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Abyssinian Ground Thrush,©Tony Disley

30 Jan More Lapland Longspurs, South Avis, Clinton Co. 1/28 [Wayne Laubscher ]
29 Jan Horned Larks Lebanon [Alan Wells ]
29 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jan 29, 2015 [Karyn Delaney ]
29 Jan WRS Berks [Rudolph Keller ]
29 Jan Siskins and Sparrow, Butler [Glenn Koppel ]
29 Jan York Co Codorus SP Eared Grebe & Eagles [Peter Robinson ]
29 Jan Montour County WRS ["Jon D. Beam" ]
29 Jan Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
29 Jan Harris's Sparrow Cumberland County [Vernon Gauthier ]
29 Jan Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? [grant stevenson ]
29 Jan Re: small digital recorders? [loulcar171 ]
29 Jan Two Rough-legged Hawks, Gettysburg Battlefield, Adams Co. [Andy Wilson ]
29 Jan surf scoter duck hollow allegheny county [ ]
28 Jan Re: small digital recorders? [David Brown ]
28 Jan Re: small digital recorders? [Herb Flavell ]
28 Jan small digital recorders? [Gerald Kruth ]
29 Jan Central PA Birdline for 1.29.2015 [Mark Mcconaughy ]
29 Jan Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? [Dave Leibert ]
28 Jan Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? [Herb Flavell ]
28 Jan Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? [Kathleen Evans ]
28 Jan Re: Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co. [David Yeany II ]
28 Jan Photo Study Of Horned Larks At Maple Knoll Farms (Bucks Cty, PA), 1/28/15 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
28 Jan Surf Scoters - Beaver County [Daniel Rubino ]
28 Jan Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? [Kerry A Grim ]
28 Jan Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
28 Jan WRS - Southern Luzerne County - 1/28/15 [Phil Keener ]
28 Jan Erie County Lake View Landfill [Jerry McWilliams ]
28 Jan Bird talk [Herb Flavell ]
28 Jan Re: How do canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? [Marge Van Tassel ]
28 Jan How do canada Geese feed when the snow is deep? [Richard Nugent ]
28 Jan Lapland Longspurs, South Avis, Clinton Co., 1/27 [Wayne Laubscher ]
27 Jan Re: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders [Kathy Clark ]
27 Jan Re: comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use [Kathy Clark ]
27 Jan Re: comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use [Kathy Clark ]
27 Jan What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Kathy Clark ]
27 Jan Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) ["Carmen T. Santasania" ]
27 Jan LanCo: Gulls, Ducks Wrightsville/Lake Clarke [Alex Lamoreaux ]
27 Jan Erie County Lake View Landfill [Jerry McWilliams ]
28 Jan Pittsburgh gulling update 1/27/15 (Allegheny Co.) [Ben Coulter ]
27 Jan eBird -- Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA -- Jan 27, 2015 [Marcy ]
27 Jan Rough-legged Hawks Northern Berks Cty [Dan Altif ]
27 Jan Horned Lark/Pine Siskin (ind. co) [Marcy Cunkelman ]
27 Jan Re: Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co. ["Michael R. Leahy" ]
27 Jan Towhee and Fox Sparrow Levittown Bucks County. [Linda Rowan ]
27 Jan Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
27 Jan light phase Rough-legged Hawk, Lancaster County [ ]
27 Jan Franklin Co Common Redpoll [Bill Oyler ]
26 Jan Re - What is your favorite bird [Bill Foy ]
26 Jan Re: Birds favorite thing (or not favorite thing) about birders. [grant stevenson ]
26 Jan Re: [PA Birds]- What are birds thinking? Where's the best place to eat? [Marcy Cunkelman ]
27 Jan [PA Birds]- What are birds thinking? [Art Schiavo ]
27 Jan [PA Birds]- Dauphin County-Something I've Never Seen Before! [Art Schiavo ]
27 Jan Re: Need help again [Ron Rovansek ]
26 Jan Need help again [Alan Wells ]
26 Jan One horned lark, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH ]
26 Jan Dauphin County, pine siskin at my feeder [Sue Hannon ]
26 Jan Re: Favorite bird [Kyle Chelius ]
26 Jan Re: Favorite bird [Kerry A Grim ]
26 Jan Re: Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video) [Herb Flavell ]
26 Jan Re: Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video) [Meredith_Lombard ]
26 Jan Re: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders [Dave Kruel ]
26 Jan Franklin Co Pine Warbler [Bill Oyler ]
26 Jan Re: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders [Anne Annibali ]
26 Jan Sunday's bird cruise. Lehigh-Northapmton-Monroe county [Dave Leibert ]
26 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 ["Alt, Mark" ]
26 Jan Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(1/18 - 1/24) [August Mirabella ]
26 Jan Birds favorite thing (or not favorite thing) about birders. [Chris Grecco ]
26 Jan Re: Favorite Pa. Bird. [Ryan Fick ]
26 Jan Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders [Dave Kruel ]
26 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [grant stevenson ]
26 Jan Kirby Park, Luzerne Co. [Sandra Goodwin ]
26 Jan Re: favorite PA bird [dave leibert ]
25 Jan Re: Favorite bird [Herb Flavell ]
26 Jan Favorite bird [Anita Nichols ]
25 Jan Favorite bird [Martin Wilson ]
25 Jan Favorite PA Bird [tom and sheri ]
25 Jan Black-backed gull at the Beaver River mouth, Beaver County [Geoff Malosh ]

Subject: More Lapland Longspurs, South Avis, Clinton Co. 1/28
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:28:43 +0000
Yesterday afternoon I had 4 Lapland Longspurs in a small flock of Horned Larks 
at the same location at the south end of Maryland Ave. in South Avis. 





Wayne Laubscher 
Lock Haven 
Clinton Co. 
wnlaubscher AT comcast.net 
"Owl be back" 
Subject: Horned Larks Lebanon
From: Alan Wells <alanwells505 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:02:12 -0500
Went out today to Forney Road in South Lebanon where Randy reported Horned 
Larks and Lapland Longspurs. There was a large flock of Larks in the fields on 
both sides of the road. I believe I saw a couple of Longspurs but as usual 
could use help to ID them. If they are it is a life bird for me. 


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

Thanks again

Alan Wells
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jan 29, 2015
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:58:17 -0500
Pine Siskins have been coming to the feeders since Saturday in numbers
between 7 and today's high of 36.
A White-throated Sparrow was a nice surprise.  I haven't seen one in the
yard since November.

Karyn Delaney


Economy Borough Yard Birds, Beaver, US-PA
Jan 29, 2015 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
17 species

Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  10
Northern Cardinal  5
House Finch  1
Pine Siskin  36     Have been coming to feeders for 5 days.
American Goldfinch  22

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21593798

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: WRS Berks
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller AT DEJAZZD.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:41:36 -0500
Area bordered on east by Rt. 143, on north by Old Rt. 22, on west by Windsor 
Castle Rd., on south by Onyx Cave Rd.
Rudy Keller
2 hrs., 50 min.
10:20 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
40 miles
Red-tailed Hawk 12 AD
Am. Kestrel 3 N/D
Cooper's Hawk 2 IM
Calm, overcast, 23F, 5" snowcover.

As last year, no vultures. Hundreds of sparrows, mostly Dark-eyed Juncos and 
White-throated Sparrows, flushed from feeding areas on roadsides scraped 
bare of snow. Horned Larks widespread.
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County 
Subject: Siskins and Sparrow, Butler
From: Glenn Koppel <kestrel22 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:41:37 +0000
Up to 9 Pine Siskins continue every day at my feeders. Today we also had our 
first American Tree Sparrow but wonder where are the White-throats? 

Glenn KoppelMary Alice Koenekekestrel22 AT hotmail.comButler, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: York Co Codorus SP Eared Grebe & Eagles
From: Peter Robinson <pabirder AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:19:26 +0000
4:15 pm

Belated Report --


This time yesterday the Eared Grebe was still at Lake Marburg, Codorus State 
Park. It was in front of the Band Shell, off Sinsheim Road. It was with a 
Horned Grebe, with 2 Pied-billed not far away, for a total of 3 species of 
Grebes. 



As I crossed the Rt. 216 bridge at Smith Station Road there was an adult Bald 
Eagle chasing another adult Bald Eagle. Then the chaser landed in a tree and 
flushed a 2nd year Bald Eagle. 



Peter Robinson
Hanover, York County, PA



 		 	   		  
Subject: Montour County WRS
From: "Jon D. Beam" <jdbeam AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:39:27 -0500
County -  Montour

Date -  29 January 2015

Observers-  Jon Beam & Sarah Gibson

Total time on route (excluding lunch etc) Hours:  2  Minutes: 10

Start time/End time:  4:40 a.m./11:50 a.m.

Miles on route:  37.5

 

TVs - 0

BVs- 0

 

Harriers-  1

 

Red-tails- 2 Ad./  2 Imm./  1 ND

 

Rough-legs- 0  Light/  0 Dark

 

Kestrels- 1 M/  4 F/ 1 ND-

 

Sharp-shins- 0 Ad/ 0 Imm/ 0 ND

 

Cooper's - 1 Ad/ 0 Imm/  0 ND

 

Red-shoulders- 0 Ad/ 0 Imm/ 0 ND

 

Bald Eagles- 1 Ad/ 0 Imm.

 

Other raptors: Peregrine Falcon 1 Ad

Shrikes

 

Other birds of note - Several flocks of Horned Larks in freshly manured
fields

 

Avg Temp.- 15F

Sky- Cloudy

Wind - Calm

Avg Snow cover depth - 5"

 
Subject: Lebanon County
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:10:53 -0500
From Reistville Don Billett and I went to Gibble Road after about 45 minutes
we had seen about 70 Horned Larks but no Snow Buntings. Then we  went to
Meadow Lane near Forney Road and there were a few cars already there.

After only a few minutes 4 Lapland Longspurs were feeding along Meadow Lane
and Don got some poor pictures.

But Mike Dale was able to find the 4 feeding together too. He also said
there was 1 Longspur along Forney Road being watched 

so that makes 5 Lapland's in the area. Then Don and I went up to Forney Road
and he got very good photos.

Then one Longspur flew in from Meadow Lane to join the other already there
after  we were there about 20 minutes.

We were out from about 9 to 11:30 am.

There were many hundreds of Horned Larks. Thanks Mike for everything.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 

 

 
Subject: Harris's Sparrow Cumberland County
From: Vernon Gauthier <pabirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:45:21 -0500
There is a Harris's Sparrow at 515 Big Spring Road along the Big Spring
south of Newville . The bird is mixed in a flock of White-crowned and
White-throated Sparrows. I had it at about 135 p.m.
Vern Gauthier
Newville
Subject: Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:49:20 -0500
bison may do this, as well as use their snout and tongues?

grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

On 1/28/2015 8:31 PM, Herb Flavell wrote:
> They eat the same as deer will. They paw the snow off and eat exposed
> grass. They do the same at corn fields. There is always waste corn. They
> just paw away snow till they find some. If they don’t migrate to points
> south, they have their favorite corn fields and lawns. It not an easy
> life. We fed our deer at 3 pm by 3:30 10 deer had eaten it all. Another
> 8 came later but it was all gone. Going to fill the feeders earlier
> tomorrow to give them all a chance at some food. If you know where there
> are geese buy them some cracked corn and feed them if its allowed where
> they are. You will feel better and so will they with a full belly.
> Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Kathleen Evans
> Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:15 PM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
>
> Hi,
>
> When I worked at a corporate campus in Chester \County the Canada Geese
> would push the snow back from the sidewalks, that had been shoveled, and
> eat the grass.  As time passed you would see a ragged edge of snow appear
> away from the sidewalks and geese feeding there.  Not sure whether this was
> the only place where they ate but they did it after every snow storm.
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Kathie Evans
> Philadelphia
>
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM, Kerry A Grim 
> wrote:
>
>> I am wondering the same thing.
>>
>> I am somewhat monitoring 800 Canada Geese that travel from the Schuylkill
>> River, east over my neighborhood and feed in the fields to my east. They
>> are traveling at least 1.5 miles. We have a snow cover of 5 inches, so I
>> too am wondering if they are getting food, or will they move south
>> further.
>>
>> Are Snow Geese still in the areas where they were found a week or so ago
>> or have they moved out of the area. I have not heard of recent reports of
>> them here in Berks County and wonder if they moved south of the snow
>> line.
>>
>> Kerry Grim
>> Hamburg, PA
>
>
>
>


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Subject: Re: small digital recorders?
From: loulcar171 <loulcar171 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:41:22 -0500
I also use the  pocket-sized SONY PCM-M10 recorder. It has a 5-second holding 
queue feature which gives me 5 seconds to press the record button AFTER I hear 
the bird. I keep it handy in an outside jacket/shirt pocket so I can get to it 
within 5 seconds. It also has a super-sensitive microphone setting that picks 
up birds at quite a distance. 


