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20 Feb: @ 11:44:41 
Re: Asian visitors to Middle Creek [Joel Flachs]
20 Feb: @ 11:40:17 
Re: Asian visitors to Middle Creek [Ron Rovansek]
20 Feb: @ 10:06:51 
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 27th, 2018 [LeRoy Tabb]
20 Feb: @ 08:18:07 
Ruffed Grouse and West Nile Virus webinar [Williams, Lisa]
20 Feb: @ 08:07:46 
Re: NJ Gyrfalcon [DAVID KOCH]
20 Feb: @ 07:58:50 
Re: Asian visitors to Middle Creek [Ann Pettigrew]
20 Feb: @ 07:34:14 
NJ Gyrfalcon [Chad Kauffman]
19 Feb: @ 21:44:20 
white-winged scoter on the Ohio [Lisa Kaufman]
19 Feb: @ 20:03:25 
sign up [[email protected]]
19 Feb: @ 18:20:55 
Re: Asian visitors to Middle Creek [Ted Nichols II]
19 Feb: @ 17:03:58 
Turkey Vultures - Washington Co. [Mark Vass]
19 Feb: @ 16:41:48 
Re: Asian visitors to Middle Creek [Barry Blust]
19 Feb: @ 16:02:03 
Re: Asian visitors to Middle Creek [Herbert Flavell]
19 Feb: @ 15:17:49 
Asian visitors to Middle Creek [Crable, Ad]
19 Feb: @ 09:49:57 
Fwd: WRS NE Perry County [DAVID GROVE]
18 Feb: @ 23:45:40 
PA/NJ Gyr @ Oberly road [Dave Leibert]
18 Feb: @ 22:06:45 
Parks Bend Farm Pond (Armstrong County) [Marge Vantassel]
18 Feb: @ 20:26:40 
Peace Valley Park (IBA) -Bucks Co. (2/11-2/17), etc. [August Mirabella]
18 Feb: @ 15:17:24 
Cedar Waxwings - Allegheny Co. [Mark Vass]
18 Feb: @ 05:20:04 
Lake Meade / Adams County. Lake birds plus FOY Grackle/Robin at feeders [Jason Verdier]
17 Feb: @ 20:39:13 
WRS Potter Central [The Haubers]
17 Feb: @ 17:04:31 
WRS--Allegheny [Michael Fialkovich]
17 Feb: @ 16:34:50 
Many Bufflehead, Southern Lancaster County [Bob Schutsky]
17 Feb: @ 15:44:46 
Allegheny Front (17 Feb 2018) 4 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
17 Feb: @ 13:25:35 
A Couple of Eastern PA Vagrants and a Surprise [Hopkins, Jeff A.]
17 Feb: @ 12:54:05 
FOY American Robin Wayne Twp. , Schuylkill Co. [A. Liebner]
17 Feb: @ 08:15:26 
NJ gyr falcon sightings needed [Grant Stevenson]
17 Feb: @ 02:13:51 
Eastern PA Birdline: 2/17/2018 [Dave DeReamus]
16 Feb: @ 19:12:30 
Common Goldeneye ducks Memorial Lake SP Lebanon Co [Mary Coomer]
16 Feb: @ 17:23:02 
American Woodcock/Franklin County [Bob Keener]
16 Feb: @ 15:10:35 
WRS Results - Southern Luzerne County - Rt #401 [Phil Keener]
16 Feb: @ 13:27:30 
BBS vacancies [Brauning, Daniel]
16 Feb: @ 13:19:34 
Waterfowl, Washington County [g. g]
16 Feb: @ 13:15:10 
Iceland Gull - Beaver Co. [Mark Vass]
16 Feb: @ 11:39:37 
Bald Eagle (Lehigh Co.) [David Neimeyer]
16 Feb: @ 10:47:05 
Red-necked Grebe - Beaver Co. [Mark Vass]
16 Feb: @ 09:49:40 
Great Backyard Bird Count [Chad Kauffman]
15 Feb: @ 17:28:06 
Merlin, Red-shouldered Hawk, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards]
15 Feb: @ 16:26:03 
Re: NJ Gyr yes! [Sandra Goodwin]
15 Feb: @ 15:12:30 
Ross's & Snow geese continue, Washington County [g. g]
15 Feb: @ 14:29:56 
Re: NJ Gyr yes! [Dave Leibert]
15 Feb: @ 14:02:23 
Canonsburg Lake-Washington county [john flannigan]
15 Feb: @ 11:01:03 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 12 February 2018 (two weeks) [Amy Taracido]
14 Feb: @ 14:47:16 
Re: Snowy owl, Washington County [M & K Mannella]
14 Feb: @ 10:37:44 
Re: Nesting box question [Dave Luning Sr]
14 Feb: @ 08:26:42 
Re: Nesting box question [Gerald Kruth]
13 Feb: @ 21:38:58 
Re: Gulls of Pittsburgh attacked by DCNR Park Ranger [Michael Barcaskey]
13 Feb: @ 21:16:53 
Gulls of Pittsburgh attacked by DCNR Park Ranger [ofdewdrops]
13 Feb: @ 21:14:45 
Fwd: Re: [PABIRDS] Red-winged blackbird, Schuylkill Co. [Herbert Flavell]
13 Feb: @ 21:06:22 
Re: Northern Harrier trying to feed on a non-food item. [Michael Fialkovich]





Subject: Asian visitors to Middle Creek
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 11:44 am
From: 000000f4b9e7c7d1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I agree with Ron having also traveled to China many times
Joel Flachs

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Ron Rovansek
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:40 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Asian visitors to Middle Creek

My experience traveling extensively in China is that nature photography
seems to be more popular there than it is here. I rarely or never saw
another birder, but any park will have numerous photographers taking
pictures of flowers, leaves, birds, and anything else photogenic.

Ron Rovansek
Centre County

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Ann Pettigrew
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5:58 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Asian visitors to Middle Creek

We have noticed a lot more Asians in Yellowstone and last year we went down
into Maryland during the sunflower season and they were possibly in the
majority. I think they have a love of photography and nature but whether
these places are on some sort of tour postings, I do not know.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
[email protected]

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 19, 2018, at 5:01 PM, Herbert Flavell wrote:
>
> I read your email to my sister and she said that she read somewhere that
the Asian people are getting into bird watching more and more each year.
Herb Flavell Gods Knob Milk Cn Corners Susquehanna County.
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: Crable, Ad
> Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 4:17 PM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Asian visitors to Middle Creek
>
> Has anyone else noticed the high percentage of Asian visitors to Middle
Creek Wildlife Management Area each winter during the snow geese/tundra swan
migration? Does anyone know if the Middle Creek waterfowl extravaganza is a
marketed tour stop and where the tours originate from? I'm curious if there
is some distinct fascination with this ritual with this culture that draws
them in such numbers. Anyone have any insights?
>
> Ad Crable
> Lancaster



Subject: Asian visitors to Middle Creek
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 11:40 am
From: rrovansek AT pacewater.com
 
My experience traveling extensively in China is that nature photography seems to be more popular there than it is here. I rarely or never saw another birder, but any park will have numerous photographers taking pictures of flowers, leaves, birds, and anything else photogenic.

