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28 Feb Gulls, waterfowl, Pittsburgh [Geoff Malosh ]
28 Feb Waterfowl, etc Crawford County [Shawn Collins ]
28 Feb Mon River Sightings, Allegheny County [Jim Hausman ]
28 Feb White-winged Scoters -- Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Feb 28, 2015 ["Daniel E. Weeks" ]
28 Feb Clarion Co- snow buntings [Carole Winslow ]
28 Feb HSR: Tussey Mountain (28 Feb 2015) 7 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
28 Feb Lower Susquehanna Update, Southern Lancaster County [Bob Schutsky ]
28 Feb Re: White-winged Scoters, Lancast [Pamela Fisher ]
28 Feb Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
28 Feb Re: GBBG Washington county [Sally Zaino ]
28 Feb Gulls, Herons- Allegheny County ["g. g" ]
28 Feb GBBG Washington county [ ]
28 Feb White-winged Scoters, Lancast [Pamela ]
28 Feb Short-eared Owls in southern grasslands of Adams County ["Bonita A. Portzline" ]
28 Feb Allegheny County, Pine Siskin [Anthony Bledsoe ]
28 Feb Greater Scaup,in Clearfield. [Chris Grecco ]
28 Feb Lake Muhlenburg - lehigh county [Jon ]
28 Feb Looking for WW Scoter [Pamela Fisher ]
28 Feb Pine Siskins, Lancaster County [Pamela Fisher ]
28 Feb Franklin Co Peregrine Falcon [Bill Oyler ]
27 Feb Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co. [David Yeany II ]
27 Feb Re: White winged scorer, York/Lancaster [Meredith_Lombard ]
28 Feb Challenging Cormorant at Dorney Pond (Lehigh) ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
27 Feb redpoll/goldfinch flying question - Wyoming County [Sandra Goodwin ]
27 Feb Snow Bunting Huge Flock, Waterfowl Crawford County [Shawn Collins ]
27 Feb Lebanon County walk [Windstream Mail ]
27 Feb 3 red-necked grebes- allegheny county [ ]
27 Feb Hahn Rd AMD Pond -Washington County ["g. g" ]
27 Feb Robin Flock and Pine Siskins [Marcy Cunkelman ]
27 Feb Rough-legged Hawk - Montgomery County [Marc Radell ]
27 Feb Re: American Robins dashing around, Lancaster County [Daniel Bogar ]
27 Feb West Chester Bird Club Program [SANDY MOSER ]
27 Feb RBA western Pennsylvania, 23 February 2015 [Amy Taracido ]
27 Feb Re: American Robins dashing around, Lancaster County [Charles Macdonald ]
27 Feb Re: American Robins dashing around, Lancaster County [Meredith_Lombard ]
27 Feb Allegheny River and County, White-winged Scoters and Longtailed Ducks [Amy Henrici ]
27 Feb Dauphin Co: opportunity to study chickadees! [Alex Lamoreaux ]
27 Feb Northampton County sightings ["Wiltraut, Richard E" ]
27 Feb Berks Co: Possible Snowy Owl [Alex Lamoreaux ]
27 Feb Northampton Barrows Goldeneye NO, Berks kettle of Bald Eagles [Tim Becker ]
27 Feb Photo Study Of A Rough-legged Hawk In Graterford, PA (Montco), 2/27/15 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
27 Feb American Robins dashing around, Lancaster County [ ]
27 Feb Dauphin County Eagle fishing, hundreds of siskins still here ["D." ]
27 Feb HSR: Tussey Mountain (26 Feb 2015) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
27 Feb Eastern PA Birdline: 2/27/2015 [Dave DeReamus ]
26 Feb Re: Owl/feathers question [Ann Pettigrew ]
26 Feb Lebanon County, Rough Legged Hawk [Chandra Kotzatoski ]
26 Feb Northumberland County - Bald Eagles [Jason Weller ]
26 Feb Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
26 Feb Towhee and Chipping Sparrow - York County [Ann Pettigrew ]
26 Feb Lancaster Co. Ducks, Peregrines, Gulls, SusQ. River [Meredith_Lombard ]
26 Feb Another Rough-legged Hawk at Middle Creek Wma [Bruce Carl ]
26 Feb Raptors at Middle Creek WMA [Bruce Carl ]
25 Feb HSR: Tussey Mountain (25 Feb 2015) 4 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Feb West Fairview bird photos [Alan Wells ]
25 Feb Barrow's Goldeneye continues, Northampton County ["Wiltraut, Richard E" ]
25 Feb Bald Eagle (Ind.co) [Marcy Cunkelman ]
25 Feb Central PA Birdline for 2.26.2015 [Mark Mcconaughy ]
25 Feb Canvasbacks, etc. @ Freeport L&D #5 (Armstrong County) [Marge Van Tassel ]
25 Feb Hahn Rd AMD Pond-Washington County ["g. g" ]
25 Feb Allegheny Co., Wingfield Pines: Marsh Wren Mystery Solved [shannon thompson ]
25 Feb Photo Study Of Raptors In Montgomery County, PA, 2/24/15 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
24 Feb Re: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley PA [Charles Macdonald ]
24 Feb Re: strange bird behavior?/Wyoming County [Charles Macdonald ]
24 Feb Rough-legged Hawk Cumberland Co SGL 169 [Nathan Thomas ]
24 Feb Rough-legged hawk, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH ]
24 Feb probable peregrine in Pottstown, Montgomery County [Rob Blye ]
24 Feb Lebanon County-3 stops [Windstream Mail ]
24 Feb 2 GBBGulls & Ducks @ L&D #4 on Allegheny River (from Braeburn Side, Allegheny&Westmoreland Co's.) [Marge Van Tassel ]
24 Feb Red-necked Grebe, Elizabeth Locks & Dam-Allegheny County ["Gigi G." ]
24 Feb Re: Photo Study Of A Peregrine Falcon Rescued At The NJ/PA Turnpike... [Gerald Kruth ]
24 Feb Photo Study Of A Peregrine Falcon Rescued At The NJ/PA Turnpike Bridge, 2/21/15ine Falcon, 2/21/15 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
24 Feb spring time! Cowbird Bucks County [David Wilbur ]
24 Feb Erie County Lake View Landfill [Jerry McWilliams ]
24 Feb White-winged Scoters, Northampton County ["Wiltraut, Richard E" ]
23 Feb Rough-legged hawk Susquehanna County [CK ]
24 Feb PSO Ontario trip President's Weekend, Feb. 13- 16 [Wayne Laubscher ]

Subject: Gulls, waterfowl, Pittsburgh
From: Geoff Malosh <pomarine AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:42:42 -0500
There are still plenty of gulls gathering in downtown Pittsburgh these days.
Tonight among ~3000 gulls I counted 67 Great Black-backed Gulls, a new
single-site high count for the season (and all-time) in the Pittsburgh area
that I am aware of. Among these were 23 first cycle birds, also a new high
for that age class this season. Also present were four Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, 4 Iceland Gulls, and 3 Glaucous Gulls including the first third cycle
Glaucous I've seen this season.

 

Waterfowl have also moved onto Pittsburgh's rivers in a big way, with
White-winged Scoter especially well reported at several sites. There was one
present tonight with other waterfowl along the north shore of the Ohio River
as well, and I made a few decent photos of it, including one of the bird
taking a crayfish as prey. Photos here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/geoffmalosh/

 

 

Good birding.

 

Geoff Malosh
Allegheny County

 

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Subject: Waterfowl, etc Crawford County
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:43:19 -0500
Conneaut lake

1 Red Necked Grebe
1 Tundra Swan ( 1 is dead on ice)
8 Redheads
4 Ring Necked Ducks
5 Canvasback
5 Lesser Scaup
10 plus Am Coots
50 plus Mallards
50 plus Canada Geese
1 Red Shouldered Hawk
1 Hooded Merganser

Pyamtuning area - rt 285

3 Rough Legged Hawks
10 Horned larks
400 plus Canada Geese
1 Bald Eagle

Pyamtuning Spillway ( open water near rocks)
6 Common Goldeneyes
10 Canvasbacks
10 Red Breasted Mergansers
10 Common Mergansers
5 Ring Neck Ducks
10 Lesser Scaup
15 Redheads
1 Bufflehead
75 Canada Geese

also the Eastern Screech Owl that is 2 blocks away from my place is back at
his tree

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


Good Birding

Shawn Collins
Crawford County
Subject: Mon River Sightings, Allegheny County
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:57:18 -0500
Hello Folks,

Matt Juskowich and I birded the Monongahela River this morning from Duck
Hollow to Elizabeth Locks & Dam. Duck Hollow didn't offer up much of
interest other than a handful of great black-backed gulls and a calling
female hairy woodpecker that we enjoyed watching chip away at some bark in
a nearby tree.

We drove down to the Braddock boat ramp on 11th street and quickly spotted
an adult lesser black-blacked and several great black-backed gulls. It is
possible that we had two lesser black-backed gulls, however, the gull flock
flushed as we got close, and we were unable to relocate the lessers though
more great black-backeds flew in as we were observing. We soon picked up
one of the continuing red-necked grebes and a horned grebe, great for
comparison study. Many waterfowl were present, but we took a short drive
down to the dam and found another red-necked grebe in the retention pool
next to the dam. Quite an odd place to find a grebe, but it was cool to see
it so closely. Matt had a double-crested cormorant swimming in this pool a
few nights back. We much enjoyed watching the cormorants "play" with one
another as they splashed and divebombed each other by the far shore.

We stopped at the McKeespot Industrial Park, but there was little activity
there. The area does appear to have shorebird potential once the snow and
elevated water levels recede.

A quick stop on Harrison St in Glassport turned out to be our favorite spot
of the day. This place looks very promising for migrating shorebirds with a
substantial mud plain (though now covered in snow) with a small trickling
stream running through it to the river. A couple more great black-backed
gulls were here along with several other waterfowl with great up close
views of American black duck and mallards. Despite their commonness they
really are lovely in the right light, and we admired the brilliant green
head and sparking blue speculum of a male posing in the sun. Nice to see
color on these late winter days!

