Brooklyn Overnight Pelagic AKA Skua Fest 2015

Luke MusherBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, RaritiesLeave a Comment

East coast pelagic birding is what it is. Usually it’s relatively unproductive (ignoring the pelagic birding off of North Carolina) with low numbers of individuals, and you’re lucky to see one or two rare or heavily sought after pelagic species. On the west coast it is not unusual to see hundreds of shearwaters and tens of thousands of storm-petrels, plus the rare … Read More

Ducks in the City

Alex Lamoreauxbirds in flight, PhotographyLeave a Comment

The majority of waterways in Pennsylvania are frozen up tight, as are most of the northeastern states, aside from a few small pockets here and there. Luckily for birders, one stretch of open water along the Susquehanna River is near the mouth of the Conodoquinet Creek where the West Fairview boat launch is located. This location is a birding hotspot throughout the year; … Read More

Ode to Butterbutts – Cape May Autumn Birding Festival

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, birds in flight, photo studyLeave a Comment

The most abundant landbird species in Cape May during the Autumn Birding Festival was, of course, the Yellow-rumped Warbler. There were thousands. The morning flight counters tallied thousands flying back into Cape May on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. And that’s in addition to the thousands already in Cape May each day that didn’t pass it off the night before, … Read More

Whiskered Tern – The Video

Andy McGannBirding, birds in flight, Chase, Featured, Rarities4 Comments

Heads up, this video is set to (loud) music. By now, we all know the story. On Friday, September 12, 2014, a Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) was found in Cape May, New Jersey by Louise Zemaitis and Alec Humann. Only the third North American record, the previous two records, in 1993 and 1998, both occurred in Cape May. The species … Read More

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 13

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The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. –~~=-=~~– I had the chance to try out some head-on flight digiscoping this past week … Read More

A Grab Bag Bird ID Quiz

Jordan Rutterbirds in flight, quiz birds1 Comment

With fall migration and field seasons wrapping up, why not test those skills you honed during the season with an id quiz? So try to identify the following birds! There’s several taxa presented from a variety of locations. Put your answers in the comment section. They will be kept hidden from public view until the answers are announced. Good luck! … Read More

NC PSO Hatteras Pelagic Trip – Part 1

Mike LanzoneBirding, birds in flight, Trip Reports1 Comment

On August 9-13 the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology had an out-of-state field trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. A total of 35 participants ventured down to NC for several days of land birding followed by two days of pelagic trips out of Hatteras, NC. This series of posts will show some of the highlights of this epic trip! … Read More

Herald Petrels in the Gulf Stream

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, birds in flight, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Last week the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology charted two back-to-back pelagics to the Gulf Stream with Brian Patteson, aboard the Stormy Petrel II. Both days were full of seabirds and we had some great photo opportunities. Mike Lanzone and I have been pretty busy with other things, but are hoping to get some more detailed posts (and photos!) up soon. … Read More

Good run up the coast, fallout potential

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Regional Overview The Northeast finally got a good pulse of migrants last night, however the cold front and associated storms limited migration to along the East Coast. New Jersey, extreme eastern PA and NY, and most of the New England states have potential for fallout this morning as storms passed through areas with good migration during the night time hours

Headed for Canada, but not without a Tufted Duck

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

This past weekend, I joined the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) on a four day birding trip through Ontario. This would be the second time I had ever been to Canada, and the first time I had been there for birding! I had been dreaming about this trip for months and it was finally happening – I had a chance … Read More