* Central Pennsylvania
* October 23, 2014
RED-NECKED GREBE (Lancaster/Lebanon Cos.)
MARSH WREN (Centre, Clinton & Huntingdon Co.)
NELSON'S SPARROW (Centre, Clinton & Huntingdon Co.)
PINE SISKIN (Bedford/Somerset, Franklin, Huntingdon/Mifflin & Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
October 23, 2014
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, October 23, 2014.
Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were be seen on October 17 near Latimore Valley Race Track (ED).
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting BLACK VULTURES, 43 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 37 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 4 COOPER'S HAWKS, 5 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 35 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 2 AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 MERLINS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON between October 16 and 21 (EG, TD, DBo, JR, BG, BSt, BG). PINE SISKINS also were seen on October 20 (BG).
One SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was seen on October 16 at Beltzville State Park (RR).
One NELSON'S SPARROW was seen on October 17 at Colyer Lake Recreation Area (RD).
Some PINE SISKINS were observed on October 19 at Upper Greens Run in Bald Eagle State Park (NBu).
One MARSH WREN and 1 NELSON'S SPARROW were seen between October 19 and 21 at Curtin Wetlands (MSa, IG).
One MARSH WREN and 1 NELSON'S SPARROW were seen between October 19 and 21 at Mill Hall Wetlands (MSa, IG).
Waggoner Gap reported counting 14 BLACK VULTURES, 601 TURKEY VULTURES, 13 OSPREY, 43 BALD EAGLES, 35 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 3201 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 141 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 31 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 1 BROAD-WINGED HAWK, 227 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 15 GOLDEN EAGLES, 67 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 27 MERLINS and 6 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 16 and 21 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH, JL).
One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen on October 18 at Horse Valley Craig Marsh (BO, CK, VG, CB). Note: This is on private property and can only be birded by obtaining permission from the owner.
A flock of approximately 60 PINE SISKINS was observed on October 19 at the old Gunter Valley Reservoir in Tuscarora State Forest (BO, LN).
Tuscarora Summit Hawk Watch reports counting 18 BLACK VULTURES, 207 TURKEY VULTURES, 3 OSPREY, 16 BALD EAGLES, 13 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 198 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 25 COOPER'S HAWKS, 8 RED-SHOULDRED HAWKS, 46 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 3 GOLDEN EAGLES, 9 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 4 MERLINS and 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 16 and 21 (DGe).
One MARSH WREN was seen on October 15 at Old Crow Wetlands (GG). One SORA and 1 NELSON'S SPARROW were observed on October 18 at Old Crow Wetlands (MSa, IG). One ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was present on October 20 (GD).
Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 2 BLACK VULTURES, 70 TURKEY VULTURES, 8 OSPREY, 5 BALD EAGLES, 9 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 243 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 36 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 8 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 84 RED-TAILED HAWKS, GOLDEN EAGLE, 24 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 11 MERLINS and 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 16 and 20 (TK, NB, DK, JK, GG, DSt). Two PINE SISKIN also were seen on October 18 (NB).
An adult BALD EAGLE was seen on October 22 perched in a tree across from Grace Church along Hahnstown Road in Ephrata (BH).
The RED-NECKED GREBE continued to be seen through at least October 20 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (BC, AP, TN, AH, RH, JH, NP, RM, AY, ZM).
Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 70 BLACK VULTURES, 154 TURKEY VULTURES, 15 OSPREY, 11 BALD EAGLES, 15 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 908 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 59 COOPER'S HAWKS, 5 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 55 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 5 GOLDEN EAGLES, 21 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 14 MERLINS and 8 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 16 and 21 (FW, SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC).
Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 94 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 OSPREY, 13 BALD EAGLES, 10 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 215 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 21 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 1 BROAD-WINGED HAWK, 17 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 6 GOLDEN EAGLES, 10 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 6 MERLINS and 5 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 16 and 21 (JK, RSi, DSm, LW, MS).
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 8 BLACK VULTURES, 53 TURKEY VULTURES, 44 OSPREY, 30 BALD EAGLES, 20 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1324 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 133 COOPER'S HAWKS, 10 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 2 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 111 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 3 GOLDEN EAGLES, 79 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 49 MERLINS and 9 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 16 and 21 (LG, AK, RK, MB, DB, BF, JB, JD, MW, DKr, HM, RFe, AC). PINE SISKIN also were seen on October 18 and 446 PINE SISKINS were recorded on October 19 (JD, MW, AK, DKr, HM, RFe).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on October 20 at Hopewell Township Park (DWe).
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 (DB), Joe Beatrice (JB), Chuck Berthoud (CB), Mark Blauer (MB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Nan Butkovich (NBu), Bruce Carl (BC), Adam Carter (AC), Ed Chubb (EC), Jack Cochran (JC), Sue Cooper (SC), Morris Cox (MC), Jason Deeter (JD), Eli DePaulis (ED), Tom Dick (TD), Rob Dickerson (RD), Gordon Dimmig (GD), Rob Feldman (RFe), Bruce Ferrence (BF), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz (PF), Ian Gardner (IG), Vern Gauthier (VG), Dale Gearhart (DGe), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Bob Gorsuch (BG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Jonathan Heller (JH), Bill Hoch (BH), Russell Hoffman (RH), Craig Houston (CH), Anne Hurst (AH), Chad Kauffman (CK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Rudy Keller (RK), Nick Kerlin (NK), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), David Kruel (DKr), Dave Kyler (DK), Trudy Kyler (TK), Holly Merker (HM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Lori Nichols (LN), Ted Nichols II (TN), Bill Oyler (BO), Ann Pettigrew (AP), Richard Pohner (RP), Nick Pulcinella (NP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Jim Rocco (JR), Matt Sabatine (MSa), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope (MS), Ron Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Doug Steigerwalt (DSt), Bob Stewart (BSt), Gene Wagner (GW), Donald Weidemann (DWe), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Matt Wlasniewski (MW), Doug Wood (DW) and Alan Youse (AY). 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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