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10 Dec: @ 18:38:37 
Imperial Grasslands birds today, Allegheny County [Alan Buriak]
10 Dec: @ 16:17:07 
Green Winged Teal South Park Allegheny County [Matthew Juskowich]
10 Dec: @ 15:46:07 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (10 Dec 2017) 12 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
10 Dec: @ 15:15:21 
Stone Mt., Pa. (10 Dec 2017) 2 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
10 Dec: @ 14:52:09 
Waggoner's Gap (10 Dec 2017) 2 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
10 Dec: @ 13:44:19 
Green-winged Teal - Allegheny Co. [Mark Vass]
10 Dec: @ 13:38:49 
Beaver Co. Sightings [Mark Vass]
10 Dec: @ 12:36:13 
Barnacle Goose, Northampton County [Dave DeReamus]
10 Dec: @ 11:46:43 
Nashville Warbler, Lancaster County [Pamela Fisher]
10 Dec: @ 11:17:47 
Conowingo Eagles - RFI [Ann Pettigrew]
10 Dec: @ 11:14:04 
11 Tundra Swans, Over Aylesboro Ave., Pgh., Allegheny County, [Jack E. Solomon]
10 Dec: @ 10:36:35 
New eBird Hotspot: Bullock's Oriole, Allegheny [Holly Merker]
10 Dec: @ 09:59:15 
Lititz CBC - Dec 31 - Volunteers Needed [Ted Nichols II]
10 Dec: @ 09:29:01 
Re: House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder [Dick Snyder]
10 Dec: @ 09:24:03 
Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 10, 2017 [Jerry McWilliams]
10 Dec: @ 07:25:00 
Peace Valley Park (IBA) Bucks Co.-- (12/3-12/9) [August Mirabella]
10 Dec: @ 06:58:18 
Re: Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County [Geoff Malosh]
09 Dec: @ 23:20:35 
Re: Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County [Michael David]
09 Dec: @ 22:02:45 
Bald Eagles at Conowingo dam [Kent Morey]
09 Dec: @ 17:44:16 
Re: Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County [Alan Buriak]
09 Dec: @ 16:04:09 
Allegheny Front (09 Dec 2017) 1 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
09 Dec: @ 11:54:31 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Allegheny County [Bledsoe, Anthony]
09 Dec: @ 10:59:48 
Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County [Robert Mulvihill]
09 Dec: @ 09:52:07 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (09 Dec 2017) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
09 Dec: @ 08:54:13 
Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 9, 2017 [Jerry McWilliams]
09 Dec: @ 02:34:34 
Eastern PA Birdline: 12/9/2017 [Dave DeReamus]
08 Dec: @ 17:41:33 
Second Mountain (08 Dec 2017) 10 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
08 Dec: @ 15:12:25 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (08 Dec 2017) 3 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
08 Dec: @ 14:34:49 
Waggoner's Gap (08 Dec 2017) 2 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
08 Dec: @ 13:38:45 
Tree sparrows, others, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH]
08 Dec: @ 13:22:18 
Snowy Owl (McKean County) [Mark Johnson]
08 Dec: @ 09:35:26 
Re: House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder [Aleene Jones]
08 Dec: @ 09:19:39 
Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 8, 2017 [Jerry McWilliams]
08 Dec: @ 06:02:47 
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (29 Nov 2017) 22 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
07 Dec: @ 21:23:05 
Duck Hollow, Pgh., Allegheny County [Jack E. Solomon]
07 Dec: @ 21:10:49 
Common ravens, Washington County [g. g]
07 Dec: @ 21:03:08 
Re: House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder [Scott Weidensaul]
07 Dec: @ 20:33:32 
Re: House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder [Ron Rovansek]
07 Dec: @ 19:49:16 
Bald eagle, Washington County [g. g]
07 Dec: @ 16:10:22 
Second Mountain (07 Dec 2017) 6 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
07 Dec: @ 15:51:22 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (07 Dec 2017) 14 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
07 Dec: @ 15:04:24 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 27 November 2017 (two weeks) [Amy Taracido]
07 Dec: @ 14:50:31 
Waggoner's Gap (07 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
07 Dec: @ 13:03:03 
House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder [Dick Snyder]
07 Dec: @ 11:55:08 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Washington Co. [Lauren Conkle]
07 Dec: @ 11:53:47 
Re: Allegheny County Snowy owl [Chad Kauffman]
07 Dec: @ 11:50:26 
Re: Allegheny County Snowy owl [Dave Kerr]
07 Dec: @ 11:34:15 
Allegheny County Snowy owl [M & K Mannella]
07 Dec: @ 11:05:55 
Red-shouldered Hawk, Wash. County [Cathy Brown]
07 Dec: @ 10:53:22 
Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 7, 2017 [Jerry McWilliams]





Subject: Imperial Grasslands birds today, Allegheny County
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 18:38 pm
From: a_buriak AT hotmail.com
 
This morning I hit a few spots down in the Imperial area and had some misc finds.  In the main pond was a Pied-billed Grebe, in the brush of the clear cut along King Rd were some American Tree Sparrows, in the retention pond by Burgettstown rd were several Green-winged Teal as already reported by Mark Vass, a Common Raven flew over the Findlay Connector by the toll booth, and at the truck stop were 3 Horned Larks foraging right in the parking lot, and best of all, a Northern Harrier hunting right in the valley of the adjacent pasture.  I got a shaky video of the Harrier catching a rodent of some sort and linked the video to my checklist here:

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

On the way home I quickly went through North Park and had 3 American Tree Sparrows on the edge of Marshall Lake and 3 Hooded Mergansers in North Park Lake.

Also thanks very much to Geoff Malosh for the thorough explanation of the plumage on the Bullock's Oriole. I also was consulting Sibley, which makes no mention of the appearance of the fresh plumage and the need for feather wear to produce the deep black that everyone is accustomed to seeing. It is pretty neat that with that bird, we are actually looking at a fresh plumage that is very rarely seen in the US, even out west.

