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Coppersmith Barbet,©Jan Wilczur

28 Jul Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral photos, Green Pond, Northampton County [Dave DeReamus ]
27 Jul Shorebirds, Terns, etc Crawford County [Shawn Collins ]
27 Jul Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Green Pond, Northampton County [Dave DeReamus ]
27 Jul Re: Two White Ibis- Chester Co. [Anthony Uhrich ]
27 Jul Merlin's nest/leg band update, Clearfield Co. [Dan Richards ]
27 Jul White Winged Crossbill - Lancaster County [Dave ]
27 Jul Erie County bird sightings [Jerry McWilliams ]
27 Jul Whimbrels, Avocets, Erie Co. [Matt Sabatine ]
27 Jul Gulls - Beaver Co. [ ]
27 Jul from: Roy Boyle [Roy Boyle ]
27 Jul Sandhill Crane Lehigh cty [Dan Altif ]
26 Jul Re: ROUTE 380 Avocets? [Marcy Cunkelman ]
26 Jul Shorebirds at Somerset Lake, Somerset County [Aidan Place ]
26 Jul birding Shawnee State Park, Bedford County [Cathy Brown ]
26 Jul Pnc park terns sp allegheny county [jusko88 ]
26 Jul Pectoral Sandpipers - Allegheny Co. [ ]
26 Jul Lebanon County Bird [Windstream Mail ]
26 Jul Re: 380 Avocets? [Ryan Tomazin ]
26 Jul Re: House Wren question [Kathy Clark ]
26 Jul Re: 380 Avocets? [Marcy ]
26 Jul Dead wood [Herb Flavell ]
26 Jul 380 Avocets? [Marcy Cunkelman ]
26 Jul House Wren question [Rick & Marianne Atkinson ]
25 Jul American Coot Lebanon [Alan Wells ]
25 Jul 4 Green Herons @ Parks Ind. Park pond/trees (Armstrong County) [Marge Van Tassel ]
25 Jul American Avocets, Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland Co [Michael David ]
25 Jul Great Egret - Crawford Co. [ ]
25 Jul American Avocet, Lake Redman, York County [Dave Kerr ]
25 Jul Lebanon County Birds [Windstream Mail ]
25 Jul Shorebirds, Stoughstown Pond, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
25 Jul American Avocet, York County [Dave Kerr ]
25 Jul Flycatcher Behaviour,Berks Co. [EBarrell123 ]
25 Jul Allegheny Co., ALT Wingfield Pines, Bald Eagle [shannon thompson ]
25 Jul Sgl 168 - Monroe county [Jon ]
25 Jul Wood Duck -- Duck Hollow, Allegheny County [Aidan Place ]
25 Jul Re: Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off Topic [Scott Weidensaul ]
25 Jul Solitary Sandpipers/Franklin CO [Bob Keener ]
25 Jul Eastern PA Birdline: 7/25/2014 [Dave DeReamus ]
24 Jul Re: Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off Topic [Herb Flavell ]
24 Jul Laurel Summit SP and Lake Somerset Sightings - Westmoreland & Somerset Co. [Jim Hausman ]
24 Jul Red Headed Woodpecker hammering on concrete statue Off Topic [bill drolsbaugh ]
24 Jul Lebanon County Birds [Windstream Mail ]
24 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
24 Jul Correction Semipalmated Plover Duck Hollow Allegheny [ ]
24 Jul Re: Automated analysis of bird calls [Dave Kruel ]
24 Jul Franklin Co Short-billed Dowitcher [Bill Oyler ]
24 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [pabirder ]
24 Jul Semipalmated Sandpiper & others Duck Hollow Allegheny County [ ]
24 Jul Great Egret - lehigh gap nature center (carbon county) [Jon ]
24 Jul Re: Automated analysis of bird calls [Kerry A Grim ]
23 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [pwbjr88 ]
23 Jul Extralimital Piping Plover Conneaut Harbor Ohio [Shawn Collins ]
23 Jul Dauphin County, SGL 246 - Blue-winged and Hooded Warblers [Sue Hannon ]
23 Jul Kiwanis Lake York [Alan Wells ]
23 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [pabirder ]
23 Jul Re: Automated analysis of bird calls ["Kate St.John" ]
23 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
23 Jul PSO field trip to Alleghany Front in November [Chad Kauffman ]
23 Jul Central PA Birdline for 7.24.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy ]
23 Jul Re: Automated analysis of bird calls [Ryan Tomazin ]
23 Jul Automated analysis of bird calls [Patrick Millar ]
23 Jul Lebanon County, Fox and Prescott Rd, Western Sandpiper [Tim Becker ]
23 Jul Fw: The Meadowlands Blog [Herb Flavell ]
23 Jul Re: Interesting egret at Heinz refuge [Ryan Tomazin ]
23 Jul RBA western Pennsylvania, 21 July 2014 [Amy Taracido ]
23 Jul Interesting egret at Heinz refuge [Martin Dellwo ]
23 Jul Shorebirds, Cumberland County [Dave Kerr ]
23 Jul Photo Study Of Birds At E. B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 7/22/14 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
22 Jul OFF TOPIC--Bat Roost at my home in New Cumberland, PA [Kathy Clark ]
22 Jul SGL-95; Butler County; 07/22/2014 [Richard Nugent ]
22 Jul Grackle kill [Cindy Ahern ]
22 Jul Westmorland County Birds [Michael Fialkovich ]
22 Jul Franklin Co Short-billed Dowitcher [Bill Oyler ]
22 Jul Chester County - Grackle flocks starting to grow [Patrick Millar ]
22 Jul Re: Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14 [Sue Hannon ]
22 Jul Question on heron movement [Dave Kruel ]
22 Jul Cliff Swallows interesting behavior), Berks County [Kerry A Grim ]

