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[PABIRDS] Wild Turkey, Sharp-shinned Hawk - York County - Ann Pettigrew - 2016-05-19 22:59:43


I was surprised to have hen turkey show up at my feeders this morning.  It actually hopped up onto a low table where I place mixed seed.  It stayed until a bratty squirrel lunged at her and chased her off.

I also had a sharpy fly through and perch for a few minutes.

Have a good weekend!

Ann

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
(email address filtered)

Sent from my iPhone



[PABIRDS] Purple Finch - Beaver Co. - Gina Rubino - 2016-05-19 19:50:53


Had a male Purple Finch at our feeders in Vanport this evening.
There was also a Common Nighthawk in Downtown Beaver this afternoon. :)

-Gina Rubino, Beaver County



[PABIRDS] FW: eBird Report - Monroe County, Delaware Water Gap NRA--Freeman Tract Rd., May 19, 2016 - Terry Master - 2016-05-19 18:54:54


Hi Everyone:

The annual Freeman Tract Road Bird Survey was conducted today in perfect weather with 7 participants.  Today's count of 81 species is the highest for the survey dating back to 2011 with record numbers of ovenbird, red-eyed vireo, worm-eating warbler and rose-breasted grosbeak in particular.  The most unusual sighting was a flock of 130 Brant flying north along the Delaware River.

Terry
 
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
570-422-3709
(email address filtered)

________________________________________
From: (email address filtered) [(email address filtered)]
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:36 PM
To: (email address filtered)
Subject: eBird Report - Delaware Water Gap NRA--Freeman Tract Rd., May 19, 2016

Delaware Water Gap NRA--Freeman Tract Rd., Monroe, Pennsylvania, US
May 19, 2016 6:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Annual Freeman Tract Road bird survey in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  Participants included Terry Master, Jeff Shreiner, Patti Shreiner, Stephen Kloiber, Corey Husic, Diane Husic, Susan Schmoyer,
81 species

Brant  130     
Canada Goose  1
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  7
Hooded Merganser  3
Common Merganser  5
Wild Turkey  1
Common Loon  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  13
Osprey  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  10
Spotted Sandpiper  5
Mourning Dove  7
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  13     
Black-billed Cuckoo  4
Barred Owl  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  17
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Eastern Kingbird  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  17     
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  113     
Blue Jay  15
American Crow  19
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  11
Eastern Bluebird  2
Veery  14
Wood Thrush  37     
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  21
Cedar Waxwing  26
Ovenbird  64     
Worm-eating Warbler  16     
Louisiana Waterthrush  3
Northern Waterthrush  1
Blue-winged Warbler  11
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Tennessee Warbler  6
Common Yellowthroat  21
Hooded Warbler  35     
American Redstart  88     
Cerulean Warbler  39     
Northern Parula  21
Magnolia Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  8
Blackpoll Warbler  6
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  8
Eastern Towhee  1
Scarlet Tanager  15
Northern Cardinal  8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  22
Indigo Bunting  28
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Orchard Oriole  1
Baltimore Oriole  12
American Goldfinch  8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29782772

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



[PABIRDS] Common Raven - Mercer Co. - Mark Vass - 2016-05-19 18:03:41


I was driving on I376 today in Shenango Twp. and saw a Common Raven in
flight being harassed by Red-winged Blackbirds

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



[PABIRDS] Photo Study Of Birds At Peace Valley Park (Bucks), 5/19/16 - Howard B. Eskin, - 2016-05-19 15:59:10


I was able to get to Peace Valley Park Bird Blind for an hour or so in
Bucks County this morning. To see some of today’s photos, please click on
the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/PVPBirdsMay19_16/PeaceValleyParkMay19_16.html

Regards,
Howard

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



[PABIRDS] Lincoln's Sparrow, Northampton County - Wiltraut, Richard E - 2016-05-19 14:41:04


In garden this morning at Jacobsburg.  Lots of orioles this year enjoying the oranges and nesting material offerings.