We briefly stopped along the train tracks by the Clairton Works and found
30+ common mergs swimming with gulls. We thought we had an Iceland Gull
here, but it flushed along with many other gulls as we approached on the
tracks and flew upriver and out of sight.

Our next stop was at Elizabeth Riverfront Park where we saw 21 Canvasback,
a few bufflehead, and all three merg species. We made the quick drive down
to Elizabeth Locks & Dam and found an adult lesser black-backed and a 1
cycle great black-backed amid the typical gulls.

It was a lovely, sunny, if a bit cool, morning to be out. Matt and I are
having a blast finding new spots to bird the Mon River and are hoping to
continue discovering more as the water opens again with the coming of
spring!

Lists for our day:
Duck Hollow
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22102836
Braddock Public Boat Ramp
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22103899
Braddock Locks & Dam
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22108829
Harrison St on the Mon
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22104749
Elizabeth Riverfront Park
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22105271
Elizabeth Locks & Dam
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22105547

Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Jefferson Hills
Allegheny County
Subject: White-winged Scoters -- Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Feb 28, 2015
From: "Daniel E. Weeks" <daniel.e.weeks AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:02:30 -0500
On this beautiful clear afternoon, I was happy to see 3 White-winged Scoters 
fly in and land in front of us at Duck Hollow. They swam and dove for quite a 
while and were still there when we left around 5 PM. 


Dan Weeks
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County


Feb 28, 2015
Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Stationary
0 miles
64 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.6.3
11 Mallard
3 White-winged Scoter -- Seen flying in - white wing patches on all three 
scoters. Also seen diving in the open water. 

7 Common Merganser
X Ring-billed Gull
21 Herring Gull
1 Great Black-backed Gull -- Large size, dark wings, not a full adult. 
Subject: Clarion Co- snow buntings
From: Carole Winslow <cjnal AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:34:19 -0600
Today after it had warmed up some in the afternoon I headed down the 
Curllsville-New Bethlehem Rd to check out the large snow bunting and horned 
lark flock that has remained in the area throughout winter. It's located along 
that road between Bug Rd. and Piolett Rd. with a large angus herd that is 
wintered on pasture. 


 The cows were all out on both sides of the road along with plenty of hay and 
chop spread on the ground. What a treat ! The day was completely calm, and very 
little traffic on the road. The ground was sparkling white with snow and the 
sky a deep clear blue. This large flock of mostly snow buntings with some 
horned larks thrown in, moved from treetops to ground and then flew over me 
swirling in a cloud of white and black against the brilliant sky, with their 
soft, buzzy calls being the only sound I could hear other than the sounds of 
the cows across the road making low huffing sounds as they plodded through the 
snow munching on hay. In the woods behind me a pileated woodpecker drummed a 
couple of times A very peaceful and beautiful scene. 


 I estimated the snow buntings to continue to number probably between 150-175 
and only about 50 or so horned larks today as best I could estimate. I would 
imagine that a longspur was around but I couldn't scope one out in the half 
hour or so I was there. This location is mapped in eBird for anyone that might 
still be interested in looking for these birds, and I was able to pull safely 
to the roadside not far from the flock. A scope is helpful but often they are 
reasonably close to the road that they could still be enjoyed. 


 I am anxiously awaiting the return of spring as the light changes more each 
day and it won't be long until I can hear the woodcocks again at dusk ! 


Good birding,
Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co. 
Subject: HSR: Tussey Mountain (28 Feb 2015) 7 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:02:58 -0400
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 28, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       7             14             14
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jason Bojczyk, Nick Bolgiano

Observers:        Jason Bojczyk, Joe Sabo, Nick Bolgiano, Paul Fritz,
                  Robert McLaughlin

Weather:
Wind NW 1-5 mph, shifted to S 5 at 1600, sky clear, temp -11-0C

Raptor Observations:
RL: 1 light-type adult, 1 light-type adult male

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Nick Bolgiano ()
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/

Subject: Lower Susquehanna Update, Southern Lancaster County
From: Bob Schutsky <info AT BIRDTREKS.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:34:47 -0500
Dear PABirders,

Here are some recent highlights from near our home in Peach Bottom, 
Lancaster County, on the lower Susquehanna River.

A Hermit Thrush continues its daily visits to our heated water bath, 
solely for drinking, not bathing.  There has been one here all winter.

A flock of 8 Eastern Bluebirds was feeding on Bittersweet in our front 
yard this afternoon.

Daily Pine Siskin counts this past week range from 15 to 50.

An immature Red-shouldered Hawk continues to be seen every day or two. 
It has also been in the area all winter.  Several times Nancy and I have 
seen it with prey.

A Peregrine Falcon flew overhead as I took a walk today.  It was flying 
upriver, low and fast.

Daily Bald Eagle sightings continue, typically 2 to 6 different birds 
each day.  Nancy saw an immature eating a fish in our neighbor's front 
yard yesterday morning.  We have seen occasional courtship behavior.

Today's waterfowl, as viewed from our front window, include:
Canvasback, 1 female.
Greater Scaup, 1 female.
Redhead, 1 male.
Common Goldeneye, 19.
Common Merganser, about 75.

Sincerely,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site  www.birdtreks.com
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Subject: Re: White-winged Scoters, Lancast
From: Pamela Fisher <kpfisher5560 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:21:44 -0500
My apologies, this was at Wissler Run Park.

On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 2:47 PM, Pamela <
000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:

> I just saw 4 White-winged Scoters along with 30 (minimum) Common
> Goldeneyes,  three Red- breasted Mergansers, a few Bufflead, and some
> Common Mergansers.




-- 
Pamela Fisher
KPFisher5560 AT gmail.com
761 Willow Lane,
Gap, Pa. 17527
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pfisher/
Subject: Lebanon County
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:57:34 -0500
I was at the Millardsville Quarry from about 10-11 am an these are most of
the birds,

Maybe Mallards about 150, Green-winged Teal 1, Canvasbback-13 still there,
Ring-necked Duck-54

Greater Scaup -1- female still there, Common Merganser-25, Red-breasted
Merganser- 9 still there.

At Meadow Lane the car traffic was very heavy and the only birds were along
Meadow Lane.

In the grass in front of the car were 18 Horned Larks and 3 Lapland Longspur
feeding together.

Most were finding corn pieces along the road.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 
Subject: Re: GBBG Washington county
From: Sally Zaino <szaino AT RUMINATIONS.US>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:37:11 -0500
I googled GBBG to see what the heck it was. I did finally find it, though the 
Green Bay Botanical Garden figured way higher on the list. I also considered 
other options before googling it, and though some of them were amusing, none of 
them fit the post. 


Great Big Baby Giraffe
Garbage Buried Beneath Geese
Gabbing Before Buying Groceries
Grumpy Birder Being Goofy

I finally found it under "GBBG Birds"


On Feb 28, 2015, at 3:15 PM, Matthew Juskowich 
<0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG> wrote: 


> I had a lone juvenile GBBG in with a mix of herring and ring billed at the 
Charleroi lock and dam. There were both red breasted and common merganser here 
as well. Matthew juskowich allegheny county 

Subject: Gulls, Herons- Allegheny County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:24:59 -0500
Yesterday in Robinson Twp, near IKEA, there were 8 Ring-billed Gulls.

Today in Bridgeville, near the I-79 exit, there were 3 Herring Gulls and
two Great Blue Herons. The herons flew low right over the road, heading up
the creek. Several motorists looked stunned. Fun!

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
Subject: GBBG Washington county
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:15:59 -0800
I had a lone juvenile GBBG in with a mix of herring and ring billed at the 
Charleroi lock and dam. There were both red breasted and common merganser here 
as well. Matthew juskowich allegheny county 

Subject: White-winged Scoters, Lancast
From: Pamela <000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:47:13 -0500
I just saw 4 White-winged Scoters along with 30 (minimum) Common Goldeneyes,  
three Red- breasted Mergansers, a few Bufflead, and some Common Mergansers. 
Subject: Short-eared Owls in southern grasslands of Adams County
From: "Bonita A. Portzline" <bonitapo AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:15:39 -0500
In southern Adams County, as of Friday there still are several Short-eared Owls 
making their magical appearance before sunset in the field at Pumping Station 
and Cunningham Roads, south of Gettysburg. Over the snowy field during the 
‘golden hour’ of a sun-filled late afternoon, the sight of these owls 
flying, kiting, pouncing, and taking off can be awesome. This is the best view 
I’ve had in my rather short birding experience. 


Bonita A. Portzline, Gettysburg
˙ member South Mountain Audubon Society
˙ slideshow "Birds With A Gettysburg Address" 
Subject: Allegheny County, Pine Siskin
From: Anthony Bledsoe <BLEDSOE AT PITT.EDU>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:53:04 -0500
I had a single Pine Siskin fly over my house this morning (Feb. 28, 2015),
in Forest Hills Borough, eastern Allegheny County, PA.  It was calling,
presumably looking for other siskins.  First of the winter here for me.

Tony Bledsoe
Subject: Greater Scaup,in Clearfield.
From: Chris Grecco <chris.grecco65 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:14:41 -0500
There are currently about seven or eight greater scaup of both sexes,on the
West Branch of the Susquehanna River.The area of the river these ducks are
located,is downriver from JG Food Warehouse,and across the street from the
Clearfield Area School District building.These ducks are diving and feeding
in the riffles.

