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20 Jan: @ 17:57:39 
Thayer's Gulls, Northampton County [Jason Horn]
20 Jan: @ 16:18:57 
Snow geese Crawford county [Pabirder1974]
20 Jan: @ 15:50:29 
Allegheny County- Peregrine [John Flannigan]
20 Jan: @ 14:03:40 
Re: Red Crossbills seen? [Dnadeb]
20 Jan: @ 13:04:37 
Red Crossbills seen? [Chad Kauffman]
20 Jan: @ 13:01:22 
Turkey Vultures, Allegheny [Michael David]
20 Jan: @ 12:42:12 
Eastern PA Birdline: 1/20/2017 [Dave DeReamus]
20 Jan: @ 11:33:14 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (19 Jan 2017) 3 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
20 Jan: @ 11:00:12 
Southeast Lancaster County WRS, 19 January 2017 [Bob Schutsky]
19 Jan: @ 19:44:47 
WRS Lebanon County [Gerald Boltz]
19 Jan: @ 18:33:50 
WRS Lebanon County [GERALD BOLTZ]
19 Jan: @ 17:01:29 
Middle Creek WMA Lancaster County today [Windstream Mail]
19 Jan: @ 13:11:48 
Washington County American Kestrel and Northern Pintail [g. g]
19 Jan: @ 12:07:54 
Lesser BB Gull Mercer County [Stringer, Randy C.]
19 Jan: @ 10:14:15 
Suet logs photos [Robert Mulvihill]
19 Jan: @ 10:05:01 
Info for Mac users/birders - Photos application [Flo McGuire]
19 Jan: @ 07:19:59 
Saw-whet Owl at Ski Roundtop [Eli DePaulis]
18 Jan: @ 22:12:11 
Greater White-Fronted Geese, Dorney Pond, Lehigh County [Kevin Dougherty]
18 Jan: @ 17:07:26 
(Yellow) House Finches - Allegheny Co. [Mark Vass]
18 Jan: @ 16:35:42 
Lancaster and Lebanon County today [Windstream Mail]
18 Jan: @ 13:05:27 
Common Loon, Allegheny County [Alan Buriak]
18 Jan: @ 12:19:52 
photo of a bird on a suet log [Robert Mulvihill]
18 Jan: @ 11:10:49 
Redhead - Beaver Co [Gina Rubino]
18 Jan: @ 11:04:25 
POSSIBLE Snowy Owl sighting - Hazleton, Luzerne County [Linette Mansberger]
18 Jan: @ 09:15:04 
Bald Eagle, Washington County [g. g]
17 Jan: @ 19:42:19 
Merlin, Lancaster [Stanley C Stahl]
17 Jan: @ 17:18:49 
Harrison Hills Park - Allegheny County [Dave Brooke]
17 Jan: @ 15:08:21 
Lancaster County [Windstream Mail]
16 Jan: @ 18:10:50 
Re: Birding Event you won't want to miss it 2017 [Cindy Dunn]
16 Jan: @ 17:12:24 
Lebanon County birds [Windstream Mail]
16 Jan: @ 17:11:50 
Re: Birding Event you won't want to miss it 2017 [Katrina Knight]
16 Jan: @ 15:29:30 
Meadowlarks - Beaver Co. [Mark Vass]
16 Jan: @ 12:10:29 
Re: Birding Event you won't want to miss it 2017 [Vernon Gauthier]
16 Jan: @ 09:40:05 
Re: The Birding Event you will not want to miss in 2017 [Cindy Dunn]
16 Jan: @ 07:40:58 
The Birding Event you will not want to miss in 2017 [Vernon Gauthier]
16 Jan: @ 07:37:23 
WRS - Southeastern Dauphin Co. [Dick and Pat Williams]
15 Jan: @ 23:15:17 
[BucksCoBirders] Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday January 17 - TOMORROW[1 Attachment] [LeRoy Tabb]
15 Jan: @ 18:49:00 
Perry County New Bloomfield CBC [Annette Mathes]
15 Jan: @ 17:15:35 
American Kestrel, Washington County [g. g]
15 Jan: @ 14:28:34 
Armstrong County, continuing Ross's Goose and Red-headed woodpeckers [Amy Henrici]
15 Jan: @ 13:57:18 
Re: TOWNSEND'S WARBLER: Bloomsburg, Columbia Co. [Ted Nichols II]
15 Jan: @ 11:19:36 
Bullock's Oriole, Rufous Hummingbird - Lancaster County [Pamela Fisher]
15 Jan: @ 09:11:17 
Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co. (1/8 - 1/14) [August Mirabella]
14 Jan: @ 17:28:11 
Re: Directions to Trough Creek State Park Huntingdon county for Red Crossbills [Rebecca Serey]
14 Jan: @ 16:28:24 
Monroe County WRS [Robin & Dan]
14 Jan: @ 13:23:31 
Aug-Nov 2016 Photos Needed for FALL PA Birds Journal [Ted Nichols II]
14 Jan: @ 12:43:44 
Sharp-shinned Hawk - York County [Ann Pettigrew]
14 Jan: @ 11:23:05 
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Beaver Co. [Mark Vass]
14 Jan: @ 03:23:36 
Eastern PA Birdline: 1/14/2017 [Dave DeReamus]
13 Jan: @ 16:06:13 
Re: TOWNSEND'S WARBLER: Bloomsburg, Columbia Co. [Ted Nichols II]





Subject: Thayer's Gulls, Northampton County
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 17:57 pm
From: 0000007179661740-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
After lunch I spent some time at Grand Central Landfill viewing gulls from the Evergreen Cemetery. While there I found both a first cycle and an adult Thayer's Gull. Both of these birds may have been here for awhile. Back on 6th I briefly saw what looked like the same two Thayer's Gulls. At least 4 different Iceland Gulls of various ages where present today and at least one different one on the 6th. Also there were at least two hybrids. One adult Herring/ Lesser Black-backed and one young Herring/Glaucous.

Good luck and good birding

Jason Horn



Subject: Snow geese Crawford county
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 16:18 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
Walking into Walmart now I had a flock of 20 or so snow geese fly overheard some blues mixed in.  Good idea if anyone is around pymatuning or conneaut lake tomorrow to check on them!  I'll be out sometime tomorrow 

Shawn Collins
Crawford county

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Allegheny County- Peregrine
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 15:50 pm
From: rublzrme AT comcast.net
 
This afternoon there was  a Peregrine Falcon on the girders below the McKees Rocks Bridge deck. 
 
