Common Redpolls invade central Pennsylvania!

Alex LamoreauxBird Feeding, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Photography, Rarities2 Comments

Common Redpolls began showing up along Pennsylvania’s northern tier and particularly the Lake Erie coastline earlier this fall, but sightings throughout the rest of the state have been few and far between. Presque Isle State Park has consistently had flocks of 100+ migrating past or feeding on birches since October but in the central and southern portions of the state, birders that … Read More

Rufous Hummingbird continues in Juniata County

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Feeding, Bird Sightings, Chase, General News and Info, Photography, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

An immature female Rufous Hummingbird that was banded and officially IDed as such back in November by Wayne Laubscher is continuing at the same location into the new year. I posted about this bird back on November 21st with a few photos of the bird (including some from Wayne from when he banded it), but I stopped by again today and … Read More

Snow-birding with Gus

Alex LamoreauxBird Feeding, Bird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Photography3 Comments

Snow has been falling non-stop since last evening here in Hershey, PA where my parents live. We now have about 4.5 inches on the ground. Earlier this afternoon, I took my dog Gus out for a walk through the field, swamp, and forest edge to see what birds we could stir up. Gus is a Brittany and loves being out, … Read More

Rufous Hummingbird–Juniata County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Feeding, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, Photography, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Chad Kaufman and Aden Troyer teamed up to run a fall/winter hummingbird contest in Juniata, Mifflin, Perry and Snyder County area of central Pennsylvania for this season. Their efforts to get out the word concerning attracting and reporting rare hummingbirds have paid off, with 3 Selasphorus hummingbirds having already been found in Juniata County this year. Wayne Laubscher was able to … Read More

Bullock’s Oriole – Huntingdon County, PA

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

About a week and a half ago, Jim Hamilton noticed an oriole coming in to his bird feeders. He sent photos around to other Huntingdon and Centre County birders and we agreed that the bird looked good for a female Bullock’s Oriole – an oriole that takes over for the Baltimore Oriole in the western half of the country. This … Read More

Eastern Bluebirds at Heated Water Bath

Drew WeberBird Feeding, Bird Sightings5 Comments

Bob Schutsky asked me to post these photos with the following caption. On Saturday I mentioned that we had five Eastern Bluebirds coming to our heated bird bath here in Peach Bottom, Lancaster County.  We were not able to photograph this current flock, but attached are some photos taken about five years ago at the exact same location and bird … Read More

Lycoming County selasphorus hummingbirds

Drew WeberBanding, Bird Feeding, RaritiesLeave a Comment

October and November are peak months for finding vagrant hummingbirds in Pennsylvania. There have already been several Rufous Hummingbirds banded across the state. Remarkably, there have already been three Selasphorus hummingbirds reported in Lycoming County this fall. Hummingbird bander Wayne Laubscher attempted to band two of the hummingbirds but they avoided the trap. Based on photographs, the birds were aged … Read More

More hummingbirds

Drew WeberBird Feeding, Bird Sightings3 Comments

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have really increased at our feeder recently, presumably due to the fact that young have fledged and can now feed on their own. All the hummers that I have seen recently have been either adult females or immatures; the last adult male I remember seeing was back in May. Activity should only increase further as the birds begin … Read More

Double Tray Window Bird Feeder review and giveaway

Drew WeberBird Feeding, Reviews

Congratulations to Tim Schreckengost for winning the giveaway. He wisely chose to receive the Double Tray Window Bird feeder I reviewed. Thanks to everyone who entered. Living in an apartment building makes it less than optimal for bird feeding- no good places to safely hang a feeder. So when Wild Birds Unlimited offered to send me a review unit of … Read More

Backyard Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Drew WeberBird Feeding, BirdingLeave a Comment

For the last two weeks now, we have had at least two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visiting out window feeder throughout the day. I decided I wanted to get a photo through the window but the first problem I ran into was that the dust on the window really showed up in the photo and so I had to fix that with … Read More