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Re: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a bluebird box? Northern Montco. - John Frain - 2016-04-12 10:09:49


Seems like it is a rite of spring that Bluebirds set up house in our
Bluebird box only to see it taken over by House Wrens when they decide to
come back north. The Bluebirds then successfully nest and produce
fledglings in nests under our back porch eaves. This year we also noticed
that Chickadees were in early competition with the Bluebirds.for the box.
Haven't seen the wrens yet, but I am sure they will be here to take over
soon.
John
Lower Paxton (Harrisburg)

On Sun, Apr 10, 2016 at 4:23 PM, Sally Ann Sims <(email address filtered)>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> One year when I was monitoring bluebird nest boxes, I opened one up to see
> a triple decker nest! It started with a house wren nest of twigs,
> overtopped by a plush chickadee nest with moss siding, overtopped by a
> bluebird nest of grass. Bluebirds finely fledged from the box later in the
> season, which is interesting since I've found that the house wren usually
> wins in these contests.
>
> -Sally
> Chester County
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Herb Flavell <(email address filtered)>
> >Sent: Apr 8, 2016 8:21 PM
> >To: (email address filtered)
> >Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a
> bluebird box? Northern Montco.
> >
> >Not only birds nest in bird nests. We have swept out mice also. One year
> >cleaning our Wood Duck nest my son put his hand in to sweep out the nest
> and
> >swept out a sleeping possum. Last year sitting with my 2 daughters we were
> >watching my son in law use a back hoe to deepen a water run off ditch. We
> >saw a Red Squirrel come out of the weeds and start to climb the Claverack
> >electric pole that I have a PVC nest on. It climbed the pole and into the
> >nest it goes. I have an Owl nest box that the PAGC  gave me 5 or 6 years
> >ago. I put it on a 12 ft pressure treated 2x4 on the bank of my pond. That
> >was taken over by a Kestrel pair and has fledged 2 for the past 5 years.
> >There are so many birds here now that I wish I had the free food that I
> >received in 08 when the birds ate over 2,000 pounds. I have 2, 15 inch
> >Thistle feeders that I have to fill every other day. 3 suet feeders that I
> >fill every other day. I also go through 5 pounds of un-salted peanuts a
> week
> >thanks to the 100 or so Blue Jays here. I once counted 65 Mourning Doves
> >sitting on Claverack's electric line waiting for food. The peanuts also go
> >to the many Red Squirrel's and Chip Monks. Today on the Thistle feeder
> were
> >2 Gold Finch and 2 Pine Siskins. They are not the only Thistle eaters Dark
> >Eye Junco's BCC also visit my Thistle feeders.Over the winter I feed a
> herd
> >of up to 25 Deer. A month or so ago I looked out the window to see how
> many
> >Deer were feeding. There were none but there were 4 big horses eating the
> >Deer food and corn blocks. We never know what we will see next. There are
> a
> >bunch of videos on FB of a Red Squirrel trying to put back a low voltage
> >light he knocked out of the hole and a Wood Chuck eating an Indian potato
> >plant on the back deck. My bird feeders are on the front deck because I
> had
> >visits 4 times by Black Bears that broke and stole 2 hummer feeders. At
> >night the Raccoons used to climb a tree in the back, jump to my roof then
> >onto the flat bird feeder on the front deck to eat the bird seed. He did
> >that till one night he jumped and the screws broke and he/she fell 8 feet
> to
> >the ground. The feeders back up but no raccoon yet. The deer also eat the
> >spilled bird seed under the flat feeders. The Blue Jays are messy when
> they
> >are looking for seed they like. They sweep sideways with their beak and
> >sweep the seed off the feeder onto the ground. It still does not lie on
> the
> >ground long thanks to the ground feeders.
> >Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners Susquehanna County.
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Kruth G
> >Sent: Friday, April 08, 2016 7:15 PM
> >To: (email address filtered)
> >Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a
> >bluebird box? Northern Montco.
> >
> >No worries.  The chickadees just forgot to look on the address that said
> >Bluebird Lane;  found a suitable site, and moved in!
> >
> >For those who monitor nestboxes, one of its greatest pleasures is to
> >approach a box with the childlike sense of anticipation of opening a
> >Christmas stocking.  You think you know what you'll find, but you're never
> >certain until you peek inside!
> >
> >Jerry Kruth
> >Pgh
> >
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Don Weiss <(email address filtered)>
> >To: PABIRDS <(email address filtered)>
> >Sent: Fri, Apr 8, 2016 6:26 pm
> >Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a
> >bluebird box? Northern Montco.
> >
> >I am having a similar experience and look forward to comments!
> >http://www.donweissphotography.com
> >
> >      From: Heveran . <(email address filtered)>
> >To: (email address filtered)
> >Sent: Friday, April 8, 2016 6:11 PM
> >Subject: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a bluebird
> >box? Northern Montco.
> >
> >Hello PA Birders,
> >Starting yesterday (as far as I know), a pair of (probably) Carolina
> >Chickadees has placed about 1-2" of moss in my bluebird box.
> >The box is about 7" tall and 6" wide, and the entrance hole measures
> almost
> >1 3/4" in diameter.
> >Is this unusual? I was under the impression that chickadees prefer a
> smaller
> >box with a smaller entrance hole. These birds can even fit through the
> >ventilation opening above the entrance hole.
> >This morning a pair of Eastern Bluebirds sat on the box and vigorously
> >defended it from another bluebird and a Tree Swallow pair. The chickadees
> >were nowhere to be found. The bluebirds did not remove the partial
> chickadee
> >nest and soon left for the rest of the day. I think the chickadees might
> >have put a little more moss in today, as well as a couple down feathers.
> >I would appreciate anyone's input regarding this behavior and the
> frequency
> >of chickadees nesting in bluebird boxes.
> >Sincerely,
> >Paul Heveran
> >
> >
>



