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Vagrants for Days…

The past week has been pretty crazy (and exhausting) bird wise. It all started last Sunday when I was able to chase a slaty-backed gull that had been found a few days prior at Presque Isle State Park on Lake … Continue reading

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Tale of Three Vagrants

For the past week I have been in Florida briefly before heading down to the Dominican Republic day after tomorrow (much more on that later). While it has not been a birding trip, I have had a bit of time … Continue reading

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Cleaning up South Florida Specialties — March 2015

Lifers Denoted by Bold Over the past spring break, my family went down to spend a week in South Florida. Having been to Florida twice before, I had seen a lot of the specialty birds to be found there. However, … Continue reading

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Western Kingbird — Carbon County, PA

A few weeks ago, I was able to chase a continuing western kingbird in Carbon County, PA. This was a great state lifer for me and a really great bird to see in the state. While I haven’t found time … Continue reading

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Franklin’s Mania 2k15 — PA Edition

As any birder in North America who hasn’t been living under a rock should know, last weekend saw a massive invasion of Franklin’s gulls to the east of a scale not seen since 1998 (meaning I was 1 month old … Continue reading

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Camp Chiricahua Day 8

Lifers Denoted by¬†Bold The morning of the eighth day of Camp Chirichua began with a trip to the San Pedro House. On our drive into Sierra Vista the evening before, we had passed over the San Pedro River and the … Continue reading

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Couch’s Kingbird — Alleghany County, MD

This past week, a Couch’s kingbird was found in Alleghany County, Maryland. It represented the first state record for Maryland. This was one of the species I missed when I visited the Rio Grande Valley a few years ago and … Continue reading

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Cattle Egrets in Mercer County PA

On Friday, a Pittsburgh area birder discovered a flock of five cattle egrets in a cow field along the side of I79 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Cattle egrets are quite a good bird for this area of PA and so … Continue reading

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Northern Wheatear in Cleveland

Last Tuesday, a Northern wheatear was reported at Headlands Beach State Park in Cleveland. While I have seen wheatears in Britain, this would be a ABA Area life bird for me. However, I had school during the week and so … Continue reading

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Post 4th of July Plover Chasing (and Dipping)

For the past few days, there have been a lot of reports coming in of a piping and snowy plover at Presque Isle State Park in Erie. Eventually, I couldn’t resist the temptation for any longer and (after finding a … Continue reading

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