PSO Field Trip – Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, 11 Nov 2012

Mike LanzoneGeneral News and InfoLeave a Comment

Nemesisbird’s Mike Lanzone and Alex Lamoreaux along with Chad Kaufman helped lead a field trip offered by The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology to the  Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, Sunday Nov 11. The wind forecast was for south-east, light to moderate, and hopes for a day packed full of Golden Eagles filled the participants heads! Although some of the group went directly to … Read More

Hawks harassing starlings

Alex LamoreauxBehavior, Bird Sightings, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography6 Comments

Everyone has seen massive flocks of starlings moving across the sky like a haunted black cloud at some point in their lives. They move in unison so perfectly that it can be hard to comprehend. Here in central Pennsylvania we don’t get flocks of millions of starling that other parts of the world see, but we can still see small versions of … Read More

Circleville Park, Centre County, PA

Anna FasoliBird Sightings, Birding, Trip Reports3 Comments

While driving to Scotia Barrens to look for warblers this September, I repeatedly drove by Circleville Park thinking, “I should really stop there.” The park is between Circleville Road and Valley Vista Drive, and accessed from either road. It park has various sports fields and a playground, and in the warmer months it always seemed to be full of people. … Read More

Big Sit 2012 – Allegheny Front Hawk Watch

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

The ‘Big Sit’ is an annual birding event that takes places at hundreds of prime birding locations around the world on the second weekend in October. The idea is to pick out a 17ft diameter circle to spend the day in and count as many birds as you and your team can see and/or hear from within that circle. This … Read More

October 12 Hawk Watching at Jo Hays Vista

Anna FasoliBirding, General News and InfoLeave a Comment

On Friday, I joined Chuck Widman, Josh Lefever, and Alex Lamoreaux for a day of hawk watching at Jo Hays Vista. Winds were gusty out of the northwest, which brought in a high number of migrant Red-tailed hawks (96 for the day!). At one point we had five in the sky at the same time!   Sharp-shinned hawks were also … Read More

A few scrub birds from the Juniper Prairie Wilderness Area

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info1 Comment

Anna and I have been spending quite a bit of our time working out at the Juniper Prairie Wilderness Area, searching for ‘Southeastern’ American Kestrel nests in natural cavities and also doing point counts of the birds that use this special area. Anna has already posted about this area once before, but I thought I would share a few photos … Read More

The kids are not alright

Drew WeberGeneral News and Info, Identification, Molt, ScienceLeave a Comment

This time of year, some raptors can show some pretty extreme molt and feather wear, leading to tricky identification. Alex has posted about this on a previous post. Young birds hatched last year are replacing their juvenal feathers with adult feathers and this transition can create some interesting looking birds like the unfortunate Red-tailed Hawk below which is missing several … 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