Cape May’s Weird Grebe

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, Photography, Rarities3 Comments

For whatever reason, this year has been better than average for vagrant Western Grebes on the East Coast. From northern Massachusetts to northeastern Tennessee, there have been a record number of sightings this past fall and so far this winter. Many sightings represent only the 2nd or 3rd time a Western Grebe has ever been recorded in some of these eastern states! … Read More

Common Redpolls invade central Pennsylvania!

Alex LamoreauxBird Feeding, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Photography, Rarities2 Comments

Common Redpolls began showing up along Pennsylvania’s northern tier and particularly the Lake Erie coastline earlier this fall, but sightings throughout the rest of the state have been few and far between. Presque Isle State Park has consistently had flocks of 100+ migrating past or feeding on birches since October but in the central and southern portions of the state, birders that … Read More

Lititz CBC 2012

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Tomorrow I am headed on a trip through MD, DE, and NJ so today was my last full day of birding in Pennsylvania for the year. 2012 has been a great year of birding for me in the state, with my highest state year list ever – 292 species. I guess I should have tried a little harder and tried … Read More

Pink-footed fiasco turns into a great day of birding!

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, eBird, General News and Info, Missed Birds, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports3 Comments

This morning, Ian Gardner and I joined up and drove from Hershey out to Peace Valley Park in Bucks County, PA to try our luck at finding the Pink-footed Goose that has returned for its second winter in the area. The bird would have been a lifer for the both of us and a species I REALLY want to see, … Read More

Yellow-headed Blackbirds in southern Lancaster, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports5 Comments

During the winter months, thousands of blackbirds roost in the marshes of northern Maryland and then fly up to southern PA to forage in farm fields for the day before retreating back south for the night. Last January, Drew and I had success picking Yellow-headed Blackbirds out of a flock that we found, and my friends Ian and Josh had … Read More

Three Western Kingbirds at Fort Hill, Massachusetts!

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After a successful morning of chasing Rhode Island’s Mountain Bluebird and the Bridgewater, Massachusetts Northern Lapwing, my friends and I shot over towards Cape Cod. While crossing over the Bourne Bridge, we noticed noticed about 250 Common Eiders floating beneath it so we pulled down around for a better look – what a great way to kick off our time on Cape … Read More

Gull Fight

Alex LamoreauxBehavior, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography, Trip Reports1 Comment

Back on February 11th, 2012 I was enjoying the massive gathering of gulls at Daytona Beach Shores, Florida (eBird list). Picking through thousands of gulls is always exciting because at any moment a rarity could pop into your scope view. However, not only is it fun to look through gulls for the rare species, but also to watch the behavior … Read More

Failed chase, waterfowl, and a dark Rough-legged Hawk

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, Migration, Missed Birds, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports2 Comments

My friends and I were bummed that we had missed out on a very chase-able Eurasian Wigeon during the spring and thought we had lost our chase to get that species for our PA state lists. That was until last week, when a male Eurasian Wigeon was reported at Yellow Creek SP, which is about 1.5 hrs from State College. … Read More

Provincetown Birding Part 2

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, eBird, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

Check out this link to ‘Provincetown Birding Part 1’. By 11:00am, we had arrived at the parking area for Race Point Beach.  Despite how dark and dreary it was, it wasn’t quite raining and the ocean wasn’t too choppy. Darker conditions often provide the most natural lighting while scanning with a spotting scope and it’s never very fun to sea-watch with … Read More

Provincetown Birding Part 1

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Trip Reports1 Comment

Ian Gardner, Josh Lefever, and I woke up on the morning of November 19th to the calls of Virginia Rails. We had set up camp the night before near High Head, near Provincetown – the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula. As we crawled out of our sleeping bags and into the cool morning air, birds were all over. Seven species … Read More