Chris Grecco
Curwensville,Pa.
Subject: Lake Muhlenburg - lehigh county
From: Jon <jonjmular16 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:08:28 -0500
This morning at Lake Muhlenburg in Lehigh County:

Redheads (~12)
Canvasback (6)
Lesser Scaup (2)
Greater Scaup (one female)
Ring-necked Duck 
-- complete Aythya sweep!
Gadwall (one drake)
Common Merganser (3)
Lesser Black-Backed Gull
Red-Tailed Hawk

Good Birding,

Jon Mularczyk
Brodheadsville, PA
http://www.broadwingedbirding.com

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Looking for WW Scoter
From: Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:58:09 +0000
I am planning a jaunt down to the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville this 
afternoon after lunch, in the hope of seeing the White-winged Scoter, and maybe 
some of those gulls that have been eluding me. If anyone is down there and 
finds it, please call or text me at 717-405-9448. Anyone is more than welcome 
to join me also. Pamela Fisher 

goldeagle_60 AT yahoo.com
Gap, Lancaster County, PA
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pfisher/
Subject: Pine Siskins, Lancaster County
From: Pamela Fisher <000000233af33264-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:55:06 +0000
I am now up to three Pine Siskins at my home in Gap. Needless to say I am quite 
excited. Pamela Fisher 

goldeagle_60 AT yahoo.com
Gap, Lancaster County, PA
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pfisher/
Subject: Franklin Co Peregrine Falcon
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:21:30 -0500
At 5:30 this evening I was headed south into downtown Chambersburg on
Route11 North Main Street when I watched one and then two flocks of rock
doves in the air and following the last flock was a Peregrine.  This was in
the area of Corpus Christi to the Coyle Free Library.  The bird had pointed
wings, a narrow tail, and heavy sideburns showing in the late day sun.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co.
From: David Yeany II <dyeany2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:23:55 -0500
I just wanted to send a quick update that the Evening Grosbeaks are still
frequenting my parents' feeders in Marienville. At least half a dozen are
being seen most days, but the larger flock may still be around.

Best of luck to anyone who tries for them.

David

--
David Yeany II
Cheswick, PA
Subject: Re: White winged scorer, York/Lancaster
From: Meredith_Lombard <000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:37:17 -0500
The scoter was present late Friday afternoon loosely associating with a large 
group of Canvasbacks. 


=Meredith Lombard

On Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:17:11 -0500, Dick Cleary  wrote:

>There's a male WW Scoter currently swimming off Lake Clarke Marina near 
Wrightsville, York Co. 

>
>Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Challenging Cormorant at Dorney Pond (Lehigh)
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:54:28 +0000
Alan Jennings and I discovered an interesting cormorant at Dorney Pond this 
evening. It seemed rather large and didn't have a lot of orange on the face, so 
at the time, we weren't sure it wasn't a great cormorant. But after coming home 
and doing some searching online I think I've talked myself into a 
double-crested. I intend to go back tomorrow morning with my scope and give it 
a better look, just to be sure. 


Ducks there included canvasback, wigeon, gadwall, bufflehead, ring-necked, and 
LOTS of common mergs, mallards, and black ducks. Non-ducks included a 
kingfisher, a couple lesser black-backed gulls, two coots, and the mute swan 
pair. 


I also stopped at Lake Muhlenberg where there were at least 6 redheads and 3 
canvasbacks. 


Good birding,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall
Subject: redpoll/goldfinch flying question - Wyoming County
From: Sandra Goodwin <chickadd AT PTD.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:06:42 -0500
I just saw a flock of birds flying in a strange manner, but couldn't  
grab the binoculars quick enough to ID them.  They were flying away  
from me and individual members of the flock were flying up and down in  
a zigzag pattern.

We've only had small numbers of redpolls reported in the area,  
sometimes just one or two.  This group contained at least 20 members.   
I have only seen one flock of redpolls flying, and remember their very  
different way of flying.  It reminded me of rickrack, if you know what  
that is.

It wasn't like the normal single goldfinch flying pattern, but I don't  
know how goldfinches fly in a flock.

I've tried finding videos on the internet, to no avail.

If anyone can tell me how goldfinches fly when in a flock, or steer me  
to any videos of redpoll or goldfinch flocks flying, I would be most  
appreciative.

Thank you.

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming County
Subject: Snow Bunting Huge Flock, Waterfowl Crawford County
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:40:43 -0500
I did some birding after work this afternoon

Conneaut Lake
1 Tundra Swan
3 Ring Necked Ducks
1 Red Necked Grebe ( under the docks to the right)
1 Canvasback
5 Redheads
2 Bufflehead ( Near the park)
4 Common Goldeneyes ( Near the Park)
1 Long Tailed Duck ( Near the park)
5 Lesser Scaup
1 Red Breasted Merganser ( Near the Park)
10 American Coots
1 American Black Duck
20 plus Mallards

I checked on the Snow Bunting Mega Flock location last year at the Troyer's
Farm...and this evening there were about 40-60 Snow Buntings and 1 Horned
Lark.  Not the 700 plus like last year...but a nice amount feeding on his
spread corn.

Photos later

Good Birding
Shawn Collins
Subject: Lebanon County walk
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:39:05 -0500
Sid Hostetter lead 5 people around Mt Gretna because of the ice covered
snow.

Highlights were 1 male Ring-necked Pheasant and 9 flocks of Pine Siskin with
104 totals birds.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 
Subject: 3 red-necked grebes- allegheny county
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:14:50 -0800
Tonight I had 3 different individual red necked grebes present themselves at 
Braddock lock & dam. I have really good pics of one of them which made a really 
up and close personal look. It seems like red necked grebes are maybe on the 
move. Matthew juskowich allegheny county 

Subject: Hahn Rd AMD Pond -Washington County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:08:48 -0500
Stopped at the pond late this morning and found only 5 Canvasbacks and one
Northern Shoveler. There were many Mallards and one domestic goose.


Gigi Gerben
Washington County
Subject: Robin Flock and Pine Siskins
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:48:07 -0500
Hi All,
Sunny but still very cold day, but this was the first for a sign of better 
things to come....at least 4 dozen Robins were all over the yard, eating 
crabapples and using the creek for a bath or a drink....while watching them, I 
could hear Pine Siskins "zipping" calls overhead in the maple tree....nice to 
hear some Robin's "pip pip" calls and also a few whinnies...no real places of 
bare ground, but looks like there could be some possible by next week if it 
really does warm up to the 40s....below zero again tonight and hoping that will 
be the end of that for this winter.... 


Stay warm and hoping for some new species to show up....calling for snow too 
and rain on Sunday.... 

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: Rough-legged Hawk - Montgomery County
From: Marc Radell <mrockett AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:22:17 -0500
Gorgeous immature Rough-legged Hawk soaring near Bergey Mill Park in Lower 
Salford Township at 5:00 PM today. Hermit Thrush continues daily visits to 
birdbath/garden pond. 


Marc Radell
Subject: Re: American Robins dashing around, Lancaster County
From: Daniel Bogar <trichonis AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:19:15 -0500
Meredith,

These stoneflies are probably a species of Taeniopteryx. Helopicus is a 
different family and usually flies in May. 


Daniel Bogar
Marysville, PA

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

Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 2:21 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] American Robins dashing around, Lancaster County

Not only are the robins enjoying the protein feast along the river, so are the 
gulls, bluebirds, kinglets, creepers and sparrows. The tiny bugs are probably a 
spring hatch of a tiny stonefly--Helopicus subvarians (According to 
Bugguide.net). If you sit quietly along the tree line near the Lemon Street 
access, you'll see all the frenetic activity of these birds as they dart about 
for their next morsel! 


Good birding

-Meredith Lombard



On Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:52:54 -0500, ••S•J•Stahl•• 
 wrote: 


The past couple of weeks, flocks of robins seem to be frantically searching for 
food. I find them in the suburbs flying even to ornamental shrubs only 3 or 4 
feet tall, looking for any berries they can find, even though some of the 
berries look shriveled and dried. 

When driving around, robins dash across the road in front of the car.
This morning, at Wrightsville, robins were feeding among the stones at the 
river's edge. I watched one picking up tiny morsels, but I couldn't tell what 
it was getting. I see them in some bare patches of ground, often with dead leaf 
cover. 

Yesterday, at Wrightsville, I saw Red-necked Grebe on the river.
Sincerely,
Stan Stahl
Subject: West Chester Bird Club Program
From: SANDY MOSER <sandymoser AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:20:38 -0500
Please join us Monday evening, March 2, for a program on the Conservation 
Issues of Bats in Pennsylvania by Dan Mummert. Mr. Mummert is the Pennsylvania 
Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Biologist. 


 Meetings begin at 7:30 P.M. and everyone interested in learning more about 
birds, and bats in this case, is invited to attend. 


 For further information, visit the West Chester Bird Club web site at 
http://westchesterbirdclub.org/programs/ 
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 23 February 2015
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:30:58 -0500
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE02.23.15

Highlights:
RED-NECKED GREBE (Allegheny County)
NIGHT-HERON SP. (possible, Mercer County)
CACKLING GOOSE (Washington County)
LONG-TAILED DUCK
ICELAND GULL (Allegheny and Erie Counties)
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (Allegheny, Beaver, and Erie Counties)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Allegheny and Erie Counties)
GLAUCOUS GULL (Allegheny County)
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (Clarion County)
SNOW BUNTING
COMMON REDPOLL (Erie County)

Contributors: Terry Bronson, Shawn Collins, Bill Drolsbaugh, Mike Fialkovich, 
Gigi Gerben, Steve Gosser, Jim Hausman, Matt Juskowich, Glenn Koppel, Flo 
McGuire, Jerry McWilliams, Aidan Place, Ed Richards, Walt Shaffer, Ryan 
Tomazin, Mark Vass, Carole Winslow. 


Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 16 February 2015 through Monday, 23 February 2015

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


Transcript-

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At the McKees Rocks Marina on 2/17, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, CANVASBACK, 2 SWAN 
SP., and others; on 2/20, 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1-2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 
REDHEAD, CANVASBACK (MJ). 


On 2/16 at Duck Hollow, 10 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED 
GULL, 2 ICELAND GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL (WS); on 2/17, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE (JH, 
MJ), 10 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (MJ), 1 possible 
GLAUCOUS GULL (MVas); on 2/19, 15 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL 
(WS). 


