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24 Oct HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (24 Oct 2014) 507 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct Golden Eagle, Lycoming County [David Brown ]
24 Oct Bald Eagles, Bradford Co. [Trudy Gerlach ]
24 Oct HSR: Rose Tree Park (24 Oct 2014) 115 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct Late post: Cackling Goose, Middle Creek, Lancaster County [ ]
24 Oct Rusty Blackbirds, Wildwood Lake, Dauphin Co. [Larry Usselman ]
24 Oct Churchville Report (Bucks Co)--Sightings for Oct 18-24 [William Keim ]
24 Oct Middle Creek-Thanks Randy [Alan Wells ]
24 Oct Re: American Robin photo, with a twist [Rob Blye ]
24 Oct Susquehanna County raptor show [Rob Blye ]
24 Oct Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 24, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
24 Oct FOS Fox Sparrow in Columbia County ["Gross, Douglas" ]
24 Oct Monarch numbers? [Barbara Malt ]
24 Oct Eastern PA Birdline: 10/24/2014 [Dave DeReamus ]
23 Oct American Robin photo, with a twist [Geoff Malosh ]
23 Oct Re: Ravens in Downingtown? [Kathy Clark ]
23 Oct pine siskins in PA [Rudolph Keller ]
23 Oct Re: food for Monarch butterflies [Herb Flavell ]
23 Oct Stone Mt., Pa. (23 Oct 2014) 277 Raptors [Gregory William Grove ]
23 Oct 28 Common Merganser, Latrobe - Westmoreland County [Tim Vechter ]
23 Oct HSR: Rose Tree Park (23 Oct 2014) 9 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct food for Monarch butterflies [Gerald Kruth ]
23 Oct Common Ravens, Allegheny County [Amy Henrici ]
23 Oct HSR: Bake Oven Knob (23 Oct 2014) 78 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct HSR: Waggoner's Gap (23 Oct 2014) 585 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct HSR: Second Mountain (23 Oct 2014) 63 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct Pine siskins at Hawk Mtn, Berks/Schuylkill County [DAVID KOCH ]
23 Oct Duck hollow allegheny county [jusko88 ]
23 Oct Nelsons Sparrows in Central Pennsylvania, October 2014 [DunceCapped o ]
23 Oct Pine Siskins - Mercer Co [Steve Sanford ]
23 Oct HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (23 Oct 2014) 192 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct HSR: Allegheny Front (23 Oct 2014) 26 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Milton Hershey Fields, Oct 23, 2014 [Ian Gardner ]
23 Oct Re: Ravens in Downingtown? [Jen Harned ]
23 Oct Re: Ravens in Downingtown? [Ron Rovansek ]
23 Oct Wildwood Park, Dauphin Co [lockermanS&G ]
23 Oct Osprey, Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County [ ]
23 Oct Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 23, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
23 Oct Ravens in Downingtown? [Sally Ann Sims ]
23 Oct I'm surprised [Herb Flavell ]
23 Oct Raven and Junco, Schenley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny ["Kate St.John" ]
23 Oct First N. Saw-whet Owls at Sewickley (nr. Pittsburgh), Allegheny Co. [Robert Mulvihill ]
23 Oct 2014/2015 Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) in PA [Vern Gauthier ]
23 Oct Sandhill Crane Survey ["Williams, Lisa" ]
23 Oct HSR: Rose Tree Park (21 Oct 2014) 85 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct Allegheny Co - Two Ravens in Bridgeville [Ryan Tomazin ]
23 Oct RBA western Pennsylvania, 14 October 2014 [Amy Taracido ]
23 Oct OT: California - Arizona Trip [Dave DeReamus ]
23 Oct White-throated Sparrows - York County ["Ann C. Pettigrew" ]
22 Oct HSR: Second Mountain (22 Oct 2014) 37 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (22 Oct 2014) 144 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct HSR: Waggoner's Gap (22 Oct 2014) 397 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct Ruffed Grouse @ Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County) [Marge Van Tassel ]
22 Oct HSR: Bake Oven Knob (22 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct black scoter, berks [Rudolph Keller ]
22 Oct Re: Fwd: Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants [Michael Fialkovich ]
22 Oct Central PA Birdline for 10.23.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy ]
22 Oct Osprey-Boone Reservoir-Washington County ["g. g" ]
22 Oct HSR: Allegheny Front (22 Oct 2014) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 22, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
22 Oct Eagle returns-Washington County ["g. g" ]
22 Oct WAY Late Post - Allegheny Co Chimney Swifts [Ryan Tomazin ]
22 Oct WCSparrow (Ind. co) [Marcy Cunkelman ]
22 Oct Bald eagle no longer present-Washington County ["Gigi G." ]
22 Oct Berks Co. - Film Screening & Discussion on Gas Fracking, Pipelines Oct 23, 24 [Dave Kruel ]
22 Oct Marsh Wren & more, Canoe Creek SP, Blair Co [Michael David ]
22 Oct HSR: Second Mountain (21 Oct 2014) 34 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct Rough-legged Hawk, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards ]
22 Oct Fwd: Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants [James Hausman III ]
22 Oct First Junco Allegheny Co [Tom Pawlesh ]
22 Oct Bald Eagle Timber Lake-Washington County ["g. g" ]
22 Oct Nine mockingbirds, Glenfield, Allegheny ["Kate St.John" ]
22 Oct HSR: Tuscarora Summit (21 Oct 2014) 56 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Oct Hawk Mountain Sanctuary--North Lookout, Oct 21, 2014 [Rudolph Keller ]
21 Oct Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday October 28th, 2014 [LeRoy ]
21 Oct HSR: Waggoner's Gap (21 Oct 2014) 188 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Oct HSR: Second Mountain (21 Oct 2014) 34 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]

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

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

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

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

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Laurie Goodrich, Rob Feldman, Rudy Keller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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


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

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


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

Distant first glimpse:

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Al Guarente, Bob Kelly

Observers:        Chuck Root

Visitors:
Hiroshi Iizuka


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

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterflies-2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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




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

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

Spectacular photos. Thanks for posting them to PA Birds. 


