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25 Oct Northern Harrier; Imperial Grasslands; Washington County [Tom Moeller ]
25 Oct Ducks, etc. @ Moraine State Park (Butler County) [Marge Van Tassel ]
25 Oct Swainson's Thrush, Osprey, etc. @ Crooked Creek (Armstrong County) [Marge Van Tassel ]
25 Oct Stone Mt., Pa. (25 Oct 2014) 69 Raptors [Gregory William Grove ]
25 Oct HSR: Rose Tree Park (25 Oct 2014) 104 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct HSR: Allegheny Front (25 Oct 2014) 74 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct HSR: Waggoner's Gap (25 Oct 2014) 987 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct HSR: Bake Oven Knob (25 Oct 2014) 219 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct FW: eBird Report - Preston Park, Oct 25, 2014 [Glenn Koppel ]
25 Oct Moraine SP [Glenn Koppel ]
25 Oct HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (25 Oct 2014) 313 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct HSR: Second Mountain (25 Oct 2014) 106 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct Sandhill Crane, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
25 Oct HSR: Tuscarora Summit (23 Oct 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct Franklin County Big Numbers of Pine Siskins [Bill Oyler ]
25 Oct Eurasian Wigeon ["Stringer, Randy C." ]
25 Oct Allegheny Co - Another Bridgeville Raven [Ryan Tomazin ]
25 Oct Fox Sparrow - Harrison Hills County Park - Allegheny County [TODD HOOE ]
25 Oct Sandhill Cranse, Bradford Co [Trudy Gerlach ]
25 Oct Rusty Blackbirds - Beaver Co. [ ]
25 Oct Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 25, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
25 Oct HSR: Tuscarora Summit (24 Oct 2014) 59 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct HSR: Allegheny Front (24 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct Fayette County--Jacob's Creek Wetlands [Michael Fialkovich ]
24 Oct An Eagles KIiss [Herb Flavell ]
24 Oct Stone Mt., Pa. (24 Oct 2014) 146 Raptors [Gregory William Grove ]
24 Oct Marsh Wren and Lincoln's Sparrow - ALT Wingfield Pines, Allegheny County [Jim Hausman ]
24 Oct FW: eBird Report - Moraine SP (IBA)--Waterfowl Observation Area, Oct 24, 2014 [Mark Vass ]
24 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, Oct 24, 2014 [Karyn Delaney ]
24 Oct HSR: Bake Oven Knob (24 Oct 2014) 218 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct HSR: Second Mountain (24 Oct 2014) 166 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct HSR: Waggoner's Gap (24 Oct 2014) 579 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct Ravens, Mountville/Columbia, Lanc. Co. [Seth ]
24 Oct HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (24 Oct 2014) 507 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct Golden Eagle, Lycoming County [David Brown ]
24 Oct Bald Eagles, Bradford Co. [Trudy Gerlach ]
24 Oct HSR: Rose Tree Park (24 Oct 2014) 115 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct Late post: Cackling Goose, Middle Creek, Lancaster County [ ]
24 Oct Rusty Blackbirds, Wildwood Lake, Dauphin Co. [Larry Usselman ]
24 Oct Churchville Report (Bucks Co)--Sightings for Oct 18-24 [William Keim ]
24 Oct Middle Creek-Thanks Randy [Alan Wells ]
24 Oct Re: American Robin photo, with a twist [Rob Blye ]
24 Oct Susquehanna County raptor show [Rob Blye ]
24 Oct Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 24, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
24 Oct FOS Fox Sparrow in Columbia County ["Gross, Douglas" ]
24 Oct Monarch numbers? [Barbara Malt ]
24 Oct Eastern PA Birdline: 10/24/2014 [Dave DeReamus ]
23 Oct American Robin photo, with a twist [Geoff Malosh ]
23 Oct Re: Ravens in Downingtown? [Kathy Clark ]
23 Oct pine siskins in PA [Rudolph Keller ]
23 Oct Re: food for Monarch butterflies [Herb Flavell ]
23 Oct Stone Mt., Pa. (23 Oct 2014) 277 Raptors [Gregory William Grove ]
23 Oct 28 Common Merganser, Latrobe - Westmoreland County [Tim Vechter ]
23 Oct HSR: Rose Tree Park (23 Oct 2014) 9 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct food for Monarch butterflies [Gerald Kruth ]
23 Oct Common Ravens, Allegheny County [Amy Henrici ]
23 Oct HSR: Bake Oven Knob (23 Oct 2014) 78 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct HSR: Waggoner's Gap (23 Oct 2014) 585 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct HSR: Second Mountain (23 Oct 2014) 63 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct Pine siskins at Hawk Mtn, Berks/Schuylkill County [DAVID KOCH ]
23 Oct Duck hollow allegheny county [jusko88 ]
23 Oct Nelsons Sparrows in Central Pennsylvania, October 2014 [DunceCapped o ]
23 Oct Pine Siskins - Mercer Co [Steve Sanford ]
23 Oct HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (23 Oct 2014) 192 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct HSR: Allegheny Front (23 Oct 2014) 26 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Milton Hershey Fields, Oct 23, 2014 [Ian Gardner ]
23 Oct Re: Ravens in Downingtown? [Jen Harned ]
23 Oct Re: Ravens in Downingtown? [Ron Rovansek ]
23 Oct Wildwood Park, Dauphin Co [lockermanS&G ]
23 Oct Osprey, Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County [ ]
23 Oct Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 23, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
23 Oct Ravens in Downingtown? [Sally Ann Sims ]
23 Oct I'm surprised [Herb Flavell ]
23 Oct Raven and Junco, Schenley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny ["Kate St.John" ]
23 Oct First N. Saw-whet Owls at Sewickley (nr. Pittsburgh), Allegheny Co. [Robert Mulvihill ]
23 Oct 2014/2015 Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) in PA [Vern Gauthier ]
23 Oct Sandhill Crane Survey ["Williams, Lisa" ]

Subject: Northern Harrier; Imperial Grasslands; Washington County
From: Tom Moeller <thosjmoel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:37:12 -0400
We saw our FOS Northern Harrier this afternoon at 5:30 PM during a stop at the 
'Toy Airport' in the Imperial Grasslands. It was a 'Gray Ghost,' a male soaring 
over the fields. 



Tom Moeller
Allegheny County
Subject: Ducks, etc. @ Moraine State Park (Butler County)
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:34:34 -0500
Waterfowl Observation Platform early:
54 Ring-necked Ducks were close enough to the platform to take a few fair 
photos and I counted them 3 times 

~8 Wood Ducks far across the water there, maybe more but rather hidden among 
the large logs they like 

8 Mallards
8 Pied-billed Grebes (which turned into about 20 when I checked again later
1 immature Bald Eagle flying over the woods/hill behind the boat ramp parking 
area and buildings 

Upper 528 boat launch area (met 2 nice birders from Butler there also)
4 Pied-billed grebes in the "cove" 
30 American Coots
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Ring-billed Gull
Also quite a few boats of fishermen/women and also duck hunters 
South  Shore
3 Wood Ducks
6 Mallards
2 Black Ducks
2 Pied-billed Grebes
~44 American Coots
15 Ruddy Ducks
5 Ring-billed Gulls 
North Shore
Besides many people fishing, quite a few activities were being held near the 
beach, Watts Bay where it appeared demonstrations re: life vests, etc. and 
sailboats were being held, very busy place so I didn't see any ducks, just a 
few gulls, MANY Darkeyed Juncos all along the road driving out past the bay and 
towards Nealy Point as well as Cedar Waxwings, few Whitethroated Sparrows and 
many Goldfinches 

2 American Kestrels on wires on West Lake Road
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
Subject: Swainson's Thrush, Osprey, etc. @ Crooked Creek (Armstrong County)
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:21:47 -0500
Early a.m. I drove to the beach and then to the boat launch area and
only birds at beach or near it were:
110 Canada Geese
4 Killdeer
1 Great Blue Heron (hiding on a log beside the dam wall
boat launch was buzzing with little birds and Cedar Waxwings
1 Swainson's Thrush I heard first, thought it was a fall peeper but brief 
(didn't continue like they do) and then it hopped from beneath a bush and 
leaves near a ditch where quite a few sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers, were 
chattering and flitting about 

When I was driving out towards Route 66 heading north a Redshoulder Hawk was on 
top of a pole near Speedy's Ice Cream shop. 

After heading out to Moraine State Park I stopped back at Crooked Creek about 
2:30 and at the beach: 

1 Osprey was flying over the water down by the beach (took a few photos) while 
1 stayed perched in a tree (very gray much like it was, so missed it for a 
while) most of the time, then 

1 immature Bald Eagle flew from one tree on the hillside near the overlook and 
1 Red-shoulder Hawk did the same.
In Parks Industrial Park at the pond besides Canada Geese, Mallards, a few Wood 
Ducks a Pied-billed Grebe has been hanging around for a few days now. 

Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
Subject: Stone Mt., Pa. (25 Oct 2014) 69 Raptors
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2 AT PSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:10:03 -0400
Stone Mt., Pa.
Allensville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              8              8
TV                           9            294            315
OS                           0             28             72
BE                           1             30             75
NH                           1             23             29
SS                          28            941           1094
CH                           1             99            120
NG                           0              3              4
RS                           1             22             28
BW                           0              3           1093
RT                          27            292            316
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           1             11             11
AK                           0             92            123
ML                           0             27             34
PG                           0             26             28
UA                           0              2              3
UB                           0              3              5
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              8             14
MK                           0              0              1

Total:                      69           1912           3373
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Nick Bolgiano

Observers:        Nick Bolgiano

Visitors:
Bill and Audrey Chambers, Bill King


Weather:
Wind W/WSW 7-14 mph, sky mostly clear

Raptor Observations:
NH: 1 male
BE: 1352 Imm
GE: 1442 Ad

Non-raptor Observations:
N. Flicker-1, Yellow-rumped Warbler-7
========================================================================
Report submitted by Nick Bolgiano (nbolgiano AT pennswoods.net)
Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (25 Oct 2014) 104 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:10:06 -0400
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              44            146            146
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Osprey                       1             64            207
Northern Harrier             3             26             40
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1             42            135
Sharp-shinned Hawk          40            488            829
Cooper's Hawk                4             65            105
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             30             42
Broad-winged Hawk            0             18           1908
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              7             83             90
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             67            152
Merlin                       0             13             23
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             19
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              5
Unknown Raptor               0              6             16

Total:                     104           1069           3729
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Chris Pugliese, Sheryl Johnson

Observers:        Bob Kelly, Chuck Root, John D'Amico

Visitors:
Sara Busch, Irene and Olin, Hiroshi, Max

SPCA day at the park, with many, many people and animals around as well. 


Weather:
West winds, 1-6mph, with very little cloud cover. Temperatures ranged 54-67
degrees Fahrenheit. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow-rumped Warbler-1
Palm Warbler-1
Rusty Blackbird-1
Pine Siskins-45
Purple Finch-18

Predictions:
Sunny and breezy. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with
gusts up to 30 mph.--USWX
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly AT rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org

Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (25 Oct 2014) 74 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:10:13 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0             26             71
TV                          24            270            270
OS                           0              9             91
BE                           0             20            114
NH                           0             16             31
SS                           4            879           1126
CH                           0             62            140
NG                           0              2              3
RS                           1              9             20
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                          39            268            663
RL                           0              0              1
GE                           3             10             12
AK                           0             23             85
ML                           0             14             21
PG                           0             23             35
UA                           2              4              7
UB                           1              3             11
UF                           0              1              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0             15             50

Total:                      74           1654           7104
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Deb Bodenschatz

Observers:        Dave Darney, Ed Gowarty, Karen Jackson, Merle Jackson

Visitors:
Bob & Cindy Berkebile, Kim Berkibile, Vera Wingward, Jim Rocco, Dave
Darney, Donna & Joe Conway, Donna Steele, Melissa Easter, Colleen & Jim
Brown, Jada, Ivan, and Steve McNeal, Thomas Crabtree, Joann & Doug, Ron &
Mary Maceyko, Laura Jackson, Merle Jackson, Ruth Davis, Chris Wolfe, Mike
Jackson, Bob & Rhonda Wilson, RuthDavis, Monique Ridet


Weather:
Warm with WNW winds averaging 15 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.  Skies going
back and forth between mostly sunny and mostly cloudy.  Hazy in the valley

Raptor Observations:
We had 3 Golden Eagles in the west. All  were adults.  We had a few very
large flocks of mixed Grackle, Starling & Red-winged Blackbirds that were
being harassed by Red-Tailed Hawks and an unidentified accipiter ( it
disappeared into the flock and was not seen again).

Non-raptor Observations:
88 Crow, 7 Blue Jay, 2 Goldfinch, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Robins, 11
Cedar Waxwing, in excess of 4000 mixed flocks of Grackles, Starlings, and
Red-winged Blackbird, 1 Flicker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Downy Woodpecker,
and 1 Raven.

We also had 1 Monarch Butterfly

Predictions:
Warm, with strong NW winds averaging 16 - 20 mph, partly cloudy in the
morning to mostly clear in the afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Deb Bodenschatz (debbiebodenschatz AT gmail.com)

Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (25 Oct 2014) 987 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:10:59 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0             18             18
TV                         196           1416           1416
OS                           0             77            356
BE                          12            127            388
NH                           2             98            137
SS                         496           7703           9201
CH                          16            353            482
NG                           2              9              9
RS                          35            101            111
BW                           0             12           6544
RT                         212            822           1073
RL                           0              0              0
GE                          10             42             43
AK                           1            152            310
ML                           4             79            107
PG                           0             41             54
UA                           0             16             23
UB                           0              7             17
UF                           0              1              4
UE                           0              2              2
UR                           1             25             60

Total:                     987          11101          20355
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

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

Visitors:
Audubon Naturalists Society (Paul Engman +6),Kirk and Maria Callison, 120


Weather:
Mostly sunny with light to moderate winds, from WNW to WSW.

Raptor Observations:
BE Ad 8:51,11:48,11:52,3:55
BE 4 Yr 2:44
BE WB 11:53,11:55,2:44
BE Juv 11:03,12:10,4:40
BE U 12:15
GE Juv 11:54
GE Sub 11:31,11:52,2:41
GE Ad 2:35
GE U 11:03,12:34,12:54,12:55,2:25 

First bird - SS 6:28
Last bird -  BE Juv 4:40

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 2
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate AT copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (25 Oct 2014) 219 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:10:27 -0400
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7             91            238
Turkey Vulture              32            326            722
Osprey                       0             82            363
Bald Eagle                   3             78            237
Northern Harrier             3             65             86
Sharp-shinned Hawk         125           2661           3340
Cooper's Hawk                3            103            157
Northern Goshawk             0              7              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          7             19             26
Broad-winged Hawk            0              9           4051
Red-tailed Hawk             31            380            506
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 4             22             23
American Kestrel             1             78            144
Merlin                       0             52             97
Peregrine Falcon             0             42             63
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             80            194

Total:                     219           4095          10254
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jeff Hopkins

Observers:        Devin Kline, John Good, Ron Kline, Scott Keys

Visitors:
Steve Sushinski, Andy Brown, Jim Funk, & group from Maryland


Weather:
Sunny and breezy with mostly west winds, 10-30% cloud cover, Cold (48F) in
the AM warming to 57F in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle:  13:42i (2nd yr), 14:03a, 15:39i (1st yr) plus one bird heading
north that was not counted. Golden Eagle:  9:14a, 9:22i, 9:22i, 12:36i			
															


Non-raptor Observations:
Blue-headed Vireo, Hairy Woodpecker, Pine Siskins (at least 30), Blue Jay,
RC Kinglet, GC Kinglet,Flicker, Slate-colored Junco,Ravens (13), Purple
Finch (1M, 1F), Monarchs (2).
 															


Predictions:
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 57F. Winds WNW at 15
to 25 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes AT hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org

Subject: FW: eBird Report - Preston Park, Oct 25, 2014
From: Glenn Koppel <kestrel22 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:35:07 +0000
Quiet too at Preston Park in Butler today but nice to have Brown Creeper and a 
Barred Owl. 

> 
> Preston Park, Butler, US-PA
> Oct 25, 2014 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 16 species
> 
> Canada Goose  2
> Wood Duck  1
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Barred Owl  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
> Downy Woodpecker  4
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  11
> Black-capped Chickadee  16
> Tufted Titmouse  8
> White-breasted Nuthatch  3
> Brown Creeper  1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  9
> American Robin  2
> Northern Cardinal  1
Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22 AT hotmail.comButler, PA
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20335451 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 		 	   		  
Subject: Moraine SP
From: Glenn Koppel <kestrel22 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:33:37 +0000
Fairly quiet today at Moraine but did manage to find a late Osprey at Porter's 
Cove. 

