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Marbled Murrelet,©Dan Lane

21 Apr Frick Park, Allegheny County, today and 4/19 ["Jack E. Solomon" ]
21 Apr Beaver Co. PA - Brooks & 3 Rivers Bird Club Joint Outing - 4/26/14 [Ryan Tomazin ]
21 Apr Mercer Co Birding [Steve Sanford ]
21 Apr Peace Valley Park (IBA) -Bucks Co. (4/13-4/19); etc. [August Mirabella ]
20 Apr Yellow-throated Vireo, Cedar Creek, Westmoreland ["Kate St.John" ]
20 Apr View of Harmar eagle nest, Allehengy ["Kate St.John" ]
20 Apr Barking Slopes, Sat 4/19, Allegheny ["Kate St.John" ]
20 Apr Rusty Blackbirds continue, 4/18 Schenley, Pittsburgh ["Kate St.John" ]
20 Apr Lawrence County Black and Pennsy Swamps Ruby-crowned Kinglet and more [Dave Inman ]
20 Apr HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (20 Apr 2014) 13 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Apr Kiwanis Lake York [Alan Wells ]
20 Apr Little Gull, others Erie County Presque isle [Shawn Collins ]
20 Apr 22 Caspian Terns 4 Banded Crawford County [Shawn Collins ]
20 Apr Easter Eggs & Woodpecker Activity ["Barry E. Blust" ]
20 Apr Wildflower Reserve-Beaver County ["g. g" ]
20 Apr HSR: Tussey Mountain (20 Apr 2014) 53 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Apr HSR: Allegheny Front (20 Apr 2014) 40 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Apr Peregrine news in Pittsburgh ["Kate St.John" ]
20 Apr Great Crested Flycatcher - Mercer County [Dave Inman ]
20 Apr Yellow-Rumped and Palm Warblers, Opossum Lake, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
20 Apr Peregrine Falcon - Beaver Co. [mvas1200 AT yahoo.com ]
20 Apr List Update ["Carmen T. Santasania" ]
20 Apr Bern Twp., Berks County [Joan Silagy ]
20 Apr Lesser Yellowlegs - Allegheny Co. [mvas1200 AT yahoo.com ]
20 Apr Dauphin County - Harrisburg Peregine Falcon hatching [Sue Hannon ]
20 Apr Yellow-throated Warblers and more, Monroe Cty [Dan Altif ]
19 Apr HSR: Tussey Mountain (19 Apr 2014) 78 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Apr Clarion Co- Henslow's sparrows, house wren and prairie warbler [Carole Winslow ]
19 Apr Warblers, Sparrows, more Crawford County [Shawn Collins ]
19 Apr Re: American Bittern, Woods Edge, Lancaster County [Mike Epler ]
19 Apr Henslow's Sparrow, SGL 108, Blandburg, PA ["JASON M. HILL" ]
19 Apr Silver Lake in Bucks CO. [Doug Filler ]
19 Apr Broad-winged Hawk - Cumberland County [linda & bill franz ]
19 Apr HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (19 Apr 2014) 45 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Apr HSR: Allegheny Front (19 Apr 2014) 13 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Apr Eared Grebe, Bucks Co. Still here [Anthony Uhrich ]
19 Apr White Pelican [Glenn Koppel ]
19 Apr Purple Finch, Allegheny County [Jack Chaillet ]
19 Apr Crawford County - possible King Rail??? [Dave Inman ]
19 Apr Long-tailed Duck - Butler Co. [mvas1200 AT yahoo.com ]
19 Apr I hope this works [herb1013 ]
19 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler, Northampton County [Adam Smith ]
19 Apr Black-headed Gull, Shenango River Lake, Mercer Co. [Kim & Jeff Brinker ]
19 Apr OT - Harrisburg-born falcon hatches 6th chick [Sue Hannon ]
19 Apr Northampton County ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
19 Apr American Bittern, Woods Edge, Lancaster County [Mike Epler ]
19 Apr Paying Farmers to Welcome Birds - NYTimes.com [Zsuzsa ]
19 Apr Chester Co., Bucktoe Creek Preserve walk [Joe Sebastiani ]
19 Apr Boreal species declining [Mark Bowers ]
18 Apr List and Update on Bittern at PISP Erie County [Shawn Collins ]
18 Apr HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (18 Apr 2014) 20 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Apr HSR: Tussey Mountain (18 Apr 2014) 112 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Apr Lawrence County PA State Game Lands 284 Brown thrashers and more [Dave Inman ]
18 Apr Yellow-throated Warblers, Duck Hollow, Allegheny County [Jack Chaillet ]
18 Apr Surf Scoters - Butler Co. [mvas1200 AT yahoo.com ]
18 Apr Am bittern and little gull pisp Erie [Shawn ]
18 Apr Birds are amazing [herb1013 ]
18 Apr HSR: Allegheny Front (18 Apr 2014) 83 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Apr Franklin Co Vesper Sparrow, LA Waterthrush [Bill Oyler ]
18 Apr Northern Parula - Schuylkill Co. [Dave Kruel ]
18 Apr Bank & Cliff Swallow, Dashields Dam, Allegheny Co [Michael David ]
18 Apr Prothonotary Warbler at John Heinz NWR [Robert Evans ]
18 Apr Re: A Hummingbird link [Herb Flavell ]
18 Apr Sandhill Cranes -- Imperial Grasslands, Allegheny County [Aidan Place ]
18 Apr A Hummingbird link [herb1013 ]
18 Apr I FOLLOWED A LINK [herb1013 ]
18 Apr Chester County - West Chester Bird Club Program [Lisa Tull ]
17 Apr Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Cambria Co [Michael David ]
17 Apr HSR: Tussey Mountain (17 Apr 2014) 32 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Apr HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (17 Apr 2014) 18 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Apr HSR: Allegheny Front (17 Apr 2014) 6 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Apr Baltimore oriole; flicker courtship Allegheny County [Cecelia ]
17 Apr Bald Eagle Harmar Allegheny County [Maureen Hobma ]
17 Apr Purple Martins, Tree Swallows, Opossum Lake, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
17 Apr Re: Dauphin Co - Steelton Osprey and Bald Eagle [Sue Hannon ]
17 Apr FOY Yellow-throated vireo. [Chris Grecco ]
17 Apr Dauphin Co - Highspire Reservoir Black Crowned Night Heron [Sue Hannon ]

Subject: Frick Park, Allegheny County, today and 4/19
From: "Jack E. Solomon" <snaggle719 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:19:40 -0700
 Sue Solomon and I birded Frick today, but only she saw and heard the two 
warblers in the list below, because she continued for just 10 minutes more than 
I did. 

I was done when we encountered Ryan McDermott, who told us there were warblers 
in the meadow: 


Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Winter Wren
Blue-headed Vireo
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Brown Thrasher  (A thrasher has been singing for a few days, right at the
beginning of the meadowtrail, so I guess it's the same individual).

On Sat., 4/19, we saw and heard the Pine Warbler on Riverview Hill, at the same
place we had previously seen it, a day or a few previously.

Today Sue's energy and diligence were rewarded, as they sometimes are. 
Indolence 

andsloth are their own rewards.

Jack Solomon
Allegheny County

Subject: Beaver Co. PA - Brooks & 3 Rivers Bird Club Joint Outing - 4/26/14
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:16:58 -0400
Hello All,

I wanted to let everyone know that I am leading a joint Brooks Bird Club of WV 
and 3 Rivers Bird Club of Pittsburgh outing at Raccoon Creek State Park this 
Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Picnic Area West in the main park (there 
should be a sign on one of the trees there from me). YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A 
MEMBER OF EITHER GROUP TO JOIN US! 


