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20 Dec Southern Lancaster County CBC - - More Highlights [Bob Schutsky ]
20 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Beaver Run Reservoir, Dec 20, 2014, Westmoreland Co. [Mark Mcconaughy ]
20 Dec Fun [Herb Flavell ]
20 Dec Raven in Pennypack park area - Philadelphia [Linda Widdop ]
20 Dec Yellow-headed Blackbird Adams County [Vernon Gauthier ]
20 Dec Lions Lake, Lebanon County, Iceland Gulls and Thayers Gull [Tim Becker ]
19 Dec HSR: Second Mountain (19 Dec 2014) 17 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Dec RFI - York county birder [DAVID KOCH ]
20 Dec Harris's sparrow continues, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH ]
19 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (19 Dec 2014) 15 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Dec Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
19 Dec Hi [Herb Flavell ]
19 Dec Lancaster County, Sandhill Crane [Meredith_Lombard ]
19 Dec RBA western Pennsylvania, 15 December 2014 (plain text) [Amy Taracido ]
19 Dec Lebanon County, Lions Lake, Iceland Gulls [Tim Becker ]
19 Dec Ducks - Allegheny Co. [ ]
19 Dec Green Cove/Washington Co. Christmas Bird Count 12/14/14 [Amy Taracido ]
19 Dec Juniata County - Indigo Bunting and others [Chad Kauffman ]
19 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 19, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
19 Dec PISP; Erie County; 12/18/2014 [Richard Nugent ]
19 Dec Avian surprise - Pottstown, Montgomery County, PA [Rob Blye ]
19 Dec Eastern PA Birdline: 12/19/2014 [Dave DeReamus ]
18 Dec Fogelsville Quarry - Thousands of Snow Geese [Bill Foy ]
18 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (18 Dec 2014) 6 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Dec HSR: Second Mountain (18 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Dec Snow Goose, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh [Matt Webb ]
18 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 18, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
18 Dec Barnacle Geese, Monroe County [David Brown ]
18 Dec Western Schuylkill County CBC Highlights [Dave Kruel ]
17 Dec HSR: Second Mountain (17 Dec 2014) 2 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Dec Central PA Birdline for 12.18.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy ]
17 Dec Sightings - Duck Hollow, Allegheny Co. [Jim Hausman ]
17 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (17 Dec 2014) 15 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Dec Barred Owl at Pool Sanctuary, Emmaus, Lehigh County [Kathy ]
17 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 17, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
17 Dec Franklin Co Canvasback and Snow Buntings [Bill Oyler ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [grant stevenson ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? ["kvanfleet AT pa.net" ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Rob Blye ]
16 Dec Coops at Johnston Park/Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem, Northampton Co. 12/15? [grant stevenson ]
16 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 16, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Andy Wilson ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [David Wilbur ]
15 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Denise Donmoyer ]
15 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Cindy Moyer ]
15 Dec Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Bill Foy ]
15 Dec Harris's Sparrow At The Koch Property, Northampton Cty, PA, 12/15/14 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
15 Dec HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (15 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Dec Southern Lancaster County CBC - - Early Highlights [Bob Schutsky ]
15 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (15 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Dec c. mergansers and ring-ducks Nothampton County [Kathy & Dave Sieminski ]
15 Dec Annual DVOC Members' Photo Night this week! Thursday December 18th [Steve Kacir ]
15 Dec Need to contact following persons [Wayne Laubscher ]
15 Dec Crawford Co. - Linesville CBC [Clare Nicolls ]
15 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 15, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
14 Dec Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(12/7 - 12/13) [August Mirabella ]
14 Dec HSR: Second Mountain (14 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Dec Red-necked Grebe, Clearfield Co. []
14 Dec HSR: Allegheny Front (14 Dec 2014) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Dec Beaver Run Reservoir and Hamilton Road in Westmoreland County; Crooked Creek State Park in Armstrong Co. Birds for 12.14.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy ]
14 Dec eBird -- Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Dec 14, 2014 ["Daniel E. Weeks" ]
14 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (14 Dec 2014) 12 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Dec Erie County birds of note [Jerry McWilliams ]
14 Dec Presque Isle State Park, Erie County Birds [Shawn Collins ]
14 Dec HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (14 Dec 2014) 8 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Dec Re: Canada Geese [grant stevenson ]
14 Dec Perryopolis,PA Youghiogheny River- Fayette Co. [ ]
14 Dec Am. Wigeon - Allegheny Co. [ ]
14 Dec Franklin Co Surf Scoter [Bill Oyler ]
14 Dec Barnacle Geese - Weir Lake, Monroe Co. [Ted Nichols II ]
14 Dec 2 Ross's Geese, Long Arm, Adams/York [Andy Wilson ]
14 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 14, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
13 Dec HSR: Allegheny Front (13 Dec 2014) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Dec White-winged Scoter [Glenn Koppel ]
13 Dec North Warren - flock of Pine Siskins [Ellwood Meyers ]
13 Dec Rough-legged Hawk [Glenn Koppel ]
13 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (13 Dec 2014) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]

Subject: Southern Lancaster County CBC - - More Highlights
From: Bob Schutsky <info AT BIRDTREKS.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:20:20 -0500
Dear PABirders,

The total number of species found on the Southern Lancaster County CBC 
last Saturday (14 Dec) stands at 101, almost the exact average over the 
history of the count, which is 102.

Here are some additional highlights that were on count day:

Areas 1 and 22, Octoraro Creek and mixed habitats: Gadwall (6), Horned 
Lark (250), Snow Bunting (3).

Area 3, Susquehannock State Park and Susquehanna River: Common Loon (1), 
Horned Grebe (3), Eastern Screech-Owl (13), Pine Siskin (2).

Area 6, York County segment along Susquehanna: Common Goldeneye (4), 
Hooded Merganser (8), Cedar Waxwing (25).

Area 7, River Hills and adjacent: Northern Harrier (1), Merlin (1), 
Common Raven (2).

Area 10, mixed habitats: Eastern Towhee (6), Fox Sparrow (1).

Area 11, mixed habitats: Tundra Swan (6), Red-shouldered Hawk (1), Brown 
Thrasher (2).

Areas 14 and 15, SW Quarryville and Rail Trail: Barred Owl (1), Fish 
Crow (2), White-crowned Sparrow (10).

Area 16, most of Quarryville and mixed: Cackling Goose (1), 
Red-shouldered Hawk (1), American Tree Sparrow (2).

Area 19, Kirkwood and Octoraro Creek: Tundra Swan (12), Brown Thrasher 
(1), Red-winged Blackbird (5000).

Area 21, Octoraro Lake: Northern Saw-whet Owl (2), Cackling Goose (3), 
Double-crested Cormorant (2), Bald Eagle (37!), Gray Catbird (1), Pine 
Warbler (1), Chipping Sparrow (1).

Feeder Watch near Quarryville: Eastern Screech-Owl (2), Pileated 
Woodpecker (2).

It was another wonderful Christmas Bird Count.  Happy Holidays!

BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site  www.birdtreks.com
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[following info sent 15 Dec]

Dear PABirders,

The 39th annual Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count was held
yesterday, Sunday 14 December.  It is centered south of Quarryville near 
Robert Fulton's Birthplace.  It is mostly in the southern portion of 
Lancaster County, and includes small segments of York & Chester Counties 
PA, and Cecil County MD.  Also included are Octoraro Lake, Muddy Run 
Pumped Storage Reservoir, and eight miles of the Susquehanna River 
(Conowingo Pond impoundment).  The circle contains lots of great
habitat, and the species count is typically one of the highest (or the
highest) in all of PA.

With roughly half of the areas having reported, here are some early
highlights.  The species count currently stands at 89.

Area 2, Muddy Run and part of the Susquehanna: Cackling Goose (1), Wild
Turkey (flock of 45!), Black Vulture (100), Lesser Black-backed Gull (3).

Area 4, Fishing Creek & part of the Susquehanna: Gray Catbird (1), Fox
Sparrow (2).

Area 5b, Lancaster County side of the Susquehanna: Common Loon (1),
American Coot (flock of 60), Bonaparte's Gull (5).

Area 8, Serpentine Barrens: Snow Goose (70), Common Raven (1),
Red-breasted Nuthatch (6).

Area 9, Octoraro Creek and Ware & Horseshoe Scout Camps: Barred Owl (2), 
Northern Saw-whet Owl (4), Brown Thrasher (1), Pine Siskin (2).

Areas 12 & 13, lots of farmland in center of circle: Northern Saw-whet
Owl (1), Horned Lark (120), American Pipit (125).

Area 17, parts of Octoraro Creek: Eastern Bluebird (23), American Tree
Sparrow (1), Purple Finch (1).

Areas 18 & 20, near Quarryville toward Octoraro Lake: Fish Crow (1), 
Cooper's Hawk (1).

Feeder Watch near Nottingham: Great Horned Owl (1), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1).

More highlights later in the week.  I wish you well if you are helping
with another Christmas Count!

