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[PABIRDS] Shorebirds Washington county - Matthew Juskowich - 2015-05-15 19:36:34


Tonight at canonsburg lake I had 10+ semipalmated plovers, least sandpipers,spotted sandpipers, solitary sandpipers & killdeer. Also drake ruddy duck near causeway. Matthew juskowich allegheny county



[PABIRDS] Bucktoe Creek Preserve "Kite & Shorebird Watch" - Larry Lewis & Kathleen Pileggi - 2015-05-15 19:14:56


The annual Bucktoe Creek Preserve "Kite & Shorebird Watch" begins on Sunday, May 17th and runs daily from 3pm -8pm thru June 6th.  As usual, we expect at least a few Mississippi Kites (as many as 9 last year), and flocks of Red knots, Whimbrel, Turnstones and Black-bellied Plovers, among others.  Also Nighthawks. 
Ample seating is provided and some snacks and cold drinks will be available.  But, feel free to bring your own of all this, too.  Great spot for an evening picnic dinner on our picnic tables at the "Watch.". 
Everyone is welcome. 
  
Contact me off list with any questions. 


Good Birding All, 


Larry Lewis 

EARLY BIRD NATURE TOURS 
"Exciting & Fun Adventures in Nature" 
     Coatesville, PA 19320 
     484-340-SORA (7672) --  Business Cell 
     610-340-0280  --  Business Office 
       email: (email address filtered)



Re: [PABIRDS] Suet - Herb Flavell - 2015-05-15 18:51:32


Its lots of fun Jerry. My deer herd now numbers 20. The birds are here in the hundreds.It would be impossible to count them. If there is no food in the feeders they leave spies that watch and wait for me to fill them. When they see the window open and my tree tube go out they fly off to get their buddies. There are mostly Grackles, RWBB,BCCD, DEJC,Cowbirds, Crows,Blue jays, Sparrows and a few pair of Cardinals. There are also many Robins but I could  not keep the suet on the ground long enough for them to eat the suet. Now I have to start feeding my fish also along with Tillie the snapping turtle. She has a face that only her mother could love but she sure likes my fish food. When the fish see me by the pond they follow me like a pack of dogs.Here is another idea. I have a lady friend from NJ that has visited us a few times. She suggests throwing out dryer lint for nesting material. We did and darned if our Tree Sparrows don’t use it to along with the white feathers I throw out. 
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.

From: (email address filtered) 
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2015 7:12 PM
To: (email address filtered) ; (email address filtered) 
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Suet

sounds like a fun place to live Herb.

:)

In a message dated 5/15/2015 5:42:13 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, (email address filtered) writes:
  My experiment with putting suet cakes in the grass did not work. The reason was there were to many other birds and animals that got to the suet cakes first. They were either eaten by Chip monks, Deer or other birds. The Chip Monk drags the cake under the pallets where we stack our pellet bags under a tarp. I have 4 hanging suet feeders that are all visited by Blue jays, Dark Eye Juncos, Black Cap Chickadees, Red Wing Black Birds, Starlings, Cow birds and an upside down Red Squirrel. He hangs by his back 2 feet.The cakes are lucky if they last 2 days. There are lots of Robins here but none at the suet. For that matter bird seed does not last long in my 2 flat feeders. I could fill them 3 times each day they eat seed so fast. The Blue Jays don’t help because they sweep seeds out of the flat feeder onto the ground looking for seed that they like. I’m going through 140 pounds of seed every week and a half.
  Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.



[PABIRDS] Warbler Watch - PISP, Erie - Ellwood Meyers - 2015-05-15 18:41:34


15 May 2015 (06:33 – 11:25) 

Spent the morning at Presque Isle SP in Erie and birded Fry’s Landing
and the Pine Tree Trail. The highlight of the morning was at Fry’s Landing at
07:04, when a lone male Kentucky Warbler jumped up from hiding in tangled
ground vegetation and onto a low tree branch a few feet above and just sat
there for a moment. It was only 20 feet away and a clear profile slightly-going-away
view for about five seconds, then it jumped back down into the tangles and was
not seen again. The bright yellow arc above the eye, black “sideburn”, smooth olive
green upperparts, and clear yellow underparts all the way to the undertail coverts
was prominent. Behavior was silent, calm and retiring, not frantic and
flitting. (I have had a lot of experience with this species from my travels
through Maryland). The exact spot was 20 yards south of the picnic table in the
dense band of greenery between the edge of the well-worn trail and the
shoreline of Misery Bay (to the right as you face south).

