The NNY Northern Wheatear

Drew WeberChase, Rarities4 Comments

What does it take to drop everything and drive an hour to see a bird? Apparently a Northern Wheatear was enough for me when I got the alert that there was one at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. I’ve seen Northern Wheatears in both Delaware and Pennsylvania, but its been quite a few years. Anyways, as luck would have … Read More

Reading Northern Wheatear photos

Drew WeberMaps and Directions, Rarities3 Comments

This afternoon Michael Slater found a Northern Wheatear along the railroad tracks near Reading Area Community College in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Most recently it was best seen by going down to the end of Chestnut Street. Check the maps for the area detail. Chuck Chalfant hightailed it up to Reading and took a couple photos which you can see below. … Read More

Northern Wheatear – Lebanon County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities5 Comments

Yesterday morning, a Northern Wheatear was reported to be hanging out behind a Day’s Inn right off the highway in Lickdale, Lebanon County, PA. Northern Wheatear across Alaska and some northern parts of Canada, but they are extremely rare in the lower 48 states. However, almost every year at least one individual winds up here and birders flock to go … Read More

I saw the wheatear too!

Drew WeberChase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Since I was only about 50 minutes from the Northern Wheatear, I jumped at the opportunity to run down and see it when Justine drifted off to a Christmas afternoon nap. Lucky I did as the wheatear was very cooperative and sat still for a bunch of long distance digiscoping shots. I also got some crippling looks at the wheatear … Read More

Northern Wheatear – Fox Point State Park, Delaware

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Chase, Rarities2 Comments

On December 22nd, Colin Campbell was biking around Fox Point State Park near Wilmington, Delaware and discovered a Northern Wheatear. This is a very rare species to North America and only the 2nd record ever for Delaware. The first record was in 1957. I carpooled down this morning to see the bird. Kyle Aldinger, Ian Gardner, and I arrived at … Read More