Finch Flight Frenzy

Tim HealyBird News, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Migration Update, Predictions, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

“Mr. Healy, I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask you.” My coworker approached me as I was stowing my binoculars after a brief pre-work survey of the schoolyard. “I’ve been at my place in northern Jersey for years now, but this year I’ve noticed something different. There are these birds, I can only describe them as…finches?” I smiled, … Read More

Failed chase, waterfowl, and a dark Rough-legged Hawk

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, Migration, Missed Birds, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports2 Comments

My friends and I were bummed that we had missed out on a very chase-able Eurasian Wigeon during the spring and thought we had lost our chase to get that species for our PA state lists. That was until last week, when a male Eurasian Wigeon was reported at Yellow Creek SP, which is about 1.5 hrs from State College. … Read More

Rochester finches

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info2 Comments

On Sunday Ramsay called itching to take a trip to see some winter finches. A couple spots around Rochester have been reliably reporting good flocks of crossbills and redpolls at the Holy Sepulchre cemetery and Pine Grosbeaks at campground area of Webster Park along Lake Ontario. We had great luck immediately when we arrived at #21 in the Riverside/Holy Sepulchre … Read More

Connecticut Crossbills

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports5 Comments

November 20th was the last day of our 5 day birding trip through coastal New England. Our goals for the day were to bird various hotspots in Connecticut and try to find some of the recently-reported rarities as well as build a nice state list. None of the three us (Ian Gardner, Josh Lefever, or myself) had ever eBirded in … Read More

White-winged Crossbills have arrived!

Anna FasoliBirding, General News and Info1 Comment

Yesterday was yet another great birding day all over the state. On top of a number of rarities still hanging around (Black Skimmer, Western Grebe, Pacific Loon, Calliope Hummingbird), winter finches have really arrived in full force, including more Evening Grosbeaks, Common Redpolls, Pine Siskins, and finally, White-winged Crossbills!  Red Crossbills arrived in September and many are currently pushing their … Read More

Winter Finch forecast 2011-12

Drew WeberBird News, General News and Info, PredictionsLeave a Comment

Ron Pittaway has released his annual Winter Finch forecast and there is not a lot of good news for all us in the mid-Atlantic hoping for a good year for crossbills, redpolls and grosbeaks. Despite the fact that we have a good cone crop in our region, birds will likely stay to our north were there are also good cone … Read More

Laws of Winter Birding

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, General Rant4 Comments

I saw this on the Birdchat listserv several years ago and enjoyed it. And boy, are they true. 1) The older we get, the colder it feels while birding. Global warming is counterbalanced by personal cooling. 2) The possibility of seeing a Gyrfalcon is inversely proportional to the listing need. 3) Red Crossbills never land. Never. As in nada. 4) … Read More