Among Amazonian Royalty

Cameron RuttBanding, Behavior, Field Work, General News and Info, photo study, Science1 Comment

As a sluggish day of bird-banding drew wearily to a close, Osmaildo (one of my Brazilian mateiros) approached the station with a trio of once-white bird bags. The mateiros have literally spent years of their lives in the Amazon rainforest and, as such, not much seems to faze them anymore. Thus, their dispassionate expressions betray little and I am often … Read More

Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrows in PA

Alex Lamoreauxdistribution, Featured, Identification, photo study, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities2 Comments

After having a great opportunity to study an adult Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii) at Arlene Koch’s property last weekend near Easton, while also enjoying the immature Harris’s Sparrow there, I was interested to learn more about this western subspecies’ history in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic. Gambel’s White-crowneds are essentially the western-Canadian counterpart of our more familiar Eastern birds … Read More

Barnacle Geese – Weir Lake, Monroe County, PA

Alex LamoreauxChase, Featured, Identification, photo study, RaritiesLeave a Comment

It’s not often that Barnacle Geese show up in Pennsylvania, in fact there have been less than 20 instances of this beautiful goose in the state, but they are on the increase throughout the northeast and every winter more and more are discovered among flocks of Canada Geese as more birders get out there looking. Typically a sighting here in … 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

Sooty Grouse in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

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This post comes from one of our good friends, Nate Fronk, who just finished a field season at Yosemite National Park. Nate has a master’s degree in Wildlife Science from Penn State, where he studied the effect of Marcellus shale gas development on forest songbird populations. Nate has worked throughout Pennsylvania and California on various bird research projects. In his … Read More

Sparrows by the Seaside

Alex Lamoreauxphoto study2 Comments

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is my ‘new’ local patch, at least now that I am living in Delaware for the fall. The refuge is only a few miles from my house, and fellow Nemesis Birder Tim Shreckengost and I have been visiting as often as possible. This refuge is a hotspot for viewing Seaside Sparrows, and this past week … Read More

‘Puget Sound’ White-crowned Sparrows

Alex Lamoreauxdistribution, Identification, photo study, Ranges and DistributionsLeave a Comment

Many species of sparrows vary considerably in appearance and vocalizations across their ranges in North America. In particular Dark-eyed Juncos, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, and White-crowned Sparrows show the most distinct populations. The White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys), one of our largest and classiest-looking sparrow, can be separated into five subspecies: Eastern (Z. l. leucophrys), Gambel’s (Z. l. gambelii), Mountain (Z. l. … Read More

Photo Study – Idaho Harlequin Duck

Alex LamoreauxBehavior, Bird Sightings, photo study2 Comments

Whether floating along rocky ocean shorelines or navigating the raging rapids of a mountain stream, Harlequin Ducks are totally at home in rough water. The fast-flowing, high elevation rivers and creeks flowing throughout the boreal forests of northern Idaho are the perfect haven for these colorful ducks, and I was really looking forward to turning one up while I’m working … Read More

Snowy Owls from NY to NJ

Alex LamoreauxBirding, photo study, Trip Reports2 Comments

It’s no secret that Snowy Owls are almost everywhere this winter. My friends and I went on a 5 day trip for New Years and were able to see 8 different owls without going out of our way! In fact the first bird of the trip was a Snowy I spotted along the Jones Beach Ocean Parkway perched at the … Read More

Lincoln’s Sparrow Bonanza!

Alex LamoreauxBirding, photo study4 Comments

October is fall at its finest. The leaves are changing color and the weather is beginning to slip from summer’s warmth to winter’s cold. With these changing conditions comes the peak of fall migration, sending billions of birds southward. One bird species I particularly love to see each year and always associate with the fall is the the Lincoln’s Sparrow. … Read More