Surfbirds - Email archive


[Back to list]

Pennsylvania Birds

- pabirds@list.audubon.org


 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37

[PABIRDS] Horned Larks Lebanon - Alan Wells - 2015-01-29 18:02:12


Went out today to Forney Road in South Lebanon where Randy reported Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. There was a large flock of Larks in the fields on both sides of the road. I believe I saw a couple of Longspurs but as usual could use help to ID them. If they are it is a life bird for me.

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

Thanks again

Alan Wells



[PABIRDS] Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jan 29, 2015 - Karyn Delaney - 2015-01-29 16:58:17


Pine Siskins have been coming to the feeders since Saturday in numbers
between 7 and today's high of 36.
A White-throated Sparrow was a nice surprise.  I haven't seen one in the
yard since November.

Karyn Delaney


Economy Borough Yard Birds, Beaver, US-PA
Jan 29, 2015 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
17 species

Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  10
Northern Cardinal  5
House Finch  1
Pine Siskin  36     Have been coming to feeders for 5 days.
American Goldfinch  22

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21593798

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



[PABIRDS] WRS Berks - Rudolph Keller - 2015-01-29 16:41:36


Area bordered on east by Rt. 143, on north by Old Rt. 22, on west by Windsor 
Castle Rd., on south by Onyx Cave Rd.
Rudy Keller
2 hrs., 50 min.
10:20 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
40 miles
Red-tailed Hawk 12 AD
Am. Kestrel 3 N/D
Cooper's Hawk 2 IM
Calm, overcast, 23F, 5" snowcover.

As last year, no vultures. Hundreds of sparrows, mostly Dark-eyed Juncos and 
White-throated Sparrows, flushed from feeding areas on roadsides scraped 
bare of snow. Horned Larks widespread.
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County



[PABIRDS] Beaver Co. Birds - (email address filtered) - 2015-01-29 16:15:16


VGhpcyBhZnRlcm5vb24gSSBzdG9wcGVkIGF0IFJvY2hlc3RlcidzIFJpdmVyZnJvbnQgUGFyayBh
bmQgaGFkIHRoZXNlIHNpZ2h0aW5ncyBhdCB0aGUgT2hpbyBSaXZlci9CZWF2ZXIgUml2ZXIgbW91
dGgKCjkgQW0uIEJsYWNrIER1Y2sobmV3IGhpZ2ggY291bnQgdGhpcyBzZWFzb24gaGVyZSkKMiBO
LiBQaW50YWlsKGRyYWtlcyx3aW50ZXJpbmcgaGVyZSkKMTUgR3JlYXRlciBTY2F1cAo0NCBDb21t
b24gTWVyZ2Fuc2VyCjEgUmVkLWJyZWFzdGVkIE1lcmdhbnNlcgoyIEdyZWF0IEJsdWUgSGVyb24K
MSBCYWxkIEVhZ2xlCjYgR3JlYXQgQmxhY2stYmFja2VkIEd1bGwKCk1hcmsgVmFzcwpCZWF2ZXIg
Q28uCgoKU2VudCBmcm9tIG15IFZlcml6b24gV2lyZWxlc3MgUGhvbmUKCg=



[PABIRDS] Siskins and Sparrow, Butler - Glenn Koppel - 2015-01-29 15:41:37


Up to 9 Pine Siskins continue every day at my feeders.  Today we also had our first American Tree Sparrow but wonder where are the White-throats?
Glenn KoppelMary Alice (email address filtered), PA



[PABIRDS] York Co Codorus SP Eared Grebe & Eagles - Peter Robinson - 2015-01-29 15:19:26


4:15 pm

Belated Report --


This time yesterday the Eared Grebe was still at Lake Marburg, Codorus State Park. It was in front of the Band Shell, off Sinsheim Road.  It was with a Horned Grebe, with 2 Pied-billed not far away, for a total of 3 species of Grebes.

As I crossed the Rt. 216 bridge at Smith Station Road there was an adult Bald Eagle chasing another adult Bald Eagle. Then the chaser landed in a tree and flushed a 2nd year Bald Eagle.


Peter Robinson
Hanover, York County, PA



[PABIRDS] Montour County WRS - Jon D. Beam - 2015-01-29 13:39:27


County -  Montour

Date -  29 January 2015

Observers-  Jon Beam & Sarah Gibson

Total time on route (excluding lunch etc) Hours:  2  Minutes: 10

Start time/End time:  4:40 a.m./11:50 a.m.