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

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

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

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

Geoff Malosh 
Allegheny County 


Geoff Malosh | Editor, Pennsylvania Birds 
450 Amherst Avenue | Moon Township, PA 15108-2654 | 412.735.3128 
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Subject: Susquehanna County raptor show
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:34 +0000
I spent last week in northern PA for the early muzzleloader season, doing my 
part to reduce deer numbers and maintain healthy habitats. 


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


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

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

 
Waterbirds counted:

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

Other birds flying across or along the lake:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Good Birding!
Doug

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


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

Barbara Malt
Allentown

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

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

- Birds mentioned

BRANT
TRUMPETER SWAN
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
PINE SISKIN

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: October 24th at 4:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to becard AT rcn.com with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus

My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County.  Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

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

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

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

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

PINE SISKINS were reported from several sites this past week.

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

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

Geoff Malosh
Allegheny County


Geoff Malosh | Editor, Pennsylvania Birds 
450 Amherst Avenue | Moon Township, PA 15108-2654 | 412.735.3128  
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Subject: Re: Ravens in Downingtown?
From: Kathy Clark <0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:05:26 -0400
I thought they hid and were secretive.  I guess things change to be 
secretive among populations now?

Kathy Clark


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

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

Jen Harned
Uwchlan Township
Chester County

Sent from my iPhone

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



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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Trudy Kyler

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

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


Weather:


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

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


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



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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Dave Eberly

Observers:        Bob Kelly

Visitors:
Hiroshi Izuku


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

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

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterfly-1

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

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

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


Amy Henrici
Pat McShea

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Sean Bankos

Observers:        Ed Wanamaker

Visitors:
none


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

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

Visitors:
Scott Fisher, 19


Weather:
Mostly cloudy with strong, gusty NW winds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Morris Cox

Observers:        Joan Renninger

Visitors:
Barry Mongold, Ian Gardner +8


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        David Barber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Ed Gowarty

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

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


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

Raptor Observations:
26 Raptors counted

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

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

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

4 species

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

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

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

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


Jen Harned
Uwchlan Township
Chester County

Sent from my iPhone

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

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


Ron Rovansek
Centre County

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

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

Hi All,

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


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

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

Sandy Lockerman

Wildwood Park

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

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


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

 
Waterbirdscounted:

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

Other bird crossing the lake from Canada:

Brown Creeper  1


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Best,
Bob Mulvihill

Ornithologist
National Aviary
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412-522-5729 (cell)
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Subject: 2014/2015 Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) in PA
From: Vern Gauthier <pabirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:38:39 -0400
Greetings All,
It's that time of year again to start thinking about CBCs. Before you know it 
the first day of the count season (December 14) will be upon us! To make sure 
folks know where and when counts will take place please either e-mail me at 
pabirder AT gmail.com or post on the PA Birds Face Book page with the Name of the 
Count, The date it will take place, The County(ies) it will take place in and 
the Compiler with contact info. Thank you for your assistance with this. The 
information gathered will also be used in the December PSO Pileated. 

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


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


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


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

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


Thanks for your help in collecting this important population information!

Lisa Williams
Bureau of Wildlife Management
PA Game Commission
Subject: HSR: Rose Tree Park (21 Oct 2014) 85 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:10:05 -0400
Rose Tree Park
Media, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               8             64             64
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Osprey                       3             62            205
Northern Harrier             2             18             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1             38            131
Sharp-shinned Hawk          30            399            740
Cooper's Hawk               15             58             98
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             18             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             18           1908
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             10             61             68
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             66            151
Merlin                       2             12             22
Peregrine Falcon             1             15             19
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              5
Unknown Raptor               0              6             16

Total:                      85            841           3501
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Mike Coll, Tom Bush

Observers:        Chuck Root, Tom Bush

Visitors:
Yoshi Izuka, Scott Tuttle


Weather:
Calm in the morning hours, followed by some light NW winds and light W
winds at the end of the day. Partly cloudy in the latter part of the day.

Raptor Observations:
The afternoon counter and hawkwatchers in attendance reported spotting a
light morph Rough-legged Hawk fly over the hawkwatch in the 1400 EDT hour.
Our first reported Rough-legged in many years. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterfly-1

Predictions:
Rainy. N winds, and all day rain. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Holly Merker (holly AT rtphawkwatch.org)
Rose Tree Park information may be found at:
www.rtphawkwatch.org

Subject: Allegheny Co - Two Ravens in Bridgeville
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:20:48 -0400
All,

This spread of the ravens is just awesome in my book. As I was going towards 
the BP from town, I saw a raven flying over the ridge that borders I-79. A 
couple of crows tried to harass it, but couldn't keep up. Then a second raven 
joined the first. I am loving this! If they nested here, and I got to hear 
ravens all the time, wow, those would be happy days! 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 14 October 2014
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:53:50 -0400
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE10.14.14

Highlights:
RED-THROATED LOON (Erie County)
SWAN SP. (Erie County)
CACKLING GOOSE (Crawford County)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Armstrong County)
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
REDHEAD
BONAPARTE'S GULL
PARASITIC JAEGER (Erie County)
COMMON TERN
STILT SANDPIPER (Crawford and Lawrence Counties)
DUNLIN
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (Erie County)
ARCHILOCHUS HUMMINGBIRD SP. (Allegheny County)
SEDGE WREN (Lawrence County)
AMERICAN PIPIT
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (Allegheny County)
LINCOLN'S SPARROW (Allegheny, Crawford, and Washington Counties)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Contributors: Shawn Collins, Lauren Conkle, Marcy Cunkelman, Gigi Gerben, Steve 
Gosser, Jim Hausman, Amy Henrici, Dave Inman, Glenn Koppel, Geoff Malosh, Jerry 
McWilliams, Robert Mulvihill, Clare Nicolls, Aidan Place, Kate St. John, Jack 
and Sue Solomon, Shannon Thompson, Ryan Tomazin, Marjorie Van Tassel, Mark 
Vass, Daniel Weeks. 


Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 7 October 2014 through Monday, 14 October 2014

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


Transcript-

PLEASE NOTE: BALD EAGLE, OSPREY, PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, SCAUP SP., 
MERGANSER SP., GADWALL, HORNED GREBE, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 
SOLITARY SANDPIPER, WILSON'S SNIPE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, 
RUDDY DUCK, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, RED-EYED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 
SWAMP SPARROW continue to be reported. "FOS" refers to "first of season" 
sightings of otherwise common non-reported species. 


ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 10/9 at the Imperial Grasslands main pond, 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER and others 
(MVas). 


At Wingfield Pines on 10/10, 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 2 western PALM WARBLERS, and 
others (KSJ). 


On 10/10 at Gilfillan Farms, PALM WARBLERS, EMPIDONAX FLYCATCHER SP. (RT).

At Frick Park on 10/11, sightings included NASHVILLE WARBLER (DW), 1 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (JS). 


This week in Edgeworth, 1 ARCHILOCHUS HUMMINGBIRD SP. (RM).

On 10/11 over Plum, 1 COMMON RAVEN (AH).

In Pittsburgh on 10/14, OVENBIRD and others (KSJ).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

At Crooked Creek State Park on 10/9, 8 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (GK); on 
10/10, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (FOS), 8 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 1 COMMON 
RAVEN, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, 1 TENNESSEE WARBLER, 1 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 1 
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (MVan); on 10/11 and 10/13, 8 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED 
GEESE (SG, DW, JH). 



BUTLER COUNTY:

On 10/9 near the intersection of Routes 228 and I-79, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON (GK).

In Allegheny Township on 10/12, DARK-EYED JUNCOS (FOS), WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS 
(FOS), 2 PALM WARBLERS (DW). 


On 10/12 at Moraine State Park, 6 AMERICAN WIGEON, 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER, 1 
NORTHERN PINTAIL, and others (MVas), 1 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 1 additional NORTHERN 
SHOVELER (GK). 


On 10/12 along Sunken Garden Trail, 2 PURPLE FINCHES and others (GK).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

At Geneva Marsh on 10/10, sightings included 1 AMERICAN WIGEON, 1 SANDHILL 
CRANE (SC). 


On 10/10 in the Pymatuning area, 2 CACKLING GEESE, 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 1 GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS, 1 STILT SANDPIPER, 1 DUNLIN, and others (MVas); on 10/11, 53 
SANDHILL CRANES, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and others (CN); on 10/12, 1 LINCOLN'S 
SPARROW, 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (FOS), 1 SWAINSON'S THRUSH, 1 WINTER WREN, 2 
PURPLE FINCHES, 6 GREAT EGRETS, 5 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 6 HORNED LARKS, 1 
NORTHERN HARRIER, 4 SANDHILL CRANES (SC et. al.). 


At Conneaut Marsh on 10/12, 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 1 WINTER WREN, and others (SC).


ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle on 10/8, 1 juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER; on 10/9, sightings 
included AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, 6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 2 REDHEADS, 2 WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS, 3 RED-THROATED LOONS, 16 COMMON LOONS, 1 GREEN HERON, 1 COMMON TERN, 5 
MERLINS (JM); on 10/10, 1 BONAPARTE'S GULL, NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 2 COMMON LOONS, 
1 PEREGRINE FALCON, 3 SWAN SP. (GG); on 10/12, 4 SURF SCOTERS, 1 WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTER, 1 BLACK SCOTER, 5 COMMON LOONS (JM). 


Through 10/9 in Albion, 1 adult female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (RM et. al.).

In Union City on 10/11, COMMON RAVEN (JM).


INDIANA COUNTY:

On 10/10 in Clarksburg, PINE SISKINS (MC).


LAWRENCE COUNTY:

At Black Swamp on 10/10, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 1 SEDGE WREN, 19 SANDHILL CRANES, 
45 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 9 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPER (GM), 2 additional SEDGE WRENS (ST); on 10/13, SEDGE WREN, 2 STILT 
SANDPIPERS, NORTHERN HARRIER, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, 4 SANDHILL CRANES (JH). 


On 10/12 in New Beaver, 12 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 1 COMMON GALLINULE, 7 AMERICAN 
PIPITS (MVas). 


At State Gamelands #284 on 10/12, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 15+ 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 17 SANDHILL CRANES, 1 NORTHERN 
HARRIER, 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (FOS), 1 PALM WARBLER, 2 SEDGE WRENS (DI). 



WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 10/10 at Washington Park, sightings included DARK-EYED JUNCO (FOS), 
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, WINTER WREN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, 1 probable CAPE 
MAY WARBLER (LC). 


At Greencove Wetlands on 10/12, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (FOS), 
SORA, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, NASHVILLE WARBLER (AP). 


On 10/12 at Canonsburg Lake, 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS (GG).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

On 10/11 at Keystone State Park, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 1 WOOD THRUSH, and others 
(KSJ). 


Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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Subject: OT: California - Arizona Trip
From: Dave DeReamus <becard AT RCN.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:00:31 -0400
The Eastern PA Birdline was not updated in early October because I took a trip 
out west, mainly to do a San Diego pelagic trip and to check out the Grand 
Canyon’s South Rim. I ended up getting six ‘lifers’ (a tough thing for me 
to do anymore) and one “Lower 48” bird. If interested, a short story and 
many photos can be found at: http://becard.blogspot.com/2014_10_01_archive.html 
. 


Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com/
PicasaWeb Photo Albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/becard57
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html
Subject: White-throated Sparrows - York County
From: "Ann C. Pettigrew" <rook185 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:22:41 -0400
Had the first white-throats of the season here today. No juncos so far.

Ann

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA
rook185 AT comcast.net
www.pbase.com/rook185 (Photographs)

Sent from my iPad
Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (22 Oct 2014) 37 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:10:02 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            118            136
Turkey Vulture               0            307            415
Osprey                       0             33            109
Bald Eagle                   2             45             92
Northern Harrier             4             52             68
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21           2069           2365
Cooper's Hawk                3            170            226
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              4            131            197
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             14             16
American Kestrel             1             51            100
Merlin                       1             31             41
Peregrine Falcon             1             24             32
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             13
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                      37           3070           6802
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Ed Chubb

Observers:        

Visitors:
5-visitors


Weather:
Low cloud cover, strong winds out of north and intermittent rain during the
morning reduced flight production. In the afternoon clouds lifted and rain
ended. Temp's remained close to 10 degrees C all day. 

