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Herring Gull,©Mimi Hoppe Wolf

17 Dec HSR: Second Mountain (17 Dec 2014) 2 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Dec Central PA Birdline for 12.18.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy ]
17 Dec Sightings - Duck Hollow, Allegheny Co. [Jim Hausman ]
17 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (17 Dec 2014) 15 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Dec Barred Owl at Pool Sanctuary, Emmaus, Lehigh County [Kathy ]
17 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 17, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
17 Dec Franklin Co Canvasback and Snow Buntings [Bill Oyler ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [grant stevenson ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? ["kvanfleet AT pa.net" ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Rob Blye ]
16 Dec Coops at Johnston Park/Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem, Northampton Co. 12/15? [grant stevenson ]
16 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 16, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Andy Wilson ]
16 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [David Wilbur ]
15 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Denise Donmoyer ]
15 Dec Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Cindy Moyer ]
15 Dec Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? [Bill Foy ]
15 Dec Harris's Sparrow At The Koch Property, Northampton Cty, PA, 12/15/14 ["Howard B. Eskin," ]
15 Dec HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (15 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Dec Southern Lancaster County CBC - - Early Highlights [Bob Schutsky ]
15 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (15 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Dec c. mergansers and ring-ducks Nothampton County [Kathy & Dave Sieminski ]
15 Dec Annual DVOC Members' Photo Night this week! Thursday December 18th [Steve Kacir ]
15 Dec Need to contact following persons [Wayne Laubscher ]
15 Dec Crawford Co. - Linesville CBC [Clare Nicolls ]
15 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 15, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
14 Dec Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(12/7 - 12/13) [August Mirabella ]
14 Dec HSR: Second Mountain (14 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Dec Red-necked Grebe, Clearfield Co. []
14 Dec HSR: Allegheny Front (14 Dec 2014) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Dec Beaver Run Reservoir and Hamilton Road in Westmoreland County; Crooked Creek State Park in Armstrong Co. Birds for 12.14.2014 [Mark Mcconaughy ]
14 Dec eBird -- Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Dec 14, 2014 ["Daniel E. Weeks" ]
14 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (14 Dec 2014) 12 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Dec Erie County birds of note [Jerry McWilliams ]
14 Dec Presque Isle State Park, Erie County Birds [Shawn Collins ]
14 Dec HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (14 Dec 2014) 8 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Dec Re: Canada Geese [grant stevenson ]
14 Dec Perryopolis,PA Youghiogheny River- Fayette Co. [ ]
14 Dec Am. Wigeon - Allegheny Co. [ ]
14 Dec Franklin Co Surf Scoter [Bill Oyler ]
14 Dec Barnacle Geese - Weir Lake, Monroe Co. [Ted Nichols II ]
14 Dec 2 Ross's Geese, Long Arm, Adams/York [Andy Wilson ]
14 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 14, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
13 Dec HSR: Allegheny Front (13 Dec 2014) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Dec White-winged Scoter [Glenn Koppel ]
13 Dec North Warren - flock of Pine Siskins [Ellwood Meyers ]
13 Dec Rough-legged Hawk [Glenn Koppel ]
13 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (13 Dec 2014) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Dec HSR: Second Mountain (13 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Dec Cackling Geese - Allegheny Co. [ ]
13 Dec HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (13 Dec 2014) 7 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Dec Re: Ross's goose and Cackling Goose - DeTurks pond, Berks county [Ted Nichols II ]
13 Dec AMD Hahn pond Washington county [jusko88 ]
13 Dec Barnacle Geese - Monroe Cty. ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
13 Dec Allegheny County Merlin [Michael Fialkovich ]
13 Dec Breeding Bird Atlasers in Mifflin Co [Mike & Laura Jackson ]
13 Dec Snow Geese - Lehigh county [Frank ]
13 Dec Penn Vet Working to Understand Snowy Owls Arriving in U.S. Northern, Mid-Atlantic States ["Ann C. Pettigrew" ]
13 Dec Snow geese, Northampton Co. [Betsy Mescavage ]
13 Dec Snow Geese, Northern Harrier,Berks Co. [Ed Barrell ]
13 Dec Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 13, 2014 [Jerry McWilliams ]
13 Dec PISP ["Stringer, Randy C." ]
13 Dec Ross's goose and Cackling Goose - DeTurks pond, Berks county [Amy Langman ]
13 Dec Barnacles showed up - Monroe county [Jon ]
13 Dec Re: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County [Jon ]
13 Dec Horned Lark, Short-eared Owl, Pintail - northern Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland County [Tim Vechter ]
12 Dec Koch property, Northampton County [DAVID KOCH ]
12 Dec HSR: Second Mountain (12 Dec 2014) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Dec HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (12 Dec 2014) 19 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Dec Re: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County ["Wiltraut, Richard E" ]
12 Dec HSR: Waggoner's Gap (12 Dec 2014) 17 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Dec Wood Ducks & Great Egret - Crawford Co. [ ]
12 Dec Re: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County [Anthony Uhrich ]
12 Dec Red-necked grebe, beltzville sp, carbon [Michael David ]
12 Dec Re: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County [Michael David ]
12 Dec Fox & Tree, Schuylkill County [Dave Kruel ]
12 Dec Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related [Robert Evans ]

Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (17 Dec 2014) 2 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:12:18 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4            211
Turkey Vulture               0              0            718
Osprey                       0              0            113
Bald Eagle                   0              1            135
Northern Harrier             0              0             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0           2737
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            275
Northern Goshawk             0              0              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1            112
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15            684
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 2              4             82
American Kestrel             0              0            115
Merlin                       0              0             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Falcon               0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             22
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       2             26           8370
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Renninger

Observers:        

Weather:
moderate northwest wind under mostly cloudy skies, temps in low 40's

Raptor Observations:
2 adult golden eagles  AT 10:30, med high overhead

Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: Central PA Birdline for 12.18.2014
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:14:08 +0000
- RBA
 * Pennsylvania
 * Central Pennsylvania
 * December 18, 2014
 * PACE1412.18
 Bird Highlights
 ROSS'S GOOSE (Adams/York Cos.)
 CACKLING GOOSE (Adams/York, Cumberland & Lancaster Cos.)
 PINE SISKINS (Centre & Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
 - Transcript
 Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
 December 18, 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, December 18, 2014. 


 ADAMS/YORK COUNTIES:
 Two ROSS'S GEESE and 1 CACKLING GOOSE were seen on December 14 at Long Arm 
Reservoir from Old Westminster Road (AW). 


 BLAIR COUNTY:
 One SURF SCOTER was seen on December 11 at Canoe Creek State Park (MD).

 CAMBRIA COUNTY:
 One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on December 14 at Prince Gallitzin State Park 
(RL). 


 CARBON COUNTY:
 One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen between December 10 and 15 at Beltzville State 
Park (RR, MD, BH). 


 CENTRE COUNTY:
 Two adult BALD EAGLES were seen on December 14 in Spring Creek Canyon (NB, 
BM). 


 One NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3 PINE SISKINS were observed on November 14 at 
Pleasant Gap (JC). 


 One NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on December 15 along Buffalo Run Road (DBr).

 Up to 2 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were observed between December 15 and 17 
flying over a field northeast of the intersection of Route 550 and Filmore Road 
(ECh, DO). 


 CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
 One CACKLING GOOSE was seen on December 14 at Brackbill Pond (SK).

 CUMBERLAND/PERRY COUNTIES:
 Waggoner Gap reported counting 10 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 4 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 30 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 7 GOLDEN EAGLES 
between December 11 and 17 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH, JL). 


 FRANKLIN COUNTY:
 One SURF SCOTER was seen on December 14 at Letterkenny Reservoir (BO).

 HUNTINGDON/MIFFLIN COUNTIES:
 Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting RED-TAILED HAWKS and GOLDEN EAGLES 
on December (GG). 


 LANCASTER COUNTY:
 Two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on December 10 at State Game Lands 46 (RM).