I had the following Warblers for the day.

American Redstart 

Bay-breasted Warbler (many) 

Blackburnian Warbler 

Black-throated Blue Warbler 

Black-throated Green Warbler 

Blue-winged Warbler 

Cape May Warbler 

Chestnut-sided Warbler 

Common Yellowthroat 

Hooded Warbler (heard) 

KENTUCKY WARBLER 

Magnolia Warbler 

Northern Parula 

Northern Waterthrush (heard) 

Ovenbird (heard) 

Palm Warbler 

Pine Warbler 

Tennessee Warbler 

Wilson’s Warbler 

Yellow Warbler 

Yellow-rumped Warbler



Ellwood Meyers 
North Warren, PA 16365 
(email address filtered)



Re: [PABIRDS] Suet - Gerald Kruth - 2015-05-15 18:12:29


sounds like a fun place to live Herb.
 
:)
 
 
In a message dated 5/15/2015 5:42:13 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
(email address filtered) writes:

My  experiment with putting suet cakes in the grass did not work. The 
reason was  there were to many other birds and animals that got to the suet cakes 
first.  They were either eaten by Chip monks, Deer or other birds. The Chip 
Monk drags  the cake under the pallets where we stack our pellet bags under 
a tarp. I have  4 hanging suet feeders that are all visited by Blue jays, 
Dark Eye Juncos,  Black Cap Chickadees, Red Wing Black Birds, Starlings, Cow 
birds and an upside  down Red Squirrel. He hangs by his back 2 feet.The 
cakes are lucky if they  last 2 days. There are lots of Robins here but none at 
the suet. For that  matter bird seed does not last long in my 2 flat 
feeders. I could fill them 3  times each day they eat seed so fast. The Blue Jays 
don’t help because they  sweep seeds out of the flat feeder onto the ground 
looking for seed that they  like. I’m going through 140 pounds of seed every 
week and a half.
Herb  Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna  County.



[PABIRDS] Suet - Herb Flavell - 2015-05-15 16:41:18


My experiment with putting suet cakes in the grass did not work. The reason was there were to many other birds and animals that got to the suet cakes first. They were either eaten by Chip monks, Deer or other birds. The Chip Monk drags the cake under the pallets where we stack our pellet bags under a tarp. I have 4 hanging suet feeders that are all visited by Blue jays, Dark Eye Juncos, Black Cap Chickadees, Red Wing Black Birds, Starlings, Cow birds and an upside down Red Squirrel. He hangs by his back 2 feet.The cakes are lucky if they last 2 days. There are lots of Robins here but none at the suet. For that matter bird seed does not last long in my 2 flat feeders. I could fill them 3 times each day they eat seed so fast. The Blue Jays don’t help because they sweep seeds out of the flat feeder onto the ground looking for seed that they like. I’m going through 140 pounds of seed every week and a half.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.



[PABIRDS] Wilson's Phalarope - Crawford Co. - (email address filtered) - 2015-05-15 16:24:55


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[PABIRDS] Glossy ibis returned Crawford - Pabirder1974 - 2015-05-15 16:12:37


Jamie hill reports the glossy Ibis just came back to Miller's pond

Shawn Collins
Crawford 
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[PABIRDS] Semipalmated Plovers - Alan Wells - 2015-05-15 16:09:50


Stopped at the Snitz Creek Wetlands this afternoon. There were still about 12 Sandpipers in the area. I did not see the Dunlin or the Yellowleg but did see 2 Semipalmated Plovers. 

There were also two Red Tail Hawks that flew overhead chased by 3 crows. And again saw a Great Blue Heron flying towards the south.

