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29 May: @ 05:49:04 
Re: Question for the group about a dead tree swallow - York County [Gerald Kruth]
28 May: @ 21:44:20 
Re: Frick Today, Allegheny County -- OsFl [Jack E. Solomon]
28 May: @ 21:34:31 
Kirby Park, Luz. Co. [Sandra Goodwin]
28 May: @ 17:44:36 
Erie County birds of note [Jerry McWilliams]
28 May: @ 17:39:36 
White-rumped sandpipers, York Co [Richard Cleary]
28 May: @ 17:04:07 
Eastern Kingbird Washington county [Cathy Brown]
28 May: @ 16:42:24 
Allegheny County - Gilfillan Farms - Blackpoll Warbler [Ryan Tomazin]
28 May: @ 15:48:45 
Common Gallinule & White-rumped Sandpiper - Lawrence Co. [Mark Vass]
28 May: @ 14:18:40 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (27 May 2017) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
28 May: @ 13:20:39 
Frick Today, Allegheny County -- OsFl [Jack E. Solomon]
27 May: @ 18:55:45 
Canada Warbler, Boyce Park, Plum Borough, Allegheny Co. [Amy Henrici]
27 May: @ 17:35:58 
Red Crossbill Continues - Schuylkill County - Owl Creek, May 27, 2017 [DAVE KRUEL]
27 May: @ 11:52:11 
Mississippi Kite Wallingford Delaware Co [Rob Fergus]
27 May: @ 11:29:34 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 May 2017) 2 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
27 May: @ 06:02:16 
Olive-sided Flycatcher, Middle Creek, Lancaster County [Mike Epler]
26 May: @ 20:42:05 
Red-headed Woodpecker; Carbon County [Rob Bergstresser]
26 May: @ 20:21:01 
Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine - North Shore, May 26, 2017 [Karyn Delaney]
26 May: @ 20:07:50 
Crawford Co. - Red-headed Woodpecker [Clare Nicolls]
26 May: @ 19:41:22 
Lancaster Mt. Eden Rd. Grassland Birds [Linda Rowan]
26 May: @ 17:33:08 
White-rumped Sandpiper - Mercer Co. [Mark Vass]
26 May: @ 15:52:50 
Breeding Bird Blitz June 16-19th [Vern Gauthier]
26 May: @ 14:20:21 
Re: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township [Robert Hoopes]
26 May: @ 13:10:41 
Crawford CO. - Warblers [Clare Nicolls]
26 May: @ 11:58:53 
Flycatchers, Lehigh and Carbon Counties [Adam Smith]
26 May: @ 11:06:06 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 May 2017) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
26 May: @ 10:15:05 
Re: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township [Hopkins, Jeff A.]
25 May: @ 20:46:57 
Whimbrels, Turnstone, Minsi Lake, Northampton Co [michael schall]
25 May: @ 20:15:30 
Prothonotary Warbler, Berks [Rudolph Keller]
25 May: @ 18:56:27 
Erie County, Gull Point Trail [Jerry McWilliams]
25 May: @ 16:00:14 
Re: Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County - location coordinates [Gregory William Grove]
25 May: @ 15:55:15 
Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County [Gregory William Grove]
25 May: @ 15:54:15 
Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, May 24, 2017 [Karyn Delaney]
25 May: @ 14:37:04 
Short-billed dowitcher, York Co. [Richard Cleary]
25 May: @ 10:20:02 
Venango Co- Kahle Lake, red-necked phalaropes [Carole]
25 May: @ 10:06:45 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (24 May 2017) 2 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
25 May: @ 08:08:45 
Clarion Co- no phalaropes [Carole]
24 May: @ 21:16:43 
canoe birding, Schuylkill [Rudolph Keller]
24 May: @ 20:04:34 
clarion/venango [Gary Edwards]
24 May: @ 18:51:49 
Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny [Kate StJohn]
24 May: @ 18:01:10 
Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township [Robert Hoopes]
24 May: @ 05:07:51 
Lancaster - White-rumped Sandpiper [Zachary Millen]
23 May: @ 22:55:11 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (23 May 2017) Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
23 May: @ 21:25:55 
Monroe Co.-- Black-bellied Plover and Stilt Sandpiper [Bruce Johnson]
23 May: @ 19:02:07 
Erie County, Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 23, 2017 [Jerry McWilliams]
23 May: @ 16:43:13 
Am. Wigeons - Crawford Co. [Mark Vass]
23 May: @ 16:18:49 
Re: Crawford Co _White Pelican - No [Aidan Place]
23 May: @ 14:16:57 
Lancaster County Red-headed woodpecker [Paul Blank]
23 May: @ 12:53:44 
Crawford Co _White Pelican - No [Clare Nicolls]
23 May: @ 08:44:00 
Northampton Co. sightings [Billy Weber]
23 May: @ 07:49:41 
White Pelicans Crawford County [Jeff McDonald]





Subject: Question for the group about a dead tree swallow - York County
Date: Mon May 29 2017 5:49 am
From: 00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Nice post Kathy (obviously I'm behind in reading my mail -- so this is what
I do with my holidays!!!)

I checked boxes yesterday at Moraine SP. I opened one, and sadly saw a
dead adult TS. I went to examine her, and she turned and looked at me while
sitting peacefully.

Sometimes all is well.

:)

jk





In a message dated 5/17/2017 10:39:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG writes:

Ann,


Things happen that we have no control of. This spring before today took a
sharp turn with cold wet weather after the birds nested and when that
happens, they cannot find bugs to feed the young. It may have been feeding
earthworms and that gives diarrhea. I have seen many springs like this when
the weather takes a sharp cold turn. Also make sure that your nestboxes
inside on the front panel are gouged out or have some metal fencing stapled
inside. Also, you can make kerfs, or slices, in the wood when the boxes are
made. The Tree Swallows legs are not strong and as you probably know they
eat on the wing while flying. If it is just regular planed lumber or PVC
they cannot climb out of the box and that might be what happened. Of
course, we will never know but these are clues to help you figure it out. Feel
free to ask me anytime. If you have questions let me know


Kathy Clark, New Cumberland, PA



-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Pettigrew
To: PABIRDS
Sent: Wed, May 17, 2017 10:06 pm
Subject: [PABIRDS] Question for the group about a dead tree swallow - York
County

I was checking my bluebird boxes yesterday and found a dead male tree
swallow in one. There was no nesting material and he was lying as if roosting,
in other words, on his sternum. I thought for a moment that he was alive
but frozen on the spot in the hopes I would go away. I thought maybe house
sparrows had killed him but there were no obvious signs of trauma. There
was a lot of dried stool that looked as though it had been liquid.

Those of you who have boxes, have you found this before? It was
incredibly sad and I still wonder if sparrows had something to do with it although
years ago when I discovered dead bluebird hatchlings in a box they had
obvious signs of trauma where the sparrows had pecked the heads of the
hatchlings.

Thanks very much for any thoughts about this swallow.

Best regards,
Ann

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

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Subject: Frick Today, Allegheny County -- OsFl
Date: Sun May 28 2017 21:44 pm
From: 00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Thnx, Dan.I only have a semismart phone, a Tracphone deal. No room on it for more apps.

