Encouraging Pennsylvania birders to enter their PAMC data into eBird was a definite success. After two weeks, over 800 checklists were submitted, for a total of 220 species. We don’t yet know the official total number of species reported from the PAMC this year because reports are still being compiled, however, last year there were a total of 238 species reported. This puts the eBird total very close to the probable total which is fantastic.
This total included 22 species of waterfowl (26 with loons and grebes), including all 3 species of swans. Raptors were well represented with 14 species seen. Osprey (97) and Bald Eagle (89) numbers were good as their populations continue to grow, while migrants and rare breeders were found in low numbers such as Northern Harrier (6), Merlin (1) and Golden Eagle (1).
Numbers of rails were low with just Virginia Rail (11) and Sora (13) reported. Just 2 weeks prior to the count, Alex and I had 10 Virginia Rails just at Julian Wetlands in Centre County. 15 species of shorebirds were reported with most of them being the expected. Upland Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, and White-rumped Sandpipers, Dunlin and Short-billed Dowitchers were good finds.
The expected 35 species of warblers were reported with really good numbers of Ovenbird (1,589), Common Yellowthroat (1,417), American Redstart (1,083), Yellow (2,108), Yellow-rumped (733), Chestnut-sided (531) and Black-throated Green Warblers (530). Also good to see were some winged warblers with Golden-winged (33), Blue-winged (121) and Brewster’s Warblers (4) reported.
The most common songbirds were Red-eyed Vireo (2,209), American Robin (4,532), Gray Catbird (3,472), and Red-winged Blackbird (2,987).
Some of the rarer reports included Brant, Trumpeter Swan, Golden Eagle, Sandhill Crane, Upland Sandpiper, Connecticut Warbler, Henslow’s Sparrow, Summer Tanager and Dickcissel. (links take you to eBird maps of sightings from this May)
Notable misses from the eBird total that I noticed are Red-throated Loon, Great Cormorant, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Goshawk, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Forster’s Tern, Black Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Short-eared Owl. Are there other species that you would have expected but don’t see on this list?
|May 12, 2012|
|Number of Species||221|
|Number of Individuals||79,361|
|Number of Checklists||809|
|Species Name||Species Count|
|American Black Duck||6|
|Great Blue Heron||337|
|Great Black-backed Gull||25|
|Great Horned Owl||30|
|Northern Saw-whet Owl||19|
|Great Crested Flycatcher||466|
|Northern Rough-winged Swallow||450|
|Brewster's Warbler (hybrid)||4|
|Cape May Warbler||54|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler||471|
|Black-throated Green Warbler||530|
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