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Crimson-headed Partridge,©Barry Kent Mackay

27 Feb HSR: Tussey Mountain (26 Feb 2015) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
27 Feb Eastern PA Birdline: 2/27/2015 [Dave DeReamus ]
26 Feb Re: Owl/feathers question [Ann Pettigrew ]
26 Feb Lebanon County, Rough Legged Hawk [Chandra Kotzatoski ]
26 Feb Northumberland County - Bald Eagles [Jason Weller ]
26 Feb Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
26 Feb Towhee and Chipping Sparrow - York County [Ann Pettigrew ]
26 Feb Lancaster Co. Ducks, Peregrines, Gulls, SusQ. River [Meredith_Lombard ]
26 Feb Another Rough-legged Hawk at Middle Creek Wma [Bruce Carl ]
26 Feb Raptors at Middle Creek WMA [Bruce Carl ]
25 Feb HSR: Tussey Mountain (25 Feb 2015) 4 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Feb West Fairview bird photos [Alan Wells ]
25 Feb Barrow's Goldeneye continues, Northampton County ["Wiltraut, Richard E" ]
25 Feb Bald Eagle (Ind.co) [Marcy Cunkelman ]
25 Feb Central PA Birdline for 2.26.2015 [Mark Mcconaughy ]
25 Feb Canvasbacks, etc. @ Freeport L&D #5 (Armstrong County) [Marge Van Tassel ]
25 Feb Hahn Rd AMD Pond-Washington County ["g. g" ]
25 Feb Allegheny Co., Wingfield Pines: Marsh Wren Mystery Solved [shannon thompson ]
25 Feb Photo Study Of Raptors In Montgomery County, PA, 2/24/15 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
24 Feb Re: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley PA [Charles Macdonald ]
24 Feb Re: strange bird behavior?/Wyoming County [Charles Macdonald ]
24 Feb Rough-legged Hawk Cumberland Co SGL 169 [Nathan Thomas ]
24 Feb Rough-legged hawk, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH ]
24 Feb probable peregrine in Pottstown, Montgomery County [Rob Blye ]
24 Feb Lebanon County-3 stops [Windstream Mail ]
24 Feb 2 GBBGulls & Ducks @ L&D #4 on Allegheny River (from Braeburn Side, Allegheny&Westmoreland Co's.) [Marge Van Tassel ]
24 Feb Red-necked Grebe, Elizabeth Locks & Dam-Allegheny County ["Gigi G." ]
24 Feb Re: Photo Study Of A Peregrine Falcon Rescued At The NJ/PA Turnpike... [Gerald Kruth ]
24 Feb Photo Study Of A Peregrine Falcon Rescued At The NJ/PA Turnpike Bridge, 2/21/15ine Falcon, 2/21/15 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
24 Feb spring time! Cowbird Bucks County [David Wilbur ]
24 Feb Erie County Lake View Landfill [Jerry McWilliams ]
24 Feb White-winged Scoters, Northampton County ["Wiltraut, Richard E" ]
23 Feb Rough-legged hawk Susquehanna County [CK ]
24 Feb PSO Ontario trip President's Weekend, Feb. 13- 16 [Wayne Laubscher ]
23 Feb Great Black-backed Gulls, Elizabeth Locks & Dam - Allegheny Co. [Jim Hausman ]
23 Feb messages [Sandra Goodwin ]
23 Feb Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
23 Feb Understanding the Silent Flight of Owls [Barbara Malt ]
23 Feb Adams County feeder birds 2/21 and 2/22 [Jason Verdier ]
22 Feb Red-necked Grebe, Iceland Gull and lots of waterfowl!, Braddock L&D, Allegheny Co. [Jim Hausman ]
22 Feb Siskins York County [Georgia Kagle ]
22 Feb Rough Legs, Waterfowl, Etc Crawford County [Shawn Collins ]
22 Feb PA birding events page [Chad Kauffman ]
22 Feb Tundra Swan Or Mute Swan Lehigh County [Kathy ]
22 Feb Gulls -- Point, Allegheny County [Aidan Place ]
22 Feb Re: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley [dave leibert ]
22 Feb YRWA - Chester County, PA 2/22/2015 [Rob Blye ]
22 Feb Eurasian Collared-Doves - Shartlesville (Berks Co.) [Ted Nichols II ]
22 Feb Erie County birds of note [Jerry McWilliams ]
22 Feb Struble Lake rough-legged hawk [Amy Langman ]
22 Feb Re: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
22 Feb American Pipit, Lapland Longspur, Lancaster County [ ]
22 Feb Hahn Rd AMD Pond-Washington County ["g. g" ]
22 Feb Braddock lock & dam allegheny county [ ]
22 Feb "Duck" feeders, Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH ]
22 Feb Re: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley PA [DAVID KOCH ]
22 Feb Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley PA ["Kate St.John" ]
22 Feb Re: Fw: Re: Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to demolish vulture house [grant stevenson ]
22 Feb Re: Possible sighting Black crowned Night Heron Shenango river Mercer co [grant stevenson ]
21 Feb Pine siskins, sharp shinned hawk, robins, others -- Cumberland County, PA [reeser ]
21 Feb Pittsburgh Gulls--Allegheny County [Michael Fialkovich ]
21 Feb Lycoming Audubon Society birds walks and field trips: Spring 2015 [David Brown ]
22 Feb Possible sighting Black crowned Night Heron Shenango river Mercer co [bill drolsbaugh ]
21 Feb Siskin and More in Monroe County [Jerry Jeffer ]
21 Feb Fw: Re: Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to demolish vulture house [ ]
21 Feb Clarion Co-mockingbird, also OT- WA Brambling [Carole Winslow ]
21 Feb Natrona L&D #4 - Allegheny River [Steve Gosser ]
21 Feb Allegheny River and County [Amy Henrici ]
21 Feb Schuylkill County feeder birds [Lee Wells ]
21 Feb strange bird behavior?/Wyoming County [Sandra Goodwin ]
21 Feb Juniata County waterfowl [Chad Kauffman ]
21 Feb Hahn Rd AMD Pond-Washington County ["g. g" ]
21 Feb Lebanon County [Windstream Mail ]
21 Feb Northern Northampton County - Redpoll [Sherri ]
21 Feb Siskins [Carl Juris ]
21 Feb Auditory Woodpecker ID question [Ann Bodling ]
21 Feb Tree sparrows, Northampton Co. [Betsy Mescavage ]