Sincerely,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
Web Site  www.birdtreks.com
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BIRD TREKS--Quality Worldwide Birding Tours
216 Spring Lane
Peach Bottom, PA USA 17563-4008
VOICE 717-548-3303      CELL 717-572-0771      FAX 717-548-3327
E-MAIL info AT birdtreks.com
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Beaver Run Reservoir, Dec 20, 2014, Westmoreland Co.
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:51:41 +0000
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:48:48 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Beaver Run Reservoir, Dec 20, 2014

Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 20, 2014 12:45 PM - 1:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
10 species

Canada Goose  300     Estimated number
American Black Duck 50 Estimated number - all but 2 were on the far shore 
making counting difficult, but there was a good-sized flock of them over there. 

Mallard 400 Estimated number, and it may be way low - they were all sitting 
around the shore of the lake 

Lesser Scaup 1 female - I got a good look at it today. White around back of 
bill, blueish bill with a black tip, Brown head with no eye-ring, brown body, 
did a lot of diving 

Hooded Merganser  18
Common Merganser  6
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Horned Grebe  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Crow  4

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20963266 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
Subject: Fun
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:33:38 -0500
And lots of it with your birds. Just feed them un-shelled un-salted peanuts. 
Then watch the antics of your local flock of Blue Jays. Mine come at daylight 
and sit watching and waiting in the trees by the sluce. I used to throw 15 on 
the ground. But now they sink in the snow so I put them at the bottom of my 
seed can. That way they are at the top of the flat feeders. They must come for 
miles around, because some pick up a peanut and fly with it till you cant see 
it anymore. Even the BCCD will take one if the peanut is small. Then take it 
into the trees and work on opening the shell. Some Blue Jays turn into hogs and 
try to take 2 or 3 at once. That saves flying back and keeps a relative from 
stealing their next one. I have seen a Blue Jay swallow a peanut in the shell 
whole. now that’s really a hog. 5 pounds of un-shelled un-salted peanuts cost 
me $7.99 for 5 pounds in Price Chopper. I use un-salted because I’m not sure 
if salt will hurt them. 

Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.
Subject: Raven in Pennypack park area - Philadelphia
From: Linda Widdop <linda AT TECHIMPACT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:29:26 +0000
Hi PA Birders - I am just back from the CBC in Pennypack. My territory is spent 
counting common winter birds. Occassionally, I get something interesting like 
Pileated Woodpeckers or Winter Wren. Yes, in my territory these are 
"interesting". This morning I heard a deep "croak" "croak" overhead and looked 
up to see a big black bird with rounded tail flying north up Verree Road. 
Raven! This is unusual so I didn't want to say anything. I mentioned that I saw 
a single crow to the Environmental Center staff. She asked if it could be a 
Raven because someone else reported one earlier in the week. Raven it is. 


Thanks,
Linda Widdop
Montgomery County PA
I blog at:  www.phillybirdnerd.net
Flickr Photostream:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/58719725 AT N04/
Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird Adams County
From: Vernon Gauthier <pabirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:19:21 -0500
Nate Zalik and I had a flock of approx 125 blackbirds that I clued a
Yellow-headed Blackbird and 5 Rusty Blackbirds. This was at Oakside
Community Park Biglersville.
Vern Gauthier
Subject: Lions Lake, Lebanon County, Iceland Gulls and Thayers Gull
From: Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:43:09 +0000
I spent about an hour this afternoon at Lions Lake

watching the gulls come and go from the nearby

landfill. When I first arrived there were two juvenile

Iceland Gulls in the mix. These soon departed for no

apparent reason, along with most of the other gulls that

were there. But other gulls kept coming in, and then

moving on after a bath and a drink. Towards the end

of my stay, another juvenile Iceland Gull arrived. This

might have been one of the first birds returning, or

perhaps a third Iceland. No way of knowing. I was also

very pleased to see a juvenile Thayers Gull. This is the 

first I have seen in the county, and it was nice to be able

to study it in the company of a juvenile Iceland, and the 

many juvenile Herring Gulls for good comparison. I wanted

to spend some time looking through photos and references 

at home before reporting the Thayers. Hopefully these 

interesting birds will be around for a while.


Tim Becker

Grantvile

Lebanon County






Sent from Windows Mail
Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (19 Dec 2014) 17 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:12:30 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5              9            216
Turkey Vulture               0              0            718
Osprey                       0              0            113
Bald Eagle                   4              7            141
Northern Harrier             0              0             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0           2737
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            275
Northern Goshawk             0              0              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1            112
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              6             21            690
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              3
Golden Eagle                 2              6             84
American Kestrel             0              0            115
Merlin                       0              0             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Falcon               0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             22
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      17             46           8390
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Sue Cooper

Observers:        Morris Cox

Visitors:
FITG police stopped by first thing in AM.
4 "drive up visitors".


Weather:
Wind from the WNW at 3 to 17 mph. Temps range 35F to 40F with humidity 52%
to 62%. Barametric pressure steady at 28.45 inches. We had a good time in
the sun as the cloud coverage started out at 100% and ending at 20%.

Raptor Observations:
GOLDEN EAGLES
AD GE AT 1441/SUB AD GE AT 1441

BALD EAGLES
TWO SUB AD BE AT 1442
TWO AD BE AT 1455

Non-raptor Observations:
Our favorite winter birds at the watch had a great time in the sun. Song
sparrow was also there today.
3 ravens throughout the day and at least 5 crows.

Predictions:
should be mostly sunny and cold tomorrow
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: RFI - York county birder
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:06:08 +0000
 Will Chuck Snyder, or someone who knows him, contact me please. I found your 
glove. 

Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene AT verizon.net
Subject: Harris's sparrow continues, Koch property, Northampton County
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:59 +0000
The sparrow has come into the backyard feeders area every day this past week 
between 3 and 4:45 along with white-throats, white-crowned's, trees, songs, and 
the occasional field and chipping sparrow.  Sometimes it comes in several 
times and sometimes only once sometime after 4.  Visitors are still 
welcome.  If I'm not here my husband's around somewhere. Just sit on the deck, 
be patient, and sign the book. Thanks.  

 Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene AT verizon.net
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (19 Dec 2014) 15 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:12:31 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           3             35            518
NH                           0              4            185
SS                           0              7           9914
CH                           0              2            531
NG                           1              5             41
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                          11            105           2887
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           0              1             25
UB                           0              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           0              2             73

Total:                      15            181          24114
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Keith Gingrich

Observers:        Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Visitors:
Glenn Van Fleet - 5


Weather:
Overcast morning, becoming partly sunny by mid-day.  Sustained northwest
wind.

Raptor Observations:
First bird - BE -9:09
Last bird -  RT 1:15

BE JUV 10:46; 10:58
BE AD 9:09

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate AT copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: Lebanon County
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:48:07 -0500
Sid Hostetter lead 8 people and on SGL 145 near Hick's Rd. was a Vesper
Sparrow for our highlight.

Only Steve  Balard and I had it.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 
Subject: Hi
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:36 -0500
I thought this might interest PA Birders. There doing something about windmills 
here. 



http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/utility-company-sentenced-wyoming-killing-protected-birds-wind-projects-0 


Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County
Subject: Lancaster County, Sandhill Crane
From: Meredith_Lombard <000000184bf61e22-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:12 -0500
Greetings All,

There was a Sandhill Crane feeding in a cornfield along River Road in Manor 
Township at 3:50 this afternoon. Heading south on River Rd, the field is on the 
right just past the intersection of Chestnut Grove and River Rds. Chestnut 
Grove Rd is just past Manor Twp Creswell Park (baseball field). The cornfield 
is between houses (on the left) and a white barn (on the right). There is a 
pile of wood behind the houses. The bird was quite visible from River Road and 
probably visible from Chestnut Grove Road. 


Good luck, and good birding.

-Meredith Lombard
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 15 December 2014 (plain text)
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:40:14 -0500
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE12.15.14

Highlights:
RED-THROATED LOON (Erie County)
TRUMPETER SWAN
SNOW GOOSE (Crawford County)
CACKLING GOOSE (Allegheny County)
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
LONG-TAILED DUCK
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (Erie County)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Erie County)
LITTLE GULL (Erie County)
BLACK-HEADED GULL (Erie County)
SNOWY OWL (Erie County)
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (Erie County)
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
MARSH WREN
COMMON REDPOLL (Erie County)

Contributors: Shawn Collins, Mike Fialkovich, Glenn Koppel, Jerry McWilliams, 
Ellwood Meyers, Clare Nicolls, Jerry Stanley, Randy Stringer, Mark Vass. 


Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 8 December 2014 through Monday, 15 December 2014

**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:

On 12/13 at Homewood Cemetery, 1 MERLIN (MF).

On Neville Island on 12/13, 3 CACKLING GEESE (MVas).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 12/12 in the Pymatuning area, 1 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 1 GREAT EGRET, 10 SANDHILL 
CRANES, and others (MVas); on 12/13, 1 GREAT EGRET, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (GK); 
on 12/15 during the Linesville Christmas Bird Count, SNOW GOOSE, NORTHERN 
PINTAILS, GREAT EGRET, BONAPARTE'S GULLS, WINTER WRENS, MARSH WRENS (CN). 



