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[PABIRDS] Clarion Co- high number fox sparrows, siskins arrive - Carole Winslow - 2014-11-20 19:40:24


Ok, so it's not a Harris's sparrow like Arlene but I did find an astonishing number of fox sparrows under my feeders this afternoon, at least for here. When I pulled in the driveway getting home from work, I could see a number of larger birds under my front feeder in the maple tree.  I parked and got my old glasses out that I keep in the car.  There were not one or two fox sparrows but 5 all together along with 2 back under the pine tree scratching in the litter.  When I pulled the car to turn towards the back of the house, I looked at the nyger and saw two pine siskins.  I parked and got out,  filled all the feeders and put out suet and came in.  After a few minutes I checked again and now the sparrows were at the back feeders. After watching for a short while I determined that there were actually 8 that I could see all together in sight at one time.  I only did see two siskins that stayed together on the nyger feeder out back. 

   I have never seen 8 fox sparrows together before, I sometimes see none in migration and don't recall ever more than 2 here at one time.  So it was a treat to view these beautiful birds all together.  I'm assuming that with the ridiculous weather further north it is having some impact on migration patterns. 

   Earlier in the week I had over a 100 tundra swans pass over around the same time of day, and have also seen two very large flocks of gulls which is not typical that I can recall for here in November.  Both were while I was driving, one near the river in East Brady and one near the Clarion River outside of town.  Both appeared to be ring-billed but that's just best guess as I couldn't see them that well. 

  I keep meaning to get out to check for owls at dusk and haven't got that accomplished, I will plan for that this weekend and post with any findings.

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.



[PABIRDS] Rusty blackbirds again at Schenley Park - (email address filtered) - 2014-11-20 19:31:33


This afternoon at 1:00pm I found 4 rusty blackbirds among a flock of about 40 grackles in Schenley Park near Bartlett Playground. The grackles were eating bread that someone leaves near the picnic shelter for the birds. When the flock flew to the trees above the Lower Trail & creek, the rusties stayed together.  I got good looks at them. 

Kate St. John
www.wqed.org/birdblog



[PABIRDS] Hahn Rd. AMD Pond - Washington Co. - (email address filtered) - 2014-11-20 19:26:33


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[PABIRDS] Peregrine Falcon, Bethlehem, Northampton County - Amanda Kavitt - 2014-11-20 18:54:13


My nine year old daughter spotted the adult Peregrine Falcon flying over and alighting on Steel Stacks today at around 10:00am.  We had not seen it for a few weeks and assumed it had left, but apparently it is still here!
Amanda KavittBethlehem, PA



[PABIRDS] Harris's sparrow update, Koch property, Northampton County - DAVID KOCH - 2014-11-20 18:29:55


I know I said I wouldn't do daily updates but am doing so because of all the interest. I thought that tonight, Thursday, I'd be saying that the Harris's wasn't seen at all. Several people looked all morning and Stephen Kloiber and I looked until around 3 this afternoon, when he left. All afternoon there was hardly any activity on the seed along the driveway and bird activity in general was light. But when, at exactly 4:15, I looked out at the backyard feeders area because of all the late day activity there, I saw the Harris's taking a bath in the creek that connects the waterfall to our small pond. Also in the creek were a fox sparrow, a few whitethroats, two white-crowned's, and a song sparrow.  Nearby feeding on the ground were about 20 other birds of varying species, including two other fox sparrows and more white-crowned's. So although I have no idea where it was all day, it's obviously still here.  Arlene Koch
Easton, PA 
Northampton County
(email address filtered)



[PABIRDS] Stone Mt., Pa. (20 Nov 2014) 17 Raptors - Gregory William Grove - 2014-11-20 16:40:15


