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25 Jun: @ 19:24:32 
Sedge Wren, Crawford Co. [Kendall Zook]
25 Jun: @ 19:07:45 
Extralimital Scissor-tailed flycatcher, Alpha, NJ [DAVID KOCH]
25 Jun: @ 07:50:51 
A few short comments, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
24 Jun: @ 21:10:40 
red headed woodpeckers & scarlet tanagers in Bedford County [Cathy Brown]
24 Jun: @ 18:26:06 
Northampton County Raven [Robin and Daniel Zmoda]
24 Jun: @ 06:36:39 
Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jun 23, 2019 [Karyn Delaney]
23 Jun: @ 21:05:35 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo [Tom Dougherty]
23 Jun: @ 12:51:59 
Dickcissel, Lancaster County [The Stahls]
23 Jun: @ 08:08:03 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Venango Co. [Mark Vass]
22 Jun: @ 20:28:44 
Sedge Wrens, Crawford Co. [Kendall Zook]
22 Jun: @ 19:29:28 
Jefferson Co- BBS route- Sigel to Ringgold (late)- cicadas !!! [Carole Winslow]
22 Jun: @ 09:57:27 
Black Vulture - Beaver Co. [Mark Vass]
22 Jun: @ 03:38:51 
Butler/Armstrong/Clarion Co BBS (late) [Carole Winslow]
22 Jun: @ 01:25:25 
Eastern PA Birdline: 6/22/2019 [Dave DeReamus]
21 Jun: @ 15:54:59 
Ducks - Crawford Co. [Mark Vass]
21 Jun: @ 12:08:51 
Fwd: Titmice [Darwin Evangelista]
21 Jun: @ 06:34:30 
Re: 2 birds with one stone? Northampton County [Barb]
20 Jun: @ 20:48:26 
2 birds with one stone? Northampton County [Robin and Daniel Zmoda]
20 Jun: @ 08:44:42 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 18 June 2019 [Amy Taracido]
19 Jun: @ 21:56:27 
Re: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019 [LeRoy Tabb]
19 Jun: @ 17:31:00 
Lancaster county birds [Pamela Fisher]
19 Jun: @ 17:21:55 
Titmice [Darwin Evangelista]
18 Jun: @ 23:28:19 
Nice article on banding Allentown peregrine chicks. [Dave Leibert]
18 Jun: @ 10:41:39 
Nesting notes, upper Montgomery Co. [Paul Heveran]
18 Jun: @ 10:09:13 
Louisiana Waterthrush, Allegheny County [Cecelia]
17 Jun: @ 21:22:03 
Young Red Tailed Hawks, Brown Thrasher, Hummingbirds -- Cumberland County [reeser]
17 Jun: @ 16:43:48 
Getting GPS Coordinates on Map on an Android Phone [Joe Gyekis]
17 Jun: @ 14:30:06 
Binocular question [Ryan Tomazin]
17 Jun: @ 12:53:00 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 11 June 2019 [Amy Taracido]
17 Jun: @ 12:13:58 
Snowy Egret, Northampton County [Michael Schall]
16 Jun: @ 20:11:33 
Northern Waterthrush, Crawford Co. [Kendall Zook]
16 Jun: @ 17:17:44 
Erie County birds of note [Jerry McWilliams]
16 Jun: @ 10:23:13 
Tree Swallow Nest, update on Blue Grosbeaks & others, Wayne Twp. Sch. Co [A. Liebner]
16 Jun: @ 09:50:51 
Allegheny Co. - Bridgeville Fish Crow [Ryan Tomazin]
15 Jun: @ 18:52:15 
Westmoreland County--Hunter's Lane [Michael Fialkovich]
15 Jun: @ 15:49:25 
Gadwall - Crawford Co. [Mark Vass]
15 Jun: @ 11:22:05 
Bufflehead, Lebanon County [The Stahls]
15 Jun: @ 11:10:42 
Common Loon - Beaver Co. [Mark Vass]
13 Jun: @ 17:12:59 
The Killdeer Saga, Part 3 [David Gibson]
13 Jun: @ 15:21:44 
PA Farmland Raptor Project [Katie Andrews]
13 Jun: @ 11:58:17 
PSO Annual Meeting [Michael Fialkovich]
13 Jun: @ 01:38:59 
Bethlehem Peregrines, Northampton county [Dave Leibert]
12 Jun: @ 19:03:09 
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019 [LeRoy Tabb]
12 Jun: @ 18:18:00 
Garrett BBS Data, Somerset County, Jun 12, 2019 [Glenn Koppel]
12 Jun: @ 07:03:18 
Cumberland County nightjars [Chuck Berthoud]
11 Jun: @ 20:05:32 
Wild Turkey - York County [Ann Pettigrew]
11 Jun: @ 16:53:49 
WHITE IBIS, Lancaster County [Bob Schutsky]
11 Jun: @ 10:19:46 
late news: NFC Whimbrel, Adams, 5/17 [Andy Wilson]
10 Jun: @ 21:08:33 
Re: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird [Michael Fialkovich]
10 Jun: @ 20:13:03 
Allegheny County Ruddy Turnstone [Michael Fialkovich]





Subject: Sedge Wren, Crawford Co.
Date: Tue Jun 25 2019 19:24 pm
From: kendallzook98 AT gmail.com
 
I located the Sedge Wren last night, a male singing and scolding for the
hour I was there. I got some very nice photos from the road because it was
hanging around only 30-40 feet off the roadway. This bird is at the same
location as a Sedge Wren we found earlier on the PAMC in May. Apparently it
stayed. Adam Erb refound two birds a week ago. He heard a scold he didn't
recognize and ventured into the field. He had a male and female Sedge Wren
scolding and bombarding him only 30 feet into the field. He felt sure that
he must be very close to their nest and left the field. I only saw one bird
this evening, but it seemed to me that he was defending territory.



Kendall Zook

Crawford Co.



