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[PABIRDS] Hummingbirds missing? - Kate StJohn - 2015-05-25 14:52:08

I have noticed far fewer hummingbirds this spring.  We usually have them perched at regular intervals on the dead snags in Schenley Park (Allegheny County) but not this year.   Has any of you noticed fewer hummingbirds?
 Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
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[PABIRDS] Cedar Waxwings Bucks County - David Wilbur - 2015-05-25 12:37:24

While waiting for the Memorial Day parade to kick off this morning, a
friend pointed out a good size flock of Cedar Waxwings eating the
mulberries in the trees in the Memorial Park at the old courthouse.  An
Orchard Oriole sang, as well.

Dave Wilbur
Doylestown, PA
Bucks County

[PABIRDS] JenningsPark, ButlerCo: RedEyedVireo nesting; GreatCrestedFlycatcher nesting - Marcia Brown - 2015-05-25 12:35:54

Nice walking day at Jennings. 
In addition to seeing the 4 REVireos and 2 GCFlycatchers (much calling and entering what appears to be their nesting hole), we saw 
IndigoBuntings (in constant song) 
Yellow Warblers 
BlueGray Gnatcatcher 
Cedar Waxwings (flock of 7) 
Swamp Sparrows 
Pileated Woodpeckers 
Downy and RedBellied Woodpeckers 
RoseBreasted Grosbeaks (male and female) 
Baltimore Oriole (male only) 
RedShouldered Hawk 
as well as the other usuals along with what we believe was a brown water snake. 
Marcia/Larry Brown 

[PABIRDS] N. Parulas, Wayne Co., Saturday - (email address filtered) - 2015-05-25 12:04:33

Sorry for the late post, but I haven't been near a computer since Saturday, when I heard 3 singing Northern Parulas on River Rd. along the Delaware within the 2 miles north of the NPS headquarters (below Milanville).Trudy Gerlach Bradford (email address filtered)

[PABIRDS] Alder Flycatchers at Middle Creek - Kerry A Grim - 2015-05-25 10:28:11

I do not want to sound like a killjoy, but I can no longer take it. If there is any chance the Alder Flycatchers are or will attempt to nest, there chances are or may likely reduced be dramatically by an onslaught of birders and photographers. All it takes is one or two people to get close and this will happen…maybe not when there are a bunch of people there. You can be sure that someone will be using their tapes when no others are around. PABIRDS is notorious for lurkers who never participate, but use locations of others for their selfish purposes. That also applies to raptors nesting and especially Goshawk locations. Assume falconers are watching all postings.

It is always nice when you can share a rare bird with others, but, too often the welfare of the species has long been forgotten. Others may disagree with me, and that is fine, but I will air on the side of caution.

Alder Flycatcher numbers have increased dramatically (see the latest bird atlas). Hopefully range expansion at places like Middle Creek are not ruined by over zealous birders and photographers. The bird deserves a chance and I suppose people will say this is a safe location and people are not disturbing it. Maybe so, maybe not.

Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA

[PABIRDS] Two Mile Run Co. Park, Venango Co. weekend birds - Craig Holt - 2015-05-25 10:20:01

I spent the weekend at Two Mile Run Co. Park in Venango Co. (near Franklin).  This is an annual trip for me; I go for the boat races but always manage to get some birding in.  Once again, I had good success finding birds.  Highlights were: osprey, ruby-throated hummingbird, belted kingfisher, e. wood-pewee, e. phoebes, e. kingbird, yellow-throated vireos, 12 red-eyed vireos, tree swallows, house wren, Swainson's thrush, wood thrush, gray catbirds, 6 ovenbirds, blue-winged warblers, c. yellowthroats, 4 hooded warblers, Am. redstarts, yellow warblers, chestnut-sided warblers, black-throated green warblers, e. towhees, indigo bunting, and Baltimore oriole.  Craig Holt, Mahoning Co., Ohio

Re: [PABIRDS] Pine siskins (ind co) - Jen Harned - 2015-05-25 10:02:43

I have three siskins still frequenting my birdbath here in Chester County!