Miles on route:  37.5

 

TVs - 0

BVs- 0

 

Harriers-  1

 

Red-tails- 2 Ad./  2 Imm./  1 ND

 

Rough-legs- 0  Light/  0 Dark

 

Kestrels- 1 M/  4 F/ 1 ND-

 

Sharp-shins- 0 Ad/ 0 Imm/ 0 ND

 

Cooper's - 1 Ad/ 0 Imm/  0 ND

 

Red-shoulders- 0 Ad/ 0 Imm/ 0 ND

 

Bald Eagles- 1 Ad/ 0 Imm.

 

Other raptors: Peregrine Falcon 1 Ad

Shrikes

 

Other birds of note - Several flocks of Horned Larks in freshly manured
fields

 

Avg Temp.- 15F

Sky- Cloudy

Wind - Calm

Avg Snow cover depth - 5"



[PABIRDS] Lebanon County - Windstream Mail - 2015-01-29 13:10:53


>From Reistville Don Billett and I went to Gibble Road after about 45 minutes
we had seen about 70 Horned Larks but no Snow Buntings. Then we  went to
Meadow Lane near Forney Road and there were a few cars already there.

After only a few minutes 4 Lapland Longspurs were feeding along Meadow Lane
and Don got some poor pictures.

But Mike Dale was able to find the 4 feeding together too. He also said
there was 1 Longspur along Forney Road being watched 

so that makes 5 Lapland's in the area. Then Don and I went up to Forney Road
and he got very good photos.

Then one Longspur flew in from Meadow Lane to join the other already there
after  we were there about 20 minutes.

We were out from about 9 to 11:30 am.

There were many hundreds of Horned Larks. Thanks Mike for everything.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



[PABIRDS] Harris's Sparrow Cumberland County - Vernon Gauthier - 2015-01-29 12:45:21


There is a Harris's Sparrow at 515 Big Spring Road along the Big Spring
south of Newville . The bird is mixed in a flock of White-crowned and
White-throated Sparrows. I had it at about 135 p.m.
Vern Gauthier
Newville



Re: [PABIRDS] How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? - grant stevenson - 2015-01-29 11:49:20


bison may do this, as well as use their snout and tongues?

grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

On 1/28/2015 8:31 PM, Herb Flavell wrote:
> They eat the same as deer will. They paw the snow off and eat exposed
> grass. They do the same at corn fields. There is always waste corn. They
> just paw away snow till they find some. If they donít migrate to points
> south, they have their favorite corn fields and lawns. It not an easy
> life. We fed our deer at 3 pm by 3:30 10 deer had eaten it all. Another
> 8 came later but it was all gone. Going to fill the feeders earlier
> tomorrow to give them all a chance at some food. If you know where there
> are geese buy them some cracked corn and feed them if its allowed where
> they are. You will feel better and so will they with a full belly.
> Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Kathleen Evans
> Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:15 PM
> To: (email address filtered)
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
>
> Hi,
>
> When I worked at a corporate campus in Chester \County the Canada Geese
> would push the snow back from the sidewalks, that had been shoveled, and
> eat the grass.  As time passed you would see a ragged edge of snow appear
> away from the sidewalks and geese feeding there.  Not sure whether this was
> the only place where they ate but they did it after every snow storm.
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Kathie Evans
> Philadelphia
>
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM, Kerry A Grim <(email address filtered)>
> wrote:
>
>> I am wondering the same thing.
>>
>> I am somewhat monitoring 800 Canada Geese that travel from the Schuylkill
>> River, east over my neighborhood and feed in the fields to my east. They
>> are traveling at least 1.5 miles. We have a snow cover of 5 inches, so I
>> too am wondering if they are getting food, or will they move south
>> further.
>>
>> Are Snow Geese still in the areas where they were found a week or so ago
>> or have they moved out of the area. I have not heard of recent reports of
>> them here in Berks County and wonder if they moved south of the snow
>> line.
>>
>> Kerry Grim
>> Hamburg, PA
>
>
>
>


