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[PABIRDS] Lebanon County - Windstream Mail - 2015-03-11 17:20:10


These are my high lights for today.

At Meadow Lane I had 2 Lapland Longspurs and 2 Snow Buntings  at about 1:45.

At Millardsville Quarry - Canvasback-13 Redhead 1 male, Greater Scaup 1
pair, and 8 Red-breasted Merganser.

The quarry are all still there .

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



[PABIRDS] Central PA Birdline for 3.12.2015 - Mark Mcconaughy - 2015-03-11 16:49:23


- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * March 12, 2015
 * PACE1503.12
 Bird Highlights
 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Dauphin & Lancaster Cos.)
 TRUMPETER SWAN (Centre Co.)
 RED-THROATED LOON (Dauphin Co.)
 NORTHERN SHRIKE (Elk Co.)
 COMMON REDPOLL (Centre, Susquehanna & Tioga Cos.)
 PINE SISKIN (Adams, Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Perry & York [also see the Lancaster Wrightsville report] Cos.)
 EVENING GROSBEAK (Lebanon Co.)
 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 March 12, 2015
 To Report: (email address filtered) 
 Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy 
 Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
 Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy

 Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings made the week prior to Thursday, March 12, 2015.

 ADAMS COUNTY:
 Up to 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen between March 7 and 8 near the Virginia Memorial at Spangler Woods and Devil's Den in Gettysburg National Military Park (JH, PP).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on March 7 at the Freedom Township grasslands (SSh). A dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was present on March 9 (SSh).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on March 8 along Pumping Station Road in the Cunningham area (MB).

 One PINE SISKIN was observed between March 8 and 9 at Lake Meade (JV).

 Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on March 9 along Baltimore Road (ED).

 CARBON COUNTY:
 Two PINE SISKINS were seen on March 8 at feeders in Palmerton (RR).

 CENTRE COUNTY:
 Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting BLACK VULTURES, 20 TURKEY VULTURES, 7 BALD EAGLE, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 24 RED-TAILED HAWK, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 43 GOLDEN EAGLES between March 5 and 9 (JB, NB).

 The TRUMPETER SWAN continues to be seen through at least March 7 on Bald Eagle Creek near the Milesburg bridge (NB).

 One dark and 4 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were observe on March 7 in Penns Valley (NK, MK).

 Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on March 7 at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (JBe, KBe).

 Approximately 30 PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders in Howard through at least March 10 (BSn).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on March 10 hunting over fields along Diamond Valley Road just north of Petersburg (DBr).

 One LEAST SANDPIPER was seen on March 10 at Bald Eagle State Park (Anon.).

 COLUMBIA COUNTY:
 Approximately 25 PINE SISKINS continue to visit the Keister's feeders through at least March 8 (AK).

 CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
 Up to 3 PINE SISKINS were observed between March 5 and 8 at the feeders at Keystone Arms in Middlesex Township (DK).

 A flock of 17 PINE SISKINS were seen on March 5at 111 W. Big Spring Avenue in Newville (VG).

 Up to 56 PINE SISKINS continue to visit the Strassner's feeders through at least March 10 (SS).

 Two PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders along Sharon Drive in New Cumberland through at least March 5 (WC).

 One dark morph and 4 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 27 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on March 7 along Mud Level Road (KC).

 Four PINE SISKINS continue to be observed through at least March 7 at feeders at 4th and Front Streets in Children's Lake (DK).

 Two PINE SISKINS were seen on March 9 at PA 74/PA 174 in Boiling Springs (WB).

 DAUPHIN COUNTY:
 Two dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen on March 6 along Swatara Road off of Sandbeach Road in the Hershey Important Bird Area (TB).

 Over 200 PINE SISKINS continue to visit the Rudy's feeders through at least March 8 (DR).

 One RED-THROATED LOON was observed on March 8 in the Susquehanna River from Wormleysburg (DHo).

 Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were photographed at a pond along Eby Lane on March 8 (AL).

 ELK COUNTY:
 One NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on March 10 at the Porcupine/Winslow Hill elk observation area outside of Benezette (GK, MAK).

 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 Up to 27 PINE SISKINS continue to visit the feeders at Caledonia State Park through March 9 (BO, MB, NM, VB).

 Up to 200 PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders along Laurel Drive through at least March 10 (VB, NM, DH).

 Three PINE SISKINS were seen on March 7 in the Amerson Valley area (BO).

 Three PINE SISKINS were observed on March 7 at State Game Lands 076/Lower Horse Valley (BO).

 HUNTINGDON COUNTY
 Four SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on March 5 at Mowrer Farm fields (GD, ZA).

 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 A PINE WARBLER continues its daily visit to a suet feeder at 239 Miller Road through at least March 8 (ZM).

