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29 Jul Subject: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek [Marge Van Tassel ]
29 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Forbes SF--Wolf Rocks Trail, Jul 29, 2014 [Karyn Delaney ]
29 Jul Lebanon County, Campbelltown area, Sandhill Crane sighting [Tim Becker ]
29 Jul RBA western Pennsylvania, 28 July 2014 [Amy Taracido ]
29 Jul Re: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek [Kathy ]
29 Jul Re: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek [Tom Johnson ]
29 Jul Re: Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co. [Dave DeReamus ]
28 Jul Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek [Ilan Basrawi ]
29 Jul 07/27/14 Kirby Park List - Luzerne Co. [Sandra Goodwin ]
29 Jul Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co. [Betsy Mescavage ]
29 Jul Clarion Co- eastern screech owls with young [Carole Winslow ]
28 Jul Re: Northampton County Goldfinch nest building [Kathy ]
28 Jul Green Herons and Coot [Alan Wells ]
28 Jul Northampton County Goldfinch nest building [Robin & Dan ]
28 Jul Wood Thrush with labored breathing, Lancaster County [ ]
28 Jul Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
28 Jul Alder Flycatcher Middle Creek WMA [Bruce Carl ]
28 Jul Re: Two White Ibis- Chester Co. [Holly Merker ]
28 Jul Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral photos, Green Pond, Northampton County [Dave DeReamus ]
27 Jul Shorebirds, Terns, etc Crawford County [Shawn Collins ]
27 Jul Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Green Pond, Northampton County [Dave DeReamus ]
27 Jul Re: Two White Ibis- Chester Co. [Anthony Uhrich ]
27 Jul Merlin's nest/leg band update, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards ]
27 Jul White Winged Crossbill - Lancaster County [Dave ]
27 Jul Erie County bird sightings [Jerry McWilliams ]
27 Jul Whimbrels, Avocets, Erie Co. [Matt Sabatine ]
27 Jul Gulls - Beaver Co. [ ]
27 Jul from: Roy Boyle [Roy Boyle ]
27 Jul Sandhill Crane Lehigh cty [Dan Altif ]
26 Jul Re: ROUTE 380 Avocets? [Marcy Cunkelman ]
26 Jul Shorebirds at Somerset Lake, Somerset County [Aidan Place ]
26 Jul birding Shawnee State Park, Bedford County [Cathy Brown ]
26 Jul Pnc park terns sp allegheny county [jusko88 ]
26 Jul Pectoral Sandpipers - Allegheny Co. [ ]
26 Jul Lebanon County Bird [Windstream Mail ]
26 Jul Re: 380 Avocets? [Ryan Tomazin ]
26 Jul Re: House Wren question [Kathy Clark ]
26 Jul Re: 380 Avocets? [Marcy ]
26 Jul Dead wood [Herb Flavell ]
26 Jul 380 Avocets? [Marcy Cunkelman ]
26 Jul House Wren question [Rick & Marianne Atkinson ]
25 Jul American Coot Lebanon [Alan Wells ]
25 Jul 4 Green Herons @ Parks Ind. Park pond/trees (Armstrong County) [Marge Van Tassel ]
25 Jul American Avocets, Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland Co [Michael David ]
25 Jul Great Egret - Crawford Co. [ ]
25 Jul American Avocet, Lake Redman, York County [Dave Kerr ]
25 Jul Lebanon County Birds [Windstream Mail ]
25 Jul Shorebirds, Stoughstown Pond, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
25 Jul American Avocet, York County [Dave Kerr ]
25 Jul Flycatcher Behaviour,Berks Co. [EBarrell123 ]
25 Jul Allegheny Co., ALT Wingfield Pines, Bald Eagle [shannon thompson ]
25 Jul Sgl 168 - Monroe county [Jon ]
25 Jul Wood Duck -- Duck Hollow, Allegheny County [Aidan Place ]
25 Jul Re: Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off Topic [Scott Weidensaul ]
25 Jul Solitary Sandpipers/Franklin CO [Bob Keener ]
25 Jul Eastern PA Birdline: 7/25/2014 [Dave DeReamus ]
24 Jul Re: Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off Topic [Herb Flavell ]
24 Jul Laurel Summit SP and Lake Somerset Sightings - Westmoreland & Somerset Co. [Jim Hausman ]
24 Jul Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off Topic [bill drolsbaugh ]
24 Jul Lebanon County Birds [Windstream Mail ]
24 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
24 Jul Correction Semipalmated Plover Duck Hollow Allegheny [ ]
24 Jul Re: Automated analysis of bird calls [Dave Kruel ]
24 Jul Franklin Co Short-billed Dowitcher [Bill Oyler ]
24 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [pabirder ]
24 Jul Semipalmated Sandpiper & others Duck Hollow Allegheny County [ ]
24 Jul Great Egret - lehigh gap nature center (carbon county) [Jon ]
24 Jul Re: Automated analysis of bird calls [Kerry A Grim ]
23 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [pwbjr88 ]
23 Jul Extralimital Piping Plover Conneaut Harbor Ohio [Shawn Collins ]
23 Jul Dauphin County, SGL 246 - Blue-winged and Hooded Warblers [Sue Hannon ]
23 Jul Kiwanis Lake York [Alan Wells ]
23 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [pabirder ]
23 Jul Re: Automated analysis of bird calls ["Kate St.John" ]
23 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
23 Jul PSO field trip to Alleghany Front in November [Chad Kauffman ]
23 Jul Central PA Birdline for 7.24.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy ]

Subject: Subject: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:22:25 -0500
As Kathy stated, it would be more helpful if posting on the listserve to 
include county, nearby town/city/park, or something about the location of birds 
sighted besides the road. I would have checked Butler County as there is a road 
similar to the one mentioned in this thread near Moraine State Park, but I do 
not know if that is it or if it is somewhere in eastern PA as opposed to 
western PA. 


Thanks for the posting, but please state county at least.

Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Forbes SF--Wolf Rocks Trail, Jul 29, 2014
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:47:49 -0400
Forbes SF--Wolf Rocks Trail, Westmoreland, US-PA
Jul 29, 2014 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
13 species

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Wood Thrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  5     Male with 1 fledgling.  Male with 2 fledglings.
American Redstart  1     Male
Magnolia Warbler  2
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2     Male
Canada Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  5

Karyn Delaney

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19263081

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Lebanon County, Campbelltown area, Sandhill Crane sighting
From: Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:08:25 +0000
One of my coworkers at ZooAmerica saw a Sandhill Crane on

her way to work this morning. It was very close to the road, at a pond

on the east side of Rte 117, about 2 miles south of Campbelltown.

She is very familiar with both Sandhill Cranes and Great Blue Herons

from her work at the zoo, so I am feeling good about the sighting. 


When I checked the pond about one half hour later, the crane was gone. 

So it is just something to keep an eye out for if you are in the area. 


Tim Becker

Lebanon county






Sent from Windows Mail
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 28 July 2014
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:07:16 -0400
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE07.28.14

Highlights:
TERN SP. (Allegheny County)
CASPIAN TERN
COMMON TERN
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (Erie County)
AMERICAN AVOCET (Erie, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties)
WHIMBREL (Erie County)
WILLET (Erie County)
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (Crawford and Erie Counties)
SANDERLING (Erie County)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
PURPLE MARTIN
BANK SWALLOW
MARSH WREN
VEERY
CANADA WARBLER
KENTUCKY WARBLER

Contributors: Shawn Collins, Marcy Cunkelman, Michael David, Mike Fialkovich, 
Jim Hausman, Matthew Juskowich, Jerry McWilliams, Richard Nugent, Aidan Place, 
Matt Sabatine, Shannon Thompson, Mark Vass. 


Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 21 July 2014 through Monday, 28 July 2014

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


Transcript-

PLEASE NOTE: BALD EAGLE, OSPREY, GREEN HERON, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, SPOTTED 
SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, 
RING-BILLED GULL, HERRING GULL, SWAMP SPARROW continue to be reported. 


ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

At Duck Hollow on 7/24, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and others (MJ).

On 7/25 at Wingfield Pines, sightings included 2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS; on 
7/27, 1 GREAT EGRET (ST). 


At the Imperial Grasslands on 7/26, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (MVas).

On 7/26 at PNC Park in downtown Pittsburgh, 3 TERN SP. (MJ).


BUTLER COUNTY:

On 7/22 at State Gamelands #95, sightings included 2 VEERIES, YELLOW-BILLED 
CUCKOO (RN). 



CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 7/25 at the Linesville Fish Hatchery, 1 GREAT EGRET (MVas).

On 7/27 at Erie Wildlife Refuge, sightings included 2 GREAT EGRETS (SC).

In Pymatuning on 7/27, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 1 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 4 CASPIAN TERNS (SC). 


At Conneaut Marsh on 7/27, 4+ MARSH WRENS, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, and others (SC).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle State Park on 7/21, 2 WILLETS; on 7/23, 4 WHIMBRELS (JM); on 
7/27, 4 WHIMBRELS, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 7 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 1 GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 22 SANDERLINGS, 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 1 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 10 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 5 CASPIAN TERNS, 8 COMMON 
TERNS, 5 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 6 PURPLE MARTINS, ~30 BANK SWALLOWS (MS). 



SOMERSET COUNTY:

On 7/24 at Lake Somerset, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS (JH, and also reported to him as 3 
being present on 7/23), 1 YELLOWLEGS SP., 1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 3 PURPLE MARTINS 
(JH); on 7/26, sightings included LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 
PECTORAL SANDPIPER (AP). 



WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

On 7/22 in New Stanton, WILLOW FLYCATCHER and others (MF).

At Laurel Summit State Park on 7/24, 2 CANADA WARBLERS, KENTUCKY WARBLER, 
WINTER WREN, 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS (JH). 


On 7/25 at Beaver Run Reservoir, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS (reported to MD); on 7/26, 
PURPLE MARTINS (MC). 


Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO AT  YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors. 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek
From: Kathy <pabirder AT PTD.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:15:39 -0400
Please include county and town when posting (the more local pinpointing is 
helpful- google maps can't locate places in counties which may contain multiple 
streets with the same name) Road names, park names and local names are 
meaningless unless one is in the area or knows the poster. 

Thanks
Kathy

> On Jul 28, 2014, at 4:49 PM, Ilan Basrawi  wrote:
> 
> Hello, today i birded the Archery Club/Zions Stone Church Road Area for 
Shorebirds. Wasn't disappointed. 

> 
> 5 Lesser Yellowlegs
> 
> 50 Least Sandpiper
> 
> 1 White-Rumped Sandpiper
> 
> 10 Semipalmated Sandpiper 
> 
> 23 Killdeer
> 
> 3 Semipalmated Plover
> 
> Baird's Sandpiper. Seen at edge of pond close to road. Then seen across the 
road in the muddy pasture area by the cow farm photo aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.jpg 

> 
> Then i scanned out toward the muddy pasture area by the creek a little 
farther down Zions Church Rd. I saw the regular shorebirds and quickly picked 
out a Stilt Sandpiper. Here is the link Stilt Sandpiper photo stiltsandpiper.jpg 

> Then i instantly spotted a few American Golden Plovers! I looked around 
carefully and counted 16, most in grassy areas close to the mud. Pics here American Golden Plover photo AmericanGP.jpg American Golden Plover Male photo AmericanGP2.jpg 

> I was watching the Golden Plovers when i noticed 3 acting different. They 
appeared smaller and were not heavily associating with the others. They had 
shorter bills than the rest and a rounder head and shorter necks. They fed 
closer to the road than the rest and also fed in the mud within themselves. 
Unusually, the 2 males had almost entirely white flanks, while all the male 
AMGP Had black flanks. These plovers also had white tail coverts and the 
wingtips hardly projected past the tail tip. their bills were stouter and 
shorter than the other plovers. there was an apparent female, which had a short 
bill, and a pretty noticable breastband. it was also lighter in color than the 
female AMGP. As well as being smaller in size. Soon a Red-Tailed Hawk flew 
over, startling Most of the shorebirds. The American Golden Plovers uttered 
their normal call, higher pitched than BB Plovers with a high sharp pitched 
sound. The other made a lower call than the others, rather soft and made a 
shorter, plainer call. But the biggest difference I noticed was that this birds 
underwings were all white with gray edges. the AMGP had mostly dark gray there. 
The hawk passed and the plovers returned to the site. Possible European Golden Plover photo PossibleEUGP.jpg 
 photo PossibleEUGP2.jpgPossible Female EUGP photo PossibleEUGPFemale.jpg i 
couldn't get a flight shot. They were rather tame, allowing for close pics. I 
have heard of the EUGP influx this spring at Newfoundland, and have also heard 
about NJ's first EUGP seen just a few days ago. Migration has started, and many 
have started flying south. I am not 100% sure, but i almost guarantee these 
birds are EUGP's. They act like them, look like them, and match all the field 
marks. It is quite a find, Stilt Sandpipers and Bairds Sandpipers look like 
House Sparrows in my eyes today! 

> 
> Cheers, Ilan B.
Subject: Re: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek
From: Tom Johnson <tbj4 AT CORNELL.EDU>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:11 -0400
PAbirds,
Several of the photos that Ilan posted to his Photobucket page and then
shared with the listserv can be found at the following addresses:

Baird's Sandpiper:

http://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/baird039s-sandpiper-calidris-bairdii/bird-shore-lagoon 


Stilt Sandpiper:

http://jrscience.wcp.muohio.edu/birds/ohio_birds/killdeer_and_stilt_sandpip.html 


"American" Golden-Plover:
http://www.alaska.org/advice/american-golden-plover

European Golden-Plover 1:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/toddboland/14077170116/
European Golden-Plover 2:
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/1020/overview/European_Golden-Plover.aspx
European Golden-Plover 3:

http://www.surfbirds.com/gallery/search2.php?species=&photographer=&location=&country=Newfoundland&start=201 


I would suggest that this report of European Golden-Plover and other
shorebirds should not be taken too seriously.

Tom


On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM, Ilan Basrawi  wrote:

> Hello, today i birded the Archery Club/Zions Stone Church Road Area for
> Shorebirds. Wasn't disappointed.
>
> 5 Lesser Yellowlegs
>
> 50 Least Sandpiper
>
> 1 White-Rumped Sandpiper
>
> 10 Semipalmated Sandpiper
>
> 23 Killdeer
>
> 3 Semipalmated Plover
>
> Baird's Sandpiper. Seen at edge of pond close to road. Then seen across
> the road in the muddy pasture area by the cow farm target="_blank"> border="0" alt=" photo aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.jpg"/>
>
> Then i scanned out toward the muddy pasture area by the creek a little
> farther down Zions Church Rd. I saw the regular shorebirds and quickly
> picked out a Stilt Sandpiper. Here is the link  target="_blank"> border="0" alt="Stilt Sandpiper photo stiltsandpiper.jpg"/>
> Then i instantly spotted a few American Golden Plovers! I looked around
> carefully and counted 16, most in grassy areas close to the mud. Pics here
>  target="_blank"> border="0" alt="American Golden Plover photo AmericanGP.jpg"/>  target="_blank"> border="0" alt="American Golden Plover Male photo AmericanGP2.jpg"/>
> I was watching the Golden Plovers when i noticed 3 acting different. They
> appeared smaller and were not heavily associating with the others. They had
>  shorter bills than the rest and a rounder head and shorter necks. They fed
> closer to the road than the rest and also fed in the mud within themselves.
> Unusually, the 2 males  had almost entirely white flanks, while all the
> male AMGP Had black flanks.  These plovers also had white tail coverts and
> the wingtips hardly projected past the tail tip. their bills were stouter
> and shorter than the other plovers. there was an apparent female, which had
> a short bill, and a pretty noticable breastband. it was also lighter in
> color than the female AMGP. As well as being smaller in size. Soon a
> Red-Tailed Hawk flew over, startling Most of the shorebirds. The American
> Golden Plovers uttered their normal call, higher pitched than BB Plovers
> with a high sharp pitched sound. The other made a lower call than the
> others, rather soft and made a shorter, plainer call. But the biggest
> difference I noticed was that this birds underwings were all white with
> gray edges. the AMGP had mostly dark gray there. The hawk passed and the
> plovers returned to the site.  target="_blank"> border="0" alt="Possible European Golden Plover photo
> PossibleEUGP.jpg"/>  target="_blank"> border="0" alt=" photo PossibleEUGP2.jpg"/> target="_blank"> border="0" alt="Possible Female EUGP photo PossibleEUGPFemale.jpg"/> i
> couldn't get a flight shot. They were rather tame, allowing for close pics.
> I have heard of the EUGP influx this spring at Newfoundland, and have also
> heard about NJ's first EUGP seen just a few days ago. Migration has
> started, and many have started flying south. I am not 100% sure, but i
> almost guarantee these birds are EUGP's. They act like them, look like
> them, and match all the field marks. It is quite a find, Stilt Sandpipers
> and Bairds Sandpipers look like House Sparrows in my eyes today!
>
> Cheers, Ilan B.
>



-- 
Tom Johnson
tbj4 AT cornell.edu
Subject: Re: Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co.
From: Dave DeReamus <becard AT RCN.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:19:33 -0400
I, too, saw this several years ago in Palmer Township.  Apparently, it's not 
that unusual for Kingbirds and others to do it while protecting their 
territory.  Just do an image search for "kingbird riding red-tailed hawk". 
The unusual part is actually getting the chance to witness it.

Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com/
PicasaWeb Photo Albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/becard57
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html



-----Original Message----- 
From: Betsy Mescavage
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:02 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co.

I was returning from my walk on Hillside Rd. in E. Allen Twp. just now,
coming up the hill by the small quarry.   There are a lot of eastern
kingbirds in this area; they nest here every year.    As I passed by an
electrical tower a red-tailed hawk flew off and immediately one of the
kingbirds took chase.   And then it promptly landed on the back of the hawk
and stayed on until the hawk landed on another tower across the road!   At
that point, the kingbird flew off.   Have heard of this behavior but never
lucky enough to see it.

Betsy Mescavage
E.Allen Twp.
Seemsville
Northampton Co. 
Subject: Unknown Golden Plover, Bairds Sandpiper, Others Archery Club Rd Pond and muddy creek
From: Ilan Basrawi <monicailan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:49:19 -0400
Hello, today i birded the Archery Club/Zions Stone Church Road Area for 
Shorebirds. Wasn't disappointed. 


