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11 Feb: @ 06:53:25 
Greater white fronted geese Washinton county canonsburg area [Matthew Juskowich]
10 Feb: @ 22:42:03 
Wildwood Park, Harrisburg. PA [Kathy Clark]
10 Feb: @ 18:07:49 
Greater White-fronted Geese, Lock Haven, Clinton Co. 2/10 [Wayne Laubscher]
10 Feb: @ 16:21:30 
Central PA Birdline for 2.11.2016 [Mark Mcconaughy]
10 Feb: @ 16:19:49 
Bald Eagles - Northumberland County [Jason Weller]
10 Feb: @ 14:49:40 
Dauphin Co kestral [Jill Buhrman]
10 Feb: @ 13:31:19 
Eastern Phoebe (Lehigh Co. - Haafsville) [David Neimeyer]
10 Feb: @ 12:09:27 
Lebanon County, Lapland Longspurs [Tim Becker]
10 Feb: @ 12:04:00 
Update: Sharp-shinned Hawk in East Mt. Airy section of Philly tis AM [Cliff Hence]
10 Feb: @ 11:50:35 
Cooper's Hawk in East Mt. Airy Philly this AM and other sightings [Cliff Hence]
09 Feb: @ 18:16:56 
Continuing Snow Goose Allegheny County [Matthew Juskowich]
09 Feb: @ 16:48:01 
Middle Creek WMA, Lebanon and Lancaster Counties [Dave Kerr]
09 Feb: @ 15:44:55 
rose-breasted grosbeak, Luzerne Co. [Sandra Goodwin]
09 Feb: @ 15:44:19 
[PA Birds]- WRS Lebanon County (South Central) [Art Schiavo]
09 Feb: @ 14:09:25 
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 23rd, 2016 [LeRoy Tabb]
09 Feb: @ 10:41:19 
Re: Great Horned Owls [Scott Weidensaul]
09 Feb: @ 10:34:30 
Great Horned Owls [Bob Elser]
09 Feb: @ 09:18:09 
Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co. (1/31-2/6) [August Mirabella]
08 Feb: @ 21:15:02 
WRS Potter County Central [The Haubers]
08 Feb: @ 20:04:55 
WRS Wayne County [Dan Altif]
08 Feb: @ 18:42:57 
Pennypack Ecological restoration trust - Montgomery Co. [Barbara Hiebsch]
08 Feb: @ 16:54:07 
Re: Tarentum Bridge Peregrine Falcon Recap [Scott Kinzey]
08 Feb: @ 16:33:31 
Greater White-fronted Geese - Crawford Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
08 Feb: @ 15:54:57 
Re: Peregrine Falcon at Tarentum Bridge Hope? [Kate StJohn]
08 Feb: @ 15:42:53 
Re: Peregrine Falcon at Tarentum Bridge Hope? [F. Arthur McMorris]
08 Feb: @ 15:40:17 
Re: Peregrine Falcon at Tarentum Bridge Hope? [Kate StJohn]
08 Feb: @ 14:48:23 
Peregrine Falcon at Tarentum Bridge Hope? [Scott Kinzey]
08 Feb: @ 08:19:47 
WRS Survey - Route # 011 -Northeast Adams County - 2/7/16 [Phil Keener]
07 Feb: @ 23:32:03 
Snow buntings+ Snow geese Air Show and White Fronted geese Crawford co [bill drolsbaugh]
07 Feb: @ 21:10:46 
Lycoming Co. highlights: NSHR, RLHA, GHOW, SEOW, NSWO [David Brown]
07 Feb: @ 20:43:26 
PSO field trip to Maryland's Eastern Shore [Chad Kauffman]
07 Feb: @ 19:16:25 
GWFG and SNGO at Pymatuning, Crawford county [Glenn Koppel]
07 Feb: @ 19:14:46 
greater white-fronted geese at Bald Eagle SP [Nick Bolgiano]
07 Feb: @ 19:05:12 
Berks Greater White-fronted Geese, etc. [Rudolph Keller]
07 Feb: @ 19:04:02 
Screech Owl Levittown Bucks County [Linda Rowan]
07 Feb: @ 18:56:41 
Greater White-fronted Geese and Others -- Allegheny and Lawrence Counties [Aidan Place]
07 Feb: @ 16:39:23 
Berks Co. WRS [Steve Fordyce]
07 Feb: @ 15:32:48 
Northern Shrikes- Lawrence County [Stringer, Randy C.]
07 Feb: @ 14:28:19 
Fwd: eBird Report - WRS Snyder County west rt, Feb 7, 2016 [Chad Kauffman]
07 Feb: @ 13:43:13 
WRS Crawford County [Michael Leahy]
07 Feb: @ 12:29:34 
Turkey Vulture & Cont GWFG westmoreland Fayette county [Matthew Juskowich]
07 Feb: @ 10:05:30 
GWFG Blue Marsh Lake [Daniel Hinnebusch]
07 Feb: @ 07:26:08 
WRS Northern Lancaster County 2016 [Bruce and Sherri Carl]
07 Feb: @ 06:58:36 
WRS - Lycoming Co. (Cogan House Twp.) SHRIKE [Dave Ferry]
07 Feb: @ 06:51:50 
Re: WRS - Lycoming Co. (Jackson Twp.) SHRIKE [Dave Ferry]
07 Feb: @ 06:49:05 
WRS - Lycoming Co. (Jackson Twp.) SHRIKE [Dave Ferry]
06 Feb: @ 22:07:40 
Northern Saw-whet Owl, Swissdale, Clinton Co., 2/6 [Wayne Laubscher]
06 Feb: @ 20:11:55 
Lawrence Co. Ross's Geese [Geoff Malosh]
06 Feb: @ 19:43:09 
Re: Northwest Tioga County WRS on 20160206 [Jeff Holbrook]
06 Feb: @ 19:41:08 
Snow/Ross/GWF Geese, Red Headed Woodpecker, more Crawford County [Shawn Collins]





Subject: Greater white fronted geese Washinton county canonsburg area
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 6:53 am
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There's currently 17 at the soccer field down the road from Hahn Road AMD Pond. Across the way from Canonsburg Lake Dam Entrance and Van Eman pump station.



Subject: Wildwood Park, Harrisburg. PA
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 22:42 pm
From: 0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
A friend wrote me this:  I am not up on ducks but I would say yes.. what do you all say?  Thanks nite nite


Hi-Is it rare to see pintail ducks in central PA this time of the year?




http://www.ducks.org/hunting/w...






Kathy Clark



Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese, Lock Haven, Clinton Co. 2/10
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 18:07 pm
From: wnlaubscher AT comcast.net
 
A flock of 10 Greater White-fronted Geese was found and photographed by Charles & Carol Hildebrand at 1:30 this afternoon on the Susquehanna River at the east end of Lock Haven on the north side of the river across the river from the airport.