Jen Harned
Uwchlan Township
Chester County

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 25, 2015, at 10:41 AM, Marcy <(email address filtered)> wrote:
> Had one possibly 2 Pine Siskins on the deck feeder.  Last date here was May 8th the day before the migratory count. Enough time for babies in nest?  Have a blessed Memorial Day!
> Sent from my iPhone

[PABIRDS] Upland Sandpiper, Clearfield Co. - drichards7 - 2015-05-25 09:41:36

This morning I located an Upland Sandpiper along Sandy Ridge Road near the village of Clover Run.
Dan Richards
Treasure Lake

[PABIRDS] Pine siskins (ind co) - Marcy - 2015-05-25 09:41:05

Had one possibly 2 Pine Siskins on the deck feeder.  Last date here was May 8th the day before the migratory count. Enough time for babies in nest?  Have a blessed Memorial Day!

Sent from my iPhone

[PABIRDS] Alder Flycatcher at MCWMA, Lanc. Co. - Pamela - 2015-05-25 09:31:18


[PABIRDS] Kirby Park Natural Area, Luz. Co. - Sandra Goodwin - 2015-05-25 09:27:07

> 05/24/15 Kirby Park List
> 	Here’s the list -- a pretty typical near-post-migration species  
> mix. Notable misses were black-capped chickadee, a species that  
> seems to become very secretive in the Park during the breeding  
> season, white-breasted nuthatch, and eastern phoebe. I thought it  
> odd that we heard a pewee before we heard a phoebe, and even odder  
> when we didn’t see or hear a phoebe by the end of the walk. Also  
> noteworthy were the low numbers of woodpeckers -- a single downy,  
> for example -- and low numbers of Carolina wren -- again, one, and  
> we heard a house wren, a bird that has, in recent years, become  
> scarce in the Park, before we heard that single Carolina wren.
>  1) Great Blue Heron			1
>  2) Turkey Vulture				1
>  3) Canada Goose				19
>  4) Wood Duck				6
>  5) Mallard					18
>  6) Common Merganser			2
>  7) Broad-winged Hawk			2
>  9) Killdeer					1
> 10) Feral Pigeon				6
> 11) Mourning Dove				1
> 12) Black-billed Cuckoo			2
> 13) Yellow-billed Cuckoo			2
> 14) Chimney Swift				2
> 15) Red-bellied Woodpecker		3
> 16) Downy Woodpecker			1
> 17) Northern Flicker				1
> 18) Eastern Wood Pewee			1
> 19) Great Crested Flycatcher		1
> 20) Red-eyed Vireo				13
> 21) Blue Jay					5
> 22) American Crow				2
> 23) Fish Crow				16
> 24) Tree Swallow				1
> 25) Tufted Titmouse				2
> 26) Carolina Wren				1
> 27) House Wren				1
> 28) Wood Thrush				2
> 29) American Robin				38
> 30) Gray Catbird				25
> 31) European Starling			3
> 32) Cedar Waxwing				2
> 33) Yellow Warbler				6
> 34) Blackpoll Warbler			1
> 35) American Redstart			14
> 36) Common Yellowthroat			1
> 37) Song Sparrow				9
> 38) Northern Cardinal			8
> 39) Indigo Bunting				6
> 40) Red-winged Blackbird			1
> 41) Common Grackle			22
> 42) Brown-headed Cowbird		2
> 43) American Goldfinch			3
> 44) House Sparrow				3
> Gray Squirrel: 4
> Eastern Cottontail: 1
> Snapping Turtle: 10
> Painted Turtle: 14
> Tiger Swallowtail: 2
> Cabbage White: 2
> Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle: 3
> Total Avian Species: 44
> Observers: 2
> Hours: 4.0
> Weather: Sunny and pleasant; 48-77 °F

[PABIRDS] Bobwhite in Chambersburg, Franklin County - G Rutan - 2015-05-25 07:43:50

> There's at least one bobwhite wandering the north end of Chambersburg this
> morning.  Yesterday I tracked it down at Chambersburg Area Middle School
> North (Faust).  This morning it seems to be in the nearby Chancellor Drive
> neighborhood.  There may be more than one, I seemed to hear calls from
> different directions.  Very neat to see, it's been years!
> Glenn Rutan
> Chambersburg
> Franklin County

[PABIRDS] Monroe County, Freeman Tract Road, Delaware Water Gap NRA - Terry Master - 2015-05-25 05:13:32

Hi Everyone:

Our annual Freeman Tract Road survey on May 16th produced fewer species this year than in the past but higher numbers of some species, especially Cerulean Warblers with 46 singing males detected, almost double the previous high count since 2011.  We also had high counts for Red-eyed Vireo and Red-bellied Woodpecker with 26 individuals, almost triple the previous high.  The survey extends along a road adjacent to the Delaware River for 3.2 miles.