This is the 3rd year of the outing, and last year we had good weather, some 
good birds and great friendship and food. In the morning, we drive to the beach 
and around the lake after checking out the picnic parking lot area. Lunch will 
be between 12:30-1:00, and will be potluck. Please bring a dish to feed 6-10 
people (at least), and bring your own plates, cutlery and drinks. There are 
ample picnic benches there under the giant oaks. 


If there is any interest, and if the weather holds, we can bird and botanize 
the Wildflower Reserve. It should be the perfect time for wildflowers, and it 
is a nice walk regardless. 


If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP, please feel free to contact 
me either by phone or by email. Hope to see you there! 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA - 412-220-9726 - wvwarblers AT hotmail.com 
Subject: Mercer Co Birding
From: Steve Sanford <bwredbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:29:02 -0400
As of Apr 20, I could not find the Black-headed Gull found at the Shenango Lake 
Propagation area Apr 19 by Jeff Brinker. 


Various FOYs (for me) in reverse order:

Apr 20:
Common Gallinule - 1 at Propagation area. First time I have seen one there. The 
flats are gradually emerging there. 


Apr 18, with Neil Troyer and sons Samuel and Harvey:
Pine Warbler - 1 in bright plumage at Lake Wilhelm's boat Launch #2.
Broad-winged Hawk - 5. These were probably all recently-returned summer 
residents. Two were startled from low trees near us, one at Lake Wilhelm and 
one at Gameland 130. 

Blue-headed Vireo - 1 singing at Gameland 130.
Caspian Tern - 1 Lake Wilhelm.
Purple Martin - about 25 at Neil's nest boxes in Jackson Twp

Apr 17: 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 1 at Barry Rd. (Still no Louisiana Waterthrush there.)

Apr 16:
Chimney Swift  - 10 Clark St, Sharon
Rough-winged Swallow - 3 (same place)

Apr 14:
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 Buhl Park. (Still no Red-headed Woodpeckers though.)

Steve Sanford
Sharon PA
Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA) -Bucks Co. (4/13-4/19); etc.
From: August Mirabella <augustmirabella AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:05:58 -0400
All,
A total of 84 species were reported this week. Highlights include:
10 duck species including:
2 Blue-winged Teal 4/13
Red-breasted Merganser-high report 6 4/16
Also, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck 4/16, Lesser Scaup 4/16, Bufflehead 
4/16-4/17, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck 

2 Common Loon to at least 4/13
1 Pied-billed Grebe-all week
Horned Grebe-one to 3 all week
RED-NECKED GREBE-4 through 4/16; one remained 4/17
Double-crested Cormorant-high report 136 4/16
3 GREAT EGRET 4/15 First of year (FOY)
1 LITTLE BLUE HERON adult 4/15 (FOY)
1 Green Heron 4/15 & 4/19 (FOY)
Broad-winged Hawk 4/13
1 American Coot all week
Bonaparte's Gull-one to 2 4/16-4/18
Lesser Black-backed Gull-high report 40 4/13
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues
Purple Martin-high report 8 4/17 (FOY)
1 Cliff Swallow 4/17- 4/18 (FOY
House Wren 4/17 (FOY) 
Palm Warbler-high report 4/19


Also, Wild Turkey, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Spotted Sandpiper, Great Black-backed 
Gull, Amer. Kestrel, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, E. 
Phoebe, Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, E. Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-rumped 
Warbler, E. Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow 



There were no reports of the Eared Grebe at Nockamixon St. Pk, after 4/19. 


Thanks to all who share their sightings for our weekly spreadsheet.
August Mirabella
North Wales, PA 
Subject: Yellow-throated Vireo, Cedar Creek, Westmoreland
From: "Kate St.John" <kstjohn001 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:07:21 -0700
Today I spent four hours at Cedar Creek Park & on the Yough Trail. Highlights 
were: 


8 Wood ducks, all in pairs

1 Broad-winged hawk
1 spotted sandpiper (first of year for me)
1 singing yellow-throated vireo (first of year)
pair of blue-gray gnatcatchers building a nest
1 brown thrasher singing
2 field sparrows singing

See the complete checklist here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17981237 



Large-flowered trillium and wake robin are blooming as well as yellow corydalis 
and both yellow and white trout lilies along the Yough Trail. 



Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/
Subject: View of Harmar eagle nest, Allehengy
From: "Kate St.John" <kstjohn001 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:58:20 -0700
On my way back from Barking Slopes I stopped at Oakmont's Riverside Park where 
I happened to see my first-of-year Blue-gray gnatcatcher. From the back patio 
of Riverside High School I took a look at the Harmar bald eagles and saw both 
on/near the nest. 


The back patio of the high school faces the river & looks like a really good 
place to view the Harmar eagles with a scope (I only had my binos). The patio 
is elevated & you can see over the Hulton Bridge and are almost eye level with 
the nest. Also it looks like there's a break in the tree branches which may 
still be open after leaf-out. 


I don't think you'd be welcome to view the eagles from the high school patio 
during the school day but it is worth a try at other times. 



Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/
Subject: Barking Slopes, Sat 4/19, Allegheny
From: "Kate St.John" <kstjohn001 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:50:43 -0700
On Saturday 4/19 I spent 3+ hours at Barking Slopes along the Allegheny River 
across from the Cheswick Power Plant. The wind was from the northeast so there 
were moments when the smell of burning coal was unpleasant. 


On the drive there I saw a knock-down drag-out fight between two male cowbirds 
on Allegheny River Blvd at the Sandy Creek stoplight. The victor grabbed the 
loser by the neck and held him tight to the ground with his strong beak. The 
loser whistle-cried "Ow." 



Bird highlights at Barking Slopes were the 22-24 active great blue heron nests 
-- they seem to still be incubating -- and an immature bald eagle flew over & 
raised a pair of red-tailed hawks to chase it. Otherwise the usual suspects. 
Bird list is here:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17961930 


Many Dutchmens breeches and Squirrel Corn were in bloom.


Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/

Subject: Rusty Blackbirds continue, 4/18 Schenley, Pittsburgh
From: "Kate St.John" <kstjohn001 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:39:49 -0700
I am finally catching up with my bird bookkeeping so this is a delayed report. 


On Friday 4/18 I spent more than three hours at Schenley Park where the 
highlights were 

4 rusty blackbirds at the wetland
1 singing black-throated green warbler at Prospect Drive, heard but not seen
1 ruby-crowned kinglet
1 belted kingfisher at the pond (a.k.a. Panther Hollow Lake.. but it is 
pond-sized) 

5 brown-headed cowbirds courting/chasing...alas
both Peregrines at the Cathedral of Learning 

The full checklist is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17961749

Kate St.John, Pittsburgh
http://www.wqed.org/birdblog
Subject: Lawrence County Black and Pennsy Swamps Ruby-crowned Kinglet and more
From: Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:04:44 -0400
After dinner tonight I headed to PA State Game Lands #284 (AKA Black and
Pennsy Swamps). After parking in the lot off of #2 Mine Road I walked the
road back to the ponds and found the following highlights:

2 Brown Thrashers
1 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Field Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhees
4 Wood Ducks
6 Blue Winged Teals
2 Green Winged Teals
Plus the normal Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Etc.

The Kinglet for the most part stayed well hidden but did pop out
occasionally for a quick shot or two. Here is one I got of this speedy
little bird:




-- 
Dave Inman
Mercer, PA
Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (20 Apr 2014) 13 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:04:22 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0              4              4
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0             23             23
Bald Eagle                   0              9              9
Northern Harrier             1             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             35             35
Cooper's Hawk                0             30             30
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk           11            174            174
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1             44             44
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0             20             20
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              9              9
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                      13            392            392
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Chien-Hung Yang, Javier Medel, Milena De Benito

Visitors:
205


Weather:
Partly Cloudy/Clear, SE winds 1-12 mph

Raptor Observations:
Saw broad-winged courtship behavior.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: Kiwanis Lake York
From: Alan Wells <alanwells505 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:29:33 -0400
Made another trip to Kiwanis Lake today. The Night Herons and Egrets seemed 
more active as many were gathering nesting materials. I saw more nest in the 
trees than last time as well. 