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 2:20 PM, Jack E. Solomon wrote: Sue Solomon and yours' truly birded Riverview Hill this morning around 9am and bumped into a birder we know named Rachel. About 1/4 down Riverview Extension Trail, in a clearing on the right (as you're heading down) we 3 saw, within seconds of each other:
Olive-sided FlycatcherScarlet Tanager 2, a male and a femaleBrown ThrasherBaltimore OrioleEastern TowheeNorthern Cardinal
Jack Solomon

My ramblings,characteristicallyof zero value, follow. If your time is valuable, read no more. You were warned.
Long live glorius Frick Park. The signal achievement was celebrated over good hot coffee, a tasty quiche, and a delicious breakfast taco at Staghorn, on nearby Greenfield Ave. The owners, Katy and Mark, are birder friendly. Say high to them for us if ya stop in.
I promised someone who has persistantly pestered me to put my sightings on eBird. So I may try, again. It is, however, annoyingly difficult for me to navigate in eBird. If any o' yinz got any influence with Cornell (or whoever maintains it) please say something.
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android



Subject: Kirby Park, Luz. Co.
Date: Sun May 28 2017 21:34 pm
From: chickadd AT ptd.net
 
Redorded by Bob Wasilewski
05/28/17

Perhaps the most notable miss was blackpoll warbler, normally pretty
much a sure thing on the May walk. Although most blackpolls, like the
other migrants, probably arrived earlier than normal, on Saturday I
had heard them in a couple of places, including at the intersection of
Franklin and South Streets in Wilkes-Barre while waiting for the light
to change. Another notable miss was common yellowthroat, although
that™s not as guaranteed as blackpoll had been. Notable sightings, or
hearings, were scarlet tanager, black-throated green warbler, and
chestnut-sided warbler. I hadn™t expected these in the Park since
most probably are on their breeding grounds, and as far as I know,
none breeds in the Natural Area. Also, the habitat isn™t the best for
black-throated greens, which normally I associate with conifers or
mixed woods.

Bob

1) Green Heron 3
2) Great Blue Heron 1
3) Turkey Vulture 2
4) Canada Goose 11
5) Wood Duck 3
6) Mallard 15
7) Common Merganser 1
8) Bald Eagle 1
9) Cooper™s Hawk 1
10) Broad-winged Hawk 1
11) Peregrine Falcon 2
12) Rock Dove 5
13) Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
14) Chimney Swift 4
15) Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
16) Downy Woodpecker 4
17) Hairy Woodpecker 3
18) Northern Flicker 2
19) Pileated Woodpecker 1
20) Eastern Phoebe 2
21) Great Crested Flycatcher 4
22) Red-eyed Vireo 19
23) Blue Jay 7
24) American Crow 2
25) Fish Crow 3
26) Common Raven 1
27) Tree Swallow 3
28) Black-capped Chickadee 4
29) Tufted Titmouse 5
30) White-breasted Nuthatch 2
31) Carolina Wren 7
32) House Wren 4
33) Eastern Bluebird 1
34) American Robin 20
35) Gray Catbird 31
36) European Starling 26
36) Yellow Warbler 5
37) Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
38) Black-throated Green Warbler 1
39) American Redstart 14
40) Scarlet Tanager 1
42) Song Sparrow 19
43) Northern Cardinal 10
44) Indigo Bunting 4
45) Common Grackle 31
46) Brown-headed Cowbird 3
47) Baltimore Oriole 1*
48) American Goldfinch 4

*I™m waiting for more information. John Dickinson saw one while I was
looking for wood ducks, and I saw one after he had left.

Gray Squirrel: 2
Woodchuck: 1
Garter Snake: 2
Gray Tree Frog: 2
American Toad: 2
Painted Turtle: 10
Snapping Turtle: 3
Cabbage White Butterfly: 3
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly: 1
Mosquito: More than I™d like (which is more than zero)

Total Avian Species: 48
Observers: 3-2-1
Hours: 5.0
Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant (except for the mosquitoes) with an
increasing breeze (kept the mosquitoes at bay); 61-75 F

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming Co.



Subject: Erie County birds of note
Date: Sun May 28 2017 17:44 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Presque Isle S.P., Pa. unless noted otherwise.


Eared Grebe 1; to at least May 26; off Vista 4; latest spring record in the county

Whimbrel up to 42 (one flock); May 25; Gull Point
1; May 26 & 27; Gull Point

Red Knot 5; May 25; Gull Point

White-rumped Sandpiper 12; May 25; Gull Point
1; May 26; Gull Point

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1; May 21; near the marina

Kentucky Warbler 1; May 21; Fairview Twp.
1; May 23; Fry's landing

Yellow-breasted Chat 1; May 23; Fry's landing


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



Subject: White-rumped sandpipers, York Co
Date: Sun May 28 2017 17:39 pm
From: 0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There are currently two white-rumped sandpipers feeding in Lake Redman in the pond along Hess Farm Rd.

Dick Cleary

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Eastern Kingbird Washington county
Date: Sun May 28 2017 17:04 pm
From: blueapis AT msn.com
 
I watched a beautiful male Eastern Kingbird today on the fence of a horse pasture in northwestern Washington County.  There may have two kingbirds; a second bird of equal size flew off immediately and I wasn't able to ID it.


Cathy Brown, Washington County



Subject: Allegheny County - Gilfillan Farms - Blackpoll Warbler
Date: Sun May 28 2017 16:42 pm
From: wvwarblers AT hotmail.com
 
A very late singing male Blackpoll Warbler just across from the parking lot for Westminster Church, in the walnut and butternut trees.


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA



Subject: Common Gallinule & White-rumped Sandpiper - Lawrence Co.
Date: Sun May 28 2017 15:48 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
I was in Lawrence Co. earlier today and had these sightings

Wampum-New Galilee Rd. marsh

Common Gallinule singing from reeds

Shaner Rd. gravel pond

1 Semipalmated Plover
1 White-rumped Sandpiper
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (27 May 2017) Raptors
Date: Sun May 28 2017 14:18 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 11 11
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Armas Hill, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Schall, Pam Fisher

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (13): Kathleen Pileggi, Armas Hill, Rise Hill, Irene Goverts,
Cathy Huneke, Mike & Corinne Schall, Pam Fisher, Ian Stewart (Sarah, Ollie,
Isaac).



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






Weather:
Cloudy to Partly Cloudy (100-50% cloud cover), Ceiling - 10,400 ft.,
Visibility 5 miles, Temps 70-72F, Winds WNW 5-10 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (35) and Turkey Vultures (60).





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: ---Where are You Guys, Anyway?---
Just when we have some birds, you guys have left! I dont have to do ALL
your thinking for you, do I? (lol). Seriously, the weather people claimed
it was to a rain-filled afternoon and evening, but come 5pm, the skies
brightened, no rain, and the flight of shorebirds I expected for yesterday
was back on in my mind, anyway. A day I had almost cancelled the Watch
now looked nearly perfect. Go figure! It is very difficult to predict
anything when your prediction is based on weather which is so often wrong.
The only one worse than them is that guy predicting flights at Bucktoe.
And I have it on good authority that the prognosticator here at Bucktoe
Creek Preserve Kite & Shorebird Watch really is certifiably bad! (lol)
Sure enough, Ramsey and Annette and so many of those cursed people here
yesterday, weren't here today when 5 flocks of shorebirds came by (Just as
I had predicted, right Ramsey?). Flocks were: 90 Black-bellied Plover @
7:08, 200 Dunlin @ 7:39, and flocks of unidentified shorebirds too distant
or a bit too dark to ID 75 @ 7:47, 200 @ 8:15, and 200 @ 8:20. Also,
seen were 6 Common Nighthawks! They came just as I said they would but
you cant believe everything you read, can you? That thought in mindI
expect many more flocks on Sunday!



