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29 Jul: @ 22:22:28 
Subject: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek [Marge Van Tassel]
29 Jul: @ 21:47:54 
Fwd: eBird Report - Forbes SF--Wolf Rocks Trail, Jul 29, 2014 [Karyn Delaney]
29 Jul: @ 15:14:39 
Lebanon County, Campbelltown area, Sandhill Crane sighting [Tim Becker]
29 Jul: @ 12:07:19 
RBA western Pennsylvania, 28 July 2014 [Amy Taracido]
29 Jul: @ 11:15:43 
Re: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek [Kathy]
29 Jul: @ 11:00:20 
Re: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek [Tom Johnson]
29 Jul: @ 10:25:55 
Re: Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co. [Dave DeReamus]
29 Jul: @ 10:10:00 
Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek [Ilan Basrawi]
29 Jul: @ 09:35:19 
07/27/14 Kirby Park List - Luzerne Co. [Sandra Goodwin]
29 Jul: @ 09:02:44 
Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co. [Betsy Mescavage]
29 Jul: @ 06:04:29 
Clarion Co- eastern screech owls with young [Carole Winslow]
28 Jul: @ 18:36:56 
Re: Northampton County Goldfinch nest building [Kathy]
28 Jul: @ 17:55:26 
Green Herons and Coot [Alan Wells]
28 Jul: @ 17:28:19 
Northampton County Goldfinch nest building [Robin & Dan]
28 Jul: @ 17:01:42 
Wood Thrush with labored breathing, Lancaster County [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?=95=95S=95J=95Stahl=95=95?=]
28 Jul: @ 14:49:28 
Lebanon County [Windstream Mail]
28 Jul: @ 06:11:50 
Alder Flycatcher Middle Creek WMA [Bruce Carl]
28 Jul: @ 04:58:44 
Re: Two White Ibis- Chester Co. [Holly Merker]
28 Jul: @ 01:47:10 
Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral photos, Green Pond, Northampton County [Dave DeReamus]
27 Jul: @ 21:33:05 
Shorebirds, Terns, etc Crawford County [Shawn Collins]
27 Jul: @ 19:42:17 
Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Green Pond, Northampton County [Dave DeReamus]
27 Jul: @ 18:43:59 
Re: Two White Ibis- Chester Co. [Anthony Uhrich]
27 Jul: @ 18:19:24 
Allegheny Co. Great Egret and Washingtin County Double-crested Cormorant [ofdewdrops@yahoo.com]
27 Jul: @ 17:15:31 
Merlin's nest/leg band update, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards]
27 Jul: @ 17:08:28 
Two White Ibis- Chester Co. [Holly Merker]
27 Jul: @ 17:07:52 
White Winged Crossbill - Lancaster County [Dave]
27 Jul: @ 14:32:49 
Erie County bird sightings [Jerry McWilliams]
27 Jul: @ 12:58:22 
Whimbrels, Avocets, Erie Co. [Matt Sabatine]
27 Jul: @ 11:42:43 
Gulls - Beaver Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
27 Jul: @ 08:06:31 
from: Roy Boyle [Roy Boyle]
27 Jul: @ 08:01:59 
Sandhill Crane Lehigh cty [Dan Altif]
26 Jul: @ 20:02:27 
Re: ROUTE 380 Avocets? [Marcy Cunkelman]
26 Jul: @ 19:31:27 
Shorebirds at Somerset Lake, Somerset County [Aidan Place]
26 Jul: @ 18:51:36 
birding Shawnee State Park, Bedford County [Cathy Brown]
26 Jul: @ 18:21:17 
Pnc park terns sp allegheny county [jusko88]
26 Jul: @ 15:54:38 
Pectoral Sandpipers - Allegheny Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
26 Jul: @ 13:42:34 
Lebanon County Bird [Windstream Mail]
26 Jul: @ 13:20:44 
Re: 380 Avocets? [Ryan Tomazin]
26 Jul: @ 11:59:08 
Re: House Wren question [Kathy Clark]
26 Jul: @ 11:35:24 
Re: 380 Avocets? [Marcy]
26 Jul: @ 09:01:38 
Dead wood [Herb Flavell]
26 Jul: @ 08:34:24 
380 Avocets? [Marcy Cunkelman]
26 Jul: @ 06:02:14 
House Wren question [Rick & Marianne Atkinson]
25 Jul: @ 22:05:10 
American Coot Lebanon [Alan Wells]
25 Jul: @ 20:26:19 
4 Green Herons @ Parks Ind. Park pond/trees (Armstrong County) [Marge Van Tassel]
25 Jul: @ 19:39:55 
American Avocets, Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland Co [Michael David]
25 Jul: @ 18:13:29 
Great Egret - Crawford Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
25 Jul: @ 18:01:42 
American Avocet, Lake Redman, York County [Dave Kerr]
25 Jul: @ 17:24:07 
Lebanon County Birds [Windstream Mail]
25 Jul: @ 16:41:37 
Shorebirds, Stoughstown Pond, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr]





Subject: Subject: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 22:22 pm
From: marvant AT windstream.net
 
As Kathy stated, it would be more helpful if posting on the listserve to include county, nearby town/city/park, or something about the location of birds sighted besides the road.  I would have checked Butler County as there is a road similar to the one mentioned in this thread near Moraine State Park, but I do not know if that is it or if it is somewhere in eastern PA as opposed to western PA.

Thanks for the posting, but please state county at least.

Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Forbes SF--Wolf Rocks Trail, Jul 29, 2014
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 21:47 pm
From: delaneykaryn AT gmail.com
 
Forbes SF--Wolf Rocks Trail, Westmoreland, US-PA
Jul 29, 2014 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
13 species

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Wood Thrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Hooded Warbler 5 Male with 1 fledgling. Male with 2 fledglings.
American Redstart 1 Male
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 Male
Canada Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 5

Karyn Delaney

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19263081

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



Subject: Lebanon County, Campbelltown area, Sandhill Crane sighting
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 15:14 pm
From: 0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
One of my coworkers at ZooAmerica saw a Sandhill Crane on

her way to work this morning. It was very close to the road, at a pond

on the east side of Rte 117, about 2 miles south of Campbelltown.