 One LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 1 SNOW BUNTING were seen on December 11 among a flock 
of HORNED LARKS along Forrey Road south of Mountville (SS). 


 One CACKLING GOOSE and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were observed on December 
14 at the Muddy Run part of the Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count 
(BS). 


 One NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found on December 14 in the central part of the 
Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count (BS). 


 LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:
 Nine BALD EAGLES were seen on December 10 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management 
Area (RM). One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was present on December 12 along 
Middle Creek Road (JL). 


 LEBANON COUNTY:
 Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 1 BALD EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED 
HAWKS, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE between December 11 and 14 (FW, 
SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC). 


 LUZERNE COUNTY:
 One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on December 11 at Nesbitt Park (JD).

 SCHUYKILL/BERKS COUNTIES:
 Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 5 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 
COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 21 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 9 GOLDEN EAGLES 
between December 11 and 15 (LG, AK, RK, MB, DWo, DBa, HMe, MR, MJM, BSa, BD, 
DH, DKr, AC, PC, SSc, MW, JFT, BBr, CE, MC). Forty-three PINE SISKINS also were 
seen on December 13 (LG, BD). An unspecified number of PINE SISKINS were seen 
on December 15 (LG, AC, CE, MC). 



 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 (DBa), Mark 
Blauer (MB), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Don Bryant (DBr), Adam Carter (AC), Bill 
Chambers (BC), Ed Chambers (ECh), Mark Chestnut (MC), Ed Chubb (EC), Sue Cooper 
(SC), Morris Cox (MC), Jim Curtis (JC), Michael David (MD), Bob Davidheiser 
(BD), Jonathan DeBalko (JD), Catherine Elwell (CE), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz 
(PF), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove 
(GG), Brian Henderson (BH), Craig Houston (CH), Stefan Karkuff (SK), Jon 
Kauffman (JK), Rudy Keller (RK), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), Dave 
Kruel (DKr), Josh Lefever (JL), Renee Lubert (RL), Betsy Manlove (BM), Mary 
Jane McMillan (MJM), Holly Merker (HMe), Randy Miller (RM), Dan Ombalski (DO), 
Bill Oyler (BO), Richard Pohner (RP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Beth Sassaman (BSa), 
Sue Schmoyer (SSc), Bob Schutsky (BS), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope (MS), Ron 
Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Robin Smith (RS), Bob Snyder (BSn), Stan 
Stahl (SS), Kim Steininger (KS), Jean-Francois Therrien (JFT), Gene Wagner 
(GW), Doug Wentzel (DW), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Andy Wilson 
(AW), Matt Wlasniewski (MW) and Doug Wood (DWo). 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: Sightings - Duck Hollow, Allegheny Co.
From: Jim Hausman <englishhaus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:24:18 -0500
Hello All,

I had an opportunity to stop by Duck Hollow late this morning while running 
errands. There is significant work being done on the bridge spanning Nine Mile 
Run with quite a few construction vehicles and workers around the area, 
however, the birds didn't seem to mind too much. 


Sightings included 150+ ring-billed gulls, 5 herring gulls (2 first winter, 2 
second winter, & 1 third winter), an American coot, a drake ring-necked duck, 4 
common mergansers (1 drake & 3 hens), a male belted kingfisher, and the always 
affable Jack and Sue Solomon. We talked about the upcoming Pittsburgh CBC on 
Dec. 27 among other things, but the dropping temps and wind made for a chilly 
outing and a short stay. 


Good Birding,
Jim Hausman
Jefferson Hills
Allegheny Co. 


Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse any typos! :-)
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (17 Dec 2014) 15 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:12:50 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           8             30            513
NH                           1              4            185
SS                           0              7           9914
CH                           0              2            531
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           5             90           2872
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           0              1             25
UB                           0              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           1              2             73

Total:                      15            160          24093
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Keith Gingrich

Observers:        Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella

Visitors:
5


Weather:
Overcast with northwest wind.

Raptor Observations:
First bird - RT 9:23
Last bird - RT 2:02

BE JUV 11:45
BE WB 10:50; 10:55; 10:59; 11;15
BE AD 10:23; 10:50 (2)


Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: Barred Owl at Pool Sanctuary, Emmaus, Lehigh County
From: Kathy <pabirder AT PTD.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:52:10 -0500
Sighted this morning at Pool Sanctuary- a Barred Owl!!! Chickadees sounded very 
agitated and I noticed a large bird fly into the trees obscured by a spruce. I 
thought it was a hawk until it turned its head and stared at me. It flew to 
another perch more in the open and again turned its head to stare down at me 
before flying off. 

Also seen Golden Crowned Kinglet, Brown Creepers and Great Blue Heron. 
Kathy Stagl
Emmaus, PA 
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 17, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:09:55 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 17, 2014
Time: 0735-0935
Weather: Cloudy, WSW windto 30 mph, waves five to six feet, temp. 35 F. Light 
rain showers early. 

Comments: Most birds were moving west.

Waterbirds counted:

American Black Duck  2
Northern Pintail  5
Greater Scaup  10
Lesser Scaup  140
White-winged Scoter  4
Bufflehead  3
Common Goldeneye  4
Red-breasted Merganser  457
Red-throated Loon  2
Common Loon  1
unidentified loon 2
Horned Grebe  1


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
jerrymcw AT aol.com
Subject: Franklin Co Canvasback and Snow Buntings
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:25:52 -0500
I had to do something before going to work today and so had daylight to
make a brief stop at the ponds across from the Valley Quarry sand plant on
Black Gap Rd (Route 997) near Route 30 east of Fayetteville.  Among the
normal large numbers of Mallards and Canada Geese there was a male
Canvasback.  When I got back to my car five Snow Buntings took off from the
sand plant across the road, and I watched them fly away in the early
morning sunlight.  I also had a winter wren and saw one of the Bald Eagles
(hopefully mating for third year) perched near the past years nest.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:37:52 -0500
Gadwall

On 12/16/2014 10:48 AM, kvanfleet AT pa.net wrote:
> Mine too.
>
> Quoting Rob Blye :
>
>> My vote is also for gadwall.
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>>
>> From: "Andy Wilson" > To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>> Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:50:12 AM
>> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
>>
>> I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
>> Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> Andy Wilson
>> Gettysburg College/Frederick MD
>>
>> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur
>> 
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill.
>>>
>>> Dave Wilbur
>>>
>>> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy 
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
>>> this
>>> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a
>>> Merganser and
>>> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>>> >
>>> > https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
>>> >
>>> > Bill Foy
>>> > Upper Gwynedd
>>> > Montgomery County
>>> >
>>> >
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Andy Wilson
>> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
>> http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr.com/
>>
>


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Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: "kvanfleet AT pa.net" <kvanfleet@PA.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:48:42 -0500
Mine too.

Quoting Rob Blye :

> My vote is also for gadwall.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
>
> From: "Andy Wilson" 
> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
> Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:50:12 AM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
>
> I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
> Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.
>
> Cheers
>
> Andy Wilson
> Gettysburg College/Frederick MD
>
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur 
> wrote:
>>
>> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill.
>>
>> Dave Wilbur
>>
>> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy  wrote:
>> >
>> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
>> this
>> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
>> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>> >
>> > https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
>> >
>> > Bill Foy
>> > Upper Gwynedd
>> > Montgomery County
>> >
>> >
>>
>
>
> --
> Andy Wilson
> Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
> http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr.com/
>
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:44:13 +0000
My vote is also for gadwall. 


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

From: "Andy Wilson"  
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG 
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:50:12 AM 
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck? 

I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male 
Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape. 

Cheers 

Andy Wilson 
Gettysburg College/Frederick MD 

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur  
wrote: 
> 
> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard). Good fun, Bill. 
> 
> Dave Wilbur 
> 
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy  wrote: 
> > 
> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park 
> this 
> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and 
> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me? 
> > 
> > https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures 
> > 
> > Bill Foy 
> > Upper Gwynedd 
> > Montgomery County 
> > 
> > 
> 


-- 
Andy Wilson 
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA 
http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr.com/ 
Subject: Coops at Johnston Park/Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem, Northampton Co. 12/15?
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:24:39 -0500
I'm the type of birder who needs to regularly review my bird sounds. My 
CD player broke awhile back, and lazy me hasn't replaced it.

