Red-necked Grebes and Black Scoters at BESP

Alex Lamoreaux|

Since Drew and I are living in the State College area for this year and the next, the posts on this site will be quite centered around Centre County, PA. As you might have read, Drew is attempting a Centre County Big year, while I am desperately trying to catch up (although I just started birding in the county August 23rd). On Monday, Drew found two very rare species at Bald Eagle State Park, so I ran over there quick between classes. The species were Red-necked Grebes and Black Scoters. The grebes (one adult and two juveniles) were right were Drew had found them, except they were way too far out for photos, so I drove to the other side of the lake and managed to get fairly close for the photo below.

Red-necked Grebes

Black Scoters are deep sea ducks that are rarely found inland, and I have never seen them before away from the ocean. There was a raft of 9 at the state park. This species was a new state bird for both Drew and I.

Raft of 9 Black Scoters

Photos by Alex Lamoreaux

About the Author

Alex Lamoreaux


Alex Lamoreaux has been an avid birder and naturalist since he was a youngster, growing up exploring the farmland and Appalachian ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, studying wildlife biology. Alex has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is a freelance nature tour guide, field biologist, and wildlife photographer. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects ranging from Whimbrel migration along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoo nesting in the desert southwest. He has been the migration counter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the past two fall seasons, documenting the massive visible migration of raptors and songbirds along Lake Superior. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, and strives to bring the birding community together to share in the fun that studying birds and wildlife has to offer. He has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact Info Alex Lamoreaux aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086