Subject: Extralimital Scissor-tailed flycatcher, Alpha, NJ
Date: Tue Jun 25 2019 19:07 pm
From: 0000012d74227426-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Found this afternoon along Oberly Road, the road famous for winter raptors, particularly the gyrfalcon.If anyone goes over there please shoo it across the Delaware (I'm kidding of course). You can see the valley where I live about 2.5 miles away if you look west when you make a right turn onto Oberly Road. It's a species I haven't yet had on our property.
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County davilene@verizon.net



Subject: A few short comments, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Tue Jun 25 2019 7:50 am
From: 0000012d74227426-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
A great-crested flycatcher is nesting in a bluebird box in the front area. Rose-breasted grosbeaks continue to be steady in the yard and at feeders -- males, females, and now young. One adult male grosbeak has a completely red throat. Young titmice, chickadees, downies, hairies, Baltimore orioles, etc., are regular. Immature and female hummers are just now starting to become visible in addition to several adult males that have been around. This morning a veery appeared on a bare tree branch in the front yard but only stayed there long enough for identification. Wood thrushes sound off from the nearby woods, willow flycatchers, bluebirds and yellow warblers are nesting down there etc.Good birding to everyone.
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County davilene@verizon.net



Subject: red headed woodpeckers & scarlet tanagers in Bedford County
Date: Mon Jun 24 2019 21:10 pm
From: blueapis AT msn.com
 
While camping at Shawnee State Park, Bedford County, this past weekend, I had several sightings of Red headed woodpeckers over three days.  Never more than two at a time, so I don't know how many total.  One gave a very extended view at close range, even hawking twice.

Also spotted were at least three Scarlet Tanagers - again, multiple sightings at multiple locations. Within minutes, two different males and one female were seen. The highlight was when one male tanager flew under a small canopy at the camp site, directly between two people who were three feet apart, and alighted in a nearby grassy area. I was a couple of yards from the canopy when it occurred and happened to look up just as it was flying under, or I wouldn't have believed it happened.

Cathy Brown, Washington County



Subject: Northampton County Raven
Date: Mon Jun 24 2019 18:26 pm
From: robinanddanielz AT gmail.com
 
Ravens are common near my house in Pen Argyl due to the landfill's all you
can eat policy, but today I saw one flying over the city of Easton. We had
one a few years ago on a CBC in the same general area.
On another note, I had two Kestrels in Plainfield township today, also,
along with Eagle, Osprey and Broad-winged Hawk over the house this weekend.
Dan Zmoda
Pen Argyl



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jun 23, 2019
Date: Mon Jun 24 2019 6:36 am
From: delaneykaryn AT gmail.com
 
Birds are returning to the feeders with the demise of the cicada
population. We saw 5 Baltimore Orioles yesterday. The birds had not been
coming to the feeders at all for 4 weeks. We also saw both a male & female
Rose-breasted Grosbeak which also had not been to the feeders since the
cicadas arrived. I heard the Yellow-billed Cuckoo again yesterday. I'm
guessing it has been enjoying the abundance of readily available food. All
three woodpecker species have young. Some juveniles are feeding without
adults at the suet feeder, while the Red-bellied and a Hairy haven't quite
figured out how to get to it alone!

Karyn Delaney


Subject: Beaver County eBird Report - Economy Borough, Jun 23, 2019

Economy Borough Yard Birds, Beaver, Pennsylvania, US
Jun 23, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
26 species

Mourning Dove 6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Female with 2 fledglings; Male
Downy Woodpecker 6 Female with fledgling; Male juvenile; 2 female
juveniles; 1 female
Hairy Woodpecker 4 Female with juvenile; Female; Male.
Blue Jay 3
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 4
Carolina Wren 3
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 3
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 14
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Baltimore Oriole 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 Male and female
House Sparrow 6 2 females with fledglings; 2 males.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

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



Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Date: Sun Jun 23 2019 21:05 pm
From: tomdoc AT hotmail.com
 
Heard and seen along the Rail Trail in Chambersburg today at 0900. 

Tom Dougherty
Chambersburg PA.

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Subject: Dickcissel, Lancaster County
Date: Sun Jun 23 2019 12:51 pm
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
This morning, there was a singing Dickcissel on a utility wire along Turkey Hill Rd., about 0.3 mile west of Hammertown Rd. in the northeastern part of the county.
Stanley Stahl



Subject: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Venango Co.
Date: Sun Jun 23 2019 8:08 am
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
Pabirders,
There is a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron visiting a yard near Titusville

This bird showed up back on May 26 and has appeared almost daily to forage
on worms in the yard ...this is a rural setting with only a creek
nearby..amazing and remarkable that this bird has chosen this location to
hang out at

The homeowner is allowing visitors to see the bird..if anyone is interested
in seeing it contact me for the info

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Sedge Wrens, Crawford Co.
Date: Sat Jun 22 2019 20:28 pm
From: kendallzook98 AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,

This afternoon I Emmanuel Erb told me that a pair of Sedge Wrens is present
along Thatcher Rd., just east of the intersection with S. Center Rd. a few
miles east of Conneautville. A pair at this time of year seems likely for
breeding. I've heard Sedge Wrens in this vicinity 3 of the last 4 years
including one this spring that apparently stayed around. Two years ago we
thought maybe they would breed because a pair was present for a short time
in late spring. I hope to check this report out in the next day or two and
see what I can find.



Kendall Zook



Subject: Jefferson Co- BBS route- Sigel to Ringgold (late)- cicadas !!!
Date: Sat Jun 22 2019 19:29 pm
From: cjwinslow94 AT gmail.com
 
My second late brief report on this Jefferson Co route, run on June 9th.
As you can see from the subject, this was unfortunately impacted seriously
during 7 stops by the noise from the periodical cicadas.

Species total was 68, and this route has a low of 60 and high of 75 for
me. Number of individuals has declined steadily the last 7 years from a
high of 1006 to 682 this year. This route is more rural and has some
pockets of more mature forest with some hemlock and pine. Traffic is not so
much an issue, but land use changes continue to show some impact, with less
hay and more crops. When I started there was a vesper sparrow persisting at
a field location but the last several years it is absent, as planted in
corn and soybeans.