---
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
http://www.avast.com



Re: [PABIRDS] small digital recorders? - loulcar171 - 2015-01-29 10:41:22


CkkgYWxzbyB1c2UgdGhlIMKgcG9ja2V0LXNpemVkIFNPTlkgUENNLU0xMCByZWNvcmRlci4gSXQg
aGFzIGEgNS1zZWNvbmQgaG9sZGluZyBxdWV1ZSBmZWF0dXJlIHdoaWNoIGdpdmVzIG1lIDUgc2Vj
b25kcyB0byBwcmVzcyB0aGUgcmVjb3JkIGJ1dHRvbiBBRlRFUiBJIGhlYXIgdGhlIGJpcmQuIEkg
a2VlcCBpdCBoYW5keSBpbiBhbiBvdXRzaWRlIGphY2tldC9zaGlydCBwb2NrZXQgc28gSSBjYW4g
Z2V0IHRvIGl0IHdpdGhpbiA1IHNlY29uZHMuIEl0IGFsc28gaGFzIGEgc3VwZXItc2Vuc2l0aXZl
IG1pY3JvcGhvbmUgc2V0dGluZyB0aGF0IHBpY2tzIHVwIGJpcmRzIGF0IHF1aXRlIGEgZGlzdGFu
Y2UuCgpMb3UgQ2FycGVudGVyCkhhcnJpc2J1cmcKCgoKU2VudCBmcm9tIFNhbXN1bmcgdGFibGV0



[PABIRDS] Two Rough-legged Hawks, Gettysburg Battlefield, Adams Co. - Andy Wilson - 2015-01-29 08:27:48


I saw two juvenile Rough-legged Hawks on (what was meant to be) a quick
drive across the Gettysburg Battlefield, this morning. One light-phase, on
United States Ave., and one drak phase near The State of PA Monument on
Hancock Avenue

Gettysburg National Military Park, Adams, US-PA
Jan 29, 2015 8:08 AM - 8:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.1 mile(s)
Comments:     Driving <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
21 species

Northern Harrier  1     <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74718851@N05/16207896088" title="Northern
Harrier by Andy Wilson Fredco, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7424/16207896088_0c7422a14f_z.jpg"
alt="Northern Harrier" /></a>
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Rough-legged Hawk  2     light and dark juveniles, light on United States
Avenue, dark near Pennsylvania Monument
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/74718851@N05/16395526435"
title="Rough-legged Hark - light phase juvenile by Andy Wilson Fredco, on
Flickr"><img src="
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7335/16395526435_41c7421c53_z.jpg"
alt="Rough-legged Hark - light phase juvenile" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/74718851@N05/16395526565"
title="Rough-legged Hark - dark phase juvenile by Andy Wilson Fredco, on
Flickr"><img src="
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8596/16395526565_7660e8af79_z.jpg"
alt="Rough-legged Hark - dark phase juvenile" /></a>
Mourning Dove  1
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1     Regular - chasing the Bald Eagle
Carolina Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
European Starling  13
Eastern Towhee  1
American Tree Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  33
Northern Cardinal  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21587787
-- 
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA



[PABIRDS] surf scoter duck hollow allegheny county - Matthew Juskowich - 2015-01-29 08:08:28


earlier this morning i stopped at duck hollow before work to see what i can find. i had my LIFER!!! surf scoter. it was a drake. there were alot of gulls but nothing unusual. i also had 3 common mergansers and the drake ring necked duck. there was a time where the surf scoter was hanging with the ring necked duck.

Matthew Juskowich
Allegheny County



Re: [PABIRDS] small digital recorders? - David Brown - 2015-01-28 22:10:32


I use the Sony PCM-M10 which costs around $200 and it is a very highly
rated recorder. It is about the size of a cell phone and maybe twice as
thick, so I just keep it in a jacket pocket all the time. If I want to go
out specifically to audio record I use a Sennheiser ME66/K6 shotgun mic
with it. I essentially followed the setup in this blog post:
http://phainopeplafables.com/2013/03/02/getting-into-sound-recording/

You can find my own recordings with it here:
https://soundcloud.com/david-brown-542

David Brown
Lycoming County

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 10:29 PM, Gerald Kruth <
(email address filtered)> wrote:

> Can anyone recommend a good, relatively inexpensive (around $ 100 +? )
> digital recorder for birdsongs?
>
> There are some existing great small digital recorders for birdsongs.   I
> have used Olympus VN-8100PC, but they are not very durable, and maybe
> there is
>  a better one available for cost-vrs-quality?.
>
> Thanks for any suggestions or recommendations.
>
> Jerry Kruth
> Pittsburgh
>



Re: [PABIRDS] small digital recorders? - Herb Flavell - 2015-01-28 21:44:57


Jerry, I bought this recorder. Its re-chargeable and plugs into the USB port 
of your computer. It works fine for voice. Don't know about bird songs 
though. But it records for 25 hours.
http://store.worldstart.com/product/9086
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Gerald Kruth
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:29 PM
To: (email address filtered)
Subject: [PABIRDS] small digital recorders?

