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A March Big Day in Delaware

Tim Schreckengost|

American Woodcock - Tim Schreckengost

Last Saturday, Nate Fronk, Alan Kneidel, and I made a run for the March Big Day record for Delaware. We decided that owling in the morning was pointless due to ~20mph winds, so we left Newark around 5:00 AM. After quick stops at Helen’s Sausage House and Wawa, we arrived at the Indian River Inlet shortly after sunrise. Our first …


Snow Day Rarities at Cape May Pt

Alex Lamoreaux|

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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 …


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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Rarity Round-Up: A Four Day Birding Adventure

Alex Lamoreaux|

Click on links throughout this post to see our full eBird checklists and more photos for the locations mentioned! Last week I was sitting around campus with my friends Mark Mizak and Josh Lefever, thinking about the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. We knew we would have four days free and we knew we wanted to go birding. …


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Nocturnal Critters

Alex Lamoreaux|

Conducting Flammulated Owl surveys requires a LOT of driving around during the dark as we try to get to our numerous ‘survey road points’. Sometimes we drive through forest, other times we drive through sagebrush on our way to forest; either way we see a lot of really cool nocturnal animals while driving. Often we also see lots of diurnal …


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A Sage-Grouse and Short-eared Owls!

Alex Lamoreaux|

On our drive back from McCall this past Monday, Anna and I swung past Midvale to check out some Greater Sage-Grouse leks. It was late in the afternoon but we were hoping maybe a few grouse would be hanging out near the lek, especially since this species would be a lifer for us. Of course, there were no grouse to …


Short-eared Owls – Peter’s Mtn Rd

Alex Lamoreaux|

Short-eared Owl

This evening, Ian Gardner and I went to search for Short-eared Owls along Peter’s Mountain Rd in Dauphin County. Ian had seen one owl there last evening. Around 4:20pm, I spotted one owl hunting over the fields. Ian quickly spotted a second owl. The two owls made a few passes around the field, then went out of view. Below are …