5 Lesser Yellowlegs

50 Least Sandpiper

1 White-Rumped Sandpiper

10 Semipalmated Sandpiper 

23 Killdeer

3 Semipalmated Plover

Baird's Sandpiper. Seen at edge of pond close to road. Then seen across the 
road in the muddy pasture area by the cow farm photo aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.jpg 


Then i scanned out toward the muddy pasture area by the creek a little farther 
down Zions Church Rd. I saw the regular shorebirds and quickly picked out a 
Stilt Sandpiper. Here is the link Stilt Sandpiper photo stiltsandpiper.jpg 

Then i instantly spotted a few American Golden Plovers! I looked around 
carefully and counted 16, most in grassy areas close to the mud. Pics here American Golden Plover photo AmericanGP.jpg American Golden Plover Male photo AmericanGP2.jpg 

I was watching the Golden Plovers when i noticed 3 acting different. They 
appeared smaller and were not heavily associating with the others. They had 
shorter bills than the rest and a rounder head and shorter necks. They fed 
closer to the road than the rest and also fed in the mud within themselves. 
Unusually, the 2 males had almost entirely white flanks, while all the male 
AMGP Had black flanks. These plovers also had white tail coverts and the 
wingtips hardly projected past the tail tip. their bills were stouter and 
shorter than the other plovers. there was an apparent female, which had a short 
bill, and a pretty noticable breastband. it was also lighter in color than the 
female AMGP. As well as being smaller in size. Soon a Red-Tailed Hawk flew 
over, startling Most of the shorebirds. The American Golden Plovers uttered 
their normal call, higher pitched than BB Plovers with a high sharp pitched 
sound. The other made a lower call than the others, rather soft and made a 
shorter, plainer call. But the biggest difference I noticed was that this birds 
underwings were all white with gray edges. the AMGP had mostly dark gray there. 
The hawk passed and the plovers returned to the site. Possible European Golden Plover photo PossibleEUGP.jpg 
 photo PossibleEUGP2.jpgPossible Female EUGP photo PossibleEUGPFemale.jpg i 
couldn't get a flight shot. They were rather tame, allowing for close pics. I 
have heard of the EUGP influx this spring at Newfoundland, and have also heard 
about NJ's first EUGP seen just a few days ago. Migration has started, and many 
have started flying south. I am not 100% sure, but i almost guarantee these 
birds are EUGP's. They act like them, look like them, and match all the field 
marks. It is quite a find, Stilt Sandpipers and Bairds Sandpipers look like 
House Sparrows in my eyes today! 


Cheers, Ilan B.
Subject: 07/27/14 Kirby Park List - Luzerne Co.
From: Sandra Goodwin <chickadd AT PTD.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:40:52 -0400
Reported by Bob Wasilewski
> 07/27/14
> Kirby Park List, Luzerne County
>
> 07/27/14 KPNA List
>
>  1) Great Blue Heron		2
>  2) Turkey Vulture			1
>  3) Canada Goose			18
>  4) Wood Duck			4
>  5) Mallard				12
>  6) Broad-winged Hawk		2
>  8) Killdeer				7
>  9) Feral Pigeon			10
> 10) Mourning Dove			1
> 11) Chimney Swift			10
> 12) Ruby-throated Hummingbird	1
> 13) Red-bellied Woodpecker	3
> 14) Downy Woodpecker		5
> 15) Hairy Woodpecker		2
> 16) Northern Flicker			2
> 17) Eastern Phoebe			1
> 18) Great Crested Flycatcher	1
> 19) Red-eyed Vireo			11
> 20) Blue Jay				4
> 21) Fish Crow			20
> 22) Black-capped Chickadee	7
> 23) Tufted Titmouse			5
> 24) White-breasted Nuthatch	1
> 25) Carolina Wren			3
> 26) American Robin			5
> 27) Gray Catbird			20
> 28) Northern Mockingbird		1
> 29) Cedar Waxwing			2
> 30) Yellow Warbler			1
> 31) American Redstart		2
> 32) Scarlet Tanager			1
> 33) Song Sparrow			26
> 34) Northern Cardinal		11
> 35) Rose-breasted Grosbeak	1
> 36) Indigo Bunting			6
> 37) American Goldfinch		20
>
> Eastern Cottontail: 1
> Gray Squirrel: 6
> Painted Turtle: 3
> Spring Azure: 1
> Cabbage White: 6
> Silver-spotted Skipper: 4
> Mosquitoes: A tolerable number
> Cicadas: Some
>
> Total Avian Species: 37
> Observers: 2
> Hours: 5.5
> Weather: Cloudy at start, partly cloudy at finish; 72-86 F
Subject: Kingbird hitching a ride, Northampton Co.
From: Betsy Mescavage <amkestrel1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:02:36 -0400
I was returning from my walk on Hillside Rd. in E. Allen Twp. just now, coming 
up the hill by the small quarry. There are a lot of eastern kingbirds in this 
area; they nest here every year. As I passed by an electrical tower a 
red-tailed hawk flew off and immediately one of the kingbirds took chase. And 
then it promptly landed on the back of the hawk and stayed on until the hawk 
landed on another tower across the road! At that point, the kingbird flew off. 
Have heard of this behavior but never lucky enough to see it. 


Betsy Mescavage
E.Allen Twp.
Seemsville
Northampton Co.
Subject: Clarion Co- eastern screech owls with young
From: Carole Winslow <cjnal AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:04:24 -0500
 I haven't posted anything in some time but thought I should report that once 
again "my" red phase eastern screech owls that have frequented the yard and 
barn for years now have fledged young. I had not heard anything in the evenings 
like I sometimes do but on returning from a walk on the top fields on July 14th 
there was an adult with a juvenile bird perched together on the barn loft door. 
Since then I have seen at least one bird regularly again at dusk perched on the 
loft door, with a juvenile there on one other occasion. On Sunday night, two 
red phase adults were perched there together. So it's nice to have them around 
for evening entertainment again. It's usually later in June that I find them 
when they fledge, so I'm not sure when these birds were actually first back at 
the barn since I was gone first week of July. I did get some decent photos 
through the scope of the adult and juvenile on that first day, a nice photo 
opportunity and just sorry it was too late in the day for me to alert someone 
with better photography skills ! 


 The last couple of mornings I've been hearing a yellow-billed cuckoo calling 
mournfully up in the woods and this morning I can hear it up there again, 
matching the mood of the gray skies. 


Carole Winslow
Sligo, Clarion Co.
Subject: Re: Northampton County Goldfinch nest building
From: Kathy <pabirder AT PTD.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:36:54 -0400
Twice I have had nest balls-mesh bags stuffed with fluff and string which hung 
all summer untouched until Goldfinch nesting time. The goldfinch emptied them 
in no time. 

Kathy Stagl
Emmaus, PA

> On Jul 28, 2014, at 6:27 PM, Robin & Dan  wrote:
> 
> I have an old hardware cloth suet feeder that I usually fill with cat hair
> in the spring.  I have seen titmice (mouses?) taking their fill and looking
> like Santa Clause as they head to their nests, but today was the first time
> I've seen Goldfinches taking fuzz from it.  Somewhere in the west part of
> Pen Argyl someone may come across a Goldfinch nest lined with orange tabby
> fur.
> 
> Dan Zmoda
> 
> Pen Argyl
Subject: Green Herons and Coot
From: Alan Wells <alanwells505 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:55:16 -0400
Stopped at Wildwood this morning and walked up the Towpath. I saw two Egrets 
but was surprised to see four Green Herons. I have never seen that many in one 
day there, though I figure others have. Actually got a shot of two of them 
sitting near each other in the canal. 


Later in the afternoon I went to Stover's Dam and after walking down the path 
from the dam I found the Coot in with a large flock of Mallards. Watched him 
from a while until a Muskrat swimming by caught my eye. I followed him for 
awhile until he took off for the other side of the lake and I lost him. On the 
way back to the car I saw the Coot had moved to the dam area and was eating 
along with about 5 Mallards. Didn't see the Blue Heron today. Have not seen him 
since early last week. 


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

Alan Wells

York Haven
Subject: Northampton County Goldfinch nest building
From: Robin & Dan <foandla AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:27:57 -0400
I have an old hardware cloth suet feeder that I usually fill with cat hair
in the spring.  I have seen titmice (mouses?) taking their fill and looking
like Santa Clause as they head to their nests, but today was the first time
I've seen Goldfinches taking fuzz from it.  Somewhere in the west part of
Pen Argyl someone may come across a Goldfinch nest lined with orange tabby
fur.

Dan Zmoda

Pen Argyl
Subject: Wood Thrush with labored breathing, Lancaster County
From: ••S•J•Stahl•• <jalstahl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:01:36 -0400
This morning I found a Wood Thurush on a lightly travelled road, breathing in a 
labored way; rapid, deep breaths with beak agape. I picked it up and placed it 
on a lawn off the road. Has anyone observed symptoms like this in Wood 
Thrushes? I suppose that this could have been caused by many different things. 

Sincerely
Stan Stahl
Subject: Lebanon County
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:49:20 -0400
I walked the Stover's  area and Lion's Lake but I did not find the coot.

At  Reistville Ponds along Fox Road there were ;

Semipalmated Sandpiper -2

Least Sanpiper-10

Then along Reistville Road in the pond was an adult Tundra Swan with yellow
lores.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County
Subject: Alder Flycatcher Middle Creek WMA
From: Bruce Carl <hrdabrd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:11:46 -0400
A very vocal alder flycatcher is currently singing just north of stop #1
along Kleinfeltersville rd on the west side of the road.

Bruce Carl
Akron, PA
Lancaster County
Subject: Re: Two White Ibis- Chester Co.
From: Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:58:39 -0400
PA Birders,
A few of us watched the two juvenile White Ibis fly north over the pond, but it 
was unclear if the birds flew away from the area altogether, or went to roost 
in one of the many trees that surround the pond. 


