Sharon and I decided on Friday that we would chase the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch in Meadville, PA. Meadville is located in western Pa a little south of Erie. It was approximately a 6 hour drive and since we didn't leave until 2PM we arrived at our hotel in the dark. We had contacted a local birder named Shawn Collins to lead us to the private location. He had made arrangements with the homeowner where the bird was visiting a feeder in a gated community.
Saturday morning we met up with Shawn at 7AM and made the five minute drive to the location. The gracious homeowners allowed 14 of us to crowd into their small living room with a large picture window.
|Another more distant view of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch|
|Small portion of American Goldfinch flock|
Also visiting the feeders were Black-capped Chickadees and an American Tree Sparrow.
|American Tree Sparrow|
After great views of our target bird we decided to head even further west and go to Pymatuning State Park on the PA/Ohio border.
Pymatuning Lake was mostly frozen but there were patches of open water and thus some gulls and waterfowl. We missed the reported Glaucous Gull but managed to locate Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, and Common, Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers.
A special treat was a small flock of six Snow Buntings on the causeway pullout.
|Sorry but I can't get enough of these little guys|
|Welcoming us back to PA|