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28 Jan: @ 04:54:51 
How do canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? [Richard Nugent]
28 Jan: @ 00:17:03 
Lapland Longspurs, South Avis, Clinton Co., 1/27 [Wayne Laubscher]
27 Jan: @ 22:36:00 
Re: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders [Kathy Clark]
27 Jan: @ 22:17:31 
Re: comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use [Kathy Clark]
27 Jan: @ 22:13:52 
Re: comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use [Kathy Clark]
27 Jan: @ 22:08:34 
What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Kathy Clark]
27 Jan: @ 19:21:25 
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) [Carmen T. Santasania]
27 Jan: @ 19:11:15 
LanCo: Gulls, Ducks Wrightsville/Lake Clarke [Alex Lamoreaux]
27 Jan: @ 18:58:33 
Erie County Lake View Landfill [Jerry McWilliams]
27 Jan: @ 18:18:55 
Pittsburgh gulling update 1/27/15 (Allegheny Co.) [Ben Coulter]
27 Jan: @ 17:54:46 
eBird -- Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA -- Jan 27, 2015 [Marcy]
27 Jan: @ 17:18:57 
Rough-legged Hawks Northern Berks Cty [Dan Altif]
27 Jan: @ 17:10:16 
Horned Lark/Pine Siskin (ind. co) [Marcy Cunkelman]
27 Jan: @ 17:03:27 
Re: Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co. [Michael R. Leahy]
27 Jan: @ 16:25:07 
Towhee and Fox Sparrow Levittown Bucks County. [Linda Rowan]
27 Jan: @ 16:24:22 
Lebanon County [Windstream Mail]
27 Jan: @ 13:52:14 
Barrow's goldeneye re-sighted on Delaware River [Brandon Swayser]
27 Jan: @ 11:35:34 
light phase Rough-legged Hawk, Lancaster County [Jonathan Campbell]
27 Jan: @ 09:30:28 
Franklin Co Common Redpoll [Bill Oyler]
26 Jan: @ 20:09:18 
Re - What is your favorite bird [Bill Foy]
26 Jan: @ 19:30:57 
Re: Birds favorite thing (or not favorite thing) about birders. [grant stevenson]
26 Jan: @ 19:30:19 
Re: [PA Birds]- What are birds thinking? Where's the best place to eat? [Marcy Cunkelman]
26 Jan: @ 18:44:53 
[PA Birds]- What are birds thinking? [Art Schiavo]
26 Jan: @ 18:37:19 
[PA Birds]- Dauphin County-Something I've Never Seen Before! [Art Schiavo]
26 Jan: @ 18:24:36 
Re: Need help again [Ron Rovansek]
26 Jan: @ 18:14:05 
Need help again [Alan Wells]
26 Jan: @ 17:42:55 
One horned lark, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
26 Jan: @ 15:25:15 
Dauphin County, pine siskin at my feeder [Sue Hannon]
26 Jan: @ 13:59:11 
Re: Favorite bird [Kyle Chelius]
26 Jan: @ 13:57:15 
Re: Favorite bird [Kerry A Grim]
26 Jan: @ 13:24:46 
Re: Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video) [Herb Flavell]
26 Jan: @ 13:12:10 
Re: Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video) [Meredith_Lombard]
26 Jan: @ 12:59:47 
Re: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders [Dave Kruel]
26 Jan: @ 12:10:52 
Franklin Co Pine Warbler [Bill Oyler]
26 Jan: @ 12:09:41 
Re: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders [Anne Annibali]
26 Jan: @ 11:21:51 
Sunday's bird cruise. Lehigh-Northapmton-Monroe county [Dave Leibert]
26 Jan: @ 10:11:18 
Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Alt, Mark]
26 Jan: @ 10:05:54 
Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(1/18 - 1/24) [August Mirabella]
26 Jan: @ 09:19:32 
Birds favorite thing (or not favorite thing) about birders. [Chris Grecco]
26 Jan: @ 09:19:26 
Re: Favorite Pa. Bird. [Ryan Fick]
26 Jan: @ 08:33:25 
Re: birds favorite things about birders [Michelle Kienholz]
26 Jan: @ 08:16:06 
Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders [Dave Kruel]
26 Jan: @ 06:39:00 
Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [grant stevenson]
26 Jan: @ 05:54:00 
Kirby Park, Luzerne Co. [Sandra Goodwin]
26 Jan: @ 03:38:57 
Re: favorite PA bird [dave leibert]
25 Jan: @ 21:45:43 
Re: Favorite bird [Herb Flavell]
25 Jan: @ 21:24:05 
Favorite bird [Anita Nichols]
25 Jan: @ 20:37:36 
Favorite bird [Martin Wilson]
25 Jan: @ 19:09:18 
Favorite PA Bird [tom and sheri]
25 Jan: @ 19:00:58 
Black-backed gull at the Beaver River mouth, Beaver County [Geoff Malosh]





Subject: How do canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 4:54 am
From: rmnugent AT excite.com
 
  In the Pittsburgh area we have about 7 inches of snow on the ground and the Canada Geese are no longer feeding in the usual places. I have observed geese grazing with a couple inches of snow on the ground, but what do they do when the snow is deeper? I imagine that they can survive on stored fat for a few days. 

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



Subject: Lapland Longspurs, South Avis, Clinton Co., 1/27
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 0:17 am
From: wnlaubscher AT comcast.net
 
Late yesterday afternoon at South Avis, I found 2 Lapland Longspurs in a small flock of Horned Larks along the south end of Maryland Ave. near a red barn. They were foraging primarily right along and on the road.


Wayne Laubscher
Lock Haven
Clinton Co.
wnlaubscher@comcast.net
"Owl be back"



Subject: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 22:36 pm
From: 0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Hi all,

I am sure my bluebird trail residents have a lot to say about me. Like for example all would ask, "What is she doing knocking on our box?"

The HOWR would say, " Well sure, there were 5 eggs last week; so what the he**; what is she upset about?"

The TRES would say, " What's wrong with this girl who likes to pet me?"

The Chickadee might say, "I don't need these stupid monitors coming around and messing with my nestbox and I get so mad I could scream!"

The Tufted Titmouse says, "I'm a little shy but I am as tough as they come. So HISSS.. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK. Get away from my box!"

The HOSP says, " Oh GD, its that dang BB monitor again who sets traps for me had I wish I could poison her food at McDonald's." (that's wicked and this ad lieb)

The Bluebird says this to me, "Thank you for being a good steward and for watching out for us by checking your trail. The ghost of Larry Zeleny loves you. (Go look him up). Also the Bluebird says, " So many songs are written about me and I am a source of happiness and a gathering of birders now called "bluebirders that have groups in all states in the USA, and "I am red, white and blue." :D


Kathy Clark


-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Kruel
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Mon, Jan 26, 2015 1:59 pm
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders


I was thinking of a couple items that I thought a bird would like to see from
birders....

One would be birders that dont force me (the bird) to expend lots of extra
energy while I'm trying to defend my nest against predators or rivals. Birders
that are satisfied with more with what a bird gives them, in terms of
observation during nesting......rather than the observation we want.

Two would be birders that dont tread to much on my nesting area.....sort of like
One. I (the bird) dont want someone rushing thru my home & eggs to flush me out.


Three.....a bird would like birders to take the time to learn details about how
it lives, what it needs to survive.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



----- Original Message -----

From: "Anne Annibali"
To: "Dave Kruel" , "PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG"

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 1:09:34 PM
Subject: RE: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders

Everyone's answers to favorite birds have been fascinating and
thought-provoking, and I'm looking forward to more great takes from the flip
side.

When I go on a bird hike, I've always suspected that we give them as much
entertainment as they do us. I often imagine them looking back at us through our
binoculars and keeping track of our "plumage" -- the funny hats, silly T-shirts,
etc. plus all the extra paraphernalia we often lug along. "Oh, look, honey!
That's the third Yankees cap today, and this one has a tripod."

And I'm certain the birds at winter feeders appreciate our generosity, but I'm
afraid it's more likely they see us as easy pushovers. That's obvious by the way
they huddle near our windows looking pitiful until we show up with another free
hand-out and then scold us from the bushes for taking so long to get out there.

