Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

                     Larry Barth Book Cover
                    Red-tailed Hawk (Twisted Head)
                    photographed by Tom Moeller©

We'll “Ooh” and “Aah” at Members' Photos
on Dec. 7

Are you ready to be dazzled? As we traditionally do, we will close out the year with a “slide slam” in which members show us their favorite photographs - digital of course, no longer slides.

Wednesday, December 7, is the date. The meeting will be held at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing, a business meeting begins at 7:30, and the program starts at 8:00.

There are a few rules to make sure that every participant has an equal opportunity:

   Photographers must pre-register by emailing Debbie Kalbfleisch at or by calling her at 724.651.5426 by Wednesday, November 30. The program will feature beautiful images of albatrosses, petrels, tropicbirds, auklets, puffins, and more. Geoff says his presentation will not be a comprehensive treatment of these diverse families of birds. But he hopes it will be enough for us to share his curiosity and interest in seabirds.

   The first 10 photographers to respond will be able to present their show. Because of time limitations, only 10 can be accepted.

   Each photographer will be allowed up to 6 minutes of presentation time. If fewer than 10 photographers pre-register, the presenters' time will be adjusted upward.

   Photos must be contained on a thumb drive and be compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint. No images may be stored and downloaded from the Cloud.

THIS HAWK THINKS IT'S AN OWL — We know an owl can turn its head to face backward, but this Red-tailed Hawk was able to do it, too. Tom Moeller, who will present some of his favorites at our “slide slam,” photographed this contortionist in August 2016 at Duck Hollow in Allegheny County. It's a juvenile, as you can tell by its tail: barred and dull brown instead of an adult's bright, plain reddish tail.

What's New? (11/12/2016)

   Thanks to Jack Solomon for compiling a list of all the 3RBC Speakers from 2001 to December 2017.

   The November/December 2016 issue of the Peregrine is now available.

   Membership Meeting Minutes from October 5, 2016.

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2015 activities and 2015 Birds Reported in Allegheny County.

   A Birding Interview with the Bobs: Robert C. Leberman and Robert S. Mulvihill

   Hays Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring! Roy Bires has volunteered to coordinate the monitoring of the Hays Bald Eagle nest site. To help, contact Roy at His phone numbers are 412.241.5014 (home) and 412.216.7130 (cell).

  The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology has looked at the career of Paul Hess in Pennsylvania Birds, the journal of the organization. Jack Solomon has compiled a list of Paul's contributions and impressive accomplishments.

  Pennsylvania Birds magazine: See what you've been missing! By Geoff Malosh, Editor of Pennsylvania Birds. I am pleased to announce that we will now be publishing previews of the current issue of Pennsylvania Birds online, which will consist of the cover, table of contents, and a featured article. Now anyone who does not subscribe or perhaps does not even know about PSO can actually see a little bit of what they've been missing, and hopefully be encouraged to join PSO! Read more from Geoff about Pennsylvania Birds.

Items to Note!

2015 was another busy year for the Three Rivers Birding Club! Mike Fialkovich has compiled a summary of the club's 2015 activities and has also compiled the 2015 Birds Reported in Allegheny County summary.

Not a subscriber to Bird Watcher's Digest? Why not subscribe and the club will receive 50% of the subscription fee.

Image Gallery

Mission of 3RBC

To gather in friendship, to enjoy the wonders of nature and to share our passion for birds!

© Photo Credits:
Sherron Lynch, Brian Shema, Chuck Tague