Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: April 8th at 1:00 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 April 14th at 7:00 PM at the
Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus. Scott Burnet will do a program called “A
Guide to the Wood Warblers.”
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 LAKE MINSI, Northampton County:
Common Loons – 38 on 4/4.
Sightings from BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
GLOSSY IBIS – 1 on 4/6 (near Route 512 and Clearfield Road).
Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
Red-breasted Mergansers – 4 on 4/1 and 4/4; 2 on 4/5; 2 on 4/6
RED-THROATED LOON – 1 on 4/7
RED-NECKED GREBES – 3 on 4/1.
Sightings from LEASER LAKE, Lehigh County:
Prairie Warbler – 1 on 4/5.
Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Walt Road area:
GREATER SCAUP – 1 back on 3/31.
Sightings from LAKE TOWHEE, Bucks County:
TRUMPETER SWAN – 1 on 4/6.
New arrivals included Spotted Sandpiper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Pine
A little farther afield, a male BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE, a Mexican endemic, has
been seen at feeders in the yards of both 20 and 21 Indiana Street in
Sinking Spring, PA. The last report I have is from April 2nd, but the bird
may still be there. 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.