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle, adult(s)1:13&2:40 EDT

Non-raptor Observations:
Strong swallow flight directly into the wind, all day, 100+. 2-
Dragonflies; Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chickadees, Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Predictions:
Repeat of Wednesday weather should hinder good flight, especially if rain
persists.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (22 Oct 2014) 144 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:10:40 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             26             89
Turkey Vulture              45            550            607
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       1            130            455
Bald Eagle                   3             73            238
Northern Harrier             3             61             96
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48           2814           3502
Cooper's Hawk               13            299            403
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Unknown Accipiter            4             57             76
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             26             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0             15           6359
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             16            183            294
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0             12             27
Golden Eagle                 1              7              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            147            352
Merlin                       4            105            164
Peregrine Falcon             0             36             76
Unknown Falcon               1             13             20
Unknown Raptor               3             26             62

Total:                     144           4580          12862
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Jean-Francois Therrien

Weather:
Rain and wind

Raptor Observations:
BAEA, Imm: 14:23; 14:47
BAEA, Ad: 17:04
NOHA, Ad (m): 14:51
NOHA, Ad (f): 15:07
NOHA, unk: 16:40
GOEA, Imm: 17:01

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (22 Oct 2014) 397 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:10:47 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0             18             18
TV                           9            989            989
OS                           3             72            351
BE                          10            102            363
NH                           5             84            123
SS                         303           6577           8075
CH                          17            305            434
NG                           1              2              2
RS                           2             52             62
BW                           0             12           6544
RT                          34            425            676
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           1             20             21
AK                           0            140            298
ML                           9             70             98
PG                           0             41             54
UA                           1             13             20
UB                           0              6             16
UF                           0              1              4
UE                           0              2              2
UR                           2             19             54

Total:                     397           8950          18204
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Keith Gingrich

Observers:        Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella

Visitors:
Scott Fisher; Cumberland Valley H.S. Honors Biology Class (27); 3


Weather:
Total cloud cover with very strong and sustained northwest wind.  Rain
shower at 11 AM ended at noon.

Raptor Observations:
BE Juv 2:50(2), 3:58
BE WB  7:46
BE 4YR 9:12
BE Ad 8:23(2), 8:34, 8:54, 1:10
GE Unaged 4:40
 
First bird - TV 6:50 
Last bird - SS 4:41



Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: Ruffed Grouse @ Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County)
From: Marge Van Tassel <marvant AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:22:00 -0500
1 Ruffed Grouse popped out of leaves on the right of the beach road as I was 
driving VERY slowly up past the tree the Barred Owl used to hang out in so I 
stopped and watched it cross the road, go under the railing and down the left 
hillside). Because it didn't seem alarmed by my car stopped I took a few 
photos, not that good as I had to sort of pick myself up and aim my camera 
through windshield of course but they are idable. I did stop and get out to see 
if I could view it on the hillside but it heard or saw me and flew through the 
trees down near the water. 

Also, the park staff (1 park ranger and 1 maintenance technician) saw the 8 
Greater White-front Geese yesterday in fields off of Route 66 around Garda's 
restaurant and just before Falcon Park, so I drove down to Rosston to see if 
they were there but did not see them, so perhaps they are in another field 
closeby. 

Marge Van Tassel
Armstrong County
Subject: HSR: Bake Oven Knob (22 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:10:45 -0400
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             81            228
Turkey Vulture               2            282            678
Osprey                       0             80            361
Bald Eagle                   0             58            217
Northern Harrier             0             62             83
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4           2434           3113
Cooper's Hawk                1             95            149
Northern Goshawk             0              4              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              9             16
Broad-winged Hawk            0              9           4051
Red-tailed Hawk             10            226            352
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             10             11
American Kestrel             1             75            141
Merlin                       0             45             90
Peregrine Falcon             0             41             62
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             69            183

Total:                      19           3580           9739
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter:        Sean Bankos

Observers:        

Visitors:
Dave Fitch (from Syracuse, NY)


Weather:
Visibility 20 miles-unlimited, Temp 49-57F, Wind 0-14 mph, Wind NW, Cloud
Cover 100%

Raptor Observations:
Counter arrived late and left early due to rain. In general, the birds were
flying high and were spotted against the clouds. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven(2), Pine Siskin, American Crow

Predictions:
Rain likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a
northwest wind 17 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New
precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (rehoopes AT hotmail.com)
Bake Oven Knob information may be found at:
www.lgnc.org

Subject: black scoter, berks
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller AT DEJAZZD.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:53:07 -0400
A male Black Scoter at L. Ontelaunee late this afternoon probably came down 
in today's rain. I found no other storm birds there.
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County 
Subject: Re: Fwd: Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:57:10 -0400
Hi Everyone,

I wrote a short article about this very subject for Pennsylvania Birds a few 
years ago.  I removed a trapped Magnolia Warbler from a Common Burdock.  If 
anyone is interested, it's available online at the following link:

http://www.pabirds.org/PABIRDS/BackIssues/PBV22N4.pdf

Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area
Allegheny County



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Hausman III" 
To: 
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:04 AM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Fwd: Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants


> Hello All,
>
> I thought this might be worth forwarding from the Ohio-birds listserv.
>
> Enjoy,
> Jim Hausman
> Allegheny Co.
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: Ken Andrews 
>> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive 
>> plants
>> Date: October 22, 2014 at 9:38:19 AM EDT
>> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
>> Reply-To: Ken Andrews 
>>
>> Someone on Flickr I follow posted a photo of a Song Sparrow she had freed 
>> from some burrs. I did not realize that this was such a dangerous plant 
>> to birds. But, a recent study I found online stated that the burdock is 
>> an invasive species from Asia. And, a lot of birds, mostly small 
>> migrating songbirds, get caught in them and die. The document said that 
>> the researchers thought that the birds that got caught were foraging for 
>> arthropods to eat. But, they weren't 100% certain. The study also showed 
>> that Common Yellowthroats and Downy Woodpeckers forage successfully on 
>> these plants. So, if you are out birding in a field, look around in the 
>> plants. Maybe you can make a rescue, too.
>>
>> Link to the photo:
>>
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/sparrowbon/15594685542/
>>
>>
>> Link to the PDF file for the study done in Canada:
>>
>> 
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcanadianfieldnaturalist.ca%2Findex.php%2Fcfn%2Farticle%2Fdownload%2F1447%2F1469&ei=1q5HVMqbO6PlsASSxIE4&usg=AFQjCNGEKW8mppeITdqqQePjo-H2aERv9g&bvm=bv.77880786,d.cWc 

>>
>>
>> I found the study just by doing a simple search with "birds get caught in 
>> burrs".
>>
>>
>> Hope you see some birds today!
>>
>>
>> Ken
>>


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Subject: Central PA Birdline for 10.23.2014
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:14:46 +0000
- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * October 23, 2014
 * PACE1410.23
 Bird Highlights
 RED-NECKED GREBE (Lancaster/Lebanon Cos.)
 MARSH WREN (Centre, Clinton & Huntingdon Co.)
 NELSON'S SPARROW (Centre, Clinton & Huntingdon Co.)
 PINE SISKIN (Bedford/Somerset, Franklin, Huntingdon/Mifflin & Schuykill/Berks 
Cos.) 

 - Transcript
 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 October 23, 2014
 To Report: TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net 
 Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy 
 Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
 Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy

 Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings 
made the week prior to Thursday, October 23, 2014. 


 ADAMS COUNTY:
 Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were be seen on October 17 near Latimore Valley 
Race Track (ED). 


 BEDFORD/SOMERSET CO.
 Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting BLACK VULTURES, 43 TURKEY 
VULTURES, 1 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 37 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 4 
COOPER'S HAWKS, 5 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 35 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 2 
AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 MERLINS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON between October 16 and 21 
(EG, TD, DBo, JR, BG, BSt, BG). PINE SISKINS also were seen on October 20 (BG). 


 CARBON COUNTY:
 One SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was seen on October 16 at Beltzville State Park 
(RR). 


 CENTRE COUNTY:
 One NELSON'S SPARROW was seen on October 17 at Colyer Lake Recreation Area 
(RD). 


 Some PINE SISKINS were observed on October 19 at Upper Greens Run in Bald 
Eagle State Park (NBu). 


 One MARSH WREN and 1 NELSON'S SPARROW were seen between October 19 and 21 at 
Curtin Wetlands (MSa, IG). 


 CLINTON COUNTY:
 One MARSH WREN and 1 NELSON'S SPARROW were seen between October 19 and 21 at 
Mill Hall Wetlands (MSa, IG). 


 CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
 Waggoner Gap reported counting 14 BLACK VULTURES, 601 TURKEY VULTURES, 13 
OSPREY, 43 BALD EAGLES, 35 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 3201 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 141 
COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 31 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 1 BROAD-WINGED 
HAWK, 227 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 15 GOLDEN EAGLES, 67 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 27 MERLINS 
and 6 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 16 and 21 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH, JL). 


 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen on October 18 at Horse Valley Craig Marsh 
(BO, CK, VG, CB). Note: This is on private property and can only be birded by 
obtaining permission from the owner. 


 A flock of approximately 60 PINE SISKINS was observed on October 19 at the old 
Gunter Valley Reservoir in Tuscarora State Forest (BO, LN). 


 FRANKLIN/FULTON COUNTIES:
 Tuscarora Summit Hawk Watch reports counting 18 BLACK VULTURES, 207 TURKEY 
VULTURES, 3 OSPREY, 16 BALD EAGLES, 13 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 198 SHARP-SHINNED 
HAWKS, 25 COOPER'S HAWKS, 8 RED-SHOULDRED HAWKS, 46 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 3 GOLDEN 
EAGLES, 9 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 4 MERLINS and 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 
16 and 21 (DGe). 


 HUNTINGDON COUNTY:
 One MARSH WREN was seen on October 15 at Old Crow Wetlands (GG). One SORA and 
1 NELSON'S SPARROW were observed on October 18 at Old Crow Wetlands (MSa, IG). 
One ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was present on October 20 (GD). 


 HUNTINGDON/MIFFLIN:
 Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 2 BLACK VULTURES, 70 TURKEY 
VULTURES, 8 OSPREY, 5 BALD EAGLES, 9 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 243 SHARP-SHINNED 
HAWKS, 36 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 8 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 84 
RED-TAILED HAWKS, GOLDEN EAGLE, 24 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 11 MERLINS and 3 
PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 16 and 20 (TK, NB, DK, JK, GG, DSt). Two PINE 
SISKIN also were seen on October 18 (NB). 


 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 An adult BALD EAGLE was seen on October 22 perched in a tree across from Grace 
Church along Hahnstown Road in Ephrata (BH). 


 LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:
 The RED-NECKED GREBE continued to be seen through at least October 20 at 
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (BC, AP, TN, AH, RH, JH, NP, RM, AY, ZM). 


 LEBANON COUNTY:
 Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 70 BLACK VULTURES, 154 TURKEY 
VULTURES, 15 OSPREY, 11 BALD EAGLES, 15 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 908 SHARP-SHINNED 
HAWKS, 59 COOPER'S HAWKS, 5 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 55 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 5 GOLDEN 
EAGLES, 21 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 14 MERLINS and 8 PEREGRINE FALCONS between 
October 16 and 21 (FW, SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC). 


 MIFFLIN COUNTY:
 Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 94 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 OSPREY, 13 
BALD EAGLES, 10 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 215 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 21 COOPER'S HAWKS, 
1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 1 BROAD-WINGED HAWK, 17 RED-TAILED 
HAWKS, 6 GOLDEN EAGLES, 10 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 6 MERLINS and 5 PEREGRINE FALCONS 
between October 16 and 21 (JK, RSi, DSm, LW, MS). 