----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 90-BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (@
7:08pm), 200-Dunlin (@ 7:39pm), 475-Unidentified (@ 7:47, 8:15, 8:20pm).



1-Great Blue Heron, 6-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Blue
Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange
Sulphur, American Lady, Little Wood Satyr. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner.
Reptiles & Amphibians (2): Spring Peeper, American Toad. Mammals (2):
Eastern Cottontail, Little Brown Bat.



----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: 4.28; Steps: 10,041; Floors:
11.



----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird 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
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 60; this season: 88



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN.





Predictions:
Expecting good things tomorrow! Winds are right, date is right and my mojo
is right!



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
earlybirdtours@comcast.net with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


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: Frick Today, Allegheny County -- OsFl
Date: Sun May 28 2017 13:20 pm
From: 00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Sue Solomon and yours' truly birded Riverview Hill this morning around 9am and bumped into a birder we know named Rachel. About 1/4 down Riverview Extension Trail, in a clearing on the right (as you're heading down) we 3 saw, within seconds of each other:
Olive-sided FlycatcherScarlet Tanager 2, a male and a femaleBrown ThrasherBaltimore OrioleEastern TowheeNorthern Cardinal
Jack Solomon

My ramblings,characteristicallyof zero value, follow. If your time is valuable, read no more. You were warned.
Long live glorius Frick Park. The signal achievement was celebrated over good hot coffee, a tasty quiche, and a delicious breakfast taco at Staghorn, on nearby Greenfield Ave. The owners, Katy and Mark, are birder friendly. Say high to them for us if ya stop in.
I promised someone who has persistantly pestered me to put my sightings on eBird. So I may try, again. It is, however, annoyingly difficult for me to navigate in eBird. If any o' yinz got any influence with Cornell (or whoever maintains it) please say something.
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android



Subject: Canada Warbler, Boyce Park, Plum Borough, Allegheny Co.
Date: Sat May 27 2017 18:55 pm
From: henriciac AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon at Boyce Park we encountered a Canada Warbler feeding and singing just in from the entrance to the Outer Trail off of New Texas Road. Other warblers were a Kentucky, Redstart, three Hooded, and Yellow, all singing males. Hopefully they will all find mates.

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea


Sent from my iPad



Subject: Red Crossbill Continues - Schuylkill County - Owl Creek, May 27, 2017
Date: Sat May 27 2017 17:35 pm
From: dkruel300 AT comcast.net
 
Hi All,'
Kerry Grim and I had a single red crossbill calling at the Owl Creek area this morning. That species has been observed here since the beginning of December 2016, nearly 6 months continually.

We had a nice count of a dozen Blackburnian Warblers singing, mostly likely all territorial. Other species likely territorial are Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Golden-crowned Kinglet. And a real treat was to see a pair of Canada Warblers with female carrying nesting material.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County

> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> To: dkruel300@comcast.net
> Date: May 27, 2017 at 6:25 PM
> Subject: eBird Report - Owl Creek, May 27, 2017
>
> Owl Creek, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, US
> May 27, 2017 7:15 AM - 12:46 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Date: May 27, 2017, Saturday, 7:15 a.m.-12:46 p.m., with Dave Kruel
> Location: Owl Creek, Schuylkill County [3.0 m., on footi].
> Ground: Wet
> Sky: Cloudy (cloudy)
> Temperature f: 51 at start
> Wind, mph: Calm (calm)
>
> Additional wildlife:
> Red Squirrel (3)
> Red Eft (21)
> Wood Frog (1)
> 62 species
>
> Wood Duck 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Spotted Sandpiper 4
> Mourning Dove 2
> Black-billed Cuckoo 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Blue-headed Vireo 5 Five. Number in line with the area of coverage and habitat. Dave Kruel and I easily separated teh calls from Red-eyed Vireos.
> Red-eyed Vireo 5
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 7
> Common Raven 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Heard doing nasal calling, easily distinguished from WBNU. Good habitat with spruce, red pine, scotch pine. Species is normally found here year round.
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Brown Creeper 2
> House Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
> Veery 11
> Wood Thrush 1
> American Robin 3
> Gray Catbird 11
> Cedar Waxwing 9
> Ovenbird 15
> Black-and-white Warbler 3
> Common Yellowthroat 5
> Hooded Warbler 6
> Northern Parula 5
> Magnolia Warbler 1
> Blackburnian Warbler 12 Dave Kruel and I were very careful in counting them and we are both familiar with their songs. Norway spruces in addition to other pines and hemlocks provides their habitat. Numbers are in line with Dave Kruel's previous counts.
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
> Blackpoll Warbler 2
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 4
> Pine Warbler 7
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 Very distinctive 'chip' call that Dave and I heard at close distance.
> Black-throated Green Warbler 5
> Canada Warbler 4
> Chipping Sparrow 6
> Field Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 4
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Scarlet Tanager 4
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
> Common Grackle 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 3
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> House Finch 1
> Red Crossbill 1 Call given during flight when bird flew overhead twice. Very distinctive kip-kip-kip call and verified by Dave Kruel. Continuing bird(s) which Dave Kruel has been monitoring for approximately six months.
> American Goldfinch 2
>
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Subject: Mississippi Kite Wallingford Delaware Co
Date: Sat May 27 2017 11:52 am
From: birdchaser AT hotmail.com
 
At 12:25 a Mississippi Kite soared over the Springhaven golf course across the street from my yard in Wallingford. Unfortunately my camera was a few feet away and after can the few seconds it took to grab it and get back I couldn't relocate the bird :-(

Watch those skies!

Rob Fergus
Wallingford, PA

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 May 2017) 2 Raptors
Date: Sat May 27 2017 11:29 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2 11 11
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carl Mease, Holly Merker, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Hartshorne

Visitors:
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETYS SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (23): Walter Borys, Tom Brokaw, Mike & Evelyn Fowles, Eric
Hartshaw, Mike & Lauren Hartshorne, Dale Kendal, Debby Kern, Ramsey Koury,
Annette Mathes, Sue McLaughlin, Lesley Mease, Holly Merker, Carl Mease,
Kathleen Pileggi, Joan Renninger, Rick & Becky Robinson, Les Small, Paul
Stevens, Bob Suter.



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






Weather:
Mostly Cloudy (75% cloud cover), Temps 65-74F, Winds WNW 10-20 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle, 2-Osprey,
2-Cooper's Hawk, 2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (40) and Turkey Vultures (60).