Good birding,

Rick

Rick Wiltraut
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
Phone: 610.746.2801  Fax: 610.746.2804
Email: (email address filtered)<mailto:(email address filtered)>
www.dcnr.state.pa.us<http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us>



[PABIRDS] Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday May 24th, 2016 - LeRoy Tabb - 2016-05-19 12:41:02




Re: [PABIRDS] Birdwalk Moved to Sun May 22, Schuylkill County - Tuscarora State Park - Dave Kruel - 2016-05-19 08:39:40


Meet for 7:30a at visitor center parking lot. 

----- Original Message -----

From: (email address filtered) 
To: "pabirds" <(email address filtered)> 
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:37:30 AM 
Subject: Birdwalk Moved to Sun May 22, Schuylkill County - Tuscarora State Park 

Hi All, 
With poor weather forecast for Saturday, birdwalk for this weekend at Tuscarora State Park will be moved to Sunday, May 22. 

Dave Kruel 
Pottsville 
Schuylkill County



[PABIRDS] Birdwalk Moved to Sun May 22, Schuylkill County - Tuscarora State Park - Dave Kruel - 2016-05-19 08:37:30


Hi All, 
With poor weather forecast for Saturday, birdwalk for this weekend at Tuscarora State Park will be moved to Sunday, May 22. 

Dave Kruel 
Pottsville 
Schuylkill County



[PABIRDS] Dauphin County - Harrisburg Falcons Fledge Watch - Sue Hannon - 2016-05-19 08:35:48


While Harrisburg's peregrine chicks are still several days shy of the
average fledging age for this site, the adults have been attempting to
entice them from the ledge since Sunday. The chicks' feathers are filling
in fast, and their behavioral indicators show they are very near fledging.
So the after hours watch will go into effect this evening and will run at
least through next Friday, possibly longer depending on how fledging
progresses.

Fledging time provides a great opportunity to see peregrine falcons at
pretty close range. The next week should offer some terrific chances to
witness and photograph aerial food exchanges, falcons stooping to hunt or
chasing eagles and other birds of prey out of the area, and plenty of
fascinating juvenile antics. The annual show is almost ready to begin, so
bring your lawn chairs, binoculars, and cameras and join us on the lawn
across the street from the Carson Building for a front row seat!

Volunteers are still needed for this year's Fledge Watch. If you are
interested in participating, please let me know.

-- 
Sue Hannon
Grantville
Dauphin County, PA



[PABIRDS] Hooded Merganser Allegheny County - Matthew Juskowich - 2016-05-19 05:58:08


1 hen this morning at wingfield pines. It took off from the back area on right side of Boardwalk. Was Trying to see if there&#39;s young but don&#39;t think so. Very foggy out. Would be a nice record for the county if confirmed though. Also heard 2 sora still at this location. No Virginia rail heard but doesn&#39;t mean there not here. Wood duck has young. Matthew Juskowich allegheny county



Re: [PABIRDS] Current eBird results for Global Big Day/PAMC - Ann Pettigrew - 2016-05-18 23:36:28


Thanks, Chuck!  Pretty cool stats.  Glad you shared it.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
Managing Veterinarian
Leader Heights Animal Hospital
York, PA
(email address filtered)
(email address filtered)

Sent from my iPad

> On May 15, 2016, at 7:06 PM, Chuck Berthoud <(email address filtered)> wrote:
> 
> Hello PA Birders:
> 
> As of 7:05 pm, Pennsylvania eBird results for yesterday stand at 211
> species, from an impressive 63 counties. Dauphin currently leads with
> 149 species. Montgomery has submitted 122 checklists.
> 
> Worldwide 5668 species have been recorded from 34,240 checklists by
> 13,024 participants. Last year 6,158 species were reported.
> 
> To view the results go to the Explore Data tab where Explore a region is
> highlighted in blue. Select the region of interest such as Pennsylvania
> or your county of interest. In the white box that is preset for All
> Years, change it via the drop down arrow to Global Big Day May 14, 2016.
> 
> Good birding all.
> 
> Chuck Berthoud
> 
> PAMC Chair for PA Society of Ornithology
> 
> York County



[PABIRDS] Lebanon County, Memorial Lake, Common Nighthawks - Tim Becker - 2016-05-18 19:34:21


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[PABIRDS] Wayward Raptors, Mercer, Mercer Co. - Kim & Jeff - 2016-05-18 19:29:22


Odd afternoon for raptors... while waiting for my son outside Mercer 
High School, I watched an Osprey glide fairly low over the football 
field behind the school. Note the nearest significant body of water is 
several miles away...

