A first state record – Black-chinned Hummingbird

Drew WeberRarities, records committee2 Comments

Perhaps it should not be surprising that during a banner year for Rufous Hummingbirds, PA would add both the second state record of Calliope Hummingbird and now the long-awaited first state record of Black-chinned Hummingbird. Black-chinned Hummingbird has been expected for some time now as it is now regularly found wintering in the southeastern states, particularly along the Gulf Coast, … Read More

Calliope Hummingbird – PA’s 2nd State Record!

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities5 Comments

On October 21st, Joe Flood spotted a hummingbird coming to the feeders in his backyard in Devon, PA. Joe thought it may just be a late moving Ruby-throated Hummingbird but had had a Rufous Hummingbird visit his yard the year before, so he posted photos on the PA Birders Facebook page looking for another opinion. While looking at the PA … Read More

PA Fall Migration Predictions – End of Oct: Part 2

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Migration Update, Photography, Predictions, Ranges and Distributions2 Comments

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

Rufous Hummingbird – Onondaga County NY

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, IdentificationLeave a Comment

[dc]T[/dc]his morning I got out pretty early to look for the Rufous Hummingbird that was coming to a feeder in Phoenix. It was overcast but calm as I pulled up in front of the house and walked around to the back. There were only two other birders there and they said that they hadn’t seen it yet. We didn’t have … Read More

Somerset County Big Day, Spring 2012

Mike LanzoneBig Days, blogging, General News and Info, Listing1 Comment

Somerset County Spring ’12 Big Day On Sunday May 6, Jeff Payne, his son, Chris and I decided to do a big day in Somerset County PA. We were shooting for 150, a total Jeff thought would be very hard to hit in this county. We loosly planned a route in the days leading up to our big day, but … 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

Broad-tailed Hummingbird – New Jersey’s First State Record!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Identification, Photography, Rarities5 Comments

Back in January, during a four day long rarity round-up trip throughout PA and NJ, trying to pick up as many rare birds as possible; my friends and I joined Sam Galick in visiting a ‘Selaphorus’ hummingbird at 1026 Batt’s Lane in Cape May, NJ. Prior to our visit that day, the identification of the bird was uncertain. Sam and I were able … 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

Rarity Round-Up: A Four Day Birding Adventure

Alex LamoreauxBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, General Rant, Listing, Maps and Directions, Missed Birds, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports10 Comments

Click on links throughout this post to see our full eBird checklists and more photos for the locations mentioned! Last week I was sitting around campus with my friends Mark Mizak and Josh Lefever, thinking about the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. We knew we would have four days free and we knew we wanted to go birding. … Read More

Rufous Hummingbird – Grantville, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Chase, General News and Info, RaritiesLeave a Comment

A hatch-year male Rufous Hummingbird has been coming in to feeders at the home of Tim Becker in Grantville, PA since November 11th. Josh Lefever and I finally had an opportunity to try and see the bird yesterday, and didn’t have to wait very long for the beautiful western hummer to come in and show off. Almost as soon as … Read More