But that's all right because that makes it a two-way relationship we both enjoy.


Anne Annibali,
Mt. Gretna, Lebanon County



> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:15:25 -0500
> From: dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>
> In the same light of us thinking about our favorite bird......I thought what
if birds could comment on birders and state their favorite (say versus
unfavorite things) characteristics of individual birders.
>
> So if a wood thrush could go thru his head and arrive at some positive and
negative things about individual birders.....what would be his favorite positive
things.
>
> Dave Kruel
> Pottsville
> Schuylkill County
>
>
>
> On Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:46 -0500, dave leibert wrote:
>
> >Howdy,
> >
> >I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood
> >thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and
> >they have the most lyrical song.
> >
> >Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the
> >North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace
> >and they have to adjust to the peak of the knob a little. This looks
> >pretty kinetic!
> >
> >Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of
> >course Peregrine falcons.
> >
> >Cheers, Dave






Subject: comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 22:17 pm
From: 0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

While I understand all the feelings behind taxes, I learned today that we pay 68 cents a gallon on gas and PA is the highest in the nation. Just getting fed up with being taxed to death. Oh did I say I was watching Sons of Liberty? That was fantastic! Booooo to any taxes of any kind.

Really to me I feel like government wastes so much of our money and cant control itself or police itself. No wonder we had the sons of liberty. We are lucky to be chatting about birds, TRULY!

Kathy Clark


-----Original Message-----
From: Sandra Goodwin
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Wed, Jan 21, 2015 9:22 am
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use


An outdoor writer for a local newspaper just told me they've dropped
the fee idea and now the permit would be free.

Seems like a lot of paperwork for nothing? Unless, if one doesn't
have a permit, they could be fined? However, how often does one come
across a PGC employee when on gamelands?

YES, I purchase a hunting license, just to rid property close to the
house of woodchucks, when they are creating damage and can't be
discouraged otherwise.

How many hikers and birders do the same, and/or purchase a duck stamp
to support these endeavors which protect this acreage that is open to
all of us, and which supports habitat for game and non-game animals?

What happened to the proposed tax on bird seed, binoculars, hiking and
camping equipment, etc. that would have augmented the monies raised
from the sale of guns, ammo, hunting licenses, etc.?

We who live in PA don't realize how lucky we are to have these places,
along with our state parks which we can enjoy for FREE. In many
states, you pay a fee, just to drive in to the park, whether or not
you actually get out of your car!

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming Co.


On Jan 21, 2015, at 8:14 AM, Dave Kruel wrote:

> I spoke to a woman whose husband hunts. She stated that he thought
> the general idea of a fee for non-hunters is good as it would help
> with the cost of buying & maintaining gamelands.
>
> Another hunter's comments are below....with my question to him at
> the end. I think he thought safety was a big factor, I didnt
> mention that.
>
> HIS RESPONSE.........
> "Hmmm,
> I guess as long as the "non-hunters" wear the appropriate
> fluorescent orange requirements, there shouldn't be any conflict.
> There may be an argument in some areas by some people that can claim
> the purchase and maintenance of game lands are paid for in a large
> part by hunting license sales and related income. But, "non-hunters"
> may also be those who do have a hunting license but are not
> partaking in hunting such as dog walking, trail camera maintenance,
> scouting, etc."
>
> MY QUESTION......
>> Below is snippet from a birding post........ just curious if you
>> heard of this & what your thoughts are ?
>>>>> The PA Game Commission, at their Board meeting on 1/25/15, is
>>>>> considering
>>>>> a ban of all non-hunters on all State Game Lands (SGLs) from end-
>>>>> of-Sept
>>>>> to end-of-January *and* from late-April to end-of-May for every
>>>>> day of the
>>>>> week except Sunday.
>
> Dave Kruel
> Pottsville
> Schuylkill County
>
>
>
> On Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:07:58 -0500, Donna Mohney > wrote:
>
>> I got a response to my email as well. It said "Thank you for your
>> comments,
>> which I will share with the board. We appreciate your feedback.
>> bh@pgc"
>> sounds like a person to me, not a form letter.
>>
>> Donna Mohney
>> Wilpen, Westmoreland. County, PA
>> On Jan 20, 2015 9:59 PM, "Carole Winslow"
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Just thought I would let others know that I used the link in
>>> Kate's
>>> original email for comments to PGC. I wrote an email with my own
>>> thoughts
>>> on this and specifically cited our local SGL 330 known to others
>>> as the
>>> Piney Tract, as well as other gamelands in the county. This was
>>> sent on
>>> Sunday and I received a response back today stating that my
>>> comments were
>>> received and noted and would be presented to the board at the
>>> meeting. It
>>> wasn't lengthy but it did not appear to be a "form" response. So I
>>> certainly think it is worth everyone making their opinions known,
>>> it
>>> wouldn't need to be long. I also saw a brief clip on the evening
>>> news
>>> tonight on the local CBS station regarding this and was rather
>>> surprised to
>>> see it. But maybe it will help to get a little response from more
>>> people.
>>>
>>> Carole Winslow
>>> Sligo, Clarion Co.
>>>






Subject: comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 22:13 pm
From: 0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

If birders are there I think they too should wear orange. Just my thought.

Kathy Clark


-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Kruel
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Wed, Jan 21, 2015 8:14 am
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use


I spoke to a woman whose husband hunts. She stated that he thought the general
idea of a fee for non-hunters is good as it would help with the cost of buying &
maintaining gamelands.

Another hunter's comments are below....with my question to him at the end. I
think he thought safety was a big factor, I didnt mention that.

HIS RESPONSE.........
"Hmmm,
I guess as long as the "non-hunters" wear the appropriate fluorescent orange
requirements, there shouldn't be any conflict.
There may be an argument in some areas by some people that can claim the
purchase and maintenance of game lands are paid for in a large part by hunting
license sales and related income. But, "non-hunters" may also be those who do
have a hunting license but are not partaking in hunting such as dog walking,
trail camera maintenance, scouting, etc."

MY QUESTION......
>Below is snippet from a birding post........ just curious if you heard of this
& what your thoughts are ?
>>>>The PA Game Commission, at their Board meeting on 1/25/15, is considering
>>>> a ban of all non-hunters on all State Game Lands (SGLs) from end-of-Sept
>>>> to end-of-January *and* from late-April to end-of-May for every day of the
>>>> week except Sunday.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



On Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:07:58 -0500, Donna Mohney wrote:

>I got a response to my email as well. It said "Thank you for your comments,
>which I will share with the board. We appreciate your feedback. bh@pgc"
>sounds like a person to me, not a form letter.
>
>Donna Mohney
>Wilpen, Westmoreland. County, PA
>On Jan 20, 2015 9:59 PM, "Carole Winslow" wrote:
>
>> Just thought I would let others know that I used the link in Kate's
>> original email for comments to PGC. I wrote an email with my own thoughts
>> on this and specifically cited our local SGL 330 known to others as the
>> Piney Tract, as well as other gamelands in the county. This was sent on
>> Sunday and I received a response back today stating that my comments were
>> received and noted and would be presented to the board at the meeting. It
>> wasn't lengthy but it did not appear to be a "form" response. So I
>> certainly think it is worth everyone making their opinions known, it
>> wouldn't need to be long. I also saw a brief clip on the evening news
>> tonight on the local CBS station regarding this and was rather surprised to
>> see it. But maybe it will help to get a little response from more people.
>>
>> Carole Winslow
>> Sligo, Clarion Co.
>>






Subject: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 22:08 pm
From: 0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 


Grant and all,

My favorite birds are many, but my favorite is the Eastern Bluebird which I feel is a poster bird for cavity nesting species. I greatly enjoy taking care of my trail now which is only 14 boxes but at one time was over 100, and I like to experiment with all kinds of boxes too. I enjoyed my hanging box trail with double holes. At the state park where I first started, we had a thing going on with white eggs every year in some area of the park. Bluebirds are beautiful and have a melodious call. It's great showing kids all the different birds in your boxes on the trail which include that "TUFF TITMOUSE" I say. One once was in a box of my friend at the park and it made a knocking sound and hissed. We thought there was a snake in there, but it was the "TTM".

