Do you want to help study and conserve American Kestrels? Join The Peregrine Fund’s new American Kestrel Partnership!

Drew Weberdistribution, Field Work, Research, Science1 Comment

This post was written for Nemesis Bird by Matt Giovanni, a research biologist and the director of the American Kestrel Partnership at The Peregrine Fund. The Peregrine Fund is a non-profit dedicated to saving birds of prey from extinction, and did some incredible work to help the Peregrine Falcon after its decline due to DDT. [dc]T[/dc]he American Kestrel is North America’s … Read More

Rufous Hummingbird – Onondaga County NY

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, IdentificationLeave a Comment

[dc]T[/dc]his morning I got out pretty early to look for the Rufous Hummingbird that was coming to a feeder in Phoenix. It was overcast but calm as I pulled up in front of the house and walked around to the back. There were only two other birders there and they said that they hadn’t seen it yet. We didn’t have … Read More

Nelson’s Sparrow – Sinnemahoning State Park, PA

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, distribution, Migration, Ranges and Distributions2 Comments

[dc]T[/dc]his evening, Mark Johnson found this gorgeous Nelson’s Sparrow at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County. The bird was in a large, wet patch of Goldenrod on the shore of the reservoir. Good luck if anyone tries to refind this bird. Nelson’s Sparrow is a species I have spent quite a bit of time looking for in PA with no … Read More

This winter’s irruptives

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Birding, distribution, Migration, Ranges and Distributions, RaritiesLeave a Comment

[dc]O[/dc]ne of the exciting things about winter birding is the prospect of large movements of winter finches and other more northern species. Already we are seeing signs that this winter may be good for Red Crossbills and Red-breasted Nuthatches, and it’s not even fall yet. Irruptions are fun because they give many of us a rare chance to see a species … Read More

Summer Tanagers nesting in Lebanon County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Chase, distribution, Photography, Rarities1 Comment

Chad Kauffman, Wayne Laubscher, and I made a quick stop at Middle Creek WMA this morning to try and find the breeding Dickcissel and Blue Grosbeaks there. We were quickly able to find both of our target birds and even hear them singing. After that we made the quick jump over to Aspen Lane near Mt Gretna in Lebanon County to … Read More

Dickcissel invasion reaches central PA

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Birding, distribution, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Or did it? Read on… Today, after some intensive searching, it was very gratifying to come across a Dickcissel in Centre County. The western counties in the state are experiencing a small incursion of Dickcissels, possibly linked to drought conditions in the central part of the country. It would be relatively simple to just say that this Dickcissel is part … Read More

Photo Study: Dickcissels in Mercer County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, photo study, Photography, Rarities9 Comments

Drew recently posted about this summer’s influx of Dickcissel sightings throughout Pennsylvania. This past Saturday, I was finally able to get in on the action and visit a site in Mercer County where quite a few Dickcissels have been seen over the past two weeks. After a few minutes of trying to find the exact spot, my friend Josh Lefever … Read More

Dickcissel Summer

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Science9 Comments

[dc]T[/dc]his year, Pennsylvania is experiencing an increase in Dickcissel sightings, particularly in the western counties. Whether this is more coverage by birders or actual increases is hard to tell. Yesterday, Bob Mulvihill shared a great article he wrote in Pennsylvania Birds on the Dickcissel invasion in 1988 which linked that influx to the droughts in the central part of the US. … Read More

Oak Openings– one crazy habitat

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, distributionLeave a Comment

[dc]O[/dc]n our second full day in Ohio, we decided to head to Oak Openings Metropark, a spot west of Toledo with a unique set of habitats and associated birds. The combination of sand dunes, prairie and savannahs provide suitable breeding habitat for Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Red-headed Woodpecker, and our target– the Lark Sparrows. We had barely entered the park … 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