Will someone please identify the sources of a possible pair of coops 
here. I've heard them on Sat. and Mon. nites. Will go down during a 
daytime.

The urban wintering ecology of coops is still relatively unstudied.

Grant Stevenson
Fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

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Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 16, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:05:14 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 16, 2014
Time: 0740-0910
Weather: Cloudy, S wind to 10 mph, calmwater onshore, temp. 40 F. Rain showers. 

Comments: Just a few birds, mostly moving west. First notable number of Greater 
Scaup, mostly in one flock. 


Waterbirds counted:

Redhead  1
Greater Scaup  50
Lesser Scaup  260
White-winged Scoter  5
Common Goldeneye  1
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-breasted Meganser  300
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  1
Horned Grebe  4


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

Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:50:12 -0500
I think it is a male Gadwall. The head pattern looks normal to me--male
Gadwall often show a slightly darker cap and nape.

Cheers

Andy Wilson
Gettysburg College/Frederick MD

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM, David Wilbur 
wrote:
>
> Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard).  Good fun, Bill.
>
> Dave Wilbur
>
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy  wrote:
> >
> > I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park
> this
> > past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> > I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
> >
> > https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
> >
> > Bill Foy
> > Upper Gwynedd
> > Montgomery County
> >
> >
>


-- 
Andy Wilson
Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
http://wilsongettysburg.tumblr.com/
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: David Wilbur <djwilbur AT SIDELINEGUIDES.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:38 -0500
Clearly, a sjfkjfwowo duck (darn this keyboard).  Good fun, Bill.

Dave Wilbur

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Bill Foy  wrote:
>
> I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park this
> past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
>
> https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
>
> Bill Foy
> Upper Gwynedd
> Montgomery County
>
>
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Denise Donmoyer <nightowl57 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:48:16 -0500
Looks like a Wigeon on Black & White TV to me.  What the heck kind of mutant
ducks are you folks growin' down there in Montgomery Co.?


Denise Donmoyer
Sweet Arrow Lake
Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.
nightowl57 AT verizon.net 



-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania
[mailto:PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG] On Behalf Of Cindy Moyer
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 10:08 PM
To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?

That looks like a Gadwall to me (or at least mostly a Gadwall;  the head
coloration is a bit atypical).  Do Gadwall hybridize with anything?

Cindy


On Dec 15, 2014, at 6:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:

> I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park 
> this past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a 
> Merganser and I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
> 
> https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
> 
> Bill Foy
> Upper Gwynedd
> Montgomery County

-- Cindy Moyer
Professor of Violin, Viola, Music Theory Humboldt State University Arcata,
CA  95521
707-826-3563

Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our
one duty is to furnish it well. -Peter Ustinov, actor, writer and director
(1921-2004)
Subject: Re: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Cindy Moyer <cm4 AT HUMBOLDT.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:08:02 -0800
That looks like a Gadwall to me (or at least mostly a Gadwall; the head 
coloration is a bit atypical). Do Gadwall hybridize with anything? 


Cindy


On Dec 15, 2014, at 6:53 PM, Bill Foy wrote:

> I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park this
> past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
> I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?
> 
> https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures
> 
> Bill Foy
> Upper Gwynedd
> Montgomery County

-- Cindy Moyer
Professor of Violin, Viola, Music Theory
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA  95521
707-826-3563

Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one 
duty is to furnish it well. -Peter Ustinov, actor, writer and director 
(1921-2004) 

Subject: Help ID this Green Lane Park duck?
From: Bill Foy <gdadtraveling AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:53:12 -0500
I saw a lot of Mergansers, both Common and Hooded, at Green Lane Park this
past Sunday. I'm not sure, but I don't think this duck is a Merganser and
I'm hoping that someone can put a name to it for me?

https://billsbirdingquestions.shutterfly.com/pictures

Bill Foy
Upper Gwynedd
Montgomery County
Subject: Harris's Sparrow At The Koch Property, Northampton Cty, PA, 12/15/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin," <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:03:56 -0600
The beautiful 1st Winter Harris's Sparrow showed up again today at 4:15 PM
at the Koch Property. Visitors are welcome to 1375 Raubsville Road,
Easton, PA 18042 610-253-6377 (H) 610-509-2020 (C)

To see some of today's photos, please click on the following link:


http://www.howardsview.com/Harris%27sSparrowDec15_14/Harris%27sSparrowDec15_14.html 


Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (15 Dec 2014) 3 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:12:26 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0            198
Turkey Vulture               0              0            936
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1            467
Bald Eagle                   1             20            403
Northern Harrier             1              4            164
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3           4772
Cooper's Hawk                1              8            555
Northern Goshawk             0              4             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             88
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3            194
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           6369
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0            119           2258
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1             46
Golden Eagle                 0             12            155
Unknown Eagle                0              0              2
American Kestrel             0              1            379
Merlin                       0              0            189
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             88
Unknown Falcon               0              0             22
Unknown Raptor               0              3             73

Total:                       3            179          17382
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Adam Carter, Catherine Elwell, Mark Chestnut

Visitors:
Thanks for a great fall season!  We look forward to seeing everyone for the
spring count beginning on April 1!


Weather:
Overcast.  Hazy in the morning and clearing as the day went on.  W and NW
winds were light and intermittent.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle: 1342 imm

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Goose, American Crow, Common Raven, Downy Woodpecker, Pine Siskin,
American Goldfinch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: Southern Lancaster County CBC - - Early Highlights
From: Bob Schutsky <info AT BIRDTREKS.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:24:48 -0500
Dear PABirders,

The 39th annual Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count was held 
yesterday, Sunday 14 December.  It is centered south of Quarryville near 
Robert Fulton's Birthplace.  It is mostly in the southern portion of 
Lancaster County, and includes small segments of York & Chester Counties 
PA, and Cecil County MD.  Also included are Octoraro Lake, Muddy Run 
Pumped Storage Reservoir, and eight miles of the Susquehanna River 
(Conowingo Pond impoundment).  The circle contains lots of great 
habitat, and the species count is typically one of the highest (or the 
highest) in all of PA.

With roughly half of the areas having reported, here are some early 
highlights.  The species count currently stands at 89.

Area 2, Muddy Run and part of the Susquehanna: Cackling Goose (1), Wild 
Turkey (flock of 45!), Black Vulture (100), Lesser Black-backed Gull (3).

Area 4, Fishing Creek & part of the Susquehanna: Gray Catbird (1), Fox 
Sparrow (2).

Area 5b, Lancaster County side of the Susquehanna: Common Loon (1), 
American Coot (flock of 60), Bonaparte's Gull (5).

Area 8, Serpentine Barrens: Snow Goose (70), Common Raven (1), 
Red-breasted Nuthatch (6).

Area 9, Octoraro Creek and Ware & Horseshoe Scout Camps: Barred Owl (2), 
Northern Saw-whet Owl (4), Brown Thrasher (1), Pine Siskin (2).

Areas 12 & 13, lots of farmland in center of circle: Northern Saw-whet 
Owl (1), Horned Lark (120), American Pipit (125).

Area 17, parts of Octoraro Creek: Eastern Bluebird (23), American Tree 
Sparrow (1), Purple Finch (1).

Areas 18 & 20, Quarryville toward Octoraro Lake: Fish Crow (1), Cooper's 
Hawk (1).

Feeder watch near Nottingham: Great Horned Owl (1), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1).

More highlights later in the week.  I wish you well if you are helping 
with a Christmas Count!

