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16 Apr: @ 10:55:22 
Purple Martins and Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows. Lebanon, Lancaster counties [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?=95=95S=95J=95Stahl=95=95?=]
16 Apr: @ 10:55:04 
Re: egg layed in tray feeder [Marge Van Tassel]
16 Apr: @ 08:15:28 
Dauphin County - Harrisburg Peregrine Falcon eggs to hatch soon [Sue Hannon]
16 Apr: @ 07:44:25 
Re: egg layed in tray feeder [Greg Tandy]
16 Apr: @ 07:11:57 
Re: egg layed in tray feeder [Gerald Kruth]
16 Apr: @ 06:57:21 
egg layed in tray feeder [Jason Verdier]
16 Apr: @ 05:29:09 
27 degree woodcock/Franklin CO [Bob Keener]
15 Apr: @ 20:35:52 
Appalachian Audubon Spring Native Plant Sale [Susan Strassner]
15 Apr: @ 20:06:10 
York City, Great Egret [Amy Evans]
15 Apr: @ 20:02:38 
Forster's Tern - Allegheny Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
15 Apr: @ 18:54:24 
fallout birds, berks [Rudolph Keller]
15 Apr: @ 16:45:30 
Nest/Eggs photo request [Robert Mulvihill]
15 Apr: @ 15:40:25 
No Sparrow is stealing my house [herb1013]
15 Apr: @ 15:40:15 
Need photo of bird eggs [Robert Mulvihill]
15 Apr: @ 15:40:09 
Bird houses [Herb Flavell]
15 Apr: @ 14:35:44 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (15 Apr 2014) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
15 Apr: @ 13:11:45 
Lebanon county, Memorial and Marquette lakes [Tim Becker]
15 Apr: @ 12:23:56 
Peregrine Falcons, Tarentum Bridge, Allegheny County [Dave Kerr]
15 Apr: @ 12:06:12 
RFI: packing scopes for air and (AK) wilderness travel [Kim & Jeff Brinker]
15 Apr: @ 11:16:18 
Re: OT - Frog Calls [Denise Donmoyer]
15 Apr: @ 10:11:13 
White throated sparrow, FOY flicker, rufous sided towhees [Adam Hinchberger]
15 Apr: @ 09:08:50 
Wayne CO FOY E Towhee [Sandra Ward Povse]
15 Apr: @ 08:03:55 
Greene Co. sightings [Jerry & Marjorie Howard]
15 Apr: @ 07:16:27 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Clearfield County [Rick & Marianne Atkinson]
14 Apr: @ 20:29:12 
Flickers courting, Washington Co. [Cathy Brown]
14 Apr: @ 20:16:59 
Osprey Bristol Township Bucks County First of the Year [Linda Rowan]
14 Apr: @ 18:34:27 
Update on list problems [Carmen T. Santasania]
14 Apr: @ 18:27:43 
HSR: Tussey Mountain (14 Apr 2014) 280 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
14 Apr: @ 18:18:43 
list updaate [Carmen T. Santasania]
14 Apr: @ 17:54:30 
HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (14 Apr 2014) 77 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
14 Apr: @ 17:52:48 
Wildwood Park Dauphin Co [Alan Wells]
14 Apr: @ 17:01:40 
Lebanon County Birds [Windstream Mail]
14 Apr: @ 16:06:29 
Jennings Prairie and nearby; Butler County; 04/14/2014 [Richard Nugent]
14 Apr: @ 14:54:51 
Re: Golden Eagles at Octorara Reservoir? [Patrick Millar]
14 Apr: @ 14:32:03 
Golden Eagles at Octorara Reservoir? [Thomas Wilson]
14 Apr: @ 14:20:04 
Osprey, Hummelstown (Dauphin County) [Chandra Kotzatoski]
14 Apr: @ 13:05:40 
Fw: Rejected posting to PABIRDS@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG [herb1013]
14 Apr: @ 11:37:44 
blue-winged teal - Washington County [Cathy Brown]
14 Apr: @ 10:40:53 
FOY S. Wayne CO [Sandra Ward Povse]
14 Apr: @ 09:30:05 
Ruby-crowned kinglet, YB sapsucker, Schenley , Pittsburgh [Kate St.John]
14 Apr: @ 08:02:12 
Chipping Sparrow,Louisiana Waterthrush, Cowbirs, Etc Washington County [Pat Hutcheson]
14 Apr: @ 06:20:30 
Peace Valley Park (IBA)- Bucks Co. (4/6-4/12) [August Mirabella]
13 Apr: @ 21:58:49 
Yellow-throated Warbler, Northampton County [Adam Smith]
13 Apr: @ 21:49:28 
Luzerne Co. Birdwalk - Sat, April 19 [Dave Kruel]
13 Apr: @ 21:01:18 
OT - Frog Calls [Dave Kruel]
13 Apr: @ 20:43:18 
FOY Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Near Equinuck, N. Wayne Co. [Trudy Gerlach]
13 Apr: @ 20:33:57 
FOY Tree Swallow, mating Kestrels, N. Wayne Co. yesterday. [Trudy Gerlach]
13 Apr: @ 20:28:43 
FOY Birds Bradford Co. [Trudy Gerlach]
13 Apr: @ 20:09:25 
BH Vireo, B Thrasher, B&W Warb Franklin Co [Bob Keener]
13 Apr: @ 19:28:16 
Ohiopyle State Park-Fayette County [g. g]





Subject: Purple Martins and Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows. Lebanon, Lancaster counties
Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 10:55 am
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
Along Fox Rd, northwest of Schaefferstown, I saw 4 or 5 Purple Martins at 2 martin houses. I hope they can find enough insects to eat.