Stone Mt., Pa.
Allensville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              8
TV                           2             59            414
OS                           0              1             73
BE                           0             21            103
NH                           0              7             38
SS                           1             13           1144
CH                           0              5            130
NG                           0              3              7
RS                           0             13             47
BW                           0              0           1093
RT                          12            213            639
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           2            104            135
AK                           0              2            128
ML                           0              0             35
PG                           0              1             29
UA                           0              0              3
UB                           0              0              5
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              1             20
MK                           0              0              1

Total:                      17            443           4052
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Trudy Kyler

Observers:        David Kyler, Ron Crandall, Trudy Kyler

Weather:


Raptor Observations:
GE-Sub AD 9:30, AD 1:45

Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan-95(3 different V)
=======================================================================Report submitted by Trudy Kyler ((email address filtered))



[PABIRDS] HSR: Allegheny Front (20 Nov 2014) Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-11-20 16:11:10


Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              3             81
TV                           0             33            360
OS                           0              0             91
BE                           0              8            123
NH                           0              1             32
SS                           0             12           1150
CH                           0              8            151
NG                           0              0              3
RS                           0              5             30
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           0            155            890
RL                           0              1              2
GE                           0             74             91
AK                           0              0             87
ML                           0              0             23
PG                           0              1             36
UA                           0              0             10
UB                           0              1             12
UF                           0              0              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0              2             57

Total:                       0            304           7582
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bob Stewart

Observers:        

Visitors:
none


Weather:
Morning snow flurries; Mostly cloudy in am more sunny in afternoon.
Temp -3.4 degrees C to -4.7 degrees C.Temp dropping all day; 
Wind from west with aver velocity 14 mph gusting to 27 mph.

Raptor Observations:
None

Non-raptor Observations:
2 gray squirrels in black gum tree eating fruit. Hanging on to swaying
limbs with tail flying horizontally.

crows and ravens

Predictions:
High 26 degrees F;
Snow flurries in am;
Wind fro WNW at 10 mph.
=======================================================================Report submitted by Bob Stewart ((email address filtered))



[PABIRDS] HSR: Second Mountain (20 Nov 2014) 13 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-11-20 16:11:09


Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1             16            202
Turkey Vulture               0             69            712
Osprey                       0              0            113
Bald Eagle                   3             16            126
Northern Harrier             0             10             90
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             33           2737
Cooper's Hawk                0             21            275
Northern Goshawk             0              2              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             26            107
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              6            250            596
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 2             35             72
American Kestrel             0              2            113
Merlin                       0              1             47
Peregrine Falcon             1              3             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              6
Unknown Buteo                0              1              7
Unknown Falcon               0              0              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             22
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      13            493           8235
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Fred Wilcox

Observers:        

Visitors:
none


Weather:
Cool and Breezy. An early morning snow squall. Decreasing clouds throughout
the day. A west to Northwest wind of 8 to 10 miles per hour. Visibility
fair. Temperature range of 30F to 40F.

Raptor Observations:
First bird: PG 10:45. Last bird BE 3:00
2 GE (adult) 1:56
3 BE (adult) 2:51, 2:52, 3:00

All raptors observed were flying no more than 100 feet above tree height.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 gulls, ravens, crows

Predictions:
Much like today. Partly cloudy, brisk, cold
=======================================================================Report submitted by Dave Schwenk ((email address filtered))
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com



[PABIRDS] Lancaster County- Middle Creek WMA - Windstream Mail - 2014-11-20 15:45:38


I was at Middle Creek WMA near the dam breast from about 12:30 to 1:30 pm
and had these high lights.

This was the southern part of the main lake.

I had 2 immature Bald Eagles flying low west when a Peregrine Falcon made 2
quick passes.

The eagles stayed on flying west and the Peregrine continued east.

As I was watching the eagles my mom Shelva saw 2 more big birds and they
were flying from the south,

2 more immature Bald Eagles flying in from the south .

I watched  them they keep looking up and 2 adult Bald Eagles flying NW and
they went behind the trees.

