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[PABIRDS] Bonaparte's or Blacked-headed? - Alan Wells - 2015-01-05 18:51:39


So I need some help again. Saw these Gulls today and am not sure of the ID. I think because of the black bill and spot behind the eye they are Bonaparte's Gulls but just not sure. I counted four in with a large flock of ring billed gulls. As always your input is appreciated.

Alan Wells

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



[PABIRDS] Harris's Sparrow in Easton, PA (Northampton County) today - John J. Collins - 2015-01-05 18:03:28


I saw the HARRIS'S SPARROW at the Koch residence in Easton, PA today.  I
want to say thanks again to Arlene and her husband for their kind
hospitality in allowing birders to see this great bird (and the many other
nice birds at their feeders).  

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
(email address filtered)
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)



Re: [PABIRDS] OT: NYT Falcon Hunters Become Fervent Preservationists in India - Ann Pettigrew - 2015-01-05 15:57:22


Wow, that was tough to watch.

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

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 5, 2015, at 8:14 AM, Kathleen Evans <(email address filtered)> wrote:
> 
> A new York Times article about the conservation of Amur Falcons in eastern
> India.
> 
> http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/world/asia/falcon-hunters-become-fervent-preservationists-.html?emc=edit_th_20150105&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=21791242
> 
> Kathie Evans
> Philadelphia
> 
> --



[PABIRDS] New Hog Island programs - Scott Weidensaul - 2015-01-05 15:38:11


Whether you're a new birder or are a longtime enthusiast looking for ways to dig deeply into avian science, there's a new session at Audubon's famed Hog Island camp in Maine next summer that may be perfect.

  The course, which I'll be leading, is called "Hands-on Bird Science," and runs June 21-26. It's a unique opportunity to learn many of the skills and methods that usually only scientists or specialists have a chance to practice -- and to learn them with some of the country's top experts at your elbow.

  Interested in bird-banding? You can work alongside master banders as they teach you to carefully extract warblers, thrushes and other northern forest birds from mist nets, then band, weigh and measure them. Work with scientists who will be using the latest in tracking technology to tag and follow the island's migrants. Hone your census techniques for mainland songbirds, or for seabirds on offshore islands. Let Academy of Natural Sciences collection manager Nate Rice guide you through preparing exquisite museum specimen skins, or make your own field recordings of bird songs under the tutelage of Dr. Angelika Nelson of Ohio State's Borror Lab.  Members of the National Audubon Society science staff will also be serving as instructors.

  You can spend the whole week focusing on one field of study, becoming increasingly expert, or you can try something new every day -- the pace is up to you. (And yes, we'll be sure you get to see puffins, too.)

  This is a session I've been anxious to offer for years. Registration is limited to 30 adults, so I wouldn't wait if you're interested. For more information, and to register, go to http://hogisland.audubon.org. Full or partial scholarships are available through some local Audubon chapters, but the scholarship deadline is Jan. 15 -- details on the website.

  Also worth mentioning is another new session, "Breaking Into Birding," May 31-June 5, which is designed to help beginning birders get the most out of their time afield, with instructors including Pete Dunne, John Pumilio and Chris Lewey. A new birder couldn't have a better start in the hobby.

  Any questions, feel free to email me.

  Scott Weidensaul
  Schuylkill Haven, PA



[PABIRDS] Dauphin Co. Laughing Gull, Middletown - Dick and Pat Williams - 2015-01-05 14:51:51


We found a first winter Laughing Gull at the Middletown Boat Launch this
afternoon.
Photos can be viewed on our eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21209608

This is only the second "winter" season record in the county for this
species.  The other came on 12/18/2010, on the ice at West Fairview, for
the Harrisburg CBC.

Dick and Pat Williams
Hummelstown



Re: [PABIRDS] Lark Sparrow Cumberland County Update - Michael David - 2015-01-05 13:59:20


After failing all morning just came back and found Lark Sparrow 5 mins ago.
Also had a Common Yellowthroat along big spring creek earlier today.