Later, at Wrightsville, I watched scores of Tree Swallows and some Barn Swallows flying low over the river, into the wind. They would dip to the water's surface now and then in a seemingly purposeful way, as though searching for small bits of food, maybe dead insects? I tried to see what they were picking at, but I didn't see anything.

Speaking of insects, birds that need them would welcome actions that counteract the "war on insects." Doug Tallamy's book, Bringing Nature Home, discusses using native plants to help native insects, which in turn will help those animals further up the food chain.
Sincerely,
Stan Stahl



Subject: egg layed in tray feeder
Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 10:55 am
From: marvant AT windstream.net
 
The egg you described sounds much like a House Sparrow as their eggs are anywhere from a rather dirty white to a grayish blue with many speckles and it may have been just deposited there as it was not viable or by accident.  Chicadees lay tiny white eggs with no speckles, bluebirds lay beautiful blue eggs (no speckles usually) and cowbirds can lay anything from white, blue or green and usually have many speckles and they're fairly large.  Interesting that ANY bird dropped an egg in a feeder, but then it may also have been a 'pirate" perhaps (blue jay or crow or cowbird, but I would think the jay or crow would eat it--hmmm, maybe giving a friend a treat?)
I would not know what you should do, but if you left it there a day or two you may see the culprit or parent? Hope more chime in with their opinions/thoughts. Let us know if anything develops, please.
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong Co.



Subject: Dauphin County - Harrisburg Peregrine Falcon eggs to hatch soon
Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 8:15 am
From: sbhannon AT gmail.com
 
The Harrisburg peregrine falcons' eggs should begin to hatch any time now.
Incubation began on the 16th or 17th of March. Historically, the eggs at
this site have hatched an average of 34.5 days after the beginning of
incubation, judging the beginning of incubation from the laid date of the
2nd to last egg, but hatches have occurred as early as 31 days. The longest
incubation at this site has been 36 days. So hatching should occur between
now and April 22.

You can watch as the eggs hatch and the chicks grow at:
http://www.pacast.com/players/...

Incidentally, one of Harrisburg's 2008 offspring, now nesting in
Wilmington, DE laid 6 eggs this year. As of this morning, 5 of them have
hatched.

--
Sue Hannon
Middletown
Dauphin County, PA



Subject: egg layed in tray feeder
Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 7:44 am
From: birdwatcherman AT gmail.com
 
Brown-headed cowbirds lay eggs in other birds nest, small and big,
maybe a cowbird couldn't find a nest to put it in so put it right
there on your feeder.

Greg Tandy
Kennett Square, PA

On Apr 16, 2014, at 8:11 AM, Gerald Kruth wrote:

> House Sparrows lay white eggs w brown spots; others i can't say..
>
> Jerry Kruth
> pgh
>
>
> In a message dated 4/16/2014 7:57:20 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> jver226841 AT AOL.COM writes:
>
> Good morning all,
> Looking for advice. Awoke this morning to a small white egg with a
> few
> brown spots in my sunflower seed tray feeder.....do I just leave
> it? Species
> that frequent that tray are house finch, goldfinch, chipping sparrow,
> titmouse, chickadee, cowbirds, house sparrow, white crowned
> sparrow, and
> cardinals.
>
> Thanks for advice.
> Jason
> Adams county



Subject: egg layed in tray feeder
Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 7:11 am
From: GKruth AT aol.com
 
House Sparrows lay white eggs w brown spots; others i can't say..

Jerry Kruth
pgh


In a message dated 4/16/2014 7:57:20 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
jver226841 AT AOL.COM writes:

Good morning all,
Looking for advice. Awoke this morning to a small white egg with a few
brown spots in my sunflower seed tray feeder.....do I just leave it? Species
that frequent that tray are house finch, goldfinch, chipping sparrow,
titmouse, chickadee, cowbirds, house sparrow, white crowned sparrow, and
cardinals.

Thanks for advice.
Jason
Adams county



Subject: egg layed in tray feeder
Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 6:57 am
From: jver226841 AT aol.com
 
Good morning all,
Looking for advice. Awoke this morning to a small white egg with a few brown spots in my sunflower seed tray feeder.....do I just leave it? Species that frequent that tray are house finch, goldfinch, chipping sparrow, titmouse, chickadee, cowbirds, house sparrow, white crowned sparrow, and cardinals.

Thanks for advice.
Jason
Adams county



Subject: 27 degree woodcock/Franklin CO
Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 5:29 am
From: keener1538 AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,

On my walk this morning, a woodcock was displaying in the orchard. The
cold didn't seem to bother!
A L. Waterthrush began singing at the crack of dawn.
A Barred Owl was hunting along Stillhouse Hollow Rd.