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

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


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

I went to Erie Wildlife Refuge and my highlights were

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


Pymatuning Millers Ponds

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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



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

Willet  2; July 21

Whimbrel  4; July 23
                 4; July 27

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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

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



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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

Good Birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County


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

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

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


Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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

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

Randy C. Miller

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


Ryan

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

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

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

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

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


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



Hope this helps!


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


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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for any info,

Marianne Atkinson
NW Clearfield County, near DuBois

 

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for any info,

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


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


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

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

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

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

Best,

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

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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

 

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

 

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

Mary Creager for reporting it.

 

 

Dave Kerr

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

All the shorebirds were along Fox Road .

Killdeer-about 5

Least Sandpiper-9 were the only shorebirds.

Randy C. Miller

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

 

Killdeer (29)

 

Spotted Sandpiper (1)

 

Solitary Sandpiper (2)

 

Greater Yellowlegs (1)

 

Lesser Yellowlegs (2)

 

Least Sandpiper (10)

 

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

Is very close to I-81.

 

 

Dave Kerr

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


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

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


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

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

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


Shannon Thompson
Allegheny Co.

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

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

Good Birding,

Jon Mularczyk
Lower Nazareth, PA

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

Good Birding,
Aidan Place
Allegheny County

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


  Scott Weidensaul
  Schuylkill Haven, PA




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Birds mentioned

Stilt Sandpiper
SANDHILL CRANE
Short-billed Dowitcher

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: July 25th at 1:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to becard AT rcn.com with “Birdline” in subject
heading.
Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County.  Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.

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

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

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

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from the GREEN POND area, Northampton County:
Stilt Sandpiper – 1 from 7/20 to at least 7/22.
Also Semipalmated Plover and Semipalmated Sandpiper.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today's high lights are most of the birds.

Killdeer - about 7

Semipalmated Sandpiper- 4 adults

Western Sandpiper- 1- long black  downward curved bill

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

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

This is the same one as yesterday.

