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[PABIRDS] PSO Logo Zippo Lighters available - Fred FEDAK - 2014-06-10 13:20:57


Order your collectible Zippo Lighter today!

http://www.pabirds.org/Sales/PSO_SalesZippo.htm

John Fedak
Past President
McKean County
Bradford (Home of Zippo!)



[PABIRDS] PSO Logo Zippo Lighters available - Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology - 2014-06-10 11:57:26


Since the just-completed PSO Annual Meeting was held in Bradford -- 
home of the Zippo lighter -- the PSO had lighters with the PSO logo 
made and sold at the meeting.

You can now purchase one (or more!) at the PSO website:

http://www.pabirds.org/Sales/PSO_SalesZippo.htm

These lighters are silver color, but if we can get at least 30 people 
to sign up, we can have green version of this lighter made.

If you are interested, please send an email to (email address filtered)  (just 
reply to this message).



Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology



[PABIRDS] Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, N. Parula - Jack E. Solomon - 2014-06-10 11:45:53


The Northern Parula was again singing  this morning in a sycamore where 
Nine Mile Run and Fern Hollow Run intersect.  Orchard Orioles were at their nest 
a bit further south on 9 Mile Run Trail.
Jack Solomon



Re: [PABIRDS] Fwd: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? - Ann C. Pettigrew - 2014-06-10 11:40:29


Ron and Jerry,

Do you know if anyone is taking the time to contact the PGC about the cliff swallows?  I just hope someone does soon and, as I said earlier, I would be happy to contact them but, of course, I need more information.

Thanks so much.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
(email address filtered)
www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)

Sent from my iPad

On Jun 10, 2014, at 10:11 AM, Ron Rovansek <(email address filtered)> wrote:

> In case it helps anyone with displaced Cliff Swallow nestlings, in my experience it is possible to re-home nestlings into intact nests successfully.
> 
> Many years ago I spent a summer assisting with a waterfowl nesting study in Alaska. We lived in a remote and shabby cabin that had Cliff Swallows nesting under the eaves and lots of leaks in the roof. At some point in the summer the four of us decided it was time to make some repairs to the roof and in the process we dislodged some of the Cliff Swallow nests from under the eaves. When we came down from the roof we found twenty or thirty nestlings laying amid ruined nests. Fortunately we were professional biologist so we knew what to do. We put the nestlings into a box and 
> 
> Ron Rovansek, PhD, PE, LEED AP
> Sr. Consulting Engineer
> PACE | Advanced Water Engineering
> direct: (714) 514-8875
> (email address filtered) | www.pacewater.com
>  
> Orange County  Phoenix  Beijing  Moscow 
> Please consider the environment before printing this email.
>  
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:(email address filtered)] On Behalf Of Rob Blye
> Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:15 AM
> To: (email address filtered)
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Fwd: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows?
> 
> i think Jerry meant to send this to the list 
> 
> 
> Rob Blye 
> East Coventry Township 
> Chester County, Pennsylvania 
> 
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: (email address filtered) 
> To: (email address filtered) 
> Sent: Monday, June 9, 2014 5:49:37 PM 
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? 
> 
> 
> Thank you for your concern and willingness to become involved. Yes, as stated, it is a violation of law and ethics of nature. 
> 
> Please report this immediately to the authorities. Not that we want people arrested or punished, but that they be informed of the seriousness of the issue, especially the compassionate part about protecting these tired, hard-working migrants. 
> 
> Maybe as part of their "sentence," they can erect a plaque for their clients to become informed and aware of the long migration these birds undertake and their presence should be welcomed and cherished. 
> 
> NOW make the call, and best wishes, 
> 
> Jerry Kruth 
> Pittsburgh 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> In a message dated 6/9/2014 4:43:42 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, (email address filtered) writes: 
> 
> Report them to the PA Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer in your county; for the northeast region you can try: 
> 
> 3917 Memorial Highway 
> Dallas, PA 18612 
> 
> Open Monday - Friday 
> 7:30AM - 4:00PM 
> 
> (570) 675-1143 
> (570) 675-1144 
> 
> They also have a state-wide law enforcement number: 
> 
> 1-888-PGC-8001 
> 
> Call Or you could try the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eco services division in State College. 
> 
> 
> Rob Blye 
> East Coventry Township 
> Chester County, Pennsylvania 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Richard E Wiltraut" <(email address filtered)> 
> To: (email address filtered) 
> Sent: Monday, June 9, 2014 4:10:33 PM 
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? 
> 
> I just received a disturbing email about a resort removing Cliff Swallow nests. Unfortunately I've seen this time and time again. Many of the places I've seen them nesting in the past are no longer occupied. From what I've read this species is declining in the Northeast. Cliff Swallows fly all the way to tip of South America and back, a round trip of approximately 12,000 miles. Imagine a bird traveling 6,000 miles from the tip of South America to get here and then making 1,000 trips to a mud puddle to build a nest only to have it knocked down? Aren't migratory birds and their nests protected by the Migratory Bird Act? I guess some people consider them pests instead of important biological controls of insect pests http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7482.html 
> 
> Rick 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Rick Wiltraut 
> 
> Environmental Education Specialist 
> 
> PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 
> 
> Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center 
> 
> 400 Belfast Road Nazareth, PA 18064 
> 
> Phone: 610.746.2801 ext 103 Fax: 610.746.2804 
> 
> Email: (email address filtered)<mailto:(email address filtered)> 
> 
> www.dcnr.state.pa.us<http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us>



