Winter finch forecast

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips1 Comment

Image via Wikipedia Here is Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast for 2008 – 2009. Every year Ron writes up a prediction of finch(plus a few others) irruptions  based on mast production and where these birds will have to go for food.   GENERAL FORECAST This winter’s theme is where will crossbills go and will they irrupt south? Both species wandered widely this summer. … Read More

Western vs Semipalmated Sandpiper

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, IdentificationLeave a Comment

Much has been written about the identification of Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers. Most of it focuses on minutia, those little differences in plumage that are indeed very helpful in distinguishing these very similar species. The problem is, in order to use all those fine plumage details successfully, a good understanding of how to age shorebirds is required. Rather than rehashing … Read More

Birding ‘The Muck’

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Photography3 Comments

One of the birding gems in Tioga County is the State Gamelands 313, better known to birders as “The Muck.” Formerly drained and farmed, it has now been allowed to return to its original state as a highly productive wetland. Specialties that can be found in ‘the muck’ include Marsh Wrens, American Bittern, Sora, Virginia Rail and possibly even a … Read More

Uncommon field birds

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings2 Comments

Vesper Sparrow by jerryoldenettel Doing point counts in south eastern PA during the last weeks has left me feeling that some fields birds are a lot more common than many birders suspect. On any given day I have heard multiple Savannah Sparrows, Vesper Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows and Horned Larks. I have also come across at least five Blue Grosbeaks in … Read More