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Wordless Wednesday – January 13, 2016

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Wordless Wednesday – January 6, 2016

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Cackling Goose at Shenango Reservoir

This morning I finally ventured outside of Grove City to do a bit of exploring in Mercer County. I had a few spots in mind to visit, including Buhl Park and Shenango Reservoir. A short, cold stop at Buhl Park (eBird Checklist) yielded a number of Canada Geese and Mallards along with a lone Mute Swan and female Green-winged Teal.

Buhl Park in Hermitage, PA on January 5, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Buhl Park in Hermitage, PA on January 5, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

I then drove to Shenango Reservoir (eBird Checklist) to check for ducks and geese using open water. I arrived to find most of the reservoir to be frozen, but Mallards and Hooded Mergansers were taking advantage of the “small” opening in the water.

Hooded Mergansers at Shenango Reservoir, Mercer County, PA on January 5, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter.

Hooded Mergansers at Shenango Reservoir, Mercer County, PA on January 5, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter.

I drove along the reservoir with little success at finding any more open water. Just as I was about to leave, I noticed a decent-sized flock of geese off Rt. 846. I found an open parking lot and, fortunately, a trail leading to the edge of the reservoir with a clear line of sight to the flock. Most of the birds were sleeping, but would occasionally lift their heads. I counted 258 Canada Geese and managed to pick out one Cackling Goose (eBird Checklist). Although distant, I was able to get photos and video using my iPhone 6 Plus and Phone Skope Adapter.

Cackling Goose at Shenango Reservoir, Mercer County, PA on January 5, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter.

Cackling Goose at Shenango Reservoir, Mercer County, PA on January 5, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter.

Tundra Swans over Hunter’s Farm Park

This morning was the first time I took Rio, my Springer Spaniel, for a walk to Hunter’s Farm Park near sunrise. We generally go between 10 and noon, but since I start work with Phone Skope today, we had to get out earlier. There was definitely a difference in bird activity between sunrise and noon, for sure. Birds were just starting to wake up and begin foraging. What really piqued my interest though, was the number of birds taking “morning” flight. This isn’t a typical morning flight, but rather a morning flight to foraging locations or even migratory flights. Birds in the air this morning included Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, Canada Goose, and much to my surprise, Tundra Swan! I’m hoping to get out early a few more times this week to get a peek at other species taking this flight. Here are a couple photos of the Tundra Swans flying over, heading southeast.

Tundra Swans over Hunter's Farm in Grove City, PA on January 4, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Tundra Swans over Hunter’s Farm in Grove City, PA on January 4, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Tundra Swans over Hunter's Farm in Grove City, PA on January 4, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Tundra Swans over Hunter’s Farm in Grove City, PA on January 4, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Wordless Wednesday – December 30, 2015

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Indiana, PA CBC – December 26, 2015

I participated in the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count the day after Christmas. Weather was a bit unusual this year, with temperatures hovering around 50 and a chance of rain. In past years, it’s been cold, snowy, and miserable. I had a small section that I was somewhat familiar with, so it didn’t take me long to “beat” it. Hunters were out in full-force, so I didn’t do much walking on roads and kept to “road birding” and walking around small, public parks.

I spent four hours counting and drove 36.7 miles and walked only one mile. I tallied 30 species (complete list below), with Field Sparrow and Northern Flicker as highlights. They were also unique additions to the count total as a whole, which is up to 70 species. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the count.

Black-capped Chickadee during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Black-capped Chickadee during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Field Sparrow during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Field Sparrow during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

American Tree Sparrow during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

American Tree Sparrow during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Creekside Baseball Fields during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Creekside Baseball Fields during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
See eBird for more information.

Rufous Hummingbird – Jefferson County, PA

On the 1st of November, I woke up shortly after sunrise. My goal for the day was to drive from to Brookville, PA to twitch a continuing male Rufous Hummingbird. I have seen very few Rufous Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania, so I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to score a Jefferson County tick! The bird didn’t take long to show itself and hit the feeder a few times, but then spent several minutes perched in a shrub. Here are some of my favorite digiscoped shots of the wintering hummingbird (eBird Checklist)!

Rufous Hummingbird at Moore Bridge Rd.--Jefferson Co, Jefferson Co, PA on November 1, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Rufous Hummingbird at Moore Bridge Rd., Jefferson Co, PA on November 1, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Rufous Hummingbird at Moore Bridge Rd.--Jefferson Co, Jefferson Co, PA on November 1, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Rufous Hummingbird at Moore Bridge Rd., Jefferson Co, PA on November 1, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Rufous Hummingbird at Moore Bridge Rd.--Jefferson Co, Jefferson Co, PA on November 1, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Rufous Hummingbird at Moore Bridge Rd., Jefferson Co, PA on November 1, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Rufous Hummingbird at Moore Bridge Rd.--Jefferson Co, Jefferson Co, PA on November 1, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Rufous Hummingbird at Moore Bridge Rd., Jefferson Co, PA on November 1, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Check out this bonus video as well!

Photos and video digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter via Phone Skope Bluetooth Shutter.