Snowy Owl Season: Reflections on Winter 2017-18

Tim HealyBird News, Birding, Conservation Issues, eBird, General Rant, ScienceLeave a Comment

Please enjoy owls responsibly

Bubo scandiacus is a highly evocative species. One of the largest, most striking members of the ever popular owl family, Snowies have a special magic that drives people wild. Wherever these Arctic predators go, excitement bordering on chaos usually follows. I’ve been hooked on Snowy Owls my entire life. I spent my early childhood dragging around a beloved plush Snowy, … Read More

Baby Barn Owl Banding!

Alex LamoreauxScience1 Comment

This evening I was able to tag along to watch Nate McKelvie, environmental educator at the Milton Hershey School, band four juvenile Barn Owls from one of the Hershey Trust’s old barns on the north side of Hershey. This is one of two known nesting sites in the area this year. The four juveniles were between 41 and 50 days … Read More

Raptors in Northern Nicaragua

Steve BrennerBirding, Field Work, Research, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

For two glorious weeks between February and March, Drew Weber and I were in northern Nicaragua completing bird surveys on shade grown coffee farms for the lovely folks over at Birds and Beans. Much of our time was spent in the department of Madriz, an area that previously was severely under-birded. Relishing in the challenge of birding unknown territory and … Read More

Things That Look Like Snowy Owls

Steve BrennerGeneral Rant, Identification4 Comments

With an apparent Snowy Owl invasion upon us this winter, the excitement over viewing such a majestic creature cannot be overstated. Snowy Owls are truly one of the natural world’s most awesome birds, and no one can fault you for being ecstatic about finding one in the Northeast, Midwest, or anywhere! Yet, regardless of location, weather conditions, or birding experience, … Read More

This Week in Birding 37

Charlotte WasylikGeneral News and InfoLeave a Comment

This Week in Birding

:: A new study by scientists at Environment Canada has found that more than 270 million birds are killed in Canada every year from human-related activity :: The Plain-pouched Hornbill in Malaysia is facing extinction because of logging, poaching, and being hunted as food for humans :: Mercury levels are increasing in the eggs of water birds that nest downstream from Canada’s tar sands region :: A new species … Read More

Short-ear time at Middle Creek WMA

Alex Lamoreauxbirds in flight, Photography1 Comment

During February and March Short-eared Owls can be found in large areas of tall grass, agricultural land, and marshes around Pennsylvania and much of the northern half of the country. One of the best locations in PA to see Short-eared Owls is Middle Creek WMA on the border of Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Unlike other owls, where you either have … Read More

Another year of birding underway!

Alex LamoreauxBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, eBird, Listing, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

With the first month of the year officially behind us now, I thought I would take a look the current status of my year list. Beginning a new year is always fun – every single bird is ‘new’, it’s winter, and there are typically a bunch of winter rarities and other good birds around to chase. You never really know what the … Read More

Chasin’ on a Foggy Day

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

This is the second year in a row that a Pink-footed Goose has shown up in eastern Pennsylvania. Last year, I just never had a chance to chase the goose so I was really excited when another pink-foot was found this winter at Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. In addition to that bird, there are also potentially up to … Read More

Delaware Big Day – January 2013

Tim SchreckengostBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, eBird, General News and Info, Listing, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports3 Comments

One of the main reasons for our New Year, New Birds trip was to do a January 1st Big Day in Delaware with Tim Schreckengost from Thermal Birding. Tim lives and works down in Delaware right now, and has been a friends of ours for a few years now. The following story was co-written by Alex and Tim and is … Read More