Yellow-billed Loon and Common Mew Gull – Race Point, Cape Cod

Alex Lamoreaux|

Atlantic Brant flying over the dunes at Race Point, Cape Cod (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

On February 27th, Steve Arena discovered the first Massachusetts record of Yellow-billed Loon at the infamous Race Point at the tip of Cape Cod. This huge loon species is a hard bird to see almost anywhere in the Lower 48, only found occasionally along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. This first-winter immature is only the second record along the East Coast, and …


The Final Longspur

Alex Lamoreaux|

Immature Smith's Longspur at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

I’ve grown up seeing a few Lapland Longspurs each winter, sprinkled into Horned Lark flocks in the farmland of Pennsylvania. This past summer I was able to spend some quality time in the midwestern prairies, and was fortunate to see both Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspurs on their breeding grounds. That left me with one final longspur species to see in …


The Thousand Mile Chase

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Village of East Apple River, Nova Scotia. Photo by Matt Sabatine.

This post comes from Matt Sabatine, who recently had the chance to bird from Pennsylvania to Nova Scotia, where some great birds have been reported recently. The reliable duo of rarities in Nova Scotia was just too good to resist. A EURASIAN KESTREL has been hanging out in the area of Hartlen Point outside Halifax, Nova Scotia since December, and a FIELDFARE has been …


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White-winged Dove – Kent County, Delaware

Alex Lamoreaux|

Delaware's 8th White-winged Dove sunning itself on a fence in Brian McCaffrey's backyard. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

This past Tuesday morning Brian McCaffrey spotted a White-winged Dove among the Mourning Doves in his Kent County, Delaware backyard! This is only the 8th record for the state of Delaware, and the 1st for Kent County. The dove remained in and around the yard, mostly sunning itself and trying to stay warm, at one point avoiding a hungry Cooper’s …


Harris’s Sparrow and ‘Gambel’s’ White-crowned Sparrow

Alex Lamoreaux|

First winter Harris's Sparrow (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Arlene Koch’s famous backyard habitat near Easton, PA which has lured in countless uncommon, unusual, and rare birds over the years is currently hosting a first winter Harris’s Sparrow as well as an adult ‘Gambel’s’ White-crowned Sparrow! I was able to make a quick stop by her house this past Sunday and was happy to get great views of both …


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Winter Kingbirds of NYC

Alex Lamoreaux|

Cassin's Kingbird surveying it's territory at the community gardens at Floyd Bennett Field (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Remarkably both a Couch’s and Cassin’s Kingbird have taken up residence less than 15 miles apart from each other in New York City, and are so far successfully overwintering despite the strange, urban locations they are living in. The Couch’s is being seen around Washington Commons Park in the West Village and was first reported to birders on December 25th, but local, …


Barnacle Geese – Weir Lake, Monroe County, PA

Alex Lamoreaux|

Male and female Barnacle Geese (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

It’s not often that Barnacle Geese show up in Pennsylvania, in fact there have been less than 20 instances of this beautiful goose in the state, but they are on the increase throughout the northeast and every winter more and more are discovered among flocks of Canada Geese as more birders get out there looking. Typically a sighting here in …


Lark Sparrow – Cumberland County, PA

Alex Lamoreaux|

Lark Sparrow - Cumberland County, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

During the January 4th Newville CBC, Ramsay Koury discovered a Lark Sparrow foraging with other sparrows around a brush pile in a new housing development along Peyton Road near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This is approximately the 15th record of Lark Sparrow for Pennsylvania, with the most recent sighting from 2006. This is the first record for Cumberland County. Lark Sparrows have …


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 …


An Upstate Northern Gannet

Nathan Goldberg|

Immature Northern Gannet (Photo by Nathan Goldberg)

Today was just another Friday: wake up late and go to my 11:15 class, relax the rest of the afternoon, read some emails, etc. But at around 3:20 PM, Tim Lenz sent me and some friends a message that there was a Northern Gannet found near Watkins Glen, over on Seneca Lake (Schuyler County). He was already en route with …