I have love petting the Tree Swallows when they sit so tight on the nest (just a few seconds) and throwing feathers in the air for them to catch :D. The Chickadees who are really amicable to folks have so much personality and spunk scolding one from a branch while you check the box. (They don't tolerate overchecking so make the stay as short as possible). My least favorite nesting bird is the House Wren, and let's not even go there!

Of note, I've always had a fascination with Crows and they mob en masse to our state capitol in the evenings for years now. They approach Harrisburg on different sides finally ending up there. Crows are fascinating creatures who problem solve and are maybe even smarter than parrots. They love their families and stick together.

I live in a wooded area and love hearing the Wood Thrushes which sound like bells to me. I see many woodpeckers of all kinds around here who love my log home but they are just letting me know I need to get rid of the carpenter bees. Never build a log home in the woods folks!

Well that's my rant.



Kathy Clark, New Cumberland, PA


-----Original On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson wrote:> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action> pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish> snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?>> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway,> at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful> flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too,> though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, seems> to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are> disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.>> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the> woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a> church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there and> was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew straight up> out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on top of the> crows, dispersing them permanently!!>> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent numbers> as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared Owls still> exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover over the> decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! Long> sentences.)>> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor> Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.>> Grant Stevenson> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.>> ---> This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.> http://www.avast.com>







Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 19:21 pm
From: ctsantasania AT comcast.net
 
Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Anton, Olivia"
> Date: January 27, 2015 at 11:12:53 AM EST
> Subject: Audubon Society
>
> Dear Birding Friend,
>
> The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a collaboration between birders and researchers that hopes to create a snapshot of bird populations each February. At the Audubon Society I work as an intern to promote our many programs. We are reaching out to you because we feel that your audience would be interested in participating in the program and we would love to hear from them. We are contacting you with the hopes that you will pass on the following information about the Great Backyard Bird Count to other birders and interested parties. Please feel free to change the information to your viewers' preference. Also please take advantage of the promotional materials to help this GBBC be the best one yet.
>
> The next Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held February 13-16, 2015. This fun, free, family-friendly activity is a great way to introduce birders of all abilities to citizen science and is your chance to make sure your local birds are represented as part of the international count.
>
> Participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count is as simple as counting birds for as little as fifteen minutes on one or more days of the count then reporting the results online at BirdCount.org. You can count absolutely anywhere you see birds – in your backyard, at your favorite local park, or even out your office window.
>
> The Great Backyard Bird Count is powered by eBird, a real-time online checklist program that helps you track your bird observations while making them available to other birders as well as researchers and conservationists. You can explore the data yourself using a number of different tools on eBird.org and BirdCount.org. Regular eBird users can participate in the GBBC by submitting checklists to eBird as they usually would during the four days of the count.
>
> Last year more than 142,000 people from 135 countries reported more than 4,200 species and over 17 million individual birds, providing an incredible snapshot of winter bird populations and distribution in North America and beyond.
>
> Make sure your local birds are represented by getting out to count and by spreading the word about the GBBC. You can share an ecard or other promotional materials with your friends and family, or even pledge to introduce someone new to birding through the latest GBBC initiative, Pledge to Fledge. Also, don’t forget to submit your photos taken during the GBBC weekend to the GBBC photo contest. You can check out some of the amazing winners from our 2014 contest for inspiration!
>
> Find out what you need to do to get started with the GBBC today, and don’t forget to make your local birds count!
>
> Hope to see you out there!
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Olivia Anton
>
> Intern
> National Audubon Society
>
> The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Bird Studies Canada and many international partners.
>



Subject: LanCo: Gulls, Ducks Wrightsville/Lake Clarke
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 19:11 pm
From: aslamoreaux AT gmail.com
 
This evening I went to Wrightsville to check out the gull congregation
there. There were low numbers of gulls, and nothing noteworthy. At 5:02pm all
the gulls flushed up suddenly and slowly headed downriver. By 5:10pm there
wasn't a single gull in view from the end of Lemon St anymore.

Susquehanna River--Wrightsville, Lancaster County
4:49 PM - 5:11 PM
Common Merganser 12
Ring-billed Gull 500 Almost all adults
Herring Gull 26 Careful count; more adults than immatures
Great Black-backed Gull 40 - 35 adults, 5 immatures

I quickly drove down to the pavilion along Boathouse Rd about 3 miles south
of Lemon St and luckily the gulls happened to be gathered straight out from
there on Lake Clarke. There were really good numbers of waterfowl and gulls
including 1 Iceland Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 65 Great
Black-backed Gulls, 125 Common Goldeneye, and 1 Cackling Goose! There was
also a pair of Great Horned Owls calling.

Susquehanna River--Lake Clarke, Lancaster County
5:18 PM - 5:48 PM
Cackling Goose (Richardson's) 1
Canada Goose 300
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 26
Redhead 3
Greater Scaup 6
Bufflehead 30
Common Goldeneye 125
Common Merganser 275 .
Bald Eagle 2

Ring-billed Gull 800 Almost all adults - Large roost floating in the middle
of the open water, and another roost along the edge of the ice shelf.

Herring Gull 300 Mix of ages

Iceland Gull 1 Light first winter with mostly black bill (fading to grayish
near base), white wingtips, heavy tannish edging to mantle and wings.
Probably the same bird seen on the 24th at Wrightsville.

Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 Adult and subadult - Smaller-bodied and
longer-winged compared to GBBG, with more of a navy blue mantle rather than
black.

Great Black-backed Gull 66 - 50 adults, 16 immatures - At one point almost
all of the GBBG got up and circled around together, and then landed further
downriver than the main two gull roosts.

--
Alex Lamoreaux
717-943-7086
http://www.nemesisbird.com/



Subject: Erie County Lake View Landfill
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 18:58 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

All the good gulls must be in Pittsburgh now. It wasn't very productive at the landfill today. I suppose it doesn't help having most of Lake Erie frozen now.
I recorded the following:

no ring-bills
Herring Gull 1200
Iceland Gull 1 first cycle
Great Black-backed Gull 30+
American Crow 40+-

The Snowy Owl was still present at the junction of Old Waterford and Donation rds. near the landfill. It was sitting in the field just east of the intersection.


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




Subject: Pittsburgh gulling update 1/27/15 (Allegheny Co.)
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 18:18 pm
From: 00000078d79be7ab-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hi all,
I was able to check the gull roost site at the conjunction of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers at Pittsburgh briefly this evening (1/27/15) after 5 PM. I watched primarily from the Fred Rogers Memorial, adjacent to Heinz Field, but also spent a short amount of time at the Langley Observatory Clock sculpture next to the Carnegie Science Center. There was a large concentration of several thousand gulls on an ice shelf off the edge of Point State Park, directly across from the Fred Rogers Mem., with scattered birds on ice chunks or on the water on the Ohio R. Many of these birds flushed out onto the water after someone's dogs jumped into the Allegheny River from Point State Park. Fortunately, they were able to pull the dogs out of the water. I would estimate four to five thousand gulls conservatively by the time I left. The highlights are below:
Great Black-backed Gull-    12+ (all ages present, 7+ adults)Glaucous Gull-    3 (1 first cycle, 1 very pale second cyc., 1 adult)Lesser Black-backed Gull-    3 (2 third cyc., 1 adult)Kumlien's Iceland Gull-    2 (1 first cyc., 1 second cyc.)poss. Thayer's Gull-    1 presumed third cycle seen poorly on water after 6:00 PM. I am not certain of this identification, as the lighting was very poor by this point. The bird had medium-dark brown primaries, and dark subterminal markings on the bill.
The gulls' behavior varies substantially day to day, dependent on river ice and wind. Birds may arrive from the surrounding feeding sites early in the afternoon, but sometimes large influxes don't arrive until well after sunset. At this site, the gulls usually like to perch on on ice floes or shelves if present, or they may roost on the water in large rafts. They will typically drift down the Ohio as far down as the West End Bridge before flying back towards the point and repeating. In the morning, gulls often start leaving the roost by civil twilight, but sometimes a substantial portion will remain until well after dawn. Viewing is normally best from the North Shore from PNC Park to the West End Bridge.
Cheers,Ben CoulterPittsburgh



