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Black-capped Chickadee,©Barry Kent Mackay

25 Jan Re: Favorite bird [Herb Flavell ]
26 Jan Favorite bird [Anita Nichols ]
25 Jan Favorite bird [Martin Wilson ]
25 Jan Favorite PA Bird [tom and sheri ]
25 Jan Black-backed gull at the Beaver River mouth, Beaver County [Geoff Malosh ]
26 Jan Nazareth Quarry, Northampton County [michael schall ]
25 Jan 2 Pine Siskins at feeders(Ind.co) [Marcy Cunkelman ]
25 Jan Allegheny River and County [Amy Henrici ]
25 Jan Re: Favorite Pa. Bird. [Robert Mulvihill ]
25 Jan Re: Navy Yard Redpolls [Andy Keister ]
25 Jan Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co. [David Yeany II ]
25 Jan Erie County birds of note [Jerry McWilliams ]
25 Jan Favorite Pa. Bird. [Heather Jacoby ]
25 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - WRS Snyder County west rt, Jan 25, 2015 [Chad Kauffman ]
25 Jan Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others [Tim Becker ]
25 Jan Photo Study Of Bullock's Oriole In Gilbertsville, Montco, PA, 1/25/15 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
25 Jan Female Common Goldeneye,Clearfield Co. [Chris Grecco ]
25 Jan Lapland Longspurs, western Lancaster County [ ]
25 Jan Favorite PA Bird [Rob Blye ]
25 Jan Favorite Bird [Don Billett ]
25 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Dave Kruel ]
25 Jan Fwd: [PABIRDS] What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Jim Smith ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Robert Mulvihill ]
24 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jan 24, 2015 [Karyn Delaney ]
25 Jan WRS route-Central Montgomery Co., 01-17-15' (late report) [Barbara Hiebsch ]
24 Jan Crawford Co. Short-eared Owl [Clare Nicolls ]
24 Jan Eastern Lancaster County Lapland Longspurs [ ]
24 Jan WRS North Western Montgomery Co. 1/23/2015 [August Mirabella ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Herb Flavell ]
24 Jan Allegheny County, owls and hawk [Amy Henrici ]
24 Jan Favorite [Carl Juris ]
24 Jan WRS Westmoreland County [Tom Kuehl ]
24 Jan Sightings - Allegheny Co. [Jim Hausman ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Ann Pettigrew ]
24 Jan Lehigh and Northampton county birds [dave leibert ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [reeser ]
24 Jan New Wilmington area, Lawrence Co. [Craig Holt ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? [Kerry A Grim ]
24 Jan Pine Siskins, Schuylkill Co. [Denise Donmoyer ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Jim Flowers ]
24 Jan Favorite Bird [Verizon ]
24 Jan Southeast Lancaster County Winter Raptor Survey, 23 Jan 2015 [Bob Schutsky ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Anne Annibali ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Scott Bastian ]
24 Jan Favorite Pa. Bird. [Chris Grecco ]
24 Jan Wingfield Pines-Allegheny County ["g. g" ]
24 Jan Snow Geese in East Mt Airy (Philly area) [Cliff Hence ]
24 Jan Allegheny County -- White-winged Scoter [Michael Fialkovich ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Linda F Tucker ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Herb Flavell ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Ron Rovansek ]
24 Jan Black-headed Gull- Lemon St, Susq River [Alex Lamoreaux ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Ann Pettigrew ]
24 Jan Brown Creeper - York County [Ann Pettigrew ]
24 Jan Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [Brandon Swayser ]
24 Jan Pine Siskin, Franklin Co [Bob Keener ]
24 Jan What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24 [grant stevenson ]
24 Jan White winged scorer sharpsburg marina allegheny co [ ]
24 Jan Re: Phila Navy Yard access for birding [Holly Merker ]
24 Jan Re: WRS - NW Adams County [Gregory William Grove ]
24 Jan Pine siskins & common redpolls - Monroe county [Jon ]
24 Jan Phila Navy Yard access for birding [Belynda Stewart ]
23 Jan Rough-legged Hawks, Bald Eagles. etc. (Lawrence/Mercer Counties) [Marge Van Tassel ]
23 Jan Black-headed Gull, Susquehanna River, Wrightsville [Mike Epler ]
24 Jan Pine Siskins, Butler [Glenn Koppel ]
23 Jan No. Pintail at Wingfield Pines, Allegheny Co. [Cathy Brown ]
23 Jan Dauphin Co: 2 Ross's Geese; river waterfowl [Alex Lamoreaux ]
23 Jan WRS-Washington County [gg ]
23 Jan WRS - NW Adams County [Ron Freed ]
23 Jan Common Goldeneye, ,Susquehanna River, Dauphin [Ed Bernot ]
23 Jan Navy Yard Access - Being Looked At [Ted Nichols II ]
23 Jan Re: Navy Yard Redpolls [Andy Keister ]
23 Jan Re: Navy Yard Redpolls [Kyle Chelius ]
23 Jan Re: Navy Yard Redpolls [Ted Nichols II ]
23 Jan Re: Navy Yard Redpolls [Anthony Uhrich ]
23 Jan Re: Navy Yard Redpolls [Brian Henderson ]
23 Jan Re: WRS How to Report [Dave Grove ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anita

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Geoff Malosh
Allegheny County


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Subject: Nazareth Quarry, Northampton County
From: michael schall <00000039f782d598-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:52:37 +0000
 Late this afternoon, Corinne and I found a Red-necked Grebe and a male 
Long-tailed Duck at Nazareth Quarry.We also had American Black Duck, Ruddy 
Duck, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead and 
American Coot. 

Mike SchallBath
Subject: 2 Pine Siskins at feeders(Ind.co)
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:47:56 -0500
Hi All,
Had 2 Pine Siskins here this morning before the snow began this morning about 
11:15....eating nyjer and sunflower chips...Have had them off and on and not 
sure where they go or if they are passing thru...seem to know the 
feeders...Large numbers of House Finches(61) and Goldfinches(89) at 
least...watched a Pileated out the front door down in the woods checking out 
some trees... 


Snowing now and things are all white again on the deck, ramp and 
driveway....much more to come tonight thru tomorrow...hoping for something good 
at the feeders...been looking for a Redpoll, but nothing yet... 


Be careful out there....
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: Allegheny River and County
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:30:47 -0500
We checked the river at several places this morning/afternoon. The Surf Scoter 
continues below the Highland Park Dam. We did not see any gulls other than 
Ring-billed and Herring. There were a lot of gulls rafting down the river on 
plates of ice between Fox Chapel and Aspinwall. Highlights are listed below. 


Sharpsburg Marina
Surf Scoter 1
Common Goldeneye 1 female
Black Duck 2

Fox Chapel 
Bufflehead 4, 2 males and 2 females
Great-blue Heron 1

Blawnox
Lesser Scaup 5
Pied-billed Grebe 2

Between Twelve and Fourteen Mile islands
Common Merganser 9 possible more 

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea



Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: Favorite Pa. Bird.
From: Robert Mulvihill <robert.mulvihill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:27:44 -0500
Hi Heather,

I think if we let this thread continue all year long, we'll get to almost
every bird!  Pileated definitely belongs on the list, though!

When I listed my favorites, Louisiana Waterthrush and Dark-eyed Junco, I
should have added as a close third and fourth the Upland Sandpiper and
Northern Saw-whet Owl!  But then what about Rufous Hummingbird, Bobolink,
Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated
Warbler,...???

Thanks to Grant for getting us all thinking/remembering about why we are so
taken with birds!

Best,
Bob


Robert S. Mulvihill
Ornithologist
National Aviary
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
412-258-1148
Robert.mulvihill AT aviary.org 


*The National Aviary  works to inspire respect for
nature through an appreciation of birds.*




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

> Will nobody choose the Pileated Woodpecker? What a sight they are! My
> boss's husband stopped in at the office and he isn't much of a talker. He
> hung out at the reception desk, not being gregarious enough to want to
> announce his presence to the rest of the office.
>
> I recalled that he's a hunter, and thought that might be a good avenue for
> conversation. So, I asked him if he'd ever seen a really large woodpecker
> in the woods. Of course he has! He started talking excitedly with me. My
> boss comes back, surprised to see him so animated. She asks what we're
> talking about and he tells her we were talking about woodpeckers. We
> describe it for her and she says to him, "Why didn't you ever tell me about
> it!?!" LOL! I told her that it's not exactly an unusual sight for hunters,
> but how much I'd love to get a good look at one.
>
> The neighbors near where my parents live (Shermansdale in Perry County)
> would call my parents' house to make sure I knew one had visited their
> property. Unfortunately, I was rarely able to make it in time to see it.
> For quite some time, I called it my "nemesis bird." I've since seen them,
> but usually in fly-overs. I tried to encourage my parents to put up the
> right feeder, but it hasn't happened yet.
>
> I also have to mention the red-tailed hawk. They are gorgeous birds. They
> strike me as being almost regal. They are the commanders of flight, in my
> opinion... effortless, almost lazy circles... just soaring. I've seen them
> up close and there's something in their gaze that kind of "captures" me,
> holds my full attention. I'm in awe of them.
>
> As a child, I used to flip through my Pappy's Audubon book. I'd often stop
> on the picture of the red-tailed hawk, its talons horrifyingly clutching
> onto a rabbit as it defended its prey from another red-tailed hawk.
>
> Then I "met" one nearly face-to-face in my early twenties. A normal day at
> the office, and I join my co-worker outside as she takes a smoke-break.
> Nearby, my eyes catch something on a low branch in a tree. A red-tailed
> hawk, just above head level. I couldn't help but approach it. I got to
> stand about six feet or so away, just quietly examining the bird. On a
> whim, I went in to get the office camera and it was still right there when
> I returned. I got off 3 shots and then it took off. I felt the power of its
> wings as it flew, almost right over my shoulder... My heart was pounding...
> to feel the strength in the bird, in the way it moved the air.
>
> That was the bird that made me into a birder.
>
> I also should mention the tufted titmouse. I had one at my feeder that only
> had one leg. I had a suet feeder, and he'd dangle there. He seemed to be
> getting on just fine. They are such little birds, but there's something
> very bold about them.
>
> --
> Heather Jacoby
> greybeh AT gmail.com
> Pittsburgh, PA
> Allegheny County
>
Subject: Re: Navy Yard Redpolls
From: Andy Keister <akeister110 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:17:37 -0500
So all the info and posts about the site being off limits and someone
reports a siting today?  Did I miss something?