Least Sandpiper- 18

Barry was checking other areas with no luck.

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

Randy C. Miller

Lancaster County 

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

latitudinal not longitudinal, by the way) is dug and

was being filled with stone when I arrived at 1551.

 

The excavated clay/mud was being spread on the slim

area of remaining mudflats.

 

I saw a single Killdeer.

 

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

as a layover for migrating shorebirds is shot. 

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle

 

 

 

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

 

I was back at the CEFC pond at 1642.

 

There were:

 

22 Killdeer

5 Least Sandpipers

2 Solitary Sandpipers

 

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

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

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

on the stone and excavated earth.

 

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

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

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

 

The consequence is severely degraded if not destroyed habitat for shorebirds

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

 

 

Dave  

 

 

 

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

 

I arrived at the retention pond at the Carlisle

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.

 

I found these Shorebirds:

Killdeer (20)

Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Solitary Sandpiper (5)

Least Sandpiper (7)

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle 

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

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

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


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


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


Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Oyler

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




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



Sent from smart phone.


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


Probably not for the good!




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

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

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.

 

I found these Shorebirds:


Killdeer (20)

Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Solitary Sandpiper (5)

Least Sandpiper (7)

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle

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



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


Good birding,

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

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


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

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




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

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

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


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


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



Sent from smart phone.

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




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

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

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.

 

I found these Shorebirds:


Killdeer (20)

Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Solitary Sandpiper (5)

Least Sandpiper (7)

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle

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

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

Photos
www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

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

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


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


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

Uploaded a few shots....

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

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




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

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

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


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

 

There were:

 

22 Killdeer

5 Least Sandpipers

2 Solitary Sandpipers

 

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

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

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

on the stone and excavated earth.

 

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

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

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

 

The consequence is severely degraded if not destroyed habitat for shorebirds

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

 

 

Dave  

 

 

 

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

 

I arrived at the retention pond at the Carlisle

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.

 

I found these Shorebirds:

Killdeer (20)

Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Solitary Sandpiper (5)

Least Sandpiper (7)

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

 LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

-End Transcript
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 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: Re: Automated analysis of bird calls
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:56:24 -0400
Interesting, but I beg to differ on it being a boon for researchers (no 
offenses to Patrick). I have worked in the field with out of town and local 
researchers, and basically in many cases that I've encountered, people get 
hired based on their research ability, not their knowledge of what their 
researching. Giving people a "tool" such as this will be just one more "app" in 
an arsenal that is completely dumbing down people. Part of the challenge is 
identification. If you don't know your research subject, how can you honestly 
research it? And what if you are hard of hearing? Then you have an app that 
tells you what is there, even if you can't identify it. But then again, it is 
only a tiny jump from birdsong decoding to human voice decoding, though that 
probably has already been going on for ages. 


It is almost as if "they" don't want us to use our brains anymore. Personally, 
I'd rather trust my brain, my ears and my intuition than a computer program. 
Otherwise, how do we learn? 


Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA

(and then the ****storm ensued...)   ;)

> Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:30:48 +0200
> From: patrick.millar AT GMX.COM
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Automated analysis of bird calls
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> I thought some might be interested in this article - "Birdsongs automatically 
decoded by computer scientists": 

> http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/se/136151.html
> 
> Quote:
> "The classification system created by the authors performed well in a public 
contest using a set of thousands of recordings with over 500 bird species from 
Brazil. The system was regarded as the best-performing audio only classifier, 
and placed second overall out of entries from 10 research groups in the 
competition." 

> 
> Maybe an app in a few years?  This could also be a huge boon for researchers.
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Patrick Millar
> Chester County
 		 	   		  
Subject: Automated analysis of bird calls
From: Patrick Millar <patrick.millar AT GMX.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:30:48 +0200
I thought some might be interested in this article - "Birdsongs automatically 
decoded by computer scientists": 

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/se/136151.html

Quote:
"The classification system created by the authors performed well in a public 
contest using a set of thousands of recordings with over 500 bird species from 
Brazil. The system was regarded as the best-performing audio only classifier, 
and placed second overall out of entries from 10 research groups in the 
competition." 


