* Central Pennsylvania
* March 6, 2014
CACKLING GOOSE (Franklin & Lebanon Cos.)
HARLEQUIN DUCK (Juniata Co.)
SANDHILL CRANE (Centre Co.)
SNOWY OWL (Lancaster, Montour & Northumberland Cos.)
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (Centre Co.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
March 6, 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 March 6, 2014.
Eight WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on March 3 at Gordon Lake and Lake Koon (ALe).
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting 3 TURKEY VULTURES, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 4 GOLDEN EAGLES between February 28 and March 4 (EG, BSt, BG, JR).
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on February 28 feeding on carrion in a field adjacent to W. Whitehall Road about 2.5 miles past its intersection with Tadpole Road. It later flew off (JV, AL).
The 5 SANDHILL CRANES continue to be observed through at least March 4 at the Fairbrook Wetlands off of Tadpole Road (AL, BF, CE, BA, JKo, MSa, IG, JV). The SANDHILL CRANES also were seen on March 1 and 5 in a corn field off of 46600-4700 block of W. Whitehall Road (DS, JV). Four RUSTY BLACKBIRDS also were seen on March 1 (CE).
Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 8 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 8 GOLDEN EAGLES between February 27 and March 4 (JK).
A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen between March 1 and 3 along Cemetery Road in Woodward (JV, AL, JKo, JB, EG, BV, CE).
One ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed kiting over fields to the east of the Musser Gap parking area (JP).
A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen on March 3 at the farm near Whitehall and S. Nixon Roads (JV).
One RED-NECKED GREBE was observed between March 3 and 4 at the pond along Johnston Road (AL, IG, JM, JV, MSa).
One adult and six immature BALD EAGLES were seen on March 2 along the Susquehanna River between Danville and Nescopeck (PD).
The WHITE-WINGED SCOTER continues to be seen at the Big Spring through at least February 27 (VG). An adult BALD EAGLE was at the Childrens Lake area on March 5 (DK).
One LONG-EARED OWL was observed on February 28 along Center Road West (VG).
Two RED-NECKED GREBES continue to be seen through at least March 1 in the Susquehanna River at the Middletown Access (RW, PW, CM).
Two adult BALD EAGLES were seen on February 28 soaring over the Clark's Ferry Bridge (MBi, TBi).
A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was observed between February 28 and March 1 from Front Street in the Susquehanna River near the I-83 Bridge (DH, RW, PW).
Four RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on March5 in the Susquehanna River near the Clark's Ferry Bridge (EC).
A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Greencastle Reservoir in the morning of February 27 (CG). One CACKLING GOOSE was found in the afternoon of February 27 in a farm meadow near the stream (CG).
Two SNOWY OWLS were observed on February 28 along Hisson Road (SDo, JDo).
One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on March 5 at the Raystown Dam spillway (GG).
One RED-NECKED GREBE was observed on March 5 in the Juniata River just a few hundred yards west of the Mifflin County line along Route 103 (GG).
A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen between March 4 and 5 in the Juniata River at the Mifflintown River access (DW, JSt, CK). One RED-NECKED GREBE also was present on March 5 (RD, CK).
A pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS, some RED-THROATED LOONS and 1 BALD EAGLE were found on March 4 on the Juniata River near the dead end road near the lock house north of the Mifflintown River access (CK). The HARLEQUIN DUCKS continued to be seen through March 5 (CK, TB, EC).
One RED-NECKED GREBE was observed on March 4 at the Huntingdon Furnace pond (IG).
Up to 3 SNOWY OWLS were seen between February 28 and March 2 along Musser School Road between where S. Groffdale "T's" and doglegs with it and the intersection with Zeltenreich Road (PB, BN, SH, JB, JD, JS, TA, LC, DHa, PF, JT, BM, PM, DL, CMa). Two PEREGRINE FALCONS also were present on February 28 in this area (SH, JB).
Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 12 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on February 28 in the Lake Clark portion of the Susquehanna River (ME). Up to 8 RED-NECKED GREBES were present on March 1 (ME, EW).
One ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 1 SNOWY OWL were seen on March 1 perched in a tree near 2013-14 Voganville Road (BM, NM, PF).
One SNOWY OWL was observed on March 1 along Wissler Road (DHa).
A SNOWY OWL was seen on March 1 along Indiantown Road near Durlach Road (CMa).
Twelve RED-NECKED GREBES were observed on March 4 in the Susquehanna River off of Peach Bottom Village (BS).
One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on March 1 at Millardville Quarry Pond (JD). A CACKLING GOOSE was present on March 5 (RM).
One RED-NECKED GREBE was seen between March 3 and 5 in the Susquehanna River near the Williamsport Dam (DB, EH, AK).
Three RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on March 5 in the Juniata River near the bridge at Newton Hamilton (GG).
Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on March 5 in the Juniata River about 1.5 miles downstream from the Mattawanna/McVeytown Bridge (GG).
One SNOWY OWL was seen on February 27 along Strick Road between Fairview and Walter Roads (DB, AK). One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was in this area on March 1 (EN, NB, KF, KW, JO, AF, LK, IE, AG, BFo, MH, NK, RM, MS).
One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on March 1 off of Sugar Camp Road (KW).
Three SNOWY OWLS were found on March 3 near Limestoneville (BB).
Two SNOWY OWLS were seen between February 27 and March 1 in corn a stubble field along County Line Road (AK, EN, NB, KF, KW, JO, AF, LK, IE, AG, BFo, MH, NK, SF).
Up to 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen between February 28 and March 2 off of Fort Rice Road near Millheim Road (BF-D, PD, BD, DL, KW, NB, MS, RM).
One BALD EAGLE was seen on February 28 perched in a tree along Routes 11/15 near Montgomery's Ferry (MBi, TBi).
A MERLIN flew into a city of York property on March 5 (AP).
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: Tom Amico (TA), Brian Atanasio (BA), Brent Bacon (BB), Jane Barnette (JB), Tim Becker (TB), Joseph Bellehumeur (JB), Mary Bigalow (MBi), Tim Bigalow (TBi), Paul Blank (PB), Nicholas Block (NB), David Brown (DB), Liz Cates (LC), Ed Chubb (EC), Paul Dennehy (PD), Rob Dickerson (RD), Bill DiDomenico (BD), Josh Donaldson (JDo), Susan Donaldson (SDo), Jim Dunn (JD), Imran Ejotre (IE), Carl Engstrom (CE), Mike Epler (ME), Brenda Fischer-Dennehy (BF-D), Kim Fisher (KF), Pamela Fisher (PF), Brent Forbes (BFo), Bob Fowles (BF), Anna Freundlich (AF), Steph Fullmer (SF), Alexis Galaini (AG), Ian Gardner (IG), Carl Garner (CG), Vern Gauthier (VG), Bob Gorsuch (BG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Elora Grahame (EG), Greg Grove (GG), Sue Hannon (SH), Denice Hardtmann (DHa), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Matthew Heintzelman (MH), Daniel Hinnebusch (DH), Chad Kauffman (CK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Andy Keister (AK), Dave Kerr (DK), Nicole Kleponis (NK), Jillian Koren (JKo), Laura Kurpiers (LK), Alex Lamoreaux (AL), Desra Lee (DL), Andrew Lenhart (ALe), Rod Maier (RM), Chris Markiewicz (CM), Carolyn Mathur (CMa), Nate McKelvie (NM), Jean Miller (JM), Randy Miller (RM), Paige Morabito (PM), Brent Musser (BM), Barbara Neff (BN), Emily Norton (EN), Joseph Orecchio (JO), Ann Pettigrew (AP), Joshua Potter (JP), Matthew Sabatine (MSa), Bob Schutsky (BS), Jeff Shenot (JS), Dick Sprott (DS), Bob Stewart (BSt), Jim Stoner (JSt), Matt Szucs (MS), Jaime Thomas (JT), Joe Verica (JV), Benjamin Vizzachero (BV), Dusty Weidner (DW), Patricia Williams (PW), Richard Williams (RW), Kate Wilsterman (KW) and Eric Witmer (EW). 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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