[PABIRDS] Hermit Thrushes, Fox Sparrow, Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, - Jack E. Solomon - 2016-04-12 09:59:58


At least 4 Hermit Thrushes, were at various spots on Riverview Trail at Frick Park this morning.
A Fox Sparrow, was heard down the hillside towards Falls Ravine.
Jack Solomon, with Susie SolomonPittsburgh, Allegheny County, 

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Re: [PABIRDS] Glossy Ibis, Greater White-fronted Geese, Lancaster County - Dave Kerr - 2016-04-12 08:01:46


No sign yet of the Glossy Ibis, but I did find the two 
GWF Geese at the north end of the lake.

I retreated to the car since it is raining again here.


Dave Kerr
Carlisle



Re: [PABIRDS] Lake Williams Eagles - York County - Ann Pettigrew - 2016-04-12 07:00:22


Thanks so much, Dean.  Let me know if you see any activity around the nest.  I forwarded your note to the State officials.

Have a good day.

Ann

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 Apr 11, 2016, at 8:58 AM, Dean Newhouse at Gmail <(email address filtered)> wrote:
> 
> My wife Norma and I noticed the same thing at the nest yesterday afternoon
> as well.  It's possible the surrounding tree damage was caused by the high
> winds that pushed through the area about a week ago.  On March 29th, another
> observer had said he noticed the parents feeding an apparent fledgling and
> could hear it begging when the parents arrived.  
> 
> There is still a pair of mature Bald Eagles in the area.  On our way back to
> the car, we noticed an eagle flying away from the nest area eastward across
> the Lake Redman dam spillway toward the adjacent Lake Redman.  And when we
> got back the parking lot, we climbed to the top of the Lake Redman dam, and
> once there we noticed a mature pair of Bald Eagles sitting high in a large
> tree on a triangle of land between I-83 and Lake Redman.  This spot also had
> some very tall pine trees and looked like a likely spot for an eagle's nest.
> The eagles location was almost exactly a mile due east of the existing
> eagle's nest above Lake Williams.  On the lake below the eagles, there were
> well over 100 Double-crested Cormorants, and some Ring-billed Gulls.  Also,
> we had three Bonaparte Gulls flying over the lake and three Common Loons
> diving close to the dam.
> 
> Dean Newhouse
> York County
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
> [mailto:(email address filtered)] On Behalf Of ACP
> Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:52 PM
> To: (email address filtered)
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Lake Williams Eagles - York County
> 
> Randy Phillips and I both checked on the eagles' nest at Lake Williams  
> today and we are concerned that the nest may be abandoned.  A large  
> tree apparently fell against the nest tree hard enough to gouge out  
> the trunk in several places so perhaps the eggs were lost somehow due  
> to the jolt.  There were no adults seen in or near the nest during the  
> time that we each were there.  We will check again over the next  
> couple of weeks.
> 
> On my hike to the nest I did hear a FOY Field Sparrow and Eastern  
> Towhee.  I also saw one or two Hermit Thrushes.
> 
> Best regards,
> Ann
> 
> Ann C. Pettigrew, VMD
> Managing Veterinarian
> Leader Heights Animal Hospital
> York, PA
> (email address filtered)
> (email address filtered)
> www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)
>