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
Gibsonia, Allegheny County



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



Subject: Green Winged Teal South Park Allegheny County
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 16:17 pm
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Had 1 drake at the Game Preserve Pond tonight. This is my 2nd different dabbling duck species other than Mallard and American Black Duck at this location. Last January i found a drake Northern Pintail here. Since they cleaned up this area meaning people cant feed ducks bread and garbage anymore, it seems like different species of migrating duck favor it now. Christmas Bird Count is Next Saturday so i hope it stays for the count as any migrating duck species for the park now is kinda considered rare but not really. Matthew Juskowich Allegheny County



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (10 Dec 2017) 12 Raptors
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 15:46 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 10, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 43
Turkey Vulture 0 1 700
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 277
Bald Eagle 5 23 391
Northern Harrier 0 2 78
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2453
Cooper's Hawk 1 2 355
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 71
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 161
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10724
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 6 21 1069
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 37
Golden Eagle 0 6 96
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 236
Merlin 0 1 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 66
Unknown Falcon 0 0 21
Unknown Raptor 0 0 38

Total: 12 57 16942
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Dirk Robinson, Dirk Robinson, paul, Laurie Goodrich,
Mark Blauer

Weather:


Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles
Ad--1145
Imm--1106, 1153, 1210, 1406

Non-raptor Observations:
8 Can Geese, 4 Goldfinch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich@hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/


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



Subject: Stone Mt., Pa. (10 Dec 2017) 2 Raptors
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 15:15 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Stone Mt., Pa.
Allensville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 10, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 37
TV 0 9 375
OS 0 0 52
BE 0 6 157
NH 0 3 54
SS 0 0 614
CH 0 0 80
NG 0 0 1
RS 0 0 53
BW 0 0 2445
RT 1 6 475
RL 0 0 0
GE 1 8 131
AK 0 0 66
ML 0 0 39
PG 0 0 17
UA 0 0 3
UB 0 0 2
UF 0 0 1
UE 0 0 0
UR 0 0 14

Total: 2 32 4616
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Greg Grove

Observers: Greg Grove

Weather:
West wind, 5-10. Overcast, snow squalls. -2C.

Raptor Observations:
AD GE 1240

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Greg Grove (gwg2@psu.edu)


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



Subject: Waggoner's Gap (10 Dec 2017) 2 Raptors
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 14:52 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 10, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 1 1 238
BE 0 10 516
NH 0 1 123
SS 0 1 4276
CH 0 3 354
NG 0 0 11
RS 0 0 117
BW 0 0 8053
RT 0 22 1312
RL 1 1 1
GE 0 3 173
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 0 76
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 2 53 17459
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove

Observers: Ron Freed

Visitors:
6


Weather:
Sunny skies rapidly becoming overcast with light westerly winds

Raptor Observations:
First bird RL 12:40 dark morph (FOS)
Last bird OS 1:55 First OS in December ever

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO 112
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


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



Subject: Green-winged Teal - Allegheny Co.
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 13:44 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This morning there was a flock of five Green-winged Teal with Mallards at a
retention pond at the Imperial Grasslands

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Beaver Co. Sightings
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 13:38 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This morning I was at Raccoon Creek State Park and had these sightings

Killdeer foraging on the spillway and a American Tree Sparrow at the park
office feeder

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Barnacle Goose, Northampton County
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 12:36 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
Pat Holliday wrote to let me know that the BARNACLE GOOSE continued this morning just before noon at the pond next to 1510 Valley Center Parkway near Bethlehem.  The bird has been found here (the northern pond) and at the southern pond (just across the parkway along Route 22) the past two weekends.  Jeff Hopkins also had the bird in the northern pond early Saturday morning.

Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/ho...
Google Photo Albums: https://get.google.com/albumar...



Subject: Nashville Warbler, Lancaster County
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 11:46 am
From: 000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The bird is still present, and coming to the jelly feeder. If anyone wants to come see him, please email or message me first. Parking and neighbors are an issue, don't just show up.

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android



Subject: Conowingo Eagles - RFI
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 11:17 am
From: rook185 AT comcast.net
 
Hello All,

Has anyone been down to see the eagles in the last week or so? I would like to take a friend who needs handicapped parking and I hear it is a madhouse there.

Thanks so much. We would probably go down around 10 or 11:00.

Have a good day.

Ann

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

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



Subject: 11 Tundra Swans, Over Aylesboro Ave., Pgh., Allegheny County,
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 11:14 am
From: 00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The11 Tundra Swans

flew overhead at 10:07 am today as Susie Solomon and I walked back from having coffee and a muffin at Dunkin.
Please reply by private message if anyone can tell me why, when I form a vertical list of birds, using as hard return after each species, the list comes out in a horizontal line, without any spaces between the words
Jack Solomon
Here's a nonsense list used as a test to illustrate the problem:PxpltyrqwnatxPxpltyrqwnatx
Pxpltyrqwnatx
Pxpltyrqwnatx
Pxpltyrqwnatx
Pxpltyrqwnatx



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Subject: New eBird Hotspot: Bullock's Oriole, Allegheny
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 10:36 am
From: 0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
PA Birders,

A new eBird hotspot has been created for the Bullock™s Oriole visiting a private yard in Allegheny County:

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot...

eBird hotspots are for aggregating data into one location, and so that we do not have multiple checklist pins for the same location on the map when doing a search for the species.
If you already eBirded this location yesterday, please consider merging your checklist into the new hotspot.

Also note that this hotspot has a tag added for (permission required).
We are hoping that by using this hotspot, it will provide the important info to all others who see the location, that the homeowner has requested prior permission before visiting. This is a useful way of spreading that news to people who are not on this listserv.

Please see previous note on this list from Bob Mulvihill on this bird, posted 12/9/2017, for how to obtain permission to visit.

Good birding,

Holly Merker
eBird PA Hotspot Team



Subject: Lititz CBC - Dec 31 - Volunteers Needed
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 9:59 am
From: tanicholsii AT gmail.com
 
All,


I™m honored to take over as compiler for the Lititz CBC this year from
Bruce Carl. The Lititz count will be held Dec. 31 this year and covers
areas of mostly Lancaster County and a small section of Lebanon County.


I have at least 3 sections that will need someone to take over this year as
those past section leaders are unable to continue to participate in the
count.


The count circle is centered in Brickerville and covers a large portion of
northern Lancaster County and some sections of southern Lebanon County.
Some notable birding areas that are in the count circle include Middle
Creek WMA, Speedwell County Park, Speedwell Lake Area, Pumping Station Road
along the Hammer Creek, Furnace Hills area (SGL 156) along the Lanc/Leb.
county line and some productive farmland habitat outside of the towns on
Ephrata/Lititz/Manheim. Some of the towns within the count circle include
Lititz, Manheim, Ephrata, Brickerville, Kleinfeltersville, Schaefferstown,
Rothsville, Penryn, Brunnerville and Akron.


If you are interested in helping out with this annual count and leading a
section or have any additional questions relates to the count, please
contact me. Some sections with established leaders could also use an extra
set of eyes for the day/part of the day and I™d be glad to set anyone
looking to just help out with a section to help in.


