About Alex

Alex is currently studying Wildlife Biology at the Pennsylvania State University. Alex is a traveling field ornithologist, most recently working for the Center for Conservation Biology, studying migrant Whimbrel and other coastal birds of Virginia's Eastern Shore. He has done field work across the US on everything from Yellow-billed Cuckoos to Long-billed Curlews.

An avid birder since 8 years old, Alex has since been able to travel not only across most of the United States, but also to Central America and Southern Africa in search birds. Raptors, shorebirds, and warblers are among his favorite groups of birds to observe and photograph.

Alex is obsessive about eBird, combing through the data to help out with Big Days and is also a budding wildlife photographer.

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Plain Chachalaca at Laguna Atascosa NWR (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Laguna Atascosa NWR — South TX Spring Break

March 8th kicked off a week-long tour of southern Texas with my friends Ian Gardner, Chris Markiewicz, and Mark Markiewicz. We landed in Corpus Christi in the early afternoon, and…

Pink-footed Geese among Canada Geese (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Pink-footed Geese – Centre County, PA

This past Friday morning, Matt Sabatine discovered not one, but two Pink-footed Geese mixed with a large flock of Canadas at Bald Eagle SP in Centre County, PA. This is…

Northern Saw-whet Owl roosting in a spruce behind my apartment in State College, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Backyard Saw-whet Owl

This past Sunday morning, I was in the living room of my apartment when I heard the angry sounds of chickadees and titmice in a spruce near my porch. Soon…

Red-breasted Mergansers like this male are common at the inlet (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)
Common Murre with Ruddy Ducks, Bufflehead, and Red-breasted Mergansers (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Chase-able Common Murre – Cape May, NJ

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…

Great Horned Owl roosting at Whitehall Farms (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Golden Eagle and Great Horned Owl – Centre Co, PA

Despite the strong wind and 15 degree temperatures, it was so sunny out today that I had to go birding. I was hoping to try for some photos of the…

Horned Grebe after being released from rehab after it crashed onto frozen ground in central PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Lake Freeze-out, Grebe Fall-out

Almost every winter portions of the Great Lakes freeze up for the winter. This winter the Northeast already has two episodes of a ‘polar vortex’ under its belt, and a…

Red-tailed Hawk - Immature hunting along the road near Curwensville Dam (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Blizzard Raptors – Houtzdale WRS

Earlier today I ran the Houtzdale Winter Raptor Survey in Clearfield County. This 110 mile route meanders through pockets of grasslands, stripmines, agricultural fields, and forests from Tyrone to Curwensville…

Red-necked Grebe - adult at Axemann Rd in Centre County (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Winter Red-necked Grebe – Centre County, PA

This afternoon I found this adult Red-necked Grebe at the Axemann Rd pond in Centre County. This is only the 2nd January record for the county, and the location is…

The apparently over-wintering flock of 5 Sandhill Cranes along Tadpole Rd in Centre County, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Sandhill Cranes in Central PA

The Sandhill Crane is a widespread and common migrant, breeder, and/or resident across most of North America. This large bird breeds in extensive wetlands and winters in agricultural areas. Cranes…

Gyrfalcon diving towards some American Black Ducks (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Hunting for a Gyrfalcon

My friends and I always plan a New Years trip to kick off another year with a few days of birding the Atlantic Coast. This year the focus of our…

Peregrine Falcon - immature (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Friendly Peregrine

It’s not every day that you hear the words ‘friendly’ and ‘Peregrine’ in the same sentence, but if you haven’t heard already there is a ridiculously tame and cooperative immature…