Little Gull and Harris’s Sparrow – Centre County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Migration, Photography, RaritiesLeave a Comment

This morning, a few of my friends and I went back over to Howard to see the continuing Harris’s Sparrow. The bird was very cooperative and was present at the bird feeders as soon as we arrived. We were able to watch it for quite a while, when it would come in to the feeder and sit there eating nonstop … Read More

Harris’s Sparrow – Centre County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Chase, Listing, Photography, Rarities5 Comments

Yesterday morning, Bob Snyder was leaving his house in Howard, PA to go to work when he noticed an interesting sparrow at his backyard bird feeders. After snapping a few photos, Bob realized it was an adult Harris’s Sparrow! This morning, Drew Weber and I drove over to Bald Eagle State Park while we waited to hear back from Bob … Read More

Another awesome day of spring birding!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities1 Comment

As day after day and night after night of north winds blew through the Northeast, birds were being held back – unable to smoothly migrate to our area. Needless to say, I am sure many birders in PA were just as excited as I was to hear that starting late this past Friday night, winds would shift to the south … Read More

Little Gull and Sandhill Crane – Centre County

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Migration, Photography, Rarities4 Comments

This morning, was the last official weekend trip for the PSU Ornithology class and we hit the jackpot. Our first stop of the morning was to Julian Wetlands where we had the usual wetlands birds such as Virginia Rail, Tree Swallow, and Blue-winged Teal – nothing out of the ordinary. Our second stop was to Curtin Wetlands. As soon as … Read More

Migration update for March 24 – central PA fallout conditions?

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Looking at the late evening radar last night you can see that birds are on the move across much of the northeast. A large storm is also working its way through the region which appears to be hitting central PA at about the right time to bring down some birds as they avoid migrating through the rain once they hit … 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

Centre County Waterfowl Report 2/29/12

Alex LamoreauxAnalysis, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Many of us here in Centre County have brought up the idea of trying to coordinate efforts on rainy days when waterfowl could get forced down, by checking every single body of water in the county during the same block of hours, and trying to get a full picture of how the storm affected waterfowl migration. Today everything fell into … Read More

BESP – Red-throated Loon and Snow Buntings

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, MigrationLeave a Comment

This afternoon, I made a run out to Bald Eagle State Park with hopes that the rainy weather today would have pushed down some waterfowl. Unfortunately there was hardly anything in the way of waterfowl once I got there. However, a juvenile Red-throated Loon at the dam was wonderful to see since it was not only the first of this … Read More

BESP: Northern Shrike, etc

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities1 Comment

This morning was the State College Bird Club’s annual field trip to Bald Eagle State Park, led by Bob Snyder. About 20 of us met at the McDonalds in Milesburg, and then carpooled over to the state park. Our first stop was Lower Greens where there wasn’t much activity besides a few Common Mergansers. Next we drove around to the … Read More

Photo Study: Surf Scoter (juvenile)

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, General News and Info, Identification, Migration, photo study, PhotographyLeave a Comment

This afternoon, Mark Mizak and I took a quick trip out to Bald Eagle State Park to search for the Red-necked Grebe that we had found yesterday. The grebe appears to have left, however we were very excited to see a Surf Scoter swimming around by the sunken road. The scoter was very tame and approachable which allowed for some … Read More