And then just a couple hours ago, my wife spotted something big through 
the trees, flying over our own lake (really maybe a 10 acre pond). I got 
to the deck in time to see the pure white tail, and sure enough, the 
adult bald eagle soared around to land in the 30' maples on our property 
right beside the water. As it was looping around, a redtail soared 
immediately overhead, screeching in defiance. (Yes, anthropomorphizing, 
but still...)

Jeff Brinker
Mercer, Mercer Co.



[PABIRDS] Central PA Birdline for 5.19.2016 - Mark Mcconaughy - 2016-05-18 16:37:08


- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * May 19, 2016
 * PACE1605.19
 Bird Highlights
 TRUMPETER SWAN (Lebanon Co.)
 RED-THROATED LOON (Carbon Co.)
 AMERICAN BITTERN (Huntingdon & Luzerne Cos.)
 LEAST BITTERN (Huntingdon Co.)
 COMMON GALLINULE (Huntingdon & Tioga Cos.)
 SANDHILL CRANE (Cumberland & Sullivan Cos.)
 FRANKLIN'S GULL (Centre Co.)
 MARSH WREN (Tioga Co.)
 BLUE GROSBEAK (Dauphin Co.)
 PINE SISKIN (Centre, Cumberland, Elk, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne and Lycoming Cos.)
 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 May 19, 2016
 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, May 19, 2016.

 BEDFORD COUNTY:
 Nineteen SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen on May 15 at Shawnee State Park (RB).

 CARBON COUNTY:
 Up to 1 RED-THROATED LOON and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen between May 13 and 17 at Beltzville State Park (JM, RR, TS).

 One OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was observed between May 15 and 17 at Wild Creek Reservoir (RR).

 CENTRE COUNTY:
 Two SORA were calling on May 12 at Julian Wetlands (MR).

 One SORA, 4 SANDERLINGS and 1 FRANKLIN'S GULL were seen on May 14 at Bald Eagle State Park (CE, KE, JC, LC, SH, BS).

 Two BALD EAGLES and 1 PINE SISKIN were observed on May 14 at Black Moshannon State Park (NB, BM).

 One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on May 15 near the I-99/Brenner Pike intersection (KE, CE).

 Six PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders at Alder Court Yard through May 17 (RC).

 One PINE SISKIN was observed on May 17 at Grays Woods (DKi).

 One AMERICAN BITTERN and 2 SORAS were seen on May 17 at Julian Wetlands (LC, JC, CE).

 Two PINE SISKINS visited feeders at 711 West Foster Avenue on May 17 (NB).

 One PEREGRING FALCON was seen on May 18 flying over the intersection of Sparks and Fairmount in downtown State College (JG).

 CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
 Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen on May 14 at Opossum Lake (DKe).

 One OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATHER and 1 MOUORNING WARBLER were observed on May 14 along Miller's Gap Road (RK, AM).

 One YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on May 14 at Mt. Holly Marsh (EB).

 One PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was observed on May 14 along the trail at West Fairview (RK).

 Two PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders along Westgate Drive through May 14 (PB, MM).

 Two PINE SISKINS continue to come in to feeders at Creek Bottom through May 17 (AG).

 DAUPHIN COUNTY:
 One BLUE GROSBEAK was seen on May 12 at the Hershey Special Habitat IBA (DH).

 One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed on May 14 at the Gratz grasslands (DH).

 ELK COUNTY:
 One UPLAND SANDPIPER was calling on May 14 at Rasselas Marsh (BB).

 One SORA and 2 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS were seen or heard calling on May 14 at a Jones Township Residence along East Branch Lake (BB).

 Two PINE SISKINS were observed on May 14 at Bendigo State Park (BB).

 One BALD EAGLE was seen on May 14 at the Middle Fork Area of State Game Lands 25 (BB).

 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 Up to 24 PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders along Laurel Drive through May 17 (VB).