Andy Keister
On Jan 23, 2015 3:56 PM, "Andy Keister"  wrote:

> I was there at the same time as John.  On my way out I talked to a guy who
> said he was the "head of security" at the Navy Yard.  I explained the
> situation to him and he told me the area was restricted and we were
> trespassing.  I suspect security will be patrolling much more frequently
> and I would recommend that you stay out.
>
> Andy Keister
> I can testify to also getting booted out of the area of the Philadelphia
> Naval Yard on Monday.  I've birded at this location a few times before,
> parking in the same spot, and had no problems.  While there are some signs
> that indicate the territory south of Kitty Hawk Ave is off-limits, there's
> seemingly nothing posted stating the "birch forest" area is similarly
> verboten.  Perhaps it has become off-limits recently due to some incident,
> or maybe this supervisor just has a bug up his butt about so many people
> wandering around back in no-man's-land.  Regardless, if you try to look for
> these Redpolls, you might be (considered to be) trespassing, and you might
> be kicked out.  Especially if you're not a local, this particular chase
> seems awfully risky.
>
> Brian Henderson
> East Norriton
> Montgomery County
>
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM, John Freiberg 
> wrote:
>
> > The security guard told me his supervisor had seen someone in the area
> and
> > had him check on the situation. Perhaps up until now security had not
> seen
> > anyone or had not cared until the supervisor brought it to their
> attention.
> >
> > And no you don't have to go through any security gate to get to the area.
> >
> > John Freiberg
> >
> > > On Jan 23, 2015, at 3:25 PM, Ted Nichols II 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > John and others,
> > >
> > > I posted about this on the PA Birders Facebook, but can someone clarify
> > the access situation here for those not familiar with the location and
> > considering coming out.
> > >
> > > Why have some had no issues, but you did? Do you have to go through a
> > military gate or something here and need ID?
> > >
> > > Thanks !
> > >
> > > Ted Nichols II
> > > Annville, Pa.
> > >
> > >> On Friday, January 23, 2015, John Freiberg 
> > wrote:
> > >> After birding at the birch trees for an hour I was approached by
> > security and told the the area is restricted and that I would have to
> leave.
> >
>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks - Forest Co.
From: David Yeany II <dyeany2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:49:17 -0500
Matt and Amber Webb joined my wife, Colleen, and I as we did some winter
birding today in Forest County. The EVENING GROSBEAKS coming to my parents'
feeders in Marienville continued this morning with our high count reaching
16 individuals, including 2 males. (As many as 6 males have been seen at
once which indicates a minimum of 20 grosbeaks have been in the area
recently.) The grosbeaks seem to be using the large sugar maples and Norway
spruces as staging areas before their assault on the feeders. Also at the
Yeany residence were 2 PINE SISKINS among a growing flock of at least 65
American Goldfinches. With harsher winter weather approaching these finch
numbers may continue to grow.

Other birds of note included:

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

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

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

Good birding,

David

-- 
David Yeany II
Cheswick, PA
Subject: Erie County birds of note
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:16:16 -0500
The following birds of note were reported this past week, mostly from the Lake 
View Landfill and surrounding areas: 


Rough-legged Hawk  1 dark morph; Jan. 19 to 22; Lake View Landfill
                                   1 light morph; Jan. 23; Lake View Landfill

Thayer's Gull  2 imm.; Jan. 21 to 24; Lake View Landfill
                       1 adult; Jan. 22; Lake View Landfill

Iceland Gull  up to 5; through the week; Lake View Landfill
       
Lesser Black-backed Gull  up to 2 adults; through the week; Lake View Landfill

Glaucous Gull up to 13; through the week; Lake View Landfill with one at the 
channel at Presque Isle on Jan. 25 


Snowy Owl  2; through the week; Presque Isle Bay ice
                    1; through the week; Greene Twp. near the landfill

Common Raven  up to 2; periodically through the week; Lake View Landfill

Brown Thrasher  1; at least to Jan. 21; east Millcreek Twp.



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

Subject: Favorite Pa. Bird.
From: Heather Jacoby <greybeh AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:14:38 -0500
Will nobody choose the Pileated Woodpecker? What a sight they are! My
boss's husband stopped in at the office and he isn't much of a talker. He
hung out at the reception desk, not being gregarious enough to want to
announce his presence to the rest of the office.

I recalled that he's a hunter, and thought that might be a good avenue for
conversation. So, I asked him if he'd ever seen a really large woodpecker
in the woods. Of course he has! He started talking excitedly with me. My
boss comes back, surprised to see him so animated. She asks what we're
talking about and he tells her we were talking about woodpeckers. We
describe it for her and she says to him, "Why didn't you ever tell me about
it!?!" LOL! I told her that it's not exactly an unusual sight for hunters,
but how much I'd love to get a good look at one.

The neighbors near where my parents live (Shermansdale in Perry County)
would call my parents' house to make sure I knew one had visited their
property. Unfortunately, I was rarely able to make it in time to see it.
For quite some time, I called it my "nemesis bird." I've since seen them,
but usually in fly-overs. I tried to encourage my parents to put up the
right feeder, but it hasn't happened yet.

I also have to mention the red-tailed hawk. They are gorgeous birds. They
strike me as being almost regal. They are the commanders of flight, in my
opinion... effortless, almost lazy circles... just soaring. I've seen them
up close and there's something in their gaze that kind of "captures" me,
holds my full attention. I'm in awe of them.

As a child, I used to flip through my Pappy's Audubon book. I'd often stop
on the picture of the red-tailed hawk, its talons horrifyingly clutching
onto a rabbit as it defended its prey from another red-tailed hawk.

Then I "met" one nearly face-to-face in my early twenties. A normal day at
the office, and I join my co-worker outside as she takes a smoke-break.
Nearby, my eyes catch something on a low branch in a tree. A red-tailed
hawk, just above head level. I couldn't help but approach it. I got to
stand about six feet or so away, just quietly examining the bird. On a
whim, I went in to get the office camera and it was still right there when
I returned. I got off 3 shots and then it took off. I felt the power of its
wings as it flew, almost right over my shoulder... My heart was pounding...
to feel the strength in the bird, in the way it moved the air.

That was the bird that made me into a birder.

I also should mention the tufted titmouse. I had one at my feeder that only
had one leg. I had a suet feeder, and he'd dangle there. He seemed to be
getting on just fine. They are such little birds, but there's something
very bold about them.

-- 
Heather Jacoby
greybeh AT gmail.com
Pittsburgh, PA
Allegheny County
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - WRS Snyder County west rt, Jan 25, 2015
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:04:32 -0500
hello all, 4 of use ran this route, myself, greg grove, jason weller and 
robert hosler

start 8:40am
end 12:05pm
53 miles driven
38 degrees to start
spritzing rain and sleet at times
4-6 inches snow cover
cloudy
calm to no wind

we were very pleased to have as many raptors in this snow as well as 
with light precipitation.

chad kauffman
mifflintown, pa


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	eBird Report - WRS Snyder County west rt, Jan 25, 2015
Date: 	Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:00:58 -0500 (EST)
From: 	ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: 	chadkauffman AT earthlink.net



WRS Snyder County west rt, Snyder, US-PA
Jan 25, 2015 8:40 AM - 12:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
53.0 mile(s)
39 species

Mute Swan  2
Common Merganser  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Cooper's Hawk  4
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  30
Rough-legged Hawk  1     1 light phased on NW corner of Faylor past shale bank.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  12
Pileated Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  12
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Common Raven  4
Horned Lark  40
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Eastern Bluebird  X
American Robin  3
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  X
American Tree Sparrow  25
Song Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  12
White-crowned Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco  250
Northern Cardinal  15
Red-winged Blackbird  3
House Finch  25
American Goldfinch  12
House Sparrow  100

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Subject: Susquehanna at Wrightsville, Glaucous Gull, Goldeneyes and others
From: Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:47:47 -0500
I made a stop this afternoon at the Lemon St access at Wrightsville, York 
county. I was not able to locate the Black-headed Gull. But there were a great 
many distant gulls packed together out on the ice which could have easily 
hidden it. There was a first year Glaucous Gull sprawled out on the ice. Also 
several Goldeneyes and a Red-breasted Merganser up near the bridge. 


Tim Becker
Grantville. 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Photo Study Of Bullock's Oriole In Gilbertsville, Montco, PA, 1/25/15
From: "Howard B. Eskin," <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:33:10 -0600
Mary Ache called me yesterday to let me know that the Bullock's Oriole
that first came to her feeders in 2010 was still coming back. So what else
could Congressman Jim Greenwood and I do but try for it today. The bird
came in around 10:30 AM and continued until we left about noon. In any
event, this marks the fifth season and would you believe the sixth
calendar year that this same incredibly beautiful bird has been coming
back to the same feeders, in the same yard, in Montgomery County. To see
the Photo Study, please click on the following link:


http://www.howardsview.com/Bullock%27sOrioleJan25_15/Bullock%27sOrioleJan25_15.html 


Regards,
Howard

Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: Female Common Goldeneye,Clearfield Co.
From: Chris Grecco <chris.grecco65 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:33:20 -0500
I observed and took some mediocre quality photos of a female common
goldeneye today,at the West Branch of the Susquehanna River below
Raftsman's Dam,in the borough of Clearfield.This bird was associating with
a pair of common mergansers.The goldeneye flew downriver towards the area
of the ethanol plant.It may return,if you find the common mergansers, which
have been in this area of the river for several weeks now,you may find the
goldeneye.

