Nelson’s Sparrows – PSU Fall Banding

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Science9 Comments

Mid-October offers Pennsylvania birders an opportunity to try and find a rather rare migrant though our state, the Nelson’s Sparrow. This fall it seems weather conditions and increased birder effort has created a bit of a Nelson’s Sparrow infux, with over 20 individual birds reported around the state at this point. Tim Becker found the first of the fall on … Read More

Sparrow Shindig!

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Migration, Photography1 Comment

Regular readers of this website have probably heard about how Alex’s Canon 400mm lens went through a pretty nasty rainstorm, which resulted in the lens having to be sent back and repaired. Today, he finally got the lens back from the shop, and it is working great! We were both pretty excited to get out and take some pictures of … Read More

The Muck

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, BirdingLeave a Comment

One of my favorite places to bird in Tioga County is The Muck, a game lands just north of Wellsboro on 287. This large wetland is a great place for breeding American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora and Marsh Wren. If you are really lucky, you could also find Least Bittern, King Rail or Common Gallinule. Listen to the sound clip above … Read More

Birding CJ Strike WMA and Ted Trueblood WMA

Anna FasoliBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, PhotographyLeave a Comment

On Easter, Alex and I drove south towards the Snake River to bird the CJ Strike WMA and Ted Trueblood WMA.  At a small marsh on the Snake River, Alex and I tried calling rails again, hoping to pull out a Sora.  Instead, we were answered by a chorus of Virginia Rails, including one that walked right up to us … Read More