 Up to 1 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 1 SHORT-EARED OWL, 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 3 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen between March 6 and 9 along Musser School Road, the latter among a small flock of HORNED LARKS (JC, AH, BM, ME, BP, PF, JBa, BB, ML).

 Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were observed on March 6 in the Susquehanna River from the Falmouth Access (GD).

 One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found on March 6 along Long Lane in Brecknock Township (AH).

 Two PINE SISKINS were observed on March 6 at the Bernhardt feeders (LB).

 Five PINE SISKINS have been visiting feeders in Pilgrims Pathway on a daily basis through at least March 6 (CG).

 Four PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders in Bowmansville through March 10 (AH).

 One ICELAND GULL and 6 PINE SISKINS were found on March 7 in the Susquehanna River at Long Level (EW).

 Up to 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 5 RED-NECKED GREBES, 2 ICELAND GULLS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen between March 7 and 10 in the Susquehanna River from Commons Park (RD, IG, AG, CK, SS, NP, AM, EG, BO, ZA, JDu).

 Up to 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 4 RED-NECKED GREBES, 1 ICELAND GULL, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL and 7 PINE SISKINS (in York County) were seen between March 6 and 9 in the Susquehanna River from Wrightsville (ME, RD, SS, CK, IG, LB, ZM, ML, EW, RS, FB).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS were observed on March 7 along Voganville Road (HH, BM). Five LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on March 8 (ME).

 Seven LAPLAND LONGSPURS were observed on March 8 along N. Groffdale Road (ME).

 One SNOW BUNTING was found on March 8 in Ephrata farmland (EW).

 Five PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders in Gap through at least March 8 (PF).

 One GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on March 9 along 151-259 Shenks Mill Road in West Cocalico (Anon.).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on March 9 at Froelich Park (SM).

 Two PINE SISKINS visited a feeder at 128 Strickler Run Drive on March 9 (SM).

 One MERLIN and 1 PINE SISKIN were seen on March 10 perched in a black locust tree along Umbletown Road (PF).

 LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:
 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continues to be seen through at least March 7 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (RM, DS, KK, AHa, VP).

 LEBANON COUNTY:
 Up to 7 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 20 SNOW BUNTING were seen between March 7 and 10 among a flock of 75 HORNED LARKS along Meadow Lane (RM, SR).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on March 9 along Heilmandale Road at the north end of the Lebanon Landfill (TB).

 LUZERNE COUNTY:
 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on March 7 along Nescopeck-Wapwallopen Road (JD).

 Nine PINE SISKINS were observed on March 8 at Harveys Lake (JM).

 One PINE SISKIN was seen on March 10 at Beech Mountain Lakes (JD).

 LYCOMING COUNTY:
 Up to 35 PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders in Montoursville through at least March 10 (DB, BBr, DBro).

 North White Dear Ridge Hawk Watch reported counting 4 BLACK VULTURES, 1 RED-TAILED HAWK, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON on March 7 (DB).

 A flock of 50 PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders at 11133 PA-14 McIntyre, Ralston (NF).

 Up to 36 PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders in Brushy Ridge through March 10 (EH).

 MIFFLIN COUNTY:
 Three TRUMPETER SWANS were seen on March 10 at Strodes Run Lake (CK).

 MONTOUR COUNTY:
 Eight PINE SISKINS were observed on 5 at 13 Kaseville Road in Danville (BFD).

 One dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on March 7 along White Hall Road (AK).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on March 7 along Broadway Road near Limestoneville (LS).

 Up to 2 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen on March 7 along Delong Road (PD, LS).

 Two light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were observed on March 7 along T407 (AK).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on March 7 at Montour Preserve (MH).

 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on March 7 along Route 254 west of Washingtonville (PD).

 Up to 1 dark and 4 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were observed between March 7 and 10 along Shady Hill Road (PD, JBa, AK).

 Two SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on March 7 among a flock of HORNED LARKS near the intersection of County Line and Laidacker Roads (LS).

 Three PINE SISKINS were observed on March 7 at feeders across the road from the Limestoneville Municipal Building (PD).

 Two flocks of 80 total SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on March 10 along County Line Road (AK).

 NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY:
 One RED-THROATED LOON was seen on March 6 at the Riverside Bridge (KP).

 PERRY COUNTY:
 Three PINE SISKINS were seen on March 5 at the Bucks View Farm (SJ).

 Four PINE SISKINS were observed on March 5 at 946 Shermans View Road (TP).

 Two PINE SISKINS were seen on March 6 at H.C. Shrauder Park (AL, IG, EG).

 A flock of 15 PINE SISKINS were observed on March 7 along Warm Springs Road (VG).

 Thirty PINE SISKINS were seen on March 7 at Blain (VG).

 SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY:
 Six COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on March 5 at the VanCott farm (NVC).

 TIOGA COUNTY:
 Up to 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen between March 6 and 9 along Lilac Lane (HR, DP).

