* Central Pennsylvania
* April 28, 2016
RED-THROATED LOON (Carbon Co.)
AMERICAN BITTERN (Huntingdon & Lycoming Cos.)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Dauphin Co.)
COMMON GALLINULE (Lycoming Co.)
SANDHILL CRANE (Centre, McKean & Sullivan Cos.)
MARSH WREN (Centre Co.)
PINE SISKIN (Adams, Carbon, Centre, Cumberland & Franklin Cos.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
April 28, 2016
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, April 28, 2016.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on April 24 at Lake Meade (JV).
One PINE SISKIN visited a feeder in Carroll Valley on April 26 and 27 (DM).
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting 7 OSPREY, 2 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 9 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 42 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 5 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL and 1 MERLIN between April 21 and 27 (EG, TD, BW, BSt, DBo, RMc).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on April 22 on a telephone pole along Route 36 (LC, JC).
One RED-THROATED LOON continues to be seen through April 21 at Beltzville State Park (RR). Six PINE SISKINS were observed at the feeders in the park on April 23 (RR).
Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 13 TURKEY VULTURES, 31 OSPREY, 7 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 71 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 704 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 5 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE and 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS between April 21 and 25 (RK, NB).
One SANDHILL CRANE was seen on April 22 flying over Union and Chestnut Streets in State College (JP).
A MERLIN was observed on April 22 in Hartley Woods (MB).
One DUNLIN was seen on April 24 near the Foster Joseph Sayers Dam in Bald Eagle State Park (MB). One RED-NECKED GREBE and 1 MARSH WREN were present on April 26 (BSc).
Seven PINE SISKINS continue to visit the Pendorf's feeders through April 27 (AP).
Two CASPIAN TERNS were seen on April 21 at Possum Lake (DK).
Up to 6 PINE SISKINS continue to visit the Strassner's feeders through April 26 (SS).
Three PINE SISKINS were observed on April 23 at Camp Michaux in Michaux State Forest (VG, DK). One ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found on April 26 (VG).
Four EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were seen or were calling on April 23 along Dickerson-Ridge Road at Old Ridge Road (VG).
Four PINE SISKINS visited feeders in Creek Bottom through April 24 (AGr).
One LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen on April 24 at Wildwood Park in northern Harrisburg (RP).
An EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was calling on April 22 at the CCC Camp in Stillhouse Hollow (BK).
At least 5 PINE SISKINS continue to be seen at Caledonia State Park through April 25 (NM, DC).
Up to 45 PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders along Laurel Drive through April 26 (VB, NM).
One AMERICAN BITTERN was seen on April 21 at Old Crow Wetland (TK).
One AMERICAN BITTERN and at least 1 MARSH WREN were observed on April 25 at the Raystown Lake Mitigation Area in State Game Lands 420 (GD).
One GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen on April 25 at the Raystown Field Station of Juniata College (GD).
Two GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER were observed on April 27 along Red Rose Road (JG).
One CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to be seen through April 24 west of Ephrata along S. Fairview Road between Lincoln and W. Fairview Roads and just past the Amish school house on the west side of the road (IG, DH, AG, PB).
Two SNOWY EGRETS were observed on April 22 at Octoraro Reservoir (CG). A LAUGHING GULL was present on April 23 (ME).
One PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen on April 24 in the marshy area along Prescot Road near Bainbridge (TN, ME).
One DUNLIN was observed on April 24 at Avocet Point in Conejohela Flats (BC, EW).
Eight RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on April 21 in the Corridor at Fort Indiantown Gap (IG, JD). Five RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were present at the Cantonment on April 26 (IG, JD).
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 34 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 2 DUNLIN were seen between April 22 and 24 at the ponds near the intersection of Fox and Prescott Roads (DB, TN, DHo, KB, TB, JH). One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was also present on April 23 (JH).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed on April 26 at 250 Hergelrode Drive (MH).
One AMERICAN BITTERN and 1 COMMON GALLINULE were seen on April 24 in State Game Lands 252 (DBr, BB).
One SANDHILL CRANE was seen on April 23 north of Champlin Hill Road between Open Brook and Pine Grove Roads (AB).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on April 22 at Warrior Run Wetlands (KP).
One GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen on April 27 along Bryner Road in Tuscarora State Forest (VG).
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 2 BLACK VULTURES, 6 TURKEY VULTURES, 6 OSPREY, 8 BALD EAGLES, 7 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 20 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 124 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS between April 21 and 26 (LG, AP, PD, RH, PC, BBr, IM, MR, PH).
One SANDHILL CRANE continues to be heard calling at Shady Nook (RM).
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen through at least April 24 along Wolfland Road (WS).
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:
V. Barnes (VB), Kathy Becker (KB), Timothy Becker (TB), Don Billett (DB), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Mark Bonta (MBo), Anna Breslin (AB), Margaret Brittingham (MB), Bobby Brown (BB), Bracken Brown (BBr), David Brown (DBr), Peter Burns (PB), Paulina Camarena (PC), Bruce Carl (BC), John Carter (JC), Lindera Carter (LC), David Cooney, Jr. (DC), Jarrod Derr (JD), Tom Dick (TD), Gordon Dimmig (GD), Patricia Dumandan (PD), Mike Epler (ME), Ian Gardner (IG), Vernon Gauthier (VG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Alexander Green (AGr), Carlton Groff (CG), Al Guarente (AG), Joe Gyekis (JG), Jonathan Heller (JH), Paul Heveran (PH), L. Michael High (MH), Rachelle Hitt (RH), Deaune Hoffman (DHo), Derek Hudgins (DH), Bob Keener (BK), Rohan Kensey (RK), Dave Kerr (DK), Trudy Kyler (TK), Nancy Magnusson (NM), Dan Mangan (DM), Rosemary McGlynn (RMc), Robert Megraw (RM), Itzel Mendoza (IM), Ted Nichols II (TN), Bill Oyler (BO), Karol Pasquinelli (KP), Robert Peda (RP), Julia Plummer (JP), Anisha Pokharel (AP), Rich Rehrig (RR), Marc Robinson (MR), Brian Schmoke (BSc), William Snyder (WS), Bob Stewart (BSt), Susan Strassner (SS), Jason Verdier (JV), Brian Wargo (BW) 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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P.O. Box 486
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