Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: March 24th at 4:00 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.
There will be a field trip to Leaser Lake on March 26th. Meet at Leaser
Lake’s north boat launch, located on Ontelaunee Road at 8:00 AM. Trip
leader will be Frank Dickman.
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 MARTINS CREEK PPL POWER PLANT area, Northampton County:
At the boat launch area:
Spotted Sandpiper – 1 to at least 3/19.
Sightings from the ALBERT ROAD PONDS, Northampton County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 to at least 3/19
Ring-necked Ducks – 180 on 3/17.
Sightings from PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
ICELAND GULL – 1 on 3/18 (adult).
At a private feeder:
Rusty Blackbirds – 3 to at least 3/19.
Also Chipping Sparrow.
Sightings from EAST ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Along Township Line Road:
Peregrine Falcon – 1 on 3/18.
Along Arrowhead Road:
LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1 to at least 3/21
SNOW BUNTINGS – 2 to at least 3/19.
Sightings from LEASER LAKE, Lehigh County:
SNOW BUNTINGS – 2 on 3/18.
Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
“EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL – 1 to at least 3/19.
At the Walt Road area:
LONG-TAILED DUCKS – 2 on 3/19; 4 on 3/21; 1 on 3/22
Common Loon – 1 on 3/16 and 3/17.
Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
CANVASBACKS – 7 on 3/21.
Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Red-breasted Merganser – 1 on 3/18
Common Merganser – 328 on 3/18
Ruddy Ducks – ~80 on 3/17.
Also Double-crested Cormorant.
Red-breasted Nuthatches and Fox Sparrows were 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.