 HUNTINGDON COUNTY:
 One HENSLOW SPARROW was seen on May 12 near the intersection of Mule and Diamond Valley roads in Rothrock State Forest (JK).

 Four GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were observed on May 12 along Warriors Ridge Road (JK).

 One PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen between May 13 and 14 on private property along the Juniata River (GG, DK, TK, DG, JK).

 Up to 1 TRUMPETER SWAN, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 LEAST BITTERNS, 1 COMMON GALLINULE, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS continue to be seen at Old Crow Wetlands through May 17 (TK, RL, GG, DG, JK).

 One SORA was found on May 14 on private property along Willowbrook Road (JK, TW).

 One GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and 2 PINE SISKINS were seen at various locations during the PA Migration Count on May 14 (DG).

 Among the birds found at various locations during the PA Migration count on May 14 were 2 BALD EAGLES, 1 SORA, 1 LEAST SANDPIPER and 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (JK, TW).

 Two PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders at 9524 Stone Creek Ridge Road through May 17 (DG, GG).

 JUNIATA COUNTY:
 One GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on May 14 feeding in a field along Licking Creek off the Black Log S turn (CK).

 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 Up to 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen between May 14 and 16 at Conejohela Flats (ME, EW, GD). Two SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were present on May 16 (GD).

 Three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were found on May 14 at Lake Clark along the Susquehanna River (ML).

 Three LEAST SANDPIPERS were observed on May 15 along the creek near Gap (PF).

 LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:
 Among the birds seen at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area on May 14 were BALD EAGLE and MOURNING WARBLER (DA, JC). He nesting BALD EAGLE pair had three eaglets in the nest on May 17 (BC).

 LEBANON COUNTY:
 Up to 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on May 14 at Fort Indiantown Gap (JH, DM, SW, JD).

 Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen on May 14 at Swatara State Park (JB).

 LUZERNE COUNTY:
 One AMERICAN BITTERN was seen on May 14 off Mountain Springs Lake Road in State Game Lands 57 (JDe).

 Five PINE SISKINS visited feeders along Nuangola Road on May 13 (BZ).

 One YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was heard calling along Bridge Road on May 14 (JDe).

 LYCOMING COUNTY:
 Two PINE SISKINS were seen between May 14 and 15 at Marvin/Ferry Farm (Anon.).

 One PINE SISKIN continues to visit feeders along Mahaffey Hollow Road through May 14 (DT).

 Two PINE SISKINS were seen between May 16 and 17 at the Pinkerton property (SP).

 Two PINE SISKINS were observed on May 17 at the Williamsport WTP (AK).

 SULLIVAN COUNTY:
 Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen on May 14 at the Dushore area farm fields and swamp (RM).

 TIOGA COUNTY:
 Up to 2 COMMON GALLINULES and 3 MARSH WRENS were seen between May 12 and 18 at Marsh Creek in The Muck (RH, RS, DP, PW, JW, KC).

 Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were observed on May 15 from the Ives Run Recreation Area campground at Tioga-Hammond Lakes (RH).

 One MERLIN was seen on May 17 from the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro parking lot (RH).

 UNION COUNTY:
 One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on May 14 off 2435 Laurel Road (JG).

 Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be observed through May 17 along Dales Ridge Trail (MH).

 One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on May 16 at the LBG Prison (JCo).

 YORK COUNTY:
 One DUNLIN was seen on May 14 on a mud bar at Lake Redman (DC).

 One BALD EAGLE was observed on May 15 at Rocky Ridge County Park (AW).