Maybe an app in a few years?  This could also be a huge boon for researchers.

Best wishes,

Patrick Millar
Chester County
Subject: Lebanon County, Fox and Prescott Rd, Western Sandpiper
From: Tim Becker <0000001cfb2aa731-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:12:13 -0400
Randy Miller just called to report that a Western Sandpiper is down in the pond 
at the northwest corner of Fox and Prescott Roads. It is with 9 Least 
Sandpipers. 


Tim Becker

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fw: The Meadowlands Blog
From: Herb Flavell <herb1013 AT EPIX.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:49:00 -0400
The Meadowlands Nature BlogI know the pictures in this email wont work. I’m 
posting this for those PABirders that like to chase. There is an American White 
Pelican at the NJ Meadowlands at DeKorte Park.There is also a bunch of 
Semipalmated Sandpipers at the River Barge Park. If anyone wants a copy to see 
the pictures, just email me. 

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

From: The Meadowlands Nature Blog 
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:28 PM
To: herb1013 AT epix.net 
Subject: The Meadowlands Blog

      The Meadowlands Blog   


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

  a.. Am. White Pelican Still at DeKorte 
  b.. Special Butterfly Day Raffle Prize 
  c.. Semipalmated Sandpipers Are Back 
  d.. Moth Night: NY Times Coverage 
  e.. Butterfly Report 072214 
      Am. White Pelican Still at DeKorte 

      Posted: 23 Jul 2014 06:27 AM PDT

      On the Sawmill Creek mudflats. Spotting scope a good idea.

       
     
      Special Butterfly Day Raffle Prize 

      Posted: 23 Jul 2014 05:04 AM PDT

 Nature photographer Regina Geoghan is donating her framed photo of a Common 
Buckeye from the NJMC’s coffee-table book “The Nature of the Meadowlands” 
as the grand raffle prize at Sunday’s fifth annual Butterday at DeKorte Park. 


 Just fill out a raffle ticket when you sign in at the MEC on Sunday. The 
winner will be announced at 1 p.m., but you don’t have to be here to win it. 


 Other prizes, announced every hour on the hour, will be NJMC pontoon-boat 
cruises for two. 


 You can see Regina’s photograph on display in the MEC’s Flyway Gallery 
through Sunday, as well as 59 other wonderful photographs, illustrations, and 
archival images from the book. 


      The Star Ledger’s review of the book is here.

       
     
      Semipalmated Sandpipers Are Back 

      Posted: 23 Jul 2014 04:55 AM PDT

 Dennis Cheeseman took this shot at River Barge Park at 8 a.m. on Monday. We 
are guessing that it wasn’t far from high tide. (Thanks, Dennis!) 


       
     
      Moth Night: NY Times Coverage 

      Posted: 22 Jul 2014 08:14 PM PDT

       
 Searching for moths at the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst, N.J., 
on Monday night. Credit Ben Solomon for The New York Times. 


 Lisa Forderaro of The New York Times wrote a nifty story about our 3rd annual 
Moth Night and National Moth Week. 


      The link is here.

       
     
      Butterfly Report 072214 

      Posted: 22 Jul 2014 12:57 PM PDT

      Regina Geoghan reports:

 Yesterday along Disposal Road: Black Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Viceroy, 
Skippers. 


 Today Disposal Road: American Lady, Skippers, one Monarch that flew over. 


 Today DeKorte: Silver-spotted Skippers, Comma, E.Tiger Swallowtail, Monarch, 
Red Admirals, 


       
     
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Subject: Re: Interesting egret at Heinz refuge
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:48:56 -0400
Would the 4th bird be an immature LBHE? Sounds like it.

