Northern Shrike – Moraine SP

Alex LamoreauxChase, General News and Info, Missed Birds2 Comments

Anna Fasoli, Gretchen Lasser, Delia Guzman, and I spent almost the entire day today searching Moraine State Park for the previously reported Black-headed Gull(s), without any success. Luckily there was a very beautiful adult Northern Shrike that I was able to see multiple times throughout the day in the same parking lot as where the gulls roosted. Below are two … Read More

Black-tailed Gull – Back to Ashtabula

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

On November 17th, I joined Andy McGann and Tom Johnson in an attempt to see the adult Black-tailed Gull that had been discovered the day before in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio. Black-tailed Gulls are a very rare vagrant (ABA code 4) to the United States from South Korea and Japan, and I really wanted to see this bird. Unfortunately, we spent all … Read More

Green-tailed Towhee and White Ibis – Berks County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Photography, Rarities2 Comments

I finally had a free day to run down to Berks County and attempt to see the Green-tailed Towhee and White Ibis. At 7:45am, four of my friends and I loaded up in my car and drove to Blue Marsh Lake, from Hershey. We arrived at 8:45am and began searching for the towhee along with quite a few other birders. … Read More

Snowy Owl at Merrill Creek Reservoir, NJ

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Chase, General News and Info, Identification, Photography, Rarities12 Comments

On November 8th, Ray Richkus spotted a Snowy Owl while fishing in Merrill Creek Reservoir, Warren County, New Jersey. Word quickly spread, and many birders were able to see the bird the next day. Four of my friends and I decided to chase the owl, and left State College at 5:00am and made it to the reservoir by 8:30am. Some … Read More

Cape May Trip – Part 5

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

This is the fifth part of a series of posts about my recent birding trip to Cape May, which began with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.  The number one reason we really, really wanted to go to Cape May was to see the now-famous Brown Booby that has been living in Jarvis Sound since August. We knew it … Read More

Northern Wheatear – Lebanon County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities5 Comments

Yesterday morning, a Northern Wheatear was reported to be hanging out behind a Day’s Inn right off the highway in Lickdale, Lebanon County, PA. Northern Wheatear across Alaska and some northern parts of Canada, but they are extremely rare in the lower 48 states. However, almost every year at least one individual winds up here and birders flock to go … Read More

Semipalmated Plovers and Sanderlings at BESP

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Chase, Migration, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Yesterday afternoon Nate Fronk reported Sanderlings, Semipalmated Plovers, and Semipalmated Sandpipers at the Bald Eagle State Park swimming beach. I wasn’t able to run over yesterday, but first thing this morning Josh Lefever, Mark Mizak, Ian Gardner and I drove over and met up with Nate and Drew Weber. Four juvenile Sanderlings and two adult Semipalmated Plovers were foraging on … Read More

Mountain Bluebird at Middle Creek

Drew WeberBirding, Chase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

This morning I had the time to run down to Middle Creek in Lancaster County to look for the Mountain Bluebird that has been seen there for the last week or so. It was a pretty miserable rainy night so I was banking on it not leaving overnight. The drive down was pretty stormy but it cleared off temporarily as … Read More

Lock Haven Trumpeter Swans

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Chase, Maps and Directions, Rarities2 Comments

This morning I chased the reported Trumpeter Swans on Bald Eagle Creek just south of Lock Haven. I almost missed them at first because they were both in the middle of the creek with their head and neck in the water and looked just like snow covered rocks. According to Wayne Laubscher, these are both adult Trumpeter Swans which are … Read More

Cold Weather Birding 1-15-11

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Chase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Today, Mark Markiewicz and I made a huge birding loop from Hershey, down to Lancaster County, then Berks County, then Lebanon County, and finally back to Hershey. We were trying to pick up as many of the interesting species of birds recently reported as possible. The first stop was along Hess Road near New Holland to see if any wintering … Read More