Species: Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Number of Individuals observed: 1
Date of Sighting: 5/16/2020
County : Clearfield
Location : North of Tipple Road, Karthaus Township
GPS Coordinates: 41.130169, -78.105995
Observer(s): John Forcey
Date of Submission: 6/1/2020
Submitted by: John Forcey
Written Description: Yes Photo: No Specimen: no Recording: no
eBird Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69177933
After several years of returning to the same location in Cumberland County for multiple years, this record was accepted. It has continued to reappear through at least the winter of 2012.
Prairie Falcon — Shippensburg, Cumberland County; February 23, 2008. Photo by Andrew Markel. This was the third consecutive winter that this bird visited the area. This photo shows this adult bird’s head markings and overall brownish coloration.
Prairie Falcon — Shippensburg, Cumberland County; December 1, 2005. Photo by Andrew Markel. This young bird was seen four times from December 1st through the 8th. Note the head markings and overall brownish coloration. As always with falcons found well out of their traditional range, the question of origin comes into play.