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

Alan Wells



[PABIRDS] Short-billed Dowitcher - Shenango Lake - Mercer Co - Steve Sanford - 2015-05-15 14:33:55


This afternoon at the Propagation area I had good looks at a Short-billed Dowitcher on the flats at the back side of the main island. A Semipalmated Plover was also present, as well as a Spotted Sandpiper and Killdeer.
I also saw two White-crowned Sparrows on the path, and a Willow Flycatcher was singing.
Steve Sanford
Sharon PA



[PABIRDS] Photo Study Of Peregrine Falcons At NJ/PA Turnpike Bridge (Bucks), 5/14/15 - Howard B. Eskin, - 2015-05-15 13:22:55


Dr. Art McMorris of the PA Game Commission and Ed Norman climbed down to
the nest box on Pier 18 at the Tpke Bridge this morning. Here are some of
the photos taken from the river bank below of both Art and Ed as well as
the very noisy female Peregrine Falcon (with Black Over Green bands on her
left leg)
who was flying around protesting the intrusion. BTW, Art found three 
beautiful, healthy 7 to 8 day old chicks in the nest box. Because the
youngsters were still too young to band, Art will have to come back again
when
the chicks are a little older. To see the Photo Study, please click on the
following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/TpkePeregrinesMay14_15/TpkeBridgePeregrineCheck.html


Regards,
Howard & Ed



[PABIRDS] Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 15, 2015 - Jerry McWilliams - 2015-05-15 10:24:40


Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 15, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              1
Turkey Vulture               0           1363          16066
Osprey                       0             25             67
Bald Eagle                   0             43            117
Northern Harrier             1             18             66
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            208            896
Cooper's Hawk                0              9             49
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0            189
Broad-winged Hawk            0            381           2643
Red-tailed Hawk              0             55            642
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1             26
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             10            205
Merlin                       0              0              6
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              4
Unknown Buteo                0              1             20
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0              1              6
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              1              1

Total:                       3           2120          21011
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 09:30:00 
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jerry McWilliams

Observers:        Jerry McWilliams, Roger Donn

Visitors:
Roger Donn assisted the last 15 minutes before the rain shut us down.  Bob
Grubbs stopped by to show us some of his photos.


Weather:
Cloudy with south wind and temps in the low 60s F.  Rain arriving at 0915
EST.

Raptor Observations:
Only three raptors.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay--30, Eastern Kingbird--1, Baltimore Oriole--1, American
Goldfinch--10

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain with SW wind.  Maybe some late
stragglers will push through, though the winds will be light, so the lake
breeze is likely to take over in just a short time.

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



[PABIRDS] Lanc. Co. Bird Club Walk and End-of-Year Picnic - Bettina Heffner - 2015-05-15 10:19:29


On Saturday, May 23,  a bird walk and end-of-year picnic will be held at Lancaster County Central Park starting at 8:00 a.m. A “bring your own” picnic will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the pavilion by the covered bridge. Contact Roger Stoner at 717-393-9030 to register for the walk.  Feel free to come to the picnic without registering. To learn more about  the Bird Club, visit lancasterbirdclub.org.



[PABIRDS] Mourning Warbler and more Mercer County - Dave Inman - 2015-05-15 06:59:40


Cindy and I spent a couple of hours at Reed's Furnace Road last evening and
had the following:

1     White-eyed Vireo
1     Ruby-throated Hummingbird
5     Yellow Warblers
1     Mourning Warbler
2     Chestnut-sided Warbler
1     Common Yellowthroat
6     Eastern Towhee
1     Northern Flicker

As well as various regulars

Also, on the way home to Mercer, about a mile east of Jackson Center, we
had a Sandhill Crane fly over the car heading north.

