. Venango County Birds

Welcome to the Venango County Birds webpage. The page is designed to provide birding information for those of you interested in watching, feeding, or just discussing birds in Venango County, Pennsylvania, and surrounding area.

Venango County is located in northwestern Pennsylvania approximately midway between Erie and Pittsburgh. During the past 35 years, 269 species have been recorded in the county. Based on current available information, records previous to this are scarce.

One goal of this site is to have more local people become actively involved in finding and reporting bird sitings, so your questions, comments, criticisms, and witticisms are welcome. The more communication the better; hopefully we'll all learn something.


The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology sponsors a great way to keep track of your bird sightings and, at the same time, contribute data that can be used by scientific researchers. You can keep a property list, a list for another location you visit often, your life list or pretty much any other list you want. The site keeps track of your entries & allows you to print out yearly, monthly, or weekly reports reports in a variey of ways. For example, after entering the data for your property for a period of time, you can print out a list of all the different birds you sighted on your property during that period, the highest number of each species you reported, the number of days during the month or year you reported a robin, etc. And, it's easy to enter the data. Just keep track of what you see and the highest number seen at any one time during the day, enter that number into the data sheet eBird provides, save it, and you're done. The name of the site is eBird PA and it can be accessed at: eBird PA You'll need to sign up & enter your own password before starting but, after that, it's pretty easy. If you have problems, email me, I'll be glad to help.


The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology has published a great list of the Pennsylvania's top birding sites by county. Visit their web page at Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology and click on Birding Locations on the left hand side. You'll find what you're looking for.


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Photo 1 is a Horned Lark photographed Jan 5 at Rhoades Farm, about 150 yards from the Venango County parking lot.

Photo 2 is an American Pipit photographed at Rhoades Farm.


Please consider joining us at an upcoming meeting or field trip. Good times are had by all.

The next meeting is February 11, 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Clarion Public Library. Please check the Seneca Rocks web site for additional informationSeneca Rock Audubon Society website

Also new: Like Seneca Rocks on Facebook at Seneca Rocks Audubon


Date Species Location Comment
Jan 4 Northern Harrier Rhoades Farm, Kahle Lake 1 Nick and Meg Koodick
Jan 5 Horned Lark Rhoades Farm, Kahle Lake 7 ~100yds from VC parking lot GE
Jan 6 Tundra Swan Bucktails Road GE ~40 flying in distance
Jan 6 Rough-legged Hawk Bucktails Road Light phase, treeline on right GE
Jan 15 Common Raven Joe Taylor Ford 1 flying around - Russ
Jan 23 Gray Catbird Oil Creek State Park 1 - Jeff Hall


Following is a link to the 2015 Species List, now standing at 47, updated January 24, 2015. 2015 Species List

Help Wanted!

I'm in the process of gathering information for a book on the Birds of Venango County and the more people contributing information, the better. Currently, five of us gather information on a regular basis and a few more contribute periodically. We would welcome your input. Birding experience is helpful but anyone from feeder watchers, to hunters, to bike trail enthusiasts, etc. can join in.

Jeff Hall, Michael Leahy, Nick and Meg Kolodick, Jerry Stanley, Kathie Goodblood, Russ States, Nancy Baker, Jim Wilson

Other Sites to Visit

Other Web Sites For Birds:
A great resource for planning a birding trip, don't miss it
Oil Creek State Park
All you ever wanted to know about hummingbirds
Venango County Wildlife Rehabilitators
Birds & other nature pictures of Charlotte County, Florida, my brother's web page with some great pictures
Little Birdie Home, up-to-date information on rare bird sighting and more
National Audubon Society
PA Soc. for Ornithology's website. Good local & statewide info
Seneca Rock Audubon Society website
Bartramian Audubon Society
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Find Local Birders For Your Next Trip
Birding on the Net
Nature site featuring on-line field guides
Very nice general information, rarity pictures, & more
Birding News Around Ohio
Purple Martin Information
Virtual Birder
About.com Bird Page
Birdzilla's comprehensive selection of wild bird info

Other Interesting Web Sites for Related Subjects:
Gerry Rising's Nature Watch Column
Venango County Rootsweb Genealogy Site
Venango County Weather
Venango County Fishing Spots
On-line Maps
Local News, Oil City Derrick

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This site was created by Gary Edwards Comments Welcome, Please Email Me

Some graphics courtesy of Sheila Helser, all rights reserved.

Last update, January 24, 2015