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[PABIRDS] Mckees Rocks allegheny county - jusko88 - 2014-10-06 12:13:45


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[PABIRDS] American Woodcock, American Pipit and other sightings - Allegheny Co. - James Hausman III - 2014-10-06 06:37:52


Hello Everyone,

Yesterday morning I had the chance to bird till noon and visited in quick succession a few sites around Allegheny Co.. 

I started off at Sewickley Heights Boro Park and quickly moved on; there was little activity with the cold and clouds.

I then visited a few spots in the Imperial Grasslands area. First, the truck stop produced quite a few field sparrows. Solar Drive offered up a lesser yellowlegs, 7 eastern meadowlarks and quite a few grasshopper and savannah sparrows. Watching the larks and sparrows flit and frolic after one another was rather enjoyable. I especially enjoyed studying the sparrows. The orange buff on the grasshopper sparrows’ breasts was particularly pleasing in the morning light. Made me wish I had a huge telephoto lens to capture the color. A quick stop at the main pond revealed more savannah sparrows and a common raven perched on one of the utility poles. Also, two pied-billed grebes were near the reeds on the northern edge of the pond. 
 
I then ventured over to Wingfield Pines where the weather took a bizarre turn. Dark clouds and gusty winds threatened rain for the hour I was there and greatly suppressed bird activity, however, I spotted my FOS yellow-rumped warblers and managed to find two other nice surprises. An AMERICAN PIPIT flew in to the trees next to the sand trap along Chartiers Creek. We don’t see too many pipits in Allegheny Co., so they’re always a pleasant surprise. While walking the trails at the southern end of the trust (near pond 1 - to the left and visible through the trees as you descend the hill at the entrance off Mayview Rd.), I flushed an AMERICAN WOODCOCK! This is the first woodcock I’ve ever seen outside of March and April, so I was very pleased to spot this “forest-shorebird.” 

It wasn’t a great morning in terms of numbers, but I had an enjoyable time studying sparrows and finding a few surprises along the way. According to Aidan Place’s post yesterday afternoon, It looks like things picked up at Wingfield with the better afternoon weather about two hours after I left at 11. Oh well!

Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Jefferson Hills
Allegheny Co.



[PABIRDS] Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Oct 5, 2014 - Daniel E. Weeks - 2014-10-05 21:44:52


This afternoon I saw a Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- First of Fall. Even caught a glimpse of its ruby crown!

Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

Oct 5, 2014
Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Traveling
1.8 miles
42 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Birding by bicycle in the Riverview hill area near the Blue slide entrance of Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. Start time: 15:30.  Observer: Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.
1 Chimney Swift
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Blue Jay
2 Carolina Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- First of Fall
7 American Robin
3 European Starling
1 Eastern Towhee
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
4 American Goldfinch



[PABIRDS] HSR: Rose Tree Park (05 Oct 2014) 65 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-10-05 20:10:14


Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Osprey                       5             23            166
Northern Harrier             2              5             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  10             11            104
Sharp-shinned Hawk          27             54            395
Cooper's Hawk                6              7             47
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0             12
Broad-winged Hawk            4              9           1899
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3              3             10
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             15            100
Merlin                       0              3             13
Peregrine Falcon             0              7             11
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             11

Total:                      65            138           2798
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Chuck Root, Curt Calafut

Observers:        Chris Pugliese, Gary Stolz, Judy Mayer

Visitors:
Pete Lodise, Sam Mayer, Jado Foot, Richard Brenner, Andy Huemiller, John
Hand


Weather:
Cooler temps today, and variable winds, mostly of a westerly flavor: NW,
WNW, W, WSW, and W. Wind speeds 2-10mph. Brighter blue skies with limited
clouds in the morning, and clouds increasing to partial later in the day. 

