Eastern PA Birdline: 3/17/2017


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- RBA
* Pennsylvania
* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* March 17, 2017
* PAEA1703.17

- Birds mentioned

GLAUCOUS GULL
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
“EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL
GREATER SCAUP
TRUMPETER SWAN
BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE (extralimital)

- Transcript

Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: March 17th at 2:00 AM
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 .

There will be a field trip to Green Lane Reservoir on March 18th.  Meet at 
the Tilghman Square parking lot, near the Red Robin restaurant, just west of 
Route 309 at 8:30 AM.  Trip leader will be Mark Boyd.

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 MARTINS CREEK PPL POWER PLANT area, Northampton County:
At the boat launch area:
Spotted Sandpiper – 1 to at least 3/5.
Also Tree Swallow.

Sightings from PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
At the Grand Central landfill:
GLAUCOUS GULL – 1 on 3/3 (adult).

Sightings from the ALBERT ROAD PONDS, Northampton County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 to at least 3/13
Cackling Goose – 1 to at least 3/13.

Sightings from WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow – 1 to at least 3/15
Rusty Blackbirds – 4 on 3/15.

Sightings from EAST ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Along Arrowhead Road:
LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1 on 3/16.

Sightings from the GILBERT area, Monroe County:
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD – 1 on 3/14 (adult male at a private feeder).

Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
Red-breasted Mergansers – 3 to at least 3/13.

Sightings from the MACUNGIE area, Lehigh County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 on 3/9 (along Alburtis Road west of Route 
100).

Sightings from MERTZTOWN area, Berks County:
At a farm pond along Chestnut Street:
“EURASIAN” x GREEN-WINGED TEAL intergrade – 1 on 3/8 and 3/9.
Also Killdeer and Wilson’s Snipe.

Sightings from the HENNINGSVILLE area, Berks County:
Brown Thrasher – 1 to at least 3/14.

Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Church Road area:
“EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL – 1 to at least 3/9.
At the Walt Road area:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 to at least 3/4
GREATER SCAUP – 2 on 3/7.

Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
TRUMPETER SWAN – 1 on 3/3.

Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
Cackling Goose – 1 to at least 3/3.

Red-breasted Nuthatches and Fox Sparrows were 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 7:00 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.

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