Regards,

Ted Nichols II

Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)



Subject: House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 9:29 am
From: 000000b422b14e57-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Interesting. Looking forward to tracking thru the winter.
Thanks



-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Weidensaul
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Thu, Dec 7, 2017 10:03 pm
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder

It's not a perfect correlation, but over the years when house finch numbers are high, I seem to see far fewer house sparrows, but when mycoplasma (house finch eye disease) hits the finches hard, the number of house sparrows seems to surge. The past year or so the finch numbers were very high and HOSP few and far between, but I've seen more diseased finches, smaller flocks and more house sparrows so far this winter. I'd be curious to know how directly the species compete; I wouldn't have thought there was that much ecological overlap, but the see-saw trend seems to suggest there's some connection.

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA




On Dec 7, 2017, at 9:33 PM, Ron Rovansek wrote:

> I live in a semi-rural area where house Sparrows are not nearly as common as they are in cities. At my feeders I see very few during some winters, while in other winters I see 20 or more at a time. There is a lot of year-to-year variability in the population as judged by the number at my feeder. I don't think there is as much variability in the actual population in my township from one year to the next as I see at my feeders.
>
> Ron Rovansek
> Stormstown, near State College, Centre County.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Dick Snyder
> Sent: Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:03 AM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder
>
> Seems to be a major increase in house sparrows at our feeders this year so far. Any others noting same?
> Dick



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 10, 2017
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 9:24 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: December 10, 2017
Time: 0720 to 0850
Weather: Cloudy, temp.32 F, wind W to 30 mph, waves 4 to 5 feet. Occasional light snow shower.
Comments: Pretty quiet on the lake. There is an additional inch or two of snow onthe ground.

Waterbirds recorded:

Canada Goose 25
Mallard 2
Canvasback 35 (one flock)
Redhead 10 (one flock)
Ring-necked Duck 1
Unidentified scaup 61
White-winged Scoter 3
Black Scoter 1
Surf/Black scoter 2
Long-tailed Duck 2
Common Goldeneye 4
Common Merganser 4
Red-breastedMerganser 148
Red-throated Loon 2
Common Loon 14

Other birds moving overthe lake:

Snow Bunting 5

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



Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) Bucks Co.-- (12/3-12/9)
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 7:25 am
From: 00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
All,
The species count was 73 this week. Some highlights this week include:
Ross's Goose-Presumably the same bird as at Pine Run; reported here 12/4 ph., 12/8 ph., & 12/9
Snow Goose- a dark imm. 1st reported 12/3 (ph.) and still present 12/8
Cackling Goose
11 duck species including:
2 or 3 N. Shovelers daily since at least 12/5 (ph.)
23 Ring-necked Duck 12/8
3 Greater Scaup 12/9
49 Wild Turkey at Sailor's Point fields 12/5
1 Common Loon all week
1 Pied-billed Grebe all week
1 Horned Grebe 12/7 & 12/8
1 Great Cormorant 12/9 (last one reported here was 4/2012)
Bald Eagle
4 gull species including Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 adult Peregrine Falcon - 12/3 & 12/4 (ph.)
Gray Catbird through at least 12/7
1 White-crowned Sparrow 12/8


Some of the continuing regulars include:Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, E. Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, E. Towhee, Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow



Thanks to all who share their sightings.


August Mirabella
North Wales, PA



Subject: Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County
Date: Sun Dec 10 2017 6:58 am
From: pomarine AT earthlink.net
 
Adult male Bullock's in fresh plumage like this bird can show yellow/orange edges on the otherwise black feathering on the mantle and nape. Bullock's Oriole generally molts only once per year, in the fall after leaving the breeding grounds, and these edges wear during the winter leaving the back as mostly or completely black from spring until the bird molts again in the fall. This isn't addressed in most field guides, I assume because this fresh plumage isn't often seen outside of the wintering grounds in Mexico, and by the time they come back for the spring they have mostly or completely black backs.

Pyle does make mention of this in his Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part 1 (1997): "AHY/ASY [after hatch year/after second year, i.e., adult] male: crown, back, and throat black, the feathers edged orange in Oct-Feb..."

Additionally the other features that point to adult male are the extensively white median coverts, forming the bold unmarked white wing patch (which is more subdued in first year birds due to only the tips of their coverts being white) and the complete orange underparts lacking of any gray or pale coloration. I would be happy to hear from others if this can be distinguished specifically as a second winter bird (instead of just generally as an "adult"), but I do not think this is a first winter (immature) bird.

Some of the other adult male Bullock's that have appeared in Pennsylvania this time of year also clearly showed orange edging on an otherwise black back. For example the bird in Juniata County in late 2007, which appeared on the cover of PA Birds V21N4: https://pabirds.org/pabirds/ba...

Also some of Howard Eskin's photos of the adult male that appeared in Montgomery County several winters in a row show this same feature, e.g. this set which is still available on his website, taken during the second winter that it was there, when it was certainly an adult: http://www.howardsview.com/Bar...


Geoff Malosh
Allegheny County




-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Michael David
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:20 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County

Here's my photo from around 1 this afternoon. The bird looks like an immature male to me too (having only consulted Sibley) from the dull greenish edges to the upper back feathers and up onto the head. What an incredible record!

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

Best,

Michael David
Allegheny Co.

On Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 6:44 PM, Alan Buriak wrote:

> The Bullock's Oriole continued at the private residence in Hampton
> Township, Allegheny County this afternoon. The bird came to the
> feeders multiple times throughout the late afternoon, both before and
> after I got to see it at around 2PM. It appears it may become the
> first ever Bullock's record for Western PA, as only 3 records are
> listed in Birds of Pennsylvania (McWilliams and Brauning), all in
> eastern PA, and several more recent records in eBird were all out east
> or as close as Huntington County in 2012. I only could stay briefly
> and got some low quality pictures of the bird while it was perched
> high in the trees over the feeder, but it appears there may be some
> orange still on the nape. The bird otherwise looks pretty darn
> complete in adult male plumage but I'm wondering if that trace of
> orange on the nape could be a sign of this being a first-winter
> immature male. I have no prior experience with this species so others
> will have to chime in, but it would definitely fit with other
> Bullock's occurrences in the northeast if it was indeed an immature
> male, as I believe an adult male record in the northeast US would be
> even more remarkable. The homeowners were very kind and accomodating
> in opening up their home and are quite excited about this bird, as
> they should be! Here is my checklist with the bad pics, others have already gotten better pics but here they are anyways.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>
> Good birding,
> Alan Buriak
> Gibsonia, Allegheny County
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Robert Mulvihill
> Date: 12/9/17 11:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County
>
> An adult male Bullock's Oriole appeared yesterday at a feeder in
> Hampton Township in northern Allegheny County. It reappeared at the
> feeder again this morning, and the homeowner is willing entertain
> visitors, but only at pre-arranged times (i.e., because the bird
> cannot be seen from the street, and parking in his driveway is very limited).
>
> To request directions and an 'appointment' to see the oriole, send Ed
> a text message (724-994-9780). Ed has sent me photos, so his
> identification is confirmed (and it is a right handsome bird!)
>
> Robert S. Mulvihill
> Ornithologist
> National Aviary
> 700 Arch Street
> Pittsburgh, PA 15212
> 412-258-1148
> Robert.mulvihill@aviary.org
>
>
> *The National Aviary works to inspire respect
> for nature through an appreciation of birds.*
>