Bob Keener
658-8765



Subject: Appalachian Audubon Spring Native Plant Sale
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 20:35 pm
From: strassneri AT aol.com
 
PA Birders,

SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE----Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:00am---1:00pm



Appalachian Audubon will be sponsoring the annual spring native plant sale at Meadowood Native Plant Nursery. Jan Getgood and Ernie Johnson the owners of Meadowood have partnered with Appalachian Audubon for the spring and fall plant sales for a number of years. They provide a wide variety of plants native to our area and that should do well in the south central PA climate.

Join us on April 26th and browse through the beautiful nursery. Learn how birds, insects and animals all depend on native plants. You will be amazed that with every native plant you add to your landscape you will attract a growing number and variety of wildlife.

Volunteers will be on hand to help you make appropriate choices for your yard. The proceeds from this sale support AAS educational programs, including our scholarship fund. More information is available on the Meadowood website: www.meadowoodnursery.org.



Directions to Meadowood 
From the South 
At Hershey Park’s Giant Center, take PA-39 West for 3 miles. Turn left on Red Top Road and go 1.1 miles. Turn Right on Long Lane, then Left on Meadowood. Drive to the end where two driveways split into a “Y.” Take the paved drive on the left, up the hill to the nursery. 
From the North 
On Route 81 take Exit 77. Follow PA-39 East for 3 miles. Turn Right on Red Top Road and go 1.1 miles. Proceed as above. 

24 Meadowood Drive 
Hummelstown, PA 17036 
www.meadowoodnursery.org



Subject: York City, Great Egret
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 20:06 pm
From: needmore.pa AT gmail.com
 
As I was looking out a window at work in downtown York yesterday morning, I
saw a Great Egret fly over the Judicial Center.

I know it's not totally crazy since Codorus Creek runs right through York,
but it's always neat to see a bird like that downtown.

Amy Evans
Columbia, PA



Subject: Forster's Tern - Allegheny Co.
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 20:02 pm
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com
 
I stopped at the Imperial Grasslands early this evening

There was a Forster's Tern at the main pond which was flying around the pond and who successfully caught a fish and spent time perched on a rock

This is the second record for this location
previous record was 6 birds on 5-25-97

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone



Subject: fallout birds, berks
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 18:54 pm
From: rckeller AT dejazzd.com
 
At L. Ontelaunee, 20 Common Loons, 8 Bonaparte's Gulls and a Forster's Tern
in the rain around noon. At Blue Marsh L., about 35 Common Loons in the rain
in early afternoon. Ducks notably absent. Joan Silagy saw 2 Great Egrets at
Blue Marsh earlier in the day.
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County



Subject: Nest/Eggs photo request
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 16:45 pm
From: robert.mulvihill AT gmail.com
 
Many thanks to all who quickly replied to my request for photos of bird
nests with eggs. I have gotten what I needed (and then some!).

I will post a link on my Facebook page to the article when it appears, or
you can look for it on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website.

Best,
Bob

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


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



Subject: No Sparrow is stealing my house
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 15:40 pm
From: herb1013 AT gmail.com
 
So say my Bluebirds.That’s what a few PA Birders were talking about a few days or weeks ago.
I happened to come a crossed this today. Again I have nothing to do with this site or their sales. I was just searching for 2 new bird feeders to hang on the front deck. By hanging on the enclosed front deck the feeders will be about 15 ft off the ground and I hope out of reach by my Black Bear friends. The last time I saw her she had 3 cubs swimming and fishing in my small pond. Here is the link.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=9089+10468+22958&pcatid=22958

Herb Flavell, Gods Knob for Gods creatures,Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.



Subject: Need photo of bird eggs
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 15:40 pm
From: robert.mulvihill AT gmail.com
 
Dear PABirders/photographers,

Would one of you kindly send me a good-sized photo of a robin's nest with
eggs that I can submit to be published along with my next newspaper article
about eggs?

If not robin's eggs, then any good egg close-up would be great, especially
is it is in a natural setting. An on-the-ground nest, like Killdeer, would
be fine, too.

Needed ASAP!

Many thanks in advance.

Best,
Bob

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


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



Subject: Bird houses
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 15:40 pm
From: herb1013 AT epix.net
 
I put my money where my mouth is. I bought 3 of those Bluebird houses. I’ll take the measurements. Then use them to make PVC houses from the 12 foot long by 6 inch white PVC pipe I bought at Lowes. Then my Bluebirds will have a home long after I’m gone.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob for Gods creatures,Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County



Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (15 Apr 2014) Raptors
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 14:35 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 2 2
Turkey Vulture 0 3 3
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 26 26
Bald Eagle 0 11 11
Northern Harrier 0 10 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 39 39
Cooper's Hawk 0 29 29
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 12
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 86 86
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 44 44
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 18 18
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 12 12
Merlin 0 3 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 7 7

Total: 0 312 312
----------------------------------------------------------------------

(No count conducted today)



Weather:
Overcast/Rain

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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



Subject: Lebanon county, Memorial and Marquette lakes
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 13:11 pm
From: tjbecker81 AT aol.com
 
I checked Memorial Lake for storm fallout birds several
times this morning. Not a whole lot showed up. A Red-necked
Grebe was continuing there, and the Common Loon count eventually
reached 5 by my last check. It was nice to see several Palm Warblers,
lots of ruby-crowned Kinglets, and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in the shrubs
along the lake just past the General's house. Also a Catbird by the dam
parking area.