Enjoy your birding
John Flannigan
Allegheny County



Subject: Red Crossbills seen?
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 14:03 pm
From: dsg4 AT psu.edu
 
We have not been down or heard. Please post if you do as others are wondering. 
Deb Grove

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 20, 2017, at 2:04 PM, Chad Kauffman wrote:
>
> hello everyone, Aden Troyer just called me, he was wondering if the crossbills are still being seen in Hunt. Co. I don't get the alerts now, but I am not seeing any ebird reports the last few days, but I haven't heard of any negative reports either.
>
> He is thinking about going tomorrow if they are still being seen.
>
> thanks, chad.
>
>
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Subject: Red Crossbills seen?
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 13:04 pm
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
hello everyone, Aden Troyer just called me, he was wondering if the
crossbills are still being seen in Hunt. Co. I don't get the alerts
now, but I am not seeing any ebird reports the last few days, but I
haven't heard of any negative reports either.

He is thinking about going tomorrow if they are still being seen.

thanks, chad.


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Subject: Turkey Vultures, Allegheny
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 13:01 pm
From: michaeltdavid AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,

I had 4 Turkey Vultures fly over my apartment a short while ago. Surprised
to see any, much less 4, here at this time of year.

Best,

Michael David
Allegheny Co.



Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 1/20/2017
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 12:42 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* January 20, 2017
* PAEA1701.20

- Birds mentioned

BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: January 20th at 1:00 PM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to becard@rcn.com with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

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

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

There will be a field trip to waterfowl and gull hotspots in nearby New
Jersey with a stop at Oberly Road for field birds on January 21st. Meet at
the Tilghman Square parking lot, near the Red Robin restaurant, just west of
Route 309 at 7:30 AM. Trip leader will be Mark Boyd.

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

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from the MARTINS CREEK PPL POWER PLANT area, Northampton County:
At the boat launch area:
Spotted Sandpiper – 1 to at least 1/14.

Sightings from the EASTON area, Northampton County:
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE – 1 sporadically to at least 1/16 (female; along the
Delaware River north of Easton).
Also Common Goldeneye.

Sightings from LYNN TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – 1 on 1/14 (along Kunkle’s Mill Road).

Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
At the Dorney Park pond:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE – 2 on 1/18.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Walt Road area:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 1/16, 1/18, and 1/19
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE – 1 on 1/16; 16 (high count) on 1/18 and 1/19
Cackling Geese – 1 on 1/16; 2 on 1/18; 3 on 1/19.

Sightings from DEEP CREEK / KNIGHT LAKE area, Montgomery County:
Common Goldeneye.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – 1 on 1/19.

Red-breasted Nuthatches continued to be reported from several sites this
past week.

- End transcript



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (19 Jan 2017) 3 Raptors
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 11:33 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jan 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 2
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 3 10 10
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Joe Scholtes

Weather:
mostly cldy, NNW wind light

Raptor Observations:
4th year Bald Eagle 1210

one local bald sighted

Non-raptor Observations:

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



Subject: Southeast Lancaster County WRS, 19 January 2017
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 11:00 am
From: info AT birdtreks.com
 
Dear PABirders,

Tom Amico and I conducted the Southeast Lancaster County Winter Raptor
Survey (WRS) yesterday, 19 January 2017. This survey route has been
conducted annually beginning in 2004. Conditions for this year's survey
were mostly cloudy, with light NW winds. The air temperature ranged
from 43 to 47F. There was no snow cover. We checked the Bald Eagle
nest near Paradise. It looked to be in good shape. We saw no adult
eagles in the vicinity of the nest, which is not unusual in January.

Southeast Lancaster County WRS
19 January 2017
Bob Schutsky and Tom Amico
4 hours and 43 minutes
9:49am to 2:32pm
59.6 miles

Turkey Vulture, 185

Black Vulture, 25

Northern Harrier, 1 total (adult male)

Red-tailed Hawk, 25 total (all adults)

American Kestrel, 1 total (male)

Merlin, 1 total (sex not determined)

Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 total (age not determined)

Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 total (immature)

Bald Eagle, 4 total (2 adults, 2 imm)

Average Temperature, 45F (43-47F)
Sky, mostly cloudy for the entire survey
Wind, light from the NW for the entire survey
No snow cover
No ice on creeks or ponds

Other birds of note included: American Robin, 1. Great Blue Heron, 6.
Horned Lark, 30. Eastern Bluebird, 15.
We saw three large flocks of blackbirds that contained Common Grackles,
Red-winged Blackbirds, and Brown-headed Cowbirds. The total birds in
each flock numbered approximately 20,000, 6000, and 5000.

And, near Steeleville along the East Branch of Octoraro Creek, we found
numerous fresh Beaver cuttings. We have not found any Beaver signs in
this area on our previous surveys, dating back to 2004.

Sincerely,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
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Subject: WRS Lebanon County
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 19:44 pm
From: gmb310 AT comcast.net
 
> 
> >>
> >> County -Lebanon
> >> Date -1/19/17
> >> Observers- Gerry Boltz, Fritz Heilman, Jim Fiorentino
> >> Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 4 hours 40 minutes
> >> Start time/End time 9:40 AM - 3:00 PM
> >> Miles on route 70.4
> >>
> >> TVs 26
> >> BVs- 49
> >>
> >> Harriers- 0
> >>
> >> Red-tails- Ad./Imm./ND 29/0/1
> >>
> >> Rough-legs- Light/Dark 0
> >>
> >> Kestrels- M/F/ND- 3/3/0
> >>
> >> Sharp-shins- 0
> >>
> >> Cooper's - 1
> >>
> >> Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND 0
> >>
> >> Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 2/1
> >>
> >> Other raptors (include age for GE, goshawks) 1 Peregrine Falcon ( Big Surprise)
> >> Shrikes?
> >>
> >> Avg Temp.- 51
> >> Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Cloudy to partly cloudy
> >> Wind - Light/medium/strong- light
> >> Avg Snow cover depth - 0
>
>