Sincerely,
BOB

BOB SCHUTSKY
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Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (15 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:12:28 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           0             22            505
NH                           0              3            184
SS                           1              7           9914
CH                           0              2            531
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           0             85           2867
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           0              1             25
UB                           0              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           0              1             72

Total:                       1            145          24078
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Keith Gingrich

Observers:        Carl Laughlin, Dave Grove, Dave Smith, Gene Wagner,
                  Joe Lavella, Robert McLaughlin, Ron Freed

Visitors:
4


Weather:
Overcast, with little wind, becoming partly sunny late.

Raptor Observations:
Only bird - SS 3:02

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO - 16
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap AT comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: c. mergansers and ring-ducks Nothampton County
From: Kathy & Dave Sieminski <sieminski1 AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:03:50 -0500
This morning on Albert Road pond in Bushkill Township in 
Northampton County, I saw 
10 M/F Ring-necked ducks and
9 M/F Common Mergansers.

Kathy Sieminski
Plainfield Township
Northampton County
Nazareth PA
Subject: Annual DVOC Members' Photo Night this week! Thursday December 18th
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:27:05 -0500
Happy Holidays, Birders!

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets on Thursday 18 Dec 2014. 
This meeting will be the annual DVOC Members' Photo Night and Contest, which is 
always a popular and very fun evening for the club. Join us for an evening of 
members sharing their favorite photos with the club and the birding community. 
The heart of this event is club members sharing their photos, and all of us 
getting to enjoy seeing what everyone's been up to. 


To spice things up, the DVOC holds an annual photo contest as well. This year, 
the photo submissions were organized by Paul Guris and the contest was judged 
by Andy Curtis, Anita Guris and Steve Kacir. Find out whose photos the judges 
have chosen for the Peregrine Award for Photographic Achievement and the Avocet 
Award for Artistic Achievement as well as winners for first, second and third 
place in the following photo categories: Birds, Fauna, Flora, Scenery and 
Birders. 

 
All who have an interest are invited to attend; the program is free with no 
admission charged. Club meetings will begin at 7:30PM and are held at the 
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 
19103. A pre-meeting dinner takes place at Asia on the Parkway, not far from 
the Academy. More details and directions to the Academy and Asia on the Parkway 
can be found on the DVOC website: http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm 


More information about the 2014 DVOC Photo Contest can be found here:

http://dvoc.org/MeetingsPrograms/MeetingsPrograms2014/Resources/2014DVOCPhotoContest.pdf 


Please considering donating to help keep this entertaining event alive. It's 
never too late to donate in support of the DVOC Photo Contest, and donations as 
low as $1 or $5 still make a significant difference in funding the contest and 
will help make the photo night an exciting social experience for the club. You 
can donate in support of the photo contest online at: 

http://dvoc.org/MeetingsPrograms/MeetingsPrograms2014/Programs2014.htm

Donations can also be made by sending DVOC Treasurer Bert Filemyr a check 
payable to DVOC: 


DVOC Treasurer
c/o 1314 Lenore Road
Meadowbrook, PA 19046


We hope to see you at the members photo night and on into the New Year! 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Need to contact following persons
From: Wayne Laubscher <wnlaubscher AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:00:44 +0000
I am trying to contact the following persons: 

Mike & Laura Jackson 
Tom & Nancy Moeller 
Donna Foyle 
Sheree Daugherty 

If any of these persons sees or gets this message, please email me as soon as 
possible please. 


Thank you! 


Wayne Laubscher 
Lock Haven 
Clinton Co. 
wnlaubscher AT comcast.net 
"Owl be back" 
Subject: Crawford Co. - Linesville CBC
From: Clare Nicolls <tcnicolls AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:17:29 -0500
Some highlights for the Linesville (Pymatuniing area) CBC.

Date: 12/14/2014

 

Total Species: 72

 

Great Birds:

Snow Goose

Northern Pintails

Common Loon

Horned Grebes

Great Egret

Bald Eagles

Bonaparte's Gulls

Barred Owl

Red-breasted Nuthatches

Brown Creepers

Golden-crowned Kinglets

Winter Wrens

Marsh Wrens

 

Clare Nicolls, Compiler

Springboro, PA

Crawford County
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 15, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:43:33 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 15, 2014
Time: 0730-0830
Weather: Cloudy, calm wind and water, 38 F.
Comments: Should have stayed in bed:

Waterbirds counted:

Lesser Scaup  5
Bufflehead  1
Red-breasted Merganser  134
Horned Grebe  2



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

Subject: Peace Valley Park (IBA)-(12/7 - 12/13)
From: August Mirabella <00000010a3d6847b-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:05:46 -0500



All,
Reporting was light this week. A total of 61 species were tallied. Some 
highlights were: 

Snow Goose-high report ~150 12/12
Cackling Goose daily
1 N. Pintail-male at Chapman Rd. bridge 12/12-13
1 Black Scoter 12/12 -Almost eagle food-Bald Eagle was in hot pursuit in flight 
until the scoter hit the water and immediately went under for an amazingly long 
time. The eagle was still close when it surfaced, so it repeated the long dive. 
The eagle gave up. One wonders how the most unusual bird on the lake was 
singled out for a potential meal when there were so many other choices. A 
Ring-billed Gull was not so lucky on 12/8 when an eagle caught one and held it 
under water for some time to finish it off. 

9 duck species including:
Hooded Merganser-high report 3 12/8
Red-breasted Merganser 2 12/7; 1 12/13
Common Merganser-high report 102 12/12
Red-necked Grebe-one increased to 2 12/12-13
5 gull species including:
Iceland Gull -2 12/8; 2 12/12 (at least 3 different birds based on age)
Lesser Black-backed Gull -high report 210 12/8
Great Black-backed Gull-high report 16 12/12
Black-capped Chickadee-at least one continues at feeders
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12/13
Purple Finch-at least one continues at feeders


Also, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, 
Winter Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Swamp Sparrow 



Thanks to all who share their sightings for our weekly spreadsheet.

August Mirabella
North Wales, PA










Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (14 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:12:15 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4            211
Turkey Vulture               0              0            718
Osprey                       0              0            113
Bald Eagle                   0              1            135
Northern Harrier             0              0             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0           2737
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            275
Northern Goshawk             0              0              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1            112
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15            684
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              2             80
American Kestrel             0              0            115
Merlin                       0              0             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Falcon               1              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             22
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       1             24           8368
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter:        Ed Chubb

Observers:        

Visitors:
9 visitors


Weather:
Overcast with moderate northwest winds. Temperature a steady 40 degrees F
all afternoon.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
175 Snow Geese; 325 Canada geese; usual feeder birds; 2 Ravens; 8 Am. Crows

Predictions:
Partly sunny, temps in the 40's, winds from the NW should make for a better
day but in December...who knows?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Clearfield Co.
From: drichards7 AT VERIZON.NET
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:02:41 -0600
This morning there was a Red-necked Grebe on Bimini Lake.

Dan Richards
Treasure Lake
Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (14 Dec 2014) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:12:13 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             85
TV                           0              0            362
OS                           0              0             91
BE                           0              4            128
NH                           0              0             33
SS                           0              0           1151
CH                           0              0            152
NG                           0              0              4
RS                           0              0             32
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           0              8            927
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             28            127
AK                           0              0             87
ML                           0              0             23
PG                           0              0             36
UA                           0              0             10
UB                           0              0             12
UF                           0              0              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0              0             57

Total:                       0             40           7672
----------------------------------------------------------------------

(No count conducted today)



Weather:
NO COUNT- DENSE FOG

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob AT stewart.net)

Subject: Beaver Run Reservoir and Hamilton Road in Westmoreland County; Crooked Creek State Park in Armstrong Co. Birds for 12.14.2014
From: Mark Mcconaughy <timetraveler50 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:18:36 +0000
I was out looking for waterfowl today. I visited Beaver Run at the 380 overlook 
twice, once in the morning and then in the afternoon on my way home. There were 
fewer birds present in the morning due to the two adult Bald Eagles that were 
present. The afternoon had large numbers of Canada Geese (I did not find any 
Cackling Geese) and Mallards along with the other species. 


