Pennsylvania Game News - November 2014 - 50

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By Marcia Bonta

'm sitting on Alan's Bench
this breezy first day of
November, watching for migrating raptors along our ridgetop. Because
we live on the westernmost ridge in the
Ridge and Valley Province, I am up
here most breezy autumn days.
Suddenly, a large bird flies past
above Sapsucker Ridge. It's a mature
bald eagle.
The next day I'm at the same place,
but it's mid-afternoon, instead of late
morning. Another mature bald eagle
flies high and slowly above Sapsucker
Ridge. Two bald eagles in as many days
seem like a good omen. I wonder if they
are migrating or local birds.
Then, on Jan. 30, my husband Bruce
and I, along with an enthusiastic
young birder, Michael David, who
is working on his yearlong Blair
County bird list, set out on our
Winter Raptor Survey in Sinking Valley. Our mountain, locally
known as Brush Mountain, almost entirely encircles the rolling fields of this
farming valley.
With temperatures at 5 degrees,
we've picked a cold, but clear, day
for our count. Ever since Greg Grove
started this count, back in 2001, we've
driven the same route that Bruce
mapped out after studying the back
roads that wander through Sinking
Valley.
It's a slow day at first for raptors, but
Michael points out American robins

The Year of the
Sinking Valley Eagles

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feeding on staghorn sumac berries and
an American tree sparrow amid the
dried grasses beside the road. I later spot
a pileated woodpecker in a small patch
of woods. We are looking for American
kestrels on telephone wires, but all we
turn up are mourning doves. In a large
farm field in the middle of the valley,
we count 26 horned larks so close to
the road that we see every marking
on them.
Near a stream next to a tree, I notice
a suspicious lump. It turns out to be a
seated great blue heron. Just as we are
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