She is very familiar with both Sandhill Cranes and Great Blue Herons

from her work at the zoo, so I am feeling good about the sighting.


When I checked the pond about one half hour later, the crane was gone.

So it is just something to keep an eye out for if you are in the area.


Tim Becker

Lebanon county






Sent from Windows Mail



Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 28 July 2014
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 12:07 pm
From: amytaracido AT outlook.com
 
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE07.28.14

Highlights:
TERN SP. (Allegheny County)
CASPIAN TERN
COMMON TERN
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (Erie County)
AMERICAN AVOCET (Erie, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties)
WHIMBREL (Erie County)
WILLET (Erie County)
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (Crawford and Erie Counties)
SANDERLING (Erie County)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
PURPLE MARTIN
BANK SWALLOW
MARSH WREN
VEERY
CANADA WARBLER
KENTUCKY WARBLER

Contributors: Shawn Collins, Marcy Cunkelman, Michael David, Mike Fialkovich, Jim Hausman, Matthew Juskowich, Jerry McWilliams, Richard Nugent, Aidan Place, Matt Sabatine, Shannon Thompson, Mark Vass.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 21 July 2014 through Monday, 28 July 2014

**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: BALD EAGLE, OSPREY, GREEN HERON, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, RING-BILLED GULL, HERRING GULL, SWAMP SPARROW continue to be reported.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At Duck Hollow on 7/24, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and others (MJ).

On 7/25 at Wingfield Pines, sightings included 2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS; on 7/27, 1 GREAT EGRET (ST).

At the Imperial Grasslands on 7/26, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (MVas).

On 7/26 at PNC Park in downtown Pittsburgh, 3 TERN SP. (MJ).


BUTLER COUNTY:

On 7/22 at State Gamelands #95, sightings included 2 VEERIES, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (RN).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 7/25 at the Linesville Fish Hatchery, 1 GREAT EGRET (MVas).

On 7/27 at Erie Wildlife Refuge, sightings included 2 GREAT EGRETS (SC).

In Pymatuning on 7/27, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 4 CASPIAN TERNS (SC).

At Conneaut Marsh on 7/27, 4+ MARSH WRENS, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, and others (SC).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle State Park on 7/21, 2 WILLETS; on 7/23, 4 WHIMBRELS (JM); on 7/27, 4 WHIMBRELS, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 7 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 22 SANDERLINGS, 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 10 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 5 CASPIAN TERNS, 8 COMMON TERNS, 5 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 6 PURPLE MARTINS, ~30 BANK SWALLOWS (MS).


SOMERSET COUNTY:

On 7/24 at Lake Somerset, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS (JH, and also reported to him as 3 being present on 7/23), 1 YELLOWLEGS SP., 1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 3 PURPLE MARTINS (JH); on 7/26, sightings included LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER (AP).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

On 7/22 in New Stanton, WILLOW FLYCATCHER and others (MF).

At Laurel Summit State Park on 7/24, 2 CANADA WARBLERS, KENTUCKY WARBLER, WINTER WREN, 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS (JH).

On 7/25 at Beaver Run Reservoir, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS (reported to MD); on 7/26, PURPLE MARTINS (MC).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors.



Subject: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 11:15 am
From: pabirder AT ptd.net
 
Please include county and town when posting (the more local pinpointing is helpful- google maps can't locate places in counties which may contain multiple streets with the same name) Road names, park names and local names are meaningless unless one is in the area or knows the poster. 
Thanks
Kathy

> On Jul 28, 2014, at 4:49 PM, Ilan Basrawi wrote:
>
> Hello, today i birded the Archery Club/Zions Stone Church Road Area for Shorebirds. Wasn't disappointed.
>
> 5 Lesser Yellowlegs
>
> 50 Least Sandpiper
>
> 1 White-Rumped Sandpiper
>
> 10 Semipalmated Sandpiper
>
> 23 Killdeer
>
> 3 Semipalmated Plover
>
> Baird's Sandpiper. Seen at edge of pond close to road. Then seen across the road in the muddy pasture area by the cow farm
>
> Then i scanned out toward the muddy pasture area by the creek a little farther down Zions Church Rd. I saw the regular shorebirds and quickly picked out a Stilt Sandpiper. Here is the link
> Then i instantly spotted a few American Golden Plovers! I looked around carefully and counted 16, most in grassy areas close to the mud. Pics here
> I was watching the Golden Plovers when i noticed 3 acting different. They appeared smaller and were not heavily associating with the others. They had shorter bills than the rest and a rounder head and shorter necks. They fed closer to the road than the rest and also fed in the mud within themselves. Unusually, the 2 males had almost entirely white flanks, while all the male AMGP Had black flanks. These plovers also had white tail coverts and the wingtips hardly projected past the tail tip. their bills were stouter and shorter than the other plovers. there was an apparent female, which had a short bill, and a pretty noticable breastband. it was also lighter in color than the female AMGP. As well as being smaller in size. Soon a Red-Tailed Hawk flew over, startling Most of the shorebirds. The American Golden Plovers uttered their normal call, higher pitched than BB Plovers with a high sharp pitched sound. The other made a lower call than the others, rather soft and made a shorter, plainer call. But the biggest difference I noticed was that this birds underwings were all white with gray edges. the AMGP had mostly dark gray there. The hawk passed and the plovers returned to the site. i couldn't get a flight shot. They were rather tame, allowing for close pics. I have heard of the EUGP influx this spring at Newfoundland, and have also heard about NJ's first EUGP seen just a few days ago. Migration has started, and many have started flying south. I am not 100% sure, but i almost guarantee these birds are EUGP's. They act like them, look like them, and match all the field marks. It is quite a find, Stilt Sandpipers and Bairds Sandpipers look like House Sparrows in my eyes today!
>
> Cheers, Ilan B.