Re: [PABIRDS] Fwd: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? - Ron Rovansek - 2014-06-10 09:25:10


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Re: [PABIRDS] Fwd: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? - Ron Rovansek - 2014-06-10 09:11:59


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[PABIRDS] Lebanon County, SGL 80 Monroe Valley, Kentucky Warblers, Chats - Tim Becker - 2014-06-10 08:52:38


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[PABIRDS] N. Saw Whet owl Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co. - Lisa Dziuban - 2014-06-10 08:37:59


Last night around 9:00pm I heard a new bird call.  It was coming from the
pine trees behind my house. I have a bird call tape that I later played
inside and, to me, the call of the Saw Whet matches exactly what I heard
last night.

    Last week I saw a small owl on one of the pine tree branches.  It was
dark, but I could clearly see the body shape silhouetted  against the sky.
It did not have ear tufts and it did snap its beaks together when looking at
me.   Based on the call I heard last night and the match on my owl call
identifier I feel fairly certain that a N. Saw Whet has been on my property.

Lisa V. Dziuban, CPESC

Bucks County Conservation District

Bucksccd.org



[PABIRDS] Development in Delco - Robert Evans - 2014-06-10 08:09:09


I saw this article online this morning and thought it might be of interest.
I know that there are birders who are trying to promote bird walks in this
area to create interest in preserving the land.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140610_Development_plan_for_Delco_open_space_riles_residents.html

-Rob Evans



[PABIRDS] Iceland Gull - Glenn Koppel - 2014-06-10 08:02:17


I also saw and photographed this bird on Saturday June 7.  Nice to see someone else saw it.  I have finally downloaded my photos and verified the bird as Iceland.Glenn KoppelMary Alice (email address filtered), PA



[PABIRDS] Nesting Cedar Waxwing - Philadelphia County - John Holback - 2014-06-10 07:24:17


Found a Cedar Waxwing on it's nest in the Andorra Meadow yesterday. Also
watched a Common Yellow-throat singing. Both birds are target species for
the meadow restoration project. Very exciting!

In other news, most of the nest boxes have hatchlings now. House Wrens have
been a problem. They kicked out all the bluebirds and now we're down to
only two tree swallow nests. I'll have to make some changes next year if we
want to keep any bluebirds.

-John Holback
Wissahickon Environmental Center



[PABIRDS] Fwd: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? - Rob Blye - 2014-06-10 07:14:46


i think Jerry meant to send this to the list 


Rob Blye 
East Coventry Township 
Chester County, Pennsylvania 

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: (email address filtered) 
To: (email address filtered) 
Sent: Monday, June 9, 2014 5:49:37 PM 
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? 


Thank you for your concern and willingness to become involved. Yes, as stated, it is a violation of law and ethics of nature. 

Please report this immediately to the authorities. Not that we want people arrested or punished, but that they be informed of the seriousness of the issue, especially the compassionate part about protecting these tired, hard-working migrants. 

Maybe as part of their "sentence," they can erect a plaque for their clients to become informed and aware of the long migration these birds undertake and their presence should be welcomed and cherished. 

