Winter Warblers

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Featured, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Originally posted Dec 2013. By December, most warbler species have made it to Central and/or South America where they will spend the rest of the Northern Hemisphere’s winter and then return back North to their breeding grounds. I say most warblers because some species like Yellow-rumped Warblers and Orange-crowned Warblers can survive cold temperatures and actually over-winter successfully in parts … Read More

Long Island Chase – Common Ground-Dove 11/16

Nathan GoldbergBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

I recently took a hiatus from blogging (mostly unintentionally), but would like to change that in upcoming months. In these past few months, I have been getting accustomed to the college life, as I am now an undergrad at Cornell University (in Ithaca, NY). Birding out here is amazing, and the community around Cornell is quite special.  There are many … Read More

Birding the Southern California Desert

Nathan GoldbergBirding2 Comments

Over the past few days, I have been staying in La Quinta, in Southern California. My family is here for a wedding, but we have had some time to explore the more natural parts of the area. Last Friday (the 28th), my family visited the Indian Canyons south of Palm Springs. This was a place my dad used to visit … Read More

Cape May Pt SP Snowbirds

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Listing, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

After wandering around the streets of Cape May Point for awhile but not being able to turn up the White-winged Dove, we decided to head over to the state park to see what was around. It was incredible to see the park covered in snow. Equally amazing was how active the birds were in the snow-covered, freezing landscape. Along the … Read More

Springtime Orange-crowned Warbler – Centre County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBirding1 Comment

This year’s spring migration has been slow (at times painfully slow) here in central Pennsylvania. If you have been following Drew’s daily radar posts then you’ll know why – north winds, rain, and general bad luck have really prevented good numbers of migrates to make their way back to (or through) the northeastern states. Finally weather conditions are starting to … Read More

Winter Rarities at Cape May Point SP

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports4 Comments

It isn’t much of a secret that Cape May Point State Park, at the southern tip of New Jersey, is one of the country’s top birding locations and rarity traps. Every winter something interesting turns up at the park and stays for a few days, weeks, or maybe even over-winters there. This winter, however, is totally off the charts! Besides … 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

Birding Around Gainesville – Day 1

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Photography, Ranges and Distributions1 Comment

Now that Anna and I have finally made it to Gainesville, and Anna will be living and working here till July, we wanted to go out birding around the city today and try and familiarize ourselves with a few of the local birding hotspots as well as try and pick up some more new year birds. Our first stop of the day … Read More

Shrike Out

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

This morning a Northern Shrike was reported at Old Crow Wetlands in Huntingdon County. A few of us decided to make the quick drive over there to try and find it later in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we ‘shriked out’ (Copyright: Steve Brenner). Luckily, we were able to get great looks at an Orange-crowned Warbler as well as a juvenile Cooper’s … Read More

Tennessee Warbler vs. Orange-crowned Warbler

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info, Identification, Migration, Photography, Rarities6 Comments

During the first few weeks of October, here in Pennsylvania, the diversity of warbler species is declining rapidly. By the third and fourth week of this month pretty much only Yellow-rumped Warblers and Palm Warblers will be around in decent numbers, while most other species have made their way to the southern states, and some already are down to Central … Read More