5 to 500

Tim SchreckengostListing1 Comment

Every avid lister knows the life list benchmarks. When you start birding you are learning the fundamentals, but in the back of your mind you’re thinking about hitting 100, 200, and 300 life birds. I’ve been birding, listing, and eBirding for about five years now and have tallied almost 500 life birds. Hell, I observed 439 species in 2013 (a … Read More

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Lark Sparrow!

Alex LamoreauxChase, Featured, Rarities2 Comments

Coming back into Lewes this past Saturday, after a day-long Paulagic trip, I switched my phone off of airplane mode and was immediately inundated with loads of RBA text messages and voicemails that I had missed during our time out on the ocean….David Allen had found an adult Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Philadelphia and Alan Kneidel found a Lark Sparrow at … Read More

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 4 – Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Drew WeberRaritiesLeave a Comment

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. –~~=-=~~– George Armistead photographed this Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with his iPhone and a Leica APO Televid … Read More

Nelson’s Sparrows – PSU Fall Banding

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Science9 Comments

Mid-October offers Pennsylvania birders an opportunity to try and find a rather rare migrant though our state, the Nelson’s Sparrow. This fall it seems weather conditions and increased birder effort has created a bit of a Nelson’s Sparrow infux, with over 20 individual birds reported around the state at this point. Tim Becker found the first of the fall on … Read More

Centre County Dickcissels!

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Migration, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Dickcissels are rare visitors to Centre County, PA and have been found every month of the year, although there are only 8 records since 1984. During the past few years, there have only been a few records. My friends and I were lucky to have one fly over us, calling while we were watching shorebirds on September 9th, 2011 but … 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

Pennsylvania Birders call to action – the birds are counting on you

Drew WeberGeneral News and Info2 Comments

Scott Weidensaul just posted this to the listserv today and I think it is a very important issue. Below is his text. I urge each of you to read it and to contact your legislature. There are already several people talking on the listserv about how their single call caused their representative or senator to rethink their support of the … Read More

Prepping for the Shaver’s Creek Birding Cup 2013

Drew WeberBig Days, Birding1 Comment

The Nemesis Birders will be competing in the Shaver’s Creek Birding Cup for a second year, hoping to repeat last years successful run. Our inaugural run was fantastic, netting some great birds like American Bittern, Long-eared Owl and Red-throated Loon, but missing some easier birds such as Wilson’s Snipe, Great Egret and a well-scouted Red-headed Woodpecker for a total of … Read More

A Greater Redpoll (Acanthis flammea rostrata) in PA

Drew WeberBirding, IdentificationLeave a Comment

Today while looking through a large flock of 100 to 200 redpolls in Centre County PA, my eye was drawn to a redpoll that was larger and darker streaked than all the nearby redpolls. In addition, it has a extensive black bib that wrapped up around and over the bill. I had been carefully looking through the flock in search … Read More

Review- Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania

Drew WeberBooks, Field Work, Ranges and Distributions, Reviews, Science3 Comments

[dc]M[/dc]y first field job was working as a point counter for the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania. Not only did this give me a huge boost in my birding by ear skills, it also introduced me to the Pennsylvania birding community and was instrumental in starting my involvement in ornithology in PA. I ended working for three years … Read More