Can anyone recommend a good, relatively inexpensive (around $ 100 +? )
digital recorder for birdsongs?

There are some existing great small digital recorders for birdsongs.   I
have used Olympus VN-8100PC, but they are not very durable, and maybe there 
is
a better one available for cost-vrs-quality?.

Thanks for any suggestions or recommendations.

Jerry Kruth
Pittsburgh



[PABIRDS] small digital recorders? - Gerald Kruth - 2015-01-28 21:29:40


Can anyone recommend a good, relatively inexpensive (around $ 100 +? )  
digital recorder for birdsongs?  
 
There are some existing great small digital recorders for birdsongs.   I 
have used Olympus VN-8100PC, but they are not very durable, and maybe there is 
 a better one available for cost-vrs-quality?.
 
Thanks for any suggestions or recommendations.
 
Jerry Kruth
Pittsburgh



[PABIRDS] Central PA Birdline for 1.29.2015 - Mark Mcconaughy - 2015-01-28 20:37:06


- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * January 29, 2015
 * PACE1501.29
 Bird Highlights
 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Adams Co.)
 ROSS'S GOOSE (Dauphin Co.)
 CACKLING GOOSE (Cumberland, Dauphin & Lancaster Cos.)
 EARED GREBE (York Co.)
 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Lancaster Co.)
 ICELAND GULL (Lancaster Co.)
 GLAUCOUS GULL (Lancaster Co.)
 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (Lancaster Co.)
 SNOW BUNTING (Centre, Lancaster & Lebanon Cos.)
 PINE SISKIN (Cumberland, Dauphin & Franklin Cos.)
 COMMON REDPOLE (Bradford & Franklin Cos.)
 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 January 29, 2015
 To Report: (email address filtered) 
 Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy 
 Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
 Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy

 Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings made the week prior to Thursday, January 29, 2015.

 ADAMS COUNTY:
 Up to 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue to be seen through at least January 23 at Lake Kay near Fairfield (AW, BO).

 A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 23 in the northwestern part of the county located 31 BLACK VULTURES, 147 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, 2 RED-SHOULERED HAWKS, 30 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 6 AMERICAN KESTRELS (RFr, PFr, KGi, PGi).

 BRADFORD COUNTY:
 One COMMON REDPOLL was seen on January 25 at a home along Graham Road (LF). 
 One COMMON REDPOLL was observed on January 27 at 338 Edwards Road (KR). 

 A flock of 50 COMMON REDPOLES were seen on January 27 at Turnkey Precision (LF). 
 CENTRE COUNTY:
 One CACKLING GOOSE was seen on January 24 at the Centre Furnace Duck Pond (MR).

 An adult BALD EAGLE was observed on January 24 perched in a tree near Horseshoe Circle (RK).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on January 25 at the east end of the State College Airport (JLe, NS).

 One SNOW BUNTING was observed on January 27 across from Route 45 along Tusseyville Road (CE).

 A flock of 80 PINE SISKINS were found on January 27 along the Unionville Pike near the top of Bald Eagle Ridge going toward Fillmore (DOm).

 CLINTON COUNTY:
 Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on January 27 among a small flock of HORNED LARKS along the south end of Maryland Avenue near a red barn at South Avis (WL).

 CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
 One PINE SISKIN was seen on January 22 at 13 N. Letort Drive (HW).

 One CACKLING GOOSE was observed on January 23 at the Big Spring Laughlin Mill Pond (VG).

 A PINE SISKIN was seen on January 26 at Creek Bottom (AG).

 DAUPHIN COUNTY:
 Up to 2 ROSS'S GEESE and up to 7 CACKLING GEESE were seen between January 23 and 25 among a flock of around 4000 SNOW GEESE on Milton Hershey School property northeast of the intersection of Governor Road(PA 322) and Meadow Lane (AL, TJ, DH, IG).