At nearby Marquette Lake a female Long-tailed Duck was continuing.

Tim Becker
Grantville
Lebanon county



Subject: Peregrine Falcons, Tarentum Bridge, Allegheny County
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 12:23 pm
From: dsktc AT comcast.net
 
"After an unsuccessful bid last year, the state-endangered peregrine falcon
is back nesting at the Tarentum Bridge.

"But the fastest-flying bird on earth never really left. Birders have been
watching the Tarentum pair all winter.

"One or the other has been seen darting around the skies in Tarentum chasing
pigeons - their favorite prey - or stalking them from the antennas of
apartment buildings on First Avenue in Brackenridge."

http://triblive.com/neighborho...
e/5947622-74/bridge-tarentum-peregrine#axzz2ytBsJKsB





Dave Kerr

Carlisle



Subject: RFI: packing scopes for air and (AK) wilderness travel
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 12:06 pm
From: jkbrink2 AT verizon.net
 
I've been given a once-a-lifetime opportunity to go with my son's scout
troop on a 3 week expedition to wild Alaska this July . I'm looking for
general information about safe ways to pack my new spotting scope, both
for air travel and for the 4 days backpacking and 6 days sea kayaking.

I'm also looking for good resources for birding the Kenai Peninsula, and
(western) Prince William Sound. We'll be on a scheduled (non-birding)
tour but I was hoping to find info on what to look for beyond what's in
my Sibley's...

If anyone has experience, or can refer me to online resources? You can
reply directly. Thanks!

Jeff Brinker
Mercer, Mercer Co.



Subject: OT - Frog Calls
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 11:16 am
From: nightowl57 AT verizon.net
 
Dave
I would think that since some birds eat frogs and frogs are therefore a food
source for birds the would be part of the topic.

We get quite a few different frogs here at Sweet Arrow Lake. Different ones
call at different times in the season. So far this season I've heard Wood
Frogs, which are the earliest, Spring Peepers which are usually next to
begin calling and I just heard Pickerel Frogs on the weekend. They sound
like they are snoring. The next to come out should be American Toads, which
make a fast trill, and Gray Tree Frogs, which make kind of a rattling,
vibrating sound. Later will come the Bull Frogs, Green Frogs, and Fowler's
Toad. I don't think we get Chorus Frogs in this area either.


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

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Kruel"
To:
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:01 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] OT - Frog Calls


> Hi All,
> A know it's not birds, but I thought a few others may be interested in
> frog vocals. I've been trying to ID frog calls when birding recently, and
> thought I'd post a link with our state's frog vocals
> http://wasdpa.org/schools/seni...
>
> Yesterday, I'm pretty certain that I heard pickerel frogs at Landingville
> Dam. Today, I heard a different frog at Owl Creek....to me, sounded like
> a chorus frog from the sample calls on the frog web page, but I dont think
> we get that in our area. So, will take more visits and learning to figure
> out who it is.
>
> Dave Kruel
> Pottsville
> Schuylkill Co.



Subject: White throated sparrow, FOY flicker, rufous sided towhees
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 10:11 am
From: ahinchberger72 AT gmail.com
 
There  is a white throated sparrow hanging around the feeders  today, along
with a pair of rufous sided towhees. A flicker was foraging around the yard
also.
My mom said they had a white throated sparrow here years ago, and a
local birder was very excited to come and take pictures. Cool little bird.

Adam Hinchberger, Butler
County



Subject: Wayne CO FOY E Towhee
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 9:08 am
From: povses AT maryu.marywood.edu
 
Treated to the FOY che-winking last evening of the Eastern Towhee, in the
hedgerows in my lower back yard in Honesdale, PA. This morning, a handful
of W-T Sparrows (males) were working the ground under the forsythia bushes
near the feeder.

--
Sandra Ward Povse | Honesdale, PA



Subject: Greene Co. sightings
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 8:03 am
From: birdwatcher108 AT comcast.net
 
Had a few first of season birds the last few of days.  Yellow-throated Warbler on 4/12, Brown Thrasher 4/13, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4/14 and a Ruby throated Hummingbird this morning.

Good birding to all
Marjorie Howard



Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Clearfield County
Date: Tue Apr 15 2014 7:16 am
From: marianne5 AT windstream.net
 
Thanks to Marcy Cunkelman's post on Sunday about her Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
I listened carefully this morning while putting out my bird feeders and
heard a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher near my house. It was here all last summer
also.

