* Central Pennsylvania
* September 15, 2016
EARED GREBE (Lycoming & Montour Co.)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Lancaster Co.)
WILSON'S PHALAROPE (Lancaster Co.)
MARSH WREN (Lancaster Co.)
BEWICK'S WREN? (Tioga Co.)
SUMMER TANAGER (Schuykill/Berks Cos.)
BLUE GROSBEAK (Lancaster Co.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
September 15, 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, September 15, 2016.
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reports counting 3 BLACK VULTURES, 9 OSPREY, 6 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 15 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 7 COOPER'S HAWKS, 462 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 32 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 AMERICAN KESTREL between September 8 and 14 (EG, BW, BSt, DBo, JR, RMc).
One YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and 1 CONNECTICUT WARBLER were seen on September 8 at Scotia Barrens (JP). One ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found in Scotia Barrens on September 11 (JP).
A MERLIN was observed on September 9 in the Penn State University Arboretum (MB). One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was banded on September 12 at the banding station (NK).
Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch reported counting 54 OSPREY, 51 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 170 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 17 COOPER'S HAWKS, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 1121 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 47 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 24 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 5 MERLINS and 8 PEREGRINE FALCONS between September 8 and 14 (DG, KG, RF, GW, PF).
One CASPIAN TERN was seen on September 10 flying over the West Fairview Boat Launch (SK).
Two adult BALD EAGLES were observed on September 12 flying east from Newville toward the Susquehanna River (BF).
One AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen on September 11 in the Susquehanna River rocks just south of the West Fairview Boat Ramp (SK, IG, DKe).
One CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen on September 10 in the game lands of the upper Horse Valley (CB).
One PEREGRINE FALCON was observed on September 11 in the Pleasant Hall-Upper Strasburg-Roxbury area (BO).
One MERLIN was seen on September 13 in the Heisey/Stillhouse Hollow/Ridge Roads area (BO).
Stone Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 7 OSPREY, 18 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 18 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 4 COOPER'S HAWKS, 130 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS between September 8 and 14 (NB, GG, DKy).
One MOURNING WARBLER was seen on September 9 along the Bluebird Trail at Shavers Creek Environmental Center (JK).
One MERLIN, 1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 1 MARSH WREN and at least 1 BLUE GROSBEAK were seen on September 8 at the Chestnut Grove Natural Area (KL). One STILT SANDPIPER was present on September 10 (KL).
One WILSON'S PHALAROPE was observed between September 8 and 10 at Alcoa Marsh (ME, EB, IG, NP, TN, ZM, EW, LB, BH, ML, DH, JC, FB, JB, RR, DHi).
One LITTLE BLUE HERON continues to be seen through September 8 at the Octoraro Reservoir (CG).
One BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was observed on September 11 at Conejohela Flats (ME, TN, ZM, BC, EW).
One OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on September 12 in State Game Lands 220 (BC, EW).
Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 23 OSPREY, 7 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 32 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 7 COOPER'S HAWKS, 4 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 229 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 13 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 GOLDEN EAGLE, 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 3 MERLINS between September 8 and 14 (SC, MC, RP, BWe, EC).
One YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on September 8 in Swatara State Park (TB). A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was present on September 9 (SW).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed on September 9 along Gen. Biddle Road in State Game Lands 145 (TB).
Four AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen between September 10 and 11 around the Kreider Farms Pond (TN, TB).
One YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was observed on September 12 in the Fort Indiantown Gap Corridor (IG).
One ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on September 12 at Council Cup Woods (TG).
The EARED GREBE from Montour Preserve apparently relocated to Rose Valley Lake on September 11 and continued to be present through September 12 (DBr, BB, NF, SP, EH, AK, WS).
Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 7 OSPREY, 19 BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 22 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 6 COOPER'S HAWKS, 287 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 2 MERLINS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON between September 8 and 14 (JK, DS, MS, CK, LW, RS).
One SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen on September 8 at a wetland along State Route 54 near Preserve Road (EH).
An EARED GREBE was observed between September 10 and 11 at Montour Preserve (EH, DBr, DBro, BB, BBr, TN, KP, SP).
One MOURNING WARBLER was seen on September 13 in State Game Lands 170 (EH).
Hawk Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 9 BLACK VULTURES, 23 TURKEY VULTURES, 59 OSPREY, 43 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 113 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 7 COOPER'S HAWKS, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 410 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 24 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 34 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 27 MERLINS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCONS between September 8 and 14 (LG, AO, DB, PH, DK, J, DW, MR, AC, CE, DR, AKo, PC, RFe, JFT, RK, TC). A SUMMER TANAGER was also seen on September 12 (AC, CE, DR, LG).
One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on September 8 at Hills Creek State Park (KC).
One SANDERLING was observed on September 10 at the west boat launch of the Ives Run Recreation Area of Tioga-Hammond Lakes (RH).
There is a report of a possible BEWICK'S WREN being found on September 13 along the Rail Trail in the vicinity of Straight Run (JCo). This report needs to be substantiated by additional sightings and photographs.
Up to 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen through September 9 along Wolfland Road (WS).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be observed through September 10 along the Dales Ridge Trail (MH).
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:
John Baird (JB), David Barber (DB), Fern Bauman (FB), Timothy Becker (TB), Larry Bernhardt (LB), Chris Blazo (CB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Nick Bolgiano (NB), Margaret Brittingham (MB), Emily Broich (EB), Bobby Brown (BB), Bob Brown BBr), David Brown (DBr), Deb Brown (DBro), Bruce Carl (BC), Adam Carter (AC), Jonathan Campbell (JC), Phil Campbell (PC), Ed Chubb (EC), Ken Cooper (KC), Sue Cooper (SC), John Corcoran (JCo), Morris Cox (MC), Teja Curk (TC), Jason Deeter (JD), Catherine Elwell (CE), Mike Epler (ME), Rob Feldman (RFe), Norwood Frederick (NF), Bill Franz (BF), Ron Freed (RF), Paul Fritz (PF), Thomas Galaskewicz (TG), Ian Gardner (IG), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Ed Gowarty (EG), Carlton Grof (CG), Dave Grove (DG), Greg Grove (GG), Rich Hanlon (RH), Dennis Harnly (DH), Eric Hartshaw (EHa), Matthew Heintzelman (MH), Paul Heveran (PH), Daniel Hinnebusch (DHi), Evan Houston (EH), Barbara Hunsberger (BH), Stefan Karkuff (SK), Jon Kauffman (JK), Andy Keister (AK), Rudy Keller (RK), Nick Kerlin (NK), Dave Kerr (DKe), Arlene Koch (AKo), Craig Kochel (CK), David Kruel (DK), David Kyler (DKy), Keith Leidich (KL), M. Lombard (ML), Rosemary McGlynn (RMc), Zachary Millen (ZM), Ted Nichols II (TN), Ana de Osma (AO), Bill Oyler (BO), Karol Pasquinelli (KP), Stephen Pinkerton (SP), Julia Plummer (JP), Richard Pohner (RP), Nick Polini (NP), Dave Rieger (DR), Marc Robinson (MR), Rick Robinson (RR), Jim Rocco (JR), Mark Shope (MS), Ron Singer (RS), Darrell Smith (DS), William Snyder (WS), Bob Stewart (BSt), Jean-Francois Therrien (JFT), Gene Wagner (GW), Steve Walthius (SW), Brian Wargo (BW), Brian Weaver (BWe), Linda Whitesel (LW), Fred Wilcox (FW), Eric Witmer (EW) 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:
I want to thank Bob for his reports and recommend booking one of his tours if you want to view local and extraregional birds.
Mark A. McConaughy TimeTraveler50@comcast.net
Bushy Run Battlefield
P.O. Box 486
Harrison City, PA 15636-0468 (724) 527-5585 x103