I also check the old mine treatment ponds along Hamilton Road and two of them 
produced ducks. A lot of Mallards, the American Black Ducks and 3 Hooded 
Mergansers were in the lower pond, the rest in the upper pond. 


I went up to Rosston boat ramp along the Allegheny River, but did not see 
anything. I then stopped at Crooked Creek State Park and went to several 
overlooks to view the species at this Armstrong County site. I saw a large 
flock of Common Mergansers when I first stopped at the main beach overlook. As 
I was scanning for other birds and went back to check on them - they had almost 
all disappeared! I figured there was a Bald Eagle around. So I started checking 
and found one probable first year bird at the dam overlook. I went back to the 
main beach overlook and the Mergs were back out, but I also found a second 
immature Bald Eagle perched in a distant tree. It probably was a second year 
bird. 


Mark A. McConaughy

Here are the complete lists for the different stops:

Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
6 species

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  2
Hooded Merganser  6  
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/HoodedMerganser02BR_zpsc8a0668f.jpg 

Pied-billed Grebe  3     One of the three that were seen.
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/PiedBilledGrebe03_zpsf8478c76.jpg 

Bald Eagle 2 Probably the nesting pair at the lake. The larger of the two 
(rightmost in photos) is the female. 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BaldEagle04_zps77a912c8.jpg 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BaldEagle03_zps34aad3ef.jpg 

American Crow  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20903883 



Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: There were a lot of Canada Geese and Mallards all over the lake this 
afternoon. The Bald Eagles from the morning apparently moved to the southern 
portion of the lake away from the PA 380 overlook. 

10 species

Canada Goose  300     Estimated number
Canada Geese, Mallards and American Black Ducks are all in this photo. It is 
only a subset of all of the number of these species present. 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/CanadaGeeseMallardsAmBlackDucks02_zps5cf1e020.jpg 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/CanadaGeeseMallardsAmBlackDucks01_zpsf05120a6.jpg 

Gadwall  1
American Black Duck  30
Mallard  250
Lesser Scaup 1 Might have been a Greater Scaup female, but based on the size 
compared to nearby mallard (It was noticeably smaller), I'm calling it a Lesser 
Scaup female. It was a scope bird. 

Hooded Merganser  5
Common Merganser  3  One of the adult males is in the photo below.
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/ComMerg04BR_zps4d72cf3e.jpg 

Pied-billed Grebe  5
Horned Grebe  1     It was in winter plumage - white neck and cheek patch.
American Crow  4

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20904091 




Hamilton Road Ponds, Westmoreland, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
6 species

American Black Duck  5     
Photo of 2 of the American Black Ducks with 2 Mallards.
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/AmBlackDuckMallards01HR_zps42a91cf0.jpg 

Mallard  32
Hooded Merganser 12 Nine of the twelve are in this photo. The other three were 
is another treatment pond along Hamilton Road. 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/HoodedMerganser04HR_zps4b410540.jpg 

Belted Kingfisher  1     
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BeltedKingfisher01_zps6b80246c.jpg 

American Crow  7
Northern Mockingbird  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20904192 


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


Crooked Creek Lake--Overlook area, Armstrong, US-PA
Dec 14, 2014 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
7 species

Canada Goose  7
American Black Duck  10
Common Merganser  86     
Photos of some of the large flock of Common Mergansers
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/ComMerg02CC_zps6007b6ea.jpg 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/ComMerg01CC_zpsffa70f91.jpg 

Great Blue Heron  2 
 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/GrtBlueHeron02CC_zps0d7b51d9.jpg 

Bald Eagle 2 One was a very dark immature, probably a first year Bald Eagle. 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BaldEagle07CC_zpsa9535fc3.jpg 

The other immature had a lot of mottled white on its back and the bill was 
still largely gray - probably a 2nd year bird: 

 
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/McConaughy/Birding/12142014/BaldEagle11CC_zps6d3ff565.jpg 

Herring Gull  1
American Crow  8

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20904318 

Subject: eBird -- Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County -- Dec 14, 2014
From: "Daniel E. Weeks" <daniel.e.weeks AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:11:25 -0500
There was an American Coot at Duck Hollow this afternoon. Plus two Common 
Mergansers. 


Dan Weeks
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Dec 14, 2014
Duck Hollow, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Traveling
0.5 miles
54 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  


18 Mallard
2 Common Merganser
1 American Coot
265 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull
1 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee
1 Carolina Wren
2 Song Sparrow
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (14 Dec 2014) 12 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:12:46 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           0             22            505
NH                           0              3            184
SS                           1              6           9913
CH                           1              2            531
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           9             85           2867
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           1              1             25
UB                           0              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           0              1             72

Total:                      12            144          24077
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Gene Wagner

Observers:        Andy Francis, Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Gene Wagner

Visitors:
return of Shorty Lowe - 8


Weather:
Overcast with a gusty NW wind

Raptor Observations:
First bird - RT 9:32
Last bird -  RT 2:32

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate AT copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: Erie County birds of note
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:41:46 -0500
The following birds of note were reported this past week from Presque Isle 
S.P., unless noted otherwise: 



Harlequin Duck  1 female; Dec. 8; Sunset Point (Waterbird count)

White-winged Scoter  95 (high count); Dec. 8; Sunset Point (WC)

Rough-legged Hawk  1; Dec. 8; Gull Point
                                   1 dark; Dec. 9; Waterford

Black-headed Gull  1; Dec. 13; head of Presque Isle Bay

Little Gull  1; Dec. 13; head of Presque Isle Bay

Lesser Black-backed Gull  1; Dec. 13; Lake View Landfill

Glaucous Gull  1; Dec. 8; Gull Point

Snowy Owl at least 2 birds; Dec. 8 & 9; Sunset Point (WC), Gull Point, 
breakwater #36, and off the south pier 


Rufous Hummingbird 1 adult female continues to come to the feeder in Albion, as 
was reported today. This bird has been present since late September. 


Common Redpoll  1; Dec. 13; Fairview Twp.


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




Subject: Presque Isle State Park, Erie County Birds
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:37:46 -0500
I birded Presque Isle today, I didn't count most of the waterfowl but there
was a great deal in many areas of the park, esp around Perry Monument and
head of the bay.   Also went to some of the beaches lake side

Highlights
3 Greater Black Backed Gulls
1 Lesser Black Backed Gull
2 White Winged Scoters
Buffleheads
Lesser Scaups
American Coots
2 Common Goldeneyes
3 Mute Swans
1 Trumpeter Swan
Mallards
Red Breasted Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
Gadwalls
Ring Necked Ducks
Ruddy Ducks
Horned Grebes ( so many around the monument area)
Pied Billed Grebes
1 Common Loon
Bonaparte's Gulls
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 White Throated Sparrows
8 Dark Eyed Juncos
1 Pine Siskin ( at the Ranger feeders)
1 Great Horned Owl

Good Birding
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Shawn Collins
Crawford County
Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (14 Dec 2014) 8 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:12:52 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0            198
Turkey Vulture               0              0            936
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1            467
Bald Eagle                   0             19            402
Northern Harrier             0              3            163
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3           4772
Cooper's Hawk                0              7            554
Northern Goshawk             1              4             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             88
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3            194
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           6369
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4            119           2258
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1             46
Golden Eagle                 3             12            155
Unknown Eagle                0              0              2
American Kestrel             0              1            379
Merlin                       0              0            189
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             88
Unknown Falcon               0              0             22
Unknown Raptor               0              3             73

Total:                       8            176          17379
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        David Barber

Weather:
Overcast with NW winds 10-15 mph.  Hazy in the morning with clearing in the
afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1204A, 1221I, 1335A


Non-raptor Observations:
191 American goldfinches
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: Re: Canada Geese
From: grant stevenson <pahawkowl AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:24:13 -0500
good idea; but please in the summertime remove any water in them if 
present to dissuade mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. thanks, Grant 
Stevenson, fountain Hill, Lehigh Co.