Subject: eBird -- Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA -- Jan 27, 2015
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 17:54 pm
From: plant4nature AT gmail.com
 
mcunkelman
Jan 27, 2015
Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA
Stationary
0 miles
275 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: More snow and harsher conditions. Low 19 high 26 and a peek of sunshine. Snow hasn't stopped for a couple of days. Down to near zero tonight. Horned Lark flew by house when I was on the deck area near front door.
12 Mourning Dove
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
6 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Horned Lark -- Right before dark flew below roof of house over deck area calling. Not sure if under deck or in the Alberta spruce I was clearing 8+ inches of snow. As soon as I did the first push of snow saw and heard it. Interesting.
7 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren -- Banded yellow on left
1 Song Sparrow
21 White-throated Sparrow
21 Dark-eyed Junco
12 Northern Cardinal
77 House Finch
1 Pine Siskin -- Very dark
88 American Goldfinch
37 House Sparrow





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Subject: Rough-legged Hawks Northern Berks Cty
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 17:18 pm
From: 00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This afternoon I stumbled upon 4 odd looking raptors above the State Police Barracks along Industrial Dr just east of Cabelas. I got out of my car to get a better look and was quite surprised to see 4 Light Phase Roughies. I watched them for about 5 minutes or so before they disappeared over the ridge above the New Kernsville Dam. Maybe all this snowy weather pushed these birds south, hopefully they stick around. I'll be sure to start checking all the local fields. Daniel Altif



Subject: Horned Lark/Pine Siskin (ind. co)
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 17:10 pm
From: plant4nature AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,
Was out before dark knocking of some of the 8+inches of snow off of some evergreens...temps are dropping to near 5 tonight and afraid the extra snow would be too heavy and break the branches....I was at the alberta spruce right by the steps of the ramp and not sure where it came from, but a single Horned Lark flew lower than the roof and around the house calling...surely it wouldn't have been in the shrub...maybe it was UNDER the ramp where there wasn't a lot of snow...it's not unusual for a few to flyover the yard since we are close to the fields they like to fly to and fro and eat (off the road too)...but this was different...almost dark, and called right after I knocked off some snow flying over the deck(on the living room window side where I look out toward the pond/feeding station) and the house...

Did have a single Pine Siskin here too...this one was darker than the lighter one yesterday...
Marcy Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
plant4nature@gmail.com
The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to
seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen



Subject: Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co.
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 17:03 pm
From: leahym AT windstream.net
 
David and list,

Wouldn't it be neat to know if the grosbeaks visiting your parents feeders are some of the same ones that were there last year? And if in fact they are, the amazing thing would be how in the world they knew how to find those very same feeders/food source 12 months later.

Birds are so cool.

Regards,
Michael R Leahy
Knox, PA
Clarion Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of David Yeany II
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 6:49 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co.

Matt and Amber Webb joined my wife, Colleen, and I as we did some winter birding today in Forest County. The EVENING GROSBEAKS coming to my parents'
feeders in Marienville continued this morning with our high count reaching
16 individuals, including 2 males. (As many as 6 males have been seen at once which indicates a minimum of 20 grosbeaks have been in the area
recently.) The grosbeaks seem to be using the large sugar maples and Norway spruces as staging areas before their assault on the feeders. Also at the Yeany residence were 2 PINE SISKINS among a growing flock of at least 65 American Goldfinches. With harsher winter weather approaching these finch numbers may continue to grow.

Other birds of note included:

A single Ring-billed Gull along SR899 in a field across from the State Police barracks in Marienville.

Ruffed Grouse, Common Raven, and Red-breasted Nuthatch (2) at Buzzard Swamp.

Adult Bald Eagle perched next to River Road along the Clarion River in Cook Forest State Park.

Good birding,

David

--
David Yeany II
Cheswick, PA



Subject: Towhee and Fox Sparrow Levittown Bucks County.
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 16:25 pm
From: lrowan1 AT verizon.net
 
Best birds seen today on a platform feeder in Levittown, were a Fox Sparrow and Eastern Towhee.

Linda Rowan



Subject: Lebanon County
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 16:24 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
From about 12:15 to 3 pm I was around the Reistviile area looking for  bait
in the new 2'' snow.

Along Cherry and Gibble Road we found some west of Rt. 501.

There was some near the road and I saw 425 Horned Larks , they were flushed
many times from cars.

Then I saw 12 Snow Buntings together that flew next to Gibble Road.

We went around to other areas but found a lot of larks feeding along the
roads.

Then along Fox Road an adult Peregrine Falcon flushed by the car had a nice
blueish back.

It went to the silo close by and flushed rock doves and starlings.

Then out of sight.

Along Reistville Rd. there is a produce stand that the parking lot was
freshly cleared with about 100 larks.

I was looking through them when they flew low south .

About 45 seconds later the Peregrine Falcon made a quick pass 2 times.

This was about2:40 pm. This is less than 2 miles from the first sighting.

Then while going home through Middle Creek WMA we had a Red Fox next the
road on a frozen pond and had a mouth full of ?

It crossed Hopeland Rd. behind the car.

Shelva Miller

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Barrow's goldeneye re-sighted on Delaware River
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 13:52 pm
From: 0000007a9e459a72-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Today from around 12:00 to 1pm I was able to find the adult female Barrow's Goldeneye seen previously by Matthew Sabatine (on 1/20) at the same location.  The bird was viewed from the PA side but was mostly in NJ waters.  It was with 57 common goldeneyes and we observed the flock swimming up and down the river for about an hour before they took off and flew upstream.  I was unable to photograph the barrows because she was too distant and diving too frequently, but she had a noticeably different head shape and a very stubby bright orange/yellow beak compared to the common females.  Seen from near the Auto grill gas station/deli along rt 611 in Easton.  

Brandon Swayser,
Lehigh County



Subject: light phase Rough-legged Hawk, Lancaster County
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 11:35 am
From: 0000008033cde245-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I went looking for Longspurs and Larks again today in the Musser School Road today.  I had less Horned Larks and no Longspurs or other interesting field birds.

Instead, I found a huge female light-phase Rough-legged Hawk sitting into the field just west of the intersection of Zeltenreich Road and Musser School Road. After looking at me suspiciously for 10 minutes, it flew to a lone tree top south and west of where Musser School Road intersects with Groffdale Road where it was mobbed by crows. Its tiny blunt bill was apparent as well as its dark blotchy breast with light non-blotchy belly. Its head was light on the crown and cheeks when compared to the body. In flight, it showed a clear white tail base with a broad, brown-black terminal band.

A great find.

On the return trip I also saw some cool Sharp-shinned Hawk acrobatics as it hunted Horned Larks.

Happy birding!



Subject: Franklin Co Common Redpoll
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 9:30 am
From: oylerbill AT gmail.com
 
I just watched a female Common Redpoll feed for a couple minutes at the feeders right outside the Caledonia SP office windows.  It then flew up in the sycamore nearby and gave me another look there.  It had a red forehead black chin and heavy streaking on a light underside.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg.

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Subject: Re - What is your favorite bird
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 20:09 pm
From: gdadtraveling AT gmail.com
 
Gotta be the Red-winged Blackbird. Coming in a very close second is the
Surf Scoter.