To clarify the location where the ibis were originally discovered...There is a 
large pond that is only about 30% viewable from a small clearing of brush 
behind and around some White Pines on the South end of the back of the Walmart. 
You cannot see into this pond from your car. You will need to get out, and walk 
to the edge of the clearing and look down into the pond area.There is a storm 
drain near the clearing, and if looking at a map of the location, this would be 
in an area closest to the 30 By-pass highway. 


There is also a small pond that is viewable from the parking area behind the 
automotive service garage at the northern end of the Walmart. Check there if 
you go, since the birds were last seen circling above this area. The water is 
deeper in that small pond, and the ibis were foraging in much more shallow 
water on the south end of the larger pond described above so that seems the 
best place to check for wading birds. 


Good luck if you try.
~Holly Merker
Downingtown, Chester County


On Jul 27, 2014, at 6:08 PM, Holly Merker wrote:

> PA Birders,
> There are currently two juvenile White Ibis feeding in a pond behind the 
Walmart in Exton, Chester County. 

> This Walmart is right off route 100, near the intersection of 30. Drive 
behind the Walmart and look for a clearing to peer down into the pond, best 
viewing is near a storm drain and from under some White Pines. 

> Good birding-
> Holly Merker
> Downingtown, Chester County
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral photos, Green Pond, Northampton County
From: Dave DeReamus <becard AT RCN.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:46:35 -0400
I’ve posted Sunday night’s photos of the Baird’s, Stilt, and Pectoral at 
Green Pond’s flooded fields. They are at: 

http://picasaweb.google.com/becard57/LocalNotables2014# .
After comparing my Stilt photos from last weekend and on Sunday, they are two 
different birds. This one has a much richer coloration and more rust on the 
cheeks. 


Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com/
PicasaWeb Photo Albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/becard57
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html
Subject: Shorebirds, Terns, etc Crawford County
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:32:57 -0400
I birded a few spots around Crawford County before the bad weather hit this
evening.

I went to Erie Wildlife Refuge and my highlights were

7 Eastern Kingbirds ( gathering in groups??)  All around Pond K
4 Common Yellowthroats
2 Indigo Buntings
1 Hooded Merganser
many Cedar Waxwings
5 Swamp Sparrows
4 Yellow Warblers ( must be migrants, I haven't seen any of these for a few
weeks)
2 Great Egrets
many Red Eyed Vireos still singing
1 Brown Thrasher
1 Hooded Warbler


Pymatuning Millers Ponds

1 Short Billed Dowither
4 Semipalmated Sandpipers
1 Semipalmated Plover
20 plus Killdeer
2 Least Sandpiper
1 Lesser Yellowlegs.
2 Sandhill Cranes
3 Wood Ducks

Pymatuning Spillway
4 Caspian Terns
2 Herring Gulls
250 plus Ring Billed Gulls

Conneaut Marsh
4 plus Marsh Wrens
5 plus Swamp Sparrows
2 Wood Thrush ( heard)
2 Va Rails Calling
1 Green Heron

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


Shawn Collins
Crawford County
Subject: Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Green Pond, Northampton County
From: Dave DeReamus <becard AT RCN.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:41:40 -0400
Just got back from a stop at Green Pond’s flooded fields and had the 
following: 


  2 Great Blue Herons
  1 Green Heron
  2 Lesser Yellowlegs
20 Solitary Sandpipers
  1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
59 Least Sandpipers
  1 BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
  1 Pectoral Sandpiper
  1 Stilt Sandpiper (appears to be the same bird found last weekend)
along with Tree, Barn, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and Cedar Waxwings.

I took some documentation photos of the Baird’s, but the light was really 
failing. Will see what I have later. The water level has dropped dramatically. 
The only remaining water is on the east side of ‘the island’. The Baird’s 
was at the very back of the pool. Hopefully, the approaching storms will 
‘up’ the water level and keep the birds there for tomorrow. 


For those interested, a township meeting about developing Green Pond is 
tomorrow night (7 PM) at the township building (4225 Easton Avenue) in 
Bethlehem Township. 


Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com/
PicasaWeb Photo Albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/becard57
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html
Subject: Re: Two White Ibis- Chester Co.
From: Anthony Uhrich <aeuhrich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:43:56 -0400
Nice find Holly!  The 2 Juvenile White Ibis just flew off at about 7:40
heading NNW.
On Jul 27, 2014 6:08 PM, "Holly Merker" <
0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:

> PA Birders,
> There are currently two juvenile White Ibis feeding in a pond behind the
> Walmart in Exton, Chester County.
> This Walmart is right off route 100, near the intersection of 30. Drive
> behind the Walmart and look for a clearing to peer down into the pond, best
> viewing is near a storm drain and from under some White Pines.
> Good birding-
> Holly Merker
> Downingtown, Chester County
>
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Merlin's nest/leg band update, Clearfield Co.
From: Dan Richards <drichards7 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:15:12 -0400
It appears that the last (or only) fledgling Merlin has vacated the previously 
posted nest tree in Northwest Clearfield County. 

The band that I discovered on a detatched passerine leg belonged to a male 
House Finch. The bird had been banded locally on 4/1/14. 

I found another banded leg (colored bands) on a subsequent visit last 
Wednesday. These bands were attached to a Black-capped Chickadee. 


Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
Subject: White Winged Crossbill - Lancaster County
From: Dave <dsmart34 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:07:47 -0400
While relaxing and watching the birds outside my camper at White Oak Campground 
near Strasburg, PA, one in particular caught my eye. My wife and I had spotted 
immature Eastern Towhees earlier and I thought this might be another. The first 
thing I noticed was the crossed bill. It was at a distance of about 20 feet, 
through leaves at eye level. The next thing I see are two bold wingbars. The 
bird had a streaked breast and was overall brownish. There was a second bird 
with it that I was not able to see as they both flew off and up to the higher 
reaches of the trees. I was able to get another look and the wing bars stood 
out but it was too far to pick up the crossed bill. 


Up in the higher branches, at least two or three other birds joined the first 
two. I never saw any red on these birds and they flew out of my sight after a 
short time. 


The area around White Oak Campground is primarily deciduous woods. My only 
guess is that a small group of White Winged Crossbills was moving through to 
another coniferous woods and stopped down in the lower levels to get quick 
snack of some of the many berries that are currently in season beside my 
camper. 


Dave Smart
Philadelphia 
Subject: Erie County bird sightings
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:32:46 -0400
Except for one sighting, all bird reports of note were from Gull Point on 
Presque Isle S.P., Pa. 



American Avocet  3; July 20 & 21
                             2; July 27

Willet  2; July 21

Whimbrel  4; July 23
                 4; July 27

White-eyed Vireo  1; July 21; State Game Lands #314


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

Subject: Whimbrels, Avocets, Erie Co.
From: Matt Sabatine <0000002b37537baa-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:58:10 -0700
I was at Gull Point from about 6-11 this morning. After relatively uneventful 
trips here on Thursday (7/24) and Saturday (7/26), I was hoping that some 
overnight precipitation might produce more shorebirds today than the preceding 
days, and it seemed to have done just that. Highlights among 13 shorebird 
species: 


4 Whimbrel-- (probably two separate pairs)-- two that took off from the point 
shortly after I arrived and I watched them heading S/SE over the town of Erie 
until they were no longer visible; two others that dropped in from the north 
shortly thereafter, the latter two of which were still present when I left 
around 11 am 

2 American Avocets-- first one dropped in at 6:42 am, joined by the other that 
dropped in at 8:04 am; both still present when I left 


There was also a noticeable movement of presumed southbound Yellow Warblers 
(~60) passing over the point in the first couple hours of daylight. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19234857


Matthew Sabatine
(soon to be back in) State College/Bangor, PA

Subject: Gulls - Beaver Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:42:35 -0400
I stopped at the Townsends Dam in New Brighton this afternoon and on the dam 
there were two adult Ring-billed Gulls and two adult Herring Gulls 


Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
Subject: from: Roy Boyle
From: Roy Boyle <royboyle AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:06:22 +0200
Hi

http://natrweb.com/faster.php?sdknacxm2796skyfard



royboyle AT hotmail.com
Subject: Sandhill Crane Lehigh cty
From: Dan Altif <00000057a7c5c2ac-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:59:11 -0700
The Sandhill Crane is still present as of 8:30 this morning along Weilers Rd 
near Trexler Pines. Look on both sides of road as you come in from rt. 222. 
Bird was on the right-hand side in grass along woods. 


There was a Great Egret in the retention pond along Boulder drive.


Dan Altif
Subject: Re: ROUTE 380 Avocets?
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:02:11 -0400
"380 Avocets" Guess I might have thought the same too...would have been happy 
to see ONE...but nice to see and hear the Purple Martins across the road in the 
PM house. We saw a turtle but not sure what kind...NOT a snapper...didn't look 
like a soft shell....wish I could have gotten close, but we listened to the 
signs...We were near the 4 way stop when Adrian's message came thru with no 
AA...Went to Loyalhanna Dam....not much...then to West Penn Trail at 
Livermore..There was a small very low, no movement little creek and I had a 
Waterthrush...it was not the same call I remember for the LOWA, so could it 
have been a Northern....Not familiar with those...Walked back to the 2nd bridge 
both East of the parking lot...did see some Turk's cap lilies and another 
flower I need to find out what it is in full bloom...some butterflies too..Not 
too much in the way of birds, but did see 3-4 Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese, 
heard Common Yellowthroats, Cardinals, Robins Towhees, the REV and Acadians and 
the Waterthrush in the parking lot area..Nice to get out and see other areas, 
but I really had more here at home(yellow and common yellowthroat warblers by 
the deck this morning)....Nice to see Marge Van Tassle and met Donna Mahoney 
(sp)... 