Here is a shot I got of the Mourning Warbler:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79254232@N08/17630122976/
-- 
Dave Inman
Mercer, PA



[PABIRDS] PGC Seeking Loggerhead Shrike Observations - Gross, Douglas - 2015-05-15 06:08:59


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[PABIRDS] Bobolinks, Grasshopper Sparrows, Vesper Sparrow - York County - Ann Pettigrew - 2015-05-14 23:00:27


Thanks to Dick Cleary for sending me down to the Hopewell Township Grasslands today where I saw six bobolinks, three or four Grasshopper sparrows, a Vesper sparrow, and several Eastern Kingbirds.  The bobolinks were a bit skittish, but, the grasshopper sparrows were a little more cooperative and allowed me to photograph them.

Thanks, Dick!

Ann

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

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[PABIRDS] Pine Siskin Begging and RT Hummingbird - Cumberland County, PA - reeser - 2015-05-14 22:35:27


Tuesday there was a pine siskin on the thistle feeder begging 
(fluttering its wings and chirping) for food from another pine siskin on 
the same feeder.

Is it too early in the season for this to be a fledgling?

If so, then would this be a female begging from a male?

We don't usually see pine siskins at this time of year, and I've never 
seen one begging for food before.

Also, I finally saw a ruby throated hummingbird this season. A male 
showed up at the salvia greggi before we even got it planted.

Ellen
Cumberland County, PA



[PABIRDS] Beaver County, Economy Borough Yard Birds - Karyn Delaney - 2015-05-14 21:46:51


The Pine Siskins that were coming to our feeders kindly stayed around for
the PAMC.  There were 5 on Saturday, May 9.  I haven't seen one since.

A Yellow-billed Cuckoo (FOY) was in the yard yesterday.  Also, 3 Carolina
Wrens fledged from their nest yesterday.  We enjoyed watching them learning
the ropes outside our kitchen window.

A pair of Baltimore Orioles frequent the feeder, as do a pair of
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

I've been reading the comments about warbler migration in the Lehigh Valley
area.  I feel the same about our area.  We had a few warblers in the yard,
but no where near the numbers and species that we usually see.  It is, as
one comment mentioned, like they passed over and kept on flying.  We were
able to go to Magee Marsh for a few days last week and the birds were
everywhere...easy to see, higher numbers and species than usual....so
perhaps that's true.

Happy Birding,

Karyn Delaney



[PABIRDS] Glossy Ibis Photos and Update Crawford County - Shawn Collins - 2015-05-14 20:09:31


I arrived at about 445 and found the Ibis feeding on the right side of the
Main Pond.  He was still present when I left ( I saw Rob S entering Swamp
Road as I was leaving)

Rob Hodgson saw the bird an hour later and the bird took off flying over Rt
285 heading South.  The bird did not return

I managed some distant Documentation shots!!

Photos
www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/


Shawn Collins
Crawford County



[PABIRDS] Shorebirds Shenango Lake - Mercer Co - Steve Sanford - 2015-05-14 18:54:21


I went to the propagation area by Shenango Lake (W Lake Rd) this morning for the first time in several weeks and was pleasantly surprised to see that there are some flats on the back side of the main island and it contained the following shorebirds:
Dunlin 2 - in full breeding plumage
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 2
Spotted Sandpiper 3 - one performing quite a spectacular courtship display such as I never saw before
Killdeer 2
Also present and very vocal:
Baltimore Oriole ~5
Orchard Oriole 1 on more
Warbling Vireo 5+

Steve Sanford
Sharon PA



[PABIRDS] Glossy ibis millers ponds Crawford co - Pabirder1974 - 2015-05-14 15:20:22


Nancy Anderson reports a glossy ibis at millers ponds now!  

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[PABIRDS] RBA western Pennsylvania, 4 May 2015 - Amy Taracido - 2015-05-14 14:18:21


RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE05.04.15

Highlights:
RED-THROATED LOON (Erie and Venango Counties)
PACIFIC LOON (possible, Mercer County)
RED-NECKED GREBE (Indiana, Venango, and Washington Counties)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Crawford County)
TRUMPETER SWAN
AMERICAN BITTERN
CASPIAN TERN
COMMON TERN
FORSTER'S TERN
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Mercer County)
UPLAND SANDPIPER
EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL (Erie County)
BANK SWALLOW
VEERY
AMERICAN PIPIT
WORM-EATING WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (Butler County)
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
LINCOLN'S SPARROW (Erie County)
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
HENSLOW'S SPARROW (Clarion County)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
BOBOLINK