A couple new species were nice to find, at a forested location right
where the road crosses Mill Creek. A singing brown creeper, and a hermit
thrush, which isn't that exciting I guess but nice to hear for the first
time on this route. Four blue-headed vireos is an increase, and orchard
orioles and dark-eyed junco, as well as black-throated blue warbler were
noted, not present every year.
Warblers found- ovenbird, yellowthroat, hooded, redstart, magnolia,
blackburnian, yellow, chestnut-sided, black-throated green, and
black-throated blue.

The big event for this route was the presence of large numbers of
periodical cicadas, at 7 stops they really interfered with hearing, and
were actually a distraction, as they were flying everywhere and practically
dripping from some of the treetops. They were laying over the road in
spots, and several times landed on me. A true event of nature but I will
admit since I have them at home as well, they have worn our their welcome
and I will be glad for the noise to end ! I expected to maybe find more
cuckoos because of this but only had two yellow-billed.

Good summer birding !

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Subject: Black Vulture - Beaver Co.
Date: Sat Jun 22 2019 9:57 am
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
The homeowner who lives near Raccoon Creek S.P. phoned me this morning
letting me know that there was a Black Vulture in their backyard

This is the same yard where two birds were early in the spring...I stopped
by to see the bird before it flew off

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Butler/Armstrong/Clarion Co BBS (late)
Date: Sat Jun 22 2019 3:38 am
From: cjwinslow94 AT gmail.com
 
Just a little late on reporting some general notes on my BBS survey that
runs from Butler Co up through Armstrong and finishes in Rimersburg,
Clarion Co. This was run the 1st of June and while we heard some cicadas on
the survey they were not yet very loud or numerous enough to impact being
able to hear bird song clearly.

We had 74 species, and the high for this route is 75 at least for me, so
that was good. However total number of birds was the lowest yet at 741. The
best birds for me were several firsts, a singing yellow-breasted chat and
Louisiana waterthrush, and a horned lark. Other decent finds for this
particular route were

eastern screech-owl
yellow-throated vireo
blue-headed vireo
red-breasted nuthatch
veery
warblers- ovenbird, black-and-white,common yellowthroat, hooded, redstart,
yellow, chestnut-sided, black-throated green, Louisiana waterthrush

This route is so busy with traffic that I will only run on Sunday
mornings, otherwise it's a waste of time and almost dangerous. Still even
with that, the more rural parts can be quite nice and at least it ends up
pretty close to home..

Good birding (in hopefully drier weather),
Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 6/22/2019
Date: Sat Jun 22 2019 1:25 am
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* June 22, 2019
* PAEA1906.22

- Birds mentioned

LONG-TAILED DUCK (1st summer record; possibly injured)
SNOWY EGRET
DICKCISSEL
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: June 22nd at 1:00 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... .

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 LOWER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At a private quarry:
LONG-TAILED DUCK “ 1 from back on 6/2 to at least 6/8 (1st summer record;
possibly injured).

Sightings from the GREEN POND area, Northampton County:
American Black Ducks “ 1 to 6/18; 2 on 6/19
SNOWY EGRET “ 1 from 6/16 to at least 6/20.

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
Lesser Scaup “ 1 on 6/20 (unusual summer record).

Sightings from NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County:
Semipalmated Sandpipers “ 2 on 6/9 (along Mauch Chunk Road).

Sightings from UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County:
Along Cetronia Road (across from Air Products):
White-rumped Sandpiper “ 1 on 6/13
Semipalmated Sandpipers “ 2 on 6/17 and 6/18.

Sightings from RODALE EXPERIMENTAL FARM, Berks County:
DICKCISSEL “ 1 from 5/22 to at least 6/21.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
American Black Ducks “ 2 to at least 6/18
Hooded Merganser “ 1 from 6/12 to at least 6/15
Semipalmated Plover “ 1 on 6/8.

Sightings from the RIEGELSVILLE area, Bucks County:
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER “ 1 from 4/29 to at least 6/17.

Sightings from STATE GAME LANDS 157, Bucks County:
On Haycock Mountain:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER “ 1 to at least 6/15.

- End transcript



Subject: Ducks - Crawford Co.
Date: Fri Jun 21 2019 15:54 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
I was at the Pymatuning Spillway earlier today

The drake Gadwall that I found and reported last weekend continues there
today
The bird is along the shoreline across from the end of the parking lot
where the Purple Martin house is

other ducks of note seen at the spillway was a American Black Duck and a
Ruddy Duck

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Fwd: Titmice
Date: Fri Jun 21 2019 12:08 pm
From: 0000013a0054f307-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The titmice I reported on Wednesday are coming to the feeders daily now. I see as many as three - so nice to have them back again.
Hairy woodpeckers used to be sporadic, but are now coming in daily. This morning a male and female hairy were on the suet at the same time, with a downy waiting his turn. Red-bellies are also in daily. I hear flickers and see them in the neighborhood, but rarely see them at the feeders. If only we could get a pileated to come to the feeders.
There are also three pairs of red-winged blackbirds coming in every day.
Huey EvangelistaLaureldale, Berks County

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As a lot of other people have been reporting, we haven™t been seeing any tufted titmice at the feeders. Then all of a sudden this evening, I looked out and there were three titmice at the feeders. Two were at the black oil sunflower and one was eating sunflower hearts. I don™t know where they™ve been, but I hope they stick around.
Huey EvangelistaLaureldale, Berks County


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Subject: 2 birds with one stone? Northampton County
Date: Fri Jun 21 2019 6:34 am
From: 0000001455f85cf8-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Makes me think of my neighbors looking at me like I was crazy when I was running down the street a few years back, excitedly trying to tell people that there were red winged crossbills in their pine trees. 

Isn™t it sad how people on the street can think that every interaction is a negative one, and also that forgetting to look around them and see the wonder and beauty of the natural world.

