Jo Hays Vista – 8 Goldens today!

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, birds in flight, Migration, Photography, Research, Science3 Comments

Its been a very frustrating fall for Jo Hays Vista – winds coming out of the SW have really brought our count down. Luckily, today we had nice, cold NW winds; exactly what we need for a nice push of raptors this time of the year. Tim Shreckengost started off the day at 10, joined by Chet and Sue Gottfried … Read More

Wing-tagged Great Egret at Bombay Hook

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Finding Tips, General News and Info, Migration, Research, Science1 Comment

On a recent visit to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, my friends and I spotted a wing-tagged Great Egret foraging near the road. This is the second wing-tagged egret I have seen in the past few months! The first wing-tagged egret I saw was a flyby bird at the Avalon Seawatch in New Jersey on October 21st. These birds are … Read More

Sponsor Science – Adopt a Curlew!

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Below is an opportunity to help support a project that Alex and Anna both worked on. As you can read below, Long-billed Curlews are declining across their range and Idaho Bird Observatory is hoping to put satellite transmitters on several to find out migration routes, wintering areas and habitat requirements during migration and winter. If this is something you are … Read More

Info about the banded American Oystercatcher

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Finding Tips, Migration, Research, Science1 Comment

On October 29th, I mentioned that when my friends and I were birding at Stone Harbor Point, we found an American Oystercatcher with leg bands. I reported the bands and after a few days, I was contacted about the history of this bird. From my photos of the bird, I knew its auxiliary marker (two yellow bands on the upper portion … Read More

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding with Wayne Laubscher

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Last evening, Wayne Laubscher who has been banding Northern Saw-whet Owls on his property for quite a few years, invited Drew and I to come out if he ended up catching any owls. Around 9:30pm we got a call from Wayne saying he had just captured a hatch-year saw-whet, so we drove out there as fast as we could and … Read More

Cape May Trip – Part 4

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Morning Flight, Photography, Rarities, Research, Trip Reports2 Comments

This is the fourth part of a series of posts about my recent birding trip to Cape May, which began with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.   On October 22nd, the three of us got up extra early to make it over to the Higbee Beach SWA Morning Flight station. While we waited for the sun to rise, we could … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – September 2011 Report

Alex LamoreauxAnalysis, Bird Sightings, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

Coming into September with only 100 raptors, the other primary Jo Hays hawkwatchers and I were ready to see things heat up. We put in a total of 13 days (51.75 hours) worth of observation time at Jo Hays which resulted in 1888 raptors being counted during the month! Due to the limited visibility at Jo Hays, northwest winds are … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – 2000th Raptor of the Season!

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Research, Science2 Comments

Until around 1:30pm today, Jo Hays Vista was pretty well fogged in, but then the clouds got higher and the rain stopped and birds poured through, particularly falcons and Osprey. Joe Verica, Ian Gardner, and I were there from 1:30 till 3:45 and had 29 raptors migrate past; 7 Osprey, 2 Bald Eagle, 4 Cooper’s Hawks, 6 Broad-winged Hawks, 3 … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – 120 Raptors and an up-close Kestrel

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, distribution, General News and Info, Migration, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

This morning I helped out with the PSU Forest Festival, and so I didn’t get up to Jo Hays Vista until a little after noon. As soon as I arrived, Broad-winged Hawks were moving past overhead. During the first hour we had 27 hawks fly past, the next hour we had 65. During the 2 to 3 o’clock hour, I … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – Another nice Broad-winged Count

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Research, Science1 Comment

I spent 8 hours today hawk watching at Jo Hays Vista. The weather was nice and birds were on the move, despite almost the very light wind speed throughout the day. Chuck Widdman, Ian Gardner, Joe Verica, and many others stopped by throughout the day to help with the count. We ended the day with 353 raptors migrating past. Of … Read More