Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: March 3rd at 5:00 AM
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Compiler: Dave DeReamus
My reporting area includes all of Lehigh and Northampton Counties with the
northern edge of the area reaching Beltzville State Park and the southern
edge reaching Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. Updates are typically done
every Friday, more often when necessary.
The next Audubon program will be held on March 10th at 7:00 PM at the
Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus. The program will be “Vernal Pools and
Their Significance for Amphibian and Reptile Species”.
There will be a field trip to Green Lane Reservoir on March 18th. Meet at
the Tilghman Square parking lot, near the Red Robin restaurant, just west of
Route 309 at 8:30 AM. Trip leader will be Mark Boyd.
Directions to many of the sites in this report can be found in the area’s
birding guidebook, “Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity”. A completely
revised, 2nd edition of the book can be ordered at:
NOW FOR THE BIRDS!
Sightings from the ALBERT ROAD PONDS, Northampton County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 2/28.
Sightings from the NAZARETH area, Northampton County:
At the Gracedale area:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 2/25.
Also Eastern Meadowlark.
Sightings from the NAZARETH QUARRY, Northampton County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 2/27
Cackling Goose – 1 on 2/19
CANVASBACK – 1 on 2/19
REDHEADS – 2 on 2/19.
Sightings from WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow – 1 to at least 2/27.
Sightings from the BETHLEHEM area, Northampton County:
Peregrine Falcon – 1 on 2/28.
Sightings from MOORE TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
American Woodcock – 1 on 2/26.
Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
Tundra Swans – ~100 on 2/25
Eastern Phoebe – 1 on 2/25
Tree Swallow – 1 on 2/25.
Sightings from LEASER LAKE, Lehigh County:
Tundra Swans – 47 on 2/25
American Woodcock – 1 on 2/26.
Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
At the Dorney Park pond:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 to at least 2/22; 2 on 2/18 and 2/21
Cackling Goose – 1 to at least 2/23.
Sightings from the HENNINGSVILLE area, Berks County:
Brown Thrasher – 1 to at least 2/26.
Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 2/20
“EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL – 1 on 2/25 and 3/1
ICELAND GULL – 1 on 2/26.
At the Walt Road area:
Ring-necked Ducks – 138 on 2/20.
Sightings from DEEP CREEK / KNIGHT LAKE area, Montgomery County:
Common Goldeneye – 1 to at least 2/26.
Sightings from LAKE TOWHEE, Bucks County:
TRUMPETER SWAN – 1 to at least 2/25.
Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Ruddy Ducks – 69 on 2/25
American Woodcock – 6 on 2/24.
Also Hooded Merganser and Merlin.
Bald Eagles and Red-breasted Nuthatches continued to be reported from
several sites this past week.
A little farther afield, a male BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE, a Mexican endemic, is
being seen at feeders in the yards of both 20 and 21 Indiana Street in
Sinking Spring, PA. If accepted, this would be a first North American
record! One other bird was seen in southern California years ago, but was
not accepted because of a question of origin.
This bird is accessible, but PLEASE FOLLOW THESE RULES:
1) Visiting hours are from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM only.
2) Parking for now is on Indiana Street.
3) Be courteous. DON’T BLOCK DRIVEWAYS OR MAILBOXES.
4) Please don’t stand right in front of the house to keep from scaring the
bird away from the feeder by the front window! The bird is shy!
5) Please stay on the sidewalks and don’t enter people’s yards.
6) Respect the neighborhood’s privacy and property.
7) Please sign the Logbook since the homeowners are interested in knowing
who comes to see the bird and where they come from.
Please obey these rules to allow continued cooperation and access and set a
good example for the birding community.