Storm Birding

Corey HusicBirding, birds in flight, General News and Info2 Comments

As anyone in the United States should know, a large storm hit the mid-Atlantic last week, bringing strong winds and rain to much of the eastern United States. This powerful storm brought hundreds of seabirds inland, causing jaegers to show up on inland lakes and storm-petrels to be found flying around major rivers. Birders all over the region flocked to … Read More

Saltmarsh Sparrow, Bucks County, PA – 4th State Record!

Anna FasoliBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

On Friday, Alex, Josh and I traveled to the southeastern side of the state to see a few rare PA birds that would be new state birds for all of us. On our list were Saltmarsh Sparrow, Calliope Hummingbird, and Black Skimmer, among other things. We left State College in the dark and while Alex drove, I took a long … Read More

An Avian Coastal Evacuation

Cameron RuttBird Sightings, RaritiesLeave a Comment

October 29: Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld were still navigating to my parents’ home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, when Hurricane Sandy made landfall. Their arrival was timed perfectly with the loss of internet and cable (which my parents wouldn’t see again for another three days). Shortly thereafter, we lost power. So as we huddled around a battery-powered lamp, we discussed … Read More

Hurricane Sandy storm-birding at West Fairview, PA: Northern Gannet, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, etc

Anna FasoliBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, eBird, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports4 Comments

Tuesday was a busy day for us here at NemesisBird.com. With Hurricane Sandy moving through the state Anna Fasoli, Josh Lefever, Ian Gardner, Michael David, and I spent most of the morning at Bald Eagle SP searching for storm birds. Read about our success at this link. A little before noon, we decided we had to give up on Bald … Read More

Hurricane Sandy storm-birding at Bald Eagle SP, PA

Anna FasoliBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports2 Comments

Hurricane Sandy created perfect conditions for rarities to show up in Pennsylvania. I will admit I was skeptical of just how disruptive this storm would be. Hurricanes in the northeast tend to get exaggerated by the media, and they always seem to lose power quickly and break up once they hit land. But Hurricane Sandy was really the perfect storm; … Read More

Tropical Storm Sandy rare bird liveblog

Drew WeberFallout, General News and Info, Predictions, Rarities, records committee13 Comments

As the Frankenstorm churns it’s way up the coast and swings in across the Mid-Atlantic there is a good possibility that many interesting birds will be dropped off in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers after being displaced by the storm. Here we will post updates on storm-birds seen across the region as a way to give people a heads up on … Read More

Waterfowl Fallout at Beltzville State Park

Corey HusicBird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Photography1 Comment

Long-tailed Ducks

When Drew Weber posted about possible fallout conditions for Saturday, I was excited to check out the reservoir at Beltzville State Park. Unfortunately, I was unable to get out and had to wait until today, Sunday. Since the night had not been rainy, I figured some birds may have left. There was the possibility, however, that some birds would stick around … Read More

Six Species of Shorebirds at BESP

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, PhotographyLeave a Comment

This morning, I made a very quick run out to Bald Eagle State Park to see if any interesting birds were put down by the storm at the swimming beach. As soon as I pulled up to the beach parking area, I saw some Caspian Terns loafing with a few gulls. The Caspian Tern group contained 2 adults, 1 juvenile, … Read More

More storm birds at Bald Eagle

Drew WeberMigration1 Comment

This afternoon, amped up by reports of Hudsonian Godwit and a jaeger at Conejohela Flats in Lancaster County, Alex and I decided to make another quick run out to Bald Eagle State Park to see what birds had dropped down in the continuing bad weather. The four Sanderlings from this morning were still on the beach but the most exciting … Read More