Contributors: Cheryl Abel, David Amamoto, Marcia Brown, Paul Brown, Lauren Conkle, Shawn Collins, Karyn Delaney, Gigi Gerben, Jim Hausman, Margaret Higbee, Dave Inman, Karena Johnson, Matt Juskowich, Glenn Koppel, Oliver Lindhiem, Jerry McWilliams, Flo McGuire, Tom Moeller, Robert Mulvihill, Aidan Place, Gina Rubino, Steve Sanford, Jack Solomon, Jerry Stanley, Russ States, Randy Stringer, Ryan Tomazin, Mark Vass, Robert Walczak, Dan Weeks, Carole Winslow.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 27 April 2015 through Monday, 4 May 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

PLEASE NOTE: "FOY" means "first of year" for an otherwise non-reported species. BROAD-WINGED HAWK, COMMON LOON, PALM WARBLER continue to be reported, and "FOY" CHIMNEY SWIFTS, EASTERN KINGBIRD, OVENBIRD, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, NORTHERN PARULA, WARBLING VIREO, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, WHITE-EYED VIREO, OVENBIRD, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.

Transcript-

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At the McKees Rocks marina on 4/28, BANK SWALLOW and others (MJ).

At Knob Hill Park on 4/28, PINE WARBLER and others; on 4/29, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, 1 probable CAPE MAY WARBLER (KD).

In South Park on 4/29, SWAINSON'S THRUSH and others (JH).

On 4/29 in Ben Avon, 50+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (reported to RM).

On 4/30 and 5/1 at Schenley Park, 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (KSJ, OL).

At Frick Park on 4/30, PURPLE FINCH and others (JSo); on 5/1, WINTER WREN (DW).

At Duck Hollow on 5/1, 2 flyover FORSTER'S TERNS (TM).

On 5/1 at Woods Run, 2 SURF SCOTERS (PB).

At Sewickley Heights Park on 5/2, KENTUCKY WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, VEERY, PURPLE FINCH (AP).

At Walker Park on 5/2, CERULEAN WARBLER (AP).

On 5/2 near Leetsdale, COMMON RAVEN (AP).

At Dashields Dam on 5/2, 2 FORSTER'S TERNS (MVas).

On 5/3 in Bethel Park, MAGNOLIA WARBLER (FOY) (GG).


BEAVER COUNTY:

On 4/29 in Economy Borough, 5 PINE SISKINS and others; on 4/30, 4 PINE SISKINS and others; on 5/1, 2 PINE SISKINS, 3 PURPLE FINCHES; on 5/3, 12+ PINE SISKINS, 2 PURPLE FINCHES (KD).

At Raccoon Creek State Park on 5/1, CERULEAN WARBLER and others (KJ), 4 PINE SISKINS (MVas); on 5/2, CERULEAN WARBLER and others (DA). 

On 5/3 in an unspecified backyard location, 17+ PINE SISKINS (CA).

Along Vanport on 5/4, 3 FORSTER'S TERNS (GR).


BUTLER COUNTY:

At State Gamelands #95 on 4/29, 13 PINE SISKINS, 1 COMMON RAVEN, 1 PINE WARBLER (GK).

In Butler through 5/1, up to 4 PINE SISKINS (GK); on 5/4, 6 PINE SISKINS, 2 PINE WARBLERS (MB).

At Jennings Prairie on 5/2, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER (FOY) (GK).

On 5/2 at Moraine State Park, FORSTER'S TERN, PURPLE FINCH (RT); on 5/3, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, 25+ PURPLE MARTINS, and others (KD).


CLARION COUNTY:

Along Armstrong Trail near East Brady on 5/3, WORM-EATING WARBLERS (CW).

At the Curllsville strips on 5/3, BOBOLINKS, PRAIRIE WARBLERS (CW).

On 5/2 along Stockdill Road, 20+ HENSLOW'S SPARROWS (CW).