The lists follow:
Moraine SP (IBA)--Upper Boat Launch, Butler, US-PA
Oct 25, 2014 9:58 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
11 species


Canada Goose  9
Wood Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  2
American Coot  34
Ring-billed Gull  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1


Moraine SP (IBA)--Upper Boat Launch, Butler, US-PA
Oct 25, 2014 9:58 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
11 species


Canada Goose  9
Wood Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  2
American Coot  34
Ring-billed Gull  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1


Moraine SP (IBA)--Porter's Cove, Butler, US-PA
Oct 25, 2014 11:58 AM - 12:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
6 species


Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Blue Jay  3
Song Sparrow  1
Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22 AT hotmail.comButler, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (25 Oct 2014) 313 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:10:43 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               14             40            103
Turkey Vulture              92            681            738
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       1            137            462
Bald Eagle                   1             90            255
Northern Harrier             0             76            111
Sharp-shinned Hawk         147           3319           4007
Cooper's Hawk                4            349            453
Northern Goshawk             1              1              3
Unknown Accipiter            0             59             78
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             43             50
Broad-winged Hawk            0             15           6359
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             35            396            507
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                1             13             28
Golden Eagle                 3             18             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
American Kestrel             3            161            366
Merlin                       2            115            174
Peregrine Falcon             0             38             78
Unknown Falcon               0             14             21
Unknown Raptor               1             27             63

Total:                     313           5592          13874
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Phil Campbell, Sue Schmoyer

Weather:
Clear, light west winds, hazy skies

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle: Imm 11:42
Golden Eagles:  Juvenile--713, Adult 714,Adult 1039

Non-raptor Observations:
pine siskins, American robins, purple finches, kinglets, cedar waxwings
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (25 Oct 2014) 106 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:10:49 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                8            146            164
Turkey Vulture              25            418            526
Osprey                       1             36            112
Bald Eagle                   0             51             98
Northern Harrier             0             57             73
Sharp-shinned Hawk          39           2155           2451
Cooper's Hawk                4            184            240
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         13             33             42
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6           2963
Red-tailed Hawk             14            174            240
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             16             18
American Kestrel             0             58            107
Merlin                       1             34             44
Peregrine Falcon             0             24             32
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              5             15
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                     106           3405           7137
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Schwenk

Observers:        Gary Koppenhaver, Joan Renninger, Steve Walthius, Tom Power

Visitors:
Dick Shott +6


Weather:
light WNW wind becoming west mid PM. Mostly sunny with 10% cover of high
thin sirrus clouds. Temps 46-65

Raptor Observations:
First bird  AT 7:46, a chirping osprey checking out the owl decoy, last bird a
merlin  AT  3:32

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Ravens

Predictions:
Strong northwest winds, sunny, temps in the hi 50's
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: Sandhill Crane, Cumberland County
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:14:56 -0400
A Sandhill Crane was spotted this morning east of

Newville off of Route 641, between Bloserville and Crossroad School Roads.

 

It was seen by Scott and Dee Dombach who photographed it with their 

cell phone.  When they returned to the farm, they did not find it again, nor
did

I when I stopped along 641 shortly after noon.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle

 

 
Subject: HSR: Tuscarora Summit (23 Oct 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:10:21 -0400
Tuscarora Summit
Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             82             82
Turkey Vulture               0            422            422
Osprey                       0             34             85
Bald Eagle                   0             26             59
Northern Harrier             0             37             53
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            699            844
Cooper's Hawk                0             74             90
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2074
Red-tailed Hawk              0             89             95
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             12             13
American Kestrel             0             35             53
Merlin                       0             22             24
Peregrine Falcon             0             22             25
Unknown Accipiter            0             17             17
Unknown Buteo                0              4              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              6
Unknown Eagle                0              4              6
Unknown Raptor               0             16             32

Total:                       1           1607           4004
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 2.25 hours

Official Counter:        Dale L. Gearhart

Observers:        Joan Carpenter

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Dale L. Gearhart (dgearhart01 AT comcast.net)
Subject: Franklin County Big Numbers of Pine Siskins
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:32:58 -0400
Andy Markel and I birded a few areas of northern Franklin Co this morning
and had an amazing number of Pine Siskins in Horse Valley.  There was a
large number of siskins flying around, and Andy began a count as flock
after flock of 20 - 40 siskins at a time flew over heading southwest from
9:00 and 10:30 am when the flow seemed to end.  Andy's final count ended up
at 739!  We also had about 150 Cedar Waxwings on the move southwest and 20
Purple Finches, both flyovers and feeding.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg
Subject: Eurasian Wigeon
From: "Stringer, Randy C." <RCStringer AT GCC.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:13:20 +0000
Dear Pa Birders,

There is a male Eurasian Wigeon at the Fish Hatchery just south of Linesville 
near Lake Pymatuning. 


Randy C Stringer

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Allegheny Co - Another Bridgeville Raven
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:47:46 -0400
Oh, happy days! While on a walk to the library a few minutes ago, I heard a 
quick "crock-crock", low in tone. Sounded just like a raven, and I wheeled 
around to see a black corvid far in the distance. I was sure it must have been 
a raven, and that was verified when I came out of the library to see a black 
corvid flying high to gain altitude, and then start soaring high over the Bower 
Hill side of Bridgeville with the signature silhouette. 


This rocks! Hope I/we can get them on the South Hills Christmas Count!

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: Fox Sparrow - Harrison Hills County Park - Allegheny County
From: TODD HOOE <hooe AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:25:22 -0700
This morning, Oliver Lindhiem and I birded Harrison Hills County Park. I 
briefly observed a Fox Sparrow on the orange trail near the meadow that is 
adjacent to the pond. I was able to get on one not-so-great photo of the bird 
(see ebird checklist below). 


Other highlights included a FOS Brown Creeper and 7 Dark-eyed Junco.

For the complete list of birds, go to:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20331226


Good birding,

Todd Hooe
Pittsburgh, PA
Subject: Sandhill Cranse, Bradford Co
From: Trudy Gerlach <tgswoods AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:41:38 -0400
Saw three Sandhill Cranes slowly flying over my house (new New Era) about 11am, 
making little tentative low sounds, seemed like they were checking me out. 

Trudy Gerlach
Bradford Co.
tgswoods AT epix.net
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds - Beaver Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:49:05 -0400
This morning at Independence Marsh I observed five Rusty Blackbirds foraging in 
the stream between the two ponds 


also of note here were twenty-five Green-winged Teal

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 25, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:31:32 -0400
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: October 25, 2014
Time: 0735-0935
Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming variably cloudy, SW windto 5 mph, temp. 53 F, 
waves about one foot. 

Comments: Very little movment with birds flying in both directions. Unusual was 
seeing three Mute Swans that appeared to be crossing the lake from Canada. 
Randy Stringer assisted with the count. 


Waterbirds counted:

MUTE SWAN  3
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  7
Northern Shoveler  1
Northern Pintail  1
Lesser Scaup  32
White-winged Scoter  1
Bufflehead  5
Red-breasted Merganser  32
Red-throated Loon  2
Common Loon  15
unidentified loon  1
Horned Grebe  29


Other birds moving over the lake:

unidentified kinglet  1
unidentified Passerine  12 (may have been Lapland Longspurs)


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

Subject: HSR: Tuscarora Summit (24 Oct 2014) 59 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:10:11 -0400
Tuscarora Summit
Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             82             82
Turkey Vulture              47            469            469
Osprey                       0             34             85
Bald Eagle                   0             26             59
Northern Harrier             0             37             53
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            701            846
Cooper's Hawk                1             75             91
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             12             18
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2074
Red-tailed Hawk              8             97            103
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             12
American Kestrel             0             35             53
Merlin                       0             22             24
Peregrine Falcon             0             22             25
Unknown Accipiter            0             17             17
Unknown Buteo                0              4              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              6
Unknown Eagle                0              4              6
Unknown Raptor               0             16             32

Total:                      59           1665           4062
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Dale L. Gearhart

Observers:        Dale L. Gearhart

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Dale L. Gearhart (dgearhart01 AT comcast.net)
Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (24 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:10:41 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0             26             71
TV                          17            246            246
OS                           0              9             91
BE                           0             20            114
NH                           3             16             31
SS                           6            875           1122
CH                           0             62            140
NG                           1              2              3
RS                           0              8             19
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                          12            229            624
RL                           0              0              1
GE                           2              7              9
AK                           0             23             85
ML                           0             14             21
PG                           0             23             35
UA                           0              2              5
UB                           0              2             10
UF                           0              1              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0             15             50

Total:                      41           1580           7030
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Dick

Observers:        Neil Woffinden

Visitors:
Neil Woffenden


Weather:
Strong northwest winds

Raptor Observations:
Ad.GE (1:30), Ad.GE (1:35)

Non-raptor Observations:
10 Siskins, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers,22 Juncos, 7 American Goldfinches,1
Red-breasted Nuthatch

Predictions:
Northwest winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Dick ()

Subject: Fayette County--Jacob's Creek Wetlands
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:28:07 -0400
Hi,

A late afternoon walk around the wetlands was surprisingly quiet. I did find 
one White-crowned Sparrow, several Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Green Heron 
flushed from one of the ponds. After I heard a loud gunshot from what I presume 
was someone hunting, I quickly got back to the road where I saw a male 
Ring-necked Pheasant dash into the brush. 


Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County

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Subject: An Eagles KIiss
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:02:54 -0400
I hope you birders wont get mad at me for posting this. It may make your eyes 
water like it did mine. I know that a few of you help to rehab birds. So this 
is in your honor. It shows how birds do appreciate what you do for them even 
though they cant tell you in words. There are 2 pictures that wont show. If you 
would like them email me for the complete email. 

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

An Eagle Kiss

This is the kind of story you need when it
seems like the world is spiraling out of control.

Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them!
Freedom and Jeff 


Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a
baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the
way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby. 


When Freedom came in, she could not stand. She was
emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at 
life, so I took her to the vet's office. From then on, I was always around her. 

We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with 
shredded newspaper for her to lay in. 



I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight and she would lay 
there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for 
weeks. This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. It got 
to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand 
in a week. You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and rehab 
and it looked like death was winning. 


She was going to be put down that Friday and I was supposed to come in on that 
Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because I 
couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized but I went anyway and when I 
walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her 
cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was 
ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. 



