Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania RBA
May 31, 2009

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RBA
*Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania
*PAWE05.31.09

Highlights:
TUNDRA SWAN
VIRGINIA RAIL
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (Crawford County)
RUDDY TURNSTONE (Allegheny County)
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (Erie County)
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN (Washington County)
CASPIAN TERN
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
PURPLE MARTIN
VEERY
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
CANADA WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER (Allegheny and Beaver Counties)
WORM-EATING WARBLER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
BOBOLINK
BLUE GROSBEAK (Fayette County)

Contributors: Anthony Bledsoe, Marcia Brown, Mike Campsey, Jack Christman, 
Lauren Conkle, Karyn Delaney, Mike Fialkovich, Scott Gregg, Cris Hamilton, 
Amy Henrici, Craig Holt, Dave Kerr, Geoff Malosh, Doug Roberts, Jack 
Solomon, Kate St. John, Marge Van Tassel, Mark Vass, Timothy Vechter, 
Daniel Weeks, Mike Weible.

Compiler: Amy Taracido

Monday, 25 May 2009 through Sunday, 31 May 2009

***This report is distributed by e-mail only. Compiler is not responsible 
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Transcript-

ALLEGHENY COUNTY:

On 5/25 on the Allegheny River between Twelve and Fourteen Mile islands, 1 
RUDDY TURNSTONE (AH with Pat McShea).

Through 5/25 in Turtle Creek, PINE SISKINS continue (DK).

On 5/25 in downtown Pittsburgh near Heinz Field and PNC Park, 1 RUDDY 
TURNSTONE (reported to JS by Sheree Daugherty; also observed by GM). In 
Pittsburgh on 5/20, 1 flyover NORTHERN HARRIER (KSJ).

In Plum on 5/25, 2 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS (AH with Pat McShea).

On 5/26 at the Imperial Grasslands, 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 PURPLE MARTIN, 
WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (GM).

Over Squirrel Hill on 5/27, COMMON NIGHTHAWK (KSJ).

On 5/28 in Monroeville, 1 MOURNING WARBLER (MF).

At Knob Hill Park on 5/28, sightings included 1 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (KD).

On 5/31 along Route 51 in Kennedy Township, BANK SWALLOWS, NORTHERN ROUGH-
WINGED SWALLOWS (MVas).


ARMSTRONG COUNTY:

On 5/26 at Crooked Creek Lake/Dam, 1 possible PROTHONOTARY WARBLER; on 
5/27, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, BALD EAGLE, COMMON MERGANSERS (MVan).


BEAVER COUNTY:

On 5/29 in Monaca, PEREGRINE FALCONS, BALD EAGLE (SGr).

On 5/30 at the Beaver County Model Airplane Club near New Galilee, 1 
MOURNING WARBLER (GM).

In Darlington on 5/30, 4 flyover GREAT EGRETS; at Darlington Lake on 5/30, 
1 BANK SWALLOW (GM).

At Big Beaver Wetlands on 5/30, 1 GREAT EGRET (GM).

On 5/30 in Chippewa Township, 1 singing GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 1 singing 
VEERY (GM).


BUTLER COUNTY:

On 5/25 at Squaw Valley Woodlands in Allegheny Township, sightings 
included 1 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER (DWe).

In Center Township through 5/31, 2+ PINE SISKINS (MB).


CRAWFORD COUNTY:

On 5/27 at Miller's Ponds, 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (MW, AB). In Pymatuning 
on 5/29, OSPREY, BOBOLINKS, GREAT EGRET (reported to JC by Tom 
Wasilewski). On 5/30 at the Pymatuning Goose Management Area, 1 UPLAND 
SANDPIPER (MVas). On 5/31 in Pymatuning, OSPREY, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, 
PURPLE MARTINS, CLIFF SWALLOWS, SAVANNAH SPARROW, 6+ BOBOLINKS, EASTERN 
MEADOWLARKS, and others (CHo).

At Wilson's boat launch on 5/29, 1 OSPREY, 2 BALD EAGLES (reported to JC 
by Tom Wasilewski).

On 5/31 in Adamsville, 2 immature TUNDRA SWANS (JC).


ERIE COUNTY:

On 5/30 at Presque Isle State Park, highlights included 2 BAIRD'S 
SANDPIPERS, 2 DUNLIN, 1 BONAPARTE'S GULL, 8 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 37 
CASPIAN TERNS (MVas).


FAYETTE COUNTY:

At Greenlick Run Lake on 5/27, 1 COMMON LOON (MF).

On 5/31 in Springfield Township along Kooser Road, 1 singing BLUE 
GROSBEAK; also in Springfield Township that day, BOBOLINKS, PURPLE FINCH 
(GM).

Along Dinnerbell-Ohiopyle Road on 5/31, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, KENTUCKY 
WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULAS, BOBOLINKS (GM).

In the Ohiopyle State Park area on 5/31, NORTHERN PARULA, BOBOLINKS; on 
5/31 along King Road at a small cemetery, 1 WORM-EATING WARBLER (GM).

In Stewart Township on 5/31, 2 PURPLE FINCHES (GM).


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

Near the Clarion River on 5/25, sightings included VEERIES, HERMIT THRUSH, 
NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER (KSJ).

 
LAWRENCE COUNTY:

On 5/25 in the Plain Grove area, sightings included 1 WHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPER, 4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 1 COMMON LOON, 1 BALD EAGLE, 1 OSPREY 
(MVas).

At the Three Rivers gravel pond in New Beaver on 5/25, 1 hen RED-BREASTED 
MERGANSER and others (MVas); on 5/30 in that area, BANK SWALLOWS (GM).


MERCER COUNTY:

On 5/30 in the Pennsy, Black, & Celery Swamps IBA area, sightings included 
10 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 1 OSPREY, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, 1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 1 SWAMP 
SPARROW, 3 BOBOLINKS (DR).


WASHINGTON COUNTY:

At Greencove Wetlands on 5/26, 1 BLACK TERN (LC, MC); on 5/31, GREEN HERON 
(CHa).

On 5/27 in North Strabane Township, COMMON NIGHTHAWK (MVas).

On 5/27 at Canonsburg Lake, 1 GREAT EGRET (MVas).

Through 5/27 at the Hahn Road AMD pond, 1 AMERICAN COOT continues (MVas).


WESTMORELAND COUNTY:

At Keystone State Park on 5/25 there and along Route 981, GREEN HERON, 
EASTERN KINGBIRD, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, WARBLING VIREO, KENTUCKY WARBLER, 
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, EASTERN 
MEADOWLARK (TV).

End transcript-

Amy Taracido
Washington Co., PA

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