Lou Carpenter
Harrisburg



Sent from Samsung tablet
Subject: Two Rough-legged Hawks, Gettysburg Battlefield, Adams Co.
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:27:48 -0500
I saw two juvenile Rough-legged Hawks on (what was meant to be) a quick
drive across the Gettysburg Battlefield, this morning. One light-phase, on
United States Ave., and one drak phase near The State of PA Monument on
Hancock Avenue

Gettysburg National Military Park, Adams, US-PA
Jan 29, 2015 8:08 AM - 8:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.1 mile(s)
Comments:     Driving 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 21 species Northern Harrier 1 Northern Harrier Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Rough-legged Hawk 2 light and dark juveniles, light on United States Avenue, dark near Pennsylvania Monument Rough-legged Hark - light phase juvenile Rough-legged Hark - dark phase juvenile Mourning Dove 1 Northern Flicker 1 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 2 Common Raven 1 Regular - chasing the Bald Eagle Carolina Chickadee 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Carolina Wren 2 European Starling 13 Eastern Towhee 1 American Tree Sparrow 2 Field Sparrow 2 Song Sparrow 6 Swamp Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 6 Dark-eyed Junco 33 Northern Cardinal 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21587787 -- Andy Wilson Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
Subject: surf scoter duck hollow allegheny county
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:08:28 -0800
earlier this morning i stopped at duck hollow before work to see what i can 
find. i had my LIFER!!! surf scoter. it was a drake. there were alot of gulls 
but nothing unusual. i also had 3 common mergansers and the drake ring necked 
duck. there was a time where the surf scoter was hanging with the ring necked 
duck. 


Matthew Juskowich
Allegheny County
Subject: Re: small digital recorders?
From: David Brown <davidebrownpa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:10:32 -0500
I use the Sony PCM-M10 which costs around $200 and it is a very highly
rated recorder. It is about the size of a cell phone and maybe twice as
thick, so I just keep it in a jacket pocket all the time. If I want to go
out specifically to audio record I use a Sennheiser ME66/K6 shotgun mic
with it. I essentially followed the setup in this blog post:
http://phainopeplafables.com/2013/03/02/getting-into-sound-recording/

You can find my own recordings with it here:
https://soundcloud.com/david-brown-542

David Brown
Lycoming County

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 10:29 PM, Gerald Kruth <
00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:

> Can anyone recommend a good, relatively inexpensive (around $ 100 +? )
> digital recorder for birdsongs?
>
> There are some existing great small digital recorders for birdsongs.   I
> have used Olympus VN-8100PC, but they are not very durable, and maybe
> there is
>  a better one available for cost-vrs-quality?.
>
> Thanks for any suggestions or recommendations.
>
> Jerry Kruth
> Pittsburgh
>
Subject: Re: small digital recorders?
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:44:57 -0500
Jerry, I bought this recorder. Its re-chargeable and plugs into the USB port 
of your computer. It works fine for voice. Don't know about bird songs 
though. But it records for 25 hours.
http://store.worldstart.com/product/9086
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Gerald Kruth
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:29 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] small digital recorders?

Can anyone recommend a good, relatively inexpensive (around $ 100 +? )
digital recorder for birdsongs?

There are some existing great small digital recorders for birdsongs.   I
have used Olympus VN-8100PC, but they are not very durable, and maybe there 
is
a better one available for cost-vrs-quality?.

Thanks for any suggestions or recommendations.

Jerry Kruth
Pittsburgh 
Subject: small digital recorders?
From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:29:40 -0500
Can anyone recommend a good, relatively inexpensive (around $ 100 +? )  
digital recorder for birdsongs?  
 
There are some existing great small digital recorders for birdsongs.   I 
have used Olympus VN-8100PC, but they are not very durable, and maybe there is 
 a better one available for cost-vrs-quality?.
 
Thanks for any suggestions or recommendations.
 
Jerry Kruth
Pittsburgh
Subject: Central PA Birdline for 1.29.2015
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:37:06 +0000
- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * January 29, 2015
 * PACE1501.29
 Bird Highlights
 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Adams Co.)
 ROSS'S GOOSE (Dauphin Co.)
 CACKLING GOOSE (Cumberland, Dauphin & Lancaster Cos.)
 EARED GREBE (York Co.)
 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Lancaster Co.)
 ICELAND GULL (Lancaster Co.)
 GLAUCOUS GULL (Lancaster Co.)
 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (Lancaster Co.)
 SNOW BUNTING (Centre, Lancaster & Lebanon Cos.)
 PINE SISKIN (Cumberland, Dauphin & Franklin Cos.)
 COMMON REDPOLE (Bradford & Franklin Cos.)
 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 January 29, 2015
 To Report: TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net 
 Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy 
 Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
 Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy

 Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings 
made the week prior to Thursday, January 29, 2015. 


 ADAMS COUNTY:
 Up to 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue to be seen through at least 
January 23 at Lake Kay near Fairfield (AW, BO). 


 A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 23 in the northwestern part of the 
county located 31 BLACK VULTURES, 147 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 2 
COOPER'S HAWKS, 2 RED-SHOULERED HAWKS, 30 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 6 AMERICAN 
KESTRELS (RFr, PFr, KGi, PGi). 


 BRADFORD COUNTY:
 One COMMON REDPOLL was seen on January 25 at a home along Graham Road (LF). 
 One COMMON REDPOLL was observed on January 27 at 338 Edwards Road (KR). 

 A flock of 50 COMMON REDPOLES were seen on January 27 at Turnkey Precision 
(LF). 

 CENTRE COUNTY:
 One CACKLING GOOSE was seen on January 24 at the Centre Furnace Duck Pond 
(MR). 


 An adult BALD EAGLE was observed on January 24 perched in a tree near 
Horseshoe Circle (RK). 


 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on January 25 at the east end of 
the State College Airport (JLe, NS). 


 One SNOW BUNTING was observed on January 27 across from Route 45 along 
Tusseyville Road (CE). 


 A flock of 80 PINE SISKINS were found on January 27 along the Unionville Pike 
near the top of Bald Eagle Ridge going toward Fillmore (DOm). 


 CLINTON COUNTY:
 Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on January 27 among a small flock of HORNED 
LARKS along the south end of Maryland Avenue near a red barn at South Avis 
(WL). 


 CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
 One PINE SISKIN was seen on January 22 at 13 N. Letort Drive (HW).

 One CACKLING GOOSE was observed on January 23 at the Big Spring Laughlin Mill 
Pond (VG). 


 A PINE SISKIN was seen on January 26 at Creek Bottom (AG).

 DAUPHIN COUNTY:
 Up to 2 ROSS'S GEESE and up to 7 CACKLING GEESE were seen between January 23 
and 25 among a flock of around 4000 SNOW GEESE on Milton Hershey School 
property northeast of the intersection of Governor Road(PA 322) and Meadow Lane 
(AL, TJ, DH, IG). 


 One CACKLING GOOSE was observed on January 25 along Crest Lane (AL, IG).

 A PINE SISKIN visited feeders in Middletown on January 26 (SH).

 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 One PINE SISKIN visited feeders along Heisey Road on January 24 (BK).

 A MERLIN was seen on January 24 perched in a tree in the Edenville, Loudon and 
Wenger Roads area (BO). 


 A flock of 13 PINE SISKINS were observed in State Game Lands 76, the Lower 
Horse Valley (BO). 


 A PINE WARBLER continues to visit the feeders at the Caledonia State Park 
office through at least January 26 (BO). A female COMMON REDPOLE visited the 
feeders on January 27 (BO). 


 One PINE SISKIN visited feeders along Wilson Avenue in Chambersburg (RTSG).

 HUNTINGDON COUNTY: One PINE WARBLER was seen on January 25 at Seven Points 
along the Raystown Reservoir (GD, ZA). 


 Five BALD EAGLES were observed on January 25 at the Route 994 overlook along 
Raystown Lake (JCo). 


 One GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on January 24 flying above farm fields at the Stone 
Valley Experimental Forest (CM). 


 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 One PINE WABLER continues to visit a suet feeder at 239 Miller Road through at 
least January 27 (ZM, PF, EW). 


 One BALD EAGLE was seen on January 23 out on the ice in the Susquehanna River 
across from the John Wright restaurant in York County (PF). 


 Up to 1 adult BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 first year ICELAND GULL and 1 first year 
GLAUCOUS GULL were observed between January 23 and 25 in the Susquehanna River 
near the Lemon Street access in Wrightsville (York Co.)(ME, AL, JL, IG, TB, DH, 
JC, TN, CB, HP, JL, CG, ML, KK). One RED-NECKED GREBE, at least 2 BALD EAGLES 
and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS also were present on January 25 (DH, JC, TN, 
HP, CG, ML, ME). 


 A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 23 in the southeastern part of the 
county located 29 BLACK VULTURES, 183 TURKEY VULTURES, 4 BALD EAGLES, 1 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 36 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL 
and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON (BS, TA). 


 One YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was observed on January 23 along Green Lane (AE).

 Four LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on January 24 among a large flock of HORNED 
LARKS along Musser School Road just south of its intersection with Zeltenreich 
Road (JC). A SNOW BUNTING was spotted along Musser School Road on January 25 
(AU, KGr). One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on January 27 at near the 
intersection of Zeltenreich and Musser School Roads. The ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 
later flew over to a tree south and west of where Musser School and Groffdale 
Roads intersect (JC). 


 Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found on January 25 along South Forrey Road (SS).

 One first winter ICELAND GULL was observed on January 25 in the Susquehanna 
River across from Klines Run Park (York Co.)(HP, CB, ME). 


 One CACKLING GOOSE, 2 BALD EAGLES, 1 first winter ICELAND GULL and 2 LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on January 27 out on Lake Clarke from the pavilion 
along Boathouse Road in York County (AL). 


 One SNOW BUNTING was observed on January 27 in farm fields just north of 
Wissler Road (JL). 


 LEBANON COUNTY:
 Twelve SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on January 27 along Gibble Road (RM, SM).

 One PEREGRINE FALCON was observed on January 27 along Fox Road (RM, SM). It 
later made a pass at a flock of 100 HORNED LARKS off Reistville Road (RM, SM). 


 LUZERNE COUNTY:
 One BALD EAGLE was seen on January 26 at Kirby Park (SG).

 LYCOMING COUNTY:
 One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on January 24 near the Williamsport Dam (DB, 
DeB, BB, BoB, EH, YH). 


 PERRY COUNTY:
 A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 23 in the northeaster portion of 
the county located 8 BLACK VULTURES, 1 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 15 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 5 AMERICAN 
KESTRELS (DO, GW, DG). 


 SNYDER COUNTY:
 A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 25 located 1 BALD EAGLE, 4 
COOPER'S HAWKS, 30 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 12 
AMERICAN KESTRELS (CK, GG, JW, RH). 


 YORK COUNTY:
 An EARED GREBE was seen between January 23 and 27 at Codorus State Park (AW, 
BO, IG, AL, JL, RC, DH, CB, PK). 


 One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed on January 27 at the Conewago Day Use 
Area of Gifford Pinchot State Park (DN). 


 CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 If you miss the usual Thursday postings of the Central PA Birdline on BIRDEAST 
and PABIRDS, I will also be posting it on my page web site at: 

http://people.delphiforums.com/MCCONAUGHY/currentbl.htm 

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

http://www.pabirds.org/records/

 The following people have contributed to this report: Zachary Adams (ZA), Tom 
Amico (TA), Tim Becker (TB), Chuck Berthoud (CB), Bob Brown (BB), Bobby Brown 
(BoB), David Brown (DB), Deb Brown (DeB), Jonathan Campbell (JC), R. L. Cleary 
(RC), Jack Cochran (JCo), Gordon Dimmig (GD), Andrew Eberly (AE), Carl Engstrom 
(CE), Mike Epler (ME), Pam Fisher (PF), Lewis Frederick (LF), Pat Freed (PFr), 
Ron Freed (RFr), Ian Gardner (IG), Vern Gauthier (VG), Ron-Tracy Snyder-George 
(RTSG), Deb Gingrich (DGi), Keith Gingrich (KGi), Sandy Goodwin (SG), Alexander 
Green (AG), Calton Groff (CG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Kim Gruener 
(KGr), Sue Hannon (SH), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Yvonne Hartshaw (YH), Deuane 
Hoffman (DH), Robert Hosler (RH), Tom Johnson (TJ), Chad Kauffman (CK), Bob 
Keener (BK), Phil Keener (PK), Kathy Klusman (KK), Roberta Kurland (RK), Alex 
Lamoreaux (AL), Wayne Laubscher (WL), Jen Lee (JLe), Josh Lefever (JL), 
Meredith Lombard (ML), Crystal McNeal (CM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Randy Miller 
(RM), Shelva Miller (SM), Dean Newhouse (DN), Ted Nichols II (TN), Dan Ombalski 
(DOm), Don Orris (DO), Bill Oyler (BO), Holger Pflicke (HP), Kevin Raymond 
(KR), Matthew Rockmore (MR), Bob Schutsky (BS), Nora Serotkin (NS), Stan Stahl 
(SS), Anthony Uhrich (AU), Herbert Weigl (HW), Gene Wagner (GW), Jason Weller 
(JW), Andy Wilson (AW) and Eric Witmer (EW). I apologize if I have misspelled 
their names and I will also refrain from naming that person on request. 

-End Transcript
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Subject: Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
From: Dave Leibert <xdave AT ENTER.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:02:39 +0000
Howdy,
The other day when some snow fell I noticed that the crows were  
feeding on the ground in the tracks left by snowmobiles. some of these  
tracks went for miles near the Arrowhead road area in East Allen  
Township. A few Canada geese were doing this too.

Cheers, Dave
Subject: Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:31:32 -0500
They eat the same as deer will. They paw the snow off and eat exposed grass. 
They do the same at corn fields. There is always waste corn. They just paw 
away snow till they find some. If they don’t migrate to points south, they 
have their favorite corn fields and lawns. It not an easy life. We fed our 
deer at 3 pm by 3:30 10 deer had eaten it all. Another 8 came later but it 
was all gone. Going to fill the feeders earlier tomorrow to give them all a 
chance at some food. If you know where there are geese buy them some cracked 
corn and feed them if its allowed where they are. You will feel better and 
so will they with a full belly.
Herb Flavell Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kathleen Evans
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:15 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?

Hi,

When I worked at a corporate campus in Chester \County the Canada Geese
would push the snow back from the sidewalks, that had been shoveled, and
eat the grass.  As time passed you would see a ragged edge of snow appear
away from the sidewalks and geese feeding there.  Not sure whether this was
the only place where they ate but they did it after every snow storm.

Hope this helps,

Kathie Evans
Philadelphia

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM, Kerry A Grim 
wrote:

> I am wondering the same thing.
>
> I am somewhat monitoring 800 Canada Geese that travel from the Schuylkill
> River, east over my neighborhood and feed in the fields to my east. They
> are traveling at least 1.5 miles. We have a snow cover of 5 inches, so I
> too am wondering if they are getting food, or will they move south 
> further.
>
> Are Snow Geese still in the areas where they were found a week or so ago
> or have they moved out of the area. I have not heard of recent reports of
> them here in Berks County and wonder if they moved south of the snow line.
>
> Kerry Grim
> Hamburg, PA




-- 
Q: How much ego do you need? A: Just enough so that you don’t step in front
of a bus. — Shunryu Suzuki 
Subject: Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
From: Kathleen Evans <kje514 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:15:46 -0500
Hi,

When I worked at a corporate campus in Chester \County the Canada Geese
would push the snow back from the sidewalks, that had been shoveled, and
eat the grass.  As time passed you would see a ragged edge of snow appear
away from the sidewalks and geese feeding there.  Not sure whether this was
the only place where they ate but they did it after every snow storm.

Hope this helps,

Kathie Evans
Philadelphia

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM, Kerry A Grim 
wrote:

> I am wondering the same thing.
>
> I am somewhat monitoring 800 Canada Geese that travel from the Schuylkill
> River, east over my neighborhood and feed in the fields to my east. They
> are traveling at least 1.5 miles. We have a snow cover of 5 inches, so I
> too am wondering if they are getting food, or will they move south further.
>
> Are Snow Geese still in the areas where they were found a week or so ago
> or have they moved out of the area. I have not heard of recent reports of
> them here in Berks County and wonder if they moved south of the snow line.
>
> Kerry Grim
> Hamburg, PA




-- 
Q: How much ego do you need? A: Just enough so that you don’t step in front
of a bus. — Shunryu Suzuki
Subject: Re: Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co.
From: David Yeany II <dyeany AT PACONSERVE.ORG>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:08:09 -0500
Michael that is a good question - winter site fidelity. It would be even
more interesting for the same birds to return to their feeders nearly 2
years later. Before this January, I last recorded Evening Grosbeak in
Marienville on April 19, 2013. That was a major irruption year when the
flock reached a high count of about 150 and they were present from Nov 2012
through April 2013. Prior to that we hadn't seen the grosbeaks since April
2008. That flock only reached 8 birds but were seen off and on that year
starting in late January.

As far as site fidelity goes, I found a couple articles, both by the same
author, which indicate that Evening Grosbeaks do not have winter site
fidelity in the East. These studies indicate about 0-2% return rates on
banded grosbeaks in eastern North America, but perhaps a bit higher (14%)
for birds out West. This may be tied to their primarily irruptive nature
here.
Yunick 1983 - Winter site fidelity of some northern finches (Fringillidae)
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/jfo/v054n03/p0254-p0258.pdf
Yunick 2001 - Site Fidelity of the Evening Grosbeak on an Adirondack
Breeding Ground
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nabb/v026n01/p0001-p0008.pdf

To end on a fun note, perhaps the grosbeaks show up because of a "magical"
feeder. It's true. In 2008 while in the out in the yard with my Dad in
January, I heard a distinct flyover grosbeak. That afternoon I said we
needed to build a platform feeder and he decided to add a roof. In a few
hours we had it together and installed from some scrap wood. At 8AM the
following morning, there were 8 Evening Grosbeaks in that feeder. Since
then the feeder array has grown, but this was a classic case of "If you
build it, they will come."

I would also say being located amid the Allegheny National Forest and
having mature sugar maples and tall Norway spruces in the yard likely helps
as well.

BTW...grosbeaks were seen today.

Cheers,

David

--
David Yeany
Conservation Planning Specialist/Ornithologist
Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Subject: Photo Study Of Horned Larks At Maple Knoll Farms (Bucks Cty, PA), 1/28/15
From: "Howard B. Eskin," <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:04:55 -0600
Vicky and Richard Smith posted that they had Horned Larks visiting their
farm. So bright sunshine, fresh snow and Horned Larks were a combination I
could not resist. There were at least 140 Horned Larks (alas no Longspurs,
Snow Buntings or Pipits)coming in every fifteen minutes or so for the
cracked corn that the Smiths had so graciously spread out for them. To see
the Photo Study, please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/HornedLarksJan28_15/HornedLarksJan28_15.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville,(Montco),PA
Subject: Surf Scoters - Beaver County
From: Daniel Rubino <daniel.m.rubino AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:57:37 -0500
This evening I stopped in Bridgewater at the mouth of the Beaver River. The 
most notable find were three Surf Scoters, one male and two females. My 
complete checklist was: 


Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  		4
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  				2
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  		5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  			X
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)  			2
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  			27
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  		3     One male, two females
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  			2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  	18
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  	1
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 			2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 		X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  			X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  	5    
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  		1

Also, yesterday at the river my wife spotted a pair of Common Ravens on the 
small train bridge that crosses the Beaver River. 


Dan Rubino
Beaver County
Subject: Re: How do Canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
From: Kerry A Grim <mountainbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:29:30 -0500
I am wondering the same thing.

I am somewhat monitoring 800 Canada Geese that travel from the Schuylkill 
River, east over my neighborhood and feed in the fields to my east. They are 
traveling at least 1.5 miles. We have a snow cover of 5 inches, so I too am 
wondering if they are getting food, or will they move south further. 


Are Snow Geese still in the areas where they were found a week or so ago or 
have they moved out of the area. I have not heard of recent reports of them 
here in Berks County and wonder if they moved south of the snow line. 


Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA
Subject: Lebanon County
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:34:20 -0500
I was at Meadow Lane near Forney Road today between about 3-4 pm

And saw Steve Walthius and we were watching the Horned Larks were Steve had
a 

Lapland Longspur earlier . Cars were scattering the larks a lot I was able
to find one quickly before a car came.

Then a plow went around and made nice habitat . Then the larks would fly
back and Steve was parked on one side.

Most of the field birds were closer to me. Then I saw 4 Lapland Longspurs
feeding almost together.

Steve was able to find 2. Then a manure spreader was working across the
street and all the field birds moved .

I was able to pick up 3 longspurs out of about 200 plus Horned Larks in the
new manure.

Good Luck

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County
Subject: WRS - Southern Luzerne County - 1/28/15
From: Phil Keener <000000761ae5c4e1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:08:50 -0800
County - Luzerne
Date - 1/28/15
Observers - Phil Keener
Total Time on Route - 1 hr 40 mins
Miles on Route - 32.4

TVs - None
BVs - None

Harriers - None

Red-tails - 1 und

Rough Legs - None

Kestrels - None

Sharp-shins - None

Coopers - None

Red-shoulders - None

Bald Eagles - None

Other Raptors - None
Shrikes - None

Other birds of note - 30 Horned Larks

Avg temp - 25F
Sky - Clear
Wind - Light
Avg Snow Depth - 4"

Regards,
  Phil Keener
  East Berlin
  Adams County
Subject: Erie County Lake View Landfill
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:46:36 -0500
I visited the Lake View Landfill from 11:50 AM to 12:30 PM today. As yesterday, 
there was little going on gull-wise. I recorded the following: 


Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  1500
Iceland Gull  2 first cycle
Great Black-backed Gull  40
American Crow  30

The Snowy Owl was in the same field as yesterday just east of the junction of 
Old Waterford and Donation rds. 



Jerry McWilliams
Erie, erie County, Pa.
jerrymcw AT aol.com

Subject: Bird talk
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:06:15 -0500
This email addresses how birds talk. Its mostly about Parrots but tells how and 
why all birds talk. 



http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=1617&ref=4616&subref=AA&cmpid=E-_-B-_-12815-_-P2 


There are also a couple other links in the web site.

Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.
Subject: Re: How do canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:26:41 -0600
Richard,
Good question...there is a field behind my yard and another near a pond down 
the road, where no geese have been for a few days now, 

BUT
I see and hear them all along the riverbank of the Kiski River and evidently 
because the snow is only an inch or so there, they are able to gather something 
to eat in the water, on the shore or inland a little further where a small 
creek meets the river and there is a small "island" there. 

Don't know about any others, but the local geese seem to thrive very well in 
winter as we always have anywhere from 10 to 80 around all year (now and then 
more). 

And I have noticed at Derry Lake there are quite a few geese there and besides 
walking on the ice or floating/swimming in the bit of water open all the time, 
they sort of wander into all the back yards that face the lake... 

Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
Subject: How do canada Geese feed when the snow is deep?
From: Richard Nugent <rmnugent AT EXCITE.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:54:42 -0500
 In the Pittsburgh area we have about 7 inches of snow on the ground and the 
Canada Geese are no longer feeding in the usual places. I have observed geese 
grazing with a couple inches of snow on the ground, but what do they do when 
the snow is deeper? I imagine that they can survive on stored fat for a few 
days. 


     Best Regards ......... Richard Nugent
     Hampton Township, Allegheny County 
Subject: Lapland Longspurs, South Avis, Clinton Co., 1/27
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:16:57 +0000
Late yesterday afternoon at South Avis, I found 2 Lapland Longspurs in a small 
flock of Horned Larks along the south end of Maryland Ave. near a red barn. 
They were foraging primarily right along and on the road. 