At Dashields Dam on 2/17, 1 TUNDRA SWAN, 1 CANVASBACK, and others; on 2/23, 7 
CANVASBACKS, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK, and others (MVas). 


On 2/19 below the Highland Park Dam, 2 TUNDRA SWANS (AH).

On 2/20 at Emsworth Dam, 6 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and more (MVas).

At Braddock Lock & Dam on 2/20, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 5+ GREAT BLACK-BACKED 
GULLS, 1 REDHEAD, CANVASBACKS; on 2/22, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, REDHEADS, 
CANVASBACKS, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE (possibly 2), and others (MJ), 1 ICELAND GULL, 
additional GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (JH). 


In the Oakmont area of the Allegheny River on 2/21, 1 REDHEAD, GULL SP., and 
others (AH). 


On 2/21 at the Natrona lock and dam, 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK, 2 REDHEADS, 12 
CANVASBACKS, and others (SG). 


On 2/21 in Pittsburgh, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 
(MF); on 2/22 at the Point, 17 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 
ICELAND GULL (AP). 


At Janoski's Farm on 2/22, 1 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 6 HORNED LARKS, and others 
(MVas). 


On 2/23 at the Elizabeth Locks & Dam, 4 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, CANVASBACK 
(JH). 



BEAVER COUNTY:

On 2/20 in Rochester, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and others (ER).

At Raccoon Creek State Park on 2/22, 7 PINE SISKINS (MVas).


BUTLER COUNTY:

Through 2/16 in Butler, up to 8 PINE SISKINS (GK).


CLARION COUNTY:

Along New Bethlehem Curllsville Road on 2/17 and 2/21, 100+ SNOW BUNTINGS, 100+ 
HORNED LARKS (FM); also through 2/21, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (near 
Rimersburg) (CW). 



CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 2/22 at Conneaut Lake, 2 TUNDRA SWANS, 1 REDHEAD, and others (SC).

In Pymatuning on 2/22, 20+ HORNED LARKS, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 10 SNOW 
BUNTINGS, 7 CANVASBACKS, 5 REDHEADS, and others (SC). At the Hartztown Marsh 
Goose Management Area on 2/22, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 4 HORNED LARKS (SC). Along 
Lake/Fries Road on 2/22, 10+ PINE SISKINS (SC). 



ERIE COUNTY:

On 2/17 at the Lake View Landfill, 2 ICELAND GULLS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 
35 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (JM). 


Near Dobbins Landing on 2/22, 2 SURF SCOTERS (JM).

Off Port Access Road on 2/20-2/22, 7 LONG-TAILED DUCKS (JM).

On 2/22 at Presque Isle, 4 COMMON REDPOLLS (JM).


FAYETTE/GREENE COUNTIES:

At Point Marion Lock and Dam on 2/18, 14 CANVASBACKS, 2 REDHEADS, 1 LONG-TAILED 
DUCK, and more (TB). 



MERCER COUNTY:

On 2/20 at the Shenango River, CANVASBACKS, REDHEADS, 1 GREBE SP., and others; 
on 2/21, 1 flyover possible NIGHT-HERON SP. (BD). 



WASHINGTON COUNTY:

Near the Meadowlands on 2/17, 1 COMMON RAVEN (RT).

On 2/19 at the Hahn Road AMD pond, 1 REDHEAD, 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER, and others 
(MJ); on 2/20, 2 CANVASBACKS, REDHEADS, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS (GG), 1 CACKLING 
GOOSE, 9 additional CANVASBACKS (MVas); on 2/21, 11 CANVASBACKS, 2 NORTHERN 
SHOVELERS; on 2/22, 14 CANVASBACKS, 1 REDHEAD, 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER (GG). 


In California through 2/23, COMMON RAVENS, GULL SP. (AT).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Subject: Re: American Robins dashing around, Lancaster County
From: Charles Macdonald <chazmac1949 AT RCN.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:24:43 -0500
Stan,
 They are probably feeding on aquatic insects hatching along the river. There 
are a lot of bugs that hatch this time of the year. 

Charles
Subject: Re: American Robins dashing around, Lancaster County
From: Meredith_Lombard <000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:20:31 -0500
Not only are the robins enjoying the protein feast along the river, so are the 
gulls, bluebirds, kinglets, creepers and sparrows. The tiny bugs are probably a 
spring hatch of a tiny stonefly--Helopicus subvarians (According to 
Bugguide.net). If you sit quietly along the tree line near the Lemon Street 
access, you'll see all the frenetic activity of these birds as they dart about 
for their next morsel! 


Good birding

-Meredith Lombard



On Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:52:54 -0500, ••S•J•Stahl•• 
 wrote: 


The past couple of weeks, flocks of robins seem to be frantically searching for 
food. I find them in the suburbs flying even to ornamental shrubs only 3 or 4 
feet tall, looking for any berries they can find, even though some of the 
berries look shriveled and dried. 

When driving around, robins dash across the road in front of the car.
This morning, at Wrightsville, robins were feeding among the stones at the 
river's edge. I watched one picking up tiny morsels, but I couldn't tell what 
it was getting. I see them in some bare patches of ground, often with dead leaf 
cover. 

Yesterday, at Wrightsville, I saw Red-necked Grebe on the river.
Sincerely,
Stan Stahl
Subject: Allegheny River and County, White-winged Scoters and Longtailed Ducks
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:10:18 -0500
We took today off for our 27th anniversary and of course celebrated it by 
bird-watching this morning. The highlights were eight White-winged Scoters and 
four Long-tailed Ducks. It's possible that the two we saw in Oakmont were the 
same two we saw in the Sharpsburg pool, as in both sets of birds, one had a 
prominent white eye comma and the other did not. We could also see a good 
number of Great Black-backed gulls resting on ice in the vicinity of Fox Chapel 
as we drove by on the opposite side of the river. Highlights are listed below. 


Verona Public Dock
4 WW scoters
4 Long-tailed Duck
4 Common Goldeneye
3 Common Merganser
1 Bufflehead
2 Scaup sp
Geese and a few gulls

Zebra Ice Cream Shop/Six Mile Island overlook
2 White-winged Scoter
4 Redhead
1 Canvasback
Common Merganser lots
Scaup lots
Gulls including 1 GBBG

Riverside Park, Oakmont
2 White-winged Scoter
4 Lesser Scaup
2 Greater Scaup
1 Red-breasted Merganser
4 Common Merganser
1 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Mallard

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea


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Subject: Dauphin Co: opportunity to study chickadees!
From: Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:25:42 -0500
This is a somewhat belated post, but I think it's still worth
mentioning...there is currently a great opportunity to study Black-capped,
Carolina, and intergrade/hybrid chickadees side-by-side at Highspire
Reservoir Park in Middletown (of MacGillivray's Warbler fame). On February
22nd, Ian Gardner and I had 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 6 Carolina
Chickadees, 1 probable hybrid chickadee, and 4 that were either
intergrades, hybrids, or we just didn't get a good enough look/listen to
confirm what they were.

Alex Lamoreaux

-- 
Alex Lamoreaux
717-943-7086
http://www.nemesisbird.com/
Subject: Northampton County sightings
From: "Wiltraut, Richard E" <rwiltraut AT PA.GOV>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:21:13 -0500
Sightings yesterday and today along the Delaware included the two continuing 
White-winged Scoters at Portland, a male Long-tailed Duck at Belvidere Bridge, 
40 Redheads (5 locations), 18 Greater Scaup, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (Martins 
Creek), 


4 Canvasbacks (MC), 10 Gadwalls (MC), Mallards (abundant at Belvidere Bridge), 
Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, "numerous" Black Ducks, Bufflehead and 
Common Mergansers, 50-60 Ring-necked Ducks, estimate of 300 Common Goldeneyes 
(most I've ever had on the river), and continuing Barrow's. Many of the birds 
are in water holes where the river in frozen bringing to mind images of the 
mass gathering of Spectacled Eiders in the Bering Sea. Also the amazing Eastern 
Phoebe (which I thought was probably dead by now) and American Pipit at Martins 
Creek and up to 8 Wood Ducks still at Bushkill Park. Many Eastern Bluebirds 
feeding on the ice along the river (enjoying the bounty of winter stoneflies). 
Still have not seen a Red-necked Grebe on the river this year. 



Good birding,

Rick


Rick Wiltraut
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of State Parks
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
400 Belfast Road   Nazareth, PA 18064
Phone: 610.746.2801  Fax: 610.746.2804
Email: rwiltraut AT pa.gov
www.dcnr.state.pa.us
Subject: Berks Co: Possible Snowy Owl
From: Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:19:30 -0500
This may be nothing, but I thought I would pass the word along to give
local birders a heads up - someone left a comment on a NemesisBird.com post
saying that they saw what they believe to have been a Snowy Owl on their
property in Exeter last night.

Alex Lamoreaux

-- 
Alex Lamoreaux
717-943-7086
http://www.nemesisbird.com/
Subject: Northampton Barrows Goldeneye NO, Berks kettle of Bald Eagles
From: Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:18:32 +0000
Motivated by the recent report of the Barrows Goldeneye

being seen again above Easton, I decided to make another 

attempt for it this morning. I located a flock of perhaps 60-80

Common Goldeneyes in the Delaware just down from

Sandt’s Eddy, at the town of Mud Run. After finding somewhere

to park, and somewhere to scope from, three Bald Eagles

materialized and flushed every bird from the river. All but

a single Mallard which they took turns stooping over. The 

Mallard survived the prolonged onslaught with repeated dives,

coming up just often enough to take a breath. It would have

been more entertaining under other circumstances. As it was,

the Eagles left without breakfast and I was left without a

Barrows. I relocated the Goldeneye flock down river, above the

Frost Hollow overlook. They were in a section of river where

it was basically impossible to study them.