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

On Jul 26, 2014, at 2:20 PM, Ryan Tomazin wrote:

> Hehe, this really should have been titled "Rt. 380 Avocets". Some of us might 
have thought that there were 380 avocets somewhere :) 

> 
> Ryan
> 
>> Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:17 -0400
>> From: plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM
>> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] 380 Avocets?
>> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>> 
>> No AA, couple Killdeer, Purple martins   CGeese, swallows 4 deer. Just left 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Jul 26, 2014, at 10:43 AM, Aidan Place  
wrote: 

>>> 
>>> I stopped by this morning and did not see them. 
>>> Good Birding,
>>> Aidan Place
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On Jul 26, 2014, at 9:34 AM, Marcy Cunkelman  
wrote: 

>>>> 
>>>> Wonder if anyone has been to 380 to see if the Avocets are still there 
from yesterday? Thanks for yes or no response> 

>>>> Marcy Cunkelman
>>>> Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
>>>> plant4nature AT gmail.com
>>>> The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to 
>>>> seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen
> 		 	   		  
Subject: Shorebirds at Somerset Lake, Somerset County
From: Aidan Place <placea AT WINCHESTERTHURSTON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:31:21 -0400
I went this morning to Somerset Lake to see what kinds of shorebirds were 
around. After leaving Pittsburgh I realized that I had left my scope at home. 
As a consequence the shorebirding was rather difficult. I persevered none the 
less and had the following species. 

Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper (it was impossible to tell how many least or 
semipalmated there were as they were hard to separate with binoculars. However, 
I could tell that both species present) 

Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

Good Birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: birding Shawnee State Park, Bedford County
From: Cathy Brown <blueapis AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:51:33 -0400
Does anyone have some familiarity with birding Shawnee State Park? I'll be 
there for four days next weekend and would appreciate any advice about the 
area. 

Thanks,
cathy brown, Washington, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: Pnc park terns sp allegheny county
From: jusko88 <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:21:03 -0400
Im down here at pnc park rocking to some country music. Its starting raining 
and so far I seen 3 terns flying around. from allegheny river and heading down 
the mon river. So guys get out there. I wish I could. Good luck 

Matthew juskowich
Allegheny county
Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® III mini, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Pectoral Sandpipers - Allegheny Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:54:21 -0400
There were two Pectoral Sandpipers and a Solitary Sandpiper at the Imperial 
Grasslands main pond today 


Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
Subject: Lebanon County Bird
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:42:19 -0400
I walked around Stover's Dam today and the American Coot that Alan Wells had
yesterday was still there.

I had it near the dam. I am pretty sure Alan had a new early date yesterday
for the American Coot. 

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 
Subject: Re: 380 Avocets?
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:20:40 -0400
Hehe, this really should have been titled "Rt. 380 Avocets". Some of us might 
have thought that there were 380 avocets somewhere :) 


Ryan

> Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:17 -0400
> From: plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] 380 Avocets?
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> No AA, couple Killdeer, Purple martins   CGeese, swallows 4 deer. Just left 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> > On Jul 26, 2014, at 10:43 AM, Aidan Place  
wrote: 

> > 
> > I stopped by this morning and did not see them. 
> > Good Birding,
> > Aidan Place
> > 
> > Sent from my iPhone
> > 
> >> On Jul 26, 2014, at 9:34 AM, Marcy Cunkelman  
wrote: 

> >> 
> >> Wonder if anyone has been to 380 to see if the Avocets are still there 
from yesterday? Thanks for yes or no response> 

> >> Marcy Cunkelman
> >> Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
> >> plant4nature AT gmail.com
> >> The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to 
> >> seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: House Wren question
From: Kathy Clark <0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:59:00 -0400
Marianne,
 
It really is fiction that House Wrens (HOWR) prefer nesting sites along 
shrubbery and woods. They will nest anywhere honestly. They do not have any 
preference for any type of nestbox either. I have had them fill my flicker box 
to the top with their sticks. They will take over a nestbox trail if left to do 
so. Years ago, I was a monitor at Pinchot State Park, and when we first took 
over the maintenance of the trail, every box and there were 63 we had to find, 
all had HOWR nests in them. 

 
One thing to remember about HOWR is that they make dummy nests. You need to 
check these boxes and feel if there is a nest cup in there on top of the 
sticks/nesting material. If there is a cup lining made by the female, then eggs 
should follow. This constitutes (lining and lining and eggs) an active nest 
legally. The other nests can be removed. It is possible for one bird to fill up 
8 of your boxes and that's just one bird. So now you may see that it is easy 
for them to take over a nestbox trail. 


One thing people try is to put up a Wren guard and this should be done before 
the wrens nest, but you could give it a try after you remove any inactive nests 
that you find when you check the boxes. Lots of information is available on 
this superb web site. Here is the page about the HOWR 
http://www.sialis.org/wrens.htm 



Hope this helps!


Kathy Clark, New Cumberland, PA
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson 
To: PABIRDS 
Sent: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 7:02 am
Subject: [PABIRDS] House Wren question


I have been paying close attention to my nest boxes this year. We have
almost 100 acres, with about 10 acres in hay fields. I have about 16 wren
boxes (several are new) and about 8 bluebird boxes. The wren boxes are
located along hay field tree lines where there is shrubbery. The bluebird
boxes are located farther away from the trees and shrubs in more open areas.

I had successful bluebird and Tree Swallow nestings this year, in addition
to every wren box having House Wrens. There was a bird nest in EVERY box!

The strange thing is now that the bluebirds and tree swallows have fledged,
House Wrens have taken over almost all of those boxes. The only box they
haven't taken over is pretty far into a hay field. Husband doesn't like bird
houses in the middle of the hay fields, since it makes it difficult for him
to mow around and make hay. If it wasn't for that, I would have boxes all
over in the middle of the fields! 

It seems like the wrens are not re-using their original boxes, but are now
using the bluebird boxes. Why is this?

Do the wrens not like to use a box that they already nested in and want to
build a brand new nest?

Thanks for any info,

Marianne Atkinson
NW Clearfield County, near DuBois

 

Subject: Re: 380 Avocets?
From: Marcy <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:17 -0400
No AA, couple Killdeer, Purple martins   CGeese, swallows 4 deer. Just left 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 26, 2014, at 10:43 AM, Aidan Place  
wrote: 

> 
> I stopped by this morning and did not see them. 
> Good Birding,
> Aidan Place
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jul 26, 2014, at 9:34 AM, Marcy Cunkelman  wrote:
>> 
>> Wonder if anyone has been to 380 to see if the Avocets are still there from 
yesterday? Thanks for yes or no response> 

>> Marcy Cunkelman
>> Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
>> plant4nature AT gmail.com
>> The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to 
>> seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen
Subject: Dead wood
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:00:54 -0400
I thought some PA Birders might like this information. Its why I don’t cut 
down the dead Scotch Pine that sits by my front deck. Now that the feeders are 
in front there is always 8 or 10 birds of all kinds waiting their turn at the 
feeders sitting in that dead tree. There are also always BCCD hawking insects 
from the bark. Here is the link.. 



http://blog.nwf.org/2014/07/dead-logs-are-anything-but-dead/?s_email_id=20140726_MEM_ENG_WLO_July_Edition|SLLMem 


Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners,Susquehanna County
Subject: 380 Avocets?
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:34:10 -0400
Wonder if anyone has been to 380 to see if the Avocets are still there from 
yesterday? Thanks for yes or no response> 

Marcy Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
plant4nature AT gmail.com
The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to 
seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen
Subject: House Wren question
From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:01:58 -0400
I have been paying close attention to my nest boxes this year. We have
almost 100 acres, with about 10 acres in hay fields. I have about 16 wren
boxes (several are new) and about 8 bluebird boxes. The wren boxes are
located along hay field tree lines where there is shrubbery. The bluebird
boxes are located farther away from the trees and shrubs in more open areas.

I had successful bluebird and Tree Swallow nestings this year, in addition
to every wren box having House Wrens. There was a bird nest in EVERY box!

The strange thing is now that the bluebirds and tree swallows have fledged,
House Wrens have taken over almost all of those boxes. The only box they
haven't taken over is pretty far into a hay field. Husband doesn't like bird
houses in the middle of the hay fields, since it makes it difficult for him
to mow around and make hay. If it wasn't for that, I would have boxes all
over in the middle of the fields! 

It seems like the wrens are not re-using their original boxes, but are now
using the bluebird boxes. Why is this?

Do the wrens not like to use a box that they already nested in and want to
build a brand new nest?

Thanks for any info,

Marianne Atkinson
NW Clearfield County, near DuBois
Subject: American Coot Lebanon
From: Alan Wells <alanwells505 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:04:44 -0400
Took a walk around the lake at Stover's Dam in Lebanon today. Spotted a Coot in 
with a bunch of Mallards. The first time I saw it it was on a log along the 
bank. Later I found him along the dam eating, again with a bunch of Mallards. 


While I was there I also saw a Green Heron in the trees across the lake from 
where I was and a Blue Heron flew over but I could not see if he landed and did 
not see him again. 


