Snowy Owl Irruption Watch 2013-14

Tim SchreckengostFeatured, General News and Info33 Comments

The winter of 2013-2014 is proving to be one of the biggest Snowy Owl irruptions in years, even though owls just started arriving in the Mid-Atlantic region during the last two weeks. Here we will be trying to keep an updated account of all the Snowy Owl activity in the Mid-Atlantic states during this irruption season and score each bird … Read More

Snowy Owl – Centre County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding4 Comments

Centre County’s 2nd Snowy Owl of the winter was discovered after dark tonight, by Jordan and Ken Hillsley while they were driving along Circleville Rd. Ian Gardner and I saw the report come through on our eBird alert and decided to run over and see if we could spot the owl. We pulled into Circleville Park first, and a Great Horned … Read More

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 5 – Snowy Owls in Sussex County, DE

Tim SchreckengostBirdingLeave 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. –~~=-=~~– This week’s digiscoping spotlight is a compilation video of the Snowy Owls in Delaware. … Read More

Snowy Owls make it to Delaware!

Tim SchreckengostBirdingLeave a Comment

For the past couple of weeks, Snowy Owls have been making a significant push into the northeast. They appear to be concentrating in coastal areas, but are making their presence known in the Great Lakes region as well. There are only a few inland records thus far, but folks should definitely be on the lookout! Anyway, I’ve been enviously watching … Read More

Snowy Owl – Berks County, PA

Alex LamoreauxChase, Rarities5 Comments

Two Snowy Owls were reported at Presque Isle SP on Lake Erie during the past week, adding Pennsylvania to the growing list of East Coast states being invaded by Snowy Owls so far this month. This morning, Loretta Gehman’s husband discovered the state’s third Snowy Owl of the season – this one near Myerstown in Berks County, perched on the roof … Read More

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight – Snowy Owls in NJ

Drew WeberPhotographyLeave a Comment

It looks like another Snowy Owl irruption winter. Alex found two identical and heavily marked birds at Sandy Hook that were previously reported. There are 4-5 Snowy Owls in NJ right now as well as several showing up across Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, mostly along the Great Lakes. eBird checklist

Second time’s the charm! – Snowy Owl in St. Catharines, Ontario

Alex LamoreauxChase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Back in mid-February I joined the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology on a four day trip through Ontario, in search of  boreal specialties. On the first day of the trip, we visited Amherst Island and were treated to distant views of a Snowy Owl. By distant, I mean really distant – the owl was basically just a white blob far out … Read More

Headed for Canada, but not without a Tufted Duck

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

This past weekend, I joined the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) on a four day birding trip through Ontario. This would be the second time I had ever been to Canada, and the first time I had been there for birding! I had been dreaming about this trip for months and it was finally happening – I had a chance … Read More

Snowy Owl – Armstrong County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, photo study, Photography, Rarities1 Comment

I thought that the Cumberland County, PA Snowy Owl was going to be the last of that species I would see for a while – maybe even for the next few years…..but then word spread that there was a very cooperative owl in Armstrong County. It was a 2 hr drive from State College, so neither myself or my friends … Read More

Townsend’s Warbler in PA!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, Identification, Photography, Rarities, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

A few days ago, Dr. Andy Green reported an adult female Townsend’s Warbler visiting his backyard along with a Pine Warbler. Once accepted, this Townsend’s Warbler will be PA’s 4th State Record. Today was the first day my friends and I were free to make the drive down to see this beautiful western warbler and we were rewarded with great … Read More