Winter Raptor Survey Results for PA – 2012

Alex LamoreauxAnalysis, Bird Finding Tips, Birding, ScienceLeave a Comment

Greg Grove sent out the following message concerning the results of this past winter’s PA winter raptor surveys (WRS). Greg has allowed me to post this on his behalf – Record coverage and mild weather led to several record high counts this year. Given that hourly rates were not notably (or at all) higher than usual (with one exception) – most … Read More

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

10 Reasons to visit the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Area right now!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography4 Comments

Among raptor fanatics, the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is not only a mouthful of words but also a world-famous site for viewing lots of raptors representing lots of species, at close proximity. In 1993, about 485,000 acres of public land along 81 miles of the Snake River in southwestern Idaho, was declared a national conservation area. … Read More

Southeastern American Kestrel Egg Color Variation

Anna FasoliField Work2 Comments

Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time checking Southeastern American Kestrel nest boxes for eggs in Marion and Levy counties in north central Florida. I had two boxes with early eggs laid before March, but most others were laid in the latter part of the first week of March and during the second week of … Read More

What’s in the box? Part One

Anna FasoliField Work2 Comments

Over the past week I’ve been cleaning out American Kestrel nest boxes in Marion and Levy Counties. These boxes are most commonly mounted on utility poles or longleaf pine trees. Over the years, debris can pile up in nest boxes and make them nearly unusable for kestrels, especially if a squirrel has moved in.  If a box has been used … Read More

Kestrel and Kingfisher

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Photography1 Comment

Yesterday morning, I drove around some agricultural areas near Woodward, PA in search of winter raptors. I was rewarded with distant but still satisfying looks at five Rough-legged Hawks in addition to a few Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels. Running alongside one of the roads we drove was a small creek that hadn’t yet iced over. Perched on telephone wires … Read More

The Dark Ghost

Drew WeberIdentification, Rarities8 Comments

Rob Miller, the author of this post, is a Raptor Biology student at Boise State University. His thesis is focused on the breeding Ecology of Northern Goshawks within a unique forest landscape in Southern Idaho. He is specifically investigating the diet of Northern Goshawks and how prey abundance influences nest occupancy and success. He maintains a blog, Rob’s Idaho Perspective, and will be … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – September 2011 Report

Alex LamoreauxAnalysis, Bird Sightings, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

Coming into September with only 100 raptors, the other primary Jo Hays hawkwatchers and I were ready to see things heat up. We put in a total of 13 days (51.75 hours) worth of observation time at Jo Hays which resulted in 1888 raptors being counted during the month! Due to the limited visibility at Jo Hays, northwest winds are … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – 120 Raptors and an up-close Kestrel

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, distribution, General News and Info, Migration, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

This morning I helped out with the PSU Forest Festival, and so I didn’t get up to Jo Hays Vista until a little after noon. As soon as I arrived, Broad-winged Hawks were moving past overhead. During the first hour we had 27 hawks fly past, the next hour we had 65. During the 2 to 3 o’clock hour, I … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – Another nice Broad-winged Count

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Research, Science1 Comment

I spent 8 hours today hawk watching at Jo Hays Vista. The weather was nice and birds were on the move, despite almost the very light wind speed throughout the day. Chuck Widdman, Ian Gardner, Joe Verica, and many others stopped by throughout the day to help with the count. We ended the day with 353 raptors migrating past. Of … Read More