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

Alan Wells
Subject: 4 Green Herons @ Parks Ind. Park pond/trees (Armstrong County)
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:26:17 -0500
4 Green Herons tonight seen on small "dock" and in trees then flying around as 
my son and I watched them (I believe because someone was in the small run 
behind the trees...I've taken photos of 2 while another was in a tree near them 
so maybe a family group 

3 Wood Ducklings growing each week
3 Mallard Ducklings with mom (still kind of small) in the water
12 Mallard adults on the grass
2 Killdeer (1 flying around nervous)
4 Barn swallows flying over the water and banks
Marge Vam Tassel
Armstrong County
Subject: American Avocets, Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland Co
From: Michael David <michaeltdavid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:39:52 -0400
Hi All,

Just passing along word that 2 American Avocets were seen at the north end
of Beaver Run Reservoir at 4PM today. A photo was just uploaded to the PA
Birders facebook page. They may well be gone already, but it's probably
worth checking in the morning if anyone's close.

Best,

Michael David
Blair Co.
Subject: Great Egret - Crawford Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:12:49 -0400
This afternoon there was a Great Egret at the Linesville Fish Hatchery

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
Subject: American Avocet, Lake Redman, York County
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:01:38 -0400
Here is a photo of the American Avocet at Lake Redman, York County today:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/63027303 AT N06/14721872386/

 

Thanks again to Jim Still for allowing me to look through his scope and to

Mary Creager for reporting it.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle
Subject: Lebanon County Birds
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:23:57 -0400
I was at Reistviile ponds mid-afternoon and the Boltz's were there  looking
for the Western.

All the shorebirds were along Fox Road .

Killdeer-about 5

Least Sandpiper-9 were the only shorebirds.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 
Subject: Shorebirds, Stoughstown Pond, Cumberland County
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:41:33 -0400
At Stoughstown Pond this morning, I found these shorebirds:

 

Killdeer (29)

 

Spotted Sandpiper (1)

 

Solitary Sandpiper (2)

 

Greater Yellowlegs (1)

 

Lesser Yellowlegs (2)

 

Least Sandpiper (10)

 

The pond is located about a mile north of Walnut Bottom.  It

Is very close to I-81.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle 
Subject: American Avocet, York County
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:16:14 +0000
The Avocet is still present at Lake Redman, north of the boardwalk, as of 4:10 
pm. 


Dave Kerr
Carlisle
Subject: Flycatcher Behaviour,Berks Co.
From: EBarrell123 <ebarrell123 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:49:30 +0000
Today while cutting the yard,there was what I believe was a Eastern Wood Pewee 
hawking insects flying up from the grass.I have had Barn Swallows doing this 
bbut this is the first time for the Pewee.Has anyone else seen this. ? 

  
Ed Barrell 
Leesport 
Berks Co   
Subject: Allegheny Co., ALT Wingfield Pines, Bald Eagle
From: shannon thompson <0000001e3bf8599f-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:46:17 -0700
This morning at Wingfield Pines we had two passes of a 1st year BALD EAGLE 
flying along Chartier's Creek. The flyovers were about an hour apart, so this 
bird may be staying in the area. Numerous Bumble Bees were found clinging to 
flowers on this cool morning. Other highlights of 33 species included: 


Allegheny Land Trust--Wingfield Pines, Allegheny, US-PA
Jul 25, 2014 8:45 AM - 10:35 AM

Green Heron 4  2a, 2 j (5 total were seen yesterday)
Bald Eagle 1  
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19213794 


Shannon Thompson
Allegheny Co.

Subject: Sgl 168 - Monroe county
From: Jon <jonjmular16 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:08:35 -0400
Took a quick hike in an area of sgl 168 in Monroe county this morning ...

Pileated Woodpecker
Veery
Cedar Waxwing
Hooded Warbler
Black-Throated Green Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Baltimore Oriole

Good Birding,

Jon Mularczyk
Lower Nazareth, PA

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Wood Duck -- Duck Hollow, Allegheny County
From: Aidan Place <placea AT WINCHESTERTHURSTON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:13:38 -0400
I stopped by Duck Hollow this morning on my way to the south side. The water 
level was vastly higher than yesterday which meant that most of the shorebird 
habitat was underwater. As such, none of the shorebirds found yesterday were 
there (except for killdeer). There was a single wood duck however which flew up 
from the undergrowth by the riverbank. This is the first wood duck I have seen 
at this location. 

Good Birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off Topic
From: Scott Weidensaul <scottweidensaul AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:16:56 -0400
 In both cases, I suspect the woodpecker is doing what woodpeckers do -- 
finding a resonant object on which to hammer, producing the sounds that are, 
for a male woodpecker, the equivalent of a songbird's song. Drumming is a 
territorial defense and mate attractant, and because they make so much noise, 
metal rooftops, soffits and downspouts are favored drumming media. 


  Scott Weidensaul
  Schuylkill Haven, PA




On Jul 24, 2014, at 10:10 PM, Herb Flavell wrote:

> Not sure what your bird is doing but I have a RH Woodpecker doing a odd thing 
here to. It has been banging on the steel barn roof for a few years now. I lean 
toward thinking he is disturbing spiders then eating them as they scoot away. 
To bad no one has found a way into a birds head. They do many weird things like 
my peeking Cardinal. 

> Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners,Susquehanna County
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: bill drolsbaugh
> Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:21 PM
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off 
Topic 

> 
> While up in Ashtabula Oh visiting my friend parents lake frt home I was 
showed where a R H woodpecker has been hammering away at his concrete lawn 
jockey for months now. Could it be that this bird is sharpening its beak ???? 
Does anyone know anything of this kind of behavior ???? Bill Drolsbaugh Mercer 
Pa 

Subject: Solitary Sandpipers/Franklin CO
From: Bob Keener <keener1538 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:50:44 -0700
There are 5 Solitary Sandpipers, along with 3 Killdeer at the small pond
that has recently formed in the cornfield along White Church Rd about 2
miles off Rt 997.  When the apple orchard was taken out, replaced by corn,
a wetland has appeared right along White Church Rd.

The juv Acadian Flycatchers are vocalizing along Stillhouse Hollow Rd this
morning.
Other birds heard this morning along Heisey Rd:
 L Waterthrush
S Tanager
RE Vireo
E Towhee
I Bunting
Woodthrush
Fish Crows
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrpw
Cedar Waxwings
6 point buck in velvet

Bob Keener
Subject: Eastern PA Birdline: 7/25/2014
From: Dave DeReamus <becard AT RCN.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:42:27 -0400
- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* July 25, 2014
* PAEA1407.25

- Birds mentioned

Stilt Sandpiper
SANDHILL CRANE
Short-billed Dowitcher

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: July 25th at 1:00 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 the GREEN POND area, Northampton County:
Stilt Sandpiper – 1 from 7/20 to at least 7/22.
Also Semipalmated Plover and Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Sightings from the TREXLERTOWN area, Lehigh County:
SANDHILL CRANE – 1 on 7/19.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
Short-billed Dowitcher – 1 on 7/20.

- End transcript
Subject: Re: Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off Topic
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:10:14 -0400
Not sure what your bird is doing but I have a RH Woodpecker doing a odd 
thing here to. It has been banging on the steel barn roof for a few years 
now. I lean toward thinking he is disturbing spiders then eating them as 
they scoot away. To bad no one has found a way into a birds head. They do 
many weird things like my peeking Cardinal.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners,Susquehanna County

-----Original Message----- 
From: bill drolsbaugh
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:21 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off 
Topic

  While up in Ashtabula Oh  visiting my friend parents lake frt home  I was 
showed  where a R H woodpecker has been hammering away at his concrete lawn 
jockey for months now. Could it be that this bird is sharpening its beak 
????   Does anyone know anything  of this kind of behavior ???? Bill 
Drolsbaugh Mercer Pa 
Subject: Laurel Summit SP and Lake Somerset Sightings - Westmoreland & Somerset Co.
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:35:20 -0400
Hello All,

Today, my wife and I took the boys hiking in the Laurel Highlands. We began
our morning at Spruce Flats Bog and the boys had a blast learning about
sundew and pitcher plants. My seven-year-old son spotted his life
*Blue-throated
Warbler *and heard his first *Blue-headed Vireo* but not much else was
happening there.

We then began the long trek out to Wolf Rocks and heard lots of towhees,
but oddly, no warblers! That is until our return to the parking lot. My son
was leading the group when he called me up to the front to tell me he'd
spotted a yellowish-gray bird in a rhododendron thicket. I pished and
immediately brought in our life *CANADA WARBLER*! I am so proud of my boy
for finding this bird and helping me to see it, especially since I dipped
on it during my last visit here a week ago. We ended up attracting the
attention of a mini-flock of warblers that held our frenzied attention for
several minutes including a second Canada Warbler. We also had the
privilege of seeing a Kentucky Warbler during our trek out though not with
this micro-flock.

After a pleasant picnic lunch, we headed to Lake Somerset and found 2 *AMERICAN
AVOCETS* on the flats across from the boat launch area. These were life
birds for me and my boys. They are simply stunning shorebirds! A
conversation with an elderly fisherman revealed that these birds were here
yesterday as well. An eBird search after we got home informed me that Andy
McGann did have 3 American Avocets here yesterday. Not sure where the other
individual was.

Our final stop was at Powdermill Nature Reserve where we learned a lot
about PA's forest animals and enjoyed several hummingbirds in the
surrounding gardens.The weather was simply amazing today making our day
trip a real blessing!

 See lists (with a poor avocet doc photo at Lake Somerset) below.

*Spruce Flats Bog*
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19205679

*Wolf Rocks Trail*
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19205718

*Lake Somerset IBA*
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19207580

Cheers,
-- 
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.
Subject: Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off Topic
From: bill drolsbaugh <00000046cda72c3b-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:21:42 -0700
 While up in Ashtabula Oh visiting my friend parents lake frt home I was showed 
where a R H woodpecker has been hammering away at his concrete lawn jockey for 
months now. Could it be that this bird is sharpening its beak ???? Does anyone 
know anything of this kind of behavior ???? Bill Drolsbaugh Mercer Pa 

Subject: Lebanon County Birds
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:47:09 -0400
I was at the Reistville pond along Fox Road when Barry Blust pulled up on
Prescott Road.

