Photographing Roosting Owls: How To Know You’re Doing It Right

Andy McGannBehavior, Bird Finding Tips, Birding, Featured, Photography6 Comments

Long-eared Owl

A sleepy owl is a happy owl! Of all the potential subjects for aspiring bird photographers, roosting owls just might be the most intoxicatingly enticing subject of all.  Owls are an especially charismatic clan of birds.  Whether or not you enjoy their typecast roles in folklore, you have to admit that there is an overwhelming temptation to map our human modes of … Read More

Lititz CBC 2012

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

Tomorrow I am headed on a trip through MD, DE, and NJ so today was my last full day of birding in Pennsylvania for the year. 2012 has been a great year of birding for me in the state, with my highest state year list ever – 292 species. I guess I should have tried a little harder and tried … Read More

Pink-footed fiasco turns into a great day of birding!

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, eBird, General News and Info, Missed Birds, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports3 Comments

This morning, Ian Gardner and I joined up and drove from Hershey out to Peace Valley Park in Bucks County, PA to try our luck at finding the Pink-footed Goose that has returned for its second winter in the area. The bird would have been a lifer for the both of us and a species I REALLY want to see, … Read More

State College CBC 2012

Alex LamoreauxBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Trip Reports3 Comments

Sunday was this year’s date for the State College Christmas Bird Count. This was my second year running the Bear Meadows and Rockview Property routes. Last year Drew Weber, Steve Brenner, and I birded the route together but this year it was me and Josh Lefever. My goal for last year was to find 50 species, but we were only … Read More

Finding a saw-whet owl

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Birding1 Comment

[dc]A[/dc]round 11 on Sunday morning, Joe Brin called to say that he had relocated the local Northern Saw-whet Owl that has taken up residence along the boardwalk at a nearby nature center. We had searched several times for this owl with no luck and were excited about actually seeing it so we rushed out to meet Joe. We walked down … 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

Big Sit 2012 – Allegheny Front Hawk Watch

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

The ‘Big Sit’ is an annual birding event that takes places at hundreds of prime birding locations around the world on the second weekend in October. The idea is to pick out a 17ft diameter circle to spend the day in and count as many birds as you and your team can see and/or hear from within that circle. This … Read More

Barn Owl Banding

Corey HusicBanding, General News and Info3 Comments

On Tuesday evening, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) held a public banding demonstration of nesting Barn Owls. The program, coordinated by Jacobsburg State Park, was held at a private farm in Berks County where Barn Owls have reportedly nested for almost twenty years. As with almost all grassland bird species, the … Read More

Featured Photographer: Darren Clark – Great Gray Owls!

a guest bloggerFeatured Photographer, General News and Info, Photography2 Comments

Nemesis Bird would like to introduce you to this month’s featured photographer, Darren Clark. Darren teaches photography at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho. Darren divides his time between teaching, fly-fishing, photographing, birding, and hanging out with his family. To see more of Darren’s photos, check out his page on flickr and his website. We hope your enjoy his story and photographs of … Read More

Somerset County Big Day, Spring 2012

Mike LanzoneBig Days, blogging, General News and Info, Listing1 Comment

Somerset County Spring ’12 Big Day On Sunday May 6, Jeff Payne, his son, Chris and I decided to do a big day in Somerset County PA. We were shooting for 150, a total Jeff thought would be very hard to hit in this county. We loosly planned a route in the days leading up to our big day, but … Read More