Subject: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 11:00 am
From: tbj4 AT cornell.edu
 
PAbirds,
Several of the photos that Ilan posted to his Photobucket page and then
shared with the listserv can be found at the following addresses:

Baird's Sandpiper:
http://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/b...

Stilt Sandpiper:
http://jrscience.wcp.muohio.ed...

"American" Golden-Plover:
http://www.alaska.org/advice/a...

European Golden-Plover 1:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
European Golden-Plover 2:
http://identify.whatbird.com/o...
European Golden-Plover 3:
http://www.surfbirds.com/gallery/search2.php?species=&photographer=&location=&country=Newfoundland&start 1

I would suggest that this report of European Golden-Plover and other
shorebirds should not be taken too seriously.

Tom


On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM, Ilan Basrawi wrote:

> Hello, today i birded the Archery Club/Zions Stone Church Road Area for
> Shorebirds. Wasn't disappointed.
>
> 5 Lesser Yellowlegs
>
> 50 Least Sandpiper
>
> 1 White-Rumped Sandpiper
>
> 10 Semipalmated Sandpiper
>
> 23 Killdeer
>
> 3 Semipalmated Plover
>
> Baird's Sandpiper. Seen at edge of pond close to road. Then seen across
> the road in the muddy pasture area by the cow farm target="_blank"> border="0" alt=" photo aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.jpg"/>
>
> Then i scanned out toward the muddy pasture area by the creek a little
> farther down Zions Church Rd. I saw the regular shorebirds and quickly
> picked out a Stilt Sandpiper. Here is the link target="_blank"> border="0" alt="Stilt Sandpiper photo stiltsandpiper.jpg"/>
> Then i instantly spotted a few American Golden Plovers! I looked around
> carefully and counted 16, most in grassy areas close to the mud. Pics here
> target="_blank"> border="0" alt="American Golden Plover photo AmericanGP.jpg"/> target="_blank"> border="0" alt="American Golden Plover Male photo AmericanGP2.jpg"/>
> I was watching the Golden Plovers when i noticed 3 acting different. They
> appeared smaller and were not heavily associating with the others. They had
> shorter bills than the rest and a rounder head and shorter necks. They fed
> closer to the road than the rest and also fed in the mud within themselves.
> Unusually, the 2 males had almost entirely white flanks, while all the
> male AMGP Had black flanks. These plovers also had white tail coverts and
> the wingtips hardly projected past the tail tip. their bills were stouter
> and shorter than the other plovers. there was an apparent female, which had
> a short bill, and a pretty noticable breastband. it was also lighter in
> color than the female AMGP. As well as being smaller in size. Soon a
> Red-Tailed Hawk flew over, startling Most of the shorebirds. The American
> Golden Plovers uttered their normal call, higher pitched than BB Plovers
> with a high sharp pitched sound. The other made a lower call than the
> others, rather soft and made a shorter, plainer call. But the biggest
> difference I noticed was that this birds underwings were all white with
> gray edges. the AMGP had mostly dark gray there. The hawk passed and the
> plovers returned to the site. target="_blank"> border="0" alt="Possible European Golden Plover photo
> PossibleEUGP.jpg"/> target="_blank"> border="0" alt=" photo PossibleEUGP2.jpg"/> target="_blank"> border="0" alt="Possible Female EUGP photo PossibleEUGPFemale.jpg"/> i
> couldn't get a flight shot. They were rather tame, allowing for close pics.
> I have heard of the EUGP influx this spring at Newfoundland, and have also
> heard about NJ's first EUGP seen just a few days ago. Migration has
> started, and many have started flying south. I am not 100% sure, but i
> almost guarantee these birds are EUGP's. They act like them, look like
> them, and match all the field marks. It is quite a find, Stilt Sandpipers
> and Bairds Sandpipers look like House Sparrows in my eyes today!
>
> Cheers, Ilan B.
>



--
Tom Johnson
tbj4@cornell.edu



Subject: Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co.
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 10:25 am
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
I, too, saw this several years ago in Palmer Township.  Apparently, it's not
that unusual for Kingbirds and others to do it while protecting their
territory. Just do an image search for "kingbird riding red-tailed hawk".
The unusual part is actually getting the chance to witness it.

Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com/
PicasaWeb Photo Albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/be...
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/ho...



-----Original Message-----
From: Betsy Mescavage
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:02 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co.

I was returning from my walk on Hillside Rd. in E. Allen Twp. just now,
coming up the hill by the small quarry. There are a lot of eastern
kingbirds in this area; they nest here every year. As I passed by an
electrical tower a red-tailed hawk flew off and immediately one of the
kingbirds took chase. And then it promptly landed on the back of the hawk
and stayed on until the hawk landed on another tower across the road! At
that point, the kingbird flew off. Have heard of this behavior but never
lucky enough to see it.

Betsy Mescavage
E.Allen Twp.
Seemsville
Northampton Co.



Subject: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 10:10 am
From: monicailan AT gmail.com
 
Hello, today i birded the Archery Club/Zions Stone Church Road Area for Shorebirds. Wasn't disappointed.

