Rufous Hummingbird – Somerset County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBirding, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Somerset County birder Jeff Payne has been hosting a beautiful immature female Rufous Hummingbird that was captured and banded by Bob Mulvihill to confirm the ID. On November 3rd, my friends and I were able to stop by and watch the hummer off-and-on for almost an hour before heading up to the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch for a PSO field … Read More

Rhode Island Photo Highlights

Steve BrennerBirding, Listing, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Last week, I took a little trip to the lovely New England state of Rhode Island. Anytime I visit the Atlantic Coast, I am always impressed by the bounty of birds available, even during days with little migration. Possibly my favorite aspect about that part of the country is the near guarantee of finding a lot of shorebirds. We don’t … 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

Provincetown Birding Part 2

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, eBird, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

Check out this link to ‘Provincetown Birding Part 1’. By 11:00am, we had arrived at the parking area for Race Point Beach.  Despite how dark and dreary it was, it wasn’t quite raining and the ocean wasn’t too choppy. Darker conditions often provide the most natural lighting while scanning with a spotting scope and it’s never very fun to sea-watch with … Read More

Storm Birding

Corey HusicBirding, birds in flight, General News and Info2 Comments

As anyone in the United States should know, a large storm hit the mid-Atlantic last week, bringing strong winds and rain to much of the eastern United States. This powerful storm brought hundreds of seabirds inland, causing jaegers to show up on inland lakes and storm-petrels to be found flying around major rivers. Birders all over the region flocked to … Read More

Hurricane Sandy storm-birding at Bald Eagle SP, PA

Anna FasoliBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports2 Comments

Hurricane Sandy created perfect conditions for rarities to show up in Pennsylvania. I will admit I was skeptical of just how disruptive this storm would be. Hurricanes in the northeast tend to get exaggerated by the media, and they always seem to lose power quickly and break up once they hit land. But Hurricane Sandy was really the perfect storm; … Read More

PA Fall Migration Predictions – End of Oct: Part 1

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Migration Update, Photography, Predictions, Science1 Comment

October is a very special time of the year in Pennsylvania. The first week of the month there are still a ton of neotropical migrants around, but then their numbers start to drop off drastically. Coming to the rescue are the sparrows and raptors, which really excel during the second half of the month. Waterfowl also begin to trickle through … Read More

How we missed the Kirtland’s Warbler

Justine WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, RaritiesLeave a Comment

[dc]W[/dc]hen we registered for The Biggest Week, Drew and I excitedly looked through the workshop and field trip offerings to pick something special to add to our week of birding. There was a long list of great field trips to area hotspots, expert keynote speakers, and birding workshops on the docket, but we found one thing that we knew we … Read More

Cape May Trip – Part 3

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Trip Reports2 Comments

This is the third part of a series of posts about my recent birding trip to Cape May, which began with Part 1 and Part 2.  After our amazing time with the roosting shorebird flock, we began to head south towards Cape May. Our plan was to camp down on Cape May Island, but before it got dark, we wanted … Read More

Dunlin and Great Egrets

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, General News and Info, MigrationLeave a Comment

Yesterday evening I went birding with Anna Fasoli, Joe Verica, and Josh Lefever at the Tadpole Rd wetlands. We were very happy to find a flock of nine Dunlin foraging there, the first of this species to be reported yet this fall. This morning, Josh and I went back to Tadpole, and only one Dunlin remained. Was this a new … Read More