I posted a few more photos on my Flickr page.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/awellsphoto/with/13957350283

Alan Wells

York Haven
Subject: Little Gull, others Erie County Presque isle
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:33:22 -0400
I birded Presque Isle today...highlights were

1 Little Gull, spotted near the Monument, and seen again later by another
birder past the house boats.
1000 plus Double Crested Cormorants ( these guys are flying through, many
large flocks off North Pier)
4 Yellow Rumps
2 Ruby Crowned Kinglets
Large numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls around park
2 Hermit Thrushes
25 plus Caspian Terns

Photos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Shawn Collins
Crawford County
Subject: 22 Caspian Terns 4 Banded Crawford County
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:30:27 -0400
I didn't plan on birding Crawford County, but on my way to Conneaut Harbor
in Ohio, I drove past the Spillway in the Morning and Noticed a huge amount
of Caspian Terns in the parking lot

22 Caspian Terns, 4 of them were banded, I got some photos of the bands
they are at my Flickr link, in case anyone knows whereabouts they came from.

Leg Band pics
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Shawn Collins
Crawford County
Subject: Easter Eggs & Woodpecker Activity
From: "Barry E. Blust" <BarryBlust AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:37:49 -0400
We have a porch swing but it's not on a porch but rather in the back yard.
We keep it covered with a tarp stretched over it when not in use to keep all
the stuff that falls from the trees off of it.  This creates a nice dry
space between the tarp and the seat and back of the swing with openings at
each end of the swing.  We also have a molded plastic child swing for my
grandson that we place under the tarp in the porch swing for storage.  Today
I pulled the tarp back in preparation for use by family coming over for
Easter.  I found the my grandson's swing partially filled with leaves and
grass and had a very surprised Carolina Wren pop out and sit on the edge of
it for about two seconds before flying off.  I realized the grass was the
wren's nest and a quick look in the hole in the side found four eggs inside.
I hurriedly took a couple of pictures & put the tarp back in place.  I guess
we won't be using that swing for a while.

I've often heard stories of people having birds nest in a wreath on their
door or in a flower pot and wondered why that never happened to me.  I guess
it's my turn now.

In addition I had usually have lots of woodpecker activity in my yard.  Now
that the flickers are back in numbers I frequently have five species (Downy,
Hairy, Red-bellied, Flicker & Pileated).  Yesterday a female Pileated was
working over a pile of wood chips and then a log a mere 15 feet from the
house.  I also observed a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers mating.  A particularly
resonant dead branch served as a drumming platform for a Flicker and later a
Red-bellied.

Barry E. Blust 
21 Rabbit Run Lane 
Glenmoore, PA 
Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County 
BarryBlust AT comcast.net 
Subject: Wildflower Reserve-Beaver County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:47:10 -0400
Some of the highlights at the Wildflower Reserve today included:

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Yellow-throated Warbler
Northern Parula
Louisiana Waterthrush

Non-avian:

Trout lily
Virginia Bluebells
Spring Beauty
Skunk Cabbage
Common Blue Violet
Bloodroot

Spring Peepers

Gigi Gerben Washington County
Subject: HSR: Tussey Mountain (20 Apr 2014) 53 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:04:06 -0400
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0             81            257
Osprey                       9             78             82
Bald Eagle                   1             13             32
Northern Harrier             1             14             19
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10            174            212
Cooper's Hawk                0             26             38
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             16             63
Broad-winged Hawk           26            575            575
Red-tailed Hawk              3            241            370
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0             22            196
American Kestrel             1             24             35
Merlin                       1              4              6
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              1              2
Unknown Raptor               0              6              7

Total:                      53           1282           1908
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Nick Bolgiano

Observers:        Bob Fredrick, Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
Wind 5-13 ESE/SE, sky clear, temp 45-72F

Raptor Observations:
BE: 1408 Imm

Non-raptor Observations:
C. Loon-3, Double-crested Cormorant-11
========================================================================
Report submitted by Nick Bolgiano ()
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/

Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (20 Apr 2014) 40 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:04:17 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              0
TV                           0             69            270
OS                           0             22             23
BE                           1              8             11
NH                           1              9              9
SS                           2             68             77
CH                           1             24             25
NG                           0              1              2
RS                           0              4             13
BW                          24            154            154
RT                           4            128            199
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0             18             51
AK                           0             17             18
ML                           1              4              4
PG                           0              3              3
UA                           1              2              2
UB                           4              7             10
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           1              9             22

Total:                      40            547            893
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Stewart

Observers:        Gene & Nancy Flament

Visitors:
15- Helping spot Gene and Nancy Flament.


Weather:
Mostly sunny.
Warm, temp in upper 60's.
Winds from ESE 10-14 mph.
Visibility, some haze, additional smoke from a brush fire east and south of
watch.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle  10:35 Adult
1 N. Goshawk not counted, did not migrate north.
1 Sharp-Shinned hawk not counted flew south.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens, N. Flicker.

Predictions:
Warm 68 degrees. 
Wind from Southwest 5-7 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob AT stewart.net)

Subject: Peregrine news in Pittsburgh
From: "Kate St.John" <kstjohn001 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:54:42 -0700
Gulf Tower: Last night the first of five peregrine eggs hatched at the Gulf 
Tower peregrine nest. A second hatched today around 2pm. Here are some early 
morning snapshots: 


http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/2014/04/20/peregrine-eggs-hatching-on-easter/

Pitt: Dorothy, the female peregrine at Pitt is 15 years old. She laid 1 egg on 
March 20, became eggbound then expelled the bad egg & has not laid any more nor 
is she incubating the lone egg. Her reproductive days seem to be over. So far 
we have not seen any female challengers for the site. 



6 other sites: Here's an update from all the sites as of April 8 
(http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/2014/04/08/pittsburgh-peregrine-update-early-april/). 
That update is 2 weeks old & says that we don't know where the Beaver County 
Monaca/East Rochester peregrines have decided to nest... and we don't. Few 
people have seen them so Mark Vass' report today is welcome news especially 
*if* the peregrines have decided to use the easier-for-banding bridge. (but 
who knows...) 




Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/
Subject: Great Crested Flycatcher - Mercer County
From: Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:08:38 -0400
On my way home from Lake Wilhelm today I took some back country roads and
while on Pine Road (South of PA State Route 58 and West of I-79 near Amish
Country) this bird flew across the road in front of me and landed in a tree
very near the road. I was able to stop and had good views of it with my
binoculars but when I opened the door to get out and take a picture it
flew. I was not able to relocate it.

-- 
Dave Inman
Mercer, PA
Subject: Yellow-Rumped and Palm Warblers, Opossum Lake, Cumberland County
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:01:01 -0400
Yellow-Rumped and Palm Warblers at Opossum Lake today.

 

As well as the ubiquitous Green Heron, which I have seen on my

last five consecutive outings, 4 times here and at Big Spring yesterday. 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/63027303 AT N06/

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle
Subject: Peregrine Falcon - Beaver Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <mvas1200@YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:16:41 -0400
This afternoon I was driving across the E. Rochester-Monaca Bridge and perched 
on top was a Peregrine Falcon. 

Is the nest under the bridge this year ?

