* Pennsylvania
* Central Pennsylvania
* December 18, 2014
* PACE1412.18
Bird Highlights
ROSS'S GOOSE (Adams/York Cos.)
CACKLING GOOSE (Adams/York, Cumberland & Lancaster Cos.)
PINE SISKINS (Centre & Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
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Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
December 18, 2014
To Report: [email protected]
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, December 18, 2014.

Two ROSS'S GEESE and 1 CACKLING GOOSE were seen on December 14 at Long Arm Reservoir from Old Westminster Road (AW).

One SURF SCOTER was seen on December 11 at Canoe Creek State Park (MD).

One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on December 14 at Prince Gallitzin State Park (RL).

One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen between December 10 and 15 at Beltzville State Park (RR, MD, BH).

Two adult BALD EAGLES were seen on December 14 in Spring Creek Canyon (NB, BM).

One NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3 PINE SISKINS were observed on November 14 at Pleasant Gap (JC).

One NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on December 15 along Buffalo Run Road (DBr).

Up to 2 light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were observed between December 15 and 17 flying over a field northeast of the intersection of Route 550 and Filmore Road (ECh, DO).

One CACKLING GOOSE was seen on December 14 at Brackbill Pond (SK).

Waggoner Gap reported counting 10 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 4 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 30 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 7 GOLDEN EAGLES between December 11 and 17 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH, JL).

One SURF SCOTER was seen on December 14 at Letterkenny Reservoir (BO).

Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting RED-TAILED HAWKS and GOLDEN EAGLES on December (GG).

Two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on December 10 at State Game Lands 46 (RM).

One LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 1 SNOW BUNTING were seen on December 11 among a flock of HORNED LARKS along Forrey Road south of Mountville (SS).

One CACKLING GOOSE and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were observed on December 14 at the Muddy Run part of the Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count (BS).

One NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found on December 14 in the central part of the Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count (BS).

Nine BALD EAGLES were seen on December 10 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (RM). One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was present on December 12 along Middle Creek Road (JL).

Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 1 BALD EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE between December 11 and 14 (FW, SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC).

One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on December 11 at Nesbitt Park (JD).

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 5 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 21 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 9 GOLDEN EAGLES between December 11 and 15 (LG, AK, RK, MB, DWo, DBa, HMe, MR, MJM, BSa, BD, DH, DKr, AC, PC, SSc, MW, JFT, BBr, CE, MC). Forty-three PINE SISKINS also were seen on December 13 (LG, BD). An unspecified number of PINE SISKINS were seen on December 15 (LG, AC, CE, MC).

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: David Barber (DBa), Mark Blauer (MB), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Don Bryant (DBr), Adam Carter (AC), Bill Chambers (BC), Ed Chambers (ECh), Mark Chestnut (MC), Ed Chubb (EC), Sue Cooper (SC), Morris Cox (MC), Jim Curtis (JC), Michael David (MD), Bob Davidheiser (BD), Jonathan DeBalko (JD), Catherine Elwell (CE), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz (PF), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Brian Henderson (BH), Craig Houston (CH), Stefan Karkuff (SK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Rudy Keller (RK), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), Dave Kruel (DKr), Josh Lefever (JL), Renee Lubert (RL), Betsy Manlove (BM), Mary Jane McMillan (MJM), Holly Merker (HMe), Randy Miller (RM), Dan Ombalski (DO), Bill Oyler (BO), Richard Pohner (RP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Beth Sassaman (BSa), Sue Schmoyer (SSc), Bob Schutsky (BS), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope (MS), Ron Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Robin Smith (RS), Bob Snyder (BSn), Stan Stahl (SS), Kim Steininger (KS), Jean-Francois Therrien (JFT), Gene Wagner (GW), Doug Wentzel (DW), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Andy Wilson (AW), Matt Wlasniewski (MW) and Doug Wood (DWo). 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:
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Mark A. McConaughy      [email protected]
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