Subject: Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County
Date: Sat Dec 9 2017 23:20 pm
From: michaeltdavid AT gmail.com
 
Here's my photo from around 1 this afternoon. The bird looks like an
immature male to me too (having only consulted Sibley) from the dull
greenish edges to the upper back feathers and up onto the head. What an
incredible record!

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

Best,

Michael David
Allegheny Co.

On Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 6:44 PM, Alan Buriak wrote:

> The Bullock's Oriole continued at the private residence in Hampton
> Township, Allegheny County this afternoon. The bird came to the feeders
> multiple times throughout the late afternoon, both before and after I got
> to see it at around 2PM. It appears it may become the first ever Bullock's
> record for Western PA, as only 3 records are listed in Birds of
> Pennsylvania (McWilliams and Brauning), all in eastern PA, and several more
> recent records in eBird were all out east or as close as Huntington County
> in 2012. I only could stay briefly and got some low quality pictures of
> the bird while it was perched high in the trees over the feeder, but it
> appears there may be some orange still on the nape. The bird otherwise
> looks pretty darn complete in adult male plumage but I'm wondering if that
> trace of orange on the nape could be a sign of this being a first-winter
> immature male. I have no prior experience with this species so others will
> have to chime in, but it would definitely fit with other Bullock's
> occurrences in the northeast if it was indeed an immature male, as I
> believe an adult male record in the northeast US would be even more
> remarkable. The homeowners were very kind and accomodating in opening up
> their home and are quite excited about this bird, as they should be! Here
> is my checklist with the bad pics, others have already gotten better pics
> but here they are anyways.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>
> Good birding,
> Alan Buriak
> Gibsonia, Allegheny County
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Robert Mulvihill
> Date: 12/9/17 11:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County
>
> An adult male Bullock's Oriole appeared yesterday at a feeder in Hampton
> Township in northern Allegheny County. It reappeared at the feeder again
> this morning, and the homeowner is willing entertain visitors, but only at
> pre-arranged times (i.e., because the bird cannot be seen from the street,
> and parking in his driveway is very limited).
>
> To request directions and an 'appointment' to see the oriole, send Ed a
> text message (724-994-9780). Ed has sent me photos, so his identification
> is confirmed (and it is a right handsome bird!)
>
> Robert S. Mulvihill
> Ornithologist
> National Aviary
> 700 Arch Street
> Pittsburgh, PA 15212
> 412-258-1148
> Robert.mulvihill@aviary.org
>
>
> *The National Aviary works to inspire respect for
> nature through an appreciation of birds.*
>



Subject: Bald Eagles at Conowingo dam
Date: Sat Dec 9 2017 22:02 pm
From: kdmbirdman AT gmail.com
 
Any reports of BE at Conowingo dam.

Thanks
Kent



Subject: Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County
Date: Sat Dec 9 2017 17:44 pm
From: a_buriak AT hotmail.com
 
The Bullock's Oriole continued at the private residence in Hampton Township, Allegheny County this afternoon.  The bird came to the feeders multiple times throughout the late afternoon, both before and after I got to see it at around 2PM.  It appears it may become the first ever Bullock's record for Western PA, as only 3 records are listed in Birds of Pennsylvania (McWilliams and Brauning), all in eastern PA, and several more recent records in eBird were all out east or as close as Huntington County in 2012.  I only could stay briefly and got some low quality pictures of the bird while it was perched high in the trees over the feeder, but it appears there may be some orange still on the nape.  The bird otherwise looks pretty darn complete in adult male plumage but I'm wondering if that trace of orange on the nape could be a sign of this being a first-winter immature male.  I have no prior experience with this species so others will have to chime in, but it would definitely fit with other Bullock's occurrences in the northeast if it was indeed an immature male, as I believe an adult male record in the northeast US would be even more remarkable.  The homeowners were very kind and accomodating in opening up their home and are quite excited about this bird, as they should be!  Here is my checklist with the bad pics, others have already gotten better pics but here they are anyways.

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

Good birding,
Alan Buriak
Gibsonia, Allegheny County



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------
From: Robert Mulvihill
Date: 12/9/17 11:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County

An adult male Bullock's Oriole appeared yesterday at a feeder in Hampton
Township in northern Allegheny County. It reappeared at the feeder again
this morning, and the homeowner is willing entertain visitors, but only at
pre-arranged times (i.e., because the bird cannot be seen from the street,
and parking in his driveway is very limited).

To request directions and an 'appointment' to see the oriole, send Ed a
text message (724-994-9780). Ed has sent me photos, so his identification
is confirmed (and it is a right handsome bird!)

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


*The National Aviary works to inspire respect for
nature through an appreciation of birds.*



Subject: Allegheny Front (09 Dec 2017) 1 Raptors
Date: Sat Dec 9 2017 16:04 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 09, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 0 32
TV 0 0 422
OS 0 0 71
BE 0 1 178
NH 0 0 25
SS 0 2 756
CH 0 1 76
NG 0 1 6
RS 0 4 32
BW 0 0 3576
RT 0 13 1112
RL 0 0 0
GE 1 13 186
AK 0 0 26
ML 0 0 27
PG 0 0 28
UA 0 0 8
UB 0 0 9
UF 0 0 1
UE 0 0 2
UR 0 0 29
MK 0 0 1
SK 0 0 1

Total: 1 35 6604
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Bob Stewart

Observers:

Visitors:
None

This is the last day of our winter watch. Thanks to everyone in making it
another successful year !


Weather:
Light wind from SE in am becoming variable and west in afternoon.
Mostly cloudy.
Cold. Temp -6.6 to -2.8 C.
Visibility 27 km.