5 Lesser Yellowlegs

50 Least Sandpiper

1 White-Rumped Sandpiper

10 Semipalmated Sandpiper

23 Killdeer

3 Semipalmated Plover

Baird's Sandpiper. Seen at edge of pond close to road. Then seen across the road in the muddy pasture area by the cow farm

Then i scanned out toward the muddy pasture area by the creek a little farther down Zions Church Rd. I saw the regular shorebirds and quickly picked out a Stilt Sandpiper. Here is the link
Then i instantly spotted a few American Golden Plovers! I looked around carefully and counted 16, most in grassy areas close to the mud. Pics here
I was watching the Golden Plovers when i noticed 3 acting different. They appeared smaller and were not heavily associating with the others. They had shorter bills than the rest and a rounder head and shorter necks. They fed closer to the road than the rest and also fed in the mud within themselves. Unusually, the 2 males had almost entirely white flanks, while all the male AMGP Had black flanks. These plovers also had white tail coverts and the wingtips hardly projected past the tail tip. their bills were stouter and shorter than the other plovers. there was an apparent female, which had a short bill, and a pretty noticable breastband. it was also lighter in color than the female AMGP. As well as being smaller in size. Soon a Red-Tailed Hawk flew over, startling Most of the shorebirds. The American Golden Plovers uttered their normal call, higher pitched than BB Plovers with a high sharp pitched sound. The other made a lower call than the others, rather soft and made a shorter, plainer call. But the biggest difference I noticed was that this birds underwings were all white with gray edges. the AMGP had mostly dark gray there. The hawk passed and the plovers returned to the site. i couldn't get a flight shot. They were rather tame, allowing for close pics. I have heard of the EUGP influx this spring at Newfoundland, and have also heard about NJ's first EUGP seen just a few days ago. Migration has started, and many have started flying south. I am not 100% sure, but i almost guarantee these birds are EUGP's. They act like them, look like them, and match all the field marks. It is quite a find, Stilt Sandpipers and Bairds Sandpipers look like House Sparrows in my eyes today!

Cheers, Ilan B.



Subject: 07/27/14 Kirby Park List - Luzerne Co.
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 9:35 am
From: chickadd AT ptd.net
 
Reported by Bob Wasilewski
> 07/27/14
> Kirby Park List, Luzerne County
>
> 07/27/14 KPNA List
>
> 1) Great Blue Heron 2
> 2) Turkey Vulture 1
> 3) Canada Goose 18
> 4) Wood Duck 4
> 5) Mallard 12
> 6) Broad-winged Hawk 2
> 8) Killdeer 7
> 9) Feral Pigeon 10
> 10) Mourning Dove 1
> 11) Chimney Swift 10
> 12) Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
> 13) Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> 14) Downy Woodpecker 5
> 15) Hairy Woodpecker 2
> 16) Northern Flicker 2
> 17) Eastern Phoebe 1
> 18) Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> 19) Red-eyed Vireo 11
> 20) Blue Jay 4
> 21) Fish Crow 20
> 22) Black-capped Chickadee 7
> 23) Tufted Titmouse 5
> 24) White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> 25) Carolina Wren 3
> 26) American Robin 5
> 27) Gray Catbird 20
> 28) Northern Mockingbird 1
> 29) Cedar Waxwing 2
> 30) Yellow Warbler 1
> 31) American Redstart 2
> 32) Scarlet Tanager 1
> 33) Song Sparrow 26
> 34) Northern Cardinal 11
> 35) Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> 36) Indigo Bunting 6
> 37) American Goldfinch 20
>
> Eastern Cottontail: 1
> Gray Squirrel: 6
> Painted Turtle: 3
> Spring Azure: 1
> Cabbage White: 6
> Silver-spotted Skipper: 4
> Mosquitoes: A tolerable number
> Cicadas: Some
>
> Total Avian Species: 37
> Observers: 2
> Hours: 5.5
> Weather: Cloudy at start, partly cloudy at finish; 72-86 F



Subject: Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co.
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 9:02 am
From: amkestrel1 AT gmail.com
 
I was returning from my walk on Hillside Rd. in E. Allen Twp. just now, coming up the hill by the small quarry.   There are a lot of eastern kingbirds in this area; they nest here every year.    As I passed by an electrical tower a red-tailed hawk flew off and immediately one of the kingbirds took chase.   And then it promptly landed on the back of the hawk and stayed on until the hawk landed on another tower across the road!   At that point, the kingbird flew off.   Have heard of this behavior but never lucky enough to see it.   

Betsy Mescavage
E.Allen Twp.
Seemsville
Northampton Co.



Subject: Clarion Co- eastern screech owls with young
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 6:04 am
From: cjnal AT windstream.net
 
  I haven't posted anything in some time but thought I should report that once again "my" red phase eastern screech owls that have frequented the yard and barn for years now have fledged young.  I had not heard anything in the evenings like I sometimes do but on returning from a walk on the top fields on July 14th there was an adult with a juvenile bird perched together on the barn loft door.  Since then I have seen at least one bird regularly again at dusk perched on the loft door, with a juvenile there on one other occasion.  On Sunday night, two red phase adults were perched there together.  So it's nice to have them around for evening entertainment again.  It's usually later in June that I find them when they fledge,  so I'm not sure when these birds were actually first back at the barn since I was gone first week of July. I did get some decent photos through the scope of the adult and juvenile on that first day, a nice photo opportunity and just sorry it was too late in the day for me to alert someone with better photography skills !  

The last couple of mornings I've been hearing a yellow-billed cuckoo calling mournfully up in the woods and this morning I can hear it up there again, matching the mood of the gray skies.

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Subject: Northampton County Goldfinch nest building
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 18:36 pm
From: pabirder AT ptd.net
 
Twice I have had nest balls-mesh bags stuffed with fluff and string which hung all summer untouched until Goldfinch nesting time. The goldfinch emptied them in no time. 
Kathy Stagl
Emmaus, PA

> On Jul 28, 2014, at 6:27 PM, Robin & Dan wrote:
>
> I have an old hardware cloth suet feeder that I usually fill with cat hair
> in the spring. I have seen titmice (mouses?) taking their fill and looking
> like Santa Clause as they head to their nests, but today was the first time
> I've seen Goldfinches taking fuzz from it. Somewhere in the west part of
> Pen Argyl someone may come across a Goldfinch nest lined with orange tabby
> fur.
>
> Dan Zmoda
>
> Pen Argyl



Subject: Green Herons and Coot
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 17:55 pm
From: alanwells505 AT gmail.com
 
Stopped at Wildwood this morning and walked up the Towpath. I saw two Egrets but was surprised to see four Green Herons. I have never seen that many in one day there, though I figure others have. Actually got a shot of two of them sitting near each other in the canal. 