Canada Goose 4
Common Merganser 1
Wild Turkey 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1
Mourning Dove 9
Yellow-­billed Cuckoo 3
Black-­billed Cuckoo 2
Ruby-­throated Hummingbird 2
Red-­bellied Woodpecker 26
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Wood-­Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great-crested Flycatcher 1
Yellow-­throated Vireo 9
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-­eyed Vireo 76
Blue Jay 16
American Crow 20
Black-­capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-­breasted Nuthatch 1
Blue-­Gray Gnatcatcher 17
Veery 15
Wood Thrush 47
Gray Catbird 17
Cedar Waxwing 2
Ovenbird 74
Worm-­eating Warbler 14
Blue-­winged Warbler 8
Black-­and-­White Warbler 9
Common Yellowthroat 21
Hooded Warbler 24
American Redstart 89
Cerulean Warbler 46
Northern Parula 16
Yellow Warbler 5
Black-­throated Blue Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 16
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-­breasted Grosbeak 6
Indigo Bunting 17
Red-­winged Blackbird 1
Brown-­headed Cowbird 10
Baltimore Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 3

Terry L. Master, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Dept. Graduate Coordinator
Dept. of Biological Sciences
East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
(email address filtered)

[PABIRDS] Mississippi Kites, Shorebirds, Nighthawks and more at Bucktoe Creek Preserve - Chester County - Larry Lewis & Kathleen Pileggi - 2015-05-24 22:12:20

PA Birders, 
The first week of the Bucktoe Creek Preserve "Kite & Shorebird Watch" ended with the following among the highlights: 
3 - Mississippi Kites, including 2 today (an immature and an incredible, close, and photographed adult - please send me a copy for our gallery, Kelley) 
A flock of 150 shorebirds to our northeast a bit that went unidentified (the first flock for the Watch - expect many more, soon) 
1 - Common Raven 
3 - Great Egret 
1 - Osprey 
2 - Barred Owl 
12 - Common Nighthawk 
1 - Red-headed Woodpecker 
2 - Yellow-breasted Chat 
4 - Blue Grosbeaks (seen every day) 
Also today on our regular Sunday walk we saw/heard Canada Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and 2 Blue Grosbeaks. 
Nearby, while getting ice for the refreshments we have at the Kite & Shorebird Watch at the nearby Giant, a Mourning Warbler was heard singing at the nearby wetland/thicket. 
The "Watch" will continue daily thru June 6th, 3pm until dark.  Directions are below.  Everyone is invited, signs will direct you to the site once on the property.  Come, bring a picnic dinner, drinks, and help us scan the skies. 

Bucktoe Creek Preserve - 426 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311: From Kennett Square (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.  Upon entering driveway, make a right on the first gravel road opposite first driveway you see. If attending a walk, follow this gravel road to the first parking area on the right or the second parking area located on the left. We meet at the wooden visitor's shelter. When attending the "Hawk Watch" or the "Kite & Shorebird Watch," there will be signs indicating where to park and where the watch is - it's about a quarter mile further along the gravel driveway.  Lots of seating is available, but feel free to bring a lawn chair to relax in., as we expect a large crowd.  Food and drink are permitted, too (adult beverages within reason) - there are several picnic tables.  There is a large area in the meadow mowed for us and our chairs.  Parking is available right near the site for the first 15-20 cars.  If the grass lot near the Hawk Watch is filled, a large amount of backup parking is available back at the large first parking area along the driveway (to the right and left), but will require a walk further along the gravel driveway back to the Hawk Watch pavilion for the driver.  You can drive up and drop off your "stuff" first, drive back and park in the other large area, then walk back to the site (if necessary).  Please note: Bucktoe Creek Preserve is open to the public only during these professionally guided walks and special events such as the upcoming "Kite & Shorebird Watch," and Fall "Hawk Watch."  

Contact me with any questions. 

Good Birding All, 

Larry Lewis  &  Kathleen Pileggi 

"Exciting & Fun Adventures in Nature" 
     Coatesville, PA 19320 
     484-340-SORA (7672) --  Business Cell 
     610-340-0280  --  Business Office 
       email: (email address filtered)

[PABIRDS] Cerulean Warblers - Western Schuylkill Co. - Dave Kruel - 2015-05-24 21:53:35

Hi All,
There were two Cerulean Warblers singing at SGL-132 just north of Hegins today. One bird was about 2/3 up the Rte-125 grade, and the other was heard singing from the newly constructed parking area near the crest of the ridge along Rte-125. It has been a number of years, maybe around a decade that I've had this species at SGL-132, where a territorial individual would often remain into the breeding season in the past.

