** Last seen around noon on Wednesday 4/24/2013. Updated at 5:58 pm EST 4/24/2013. An odd hummingbird was reported a couple days ago with initial suspicion that it could be a 1st state record Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Exciting stuff indeed, until the bander had the hummer in hand and noticed that something wasn’t quite right. An exciting bird for the state … Read More
With the first month of the year officially behind us now, I thought I would take a look the current status of my year list. Beginning a new year is always fun – every single bird is ‘new’, it’s winter, and there are typically a bunch of winter rarities and other good birds around to chase. You never really know what the … Read More
On January 18th Justin Bosler, Chuck Berthoud, Josh Lefever, and I literally went on a wild goose chase. There were reliable reports of a Pink-footed Goose and at least 2 Barnacle Geese just over the border in New Jersey, and that’s not to mention the incredible mini-flock of 3 Northern Lapwings nearby! There were a few other notable birds in … Read More
Read some newer info about the identification of this bird. Each winter, as word gets out to more and more people to keep their hummingbird feeders out and ready throughout the late fall and winter months, increasing reports of rare western hummingbirds have been surfacing across the eastern states. Literally hundreds of Rufous Hummingbirds were found at feeders along the … Read More
An immature female Rufous Hummingbird that was banded and officially IDed as such back in November by Wayne Laubscher is continuing at the same location into the new year. I posted about this bird back on November 21st with a few photos of the bird (including some from Wayne from when he banded it), but I stopped by again today and … Read More
This morning, Ian Gardner and I joined up and drove from Hershey out to Peace Valley Park in Bucks County, PA to try our luck at finding the Pink-footed Goose that has returned for its second winter in the area. The bird would have been a lifer for the both of us and a species I REALLY want to see, … Read More
Recently author, bird bander and one of Nemesis Bird’s favorite people, Scott Weidensaul, had the chance to band Pennsylvania’s 4th record of an Allen’s Hummingbird. Audubon at Home recorded the banding, and as always, Scott pals a lot of great educational info into a small bit of video. Are you still seeing hummingbirds at your feeder?
Not long after Pennsylvania picked up its second record of Calliope Hummingbird, another Calliope was banded, this one in Lancaster County. Andy McGann got the footage below when he went to get his lifer Calliope Hummingbird, Pennsylvania’s 3rd record! Watch for a music video featuring this bird in the next couple of days!
PA’s 3rd state record for Allen’s Hummingbird recently turned up at Babe Webster’s home in Bucks County. Originally it was assumed that the bird was an immature male Rufous Hummingbird when it first visited Babe’s yard on November 12th, until Scott Weidensaul was able to the capture and band the hummingbird on November 21st and confirmed that it is an … Read More
Chad Kaufman and Aden Troyer teamed up to run a fall/winter hummingbird contest in Juniata, Mifflin, Perry and Snyder County area of central Pennsylvania for this season. Their efforts to get out the word concerning attracting and reporting rare hummingbirds have paid off, with 3 Selasphorus hummingbirds having already been found in Juniata County this year. Wayne Laubscher was able to … Read More