ERIE COUNTY:

In Waterford on 12/9, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (JM).

On 12/9 at Presque Isle State Park, 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 5 COMMON 
GOLDENEYES, 1 RED-THROATED LOON, and more (JM); also 1 SNOWY OWL (JS), 1 
additional SNOWY OWL (JM); on 12/10, 27 COMMON GOLDENEYES and others; on 12/11, 
2 REDHEADS, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 37 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 1 RED-THROATED LOON; 
on 12/12, 16 TUNDRA SWANS, 6 CANVASBACKS, 11 REDHEADS, 20 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 
1 BLACK SCOTER, 12 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 11 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 1 RED-THROATED 
LOON, and others (JM); on 12/13, 1 LITTLE GULL, 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (RS), 29 
COMMON GOLDENEYES; on 12/14, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and 
others (JM), 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 
additional WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 1 TRUMPETER SWAN, BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 1 PINE 
SISKIN, and others (SC). 


Near the Lawrence Pier Marina on 12/13, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 1 COMMON 
GOLDENEYE (GK). 


On 12/13 in Fairview Township, 1 COMMON REDPOLL (JM).

Through 12/14 in Albion, 1 female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (JM).


WARREN COUNTY:

On 12/13 in North Warren, 35-40 PINE SISKINS (EM).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 12/14 along Parkview Road near Cross Creek County Park, 90+ HORNED LARKS 
(AT). 


On 12/14 along Elm Road, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (AT). 

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Thank you to all the contributors.
Subject: Lebanon County, Lions Lake, Iceland Gulls
From: Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:14:29 -0500
Currently two juvenile Iceland Gulls at Lions Lk

Tim Becker

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Ducks - Allegheny Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:11:42 -0500
This morning I stopped at Janoskl's Farm to check out  the pond

10 Am. Black Duck
202 Mallard
1 N. Pintail
1 Green-winged Teal

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Green Cove/Washington Co. Christmas Bird Count 12/14/14
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:37:03 -0500
Highlights from my Christmas Bird Count in the Washington County Green Cove 
area last Sunday were 90+ Horned Larks, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers (heard), and 
lots of White-crowned Sparrows. Was hopeful for a Longspur in that big flock of 
Larks, but no luck. 

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA 		 	   		  
Subject: Juniata County - Indigo Bunting and others
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:33:23 -0500
hello all

just got a call from aden troyer and at his home in oakland mills, he 
has at his feeder an indigo bunting coming today.

also at his feeder, as well as a brown thrasher, which has been around 
for almost a month, some yellow rumped warblers and a sapsucker.

those would all be count week birds for our lewistown cbc that is 
tomorrow.  he is hoping that they are seen again tomorrow to be 
officially counted.

chad kauffman
mifflintown, pa
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Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 19, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:11:49 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 19, 2014
Time: 0730-0900
Weather: Cloudy, NWwind to 20 mph, waves three to four feet, temp. 28 F. 
Comments: Slower today than yesterday.

Waterbirds counted:

Greater Scaup  46
Lesser Scaup  108
White-winged Scoter  17
Long-tailed Duck  2
Common Goldeneye  3
Red-breasted Merganser  330
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  1

Other bird moving over the lake:

Bald eagle  1 adult


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


Subject: PISP; Erie County; 12/18/2014
From: Richard Nugent <rmnugent AT EXCITE.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:36:51 -0500
 Yesterday Debbie Kalbfleisch and I birded at Presque Isle State Park. We 
started by joining Jerry McWilliams at his waterbird count. It was cold with a 
brisk breeze, but there were lots of birds on the move. Two immature Bald 
Eagles flew overhead low and a nice assortment of waterfowl were mainly flying 
west over the lake, but the real show was seeing almost constant flocks of 
Red-breasted Mergansers. This spectacle of nature almost me me forget my numb 
fingers. 


 Thompson Bay held numerous ducks and some very realistic duck decoys. There 
were many duck hunters in the park and lots of shooting. I never realized how 
shallow Thompson Bay is and was surprised to see two hunters wade across 
without ever having water up to their knees. The one hunter was wading with a 
gun in one hand and a duck in the other. His buddy waded with his gun while 
talking on a cell phone. The numerous coots and other ducks knew just how far 
from the hunters they needed stay in order to be out of range. Smart ducks! 


 Beach 11 hosted more hunters and decoys, but very few ducks. We did get good 
looks at a Red-throated Loon, which was a life bird for Debbie. 


 We birded several more areas and wherever hunters were absent, the waterfowl 
concentrated. A 41 minute walk on Pine Tree Trail resulted in 38 minutes of 
quiet walking and 3 minutes observing a mixed flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, 
Black-capped Chickadees and a Downy Woodpecker. 


 Our penultimate stop was Beach 7, where we examined the breakwaters for Purple 
Sandpipers. We did not find any sandpipers, but saw many small flocks of 
Red-breasted Mergansers flying in all directions. Some were even flying north 
toward Canada. In 20 minutes we saw over 300 mergansers and this was at 2 PM. 
Our list of highlights is below: 


  Red-breasted Merganser (well over 1,000)
  Bald Eagle (2)
  Lesser Scaup (many dozens)
  White-winged Scoter (7)
  Surf Scoter (2)
  Black Scoter (2)
  Bufflehead (a few)
  Red-throated Loon (3)
  Common Loon (3)
  Greater Scaup (a few)
  Ruddy Duck (several dozen)
  Hooded Merganser (a couple dozen)
  Ring-necked Duck (4)
  Horned Grebe (several dozen)
  Gadwall (8)
  Great Black-backed Gull (5)
  Double-crested Cormorant (6)
  Pied-billed Grebe (a few)
  Redhead (50)
  Canvasback (1)
  Tundra Swan (7)
  Golden-crowned Kinglet (1)
  American Tree Sparrow (6)
  Yellow-rumped Warbler (10)

      Best Regards .......... Richard Nugent
      Hampton Township, Allegheny County

Subject: Avian surprise - Pottstown, Montgomery County, PA
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:58:50 +0000
I had to deliver a kitchen table to a co-worker at the food bank for which I 
volunteer in the borough of Pottstown. I had promised to get there by around 
8:00 AM. As is almost always the case, I grabbed my binoculars before I got in 
the truck and had them poised on the center console ready for what ever rare 
(or not) bird might appear. 


As I made my way across the Schuylkill River on the Hanover Street bridge from 
Chester County to Montgomery and headed east on Industrial Boulevard, I saw 
some avian commotion at the intersection of Industrial Highway and Washington 
Street. I was able to make the turn north on Washington, pull over, engage the 
four way flasher and get binoculars on the bird perched on top of a utility 
pole. This is an urban intersection next to a plating works, some warehouses 
and other industrial buildings, but is adjacent to the Schuylkill River. I had 
thought it was a rock pigeon (very believable) or a sharp-shinned hawk ( 
certainly possible) but something did not click with my initial 
identifications. Upon observing the bird with the binoculars, I noted it was 
sitting and clutching a smaller bird. I got out of the truck for a better view 
not obscured by the windshield. 


Dark streaks all over head and breast, the tell-tale malar stripe and banded 
tail led me to identify the bird as a merlin, probably female or immature. It 
lacked the grey/blue back and nape of an adult. It started to pluck an apparent 
tufted titmouse (might have been a junco). It certainly saw me but was not 
concerned enough with me or the steady traffic to fly away. 


I departed and delivered the table a few minutes late. I then sped as carefully 
as I could back to the intersection of Washington Street and Industrial 
Highway. The merlin was still there but facing the River rather than away from 
it and the hapless titmouse was almost fully plucked. I held up traffic for a 
few minutes to observe and then headed home to file this report. 


Now for breakfast and backyard birding from the kitchen window. 

Rob Blye, 
East Coventry Township 
Chester County, Pennsylvania 
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 12/19/2014
From: Dave DeReamus <becard AT RCN.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:40:13 -0500
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* December 19, 2014
* PAEA1412.19

- Birds mentioned

HARRIS’S SPARROW
BARNACLE GOOSE
RED-NECKED GREBE
BLACK SCOTER
ICELAND GULL

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: December 19th 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 .

The Allentown Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 20th.  If
interested, call Stephen Kloiber at (610) 863-3889.

The Wild Creek / Little Gap Christmas Bird Count will be held on December
21st.  If interested, call Josh Nemeth at (610) 573-8577.

The Bethlehem–Easton–Hellertown Christmas Bird Count will be held on
December 27th.  If interested, call Don & Elaine Mease at (610) 346-7754.

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 WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
HARRIS’S SPARROW – 1 to at least 12/15 (first-winter bird).

Sightings from the SEEMSVILLE area, Northampton County:
Snow Geese – ~10,000 on 12/12.

Sightings from the BRODHEADSVILLE area, Monroe County:
At Weir Lake:
BARNACLE GEESE – 2 to at least 12/17.

