Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lehigh Valley bird sightings for June 16

Dickcissel (male)
Here are the Lehigh Valley bird sightings for the period ended June 16. The list was compiled by Dave DeReamus, of the Eastern PA Birdline, which is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society.

Lake Minsi, Northampton County
Ring-necked Duck, 1 on May 27.

Stockertown area, Northampton County
(at the Stockertown Rod & Gun Club)
American Bittern, 1 on June 7.

Williams Township, Northampton County
Blue Grosbeak, 2 on June 2.

Walnutport area, Northampton County
Blue Grosbeak, 1 on June 12.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Lehigh County
Blue Grosbeak, 2 to at least June 11.

Leaser Lake, Lehigh County
Black-crowned Night-Heron, 1 on May 31.

Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County
(along Church Road at Apple Butter Road)
Red-headed Woodpecker, 2 to at least June 15.

Trexler Park, Lehigh County
Red-headed Woodpecker, 5 on June 1; 3 on June 14.

American Bittern
Wescosville, Lehigh County
Yellow-headed Blackbird, 1 on May 31 at a private feeder.

Maxatawny, Berks County
(along Kunkel Road)
Dickcissel, up to 2 to at least June 2.

Lake Towhee, Bucks County
Trumpeter Swan, 1 on May 28.

State Game Lands 157, Bucks County
Red-headed Woodpecker, 2 to at least June 10.
Olive-sided Flycatcher, 1 on May 27.

Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County
Swallow-tailed Kite, 1 from June 1 to at least June 11.
Purple Sandpiper, 1 on May 30.
White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 on May 30.

To report bird sightings to Dave DeReamus, send an e-mail to becard@rcn.com with the word "Birdline" in the subject heading.




Monday, June 12, 2017

Lehigh Valley bird sightings for week of June 9

Osprey
Here are the Lehigh Valley bird sightings for the week ended June 9. The list was compiled by The Bird House from reports submitted to E-bird.

Easton, Northampton County
(along North Delaware Drive)
Common Merganser: 1 female and her 10 young one June 4.
Also seen: Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler.

Riegelsville, Northampton County
(at Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary)
Eastern Screech-Owl: 2 on June 3.
Veery: 4 on June 3.
Ovenbird: 3 on June 3.
Common Yellowthroat: 5 on June 3.
Also seen: Worm-eating Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler.

Lake Minsi, Northampton County
Osprey: 1 on June 6, June 8 and June 9.
Bald Eagle: 3 on June 6.
Spotted Sandpiper: 2 on June 4.
Also seen: Warbling Vireo, Fish Crow.

Green Pond, Northampton County
Great Blue Heron: 7 on June 4.
Green Heron: 1 on June 4.
Also seen: Black-and-white Warbler, Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee.

Bethlehem Township, Northampton County
(at Emrick Boulevard retention pond)
Hooded Merganser: 1 on June 6.
Willow Flycatcher: 1 on June 6.
Warbling Vireo

Bethlehem Township, Northampton County
(along the Canal Towpath, below the Bethlehem Boat Club)
Warbling Vireo: 3 on June 5.
Veery: 6 on June 5.
American Redstart: 4 on June 5.
Yellow Warbler: 2 on June 5.
Also seen: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Northern Parula.

Freemansburg, Northampton County
(along the Canal Towpath)
Bald Eagle: 1 on June 3 (flying upstream above the river).
Spotted Sandpiper: 1 on June 3.
Warbling Vireo, 3 on June 3.
American Redstart: 4 on June 3.
Yellow Warbler: 4 on June 3.
Also seen: Common Merganser, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Veery.

Moore Township, Northampton County
(along South Hokendauqua Drive)
Bald Eagle: 1 on June 7.

Moore Township Recreation Area, Northampton County
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 on June 3.
Also seen: Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler.

Dorney Park Pond, Lehigh County
Mute Swan: 2 on June 7.
Also seen: Great Crested Flycatcher.

South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County
(at Troxell Junior High School)
Killdeer: 1 on June 5.

Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Lehigh County
Ruby-throated Hummingbird: 1 building a nest on June 3.
Also seen: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher.