That was a very good day. We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me 
to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we 

started doing education programe’s for schools in western Washington. We 
wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets 
even did a show about us. 


In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had stage 
3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 
months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. 


When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. 
Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This 
happened time and time again. 


Fast forward to November 2000. The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my 
last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of 
chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. 

Anyway, they did the tests and I had to come back Monday for the results. I 
went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone. 

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a 
walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up and we went 

out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow 
she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I 
could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she 
touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes and we just stood there 
like that for I don't know how long. 


That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This 
is a very special bird. On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up 
to us when we are out and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a 
guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. 


His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course 
through his body. I have so many stories like that. 


I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit 
as Freedom. 


Hope you enjoyed this!
Subject: Stone Mt., Pa. (24 Oct 2014) 146 Raptors
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2 AT PSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:36:36 -0400
Stone Mt., Pa.
Allensville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              8              8
TV                          13            285            306
OS                           0             28             72
BE                           1             29             74
NH                           3             22             28
SS                          58            913           1066
CH                           1             98            119
NG                           1              3              4
RS                           3             21             27
BW                           0              3           1093
RT                          60            265            289
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           5             10             10
AK                           0             92            123
ML                           1             27             34
PG                           0             26             28
UA                           0              2              3
UB                           0              3              5
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              8             14
MK                           0              0              1

Total:                     146           1843           3304
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Doug Wentzel, Nick Bolgiano

Observers:        Doug Wentzel, Jon Kauffman, Nick Bolgiano

Visitors:
Emily Waterman, Bill Chambers


Weather:
Wind WNW 10-14 mph, sky mostly clear

Raptor Observations:
NH: Imm-2, Female-1
BE: 1205 Imm
GE: 1010 Ad, 1042 Ad, 1341 Juv, 1342 Juv, 1350 Imm

Non-raptor Observations:
Rusty Blackbird-9, Pine Siskin-2
========================================================================
Report submitted by Nick Bolgiano (nbolgiano AT pennswoods.net)
Subject: Marsh Wren and Lincoln's Sparrow - ALT Wingfield Pines, Allegheny County
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:35:43 -0400
Hello All,

This afternoon, I had an opportunity to stop by Wingfield Pines in Upper
St. Clair, Allegheny Co. and find some nice birds though diversity was low
overall. A marsh wren appears to be continuing in the boardwalk area. This
is only the third marsh wren I've had in Allegheny Co. (Harrison Hills and
Peters Creek are the other two places I've seen the species). It was
associating with a small group of swamp (one of my favorite sparrows) and
song sparrows. This bird and the sparrows responded readily to my pishing
calls whereupon the wren began a low rattle reminiscent of house wren.

Other birds of note included a lincoln's sparrow, a continuing pair of
green-winged teals, a handful of very confiding yellow-rumped warblers, and
five red-tailed hawks (not sure if family group or migrating individuals)
playfully soaring and engaging one another in stoops, pull-ups and banking
displays. It was quite a joy to watch them as they frolicked through the
air.

My checklist is below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20324749

Good Birding,
-- 
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Moraine SP (IBA)--Waterfowl Observation Area, Oct 24, 2014
From: Mark Vass <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:34:48 -0700
----Forwarded message----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com
Sent: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 6:42 PM EDT
Subject: eBird Report - Moraine SP (IBA)--Waterfowl Observation Area, Oct 24, 
2014 


Moraine SP (IBA)--Waterfowl Observation Area, Butler, US-PA
Oct 24, 2014 5:50 PM - 6:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
13 species

Canada Goose  19
Wood Duck  15
Gadwall  20
Mallard  30
Northern Shoveler  4
Ring-necked Duck  20
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  5     Flyover
Ruddy Duck  5
Pied-billed Grebe  22
Great Blue Heron  1
American Coot  27
Belted Kingfisher  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20326116 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, Oct 24, 2014
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:21:17 -0400
Had time for a short walk late morning.  A female Common Yellowthroat was a
surprise on the Summit Trail.  Also saw my FOS Brown Creeper, along with 2
Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Karyn Delaney


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 8:17 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Knob Hill Park, Oct 24, 2014


Knob Hill Park, Allegheny, US-PA
Oct 24, 2014 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
14 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
American Robin  2
Common Yellowthroat (Eastern)  1     Female.  Seen twice.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  3
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20326912

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (24 Oct 2014) 218 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:10:26 -0400
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             84            231
Turkey Vulture               7            294            690
Osprey                       0             82            363
Bald Eagle                  15             75            234
Northern Harrier             0             62             83
Sharp-shinned Hawk          81           2536           3215
Cooper's Hawk                4            100            154
Northern Goshawk             2              7              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             12             19
Broad-winged Hawk            0              9           4051
Red-tailed Hawk             86            349            475
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 8             18             19
American Kestrel             1             77            143
Merlin                       4             52             97
Peregrine Falcon             0             42             63
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5             77            191

Total:                     218           3876          10035
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Sean Bankos

Observers:        Ed Wanamaker, John Wasilowsky, Richard, Rick Morrissey

Visitors:
Additional Observers:Fritz Brock, Ron Hillegass
Others:Tom Blankenship, Lance Leonhardt


Weather:
Visibility-unlimited, Temp 49-58F, Wind 3-17 mph NW, Cloud Cover 20-50%

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles:
0740i,0819i,1026i,1035i,1050i,1156a,1204i,1207i,1207i,1226a,1313a,1405i,1432i,1645u,1654u
Golden Eagles:
0739u,0839u,1032i,1044u,1444i,1502i,1502i,1646u
Northern Goshawks:1232u,1613i
Most birds were flying high. Red-tailed Hawks picked up late in the
afternoon with individuals coming in one after the other. An additional
Peregrine Falcon was spotted but headed east so it was not included in the
count.This bird flew up high above the hump and dove into the trees beyond
the notch, likely hunting. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven(8), Double-crested Cormorant(56), Pine Siskin, Blue Jay, American
Crow, Asian Lady Beetle

Predictions:
Increasing clouds, with a high near 67. Light west wind increasing to 6 to
11 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes AT hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org

Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (24 Oct 2014) 166 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:10:21 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               20            138            156
Turkey Vulture              70            393            501
Osprey                       1             35            111
Bald Eagle                   3             51             98
Northern Harrier             4             57             73
Sharp-shinned Hawk          34           2116           2412
Cooper's Hawk                6            180            236
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         11             20             29
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              8            160            226
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2             16             18
American Kestrel             5             58            107
Merlin                       2             33             43
Peregrine Falcon             0             24             32
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             14
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                     166           3299           7031
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Sue Cooper

Observers:        Gayle McKinne, Jay George, Steve Walthius, Tom McKinne,
                  Tom Power

Visitors:
Don Simmons, Terry Firestone and Gary Firestone
Chris Taylor plus two.
there was also 6 unknown visitors
Tom Powers and Sam from the NHCU.


Weather:
WNW winds in 0 to 13mph gusts. Day started very clear, sunny and 2% clcv.
temperature ranged from 14.3c to 17.1c
humidity range 41 to 58%
barometric pressure at 28.35 inches to 28.20

Raptor Observations:
IM BE AT 1255/1329/1345
AD GE AT 1421 and 1455

Non-raptor Observations:
the past large amount of song birds was greatly reduced today. 
WAX WINGS, TREE SWALLOWS, CROWS, BLUE JAYS AND APPRX., 21 RAVENS.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (24 Oct 2014) 579 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:10:17 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0             18             18
TV                          29           1220           1220
OS                           0             77            356
BE                           8            115            376
NH                           3             96            135
SS                         402           7207           8705
CH                          20            337            466
NG                           2              7              7
RS                           9             66             76
BW                           0             12           6544
RT                          86            610            861
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           9             32             33
AK                           6            151            309
ML                           1             75            103
PG                           0             41             54
UA                           2             16             23
UB                           0              7             17
UF                           0              1              4
UE                           0              2              2
UR                           2             24             59

Total:                     579          10114          19368
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:15:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Keith Gingrich

Observers:        Dave Grove, Dave Smith, Deb Gingrich, Don Orris,
                  Gene Wagner, Mark Scarff, Pat Freed, Paul Fritz, Ron Freed

Visitors:
Hugh Hoffman; Vern Gauthier - 14


Weather:
Clear and sunny morning with sustained and strong northwest wind. Some
clouds in the PM

Raptor Observations:
BE Juv 8:31, 11:53, 3:36
BE Wb 7:48, 8:25, 8:48, 3:24
BE 4YR 3:24
GE Juv 9:23, 2:39, 2:54, 3:55
GE Sub 2:06, 3:07,
GE Ad 1:53, 2:54, 4:47

First bird - TV 6:42
Last bird - SS 4:56



Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO -25
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap AT comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: Ravens, Mountville/Columbia, Lanc. Co.
From: Seth <0000002968f82554-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:06:21 -0400
I must have been in the right place at the right time, because today around 3pm 
I observed a pair of ravens flying fairly low headed west along the railroad 
tracks behind Froelich Park in Mountville. One almost landed on the large tower 
near Prospect Rd, but they kept on going, possibly going to the river? They 
circled above me and called couple times. I was able to get good views of their 
large bills and wedge-shaped tails. An unusual, but welcome sight. 