NOW make the call, and best wishes, 

Jerry Kruth 
Pittsburgh 




In a message dated 6/9/2014 4:43:42 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, (email address filtered) writes: 

Report them to the PA Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer in your county; for the northeast region you can try: 

3917 Memorial Highway 
Dallas, PA 18612 

Open Monday - Friday 
7:30AM - 4:00PM 

(570) 675-1143 
(570) 675-1144 

They also have a state-wide law enforcement number: 

1-888-PGC-8001 

Call Or you could try the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eco services division in State College. 


Rob Blye 
East Coventry Township 
Chester County, Pennsylvania 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard E Wiltraut" <(email address filtered)> 
To: (email address filtered) 
Sent: Monday, June 9, 2014 4:10:33 PM 
Subject: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? 

I just received a disturbing email about a resort removing Cliff Swallow nests. Unfortunately I've seen this time and time again. Many of the places I've seen them nesting in the past are no longer occupied. From what I've read this species is declining in the Northeast. Cliff Swallows fly all the way to tip of South America and back, a round trip of approximately 12,000 miles. Imagine a bird traveling 6,000 miles from the tip of South America to get here and then making 1,000 trips to a mud puddle to build a nest only to have it knocked down? Aren't migratory birds and their nests protected by the Migratory Bird Act? I guess some people consider them pests instead of important biological controls of insect pests http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7482.html 

Rick 




Rick Wiltraut 

Environmental Education Specialist 

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center 

400 Belfast Road Nazareth, PA 18064 

Phone: 610.746.2801 ext 103 Fax: 610.746.2804 

Email: (email address filtered)<mailto:(email address filtered)> 

www.dcnr.state.pa.us<http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us>



[PABIRDS] Clay-colored Sparrows & Uppies - Clarion Co - Steve Sanford - 2014-06-10 06:57:15


Yesterday May 9 Neil Troyer, his son Samuel, and I had a very pleasant and productive 6 hours in Clarion Co. The big highlights were Clay-colored Sparrows and Upland Sandpipers at multiple locations. 
The Piney Tract around the gated Rd hanging south from Mt Zion Rd was alive with the songs of Clay-colored Sparrows (at least 2), Henslow's Sparrows and Grasshopper Sparrows, which often perched in good view. On the way south on Limestone Flat Rd we had an excellent look at a porcupine in a tree. 
At the beginning of the Sarah Furnace Trail we fairly quickly found one or two Worm-eating Warblers as well as a Cerulean, Black-and-white and others.
The Curllsville strips (Hilltop Rd) gave us more Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows, and one laggard Clay-colored Sparrow, plus several Prairie Warblers, and a singing Chat distantly seen. The biggest excitement though was when we heard the distinctive singing of Upland Sandpipers and found 4 them flying high overhead towards the south.
About a half-hour later at Mt Airy we saw 4 vocal Uppies in the field just north of Shannon Tipple Rd between Mt Airy Rd and Morris Rd. Whether these were the same as the ones at Curllsville we'll never really know, but the distance between locations is about 4 miles and the the ones at Mt Airy seemed quite settled in on fenceposts and telephone poles, and the Curllsville strips birds were flying almost the opposite direction. Also the habitat at Curllsville and vicinity looks perfect for them.
About a mile north from there on Mt Airy Rd we heard at least two more Clay-colored Sparrows as well as Henslow's and Grasshoppers. Prior to yesterday I had never encountered Clay-colors anywhere but Curlsville.
Steve Sanford
Sharon PA



[PABIRDS] Fwd: Cliff Swallows - Ann C. Pettigrew - 2014-06-10 06:56:33


I deleted the original note from Rick about the cliff swallows.  This is a response from Justin Vreeland who I have been reporting my eagle nest monitoring to this spring.

