Susquehanna River Kayak-Birding Highlights

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info1 Comment

Over the past two weeks I was happy to take many birders and bird-photographers out to the Conejohela Flats along the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, PA. Although there were multiple days with morning or evening storms, almost all of my scheduled trips went along as planned, and I was able to get out to the flats with people on a nearly daily basis! These 2-4 hour kayak tours varied depending on personal preference (and temperature!), but most visited a few of the scattered islands for waders and songbirds and then spent a substantial amount of the time at Avocet Point scanning through and photographing shorebirds, gulls, and terns. These tours averaged 55 species each, with 76 species seen all trips combined. The cooperative nature of Least Sandpipers, abundance of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets, beautiful river scenery, and the generally high bird activity were highlights of every trip but certain days had particularly interesting sightings such the two juvenile Glossy Ibis that dropped in on August 9th, Western Sandpipers on the 11th, two juvenile Short-billed Dowitchers on the 14th, and a stunning subadult Peregrine Falcon on the 15th! Below are some of my personal photo highlights from these tours….

Thanks to everyone who joined me for a guided kayak-birding tour of the Conejohela Flats!

Least Sandpiper (adult)

Least Sandpiper (adult)

Semipalmated Sandpiper (juvenile)

Semipalmated Sandpiper (juvenile)

Short-billed Dowitcher (juvenile)

Short-billed Dowitcher (juvenile)

Peregrine Falcon (subadult)

Peregrine Falcon (subadult)

Green Heron (juvenile)

Green Heron (juvenile)

The Conejohela Flats aren’t just great for birds!…the area is also a hotspot for butterflies!

  • Rob Protz

    That PEFA is a Second-year bird – almost finished molting into full adult plumage, which is right on schedule for late summer.