[PABIRDS] White-winged Scoter - Butler Co. - Mark Vass - 2016-04-11 19:53:10


Debbie Darney called me this evening to let me know that she was at Moraine
State Park today

She said there were over a thousand ducks on the lake that included a drake
White-winged Scoter seen from the Bear Run boat launch

The most numerous ducks seen were Ruddy Ducks and Buffleheads

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



[PABIRDS] Common Loons - Beaver County - Daniel Rubino - 2016-04-11 19:20:42


This evening there were 4 Common Loons in breeding plumage on the Ohio River in Vanport.  Also in our yard were a pair of FOY chipping sparrows.

Dan and Gina Rubino
Beaver County



[PABIRDS] Allegheny Front (11 Apr 2016) Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2016-04-11 18:46:00


Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 11, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              1
TV                           0              0             54
OS                           0              0              3
BE                           0              1             13
NH                           0              0              7
SS                           0              1             23
CH                           0              0             13
NG                           0              0              5
RS                           0              0             13
BW                           0              0              0
RT                           0              6            103
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0              2             59
AK                           0              1              6
ML                           0              0              1
PG                           0              1              1
UA                           0              0              0
UB                           0              0              0
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              0             11

Total:                       0             12            313
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 12:15:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Deb Bodenschatz

Observers:        

Weather:
Mostly rain & drizzle with periods of fog. Had about 1 hour without
precipitation.  Winds were primarily out is the SW and were extremely
variable in speed (11-36 mph).  The high temperature was 12.7 

Raptor Observations:
None

Non-raptor Observations:
Turkey 3 (on Hawk Watch driveway in the morning), Raven 1, Turkey Vulture 1

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with WNW winds averaging 25 mph.  A few showers expected in
the early afternoon with a high temperature of 7 C.
=======================================================================Report submitted by Deb Bodenschatz ((email address filtered))



[PABIRDS] Mercer - jerry stanley - 2016-04-11 18:15:34


Lake Wilhelm this evening there were 3 long-tailed duck and about 147 common loon, 800 ruddy duck, 250 bufflehead, 150 lesser scaup, 100 red-breasted merg


Jerry Stanley
170 Keith Lane
Franklin PA 16323
(email address filtered)<mailto:(email address filtered)>
814-432-4496



[PABIRDS] Warbler name correction - Bob Keener - 2016-04-11 15:52:30


Sorry, it was a Palm Warbler, not Prairie W I reported at Creekside Nature
Trail, Menno Haven, Chambersburg.  Absent-minded me!



[PABIRDS] Caspian Tern - Allegheny Co. - Mark Vass - 2016-04-11 13:02:34


This morning Geoff Malosh and I did a river watch at Dashields Dam

We had a migrating Caspian Tern and on the river were two Common Loons and
a Pied-billed Grebe

Geoff left to go to work and I stayed and had the following

1 Hooded Merganser
18 Red-breasted Merganser
49 D.c. Cormorant
1 Am. Coot
20 Bonaparte's Gull

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.



[PABIRDS] Prairie Warbler Franklin Co - Bob Keener - 2016-04-11 11:57:53


Prairie Warbler at Creekside Nature Trail, Menno Haven, Chambersburg today.



[PABIRDS] Prairie Warbler FOY - Tom Dougherty - 2016-04-11 11:57:20


Hunters Chase subdivision. At about 1245 a male singing and seen. 

Tom Dougherty
Chambersburg, PA
Franklin County

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[PABIRDS] Glossy Ibis, Greater White-fronted Geese, Lancaster County - ••S•J•Stahl•• - 2016-04-11 11:56:27


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[PABIRDS] Red-breasted Merganser and others, Green Lane Reservoir - Montco. - Heveran . - 2016-04-11 11:43:32


Hello PA Birders,
I went to Green Lane Park this morning and had a fairly good selection of birds. Highlights and checklist links are below.
Knight/Deep Creek lakes: Blue-winged Teal, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (FOY)
checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28879159
Hill Rd. : Red-breasted Merganser (continuing female; lifer for me!), Pileated Woodpecker
checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28880065
Good birding,
Paul Heveran



[PABIRDS] Saw-whet Owls calling? - Sherri LaBar - 2016-04-11 09:58:45


Friday night I camped outside in upper Northampton County, not far
from the county line, and about 3 a.m. I heard a few toots that
sounded like Saw-Whet owl. It was distant enough that I had to listen
a little carefully to confirm what I was hearing, but it was loud
enough that woke from sleep on hearing it.