 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: Doug Anderson (DA), John Baird (JB), Paul Banks, Jr. (PB), Brendyn Baptiste (BB), V. Barnes (VB), Ed Bernot (EB), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Roy Boyle (RB), Jon Campbell (JCa), Bruce Carl (BC), John Carter (JC), Lindera Carter (LC), Dick Cleary (DC), JoAnn Cooper (JCo), Ken Cooper (KC), Jonathan DeBalko (JDe), Jarrod Derr (JD), Ron Crandall (RC), Gordon Dimmig (GD), Carl Engstrom (CE), Kurt Engstrom (KE), Mike Epler (ME), Pamela Fisher (PF), Alexander Green (AG), Deborah Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Joe Gyekis (JG), Rich Hanlon (RH), Matthew Heintzelman (MH), Jonathan Heller (JH), Sean Herrmann (SH), Deuane Hoffman (DH), Chad Kauffman (CK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Andy Keister (AK), Dave Kerr (DKe), Don Kiel (DKi), Ramsay Koury (RK), Dave Kyler (DK), Trudy Kyler (TK), M. Lombard (ML), Renee Lubert (RL), Betsy Manlove (BM), Mark Markiewicz (MM), Annette Mathes (AM), Dave McNaughton (DM), Robert Megraw (RM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Jonathan Mularczyk (JM), Stephen Pinkerton (SP), Dale Plumley (DP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Matthew Rockmore (MR), Brian Schmoke (BS), Ty Sharrow (TS), Ryan Shelmire (RS), Dave Toepperwein (DT), Steve Walthius (SW), Tori Withrow (TW), Eric Witmer (EW), Andy Wolf (AW), Jane Wolfe (JW), Peter Wolfe (PW) and Bernice Ziniewicz (BZ). I apologize if I have misspelled their names and I will also refrain from naming that person on request.
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 Mark A. McConaughy      (email address filtered) 
 Bushy Run Battlefield 
 P.O. Box 486 
 Harrison City, PA 15636-0468      (724) 527-5585 x103
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Re: [PABIRDS] Purple Martin update - Chester Co - steve cottrell - 2016-05-18 16:09:28


I'm not sure what is happening statewide, but a neighbor who has had a colony for several years and was at capacity last year presently does not have a single Martin.  The landlord of the Martin colony at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square and another neighbor took distressed Martins to the Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark DE, but I was told the birds did not survive.
Perhaps colonies close to larger bodies of water like the Conestoga and Susquehanna Rivers give Martins the opportunity to forage for insects on the surface of the water during extended cold periods when insects aren't flying.  Colonies remote from those emergency sources of food aren't as fortunate.
steve cottrellLondon Britain Twp



> Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 10:04:18 -0400
> From: (email address filtered)
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Purple Martin update - Chester Co
> To: (email address filtered)
> 
> The purple martin activity in our area yesterday over the Conestoga River in 
> the Eden area in Lancaster County seems to be on par or above previous years 
> (going on memory of course and not any hard statistics).  However, I am not 
> looking at any specific colonies, just the individuals flying near our 
> house.  Hopefully the hit your area colonies took is isolated and not 
> widespread and the population as a whole will remain healthy.
> 
> Paul Blank, East Lampeter Twp, Lancaster County
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: steve cottrell
> Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:28 AM
> To: (email address filtered)
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Purple Martin update - Chester Co
> 
> Area Purple Martins weakened by this spring's prolonged cold, wet weather 
> did not survive. Neighboring colonies which were teeming with life in late 
> April are now silent. This year may prove to be as devastating to Purple 
> Martins as was 1972 when Hurricane Agnes hit the region.
> steve cottrellLondon Britain Twp
>        =



[PABIRDS] Wednesday Birds and More Walk at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve 5/18 Allegheny Co. - Chris Kubiak - 2016-05-18 14:20:29


Pa Birders,

 

Despite the continued cool and wet weather, which has seemingly dragged on
this month, today was yet another productive outing at Audubon Society of
Western Pa's  Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. We had a nice group of birders
joining us this morning at 9 AM, and found a decent number of migrants and
resident species.

 

The hike started with a beautiful view of a single male Indigo Bunting,
which has been regularly showing up at our feeders at Beechwood's Discovery
Room. There were also at least 4 other males heard singing on the property.
Along with an incessantly-singing Eastern Phoebe and a bright male Eastern
Bluebird (both perched on the fence along our Discover Ground) the pond this
morning at Beechwood was once again filled will swallows. Both Barn and
Northern Rough-winged were found in large numbers looking for flying insects
on a cool and rainy morning.

 

The highlight of the morning walk was a pair of my First of the Season
Swainson's Thrush on the Springhollow Trail, and an active mixed flock of
warblers (Blackburnian, Tennessee, Black-throated Green, American Redstart)
& Red-eyed Vireo  feeding in the flowering oak canopy.