An attempt to relocate them at 2:30 was unsuccessful.


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



Subject: Central PA Birdline for 2.11.2016
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 16:21 pm
From: timetraveler50 AT comcast.net
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Central Pennsylvania
* February 11, 2016
* PACE1602.11
Bird Highlights
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Centre, Huntingdon & Tioga Cos.)
ROSS'S GOOSE (Lancaster/Lebanon Co.)
NORTHERN SHRIKE (Lycoming Co.)
WESTERN TANAGER (Centre Co.)
PINE SISKIN (Lycoming Co.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
February 11, 2016
To Report: TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy
Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy

Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings made the week prior to Thursday, February 11, 2016.

ADAMS COUNTY:
One PEREGRINE FALCON and 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on February 5 along 101-375 Possum Hollow Road (PK, AW).

A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the southeastern portion of the county on February 6 found 26 BLACK VULTURES, 80 TURKEY VULTURES, 5 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 63 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 6 AMERICAN KESTRELS (RF, PF, KG, DGi).

A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the northeaster portion of the county on February 7 located 51 BLACK VULTURES, 64 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 37 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 11 AMERICAN KESTRELS (RP, PK).

CARBON COUNTY:
Seven LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen on February 4 at Beltzville State Park (RR).

CENTRE COUNTY:
The WESTERN TANAGER continues to be observed through February 6 along 1810 Walnut Grove Drive (RHo, CA, TW). It is best seen in the morning, but has been seen later in the day. It has also been seen in the walnut grove across the road and in briars along the road. Neighbors are NOT welcoming birders so FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS if you wish to view this bird. Park along the gravel pull off near the "For Sale" sign and walk back to the greenish house. Birders may stand in the side yard to view the feeders where the bird has been seen.

Up to 66 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (exact count from photos taken by NB) were observed between February 5 and 8 at Bald Eagle State Park (MBo, AL, KE, CE, BSn, JM, BC, JS, EW, MBr, BSc, JP, NB, JD, EF, AM, JV, SB, NBu, AC, RD, ACa, MR, BF, WL, ACh).

The 66 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Curtin Wetlands on the morning of February 6 before flying off toward Bald Eagle State Park (AWe, BC, ACh).

CLINTON COUNTY:
A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard calling on February 6 on the mountain behind the Laubscher's house in Swissdale (WL).

CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on February 4 found 9 BLACK VULTURES, 74 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 BALD EAGLES, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, 27 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS (DG, RF, GW, KG).

DAUPHIN COUNTY:
One LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on February 4 in the Susquehanna River from the Tri-County Boat Launch (AL).

Eight BALD EAGLES were observed at Fallmouth Dam on the Susquehanna River on February 4 (AL).

One LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on February 5 in the Susquehanna River from Fort Hunter (EB).

FRANKLIN COUNTY:
Up to PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders through February along Laurel Drive (VB).

HUNTINGDON COUNTY:
A flock of 24 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were present between February 6 and 10 at a pond below Walmart in Huntingdon (DGr, GG, ZA, CM, DGro, KB, AB, LB).

JUNIATA COUNTY:
One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on February 5 near the Juniata River Mifflintown bridge (DB).

LANCASTER COUNTY:
One MERLIN was seen on February 5 along Route 23 heading east near Pool Forge Road (ALa).

One LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was observed on February 5 along the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville (ML). One LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULL [perhaps the same one?] was sitting on floating ice in the Lake Clarke portion of the Susquehanna River (ZM).

One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen through February 7 along Cocalico Creek off of Hickory/Sportsman Road (ZM, BC, LK, JF).

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were observed on February 7 along Long Lane in Brecknock Township (AH).

A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on February 6 in the northern portion of the county located 29 BLACK VULTURES, 88 TURKEY VULTURES, 3 BALD EAGLES, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 35 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON (BCa).

LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:
One ROSS'S GOOSE was seen between February 5 and 7 among a flock of SNOW GEESE at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (EH, ME). One GOLDEN EAGLE was also seen on February 7 (ME).

LEBANON COUNTY:
Two adult BALD EAGLES were seen on February 4 near their nest along Route 343 (RM).

One MERLIN was observed on February 7 along 1101-1135 US Route 422 near Annville (TN).

A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on February 4 in the south central portion of the county located 1 BLACK VULTURE, 32 TURKEY VULTURES, 4 BALD EAGLES, 1 COOPER'S HAWK and 12 RED-TAILED HAWKS (FH, GB, AS).

LYCOMING COUNTY:
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in Jackson Township on February 6 located 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 7 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 5 light and 1 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along with 130 PINE SISKINS (DF, WE).

A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in Cogan House Township on February 7 counted 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along with 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE (3rd house on the right along Post Road; also seen on February 7) (DF, WE).

Seven SHORT-EARED OWLS and 1 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL were found along Mill Hill Road (DBr).

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY:
One escaped or released CHUKAR was seen on February 4 at the Martz's Gap View Hunting Preserve (AL).

Six escaped or released CHUKARS were observed on February 4 along Flying Eagle Road (AL).

One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on February 7 along Old Swamp Road (WS).

PERRY COUNTY:
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the northeastern part of the county on February 5 found 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 BALD EAGLE, 38 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 6 AMERICAN KESTRELS (DG, DO, GW)).

SNYDER COUNTY:
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on February 7 found 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 36 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 11 AMERICAN KESTRELS along with 4 PINE SISKINS (CK, GG, RHo, JW).

One GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on February 7 along Silver Creek Road (JK, TW).

TIOGA COUNTY:
Up to 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were observed between February 4 and 5 from the channel overlook/dam area of Tioga-Hammond Lakes (RH, DP). One LONG-TAILED DUCK was present on February 6 (JC).

A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the northwestern part of the county on February 5 recorded 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS and 9 RED-TAILED HAWKS (JH).

UNION COUNTY:
Up to 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen between February 6 and 7 along Wolfland Road (DBr).

YORK COUNTY:
Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen through February 4 at the Quaker Race Day Use Area at Gifford Pinchot State Park (MB).

A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the southeastern part of the county on February 6 located 61 BLACK VULTURES, 56 TURKEY VULTURES, 4 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 4 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 12 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 7 AMERICAN KESTRELS (DC, KC, DCl).

