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

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

Allegheny Front Big Sit – 2011

Alex LamoreauxBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Listing, Migration, Photography3 Comments

This past Sunday, I held a Big Sit at the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch for the second year in a row. The Big Sit is an all-day birding event promoted by Bird Watcher’s Digest. The idea is to pick out a 17 foot diameter circle, and stay in it all day, counting as many species of birds as you can … Read More