The following birds of note were reported for May in Erie County, Pa.
Red-throated Loon--continues through the week off the breakwaters
American White Pelican 1; May 9, Leo's landing
American Bittern--1; May 9 & 10; Leo's landing
Swallow-tailed Kite--1; May 9; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Second county record.
Sandhill Crane--1; May 7; Eaton Reservoir
2; May 8; Thompson Circle on the ground
4; May 9; over inland ponds on Presque Isle
Little Gull 1; May 8; Gull Point
Black Tern 2; May 6; Edinboro Lake
American Golden Plover 1; May 9; Beach 7 breakwater. Fourth spring record for Erie County
Piping Plover 1 adult banded at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore; May 4 to at least May 7; Gull Point
Willet 1; May 5; Gull Point
Clay-colored Sparrow 1; May 9; east pier
Summer Tanager 1; May 10; Niagara boat launch
Pine Siskins are still present in good numbers, mostly at feeding stations or over the Presque Isle Hawk Watch
Black Vulture 1; May 11; over the Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC
American Golden Plover 1; May 12; Gull Point
Piping Plover 1; continues to at least May 14; Gull Point
Kentucky Warbler 1; May 15; Fry's landing
Clay-colored Sparrow 1; May 14; behind the Ranger's station
Some typically uncommon spring birds reported this week include: Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Acadian Flycatcher (rare on Presque Isle), Alder Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Northern Parula, and Pine Siskin.
Unidentified heron yet to be determined (resembles Tricolored Heron or perhaps a hybrid)--1; May 24; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC. Two images were taken.
Sandhill Crane--8; May 18; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at junct. of West 12th and Peninsula Drive
Willet--1; May 21; Lake LeBoeuf
Black-crowned Night-Heron--1; May 25; Fry's landing
Mississippi Kite--1; May 25; over the Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC
Wilson's Plover--1; May 26; Gull Point
Arctic Tern--1; May 27; Gull Point
Olive-sided Flycatcher--1; May 26; Sidewalk Trail
Worm-eating Warbler--1 heard; May 25; west end of Pine Tree Trail
Kentucky Warbler--2 heard; May 25; near B-trail
Erie County Bird Reports
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