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Greater White-fronted X Snow Goose hybrid – Lancaster, PA

Greater White-fronted X Snow Goose hybrid adult, with Snow Geese along PA896 in Lancaster County, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Yesterday evening while driving north along PA896, I noticed Snow Geese landing in a field near the road. As I drove past, I saw that it was a ‘small flock’ of only about 400 Snow Geese, so I hesitated a few moments about whether or not I should stop and scan through them for anything besides Snows. I decided to …

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4 Tips for finding uncommon geese

Canada Goose - Tim Schreckengost

Ah, it’s that time of year, the time when geese congregate in fields hoping a birder will come pick through them. Looking at geese can be overwhelming and may not seem appealing to most, but to me, goosing is my go-to, or jam if you will, this time of year. If you want to find uncommon geese, here are four …

Snow Day Rarities at Cape May Pt

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After a successful walk around Cape May Pt SP, where we saw a Northern Goshawk and Orange-crowned Warbler among many other cool (literally) birds, we took another pass by Lily Lake hoping to find one of the Eurasian Wigeon that roam the point. A large flock of geese and other ducks had gathered at the west end so we parked …

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Chasin’ on a Foggy Day

The adult Pink-footed Goose leaving Dorney Pond for the morning. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

This is the second year in a row that a Pink-footed Goose has shown up in eastern Pennsylvania. Last year, I just never had a chance to chase the goose so I was really excited when another pink-foot was found this winter at Peace Valley Park in Bucks County. In addition to that bird, there are also potentially up to …

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Pink-footed fiasco turns into a great day of birding!

Immature male Allen's Hummingbird - PA's 3rd state record! (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

This morning, Ian Gardner and I joined up and drove from Hershey out to Peace Valley Park in Bucks County, PA to try our luck at finding the Pink-footed Goose that has returned for its second winter in the area. The bird would have been a lifer for the both of us and a species I REALLY want to see, …

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Last minute duck luck on Long Island, New York

Ian Gardner, Josh Lefever, and I camped in my SUV on the night of November 16th. We parked the car near Alley Pond Park, with plans to be able to wake up the next morning and already be right there to try for the Virginia’s Warbler. This was the first night of our 5 day trip through coastal New England. …

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Greater White-fronted Goose and 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls–Lehigh County, PA

On my way to the Allen’s Hummingbird in Bucks County this morning, I briefly stopped at Dorney Pond (eBird list) in Lehigh County to look for the reported Greater White-fronted Goose. The bird wasn’t there,¬†unfortunately. This was the 3rd time I had visited Dorney Pond over the past 2 years in order to see a GWFG and didn’t get it. …

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Barnacle Goose – Chester River, MD

Last week Dan Small found a lone Barnacle Goose mixed in with hundreds of Canada Geese along the Chester River in Maryland. My friends and I figured this would be a perfect addition to our four day long ‘Rarity Round-Up’, so we added it in to our plans. This morning we took the ferry over from Cape May and arrived …

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Greater White-fronted Geese and a Merlin

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This morning I decided to try and find a group of nine Greater White-fronted Geese that had been reported at a lake about an hour from my house. My friend Matt McElwee was willing to tag along for the ride, as long as we made a stop at a Farmer’s Market near Lancaster first. So we hit the rode by …