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PA MacGillivray’s Warbler Update

Alex Lamoreaux|

Pennsylvania’s 2nd MacGillivray’s Warbler is still present as of November 29th at Highspire Reservoir Park. Although the warbler is typically easy to find by tracking down its chip notes it most often stays hidden low in the brush, and rarely pops out into the open offering unobstructed views. This afternoon, I made my 4th visit to the park, and after waiting for a while I was able to get some of my favorite photos of the bird so far. To see other photos I’ve taken of this beautiful warbler, check out this link. Here is a helpful map that Chad Kaufman made to help folks figure out where to park and look for the warbler. Good luck to any other birders that plan to chase this bird!

MacGillivray's Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray’s Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray's Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray’s Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray's Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

MacGillivray’s Warbler at Highspire Park, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Here are a few links to other people’s photographs of the MacGillivray’s Warbler:

Tom JohnsonMichael MurphySue Hannon (the lady who found the warbler originally), Meredith Lombard, Peter Wolfe, Andrew Weitzel, Gordon DimmigLarry Usselman, Kim Gruener, Pat Williams, Andy Wilson, Holly Merker, Kyle Aldinger, David Yeany, Kevin Ebert, Matthew Addicks, Carl Engstrom, Nick Pulcinella.

Many other great photos of the warbler can be found on the ‘PA Birders’ and ‘PA Birders – Photography’ groups. If you have a publicly-accessible collection of photos of the bird, I would love to link to them here or you can post a comment with the link!

About the Author

Alex Lamoreaux

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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