Ron Rovansek
Centre County

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Ann Pettigrew
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5:58 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Asian visitors to Middle Creek

We have noticed a lot more Asians in Yellowstone and last year we went down into Maryland during the sunflower season and they were possibly in the majority. I think they have a love of photography and nature but whether these places are on some sort of tour postings, I do not know.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
[email protected]

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 19, 2018, at 5:01 PM, Herbert Flavell wrote:
>
> I read your email to my sister and she said that she read somewhere that the Asian people are getting into bird watching more and more each year. Herb Flavell Gods Knob Milk Cn Corners Susquehanna County.
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: Crable, Ad
> Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 4:17 PM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Asian visitors to Middle Creek
>
> Has anyone else noticed the high percentage of Asian visitors to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area each winter during the snow geese/tundra swan migration? Does anyone know if the Middle Creek waterfowl extravaganza is a marketed tour stop and where the tours originate from? I'm curious if there is some distinct fascination with this ritual with this culture that draws them in such numbers. Anyone have any insights?
>
> Ad Crable
> Lancaster



Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 27th, 2018
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 10:06 am
From: leroytabb AT hotmail.com
 
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday February 27th, 2018

_______________________________________________

From Katoomba to Narooma and In-between -- by Armas Hill



Program Description:

Katoomba is in the mountains of Australia, Narooma is along the seacoast. This program will take a look at birds (and some other fauna) that occur in, and between, these areas.

____________________________________________

About the Speaker:



Armas Hill needs no introduction to the Bucks County Birders. Armas has been with BCB since the beginning and is one of our most-supportive members. He helps out with trips in and around the Delaware Valley. He is the owner/operator of Focus On Nature Tours Inc. which he started in 1990. Now in its 28th year, his company provides birding and nature tours to various places throughout the world including: North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia (particularly Japan).



_______________________________________________



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





Directions:



NOTE: New Galena Road is NOW OPEN AGAIN!!



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



[email protected]



Subject: Ruffed Grouse and West Nile Virus webinar
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 8:18 am
From: liswilliam AT pa.gov
 
If anyone has a particular interest in Ruffed Grouse research and management, I presented a Game Commission webinar on the topic last week. I discussed recent findings on population trends, West Nile Virus research, and management response.  Since we know that WNV impacts extend far beyond ruffed grouse, I thought the webinar might  be of interest to the larger birding community.  Here is the link - warning it is a 50-minute event - but I try to keep it moving along without getting too bogged down in minutiae.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

More complete information - including research posters, status reports, FAQs, links to other videos and presentations - is available on the PGC's Ruffed Grouse web page: http://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife...



Lisa M. Williams, Wildlife Biologist - Grouse, Woodcock, Mourning Doves
PA Game Commission
[email protected]
Grouse and Woodcock Mgt: http://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife...

It is OK to print this e-mail. Paper is a renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable product made from trees. Well-managed forests are good for the environment - providing wildlife habitat for dozens of species and communities that require young forests.



Subject: NJ Gyrfalcon
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 8:07 am
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
The PA border's closer than that. If you're in the Jersey Alpha fields andyou see it fly off to the west, it sometimes fliesnear a tree-filled hillsideon the horizon, and that's in PA.To put this into perspective, when you turn onto Oberly from Snyders and look to the left, you can see the valley where I live in the distance, and I often benefit from the raptors there coming into our property. The gyr, however, hasn't done that yet and I'm not really holding out hope that it will.
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County [email protected]

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:34 AM, Chad Kauffman wrote:


as per phone call from Wayne Laubscher, he and Chuck Berthoudare looking
at the NJ Gyrfalcon on Snyder Rd in heavy fog.

They said it hasn't been seen in 2-3 days and were lucky in finding it
while it took its wondering lap.

They are going to wait to see if the fog lifts and they can get better
views.

More directions and info about the location is on NJ social media
outlets. I am told this is 3-4 miles over the PA/NJ border.

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA
--
***See our new video https://youtu.be/3gyjkxmmFS4 *** ***Check us out on
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kauff... ***Call us
717-436-8257 Toll free 866-588-7831



Subject: Asian visitors to Middle Creek
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 7:58 am
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
We have noticed a lot more Asians in Yellowstone and last year we went down into Maryland during the sunflower season and they were possibly in the majority.  I think they have a love of photography and nature but whether these places are on some sort of tour postings, I do not know.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
[email protected]

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 19, 2018, at 5:01 PM, Herbert Flavell wrote:
>
> I read your email to my sister and she said that she read somewhere that the Asian people are getting into bird watching more and more each year. Herb Flavell Gods Knob Milk Cn Corners Susquehanna County.
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: Crable, Ad
> Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 4:17 PM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Asian visitors to Middle Creek
>
> Has anyone else noticed the high percentage of Asian visitors to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area each winter during the snow geese/tundra swan migration? Does anyone know if the Middle Creek waterfowl extravaganza is a marketed tour stop and where the tours originate from? I'm curious if there is some distinct fascination with this ritual with this culture that draws them in such numbers. Anyone have any insights?
>
> Ad Crable
> Lancaster



Subject: NJ Gyrfalcon
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 7:34 am
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
as per phone call from Wayne Laubscher, he and Chuck Berthoudare looking
at the NJ Gyrfalcon on Snyder Rd in heavy fog.

They said it hasn't been seen in 2-3 days and were lucky in finding it
while it took its wondering lap.

They are going to wait to see if the fog lifts and they can get better
views.

More directions and info about the location is on NJ social media
outlets. I am told this is 3-4 miles over the PA/NJ border.

Chad Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA
--
***See our new video https://youtu.be/3gyjkxmmFS4 *** ***Check us out on
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kauff... ***Call us
717-436-8257 Toll free 866-588-7831



Subject: white-winged scoter on the Ohio
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 21:44 pm
From: kaufmanlisa18 AT gmail.com
 
Folks,
I saw a white-winged scoter with a small mixed flock of scaup and redheads on the near shore of the Ohio River early this morning off Doerr Street by the Woods Run prison. I posted a pic with my e-bird listing. Sorry for the belated notice ” it™s a lifer for me, and I didn™t realize what I had till I got home after work 12 hours later, pulled it up on my computer and got out my Sibley™s. The flock has been there for several weeks but I haven™t seen the scoter before. Maybe it™ll stick around! I spotted it about 7:30 in the morning and it was there when I left about an hour later.
Lisa Kaufman



Subject: sign up
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 20:03 pm
From: foandla AT epix.net
 
Carmen, can you forward sign up instructions?I know someone interested in joining the group, but emails to LISTSERVE are returned with error messages.Thank YouDan ZmodaPen Argyl



Subject: Asian visitors to Middle Creek
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 18:20 pm
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
Apparently, a few years ago some media entity  comparable to National
Geographic in China and/or Asia sent a film crew to Middle Creek and did a
piece on the Snow Geese. I™ve heard some of the Visitor Center staff cite
this as a reason for the uptick.