Chris Grecco
Curwensville, Pa.
Clearfield Co.
(814)-553-9913
grecco.chris AT yahoo.com
Subject: Lapland Longspurs, western Lancaster County
From: ••S•J•Stahl•• <jalstahl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:55:55 -0500
Yesterday, Jon Campbell found Lapland Longspurs in the eastern part of the 
county, and I checked out a flock of hundreds of Horned Larks along South 
Forrey Rd. I didn't see any yesterday, but today I saw 2 there. 

One was along the road, and I was just about to take photos, when a car zoomed 
by. 

Sincerely,
Stan Stahl
Subject: Favorite PA Bird
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:28:32 +0000
I have been thinking about my answer to this question. 

Many candidates presented themselves for consideration. I really like to see 
and hear scarlet tanagers and Baltimore orioles. Having been to the American 
tropics, I am convinced that these birds earn status as among the most colorful 
of neotropical migrants. High on my list are also Prothonotary warbler along 
with blackburnian warbler. Close looks at blackburnians on the Sunday morning 
PSO filed trip in June 2014 to Kinzua Creek were a highlight of my year. In 
fact, the longer I think about it, I could list most of the birds that occur in 
PA as potential favorites. 


But, I have arrived at my favorite PA bird. Not as tropically colorful and 
certainly not a neotropical migrant is my choice, ruffed grouse. I am always 
thrilled to see or hear a grouse. They are beautiful but tough birds that 
survive, and even thrive, in very inhospitable habitats and in places that are 
increasingly hard to find in PA. I have been lucky enough to get very close to 
several grouse and they are strikingly attractive, alive at close range. Plus 
they often scare me when they burst out a thicket as I walk by. Most other 
birds do not produce that reaction. 


Rob Blye, 
East Coventry Township 
Chester County, Pennsylvania 
Subject: Favorite Bird
From: Don Billett <donbsrbirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:49:54 -0500
My favorite bird is the same as my favorite desert.  Its the one I am
seeing now, no matter what it is.  Yes I love the fancy and rare and will
chase them all over but I also still like watching Canada Geese and seeing
vultures soar.  I even like the starlings especially in new plumage.  what
can I say love birds.

Don Billett - Lebanon County
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:29:04 -0500
I like Nick's response......the coolest thing about birding is just finding 
birds out there in the field. 


Not sure I have just one favorite bird, but I think Winter Wrens are awesome. 
They breed in neat habitat, they bounce around like they can defy gravity, they 
seem to be very inquisitive, and have one of the best songs around. 


Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County

On Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:14:08 -0500, Nick Guirate  
wrote: 


>Not to get all “deep”, but my favorite has always been the one that I am 
going to see next… The excitement and expectation of what bird will show up 
around the next turn along the path or bend in the stream. It doesn’t have to 
be a “new” bird for my list (although those are always nice to get) it just 
has to be the next one. Even if its the same species as the last one I saw. 

>
>My 10 year old daughter asks me quite frequently the same question; and I 
always give her the same answer. 

>
>
>Nick Guirate
>Valley Township, Chester County PA
>
>Sent via Virtual Carrier Pigeon
>
>Please feel free to check out my photography work at either of the links 
below: 

>
>My Website 
>
>My Portfolio 
>On Jan 24, 2015, at 14:28, Jim Flowers  wrote:
>
>God Bless the Turkey Vulture as well as the Black Vulture. They are not
>only magnificent birds but provide a service to the community of cleaning
>up road-kill messes on the sides of our highways, something we pay taxes
>for but government as we have it can leave it lay for days if not weeks,,,
>
>My favorite PA bird is not really a PA bird but was discovered here many
>years ago and I have been lucky enough to photograph it now for the past
>few years and near the locations where the species was first found and
>listed. That's the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher of the northern Boreal forests
>that only makes a stop-over during migrations here in Pa for a short
>period..
>
>On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson 
>wrote:
>
>> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action
>> pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish
>> snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?
>> 
>> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway,
>> at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful
>> flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too,
>> though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, seems
>> to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are
>> disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.
>> 
>> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the
>> woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a
>> church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there and
>> was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew straight up
>> out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on top of the
>> crows, dispersing them permanently!!
>> 
>> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent numbers
>> as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared Owls still
>> exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover over the
>> decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! Long
>> sentences.)
>> 
>> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor
>> Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.
>> 
>> Grant Stevenson
>> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
>> 
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>
>
>
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Subject: Fwd: [PABIRDS] What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Jim Smith <0000005d8e72d899-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:22:58 -0500
 
Having had the opportunity to monitor a nest in a transmission tower from  
1999 to 2009, I've got to say my favorite bird is the Bald Eagle.  Even  
though it is now fairly common in PA, it still gives me a thrill to see them  
soaring and interacting with each other.
 
Jim Smith 

 
 
  
____________________________________
 
 
In a message dated 1/24/2015 10:59:14 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET writes:

I  thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action  
pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish  
snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind  it?

Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic  Flyway, 
at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a  graceful 
flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like  them, too, 
though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or  fallow, 
seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family  farms are 
disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional  woods.

My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was  out in the 
woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the  steeple of a 
church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a  nest there 
and was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly,  it flew 
straight up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering  right on 
top of the crows, dispersing them permanently!!

Does  anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent 
numbers as  prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared 
Owls still  exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover 
over the  decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE?  
(Whew! Long sentences.)

Please consider volunteering for Hawk  Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor 
Project, at www.hawkmountain.org.  Thanks.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh  Co.

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Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Robert Mulvihill <robert.mulvihill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:58:38 -0500
Good question to ask on a wintry day, Grant!

I think some of you may know, my favorite bird is the Louisiana
Waterthrush.  But, my second favorite bird is the "Extraordinary Ordinary
Junco"--that's right, good ol' Junco hyemalis, in all its forms and
intergradations!

Bob Mulvihill
Pleasant Hills
Allegheny Co.




Robert S. Mulvihill
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National Aviary
700 Arch Street
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On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson 
wrote:

> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action
> pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish
> snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?
>
> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway,
> at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful
> flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too,
> though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, seems
> to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are
> disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.
>
> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the
> woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a
> church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there and
> was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew straight up
> out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on top of the
> crows, dispersing them permanently!!
>
> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent numbers
> as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared Owls still
> exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover over the
> decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! Long
> sentences.)
>
> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor
> Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.
>
> Grant Stevenson
> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
>
> ---
> This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Economy Borough Yard Birds, Jan 24, 2015
From: Karyn Delaney <delaneykaryn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:41:23 -0500
Returned home from out of town to find 8 Pine Siskins at the feeders
today.  Complete list below.

Karyn Delaney



Economy Borough Yard Birds, Beaver, US-PA
Jan 24, 2015 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Stationary
16 species

Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Northern Cardinal  12
House Finch  1
Pine Siskin (Northern)  8     At feeders for most of the day.
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  8

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Subject: WRS route-Central Montgomery Co., 01-17-15' (late report)
From: Barbara Hiebsch <redsquirrelgirl AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:08:49 +0000
 Hi all,
This area covers parts of Norristown; Jeffersonville; Trooper; Audubon;
Abrams; Valley Forge and Bridgeport.
 
1-17-2015
Montgomery Co. 
observers- Barb Hiebsch and Annie Johnson
Total time on route- 5 hrs, 12 mins
Start time- 10:01 AM
End time- 3:34 PM
 
T.V. =    17
B.V.=      19
Harrier = 0
Red-tail  (ad)-7
                (imm.)- 2
                (N/D) -   1
 
Rough-leg = 0
Kestrels =     0
Sharp-shin = 0
Coopers =      (ad) - 0
                         (imm) - 1
Red-shouldered   =   0
Bald eagle    -(ad.) = 2
                        ( imm,) = 0
Other raptors  =      Peregrine Falcon  = 1
Shrike   =  0
 
 Other birds of note, C. Mergansers; Am. black duck; lg. numbers of ring-billed 
gulls; lesser-black-backed gull 

 g-cr. kinglet; E. Bluebirds;  Y-Rp. warblers
 
Average temp.   = 21 to 26 degrees
Sky   = clear to ptly. cloudy
wind   =  light, N-6
average snow cover/depth   = 0
 
Good birding, Barb Hiebsch
                          Norristown, Pa
 		 	   		  
Subject: Crawford Co. Short-eared Owl
From: Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:16:10 -0500
I observed 1 short-eared Owl today (1/24) at the same location on Beaver
Street at approximately 5 PM.

 

Clare Nicolls

Springboro, PA

Crawford Co.
Subject: Eastern Lancaster County Lapland Longspurs
From: Jonathan Campbell <0000008033cde245-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:49:26 -0500
Dear Longspur fans:

Around Noon today (Saturday), I had four Lapland Longspurs at one time feeding 
at roadside horse-manure rich mud within a large spread out flock of Horned 
Larks in Amish farm country of eastern Lancaster County near New Holland. The 
Friday night snow had drawn the large regular winter field bird flocks of that 
area to the roadside as usual. 


All four Longspurs were seen from the road (sometimes on the road) on Musser 
School Road just south of the intersection of Musser School Road and 
Zeltenreich Road. As occasional cars passed (not a busy road!), the birds flew 
and consistently returned to the same area. Occasionally the longspurs would 
land on the wire fence just to the east of Musser School Road, which the Horned 
Larks would not do. All Longspurs had the diagnostic bold face marks and 
visible chestnut wing patch. One appeared to be a young male with extensive 
blotchy black at the front of his neck and striking chestnut on his nape. 