 

Chris Kubiak| Director of Education 

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania 

614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh PA 15238 

412-963-6100 ext. 12 | aswp.org

 

Connecting People to Birds and Nature Since 1916!



[PABIRDS] Clarion Co- bay-breasted and blackpoll warblers at home - Carole Winslow - 2016-05-18 10:04:06


Spring greetings, 

    I have been feeling sorry for myself after missing the better part of the May birding season due to work and family obligations. But this gray, misty morning I have been out in the yard enjoying the sights and sounds of bay-breasted, blackpoll and Tennessee warblers in the yard, as well as scarlet tanagers, orchard and Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and wood thrush singing away.  Then down in the garden picking lettuce and greens I got to enjoy the Henslow's and grasshopper sparrows singing in the field across the road, along with a mockingbird. That's just to name a few of them. So I guess I should probably stop whining..  :)

Happy spring,

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



Re: [PABIRDS] Purple Martin update - Chester Co - Paul Blank - 2016-05-18 09:04:18


The purple martin activity in our area yesterday over the Conestoga River in 
the Eden area in Lancaster County seems to be on par or above previous years 
(going on memory of course and not any hard statistics).  However, I am not 
looking at any specific colonies, just the individuals flying near our 
house.  Hopefully the hit your area colonies took is isolated and not 
widespread and the population as a whole will remain healthy.

Paul Blank, East Lampeter Twp, Lancaster County

-----Original Message----- 
From: steve cottrell
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:28 AM
To: (email address filtered)
Subject: [PABIRDS] Purple Martin update - Chester Co

Area Purple Martins weakened by this spring's prolonged cold, wet weather 
did not survive. Neighboring colonies which were teeming with life in late 
April are now silent. This year may prove to be as devastating to Purple 
Martins as was 1972 when Hurricane Agnes hit the region.
steve cottrellLondon Britain Twp



[PABIRDS] Purple Martin update - Chester Co - steve cottrell - 2016-05-18 08:28:26


Area Purple Martins weakened by this spring's prolonged cold, wet weather did not survive. Neighboring colonies which were teeming with life in late April are now silent. This year may prove to be as devastating to Purple Martins as was 1972 when Hurricane Agnes hit the region.
steve cottrellLondon Britain Twp



[PABIRDS] Migrants and Breeders Dauphin/Lancaster - Richard Price - 2016-05-18 08:15:08


Yesterday began with a Brown Thrasher under our yard feeder and ended last evening with the following at Pumping Station Road in Lancaster County: Chimney Swift-2, Yellow-billed Cuckoo-1, Common Yellowthroat-3, E. Wood Peewee-1, Louisiana Waterthrush-1, Veery-2, Wood Thrush-1, Chestnut-sided Warbler-1,  Baltimore Orioles-2, and an Ovenbird (heard only.)
 This AM we had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a male and female E. Bluebird in the yard. We were glad to see bluebirds back after a House Wren removed their eggs from the box. The House Wren still has a nest next door so we're concerned about another bluebird nest failure. Would "spookers" help? In other years, fishing line keeps the House Sparrows out, but doesn't work with the wrens. Meanwhile, Mama Robin remains perched on the other bluebird box near "her" nest and chasing the Tree Swallows away. It's an avian soap opera!

Rick and Peggy Price



[PABIRDS] Common Nighthawks, Southern Lancaster County - Bob Schutsky - 2016-05-17 22:15:06


Dear PABirders,

At least 25 Common Nighthawks were feeding low above the Susquehanna 
River this evening, just after sunset.  I watched them through a 
spotting scope from my dining room window.  Great to see them in action!

Sincerely,
BOB

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[PABIRDS] Spotted Sandpiper Party, Washington County - g. g - 2016-05-17 19:17:21


Saw my FOY Eastern Meadowlarks at Mingo Park today. Yellow Warblers &
Common Yellowthroats were prevalent, as well.