Later in the afternoon I went to Stover's Dam and after walking down the path from the dam I found the Coot in with a large flock of Mallards. Watched him from a while until a Muskrat swimming by caught my eye. I followed him for awhile until he took off for the other side of the lake and I lost him. On the way back to the car I saw the Coot had moved to the dam area and was eating along with about 5 Mallards. Didn't see the Blue Heron today. Have not seen him since early last week.

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

Alan Wells

York Haven



Subject: Northampton County Goldfinch nest building
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 17:28 pm
From: foandla AT epix.net
 
I have an old hardware cloth suet feeder that I usually fill with cat hair
in the spring. I have seen titmice (mouses?) taking their fill and looking
like Santa Clause as they head to their nests, but today was the first time
I've seen Goldfinches taking fuzz from it. Somewhere in the west part of
Pen Argyl someone may come across a Goldfinch nest lined with orange tabby
fur.

Dan Zmoda

Pen Argyl



Subject: Wood Thrush with labored breathing, Lancaster County
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 17:01 pm
From: jalstahl AT comcast.net
 
This morning I found a Wood Thurush on a lightly travelled road, breathing in a labored way; rapid, deep breaths with beak agape. I picked it up and placed it on a lawn off the road.  Has anyone observed symptoms like this in Wood Thrushes?  I suppose that this could have been caused by many different things.
Sincerely
Stan Stahl



Subject: Lebanon County
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 14:49 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
I walked the Stover's  area and Lion's Lake but I did not find the coot.

At Reistville Ponds along Fox Road there were ;

Semipalmated Sandpiper -2

Least Sanpiper-10

Then along Reistville Road in the pond was an adult Tundra Swan with yellow
lores.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Alder Flycatcher Middle Creek WMA
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 6:11 am
From: hrdabrd AT gmail.com
 
A very vocal alder flycatcher is currently singing just north of stop #1
along Kleinfeltersville rd on the west side of the road.

Bruce Carl
Akron, PA
Lancaster County



Subject: Two White Ibis- Chester Co.
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 4:58 am
From: 0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
PA Birders,
A few of us watched the two juvenile White Ibis fly north over the pond, but it was unclear if the birds flew away from the area altogether, or went to roost in one of the many trees that surround the pond.

To clarify the location where the ibis were originally discovered...There is a large pond that is only about 30% viewable from a small clearing of brush behind and around some White Pines on the South end of the back of the Walmart. You cannot see into this pond from your car. You will need to get out, and walk to the edge of the clearing and look down into the pond area.There is a storm drain near the clearing, and if looking at a map of the location, this would be in an area closest to the 30 By-pass highway.

There is also a small pond that is viewable from the parking area behind the automotive service garage at the northern end of the Walmart. Check there if you go, since the birds were last seen circling above this area. The water is deeper in that small pond, and the ibis were foraging in much more shallow water on the south end of the larger pond described above so that seems the best place to check for wading birds.

Good luck if you try.
~Holly Merker
Downingtown, Chester County


On Jul 27, 2014, at 6:08 PM, Holly Merker wrote:

> PA Birders,
> There are currently two juvenile White Ibis feeding in a pond behind the Walmart in Exton, Chester County.
> This Walmart is right off route 100, near the intersection of 30. Drive behind the Walmart and look for a clearing to peer down into the pond, best viewing is near a storm drain and from under some White Pines.
> Good birding-
> Holly Merker
> Downingtown, Chester County
>
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral photos, Green Pond, Northampton County
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 1:47 am
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
I’ve posted Sunday night’s photos of the Baird’s, Stilt, and Pectoral at Green Pond’s flooded fields.  They are at: 
http://picasaweb.google.com/be... .
After comparing my Stilt photos from last weekend and on Sunday, they are two different birds. This one has a much richer coloration and more rust on the cheeks.

Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com/
PicasaWeb Photo Albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/be...
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/ho...



Subject: Shorebirds, Terns, etc Crawford County
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 21:33 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
I birded a few spots around Crawford County before the bad weather hit this
evening.

I went to Erie Wildlife Refuge and my highlights were

7 Eastern Kingbirds ( gathering in groups??) All around Pond K
4 Common Yellowthroats
2 Indigo Buntings
1 Hooded Merganser
many Cedar Waxwings
5 Swamp Sparrows
4 Yellow Warblers ( must be migrants, I haven't seen any of these for a few
weeks)
2 Great Egrets
many Red Eyed Vireos still singing
1 Brown Thrasher
1 Hooded Warbler


Pymatuning Millers Ponds

1 Short Billed Dowither
4 Semipalmated Sandpipers
1 Semipalmated Plover
20 plus Killdeer
2 Least Sandpiper
1 Lesser Yellowlegs.
2 Sandhill Cranes
3 Wood Ducks

Pymatuning Spillway
4 Caspian Terns
2 Herring Gulls
250 plus Ring Billed Gulls

Conneaut Marsh
4 plus Marsh Wrens
5 plus Swamp Sparrows
2 Wood Thrush ( heard)
2 Va Rails Calling
1 Green Heron

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


Shawn Collins
Crawford County



Subject: Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Green Pond, Northampton County
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 19:42 pm
From: becard AT rcn.com
 
Just got back from a stop at Green Pond’s flooded fields and had the following:

2 Great Blue Herons
1 Green Heron
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
20 Solitary Sandpipers
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
59 Least Sandpipers
1 BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Stilt Sandpiper (appears to be the same bird found last weekend)
along with Tree, Barn, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and Cedar Waxwings.

I took some documentation photos of the Baird’s, but the light was really failing. Will see what I have later. The water level has dropped dramatically. The only remaining water is on the east side of ‘the island’. The Baird’s was at the very back of the pool. Hopefully, the approaching storms will ‘up’ the water level and keep the birds there for tomorrow.

