- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Central Pennsylvania
* October 30, 2014
* PACE1410.30
Bird Highlights
CACKLING GOOSE (Lancaster/Lebanon & Lebanon Cos.)
RED-NECKED GREBE (Centre, Luzerne & Lancaster/Lebanon Cos.)
AMERICAN BITTERN (Dauphin Co.)
SANDHILL CRANE (Bradford & Cumberland Cos.)
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Lebanon Co.)
MARSH WREN (Cumberland Co.)
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (Clearfield Co.)
LAPLAND LONGSPURS (Dauphin Co.)
PINE SISKINS (Bedford/Somerset, Carbon, Cumberland, Franklin, Lebanon, Mifflin & Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
- Transcript
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
October 30, 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 30, 2014.

ADAMS COUNTY:
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on October 25 near the tower at Culp' Hill in Gettysburg National Military Park (PK).

BEDFORD/SOMERSET CO.
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting 7 BLACK VULTURES, 93 TURKEY VULTURES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 19 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 102 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 6 GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 1 MERLIN between October 23 and 28 (EG, TD, DBo, JR, BG, BSt, BG). Ten PINE SISKINS also were seen on October 24 (TD).

BRADFORD COUNTY:
Two BALD EAGLES were seen on October 24 soaring over Iron Bridge Road (TG).

Three SANDHILL CRANES were observed on October 25 flying over New Era (TG).

CARBON COUNTY:
One GOLDEN EAGLE, 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 20 PINE SISKINS were seen on October 26 at the Blue Mountain Ski Area (JM).

CENTRE COUNTY:
Jo Hays Vista reported counting 238 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 OSPREY, 20 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, 261 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 MERLIN and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON on October 23 (CW).

At least 5 different PINE SISKINS were seen on October 24 at Scotia Barrens (CE).

One RED-NECKED GREBE was observed on October 26 at the sunken road overlook at Bald Eagle State Park (JV, BC).

There were 42 PINE SISKINS in the Bullit Run area on October 26 (BSn).

CLEARFIELD COUNTY:
One CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen on October 25 at Allport (MCh).

CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
Waggoner Gap reported counting 588 TURKEY VULTURES, 5 OSPREY, 39 BALD EAGLES, 20 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1589 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 60 COOPER'S HAWKS, 12 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 73 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 602 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 48 GOLDEN EAGLES, 17 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 12 MERLINS between October 23 and 28 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH, JL). A SANDHILL CRANE also was seen on October 23 (GW, RF). PINE SISKINS have been seen "every day, some flocks are huge" (GW, RF).

One SANDHILL CRANE was photographed on October 25 east of Newville off of Route 641 between Bloserville and Crossroad School Roads (SD, DD).

One MARSH WREN was seen on October 27 at the Mountain Road Marsh in State Game Lands 169 (DH, TN).

Approximately 30 PINE SISKINS were observed on October 28 at Camp Michaux on South Mountain (BF).

A MERLIN was seen on October 28 at Opossum Lake (DKe).

DAUPHIN COUNTY:
One AMERICAN BITTERN was found on October 23 along the Towpath Trail of Wildwood Park in northern Harrisburg (SL).

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen between October 23 and 24 along the Horseshow Trail on the Milton Hershey property (IG, BH, PF, LB).

One VIRGINIA RAIL was observed on October 25 at the edge of an island in the Susquehanna River from the West Fairview boat ramp (JL).

FRANKLIN COUNTY:
A total of 739 PINE SISKINS in a number of different flocks were seen on October 25 in Horse Valley (BO, AM).

FRANKLIN/FULTON COUNTIES:
Tuscarora Summit Hawk Watch reports counting 28 BLACK VULTURES, 53 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 BALD EAGLE, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 20 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 2 RED-SHOULDRED HAWKS, 35 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 3 GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 1 MERLIN between October 23 and 28 (DGe).

HUNTINGDON/MIFFLIN:
Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 6 BLACK VULTURES, 142 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 OSPREY, 9 BALD EAGLES, 8 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 180 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 4 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 10 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 228 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 19 GOLDEN EAGLE, 9 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 5 MERLINS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 23 and 28 (TK, NB, DK, JK, GG, DSt, DWe). Two PINE SISKINS were also seen on October 24 (DWe, NB). Five PINE SISKINS were counted on October 28 (NB).

LANCASTER COUNTY:
One ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on October 23 at the Chestnut Grove Nature Area (BSh). This is a restricted access area.

LANCASTER/LEBANON COUNTIES:
One RED-NECKED GREBE continues to be seen through at least October 27 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (JF, AW, SS, PL, JA-C, EH, ME, CB, ZM, MM, IG, RR). A CACKLING GOOSE was present on October between 23 and 27 (SS, ME, IG). One ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was observed on October 26 (JF).