Raptor Observations:
Ten Bald Eagles was a good number- the majority adults

Non-raptor Observations:
Double-crested Cormorant-1

Monarch Butterflies-9

Predictions:
Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph--USWX
=======================================================================Report submitted by Holly Merker ((email address filtered))
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org



[PABIRDS] Shenango Dam sightings Sunday evening Mercer Co - bill drolsbaugh - 2014-10-05 20:00:58


  Hello all   watched the sun go down to the West tonight  at Shenango dam from Mercer Rec area  north of Golden run I watched 200+ Dc Cormorants rifle over the darkening vista heading west  along with a small flock of stationary  Ruddy ducks 10 in 2 bunches 1 solitary  Common Loon calling 7 Robins perched  and 1 belted Kingfisher ,,great sunset with plummeting temps   Bill Drolsbaugh Mercer County



[PABIRDS] Lancaster, Noel S. Dorwart Memorial Park - Seth - 2014-10-05 19:45:10


Has anyone ever birded this area before? I'm moving nearby soon, and am just curious how it is. Seems like it would be pretty nice.


-Seth McComsey



[PABIRDS] Barred Owl, Allegheny County - Cecelia - 2014-10-05 19:23:12


At 5:30 AM, Sunday October 5, a Barred Owl heard calling in O'Hara/Fox Chapel area.

Cecelia Hard



[PABIRDS] HSR: Allegheny Front (05 Oct 2014) 17 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-10-05 19:10:52


Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             45
TV                           4              6              6
OS                           0              3             85
BE                           1              5             99
NH                           0              4             18
SS                           6             55            302
CH                           0             12             90
NG                           0              0              1
RS                           0              0             11
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           6             26            422
RL                           0              0              1
GE                           0              1              3
AK                           0              1             63
ML                           0              5             12
PG                           0              5             17
UA                           0              0              3
UB                           0              0              8
UF                           0              0              1
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0              6             41

Total:                      17            129           5579
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bob Stewart

Observers:        Charlie Voytko, Ed Gowarty,Jr., Gene & Nancy Flament,
                  Kim Van Fleet, Tom Sanders, Wayne Sierer

Visitors:
36- including Geo Bercik, P. Petrucci, Dennis McNair,
Ed Gowarty Sr., Ed Gowarty Jr, Jack Julian, Tom & Sally Dick, Debbie
Bodenschatz, Matt Bodenschatz, Joe & Barb Carrier, Wayne Sierer, Kim &
Glenn Van Fleet, Jim & Meg Moses, Jim & Joan Rocco, Sandy & Bill Cline,
Linda & Jim Edison, Tom Sanders, Jeanine Ging, Brian Wargo, Meadow Ging-
Wargo, Theo Ging- Wargo, Don Adams, Frank & Cathy Adams, Steve & Carla
Lose, Dick Akers, Jim Ritchey.

A delicious picnic highlighted by Deb Bodenschatz's cooking was the EVENT
of the day.


Weather:
Mostly Cloudy with breaks in middle of day.
Moderate west winds.
Cold- temp 2.7 to 7.4 degrees C.
Visibility 30-40 km.

Raptor Observations:
17 migrating raptors.
1 Bald Eagle- SubAd 2:30

Non-raptor Observations:
60+ blue jays
chimney swifts
hairy woodpecker
towhee

Predictions:
High 67 degrees. Winds from south at 8-17 mph. Mostly cloudy with possible
shower.
=======================================================================Report submitted by Bob Stewart ((email address filtered))



[PABIRDS] Erie County birds of note - Jerry McWilliams - 2014-10-05 18:51:20


The following birds of note were reported this past week in Erie County.