Great Crested Flycatcher
Newside, Lehigh County
(at Route 309 and Sell Road)
American Kestrel: 1 on June 4.

Church and Applebutter roads, Lehigh County
Red-headed Woodpecker: 2 on June 3.

Leaser Lake, Lehigh County
Pied-billed Grebe: 1 on June 4.
American Woodcock: 2 on June 4.
Wild Turkey: 3 on June 8.
Traill's Flycatcher: 1 on June 4.
Least Flycatcher: 1 on June 4.
Common Yellowthroat: 3 on June 4; 1 on June 8.
Yellow Warbler: 3 on June 4; 1 on June 5.
Yellow-breasted Chat: 1 on June 4.
Eastern Meadowlark: 1 on June 4.
Also seen: Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Fish Crow, Ovenbird, Field Sparrow.

Bake Oven Road, Lehigh County
Pileated Woodpecker: 1 on June 3.
Ovenbird: 4 on June 3.
American Redstart: 4 on June 3.
Also seen: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Worm-eating Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Hooded Warbler.

Lynn Township, Lehigh County
(along Blue Mountain House Road)
Bobolink: 1 on June 8.
Field Sparrow: 1 on June 8.

State Game Lands 205, Lehigh County
American Kestrel: 1 on June 3.
Common Yellowthroat: 3 on June 3.
Blue-winged Warbler: 1 on June 3.
Also seen: Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Yellow- and Black-billed cuckoos, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Towhee.


Least Flycatcher
State Game Lands 217, Lehigh County
(Upper Trail)
Ovenbird: 8 on June 4.
Worm-eatimg Warbler: 2 on June 4.
Black-and-white Warbler: 3 on June 4.
Common Yellowthroat: 2 on June 4.
Hooded Warbler: 3 on June 4.
American Redstart: 4 on June 4.
Chestnut-sided Warbler: 5 on June 4.
Eastern Towhee: 15 on June 4.
Also seen: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Field Sparrow.

Ontelaunee Park, Lehigh County
Double-crested Cormorant: 1 on June 4.
Killdeer: 1 on June 4.
Spotted Sandpiper: 1 on June 4.
Willow Flycatcher: 1 on June 4.
Ovenbird: 1 on June 4.
Common Yellowthroat: 1 on June 4.
Yellow Warbler: 1 on June 4.
Also seen: Great Blue Heron, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Lehigh County
Bald Eagle: 2 being chased by a Red-tailed Hawk on June 9.
Prairie Warbler: 5 on June 9.
Also seen: Black-billed Cuckoo, Warbling Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Redstart, Field Sparrow.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Carbon County
Osprey: 1 on June 8.
Bald Eagle: 1 on June 6.
Killdeer: 2 on June 8.
Hermit Thrush: 1 on June 6.
Brown Thrasher: 1 on June 6.
Black-and-white Warbler: 5 on June 6.
American Redstart: 6 on June 6.
Prairie Warbler: 2 on June 6; 4 on June 8.
Field Sparrow: 13 on June 8.
Blue Grosbeak: 2 on June 8.
Also seen: Yellow- and Black-billed cuckoos, Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Towhee.


Killdeer
Beltzville State Park, Carbon County
Common Loon: 1 on June 4.
Killdeer: 2 on June 9.
Ring-billed Gull: 2 on June 9.
Ovenbird: 2 on June 4.
Common Yellowthroat: 4 on June 4; 1 on June 9.
Yellow Warbler: 3 on June 4.
Pine Warbler: 3 on June 4.
Prairie Warbler: 1 on June 4.

Green Lane Park, Montgomery County
(Knight Lake at Deep Creek Road)
Hooded Merganser: hen and 5 ducklings on June 6.
Double-crested Cormorant: 3 on June 6.
Also seen: Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Warbling Vireo.

Green Lane Park, Montgomery County
(Church Road area)
Double-crested Cormorant: 12 on June 4.
Great Egret: 1 on June 4.
Bald Eagle: 2 on June 4.
Yellow Warbler: 2 on June 4.
Also seen: Great Blue Heron, Willow Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat.

Coopersburg, Bucks County
(along Richlandtown Pike near Passer Road)
Red-headed Woodpecker: 1 on June 4.

Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County
Great Egret: 1 on June 5.
Swallow-tailed Kite: 1 from June 4 to at least June 9.
Bald Eagle: 2 on June 5, 3 on June 6; 1 on June 9.
Osprey: 2 on June 4, 1 on June 5;, 2 on June 6; 4 on June 9.
Common Loon: 1 on June 5.
Barred Owl
Killdeer: 1 on June 5.
Spotted Sandpiper: 1 on June 5.
Barred Owl: 1 on June 7.
Ring-billed Gull: 1 on June 6.
Veery: 3 on June 5, 2 on June 9.
Ovenbird: 5 on June 5 and June 6; 3 on June 9.
Blue-winged Warbler: 4 on June 4; 2 on June 9.
Common Yellowthroat: 4 on June 5; 3 on June 6; 4 on June 9.
Yellow Warbler: 2 on June 5; 4 on June 6; 1 on June 7; 3 on June 9.
Prairie Warbler: 3 on June 5; 2 on June 6; 6 on June 9.
Also seen: Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Yellow- and Black-billed cuckoos, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Acadian Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Fish Crow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Towhee.

Peace Valley Park, Bucks County
Bald Eagle: 2 on June 7.
Osprey: 1 on June 4 and June 6.
Northern Harrier: 1 on June 4.
Traill's Flycatcher: 1 on June 7.
Ovenbird: 5 on June 7.
Blue-winged Warbler: 1 on June 7.
Common Yellowthroat: 9 on June 7.
Yellow Warbler: 5 on June 6; 7 on June 7.
Also seen: Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Fish Crow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelican
If you go to the New Jersey shore this summer, you may see a funny-looking bird with an oversized bill and a big, stocky, dark body. It probably is a Brown Pelican, which can be found along the Atlantic shore during the summer months.

These shorebirds have thin necks and very long bills with a stretchy throat pouch used for capturing fish. Their wings are very long and broad, and are noticeably bowed when gliding.

Brown Pelicans mostly eat small fish that form schools near the surface of the water. They can spot the fish from the air and dive head-first from as high as 65 feet. They tuck and twist to the left to cushion their trachea and esophagus from impact. As the pelican plunges into the water, the throat pouch expands to trap the fish, filling with as much as 2.6 gallons of water. While the pelican drains the water out of its bill, seagulls may try to steal the fish right out of the pouch!


Feeding time!
Brown Pelicans have two choices for nesting. Some nests are mere grassy depressions while others are bulky structures of sticks, grass and seaweed. Other pelicans nest in trees on platforms of sticks lined with grass or leaves. Pelicans incubate their eggs with the skin on their feet, essentially standing on them to keep the eggs warm.

In the mid 1900s, the commonly used insecticide DDT caused egg shells to become very thin, which cracked under the weight of the parents. After nearly disappearing from North America in the 1960s and 1970s, Brown Pelicans have made a full comeback.

They are masterful fliers. They fly in V-formations or straight lines. We once were on the beach in Cape May and looked up to see a line of pelicans flying along the water's edge. True to form, each pelican matched the beat of the wing of the other's. It was quite a show!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bird fun facts

Archaeopteryx
The oldest bird, the Archaeopteryx, lived about 150 million years ago.

An ostrich egg must be boiled for 2 hours to get a hard-boiled egg.

Ostrich eyes are about as big as a billiard ball and are larger than the bird's brain.

When ducks sleep in groups, the ones on the perimeter keep guard by sleeping with one eye open.

Native to New Zealand, the kiwi is sometimes called an "honorary mammal" because its feathers feel like hair.

Most hummingbirds weigh less than a nickel.

In ancient Greece, pigeons delivered the results of the Olympic games.

Some swiftlets build their nests almost exclusively from their hardened saliva. The saliva nests are a delicacy in some countries despite having little flavor and no nutritional value.


Brown Kiwi of New Zealand
There are many names for flocks of birds. A group of crows is a murder, congress or horde. Finches come in charms, penguins in huddles and geese in gaggles. The most creative may be a pandemonium of parrots or a flamboyance of flamingoes.

Birds' lungs are more complicated and more efficient than mammals' lungs. Human lungs, for instance, comprise one-twentieth of the body; the bird's, one-fifth.

