* Central Pennsylvania
* January 22, 2015
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Adams Co.)
CACKLING GOOSE (Adams, Lebanon & Lycoming Cos.)
PINE SISKIN (Clearfield, Franklin & Huntingdon Cos.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
January 22, 2015
To Report: TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
Compiler: Mark A. McConaughy
Coverage: Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Drainage System
Transcriber: Mark A. McConaughy
Welcome to Pennsylvania Audubon's Birdline. This Birdline covers sightings made the week prior to Thursday, January 22, 2015.
Up to 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE was seen between January 15 and 20 at Lake Kay near Fairfield (AW, DG, CG, CB, LL, BK). Up to 2 CACKLING GEESE also were seen between January 15 and 19 (DG, CG, BK).
Up to 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were observed between January 17 and 18 at Gettysburg National Military Park (RFe, BK).
Three RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen on January 16 at Millbrook Marsh (CE).
One CACKLING GOOSE was observed on January 17 at the Centre Furnace Duck Pond (CD).
A pair of BALD EAGLES were seen on January 18 at Fisherman's Paradise (TM).
A flock of approximately 150 PINE SISKINS visited feeders near DuBois on January 15 (MA).
One ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on January 19 along Kirk Road near Luthersburg (DR).
One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on January 17 along Mud Level Road (JR, TR).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 17 located 3 BALD EAGLES, 1 BLACK VULTURE and 5 RED-TAILED HAWKS (DM, BR).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the northeastern part of the county on January 16 found 2 BALD EAGLES, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 22 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 6 AMERICAN KESTRELS (RF, PF, KGi, DGi).
The large flock of up to 172 PINE SISKINS continue to be seen through at least January 20 along Laurel Drive (NM).
Up to 2 PINE SISKINS were observed between January 16 and 17 at 1216 Wilson Avenue in Chambersburg (RTSG, BO).
One PINE SISKIN was seen on January 19 at feeders in Caledonia State Park (BO).
One immature BALD EAGLE was seen on January 18 at Riverside Park (JC).
An adult BALD EAGLE was observed on January 18 perched near the Raystown Dam, and 3 PINE SISKINS flew over the area (JC).
Five BALD EAGLES were spotted on January 18 at various places around the Route 994 overlook on Lake Raystown (JC).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 20 located 4 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 40 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 16 AMERICAN KESTRELS (CK, AT, GG, BM).
One PINE WARBLER was seen between January 15 at 528 East Park Street in Elizabethtown (MJ).
One PINE WABLER has been visiting a suet feeder at 239 Miller Road between January 15 and 20 (ZM, BC).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the southwestern portion of the county on January 15 recorded 64 BLACK VULTURES, 201 TURKEY VULTURES, 13 BALD EAGLES, 8 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS (BS, NS).
Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were observed on January 16 in the Susquehanna River near Wrightsville (ME). Three BALD EAGLES were present on January 19 (SS).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 18 located 130 BLACK VULTURES, 78 TURKEY VULTURES, 19 BALD EAGLES, 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 27 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS (TR, KS).
One MERLIN was seen on January 18 perched on top of a pole along Charlestown Road about 0.5 miles west of Prospect Road (SS).
One juvenile ICELAND GULL was observed on January 19 at Conejohela Flats (ME).
One PINE WARBLER was seen on January 19 at the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority Washington Boro Facility (ME).
Three CACKLING GEESE were seen on January 16 along Tulpehocken Creek off of South Ramona Road (TB).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 17 found 1 BLACK VULTURE, 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 AMERICAN KESTREL (DM, BR).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 17 found 4 BLACK VULTURES, 36 TURKEY VULTURES, 14 BALD EAGLES (11 of them were seen eating dead carcasses of discarded chickens at a chicken farm along Millbach Road just before reaching Chapel Road and north of Kleinfeltersville), 2 COOPER'S HAWKS 32 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS (FH, GB, RL, AS). Another adult BALD EAGLE was found along Krumstown Road northwest of Richland Road, and 1 more adult BALD EAGLE was seen along Greble Road east of Jonestown (FH, GB, RL, AS).
A pair of BALD EAGLES were seen on January 18 working on their nest along Pine Road north of Palmyra (MC).
One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen between January 15 and 18 at Harveys Lake (JD, TG, JH, CGe).
One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on January 15 perched on a church cross near the Williamsport Dam (BoB, DaB, DB, BB). One CACKLING GOOSE was present near the dam on January 16 (EH).
An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was observed on January 16 near Powey's Corner of Route 15 (NF).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 18 in the southern part of the county found 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (MJo, KJo).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on January 15 at Hopewell Township Park (RS).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed on January 20 at William H. Kain County Park (CKl).
If you miss the usual Thursday postings of the Central PA Birdline on BIRDEAST and PABIRDS, I will also be posting it on my page web site at:
*PORC = Pennsylvania Ornithological Record Committee. Rare bird sightings should be documented with written descriptions and photographs whenever possible and sent to PORC for review. To submit a report to PORC go to this link:
The following people have contributed to this report: Marianne Atkinson (MA), Timothy Becker (TB), Chuck Berthoud (CB), Gerry Boltz (GB), Bob Brown (BoB), Bobby Brown (BB), David Brown (DaB), Deb Brown (DB), Bruce Carl (BC), Jack Cochran (JC), Mary Coomer (MC), Jonathan DeBalko (JD), Clayton Delancey (CD), Carl Engstrom (CE), Mike Epler (ME), Robert Ferguson (RFe), Pat Freed (PF), Ron Freed (RF), Norwood Frederick (NF), Tom Galaskewicz (TG), Carl Garner (CG), Dale Gearhart (DG), Christine Geist (CGe), Ron-Tracy Snyder-George (RTSG), Deb Gingrich (DGi), Keith Gingrich (KGi), Greg Grove (GG), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Fredrick Heilman (FH), James Hoyson (JH), Kathy Johnson (KJo), Maire Johnson (MJ), Mark Johnson (MJo), Chad Kauffman (CK), Chuck Kling (CKl), Bob Kornegay (BK), Richard Light (RL), Lee Loncosky (LL), Nancy Magnusson (NM), Butch McCahren (BM), David McNaughton (DM), Toni Miles (TM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Bill Oyler (BO), Tom Raub (TR), Jack Reese (JR), Tricia Reese (TR), Dan Richards (DR), Barbara Ritzheimer (BR), Art Schiavo (AS), Bob Schutsky (BS), Nancy Schutsky (NS), Robin Smith (RS), Stan Stahl (SS), Kim Steininger (KS), Aden Troyer (AT), Andy Wilson (AW). I apologize if I have misspelled their names and I will also refrain from naming that person on request.
I would also like to point out that one of the people who regularly reports to the hotline is Bob Schutsky, owner of BIRD TREKS Tours. He leads birding tours in other areas of North and Central America. You can contact him at 717-548-3303 or at his new web site:
Mark A. McConaughy TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
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