LEBANON COUNTY:
Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 36 BLACK VULTURES, 177 TURKEY VULTURES, 4 OSPREY, 10 BALD EAGLES, 10 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 318 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 23 COOPER'S HAWKS, 57 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 110 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 13 GOLDEN EAGLES, 10 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 5 MERLINS between October 23 and 29 (FW, SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC). PINE SISKINS also were seen on October 26 and 28 (MC).

A YELLOWLEGS sp. was seen on October 24 at Kreider's Pond along Mt. Pleasant Road (TB). One CACKLING GOOSE was present on October 27 (IG).

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was photographed and observed between October 25 and 26 at 10 Fort Zeller Road north of Route 419 Fort Zeller Road south of Newmanstown (MM, TB, KB).

LUZERNE COUNTY:
One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on October 23 at Beech Mountain Lakes (JD, JDe).

LYCOMING COUNTY:
A day at the power line cut along North White Deer Ridge (Skyline Drive) on October 4 yielded 4 BLACK VULTURES, 24 TURKEY VULYURES, 1 BALD EAGLE, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 4 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 56 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE (DBr).

MIFFLIN COUNTY:
Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 25 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 OSPREY, 4 BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 71 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 12 COOPER'S HAWKS, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 128 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 7 GOLDEN EAGLES, 12 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 1 MERLIN and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON between October 23 and 28 (JK, RSi, DSm, LW, MS). Two PINE SISKINS also were seen on October 23 (JK).

SCHUYKILL/BERKS COUNTIES:
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 14 BLACK VULTURES, 177 TURKEY VULTURES, 9 OSPREY, 36 BALD EAGLES, 17 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 931 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 70 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 30 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 352 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 39 GOLDEN EAGLES, 20 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 14 MERLINS and 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 23 and 28 (LG, AK, RK, MB, DBa, RFe PC, SSc, AC, DWo). They also counted 3147 PINE SISKINS on October 23 (LG, DBa, AK). Another 339 PINE SISKINS were seen on October 24 (LG, RK, RFe). More PINE SISKINS (no count provided) were seen on October 25, 175 were counted on October 26 and at least 1 PINE SISKIN was present on October 27 (LG, PC, SSc, DWo, MB, RK, AC).

YORK COUNTY:
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on October 27 in Hopewell Township Park (DWe).

One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed on October 28 at Young's Woods (HM).

CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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:
http://people.delphiforums.com/MCCONAUGHY/currentbl.htm

*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:
http://www.pabirds.org/records/

The following people have contributed to this report: Jim Austin-Cole (JA-C), David Barber (DBa), Kathy Becker (KB), Tim Becker (TB), Larry Bernhardt (LB), Mark Blauer (MB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Craig Boyhont (CB), Nick Bolgiano (NB), David Brown (DBr), Phil Campbell (PC), Adam Carter (AC), Bill Chambers (BC), Marybeth Chaney (MCh), Ed Chubb (EC), Sue Cooper (SC), Morris Cox (MC), John DeBalko (JD), Jonathan DeBalko (JDe), Tom Dick (TD), Dee Dombach (DD), Scott Dombach (SD), Carl Engstrom (CE),Mike Epler (ME), Rob Feldman (RFe), Jim Fiorentino (JF), Pamela Fisher (PF), Bill Franz (BF), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz (PF), Ian Gardner (IG), Dale Gearhart (DGe), Trudy Gerlach (TG), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Bob Gorsuch (BG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Elaine Hendricks (EH), Deuane Hoffman (DH), Craig Houston (CH), Barbara Hunsberger (BH), Jon Kauffman (JK), Rudy Keller (RK), Nick Kerlin (NK), Dave Kerr (DKe), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), Paul Krepto (PK), Dave Kyler (DK), Trudy Kyler (TK), Josh Lefever (JL), Patrick Lister (PL), Sandy Lockerman (SL), Andy Markel (AM), Henry McLin (HM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Jon Mularczyk (JM), Michael Murphy (MM), Ted Nichols II (TN), Bill Oyler (BO), Richard Pohner (RP), Rick Robinson (RR), Jim Rocco (JR), Matt Sabatine (MSa), Sue Schmoyer (SSc), Dave Schwenk (DS), Brian Shade (BSh), Mark Shope (MS), Ron Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Bob Snyder (BSn), Stan Stahl (SS), Bob Stewart (BSt), Joe Verica (JV), Gene Wagner (GW), Donald Weidemann (DWe), Alan Wells (AW), Doug Wentzel (DW), Linda Whitesel (LW), Chuck Widmann (CW), Fred Wilcox (FW) 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:
http://www.birdtreks.com"
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Mark A. McConaughy      TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
Bushy Run Battlefield
P.O. Box 486
Harrison City, PA 15636-0468      (724) 527-5585 x103
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