What is the State Bird of Pennsylvania?

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You are walking on a wooded path in Pennsylvania. No, you have not stumbled upon a WWI re-enactment, but a startled Ruffed Grouse , the state bird of Pennsylvania. Though Pennsylvania is in the southern part of their range, grouse can digest twigs and buds , allowing them to survive winters in the northern United States and throughout Canada. They live in deciduous forests where they are found in Pennsylvania, and prefer early-successional forests.

Pennsylvania’s Sick Pastime Continues

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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, in all of its infinite wisdom, has shot down a bill to ban “pigeon shoots” which consist of live pigeons being released from cages directly in front of men with shotguns. Sickos and poor shots, rejoice! As the only state in the nation that allows such a cruel and unsporting practice you would be forgiven for thinking that banning it would be a no-brainer.

Offshore Sea Life: East Coast, Birds of Pennsylvania, & Texas Birds: Three Books, Three Reviews

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All of these titles deal with birding in specific North American geographic areas: The Atlantic coast, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Pennsylvania by George L. Pennsylvania is a wonderful state in which to bird, its geography spanning from the coastal plain of the Philadelphia area through the Appalachian mountain range to the western Allegheny Plateau. Pennsylvania is one of the most heavily birded states in the U.S.,

Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania: A Review by an Atlas Novice

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So, when Corey and Mike asked if I wanted to review the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania , I jumped at the chance to write about this unique type of scientific reference book. I was also curious, as a birder of the northeast United States, to see what kind of avian changes have been going on in Pennsylvania. pounds in the hand, relates how the project was conceptualized and carried out, and exactly what was learned about the 190 breeding birds of Pennsylvania.

You Should Go to the American Birding Expo!

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From 29 September through 1 October, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philly, will host the third annual American Birding Expo. Birding American Birding Expo festival Pennsylvania PhiladelphiaOptics companies, tour companies, birding festivals, publishers, and wide array of other exhibitors will be present. There will be workshops , field trips , and some amazing keynote presentations , including Julie Zickefoose and Scott Weidensaul.

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Extreme Raptors

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If you have never been to Hawk Mountain , Pennsylvania during fall migration I would strongly recommend a visit. Pennsylvania Young Birders Many thanks to Nikon , Cabela’s and Hawk Mountain for making this event so special. Trips Hawk Mountain hawks hawkwatch Pennsylvania raptorsWe have just returned from hosting this past weekend’s inaugural Extreme Raptor Weekend and Hawk Mountain was one of our chosen partner venues.

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Cuckoo for Cuckoo, or, A Cooperative Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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So you can imagine my pleasure, then, when I spotted one skulking in some thick brush last week when I was exploring the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the first time last week. Birds cuckoos John Heinz NWR PennsylvaniaIt is not every day that a Yellow-billed Cuckoo decides to cooperate and sit out in the open for pictures. In fact, the vast majority of birding days go by without Coccyzus americanus making any kind of appearance at all.

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Birds of Chicken Inferno 2011

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For 13 years now, friends and family have been gathering in an undisclosed corner of Potter County, Pennsylvania during the third weekend of July to create a glorious giant chicken of wood, straw, and gunpowder only to burn it. Trips chicken inferno Pennsylvania Potter County

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The Extreme Raptor Weekend Round-Up

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Birding hawks Pennsylvania raptorsOn October 15-16th, 2011 Nikon Birding teamed up with Hawk Mountain and Cabela’s to host a blow-out weekend focusing on raptors. This weekend was meant to draw kids into the Hamburg, PA Cabela’s to experience birds in a up-close and personal kind of way. Those of you who have read my posts in the past know that I am very fond of getting young kids into birding.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2021)

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Corey enjoyed a long weekend in Narrowsburg, New York, along the Delaware River at the New York-Pennsylvania border.

Two Blogs, Two Views on Experimenting on Chimps

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Here's a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania with an interesting post about the same issue, wondering how much we really need to experiment on chimps. This blogger, Earle Holland at Oregon State University, doesn't seem to believe the allegations coming out about the New Iberia Primate Center in Louisiana. He is the assistant vice president for research communications in the Office of University Relations. Here's his post about it.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2020)

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Another month, another movement of the world’s birds from one point to the next.

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PETA Uncovers Horrible Conditions at Land O'Lakes Supplier

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From PETA's site: A new PETA undercover investigation inside a Land O'Lakes supplier facility in Pennsylvania has revealed routine neglect and cruelty to cows who are milked for the Fortune 250 company's products. Not a pretty picture.

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Calling all Dogs: Celebrate National Dog Day with Free Ice Cream August 25

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Best Friends Pet Care is a leading national pet care company and offers boarding, daycare, grooming and training at 42 locations across 18 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

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Millions of Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Kingbirds, Chimney Swifts in Costa Rica- All Heading North

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All of those birds also fly to and from the woods of Pennsylvania to parts of the Amazon rainforest and back. Birds are arriving in North America, flying from places far to the south. Many come from Central America, a good number fly much further.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of October 2018?