All the ponds are frozen and the lake have a lot of ice.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County



[PABIRDS] HSR: Bake Oven Knob (20 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-11-20 15:11:54


Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1             42            301
Turkey Vulture               1            128            900
Osprey                       0              1            365
Bald Eagle                   1             40            290
Northern Harrier             1             12            105
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             76           3926
Cooper's Hawk                1             11            197
Northern Goshawk             0              5             13
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             35             96
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           4051
Red-tailed Hawk              8            706           1585
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             79            138
American Kestrel             0              1            149
Merlin                       2              8            117
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             68
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             47            252

Total:                      16           1195          12553
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Sean Bankos

Observers:        Ed Wanamaker

Visitors:
none


Weather:
Visibility 7 miles-unlimited, Temp 23-39F, Wind 0-13 mph W,WNW,NW,WSW,
Cloud Cover 5-40%

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle:1306a
Golden Eagle:1215a
Two Merlins were spotted flying together. One veered off and headed towards
the owl as if it was ready to attack but backed off at the last second.
Instead it circled the owl then headed west.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven(4), Tundra Swan(23), Gull sp.(26), Cedar Waxwing(34), Downy
Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pine Siskin, Common Grackle, American Crow

Predictions:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 10 to 17 mph.
=======================================================================Report submitted by Bob Hoopes ((email address filtered))
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



[PABIRDS] HSR: Waggoner's Gap (20 Nov 2014) 19 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-11-20 15:11:01


Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           1            230           1965
OS                           0              1            357
BE                           0             57            463
NH                           0             28            176
SS                           2            109           9904
CH                           0             23            526
NG                           0             15             30
RS                           0             68            232
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                          10           1110           2655
RL                           0              1              1
GE                           5            127            202
AK                           0              4            320
ML                           0              7            119
PG                           0              0             54
UA                           0              0             24
UB                           0              1             18
UF                           0              1              5
UE                           0              4              6
UR                           1              9             71

Total:                      19           1795          23690
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers:        Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella, Keith Gingrich,
                  MJ McMillan, Ron Freed

Visitors:
3


Weather:
Overcast with snow flurries early then clearing to partly cloudy.  Winds
began light SW and turned to gusty W, then to North. 

Raptor Observations:
GE Ad 11:48, 12:33,12:41
GE Sub 2:37
GE Juv 12:46

First bird - RT 10:18
Last bird -  GE 2:37

Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swans - 35
CAGO - 68
=======================================================================Report submitted by Gene Wagner ((email address filtered))
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com



Re: [PABIRDS] Tundra Swans-Donegal Lake-Westmoreland County - Donna Mohney - 2014-11-20 14:44:05


There were five this morning, along with one coot.
 On Nov 20, 2014 3:07 PM, "g. g" <(email address filtered)> wrote:

> I stopped at Donegal Lake today and found three Tundra Swans, 8 American
> Crows chasing a Red-tailed Hawk, and four Buffleheads. There were also
> plenty of decoys and a few hunters around. A Northern Mockingbird was
> perched in shrubs near the first access.
>
> Gigi Gerben
> Washington County
>
>
> --
> "The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
> -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
>



[PABIRDS] Snow Geese- Chester County - pete moffett - 2014-11-20 14:34:47


Saw a good sized “V” of snow geese headed south early this morning. West Caln Township.
Pete Moffett



[PABIRDS] Herring Gulls-Washington County - g. g - 2014-11-20 14:10:55


There is a reservoir visible off of Route 43 near Finleyville and this
afternoon there were about a dozen Herring Gulls flying around here. No
swans here today.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County



-- 
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson



[PABIRDS] Tundra Swans-Donegal Lake-Westmoreland County - g. g - 2014-11-20 14:07:30


I stopped at Donegal Lake today and found three Tundra Swans, 8 American
Crows chasing a Red-tailed Hawk, and four Buffleheads. There were also
plenty of decoys and a few hunters around. A Northern Mockingbird was
perched in shrubs near the first access.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County