-Ted

On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 17:41 Barry Blust wrote:

> My thoughts when I first noticed this a few years ago was that they could
> be seeing this as a great photographic opportunity. I wondered how many
> were birders and suspected the majority were only photographers.
>
> Barry E. Blust
> (from iPad)
> Glenmoore, PA
> Chester County
>
> "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to
> everything else in the Universe."
>
> -- John Muir
>
>
> > On Feb 19, 2018, at 5:01 PM, Herbert Flavell wrote:
> >
> > I read your email to my sister and she said that she read somewhere that
> the Asian people are getting into bird watching more and more each year.
> Herb Flavell Gods Knob Milk Cn Corners Susquehanna County.
> >
> > Sent from Mail for Windows 10
> >
> > From: Crable, Ad
> > Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 4:17 PM
> > To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> > Subject: [PABIRDS] Asian visitors to Middle Creek
> >
> > Has anyone else noticed the high percentage of Asian visitors to Middle
> Creek Wildlife Management Area each winter during the snow geese/tundra
> swan migration? Does anyone know if the Middle Creek waterfowl extravaganza
> is a marketed tour stop and where the tours originate from? I'm curious if
> there is some distinct fascination with this ritual with this culture that
> draws them in such numbers. Anyone have any insights?
> >
> > Ad Crable
> > Lancaster
>



Subject: Turkey Vultures - Washington Co.
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 17:03 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
There were two Turkey Vultures flying over I79 near the Houston exit late
this afternoon

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Asian visitors to Middle Creek
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 16:41 pm
From: barryblust AT comcast.net
 
My thoughts when I first noticed this a few years ago was that they could be seeing this as a great photographic opportunity. I wondered how many were birders and suspected the majority were only photographers.

Barry E. Blust
(from iPad)
Glenmoore, PA
Chester County

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."

-- John Muir


> On Feb 19, 2018, at 5:01 PM, Herbert Flavell wrote:
>
> I read your email to my sister and she said that she read somewhere that the Asian people are getting into bird watching more and more each year. Herb Flavell Gods Knob Milk Cn Corners Susquehanna County.
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: Crable, Ad
> Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 4:17 PM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Asian visitors to Middle Creek
>
> Has anyone else noticed the high percentage of Asian visitors to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area each winter during the snow geese/tundra swan migration? Does anyone know if the Middle Creek waterfowl extravaganza is a marketed tour stop and where the tours originate from? I'm curious if there is some distinct fascination with this ritual with this culture that draws them in such numbers. Anyone have any insights?
>
> Ad Crable
> Lancaster



Subject: Asian visitors to Middle Creek
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 16:02 pm
From: herb1013 AT gmail.com
 
I read your email to my sister and she said that she read somewhere that the Asian people are getting into bird watching more and more each year. Herb Flavell Gods Knob Milk Cn Corners Susquehanna County.

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: Crable, Ad
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 4:17 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Asian visitors to Middle Creek

Has anyone else noticed the high percentage of Asian visitors to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area each winter during the snow geese/tundra swan migration? Does anyone know if the Middle Creek waterfowl extravaganza is a marketed tour stop and where the tours originate from? I'm curious if there is some distinct fascination with this ritual with this culture that draws them in such numbers. Anyone have any insights?

Ad Crable
Lancaster



Subject: Asian visitors to Middle Creek
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 15:17 pm
From: acrable AT lnpnews.com
 
Has anyone else noticed the high percentage of Asian visitors to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area each winter during the snow geese/tundra swan migration? Does anyone know if the Middle Creek waterfowl extravaganza is a marketed tour stop and where the tours originate from? I'm curious if there is some distinct fascination with this ritual with this culture that draws them in such numbers. Anyone have any insights?

Ad Crable
Lancaster



Subject: Fwd: WRS NE Perry County
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 9:49 am
From: waggap AT comcast.net
 
-------- Original Message ----------


Greg

County - NE Perry
Date - 2/17/2018
Observers- Don Orris, Gene Wagner, Dave Grove
Total time actually surveying 3 Hours:30 Minutes-
Start time 9:30/End time 1:00
Miles on route 21

TVs - 10
BVs - 3

Harriers- Female 4- total 4

Red-tails- Ad 13.//ND 11 - total 24

Rough-legs- Light 1

Kestrels- M 3 /F 1 /ND 1 -total 5

Sharp-shins-0

Cooper's -0

Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND 0

Bald Eagles- Ad 2/ Imm.3 total 5

TOTAL 52



3 NH and RL at intersection of Store Rd and RT 17 Good Interaction of NH


Shrikes? 0
Others HOLA 3, Turkeys 23, CAGO 200
Avg Temp.-31-39F
Sky- Clouds 40% to 100%
Wind - /light/variable
Avg Snow cover depth - 0



Subject: PA/NJ Gyr @ Oberly road
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 23:45 pm
From: xdave AT enter.net
 
Howdy All,

I was over at Oberly road again today taking it all in. Its pretty close
to my house and I can get over there most days for a little while . Its
a great scene there with a lot of nice birders on many days.

I didn't see the gyr today or the Golden eagle for that matter. I heard
that the gyr is occasionally seen across the river chilling in PA as
viewed through scopes.

I did get to see a great display of Nature in action though. I am
referring to the bald eagle that came in towards the big flock of snow
geese on the ground on the East side of Oberly road.

This eagle was an adult and came in the the Southwest. The snow geese
had started to get agitated before we saw the raptor. They all took off
and started circling around. The eagle headed towards the center of the
huge flock and the snow geese parted into two groups kind of like Mosses
parting the Red sea.

The eagle flew into the group on the left and then turned back to the
right. It isolated one individual snow goose and chased this bird to the
Northeast. The eagle closed in from slightly below and swooped up and
took the snow goose in its talons! Pretty cool too see. It then dropped
down a little ungracefully towards the ground still in control of the
snow goose.

I hope to get back there tomorrow. I wasn't able to get the fourth
falcon species the other day after seeing the gyr. This gyr is now a "PA
bird" on occasion!

