Bird Nicknames

Steve BrennerGeneral Rant12 Comments

Like any eclectic group of hobbyists and professionals, birders have slowly developed their own language. In the broad sense, many of these terms are second nature to us: lifer, dipping, MEGA, etc. This custom vernacular is essential to bird watching culture, and often times can be the quickest way to identify a sympathetic avian maniac versus an innocent bystander curious … Read More

Migration is over…why go birding?

Drew WeberBehavior, Birding, General Rant, Science1 Comment

I hear this often; complaints about migration being over, talk of there being no reason to get out early in the mornings, and having to wait for the fall to do any good birding. I say this is ridiculous. While migration does offer a spectacular pulse of new birds and at a higher concentration than out of the birding season, … Read More

PA Fall Migration Predictions – End of Oct: Part 2

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Migration Update, Photography, Predictions, Ranges and Distributions2 Comments

October is a very special time of the year in Pennsylvania. The first week of the month there are still a ton of neotropical migrants around, but then their numbers start to drop off drastically. Coming to the rescue are the sparrows and raptors, which really excel during the second half of the month. Waterfowl also begin to trickle through … Read More

PA Fall Migration Predictions – End of Oct: Part 1

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Migration Update, Photography, Predictions, Science1 Comment

October is a very special time of the year in Pennsylvania. The first week of the month there are still a ton of neotropical migrants around, but then their numbers start to drop off drastically. Coming to the rescue are the sparrows and raptors, which really excel during the second half of the month. Waterfowl also begin to trickle through … Read More

Slow Summer Birding…..

Alex LamoreauxBirding, birds in flight, General Rant, PhotographyLeave a Comment

The past few weeks birding has been pretty slow here in central Pennsylvania. Most of the breeding warbler species have stopped singing and are busy tending to their young and fall migration is just barely getting underway. It gets very hot by nine or ten in the morning and then activity stops altogether until around 8:30pm. Really the only thing … Read More

Unfortunate Photo Mess-ups…..

Alex LamoreauxBirding, General Rant, Photography6 Comments

[dc]T[/dc]he past few weeks, while birding has been slow, I have devoted my free time to finally organizing all my bird photos by species, month, and year. I finished that up a few days ago and then began going through them and picking out my single best shot of each species (if I even had anything worthwhile). Going through and … Read More

Red-faced Warblers, Donkeys, and Frustration

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, General Rant, Photography, Trip Reports3 Comments

Anna and I drove out to Arizona to work with cuckoos along the Lower Colorado River, in early June of 2010. This was my first trip to the Southwestern US and all the birds were new and exciting. Our very first block of four days off work we drove over to Southeast Arizona, a place I had been wanting to … Read More

Centre County Big Year 2012

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info, General Rant, Listing, PhotographyLeave a Comment

Every year, a few of the birders here in Centre County as well as myself, attempt to find as many bird species as we can within one year. Last year Drew Weber, Joe Verica, and Nate Fronk all broke the record for a Centre County Big Year! This will be my first full year birding in the county, so I … Read More

Birds to Look For – Centre Co, PA (Last week of March)

Alex LamoreauxAnalysis, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Migration Update, Photography, Predictions, Science2 Comments

This coming weekend marks the beginning of the last week of March. April is so close and beginning in just the first week of April, we will see huge pushes of newly-arriving spring migrants into our area. This last week of March is very important too, however, and I have tried to go through eBird bar charts for Centre County … Read More

Spring Migration Predictions – Second Half of March

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, birds in flight, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Photography, Predictions6 Comments

If you’ve been out birding recently, you’ll know that there are signs of spring everywhere you look – especially if you are looking at birds! Snow Geese just staged their massive showing at Middle Creek WMA, Ring-billed Gulls are flowing up our rivers by the thousands, and Eastern Phoebes are popping up all over! Spring migration is in full swing, … Read More