-- 
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson



[PABIRDS] Mckees rocks marina allegheny county - jusko88 - 2014-11-20 13:29:22


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[PABIRDS] Ring_billed gulls Franklin county, Willow Hill, Pa - Martin Wilson - 2014-11-20 12:41:01


A flock of around 100 gulls along Pa rt 75 just south of turnpike. The
field on the sheep farm adjacent to the turnpike is being sprayed with
liquid manure and the gulls are flocking to it. I could not see any other
types but ringed_bills. This is only the second time in 10 years that I
have seen any type of gull in this area.

Martin Wilson
Doylesburg Pa



[PABIRDS] Common Loon, Bald Eagles, Middle Creek, Lancaster County - ••S•J•Stahl•• - 2014-11-20 12:22:26


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[PABIRDS] Tundra Swan - Memorial Lake, Lebanon Co. - Ted Nichols II - 2014-11-20 11:07:21


For anyone interested there has been a single juvenile Tundra Swan on
Memorial Lake since last evening.

There was also a large flock of Cedar Waxwings hanging out in trees
surrounding the lake this morning.

Good birding!

Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa.



[PABIRDS] Rusty Blackbirds and Fox Sparrows - Marienville, Forest County - Brenda & John Weyant - 2014-11-20 08:25:10


The cold weather was brought some new birds to the feeder.  We have 
three Rusty Blackbirds and seven Fox Sparrows along with the usual 
contingent of winter species. The Rusty Blackbirds are new species on 
our yard list.  It's been years since we saw Fox Sparrows at the feeder. 
I had a few Pine Siskins last week, but have not seen them since.

Brenda Adams-Weyant
Marienville, Forest County



[PABIRDS] FW: Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co. / Update - Bruce and Sherri Carl - 2014-11-20 05:49:36


PA BIRDERS,

     The Imm. Male Rufous was seen at 6:44 am this morning at the feeder by
the tree. The feeder on the porch has a heat lamp near it to keep it from
freezing. He has been seen using both feeders.

PS:  Anyone seeing the bird please send me an e-mail with your sighting so I
can keep track of how he is doing. 

Thanks to all who have visited and have seen the bird so far and have kept
me up to date with his activities!! 

Keep those e-mails and photos coming!

Bruce A Carl
Akron, PA
Lanc. Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:(email address filtered)] On Behalf Of Bruce and Sherri Carl
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 2:09 PM
To: (email address filtered)
Subject: [PABIRDS] Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co.

PA BIRDERS           
 
          
               All I can say is FINALLY! A Selaphorus Hummingbird arrived at
my residence hear in Akron, PA Lancaster County on Saturday morning 11/15. I
spooked it at the feeder on the back porch at about 6:30am while going out
to fill the rest of the bird feeders. What a nice surprise that was. It was
then seen regular throughout the day on Saturday. Sandy Lockerman was here
on 11/16 and successfully banded the bird which confirmed that it was indeed
a Imm.
Male Rufous Hummingbird. Thank you Sandy! It was very neat and educational
experience. It has been visiting (2) feeders. There is one under the red
maple tree in the back yard and another under the roof of our back porch.
 
              Anyone who wishes to visit Akron to see the hummingbird can do
so with a few instructions on viewing. Please park in the Akron Church of
the Brethren parking lot which sits directly behind my property. There is
plenty of room for cars and you can see all the feeders from this vantage
point while staying behind the wooden guard rail at the edge of the lot. The
only time that this would not be available would be on Sunday mornings
between the hours of 8 am and 12 pm. Being that this is property owned by
someone other than myself and I have been given permission to have people
use this lot it is very important not to leave the parking lot area, do not
walk down over the rocky bank and most important not to venture into our
yard area as there are plenty of other bird feeders ect in the yard and
entering will only interfere with those birds as well as the Rufous
Hummingbird that has at least for the time being has taken my home as his
home. Thanks to all who will visit for following these details. Hope he
stays around for a while. It will be nice to see a hummingbird in the yard
daily in November!
 