-Seth McComsey

Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (24 Oct 2014) 507 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:10:48 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             26             89
Turkey Vulture              11            589            646
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0            136            461
Bald Eagle                  12             89            254
Northern Harrier             7             76            111
Sharp-shinned Hawk         281           3172           3860
Cooper's Hawk               28            345            449
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Unknown Accipiter            2             59             78
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             35             42
Broad-winged Hawk            0             15           6359
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk            141            361            472
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0             12             27
Golden Eagle                 6             15             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
American Kestrel             8            158            363
Merlin                       2            113            172
Peregrine Falcon             0             38             78
Unknown Falcon               1             14             21
Unknown Raptor               0             26             62

Total:                     507           5279          13561
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:15:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Laurie Goodrich, Rob Feldman, Rudy Keller

Weather:
Overcast to mostly sunny skies, NW winds 10-20

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles: 3-Yr-747. JV 756, Imm 810, 2nd yr 855, 2nd yr 1105,3rd yr
1115, 2ndyr 1125, 4th yr 1226. IM 1245, Adult 1255, IM 1514, 1517

Golden Eagles: Imm 922, Subadult 1247, Imm 1527, Subad 1545, Imm 1546,
Subad 1650

Non-raptor Observations:
339 pine siskin, 1274 Am robin, 5 raven, 39 Am crow, 72 Purple finch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: Golden Eagle, Lycoming County
From: David Brown <davidebrownpa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:02 -0400
My parents, my brother, and I met Gary Metzger (president of Lycoming
Audubon) this afternoon at North White Deer Ridge (Skyline Drive) in
Lycoming County. Our county doesn't have any official hawk watches but this
is a well known power line cut that has decent numbers of fall raptors,
though it is probably better in the spring for Golden Eagles. I've been up
there a handful of times this fall as conditions have been good. Winds were
moderate from the NW. Sky was mostly clear, which made spotting the birds a
bit tricky, but lots of raptors were on the move. Much warmer than some
other times we have been there recently.

First exciting birds were a number of *Black Vultures* that gave distant
views at first, and then eventually a few wandered over. We had a total of
4. This is only the third time I have seen Black Vultures in the county
this year. They aren't unexpected in the area, but are still unusual enough
to appreciate each sighting.

https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t31.0-8/10608579_520912361377399_8910298957458665183_o.jpg 


Next, we had 2 adult *Red-shouldered Hawks *come over separately. We had
previously only seen 1 (an immature) at this site this fall:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10442354_520912274710741_7995864377750138211_n.jpg?oh=86ee24c0f46278a0a63ae7931209693b&oe=54E3278F&__gda__=1424880723_8269bf595ac52bb7ccf6a42775901fe1 



https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/1900051_520912311377404_8114728500408652829_n.jpg?oh=2ad38d6e63e97ac4b4eb356c123162f4&oe=54AC3641&__gda__=1424481599_a5bca19254a4bc0bca4d6137f6a0e3db 


Next was a *Northern Harrier*, our second of the fall from the site:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10689886_520912351377400_2135847563464205802_n.jpg?oh=ba5c5f530b65c82d0fc1e9db44fd7d51&oe=54B1DEA6&__gda__=1424063866_1a03059373366d4a88373f3b648f96c2 


Gary had to leave so we kept joking about how a Golden Eagle would go over
5 minutes after he left. It was more like 30 minutes, but sure enough we
spotted a distant eagle circling with some Red-tailed Hawks, and it
eventually began to glide towards us and then right over us. I was watching
through my camera frantically taking shots, and my brother was watching
through his binoculars so he was the first to yell "GOLDEN! GOLDEN! IT'S A
GOLDEN EAGLE!" It was a life bird for him, and what a great look at one.

Distant first glimpse:

https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/v/t1.0-9/10525689_520912421377393_4117992984434305764_n.jpg?oh=6c13883e1520e1eb71a78f3a87ef902d&oe=54EC4DF0 


Slightly Closer (this is about as good of a look as I had previously gotten
of any Golden Eagle):

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/150124_520912468044055_4714631404008515816_n.jpg?oh=03db6fbe9d931d371e329ef8d4eef40d&oe=54F6BEEE&__gda__=1424435987_5bfec0e08f0f00a4711c380062c5ab65 


And the money shot of a beautiful immature *Golden Eagle* right over us:

https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/1653652_520912474710721_2988933980149997645_n.jpg?oh=73a1c497a88aff7c05879f3386bb44a8&oe=54B87F2E 


The Golden Eagle was a new county bird for me and is species #190 for me
for Lycoming County this year. Now if only I can get a Goshawk to fly over
I can stop having to go on top of mountains!

Here are our totals:
12:30-3:30pm
5 Observers

4 Black Vultures
24 Turkey Vultures
1 GOLDEN EAGLE
1 Northern Harrier
4 Sharp-shinned Hawks
1 Bald Eagle
2 Red-shouldered Hawks
56 Red-tailed Hawks
3 Canada Goose
1 Common Raven

David
Subject: Bald Eagles, Bradford Co.
From: Trudy Gerlach <tgswoods AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:20:27 -0400
At about 4 pm I saw two adult Bald Eagles circling high in the sky over Iron 
Bridge Rd, the gleaming sunlight picking up the brilliant whites of their tails 
and heads as they slowly moved south. 

Trudy Gerlach
Bradford Co.
tgswoods AT epix.net
Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (24 Oct 2014) 115 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:10:34 -0400
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              38            102            102
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Osprey                       0             63            206
Northern Harrier             3             23             37
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   3             41            134
Sharp-shinned Hawk          43            448            789
Cooper's Hawk                3             61            101
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             26             38
Broad-winged Hawk            0             18           1908
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             15             76             83
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             67            152
Merlin                       1             13             23
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             19
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              5
Unknown Raptor               0              6             16

Total:                     115            965           3625
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Al Guarente, Bob Kelly

Observers:        Chuck Root

Visitors:
Hiroshi Iizuka


Weather:
N winds for much of the day, 10-15mph. Temperatures 57-64 degrees
Fahrenheit. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterflies-2

Predictions:
Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.--USWX
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly AT rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org

Subject: Late post: Cackling Goose, Middle Creek, Lancaster County
From: ••S•J•Stahl•• <jalstahl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:57:23 -0400
At stop#1, just opposite the pond with the Red-necked Grebe, on October 23, a 
Cackling Goose swam with the larger Canada Geese. 

I want to thank Randy Miller also for finding so many good birds in this area, 
and showing me the Reistville Ponds. 

Sincerely
Stan Stahl
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds, Wildwood Lake, Dauphin Co.
From: Larry Usselman <elgrans AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:34:33 -0400
I went over to Wildwood Lake this morning to see if the American Bittern
reported yesterday was still around. I struck out on the Bittern, but did
spot at least 12-14 Rusty Blackbirds along the Canal Trail.

-- 
Larry Usselman
Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania
My Photos: http://snargle.zenfolio.com/
Subject: Churchville Report (Bucks Co)--Sightings for Oct 18-24
From: William Keim <keimwj AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:33:02 -0400
Birds reported from Churchville Nature Center in Bucks County for the week of 
Oct 18-24 included these highlights: 

 
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Chimney Swift
Eastern Phoebe
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
MOURNING WARBLER
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
 
All are welcome to participate in the Bird Walk! Meet every Saturday in the 
Nature Center Parking lot on Churchville Lane. 

NOTE THE TIME: The Walk on 10/25 will begin at 7:00 AM. Beginning 11/1 through 
the winter, the Walk will begin at 8:00 AM each Saturday. 

 
Bill Keim
Buckingham, Bucks Co, PA
KeimWJ AT hotmail.com
photos: www.flickr.com/forktail
 		 	   		  
Subject: Middle Creek-Thanks Randy
From: Alan Wells <alanwells505 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:02:35 -0400
Thanks to Randy Miller's report I got a chance this week to go to Middle Creek 
to check out the Ring Necked Grebe. It was along the front side of the lake 
near the road and I was able to get a few good shots of it. 


I also spotted the Pied billed Grebe, Northern Shovelers, Ring necked Duck and 
Black Ducks. There was a Great Blue Heron along the right side in the brush. 


There was also a Belted Kingfisher flying around. Did not get a good shot of 
him but did get a good picture of one at Stover's Dam in Lebanon, near the 
Theater, yesterday. 




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

Alan Wells
Subject: Re: American Robin photo, with a twist
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:59:30 +0000
Geoff, 

Spectacular photos. Thanks for posting them to PA Birds. 


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

From: "Malosh, Geoff"  
To: "Pennsylvania, Birds"  
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:54:44 PM 
Subject: [PABIRDS] American Robin photo, with a twist 

I posted a few new photos online, one of which shows American Robins. 
Exciting, I know, right? The interesting thing is that they are in flight 
and silhouetted against the face of the sun during this evening's partial 
solar eclipse, which commenced here in Pennsylvania about 45 minutes before 
sunset. If you're interested, the photos can be viewed here: 

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

Geoff Malosh 
Allegheny County 


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Subject: Susquehanna County raptor show
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:34 +0000
I spent last week in northern PA for the early muzzleloader season, doing my 
part to reduce deer numbers and maintain healthy habitats. 