Subject: WRS Lebanon County
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 18:33 pm
From: gmb310 AT comcast.net
 
> O
>
> County -Lebanon
> Date -1/19/17
> Observers-Gerry Boltz, Fritz Heilman, Jim Fiorentino
> Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 4 hours 40 minutes
> Start time/End time 9:40 am- 3:00 pm
> Miles on route 70.4
>
> TVs 26
> BVs- 49
>
> Harriers- 0
>
> Red-tails- Ad./Imm./ND 29/0/1
>
> Rough-legs- Light/Dark 0
>
> Kestrels- M/F/ND 3/3/0
>
> Sharp-shins-
>
> Cooper's - 1
>
> Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND 0
>
> Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 2/1
>
> Other raptors (include age for GE, goshawks) 1 Peregrine Falcon
> Shrikes? 0
>
> Avg Temp.- 51
> Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- cloudy to partly cloudy
> Wind - Light/medium/strong- light
> Avg Snow cover depth - 0
>
>
>
>



Subject: Middle Creek WMA Lancaster County today
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 17:01 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
From  about 10:30 to 4 pm off and on I started at the boat launch area and
my highlights are, a low count of 20000 on the main lake, then flew east.
About 500 Tundra Swans, Bald Eagle 3, 2 adults and immature, and one
immature Lesser Black-backed Gull. Parked along Hopeland Road about 200
south of the Willow Point parking lot and on the east side came a very low
adult Golden Eagle flying south over the fields that the golden mantle was
seen well . My guess that it was hunting.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Washington County American Kestrel and Northern Pintail
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 13:11 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
The Northern Pintail, originally found by Don Weiss continues its stay at
Timber Lake with occasional forays to Lake Joann. I think it's been here
for about a week now.

A male American Kestrel was perched near Trax Farms today, and yesterday
there was one perched along Bebout Road.

The Bald Eagle seen at Boone Reservoir yesterday was an adult.

I hope I get to see them for my WRS!

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Lesser BB Gull Mercer County
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 12:07 pm
From: RCStringer AT gcc.edu
 
There is currently a subadult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Shenango Reservoir in the same vicinity as the aforementioned Glaucous Gull.

Randy C. Stringer

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Suet logs photos
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 10:14 am
From: robert.mulvihill AT gmail.com
 
I have to thank PA birders for their rapid response to my last minute
request yesterday for photos of birds on a suet log.

Specifically, I want to acknowledge Dick Snyder, Doug Jolley, Randy Smith,
Wayne Laubscher, Flo McGuire, Frank Haas, Shawn Collins, and Aleene Jones,
all of whom were kind enough to send photos or links to photos that I could
use. I don't know which photos will ultimately be selected by the
videographers for inclusion with the piece, but I do know they were
thrilled to have so many good photos to choose from.

Again, my thanks to this list for helping connect me with PA birders wiling
and able to assist me!

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


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nature through an appreciation of birds.*



Subject: Info for Mac users/birders - Photos application
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 10:05 am
From: fmcguire1 AT verizon.net
 
I made a wonderful discovery yesterday that I have to share - I have version 2.0 of Photos on my iMac. 

If you type in "woodpecker" in search, it will show you all your photos of woodpeckers! Likewise with "bird"! Not perfect, but very nice. (I only tried "woodpecker" in the hopes of finding some of the photos I had labeled, but it found them all). They said they had improved the search, but I never expected this. It will find "dog" and "flower" too. I think I'm in love - it even seems to know "butterfly" from "moth".

I highly recommend the Mac :-)

Good birding!

Flo McGuire
Tionesta



Subject: Saw-whet Owl at Ski Roundtop
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 7:19 am
From: elidepaulis1 AT gmail.com
 
PA Birders,
For any of you who are skiers, there was a Saw-whet Owl at the Ramrod Chairlift on Tuesday night. Going up the lift, it was on the right hand side in the first of the two tree patches. If I had to guess, he was taking advantage of the lighting at Round top to hunt. The bird was easily seen since Roundtop is lite up like a parking lot every night.

Please note that you must have a lift ticket and skis to find this bird. Do not try to find it with out said accoutrements!



Good Birding,
Eli DePaulis

York Springs, PA



Subject: Greater White-Fronted Geese, Dorney Pond, Lehigh County
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 22:12 pm
From: quid789 AT gmail.com
 
There were two Greater White-Fronted Geese at Dorney Pond this afternoon.
Birds were still present at 1700 when I left.

kevin dougherty



Subject: (Yellow) House Finches - Allegheny Co.
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 17:07 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
I stopped at the Imperial Grasslands main pond late this afternoon and had
a flock of twenty House Finches there that included two yellow variant

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Lancaster and Lebanon County today
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 16:35 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
At the Myerstown Quarry I had about 250 Mallards in Lebanon County, than
Millardsville Quarry were Gadwall 1 male, American Wigeon 1 pair, and a
pair of Common Mergansers. Than to Middle Creek WMA along Rt. 897 there was
about a total of 10000 Snow Geese . With about 1000 was adult Ross' Goose,
about 500 Tundra Swans were going north . In Lancaster County near the
mostly frozen lake was 1 Ross' Goose with about 300 Snow Geese.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Common Loon, Allegheny County
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 13:05 pm
From: a_buriak AT hotmail.com
 
I just stopped briefly at the Brunot Island area of the Ohio River on the River Rd side in Mckees Rocks and there was a common loon swimming right next to the boat docks not far from the shore.

Alan Buriak
Gibsonia, Allegheny County



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Subject: photo of a bird on a suet log
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 12:19 pm
From: robert.mulvihill AT gmail.com
 
I have a request--can anyone out there send me a good photo of a bird on a
suet log? Any species from woodpecker through wren is fine. I need the
photo to be of good quality, though. it may be incorporated into a video
showing how to make a suet log feeder. Oh, and I need it today!

Please send photos to me at Robert.mulvihill@gmail.com.

Thanks!!

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


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nature through an appreciation of birds.*



Subject: Redhead - Beaver Co
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 11:10 am
From: gina.m.rubino AT gmail.com
 
There is a lone male Redhead at the mouth of the Beaver River.
A Peregrine Falcon is also present on the large train bridge.