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA


> Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:03 -0400
> From: phlblader AT EARTHLINK.NET
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Interesting egret at Heinz refuge
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> 
> Frank Windfelder is at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum and reports 3 Little Blue 
Herons and a fourth heron that is 'interesting'. Not a Little Blue, more like a 
Snowy. However the bill is straight and all black with no yellow at all in the 
lores. Legs all black, I believe he said. 

> 
> These were seen at the buttonwood island, near where the eagles nest and 
visible from the dike road. 

> 
> Martin Dellwo
> phlblader AT earthlink.net
> http://phlblader.smugmug.com
 		 	   		  
Subject: RBA western Pennsylvania, 21 July 2014
From: Amy Taracido <amytaracido AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:35:30 -0400
RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE07.21.14

Highlights:
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Mercer County)
LEAST TERN (Erie County)
CASPIAN TERN
WILLET (Erie County)
MARBLED GODWIT (Erie County)
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (Crawford and Erie Counties)
WHIMBREL (Erie County)
AMERICAN AVOCET (Erie County)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER

Contributors: Shawn Collins, Gigi Gerben, Jerry McWilliams, Richard Nugent, 
Kate St. John, Steve Sanford, Jack Solomon, Shannon Thompson, Mark Vass. 


Compiler: Amy Taracido

Sunday, 13 July 2014 through Monday, 21 July 2014

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


Transcript-

PLEASE NOTE: LEAST SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREEN 
HERON, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT continue to be reported. 


ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 7/13 along the Nine Mile Run Trail just upstream from Duck Hollow, WILLOW 
FLYCATCHER, SAVANNAH SPARROW (KSJ); on 7/18, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (JS). 


At Wingfield Pines through 7/14, WILLOW FLYCATCHER (reported to ST).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

In Meadville this week through 7/15, 1 MERLIN (SC).

On 7/19 at Miller's Ponds in Pymatuning, 7 SHORT-BILLED DOWTICHERS, 2 GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 6 SANDHILL CRANES (MVas). 



ERIE COUNTY:

At Presque Isle State Park on 7/15, 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS; on 7/16, 2 WHIMBRELS 
(JM); on 7/19, 1 LEAST TERN, CASPIAN TERNS, 1 WILLET, 1 MARBLED GODWIT, 26 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS (reported to JM by Ruth Swaney); on 7/20, 3 AMERICAN 
AVOCETS (JM). 



MERCER COUNTY:

At Shenango Lake on 7/16, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and others; on 7/18, 1 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS (SS). 



VENANGO COUNTY:

On 7/17 at the Kennerdell Tract in Clear Creek State Forest, sightings included 
WINTER WREN, OVENBIRD (RN). 



WASHINGTON COUNTY:

On 7/16 in an unspecified backyard location, 2 COMMON RAVENS (GG).

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

To send in reports:
AMYTARACIDO AT  YAHOO.COM

Thank you to all the contributors. 		 	   		  
Subject: Interesting egret at Heinz refuge
From: Martin Dellwo <phlblader AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:03 -0400
Frank Windfelder is at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum and reports 3 Little Blue 
Herons and a fourth heron that is 'interesting'. Not a Little Blue, more like a 
Snowy. However the bill is straight and all black with no yellow at all in the 
lores. Legs all black, I believe he said. 


These were seen at the buttonwood island, near where the eagles nest and 
visible from the dike road. 


Martin Dellwo
phlblader AT earthlink.net
http://phlblader.smugmug.com
Subject: Shorebirds, Cumberland County
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:53:47 -0400
I arrived at the retention pond at the Carlisle

Evangelical Free Church before 0800 this morning.

 

I found these Shorebirds:



Killdeer (20)

Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Solitary Sandpiper (5)

Least Sandpiper (7)

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

this affects the migrating shorebirds is unknown at this time.