What are the migration patterns of these owls? Are they moving through
about now? I heard the same sound from the same location, and about
the same time of morning about three weeks ago, also. The repeat makes
me really wonder.

thanks,

sherri labar
N. Bangor, Northampton Co., PA
(email address filtered)



Re: [PABIRDS] Chickadees in Bluebird Box update and thanks - northern Montco. - Ron Rovansek - 2016-04-11 09:16:46


If you are putting boxes up in an area where House Sparrows aren't expected ( in the woods more than 100 ft away from any building, for example) bluebird-sized boxes are a good choice for many small birds. I have had Black capped Chickadees, White breasted Nuthatches and Tufted Titmice nesting in bluebird-sized boxes with 1.5 inch openings hung on trees in the woods.  If there is a chance of House Sparrows a 1.25 inch round hole on a bluebird-sized box can exclude House Sparrows but allow chickadees to enter the box. 1.25 inch openings also exclude White breasted Nuthatch and Tufted Titmouse. 

Ron Rovansek 
Centre County. 

Commitment, Teamwork, Pride

> On Apr 11, 2016, at 10:02 AM, Kruth G <(email address filtered)> wrote:
> 
> Paul's experiences of thrill from new occupants in his boxes is typical for those who take the time and effort to provide affordable housing for our beautiful songbirds by creating sand monitoring nestboxes.
> 
> Try it!  The same pleasures await YOU!
> 
> JK
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Heveran . <(email address filtered)>
> To: PABIRDS <(email address filtered)>
> Sent: Mon, Apr 11, 2016 9:20 am
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Chickadees in Bluebird Box update and thanks - northern Montco.
> 
> Hello PA Birders,
> Thank you very much for all your responses regarding chickadees in bluebird boxes. I enjoyed the many replies and stories and I learned that this is a common occurrence. The chickadees continue to put moss in the nest. I am thrilled as I have never had chickadees nest in my yard before.
> Thanks again!
> Sincerely,
> Paul Heveran



Re: [PABIRDS] Chickadees in Bluebird Box update and thanks - northern Montco. - Kruth G - 2016-04-11 09:02:30


Paul's experiences of thrill from new occupants in his boxes is typical for those who take the time and effort to provide affordable housing for our beautiful songbirds by creating sand monitoring nestboxes.
 
Try it!  The same pleasures await YOU!
 
JK
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Heveran . <(email address filtered)>
To: PABIRDS <(email address filtered)>
Sent: Mon, Apr 11, 2016 9:20 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] Chickadees in Bluebird Box update and thanks - northern Montco.

Hello PA Birders,
Thank you very much for all your responses regarding chickadees in bluebird boxes. I enjoyed the many replies and stories and I learned that this is a common occurrence. The chickadees continue to put moss in the nest. I am thrilled as I have never had chickadees nest in my yard before.
Thanks again!
Sincerely,
Paul Heveran



[PABIRDS] Chickadees in Bluebird Box update and thanks - northern Montco. - Heveran . - 2016-04-11 08:20:38


Hello PA Birders,
Thank you very much for all your responses regarding chickadees in bluebird boxes. I enjoyed the many replies and stories and I learned that this is a common occurrence. The chickadees continue to put moss in the nest. I am thrilled as I have never had chickadees nest in my yard before.
Thanks again!
Sincerely,
Paul Heveran



Re: [PABIRDS] Lake Williams Eagles - York County - Dean Newhouse at Gmail - 2016-04-11 07:58:43


My wife Norma and I noticed the same thing at the nest yesterday afternoon
as well.  It's possible the surrounding tree damage was caused by the high
winds that pushed through the area about a week ago.  On March 29th, another
observer had said he noticed the parents feeding an apparent fledgling and
could hear it begging when the parents arrived.  

