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Spring Migration in Eastern Pennsylvania

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Old Friday 13th April 2018, 23:41   #26
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The SW winds have delivered, and hopefully this story isn't over yet!

I've had a really solid past two days of birding. April 11th was decent, but not the numbers and variety of the next two days.

It started on the morning of the 12th, at the Walt Rd area of Green Lane Reservoir. Highlights/migrants included Gadwall (1), Ring-necked Duck (1), Bufflehead (3), Common Merganser (2), Double-crested Cormorant (61), Great Blue Heron (3), Northern Flicker (9+), Golden-crowned Kinglet (5), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1), Brown Thrasher (1), Palm Warbler (2), Yellow-rumped Warbler (4), Chipping Sparrow (1), Field Sparrow (4), Fox Sparrow (1), White-throated Sparrow (5), Song Sparrow (5), and Swamp Sparrow (1).

At the Church Rd area of the reservoir I added Wood Duck (1), Blue-winged Teal (3), Northern Pintail (2 lingerers), Green-winged Teal (9), Common Merganser (15+), Common Loon (6 flyovers), loon sp (1), Northern Flicker (1), Eastern Phoebe (1), and Savannah Sparrow (1), with other sparrows possibly being residents.

At the flyfishing area I added two more Blue-winged Teals, Eastern Phoebe (1), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1), Brown Thrasher (1), Field Sparrow (3), White-throated Sparrow (2), Song Sparrow (5, maybe not all migrants), and Swamp Sparrow (2, 1 maybe resident).

At Trewellyn Park that same afternoon, I added migrant Northern Harrier (1), American Kestrel (1), Eastern Phoebe (1), Palm Warbler (6), Pine Warbler (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler (1), and had excellent looks at a local Pileated Woodpecker.

I saw my first of year Broad-winged Hawk in the afternoon over my house.


This morning, things were still moving at Green Lane. Walt Road had Gadwall (6), Mallard &, at least two non-migrants likely), Ring-necked Duck (7), Ruddy Duck (1), Double-crested Cormorant (2), Broad-winged Hawk (1), Bonaparte's Gull (7), Ring-billed Gull (1), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1, FOY), Golden-crowned Kinglet (2), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2), Field Sparrow (1 migrant), and White-throated Sparrow (6+).

Pottstown Riverfront Park was pretty quiet, with one Broadwing being the highlight.

Green Lane Flyfishing Area brought Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1), Brown Thrasher (4!), White-throated Sparrow (4), and one each of Palm, Pine, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

A raptor watch from my house yielded 37 raptors, including 6 Osprey, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 8 Broad-winged Hawks, 3 Buteo sp, 2 raptor sp, 2 falcon sp, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 American Kestrels, and 10 Turkey Vultures. Non-raptor migrants included Great Blue Heron (1), gull sp (20), and Barn Swallow (1).

Here's hoping for another FOY or two tomorrow!
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Old Sunday 15th April 2018, 00:42   #27
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Well, I ended up recording not one, not two, but four first-of-year birds today. A very fine morning was had at Peace Valley Park in Bucks County.

Scans of the lake from two different spots revealed highlight/migrant Common Merganser (2), Ruddy Duck (6), Common Loon (1), Horned Grebe (1), Double-crested Cormorant (37), Chimney Swift (2, FOY), Barn Swallow (1), and Yellow-rumped Warbler (1).

I heard a FOY House Wren as I approached the first lake stop.

The trail system beyond the nature center yielded Wood Duck (2), Double-crested Cormorant (78), Osprey (2), Cooper's Hawk (1), Red-shouldered Hawk (1), American Kestrel (1), Eastern Phoebe (1), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (7), Golden-crowned Kinglet (2), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (6), Northern Parula (1, FOY!), Yellow-rumped Warbler (2), Yellow-throated Warbler (1, FOY!), White-throated Sparrow (26), Savannah Sparrow (1), and Swamp Sparrow (3).

Now we're bracing for another cold front tomorrow, temperatures will drop drastically.
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2018, 20:40   #28
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I did manage my first of year Caspian Terns (2) and two Common/Forster's Terns (maybe Common?) last Sunday.

I won't be going out this week, but hopefully I'll be back in business in some capacity next week.
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Old Saturday 21st April 2018, 22:19   #29
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I was able to spend most of the day at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

Highlights/migrants included Common Loon (9), Double-crested Cormorant (12), Turkey Vulture (1), Osprey (7), Northern harrier (1-2), Sharp-shinned Hawk (4), Bald Eagle (1), Broad-winged Hawk (47), Red-tailed Hawk (4), American Kestrel (1), Merlin (1), Eastern Phoebe (1), Purple Martin (1, first of year), Barn Swallow (1), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3), Hermit Thrush (4), Brown Thrasher (1), and Chipping Sparrow (2).