Raptor Observations:
1 raptor only- 1 Golden Eagle SubAd at 1:13 PM.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob@stewart.net)


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



Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Allegheny County
Date: Sat Dec 9 2017 11:54 am
From: bledsoe AT pitt.edu
 
I had a first-of-season Red-breasted Nuthatch yesterday (Dec. 8, 2017) on our property in Forest Hills Borough, eastern Allegheny County.  Although not rare, it's noteworthy that Red-breasted Nuthatch arrived here last year in late August.  Interesting year-to-year seasonal variation for this local breeding species east and north of here. Tony Bledsoe



Subject: Bullock's Oriole in Allegheny County
Date: Sat Dec 9 2017 10:59 am
From: robert.mulvihill AT gmail.com
 
An adult male Bullock's Oriole appeared yesterday at a feeder in Hampton
Township in northern Allegheny County. It reappeared at the feeder again
this morning, and the homeowner is willing entertain visitors, but only at
pre-arranged times (i.e., because the bird cannot be seen from the street,
and parking in his driveway is very limited).

To request directions and an 'appointment' to see the oriole, send Ed a
text message (724-994-9780). Ed has sent me photos, so his identification
is confirmed (and it is a right handsome bird!)

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


*The National Aviary works to inspire respect for
nature through an appreciation of birds.*



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (09 Dec 2017) Raptors
Date: Sat Dec 9 2017 9:52 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 09, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 43
Turkey Vulture 0 1 700
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 277
Bald Eagle 0 18 386
Northern Harrier 0 2 78
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2453
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 354
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 71
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 161
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10724
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 15 1063
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 37
Golden Eagle 0 6 96
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 236
Merlin 0 1 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 66
Unknown Falcon 0 0 21
Unknown Raptor 0 0 38

Total: 0 45 16930
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 10:15:00
Total observation time: 0.83 hours

Compiler: Laurie Goodrich

Counters: Laurie Goodrich

Weather:
Overcast with 15 km vis changing to snow with 0.5 km visibility very
quickly. count ended due to snow and low visibility

Raptor Observations:


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


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/h...



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 9, 2017
Date: Sat Dec 9 2017 8:54 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle State Park
Date: December 9, 2017
Time: 0720 to 0850
Weather: Variablycloudy, temp. 21 F, wind S to 10 mph, waves two feet.
Comments: Very little activity with most mergansersmoving east. However there were two orthree large rafts of scaup sitting on the water far offshore. There is about two to three inches of snow onthe ground.

Waterbirds recorded:

Canvasback 5
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 15
Unidentified scaup 94
Long-tailed Duck 4
Bufflehead 3
Common Goldeneye 11
Red-breastedMerganser 500
Red-throated Loon 2
Common Loon 13
Horned Grebe 10


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



Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 12/9/2017
Date: Sat Dec 9 2017 2:34 am
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* December 9, 2017
* PAEA1712.09
- Birds mentioned

ICELAND GULL
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
BARNACLE GOOSE
ROSS™S GOOSE
RED-THROATED LOON
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: December 9th at 3:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to becard@rcn.com with Birdline in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

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

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

The Allentown Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 16th. Contact
your group leader from last year or call Rett Oren for information at
484-895-5685.

The Wild Creek / Little Gap Christmas Bird Count will be held on December
17th. Contact your group leader from last year or call Corey Husic for
information at 570-269-7509.

The Bethlehem-Easton-Hellertown Christmas Bird Count will be held on
December 30th. Contact your group leader from last year or call Don &
Elaine Mease for information at 610-346-7754.

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 PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
ICELAND GULL “ 1 on 12/3 (first-winter).

Sightings from the NAZARETH QUARRY, Northampton County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE “ 4 on 12/2
ICELAND GULL “ 1 on 12/2 (first-winter).

Sightings from HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Valley Center Parkway ponds:
BARNACLE GOOSE “ 1 on 12/3 and 12/4
ROSS™S GOOSE “ 1 on 12/3.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
RED-THROATED LOON “ 1 on 12/6.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
ROSS™S GOOSE “ 1 on 12/3.
At the Walt Road area:
Cackling Goose “ 1 on 12/6.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
ROSS™S GOOSE “ 1 to at least 12/8
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE “ 1 on 12/1 and 12/2
Cackling Geese “ 2 to at least 12/8.

- End transcript



Subject: Second Mountain (08 Dec 2017) 10 Raptors
Date: Fri Dec 8 2017 17:41 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 08, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 8 19 348
Turkey Vulture 0 2 331
Osprey 0 0 55
Bald Eagle 2 7 179
Northern Harrier 0 0 44
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 1121
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 192
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 82
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4654
Red-tailed Hawk 0 8 371
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 4
Golden Eagle 0 5 54
American Kestrel 0 0 85
Merlin 0 0 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 13

Total: 10 45 7587
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Sue Cooper

Observers:

Visitors:
4 vehicles, 2 hunters and 9 people for scenic view.


Weather:
0-2mph winds out of the W and SW all day with temps at or slightly above
freezing and 100% cloud coverage.
there was a dusting of snow over the mountain

Raptor Observations:
ABE@10:34am and IBE@11:18am

Non-raptor Observations:
I placed bird seed around the watch immediately attracting my audience of
several tufted titmice, 35 dark eyed juncos, blue jays, downy and pileated
woodpeckers and crows. My buddy chipmunk and squirrel also joined the
crowd.

Predictions:
possible snow. colder, with good cloud coverage
========================================================================
Report submitted by David Schwenk (schwenkde@yahoo.com)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com


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



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (08 Dec 2017) 3 Raptors
Date: Fri Dec 8 2017 15:12 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 08, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 43
Turkey Vulture 1 1 700
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 277
Bald Eagle 0 18 386
Northern Harrier 0 2 78
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2453
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 354
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 71
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 161
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10724
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 15 1063
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 37
Golden Eagle 0 6 96
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 236
Merlin 0 1 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 66
Unknown Falcon 0 0 21
Unknown Raptor 0 0 38

Total: 3 45 16930
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Compiler: JF Therrien

Counters: Greg George, JF Therrien

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/h...



Subject: Waggoner's Gap (08 Dec 2017) 2 Raptors
Date: Fri Dec 8 2017 14:34 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 08, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 0 5 1670
OS 0 0 237
BE 0 10 516
NH 0 1 123
SS 0 1 4276
CH 0 3 354
NG 0 0 11
RS 0 0 117
BW 0 0 8053
RT 2 22 1312
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 3 173
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 0 76
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 2 51 17457
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Ron Freed

Observers: Dave Grove, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Weather:
Overcast with light W wind.

