What’s left of the Prairie State…

Alex Lamoreaux|

Upland Sandpiper (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

After a very busy May, which included (winning!) the Birding Cup in central PA and then guiding at the Biggest Week in American Birding, I ventured out to central Illinois to help with some bird surveys on two proposed wind facilities. Other than spending a few half-days birding Illinois during cross-country trips, I have never really spent much time in …


Rabbit Season in the Rockies

Alex Lamoreaux|

Snowshoe Hare near Headquarters, Idaho (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Although not technically a “rabbit”, Snowshoe Hares are particularly visible and abundant right now in the boreal habitats of northern Idaho. The vast expanses of spruce-fir forests and large stands of Lodgepole Pines covering the mountainous landscape creates the ultimate kingdom for this large leporid. Before this summer I had only seen a handful of Snowshoe Hares in my life, but …


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Blizzard Raptors – Houtzdale WRS

Alex Lamoreaux|

Red-tailed Hawk - Immature hunting along the road near Curwensville Dam (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Earlier today I ran the Houtzdale Winter Raptor Survey in Clearfield County. This 110 mile route meanders through pockets of grasslands, stripmines, agricultural fields, and forests from Tyrone to Curwensville and then up to Clearfield. When we left State College to drive down there this morning it was sunny and calm. About halfway, in Blair County, we spotted an immature …


Friendly Peregrine

Alex Lamoreaux|

Peregrine Falcon - immature (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

It’s not every day that you hear the words ‘friendly’ and ‘Peregrine’ in the same sentence, but if you haven’t heard already there is a ridiculously tame and cooperative immature Peregrine Falcon hanging out towards the back end of the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR’s Wildlife Auto Loop. Refuge staff have said that it isn’t one of the locally-hatched birds as …


Lititz CBC 2012

Alex Lamoreaux|

One of two Long-eared Owls that were roosting together in a cedar grove. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Tomorrow I am headed on a trip through MD, DE, and NJ so today was my last full day of birding in Pennsylvania for the year. 2012 has been a great year of birding for me in the state, with my highest state year list ever – 292 species. I guess I should have tried a little harder and tried …


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Christmas Red-tailed Hawk

Alex Lamoreaux|

Red-tailed Hawk - An immature in PA. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

After a Christmas Eve dinner last night and a morning breakfast with my family today, I drove out to a few birding locations that I like to visit when I’m in Hershey. Bird activity was kind of slow but Red-tailed Hawks (and a few Great Blue Herons) were all over, hunting for small rodents in the tall-grass fields. Of the …


PSO Field Trip – Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, 11 Nov 2012

Mike Lanzone|

Eagles come by very close to the watch site, this is what makes the Allegheny Front a great place to see Golden Eagles in the fall!!
Photo by Malcolm Harter

Nemesisbird’s Mike Lanzone and Alex Lamoreaux along with Chad Kaufman helped lead a field trip offered by The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology to the  Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, Sunday Nov 11. The wind forecast was for south-east, light to moderate, and hopes for a day packed full of Golden Eagles filled the participants heads! Although some of the group went directly to …


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Hawks harassing starlings

Alex Lamoreaux|

Adult Red-tailed Hawk taking another pass at the starlings. (Photo by Nick Bolgiano)

Everyone has seen massive flocks of starlings moving across the sky like a haunted black cloud at some point in their lives. They move in unison so perfectly that it can be hard to comprehend. Here in central Pennsylvania we don’t get flocks of millions of starling that other parts of the world see, but we can still see small versions of …


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Circleville Park, Centre County, PA

Anna Fasoli|

While driving to Scotia Barrens to look for warblers this September, I repeatedly drove by Circleville Park thinking, “I should really stop there.” The park is between Circleville Road and Valley Vista Drive, and accessed from either road. It park has various sports fields and a playground, and in the warmer months it always seemed to be full of people. …


Big Sit 2012 – Allegheny Front Hawk Watch

Alex Lamoreaux|

Sharp-shinned Hawk - adult (Photo By Anna Fasoli)

The ‘Big Sit’ is an annual birding event that takes places at hundreds of prime birding locations around the world on the second weekend in October. The idea is to pick out a 17ft diameter circle to spend the day in and count as many birds as you and your team can see and/or hear from within that circle. This …