Happy Birding



Subject: Parks Bend Farm Pond (Armstrong County)
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 22:06 pm
From: marvantassel AT gmail.com
 
3 Hooded Mergansers yesterday and
1 Common Goldeneye today
at this little pond helped my GBBC
(This little pond has been visited by some nice ducks and birds over the
past few years;;;;including nesting Green Herons, Woodies, and besides the
common Great Blue Heron a Great Egret visited last year)
Bald Eagles, Redshoulder Hawks, etc; usual stuff at Crooked Creek yesterday
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County



Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) -Bucks Co. (2/11-2/17), etc.
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 20:26 pm
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
The Species reported this week totaled 69. Waterfowl diversity increased, but possibly the multiple eagles keep them moving, as some are only seen briefly. The highlights this week included:
1 Ross's Goose continued in the area through the week (photos). If not at Peace Valley, likely at Pine Run when not out feeding elsewhere..
1 Greater White-fronted Goose 1/17 (photos)
Cackling Goose-high count 7 2/12 (photos of all).
15 duck species including: Gadwall 2/17, Amer. Wigeon 2/17, N. Pintail, Green-winged Teal 2/17, 1 Canvasback 2/12, Ring-necked Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck 2/17 (fly by), Bufflehead, 2 Common Goldeneyes 2/13-2/14, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser (high report 1900 counted individually and likely missed a lot) 2/15, 1 Red-breasted Merganser male 2/15
Red-shouldered Hawk adult
The passerines reported the last few weeks continue. As noted in eBird through the region, Red-winged Blackbirds increased.


The Sandhill Cranes continued regularly at Pine Run in the corn field across from the parking area on Ironhill Rd. or on the mowed areas of Pine Run.
The Western Tanager continued at 733 Rolling Hills Rd., Ottsville
The Harris's Sparrow continues 135 Rickert Rd, Doylestown (roadside viewing only) but can be missing at the feeders for hours at a time.


Thanks to all who reported their sightings


August Mirabella
North Wales, PA



Subject: Cedar Waxwings - Allegheny Co.
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 15:17 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
I had a flock of 28 Cedar Waxwings today foraging on berries at the
intersection of Ferguson & Cork-Bocktown Rds. in Findlay Twp.

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Lake Meade / Adams County. Lake birds plus FOY Grackle/Robin at feeders
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 5:20 am
From: 0000001361c1d04c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Good morning all,

Made a pass around the lake, below is a list of birds spotted while checking the lake:

Common Merganser 250plus....they are everywhere
Mallards 26
Ring Billed Gulls 200plus
Redheads 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Bald Eagle 1 (Immature)
Canada Geese 60plus
Herring Gull 6
Bluebird 4
American Crows 8
Rock Pigeons 4
Red-Headed Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2

Was pretty windy at the lake, so didn't stay long.
Below are a list of the birds noted at my feeders yesterday including 2 FOY birds, Common Grackle, and American Robins:

House Finch 17
House Sparrow 4
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White Breasted Nuthatch 1
European Starlings 8
Brown-Headed Cowbird 4
Common Grackle 2
American Robin 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Red-Headed Woodpecker 1
White Throated Sparrow 2
White Crowned Sparrow 1 (Adult)
Blue Jay 5
Northern Mocking Bird 1
Carolina Wren 1
Northern Cardinals 14
DE Juncos 6
Mourning Doves 7

Jason Verdier
Lake Meade
Adams County



Subject: WRS Potter Central
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 20:39 pm
From: haubers3 AT penn.com
 
County -        Potter Central WRS route

Date - 2-4-2018

Observers- David Hauber, Fay Hauber, Jason Przybyla, Carrie Przybyla

Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes- 6 1/2 hours

Start time/End time 9:30 - 4:00

Miles on route 85



TVs 0

BVs- 0



Harriers- 0



Red-tails- 7 Ad./0 Imm./ 0 ND



Rough-legs- Light/Dark 0



Kestrels- M/F/ND- 0



Sharp-shins- 1



Cooper's - 0



Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND 0



Bald Eagles- 2 Ad/ 0 Imm.



Other raptors ? 0



Shrikes? 0



Avg Temp.- 35 degrees F.

Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Cloudy

Wind - Light/medium/strong- Light

Avg Snow cover depth - 3-4 in.



Subject: WRS--Allegheny
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 17:04 pm
From: mpfial AT verizon.net
 
After a few weekends of rain and snow, we were between weather systems this morning that allowed enough time to run this survey. One of our major highways through Pittsburgh was closed in one section due to flooding. I exit before the flooded area to reach the beginning of my survey, but I was concerned about traffic issues. Thankfully there were none.


The road into Dashields Dam was closed and despite checking the area from Shoose Park nearby as well as the nest site nearby I didn't see any eagles.





County - Allegheny
Date - 2-17-2018
Observers- Mike Fialkovich
Total time actually surveying Hours:Minutes - 3hr: 15 min.
Start time/End time - 10:15 am / 1 pm
Miles on route - 56

TVs-0
BVs-0

Harriers-1 imm.

Red-tails- Ad./Imm./ND - 3Ad. / 2ND

Rough-legs- Light/Dark-0

Kestrels- M/F/ND- 2 ND

Sharp-shins- 0

Cooper's - 0

Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND -0

Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm.-0

Other raptors ? Peregrine Falcon - 1

Shrikes? None

Avg Temp.- 33 F
Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Cloudy
Wind - Light/medium/strong- Light
Avg Snow cover depth - 0



Other Birds:
Bufflehead - six on the Ohio River at the McKees Rocks Boat Dock. They flew upriver while was was there.
Wild Turkey - 12+ at Imperial.
Peregrine Falcon - 1 at the I79 Bridge over Neville Island
Cooper's Hawk - one perched on a light post on the Blvd. of the Allies in Pittsburgh. This is not part of the survey route.



Subject: Many Bufflehead, Southern Lancaster County
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 16:34 pm
From: info AT birdtreks.com
 
Dear PABirders,

Just after the snow began falling, and just before dark, there is a
flock of at least 95 Bufflehead feeding and courting on the Susquehanna
River in front of our house. Mixed in with this flock are 5 Common
Goldeneye and about 25 Common Mergansers. The entire flock is very
close to the Lancaster County shoreline. Nice way to end the day!

Sincerely,
BOB SCHUTSKY

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Subject: Allegheny Front (17 Feb 2018) 4 Raptors
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 15:44 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 17, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 1 1
OS 0 0 0
BE 0 0 0
NH 0 0 0
SS 0 0 0
CH 0 0 0
NG 0 1 1
RS 0 0 0
BW 0 0 0
RT 4 9 9
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 2 2
AK 0 0 0
ML 0 0 0
PG 0 0 0
UA 0 0 0
UB 0 0 0
UF 0 0 0
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 0 0

Total: 4 13 13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter: Bob Stewart

Observers: Ed Gowarty, Kevin Georg

Visitors:
Observors: Ed Gowarty, Kevin Georg


Weather:
Mostly cloudy.
Moderate winds from SE.
Temp -4 degrees C to -3 degrees C.
Cloud cover 85% to 100%
Haze, visibility 17 km.
Snowfall starting around 2:30 PM. Watch ended at 2:45 PM.