On my drive home, at mile marker 26.8 of I-78, between Hamburg

and Shartlesville, there was a kettle of 14 Bald Eagles circling over

the fields on both sides of the highway. In the distance they looked 

like a group of Turkey Vultures, and I was very surprised when I got

close enough to see what they really were. Mainly they were 

juveniles, with a few adults mixed in. I’m guessing there was something

edible spread on the farm fields there.


Tim Becker

Grantville

Lebanon County






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Subject: Photo Study Of A Rough-legged Hawk In Graterford, PA (Montco), 2/27/15
From: "Howard B. Eskin," <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:27:51 -0600
I spotted a Rough-legged Hawk landing in a tree as I was driving by on
Route 113. Of course,I had to pull off the road and try to photograph her.
Yes, it was an adult, female, light-morph Rough-legged Hawk. She was very
cooperative and flew from tree to tree and, from time to time,actually
landed in the field right in front of me. To see the Photo Study, please
click on the following link:


http://www.howardsview.com/Rough-leggedHawkFeb27_15/Rough-leggedHawkFeb27_15.html 


Regards,
Howard

Howard B. Eskin, Ph.d., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: American Robins dashing around, Lancaster County
From: ••S•J•Stahl•• <jalstahl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:52:54 -0500
The past couple of weeks, flocks of robins seem to be frantically searching for 
food. I find them in the suburbs flying even to ornamental shrubs only 3 or 4 
feet tall, looking for any berries they can find, even though some of the 
berries look shriveled and dried. 

When driving around, robins dash across the road in front of the car.
This morning, at Wrightsville, robins were feeding among the stones at the 
river's edge. I watched one picking up tiny morsels, but I couldn't tell what 
it was getting. I see them in some bare patches of ground, often with dead leaf 
cover. 

Yesterday, at Wrightsville, I saw Red-necked Grebe on the river.
Sincerely,
Stan Stahl
Subject: Dauphin County Eagle fishing, hundreds of siskins still here
From: "D." <00000019240c0ca1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:20:26 +0000
For several weeks I've been enjoying watching one of the many Susquehanna River 
eagles sit at its favorite fishing spot on the edge of the ice, at an open spot 
in the middle of the river near Clarks Ferry. It must be a good spot for 
fishing because I've seen plenty of boats there in fishing season.Instead of 
moving on, the pine siskins have increased their numbers (148 last weekend) at 
my house by double. I counted over 250 this morning before losing track. I've 
been out of Niger seed for a week and they are on the fourth 50 lb bag of black 
oil sunflower seed this month. No redpolls spotted. 

Deb RudyDauphin, PA
Subject: HSR: Tussey Mountain (26 Feb 2015) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:02:47 -0400
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 26, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       0              4              4
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jason Bojczyk

Observers:        Jason Bojczyk, Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
Overcast and reduced visibility throughout count. Light NW winds and temps
ranging from -7 to -3. Snowfall eliminated visibility at end of count.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jason Bojczyk (dalpan44j AT yahoo.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/

Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 2/27/2015
From: Dave DeReamus <becard AT RCN.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:07:34 -0500
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* February 27, 2015
* PAEA1502.27

- Birds mentioned

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
COMMON REDPOLL
REDHEAD
CANVASBACK
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
GREATER SCAUP
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
HARRIS’S SPARROW
“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow
PINE SISKIN

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: February 27th at 3:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to becard AT rcn.com with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County.  Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

You can visit the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society Website at
http://www.lvaudubon.org/ .

You can visit my 'Eastern PA Birding' Website for photos and information at
http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html .

There will be a field trip to Sandy Hook, New Jersey on February 28th.  Meet
at the Tilghman Square parking lot, near the Red Robin restaurant, just west
of Route 309 at 8:30 AM.  Trip leader will be Chris Hugosson.

Directions to many of the sites in this report can be found in the area’s
birding guidebook, “Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity”.  A completely
revised, 2nd edition of the book can be ordered at:
http://www.lvaudubon.org/shop/ .

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from the PORTLAND area, Northampton County:
From the Portland footbridge:
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS – 2 on 2/23 and 2/24.

Sightings from UPPER MOUNT BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
COMMON REDPOLL – 1 on 2/21 (at a private feeder).

Sightings from the BELVIDERE area in nearby New Jersey:
REDHEADS – up to 9 to at least 2/24.

Sightings from the MARTINS CREEK PPL POWER PLANT area, Northampton County:
CANVASBACKS – 4 on 2/22; 2 on 2/23
REDHEADS – 8 on 2/22; 11 on 2/23; 12 on 2/24.

Sightings from LOWER MOUNT BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Sandt’s Eddy boat launch:
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE – 1 on 2/23 and 2/25 (female)
GREATER SCAUP – 3 on 2/25
Common Goldeneyes – ~150 on 2/25.
LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1 on 2/23 (along Miller Road).

Sightings from WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – 1 on 2/24 (light morph).
HARRIS’S SPARROW – 1 to at least 2/26 (first-winter bird)
“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow – 1 to at least 2/26.
Also Field and Savannah Sparrow.

Sightings from LEASER LAKE, Lehigh County:
LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1 on 2/23 (along Leaser Road).

Sightings from the NEW TRIPOLI area, Lehigh County:
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – 1 to at least 2/25 (light morph; along Bausch Road).

Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
At the Dorney Park pond:
CANVASBACKS – 2 to at least 2/24.
Also Lesser Black-backed Gull.
At Canal Park:
CANVASBACKS – 7 on 2/25
REDHEADS – 3 on 2/25
Red-breasted Mergansers – 2 on 2/25.

Sightings from LAKE MUHLENBERG, Lehigh County:
REDHEADS – 7 on 2/21; 12 on 2/22; 6 on 2/23; 14 on 2/24.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – 1 to at least 2/24 (light morph).

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
GREATER SCAUP – 3 on 2/20
REDHEAD – 1 on 2/24.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
Red-shouldered Hawk.

Bald Eagles, Common Ravens, and PINE SISKINS were reported at several sites
this past week.

- End transcript
Subject: Re: Owl/feathers question
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:08:37 -0500
I am not an expert but was watching a show on owls the other night that said 
the feature of an owl's feathers that makes them silent fliers also renders 
them unwaterproof. (Probably not a word)! So, every time it rains her feathers 
get wet and clump together. They must get chilled. 


I wonder if you are seeing her brood patch?  

They are amazing to watch, aren't they!

Ann

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
rook185 AT comcast.net

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 26, 2015, at 1:16 PM, Christina Schmidlapp 
<00000088be8d2f27-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG> wrote: 

> 
> Is anyone else watching the live webcam of the Great Horned Owl with her two 
chicks above a golf course pond in Savannah, GA? 

> The mother's feathers have become so dishevelled--a big messy clump on her 
breast, and random feathers jutting out on other parts of her body. I am 
wondering if there was a recent raid on the nest, or if her feathers are just 
disturbed by the sometimes-heavy wind and maybe the nestling of her active 
chicks. And will she be able to smooth them all out before she takes flight 
again? 

> Thanks for any word from the experts,
> 
> Christina
> 
>> On Feb 26, 2015, at 00:00, PABIRDS automatic digest system 
 wrote: 

>> 
>> There are 9 messages totaling 528 lines in this issue.
>> 
>> Topics of the day:
>> 
>> 1. Photo Study Of Raptors In Montgomery County, PA, 2/24/15
>> 2. Allegheny Co., Wingfield Pines: Marsh Wren Mystery Solved
>> 3. Hahn Rd AMD Pond-Washington County
>> 4. Canvasbacks, etc.  AT  Freeport L&D #5 (Armstrong County)
>> 5. Central PA Birdline for 2.26.2015
>> 6. Bald Eagle (Ind.co)
>> 7. Barrow's Goldeneye continues, Northampton County
>> 8. West Fairview bird photos
>> 9. HSR: Tussey Mountain (25 Feb 2015) 4 Raptors
>> 
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>> 
>> Date:    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:37:26 -0600
>> From:    "Howard B. Eskin," 
>> Subject: Photo Study Of Raptors In Montgomery County, PA, 2/24/15
>> 
>> I went to Green Lane yesterday afternoon for an hour or so to see if I
>> could find the very photogenic juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk that was there
>> last week...it was. But I also found an adult light-morph Rough-legged
>> Hawk as well as an adult Red-tail. To see some of the photos, please click
Subject: Lebanon County, Rough Legged Hawk
From: Chandra Kotzatoski <channy3232 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:20:23 -0500
On the way home from a funeral at Ft Indiantown Gap Cemetery today, along
81s, I spotted the most beautiful Light Morph Rough Legged Hawk along the
road. I was stuck behind a slow-moving truck so I was able to watch it long
enough to see it fly from a tree at eye-level down to a lower branch that
was out of sight. I was between the Ft Indiantown Gap Exit (rt 934) and the
Grantville Exit (rt 743) I had just gone under Bullfrog Rd and shortly
thereafter went under Pleasant View Rd.

Chandra Kotzatoski
Hummelstown
Subject: Northumberland County - Bald Eagles
From: Jason Weller <fishingdude20 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:41:45 -0500
Today on the suggestion of the high school principal, I swung past a poultry 
farm on the way home from work he said he had been seeing some large hawks. 
Large hawks indeed. From one spot on the road I counted 7 Bald Eagles (2 
mature, 5 immature), 14 Red-tail Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1 Coopers Hawk, 
and a possible Golden Eagle in flight that went over the horizon before I could 
confirm or photograph. I couldn't even see the part of the field the birds were 
flying into! 

Jason WellerSelinsgrove, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: Lebanon County
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:55:59 -0500
Today I was at Millardsville Quarry these are most of bird from 10 to 11am.

Canvasback-11 still there, Ring-necked Duck-54, Greater Scaup 1 female still
there,

Common Mergansser-12,Red-breasted Merganser-up to 9 still there,
Red-breasted

Nuthatch-1 in pine tree, Rusty Blackbird-4( in tree beside small pond)

On Meadow Lane were all the bird life was I had,

Horned Lark- about 150, Lapland Longspur-1, and 1 Snow Bunting.