 SCHUYKILL/BERKS COUNTIES:
 Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 8 BLACK VULTURES, 53 TURKEY 
VULTURES, 44 OSPREY, 30 BALD EAGLES, 20 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1324 SHARP-SHINNED 
HAWKS, 133 COOPER'S HAWKS, 10 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 2 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 111 
RED-TAILED HAWKS, 3 GOLDEN EAGLES, 79 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 49 MERLINS and 9 
PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 16 and 21 (LG, AK, RK, MB, DB, BF, JB, JD, 
MW, DKr, HM, RFe, AC). PINE SISKIN also were seen on October 18 and 446 PINE 
SISKINS were recorded on October 19 (JD, MW, AK, DKr, HM, RFe). 


 YORK COUNTY:
 One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on October 20 at Hopewell Township Park 
(DWe). 


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

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

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

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

 The following people have contributed to this report: David Barber (DB), Joe 
Beatrice (JB), Chuck Berthoud (CB), Mark Blauer (MB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), 
Nick Bolgiano (NB), Nan Butkovich (NBu), Bruce Carl (BC), Adam Carter (AC), Ed 
Chubb (EC), Jack Cochran (JC), Sue Cooper (SC), Morris Cox (MC), Jason Deeter 
(JD), Eli DePaulis (ED), Tom Dick (TD), Rob Dickerson (RD), Gordon Dimmig (GD), 
Rob Feldman (RFe), Bruce Ferrence (BF), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz (PF), Ian 
Gardner (IG), Vern Gauthier (VG), Dale Gearhart (DGe), Keith Gingrich (KG), 
Laurie Goodrich (LG), Bob Gorsuch (BG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg 
Grove (GG), Jonathan Heller (JH), Bill Hoch (BH), Russell Hoffman (RH), Craig 
Houston (CH), Anne Hurst (AH), Chad Kauffman (CK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Rudy 
Keller (RK), Nick Kerlin (NK), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), David 
Kruel (DKr), Dave Kyler (DK), Trudy Kyler (TK), Holly Merker (HM), Zachary 
Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Lori Nichols (LN), Ted Nichols II (TN), Bill 
Oyler (BO), Ann Pettigrew (AP), Richard Pohner (RP), Nick Pulcinella (NP), Rich 
Rehrig (RR), Jim Rocco (JR), Matt Sabatine (MSa), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope 
(MS), Ron Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Doug Steigerwalt (DSt), Bob 
Stewart (BSt), Gene Wagner (GW), Donald Weidemann (DWe), Linda Whitesel (LW), 
Fred Wilcox (FW), Matt Wlasniewski (MW), Doug Wood (DW) and Alan Youse (AY). I 
apologize if I have misspelled their names and I will also refrain from naming 
that person on request. 

-End Transcript
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Mark A. McConaughy      TimeTraveler50 AT comcast.net 
 Bushy Run Battlefield 
 P.O. Box 486 
 Harrison City, PA 15636-0468      (724) 527-5585 x103
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Subject: Osprey-Boone Reservoir-Washington County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:06:05 -0400
Currently, an Osprey is perched in a tree at Boone Reservoir.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County


-- 
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (22 Oct 2014) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:10:34 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0             26             71
TV                           0            211            211
OS                           0              9             91
BE                           0             20            114
NH                           0             13             28
SS                           0            868           1115
CH                           0             62            140
NG                           0              1              2
RS                           0              8             19
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           0            210            605
RL                           0              0              1
GE                           0              5              7
AK                           0             23             85
ML                           0             14             21
PG                           0             23             35
UA                           0              2              5
UB                           0              2             10
UF                           0              1              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0             15             50

Total:                       0           1513           6963
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Rosemary McGlynn

Observers:        

Visitors:
Ken Byerly,Norman Bono


Weather:
strong NW winds with gusts to 32mph;fog with nearly zero visibility at
watch site & to the E; misty & damp

Raptor Observations:
none

Non-raptor Observations:
jays,juncos,crows

Predictions:
Mod. to strong NW winds,dry & cloudy with some sun in PM;high near 50F
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rosemary McGlynn ()

Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Oct. 22, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:28:11 -0400
Location: Sunset Point, PresqueIsle S.P.
Date: October 22, 2014
Time: 0745-1015
Weather: Cloudy, NNE wind to 15mph, temp. 45 F, waves about four to five feet. 
Comments: Only a few waterfowl moving with American Black Duck and Northern 
Pintail the predominant species. A very large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds 
flew across the lake from Canada. 


Waterbirds counted:

Canada Goose  8
Gadwall  10
American Wigeon  3
American Black Duck  45
Mallard  14
Northern Pintail  40
Green-winged Teal  1
Lesser Scaup  10
Surf Scoter  5
White-winged Scoter  9
Long-tailed Duck  1
Common Merganser  3
Red-breasted Merganser  16
Common Loon  17
Horned Grebe  20
Double-crested Cormorant  110
Black-bellied Plover  2


Other birds moving across or along the lake:

Bald Eagle  3 (2 subadults, 1 imm.)
Red-winged Blackbird  2000+-


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

Subject: Eagle returns-Washington County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:22:40 -0400
The earlier reported Bald Eagle has returned to Timber Lake.

Gigi Gerben
Washington County


-- 
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Subject: WAY Late Post - Allegheny Co Chimney Swifts
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:21:01 -0400
Sorry, sorry... Was out of town for 3 days, and busy ever since...

Last Wednesday, the 15th, I still had a mess of Chimney Swifts here in 
Bridgeville. They are gone now, but I thought that was a pretty decently late 
date for them, and that PSO would be interested. 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: WCSparrow (Ind. co)
From: Marcy Cunkelman <plant4nature AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:25:39 -0400
An adult White-crowned Sparrow was at the deck feeder today...couldn't help but 
notice the bright white crown on this dreary day...(we don't get these very 
often in the yard) 

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: Bald eagle no longer present-Washington County
From: "Gigi G." <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:37:17 +0000
This morning, while I was driving down Bebout Rd, my husband spotted a Bald 
Eagle as we were passing Timber Lake. We went back for closer looks.The eagle 
was an adult, sitting in a tree on the far side of the lake. I went home and 
got my camera and was able to get some photos. I then had to leave for an 
appointment. When I returned later, the eagle was not present. 



