Another state bird for the list- Le Conte’s Sparrow

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Chase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Image via Wikipedia Stopped at the Darlington Tract in Delaware County today to look for the Le Conte’s Sparrow that has been seen in the area. I was lucky as I walked out and saw the bird almost immediately, although it was skittish and I only got to see it for a short time before it disappeared. I didn’t have … Read More

Little Egret?

Drew WeberChase, Photography, Rarities9 Comments

The egret found by Chuck Chalfant. Noticing the dark lores he began contacting others. Here are the pictures I took through my scope and Frank Haas’ scope which had a higher zoom. Click on the images to zoom in or go to the Picasa gallery where I also have two videos. I have also posted closer crops of several of … Read More

White Ibis at the flats

Drew WeberBird Feeding, Bird Sightings, Chase, Migration, Rarities1 Comment

Finally got out on the flats for the first time since late April. There had been both an immature White Ibis and a Sandhill Crane hanging out there together so I was hoping to see both these birds. Unfortunately, only the White Ibis was around while I was on the flats but it was very cooperative. It was hanging out … Read More

Wood Sandpiper pictures

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Chase, Listing, Rarities2 Comments

Friday afternoon I posted that I was off to chase the Wood Sandpiper being seen in Delaware. I got picked up at my house around 11am and by about 1:30pm we were driving down Broadkill Road, looking for a swarm of cars. When we pulled in, people seemed to be milling around, not really looking at anything in particular. This … Read More

Wood Sandpiper chase

Drew WeberChase, Rarities1 Comment

In just a couple minutes I will be getting picked up to chase the Wood Sandpiper that is being seen at Prime Hook in Delaware. It was seen at 9:00am this morning and we should be there around 1:00pm. Hopefully we get there while its around! This is the first East Coast record since the Rye, New York bird found … Read More

Chasing the Aechmophorus

Drew WeberChase, Missed BirdsLeave a Comment

Image via Wikipedia An Aechmophorus grebe (either Western or Clark’s) was reported today at Blue Marsh Lake by a local birder. Being only about 45 minutes away I jumped in my car and drove down to the lake, hoping to catch a glimpse of the bird. Unfortunately, I was not able to find the bird from the multiple vantage points … Read More

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

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

Finally a Rufous!

Drew WeberChase, Migration, Rarities2 Comments

Number 266 for my Pennsylvania list, the female Rufous Hummingbird I was able to see in Berks County this past week was a delight. When I first arrived at the house that it has been frequenting for about a month now, the hummingbird was nowhere to be seen. I was treated to a lovely overview of its habits and daily … Read More

Listing in PA and the run to see the AWPE

Drew WeberChase, ListingLeave a Comment

To start off with, I want to say that my Pennsylvania list is not really that impressive. Yet. I have been making great strides now that I have been spending more time in PA. I believe I was at around 240 about this time last year, and I am currently sitting at 257, with about 13 that I should be … Read More