Sandhill Cranes in Central PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Featured, Ranges and Distributions11 Comments

The Sandhill Crane is a widespread and common migrant, breeder, and/or resident across most of North America. This large bird breeds in extensive wetlands and winters in agricultural areas. Cranes have been rare visitors to the Northeastern states until the past few decades, when the entire population began to rapidly increase in number. In the 1930’s, the eastern population was … Read More

Black-capped Petrel – Variation in Plumage

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Identification, Molt, Ranges and Distributions, Science4 Comments

One of the most iconic birds of summertime in the Gulf Stream is the Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata), and with two days aboard the Stormy Petrel II off the coast of Hatteras with Brian Patteson, we had ample time to photograph and study them. On August 12th, we saw 56 Black-capped Petrels and on August 13th, we had an incredible … Read More

The Thrill of Jaeger-watching

Erik BruhnkeBehavior, Birding, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities3 Comments

The spectrum of birding is vast and amazing. Depending on where we live, a select variety of birds can be found locally, and within certain travels of where we live. Right now birds are migrating in full-force. The colorful flurry of warblers have molted into drab plumage, which helps them stay camouflaged during the fall and winter months. Common Nighthawks … Read More

The Bronzed Cowbirds of Southern Florida

Alex Lamoreauxdistribution, Identification, photo study, Ranges and DistributionsLeave a Comment

First discovered in the United States in Texas in 1940, the Bronzed Cowbird rapidly expanded throughout the desert southwest and Gulf Coast states. By 1962, Florida’s first Bronzed Cowbirds were found in Sarasota County, however it wasn’t until July 2009 when breeding was confirmed for the first time in the state, in Broward County – the young cowbird was being … Read More

Montour County, PA – Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Alex LamoreauxRanges and Distributions, Rarities2 Comments

Amy Dopp of Montour County, Pennsylvania emailed us a few days ago with some photos of one of two Yellow-headed Blackbirds that have been visiting her parents’s bird feeders for the past few months. This isn’t the first record of this species in Montour County, but is certainly a rare and noteworthy species anywhere in the state especially away from … Read More

Amazing World of Redpolls

Erik BruhnkeIdentification, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities1 Comment

Hoary Redpoll (female)

Redpolls are hardy little birds of the world’s northern tier. They breed in areas throughout the tundra where the short-growing willows speckle the landscape, during the refreshingly-cool (not dangerously-cold) summer months. Throughout the winter months, many of them head southward in search of food, often clinging to the largest expanses of alder and birch for their supply of catkins to … Read More

Western Tanager and bonus Crested Caracara!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, eBird, General News and Info, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, RaritiesLeave a Comment

On December 5th, 2012 Cape May birder Will Kerling was riding his bike through Cape May Court House and spotted a male Western Tanager in some trees along the road at the intersection of Hand Ave and Dias Creek Rd! The tanager was following a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker around in some Siberian Elm trees, trying to get at the sap that … Read More

Review- Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania

Drew WeberBooks, Field Work, Ranges and Distributions, Reviews, Science3 Comments

[dc]M[/dc]y first field job was working as a point counter for the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania. Not only did this give me a huge boost in my birding by ear skills, it also introduced me to the Pennsylvania birding community and was instrumental in starting my involvement in ornithology in PA. I ended working for three years … Read More

State College CBC 2012

Alex LamoreauxBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Trip Reports3 Comments

Sunday was this year’s date for the State College Christmas Bird Count. This was my second year running the Bear Meadows and Rockview Property routes. Last year Drew Weber, Steve Brenner, and I birded the route together but this year it was me and Josh Lefever. My goal for last year was to find 50 species, but we were only … Read More

Saltmarsh Sparrow, Bucks County, PA – 4th State Record!

Anna FasoliBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

On Friday, Alex, Josh and I traveled to the southeastern side of the state to see a few rare PA birds that would be new state birds for all of us. On our list were Saltmarsh Sparrow, Calliope Hummingbird, and Black Skimmer, among other things. We left State College in the dark and while Alex drove, I took a long … Read More