Hurricane Sandy storm-birding at Bald Eagle SP, PA

Anna FasoliBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports2 Comments

Hurricane Sandy created perfect conditions for rarities to show up in Pennsylvania. I will admit I was skeptical of just how disruptive this storm would be. Hurricanes in the northeast tend to get exaggerated by the media, and they always seem to lose power quickly and break up once they hit land. But Hurricane Sandy was really the perfect storm; … Read More

PA Fall Migration Predictions – End of Oct: Part 1

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Migration Update, Photography, Predictions, Science1 Comment

October is a very special time of the year in Pennsylvania. The first week of the month there are still a ton of neotropical migrants around, but then their numbers start to drop off drastically. Coming to the rescue are the sparrows and raptors, which really excel during the second half of the month. Waterfowl also begin to trickle through … Read More

Somerset County Big Day, Spring 2012

Mike LanzoneBig Days, blogging, General News and Info, Listing1 Comment

Somerset County Spring ’12 Big Day On Sunday May 6, Jeff Payne, his son, Chris and I decided to do a big day in Somerset County PA. We were shooting for 150, a total Jeff thought would be very hard to hit in this county. We loosly planned a route in the days leading up to our big day, but … Read More

Another awesome day of spring birding!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities1 Comment

As day after day and night after night of north winds blew through the Northeast, birds were being held back – unable to smoothly migrate to our area. Needless to say, I am sure many birders in PA were just as excited as I was to hear that starting late this past Friday night, winds would shift to the south … Read More

Spring Migration Predictions – First Half of April

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Migration, Predictions, Ranges and Distributions14 Comments

Finally, it’s April. March was nice, but very few spring migrants returned to PA compared to what’s in store for us birders during April and May. During April, migration really picks up, and we should see most spring migrants back in the state by the end of this month. I went through the eBird bar charts for the PA and … Read More

Waterfowl Fallout at Beltzville State Park

Corey HusicBird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Photography1 Comment

Long-tailed Ducks

When Drew Weber posted about possible fallout conditions for Saturday, I was excited to check out the reservoir at Beltzville State Park. Unfortunately, I was unable to get out and had to wait until today, Sunday. Since the night had not been rainy, I figured some birds may have left. There was the possibility, however, that some birds would stick around … Read More

Birds to Look For – Centre Co, PA (Last week of March)

Alex LamoreauxAnalysis, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Migration Update, Photography, Predictions, Science2 Comments

This coming weekend marks the beginning of the last week of March. April is so close and beginning in just the first week of April, we will see huge pushes of newly-arriving spring migrants into our area. This last week of March is very important too, however, and I have tried to go through eBird bar charts for Centre County … Read More

Trumpeter Swan – Clarion County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, photo study, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Trip Reports4 Comments

A few days ago, birders near New Bethlehem, PA discovered a wing-tagged immature Trumpeter Swan associating with some Mute Swans and Canada Geese along the Redbank Creek. Looking at the map, this swan was right on the way to the Armstrong County Snowy Owl, so my friends and I knew it would make a great afternoon chase. We left State … Read More

Centre County Waterfowl Report 2/29/12

Alex LamoreauxAnalysis, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Many of us here in Centre County have brought up the idea of trying to coordinate efforts on rainy days when waterfowl could get forced down, by checking every single body of water in the county during the same block of hours, and trying to get a full picture of how the storm affected waterfowl migration. Today everything fell into … Read More

Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser Hybrid – Presque Isle SP, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, General News and Info2 Comments

One aspect that birding has to offer is that every once in a while you might get lucky to see an individual bird of a species you are familiar with, but due to a wide range of issues (leucism, albinism, melanism, etc) the bird is absolutely unique. One of my favorite things to see are hybrid birds. I’m sure lots … Read More