A first state record – Black-chinned Hummingbird

Drew WeberRarities, records committee2 Comments

Perhaps it should not be surprising that during a banner year for Rufous Hummingbirds, PA would add both the second state record of Calliope Hummingbird and now the long-awaited first state record of Black-chinned Hummingbird. Black-chinned Hummingbird has been expected for some time now as it is now regularly found wintering in the southeastern states, particularly along the Gulf Coast, … Read More

Tropical Storm Sandy rare bird liveblog

Drew WeberFallout, General News and Info, Predictions, Rarities, records committee13 Comments

As the Frankenstorm churns it’s way up the coast and swings in across the Mid-Atlantic there is a good possibility that many interesting birds will be dropped off in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers after being displaced by the storm. Here we will post updates on storm-birds seen across the region as a way to give people a heads up on … Read More

White-faced Ibis – Second State Record for PA

Alex LamoreauxRarities, records committee2 Comments

On May 3, Greg Grove reported that the Kyler’s had found a White-faced Ibis at Old Crow Wetlands in Huntingdon Cointy. This is just the second documented record of White-faced Ibis in Pennsylvania, and like the first record from Cumberland County, did not stick around very long. By the time that Greg was able to get out and look for … Read More

The British are coming!!! and trying to change our bird names…

Drew Weberdistribution, records committee, Science2 Comments

The British Ornithological Union (BOU) Records Committee has just released the seventh report of the Taxonomic Sub-committee. There are several changes suggested that are of interest to North American birders as sometimes these changes made by the BOU end up influencing similar committees in the American Ornithological Union (AOU). The first change is the split of the Whimbrel into the Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius hudsonicus and the … Read More