Wayne Laubscher 
Lock Haven 
Clinton Co. 
wnlaubscher AT comcast.net 
"Owl be back" 
Subject: Re: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
From: Kathy Clark <0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:35:53 -0500
Hi all,
 
I am sure my bluebird trail residents have a lot to say about me. Like for 
example all would ask, "What is she doing knocking on our box?" 


The HOWR would say, " Well sure, there were 5 eggs last week; so what the he**; 
what is she upset about?" 


The TRES would say, " What's wrong with this girl who likes to pet me?"   

The Chickadee might say, "I don't need these stupid monitors coming around and 
messing with my nestbox and I get so mad I could scream!" 


The Tufted Titmouse says, "I'm a little shy but I am as tough as they come. So 
HISSS.. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK. Get away from my box!" 


The HOSP says, " Oh GD, its that dang BB monitor again who sets traps for me 
had I wish I could poison her food at McDonald's." (that's wicked and this ad 
lieb) 


The Bluebird says this to me, "Thank you for being a good steward and for 
watching out for us by checking your trail. The ghost of Larry Zeleny loves 
you. (Go look him up). Also the Bluebird says, " So many songs are written 
about me and I am a source of happiness and a gathering of birders now called 
"bluebirders that have groups in all states in the USA, and "I am red, white 
and blue." :D 

 
 
Kathy Clark
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Kruel 
To: PABIRDS 
Sent: Mon, Jan 26, 2015 1:59 pm
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders


I was thinking of a couple items that I thought a bird would like to see from 
birders.... 

One would be birders that dont force me (the bird) to expend lots of extra 
energy while I'm trying to defend my nest against predators or rivals. Birders 
that are satisfied with more with what a bird gives them, in terms of 
observation during nesting......rather than the observation we want. 

Two would be birders that dont tread to much on my nesting area.....sort of 
like 

One. I (the bird) dont want someone rushing thru my home & eggs to flush me 
out. 



Three.....a bird would like birders to take the time to learn details about how 

it lives, what it needs to survive. 

Dave Kruel 
Pottsville 
Schuylkill County 



----- Original Message -----

From: "Anne Annibali"  
To: "Dave Kruel" , "PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG" 
 
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 1:09:34 PM 
Subject: RE: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders 

Everyone's answers to favorite birds have been fascinating and 
thought-provoking, and I'm looking forward to more great takes from the flip 
side. 

When I go on a bird hike, I've always suspected that we give them as much 
entertainment as they do us. I often imagine them looking back at us through 
our 

binoculars and keeping track of our "plumage" -- the funny hats, silly 
T-shirts, 

etc. plus all the extra paraphernalia we often lug along. "Oh, look, honey! 
That's the third Yankees cap today, and this one has a tripod." 

And I'm certain the birds at winter feeders appreciate our generosity, but I'm 
afraid it's more likely they see us as easy pushovers. That's obvious by the 
way 

they huddle near our windows looking pitiful until we show up with another free 

hand-out and then scold us from the bushes for taking so long to get out there. 


But that's all right because that makes it a two-way relationship we both 
enjoy. 



Anne Annibali, 
Mt. Gretna, Lebanon County 



> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:15:25 -0500 
> From: dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET 
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders 
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG 
> 
> In the same light of us thinking about our favorite bird......I thought what 
if birds could comment on birders and state their favorite (say versus 
unfavorite things) characteristics of individual birders. 
> 
> So if a wood thrush could go thru his head and arrive at some positive and 
negative things about individual birders.....what would be his favorite 
positive 

things. 
> 
> Dave Kruel 
> Pottsville 
> Schuylkill County 
> 
> 
> 
> On Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:46 -0500, dave leibert  wrote: 
> 
> >Howdy, 
> > 
> >I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood 
> >thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and 
> >they have the most lyrical song. 
> > 
> >Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the 
> >North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace 
> >and they have to adjust to the peak of the knob a little. This looks 
> >pretty kinetic! 
> > 
> >Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of 
> >course Peregrine falcons. 
> > 
> >Cheers, Dave 

 

Subject: Re: comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use
From: Kathy Clark <0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:17:26 -0500
While I understand all the feelings behind taxes, I learned today that we pay 
68 cents a gallon on gas and PA is the highest in the nation. Just getting fed 
up with being taxed to death. Oh did I say I was watching Sons of Liberty? That 
was fantastic! Booooo to any taxes of any kind. 

 
Really to me I feel like government wastes so much of our money and cant 
control itself or police itself. No wonder we had the sons of liberty. We are 
lucky to be chatting about birds, TRULY! 

 
Kathy Clark
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Sandra Goodwin 
To: PABIRDS 
Sent: Wed, Jan 21, 2015 9:22 am
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game 
land use 



An outdoor writer for a local newspaper just told me they've dropped  
the fee idea and now the permit would be free.

Seems like a lot of paperwork for nothing?  Unless, if one doesn't  
have a permit, they could be fined?  However, how often does one come  
across a PGC  employee when on gamelands?

YES, I purchase a hunting license, just to rid property close to the  
house of woodchucks, when they are creating damage and can't be  
discouraged otherwise.

How many hikers and birders do the same, and/or purchase a duck stamp  
to support these endeavors which protect this acreage that is open to  
all of us, and which supports habitat for game and non-game animals?

What happened to the proposed tax on bird seed, binoculars, hiking and  
camping equipment, etc. that would have augmented the monies raised  
from the sale of guns, ammo, hunting licenses, etc.?

We who live in PA don't realize how lucky we are to have these places,  
along with our state parks which we can enjoy for FREE.  In many  
states, you pay a fee, just to drive in to the park, whether or not  
you actually get out of your car!

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming Co.


On Jan 21, 2015, at 8:14 AM, Dave Kruel wrote:

> I spoke to a woman whose husband hunts.   She stated that he thought  
> the general idea of a fee for non-hunters is good as it would help  
> with the cost of buying & maintaining gamelands.
>
> Another hunter's comments are below....with my question to him at  
> the end.  I think he thought safety was a big factor, I didnt  
> mention that.
>
> HIS RESPONSE.........
> "Hmmm,
> I guess as long as the "non-hunters" wear the appropriate  
> fluorescent orange requirements, there shouldn't be any conflict.
> There may be an argument in some areas by some people that can claim  
> the purchase and maintenance of game lands are paid for in a large  
> part by hunting license sales and related income. But, "non-hunters"  
> may also be those who do have a hunting license but are not  
> partaking in hunting such as dog walking, trail camera maintenance,  
> scouting, etc."
>
> MY QUESTION......
>> Below is snippet from a birding post........ just curious if you  
>> heard of this & what your thoughts are ?
>>>>> The PA Game Commission, at their Board meeting on 1/25/15, is  
>>>>> considering
>>>>> a ban of all non-hunters on all State Game Lands (SGLs) from end- 
>>>>> of-Sept
>>>>> to end-of-January *and* from late-April to end-of-May for every  
>>>>> day of the
>>>>> week except Sunday.
>
> Dave Kruel
> Pottsville
> Schuylkill County
>
>
>
> On Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:07:58 -0500, Donna Mohney  > wrote:
>
>> I got a response to my email as well. It said "Thank you for your  
>> comments,
>> which I will share with the board. We appreciate your feedback.   
>> bh AT pgc"
>> sounds like a person to me, not a form letter.
>>
>> Donna Mohney
>> Wilpen, Westmoreland. County, PA
>> On Jan 20, 2015 9:59 PM, "Carole Winslow"   
>> wrote:
>>
>>>   Just thought I would let others know that I used the link in  
>>> Kate's
>>> original email for comments to PGC.  I wrote an email with my own  
>>> thoughts
>>> on this and specifically cited our local SGL 330 known to others  
>>> as the
>>> Piney Tract, as well as other gamelands in the county.  This was  
>>> sent on
>>> Sunday and I received a response back today stating that my  
>>> comments were
>>> received and noted and would be presented to the board at the  
>>> meeting.  It
>>> wasn't lengthy but it did not appear to be a "form" response.  So I
>>> certainly think it is worth everyone making their opinions known,   
>>> it
>>> wouldn't need to be long.  I also saw a brief clip on the evening  
>>> news
>>> tonight on the local CBS station regarding this and was rather  
>>> surprised to
>>> see it.  But maybe it will help to get a little response from more  
>>> people.
>>>
>>> Carole Winslow
>>> Sligo, Clarion Co.
>>>

 

Subject: Re: comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game land use
From: Kathy Clark <0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:13:46 -0500
If birders are there I think they too should wear orange.  Just my thought.
 
Kathy Clark
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Kruel 
To: PABIRDS 
Sent: Wed, Jan 21, 2015 8:14 am
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] comments to PGC regarding proposal for restricted game 
land use 



I spoke to a woman whose husband hunts. She stated that he thought the general 

idea of a fee for non-hunters is good as it would help with the cost of buying 
& 

maintaining gamelands.

Another hunter's comments are below....with my question to him at the end.  I 
think he thought safety was a big factor, I didnt mention that.

HIS RESPONSE.........
"Hmmm,
I guess as long as the "non-hunters" wear the appropriate fluorescent orange 
requirements, there shouldn't be any conflict.
There may be an argument in some areas by some people that can claim the 
purchase and maintenance of game lands are paid for in a large part by hunting 
license sales and related income. But, "non-hunters" may also be those who do 
have a hunting license but are not partaking in hunting such as dog walking, 
trail camera maintenance, scouting, etc."

MY QUESTION......
>Below is snippet from a birding post........ just curious if you heard of this 

& what your thoughts are ?
>>>>The PA Game Commission, at their Board meeting on 1/25/15, is considering 
>>>> a ban of all non-hunters on all State Game Lands (SGLs) from end-of-Sept 
>>>> to end-of-January *and* from late-April to end-of-May for every day of the 

>>>> week except Sunday.

Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



On Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:07:58 -0500, Donna Mohney  wrote:

>I got a response to my email as well. It said "Thank you for your comments,
>which I will share with the board. We appreciate your feedback.  bh AT pgc"
>sounds like a person to me, not a form letter.
>
>Donna Mohney
>Wilpen, Westmoreland. County, PA
>On Jan 20, 2015 9:59 PM, "Carole Winslow"  wrote:
>
>>    Just thought I would let others know that I used the link in Kate's
>> original email for comments to PGC.  I wrote an email with my own thoughts
>> on this and specifically cited our local SGL 330 known to others as the
>> Piney Tract, as well as other gamelands in the county.  This was sent on
>> Sunday and I received a response back today stating that my comments were
>> received and noted and would be presented to the board at the meeting.  It
>> wasn't lengthy but it did not appear to be a "form" response.  So I
>> certainly think it is worth everyone making their opinions known,  it
>> wouldn't need to be long.  I also saw a brief clip on the evening news
>> tonight on the local CBS station regarding this and was rather surprised to
>> see it.  But maybe it will help to get a little response from more people.
>>
>> Carole Winslow
>> Sligo, Clarion Co.
>>

 

Subject: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Kathy Clark <0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:08:27 -0500

Grant and all,

My favorite birds are many, but my favorite is the Eastern Bluebird which I 
feel is a poster bird for cavity nesting species. I greatly enjoy taking care 
of my trail now which is only 14 boxes but at one time was over 100, and I like 
to experiment with all kinds of boxes too. I enjoyed my hanging box trail with 
double holes. At the state park where I first started, we had a thing going on 
with white eggs every year in some area of the park. Bluebirds are beautiful 
and have a melodious call. It's great showing kids all the different birds in 
your boxes on the trail which include that "TUFF TITMOUSE" I say. One once was 
in a box of my friend at the park and it made a knocking sound and hissed. We 
thought there was a snake in there, but it was the "TTM". 


I have love petting the Tree Swallows when they sit so tight on the nest (just 
a few seconds) and throwing feathers in the air for them to catch :D. The 
Chickadees who are really amicable to folks have so much personality and spunk 
scolding one from a branch while you check the box. (They don't tolerate 
overchecking so make the stay as short as possible). My least favorite nesting 
bird is the House Wren, and let's not even go there! 