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
RED-NECKED GREBE – 1 to at least 12/15.

Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1 on 12/13.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
Northern Goshawk – 1 on 12/14.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Cackling Goose – during this past week
BLACK SCOTER – 1 on 12/12
Red-breasted Merganser – 1 on 12/13
RED-NECKED GREBE – 2 from 12/12 to at least 12/14
ICELAND GULLS – 2 on 12/12.
Also Red-breasted Nuthatch.

- End transcript
Subject: Fogelsville Quarry - Thousands of Snow Geese
From: Bill Foy <gdadtraveling AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:17:57 -0500
Pulled into the parking lot at Fogelsville Quarry at about 2:30 this
afternoon and there were thousands of Snow Geese flying above the quarry.
Within 15-20 minutes, almost all of them had landed in the quarry. Amazing
sight!

Bill Foy
Upper Gwynedd
Montgomery County
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (18 Dec 2014) 6 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:12:52 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           2             32            515
NH                           0              4            185
SS                           0              7           9914
CH                           0              2            531
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           4             94           2876
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           0              1             25
UB                           0              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           0              2             73

Total:                       6            166          24099
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers:        Carl Laughlin, Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Keith Gingrich,
                  Robert McLaughlin, Ron Freed

Visitors:
1


Weather:
Overcast with gusty NW wind.  Early snow flurries and mini graupel.


Raptor Observations:
BE Juv 10:15
BE AD 2:50
First bird - RT 10:00
Last bird -  BE 2:50

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate AT copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (18 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:12:31 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4            211
Turkey Vulture               0              0            718
Osprey                       0              0            113
Bald Eagle                   2              3            137
Northern Harrier             0              0             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0           2737
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            275
Northern Goshawk             0              0              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1            112
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15            684
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              3
Golden Eagle                 0              4             82
American Kestrel             0              0            115
Merlin                       0              0             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Falcon               0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             22
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       3             29           8373
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Fred Wilcox

Observers:        

Visitors:
Morris Cox
2 friendly gentlemen from Lebanon


Weather:
Cloudy and cold. A light wind from the North/Northwest. Visibility very
good. Temperature range of 32F to 33F. Light snow flurries throughout the
day.

Raptor Observations:
10:00 Adult BE
11:46 RL Dark Morph
1:09 Immature BE

All three birds were within the valley on the North side.

Non-raptor Observations:
The usual winter song birds and "the raven"

Predictions:
More sun, a few degrees warmer, winds from the North/Northwest
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: Snow Goose, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh
From: Matt Webb <matthewmichaelwebb AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:17:08 -0500
Hey all,

At 12:45PM, Amber and I found a single Snow Goose with a group of about 30
Canada Geese at the Allegheny Cemetery.  Here's a link to the exact
location in the cemetery:  http://binged.it/13DJKeu

Also heard a group of Pine Siskins just outside the cemetery on hillside
across Mossfield St. near the Snow Goose location.

Good Birding!
Matt Webb
Pittsburgh, PA
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 18, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:32:26 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 18, 2014
Time: 0740-0940
Weather: Cloudy, WNWwind to 15 mph, waves four to five feet, temp. 28 F. 
Comments: There was a modest movement of Red-breasted Mergansers with most 
moving west and often high overhead. Richard Nugent, Debbie Aalbfleisch, and 
Michele Franz joined me. 


Waterbirds counted:

Mallard  2
Redhead  15
Greater Scaup  1
Lesser Scaup  300
Surf Scoter  2
White-winged Scoter  7
Black Scoter  2
Bufflehead  1
Common Goldeneye  5
Common Merganser  1
Red-breasted Merganser  2625
Red-throated Loon  2
Common Loon  3

Other birds moving along the lake:

Bald Eagle  2 imm.


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

Subject: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County
From: David Brown <davidebrownpa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:54:19 -0500
Just left Weir Lake in Monroe County. The two Barnacle Geese continue. Two 
friendly birders already had their scopes on them when we got there. If only 
every bird chase could be so easy! 


David Brown

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Western Schuylkill County CBC Highlights
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:56:47 +0000
Hi All, 



It was a fun day on Sunday for our CBC, and a couple new species were found for 
the count……..a Canvasback was at the Lebanon Reservoir (a great find here 
at any time of year), and a Common Yellowthroat was seen near Hegins (with some 
nice photos taken). 




Some other highlight species for our circle were: 

Great Blue Heron 

Black Duck 

Hooded Merganser 

Common Merganser 

Black Vulture 

Turkey Vulture 

Bald Eagle 19 – including 13 at Pitman farmlands, with meat scraps likely 
making up some part of their winter diet 


Redshoulder 

Saw-whet Owl 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 

Red-breasted Nuthatch 

Winter Wren 

Hermit Thrush 

Field Sparrow 

White-crowned Sparrow 

Purple Finch 

Pine Siskin 



We also had a few Common Loons, which is unusual for our area at this time of 
year. Hoping that they are able to take flight from their current 
spots……might have to see how this works out. 




Dave Kruel 

Pottsville 

Schuylkill County 
Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (17 Dec 2014) 2 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:12:18 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4            211
Turkey Vulture               0              0            718
Osprey                       0              0            113
Bald Eagle                   0              1            135
Northern Harrier             0              0             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0           2737
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            275
Northern Goshawk             0              0              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1            112
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15            684
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 2              4             82
American Kestrel             0              0            115
Merlin                       0              0             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Falcon               0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             22
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       2             26           8370
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Renninger

Observers:        

Weather:
moderate northwest wind under mostly cloudy skies, temps in low 40's

Raptor Observations:
2 adult golden eagles  AT 10:30, med high overhead

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: Central PA Birdline for 12.18.2014
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:14:08 +0000
- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * December 18, 2014
 * PACE1412.18
 Bird Highlights
 ROSS'S GOOSE (Adams/York Cos.)
 CACKLING GOOSE (Adams/York, Cumberland & Lancaster Cos.)
 PINE SISKINS (Centre & Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
 - Transcript
 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 December 18, 2014
 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, December 18, 2014. 


 ADAMS/YORK COUNTIES:
 Two ROSS'S GEESE and 1 CACKLING GOOSE were seen on December 14 at Long Arm 
Reservoir from Old Westminster Road (AW). 


 BLAIR COUNTY:
 One SURF SCOTER was seen on December 11 at Canoe Creek State Park (MD).

 CAMBRIA COUNTY:
 One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on December 14 at Prince Gallitzin State Park 
(RL). 


 CARBON COUNTY:
 One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen between December 10 and 15 at Beltzville State 
Park (RR, MD, BH). 


 CENTRE COUNTY:
 Two adult BALD EAGLES were seen on December 14 in Spring Creek Canyon (NB, 
BM). 


 One NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3 PINE SISKINS were observed on November 14 at 
Pleasant Gap (JC). 


 One NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on December 15 along Buffalo Run Road (DBr).

 Up to 2 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were observed between December 15 and 17 
flying over a field northeast of the intersection of Route 550 and Filmore Road 
(ECh, DO). 


 CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
 One CACKLING GOOSE was seen on December 14 at Brackbill Pond (SK).

 CUMBERLAND/PERRY COUNTIES:
 Waggoner Gap reported counting 10 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 4 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 30 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 7 GOLDEN EAGLES 
between December 11 and 17 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH, JL). 


 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 One SURF SCOTER was seen on December 14 at Letterkenny Reservoir (BO).

 HUNTINGDON/MIFFLIN COUNTIES:
 Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting RED-TAILED HAWKS and GOLDEN EAGLES 
on December (GG). 


 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 Two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on December 10 at State Game Lands 46 (RM).

 One LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 1 SNOW BUNTING were seen on December 11 among a flock 
of HORNED LARKS along Forrey Road south of Mountville (SS). 


 One CACKLING GOOSE and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were observed on December 
14 at the Muddy Run part of the Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count 
(BS). 


 One NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found on December 14 in the central part of the 
Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count (BS). 


 LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:
 Nine BALD EAGLES were seen on December 10 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management 
Area (RM). One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was present on December 12 along 
Middle Creek Road (JL). 


 LEBANON COUNTY:
 Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 1 BALD EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED 
HAWKS, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE between December 11 and 14 (FW, 
SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC). 


 LUZERNE COUNTY:
 One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on December 11 at Nesbitt Park (JD).

 SCHUYKILL/BERKS COUNTIES:
 Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 5 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 
COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 21 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 9 GOLDEN EAGLES 
between December 11 and 15 (LG, AK, RK, MB, DWo, DBa, HMe, MR, MJM, BSa, BD, 
DH, DKr, AC, PC, SSc, MW, JFT, BBr, CE, MC). Forty-three PINE SISKINS also were 
seen on December 13 (LG, BD). An unspecified number of PINE SISKINS were seen 
on December 15 (LG, AC, CE, MC). 