White-rumped Sandpiper  1; Oct. 5; Sunset Point (waterbird count)

Little Gull  2 adults; Oct. 4; Sunset Point (waterbird count)

Parasitic Jaeger  1 juv.; Oct. 4; Sunset Point (waterbird count)

Selasphorus hummingbird  1; all week; Albion

Common Raven  1; Oct. 5; SGL #157


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



[PABIRDS] HSR: Waggoner's Gap (05 Oct 2014) 228 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-10-05 18:10:58


Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              2              2
TV                          26             83             83
OS                           3             17            296
BE                          10             14            275
NH                           1             16             55
SS                         148            748           2246
CH                           8             28            157
NG                           0              0              0
RS                           1              3             13
BW                           0              6           6538
RT                           6             19            270
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           1              2              3
AK                          13             34            192
ML                           6              7             35
PG                           3              6             19
UA                           2              3             10
UB                           0              0             10
UF                           0              0              3
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              0             35

Total:                     228            988          10242
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Paul Fritz

Observers:        Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Gene Wagner, Joe Sabo, Joe Yoder,
                  Meredith Lombard, Paul Fritz

Visitors:
Gene Odato - 58


Weather:
Cold, but sunny start with clouds building late morning. Winds were
variable and gusty. 

Raptor Observations:
BE Juv 9:30, 10:26, 1:08
BE WB 9:53, 10:23, 1:26
BE 4YR 10:17, 11:46, 2:07
BE Ad 10:18
GE Sub 9:20
PG Unaged 9:34
PG Ad 12:30
PG Juv 2:27

First bird AK 6:12
Last bird  SS 3:58

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 20
CHSW - 27
CAGO - 38
=======================================================================Report submitted by Gene Wagner ((email address filtered))
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



[PABIRDS] HSR: Bake Oven Knob (05 Oct 2014) 269 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-10-05 18:10:52


Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5             23            170
Turkey Vulture               7             35            430
Osprey                       2             20            301
Bald Eagle                   3              9            168
Northern Harrier             0              0             21
Sharp-shinned Hawk         243            341           1020
Cooper's Hawk                1              6             60
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              7
Broad-winged Hawk            1              5           4047
Red-tailed Hawk              2             18            144
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              2
American Kestrel             0             12             78
Merlin                       2              6             51
Peregrine Falcon             0              8             29
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              9            123

Total:                     269            493           6651
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jeff Hopkins

Observers:        Bob Hoopes, Rick Morrissey, Scott Keys

Visitors:
Additional Observers: Travis Rennig, Marianne Sell


Weather:
Visibility: 10 miles early, out to 20 miles by mid-day. Temps 38-55F. Wind
2-5 NW. Cloud Cover 90%.


Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle (3): 1053i, 1140i, 1555a.
Golden Eagle (1): 1325a.

Steady stream of Sharp-shinned Hawks throughout the day, a number of which
took runs at the decoy owl.

Suprise early Golden Eagle (adult) directly overhead.

Late Merlin took a run at the decoy owl.

Took down the owl and pole just before leaving. Shoved the owl pole a
little too hard and had to climb (way) down to get it for Sean tomorrow.
Climbed back up to two Sharp-shinned Hawks passing out by the hump. Took a
"last call" sweep of the pipeline and got Quigged by a 1655 (EDT) adult
Bald Eagle. Hats off to old friend Gallus!

Non-raptor Observations:
DC Cormorant (5).
Warblers: Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted
Titmouse.
Woodpeckers: Pileated, Hairy, Red-bellied, N. Flicker.
Raven, Monarch (2).


Predictions:
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Light and variable wind becoming
south 11 to 16 mph in the morning.
=======================================================================Report submitted by Bob Hoopes ((email address filtered))
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



[PABIRDS] HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (05 Oct 2014) 250 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-10-05 18:10:20


Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0             63
Turkey Vulture               0             27             84
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       2             49            374
Bald Eagle                   2             12            177
Northern Harrier             3             10             45
Sharp-shinned Hawk         207            402           1090
Cooper's Hawk               16             43            147
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             27
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              8
Broad-winged Hawk            1              5           6349
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             11            122
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              5             20
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
American Kestrel             9             29            234
Merlin                       6             18             77
Peregrine Falcon             1              9             49
Unknown Falcon               0              3             10
Unknown Raptor               0              3             39

Total:                     250            635           8917
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Mark Blauer, Matt Wlasniewski

