Eastern PA Birdline: 2/4/2017


Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo,©Sophie Webb

- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* February 4, 2017
* PAEA1702.04

- Birds mentioned

GOLDEN EAGLE
SLATY-BACKED GULL (probable)
THAYER’S GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOW BUNTING
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
REDHEAD
LONG-TAILED DUCK
BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE (extralimital)

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: February 4th at 10:00 PM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to becard@rcn.com with “Birdline” in subject 
heading.
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.

You can visit the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society Website at 
http://www.lvaudubon.org/ .

You can visit my 'Eastern PA Birding' Website for photos and information at 
http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html .

The next Audubon program will be held on February 10th at 7:00 PM at the 
Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus.  Marissa Altman will do a program called 
“Ecotourism: Helpful or Harmful for Wildlife Conservation?”

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: 
http://www.lvaudubon.org/shop/ .

NOW FOR THE BIRDS!

Sightings from the DELAWARE WATER GAP area, Northampton County:
GOLDEN EAGLE – 1 on 1/30.

Sightings from PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
SLATY-BACKED GULL – 1 on 1/30 and 1/31 (probable)
THAYER’S GULLS – 2 on 1/20 (adult and first-year); 1 on 1/25 (first-year)
ICELAND GULLS – 4 on 1/20; 6 on 2/1 and 2/2
GLAUCOUS GULL – 1 on 1/31.

Sightings from the WIND GAP area, Northampton County:
Snow Geese – ~10,000 on 1/26.

Sightings from EAST ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Along Arrowhead Road:
SNOW BUNTINGS – ~12 on 1/25.

Sightings from the FOGELSVILLE QUARRY, Lehigh County:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 on 1/22
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 2/1
Snow Geese – ~10,000 on 2/1.

Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
At the Dorney Park pond:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 from 1/27 to at least 2/3 (with a possible 
hybrid).

Sightings from the MAXATAWNY area, Berks County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE – 2 on 2/3.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE – 13 on 1/21; 14 on 1/22; 16 on 1/23; 12 on 
1/28; 3 on 1/29
Cackling Geese – 2 on 1/24 and 1/25
ICELAND GULL – 1 on 1/22
Lesser Black-backed Gulls – 23 on 1/22.
At the Walt Road area:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 from 1/22 to at least 2/2
Cackling Geese – 7 on 2/2
REDHEAD – 1 on 1/29
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 on 1/21.

Sightings from DEEP CREEK / KNIGHT LAKE area, Montgomery County:
Common Goldeneye.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Cackling Goose – 1 on 1/28.

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 7:30 AM to 4 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.

There are also 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE being seen at the nearby E.J. 
Breneman Quarry along Reedy Road.

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