Willow Ptarmigan – 1st for New York!

Alex LamoreauxChase, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities9 Comments

Today myself and 8 fellow PA birders embarked on a weekend-long PSO field trip to the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, however our plans took a very unexpected turn when I noticed a forwarded email. It was from Drew, saying that there was a Willow Ptarmigan on Point Peninsula in Jefferson County reported by Eugene Nichols. Obviously we were all quite skeptical of … Read More

Chase-able Common Murre – Cape May, NJ

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, Featured, Maps and Directions, Rarities2 Comments

Any murre species, and most alcids in general are difficult to see from land along the east coast. Most winters, small numbers of Razorbills can usually be seen migrating from shore but most birders must venture out on a boat to find the others. A report from Tom Baxter of a murre species found floating on Sunset Lake near Wildwood … Read More

Hunting for a Gyrfalcon

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, Featured, Rarities2 Comments

My friends and I always plan a New Years trip to kick off another year with a few days of birding the Atlantic Coast. This year the focus of our trip was clear from the start – there was a Gyrfalcon on Long Island. Reports had been coming in sporadically that the immature Gyrfalcon seen a few times last winter … Read More

December Marbled Godwit – Pittsburgh, PA

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Yesterday morning Jack and Sue Solomon discovered a Marbled Godwit, a very unusual bird for this time of the year in PA. This is also the first sighting of this species in the state in two years! The Solomon’s found the godwit foraging on the exposed mudflat at Duck Hollow along the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. This is a late … Read More

Fork-tailed Flycatcher – Hadlyme, Connecticut

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Chase, Rarities3 Comments

Even aside from their ridiculously long tails, the Fork-tailed Flycatcher is beautiful. This bird’s black cap and light gray mantle make it one of the most interesting Tyrannus flyatchers – one of those birds that has always made me pause while skimming through a field guide and admire it. I always felt as if the Fork-tailed Flycatcher was a mythical … Read More

PA MacGillivray’s Warbler Update

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Chase, Featured, Rarities3 Comments

Pennsylvania’s 2nd MacGillivray’s Warbler is still present as of November 29th at Highspire Reservoir Park. Although the warbler is typically easy to find by tracking down its chip notes it most often stays hidden low in the brush, and rarely pops out into the open offering unobstructed views. This afternoon, I made my 4th visit to the park, and after … Read More

Snowy Owl – Berks County, PA

Alex LamoreauxChase, Rarities5 Comments

Two Snowy Owls were reported at Presque Isle SP on Lake Erie during the past week, adding Pennsylvania to the growing list of East Coast states being invaded by Snowy Owls so far this month. This morning, Loretta Gehman’s husband discovered the state’s third Snowy Owl of the season – this one near Myerstown in Berks County, perched on the roof … Read More

MacGillivray’s Warbler – Highspire, Pennsylvania

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Chase, Identification, Rarities2 Comments

After close observation between yesterday afternoon and this morning, as well as consulting with warbler experts, it seems the tricky Geothlypis warbler found yesterday by Sue Hannon at Highspire Rreservoir Park is the 2nd PA state record of MacGillivray’s Warbler! This morning, the bird was mostly seen along the boardwalk on the the north side of the lake, foraging low … Read More