For those interested, a township meeting about developing Green Pond is tomorrow night (7 PM) at the township building (4225 Easton Avenue) in Bethlehem Township.

Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com/
PicasaWeb Photo Albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/be...
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/ho...



Subject: Two White Ibis- Chester Co.
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 18:43 pm
From: aeuhrich AT gmail.com
 
Nice find Holly!  The 2 Juvenile White Ibis just flew off at about 7:40
heading NNW.
On Jul 27, 2014 6:08 PM, "Holly Merker" <
0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request@list.audubon.org> wrote:

> PA Birders,
> There are currently two juvenile White Ibis feeding in a pond behind the
> Walmart in Exton, Chester County.
> This Walmart is right off route 100, near the intersection of 30. Drive
> behind the Walmart and look for a clearing to peer down into the pond, best
> viewing is near a storm drain and from under some White Pines.
> Good birding-
> Holly Merker
> Downingtown, Chester County
>
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Allegheny Co. Great Egret and Washingtin County Double-crested Cormorant
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 18:19 pm
From: 0000001e3bf8599f-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I was able to check a few spots this evening inbetween storms. A GREAT EGRET, found this morning by Ron Kean, continued at Wingfield Pines. It flew off while I was there heading towards the ponds at Boyce Mayview. 

Earlier I made a brief stop at Canonsburg Lake and found a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. This may be a continuing bird seen in the area recently.

Shannon Thompson
Allegheny Co.





Subject: Merlin's nest/leg band update, Clearfield Co.
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 17:15 pm
From: drichards7 AT verizon.net
 
It appears that the last (or only) fledgling Merlin has vacated the previously posted nest tree in Northwest Clearfield County.
The band that I discovered on a detatched passerine leg belonged to a male House Finch. The bird had been banded locally on 4/1/14.
I found another banded leg (colored bands) on a subsequent visit last Wednesday. These bands were attached to a Black-capped Chickadee.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake



Subject: Two White Ibis- Chester Co.
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 17:08 pm
From: 0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
PA Birders,
There are currently two juvenile White Ibis feeding in a pond behind the Walmart in Exton, Chester County.
This Walmart is right off route 100, near the intersection of 30. Drive behind the Walmart and look for a clearing to peer down into the pond, best viewing is near a storm drain and from under some White Pines.
Good birding-
Holly Merker
Downingtown, Chester County

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: White Winged Crossbill - Lancaster County
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 17:07 pm
From: dsmart34 AT verizon.net
 
While relaxing and watching the birds outside my camper at White Oak Campground near Strasburg, PA, one in particular caught my eye.  My wife and I had spotted immature Eastern Towhees earlier and I thought this might be another.  The first thing I noticed was the crossed bill.  It was at a distance of about 20 feet, through leaves at eye level. The next thing I see are two bold wingbars.  The bird had a streaked breast and was overall brownish.  There was a second bird with it that I was not able to see as they both flew off and up to the higher reaches of the trees.  I was able to get another look and the wing bars stood out but it was too far to pick up the crossed bill.

Up in the higher branches, at least two or three other birds joined the first two. I never saw any red on these birds and they flew out of my sight after a short time.

The area around White Oak Campground is primarily deciduous woods. My only guess is that a small group of White Winged Crossbills was moving through to another coniferous woods and stopped down in the lower levels to get quick snack of some of the many berries that are currently in season beside my camper.

Dave Smart
Philadelphia



Subject: Erie County bird sightings
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 14:32 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Except for one sighting, all bird reports of note were from Gull Point on Presque Isle S.P., Pa.


American Avocet 3; July 20 & 21
2; July 27

Willet 2; July 21

Whimbrel 4; July 23
4; July 27

White-eyed Vireo 1; July 21; State Game Lands #314


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




Subject: Whimbrels, Avocets, Erie Co.
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 12:58 pm
From: 0000002b37537baa-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I was at Gull Point from about 6-11 this morning. After relatively uneventful trips here on Thursday (7/24) and Saturday (7/26), I was hoping that some overnight precipitation might produce more shorebirds today than the preceding days, and it seemed to have done just that. Highlights among 13 shorebird species:

4 Whimbrel-- (probably two separate pairs)-- two that took off from the point shortly after I arrived and I watched them heading S/SE over the town of Erie until they were no longer visible; two others that dropped in from the north shortly thereafter, the latter two of which were still present when I left around 11 am
2 American Avocets-- first one dropped in at 6:42 am, joined by the other that dropped in at 8:04 am; both still present when I left

There was also a noticeable movement of presumed southbound Yellow Warblers (~60) passing over the point in the first couple hours of daylight.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19234857


Matthew Sabatine
(soon to be back in) State College/Bangor, PA




Subject: Gulls - Beaver Co.
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 11:42 am
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
I stopped at the Townsends Dam in New Brighton this afternoon and on the dam there were two adult Ring-billed Gulls and two adult Herring Gulls

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone




Subject: from: Roy Boyle
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 8:06 am
From: royboyle AT hotmail.com
 
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royboyle@hotmail.com



Subject: Sandhill Crane Lehigh cty
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 8:01 am
From: 00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The Sandhill Crane is still present as of 8:30 this morning along Weilers Rd near Trexler Pines. Look on both sides of road as you come in from rt. 222. Bird was on the right-hand side in grass along woods. 

There was a Great Egret in the retention pond along Boulder drive.