Which resort is knocking the nests down?  I would be happy to report it if nobody has done so yet.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
(email address filtered)
www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Vreeland, Justin" <(email address filtered)>
> Date: June 10, 2014 6:50:43 AM EDT
> To: "Ann C. Pettigrew" <(email address filtered)>
> Subject: RE: Cliff Swallows
> 

> All non-game wildlife is protected by default and by regulation
> 
> This should be reported to the PA Game Commission regional office that services the area. They will dispatch an officer to investigate.
> 
> Visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=562943&mode=2 to choose the region in which the incident is occurring. 
> 
> JKV/412
> ________________________________________
> From: Ann C. Pettigrew [(email address filtered)]
> Sent: Monday, June 09, 2014 10:47 PM
> To: Vreeland, Justin
> Subject: Cliff Swallows
> 
> Hi Justin,
> 
> Can you please tell me if cliff swallows and their nests are protected under the law in PA?  I assume they are, but, apparently a resort in PA is knocking down the nests.  Is there anything that can be done to stop them?
> 
> Thanks, Justin.
> 
> Ann
> 
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> (email address filtered)
> www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)
> 
> Sent from my iPad



[PABIRDS] Four ravens (2 parents, 2 fledglings), Bluebird fledglings & 2 Killdeer chicks @ Crooked Creek - Marge Van Tassel - 2014-06-09 23:34:56


4 Common Ravens were near the road to the beach checking out a trash bin and I tried to get their photo but they flew off.  I had heard some odd croaking earlier and think they were learning their call, funny to hear and when 3 of us walked around down by and under the nest no noise from any ravens so guess there were 2 in the nest.
2 Bluebird fledglings were perched on top of the bat box near the open field where there are 4 bluebird boxes and I got a poor picture but when my friends and I returned as I was hoping they'd get to see them or get a photo, they were somewhere else (could hear the bluebird sweet sounds across the road)
Near a pullover on main road where I often see Killdeer in the rocky strip for park vehicles or walkers today there were 2 little ones and tried to get a photo but they were so busy preening and checking themselves out, bending all around the pictures are wierd/poor.
Other birds were:
E. Kingbird
E. Wood PeWee
Wood Thrush 
Indigo Bunting
Swallows (Tree and No. Rough-winged)
Field Sparrows
GBHeron
Red-eyed Vireos
Song Sparrows
E. Phoebes
Common Yellowthroats
Am. Redstarts
Cedar Waxwings
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County



[PABIRDS] Espyville Marina- Crawford County - Stringer, Randy C. - 2014-06-09 22:17:24


Dear Pa Birders,

The Espyville Marina continued to host the adult LAUGHING GULL and immature ICELAND GULL this evening. Additionally, there was an immature BONAPARTE'S GULL in the same vicinity along with a sub-adult RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.

Miller's Pond held three SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS and four SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS.

Randy C. Stringer, Ph.D.
Professor of Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, and Humanities
724-458-3390 Office
724-877-4205 Cell



Re: [PABIRDS] Lancaster County, Rt 462 Bridge, Peregrine fledge watch update - Meredith_Lombard - 2014-06-09 21:50:17


I posted a few photos from today at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/caritas_nature/



On Mon, 9 Jun 2014 22:29:02 -0400, Meredith_Lombard <(email address filtered)> wrote:

>As of 6:00 pm Monday evening, no falcons at the bridge had fledged.  I was chased in by the late-day heavy rain showers, so hopefully they didn't take the plunge after the storm.  Still plenty of space if you want to help with the fledge watch! 
>
>Good birding
>
>-Meredith Lombard



[PABIRDS] Luzerne Co - Nescopeck State Park, Jun 7, 2014 - Dave Kruel - 2014-06-09 21:36:01


Hi All, 
Below are birds that we had on a walk on Saturday. Prior to this walk, John & Jonathan DeBalko and myself trekked some areas in the park starting about 5:30a. On the early trek we had 2 female Hooded Mergansers, Brown Creeper singing, Hermit Thrush, Canada Warbler, and Purple Finch. 

Nescopeck State Park, Luzerne, US-PA 
Jun 7, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM 
Protocol: Traveling 
3.0 mile(s) 
40 species 

Ruffed Grouse 1 
Great Blue Heron 1 Flyover 
Broad-winged Hawk 1 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 
Alder Flycatcher 1 
Least Flycatcher 4 
Eastern Kingbird 1 
Yellow-throated Vireo 3 
Blue-headed Vireo 1 
Warbling Vireo 2 
Red-eyed Vireo 11 
Blue Jay 1 
American Crow 2 
Black-capped Chickadee 3 
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 
Veery 6 
American Robin 2 
Gray Catbird 6 
Cedar Waxwing 4 
Ovenbird 5 
Black-and-white Warbler 3 
Common Yellowthroat 2 
American Redstart 9 
Magnolia Warbler 1 
Blackburnian Warbler 3 
Yellow Warbler 8 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 
Black-throated Green Warbler 2 
Eastern Towhee 2 
Chipping Sparrow 6 
Song Sparrow 1 
Scarlet Tanager 3 
Northern Cardinal 2 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 
Indigo Bunting 4 
Brown-headed Cowbird 3 
Baltimore Oriole 3 
American Goldfinch 3 

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18740304 

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

Dave Kruel 
Pottsville 
Schuylkill Co.