 Up to 14 PINE SISKINS visited the William's feeders between March 6 and 9 (JCo). Up to 2 COMMON REDPOLLS also were observed between March 7 and 9 at these feeders (JCo).

 One LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 10 SNOW BUNTINGS were observed on March 10 along Orebed Road (LSu).

 Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on March 10 at LC Place (LSu).

 Two PINE SISKINS were observed on March 10 along Walnut Street (LSu).

 YORK COUNTY:
 Four PINE SISKINS were seen on March 5 at an apartment in York (AW).

 Nine PINE SISKINS were observed on March 7 at 53 S. York Street in Goldsboro (BS).

 CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 If you miss the usual Thursday postings of the Central PA Birdline on BIRDEAST and PABIRDS, I will also be posting it on my page web site at:
http://people.delphiforums.com/MCCONAUGHY/currentbl.htm 

 *PORC = Pennsylvania Ornithological Record Committee. Rare bird sightings should be documented with written descriptions and photographs whenever possible and sent to PORC for review. To submit a report to PORC go to this link:
http://www.pabirds.org/records/

 The following people have contributed to this report: Zachary Adams (ZA), Fran Bauman (FB), V. Barnes (VB), Jane Bartlett (JBa), Tim Becker (TB), Jerod Benefield (JBe), K. Benefield (KBe), William Benish (WB), Larry Bernhardt (LB), Barry Blust (BB), Jason Bojczyk (JB), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Mark Bonta (MB), David Brandes (DBr), Bobby Brown (BBr), David Brown (DB), Deb Brown (DBro), Jon Campbell (JC), William Clifton (WC), Jon Corcoran (JCo), Kay Cramer (KC), Jonathan DeBalko (JD), Paul Dennehy (PD), Eli DePaulis (ED), Rob Dickerson (RD), Gordon Dimmig (GD), Jim Dunn (JDu), Mike Epler (ME), Brenda Fischer-Dennehy (BFD), Pamela Fisher (PF), Norwood Frederick (NF), Ian Gardner (IG), Vernon Gauthier (VG), Elora Grahame (EG), Carlton Groff (CG), Al Guarente (AG), Aaron Haines (AHa), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Holly Hartshorne (HH), Matthew Heintzelman (MH), Donna Hocker (DH), Deuane Hoffman (DHo), James Hoyson (JH), Anne Hurst (AH), Steven Johnson (SJ), Chad Kauffman (CK), Andy Keister (AK), Dave Kerr (DK), Nancy Ellen Kiernan (NK), Michael Kiernan (MK), Kira Klaasen (KK), Glenn Koppel (GK), Mary Alice Koppel (MAK), Alex Lamoreaux (AL), Meredith Lombard (ML), Nancy Magnusson (NM), Annette Mathes (AM), Seth McComsey (SM), Zachary Millen (ZM), John Miller (JM), Randy Miller (RM), Brent Musser (BM), Bill Oyler (BO), Vince Pantanella (VP), Karol Pasquinelli (KP), Peter Perlman (PP), Dale Plumley (DP), Thomas Prescott (TP), Nick Pulcinella (NP), Betsy Pyle (BP), Steve Rannels (SR), Rich Rehrig (RR), Holly Ross (HR), Deborah Rudy (DR), Brian Shade (BS), Lauren Shaffer (LS), Santosh Shanmuga (SSh), Robin Smith (RS), Bob Snyder (BSn), Derek Stoner (DS), Susan Strassner (SS), Lisa Sumner (LSu), Nancy VanCott (NVC), Jason Verdier (JV), Eric Witmer (EW) and Andrew Wolf (AW). I apologize if I have misspelled their names and I will also refrain from naming that person on request.
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 Mark A. McConaughy      (email address filtered) 
 Bushy Run Battlefield 
 P.O. Box 486 
 Harrison City, PA 15636-0468      (724) 527-5585 x103
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[PABIRDS] Eastern Bluebirds-Allegheny County - Gigi G. - 2015-03-11 11:18:50


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[PABIRDS] Bald Eagle-Washington County - Gigi G. - 2015-03-11 11:13:41


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[PABIRDS] Blackbirds Bucks County - David Wilbur - 2015-03-11 09:02:35


Delighted to hear Red-winged Blackbirds this morning outside the house.
Along with House Finches, Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice
and Dark-eyed Juncos singing up a storm, its a little easier to ignore the
snow.

OT - The extent to which we (North Americans) have been colonized by Lesser
Black-backed Gulls in the last ten years or so was driven home to me last
week as I found an adult on the beach in Miami.  Amazing.

