NC PSO Hatteras Pelagic Trip – Part 1

Mike LanzoneBirding, birds in flight, Trip Reports1 Comment

On August 9-13 the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology had an out-of-state field trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. A total of 35 participants ventured down to NC for several days of land birding followed by two days of pelagic trips out of Hatteras, NC. This series of posts will show some of the highlights of this epic trip! … Read More

Herald Petrels in the Gulf Stream

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, birds in flight, Rarities0 Comments

Last week the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology charted two back-to-back pelagics to the Gulf Stream with Brian Patteson, aboard the Stormy Petrel II. Both days were full of seabirds and we had some great photo opportunities. Mike Lanzone and I have been pretty busy with other things, but are hoping to get some more detailed posts (and photos!) up soon. … Read More

Good run up the coast, fallout potential

Drew Weberbirds in flight, photo study, Photography0 Comments

Regional Overview The Northeast finally got a good pulse of migrants last night, however the cold front and associated storms limited migration to along the East Coast. New Jersey, extreme eastern PA and NY, and most of the New England states have potential for fallout this morning as storms passed through areas with good migration during the night time hours

Headed for Canada, but not without a Tufted Duck

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

This past weekend, I joined the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) on a four day birding trip through Ontario. This would be the second time I had ever been to Canada, and the first time I had been there for birding! I had been dreaming about this trip for months and it was finally happening – I had a chance … Read More

Short-ear time at Middle Creek WMA

Alex Lamoreauxbirds in flight, Photography1 Comment

During February and March Short-eared Owls can be found in large areas of tall grass, agricultural land, and marshes around Pennsylvania and much of the northern half of the country. One of the best locations in PA to see Short-eared Owls is Middle Creek WMA on the border of Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Unlike other owls, where you either have … Read More

Another year of birding underway!

Alex LamoreauxBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, eBird, Listing, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

With the first month of the year officially behind us now, I thought I would take a look the current status of my year list. Beginning a new year is always fun – every single bird is ‘new’, it’s winter, and there are typically a bunch of winter rarities and other good birds around to chase. You never really know what the … Read More

Photo Study: Marbled Godwit

Alex Lamoreauxbirds in flight, General News and Info, photo study, Photography1 Comment

One thing I really love about shorebirds is that there is so much variety in size, shape, color, and habits. From Least Sandpipers to Long-billed Curlews, there are some truely amazing species across North America. One of my favorites is the Marbled Godwit. The first time I ever saw these big, cinnamon-colored shorebirds was on an Audubon Society field trip … Read More

Hoary Redpoll and WRS Part 2

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography, Rarities2 Comments

Due to a closed bridge, I was only able to access the western two-thirds of my Winter Raptor Survey (link to Part 1), so today Josh Lefever and I ran the last third as its own survey. The weather was great, with a bright sun and blue skies accentuating the snow-covered stripmines of northern Centre County, Pennsylvania. Within the first … Read More

It’s really good to see you once again.

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports2 Comments

When you spend a lot of time birding local patches around your home, you can get somewhat attached to the birds you come across when you know they are likely the same individuals you see every time you go there. For instance, there is an injured Ring-necked Duck that has been hanging out at the local ‘duck pond’ for the … Read More

Winter Raptor Survey – Snow Shoe, PA 2013

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography, Science4 Comments

Winter Raptor Surveys are very popular in Pennsylvania, and I am always excited for this time of the year to finally get out and see what raptors and other winter birds are around the northern portion of Centre County, PA. Last year was the first year that I ran a WRS route in Centre County, and we tried to plan … Read More