[PABIRDS] Lancaster County, Rt 462 Bridge, Peregrine fledge watch update - Meredith_Lombard - 2014-06-09 21:29:02


As of 6:00 pm Monday evening, no falcons at the bridge had fledged.  I was chased in by the late-day heavy rain showers, so hopefully they didn't take the plunge after the storm.  Still plenty of space if you want to help with the fledge watch! 

Good birding

-Meredith Lombard



[PABIRDS] DE Water Gap -- Worm-eating Warblers, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, bear, etc. - Anne Bekker - 2014-06-09 20:27:19


We had a great time on the PA side of the Delaware Water Gap on Saturday.
Though the abundant Redstarts at times made it challenging to pick up
anything else, the plentiful Cerulean Warblers also vocalized constantly
and were easy to see.

There were good numbers of Blue-winged (with a Brewster's thrown in),
Hooded, and Parula Warblers; several Yellow-throated and a Blue-Headed
Vireo, Louisiana Waterthrushes, Magnolia, Prairie, Yellow, Common
Yellowthroat, Black-throated Blue, Black-and-White, and Chestnut-sided; an
unexpected Pine Warbler, etc. but the highlight may have been a nice show
by a pair of Worm-eating Warblers.  One just popped up as we were passing
and so, of course, we stopped.  He called, sang and postured while his mate
would catch green grubs and fly up to peer at us momentarily before feeding
them to fledglings we couldn't see. Two Yellow-billed Cuckoos were calling
overhead, as well as a Barred Owl (our first for this spot).  We were also
surprised to see a Red-Shouldered Hawk fly in and perch overhead, see us,
reconsider, and fly off.  I'd never seen one in this area.

Our hike was cut a bit short by a (beautiful) bear.  Fortunately (as he
didn't retreat and in fact started to amble toward us) it wasn't too hard
to reroute to get back to the car.  While I expect bears on Old Mine Rd.
and up on the Kittatinny Ridge, this guy was on the McDade Trail (a bike
path), which for some reason surprises me.

Anne Bekker
Philadelphia



Re: [PABIRDS] Anyone known about this alleged sighting? - Dan Cunkelman - 2014-06-09 19:12:04


Immature Downy's are out. Also a possibility Today I watched an adult male breaking off bits of peanuts from a feeder, then feeding an immature female hanging on to the same feeder.

Marcy and I traveled to South Carolina a few years ago and were fortunate enough to find the habitat where Red-cockadeds were known to nest and observed several.

Dan Cunkelman 

Sent from Dan Cunkelman's iPhone

> On Jun 9, 2014, at 4:02 PM, Mark Mcconaughy <(email address filtered)> wrote:
> 
> Going through the eBird reports for the last few days I found this report.  Needless to say, I am dubious of this ID.  I do not know this individual or his abilities to ID such a species.
> 
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (1)
> - Reported Jun 07, 2014 17:10 by Wesley Michael
> - Wickersham Hill, York, Pennsylvania
> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.146349,-76.826154&ll=40.146349,-76.826154
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18725361
> - Comments: "Bird flew in to a nearby tree, about 20 yards from location. Wife and I both had time to look up the bird and confirm it as this species.  Bird stayed for about 10 minutes, then flew back into the woods behind our house. Woodpecker was white, with black wings, containing spotted white pattern. Head was white with a blackcap, and no noticeable red markings, which lead us to believe it is not a downy woodpecker. We were unable to get a photo unfortunately."
> 
> Mark A. McConaughy
> (email address filtered)



[PABIRDS] Common Mergansers - Allegheny Co. - (email address filtered) - 2014-06-09 18:04:16


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[PABIRDS] Ducklings Hatched - Alan Wells - 2014-06-09 17:19:33


The nesting Mallard in our garden had here ducklings hatch out this afternoon. I have counted up to 9 but they keep going in and out so not sure how many there really are. Posted some pictures on Flickr