Raptor Observations:
4 red-tailed hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 raven.
1 flock of 35 tundra swans.
1 flock of 120 gulls.

Predictions:
The watch will not be manned tomorrow.
The spring watch will start on a consistent basis on Thursday Feb 22.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart ([email protected])


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....



Subject: A Couple of Eastern PA Vagrants and a Surprise
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 13:25 pm
From: Jeff.Hopkins AT versummaterials.com
 
I made a big loop around the Lehigh Valley this morning, trying to pick up a couple vagrants that I'd missed a couple times before tomorrow's snow, then ended up with a major surprise once I came back to the Valley.


First stop was the O'Shea's home in Bedminster Twp. (Bucks) for the Western Tanager. It took about a half-hour of waiting before the bird flew into the bare tree above the little out-building next to the driveway. It then flew into the row of cedars beside the house, disappeared for about 5 minutes, then popped out and sat in a sunny patch and give nice views. While I was watching that, a raven came in, perched, and started calling. Nice yard bird! You don't realize how big they are until you see them up close.


I then crossed past the Lehigh Valley up to Ballas Park near Wind Gap (Northampton). A couple minutes after pulling into the parking lot I found the Clay-colored Sparrow feeding in a mixed flock on the grass. It let me within a few feet. Interesting that most of the tree sparrows that were there last weekend were gone, though there were a few, along with song, white-throated, and white-crowned.


Figuring I'd push my luck, I headed to Beltzville (Carbon) to try for the Greater White-fronted Goose. No luck on that, although I did have the horned grebe, a couple ruddy ducks, and a drake pintail, in addition to the continuing redhead/scaup/merganser flock. No canvasback.


I drove homeward up and over a muddy Bake Oven Road, and then went to Foglesville Quarry (Lehigh). After finding only four snow geese and my FOS drake Wood Duck, I started scanning the Canada Goose flock. And found a Greater White-fronted. Then another. And another. And three more. No way! I kept counting. When I got to ten, I just had to count again. Eventually I got to fourteen! According to Birds of the Lehigh Valley, the maximum count for the area was 12. So just wow! As I drove away, it occurred to me: Maybe I should have looked for a Lesser!


Last stop was Dorney Pond in Allentown. I'd missed the female shoveler there several times and finally found it. I also had a coot, a wigeon, and an interesting looking ring-neck.


Helluva day.


Good birding,


Jeff Hopkins

Whitehall

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Subject: FOY American Robin Wayne Twp. , Schuylkill Co.
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 12:54 pm
From: 000000d98121eaef-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This morning my son spotted the FOY American Robin near our home in Wayne Twp.
The second week of February is usually when they make their appearance around our yard & the surrounding fields; however, last year they were very late. Perhaps they knew about that March blizzard & decided to wait a bit.
Hope tonight's snowfall brings in some good birds.
Ann Liebner
Wayne Twp., Schuylkill Co. PA



Subject: NJ gyr falcon sightings needed
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 8:15 am
From: pahawkowl AT gmail.com
 
looking for any extrallimital sightings still of the NJ gyr. last time it
was reported at Merrill creek again and at the cropland at ,oberly rd. in
alpha, NJ.

THANK YOU

Grant Stevenson
946 Seneca Street, Apt. 11
Fountain Hill, PA 18015
phn 610-867-2862
eml [email protected]
URL http://pahawkowl.livejournal.c...



Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 2/17/2018
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 2:13 am
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* February 17, 2018
* PAEA1802.17
- Birds mentioned

GLAUCOUS GULL
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
REDHEAD
WESTERN TANAGER
CANVASBACK
GYRFALCON
HARRIS™S SPARROW

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: February 17th at 3:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to [email protected] 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 UPPER MOUNT BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Red-breasted Merganser “ 1 on 2/15 (female; along River Road).

Sightings from the MARTINS CREEK PPL POWER PLANT area, Northampton County:
At the boat launch area:
Spotted Sandpiper “ 1 to at least 2/15.

Sightings from PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
GLAUCOUS GULL “ 1 on 2/10.

Sightings from BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW “ 1 to at least 2/15 (along Kromer Road).

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE “ 1 to at least 2/15.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Walt Road area:
REDHEADS “ 5 on 2/12; 3 to at least 2/14.

Sightings from BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, Bucks County:
WESTERN TANAGER “ 1 to at least 2/15 (at 733 Rolling Hills Road).

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Cackling Geese “ 7 on 2/12; 3 on 2/13
CANVASBACK “ 1 on 2/12
Red-breasted Merganser “ 1 on 2/15
Red-shouldered Hawk “ 1 to at least 2/14.

Sightings from the OBERLY ROAD area (near Alpha) in nearby New Jersey:
GYRFALCON “ 1 to at least 2/15 (dark morph; near the intersection of Snyders
and Oberly Roads).

A little farther afield, a HARRIS™S SPARROW continued to be seen at a
private feeder at 135 Rickert Road near Doylestown. PLEASE BIRD ONLY FROM
THE ROAD.

- End transcript



Subject: Common Goldeneye ducks Memorial Lake SP Lebanon Co
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 19:12 pm
From: 000000afc163611c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Memorial Lake has been almost completely ice covered for weeks. The recent warmer temps has created more open water each day this week. Ice fisherman have had a long season this year. As recent as Wednesday afternoon there were a few brave souls out on the ice.
My friend, Lisa Black, called me on Monday to let me know that there was a Lesser Scaup in the small area of open water near the lower road. A juv first winter Mute Swan showed up on Tuesday. Today there were 5 Common Goldeneye ducks. Also Hooded and Common Mergansers. The view was still best from the Lower road. However, the ducks were farther away as the area of open water has expanded.
eBird list with photos can be seen here
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
Mary CoomerLebanon Co



Subject: American Woodcock/Franklin County
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 17:23 pm
From: keener1538 AT gmail.com
 
My first of the season AMWO was peenting in the Heisey Road Orchard at 6:00
this evening. Another earlier than usual species to add to the first
Eastern Phoebe earlier this week!