 One CACKLING GOOSE was observed on January 25 along Crest Lane (AL, IG).

 A PINE SISKIN visited feeders in Middletown on January 26 (SH).

 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 One PINE SISKIN visited feeders along Heisey Road on January 24 (BK).

 A MERLIN was seen on January 24 perched in a tree in the Edenville, Loudon and Wenger Roads area (BO).

 A flock of 13 PINE SISKINS were observed in State Game Lands 76, the Lower Horse Valley (BO).

 A PINE WARBLER continues to visit the feeders at the Caledonia State Park office through at least January 26 (BO). A female COMMON REDPOLE visited the feeders on January 27 (BO).

 One PINE SISKIN visited feeders along Wilson Avenue in Chambersburg (RTSG).

 HUNTINGDON COUNTY: One PINE WARBLER was seen on January 25 at Seven Points along the Raystown Reservoir (GD, ZA).

 Five BALD EAGLES were observed on January 25 at the Route 994 overlook along Raystown Lake (JCo).

 One GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on January 24 flying above farm fields at the Stone Valley Experimental Forest (CM).

 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 One PINE WABLER continues to visit a suet feeder at 239 Miller Road through at least January 27 (ZM, PF, EW).

 One BALD EAGLE was seen on January 23 out on the ice in the Susquehanna River across from the John Wright restaurant in York County (PF).

 Up to 1 adult BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 first year ICELAND GULL and 1 first year GLAUCOUS GULL were observed between January 23 and 25 in the Susquehanna River near the Lemon Street access in Wrightsville (York Co.)(ME, AL, JL, IG, TB, DH, JC, TN, CB, HP, JL, CG, ML, KK). One RED-NECKED GREBE, at least 2 BALD EAGLES and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS also were present on January 25 (DH, JC, TN, HP, CG, ML, ME).

 A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 23 in the southeastern part of the county located 29 BLACK VULTURES, 183 TURKEY VULTURES, 4 BALD EAGLES, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 36 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON (BS, TA).

 One YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was observed on January 23 along Green Lane (AE).

 Four LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on January 24 among a large flock of HORNED LARKS along Musser School Road just south of its intersection with Zeltenreich Road (JC). A SNOW BUNTING was spotted along Musser School Road on January 25 (AU, KGr). One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on January 27 at near the intersection of Zeltenreich and Musser School Roads. The ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK later flew over to a tree south and west of where Musser School and Groffdale Roads intersect (JC).

 Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found on January 25 along South Forrey Road (SS).

 One first winter ICELAND GULL was observed on January 25 in the Susquehanna River across from Klines Run Park (York Co.)(HP, CB, ME).

 One CACKLING GOOSE, 2 BALD EAGLES, 1 first winter ICELAND GULL and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on January 27 out on Lake Clarke from the pavilion along Boathouse Road in York County (AL).

 One SNOW BUNTING was observed on January 27 in farm fields just north of Wissler Road (JL).

 LEBANON COUNTY:
 Twelve SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on January 27 along Gibble Road (RM, SM).

 One PEREGRINE FALCON was observed on January 27 along Fox Road (RM, SM). It later made a pass at a flock of 100 HORNED LARKS off Reistville Road (RM, SM).

 LUZERNE COUNTY:
 One BALD EAGLE was seen on January 26 at Kirby Park (SG).

 LYCOMING COUNTY:
 One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on January 24 near the Williamsport Dam (DB, DeB, BB, BoB, EH, YH).

 PERRY COUNTY:
 A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 23 in the northeaster portion of the county located 8 BLACK VULTURES, 1 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 15 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS (DO, GW, DG).

 SNYDER COUNTY:
 A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 25 located 1 BALD EAGLE, 4 COOPER'S HAWKS, 30 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 12 AMERICAN KESTRELS (CK, GG, JW, RH).

 YORK COUNTY:
 An EARED GREBE was seen between January 23 and 27 at Codorus State Park (AW, BO, IG, AL, JL, RC, DH, CB, PK).

 One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed on January 27 at the Conewago Day Use Area of Gifford Pinchot State Park (DN).

 CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 If you miss the usual Thursday postings of the Central PA Birdline on BIRDEAST and PABIRDS, I will also be posting it on my page web site at:
http://people.delphiforums.com/MCCONAUGHY/currentbl.htm 

 *PORC = Pennsylvania Ornithological Record Committee. Rare bird sightings should be documented with written descriptions and photographs whenever possible and sent to PORC for review. To submit a report to PORC go to this link:
http://www.pabirds.org/records/

 The following people have contributed to this report: Zachary Adams (ZA), Tom Amico (TA), Tim Becker (TB), Chuck Berthoud (CB), Bob Brown (BB), Bobby Brown (BoB), David Brown (DB), Deb Brown (DeB), Jonathan Campbell (JC), R. L. Cleary (RC), Jack Cochran (JCo), Gordon Dimmig (GD), Andrew Eberly (AE), Carl Engstrom (CE), Mike Epler (ME), Pam Fisher (PF), Lewis Frederick (LF), Pat Freed (PFr), Ron Freed (RFr), Ian Gardner (IG), Vern Gauthier (VG), Ron-Tracy Snyder-George (RTSG), Deb Gingrich (DGi), Keith Gingrich (KGi), Sandy Goodwin (SG), Alexander Green (AG), Calton Groff (CG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Kim Gruener (KGr), Sue Hannon (SH), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Yvonne Hartshaw (YH), Deuane Hoffman (DH), Robert Hosler (RH), Tom Johnson (TJ), Chad Kauffman (CK), Bob Keener (BK), Phil Keener (PK), Kathy Klusman (KK), Roberta Kurland (RK), Alex Lamoreaux (AL), Wayne Laubscher (WL), Jen Lee (JLe), Josh Lefever (JL), Meredith Lombard (ML), Crystal McNeal (CM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Shelva Miller (SM), Dean Newhouse (DN), Ted Nichols II (TN), Dan Ombalski (DOm), Don Orris (DO), Bill Oyler (BO), Holger Pflicke (HP), Kevin Raymond (KR), Matthew Rockmore (MR), Bob Schutsky (BS), Nora Serotkin (NS), Stan Stahl (SS), Anthony Uhrich (AU), Herbert Weigl (HW), Gene Wagner (GW), Jason Weller (JW), Andy Wilson (AW) and Eric Witmer (EW). I apologize if I have misspelled their names and I will also refrain from naming that person on request.
-End Transcript
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Mark A. McConaughy      (email address filtered) 
 Bushy Run Battlefield 
 P.O. Box 486 
 Harrison City, PA 15636-0468      (724) 527-5585 x103
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Re: [PABIRDS] How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? - Dave Leibert - 2015-01-28 20:02:39


Howdy,
The other day when some snow fell I noticed that the crows were  
feeding on the ground in the tracks left by snowmobiles. some of these  
tracks went for miles near the Arrowhead road area in East Allen  
Township. A few Canada geese were doing this too.

Cheers, Dave



Re: [PABIRDS] How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? - Herb Flavell - 2015-01-28 19:31:32


They eat the same as deer will. They paw the snow off and eat exposed grass. 
They do the same at corn fields. There is always waste corn. They just paw 
away snow till they find some. If they donít migrate to points south, they 
have their favorite corn fields and lawns. It not an easy life. We fed our 
deer at 3 pm by 3:30 10 deer had eaten it all. Another 8 came later but it 
was all gone. Going to fill the feeders earlier tomorrow to give them all a 
chance at some food. If you know where there are geese buy them some cracked 
corn and feed them if its allowed where they are. You will feel better and 
so will they with a full belly.
Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kathleen Evans
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:15 PM
To: (email address filtered)
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?

Hi,

When I worked at a corporate campus in Chester \County the Canada Geese
would push the snow back from the sidewalks, that had been shoveled, and
eat the grass.  As time passed you would see a ragged edge of snow appear
away from the sidewalks and geese feeding there.  Not sure whether this was
the only place where they ate but they did it after every snow storm.