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Bern Twp., Berks County
From: Joan Silagy <jsilagy5860 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:13:35 -0400
I've had an exciting morning here at home watching yard happenings.  A
cooper's hawk is nesting near by and it is constantly cackling.  Even as I
went out for my newspaper about 6:50 AM and it was still dark, she was
cackling.  Later, I looked out the window and a hen turkey was at my
feeders. I suspect she is nesting near by
as I've been seeing her for the past two weeks and she never seems to go
far.  Later I happened to glance out my kitchen window and was taken aback
as the Cooper's Hawk was standing in my in ground bird bath.  I sat and
watched her for ten minutes and she just stood there the whole time. The
funny part was that a squirrel was trying to get a drink.  It would
approach the bird bath from the left, then the right, move to the front,
move to the back, go up on the drip bucket supporting post and onto a tree
and on and on it went.  If looks could kill, that squirrel would have been
dead and it knew better than to approach the bird bath too close as the
Cooper's kept an eye on it.  Every so often the Cooper's would lie down and
bathe and then stand up and look around.  A few Goldfinch approached the
feeders but would not go on them and would look down at the "bathing
beauty". At one point a Starling flew in to raid the suet feeder but it did
a hasty retreat out of there.  This drama went on for a good 30 minutes and
finally she left the bird bath but only flew a short distance and landed
very near the squirrel that was in a frozen position in the tree.  I
finally went and got my camera and after I took a picture, the hawk flew
off to her nesting area and the squirrel, sighing with relief, headed down
the tree to get a drink. By the time the drama ended, 40 minutes had passed
by and I got nothing done but enjoyed the moments. I may have to stop
feeding the birds since this Cooper's hawk seems to think it is at a spa,
trees, meals on paws and feathered appetitzers and a nice soaking tub as
well.  Time will tell where the drama leads.

Joan Silagy
Leesport, PA
Subject: Lesser Yellowlegs - Allegheny Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <mvas1200@YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:05:26 -0400
This morning I went to the Imperial Grasslands

at the main pond I had the following shorebirds

6 Killdeer
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
3 Spotted Sandpiper
12 Wilson's Snipe

the Lesser Yellowlegs is #9 shorebird specie seen here this spring 

also here were two Ring-necked Ducks and two Chimney Swifts

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Dauphin County - Harrisburg Peregine Falcon hatching
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:46:40 -0400
There were 4 eggs (3 of them pipped) in the Harrisburg scrape last evening
when it became too dark to see.  By first light this morning there were 2
downy chicks and 2 eggs. The 3rd chick emerged from its shell at 8:54 AM.
The 3rd hatch was viewable on the Falconcam, as the female had left the
scrape for a moment to accept prey from the male. When she returned to the
scrape she didn't seem to know whether to feed the first 2 or brood the
youngest. It was a rather comical few moments while she tried to do both.
Eventually, she settled down with all 3 chicks - and the prey - safely
gathered under her wings.

Sue Hannon
Middletown
Dauphin County
Subject: Yellow-throated Warblers and more, Monroe Cty
From: Dan Altif <swiftwaterbirds AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:43:55 -0700
Saturday morning I went looking for migrants along River Rd and Freeman Tract 
road and finished up at the State Park Headquarters. Northern Parulas and 
Gnatcatchers were most numerous. Most noteable were 2 singing Yellow-throated 
Warblers. The first was along River Rd and Church Hill Rd with the second bird 
just north of the first bird about .5 miles on the left in a small stand of 
Spruce and Hemlock. 


Other migrants included Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, 
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Louisianna Waterthrush, Brown Thrasher, and numerous 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets. 

Whip-poor-wills are back! Friday evening along Hypsy Gap Road I heard 4 and 
saw one Whip along the dirt road. Woodcocks were also present along with 2 
Barred Owls calling. 


Some photos from yesterday.


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


Daniel Altif
Subject: HSR: Tussey Mountain (19 Apr 2014) 78 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:04:12 -0400
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0             81            257
Osprey                       6             69             73
Bald Eagle                   0             12             31
Northern Harrier             0             13             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            164            202
Cooper's Hawk                2             26             38
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             62
Broad-winged Hawk           66            549            549
Red-tailed Hawk              1            238            367
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0             22            196
American Kestrel             1             23             34
Merlin                       0              3              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              1              2
Unknown Raptor               0              6              7

Total:                      78           1229           1855
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jon Kauffman

Observers:        Jon Kauffman, Nick Bolgiano

Visitors:
ERM student Garret


Weather:
 NW winds at 7-12mph. Haze in the valley with a thin layer of clouds. 
Temps reaching 62F.

Raptor Observations:
Broad-winged flight was relatively low.  Majority of the individuals seen
were close by using the updraft off the ridge.  Very little birds seen
using thermals.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon(2) Black-throated Green Warbler(1) Double-crested Cormorant(7)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jon Kauffman (jvk5019 AT gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/

Subject: Clarion Co- Henslow's sparrows, house wren and prairie warbler
From: Carole Winslow <cjnal AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:00:54 -0400
        I was able to spend a little time outdoors after work the past 
couple of days and had some new arrivals. Ruby-crowned kinglets finally 
yesterday and brown thrashers galore.  I thought they were fooling me 
with their songs, but I actually did see four all together in one spot, 
singing at the same time and chasing, giving their funny growl type 
call.  Plus two more on opposite sides of the property.  Later at dusk 
yesterday I also drove through the Curllsville strips and found at least 
5 Henslow's sparrows "singing" and one savannah, plus good numbers of 
woodcocks and one Wilson's snipe giving it's winnow from the marshy area 
out in the field.  I've heard this several times in the past here, same 
area of the field.  Always cool to hear.

    Tonight on a walk down the road around 7 I also found the first 
house wren I've had this year,( very regularly around the 17th every 
year), and then a prairie warbler as well.  Thrashers again seem to be 
singing everywhere tonight and purple finches are singing in the yard.  
Back earlier in  March there were two screech owls in the barn again for 
a week or more, now just one again most days but not always. So assume 
they are nesting by now somewhere nearby.

   The phoebes started a nest earlier in the week by the back door, but 
have since abandoned it after the two cold days we had.  I'll hope they 
return.  Hope everyone enjoys the beautiful weather this weekend,

Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
Subject: Warblers, Sparrows, more Crawford County
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:28:08 -0400
I had a great day of birding today...some of my highlights

Woodcock Lake and gamelands nearby

2 Black Throated Green Warblers
1 Nashville Warbler
1 House Wren
8 plus Fox Sparrows
5 plus Hermit Thrushes
10 White Throated Sparrows
2 Field Sparrows
1 White Crown Sparrow
1 Ruffed Grouse ( drumming)
10 plus Ruby Crowned Kinglets ( everywhere!!)
2 Dark Eyed Juncos
5 Eastern Towhees
3 Blue Gray Gnatcatchers
2 Northern Flickers
5 Hooded Mergansers
2 Wood Ducks
1 Red Shouldered Hawk

Conneaut Marsh
5 Blue Wing Teal
6 Wood Ducks
1 Brown Creepers
1 Sora
15 Rusty Blackbirds
20 Tree Swallows
2 Barn Swallows


Miller's Ponds
10 plus Blue Wing Teal
100 Greater Yellowlegs ( everywhere!)
15 Lesser Yellowlegs
8 Pectoral Sandpipers
2 Least Sandpipers
11 Dunlin
1 Bairds
3 Killdeer
2 Wilson's Snipe
5 Sandhill Cranes
2 Am Kestrels

Fish Hatchery
1 Great Egret
10 Cliff Swallows
4 Purple Martins

Some photos from today
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Shawn Collins
Crawford County
Subject: Re: American Bittern, Woods Edge, Lancaster County
From: Mike Epler <jmepler AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:14:36 -0400
After much searching the American Bittern was relocated. At 6:20 it was spotted 
by another birder emerging from the cattails on the left end of the large pond. 
It walked slowly toward some light cover were it "hid" briefly before moving on 
and out of sight. 


Other birds seen there were a Great Egret, a Green Heron, and a Black-crowned 
Night-Heron. 


Shortly after 2:00 a Virginia Rail was heard making its grunt call with another 
immediately answering. 