I live near this location and often check this Horned Lark flock after 
snowstorms for buntings and longspurs. This is the first I've found any 
longspurs in 8 years or so of watching. What a great showing at close range! 


Just to the south of this location I also had a distant Peregrine Falcon fly 
by, which appeared to be an adult. 


Happy birding!

Jon Campbell
Subject: WRS North Western Montgomery Co. 1/23/2015
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:23:20 -0500
All,
I did our Montco WRS 1/23/2015. The weather was ideal to roam some of remaining 
open farmland of Montco. The route starts in Franconia Twp. and goes out to 
Green Lane Reservoir and the border with Berks Co. in New Hanover and Douglass 
Twps. Unfortunately, the day was rather uneventful. 


County  - Montgomery
Date - 1/23/2015
Observers- August Mirabella 
Time- 5 hrs. 50 min.
Start/End Time- 9:25 AM/3:45 PM
Miles on Route -54   

#TVs- 73 12 yr. avg.= 36.2 


#BVs-17 12 yr. avg.= 7.8 

  
# Harriers - 0 males / 0 females /0 imm.= 0 Total       12 yr. avg.= 1.1

# Red-tails - 17  Ad / 0 imm. / 15 ND  = 32 Total        12 yr. avg.= 35.6  

#Rough-legs - 0 Dark/0 Light = 0 Total                       12 yr. avg.= 0.7 

#Kestrels - 1 M / 0 F / 0 imm. =1 Total                      12 yr. avg.= 2.4

#Sharp-shinned - 0 Ad/ 0 Imm/ 0 ND=0 Total             12 yr. avg.= 0.8

#Cooper's - 0 Ad. / 0 imm./ 2 ND =2 Total                  12 yr. avg.= 2.1

#Red-shouldered - 0 Ad. / 0 imm. = 0 Total                12 yr. avg.= 0.2   

#Bald Eagles - 0 12 yr. avg.= 1.4 


Other Raptors -  0

Shrikes - 0

Other birds of note - 6000 Snow Geese at Green Lane Reservoir(I didn't estimate 
as George Franchois was there when I arrived and had already made an estimate) 



Avg. Temperature - 35 F

Sky- Clear/Pt Cloudy/Cloudy- Clear but increasing clouds late
Wind - Light/medium/strong-  Light 

Avg Snow cover depth - 0

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:12:20 -0500
Grant. The PGC gave me an Owl box a few years ago. 2 biologists were here to 
check out a Barn Owl nest in my barn. It was no longer in use. So they 
roamed my 25 acres looking for and calling Owls. Before they left they gave 
me an Owl box. I painted it white, Nailed it to a 12 foot long pressure 
treated 2x4. Then cemented it in a cement block so it could be tilted down 
for cleaning. I then put it on the dam of my 450 foot long pond. No Owls 
have used it but for the last 4 or 5 years a pair of Kestrels have used it 
to nest in. Each spring I clean it to find all kinds of wings from birds 
that they feed their kids. One day I walked the pond. When I got in front of 
the box she flew out and almost decapitated me. I have a few pictures of the 
young peeking out at me someplace. Before they took over the Owl box, they 
took over my Wood Duck nest box hung in a tree. That was about 20 years old 
and eventually rotted and fell apart. That’s when they adopted the Owl box
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County

-----Original Message----- 
From: grant stevenson
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 10:58 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: [PABIRDS] What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24

I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action
pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish
snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?

Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway,
at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful
flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too,
though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow,
seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are
disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.

My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the
woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a
church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there
and was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew
straight up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on
top of the crows, dispersing them permanently!!

Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent
numbers as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared
Owls still exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover
over the decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE?
(Whew! Long sentences.)

Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor
Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

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Subject: Allegheny County, owls and hawk
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:50:50 -0500
Today was an interesting day, in that I was not actively birding during the day 
but did have some good sightings. In West Deer I saw a Barred Owl. It flew 
across a driveway and landed in a white pine tree, where I eventually got a 
good look at it. Later I heard a Great-horned owl calling. I also saw a Brown 
Creeper. This morning there were two Red-shouldered Hawks flying over our yard 
and calling a lot. Pat also saw four flickers. 


Amy Henrici
Pat McShea

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Favorite
From: Carl Juris <hbgbrdrs AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:06:21 -0500
It has to be a tie between Bluebirds and Carolina wrens during the winter, with 
Humming Birds 

Joining them in the summer!

Nancy

Carl and Nancy Juris
Harrisburg, Dauphin County
Subject: WRS Westmoreland County
From: Tom Kuehl <tjk.kuehl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:20:55 -0500
Greg and All,

 

This is the 4th year for my self-named Ligonier Valley route. We have a very
slow start and were concerned that maybe we should not have tried to a WRS
in between two snow events. Fortunately we had a good rush of Red-tails
later in the route; the 17 was actually 1 above the 3-year average. We
counted 3 Turkey Vultures, but no Black's (we had 2 last year); both were
tallied on last month's Rector Christmas Bird Count.

 

Tom Kuehl

Westmoreland County

 

 

County -  Westmoreland

Date -  January 24, 2015

Observers- Tom and Janet Kuehl

Total time on route (excluding lunch etc) Hours:Minutes- 3:36

Start time/End time 11:10AM / 2:46PM

Miles on route 62.8

 

TVs - 3

BVs-

 

Harriers-

 

Red-tails- Ad  = 6 ./Imm. =  1 /ND  = 10  -  Total = 17

 

Rough-legs- Light/Dark

 Kestrels- M  /F = 1 /ND

 

Sharp-shins- Ad/Imm/ND

 

Cooper's - Ad = 1/Imm = 1 /ND   Total = 2

 

Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND 1

 

Bald Eagles- Ad 1 /Imm. 

 

Other raptors  UR 1

Shrikes

 

Other birds of note - optional

 

2 Ravens

1 Great Blue Heron (Loyalhanna Creek)

A large mixed flock of Robin and Cedar Waxwings 

  

Avg Temp.-  30F

Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Generally full cloud cover with occasional
breaks of blue sky

Wind - Light/medium/strong-  Light to Medium at times

Avg Snow cover depth -  2" 

 
Subject: Sightings - Allegheny Co.
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:12:11 -0500
Hello All,

Today was one of those serendipitous birding days and I didn't even plan on 
birding. We had to drop my mother-in-law off in Oakland for some medical work, 
and on the way through Schenley Park we spotted the area merlin flying low and 
speedily across Blvd of the Allies before disappearing over the ridge near the 
pool. After dropping mom off, the boys wanted to play at the outside area at 
Beechwood (my boys love the tunnel and fort there), so we made the drive. 


The boys played for a while, then we went inside to warm up and spotted a lone 
pine siskin on the feeders amongst many other birds. One of the resident 
red-shouldered hawks made an appearance overhead and scared up all the birds, 
so we left to head back to Oakland. As we got onto 28 S, Matt Juskowich called 
and said he had what he thought was a white-winged Scoter at the Sharpsburg 
Marina, so we turned around and headed there. 


A view through my scope confirmed an adult female white-winged scoter with an 
adult female common goldeneye, but we quickly spotted another distant scoter on 
the water near Six Mile Island. At the time, I got the impression the bird was 
an adult female surf scoter. It was very dark overall with no white visible on 
the face or in the secondaries while seen rising out of the water twice and 
flapping. Matt's and my limited experience with this species prevented us from 
making an on the spot ID, but research at home makes us confident we saw a surf 
scoter. Several others also reported one later in the day though the 
white-winged apparently left the area after we did. 


After returning home for lunch, the boys and I held an informal hawk 
watch/sledding party from our yard overlooking the valley below our home. We 
spotted a Cooper's hawk, a red-shouldered hawk, three red-tails, and a yard 
first light morph rough-legged hawk, a life bird for my two boys. 


It was an awesome day despite not intending to bird today. I need to "not bird" 
more often. Thanks for reading! 


Cheers,
Jim Hausman
Jefferson Hills 
Allegheny Co. 



Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse any typos! :-)
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:02:46 -0500
That's true, Anne!  They do brighten our days!

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

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 24, 2015, at 1:09 PM, Anne Annibali  wrote:
> 
> Thanks for the fun question. I can't believe no one chose the cardinal yet. 
Sure, they're everywhere, but absolutely nothing can compare to how that splash 
of bright red lifts the spirits on a dull winter day. And watching the male 
offer seeds to his mate and then sing his heart out proclaiming territory 
during breeding season comes a close second. 

> 
> Anne Annibali,
> Mt. Gretna, Lebanon County  
> 
>> Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:58:46 -0500
>> From: pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET
>> Subject: [PABIRDS] What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
>> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>> 
>> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action 
>> pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish 
>> snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?
>> 
>> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway, 
>> at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful 
>> flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too, 
>> though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, 
>> seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are 
>> disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.
>> 
>> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the 
>> woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a 
>> church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there 
>> and was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew 
>> straight up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on 
>> top of the crows, dispersing them permanently!!
>> 
>> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent 
>> numbers as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared 
>> Owls still exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover 
>> over the decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? 
>> (Whew! Long sentences.)
>> 
>> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor 
>> Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.
>> 
>> Grant Stevenson
>> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
>> 
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Subject: Lehigh and Northampton county birds
From: dave leibert <xdave AT ENTER.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:58:29 -0500
Howdy,

did an extended coffee/birding loop today to see if things would be any 
different do to the snow.

I had one of the adult peregrines sitting on a beam on the building that 
they nest on in South Bethlehem.

Tons of gulls, Canada geese and crows flying up and down the river. Some 
of the gulls were different but I don't know gulls .

There were 30-40 Horned larks at Arrowhead rd and maybe a total of 75 
Horned larks on Country Club rd East of 191.