Dave Wilbur
Doylestown
Bucks County



[PABIRDS] HSR: Tussey Mountain (10 Mar 2015) 2 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2015-03-11 07:03:12


Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 10, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              8
Turkey Vulture               0             20             21
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1             24             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              4
Golden Eagle                 1             48             48
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                       2            107            121
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:15:00 
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jason Bojczyk

Observers:        Chuck Widmann, Jason Bojczyk, John Kahly, Nick Bolgiano

Visitors:
Bob Fredrick


Weather:
Light SE winds, temps from 5-10, overcast entire day with drizzle turning
into a steady rain

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 12:51(Ad)

Non-raptor Observations:
AMRO-22, EABL-4, AMGO-8, HOFI-4, RWBB-14, COME-2, PISI-3, ATSP-4, CANG-37,
MODO-3, HOLA-2, NOPI-62, KILL-1, RBGU-29, ROPI-14, COGR-51, Dabbling Duck
Sp-40
=======================================================================Report submitted by Jason Bojczyk ((email address filtered))
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/



[PABIRDS] Killdeer Nothampton cty - Edward Vermillion - 2015-03-11 06:45:28


Yesterday I saw foy killdeer in Crawford 
Park at Hanoverville rd.
Spring is coming!!!
Ed

Sent from my iPhone



[PABIRDS] 3/8 - Latodami Nature Center, North Park, Allegheny County - Catherine Tulley - 2015-03-10 23:35:33


Hi all,

I had a chance to get over to North Park this weekend with a friend. We
started at Marshall Lake around 4:30 PM and then wandered around Latodami a
bit. It being later in the day, not many birds were out. We were disturbed
by two loose dogs running through the woods trail, being trailed far behind
by their owner. Really annoying as it is clearly posted that dogs are not
allowed off-leash! We also found multiple spots of dog "presents" left on
the trail...

Downy woodpecker
Chickadee spp.
American crows
Smallish hawk, think it was a sharpie but was a little too far off to see
White-breasted nuthatch
Cardinal
Golden-crowned kinglet (made my day!)

Got some nice pics in between slipping and sliding on the snowy trail.
Great day to be out.

Also, I'm happy to share that my little phoebe friend that I posted about
previously, near my workplace downtown, is still alive and made it through
the winter. She or he was happily peeping away this morning as I walked to
work.

Happy birding,
Cathy Tulley
Bellevue, PA



[PABIRDS] Mifflin County - Trumpeter Swans - Chad Kauffman - 2015-03-10 22:11:06


hello all

today between appointments I looked at the quarry lake, called Strodes 
Run Lake, near Strodes Mills and saw 3 large swans.  I took some quick 
snaps in the rain, but got the vibe of Trumpeters and think these are 
the same 3 that were at Victory park for the last several weeks.  They 
were with some canada goose, mallards, muscovies and barnyard variety.

at victory park, I saw many common mergansers, probably over 100 
canvasback, few redhead and maybe 50ish scaup.  some I could ID as 
greater, but I didn't have time to get the scope out.  There were 3 mute 
swans further south by Reds diner as you get back on 22/322.  I saw them 
sunday too about the same location.

the juniata river is really opening up with water.

hundreds of ring billed gulls are forming at the mifflintown river 
access in juniata county.

chad kauffman
mifflintown, pa
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[PABIRDS] Full Report from E.J. Breneman Quarry, Berks Co. on Sunday - Michael David - 2015-03-10 20:42:22


Hi All,

Here's my full checklist from E J Breneman Quarry on Sunday. An Iceland
Gull made a brief appearance after my initial post., highlighting the
impressively diverse group of birds present.

Link to checklist with embedded photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22266434

Earlier in the day, I photographed a Great Blue Heron capturing a frog,
visible here:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22266229

E.J. Breneman Quarry, Berks, US-PA
Mar 9, 2015 4:00 PM - 4:40 PM
Protocol: Stationary
27 species

Canada Goose  20
Gadwall  4     <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16590268670" title="E J Breneman
Quarry Waterfowl 7 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7282/16590268670_fe51396718.jpg" alt="E J
Breneman Quarry Waterfowl 7" /></a>

American Wigeon  3     <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16751794696" title="E J Breneman
Quarry Waterfowl 1 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7596/16751794696_3dbe766746.jpg" alt="E J
Breneman Quarry Waterfowl 1" /></a>

American Black Duck  9
Mallard  100
Northern Shoveler  3     <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16776525471" title="E J Breneman
Quarry Waterfowl 5 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8678/16776525471_199d2a1602.jpg" alt="E J
Breneman Quarry Waterfowl 5" /></a>

Green-winged Teal  5     <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16155341444" title="E J Breneman
Quarry Waterfowl 4 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8595/16155341444_2bf933202e.jpg" alt="E J
Breneman Quarry Waterfowl 4" /></a>

Canvasback  17     <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16590083198" title="E J Breneman
Quarry Waterfowl 3 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7596/16590083198_cee96920af.jpg" alt="E J
Breneman Quarry Waterfowl 3" /></a>

