First State Records

The first time a bird is found in the state is an exciting time indeed. It is important to document these rarities carefully, so that they may be included in the Official State List.

390-01-2007 Long-billed Murrelet

Long-billed Murrelet — Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County; December 14, 2007. Photos by Jason Horn. This bird was found and first photographed by Jason Horn. It was seen by many happy birders until dark. Note the white scapular bar, the white on the vent, the length of the bill and, especially, the lack of a white collar on the dark nape that help distinguish it from Marbled Murrelet. This bird represents the 1st documented record for Pennsylvania!

This flight photo was also taken by Jason Horn. Note the mostly dark underwings and no hint of any type of a collar.

Long-billed Murrelet — Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County; December 14, 2007. Photo by Gerry Dewaghe. This fine photo also shows the white scapular bar, the white on the vent, the length of the bill and the lack of a white collar on the dark nape.

Long-billed Murrelet — Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County; December 14, 2007. Photo by Elaine Crunkleton. Again, note the white scapular bar and the white on the vent.


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562-01-2006 Fork-tailed Flycatcher

This bird represents the 1st documented record for Pennsylvania!

Fork-tailed Flycatcher — Morrisville, Bucks County; June 4, 2006. Photos by Frank Haas.


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662-01-2005 Redwing

Redwing — Peace Valley Park, Bucks County; February 5, 2005. Photos by Devich Farbotnik. This bird was found by Jessica Huff and later confirmed by August Mirabella and Devich Farbotnik. This photo shows the stripes on the head, the heavily-streaked breast, and the rusty flank patch. This bird represents the 1st record for Pennsylvania and only the 3rd record for the United States!

This photo shows the reddish wing linings and the light primaries and secondaries.


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559-01-2004 Gray Kingbird

This bird represents the 1st documented record for Pennsylvania!¬†Another photo of this bird can be found on Geoff Malosh’s website.

Pomeroy, Chester County; December 18, 2004. Photos by Geoff Malosh.

Here are two more photos of the same bird.

Pomeroy, Chester County; December 13, 2004. Photos by Frank Haas.

Pomeroy, Chester County; December 13, 2004. Photos by Frank Haas.


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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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545-01-1997 Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher — Koch farm, Williams Township, Northampton County; November 26, 1997.¬†

This bird was found by Arlene Koch. It was present at the Koch property from November 24th to December 16th. These photos show the whitish throat, white wingbars, and the rufous edges on the wings. This bird represents the 1st record for both Northampton County and Pennsylvania!

Photos by Frank Haas.

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102-01-1993 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks — Loyalhanna Lake, Westmoreland/Indiana County; June 14, 1993. Photo by Mike Fialkovich.
There were eleven birds originally found there on June 8th that remained until June 22nd. This photo shows three of the birds. This was a year when this species was found in several neighboring states both to the north and south of womens jordans cheap online Pennsylvania. These birds represent the 1st record for Pennsylvania!

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543-01-1991 Vermilion Flycatcher

First state record

Vermilion Flycatcher — Jobs Corner, Tioga County; October 25, 1991. Photos by Frank Haas. This immature male was found by Arlene Brown nike air max online cheap. Unfortunately, it was gone the next day. It represents the 1st record for Pennsylvania!


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