Bob Keener, Shippensburg



Subject: WRS Results - Southern Luzerne County - Rt #401
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 15:10 pm
From: 000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
County - Luzerne

Date - 2/16/18

Observers- Phil Keener

Total timeactually surveyingHours:Minutes- 1 hr 32 mins

Start time/End time - 11:05 am/12:37 pm

Miles on route - 31.1



TVs - NONE

BVs- NONE



Harriers- NONE



Red-tails- 3 Total, all ND



Rough-legs- NONE



Kestrels- NONE



Sharp-shins- NONE



Cooper's - NONE



Red-shoulders- NONE



Bald Eagles- NONE



Other raptors NONE



Shrikes NONE



Avg Temp.- 48F

Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Full clouds, misting to start, light drizzle half hr into run and for rest of run.

Wind - Light/medium/strong- Calm
Avg Snow cover depth - None
Phil KeenerEast BerlinAdams County



Subject: BBS vacancies
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 13:27 pm
From: dbrauning AT pa.gov
 
This is my annual notice of vacancies!   We have vacancies in bird survey routes across the state - particularly in south-western counties this year.

What vacancies? Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) route vacancies, of course! Several BBS routes need volunteer observers this coming June - see the list below. BBS is the most important breeding-bird monitoring program on the Continent. The commitment is minimal - one morning in June per year (once you've become familiar with the route). This survey necessitates close adherence to an established protocol, a rigorous time-table (3 minutes per stop), and will challenge your attention and bird-ID skills. But otherwise, it's a lot of fun! So please consider joining the ranks of Doug Gross, Margaret Higbee, and many others who annually contribute their knowledge of breeding birds!

So, if you would like to know more and would be willing to consider taking one of the routes listed below for a multi-year period, I am eager to talk with you.

The home-page of the BBS is here: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/

Excellent identification by ear is a basic requirement. Various web sites can help train and test your abilities. www.birdercerficiation.org provides many resources, including training tools and a testing center. Try the practice test: it's pretty real!

The BBS recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Lots has been written about the results - the data drive many bird-conservation priorities now. I could go on about this, but there's no question your BBS route rolls up into very important data! Check this out: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publi...

Where? The following routes are available right now, starting with southeastern counties. Please contact me.

- Duval - Washington Co.

- Warren's Mill - Somerset Co.

- Laurel Hill - Westmoreland going E into Somerset cos

- Whig Hill - Forest going N into Warren cos

- Rasselas - Elk Co.

- Chatham - Chester Co

THANKS for your interest.


Daniel Brauning
PA BBS Coordinator
PA Game Commission
[email protected]
717-433-8777



Subject: Waterfowl, Washington County
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 13:19 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
There were 2 Common mergansers,  along with numerous Canada geese, and 4
hybrids, and Mallards in the flooded ballfield near the Van Emmon station
along W. Mcmurray Rd. this afternoon.

Canonsburg Lake was hosting Canada geese, Mallards and a lone Lesser scaup.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Iceland Gull - Beaver Co.
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 13:15 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon there is a beautiful first cycle ICELAND GULL perched on the
boat docks at the New Brighton boat launch

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Bald Eagle (Lehigh Co.)
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 11:39 am
From: neimeyer AT us.net
 
I've seen a Bald Eagle several times this month in Haafsville.  At noon
today it was checking out a snow goose carcass near the flooded fields.
Earlier in the week it was being harassed by crows in the same area.
Earlier in the month it was feeding on a deer carcass on the hill to the
west of Haafsville. (much like the Philadelphia Eagles feasted on the
Patriots.) Of course, there is no way to tell if it is the same individual.

Sincerely
Dave Neimeyer



Subject: Red-necked Grebe - Beaver Co.
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 10:47 am
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
There is a RED-NECKED GREBE  present on the Ohio River at the boat launch
at Rochester's Riverfront Park

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 9:49 am
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
hello everyone, just an extra reminder about the Great Backyard Bird Count

http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

you can keep track of just birds at your home, or at your favorite spot
or where ever your bins and camera lead you.

Good luck, Chad kauffman, Mifflintown, PA

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Subject: Merlin, Red-shouldered Hawk, Clearfield Co.
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 17:28 pm
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
This morning there was a Merlin perched on a fence post along Hayes Road near Luthersburg. This afternoon I spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk circling and vocalizing above a very swollen Anderson Creek at the intersection of Gordon and Anderson Creek Roads in Huston Township.


Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: NJ Gyr yes!
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 16:26 pm
From: 000000e529effc61-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Can someone please give directions for someone driving down from
Luzerne County?

I've heard of Martins Creek and could probably find that, but
locations cited in subsequent messages list local terms. Is it still
in the general area where first reported, or has it moved around?

Thanks so much.

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming Co.


On Feb 15, 2018, at 3:29 PM, Dave Leibert wrote:

> Howdy All,
> Persistence has paid off wrt to the Oberly road gyrfalcon.
>
> Earlier today I noticed the snow geese across in the field across
> Oberly from the grasslands started to scatter. A large falcon had
> dingled out one of them and was chasing it pretty close to the ground.
>
> They flew across Oberly towards the farm. I drove down snyder road
> towards the rver and noticed a snow goose on the ground on the big
> hill. The gyr was sitting on top of a telephone pole on Snyder and
> my car was parked pretty close. Great view of this bird, which was
> dark brown in color.
>
> One of the quarry trucks went by and the bird flew off. Back up by
> the Oberly and Snyder intersection other birders pointed out that
> the gyr was now sitting on the roof of the farmers house. We watched
> it for a few minutes and it flew off.
>
> I also had a kestrel there and a merlin on the Alpha water tower.
> Now I am heading towards Bethlehem to see if I can get a look at one
> of the Bethlehem peregrines to make it a 4 falcon species day!
>
> Happy Birding,
> Dave



Subject: Ross's & Snow geese continue, Washington County
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 15:12 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
The earlier reported Snow goose and Ross's goose continue at Shilling Hill
Farm off 519, north of Canonsburg. They are close to the road, right in
front of a convenient pull-off.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: NJ Gyr yes!
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 14:29 pm
From: xdave AT enter.net
 
Howdy All,
Persistence has paid off wrt to the Oberly road gyrfalcon.

Earlier today I noticed the snow geese across in the field across Oberly
from the grasslands started to scatter. A large falcon had dingled out
one of them and was chasing it pretty close to the ground.

They flew across Oberly towards the farm. I drove down snyder road
towards the rver and noticed a snow goose on the ground on the big hill.
The gyr was sitting on top of a telephone pole on Snyder and my car was
parked pretty close. Great view of this bird, which was dark brown in
color.

One of the quarry trucks went by and the bird flew off. Back up by the
Oberly and Snyder intersection other birders pointed out that the gyr
was now sitting on the roof of the farmers house. We watched it for a
few minutes and it flew off.

I also had a kestrel there and a merlin on the Alpha water tower. Now I
am heading towards Bethlehem to see if I can get a look at one of the
Bethlehem peregrines to make it a 4 falcon species day!