Redhead  13
Ring-necked Duck  2     <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16776573612" title="E J Breneman
Quarry Waterfowl 2 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8614/16776573612_492a6dd51c.jpg" alt="E J
Breneman Quarry Waterfowl 2" /></a>

Greater Scaup  11     <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16776525231" title="E J Breneman
Quarry Waterfowl 8 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7286/16776525231_0fdbf58c4b.jpg" alt="E J
Breneman Quarry Waterfowl 8" /></a>

Lesser Scaup  4
Bufflehead  2
Common Merganser  43
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck  31     <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16590268720" title="E J Breneman
Quarry Waterfowl 6 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8608/16590268720_d233f2651c.jpg" alt="E J
Breneman Quarry Waterfowl 6" /></a>

Pied-billed Grebe  2
Horned Grebe  1
American Coot  37
Ring-billed Gull  600
Herring Gull  5

Iceland Gull  1     1st cycle. Entirely pale brown, with wingtips even
paler. Located first in flight; only landed for a minute or two before
taking off again and flying out of sight.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16570388637"
title="Iceland Gull 1 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7629/16570388637_94a72fff39.jpg"
alt="Iceland Gull 1" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16777656085"
title="Iceland Gull 2 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8693/16777656085_1c0ca9b85c.jpg"
alt="Iceland Gull 2" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16157725383"
title="Iceland Gull 3 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7654/16157725383_b772779682.jpg"
alt="Iceland Gull 3" /></a>

Lesser Black-backed Gull  1     Herring Gull sized or slightly smaller,
with dark gray mantle and yellow legs.
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/62706721@N05/16157725313"
title="Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 by michaeltdavid, on Flickr"><img src="
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8659/16157725313_922bd8104d.jpg" alt="Lesser
Black-backed Gull 2" /></a>

Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Crow  10
Carolina Chickadee  2


Best,

Michael David
Allegheny Co.



[PABIRDS] Killdeer (FOY) in Murrysville (Westmoreland County) - Marge Van Tassel - 2015-03-10 20:33:07


2 Killdeer were running around and calling in the Giant Eagle parking lot this afternoon
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County



[PABIRDS] eBird -- Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA -- Mar 10, 2015 - Marcy - 2015-03-10 20:06:59


mcunkelman
Mar 10, 2015
Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA
Stationary
0 miles
624 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Best day for birds and sounded like spring.  Rain all day with fog toward afternoon and evening. FOY killdeer, grackles, common mergs.  (First ever for yard?) low of 28 with high of 51.  
7 Canada Goose -- Heard many more
40 Common Merganser -- Flew over yard flood lands headed north
2 Killdeer -- FOY 
10 Mourning Dove -- Lots of cooing and calling and strutting
5 Red-bellied Woodpecker
6 Downy Woodpecker
3 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
10 Blue Jay
14 American Crow
8 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
6 Tufted Titmouse
5 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
2 Eastern Bluebird
21 American Robin
2 European Starling
15 American Tree Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow
12 White-throated Sparrow
16 Dark-eyed Junco
15 Northern Cardinal
2 Red-winged Blackbird -- Males
2 Common Grackle -- FOY 
39 House Finch
5 Pine Siskin -- Very vocal today
89 American Goldfinch
25 House Sparrow -- Male on BLUEBIRD house





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[PABIRDS] Common Grackles, Allegheny County - Amy Henrici - 2015-03-10 18:30:12


There were seven grackles in the top of one of our tall silver maple trees when we got home from work tonight. Even though we still have a mostly snow covered yard, Pat found a tick on our old dog.

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea
Plum Borough

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[PABIRDS] No. Shrike, Elk County - Glenn Koppel - 2015-03-10 16:16:22


We found a Northern Shirke this morning at the Porcupine/Winslow Hill elk observation area outside of Benezette in Elk County.
Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice (email address filtered), PA



[PABIRDS] Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday March 24th, 2015 - LeRoy - 2015-03-10 16:13:47


Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday March 24th,  2015
 
Saving Our Birds: What’s killing our birds and what you can do about it

by Phil Witmer
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Program
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 "Saving Our Birds: What’s killing our birds and what you can do about it"
Many birders are aware that one-third of our land birds are threatened or in decline.  They might not be aware of what they can do to help them.  The factors in avian decline are numerous, complicated and inter-connected.  Solutions often seem beyond the abilities of mere mortals to overcome.  Habitat loss, climate change, pollution and more will be discussed as a complex system working against our birds.  Most importantly, participants will leave with concrete actions to help reduce the decline of birds in our region.. 