Subject: Birds favorite thing (or not favorite thing) about birders.
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 19:30 pm
From: pahawkowl AT verizon.net
 
good one! g

On 1/26/2015 10:19 AM, Chris Grecco wrote:
> I've wondered at times,when a rarity is found and reported,if the
> particular bird views some of the throngs of birders with the same level of
> annoyance that some Hollywood stars view the paparazzi?
>
> Chris Grecco
> Curwensville,Pa.
> Clearfield Co.
> grecco.chris@yahoo.com
> (814)-553-9913.
>


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Subject: - What are birds thinking? Where's the best place to eat?
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 19:30 pm
From: plant4nature AT gmail.com
 
I think they also have a list of the BEST PLACES TO EAT and they tell their friends, who tell their friends, and so on and so on....I can walk away from the yard, and it gets very quiet with birds....get closer to the yard and house and they are all over the place having a free meal...but they do work for me the rest of the year eating the bugs off my plants so I don't have pick them off (I don't use sprays).   Well worth all the plantings for the birds (and butterflies and other critters) to look outside and see something from every window or door... DAILY!!!

I have a question...the snow COVERED EVERYTHING today 5-6+ inches...when the birds flew to a branch or twig, it was like an avalanche falling...could birds get hurt or stuck under the heavy snow if it falls on them? Where do they go when it covered everything so thick today and can't get inside cover....just wondering like a kid...

Stay safe especially yinz out East...think our snow finally slowed down, but more to come Thursday and the weekend and bitter lows near zero at night and mid 20s for high...


Marcy Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
plant4nature@gmail.com
The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to
seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen

On Jan 26, 2015, at 7:44 PM, Art Schiavo wrote:

> I'm enjoying the "favorite bird" thread and now the "birds favorite things about birders" thread as well. Just as we have "chasers" (yes, I'm one of those) in the birding community, I think that some birds have a Life List as well. It's comprised of all the birders who are looking at them. So, the next time you see a rarity, and it's a lifer, know that you are being checked off as well! Heh.............
>
> Art
>
> Art Schiavo
> 1648 E Caracas Ave
> Hershey PA 17033-1109
> Home 717-533-1978
> Cell 717-773-5794
> E-Mail artschiavo@icloud.com
> Text 717-773-5794



Subject: - What are birds thinking?
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 18:44 pm
From: artschiavo AT icloud.com
 
         I'm enjoying the "favorite bird" thread and now the "birds favorite things about birders" thread as well.  Just as we have "chasers" (yes, I'm one of those) in the birding community, I think that some birds have a Life List as well.  It's comprised of all the birders who are looking at them.  So, the next time you see a rarity, and it's a lifer, know that you are being checked off as well!  Heh.............

Art

Art Schiavo
1648 E Caracas Ave
Hershey PA 17033-1109
Home 717-533-1978
Cell 717-773-5794
E-Mail artschiavo@icloud.com
Text 717-773-5794



Subject: - Dauphin County-Something I've Never Seen Before!
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 18:37 pm
From: artschiavo AT icloud.com
 
Hi All,
Today while shoveling my back yard sidewalk, I saw a snow goose fly over head. What's so unusual about that? Notice I said snow GOOSE, singular! I've seen huge flocks before, but I have never seen one solitary snow goose before. There wasn't a flock that came before him, nor any other geese after he left my sight.........seemed rather odd.

Art

Art Schiavo
1648 E Caracas Ave
Hershey PA 17033-1109
Home 717-533-1978
Cell 717-773-5794
E-Mail artschiavo@icloud.com
Text 717-773-5794



Subject: Need help again
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 18:24 pm
From: rrovansek AT pacewater.com
 
The last two photos in your Flicker album show a White throated Sparrow. The third picture is a Bluebird.


Ron Rovansek
Centre County

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Alan Wells
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 4:14 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Need help again

Went for a walk in the snow at the Union Canal today. Not a lot around but did see a Bluebird flying around and a lot of Crows. Since the canal is frozen not much there. I did see a couple birds flying around in the undergrowth where there was some open water. Got a couple of shots that I have uploaded to Flickr.

Since I am more of a photographer than an experienced birder I am not sure what these were. I tried to find them using my Merlin Bird ID app and the Audubon App on my phone but am not sure I am right. I am sure someone can ID them with one quick look.

Thanks in advance.

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

Alan Wells
York Haven



Subject: Need help again
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 18:14 pm
From: alanwells505 AT gmail.com
 
Went for a walk in the snow at the Union Canal today. Not a lot around but did see a Bluebird flying around and a lot of Crows. Since the canal is frozen not much there. I did see a couple birds flying around in the undergrowth where there was some open water. Got a couple of shots that I have uploaded to Flickr. 

Since I am more of a photographer than an experienced birder I am not sure what these were. I tried to find them using my Merlin Bird ID app and the Audubon App on my phone but am not sure I am right. I am sure someone can ID them with one quick look.

Thanks in advance.

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

Alan Wells
York Haven



Subject: One horned lark, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 17:42 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
 I'm almost embarrassed to report this: While scanning the hundred or so birds frantically eating on and below the feeders this morning, I located the Harris's sparrow but then a splash of yellow caught my eye.  On the ground in front of the Harris's was an adult male northern horned lark (alpestris), and it stood out like a sore thumb.  I've seen flocks of horned larks in our valley but not for several years.  Most of the farms around here no longer spread manure where it's easily viewed. And I know I never had a horned lark eating white millet, cracked corn, and black oil sunflower seed bits below the feeders in the back yard.  Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Dauphin County, pine siskin at my feeder
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 15:25 pm
From: sbhannon AT gmail.com
 
I was thrilled this morning to see a pine siskin at my porch feeder this
morning. It spent several lengthy periods (between 10-20 minutes at a time)
feeding there, mostly in the company of one or more goldfinches. It's been
2 years since the last siskin I saw, so this was a real treat!

--
Sue Hannon
Middletown
Dauphin County, PA



Subject: Favorite bird
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 13:59 pm
From: ganglerisson AT hotmail.com
 
This may be a stereotype (being favorite PA bird), but my favorite that I've seen in PA was a ruffed grouse that crossed the road in the middle of the day while I was driving through French Creek State Park in the mid 90s.

Favorite overall bird is the Northern Goshawk.

> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:57:06 -0500
> From: mountainbirder@GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Favorite bird
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>
> I had a nice walk along the Schuylkill River in snow and fog a few hours ago. And I will stick with raven as my favorite. Some geese flew from the river and they of course have a strong, powerful voice. After they passed, one continued to call. Sounded just a bit different and even more powerful. As I got closer, I realized it was a raven. The sound was remarkably similar to the honk of a Canada Goose, but more frequent. Well, I dont think I would go so far as say it was imitating a goose, but it was silent until the geese started calling and stopped a few minutes after the geese were gone. I did see the raven which was about one-eight mile away, perched along the river. I watched it until some geese flew close and the raven made some muttering type of sound and flew off. They are definitely entertaining.
>
> Kerry Grim
> Hamburg, PA



Subject: Favorite bird
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 13:57 pm
From: mountainbirder AT gmail.com
 
I had a nice walk along the Schuylkill River in snow and fog a few hours ago. And I will stick with raven as my favorite. Some geese flew from the river and they of course have a strong, powerful voice. After they passed, one continued to call. Sounded just a bit different and even more powerful. As I got closer, I realized it was a raven. The sound was remarkably similar to the honk of a Canada Goose, but more frequent. Well, I dont think I would go so far as say it was imitating a goose, but it was silent until the geese started calling and stopped a few minutes after the geese were gone. I did see the raven which was about one-eight mile away, perched along the river. I watched it until some geese flew close and the raven made some muttering type of sound and flew off. They are definitely entertaining.

Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA



Subject: Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video)
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 13:24 pm
From: herb1013 AT epix.net
 
Great video. That’s just how Titan the rooster swam out of my pond after I 
kicked him in for goring me.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.

-----Original Message-----
From: Meredith_Lombard
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 2:11 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull,
Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video)

I stopped by late Sunday afternoon to look for the Black-headed, Glaucous
and Iceland Gulls reportedly being in the area (Fri-Sun). The three birders
there pointed out a Lesser Black-backed and two Glaucous Gulls—the one
sprawled out and another “healthy” one, but no Iceland or Black-headed was
found. However, adult Bald Eagles were in the area causing the gulls to
lift off and resettle a few times. The sprawled glaucous had no trouble
flying, just trouble standing—it seems to have a pair of bum legs below the
ankles.