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jason Bojczyk

Observers:        Jason Bojczyk, Nick Bolgiano

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

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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

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

- Birds mentioned

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

- Transcript

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

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

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

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

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

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


I wonder if you are seeing her brood patch?  

They are amazing to watch, aren't they!

Ann

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

Sent from my iPhone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Randy C. Miller

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


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

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


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


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


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


Good Birding,

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


Bruce A Carl

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

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


Rough-legged Hawk (Lt phase)

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


Bruce A Carl

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jason Bojczyk

Observers:        Jason Bojczyk, Nick Bolgiano

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

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

Non-raptor Observations:

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

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


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

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


Good birding,

Rick

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


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

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


Marcy Cunkelman
Conemaugh Twp. Clarksburg, PA Indiana Co.
plant4nature AT gmail.com
The whole world is made of miracles, it's just we‛re so used to 
seeing them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Andersen
Subject: Central PA Birdline for 2.26.2015
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:28:02 +0000
- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * February 26, 2015
 * PACE1502.26
 Bird Highlights
 TRUMPETER SWAN (Centre Co.)
 ICELAND GULL (Lancaster Co.)
 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (Lancaster Co.)
 COMMON REDPOLL (Bradford, Juniata, Lycoming & Susquehanna Cos.)
 PINE SISKIN (Adams, Centre, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, 
Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Perry & York Cos.) 

 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 February 26, 2015
 To Report: TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net 
 Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy 
 Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
 Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy

 Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings 
made the week prior to Thursday, February 26, 2015. 


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

 The following people have contributed to this report: Zachary Adams (ZA), Paul 
Banks Jr. (PB), Valerie Barnes (VB), Tim Becker (TB), Larry Bernhardt (LB), 
Chuck Berthoud (CB), Don Billet (DBi), Yoko Bowen (YB), Deb Brackbill (DB), Bob 
Brown (BoBr), Bobby Brown (BBr), David Brown (DBr), Deb Brown (DeBr), Nancy 
Butkovich (NB), William Clifton (WC), Jason Collens (JC), Mary Creager (MC), 
Jonathan DeBalko (JD), Paul Dennehy (PD), Rob Dickerson (RD), Gordon Dimmig 
(GD), Josh Donaldson (JDo), Susan Donaldson (SDo), Walt Durling (WD), Carl 
Engstrom (CE), Kurt Engstrom (KE), Mike Epler (ME), David Farner (DF), Colleen 
Fisher (CF), Jim Flowers (JF), Cindy Franklin (CFr), Steve Fullmer (SF), Vern 
Gauthier (VG), Deborah Grove (DG), Aaron Haines (AHa), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Andy 
Hayes (AH), Lester Herman (LH), Daniel Hinnebusch (DHi), Deuane Hoffman (DH), 
Robert Hosler (RH), Steven Johnson (SJ), Carl Juris (CJ), Nancy Juris (NJ), 
Georgia Kagle (GK), Chad Kauffman (CK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Andy Keister (AK), 
Dave Kerr (DK), Alex Lamoreaux (AL), Jen Lee (JL), Meredith Lombard (ML), Nancy 
Magnusson (NM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Emily Anne Moore (EAM), 
Peter Morgan (PM), Ted Nichols II (TN), Mark Ott (MO), Bill Oyler (BO), Kevin 
Raymond (KR), Ellen Reeser (ER), Matthew Rockmore (MR), Melissa Rycroft (MRy), 
Brian Schmoke (BSc), Mark Schuch (MS), Jim Schwartz (JS), Lauren Shaffer (LS), 
Ben Simons (BS), Jerod Skebo (JS), Bob Snyder (BSn), Thyra Sperry (TS), 
Rosemary Spreha (RS), Stan Stahl (SSt), Susan Strassner (SS), Nathan Thomas 
(NT), Nancy VanCott (NV), Jason Verdier (JVe), Joe Verica (JV), Brian Weaver 
(BW), Ethan Weaver (EW). I apologize if I have misspelled their names and I 
will also refrain from naming that person on request. 

-End Transcript
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 Mark A. McConaughy      TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net 
 Bushy Run Battlefield 
 P.O. Box 486 
 Harrison City, PA 15636-0468      (724) 527-5585 x103
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Subject: Canvasbacks, etc. @ Freeport L&D #5 (Armstrong County)
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:17:56 -0600
Early afternoon at L&D #5 in Freeport above AND below the dam:
37 Canvasbacks 
6 Redheads
6 Scaup sp.
10 Buffleheads
6 Common Mergansers
4 Am. Black Ducks
X Canada Geese
Few Mallards
Crooked Creek Outflow:
22 Common Mergansers
1 Bald Eagle adult
(hopefully female is laying eggs, as park staff and others besides myself only 
see 1 adult at a time now) 

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

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

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

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

Regards,
Howard

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

Mallards- about 50

Then Millardsville Quarry- I had,

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

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

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

I did not see the male Lesser Scaup today.

