I saw the wheatear too!

Drew WeberChase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Since I was only about 50 minutes from the Northern Wheatear, I jumped at the opportunity to run down and see it when Justine drifted off to a Christmas afternoon nap. Lucky I did as the wheatear was very cooperative and sat still for a bunch of long distance digiscoping shots. I also got some crippling looks at the wheatear … Read More

Golden-crowned Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler – Chesapeake Farms, MD

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, Birding, Chase, Rarities4 Comments

After chasing (and finding!) the Northern Wheatear this morning, Klye Aldinger, Ian Gardner, and I drove about an hour farther south to try and find the Golden-crowned Sparrow. This is a west coast species that is very rarely seen in the East. I was really doubting we would see it. It seemed like it wasnt very reliable and all birders HAD to stay … Read More

Northern Wheatear – Fox Point State Park, Delaware

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Chase, Rarities2 Comments

On December 22nd, Colin Campbell was biking around Fox Point State Park near Wilmington, Delaware and discovered a Northern Wheatear. This is a very rare species to North America and only the 2nd record ever for Delaware. The first record was in 1957. I carpooled down this morning to see the bird. Kyle Aldinger, Ian Gardner, and I arrived at … Read More

Greater White-fronted Geese and a Merlin

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, Rarities1 Comment

This morning I decided to try and find a group of nine Greater White-fronted Geese that had been reported at a lake about an hour from my house. My friend Matt McElwee was willing to tag along for the ride, as long as we made a stop at a Farmer’s Market near Lancaster first. So we hit the rode by … 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

Townsend’s Warbler- check

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Chase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

After an hour of scanning the brush and waiting for the sun to warm up the trees, the Townsend’s Warbler finally popped into view. I was hoping to get a picture but the warbler was constantly moving and in the tree tops. Holly Merker posted some pictures on flickr and you can view them here.

Cape May and Townsend’s on the Way

Drew WeberChaseLeave a Comment

I am leaving early tomorrow morning to join Alex and the crew at Cape May for several days. On the way, I’ll be chasing a Townsend’s Warbler that was found today at Cobb’s Creek Environmental Education Center on the west side of Philly. This could be warbler #38 for me in Pennsylvania. In the meantime, enjoy these photos I took … Read More

Dunlin at Bald Eagle State Park

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Chase1 Comment

This morning, friends of mine, Nate Fronk and Tim Schrekengost went to BESP to search for waterfowl. Waterfowl numbers and diversity were down, but they did find a juvenile Dunlin foraging on a sunken road at the east end of the park. Drew and I needed this for our county lists, so we carpooled out there and arrived by 11:00am. … Read More

Eared Grebe- Bald Eagle State Park

Drew WeberChase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

I had already spent a good portion of my morning looking through the sparse waterfowl at Bald Eagle State Park and was planning on spending some quality time at Jo Hayes Vista, looking for Golden Eagles and Northern Goshawks. This was not to be. Soon after I left Bald Eagle State Park today I got a text saying that Joe … Read More

Berks Red-necked Phalarope

Drew WeberChase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

I took some distance shots of the Red-necked Phalarope that is in a flooded field on Evansville Rd in Berks County. Pretty far away for a good picture but it was neat to watch it actively swimming around. Hopefully it will stick around for a few days for more people to see it. Check out the map below for directions. … Read More