I was looking with a scope from 1-2 pm in the new manure.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 
Subject: Towhee and Chipping Sparrow - York County
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:58:59 -0500
We had our FOY Eastern Towhee yesterday and although I have been hearing 
chipping sparrows all week I did mot actually spot one until today. Spring 
can't come fast enough! 


Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
rook185 AT comcast.net

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Subject: Lancaster Co. Ducks, Peregrines, Gulls, SusQ. River
From: Meredith_Lombard <000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:10:57 -0500
I stopped at the Wrightsville Park area (John Wright Restaurant) yesterday 
afternoon. The Susquehanna River was smooth as glass in the bright sunshine. A 
couple of Turkey and Black Vultures were kettling over Columbia, and a 
Peregrine was actively hunting high over the Rt 462 bridge. The female bird 
soared almost out of binocular view before she targeted a small bird flock 
below and dropped like a missile toward them. There is nothing like watching 
one of these speedy little birds in a stoop. Although the bridge blocked the 
view of the final moments of the stoop, a little later she was seen perched on 
a metal basket on an old pier enjoying her dinner. A second peregrine--male-- 
perched nearby and the two were observed keening. If the male is the same bird 
that has been identified previously, he was hatched in 2004, and has been in 
the area since at least 2008, if not the first year a pair tried nesting under 
the Rt 30 bridge in 2007. 


Gulls littered the waterway and the edges of the ice pack which is diminishing 
rapidly toward the east (Lancaster County terra firma). Ring-billed Gulls were 
the most common, estimate at least 4500, with a good number of Herring Gulls. 
No adult Great Black-backed birds were present, but a couple of immature birds 
were. The gull highlight was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, an adult bird. Many of 
the gulls were foraging on a stonefly hatch. 


Few ducks were near this area, a few Common Goldeneye, Mallards and 
Canvasbacks, but a nice Red-breasted Merganser and Pied-billed Grebe foraged 
nearby. Most of the ducks were below the Rt 462 bridge and would easily have 
been seen from Lemon Street. A large mixed raft of Canvasbacks, goldeneye, 
scaup, Bufflehead, Common Mergansers and Redheads. Canada Geese and Tundra 
Swans were seen near the scrubby islets that have emerged on underwater 
terraces. 


A late day Bald Eagle raised the gulls both above and below the Rt 462 bridge, 
and unsettled the raft of ducks. The eagle may well have been from the nest on 
the York County side above the Rt 30 Bridge as, after it unsuccessfully grabbed 
dinner, it flew toward that area. 


Good Birding,

Meredith Lombard
Subject: Another Rough-legged Hawk at Middle Creek Wma
From: Bruce Carl <hrdabrd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:48:11 -0500
Another Rough-legged Hawk (Lt phase) seen along Kleinfeltersville road looking 
west between the willow point parking area and Sunnyside road (Lebanon county). 
All birds in previous post were seen in Lancaster County. 


Bruce A Carl

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Raptors at Middle Creek WMA
From: Bruce Carl <hrdabrd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:34:10 -0500
The following were seen so far this morning:

Rough-legged Hawk (dark phase) seen along girl scout rd on east side of the 
refuge 


Rough-legged Hawk (Lt phase)

Golden Eagle (imm) being chased by an adult Bald Eagle. All (3) of these birds 
were seen from Kleinfeltersville road looking east between stop #1 and the 
willow point parking area. 


Bruce A Carl

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: HSR: Tussey Mountain (25 Feb 2015) 4 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:02:05 -0400
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 25, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       4              4              4
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jason Bojczyk

Observers:        Jason Bojczyk, Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
Strong WNW winds gusting to 20 mph for first few hours gradually tapering
off to 10 mph. Temps ranging from -5 to 0.

Raptor Observations:
One light adult female Rough-legged Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jason Bojczyk (dalpan44j AT yahoo.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/

Subject: West Fairview bird photos
From: Alan Wells <alanwells505 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:26:30 -0500
There was a lot of activity on the river at West Fairview in Cumberland County 
today. On the river were Buffleheads, Common, Red-breasted and Hooded 
Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Greater Scaups and Common Goldeneyes. While I was 
there a Bald Eagle flew over a couple times. 


I have photos on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/awellsphoto/

Alan Wells
York Haven
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye continues, Northampton County
From: "Wiltraut, Richard E" <rwiltraut AT PA.GOV>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:16:34 -0500
This afternoon I found the hen Barrow's Goldeneye at Sandt's Eddy access in a 
large raft of about 140-150 Common Goldeneyes and 3 Greater Scaup. This spot is 
about 3.5 miles north of the original location. Also 8 Redheads on the river at 
Easton. 


Good birding,

Rick

Rick Wiltraut
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of State Parks
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
400 Belfast Road   Nazareth, PA 18064
Phone: 610.746.2801  Fax: 610.746.2804
Email: rwiltraut AT pa.gov
www.dcnr.state.pa.us
Subject: Bald Eagle (Ind.co)
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:47:20 -0500
HI All,
Looked outside the front door and saw this large dark bird flying toward the 
house and flew right over the top of the house....got the binos and saw it was 
a (2nd year-seen from below) Bald Eagle ...how cool was that, right out the 
door...flew NE to SW toward Conemaugh Dam.....it was flying very fast and no 
gliding...got a few photos but too far away to really tell...have to see and 
maybe will post...First thought it was an early TV...this is better!!!!! Yes, 
excited!!! 


Pine Siskins have been here daily for the past few weeks...1-6 depending on the 
day....the other day, had a fiesty one on the feeder right out the living room 
window chasing a RBWoodpecker off the feeder... 

Hope this is the last of the bitter cold this weekend...so ready to see some 
signs of spring, but at least the birds are beginning to sing 
more.....Cardinals have been for weeks, Carolina Wrens (2 for sure have made it 
thru the bitter cold) and Song Sparrows started, now today heard the Chickadee 
species and the Tufted Titmice calling more....House sparrow pair at the 
Bluebird nest box the Downy WP has been roosting in...Woodpeckers are pairing 
up and you can hear more drumming....so if it warms up a little, thinks we all 
will feel like it's closer to spring...love the days are sooooooooooo much 
longer now... 


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: Central PA Birdline for 2.26.2015
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:28:02 +0000
- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * February 26, 2015
 * PACE1502.26
 Bird Highlights
 TRUMPETER SWAN (Centre Co.)
 ICELAND GULL (Lancaster Co.)
 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (Lancaster Co.)
 COMMON REDPOLL (Bradford, Juniata, Lycoming & Susquehanna Cos.)
 PINE SISKIN (Adams, Centre, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, 
Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Perry & York Cos.) 

 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 February 26, 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, February 26, 2015. 


 ADAMS COUNTY:
 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on February 20 at Gettysburg 
National Military Park (WC). 


 Two PINE SISKINS were observed between February 21 and 22 at Lake Meade (JVe).

 Four ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen on February 23 at the Secret Pond (PM).

 Two light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were observed on February 23 along United 
States Avenue (PM). 


 BRADFORD COUNTY:
 One COMMON REDPOLL was seen on February 21 at 338 Edwards Road (KR).

 CENTRE COUNTY:
 A flock of 30 PINE SISKINS visited the Verica's feeders on February 20 (JV).

 A dozen PINE SISKINS were seen on February 20 at the Lee's property (JL).

 One TRUMPETEER SWAN was observed on February 21 downstream of the Route 150 
iron bridge in Milesburg (MR, KE, NB). 


 A flock of around 100 PINE SISKINS visited feeders in Howard through February 
22 (BSn). 


 Another flock of about 80 PINE SISKINS were visiting feeders on a daily basis 
in the western suburbs of Howard (MO). 


 Up to 20 PINE SISKINS have been visiting feeders daily through February 23 at 
a Park Forest property (JC). 


 CLEARFIELD COUNTY:
 At least 24 PINE SISKINS were seen in the Schwartz's yard on February 20 (JS).

 COLUMBIA COUNTY:
 Up to 12 PINE SISKINS were seen between February 21 and 22 at a property north 
of Valley Road (AK). 


 CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
 "Dozens" of PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders on South Mountain through 
at least February 19 (TS). 


 A flock of up to 38 PINE SISKINS visited feeders along Fern Avenue between 
February 19 and 24 (SS). 


 One adult BALD EAGLE was seen on February 20 in a field along Route 94 just 
south of the Hampton Inn and Conewago Creek (JF). 


 The HARRIS'S SPARROW continues to be observed through at least February 19 at 
the Big Spring (GD, ZA). 


 One PINE SISKIN continues to visit feeders through at least February 23 at 4th 
and Front Streets in Children's Lake (DK). 


 Three PINE SISKINS are visiting the Reeser's feeders in Lemoyne on a regular 
basis through at least February 21 (ER). 


 Four PINE SISKINS were seen through February 22 along Westgate Drive (PB).

 There were 20 PINE SISKINS at 111 B West Big Spring Avenue on February 23 
(VG). 


 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on February 24 along Mountain 
Road just north of the bridge over the Conodoguinet in State Game Lands 169 
(NT). 


 Up to 7 PINE SISKINS were seen through February 25 at feeders at the Keystone 
Arms (DK). 

 DAUPHIN COUNTY:
 One light and 1 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen on February 19 along 
Bindnagle Road (BW). Two dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were present on February 
21 (TB). 


 One dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on February 20 in the Hershey 
Special Habitat area (TN). 


 Five WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 1 BALD EAGLE were seen on February 21 near the 
Marysville bridge over the Susquehanna River from the H.C. Shrauder Park Access 
in Dauphin (VG). 


 Up to 6 PINE SISKINS are visiting the Spreha's feeders daily through at least 
February 21 (RS). 


 One PINE SISKIN has been visiting the Juris's feeders through at least 
February 21 (CJ, NJ). 


