Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Grasshopper Sparrow
Broad-winged Hawk
Northern Saw-whet-owl
Horned Lark
Eastern Kingbird
Hudsonian Godwit
Eastern Meadowlark
Scarlet Tanager
Black-and-white Warbler
Horned Grebe
American Robin
Yellow-throated Warbler
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Harrier
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Hooded Merganser
Bay-breasted Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Ring-necked Duck
Black-bellied Plover
Snowy Owl
Magnolia Warbler
Northern Shoveler
Northern Parula
Belted Kingfisher
American Goldfinch
Purple Martin
Prairie Warbler
Laughing Gull


The Sixth Annual Breeding Bird Blitz (PAB3)


Downloadable Tally Sheets -- PDF -- Excel


The sixth annual PA Breeding Bird Blitz will be taking place Friday, June 14th through Monday, June 17th. Another opportunity to add some great PA Breeding Bird data to eBird!

Like last year, the PAB3 will use a “BIG DAY” format. Don’t let that intimidate you, as you can do a Blitz “Big Day” by doing a County Count for an hour and you do not need to be an “expert” birder to take part!


A Big Day Count is a single-team effort in which the primary objectives are (1) to identify as many bird species as possible during a single calendar day and (2) to strive to have all team members identify all species recorded. Big Days for the PAB3 will be conducted by the following rules:


1. Counting
A. Count only full species. Birds not on the PA Ornithological Records Committee (PORC) Bird List will not be accepted. The list can be found at
B. For a species to count for the team total it must be identified by at least 2 members of the team during the count period.
C. Birds must be conclusively identi ed by sight or sound. No generic species will be accepted.
D. Birds counted must be alive, wild, and unrestrained. Birds at feeders may be counted.
E. Only submit birds actually located within the boundary of the count. The location of the bird is where the bird is located, not where the observers are located. Be aware of county, region, and state lines.
F. Since this is a Breeding Bird Count use of recordings should only be used (and sparingly) for nocturnal species (Owls/Rails etc.) whose presence would be difficult to detect otherwise. Pishing should be kept to a minimum.


2. Areas
A. One of 3 geographic areas may be covered each day of the Blitz (County, Regional, or State).
B. A County list will include all birds identified in a particular county (Example: Crawford County).
C. A Regional list will include birds identified from at least 4 counties of that region with a minimum of one hour spent birding in each county (Example: NE Region; Sullivan, Wyoming, Pike and Carbon counties).
D. A State list will include birds identified from at least 4 regions in the state with a minimum of one hour spent birding in each region (For example: SE, SC, SW, NC, NE).

  2018 Blitz Map


3. Time
A. All counting must be within a single 24-hour period, on a single calendar day.
B. A County List can be any length of time.
C. A Regional List must be at least 4 hours of in duration
D. A State List must be at least 4 hours in duration.
E. Your time birding does not need to be consecutive as time out may be taken but birds identified during the time out may not be added to the list.


4. Travel
A. Travel may be by any means. When motorized vehicles are used, all participants must travel in the same vehicle, except during time-outs.
B. All birds identified while driving may be included in the count list. If positively identified by at least 2 team members.


5. Participants
A. Two or more participants may constitute a team.
B. All members of the team must start the count day with the team.
C. Participants may bird only part of the day as long as there are at least 2 participants left on the team after they leave the team. A participant who leaves the team may rejoin the team later in the day.


6. Entries
A. A day summary report from eBird may be used as long as the other entry information that follows is also included. Using eBird will do the tallying for you (making it easier for you), give your data value, and standardize reports.
B. If you choose not to use eBird you may use tally sheets that will be available for download the PSO website under the Special Projects/Breeding Bird Blitz tab.
C. Note the date of the count.
D. Note if it is a county, regional, or state list, along with the name of the county, counties, or regions birded in the count.
E. Include the names of team members along with team name if there is one.
F. Send all entries (no more than one per day of the Blitz) no later than 11:59 p.m. June 18th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
G. Only one eBird Summary Report or Tally Sheet will be accepted for each day of the Blitz. Multiple submissions for a particular day will not be accepted.
H. A team may participate in any one or all of the 4 days of the Blitz.


7. Using eBird
A. If you use eBird (which you are highly encouraged to do) please keep checklists at 5 miles or less for traveling counts otherwise the data you submit may become less useful or invalidated.
B. You are also encouraged to use breeding codes as much as possible.
C. To create a Daily Summary do the following: (1) Go to the “My eBird” tab on the eBird website, (2) click on “Summarize My Observations” on the side bar, (3) Select a “Week Report”, (4) Choose the correct month and day and press the “Continue” button, (5) Highlight the locations visited and press the “Continue” button, (6) Either copy and paste the information into an email or download the report and send it via email.
D. Please note that creating a Daily Summary should be created at the end of each birding day.


8. Results
A. The results for all 3 categories (County, Regional, and State) will be posted by June 23rd on the PSO Facebook Page, PSO website, and The PA Birds Listserve.
B. Results will be ranked according to the number of species reported.
C. Top species count of each category will not receive any type of monetary or material prize, but the fame and glory for having topped the category.


9. Send your Stories and Pictures
Send in your stories and pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can include them in the next edition of the Pileated and/or post them on the PSO Facebook page.


10. Questions?

    Contact Vern Gauthier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.