Campus Red-tail

Alex Lamoreauxbirds in flight, General News and Info, General Rant, PhotographyLeave a Comment

The PSU campus has at least two pairs of Red-tailed Hawks that call it home and terrorize the thousands of squirrels and chipmunks that also live here. Everyday, one adult Red-tailed Hawks perches on the large stadium lights that surround the outdoor pool, which is right behind my apartment. Today, when I was walking back from class the Red-tail was … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – 574 Migrant Raptors!

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Migration3 Comments

Today we had 574 raptors migrant past Jo Hays Vista, the biggest one-day count during the fall ever at JHV. The flight was dominated by Broad-winged Hawks, but seven other species of migrant raptor also made appearances. Most of the birds were either really high up or really far out to the north. Although, almost all of the kestrels flew … Read More

Attack of the Zombie-Hawks!

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info, General Rant, Photography5 Comments

There isnt really an attack of zombie-hawks here in Idaho….but if you look at the following pictures, you might think there is. Often while I am photographing raptors, I take a shot right when the bird happens to be closing its nictitating membrane across their eye. This transparent eyelid is present on all birds, but is especially useful to raptors in order to … 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

Buteos in Nebraska

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding, Photography1 Comment

For spring break, I headed to central Nebraska with several friends to attend a conference hosted by three ornithological societies. We weren’t entirely thrilled to be trading cold Pennsylvania weather for equally cold and snowy Nebraska weather but at least the waterfowl and crane migration was supposed to be a spectacle worth seeing. I didn’t get any photos since I … Read More

Local birding

Drew WeberBird SightingsLeave a Comment

Just a few photos from birding around State College and showing Chad some of the local spots. Our best birds of the day were two Lapland Longspurs but they were too far out to get any good photos.

Snow hawks

Drew WeberBird Sightings, PhotographyLeave a Comment

This past weekend I was down in Lancaster County where there was a fresh covering of snow on the fields. The new snow on the ground provided excellent opportunities for photographing raptors as the reflection off of the snow lit up the undersides of the hawks. I took these photos near Wakefield in southern Lancaster County while I was out … Read More

Raptors, Meadowlarks, and a Partial Albino Crow!

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Photography2 Comments

This afternoon I once again went out and drove around some farm roads in Hershey, PA to take photos of raptors and figure out some of their territories. I was able to find 7 different Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Northern Harrier, and 4 different American Kestrels as well as many Turkey Vultures and some Black Vultures. There were two areas that had a pair … 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

Jo Hayes Vista Hawk Watching 11-9-10

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, MigrationLeave a Comment

Today, I spent 8.5 hours counting migrating raptors at Jo Hayes Vista. Jo Hayes is on the border of Centre County and Huntingdon County, here in PA. It was a very slow day, with only 33 raptors flying past total. The highlight of the day (and also the first raptor I saw this morning) was an adult Golden Eagle at 9:45am. The rest of … Read More