Marianne Atkinson
Clearfield County near DuBois



Subject: Flickers courting, Washington Co.
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 20:29 pm
From: blueapis AT msn.com
 
This evening in the Cherry Valley area of Washington County, I watched two male Northern Flickers singing near the same area - near a stream at the end of the soccer field where my children were practicing.  A female entered and apparently made her choice because one of the males flew a few hundred yards or so to a different area and began singing again while the other male and the female began dancing and posturing to one another.  They moved around the trunk of a tree, out onto a branch, then moved down into the the underbrush and out of site.  It didn't last long, but it was very fascinating.  An Eastern Towhee and a Cardinal provided back-up vocals.
Meanwhile, I saw 10 Wood ducks (7 drakes, 3 hens), a Mallard drake, and a Canada Goose in recently refreshed series of puddles in a corner lot. Another pair of Wood ducks was a stone's throw away in the stream (Raccoon Creek). One pair of Wood ducks was in a puddle that was no larger than a baby pool.
Cathy Brown, Washington County



Subject: Osprey Bristol Township Bucks County First of the Year
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 20:16 pm
From: lrowan1 AT verizon.net
 
Today I saw my first Osprey of the year.  It was flying over the Delaware River in Edgely, PA.  It was carrying a fish.

Linda Rowan



Subject: Update on list problems
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 18:34 pm
From: ctsantasania AT comcast.net
 
My friend and Nevada listserv owner Alan Wallace sent this note to his listserv. It can be applied to PA as well. It is long but important.
Carmen


Hi everyone,

A major snafu in the email world has led to a third (~115) of us being
deleted from the Nevada bird listserv. This is far beyond just our
listserv, and the root problem, unfortunately, will persist. Yahoo.com has
implemented a new policy that is trying to put a stop to phishing attacks,
and many (but not all) of the major ISPs have had to adopt or cope with it.
PC World provided a more detailed summary of this change and its effect on
listservs, so read that if you want the gory details:
http://www.pcworld.com/article...
s-mailing-lists.html.

The bottom line is that any yahoo.com email ( janedoe@yahoo.com for example)
that passes through a second party (i.e., our listserv) gets blocked by
other internet service providers (ISPs) because it's not coming directly
from Yahoo. The ISP generates what's called an error message that is sent
to the listserv software. Most listservs, including the one that hosts our
list, have long deleted subscribers when the subscriber accumulates error
messages from their ISP over five or six days, or gets 10 error messages in
a shorter period of time. The listserv software is mainly trying to prevent
repeated phishing attacks on email accounts, as well as weeding out defunct
email addresses.

Quite a few subscribers to this list have yahoo.com email addresses and
regularly report sightings to the list. The new Yahoo policy did not go
into full effect until about April 5, and earlier yahoo.com postings did not
generate error messages. Starting April 5, the change kicked into gear and
began creating error messages as yahoo.com contributors sent in postings.
This has nothing to do with the listserv software, and everything to do with
how ISPs have dealt with this change in different ways. People who use
yahoo.com, msn.com, att.net, live.com, sbcglobal.net, comcast.com, and a few
others have been badly affected, and they rapidly accumulated error messages
and were deleted on April 10 (Thursday). People who use other ISPs (aol.com
and others) have not been affected because their ISP so far has not adopted
this policy (yet). As the PC World article and other things that I've read
have noted, some ISPs like gmail.com don't create an error message but
instead move all yahoo.com emails into the spam folder.

All of the companies that run listservs, including the L-Soft company that
runs our software, are up in arms about this (see the PC World article).
Yahoo.com might change its policy, but this problem will persist until a
workable compromise is reached. All of us will continue to get emails from
yahoo.com subscribers, which will result in more deletions and more need to
resubscribe (likely repeatedly for both).

Before this started, we had about 450 subscribers, and about 115 have been
deleted to date. A lot of the other 335 people use a very wide range of
other ISPs that haven't adopted these rules, so an email from
janedoe@yahoo.com is just fine with those ISPs as long as they don't adopt
the rules. Some of those 335 have ISPs that are using the Yahoo policy but
did not get deleted, and a quick check indicates that many of those people
get their postings in a digest format. Digests accumulate all of the day's
postings and send them as one package at the end of the day. Thus, even
though a digest may CONTAIN a posting from a yahoo.com person, the actual
digest comes directly FROM the listserv software and thus is OK: the
content of the email is not the problem, just the "From" line if it comes
from a yahoo.com account.

So, what to do? If you were not deleted, then you might be fine as long as
your ISP doesn't adopt this policy. If you did get deleted, then you likely
will be deleted again as more postings come in from yahoo.com addresses.
The workaround is to change your subscription to the digest format. To do
that:

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Send an email to LISTSERV AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG (note that this is different
from the address to send postings).

Leave the subject line blank.

In the body of the email, type (or cut/paste) SET NVBIRDS DIGEST

Do not have anything else in the body of the email, such as signatures or
canned stuff that your ISP might put in there.

Finally, send the email. You'll get a confirmation of the change.

