Sparrow Obsession

a guest bloggerBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Featured1 Comment

Guest contributor Matt Sabatine is back with some information on his recent Nelson’s Sparrow obsession, as well as tips on where to look for them during fall migration in Pennsylvania. Enjoy!   What began as a halfhearted attempt at finding a Nelson’s Sparrow for the fall soon turned into a temporary obsession. On the morning of October 11th, I rolled … Read More

Nelson’s Sparrows – PSU Fall Banding

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Science9 Comments

Mid-October offers Pennsylvania birders an opportunity to try and find a rather rare migrant though our state, the Nelson’s Sparrow. This fall it seems weather conditions and increased birder effort has created a bit of a Nelson’s Sparrow infux, with over 20 individual birds reported around the state at this point. Tim Becker found the first of the fall on … Read More

Nelson’s Sparrow – Clinton County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Rarities7 Comments

This afternoon, I drove out to Bald Eagle SP to do some birding after the storms had moved through the region. A few groups of Ruddy Ducks, 4 Ring-necked Ducks, 6 Double-crested Cormorants, and 2 Common Loons were the only waterfowl I could find on the lake, but many areas I stopped at had lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers and various … Read More

Three Western Kingbirds at Fort Hill, Massachusetts!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

After a successful morning of chasing Rhode Island’s Mountain Bluebird and the Bridgewater, Massachusetts Northern Lapwing, my friends and I shot over towards Cape Cod. While crossing over the Bourne Bridge, we noticed noticed about 250 Common Eiders floating beneath it so we pulled down around for a better look – what a great way to kick off our time on Cape … Read More

Nelson’s Sparrow – Sinnemahoning State Park, PA

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, distribution, Migration, Ranges and Distributions2 Comments

[dc]T[/dc]his evening, Mark Johnson found this gorgeous Nelson’s Sparrow at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County. The bird was in a large, wet patch of Goldenrod on the shore of the reservoir. Good luck if anyone tries to refind this bird. Nelson’s Sparrow is a species I have spent quite a bit of time looking for in PA with no … Read More

Cape May Trip – Part 6

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography2 Comments

This is the sixth and final part of a series of posts about my recent birding trip to Cape May, which began with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. On our last morning in Cape May, we decided to bird for a little while around Cape May Point State Park and then begin heading back towards PA. The … Read More