I saw  a few hundred snow geese near Country Club rd.

Cheers, Dave
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: reeser <reeser AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:43:35 -0500
Carolina Wren, their loud song brightens up the day! They are so 
curious, we had one fly onto the enclosed porch and sit on the bag of 
bird seed. They seem to stay in pairs all year and nest very close to 
the house, if not on the house somewhere. Just fun to watch!
Rudy Throated  Hummingbird, so fascinating to watch their aerial 
acrobatics and to wonder how something that small can have the ability 
to travel such great distances.
Blue Jay and Crow for their intelligence.
Wood Thrush, Song Sparrow, House Wren for their songs.
Red Tailed Hawk, watching it soar over head
Robin, wouldn't seem like home without them
And on and on......

Ellen
Cumberland County, PA
Subject: New Wilmington area, Lawrence Co.
From: Craig Holt <0000007fe6ec5d00-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:54:20 +0000
I birded the Amish area south of New Wilmington (Wilmington and Pulaski Twps.) 
this afternoon.  Highlights were: 2 bald eagles (1 adult and 1 imm.), 1 light 
morph rough-legged hawk, 2 red-tailed hawks, Am. kestrel, 3 horned larks, and 
an e. meadowlark.  There wasn't much manure spread around close to the roads. 
 I couldn't find any Wilson's snipe.  Craig Holt, Lowellville, Ohio 

Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird?
From: Kerry A Grim <mountainbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:47:43 -0500
Raven. What could be more entertaining?

Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA
Subject: Pine Siskins, Schuylkill Co.
From: Denise Donmoyer <nightowl57 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:05:17 -0500
Sweet Arrow Lake 1/24/15

 

Pine Siskins

Brown Creeper

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Black Vultures

 

 

Denise Donmoyer

Sweet Arrow Lake

Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.

nightowl57 AT verizon.net 

 

 
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Jim Flowers <artsnimages AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:28:29 -0500
God Bless the Turkey Vulture as well as the Black Vulture. They are not
only magnificent birds but provide a service to the community of cleaning
up road-kill messes on the sides of our highways, something we pay taxes
for but government as we have it can leave it lay for days if not weeks,,,

My favorite PA bird is not really a PA bird but was discovered here many
years ago and I have been lucky enough to photograph it now for the past
few years and near the locations where the species was first found and
listed. That's the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher of the northern Boreal forests
that only makes a stop-over during migrations here in Pa for a short
period..

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson 
wrote:

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



-- 
*Jim Flowers*
Arts N Images 
Birds and Blooms Blog 
Wildlife South 
NANPA, NAPP, National Geographic Society (Retired)
Subject: Favorite Bird
From: Verizon <william.neff AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:07:10 -0500
I've never met an ugly bird (sorry, Ann, but turkey vultures are as close as 
I've come), but far and away my favorite is the red headed woodpecker. We're so 
fortunate to be able to find them around Confederate Avenue on the battlefield 
at Gettysburg year round. That black and white and wine red just can't be beat 
in my book. 

Barbara Neff
Mechanicsburg

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Subject: Southeast Lancaster County Winter Raptor Survey, 23 Jan 2015
From: Bob Schutsky <info AT BIRDTREKS.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:19:08 -0500
Dear PABirders,

Below are the results of the Southeast Lancaster County Winter Raptor
Survey that Tom Amico and I conducted on Friday, 23 January 2015.  The
morning began with lots of sun, and no wind or fog.  Later in the day 
the clouds began to build and there was a light southeast breeze.  We 
located an adult Peregrine Falcon that attempted to capture a single 
blackbird out of a flock of about 1000 mostly Red-winged Blackbirds. 
The blackbird escaped by inches!  It was quite a chase.  We checked the 
two Bald Eagle nests that are near the town of Paradise, on the south 
side of US 30, but did not see a Bald Eagle on or near either nest.


Southeast Lancaster County Winter Raptor Survey (WRS)
23 January 2015
Bob Schutsky and Tom Amico
4 hours and 48 minutes
9:46 AM to 2:34 PM
58.1 miles


Turkey Vulture, 183

Black Vulture, 29

Red-tailed Hawk, 36 total (25 adults, 11 age not-determined)

American Kestrel, 1 male

Peregrine Falcon, 1 adult

Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 adult male

Cooper's Hawk, 3 total (1 adult male, 2 age not-determined)

Bald Eagle, 4 total (1 adult, 3 immature)


Other birds of note: 2 Great Blue Heron, 14 Eastern Bluebird, 3 
White-crowned Sparrow, about 25,000 blackbirds.  (The blackbirds were 
approximately evenly split among Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, 
and Brown-headed Cowbirds, in 8-10 mixed flocks).


Average Temperature, 36 F (32-40 F)
Sky, mostly sunny (start) to total overcast (end)
Wind, light (southeast 0-5 mph)
Average snow cover, zero to 1 inch
Ponds frozen, creeks open
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Anne Annibali <anneanni AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:09:44 -0500
Thanks for the fun question. I can't believe no one chose the cardinal yet. 
Sure, they're everywhere, but absolutely nothing can compare to how that splash 
of bright red lifts the spirits on a dull winter day. And watching the male 
offer seeds to his mate and then sing his heart out proclaiming territory 
during breeding season comes a close second. 

 
Anne Annibali,
Mt. Gretna, Lebanon County  
 
> Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:58:46 -0500
> From: pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET
> Subject: [PABIRDS] What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action 
> pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish 
> snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?
> 
> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway, 
> at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful 
> flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too, 
> though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, 
> seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are 
> disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.
> 
> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the 
> woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a 
> church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there 
> and was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew 
> straight up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on 
> top of the crows, dispersing them permanently!!
> 
> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent 
> numbers as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared 
> Owls still exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover 
> over the decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? 
> (Whew! Long sentences.)
> 
> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor 
> Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.
> 
> Grant Stevenson
> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
> 
> ---
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Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Scott Bastian <jandsbastian AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:50:41 -0500
Chickadee!
They lend definition to "sprite."
I love their onomatopoeia name.
They are bold in pattern and habits.They got pizzazz.
You can "tice 'em" to eat out of your hand.
They're well known to even non-birders.
Carolina vs. Black-capped is a fun challenge in places. As are subspecies.
They brighten up a winter woods walk.
For birders almost everywhere, Boreal Chickadee is off-the-chain cool.

Scott Bastian
Somerset County (SW PA)




On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 11:59 AM, Linda F Tucker 
wrote:

> The Common Yellowthroat is my favorite bird, in PA or elsewhere. I love
> watching them forage and I've found that they are curious little birds that
> will occasionally hop on a branch and look right at me for a few moments,
> as if trying to figure out exactly what I am. I am also very fond of the
> male's black mask. The White-breasted Nuthatch comes in a close second. I
> love the sound of their calls, and I really enjoy those quiet winter days
> when all is silent except for a group of nuthatches calling as they move
> from tree to tree. I also have a favorite bird song. Thrushes are the best
> singers in my opinion, and my favorite song comes from the Hermit Thrush.
>
> Linda Tucker Serniak
> Lake Township, Wayne County
>
> On January 24, 2015, at 10:59 AM, grant stevenson 
> wrote:
>
> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action
> pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish
> snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?
>
> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway,
> at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful
> flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too,
> though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow,
> seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are
> disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.
>
> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the
> woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a
> church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there
> and was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew
> straight up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on
> top of the crows, dispersing them permanently!!
>
> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent
> numbers as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared
> Owls still exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover
> over the decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE?
> (Whew! Long sentences.)
>
> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor
> Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.
>
> Grant Stevenson
> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
>
> ---
> This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
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>
Subject: Favorite Pa. Bird.
From: Chris Grecco <chris.grecco65 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:48:51 -0500
My favorite Pa. bird would have to be northern goshawk.Even though their
numbers have declined in the state significantly since the days of the
passenger pigeon,it's nice to know that it still breeds in the state.Saw my
first northern goshawk last spring.

Chris Grecco
Curwensville,Pa.
Clearfield Co.
Subject: Wingfield Pines-Allegheny County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:37:20 -0500
Highlights at Wingfield Pines this morning:

Green-winged Teal; two females, one male
Northern Pintail; two males, one female
One light adult Rough-legged Hawk, chased by a Red-tailed Hawk


Gigi Gerben
Washington County
Subject: Snow Geese in East Mt Airy (Philly area)
From: Cliff Hence <0000003a3f542467-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:33:16 -0500
While outside clearing snow from our sidewalks in the East Mt. Airy 
section of Philadelphia today around 11:30AM, we saw a small flock of 
about 20 individual Snow Geese flying over. They were in a classic V 
formation and calling to each other. They were heading in a westerly 
direction.

In other bird news:
We're are still hosting an Imm. Cooper's Hawk at our feeders. It comes 
through at least once or twice a day and sometimes perches on the 
crossbar of our feeder stand.
However the Great Blue Heron we saw about a week ago perched in a tree 
over our small, goldfish ladened pond, has not returned. Which is a 
good thing. Although we have seen it flying in the area.

Cliff Hence
Phila. Pa.
Subject: Allegheny County -- White-winged Scoter
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:32:41 -0500
Hi,

This morning I found an adult male White-winged Scoter at Duck Hollow. Brings 
back memories of last winter. The male Ring-necked Duck that has been there 
since December is still there. 


At Woods Run on the Ohio River the female Greater Scaup continues and I saw 8 
Bufflehead. 


Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Linda F Tucker <arcanehero AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:59:54 -0500
The Common Yellowthroat is my favorite bird, in PA or elsewhere. I love 
watching them forage and I've found that they are curious little birds that 
will occasionally hop on a branch and look right at me for a few moments, as if 
trying to figure out exactly what I am. I am also very fond of the male's black 
mask. The White-breasted Nuthatch comes in a close second. I love the sound of 
their calls, and I really enjoy those quiet winter days when all is silent 
except for a group of nuthatches calling as they move from tree to tree. I also 
have a favorite bird song. Thrushes are the best singers in my opinion, and my 
favorite song comes from the Hermit Thrush. 