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I did that for my subscription yesterday morning. I received my digest at
9:01 last night, and it included the postings that came in after I switched.
One of those was from a yahoo.com subscriber. That posting triggered an
error message for the 15 people who resubscribed yesterday after being
deleted in the first round. Thus, the yahoo.com problem persists for them,
although they were not deleted again on the basis of just one posting on one
day. Significantly, I was deleted in the first round, but my switch to the
digest format kept me out of the second round, so making that change solved
the problem for me. If you need to see things more immediately, you can
still keep track of the sightings during the day through the ABA site
( http://birding.aba.org/ ) or on our own archive
( http://list.audubon.org/scripts/wa-AUDUBON.exe?A0=NVBIRDS ). The digest
format does not change how you post sightings to the list: that remains
normal. So, if you get deleted, then resubscribe using the earlier
instructions and then change that to the digest format (two steps).

Regarding subscribers who have yahoo.com email addresses, I've seen
suggestions (PC World and other articles) encouraging those people to set up
a free second email account (gmail, for instance) for posting and receiving
listserv emails. For a lot of reasons, I am in no position to tell people
what to do, and I probably would be a little irked if I was a yahoo.com user
and was told that I had to add a new email address. What I do know is that
all yahoo.com postings will generate error messages for many subscribers for
the foreseeable future. Those affected subscribers, if they want to avoid
being deleted, should change to the digest format.

Fundamentally, this Yahoo thing affects a LOT of us in various ways, not
just the people who are getting deleted. We all want this listserv to
continue to provide us with lots of wonderful reports on the birds in
Nevada, and that continued success depends on us adapting to this issue in
the best possible way and continuing to report on the birds. I'll be
watching this to see what transpires. Let's hope for policy changes sooner
than later. Maybe the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series for the first
time since 1908. You never know.

Alan

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Alan Wallace
Nevada bird listserv moderator
Reno NV



Subject: HSR: Tussey Mountain (14 Apr 2014) 280 Raptors
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 18:27 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 81 257
Osprey 13 54 58
Bald Eagle 0 6 25
Northern Harrier 1 13 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 159 197
Cooper's Hawk 5 21 33
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 15 62
Broad-winged Hawk 230 367 367
Red-tailed Hawk 15 232 361
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 2
Golden Eagle 1 20 194
American Kestrel 2 22 33
Merlin 0 2 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 1 1 2
Unknown Raptor 1 5 6

Total: 280 1003 1629
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Jon Kauffman

Observers: Chuck Widmann, Dave Kyler, Jon Kauffman

Weather:
Strong SE winds at 18-22mph with gusts up to 35mph. Temps a steady 72F. A
haze in the valley and 100% cloud cover all day. Making it a easier to find
high flying birds. Storm front from the west at 1645.

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1455(Unk)

First BWHA at 650(EST) with the biggest hour at 1300 with 71. Biggest
kettle was 13. Flight was on the south and ridge top. The last hour was
still producing birds but the flight was cut short due to the front.

Non-raptor Observations:
Eastern Meadowlark(1) Tree Swallow(4) Black and White Warbler(1) Common
Loon(22) Purple Martin(1) DC Cormorant(24)

Predictions:
Looks like rain tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jon Kauffman (jvk5019@gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainsprin...



Subject: list updaate
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 18:18 pm
From: ctsantasania AT comcast.net
 
I just added a number of people back to the list as many of you were deleted again last night. I learned that if you were deleted and you are put back on the list , and you set your subscription to DIGEST, you will not get deleted. So I anyone I add will have their subscrption set to DIGEST. You can read the individidual posts at at http://birding.aba.org/maillis...


Alternatively, you can just subscribe to the list with a google or other email address. I do not know if yahoo will ever fix this problem.


Carmen



Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (14 Apr 2014) 77 Raptors
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 17:54 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 2 2
Turkey Vulture 0 3 3
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 1 26 26
Bald Eagle 2 11 11
Northern Harrier 0 10 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 39 39
Cooper's Hawk 4 29 29
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 1 12 12
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 64 86 86
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 44 44
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 18 18
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 1 12 12
Merlin 1 3 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 7 7

Total: 77 312 312
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Arlene Koch, Javier Medel, Rebecca McCabe

Visitors:
49


Weather:
Mostly cloudy/Overcast, S winds 4-18 mph

Raptor Observations:
1 local, 4th year bald eagle.
Counted 57 broad-winged hawks before noon EST.

Non-raptor Observations:

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



Subject: Wildwood Park Dauphin Co
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 17:52 pm
From: alanwells505 AT gmail.com
 
Stopped by Wildwood this morning to check the lake. It was rather quiet with only a couple of Mallards, Canadian Geese  and an Egret on the southern part of the lake. Saw a couple Red Wings and some Tree Swallows zooming around and heard a woodpecker coming from the woods. 

The Egret was looking for breakfast and I got a shot of one of his better catches that I posted to Flicker. Posted a couple others of him there as well.

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

A Wells
York



Subject: Lebanon County Birds
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 17:01 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
I visited a few areas in the late afternoon in  Lebanon Co. and had these
highlights.

Millardsville Quarry-

No grebes of any kind.

Broad-winged Hawk- 1 that went into the woods.

Reistville ponds- no shorebirds of any kind.

Barn Swallow-3

Middle Creek WMA

A lot of the fields were being worked on with farm machines.