At Middle Creek WMA all still water frozen.

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

I did not see any eagles today.

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 

 

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



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


Gigi Gerben

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

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

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

Regards,
Howard


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

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

Regards,
Howard


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

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


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

EuropeanStarling  150

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

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


Good birding,

Rick


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


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


Wayne 


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


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

Moose 
Coyote 


Wayne Laubscher 
Lock Haven 
Clinton Co. 
wnlaubscher AT comcast.net 
"Owl be back" 
Subject: Great Black-backed Gulls, Elizabeth Locks & Dam - Allegheny Co.
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:40:20 -0500
Hello All,

I stopped by the Elizabeth Locks & Dam on my way home from work today and had 4 
first and second cycle great black-backed gulls. They're almost becoming common 
around the Pittsburgh area this winter though this is the first time I've seen 
them at this location in three years of looking here. Bufflehead, canvasback, 
greater and lesser scaup, and common and red-breasted merganser were also 
present along with the usual gulls. 


If you go, stay parked at the top of the drive entering the dam and no one 
should give you any issues. I spoke with Paul, one of the lock operators, and 
he seems cool with birders as long as no one gets too close to the control 
center building. I did discuss with him the possibility of getting permission 
to view from the dam for awesome up close views! 


The Mon is definitely an exciting river to bird and doesn't get birded enough. 
If you live in Pittsburgh and want to see some different sites give it a shot. 
We won't know what good birds are around without more eyes! 


Cheers,
Jim Hausman
Jefferson Hills
Allegheny Co. 


Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse any typos! :-)
Subject: messages
From: Sandra Goodwin <chickadd AT PTD.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:55:09 -0500
Are messages coming through on PaBirds today?  I only received one,  
from Randy Miller.  I know there was a problem a few weeks ago and  
realized this scarcity of messages seemed unusual.

Thanks.

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming Co.
Subject: Lebanon County
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:30:30 -0500
Don Billett and I went to Millardsville Quarry today and had these
highlights from about 1 pm.

Canvasback-6 at small open pond

Greater Scaup- 1 female

Lesser Scaup-1 male

Red-breasted Merganser-2 pair

1 adult Bald Eagle flying west

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 
Subject: Understanding the Silent Flight of Owls
From: Barbara Malt <bcm0 AT LEHIGH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:57:27 -0500
Open to the public...

Understanding the Silent Flight of Owls
Justin Jaworski, Assistant Prof., Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics,
Lehigh University

Wednesday, March 18, 4:10 PM, Linderman Library Room 200, Lehigh University


-- 
Barbara Malt
Department of Psychology
17 Memorial Drive East
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4797
http://www.lehigh.edu/~bcm0/bcm0/
Subject: Adams County feeder birds 2/21 and 2/22
From: Jason Verdier <0000001361c1d04c-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:32:18 -0500
Good morning all,
List below of the feeder birds present over the weekend. Birds kept me on my 
toes during the snow on Saturday. Seemed to be at least 20-30 birds non-stop 
all day (mostly Juncos and House Finch. Only had 2 Pine Siskin show up this 
weekend, and not as many Goldfinch. 


DE Juncos        29
White Throated Sparrow    6
Northern Cardinals        8        (most I ever had at one time)
Northern Mockingbird    1
Song Sparrow    2
Carolina Chickadee    2
House Finch    21
Mourning Doves    15
Tufted Titmouse    3
Downy Woodpecker    3
Red-Bellied Woodpecker 2 (still have a male obsessed with Goldfish crackers) 

Northern Flicker    1
Blue Jay    4
House Sparrow    5
American Goldfinch    5
Pine Siskin    2
European Starling    9
Carolina Wren    1
White Crowned Sparrow    4

Take care,
Jason Verdier
Lake Meade / Adams County

Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Iceland Gull and lots of waterfowl!, Braddock L&D, Allegheny Co.
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:30:33 -0500
Hello Folks,

Early this evening I did some river birding along the Monongahela River in
Elizabeth, Clairton, McKeesport, and eventually Braddock. When I arrived at
the Braddock Public Boat Ramp, I saw Matt Juskowich who told me he had just
seen the red-necked grebe he spotted here on 2/20, likely the same bird I
found at nearby Duck Hollow on 2/17 based on the significant amount of red
already present on this bird's neck. Based on his description and distant
photo, there is a possibility Matt had a second more winter-plumaged
red-necked grebe, but he was unable to get conclusive photos, and I was
unable to relocate that individual bird, however, keep an eye out! While
the red-necked grebe didn't reveal itself at first, I relocated the bird
some time later along the shore beneath the dam. The river bends out of
sight along the shore to the left there so patience is in order as surely
birds are hiding along the edge but pop out occasionally as they are wont
to do.

In total, we spotted 13 species of waterfowl in the half-hour we stayed
there! See the link below for details and pics though highlights included a
drake ruddy duck, canvasback, greater and lesser scaup, redhead, common
merg, and red-breasted merg. While admiring the ducks, I found and showed
Matt a first cycle Iceland gull that paraded less than 10' away from us. We
were able to get awesome closeup shots of the bird and observe it carefully
for some time.