 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: David Barber (DBa), Mark 
Blauer (MB), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Don Bryant (DBr), Adam Carter (AC), Bill 
Chambers (BC), Ed Chambers (ECh), Mark Chestnut (MC), Ed Chubb (EC), Sue Cooper 
(SC), Morris Cox (MC), Jim Curtis (JC), Michael David (MD), Bob Davidheiser 
(BD), Jonathan DeBalko (JD), Catherine Elwell (CE), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz 
(PF), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove 
(GG), Brian Henderson (BH), Craig Houston (CH), Stefan Karkuff (SK), Jon 
Kauffman (JK), Rudy Keller (RK), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), Dave 
Kruel (DKr), Josh Lefever (JL), Renee Lubert (RL), Betsy Manlove (BM), Mary 
Jane McMillan (MJM), Holly Merker (HMe), Randy Miller (RM), Dan Ombalski (DO), 
Bill Oyler (BO), Richard Pohner (RP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Beth Sassaman (BSa), 
Sue Schmoyer (SSc), Bob Schutsky (BS), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope (MS), Ron 
Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Robin Smith (RS), Bob Snyder (BSn), Stan 
Stahl (SS), Kim Steininger (KS), Jean-Francois Therrien (JFT), Gene Wagner 
(GW), Doug Wentzel (DW), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Andy Wilson 
(AW), Matt Wlasniewski (MW) and Doug Wood (DWo). I apologize if I have 
misspelled their names and I will also refrain from naming that person on 
request. 

-End Transcript
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Mark A. McConaughy      TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net 
 Bushy Run Battlefield 
 P.O. Box 486 
 Harrison City, PA 15636-0468      (724) 527-5585 x103
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Subject: Sightings - Duck Hollow, Allegheny Co.
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:24:18 -0500
Hello All,

I had an opportunity to stop by Duck Hollow late this morning while running 
errands. There is significant work being done on the bridge spanning Nine Mile 
Run with quite a few construction vehicles and workers around the area, 
however, the birds didn't seem to mind too much. 


Sightings included 150+ ring-billed gulls, 5 herring gulls (2 first winter, 2 
second winter, & 1 third winter), an American coot, a drake ring-necked duck, 4 
common mergansers (1 drake & 3 hens), a male belted kingfisher, and the always 
affable Jack and Sue Solomon. We talked about the upcoming Pittsburgh CBC on 
Dec. 27 among other things, but the dropping temps and wind made for a chilly 
outing and a short stay. 


Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Jefferson Hills
Allegheny Co. 


Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse any typos! :-)
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (17 Dec 2014) 15 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:12:50 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           8             30            513
NH                           1              4            185
SS                           0              7           9914
CH                           0              2            531
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           5             90           2872
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           0              1             25
UB                           0              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           1              2             73

Total:                      15            160          24093
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Keith Gingrich

Observers:        Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella

Visitors:
5


Weather:
Overcast with northwest wind.

Raptor Observations:
First bird - RT 9:23
Last bird - RT 2:02

BE JUV 11:45
BE WB 10:50; 10:55; 10:59; 11;15
BE AD 10:23; 10:50 (2)


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap AT comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: Barred Owl at Pool Sanctuary, Emmaus, Lehigh County
From: Kathy <pabirder AT PTD.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:52:10 -0500
Sighted this morning at Pool Sanctuary- a Barred Owl!!! Chickadees sounded very 
agitated and I noticed a large bird fly into the trees obscured by a spruce. I 
thought it was a hawk until it turned its head and stared at me. It flew to 
another perch more in the open and again turned its head to stare down at me 
before flying off. 

Also seen Golden Crowned Kinglet, Brown Creepers and Great Blue Heron. 
Kathy Stagl
Emmaus, PA 
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 17, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:09:55 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 17, 2014
Time: 0735-0935
Weather: Cloudy, WSW windto 30 mph, waves five to six feet, temp. 35 F. Light 
rain showers early. 

Comments: Most birds were moving west.

Waterbirds counted:

American Black Duck  2
Northern Pintail  5
Greater Scaup  10
Lesser Scaup  140
White-winged Scoter  4
Bufflehead  3
Common Goldeneye  4
Red-breasted Merganser  457
Red-throated Loon  2
Common Loon  1
unidentified loon 2
Horned Grebe  1


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
jerrymcw AT aol.com
Subject: Franklin Co Canvasback and Snow Buntings
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:25:52 -0500
I had to do something before going to work today and so had daylight to
make a brief stop at the ponds across from the Valley Quarry sand plant on
Black Gap Rd (Route 997) near Route 30 east of Fayetteville.  Among the
normal large numbers of Mallards and Canada Geese there was a male
Canvasback.  When I got back to my car five Snow Buntings took off from the
sand plant across the road, and I watched them fly away in the early
morning sunlight.  I also had a winter wren and saw one of the Bald Eagles
(hopefully mating for third year) perched near the past years nest.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:37:52 -0500
Gadwall

On 12/16/2014 10:48 AM, kvanfleet AT pa.net wrote:
> Mine too.
>
> Quoting Rob Blye :
>
>> My vote is also for gadwall.
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>>
>> From: "Andy Wilson" > To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>> Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:50:12 AM
>> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
>>
>> I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
>> Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> Andy Wilson
>> Gettysburg College/Frederick MD
>>
>> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur
>> 
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill.
>>>
>>> Dave Wilbur
>>>
>>> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy 
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
>>> this
>>> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a
>>> Merganser and
>>> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>>> >
>>> > https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
>>> >
>>> > Bill Foy
>>> > Upper Gwynedd
>>> > Montgomery County
>>> >
>>> >
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Andy Wilson
>> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
>> http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr.com/
>>
>


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Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: "kvanfleet AT pa.net" <kvanfleet@PA.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:48:42 -0500
Mine too.

Quoting Rob Blye :

> My vote is also for gadwall.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
>
> From: "Andy Wilson" 
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:50:12 AM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
>
> I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
> Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.
>
> Cheers
>
> Andy Wilson
> Gettysburg College/Frederick MD
>
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur 
> wrote:
>>
>> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill.
>>
>> Dave Wilbur
>>
>> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy  wrote:
>> >
>> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
>> this
>> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
>> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>> >
>> > https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
>> >
>> > Bill Foy
>> > Upper Gwynedd
>> > Montgomery County
>> >
>> >
>>
>
>
> --
> Andy Wilson
> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
> http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr.com/
>
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:44:13 +0000
My vote is also for gadwall. 


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

From: "Andy Wilson"  
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG 
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:50:12 AM 
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? 

I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male 
Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape. 

Cheers 

Andy Wilson 
Gettysburg College/Frederick MD 

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur  
wrote: 
> 
> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill. 
> 
> Dave Wilbur 
> 
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy  wrote: 
> > 
> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park 
> this 
> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and 
> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me? 
> > 
> > https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures 
> > 
> > Bill Foy 
> > Upper Gwynedd 
> > Montgomery County 
> > 
> > 
> 


-- 
Andy Wilson 
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA 
http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr.com/ 
Subject: Coops at Johnston Park/Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem, Northampton Co. 12/15?
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:24:39 -0500
I'm the type of birder who needs to regularly review my bird sounds. My 
CD player broke awhile back, and lazy me hasn't replaced it.

Will someone please identify the sources of a possible pair of coops 
here. I've heard them on Sat. and Mon. nites. Will go down during a 
daytime.

The urban wintering ecology of coops is still relatively unstudied.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

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Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 16, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:05:14 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 16, 2014
Time: 0740-0910
Weather: Cloudy, S wind to 10 mph, calmwater onshore, temp. 40 F. Rain showers. 

Comments: Just a few birds, mostly moving west. First notable number of Greater 
Scaup, mostly in one flock. 


Waterbirds counted:

Redhead  1
Greater Scaup  50
Lesser Scaup  260
White-winged Scoter  5
Common Goldeneye  1
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-breasted Meganser  300
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  1
Horned Grebe  4


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

Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:50:12 -0500
I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.

Cheers

Andy Wilson
Gettysburg College/Frederick MD

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur 
wrote:
>
> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard).  Good fun, Bill.
>
> Dave Wilbur
>
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy  wrote:
> >
> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
> this
> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
> >
> > https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
> >
> > Bill Foy
> > Upper Gwynedd
> > Montgomery County
> >
> >
>


-- 
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr.com/
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: David Wilbur <djwilbur AT SIDELINEGUIDES.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:38 -0500
Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard).  Good fun, Bill.

Dave Wilbur

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy  wrote:
>
> I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park this
> past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>
> https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
>
> Bill Foy
> Upper Gwynedd
> Montgomery County
>
>
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Denise Donmoyer <nightowl57 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:48:16 -0500
Looks like a Wigeon on Black & White TV to me.  What the heck kind of mutant
ducks are you folks growin' down there in Montgomery Co.?


Denise Donmoyer
Sweet Arrow Lake
Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.
nightowl57 AT verizon.net 



-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Cindy Moyer
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 10:08 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?

That looks like a Gadwall to me (or at least mostly a Gadwall;  the head
coloration is a bit atypical).  Do Gadwall hybridize with anything?