Happy Birding,
Dave



Subject: Canonsburg Lake-Washington county
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 14:02 pm
From: rublzrme AT comcast.net
 
The following birds of note were seen today at Canonsburg Lake in Washington county from behind the doctor's offices.

7 Rusty Blackbirds

2 Bald Eagles

1 Lesser Scaup(male)

1 Merlin

Enjoy your birding,

John Flannigan

Allegheny county



Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 12 February 2018 (two weeks)
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 11:01 am
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE02.12.18twoweeks

Highlights:
RED-NECKED GREBE (Fayette County)
ROSS'S GOOSE (Fayette and Washington Counties)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
SNOWY OWL (Washington County)
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH (Crawford County)
SNOW BUNTING
RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Contributors: Cathy Brown, Alan Buriak, John Flannigan, Gigi Gerben, Matt Juskowich, Tom Kuehl, Robert McLaughlin, Robert Mulvihill, Kate St. John, Shannon Thompson, Marjorie Van Tassel, Mark Vass.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 29 January 2018 through Monday, 12 February 2018 (TWO WEEKS)

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Transcript-

PLEASE NOTE: GADWALL, COMMON GOLDENEYE, SCAUP SP. continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

In Pittsburgh on 2/2, 2 COMMON RAVENS (KSJ); on 2/8 at the airport, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON (CB); on 2/9 at the point, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL X HERRING GULL HYBRID, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (2/8-2/9) (ST).

On 2/9 in Findlay Township, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (MVas).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

In the Worthington area on 2/2, PEREGRINE FALCON, 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, ~100 HORNED LARKS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER (MVan); on 2/10, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (AB).


BEAVER COUNTY:

In Marion Township on 2/10, 53 HORNED LARKS (MVas).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

From last week: on 1/28 during a Winter Raptor Survey, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER (RMc).

From 2/2 through 2/5 in Meadville, 1 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH (SC).

At Pymatuning on 2/3, 5 SNOW BUNTINGS (RMu).

On 2/3 along a Winter Raptor Survey, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (RMu).


FAYETTE COUNTY:

At Filbert Lake on 2/9, 1 ROSS'S GOOSE (reported to MJ).

On 2/11 at the Hutchinson Recreation Area/Sportsmen Club Pond, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE (MJ).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 2/9 at Canonsburg Lake, 20 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (MJ).

At Frosty Golf Course on 2/11, 2 ROSS'S GEESE (JF).

On 2/12 near Cherry Valley, 1 flyover SNOWY OWL (GG).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

In Unity Township on 2/3, PEREGRINE FALCON, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (TK).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Subject: Snowy owl, Washington County
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 14:47 pm
From: mkmannella AT gmail.com
 
We spent about 40 minutes in the area today. We did not find the snowy owl, but we had 2 red tailed hawks at the Crowden Farm and a lovely female kestrel at the top of Ridge Road. 
Good birding,
Michele
Bethel Park


Sent from miPhone

> On Feb 12, 2018, at 2:09 PM, g. g wroten:
>
> While doing a WRS route this morning, a SNOWY OWL flew across the road in
> front of me. I was able to stop and watch it through bins as it flew across
> fields and disappeared. Despite efforts to relocate it, I did not see it
> again. There is a lot of good habitat where it was. I may be able to get
> out there tomorrow, but if anyone else wants to look for it, this is where
> I saw it:
>
> Right near the Cowden Farm along Waterdam Rd near Cherry Valley, just after
> Miller Rd. if heading towards Lakeside Dr. The bird flew towards farm
> buildings, but kept going, continuing to fly until out of sight.
>
> Good birding,
> Gigi Gerben
> Washington County



Subject: Nesting box question
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 10:37 am
From: dluningsr AT icloud.com
 
Hello, a good source of information re blue birds : Sialis.Org 


Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 14, 2018, at 9:25 AM, Gerald Kruth <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi again Bruni,

First off -- great that you do nestboxes. I find it one of the most basic pleasures, and real help any individual can give to nature.

Second -- if you have the luxury of your nestboxes near you, yes, I would use just a minimal amount of bleach, wipe inside and let the box air a day open, then wipe it once more with a damp cloth and close up and wait for the fun to start.

Let everyone know how you make out; maybe you can inspire others.

:)

Jerry.







-----Original Message-----
From: Bruni Haydl
To: gkruth
Sent: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Subject: Re: Nesting box question



Hi Jerry,

I've used some dry White Pine needles in my boxes for extra warmth but do remove everything in Spring. Would you suggest washing out the inside of the boxes with some water that has a touch of bleach added? Of course that would require leaving the box open to let it dry and air out. Don't know if washing it is necessary.

Bruni

From the Land of the Cedar Waxwings. It has been fantastic to have them here every day going into the third week.






On 2/13/2018 4:07 PM, Gerald Kruth wrote:



Hi Cynthia,

I've been doing nestboxes for years, and I would suggest REMOVING everything you can from the inside of a box. Primarily, insects like blowflies might breed and accumulate in any vegetation.

Why take a chance?

jerry kruth

Pgh







-----Original Message-----
From: Cynthia Burkhart <[email protected]>
To: WV-BIRD
Sent: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 1:23 pm
Subject: Nesting box question

Last fall, after cleaning out all our nest boxes, I put a bit of dry hay/ grass in each box, as suggested in BirdersDigest. Now I'm wondering if I should remove that material before nesting season begins? Any ideas?
Thanks,
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie County, WV

Sent from my iPad



Subject: Nesting box question
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 8:26 am
From: 00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hi again Bruni,

First off -- great that you do nestboxes. I find it one of the most basic pleasures, and real help any individual can give to nature.

Second -- if you have the luxury of your nestboxes near you, yes, I would use just a minimal amount of bleach, wipe inside and let the box air a day open, then wipe it once more with a damp cloth and close up and wait for the fun to start.

Let everyone know how you make out; maybe you can inspire others.

:)

Jerry.







-----Original Message-----
From: Bruni Haydl
To: gkruth
Sent: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Subject: Re: Nesting box question



Hi Jerry,

I've used some dry White Pine needles in my boxes for extra warmth but do remove everything in Spring. Would you suggest washing out the inside of the boxes with some water that has a touch of bleach added? Of course that would require leaving the box open to let it dry and air out. Don't know if washing it is necessary.

Bruni

From the Land of the Cedar Waxwings. It has been fantastic to have them here every day going into the third week.






On 2/13/2018 4:07 PM, Gerald Kruth wrote:



Hi Cynthia,

I've been doing nestboxes for years, and I would suggest REMOVING everything you can from the inside of a box. Primarily, insects like blowflies might breed and accumulate in any vegetation.