Gina Rubino - Beaver County



Subject: POSSIBLE Snowy Owl sighting - Hazleton, Luzerne County
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 11:04 am
From: 000000d48461f159-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
A friend who is not a birder has had 2 sightings this month in her yard of what she thinks is a Snowy Owl.  She describes it as a "large owl that is white with white wings perching on her front fence near dawn."    She has been unable to get a photo. It was last seen yesterday (January 17) at dawn. The other sighting was a little more than a week ago.


Have any Snowy Owls been reported in the Hazleton area recently?


She lives on a side street in Hazleton just off of Route 309 North (aka Church Street) about 2 miles from the Hazleton Airport, and her address is 317 W. 17th Street. Anyone wishing to verify this observation could park along the street/sidewalk to watch. She has bird feeders in her yard (which could be attracting this bird), but her yard is very small and SHE HAS A LARGE DOG THAT WOULD NOT ALLOW observers to be inside of her fenced yard because he can be antagonistic toward strangers. Please be aware of and heed the message on the BEWARE OF DOG sign!


Any reports to confirm this sighting (or to clarify that it is another species) would be appreciated.



Thank you!
Linette Mansberger
Adams County



Subject: Bald Eagle, Washington County
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 9:15 am
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
Bald Eagle perched at Boone Reservoir.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Merlin, Lancaster
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 19:42 pm
From: 000000ccb896003a-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Along Farmingdale Rd., near rt. 30,  a Merlin was perched atop a pole. I took photos. When I examined a print, I saw a dead bird, almost as large as the Merlin, with the Merlin. I couldn't identify the prey because of poor resolution. A Red-tailed Hawk was perched maybe 50-100 feet from the Merlin.Stan Stahl


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Subject: Harrison Hills Park - Allegheny County
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 17:18 pm
From: davbrooke AT gmail.com
 
I birded the pond area and then around the ELC this afternoon.



1-Coopers Hawk

3-Red-tailed Hawk

1-Red-bellied Hawk

1-Downy Woodpecker

2-Hairy Woodpeckers

3-Norhern Flickers

3-Pileated Woodpeckers

1-Blue Jay

1-Common Raven

4-Black-capped Chickadee

8-Tufted Titmouse

3-White-breasted Nuthatch

1-Northern Mockingbird

2-Dark-eyed Junco

8-White-throated Sparrow

2-Song Sparrow

5-Northern Cardinal



Dave Brooke



A couple photos on ebird

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...











Subject: Lancaster County
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 15:08 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
Today at Speedwell Lake from about 2 to 3 pm only the upper end is open and
the rest is frozen, the total birds -Mute Swan 1 immature , Canada Geese 8,
and Winter Wren 1.

Randy C Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Birding Event you won't want to miss it 2017
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 18:10 pm
From: cadunn.444 AT gmail.com
 
My apologies all and thanks Vern.

Actually, it is a little funnier than that. I forwarded it to my sister from Potter County to encourage her to come down and attend a field trip with me. Like me, she's an enthusiastic but not expert birder. She asked if I'd be leading a trip as she knows I go to Camp Michaux a lot to bird. That's when I wrote that I wasn't a good enough birder. There are folks on this list who could attest to some of my mistaken identifications in good fun!

I applaud PSOs great work for science and engaging birders in this wonderful pursuit. Birds are our best gift for taking care of our habitat In Pennsylvania!

And I really should always take the time to put my reading glasses on before emailing! I was without them all day so I hope this "reply all" was my only boo boo.

Happy birding and see you at PSO but NOT leading a trip!

Cindy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 16, 2017, at 6:11 PM, Katrina Knight wrote:
>
> At 01:10 PM 1/16/2017 Vernon Gauthier wrote:
>
>> Actually, this is a good moment to let everyone know that no matter how you perceive yourself as a birder from newbie to universal expert you are very, very welcomed to join us at our annual meeting and other field trips we have throughout the year.
>
>
> This is something that is really important to me. No one should exclude themselves because they don't think they know enough. Going out with other birders who know more is one of the best ways to learn more yourself. Most groups that schedule bird walks/field trips are very welcoming to people of all skill levels. I lead a variety of walks/field trips for the Baird Ornithological Club and for various local parks, as well as leading commercial trips to the Dry Tortugas in the spring. Beginners are always welcome on my trips. I don't care if you've never identified a single bird or used binoculars before, you're still welcome on my walks. I usually welcome children on my walks as well, as long as they're old enough to keep up and to not spend the walk screaming and crying. (Some walks are not appropriate for children due to the length or difficulty of the walk though, so it is a good idea to ask before bringing young children.) In truth, I think I enjoy showing and teaching other people about birds even more than I enjoy seeing new birds myself.
>
> Just yesterday I led a walk where we met at the Lake Ontelaunee dam breast. After our walk a few of us who'd car-pooled to the actual walk location went back there. We pulled into the parking lot and I spotted a pair of Bald Eagles in an evergreen tree. A few minutes later a car with three high school kids in it pulled in and asked what we were looking at. The three kids got out and we lent them a pair of binoculars so they could look at the eagles. They were obviously amazed by what they saw. There's nothing quite like seeing someone get excited about birds for what was probably the first time.
>
> --
> Katrina Knight
> kknight@fastmail.fm
> Reading, PA, USA



Subject: Lebanon County birds
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 17:12 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
Today from 2:30 to 3:30 pm I was at Lion's Lake and it is 95% frozen . All
the birds were mostly on the ice. Canada Goose 3000+ walking with the
Canada's were 14 Cackling Geese the small size with no neck ring found on
the Cackling's today, new county high. Mallard-38, Herring Gull-4,
Ring-billed Gull 345, Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 first year, Common
Grackle-1 . Almost all the gulls came in one group.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Birding Event you won't want to miss it 2017
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 17:11 pm
From: kknight AT fastmail.fm
 
At 01:10 PM 1/16/2017 Vernon Gauthier wrote:

>Actually, this is a good moment to let everyone know that no
>matter how you perceive yourself as a birder from newbie to
>universal expert you are very, very welcomed to join us at our
>annual meeting and other field trips we have throughout the
>year.


