* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* February 10, 2017
- Birds mentioned
“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE (extralimital)
Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: February 10th 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.
You can visit the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society Website at
You can visit my 'Eastern PA Birding' Website for photos and information at
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:
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 2/5.
Sightings from PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
THAYER’S GULLS – 2 on 2/6 (first-year birds); 1 on 2/8 (adult)
ICELAND GULLS – 6 on 2/6 and 2/8
GLAUCOUS GULL – 1 on 2/4 and 2/8 (first-year bird).
Sightings from WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow – 1 to at least 2/9.
Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
At the Dorney Park pond:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 2 from 1/27 to at least 2/8.
Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 2/8.
At the Walt Road area:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 from 1/22 to at least 2/8
REDHEADS – 4 on 2/8.
Red-breasted Nuthatches continued to be reported from several sites this
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.
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