Barry had a window mount  and I was looking from Fox Road.

Today's high lights are most of the birds.

Killdeer - about 7

Semipalmated Sandpiper- 4 adults

Western Sandpiper- 1- long black  downward curved bill

Black  legs, the wings appeared both gray like they had molted

We watched the bird from about 3:15 to 3:45.

This is the same one as yesterday.

Least Sandpiper- 18

Barry was checking other areas with no luck.

We did not see the Western after about 3:45 but may have been in the grass.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 

 
Subject: Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:46:29 -0400
At the CEFC pond today, the second trench (they are

latitudinal not longitudinal, by the way) is dug and

was being filled with stone when I arrived at 1551.

 

The excavated clay/mud was being spread on the slim

area of remaining mudflats.

 

I saw a single Killdeer.

 

Sadly, it is pretty clear that the value of the pond

as a layover for migrating shorebirds is shot. 

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle

 

 

 

From: Dave Kerr [mailto:dsktc AT comcast.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:21 PM
To: 'PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG'
Subject: RE: Shorebirds, Cumberland County

 

I was back at the CEFC pond at 1642.

 

There were:

 

22 Killdeer

5 Least Sandpipers

2 Solitary Sandpipers

 

A trench has been dug, longitudinally, across the northern half

of the pond and filled with stone.  Flanking the trench is exposed

clay/mud removed during the excavation.  I saw a few Killdeer standing

on the stone and excavated earth.

 

Most of the birds were on the remaining mud flats or in the limited pools

of water that still exist on the southern side of the pond.  Unfortunately,

digging will resume tomorrow, weather permitting, on the southern half.

 

The consequence is severely degraded if not destroyed habitat for shorebirds

for the rest of the summer, here at the CEFC retention pond.

 

 

Dave  

 

 

 

From: Dave Kerr [mailto:dsktc AT comcast.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:54 AM
To: 'PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG'
Cc: 'Vernon Gauthier'; 'pwbjr88'
Subject: Shorebirds, Cumberland County

 

I arrived at the retention pond at the Carlisle

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.

 

I found these Shorebirds:

Killdeer (20)

Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Solitary Sandpiper (5)

Least Sandpiper (7)

 

Within the next 30 minutes, a dump truck hauling a small bulldozer and

an excavator arrived and parked at the west end of the pond.

 

I then learned from one of the pastors that the church was beginning

a township-mandated project to improve the drainage in the pond.

As I watched, the dozer and digger successively entered the pond and began

scraping the surface mud and digging a trench.  By then, the majority of

the birds had left.   I watched them circle the area a couple of times.

 

The project will change the structure and appearance of the pond; how

this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle 

  
Subject: Correction Semipalmated Plover Duck Hollow Allegheny
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:33:31 -0700
In my previous post i had posted about semipalmated sandpiper. I did not see 
that and instead it was a Semipalmated Plover 

This Morning i had:
(3) Common Mergansers
(1) Solitary Sandpiper
(1) Semipalmated Plover
(2) Spotted Sandpiper
(x) Killdeer

matthew Juskowich
Allegheny County
Subject: Re: Automated analysis of bird calls
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:51:28 -0400
I like the posts on this topic, including the initial one from Patrick 
mentioning about the technology in the first place. But Kerry’s & Ryan’s I 
think are really good. I can envision in the future....someone looking for a 
species in field. Then hearing a song, not recognizining it……turning on 
their birdsong gizmo, which automatically hears the song & tells them its 
species A. And then it goes down on their list as species A. 


Kerry’s ground-truthing point is awesome & should be a necessity. I think it 
applies much to habitat & species populations. I think its always good to 
question items that dont make sense.......pertaining to birds, this may be 
where some research group says Species A is doing really well (maybe based on 
some techno thing), but we can hardly find that species anywhere….. it needs 
the ground-truthing. 


Along the lines of dumbing us down, but not exactly the same……I often hear 
stats like PA is 60% forested…..which I’m sure folks have that data 
correct. But most often there is little explanation to go along with that 
number. It would be great for our wildlife if we & buildings & roads occupied 
one square box equaling 40% of the land, and they had a big box of 60%. I think 
folks hear that 60% forested and think why are some people worried about saving 
forest. Most often the discussion on ‘big woods’, edges, fragmentation, and 
habitat requirements for species never follows that “60% forested” bullet 
item. 


Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County




On Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:58:08 -0400, Kerry A Grim  
wrote: 


>I think there is probably nothing wrong with automated bird call 
identification or even carrying an app with you for identification. 

>
>However, I do agree with Ryan, it is dumming-down the learning.
>
>Having spent most of my time from the beginning of birding in the mountains, 
learning the calls was essential. If I were to go out west in an area of birds 
that I did not know by song, trying to pre-lean from recordings does not work 
well with me. Yes, I would learn some. But in order for the call to really 
stick in my memory, I have to hear it in the field. If I miss a few species 
because I do not recognize the call, so what? Nothing at all wrong with 
carrying a smart phone and app and verifying the call on the spot and I don�t 
mean to put that down in any way. Just that I prefer to carry one of the new 
high-tech flip phones that does not accept apps. Remember those? It is turned 
off, carried fro emergencies only, or perhaps to call others if I do find a 
rare bird. 

>
>
>
>Two analogies, regarding amazing technology, but clearly there is still a need 
for �the old fashioned way�: 

>We can turn on the computers and view satellite data and tell just how much 
rain fell. Amazing technology. However, it takes individual observers checking 
their rain gauges for ground-truthing. A storm could dump 5 inches of rain on a 
town and cause flash flooding while a few miles away there is no rain. 

>Radar can detect rotation in storm clouds and NOAA can and does issue tornado 
warnings, saving many lives. However, it is the storm chaser on the ground that 
can verify whether a tornado is forming or not. More ground-truthing. 

>
>I love this new technology, but let us not forget the old methods�they still 
have their place! 

>
>Kerry Grim
>Hamburg, PA
Subject: Franklin Co Short-billed Dowitcher
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:12:29 -0400
The bird still present at Kriner Rd retention ponds Chambersburg for 3rd day.

Bill Oyler

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County
From: pabirder <pabirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:16:11 -0400
Way to take one for the team!




Sent with the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone.pwbjr88 
 wrote:I go to church there so maybe I can handcuff myself 
to something to stop the bulldozers! 



Sent from smart phone.


-------- Original message --------
From: pabirder  
Date: 07/23/2014 8:41 PM (GMT-05:00) 
To: Dave Kerr ,PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG 
Cc: 'pwbjr88'  
Subject: RE: Shorebirds, Cumberland County 


Probably not for the good!




Sent with the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone.

Dave Kerr  wrote:
I arrived at the retention pond at the Carlisle

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.

 

I found these Shorebirds:


Killdeer (20)

Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Solitary Sandpiper (5)

Least Sandpiper (7)

 

Within the next 30 minutes, a dump truck hauling a small bulldozer and

an excavator arrived and parked at the west end of the pond.

 

I then learned from one of the pastors that the church was beginning

a township-mandated project to improve the drainage in the pond.

As I watched, the dozer and digger successively entered the pond and began

scraping the surface mud and digging a trench.  By then, the majority of

the birds had left.   I watched them circle the area a couple of times.

 

The project will change the structure and appearance of the pond; how

this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle

 
Subject: Semipalmated Sandpiper & others Duck Hollow Allegheny County
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:41:29 -0700
This Morning i had:
(3) Common Mergansers
(1) Solitary Sandpiper
(1) Semipalmated Sandpiper
(2) Spotted Sandpiper
(x) Killdeer



Matthew Juskowich
Allegheny County
Subject: Great Egret - lehigh gap nature center (carbon county)
From: Jon <jonjmular16 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:09:46 -0400
A great egret was flying along the lehigh river at the lehigh gap nature center 
in carbon county just now 


Good birding,

Jon Mularczyk
Lower Nazareth, PA
http://www.broadwingedphotography.com

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Automated analysis of bird calls
From: Kerry A Grim <mountainbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:58:08 -0400
I think there is probably nothing wrong with automated bird call identification 
or even carrying an app with you for identification. 


However, I do agree with Ryan, it is dumming-down the learning.

Having spent most of my time from the beginning of birding in the mountains, 
learning the calls was essential. If I were to go out west in an area of birds 
that I did not know by song, trying to pre-lean from recordings does not work 
well with me. Yes, I would learn some. But in order for the call to really 
stick in my memory, I have to hear it in the field. If I miss a few species 
because I do not recognize the call, so what? Nothing at all wrong with 
carrying a smart phone and app and verifying the call on the spot and I dont 
mean to put that down in any way. Just that I prefer to carry one of the new 
high-tech flip phones that does not accept apps. Remember those? It is turned 
off, carried fro emergencies only, or perhaps to call others if I do find a 
rare bird. 




Two analogies, regarding amazing technology, but clearly there is still a need 
for the old fashioned way: 

We can turn on the computers and view satellite data and tell just how much 
rain fell. Amazing technology. However, it takes individual observers checking 
their rain gauges for ground-truthing. A storm could dump 5 inches of rain on a 
town and cause flash flooding while a few miles away there is no rain. 