There is still a pair of mature Bald Eagles in the area.  On our way back to
the car, we noticed an eagle flying away from the nest area eastward across
the Lake Redman dam spillway toward the adjacent Lake Redman.  And when we
got back the parking lot, we climbed to the top of the Lake Redman dam, and
once there we noticed a mature pair of Bald Eagles sitting high in a large
tree on a triangle of land between I-83 and Lake Redman.  This spot also had
some very tall pine trees and looked like a likely spot for an eagle's nest.
The eagles location was almost exactly a mile due east of the existing
eagle's nest above Lake Williams.  On the lake below the eagles, there were
well over 100 Double-crested Cormorants, and some Ring-billed Gulls.  Also,
we had three Bonaparte Gulls flying over the lake and three Common Loons
diving close to the dam.

Dean Newhouse
York County


-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:(email address filtered)] On Behalf Of ACP
Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:52 PM
To: (email address filtered)
Subject: [PABIRDS] Lake Williams Eagles - York County

Randy Phillips and I both checked on the eagles' nest at Lake Williams  
today and we are concerned that the nest may be abandoned.  A large  
tree apparently fell against the nest tree hard enough to gouge out  
the trunk in several places so perhaps the eggs were lost somehow due  
to the jolt.  There were no adults seen in or near the nest during the  
time that we each were there.  We will check again over the next  
couple of weeks.

On my hike to the nest I did hear a FOY Field Sparrow and Eastern  
Towhee.  I also saw one or two Hermit Thrushes.

Best regards,
Ann

Ann C. Pettigrew, VMD
Managing Veterinarian
Leader Heights Animal Hospital
York, PA
(email address filtered)
(email address filtered)
www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)



[PABIRDS] Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (10 Apr 2016) 4 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2016-04-11 07:30:31


Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              2              6
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0              6              6
Bald Eagle                   1              5             10
Northern Harrier             1              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              6             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              3
Merlin                       0              0              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              2              3

Total:                       4             34             58
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Anisha Pokharel, Itzel Mendoza, Matt Wlasniewski,
                  Rachelle Hitt

Weather:
Sunny, W 1-3m/h

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
2 Winter wren, 2 hermit thrush, 1 pileated woodpecker.
=======================================================================Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich ((email address filtered))
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/



[PABIRDS] Lake Williams Eagles - York County - ACP - 2016-04-10 21:52:18


Randy Phillips and I both checked on the eagles' nest at Lake Williams  
today and we are concerned that the nest may be abandoned.  A large  
tree apparently fell against the nest tree hard enough to gouge out  
the trunk in several places so perhaps the eggs were lost somehow due  
to the jolt.  There were no adults seen in or near the nest during the  
time that we each were there.  We will check again over the next  
couple of weeks.

On my hike to the nest I did hear a FOY Field Sparrow and Eastern  
Towhee.  I also saw one or two Hermit Thrushes.

Best regards,
Ann

Ann C. Pettigrew, VMD
Managing Veterinarian
Leader Heights Animal Hospital
York, PA
(email address filtered)
(email address filtered)
www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)



[PABIRDS] Raptors in the Mon Valley, Allegheny County - Kate StJohn - 2016-04-10 20:21:38


It was cold here today (overcast and 30 degrees) but John English and I decided to check on raptors in the Mon Valley, especially those on nests.  Each stop was about 5 mins outside the car with 20+ mins of driving between locations.  And a stop at Dunkin' Donuts to get warm.
Behind the Red Robin at The Waterfront, Homestead:  Great horned owl on nest on Homestead Grays Bridge with 1 owlet visible.Beside The Pump House at The Waterfront, Munhall:  Red-tailed hawk on nest on RR bridge.Westinghouse Bridge vicinity, Turtle Creek: Peregrine falcon perched on building, then huntingMcKeesport, Dunkin' Donuts: Coopers Hawk flew by
Duquesne, PA between pipe yard & RR:  Osprey standing on nestKennywood area: Bald eagle flying upriver high over Monongahela River.Hays Bald eagle nest: One bald eagle nestling visible via scope.

 Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org



[PABIRDS] Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (09 Apr 2016) Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2016-04-10 20:15:49


Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 09, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              2              6
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0              6              6
Bald Eagle                   0              4              9
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5             13
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              3
Merlin                       0              0              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              2

Total:                       0             30             54
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 10:00:00 
Total observation time: 2.25 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Bracken Brown

Weather:
snow all day after 9 am

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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



[PABIRDS] Tussey Mountain (10 Apr 2016) 6 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2016-04-10 19:16:13


Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0             12
Turkey Vulture               0              6            157
Osprey                       3             11             19
Bald Eagle                   0              3             33
Northern Harrier             0              3              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              2             50
Cooper's Hawk                0              1             13
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1             24
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             11            224
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              4            151
American Kestrel             0              2             19
Merlin                       0              1              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              5
Unknown Buteo                0              0              5
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              6

Total:                       6             47            729
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Rohan Kensey

Observers:        Chuck Widmann, Nick Bolgiano, Rohan Kensey

Visitors:
Torri Helene, Jordan Robb


Weather:
Cold and overcast. Wind was calm from SE-SSE at 1-11. Temperature was -1-4
C.