Dan Altif



Subject: ROUTE 380 Avocets?
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 20:02 pm
From: plant4nature AT gmail.com
 
"380 Avocets"    Guess I might have thought the same too...would have been happy to see ONE...but nice to see and hear the Purple Martins across the road in the PM house.  We saw a turtle but not sure what kind...NOT a snapper...didn't look like a soft shell....wish I could have gotten close, but we listened to the signs...We were near the 4 way stop when Adrian's message came thru with no AA...Went to Loyalhanna Dam....not much...then to West Penn Trail at Livermore..There was a small very low, no movement little creek and I had a Waterthrush...it was not the same call I remember for the LOWA, so could it have been a Northern....Not familiar with those...Walked back to the 2nd bridge both East of the parking lot...did see some Turk's cap lilies and another flower I need to find out what it is in full bloom...some butterflies too..Not too much in the way of birds, but did see 3-4 Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese, heard Common Yellowthroats, Cardinals, Robins Towhees, the REV  and Acadians and the Waterthrush in the parking lot area..Nice to get out and see other areas, but I really had more here at home(yellow and common yellowthroat warblers by the deck this morning)....Nice to see Marge Van Tassle and met Donna Mahoney (sp)...


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

On Jul 26, 2014, at 2:20 PM, Ryan Tomazin wrote:

> Hehe, this really should have been titled "Rt. 380 Avocets". Some of us might have thought that there were 380 avocets somewhere :)
>
> Ryan
>
>> Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:17 -0400
>> From: plant4nature@GMAIL.COM
>> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] 380 Avocets?
>> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>>
>> No AA, couple Killdeer, Purple martins CGeese, swallows 4 deer. Just left
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Jul 26, 2014, at 10:43 AM, Aidan Place wrote:
>>>
>>> I stopped by this morning and did not see them.
>>> Good Birding,
>>> Aidan Place
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>> On Jul 26, 2014, at 9:34 AM, Marcy Cunkelman wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Wonder if anyone has been to 380 to see if the Avocets are still there from yesterday? Thanks for yes or no response>
>>>> Marcy Cunkelman
>>>> Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
>>>> plant4nature@gmail.com
>>>> The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to
>>>> seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen
>



Subject: Shorebirds at Somerset Lake, Somerset County
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 19:31 pm
From: placea AT winchesterthurston.org
 
I went this morning to Somerset Lake to see what kinds of shorebirds were around. After leaving Pittsburgh I realized that I had left my scope at home. As a consequence the shorebirding was rather difficult. I persevered none the less and had the following species.
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper (it was impossible to tell how many least or semipalmated there were as they were hard to separate with binoculars. However, I could tell that both species present)
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

Good Birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County


Sent from my iPhone



Subject: birding Shawnee State Park, Bedford County
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 18:51 pm
From: blueapis AT msn.com
 
Does anyone have some familiarity with birding Shawnee State Park?  I'll be there for four days next weekend and would appreciate any advice about the area.
Thanks,
cathy brown, Washington, PA



Subject: Pnc park terns sp allegheny county
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 18:21 pm
From: 0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Im down here at pnc park rocking to some country music. Its starting raining and so far I seen 3 terns flying around. from allegheny river and heading down the mon river. So guys get out there. I wish I could. Good luck
Matthew juskowich
Allegheny county
Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® III mini, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone



Subject: Pectoral Sandpipers - Allegheny Co.
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 15:54 pm
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There were two Pectoral Sandpipers and a Solitary Sandpiper at the Imperial Grasslands main pond  today

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone




Subject: Lebanon County Bird
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 13:42 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
I walked around Stover's Dam today and the American Coot that Alan Wells had
yesterday was still there.

I had it near the dam. I am pretty sure Alan had a new early date yesterday
for the American Coot.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: 380 Avocets?
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 13:20 pm
From: wvwarblers AT hotmail.com
 
Hehe, this really should have been titled "Rt. 380 Avocets". Some of us might have thought that there were 380 avocets somewhere :)

Ryan

> Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:17 -0400
> From: plant4nature@GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] 380 Avocets?
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>
> No AA, couple Killdeer, Purple martins CGeese, swallows 4 deer. Just left
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jul 26, 2014, at 10:43 AM, Aidan Place wrote:
> >
> > I stopped by this morning and did not see them.
> > Good Birding,
> > Aidan Place
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Jul 26, 2014, at 9:34 AM, Marcy Cunkelman wrote:
> >>
> >> Wonder if anyone has been to 380 to see if the Avocets are still there from yesterday? Thanks for yes or no response>
> >> Marcy Cunkelman
> >> Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
> >> plant4nature@gmail.com
> >> The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to
> >> seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen



Subject: House Wren question
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 11:59 am
From: 0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 

Marianne,

It really is fiction that House Wrens (HOWR) prefer nesting sites along shrubbery and woods. They will nest anywhere honestly. They do not have any preference for any type of nestbox either. I have had them fill my flicker box to the top with their sticks. They will take over a nestbox trail if left to do so. Years ago, I was a monitor at Pinchot State Park, and when we first took over the maintenance of the trail, every box and there were 63 we had to find, all had HOWR nests in them.

One thing to remember about HOWR is that they make dummy nests. You need to check these boxes and feel if there is a nest cup in there on top of the sticks/nesting material. If there is a cup lining made by the female, then eggs should follow. This constitutes (lining and lining and eggs) an active nest legally. The other nests can be removed. It is possible for one bird to fill up 8 of your boxes and that's just one bird. So now you may see that it is easy for them to take over a nestbox trail.

One thing people try is to put up a Wren guard and this should be done before the wrens nest, but you could give it a try after you remove any inactive nests that you find when you check the boxes. Lots of information is available on this superb web site. Here is the page about the HOWR http://www.sialis.org/wrens.ht...


Hope this helps!


Kathy Clark, New Cumberland, PA


-----Original Message-----
From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 7:02 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] House Wren question


I have been paying close attention to my nest boxes this year. We have
almost 100 acres, with about 10 acres in hay fields. I have about 16 wren
boxes (several are new) and about 8 bluebird boxes. The wren boxes are
located along hay field tree lines where there is shrubbery. The bluebird
boxes are located farther away from the trees and shrubs in more open areas.

I had successful bluebird and Tree Swallow nestings this year, in addition
to every wren box having House Wrens. There was a bird nest in EVERY box!