This is something that is really important to me. No one should
exclude themselves because they don't think they know enough.
Going out with other birders who know more is one of the best
ways to learn more yourself. Most groups that schedule bird
walks/field trips are very welcoming to people of all skill
levels. I lead a variety of walks/field trips for the Baird
Ornithological Club and for various local parks, as well as
leading commercial trips to the Dry Tortugas in the spring.
Beginners are always welcome on my trips. I don't care if you've
never identified a single bird or used binoculars before, you're
still welcome on my walks. I usually welcome children on my
walks as well, as long as they're old enough to keep up and to
not spend the walk screaming and crying. (Some walks are not
appropriate for children due to the length or difficulty of the
walk though, so it is a good idea to ask before bringing young
children.) In truth, I think I enjoy showing and teaching other
people about birds even more than I enjoy seeing new birds
myself.

Just yesterday I led a walk where we met at the Lake Ontelaunee
dam breast. After our walk a few of us who'd car-pooled to the
actual walk location went back there. We pulled into the parking
lot and I spotted a pair of Bald Eagles in an evergreen tree. A
few minutes later a car with three high school kids in it pulled
in and asked what we were looking at. The three kids got out and
we lent them a pair of binoculars so they could look at the
eagles. They were obviously amazed by what they saw. There's
nothing quite like seeing someone get excited about birds for
what was probably the first time.

--
Katrina Knight
kknight@fastmail.fm
Reading, PA, USA



Subject: Meadowlarks - Beaver Co.
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 15:29 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
I had a flock of twelve Eastern Meadowlarks today in the field at the end
of Little Blue Rd. in Greene Twp.

This is the first record in January for Beaver on ebird

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Birding Event you won't want to miss it 2017
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 12:10 pm
From: pabirder AT gmail.com
 
Greetings Again,
Cindy emailed me that the response she sent about not being able to attend
the PSO meeting because she is not a good enough birder was only supposed
to go to me. Even before she contacted me, II took her original email to be
in jest. Unfortunately, she like many of us when dealing with emails
sometimes press the wrong button and then....too late. Actually, this is a
good moment to let everyone know that no matter how you perceive yourself
as a birder from newbie to universal expert you are very, very welcomed to
join us at our annual meeting and other field trips we have throughout the
year. I do understand that the title of our organization can seem a little
daunting, but the reality is PSO is made up of members of every level of
experience with many different views and interest when it comes to birds.
As the host of our 2017 meeting I can assure you I will do everything I can
to make the meeting an enjoyable experience for all. Please feel free to
email me if you would like to discuss this further. Maybe not with "reply
to all" however! ;)
All the Best,
Vern Gauthier
Cumberland County
PSO Vice President



Subject: The Birding Event you will not want to miss in 2017
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 9:40 am
From: cadunn.444 AT gmail.com
 
Probably not.  I am not a good enough birder.  Ha

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 16, 2017, at 8:40 AM, Vernon Gauthier wrote:
>
> Greetings!
> Hold the dates of September 15-17 2017 which will be when the Pennsylvania
> Society for Ornithology (PSO) will be holding its annual meeting in
> Carlisle, Cumberland County. Birders from all over the state will be
> gathering for a time of great birding, making and renewing friendships, and
> an opportunity to increase their knowledge about the birds they find so
> fascinating! There is something for everyone!
>
> Saturday and Sunday Field Trips will include but not be limited too:
> Birding the migrant rich ridges of the Michaux State Forest (Cumberland and
> Franklin Counties)
> Exploring the grounds of the former state hospital and Wildwood Lake Park
> in Harrisburg (Dauphin County)
> Millers Gap and Little Buffalo State Park (Perry County)
> A mix of history and birds on the battlefield of Gettysburg (Adams County)
> The ever popular Hawk Watch at Wagoner's Gap at the height of Broad-wing
> Migration (Cumberland and Perry)
>
> Speakers will include:
> Friday evening:
> Ian Gardner-Fall Warbler Identification
> Saturday Afternoon:
> Andy Wilson - Use of Drones in Bird Research
> Art McMorris - Peregrine Falcons in PA
> Saturday Evening Banquet Speaker:
> Ted Floyd - The Editor of "Birding" the American Birding Association's
> flagship publication.
>
> Registration for the gathering will begin in May.
> More information will be posted here and the PSO web stie
> www.pabirds.org/Index.html closer to the time.
> To join or renew as member of PSO simply click on the Join/Renew PSO tab on
> the PSO website.
>
> I look forward to seeing you in September!
> Until then,
> Good Birding
> Vern Gauthier
> PSO Vice President



Subject: The Birding Event you will not want to miss in 2017
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 7:40 am
From: pabirder AT gmail.com
 
Greetings!
Hold the dates of September 15-17 2017 which will be when the Pennsylvania
Society for Ornithology (PSO) will be holding its annual meeting in
Carlisle, Cumberland County. Birders from all over the state will be
gathering for a time of great birding, making and renewing friendships, and
an opportunity to increase their knowledge about the birds they find so
fascinating! There is something for everyone!

Saturday and Sunday Field Trips will include but not be limited too:
Birding the migrant rich ridges of the Michaux State Forest (Cumberland and
Franklin Counties)
Exploring the grounds of the former state hospital and Wildwood Lake Park
in Harrisburg (Dauphin County)
Millers Gap and Little Buffalo State Park (Perry County)
A mix of history and birds on the battlefield of Gettysburg (Adams County)
The ever popular Hawk Watch at Wagoner's Gap at the height of Broad-wing
Migration (Cumberland and Perry)

Speakers will include:
Friday evening:
Ian Gardner-Fall Warbler Identification
Saturday Afternoon:
Andy Wilson - Use of Drones in Bird Research
Art McMorris - Peregrine Falcons in PA
Saturday Evening Banquet Speaker:
Ted Floyd - The Editor of "Birding" the American Birding Association's
flagship publication.

Registration for the gathering will begin in May.
More information will be posted here and the PSO web stie
www.pabirds.org/Index.html closer to the time.
To join or renew as member of PSO simply click on the Join/Renew PSO tab on
the PSO website.

I look forward to seeing you in September!
Until then,
Good Birding
Vern Gauthier
PSO Vice President



Subject: WRS - Southeastern Dauphin Co.
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 7:37 am
From: dickpatwilliams AT gmail.com
 
This is the 16th year for this route through southeastern Dauphin Co.
South and east of the Swatara Creek to the Lancaster and Lebanon county
lines.