But still worth trying...˜

Barb

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> On Jun 20, 2019, at 9:48 PM, Robin and Daniel Zmoda wrote:
>
> Driving home from work tonight along Northampton St in Easton I noticed a
> crow dive bombing something. It turned out to be an adult Bald Eagle
> sitting on a telephone pole around 9th street.
> Since the light was red, I rolled down my window to flag down a
> twenty-something woman to point it out to her. She gave me another type of
> bird and since the light changed and I was holding up traffic, I drove off,
> leaving her to probably think I was just a creep. Insert sad face here.
> Dan Zmoda (not a creep)
> Pen Argyl



Subject: 2 birds with one stone? Northampton County
Date: Thu Jun 20 2019 20:48 pm
From: robinanddanielz AT gmail.com
 
Driving home from work tonight along Northampton St in Easton I noticed a
crow dive bombing something. It turned out to be an adult Bald Eagle
sitting on a telephone pole around 9th street.
Since the light was red, I rolled down my window to flag down a
twenty-something woman to point it out to her. She gave me another type of
bird and since the light changed and I was holding up traffic, I drove off,
leaving her to probably think I was just a creep. Insert sad face here.
Dan Zmoda (not a creep)
Pen Argyl



Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 18 June 2019
Date: Thu Jun 20 2019 8:44 am
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE06.18.19

Highlights:
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Venango County)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Erie County)
ALDER FLYCATCHER
FISH CROW
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (Westmoreland County)
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH

Contributors: Mike Fialkovich, Jerry McWilliams, Ryan Tomazin, Mark Vass, Kendall Zook.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 through Tuesday, 18 June 2019

**This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible for errors on websites who reproduce/reprint these reports. If you would like to receive western PA RBAs, contact AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Transcript-

NOTE: COMMON LOON, GADWALL continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 6/16 in Bridgeville, FISH CROW (RT).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

In an unspecified location on 6/16, 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (KZ).


ERIE COUNTY:

In Washington Township on 6/13, 5 COMMON RAVENS (JM).

On 6/15 at State Gamelands #218, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (JM).


VENANGO COUNTY:

On 6/14 in Titusville, 1 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (MV).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

Near Donegal on 6/15, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (singing the BWWA song), 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS (MF).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.



Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019
Date: Wed Jun 19 2019 21:56 pm
From: leroytabb AT hotmail.com
 
________________________________
From: BucksCoBirders@yahoogroups.com on behalf of LeRoy Tabb leroytabb@hotmail.com [BucksCoBirders]
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:03 PM
To: pabirds@list.audubon.org; Bucks Birders
Cc: ivylamb@aol.com
Subject: [BucksCoBirders] Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019



Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019
_______________________________________________
Aimophila Adventures: Birding in Arizona -- by Kurt Schwarz
Program Description:
Aimophila Adventures: While most birders go to southeast Arizona to see such showy species as Elegant Trogon and a whole raft of hummingbirds, Kurt Schwarz took the opportunity to seek out the little brown jobs in Arizona that make our White-throated and other sparrows look downright gaudy. Kurt will detail his summer of 2009 in Arizona, with visits to virtually all the hotspots.
____________________________________________

About the Speaker:
Kurt Schwarz grew up in Warminster, and is now a retired Department of Defense linguist and analyst. He resides in Maryland, and is a past president and current Conservation Chair of the Maryland Ornithological Society. He has been seriously birding since 1994, and birds Bucks County whenever he is home visiting family.
_______________________________________________
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:
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



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Subject: Lancaster county birds
Date: Wed Jun 19 2019 17:31 pm
From: 000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
John Lahr and I did some birding this morning and early afternoon. We visited several places, tallying a total of 71 species for the day.
We started at Conestoga River Park, walking along Warehouse Road. Highlights there were two Prothonotary Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, several Acadian Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwings, and multiple Northern Rough-winged Swallows.
Then we went to Observation Site Road where we had Eastern Meadowlarks, Yellow-breasted Chats, Blue-winged Warblers, Blue Grosbeak, Cliff Swallow, Great Crested Flycatcher, Common Raven, Peregrine Falcon, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
From there we went to Woods Edge Park, where we met Herb and Betty Burkett. We saw Green Herons, a Willow Flycatcher, and best of all, two Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.
I took him home, and he showed me a Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest. We watched her incubating, and driving off Intruders.
All in all, a very productive day. Thank you John for the great day, and it was lovely to meet you Herb and Betty!

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Subject: Titmice
Date: Wed Jun 19 2019 17:21 pm
From: 0000013a0054f307-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
As a lot of other people have been reporting, we haven™t been seeing any tufted titmice at the feeders. Then all of a sudden this evening, I looked out and there were three titmice at the feeders. Two were at the black oil sunflower and one was eating sunflower hearts. I don™t know where they™ve been, but I hope they stick around.
Huey EvangelistaLaureldale, Berks County


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Subject: Nice article on banding Allentown peregrine chicks.
Date: Tue Jun 18 2019 23:28 pm
From: xdave AT enter.net
 
Howdy All,

There is a nice article on Lehigh Valley Live about banding the
Allentown peregrine chicks. Lots of pics and a good video.

https://expo.lehighvalleylive....



Subject: Nesting notes, upper Montgomery Co.
Date: Tue Jun 18 2019 10:41 am
From: birdmeister.paul AT gmail.com
 
Hello PA Birders,

It's a "slow" time of year for birding. Many colorful and exciting migrants
are busy breeding far to our north. During this rainy and still week, I
thought I would share a few interesting notes about nesting birds in my
yard and at Green Lane Reservoir.

First, a robin has settled in for a second brood in an ornamental inkberry
(?) bush about two feet from our front door! The female is now acclimated
to human traffic after a rough week in April. I think the first batch of
three chicks fledged successfully, but I can't confirm. It appears that
this brood will be three, too. The location of the nest so close to the
house has two big advantages. It is sheltered from any wind/rain to the NE,
E, SE, and S. This really came in handy with the coastal low and heavy E
wind earlier in May. I suspect that the nest's proximity to the front door
gives it some protection from crow predation, too.

