Note: All records listed here have been accepted by PORC and published in their Annual Report unless otherwise noted. All records are listed in reverse chronological order.

Near Newburg, Cumberland County; April 30, 2011. Photo by Andrew Markel.

Fort Washington State Park, Montgomery County; September 1, 2009. Photos by Devich Farbotnik.

Presque Isle, Erie County; April 21, 2009. Photos by Jerry McWilliams.

Colerain Township, Lancaster County; March 13, 2005. Photos by Tom Amico.

Somerset, Bedford County; May 17, 2004. Photo by Bill Zemaitis.


2011

Swallow-tailed Kite — near Newburg, Cumberland County; April 30, 2011. Photo by Andrew Markel. This distinctive bird was found and photographed by Andy.


2009

Swallow-tailed Kite — Fort Washington State Park, Montgomery County; September 1, 2009. Photos by Devich Farbotnik. This unmistakeable bird was seen flying over the Militia Hill hawkwatch. Here, the bird is eating a dragonfly.

Swallow-tailed Kite — Presque Isle, Erie County; April 21, 2009. Photos by Jerry McWilliams. This bird was seen circling over the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.


2005

Swallow-tailed Kite — Colerain Township, Lancaster County; March 13, 2005. Photos by Tom Amico. A couple horseback riding in Southern Lancaster County found this adult bird sitting on the ground at the base of a large pine along the Octoraro Creek. It seemed to have trouble holding its head upright and made no attempt to escape. They took the bird back to their house and tried to find someone that could help it, but the bird was dead within the hour. According to “The Birds of Pennsylvania” by McWilliams and Brauning (2000), this appears to be the earliest-ever record for the state, beating the listed early date of May 11th by almost two months.




2004

Swallow-tailed Kite — Somerset, Bedford County; May 17, 2004. Photo by Bill Zemaitis. This photo shows the distinctive forked tail and the black-and-white coloration.

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