 

 

Dave Kerr

Carlisle 

  
Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At E. B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 7/22/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin," <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:29:05 -0500
The Saltmarsh Greenhead Flies were in peak numbers at Brig yesterday but
the birds, low tide and bright sunshine more than made up for the
discomfort. There were well over 200 Great Egrets, 50-60 Snowies and lots
of newly fledged Ospreys at the Refuge. To see the Photo Study and a list
of the species seen, please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BrigJuly22_14/BrigJuly22_14.html

Regards,
Howard

Howard B Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: OFF TOPIC--Bat Roost at my home in New Cumberland, PA
From: Kathy Clark <0000001dc30ca77c-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:14:14 -0400
Hope this is okay for me to share that this season for the bats was very 
successful. Last year's final count was 21 and started out initially with 25. 
It started out as very normal with 25 bats in the spring. Then they all 
disappeared for about a week, and only 4 were seen. Then there was 11, and I'm 
proud to say my final count tonight was 47!!! Yeah!! They are awesome to watch 
emerging. I've never watched them return at dawn but I should do that. I heard 
it is awesome and they look like bees swarming a hive to get back in. 

 
Just wanted to share.  
 
Kathy Clark, New Cumberland, PA
Subject: SGL-95; Butler County; 07/22/2014
From: Richard Nugent <rmnugent AT EXCITE.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:51:33 -0400
 This morning I birded at State Game Lands 95 in northern Butler County near 
Hilliards. The morning started warm and humid progressing to hot and humid. A 
light breeze helped. Besides the birds, I found a patch of Purple Bergamot in 
bloom including one that was a very deep purple color. My list of bird 
highlights is below: 


  Wood Thrush (3)
  Common Yellowthroat (7)
  Scarlet Tanager (4)
  Cedar waxwing (7)
  Field Sparrow (1)
  Hooded Merganser (1)
  Ovenbird (1)
  American Redstart (1)
  Blue-headed Vireo (1)
  Swamp Sparrow (10)
  Belted Kingfisher (2)
  Veery (2)
  Hooded Warbler (1)
  Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1)
  Green Heron (1)
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)

        Best Regards ......... Richard Nugent
        Hampton Township, Allegheny County
  
Subject: Grackle kill
From: Cindy Ahern <songbird5212 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:58:17 -0400
Grackles commonly take House Sparrows at my feeders. While ugly to watch, the 
Grackle is native and the House Sparrow is not. I have seen them go after House 
Finches as well. They seem to go for the eyes, pecking aggressively. Blue Jays 
do this, too, although I think more people are aware that this behavior is 
expected in Blue Jays. 

Sent from my iPhone 
Cindy Ahern
Montgomery Co.
Subject: Westmorland County Birds
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:31:04 -0400
Hi,

Today at work in New Stanton a Willow Flycatcher and a White-eyed Vireo were 
singing. I haven't heard the local Wood Thrush this week so they are going 
quiet. Eastern Towhee and Song Sparrows were still singing away. 


Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
Subject: Franklin Co Short-billed Dowitcher
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:00:26 -0400
Carl Garner found it late morning at Kriner Rd retention pond. Currently it is 
resting on the east side in the grass about 20 feet off the water. 


Bill Oyler
Chambersburg

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Chester County - Grackle flocks starting to grow
From: Patrick Millar <patrick.millar AT GMX.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:02:09 +0200
Since there were some Grackle mentions yesterday, I thought I would post this. 
I am starting to see the Grackle flocks appear in the area - this weekend we 
had flocks of around 1,000 birds fly out towards Lancaster County in the 
morning and back towards Maryland in the evening. This suggests that the winter 
pattern starts early. Although this is only 0.1% of a large winter flock, I 
expect the numbers to grow steadily. 


