Ducks in the City

Alex Lamoreaux|

Canvasback (male) in flight above the West Fairview boat launch. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

The majority of waterways in Pennsylvania are frozen up tight, as are most of the northeastern states, aside from a few small pockets here and there. Luckily for birders, one stretch of open water along the Susquehanna River is near the mouth of the Conodoquinet Creek where the West Fairview boat launch is located. This location is a birding hotspot throughout the year; …


Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 28

Drew Weber|

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The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. Yeah, I know that an Anhinga was last weeks digiscoping spotlight, but Anhingas …


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Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrows in PA

Alex Lamoreaux|

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After having a great opportunity to study an adult Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii) at Arlene Koch’s property last weekend near Easton, while also enjoying the immature Harris’s Sparrow there, I was interested to learn more about this western subspecies’ history in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic. Gambel’s White-crowneds are essentially the western-Canadian counterpart of our more familiar Eastern birds …


Crested Caracaras at Sunset

Tim Schreckengost|

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Drew and I spent the last two hours of January 21st looking for the Smooth-billed Ani in Broward County, Florida. We worked a 100 meter stretch of scrubby habitat along Government Rd. anxiously waiting for the ani to pop out, call, and make it’s presence known. There were numerous birds flying to roost during our ani search including White Ibis, …


Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 27

Tim Schreckengost|

Anhinga at Lakefront Park, Osceola, FL on 20 January 2015.

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. I arrived in Florida for the World Digiscopers Meeting and Space Coast Birding …


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Photo Study – The Ponce Inlet Purple Sandpiper

Tim Schreckengost|

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On the afternoon of January 25, 2015, a few members of the Leica Birding Team and I stopped by the jetty at Lighthouse Point Park (Ponce Inlet, eBird checklist) to see if we could get Raymond his lifer Purple Sandpiper. Purple Sandpipers are only being seen at two locations in Florida, Lighthouse Point Park and Fort Clinch State Park, making …


Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 26

Tim Schreckengost|

Anna's Hummingbird in Blythe, CA on 27 April 2013. Digiscoped with an iPhone 4s + Celestron Regal 80F-ED & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. As the cold temperatures set in here in Delaware, I often find myself …


Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 25

Tim Schreckengost|

Purple Sandpiper at the 8th Street Jetty in Avalon, NJ on 11 January 2015. Digiscoped with a Samsung Galaxy S4 + Celestron Regal M2 80ED & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. Yesterday, I spent the day birding southern New Jersey with Matt Boone, Abby …


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 …


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 …