At Peters Lake, 11 Spotted Sandpipers kept flying near my kayak. I've never
seen that many there. The Wood Ducks were a little more circumspect,
tucking themselves into the shore as I floated by. American Redstarts &
Yellow Warblers were singing in the woods.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



[PABIRDS] Wood Duck Hatchlings,Berks Co - Ed Barrell - 2016-05-17 18:45:35


This morning we had 14 Wood Duck hatchlings on our pond. My wife watched them jump out of the box and land in the water. This is the 4th year we had young hatch. 
  
She got some great pictures. 
  
Ed Barrell 
Berks Co.



[PABIRDS] Mourning Warbler, Northampton County - Wiltraut, Richard E - 2016-05-17 15:23:14


This morning during a bird class from Northampton Middle School I heard a singing Mourning Warbler at Jacobsburg.  Others included Canada Warbler (2), Northern Waterthrush (2), and both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos.

Good birding,

Rick

Rick Wiltraut
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
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[PABIRDS] Middle Creek WMA (IBA) (Lancaster Co.), May 17, 2016 - Bruce and Sherri Carl - 2016-05-17 15:06:24


PA BIRDERS,

                I spent the morning traveling/walking around Middle Creek WMA Lancaster County this morning identifying (97) species which included (21) species of warblers along with a nice variety of thrushes with most of the thrushes being found along both Millport Rd and Laurel Drive. See below for a complete list of these species along with some information about the Bald Eagle nest at Middle Creek. Click on link below for complete list of today's birds.

Warbler List

Ovenbird  19
Worm-eating Warbler  2
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Blue-winged Warbler  3
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  4
Nashville Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  13
Hooded Warbler  1
American Redstart  4
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  14
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  9
Black-throated Blue Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Black-throated Green Warbler  1

Thrush List

Veery  13
Gray-cheeked Thrush  2     one bird found along millport rd and the other along laurel dr. both birds heard singing.
Swainson's Thrush  10     all birds seen/heard along millport rd and laurel drive. birds calling and singing.
Wood Thrush  15

Bald Eagles   -   looks like this year's bald eagle nest has (3) young. the juv. birds can be seen from the stop #3 parking area looking across the lake at the nest which is above the leafed out trees around it. all (3) juv. birds were seen sitting around the outside of the nest.


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29738634

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

Bruce A Carl
Akron / Lanc. Co.





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[PABIRDS] Swainson's Thrush, Bradford Co. - Trudy D Gerlach - 2016-05-17 14:14:09


Saw a Swainson’s Thrush this morning at my farm near New Era, Bradford Co. First one I’ve ever seen here.
Trudy Gerlach
Bradford Co.
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[PABIRDS] Canada Warbler, Lancaster County - Pamela Fisher - 2016-05-17 09:12:07


I had a singing Canada Warbler this morning while taking my walk. I got brief looks at him, and he was gorgeous! This is a FOY for me, and a first ever for my route! The Northern Waterthrush is still singing along the stream near my house as well. Pamela Fisher
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[PABIRDS] Orchard orioles, Nine Mile Run Frick, Pittsburgh - Kate StJohn - 2016-05-17 08:38:57


If you haven't seen many orchard orioles in your life and want to catch up with them, stop by the end of the Nine Mile Run Trail (south end of Frick Park) where it meets Old Browns Hill Road (the road to Duck Hollow).  Step 100 feet onto the trail and watch the orchard orioles sing, chase and perch.  The immature males (yellowish, resemble the females, with black goatee and throat) are the loudest.
I was there yesterday May 16 and they put on quite a show.
 Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
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[PABIRDS] eBird -- Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- May 17, 2016 - Daniel E. Weeks - 2016-05-17 07:44:46


7 kinds of warblers this morning!  And a Scarlet Tanager.   Managed to see the Blackpoll. 

Good birding,
Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
May 17, 2016
07:58
Traveling
1.84 miles
44 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Birding by bicycle in the Riverview hill area near the Blue slide entrance of Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.  Observer: Dan Weeks, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.0 Build 62

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Carolina Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
2 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
6 American Robin
1 Ovenbird
1 American Redstart
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler -- Heard and seen, next to baseball field. 
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Scarlet Tanager
2 Northern Cardinal
2 Common Grackle
1 Baltimore Oriole

Number of Taxa: 22





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