 
628 Fulton Street
Akron, PA
 
Bruce A Carl
Akron,. Pa
Lancaster County


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[PABIRDS] HSR: Rose Tree Park (19 Nov 2014) 19 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-11-19 21:11:07


Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0            138            351
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            208
Northern Harrier             0              5             46
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0             18            162
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            102           1018
Cooper's Hawk                0             18            141
Northern Goshawk             0              1              2
Red-shouldered Hawk         14            123            219
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1           1909
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              5            147            305
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              3              4
American Kestrel             0              3            161
Merlin                       0              7             32
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             19
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              4
Unknown Buteo                0              4             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              6
Unknown Raptor               0              5             22

Total:                      19            576           4621
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter:        Holly Merker, John Mercer

Observers:        Holly Merker, John Mercer

Visitors:
Hiroshi


Weather:
Cold, with temperatures hovering around 24 degrees Fahrenheit at start,
climbing only to 29 degrees Fahrenheit during the last hour. Winds were
moderate from the W and then WSW, at 10-12mph. Not many clouds around. 

Raptor Observations:

A mini Red-shouldered migration event today with 14 counted moving over the
site. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon-3
Tundra Swan-18
Herring Gull-1


Predictions:
Mostly sunny. Highs around 40. West winds 10 to 15 mph.--USWX
=======================================================================Report submitted by Holly Merker ((email address filtered))
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org



[PABIRDS] Central PA Birdline for 11.20.2014 - Mark Mcconaughy - 2014-11-19 19:38:32


- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * November 20, 2014
 * PACE1411.20
 Bird Highlights
 BRANT (Carbon & Huntindon/Mifflin Cos.)
 RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (Lancaster Co.)
 PINE SISKINS (Bedford/Somerset, Centre, Clearfield, Franklin, Huntingdon & Lebanon, Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
 EVENING GROSBEAK (Susquehanna Co.)
 - Transcript
 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 November 20, 2014
 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, November 20, 2014.

 ADAMS COUNTY:
 A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on November 14 flying over Route 15 south of Gettysburg (AW).

 BEDFORD/SOMERSET CO.
 Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 10 GOLDEN EAGLES between November 13 and 19 (EG, TD, DBo, JR, BG, BSt, BG, RMc). Eleven PINE SISKINS also were seen on November 15 (DBo).

 CARBON COUNTY:
 One BRANT continues to be seen through at least November 14 at Beltzville State Park (PW, JW, RR). One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER also was present on November 14 (RR).

 A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed on November 8 soaring over the county (RR).

 CENTRE COUNTY:
 A PINE SISKIN was heard calling on November 16 in Bald Eagle State Park (JC).

 A PINE SISKIN visited a feeder on November 18 in the Kaywood Plan of Boalsburg (TP). 
 CLEARFIELD COUNTY:
 At least 3 PINE SISKINS visited feeders on November 14 at a home near DuBois (MA).

 CUMBERLAND/PERRY COUNTIES:
 Waggoner Gap reported counting 17 TURKEY VULTURES, 4 BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 6 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 3 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 57 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 20 GOLDEN EAGLES between November 13 and 19 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH, JL).

 DAUPHIN COUNTY:
 One NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on November 13 along I-81 in Dauphin County (JD).

 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 PINE SISKINS visited feeders along Heisey Road on November 16 (BK).

 FRANKLIN/FULTON COUNTIES:
 Tuscarora Summit Hawk Watch reports counting 1 BLACK VULTURE, BALD EAGLE, 1 RED-SHOULDRED HAWKS, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES on November 13 and 16 (DGe).

 HUNTINGDON COUNTY:
 PINE SISKINS were seen on November 15 along several trails at Shavers Creek Environmental Center (JK).

