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Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch – September Highlights!

Alex Lamoreaux|

Merlin showing off, and passing by close to the platform. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Ah…fall migration, my favorite time of the year! Warblers streaming through the trees, thrushes calling from the understory, and raptors filling the skies – all while the leaves slowly change color, and with each cold front we move closer and closer to winter. I am living and working down in Delaware for the season, and have been trying to make …


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Northern Goshawk at Hawk Ridge

Anna Fasoli|

Northern Goshawk -juvenile (photo by Anna Fasoli)

Earlier this month, I traveled to Duluth, Minnesota to bird with Naturally Avian‘s Erik Bruhnke. The timing of my trip was key, and I wanted to visit the well-known hawk watching site, Hawk Ridge, at an ideal time to see Northern Goshawk.  The hawk count at Hawk Ridge is run by Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and Erik is employed by …


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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PA Fall Migration Predictions – End of Oct: Part 1

Alex Lamoreaux|

Sharp-shinned Hawk adult - Photo by Alex Lamoreaux

October is a very special time of the year in Pennsylvania. The first week of the month there are still a ton of neotropical migrants around, but then their numbers start to drop off drastically. Coming to the rescue are the sparrows and raptors, which really excel during the second half of the month. Waterfowl also begin to trickle through …


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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 …


October 12 Hawk Watching at Jo Hays Vista

Anna Fasoli|

On Friday, I joined Chuck Widman, Josh Lefever, and Alex Lamoreaux for a day of hawk watching at Jo Hays Vista. Winds were gusty out of the northwest, which brought in a high number of migrant Red-tailed hawks (96 for the day!). At one point we had five in the sky at the same time!   Sharp-shinned hawks were also …


Sharpie Video

Alex Lamoreaux|

Below are two short videos that I took of an adult female Sharp-shinned Hawk feeding on a European Starling. This is video of the same bird that I posted photos of the other day.


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Sharp-shinned Hawk eating a starling!

Alex Lamoreaux|

This morning while scouting out a region of the State College CBC, Anna and I stopped to watch as two Sharp-shinned Hawks (an adult and a juvenile) and one Cooper’s Hawk (an adult) chased around a huge flock of European Starlings. A little while later, as we were passing back by the same area, we spotted the adult Sharp-shinned Hawk …