Hunting for a Gyrfalcon

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, Featured, Rarities2 Comments

My friends and I always plan a New Years trip to kick off another year with a few days of birding the Atlantic Coast. This year the focus of our trip was clear from the start – there was a Gyrfalcon on Long Island. Reports had been coming in sporadically that the immature Gyrfalcon seen a few times last winter … Read More

Birding Delaware: Indian River Inlet to Bombay Hook

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Two Sundays ago, Alex and I, along with Chad Kaufman, Taj Schottland, Steve Brenner, and Mel Torres tore it up in southern Delaware. We didn’t plan on doing a Big Day but instead were planning on a full day of casual, relaxed birding. After a late night of birding and hanging out at Dogfish Head, we started the morning searching … Read More

Finally seeing a Fulvous – Stormwater Treatment Area 5

Alex LamoreauxPhotography, Trip Reports1 Comment

March 2nd, 2013 was the second full day of a Florida birding trip that I took with my friends Josh Lefever and Mark Mizak. Josh and I drove down from PA and planned on meeting up with Mark (who currently works in the Florida Keys) at Stormwater Treatment Area 5 and go in for the tour at 8:00am. Josh and I had stayed … Read More

Close Encounter of the Peregrine Kind

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

After enjoying Delaware’s 1st Anna’s Hummingbird on the morning of January 2nd Josh Lefever, Mark Mizak, and I drove towards Cape May, NJ. Our primary goal for the day was to spend some time birding Stone Harbor Point, one of my favorite birding locations in New Jersey. Stone Harbor Point rarely disappoints and more-often-than-not, we find species there that we don’t see … Read More

American Bittern – Scotia Pond

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This morning Mike Dreibelbis and David F. Ryan found two American Bitterns foraging at Scotia Pond. I was out at Bald Eagle State Park, but made a stop by Scotia on my way home and was able to get two decent photos of one of the bitterns in flight. I hope you enjoy them!

Another awesome day of spring birding!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities1 Comment

As day after day and night after night of north winds blew through the Northeast, birds were being held back – unable to smoothly migrate to our area. Needless to say, I am sure many birders in PA were just as excited as I was to hear that starting late this past Friday night, winds would shift to the south … Read More

American Bittern at the Duck Pond!

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info1 Comment

This afternoon Nate Fronk found an American Bittern at the Duck Pond, here in Centre County. At the time, I was up on Tussey Mtn hawkwatching, but I quickly left and drove down to State College and was able to get great looks at the bird – a species I had never seen before in the county!

Spring Migration Predictions – First Half of April

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Migration, Predictions, Ranges and Distributions14 Comments

Finally, it’s April. March was nice, but very few spring migrants returned to PA compared to what’s in store for us birders during April and May. During April, migration really picks up, and we should see most spring migrants back in the state by the end of this month. I went through the eBird bar charts for the PA and … Read More

My Top 25 Most Wanted Centre County Species for 2012

Alex LamoreauxBirding, General Rant, Listing, Photography1 Comment

2012 is my third calendar year birding in Centre County, PA. So far I have only birded in the county during the fall semester of 2010 and the fall semester of 2011. I have never birded in Centre County during the spring or summer. During the two fall semesters that I have been in the county for, I have managed … Read More

Paynes Prairie SP – Sweetwater Dike

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, photo study, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

On January 5th I met up with Gainesville Birder Rex Rowan, to go birding along the Sweetwater Dike area of Paynes Prairie State Park. The Sweetwater Dike Trail is an offshoot of the well-known La Chua Trail. Rex and I met at 11:10am and began our hike. There had been an Ash-throated Flycatcher reported along the trail recently, so that … Read More