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

Alan Wells
York Haven



[PABIRDS] It cant - Herb Flavell - 2014-06-09 16:48:11


Get any easier than this. When I worked for the USPS, I walked 15 miles a day for 28 years. Now that Im 80 years old I cant walk 700 feet to my pond or my hips kill me. So my 2 front porch flat feeders draw hundreds of birds to me without walking. I told about the crow yesterday well its baaaack. Only now Im in the living room on my laptop replying to email. The front door is open, and I look up. There is the big black crow eating seed from the flat on the left end of the porch. How can it get easier than that to take bird pictures. Sitting on a couch with the ceiling fan cooling you off while you take pictures of birds at your feeders. Ill post them later on my Face book page.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob for Gods creatures, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County



Re: [PABIRDS] Anyone known about this alleged sighting? - Ron Rovansek - 2014-06-09 16:07:19


Red cockaded woodpecker is reasonably similar to Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. Without additional backup I'd assume the ebird report is a misidentified Downy or hairy woodpecker, not the extremely unlikely red cockaded woodpecker. 

Ron Rovansek
Centre County, which like the rest of PA lies well north of Red cockaded woodpecker habitat. 

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 9, 2014, at 5:02 PM, "Carl Engstrom" <(email address filtered)> wrote:

> They are extremely specialized birds to longleaf pines in the southern states.  The nesting trees must be alive and preferably infected with red heart fungus, they also like to have the sap or "pitch" from the tree oozing out from around the nest cavity.  This would be like a Kirtland's Warbler (another highly specialized bird) trying to breed in the deciduous forests of PA.
> 
> Carl
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Jun 9, 2014, at 4:47 PM, Matthew Pettigrew <(email address filtered)> wrote:
> 
>> As far as I can tell, this species has not been present in Pennsylvania
>> since the 19th Century. And I believe it requires a specialized habitat
>> that I'm not sure occurs in northern York County. But it is apparently
>> present in North Carolina and possibly southern Virginia and, as has been
>> said here many, many times:  birds have wings. So who knows?
>> 
>> Matt Pettigrew
>> Narberth, Pa
>> 
>> 
>> On Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM, Mark Mcconaughy <(email address filtered)>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Going through the eBird reports for the last few days I found this report.
>>> Needless to say, I am dubious of this ID.  I do not know this individual
>>> or his abilities to ID such a species.
>>> 
>>> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (1)
>>> - Reported Jun 07, 2014 17:10 by Wesley Michael
>>> - Wickersham Hill, York, Pennsylvania
>>> - Map:
>>> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.146349,-76.826154



Re: [PABIRDS] Anyone known about this alleged sighting? - Jason Weller - 2014-06-09 16:06:57


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Re: [PABIRDS] Anyone known about this alleged sighting? - Carl Engstrom - 2014-06-09 15:55:37


They are extremely specialized birds to longleaf pines in the southern states. The nesting trees must be alive and preferably infected with red heart fungus, they also like to have the sap or "pitch" from the tree oozing out from around the nest cavity. This would be like a Kirtland's Warbler (another highly specialized bird) trying to breed in the deciduous forests of PA.

Carl




On Jun 9, 2014, at 4:47 PM, Matthew Pettigrew <(email address filtered)> wrote:

> As far as I can tell, this species has not been present in Pennsylvania
> since the 19th Century. And I believe it requires a specialized habitat
> that I'm not sure occurs in northern York County. But it is apparently
> present in North Carolina and possibly southern Virginia and, as has been
> said here many, many times: birds have wings. So who knows?
> 
> Matt Pettigrew
> Narberth, Pa
> 
> 
> On Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM, Mark Mcconaughy <(email address filtered)>
> wrote:
> 
>> Going through the eBird reports for the last few days I found this report.
>> Needless to say, I am dubious of this ID. I do not know this individual
>> or his abilities to ID such a species.
>> 
>> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (1)
>> - Reported Jun 07, 2014 17:10 by Wesley Michael
>> - Wickersham Hill, York, Pennsylvania
>> - Map:
>> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.146349,-76.826154?=40.146349,-76.826154
>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18725361
>> - Comments: "Bird flew in to a nearby tree, about 20 yards from location.
>> Wife and I both had time to look up the bird and confirm it as this
>> species. Bird stayed for about 10 minutes, then flew back into the woods
>> behind our house. Woodpecker was white, with black wings, containing
>> spotted white pattern. Head was white with a blackcap, and no noticeable
>> red markings, which lead us to believe it is not a downy woodpecker. We
>> were unable to get a photo unfortunately."
>> 
>> Mark A. McConaughy
>> (email address filtered)
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> 610-308-3308 (cell)
> 215-875-3132 (office)
> 610-667-5594 (home)