Linda Tucker Serniak
Lake Township, Wayne County

On January 24, 2015, at 10:59 AM, grant stevenson  
wrote: 


I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action 
pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish 
snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?

Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway, 
at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful 
flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too, 
though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, 
seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are 
disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.

My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the 
woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a 
church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there 
and was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew 
straight up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on 
top of the crows, dispersing them permanently!!

Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent 
numbers as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared 
Owls still exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover 
over the decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? 
(Whew! Long sentences.)

Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor 
Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

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Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:57:03 -0500
I don’t know Ann. They do soar nice but they eat mainly road kills. There is 
a nest on the mountain behind my house. Twice they have dropped road kill 
remains on my lawn. I have a movie of one retrieving the road kill possum it 
dropped last summer if you would like it.
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob, Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ann Pettigrew
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:18 AM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24

Mine is the Turkey Vulture. I think they are magnificent fliers and I always 
say that if I could come back as any animal, it would be a turkey vulture! 
Imagine being able to soar the way they do!

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

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 24, 2015, at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson  
> wrote:
>
> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action 
> pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish 
> snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?
>
> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway, 
> at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful 
> flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too, 
> though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, 
> seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are 
> disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.
>
> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the 
> woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a 
> church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there and 
> was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew straight 
> up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on top of the 
> crows, dispersing them permanently!!
>
> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent numbers 
> as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared Owls 
> still exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover over the 
> decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! 
> Long sentences.)
>
> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor 
> Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.
>
> Grant Stevenson
> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
>
> ---
> This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
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Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Ron Rovansek <rrovansek AT PACEWATER.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:42:03 +0000
I think mine is Wood Thrush. I enjoy their song, like their bright brown color, 
enjoy spotted birds, and they are most common in deep woods, which makes them 
seem more wild than birds that frequent wood edges. 


Ron Rovansek
Centre County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 24, 2015, at 11:18 AM, Ann Pettigrew  wrote:
> 
> Mine is the Turkey Vulture. I think they are magnificent fliers and I always 
say that if I could come back as any animal, it would be a turkey vulture! 
Imagine being able to soar the way they do! 

> 
> Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
> York, PA
> rook185 AT comcast.net
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Jan 24, 2015, at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson  wrote:
>> 
>> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action 
pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish snow. 
What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it? 

>> 
>> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway, at 
least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful flyer. It 
prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too, though kestrels 
seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, seems to be disappearing 
as pre-recession building and family farms are disappearing, giving way to 
secondary secessional woods. 

>> 
>> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the woods 
one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a church. Dad 
walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there and was not going 
quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew straight up out of sight, and 
came down stooping and hollering right on top of the crows, dispersing them 
permanently!! 

>> 
>> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent numbers 
as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared Owls still 
exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover over the decades 
since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! Long sentences.) 

>> 
>> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor Project, 
at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks. 

>> 
>> Grant Stevenson
>> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
>> 
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Subject: Black-headed Gull- Lemon St, Susq River
From: Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:22:10 -0500
The adult Black-headed Gull found by Mike Epler yesterday is currently here at 
the end of Lemon St, Wrightsville. No Iceland or Glaucous yet. 1500 
Ring-billed. 


Alex

I'm out birding, so this email was sent from my iPhone!
Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:18:49 -0500
Mine is the Turkey Vulture. I think they are magnificent fliers and I always 
say that if I could come back as any animal, it would be a turkey vulture! 
Imagine being able to soar the way they do! 


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

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> On Jan 24, 2015, at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson  wrote:
> 
> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action pause 
and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish snow. What is 
your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it? 

> 
> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway, at 
least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful flyer. It 
prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too, though kestrels 
seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, seems to be disappearing 
as pre-recession building and family farms are disappearing, giving way to 
secondary secessional woods. 

> 
> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the woods 
one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a church. Dad 
walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there and was not going 
quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew straight up out of sight, and 
came down stooping and hollering right on top of the crows, dispersing them 
permanently!! 

> 
> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent numbers as 
prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared Owls still exist, 
or has there been substantial technological turnover over the decades since 
Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! Long sentences.) 

> 
> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor Project, 
at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks. 

> 
> Grant Stevenson
> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
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Subject: Brown Creeper - York County
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:15:31 -0500
We have a nice array of birds at the feeders this morning including a Brown 
Creeper, always a fun addition. 


Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
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Subject: Re: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: Brandon Swayser <0000007a9e459a72-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:11:29 -0500
That's a tough question, my favorite PA bird changes seasonally, but I could 
give you a top 5: great horned owl, red-shouldered hawk, harlequin duck, 
peregrine falcon, and northern flicker. I feel bad not including American 
woodcock though. 


To answer your question about rodent trap-lines, most college and university 
mammalogy classes still train their students to set up and check trap-lines. I 
was required to do it in college about 2 years ago but we didn't catch anything 
:(. I assume that field mammalogists still use them, since training students in 
obsolete techniques would be sort of useless. 


Brandon Swayser,
Lehigh county 

> On Jan 24, 2015, at 10:58 AM, grant stevenson  wrote:
> 
> I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action pause 
and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish snow. What is 
your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it? 

> 
> Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway, at 
least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful flyer. It 
prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too, though kestrels 
seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, seems to be disappearing 
as pre-recession building and family farms are disappearing, giving way to 
secondary secessional woods. 

> 
> My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the woods 
one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a church. Dad 
walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there and was not going 
quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew straight up out of sight, and 
came down stooping and hollering right on top of the crows, dispersing them 
permanently!! 

> 
> Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent numbers as 
prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared Owls still exist, 
or has there been substantial technological turnover over the decades since 
Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? (Whew! Long sentences.) 

> 
> Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor Project, 
at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks. 

> 
> Grant Stevenson
> Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
> 
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Subject: Pine Siskin, Franklin Co
From: Bob Keener <keener1538 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:08:05 -0500
One Pine Siskin is present among the A. Goldfinches this morning at our
feeders on Heisey Rd, Shippensburg.
Subject: What is your favorite PA bird? 1/24
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:58:46 -0500
I thought we could use some fun now that the PGC issue may be on action 
pause and the birding is a little harder with winter, esp. with deepish 
snow. What is your favorite PA bird? Why? Any stories behind it?

Mine is the American Kestrel. Still declining along the Atlantic Flyway, 
at least, being a falcon, North America's smallest, it can be a graceful 
flyer. It prefers Northern Flicker holes, so I guess I like them, too, 
though kestrels seem to prefer boxes. Cropland, cultivated or fallow, 
seems to be disappearing as pre-recession building and family farms are 
disappearing, giving way to secondary secessional woods.

My father as a teenager in Philly during the Depression was out in the 
woods one day when some crows were giving a ruckus in the steeple of a 
church. Dad walking over and realized that a kestrel had a nest there 
and was not going quietly! He made a stick blind. Suddenly, it flew 
straight up out of sight, and came down stooping and hollering right on 
top of the crows, dispersing them permanently!!

Does anyone know if "trap-lines" equipment to measure small rodent 
numbers as prey for kestrels and other predaceous birds like Short-eared 
Owls still exist, or has there been substantial technological turnover 
over the decades since Craighead & Craigheads' HAWKS, OWLS AND WILDLIFE? 
(Whew! Long sentences.)

Please consider volunteering for Hawk Mountain's PA Farmland Raptor 
Project, at www.hawkmountain.org. Thanks.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

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Subject: White winged scorer sharpsburg marina allegheny co
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:38:38 -0800
I currently have 2 scoters at the marina. One is def a white-winged scoter the 
other one is to far out to i.d. . Jim Hausman came with his scope and it's 
still to far with his scope. Get out on the rivers Pgh birders. Matthew 
juskowich allegheny county. 

Subject: Re: Phila Navy Yard access for birding
From: Holly Merker <0000002d9b0d8554-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:54:04 -0500
Belynda and PA Birders,
I am not sure if Belynda was referring to the Navy Yard being an "eBird 
Hotspot" or just a "hot spot "to go birding at-will, but from an eBird Hotspot 
perspective, we wanted to inform everyone that the designator of "( restricted 
access) " has been added to the eBird Hotspot name for the Philadelphia Naval 
Yard. 


 When you see "( restricted access) " within an eBird Hotspot name, this means 
what it implies: access is restricted for public birding, and has additional 
circumstances for access that birders should be wary of. Sometimes it means 
visitation only with special permission from the property owner, and sometimes 
it could mean only certain areas are publicly accessible. This is often applied 
so that people do not trespass without warning onto private property. 


 So, when you see this designator on ANY eBird hotspot, please do more research 
on the site you are trying to visit. There are going to be factors birders need 
to be aware of before visiting the hotspot. In this case, since handfuls of 
birders have been asked to leave by police, access to the birding public may 
not be possible at all going forward. 


Here's the link for the Naval Yard Hotspot, where you will see the designator: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1069194 


Good birding,
Holly Merker
Downingtown, Chester County
PA eBird Hotspot Team/ Review Team

On Jan 24, 2015, at 8:44 AM, Belynda Stewart wrote:

> Since the Navy Yard is a birding hotspot there should be some way to contact 
those in charge to get permits for birding, even with some restrictions such as 
registering at entrance gate as trucks must. 

> Any thoughts on this?  
> P.S. I did see a mangy fox walking over the paved area while there yesterday 
afternoon but no Redpolls. 

> 
> Belynda Stewart
> 
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: WRS - NW Adams County
From: Gregory William Grove <gwg2 AT PSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:06:59 -0500
Thanks Ron ! 