Of note, I've always had a fascination with Crows and they mob en masse to our 
state capitol in the evenings for years now. They approach Harrisburg on 
different sides finally ending up there. Crows are fascinating creatures who 
problem solve and are maybe even smarter than parrots. They love their families 
and stick together. 


I live in a wooded area and love hearing the Wood Thrushes which sound like 
bells to me. I see many woodpeckers of all kinds around here who love my log 
home but they are just letting me know I need to get rid of the carpenter bees. 
Never build a log home in the woods folks! 


Well that's my rant.  

 

Kathy Clark, New Cumberland, PA
 
 
-----Original On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson 
wrote:> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC 
issue may be on action> pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, 
esp. with deepish> snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind 
it?>> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway,> 
at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful> 
flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too,> though 
kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, seems> to be 
disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are> disappearing, 
giving way to secondary secessional woods.>> My father as a teenager in Philly 
during the Depression was out in the> woods one day when some crows were giving 
a ruckus in the steeple of a> church. Dad walking over and realized that a 
kestrel had a nest there and> was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. 
Suddenly, it flew straight up> out of sight, and came down stooping and 
hollering right on top of the> crows, dispersing them permanently!!>> Does 
anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent numbers> as prey 
for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared Owls still> exist, or 
has there been substantial technological turnover over the> decades since 
Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! Long> sentences.)>> 
Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor> Project, 
at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.>> Grant Stevenson> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.>> 
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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
From: "Carmen T. Santasania" <ctsantasania AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:21:19 -0500
Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Anton, Olivia" 
> Date: January 27, 2015 at 11:12:53 AM EST
> Subject: Audubon Society 
> 
> Dear Birding Friend,
>  
> The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a collaboration between birders and 
researchers that hopes to create a snapshot of bird populations each February. 
At the Audubon Society I work as an intern to promote our many programs. We are 
reaching out to you because we feel that your audience would be interested in 
participating in the program and we would love to hear from them. We are 
contacting you with the hopes that you will pass on the following information 
about the Great Backyard Bird Count to other birders and interested parties. 
Please feel free to change the information to your viewers' preference. Also 
please take advantage of the promotional materials to help this GBBC be the 
best one yet. 

>  
> The next Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held February 13-16, 2015. 
This fun, free, family-friendly activity is a great way to introduce birders of 
all abilities to citizen science and is your chance to make sure your local 
birds are represented as part of the international count. 

>  
> Participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count is as simple as counting birds 
for as little as fifteen minutes on one or more days of the count then 
reporting the results online at BirdCount.org. You can count absolutely 
anywhere you see birds – in your backyard, at your favorite local park, or 
even out your office window. 

>  
> The Great Backyard Bird Count is powered by eBird, a real-time online 
checklist program that helps you track your bird observations while making them 
available to other birders as well as researchers and conservationists. You can 
explore the data yourself using a number of different tools on eBird.org and 
BirdCount.org. Regular eBird users can participate in the GBBC by submitting 
checklists to eBird as they usually would during the four days of the count. 

>  
> Last year more than 142,000 people from 135 countries reported more than 
4,200 species and over 17 million individual birds, providing an incredible 
snapshot of winter bird populations and distribution in North America and 
beyond. 

>  
> Make sure your local birds are represented by getting out to count and by 
spreading the word about the GBBC. You can share an ecard or other promotional 
materials with your friends and family, or even pledge to introduce someone new 
to birding through the latest GBBC initiative, Pledge to Fledge. Also, don’t 
forget to submit your photos taken during the GBBC weekend to the GBBC photo 
contest. You can check out some of the amazing winners from our 2014 contest 
for inspiration! 

>  
> Find out what you need to do to get started with the GBBC today, and don’t 
forget to make your local birds count! 

>  
> Hope to see you out there!
>  
> Sincerely,
>  
> Olivia Anton
>  
> Intern
> National Audubon Society
>  
> The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and 
National Audubon Society, with Bird Studies Canada and many international 
partners. 

>  
Subject: LanCo: Gulls, Ducks Wrightsville/Lake Clarke
From: Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:11:09 -0500
This evening I went to Wrightsville to check out the gull congregation
there. There were low numbers of gulls, and nothing noteworthy. At 5:02pm all
the gulls flushed up suddenly and slowly headed downriver. By 5:10pm there
wasn't a single gull in view from the end of Lemon St anymore.

Susquehanna River--Wrightsville, Lancaster County
4:49 PM - 5:11 PM
Common Merganser 12
Ring-billed Gull 500 Almost all adults
Herring Gull 26 Careful count; more adults than immatures
Great Black-backed Gull 40 - 35 adults, 5 immatures

I quickly drove down to the pavilion along Boathouse Rd about 3 miles south
of Lemon St and luckily the gulls happened to be gathered straight out from
there on Lake Clarke. There were really good numbers of waterfowl and gulls
including 1 Iceland Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 65 Great
Black-backed Gulls, 125 Common Goldeneye, and 1 Cackling Goose! There was
also a pair of Great Horned Owls calling.

Susquehanna River--Lake Clarke, Lancaster County
5:18 PM - 5:48 PM
Cackling Goose (Richardson's) 1
Canada Goose 300
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 26
Redhead 3
Greater Scaup 6
Bufflehead 30
Common Goldeneye 125
Common Merganser 275 .
Bald Eagle 2

Ring-billed Gull 800 Almost all adults - Large roost floating in the middle
of the open water, and another roost along the edge of the ice shelf.

Herring Gull 300 Mix of ages

Iceland Gull 1 Light first winter with mostly black bill (fading to grayish
near base), white wingtips, heavy tannish edging to mantle and wings.
Probably the same bird seen on the 24th at Wrightsville.

Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 Adult and subadult - Smaller-bodied and
longer-winged compared to GBBG, with more of a navy blue mantle rather than
black.

Great Black-backed Gull 66 - 50 adults, 16 immatures - At one point almost
all of the GBBG got up and circled around together, and then landed further
downriver than the main two gull roosts.

-- 
Alex Lamoreaux
717-943-7086
http://www.nemesisbird.com/
Subject: Erie County Lake View Landfill
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:58:26 -0500
All the good gulls must be in Pittsburgh now. It wasn't very productive at the 
landfill today. I suppose it doesn't help having most of Lake Erie frozen now. 

I recorded the following:

no ring-bills
Herring Gull  1200
Iceland Gull  1 first cycle
Great Black-backed Gull  30+
American Crow  40+-

The Snowy Owl was still present at the junction of Old Waterford and Donation 
rds. near the landfill. It was sitting in the field just east of the 
intersection. 



Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
jerrymcw AT aol.com

Subject: Pittsburgh gulling update 1/27/15 (Allegheny Co.)
From: Ben Coulter <00000078d79be7ab-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:18:49 +0000
Hi all,
I was able to check the gull roost site at the conjunction of the Allegheny and 
Monongahela Rivers at Pittsburgh briefly this evening (1/27/15) after 5 PM. I 
watched primarily from the Fred Rogers Memorial, adjacent to Heinz Field, but 
also spent a short amount of time at the Langley Observatory Clock sculpture 
next to the Carnegie Science Center. There was a large concentration of several 
thousand gulls on an ice shelf off the edge of Point State Park, directly 
across from the Fred Rogers Mem., with scattered birds on ice chunks or on the 
water on the Ohio R. Many of these birds flushed out onto the water after 
someone's dogs jumped into the Allegheny River from Point State Park. 
Fortunately, they were able to pull the dogs out of the water. I would estimate 
four to five thousand gulls conservatively by the time I left. The highlights 
are below: 

Great Black-backed Gull-    12+ (all ages present, 7+ adults)Glaucous Gull- 
   3 (1 first cycle, 1 very pale second cyc., 1 adult)Lesser Black-backed 
Gull-    3 (2 third cyc., 1 adult)Kumlien's Iceland Gull-    2 (1 first 
cyc., 1 second cyc.)poss. Thayer's Gull-    1 presumed third cycle seen 
poorly on water after 6:00 PM. I am not certain of this identification, as the 
lighting was very poor by this point. The bird had medium-dark brown primaries, 
and dark subterminal markings on the bill. 

The gulls' behavior varies substantially day to day, dependent on river ice and 
wind. Birds may arrive from the surrounding feeding sites early in the 
afternoon, but sometimes large influxes don't arrive until well after sunset. 
At this site, the gulls usually like to perch on on ice floes or shelves if 
present, or they may roost on the water in large rafts. They will typically 
drift down the Ohio as far down as the West End Bridge before flying back 
towards the point and repeating. In the morning, gulls often start leaving the 
roost by civil twilight, but sometimes a substantial portion will remain until 
well after dawn. Viewing is normally best from the North Shore from PNC Park to 
the West End Bridge. 

Cheers,Ben CoulterPittsburgh
Subject: eBird -- Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA -- Jan 27, 2015
From: Marcy <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:54:36 -0500
mcunkelman
Jan 27, 2015
Cunkelman's Safe Haven, Clarksburg PA
Stationary
0 miles
275 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: More snow and harsher conditions. Low 19 high 26 and a peek of 
sunshine. Snow hasn't stopped for a couple of days. Down to near zero tonight. 
Horned Lark flew by house when I was on the deck area near front door. 

12 Mourning Dove
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
6 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Horned Lark -- Right before dark flew below roof of house over deck area 
calling. Not sure if under deck or in the Alberta spruce I was clearing 8+ 
inches of snow. As soon as I did the first push of snow saw and heard it. 
Interesting. 

7 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren -- Banded yellow on left
1 Song Sparrow
21 White-throated Sparrow
21 Dark-eyed Junco
12 Northern Cardinal
77 House Finch
1 Pine Siskin -- Very dark
88 American Goldfinch
37 House Sparrow





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Subject: Rough-legged Hawks Northern Berks Cty
From: Dan Altif <00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:15:51 +0000
This afternoon I stumbled upon 4 odd looking raptors above the State Police 
Barracks along Industrial Dr just east of Cabelas. I got out of my car to get a 
better look and was quite surprised to see 4 Light Phase Roughies. I watched 
them for about 5 minutes or so before they disappeared over the ridge above the 
New Kernsville Dam. Maybe all this snowy weather pushed these birds south, 
hopefully they stick around. I'll be sure to start checking all the local 
fields. Daniel Altif 

Subject: Horned Lark/Pine Siskin (ind. co)
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:09:56 -0500
Hi All,
Was out before dark knocking of some of the 8+inches of snow off of some 
evergreens...temps are dropping to near 5 tonight and afraid the extra snow 
would be too heavy and break the branches....I was at the alberta spruce right 
by the steps of the ramp and not sure where it came from, but a single Horned 
Lark flew lower than the roof and around the house calling...surely it wouldn't 
have been in the shrub...maybe it was UNDER the ramp where there wasn't a lot 
of snow...it's not unusual for a few to flyover the yard since we are close to 
the fields they like to fly to and fro and eat (off the road too)...but this 
was different...almost dark, and called right after I knocked off some snow 
flying over the deck(on the living room window side where I look out toward the 
pond/feeding station) and the house... 


Did have a single Pine Siskin here too...this one was darker than the lighter 
one yesterday... 

Marcy Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
plant4nature AT gmail.com
The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to 
seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen
Subject: Re: Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co.
From: "Michael R. Leahy" <leahym AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:03:21 -0500
David and list,

Wouldn't it be neat to know if the grosbeaks visiting your parents feeders are 
some of the same ones that were there last year? And if in fact they are, the 
amazing thing would be how in the world they knew how to find those very same 
feeders/food source 12 months later. 


Birds are so cool.

Regards,
Michael R Leahy
Knox, PA
Clarion Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] 
On Behalf Of David Yeany II 

Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 6:49 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co.

Matt and Amber Webb joined my wife, Colleen, and I as we did some winter 
birding today in Forest County. The EVENING GROSBEAKS coming to my parents' 

feeders in Marienville continued this morning with our high count reaching
16 individuals, including 2 males. (As many as 6 males have been seen at once 
which indicates a minimum of 20 grosbeaks have been in the area 

recently.) The grosbeaks seem to be using the large sugar maples and Norway 
spruces as staging areas before their assault on the feeders. Also at the Yeany 
residence were 2 PINE SISKINS among a growing flock of at least 65 American 
Goldfinches. With harsher winter weather approaching these finch numbers may 
continue to grow. 


