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

Jumpy Yellow-rumps

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It’s fun to see what poses you get when you take a whole series of pictures. I managed to catch this Yellow-rumped Warbler in two funny poses. The first caught him in mid jump while the second he is looking inquisitively at me.

Swallows

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Migration1 Comment

Three species of swallow were present at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge while I was there. The most common were Tree Swallows followed by Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Barn Swallows. The Barn Swallows were the most cooperative to photograph, perching on the boardwalk and not taking flight until I was about 10 feet away. Barn Swallow Tree Swallows were a … Read More

Search for the Western Tanager

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Chase, Listing, Rarities1 Comment

Sunday afternoon a post showed up on the PA Birds listserv stating that a Western Tanager had been found at John Heinz NWR. Not much detail at first but as people descended on the refuge to look for it they posted that it was a female and that it was being seen near the observation deck. Luckily for me, Monday … Read More

Manure birds

Drew WeberBird Sightings, General News and Info, PhotographyLeave a Comment

One exciting aspect about living in the country during the winter is the flocks of birds that attend to the local manure covered fields. In fact, Lancaster County can attract blackbird flocks that number in the hundreds of thousands. Usually comprised of Brown-headed Cowbirds, European Starlings, Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds, these flocks can also contain rare gems like Yellow-headed … Read More

Vagrant orioles

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Chase3 Comments

This has been a good year for orioles in Pennsylvania. A Scott’s Oriole in February near Harrisburg started out the year with a bang, see pictures here. This was the first recorded Scott’s Oriole in the state. The usual suspects for Pennsylvania are Baltimore and Orchard Orioles. Now, its December and there is a Bullock’s Oriole hanging out at the … Read More

Snowy Hawk Mountain

Drew WeberBird Sightings1 Comment

Last Saturday I counted again at Hawk Mountain. The weather was rainy on the drive up but as I polled into the parking lot I was met with snow. Upon reaching the lookout, I could see the line where the snow started further down. The trees and rocks were covered and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, birds were slow to come. … Read More

Backyard Finches

Drew WeberBird Sightings, General News and Info, Migration2 Comments

For the last few weeks, finch numbers have really increased in my backyard, thanks in large part to a cool double sock nyger seed feeder that really seems to draw in both American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. My high counts have been 32 goldfinches and 5 siskins at one time. The double sock stuffed with njyer seed really seems to … Read More