Winter Raptor Survey Results for PA – 2012

Alex LamoreauxAnalysis, Bird Finding Tips, Birding, ScienceLeave a Comment

Greg Grove sent out the following message concerning the results of this past winter’s PA winter raptor surveys (WRS). Greg has allowed me to post this on his behalf – Record coverage and mild weather led to several record high counts this year. Given that hourly rates were not notably (or at all) higher than usual (with one exception) – most … Read More

10 Reasons to visit the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Area right now!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography4 Comments

Among raptor fanatics, the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is not only a mouthful of words but also a world-famous site for viewing lots of raptors representing lots of species, at close proximity. In 1993, about 485,000 acres of public land along 81 miles of the Snake River in southwestern Idaho, was declared a national conservation area. … Read More

Winter Raptor Survey – Snow Shoe, PA 2012

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, General News and Info, Photography, Science, Trip Reports1 Comment

In Pennsylvania, the birding is pretty slow this time of the year but raptors can help add some excitement. Winter Raptor Surveys are an excellent way to get out on a cold winter day and do some birding. Drew Weber, two of our friends, and I conducted our own Winter Raptor Survey in the strip-mined areas north of Snow Shoe, … Read More

The Dark Ghost

Drew WeberIdentification, Rarities8 Comments

Rob Miller, the author of this post, is a Raptor Biology student at Boise State University. His thesis is focused on the breeding Ecology of Northern Goshawks within a unique forest landscape in Southern Idaho. He is specifically investigating the diet of Northern Goshawks and how prey abundance influences nest occupancy and success. He maintains a blog, Rob’s Idaho Perspective, and will be … Read More

Birding CJ Strike WMA and Ted Trueblood WMA

Anna FasoliBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, PhotographyLeave a Comment

On Easter, Alex and I drove south towards the Snake River to bird the CJ Strike WMA and Ted Trueblood WMA.  At a small marsh on the Snake River, Alex and I tried calling rails again, hoping to pull out a Sora.  Instead, we were answered by a chorus of Virginia Rails, including one that walked right up to us … Read More

Snake River Raptors

Anna FasoliBirding2 Comments

On Sunday, Alex and I had the day off and decided to head to Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, about 10 miles south of the town of Kuna, Idaho.  Running along 81 miles of the Snake River, the area is known for high populations of ground squirrels, jack rabbits, and badgers, making the Snake River Canyon and … Read More

Dunnings Mountain Hawk Watch

Anna FasoliBird Sightings, Birding2 Comments

Yesterday morning, I looked out the window and saw this American Robin sitting on the porch as a few snow flurries fell. For awhile, he didn’t move, and as I was planning a frozen bird rescue, the sun came out and he started moving. I watched from inside our warm cozy house, feeling rather guilty as I sipped my hot tea, … Read More

Golden Eagles

Alex LamoreauxBirding, MigrationLeave a Comment

If you have ever spent any time around me at a hawk watch, you would know that every raptor that flies by gets me very excited. It doesnt matter if its the 500th Broad-wing of the season or the 60th Sharp-shinned Hawk of the day….each bird that migrates past is new and exciting in its own way. But, nothing compares … Read More