Backyard Saw-whet Owl

Alex LamoreauxFeatured, General News and Info5 Comments

This past Sunday morning, I was in the living room of my apartment when I heard the angry sounds of chickadees and titmice in a spruce near my porch. Soon a few Blue Jays joined in and I knew there had to be some sort of raptor hiding in the tree. I thought it was probably a Cooper’s or Sharp-shinned … Read More

Barnacle Goose in Delaware

Tim SchreckengostFeatured, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Alan Kneidel and I found a Barnacle Goose along Rt. 9 in New Castle County, Delaware this afternoon. The bird was at the intersection of Walker School Rd. and Rt. 9 (Flemming Landing Rd.) and was in a flock of 300 or so Canada Geese. If accepted by DOS, this will represent the second record, I think, for Delaware. The … 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

Lake Freeze-out, Grebe Fall-out

Alex LamoreauxFallout, Featured, General News and InfoLeave a Comment

Almost every winter portions of the Great Lakes freeze up for the winter. This winter the Northeast already has two episodes of a ‘polar vortex’ under its belt, and a large percentage of the Great Lakes are frozen tight. Surveys earlier this month have reported 88% ice cover on January 12 and 62% on January 14 by the NOAA Great Lakes … Read More

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

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

Snowy Owl Irruption Watch 2013-14

Tim SchreckengostFeatured, General News and Info33 Comments

The winter of 2013-2014 is proving to be one of the biggest Snowy Owl irruptions in years, even though owls just started arriving in the Mid-Atlantic region during the last two weeks. Here we will be trying to keep an updated account of all the Snowy Owl activity in the Mid-Atlantic states during this irruption season and score each bird … 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

Digiscoping adapter roundup for smartphones

Drew WeberFeatured, Gear, ReviewsLeave a Comment

With the increased quality of cell phone cameras, more people are using them to photograph birds using their scopes as a huge zoom. Several adapters have come onto the market that fit onto the iPhone 4 and newer models, as well as some that work on various Android phones. Here we will review some of the best adapters that we … Read More

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Lark Sparrow!

Alex LamoreauxChase, Featured, Rarities2 Comments

Coming back into Lewes this past Saturday, after a day-long Paulagic trip, I switched my phone off of airplane mode and was immediately inundated with loads of RBA text messages and voicemails that I had missed during our time out on the ocean….David Allen had found an adult Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Philadelphia and Alan Kneidel found a Lark Sparrow at … Read More