Re: [PABIRDS] Anyone known about this alleged sighting? - Matthew Pettigrew - 2014-06-09 15:47:15


As far as I can tell, this species has not been present in Pennsylvania
since the 19th Century. And I believe it requires a specialized habitat
that I'm not sure occurs in northern York County. But it is apparently
present in North Carolina and possibly southern Virginia and, as has been
said here many, many times:  birds have wings. So who knows?

Matt Pettigrew
Narberth, Pa


On Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM, Mark Mcconaughy <(email address filtered)>
wrote:

> Going through the eBird reports for the last few days I found this report.
>  Needless to say, I am dubious of this ID.  I do not know this individual
> or his abilities to ID such a species.
>
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (1)
> - Reported Jun 07, 2014 17:10 by Wesley Michael
> - Wickersham Hill, York, Pennsylvania
> - Map:
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q@.146349,-76.826154&ll@.146349,-76.826154
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18725361
> - Comments: "Bird flew in to a nearby tree, about 20 yards from location.
> Wife and I both had time to look up the bird and confirm it as this
> species.  Bird stayed for about 10 minutes, then flew back into the woods
> behind our house. Woodpecker was white, with black wings, containing
> spotted white pattern. Head was white with a blackcap, and no noticeable
> red markings, which lead us to believe it is not a downy woodpecker. We
> were unable to get a photo unfortunately."
>
> Mark A. McConaughy
> (email address filtered)
>



-- 
610-308-3308 (cell)
215-875-3132 (office)
610-667-5594 (home)



Re: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? - Rob Blye - 2014-06-09 15:41:40


Report them to the PA Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer in your county; for the northeast region you can try: 

3917 Memorial Highway 
Dallas, PA 18612 

Open Monday - Friday 
7:30AM - 4:00PM 

(570) 675-1143 
(570) 675-1144 

They also have a state-wide law enforcement number: 

1-888-PGC-8001 

Call Or you could try the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eco services division in State College. 


Rob Blye 
East Coventry Township 
Chester County, Pennsylvania 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard E Wiltraut" <(email address filtered)> 
To: (email address filtered) 
Sent: Monday, June 9, 2014 4:10:33 PM 
Subject: [PABIRDS] Who's protecting Cliff Swallows? 

I just received a disturbing email about a resort removing Cliff Swallow nests. Unfortunately I've seen this time and time again. Many of the places I've seen them nesting in the past are no longer occupied. From what I've read this species is declining in the Northeast. Cliff Swallows fly all the way to tip of South America and back, a round trip of approximately 12,000 miles. Imagine a bird traveling 6,000 miles from the tip of South America to get here and then making 1,000 trips to a mud puddle to build a nest only to have it knocked down? Aren't migratory birds and their nests protected by the Migratory Bird Act? I guess some people consider them pests instead of important biological controls of insect pests http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7482.html 

Rick 




Rick Wiltraut 

Environmental Education Specialist 

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center 

400 Belfast Road Nazareth, PA 18064 

Phone: 610.746.2801 ext 103 Fax: 610.746.2804 

Email: (email address filtered)<mailto:(email address filtered)> 

www.dcnr.state.pa.us<http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us>



[PABIRDS] Pymatuning Iceland Gull Photos (with Laughing Gull and Caspian Tern) - Scott Kinzey - 2014-06-09 15:29:13


I uploaded photos to FLICKR from earlier today of the bird that I
believe is an Iceland Gull.  It was on the Espyville Marina breaker/jetty
around 1pm today.  I would have missed it but a marina worker chased the
gulls off of the docks and onto the breaker so I went back out to
photograph the Laughing Gull and this thing pops in and poses right in
front of me.
     There were two Caspian Terns here.  An immature Black Tern was out
from the Fish Hatchery also.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25291868@N08/

Scott Kinzey
Allegheny County





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