Best,
Michael David
Blair co.
On Jan 5, 2015 2:48 PM, "Vern Gauthier" <(email address filtered)> wrote:

> Greetings,
> After some negative results this morning I heard from Dale Gearhart that
> the had the Lark Sparrow at about 1:30 p.m.
> Vern Gauthier
> Newville
>



[PABIRDS] Lark Sparrow Cumberland County Update - Vern Gauthier - 2015-01-05 13:48:18


Greetings,
After some negative results this morning I heard from Dale Gearhart that the had the Lark Sparrow at about 1:30 p.m.
Vern Gauthier
Newville



[PABIRDS] Pine Siskins at Trough Creek State Park - Ian Gardner - 2015-01-05 12:34:26


Yesterday, during the Lake Raystown CBC, I heard and then watched 119 Pine Siskins fly from a stand of white pines, over my head, and then over a nearby mountain. The yellow wing patches and constant rough high-pitched flight calls were giveaways as they flew. But I was surprised by how tight the flock was as it flew and how many there were. I'm not sure if anyone else has seen large flocks lately. 

    Ian Gardner
 Hummelstown, PA

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[PABIRDS] Any birders near downtown Pgh willing to help me out? - Catherine Tulley - 2015-01-05 12:18:36


Hi all!

I've been a lurker for a long time, but I finally have a pressing enough question to make a post about. :) I'm a little past the "advanced beginner" stage, but I still have trouble sometimes with variability in field markings. This particular bird ID is driving me nuts!

I work near the Marriott downtown, and if you're familiar with the area, there's a small parklet/courtyard area and some good landscaping around the hotel building. 

I've been seeing what I suspect is a bird in the flycatcher family, which seems so odd to me at this time of year, especially for downtown. It looks *strongly* like an Eastern Phoebe to me, and I've consulting 4-5 bird books to figure out. Complicating the matter is that I haven't have the time or the opportunity in the mornings (en route to work) to just sit and wait to get good pics of it. (I do a lot of my ID'ing from photos.) It sits in an evergreen bush and just kind of...hangs out. :) The first time I saw it, it appeared to have a bug in its mouth. It's grey, whitish breast, slight lighter color on wing tips, and has a small, dark pointed beak. I've gone back and forth with comparing the images in my Sibley guide for wood peewee, least flycatcher, and the phoebe, vs. a more common bird like a dark-eyed junco. It seems like such a random location for any of those species that it makes me wonder if it's a temporary migrant who got blown off-course or something. I'm stumped!

If anyone on the list works downtown and wouldn't mind helping a newb out, I'd sure appreciate it. It's usually there between 8:30 and 11:00 AM on the warmer days, and it's going on two weeks now. Also, I've never seen more than this single bird at one time.

Thanks, and good birding!
Cathy



[PABIRDS] Snow Geese, Jacobsburg, Northampton County - Wiltraut, Richard E - 2015-01-05 11:52:14


There was a huge movement of Snow Geese over the visitor center this morning that lasted for at least a half hour.  It was spectacular.  At least one bird looked good for Ross's.

Good birding,

Rick

Rick Wiltraut
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
400 Belfast Road   Nazareth, PA 18064
Phone: 610.746.2801  Fax: 610.746.2804
Email: (email address filtered)<mailto:(email address filtered)>



[PABIRDS] Dauphin Co Snow Geese - Sally Zaino - 2015-01-05 11:01:44


Around 10:45 this morning there were several hundred Snow Geese in the Hershey fields west of Sand Beach Road, about a mile north of HersheyPark Drive (across from Weavers for those familiar). They are moving around, so sometimes they are far enough back that they are hard to see from the road, but when I first saw them, they were almost right along the road. 

Sally Zaino



[PABIRDS] Erie County Lake View Landfill gulls - Jerry McWilliams - 2015-01-05 10:57:05


I went to the Lake ViewLandfill, Erie Co., Pa. on Jan. 5, 2015 and recorded the following.  None of the gulls were sitting on the groundin view, so all IDs were flight birds:
 
Ring-billed Gull  200+-
Herring Gull  2000+-
Iceland Gull  2 firstcycle
Glaucous Gull  2 (1 adult,1 first cycle)
Great Black-backedGull  125+
Probable Great Black-backedX Herring Gull  1 adult


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



[PABIRDS] OT: NYT Falcon Hunters Become Fervent Preservationists in India - Kathleen Evans - 2015-01-05 07:14:57


A new York Times article about the conservation of Amur Falcons in eastern
India.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/world/asia/falcon-hunters-become-fervent-preservationists-.html?emc



Re: [PABIRDS] Crested Caracara, Berks - Nick Guirate - 2015-01-04 23:41:14


Hi all...

I live fairly close to the southern edge of Berks county and I frequently go birding at French Creek Park as well as Warwick Park, Hopewell Furnace and Marsh Creek. Rudy, if you could provide a "rough area" to look, something like Northern or South Western or a park or game lands nearby, that would be fantastic.