Raptor Observations:
GE: 1002 Imm

Non-raptor Observations:
Brown-headed Cowbird-7, Common Grackle-3, Double-crested Cormorant-4,
Mourning Dove-2, Common Loon-5, Tree Swallow-1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-1
=======================================================================Report submitted by Rohan Kensey ((email address filtered))
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/



[PABIRDS] A few sparrow comments, Koch property, Northampton County - DAVID KOCH - 2016-04-10 18:44:43


I still have about the same number of white-crowned sparrows as I've had all winter. And while some may be moving on and getting replaced by others, I know that some of them are the same individuals that've been here a long time because of bands put on them by a bander who was here in early October. And the same is true for whitethroats although, except for a straggler here and there, they usually leave before the white-crowned's do.  I always have white-crowned's right through mid May. Chipping sparrows are now regular daily and have been for a few weeks. Every so often a swamp sparrow feeds on the ground along with the others, but each time I've seen one in the last few weeks it's been a different individual.  Savannah sparrows and field sparrows are in the fields, but the tree sparrows are long gone. Junco numbers, however, remain high and probably will stay that way until they thin out and depart sometime at the end of April. What usually happens is when I begin seeing rose-breasted grosbeaks the juncos are leaving or almost all gone. Other species of note seen or heard on a daily basis include brown thrashers, lots of goldfinches, mockingbirds, bluebirds, and recently ruby-crowned kinglets. Northern harriers are still hunting the fields, although I believe that will soon end. It will be a while yet but I expect to see some broad-winged hawks in about 10 days, although that varies from year to year.  And Bentsen Hawk watch in Texas is still getting decent numbers. In the spring the broadwing flight up the valley where I live usually takes place sometime between the 20th and 30th of April. And today, the 10th, I hung two hummingbird feeders but not because I expect to see one until the end of the month. It just made me feel good.   Arlene Koch Easton, PA Northampton County (email address filtered)



[PABIRDS] NW PA Birds and Birding 4/9/2016 - Stringer, Randy C. - 2016-04-10 18:24:55


Pa Birders,

Weather has played a notable factor in the birds that were found yesterday in Mercer and Crawford counties. From  noon until 8:00 PM I hit Lake Latonka and Lake Wilhelm in Mercer County, as well as Custards, Geneva Marsh, Millers' Ponds, Conneaut Lake, Spillway, and Espyville in Crawford County.

I traversed about 130 miles amid northwest winds, freezing temperatures, and blowing snow most of the day. The largest number of waterfowl were found on Conneaut Lake and McMichael Road over Geneva Marsh.

The RED-NECKED GREBE was a surprise. It was located at Espyville on the south side of the main causeway that runs to Ohio (Pennsylvania side). There is a small inlet at a park that hosted this bird, as well as Pied-billed and Horned Grebes for good measure.

A CLIFF SWALLOW was among the hundreds of Tree Swallows at Custards. The arrival is a bit early and its presence was out of place in the winter snow squall.

The SURF SCOTER was a lucky find at Lake Wilhelm. The lake was extremely choppy with the robust winds out of the northwest.

However, these are only the highlights from an exceptional day of 83 species all in the afternoon and early evening despite the aforementioned weather conditions.

Millers' Ponds produced a DUNLIN, 40+ WILSON'S SNIPE, 18 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, AND 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. It was here that I had my only two GADWALL of the day.
A solo SANDHILL CRANE was seen on the way to the Spillway and one WILD TURKEY was on the same road.

But the real show was the exceptional number of waterfowl that numbered over 2500 throughout the day. I had only one COMMON GOLDENEYE at Conneaut Lake and no LONG-TAILED DUCKS anywhere. Ye, geese and duck species accounted for 25 species alone.

Raptors were few in number with the exception of ten BALD EALGES and eight OSPREYS in the air at one time at Lake Wilhelm.