An interesting spectacle happened after the other three left, and just as I
was also packing up the scope to leave—a pair of bald eagles chased an
injured gull just before dusk settled in. The gull evaded the aerialists
for a time before it sought refuge in the river, where it was immediately
slam-dunked under water by one of the eagles. After a short time, the eagle
tried to fly, but it couldn’t lift off, and sank back into the water. I
managed to (hurriedly) digiscope the plight of the eagle swimming in the icy
water, clutching its prey, trying to make it to an ice shelf, which it
eventually did https://flic.kr/p/pZGnNM . A Bald Eagle is one tough bird!

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


Good birding
Meredith Lombard






On Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:47:47 -0500, Tim Becker wrote:

>I made a stop this afternoon at the Lemon St access at Wrightsville, York
>county. I was not able to locate the Black-headed Gull. But there were a
>great many distant gulls packed together out on the ice which could have
>easily hidden it. There was a first year Glaucous Gull sprawled out on the
>ice. Also several Goldeneyes and a Red-breasted Merganser up near the
>bridge.
>
>Tim Becker
>Grantville.
>
>Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video)
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 13:12 pm
From: 000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I stopped by late Sunday afternoon to look for the Black-headed, Glaucous and Iceland Gulls reportedly being in the area (Fri-Sun).  The three birders there pointed out a Lesser Black-backed and two Glaucous Gulls—the one sprawled out and another “healthy” one, but no Iceland or Black-headed was found.  However, adult Bald Eagles were in the area causing the gulls to lift off and resettle a few times.  The sprawled glaucous had no trouble flying, just trouble standing—it seems to have a pair of bum legs below the ankles.  

An interesting spectacle happened after the other three left, and just as I was also packing up the scope to leave—a pair of bald eagles chased an injured gull just before dusk settled in. The gull evaded the aerialists for a time before it sought refuge in the river, where it was immediately slam-dunked under water by one of the eagles. After a short time, the eagle tried to fly, but it couldn’t lift off, and sank back into the water. I managed to (hurriedly) digiscope the plight of the eagle swimming in the icy water, clutching its prey, trying to make it to an ice shelf, which it eventually did https://flic.kr/p/pZGnNM . A Bald Eagle is one tough bird!

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


Good birding
Meredith Lombard






On Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:47:47 -0500, Tim Becker wrote:

>I made a stop this afternoon at the Lemon St access at Wrightsville, York county. I was not able to locate the Black-headed Gull. But there were a great many distant gulls packed together out on the ice which could have easily hidden it. There was a first year Glaucous Gull sprawled out on the ice. Also several Goldeneyes and a Red-breasted Merganser up near the bridge.
>
>Tim Becker
>Grantville.
>
>Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 12:59 pm
From: dkruel300 AT comcast.net
 
I was thinking of a couple items that I thought a bird would like to see from birders....

One would be birders that dont force me (the bird) to expend lots of extra energy while I'm trying to defend my nest against predators or rivals. Birders that are satisfied with more with what a bird gives them, in terms of observation during nesting......rather than the observation we want.

Two would be birders that dont tread to much on my nesting area.....sort of like One. I (the bird) dont want someone rushing thru my home & eggs to flush me out.

Three.....a bird would like birders to take the time to learn details about how it lives, what it needs to survive.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



----- Original Message -----

From: "Anne Annibali"
To: "Dave Kruel" , "PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG"
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 1:09:34 PM
Subject: RE: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders

Everyone's answers to favorite birds have been fascinating and thought-provoking, and I'm looking forward to more great takes from the flip side.

When I go on a bird hike, I've always suspected that we give them as much entertainment as they do us. I often imagine them looking back at us through our binoculars and keeping track of our "plumage" -- the funny hats, silly T-shirts, etc. plus all the extra paraphernalia we often lug along. "Oh, look, honey! That's the third Yankees cap today, and this one has a tripod."

And I'm certain the birds at winter feeders appreciate our generosity, but I'm afraid it's more likely they see us as easy pushovers. That's obvious by the way they huddle near our windows looking pitiful until we show up with another free hand-out and then scold us from the bushes for taking so long to get out there.

But that's all right because that makes it a two-way relationship we both enjoy.

Anne Annibali,
Mt. Gretna, Lebanon County



> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:15:25 -0500
> From: dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>
> In the same light of us thinking about our favorite bird......I thought what if birds could comment on birders and state their favorite (say versus unfavorite things) characteristics of individual birders.
>
> So if a wood thrush could go thru his head and arrive at some positive and negative things about individual birders.....what would be his favorite positive things.
>
> Dave Kruel
> Pottsville
> Schuylkill County
>
>
>
> On Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:46 -0500, dave leibert wrote:
>
> >Howdy,
> >
> >I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood
> >thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and
> >they have the most lyrical song.
> >
> >Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the
> >North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace
> >and they have to adjust to the peak of the knob a little. This looks
> >pretty kinetic!
> >
> >Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of
> >course Peregrine falcons.
> >
> >Cheers, Dave



Subject: Franklin Co Pine Warbler
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 12:10 pm
From: oylerbill AT gmail.com
 
Both Dave Cooney and Dale Gearhart have seen a Pine Warbler at some point
in the past two weeks at the Caledonia SP office feeders. With the snow
overnight I stopped there this am and a Pine Warbler visited the tray
feeder beside the parking lot.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg



Subject: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 12:09 pm
From: anneanni AT msn.com
 
Everyone's answers to favorite birds have been fascinating and thought-provoking, and I'm looking forward to more great takes from the flip side.

When I go on a bird hike, I've always suspected that we give them as much entertainment as they do us. I often imagine them looking back at us through our binoculars and keeping track of our "plumage" -- the funny hats, silly T-shirts, etc. plus all the extra paraphernalia we often lug along. "Oh, look, honey! That's the third Yankees cap today, and this one has a tripod."

And I'm certain the birds at winter feeders appreciate our generosity, but I'm afraid it's more likely they see us as easy pushovers. That's obvious by the way they huddle near our windows looking pitiful until we show up with another free hand-out and then scold us from the bushes for taking so long to get out there.

But that's all right because that makes it a two-way relationship we both enjoy.

Anne Annibali,
Mt. Gretna, Lebanon County


> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:15:25 -0500
> From: dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>
> In the same light of us thinking about our favorite bird......I thought what if birds could comment on birders and state their favorite (say versus unfavorite things) characteristics of individual birders.
>
> So if a wood thrush could go thru his head and arrive at some positive and negative things about individual birders.....what would be his favorite positive things.
>
> Dave Kruel
> Pottsville
> Schuylkill County
>
>
>
> On Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:46 -0500, dave leibert wrote:
>
> >Howdy,
> >
> >I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood
> >thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and
> >they have the most lyrical song.
> >
> >Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the
> >North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace
> >and they have to adjust to the peak of the knob a little. This looks
> >pretty kinetic!
> >
> >Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of
> >course Peregrine falcons.
> >
> >Cheers, Dave



Subject: Sunday's bird cruise. Lehigh-Northapmton-Monroe county
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 11:21 am
From: xdave AT enter.net
 
Howdy all,

I took a cruise looking for birds on Sunday. Pretty out with all the snow.


Amazingly I did not see one red tail in 70 miles of driving. No other
raptors other than an adult peregrine on their building in South
Bethlehem. This time it looked like the peregrine had prey.

I did see a total of a few hundred horned larks near Arrowhead road
and also Michaels School rd. near Bath.

I went all the way up to Cherry Valley. The highlight was two black
ducks on a pond. There were two swans on another pond nearby. They
looked like the big ones, trumpeter swans? Looked like a pair. I'm not
too good with swans though. I've seen tundra swans.

Cheers, Dave



Subject: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 10:11 am
From: Mark.Alt AT probuild.com
 
My favorite Pennsylvania bird has a situational answer.

When I was a child in Westmoreland County we had a flock of 30 Evening grosbeaks that spent the winter in our woods. They are my favorite...

As a teenager I visited Hawk Mountain for the first time and tucked myself down into the rocks facing across the abyss, nothing flying, then suddenly! A Merlin shot by as though it mistook my hair for a target...that was my favorite...