County - Dauphin

Date - 1-15-2017

Observers- Richard and Patricia Williams

Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 3 hours, 10 minutes

Start time/End time 10:50 - 14:00

Miles on route - 52



TVs - 32 (about average)

BV's - 9 (numbers fluctuate, last year we had 54, two years ago we had 0)



Harriers- 0



Red-tails- Ad./Imm./ND 12 Ad. / 3 Imm. / 2 ND - total 17 (below average,
third lowest count in 16 years)



Rough-legs- Light/Dark - 0



Kestrels- M/F/ND- 2 M / 2 ND - total 4



Sharp-shins- 0



Cooper's - 0

Acciptor species - 1



Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND - 0



Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. - 0



Other raptors (include age for GE, goshawks) - none

Shrikes?



Avg Temp.- 35 F

Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- clear, mostly sunny

Wind - Light/medium/strong- very light, 5-10 mph
Avg Snow cover depth - none

The only unusual sighting was a flock of about 250 Common Grackles along
Valley Road at about 1:20. This was not a mixed flock ... all grackles.



Subject:
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 23:15 pm
From: leroytabb AT hotmail.com
 
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday January 17th, 2017

NOTE: This month's program is scheduled for the third Tuesday; that's TOMORROW!


ALSO: Membership dues are due. If you haven't done so already, please fill it out a membership form and bring or send it in with your dues. THANKS!
_________________________________________________


Program Description:

DDT Wars is the untold inside story of the decade-long scientific, legal, and strategic campaign that culminated in the national ban of the insecticide DDT in 1972. The widespread misinformation, disinformation, and mythology of the DDT issue are corrected in this book.


DDT contamination had become worldwide, concentrating up food chains and causing birds to lay thin-shelled eggs that broke in the nests. Populations of many species of predatory and fish-eating birds collapsed, including the American bald eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon and brown pelican. Their numbers recovered spectacularly in the decades following the ban.


____________________________________________

About the Speaker:


Dr. Charles Wurster, a founding trustee of Environmental Defense(formerly the Environmental Defense Fund, EDF), was instrumental in banning the pesticide DDT. An emeritus professor at the Marine Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Wurster is an expert on the environmental effects of toxic chemicals.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wurster's interest in birds was evident at a young age. He attended Quaker schools-Germantown Friends and Haverford College-receiving his bachelor's of science degree in 1952. He earned a master of science degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1954 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University in 1957. Subsequently Wurster spent a year in Innsbruck, Austria, as a Fulbright Fellow. From 1959 to 1962, he worked as a research chemist at the Monsanto Research Corporation.



_________________________________________________


The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Peace Valley Nature Center. Admission is free.




Directions:


Meeting location: Peace Valley Nature Center (enter back side door) 170 N. Chapman Rd. (enter from New Galena Road Side - Chapman Road bridge is blocked) Doylestown, PA.


Normal meeting length - 1 to 1 1/2 hours. For directions please go to: http://www.peacevalleynaturece...

Directions - Peace Valley Nature Center
www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org
Peace Valley Nature Center is located at 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. Our Latitude is: 40.33067. Our Longitude is: -75.14968. Use the pan and zoom ...


_________________________________________________


For further information please contact:


LeRoy Tabb


tabbleroy@gmail.com

________________________________

.


__,_._,___



Subject: Perry County New Bloomfield CBC
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 18:49 pm
From: amathes19 AT verizon.net
 
Dear PA Birders,

The New Bloomfield Christmas Bird Count (PANB) took place in Perry County on
December 27, 2016. A total of 33 participants racked up 75 species. Without
question the Ross's Goose at Little Buffalo State Park was the best bird of
the count, as it was the first in the 57-year history of the PANB. The two
Snow Geese that made a surprise landing in a field south of Duncannon were
another nice get, as they represent only the third sighting in PANB's
history. Four Tundra Swans found on the Juniata River near Newport were
uncommon for PANB, while a Brown Thrasher, only the 11th in PANB's history,
was found in the very same bush where it was seen last year.

Audubon's CBC website provides historical data for the counts, and for New
Bloomfield, the data goes back to PANB's first count in 1949. If you put the
number of birds by species by year on a graph, for most species, you will
see jagged lines going sharply up and down, as the number of birds fluctuate
from year to year. Of course, the day's weather, the number of birders
(many counts in the early years had only a handful of participants), and
other factors affect each year's count, but for a few species, an overall
trend for the PANB is striking. Canada Geese weren't even reported on this
count until 1980, and they swiftly peaked to 770 birds in 1998, only to just
as precipitously decline to 57 birds by 2005. After gradually making their
way back to a count of 478 in 2013, only 295 birds were reported this year.
House Finches, first reported on the PANB in 1976, reached a peak of 853 in
1991, but their trend shows they are declining, with only 183 reported in
2016. Similarly, House Sparrows reached their peak in 1965, with 1,300 birds
reported, but they have since been declining, with only 215 birds reported
in 2016.

Red-tailed Hawks bring good news for the PANB: only a handful were reported
throughout the 70's, but their numbers have been steadily increasing, with a
high of 82 birds in 2011, and 68 reported this year. Likewise, Pileated
Woodpeckers, who showed mostly in the single digits through 1985, have been
gradually increasing, reaching a high of 38 both in 2011 and 2015, with 23
reported in 2016. Eastern Bluebirds had a high of 32 in the 1950's, were
nonexistent in the 1960's, but took off in 1978, swiftly rising to 436 in
2006. They dropped to 162 in 2010, but are back to 249 in 2016.

Overall, a total of 11,488 birds were seen in 2016, helped along by a record
2,004 Common Grackles. This number represents the sixth highest total since
the count began (the high being 16,717 in 2008) and is close to what has
been reported for the last several years. Again, many factors come into play
in these annual one-day snapshots, and my observations on these trends are
not intended to draw or imply conclusions, but are simply observations.

Thanks to all who participated in this year's count!