For at least a week, a Mourning Dove has been sitting on a nest at eye
level in a Bradford Pear by the sidewalk. The interesting thing about it is
that it used an old robin nest! I "consulted the literature" (*Eastern
Birds' Nests* by Hal Harrison), which stated that only 11 out of about 700
dove nests in Michigan were old robin nests. This dove is very tame and
will tolerate approach to a couple feet. It is not disturbed by the
lawnmower, either.

Finally, I observed the fascinating behavior of nesting Chimney Swifts at
Green Lane Reservoir in early June. I had a front row seat to their
acrobatic way of gathering twigs. The swifts would approach the outer
branches of a small tree, slow down, and try to break off a twig to carry
away. A quick look at "the literature" revealed that they usually break off
twigs with their feet and then transfer the twig to their bill. However, on
at least one occasion it looked to me like the swift snapped off a twig
directly with its beak. I was fortunate to witness this show on two
different days.

Green Lane Reservoir has been quiet recently, but a pair of American Black
Ducks is lingering at Church Rd.

Good birding,
Paul Heveran



Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush, Allegheny County
Date: Tue Jun 18 2019 10:09 am
From: ceceliahard AT comcast.net
 
A dismal and muddy walk in Salamander Park in Fox Chapel on June 17th was brightened by the appearance of a Louisiana waterthrush bobbing its tail and strutting alongside the rushing stream.  Cecelia Hard



Subject: Young Red Tailed Hawks, Brown Thrasher, Hummingbirds -- Cumberland County
Date: Mon Jun 17 2019 21:22 pm
From: reeser AT mindspring.com
 
Heard the first of the young red tailed hawks this weekend. They (may be
two) were very vocal today, Mon 6/17/19, lots of screeching for the
parents. This seems to be about the right time of year, mid June.

We've noticed them in the tops of the Norway Spruce trees for at least 5
years (they may have skipped 2017 or 2018, can't recall). But you can't
miss them this year. They are really loud. Have seen the parents soaring
overhead on many days prior to the latest ruckus!

There was a brown thrasher under the feeder last weekend, Sat 6/8/19.
Not as many mulberries this year since the one tree came down, so he/she
may not stay.

The hummingbird(s) are appearing a bit more regularly since we finally
have some blooming Amistad, Black and Blue salvias and some blooming
salvia greggis. Have only seen them a few times so far this year, but
have not had a lot of time to watch. The Jacob Cline bee balm is just
now beginning to bloom with a few flowers opening today and that usually
brings in some regular visitors!

Ellen
reeser@mindspring.com
Cumberland County, PA



Subject: Getting GPS Coordinates on Map on an Android Phone
Date: Mon Jun 17 2019 16:43 pm
From: gyekis9 AT gmail.com
 
Hi anyone who ever wanted to get a whole spreadsheet worth of GPS
coordinates imported as pins onto a map on their phone:

I am getting ready to run my BBS route and last year I wished that I had
pins saved for every location on my phone to make it easier to see if I
went a little too far or still hadn't gotten to the right spot to do each
count.

Today I figured out how to copy the BBS lat longs from the website, load
them into a spreadsheet, convert them into a KML file, and get them
imported to an Open Street Maps app on my phone. Pretty cool and will save
me time when I run the route this week.

Decided to write instructions in case anyone else wants to repeat the
process. Complicated because a bunch of steps but no specific step ended up
being hard. Feel free to ask me if you run into trouble, I can update the
instructions to include workarounds or extra instructions that I took for
granted.
https://docs.google.com/docume...

Joe


>



Subject: Binocular question
Date: Mon Jun 17 2019 14:30 pm
From: wvwarblers AT hotmail.com
 
Hello All,

Not specifically a bird post, but a binocular query. PLEASE respond off-list, unless you have some great recommendations for everyone.

My current binoculars don't focus well, causing migraines, to the point that I've told fellow birders that I was going to leave by bins on top of their cars if they promised to drive far away and take turns quickly...

I have been handed some nice model of Swarovski's that I don't know the number of, and also "Made for Zeiss" Terra EDs. The Terra was nice, though a bit lower-end for my finicky eyes. Brighter and clearer, yes.

I am nowhere near up to date on what bins are out there right now for "the working man". The Swarovski 8.5x42s (model 34208) look fantastic online, but I haven't ever resold a car for as much as they cost. I really want something a bit up the line, but affordable enough to not wear white gloves to protect them. I'd prefer Swarovski, Zeiss or Leica, 8x40-ish.

So...does anyone have any recommendations or advice for perhaps slightly/older models that are pretty great that I can start looking for deals on? I do know about Time & Optics in Millersburg, OH, though I won't be up there until mid-September. Just looking for some good advice from the greater birding community.

Thanks a lot!

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA



Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 11 June 2019
Date: Mon Jun 17 2019 12:53 pm
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE06.11.19

Highlights:
RUDDY TURNSTONE (Allegheny County)
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Erie County)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Erie County)
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
PURPLE MARTIN
BANK SWALLOW
CLIFF SWALLOW
BOBOLINK

Contributors: Mike Fialkovich, Amy Henrici, Glenn Koppel, Jerry McWilliams.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 through Tuesday, 11 June 2019

**This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible for errors on websites who reproduce/reprint these reports. If you would like to receive western PA RBAs, contact AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Transcript-

NOTE: COMMON LOON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, BLUE-WINGED TEAL continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At Chapel Harbor on 6/8, 6-12 BANK SWALLOWS, 2 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, WILLOW FLYCATCHER (AH).

On 6/9 in Tarentum, PEREGRINE FALCONS (AH).

Along the Ohio River on 6/9, 1 RUDDY TURNSTONE (reported to MF).


BUTLER COUNTY:

On 6/8 during a BBS survey between Chicora and Sarver, sightings included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 PURPLE MARTIN, 2+ PURPLE FINCHES (MF).

