* Central Pennsylvania
* October 8, 2015
BRANT (Lycoming Co.)
CACKLING GOOSE (Huntingdon/Mifflin Cos.)
TRUMPETER SWAN (Lycoming Co.)
SWAINSON'S HAWK (Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
MARSH WREN (Centre and Huntingdon Co.)
LECONTE'S SPARROW (Centre Co.)
NELSON'S SPARROW (Centre, Huntingdon & Lancaster Cos.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
October 8, 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, October 8, 2015.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on October 6 at Ward's House (PM).
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting 2 BLACK VULTURES, 325 TURKEY VULTURES, 4 OSPREYS, 6 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 505 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 61 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 41 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 58 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 15 GOLDEN EAGLES, 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 5 MERLINS and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 1 and 6 (TD, DBo, EG, BSt, RMc, TKu, JK, JR).
One NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on October 2 at Beltzville State Park (RR).
One MOURNING WARBLER was seen between October 1 and 2 at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (JV, CE, KE).
One NELSON'S SPARROW was observed on October 2 around the marshy area at the Haugh Family Preserve near Circleville (JV).
Jo Hays vista of Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch counted 1 OSPREY, 13 BALD EAGLES, 9 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 8 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 MERLINS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON on October 2 (CW).
Up to 1 SORA, 3 MARSH WRENS, a possible immature LECONTE'S SPARROW and 1 NELSON'S SPARROW were seen between October 3 and 5 at Colyer Lake (JV, CE, KE, MR).
A BALD EAGLE was observed on October 5 flying over the Penn State Campus (AC).
One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on October 3 at West Fairview (TC).
Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch reports counting 112 TURKEY VULTURES, 62 OSPREY, 39 BALD EAGLES, 11 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 763 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 83 COOPER'S HAWKS, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 61 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 19 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 5 GOLDEN EAGLES, 37 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 12 MERLINS and 18 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 1 and 6 (DG, RF, GW, KG, JKe, PF).
Four CASPIAN TERNS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON were seen on October 3 in the rapids below the Rockville Bridge (TC).
A possible HUTTON'S VIREO was observed on October 5 along the boardwalk trail at Wildwood Lake in northern Harrisburg (EB). Three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were present on October 6 (TC).
One NELSON'S SPARROW was seen on October 6 in the Susquehanna River from West Fairview (IG).
Two SURF SCOTERS were seen on October 3 at Mountain Lake near Fannettsburg (BO, VG, TN, CK, NM).
One EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was observed on October 4 at the Greencastle Reservoir area (BO).
One MERLIN was seen on October 4 in the Pleasant Hall-Upper Strasburg-Roxbury area (BO).
One MERLIN, 1 MARSH WREN and 1 NELSON'S SPARROW was seen on October 5 at the lower pool at Old Crow Wetlands (GG, JK).
One MARSH WREN was observed between October 5 and 6 off the boardwalk at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center (JK, DWe).
Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reports tabulating 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 4 OSPREY, 4 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 74 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 7 COOPER'S HAWKS, 16 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 1 MERLIN and 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 1 and 6 (DWe, JK, NB, TK, GG, DK, JB, JP). One CACKLING GOOSE was also seen on October 1 (DK).
One PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen on October 1 at 6375 Licking Creek Road (DBra).
Five NELSON'S SPARROWS were seen on October 1 at the Bainbridge Islands in the Susquehanna River (TN, ME).
Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPERS were observed on October 4 at a farm pond along Colebrook Road just south of Landisville Road (SS).
One MARSH WREN was seen on October 6 at Riverfront Park (ME).
One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was observed on October 6 at Noel Dorwart Park (SM).
Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 4 BLACK VULTURES, 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 13 OSPREY, 11 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 76 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 18 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 7 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 6 MERLINS and 4 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 1 and 6 (MC, DS, RP, FW, SC, EC).