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





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: ---What Brings You All Here?---
Twenty-three people? Twenty-three?? Lets seeIll do the quick
mathtwenty-three goes into, carry the twothat comes to exactly 0.0
shorebirds per person. Thats right, not only did my predicted Whimbrel
Day produce none of those magnificent shorebirds (they only had 39 at Sam
Smith Park in Ontario, so its not just Holly who didnt produce), but we
had no Red Knots, Turnstones, Black-bellied Ploversnot even a Killdeer!
Thats right, Ramsey couldnt even identify a single Killdeer! And he
calls himself a birder? Not a peep was heard out Annette, Kathleen, or
Carl of a shorebird, NO SHOREBIRDS!!
Perhaps those winds that were to be 10-15 mph, but were more like 20+, and
from the wrong direction were more than the birds wanted to handle? I make
light, but I was so saddened by the birds not coming by yesterday for you
all, but so very happy to see many of you (some having driven so far and
who I dont see often) and share stories, and lots of laughsLOTS! Please
give the birds and Bucktoe many more chancesI know, that you know, they
are both worth it and will come through! Just ask my friend Tom Garner
about his recent rendezvous with one of our Kites. Best birds today,
however, were a heard Blue Grosbeak, a couple of Ospreys, Bald Eagle, a
Great Egret flew by, and we had Common Nighthawk, as evening fell. Even
that bird was heard only, not seen. It was not our best dayblame Holly,
or Rick and Becky Robinson, Ramsey, Kathleen or Annette, if you must I
do!! (lol) For what its worth (admittedly, nothing), I predict that this
failure was just a Little Blip on the radar (she knows, its her), and
that SUNDAY will be the day the whistle blows in earnest and the winds
will blow out of the right direction the Southeast! Here come the
Shorebirds!! Before then, lets get a Kite You know, in an effort to be
right just onceI predict that predictions SUCK! Hey, I got that one
right!



----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none, weren't you paying
attention?



1-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 1-Green Heron, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK,
2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Blackpoll Warbler, 1-American Redstart, 2-Blue
Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black
Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Little Wood Satyr. Dragonflies (1): Green
Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail,
Eastern Gray Squirrel, Red Fox.



----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: 6.45; Steps: 15,129; Floors:
16.



----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird 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
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 63; this season: 86



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





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like another rough one with showers predicted...but
we all know how predictions turn out, right Ramsey?



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
earlybirdtours@comcast.net with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


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: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Middle Creek, Lancaster County
Date: Sat May 27 2017 6:02 am
From: jmepler AT hotmail.com
 
There is currently an Olive-sided Flycatcher in the tree line behind the parking lot of the visitors center.  It has been singing periodically.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA



Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker; Carbon County
Date: Fri May 26 2017 20:42 pm
From: robear1 AT ptd.net
 
Today my uncle accompanied me for some birding along the Hatchery Road power line cut and Yellow Run Wetlands/Pine Barrens in Carbon County. This unique area is one of my personal favorite birding sports because it's less than 3 miles from my house, but unfortunately does not get the attention it deserves. Doug Gross and I had a short discussion on Facebook last week, regarding this unique ecosystem. As usual, my uncle and I accessed the area via the Hatchery Road parking lot (some prefer to access via the Stoney Mountain Rd parking lot). Most of the area is encompassed within Weiser State Forest (Penn Forest Tract) but the 1/2 mile or so from Hatchey Road to the state forest boundary is currently under PP&L and petroleum pipeline ROW. Needless to say, there has been quite a bit of clearing (yet again) along the petroleum ROW. Fortunately, it's not an extensive amount of clear cutting. Now, for the bird highlights:

Our most notable highlights started with a WILSON'S WARBLER popping around in the pitch pines in front of my car, right as we parked. We walked about 50 yards north on the power line cut when I heard the unmistakable call of a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. The woodpecker was perched at the top of a telephone pole, right above the transformer station to the west of the power line. RHWO sightings in Carbon County, off of the ridge lines, are always very uncommon. Other notable birds in or near the wetlands included NASHVILLE WARBLERS and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH calling on territory. We also had one BARRED OWL calling from within the pine barrens, and a lone ALDER FLYCATCHER calling near the wetlands. Unfortunately, no one has seen/heard any Golden-winged Warblers in this area in a couple years. Hopefully, some enthusiastic birder will report a Golden-winged sighting in the near future. I highly recommend the short ~1.8 mile hike back into the wetlands/pine barrens. Doug Gross, myself, and quite a few other birders on here are familiar with accessing this area if anyone needs directions. Get out there and bird those underrated birding locales!

-Rob Bergstresser, Carbon County


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Tetra Tech, CES Inc. | Sciences
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Langhorne, PA 19047
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Carbon County Environmental Education Center
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Summit Hill PA 18250
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine - North Shore, May 26, 2017
Date: Fri May 26 2017 20:21 pm
From: delaneykaryn AT gmail.com
 
Subject: Butler County - eBird Report - Moraine - North Shore, May 26, 2017

We took a walk around the North Shore trails this morning and found a
Blackpoll, Wilson's & Chestnut-sided Warbler. Also a FOY Eastern
Wood-Pewee. Two Broad-winged Hawks were present and very visible.

Karyn Delaney
Melissa Little
Kathy Miller


Moraine - North Shore, Butler, Pennsylvania, US
May 26, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
43 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant 1
Osprey 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 FOY
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 7
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 40
Tree Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 8
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 7
Hooded Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 FOY
Blackpoll Warbler 1 FOY
Wilson's Warbler 1 FOY Male
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S37167094

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



Subject: Crawford Co. - Red-headed Woodpecker
Date: Fri May 26 2017 20:07 pm
From: tcnicolls AT windstream.net
 
I had a Red-headed Woodpecker coming to my sunflower feeder all afternoon
today. (5/26)



Clare Nicolls

Springboro, PA



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Subject: Lancaster Mt. Eden Rd. Grassland Birds
Date: Fri May 26 2017 19:41 pm
From: lrowan1 AT verizon.net
 
We had great looks at Dickcissels, Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, Chipping Sparrow, Savanah Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Purple Martins, Barn Swallow Tree Swallow.

A real treat was hearing a Barred Owl at the north end of the Octoroara lake.

Linda Rowan



Subject: White-rumped Sandpiper - Mercer Co.
Date: Fri May 26 2017 17:33 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon I stopped at Tieline Rd. and had a White-rumped Sandpiper
with six Semipalmated Sandpipers at the flooded field

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Breeding Bird Blitz June 16-19th
Date: Fri May 26 2017 15:52 pm
From: pabirder AT gmail.com
 
The fourth annual PA Breeding Bird Blitz will be taking place Friday, June 16th through Monday, June 19th.  Another opportunity to add some great PA Breeding Bird data to eBird! What will be different this year is NO PRIZES.
Just like the Migration Count or a Christmas Bird Count the Blitz is something to do for the sheer enjoyment of it, AND knowing the data you submit to eBird will be helping out the birds we find so fascinating. To steal a little historical thunder from John F. Kennedy, Ask not what the birds can do for you but what you can do for the birds!
Some approaches to the Blitz below:

1. Bird your local patch “ You might be surprised how rewarding it is to track down the local breeders. Do you know how much easier it is to get a good look at warblers when they are on territory rather than migrating? Take the time to explore your local area and try local nearby spot you don™t spend much time at birding or just haven™t got around to before.

2. Bird a neglected county or two - Plan a Breeding Bird Blitz Road Trip with some friends in one of the PA Counties that does not get much love when it comes the number of eBird checklists submitted. Below is a list of the counties from the least to most and the number of eBird checklists submitted all time for each county (as of a couple of weeks ago).

