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.

Posts by Alex:

Female Harlequin Duck ignoring the whitewater in Warm Springs Creek, Idaho (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Photo Study – Idaho Harlequin Duck

Whether floating along rocky ocean shorelines or navigating the raging rapids of a mountain stream, Harlequin Ducks are totally at home in rough water. The fast-flowing, high elevation rivers and…

Snowshoe Hare near Headquarters, Idaho (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Rabbit Season in the Rockies

Although not technically a “rabbit”, Snowshoe Hares are particularly visible and abundant right now in the boreal habitats of northern Idaho. The vast expanses of spruce-fir forests and large stands of…

The second Mountain Lion, just 10ft away, staring back at me. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Birds, Bears, Lions – Idaho for the Summer

This summer I am back in Idaho, working for the Intermountain Bird Observatory! I can’t wait to explore a new region of the state, mainly north of McCall to the Canada…

Franklin's Gull at Curtin Wetlands (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Franklin’s Gull – Centre County, PA

Late yesterday afternoon during the annual Shaver’s Creek Birding Cup my team, the Nemesis Birders, were racing around trying to pick up as many new species as possible before the 7pm…

Northern Parula (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Birding Cup 2014 – Support Shaver’s Creek and the Nemesis Birders!

For the third year in a row, the Nemesis Birders are competing in central Pennsylvania’s Birding Cup! This annual birding contest is run by Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center as a fundraiser for their environmental…

Willow Ptarmigan - Jefferson County, New York (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Willow Ptarmigan – 1st for New York!

Today myself and 8 fellow PA birders embarked on a weekend-long PSO field trip to the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, however our plans took a very unexpected turn when I noticed…

Urban Common Raven in State College, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Happy Earth Day 2014!

Happy Earth Day! I hope you can get out birding today, or otherwise enjoying our world! This morning I spent a few hours birding with the PSU Ornithology lab and we saw…

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…