Note: This has not been published and is currently a work in progress.
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (5)
One at Peace Valley Park/Pine Run Lake Bucks, 28 November – 1 December 2011. (August Mirabella (p); 108-01-2011; Class I-P). (7/0). Photograph published in PB V25 (4) inside back cover. This bird was first discovered at Peace Valley Park and later relocated at Pine Run Lake providing the second accepted record for Bucks.
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis (10)
One feeding with Canada Geese and a Greater White-fronted Goose at Green Lane Res., Montgomery, 24-27 February 2011. (Martin Dellwo (p), Anita Guris; Nick Pulcinella, m.obs; 115-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:36 and NAB V65:270. This species has become nearly annual in southeast Pennsylvania almost always found in flocks of Canada Geese. See Malosh and Pulcinella (2008) to review acceptance criteria established by PORC for this species.
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus (21+)
An immature male was Presque Isle S.P., Erie, 4 November 2011. (Jerry McWilliams, Richard Nuggent, Shannon Thompson, Dave Wilton; 149-01-2011; Class III). 7/0. One was present on the Susquehanna River at Williamsport, Lycoming, 20 December 2011. (Nate Fronk (p); 149-02-2011; Class I-P). 7/0.
Frigatebird species Fregata species
One in flight over Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery 28 August 2011 following the passage of Hurricane Irene. (Chris Dooley (p); 075-01-2011; Class III). This report was originally submitted as a Magnificent Frigatebird. That identification was not accepted 1/6 but accepted as Frigatebird species 7/0. This bird was photographed by the stunned observer using a phone camera as he was walking across a shopping center parking lot. The photo shows an obvious soaring frigatebird but is too distant to show enough detail to eliminate other frigatebird species that have occurred in North America.
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis (5)
One at Boone Res., Washington, 13-14 April 2011. (Kate Rodgers; Geoff Malosh (p), m.obs.;067-01-2011; Class I). 6/0. Photograph published in PB V25 (2) front cover and NAB V65:433. Unquestionably one of 2011’s major birding highlights for western Pennsylvania was the chance discovery by Rodgers of this bird as she drove past this small municipal reservoir in the late afternoon. Fortunately, the bird remained overnight and was seen and photographed by scores of local birders. There are two previous inland Pennsylvania records, 25 September 2004 on Lake Carey, Wyoming following the passage of Hurricane Irene and one found dead 5 November 2008 at Raystown Lake, Huntingdon.
White Ibis Eudocimus albus (24+)
One at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum, Philadelphia 14-18 July 2011. (Frank Windfelder; Al Guarente (p), Andrew Pesthy (p), m.obs; 093-02-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:163 and PB V25(3) inside back cover. One at Core Creek Park, Bucks, 3 August 2011. (William Keim (p), m.obs; 093-04-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. One along the Susquehanna River at West Fairview, Cumberland/Dauphin, 11-28 August 2011. (Richard Williams (p), Patricia Williams; Larry Usselman (p), m.obs; 093-06-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:218 and PB V25 (1) inside back cover. All birds were immatures. It was a banner year for this species with a record number of reports. Interestingly, the Green Pond bird was photographed next to an out-of-range Sandhill Crane. The bird at Kaercher Creek Park took advantage of the mostly mild temperatures and was the first White Ibis to successfully overwinter in the state and the first to be recorded on a Pennsylvania CBC (Hamburg 12/30).
White Ibis – Summer and Fall Records
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus (15+)
One photographed over Newburg, Cumberland, 30 April 2011. (Andy Markel (p); 168-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. One observed in flight in Lancaster, Lancaster, 28 May 2011. Tom Garner; 168-02-2011; Class III). 7/0. With the exception of 2010, this species has been recorded annually.
Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis (25+)
One probable adult was observed passing Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Berks, 29 April 2011. (Bidur Khadka, Camille Concepcion; 171-01-2011; Class II). 6/1. One was photographed as it flew over the Harmony Hill Nature Area, East Bradford Twp., Chester, 26 April 2011. (Holly Merker(p); 171-02-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:92. One was well described in Tinicum Twp., Bucks, 24 May 2011. (Paul Cooper; 171-03-2011; Class III). 7/0. This species is now recorded annually with at least 3-4 reports submitted though about 6-8 birds are reported yearly mainly in Spring.
Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni (6+)
One probable dark-morph was described at Hawk Mountain, Berks, 16 September 2010. (David Barber, Rudy Keller, Joe Jehl; 186-02-2010; Class II). 6/1.
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis (5+)
One seen briefly but well described at SGL 169, Cumberland, 16 October 2011. (Vernon Gauthier; 232-01-2011; Class III). 7/0. This was a first county record.
Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris (4+)
One found dead on the road in Upper Gwynedd Twp., Montgomery, 27 September 1996. (August Mirabella (p); 234-01-1976; Class I-P/S.). 7/0. Mirabella submitted the specimen to the ANSP (specimen #175380) and kindly submitted to the committee photographs taken by ANSP ornithologist Nate Rice showing side-by-side comparison with local Clapper and King Rail specimens taken at the same time of year.
King Rail Rallus elegans (6+)
One especially cooperative bird spent six days on the wooded edge of a flooded field in Haafsville, Lehigh, 26 April – 1 May 2011. (Dave Niemeyer; Matt Sabatine (p), Dustin Welch (p), m.obs; 235-01-2011; Class I-P). Photograph published in PB V25 (2) inside back cover. This was a second county record and the first in 57 years. A very vocal individual was at Embreeville Marsh, Chester, 23-27 May 2011. (Chuck Chalfant; m.obs; 235-02-2011. Class III). 7/0.
Purple Gallinule Porphyula martinica (8+)
An adult was at Presque Isle S. P., Erie, 30 April – 18 May 2011. (Brian Berchtold (p); m.obs; 242-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25 (2) inside back cover and NAB V65:434. An immature was photographed as it climbed around a buttonbush at Presque Isle S. P., Erie, 9 October 2011. (Brian Morse (p), Brooke Genter; 242-02-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:218. These sightings were the 2nd and 3rd Erie records.
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus (16+)
A banded individual was found and photographed at Presque Isle S. P., Erie, 13-14 August 2011. (Brian Berchtold; Jerry McWilliams (p), m.obs; 261-01-2011). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25 (4) inside back cover and NAB V66:77. This bird was banded at Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI.
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus (13+)
One on the Conejohela Flats, Washington Boro, Lancaster, 7 September 2011. (Timothy Becker; 268-01-2011; Class III). 7/0. This is one of the few non-Spring reports.
Ruff Philomachus pugnax (4+)
A female was discovered at Haafsville, Lehigh, 20 May 2011. (Billy Weber, Dustin Welch (p), m.obs; 321-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:93. This is the first Ruff report in eight years and the second county record. Regrettably, it remained for only a day.
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria (22+)
A dazzling breeding plumaged female delighted many during its brief stay at a sewage lagoon at Longwood Gardens, Chester, 18-19 May 2011. (Larry Lewis; Jeffrey Davis (p), John MacNamara (p), m.obs; 331-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:93. A female was at Peace Valley Park, Bucks, 18 May 2011. (August Mirabella; Devich Farbotnik (v); 331-02-2011; Class I-R). 7/0. One female was in Tidioute, Warren, 22 September 2011. (Kenneth Nicholson (p); 331-03-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. One was at Nockamixon S.P., Bucks, 16-17 November 2011. (August Mirabella, Devich Farbotnik (p). Class I-P) 7/0. One landed near the shore during a Waterbird Count at Presque Isle S.P.; Erie, 28 November 2011. (Jerry McWilliams (p), Shannon Thompson, Dave Wilton; 331-05-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in NAB V66:77. One injured bird was found in a cow pasture near Salona, Clinton, 9 October 2011. (Wayne Laubscher (p), 331-06-2011; Class I-P) 6/0. Photograph published in PB V25:220. The bird was cared for at both the Centre Wildlife Care in Centre and Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, DE. It was determined that the bird could not be released and it was given a permanent home in the shorebird exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA. This was a first Clinton record. This was a remarkable year with six documented records.
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus (27+)
One at the Marysville Boat Launch, Dauphin, 22 March-5 April 2011. (Ramsay Koury, Andy Markel, Matt Sabatine; Lou Carpenter (p), m.obs; 340-01-2011; Class I-P). 6/1. One was discovered associating with Ring-billed, Herring and Bonaparte’s Gulls at Moraine S.P., Butler, 10-31 December 2011. (Shannon Thompson (v), Dave Wilton; Shawn Collins (p), Ben Coulter (p), m.obs; 340-02-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. This species has been annual since 2005.
Mew/Common Gull Larus canus (4)
One seen with Ring-billed Gulls on the Ohio River in Monaca, Beaver, 13 March 2011. (Mark Vass; Geoff Malosh (p); 344-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25 (2) inside back cover and NAB V65:435. This report was originally submitted as Mew “Common” Gull (Larus canus canus) but the subspecific identification could not be determined by the majority of the Committee therefore the report was accepted as a Mew/Common Gull which is a major find in its own right. There have been three previous accepted records of Mew Gull all thought to be Common Gulls, a rare but regular vagrant to eastern North America.