Other birds of note included:

A single Ring-billed Gull along SR899 in a field across from the State Police 
barracks in Marienville. 


Ruffed Grouse, Common Raven, and Red-breasted Nuthatch (2) at Buzzard Swamp.

Adult Bald Eagle perched next to River Road along the Clarion River in Cook 
Forest State Park. 


Good birding,

David

--
David Yeany II
Cheswick, PA
Subject: Towhee and Fox Sparrow Levittown Bucks County.
From: Linda Rowan <lrowan1 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:24:54 -0500
Best birds seen today on a platform feeder in Levittown, were a Fox Sparrow and 
Eastern Towhee. 


Linda Rowan
Subject: Lebanon County
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:24:04 -0500
From about 12:15 to 3 pm I was around the Reistviile area looking for  bait
in the new 2'' snow.

Along Cherry and Gibble Road we found some west of Rt. 501.

There was some near the road and I saw 425 Horned Larks , they were flushed
many times from cars.

Then I saw 12 Snow Buntings together that flew next to Gibble Road.

We went around to other areas but found a lot of larks feeding along the
roads.

Then along Fox Road an adult Peregrine Falcon flushed by the car had a nice
blueish back.

It went to the silo close by and flushed rock doves and starlings.

Then out of sight.

Along Reistville Rd. there is a produce stand that the parking lot  was
freshly cleared with about 100 larks.

I was looking through them when they flew low south .

About 45 seconds later the Peregrine Falcon made a quick pass 2 times.

This was about2:40 pm. This is less than 2 miles from the first sighting.

Then  while going home through Middle Creek WMA we had a Red Fox next the
road on a frozen pond and had a mouth full of ?

It crossed Hopeland Rd. behind the car.

Shelva Miller

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 
Subject: light phase Rough-legged Hawk, Lancaster County
From: Jonathan Campbell <0000008033cde245-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:35:24 -0500
I went looking for Longspurs and Larks again today in the Musser School Road 
today. I had less Horned Larks and no Longspurs or other interesting field 
birds. 


Instead, I found a huge female light-phase Rough-legged Hawk sitting into the 
field just west of the intersection of Zeltenreich Road and Musser School Road. 
After looking at me suspiciously for 10 minutes, it flew to a lone tree top 
south and west of where Musser School Road intersects with Groffdale Road where 
it was mobbed by crows. Its tiny blunt bill was apparent as well as its dark 
blotchy breast with light non-blotchy belly. Its head was light on the crown 
and cheeks when compared to the body. In flight, it showed a clear white tail 
base with a broad, brown-black terminal band. 


A great find.

On the return trip I also saw some cool Sharp-shinned Hawk acrobatics as it 
hunted Horned Larks. 


Happy birding!
Subject: Franklin Co Common Redpoll
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:30:16 -0500
I just watched a female Common Redpoll feed for a couple minutes at the feeders 
right outside the Caledonia SP office windows. It then flew up in the sycamore 
nearby and gave me another look there. It had a red forehead black chin and 
heavy streaking on a light underside. 


Bill Oyler
Chambersburg.

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Subject: Re - What is your favorite bird
From: Bill Foy <gdadtraveling AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:09:09 -0500
Gotta be the Red-winged Blackbird. Coming in a very close second is the
Surf Scoter.
Subject: Re: Birds favorite thing (or not favorite thing) about birders.
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:30:51 -0500
good one! g

On 1/26/2015 10:19 AM, Chris Grecco wrote:
> I've wondered at times,when a rarity is found and reported,if the
> particular bird views some of the throngs of birders with the same level of
> annoyance that some Hollywood stars view the paparazzi?
>
> Chris Grecco
> Curwensville,Pa.
> Clearfield Co.
> grecco.chris AT yahoo.com
> (814)-553-9913.
>


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Subject: Re: [PA Birds]- What are birds thinking? Where's the best place to eat?
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:29:56 -0500
I think they also have a list of the BEST PLACES TO EAT and they tell their 
friends, who tell their friends, and so on and so on....I can walk away from 
the yard, and it gets very quiet with birds....get closer to the yard and house 
and they are all over the place having a free meal...but they do work for me 
the rest of the year eating the bugs off my plants so I don't have pick them 
off (I don't use sprays). Well worth all the plantings for the birds (and 
butterflies and other critters) to look outside and see something from every 
window or door... DAILY!!! 


I have a question...the snow COVERED EVERYTHING today 5-6+ inches...when the 
birds flew to a branch or twig, it was like an avalanche falling...could birds 
get hurt or stuck under the heavy snow if it falls on them? Where do they go 
when it covered everything so thick today and can't get inside cover....just 
wondering like a kid... 


Stay safe especially yinz out East...think our snow finally slowed down, but 
more to come Thursday and the weekend and bitter lows near zero at night and 
mid 20s for high... 



Marcy Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
plant4nature AT gmail.com
The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to 
seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen

On Jan 26, 2015, at 7:44 PM, Art Schiavo wrote:

> I'm enjoying the "favorite bird" thread and now the "birds favorite things 
about birders" thread as well. Just as we have "chasers" (yes, I'm one of 
those) in the birding community, I think that some birds have a Life List as 
well. It's comprised of all the birders who are looking at them. So, the next 
time you see a rarity, and it's a lifer, know that you are being checked off 
as well! Heh............. 

> 
> Art
> 
> Art Schiavo
> 1648 E Caracas Ave
> Hershey PA 17033-1109
> Home 717-533-1978
> Cell  717-773-5794
> E-Mail artschiavo AT icloud.com
> Text 717-773-5794
Subject: [PA Birds]- What are birds thinking?
From: Art Schiavo <artschiavo AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:44:12 +0000
 I'm enjoying the "favorite bird" thread and now the "birds favorite things 
about birders" thread as well. Just as we have "chasers" (yes, I'm one of 
those) in the birding community, I think that some birds have a Life List as 
well. It's comprised of all the birders who are looking at them. So, the next 
time you see a rarity, and it's a lifer, know that you are being checked off 
as well! Heh............. 


Art

Art Schiavo
1648 E Caracas Ave
Hershey PA 17033-1109
Home 717-533-1978
Cell  717-773-5794
E-Mail artschiavo AT icloud.com
Text 717-773-5794
Subject: [PA Birds]- Dauphin County-Something I've Never Seen Before!
From: Art Schiavo <artschiavo AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:36:34 +0000
Hi All,
 Today while shoveling my back yard sidewalk, I saw a snow goose fly over head. 
What's so unusual about that? Notice I said snow GOOSE, singular! I've seen 
huge flocks before, but I have never seen one solitary snow goose before. There 
wasn't a flock that came before him, nor any other geese after he left my 
sight.........seemed rather odd. 


Art

Art Schiavo
1648 E Caracas Ave
Hershey PA 17033-1109
Home 717-533-1978
Cell  717-773-5794
E-Mail artschiavo AT icloud.com
Text 717-773-5794
Subject: Re: Need help again
From: Ron Rovansek <rrovansek AT PACEWATER.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:24:29 +0000
The last two photos in your Flicker album show a White throated Sparrow. The 
third picture is a Bluebird. 



Ron Rovansek
Centre County

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] 
On Behalf Of Alan Wells 

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 4:14 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Need help again

Went for a walk in the snow at the Union Canal today. Not a lot around but did 
see a Bluebird flying around and a lot of Crows. Since the canal is frozen not 
much there. I did see a couple birds flying around in the undergrowth where 
there was some open water. Got a couple of shots that I have uploaded to 
Flickr. 


Since I am more of a photographer than an experienced birder I am not sure what 
these were. I tried to find them using my Merlin Bird ID app and the Audubon 
App on my phone but am not sure I am right. I am sure someone can ID them with 
one quick look. 


Thanks in advance.

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

Alan Wells
York Haven
Subject: Need help again
From: Alan Wells <alanwells505 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:13:53 -0500
Went for a walk in the snow at the Union Canal today. Not a lot around but did 
see a Bluebird flying around and a lot of Crows. Since the canal is frozen not 
much there. I did see a couple birds flying around in the undergrowth where 
there was some open water. Got a couple of shots that I have uploaded to 
Flickr. 


Since I am more of a photographer than an experienced birder I am not sure what 
these were. I tried to find them using my Merlin Bird ID app and the Audubon 
App on my phone but am not sure I am right. I am sure someone can ID them with 
one quick look. 


Thanks in advance.

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

Alan Wells
York Haven
Subject: One horned lark, Koch property, Northampton County
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:42:48 +0000
 I'm almost embarrassed to report this: While scanning the hundred or so birds 
frantically eating on and below the feeders this morning, I located the 
Harris's sparrow but then a splash of yellow caught my eye.  On the ground in 
front of the Harris's was an adult male northern horned lark (alpestris), and 
it stood out like a sore thumb.  I've seen flocks of horned larks in our 
valley but not for several years.  Most of the farms around here no longer 
spread manure where it's easily viewed. And I know I never had a horned lark 
eating white millet, cracked corn, and black oil sunflower seed bits below the 
feeders in the back yard.  Arlene Koch 

Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene AT verizon.net
Subject: Dauphin County, pine siskin at my feeder
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:25:07 -0500
I was thrilled this morning to see a pine siskin at my porch feeder this
morning. It spent several lengthy periods (between 10-20 minutes at a time)
feeding there, mostly in the company of one or more goldfinches. It's been
2 years since the last siskin I saw, so this was a real treat!

-- 
Sue Hannon
Middletown
Dauphin County, PA
Subject: Re: Favorite bird
From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:59:03 -0500
This may be a stereotype (being favorite PA bird), but my favorite that I've 
seen in PA was a ruffed grouse that crossed the road in the middle of the day 
while I was driving through French Creek State Park in the mid 90s. 

 
Favorite overall bird is the Northern Goshawk.
 
> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:57:06 -0500
> From: mountainbirder AT GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Favorite bird
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> I had a nice walk along the Schuylkill River in snow and fog a few hours ago. 
And I will stick with raven as my favorite. Some geese flew from the river and 
they of course have a strong, powerful voice. After they passed, one continued 
to call. Sounded just a bit different and even more powerful. As I got closer, 
I realized it was a raven. The sound was remarkably similar to the honk of a 
Canada Goose, but more frequent. Well, I dont think I would go so far as say 
it was imitating a goose, but it was silent until the geese started calling and 
stopped a few minutes after the geese were gone. I did see the raven which was 
about one-eight mile away, perched along the river. I watched it until some 
geese flew close and the raven made some muttering type of sound and flew 
off. They are definitely entertaining. 

> 
> Kerry Grim
> Hamburg, PA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Favorite bird
From: Kerry A Grim <mountainbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:57:06 -0500
I had a nice walk along the Schuylkill River in snow and fog a few hours ago. 
And I will stick with raven as my favorite. Some geese flew from the river and 
they of course have a strong, powerful voice. After they passed, one continued 
to call. Sounded just a bit different and even more powerful. As I got closer, 
I realized it was a raven. The sound was remarkably similar to the honk of a 
Canada Goose, but more frequent. Well, I dont think I would go so far as say 
it was imitating a goose, but it was silent until the geese started calling and 
stopped a few minutes after the geese were gone. I did see the raven which was 
about one-eight mile away, perched along the river. I watched it until some 
geese flew close and the raven made some muttering type of sound and flew 
off. They are definitely entertaining. 


Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA
Subject: Re: Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video)
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:24:23 -0500
Great video. That’s just how Titan the rooster swam out of my pond after I 
kicked him in for goring me.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Meredith_Lombard
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 2:11 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, 
Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video)

I stopped by late Sunday afternoon to look for the Black-headed, Glaucous 
and Iceland Gulls reportedly being in the area (Fri-Sun).  The three birders 
there pointed out a Lesser Black-backed and two Glaucous Gulls—the one 
sprawled out and another “healthy” one, but no Iceland or Black-headed was 
found.  However, adult Bald Eagles were in the area causing the gulls to 
lift off and resettle a few times.  The sprawled glaucous had no trouble 
flying, just trouble standing—it seems to have a pair of bum legs below the 
ankles.