Mike Epler
Middletown, PA

From: jmepler AT hotmail.com
To: pabirds AT list.audubon.org
Subject: American Bittern, Woods Edge, Lancaster County
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:58:50 -0400




I just received a call from Meredith Lombard that she and Joe Yoder are 
currently viewing an American Bittern at Woods Edge. The bird was in the small 
lower pond. 


Mike Epler
Middletown, PA
 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: Henslow's Sparrow, SGL 108, Blandburg, PA
From: "JASON M. HILL" <jmh656 AT PSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:32:10 -0400
Well the Henslow's are back. At least one of them anyway. I visited my old
research plots today: not very productive for grassland sparrows but I did turn
up one Henslow's Sparrow on State Game Lands 108, which is off of highway 865
between Bellwood and Blandburg. Bellwood is on I-99 between State College and
Altoona. Here's some helpful hints to finding grassland birds right now.
1. Visit a grassland. 
2. If there's a path or something that you're walking on...get off of it.
Grassland birds, in general, avoid the edges of the grasslands.
3. Singing will really pick up in early May, so until then you'll need to just
walk through the grassland until you happen to flush one up. Usually they will
just fly 10 meters and then drop down again so learn to recognize the flight
style. You're most likely to confuse grasshopper sparrows and Henslow's
sparrows when you only get a brief look in flight, but you can absolutely learn
to distinguish them. Grasshopper sparrows appear relatively chunkier and have
lighter outer tail feathers (they spread their tail as they're quickly flying
away from you). Henslow's appear to have an overall dark tail and back in
flight, and they "dive" into the vegetation hard and quick to get away from
you. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17966309
Cheers,Jason

"Nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution"
--Theodosius Dobzhansky--

Jason Hill, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
in conjuction with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
www.coopunits.org/Pennsylvania/People/Jason_Hill/index.html

434 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802-4705
Office: 814-865-9219
Fax: 814-863-4710
Subject: Silver Lake in Bucks CO.
From: Doug Filler <d.filler AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:29:37 -0500
The following were seen of heard on the morning bird walk from the Silver Lake 
Nature Center located in Bristol, PA 


Silver Lake Nature Center, Bucks, US-PA
Apr 19, 2014 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Participants: 5
26 species

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 5
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 6
Blue Jay 3
Tree Swallow 5
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
American Robin 15
Palm Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Rusty Blackbird 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 4
View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17967244 

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Doug Filler 
Levittown 
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Levittown 
Subject: Broad-winged Hawk - Cumberland County
From: linda & bill franz <wlfranz1 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:04:31 -0700
Watched a Broad-winged Hawk glide through the trees
alongside a gravel road on top of South Mountain within Michaux State
Forest. This small buteo perched a
couple of times almost on request to give us some very nice looks. Also saw 
and heard a few Blue-headed Vireos 

along the same stretch of road. The
bright sunlit forest was otherwise distinctly quiet.
Bill Franz/ Newville
Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (19 Apr 2014) 45 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:04:55 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0              4              4
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       1             23             23
Bald Eagle                   1              9              9
Northern Harrier             1             10             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             35             35
Cooper's Hawk                1             30             30
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk           35            163            163
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             43             43
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                1             20             20
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              9              9
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                      45            379            379
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Matt Wlasniewski, Mawdo Jallow, Milena De Benito,
                  Nina Duggan

Visitors:
129


Weather:
Clear/Partly Cloudy, variable winds (SE/N/NW/W) 1-3 mph

Raptor Observations:
Rare species in migration: adult, female bald eagle at 11:20 am EST and
adult, female northern harrier at 12:40 pm EST.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (19 Apr 2014) 13 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:04:05 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              0
TV                           0             69            270
OS                           0             22             23
BE                           0              7             10
NH                           0              8              8
SS                           1             66             75
CH                           0             23             24
NG                           0              1              2
RS                           0              4             13
BW                          10            130            130
RT                           2            124            195
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0             18             51
AK                           0             17             18
ML                           0              3              3
PG                           0              3              3
UA                           0              1              1
UB                           0              3              6
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              8             21

Total:                      13            507            853
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Rosemary McGlynn

Observers:        Jack Julian, Tom/Janet Kuehl

Visitors:
several including Tom & Janet Kuehl,John Sedewar,& Jack Julian


Weather:
warm with light ENE wind which changed to W/WNW by 10EST;valley haze
early,high thin clouds

Raptor Observations:
13 migrating birds

Non-raptor Observations:
TVs,ravens,crows,tree swallows,towhees, anglewing sp. butterfly

Predictions:
light SE winds,partly cloudy,dry with temp near 60F
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rosemary McGlynn ()

Subject: Eared Grebe, Bucks Co. Still here
From: Anthony Uhrich <aeuhrich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:58:22 -0400
The Nockamixon State Park Eared Grebe is still at the park.  Last seen
between fishing pier and boat rental area.  At one point it was very close,
but currently is making it's way out pretty far.
Good birding
Anthony Uhrich
Montgomery Co. PA
Subject: White Pelican
From: Glenn Koppel <kestrel22 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:47:20 +0000
Today (Sat April 19) while at Jennings Environmental Center, we had a White 
Pelican seen soaring on a thermal.I first noticed something white flying very 
high, appearing almost as only a white dot and figured it was an airplane. But 
when it started turning I figured I better look at it.Getting binos on it 
showed a white pelican, large white bird, long yellow bill, short tail and 
black secondaries easily seen.Also a couple of Red-headed Woodpeckers there 
too. 

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice KoenekeButler, PAkestrel22 AT hotmail.com
 		 	   		  
Subject: Purple Finch, Allegheny County
From: Jack Chaillet <chailletj AT WINCHESTERTHURSTON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:35:37 -0400
I had the following today at Harrison Hills Park:

1 Purple Finch
3 Blue-winged Teal
2 Field Sparrow
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
3 Eastern Bluebird
2 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Jack Chaillet
Allegheny County
Subject: Crawford County - possible King Rail???
From: Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:55:43 -0400
As unbelievable as it sounds I am very sure (but without a visual cannot be
100% sure) that I heard one at Geneva Swamps today. I was on the dead end
road going west off of I-79, the one that dead ends and circles around the
old oil tank. I had parked my car at approx 8am very near the first boat
launch area on the right side and was watching for a Rusty Blackbird I had
seen on the left side.

All of a sudden I heard a call behind me that I had never heard before and
had no clue what it could have been. I have seen and heard Virginia Rails
on many occasions. I have heard Soras on dozens of occasions. So I pulled
my phone out and fired up Ibird Pro and listened to both bitterns, not even
close. I then listened to Yellow Rail and Black Rail, not even close. I
then listened to King rail 1 (the spaced KEK call) and that wasn't it but
when I listened to King Rail 2 (contact call) that was EXACTLY what I had
heard.Now, if there is something else that sounds VERY similar please let
me know. I have spent countless hours in the swamps taking pictures of
ducks and know what most of the more common ducks sound like. This was much
"crisper, louder, and more pronounced" than anything I had ever heard.

The bird only called one time and although I stayed there another 45
minutes it never called again.

-- 
Dave Inman
Mercer, PA
Subject: Long-tailed Duck - Butler Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <mvas1200@YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:12:20 -0400
I was at Moraine State Park early this afternoon and checked the lake on the 
north shore,stopping at the Lakeview Beach and Watts Bay 


8 Lesser Scaup
2 Surf Scoter
1 Long-tailed Duck
22 Bufflehead
14 Red-breasted Merganser
16 Ruddy Duck
1 Common Loon
1 Horned Grebe
147 D.c. Cormorant
34 Am. Coot

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: I hope this works
From: herb1013 <herb1013 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:02:41 -0400
I pay a fee for this digital news. I hope it works for you.


http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20140418/NEWS01/304180057?source=nletter-top5 


Now their killing geese and destroying their  eggs.
Herb Flavell, Susquehanna County.
Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler, Northampton County
From: Adam Smith <adamsmithud AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:16:11 -0700
Today there was a singing Yellow-throated Warbler along the Lehigh River 
Towpath near the 2nd (western) parking lot along Farmersville Rd/Wilson Ave. 