Getting to see the Caracara as well as potentially photographing it would make a great bird to add to my life list and photo collection.

Any more info would be great!

Thanks in advance

Nick Guirate
Chester County PA
Sent via Electronic Carrier Pigeon
Please feel free to browse my photos:

www.500px.com/paramaniac10

> On Jan 4, 2015, at 21:10, Michael David <(email address filtered)> wrote:
> 
> Kudos to this family for managing to get photos.
> 
> I personally think it likely that the bird is still somewhere in the area.
> Other Caracaras in the northeast recently have been seen in the same
> general area for quite a while, and at least one (in Maine) was relocated
> weeks after the previous most recent sighting only about 20 miles away.
> There was a sighting in northern West Virginia a couple weeks after the
> Washington County bird that could have been the same individual as well.
> 
> Rudy, for those interested in searching for this bird or just keeping an
> eye out, could you give a township or similar general area where the bird
> was last seen?
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Michael David
> Blair Co.
> 
>> On Sun, Jan 4, 2015 at 7:58 PM, Rudolph Keller <(email address filtered)> wrote:
>> 
>> Last weekend, specifically 12/26-28, a Crested Caracara was seen and
>> photographed near a house in Berks Co. The bird has not been seen since.
>> I've seen the photos and the identification is correct. I won't reveal the
>> location because the observers want to remain anonymous. They said they
>> would notify me if the bird comes back. The bird came to the house to feed
>> on butchered deer remains. The young son of the owner initially thought the
>> bird might be a Bald Eagle, but quickly found the correct species on the
>> internet. When the family realized how rare the bird was for PA, they
>> contacted Laurie Goodrich at Hawk Mt., who passed the message on to me. The
>> family tried to photograph the bird from a window when it came in to feed,
>> but as soon as it detected movement at the window, it walked away through
>> the woods. Finally 2 trail cams were set up, and these captured close-up
>> images of the bird. The bird looks healthy and alert. It has no bands on
>> the legs. The family saw it in flight, perched in trees near the house, and
>> on the ground at various times during the 3 days. One or more pictures and
>> all pertinent details will appear in a future issue of Pennsylvania Birds
>> magazine, the appropriate place for this remarkable record. (Does anyone
>> know if photos of the bird briefly seen in western PA earlier in 2014 were
>> given to someone at PSO? I don't recall details about that bird.) Birders
>> probably know that there were Crested Caracara sightings fairly nearby in
>> NJ and DE in 2012-14. See eBird for locations.
>> 
>> I'm posting this report because the bird could be almost anywhere locally
>> or elsewhere in PA. The supply of deer guts is abundant at this time of
>> year; just watch your local vultures and they'll show you where the piles
>> are. If birders are alert to an oddball scavenger, someone else might find
>> this caracara. Good hunting.
>> Rudy Keller
>> Boyertown, PA
>> Berks County



Re: [PABIRDS] Crested Caracara, Berks - Michael David - 2015-01-04 20:10:58


Kudos to this family for managing to get photos.

I personally think it likely that the bird is still somewhere in the area.
Other Caracaras in the northeast recently have been seen in the same
general area for quite a while, and at least one (in Maine) was relocated
weeks after the previous most recent sighting only about 20 miles away.
There was a sighting in northern West Virginia a couple weeks after the
Washington County bird that could have been the same individual as well.

Rudy, for those interested in searching for this bird or just keeping an
eye out, could you give a township or similar general area where the bird
was last seen?

Thanks,

Michael David
Blair Co.

On Sun, Jan 4, 2015 at 7:58 PM, Rudolph Keller <(email address filtered)> wrote:

> Last weekend, specifically 12/26-28, a Crested Caracara was seen and
> photographed near a house in Berks Co. The bird has not been seen since.
> I've seen the photos and the identification is correct. I won't reveal the
> location because the observers want to remain anonymous. They said they
> would notify me if the bird comes back. The bird came to the house to feed
> on butchered deer remains. The young son of the owner initially thought the
> bird might be a Bald Eagle, but quickly found the correct species on the
> internet. When the family realized how rare the bird was for PA, they
> contacted Laurie Goodrich at Hawk Mt., who passed the message on to me. The
> family tried to photograph the bird from a window when it came in to feed,
> but as soon as it detected movement at the window, it walked away through
> the woods. Finally 2 trail cams were set up, and these captured close-up
> images of the bird. The bird looks healthy and alert. It has no bands on
> the legs. The family saw it in flight, perched in trees near the house, and
> on the ground at various times during the 3 days. One or more pictures and
> all pertinent details will appear in a future issue of Pennsylvania Birds
> magazine, the appropriate place for this remarkable record. (Does anyone
> know if photos of the bird briefly seen in western PA earlier in 2014 were
> given to someone at PSO? I don't recall details about that bird.) Birders
> probably know that there were Crested Caracara sightings fairly nearby in
> NJ and DE in 2012-14. See eBird for locations.
>
> I'm posting this report because the bird could be almost anywhere locally
> or elsewhere in PA. The supply of deer guts is abundant at this time of
> year; just watch your local vultures and they'll show you where the piles
> are. If birders are alert to an oddball scavenger, someone else might find
> this caracara. Good hunting.
> Rudy Keller
> Boyertown, PA
> Berks County



[PABIRDS] Crested Caracara, Berks - Rudolph Keller - 2015-01-04 18:58:04


Last weekend, specifically 12/26-28, a Crested Caracara was seen and 
photographed near a house in Berks Co. The bird has not been seen since. 
I've seen the photos and the identification is correct. I won't reveal the 
location because the observers want to remain anonymous. They said they 
would notify me if the bird comes back. The bird came to the house to feed 
on butchered deer remains. The young son of the owner initially thought the 
bird might be a Bald Eagle, but quickly found the correct species on the 
internet. When the family realized how rare the bird was for PA, they 
contacted Laurie Goodrich at Hawk Mt., who passed the message on to me. The 
family tried to photograph the bird from a window when it came in to feed, 
but as soon as it detected movement at the window, it walked away through 
the woods. Finally 2 trail cams were set up, and these captured close-up 
images of the bird. The bird looks healthy and alert. It has no bands on the 
legs. The family saw it in flight, perched in trees near the house, and on 
the ground at various times during the 3 days. One or more pictures and all 
pertinent details will appear in a future issue of Pennsylvania Birds 
magazine, the appropriate place for this remarkable record. (Does anyone 
know if photos of the bird briefly seen in western PA earlier in 2014 were 
given to someone at PSO? I don't recall details about that bird.) Birders 
probably know that there were Crested Caracara sightings fairly nearby in NJ 
and DE in 2012-14. See eBird for locations.

I'm posting this report because the bird could be almost anywhere locally or 
elsewhere in PA. The supply of deer guts is abundant at this time of year; 
just watch your local vultures and they'll show you where the piles are. If 
birders are alert to an oddball scavenger, someone else might find this 
caracara. Good hunting.
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County



[PABIRDS] Susquehanna County weekend - Rob Blye - 2015-01-04 18:23:33


I spent the New Years day and the weekend in very rural Middletown Township, Susquehanna County. Birds were scarce but highlights today were two adult bald eagles perched over Wyalusing Creek near Rushville in Rush Township and a flock of 75 wild turkeys near the intersection of State Routes 858 and 267 Lawton, Rush Township. 

On Friday Jan 2, watching the feeders at my brother in law's house we saw the usual suspects coming and going, however I saw the only American tree sparrow I have seen in years. 

Checklists were submitted to Ebird for these observations. 

Rob Blye, 
East Coventry Township 
Chester County, Pennsylvania



[PABIRDS] Correction of directions Lark Sparrow Cumberland County - Vern Gauthier - 2015-01-04 17:32:58


Greetings,
I need to correct the directions given on a previous post and give a bit more explanation. Head SOUTH on Dickinson School Road (not north) from Route 465. Peyton will be on your left within a 1/2 mile. It is a new road and does not show up on any maps I have looked at, even on line. The bird was seen this afternoon between #17 and #20 Peyton. Look for big dirt mounds with brush on them.
Vern Gauthier
Newville



[PABIRDS] Erie County birds of note - Jerry McWilliams - 2015-01-04 15:33:56


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


Iceland Gull  3; Jan. 2; Lake View Landfill

Lesser Black-backed Gull  up to 2; Jan. 1 & 2; Erie bayfront and the Lake View Landfill

Glaucous Gull  2; Jan. 2; Lake View Landfill

Snowy Owl  up to 4; through the week; east end of Presque Isle

Long-eared Owl  1; Jan. 4; pines at Presque Isle

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1 or 2; periodially through the week (late); Pine Tree Trail


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



[PABIRDS] Heinz nwr at tinicumii 1/4/15 - Cliff Hence - 2015-01-04 14:52:43


Tinicum bird walk 1/3/14
25 species seen or heard at Heinz nwr at tinicumii on 1/4/15.

