Yellow-breasted Chat – Bald Eagle SP

Alex Lamoreaux|

On June 10th, Joe Verica found a singing male Yellow-breasted Chat near the Frog Pond at Bald Eagle State Park. Chats are fairly uncommon in Centre County, with rarely more than 2 or 3 reported per year. I was lucky enough to get my first Centre County chat on September 3rd, 2010 when we captured one while bird banding in Big Hollow, but I really wanted to see one in the county that wasn’t captured in a net. So last evening, I drove out to BESP and walked out the Butterfly Trail to search for the chat. As soon as I got near the area it had been reported in, I could hear it singing. I sat down next to a bush and hid in some tall grass, with the setting sun at my back. I figured I had the perfect position to get some nice photos of the chat in the golden light of the setting sun. Unfortunately, the bird did not move close to me until the sun was already down behind the ridgeline and so I had to use the flash on my camera to get the following shots (birds never cooperate). Nonetheless, I am very happy I got to see this species especially considering it was at one of my favorite birding locations in the county!

Yellow-breasted Chat – adult male at Bald Eagle SP (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Yellow-breasted Chat – adult male at Bald Eagle SP (Photo 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

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