October was a good month for birding. Alex and Drew both picked up a state bird with a very cooperative Northern Wheatear. Alex also picked up some county birds on a particularly good morning of banding at the arboretum, and Alex found Centre county’s first record Long-billed Dowitcher.
Some good photographs of Tennessee Warbler gave Alex the chance to show the key identification differences between Orange-crowned and Tennessee Warblers.
There were lots of other photography opportunities for Alex. A close Surf Scoter, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Eastern Screech-Owl, and Henslow’s Sparrow were all captured in crippling detail through Alex’s lens.
Overall it was a great month for birding and I am looking forward to what November brings. I am expecting good waterfowl days as well as good flights of Golden Eagles.