Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Tessa Rhinehart
Tessa Rhinehart
Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia

OUR AUGUST MEETING WILL BE VIRTUAL;
SEE APRIL'S MISSED PROGRAM ONLINE

COVID-19 restrictions required us to cancel 3RBC's April meeting, and we are working on a Zoom (virtual) program featuring Tessa Rhinehart's presentation online. Watch for details on the 3RBC website and our Facebook page.

If you are interested, you'll be able to connect to the program by the Zoom app or by phone. Download a free Zoom app to your computer or mobile device in advance at this website: https://zoom.us/download.

Tessa's program titled "Eavesdropping on Birds" describes a process created at the University of Pittsburgh, which uses computer-based "ears" to survey species on a scale that would be impossible for field birders to achieve. She is part of the Pitt research team that developed this new technology.

As a research programmer in the Pitt Biological Sciences Department, Tessa is pursuing a master's degree in Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, majoring in energy and environment.

Tessa has achieved a significant new milestone as the chief author of her first peer-reviewed article in a scientific journal, co-authored by Lauren Chronister, Trieste Devlin, and Justin Kitzes. "Acoustic Localization of Terrestrial Wildlife: Current Practices and Future Opportunities" reviews worldwide research in the "eavesdropping" techniques. You can read it in the Ecology and Evolution journal at Tessa's article.

** Access codes to the virtual meetings will be sent to the membership a week before the meeting. **

Future Programs:

  • October 7, 2020 — Frank Izaguirre will present "Field Guides and Environmental Thought"
  • December 9, 2020 — Annual Slide-slam Program    NOTE: This is the second Wednesday of December.

What's New? (7/4/2020)


Peregrine

   THE MAY/JUNE 2020 EDITION OF THE PEREGRINE IS NOW AVAILABLE!

The May/June 2020 issue of The Peregrine is online.
Also, see additional photos for Tom Moeller's 'Observations' column on Hiding in Plain Sight (PDF).
As an extra, the full-length version of Bob Mulvihill's tribute to the late Bob Leberman can be found here: Leberman.

   MINUTES FROM OUR FEBRUARY 2020 MEETING ARE AVAILABLE!

Please read the Membership Meeting Minutes from February 5, 2020, with speaker Brian Shema.

   2019 WAS A BUSY YEAR FOR THE THREE RIVERS BIRDING CLUB!

Steve Thomas has compiled a summary of the club's 2019 activities. Check it out!

Plus, Mike Fialkovich has compiled the 2019 Birds Reported in Allegheny County summary.

   'BLACK BIRDERS WEEK' PROMOTES DIVERSITY AND TAKES ON RACISM IN THE OUTDOORS

Corina Newsome birding



Sparked by a racist incident last week in Central Park, the new initiative aims to boost recognition and representation of Black people enjoying and studying the natural world. Read more about this vital topic in the article by Jillian Mock here:
Black Birders Week.

Corina Newsome birding

Juita Martinez

Read the back story of why the #BlackBirdersWeek was created in Julie Grant’s article “Racist birding incident sparks joyful online event #BlackBirdersWeek” on The Allegheny Front website: The Allegheny Front.

Juita Martinez

   BIRD SONG OPERA - A Delightful Diversion for Birders

Bird Song Opera

As an escape from the stress of COVID-19, we wanted to present some 'light opera' performed by birds from around the world titled Bird Song Opera. This is an original video conceived and created by Volker Pannes of www.shakeup.de, a German website. Volker based this 'opera' on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute, which he rearranged and edited for this video.

Take some time to enjoy this video and see how many of the birds in it you can identify. There is a helpful list at the end of all the performers.

View this delightful video on our "Videos" page.

   MORE DIVERSIONS AS WE WAIT FOR BETTER DAYS

Hays Eagle Cam

In addition to the “Bird Song Opera,” we have many videos to enjoy on our “Videos” page. Click “Videos” on the Side Menu to see many interesting bird videos.

Also, on our “Links” page there are 15 ‘Live Wildlife WebCams’ to choose from to entertain you. Most are bird webcams, but there are also wildlife (deer, foxes, elk, squirrels, etc.) cams. Three of the links lead to a variety of webcams to increase your viewing choices. Again, click “Links” in the Side Menu and look under ‘Live Wildlife WebCams.’

Hopefully, you are getting out to enjoy the spring migration (with proper social distancing), but you can also enjoy Nature virtually with our video and webcam selections.

    THE VIDEO PAGE HAS MORE NEW TAPES!!

Red-tailed Hawk Nestling

Our "VIDEOS" page has several more videos by members, incluing Virginia Rails in Harrison Hills Park, and a Baltimore Oriole enjoying an orange, and a new video of a Red-tailed Hawk nestling expelling a pellet. Click on "Videos" in the Side Menu to find these interesting videos by members!

We hope you enjoy this page, and we hope that you can contribute to it too.


   THE FIRST BALD EAGLE FOUND IN JAPAN

Hokkaido Bald Eagle

A Japanese friend of 3RBC member Trini Regaspi sent her an article on a Bald Eagle appearing in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island, on January 27, 2020, the FIRST reported Bald Eagle in Japan! Hokkaido has a large population of Steller’s Sea Eagles, but now there is a new species there. We westerners yearn to see Asian birds that may fly east to Alaska or the West Coast and record them as ABA sightings, but this is a North American bird that flew west to Japan, giving Japanese birders a treat.