Adam Smith
Bethlehem Township
Northampton County
Subject: Black-headed Gull, Shenango River Lake, Mercer Co.
From: Kim & Jeff Brinker <jkbrink2 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:52:49 -0400
There was a Black-headed Gull in almost-full breeding plumage at the 
game propagation ponds at Shenango Reservoir late this morning. It was 
roosting with a large flock of ring-billed gulls, and a single 
Bonaparte's gull.

Jeff Brinker
Mercer, Mercer Co.
Subject: OT - Harrisburg-born falcon hatches 6th chick
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:35:43 -0400
Slightly off-topic, but because it is so unusual I thought it worth posting
that Red Girl, the Harrisburg born falcon now nesting in Wilmington
Delaware now has 6 chicks. The final egg hatched shortly after 6 am this
morning, 3 days after the 5th chick hatched.

Harrisburg appears to have a pip in two eggs, indicating that hatching is
imminent. Check their progress at:  http://www.pacast.com/players/falcon.asp



-- 
Sue Hannon
Middletown
Dauphin County, PA
Subject: Northampton County
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:25:40 +0000
After the LVAS walk this morning, I made a couple of quick stops. I had 5 or 6 
blue-winged teal and a green-winged teal at Green Pond fields and three ruddy 
ducks (2m, 1f) at the Gremar Rd. Ponds. 


Good birding,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall
Subject: American Bittern, Woods Edge, Lancaster County
From: Mike Epler <jmepler AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:58:50 -0400
I just received a call from Meredith Lombard that she and Joe Yoder are 
currently viewing an American Bittern at Woods Edge. The bird was in the small 
lower pond. 


Mike Epler
Middletown, PA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Paying Farmers to Welcome Birds - NYTimes.com
From: Zsuzsa <zs_horvath AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:52:37 -0400
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/science/paying-farmers-to-welcome-birds.html?referrer= 


Zsuzsa
Pittsburgh


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Chester Co., Bucktoe Creek Preserve walk
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:44:37 -0400
The bird walk at Bucktoe Creek Preserve will be led by Hank Davis this Sunday 
at 8am. This 300-acre privately-owned preserve is open only during guided walks 
and is located at 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA in southern Chester Co. The walk 
is about 3 miles and the lasts approximately 3 hours. Walks are sponsored by 
the owner of the preserve and the Delaware Nature Society, and if you attend 
these free walks, we encourage you to become a member. 


By the way, I am leading a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains this Monday 
through Friday for wildflowers, birds, and the incredible explosion of spring. 
We have space for 1 or 2 more participants. If you are interested, please let 
me know. 


Joe Sebastiani
Delaware Nature Society
Subject: Boreal species declining
From: Mark Bowers <4beagles AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:28:20 -0400
I thought this was an interesting article.

http://phys.org/news/2014-04-iconic-boreal-bird-species-declining.html

-- 
Mark Bowers
279 Orr Road
West Newton, PA  15089
4beagles AT verizon.net
724-454-4012
Subject: List and Update on Bittern at PISP Erie County
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:38:57 -0400
Katie Andersen watched the Bittern after I left and it did NOT take off, so
there is a great chance it's still there in the AM.

PISP Highlights

Vista 1
1 Am Bittern
7 Great Egrets
2 Little Gulls ( Katie also saw 1 Little gull as well)
5 Caspian Terns
100 plus Bonapartes
2 Redheads
10 Scaup Species
50 plus Am Coots
50 plus Double Crested Cormorants
2 Greater Black Back Gull

Leo's Landing
8 Blue Wing Teal
10 Bonaparte's Gulls
Huge flock of Double Crested Cormorants, probably stretched over a mile
long, thousands of them all in a huge formation and the line went forever
25 Scaup
4 Goldeneyes
3 Rusty Blackbirds
small flock of sparrows, couldnt get an ID on them

Beach 10 Lot
2 Field Sparrows
1 Chipping Sparrow

I went to PISP for migrant songbirds, but Vista 1 kept my attention most of
the time...

Photos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Good Birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford County






-- 
Shawn Collins
Crawford County

My Photography Page
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

My Bird Blog
http://givingyouthebird.blogspot.com/
Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (18 Apr 2014) 20 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:04:14 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              3              3
Turkey Vulture               1              4              4
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0             26             26
Bald Eagle                   0             11             11
Northern Harrier             0             10             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             40             40
Cooper's Hawk                0             31             31
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk           17            128            128
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             46             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0             19             19
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
American Kestrel             0             12             12
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                      20            362            362
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Candace Stenzel, Milena De Benito

Visitors:
77


Weather:
Overcast/Haze, S winds 5-11 mph

Raptor Observations:
Migrating broad-winged hawks flew very close-up over North Lookout.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: HSR: Tussey Mountain (18 Apr 2014) 112 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:04:09 -0400
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0             81            257
Osprey                       4             63             67
Bald Eagle                   4             12             31
Northern Harrier             0             13             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            162            200
Cooper's Hawk                1             24             36
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             62
Broad-winged Hawk           97            483            483
Red-tailed Hawk              2            237            366
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 2             22            196
American Kestrel             0             22             33
Merlin                       1              3              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              1              2
Unknown Raptor               1              6              7

Total:                     112           1151           1777
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Jon Kauffman

Observers:        Jon Kauffman, Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
Chilly with SE winds at 8-14mph.  Very murky and hazy in both valleys with
100% cloud cover.  Visibility poor until late day with haze decreasing.
Temps reaching 61F

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1355(Sub) 1637(Sub, mobbed by BWHA)
BAEA: 1302(Imm) 1310(Imm) 1315(Sub) 1358(imm)

Very slow day until 1300est with 4 BAEA's and 1 GOEA.  The Broad-winged
flight didn't kick in until 1500est with 38 that hour.  84 out of the 97
BWHA's flew in the last three hours. Flight was seen over the valley and on
ridge top with kettles up to 8 birds.  Last bird at 1730.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon(2) Double-crested Cormorant(7)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jon Kauffman (jvk5019 AT gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/

Subject: Lawrence County PA State Game Lands 284 Brown thrashers and more
From: Dave Inman <mercer.county.bird.guy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:36:14 -0400
Took a hike down the game lands road from the parking lot on #2 Mine Road
and found the following along with the regular Robins, Red-winged
Blackbirds, Canada Geese, Ets.

2 Brown Thrashers
3 Blue Gray Gnatcatchers
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Field Sparrows
35 (Approx) Green-winged Teals
8 Wood Ducks

I managed to get a decent picture of one of the Field Sparrows. Also a shot
of the Thrasher from a couple of nights ago can be found on my Flickr
photostream here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79254232 AT N08/


-- 
Dave Inman
Mercer, PA
Subject: Yellow-throated Warblers, Duck Hollow, Allegheny County
From: Jack Chaillet <chailletj AT WINCHESTERTHURSTON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:25:38 -0400
Hi everyone,

This evening at Duck Hollow I had two Yellow-throated Warblers, a Bald Eagle, a 
Horned Grebe, and six Double-crested Cormorants. In Frick Park earlier today, I 
saw a Broad-winged Hawk, two Winter Wrens, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, three Hairy 
Woodpeckers, an Eastern Screech-owl, a Cooper's Hawk, two Northern Rough-winged 
Swallows, and many Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Also today, a flock of about five 
Fish Crows landed in a tree along my street. 