On 4/3/2014 10:33 PM, Herbert Flavell wrote:
> Hi Dennis. The snakes using the tires was their idea not mine. I used the 
tires for goose nests. But 5 or 6 times as I walked around the pond the snakes 
(Northeastern Water snakes) mostly would be lying on the top of the tire. One 
tire near my gazebo you could sit in the gazebo and see one inside. Snakes 
unlike humans like heat. Black tires draw heat and hold it on cool days. Both 
my ponds have snakes but the tires are only by the big pond. Next time some 
airhead dumps a few on my road they go out to the little pond. Tires to like my 
PVC bird nests last forever. Set it there and forget it. Except birds nests 
need cleaning no matter what they are made from. That was our chore today and 
again tomorrow. 

> Herb Flavell, Susquehanna County
>
> From: Dennis Kelly
> Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:08 PM
> To: herb1013 AT EPIX.NET ; PA Birds Listserve
> Subject: RE: [PABIRDS] Canada Geese
>
> Herb very intrigued by your making good snake habitat out of the old tires. 
That's a great idea. Snakes are fascinating critters and they keep the mice and 
rats under control. Everybody wins! 

>
> Dennis Kelly
> PIttsburgh, Penna.
>
>
>> Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:28:24 -0400
>> From: herb1013 AT EPIX.NET
>> Subject: [PABIRDS] Canada Geese
>> To: PABIRDS AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
>>
>> There are now 2 pair of Canada Geese. One pair courting in the pond and 
another pair courting on the lawn. I took 4 short videos. I guess Iíll put them 
on FB later. At least one pair nests every year in one of the 6 old tires that 
I placed in the cover on the west side of the pond. The cover was suggested by 
the Forester that made our farm a PA.Forest Stewardship property. The tires 
were my idea to get rid of some that were dumped on my part of our dirt road.I 
put hay in them each year for a ready made nest. The tires are also good snake 
nests because black tires draw heat and snakes like heat. A few times I watched 
as they sun themselves on top of the tires. I threw 4 or 5 in the pond to for 
fish protection.So far its worked good and hatched both ducks and geese and 
provided cover for a fawn till his Mom got him later in the day. He even posed 
for me to take his picture. I say he because I think it was the same deer that 
came to the entrance of the gazebo and looked at me while 

I sat and watched the fish in November. It was not afraid that I was sitting 
there. I was leery of him though. But he just looked at me a few minutes and 
walked away. 

>> Herb Flavell, Susquehanna County
>


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Subject: Perryopolis,PA Youghiogheny River- Fayette Co.
From: Matthew Juskowich <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:47:59 +0000
 While heading home today,  I scanned the river and had 3 Drake Common 
Mergansers on the Greater Allegheny Passage Trail(North) . Such a cool 
species!!! 

Matthew JuskowichAllegheny County 
Subject: Am. Wigeon - Allegheny Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:57:59 -0500
This morning I stopped at Janoskl's Farm to check out the pond and had a Am. 
Wigeon along with a Black Duck, a Green-winged Teal and Mallards 


Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Franklin Co Surf Scoter
From: Bill Oyler <oylerbill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:28:24 -0500
As of 12:05 there was a First year Surf Scoter at Letterkenny Reservoir.

Bill Oyler
Chambersburg

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Subject: Barnacle Geese - Weir Lake, Monroe Co.
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:35:10 -0500
All,

The Barnacle Geese are present right now at Weir Lake in Monroe County.

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa.
Subject: 2 Ross's Geese, Long Arm, Adams/York
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:34:59 -0500
Currently 2 Ad Ross's Geese with Canadas at Long Arm Resr - viewable from Old 
Westminster Rd. 


Andy Wilson

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Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 14, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:52:05 -0500
Location: Sunset Point,Presque Isle S.P.
Date: December 14, 2014
Time: 0730-0900
Weather: Cloudy, W windto 10 mph, temp. 35 F, waves about two feet. Light fog 
with mist 

Comments: Very quiet with a few scaup moving west and Red-breasted Mergansers 
moving mostly east. Sam Stull and Roger Donn assisted with the count. 


Waterbirds counted:

Lesser Scaup  145
White-winged Scoter  1
Common Goldeneye  2
Common Merganser  1
Red-breasted Merganser  315


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

Subject: HSR: Allegheny Front (13 Dec 2014) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:12:46 -0400
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             85
TV                           0              0            362
OS                           0              0             91
BE                           0              4            128
NH                           0              0             33
SS                           0              0           1151
CH                           0              0            152
NG                           0              0              4
RS                           0              0             32
BW                           0              0           4350
RT                           0              8            927
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             28            127
AK                           0              0             87
ML                           0              0             23
PG                           0              0             36
UA                           0              0             10
UB                           0              0             12
UF                           0              0              2
UE                           0              0              1
UR                           0              0             57

Total:                       0             40           7672
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Deb Bodenschatz

Observers:        

Weather:
Cold and foggy with snow showers.  Wind 15-25 mph out of the WNW

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Discontinued today's watch due to deteriorating weather conditions.

Predictions:
High near freezing, cloudy with a chance of fog or drizzle. WNW aids at 15
mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Deb Bodenschatz (debbiebodenschatz AT gmail.com)

Subject: White-winged Scoter
From: Glenn Koppel <kestrel22 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:41:09 +0000
Our original plan was to go to Presque Isle to look for Snowy Owls, not knowing 
the park was mostly closed this morning for hunting and a road race. So we 
drove along Bayfront Drive looking for ducks. We found a White-winged Scoter 
and Common Goldeneye along West Bayfront Drive, just east of the Lawrence pier 
marina. 

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22 AT hotmail.comButler, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: North Warren - flock of Pine Siskins
From: Ellwood Meyers <warbler60 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:07:21 +0000
12/13/14: This morning there was a flock of 35 - 40 Pine Siskin's perched and 
calling in my front yard trees. They flew down and landed in the middle of 
Elmwood Drive and milled about eating grit and rock salt spread by the snow 
plow. Several of them hung-out most of the day by my bird feeders. 





Ellwood Meyers 
North Warren, PA 16365 
warbler60 AT hotmail.com 		 	   		  
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk
From: Glenn Koppel <kestrel22 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:17:00 +0000
We went up to Miller's Pond area at Pymatuning (Crawford county) looking for 
the Great Egret that has been reported. We did find it, it is staying in the 
first pond. While there we found a light phase Rough-legged Hawk hunting the 
fields off of Wilson Rd, just south of RT 285, near Parking Lot F of the Game 
Lands. 

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koenekekestrel22 AT hotmail.comButler, PA 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (13 Dec 2014) 11 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:12:27 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           1             22            505
NH                           1              3            184
SS                           1              5           9912
CH                           0              1            530
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           7             76           2858
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           0             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           0              0             24
UB                           1              2             21
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           0              1             72

Total:                      11            132          24065
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Gene Wagner, Ron Freed

Observers:        Dave Grove, Deb Gingrich, Gene Wagner, Joe Kelly, Joe Sabo,
                  Keith Gingrich, Pat Freed, Paul Fritz, Robert McLaughlin,
                  Ron Freed

Visitors:
Tim Reed - 7


Weather:
Overcast with haze and light NW winds.

