* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* February 17, 2017
- Birds mentioned
“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE (extralimital)
Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: February 17th at 5:00 PM
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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
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 2/11
Eastern Phoebe – 1 on 2/11.
Sightings from PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Peregrine Falcon – 1 on 2/11 (fly-by).
Sightings from WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow – 1 to at least 2/17.
Sightings from MOORE TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
American Woodcock – 1 on 2/16.
Sightings from the ALLENTOWN area, Lehigh County:
At the Dorney Park pond:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 to at least 2/16
Cackling Goose – 1 on 2/11.
Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Walt Road area:
ROSS’S GOOSE – 1 to at least 2/14.
At the Church Road area:
Great Black-backed Gull – 1 on 2/11.
Sightings from DEEP CREEK / KNIGHT LAKE area, Montgomery County:
Common Goldeneye – 1 to at least 2/11.
Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Common Mergansers – ~1910 on 2/11
Red-breasted Merganser – 1 on 2/11
Great Black-backed Gulls – 33 on 2/11.
Also Hooded Merganser.
Bald Eagles and 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.
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