I have never seen an eagle here before. Timber Lake is a small lake, next to a 
larger lake and I was surprised that the eagle chose the smaller of the two 
lakes. 



Gigi Gerben

Washington County
Subject: Berks Co. - Film Screening & Discussion on Gas Fracking, Pipelines Oct 23, 24
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:40:27 +0000
Hi All,
There will be two screenings of film in Berks County - Thurs 7:30 at Albright 
College, and Fri 5:30 in Kutzown on fracking & pipelines....see email below for 
details. These items definitely will affect birds & their habitat. 


Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sierra Club - Kittatinny Group"  
To: "Sierra Club - Kittatinny Group"  
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:04:48 PM 
Subject: Free Film Screenings of "Groundswell Rising" Plus Discussion 

Free Film Screenings of "Groundswell Rising" Plus Discussion 

The Kittatinny Sierra Club presents TWO EVENINGS of the film "Groundswell 
Rising" and discussion on how natural gas 'fracking' and pipelines will affect 
Berks and Schuylkill counties. 


Concern over the natural gas pipelines, compressor stations, water 
contamination, climate change impacts from fracking related development and 
eminent domain issues have prompted the engagement of the Sierra Club 
nationally. The "Groundswell Rising" film screening and post-screening 
discussion panel will include Director Renard Cohen, Berks Gas Truth community 
organizer Karen Feridun and Kittatinny Sierra Club board member Darree Sicher. 
The public is welcomed and both events are free. Donations accepted! 


*Thursday, Oct 23 at 7:30 - Hosted by Albright College, Environmental Campus 
Outreach and Environmental Studies and Science Dept., Klein Hall, 3040 Kutztown 
Rd., Reading. 


*Friday, Oct 24 at 5:30 - Hosted by St. Barnabus Episcopal Church, 234 E Main 
St, Kutztown, PA. Special 'Sierra Stew & View' event includes a hearty meal of 
soup, salad and dessert during the panel discussion. Welcome snacks and 
beverages starting at 5:30 Reservations suggested! 


For more info please contact Darree Sicher at 610-823-8258 or zinc5 AT enter.net 

www.groundswellrising.com or film trailer at 
http://www.groundswellrising.com/clips 

Subject: Marsh Wren & more, Canoe Creek SP, Blair Co
From: Michael David <michaeltdavid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:26:17 -0400
Hi All,

Along the marsh trail at Canoe Creek SP this morning I had a Marsh Wren,
Winter Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, and a flock of 15ish Pine Siskins.
Going by the PSO site and eBird, Marsh Wren could be a first county record
- I'll have to dig into some old Pennsylvania Birds issues and see if I can
find another (unless someone else knows of one.)

Best,

Michael David
Blair Co.
Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (21 Oct 2014) 34 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:10:22 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            118            136
Turkey Vulture              13            307            415
Osprey                       0             33            109
Bald Eagle                   0             43             90
Northern Harrier             0             48             64
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19           2048           2344
Cooper's Hawk                2            167            223
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              0            127            193
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             14             16
American Kestrel             0             50             99
Merlin                       0             30             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             23             31
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             13
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                      34           3033           6765
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Morris Cox

Observers:        Mike Dale

Visitors:
8


Weather:
Heavy fog first three hours. Some clearing with only .5 visibility followed
by haze and thick clouds remaining just above the ridge tops. Clearing
around 11:am. Wind ENE before shifting to WNW late. Temp 10-14C

Raptor Observations:
None

Non-raptor Observations:
Ruby & Yellow crowned Kinglets
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy & Yellow-shafted Flicker
Ravens 

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

Subject: Rough-legged Hawk, Clearfield Co.
From: Dan Richards <drichards7 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:29:35 -0400
This morning I spotted a light morph Rough-legged Hawk circling the fields 
along Hartzfeld Road near Luthersburg. This is the earliest Rough-leg I've ever 
encountered. 


Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
Subject: Fwd: Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants
From: James Hausman III <englishhaus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:04:42 -0400
Hello All, 

I thought this might be worth forwarding from the Ohio-birds listserv. 

Enjoy, 
Jim Hausman
Allegheny Co.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Ken Andrews 
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants
> Date: October 22, 2014 at 9:38:19 AM EDT
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Reply-To: Ken Andrews 
> 
> Someone on Flickr I follow posted a photo of a Song Sparrow she had freed 
from some burrs. I did not realize that this was such a dangerous plant to 
birds. But, a recent study I found online stated that the burdock is an 
invasive species from Asia. And, a lot of birds, mostly small migrating 
songbirds, get caught in them and die. The document said that the researchers 
thought that the birds that got caught were foraging for arthropods to eat. 
But, they weren't 100% certain. The study also showed that Common Yellowthroats 
and Downy Woodpeckers forage successfully on these plants. So, if you are out 
birding in a field, look around in the plants. Maybe you can make a rescue, 
too. 

> 
> Link to the photo:
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/sparrowbon/15594685542/
> 
> 
> Link to the PDF file for the study done in Canada:
> 
> 
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcanadianfieldnaturalist.ca%2Findex.php%2Fcfn%2Farticle%2Fdownload%2F1447%2F1469&ei=1q5HVMqbO6PlsASSxIE4&usg=AFQjCNGEKW8mppeITdqqQePjo-H2aERv9g&bvm=bv.77880786,d.cWc 

> 
> 
> I found the study just by doing a simple search with "birds get caught in 
burrs". 

> 
> 
> Hope you see some birds today!
> 
> 
> Ken
> 
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Subject: First Junco Allegheny Co
From: Tom Pawlesh <tpawlesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:10:42 +0000
Had my first Junco of the season in my yard, Oct 22 

Tom Pawlesh 
Subject: Bald Eagle Timber Lake-Washington County
From: "g. g" <birdersx5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:03:51 -0400
Bald Eagle at Timber Lake currently. Sitting in tree. Great views. No
camera!

