Lark Sparrow – Cumberland County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Chase, Featured, Maps and Directions, RaritiesLeave a Comment

During the January 4th Newville CBC, Ramsay Koury discovered a Lark Sparrow foraging with other sparrows around a brush pile in a new housing development along Peyton Road near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This is approximately the 15th record of Lark Sparrow for Pennsylvania, with the most recent sighting from 2006. This is the first record for Cumberland County. Lark Sparrows have … Read More

Chase-able Common Murre – Cape May, NJ

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, Featured, Maps and Directions, Rarities2 Comments

Any murre species, and most alcids in general are difficult to see from land along the east coast. Most winters, small numbers of Razorbills can usually be seen migrating from shore but most birders must venture out on a boat to find the others. A report from Tom Baxter of a murre species found floating on Sunset Lake near Wildwood … Read More

Tropical Kingbird maps and info

Drew WeberMaps and Directions, RaritiesLeave a Comment

  Today, Alex Zorach made a fantastic discovery when he found a Couch’s/Tropical Kingbird along the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail in Philadelphia. George Armistead is on the scene and says it sounded good for a Tropical Kingbird. The location is in the map below. Hopefully it sticks around and many people get to see it. Neither Tropical nor Couch’s Kingbird … Read More

***MEGA*** Bahama Woodstar, Lancaster PA

Drew WeberMaps and Directions, Rarities5 Comments

** Last seen around noon on Wednesday 4/24/2013. Updated at 5:58 pm EST 4/24/2013. An odd hummingbird was reported a couple days ago with initial suspicion that it could be a 1st state record Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Exciting stuff indeed, until the bander had the hummer in hand and noticed that something wasn’t quite right. An exciting bird for the state … Read More

Thanksgiving Rarity Round-up Summary

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, eBird, General News and Info, Listing, Maps and Directions, Missed Birds, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

It has taken me a month to finally post about all the rarities and other cool birds that Josh Lefever, Ian Gardner, and I chased through the southern New England states over the weekend before Thanksgiving. Since they are scattered around our archives throughout the last month, I thought I would make it easier and summarize the trip very briefly … Read More

Reading Northern Wheatear photos

Drew WeberMaps and Directions, Rarities3 Comments

This afternoon Michael Slater found a Northern Wheatear along the railroad tracks near Reading Area Community College in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Most recently it was best seen by going down to the end of Chestnut Street. Check the maps for the area detail. Chuck Chalfant hightailed it up to Reading and took a couple photos which you can see below. … Read More

Rarity Round-Up: A Four Day Birding Adventure

Alex LamoreauxBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, General Rant, Listing, Maps and Directions, Missed Birds, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports10 Comments

Click on links throughout this post to see our full eBird checklists and more photos for the locations mentioned! Last week I was sitting around campus with my friends Mark Mizak and Josh Lefever, thinking about the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. We knew we would have four days free and we knew we wanted to go birding. … Read More

Berks County Gyrfalcon

Drew WeberGeneral News and Info, Maps and Directions, Rarities5 Comments

Here I am posting updates on the Gyrfalcon so that hopefully lots of folks get to see it and document it. You can view a map of the area below and if you follow the link below the map you can also add your own sightings to help other people get on the bird. Scroll down for a drawing of … Read More

Painted Bunting – Washington Boro

Drew WeberBirding, Listing, Maps and Directions, Rarities1 Comment

This morning Justin Bosler located an immature male Painted Bunting in Washington Boro, Lancaster County. Tom Amico arrived at about 12:15pm and managed several photos of the bunting which are below. For updates, check the listserv. According to Dick Cleary, the bunting was refound at 2:00 and again at 2:15 in the brush between route 441 and the railroad tracks … Read More

County Listing

Drew WeberBirding, eBird, Listing, Maps and Directions4 Comments

Birders keep lists- life lists, year lists, state lists, birds on a wire list, birds seen from the sunroof- it’s one of the quirky things we birders do. The way I see it, these little games keep things interesting through the slow periods in the winter and mid-summer when birds are less vocal and little migration is happening. One ‘meta-list’ … Read More