Weather:
Overcast

Raptor Observations:
PEFA ad, 9:25
BAEA Ad, 10:19
BAEA, Juv, 11:41

Non-raptor Observations:

=======================================================================Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich ((email address filtered))
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



[PABIRDS] HSR: Second Mountain (05 Oct 2014) 53 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-10-05 18:10:09


Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                4             10             28
Turkey Vulture               0             18            126
Osprey                       1              1             77
Bald Eagle                   2             11             58
Northern Harrier             0              2             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk          40             98            394
Cooper's Hawk                3             17             73
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              9
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1           2958
Red-tailed Hawk              1              4             70
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
American Kestrel             2              6             55
Merlin                       0              0             10
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              9
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              1
Unknown Falcon               0              1              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             12

Total:                      53            172           3904
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Morris Cox

Observers:        Brian Weaver, Gary Koppenhaver, Jay George

Visitors:
Steve and Sharon Rannels, Fritz Heilman, Andy Frances, Sgt.Ted Nichols,
Gary Robson + 43 


Weather:
First cold mourning of the year. Mostly overcast with light west winds.
Temp range 4-14C.

Raptor Observations:
Adult and Immature Bald Eagles at 12:55 (est)very high and moving off to
the south of the watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
Group of eight Ravens just after sunrise.
Red-headed Woodpecker
Blue Jay
N.Flicker
White-breasted Nuthatch
Tree Swallows
Monarchs = 3

Predictions:
Mostly sunny with SSW winds. Should be a good flight day.
=======================================================================Report submitted by Dave Schwenk ((email address filtered))
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



[PABIRDS] Stone Mt., Pa. (05 Oct 2014) 91 Raptors - Gregory William Grove - 2014-10-05 18:06:02


Stone Mt., Pa.
Allensville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              0
TV                          15             15             36
OS                           3              8             52
BE                           2              8             53
NH                           0              1              7
SS                          41            113            266
CH                          11             15             36
NG                           0              0              1
RS                           0              3              9
BW                           1              1           1091
RT                           7             10             34
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0              1              1
AK                           3             15             46
ML                           1              2              9
PG                           4              9             11
UA                           0              0              1
UB                           0              1              3
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           3              3              9
MK                           0              0              1

Total:                      91            205           1666
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Greg Grove

Observers:        Greg Grove

Weather:
West wind, pt cloudy, 50F

Raptor Observations:
Ad BE 205, Imm BE 240

AK: 1 Male, 2 Unk

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 6

Tree Swallows - 50
=======================================================================Report submitted by Greg Grove ((email address filtered))



[PABIRDS] Fwd: eBird Report - Moraine SP (IBA)--South Shore, Oct 5, 2014 - Karyn Delaney - 2014-10-05 16:47:01


We walked the Sunken Garden Trail on the Moraine South Shore this morning.
The day started out sunny, but became overcast and windy as we continued.
Saw a Lincoln's and a Swamp Sparrow.  Yellow-rumped Warblers are beginning
to come through.  Complete list below.

Karyn Delaney
Ray Delaney
Shawn Collins
Donna Foyle
Barb Griffith
Kathy Miller
Kathy Saunders




Moraine SP (IBA)--South Shore, Butler, US-PA
Oct 5, 2014 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
34 species

Wood Duck  10
Mallard  14
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron (Eastern)  1     Along brushy water edge. Seen by all members
of party.
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  2
Chimney Swift  6
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  2
Winter Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  6
European Starling  4
Nashville Warbler  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  4
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  6
Red-winged Blackbird  1
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20040071

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



[PABIRDS] Seaside Sparrow, Bainbridge, Lancaster County, PA - J. Eric and Robin M. Witmer - 2014-10-05 16:29:19


Pa Birders,

 

The previously reported Seaside Sparrow was located again today on the first
major vegetated island about 1000 yards downstream from the Race Street boat
launch. It was seen at least until 2:00 pm by least eight birders. It is
very secretive and usually difficult to see.

