* Lehigh / Northampton Counties and Vicinity
* April 1, 2017
- Birds mentioned
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE (extralimital)
Hotline: Eastern PA Birdline
Date: April 1st at 2:00 AM
To Report by E-Mail: Send to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Birdline” in subject
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 April 14th at 7:00 PM at the
Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus. Scott Burnet will do a program called “A
Guide to the Wood Warblers.”
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 LAKE MINSI, Northampton County:
REDHEADS – 12 on 3/27
GREATER SCAUP – 1 on 3/27
Lesser Scaup – 100 on 3/27
LONG-TAILED DUCKS – 3 on 3/28
Red-breasted Mergansers – 3 on 3/27.
Sightings from the ALBERT ROAD PONDS, Northampton County:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE – 1 to at least 3/26.
Sightings from the NAZARETH QUARRY, Northampton County:
REDHEADS – 30 on 3/27
GREATER SCAUP – 8 on 3/27
Lesser Scaup – 300 on 3/27
LONG-TAILED DUCKS – 7 on 3/26; 4 on 3/27; 10 on 3/28
Red-breasted Merganser – 1 on 3/27
LAUGHING GULL – 1 on 3/27
Bonaparte’s Gulls – 8 on 3/27.
Sightings from the BETHLEHEM area, Northampton County:
Peregrine Falcon – 1 on 3/29.
Sightings from the NORTHAMPTON QUARRY, Northampton County:
LONG-TAILED DUCKS – 13 on 3/28.
Sightings from EAST ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Northampton County:
Along Arrowhead Road:
LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1 to at least 3/27.
Sightings from BELTZVILLE STATE PARK, Carbon County:
SURF SCOTERS – 2 on 3/29 and 3/30
Red-breasted Mergansers – 3 on 3/27; 2 on 3/28
RED-NECKED GREBES – 3 on 3/31.
Sightings from LEASER LAKE, Lehigh County:
TUNDRA SWANS – 7 on 3/26 (fly-by’s)
REDHEADS – 18 on 3/27
GREATER SCAUP – 4 on 3/28
LONG-TAILED DUCKS – 9 on 3/28
Red-breasted Mergansers – 6 on 3/27 and 3/28
Bonaparte’s Gulls – 10 on 3/27.
Sightings from the RICHLANDTOWN area, Bucks County:
SANDHILL CRANES – 2 from 3/24 to at least 3/28 (near Beck and Apple Roads).
Sightings from GREEN LANE RESERVOIR, Montgomery County:
At the Walt Road area:
REDHEADS – 2 on 3/28; 5 on 3/29
GREATER SCAUP – 1 on 3/24
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 on 3/28
Red-breasted Merganser – 1 on 3/28 and 3/29
RED-THROATED LOONS – 3 on 3/28.
Sightings from LAKE TOWHEE, Bucks County:
TRUMPETER SWAN – 1 on 3/25 and 3/27.
Sightings from LAKE NOCKAMIXON, Bucks County:
REDHEADS – 8 on 3/27
LAUGHING GULLS – 2 on 3/27.
Sightings from PEACE VALLEY PARK, Bucks County:
GREATER SCAUP – 1 on 3/24
LAUGHING GULLS – 4 on 3/27.
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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