1. Cameron - 698
2. Sullivan “ 1,205
3. Elk “ 1,241
4. Jefferson “ 1,389
5. Wyoming “ 1,448
6. Venango “ 1,537
7. Snyder “ 1,642
8. Warren “ 1,708
9. Fulton “ 1,886
10. Forrest “ 1,982
11. Columbia “ 2,045
12. Union “ 2,060
13. Green “ 2,116
14. Potter “ 2,145
15. McKean “ 2,168

3. Create a Competition “ If birding competitively is your thing then create a competition for you and some birding friends over one or more day of the Blitz. Maybe held in the neglected counties?

4. Use of Breeding Codes “ Now that you can include Breeding Codes on the mobile app this task has become a lot easier. Choose one day to include highest breeding codes on all your checklists or maybe a checklist or two each day over the course of the four days.

5. Go Nocturnal “ How about some Owls, Whip-poor-wills, and Rails?

6. Send your Stories and Pictures “ Send in your stories and pictures to breedingbirdblitz@gmail.com so we can include them in the next edition of the Pileated.
DO THE BLITZ!
Vern Gauthier
Cumberland County



Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township
Date: Fri May 26 2017 14:20 pm
From: hoopes AT ptd.net
 
Several birders checked the site again this morning (fenced pasture to the south of Church Road and Applebutter Road) and noted TWO Red-headed Woodpeckers sitting side-by-side on a tree limb in the back right corner of the fenced-in pasture. As Jeff Hopkins noted, there are numerous potential nest holes in the dead trees in this section of the pasture. Some look old and some look quite promising with some new excavation marks near the nest hole.

Interestingly, the older gentleman who lives in the brick house across the street stopped to ask what we were looking at and unfazed, said that the RHWOs hammer on the downspout behind his home.

It appears we have a resident pair of RHWOs in northern Lehigh County!!

Robert Hoopes
Schnecksville, Lehigh County


----- Original Message -----
From: "Hopkins, Jeff A."
To: "PABIRDS"
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 11:14:57 AM
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township

All:

After seeing Bob Hoopes' post, I made a run to Heidelberg Twp. to find the red-headed woodpecker last evening. After about a half-hour search, the bird came in silently and started working on one of the dead trees at the north end of the pasture on Church Rd. After feeding for about ten minutes, it flew back into the woods on the west side of the pasture. I couldn't see whether it was carrying anything when it left.

As Bob noted, this is perfect habitat for the red-headed, but other woodpeckers seem to like it too. I had a pair of flickers copulating and a red-bellied, too. There are numerous woodpecker holes in several of the dead trees, so somebody is (or was) using that area for nesting.

While waiting for the woodpecker, I also had a singing immature male orchard oriole, an adult male Baltimore oriole, a yellow warbler, and a common yellowthroat, among the more common species.

Good birding,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall

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Subject: Crawford CO. - Warblers
Date: Fri May 26 2017 13:10 pm
From: tcnicolls AT windstream.net
 
Last evening (5/25) I went with an Amish man to find birds on his property
in Crawford Co. We were able to find a total of 55 species in a period of 2
hours. Highlights were:

Blue-winged Warbler

Yellow

Chestnut-sided

` Black-throated Green

Cerulean

American Redstart

Ovenbird

Mourning

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded

Plus other common woodland and scrub pasture birds.



Clare Nicolls

Springboro, PA





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Subject: Flycatchers, Lehigh and Carbon Counties
Date: Fri May 26 2017 11:58 am
From: 000000276915e6b7-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Today I had an Olive-sided Flycatcher and an Alder Flycatcher at Rodale Park (Trexlertown Pines). The Olive-sided was on a snag and was very vocal. The Alder called about 5 times from a wet brushy area. Also 1 Pine Warbler singing.
On Tuesday 5/23 I had very close looks at a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at the Yellow Run Wetlands at the end of the Hatchery Road Powerline. Also Nashville, Pine, and Canada Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, and Swamp Sparrows. And a Lincoln's Sparrow along the powerline. Sadly, no Golden-wingeds.
Also on Tuesday I visited Drakes Creek Road and had Prairie, Pine, Magnolia, BT Blue, BT Green, Yellow-rumped, and Blackburnian Warblers all on territory. And a migrating Bay-breasted Warbler.
Adam SmithBushkill TownshipNorthampton County



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 May 2017) Raptors
Date: Fri May 26 2017 11:06 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 4 4
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 9 9
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett

Visitors:
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (3): Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






Weather:
Cloudy w/Rain (100-75% cloud cover), Temps 63-65F, Winds East 10-15 mph

Raptor Observations:
----Raptors seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (14) and
Turkey Vultures (10).





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: ---Memories, I Have No Memory of---
Tim was out to finish work on my scope. Thanks again, Tim.
So far today, at least the rain has stopped, but its promising to rain
againsoon. If you can believe these weather forecasters! The only ones
worse than them is thoseumm..those, wellshorebird and hawk flight
prognosticators of which I am one!! While we waited for any nature to
unfurl before us this gloomy day, Kathleen read from her recent gift to me
a large three-ring binder full of hundreds (thousands?) of emails
covering my accident, coma, hospital stay, therapy and recovery all done
without my knowledge. This was marking my 5 year anniversary.
As Kathleen read an email shed sent to interested parties in 2012, that
the doctors said I may never wake up, I filled the Hummingbird feeders.
Another saying I may never walk again and once I had, still another email
detailing that it took several people to help me walk 20 feet, were read as
I paced around our site and walked over to scan Olive-sided Flycatcher
Snag - just a tiny fraction of 75 miles Ive walked since beginning this
years Watch, just nine days ago.
My daughters emotional email describing me holding two-fingers up as I
awoke from my coma, was read to her tears then Kathleen and my tears
now, even as I point to the sky at a bird. What an amazing gift and an
amazing emotional journey, that was.then, as it was again, reliving it
now. Hundreds more, too. Ive come so very far! Weve been on an
incredible journey, you and I. I have so many of you to thank, and I hope
you know that I love you. Enough emotional stuff, right? Back to the
birds..With my horrible prediction of the weather and my advice not to come
out today, the suddenly brightening skies had me in the very strange
position of hoping Id see nothing and praying for rain!
Fortunately, the skys conditions diminished a bit although it did not
rain right here (till later) - and I noticed no shorebird flight. I sure
was glad, although admittedly I didnt search as diligently as I usually
do, fearing I might see something and not be able to share it with anyone.
Im doing this report the following morning and after having checked with
Ontario and Virginia on Friday morning. It seems like the storm broke last
night in Virginia in time for some 1,000 of their birds to leave overnight,
unseen by us, and by those in Ontario, as a storm was there this morning.
Its a Good Bad Good news situation for us. Good for those Whimbrel to
finally get on their way. Bad for us to have missed them last night. But
good there are still some down in Virginia that we still may see maybe
tonight!?!?



----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.



1-Great Blue Heron, 1-Barred Owl, 1-Blackpoll Warbler, 2-Blue Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (0); Mammals (1): Eastern Cottontail.



----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: 4.71; Steps: 11,056; Floors:
11.