Hope this helps,

Kathie Evans
Philadelphia

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM, Kerry A Grim <(email address filtered)>
wrote:

> I am wondering the same thing.
>
> I am somewhat monitoring 800 Canada Geese that travel from the Schuylkill
> River, east over my neighborhood and feed in the fields to my east. They
> are traveling at least 1.5 miles. We have a snow cover of 5 inches, so I
> too am wondering if they are getting food, or will they move south 
> further.
>
> Are Snow Geese still in the areas where they were found a week or so ago
> or have they moved out of the area. I have not heard of recent reports of
> them here in Berks County and wonder if they moved south of the snow line.
>
> Kerry Grim
> Hamburg, PA




-- 
Q: How much ego do you need? A: Just enough so that you donít step in front
of a bus. ó Shunryu Suzuki



Re: [PABIRDS] How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? - Kathleen Evans - 2015-01-28 19:15:46


Hi,

When I worked at a corporate campus in Chester \County the Canada Geese
would push the snow back from the sidewalks, that had been shoveled, and
eat the grass.  As time passed you would see a ragged edge of snow appear
away from the sidewalks and geese feeding there.  Not sure whether this was
the only place where they ate but they did it after every snow storm.

Hope this helps,

Kathie Evans
Philadelphia

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM, Kerry A Grim <(email address filtered)>
wrote:

> I am wondering the same thing.
>
> I am somewhat monitoring 800 Canada Geese that travel from the Schuylkill
> River, east over my neighborhood and feed in the fields to my east. They
> are traveling at least 1.5 miles. We have a snow cover of 5 inches, so I
> too am wondering if they are getting food, or will they move south further.
>
> Are Snow Geese still in the areas where they were found a week or so ago
> or have they moved out of the area. I have not heard of recent reports of
> them here in Berks County and wonder if they moved south of the snow line.
>
> Kerry Grim
> Hamburg, PA




-- 
Q: How much ego do you need? A: Just enough so that you donít step in front
of a bus. ó Shunryu Suzuki



Re: [PABIRDS] Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co. - David Yeany II - 2015-01-28 19:08:09


Michael that is a good question - winter site fidelity. It would be even
more interesting for the same birds to return to their feeders nearly 2
years later. Before this January, I last recorded Evening Grosbeak in
Marienville on April 19, 2013. That was a major irruption year when the
flock reached a high count of about 150 and they were present from Nov 2012
through April 2013. Prior to that we hadn't seen the grosbeaks since April
2008. That flock only reached 8 birds but were seen off and on that year
starting in late January.

As far as site fidelity goes, I found a couple articles, both by the same
author, which indicate that Evening Grosbeaks do not have winter site
fidelity in the East. These studies indicate about 0-2% return rates on
banded grosbeaks in eastern North America, but perhaps a bit higher (14%)
for birds out West. This may be tied to their primarily irruptive nature
here.
Yunick 1983 - Winter site fidelity of some northern finches (Fringillidae)
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/jfo/v054n03/p0254-p0258.pdf
Yunick 2001 - Site Fidelity of the Evening Grosbeak on an Adirondack
Breeding Ground
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nabb/v026n01/p0001-p0008.pdf

To end on a fun note, perhaps the grosbeaks show up because of a "magical"
feeder. It's true. In 2008 while in the out in the yard with my Dad in
January, I heard a distinct flyover grosbeak. That afternoon I said we
needed to build a platform feeder and he decided to add a roof. In a few
hours we had it together and installed from some scrap wood. At 8AM the
following morning, there were 8 Evening Grosbeaks in that feeder. Since
then the feeder array has grown, but this was a classic case of "If you
build it, they will come."

I would also say being located amid the Allegheny National Forest and
having mature sugar maples and tall Norway spruces in the yard likely helps
as well.

BTW...grosbeaks were seen today.

Cheers,

David

--
David Yeany
Conservation Planning Specialist/Ornithologist
Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222



[PABIRDS] Photo Study Of Horned Larks At Maple Knoll Farms (Bucks Cty, PA), 1/28/15 - Howard B. Eskin, - 2015-01-28 19:04:55


Vicky and Richard Smith posted that they had Horned Larks visiting their
farm. So bright sunshine, fresh snow and Horned Larks were a combination I
could not resist. There were at least 140 Horned Larks (alas no Longspurs,
Snow Buntings or Pipits)coming in every fifteen minutes or so for the
cracked corn that the Smiths had so graciously spread out for them. To see
the Photo Study, please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/HornedLarksJan28_15/HornedLarksJan28_15.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville,(Montco),PA



[PABIRDS] Surf Scoters - Beaver County - Daniel Rubino - 2015-01-28 18:57:37


This evening I stopped in Bridgewater at the mouth of the Beaver River.  The most notable find were three Surf Scoters, one male and two females.  My complete checklist was:

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  		4
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  				2
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  		5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  			X
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)  			2
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  			27
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  		3     One male, two females
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  			2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  	18
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  	1
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 			2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 		X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  			X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  	5    
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  		1

Also, yesterday at the river my wife spotted a pair of Common Ravens on the small train bridge that crosses the Beaver River.