On 5/3 over Sligo, 1 BONAPARTE'S GULL (CW).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 4/30 at Custards, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 10+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and others (SC); on 5/2, SORA, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS (RT).

In Meadville on 5/1, SORA, BANK SWALLOW, and others (SC).

On 5/1 at Geneva Marsh, 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and others; on 5/3, 1 RING-NECKED PHEASANT, 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (SC); nearby on 5/3, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER (DI).

On 5/2 in the Pymatuning area, 48+ GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 probable NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 1 SANDHILL CRANE, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (RT).

Along Route 285 on 5/2, UPLAND SANDPIPER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS (RT).

On 5/3 at Conneaut Marsh, 1 COMMON GALLINULE, 2 SORAS, 1 VIRGINIA RAIL, 50+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 1 PURPLE FINCH (SC).


ERIE COUNTY:

On 4/29 at Presque Isle, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER; on 5/1, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, 1 PURPLE MARTIN; on 5/2, 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 1 BANK SWALLOW (JM), TRUMPETER SWAN, RED-THROATED LOON (RT); on 5/3, sightings included 5 PINE WARBLERS, 6 PALM WARBLERS, 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 1 FOX SPARROW, 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW, CASPIAN TERNS, 3 COMMON TERNS, 1 TRUMPETER SWAN, VEERY, 12 PINE SISKINS, and more (SC), 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON, EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS (JM).


FOREST COUNTY:

Through 4/28 in Tionesta, PINE SISKINS, PURPLE FINCHES; on 4/29, SAVANNAH SPARROW (FM).


INDIANA COUNTY:

On 4/28 at Yellow Creek State Park, 7 RED-NECKED GREBES (MH).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

At the glacial gravel sand pond near Route 108 on 5/2, 7 NORTHERN SHOVELERS (MJ).

On 5/2 at Black Swamp, BANK SWALLOW (GK).

At the Volant Strips on 5/2, BOBOLINK (GK).

On 5/2 at Pennsy Marsh, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, SORA (RT).

On 5/3 along Nashua Road, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 7 LESSER YELLOWLEGS (RW).


MERCER COUNTY:

On 4/28 at State Gamelands #130, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN (SS).

At Lake Wilhelm on 4/28, 3 SURF SCOTERS, 1 GREAT EGRET, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and others (SS); on 4/30, 1 possible PACIFIC LOON with 2 COMMON LOONS (RStr); on 5/1, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, AMERICAN PIPIT, 3 GREAT EGRETS (SS).

On 5/2 and 5/3 along Reeds Furnace Road, SORA (DI).

At Buhl Park on 5/3, PURPLE FINCH (SS).


VENANGO COUNTY:

At Kahle Lake on 4/28, SURF SCOTER, RED-THROATED LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, BONAPARTE'S GULL, CASPIAN TERN (RSta); on 4/30, SURF SCOTER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, BOBOLINK (JSt).

On 4/30 in Franklin, PINE SISKINS (JSt).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 4/29 at Reservoir #4, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and others (LC).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

On 4/30 at Powdermill Nature Reserve, 1 RUSTY BLACKBIRD (GG).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Thank you to all the contributors.



[PABIRDS] Hummingbirds - Kermit Henning - 2015-05-14 13:56:14


The hummingbirds are using the red geraniums in my porch planter boxes  
here in Mechanicsburg. They also like the red and dark purple salvia, but they  
sure are after the geraniums.
 
Kermit Henning
Mechanicsburg



[PABIRDS] Snitz Creek Wetlands - Alan Wells - 2015-05-14 12:34:41


Stopped at Snitz Creek Wetlands yesterday morning and Randy Miller was there as well. Not much activity so I decided to stop by late yesterday afternoon and spotted about a dozen sandpipers and a couple Yellowlegs, along with the Dunlin that had been there that morning. I stopped again this morning and there were still there. I also had a Great Blue Heron fly over the area headed southward. 

I have some photos on Flickr.