Jack Chaillet
Allegheny County
Subject: Surf Scoters - Butler Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <mvas1200@YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:15:34 -0400
This afternoon I was at Moraine State Park and checked out the lake at the day 
use area cove,the south shore overlook and the Bear Run boat launch 


I had the following

9 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
4 Mallard
1 Greater Scaup
4 Lesser Scaup
2 Surf Scoter
12 Bufflehead
10 Red-breasted Merganser
15 Ruddy Duck
1 Common Loon
2 Pied-billed Grebe
7 D.c. Cormorant
18 Am. Coot
10 Bonaparte's Gull
5 Ring-billed Gull

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.


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Subject: Am bittern and little gull pisp Erie
From: Shawn <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:08:45 -0400
I'm still at pisp but I found an American bittern at vista 1

Nancy and ken Anderson saw me and they got the bird as well. He is walking 
along the reed bed on far side. We parked before the vista and got better views 
from walking to the edge 


2 little gulls in hoards of bonapartes here as well.

Still birding I wanted to pass this along in case anyone is around birding

Shawn Collins
Crawford county

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Birds are amazing
From: herb1013 <herb1013 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:32:46 -0400
I have 2 flat feeders on the front deck. They have not been used in 15 years 
because we put windows and screens in. So that meant we could not fill the 
front feeders. That’s why I started feeding from the back deck because 40 
feet is open. The other 20 has a sun room. I was sitting on the front porch and 
thought why don’t I cut off those two screens and hang a feeder from each 
hook and fill the flats on top with feed to. That way I can sit in the recliner 
and watch the birds.So I ordered 2 barn feeders with an attached Silo feeder 
for nyjer seed with 3 or 4 ports.They have not arrived yet. So my son was 
filling the back deck feeders. I asked him to bring me 2 cans of mixed seed 
with cracked corn. I took out both glass frames and was filling the first one 
as a BCCD landed and took a sunflower seed while I was still filling the 
flat.What sharp eyes they have. How did they know I was going to fill those two 
feeders. Now there are at least 10 visiting that feeder. All I hope is I 
don’t fall out the window because it’s a long way down. It will be easier 
to hang the barn feeders when they come next week I guess. Then I wont use the 
flats. Each has a solar lite in the center. Do you think they will feed at 
night since I supply light with dinner. I’ll put a couple pictures on 
Facebook after it gets dark. 

Herb Flavell, Gods Knob for Gods Creatures, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna 
County 

Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (18 Apr 2014) 83 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:04:54 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              0
TV                           0             69            270
OS                           3             22             23
BE                           1              7             10
NH                           0              8              8
SS                           0             65             74
CH                           2             23             24
NG                           0              1              2
RS                           0              4             13
BW                          69            120            120
RT                           6            122            193
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0             18             51
AK                           0             17             18
ML                           0              3              3
PG                           0              3              3
UA                           0              1              1
UB                           0              3              6
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           2              8             21

Total:                      83            494            840
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jim Rocco

Observers:        George Bercik, Janet Kuehl

Visitors:
George Bercik, Janet Kuehl, Dick Akers


Weather:
Light to moderate winds out of the SE
Average temp 7c
Mostly cloudy and over cast with a haze over the valley
Visibility 17 to 32km

Raptor Observations:
Imm. Bald Eagle at 10:16

Broadwing carrying either a mouse or chipmonk
Cooper's  carrying a bird.
 Black Vulture going South not included in count

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens, Pileated Woodpecker
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jim Rocco ()

Subject: Franklin Co Vesper Sparrow, LA Waterthrush
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:40:27 -0400
I had the following first of year birds for the county today:

Vesper Sparrow - Keefer Rd (latest date since keeping records from 2007)
Green Heron - Bender's Farm
Louisiana Waterthrush - Gunther Valley Road Trail

I also had a Lesser Yellowlegs in a ponded field off of Woodstock Rd.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg
Subject: Northern Parula - Schuylkill Co.
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:14:36 +0000
Hi All,
Nancy and I hit a couple spots this morning. The drive to and fro was also nice 
with a male Northern Harrier hunting, a singing Meadowlark, and an Osprey 
carrying fish. 


State Game Lands 160, Schuylkill, US-PA 
Apr 18, 2014 9:00 AM - 10:10 AM 
Protocol: Traveling 
0.8 mile(s) 
31 species (+1 other taxa) 

Mallard 2 
Black Vulture 3 
Turkey Vulture 1 
Broad-winged Hawk 9 migrating 
Red-tailed Hawk 1 
Mourning Dove 3 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 
Hairy Woodpecker 1 
Northern Flicker 2 
American Kestrel 1 
Blue Jay 3 
American Crow 2 
Tree Swallow 6 
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 2 
Tufted Titmouse 2 
House Wren 2 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10 
Eastern Bluebird 2 
American Robin 6 
Brown Thrasher 1 
Eastern Towhee 1 
Chipping Sparrow 2 
Field Sparrow 4 
Song Sparrow 4 
Swamp Sparrow 1 
White-throated Sparrow 12 
Northern Cardinal 2 
Red-winged Blackbird 2 
Rusty Blackbird 1 
Common Grackle 8 
Brown-headed Cowbird 3 
American Goldfinch 1 

Swatara SP (Schuylkill Co.), Schuylkill, US-PA 
Apr 18, 2014 10:25 AM - 11:25 AM 
Protocol: Traveling 
1.0 mile(s) 
24 species (+1 other taxa) 

Canada Goose 13 
Mallard 5 
Green Heron 1 
Turkey Vulture 2 
Red-tailed Hawk 1 
Mourning Dove 3 
Belted Kingfisher 1 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 
Downy Woodpecker 1 
Northern Flicker 3 
Eastern Phoebe 2 
American Crow 2 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3 
Tree Swallow 8 
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 2 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5 
Northern Parula 1 
Chipping Sparrow 2 
Song Sparrow 4 
Northern Cardinal 2 
Red-winged Blackbird 10 
Rusty Blackbird 2 
Common Grackle 8 
Brown-headed Cowbird 4 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17946341 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 ( http:/ 
Subject: Bank & Cliff Swallow, Dashields Dam, Allegheny Co
From: Michael David <michaeltdavid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:40:08 -0400
Hi All,

I was joined by Mike Fialkovich at Dashields Dam to check on the waterbird
migration this morning. We were there from about 7:00 to 9:45. No movement
to speak of, but 5 species of swallow were present - I found a Bank Swallow
and Mike found a Cliff among several Barn, Tree, and Northern Rough-winged
Swallows.

Best,

Michael David
Blair Co.
Subject: Prothonotary Warbler at John Heinz NWR
From: Robert Evans <evans.robert.r AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:27:56 -0400
This morning there was a Prothonotary Warbler at John Heinz NWR in
Philadelphia by the bird blind overlooking the small pond area. I also saw
a Horned Grebe by the long bridge over the main impoundment area.

This morning there was a lot of blue-gray gnatcatchers, yellow-rumps and
palms by the woods near the visitor center, all very low and visible
without binoculars -- even the gnat catchers, which was surprising. Also
FOY yellow warblers.

-Rob Evans
Subject: Re: A Hummingbird link
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:55:02 -0400
I just tested my link and am sorry for the bad word that, that creep uses. I 
did not notice that before or I never would have sent the link. It beats me 
why people curse to get their point a crossed.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob for Gods Creatures, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna 
County.

-----Original Message----- 
From: herb1013
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 1:43 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] A Hummingbird link

One of my 4 birder sisters sent me this link about Hummingbirds. There are a 
few pictures of a Hummingbird nest.

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/hummingbirds-eggs-nestlings

Herb Flavell, Gods Knob for Gods Creatures, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna 
County. 
Subject: Sandhill Cranes -- Imperial Grasslands, Allegheny County
From: Aidan Place <placea AT WINCHESTERTHURSTON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:43:37 -0400
I spent a bit of time at Imperial this morning. Field sparrows were everywhere 
at the main pond. There was also a spotted sandpiper at the pond and two Vesper 
sparrows, a couple of singing prairie warblers, and a very late American tree 
sparrow along King Rd. The highlight however, was the two SANDHILL CRANES which 
flew over the main pond headed east. In addition there were a large number of 
savannah sparrows at the Imperial Truck Stop. 