FIELD SPARROWS were feeding with AMERCIAN TREE SPARROWS at Lake Wilhelm for an interesting blend of seasonal overlap

All in all, it was quite a robust day with the encouraging number of species and diversity of numbers. Each lake and each location holds its own rewards. Keep going to the next site and good things will happen.

R.C. Stringer, Ph.D.
Grove City, PA



[PABIRDS] Western Tanager, Centre Co. 4/10 - Wayne Laubscher - 2016-04-10 18:03:19


Continuing to surprise folks with his reluctance to depart, the State College Western Tanager was seen well into the late afternoon today. His molting of the head feathers into the spring red is progressing, with the red now much deeper in color. He still has a bit of a scruffy appearance though. If he sticks around a while longer, the plumage should be quite striking by week's end. Although we've been saying it for 4 1/2 weeks now, he could leave at any time. 

Some other new noteworthy yard visitors included several Purple Finches, a YB Sapsucker, Rufous-sided Towhee, flyover Fish Crows, Cooper's Hawk, possible Sharp-shinned Hawk, and an orange variant House Finch. 


Wayne Laubscher 
Lock Haven 
Clinton Co. 
(email address filtered) 
"Owl be back"



[PABIRDS] Presque Isle Hawk Watch, Erie County for April 10, 2016 - Jerry McWilliams - 2016-04-10 16:28:32


Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              22            481          10004
Osprey                       0              2              3
Bald Eagle                   2              6             64
Northern Harrier             0              3             25
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             15             81
Cooper's Hawk                0              3             29
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0            103
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0             18            356
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              7
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              9            111
Merlin                       0              2              8
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1             10
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              8

Total:                      24            543          10813
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 10:15:00 
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jerry McWilliams

Observers:        Jerry McWilliams

Visitors:
Roger Donn arrived, but stayed only a few minutes since there were no birds
in the air and he was cold.  


Weather:
Mostly cloudy to full cloud-cover. Wind southerly to 10 mph, below freezing
temps.

Raptor Observations:
Despite the southerly winds, little was moving.  The few Vultures passing
seemed uncertain as to which direction to fly, going back and forth along
the bluffs, but eventually heading NE.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon-1, Double-crested Cormorant-1, Caspian Tern-1

Predictions:
Warmer, but rain likely through the day.  No telling what will happen. 
This coming weekend looks promising so far.


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



[PABIRDS] Allegheny Front (10 Apr 2016) 2 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2016-04-10 16:01:50


Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              1
TV                           0              0             54
OS                           0              0              3
BE                           0              1             13
NH                           0              0              7
SS                           0              1             23
CH                           0              0             13
NG                           0              0              5
RS                           0              0             13
BW                           0              0              0
RT                           2              6            103
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0              2             59
AK                           0              1              6
ML                           0              0              1
PG                           0              1              1
UA                           0              0              0
UB                           0              0              0
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              0             11

Total:                       2             12            313
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Stewart

Observers:        Tom/Janet Kuehl

Visitors:
2- Tom & Janet Kuehl


Weather:
Winds out of the SSE. Aver velocity 9 mph.
Temp -3.8 to +0.3 degrees C.
Cloud cover 90 to 99%.
Visibility 27 km.

Raptor Observations:
2 migrating raptors.
Nonmigrating: 6 TV's, 1 sharpshinned hawk, 1 red tail.

Non-raptor Observations:
crows -7; raven-1; 18 turkeys in field below.

Predictions:
High 56 degrees.
Cloudy with showers mainly early in day.
Wind SSW 8 mph.
=======================================================================Report submitted by Bob Stewart ((email address filtered))



Re: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a bluebird box? Northern Montco. - Sally Ann Sims - 2016-04-10 15:23:45


Hi all,

One year when I was monitoring bluebird nest boxes, I opened one up to see a triple decker nest! It started with a house wren nest of twigs, overtopped by a plush chickadee nest with moss siding, overtopped by a bluebird nest of grass. Bluebirds finely fledged from the box later in the season, which is interesting since I've found that the house wren usually wins in these contests.