On a separate and only remotely related note, curiosity got the better of me 
and I looked up the last name "Grackle" online. Apparently there are very few 
people with this last name (the same applies to Cowbird, another species that 
likes large flocks). On the other hand, I was surprised to see a relatively 
large number of people seem to have the last name of "Hummingbird" and a 
menagerie of other more attractive birds e.g. Oriole. I wonder if there are 
historic roots to these names (e.g. Native American?), or if this is people 
getting bored with common last names and changing them. 


Patrick Millar
Chester County
Subject: Re: Photo Study Of A 1st Year Peregrine Falcon In Rehab At Carbon County Environmental, 7/21/14
From: Sue Hannon <sbhannon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:45:42 -0400
Wonderful photos, Howard! Good job all around on the rescue and rehab of
this beautiful bird. Peggy Hentz has done tremendous work with the juvenile
peregrines that she has worked with. I'm very glad that Red is on her way
to full recovery, and look forward to hearing when she is returned to the
wild!

Sue


On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM, Howard B. Eskin, 
wrote:

> Mick Jeitner rescued a young Peregrine Falcon that flew into some
> razor-wire under the NJ/PA Turnpike Bridge on June 10th. This bird was one
> of five Peregrine chicks banded by Dr. Art McMorris and his team on May
> 15th. I brought the injured fledgling to the Red Creek Wildlife Center in
> Schuykill Haven. The Director, Peggy Hentz, cared for Red for many weeks
> and then realized that it was time for the falcon to begin flight
> excercise. She transferred Red to the Carbon County Environmental Center
> in (CCEEC has a 100 foot Flight Cage) in Summit Hill, PA. I visited today
> and took some photographs of this beautiful Peregrine Falcon. To see the
> Photo Study, please click on the following link:
>
>
> 
http://www.howardsview.com/PeregrineRehabJuly21_14/PeregrineRehabJuly21_14.html 

>
> Regards,
> Howard
>
>
> Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
> Harleysville (Montco), PA
>



-- 
Sue Hannon
Middletown
Dauphin County, PA
Subject: Question on heron movement
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:18:18 +0000
Hi All, 
Someone mentioned to me that one day in the past week or so, they saw a group 
of herons & egrets take off from a spot in a forested area along the Second 
Mountain in Schuylkill County. First a group of 5 Great Blue Herons took off 
together, then a group of 3 Great Egrets together, followed by 8 more single 
Great Blues (not in one group). The entire process may have taken 15 minutes or 
so. I'm not sure if they all headed the same direction or not. 


Just wanted to ask for any thoughts as to what this may have been. Do 
herons/egrets roost near each other in spots during summer after dispersing 
from nest sites ? 


Thanks much. 

Dave Kruel 
Pottsville 
Schuylkill County 
Subject: Cliff Swallows interesting behavior), Berks County
From: Kerry A Grim <mountainbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:42:52 -0400
Cliff Swallows bread under a bridge in Hamburg, above the Schuylkill River. The 
bridge was rebuilt a few years ago and the swallows returned. Parallel to the 
river are utility wires. On July 2, I counted 40 on the wires, so they were 
very likely done breeding and this was most of the population that included 
adults and young. 


I had not seen the swallows after July 2, so I assumed they departed the area.

Yesterday, July 21, from another bridge ⅛ mile to the north I was surprised 
to see approximately 20 Cliff Swallows flying near the bridge. They would fly 
together and occasionally go under the bridge near their nests. Normally, 
swallows fly randomly, hawking insects. However, these swallows moved in a 
group more starling-like than swallows. Even when flying under the bridge to 
the nests, it was in a group, not scattered. I have no clue why they flew in 
formation or whether they were feeding on insects like that. Has anyone else 
seen behavior like this? 


Although it is not the best time to be birding, there were a number of records 
yesterday for Kernsville Dam Recreation Area: high count of Belted Kingfisher 
(4), Cliff Swallow (20…the count of 40 was taken from outside the area), and 
two late Louisiana Waterthrushes were found. 


Kerry Grim
Hamburg, PA