 

A small boat or Kayak is necessary to get to the area.

 

Other birds of note included 1-2 Nelson's Sparrow and two Ravens on the
Lancaster County hillside.

 

I have one slightly out of focus documentation photo of the Seaside Sparrow
on my Flicker site.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jewitmer/15264877139/

 

Eric Witmer

Ephrata PA



[PABIRDS] 32 Chimney Swifts in Leechburg (Armstrong County) - Marge Van Tassel - 2014-10-05 16:08:31


32 Chimney Swifts were circling over Rivertown Pub, an apartment building and a few houses as I watched, counted and took a few photos when I came out of Sprankle's Grocery store coming home from Crooked Creek around noon.  A lady getting into her car asked me why "all those bats" are flying around during the day?

Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County



[PABIRDS] More on Moraine - Glenn Koppel - 2014-10-05 15:20:11


We were at Moraine SP today also.  Highlights for us were hundreds of Chimney Swifts seen in the air and over the water at Nealeys point.  A few Tree Swallows were also seen there.Warblers seen along the Butterfly trail, the trail from there to the bike rental and Nealeys include, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Magnolia, and Common Yellowthroat.Several Winter Wrens, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Blue-headed Vireo were also found.
Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice (email address filtered), PA



[PABIRDS] Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in Southern Lancaster County - Bob Schutsky - 2014-10-05 14:02:05


Dear PABirders,

Nancy and I have been keeping track of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds 
near our home in Peach Bottom.

We began on Wednesday, 1 October when we saw two female/juvenile types. 
  On Thursday we saw one female/juvenile.  On Friday we saw two hummers, 
one female/juvenile, and one that we could not identify (ID) to age or 
sex.  Saturday yielded one that we could not ID to age or sex.  And 
today (Sunday, 5 October) we saw one sub-adult male, and one that we 
could not ID to age or sex.

The ones that we could not ID to age or sex were due to a very brief, 
insufficient view.  But we saw them long enough to know that they were 
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

The hummers are feeding at Little Red Morning Glory, a variety of sages, 
and two sugar water feeders.  The flowers are currently preferred over 
the feeders.

We will keep you posted as the sightings progress.

Sincerely,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site  www.birdtreks.com
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[PABIRDS] 136+ Cedar Waxwings, etc. @ Crooked Creek (Armstrong County) - Marge Van Tassel - 2014-10-05 14:01:12


1 Osprey perched in the tree by the trash boom
86 Canada Geese
1 Common Raven 
2 Killdeer
17 E. Bluebirds
22 Chipping Sparrows
2 No. Flickers
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Tennessee Warbler (surprisingly on this cold early morning but only warbler I saw and heard)
4 Black-capped Chicadees
1 Winter Wren 
2 E. Phoebes 
and
26 Cedar Waxwings down near the boat launch area and
when I drove back up right across from the camping area and also on 2 trees at the beginning of A-frame Road at least 6 trees were covered with Cedar Waxwings so I am not including the 26 down by the boat launch as so many were flying around I counted several times before I came up with 136 as a conservative count
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County



[PABIRDS] Sparrows, Winter Wren, Warblers Moraine State Park/ Butler Co - Shawn Collins - 2014-10-05 13:50:08


I birded Sunken Garden Trail at Moraine South Shore w/ 6 other birders this
morning and we had the following Highlights

10 Wood Ducks
15 Mallards
1 Winter Wren
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Ruby Crowned Kinglets
2 Lincoln Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhees
10 plus White Throated Sparrows
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Bald Eagle
15 Ring Billed Gulls
1 Tree Swallow
4 Chimney Swifts
many many Blue Jays/Chickadees

Shawn Collins
Crawford County



[PABIRDS] State Game Lands 220 / Northern Lanc. Co. - Bruce and Sherri Carl - 2014-10-05 12:42:24


PA BIRDERS,

                There were (12) participants on the this Lancaster County Bird Club field trip this morning visiting SGL 220 in northern Lancaster County. A few details about the trip along with some of the more interesting sightings are listed below.  