Raptor Observations:
First bird - RT 11:42 (2)
Last bird - RT 11:42, (2)

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


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



Subject: Tree sparrows, others, Koch property, Northampton County
Date: Fri Dec 8 2017 13:38 pm
From: davilene AT verizon.net
 
I walked our fields this morning around 11, more to get out than to look for birds because it was cold, windy, and overcast. In those conditions here there's not usually much bird activity, and there wasn't. But whenever I'd stop and spssh a bit the first bird or birds up were tree sparrows. I've been seeing one here and there for the past few weeks, but apparently last night substantially more of them moved in. It's been my experience here through the years that tree sparrows often respond quickly andoften stay out in the open longer than other sparrow species except, of course, for song sparrows. Juncos and song sparrows are plentiful andseem to be everywhere. White-throated and white-crowned sparrows are easily seen, along with the occasional chipping and field. The Savannah's seem to have moved on. Other species recently seen(in addition to the downy, hairy, and red-bellied woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, blue jays, titmice, goldfinches and chickadees constantly in the yard) include eastern bluebirds, yellow-bellied sapsucker, flickers, a mockingbird that's fond of the beautyberries near the front porch, sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks, northern harriers, redtails (of course), and both kinglets. I got excited a few days agobecause I saw what I thought was a warbler at suet out front but it turned out to be a ruby-crowned kinglet.
Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County davilene@verizon.net



Subject: Snowy Owl (McKean County)
Date: Fri Dec 8 2017 13:22 pm
From: luckybirder AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,

Right now there is a Snowy Owl in the parking lot at Kinzua Bridge State
Park.

Mark Johnson



Subject: House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder
Date: Fri Dec 8 2017 9:35 am
From: cassowary4 AT zoominternet.net
 
On 12/7/2017 2:02 PM, Dick Snyder wrote:
> Seems to be a major increase in house sparrows at our feeders this year so far. Any others noting same?
> Dick
>
Yes, there were at least 2 Dozen at my feeders today---Friday, 8 Dec. 2017

Aleene J. Jones
Juniata, Fayette County, Southwestern Pennsylvania



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 8, 2017
Date: Fri Dec 8 2017 9:19 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Location: Walnut Creek Access,Presque Isle State Park
Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 0725 to 0925
Weather; Cloudy becomingmostly clear, temp. 24 F, wind SW to 10 mph, waves 2 to 3 feet.
Comments: There was a light westward movement of Red-breastedMerganser just offshore. There was anice variety of waterfowl in fair numbers all moving west.

Waterbirds recorded:

Canada Goose 30
Tundra Swan 8
Gadwall 6
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 27
Northern Shoveler 20
Canvasback 75
Redhead 30
Greater Scaup 12
Lesser Scaup 32
Unidentified scaup 236
White-winged Scoter 4
Bufflehead 14
Common Goldeneye 34
Hooded Merganser 9
Common Merganser 1
Red-breastedMerganser 2860
Ruddy Duck 1
Red-throated Loon 4
Common Loon 11
Horned Grebe 8

Other bird moving alongthe lake:

Bald Eagle 1


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



Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (29 Nov 2017) 22 Raptors
Date: Fri Dec 8 2017 6:02 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 3 651 919
Osprey 0 1 124
Bald Eagle 5 91 346
Northern Harrier 0 20 53
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 293 1081
Cooper's Hawk 0 72 344
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 7 224 270
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10649
Red-tailed Hawk 6 287 422
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 5 6
American Kestrel 0 7 195
Merlin 0 1 26
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 7
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 2 8
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 22 1655 14455
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors:
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTYS HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (11): Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi, Susan McLaughlin, Lorrie
Sherron, Jim Balint, Kathleen Rengert, Gwen Lacy (2), Dixon Stroud, Peter
Kjellerup.



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!






Weather:
Mostly Sunny (10-25% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 47 - 61F, Winds NW @ 10 - 20 mph.





Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (70) and Turkey Vultures (75).



----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-4





Non-raptor Observations:
----BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG (BBB) - (Comments on the events & feel of the day
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isnt brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. Ive already been dead once (its
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!



TODAYS BBB: ---The Far Side is way over There!---

The Bucktoe Bird Blogs word of the day is lithe. It means moving and
bending in a graceful way. This adjective has Old English roots. We love
wordsdo you? Choose the right one, use it in the right way and it can say
so much for you. While certainly if you dont, it can cause so much harm.
Feel free to suggest your favorite. Our friend Gary, suggested
Lupuslipaphobia which is the fear of being chased by timber wolves while
wearing socks on a newly waxed kitchen floor. But not a real official word
- not gonna fly, Gary. Its a fantasy would-be (much like many of your
sightings?) word from The Far Side comic. Come on Gary, we at the blog
run a tight ship, my friend!

A lone Pine Siskin, one of but a few this season, called, then descended
within a flock of twenty Goldfinches moving from twig to twig in the now
leafless goldenrod in a lithe manor, eventually reaching the
birdbathexcuse me, our WATER FEATURE, where it bathed and drank with its
comrades.

Howard arrived.hmmmmust have smelled the field brew atop the stove and he
wants his eagles! Howard instantly began clamoring for his portion of
field brew, right away. All in good time, Howard! All in good time

Lorrie was out and boy was I glad to see her. Thanks for the card and
gift, Lorrie. I love you and your sweet heart! Of course, those I love
are subject to blogging, but Ill make an exception in your case you
will remain unblogged, Lorrie!

Now Jimwhom Ill gleefully bloghad a cup of field brew after it had
aged a bit and gotten cold. But Jim, with his stringent
standardsloved it. Then, he of no taste buds. I dont know, Jim
day-old field brew, ice coldyoure gonna have to get up off your exacting
standards, my friend. Were roughing it out here!

Gwen visited with Peter from Stateline Woods Preserve and Dixon, the more
important one, as Peter said. More important than you, Peter? Cant be,
my friend and wheres my shoes!?! And thanks for your comments regarding
the blog. For THAT Peter, you will be spared a bloggingat this time!

Late news on our friend, Steve: He is doing better as of this afternoon,
walking some and may be getting released. GOOD NEWS!

Tomorrow, November 30, is our LAST DAY this season! I need a rest, yet am
so sad. I love doing this, writing, and the people. And I love BUCKTOE.
Thanks Tom, TLC and everyone for helping to make it the success it is



---- Thanks to The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County for their
support, and especially, to the Brokaws, for not only their incredible
support, but gracious generosity in opening their property to the public
for this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS:



5-Horned Lark, 7-White-crowned Sparrow, 1-Pine Siskin.



Other Wildlife: Butterflies (0): Dragonflies (0): Reptiles & Amphibians
(0): Mammals (0).



----EBNTs Walk with Nature Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to bulk up. Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if youve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly.) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my Walk with
Nature program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy.I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
Walk with Nature! Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 6.5; Steps: 15,242; Floors: 45.