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

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

The following people have contributed to this report: Zachary Adams (ZA),Cindy Angelone (CA), V. Barnes (VB), Ed Bernot (EB), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Gerry Boltz (GB), Mark Bonta (MBo), Deb Brackbill (DB), Susan Braun (SB), Mary Brenner (MB), Margaret Brittingham (MBr), David Brown (DBr), Adam Bucynski (AB), Kirk Bucynski (KB), Lauren Bucynski (LB), Nancy Butkovich (NBu), Bruce Carl (BCa), Allie Causey (ACa), Audrey Chambers (ACh), Bill Chambers (BC), Alyssia Church (AC), Dakota Cleary (DCl), Dick Cleary (DC), Kevin Cleary (KC), John Corcoran (JC), Rob Dickerson (RD), Jim Dunn (JD), Wes Egli (WE), Carl Engstrom (CE), Kurt Engstrom (KE), Mike Epler (ME), Evan Farrell (EF), Bill Fatula (BF), Dave Ferry (DF), Jim Fiorentino (JF), Pat Freed (PF), Ron Freed (RF), Deb Gingrich (DGi), Keith Gingrich (KG), Debra Grim (DGr), Dave Grove (DG), Deborah Grove (DGro), Greg Grove (GG), Rich Hanlon (RH), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Fritz Heilman (FH), Jeff Holbrook (JH), Robert Hosler (RHo), James Hoyson (JHo), Anne Hurst (AH), Chad Kauffman (CK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Phil Keener (PK), Larry Keller (LK), Alex Lamoreaux (AL), Amy Langman (ALa), Wayne Laubscher (WL), M. Lombard (ML), Alan MacEachren (AM), John Mackin (JM), Crystal McNeal (CM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Ted Nichols II (TN), Randy Phillips (RP), Dale Plumley (DP), Julia Plummer (JP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Matthew Rockmore (MR), Art Schiavo (AS), Brian Schmoke (BSc), Jerod Skebo (JS), Bob Snyder (BSn), William Snyder (WS), Joseph Verica (JV), Gene Wagner (GW), Emily Waterman (EW), Ted Weaver (TW), Andy Weber (AWe), Jason Weller (JW), Andy Wilson (AW) and Torri Withrow (TW). I apologize if I have misspelled their names and I will also refrain from naming that person on request.
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Mark A. McConaughy TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
Bushy Run Battlefield
P.O. Box 486
Harrison City, PA 15636-0468 (724) 527-5585 x103
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Counting since 23 June 2010.



Subject: Bald Eagles - Northumberland County
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 16:19 pm
From: fishingdude20 AT hotmail.com
 
Had 9 immature Bald Eagles in about a 2 mile stretch around Herndon today on my way to work.


Jason Weller

Selinsgrove, PA



Subject: Dauphin Co kestral
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 14:49 pm
From: jill.buhrman AT gmail.com
 
Found a kestral hovering over fields along Strides Orchard Rd. 1st one seen
in a long time. Also have a red tail keeping the feeder birds on alert in
back yard in Progress.



Subject: Eastern Phoebe (Lehigh Co. - Haafsville)
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 13:31 pm
From: neimeyer AT us.net
 
Over the last few days I've had several clear sightings of an Eastern
Phoebe. It is at the edge of a flooded woods. It's a bit early for
Phoebes, but the appearance and behavior of the bird mark it as an Eastern
Phoebe. I'm still trying to get a photo, although I have viewed from
distances of about 20-25 years via 10x42 binoculars.

Sincerely
Dave Neimeyer



Subject: Lebanon County, Lapland Longspurs
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 12:09 pm
From: 0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I took a drive around the general neighborhood southeast of Palmyra today looking for field birds along the roadsides. I could not find any Snow Buntings. But there were six Lapland Longspurs near Kreider's Pond along Mt Pleasant Rd. They were with Horned Larks at the end of a plowed farm lane opposite the pond. 

Tim Becker

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Update: Sharp-shinned Hawk in East Mt. Airy section of Philly tis AM
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 12:04 pm
From: 0000003a3f542467-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Thought that the feeders would be busy this AM with the snow covering the ground. However, there weren't any birds on them. I quickly discovered why, when I noticed an Imm. Sharp-shinned Hawk on the wire above the feeders on our property in the East Mt. Airy section of Philly. The bird seemed small, so I assume it was a male. This is the first Sharpy we've seen in a while. We had two female Coops in the yard during last winter and one female earlier this winter. The hawk stayed around for several minutes, even allowing me to open the side door and get some decent pics. the pics are on Facebook if anyone is interested in seeing them.


Some other sightings this week included a good flock of American Goldfinches coming to our feeders. about a dozen birds. the went after the Black Oil Sunflower as well as the Thistle seeds.


Yesterday, just before the snow we had a huge flock of robins on our property and on the larger property across the street. They were flipping over leaves looking for food. I'd estimate there were at least 60 birds in the flock. The robins hung around for the morning and them moved off as the snow increased.



Cliff Hence
Phila. Pa.



Subject: Cooper's Hawk in East Mt. Airy Philly this AM and other sightings
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 11:50 am
From: 0000003a3f542467-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Thought that the feeders would be busy this AM with the snow covering the ground. However, there weren't any birds on them. I quickly discovered why, when I noticed an Imm. Coopers Hawk on the wire above the feeders on our property in the East Mt. Airy section of Philly. The bird seemed small, so I assume it was a male. This is the first male we've seen in a while. We had two female Coops in the yard during last winter and one female earlier this winter. The hawk stayed around for several minutes, even allowing me to open the side door and get some decent  pics. the pics are on Facebook if anyone is interested in seeing them.


Some other sightings this week included a good flock of American Goldfinches coming to our feeders. about a dozen birds. the went after the Black Oil Sunflower as well as the Thistle seeds.


Yesterday, just before the snow we had a huge flock of robins on our property and on the larger property across the street. They were flipping over leaves looking for food. I'd estimate there were at least 60 birds in the flock. The robins hung around for the morning and them moved off as the snow increased.


Cliff Hence
Phila. Pa.



Subject: Continuing Snow Goose Allegheny County
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 18:16 pm
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
 Tonight the snow goose circled around wingfield pines 3 times before landing in the big pond tonight to roost. to anyone who missed it last time. please go tomorrow am and it should be there resting. Good Luck!!! this bird has been in the area for about a month now. I found it back on 1/12/16. Matthew JuskowichAllegheny County



Subject: Middle Creek WMA, Lebanon and Lancaster Counties
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 16:48 pm
From: dsktc AT comcast.net
 
From the PA Game Commission:

02/09/2016:

Warmer temperatures and rain melted much of the snow that was here last week
and a few thousand snow geese showed up. However, it is now snowing again
and temperatures are expected to plummet in the near term which should put
the brakes on waterfowl migration.

Canda geese: several hundred
Tundra swans: several hundred
Snow geese: 5,000+



Dave Kerr

Carlisle



Subject: rose-breasted grosbeak, Luzerne Co.
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 15:44 pm
From: chickadd AT ptd.net
 
A resident of Luzerne County has reported a female rose-breasted
grosbeak has been frequenting his feeders for the last 10 days or so.

A photo is available upon request.

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming County



Subject: - WRS Lebanon County (South Central)
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 15:44 pm
From: artschiavo AT icloud.com
 
Comments-  This is the first year that I got skunked on kestrels!  Also the count for Black Vultures was an all time low with just 1 being seen.