Scanning the water revealed a number of great black-backed gulls. Of
particular interest below the dam were a group of great black-backeds on an
ice sheet making a repast of a double-crested cormorant carcass. Both Matt
and I have never seen that before tonight, and we didn't witness whatever
killed the cormorant. We are, however, curious . . . can great
black-backeds "hunt" cormorants or are they scavengers that more likely
found the carcass? Any insight(s) would be welcome! Below the dam were more
gulls and waterfowl and resident passerines dotted the nearby hill while
Kennywood's coasters framed the horizon across the river. What an awesome
place!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22030993

Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Jefferson Hills
Allegheny County
Subject: Siskins York County
From: Georgia Kagle <jazzy523 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:30:12 -0500
For the past week and a half I've been inundated with siskins. They went 
through 20 lbs of Niger during that time. I made the mistake of buying a third 
feeder so they wouldn't fight so much. They also seem to have displaced many of 
the goldfinches I had before they came. Love to see them though. 


Georgia Kagle
Carroll Twp/York County

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> On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:00 AM, PABIRDS automatic digest system 
 wrote: 

> 
> There are 24 messages totaling 557 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to demolish vulture house
>  2. Dauphin county, Bindnagles Rd, two dark Rough-legged Hawks
>  3. Dauphin County Pine Siskins
>  4. White-winged Scoter Long-tailed Duck Dauphin County
>  5. Siskins Chester County
>  6. Tree sparrows, Northampton Co.
>  7. Auditory Woodpecker ID question
>  8. Siskins
>  9. Northern Northampton County - Redpoll
> 10. Lebanon County
> 11. Hahn Rd AMD Pond-Washington County
> 12. Juniata County waterfowl
> 13. strange bird behavior?/Wyoming County
> 14. Schuylkill County feeder birds
> 15. Allegheny River and County
> 16. Natrona L&D #4 - Allegheny River
> 17. Clarion Co-mockingbird,  also OT- WA Brambling
> 18. Fw: Re: Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to demolish vulture house
> 19. Siskin and More in Monroe County
> 20. Wood Duck - Allegheny Co.
> 21. Possible sighting Black crowned Night Heron  Shenango river Mercer co
> 22. Lycoming Audubon Society birds walks and field trips: Spring 2015
> 23. Pittsburgh Gulls--Allegheny County
> 24. Pine siskins, sharp shinned hawk, robins, others -- Cumberland County, PA
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:58:55 +0000
> From:    "Kate St.John" 
> Subject: Re: Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to demolish vulture house
> 
> The article says "Much of the damage is attributed to black vultures, which 
usually fly south for the winter. That means the squatters on West Garrison 
Street are probably red-headed turkey vultures, said Harris Glass, state 
director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services." 

> ....but from what I can see in the video, the vulture looking out the window
Subject: Rough Legs, Waterfowl, Etc Crawford County
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:12:17 -0500
I birded some places today around Crawford.  Open water at Conneaut Lake
and near Spillway at Pymatuning had a variety of waterfowl.

Conneaut Lake
2 Tundra Swans
3 Greater Scaup
1 Ruddy Duck
1 Redhead
15 plus AM Coots

Pymatuning Rt 285/Millers

20 plus Horned Larks
4 Rough Legged Hawks
500 plus Canada Geese
10 Snow Buntings
1 Red Shouldered Hawk

Spillway
7 Canvasback
4 Common Goldeneye
4 Common Mergansers
2 Red Breasted Mergansers
2 Am. Black Ducks
5 Redheads
1 Ring Necked Duck
4 Greater Scaup

Hartztown Marsh Goose Mgmt Area
1 Rough Legged Hawk
1 Bald Eagle
4 Horned Larks

Lake Road/Fries Road
* there are many houses on N Lake Road w/ Feeders...I had*

10 plus Pine Siskins
Plus all standard Feeder birds.

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

Good Birding

Shawn Collins
Crawford County
Subject: PA birding events page
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:02:21 -0500
hello all

we have decided to create a new group on facebook just to promote field 
trips, meetings, events, counts, etc.

PA birding events page - https://www.facebook.com/pabirdingevents

it will not be intended for pictures, chatting, etc.  there are many 
places for that sort of thing.

we would like to extend our hand out to all groups and clubs in PA as 
well as surrounding areas that might like to be involved.

if you have a person or persons who regularly promotes or share dates, 
let us know, we can either make them an admin or they can get in contact 
with someone so we can boost their post.

you won't even have to be a member of facebook to enjoy this page. you 
don't have to join a group either, just like the page or just check in 
from time to time.

if you already have a facebook page or group for your birding 
club/group, just share your event info and we can help promote it.

as far as I know, there isn't anything else out there like this to bring 
all of our flocks together.  Look for more trips in the future with some 
groups working together.

Chad Kauffman
Mifflintown, PA


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Subject: Tundra Swan Or Mute Swan Lehigh County
From: Kathy <pabirder AT PTD.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:53:21 -0500
Driving back north on 309 onto I78 near Center Valley around 5 pm there was a 
large white bird sitting in the snow in the large snow covered grassy area in 
the middle of the intersection. At first I thought it might be fake but it 
moved its head. Odd place for a Swan. 

Anyone else happen to pass this area? Someone else was driving so I had no 
control to slow down. 

