Berks County Records

035-01-1999 Great Shearwater

First state record

Great Shearwater — Berks County; Sep 10, 1999. Photo by Scott Weidensaul. This bird was found grounded in Richmond Township, Berks County on September 9, 1999, after the passing of Hurricane Dennis. It was found in the parking lot of East Penn Manufacturing in Lyons, PA, by Sandra Montagner and taken later that day to Kutztown Animal Hospital, where Lee Simpson called Scott Weidensaul. Scott went to the clinic the following day, confirmed the identification, and Scott and Lee transported it to Tri-State Bird Rescue in Delaware, which was the only rehab facility that had seabird experience. At the time, the shearwater was emaciated and unresponsive. Despite the care it was given, it died September 14th. The skin was prepped as a museum specimen at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and placed in the collection of the Reading Public Museum. This bird represents the first photo-documented record for Pennsylvania.

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490-01-2010 Anna’s Hummingbird

This bird began visiting the feeder of Renee Gery in late October! It was caught and banded by Scott Weidensaul and Sandy Lockerman on November 21st, who verified that it was an adult female Anna’s. This bird represents the 1st record for Pennsylvania!

Anna’s Hummingbird — near Shartlesville, Berks County; November 22, 2010. Photo by Geoff Malosh.

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102-03-2010 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks — Mohnton, Berks County; August 3, 2010. Photo by Katrina Knight.
These two birds were found by Larry Koch. These birds represent the 2nd record for Berks County.

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557-01-2006 Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird — Caernarvon Township, Berks County; December 30, 2006. Photos by Frank Haas.

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Posted in Accepted, Class I - Photograph, Completed

102-01-2006 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks — near Pleasantville, Berks County; June 4, 2006. Photo by Dave DeReamus. Note the black belly, white wing patch, red bill, and light eye ring on the gray face. All four birds are in this picture, although the fourth bird is hidden by the dead gray stems just below and in front of the tallest bird. These birds represent the 1st record for Berks County. There are very few records of them for Pennsylvania.

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763-01-2004 MacGillivray’s Warbler

This bird was found on December 18th during the Allentown Christmas Bird Count and was last seen on the 20th. Note the gray hood, white eye crescents, yellowish belly, greenish back, and pink legs. This bird represents the 1st record for Pennsylvania!

MacGillivray’s Warbler — in Maxatawny Township, Berks County on December 19, 2004. Photos by Devich Farbotnik.

Again, note the gray hood, white eye crescents, yellowish belly, greenish back, and pink legs.


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650-01-1995 Townsend’s Solitaire

Townsend’s Solitaire — Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Berks/Schuylkill Counties; November 13, 1999. Photo by Bill Wallace.


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035-01-1999 Great Shearwater

Great Shearwater — Berks County; Sep 10, 1999. Photo by Scott Weidensaul. This bird was found grounded in Richmond Township, Berks County on September 9, 1999, after the passing of Hurricane Dennis. It was found in the parking lot of East Penn Manufacturing in Lyons, PA, by Sandra Montagner and taken later that day to Kutztown Animal Hospital, where Lee Simpson called Scott Weidensaul cheap air max 90 essential. Scott went to the clinic the following day, confirmed the identification, and Scott and Lee transported it to Tri-State Bird Rescue in Delaware, which was the only rehab facility that had seabird experience. At the time, the shearwater was emaciated and unresponsive. Despite the care it was given, it died September 14th. The skin was prepped as a museum specimen at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and placed in the collection of the Reading Public Museum. This bird represents the first photo-documented record for Pennsylvania.

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Posted in Accepted, Class I - Photograph, Completed

232-01-1999 Black Rail

This Black Rail was found at the Criket Farm Marsh in Albany Township, Berks County and seen by multiple observers.

Black Rail — Albany Township, Berks County; May 23, 1999. Photo by Devich Farbotnik.

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