What’s left of the Prairie State…

Alex LamoreauxBirdingLeave a Comment

After a very busy May, which included (winning!) the Birding Cup in central PA and then guiding at the Biggest Week in American Birding, I ventured out to central Illinois to help with some bird surveys on two proposed wind facilities. Other than spending a few half-days birding Illinois during cross-country trips, I have never really spent much time in … Read More

10 Warblers you won’t want to miss at the Biggest Week

Tim SchreckengostGeneral News and Info1 Comment

Ah, the Biggest Week in American Birding is just around the corner. As I am writing this post, the Warbler Capital of the World will be loaded with birds and birders in 2 weeks, 3 days, 6 hours, 16 minutes, and 55 seconds. Anna was thinking about the Biggest Week back when she was tired of winter back in March, … Read More

Blackpoll Warbler! – PSU Fall Banding

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Migration, ScienceLeave a Comment

When I woke up this morning, it was 36 degrees in State College. I knew Big Hollow (where our banding station is) would be very cold and that it would be a while before the sun could get down into the hollow and warm things up a bit. We started off the first few net checks with catbirds, towhees, and … Read More

Foggy Morning – PSU Fall Banding

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Migration, Science1 Comment

South winds all last night combined with a very heavy layer of fog this morning made for a fairly slow day of bird banding, but we still had quite a bit of fun. Twenty-seven individual birds were captured of 11 species. Two Ovenbirds were banded, one of which was incredibly fat (with a bulging area of fat on its upper … Read More

Yellow-bellied Invasion – PSU Fall Banding

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Sightings, Migration, Science1 Comment

After a week’s worth of warm weather, the cold front moving through also brought an incredible push of migrants across the Northeast. I was very excited to get out this morning and try to catch some birds, hoping Big Hollow would be full of migrants. As I was walking to the banding site I could hear (and sometimes see) warblers … Read More

Connecticut Warbler! – PSU Fall Banding

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Migration, Science1 Comment

Today was the kick-off to our 2013 fall banding season at Penn State University’s Big Hollow site, located within the 370 acre arboretum. We will be banding multiple mornings per week, usually Tuesday and Thursday, and the public is welcome to attend. Today’s highlight was a juvenile Connecticut Warbler, and I pretty much went nuts when I saw another bander … Read More

Scotia Barrens – September is here, and so are the warblers!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, General News and Info, Identification, Migration, Photography3 Comments

This morning Anna and I went over to Scotia Barrens to search for migrants. We started off the morning at Scotia Pond, where we met up with Tim Schreckengost. Activity was low, and we only saw a Tennessee Warbler and a Chestnut-sided Warbler. The highlight was when Tim spotted an Olive-sided Flycatcher perched on a distant snag. We were able … Read More

Scotia warbler bonanza

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding, Photography3 Comments

It was a great morning at Scotia Barrens IBA. Overall I saw/heard over 150 individual warblers while I drove through Scotia Barrens. Highlights were an Orange-crowned Warbler near the powerline close to the south entrance, a singing Mourning Warbler that I got great looks of at the research shed, a Wilson’s Warbler singing and jumping around low in some bushes and … Read More