Kathy Stagl
Emmaus, PA
Subject: Gulls -- Point, Allegheny County
From: Aidan Place <placea AT WINCHESTERTHURSTON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:47:16 -0500
I spent about an hour this evening at the North Shore overlooking the
point. Overall gull numbers were low and they were bunched together making
scanning a challenge. However, I was able to  find a good number of
interesting gulls. The highlights follow:

17 Great black-backed gulls
Glaucous gull (adult bird)
Iceland Gull

Two common mergansers were present as well.

Good birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County
Subject: Re: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley
From: dave leibert <xdave AT ENTER.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:20:01 -0500
Jeff,

I was just gonna say the same thing.

That is a great little area for birding. I've seen the black vultures 
many times near the blue silo. I saw about 10 a few weeks ago. I also 
saw a speed maniac falcon gunning very low across the road towards the 
white barn. It circled around and disappeared . I wanted to call it a 
Merlin but the look wasn't the greatest. I did see a male kestrel there 
a bit later.

I've also seen bald eagles, accips, RT's, harriers and a peregrine close 
to that area sitting on a pole by the Willow St pub. I wonder what 
raptors hang out around those quarries in the area?

I drove today through Northern Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe oounties 
to Cherry Valley. I saw only 1 or 2 raptors and did not see any vultures.

Dave .
Subject: YRWA - Chester County, PA 2/22/2015
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:12:41 +0000
We saw our first yellow-rumped warbler of the year today. Last winter I had 
them most days on this walk but not the winter of 2014-15. Also a flock of 
robins working on a pair for holly trees laden with berries. Ebird checklist 
below. 


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

Subject: eBird Report - Sanatoga Road to bridge and basin, Feb 22, 2015 

Sanatoga Road to bridge and basin, Chester, US-PA 
Feb 22, 2015 2:53 PM - 3:51 PM 
Protocol: Traveling 
1.0 mile(s) 
Comments: Carol and Rob taking advantage of the bright sun for a walk to the 
River and back. 

16 species (+1 other taxa) 

Canada Goose 200 
Common Merganser 5 
Red-tailed Hawk 1 very dark head contrasting with whitish breast; seen flying 
at a distance 

Ring-billed Gull 3 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 
Hairy Woodpecker 1 
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker 1 
American Crow 6 
Carolina Chickadee 2 
Tufted Titmouse 1 
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 
Carolina Wren 1 
American Robin 10 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 
White-throated Sparrow 2 
Dark-eyed Junco 4 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22024542 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
Subject: Eurasian Collared-Doves - Shartlesville (Berks Co.)
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:53:40 -0500
Three EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES currently on the wires in front of 5582 Main
Street, Shartlesville, Berks County, Pa.

Good birding!
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa. (Lebanon Co.)
Subject: Erie County birds of note
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:47:58 -0500
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Erie County, Pa.


Surf Scoter  2; Feb. 22; east of Dobbins landing

Long-tailed Duck  7; Feb. 20 to 22; in the channel off Port Access Rd.

Iceland Gull  2 first cycle; to at least Feb. 17; Lake View Landfill

Lesser Black-backed Gull  1 adult; Feb. 17; Lake View Landfill 

Common Redpoll  4; Feb. 22; ranger's station feeder at Presque Isle S.P.


Up to 16 Bald Eagles have been seen gathering in the cottonwood trees at the 
north end of Port Access Road this past week. 



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

Subject: Struble Lake rough-legged hawk
From: Amy Langman <birdgyrl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:25:34 -0500
Hi all,

We went to enjoy the nice warm weather so we strolled on the lake for awhile. 
My husband just happened to turn around and the light-phase rough-legged hawk 
was kiting right behind us. I did get some photos thankfully! 


We also had 4 red-tailed hawks, TV, crows, downy woodpecker, cardinal, 
bluebirds, gulls sp, blue jay, mockingbirds, song sparrow, Canada geese, and a 
large flock of snow geese. 


We also observed (on local roads) several hundred ring-billed gulls and a great 
blue heron enjoying some open water. 


Amy L.
Morgantown, PA

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Subject: Re: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:42:12 +0000
For what it's worth, there has been a black vulture roost for several years at 
a farm on Bridge St. in Whitehall, which is just north of Allentown. In the 
summer, I've seen as many as thirty birds there. 


I haven't seen more than one bird there in the past few weeks (which is 
probably due to the cold), but up until mid-January there were usually 6 or 7 
birds there. 


Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall
Subject: American Pipit, Lapland Longspur, Lancaster County
From: ••S•J•Stahl•• <jalstahl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:20:38 -0500
One each of American Pipit and Lapland Longspur were feeding with a couple 
hundred Horned Larks along Habecker Church Road, just west of Central Manor 
Road. 

They were on a field that had recently been manured, and although it snowed 
several inches yesterday followed by an icy coating of freezing rain, it had 
warmed enough today that there were spots where brown and protruding yellowish 
hay were exposed. The pipit and longspur have been in this location for a week 
or more. 

