Centre County Records

782-01-2015 Western Tanager Centre

Species: Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)

Number of Individuals: 1

Date of Sighting: 11-21-2015, 11-29-2015

County : Centre

Location : 1810 Walnut Grove Drive, State College

GPS Coordinates: 40.84018, -77.840651

Observer(s): Mike Fialkovich, David Yeany, Dick Snyder, Michael David

Date of Submission: 11-23-2015, 12-1-2015

Submitted by: Dick Snyder, Mike Fialkovich, Michael David

Written Description:      Yes x2     Photo:     Yes x6     Specimen:   No   Recording:   No

IMG_9627_edited-2 Western Tanager, State College, 11-29-2015, Mike Fialkovich (3) Western Tanager, State College, 11-29-2015, Mike Fialkovich (1) IMG_9623_edited-2IMG_9617_edited-2


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Posted in Accepted, Class I - Photograph, Completed

829-02-2014 LeConte’s Sparrow Centre

Species: LeConte’s Sparrow (Ammospiza leconteii)

Number of individuals observed: 1

Date of sighting: 10-11-2014

County: Centre

Location: Bald Eagle State Park

GPS coordinates: 41.030428, -77.640716

Observer(s): Matthew Sabatine

Date of submission: 10-27-2020

Submitted by: Matthew Sabatine

Supporting evidence:

Written description: yesPhotograph: yes (eBird)Video: noAudio recording: noSpecimen: no

eBird Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S20197574

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Posted in Class IV-C, Completed, Not Accepted

646-01-1985 Northern Wheatear

Species: Northern Wheatear       Oenanthe oenanthe
Date of Sighting:  September 17, 1985
County :   Centre
Location :  Bald Eagle State Park
GPS Coordinates: ~  41.020708,-77.638178
Observer(s):   Tom Grow, Mrs. Grow
Date of Submission:   October 10, 2012
Submitted by:  Nick Pulcinella

Written Description:  from Cassinia V61:84 (1984-1985)    Photo: No     Specimen: No        Recording: No

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Posted in Accepted, Class III, Completed

332-08-2012 Pomarine Jaeger

Species: Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
Number of Individuals observed: 1
Date of Sighting: 10-30-2012
County : Centre
Location : Bald Eagle State Park
GPS Coordinates: 41.024075,-77.648478
Observer(s): Alex Lamoreaux, Anna Fasoli, Ian Gardner, Josh Lefever, Michael David, and many others
Date of Submission: 2-26-2013
Submitted by: Alex Lamoreaux

Written Description: yes Photo: x4 Specimen: no Recording: no

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Posted in Accepted, Class I - Photograph, Completed

780-03-2012 Summer Tanager

Species: Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Date of Sighting: 08-08-2012 5:45 PM
County : Center
Location : Toftrees, State College
Observer(s): David Facey
Date of Submission: 8-27-2012
Submitted by: David Facey
Written Description: Yes Photo: No Specimen: No Recording: No

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Posted in Class IV-B, Completed, Not Accepted

839-01-2012 Harris’s Sparrow

Species: Harris’s Sparrow   Zonotrichia querula
Date of Sighting: 16 April 2012 to 2 May 2012
County : CENTRE Location : HOWARD
Observer(s): Bob Snyder, m.obs.
Date of Submission: 2012
Submitted by: Alex Lamoreaux
Writen description submitted by Robert Snyder 2-3-2013
Written Description:  Yes839-01-2012 Harris’s Sparrow Center 4-16-12     Photo: Yes        Specimen: No         Recording: No

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Posted in Accepted, Class I - Photograph, Completed

375-06-1996 Sooty Tern

SootyTern — State College, Centre County; September 7, 1996. Photo by Robyn Graboski.

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Posted in Accepted, Class I - Photograph, Completed

186-01-2003 Swainson’s Hawk

Species: Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni

Date of Sighting: 20 April 2003
County : CENTRE
Location : TUSSEY MOUNTAIN HAWKWATCH 40.7108 N, 77.9047 W
Observer(s): Mike Lanzone et al
Date of Submission: 2011
Submitted by: Ben Coulter
Written Description: added for 2nd round Photo: Yes Specimen: No Recording: No


Notes from the observers

Location- Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch Centre/Huntingdon Counties
Observers- Mike Lanzone, Dan Ombalski, Trish Miller, et.al.
I first spotted this bird in a glide with several Broad-winged Hawks during the afternoon approximately 3pm. It was gliding off a thermal and was easily identified at that time as a Swainson’s Hawk, with its slightly bowed wings and characteristic shape. It glided to the east of us and started to thermal up on just east side of the watch providing nice views. This bird was far, but easily identifiable binoculars and scope as an adult light morph. The birds dark flight feathers contrasted with the lighter under-wing, chocolaty breast. Its characteristic long narrow wings, straight leading edge, narrow hands and secondary bulge (which gives SWHAs their diagnostic shape) were all visible. The picture provided was taken with a 300mm lens and is scaled at 100% due to the distance, however was a little fuzzy, however all field marks are clearly visible and not cannot be confused with any other species. I have a lot of experience with Swainson’s Hawk, having observed over 3 million, some of which when I was a counter in Veracruz, MX.
Mike Lanzone

Below are the comments submitted during the first round of voting. We have opened the comments so you can discuss your thoughts with the other committee members before your second round of voting.

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Posted in Accepted, Class I - Photograph, Completed

382-01-1996 Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer — Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County; September 8, 1996. Photo by Dave DeReamus. Hurricane Fran was most likely responsible for this adult bird leaving the coast nike air max griffey. This bird represents the 1st record for Centre County and one of less than 20 for the state of Pennsylvania.

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Posted in Accepted, Class I - Photograph, Completed

242-02-1977 Purple Gallinule

As some background, Drew Weber submitted this because Nick Kerlin is going through Dr. Merrill Wood’s old field notebooks and entering the observations to eBird. Only review species that are accepted by the records committee are supposed to be validated in eBird so I wanted a vote on this record as a basis for how to classify it new balance 751 outlet. The record was ultimately not accepted. Most members felt that it was likely a correct identification, but there was not enough confidence to accept it.

Species:   Purple Gallinule          Porphyula martinica
Date of Sighting:   4-27-1977
County :   CENTER
Location :   Belle Springs Golf Course, Clinton
GPS coordinates of sighting:  41.063773,-77.456363
Date of Submission:   8-30-2012
Submitted by:  Drew Weber
Written Description:  YES  –  from Dr. Merrill Wood’s field notebook
Photo:   NO                               Specimen: NO                           Recording:  NO



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Posted in Class IV-A, Completed, Not Accepted