----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird 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
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 58; this season: 86



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





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like it might be our big Whimbrel flight, other
shorebirds?, and Kites??



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
earlybirdtours@comcast.net with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


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: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township
Date: Fri May 26 2017 10:15 am
From: Jeff.Hopkins AT versummaterials.com
 
All:

After seeing Bob Hoopes' post, I made a run to Heidelberg Twp. to find the red-headed woodpecker last evening. After about a half-hour search, the bird came in silently and started working on one of the dead trees at the north end of the pasture on Church Rd. After feeding for about ten minutes, it flew back into the woods on the west side of the pasture. I couldn't see whether it was carrying anything when it left.

As Bob noted, this is perfect habitat for the red-headed, but other woodpeckers seem to like it too. I had a pair of flickers copulating and a red-bellied, too. There are numerous woodpecker holes in several of the dead trees, so somebody is (or was) using that area for nesting.

While waiting for the woodpecker, I also had a singing immature male orchard oriole, an adult male Baltimore oriole, a yellow warbler, and a common yellowthroat, among the more common species.

Good birding,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall

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Subject: Whimbrels, Turnstone, Minsi Lake, Northampton Co
Date: Thu May 25 2017 20:46 pm
From: 00000039f782d598-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Conditions were prime today for a shorebird watch in eastern PA. The rain was steady and the winds easterly. I got a text from Billy Weber at 0745, there were 16 Whimbrels at Minsi Lake. I didn't arrive until 0820, they flew off after a 5 minute stop.
So why is Minsi Lake a shorebird magnet, they started draining the lake in early May to repair the dam and spillway. The lake is now down 80%. There is great habitat. I was frustrated at missing the whimbrels and left to look elsewhere for storm birds. Billy had to go to work. I returned to Minsi at 1100 with dry clothes and rain gear. The rain continued as I set up under a maple tree at the east parking lot. There was a flock of semipalmated sandpipers but nothing else. Then at 1230, 5 Black-bellied Plovers landed on an island, they stayed 5 minutes and flew off. Adam Miller showed up and helped me search for more fallout. We got a count on the semipalmated sandpipers that flew around often. There were 45 birds. The wait continued but at 1505, we noticed another Black-bellied Plover and a Ruddy Turnstone. They stayed about 10 minutes and flew off together. I was happy after missing a turnstone on 5/22 at this location. Our shorebird watch was not over, and at 1630, another flock of large shorebirds circled over the lake before landing. We counted 18 Short-billed Dowitchers. Theystayed 30 minutes. Rick stopped by and saw this group. Around 1800, Billy came back to help us search. We stayed until 1950 before giving up. There were Common Nighthawks and a few Purple Martins to occupy the time.
Mike Schall, Bath PA

- Whimbrels 16
- Semipalmated Sandpiper 45
- Ruddy Turnstone 1
- Black-bellied Plover 6
- Least Sandpiper 2
- Spotted Sandpiper 2
- Killdeer 1
- LesserYellowlegs 1
- Short-billed Dowitcher 18



Subject: Prothonotary Warbler, Berks
Date: Thu May 25 2017 20:15 pm
From: rckeller AT dejazzd.com
 
See below. L. Ontelaunee is a consistent location for their irregular
appearances in Berks. All the eastern swallow spp. were there today as well.


> Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Pennsylvania, US
> May 25, 2017 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast after earlier rain, east wind.
> 52 species
>
> Canada Goose 28
> Mute Swan 3
> Wood Duck 15
> Mallard 5
> Common Loon 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 17
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Spillway.
> Black Vulture 48 All in large kettle over Evansville cement plant.
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Mourning Dove 4
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Warbling Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 2
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
> Purple Martin 2
> Tree Swallow 17
> Bank Swallow 6
> Barn Swallow 12
> Cliff Swallow 50
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> House Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 4
> Swainson's Thrush 1
> Wood Thrush 7
> American Robin 15
> Gray Catbird 10
> European Starling 12
> Prothonotary Warbler 1 Heard, then saw golden yellow male with dark
> wings and tail sing 'seet-seet-seet' at water's edge near Norway spruces
> in Peters Creek cove below railroad tracks.
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Northern Parula 1
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 2
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Scarlet Tanager 1
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
> Common Grackle 8
> Brown-headed Cowbird 3
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 9
> House Finch 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County



Subject: Erie County, Gull Point Trail
Date: Thu May 25 2017 18:56 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Hello birders,

This note is to alert the birding community that Gull Point Trail is CLOSED to everyone, because of downed trees from erosion and flooded trail. In some places on the trail, the water is thigh deep. The trail head has been posted as such by DCNR. Please do not enter the trail via the trail or the beach. DCNR rangers and the PGC will be monitoring the trail to make sure the restrictions are being followed. It is not known when the trail will be reopened. In the mean time, birders can walk out to the tip of north pier and scan the point from there. If conditions are good, you can still ID some of the larger shorebirds, as well as gulls, herons, raptors, etc. I know, it is a long way from the point, but I was able to ID Red Knots and Sanderling from there this afternoon.

Lets hope conditions will improve, like lower lake levels, so that when of the best birding spots in the state can be accessed once again.

With regards, and good birding,

Jerry McWilliams



Subject: Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County - location coordinates
Date: Thu May 25 2017 16:00 pm
From: gwg2 AT psu.edu
 
40.24926 , -77.91188

Greg


From: "greg"
To: "State College Bird Club" , "PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG"
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:55:01 PM
Subject: Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County

Deb and I found a Ruddy Turnstone in just about full breeding pl. Thursday afternoon(5/25) at a farm pond along Beers Rd near Orbisonia in southern Huntingdon Co.

To the best of my knowledge this is second county record.

Three Semi-pal. Plovers also present.

Greg

Greg Grove
Editor - Pennsylvania Birds
9524 Stone Creek Ridge Road, Huntingdon, PA. 16652
814 643 3295
gwg2@psu.edu



Subject: Ruddy Turnstone - Huntingdon County
Date: Thu May 25 2017 15:55 pm
From: gwg2 AT psu.edu
 
Deb and I found a Ruddy Turnstone in just about full breeding pl. Thursday afternoon(5/25) at a farm pond along Beers Rd near Orbisonia in southern Huntingdon Co.

To the best of my knowledge this is second county record.

Three Semi-pal. Plovers also present.

Greg

Greg Grove
Editor - Pennsylvania Birds
9524 Stone Creek Ridge Road, Huntingdon, PA. 16652
814 643 3295
gwg2@psu.edu



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, May 24, 2017
Date: Thu May 25 2017 15:54 pm
From: delaneykaryn AT gmail.com
 
Subject: Allegheny County - eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, May 24, 2017

Great looks at seven FOY Swainson's Thrush at the park yesterday, one group
of 5, another of 2. Also FOY Eastern Wood-Pewee.