Dan Rubino
Beaver County



Re: [PABIRDS] How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? - Kerry A Grim - 2015-01-28 18:29:30


I am wondering the same thing.

I am somewhat monitoring 800 Canada Geese that travel from the Schuylkill River, east over my neighborhood and feed in the fields to my east. They are traveling at least 1.5 miles. We have a snow cover of 5 inches, so I too am wondering if they are getting food, or will they move south further.

Are Snow Geese still in the areas where they were found a week or so ago or have they moved out of the area. I have not heard of recent reports of them here in Berks County and wonder if they moved south of the snow line.

Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA



[PABIRDS] Lebanon County - Windstream Mail - 2015-01-28 17:34:20


I was at Meadow Lane near Forney Road today between about 3-4 pm

And saw Steve Walthius and we were watching the Horned Larks were Steve had
a 

Lapland Longspur earlier . Cars were scattering the larks a lot I was able
to find one quickly before a car came.

Then a plow went around and made nice habitat . Then the larks would fly
back and Steve was parked on one side.

Most of the field birds were closer to me. Then I saw 4 Lapland Longspurs
feeding almost together.

Steve was able to find 2. Then a manure spreader was working across the
street and all the field birds moved .

I was able to pick up 3 longspurs out of about 200 plus Horned Larks in the
new manure.

Good Luck

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



[PABIRDS] WRS - Southern Luzerne County - 1/28/15 - Phil Keener - 2015-01-28 17:08:50


County - Luzerne
Date - 1/28/15
Observers - Phil Keener
Total Time on Route - 1 hr 40 mins
Miles on Route - 32.4

TVs - None
BVs - None

Harriers - None

Red-tails - 1 und

Rough Legs - None

Kestrels - None

Sharp-shins - None

Coopers - None

Red-shoulders - None

Bald Eagles - None

Other Raptors - None
Shrikes - None

Other birds of note - 30 Horned Larks

Avg temp - 25F
Sky - Clear
Wind - Light
Avg Snow Depth - 4"

Regards,
  Phil Keener
  East Berlin
  Adams County



[PABIRDS] Pipits, Lesser Black-backed gull, York/Lancaster - R.L. Cleary - 2015-01-28 17:01:14


A Lesser black-backed gull was on the ice in the Susquehanna river this afternoon directly out from the southern end of Kline's Run Park. It was standing among a couple dozen ring-billed gulls. 

There was also a pair of American pipits foraging at the water's edge at the Lemon st. spot.

Dick Cleary



[PABIRDS] Erie County Lake View Landfill - Jerry McWilliams - 2015-01-28 14:46:36


I visited the Lake View Landfill from 11:50 AM to 12:30 PM today.  As yesterday, there was little going on gull-wise.  I recorded the following:

Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  1500
Iceland Gull  2 first cycle
Great Black-backed Gull  40
American Crow  30

The Snowy Owl was in the same field as yesterday just east of the junction of Old Waterford and Donation rds.


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



[PABIRDS] Bird talk - Herb Flavell - 2015-01-28 13:06:15


This email addresses how birds talk. Its mostly about Parrots but tells how and why all birds talk.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=1617&ref=4616&subref=AA&cmpid=E-_-B-_-12815-_-P2

There are also a couple other links in the web site.

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



Re: [PABIRDS] How do canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? - Marge Van Tassel - 2015-01-28 12:26:41


Richard,
Good question...there is a field behind my yard and another near a pond down the road, where no geese have been for a few days now,
BUT
I see and hear them all along the riverbank of the Kiski River and evidently because the snow is only an inch or so there, they are able to gather something to eat in the water, on the shore or inland a little further where a small creek meets the river and there is a small "island" there.
Don't know about any others, but the local geese seem to thrive very well in winter as we always have anywhere from 10 to 80 around all year (now and then more).
And I have noticed at Derry Lake there are quite a few geese there and besides walking on the ice or floating/swimming in the bit of water open all the time, they sort of wander into all the back yards that face the lake...
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County





 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37