Thayer’s Gull Larus thayeri (25+)
A first-cycle bird was well documented at Pleasant Hill Park on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 28 November 2011. (Frank Windfelder (p); 348-01-2011; Class I-P). 6/1. Photograph published in PB V25:221.
Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata (13+)
Two adults in flight at Nockamixon S.P., Bucks, 28 August 2011. (Beth Ciuzio, Don Freiday (p), Roger Horn, Kathy Hornover; 375-01-2011; Class I-P). 6/1. Photograph published in PB V25:221. Two adults in flight at Peace Valley Park, Bucks, 28 August 2011. (Ken Reiker; 375-03-2011; Class III). 6/1. One juvenile in flight at Lake Ontelaunee, Berks, 28 August 2011. (Katrina Knight (p), Ken Lebo, Matt Wlasnewski; 375-04-2011; Class III). 7/0. These birds were all gifts from Hurricane Irene which passed just offshore New Jersey during the overnight and early morning hours of 28 August. Despite Pennsylvania not being located in the usual productive northeast quadrant of a tropical storm, the state did benefit from its close proximity. (Malosh 2011)
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis (1)
One adult in basic plumage feeding with Common and Forster’s Terns independently seen by two observers who were watching for birds deposited by Hurricane Irene along the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 28 August 2011. (George Armistead, Matt Sharp; 366-01-2011; Class II). 7/0. This is an overdue storm-related species and a first state record. Since the report lacks documentation by specimen, photograph or recording Sandwich Tern will be placed on the Provisional List.
Royal Tern Sterna maxima (9)
One observed in flight at Nockamixon S.P., Bucks, 28 August 2011, (Geoff Malosh; 364-01-2011; Class III). 7/0. One basic plumaged adult seen feeding in direct comparison with two Caspian Terns at Core Creek Park, Bucks, 28 August 2011. (William Keim; Devich Farbotnik (p); 364-02-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. One immature seen and photographed in flight over the Conejohela Flats, Washington Boro, Lancaster, 28 August 2011. (Eric Witmer (p), Jerry Book; 364-04-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Three were photographed on the water at Van Sciver Lake, Bucks, August 28, 2011. (Devich Farbotnik (p); 364-05-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:221. One adult in basic plumage photographed in flight over the Delaware River at Bristol, Bucks, 28 August 2011. (Gerard Dewaghe (p); 364-06-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25 (4) inside back cover. The fall-out of Royal Terns from Hurricane Irene was astounding and the full extent will never be known but prior to these reports, there were only four prior records since 1955. Undocumented but credible sightings, some of multiple birds, were reported from Lake Ontelaunee, Berks, Struble Lake, Chester and along the Delaware River in Delaware.
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus (12+)
One observed pursuing a Ring-billed Gull at Presque Isle S.P.; Erie, 6 November 2011. (Jerry McWilliams; 332-01-2011; Class III). 7/0. One dark-morph observed in flight and on the water at Presque Isle S.P.; Erie, 7 November 2011. (Jerry McWilliams; Ben Coulter, Cory Destein; 332-02-2011; Class III). 7/0.
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus (16+)
One seen in flight at Presque Isle S.P.; Erie, 10 November 2011. (Jerry McWilliams; 333-01-2011: Class III). 7/0. One seen in flight at Presque Isle S.P.; Erie, 18 November 2011. (Jerry McWilliams; 333-02-2011; Class III). 7/0. Both birds were observed by McWilliams while he was conducting a Waterbird Count.
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica (10)
One was digiscoped as it perched at Presque Isle S.P., Erie, 16 October 2011. (Shannon Thompson (p), Dave Wilton; Ben Coulter; 413-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25 (4) inside back cover and NAB V66:78. This is a species that can show up anywhere in the state. The ten accepted records are from eight counties sprinkled across the state.
Chuck-will’s widow Caprimulgus carolinensis (7+)
One very vocal and probably returning individual was once again at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon, 1 May-16 July 2011. (Timothy Becker (a); Gary Kinkley (a); 463-01-2011: Class I-R). 7/0. One was recorded in Pike Twp., Berks, 15 May 2011. (Jeff Zehr (a); 463-02-2011; Class I-R). 7/0.
Say’s Phoebe Sayornis saya (5+)
One long-staying and cooperative bird was at Maple Knoll Farm, Bucks, 13 December 2011- 28 February 2012. (Richard Smith (p), Vicky Smith; Devich Farbotnik (p), August Mirabella (p), Ed Norman (p); 542-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB:V26 (1) inside back cover. This bird, a first county record, could dependably be found feeding on one of the two dairy farms it adopted, principally around a large, steaming mulch pile that supplied the bird with food.