The bird with the most feathers is the Whistling Swan with 25,000 feathers. Hummingbirds, due to their tiny size, only have about 1,000 feathers.

The feathers of a bird weigh more than its skeleton.

The Bald Eagle builds the biggest tree nests. The largest was 10 feet across and weighed close to 3 tons.
A huddle of penguins takes daily stroll from zoo in Scotland in 1950s

Approximately two-thirds of all bird species are found in tropical rain forests.

Owls cannot move their eyes. Instead they swivel their heads.


















Thursday, June 8, 2017

Kids' bird count is scheduled for June 17

The Lehigh Valley Audubon Society is inviting you sign enroll your child in the Breeding Bird Count for Kids, which will teach youngsters aged 8 to 15 on how to identify common birds in Allentown's parks.

The bird count is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee is $8 per child.

The Audubon Society is joining Muhlenberg College in teaching children how to use binoculars for bird-watching and to become citizens scientists by counting different and numbers species of breeding birds.

For more information, send an e-mail to education@lvaudubon.org. Register by visiting the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society's Breeding Bird Count for Kids enrollment form.

Hungry stomachs need lots of food

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Winter may be prime feedings for birds when food is in short supply, but birds flock to feeders in summer especially when they have young mouths to feed.

With a feeder located near the nest, the parents don't have to leave the nestlings alone for long periods of time while they search for food. This reduces the chance of predators attacking the chicks.

Summer feeding can bring migrants that we don't see during winter. It is also fun to try different types of food.

Slice an orange in half (through the "equator") and place it on a platform feeder or the feeder pole and see who eats from it. You might be lucky to see a Baltimore Oriole.

Try striped sunflower seeds which are bigger and have a harder shell to crack. Grosbeaks love them. Grosbeaks have thick, sturdy beaches to crush seed hulls. They also are good at crushing insects and grasshoppers.

Mealworms are a favorite of bluebirds but other birds that are insectivores eat them too. Live or dried, mealworms are a great source of protein.

Remember, keep your feeders dry. Hot, humid weather can create mold in damp feeders which can be fatal to birds. Also put suet in the shade. Clean the feeders every two weeks.

Move feeders occasionally to keep concentrations of seed hulls and bird droppings low.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Lehigh Valley bird sightings through June 2

Cerulean Warbler
Here are the Lehigh Valley bird sightings for the week ended June 2. The list was compiled by The Bird House using reports submitted to E-bird.

Mount Bethel Fens, Northampton County
(at Institute Drive)
American Redstart, 4 on May 31.
Also seen: Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Black-and-white Warbler and Yellow Warbler.

Easton, Northampton County
Bald Eagle, 1 on June 2 at the Delaware River toll bridge on Route 22.
Yellow Warbler, 2 on May 27 along North Delaware Drive.

Lake Minsi, Northampton County
Semipalmated Plover, 1 on May 27; 5 on May 29; 1 on May 31.
Semipalmated Sandpiper, 5 on May 27; 21 on May 29; 9 on May 31.
Least Sandpiper, 2 on May 27; 2 on May 29.
Solitary Sandpiper, 3 on May 27.
Also seen: Osprey, Bald Eagle, Spotted Sandpiper, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler.

Jacobsburg State Park, Northampton County
Alder Flycatcher, 2 on May 27; 1 on May 28.
Louisiana Waterthrush, 1 on May 27 and May 28.
Blue-winged Warbler, 10 on May 27; 4 on May 28.
Prairie Warbler, 2 on May 28.
Common Yellowthroat, 11 on May 27; 6 on May 28; 1 on May 31.
Magnolia Warbler, 2 on May 27.
Canada Warbler, 1 on May 27.
Eastern Meadowlark, 1 on May 28.
Also seen: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blackpoll Warbler; Northern Parula.

Purple Sandpiper
Moore Township, Northampton County
(along Cigar Road)
Bald Eagle, 1 on May 31.
Yellow Warbler, 1 on June 2.

State Game Lands 168, Northampton County
Worm-eating Warbler, 2 on May 27.
Black-and-white Warbler, 3 on May 27.
Common Yellowthroat, 3 on May 27.
American Redstart, 3 on May 27.
Blackburnian Warbler, 2 on May 27.
Blackpoll Warbler, 2 on May 27.
Prairie Warbler, 2 on May 27.