Cindy


On Dec 15, 2014, at 6:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:

> I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park 
> this past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a 
> Merganser and I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
> 
> https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
> 
> Bill Foy
> Upper Gwynedd
> Montgomery County

-- Cindy Moyer
Professor of Violin, Viola, Music Theory Humboldt State University Arcata,
CA  95521
707-826-3563

Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our
one duty is to furnish it well. -Peter Ustinov, actor, writer and director
(1921-2004)
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Cindy Moyer <cm4 AT HUMBOLDT.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:08:02 -0800
That looks like a Gadwall to me (or at least mostly a Gadwall; the head 
coloration is a bit atypical). Do Gadwall hybridize with anything? 


Cindy


On Dec 15, 2014, at 6:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:

> I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park this
> past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
> 
> https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
> 
> Bill Foy
> Upper Gwynedd
> Montgomery County

-- Cindy Moyer
Professor of Violin, Viola, Music Theory
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA  95521
707-826-3563

Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one 
duty is to furnish it well. -Peter Ustinov, actor, writer and director 
(1921-2004) 

Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Bill Foy <gdadtraveling AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:53:12 -0500
I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park this
past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?

https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures

Bill Foy
Upper Gwynedd
Montgomery County
Subject: Harris's Sparrow At The Koch Property, Northampton Cty, PA, 12/15/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin," <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:03:56 -0600
The beautiful 1st Winter Harris's Sparrow showed up again today at 4:15 PM
at the Koch Property. Visitors are welcome to 1375 Raubsville Road,
Easton, PA 18042 610-253-6377 (H) 610-509-2020 (C)

To see some of today's photos, please click on the following link:


http://www.howardsview.com/Harris%27sSparrowDec15_14/Harris%27sSparrowDec15_14.html 


Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (15 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:12:26 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0            198
Turkey Vulture               0              0            936
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1            467
Bald Eagle                   1             20            403
Northern Harrier             1              4            164
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3           4772
Cooper's Hawk                1              8            555
Northern Goshawk             0              4             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             88
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3            194
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           6369
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0            119           2258
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1             46
Golden Eagle                 0             12            155
Unknown Eagle                0              0              2
American Kestrel             0              1            379
Merlin                       0              0            189
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             88
Unknown Falcon               0              0             22
Unknown Raptor               0              3             73

Total:                       3            179          17382
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Adam Carter, Catherine Elwell, Mark Chestnut

Visitors:
Thanks for a great fall season!  We look forward to seeing everyone for the
spring count beginning on April 1!


Weather:
Overcast.  Hazy in the morning and clearing as the day went on.  W and NW
winds were light and intermittent.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle: 1342 imm

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Goose, American Crow, Common Raven, Downy Woodpecker, Pine Siskin,
American Goldfinch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: Southern Lancaster County CBC - - Early Highlights
From: Bob Schutsky <info AT BIRDTREKS.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:24:48 -0500
Dear PABirders,

The 39th annual Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count was held 
yesterday, Sunday 14 December.  It is centered south of Quarryville near 
Robert Fulton's Birthplace.  It is mostly in the southern portion of 
Lancaster County, and includes small segments of York & Chester Counties 
PA, and Cecil County MD.  Also included are Octoraro Lake, Muddy Run 
Pumped Storage Reservoir, and eight miles of the Susquehanna River 
(Conowingo Pond impoundment).  The circle contains lots of great 
habitat, and the species count is typically one of the highest (or the 
highest) in all of PA.

With roughly half of the areas having reported, here are some early 
highlights.  The species count currently stands at 89.

Area 2, Muddy Run and part of the Susquehanna: Cackling Goose (1), Wild 
Turkey (flock of 45!), Black Vulture (100), Lesser Black-backed Gull (3).

Area 4, Fishing Creek & part of the Susquehanna: Gray Catbird (1), Fox 
Sparrow (2).

Area 5b, Lancaster County side of the Susquehanna: Common Loon (1), 
American Coot (flock of 60), Bonaparte's Gull (5).

Area 8, Serpentine Barrens: Snow Goose (70), Common Raven (1), 
Red-breasted Nuthatch (6).

Area 9, Octoraro Creek and Ware & Horseshoe Scout Camps: Barred Owl (2), 
Northern Saw-whet Owl (4), Brown Thrasher (1), Pine Siskin (2).

Areas 12 & 13, lots of farmland in center of circle: Northern Saw-whet 
Owl (1), Horned Lark (120), American Pipit (125).

Area 17, parts of Octoraro Creek: Eastern Bluebird (23), American Tree 
Sparrow (1), Purple Finch (1).

Areas 18 & 20, Quarryville toward Octoraro Lake: Fish Crow (1), Cooper's 
Hawk (1).

Feeder watch near Nottingham: Great Horned Owl (1), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1).

More highlights later in the week.  I wish you well if you are helping 
with a Christmas Count!

Sincerely,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
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Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (15 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:12:28 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           0             22            505
NH                           0              3            184
SS                           1              7           9914
CH                           0              2            531
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           0             85           2867
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           0              1             25
UB                           0              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           0              1             72

Total:                       1            145          24078
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Keith Gingrich

Observers:        Carl Laughlin, Dave Grove, Dave Smith, Gene Wagner,
                  Joe Lavella, Robert McLaughlin, Ron Freed

Visitors:
4


Weather:
Overcast, with little wind, becoming partly sunny late.

Raptor Observations:
Only bird - SS 3:02

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO - 16
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap AT comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: c. mergansers and ring-ducks Nothampton County
From: Kathy & Dave Sieminski <sieminski1 AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:03:50 -0500
This morning on Albert Road pond in Bushkill Township in 
Northampton County, I saw 
10 M/F Ring-necked ducks and
9 M/F Common Mergansers.

Kathy Sieminski
Plainfield Township
Northampton County
Nazareth PA
Subject: Annual DVOC Members' Photo Night this week! Thursday December 18th
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:27:05 -0500
Happy Holidays, Birders!

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets on Thursday 18 Dec 2014. 
This meeting will be the annual DVOC Members' Photo Night and Contest, which is 
always a popular and very fun evening for the club. Join us for an evening of 
members sharing their favorite photos with the club and the birding community. 
The heart of this event is club members sharing their photos, and all of us 
getting to enjoy seeing what everyone's been up to. 


To spice things up, the DVOC holds an annual photo contest as well. This year, 
the photo submissions were organized by Paul Guris and the contest was judged 
by Andy Curtis, Anita Guris and Steve Kacir. Find out whose photos the judges 
have chosen for the Peregrine Award for Photographic Achievement and the Avocet 
Award for Artistic Achievement as well as winners for first, second and third 
place in the following photo categories: Birds, Fauna, Flora, Scenery and 
Birders. 

 
All who have an interest are invited to attend; the program is free with no 
admission charged. Club meetings will begin at 7:30PM and are held at the 
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 
19103. A pre-meeting dinner takes place at Asia on the Parkway, not far from 
the Academy. More details and directions to the Academy and Asia on the Parkway 
can be found on the DVOC website: http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm 


More information about the 2014 DVOC Photo Contest can be found here:

http://dvoc.org/MeetingsPrograms/MeetingsPrograms2014/Resources/2014DVOCPhotoContest.pdf 


Please considering donating to help keep this entertaining event alive. It's 
never too late to donate in support of the DVOC Photo Contest, and donations as 
low as $1 or $5 still make a significant difference in funding the contest and 
will help make the photo night an exciting social experience for the club. You 
can donate in support of the photo contest online at: 

http://dvoc.org/MeetingsPrograms/MeetingsPrograms2014/Programs2014.htm

Donations can also be made by sending DVOC Treasurer Bert Filemyr a check 
payable to DVOC: 


DVOC Treasurer
c/o 1314 Lenore Road
Meadowbrook, PA 19046


We hope to see you at the members photo night and on into the New Year! 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Need to contact following persons
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:00:44 +0000
I am trying to contact the following persons: 

Mike & Laura Jackson 
Tom & Nancy Moeller 
Donna Foyle 
Sheree Daugherty 

If any of these persons sees or gets this message, please email me as soon as 
possible please. 


Thank you! 


Wayne Laubscher 
Lock Haven 
Clinton Co. 
wnlaubscher AT comcast.net 
"Owl be back" 
Subject: Crawford Co. - Linesville CBC
From: Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:17:29 -0500
Some highlights for the Linesville (Pymatuniing area) CBC.