Raptor Observations:
First bird - SS 11:36
Last bird -  RT 3:59
BE U 1:14

Non-raptor Observations:
CAGO - 32
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Wagner (nate AT copper.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (13 Dec 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:12:26 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4            211
Turkey Vulture               0              0            718
Osprey                       0              0            113
Bald Eagle                   0              1            135
Northern Harrier             0              0             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0           2737
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            275
Northern Goshawk             0              0              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1            112
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              1             15            684
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              2             80
American Kestrel             0              0            115
Merlin                       0              0             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Falcon               0              0              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             22
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       1             23           8367
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Dave Schwenk

Observers:        

Visitors:
Morris Cox


Weather:
Light northwest wind under overcast skies. temp 32-33F

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
All the customary passerines
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Schwenk (deschwenk AT comcast.net)
Second Mountain information may be found at:
2ndmtn.shutterfly.com

Subject: Cackling Geese - Allegheny Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:15:38 -0500
The three CACKLING GEESE that I previously reported continue on Neville Island 
at Memorial Park today 


at Dashields Dam the pair of Bald Eagles were perched together

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (13 Dec 2014) 7 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:12:11 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0            198
Turkey Vulture               0              0            936
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1            467
Bald Eagle                   0             19            402
Northern Harrier             0              3            163
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3           4772
Cooper's Hawk                0              7            554
Northern Goshawk             0              3             21
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             88
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3            194
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           6369
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4            115           2254
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1             46
Golden Eagle                 2              9            152
Unknown Eagle                0              0              2
American Kestrel             1              1            379
Merlin                       0              0            189
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             88
Unknown Falcon               0              0             22
Unknown Raptor               0              3             73

Total:                       7            168          17371
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Bob Davidheiser

Weather:
Overcast, cold, NW wind 4-12

Raptor Observations:
golden eagles;; JV 902, adult with full crop 1305

Non-raptor Observations:
397 Canada geese, 17 snow geese, 43 pine siskin
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: Re: Ross's goose and Cackling Goose - DeTurks pond, Berks county
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:44:28 -0500
All,

Both the Cackling Goose and Ross's Goose were present at the DeTurks Pond,
near Oley, Berks Co., when I arrived at 2:45 PM. A half dozen Mallards, a
Ruddy Duck and about 375 Canada Geese were also present.

I was able to get pictures of the Ross's and send to a few friends for
confirmation since this is my first observation of one and a Snow Goose
wasn't nearby for easy comparison.

Disappointingly, they all took off to the southeast at 3:30 PM with the
Ross's leading the formation.

Presently, about 50 Canada Geese remain with the Mallards and Ruddy.

Regards,
Ted Nichols II
Annville, Pa.
Subject: AMD Hahn pond Washington county
From: jusko88 <0000000ca4f4ccd1-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:56:06 -0500
There is a lone ruddy duck at the pond.
Matthew juskowich
Allegheny county
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Subject: Barnacle Geese - Monroe Cty.
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:45:00 +0000
The barnacle geese at Weir's Lake in Brodheadsville were still present as of 
about 12:15. They were tucked in and sleeping, but were still pretty obvious 
from the Canada's. 


Also there were a couple pintail and more hooded mergansers than I've even seen 
in one place. 


Good birding,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall
Subject: Allegheny County Merlin
From: Michael Fialkovich <mpfial AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:16:41 -0500
A foggy, gloomy, cold morning here in the Pittsburgh area. A female plumaged 
Merlin was at Homewood Cemetery near Frick Park this morning. 


Mike Fialkovich
Pittsburgh Area, Allegheny County
Subject: Breeding Bird Atlasers in Mifflin Co
From: Mike & Laura Jackson <mljackson2 AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:23:39 -0500
Please email me if you did any surveys for the breeding bird atlas in Mifflin 
Co. 


Thanks,
Laura Jackson
Everett, PA
Subject: Snow Geese - Lehigh county
From: Frank <0000003652a0d84e-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:12:14 -0500
I just got back from taking the dog for a walk. While I was out sawmy first 
large flock of Snow Geese in the area. Four large waves flew over in quick 
succession. It looked like they were headed for the Fogelsville Quarry but on 
the way back I saw them again heading west- southwest. A rough estimate would 
be between 1000 and 1500 birds. 


Frank Dickman
New Tripoli, Lehigh county

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Subject: Penn Vet Working to Understand Snowy Owls Arriving in U.S. Northern, Mid-Atlantic States
From: "Ann C. Pettigrew" <rook185 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:59:30 -0500
http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-december-2014/penn-vet-working-to-understand-snowy-owls?utm_source=ExpressPigeon&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Penn+Vet+Extra+%5B15%5D 


With Carmen's permission I am sending a link to an article that I received from 
the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School where they did autopsies on 
dozens of deceased snowy owls from the irruption of last winter. While sad, it 
is interesting to read about their findings including the toxins they found in 
their livers. 


Best regards,
Ann




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

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Subject: Snow geese, Northampton Co.
From: Betsy Mescavage <amkestrel1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:47:24 -0500
Yesterday morning when I took the car out of the garage at 8:30 the sky was 
filled with snow geese flying in a northerly direction. They were everywhere 
and just kept coming and coming, quite an awesome sight and sound. I tried 
counting and my guesstimate would be ~ 10,000 and possibly more. Hard to try 
and get a handle on that many birds, but there were thousands. 


Betsy Mescavage
E. Allen Twp.
Seemsville
Northampton Co.
Subject: Snow Geese, Northern Harrier,Berks Co.
From: Ed Barrell <ebarrell123 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:32:37 +0000
While out hunting this morning I had a flock of about 150  Snow Geese flying 
north. I also had a Female Harrier fly just above the trees also heading north. 

  
Had a Kingfisher sitting on the Wood Duck box in our pond. 
  
Ed Barrell 
Leesport 
Berks Co. 
Subject: Erie County waterbird count for Dec. 13, 2014
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:27:33 -0500
Location: mouth ofWalnut Creek, Fairview Twp.
Date: December 13, 2014
Time: 0730-0900
Weather: Cloudy, W wind to 20 mph, temp. 33 F, waves about two feet. Light fog. 

Comments: Slow, with all birds moving west.

Waterbirds counted:

Mallard  6
Lesser Scaup  5
Common Goldeneye  29
Common Merganser  3
Red-breasted Merganser  128

Other bird moving along the lake:

Bald Eagle  1 adult


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

Subject: PISP
From: "Stringer, Randy C." <RCStringer AT GCC.EDU>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:12:57 +0000
Dear Friends.

Currently, there is a Little Gull and Black-headed Gull at the head of Presque 
Isle Bay. 


R.C. Stringer 

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Subject: Ross's goose and Cackling Goose - DeTurks pond, Berks county
From: Amy Langman <birdgyrl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:09:20 -0500
There is currently a Single Ross's goose and a cackling goose at Deturk's Pond 
in Oley, Berks County! 


Finally, my life Ross's (with no camera...)!

Amy
Delaware County

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Subject: Barnacles showed up - Monroe county
From: Jon <jonjmular16 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:47:45 -0500
The two barnacles just arrived at weirs lake - Monroe county

Sorry for the last post about not being here ...

Good birding,

Jon
Brodheadsville, pa

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Subject: Re: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County
From: Jon <jonjmular16 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:41:25 -0500
So far no go on the barnacle geese this morning, but geese are still flying in

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 12, 2014, at 11:28 AM, Jason Horn 
<0000007179661740-dmarc-request AT LIST.AUDUBON.ORG> wrote: 

> 
> The 2 Barnacle Geese are currently (11:20pm) on the lake on the West side of 
Weir Lake Road as you head south of route 209 on the West side of 
Brodheadsville. 

> 
> On a side note I had a mostly white Red- tailed Hawk at the intersection of 
routes 309 & 78 on my way to see the geese. 

> 
> Good birding 
> Jason Horn
Subject: Horned Lark, Short-eared Owl, Pintail - northern Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland County
From: Tim Vechter <tdvechter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:01:24 -0500
Flock of Horned Larks (12+) in fields on Fort Palmer Rd (T729).

A Short-eared Owl in flight being harassed by two Crows, over the
intersection of Hamill School Rd (SR1015), Cow Bridge Rd (T729), and
Wineland Rd (T982), northern Ligonier Valley between routes 711 and 259.

At Latrobe Reservoir hundreds of Canada Goose, dozens of Mallards, Pintail
3m 3f, Black Duck, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser,
Killdeer.