Along Rt. 897- Mute Swan-1 immature

Still about 200 Snow Geese

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Jennings Prairie and nearby; Butler County; 04/14/2014
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 16:06 pm
From: rmnugent AT excite.com
 
  This morning I birded at Jennings Prairie. Spring has just started in northern Butler County with Skunk Cabbage in full bloom and Coltsfoot and Spring Beauty just starting. Fortunately the birds do not know that. I was pleased to see and hear a Brown Creeper. I rarely am able to hear them unless they are close. I had just one FOY at Jennings (Blue-headed Vireo) which was persistently singing. I looked up a lot hoping far a Broad-winged Hawk, but settled for 6 Turkey Vultures. I also enjoyed hearing Field sparrows singing.

On my way home I visited a nearby Purple Martin (FOY) colony and found them to be back. I hope that they are fat enough to survive the snow tomorrow. At the Route 528 bridge over Lake Arthur I found that the Cliff Swallows (FOY) have also returned. I got home just as the rain started, having tallied three FOYs for the morning.

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



Subject: Golden Eagles at Octorara Reservoir?
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 14:54 pm
From: patrick.millar AT gmx.com
 
Hi Tom,

I live close to the reservoir and have not seen any. That does not mean they do not ever pass through here – but I consider it unlikely.

On the other hand, we do have good numbers of immature Bald Eagles near the reservoir year-round. Depending on light and individual markings, these are sometimes confused for Golden Eagles.

So, based upon probabilities, I would suggest that they are not likely to the Golden Eagles - they are more likely to be Bald Eagles. However, Golden Eagles cannot be ruled out – but it would be great to see some photographs to confirm.

Hope this helps!

Patrick Millar
Southern Chester County

> On Apr 14, 2014, at 3:31 PM, Thomas Wilson wrote:
>
> Hello Fellow Birders:
> I was down at the reservoir this morning and around 1030 I saw two eagles
> soaring overhead. The pattern on the underside of the wing looked like
> that of a Golden Eagle. I wish someone had been there who had seen one
> before. The bald eagle was siting on the nest on the west side of the
> reservoir (east side of the bridge). Not many water birds. I did see a pair
> of double crested cormorants. Saw some hen turkeys, a ring-neck pheasant,
> blue-gray gnatcatchers, eastern towhees, lots of tufted titmice, white
> breasted nuthatches. So has anyone else seen Golden Eagles around there
> lately?
>
> --
> Tom Wilson V.M.D.
> Strasburg PA
> (_))
> (oo)_______
> (__) )\
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Subject: Golden Eagles at Octorara Reservoir?
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 14:32 pm
From: cowdoc99 AT gmail.com
 
Hello Fellow Birders:
I was down at the reservoir this morning and around 1030 I saw two eagles
soaring overhead. The pattern on the underside of the wing looked like
that of a Golden Eagle. I wish someone had been there who had seen one
before. The bald eagle was siting on the nest on the west side of the
reservoir (east side of the bridge). Not many water birds. I did see a pair
of double crested cormorants. Saw some hen turkeys, a ring-neck pheasant,
blue-gray gnatcatchers, eastern towhees, lots of tufted titmice, white
breasted nuthatches. So has anyone else seen Golden Eagles around there
lately?

--
Tom Wilson V.M.D.
Strasburg PA
(_))
(oo)_______
(__) )\
| |---------w| \~
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Subject: Osprey, Hummelstown (Dauphin County)
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 14:20 pm
From: channy3232 AT gmail.com
 
As I was leaving my son's school today around 130, I looked up to see an
Osprey flying over the school, located right in the middle of Hummelstown.
This is the second one I've seen this year, and the first ever in town.

Chandra Kotzatoski
Hummelstown



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Subject: blue-winged teal - Washington County
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 11:37 am
From: blueapis AT msn.com
 
Two blue-winged Teal at Hillman State park along with 3 drake Mallard.  First pond off of Five Points Road extension coming from the west.
Cathy Brown, Washington Co.



Subject: FOY S. Wayne CO
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 10:40 am
From: povses AT maryu.marywood.edu
 
Y-B Sapsucker FOY 4.12.14: a lot of activity, vocalization, and drilling
the sugar maples. FOY Common Flicker yesterday. Tree Swallows checking out
the boxes; Chipping Sparrows, Purple and House Finches, melodic Goldfinches
and Song Sparrows all busy at the feeders and on the ground. E. Phoebes
definitely checking out nesting sites and calling back and forth. Bald
Eagle overhead...all at my home outside Honesdale, PA.
--
Sandra Ward Povse | Honesdale, PA



Subject: Ruby-crowned kinglet, YB sapsucker, Schenley , Pittsburgh
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 9:30 am
From: kstjohn001 AT yahoo.com
 
Two notable migrants this morning in Schenley Park in the zone fro the Visitors Center to the pond: 
Ruby-crowned kinglet singing near Botany Hall
Yellow-bellied sapsucker female near the pond
Also:
singing white-throated sparrows
a pair of red-winged blackbirds at the pond. He was aggressively chasing her.

