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

The Fourth Annual Breeding Bird Blitz (PAB3)

The fourth annual PA Breeding Bird Blitz will be taking place

Friday, June 16th through Monday, June 19th, 2017.


Another opportunity to add some great PA Breeding Bird data to eBird! What will be different this year is NO PRIZES.

Just like the Migration Count or a Christmas Bird Count the Blitz is something to do for the sheer enjoyment of it, AND knowing the data you submit to eBird will be helping out the birds we find so fascinating. To steal a little historical thunder from John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what the birds can do for you but what you can do for the birds!”

Some approaches to the Blitz below:

1. Bird your local patch – You might be surprised how rewarding it is to track down the local breeders. Do you know how much easier it is to get a good look at warblers when they are on territory rather than migrating? Take the time to explore your local area and try local nearby spot you don’t spend much time at birding or just haven’t got around to before.

2. Bird a neglected county or two - Plan a Breeding Bird Blitz Road Trip with some friends in one of the PA Counties that does not get much love when it comes the number of eBird checklists submitted. Below is a list of the counties from the least to most and the number of eBird checklists submitted all time for each county.


1. Cameron - 698 2. Sullivan – 1,205
3. Elk – 1,241
4. Jefferson – 1,389
5. Wyoming – 1,448
6. Venango – 1,537
7. Snyder – 1,642
8. Warren – 1,708
9. Fulton – 1,886
10. Forrest – 1,982
11. Columbia – 2,045
12. Union – 2,060
13. Green – 2,116
14. Potter – 2,145
15. McKean – 2,168


3. Create a Competition – If birding competitively is your thing then create a competition for you and some birding friends over one or more day of the Blitz. Maybe held in the neglected counties?

4. Use of Breeding Codes – Now that you can include Breeding Codes on the mobile app this task has become a lot easier. Choose one day to include highest breeding codes on all your checklists or maybe a checklist or two each day over the course of the four days.

5. Go Nocturnal – How about some Owls, Whip-poor-wills, and Rails?

6. 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.


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