Sincerely,
Stan Stahl
Subject: Hahn Rd AMD Pond-Washington County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:56:45 -0500
This afternoon there were 14 Canvasbacks, 1 Redhead, 1 Northern
Shoveler and numerous Mallards. There were 4 Canada Geese. When we arrived
a group of what looked like Common Mergansers took off & did not reappear.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
Subject: Braddock lock & dam allegheny county
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:26:45 -0800
Highlights from this afternoon include: 10 D.C. Cormorants, 1 GBBG juvenile, 
redhead, greater scaup, canvasback, 1 lesser scaup, 1 bufflehead, 1 american 
black, common mergansers, 1 red breasted merganser Matthew juskowich allegheny 
county 

Subject: "Duck" feeders, Koch property, Northampton County
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:02:13 +0000
Around noon today I looked out the kitchen window and saw 4 mallards on the 
recently shoveled sidewalk.  But lest you think, "what's the big deal?" I must 
say that in my 36 years here I've never had a mallard in the yard or anywhere 
close to the sidewalk. Obviously, yearly they're in the two creeks that 
border our property but those two creeks are currently frozen and acres away. 
So somehow these ducks honed in on the bird seed along the edge of the 
pavement.  They then waddled over the snow to the bird feeder area in the back 
yard, where they proceeded to scarf up all the cracked corn on top of a stone 
feeder.  At that point a young white-tailed buck headed into the area but he 
stopped short a few feet away from the mallards, prompting David to say, "Hmmm, 
the deer won't come any closer because of the ducks."          It's 
really getting to be a long, cold, tedious winter. 


 Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene AT verizon.net
Subject: Re: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley PA
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:48:15 +0000
I'm not trying to correct anyone but just to clarify: Rick lives in the 
northern part of the Lehigh Valley but further south black vultures have been 
overwintering in this area for at least the last 20 years.  The 
Bethlehem/Easton CBC, which was held in late December, this year tallied 86. 
Every year when I do the WRS in the first week of February we have black 
vultures in numbers ranging from 5 to 30, depending on the weather.  Also, 
further north, Jonathan de Balko's CBC in the Tamaqua area  of Schuylkill 
County also tallies a small number of black vultures, but no turkey 
vultures.  Arlene Koch 

Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene AT verizon.net 

 On Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:45 PM, Kate St.John 
<0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG> wrote: 

   

 News of black vultures near Bethlehem, posted with Rick Gaeta's 
permission.   


    ----- Forwarded Message -----
  From: Rick Gaeta
 Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2015 5:43 AM
 Subject: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley PA
  
I’ve been doing the Winter Raptor Survey in Northampton Co. for 10 years and 
rarely see any vultures.  If so, it’s usually a few TVs.  This year I saw 8 
BVs all sitting in the same tree on a small farm.  Last week while driving 
through Allentown which is just west of Bethlehem I saw about 25 BVs all 
circling overhead.  Despite the frigid weather it looks like the BVs are 
overwintering further north than usual.   Rick GaetaPalmerton  Carbon Co. 





Subject: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley PA
From: "Kate St.John" <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:45:15 +0000
News of black vultures near Bethlehem, posted with Rick Gaeta's permission.   


    ----- Forwarded Message -----
  From: Rick Gaeta
 Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2015 5:43 AM
 Subject: Black Vultures - Lehigh Valley PA
   
I’ve been doing the Winter Raptor Survey in Northampton Co. for 10 years and 
rarely see any vultures.  If so, it’s usually a few TVs.  This year I saw 8 
BVs all sitting in the same tree on a small farm.  Last week while driving 
through Allentown which is just west of Bethlehem I saw about 25 BVs all 
circling overhead.  Despite the frigid weather it looks like the BVs are 
overwintering further north than usual.   Rick GaetaPalmerton  Carbon Co. 



Subject: Re: Fw: Re: Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to demolish vulture house
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:34:40 -0500
nice blog on a wintry day, Kate.

in the '30's and '40's during soil erosion problems in the US, Aldo 
Leopold talked about a land ethic and conservation esthetic. have 
Americans as an aggregate ever had these passions?

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.
http://pahawkowl.livejournal.com

On 2/21/2015 5:40 PM, kstjohn001 AT yahoo.com wrote:
> yes, it could be an immature turkey vulture. Hard to see.
>
> Kate St. John
> www.wqed.org/birdblog
>


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Subject: Re: Possible sighting Black crowned Night Heron Shenango river Mercer co
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 04:33:32 -0500
On 2/21/2015 7:26 PM, bill drolsbaugh wrote:
> At 6:00 pm tonight 1 mile north Sharon Pa on North Water ave on the Shenango 
river I spotted a dark heron like form with rapid wing beats(too fast to be a 
GBH ) and short trailing legs winging up river the light was fading and his 
colors were muted and it is a great feeding area as a small stream enters the 
river at that point . Yesterday in the same area I saw feeding and mating 
behavior between Common mergansers ,Common Golden eyes, Canvasbacks, Lesser 
scaup Black ducks Mallards Redheads and Canada Geese and one Grebe no I,D. all 
eating dead and dying gizzard shad. Great birding hot spot as the entire 
Shenango dam is frozen everywhere. Bill Drolsbaugh Mercer Co 

>
Is there an increase or decrease so far in winter duck species sightings 
on PABIRDS so far, like Redheads?

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Subject: Pine siskins, sharp shinned hawk, robins, others -- Cumberland County, PA
From: reeser <reeser AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:47:09 -0500
Pine siskins continue to appear at the niger/thistle feeder each day, 
generally see 2 or 3 at a time. Today at the feeder and close to the 
house we've seen:

3 pine siskins
2 cardinals, male and female
3 house finches (2 male, 1 female)
4 dark eyed juncos
4+ white-throated sparrows
4 mourning doves
8+ house sparrows
2 song sparrows
1 tufted titmouse
1 chickadee
1 Carolina wren
1 downy woodpecker, female
1 European starling
1 adult sharp shinned hawk (or very small cooper's) chasing after 
several birds near the feeder
24 American robins

The red bellied woodpecker was here mid-week but did not see him today.