County-Lebanon (South Central)
Date-2/4/2016
Observers- Fritz Heilman, Gerry Boltz, and Art Schiavo
Time on Route:Start/End- Start 9:30 AM  End  1:40 PM
Miles on Route- Approximately 60

#TVs-32
#BVs-1

#Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.)- 0

#Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND)- 9 Adults 3 Non-determined

#Rough-legs (Light/Dark)- 0

#Kestrels (M/F/ND)- 0

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

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

Bald Eagles (Ad./Imm.)- 4 Adults

other raptors- Great horned owl (on nest)

Shrikes- 0

Avg Temperature- 44.5 Degrees
Sky(Clear/ Pt cloudy/ Cloudy)-  Mostly Cloudy
Wind (light/medium/strong)-  Light
Avg Snow Cover depth-  5 Inches
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: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 23rd, 2016
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 14:09 pm
From: leroytabb AT hotmail.com
 
 Bucks County Birders Program for
Tuesday February 23rd, 2016

_________________________________________________





Bats and their fight with White-Nose Syndrome in Pennsylvaniia

by Dan Mummert


_________________________________________________


Program Description:

First documented in New York during the winter of 2006-07, White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) surfaced in Pennsylvania in 2008 which began a very steep decline in our cave bats. WNS refers to a white fungus on the muzzles and wing membranes of affected bats which is a symptom but not the cause of mortality occurring in hibernating bat colonies throughout a large portion of the eastern United States and Canada. This program will share information about the current understanding of WNS and its impact on the cave bats of Pennsylvania.

_________________________________________________


About the Speaker:




Dan is the Wildlife Diversity Biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commissions Southeast region where the focus of his job is helping conserve the regions rare and declining species. Currently, his favorite projects are working to slow down the decline of barn owls and helping people learn how to better manage their property for wildlife. Before joining the PGC in 2004, he spent several years after college and graduate school seeing the country while working as a biologist in Arizona, California, Utah, Maryland, Delaware, and western Pennsylvania. Dan grew up in Harrisburg so hes very happy to have come full circle by settling down in his home state to have a family and work to maintain the states great diversity of wildlife.
_________________________________________________



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





Directions:


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


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


_________________________________________________


For further information please contact:


LeRoy Tabb


tabbleroy@gmail.com












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Subject: Great Horned Owls
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 10:41 am
From: scottweidensaul AT verizon.net
 
Bob,

Yes, the higher-pitched bird you're hearing is the female; despite their larger size females have a higher voice than their mates. At this time of year you'll often hear great horneds duetting -- what's known as antiphonal calling, with each bird taking turns calling back and forth to each other.

Chances are they're either already on eggs or getting close -- perhaps the latter, since owls tend to get pretty quiet and secretive during the incubation and early nestling stage. Great horneds are, with ravens and bald eagles, the earliest-nesting birds in PA.

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA




On Feb 9, 2016, at 11:34 AM, Bob Elser wrote:

> My wife and I have been hearing a Great Horned Owl calling from the trees on our property since late in the fall. Recently, within the past week or so, we have begun to hear a second owl calling. The second owl has a higher pitched call by comparison to the first owl which has a low frequency hooting sound. I have not been able to locate an audio file of the sound of a female GHO, so I don't know if our second owl could be a female.
>
> From what I have read on the Cornell website, this is the time of year when mating pairs begin to search for a nesting site. Is it possible that we are hearing a mating pair calling to each other??
>
> Bob Elser
> York, PA



Subject: Great Horned Owls
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 10:34 am
From: navman9 AT comcast.net
 
My wife and I have been hearing a Great Horned Owl calling from the
trees on our property since late in the fall. Recently, within the past
week or so, we have begun to hear a second owl calling. The second owl
has a higher pitched call by comparison to the first owl which has a low
frequency hooting sound. I have not been able to locate an audio file
of the sound of a female GHO, so I don't know if our second owl could be
a female.

From what I have read on the Cornell website, this is the time of year
when mating pairs begin to search for a nesting site. Is it possible
that we are hearing a mating pair calling to each other??

Bob Elser
York, PA



Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-Bucks Co. (1/31-2/6)
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 9:18 am
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
Reports were again light with 57 species reported. The lake remained mostly frozen. The few highlights included:


Red-shouldered Hawk 1/31
1 Merlin 1/31
1 Peregrine Falcon
8 Purple Finch 2/6



Also, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, E. Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow


Thanks to all who reported sightings.

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA


PS A report yesterday of two possible Eared Grebes would be very rare here. Photo documentation is needed if anyone spots them today.



Subject: WRS Potter County Central
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 21:15 pm
From: haubers3 AT penn.com
 
2016 Potter County (Central) WRS



County - Potter (Central Route)

Date - January 29, 2016

Observers- David and Fay Hauber

Total time on route Hours:Minutes- 5 hours 30 minutes

Start time/End time 9:15-3:15

Miles on route 90 miles



TVs- 0

BVs- 0



Harriers- 0



Red-tails- Ad./Imm./ND - 9/0/0



Rough-legs- Light/Dark - 0



Kestrels- M/F/ND - 1 M



Sharp-shins- Ad/Imm/ND- 0



Cooper's - Ad/Imm/ND- 0



Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND- 0



Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm.- 0



Golden Eagle Ad/Imm- 1/0



Shrikes- 0




Avg Temp.- 30F

Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Cloudy with some very light snow

Wind - Light/medium/strong- Light

Avg Snow cover depth - 2-3 inches



David Hauber

Coudersport



Subject: WRS Wayne County
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 20:04 pm
From: 00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Sunday our team conducted the Wayne County WRS with numbers of raptors substantially higher this year with some species highs being nearly doubled or more this year. Specifically Red tails and Bald Eagles. I think no snow on the ground was a contributor to this along with the addition of a much appreciated extra set of eyes(Rick Wiltraut) to our team this year. Harrier was a first for the count this year as well as Turkey Vulture.

County -WayneDate - 2/07/2016
Observers- Rick Wiltraut, Steve Kloiber, Daniel Altif
Total time on route: 8Hrs 45min
Start time/End time: 8:50-17:35
Miles on route: 83.5
 TVs- 2
BVs- 7
 Harriers- 1F, 2 Imm

Red-tails- 38Ad, 1 Imm, 12ND Rough-legs- 0
 Kestrels- 0

Sharp-shins- 1Ad
Cooper's - 1Ad Red-shoulders- 2 Ad
 Bald Eagles- 8Ad, 10 Imm, 2Ud
 Other raptors: 1 Great Horned Owl (found during last 5 mins of survey)

Shrikes-0
Also had 31 Common Ravens.