Dennis Smeltzer reported seeing Pintail, Hooded Merganser, Black Duck at
Latrobe Reservoir earlier in the week.

https://www.facebook.com/westmorelandbirdandnatureclub

Tim Vechter
Subject: Koch property, Northampton County
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:23:42 +0000
The Harris's sparrow continues, best seen in mid to late afternoon either on or 
below backyard feeders.  Sometimes at that time it also appears with other 
sparrows feeding in the grass next to the kitchen door. Other species recently 
seen in the yard: field, Savannah, song, white-throated, chipping, and 
white-crowned sparrows. Purple finches. Downy, hairy, red-bellied, and 
pileated (flyover) woodpeckers. Yellow-bellied sapsucker. Red-winged blackbirds 
and grackles, along with way too many brown cowbirds. Cooper's, sharp-shinned, 
and red-tailed (of course) hawks. Cedar waxwings. Flyover flocks of snow 
geese. And this afternoon two bald eagles circling together and at times almost 
locking talons. They eventually disappeared over the eastern ridge into Bucks 
County.  Arlene Koch 

Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene AT verizon.net
Subject: HSR: Second Mountain (12 Dec 2014) 11 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:12:36 -0400
Second Mountain
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4            211
Turkey Vulture               0              0            718
Osprey                       0              0            113
Bald Eagle                   1              1            135
Northern Harrier             0              0             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0           2737
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            275
Northern Goshawk             0              0              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1            112
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2963
Red-tailed Hawk              9             14            683
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 1              2             80
American Kestrel             0              0            115
Merlin                       0              0             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Falcon               0              0              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             22
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      11             22           8366
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Sue Cooper

Observers:        

Visitors:
8 visitors after 1300


Weather:
winds were 7-15mph, WNW, cldcv 100% most of the time.
temps were 34.6F to 39.2F(.8 to 2.7c).
humidity 66% to 78%
barometric pressure was 28.40 to 28.35 inches

Raptor Observations:
SUB ADULT GE AT 1305
ADULT BE AT 1416

Non-raptor Observations:
 a beautiful day for a hawk watch. the top of the mountain was completely
covered with approximately 3 inches of snow. my vehicle was the first to
the top.
5 crows on the bird feeders, flew off not to come back and the winter birds
cheered for joy. winter birds being
chickadees, white breasted nuthatch, titmouse, downy, juncos, red belly
woodpecker, pileated and a couple of blue jays. 8 ravens flying in the
area.
I was amazed at the constant(about every 15 min)very, very, long strings of
Canada geese counting 3,230 + or -.
25 whistling swans.


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

Subject: HSR: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (12 Dec 2014) 19 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:12:57 -0400
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0            198
Turkey Vulture               0              0            936
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1            466
Bald Eagle                   4             19            402
Northern Harrier             0              3            163
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3           4773
Cooper's Hawk                1              7            554
Northern Goshawk             0              3             21
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             88
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3            193
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           6368
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             13            111           2250
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1             45
Golden Eagle                 1              7            150
Unknown Eagle                0              0              2
American Kestrel             0              0            378
Merlin                       0              0            189
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             88
Unknown Falcon               0              0             22
Unknown Raptor               0              3             73

Total:                      19            161          17361
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Compiler:        Laurie Goodrich

Counters:        Laurie Goodrich

Weather:
overcast, NW winds 10-20, 1-2 deg C, 6 inches snow on ground

Raptor Observations:
bald eagles:   AD--9 am, 2nd yr--1145, adult 1303, adult 1345
golden eagles:  ad 955

Local golden eagle seen off and on all day mostly upridge from hawk mtn.

Non-raptor Observations:
snow geese 474, Canada geese 2479,
========================================================================
Report submitted by Laurie Goodrich (goodrich AT hawkmtn.org)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary information may be found at:
http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Subject: Re: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County
From: "Wiltraut, Richard E" <rwiltraut AT PA.GOV>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:02:26 -0500
Barnacle Geese found about 3:15 in cornfield about mile west of Weir Lake at 
corner of Weir Mt. Rd. and Mt. View Rd. 


Good birding,

Rick


Rick Wiltraut

Jacobsburg EE Center

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Bureau of State Parks

400 Belfast Road | Nazareth, PA  18064

Phone: 610.746.2801 | Fax:  610.746.2804
Subject: HSR: Waggoner's Gap (12 Dec 2014) 17 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:12:10 -0400
Waggoner's Gap
40 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0             18
TV                           0              0           2014
OS                           0              0            357
BE                           1             21            504
NH                           1              2            183
SS                           1              4           9911
CH                           0              1            530
NG                           0              4             40
RS                           0              0            244
BW                           0              0           6544
RT                           8             69           2851
RL                           0              0              2
GE                           6             18            234
AK                           0              0            320
ML                           0              0            120
PG                           0              0             55
UA                           0              0             24
UB                           0              1             20
UF                           0              0              5
UE                           0              0              6
UR                           0              1             72

Total:                      17            121          24054
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Grove, Keith Gingrich

Observers:        Dave Grove, Gene Wagner, Joe Lavella, Ron Freed

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Overcast, with northwest wind.

Raptor Observations:
First bird - GE 10:10
Last bird - RT 3:23

BE Juv 1:36
GE Unaged 10:10
GE AD 10:22; 10:25; 10:26, 1:31, 1:34

Non-raptor Observations:
Loons - 4
CAGO - 40
========================================================================
Report submitted by dave grove (waggap AT comcast.net)
Waggoner's Gap information may be found at:
www.waggap.com

Subject: Wood Ducks & Great Egret - Crawford Co.
From: mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <000000085d53fe48-dmarc-request@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:05:52 -0500
I was at Miller's Ponds at Pymatuning earlier this afternoon and had these 
sightings 


2 Wood Duck
40 Gadwall
2 Am. Black Duck 
1 N. Pintail
3 Green-winged Teal
1 GREAT EGRET
10 Sandhill Crane

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Re: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County
From: Anthony Uhrich <aeuhrich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:03:43 -0500
Barnacle Geese just left Weir Lake at 3:01 heading roughly WNW.

Anthony Uhrich
Montgomery County PA
On Dec 12, 2014 2:11 PM, "Michael David"  wrote:

> They are still here 2:10 pm
>
> Michael David
> Blair Co
> On Dec 12, 2014 11:28 AM, "Jason Horn" <
> 0000007179661740-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:
>
> > The 2 Barnacle Geese are currently (11:20pm) on the lake on the West side
> > of Weir Lake Road as you head south of route 209 on the West side of
> > Brodheadsville.
> >
> > On a side note I had a mostly white Red- tailed Hawk at the intersection
> > of routes 309 & 78 on my way to see the geese.
> >
> > Good birding
> > Jason Horn
> >
>
Subject: Red-necked grebe, beltzville sp, carbon
From: Michael David <michaeltdavid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:54:56 -0500
Hi all, just found the subject bird by the beach, west end of lake.

Michael David
Blair co.
Subject: Re: Barnacle Geese, Monroe County
From: Michael David <michaeltdavid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:10:59 -0500
They are still here 2:10 pm

Michael David
Blair Co
On Dec 12, 2014 11:28 AM, "Jason Horn" <
0000007179661740-dmarc-request AT list.audubon.org> wrote:

> The 2 Barnacle Geese are currently (11:20pm) on the lake on the West side
> of Weir Lake Road as you head south of route 209 on the West side of
> Brodheadsville.
>
> On a side note I had a mostly white Red- tailed Hawk at the intersection
> of routes 309 & 78 on my way to see the geese.
>
> Good birding
> Jason Horn
>
Subject: Fox & Tree, Schuylkill County
From: Dave Kruel <dkruel300 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:21:22 +0000
Hi All,
Nancy saw a Fox Sparrow and Tree Sparrow around our feeders this morning. 
Firsts for our yard this fall (....still officially fall, hard to believe). 


Dave Kruel
Pottsville
Schuylkill County
Subject: Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related
From: Robert Evans <evans.robert.r AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:43:23 -0500
I thought this was a good, quick read on the recent genetic bird study:


http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/12/11/370087804/birds-of-a-feather-arent-necessarily-related 


But it does pose the question, are our guides going to be rearranged now?

-Rob Evans
Montco