Bruce A Carl
Akron, PA
Lancaster County              

State Game Lands 220, Lancaster, US-PA
Oct 5, 2014 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Lancaster county bird club field trip
49 total species (highlights below)

Black Vulture  24
Turkey Vulture  78
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Chimney Swift  2
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Common Raven  2     two birds seen in flight soaring in a thermal / distinct wedge shaped tail, large bill / heard calling once.
House Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1     heard only
American Robin  150     estimated numbers
Common Yellowthroat  2
Palm Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  18
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  4
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  70     extimated numbers

View this complete checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20036721

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


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[PABIRDS] Lancaster Co. Bird Club Mtg. 10/10; for kids & adults - "Serpent Scientist" - Bettina Heffner - 2014-10-05 12:22:54


The Lancaster County Bird Club will meet Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA.
 

Children and adults will enjoy “Serpent Scientist” as presented by Jesse Rothacker, founder and president of Forgotten Friend, a reptile rescue organization. He will bring 15 live snakes, lizards, turtles and other reptiles and amphibians for an educational, entertaining and close encounter experience. He will discuss the Serpent Scientist Program which is a citizen scientist program where folks can submit reptile and amphibian photos to assist state biologists in the management of these populations. 
 

 A short business meeting will precede the program.  The public is invited to attend free of charge and may call 717-393-4091 or 717-393-2546  with questions. The club website is www.lancasterbirdclub.org.



[PABIRDS] Moraine State Park - Butler Co. - (email address filtered) - 2014-10-05 11:10:04


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[PABIRDS] Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 5, 2014 - Jerry McWilliams - 2014-10-05 09:45:37


Location: Sunset Point, PresqueIsle S.P.
Date: October 5, 2014
Time: 0715-0915
Weather: Cloudy with light to moderate rain showers with brief breaks in the rain.  WSW wind to 20 mph, waves five feet falling to about three feet, temp. 45 F.
Comments:A few birds were moving when it stopped raining with American Wigeon being the most frequently seen waterfowl.  An exhausted Belted Kingfisher that flew across the lake immediately landed on the beach when it reached the peninsula.  Highlight was a White-rumped Sandpiper that flew east past the watch.

Waterbirds counted:

Canada Goose  3
American Wigeon  33
Mallard  13
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  11
unidentified teal  3
Lesser Scaup  19
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Sanderling  7
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Common Tern  10

Other birds moving over or along the lake:

Bald Eagle  1 adult
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  1
unidentified Passerine  2


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
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Re: [PABIRDS] Seaside Sparrow / Nelson's Sparrow Lanc. Co.--photo - Meredith_Lombard - 2014-10-05 08:42:17


The single, usable (but not great) photo is posted at: https://flic.kr/p/pfwwe6  

Being a champion skulker, it didn't stay in view long at all. 

If you are interested in renting a kayak for the chase, contact Chiques Rock Outfitters (http://www.chiquesrockoutfitters.com/) at 717-475-6196.  

Take hip boots.


Good luck, good birding,

-Meredith Lombard





On Sat, 4 Oct 2014 22:11:47 -0400, Deuane Hoffman <(email address filtered)> wrote:

>I'm sure that the least bittern was also seen in/on the sedge/grass
>islands  with the Seaside Sparrow.
>
>The nature of this area is such that one can't really offer much more
>information than just that. The birds move around the limited amount of
>habitat that's available.  To find them one simply has to get out there and
>literally beat the bushes....err, grasses.
>On Oct 4, 2014 9:09 PM, "Carl Engstrom" <(email address filtered)> wrote:
>
>> In addition where was the Least Bittern?
>>
>> Carl
>>
>> On Oct 4, 2014, at 8:58 PM, Michael David <(email address filtered)> wrote:
>>
>> > Hi Bruce and All,
>> >
>> > I figure I'm not the only one who's interested in making an attempt at
>> this
>> > bird but who has never visited this location. I gather that it requires a
>> > boat - which stumps me for the moment - but can anyone provide details
>> > about where to launch from and exactly which island/islands to search?
>> >
>> > Also more info on the bird would be appreciated, what age was it? Will
>> the
>> > photos be posted in the near future?
>> >
>> > If anyone is able to get out there tomorrow, please update on what you
>> see!
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Michael David
>> > Blair Co.
>> >
>> > On Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM, Bruce and Sherri Carl <(email address filtered)>
>> > wrote:
>> >
>> >> PA BIRDERS,
>> >>
>> >>            There were (5) of us birding the Bainbridge River Islands
>> this
>> >> morning. I was joined by Eric Witmer, Tom Garner, Mike Epler and
>> Meredith
>> >> Lombard. Highlight of the morning was a Seaside Sparrow seen by the
>> entire
>> >> group at different times throughout the morning. The bird was found at
>> >> about
>> >> 10:30 am and was seen/heard off and on until we left near 1:30 pm. It
>> was a
>> >> very difficult bird to pin down but between seeing this bird in flight
>> many
>> >> times, seen perched briefly on 2 or 3 occasions and hearing its call
>> notes
>> >> numerous times we all agreed that this was definitely a Seaside Sparrow.
>> >> This could represent Lancaster County's 2nd record of this species! Some
>> >> photos were taken but currently are unsure of the quality as this bird
>> was
>> >> moving around allot and was not sitting out for very long if at all.
>> >>
>> >> Other highlights for the morning are listed below:
>> >>
>> >> Nelson's Sparrow   -   4
>> >> Marsh Wren   -   2
>> >> Swamp Sparrow   -   1
>> >> Least Bittern   -   1
>> >> Song Sparrow   -   2
>> >>
>> >> Greater Yellowlegs   -   1
>> >> Killdeer   -   4
>> >> Pectoral Sandpiper   -   4
>> >> Least Sandpiper   -   2
>> >>
>> >> Waterfowl in the area included:
>> >>
>> >> Blue-winged Teal
>> >> Green-winged Teal
>> >> Northern Pintail
>> >> Wood Ducks
>> >> Canada Geese
>> >>
>> >> ** An Osprey with a fish was soon being chased by up to (4) Bald Eagles
>> and
>> >> of course the smart move was to drop the fish which he did and in turn
>> the
>> >> fish was caught in mid-air by one of the Imm. Eagles chasing him who in
>> >> turn
>> >> was then chased by an adult. Not sure of the final outcome of this chase
>> >> but
>> >> was interesting to watch!
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> Bruce A Carl
>> >> Akron, PA
>> >> Lancaster County
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
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[PABIRDS] Seaside Sparrow Bainbridge Lanc. co - J. Eric Witmer - 2014-10-05 08:36:24


The Seaside Sparrow has been relocated on the island where seen yesterday. 

Eric Witmer

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[PABIRDS] Duck hollow allegheny county - jusko88 - 2014-10-05 07:54:58


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Re: [PABIRDS] Marsh Wren -- Greencove Wetlands, Washington County - shannon thompson - 2014-10-04 21:17:16


Interestingly, David Yeany and I birded the same spots in reverse and had many of the same birds but can add a few interesting sightings.  We started at Green Cove and were surprised to have over 150 INDIGO BUNTINGs pour out of one food plot.  We also had a late YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER.  Full list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20032282

At Wingfield Pines, we could only add a few warblers and sparrows to the list.  More interesting than the birds was the wintery mix of precipitation!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20032194

Sorry we missed you Aidan!Shannon ThompsonAllegheny Co.
      From: Aidan Place <(email address filtered)>
 To: (email address filtered) 
 Sent: Saturday, October 4, 2014 4:40 PM
 Subject: [PABIRDS] Marsh Wren -- Greencove Wetlands, Washington County
   
This morning I did some birding in southern Allegheny and Washington Counties. My first stop was at Wingfield Pines in Allegheny where the winds kept most birds down though I did have a green-winged teal and an osprey. After that I went to Greencove Wetlands in Washington County where I had the following highlights:
Sora (3 birds)
Swamp Sparrows
Bobolink
Common Raven
Eastern Wood-pewee
Marsh Wren

I also drove some of the back roads in near Greencove where I was able to find a Lincoln's sparrow as well as several field and chipping sparrows.