Greg 

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

From: "Ron Freed"  
To: "Greg Grove"  
Cc: "Pabirds"  
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 4:41:45 PM 
Subject: WRS - NW Adams County 



County – Adams (NW) 


Date – Jan 23, 2015 


Observers - Ron and Pat Freed, Keith and Deb Gingrich 


Time on route (excluding lunch etc) Hours:Minutes - 4 hrs:0 mins 


Start time/End time – 10:00 am / 3:00 pm 


Miles on route - 77 





TVs - 147 




BVs - 31 





Harriers- 





Red-tails- Ad./Imm./ND – 12/3/15 





Rough-legs- Light/Dark 





Kestrels- M/F/ND – 2/1/3 





Sharp-shins- Ad/Imm/ND – 1/0/0 





Cooper's - Ad/Imm/ND – 1/1/0 





Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND – 1/1/0 





Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm. 





Other raptors 


Shrikes 





Other birds of note – 





Avg Temp.- 32 (start at 28, end at 36) 


Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- Partly Cloudy (clear AM, cloudy PM) 


Wind - Light/medium/strong- Light 


Avg Snow cover depth – 1” 









	


	

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Subject: Pine siskins & common redpolls - Monroe county
From: Jon <jonjmular16 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:27:03 -0500
Pine siskins are visiting my feeders and a flock of about 20 common redpolls 
have been flying nomadically around my backyard here just north of 
brodheadsville in Monroe county 


Bird on,

Jon Mularczyk
Brodheadsville, PA 

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Subject: Phila Navy Yard access for birding
From: Belynda Stewart <belyndastewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:44:51 -0500
Since the Navy Yard is a birding hotspot there should be some way to contact 
those in charge to get permits for birding, even with some restrictions such as 
registering at entrance gate as trucks must. 

Any thoughts on this?  
P.S. I did see a mangy fox walking over the paved area while there yesterday 
afternoon but no Redpolls. 


Belynda Stewart

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawks, Bald Eagles. etc. (Lawrence/Mercer Counties)
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:39:03 -0600
3 Rough-legged Hawks (1 near Tower Road, 2 off Cotton Road area, photos)
2 Northern Harriers (1 off Wray Rd./Tower Rd., 1 Cotton/HHRoads)
2 Coopers Hawks
4 Red shoulder Hawks (2 behind the pond at the end of Tower Road)
7 Red-tails in Volant strips and New Wilmington
4 Bald Eagles (2 adults, 2 immatures, photos)
1 Merlin on Cotton Road
3 Ring-necked pheasants (1 male, 2 females corner of Black Road)
12 Kestrels (everywhere including 3 in one tree just coming out of New 
Wilmington toward Volant) 

40+ American crows (2-3 different flocks/murders flying together both sides of 
Cotton Road and the road and Heather Heights Road) 

14 Tree Sparrows (Cotton Road and Georgetown Road)
E. Bluebirds here and there (~6-8)
No Horned Larks or Snow Buntings on Lake Road---dipped on the Snow Buntings
4 Horned Larks (could see more but too far away to tell how many for sure on 
Yoder Road) 

3 Red-tail Hawks on 79 between Grove City exit and Moraine going home...
2 Bald Eagles (immature) and a few Am. Black Ducks at Crooked Creek
Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
Subject: Black-headed Gull, Susquehanna River, Wrightsville
From: Mike Epler <jmepler AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:03:01 -0500
Late this afternoon I birded the Susquehanna River from the Lemon Street river 
access in Wrightsville. There were an estimated 10,000+ gulls there. The best 
bird among them was an adult Black-headed Gull. I also found a first year 
Iceland Gull and a first year Glaucous Gull. 


Here is my complete checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21509695

Mike Epler
Middletown, PA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Pine Siskins, Butler
From: Glenn Koppel <kestrel22 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:32:54 +0000
After being gone for a week, it is nice to see our Pine Siskins are back. We 
had 8 yesterday and 5 today, mostly feeding on sunflower chips. 

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22 AT hotmail.comButler, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: No. Pintail at Wingfield Pines, Allegheny Co.
From: Cathy Brown <blueapis AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:11:30 -0500
I spotted one male Northern Pintail late this afternoon at Wingfield Pines. He 
was with a group of Mallards, but always at the edge of them. Also saw a dark 
wren, but did not get a good look before it flew. This was in the grassy area 
south of the ponds.There was a Kestral on the telephone line just south of the 
parking lot. 

  
Cathy 		 	   		  
Subject: Dauphin Co: 2 Ross's Geese; river waterfowl
From: Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:22:27 -0500
This afternoon I checked Susquehanna River viewpoints from Heritage Park
south to the Middletown Access. There were very few waterfowl, with the
only duck species being Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Common
Goldeneye, Mallard, and Gadwall plus Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.

The Snow Goose flock on Milton Hershey School property to the NE of the
intersection of Governor Rd (PA322) and Meadow Lane continues to grow, and
there are now about 4000 Snow Geese there, including 2 adult white Ross's
Geese. More detailed breakdown below....

*Susquehanna River--Heritage Park Access*
Greater Scaup 1 Male
Bufflehead 2 Male and female
Common Goldeneye 3 Females
Common Merganser 28 Mostly female type
Ring-billed Gull 15 Adults
Herring Gull 1 First year with white head and pale plumage

*Susquehanna River--H.C. Shrauder Park Access*
Common Merganser 12 Mostly female type
Ring-billed Gull 4 Adults
Herring Gull 1 First year with white head and pale plumage

*Fort Hunter*
Common Goldeneye 3 Females
Common Merganser 34 Mostly female type
Ring-billed Gull 1 Adult

*Susquehanna River--West Fairview*
Ring-billed Gull 54 Adults

*Highspire Reservoir Park*
Canada Goose  1
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  185
Ring-billed Gull  6

*Susquehanna River--Middletown Access*
Gadwall 2 Males
Mallard 100
Ring-billed Gull 80 Adults

*MHS--Eileen Dr/Horseshoe Trail fields*
Snow Goose 4000 Foraging in the fields. Counted by 100s - only about 200
blue type. No neck collars seen.
Ross's Goose 2 Adult white types with Snows. Seen simultaneously. Very
small overall, with small rounded heads and tiny purple-pink bills.
Digiscoped photos taken of one.
Canada Goose 750 Flyovers, heading WSW
Mallard 3
American Kestrel 2 Male and female
Horned Lark 40


Thanks,

Alex Lamoreaux
Hershey, PA

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Subject: WRS-Washington County
From: gg <0000003c44b29004-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:47:28 +0000
Did a WRS in NW Washington County today with the following results: 
Start time/End time 11:30 AM-2:30 PMMiles on route ~30  TVs- 0BVs-0 Harriers- 
3, one very rufous juvenile; others were adult  Red-tails-10; 8 adults, 2 
juveniles  Rough-legs- Light/Dark-0 Kestrels- M/F/ND-0 Sharp-shins- 1; Age 
not determined  Cooper's - Ad/Imm/ND-0 Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND-0 Bald 
Eagles- Ad/Imm.-0 Other raptors:Shrikes-0 Other birds of note – 2 Northern 
Flickers 


 Avg Temp.- 27 FSky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy- sunshine at beginning, 
overcastwithin first half hour, remaining overcast for rest of survey  Wind - 
LightAvg Snow cover depth – mostly bare, a few areas with 1-2” 


Gigi GerbenWashington County 
 
Subject: WRS - NW Adams County
From: Ron Freed <rrfreed AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:41:45 -0500
County - Adams (NW)

Date - Jan 23, 2015

Observers - Ron and Pat Freed, Keith and Deb Gingrich

Time on route (excluding lunch etc) Hours:Minutes - 4 hrs:0 mins

Start time/End time - 10:00 am / 3:00 pm

Miles on route - 77

 

TVs - 147

 

BVs - 31

 

Harriers-

 

Red-tails- Ad./Imm./ND - 12/3/15

 

Rough-legs- Light/Dark

 

Kestrels- M/F/ND - 2/1/3

 

Sharp-shins- Ad/Imm/ND - 1/0/0

 

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

 

Red-shoulders- Ad/Imm/ND - 1/1/0

 

Bald Eagles- Ad/Imm.

 

Other raptors

Shrikes

 

Other birds of note - 

 

Avg Temp.- 32  (start at 28, end at 36)

Sky- Clear/Pt cloudy/Cloudy-  Partly Cloudy (clear AM, cloudy PM)

Wind - Light/medium/strong-  Light

Avg Snow cover depth - 1"

 

 

 

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Subject: Common Goldeneye, ,Susquehanna River, Dauphin
From: Ed Bernot <warbler4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:33:48 -0500
There is open water just south of the I-81 bridge and waterfowl have
congregated across from the Dixon Education center.  6 Common Goldeneye was
the highlight among the species recorded.

Ed Bernot
Harrisburg.
Subject: Navy Yard Access - Being Looked At
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:08:07 -0500
I got a weird error back from a prior attempt to post this, but here's an
update...

Being in the military, I'm actually good friends and used to work for the
person in charge of public affairs for that installation. I've given him a
call and he's notified the person in charge of the installation why people
are showing up. They are going to go check out the area and get back to me
on access and may have something formalized worked out in a day or two.
I'll report back!

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa.
Subject: Re: Navy Yard Redpolls
From: Andy Keister <akeister110 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:56:20 -0500
I was there at the same time as John.  On my way out I talked to a guy who
said he was the "head of security" at the Navy Yard.  I explained the
situation to him and he told me the area was restricted and we were
trespassing.  I suspect security will be patrolling much more frequently
and I would recommend that you stay out.