Was notable to not observe any Hooded or Chestnut-sided Warblers, nor Yellow-throated Vireos that I normally found there in the past, nor a Wood Thrush(maybe due to late start).  Worm-eating count seemed good.

Hegins, Schuylkill, US-PA 
May 24, 2015 9:20 AM - 12:00 PM 
Protocol: Traveling 
2.2 mile(s) 
Comments: Walked Rte 125 plus SGL road 
30 species (+1 other taxa) 

Black Vulture 1 
Turkey Vulture 1 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 
Northern Flicker 1 
Pileated Woodpecker 1 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 
Red-eyed Vireo 34 good habitat 
Blue Jay 1 
American Crow 3 
Common Raven 2 
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 1 
Tufted Titmouse 1 
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 
American Robin 1 
Gray Catbird 3 
Cedar Waxwing 4 
Ovenbird 19 
Worm-eating Warbler 6 
Black-and-white Warbler 7 
Common Yellowthroat 2 
American Redstart 8 
Cerulean Warbler 2 
Blackpoll Warbler 3 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 
Black-throated Green Warbler 2 
Eastern Towhee 4 
Field Sparrow 1 
Scarlet Tanager 8 
Northern Cardinal 1 
Indigo Bunting 17 
Brown-headed Cowbird 2 

View this checklist online at 

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 ( 

Dave Kruel
Schuylkill County

[PABIRDS] Lebanon County, Tomstown Rd, continuing Chuck-wills-widow - Tim Becker - 2015-05-24 20:19:06


[PABIRDS] Common Nighthawks, Columbia, Lancaster County - Mike - 2015-05-24 20:09:52


[PABIRDS] Three Thrush Evening, Berks - Holly Hartshorne - 2015-05-24 19:58:52

We had Gray-cheeked, Swainson's, and Wood Thrush visit our pond this
evening, taking turns getting their baths and drinks, allowing some nice
close views.  Very nice.

[PABIRDS] Erie County birds of Note - Jerry McWilliams - 2015-05-24 17:17:44

The following birds of note were reported this past week from Presque Isle S.P., unless noted otherwise.

Unidentified heron yet to be determined (resembles Tricolored Heron or perhaps a hybrid)--1; May 24; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC. Two images were taken.

Sandhill Crane--8; May 18; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at junct. of West 12th and Peninsula Drive

Willet--1; May 21; Lake LeBoeuf

Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
(email address filtered)

[PABIRDS] Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 24, 2015 - Jerry McWilliams - 2015-05-24 16:47:15

Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 24, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              1
Turkey Vulture               5           1438          16141
Osprey                       1             31             73
Bald Eagle                   0             47            121
Northern Harrier             0             19             67
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            208            896
Cooper's Hawk                0             11             51
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0            189
Broad-winged Hawk            0            446           2708
Red-tailed Hawk              0             57            644
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1             26
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             12            207
Merlin                       0              0              6
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              4
Unknown Buteo                0              1             20
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0              2              7
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              1              1

Total:                       6           2278          21169

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 09:45:00 
Total observation time: 1.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jerry McWilliams

Observers:        Jerry McWilliams

Mark Lethaby

Mostly clear with SSW wind becoming westerly shortly after starting the
watch.  Warmest day in some time.

Raptor Observations:
Nothing much moving.

Non-raptor Observations:
A rather bizzare looking heron flew over the watch, resembling a Tricolored
Heron, where the white looked confined to just below the neck and didn't
appear to extend to the wing-linings or belly.  I didn't get much of a look
through the bins, so the above description is based upon the couple of
quick photos I took of the bird.

A little stronger winds tomorrow from the SSW, so maybe something will
happen, or not.

Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
(email address filtered)

[PABIRDS] Monroe and Pike Counties - Delaware Water Gap NRA and Delaware SF - Mike Tanis - 2015-05-24 16:18:22

Saturday I did my annual warbler roundup at the Pocono Plateau and the Delaware Water Gap (DWG).  I retraced my route of last year, this time hoping to take advantage of the repaired Snow Hill Road bridge to connect Rt 402 with good birding habitat near Bushkill Creek along Snow Hill Road.  In short the route is: PA Rt 402 north to Hobday road, then taking Silver Lake Road east to Rt 209 along the Delaware River, which is followed south to River Road, where I usually run out of time and energy and head home.