Radar can detect rotation in storm clouds and NOAA can and does issue tornado 
warnings, saving many lives. However, it is the storm chaser on the ground that 
can verify whether a tornado is forming or not. More ground-truthing. 


I love this new technology, but let us not forget the old methodsthey still 
have their place! 


Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA
Subject: Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County
From: pwbjr88 <pwbjr88 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:20:14 -0400
I go to church there so maybe I can handcuff myself to something to stop the 
bulldozers! 



Sent from smart phone.

-------- Original message --------
From: pabirder  
Date: 07/23/2014  8:41 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: Dave Kerr ,PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG 
Cc: 'pwbjr88'  
Subject: RE: Shorebirds, Cumberland County 
 
Probably not for the good!




Sent with the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone.

Dave Kerr  wrote:
I arrived at the retention pond at the Carlisle

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.

 

I found these Shorebirds:


Killdeer (20)

Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Solitary Sandpiper (5)

Least Sandpiper (7)

 

Within the next 30 minutes, a dump truck hauling a small bulldozer and

an excavator arrived and parked at the west end of the pond.

 

I then learned from one of the pastors that the church was beginning

a township-mandated project to improve the drainage in the pond.

As I watched, the dozer and digger successively entered the pond and began

scraping the surface mud and digging a trench.  By then, the majority of

the birds had left.   I watched them circle the area a couple of times.

 

The project will change the structure and appearance of the pond; how

this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle

 
Subject: Extralimital Piping Plover Conneaut Harbor Ohio
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:13:07 -0400
The Piping Plover that was found by Chris Swan earlier today was present at
6pm tonight.  Bad weather conditions tonight, may keep the bird here
overnight...just a quick drive from Erie/Crawford Counties.

The bird was last seen at the swimming beach Left of the breakwall.

Photos
www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Shawn Collins
Crawford County
Subject: Dauphin County, SGL 246 - Blue-winged and Hooded Warblers
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:08:17 -0400
I birded SGL 246 this afternoon, and despite being there at the worst time
of day for much activity, we had a good afternoon. Highlights were a
blue-winged warbler and a singing hooded warbler (which I could only get a
glimpse of in silhouette, but identified by its song) The foliage is very
full, so we heard a lot more than we saw. I discovered when I went to take
a shot of the blue-winged that I accidentally left my memory card in the
computer yesterday, so no photos were taken.

-- 
Sue Hannon
Middletown
Dauphin County, PA
Subject: Kiwanis Lake York
From: Alan Wells <alanwells505 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:43:14 -0400
Made a quick stop at Kiwanis Lake in York. Most of the adult Black-crowned 
Herons are gone. I saw 5 while I was there. There are a lot of Juveniles 
hanging around the lake and in the tree. I saw about a dozen but there may have 
been a few more. 


The Egret rookery is still fairly populated with about 14 birds that I saw. I 
saw two still in there nest and the rest of the Juveniles were in the trees. 


There were the large array of geese and Mallards around as well. 

Uploaded a few shots....

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

Alan Wells 
Subject: Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County
From: pabirder <pabirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:34:38 -0400
Probably not for the good!




Sent with the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone.Dave Kerr 
 wrote:I arrived at the retention pond at the Carlisle 

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.
 
I found these Shorebirds:

Killdeer (20)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Solitary Sandpiper (5)
Least Sandpiper (7)
 
Within the next 30 minutes, a dump truck hauling a small bulldozer and
an excavator arrived and parked at the west end of the pond.
 
I then learned from one of the pastors that the church was beginning
a township-mandated project to improve the drainage in the pond.
As I watched, the dozer and digger successively entered the pond and began
scraping the surface mud and digging a trench.  By then, the majority of
the birds had left.   I watched them circle the area a couple of times.
 
The project will change the structure and appearance of the pond; how
this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.
 
 
Dave Kerr
Carlisle
 
Subject: Re: Automated analysis of bird calls
From: "Kate St.John" <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:21:14 -0700
I wonder how the computer deals with mockingbirds ;)


Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/
Subject: Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:20:56 -0400
I was back at the CEFC pond at 1642.

 

There were:

 

22 Killdeer

5 Least Sandpipers

2 Solitary Sandpipers

 

A trench has been dug, longitudinally, across the northern half

of the pond and filled with stone.  Flanking the trench is exposed

clay/mud removed during the excavation.  I saw a few Killdeer standing

on the stone and excavated earth.

 

Most of the birds were on the remaining mud flats or in the limited pools

of water that still exist on the southern side of the pond.  Unfortunately,

digging will resume tomorrow, weather permitting, on the southern half.

 

The consequence is severely degraded if not destroyed habitat for shorebirds

for the rest of the summer, here at the CEFC retention pond.

 

 

Dave  

 

 

 

From: Dave Kerr [mailto:dsktc AT comcast.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:54 AM
To: 'PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG'
Cc: 'Vernon Gauthier'; 'pwbjr88'
Subject: Shorebirds, Cumberland County

 

I arrived at the retention pond at the Carlisle

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.

 

I found these Shorebirds:

Killdeer (20)

Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Solitary Sandpiper (5)

Least Sandpiper (7)

 

Within the next 30 minutes, a dump truck hauling a small bulldozer and

an excavator arrived and parked at the west end of the pond.

 

I then learned from one of the pastors that the church was beginning

a township-mandated project to improve the drainage in the pond.

As I watched, the dozer and digger successively entered the pond and began

scraping the surface mud and digging a trench.  By then, the majority of

the birds had left.   I watched them circle the area a couple of times.

 

The project will change the structure and appearance of the pond; how

this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle 

  
Subject: PSO field trip to Alleghany Front in November
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:53:38 -0400
hello all, here is the last of the field trip series to hawkwatchs in 
the fall.  We are picking the 2nd weekend of November for the 8th and 9th.

This year will be the 3rd year for this event in the hopes of golden 
eagles in Nov. Last year the winds didn't cooperate and we missed the 
big numbers by a day or 2. We are having the field trip go 2 days in the 
hopes of having better chances of winds and weather. We will be doing 
some birding in surrounding areas as well.

This watch is located on the Somerset / Bedford Co. line 4 miles east of 
Central City. With an elevation of 2700 feet, this may be the highest 
watch in PA. Expect great views of Golden Eagles this time of year if 
the wind is right. Winds out of the east, southeast and south produce 
the best flights, with raptors often eye level!! For those from the 
west, you can meet at 9am in the parking lot at the corner of route 160 
and Route 30 across from the Subway (near Central City, PA) and then 
take 160 north which is Rock Cut Rd, turn right on Lambert St, to 
Shaffer Mt Rd then turn right onto Lambert Mt Rd, turning on 2nd right 
at the gate opening for the hawkwatch.. For those coming from the east, 
take route 30 past Schellsburg and turn right on Helixville rd TR4012 
and turn left up on Lambert Mt Rd. Go to top of mt and turn first left 
at gate to parking area for hawkwatch.

For directions contact us (or replace a starting point at this link 
http://goo.gl/maps/LjNBS ). Here is the official link for the hawkwatch 
- http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=111 


Please contact Mike Lanzone mlanzone AT gmail.com or Chad Kauffman 
chadkauffman AT earthlink.netto sign-up. There is no charge for this field 
trip. PSO members and anyone can come to this field trip. Field Trip 
leaders will be there around 10am and will probably stay for most of the 
afternoon.

For the facebook invite link 
https://www.facebook.com/events/873337299360344/

chad kauffman
mifflintown, pa
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or email us ChadKauffman AT Earthlink.Net
Subject: Central PA Birdline for 7.24.2014
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:00:02 +0000
- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * July 24, 2014
 * PACE1407.24
 Bird Highlights
 AMERICAN AVOCET (Lancaster Co.)
 MARSH WREN (Tioga Co.)
 DICKCISSEL (Franklin Co.)
 - Transcript
 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 July 24, 2014
 To Report: TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net 
 Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy 
 Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
 Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy

 Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings 
made the week prior to Thursday, July 24, 2014. 


 DAUPHIN COUNTY:
 One BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen on July 21 along Waltonville Road near 
Hummelstown (EB). 


 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 One DICKCISSEL was seen on July 19 calling from a wire along Wenger Road near 
Chambersburg (BO). 


 A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was observed on July 22 at the Kriner Road retention 
pond (CG, BO). 


 JUNIATA COUNTY:
 One SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen on July 22 at Parsons Ponds in Port Royal 
(CK). 


 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 One AMERICAN AVOCET was seen on July 17 at Conejohela Flats (ML, LB, ME).

 LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:

 LEBANON COUNTY:
 Up to 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS 
were seen on July 19 AND 21 at the Reistville Ponds (RM). 


 LUZERNE COUNTY:
 One immature LITTLE BLUE HERON, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 15 LEAST SANDPIPERS 
were seen on July 19 at Plymouth Flats (JD). 


 One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed on July 23 at Beech Mountain Lakes 
(JD). 


 TIOGA COUNTY:
 One MARSH WREN was seen on July 18 at Marsh Creek in The Muck (LS).

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

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

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

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

 The following people have contributed to this report: Larry Bernhardt (LB), Ed 
Bernot (EB), Jonathan DeBalko (JD), Mike Epler (ME), Carl Garner (CG), Chad 
Kauffman (CK), Meredith Lombard (ML), Randy Miller (RM), Bill Oyler (BO), Lisa 
Sumner (LS). I apologize if I have misspelled their names and I will also 
refrain from naming that person on request. 

-End Transcript
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 Mark A. McConaughy      TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net 
 Bushy Run Battlefield 
 P.O. Box 486 
 Harrison City, PA 15636-0468      (724) 527-5585 x103
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