Karyn Delaney


Knob Hill Park, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, US
May 24, 2017 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
24 species (+1 other taxa)

Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 FOY
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush 7 FOY - Group of 5, Group of 2
Wood Thrush 5
American Robin 25 Including 1 juvenile bird, one bird w/nesting
material
Gray Catbird 5
European Starling 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 8
Scarlet Tanager 1 Female
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Baltimore Oriole 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S37141029

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



Subject: Short-billed dowitcher, York Co.
Date: Thu May 25 2017 14:37 pm
From: 0000007585bc7975-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There's currently a short-billed dowitcher at Lake Redman being seen from the Sparton Rd. parking lot.
Dick Cleary

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Venango Co- Kahle Lake, red-necked phalaropes
Date: Thu May 25 2017 10:20 am
From: cjwinslow94 AT gmail.com
 
Jerry Stanley has refound the 3 red-necked phalaropes that I couldn't find earlier. They are in Venango Co, near the dam. They are visible from the north boat launch area.

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (24 May 2017) 2 Raptors
Date: Thu May 25 2017 10:06 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 4 4
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2 9 9
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:30:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Holly Merker, Joe Sebastiani, Kathleen Pileggi, Ted Nichols

Visitors:
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (14): Tom Brokaw, Howard Campbell, Mike Fowles, Evelyn Fowles, Jim
Green, Kathleen Pileggi, Holly Merker, Joe Sebastiani, Gerry Teig, Ted
Nichols, Zach Millen, Sue Trahan, Flora Poindexter



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






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: ---Sure Birds?---
Forgot the Wood Duck from yesterday which was new and species #85 for this
years watch. And a Mallard flew by this afternoon for species #86.
This was Whimbrel Day #2. The weather did cooperate; the birds, not so
much. We did have 5 flocks of shorebirds: 75 @ 7:23, 75 @ 7:30, 75 @ 7:38,
300 @ 7:56, and 100 @ 8:05 - approximately 625 birds, in all.
Unfortunately, today they were all too distant to get an ID. I felt
certain today was THE daybut what do I know? Revised theory/prediction,
and follow my logic here, folks. FRIDAY will be our day, or rather
evening! Ive been in contact with Ontario where the birds are heading
nothing much seen; and Virginia where the Whimbrel stage in the marshes,
and where they STILL are in the thousands. So they are still there
fattening up and eager to breed (arent we all?). The calendar calls for
it to be NOW, but todays and tonights weather says otherwise. And they
wont undertake a migration like this in heavy rain. So, FRIDAY evening
after 6pm, it is!! Whimbrel watchers and photogs, be there or be square!

Our best bird today was a Common Nighthawk. Other Highlights were
Ospreys, Great Egret, Green Heron, Blue Grosbeaks and a flyby Yellow-billed
Cuckoo.
A Silver spotted Skipper, spotted by Mike, was our first of the watch, and
Kathleen found a Monarch.



----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 625-Unidentified.



3-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 1-Green Heron, 1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
1-Barred Owl, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 3-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Blackpoll Warbler,
2-Blue Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Silver-spotted
Skipper. 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: 7.51; Steps: 17,616; Floors:
10.



----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird 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
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 65; this season: 86



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (2): Wood Duck
(from yesterday), Mallard.





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks like a total washout...I'll be there, but
drenched.



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
earlybirdtours@comcast.net with questions or comments.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


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: Clarion Co- no phalaropes
Date: Thu May 25 2017 8:08 am
From: cjwinslow94 AT gmail.com
 
I was unable to relocate the phalaropes or black terns this morning at Kahle Lake.

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID



Subject: canoe birding, Schuylkill
Date: Wed May 24 2017 21:16 pm
From: rckeller AT dejazzd.com
 
A pleasant hour that passes too quickly! Todd Bauman from Hawk Mt. and I do
this route 1-3 times each year about this time. I bird, he does all the work
of canoeing, the ideal situation. The list is pretty predictable if you know
the area and habitat, but I'm a bit surprised there aren't more Warbling and
Yellow-throated Vireos in this riparian corridor. Maybe it's just too
extensively forested for them. It's fun to see the Bald Eagle flush from one
perch to another ahead of the canoe.


> Little Schuykill River, New Ringgold, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, US
> May 24, 2017 7:30 AM - 8:32 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast, 54F. Canoe trip from Rip Rap Run to Saw Mill Rd.
> Todd Bauman, Rudy Keller.
> 43 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 4
> Wood Duck 8
> Mallard 3
> Bald Eagle 1
> Spotted Sandpiper 3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 8
> Acadian Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Great Crested Flycatcher 7
> Yellow-throated Vireo 1
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 33 Not an unusual number near the Kittatinny Ridge in
> this habitat. May have been some migrants still moving through.
> Blue Jay 14
> American Crow 6
> Tree Swallow 4
> Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 17
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> Veery 4
> Wood Thrush 22 Common in this habitat.
> American Robin 4
> Gray Catbird 23
> Ovenbird 22 Most common forest warbler in this region.
> Louisiana Waterthrush 8
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 4
> Hooded Warbler 1
> American Redstart 2
> Northern Parula 1
> Eastern Towhee 4
> Scarlet Tanager 9
> Northern Cardinal 14
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Indigo Bunting 8
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
> Common Grackle 6
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 12
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County



Subject: clarion/venango
Date: Wed May 24 2017 20:04 pm
From: gedwards AT csonline.net
 
Kahle Lake
3 red-necked phalaropes in breeding plumage seen from Clarion Co. boat dock
I found them about 4:15 this afternoon & they were still there at 7:15 when Jerry Stanley, Mike Weible, Mal Hays, Nick Kolodick & I left.

Also
2 black terns flying back & forth the length of the lake until about 5:15.

Gary Edwards
Venango County



Subject: Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
Date: Wed May 24 2017 18:51 pm
From: 0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
This afternoon I took a rapid 45 minute walk in Schenley Park, not expecting to find anything because it was raining a little.
Instead I saw nearly 30 robins, a pileated woodpecker, and a common nighthawk flying by. I think the nighthawk had just left its roosting place.
I also saw am amazing event. For the first time in my life, without any wind, I saw a tree trunk break near the ground and the tree fell over. I heard it cracking and snapping and watched it slowly keel over from a safe distance. It was a black cherry tree, many of which are plagued by armillaria (fungus) In Schenley. You can't tell they're in trouble until they break.
After the tree fell 2+ robins gave alarm calls for longer than I was willing to listen. It reminded me that bird nests are vulnerable to so many dangers, not least of which is losing the nest tree.
Here's the checklist:ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37116620

Kate St. John
birdsoutsidemywindow.org



Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker, Lehigh County, Heidelberg Township
Date: Wed May 24 2017 18:01 pm
From: hoopes AT ptd.net
 
On Tuesday at 5:49 p.m. John Good posted the following on the PA birders Facebook site:

"I happened upon another good for Lehigh County bird today. Red Headed Woodpecker in Heidelberg Township. The bird was on a fence post along Church Rd. directly across from Applebutter Rd. There is a wet pasture full of dead trees that I assume they are breeding in. I'm not sure if this is a known spot for this species."

This bird was located again today around 2:30 p.m. The bird (perhaps more than one) was heard vocalizing near Applebutter Road and Church Road. It was located several times in different dead trees in the pasture, about 40 yards northwest of Applebutter Road. It then flew across the pasture towards Church Road, across Church Road and into the yard with the brick house on the other side. I left the site to bird the local fields and returned about an hour later. At this point the bird(s) seemed to be vocalizing in the trees by the driveway to the farm opposite Applebutter Road. I agree with John in that this looks like good habitat for nesting RHWO.