On 6/9 along the Mars BBS survey route, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, COMMON RAVEN, BOBOLINK (GK).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle State Park on 6/2, 3 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, 1 LITTLE BLUE HERON (JM).

At Eaton Reservoir on 6/6, PRAIRIE WARBLER (JM).

On 6/7 at Edinboro Lake, 1 COMMON RAVEN (JM). Also this week in Edinboro, PINE SISKINS continue (JM).


GREENE COUNTY:

Near Nineveh on 6/6, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (reported to AT).


SOMERSET COUNTY:

During the Garrett BBS route on 6/12, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 1 HORNED LARK, 22 CLIFF SWALLOWS, 1 PURPLE FINCH, 3 BOBOLINKS (GK).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.



Subject: Snowy Egret, Northampton County
Date: Mon Jun 17 2019 12:13 pm
From: 00000039f782d598-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
A Snowy Egret found yesterday at Green Pond continues today. It was feeding in the flooded field with a Great Egret.

Mike Schall



Subject: Northern Waterthrush, Crawford Co.
Date: Sun Jun 16 2019 20:11 pm
From: kendallzook98 AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,

In a break between rainstorms I headed out to explore the woods. In the
hemlock bogs behind our place, I heard a Northern Waterthrush singing. This
is the first time I heard them back there in June; very probably it is
nesting. An exciting bird to have nesting on the property, to me at least!



Kendall Zook

Crawford Co.



Subject: Erie County birds of note
Date: Sun Jun 16 2019 17:17 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The following birds of note were reported from Erie County, Pa.Common Loon continuing bird; June 15 (late); Edinboro LakePied-billed Grebe adult with young; June 15; flooded area near Leo's landing, Presque Isle S.P.Black-crowned Night-Heron 1; June 15; SGL #218Solitary Sandpiper 2; June 11 (late); Union City DamCommon Raven two adults and three juveniles; June 13; Washington twp. First confirmed nesting in the county.Jerry McWilliamsErie, Erie County, Pa.jerrymcw@aol.com



Subject: Tree Swallow Nest, update on Blue Grosbeaks & others, Wayne Twp. Sch. Co
Date: Sun Jun 16 2019 10:23 am
From: 000000d98121eaef-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Good morning all,
Tree Swallows have been very active at one of our nest boxes. This morning I spotted a male Eastern Bluebird at the box and since there were no adult Tree Swallows around, I assumed that the babies fledged.When I opened the box to clean it out, the nest was swarming with small ants. Upon further inspection, I found baby Tree Swallows, alive and hunkered down in the nest. I closed the box immediately but wondered what to do about the ants. Adult Tree Swallows were missing for a while, but have returned and are once again active at the box. The ants are still a concern. Is there anything I can or should do about the swarming ants in the nest box?
Update on Blue Grosbeaks. Male & female Blue Grosbeaks visited the feeders from May 15th until May 28th. The seed and suet feeders emptied while were were away for a week and when we returned, gone were the pairs of B. Grosbeaks. I assume they moved on.
Indigo Buntings, Baltimore Orioles, Tufted Titmice and Northern Mockingbirds were also visiting the feeders in pairs since early spring, but now they are among the missing since May 28th. They've nested for years in trees & shrubs around our property but I no longer hear any of them in the area. I've kept the feeders filled since we returned on June 3rd but still no Buntings, Orioles, Titmice or Mockingbirds. Any thoughts on why they would all disappear.
Ann M. Liebner
Wayne Township, Schuylkill Co.



Subject: Allegheny Co. - Bridgeville Fish Crow
Date: Sun Jun 16 2019 9:50 am
From: wvwarblers AT hotmail.com
 
Hello All,

After spending the past 9 days in the WV mountains, enjoying Golden-winged Warblers, Whip-poor-wills and more, it was pleasantly shocking to sit near the window here in scenic downtown Bridgeville and hear (and see) a Fish Crow on the buildings next to ours, vocalizing, and terrorizing the starling population. I have a good video of it that is emailable, if anyone is interested. I guess Chartiers Creek is drawing it in? :P

Cheers,

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA



Subject: Westmoreland County--Hunter's Lane
Date: Sat Jun 15 2019 18:52 pm
From: 0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hi,
I led an outing for the Three Rivers Birding Club to Hunter's Lane near Donegal in Westmoreland County today.

This site is part of Forbes State Forest and features forest, a shrub wetland and brushy areas. I scouted the area yesterday afternoon to check the trail conditions and learned RT. 381 (the road the site is on) is closed at the intersection with RT. 31 due to a bridge replacement project. So we had to detour and enter RT. 381 from the north in Rector. The trail is quite overgrown and in this age of ticks, we decided to stay on the dirt road that is Hunter's Lane. We also birded along RT. 381. Both were productive.

Warblers included Chestnut-sided, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow and Blue-winged and Hooded.

We saw what looked like a Golden-winged Warbler, but it was singing a perfect Blue-winged Warbler song. I read birds that appear to be either Blue-winged or Golden-winged sing each other's songs, but that is rare. I would think the bird had Blue-winged DNA. This site was good for Golden-winged in the past but now reports are rare here. I think one was seen last year.
Other highlights include two Red-shouldered and a Broad-winged Hawk, two Alder Flycatchers, a Red-eyed Vireo on a nest and a White-eyed Vireo.