 HUNTINGDON/MIFFLIN:
 Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 8 TURKEY VULTURES, 6 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 2 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 40 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 29 GOLDEN EAGLES between November 13 and 19 (TK, NB, DK, JK, GG, DSt, DWe, JP). Four BRANT also were seen on November 19 (GG).

 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 A PEREGRINE FALCON and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen on November 14 at Manheim Township Park (BC).

 An immature male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD visited a residence near Akron between November 15 and 18 (BC, SL, LB, ZM, ML). This bird was caught and banded while confirming the identification as a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (SL). Anyone wishing to see this bird can do so by parking in the Akron Church of the Brethren parking lot which is directly behind the property with the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD. The feeders can be viewed from behind the wooden guard rail at the edge of the lot. People have permission to use this parking lot except on Sunday mornings between 8 AM and 12 noon. DO NOT leave the parking lot if you wish to view this bird. People DO NOT have permission to go into the yard with the feeders.

 LEBANON COUNTY:
 Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 2 BLACK VULTURES, 3 TURKEY VULTURES, 5 BALD EAGLES, 5 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 6 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 32 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 8 GOLDEN EAGLES and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS between November 13 and 19 (FW, SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC). Between 75 and 100 PINE SISKINS also were seen on November 15 (DS). More PINE SISKINS (number not specified) were seen on November 16 (EC).

 One dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 5 flocks of PINE SISKINS totaling 81 individuals were seen on November 14 along Hicks Road in State Game Lands 145 (SH, RM).

 LUZERNE COUNTY:
 One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen between November 16 and 17 at Beech Mountain Lakes (JDe).

 MIFFLIN COUNTY:
 Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 5 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 22 GOLDEN EAGLES between November 13 and 19 (JK, RSi, DSm, LW, MS). PINE SISKINS also were seen on November 15 (MS).

 SCHUYKILL/BERKS COUNTIES:
 Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 26 BLACK VULTURES, 41 TURKEY VULTURES, 22 BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 11 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 5 COOPER'S HAWKS, 6 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 36 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 194 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 14 GOLDEN EAGLES, 3 MERLINS and 5 PEREGRINE FALCONS between November 13 and 19 (LG, AK, RK, MB, DWo, DBa, HMe, MR, MJM, BSa, BD, DH, DKr, AC, PC, SSc, MW, JFT). Seventy-one PINE SISKINS also were seen on November 13 (LG). They counted 84 PINE SISKINS on November 15 (LG, MW, PC). A PINE SISKIN was listed on November 16 (LG, DW, MB). There were 186 PINE SISKINS counted on November 18 (LG, HMe, RK).

 SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY:
 One EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on November 17 at a farm off Fair Hill Road (NV).

 YORK COUNTY:
 Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen through at least November 16 at Hopewell Township Park (DF).

 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: Marianne Atkinson (MA), David Barber (DBa), Larry Bernhardt (LB), Mark Blauer (MB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Phil Campbell (PC), Bruce Carl (BC), Adam Carter (AC), Ed Chubb (EC), Jack Cochran (JC), Sue Cooper (SC), Morris Cox (MC), Jonathan DeBalko (JDe), Tom Dick (TD), Jim Dunn (JD), Cavid Farner (DF), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz (PF), Dale Gearhart (DGe), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Bob Gorsuch (BG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Sid Hostetter (SH), Craig Houston (CH), Jon Kauffman (JK), Bob Keener (BK), Rudy Keller (RK), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), Dave Kruel (DKr), Dave Kyler (DK), Trudy Kyler (TK), Sandy Lockerman (SL), M. Lombard (ML), Rosemary McGlynn (RMc), Mary Jane McMillan (MJM), Holly Merker (HMe), Zach Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Tom Pluto (TP), Richard Pohner (RP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Jim Rocco (JR), Matt Sabatine (MSa), Beth Sassaman (BSa), Sue Schmoyer (SSc), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope (MS), Ron Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Bob Snyder (BSn), Jean-Francois Therrien (JFT), Nancy VanCott (NV), Gene Wagner (GW), Doug Wentzel (DW), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Andy Wilson (AW), Matt Wlasniewski (MW), Jane Wolfe (JW), Peter Wolfe (PW) and Doug Wood (DWo). 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] Harris's sparrow, Koch property, Northampton County - DAVID KOCH - 2014-11-19 19:35:21