Date: 12/14/2014

 

Total Species: 72

 

Great Birds:

Snow Goose

Northern Pintails

Common Loon

Horned Grebes

Great Egret

Bald Eagles

Bonaparte's Gulls

Barred Owl

Red-breasted Nuthatches

Brown Creepers

Golden-crowned Kinglets

Winter Wrens

Marsh Wrens

 

Clare Nicolls, Compiler

Springboro, PA

Crawford County
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 15, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:43:33 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 15, 2014
Time: 0730-0830
Weather: Cloudy, calm wind and water, 38 F.
Comments: Should have stayed in bed:

Waterbirds counted:

Lesser Scaup  5
Bufflehead  1
Red-breasted Merganser  134
Horned Grebe  2



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

Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(12/7 - 12/13)
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:05:46 -0500



All,
Reporting was light this week. A total of 61 species were tallied. Some 
highlights were: 

Snow Goose-high report ~150 12/12
Cackling Goose daily
1 N. Pintail-male at Chapman Rd. bridge 12/12-13
1 Black Scoter 12/12 -Almost eagle food-Bald Eagle was in hot pursuit in flight 
until the scoter hit the water and immediately went under for an amazingly long 
time. The eagle was still close when it surfaced, so it repeated the long dive. 
The eagle gave up. One wonders how the most unusual bird on the lake was 
singled out for a potential meal when there were so many other choices. A 
Ring-billed Gull was not so lucky on 12/8 when an eagle caught one and held it 
under water for some time to finish it off. 

9 duck species including:
Hooded Merganser-high report 3 12/8
Red-breasted Merganser 2 12/7; 1 12/13
Common Merganser-high report 102 12/12
Red-necked Grebe-one increased to 2 12/12-13
5 gull species including:
Iceland Gull -2 12/8; 2 12/12 (at least 3 different birds based on age)
Lesser Black-backed Gull -high report 210 12/8
Great Black-backed Gull-high report 16 12/12
Black-capped Chickadee-at least one continues at feeders
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12/13
Purple Finch-at least one continues at feeders


Also, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, 
Winter Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Swamp Sparrow 



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

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA










Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (14 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:12:15 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4            211
Turkey Vulture               0              0            718
Osprey                       0              0            113
Bald Eagle                   0              1            135
Northern Harrier             0              0             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0           2737
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            275
Northern Goshawk             0              0              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1            112
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15            684
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              2             80
American Kestrel             0              0            115
Merlin                       0              0             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Falcon               1              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             22
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       1             24           8368
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter:        Ed Chubb

Observers:        

Visitors:
9 visitors


Weather:
Overcast with moderate northwest winds. Temperature a steady 40 degrees F
all afternoon.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
175 Snow Geese; 325 Canada geese; usual feeder birds; 2 Ravens; 8 Am. Crows

Predictions:
Partly sunny, temps in the 40's, winds from the NW should make for a better
day but in December...who knows?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Clearfield Co.
From: drichards7 AT VERIZON.NET
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:02:41 -0600
This morning there was a Red-necked Grebe on Bimini Lake.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (14 Dec 2014) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:12:13 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             85
TV                           0              0            362
OS                           0              0             91
BE                           0              4            128
NH                           0              0             33
SS                           0              0           1151
CH                           0              0            152
NG                           0              0              4
RS                           0              0             32
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           0              8            927
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             28            127
AK                           0              0             87
ML                           0              0             23
PG                           0              0             36
UA                           0              0             10
UB                           0              0             12
UF                           0              0              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0              0             57

Total:                       0             40           7672
----------------------------------------------------------------------

(No count conducted today)



Weather:
NO COUNT- DENSE FOG

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob AT stewart.net)

Subject: Beaver Run Reservoir and Hamilton Road in Westmoreland County; Crooked Creek State Park in Armstrong Co. Birds for 12.14.2014
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:18:36 +0000
I was out looking for waterfowl today. I visited Beaver Run at the 380 overlook 
twice, once in the morning and then in the afternoon on my way home. There were 
fewer birds present in the morning due to the two adult Bald Eagles that were 
present. The afternoon had large numbers of Canada Geese (I did not find any 
Cackling Geese) and Mallards along with the other species. 


I also check the old mine treatment ponds along Hamilton Road and two of them 
produced ducks. A lot of Mallards, the American Black Ducks and 3 Hooded 
Mergansers were in the lower pond, the rest in the upper pond. 


I went up to Rosston boat ramp along the Allegheny River, but did not see 
anything. I then stopped at Crooked Creek State Park and went to several 
overlooks to view the species at this Armstrong County site. I saw a large 
flock of Common Mergansers when I first stopped at the main beach overlook. As 
I was scanning for other birds and went back to check on them - they had almost 
all disappeared! I figured there was a Bald Eagle around. So I started checking 
and found one probable first year bird at the dam overlook. I went back to the 
main beach overlook and the Mergs were back out, but I also found a second 
immature Bald Eagle perched in a distant tree. It probably was a second year 
bird. 


Mark A. McConaughy

Here are the complete lists for the different stops:

Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
6 species

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  2
Hooded Merganser  6  
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/HoodedMerganser02BR_zpsc8a0668f.jpg 

Pied-billed Grebe  3     One of the three that were seen.
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/PiedBilledGrebe03_zpsf8478c76.jpg 

Bald Eagle 2 Probably the nesting pair at the lake. The larger of the two 
(rightmost in photos) is the female. 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BaldEagle04_zps77a912c8.jpg 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BaldEagle03_zps34aad3ef.jpg 

American Crow  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20903883 



Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: There were a lot of Canada Geese and Mallards all over the lake this 
afternoon. The Bald Eagles from the morning apparently moved to the southern 
portion of the lake away from the PA 380 overlook. 

10 species

Canada Goose  300     Estimated number
Canada Geese, Mallards and American Black Ducks are all in this photo. It is 
only a subset of all of the number of these species present. 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/CanadaGeeseMallardsAmBlackDucks02_zps5cf1e020.jpg 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/CanadaGeeseMallardsAmBlackDucks01_zpsf05120a6.jpg 

Gadwall  1
American Black Duck  30
Mallard  250
Lesser Scaup 1 Might have been a Greater Scaup female, but based on the size 
compared to nearby mallard (It was noticeably smaller), I'm calling it a Lesser 
Scaup female. It was a scope bird. 

Hooded Merganser  5
Common Merganser  3  One of the adult males is in the photo below.
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/ComMerg04BR_zps4d72cf3e.jpg 

Pied-billed Grebe  5
Horned Grebe  1     It was in winter plumage - white neck and cheek patch.
American Crow  4

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20904091 




Hamilton Road Ponds, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
6 species

American Black Duck  5     
Photo of 2 of the American Black Ducks with 2 Mallards.
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/AmBlackDuckMallards01HR_zps42a91cf0.jpg 

Mallard  32
Hooded Merganser 12 Nine of the twelve are in this photo. The other three were 
is another treatment pond along Hamilton Road. 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/HoodedMerganser04HR_zps4b410540.jpg 

Belted Kingfisher  1     
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BeltedKingfisher01_zps6b80246c.jpg 

American Crow  7
Northern Mockingbird  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20904192 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)


Crooked Creek Lake--Overlook area, Armstrong, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
7 species

Canada Goose  7
American Black Duck  10
Common Merganser  86     
Photos of some of the large flock of Common Mergansers
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/ComMerg02CC_zps6007b6ea.jpg 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/ComMerg01CC_zpsffa70f91.jpg 

Great Blue Heron  2 
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/GrtBlueHeron02CC_zps0d7b51d9.jpg 

Bald Eagle 2 One was a very dark immature, probably a first year Bald Eagle. 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BaldEagle07CC_zpsa9535fc3.jpg 

The other immature had a lot of mottled white on its back and the bill was 
still largely gray - probably a 2nd year bird: 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BaldEagle11CC_zps6d3ff565.jpg 

Herring Gull  1
American Crow  8

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20904318 

Subject: eBird -- Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Dec 14, 2014
From: "Daniel E. Weeks" <daniel.e.weeks AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:11:25 -0500
There was an American Coot at Duck Hollow this afternoon. Plus two Common 
Mergansers. 


Dan Weeks
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Dec 14, 2014
Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Traveling
0.5 miles
54 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  


18 Mallard
2 Common Merganser
1 American Coot
265 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull
1 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
1 Carolina Wren
2 Song Sparrow
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (14 Dec 2014) 12 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:12:46 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           0             22            505
NH                           0              3            184
SS                           1              6           9913
CH                           1              2            531
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           9             85           2867
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           1              1             25
UB                           0              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           0              1             72

Total:                      12            144          24077
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Gene Wagner

Observers:        Andy Francis, Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Gene Wagner

Visitors:
return of Shorty Lowe - 8


Weather:
Overcast with a gusty NW wind

Raptor Observations:
First bird - RT 9:32
Last bird -  RT 2:32

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate AT copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: Erie County birds of note
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:41:46 -0500
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Presque Isle 
S.P., unless noted otherwise: 



Harlequin Duck  1 female; Dec. 8; Sunset Point (Waterbird count)

White-winged Scoter  95 (high count); Dec. 8; Sunset Point (WC)

Rough-legged Hawk  1; Dec. 8; Gull Point
                                   1 dark; Dec. 9; Waterford

Black-headed Gull  1; Dec. 13; head of Presque Isle Bay

Little Gull  1; Dec. 13; head of Presque Isle Bay

Lesser Black-backed Gull  1; Dec. 13; Lake View Landfill

Glaucous Gull  1; Dec. 8; Gull Point

Snowy Owl at least 2 birds; Dec. 8 & 9; Sunset Point (WC), Gull Point, 
breakwater #36, and off the south pier 


Rufous Hummingbird 1 adult female continues to come to the feeder in Albion, as 
was reported today. This bird has been present since late September. 


