Search for the Western Tanager

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Chase, Listing, Rarities1 Comment

Sunday afternoon a post showed up on the PA Birds listserv stating that a Western Tanager had been found at John Heinz NWR. Not much detail at first but as people descended on the refuge to look for it they posted that it was a female and that it was being seen near the observation deck. Luckily for me, Monday … Read More

Manure birds

Drew WeberBird Sightings, General News and Info, PhotographyLeave a Comment

One exciting aspect about living in the country during the winter is the flocks of birds that attend to the local manure covered fields. In fact, Lancaster County can attract blackbird flocks that number in the hundreds of thousands. Usually comprised of Brown-headed Cowbirds, European Starlings, Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds, these flocks can also contain rare gems like Yellow-headed … Read More

Vagrant orioles

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Chase3 Comments

This has been a good year for orioles in Pennsylvania. A Scott’s Oriole in February near Harrisburg started out the year with a bang, see pictures here. This was the first recorded Scott’s Oriole in the state. The usual suspects for Pennsylvania are Baltimore and Orchard Orioles. Now, its December and there is a Bullock’s Oriole hanging out at the … Read More

Snowy Hawk Mountain

Drew WeberBird Sightings1 Comment

Last Saturday I counted again at Hawk Mountain. The weather was rainy on the drive up but as I polled into the parking lot I was met with snow. Upon reaching the lookout, I could see the line where the snow started further down. The trees and rocks were covered and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, birds were slow to come. … Read More

Backyard Finches

Drew WeberBird Sightings, General News and Info, Migration2 Comments

For the last few weeks, finch numbers have really increased in my backyard, thanks in large part to a cool double sock nyger seed feeder that really seems to draw in both American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. My high counts have been 32 goldfinches and 5 siskins at one time. The double sock stuffed with njyer seed really seems to … Read More

Bonies at the flats

Drew WeberBird Sightings1 Comment

A few days ago I spent the morning at Conejohela Flats, canoing around because the water level was extremely high following the 3 inches of rain we had just received. Generally we spend most of our time scoping the birds out from a blind that is on one of the small islands but now the blind was basically a small … Read More

My sparrow fest

Drew WeberBird Sightings2 Comments

So it seems like ever other bird blogger has gotten out to digiscope the sparrow migration and today was finally my day. I got some OK pictures but there always seemed to be something obstructing part of my subject. Lincoln’s Sparrow I managed to come across several Lincoln’s Sparrows and one cooperatively perched about 30 ft away long enough to … Read More

More Arizona pictures

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Juniper Titmouse @ Grand Canyon National Park Black-headed Grosbeak @ Grand Canyon National Park Broad-billed Hummingbird @ Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum Barn Owl @ Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum Anna’s Hummingbird @ Madera Canyon Anna’s Hummingbird @ Madera Canyon

Bainbridge Sparrow hunting

Drew WeberBird Feeding, Bird SightingsLeave a Comment

There is a little spot on the Susquehanna River south of Harrisburg known for fall Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows. It’s basically a collection of small islands populated by sedges and grasses and the sparrows seem to like it. Today, the most common passerines on the islands were American Pipits and Savannah Sparrows. The real show-stoppers today were the shorebirds, though. A … Read More

Arizona pics

Drew WeberBird Sightings1 Comment

So almost 2 months ago I was in Arizona for my honeymoon. We stayed in Sedona for a while enjoying the scenic canyons and visiting the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest National Parks. I did not manage any digiscoping on that part of the trip but we then went to SE Arizona for a few days and I did much … Read More