Close viewing of the photo from Japan shows a near full adult eagle, purportedly a female, with dark feathers on its head and small black tips on its tail. This advanced stage of molt would put the bird’s age as a late four-year or early five-year eagle.

The story is reported in Japanese by The Hokkaido Shimbun Press


   BIRDING THE ANDES OF ECUADOR

Cock of the Rock

If you read Sheree Daugherty's two-part President's Message on her trip to the Andes in Ecuador in recent issues of The Peregrine and want more, she has offered up a more detailed account of the tour on the "Trip Reports & Articles" page of our website. This narrative is the day-by-day journey the birding group made high in the Andes and features many of the birds they were able to see. There were three original paintings of Ecuadorian birds by Sheree accompanying the articles in the newsletter. This expanded version also includes a fourth painting by Sheree of a Violet-tailed Sylph, one of the 40 species of hummingbird the group enjoyed viewing.

Read Sheree's expanded trip report here:Birding the Andes of Ecuador.


   NEW PAGE CREATED FOR LOWELL BURKET'S DISCOVERY OF THE THREE SPECIES, TWO GENERA WARBLER! Burket's Warbler

If you're wondering where photos of the "Burket's Warbler" have gone, you'll have to look on the new webpage created for all the information on that exciting new bird. There are photos, background information, links to articles and interviews, and more. Be sure to read about the new honor received by Dave Toews, the researcher who deciphered the three-species warbler's DNA.

Click on "'Burket's Warbler' News" on the side menu to see this new page.





Bird Species Lists of Recent Outings

   View the 18 species seen on the FRICK PARK Dead of Winter Outing III (January 25) on eBird: Frick Park List.

   View the 25 species seen on the GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT at SEWICKLEY HEIGHTS BOROUGH PARK outing (February 15) as a PDF: Sewickley Heights GBBC List.

Items to Note!

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ABA CODE OF ETHICS

The American Birding Association's Principles of Birding Ethics now has its own page (ABA Code of Ethics) on this website. All birders are reminded to follow these guidelines while birding for the protection of the birds, respect for the environment, and enjoyment of other birders.

THE AMERICAN BIRD ASSOCIATION'S ABA LIVE! CONTINUES DISCUSSIONS OF NEW BIRDING TOPICS

ABA Live!

The American Birding Association continues its Virtual Bird Club series on ABA Live! about every two weeks. The earlier programs on the site are replaced by newer ones. Right now three older talks in the series available are these: "Dispatches from Paradise" by Alison Vilàg from May 20, and "Exploring Attu" by Christian Hagenlocher from June 3, and "A Story of Perseverance; The Brown Pelicans of Coastal Louisiana" by Juita Martinez from June 17. (See below for even older programs.)

On June 25, "Birding for Everyone; A Conversation with Tykee James, Nicole Jacjson, and John C. Robinson" was presented. This program is also still available for viewing. Go to ABA Live! to view these programs.

The older programs from ABA Live! are still available at a separate site. You can find any that you may have missed in the Virtual Bird Club archive on YouTube here: Archive.

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PENNSYLVANIA BIRDS -- See what you've been missing!

The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) publishes sample article from the current issue of Pennsylvania Birds online. Anyone who does not subscribe or perhaps does not even know about PSO can now actually see a little bit of what they've been missing, and hopefully be encouraged to join PSO!

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Be sure to visit our club's Facebook page for up-to-date news on happenings with the club, member photos, or links to other birding sites.


Longer Articles are Still Available

Read Kathleen Siebert's article on her journey to Ecuador Take the "Sun Route" to Enjoy Ecuador's Avian Wealth, and Geoff Malosh's tale of chasing the sun's eclipse A Different Kind of Chase: Not for Birds This Time.
Don't forget David Yeany II's wonderful report by about his adventure pursuing a Kirtland's Warbler in Michigan with friends on a "slow" day at Magee Marsh in May 2018: Kirtland's Warbler.
Plus, enjoy the stunning gallery of birds and scenery from Northwest Argentina, which is an adjunct to Claire Staples' article "A Very High Adventure: Birding to 15,000 Feet in Argentina's Andes" [The Peregrine Vol. 18, No. 2, March/April 2019], can still be enjoyed: Northwest Argentina.

The Peregrine "Online-only" Option Remains Available to Members

Our members may choose NOT to receive a paper copy of our newsletter The Peregrine, in order to reduce clutter, save trees, or protect the environment. If you only want to view our newsletter online, please email Tom Moeller at thosjmoel@gmail.com and ask him to put you on the "online only" list to NO LONGER receive paper copies of The Peregrine.
Our membership rates remain the same with this change. It is your preference whether or not to receive the paper copy of the newsletter.

The List of Birding Checklists

We offer many checklists on our Outings page. There are now nine (9) lists you can download and use as you explore these birding hotspots. Check them out!


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Mission of 3RBC

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

© Photo Credits:
Sherron Lynch, Tom Moeller, Brian Shema, and Chuck Tague