An interesting spectacle happened after the other three left, and just as I 
was also packing up the scope to leave—a pair of bald eagles chased an 
injured gull just before dusk settled in.  The gull evaded the aerialists 
for a time before it sought refuge in the river, where it was immediately 
slam-dunked under water by one of the eagles.  After a short time, the eagle 
tried to fly, but it couldn’t lift off, and sank back into the water.  I 
managed to (hurriedly) digiscope the plight of the eagle swimming in the icy 
water, clutching its prey, trying to make it to an ice shelf, which it 
eventually did https://flic.kr/p/pZGnNM .  A Bald Eagle is one tough bird!

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


Good birding
Meredith Lombard






On Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:47:47 -0500, Tim Becker  wrote:

>I made a stop this afternoon at the Lemon St access at Wrightsville, York 
>county. I was not able to locate the Black-headed Gull. But there were a 
>great many distant gulls packed together out on the ice which could have 
>easily hidden it. There was a first year Glaucous Gull sprawled out on the 
>ice. Also several Goldeneyes and a Red-breasted Merganser up near the 
>bridge.
>
>Tim Becker
>Grantville.
>
>Sent from my iPhone 
Subject: Re: Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others --(bald eagle video)
From: Meredith_Lombard <000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:11:50 -0500
I stopped by late Sunday afternoon to look for the Black-headed, Glaucous and 
Iceland Gulls reportedly being in the area (Fri-Sun). The three birders there 
pointed out a Lesser Black-backed and two Glaucous Gulls—the one sprawled out 
and another “healthy” one, but no Iceland or Black-headed was found. 
However, adult Bald Eagles were in the area causing the gulls to lift off and 
resettle a few times. The sprawled glaucous had no trouble flying, just trouble 
standing—it seems to have a pair of bum legs below the ankles. 


An interesting spectacle happened after the other three left, and just as I was 
also packing up the scope to leave—a pair of bald eagles chased an injured 
gull just before dusk settled in. The gull evaded the aerialists for a time 
before it sought refuge in the river, where it was immediately slam-dunked 
under water by one of the eagles. After a short time, the eagle tried to fly, 
but it couldn’t lift off, and sank back into the water. I managed to 
(hurriedly) digiscope the plight of the eagle swimming in the icy water, 
clutching its prey, trying to make it to an ice shelf, which it eventually did 
https://flic.kr/p/pZGnNM . A Bald Eagle is one tough bird! 


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


Good birding
Meredith Lombard






On Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:47:47 -0500, Tim Becker  wrote:

>I made a stop this afternoon at the Lemon St access at Wrightsville, York 
county. I was not able to locate the Black-headed Gull. But there were a great 
many distant gulls packed together out on the ice which could have easily 
hidden it. There was a first year Glaucous Gull sprawled out on the ice. Also 
several Goldeneyes and a Red-breasted Merganser up near the bridge. 

>
>Tim Becker
>Grantville. 
>
>Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:59:38 +0000
I was thinking of a couple items that I thought a bird would like to see from 
birders.... 


One would be birders that dont force me (the bird) to expend lots of extra 
energy while I'm trying to defend my nest against predators or rivals. Birders 
that are satisfied with more with what a bird gives them, in terms of 
observation during nesting......rather than the observation we want. 


Two would be birders that dont tread to much on my nesting area.....sort of 
like One. I (the bird) dont want someone rushing thru my home & eggs to flush 
me out. 


Three.....a bird would like birders to take the time to learn details about how 
it lives, what it needs to survive. 


Dave Kruel 
Pottsville 
Schuylkill County 



----- Original Message -----

From: "Anne Annibali"  
To: "Dave Kruel" , "PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG" 
 

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 1:09:34 PM 
Subject: RE: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders 

Everyone's answers to favorite birds have been fascinating and 
thought-provoking, and I'm looking forward to more great takes from the flip 
side. 


When I go on a bird hike, I've always suspected that we give them as much 
entertainment as they do us. I often imagine them looking back at us through 
our binoculars and keeping track of our "plumage" -- the funny hats, silly 
T-shirts, etc. plus all the extra paraphernalia we often lug along. "Oh, look, 
honey! That's the third Yankees cap today, and this one has a tripod." 


And I'm certain the birds at winter feeders appreciate our generosity, but I'm 
afraid it's more likely they see us as easy pushovers. That's obvious by the 
way they huddle near our windows looking pitiful until we show up with another 
free hand-out and then scold us from the bushes for taking so long to get out 
there. 


But that's all right because that makes it a two-way relationship we both 
enjoy. 


Anne Annibali, 
Mt. Gretna, Lebanon County 



> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:15:25 -0500 
> From: dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET 
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders 
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG 
> 
> In the same light of us thinking about our favorite bird......I thought what 
if birds could comment on birders and state their favorite (say versus 
unfavorite things) characteristics of individual birders. 

> 
> So if a wood thrush could go thru his head and arrive at some positive and 
negative things about individual birders.....what would be his favorite 
positive things. 

> 
> Dave Kruel 
> Pottsville 
> Schuylkill County 
> 
> 
> 
> On Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:46 -0500, dave leibert  wrote: 
> 
> >Howdy, 
> > 
> >I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood 
> >thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and 
> >they have the most lyrical song. 
> > 
> >Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the 
> >North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace 
> >and they have to adjust to the peak of the knob a little. This looks 
> >pretty kinetic! 
> > 
> >Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of 
> >course Peregrine falcons. 
> > 
> >Cheers, Dave 
Subject: Franklin Co Pine Warbler
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:10:43 -0500
Both Dave Cooney and Dale Gearhart have seen a Pine Warbler at some point
in the past two weeks at the Caledonia SP office feeders.  With the snow
overnight I stopped there this am and a Pine Warbler visited the tray
feeder beside the parking lot.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg
Subject: Re: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
From: Anne Annibali <anneanni AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:09:34 -0500
Everyone's answers to favorite birds have been fascinating and 
thought-provoking, and I'm looking forward to more great takes from the flip 
side. 

 
When I go on a bird hike, I've always suspected that we give them as much 
entertainment as they do us. I often imagine them looking back at us through 
our binoculars and keeping track of our "plumage" -- the funny hats, silly 
T-shirts, etc. plus all the extra paraphernalia we often lug along. "Oh, look, 
honey! That's the third Yankees cap today, and this one has a tripod." 

 
And I'm certain the birds at winter feeders appreciate our generosity, but I'm 
afraid it's more likely they see us as easy pushovers. That's obvious by the 
way they huddle near our windows looking pitiful until we show up with another 
free hand-out and then scold us from the bushes for taking so long to get out 
there. 

 
But that's all right because that makes it a two-way relationship we both 
enjoy. 

 
Anne Annibali,
Mt. Gretna, Lebanon County

 
> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:15:25 -0500
> From: dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> In the same light of us thinking about our favorite bird......I thought what 
if birds could comment on birders and state their favorite (say versus 
unfavorite things) characteristics of individual birders. 

> 
> So if a wood thrush could go thru his head and arrive at some positive and 
negative things about individual birders.....what would be his favorite 
positive things. 

> 
> Dave Kruel
> Pottsville
> Schuylkill County
> 
> 
> 
> On Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:46 -0500, dave leibert  wrote:
> 
> >Howdy,
> >
> >I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood
> >thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and
> >they have the most lyrical song.
> >
> >Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the
> >North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace
> >and they have to adjust  to the peak of the knob a little. This looks
> >pretty kinetic!
> >
> >Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of
> >course Peregrine falcons.
> >
> >Cheers, Dave
 		 	   		  
Subject: Sunday's bird cruise. Lehigh-Northapmton-Monroe county
From: Dave Leibert <xdave AT ENTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:20:38 +0000
Howdy all,

I took a cruise looking for birds on  Sunday. Pretty out with all the snow.


Amazingly  I did not see one red tail in 70 miles of driving. No other  
raptors other than an adult peregrine on their building in South  
Bethlehem. This time it looked like the peregrine had prey.

I did see a total of a few hundred horned larks near Arrowhead road  
and also  Michaels School rd. near Bath.

I went all the way up to Cherry Valley. The highlight was two black  
ducks on a pond. There were two swans on another pond nearby. They  
looked like the big ones, trumpeter swans? Looked like a pair. I'm not  
too good with swans though. I've seen tundra swans.

Cheers, Dave
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: "Alt, Mark" <Mark.Alt AT PROBUILD.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:01:11 +0000
My favorite Pennsylvania bird has a situational answer.

When I was a child in Westmoreland County we had a flock of 30 Evening 
grosbeaks that spent the winter in our woods. They are my favorite... 


As a teenager I visited Hawk Mountain for the first time and tucked myself down 
into the rocks facing across the abyss, nothing flying, then suddenly! A Merlin 
shot by as though it mistook my hair for a target...that was my favorite... 


While waiting at dawn for my boss to pick me up for my summer construction job, 
the solitude and my mother's marge picture window were both shattered. I ran to 
the door and down the steps in time to see an immature Goshawk compose itself 
and fly off...my favorite bird 


Took my young children to a meadow outside of Latrobe, PA at dusk and when the 
peenting stopped, replaced by a whirring of wings, ran to the spot, where three 
minutes later a fat Timberdoodle plopped down 5 feet away and called while 
curtsying...my favorite birds 


Hiking Bear Run to the tangled twisted Rhododendron thickets near the small 
bridge in late May. Black-throated Blue, Hooded, and Black and White Warblers 
calling and hopping about continuously...so close binoculars are not needed... 
NY favorite birds 


Tracking a barely audible tseent to a tree that held 7 Brown Creepers on it at 
one time...it was as if the tree bark had come to life, very Escher-like in 
effect...my favorite birds! 


It has been 40 years since I bagged a lifer in Pennsylvania, now that I have a 
home here, I hope to change that, and that will be my favorite bird... 


Good Birding,

Mark Alt
Connellsville, PA
Fayette County

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Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(1/18 - 1/24)
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:05:42 -0500
All,
Reports were light with 59 species reported. Some highlights include:
1 Greater White-fronted Goose 1/24
3 Cackling Geese 1/24
11 duck species including:
2 Gadwall 1/19-1/20
2 Amer. Wigeon 1/19
4 N. Pintail continued all week
1 Redhead male 1/19-1/20
Ring-necked Duck-high report 9 1/23
1 Com. Goldeneye female to at least 1/23
1 Hooded Merganser female type continues
Com. Merganser -high report 115 1/20 
1 Horned Grebe to at least 1/20
Bald Eagle- high report 3 1/20
Red-shouldered Hawk continues
1 Merlin 1/20
4 gull species including:
Lesser Black-backed Gull-high report 34 1/20
1 Black-capped Chickadee-at least one continues at feeders
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch continues at feeders
1 Brown Creeper regular near feeders
1 Fox Sparrow 1/20
Also, Wild Turkey, Pileated Woodpecker, Fish Crow, Brown Creeper, E. Bluebird, 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 



Thanks to all who share their sightings for our weekly spreadsheet. 


August Mirabella
North Wales, PA 
 
Subject: Birds favorite thing (or not favorite thing) about birders.
From: Chris Grecco <chris.grecco65 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:19:26 -0500
I've wondered at times,when a rarity is found and reported,if the
particular bird views some of the throngs of birders with the same level of
annoyance that some Hollywood stars view the paparazzi?

Chris Grecco
Curwensville,Pa.
Clearfield Co.
grecco.chris AT yahoo.com
(814)-553-9913.
Subject: Re: Favorite Pa. Bird.
From: Ryan Fick <0000004e15996cb4-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:19:09 -0500
Probably Carolina/Black-Capped Chickadee. Many times bold and often 
delightfully entertaining in the field - wonderfully amusing. I particularly 
like being scolded by them. 


Also potentially Northern Saw-whet Owl.  

