SoLanCo Christmas Bird Count!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Science, Trip Reports1 Comment

Today I got up early and drove down to Block 18 and 20 in Southern Lancaster County for this years SoLanCo Christmas Bird Count. I started off the day meeting up with Josh Lefever and trying to call some owls in before the sun came up. It was my first time ever in this area of Lancaster and so I … Read More

PA’s First Ever Anna’s Hummingbird!

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Finding Tips, Bird News, Birding, Chase, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities3 Comments

This afternoon I was able to drive over to the Mountain Springs Camping Resort near Hamburg to see the Anna’s Hummingbird that was captured and identified by Scott Weidensaul last Sunday. This is the first time this species has ever been seen in Pennsylvania, so it was quite a treat, especially since just last winter, PA added Allen’s Hummingbird as … Read More

Laws of Winter Birding

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, General Rant4 Comments

I saw this on the Birdchat listserv several years ago and enjoyed it. And boy, are they true. 1) The older we get, the colder it feels while birding. Global warming is counterbalanced by personal cooling. 2) The possibility of seeing a Gyrfalcon is inversely proportional to the listing need. 3) Red Crossbills never land. Never. As in nada. 4) … Read More

Another state bird for the list- Le Conte’s Sparrow

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Chase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Image via Wikipedia Stopped at the Darlington Tract in Delaware County today to look for the Le Conte’s Sparrow that has been seen in the area. I was lucky as I walked out and saw the bird almost immediately, although it was skittish and I only got to see it for a short time before it disappeared. I didn’t have … Read More

Finding saw-whets

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Photography2 Comments

A while ago, when it was still warm and there were leaves on the trees,  I went out for a little daytime saw-whet radio telemetry. The skies were clear, it was almost warm and lots of birds such as pine siskins, white-breasted nuthatches and golden-crowned kinglets were flitting around. Scott and I were searching for owl we had named Quasimodo … Read More

Winter finch forecast

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips1 Comment

Image via Wikipedia Here is Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast for 2008 – 2009. Every year Ron writes up a prediction of finch(plus a few others) irruptions  based on mast production and where these birds will have to go for food.   GENERAL FORECAST This winter’s theme is where will crossbills go and will they irrupt south? Both species wandered widely this summer. … Read More

Western vs Semipalmated Sandpiper

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, IdentificationLeave a Comment

Much has been written about the identification of Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers. Most of it focuses on minutia, those little differences in plumage that are indeed very helpful in distinguishing these very similar species. The problem is, in order to use all those fine plumage details successfully, a good understanding of how to age shorebirds is required. Rather than rehashing … Read More

Birding ‘The Muck’

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Photography3 Comments

One of the birding gems in Tioga County is the State Gamelands 313, better known to birders as “The Muck.” Formerly drained and farmed, it has now been allowed to return to its original state as a highly productive wetland. Specialties that can be found in ‘the muck’ include Marsh Wrens, American Bittern, Sora, Virginia Rail and possibly even a … Read More

Uncommon field birds

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings2 Comments

Vesper Sparrow by jerryoldenettel Doing point counts in south eastern PA during the last weeks has left me feeling that some fields birds are a lot more common than many birders suspect. On any given day I have heard multiple Savannah Sparrows, Vesper Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows and Horned Larks. I have also come across at least five Blue Grosbeaks in … Read More