Cumberland County Records

738-01-2012 Townsend’s Warbler

This Townsend’s Warbler was seen by many birders after being reported by Dr. Green when he saw it at his feeders. This is the 4th record for Pennsylvania and the first for Cumberland County.

Townsend’s Warbler (Tom Johnson)

Townsend’s Warbler (Alex Lamoreaux)

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545-01-2012 Ash-throated Flycatcher

Vern Gauthier spotted this Ash-throated Flycatcher as he was walking up the steps to his house, when it flew out of a bush and perch on a nearby wire. Several birders were able to refind it and Dale Gearhart took the photos below.

This is the 5th record for Pennsylvania and the 1st for Cumberland County.

Species: Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
Date of Sighting:  4 January 2012 to 5 January 2012
County : CUMBERLAND     Location : NEWVILLE
Observer(s): Vern Gauthier et al.
Date of Submission: 2012
Submitted by: Vern Gauthier, Dale Gearhart
Written Description:  Yes     Photo: Yes         Specimen: No         Recording: No

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093-05-2011 White Ibis

This White Ibis was found along the Susquehanna River at West Fairview, Cumberland/Dauphin, and was seen by many birders from 11-28 August 2011. Another of a large influx of immature White Ibis in the state in 2011.

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Loggerhead Shrike Records

Note: All records listed here have been accepted by PORC and published in their Annual Report unless otherwise noted. All records are listed in reverse chronological order.


2010

Loggerhead Shrike — Upper Mifflin Township, Cumberland County; June 6, 2010. Photos by Jeffery Davis. This bird was found by Deb Siefken on June 2nd. Note the black mask going over the eye and the shrike-like bill, shorter and less hooked than a Northern Shrike’s.


2007

Loggerhead Shrike — near Gettysburg, Adams County; February 28, 2007. Photos by Bob Moul. Note the black mask going over the eye and the shrike-like bill, shorter and less hooked than a Northern Shrike’s. More photos of this bird can be found on Bob Moul’s website.


1997

Loggerhead Shrike — near Gettysburg, Adams County; May 4, 1997. Photos by Michael Fialkovich.


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168-01-2011 Swallow-tailed Kite

Photographed over Newburg, Cumberland, 30 April 2011 by Andrew Markel. With the exception of 2010, this species has been recorded annually.

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873-01-2007 Scott’s Oriole

First state record

Scott’s Oriole — Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County; February 23, 2007. Photos by Bob Moul. More photos of this bird can be found on Bob Moul’s website. This bird represents the 1st documented record for Pennsylvania!


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Black-throated Gray Warbler records

Note: All records listed here have been accepted by PORC and published in their Annual Report unless otherwise noted. All records are listed in reverse chronological order.

Near Newville, Cumberland County; October 21, 2009. Photo by Andrew Markel.


2009

Black-throated Gray Warbler — Near Newville, Cumberland County; October 21, 2009. Photo by Andrew Markel. This bird was originally found by Vern Gauthier along Big Spring Creek on October 20th. Note the black and white facial pattern, black throat, black streaking on the flanks, grayish upperparts, and the white wingbars. The yellow lore spot is also visible here. If accepted, this bird will represent the 9th record for Pennsylvania!


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201-01-2010 Prairie Falcon

 

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.


2005

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.


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010-01-2009 Western Grebe

First state record

Western Grebe — near Hustons Mill, Cumberland County; February 14, 2009. Photos by Dale Bicksler. This bird was found by Barry & Jennifer Horton. In addition to the slender white neck, these photos show the black cap extending down below the eye and the greenish-yellow bill that make this a Western and rule out the similar-looking Clark’s Grebe.

Western Grebe — near Hustons Mill, Cumberland County; February 14, 2009. Photos by Geoff Malosh. In addition to the slender white neck, these photos show the black cap extending down below the eye and the greenish-yellow bill that make this a Western and rule out the similar-looking Clark’s Grebe. Also note the much longer neck and longer, thinner bill than that of the Red-necked Grebe on the left.

Western Grebe — near Hustons Mill, Cumberland County; February 15, 2009. Photo by Eric Witmer. In addition to the slender white neck, the black cap extending down below the eye and the yellow-green bill make this a Western and rule out the similar-looking Clark’s Grebe.

Western Grebe — near Hustons Mill, Cumberland County; February 15, 2009. Photos by Steve Dale. These two photos were taken from the Route 114 bridge.

Western Grebe — near Hustons Mill, Cumberland County; February 16, 2009. Photos by Bob Moul. In addition to the slender white neck, the following two photos nicely show the black cap extending down below the eye and the greenish-yellow bill that make this a Western and rule out the similar-looking Clark’s Grebe. Note the nice comparison between the Western Grebe and the Red-necked Grebe on the left. Note the wide, dark strip down the back of the neck that denotes a Western Grebe. Here the bird has its wings extended.


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