Expansion of Eurasian Collared-Doves in the US

Drew WebereBird, Ranges and Distributions, Science1 Comment

On his Notes from Soggy Bottom blog, Bill Pulliam just posted a fascinating visualization of the spread of Eurasian Collared-Doves in the last couple decades. Using data from eBird, he compiled this animation of the range expansion between 1984 and 2010. The expansion is really quite impressive during the last ten years. One important thing to point out about the … Read More

Pintail parade

Drew WeberBird Sightings, eBird, Missed Birds1 Comment

Octorara Lake has been a great spot to see Northern Pintails this year. The last time I checked the area off of Mt Eden Rd, there were probably close to one thousand pintails feeding there. I was looking for a previously reported Eurasian Wigeon but struck out on that.  Eurasian Wigeons have made quite a showing in PA this year, … Read More

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Drew WeberBird Sightings, eBird, MigrationLeave a Comment

The highlight of a mornings walk around Lancaster County Central Park was the Olive-sided Flycatcher I found perched at the tippy top of a tree. I did not have my camera along so I took some shots with my phone, through by binoculars- phonescoping! They didn’t turn out amazing but you can see the vest like coloring of the chest. … Read More

How to count birds

Drew WeberBird Websites, Conservation Issues, eBird3 Comments

Snow Geese flock, originally uploaded by topherous. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird site has just posted Bird Counting 101. For anyone who spends time out in the field watching large flocks, whether they are shorebirds, waterfowl or hawks knows that estimating flock size can be ridiculously hard. Just looking at the flock of Snow Geese above is overwhelming if you … Read More

The Christmas Post

Drew WebereBird, General News and Info1 Comment

Now that Christmas is officially over I feel as if I should past what I got today. Highlights include a brand new eastern edition of Sibley’s, a tiny little camera case, an awesome Mountain Hardwear down vest, and some clothes. But the most exciting present of all was a year’s subscription to Birds of North America (BNA) Online from Cornell … Read More