 8 10
UF 0 3 3
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 26 35

Total: 89 8693 9254
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Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove

Observers: Gene Wagner

Visitors:
5


Weather:
Fog until afternoon, then some clearing with light S winds

Raptor Observations:
PG Unaged 2:05

First bird SS 12:48
Last bird OS 4:18

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch - 1
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Migrants today Montco.
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 17:16 pm
From: songbird5212 AT msn.com
 
Hi PA Birds, 

My husband had the day off today, and spent some time outside with his camera. He showed me what he photographed today, including an Ovenbird (on Pokeweed), American Redstart, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and FOS White-throated Sparrow (1st winter). This is the earliest FOS for WTSP here in my yard. There have also been migrating Ruby-throated Hummingbirds almost daily, including one this morning that refused to be photographed. With Salvias in full kick, I am now waiting for a Selaphorus to discover the buffet.

Peace,
Cindy Ahern
Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery Co.





Subject: Swatara State Park, Lebanon County
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 16:53 pm
From: rprice210 AT comcast.net
 
Peggy and I birded Swatara SP today from mid morning to early afternoon under overcast conditions and observed the following birds:

worm eating warbler-1

rose breasted grosbeaks ( M&F )-5

yellow-bellied sapsuckers-6

robins-scores

bluejays-12+

white-breasted nuthatches-2

downy WPs-3

red-bellied WPs-3

possible white-eyed vireo

Other birds heard: Carolina wren, chickadees, crows.

The winter wren we have been seeing near the Trout Run Trailhead parking lot was not seen today.

Rick Price



Subject: HSR: Tuscarora Summit (29 Sep 2014) 2 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 16:37 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Tuscarora Summit
Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 49 49
Bald Eagle 0 33 33
Northern Harrier 0 16 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 143 143
Cooper's Hawk 0 16 16
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2073 2073
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 18 18
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
Unknown Falcon 1 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 0 16 16

Total: 2 2392 2392
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Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Dale L. Gearhart

Observers: Kathy Lauver

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Dale L. Gearhart (dgearhart01@comcast.net)



Subject: HSR: Tuscarora Summit (27 Sep 2014) 9 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 16:33 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Tuscarora Summit
Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 48 48
Bald Eagle 0 32 32
Northern Harrier 0 16 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 131 131
Cooper's Hawk 0 13 13
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 6 2059 2059
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 17 17
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 4 4
Unknown Eagle 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 0 16 16

Total: 9 2358 2358
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 12:30:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Dale L. Gearhart

Observers: Delores Purnell, Diane Jones

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Dale L. Gearhart (dgearhart01@comcast.net)



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Sept. 30, 2014
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 13:53 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Location: Sunset Point, PresqueIsle S.P.
Date: September 30, 2014
Time: 0700-0830
Weather: Cloudy, temp. about 52 F, calm wind and lake until 8:20 when the wind kicked in from the west at about 10 mph ahead of an approaching storm. Light rain showers at the end of the count.
Comments: Very quiet on the lake with the only notable movement consisting of Double-crested Cormorants and a flock of Common Terns. There was a sprinkling of passerines crossing the lake. One Passerine was knocked out of the air onto the water and was eaten by a Ring-billed Gull.

Waterbirds recorded:

Green-winged Teal 3
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 800
Sanderling 4
Dunlin 4
Common Tern 30 (mostly immatures)

Others flying across the lake from Canada:

Winter Wren 2
unidentified Passerine 1 (eaten by Ring-billed Gull)
Red Bat 1


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




Subject: 3RBC Meeting Oct 1/Lukas Padegimas/Arctic Alaska Shorebird Research
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 13:02 pm
From: shereedaugherty AT gmail.com
 
Lukas Padegimas will be the speaker at tomorrows meeting of the 3 Rivers Birding Club.  

The program is titled, An Alaskan Arctic Adventure: Collecting Shorebird Data at Cape Kruzenstern, AK. As a 17 year old, Lukas was fortunate to join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that studied shorebirds in a remote area of Alaska.

Meetings are held at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, Pa 15217.

Doors open at 6:30 for socializing. Business meeting starts at 7:30 followed by the program at 8:00. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see you there!

Sheree Daugherty



Sheree Daugherty
www.shereedaugherty.com
Nature & Avian Art



Subject: Lebanon County
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 12:50 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
I was at the Reistville today I did not see the Dowitcher today.

The mud is very good.

I had Killdeer -7

Lesser Yellowles-1

Semipalmated Sandpiper-3

At Middle Creek WMA along Rt. 897 the mud is good but only 2 Killdeer.

