* Central Pennsylvania
* February 4, 2016
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Tioga Co.)
WESTERN TANAGER (Centre Co.)
PINE SISKIN (Clearfield & Franklin Cos.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
February 4, 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, February 4, 2016.
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in northwestern Adams County on January 30 located 25 BLACK VULTURES, 24 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 5 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 44 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS (RFr, PFr, KGi, DGi).
Up to 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen between January 30 and February 2 at Gettysburg National Historic Battlefield (RTSG, JS).
Up to 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were observed between February 1 and 2 among a flock of HORNED LARKS along Possum Hollow Road (PK, IC).
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on February 2 at 64 Gordon Road (CB).
One LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on January 28 at Beltzville State Park (RR).
The WESTERN TANAGER continues to be observed through January 31 along 1810 Walnut Grove Drive (MN, LC, JC, JD, SC, KA). It is best seen in the morning, but has been seen later in the day. It has also been seen in the walnut grove across the road and in briars along the road. Neighbors are NOT welcoming birders so FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS if you wish to view this bird. Park along the gravel pull off near the "For Sale" sign and walk back to the greenish house. Birders may stand in the side yard to view the feeders where the bird has been seen.
Two adult BALD EAGLES were seen on January 31 soaring over Madisonburg (JKa).
One dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on January 29 along Hayes Road near Luthersburg (DR).
Three PINE SISKINS were observed on January 31 in the Richards' yard in Treasure Lake (DR).
One MERLIN was seen on January 29 along Eby Road near Hershey (AL).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 31 along Routes 443, 322, 225 and 325 recorded 2 BLACK VULTURES, 28 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS (DM, JD, BR).
Up to 11 PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders through January 31 along Laurel Drive (VB).
Up to 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen between January 28 and 30 along Claar Road (ZA, GD, JK).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 30 in the McAlevy's Fort area found 1 adult BALD EAGLE, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 18 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS (GG, DG, RF, RC).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 30 in the northern part of the county located 3 COOPER'S HAWKS, 12 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS (DB, IB, LB, NEK).
A PEREGRINE FALCON was observed last week behind the Lowes store in Lewistown (GB, MB).
One GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on January 30 at Muddy Run Reservoir (TA).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be observed through January 31 along Cocalico Creek off of Hickory/Sportsman Road (JL, EW).
Over 100 BALD EAGLES were seen on January 31 at Safe Harbor Dam when they opened the gates - it is presumed they came up from the Conowingo Dam area (TW).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 31 found 11 BLACK VULTURES, 69 TURKEY VULTURES, 81 BALD EAGLES, 1 COOPER'S HAWKS, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 19 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON (TR, KS).
Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on January 28 among a flock of 50 HORNED LARKS along the east end of Hostetter Lane (TB).
One dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on January 28 at Millardsville Quarry (RM).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 31 from Schuykill to Dauphin counties along Route 443 located 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS (DM, JD, BR).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the southern portion of the county on January 30 counted 3 BLACK VULTURES, 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, 21 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 AMERICAN KESTREL (JY, ML).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the west central portion of the county on January 30 found 6 BLACK VULTURES, 3 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE (JY, ML).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted in the Ferguson Valley Area on January 30 located 1 BLACK VULTURE, 1 BALD EAGLE, 3 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 41 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 6 AMERICAN KESTRELS (BF, LP, SS, AS).
One dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on February 2 at a bend in Shady Hill Road (AK).
A Winter Raptor Survey conducted on January 31 found 6 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 17 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE (MJ, KJ).
One NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on February 1 in State Game Lands 268 (RH).
Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were observed on February 2 from the channel overlook/dam area of Tioga-Hammond Lakes (RH).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on January 29 along Wolfland Road (EH).
Five RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen through February 1 at Gifford Pinchot State Park (TN, DH).
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:
Zachary Adams (ZA), Tom Amico (TA), Katie Andersen (KA), V. Barnes (VB), Tim Becker (TB), Chuck Berthoud (CB), Gloria Bickel (GB), Matt Bickel (MB), Diane Bierley (DB), Isaac Byler (IB), Louise Byler (LB), John Carter (JC), Lindera Carter (LC), Ian Clarke (IC), Shawn Collins (SC), Ron Crandell (RC), Jarrod Derr (JD), Gordon Dimmig (GD), Jim Dunn (JD), Bob Fowles (BF), Pat Freed (PFr), Ron Freed (RFr), Roana Fuller (RF), Ron-Tracy Snyder-George (RTSG), Deb Gingrich (DGi), Keith Gingrich (KGi), Deborah Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Rich Hanlon (RH), Eric Hartshaw (EH), Deuane Hoffman (DH), Kathy Johnson (KJ), Mark Johnson (MJ), Jennifer Kagel (JKa), Jon Kauffman (JK), Phil Keener (PK), Andy Keister (AK), Nancy Ellen Kiernan (NEK), Alex Lamoreaux (AL), Josh Lefever (JL), Meredith Lombard (ML), David McNaughton (DM), Randy Miller (RM), Mark Nale (MN), Ted Nichols II (TN), Louie Peight (LP), Tom Raub (TR), Rich Rehrig (RR), Dan Richards (DR), Barb Ritzheimer (BR), Jack Schultz (JS), Kim Steininger (KS), Amos Swarey (AS), Stephen Swarey (SS), Teresa Webster (TW), Eric Witmer (EW) and Joe Yoder (JY). 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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