I also went to Wingfield Pines this morning where I had large numbers of 
blue-gray gnatcatchers and yellow-throated warblers as well as a brown thrasher 
and a yellow-rumped warbler. 

Good Birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

Sent from my iPad
Subject: A Hummingbird link
From: herb1013 <herb1013 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:43:11 -0400
One of my 4 birder sisters sent me this link about Hummingbirds. There are a 
few pictures of a Hummingbird nest. 


http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/hummingbirds-eggs-nestlings

Herb Flavell, Gods Knob for Gods Creatures, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna 
County. 

Subject: I FOLLOWED A LINK
From: herb1013 <herb1013 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:28:57 -0400
And look what I found. Here is the link about Hummingbirds and what to feed 
them. 2 of my 5 feeders have been out since 4/8 and no takers yet. 



http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/birds/turn-your-yard-hummingbird-spectacular 


Herb Flavell, Gods Knob for Gods Creatures, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna 
County 

Subject: Chester County - West Chester Bird Club Program
From: Lisa Tull <lisajtull AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:36:39 -0400
Please join us on Monday, April 21th at 7:30 for a presentation by Ms.
Arlene Koch, past President of the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society and the
Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology entitled Hummingbirds- The Reality, not
the Fantasy.  Ms. Koch writes frequently on the natural world for
LehighValleyLive and her preserved farm is a birding hotspot.

For further information, visit the West Chester Bird Club web site at
http://westchesterbirdclub.org/programs/

Lisa Tull

Chester County


Best regards,
Lisa
lisajtull AT gmail.com
610 608 4353
Subject: Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Cambria Co
From: Michael David <michaeltdavid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:23:47 -0400
Hi All,

Brad Romano found a flooded field/miniature wetland in SW Cambria Co
(40.3050172,-78.7634446) the other day and alerted me to a snipe there
today so I went to check it out with the following results:

3 Wilson's Snipe
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Killdeer
1 Mallard
10 Red-winged Blackbird
1 House Sparrow

Unremarkable perhaps, until you realize that this is the first Cambria Co
(eBird) record of any Calidris sandpiper since 2011 when the lake at Prince
Gallitzin SP was drawn down. The county has been rather starved for any
"typical" shorebird habitat so this is a promising development.

Best,

Michael David
Blair Co.
Subject: HSR: Tussey Mountain (17 Apr 2014) 32 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:04:30 -0400
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0             81            257
Osprey                       5             59             63
Bald Eagle                   2              8             27
Northern Harrier             0             13             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            162            200
Cooper's Hawk                2             23             35
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             62
Broad-winged Hawk           16            386            386
Red-tailed Hawk              3            235            364
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0             20            194
American Kestrel             0             22             33
Merlin                       0              2              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              1              2
Unknown Raptor               0              5              6

Total:                      32           1039           1665
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jon Kauffman

Observers:        Bob Fredrick, Chuck Widmann, Jon Kauffman, Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
SE winds  AT  12-18mph.  Temps reaching 56F. 

Raptor Observations:
BAEA 1505(Ad) 1525(Ad)

Not as big BWHA numbers as anticipated, but a steady flow of 2 per hour
throughout the day.  All seen individually.  No kettles formed.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon(2) Great Blue Heron(1)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jon Kauffman (jvk5019 AT gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/

Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (17 Apr 2014) 18 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:04:48 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              3              3
Turkey Vulture               0              3              3
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0             26             26
Bald Eagle                   0             11             11
Northern Harrier             0             10             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             40             40
Cooper's Hawk                1             31             31
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk           16            111            111
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             44             44
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                1             19             19
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
American Kestrel             0             12             12
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                      18            342            342
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:45:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Chien-Hung Yang, Nina Duggan

Visitors:
57


Weather:
Clear/Partly Cloudy, E/SE winds 5-12 mph

Raptor Observations:
Saw 1 tagged turkey vulture (#10) and 1 tagged black vulture (#40)

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (17 Apr 2014) 6 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:04:51 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              0
TV                           0             69            270
OS                           1             19             20
BE                           0              6              9
NH                           0              8              8
SS                           0             65             74
CH                           1             21             22
NG                           0              1              2
RS                           0              4             13
BW                           0             51             51
RT                           3            116            187
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0             18             51
AK                           0             17             18
ML                           0              3              3
PG                           0              3              3
UA                           0              1              1
UB                           0              3              6
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           1              6             19

Total:                       6            411            757
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Ed Gowarty

Observers:        Bob Stewart, Janet Kuehl

Visitors:
Helping spot: Janet Kuehl, Bob Stewart


Weather:
High thin clouds in am; more clouded over in afternoon.
Strong SE winds.
Temp 0-7 degrees C.
Visibilithy 30 km

Raptor Observations:
6 migrating raptors. Beautiful conditions, but missing raptors.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Partly sunny. 
High Temp 56 degrees F.
Winds from south at 6-8 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob AT stewart.net)

Subject: Baltimore oriole; flicker courtship Allegheny County
From: Cecelia <ceceliahard AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:46:02 -0400
Overwintering male Baltimore Oriole continues to visit feeders in O'Hara 
Township. He prefers peanuts to fruit or jelly in an "oriole feeder." 


This morning in Riding Meadow Park (Fox Chapel) 2 Northern Flickers (FOY for 
me) engaged in courtship dance or duel. Unsure of genders of the two birds. 


Cecelia Hard
O'Hara Township
Subject: Bald Eagle Harmar Allegheny County
From: Maureen Hobma <maureen.hobma AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:59:19 -0400
As I was sitting in traffic on the Hulton Bridge around 1pm today, I looked
up at the Eagle nest and saw a Red Tailed Hawk flying really close. Then
suddenly an Eagle appeared out of nowhere and just missed the hawk. The hawk
circled and came back. Then the light changed and I had to go:(  When the
nest was in view again I saw neither hawk nor eagle.

 

 

Maureen Hobma

Penn Hills

Allegheny County

 

 
Subject: Purple Martins, Tree Swallows, Opossum Lake, Cumberland County
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:22:03 -0400
First of Year Purple Martins at Possum Lake today, along with several score
Tree Swallows

hawking for insects over the lake.  Very impressive to see so many of the
latter.

 

I have posted a few photos here:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/63027303 AT N06/

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle  
Subject: Re: Dauphin Co - Steelton Osprey and Bald Eagle
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:50:32 -0400
Sorry, forgot that my phone doesn't include the signature on previous post
about the Black-crowned Night Heron.

After I finished my walk at the Reservoir, I drove by the osprey nest
between Highspire and Steelton and saw the pair copulating. The nest is far
more built up than they ever manage to get it last year.  A few minutes
after I arrived, a bald eagle flew by the nest and both ospreys chased it
out of the area.


-- 
Sue Hannon
Middletown
Dauphin County, PA
Subject: FOY Yellow-throated vireo.
From: Chris Grecco <chris.grecco65 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:58:02 -0400
While doing some chores outside this morning I heard what I thought was a
yellow-throated vireo singing.I got a pair of binocular that I keep in my
vehicle at all times for just such an occasion.I located the bird high up
in a maple tree on the neighboring property,got the binoculars on it and
confirmed it was a yellow-throated vireo.Nice start to what's going to be a
long day for me.

Chris Grecco
Curwensville,Pa.
Clearfield Co.
Chris.grecco65 AT gmail.com
(814)-553-9913
Subject: Dauphin Co - Highspire Reservoir Black Crowned Night Heron
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:12:45 -0400
I am birding the reservoi this morning and just spotted a black crowned
night heron under a tangle of brush at the water's edge on the far side of
the reservoir. This is the first time I have seen one here.