Still here - being seen by most visitors.  Last sighting today was 3:15, although no one was looking after that. 
Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
(email address filtered)



[PABIRDS] Passing of Walter Fye - Michael R. Leahy - 2014-11-19 19:21:03


Dear List,

 

            It is with a very heavy heart that I must report the passing of
Walter Fye of Knox, Clarion County. He had unfortunately been in declining
health the past few years. 

 

He was a founding member and a driving force behind Seneca Rocks Audubon
Society in Clarion. Among many other things he was very instrumental in the
discovery of the grassland breeding bird populations at Piney Tract/Mt. Zion
and the subsequent protection of that property in the public trust for
future generations. When Seneca Rocks Audubon was awarded the first PSO
Conservation Award in 2005 for the work at Piney Tract, it was Walter that
accepted the award on behalf of Seneca Rocks.  One of his favorite projects
was the development of the Beaver Creek nature Area near Knox. Walter was a
bander and ran a banding station at his property that he fondly referred to
as "The Swamp". I was fortunate to have been able to "cut my birding teeth"
there with Walter and several other birders teaching me the finer points of
bird identification and ornithology. Walter was at his best showing "his
birds" to the many youngsters that visited his property. His smile was
broadest when he placed a bird in the hand of child to be released.

 

His obituary can be found here  <http://www.mcentire-weaverfuneralhome.com/>
http://www.mcentire-weaverfuneralhome.com/



He will be greatly missed by all who knew and associated with him. His
spirit will migrate forever with the birds he loved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Michael R Leahy

Knox, PA

Clarion Co.



[PABIRDS] Reservoir 4-Washington County - Gigi G. - 2014-11-19 19:13:25


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[PABIRDS] FW: [PABIRDS] FW: Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co. / Update - Bruce and Sherri Carl - 2014-11-19 18:01:50


PA BIRDERS,

     The Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird was seen throughout the day today
until after 4 pm. He has been seen at both feeders.

PS:  Anyone seeing the bird please send me an e-mail with your sighting so I
can keep track of how he is doing. 

Thanks to all who have seen the bird so far and have kept me up to date with
his activities!! Keep those e-mails and photos coming!

Bruce A Carl
Akron, PA
Lanc. Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:(email address filtered)] On Behalf Of Bruce and Sherri Carl
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 2:09 PM
To: (email address filtered)
Subject: [PABIRDS] Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird Lanc. Co.

PA BIRDERS           
 
          
               All I can say is FINALLY! A Selaphorus Hummingbird arrived at
my residence hear in Akron, PA Lancaster County on Saturday morning 11/15. I
spooked it at the feeder on the back porch at about 6:30am while going out
to fill the rest of the bird feeders. What a nice surprise that was. It was
then seen regular throughout the day on Saturday. Sandy Lockerman was here
on 11/16 and successfully banded the bird which confirmed that it was indeed
a Imm. Male Rufous Hummingbird. Thank you Sandy! It was very neat and
educational experience. It has been visiting (2) feeders. There is one under
the red maple tree in the back yard and another under the roof of our back
porch.
 