Andy Keister
I can testify to also getting booted out of the area of the Philadelphia
Naval Yard on Monday.  I've birded at this location a few times before,
parking in the same spot, and had no problems.  While there are some signs
that indicate the territory south of Kitty Hawk Ave is off-limits, there's
seemingly nothing posted stating the "birch forest" area is similarly
verboten.  Perhaps it has become off-limits recently due to some incident,
or maybe this supervisor just has a bug up his butt about so many people
wandering around back in no-man's-land.  Regardless, if you try to look for
these Redpolls, you might be (considered to be) trespassing, and you might
be kicked out.  Especially if you're not a local, this particular chase
seems awfully risky.

Brian Henderson
East Norriton
Montgomery County



On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM, John Freiberg 
wrote:

> The security guard told me his supervisor had seen someone in the area and
> had him check on the situation. Perhaps up until now security had not seen
> anyone or had not cared until the supervisor brought it to their
attention.
>
> And no you don't have to go through any security gate to get to the area.
>
> John Freiberg
>
> > On Jan 23, 2015, at 3:25 PM, Ted Nichols II 
> wrote:
> >
> > John and others,
> >
> > I posted about this on the PA Birders Facebook, but can someone clarify
> the access situation here for those not familiar with the location and
> considering coming out.
> >
> > Why have some had no issues, but you did? Do you have to go through a
> military gate or something here and need ID?
> >
> > Thanks !
> >
> > Ted Nichols II
> > Annville, Pa.
> >
> >> On Friday, January 23, 2015, John Freiberg 
> wrote:
> >> After birding at the birch trees for an hour I was approached by
> security and told the the area is restricted and that I would have to
leave.
>
Subject: Re: Navy Yard Redpolls
From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:54:44 -0500
And, I'll add that that area is probably federal property still and that would 
cause major trouble for you if you got arrested down there. 

 
I worked at the Shipyard from 84 - 92. There was wildlife all over down there. 
An eagle nest on the extreme east end. A peregrine nest under the Girard Point 
Bridge at the west end. Foxes out near what you are calling the birch forest. 
That are of the base was mostly for the families of the sailors. The PX was out 
there and the birch woods were athletic fields. All the way on the east end, 
there was a shooting range. 

 
It's entirely possible that some of those areas are off limits because of 
hazardous waste that hasn't been cleaned up yet. (I'm thinking the lead at the 
shooting range among other things.) 

 
> Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:49:35 -0500
> From: wbhenderson AT GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Navy Yard Redpolls
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> I can testify to also getting booted out of the area of the Philadelphia
> Naval Yard on Monday.  I've birded at this location a few times before,
> parking in the same spot, and had no problems.  While there are some signs
> that indicate the territory south of Kitty Hawk Ave is off-limits, there's
> seemingly nothing posted stating the "birch forest" area is similarly
> verboten.  Perhaps it has become off-limits recently due to some incident,
> or maybe this supervisor just has a bug up his butt about so many people
> wandering around back in no-man's-land.  Regardless, if you try to look for
> these Redpolls, you might be (considered to be) trespassing, and you might
> be kicked out.  Especially if you're not a local, this particular chase
> seems awfully risky.
> 
> Brian Henderson
> East Norriton
> Montgomery County
> 
> 
> 
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM, John Freiberg 
> wrote:
> 
> > The security guard told me his supervisor had seen someone in the area and
> > had him check on the situation. Perhaps up until now security had not seen
> > anyone or had not cared until the supervisor brought it to their attention.
> >
> > And no you don't have to go through any security gate to get to the area.
> >
> > John Freiberg
> >
> > > On Jan 23, 2015, at 3:25 PM, Ted Nichols II 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > John and others,
> > >
> > > I posted about this on the PA Birders Facebook, but can someone clarify
> > the access situation here for those not familiar with the location and
> > considering coming out.
> > >
> > > Why have some had no issues, but you did? Do you have to go through a
> > military gate or something here and need ID?
> > >
> > > Thanks !
> > >
> > > Ted Nichols II
> > > Annville, Pa.
> > >
> > >> On Friday, January 23, 2015, John Freiberg 
> > wrote:
> > >> After birding at the birch trees for an hour I was approached by
> > security and told the the area is restricted and that I would have to 
leave. 

> >
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Navy Yard Redpolls
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:53:27 -0500
Being in the military, I'm actually good friends and used to work for the
person in charge of public affairs for that installation. I've given him a
call and he's notified the person in charge of the installation why people
are showing up. They are going to go check out the area and get back to me
on access and may have something formalized worked out in a day or two.
I'll report back!

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa.

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM, John Freiberg 
wrote:

> The security guard told me his supervisor had seen someone in the area and
> had him check on the situation. Perhaps up until now security had not seen
> anyone or had not cared until the supervisor brought it to their attention.
>
> And no you don't have to go through any security gate to get to the area.
>
> John Freiberg
>
> On Jan 23, 2015, at 3:25 PM, Ted Nichols II  wrote:
>
> John and others,
>
> I posted about this on the PA Birders Facebook, but can someone clarify
> the access situation here for those not familiar with the location and
> considering coming out.
>
> Why have some had no issues, but you did? Do you have to go through a
> military gate or something here and need ID?
>
> Thanks !
>
> Ted Nichols II
> Annville, Pa.
>
> On Friday, January 23, 2015, John Freiberg 
> wrote:
>
>> After birding at the birch trees for an hour I was approached by security
>> and told the the area is restricted and that I would have to leave.
>>
>
Subject: Re: Navy Yard Redpolls
From: Anthony Uhrich <aeuhrich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:53:06 -0500
From what I gathered, the security guard claimed that once you cross League
Island Blvd on Kittyhawk that this is the (poorly marked)"restricted area"
It seems both times there was an issue there were cars parked on the road
past this point, thus drawing attention. I parked in the lot on the left
just after crossing League Island Blvd and walked from there.  If you feel
like taking the chance, park here and keep a low profile.  The guard was a
rent-a-guard, not a naval officer of any sort, and he drove off after
asking us to leave the area knowing that someone else was still back
there.  If he had come 10 minutes sooner he wouldn't have even seen us, but
at that point we were out in the open.  I missed the Redpolls by 30 minutes
in the morning but had an OCWA later in the day.

Best,

Anthony Uhrich
Montgomery County, PA
On Jan 23, 2015 3:34 PM, "John Freiberg"  wrote:

> The security guard told me his supervisor had seen someone in the area and
> had him check on the situation. Perhaps up until now security had not seen
> anyone or had not cared until the supervisor brought it to their attention.
>
> And no you don't have to go through any security gate to get to the area.
>
> John Freiberg
>
> > On Jan 23, 2015, at 3:25 PM, Ted Nichols II 
> wrote:
> >
> > John and others,
> >
> > I posted about this on the PA Birders Facebook, but can someone clarify
> the access situation here for those not familiar with the location and
> considering coming out.
> >
> > Why have some had no issues, but you did? Do you have to go through a
> military gate or something here and need ID?
> >
> > Thanks !
> >
> > Ted Nichols II
> > Annville, Pa.
> >
> >> On Friday, January 23, 2015, John Freiberg 
> wrote:
> >> After birding at the birch trees for an hour I was approached by
> security and told the the area is restricted and that I would have to leave.
>
Subject: Re: Navy Yard Redpolls
From: Brian Henderson <wbhenderson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:49:35 -0500
I can testify to also getting booted out of the area of the Philadelphia
Naval Yard on Monday.  I've birded at this location a few times before,
parking in the same spot, and had no problems.  While there are some signs
that indicate the territory south of Kitty Hawk Ave is off-limits, there's
seemingly nothing posted stating the "birch forest" area is similarly
verboten.  Perhaps it has become off-limits recently due to some incident,
or maybe this supervisor just has a bug up his butt about so many people
wandering around back in no-man's-land.  Regardless, if you try to look for
these Redpolls, you might be (considered to be) trespassing, and you might
be kicked out.  Especially if you're not a local, this particular chase
seems awfully risky.

Brian Henderson
East Norriton
Montgomery County



On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM, John Freiberg 
wrote:

> The security guard told me his supervisor had seen someone in the area and
> had him check on the situation. Perhaps up until now security had not seen
> anyone or had not cared until the supervisor brought it to their attention.
>
> And no you don't have to go through any security gate to get to the area.
>
> John Freiberg
>
> > On Jan 23, 2015, at 3:25 PM, Ted Nichols II 
> wrote:
> >
> > John and others,
> >
> > I posted about this on the PA Birders Facebook, but can someone clarify
> the access situation here for those not familiar with the location and
> considering coming out.
> >
> > Why have some had no issues, but you did? Do you have to go through a
> military gate or something here and need ID?
> >
> > Thanks !
> >
> > Ted Nichols II
> > Annville, Pa.
> >
> >> On Friday, January 23, 2015, John Freiberg 
> wrote:
> >> After birding at the birch trees for an hour I was approached by
> security and told the the area is restricted and that I would have to leave.
>
Subject: Re: WRS How to Report
From: Dave Grove <waggap AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:34:13 +0000
----- Original Message -----





County - NE Perry 

Date - 1/23/2015 

Observers- Don Orris, Gene Wagner, Dave Grove 

Total time on route ( excluding lunch etc ) Hours:Minutes- 1 hour, 30 minutes 

Start time/End time 10:15-12:45 

Miles on route 22.1 



TVs - 1 

BVs- 8 



Harriers- 2 F 



Red-tails- Ad- 10/ND - 5 (15) 



Rough-legs- Light - 1/ Dark - 1 (2) 

Kestrels- M - 3/ND- 2 (5) 



Sharp-shins- ND - 1 



Cooper's - 



Red-shoulders- 



Bald Eagles- 



Other raptors 




UR - 1 

Shrikes 



Other birds of note - optional 

HOLA - 43 



Avg Temp.- 33-36 

Sky- /Pt cloudy- 

Wind - Light/ 

Avg Snow cover depth - 1 inch 




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