Wayne Laubscher is considering another birding trek up north, but is going to await more reports and feedback before making the decision. While a trip to the north is never a waste, some years are better than others for the owls and northern finch. The reports don't come through like they used to with abuse from birders and photographers, understandably, so keep looking for more updates of a possible trip.
Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count. The annual birding count that you do on your own in your backyard, at your favorite patch, anywhere. Our state is very active in this, good time to get others started in listing, IDing and counting bird species.
Web Site http://gbbc.birdcount.org/
Eastern Shore Md Birding
David Yeany II and Chad Kauffman
Our return to the Eastern Shore Maryland birding spots, highlighted by Cambridge Marina, Blackwater NWR and some other lesser known spots. See our next PSO newsletter for last years report and preview of this years report. This will be for PSO members only and we will be putting a limit on number of attendees. Trip is led by David Yeany II and Chad Kauffman
Waterfowl and Gull Trip
Our recurring March trip, weather and ice dependent on our locations and time spent there. Our 2 usual destinations will be Middle Creek and Susquehanna River locations. More details to follow.
Shavers Creek Birding Cup
The Birding Cup, Shaver’s Creek’s annual fundraising tournament, is a contest among teams of birders to identify the most bird species in a twenty-four hour period in the central Pennsylvania region (Huntingdon, Centre, and adjoining counties). Teams must compete based on a set of Birding Cup rules, and the winning teams are awarded their prizes immediately following the contest at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center in Petersburg, Pennsylvania.
Web Site http://www.shaverscreek.org/public-programs-and-events/birding-cup/
Pa Migration Count PAMC
Always the 2nd Saturday in May, hoping to get the peak of spring migration, we run a finely tuned machine of organization of almost all the counties being compiled and organized. With the ease of ebird in our lives, almost all reporting can be done that way. Our state is one of the few left that have been doing this for years, on the tails of the North American Migration Count NAMC, and now coincides with the IMBD. http://www.birdday.org/
Web Site http://www.pabirds.org/PAMC/Index.html
Presque Isle and NW PA birding
Mary Birdsong, Shawn Collins, Carole Winslow and Chad Kauffman
This popular trip takes us back to the NW corner of PA to see one of the premiere spots for warblers and late spring migrants. Presque Isle will be our highlight for friday and saturday birding, led by Mary Birdsong. Sunday morning will be heading to Crawford County to do more birding at some special spots, led by Shawn Collins. From there we meet up with Carole Winslow and explore the grasslands heading east in the hopes of some notable birds like Upland Sandpiper, Clay colored Sparrow and Henslow Sparrow. This popular trip will be for PSO members and will limit the attendees.
Bucktoe Shorebird & Kite Watch
Larry Lewis and Chad Kauffman
Join us for the 2nd year as we look for Kites and shorebirds at Bucktoe. During the days we will be birding in surrounding areas such as John Heinz NWR, Bucktoe Preserve, etc. The watch location is open to anyone, but bonus birding will be for PSO members only. More details and the bonus birding locations to follow.
Web Site https://www.facebook.com/events/1130567366994810/
Breeding Bird Blitz
The 4th Annual PA Breeding Bird Blitz (PAB3) will run June 16 to June 19, 2017. The PAB3 is a great time to get out during the peak of the breeding season and is a means of gathering data on an annual basis of the breeding bird population in PA. What's in it for you? You get to go out and find birds! There are prizes too! But most importantly you help to add some meaningful data about PA Breeding Birds! Click the link below for more information.
Web Site http://www.pabirds.org/PABBB.php
PSO Annual Meeting Weekend
PSO Annual Meeting in Carlisle, Cumberland County. The field trips at the annual meeting will include trips in Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, Adams, and Franklin Counties. Highlighted will be trips to both the ridges along the Michaux and Tuscarora State Forests which are hot spots for fall warbler migration. You will also have the opportunity to visit Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch which is one of the best places in PA to catch fall raptor migration at what is normally the height of Broad-winged Hawk numbers.
Web Site http://www.pabirds.org/AnnualMeeting/AnnualMeeting.htm
The Big Sit
The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every team that observes the year’s “Golden Bird” has a chance to win $500. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country! The Big Sit! is sponsored by Swarovski Optik.
The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe.
Some people have called it a “tailgate party for birders.” Find a good spot for bird watching—preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next, create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That’s it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun. Then submit your findings.
Participants are allowed to come and go from the circle—especially for the purpose of bringing food back into the circle—and the circle need not be be occupied for the entire 24 hours.
Web Site http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/about-the-big-sit.php
Allegheny Front Hawkwatch trip
A return to Allegheny Front for a hawk watch trip in the hopes of being there for the peak of the Golden Eagles and other large raptors. This location is a wonderful spot that you can almost literally bird from your vehicle or not have to walk far from the vehicle. The walking is level, there is a nice picnic table, portipotty and some available seating, but we would suggest to bring some layers, a nice comfy chair, some warm beverages and await for the winds to bring the birds by us close.