Click for sighting map: http://bit.ly/1Id5cno

Heinz nwr at tinicumii

  32 Canada Goose
  23 Gadwall
  2 American Wigeon
  5 American Black Duck
102 Mallard
  52 Northern Shoveler
  14 Hooded Merganser
  14 Common Merganser
  1 Wild Turkey
  14 Great Blue Heron
  22 Turkey Vulture
  1 Bald Eagle
  1 Cooper's Hawk
102 Ring-billed Gull
  1 Herring Gull
  1 Great Black-backed Gull
  1 Rock Pigeon
  1 Belted Kingfisher
  3 Downy Woodpecker
  1 Carolina Wren
  5 Fox Sparrow
  12 Song Sparrow
  32 White-throated Sparrow
  8 Northern Cardinal
  1 American Goldfinch

Report posted directly from Birdwatcher's Diary for iPhone


Sent from my iPhone



[PABIRDS] Lark Sparrow Cumberland County - Vernon Gauthier - 2015-01-04 13:58:51


Ramsay Koury found a Lark Sparrow on Peyton Road which is north of Rte 465
off Dickinson  School Road. Between #17 and #20 Peyton Road.
Vern Gauthier



[PABIRDS] Big year - Martin Wilson - 2015-01-04 12:52:17


I would just like to thank all the people, who posted here and Ebird, and
gave me directions to birds. I was able to get 454 birds and wind up @ 75
on Ebird.

THANKS

Martin Wilson
Doylesburg, Pa



[PABIRDS] Churchill Golf Course - Hayley Kile - 2015-01-04 09:41:01


Jen and I had 4 Eastern Bluebirds, about 20 Goldfinches, Red-bellied woodpecker, Red-tailed hawk and a handful of blue jays. Most of what we saw was near the dump entrance to the course. 
Allegheny County

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[PABIRDS] Have - Herb Flavell - 2015-01-04 09:23:08


You ever seen a Crow, Crow board. There is a video here at this link of a Crow using a lid to slide down the snow on a roof. He does it twice before flying away with its lid. Its both funny, strange and maybe even a miracle. Its sort of as strange as my video of Rudy Red Squirrel trying to put back a low voltage deck light that he knocked out of its hole on the deck railing. 

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152054591023908&set=vb.131929868907&type=2&theater

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



[PABIRDS] eBird -- Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA -- Jan 3, 2015 - Marcy - 2015-01-03 16:42:17


mcunkelman
Jan 3, 2015
Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA
Traveling
0.5 miles
22 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Rainy, 38 degrees.  Walked around yard to mailbox.  
5 Mourning Dove
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
2 American Crow
3 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
4 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper -- On maple tree by driveway
2 Carolina Wren
3 White-throated Sparrow
12 Dark-eyed Junco
2 Northern Cardinal
10 House Finch
7 American Goldfinch
6 House Sparrow





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[PABIRDS] N. Shrike - Beaver Co. - (email address filtered) - 2015-01-03 15:38:11


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[PABIRDS] Erie County 2014 waterbird count season summary - Jerry McWilliams - 2015-01-03 12:50:58


WATERBIRD COUNT 2014
Sunset Point, Erie County, Pa.
By
JerryMcWilliams
 
Time in thefield this year was 153 hours, down from 210 hours last year. Total number of waterrelated birds this year was only 36% of last year’s total.  A lower number of Red-breasted Merganserscounted was the reason for the low overall waterbird total this year, making itonly 26% of last year’s total.  Fourspecies of waterfowl broke previous season high totals.  Northern Shoveler at 41 birds with theprevious season high of 29 birds set in 2011. Lesser Scaup at 37730 birds was only slightly above the previous seasonhigh of 37631 birds set just last year.  HarlequinDuck at five birds with the previous season high of three set in 2004. RuddyDuck at 72 birds with the previous season high of 56 birds set in 1999.  There was only one single day high count recordfor waterfowl recorded this year with 92 Gadwall breaking the previous singleday high of 58 birds set in 2011.  It wasa good year for White-winged Scoters with a season total of 515.  Last year’s season total of 547 White-wingedScoter was the previous high season count. Low numbers of waterfowl species thisyear were Greater Scaup, which continue to slide with the lowest season totalsince 2003.  Common Merganser seasontotal was the lowest since 2006. As expected, Bald Eagles continue to increasewith a new high season record of 29 birds.   The only addition to the waterbird count listthis season was the very rare Pacific Loon.   
 