Good Birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

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Re: [PABIRDS] Seaside Sparrow / Nelson's Sparrow Lanc. Co. - Deuane Hoffman - 2014-10-04 21:11:47


I'm sure that the least bittern was also seen in/on the sedge/grass
islands  with the Seaside Sparrow.

The nature of this area is such that one can't really offer much more
information than just that. The birds move around the limited amount of
habitat that's available.  To find them one simply has to get out there and
literally beat the bushes....err, grasses.
On Oct 4, 2014 9:09 PM, "Carl Engstrom" <(email address filtered)> wrote:

> In addition where was the Least Bittern?
>
> Carl
>
> On Oct 4, 2014, at 8:58 PM, Michael David <(email address filtered)> wrote:
>
> > Hi Bruce and All,
> >
> > I figure I'm not the only one who's interested in making an attempt at
> this
> > bird but who has never visited this location. I gather that it requires a
> > boat - which stumps me for the moment - but can anyone provide details
> > about where to launch from and exactly which island/islands to search?
> >
> > Also more info on the bird would be appreciated, what age was it? Will
> the
> > photos be posted in the near future?
> >
> > If anyone is able to get out there tomorrow, please update on what you
> see!
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Michael David
> > Blair Co.
> >
> > On Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM, Bruce and Sherri Carl <(email address filtered)>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> PA BIRDERS,
> >>
> >>            There were (5) of us birding the Bainbridge River Islands
> this
> >> morning. I was joined by Eric Witmer, Tom Garner, Mike Epler and
> Meredith
> >> Lombard. Highlight of the morning was a Seaside Sparrow seen by the
> entire
> >> group at different times throughout the morning. The bird was found at
> >> about
> >> 10:30 am and was seen/heard off and on until we left near 1:30 pm. It
> was a
> >> very difficult bird to pin down but between seeing this bird in flight
> many
> >> times, seen perched briefly on 2 or 3 occasions and hearing its call
> notes
> >> numerous times we all agreed that this was definitely a Seaside Sparrow.
> >> This could represent Lancaster County's 2nd record of this species! Some
> >> photos were taken but currently are unsure of the quality as this bird
> was
> >> moving around allot and was not sitting out for very long if at all.
> >>
> >> Other highlights for the morning are listed below:
> >>
> >> Nelson's Sparrow   -   4
> >> Marsh Wren   -   2
> >> Swamp Sparrow   -   1
> >> Least Bittern   -   1
> >> Song Sparrow   -   2
> >>
> >> Greater Yellowlegs   -   1
> >> Killdeer   -   4
> >> Pectoral Sandpiper   -   4
> >> Least Sandpiper   -   2
> >>
> >> Waterfowl in the area included:
> >>
> >> Blue-winged Teal
> >> Green-winged Teal
> >> Northern Pintail
> >> Wood Ducks
> >> Canada Geese
> >>
> >> ** An Osprey with a fish was soon being chased by up to (4) Bald Eagles
> and
> >> of course the smart move was to drop the fish which he did and in turn
> the
> >> fish was caught in mid-air by one of the Imm. Eagles chasing him who in
> >> turn
> >> was then chased by an adult. Not sure of the final outcome of this chase
> >> but
> >> was interesting to watch!
> >>
> >>
> >> Bruce A Carl
> >> Akron, PA
> >> Lancaster County
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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