Sanderling on mud

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A few days ago at Conejohela Flats, I was treated to my first Sanderling in Pennsylvania. Soon after we landed on the flats it was running around with a Whimbrel, similar to the Buff-breasted Sandpiper the day before. I am used to seeing flocks of Sanderlings on the shore, chasing waves back and forth as they feed. It is quite … Read More

and the flats Whimbrel

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Not quite as cooperative as the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, the Whimbrel enjoyed skulking, always on the opposite end of Avocet Point where we were. This was my PA state bird #277. Whimbrels are common along the coast and the only place to reliably find them on migration in PA is at Presque Isle State Park. The large shorebirds are much less … Read More

Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the flats

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Conejohela Flats once again produced some good shorebirds for me. A previously reported Whimbrel was still hanging out on Avocet Point and was the first bird we saw. And right in front of it was a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper. The thing I really love about some juvenile shorebirds is their complete lack of wariness around people. While I was taking … Read More

Western vs Semipalmated Sandpiper

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Much has been written about the identification of Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers. Most of it focuses on minutia, those little differences in plumage that are indeed very helpful in distinguishing these very similar species. The problem is, in order to use all those fine plumage details successfully, a good understanding of how to age shorebirds is required. Rather than rehashing … Read More

Interesting Willow Flycatcher

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While spending a weekend at a cabin in northern Tioga County I was able to slip down to Cowanesque Lake to see what was around. Not much. But I did happen to get good looks at a very pale, possibly leucistic flycatcher which I believe is a Willow Flycatcher. It was hanging out near the lake in decent looking WIFL … Read More

Shorebird molt illustrated

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Image via Wikipedia Check out the Dig Deep blog for a great primer on shorebird feather wear and molt. There are some great animated images that show the effects of wear on feathers and the overall appearance of the birds. With southbound migration just beginning, its a good time to brush up on this.  The internet is an incredible resource, … Read More


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I spent an afternoon on the Conejohela Flats on the Susquehanna River yesterday. The water behind the dam was amazingly low, resulting in acres of mud. This benefited the birds by giving them more foraging habitat but made it a bit more difficult to get close looks at the birds. Least Sandpipers and Dunlin outnumbered everything else. A couple dozen … Read More

Phalaropes in PA

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Currently there is a rash of sightings of phalaropes in Pennsylvania. I know of at least 8 different birds that have been reported in the last two weeks. 5/9- a Wilson’s Phalarope reported at the Polk Wetlands in Venango County 5/10-12- female Wilson’s Phalarope on Gremar Rd., Lower Nazareth Twp., Northampton County 5/12- Red-necked Phalarope at Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County … Read More

Wood Sandpiper pictures

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Chase, Listing, Rarities2 Comments

Friday afternoon I posted that I was off to chase the Wood Sandpiper being seen in Delaware. I got picked up at my house around 11am and by about 1:30pm we were driving down Broadkill Road, looking for a swarm of cars. When we pulled in, people seemed to be milling around, not really looking at anything in particular. This … Read More