Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the flats

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Conejohela Flats once again produced some good shorebirds for me. A previously reported Whimbrel was still hanging out on Avocet Point and was the first bird we saw. And right in front of it was a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper. The thing I really love about some juvenile shorebirds is their complete lack of wariness around people. While I was taking … Read More

Glossy Ibis band update

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Looking through about 30 pictures of the Glossy Ibis allowed me to piece together the band number- 116-50010. I submitted this info to the Bird Banding Lab. Unfortunately the bander hasn’t submitted their banding data yet but hopefully I will hear back soon.

Banded Glossy Ibis

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At Conejohela Flats today, a young Glossy Ibis was hanging out on Avocet Point. Ignoring the seven birders walking around the flats, it foraged non-stop in shallow water from the time I arrived at 8:30am until I left at 12:30 pm. The most interesting thing about this bird was that it was not only banded on one leg with a … Read More

Interesting Willow Flycatcher

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While spending a weekend at a cabin in northern Tioga County I was able to slip down to Cowanesque Lake to see what was around. Not much. But I did happen to get good looks at a very pale, possibly leucistic flycatcher which I believe is a Willow Flycatcher. It was hanging out near the lake in decent looking WIFL … Read More

Night-Herons at Alcoa Marsh

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Hearing a report that there was a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Alcoa Marsh in Lancaster, I headed off to check it out early this morning. Arriving at the marsh, the first birds I heard were Yellow Warblers and a Willow Flycatcher. Scanning the edges of the marsh there are several dead trees, perfect for perching waders. The only bird making … Read More

White Ibis at the flats

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Finally got out on the flats for the first time since late April. There had been both an immature White Ibis and a Sandhill Crane hanging out there together so I was hoping to see both these birds. Unfortunately, only the White Ibis was around while I was on the flats but it was very cooperative. It was hanging out … Read More


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I spent an afternoon on the Conejohela Flats on the Susquehanna River yesterday. The water behind the dam was amazingly low, resulting in acres of mud. This benefited the birds by giving them more foraging habitat but made it a bit more difficult to get close looks at the birds. Least Sandpipers and Dunlin outnumbered everything else. A couple dozen … Read More

Phalaropes in PA

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Currently there is a rash of sightings of phalaropes in Pennsylvania. I know of at least 8 different birds that have been reported in the last two weeks. 5/9- a Wilson’s Phalarope reported at the Polk Wetlands in Venango County 5/10-12- female Wilson’s Phalarope on Gremar Rd., Lower Nazareth Twp., Northampton County 5/12- Red-necked Phalarope at Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County … Read More

Wood Sandpiper pictures

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Friday afternoon I posted that I was off to chase the Wood Sandpiper being seen in Delaware. I got picked up at my house around 11am and by about 1:30pm we were driving down Broadkill Road, looking for a swarm of cars. When we pulled in, people seemed to be milling around, not really looking at anything in particular. This … Read More

Olive-sided Flycatcher

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The highlight of a mornings walk around Lancaster County Central Park was the Olive-sided Flycatcher I found perched at the tippy top of a tree. I did not have my camera along so I took some shots with my phone, through by binoculars- phonescoping! They didn’t turn out amazing but you can see the vest like coloring of the chest. … Read More