While waiting at dawn for my boss to pick me up for my summer construction job, the solitude and my mother's marge picture window were both shattered. I ran to the door and down the steps in time to see an immature Goshawk compose itself and fly off...my favorite bird

Took my young children to a meadow outside of Latrobe, PA at dusk and when the peenting stopped, replaced by a whirring of wings, ran to the spot, where three minutes later a fat Timberdoodle plopped down 5 feet away and called while curtsying...my favorite birds

Hiking Bear Run to the tangled twisted Rhododendron thickets near the small bridge in late May. Black-throated Blue, Hooded, and Black and White Warblers calling and hopping about continuously...so close binoculars are not needed... NY favorite birds

Tracking a barely audible tseent to a tree that held 7 Brown Creepers on it at one time...it was as if the tree bark had come to life, very Escher-like in effect...my favorite birds!

It has been 40 years since I bagged a lifer in Pennsylvania, now that I have a home here, I hope to change that, and that will be my favorite bird...

Good Birding,

Mark Alt
Connellsville, PA
Fayette County

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Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(1/18 - 1/24)
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 10:05 am
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
Reports were light with 59 species reported. Some highlights include:
1 Greater White-fronted Goose 1/24
3 Cackling Geese 1/24
11 duck species including:
2 Gadwall 1/19-1/20
2 Amer. Wigeon 1/19
4 N. Pintail continued all week
1 Redhead male 1/19-1/20
Ring-necked Duck-high report 9 1/23
1 Com. Goldeneye female to at least 1/23
1 Hooded Merganser female type continues
Com. Merganser -high report 115 1/20
1 Horned Grebe to at least 1/20
Bald Eagle- high report 3 1/20
Red-shouldered Hawk continues
1 Merlin 1/20
4 gull species including:
Lesser Black-backed Gull-high report 34 1/20
1 Black-capped Chickadee-at least one continues at feeders
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch continues at feeders
1 Brown Creeper regular near feeders
1 Fox Sparrow 1/20
Also, Wild Turkey, Pileated Woodpecker, Fish Crow, Brown Creeper, E. Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler


Thanks to all who share their sightings for our weekly spreadsheet.


August Mirabella
North Wales, PA




Subject: Birds favorite thing (or not favorite thing) about birders.
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 9:19 am
From: chris.grecco65 AT gmail.com
 
I've wondered at times,when a rarity is found and reported,if the
particular bird views some of the throngs of birders with the same level of
annoyance that some Hollywood stars view the paparazzi?

Chris Grecco
Curwensville,Pa.
Clearfield Co.
grecco.chris@yahoo.com
(814)-553-9913.



Subject: Favorite Pa. Bird.
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 9:19 am
From: 0000004e15996cb4-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Probably Carolina/Black-Capped Chickadee.  Many times bold and often delightfully entertaining in the field - wonderfully amusing.  I particularly like being scolded by them.  

Also potentially Northern Saw-whet Owl.

Ryan Fick
Bethesda, MD (Formerly Berks, PA)

On Jan 25, 2015, at 6:14 PM, Heather Jacoby wrote:

> Will nobody choose the Pileated Woodpecker? What a sight they are! My
> boss's husband stopped in at the office and he isn't much of a talker. He
> hung out at the reception desk, not being gregarious enough to want to
> announce his presence to the rest of the office.
>
> I recalled that he's a hunter, and thought that might be a good avenue for
> conversation. So, I asked him if he'd ever seen a really large woodpecker
> in the woods. Of course he has! He started talking excitedly with me. My
> boss comes back, surprised to see him so animated. She asks what we're
> talking about and he tells her we were talking about woodpeckers. We
> describe it for her and she says to him, "Why didn't you ever tell me about
> it!?!" LOL! I told her that it's not exactly an unusual sight for hunters,
> but how much I'd love to get a good look at one.
>
> The neighbors near where my parents live (Shermansdale in Perry County)
> would call my parents' house to make sure I knew one had visited their
> property. Unfortunately, I was rarely able to make it in time to see it.
> For quite some time, I called it my "nemesis bird." I've since seen them,
> but usually in fly-overs. I tried to encourage my parents to put up the
> right feeder, but it hasn't happened yet.
>
> I also have to mention the red-tailed hawk. They are gorgeous birds. They
> strike me as being almost regal. They are the commanders of flight, in my
> opinion... effortless, almost lazy circles... just soaring. I've seen them
> up close and there's something in their gaze that kind of "captures" me,
> holds my full attention. I'm in awe of them.
>
> As a child, I used to flip through my Pappy's Audubon book. I'd often stop
> on the picture of the red-tailed hawk, its talons horrifyingly clutching
> onto a rabbit as it defended its prey from another red-tailed hawk.
>
> Then I "met" one nearly face-to-face in my early twenties. A normal day at
> the office, and I join my co-worker outside as she takes a smoke-break.
> Nearby, my eyes catch something on a low branch in a tree. A red-tailed
> hawk, just above head level. I couldn't help but approach it. I got to
> stand about six feet or so away, just quietly examining the bird. On a
> whim, I went in to get the office camera and it was still right there when
> I returned. I got off 3 shots and then it took off. I felt the power of its
> wings as it flew, almost right over my shoulder... My heart was pounding...
> to feel the strength in the bird, in the way it moved the air.
>
> That was the bird that made me into a birder.
>
> I also should mention the tufted titmouse. I had one at my feeder that only
> had one leg. I had a suet feeder, and he'd dangle there. He seemed to be
> getting on just fine. They are such little birds, but there's something
> very bold about them.
>
> --
> Heather Jacoby
> greybeh@gmail.com
> Pittsburgh, PA
> Allegheny County



Subject: birds favorite things about birders
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 8:33 am
From: 00000073dc7a3e93-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
When I was at Hawk Watch at Pack Manadnock Mtn (NH) last Sept, I was wondering if the wonderful kettles of raptors swirling overhead were looking down & chatting among themselves, "Wow - there they are again! Amazing how humans come up on the ridges at this time every year, year after year ... what's the count on that peak?"



-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Kruel
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Mon, Jan 26, 2015 9:16 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders


In the same light of us thinking about our favorite bird......I thought what if
birds could comment on birders and state their favorite (say versus unfavorite
things) characteristics of individual birders.

So if a wood thrush could go thru his head and arrive at some positive and
negative things about individual birders.....what would be his favorite positive
things.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County








Subject: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 8:16 am
From: dkruel300 AT comcast.net
 
In the same light of us thinking about our favorite bird......I thought what if birds could comment on birders and state their favorite (say versus unfavorite things) characteristics of individual birders.

So if a wood thrush could go thru his head and arrive at some positive and negative things about individual birders.....what would be his favorite positive things.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



On Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:46 -0500, dave leibert wrote:

>Howdy,
>
>I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood
>thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and
>they have the most lyrical song.
>
>Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the
>North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace
>and they have to adjust to the peak of the knob a little. This looks
>pretty kinetic!
>
>Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of
>course Peregrine falcons.
>
>Cheers, Dave



Subject: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 6:39 am
From: pahawkowl AT verizon.net
 
Herb, Sorry about your lawn, but we may have to go to the streets to 
pick up the road kills without them. In the Middle Ages, London Red
Kites-- Milvus milvus-- took care of street cleaning duties. When they
became extirpated (how?), London streets became a mess. Relatively
recently, starting with Wales, a reintroduction effort in Europe has
been initiated by The International Red Kite Symposium of the World
Working Group on Birds of Prey (And Owls), if I've got it right,
possibly involving the British Hawk and Owl Trust. Britain has similar
raptors as PA, listing similar species.

Road kill can attract raptors which feed on it, like Great-horned Owls,
as Bernd Heinrich writes in ONE MAN'S OWL.