              Anyone who wishes to visit Akron to see the hummingbird can do
so with a few instructions on viewing. Please park in the Akron Church of
the Brethren parking lot which sits directly behind my property. There is
plenty of room for cars and you can see all the feeders from this vantage
point while staying behind the wooden guard rail at the edge of the lot. The
only time that this would not be available would be on Sunday mornings
between the hours of 8 am and 12 pm. Being that this is property owned by
someone other than myself and I have been given permission to have people
use this lot it is very important not to leave the parking lot area, do not
walk down over the rocky bank and most important not to venture into our
yard area as there are plenty of other bird feeders ect in the yard and
entering will only interfere with those birds as well as the Rufous
Hummingbird that has at least for the time being has taken my home as his
home. Thanks to all who will visit for following these details. Hope he
stays around for a while. It will be nice to see a hummingbird in the yard
daily in November!
 
 
628 Fulton Street
Akron, PA
 
Bruce A Carl
Akron,. Pa
Lancaster County





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[PABIRDS] HSR: Allegheny Front (17 Nov 2014) Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-11-19 16:11:34


Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              3             81
TV                           0             33            360
OS                           0              0             91
BE                           0              8            123
NH                           0              1             32
SS                           0             12           1150
CH                           0              8            151
NG                           0              0              3
RS                           0              5             30
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           0            151            886
RL                           0              1              2
GE                           0             67             84
AK                           0              0             87
ML                           0              0             23
PG                           0              1             36
UA                           0              0             10
UB                           0              1             12
UF                           0              0              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0              2             57

Total:                       0            293           7571
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:30:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Gorsuch

Observers:        

Visitors:
none


Weather:
clouds,fog,rain

Raptor Observations:
none

Non-raptor Observations:
none
=======================================================================Report submitted by Rosemary McGlynn ()



[PABIRDS] HSR: Bake Oven Knob (19 Nov 2014) 31 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-11-19 16:11:28


Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                2             41            300
Turkey Vulture              10            127            899
Osprey                       0              1            365
Bald Eagle                   2             39            289
Northern Harrier             0             11            104
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             76           3926
Cooper's Hawk                0             10            196
Northern Goshawk             0              5             13
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             35             96
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           4051
Red-tailed Hawk             13            698           1577
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             78            137
American Kestrel             0              1            149
Merlin                       0              6            115
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             68
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             47            252

Total:                      31           1179          12537
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Sean Bankos

Observers:        

Visitors:
none


Weather:
Visibility 7 miles-unlimited, Temp 18-30F, Wind 0-15 mph W,SW,WSW, Cloud
Cover 0-40%

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles:1410a,1412i
Golden Eagle:1346a
Morning was very slow not picking up until the afternoon. In general, the
birds were flying low.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven(2), Tundra Swan(178), Gull sp.(19), Tufted Titmouse, Pileated
Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, Pine Siskin, American Crow,
Black-capped Chickadee

Predictions:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. West wind 8 to 14 mph.
=======================================================================Report submitted by Bob Hoopes ((email address filtered))
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org



[PABIRDS] HSR: Allegheny Front (19 Nov 2014) 11 Raptors - Hawkcount.Org Reports - 2014-11-19 16:11:28


Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              3             81
TV                           0             33            360
OS                           0              0             91
BE                           0              8            123
NH                           0              1             32
SS                           0             12           1150
CH                           0              8            151
NG                           0              0              3
RS                           0              5             30
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           4            155            890
RL                           0              1              2
GE                           7             74             91
AK                           0              0             87
ML                           0              0             23
PG                           0              1             36
UA                           0              0             10
UB                           0              1             12
UF                           0              0              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0              2             57

Total:                      11            304           7582
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Rosemary McGlynn

Observers:        

Visitors:
none


Weather:
dry,sunny with patchy clouds early then increasing cloud cover; lt.to
mod.SSE winds

Raptor Observations:
11 migrating raptors including 4 Ge adults @ 2:11,2:52,3:09,&3:33. Also 3
GE subadults @ 1:27,2:53,&3:33

Non-raptor Observations:
crows,ravens,downy & pileated wps

Predictions:
 mod. W winds,dry & sunny with some clouds,high near 20F
=======================================================================Report submitted by Rosemary McGlynn ()





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