And near Sunnyside Rd. the mud is good but a lot of Canada Geese only.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Red-tailed Hawk & Squirrel Video
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 9:28 am
From: herb1013 AT gmail.com
 
Good one Dave thanks. Every day that I throw peanuts to the eight or ten
Chip Monks living under my deck and pellet pile, I expect to see that. The
other day there were 2 hawks sitting in the trees watching my feeders for an
hour or more. No birds showed up for their lunch or to be lunch. I received
this email this morning from my neighbor who is a Pa fish warden.

"Congrats to whoever has trained the coyotes to howl behind your place
right around 7:20"

The only animal here I don’t have a picture of.
Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners,Susquehanna County


-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Kruel
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:07 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Red-tailed Hawk & Squirrel Video

Hi All,
This is a bit old, but still a pretty cool video. I'm sure this is various
footage editted into one video, but this type of hawk-squirrel chase
probably happens alot out there.

Here is the Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/v/XBEy...

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



Subject: Red-tailed Hawk & Squirrel Video
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 9:07 am
From: dkruel300 AT comcast.net
 
Hi All,
This is a bit old, but still a pretty cool video. I'm sure this is various footage editted into one video, but this type of hawk-squirrel chase probably happens alot out there.

Here is the Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/v/XBEy...

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (29 Sep 2014) 11 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 20:30 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 135 139
Northern Harrier 1 12 14
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 82 87
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 340 340
Cooper's Hawk 0 35 36
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 12 12
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1888 1889
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 7 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 80 80
Merlin 0 8 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 4
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 7 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 10 10

Total: 11 2622 2635
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Bill Cranny, Charles Smith

Observers: Al Guarente, Bob Kelly, Chuck Root, Holly Merker

Visitors:
Radnor Middle School's Watershed Program- Sixteen 7th grade students and
their teachers, Banny Ackerman and Jon Savitch. The kids came out to learn
about raptor migration, and why we do what we do, but didn't get to see
many hawks, unfortunately. Both groups got to see at least one
Sharp-shinned, so at least they could see one migrant in action.


Weather:
Overcast with mild temperatures, 68-76 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds mostly
from the W, SW, and S today.

Raptor Observations:
A slow day

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Nighthawk-3
Pileated Woodpecker-1
Eastern Phoebe-1

Monarch Butterfly-6

Predictions:
Partly sunny. A chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s.
Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.--USWX
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly@rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org



Subject: Marsh Wrens, Allegheny County
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 20:08 pm
From: pomarine AT earthlink.net
 
Hi folks,



I had at least two Marsh Wrens at Wingfield Pines, Allegheny County today,
along with two Soras, two Lincoln's Sparrows, and a nice selection of other
birds. A photo of one of the wrens is here:



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



Geoff Malosh

Allegheny County





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Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (29 Sep 2014) 82 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 19:33 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 2 95 141
Turkey Vulture 10 259 389
Osprey 9 228 277
Bald Eagle 4 111 158
Northern Harrier 2 19 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 37 620 636
Cooper's Hawk 2 44 53
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 7
Broad-winged Hawk 3 3880 4039
Red-tailed Hawk 1 96 121
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 3 55 66
Merlin 2 40 45
Peregrine Falcon 6 20 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 86 113

Total: 82 5558 6086
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Sean Bankos

Observers: Ed Wanamaker

Visitors:
Dan Christ and his 3 grandsons, Travis Oak(From Palmerton)
Thru-hiker:Swish


Weather:
Visibility 20 miles-unlimited, Temp 69-80F, Wind 0-5 mph S,SE, Cloud Cover
80-100%

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles:1329a,1329i,1408i,1435a
Peregrine Falcons:1325a,1327a,1349u,1428a,1435i,1516a
Flight was slow in the morning becoming more active around noon. All the
raptors seemed to be coming in waves. Also, had a few hits at the owl by a
Peregrine Falcon and some Sharp-shinned Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven(3), Monarch(2), Canada Geese(7), Connecticut Warbler, Yellow-billed
Cuckoo, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, American
Crow, Black-throated Green Warbler, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Worm Millipede,
Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, Northern Walkingstick,
Flying Ants

Predictions:
A chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind
becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation
is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes@hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (29 Sep 2014) 44 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 19:22 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 14 18
Turkey Vulture 0 80 108
Osprey 0 67 72
Bald Eagle 2 40 47
Northern Harrier 0 15 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 29 270 273
Cooper's Hawk 6 47 52
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 9
Broad-winged Hawk 4 2896 2956
Red-tailed Hawk 0 52 66
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 2
American Kestrel 1 42 48
Merlin 1 8 8
Peregrine Falcon 1 8 8
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 10

Total: 44 3560 3697
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Richard Pohner

Observers: Brian Weaver

Visitors:
0


Weather:
Light NW wind under mostly cloudy skies, temps 64-74.