 One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on February 25 in the Susquehanna River from 
West Fairview (DH). 


 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 Up to 180 PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders along Laurel Drive through at 
least February 24 (VB, NM). 


 One PINE WARBLER and 15 PINE SISKINS continue to be seen through at least 
February 19 at the office feeders at Caledonia State Park (NM, VB). 


 Up to 2 PINE SISKINS continue to be seen through at least February 22 along 
Larkspur Lane in Chambersburg (SDo, JDo). 


 HUNTINGDON COUNTY
 Two BALD EAGLES, 1 light and 1 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 20 SNOW 
BUNTINGS were seen on February 20 along Charter Oak, Globe Run and Myton Roads 
(JK, BS, CF, EAM, AH, JS, DG). A flock of around 50 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on 
February 21 along Myton Road (JK). 


 JUNIATA COUNTY:
 A COMMON REDPOLL visited feeders at 6375 Licking Creek Road on February 19 
(DB). 


 Hundreds of PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders in Mifflintown daily 
through February 21 (CK). 


 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 One PINE SISKIN was seen on February 19 at a property along Stehman Road south 
of the Conestoga River (EW). 


 Two RED-NECKED GREBES and 1 ICELAND GULL continue to be observed through 
February 22 in the Susquehanna River from Wrightsville (York Co.)(ME, AL, ML, 
Aha, BSc, BO). 


 One PINE SISKIN continues to visit feeders on a regular basis through at least 
February 19 (LB). 


 A PINE WARBLER continues its daily visit to a suet feeder at 239 Miller Road 
through at least February 24 (ZM, LB). 


 One PINE SISKIN was observed on February 21 at Strasburg (WD).

 One LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on February 22 feeding among a flock of HORNED 
LARKS along Habecker Church Road just west of Central Manor Road (SSt). 


 One YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was observed on February 22 off of Academy Road 
west of Kirkwood Pike (YB). 


 One PINE SISKIN was seen on February 23 along Preston Road (DHi).

 LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:
 The dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continues to be seen through February 19 
north of the Willow Point parking area at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area 
(RM). Also, the light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and immature GOLDEN EAGLE were 
seen along Hopeland Road near the tour road entrance on February 19 (RM, LH). 


 LEBANON COUNTY:
 One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER continues to be seen through at least February 19 at 
the Millardsville Quarry Pond (DH). One BALD EAGLE was observed on February 23 
flying to the west (RM, DBi). 


 LUZERNE COUNTY:
 A flock of up to 50 PINE SISKINS was seen at feeders in Pittston through at 
least February 21 (JD). 


 LYCOMING COUNTY:
 One COMMON REDPOLL and up to 47 PINE SISKINS were seen between February 19 and 
22 at a Montoursville residence (DBr, EH, DeBr, BBr, BoBr). 


 A flock of 125 PINE SISKINS were seen through February 24 at Brushy Ridge 
(EH). 


 A flock of 33 PINE SISKINS were visiting feeders at the Rycroft yard on 
February 21 (MRy). 


 Three RED-NECKED GREBES were observed on February 23 upriver from the Market 
Street Bridge in Williamsport (DBr). One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on February 
24 below the bridge (DBr). 


 MIFFLIN COUNTY:
 Three TRUMPETER SWANS continue to be seen through at least February 23 at 
Victory Park (RD, RH). 


 MONTOUR COUNTY:
 Two light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen on February 19 at the bend in 
Shady Hill Road (AK). 


 One PINE SISKIN was observed on February 19 at the office feeders at Montour 
Preserve (AK). 


 One light and 1 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were observed on February 19 
along Delong Road (PD). 


 Two light and 2 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen on February 19 at the 
intersection of Myer and Beaver Run Roads (PD). 


 Five PINE SISKINS have been visiting feeders at 13 Kaseville Road through at 
least February 21 (PD). 


 Two PINE SISKINS were observed on February 2` at the Danville River Bridge 
(AK). 


 Four light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen on February 22 at Montour 
Preserve (LS). 


 Five PINE SISKINS were observed on February 22 along the Hess Loop Trail (SF).

 Five PINE SISKINS were seen on February 23 at the Shaffer's property (LS).

 PERRY COUNTY:
 Five PINE SISKINS visited feeders on the Bucks View Farm on February 22 (SJ).

 Three PINE SISKINS were seen on February 23 in the Wila area (CB).

 One ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on February 21 in the Pfoutz Valley (DH).

 SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY:
 A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on February 22 near Montrose (CFr).

 Seven COMMON REDPOLLS were observed through February 24 at feeders on the 
VanCott farm (NV). 


 YORK COUNTY:
 Two PINE SISKINS were seen on February 19 along the New Cumberland-Sharon 
Drive (WC). 


 One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on February 20 in Hopewell 
Township Park (DF). 


 Up to 6 PINE SISKINS were seen through February 21 at a property northeast of 
the intersection of Coal Hill and Woods Roads (MC). 


 Four PINE SISKINS were observed on February 21 at Copper Leaf Ridge (MS).

 A large flock of PINE SISKINS have been visiting feeders in Carroll Township 
daily through at least February 22 (GK). 


 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), Paul 
Banks Jr. (PB), Valerie Barnes (VB), Tim Becker (TB), Larry Bernhardt (LB), 
Chuck Berthoud (CB), Don Billet (DBi), Yoko Bowen (YB), Deb Brackbill (DB), Bob 
Brown (BoBr), Bobby Brown (BBr), David Brown (DBr), Deb Brown (DeBr), Nancy 
Butkovich (NB), William Clifton (WC), Jason Collens (JC), Mary Creager (MC), 
Jonathan DeBalko (JD), Paul Dennehy (PD), Rob Dickerson (RD), Gordon Dimmig 
(GD), Josh Donaldson (JDo), Susan Donaldson (SDo), Walt Durling (WD), Carl 
Engstrom (CE), Kurt Engstrom (KE), Mike Epler (ME), David Farner (DF), Colleen 
Fisher (CF), Jim Flowers (JF), Cindy Franklin (CFr), Steve Fullmer (SF), Vern 
Gauthier (VG), Deborah Grove (DG), Aaron Haines (AHa), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Andy 
Hayes (AH), Lester Herman (LH), Daniel Hinnebusch (DHi), Deuane Hoffman (DH), 
Robert Hosler (RH), Steven Johnson (SJ), Carl Juris (CJ), Nancy Juris (NJ), 
Georgia Kagle (GK), Chad Kauffman (CK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Andy Keister (AK), 
Dave Kerr (DK), Alex Lamoreaux (AL), Jen Lee (JL), Meredith Lombard (ML), Nancy 
Magnusson (NM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Emily Anne Moore (EAM), 
Peter Morgan (PM), Ted Nichols II (TN), Mark Ott (MO), Bill Oyler (BO), Kevin 
Raymond (KR), Ellen Reeser (ER), Matthew Rockmore (MR), Melissa Rycroft (MRy), 
Brian Schmoke (BSc), Mark Schuch (MS), Jim Schwartz (JS), Lauren Shaffer (LS), 
Ben Simons (BS), Jerod Skebo (JS), Bob Snyder (BSn), Thyra Sperry (TS), 
Rosemary Spreha (RS), Stan Stahl (SSt), Susan Strassner (SS), Nathan Thomas 
(NT), Nancy VanCott (NV), Jason Verdier (JVe), Joe Verica (JV), Brian Weaver 
(BW), Ethan Weaver (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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 Mark A. McConaughy      TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net 
 Bushy Run Battlefield 
 P.O. Box 486 
 Harrison City, PA 15636-0468      (724) 527-5585 x103
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Subject: Canvasbacks, etc. @ Freeport L&D #5 (Armstrong County)
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:17:56 -0600
Early afternoon at L&D #5 in Freeport above AND below the dam:
37 Canvasbacks 
6 Redheads
6 Scaup sp.
10 Buffleheads
6 Common Mergansers
4 Am. Black Ducks
X Canada Geese
Few Mallards
Crooked Creek Outflow:
22 Common Mergansers
1 Bald Eagle adult
(hopefully female is laying eggs, as park staff and others besides myself only 
see 1 adult at a time now) 

1 Common Raven very vocal and active
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
Few E. Bluebirds
Marge Van Tassel 
Subject: Hahn Rd AMD Pond-Washington County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:51:17 -0500
I stopped at the pond again this afternoon and there were 17 Canvasbacks
there this time, along with 4 Redheads. No sign of the Northern Shovelers,
and only one goose (domestic).

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
Subject: Allegheny Co., Wingfield Pines: Marsh Wren Mystery Solved
From: shannon thompson <0000001e3bf8599f-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:49:41 +0000
I have had many sightings of 1 and sometimes 2 Marsh Wrens throughout this 
winter at Wingfield Pines. They are living in the cleanest of a series of mine 
drainage remediation ponds that is filled with cattails, reeds and rushes. I 
had sightings of one last week scurrying on snowy ice between reed stems and 
couldn't imagine what it might be finding to eat. Today that mystery was solved 
as I observed one bring up a writhing small fish and proceed to thrash it 
around and finally swallow it. I managed to capture part of this by 
digi-scoping through my binoculars. Links to photo and video are in my ebird 
checklist. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22066212
Shannon ThompsonAllegheny County
Subject: Photo Study Of Raptors In Montgomery County, PA, 2/24/15
From: "Howard B. Eskin," <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:37:26 -0600
I went to Green Lane yesterday afternoon for an hour or so to see if I
could find the very photogenic juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk that was there
last week...it was. But I also found an adult light-morph Rough-legged
Hawk as well as an adult Red-tail. To see some of the photos, please click
on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/RaptorsFeb24th_15/RaptorsFeb24th_15.html

Regards,
Howard

Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: Re: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley PA
From: Charles Macdonald <chazmac1949 AT RCN.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:06:16 -0500
There is a roost along Vera Cruz Rd. in Center Valley, it is used all year by 
both Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures. There's been many afternoons I seen 
hundreds of the birds swirling in the air over the junction of Rts. 309 and I 
78. It is a residential area, do not park in or block driveways. 