 

 
Bio of the presenter:

Phil Witmer is an avid birder and conservationist with over 30 years birding experience.  He is a past board member of Bucks County Audubon Society and current president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, one of the oldest birding clubs in the country.  He has consulted with Audubon PA and is active in their local BirdTown initiatives.  He volunteers banding Northern Saw-whet owls and has attended Powdermill Preserve’s trainings on passerine banding.  While certainly not an expert on bird identification, he has devoted much time to the conservation of birds, the forces driving their decline and what we need to do to save them.  He leads walks at Bucks County Audubon Society and lectures on a variety of related topics.   

  The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Peace Valley Nature Center. Admission is free.
Directions: Meeting location: Peace Valley Nature Center (enter back side door) 170 N. Chapman Rd. (enter from New Galena Road Side - Chapman Road bridge is blocked) Doylestown, PA.Normal meeting length - 1 to 1 1/2 hours. For directions please go to: http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/directions/   For further information please contact:LeRoy (email address filtered) 		 	   		  



     

    
    






   		 	   		  


    
     

    
    

          
  
 

    




   

 
  
  
  



     




     

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[PABIRDS] Fox Sparrow Berks Co - EBarrell123 - 2015-03-10 15:08:59


FOS, Fox Sparrow at our feeder this afternoon.                               
 

Ed Barrell

Berks  Co



[PABIRDS] Pine Siskin - Montgomery County - Marc Radell - 2015-03-10 14:50:58


A single Pine Siskin was mixed in with a small flock of American Goldfinches in my yard today. It spent some time calling from the top of an apple tree.

Marc Radell
Lower Salford Township



[PABIRDS] Presque Isle Hawk Watch for March 10, 2015 - Jerry McWilliams - 2015-03-10 14:39:33


Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 10, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       1              2              2
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Jerry McWilliams

Observers:        Jerry McWilliams, Roger Donn

Visitors:
none


Weather:
Cloudy with light south wind and temps. in the mid-40s F.

Raptor Observations:
A single Merlin buzzed past the hawk watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-breasted Merganser--3, Common Merganser--3, Killdeer--2, American
Robin-2,European Starling--150+-,
American Crow--25, Red-winged Blackbird--20, and Common Grackle--8  

Predictions:
Cooler with west wind, but partly sunny.  Won't hold my breath for anything
to happen. 

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



[PABIRDS] Grackles, RWBlkbirds, Bluebirds, Killdeer, Siskins (Ind. co) - Marcy Cunkelman - 2015-03-10 14:38:43


WOW!!!!  It sure did SOUND LIKE SPRING this morning, very loud..love when the summer residents are coming back and the winter birds are still here....FOY 2 Common Grackles, 2 male Red-winged Blackbirds were together at the feeder this morning and heard their calls....that sounds like spring to me...FOY 2 Killdeer flew over high, Flickers were calling for the FOY and so were the Mourning Doves...Robins, Pine Siskins (5), Cardinals, Song Sparrows, Goldfinches and House Finches were all singing....so were the Tree Sparrows and Juncos.....Carolina Wrens (at least 2 so far made it thru the bitter winter) and were checking out places by the stone wall and calling to each other...

Robins were ON the muddy ground today in small flocks...a few days ago there was 5 to 6 inches of snow...some places are still icy and snow covered, but at least you can see some ground now...

Green Frog out in the pond today and the goldfish were swimming around since the pond finally thawed...amazing how much activity there is on the running creek when it's below zero...

Thinking the worst of winter is over...(I hope anyway.)
Marcy Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
(email address filtered)
The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we?re so used to 
seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen



[PABIRDS] Lake Muhlenberg, Allentown, Lehigh County - Kathy - 2015-03-10 14:30:15


I made a brief stop at the lake around noon today. Pretty empty-I was disappointed not to see the Canvasback and the Redhead.

2 Scaup were present but had heads tucked in
1 female and one male Common Merganser
a diving Mallard-really had me confused at first when I saw something dive and turned out to be a Mallard! he dove continuously-must have been something good down there. I had seen this once before at Knight Lake when a group of Mallards were diving and came up with acorns.
Half a dozen Canada Geese
2 Killdeer flew in

Kathy Stagl
Emmaus PA



[PABIRDS] Red-throated loon still at N.Shore, Allegheny - (email address filtered) - 2015-03-10 14:27:42


As of 12:15pm today, the red-throated loon, 9 canvasbacks, a long-tailed duck & 3 redheads were still on the river down by the Ft.Duquesne Bridge & MisterRogers memorial.  

Kate St. John
www.wqed.org/birdblog



[PABIRDS] Red winged Blackbirds-Bucks Co - Lisa Dziuban - 2015-03-10 14:07:30


Saw my FOY Red Winged Blackbirds this morning at the pond on our office property. Also my pair of Carolina Wrens persisted through this winter, and Downie Woodpeckers have been at my home feeders. Great Horned owls heard at 11:00pm. 