-Sally
Chester County


-----Original Message-----
>From: Herb Flavell <(email address filtered)>
>Sent: Apr 8, 2016 8:21 PM
>To: (email address filtered)
>Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a bluebird box? Northern Montco.
>
>Not only birds nest in bird nests. We have swept out mice also. One year 
>cleaning our Wood Duck nest my son put his hand in to sweep out the nest and 
>swept out a sleeping possum. Last year sitting with my 2 daughters we were 
>watching my son in law use a back hoe to deepen a water run off ditch. We 
>saw a Red Squirrel come out of the weeds and start to climb the Claverack 
>electric pole that I have a PVC nest on. It climbed the pole and into the 
>nest it goes. I have an Owl nest box that the PAGC  gave me 5 or 6 years 
>ago. I put it on a 12 ft pressure treated 2x4 on the bank of my pond. That 
>was taken over by a Kestrel pair and has fledged 2 for the past 5 years. 
>There are so many birds here now that I wish I had the free food that I 
>received in 08 when the birds ate over 2,000 pounds. I have 2, 15 inch 
>Thistle feeders that I have to fill every other day. 3 suet feeders that I 
>fill every other day. I also go through 5 pounds of un-salted peanuts a week 
>thanks to the 100 or so Blue Jays here. I once counted 65 Mourning Doves 
>sitting on Claverack's electric line waiting for food. The peanuts also go 
>to the many Red Squirrel's and Chip Monks. Today on the Thistle feeder were 
>2 Gold Finch and 2 Pine Siskins. They are not the only Thistle eaters Dark 
>Eye Junco's BCC also visit my Thistle feeders.Over the winter I feed a herd 
>of up to 25 Deer. A month or so ago I looked out the window to see how many 
>Deer were feeding. There were none but there were 4 big horses eating the 
>Deer food and corn blocks. We never know what we will see next. There are a 
>bunch of videos on FB of a Red Squirrel trying to put back a low voltage 
>light he knocked out of the hole and a Wood Chuck eating an Indian potato 
>plant on the back deck. My bird feeders are on the front deck because I had 
>visits 4 times by Black Bears that broke and stole 2 hummer feeders. At 
>night the Raccoons used to climb a tree in the back, jump to my roof then 
>onto the flat bird feeder on the front deck to eat the bird seed. He did 
>that till one night he jumped and the screws broke and he/she fell 8 feet to 
>the ground. The feeders back up but no raccoon yet. The deer also eat the 
>spilled bird seed under the flat feeders. The Blue Jays are messy when they 
>are looking for seed they like. They sweep sideways with their beak and 
>sweep the seed off the feeder onto the ground. It still does not lie on the 
>ground long thanks to the ground feeders.
>Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners Susquehanna County.
>
>-----Original Message----- 
>From: Kruth G
>Sent: Friday, April 08, 2016 7:15 PM
>To: (email address filtered)
>Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a 
>bluebird box? Northern Montco.
>
>No worries.  The chickadees just forgot to look on the address that said 
>Bluebird Lane;  found a suitable site, and moved in!
>
>For those who monitor nestboxes, one of its greatest pleasures is to 
>approach a box with the childlike sense of anticipation of opening a 
>Christmas stocking.  You think you know what you'll find, but you're never 
>certain until you peek inside!
>
>Jerry Kruth
>Pgh
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Don Weiss <(email address filtered)>
>To: PABIRDS <(email address filtered)>
>Sent: Fri, Apr 8, 2016 6:26 pm
>Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a 
>bluebird box? Northern Montco.
>
>I am having a similar experience and look forward to comments! 
>http://www.donweissphotography.com
>
>      From: Heveran . <(email address filtered)>
>To: (email address filtered)
>Sent: Friday, April 8, 2016 6:11 PM
>Subject: [PABIRDS] Is it unusual to have a chickadee nesting in a bluebird 
>box? Northern Montco.
>
>Hello PA Birders,
>Starting yesterday (as far as I know), a pair of (probably) Carolina 
>Chickadees has placed about 1-2" of moss in my bluebird box.
>The box is about 7" tall and 6" wide, and the entrance hole measures almost 
>1 3/4" in diameter.
>Is this unusual? I was under the impression that chickadees prefer a smaller 
>box with a smaller entrance hole. These birds can even fit through the 
>ventilation opening above the entrance hole.
>This morning a pair of Eastern Bluebirds sat on the box and vigorously 
>defended it from another bluebird and a Tree Swallow pair. The chickadees 
>were nowhere to be found. The bluebirds did not remove the partial chickadee 
>nest and soon left for the rest of the day. I think the chickadees might 
>have put a little more moss in today, as well as a couple down feathers.
>I would appreciate anyone's input regarding this behavior and the frequency 
>of chickadees nesting in bluebird boxes.
>Sincerely,
>Paul Heveran
>
>





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