My wife and I had a great experience Tuesday morning in western Susquehanna 
County. We were driving to a high spot to find a cell to make a phone call when 
appeared a large bird being attacked by a smaller, but still quite large, bird. 
Binocs and sound revealed the large bird to be an immature bald eagle and the 
smaller bird to be a common raven. Eagle made its way south and raven picked up 
a raven buddy to help harass the eagle. The group moved over a hill and out of 
sight. Nice way to start the morning. 


Rob Blye, 
East Coventry Township 
Chester County, Pennsylvania 
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 24, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:43:59 -0400
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: October 24, 2014
Time: 0730-1000
Weather: Clear, NNW windto 10 mph, temp. 41 to 45 F, waves about one to two 
feet. 

Comments: There was a western movement of scaup this morning as well as a few 
Red-breasted Mergansers, otherwise there was little movement. However slow, 
there were moments of excitement when a female Harlequin Duck flew west past 
the watch a couple of hundred yards offshore and later a Red-necked Grebe. Also 
there was an immature Parasitic Jaeger chasing Bonaparte's Gulls for several 
minutes before heading west. Joao Taveres stopped for a short visit. 

 
Waterbirds counted:

American Wigeon  1
American Black Duck  1
Redhead  5
Lesser Scaup  315
HARLEQUIN DUCK  1 female
Surf Scoter  11
White-winged Scoter  2
Red-breasted Merganser  111
Red-throated Loon  6
Common Loon  4
unidentified loon  1
Horned Grebe  10
RED-NECKED GREBE  1
Double-crested Cormorant  127
PARASITIC JAEGER  1 imm.

Other birds flying across or along the lake:

Bald Eagle  1 imm. (appeared to have flown across the lake)
European Starling  12


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

Subject: FOS Fox Sparrow in Columbia County
From: "Gross, Douglas" <dogross AT PA.GOV>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:35:07 -0400
Hi All,
This morning I found a FOS Fox Sparrow in the brush near my house in Greenwood 
Township, northern Columbia County. 

It popped up from the dogwood bush and goldenrods where it was foraging and 
"chipping" loudly. 

We have lots of migrants here including many White-throated Sparrows, 
White-crowned Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Robins, Blue Jays, 
Eastern Towhees, Purple Finches, both kinglets. 

In the conifers, Red-breasted Nuthatches have been calling for the last week. 

Large flocks of Common Grackles passing over each day, but I'm looking for 
Rusty Blackbirds. 

Good Birding!
Doug

Douglas A. Gross
PA Game Commission Wildlife Biologist
Endangered and Non-game Bird Section Supervisor 
106 Winters Road, Orangeville, PA 17859
570-458-4109; dogross AT pa.gov
PA eBird: http://ebird.org/content/pa/


Subject: Monarch numbers?
From: Barbara Malt <bcm0 AT LEHIGH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:16:50 -0400
Speaking of monarch food, how have the Monarch counts been at the hawk
watches this year? I have seen very few this season in the Lehigh
Valley and others have said similar things on this list.

Barbara Malt
Allentown

Sent from iPhone; please excuse brevity, typos, and unintended 
auto-completions. 

Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 10/24/2014
From: Dave DeReamus <becard AT RCN.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:16:36 -0400
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* October 24, 2014
* PAEA1410.24

- Birds mentioned

BRANT
TRUMPETER SWAN
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
PINE SISKIN

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: October 24th at 4:00 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 .

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 LITTLE GAP, Northampton County:
BRANT – 12 on 10/19 (fly-by’s).

Sightings from BAKE OVEN KNOB, Lehigh County:
Bald Eagles – 6 on 10/17; 17 on 10/19
Sharp-shinned Hawks – 292 on 10/18; 222 on 10/19
Northern Goshawks – 1 on 10/18; 3 on 10/19; 1 on 10/23
Golden Eagle – 1 on 10/18; 7 on 10/19
Merlins – 6 on 10/18 and 10/19
Peregrine Falcons – 2 on 10/17 and 10/19.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
Dunlin – 1 on 10/17
Semipalmated Sandpipers – 8 on 10/17.
Also Pectoral Sandpiper and Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Sightings from LAKE TOWHEE, Bucks County:
TRUMPETER SWAN – 1 on 10/19 and 10/20
BRANT – 1 to at least 10/23
Rusty Blackbirds – 20 on 10/23.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE – 2 to at least 10/17.

Sightings from MERRILL CREEK RESERVOIR in nearby New Jersey:
At the Scotts Mountain Hawkwatch:
Bald Eagles – 8 on 10/17
Sharp-shinned Hawks – 152 on 10/18
Northern Goshawk – 1 on 10/18 and 10/22
Merlins – 6 on 10/17; 8 on 10/18
Peregrine Falcons – 2 on 10/18.

PINE SISKINS were reported from several sites this past week.

- End transcript
Subject: American Robin photo, with a twist
From: Geoff Malosh <pomarine AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:54:44 -0400
I posted a few new photos online, one of which shows American Robins.
Exciting, I know, right? The interesting thing is that they are in flight
and silhouetted against the face of the sun during this evening's partial
solar eclipse, which commenced here in Pennsylvania about 45 minutes before
sunset. If you're interested, the photos can be viewed here:

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

Geoff Malosh
Allegheny County


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Subject: Re: Ravens in Downingtown?
From: Kathy Clark <0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:05:26 -0400
I thought they hid and were secretive.  I guess things change to be 
secretive among populations now?

Kathy Clark


-----Original Message-----
From: Jen Harned 
To: PABIRDS 
Sent: Thu, Oct 23, 2014 4:26 pm
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Ravens in Downingtown?

I have been looking around there since I first heard about the nest.  
Finally saw one last week landing on the roof of the Old Country 
Buffet.

Jen Harned
Uwchlan Township
Chester County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 23, 2014, at 2:53 PM, Sally Ann Sims  
wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> What’s the probability that the six very large black birds I saw 
flying yesterday early evening near the Downingtown quarry were ravens? 
This location is the quarry road near Wegmans (near where I heard from 
the PABIRD list that ravens had a nest this past summer). I was not 
able to get any kind of scale perspective. But their wing flap motion 
appeared to be from of a much larger bird than crows.
>
> -Sally Ann Sims
> Chester County



Subject: pine siskins in PA
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller AT DEJAZZD.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:03:14 -0400
Has anyone else noticed anything like the numbers of siskins reported from 
Hawk Mt. lately? Counts there have gone from 400 to 600 to 3000 in the last 
few days. The winter finch forecast didn't lead me to expect a flight that 
large.
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County 
Subject: Re: food for Monarch butterflies
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:57:45 -0400
Along with Jerry's generous offer you can buy some here.


http://www.americanmeadows.com/nsearch?keywords=milkweed&wsptrack=msn|ppc-09-174+wildflower+seeds-species-perennial|milkweed+seeds|milkweed%20seeds&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=Bing-PPC&utm_campaign=ppc-09-174+wildflower+seeds-species-perennial&utm_content=milkweed+seeds&utm_term=milkweed%20seeds 


I planted some and my grandson and friends road their  ATV's over them. I'll 
plant more next year.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Gerald Kruth
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:42 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] food for Monarch butterflies

While birding Frick this morning, I saw a lone Monarch floating high above
the lower Nine Mile Run walk.  It reminded me that now is the time to
gather milkweed pods and propagate the seeds.

Monarch's are suffering tremendously as careless road maintenance crews
spray herbicides along the roadways, killing milkweed and depriving the
butterflies of food.  YOU  CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY PLANTING MILKWEED  SEEDS 
NOW.

If you can't find milkweed seed pods somewhere, send me a self-addressed
stamped envelope and I'll send you back a podful.

