Winter Wings

Northern cardinal - Photo by Jeffrey HallNorthern cardinal - Photo by Jeffrey Hall

As the snow falls and the temperatures cool, more and more winter birds are filtering into the region.

evening grosbeak

Evening grosbeak – Photo by Jeffrey Hall

Jeffrey Hall, of Franklin, a member of the Seneca Rocks Audubon Society and president of the Bartramian Audubon Society, provided some beautiful examples of winter birds in the area.

tree sparrow

Tree sparrow – Photo by Jeffrey Hall

While the Seneca Rocks Audubon Society’s Clarion Bird Count took place Dec. 17, people will still have an opportunity to participate in the Pleasantville count. The count, organized by the Bartramian Audubon Society, will take place Sunday, Dec. 31.

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Tufted titmouse – Photo by Jeffrey Hall

The circle for the Pleasantville count encompasses the area approximately from Titusville in the northwest to Pleasantville to Tionesta in the northeast south to President east to Oleopolis and Rouseville and then north along the western edge of Oil Creek State Park.

red bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker – Photo by Jeffrey Hall

The count is centered on the historic ghost town of Pithole.


Dark-eyed junco – Photo by Jeffrey Hall

Feeder watchers must live within the count circle, which is a 15-mile diameter circle centered approximately in Pithole.


Black-capped chickadee – Photo by Jeffrey Hall

Anyone interested in participating may contact Russ States at or (814) 676-6320.