Avg Temp.-43degreesSky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy-Clear skies
Wind - Light/medium/strong-Light
Avg Snow cover depth- none

 Daniel Altif 



Subject: Pennypack Ecological restoration trust - Montgomery Co.
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 18:42 pm
From: redsquirrelgirl AT hotmail.com
 
Hi all,
I wanted to give a heads of an adult Osprey that I saw yesterday along Creek Rd.
I was taking a lunch break in my car at the beginning of the entrance Rd. As there
were many birders out yesterday in that area , I was hoping that someone else
may have been lucky enough to get a photo. As my hands were full and got to my camera too late.
if not, Keep your eyes peeled in this area .
I watched the guy fly from the fields straight down towards the creek area. It appeared to have
been by the Fetters Mill Rd. Hiking trail.
I drove down there immediately as I had to go that way to continue my WRS run. However no luck
re-locating the bird. I hope someone does.
Good Luck,

Barbara Hiebsch
Montgomery Co.


Good birding, Barb



Subject: Tarentum Bridge Peregrine Falcon Recap
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 16:54 pm
From: 0000007977429723-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I pulled into the 1st Avenue Boat Launch parking lot 3:30pmish maybe a little earlier.  The Peregrine Falcon flew above our car at the same time we drove into the parking lot and landed on a low beam.  I took many photos which I will check for band color.  The bird stayed there for over twenty minutes and I scoped it and saw the upper band on the left leg was dark with a white number 6.  The next number was rounded on top and maybe a little smudged?  So that's why I said it could be a 9.  I could not see the lower band from my angle.  After driving up to Dam #4 for a little while I went back to the bridge and the Peregrine was still there but I couldn't get a view of the bands.  It did exhibit some interesting behavior.  It flew into the "holes" on the bottom beam of the bridge as if looking for something.  Several times, maybe four different holes.  It flew off towards the middle of the bridge before 5pm.  Scott Kinzey, Allegheny County.

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese - Crawford Co.
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 16:33 pm
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There were 26 Greater White-fronted Geese along with two Tundra Swans present early this afternoon at Pymatunings Hartstown Marsh Project

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon at Tarentum Bridge Hope?
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 15:54 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I see that you said 3:30pm in your post.  Hope was last on camera at 12:15pm.  I was not in Oakland at 3:30pm to confirm that she was perched on the building.  Anything is possible.

However, if the entire band was black (or dark), it is not Hope. FYI, black/black peregrines are often from Canada.
 Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org


From: Kate StJohn
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Monday, February 8, 2016 4:40 PM
Subject: Re: Peregrine Falcon at Tarentum Bridge Hope?

Scott, I'm wonder what time you saw the peregrine at Tarentum ...
Hope has been in the nest on camera at Pitt every day -- absolutely every day and several times/day -- since January 13 and she only missed the 12th because the weather was so lousy.  She's been courting with E2 both in the nest and in the air.  When she's not on camera she perches on the building above the camera. 

Peregrines can do anything so it's possible that Hope would fly back to Tarentum for an extremely quick visit but not likely given her frequent presence on camera in the nest at Pitt today.  (I won't say what time she was there so far because I'm waiting to hear when you saw the peregrine at Tarentum).   
There are a lot of peregrines -- probably over 200 -- with black-over-something bands that begin with 6.  14 of them were banded in Pittsburgh.  Is the Tarentum band   black/black?   black/red?  black/green?   With only the top color and one digit it's not possible to know which bird you saw.

I hope you get a chance to see the colors and numbers more clearly soon. 
 Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
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Subject: Peregrine Falcon at Tarentum Bridge Hope?
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 15:42 pm
From: mcmorris AT mac.com
 
Scott,

This would fit the description of the female “Hope.”

Art

F. Arthur McMorris, Ph.D.
Peregrine Falcon coordinator
Pennsylvania Game Commission
405 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Bala-Cynwyd, PA 19004
610-664-2174
610-220-6566 cell



> On Feb 8, 2016, at 3:48 PM, Scott Kinzey wrote:
>
> A Peregrine Falcon landed on the Tarentum Bridge just above the 1st Avenue parking lot. I was able to read part of the band. I am wondering if this is the bird named Hope. The left leg upper band is 6 and the next number is smudgy on top but may be a 9. The band is dark or black and I couldn't see the lower band from my angle. 3:30pm. Scott Kinzey, Allegheny County
>
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Subject: Peregrine Falcon at Tarentum Bridge Hope?
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 15:40 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Scott, I'm wonder what time you saw the peregrine at Tarentum ...
Hope has been in the nest on camera at Pitt every day -- absolutely every day and several times/day -- since January 13 and she only missed the 12th because the weather was so lousy.  She's been courting with E2 both in the nest and in the air.  When she's not on camera she perches on the building above the camera. 

Peregrines can do anything so it's possible that Hope would fly back to Tarentum for an extremely quick visit but not likely given her frequent presence on camera in the nest at Pitt today.  (I won't say what time she was there so far because I'm waiting to hear when you saw the peregrine at Tarentum).   
There are a lot of peregrines -- probably over 200 -- with black-over-something bands that begin with 6.  14 of them were banded in Pittsburgh.  Is the Tarentum band   black/black?   black/red?  black/green?   With only the top color and one digit it's not possible to know which bird you saw.

I hope you get a chance to see the colors and numbers more clearly soon. 
 Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org



Subject: Peregrine Falcon at Tarentum Bridge Hope?
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 14:48 pm
From: 0000007977429723-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
A Peregrine Falcon landed on the Tarentum Bridge just above the 1st Avenue parking lot.  I was able to read part of the band.  I am wondering if this is the bird named Hope.  The left leg upper band is 6 and the next number is smudgy on top but may be a 9.  The band is dark or black and I couldn't see the lower band from my angle.  3:30pm.                                        Scott Kinzey, Allegheny County

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Subject: WRS Survey - Route # 011 -Northeast Adams County - 2/7/16
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 8:19 am
From: 000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
County - Adams

Date - 2/7/16

Observers - Randy Phillips, Phil Keener

Total Time On Route - 3 hrs 45 mins

Start Time/End Time - 11:05 - 2:50

Miles on Route - 56.2

TVs - 64
BVs - 51

Harriers - NONE

Red-tails - 26 Adults/5 Immatures/6 ND - Total = 37

Rough-legs - NONE

Kestrels - 2 Males/7 Females/2 ND - Total = 11

Sharpshins - 1 ND

Cooper's - NONE

Red-shouders - NONE

Bald Eagles - NONE

Other Raptors - NONE
Shrikes - NONE

Other birds of note - up to 50 Tundra Swans, a couple of Horned Larks, and a pair of Eastern Bluebirds.

Avg Temp - 40F
Sky - Clear
Wind - None to light
Snow Cover - ~ 1" but variable, bare to a couple of inches. This survey area had 24-26'' of snow during the 1/22-23 snowstorm.