Jerry Kruth
6660 Kinsman Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 
Subject: Stone Mt., Pa. (23 Oct 2014) 277 Raptors
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2 AT PSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:55:42 -0400
Stone Mt., Pa.
Allensville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           6              8              8
TV                         106            272            293
OS                           1             28             72
BE                           2             28             73
NH                           3             19             25
SS                          69            855           1008
CH                           1             97            118
NG                           0              2              3
RS                           4             18             24
BW                           0              3           1093
RT                          70            205            229
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           3              5              5
AK                           7             92            123
ML                           3             26             33
PG                           1             26             28
UA                           0              2              3
UB                           0              3              5
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           1              8             14
MK                           0              0              1

Total:                     277           1697           3158
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Trudy Kyler

Observers:        Betsy Manlove, David Kyler, Ron Crandall, Trudy Kyler

Visitors:
 Park Forest Middle School 7th graders 26 students-4 adults


Weather:


Raptor Observations:
Golden Eagle AD 3:32, 4:26  IM 1:43
Bald Eagle AD 10:10, 11:51
N. Harrier 1 male, 1 female, 1 unknown
Kestrel 2 male, 5 unknown

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Goose 156, Common Loon 5, Gull Species 1
========================================================================
Report submitted by Trudy Kyler (davidkyler AT verizon.net)
Subject: 28 Common Merganser, Latrobe - Westmoreland County
From: Tim Vechter <tdvechter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:51:56 -0400
28 Common Merganser in the Loyalhanna Creek downtown Latrobe. Probably a
collection of resident families. Commmon Merganser breed along the creek
from Latrobe to Ligonier. The mergansers today were in a channeled flood
control section of the creek. The creek banks are high, angled, lined with
riprap, kept clear of trees and shrubs, houses at the top of the creek bank
on one side, the Legion Keener Park exercise path on the other side of the
creek.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=799134190148375&set=a.798750350186759.1073741856.100001554048293&type=3&theater 



Tim Vechter
Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (23 Oct 2014) 9 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:10:18 -0400
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0             64             64
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Osprey                       1             63            206
Northern Harrier             2             20             34
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0             38            131
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            405            746
Cooper's Hawk                0             58             98
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             18             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             18           1908
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             61             68
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             66            151
Merlin                       0             12             22
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             19
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              5
Unknown Raptor               0              6             16

Total:                       9            850           3510
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Eberly

Observers:        Bob Kelly

Visitors:
Hiroshi Izuku


Weather:
Drizzle and haze in the morning. North winds, 13-18mph. 100% overcast.
Temperatures in the low fifties. 

Raptor Observations:
A few migrants, but overall slow despite the N winds. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterfly-1

Predictions:
Mostly sunny skies. High around 65F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.--WXU
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly AT rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org

Subject: food for Monarch butterflies
From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:42:13 -0400
While birding Frick this morning, I saw a lone Monarch floating high above  
the lower Nine Mile Run walk.  It reminded me that now is the time to  
gather milkweed pods and propagate the seeds.
 
Monarch's are suffering tremendously as careless road maintenance crews  
spray herbicides along the roadways, killing milkweed and depriving the  
butterflies of food. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY PLANTING MILKWEED SEEDS NOW. 

 
If you can't find milkweed seed pods somewhere, send me a self-addressed  
stamped envelope and I'll send you back a podful.
 
Jerry Kruth
6660 Kinsman Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Subject: Common Ravens, Allegheny County
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:42:52 -0400
This afternoon Pat saw four ravens flying southwest, high over the yard. Later 
he saw a flock of crows chasing a single raven north. There were also 
Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers, and a Hermit Thrush, besides lots of 
robins in the yard today. 


Amy Henrici
Pat McShea

Sent from my iPad
Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (23 Oct 2014) 78 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:10:57 -0400
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             81            228
Turkey Vulture               5            287            683
Osprey                       2             82            363
Bald Eagle                   2             60            219
Northern Harrier             0             62             83
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21           2455           3134
Cooper's Hawk                1             96            150
Northern Goshawk             1              5              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             10             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0              9           4051
Red-tailed Hawk             37            263            389
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             10             11
American Kestrel             1             76            142
Merlin                       3             48             93
Peregrine Falcon             1             42             63
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             72            186

Total:                      78           3658           9817
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Sean Bankos

Observers:        Ed Wanamaker

Visitors:
none


Weather:
Visibility unlimited, Temp 48-52F, Wind 9-22 mph NNW, Cloud Cover 95-100%

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles:1041a,1041a
Peregrine Falcon:1045a
Northern Goshawk:1145u
With wind gusts up to 30 mph counting became a bit of a challenge. Despite
this, birds came through, although fairly high up against the clouds. An
additional three more Bald Eagles were spotted but they flew East so they
were not included in the count. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven(3), Canada Geese(82), American Crow, Pine Siskin, Blue Jay, Dark-eyed
Junco, Downy Woodpecker

Predictions:
Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind 11 to 15 mph. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes AT hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org

Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (23 Oct 2014) 585 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:10:27 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0             18             18
TV                         202           1191           1191
OS                           5             77            356
BE                           5            107            368
NH                           9             93            132
SS                         228           6805           8303
CH                          12            317            446
NG                           3              5              5
RS                           5             57             67
BW                           0             12           6544
RT                          99            524            775
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           3             23             24
AK                           5            145            303
ML                           4             74            102
PG                           0             41             54
UA                           1             14             21
UB                           1              7             17
UF                           0              1              4
UE                           0              2              2
UR                           3             22             57

Total:                     585           9535          18789
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers:        Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Joe Lavella, Keith Gingrich,
                  Ron Freed

Visitors:
Scott Fisher, 19


Weather:
Mostly cloudy with strong, gusty NW winds.

Raptor Observations:
BE Ad 7:10, 12:09, 1:34
BE WB 1:32
BE Juv 4:16
GE Sub 9:03, 2:38
GE Ad 9:52

First bird - AK 6:35
Last bird -  NH 4:39

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO - 586
Sandhill Crane
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate AT copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (23 Oct 2014) 63 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:10:11 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            118            136
Turkey Vulture              16            323            431
Osprey                       1             34            110
Bald Eagle                   3             48             95
Northern Harrier             1             53             69
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13           2082           2378
Cooper's Hawk                4            174            230
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              9             18
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6           2963
Red-tailed Hawk             21            152            218
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             14             16
American Kestrel             2             53            102
Merlin                       0             31             41
Peregrine Falcon             0             24             32
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              4             14
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                      63           3133           6865
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Morris Cox

Observers:        Joan Renninger

Visitors:
Barry Mongold, Ian Gardner +8


Weather:
Sustained 10-15 mph NNW winds with gust within the 20-25 mph range. Total
overcast throughout the day. Temp range 9-13.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles:
Immature  AT  8:04
Adults  AT  8:44,1:28

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese = 231
Cormorants = 14

Predictions:
A decrease in the wind should help make for a better days birding.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: Pine siskins at Hawk Mtn, Berks/Schuylkill County
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:28:40 -0700
Siskin count there for today, Thursday, the 23rd, was 3,147,  

Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene AT verizon.net
Subject: Duck hollow allegheny county
From: jusko88 <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:58:38 -0400
Tonight I had 2 pied-billed grebes, 5 common mergansers,  a great egret, my 
FOS white-throated sparrow. I possibly had a lincolns sparrow & common loon. 

Matthew juskowich
Allegheny county
Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® III mini, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Nelsons Sparrows in Central Pennsylvania, October 2014
From: DunceCapped o <duncecap12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:50:48 -0400
All,

I was fortunate to cross paths with between 9 and 10 different Nelson's
Sparrows from October 11 to October 21 between Centre, Clinton and
Huntingdon Counties. I wrote a short summary of my sightings, including a
breakdown of where and when they were, along with some tips on finding
Nelson's Sparrows and some Ansel Adams-quality photos of 3 of the 9 or 10
individuals. The link can be seen at:

http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/bird-sightings/sparrow-obsession/

best,
Matthew Sabatine
State College/Bangor, PA
Subject: Pine Siskins - Mercer Co
From: Steve Sanford <bwredbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:42:11 -0400
I finally caught up with some Pine Siskins this morning at the Mahaney Area 
(Sharpsville). There a lot of pines there, but very few cones. I was alerted by 
the birds' chatter and then saw a flock of about 15 briefly land in a pine so I 
could visually confirm they were indeed Siskins. They only stayed about 20 
seconds. These were first-of-the-year birds for me. 

I also had my first definite Juncos of the season, about 7 in several spots 
there this morning. 

Catching new migrants for me this fall has been like pulling teeth, about two 
per week. The water level has remained very high around Shenango Lake, which 
has not helped. 

Steve Sanford
Sharon PA
Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (23 Oct 2014) 192 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:10:12 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             26             89
Turkey Vulture              28            578            635
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       6            136            461
Bald Eagle                   4             77            242
Northern Harrier             8             69            104
Sharp-shinned Hawk          77           2891           3579
Cooper's Hawk               18            317            421
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Unknown Accipiter            0             57             76
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             27             34
Broad-winged Hawk            0             15           6359
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             37            220            331
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0             12             27
Golden Eagle                 2              9              9
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
American Kestrel             3            150            355
Merlin                       6            111            170
Peregrine Falcon             2             38             78
Unknown Falcon               0             13             20
Unknown Raptor               0             26             62

Total:                     192           4772          13054
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        David Barber

Weather:
Overcast with strong NW winds 15-20 mph with higher gusts.  Rain to the
north and west most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
BAEA:0832I, 1104J, 1157I,1319A
GOEA: 1414J, 1530J

Non-raptor Observations:
1,164 Canada geese, 3147 pine siskins, 57 purple finches
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (23 Oct 2014) 26 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:10:38 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0             26             71
TV                          18            229            229
OS                           0              9             91
BE                           0             20            114
NH                           0             13             28
SS                           1            869           1116
CH                           0             62            140
NG                           0              1              2
RS                           0              8             19
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           7            217            612
RL                           0              0              1
GE                           0              5              7
AK                           0             23             85
ML                           0             14             21
PG                           0             23             35
UA                           0              2              5
UB                           0              2             10
UF                           0              1              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0             15             50

Total:                      26           1539           6989
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Ed Gowarty

Observers:        Ed Gowarty,Jr., Jim Rocco, Nancy Ott

Visitors:
Jim Rocco, Ed Gowarty Jr., Nancy Ott


Weather:
Strong NW winds gusting up to 38mph
Average temp 8c
Cloud cover 80 to 0%
Haze in early morning 

Raptor Observations:
26 Raptors counted

Non-raptor Observations:
Loons, Crows, Ravens, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker,
Starlings, Blue jays, Juncos, Bluebirds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jim Rocco ()

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Milton Hershey Fields, Oct 23, 2014
From: Ian Gardner <gardnie07 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:14:15 -0400
Obeservers:  Ian Gardner
Location:  Milton Hershey Fields, Dauphin, US-PA
Date/Time:  Oct 23, 2014 3:57 PM - 4:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling, 0.5 mile(s)

Comments:  I drove down Horseshoe Trail on the Milton Hershey property. I
didn't see POSTED signs so I continued but stayed on the road. I flushed a
couple Savannah Sparrows and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR from the edge of the road
and they quickly landed again a couple hundred feet down the road. I took
and posted a video of the bird.

