Rare Birds Seen Locally

Gregory Vellner

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CHURCHVILLE, Pa. -- A number of rare birds ---a Greater White fronted Goose, Long-billed Dowitcher and Eared Grebe, among them -- were spotted in Bucks County, Pa., in the first week of November, an ornithology organization has confirmed.

The organization – “ebird.org,” a biodiversity group that is among the largest birder communities worldwide – reported the sightings took place in New Hope, Northampton Township and New Britain Township, as well as other Bucks County, Pa., locations in a county with several thousand birders.

“Birders enter when, where and how they went birding, and then fill out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing,” according to ebird.org, a partner of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that is supported entirely by grants, sponsors and donations.

The Greater White fronted Goose was observed Nov. 1 at Churchville Nature Center in Northampton Township. Among the other rare-bird sightings was a Cackling Goose, observed several times in different locations – Nov. 5 in Peace Valley Park and Nature Center in New Britain Township and in Pine Run Reservoir in Doylestown Township, A Barnacle x Cackling Goose on Nov. 7 in Pine Run Reservoir was reported but was unconfirmed. And an Eared Grebe was observed and confirmed Nov. 6 in Nockamixon State Park.

Others observed in the month’s first week included a Pectoral Sandpiper on Nov. 4 at Bradford Dam in Nike Park near Chalfont, a Long-billed Dowitcher on Nov. 6 at Pine Run Reservoir, a White Ibis on Nov. 2 at Peace Valley Park, and a Black-capped Chickadee on Nov. 6 at Peace Valley Park.

Bucks County Parks and Recreation Department, which runs many of the locations where birds were observed like its most popular site, the 1,500-acre Peace Valley, said “hundreds of species of birds can be seen” in various parks throughout the county. According to the publication Bucks County Today, the county logged 83,224 checklists of rare bird observations submitted by 3,241birders.

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