Ellen
Lemoyne
Cumberland County, PA
Subject: Pittsburgh Gulls--Allegheny County
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:35:40 -0500
This evening there were few gulls in Pittsburgh compared to the past month or 
so. The rivers are almost completely frozen. 


I ran into Dave Wilton and Shannon Thompson and we saw a gull that at first 
glance got us wondering what it was. It's tail was bent downward (as if it was 
broken) and the wings looked unusually long and pointed and overall the bird 
looked slimmer than the nearby gulls. It was also darker mantled. In the end 
when it turned towards us we could see it was a Ring-billed Gull, but one with 
serious issues. Perhaps the wings were damaged in some way that made them 
appear longer and pointed than normal; hard to tell. The mantle appeared wet 
and unkempt so the bird may not be able to preen properly. As Dave said, it 
probably won't make it. 


Great Black-backed Gulls were present, but in fewer numbers than reported this 
past week and there was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. 


This afternoon at home I saw a Herring Gull fly fairly low over my yard during 
the snowstorm we had today. 


Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
Subject: Lycoming Audubon Society birds walks and field trips: Spring 2015
From: David Brown <davidebrownpa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:52:34 -0500
Between next Saturday and June, Lycoming Audubon Society has 25 bird walks
and field trips scheduled, mostly in Lycoming and Clinton Counties. We have
something essentially every weekend so if you are ever in the area we'd be
glad to have you join us. The full list can be found at our website:
http://lycomingaudubon.blogspot.com/p/field-trips.html

The easiest way to get updated information before each walk is on our
Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/lycomingAudubon/

Feel free to contact me or the leaders listed if you have any questions.

Thanks!
David Brown
Subject: Possible sighting Black crowned Night Heron Shenango river Mercer co
From: bill drolsbaugh <00000046cda72c3b-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:26:12 +0000
  At 6:00 pm tonight  1 mile north Sharon Pa on North Water ave on the 
Shenango river I spotted a dark heron like form with rapid wing beats(too fast 
to be a GBH ) and short trailing legs winging up river the light was fading 
and  his colors were muted and it is a great feeding area as a small stream 
enters the river at  that point . Yesterday in the same area  I saw feeding 
and mating behavior between Common mergansers ,Common Golden eyes, Canvasbacks, 
Lesser scaup Black ducks Mallards Redheads and Canada Geese and one Grebe no 
I,D.  all  eating dead and dying  gizzard shad.   Great birding  hot spot 
as the entire Shenango dam is frozen everywhere.    Bill Drolsbaugh Mercer Co 

Subject: Siskin and More in Monroe County
From: Jerry Jeffer <t4unme AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:30:21 -0500
I have had Pine Siskins, Carduelis pinus, flocking in my yard all week, along 
with many American GoldFinch, Carduelis tristis. 


Today in the snow I had a male Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina along side 
a male White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis. 


Last mention goes to the two House Finch, Carpodacus mexicanus. They were two 
handsome males. 



Jerry Jeffer
Stroud Township
Monroe County, PA
Subject: Fw: Re: Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to demolish vulture house
From: "kstjohn001 AT yahoo.com" <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:40:12 -0800
yes, it could be an immature turkey vulture. Hard to see.

Kate St. John
www.wqed.org/birdblog
Subject: Clarion Co-mockingbird, also OT- WA Brambling
From: Carole Winslow <cjnal AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:46:12 -0600
 My apologies to start with an out of state topic but on this snowy winter day, 
I thought some of you might enjoy this story. I had a call from my brother who 
is also a birder, last evening. He had been contacted by a neighbor that lived 
by him out in Issaquah, WA with some unbelievable news. On Sunday for the GBBC 
, one of his neighbors had photographed a brambling at her feeder !! So the 
neighborhood had gotten a notice passed around to be alert to large numbers of 
strange cars and people that might be in the area looking for this very rare 
bird. The house in question is directly below my brother's house ! But the bad 
part of the story is that he is currently renting the house out because he is 
living in Chillicothe, OH for the next several years.. I can't imagine a bird 
like that right next door and not being there to see. It's quite possible he 
might have heard about it and still missed it even had he still been living 
there, possibly even a more frustrating scenario ! So we had to laugh, as it's 
hard to believe a bird like that could be in your backyard when you are not 
there to see it. That might have even been worth the flight out... 


 So for Clarion Co. news, not a whole lot other than lots of feeder birds 
today, scratching through the snow that I can't keep ahead of. The mockingbird 
continues to show up periodically and is out at the suet right now keeping the 
starlings away. I have only rarely had them come in winter to the feeder area. 


 The snow buntings, lapland longspur and horned larks continue on the 
Curllsville-New Bethlehem Rd. and another dark morph rough-legged hawk was 
found several days outside of Rimersburg. 


 Stay safe and warm in the snow and good birding through the rest of winter,

Carole Winslow
Sligo,Clarion Co.
Subject: Natrona L&D #4 - Allegheny River
From: Steve Gosser <smgosser AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:37:45 -0500
Hello, I stopped at the Natrona lock and dam this afternoon, viewing from the 
Braeburn side. The river lies on the border of Allegheny and Westmoreland 
Counties. Here were the waterfowl I had: 


Long-tailed Duck - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 1
Common Goldeneye - 8
Redhead - 2
Canvasback - 12
Greater Scaup - 10
Lesser Scaup - 2
Mallard - 25

Steve Gosser
New Kensington, PA


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Subject: Allegheny River and County
From: Amy Henrici <henriciac AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:26:41 -0500
We checked the river between Oakmont and the turnpike bridge today when the
snow started to taper off around 11:30. Some ducks were scattered along the
riverbank, including all of the scaup we saw, and other ducks were feeding
in the channel.