4 species

Mourning Dove  2
American Kestrel  1     Female
Lapland Longspur  1     Nonbreeding  www.youtube.com/embed/1JwkGZl___Q
Savannah Sparrow  3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20316036

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

       Ian Gardner,
    Hummelstown, PA
Subject: Re: Ravens in Downingtown?
From: Jen Harned <jen.harned AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:25:51 -0400
I have been looking around there since I first heard about the nest. Finally 
saw one last week landing on the roof of the Old Country Buffet. 


Jen Harned
Uwchlan Township
Chester County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 23, 2014, at 2:53 PM, Sally Ann Sims  wrote:
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> What’s the probability that the six very large black birds I saw flying 
yesterday early evening near the Downingtown quarry were ravens? This location 
is the quarry road near Wegmans (near where I heard from the PABIRD list that 
ravens had a nest this past summer). I was not able to get any kind of scale 
perspective. But their wing flap motion appeared to be from of a much larger 
bird than crows. 

> 
> -Sally Ann Sims
> Chester County
Subject: Re: Ravens in Downingtown?
From: Ron Rovansek <rrovansek AT PACEWATER.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:16:41 +0000
I think Ravens are a possibility anywhere in PA. They are widespread and quite 
mobile, so they can cover a lot of ground if they want to. 


Ron Rovansek
Centre County

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

Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:54 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Ravens in Downingtown?

Hi All,

What’s the probability that the six very large black birds I saw flying 
yesterday early evening near the Downingtown quarry were ravens? This location 
is the quarry road near Wegmans (near where I heard from the PABIRD list that 
ravens had a nest this past summer). I was not able to get any kind of scale 
perspective. But their wing flap motion appeared to be from of a much larger 
bird than crows. 


-Sally Ann Sims
Chester County
Subject: Wildwood Park, Dauphin Co
From: lockermanS&G <lockerman AT PAONLINE.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:58:43 -0400
PABirders,

An American Bittern was found along the Towpath Trail of Wildwood Park this
morning.  It was located on the wetlands side of the trail (east side) about
halfway up from the South Parking Lot.

Sandy Lockerman

Wildwood Park

Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.
Subject: Osprey, Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
From: "Jack E. Solomon" <00000003433c95af-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:24:36 -0700
After a walk at Frick Park, Sue Solomon and I stopped 
at Duck Hollow. As we gazed at 2 Common Mergansers, 
an  Osprey flew upstream from the Homestead Grays Bridge, circled 
around the spit at the mouth of Nine Mile Run, hovered, swooped part 
way down to the river, then rose and slowly circled away upstream.

Earlier, at Frick Park, on Riverview Trail we did see
Cedar Waxwings,
White-throated Sparrows, and
a Yellow-rumped Warbler


Jack Solomon
Allegheny County
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 23, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:19:33 -0400
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: October 23, 2014
Time: 0730-0930
Weather: Clear, N wind to 10 mph, temp. 45 F, waves about two to three feet. 
Comments: There was an eastern movement of Red-breasted Mergansers and Horned 
Grebes. A few cormorants were crossing the lake from Canada. 

 
Waterbirdscounted:

Canada Goose  1
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  2
Northern Pintail  9
Lesser Scaup  20
Surf Scoter  21
White-winged Scoter  5
Common Goldeneye  3
Common Merganser  1
Red-breasted Merganser  81
Common Loon  21
Horned Grebe  106
Double-crested Cormorant  105
Sanderling  5

Other bird crossing the lake from Canada:

Brown Creeper  1


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

Subject: Ravens in Downingtown?
From: Sally Ann Sims <sallysims AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:53:46 -0400
Hi All,

What’s the probability that the six very large black birds I saw flying 
yesterday early evening near the Downingtown quarry were ravens? This location 
is the quarry road near Wegmans (near where I heard from the PABIRD list that 
ravens had a nest this past summer). I was not able to get any kind of scale 
perspective. But their wing flap motion appeared to be from of a much larger 
bird than crows. 


-Sally Ann Sims
Chester County
Subject: I'm surprised
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:40:45 -0400
To hear so many birders say they have had their FOY DEJC. They have been here 
in Susquehanna County at my feeders all summer and are still here. There are 
still Red Wing BB still here also along with hundreds of Blue Jays, BCCD and 
Mourning Doves. Yesterday when I got out of bed I looked out the window at my 
feeders to find 3 big black crows on one feeder and another eating away at the 
2nd feeder. There are so many birds here that I’m going through 140 pounds of 
seed a week. When I first open the windows to fill the feeders I throw out 24 
unshelled peanuts. They no sooner hit the grass and the Blue Jays are swooping 
in to grab them. Some are very greedy and take 2 away at once. I mainly throw 
peanuts out for the chip monks living under the enclosed deck and also under my 
4 ton of tarp covered pellets. I have put many pictures and video on Facebook 
if you would like to see them all in action. Just friend me on Facebook. 

Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners,Susquehanna County
Subject: Raven and Junco, Schenley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny
From: "Kate St.John" <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:37:25 -0700
This morning I dawdled for 2.5 hours through Schenley Park via Junction Hollow. 
Highlights were the first dark-eyed junco of the year, a common raven flying 
over Flagstaff Hill and a field sparrow not far from the pond. 


Checklist is here:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20314477

 
Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/
Subject: First N. Saw-whet Owls at Sewickley (nr. Pittsburgh), Allegheny Co.
From: Robert Mulvihill <robert.mulvihill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:49:21 -0400
On our sixth night of banding at Sewickley Heights Borough Park, and
following the first real "cool down" of the season, we caught two HY female
NSWOs on our last net check last night.
I operate this station three or four night a week.  This is our second year
of operation.  Last fall we banded ten NSWOs and had one "foreign retrap"
(a Saw-whet previously banded at Long Point, Ontario) and one Eastern
Screech Owl.

We're looking forward to as many or more this year.  Perhaps notably, we
did not catch our first owl last season until Nov. 1, on our eleventh night
of banding.

Best,
Bob Mulvihill

Ornithologist
National Aviary
412-258-1148
412-522-5729 (cell)
Robert.mulvihill AT aviary.org
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Robert S. Mulvihill on Facebook
http://www.aviary.org/Project-Owlnet



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Subject: 2014/2015 Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) in PA
From: Vern Gauthier <pabirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:38:39 -0400
Greetings All,
It's that time of year again to start thinking about CBCs. Before you know it 
the first day of the count season (December 14) will be upon us! To make sure 
folks know where and when counts will take place please either e-mail me at 
pabirder AT gmail.com or post on the PA Birds Face Book page with the Name of the 
Count, The date it will take place, The County(ies) it will take place in and 
the Compiler with contact info. Thank you for your assistance with this. The 
information gathered will also be used in the December PSO Pileated. 

Thanks,
Vern Gauthier
Newville
Subject: Sandhill Crane Survey
From: "Williams, Lisa" <liswilliam AT PA.GOV>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:40:25 -0400
A special note for those of you who plan to participate in the Fall Sandhill 
Crane Survey AND know where cranes are night roosting. The Fish and Wildlife 
Service asks that we do a pre-survey of known night roosts on October 29 (or 
anytime during the period Oct 29-Nov 3). This is to be followed by an 
additional survey of the night roost on November 10 (or anytime during Nov. 
10-14.) 


If you plan to drive around an area looking for foraging cranes during the day, 
then only the November survey is necessary. 


The purpose of surveying night roosts twice is to see if the timing of 
migration has changed in Eastern Sandhill Cranes over recent decades. There is 
evidence that pre-migration staging now peaks roughly 2 weeks later than it 
used to occur. Night roost counts are best conducted at dawn or dusk when 
flocks are still concentrated at the staging site (roughly 6-7:30 am or 
5:30-7:00 pm). If you know of a night roost but are unable to survey it, please 
let me know. 


Survey information and a data sheet are available on the PGC website on the 
Bird Conservation page at 
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birding_and_bird_conservation/21066 

Survey sheets can be printed and mailed. Online reporting is also available via 
the website. 


Thanks for your help in collecting this important population information!

Lisa Williams
Bureau of Wildlife Management
PA Game Commission