Mike Fialkovich

Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



Subject: Gadwall - Crawford Co.
Date: Sat Jun 15 2019 15:49 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon I was at the Pymatuning Spillway and found a drake Gadwall

The bird was along the shore across from the Purple Martin house

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Bufflehead, Lebanon County
Date: Sat Jun 15 2019 11:22 am
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
A male Bufflehead was on a pasture pool just south of Fox Rd., just west of the larger pools along Prescott and Fox Rd.
Later, at Middle Creek WMA, I counted 7 Snow Geese.
Stanley Stahl



Subject: Common Loon - Beaver Co.
Date: Sat Jun 15 2019 11:10 am
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
There is a immature/ non-breeding plumage Common Loon present at Darlington
Lake

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: The Killdeer Saga, Part 3
Date: Thu Jun 13 2019 17:12 pm
From: 20cabot AT gmail.com
 
Hi PA birders, Many of you have shown an interest in my reports about the
Killdeer family I've been watching since mid-March. I've just
published my final
piece . It
was a lot of fun watching and photographing this family, and it definitely
was a learning experience, as well. Thank you, so much, for reading parts 1
& 2, and I hope you enjoy this latest effort, as well. It's amazing what we
can learn when we spend time in the field. Good birding, all!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



Subject: PA Farmland Raptor Project
Date: Thu Jun 13 2019 15:21 pm
From: katieandrews79 AT gmail.com
 
*Sightings Needed for the PA Farmland Raptor Project*

Once again, we at Hawk Mountain are asking for your help in reporting
sightings of four species of raptors for our Farmland Raptor Project:
American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl. We are
particularly interested in knowing if any Short-eared Owls are nesting in
PA. You can report sightings directly to us using the Online Sighting Form

on our web page: www.hawkmountain.org/farmlandraptors , by email at
farmlandraptors@gmail.com. If you currently report your sightings to eBird
please continue to do that, but we ask that for Barn Owls, in general for
other raptors, if you are aware of a nesting site that you permanently hide
the observation (which still allows access to the data for researchers but
protects it from disturbance). To hide your observations after you have
submitted a checklist go to manage my observations, click on the checklist
you want to hide and scroll to the bottom. There is a link to hide the
checklist. EBird has a good summary on reporting sensitive species
.
Thanks again for your help and cooperation.



Subject: PSO Annual Meeting
Date: Thu Jun 13 2019 11:58 am
From: 0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hi Everyone,
Just a reminder that online (and regular mail) registration for the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology Annual Meeting is up and running.

Come to Williamsport in Lycoming County and join us at the meeting in September. Field Trips and presentations will be offered as usual. There are plenty of field trips to choose from and they are listed on the registration page at www.pabirds.org

https://pabirds.org/index.php/...


You can click on the Latest Newsletter at the top of the homepage (www.pabirds.org) to look over the schedule without getting into the registration page.


We are offering cool Merlin T-shirts for sale to benefit the youth scholarship program! You know you will look great birding in one, or two!


Mike Fialkovich

PSO President



Subject: Bethlehem Peregrines, Northampton county
Date: Thu Jun 13 2019 1:38 am
From: xdave AT enter.net
 
Howdy All,

This evening I rolled by the Bethlehem peregrine's nesting spot to check
on the progress of the young birds we have seen lately.

I'm happy to report it looks like the 2 of them have successfully
fledged and were making short flights from their building.

This was in the twilight so it was little difficult to see the juv
plumage on both of the birds. One bird flew off of their beam, circled
out and back and then landed up on the roof. It looked like 2 were on
the roof. They were doing some flapping and walking along with the wing
droop thing a few times. The adult male was perched close to there and
was looking pretty calm and relaxed.

One peregrine did a high speed run upstream about 200 yards and then
returned to the building. I couldn't tell the age of this bird but it
was great to watch.

This is always a great time to get to see the young peregrines practice
their flying skills. Stop by to get a look if you can.

Happy Birding,
Dave



Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019
Date: Wed Jun 12 2019 19:03 pm
From: leroytabb AT hotmail.com
 
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 25th, 2019
_______________________________________________
Aimophila Adventures: Birding in Arizona -- by Kurt Schwarz
Program Description:
Aimophila Adventures: While most birders go to southeast Arizona to see such showy species as Elegant Trogon and a whole raft of hummingbirds, Kurt Schwarz took the opportunity to seek out the little brown jobs in Arizona that make our White-throated and other sparrows look downright gaudy. Kurt will detail his summer of 2009 in Arizona, with visits to virtually all the hotspots.
____________________________________________

About the Speaker:
Kurt Schwarz grew up in Warminster, and is now a retired Department of Defense linguist and analyst. He resides in Maryland, and is a past president and current Conservation Chair of the Maryland Ornithological Society. He has been seriously birding since 1994, and birds Bucks County whenever he is home visiting family.
_______________________________________________
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:
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: Garrett BBS Data, Somerset County, Jun 12, 2019
Date: Wed Jun 12 2019 18:18 pm
From: macatilly AT gmail.com
 
We ran the Garrett (Somerset County) BBS route today.  With the forecasts of winds and rain over the next two weeks, we decided to run this today thinking that during the week would be fine as the route goes over Mt. Davis which is not usually too busy.  This was a mistake!  The first 6 stops were a steady stream of dump trucks and semis hauling gravel from the quarry 2 miles outside of town.  And, at stop 3, we had the pleasure of listening to a freight train go by.  So, never again even for this count during the week, must be done on Sunday when the quarry will not be working.

We had 66 species which is slightly above the average of 63 with 516 individuals which is lower than the historical average. This route has not had close to average numbers of individuals since 2010 with 2016 being the lowest with 468.

No new species were added to the historical data either.

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koeneke
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
> Mourning Dove 17
> Black-billed Cuckoo 1
> Chimney Swift 1
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
> Killdeer 3
> Turkey Vulture 4
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker 5
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Least Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Phoebe 7
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 3
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 31
> American Crow 28
> Common Raven 2
> Horned Lark 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
> Tree Swallow 2
> Barn Swallow 22
> Cliff Swallow 22
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> House Wren 5
> Carolina Wren 2
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> Hermit Thrush 1
> Wood Thrush 2
> American Robin 32
> Gray Catbird 13
> Brown Thrasher 1
> European Starling 22
> Cedar Waxwing 13
> Purple Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 18
> Chipping Sparrow 15
> Field Sparrow 7
> Dark-eyed Junco 3
> Song Sparrow 29
> Eastern Towhee 12
> Bobolink 3
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 64
> Brown-headed Cowbird 7
> Common Grackle 8
> Ovenbird 10
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 16
> Hooded Warbler 1
> American Redstart 7
> Northern Parula 2
> Yellow Warbler 4
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 5
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
> Scarlet Tanager 2
> Northern Cardinal 7
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
> Indigo Bunting 16
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



Subject: Cumberland County nightjars
Date: Wed Jun 12 2019 7:03 am
From: cbpabirds AT gmail.com
 
After three days of strong winds, last night had perfect conditions for
listening to Whip-poor-will and Chuck-wills-widow on top of South
Mountain. Whips were heard continuously along Ridge Road, one mile on
either side of Cold Springs Road often two at a time. The single CWWI
was first heard about a half mile east of Cold Springs Road.