----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Hawk Watch,
but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it here, from time
to time (about once a week), to let you know what else were seeing here at
the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will feature an approximation
(very rough, best guestimate, searching for Hawks must remain our
primary focus) for totals of each species seen for The Watch year.



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 37; this season: 138



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (0): none.





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like it might do...I mean, for a finale,



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Site Description:
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.



Subject: Duck Hollow, Pgh., Allegheny County
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 21:23 pm
From: 00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Susie Solomon and I briefly visited Duck Hollow, prior to visiting the venerable, learned, aged (2 big years my senior) Paul Hess.Fish CrowMallardsRing-billed GullsKilldeerPeregrine Falcon
The falcon flew in as we were leaving, so we stopped, hopped out, and watched it harassing the gulls. It didn't manage to lay a talon on them, but drove them all away.
This evening we went to Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve and watched Kate St. John receive ASWP's prestigious Todd Award and congratulated her. I know she has lots of fans on this listserv, so if you haven't yet, let her know you appreciate her activism, writing, and leadership as an environmentalist.
Jack SolomonAllegheny County


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Subject: Common ravens, Washington County
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 21:10 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
For some reason, this post from yesterday got stuck in the outbox. There
were also 2 Common ravens in the same area today, which I forgot to list on
my post about the Bald eagle.

Today's highlights:

Sharp-shinned hawk, 2 Common Ravens, and numerous Eastern bluebirds along
the Montour Trail.

Eastern screech owl in the owl box in our backyard.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 21:03 pm
From: scottweidensaul AT verizon.net
 
It's not a perfect correlation, but over the years when house finch numbers are high, I seem to see far fewer house sparrows, but when mycoplasma (house finch eye disease) hits the finches hard, the number of house sparrows seems to surge. The past year or so the finch numbers were very high and HOSP few and far between, but I've seen more diseased finches, smaller flocks and more house sparrows so far this winter. I'd be curious to know how directly the species compete; I wouldn't have thought there was that much ecological overlap, but the see-saw trend seems to suggest there's some connection.

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA




On Dec 7, 2017, at 9:33 PM, Ron Rovansek wrote:

> I live in a semi-rural area where house Sparrows are not nearly as common as they are in cities. At my feeders I see very few during some winters, while in other winters I see 20 or more at a time. There is a lot of year-to-year variability in the population as judged by the number at my feeder. I don't think there is as much variability in the actual population in my township from one year to the next as I see at my feeders.
>
> Ron Rovansek
> Stormstown, near State College, Centre County.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Dick Snyder
> Sent: Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:03 AM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder
>
> Seems to be a major increase in house sparrows at our feeders this year so far. Any others noting same?
> Dick



Subject: House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 20:33 pm
From: rrovansek AT pacewater.com
 
I live in a semi-rural area where house Sparrows are not nearly as common as they are in cities. At my feeders I see very few during some winters, while in other winters I see 20 or more at a time. There is a lot of year-to-year variability in the population as judged by the number at my feeder. I don't think there is as much variability in the actual population in my township from one year to the next as I see at my feeders.

Ron Rovansek
Stormstown, near State College, Centre County.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Dick Snyder
Sent: Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:03 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder

Seems to be a major increase in house sparrows at our feeders this year so far. Any others noting same?
Dick



Subject: Bald eagle, Washington County
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 19:49 pm
From: birdersx5 AT gmail.com
 
Today, the highlight along the Montour Trail was an adult Bald eagle which
soared above us for a few minutes.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



Subject: Second Mountain (07 Dec 2017) 6 Raptors
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 16:10 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 07, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 11 340
Turkey Vulture 0 2 331
Osprey 0 0 55
Bald Eagle 4 5 177
Northern Harrier 0 0 44
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 1121
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 192
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 82
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4654
Red-tailed Hawk 1 8 371
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 4
Golden Eagle 1 5 54
American Kestrel 0 0 85
Merlin 0 0 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 13

Total: 6 35 7577
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Fred Wilcox

Observers:

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Mostly cloudy with a mild NW wind. Temperatures in the 30’s all day. Gusty
at times. Periodic snow flakes throughout the day. Visibility good

Raptor Observations:
Adult GE. @ 10:01
2 Immature BE @ 1:34
2 Immature BE @ 1:37

All eagles flew directly over the site at an altitude of 150 to 200 feet
above the site.

Non-raptor Observations:
Usual song birds after seed

Predictions:
A repeat of today
========================================================================
Report submitted by David Schwenk (schwenkde@yahoo.com)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com


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



Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (07 Dec 2017) 14 Raptors
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 15:51 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 07, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 43
Turkey Vulture 0 0 699
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 277
Bald Eagle 5 18 386
Northern Harrier 0 2 78
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2453
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 354
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 71
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 161
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10724
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 5 13 1061
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 37
Golden Eagle 3 6 96
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 236
Merlin 0 1 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 66
Unknown Falcon 0 0 21
Unknown Raptor 0 0 38

Total: 14 42 16927
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Compiler: JF Therrien

Counters: Adehl Schwaderer, Bill Moses, Doug Wood, Joe Scholtes,
Holly Merker, JF Therrien, Joe Scholtes, Joe Scholtes,,
Joe Scholtes, Bill Moses

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/h...



Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 27 November 2017 (two weeks)
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 15:04 pm
From: AMYTARACIDO AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE11.27.17twoweeks

Highlights:
RED-THROATED LOON
PACIFIC LOON (Mercer County)
EARED GREBE (Erie County)
RED-NECKED GREBE (Erie County)
WESTERN GREBE (Mercer County)
ROSS'S GOOSE (Allegheny, Crawford, and Erie Counties)
CACKLING GOOSE (Erie County)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Erie and Lawrence Counties)
SNOW GOOSE (Lawrence County)
BONAPARTE'S GULL
BLACK-HEADED GULL (Butler County)
PHALAROPE SP. (Erie County)
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (Erie County)
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
PURPLE SANDPIPER (Erie County)
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL (Erie County)
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (Allegheny County)
NORTHERN SHRIKE (Lawrence County)
SNOW BUNTING
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (Lawrence County)

Contributors: Alan Buriak, Karyn Delaney, Michael Fialkovich, Gigi Gerben, Amy Henrici, Rob Hodgson, Glenn Koppel, Michael Leahy, Jerry McWilliams, Robert Mulvihill, Richard Nugent, Jack Solomon, Jerry Stanley, Susanne Varley, Mark Vass, Robert Walczak.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 through Monday, 27 November 2017 (two weeks)

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

Transcript-

PLEASE NOTE: TUNDRA SWAN, COMMON LOON, COMMON GOLDENEYE continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 11/19 and 11/20 at Allegheny Cemetery, 1 ROSS'S GOOSE (AH, MF, AB).

