* Central Pennsylvania
* December 5, 2013
ROSS'S GOOSE (Bedford & Lancaster Cos.)
CACKLING GOOSE (Franklin & Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
SNOWY OWL (Centre, Clearfield, Lancaster & Lebanon Cos.)
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (Centre, Cumberland, Northumberland & Susquehanna Co.)
NORTHERN SHRIKE (Cameron Co.)
MCGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER (Dauphin Co.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
December 5, 2013
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 December 5, 2013.
A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen on November 28 among a flock of 250 CANANDA GEESE at Shawnee State Park (MD).
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting 11 BALD EAGLE, 2 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 17 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 46 GOLDEN EAGLES, between November 28 and December 3 (EG, JR, TD, BSt, DBo, BG, RMc).
A NORTHERN SHRIKE briefly visited the Johnson's feeders on November 29 (MJ).
An adult female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continued to visit the Ziegler's feeder in Lemont through at least December 1 (MZ, DGr).
A SNOWY OWL was seen on November 30 along Williams Road near Centre Hall and Tusseyville (JD, IG, MZ).
A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on December 1 along Knepp Road west of Belleville (JD).
An immature dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on December 2 perched in a tree and also hunting along Wagner Road about 0.5 miles from PA 322 (AL, AF).
A SNOWY OWL was found on December 2 perched on a telephone pole along Circleville Road (JH, AL). It was briefly seen on December 3 early in the morning and it then flew away (SB).
A SNOWY OWL was seen on December 4 near 165 Meridith Lane in Belfonte and later perched on a boulder in the middle of a soybean field near this address (JM, DO, RC, MH, DGr, NEK).
A SNOWY OWL was seen on December 4 in a backyard outside of Morrisdale about 4 miles north of Philipsburg (AB).
Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch reported counting 5 TURKEY VULTURES, 3 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 31 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 20 GOLDEN EAGLES and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON between November 28 and December 4 (DG, RF, CH, RMc, GW, KG).
An adult female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 30 along Lisburn Road south of Mechanicsburg (AL).
An adult female MCGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER continues to be seen between November 28 and December 4 in low shrubbery by the observation platform or along the board walk at Highspire Reservoir Park (SH, AL, MM, BH, MB, LL, GR, MG, MV, BeK, BoK, AC).
A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on November 30 at Greencastle Reservoir (CG, BO).
A ROSS'S GOOSE continues to be seen through at least November 30 with approximately 300 CANADA GEESE at the pond along Amosite Road or in the fields at the Masonic Village (PB, MS).
A SNOWY OWL was observed on December 3 perched on a silo at 429 Voganville Road (FHa, BHa).
Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 2 BLACK VULTURES, 1 TURKEY VULTURE, 5 BALD EAGLES, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 20 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 9 GOLDEN EAGLES between November 28 and December 3 (MC, FW, DS, RP, RB, LC).
A SNOWY OWL was seen on December 2 sitting on the roof of a person's car along Apple Blossom Lane in Palmyra. It flew off when the person moved his car (TB).
One CACKLING GOOSE was seen on December 2 among 500 CANADA GEESE at Beech Mountain Lakes (JDe). One BALD EAGLE also flew over the lakes on December 2 (JDe).
The male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues through at least December 3 to visit feeders at 84 Vincent Avenue in Watsontown (WL). Park across the street at the red barn if you go to view this bird (WL).
Hawk Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 3 BLACK VULTURES, 8 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 5 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 73 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 16 GOLDEN EAGLES and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON between November 28 and December 3 (LG). Three CACKLING GEESE were also seen on November 28 (LG).
An adult female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was banded at a feeder on November 29 (SW). The home owners have requested that they not be identified.
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: Paul Banks (PB), Tim Becker (TB), Gloria Bickel (GB), Mary Bigelow (MB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Susan Braun (SB), Randy Brenner (RB), Asta Broskley (AB), Bruce Carl (BC), Phil Cetnar (PC), Larry Coble (LC), Jack Cochran (JC), Morris Cox (MC), Ron Crandall (RC), Alan Crawford (AC), Michael David (MD), Hank Davis (HD), Jonathan DeBalko (JDe), Tom Dick (TD), Jim Dunn (JD), Anna Fasoli (AF), Ron Freed (RF), Ian Gardner (IG), Carl Garner (CG), Tom Garner (TG), Vern Gauthier (VG), Dale Gearhart (DGe), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Bob Gorsuch (BG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Debra Grim (DGr), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Mark Gruin (MG), Sue Hannon (SH), Barb Haas (BHa), Frank Haas (FHa), M. S. Henry (MH), Jordan Hillsley (JH), Bill Hoch (BH), Craig Houston (CH), Mark Johnson (MJ), Jon Kauffman (JK), Ben Keener (BeK), Bob Keener (BoK), Nancy Ellen Kiernan (NEK), Dave Kyler (DK), Trudy Kyler (TK), Alex Lamoreaux (AL), Wayne Laubscher (WL), Larry Lewis (LL), Sandy Lockerman (SL), Meredith Lombard (ML), John Mackin (JM), Mark McConaughy (MM), Rosemary McGlynn (RMc), Dave McNaughton (DM), Randy Miller (RM), Dan Ombalski (DO), Bill Oyler (BO), Richard Pohner (RP), Gary Robson (GR), Jim Rocco (JR), Art Schiavo (AS), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mike Shull (MS), Ron Singer (RS), Darrell Smith (DSm), Bob Snyder (BSn), Thyra Sperry (TS), Stan Stahl (SS), Bob Stewart (BSt), Mark Vass (MV), Gene Wagner (GW), Brian Weaver (BW), Mike Weible (MW), Scott Weidensaul (SW), Doug Wentzel (DW), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Andy Wilson (AW) and Mary Ziegler (MZ). 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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