Finding a Little Gull in Illinois

Nathan GoldbergBirding, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Three days ago, March 26th, I had only about six hours to go birding. I talked with my friend Andy Sigler to see what would be possible, and we outlined the possibilities. We could go to the Kankakee River (Kankakee County) for White-winged Scoters, go to Dresden Lock and Dam (Grundy County) for White-winged and possibly a Surf Scoter, hit … Read More

Winter Waterfowl in Illinois

Nathan GoldbergBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Last Saturday (the 15th), Michael Retter and Matt Hale drove up from West Lafayette to stay at my house for the weekend (specifically for the Gull Frolic, more on that coming soon). They had to head out on Sunday, but before they left, we birded a bit looking for Scoters on the lakefront. This winter has been quite unlike others … Read More

Long-eared Owls and White-winged Scoters

Nathan GoldbergBird Sightings, Birding, General News and InfoLeave a Comment

Yesterday, I had a half day of school, and couldn’t find a better use of my time than to go birding! I called up my friend Andy Sigler to see if he had any interest in heading out to Kane County for some birding, and he agreed to pick me up at about 12:45ish. We met at my school and … Read More

Duval County Tickin’

Alex LamoreauxBirding, eBird, Listing, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

During the last week of June one of my cousins was getting married in Orlando, so I took some time off work on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and drove down to spend a few days with my family. There was no way I could go down to Florida and not find a little time to go birding, so I … 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

Lake watch at Derby Hill Hawk Watch

Drew WeberBird Sightings, General News and InfoLeave a Comment

I was up near Derby Hill Hawk Watch this week and decided to run up to see if the NW wind would bring a good flight of ducks or maybe something rare like a jaeger. I didn’t spot anything crazy like that but there were good numbers of Red-breasted Mergansers in small flocks offshore as well as a nice mix … Read More

Sibley on Scoters

Drew WeberIdentificationLeave a Comment

David Sibley has put up a good post on identifying scoters by their silhouette. Why is this a good thing to learn? In David’s own words- The three North American scoters can be distinguished readily by details of the head and bill, but like many birds of open water they are often seen at a great distance in bad light, … Read More

New Jersey Birding – Part 1

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Migration2 Comments

Last Friday, November 19th, was the start of our Thanksgiving Break so my friends and I decided to go to Cape May, NJ for some birding with the hope of getting Tim and Josh some life birds and get me a few year birds for my Big Year. Nate Fronk, Tim Schrekengost, Josh Lefever, and  a friend of Nate and … Read More

Centre County Waterfowl

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Rarities2 Comments

The rainy weather made perfect conditions for some waterfowling here in Center County today, so around 9:45am Anna Fasoli and I headed to Bald Eagle State Park. We were instantly greeted by 14 Tundra Swans, and the largest raft of waterfowl I have seen at BESP. We were able to find 12 species of waterfowl at BESP. All of the photos … Read More