Uptown Yellow-crowns

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Adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

For PA birders looking for some exciting mid-summer birding, the Susquehanna River through Harrisburg offers excellent viewing and photo opportunities for herons and egrets. Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons nest and forage on islands in the river, along with lower numbers of Green Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons. The real highlight though is the large number of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons that can be …


Baby Barn Owl Banding!

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Barn Owl fledgling - the youngest of the 4 banded (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

This evening I was able to tag along to watch Nate McKelvie, environmental educator at the Milton Hershey School, band four juvenile Barn Owls from one of the Hershey Trust’s old barns on the north side of Hershey. This is one of two known nesting sites in the area this year. The four juveniles were between 41 and 50 days …

What’s left of the Prairie State…

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Upland Sandpiper (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

After a very busy May, which included (winning!) the Birding Cup in central PA and then guiding at the Biggest Week in American Birding, I ventured out to central Illinois to help with some bird surveys on two proposed wind facilities. Other than spending a few half-days birding Illinois during cross-country trips, I have never really spent much time in …

Lewes Pelagic – June 4th, 2016

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Spotted Dolphins heading towards the boat (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Another boatload of anxious birders gathered at Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes this past Friday evening for an overnight Seelife Paulagics trip into Maryland (and a little bit of Delaware) waters. Weather conditions looked fantastic for the day ahead with light east winds, a very low chance of rain, 3-4 foot waves, and 70 degree water out on the continental shelf. Paul …

Screech-Owls at the Biggest Week

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Brown type Eastern Screech-Owl roosting near its nestbox (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Besides mind-blowing views of 30+ warbler species, another highlight for many birders during the Biggest Week in American Birding is seeing Eastern Screech-Owls sleeping out in the open. These little, camouflaged owls often have their cover blown by angry flocks of songbirds and can be spotted roosting out in the open, or if you know which owl nestboxes to keep an eye …

Unusual American Golden-Plover – McLean County, Illinois

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Leucistic/dilute American Golden-Plover (back) with 'normal' American Golden-Plovers in the foreground (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Vast agricultural areas aren’t exactly the first landscape that comes to mind when thinking of ideal migrant shorebird habitat. For me the vast coastal marshes of the Delmarva will always be at the top of the list for the country’s best shorebird-watching, but while doing bird surveys in central Illinois recently I was happy to encounter many large flocks of American Golden-Plovers flying …


South TX Raptor Notes – April 2016

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Molting adult Aplomado Falcon flying along Old Port Isabel Rd (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

From savannas, to subtropical forests, to desert scrub there is no better springtime paradise for hawkwatchers than southern Texas. Huge numbers of migrant raptors slip northward along the coastline, taking the shortest possible route around the Gulf of Mexico, and 11 different species call the southern portion of the state their year-round home. There are even a few species that can …

Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Laguna Atascosa NWR

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Crimson-collared Grosbeak immature male hiding in a potato tree (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

April 17th, the first full day of our Nemesis Bird Nature Tour to south Texas, brought us to the headquarters of Laguna Atascosa NWR. This vast refuge is one of the last homes for Aplomado Falcons and Ocelots in the United States, but our sights were set on hunting down a visiting rarity – the immature male Crimson-collared Grosbeak that has been hanging out …

South Padre Warblers on Parade

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Cape May Warbler adult male (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Sandwiched between the rush of spring-breakers in March and the arrival of beach-goers in June, there is another invasion of visitors to South Padre Island during the end of April and beginning of May. They may be much more discrete than rowdy, drunken college kids but dress just as gaudy and they don’t crowd the beaches with 4X4’s and umbrellas like …

Experience Spring Migration in South Texas with Nemesis Bird Tours – April 16-24, 2016

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Altamira Oriole (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Looking to spice up your spring migration experience? Never been to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas? Join Nemesis Bird Nature Tours for a guided trip to southern Texas during the 3rd week of April 2016! This trip is planned to coincide with peak songbird migration along the southern coast of Texas, and also serve as an introduction to the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s local specialties. There is …