Annette Mathes
Harrisburg, Dauphin County



Subject: American Kestrel, Washington County
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 17:15 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
There was a male American Kestrel perched just outside the National
Cemetery of the Alleghenies this afternoon.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Armstrong County, continuing Ross's Goose and Red-headed woodpeckers
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 14:28 pm
From: henriciac AT gmail.com
 
At Crooked Creek State Park today we saw both the adult and juvenile
Red-headed woodpeckers. They were feeding in the large trees in the picnic
areas adjacent to the parking lot at the top of the hill where the road
heads down to the beach. After finding the adult in the picnic area close
to the restroom building, we ate lunch at one of the picnic tables so that
we could watch it and take pictures. We found the juvenile in the smaller
picnic area that runs alongside the road, across the road from the parking
lot.

On the way home we looked for and found the Ross's Goose that Marge Van
Tassel had reported earlier in the week. The bird has an injured left leg
and holds it at an angle. It was feeding, and other than limping badly, the
bird seems to be okay. It is with a large flock of geese.

Here are links to my ebird checklists with photos of both species:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea



Subject: TOWNSEND'S WARBLER: Bloomsburg, Columbia Co.
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 13:57 pm
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
All,

The Townsend's Warbler continues and just made several appearances at the
feeder and neighboring trees.

Many photos taken by those present!

Good Birding!
-Ted

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 3:23 PM Ted Nichols II
wrote:

All,

TOWNSEND'S WARBLER: Bloomsburg, Columbia County. ID has been confirmed
today after it was initially spotted on a CBC and ID'd as a possible
Yellow-throated Warbler. This looks to be a fifth state record.

INSTRUCTIONS FROM HOMEOWNER: DO NOT publicize exact address in reports.
Accessibility may change depending on if people behave themselves. "I am
open to people coming by. Please, no one before 8 am and no one after 4 pm.
The bird has never shown up before noon, so people coming 12-4 pm is
encouraged. Parking is a problem in this part of town. So birders will
need to park in a public metered lot and walk up. The police will get super
ticket happy once the students start to return later next week. There is a
public alley (E Pine Avenue) that runs behind the 500 block of East Third
Street where I am, and my feeders are viewable from there. Any
**responsible** birder is welcome to congregate back there, and to step
into the little blacktop parking spot on my property as needed to let cars
go by. I will put up signs to direct people. Please, folks, do not walk
through my yard or bother the neighbors. Please don't share my exact street
address. And remember that I haven't seen the bird every day, and it
usually only stays for a few minutes at a time and leaves. I cannot promise
it will be there when you come."

Regards,

Ted Nichols II

Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)



Subject: Bullock's Oriole, Rufous Hummingbird - Lancaster County
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 11:19 am
From: 000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Yesterday (Saturday), I tried for the Bullock's Oriole in Lititz. It showed up three times before I left to go to church. After church I went to Stevens, and after a lengthy wait, was rewarded with the Rufous Hummingbird. I also had a Hermit Thrush there.

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android



Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co. (1/8 - 1/14)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 9:11 am
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
The frozen lake reduced the numbers for a few days but was mostly open by 1/12, with less but still impressive numbers of birds. The reported species count was 56.
The highlights this week include:
1 Greater White-fronted Goose -1/8 to 1/12 at least
Snow Goose-one daily. High report 2 1/12
6 duck species including:
Gadwall -high report 6 1/12
4 Ring-necked Ducks 1/13
1 Common Goldeneye 1/9-1/13 at least
Common Merganser-most left when lake froze for three days but returned when it melted 1/12. High report 800 1/14
Bald Eagle-multiples all week. High report 9 1/13 (6 in one tree, 3 nearby in another, mostly immatures). Two last week teamed up to pursue a Ring-billed Gull to exhaustion, resulting in its death. A Canada Goose on the ice provided a meal for eagles this week. It isn't known if they killed it or it just died.
Red-shoulder Hawk adult-seen all week near the nature center.
1 American Coot 1/11
4 of the regularly occurring gull species harassing the Common Mergansers.
1 American Kestrel has been photographed a few thousand times I suspect the last few weeks at Sailor's Point
1 Merlin 1/13
Red-breasted Nuthatch & Black-capped Chickadee continue
Also, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned & Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow


Thanks to all who report their sightings.
August Mirabella
North Wales, PA



Subject: Directions to Trough Creek State Park Huntingdon county for Red Crossbills
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 17:28 pm
From: rserey58 AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,
I wanted to thank Deb for the detailed directions. I went to Trough Creek
State Park today and found the Crossbills thanks to these directions. I
saw at lease 15 in about 20 minutes today around noon. Walked up the
hill from the furnace to the lodge and saw them on both sides of the road.
Thank you all for sharing the finding.

Rebecca Serey
Allegheny County

On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 9:08 AM, Dnadeb wrote:

> I am posting directions inside Trough Creek State Park where the Red
> Crossbills have seen. When you set your GPS or look at a map, you will see
> that route 994 leads to Trough Creek State Park and runs east/west. Turn
> onto Little Valley Rd which will take you to the park. Avoid the forest
> roads that may be indicated going into the park unless you want an
> adventure.
> After entering the park, you come to a T intersection Turn right. You
> quickly come to a bridge on your left. Once you cross the bridge the birds
> could be anywhere. They have been seen in cone-bearing spruces near the
> cabin on the left, above the furnace farther out on the park road on the
> left, around maintenance buildings, and way across to the other end of the
> picnic area.
> Red-breasted Nuthatches are present and I found a Belted Kingfisher at the
> nearby creek a week ago.
> Let me know if you need directions to get to 994.
> Deb
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Monroe County WRS
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 16:28 pm
From: foandla AT epix.net
 
Brad Orey and I ran our Monroe survey today.

Redtail numbers were lowest since 2011, but snow made seeing tree lines
difficult.

Three red shoulders tied our high from 2013. Miles were a bit higher than
normal because I missed a turn and we had to double back.



County-Monroe (center)
Date-1-14-2017
Observers-Dan Zmoda, Brad Orey
Time on Route-3:45
Start/End-10:15-14:00
Miles on Route-82

#TVs-0
#BVs-0

#Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.)-1/0/0 Pocono Racetrack

#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND)-2/0/3

#Rough-legs (Light/Dark)-0

#Kestrels (M/F/ND)-0

Sharp-shins(Ad/Imm)-0
Cooper's (Ad/Imm.)-1 ND

Red-shouldered hawks (Ad/Imm.)-3/0

Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)-0

other raptors-0

Shrikes or Owls-0

Avg Temperature-29
Sky(Clear/ Pt cloudy/ Cloudy)- cloudy snow started at 1230
Wind (light/medium/strong)-light
Avg Snow Cover-trace



Other birds of note-none





Dan Zmoda

Pen Argyl, Northampton County







Subject: Aug-Nov 2016 Photos Needed for FALL PA Birds Journal
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 13:23 pm
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
Greetings,

Do you have some great photos of any birds taken in Pennsylvania from
August 1 - Nov 30 of 2016? Or a picture of a notable/significant sighting
from that period?

