This morning I ran over to Bald Eagle State Park to look for any waterfowl put down by all the rain we had received. I had read on the PABirds listserv of other good sightings in the western part of the state, most notably a Black-legged Kittiwake at Yellow Creek State Park.
I didn’t find anything rare, but I did manage to pick up five new county birds, bringing me to 198 for the year. New county birds were Barred Owl, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Northern Shoveler and American Tree Sparrow. There was a good number of Ruddy Ducks there, and from the Lower Green’s Boat Launch, I picked out a Black Scoter hiding among them.
The weather looks like it is about to change, hopefully bringing us larger numbers of waterfowl. I’ll be out at Bald Eagle over the weekend and maybe also get to Jo Hayes Vista to look for Golden Eagles and Northern Goshawks.