Raptor Observations:
2 juv BE's 2:15, on opposite sides of the mountain,

Non-raptor Observations:
6 monarchs, 3 dragonflies
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk@comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (29 Sep 2014) 109 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 17:35 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 58 63
Turkey Vulture 0 38 39
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 18 268 323
Bald Eagle 1 136 164
Northern Harrier 3 29 32
Sharp-shinned Hawk 50 634 660
Cooper's Hawk 5 89 103
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Unknown Accipiter 1 16 18
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 7
Broad-winged Hawk 1 6152 6340
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 78 108
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 6 15
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 13 170 202
Merlin 1 54 56
Peregrine Falcon 8 31 37
Unknown Falcon 1 7 7
Unknown Raptor 6 29 35

Total: 109 7801 8211
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Adam Carter

Weather:
overcast, hot, intermittent S wind

Raptor Observations:
slow morning flight with a decent flight of birds between 2 and 4 pm, 1
adult BE at 3:06 pm

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (29 Sep 2014) 183 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 16:45 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 1 237 278
BE 1 178 261
NH 2 30 38
SS 150 1399 1419
CH 9 112 127
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 6 10
BW 11 6270 6531
RT 3 163 249
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 1
AK 3 131 158
ML 1 23 26
PG 2 11 12
UA 0 7 7
UB 0 8 10
UF 0 3 3
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 26 35

Total: 183 8604 9165
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Ron Freed

Observers: Carl Rojahn, Carol Cwiklinski, Craig Houston, Dave Grove,
Dave Smith, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella, Pat Freed,
Robert McLaughlin, Ron Freed, Steve Small

Visitors:
Bill & Audrey Chambers, Dick Martin, Thyra Sperry, 1


Weather:
Mostly cloudy with haze and light variable wind in the morning changing to
SW late.

Raptor Observations:
BE Juv 10:52
PG Ad 11:12, 1:46

First bird - SS 9:01
Last bird - NH 3:48

Non-raptor Observations:
CHSW - 13
Monarchs - 14
hummer - 1
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Subject: Glacier Ridge Trail at Jennings, Sept 28, Butler
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 15:32 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I took a quick circular hike at noon on the Glacier Ridge Trail at Jennings Environmental Center:  Glacier Ridge and then around to Old Field and back on Massasauga.  There weren't a lot of birds except for 2 Ovenbirds foraging on the trail itself.  They were obviously traveling together.  WHen frightened each one used the same strategy repeatedly: One would fly away as fast as possible to a thicket, the other would hide in place.  The flee-er always returned to join the one who sheltered in place.

Nothing much else of note. Jennings checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19974837



AND A CORRECTION ON MY MORAINE POST:
Checklist for Moraine McDanel's is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19974776



Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/



Subject: Moraine SP, McDanel's Launch area, Sept 28, Butler
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 15:25 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Based on Karyn Delaney's report from Moraine on Saturday I decided to hike near McDanel's Boat Launch on Sunday:  Glacier Ridge Trail from the dam to the Butterfly & Woodland Trails and back again.  (Then I drove to Jennings which I'll give a separate report)

At the beginning of my hike more than 130 chimney swifts flew over in a widely spaced flock as if they had emerged from a roost beyond the horizon.
I didn't see the Connecticut warbler Karyn reported on the Woodland Trail. On Glacier Ridge Trail I saw a Nashville warbler in a thick shrub. When I saw his eyering I had a moment of hope but he had a yellow throat. Oh well.

Best
Bird was a Philadelphia Vireo (in good light!) who ate two caterpillars
after mercilessly banging each one to death on a tree branch. It's a
good thing the vireos are too small to attack us!

Checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19974837

Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/



Subject: Owls-Washington County
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 15:19 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
Early last night an Eastern Screech Owl was whinnying in our backyard.
Later, a Great-horned Owl was calling. Hope the screech was hiding when the
Great-horned owl showed up!

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



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



Subject: Competing Kestrels; Duck Hollow; Allegheny County
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 13:47 pm
From: thosjmoel AT gmail.com
 
As I drove down Old Brownshill Road about 11:30 AM toward Duck Hollow, I spotted an American Kestrel landing on a telephone pole in front of the substation on the hill side.  The raptor sat on top of the pole for many minutes surveying the landscape.  Finally it dove down to the ground, caught what seemed to be a large grasshopper, and returned to the top of the pole.  Almost immediately a second kestrel dove at the first trying to snatch away the prize.  The two flew around each other for a few seconds, and the first flew off with the grasshopper.  The second kestrel landed on the telephone line near the pole but then flew off without anything to eat.

Tom Moeller
Allegheny County



Subject: Pabirds Test
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 11:33 am
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
Trying test again.



Subject: Lincoln's Sparrows, Virginia Rail, Clearfield Co.
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 11:03 am
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
This morning there were at least two Lincoln's Sparrows and a Virginia Rail in the Beaver Meadow in DuBois.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: TEST
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 10:21 am
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
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