The strange thing is now that the bluebirds and tree swallows have fledged,
House Wrens have taken over almost all of those boxes. The only box they
haven't taken over is pretty far into a hay field. Husband doesn't like bird
houses in the middle of the hay fields, since it makes it difficult for him
to mow around and make hay. If it wasn't for that, I would have boxes all
over in the middle of the fields!

It seems like the wrens are not re-using their original boxes, but are now
using the bluebird boxes. Why is this?

Do the wrens not like to use a box that they already nested in and want to
build a brand new nest?

Thanks for any info,

Marianne Atkinson
NW Clearfield County, near DuBois






Subject: 380 Avocets?
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 11:35 am
From: plant4nature AT gmail.com
 
No AA, couple Killdeer, Purple martins   CGeese, swallows 4 deer. Just left 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 26, 2014, at 10:43 AM, Aidan Place wrote:
>
> I stopped by this morning and did not see them.
> Good Birding,
> Aidan Place
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jul 26, 2014, at 9:34 AM, Marcy Cunkelman wrote:
>>
>> Wonder if anyone has been to 380 to see if the Avocets are still there from yesterday? Thanks for yes or no response>
>> Marcy Cunkelman
>> Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
>> plant4nature@gmail.com
>> The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to
>> seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen



Subject: Dead wood
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 9:01 am
From: herb1013 AT epix.net
 
I thought some PA Birders might like this information. Its why I don’t cut down the dead Scotch Pine that sits by my front deck. Now that the feeders are in front there is always 8 or 10 birds of all kinds waiting their turn at the feeders sitting in that dead tree. There are also always BCCD hawking insects from the bark. Here is the link..

http://blog.nwf.org/2014/07/dead-logs-are-anything-but-dead/?s_email_id=20140726_MEM_ENG_WLO_July_Edition|http://blog.nwf.org/2014/07/de...

Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners,Susquehanna County



Subject: 380 Avocets?
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 8:34 am
From: plant4nature AT gmail.com
 
Wonder if anyone has been to 380 to see if the Avocets are still there from yesterday?  Thanks for yes or no response>
Marcy Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
plant4nature@gmail.com
The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to
seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen



Subject: House Wren question
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 6:02 am
From: marianne5 AT windstream.net
 
I have been paying close attention to my nest boxes this year. We have
almost 100 acres, with about 10 acres in hay fields. I have about 16 wren
boxes (several are new) and about 8 bluebird boxes. The wren boxes are
located along hay field tree lines where there is shrubbery. The bluebird
boxes are located farther away from the trees and shrubs in more open areas.

I had successful bluebird and Tree Swallow nestings this year, in addition
to every wren box having House Wrens. There was a bird nest in EVERY box!

The strange thing is now that the bluebirds and tree swallows have fledged,
House Wrens have taken over almost all of those boxes. The only box they
haven't taken over is pretty far into a hay field. Husband doesn't like bird
houses in the middle of the hay fields, since it makes it difficult for him
to mow around and make hay. If it wasn't for that, I would have boxes all
over in the middle of the fields!

It seems like the wrens are not re-using their original boxes, but are now
using the bluebird boxes. Why is this?

Do the wrens not like to use a box that they already nested in and want to
build a brand new nest?

Thanks for any info,

Marianne Atkinson
NW Clearfield County, near DuBois



Subject: American Coot Lebanon
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 22:05 pm
From: alanwells505 AT gmail.com
 
Took a walk around the lake at Stover's Dam in Lebanon today. Spotted a Coot in with a bunch of Mallards. The first time I saw it it was on a log along the bank. Later I found him along the dam eating, again with a bunch of Mallards.

While I was there I also saw a Green Heron in the trees across the lake from where I was and a Blue Heron flew over but I could not see if he landed and did not see him again.

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

Alan Wells



Subject: 4 Green Herons @ Parks Ind. Park pond/trees (Armstrong County)
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 20:26 pm
From: marvant AT windstream.net
 
4 Green Herons tonight seen on small "dock" and in trees then flying around as my son and I watched them (I believe  because someone was in the small run behind the trees...I've taken photos of 2 while another was in a tree near them so maybe a family group
3 Wood Ducklings growing each week
3 Mallard Ducklings with mom (still kind of small) in the water
12 Mallard adults on the grass
2 Killdeer (1 flying around nervous)
4 Barn swallows flying over the water and banks
Marge Vam Tassel
Armstrong County



Subject: American Avocets, Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland Co
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 19:39 pm
From: michaeltdavid AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,

Just passing along word that 2 American Avocets were seen at the north end
of Beaver Run Reservoir at 4PM today. A photo was just uploaded to the PA
Birders facebook page. They may well be gone already, but it's probably
worth checking in the morning if anyone's close.

Best,

Michael David
Blair Co.



Subject: Great Egret - Crawford Co.
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 18:13 pm
From: 000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This afternoon there was a Great Egret at the Linesville Fish Hatchery

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone




Subject: American Avocet, Lake Redman, York County
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 18:01 pm
From: dsktc AT comcast.net
 
Here is a photo of the American Avocet at Lake Redman, York County today:



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



Thanks again to Jim Still for allowing me to look through his scope and to

Mary Creager for reporting it.





Dave Kerr

Carlisle



Subject: Lebanon County Birds
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 17:24 pm
From: randyc11 AT windstream.net
 
I was at Reistviile ponds mid-afternoon and the Boltz's were there  looking
for the Western.

All the shorebirds were along Fox Road .

Killdeer-about 5

Least Sandpiper-9 were the only shorebirds.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



Subject: Shorebirds, Stoughstown Pond, Cumberland County
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 16:41 pm
From: dsktc AT comcast.net
 
At Stoughstown Pond this morning, I found these shorebirds:



Killdeer (29)



Spotted Sandpiper (1)



Solitary Sandpiper (2)



Greater Yellowlegs (1)



Lesser Yellowlegs (2)



Least Sandpiper (10)



The pond is located about a mile north of Walnut Bottom. It

Is very close to I-81.





Dave Kerr

Carlisle



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