A good day overall.
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Old Saturday 28th April 2018, 20:20   #30
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Lots to update here. I picked up my first of year Louisiana Waterthrush (2), Blue-headed Vireo (2), and Black-and-white Warbler (1) at Coventry Woods in Chester County on the 25th. Then, I followed that up with an afternoon trip to Pottstown Riverfront Park, which produced my FOY Yellow Warbler in with the Yellow-rumped Warblers.

I saw my FOY Green Herons (2) at Trewellyn Park in Montgomery County on the 26th.

Then came yesterday and today. Yesterday I went on a field trip to Central Park in New York City, which produced 50+ species, including 44+ warblers of 11 species. I won't get into more details on this trip, since the thread title happens to refer to migration observed in eastern Pennsylvania.

I will get into this morning's outing to Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. I ended up with 66 species!

Highlights/migrants included Common Loon (1), Green Heron (1), Osprey (2), Sharp-shinned Hawk (2), Solitary Sandpiper (1, FOY), Least Flycatcher (1, FOY and fourth one reported in eBird for the state this year, with the other three reports coming today as well), Great Crested Flycatcher (1, FOY), Eastern Kingbird (1, FOY), Blue-headed Vireo (4), Purple Martin (1), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (9, one possibly scoping out potential nest site), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (9), Hermit Thrush (1), Catharus sp (1, likely Veery), Wood Thrush (1, FOY), Gray Catbird (8), Ovenbird (2), Northern Waterthrush (2), Blue-winged Warbler (2, FOY), Black-and-white Warbler (8+), Common Yellowthroat (3), Palm Warbler (3), Pine Warbler (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler (25+), Black-throated Green Warbler (1, FOY), warbler sp (1, likely Hooded), Wite-throated Sparrow (24+), Swamp Sparrow (7), Blue Jay (13), and Baltimore Oriole (1).

An excellent morning indeed.
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Old Monday 30th April 2018, 21:52   #31
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Had a fairly quiet day, with highlights being good looks at a male American Redstart, and a heard only Northern Parula.

There is major migration in the works for tomorrow night and Wednesday night. Should be good.
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Old Saturday 5th May 2018, 21:10   #32
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Great stuff these last few days.

Coventry Woods on May 2nd produced Great-crested Flycatcher (1), Blue-headed Vireo (3), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (8), Hermit Thrush (2), Wood Thrush (4), Gray Catbird (3), Ovenbird (11), Louisiana Waterthrush (2), Black-and-white Warbler (1), Hooded Warbler (1), Northern Parula (3), Blackburnian Warbler (1, first of year), Black-throated Blue Warbler (5), Yellow-rumped Warbler (22+), Black-throated Green Warbler (4), Scarlet Tanager (3), and Baltimore Oriole (3).

This morning at Leaser Lake near Hawk Mountain, I added FOY Warbling Vireo (1) and FOY Nashville Warbler (1). Great looks at Baltimore Orioles (4)!

Then I stopped at Fruitville Rd near Green Lane Reservoir, adding FOY Grasshopper Sparrow (1) and FOY Bobolink (7+). This location is one of the last sites in the county for these breeders, as well as Eastern Meadowlark.
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Old Thursday 10th May 2018, 02:45   #33
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Added a few more birds in the past few days.

First of year Common Nighthawk was on May 6th.

May 8th produced Warbling Vireo (2), FOY Red-eyed Vireo (4), Northern Parula (1), Yellow Warbler (4), FOY Blackpoll Warbler (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler (7+), FOY Indigo Bunting (1), Baltimore Oriole (10), FOY Black-billed Cuckoo (1, great views!), Great Crested Flycatcher (1), Common Yellowthroat (7), Bay-breasted Warbler (1, FOY and my first breeding plumage male), Scarlet Tanager (1), and Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3).
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Old Friday 11th May 2018, 14:16   #34
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I've added more FOYs in the last couple days in Montgomery and Bucks Counties.

Yellow-throated Vireo (2), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1), Magnolia Warbler (2), Chestnut-sided Warbler (1), and the highlight, one Wilson's Warbler (just my second ever!). Some migrants still around, plenty of breeders now.

I'll be out birding for most of the day tomorrow.
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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 19:08   #35
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Migration beginning to wind down now, but I had a fantastic spring. I only missed a few of the regular warblers, and had a very good variety of species. will post if I get anything more noteworthy, but hope you all enjoyed this.
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