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



Subject: Chipping Sparrow,Louisiana Waterthrush, Cowbirs, Etc Washington County
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 8:02 am
From: Hutch4750 AT aol.com
 
April 12 in East Finley Twp. Washington County

Chipping Sparrow
Louisiana Water Thrush
Brown headed Cowbird
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
Brown Thrasher

Pat Hutcheson East Finley Twp.



Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)- Bucks Co. (4/6-4/12)
Date: Mon Apr 14 2014 6:20 am
From: augustmirabella AT aol.com
 
All,
A total of 81 species were reported this week. Highlights include:
Red-breasted Merganser-high report 5 4/12
Common Loon-one to 3 all week
Pied-billed Grebe-high report 3 4/7
Horned Grebe-one to 3 all week
RED-NECKED GREBE-all week/high report 9 4/7 through 4/9; 5 still present 4/12
Double-crested Cormorant-high report 155 4/12
1 AMERICAN BITTERN 4/12
Broad-winged Hawk 4/12
1 American Coot 4/12
1 Spotted Sandpiper 4/12
Bonaparte's Gull 4/7 through 4/10-high report 41 4/7
Lesser Black-backed Gull-high report 46 4/9
1 CASPIAN TERN 4/6
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues
Barn Swallow
1 Winter Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4/12
Hermit Thrush-high report 4 4/12
Brown Thrasher 4/12
Palm Warbler-high report 8 4/12
1 Fox Sparrow 4/6


Also, Mute Swan 4/7, Wood Duck, Bufflehead 4/6, Ruddy Duck, Common Merganser, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Amer. Kestrel, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, E. Phoebe, Rough-winged Swallow, Brown Creeper 4/10,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, E. Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, E. Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow


Thanks to all who share their sightings for our weekly spreadsheet.
August Mirabella
North Wales, PA



Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler, Northampton County
Date: Sun Apr 13 2014 21:58 pm
From: adamsmithud AT yahoo.com
 
This morning there was a yellow-throated Warbler along the towpath at the Bethlehem Boat Club, very close to the Rte 33 bridge.

Yesterday 2 singingLouisiana Waterthrush at Jacobsburg State Park in Henry's Woods.


Adam Smith
Bethlehem Township
Northampton County



Subject: Luzerne Co. Birdwalk - Sat, April 19
Date: Sun Apr 13 2014 21:49 pm
From: dkruel300 AT comcast.net
 
Hi All,
There will be a birdwalk at Nescopeck State Park on Saturday....meet at visitor center for 8:00am.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill Co.



Subject: OT - Frog Calls
Date: Sun Apr 13 2014 21:01 pm
From: dkruel300 AT comcast.net
 
Hi All,
A know it's not birds, but I thought a few others may be interested in frog vocals. I've been trying to ID frog calls when birding recently, and thought I'd post a link with our state's frog vocals http://wasdpa.org/schools/seni...

Yesterday, I'm pretty certain that I heard pickerel frogs at Landingville Dam. Today, I heard a different frog at Owl Creek....to me, sounded like a chorus frog from the sample calls on the frog web page, but I dont think we get that in our area. So, will take more visits and learning to figure out who it is.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill Co.



Subject: FOY Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Near Equinuck, N. Wayne Co.
Date: Sun Apr 13 2014 20:43 pm
From: tgswoods AT epix.net
 
Forgot to mention in my previous email, had the first of the year singing Ruby-crowned Kinglet close to the intersection of Kinneville and Eqinunk Creek Rd.

Trudy Gerlach
Bradford Co.
tgswoods@epix.net



Subject: FOY Tree Swallow, mating Kestrels, N. Wayne Co. yesterday.
Date: Sun Apr 13 2014 20:33 pm
From: tgswoods AT epix.net
 
Yesterday (4.12) I saw 2 American Kestrels copulating a few times at and near a barn (perhaps theyll nest in the barn) about 2 miles south of Lakewood on S. Preston Rd, N. Wayne Co., and also the first of the year Tree Swallows singing in the air close to this location.
\Trudy Gerlach
Bradford Co.
tgswoods@epix.net



Subject: FOY Birds Bradford Co.
Date: Sun Apr 13 2014 20:28 pm
From: tgswoods AT epix.net
 
Late this afternoon I had my first Tree Swallows, Eastern Towhee and Brown Thrasher, all singing, at my farm near New Era, Brad. Co.

Trudy Gerlach
Bradford Co.
tgswoods@epix.net



Subject: BH Vireo, B Thrasher, B&W Warb Franklin Co
Date: Sun Apr 13 2014 20:09 pm
From: keener1538 AT gmail.com
 
PA Birders,

All my FOYs today started with B.

Bob Keener
717-658-8765



Subject: Ohiopyle State Park-Fayette County
Date: Sun Apr 13 2014 19:28 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
While biking through Ohiopyle State Park today, some of the highlights were:

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Yellow-throated Warbler
Blue-headed Vireo
Bald Eagle
Common Merganser
Mute Swan
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow

Non-avian - lots of Northern Leopard frogs calling

Gigi Gerben & Luke
Washington County



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