One SORA (Oct. 1 only) and 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were seen between October 1 and 3 at the pond along Fox and Prescott Roads (AK, SW, TB, ME, DH, TN, IG, BC, GR, RM, VG, ZM, BC, JH, CK, JDa, LB, JF, JHa). Four LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were present on October 2 (RM).
One MERLIN was observed on October 5 along Cherry Lane Road west of Reistville (SS).
The TRUMPETER SWAN continues to be seen through October 6 at the Williamsport Dam (DBro, BB, DBr, BBr, EH). One BRANT also was seen between October 1 and 2 in the Susquehanna River from the Maynard Street Bridge near the Williamsport Dam (DBr, DBro, BB, BBr, EH, NF).
One NORTHERN GOSHAWK was observed on October 1 along Mill Street (DSmi).
Jack's Mountain Hawk Watch counted 2 OSPREY, 1 BALD EAGLE, 38 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 5 COOPER'S HAWKS, 4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 8 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 3 GOLDEN EAGLES and 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS between October 1 and 6 (JK, JB, TW, CH, LW, DSm, MS, CK, RS, CK).
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported 4 BLACK VULTURES, 4 TURKEY VULTURES, 39 OSPREY, 19 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 277 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 28 COOPER'S HAWKS, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 20 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 1 SWAINSON'S HAWK, 11 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 18 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 16 MERLINS and 22 PEREGRINE FALCONS between October 1 and 6 (LG, BD, DB, RK, SSc, MJM, HM, JD, BBrow, PS, ACa, CEl, DR, PC, RF).
One BALD EAGLE and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON were seen on October 1 at Lake Redman (DN).
Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were observed on October 6 at Gifford Pinchot State Park (DWei).
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:
Dave Barber (DB), Timothy Becker (TB), Larry Bernhardt (LB), Ed Bernot (EB), Mark Blauer (MBl), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Deb Brackbill (DBra), Bracken Brown (BBrow), Bob Brown (BBr), Bobby Brown (BB), David Brown (DBr), Deb Brown (DBro), Phil Campbell (PC), Bruce Carl (BC), Adam Carter (ACa), Ed Chubb (EC), Alyssia Church (AC), Bill Clifton (BC), Sue Cooper (SC), Troy Corman (TC), Morris Cox (MC), Jeff Dale (JDa), Jason Deeter (JD), Tom Dick (TD), Catherine Elwell (CEl), Carl Engstrom (CE), Kurt Engstrom (KE), Mike Epler (ME), Rod Feldman (RF), Jim Fiorentino (JF), Norwood Frederick (NF), Ron Freed (RF), Ian Gardner (IG), Vernon Gauthier (VG), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Jason Hall (JHa), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Jonathan Heller (JH), Deuane Hoffman (DH), Chad Kauffman (CK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Andy Keister (AK), Rudy Keller (RK), Nick Kerlin (NK), Janet Kuehl (JK), Tom Kuehl (TKu), David Kyler (DK), Trudy Kyler (TK), Nancy Magnusson (NM), Seth McCormsey (SM), Rosemary McGlynn (RMc), Mary Jane McMillan (MJM), Holly Merker (HM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Peter Morgan (PM), Dean Newhouse (DN), Ted Nichols II (TN), Bill Oyler (BO), Richard Pohner (RP), Joshua Potter (JP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Dave Reiger (DR), Gary Robson (GR), Matthew Rockmore (MR), Jim Rocco (JR), Pablo Santoja (PS), Sue Schmoyer (SSc), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope (MS), Ron Singer (RS), Darrell Smith (DSm), David Smith (DSmi), Stan Stahl (SS), Bob Stewart (BSt), Joseph Verica (JV), Gene Wagner (GW), Steve Walthius (SW), Bob Wasilewski (BW), Donald Weidemann (DWei), Doug Wentzel (DWe), Linda Whitesel (LW), Chuck Widmann (CW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Torri Withrow (TW) and Doug Wood (DW). 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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