The eastern portion of Ridge Road is very rough and I was glad I had an
SUV. Clear Springs Road is mostly paved on the south side and is
probably the best access from the north. SR233 probably is also a good
access to where WPWI are reported on Ridge Road.

Chuck

Spring Grove, York County



Subject: Wild Turkey - York County
Date: Tue Jun 11 2019 20:05 pm
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
For the second day in a row we had a hen turkey at our property.  Yesterday she was down by the street eating the grass seed that Met-Ed planted last week when they had to bury a new cable for us.  This morning she was up by the house close to the bird feeders.  We see her periodically but it has been a month or two so it was fun to have her back.

We also have a male Red-winged Blackbird coming to the feeders which is a bit unusual since there are no ponds or marshes in the immediate neighborhood.

Have a good evening!

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
rook185@comcast.net
www.pbase.com/rook185

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
• Mahatma Gandhi

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.



Subject: WHITE IBIS, Lancaster County
Date: Tue Jun 11 2019 16:53 pm
From: info AT birdtreks.com
 
Dear PABirders,

Today at about 1pm I saw an immature WHITE IBIS southwest of Christiana.
It was flying due south approximately 100 feet high as I passed the
intersection of Upper Valley Road and Brick Mill Road. I clearly saw
the reddish decurved bill, white underparts, long red legs extending
beyond the tail, and the blotchy brown and white back. It could have
been heading to a pond which is a short distance south along the east
side of Brick Mill Road. I could not stop to see if it landed. I hope
that someone can relocate it.

Take care,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site www.birdtreks.com
--
BIRD TREKS--Quality North American Birding Tours
216 Spring Lane
Peach Bottom, PA USA 17563-4008
VOICE 717-548-3303 CELL 717-572-0771 FAX 717-548-3327
E-MAIL info@birdtreks.com



Subject: late news: NFC Whimbrel, Adams, 5/17
Date: Tue Jun 11 2019 10:19 am
From: awilson.gettysburg AT gmail.com
 
Dear all

On the night of 16th/17th May my four summer students and I did a nocturnal
flight call (NFC) recording from Gettysburg College. It was the first I've
tried here, but I have done this several times at my home in MD over the
last 13 months.

We added 13 species to the college species list, which now stands at 176+
(there are likely some historical records that I don't know about).
Highlights included 7 species of shorebird, including Short-billed
Dowitcher and Whimbrel, the latter a first for Adams County (I think).
Other local rarities included a Barn Owl (used to be resident on campus
years ago), Common Nighthawk, a diversity of warblers and a good flight of
thrushes. We recorded 45 species in the one night.

The eBird checklist for 17th with the Whimbrel and dowitchers and other
embedded audio is here: https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Thanks
--
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
@AndyWGettysburg on Twitter



Subject: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
Date: Mon Jun 10 2019 21:08 pm
From: 0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This is a really interesting observation although I feel bad about the bluebird.
When I was at Magee Marsh, OH in early May, I observed two Tree Swallows in combat. They were flying against each other in mid-air just a few feet offshore of Lake Erie. They actually fell into the water twice, just for a second each time and rose in the air again each time. Finally they broke apart from their intense battle. I have seen them do this in the past but never so intent that they fell into the water.
Mike Fialkovich

Allegheny County


-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Hill
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Sun, Jun 9, 2019 11:42 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird

This morning a male Eastern Bluebird drowned in our pond defending its nest
box against Tree Swallows. We had been watching him and his mate carry
nesting materials to the box until about two weeks ago, when we no longer
saw the female, who we thought was incubating. He remained very active, and
we grew quite fond of him, as he perched on a limb close to our house with
a moth or fly in his mouth. Meanwhile, a pair of swallows had been showing
increasing interest in the box, which I had originally intended for
swallows, not bluebirds. When I first noticed the attack this morning the
bluebird was atop the box while the swallows strafed him. The fight paused
for a few minutes, then resumed with the bluebird this time taking to the
air in defense. It was knocked to the water, from which it immediately
arose. Both sides retreated for a few moments. As the swallows returned to
the house, the bluebird rushed to its defense. Out of nowhere, two more
swallows appeared. The swallows again knocked the bluebird into the pond,
but this time a swallow mounted it and held it down while the other three
swallows swooped overhead. I yelled to my wife and ran from the house to
stop the drowning, but for all of my clapping and yelling the swallow
completed its task. My wife took to the water and scooped up the bluebird,
which survived only a few more minutes.

--
Jim Hill
Airville area, East Hopewell Township, York County, PA



Subject: Allegheny County Ruddy Turnstone
Date: Mon Jun 10 2019 20:13 pm
From: 0000012b4af48ab0-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hi,
There was an ebird report yesterday of a Ruddy Turnstone in Pittsburgh along the Ohio River near the Mr. Rogers Memorial. No details were included so I asked the observer for additional details and they attached photographs of the bird to their ebird list today.
This is the seventh county record I'm aware of. The last record was amazingly at this same location May 25, 2009. What was very likely the same bird was seen along the Allegheny River the same day in 2009.
All other county records are from Imperial: 5/15/2002, August 10 and 20, 2004 and May 22, 2005.
The birds are usually associated with thunderstorms like other unusual shorebirds that appear in the county.

Mike FialkovichPittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



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