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Northeast Goose Finding Tactics

Alex Lamoreaux|

Greater White-fronted Goose among Snow Geese (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

With the Delaware Goose-a-palooza 2016 coming up this weekend, we’ve put together a short summary of the Northeast’s common and unusual goose species and also a few helpful links for participants. Remember that if you haven’t signed up for the event, please email Alan Kneidel and he can register you for a team and goose-searching territory. The objective for each team during the Goose-a-palooza is …


Ye Olde New England November

Steve Brenner|

One of 4 cave swallows reported in Rhode Island (photo by Steve Brenner)

November turned out to be a pretty good month for rare birds in New England. Sure, the Buffalo Bills lost to the Patriots for about the zillionth time. And of course all of my documentation photos/videos are too soft, too blurry, or just too distant. And yes, I was the only person on the east coast to miss a Franklin’s …


Pink-footed Geese – Centre County, PA

Alex Lamoreaux|

Pink-footed Geese among Canada Geese (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

This past Friday morning, Matt Sabatine discovered not one, but two Pink-footed Geese mixed with a large flock of Canadas at Bald Eagle SP in Centre County, PA. This is the first record of Pink-footed Goose for central PA, the first time more than one has been found at once, and the western-most record for North America! The geese came …


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Another year of birding underway!

Alex Lamoreaux|

Two of 3 Razorbills we saw at Barnegat Inlet, NJ (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

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 …


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Frustrating Goose Chase

Alex Lamoreaux|

Rufous Hummingbird at Palmyra Cove, NJ. This bird has not been captured and banded, but from photos it looks like a Rufous rather than Allen's. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

On January 18th Justin Bosler, Chuck Berthoud, Josh Lefever, and I literally went on a wild goose chase. There were reliable reports of a Pink-footed Goose and at least 2 Barnacle Geese just over the border in New Jersey, and that’s not to mention the incredible mini-flock of 3 Northern Lapwings nearby! There were a few other notable birds in …


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Chasin’ on a Foggy Day

Alex Lamoreaux|

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 …


Pink-footed Goose at Lake Muhlenberg

Corey Husic|

Pink-footed Goose

Yesterday, I finally had a chance to check Lake Muhlenberg in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA for the Pink-footed Goose discovered by Scott Burnet on January 7. The fog was extremely thick at first, making it extremely difficult to sort through the geese on the water. However, I eventually spotted the bird near the far side of the lake, but the …


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

Alex Lamoreaux|

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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The Pink Feet (video)

Andy McGann|

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)

On Novemeber 29th, I met up with Tom Johnson and his girlfriend & hawk counter extraordinaire, Melissa Roach, for our pursuit of THE Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) that had been found by August Mirabella at Pine Run Reservoir, in Bucks County, PA. We arrived on-site at mid-afternoon, on a dreary day with rain coming, and we were the only birders …