Phil Keener
East Berlin
Adams County



Subject: Snow buntings+ Snow geese Air Show and White Fronted geese Crawford co
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 23:32 pm
From: 00000046cda72c3b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Nice day for a ride so I went up to the Pymatuming area to check on the WF geese rumors and found 8 of them at the Hartstown swamp project area mixed in with about 100 c geese. Nice pink feet were evident on these midwest honkers. I then patrolled the Miller pond area and was mud-spattered for my efforts and saw nada.  But over on rt 85 causeway pull off parking area  Ohio side  7-8 Snow buntings were seen zipping around with some photogs from the TAMARACK rehab center snapping away.  Circling back to the Hartstown swamp overlook I found 8 to 10 birders watching the WF/  C.geese gathering and met the Kopells from Butler Pa where we watched 20-30 Snow geese (dk+lt phase) circling and calling for 5minutes   Who needs superbowls when you have air shows like this   Bill Drolsbaugh Mercer co



Subject: Lycoming Co. highlights: NSHR, RLHA, GHOW, SEOW, NSWO
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 21:10 pm
From: davidebrownpa AT gmail.com
 
Highlights from today in Lycoming County with my family:

Continuing *Northern Shrike*, Post Rd. in Cogan House:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27368064

1 Light morph *Rough-legged Hawk* in east Jackson Twp:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27368092

Mill Hill Road (west of Williamsport):
7 *Short-eared Owls* (many out at 4:45pm in full sunlight)
2 *Great Horned Owls *dueting
1 *Northern Saw-whet Owl *tooting from hillside to the south
1 flyover International Space Station
-insert joke here about it being a "superb owl" checklist-
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27368189

David Brown
Lycoming County



Subject: PSO field trip to Maryland's Eastern Shore
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 20:43 pm
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
hello all

here is the facebook link to the event for more info and signups. the
trip will be a 1 day trip on March 5th. Some are staying over the night
before and possibly the next night.

https://www.facebook.com/event...

Come join David Yeany II and Chad Kauffman, for a waterfowl field trip
to the Maryland's Eastern Shore. Highlights will hopefully be large
rafts of waterfowl - wintering Canvasbacks almost at your feet and a
diversity of divers - and this area is known to hold a few rare ducks.
With Cambridge (Dorchester Co.) as the base, we will be birding
surrounding areas, including Cambridge Marina on the Choptank River,
possibly nearby river and bayside landings, and Blackwater National
Wildlife Refuge where we should find Brown-headed Nuthatch and likely
American White Pelican. This field trip is open to anyone, you don't
have to be a PSO member. We will be meeting at the large parking lot by
the intersection of High St and Water St. If you want an address to get
you close, you can use the Yacht Club's address, then just find the
parking lot east of there. The address is 1 Mill St, Cambridge, MD 21613.

Chad Kauffman
Mifflintown, PA
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Subject: GWFG and SNGO at Pymatuning, Crawford county
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 19:16 pm
From: kestrel22 AT hotmail.com
 
This afternoon we had 31 Greater White-fronted Geese and 74 Snow Geese at Hartstown Project.  The Snows were about 60 percent white and 40 percent blue.


Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koeneke



Subject: greater white-fronted geese at Bald Eagle SP
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 19:14 pm
From: nickbolgiano AT gmail.com
 
The 66 greater white-fronted geese at Bald Eagle SP took off and headed
west at 1630 today. I confirmed the number from a silhouetted
in-flight picture.

Nick Bolgiano
State College



Subject: Berks Greater White-fronted Geese, etc.
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 19:05 pm
From: rckeller AT dejazzd.com
 
Geoff Malosh neatly summarized this winter's big incursion of these geese,
and today some appeared in Berks Co. (list below), perhaps the most easterly
flock so far. I also saw a flock of 25 Wilson's Snipe in the county today,
maybe the start of spring migration of this species.


> Blue Marsh Lake SRA (IBA), Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> Feb 7, 2016 2:30 PM - 4:20 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Clear, calm, 40F. All observations from State Hill Boat
> Launch, where a large expanse of water is open.
> 14 species
>
> Greater White-fronted Goose 23 Birds seen in water and walking on
> shore. Two or three were imm., having almost no white frontal shields and
> no dark barring on flanks. All birds had pink or pinkish-orange bills, in
> most cases lighter in color than the orange legs, unlike the Greenland
> birds we are more used to seeing here, whose bills tend to be almost the
> same shade of orange as the legs. Flank barring on the adults varied. Some
> had several dark bars, others only one or two. Like the flocks seen
> recently farther west in PA, these birds are probably of N. American and
> not Greenland origin.
> Tundra Swan 8
> American Black Duck 2
> Mallard 6
> Common Merganser 20
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Ring-billed Gull 450
> Herring Gull 400 Many juv. birds; as numerous as Ring-bills today.
> Iceland Gull 1 Sandy colored juv. smaller than Herring, larger than
> Ring-billed, pale wingtips.
> Lesser Black-backed Gull 10 Eight adults, two first winter. More than
> the usual winter number.
> Great Black-backed Gull 2 One adult, one third winter.
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> American Crow 10
> House Finch 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27366511
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa))
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County



Subject: Screech Owl Levittown Bucks County
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 19:04 pm
From: lrowan1 AT verizon.net
 
Tonight just before 8 PM there was a Screech Owl doing the tremolo call.  The bird was in woods near the Dogwood section of Levittown.

Linda Rowan



Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese and Others -- Allegheny and Lawrence Counties
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 18:56 pm
From: placea AT winchesterthurston.org
 
After my soccer match this morning, I set out to look for greater white-fronted and whatever other geese species I could find in the general Pittsburgh area. I started at the Imperial main pond in Allegheny county where I only had Canadas. However, I had two killdeer at Solar Dr. Moody Rd and Trotter Lane also held only Canada geese. The next spot I stopped was Janoksi's Farm where I had the continuing flock of 10 greater white-fronted geese (an Allegheny county lifer for me). Heading north, I stopped at Larchwood Dr in Lawrence county to look for the Ross's geese found the day before. I wasn't able to locate them but I did have two horned larks and a flock of brown-headed cowbirds in the surrounding fields. On my way back to Pittsburgh I stopped at the North Park Lake and golf course but had nothing of interest.
Good birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

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Subject: Berks Co. WRS
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 16:39 pm
From: spfordyce AT ptd.net
 
Berks Co.
02/06/2016
Steve Fordyce, Vince Rose, Larry Fenner.
Partly Sunny, 40 degrees.
5 hrs.
10:30 to 3:30
71 miles

T.V.- 35
B.V.- 0
N. Harrier- 1 Juv. observed along Ridge Road near Lake Ontelaunee.
Red-tailed- 8 Adults,7 ND. Total 15
Rough-legs- 0
Kestrels – 1 male.
Cooper’s Hawk- 2 juv.
Sharp-shinned Hawk- 0
Red-shouldered- 0
Bald Eagle- 2 adults, 1 juv. Total 3
Steve Fordyce
Berks Co.