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I’m heading down to rural Pennsylvania this weekend to see what migrants might be turning up on the old farm. We in the United States are looking at another long weekend at a terrific time of year to get an extra day of leisure. Argue all you wish about the Great Age of Exploration and exploitation of indigenous peoples. I’ll refrain from getting political for once and just go look at birds!

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On Peaceable Kingdom, Part Deux

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I grew up in suburbia and the closest I got to an animal farm was from the inside of a car driving through rural Pennsylvania to get to Pittsburgh. Last week I ventured a couple of hours north to see Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home at the Orlando Film Festival. The turnout was fantastic and the Q&A had to be cut short so the audience for the next film could be ushered in. This version of the film is different, and lighter, than the one I saw earlier this year, although.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of October 2016?

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I’ll be heading down to rural Pennsylvania to try to spot some southbound migrants. As we move into October, we can see beautiful weather and skies streaming with birds on the horizon. But don’t look too far ahead if you live in the Northern Hemisphere… the dead of winter looms in the distance. Look up instead; you may just see lots of raptors. Corey will likely be doing the same in the NYC area. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding?

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Why Are Conservatives Pathological Jerks Who Hate The Environment?

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But slap a message on the CFL’s packaging that says “Protect the Environment,” and “we saw a significant drop-off in more politically moderates and conservatives choosing that option,” said study author Dena Gromet, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2015)

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I enjoyed a nice selection of sparrows and raptors in Pennsylvania farm country, with a pair of bold and noisy Red-shouldered Hawks taking the prize. A beautiful weekend for watching birds demands beautiful people watching birds. Were you out there? Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was one of the 76 the Queens County Bird Club recorded during the Big Sit on Saturday at the hawk watch platform at Fort Tilden. The bird was a Dickcissel and it was identified by voice as it flew over.

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The Flight of the Vultures

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But the turkey vultures would certainly leave the places we saw them – Montana, North Dakota, Illinois and Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio and eventually New York – and head south. Maybe only to the southern borders of the same state in the case of some of the Pennsylvania birds, maybe down beyond the limits of the US through Central America for the westerners. The only bird we saw in every state was the Turkey Vulture. No vast kettles, yet, only ones and twos.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2017?

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I’m only getting away for a night in rural Pennsylvania, but hope that the feeders at my mother-in-law’s place are buzzing with activity. Many people I know are taking vacations this week, partially because schools in my area observe Winter Recess and partially because getting away after months of winter feels like a well-earned reward. Whether you’re home or away this weekend, reward yourself with some birds!

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I and the Bird: What is a Robin?

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They’re better predictors than that more famous overgrown rat in Pennsylvania, bob-bob-bobbing along with the first warm winds to begin caroling from our maples and stalking our lawns. I DREADED that first robin so, But he is mastered now, And I ’m accustomed to him grown,—. He hurts a little, though. Emily Dickinson. Hold on a second, Em. First robin?

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Meet James and Mike at Extreme Raptor Weekend

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You’ll have your chance three weekends from now, 15-16 October, at the Extreme Raptor Weekend in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Ever wanted to meet James Currie , beat writer on 10,000 Birds and star of Birding Adventures TV ? Or Mike Freiberg , beat writer on 10,000 Birds and Nikon Birding Marker Specialist ? Yeah, me too! Want to know more? Check out the video below… Sounds great, no? Even better, the first 50 kids under the age of 12 each day will get a free pair of binoculars!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2018)

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I enjoyed a very birdy weekend with all sorts of expected New York and Pennsylvania fall faves and one rare Wilson’s Phalarope to pad my year list. Can anyone deny that a perfect autumn weekend ranks as high as any span of days any other time of year? When summer’s rampant growth tips over into gaudy rot and all your old avian friends pass through on the way to points south, when nothing tastes better than a ripe apples after a fall hike, those are fine days.

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Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

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link] Of course, the animal activists don't even really care about the health or welfare of deer herds except to protect them against the "cruel" hunter who killed Bambi's mother. The issue has surfaced again recently, as focussed hunts have been scheduled in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, with the "animal rights" zealots militating for expensive and basically ineffective birth control practices to curb overpopulation.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of June 2016?

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I’m headed down to rural Pennsylvania, where fun birds and dark skies no doubt await. The first weekend of June is, at least in the United States, our first full dose of unofficial summer. Yes, real summer doesn’t begin for another three weeks yet, but when weather heats up and non-breeding birds become increasingly scarce, spring is over! Corey will likely be found along the NYC coast succumbing to his unhealthy infatuation with terns. How about you?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2015)

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I was very happy to see Black Vultures circling in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, since vultures don’t hang around western New York during the winter months. For some of us, the weekend still rolls on. But come Monday morning, we need to consider the spoils of a well-spent weekend. Birds count. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend were the dozens of Common Loons he saw off shore of Breezy Point in Queens. Not rare but nice to see in numbers! How about you?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2016)

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I enjoyed autumnal splendor down in rural Pennsylvania at that perfect moment when lush green foliage begins to mix with brilliant red, orange, and gold. Around here, October feels a lot like March in reverse. The month eases you in, docile as a lamb, but promises to bite you on the back end. Hope you took advantage of one of the more gentle weekends this month has to offer.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of August 2014?