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis (21+)
One was photographed in Wellsboro, Tioga, 5 June 2011. (Benjamin Israel (p); 557-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. One was photographed at Church Farm Lake, Chester, 26 October 2011. (Jeff Loomis (p); 557-02-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. The Tioga bird is the first June occurrence, while the Chester bird fits nicely into the fall occurrence pattern.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus (8+)
One was nicely photographed sitting on a fence at Hawk Valley Farm, Berks, 20 May 2011. (Jim Brett (p); 561-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0.
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (4)
One in Lickdale, Lebanon, 7-10 October 2011. (Steve Patterson; Alex Lamoreaux (p), Richard Williams (p), m.obs; 646-01-2011; Class I-P0. 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25 (4) cover and NAB V66:78. This obliging bird spent most of its time, to the enjoyment of many, foraging for insects in the parking lot of the Days Inn where it was discovered by visiting birder Patterson.
Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides (4+)
One male at Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster, 30 March-15 April 2011. (Sid Hostter, Evelyn Koppel; Jeffrey Davis (p), Devich Farbotnik (p), Mike Fialkovich, Al Guarente (p), Geoff Malosh (p), Randy Miller (p), m.obs; 649-01-2010; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:94 and NAB V65:436. This bird was loyal to an area near tour stop #3 where it could be observed feeding with Eastern Bluebirds, though at times, it would disappear for hours.
Bicknell’s Thrush Catharus bicknelli (3+)
One calling overhead at night over Elkins Park, Montgomery, 3 October 2010. (Paul Driver (a); 654a-01-2010; Class I-R). 5/2, 7/0. The submitted documentation consisted of audio files and sonograms. During first-round voting some committee members did not feel confident interpreting the sonograms and requested the report be reviewed during the committee’s annual meeting. During that meeting, members Johnson, Lanzone and Weber discussed and interpreted the sonograms and there was unanimous acceptance of the report.
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius (24+)
Liberty Twp., Mercer, 10-21 December 2011. (Linda Lenz (p), Henry Lenz, Suzanne Butcher; 666-02-2011; Class I-P0. 7/0.
Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus (4)
One at Blue Marsh S.P., Berks, 20 November 2011 – 31 March 2012. (Jody Hey; Howard Eskin (p), Holly Merker (p), m.obs; 799-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:223 and PB V26:39. This bird faithfully attended, much to the delight of visiting birders, a small area beneath a red cedar that was replenished daily with bird seed. It was also recorded on the Bernville CBC.
Harris’s Sparrow Zonotrichia querula (14+)
One was seen in the company of White-throated Sparrows in Newville, Cumberland, 24 November 2011. (Vern Gauthier; 839-01-2011; Class III). 6/0. This was a first for Cumberland. One in first-winter plumage was in Kempton, Berks, 26 November 2011- 28 March 2012. (Peter Schoenberger, Susan Rogers; Nick Pulcinella (p), Dustin Welch (p), m.obs; 839-02-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V26 (1) inside back cover. Initially, sightings of this bird were sporadic but became more regular once bird seed was scattered in the area. This bird was recorded on the Hamburg CBC.
Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco Junco hyemalis (9+)
One male visited a feeder at Shuey Pond, Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon, 11 January – 1 February 2011. (David McNaughton (p); Jason Derr (p), m.obs; 840a-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0.
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra (23+)
One male was in Levittown, Bucks, 14-15 May 2011. (Doug Filler; Devich Fartbotnik (p); 780-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. A male was photographed at Frick Park, Allegheny, 9 May 2011. (Michael David (p); 780-02-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. One female was well described in East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, 27 October 2011. (Matthius Feuersenger; 780-03-2011; Class III). 6/1.
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris (18+)
A male visited a feeder in Milroy, Mifflin, 6-7 March 2011 providing a first county record. (Dwaine Shirk, Fran Shirk (p); 794-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. A well-described male visited a feeder in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, 27 April 2011. (Chris McNamara; 794-02-2011; Class III). 7/0. A probable juvenile male, in Washington Boro, Lancaster, 31 December 2011 – 16 January 2012. (Justin Bosler (p); Tom Amico (p), Nick Pulcinella (p), m.obs; 794-03-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V26 (1) inside back cover. This bird was discovered during the Lancaster CBC and remained in the area for many to see.
Hoary Redpoll Carduelis hornemanni (11+)
One was found with Common Redpolls at Presque Isle S.P., Erie, 17-31 January 2011. (Jason Berry (p); Jerry McWilliams (p), Mike Weible; 887-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Another was also with Common Redpolls at Presque Isle S.P., Erie, 23-25 January 2011. (Jerry McWilliams (p); 887-01-2011; Class I-P). 7/0. Photograph published in PB V25:41