The following birds of note were reported from Erie County, Pa.
Sandhill Crane 1; April 3; Presque Isle Hawk Watch
3; April 5; near McKean
5; April 9; Fairview Twp.
Golden Eagle 1; April 3; Presque Isle Hawk Watch
Northern Goshawk 1; April 9; Presque Isle Hawk Watch
Thayer's Gull 1; April 5; Misery Bay, Presque Isle S.P.
Iceland Gull 1; April 6; Lake View Landfill
Lesser Black-backed Gull 4; April 6; Lake View Landfill
The following birds of note were reported from Presque Isle S.P., Pa.
American Bittern 7; April 15; Niagara Pond
Long-eared Owl up to 2; April 11 & 12; pines
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1; April 11; pines
American Bittern 2; April 26; Niagara Pond
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2; April 26; Niagara Pond
3; April 29; Sidewalk Trail
Northern Goshawk 1; April 27; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC
Piping Plover 1; April 24 & 29; Gull Point
American Avocet 1; April 29; Gull Point
Willet 1; April 29; Manchester Beach, Fairview Twp.
7; April 29; Gull Point
Hawk watch season totals to date, April 28, 2017.
Species Season Total
Black Vulture 0
Turkey Vulture 13467
Bald Eagle 75
Northern Harrier 88
Sharp-shinned Hawk 955
Cooper's Hawk 42
Northern Goshawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 185
Broad-winged Hawk 2662
Red-tailed Hawk 549
Rough-legged Hawk 9
Golden Eagle 1
American Kestrel 473
Peregrine Falcon 6
Unknown Accipiter 10
Unknown Buteo 31
Unknown Falcon 2
Unknown Eagle 0
Unknown Raptor 0
Sorry for the delay in this report. April's report will be the next post.
Webeditor: Toni Kelly
The following birds of note were reported from Presque Isle S.P., Erie County, Pa. unless noted otherwise.
Thayer's Gull 1 basic 2; Jan 30; off Niagara boat launch
Iceland Gull at least 2 imm.; to Feb. 4; Presque Isle Bay
Slaty-backed Gull 1 basic def.; to at least Feb. 4; off vista 1 or 2
Common Ravens were reported in Union City and the Lake View landfill
American Pipits were reported at the sewage treatment plant and Leo's landing on Presque Isle
Baltimore Oriole 1 at a feeder; to at least Feb. 1; Fairview
Thayer's Gull 1; Feb. 10; Presque Isle Bay
Iceland Gull up to 3 through the week
Lesser Black-backed Gull up to 6 through the week
Glaucous Gull up to 4; through the week
The Slaty-backed Gull continues to be reported to at least Feb. 10, though most have proven to be Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Herring X Great Black-backed gulls, or dark mantled Herring Gulls. All recent photos reviewed have turned out to be Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
A few Pine Siskins continue at a feeder in Fairview.
Great Egret 1; March 23; Presque Isle Hawk Watch
2; March 26; near Erie Wastewater Treatment Plant
Eurasian Wigeon 1 male; March 25 & 26; Thompson Bay, Presque Isle S.P.
Sandhill Crane 1; March 26; Presque Isle Hawk Watch
Red-tailed Hawk--1 all dark with gray tail; March 26; Presque Isle Hawk Watch
Final Waterbird report:
Location: Sunset Point, Presque Isle State Park
Date: January 1, 2017
Time: 0735 to 0935
Weather: Variably cloudy, temp. 33 F, SW wind to 10 mph, onshore waves two feet.
Comments: Nearly all movement was westbound. This is will be the last count for the season.
Lesser Scaup 31
Greater Scaup 8
Unidentified scaup 4
White-winged Scoter 11
Black Scoter 1 imm. Male
Long-tailed Duck 14
Common Goldeneye 11
Common Merganser 6
Red-breasted Merganser 160
Red-throated Loon 3
Common Loon 8
Horned Grebe 2
Bird Reports for January:
The following birds of note were reported from Presque Isle S.P., Pa. unless noted otherwise:
Black Scoter 1; Jan. 1 (waterbird count)
Red-necked Grebe 1; Dec. 31
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1; Jan. 1
Glaucous Gull 1; Jan. 1
Iceland Gull 1; Dec. 31
Black Scoter 1; Jan. 1; Sunset Point (Waterbird count)
Red-necked Grebe 1; Jan. 1 & 2; north pier
Lesser Black-backed Gull up to 2; Jan. 1 & 2; Presque Isle
Glaucous Gull 1; Jan. 1; off Leo’s
Snowy Owl 1; Jan. 5; Erie International Airport
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1; Jan. 8; Girard
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1; To at least Jan. 2; Harborcreek
Pine Siskins were reported coming to a feeder in Fairview Twp
Glaucous Gull 1; Jan. 16; marina
Snowy Owl 1; Jan. 21; Gull Point
Chipping Sparrow 1; Jan 20 (late); Millcreek twp.
Snow Goose 1; Jan. 29; Fairview Business Park
White-winged Scoter 1; Jan. 28; foot of East Ave.
Great Blue Heron 131(high count); Jan. 29; Niagara Pond, Presque Isle S.P.
Iceland Gull up to 4; Jan. 27 to 29; Lake View Landfill and Presque Isle Bay
Herring Gull 1 (adult dark mantled); Jan. 27; Lake View Landfill
Lesser Black-backed Gull up to 4; Jan. 24 to 29; Presque Isle Bay
Slaty-backed Gull 1 adult; Jan. 27 to 29; Lake View Landfill & off vista 1, Presque Isle S.P. First county record and potential second state record.
Glaucous Gull up to 4; Jan. 24 to 28; Lake View Landfill & Presque Isle Bay
Snowy Owl 1; Jan. 27; Gull Point, Presque Isle S.P.
Common Raven 1; Jan. 28; Lake View Landfill
Common Redpoll 1; Jan. 29; Pine Tree trail, Presque Isle S.P.
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
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