Why take a chance?

jerry kruth

Pgh







-----Original Message-----
From: Cynthia Burkhart <[email protected]>
To: WV-BIRD
Sent: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 1:23 pm
Subject: Nesting box question

Last fall, after cleaning out all our nest boxes, I put a bit of dry hay/ grass in each box, as suggested in BirdersDigest. Now I'm wondering if I should remove that material before nesting season begins? Any ideas?
Thanks,
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie County, WV

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Subject: Gulls of Pittsburgh attacked by DCNR Park Ranger
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 21:38 pm
From: mikebarcaskey AT outlook.com
 
Probably a "poop" issue

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> On Feb 13, 2018, at 10:16 PM, "ofdewdrops" <[email protected].ORG> wrote:
>
> Birding friends and I have been making regular efforts to monitor the gull flocks as they collect each evening on the three rivers of Pittsburgh, just off Point State Park. This has been a pretty regular event in the winters for at least the past 10 years amongst local birders. Pittsburgh gulls have even attracted more distant visitors who came to Pittsburgh to view this amazing event and the wonderful varieties that we sometimes get. Tonight, just as we were settling in and scanning the flocks with our scopes, a park ranger pulled up just above the fountain. He got out of the truck and shot a flare right at the flock which caused them to flush from the cement walkway along the river's edge. The flocks never settled again and sought shelter further up the Allegheny River behind PNC Park, spending their precious energy shuffling between bridges.
> I can't imagine what harm these birds were causing. I've never heard of anyone being attacked by gulls, at least not in Pittsburgh. It is not uncommon for them to flush when park goers or cyclists go by. But then they return and settle back down. The flock was clearly very disturbed, as they never returned to anywhere near the Point for the remainder of the evening.
> It seems most unfortunate that a park employee would have disturbed migratory birds as they build in preparation for their great migration north. And perhaps there is also a misunderstanding or at least poor knowledge of the birding community that does enjoy making trips to town for the recreation of bird watching. Sometimes even spending the rest of the evening in town grabbing a bite to eat along the North Shore.
> Perhaps someone could reach out to the park or DCNR to educate them that this is a short-lived phenomenon and actually a pretty incredible one. And I also wanted to just pass along this information for anyone who might make the effort of gathering in town that this could possibly occur again. It was very disappointing.
> Shannon ThompsonAllegheny Co.



Subject: Gulls of Pittsburgh attacked by DCNR Park Ranger
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 21:16 pm
From: 0000001e3bf8599f-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Birding friends and I have been making regular efforts to monitor the gull flocks as they collect each evening on the three rivers of Pittsburgh, just off Point State Park. This has been a pretty regular event in the winters for at least the past 10 years amongst local birders. Pittsburgh gulls have even attracted more distant visitors who came to Pittsburgh to view this amazing event and the wonderful varieties that we sometimes get.Tonight, just as we were settling in and scanning the flocks with our scopes, a park ranger pulled up just above the fountain. He got out of the truck and shot a flare right at the flock which caused them to flush from the cement walkway along the river's edge. The flocks never settled again and sought shelter further up the Allegheny River behind PNC Park, spending their precious energy shuffling between bridges.
I can't imagine what harm these birds were causing. I've never heard of anyone being attacked by gulls, at least not in Pittsburgh. It is not uncommon for them to flush when park goers or cyclists go by. But then they return and settle back down. The flock was clearly very disturbed, as they never returned to anywhere near the Point for the remainder of the evening.
It seems most unfortunate that a park employee would have disturbed migratory birds as they build in preparation for their great migration north. And perhaps there is also a misunderstanding or at least poor knowledge of the birding community that does enjoy making trips to town for the recreation of bird watching. Sometimes even spending the rest of the evening in town grabbing a bite to eat along the North Shore.
Perhaps someone could reach out to the park or DCNR to educate them that this is a short-lived phenomenon and actually a pretty incredible one. And I also wanted to just pass along this information for anyone who might make the effort of gathering in town that this could possibly occur again. It was very disappointing.
Shannon ThompsonAllegheny Co.



Subject: Red-winged blackbird, Schuylkill Co.
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 21:14 pm
From: herb1013 AT epix.net
 
-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Red-winged blackbird, Schuylkill Co.
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:05:50 -0500
From: Herbert Flavell
To: A. Liebner



We had Red Wings here as late as December. We still feed a flock of
Starlings. But our main birds are Blue Jays, Doves and Dark Eye
Juncos.When they passed the law allowing the hunting of Doves it burned
my tail. Here they were saying it was ok to hunt Doves that did no harm
to anyone or anything. But dont you date to kill a Timber Rattlesnake
that can kill us. I looked in my pictures to see if I had one of the
RWBB from December but found a better one. Has anyone ever gotten a
picture of a doe Deer nursing her triplets. I took 4 shots of her but
only one is good. I first saw her walking away from my deer feeders. The
next thing I know she is feeding her babies.

Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners Susquehanna County


On 2/13/2018 8:35 PM, A. Liebner wrote:
> Scott,
> Here in Wayne Township near Hidden Valley Golf Course, male & female, red-winged blackbirds have been visiting the feeders since the week of Jan. 28- Feb.4. I keep a weekly spreadsheet on my computer & usually indicate the date of FOY sightings,For each species I mark an "X" in a column for the week, Sun. to Sat.; but unfortunately, I neglected to document the FOY date for red-winged bb.
> I'll gladly send some over the hill, along with the flock of grackles & starlings that are eating all my birdseed & suet!
> Ann M. Liebner
> Wayne Township, Schuylkill Co.
>
> On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 5:22:59 PM EST, Scott Weidensaul wrote:
>
> I had a single (but still very welcome) male red-winged blackbird in Wayne Township today. Checking my records, the only earlier dates I had for the species in the past 30+ years were Feb. 9, 1990, and Feb. 12, 1999. Given the exceptional warmth forecast for next week, he may be on to something.
>
> Scott Weidensaul
> Schuylkill Haven, PA



Subject: Northern Harrier trying to feed on a non-food item.
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 21:06 pm
From: mpfial AT verizon.net
 
Once I observed a gull at Presque Isle tapping a glass bottle on the beach at Gull Point.  Even from a distance I could hear the sound of the bird's bill striking the bottle, it was using quite a bit of force.  My thought was it was treating it like a shell, trying to crack it open to see what was inside.  It was unsuccessful.


Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County



-----Original Message-----
From: Stanley C Stahl <[email protected]>
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 10:03 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] Northern Harrier trying to feed on a non-food item.

An adult male Northern Harrier picked up a large item, flew around with it, and landed again, and started pecking at it, and appeared to take bits of it off to eat. I couldn™t tell what it was, but it seemed to be a non food item. This has to be a problem with birds of prey, and other birds,as well. Vultures, Crows, and others are seen doing this very often.The harrier was seen just east of Middle Creek WMA near the quilter™s homestead.Stan Stahl


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