Besides many thrushes and catbirds in the deafening dawn chorus along Rt 402, I couldn’t pick up any notable warblers. Snow Hill Road was not snowy, but indeed quite frigid this late May morning. Highlights found along the road in the vicinity of the creek were Sapsuckers seen and heard, a distant drumming Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Cuckoo (seen well), Yellow-throated Vireo, Chestnut-sided, Parula, Black-and-white, and Prairie in the cutover area, Black-throated Green and Blackburnian in the pines and hemlocks, and a Nashville and Blackpoll by the small swamp area.  Hermit Thrush was heard singing along the road closer to Rt 402.

Hobday road produced a number of Black-and-white warblers and a couple of Black-throated Blue amid the throngs of Redstarts. Least Flycatcher and Pewee were also heard here.  The only Golden-winged warbler of the day was heard on the first open area along Highline Road.  Normally I will hear several Golden-winged in this area in a day of birding, but not this day.

Silver Lake Road produced the usual warblers along its creeks and swamps: Ovenbird and Redstart, of course, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Waterthrush, Nashville, Canada, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Blue.  
Childs Park along Silver Lake Road failed to produce anything new for the day, such as Louisiana Waterthrush, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Blue-headed vireo.  The latter three I did not find on the day at all.

At the Dingmans Visitor Center and falls trail I heard Acadian Flycatcher, but not Winter Wren, even walking halfway back to the falls. Looking for Louisiana Waterthrush along the creek at every open place along the entrance road, I finally heard it near to the entrance gate itself.

I found Worm-eating Warbler along the edges of the fields on the side road to the Delaware River (opposite Briscoe Mountain Road heading toward PEEC).  I also found Hooded warbler in the woods along the river.

Cerulean was heard, but not Worm-eating or Blue-winged, along the Freeman Tract Road.  I was shocked to end the day without Blue-winged Warbler. Normally you can hear this bird easily just riding around with the car windows open in the DWG or Pocono Plateau.

I really didn’t get a migrant species of warbler, except maybe Blackpoll. This year it was a lot drier than in other spring visits to this area. It was still a beautiful day to be out birding in one of my favorite areas!

Delaware Water Gap NRA and State Forest Land
23 May 2014, 5am-2pm
Weather:  Sunny, light breeze, 40-80 degrees

Northern Parula
Black-throated Green
Black-throated Blue
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush

Other species:
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Acadian Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Pewee
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Gray Catbird
American Robin
Wood Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Eastern Bluebird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
House Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Eastern Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow

Mike Tanis
Audubon, PA
michael.tanis AT mckesson DOT com

[PABIRDS] Ring-Necked Duck- Crawford County - Matthew Juskowich - 2015-05-24 15:45:19

There&#39;s a lone drake ring necked duck in conneaut marsh W Vernon Rd. Also I  finally saw my lifer virginia rail off browns hill rd.Matthew juskowich allegheny county

[PABIRDS] Golden-winged Warbler and Alder Flycatcher -- Westmorland County - Aidan Place - 2015-05-24 15:37:20

This afternoon on the way back to Pittsburgh from Powdermill, I stopped at Hunters Lane in Forbes State Forest to look for Vermivora warblers. I was not disappointed with stellar looks at a singing golden-winged warbler. The only slightly odd thing was that it was singing the standard blue-winged song. Also present was at least one singing alder flycatcher, a blue-winged warbler, great created flycatcher, and swamp sparrows.
Good Birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

Sent from my iPhone

[PABIRDS] Clarion Co. Sightings - Jim Hausman - 2015-05-24 15:20:34

Hello All,

My 8 year old wanted to look for some life birds today, namely clay-colored sparrow, Henslow's sparrow, upland sandpiper, and anything else of note, so to start we drove to the Curlsville Strips in Clarion County. We quickly heard Henslow's sparrows calling from the side of the road and soon after spotted James's lifer atop a nearby shrub. Soon after we found several towhees as well as grasshopper, field, and song sparrows. While attempting to spot several singing yellow-breasted chats, we heard a few ring-necked pheasants and spotted James's life prairie warblers! He also spotted his life brown thrasher and life willow flycatcher, but the clay-colored sparrows reported by various people yesterday were nowhere to be seen or heard. Interestingly enough, we ran into a large birding group from New Jersey also looking for the clay-colored sparrows, but despite the addition of several skilled ear birders in their group, we were flummoxed by the uncooperative birds. Every other species recently reported was present with a pair of harriers, numerous bobolinks, and even a hunting American kestrel making an appearance. 