Housenick Memorial Park, Northampton County
Common Yellowthroat, 1 on June 1.

Monocacy Nature Center, Northampton County
Gray Catbird, 40 on May 27.
American Redstart, 4 on May 27; 2 on June 1.
Yellow Warbler, 1 on May 27; 2 on June 1.
Black-throated Green Warbler, 1 on May 27.
Also seen: Mute Swan, Acadian Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat; Magnolia Warbler; Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler.

Yellow Warbler
Trexler Memorial Park, Lehigh County
Red-headed Woodpecker, 5 on June 1.
American Kestrel, 4 on June 1.
Common Yellowthroat, 2 on June 1.
Ovenbird, 2 on June 1.
Eastern Meadowlark, 1 on June 1.
Common Grackle, 50 on June 1.
Also seen: Osprey, Yellow Warbler.

Leaser Lake, Lehigh County
Pied-eyed Grebe, 1 on May 28.
Black-crowned Night-Heron, 1 on May 31.
Sora, 1 on May 29.
Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 on May 29..
Swainson's Thrush, 2 on May 27.
Black-and-white Warbler, 1 on May 27-May 29.
Hooded Warbler, 1 on May 27-May 29.
Cerulean Warbler, 2 on May 28; 1 on May 29.
Blackpoll Warbler, 5 on May 27, 1 on May 28; 2 on May 31.
Yellow-breasted Chat, 1 on May 27, May 29, May 31 and June 1.
Ovenbird, 8 on May 27; 7 on May 29.
Bobolink, 5 on May 27; 2 on May 29.
Horned Lark, 1 on May 29.
Eastern Meadowlark, 2 on May 27; 1 on May 28, May 29 and June 1.
Also seen: Osprey, Bald Eagle, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow.

Traill's Flycatcher
Trexlertown Pines, Lehigh County
(at Rodale Park)
Great Horned Owl, 1 on May 27.
Traill's Flycatcher, 1 on May 27.
Also seen: Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart.

Fogelsville, Lehigh County
(along North Lane)
Grasshopper Sparrow, 3 on June 1.

Nestlé Way Retention Ponds, Lehigh County
Least Flycatcher, 1 on May 28.
Common Yellowthroat, 2 on May 28.
Yellow Warbler, 2 on May 28.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Carbon County
Black-and-white Warbler, 9 on May 31.
American Redstart, 10 on May 31.
Yellow Warbler, 4 on May 31.
Prairie Warbler, 4 on May 31.
Blue Grosbeak, 2 on May 31.
Also seen: Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat.

Beltzville State Park, Carbon County
Blue-headed Vireo, 1 on May 27.

Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County
Common Loon, 2 on May 30.
Purple Sandpiper, 1 on May 30.
White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 on May 30.
Swainson's Thrush, 2 on May 28.
Blue-winged Warbler, 3 on May 28; 1 on June 2.
Common Yellowthroat, 3 on May 28; 1 on June 2.
Hooded Warbler, 1 on May 28.
Blackpoll Warbler, 3 on May 28.
Yellow Warbler, 1 on May 30; 2 on June 2.
Prairie Warbler, 7 on May 28; 1 on June 2.
White-rumped Sandpiper
Also seen: Osprey, Bald Eagle, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ovenbird, and White-eyed and Yellow-throated vireos.

Peace Valley Park, Bucks County
Blue-winged Warbler, 1 on May 27.
Common Yellowthroat, 3 on May 27.
Yellow Warbler, 1 on May 27.
Blackpoll Warbler, 2 on May 27.
Black-throated Blue Warbler, 2 on May 27.
Also seen: Osprey, Bald Eagle, Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Green Lane Park, Montgomery County
(Knight Lake access)
Hooded Merganser, 6 on May 31.
Yellow Warbler, 1 on May 31.

(Church Road area)
Snow Goose, 1 on May 30.
Spotted Sandpiper, 1 on May 30.

(Walt Road access)
Snow Goose, 1 on May 28.
Yellow Warbler, 2 on May 28.
Also seen: Osprey, Bald Eagle.