Santa Rosa Tour 3 Update: Part Two, March 14-17

Anna FasoliField Work, General News and Info, ScienceLeave a Comment

Wow, does time fly by when you are on an eight day on, six day off schedule (this schedule is possibly the secret to life). I’ve finally gotten around to posting the second half of tour three on Santa Rosa Island, working for Institute for Wildlife Studies (Read part one here first!) Weather was excellent for the second half of tour 3 as … Read More

Another awesome day of spring birding!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities1 Comment

As day after day and night after night of north winds blew through the Northeast, birds were being held back – unable to smoothly migrate to our area. Needless to say, I am sure many birders in PA were just as excited as I was to hear that starting late this past Friday night, winds would shift to the south … Read More

Spring Migration Predictions – Second Half of March

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, birds in flight, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Photography, Predictions6 Comments

If you’ve been out birding recently, you’ll know that there are signs of spring everywhere you look – especially if you are looking at birds! Snow Geese just staged their massive showing at Middle Creek WMA, Ring-billed Gulls are flowing up our rivers by the thousands, and Eastern Phoebes are popping up all over! Spring migration is in full swing, … Read More

Glaucous Gull – Huguenot Memorial City Park, Florida

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, birds in flight, General News and Info, Identification, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

Anna and I are slowly making our way towards Gainesville, Florida where Anna is starting a job soon. Today we stopped at Huguenot Memorial City Park which is east of Jacksonville. Huguenot Memorial City Park is a famous birding spot on the northeastern coast of Florida. Anna and I had been here once before and loved it, so we knew … Read More

BESP – Red-necked Grebe, etc

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, General News and Info, Migration2 Comments

This morning Drew Weber, Josh Lefever, Nadia Barkawi, and I drove out to Bald Eagle State Park to see if any of the waterfowl Drew and I had found yesterday were still around. Our first stop was to Lower Greens Run, where Josh spotted a Red-necked Grebe. Before long, Joe Verica, Mike Dreibelbis, Jim Dunn, and one or two other … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – Big Osprey Flight!

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, ScienceLeave a Comment

Today up at Jo Hays Chuck Widdman, Chet Gottfried, and I dealt with on-and-off rain showers and heavy fog cover to try and catch some of the migrants passing by. We had 47 raptors pass, which we thought was pretty great considering the weather conditions. A nice kettle of 12 Broad-wings plus a few singleton Broad-wings made them the most numerous … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – September 2011 Report

Alex LamoreauxAnalysis, Bird Sightings, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

Coming into September with only 100 raptors, the other primary Jo Hays hawkwatchers and I were ready to see things heat up. We put in a total of 13 days (51.75 hours) worth of observation time at Jo Hays which resulted in 1888 raptors being counted during the month! Due to the limited visibility at Jo Hays, northwest winds are … Read More

Answers to Forest Fest Mystery Bird Quiz

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info, Identification, Mystery Birds, quiz birds1 Comment

This past weekend, we celebrated Forest Fest at Penn State. At the festival, the avian outreach class had a table set up that talked about birding, demonstrated bird banding, and led a guided bird walk through the arboretum. We also had 10 photos, that I took, of 10 different species of birds for people to try and identify. Below are the photos … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – Another nice Broad-winged Count

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Research, Science1 Comment

I spent 8 hours today hawk watching at Jo Hays Vista. The weather was nice and birds were on the move, despite almost the very light wind speed throughout the day. Chuck Widdman, Ian Gardner, Joe Verica, and many others stopped by throughout the day to help with the count. We ended the day with 353 raptors migrating past. Of … Read More

Birding around McCall, Idaho – 3 lifers!

Alex LamoreauxBirding3 Comments

This past weekend, Anna and I made a last minute decision to drive up to the McCall area to do some birding for our days off work. We left Saturday night after work and drove up to Cascade. We birded Cascade Lake till dark and camped there for the night. When we first arrived to the lake, it seemed pretty … Read More