Lisa Dziuban  CPESC
www.bucksccd.org



[PABIRDS] Lebanon County - Windstream Mail - 2015-03-10 13:18:24


I was at Meadow Lane today and there were about 125 Horned Larks, 7 Lapland
Longspurs all in one group, and about 20 Snow Buntings that 

Steve Rannels spotted 1st being flushed from Forney Road over Meadow Lane.
This was from about 10:45 to 12:15 pm.

One of the buntings we both saw on the ground has an all black back. At
Middle Creek WMA there were no geese at 1 pm.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



[PABIRDS] RBA western Pennsylvania, 2 March 2015 - Amy Taracido - 2015-03-10 13:13:28


RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE03.02.15

Highlights:
RED-NECKED GREBE (Allegheny and Crawford Counties)
GOLDEN EAGLE (Mercer County)
CACKLING GOOSE (Washington County)
ICELAND GULL (Allegheny and Erie Counties)
GLAUCOUS GULL (Allegheny and Erie Counties)
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (Allegheny, Erie, and Washington Counties)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Allegheny County)
SNOWY OWL (Erie County)
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (Erie County)
MARSH WREN
SNOW BUNTING
EVENING GROSBEAK (Forest County)

Contributors: Anthony Bledsoe, Shawn Collins, Marcy Cunkelman, Bill Drolsbaugh, Gigi Gerben, Steve Gosser, Jim Hausman, Amy Henrici, Matt Juskowich, Glenn Koppel, Geoff Malosh, Jerry McWilliams, Aidan Place, Dan Richards, Shannon Thompson, Marjorie Van Tassel, Mark Vass, Daniel Weeks, Carole Winslow, David Yeany II.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 23 February 2015 through Monday, 2 March 2015

**This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible for errors on websites who reproduce/reprint these reports. If you would like to receive western PA RBAs, contact AMYTARACIDO@ YAHOO.COM

Transcript-

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At the Elizabeth Locks & Dam on 2/24, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, several GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (GG); on 2/28, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (JH with MJ); on 2/28 at Elizabeth Riverfront Park, 21 CANVASBACKS (JH with MJ).

On 2/24 at Lock & Dam #4 on the Allegheny River (from Braeburn Side), 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 14 CANVASBACKS (MVan), 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK (SG).

At Wingfield Pines on 2/25, MARSH WREN (ST).

On 2/27 at the Verona public dock, 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 4 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and others (AH).

At the Six Mile Island overlook on 2/27, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 4 REDHEADS, 1 CANVASBACK, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (AH).

On 2/27 in Oakmont, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and others (AH); on 2/28, 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 1 COMMON GOLDENEYE (GK).

At Braddock Lock & Dam on 2/27, 3 RED-NECKED GREBES (MJ); on 3/1, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE (AP); on 2/28 at the Braddock boat ramp, 1-2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, several GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE (JH with MJ).

On 2/28 in Forest Hills Borough, 1 flyover PINE SISKIN (AB).

At Dashields Dam on 2/28, 7 CANVASBACKS, 1 REDHEAD, 7 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 20 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and others; on 3/1, 7 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 4 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS; on 3/2, 1 CANVASBACK, 7 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 30 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and others (MVas).

At Duck Hollow on 2/28, 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, and others (DW); on 3/1, 1 ICELAND GULL, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (AP).

On 2/28 in Glassport, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (JH).

In downtown Pittsburgh on 2/28, 67 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 4 ICELAND GULLS, 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (GM).

On 3/2 in the Brunot's Island area, CANVASBACKS, REDHEADS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and others (MJ).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

At Lock & Dam #5 in Freeport on 2/25, 37 CANVASBACKS, 6 REDHEADS, 1 COMMON RAVEN, and others (MVan); on 2/28, 1 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 18 CANVASBACKS, 8 REDHEADS, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK, 4 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and others (GK).


BEAVER COUNTY:

At the mouth of the Beaver River on 2/27, 51 CANVASBACKS, 36 REDHEADS (MVas).


CLARION COUNTY:

On 2/28 along Curllsville-New Bethlehem Road, ~150-175 SNOW BUNTINGS, ~50 HORNED LARKS (CW).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 2/27 at Conneaut Lake, sightings included 1 TUNDRA SWAN, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 1 CANVASBACK, 5 REDHEADS, 4 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK; on 2/28, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 1 TUNDRA SWAN, 8 REDHEADS, 5 CANVASBACKS (SC).

At Troyer's Farm on 2/27, 40-60 SNOW BUNTINGS, 1 HORNED LARK (SC).

On 2/28 in the Pymatuning area, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 10 HORNED LARKS, 10 CANVASBACKS, 15 REDHEADS, and others (SC).


ERIE COUNTY:

In Erie on 2/23, 1 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (JM).

On 2/24 at the Lake View Landfill, 2 ICELAND GULLS, 2-3 GLAUCOUS GULLS (also near Dobbins Landing), 50 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and others (JM).