Goldeneye 5
Scaup sp ~4
Lesser Scaup at least 4
Greater Scaup 1
Redhead 1
Mallard 2
Common Merganser 7 males
Red-breasted Merganser 1 female (our FOY)
Gulls a few flying up and down the river

Amy Henrici
Pat McShea
Subject: Schuylkill County feeder birds
From: Lee Wells <lwells4 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:58:12 -0600
At our feeders today:
2 Brown Creepers
Carolina Wren
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Flock of Pine Siskins
Several Downy Woodpeckers
Many Dark-eyed Juncos
Many White-throated Sparrows
Many Tree Sparrows
Several Cardinals
Several Blue Jays
Many Goldfinches
Many House Finches
We're using about 2 pounds of thistle per day
 
Lee & Audrey Wells
Pine Grove
Subject: strange bird behavior?/Wyoming County
From: Sandra Goodwin <chickadd AT PTD.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:04:55 -0500
Yesterday I noticed a crow in my backyard, dipping its beak into the  
snow.  Using binoculars, I couldn't see anything in its beak any time  
that it raised its head.  I wondered if it was "eating" snow?  This  
was right next to a creek, and I think there were probably some places  
that weren't frozen, so there would be open water.

Any other ideas about what it could have been doing?

Just now I had 15 wild turkeys in my yard.  Most of them flew up and  
were standing on the barberry hedge, eating the berries.

(Yes, I know this is an invasive species, but it serves well to keep  
the next-door Little League players from opening my birdhouses,  
tromping on my flowers, etc., which their fence did not do.)

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming County
Subject: Juniata County waterfowl
From: Chad Kauffman <chadkauffman AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:19:29 -0500
hello all

I was hoping to report a common redpoll today, but the one seen thursday 
might have been a 1 day wonder.  I am looking thru the flock of up to 
300 goldfinch and siskins, but can't find that red cap, black chin or 
yellow beak.  There are so many light bellied and sided siskins that 
they keep fooling me for a minute.

I had a call from a young amishman this morning about a Long Tailed Duck 
at Muskrat Springs river access, as well as a diver duck they weren't 
sure of.  I was able to probably find the duck they weren't sure of just 
south of the port royal river bridge and it was a pair of Common 
Goldeneyes.  They was in a raft of common mergs, canvasback and 
redheads.  95% of the river was frozen in all of the spots I saw today.

I was able to relocate the long tailed duck again at muskrat springs, it 
is a male that just kept diving.

one peculiar feeding technique of the siskins here at my yard is that 
some are even hitting the peanut butter suet.   All of the thistle 
feeding ports are well fought over, most of the finch are on the ground, 
but some are eating the suet.  I had a high count of 25 morning doves as 
well.

chad kauffman
mifflintown, pa
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Subject: Hahn Rd AMD Pond-Washington County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:13:14 -0500
This afternoon there were 11 Canvasbacks at the pond, along with some
Mallards and a few Canada Geese.  Two Northern Shovelers were present but
no Redheads or Common Mergansers.

There were 50 Mallards in a small area of open water below the dam at
Canonsburg Lake.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County
Subject: Lebanon County
From: Windstream Mail <randyc11 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:30:37 -0500
I was at the Millardsville Quarry from about 9:30 to 10:30 am today.

The quarry is over  froze and the other little pond across the road is
about  frozen too.

Gadwall-4

Canvasback-15 with 1 female

Ring-necked Duck-59

Greater Scaup - 1 female

Common Merganser-10

Red-breasted Merganser-3 pair

American Coot-8

Some of males Canvasbacks were in the small pond, Don was getting some close
pictures. 

Randy C Miller

Lancaster County  
Subject: Northern Northampton County - Redpoll
From: Sherri <sherri.labar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:24:28 -0500
The snow just started about half an hour ago, and I now have a single 
Common Redpoll coming to my feeder. I have been hoping for Pine Siskins, 
but this is even better.

Sherri LaBar
N. Bangor, Northampton Co., PA
sherri.labar AT gmail.com
Subject: Siskins
From: Carl Juris <hbgbrdrs AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:49:07 -0500
We have one Pine Siskin visiting our nyger feeder! It seems to be a regular 
visitor now that it has discovered us. 


Carl and Nancy Juris
Harrisburg, Dauphin County
Subject: Auditory Woodpecker ID question
From: Ann Bodling <thistlebrook AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:15:57 -0500
Hi all,

  I live in an area where all the mid-Atlantic woodpeckers breed, and
sapsuckers live in winter.

   I can ID all of them by call and song, but I'm wondering whether any of
you have worked in IDing them by territorial drumming or excavating for
food drumming, aside from the pileated and sapsucker.

   Is such an ID methodology even possible?

  Thanks,
    Ann Bodling
    Accokeek, MD (formerly Lancaster County)
Subject: Tree sparrows, Northampton Co.
From: Betsy Mescavage <amkestrel1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:33:22 -0500
This morning I have 3 tree sparrows at my feeding stations, they are rare 
visitors to my yard. Also had a total of 23 cardinals at one time. 


Betsy Mescavage
E. Allen Twp.
Seemsville
Northampton Co.