I am currently accepting photo submissions through end of day January 31 to
be considered for publication as space permits in the Pennsylvania Society
for Ornithology (PSO) Fall issue of Pennsylvania Birds.

Some instructions...

- Submissions for consideration **must** be emailed to
pabirdsphotos@gmail.com, please make mention of the word Fall 2016 in the
subject line to simplify processing.

- Please do not submit me dozens of images for consideration, please do
some initial limiting/judging of selections on your end that reflect the
best of your work. However, if you have 15 different images of truly
notable sightings in the state from this period, I'll gladly accept them
for consideration!

- VERY important!!! For each image attached to the e-mail, you must include
a description in the body of the e-mail for that image. Best format to
follow: Species Name - Location, County, DD Month. Sentence about
significance if known/applicable. (Photographer Name) Example: Antillean
Nighthawk - Presque Isle SP, Erie, 12 June. This bird represented a first
state record and was observed through 1 July. (John Doe)

- Please also submit your photos for consideration in full resolution or as
close to full resolution as possible as these will be printed. Your photo
also may be considered for a cover shot and a 250KB image just won't work
for that! I need to be able to crop your photo to fit the space as it
permits in the journal and a precropped / low-resolution image is
problematic for that. It's safe to say that if you're sending me an image
under a megabyte in size, it isn't going to be the resolution I need to
work with.

- Photos selected for printing in the issue will be credited to the
photographer, please DO NOT submit watermarked/signatured images or they
will not be considered. The image should be clean of any add-ons.

Thanks for considering submitting your photos for consideration for our
statewide ornithology journal!

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Photo Editor, Pennsylvania Birds
Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)



Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk - York County
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 12:43 pm
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
Saw a sharpie again today.  Usually just have Cooper's and red-tails in winter so this is unusual for me.  Always surprised at how small they are.  Thinking this is most likely a male.
The red-tails have been actively hunting squirrels the last few days.

Have a good weekend.

Ann

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
Managing Veterinarian
Leader Heights Animal Hospital
York, PA
rook185@comcast.net
apettigrew@nvanet.com

Sent from my iPad



Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch - Beaver Co.
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 11:23 am
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This morning I stopped at the Raccoon Creek S.P. park office and had a
Red-breasted Nuthatch at the feeder

This is a first for me at this feeding station

also seen were five Purple Finches and the continuing Eastern Towhee

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 1/14/2017
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 3:23 am
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* January 14, 2017
* PAEA1701.14

- Birds mentioned

BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
LONG-TAILED DUCK

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: January 14th at 4:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to becard@rcn.com with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

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

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

There will be a field trip to local lakes for winter waterfowl on January
14th. Meet at the east parking lot of Cedar Creek Parkway, near the Cedar
Beach Pool in Allentown at 8:00 AM. Trip leader will be Scott Burnet.

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

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from the EASTON area, Northampton County:
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE – 1 sporadically to at least 1/13 (female; along the
Delaware River north of Easton).
Also Common Goldeneye.

Sightings from JACOBSBURG STATE PARK, Northampton County:
Eastern Towhee – 1 on 1/8.

Sightings from the FOGELSVILLE QUARRY, Lehigh County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 1/7
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 1/8.

Sightings from the HENNINGSVILLE area, Berks County:
Brown Thrasher – 1 on 1/8.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
LONG-TAILED DUCKS – 2 on 1/6
Bonaparte’s Gulls – 3 on 1/6.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Walt Road area:
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 on 1/13.
Common Goldeneye.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 to at least 1/12
LONG-TAILED DUCKS – 2 on 1/6
Common Mergansers – ~2000 during this past week.

Red-breasted Nuthatches continued to be reported from several sites this
past week.

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Subject: TOWNSEND'S WARBLER: Bloomsburg, Columbia Co.
Date: Fri Jan 13 2017 16:06 pm
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
UPDATE: PA's eBird hotspot team is on the ball and has already created a
hotspot for use by those who chase the bird that is respectful of the
homeowner's wishes... If you go, please use "stakeout Townsend's Warbler,
Bloomsburg (2017) (8am-4pm only)" for your checklists ...
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot...

Also, please note there is no way to know for sure if this is the same bird
that was reported nearby as a possible Yellow-throated Warbler on a recent
CBC. But the Townsend's has been observed by the homeowner on several
occasions recently and ID was made today after they obtained and shared
video.

-Ted

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 15:23 Ted Nichols II wrote:

> All,
>
> TOWNSEND'S WARBLER: Bloomsburg, Columbia County. ID has been confirmed
> today after it was initially spotted on a CBC and ID'd as a possible
> Yellow-throated Warbler. This looks to be a fifth state record.
>
> INSTRUCTIONS FROM HOMEOWNER: DO NOT publicize exact address in reports.
> Accessibility may change depending on if people behave themselves. "I am
> open to people coming by. Please, no one before 8 am and no one after 4 pm.
> The bird has never shown up before noon, so people coming 12-4 pm is
> encouraged. Parking is a problem in this part of town. So birders will
> need to park in a public metered lot and walk up. The police will get super
> ticket happy once the students start to return later next week. There is
> a public alley (E Pine Avenue) that runs behind the 500 block of East Third
> Street where I am, and my feeders are viewable from there. Any
> **responsible** birder is welcome to congregate back there, and to step
> into the little blacktop parking spot on my property as needed to let cars
> go by. I will put up signs to direct people. Please, folks, do not walk
> through my yard or bother the neighbors. Please don't share my exact street
> address. And remember that I haven't seen the bird every day, and it
> usually only stays for a few minutes at a time and leaves. I cannot promise
> it will be there when you come."
>
> Regards,
>
> Ted Nichols II
>
> Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)
>
>
>
>



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