Subject: Re: strange bird behavior?/Wyoming County
From: Charles Macdonald <chazmac1949 AT RCN.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:01:16 -0500
Could be the crow was eating insects hatching from the creek. Stone flies hatch 
this time of the year as well as midges and a couple of species of may flies. 
Last year I saw robins chowing down along Spring Creek in Bellefonte Pa on 
Stone flies this time of the year. They are small, about 3/8 inch long and can 
usually be seen on the snow, they are back or very dark brown. 

Subject: Rough-legged Hawk Cumberland Co SGL 169
From: Nathan Thomas <tipandtoad AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:11:35 -0500
Around 10am today a light morph Rough-legged Hawk was spotted on SGL 169 in 
Cumberland Co. It was located along Mountain Rd just north of the bridge over 
the Conidoguinet (near Oakville Rd intersection). It was perched in a tree 
right along the road and then flew to the west. It didn't seem to like vehicles 
passing by along the road. 


Nathan Thomas
Shippensburg, PA
Cumberland County
Subject: Rough-legged hawk, Koch property, Northampton County
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:53:35 +0000
Around 12:30 today an adult light-morph rough-legged hawk was in the yard, so 
close to the house that I'd be embarrassed to say exactly where.  It didn't 
stay long before circling up and around in the sky for more than 5 minutes, 
chased constantly by crows.  It then disappeared off to the northeast. I 
believe it was a male, but I wouldn't bet my life on it.  

 Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene AT verizon.net
Subject: probable peregrine in Pottstown, Montgomery County
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:31:37 +0000
On the way home from a meeting at the Cluster Outreach Center in Pottstown, I 
observed a large falcon flying east over King Street. It had the typical falcon 
shape, long pointed wings and long tail and was crow size. I judge that it was 
too large for kestrel or merlin although it was within 2 blocks of where I saw 
a merlin eating a songbird two months ago. It was getting dark so I mostly saw 
a silhouette and I could not get binoculars on the bird in deference to safe 
driving. 


The amazing raptor show continues in my neck of the woods here in northern 
Chester/western Montgomery 


Rob Blye, 
East Coventry Township 
Chester County, Pennsylvania 
Subject: Lebanon County-3 stops
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:07:19 -0500
I went to the Myerstown Quarry and the water is open in one area only.

Mallards- about 50

Then Millardsville Quarry- I had,

Pied-billed Grebe-1, American Wigeon-8, Canvasback-10 maybe all males on the
, some sleeping ,still there,

Ring-necked Ducks-54, Greater Scaup 1 female still there, Common
Merganser-12, Red-breasted Merganser-6- 4 males,

Still there also, Turkey Vulture -72,American Coot-7

I did not see the male Lesser Scaup today.

At Middle Creek WMA all still water frozen.

The Rough-legged Hawks have not been seen lately, but they might be around
the back area.

I did not see any eagles today.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 

 

 
Subject: 2 GBBGulls & Ducks @ L&D #4 on Allegheny River (from Braeburn Side, Allegheny&Westmoreland Co's.)
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:21:49 -0600
2 Greater Black-backed Gulls (hard to miss) and
3 Ring-billed Gulls plus
4 Canvasback Ducks
ABOVE the dam
BELOW the dam
10 Canvasbacks
12 Scaup species (unsure which as they were further out)
2 Red-breasted Mergansers
4 Hooded Mergansers
4 Common Goldeneye
Missed Steve's Long-tailed Duck
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Elizabeth Locks & Dam-Allegheny County
From: "Gigi G." <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:56:46 +0000
I stopped at the Elizabeth Locks & Dam this afternoon and found a Red-necked 
Grebe diving on the far side of the dam. I got nice looks at it through my 
scope. There were numerous Common Mergansers, along with a couple of 
Red-breasted Mergansers. There were a couple of Greater Scaup, the usual 
assortment of Herring and Ring-billed Gulls, and several Greater Black-backed 
Gulls. A lot of the river north of here is frozen over, without even any clear 
barge lanes, so the birds seem to be taking advantage of the open water that 
there is around the dam. 



Thanks Jim H. for the inspiration for making a stop here! 


Gigi Gerben

Washington County
Subject: Re: Photo Study Of A Peregrine Falcon Rescued At The NJ/PA Turnpike...
From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:14:11 -0500
Lovely story, apparently with a happy ending.  The text didn't give  any 
indication of WHY she was listless in the first place?  Starvation,  
pesticides or other toxins?  Some abuse?
 
If anything more becomes known, please share it with us.   thanks!
 
best,
 
Jerry Kruth
Pittsburgh
 
 
 
 
 
In a message dated 2/24/2015 1:36:34 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM writes:

A female  Perergrine Falcon was fledged from a nest at Castleton-on-Hudson
NY in 2002  and arrived at the New Jersey/Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge in
2005. She has  been the resident female ever since she was first confirmed
there in 2005.  The 2004 female was never fully ID’d but was probably a
different bird.  This falcon has produced thirty-three offspring through
last year and all  of them, with the exception of three in 2011, have
been banded by Dr. F.  Arthur McMorris of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The bird was found in  the snow last week by Kristan Hardy who lives in
Bristol not far from the  bridge. The falcon was listless and unable to
move. Kristan brought the  Peregrine to The Aark (an animal rehabilitaion
center in Chalfont) where  the bird is now being well cared for by Leah
Stallings. Fortunately, the  Peregrine seems to be recovering and is now
able to perch and eat by  herself. To see the Photo Study, please click on
the following  link:

http://www.howardsview.com/PeregrineAarkFeb21_15/PeregrineAtAarkFeb21_15.htm
l

Regards,
Howard


Howard  B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco),  PA
Subject: Photo Study Of A Peregrine Falcon Rescued At The NJ/PA Turnpike Bridge, 2/21/15ine Falcon, 2/21/15
From: "Howard B. Eskin," <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:36:22 -0600
A female Perergrine Falcon was fledged from a nest at Castleton-on-Hudson
NY in 2002 and arrived at the New Jersey/Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge in
2005. She has been the resident female ever since she was first confirmed
there in 2005. The 2004 female was never fully IDd but was probably a
different bird. This falcon has produced thirty-three offspring through
last year and all of them, with the exception of three in 2011, have
been banded by Dr. F. Arthur McMorris of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The bird was found in the snow last week by Kristan Hardy who lives in
Bristol not far from the bridge. The falcon was listless and unable to
move. Kristan brought the Peregrine to The Aark (an animal rehabilitaion
center in Chalfont) where the bird is now being well cared for by Leah
Stallings. Fortunately, the Peregrine seems to be recovering and is now
able to perch and eat by herself. To see the Photo Study, please click on
the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/PeregrineAarkFeb21_15/PeregrineAtAarkFeb21_15.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: spring time! Cowbird Bucks County
From: David Wilbur <djwilbur AT SIDELINEGUIDES.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:26:25 -0500
Looked out the window at the feeder and there were 4 Brown-headed Cowbirds
at the feeder.  I'm taking that as a sign of spring, though my Pine Siskin
is also still here.

Dave Wilbur
Doylestown
Bucks County
Subject: Erie County Lake View Landfill
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:48:32 -0500
Ivisited the Lake View Landfill in Erie County, Pa. from 10:15 AM to 10:30 AM 
onFeb. 24, 2015. I recorded the following: 


Herring Gull  400
Iceland Gull  2 (first cycle)
Glaucous Gull  2 (1 imm., 1 adult)
Great Black-backed Gull  50
American Crow  75

EuropeanStarling  150

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

Subject: White-winged Scoters, Northampton County
From: "Wiltraut, Richard E" <rwiltraut AT PA.GOV>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:43:17 -0500
Yesterday there were two White-winged Scoters on the Delaware River at Portland 
Bridge. Also this weekend 9 Redheads at Belvidere Bridge. On our eagle trip on 
Saturday a Long-tailed Duck at Bushkill Access, Canvasback and Greater Scaup at 
Milford, and an immature Golden Eagle at Tom's Creek. 


Good birding,

Rick


Rick Wiltraut
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of State Parks
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
400 Belfast Road   Nazareth, PA 18064
Phone: 610.746.2801  Fax: 610.746.2804
Email: rwiltraut AT pa.gov
www.dcnr.state.pa.us
Subject: Rough-legged hawk Susquehanna County
From: CK <buckshsot AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:39:36 -0600
My brother sent me a photograph of a light morph Rough-legged hawk soaring 
yesterday near Montrose in Susquehanna County. 


Cindy Franklin
Where it snowed today then snowed some more for good measure.
Little Rock, Arkansas
 		 	   		  
Subject: PSO Ontario trip President's Weekend, Feb. 13- 16
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:54:03 +0000
My apologies on the lateness of this post. I tried to send this a few days ago 
and had some service issues. 


Wayne 


Early Friday morning Feb. 13th, 16 very hardy persons left Hazleton for Ontario 
on the first PSO field trip of 2015. The weather was challenging to say the 
least. In Ontario, nighttime temperatures dipped to as low as -30 deg. F. and 
during the day rose to a few degrees below zero. Snow and wind on Saturday in 
the Ottawa area made for very difficult birding and some driving challenges. 
Better weather the next three days helped to make up for Saturday's 
frustrations. Below are highlights. A more detailed report will be in the next 
PSO newsletter. 


Gyrfalcon 
Rough-legged Hawk 
Northern Harrier 
Bald Eagle 
Snowy Owl 
Black-backed Woodpecker 
Three-toed Woodpecker 
Boreal Chickadee 
Gray Jay 
Bohemian Waxwing 
Common Redpoll 
Hoary Redpoll 

Moose 
Coyote 


Wayne Laubscher 
Lock Haven 
Clinton Co. 
wnlaubscher AT comcast.net 
"Owl be back"