Ryan Fick
Bethesda, MD (Formerly Berks, PA)

On Jan 25, 2015, at 6:14 PM, Heather Jacoby wrote:

> Will nobody choose the Pileated Woodpecker? What a sight they are! My
> boss's husband stopped in at the office and he isn't much of a talker. He
> hung out at the reception desk, not being gregarious enough to want to
> announce his presence to the rest of the office.
> 
> I recalled that he's a hunter, and thought that might be a good avenue for
> conversation. So, I asked him if he'd ever seen a really large woodpecker
> in the woods. Of course he has! He started talking excitedly with me. My
> boss comes back, surprised to see him so animated. She asks what we're
> talking about and he tells her we were talking about woodpeckers. We
> describe it for her and she says to him, "Why didn't you ever tell me about
> it!?!" LOL! I told her that it's not exactly an unusual sight for hunters,
> but how much I'd love to get a good look at one.
> 
> The neighbors near where my parents live (Shermansdale in Perry County)
> would call my parents' house to make sure I knew one had visited their
> property. Unfortunately, I was rarely able to make it in time to see it.
> For quite some time, I called it my "nemesis bird." I've since seen them,
> but usually in fly-overs. I tried to encourage my parents to put up the
> right feeder, but it hasn't happened yet.
> 
> I also have to mention the red-tailed hawk. They are gorgeous birds. They
> strike me as being almost regal. They are the commanders of flight, in my
> opinion... effortless, almost lazy circles... just soaring. I've seen them
> up close and there's something in their gaze that kind of "captures" me,
> holds my full attention. I'm in awe of them.
> 
> As a child, I used to flip through my Pappy's Audubon book. I'd often stop
> on the picture of the red-tailed hawk, its talons horrifyingly clutching
> onto a rabbit as it defended its prey from another red-tailed hawk.
> 
> Then I "met" one nearly face-to-face in my early twenties. A normal day at
> the office, and I join my co-worker outside as she takes a smoke-break.
> Nearby, my eyes catch something on a low branch in a tree. A red-tailed
> hawk, just above head level. I couldn't help but approach it. I got to
> stand about six feet or so away, just quietly examining the bird. On a
> whim, I went in to get the office camera and it was still right there when
> I returned. I got off 3 shots and then it took off. I felt the power of its
> wings as it flew, almost right over my shoulder... My heart was pounding...
> to feel the strength in the bird, in the way it moved the air.
> 
> That was the bird that made me into a birder.
> 
> I also should mention the tufted titmouse. I had one at my feeder that only
> had one leg. I had a suet feeder, and he'd dangle there. He seemed to be
> getting on just fine. They are such little birds, but there's something
> very bold about them.
> 
> -- 
> Heather Jacoby
> greybeh AT gmail.com
> Pittsburgh, PA
> Allegheny County
Subject: Tables Turn - birds favorite things about birders
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:15:25 -0500
In the same light of us thinking about our favorite bird......I thought what if 
birds could comment on birders and state their favorite (say versus unfavorite 
things) characteristics of individual birders. 


So if a wood thrush could go thru his head and arrive at some positive and 
negative things about individual birders.....what would be his favorite 
positive things. 


Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County



On Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:46 -0500, dave leibert  wrote:

>Howdy,
>
>I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood
>thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and
>they have the most lyrical song.
>
>Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the
>North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace
>and they have to adjust  to the peak of the knob a little. This looks
>pretty kinetic!
>
>Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of
>course Peregrine falcons.
>
>Cheers, Dave
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:38:25 -0500
Herb, Sorry about your lawn, but we may have to go to the streets to 
pick up the road kills without them. In the Middle Ages, London Red 
Kites-- Milvus milvus-- took care of street cleaning duties. When they 
became extirpated (how?), London streets became a mess. Relatively 
recently, starting with Wales, a reintroduction effort in Europe has 
been initiated by The International Red Kite Symposium of the World 
Working Group on Birds of Prey (And Owls), if I've got it right, 
possibly involving the British Hawk and Owl Trust. Britain has similar 
raptors as PA, listing similar species.

Road kill can attract raptors which feed on it, like Great-horned Owls, 
as Bernd Heinrich writes in ONE MAN'S OWL.

Thanks.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

On 1/24/2015 11:57 AM, Herb Flavell wrote:
> I don’t know Ann. They do soar nice but they eat mainly road kills.
> There is a nest on the mountain behind my house. Twice they have dropped
> road kill remains on my lawn. I have a movie of one retrieving the road 
posium 

> kill possum it dropped last summer if you would like it.
> Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.ot it right
> PA
> -----Original Message----- From: Ann Pettigrew
> Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:18 AM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
>
> Mine is the Turkey Vulture. I think they are magnificent fliers and I
> always say that if I could come back as any animal, it would be a turkey
> vulture! Imagine being able to soar the way they do!
>
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> rook185 AT comcast.net
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Jan 24, 2015, at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson 
>> wrote:
>>
>> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on
>> action pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with
>> deepish snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?
>>
>> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic
>> Flyway, at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be
>> a graceful flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like
>> them, too, though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated
>> or fallow, seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and
>> family farms are disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.
>>
>> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the
>> woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a
>> church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there
>> and was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew
>> straight up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right
>> on top of the crows, dispersing them permanently!!
>>
>> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent
>> numbers as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like
>> Short-eared Owls still exist, or has there been substantial
>> technological turnover over the decades since Craighead & Craigheads'
>> HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! Long sentences.)
>>
>> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor
>> Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.
>>
>> Grant Stevenson
>> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
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Subject: Kirby Park, Luzerne Co.
From: Sandra Goodwin <chickadd AT PTD.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:04:32 -0500
Reported by Bob Wasileswki

01/25/15

And so begins year 18.



  1) Canada Goose			150
  2) Mallard				32
  3) Bufflehead			6
  4) Common Merganser		20
  5) Bald Eagle			1
  6) Coopers Hawk			2
  7) Red-tailed Hawk		1
  9) Feral Pigeon			13
10) Mourning Dove			9
11) Red-bellied Woodpecker	1
12) Downy Woodpecker		4
13) Blue Jay				3
14) American Crow			3
15) Common Raven			2
16) Black-capped Chickadee	5
17) Tufted Titmouse			4
18) White-breasted Nuthatch	4
19) Carolina Wren			4
20) Song Sparrow			2
21) Dark-eyed Junco		35
22) Northern Cardinal		5
23) American Goldfinch		4



Total Avian Species: 23
Observers: 2
Hours: 5.0
Weather: Sunny and windy in open areas, but very pleasant for January;  
32-34F

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming County
Subject: Re: favorite PA bird
From: dave leibert <xdave AT ENTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:46 -0500
Howdy,

I thought about the favorite bird thing a little. My fave is the Wood 
thrush. I like how they are kind of stealthy in the wood, beautifuls and 
they have the most lyrical song.

Others I considered are the Merlin, particularly when we see them at the 
North lookout of Bake Oven Knob. They really scream through the airspace 
and they have to adjust  to the peak of the knob a little. This looks 
pretty kinetic!

Other faves are kestrels sitting on a wire, eagles, ospreys and of 
course Peregrine falcons.

Cheers, Dave
Subject: Re: Favorite bird
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:45:17 -0500
I'm with Anita. My favorite bird is also the Blue Jay. I have maybe 100 or 
so here because their favorite food is Hemlock seed and I have about 5 acres 
of Hemlock. But every morning the scouts are sitting in a tree waiting for 
me to put out their seed and un-salted peanuts. I go through 2 Folgers 
coffee cans of see every day along with 32 peanuts. 16 in each 
feeder.Yesterday there were 12 waiting in a tree. My next favorite bird is 
the Mourning Dove. They were here waiting to be fed to, 35 of them siting on 
the Claverack electric line that stretches 1,000 ft a crossed my land. We 
also fed the deer, deer food and whole corn at 11 am by 1 pm there were 10 
deer eating lunch. I would not move back to NJ for all the money in the 
world.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susqurhanna County.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Anita Nichols
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:23 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Favorite bird

My favorite bird is one that I defend to all naysayers  -  the blue jay.
Blue jays are such handsome birds with their mosaic-like colors.  Their 
markings remind me of a stained glass window.
I love seeing them perched at the highest part of a tree.  The sentinel of 
the woods or backyard.
And at the feeder, I enjoy watching them pick up whole (unsalted) peanuts. 
Weighing each one before retreating.
I adore their bell call - what a beautiful sound!  Such smart, gorgeous 
birds.
I have really enjoyed seeing each of your favorites.  Thanks for the fun 
reading Grant!
Anita

Anita NicholsPittsburgh 
Subject: Favorite bird
From: Anita Nichols <0000007d33022b93-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:23:58 +0000
My favorite bird is one that I defend to all naysayers  -  the blue jay.  
Blue jays are such handsome birds with their mosaic-like colors.  Their 
markings remind me of a stained glass window. 

I love seeing them perched at the highest part of a tree.  The sentinel of the 
woods or backyard. 

And at the feeder, I enjoy watching them pick up whole (unsalted) peanuts. 
Weighing each one before retreating. 

I adore their bell call - what a beautiful sound!  Such smart, gorgeous 
birds.   

I have really enjoyed seeing each of your favorites.  Thanks for the fun 
reading Grant! 

Anita

Anita NicholsPittsburgh
Subject: Favorite bird
From: Martin Wilson <ancientbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:37:30 -0500
My favorite bird is the cardinal, because if I am having a bad day birding,
if I can find a cardinal, there always seems to be other birds with him.

I don't know how many times , I have been having a slow day, and the
flicker of red through the brush would lead me to a delightful period of
numerous sightings. It might not be anything exciting, or it might be
whatever migrants are passing through.

A short burst of recorded calls seem to always bring one if there is one in
the area.
Martin Wilson
Doylesburg
Subject: Favorite PA Bird
From: tom and sheri <troberts2459 AT ATLANTICBB.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:09:14 -0500
This is hard. I like all them even starlings - watching starlings in the winter 
in those giant mumurations - magnificent. TVs and how they just fly. If you had 
to BE a bird? I'd think long and hard about TVs. Cliff swallows and their plan 
form and nests. Woodcocks and the breeding display in early March. Cooper's 
hawks - any accipiter - and early memories ( maybe 4 years old?) watching one 
grab a bird off my Mom's feeder one winter day - right in front of the window 2 
feet away! Back in the day when there were lots of evening grosbeaks. Veery and 
wood thrush songs late evening coming out of the deep, dark woods - when you 
look up at the sky you think - another hour easy but look down and think - time 
to get home. They must be looking the same way.... The morning chorus - 
tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks, warblers, turkey in the distance maybe grouse and 
woodpeckers drumming. Pheasants crowing. White-throated sparrow, song, 
chipping, grasshopper, Henslow...chickadees and titmice at feeders in winter. 
Nuthatches and brown creepers. Mixed flocks of kinglets while on deer stand as 
the day breaks. Ravens. The flight calls of thrushes, warblers, buntings in 
late fall as you stand in the dark and listen. golden-winged warblers in the 
hedgerows. Cerulans in the tree tops - where they belong. Canadas and 
chestnut-sided - great songs. 


But pick one...... Kentucky warbler.  In ridge tops where they nest. 

Tom Roberts
Somerset County
Subject: Black-backed gull at the Beaver River mouth, Beaver County
From: Geoff Malosh <pomarine AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:00:52 -0500
This evening highlights at the Beaver River mouth included 2 adult GLAUCOUS
GULLS, 2 KUMLIEN'S ICELAND GULLS (one first cycle and one adult, first adult
of the season for the Pittsburgh area), and 6 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (3
adult, 2 third cycle, one first cycle). There was also a seventh
black-backed gull, an adult that appeared in the flock with about 15 minutes
of usable light left. It was on the small extreme for Great Black-backed
Gull, just barely larger than the average Herring Gull, and perhaps about
the same size as the largest Herrings in the flock. Unfortunately I never
saw the wings spread so I cannot say if this was the Kelp Gull that was
found in Allegheny County last weekend. In fact what meager impression I was
able to make of the bird was that it was a small Great Black-backed, but I
can't really say anything definitive about it either way. Just wanted to put
the word out if anyone wants to look in the morning.

Yesterday evening (1/24) at downtown Pittsburgh the highlights were two
GLAUCOUS GULLS (adult and second cycle, first adult of the season), one
first cycle ICELAND GULL, and four GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (one of each
age). Tonight, birders at the Point downtown had seven GREAT BLACK-BACKED
GULLS, for a total of 13 (or 14) between the two locations for today.

By the way the season minimum counts of Great Black-backed Gulls between
Rochester and Pittsburgh is now 17: seven adults, two third cycle, two
second cycle, and six first cycle. In reality there may have been as many as
30-40 (or more) moving through area over the past two weeks. Also the season
minimum of Glaucous Gull for the region is now five: two adult, two second
cycle, and one first cycle.

Geoff Malosh
Allegheny County


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