We left the NJ birders several new friends richer and headed over to Mt. Airy area to see the upland sandpipers. They remained out of view for sometime  (couldn't see them from Morris Rd.) though we were able to hear one singing from Mt. Airy Rd. We made our way back down to Morris Rd. when our newly befriended Jersey crew showed up. Within seconds two upland sandpipers perched seemingly from nowhere on separate posts losing for several minutes for all to get great looks and photos. James got his fifth life bird of the day, and a special surprise. One of the NJ ladies raises cecropia moths and gave one to James as well as two more chrysalises. On the way home, one emerged from a chrysalis, so now we have two females. Hopefully, when we put them out tonight, they'll find a male, mate, and successfully spawn a new generation. It was a great day to be out and meet some wonderful new people in love with nature as much as us. 

Happy Memorial Day to Everyone,
Jim Hausman
Allegheny County

[PABIRDS] Sandhill Cranes, Berks County - Mike Epler - 2015-05-24 14:24:37

I am passing this on to the pabirds for Elaine.  It was sent at 9:45 this morning.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA

I just saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes on Green Valley Rd north of Wernersville.  They were in the driveway and barnyard of the first farm north of the school complex (on the west side of the road).

Elaine HendricksGreenbelt, MD

[PABIRDS] Venango county Kentucky warblers - mike weible - 2015-05-24 09:48:32

Venango county Kentucky Warblers. As Shawn posted for me, I had several Kentucky Warblers on G.L. 39 near Polk. I also had Mourning Warbler. The habitat is fantastic. To get to this spot take 62 south from Polk. Turn onto 965 E. Travel a mile or so and Adams road will be on your left (east). go to the dead end which is the game land parking lot. The birds were encountered from the parking lot down to the intersections. GPS coords are 41.33809 and -79.94007.
Mike WeibleFranklin, Pa

[PABIRDS] Fwd: [PABIRDS] Sandhill Crane, Middle Creek, Lancaster County - Jim Fiorentino - 2015-05-24 09:32:44

Sandhill crane still here

Jim fiorentino
Cornwall, pa
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Date: May 23, 2015 1:07 PM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Sandhill Crane, Middle Creek, Lancaster County
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There is currently a sandhill crane feeding along the tour road at Middle
Creek.  It is best the last gravel pull off before Girl Scout Road.

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA

[PABIRDS] Blue-winged Warbler and a Chat -- Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County -- May 24, 2015 - Daniel E. Weeks - 2015-05-24 09:04:03

Highlights this morning included a Blue-winged Warbler (heard and seen) and an invisible Yellow-breasted Chat singing in dense brush.  The Mayapples are blooming.   

Good birding,
Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County

May 24, 2015
Squaw Valley Woodlands, Allegheny Township, Butler County
0.6 miles
73 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Squaw Valley Woodlands (private), Allegheny Township (near Emlenton), Butler County.  Start time: 8:35 AM. Observer: Dan Weeks, Allegheny Township, Butler County
4 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
2 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Mourning Dove
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Red-eyed Vireo
2 American Crow
1 Barn Swallow
2 House Wren
2 European Starling
1 Blue-winged Warbler -- Heard and seen. 
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-breasted Chat -- Heard calling near lake, in dense bushes. New bird for the cabin list! Not seen. 
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
2 American Goldfinch

[PABIRDS] Kentucky Warblers Venango Co - Shawn Collins - 2015-05-24 07:35:48

Mike Weible has up to 6 Kentucky Warblers at SGL 39 just south of the city
of Polk.  He wanted me to post to the list for him!

I may stop down there for these guys!

Shawn Collins
Crawford County

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[PABIRDS] Piney Tract Clarion County - Shawn Collins - 2015-05-23 22:38:41

I birded Piney Tract and the strips in Clarion County today. I encountered
many of the same birds including

Prairie Warbler
Clay Colored Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrows
Grasshopper Sparrows
Savannah Sparrows
Vesper Sparrows
Field Sparrows
Yellow Breasted Chat
Northern Harrier
Ring Neck Pheasant
Brown Thrasher
Willow Flycatchers
Common Yellowthroats
Upland Sandpiper
Orchard Oriole
Eastern Meadowlarks


Good Birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford County

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