Common Redpoll  1; Dec. 13; Fairview Twp.


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




Subject: Presque Isle State Park, Erie County Birds
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:37:46 -0500
I birded Presque Isle today, I didn't count most of the waterfowl but there
was a great deal in many areas of the park, esp around Perry Monument and
head of the bay.   Also went to some of the beaches lake side

Highlights
3 Greater Black Backed Gulls
1 Lesser Black Backed Gull
2 White Winged Scoters
Buffleheads
Lesser Scaups
American Coots
2 Common Goldeneyes
3 Mute Swans
1 Trumpeter Swan
Mallards
Red Breasted Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
Gadwalls
Ring Necked Ducks
Ruddy Ducks
Horned Grebes ( so many around the monument area)
Pied Billed Grebes
1 Common Loon
Bonaparte's Gulls
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 White Throated Sparrows
8 Dark Eyed Juncos
1 Pine Siskin ( at the Ranger feeders)
1 Great Horned Owl

Good Birding
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Shawn Collins
Crawford County
Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (14 Dec 2014) 8 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:12:52 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0            198
Turkey Vulture               0              0            936
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1            467
Bald Eagle                   0             19            402
Northern Harrier             0              3            163
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3           4772
Cooper's Hawk                0              7            554
Northern Goshawk             1              4             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             88
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3            194
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           6369
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4            119           2258
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1             46
Golden Eagle                 3             12            155
Unknown Eagle                0              0              2
American Kestrel             0              1            379
Merlin                       0              0            189
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             88
Unknown Falcon               0              0             22
Unknown Raptor               0              3             73

Total:                       8            176          17379
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        David Barber

Weather:
Overcast with NW winds 10-15 mph.  Hazy in the morning with clearing in the
afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1204A, 1221I, 1335A


Non-raptor Observations:
191 American goldfinches
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: Re: Canada Geese
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:24:13 -0500
good idea; but please in the summertime remove any water in them if 
present to dissuade mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. thanks, Grant 
Stevenson, fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

On 4/3/2014 10:33 PM, Herbert Flavell wrote:
> Hi Dennis. The snakes using the tires was their idea not mine. I used the 
tires for goose nests. But 5 or 6 times as I walked around the pond the snakes 
(Northeastern Water snakes) mostly would be lying on the top of the tire. One 
tire near my gazebo you could sit in the gazebo and see one inside. Snakes 
unlike humans like heat. Black tires draw heat and hold it on cool days. Both 
my ponds have snakes but the tires are only by the big pond. Next time some 
airhead dumps a few on my road they go out to the little pond. Tires to like my 
PVC bird nests last forever. Set it there and forget it. Except birds nests 
need cleaning no matter what they are made from. That was our chore today and 
again tomorrow. 

> Herb Flavell, Susquehanna County
>
> From: Dennis Kelly
> Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:08 PM
> To: herb1013 AT EPIX.NET ; PA Birds Listserve
> Subject: RE: [PABIRDS] Canada Geese
>
> Herb very intrigued by your making good snake habitat out of the old tires. 
That's a great idea. Snakes are fascinating critters and they keep the mice and 
rats under control. Everybody wins! 

>
> Dennis Kelly
> PIttsburgh, Penna.
>
>
>> Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:28:24 -0400
>> From: herb1013 AT EPIX.NET
>> Subject: [PABIRDS] Canada Geese
>> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>>
>> There are now 2 pair of Canada Geese. One pair courting in the pond and 
another pair courting on the lawn. I took 4 short videos. I guess Ill put them 
on FB later. At least one pair nests every year in one of the 6 old tires that 
I placed in the cover on the west side of the pond. The cover was suggested by 
the Forester that made our farm a PA.Forest Stewardship property. The tires 
were my idea to get rid of some that were dumped on my part of our dirt road.I 
put hay in them each year for a ready made nest. The tires are also good snake 
nests because black tires draw heat and snakes like heat. A few times I watched 
as they sun themselves on top of the tires. I threw 4 or 5 in the pond to for 
fish protection.So far its worked good and hatched both ducks and geese and 
provided cover for a fawn till his Mom got him later in the day. He even posed 
for me to take his picture. I say he because I think it was the same deer that 
came to the entrance of the gazebo and looked at me while 

I sat and watched the fish in November. It was not afraid that I was sitting 
there. I was leery of him though. But he just looked at me a few minutes and 
walked away. 

>> Herb Flavell, Susquehanna County
>


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Subject: Perryopolis,PA Youghiogheny River- Fayette Co.
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:47:59 +0000
 While heading home today,  I scanned the river and had 3 Drake Common 
Mergansers on the Greater Allegheny Passage Trail(North) . Such a cool 
species!!! 

Matthew JuskowichAllegheny County 
Subject: Am. Wigeon - Allegheny Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:57:59 -0500
This morning I stopped at Janoskl's Farm to check out the pond and had a Am. 
Wigeon along with a Black Duck, a Green-winged Teal and Mallards 


Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Franklin Co Surf Scoter
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:28:24 -0500
As of 12:05 there was a First year Surf Scoter at Letterkenny Reservoir.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg

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Subject: Barnacle Geese - Weir Lake, Monroe Co.
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:35:10 -0500
All,

The Barnacle Geese are present right now at Weir Lake in Monroe County.

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa.
Subject: 2 Ross's Geese, Long Arm, Adams/York
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:34:59 -0500
Currently 2 Ad Ross's Geese with Canadas at Long Arm Resr - viewable from Old 
Westminster Rd. 


Andy Wilson

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Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 14, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:52:05 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 14, 2014
Time: 0730-0900
Weather: Cloudy, W windto 10 mph, temp. 35 F, waves about two feet. Light fog 
with mist 

Comments: Very quiet with a few scaup moving west and Red-breasted Mergansers 
moving mostly east. Sam Stull and Roger Donn assisted with the count. 


Waterbirds counted:

Lesser Scaup  145
White-winged Scoter  1
Common Goldeneye  2
Common Merganser  1
Red-breasted Merganser  315


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

Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (13 Dec 2014) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:12:46 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             85
TV                           0              0            362
OS                           0              0             91
BE                           0              4            128
NH                           0              0             33
SS                           0              0           1151
CH                           0              0            152
NG                           0              0              4
RS                           0              0             32
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           0              8            927
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             28            127
AK                           0              0             87
ML                           0              0             23
PG                           0              0             36
UA                           0              0             10
UB                           0              0             12
UF                           0              0              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0              0             57

Total:                       0             40           7672
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Deb Bodenschatz

Observers:        

Weather:
Cold and foggy with snow showers.  Wind 15-25 mph out of the WNW

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Discontinued today's watch due to deteriorating weather conditions.

Predictions:
High near freezing, cloudy with a chance of fog or drizzle. WNW aids at 15
mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Deb Bodenschatz (debbiebodenschatz AT gmail.com)

Subject: White-winged Scoter
From: Glenn Koppel <kestrel22 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:41:09 +0000
Our original plan was to go to Presque Isle to look for Snowy Owls, not knowing 
the park was mostly closed this morning for hunting and a road race. So we 
drove along Bayfront Drive looking for ducks. We found a White-winged Scoter 
and Common Goldeneye along West Bayfront Drive, just east of the Lawrence pier 
marina. 

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22 AT hotmail.comButler, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: North Warren - flock of Pine Siskins
From: Ellwood Meyers <warbler60 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:07:21 +0000
12/13/14: This morning there was a flock of 35 - 40 Pine Siskin's perched and 
calling in my front yard trees. They flew down and landed in the middle of 
Elmwood Drive and milled about eating grit and rock salt spread by the snow 
plow. Several of them hung-out most of the day by my bird feeders. 





Ellwood Meyers 
North Warren, PA 16365 
warbler60 AT hotmail.com 		 	   		  
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk
From: Glenn Koppel <kestrel22 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:17:00 +0000
We went up to Miller's Pond area at Pymatuning (Crawford county) looking for 
the Great Egret that has been reported. We did find it, it is staying in the 
first pond. While there we found a light phase Rough-legged Hawk hunting the 
fields off of Wilson Rd, just south of RT 285, near Parking Lot F of the Game 
Lands. 

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22 AT hotmail.comButler, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (13 Dec 2014) 11 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:12:27 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           1             22            505
NH                           1              3            184
SS                           1              5           9912
CH                           0              1            530
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           7             76           2858
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           0              0             24
UB                           1              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           0              1             72

Total:                      11            132          24065
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers:        Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Gene Wagner, Joe Kelly, Joe Sabo,
                  Keith Gingrich, Pat Freed, Paul Fritz, Robert McLaughlin,
                  Ron Freed

Visitors:
Tim Reed - 7


Weather:
Overcast with haze and light NW winds.

Raptor Observations:
First bird - SS 11:36
Last bird -  RT 3:59
BE U 1:14

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO - 32
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Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate AT copper.net)
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