Subject: Northern Shrikes- Lawrence County
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 15:32 pm
From: RCStringer AT gcc.edu
 
Dear Pa Birders,

Yesterday I saw two Northern Shrikes in Lawrence County. One was at Black Swamp at its traditional site and one was on McConahy Road as well, near the gravel ponds.

At dusk I had Two Short-eared Owls at Volant Strips.

Geese seen at Volant Strips' pond include Canada, Cackling, Ross', and White-fronted.

Randy C. Stringer

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - WRS Snyder County west rt, Feb 7, 2016
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 14:28 pm
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
here is our count today doing the WRS in Snyder County.

50 raptors in 53.4 miles in 3.5 hours.

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: eBird Report - WRS Snyder County west rt, Feb 7, 2016
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:22:26 -0500 (EST)
From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
To: chadkauffman@earthlink.net

WRS Snyder County west rt, Snyder, Pennsylvania, US Feb 7, 2016
8:50 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling 53.4 mile(s)
Comments: winter raptor survey with greg grove, robert hosler and jason
weller. 27 degrees to 44 degrees, clear to partly cloudy, zero to light
wind, no snow other than plowed snow piles.

38 species
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 2
Common Merganser 2
Great Blue Heron 2

Cooper's Hawk 3 all adults

Red-tailed Hawk 36, 30 adult, 6 ND

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 50
Mourning Dove 20
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 1

American Kestrel 11, 5 male, 3 female, 3 ND

Blue Jay 12
American Crow 30
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 45
American Robin 75
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 75
Cedar Waxwing 25
American Tree Sparrow 6
Field Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-crowned Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 8
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 4
Pine Siskin 4
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 25
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Subject: WRS Crawford County
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 13:43 pm
From: mrl706 AT gmail.com
 
Here are the results of the Crawford County (Southeast Route) WRS route
that we ran yesterday under near perfect conditions.

County: Crawford (Southeast route)
Date: 6 February 2016
Observers: Michael Leahy, Gary Edwards, Jerry Stanley
Total Time on Route: 5 Hours
Start: 10:00 am / End 3:30 pm (minus 1/2 hr for lunch)
Miles on route: 66

TV's - None
BV's - None
Harriers: 1 (immature)
Red-tails: 34 (All adult)
Note: One very pretty leucistic with almost all white
upper wings.
Rough-legs: 4 (2 light phase. 2 dark phase) We were expecting none so
these were a pleasant surprise.
Kestrel: 1 (Male)
Sharp-shinned: None
Coopers: None
Red-shoulder: 3 (Adult)
Bald Eagles: 2 (Adult)
Unidentified Raptors: 2

Avg. Temp: 34.5
Sky: Clear/partly cloudy
Wind: light to moderate
Snow cover: None

Other birds of note: 4 Ravens, several Horned Larks


*Michael R Leahy*
*Knox, PA*



Subject: Turkey Vulture & Cont GWFG westmoreland Fayette county
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 12:29 pm
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I had 1 turkey vulture flying in North Versailes off Rt 30 this Morning. Also my friends & I watched the contuining GWFG geese I found yesterday at Bridgeport Dam. 4 more were counted in the group, as I had only 30 yesterday. Matthew Juskowich Allegheny County



Subject: GWFG Blue Marsh Lake
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 10:05 am
From: 0000005fca6bddff-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There are 23 Greater White-fronted Geese at the State Hill boat launch area at Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County.  They were sitting on the shore on the island.



Subject: WRS Northern Lancaster County 2016
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 7:26 am
From: carls94 AT ptd.net
 
PA BIRDERS,

Below you will see my results from my route I ran yesterday
2/6/2016. This route starts at the intersection of Rothsville Rd and Meadow
Valley Rd and ends at the parking area for the Willow Point Trail at Middle
Creek WMA. It was an average day with very good Vulture activity. Kestrels
were hard to come by and this marked the second year in a row for a
Peregrine Falcon which was seen flying around the farm fields in the
vicinity of Lime Rock Rd and Fairview Rd west of Ephrata. This may possibly
be the same bird which I had seen along RT 322 a few weeks back just north
east of this location. The Common Raven started my day out on a good note as
it was seen flying carrying prey (bird) shortly after I began my route along
Meadow Valley Rd. The (2) Common Merganser were a little unusual seen in
flight over farm country. The Red-headed Woodpecker is the continuing adult
bird seen near the wet area along Hickory Rd.

Bruce A Carl
Akron, PA
Lancaster County


Winter Raptor Survey
Northern Lancaster County
Observer(s) - Bruce A Carl
Saturday February 6, 2016
9 : 00 am - 1:35 pm (4 hours 35 minutes)
67.4 miles
Sky - mostly sunny w/ high thin clouds
Temp - 23 to 40 degrees
Winds W 5 - 10 mph
Average snow depth 0 to a few inches
All still water mostly frozen and moving water unfrozen


NORTHERN HARRIER

MALE
FEMALE
IMM

REDTAIL HAWK

ADULT 26
IMM. 8
ND 1

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK

LIGHT
DARK

AMERICAN KESTRAL

MALE 1
FEMALE 1

VULTURES

BLACK 29
TURKEY 88

COOPERS HAWK

ADULT 1 (male)
IMM
ND

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK

ADULT 1 (male)
IMM
ND

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK

ADULT
IMM
ND

BALD EAGLE

ADULT 3
IMM

MERLIN

PEREGRINE FALCON 1 (imm)


OTHER NOTABLE BIRD SIGHTINGS

COMMON RAVEN ( carrying prey (bird) )
COMMON MERGANSER (2)
KINGFISHER (1)
KILLDEER (1)
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (1)











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Subject: WRS - Lycoming Co. (Cogan House Twp.) SHRIKE
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 6:58 am
From: 00000083862d8758-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
County -  Lycoming Co.  Cogan House Twp.




Date - February 6th, 2016
Avg. temp.- (30.5) 29-32
Avg Snow- NO SNOW
Clear-
Wind- light SSW 1-6

Observers- Dave Ferry and Wes Egli

Total time on route- 1hr.40 min.
Start time/End time 11:35am to 13:15am

Miles on route- 32 miles


16-Common Raven
3- Red-tails- (3 adults,)
1- Rough-legs- Light
3- N. Harrier (3 F)
1-Northern Shrike (On Post Rd. on wire in yard of 3rd house on the right...flew to NW)






Subject: WRS - Lycoming Co. (Jackson Twp.) SHRIKE
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 6:51 am
From: 00000083862d8758-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Correction-  The shrike was found on Post Rd. in Cogan House Twp....not in Jackson Twp.