Gigi Gerben
Washington County


-- 
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Subject: Nine mockingbirds, Glenfield, Allegheny
From: "Kate St.John" <0000000f59b962a9-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:47:09 -0700
Yesterday afternoon in the rain at Riverside Park in Glenfield I saw 9 northern 
mockingbirds at the railroad tracks -- all in one tree for a short time before 
they started chasing each other. I've never seen this many at once. 

 
Kate St. John, Pittsburgh
Visit my bird/nature blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/
Subject: HSR: Tuscarora Summit (21 Oct 2014) 56 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:10:38 -0400
Tuscarora Summit
Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                8             82             82
Turkey Vulture              35            422            422
Osprey                       0             34             85
Bald Eagle                   0             26             59
Northern Harrier             0             37             53
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            699            844
Cooper's Hawk                2             74             90
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             11             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2074
Red-tailed Hawk              6             89             95
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             12
American Kestrel             0             35             53
Merlin                       0             22             24
Peregrine Falcon             0             22             25
Unknown Accipiter            0             17             17
Unknown Buteo                0              4              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              6
Unknown Eagle                0              4              6
Unknown Raptor               1             16             32

Total:                      56           1606           4003
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Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 14:15:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Dale L. Gearhart

Observers:        Dale L. Gearhart

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Dale L. Gearhart (dgearhart01 AT comcast.net)
Subject: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary--North Lookout, Oct 21, 2014
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller AT DEJAZZD.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:34:44 -0400
It was a slow day for raptors, but a big day for finches. Most of the Pine 
Siskins and Purple Finches passed after 2 p.m. Perhaps they were waiting out 
the fog.


> Hawk Mountain Sanctuary--North Lookout, Schuylkill, US-PA
> Oct 21, 2014 7:45 AM - 5:45 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     Lookout befogged till almost noon. Calm to very light winds 
> most of the day. Large finch flight in afternoon.
> 36 species (+4 other taxa)
>
> Black Vulture  6
> Turkey Vulture  30
> Osprey  1
> Northern Harrier  2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  35
> Cooper's Hawk  2
> Accipiter sp.  1
> Bald Eagle  3
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2
> Red-tailed Hawk  3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Hairy Woodpecker  2
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
> Pileated Woodpecker  4
> American Kestrel  2
> Merlin  2
> Blue-headed Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  6
> American Crow  71
> Common Raven  3
> Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee  4
> Tufted Titmouse  4
> White-breasted Nuthatch  2
> Brown Creeper  1
> Carolina Wren  2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  25     Common October migrant here.
> Hermit Thrush  1
> American Robin  193
> Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  5
> Black-throated Green Warbler  2     Late but not unprecedented.
> Eastern Towhee  2
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  7
> blackbird sp.  50     Unidentified distant flock.
> Purple Finch  131     Fairly good flight year for this regular migrant.
> Pine Siskin  635     Large flights of this irruptive sp. in the last few 
> days here. A few flocks of 100-200 birds in afternoon.
> American Goldfinch  4
> passerine sp.  4
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20301356
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)
>
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County 
Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday October 28th, 2014
From: LeRoy <leroytabb AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:39:58 -0400
 Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday October 28th,  2014
 
Bird Migration Through Urban Landscapes

by Dr. J. Alan Clark 
.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Peace Valley Nature Center. Admission 
is free. Bio of the presenter: Dr. Clark is an Assistant Professor in the 
Department of Biological Sciences at Fordham University. While in New Zealand, 
Dr. Clark encountered his first penguins  the yellow-eyed penguin. He was 
never able to get the incredible vision of wild penguins or his childhood dream 
of studying birds out of his mind. And eventually hearing the call of the wild, 
Alan left his law practice and began studying Magellanci penguins for his Ph.D. 
dissertation. His more-recent work has covered a wide variety of topics 
including Night migration of birds and bats through New York City and the 
effects of a public art installation/light show on migrating birds in 
Philadelphia. Directions: Meeting location: Peace Valley Nature Center (enter 
back side door) 170 N. Chapman Rd. (enter from New Galena Road Side - Chapman 
Road bridge is blocked) Doylestown, PA.Normal meeting length - 1 to 1 1/2 
hours. For directions please go to: 
http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/directions/ For further information 
please contact:LeRoy Tabbtabbleroy AT gmail.com 
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (21 Oct 2014) 188 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:10:59 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0             18             18
TV                         104            980            980
OS                           0             69            348
BE                           0             92            353
NH                           2             79            118
SS                          53           6274           7772
CH                           4            288            417
NG                           0              1              1
RS                           1             50             60
BW                           0             12           6544
RT                          17            391            642
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           1             19             20
AK                           2            140            298
ML                           2             61             89
PG                           0             41             54
UA                           0             12             19
UB                           0              6             16
UF                           0              1              4
UE                           0              2              2
UR                           2             17             52

Total:                     188           8553          17807
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Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers:        Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella, Keith Gingrich

Visitors:
7


Weather:
Fog, with visibility changing from 0 to 20km the first three hours, then
clearing to mostly cloudy with winds calm to light SE. Wind remaining light
changing to NW in the afternoon with occasional light rain. 

Raptor Observations:
GE Juv 10:20

First bird - NH 7:15
Last bird -  ML 3:05

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 10
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Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate AT copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (21 Oct 2014) 34 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:10:36 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            118            136
Turkey Vulture              13            307            415
Osprey                       0             33            109
Bald Eagle                   0             43             90
Northern Harrier             0             48             64
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19           2048           2344
Cooper's Hawk                2            167            223
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              0            127            193
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             14             16
American Kestrel             0             50             99
Merlin                       0             30             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             23             31
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              3
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             13
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                      34           3033           6765
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Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Morris Cox

Observers:        Mike Dale

Visitors:
8


Weather:
Heavy fog first three hours. Some clearing with only .5 visibility followed
by haze and thick clouds remaining just above the ridge tops. Clearing
around 11:am. Wind ENE before shifting to WNW late. Temp 10-14C

Raptor Observations:
None

Non-raptor Observations:
Ruby & Yellow crowned Kinglets
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy & Yellow-shafted Flicker
Ravens 

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