Thanks.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

On 1/24/2015 11:57 AM, Herb Flavell wrote:
> I don’t know Ann. They do soar nice but they eat mainly road kills.
> There is a nest on the mountain behind my house. Twice they have dropped
> road kill remains on my lawn. I have a movie of one retrieving the road posium
> kill possum it dropped last summer if you would like it.
> Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.ot it right
> PA
> -----Original Message----- From: Ann Pettigrew
> Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:18 AM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
>
> Mine is the Turkey Vulture. I think they are magnificent fliers and I
> always say that if I could come back as any animal, it would be a turkey
> vulture! Imagine being able to soar the way they do!
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> rook185@comcast.net
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Jan 24, 2015, at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson
>> wrote:
>>
>> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on
>> action pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with
>> deepish snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?
>>
>> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic
>> Flyway, at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be
>> a graceful flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like
>> them, too, though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated
>> or fallow, seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and
>> family farms are disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.
>>
>> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the
>> woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a
>> church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there
>> and was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew
>> straight up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right
>> on top of the crows, dispersing them permanently!!
>>
>> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent
>> numbers as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like
>> Short-eared Owls still exist, or has there been substantial
>> technological turnover over the decades since Craighead & Craigheads'
>> HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! Long sentences.)
>>
>> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor
>> Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.
>>
>> Grant Stevenson
>> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
>>
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Subject: Kirby Park, Luzerne Co.
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 5:54 am
From: chickadd AT ptd.net
 
Reported by Bob Wasileswki

01/25/15

And so begins year 18.



1) Canada Goose 150
2) Mallard 32
3) Bufflehead 6
4) Common Merganser 20
5) Bald Eagle 1
6) Coopers Hawk 2
7) Red-tailed Hawk 1
9) Feral Pigeon 13
10) Mourning Dove 9
11) Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
12) Downy Woodpecker 4
13) Blue Jay 3
14) American Crow 3
15) Common Raven 2
16) Black-capped Chickadee 5
17) Tufted Titmouse 4
18) White-breasted Nuthatch 4
19) Carolina Wren 4
20) Song Sparrow 2
21) Dark-eyed Junco 35
22) Northern Cardinal 5
23) American Goldfinch 4



Total Avian Species: 23
Observers: 2
Hours: 5.0
Weather: Sunny and windy in open areas, but very pleasant for January;
32-34F

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming County



Subject: favorite PA bird
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 3:38 am
From: xdave AT enter.net
 
Howdy,

I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood
thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and
they have the most lyrical song.

Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the
North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace
and they have to adjust to the peak of the knob a little. This looks
pretty kinetic!

Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of
course Peregrine falcons.

Cheers, Dave



Subject: Favorite bird
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 21:45 pm
From: herb1013 AT epix.net
 
I'm with Anita. My favorite bird is also the Blue Jay. I have maybe 100 or
so here because their favorite food is Hemlock seed and I have about 5 acres
of Hemlock. But every morning the scouts are sitting in a tree waiting for
me to put out their seed and un-salted peanuts. I go through 2 Folgers
coffee cans of see every day along with 32 peanuts. 16 in each
feeder.Yesterday there were 12 waiting in a tree. My next favorite bird is
the Mourning Dove. They were here waiting to be fed to, 35 of them siting on
the Claverack electric line that stretches 1,000 ft a crossed my land. We
also fed the deer, deer food and whole corn at 11 am by 1 pm there were 10
deer eating lunch. I would not move back to NJ for all the money in the
world.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susqurhanna County.

-----Original Message-----
From: Anita Nichols
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:23 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Favorite bird

My favorite bird is one that I defend to all naysayers - the blue jay.
Blue jays are such handsome birds with their mosaic-like colors. Their
markings remind me of a stained glass window.
I love seeing them perched at the highest part of a tree. The sentinel of
the woods or backyard.
And at the feeder, I enjoy watching them pick up whole (unsalted) peanuts.
Weighing each one before retreating.
I adore their bell call - what a beautiful sound! Such smart, gorgeous
birds.
I have really enjoyed seeing each of your favorites. Thanks for the fun
reading Grant!
Anita

Anita NicholsPittsburgh



Subject: Favorite bird
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 21:24 pm
From: 0000007d33022b93-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
My favorite bird is one that I defend to all naysayers  -  the blue jay.  
Blue jays are such handsome birds with their mosaic-like colors.  Their markings remind me of a stained glass window.
I love seeing them perched at the highest part of a tree.  The sentinel of the woods or backyard.
And at the feeder, I enjoy watching them pick up whole (unsalted) peanuts. Weighing each one before retreating.
I adore their bell call - what a beautiful sound!  Such smart, gorgeous birds.  
I have really enjoyed seeing each of your favorites.  Thanks for the fun reading Grant!
Anita

Anita NicholsPittsburgh



Subject: Favorite bird
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 20:37 pm
From: ancientbirder AT gmail.com
 
My favorite bird is the cardinal, because if I am having a bad day birding,
if I can find a cardinal, there always seems to be other birds with him.

I don't know how many times , I have been having a slow day, and the
flicker of red through the brush would lead me to a delightful period of
numerous sightings. It might not be anything exciting, or it might be
whatever migrants are passing through.

A short burst of recorded calls seem to always bring one if there is one in
the area.
Martin Wilson
Doylesburg



Subject: Favorite PA Bird
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 19:09 pm
From: troberts2459 AT atlanticbb.net
 
This is hard.  I like all them even starlings - watching starlings in the winter in those giant mumurations - magnificent.  TVs and how they just fly. If you had to BE a bird?  I'd think long and hard about TVs.   Cliff swallows and their plan form and nests. Woodcocks and the breeding display in early March.  Cooper's hawks - any accipiter - and early memories ( maybe 4 years old?) watching one grab a bird off my Mom's feeder one winter day - right in front of the window 2 feet away!  Back in the day when there were lots of evening grosbeaks.  Veery and wood thrush songs late evening coming out of the deep, dark woods - when you look up at the sky you think - another hour easy  but look down and think - time to get home.  They must be looking the same way....  The morning chorus - tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks, warblers, turkey in the distance maybe grouse and woodpeckers drumming. Pheasants crowing. White-throated sparrow, song, chipping, grasshopper, Henslow...chickadees and titmice at feeders in winter. Nuthatches and brown creepers. Mixed flocks of kinglets while on deer stand as the day breaks.  Ravens.  The flight calls of thrushes, warblers, buntings in late fall as you stand in the dark and listen. golden-winged warblers in the hedgerows. Cerulans in the tree tops - where they belong.  Canadas and chestnut-sided - great songs.

But pick one...... Kentucky warbler. In ridge tops where they nest.

Tom Roberts
Somerset County



Subject: Black-backed gull at the Beaver River mouth, Beaver County
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 19:00 pm
From: pomarine AT earthlink.net
 
This evening highlights at the Beaver River mouth included 2 adult GLAUCOUS
GULLS, 2 KUMLIEN'S ICELAND GULLS (one first cycle and one adult, first adult
of the season for the Pittsburgh area), and 6 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (3
adult, 2 third cycle, one first cycle). There was also a seventh
black-backed gull, an adult that appeared in the flock with about 15 minutes
of usable light left. It was on the small extreme for Great Black-backed
Gull, just barely larger than the average Herring Gull, and perhaps about
the same size as the largest Herrings in the flock. Unfortunately I never
saw the wings spread so I cannot say if this was the Kelp Gull that was
found in Allegheny County last weekend. In fact what meager impression I was
able to make of the bird was that it was a small Great Black-backed, but I
can't really say anything definitive about it either way. Just wanted to put
the word out if anyone wants to look in the morning.

Yesterday evening (1/24) at downtown Pittsburgh the highlights were two
GLAUCOUS GULLS (adult and second cycle, first adult of the season), one
first cycle ICELAND GULL, and four GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (one of each
age). Tonight, birders at the Point downtown had seven GREAT BLACK-BACKED
GULLS, for a total of 13 (or 14) between the two locations for today.

By the way the season minimum counts of Great Black-backed Gulls between
Rochester and Pittsburgh is now 17: seven adults, two third cycle, two
second cycle, and six first cycle. In reality there may have been as many as
30-40 (or more) moving through area over the past two weeks. Also the season
minimum of Glaucous Gull for the region is now five: two adult, two second
cycle, and one first cycle.

Geoff Malosh
Allegheny County


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