At Duck Hollow on 11/20, BONAPARTE'S GULL (JSo).

On 11/21 at Sewickley Heights Borough Park, 1 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (RM).

In McKees Rocks on 11/27, 1 WINTER WREN (SV).


BEAVER COUNTY:

In Rochester on 11/23, 1 NORTHERN PINTAIL (MVas).


BUTLER COUNTY:

On 11/14 and 11/21 at Lake Arthur, 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (GG, KD).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

At Hartstown Marsh on 11/26, 1 ROSS'S GOOSE (RH).


ERIE COUNTY:

This week at Presque Isle, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, SNOW BUNTINGS (high count of 59 on 11/18), and RED-THROATED LOONS seen daily (high count of 5 on 11/23); also on 11/14, 2 SNOWY OWLS (reported to ML), 1 PEREGRINE FALCON, 1 EARED GREBE (JM); on 11/15, 1 EARED GREBE, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, 1 juvenile PHALAROPE SP. (JS), REDHEAD (RN), 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS (JM); on 11/16, 7 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 CANVASBACKS; on 11/17, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE; on 11/19, 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, 1 EARED GREBE, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES (JM), BONAPARTE'S GULLS (GG); on 11/20, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE; on 11/21, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE; on 11/22, 1 PURPLE SANDPIPER, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON; on 11/23, 5 REDHEADS, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON; on 11/25, 1 SNOWY OWL; on 11/26, 23 REDHEADS; on 11/27, 58 REDHEADS (JM).

At Fairview Business Park on 11/22, 1 ROSS'S GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GEESE (reported to JM).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

Along Old Ash Road on 11/14, 4 SANDHILL CRANES (GG).

On 11/17 at the Volant Strips, 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS (GK); on 11/22 in the Volant Strips & New Wilmington area, sightings included NORTHERN HARRIER, 12+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 2 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, 9 SANDHILL CRANES, 50+ HORNED LARKS, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE, 36 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (RW).

At the Vosler Road pond on 11/19, 32 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 2 SNOW GEESE (MVas); on 11/23, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (AB).

On 11/19 along Lake Road, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (MVas).


MERCER COUNTY:

At Lake Wilhelm on 11/27, 2 WESTERN GREBES (reported to JSt), 1 PACIFIC LOON (JSt).


VENANGO COUNTY:

On 11/16 at Kahle Lake, 2 SURF SCOTERS (JSt).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Subject: Waggoner's Gap (07 Dec 2017) 5 Raptors
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 14:50 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 07, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV 0 6 67
TV 1 5 1670
OS 0 0 237
BE 3 10 516
NH 0 1 123
SS 0 1 4276
CH 0 3 354
NG 0 0 11
RS 0 0 117
BW 0 0 8053
RT 1 20 1310
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 3 173
AK 0 0 256
ML 0 0 76
PG 0 0 75
UA 0 0 24
UB 0 0 16
UF 0 0 6
UE 0 0 7
UR 0 0 88

Total: 5 49 17455
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Dave Grove, Ron Freed

Observers: Dave Grove, Joe Lavella, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors:
7


Weather:
Early clouds and snow showers then mostly cloudy, with winds shifting from
light NW to gusty W.

Raptor Observations:
BE JUV 12:18.4, 12:18.5,
BE AD 1:09

First bird BE 12:18.4
Last bird BE 1:09

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap@comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com


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Subject: House Sparrow Centre County Dick Snyder
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 13:03 pm
From: 000000b422b14e57-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Seems to be a major increase in house sparrows at our feeders this year so far. Any others noting same?
Dick



Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Washington Co.
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 11:55 am
From: chickadee54 AT gmail.com
 
I just had an immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at my sunflower feeder.
It had stripes on its head like a female and the rosy breast patch looked
pale and washed out, but otherwise it looked like an adult male.

--
Lauren Conkle
Washington, PA
chickadee54@gmail.com



Subject: Allegheny County Snowy owl
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 11:53 am
From: chadkauffman AT earthlink.net
 
I think that report was given with the county level of the county and
sometimes that point shows at a random spot.


On 12/7/2017 12:50 PM, Dave Kerr wrote:
> The Snowy Owls were reported as being on private property, with no public access.
> No details of the exact location were provided.
>
>
> Dave Kerr
> Carlisle
>

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Subject: Allegheny County Snowy owl
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 11:50 am
From: dsktc AT comcast.net
 
The Snowy Owls were reported as being on private property, with no public access.
No details of the exact location were provided.


Dave Kerr
Carlisle



Subject: Allegheny County Snowy owl
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 11:34 am
From: mkmannella AT gmail.com
 
Hello-I received a rare bird alert a few days ago reporting 2 snowy owls in Allegheny County, the coordinates pointing to Point State Park. Has anyone seen them again? 
Thanks
Michele
Bethel Park
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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk, Wash. County
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 11:05 am
From: blueapis AT msn.com
 
As I pointed out that it was snowing this morning, my daughter spotted a large hawk in a tree at the wooded edge of our yard (west of Burgettstown).  We watched it swoop from it's tree perch, pounce on some small mole-sized rodent, and return to the perch to enjoy it's meal.  Now with binoculars, I noticed that this was too small to be a red-tailed and it had a banded tail, but it was clearly much too red on the head, breast, and shoulder's to be a Cooper's.  And it had beautiful bands on the wings and and so much red, that I suspected a Red-shouldered hawk.  I grabbed the camera, and just as I had it in focus, the bird flew, revealing white crescent patches near the ends of the wings.  My first Red-Shouldered Hawk!

Cathy Brown, Washington County



Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 7, 2017
Date: Thu Dec 7 2017 10:53 am
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Location: Walnut CreekAccess, Presque Isle State Park
Date: December 7, 2017
Time: 0725 to 0925
Weather; Cloudy, temp. 32 F, wind WSW to 15 mph, waves4 feet.
Comments: There was a light westward movement ofRed-breasted Merganser just offshore and little else. Interesting was a Dunlin flying with a flockof Red-breasted Mergansers.

Waterbirds recorded:

Lesser Scaup 2
Unidentified scaup 126
Surf Scoter 1
Black Scoter 2
Long-tailed Duck 1
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 19
Hooded Merganser 14
Common Merganser 1
Red-breastedMerganser 3240
Red-throated loon 3
Horned Grebe 1
Dunlin 1

Other bird moving alongthe lake:

Bald Eagle 1


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



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