 
Thank youto all of the birders who stopped by and helped at times with the count.  A special thanks goes to Roger Donn, who was verydedicated to the survey. I would also like to thank the staff at Presque IsleState Park, especially the Operations Manager, Harry Leslie, for giving Rogerand me permission to conduct the survey, by car, from the hard pan sand ridgeadjacent to Sunset Point.  This siteallowed us a clear 180 degree scan of the lake, and the increased elevationgave us the height needed to identify distant birds.  
 
 
Below arethe specifics of the count:  
 
Time period:   Sept.12, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015
Hoursobserved :  153
Total species of water relatedbirds:  54
Total species of otherbirds:  19
Total of all species of birds:  73
Total individuals of water related birds:  124188
Total individuals of other species of birds:  2416
Total of allindividuals:  126604

 

 
Snow Goose  1
Canada Goose  206
Mute Swan  3
Tundra Swan  135
Wood Duck  3
Gadwall  272
American Wigeon  169
American Black Duck  131
Mallard  198
Blue-winged Teal  16
Northern Shoveler  41
Northern Pintail  283
Green-winged Teal  188
Green-winged/Blue-winged teal  6
Canvasback  690
Redhead  919
Ring-necked Duck  70
Greater Scaup  300
Lesser Scaup  37730
Scaup species  634
Eider species  1
Harlequin Duck  5
Surf Scoter  72
White-winged Scoter  515
Black Scoter  47
Surf/Black Scoter  61
Long-tailed Duck  122
Bufflehead  693
Common Goldeneye  355
Hooded Merganser  36
Common Merganser  91
Red-breasted Merganser  68956
Ruddy Duck  72
Red-throated Loon  90
Pacific Loon  1
Common Loon  1365
Loon species  39
Horned Grebe  1589
Red-necked Grebe  16
Eared Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  7807
Great Blue Heron  3
Green Heron  1
American Coot  29
Black-bellied Plover  11
Semipalmated Plover  1
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Sanderling  72
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Dunlin  60
American Woodcock  1
Red Phalarope  1
Little Gull  3
Glaucous Gull  1
Common Tern  65
Parasitic Jaeger  5
 
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  29
Snowy Owl  1
Short-eared Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  9
Merlin  14
Peregrine Falcon  8
Eastern Phoebe  2
Horned Lark  8
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Kinglet species  13
European Starling  172
American Pipit  1
Snow Bunting  119
Unidentified warbler  3
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Small passerine  28
Red-winged Blackbird  2000
American Goldfinch  1
Unidentified finch  1
Red Bat  1
Unidentified bat  2
Monarch  2



Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
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[PABIRDS] Horned larks - Northampton county - Jon - 2015-01-03 09:02:38


Not sure if Northampton county birders know, but there's a small flock of horned larks along hope road on the way to the boat launch off freemansburg ave.  might be a good spot to check for buntings/longspurs 

Anyway, just an FYI ...

Good birding,

Jon Mularczyk
Brodheadsville, pa 

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[PABIRDS] Juniata County - Indigo Bunting - Chad Kauffman - 2015-01-03 08:48:49


hello all

Aden Troyer just called me and left me know that his feeders are still 
being visited by the Indigo Bunting, Chipping Sparrow and Brown 
Thrasher.  He said some more blue is starting to show on the INBU than 
it was several weeks ago when it first started showing up.  I was able 
to see a hint of blue in spots on 12/31 when I took some pics thru a 
window, but it doesn't show in the pics.  This would be in Juniata 
County at Oakland Mills.

It is visiting a triple tube feeder with a medium mix in it.

On another note, also on 12/31, I was able to find 2 different dark 
phased Rough Legged Hawks in Mifflintown, I was not able to find the 
light phased one.  As far as I know, it hasn't been seen for the last 
week or so.

Chad Kauffman
Mifflintown, PA
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[PABIRDS] Harris's sparrow continues, Koch property, Northampton County - DAVID KOCH - 2015-01-03 08:18:05


Friday afternoon the Harris's sparrow didn't come into the backyard feeding area like it's consistently been doing for weeks. But it's still here. This morning at 7:30 it was in one of the backyard feeders chasing off cardinals and other sparrows like it often does. Visitors are still welcome. 

Arlene KochBut 
Easton, PA
Northampton County
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