* Central Pennsylvania
* November 27, 2014
CACKLING GOOSE (Clearfield & Lebanon Cos.)
TRUMPETER SWAN (York Co.)
SANDHILL CRANE (Clinton, Cumberland & Montour Cos.)
ICELAND GULL (Lebanon Co.)
SNOWY OWL (Cumberland Co.)
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (Lancaster Co.)
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (Cambria Co.)
PINE SISKINS (Cumberland, Huntingdon, Huntingdon/Mifflin, Lebanon & Schuylkill/Berks Cos.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
November 27, 2014
To Report: [email protected]
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, November 27, 2014.
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen between November 23 and 24 at Lake Meade (JV). One adult BLAD EAGLE also was seen on November 24 (JV).
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reported counting 4 BLACK VULTURES, 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 25 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 6 GOLDEN EAGLES between November 20 and 25 (EG, TD, DBo, JR, BG, BSt, BG, RMc). Fourteen SNOW BUNTINGS also were seen on November 21 (TD).
A BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was seen on November 20 at a feeder in Loretto (LJ).
One FORSTER'S TERN was seen on November 23 at Beltzville Lake (JM).
Up to 3 BALD EAGLES and 1 MERLIN were seen between November 22 and 23 at Bald Eagle State Park (BSn, JC).
A flock of 10 CACKLING GEESE and 1 BALD EAGLE were seen on November 24 at Treasure Lake (DR).
Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen on November 23 in a field off of Brungard Road near Rosecrans Bog and near Logantown (RA).
One BARN OWL was seen on November 20 when it flew in front of a car at Fort McClure Boulevard and Sand Street (AKe).
Waggoner Gap reported counting 43 TURKEY VULTURES, 14 BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 4 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 77 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 11 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 MERLIN and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON between November 20 and 24 (DG, GW, KG, RF, PF, CH, JL).
Six SANDHILL CRANES were seen on November 22 flying south over 76 Carlisle Road (BF).
One PINE SISKIN was observed on November 23 in State Game Lands 230 and an additional 30 PINE SISKINS were seen in nearby backyards (PL).
A SNOWY OWL was perched in a tree about 100 yards north of mile marker 215 along the Pennsylvania Turnpike on November 24 (PB).
One SNOWY OWL was photographed on November 25 at Cedar Cliff High School in an internal courtyard not accessible by the public (DBra, TN). It cannot be viewed outside the high school (TN).
A pair of BALD EAGLES were seen on November 24 perched in a tree on an Amish farm in Fannett Township (MWi).
One PEREGRINE FALCON was observed on November 25 perched on the handle of the World's Largest Paint Can located along I-81 (TN).
One PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on November 25 landing on
the Four Points Sheridan sign near the intersection of I-81 at Route 30 in Chambersburg (BO) [this may be the same bird as in the preceding report].
Twelve PINE SISKINS were seen on November 22 at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center (ACh).
A single LAPLAND LONGSPUR was observed on November 23 among a flock of approximately 50 HORNED LARKS along the Pennsylvania Furnace Road (JK).
A very late MAGNOLIA WARBLER visited the Kyler's backyard feeders on November 23 (DK, TK).
Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 8 TURKEY VULTURES, 5 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 23 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 9 GOLDEN EAGLES between November 20 and 25 (TK, NB, DK, JK, GG, DSt, DWe, JP, JB). Fifty PINE SISKINS also were counted on November 21 (JB, JK).
An immature male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a feeder at a residence near Akron between November 20 and 21 (BC, TN, ZA, ZM, RR, ME). It was NOT seen after November 21 and may have left the area (BC). This bird was caught and banded while confirming the identification as a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (SL). Anyone wishing to see this bird can do so by parking in the Akron Church of the Brethren parking lot which is directly behind the property with the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD. The feeders can be viewed from behind the wooden guard rail at the edge of the lot. People have permission to use this parking lot except on Sunday mornings between 8 AM and 12 noon. DO NOT leave the parking lot if you wish to view this bird. People DO NOT have permission to go into the yard with the feeders.
Up to 6 BALD EAGLES and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON were seen on November 20 at Middle Creek Wildlife Propagation Area (SS, RM).
Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 3 BLACK VULTURES, 5 TURKEY VULTURES, 8 BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 58 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 7 GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCONS between November 20 and 24 (FW, SC, DS, EC, GK, RP, MC). PINE SISKINS also were seen on November 23 (MC).
Two CACKLING GEESE, 1 BALD EAGLE and 1 first winter ICELAND GULL was seen on November 24 at Lion's Lake (RM).
Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 2 TURKEY VULTURE, 7 BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIERS, 3 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 28 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES between November 20 and 24 (JK, RSi, DSm, LW, MS). An unspecified number of PINE SISKINS also were seen on November 22 (MS).
One SANDHILL CRANE was seen on November 20 flying with a flock of CANADA GEESE along Fairview Road (AKe).
One light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed on November 22 at Montour Preserve (ACha, BCh, DBr).
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary reported counting 5 BLACK VULTURES, 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 17 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 7 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 76 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES between November 20 and 24 (LG, AK, RK, MB, DWo, DBa, HMe, MR, MJM, BSa, BD, DH, DKr, AC, PC, SSc, MW, JFT, BBr). Twenty-one PINE SISKINS also were seen on November 21 (LG) Unspecified numbers of PINE SISKINS were observed on November 20, 22 and 23 (LG, DBa, BSa, BBr).
One TRUMPETER SWAN was seen on November 22 at Long Arm Reservoir (HM).
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were observed on November 24 at Hopewell Township Park (RS).
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), Raymond Allgyer (RA), David Barber (DBa), Jason Beale (JB), Mark Blauer (MB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Dan Brauning (DBra), Bracken Brown (BBr), Deb Brown (DBr), Peter Burns (PB), Phil Campbell (PC), Bruce Carl (BC), Adam Carter (AC), Audrey Chambers (ACha), Bill Chambers (BCh), Ed Chubb (EC), Alyssia Church (ACh), Jack Cochran (JC), Sue Cooper (SC), Morris Cox (MC), Tom Dick (TD), Mike Epler (ME), Bill Franz (BF), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz (PF), Dale Gearhart (DGe), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Bob Gorsuch (BG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Craig Houston (CH), Laurie Johnston (LJ), Jon Kauffman (JK), Andy Keister (AKe), Rudy Keller (RK), Arlene Koch (AK), Gary Koppenhaver (GK), Dave Kruel (DKr), Dave Kyler (DK), Trudy Kyler (TK), Sandy Lockerman (SL), Peter Lusardi (PL), Rosemary McGlynn (RMc), Henry McLin (HM), Mary Jane McMillan (MJM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Jonathan Mularczyk (JM), Ted Nichols III (TN), Bill Oyler (BO), Richard Pohner (RP), Dan Richards (DR), Rick Robinson (RR), Jim Rocco (JR), Matt Sabatine (MSa), Beth Sassaman (BSa), Sue Schmoyer (SSc), Dave Schwenk (DS), Mark Shope (MS), Ron Singer (RSi), Darrell Smith (DSm), Robin Smith (RS), Bob Snyder (BSn), Stan Stahl (SS), Jean-Francois Therrien (JFT), Jason Verdier (JV), Gene Wagner (GW), Doug Wentzel (DW), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Martin Wilson (MWi), Matt Wlasniewski (MW) 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:
Mark A. McConaughy [email protected]
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