Date: 6/28/18 8:28 pm
From: Bill Etter <billetter01...>
Subject: White "form" of Great Blue Heron, Northampton Co
I ran across a Great White Heron this evening at Seiple's Pond.
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will stick around for others to see. Several local birders were able to
get good views and photos from a nice, respectful distance Thursday
evening. The flow of extreme southeastern birds into our region lately is
completely fascinating!

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I wasn't sure if I would post this widely due to potential private property
concerns, but decided to take a chance since it's an interesting bird. If
you come here to view or photograph this bird, here are the rules:

There's a small set of store fronts here, right along Rt 329 and adjacent
to the pond. Park in the PAVED lot, but NOT directly in front of the
businesses. Do NOT park in the gravel driveway that goes back to the
farm. Do NOT walk across the gravel driveway to get closer to the pond.
Do NOT walk down the driveway toward the farm. In fact, if you step foot
in any grass or gravel, consider yourself a TRESPASSER. Stay in the paved
parking lot!!! I'm trusting that anyone reading this will be cool and
extremely respectful. We're blessed with amazing optics and photographic
technology. We don't have to be sneaky intrusive jerks...choose wisely my

I am only aware of a few previous records of this alleged "morph" of Great
Blue Heron in Pennsylvania. I haven't really had a chance to research it
much tonight though.


Bill Etter
Moore Twp
Northampton Co

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Date: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 10:41 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Seiple's Farm pond, Jun 28, 2018
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Seiple's Farm pond, Northampton, Pennsylvania, US
Jun 28, 2018 5:06 PM - 6:37 PM
Protocol: Stationary
23 species

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) 1
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 12
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 7
Great Blue Heron (White form) (Ardea herodias occidentalis) 1 First:
if you try for this bird, please please please stay in the small parking
lot at the store fronts along the road. DEFINITELY stay OUT of the driveway
to the Seiples’ farm. Stay off the grass in general, and don’t walk across
the driveway and approach the pond. This would be trespassing! Birders
and photographers have to follow the rules here. I expect that everyone
will be completely respectful of private property!

This was quite a surprise. I saw the bird from the road, and assumed
Great Egret. After parking and before raising binoculars, egret didn't
seem right, but there's always a bit of doubt with a lone bird, at least at
first when there's nothing to compare it to. Main identifications points
that I noticed first were the thicker neck and bill. The bill was orange
below and darker above. The bird stepped out of the long grass and showed
flesh colored legs. Through the scope, I observed a hint of bluish green
on the lores, with the bare parts before the eyes fairly prominent. The
neck seemed too thick for GREG, and the bill seemed too massive. The
plumage was a bit too "fluffy" for GREG overall. The feathering extending
from the upper neck to the base of the lower mandible seemed heavy. I
don't if this last point is a "thing", or just an ID point that I made up.
This bird may have a bit of a limp when it walks.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 16
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 2
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 Immature flyover
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 40
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 3

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