* Note: August and September were combined because there was very little to report.
The next few months will be the waterbird count that Jerry conducts.
Toni Kelly, webeditor for PIAS
The following birds of note were reported for August and September in Erie County, Pa.
Whimbrel 1; Aug. 3
White-rumped Sandpiper 1; Aug. 5
Baird's Sandpiper 1; Aug. 6
High lake levels continue, so there is little shorebird habitat at Gull Point. Part of Gull Point Trail remains under water with up to two feet of water in one place.
Willet 1; Aug 10; Gull Point
Red Knot 3; Aug. 15; Gull Point
Long-tailed Duck 1 moribund female; through the week
American Golden Plover 1; Sept. 5 to 8
Western Sandpiper 1; Sept. 13
White-rumped Sandpiper 1; Sept. 12
Stilt Sandpiper 1; Sept. 13
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 adult; Sept. 14; Gull Point
American Golden Plover 2; Sept. 19; Gull Point
Western Sandpiper 1; probably same bird from last weekend continues to Sept. 19; Gull Point
Stilt Sandpiper 1; probably same bird from last weekend continues to Sept. 19; Gull Point
Red-throated Loon 1; Sept. 20; Sunset Point (waterbird count); Record early in Erie County by about two weeks
The following birds of note were reported for July in Erie County, Pa.
Whimbrel--1; June 30; Gull Point
Common Tern--still up to five active nests; July 3; Gull Point
White-throated Sparrow--1 singing; July 2; Pine Tree Trail
Pine Siskin--up to 4; through the week; Fairview
1; July 5; Greene Twp.
An adult Merlin with at least three chicks in a nest; July 9; west Erie
There may be up to five pairs of Common Terns still incubating at Gull Point on Presque Isle S.P., though several nests have been preyed upon by predators in the past couple of weeks.
Willet 2; July 9; Gull Point
Whimbrel 3; July 6; Gull Point
1; July 9; Gull Point
Pine Siskin several are still coming to a bird feeder in Fairview
1; July 11; Ranger's station feeder at Presque Isle S.P.
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 immature; July 14, near Vista 1.
Whimbrel 1; July 14; Gull Point
The tern nesting event this year was unsuccessful. No eggs managed to survive high water or predation. To date, there are no longer any active nests at Gull Point on Presque Isle S.P.
A portion Gull Point Trail at the west end is still under water, with up to 18" in some places.
It has been slow that last couple of weeks with little to report. Gull Point Trail is still under two to three feet of water in places, so it is a challenge to get out there, but little has been happening shorebird-wise out there anyway.
Great Egret; up to three the past couple of weeks; Gull Point and across from Thompson Circle
Whimbrel; singles; July 21 & 26; Gull Point
The following birds of note were reported for June in Erie County, Pa.
Least Bittern 1 pair; June 11; head of Presque Isle Bay
American White Pelican 2; June 8 to 10; Gull Point
Whimbrel 3; June 8; Gull Point
White-rumped Sandpiper--1; June 23; Gull Point, Presque Isle S.P.
Pine Siskin--4 + 1 downy young; all week; Fairview
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