* Central Pennsylvania
* August 25, 2016
BROWN PELICAN (Susquehanna Co.)
AMERICAN BITTERN (Tioga Co.)
SNOWY EGRETS (Lancaster Co.)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Lancaster, Lancaster/Lebanon & Tioga Cos.)
GLOSSY IBIS (Lancaster Co.)
AMERICAN AVOCET (Lancaster Co.)
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (Lancaster Co.)
MARSH WREN (Lancaster Co.)
LARK SPARROW (Lancaster Co.)
BLUE GROSBEAK (Carbon Co.)
Hotline: Central Pennsylvania Birdline
August 25, 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, August 25, 2016.
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on August 20 at a home along Shippensburg Road (MB).
Allegheny Front Hawk Watch reports counting 2 BLACK VULTURES, 19 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 OSPREY, 5 BALD EAGLE, 2 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, 102 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 10 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL and 1 MERLIN between August 18 and 23 (TD, JR, BSt, DBo). One OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was also seen on August 20 (JR).
One BLUE GROSBEAK was seen on August 20 along the LNE Trail at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center (RH).
Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch reported counting 18 OSPREY, 31 BALD EAGLES, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 8 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 102 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 34 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 13 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 1 MERLIN and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS between August 18 and 24 (DG, KG, RF, GW).
One YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on August 19 along Dead Womans Hollow Road (MB).
Two CASPIAN TERNS were seen on August 19 flying down river at the Rockville Bridge over the Susquehanna River (DK).
Two CASPIAN TERNS were observed on August 19 standing on a rock in the Susquehanna River up river from Marysville (DK).
Two BALD EAGLES and 4 CASPIAN TERNS were seen on August 22 perched on rocks near the Canal Lock Recreation Area south of Middleton (DK).
One OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on August 18 at Caledonia State Park (BO).
One BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was observed on August 20 at Bender's Ponds (VG).
Up to 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were seen between August 20 and 21 in the Pleasant Hall-Upper Strasburg-Roxbury area (BO, CGa). One PEREGRINE FALCON was present on August 23 (BO).
Up to 2 juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERONS continue to be seen through August 23 at Octoraro Reservoir from Mt. Eden Road (RR, PM, PF, HM). Two SNOWY EGRETS were present between August 19 and 23 (PM, CG, PF, HM).
One juvenile GLOSSY IBIS continues to be observed through August 21 at Conejohela Flats (ZM, ME, TN, JY, ML). One BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was present on August 20 (ME, TN, ZM). Up to 62 BLACK TERNS were seen on August 21 (JY, ML). One AMERICAN AVOCET was observed on August 23 from the Blue Rock Road Boat Launch (LB, ME, TN).
One OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found on August 19 at the Rock Springs Nature Preserve (ME, TN).
One LARK SPARROW was seen on August 22 at the Chestnut Grove Natural Area (ML, JY, CB, ME, IG, TN, EW). One SORA, 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and 1 MARSH WREN were present on August 23 (BC, RPr, PPr, ME, TN, LB, ZM).
One juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON continues to be seen through August 19 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (RM).
Second Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 5 BALD EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 11 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 5 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 1 AMERICAN KESTREL between August 18 and 22 (SC, LC).
One BALD EAGLE and 1 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were seen or were heard calling on August 19 at Governor Dick Park (PB, RM).
One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed on August 20 in State Game Lands 145 (RP).
Hawk Mountain Hawk Watch reported counting 24 OSPREY, 21 BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 6 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 54 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 16 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 8 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 3 MERLINS and 1 PEREGRINE FALCON between August 18 and 23 (LG, DB, RM, JS, BB, RFi, JSc, AC, RK, AK).
One BROWN PELICAN was seen on August 21 at Lake Crisann (TNo).
One juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON continues to be seen through August 18 at the Ives Run Recreational Area of the Tioga-Hammond Lakes (DP).
One AMERICAN BITTERN was observed on August 21 at The Muck Rail yard area (LS).
Up to 6 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen through August 22 along Wolfland Road (WS).
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be observed through August 20 along the Dales Ridge Trail (MH).
Two OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were seen on August 18 at Lake Williams in William H. Kain County Park (CK).
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:
Dave Barber (DB), Larry Bernhardt (LB), Chuck Berthoud (CB), Mike Bertram (MB), Deb Bodenschatz (DBo), Bracken Brown (BB), Paul Brubaker (PB), Bruce Carl (BC), Adam Carter (AC), Larry Coble (LC), Sue Cooper (SC), Tom Dick (TD), Mike Epler (ME), Ryan Fick (RFi), Pamela Fisher (PF), Ron Freed (RF), Ian Gardner (IG), Carl Garner (CGa), Vern Gauthier (VG), Keith Gingrich (KG), Laurie Goodrich (LG), Calton Groff (CG), Dave Grove (DG), Matthew Heintzelman (MH), Robert Hoopes (RH), Rudy Keller (RK), Dave Kerr (DK), Chuck Kling (CK), Arlene Koch (AK), Meredith Lombard (ML), Rebecca McCabe (RM), Holly Merker (HM), Patricia Millar (PM), Zachary Millen (ZM), Randy Miller (RM), Ted Nichols II (TN), Tom Norville (TNo), Bill Oyler (BO), Robert Peda RP), Dale Plumley (DP), Peggy Price (PPr), Rick Price (RPr), Rick Robinson (RR), Jim Rocco (JR), Jeremy Scheivert (JS), Joe Scholtes (JSc), William Snyder (WS), Linda Stager (LS), Bob Stewart (BSt), Gene Wagner (GW), Eric Witmer (EW) and Joseph 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:
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