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I’ll be taking a break from my labors to explore remote parts of Pennsylvania for anything resembling a migratory bird. Keep your eyes to the skies for chickadees and t**s. Ready to close the books on the summer of 2014, northerners? We in the United States like to usher out the season in style with a three-day weekend. While we used to honor the American Labor movement during this time, we’ve turned our collective focus from work to play and plenty of it.

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5 things to know about pets and pests

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Be aware of areas where Lyme disease (a common tick-borne illness) is prevalent: the eastern coastal states and the north central states, especially parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Wisconsin and northern California. 5 ways to de-bug your pet this spring: Ticks can be difficult to spot. Ticks are tiny, some about the size of a pin head. They can resemble freckles, moles or even specks of dirt.

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Calling All Kids! (And Those Who Bird With Them!)

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Whether you’re a young’un (like the Pennsylvania Young Birders photographed by James , above) or an old’un, you’ve probably got a story to share. If you are a young birder, or have helped mentor one, Leica Sport Optics wants to reward your enthusiasm. The company is holding an essay contest aimed at drumming up interest in youth birding. All the details are here , and the deadline is June 30th , 2014.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2018?

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We’re heading down on Saturday to northwestern Pennsylvania, a land that winter relinquishes unwillingly and late. A bat flew over my house a few days ago. That sentence may sound like the beginning of a horror story, but this bat bade well, serving as a reminder to those of us in the frosty north that winter eventually ends. Another sure sign of spring turned up just the next morning in the form of two Common Grackles stalking my lawn.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of September 2014?

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Corey will be doing the same at an undisclosed location in Pennsylvania. Keep your eyes to the skies. Maybe you’ll see a Passenger Pigeon , but probably not… September offers enough worthwhile diversions to make anybody’s head spin, but if you’re a bird watcher, you’re doubly driven to get out and about over the weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2015?

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I’m headed down to rural Pennsylvania this weekend, hoping to chance upon a grouse or other bird of the hinterlands. October, at least in Dylan Thomas’s Poem in October , was alive with avian activity: My birthday began with the water-. Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name. Above the farms and the white horses. And I rose. In rainy autumn. And walked abroad in a shower of all my days. High tide and the heron dived when I took the road. Over the border.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2015)

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I took a family trip down to rural Pennsylvania, where I can always count on seeing an abundance of Eastern Kingbirds … and I did. The past week has been invigorating for Americans who support freedom, dignity, and equality. Hopefully you celebrated by enjoying some fine birds! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend could have been the White-faced Ibis at Captree Island, his first of the year, but White-faced Ibis are boring.

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Rachel Carson: Secret Birder

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Growing up in western Pennsylvania, she explored nearby woodlands with her mother, a naturalist, who encouraged her daughter to observe all of nature, which ultimately led to Carson’s early stories about birds. Educated at Pennsylvania College for Women and Johns Hopkins University, she went on to become a marine biologist and eventually worked for the U.S.

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Pheasant Stocking an Unfortunate Waste of Money

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Flooding related to Tropical Storm Lee severely damaged the two farms used for raising Ring-necked Pheasants in Pennsylvania earlier this year, limiting the number of birds that will be released for slaughter by hunters (and slaughter is exactly what shooting farm-raised birds is).

Radlo Foods Pledging Conversion to Cage-Free Eggs

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Radlo's announcement follows word from Pennsylvania-based egg supplier Eggland's Best that it would drop Radlo Foods as one of its franchisees. Good news following an investigation of farm animal abuses by Mercy for Animals. Sometime soon, David Radlo of Radlo Foods says his sign in front of the former DeCoster Egg Farm will be coming down and all his business at the massive egg operation in Turner will come to an end.

The Last Few Rays Before Extinction

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Hornaday, once director of the New York Zoological Garden, wrote that a naturalist in a county of northern Pennsylvania claimed to have fed a flock of 300 pigeons during the autumn of about 1903. Another nature lover of central Pennsylvania, John H. Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds. She’s contemplated California Condors here before, but Passenger Pigeons seem to resonate most with her.

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When Birds Are Near: Dispatches From Contemporary Writers

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There are owls in New York City. Big owls: Barred Owls on Riverside Drive and down the path from Harlem Meer, a Great Horned Owl in Central Park’s Ramble.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2014)

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Mike enjoyed a bevy of rural Pennsylvania feeder birds this weekend. Though many Americans spent a significant chunk of their Sundays watching the National Football League’s conference championship games we here at 10,000 Birds assume that you probably spent at least some portion of your weekend out looking for birds other than the Seattle Seahawks , who will be representing the National Football Conference in the Super Bowl on 2 February.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2012)

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I saw some sweet fall warblers this weekend down in Pennsylvania farm country, but was most impressed with the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds hanging on despite a mild frost. September, as you’ve no doubt heard time and time again, is a season of flux. No matter where you are in the world, chances are that an array of organisms are responding to climatic signals by, among other things, growing, dying, blooming, fruiting, fattening, nesting, or migrating.

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