Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 24

Steve BrennerPhotographyLeave a Comment

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. To cap off my fieldwork in New Mexico, myself and the lovely miss … Read More

This Week in Birding 66

Charlotte WasylikGeneral News and InfoLeave a Comment

This Week in Birding

:: The government of Alberta is considering a Sandhill Crane hunt for the autumn of 2015 :: The Yurok Tribe Wildlife Program, the Ventana Wildlife Society, and several federal and state government agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding to work toward reintroducing captive-bred California Condors to the north coast region :: A Saudi prince poached more than 2,100 internationally protected Houbara Bustards in 21-day hunting safari … Read More

Sandhill Cranes in Central PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Featured, Ranges and Distributions11 Comments

The Sandhill Crane is a widespread and common migrant, breeder, and/or resident across most of North America. This large bird breeds in extensive wetlands and winters in agricultural areas. Cranes have been rare visitors to the Northeastern states until the past few decades, when the entire population began to rapidly increase in number. In the 1930’s, the eastern population was … Read More

Beating the winter birding blues….kind of.

Anna FasoliBirdingLeave a Comment

It has been a long, cold winter here in Centre County, PA.  After spending a sticky hot summer in north central Florida in 2012, I was looking forward to the cool temperatures (not to mention the colors) of another fall season in Pennsylvania. Dare I say I was even looking forward to the winter snow flurries. Needless to say my … 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

“Snowpril” Birding

Mike LanzoneBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info2 Comments

I had thought we had seen the last of winter weeks ago, and temperatures in the 50s to near 80 degrees over the last many weeks was the norm. Migration was really starting to crank up in PA with many species of warblers arriving, orioles and grosbeaks showing up and some hummers making an appearance. All the fruit trees in … Read More

Sandhill Crane chicks in the park!

Anna FasoliBirding5 Comments

I’ll be posting another “What’s in the Box?” shortly, but for now, enjoy these photos of a Sandhill Crane family that I took up the road from my house.  This pair nested in a nearby wetland, and they now stroll the neighborhood with 2 large chicks in tow.  I found them roaming through the local baseball field yesterday, eating bugs … Read More

Little Gull and Sandhill Crane – Centre County

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Migration, Photography, Rarities4 Comments

This morning, was the last official weekend trip for the PSU Ornithology class and we hit the jackpot. Our first stop of the morning was to Julian Wetlands where we had the usual wetlands birds such as Virginia Rail, Tree Swallow, and Blue-winged Teal – nothing out of the ordinary. Our second stop was to Curtin Wetlands. As soon as … 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

Sandhill Crane excitement

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding, christmas bird count, General News and Info, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

I tried to catch a bit of the excitement of seeing the Sandhill Cranes on the State College CBC this past weekend. Make sure you boost the quality of the video up to 720p in the bottom right corner so you can actually see the crane flock in the distance. I hope you get some amusement out of the video. … Read More