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


Alan Wells



Re: [PABIRDS] Man who shot Bald Eagle in a dying world - Wallace, Richard - 2015-05-14 09:54:36


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Re: [PABIRDS] Where are the migrants? - Holly Hartshorne - 2015-05-14 09:41:06


I have been wondering the same thing.  The pass-through migrants have been
very scarce here in southern Berks.  We have had Swainson’s thrush at our
pond each evening since last Saturday, and they along with Blackpoll
Warblers usually bring up the rear.  I have not seen the numbers or variety
of migrants I usually see around here by mid-May.  It’s disappointing.
Hopefully they’re doing OK and just bypassing us here.  We have been
enjoying the song of a Wood Thrush in the yard, but so far it doesn’t
appear that he has attracted a mate, so I don’t know how long he will stay
around.

Holly Hartshorne
Morgantown, Berks Co.

On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 6:29 AM, Barbara Malt <(email address filtered)> wrote:

> It has been a strange migration so far in the Lehigh Valley. The
> migratory breeding birds seem to have arrived in about the usual
> numbers. However, the pass-through migrants including the non-breeding
> warblers have been very scarce.  We have been watching the radar app
> that is supposed to show the nighttime clouds of migrating birds (I
> think it is just called "bird migration" in the Apple Store) and the
> "donuts" representing the migrating birds have generally seemed to
> stay to the west of us. Are those of you to the west and north of the
> Lehigh Valley getting typical numbers of migrating warblers and other
> migrants?
>
> Barbara Malt
> Allentown
> Lehigh County
>
> Sent from iPhone; please excuse brevity, typos, and unintended
> auto-completions.
>



[PABIRDS] Lebanon County, Swatara State Park, Kentucky Warblers and a Lincoln's Sparrow - Tim Becker - 2015-05-14 09:15:30


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Re: [PABIRDS] Where are the migrants? - Ann Pettigrew - 2015-05-14 08:05:05


I agree with you, Barbara.  Hopefully, we are just missing them and that the numbers are good on their breeding grounds.

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

Sent from my iPad

> On May 14, 2015, at 6:29 AM, Barbara Malt <(email address filtered)> wrote:
> 
> It has been a strange migration so far in the Lehigh Valley. The
> migratory breeding birds seem to have arrived in about the usual
> numbers. However, the pass-through migrants including the non-breeding
> warblers have been very scarce.  We have been watching the radar app
> that is supposed to show the nighttime clouds of migrating birds (I
> think it is just called "bird migration" in the Apple Store) and the
> "donuts" representing the migrating birds have generally seemed to
> stay to the west of us. Are those of you to the west and north of the
> Lehigh Valley getting typical numbers of migrating warblers and other
> migrants?
> 
> Barbara Malt
> Allentown
> Lehigh County
> 
> Sent from iPhone; please excuse brevity, typos, and unintended auto-completions.



[PABIRDS] American Redstart - York County - Ann Pettigrew - 2015-05-14 08:03:32


I was lamenting just yesterday about how few warblers I have seen this spring.  Finally, a lone American Redstart appeared in the yard this morning.  Very comforting!

Ann

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

Sent from my iPad



[PABIRDS] hummers and white pine - Barbara Malt - 2015-05-14 07:51:07


Reminded by a hummer that just dropped in and did this...I've never heard
anyone mention white pine as a good hummingbird plant.  But I have a dwarf
white pine at the edge of my pond, and it is very often used by hummers,
which zip all around its edges apparently picking tiny insects off.  The
winter before last, when I had a Rufous Hummer here, it fed off the white
pine throughout colder weather, too.

The dwarf white pine is very dense, so I don't know if that makes the bug
situation any different from a regular tall white pine.

A photo from last year is here (just the pine - no bird, sorry! It's the
blob to the left of the pond.)

http://barbara-malt.blogspot.com/2014/06/first-half-of-june.html

I'm curious if anyone else has noticed hummers favoring pines as an insect
source. Maybe they should go on lists for creating hummingbird habitat.

Barbara Malt
Lehigh County
-- 
Barbara Malt
Department of Psychology
17 Memorial Drive East
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4797
http://www.lehigh.edu/~bcm0/bcm0/





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