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

Alex Lamoreaux|

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 …


New York Townsend’s Solitaire Plus More

Nathan Goldberg|

Townsend's Solitaire (Photo by Nathan Goldberg)

This past Wednesday, Garrett MacDonald, Andrew Dreelin, and I birded in Madison County, New York. Specifically, we decided to chase some Evening Grosbeaks tending to a feeder near the town of Sheds, as well as a continuing Townsend’s Solitaire in Erieville. My classes didn’t start until 12:20 PM on Wednesday, so we were able to have enough time to try and get …


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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Cape May Trip – Part 2

Alex Lamoreaux|

This post is part of a series of posts about my recent birding trip to Cape May, which began at this link. As the tide began to rise, we knew it was time to head over to the southern point of Brigantine Island to see the shorebird flock that we heard had been roosting there recently. We arrived around 2:40pm …


Unsuccessful Search for the Mountain Bluebird

Alex Lamoreaux|

This morning Chris Markiewicz and I drove over to Middle Creek WMA to search for the Mountain Bluebird that was found there a few days ago. This would have been a new PA state bird for me but unfortunately we did not see it. We left around 10:00am and there were still birders around searching for the bluebird. If I …


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Golden-crowned Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler – Chesapeake Farms, MD

Alex Lamoreaux|

After chasing (and finding!) the Northern Wheatear this morning, Klye Aldinger, Ian Gardner, and I drove about an hour farther south to try and find the Golden-crowned Sparrow. This is a west coast species that is very rarely seen in the East. I was really doubting we would see it. It seemed like it wasnt very reliable and all birders HAD to stay …


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Return of the Waterfowl

Drew Weber|

American Wigeon

Ducks, geese, grebes and loons are coming back which is exciting as it is one of the groups of birds that I am largely missing from my Centre County bird list, having moved to the area too late to catch them on their northbound migration in the spring. I just added both Red-necked Grebe and Black Scoter to my county …