This week in Presque Isle, 1-3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, up to 7 LONG-TAILED DUCKS (JM). On 2/27 at Presque Isle, 1 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (JM).

At Siegel Marsh on 2/26, 1 SNOWY OWL (JM).

On 2/27 in Fairview Township, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (JM).


FOREST COUNTY:

Through 2/27 in Marienville, 6+ EVENING GROSBEAKS (DY).


INDIANA COUNTY:

Through 2/27 in Clarksburg, PINE SISKINS (MC).


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

Along Big Run-Prescottville Road on 2/28, 10-12 PINE SISKINS (DR).


MERCER COUNTY:

On 2/28 on the Shenango River, 4 CANVASBACKS, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 4 REDHEADS, 3 TUNDRA SWANS; on 3/2, CANVASBACKS, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, REDHEADS, TUNDRA SWANS, COMMON GOLDENEYES (BD).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

At the Hahn Rd AMD Pond on 2/25, 17 CANVASBACKS, 4 REDHEADS; on 2/27, 5 CANVASBACKS, 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER; on 3/2, 11 CANVASBACKS (GG).

On 2/28 at the Charleroi Lock & Dam, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and others (MJ).

Near Southpointe Boulevard on 3/1, 1 CACKLING GOOSE (MJ).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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[PABIRDS] Red-throated Loon - Hayley Kile - 2015-03-10 12:55:06


Thanks to this list and amazing birders, I got a lifer today. The Red-throated loon continues behind PNC Park between 6th St. and Ft. Duq. bridges. He is super active, diving and staying under for 1 minute + and then popping up yards away from where he started! Beautiful bird. 
And, I saw a mute swan...same area. Seemed sort of grouchy and was lazily hissing at some mallards that were minding their own business. 

Hayley
Pittsburgh



[PABIRDS] leucistic turkeys, Northampton Co. - Betsy Mescavage - 2015-03-10 12:09:14


A short time ago I was driving home on Hillside Rd. in E. Allen Twp.and heading towards the small quarry.  Up ahead there was a flock of turkeys crossing the road and 2 of them had a lot of white coloring.   As I slowly approached the flock they went off the road, down the embankment, and up the other side.   Turned on the car flashers on and put the car in park so I could see them better.   The flock numbered about 15 and 2 were definitely leucisitic, both had white neck and  breast, the wings had a lot of white feathering as well.   They were black and white and quite beautiful.  I was so wishing I had my binoculars with me.   I have seen a lot of turkeys here over many years but this is the first “partial albino” ones I have seen.....(I think the proper term is leucistic).   These 2 really stood out in a crowd, quite an exciting sight to see!

Betsy Mescavage
E. Allen Twp.
Seemsville
Northampton Co.



[PABIRDS] Red-winged Blackbird - Allegheny County - Bob Van Newkirk - 2015-03-10 11:59:51


My first of season red-winged blackbird was sighted in the marshy area near
the Giant Eagle store and the I-279 on ramp at Mt. Nebo. 

God birding,

Bob VanNewkirk

Allegheny County



[PABIRDS] Blue Marsh,Berks Co. - Ed Barrell - 2015-03-10 10:49:29


Most birds were seen in the Silting Basin and Bright School Rd . 
  
  
Snow Geese.....200 - 300 flyovers 
Lesser Scaup....2  Male and Female 
Red-breasted Merganser....3...I , Male and 2 Females 
Common Merganser......16 
Red-tailed Hawk.....2 
Bald Eagle........1 Adult 
Killdeer...1 heard,flyover 
Ring-billed Gull....16 
Mourning Dove....4 
Red-billed Woodpecker...1 
Horned Lark.....4 
Am Crow.......4 
Fish Crow....2 heard calling 
Chickadee Sp......2 
Mockingbird....1 
Am. Robin....83 
Starling........8 
Red-winged Blackbird.....7 
Common Grackle........8 
Pine Siskin.....4 Feeder at home. 
  
Ed Barrell 
Berks Co



[PABIRDS] Somerset County--Eastern Towhee - Roy Ogburn - 2015-03-10 10:04:00


One--red-eyed male-- today scratching around in spots not covered with snow.    A little early for the mountains of Somerset County.           Roy Ogburn           Fairhope, PA



[PABIRDS] Common Grackles - Berks County - Katrina Knight - 2015-03-10 09:46:11


Like Steve Tirone, I had the first grackles of the year in my 
yard today. That's on the late side. Their arrival dates for the 
past three years were 2/22, 2/25, and 2/19. People like to think 
that robins are a sign of spring, but I think grackles are the 
real first avian sign of spring. They may be common in big 
flocks in the winter not that far south of here, but I never see 
them in the city until the worst of the winter is past.

--
Katrina Knight
(email address filtered)
Reading, PA, USA





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