Robert Hoopes
Schnecksville, Lehigh County



Subject: Lancaster - White-rumped Sandpiper
Date: Wed May 24 2017 5:07 am
From: zjmillen AT gmail.com
 
There is currently a White-rumped Sandpiper feeding in the small pond at
Middle Creek just west of the Willow Point parking lot. This bird was found
by Craig Boyhont last evening. The phalaropes are no longer present.

Zach Millen
Akron



Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (23 May 2017) Raptors
Date: Tue May 23 2017 22:55 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 23, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 2 2
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 7 7
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carl Mease, Joe Sebastiani, Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett

Visitors:
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE



Visitors (7): Joe Sebastiani, Tom Brokaw, Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett,
Andy Keister, Carl Mease.



Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!






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: ---Whimbrel Day Did Someone Tell the Whimbrel?---
Its Whimbrel Day. The weather is not fantastic, but the rain held off.
Well, mostly. It spit at us a bit and was overcast with a low ceiling,
again. The Whimbrel apparently did not get the memo nor did any
shorebirds that we could tell. Whimbrel Day up in Ontario, may have to go
on much as ours did without many (or any) new Whimbrel! Well see how
they make out. We looked hard, to no avail. Maybe tomorrow will be our
day. Or perhaps Friday (Thursday is more rain), it certainly wasnt today.
We tried! We did get our third Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Blue
Grosbeaks. A singing Northern Parula to our east became this years Watch
species # 84. An Orchard Oriole female came in to our spectacular water
feature, the famous Bucktoe Basin. It was a first, and the 25th species
to bathe here. We like our birds cleanALL of our birds. Tim stopped by
to fix my loose scope/tripod assembly.thanks, Tim!
Better luck and weather tomorrow??



----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to Hawk Count. Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!



----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.



1-Wood Duck, 3-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 1-Green Heron,
1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1-Barred Owl, 1-OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 3-Willow
Flycatcher, 1-Northern Parula, 2-Blackpoll Warbler, 2-Blue Grosbeak.



----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: 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: 8.55; Steps: 20,059; Floors: 9.



----SEASONS BIRD SPECIES LIST we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird 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
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for The Watch year.



TOTAL SPECIES Identified from watch site: today: 67; this season: 84



NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEARS WATCH SPECIES LIST (1): Northern
Parula.





Predictions:
Tomorrows flight looks promising now. Clearing a bit just in time for our
watch. Perhaps the Kites will come by, followed by a flight of
shorebirds.



Come join us, folks! Were here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
earlybirdtours@comcast.net with questions or comments.


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Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours@comcast.net)


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: Monroe Co.-- Black-bellied Plover and Stilt Sandpiper
Date: Tue May 23 2017 21:25 pm
From: 000000bcb5fcbd4d-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
There was quite a fog bank up here on the mountain top which may have contributed to some good birds late in the day.

A Black-bellied Plover was in the first retention pond on the right at Kalahari Resort, and a Stilt Sandpiper was at Lynchwwod Lake

north of the airport in Mt. Pocono. Photos can be seen on my ebird posts.

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

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


Bruce Johnson Mt. Pocono



Subject: Erie County, Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 23, 2017
Date: Tue May 23 2017 19:02 pm
From: 0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 23, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 39 447 13914
Osprey 0 5 67
Bald Eagle 2 26 101
Northern Harrier 0 5 93
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 11 966
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 43
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 186
Broad-winged Hawk 6 813 3475
Red-tailed Hawk 1 22 571
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 9
Golden Eagle 0 0 1
American Kestrel 0 0 473
Merlin 0 0 14
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 7
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 10
Unknown Buteo 0 0 31
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 48 1333 19966
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 10:45:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Jerry McWilliams

Visitors:
Roger Donn stopped by for a minute to see if any birds were moving.


Weather:
Partly cloudy becoming mostly clear starting off with SSW wind becoming NNW
by 1030 Hrs.

Raptor Observations:
A trickle of vultures early with a burst of vultures along with a dribble
of hawks when the wind shifted to the north.

Non-raptor Observations:
Just 17 Blue Jays

Predictions:
Similar temps. with winds out of the SE and a chance of rain.


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



Subject: Am. Wigeons - Crawford Co.
Date: Tue May 23 2017 16:43 pm
From: hawk5571 AT gmail.com
 
I chased Ross's pelicans earlier today but was unsuccessful in finding them

There was a Forster's Tern perched on a rock at the spillway

There was a late pair of American Wigeons at the Hartstown Marsh Project
pond

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



Subject: Crawford Co _White Pelican - No
Date: Tue May 23 2017 16:18 pm
From: placea AT winchesterthurston.org
 
For what it's worth, 3 American white pelicans were found this afternoon at Point Pelee in Ontario, Canada. Perhaps the same birds?

Good birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

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> On May 23, 2017, at 1:53 PM, Clare Nicolls wrote:
>
> I went to Pymatuning late this morning to locate the pelicans. I was in the
> area for 75 minutes. I checked the Spillway, Ford Island, and the Hatchery.
> I did not locate the pelicans.
>
>
>
> Clare Nicolls
>
> Springboro, PA
>
>
>
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Subject: Lancaster County Red-headed woodpecker
Date: Tue May 23 2017 14:16 pm
From: paulblank AT comcast.net
 
Hi Everyone,
Hope you are enjoying the spring weather. Another first for my property happened today as a red-headed woodpecker has been coming regularly to the peanut feeder at our property on Willow Road, in the Eden area of East Lampeter township, Lancaster County. This was very exciting for me and my family!! Birding is such a great passion to have as you always have a chance to see something new and exciting “ even if it is not a lifer. We have had loads of fun all through our children™s growing up years keeping a list of birds viewed from our property. Mr. Red-Headed Woodpecker brings the total to somewhere close to 150 species seen from our property. I have to go over my records and verify that.

Keep your eyes open “ you never know what you might see next!

Good birding!!
Paul Blank
Eden area,
Lancaster County



Subject: Crawford Co _White Pelican - No
Date: Tue May 23 2017 12:53 pm
From: tcnicolls AT windstream.net
 
I went to Pymatuning late this morning to locate the pelicans. I was in the
area for 75 minutes. I checked the Spillway, Ford Island, and the Hatchery.
I did not locate the pelicans.



Clare Nicolls

Springboro, PA



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Subject: Northampton Co. sightings
Date: Tue May 23 2017 8:44 am
From: robot.stories AT gmail.com
 
A few birds from the last few days:

5/20
Old Allentown Rd: American Pipit (2)

5/22
Minsi Lake (3:30pm): Ruddy Turnstone with 15 Semipalmated Plovers and a small group of Semipalmated and Least sandpipers
Echo Lake: Ring-necked Duck
Martin's Creek PPL: Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon (2)
Nazareth Quarry: Bufflehead, Double-crested Cormorant (80)

5/23
Jacobsburg SP (upper fields): Alder Flycatcher, Blue-winged Warbler with yellow wingbars

Billy Weber
Nazareth, PA

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: White Pelicans Crawford County
Date: Tue May 23 2017 7:49 am
From: 00000034a5898a92-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org
 
Ross Gallardy found three American White Pelicans this morning at the Spillway at Pymatuming. The birds are still present but distant a scope would be required. The birds are east of the spillway.

Jeff McDonald
Allegheny County
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