Wes Egli and I ran our N. Lycoming Co. (Jackson Twp.) routes yesterday and found plenty of northern harriers, rough-leggeds and 1 n. shrike. Also plenty of pine siskins in this region. Complete lack of snow is especially unusual for this area.


Dave Ferry
Williamsport


County - Lycoming Co. Jackson Twp. East/West (combined)




Date - February 6th, 2016
Avg. temp.- (27) 25-29
Avg Snow- NO SNOW
Clear-
Wind- light SSW 1-6

Observers- Dave Ferry and Wes Egli

Total time on route- 2hr.15 min.
Start time/End time 9am to 11:15am

Miles on route- 32 miles


15-Common Raven
7- Red-tails- (6 adults, 1 juv)
6- Rough-legs- (5- Light / 1 Dark)
3- N. Harrier (1ND , 2 F)



130 Pine Siskins



Subject: WRS - Lycoming Co. (Jackson Twp.) SHRIKE
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 6:49 am
From: 00000083862d8758-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Wes Egli and I ran our N. Lycoming Co. (Jackson Twp.) routes yesterday and found plenty of northern harriers, rough-leggeds and 1 n. shrike.  Also plenty of pine siskins in this region.  Complete lack of snow is especially unusual for this area.


Dave Ferry
Williamsport


County - Lycoming Co. Jackson Twp. East/West (combined)




Date - February 6th, 2016
Avg. temp.- (27) 25-29
Avg Snow- NO SNOW
Clear-
Wind- light SSW 1-6

Observers- Dave Ferry and Wes Egli

Total time on route- 2hr.15 min.
Start time/End time 9am to 11:15am

Miles on route- 32 miles


15-Common Raven
7- Red-tails- (6 adults, 1 juv)
6- Rough-legs- (5- Light / 1 Dark)
3- N. Harrier (1ND , 2 F)
1-Northern Shrike (On Post Rd. on wire in yard of 3rd house on the right...flew to NW)



130 Pine Siskins



Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl, Swissdale, Clinton Co., 2/6
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 22:07 pm
From: wnlaubscher AT comcast.net
 
In an unsolicited first here, I am currently hearing the very obvious repetitive call of a Northern Saw-whet Owl on the mountain behind my house here in Swissdale. My next door neighbor claimed to have heard it yesterday morning around 6:30.

Obviously he was correct.

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



Subject: Lawrence Co. Ross's Geese
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 20:11 pm
From: pomarine AT earthlink.net
 
These birds flew off the pond and out of sight by 4:30pm. Thanks to Shannon for getting the word out on these. A count of 5 is certainly a record for Lawrence County and perhaps for all of western Pennsylvania away from Erie (where the record high is 13 I believe). I posted a photo of three of them in flight here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Geoff Malosh
Allegheny County

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of ofdewdrops
Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2016 3:39 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Lawrence Co., Larchwood Dr. Gravel Pond, 5 ROSS'S GEESE

There are 5 ROSS'S GEESE at the large gravel pond on the north side of Larchwood Drive off of route 168 just north of New Galilee in Lawrence Co.
Shannon Thompson
Allegheny Co.



Subject: Northwest Tioga County WRS on 20160206
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 19:43 pm
From: birdpany AT gmail.com
 
All,

Sorry, That should have only been 2 Hermit Thrush! In my haste to head out
the door, I missed that error in my numbers. My Bad!


-----Original Message-----
From: Stringer, Randy C. [mailto:RCStringer@Gcc.Edu]
Sent: Saturday, February 6, 2016 19:18
To: Jeff Holbrook
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Northwest Tioga County WRS on 20160206

Dear Jeff,

Is that Hermit Thrush correct? Randy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 6, 2016, at 4:17 PM, Jeff Holbrook wrote:
>
> Hello Greg and Interested PA Birders,
>
> Once again, I conducted my Northwest Tioga County Winter Raptor
> Survey. Like most years, I've did it solo, so it's likely that I
> missed some birds bu I've been doing basically the same route since
> 2003. I have done this most years but did miss last year and a year or
> two prior to that. Numbers were slightly lower than what I had hoped.
> I observed no Rough-legged Hawks which was disappointing after having
> a few years of state leading numbers. The area where typically get a
> few "Roughies" did produce 5 Common Ravens and a juvenile Northern
> Harrier. Not an even trade to be sure but I'll take it. I've not had
> any Northern Harriers on this route in years so that was a nice
> species to get again. Both of the Harriers were juvenile so that is
> hopeful. :) Snow cover was mostly none but there were areas where I
> had an inch or two on the roads. A new Bald Eagle nest was a nice
> surprise as well. No American Kestrels was disappointing
>
>
> County - Tioga
> Date - 02/05/2016
> Observers - Jeff Holbrook
> Time on Route - 4 hours 32 minutes (09:40 -14:12) (9:40am - 2:12pm)
> Miles on Route - 83.35
>
> SPECIES:
> TVs - 0
> BVs - 0
>
> Harriers (Male/Female/Imm.) - 0/0/2
>
> Red-tails (Ad./Imm./ND) - 9/0/9 (9 total)
>
> Rough-legs (Light/Dark) - 0
>
> Kestrels (M/F/ND) - 0/0/0 (0 total)
>
> Sharp-shins (Ad/Imm) - 0
> Cooper's (Ad/Imm) - 0
>
> Red-shouldered Hawks (Ad/Imm) - 0
>
> Bald Eagles (Ad/Imm) - 4/0
>
> other raptors - 0
>
> Shrikes or owls - 0
>
> Temperature - 29-42F (average 35)
> Sky (Clear/Pt cloudy/cloudy) - cloudy before noon, partly cloudy
> afternoon Wind (light/medium/strong) - Strong Snow Cover - trace is
> some areas, mostly none
>
> Other birds of note -
> Common Raven - 9
> Hermit Thrush - 24
>
> Jeff Holbrook
> Corning, NY



Subject: Snow/Ross/GWF Geese, Red Headed Woodpecker, more Crawford County
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 19:41 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
I birded Pymatuning w/ my friend Jaime from Pittsburgh and it was a great
day to be around Pyamtuning

70-80 Snow Geese kept going from Miller's Ponds to Hartstown Project
several times during afternoon. With this group, there are 4 Ross's Geese

Birds of Prey were everywhere..

Highlights

4 Ross's Geese ( see documentation photos at my photo link)
70-80 Snow Geese ( Millers, Wilson Road, and Harts Prok)
24 Greater White Fronted Geese ( Harts Proj)
1 Cackling Goose ( Harts Proj)
2 Rough legged Hawks
1 American Kestrel
3 Red Tail Hawks
1 Red Shouldered Hawk
3 Northern Harriers
10 -15 Horned Larks
1 Lapland Longspur
10 Snow Buntings
1 Red Headed Woodpecker
8 Bald Eagles
2 Greater Scaup ( Causeway)

Photos from today ( many doc quality)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Good Birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford County



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