Birding Events/Field Trips in (or near) Pennsylvania

We are open to ideas for field trips, suggestions and helpers. If you or your group you belong to are having outings or trips, please consider joining with PSO to make more opportunities for our members and non-members alike.

Contact Chad Kauffman with your ideas or trips.

Event info and signups are available on the PSO facebook page found at https://www.facebook.com/pabirds

March 5th
Maryland's Eastern Shore birding

Chad Kauffman & David Yeany II

Come join David Yeany II and Chad Kauffman, for a waterfowl field trip to Maryland's Eastern Shore. Highlights will hopefully be large rafts of waterfowl - wintering Canvasbacks almost at your feet and a diversity of divers - and this area is known to hold a few rare ducks. With Cambridge (Dorchester Co.) as the base, we will be birding surrounding areas, including Cambridge Marina on the Choptank River, possibly nearby river and bayside landings, and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge where we should find Brown-headed Nuthatch and likely American White Pelican. This field trip is open to anyone, you don't have to be a PSO member. We will be meeting at the large parking lot by the intersection of High St and Water St. If you want an address to get you close, you can use the Yacht Club's address, then just find the parking lot east of there. The address is 1 Mill St, Cambridge, MD 21613.

Web Site https://www.facebook.com/events/1520243004943003/

Email chadkauffman@earthlink.net


March 12th
Middle Creek and Susquehanna birding

Chad Kauffman

Annual waterfowl and gull trip to Middle Creek and Susquehanna Rivers spots. The trip is dependent on weather and ice conditions. Bring your scope and bins for a fun day seeing what we can find. More details to follow

Web Site https://www.facebook.com/events/236022890066900/

Email chadkauffman@earthlink.net


Early to Mid March
Tussey Mt Hawkwatch

Chad Kauffman

Tussey Mt Hawkwatch in Centre/Huntingdon counties. Park at Jo Hayes Vista on route 26 and walk back in 2/3 of a mile in the hopes of having peak Golden Eagle migrations. Proper footwear and winter gear is suggested. You will probably need more than you think you need to stay warm and wind proof. No Facilities at the site. This has become an annual trip. Anyone is welcome to come and go as you please.

Web Site

Email chadkauffman@earthlink.net


March 18-20th
Erie & Presque Isle birding

Mary Birdsong and Chad Kauffman

Weather and ice depending, we are going to have a PSO field trip to the NW corner of the state in the hopes of having some nice waterfowl and gulls, as well as possibly Snowy Owls or other northern species. Mary Birdsong is coleading this one. We have a hotel that is willing to give us a discount on rooms that we have used in the past. Members only for this trip and we will limit the number of attendees. Please email Chad E Kauffman to register and more information.

Web Site https://www.facebook.com/events/1674618216111022/

Email chadkauffman@earthlink.net


May 6-7th
Shavers Creek Birding Cup

The Birding Cup, Shaver’s Creek’s annual fundraising tournament, is a contest among teams of birders to identify the most bird species in a twenty-four hour period in the central Pennsylvania region (Huntingdon, Centre, and adjoining counties). Teams must compete based on a set of Birding Cup rules, and the winning teams are awarded their prizes immediately following the contest at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center in Petersburg, Pennsylvania.

Web Site http://www.shaverscreek.org/public-programs-and-events/birding-cup/

Email None


June 3-5th
Bucktoe Shorebird & Kite Watch

Larry Lewis and Chad Kauffman

Join us as we look for Kites and shorebirds at Bucktoe. During the days we will be birding in surrounding areas such as John Heinz NWR, Bucktoe Preserve, etc. The watch location is open to anyone, but bonus birding will be for PSO members only.

Web Site

Email chadkauffman@earthlink.net


June 12th
Swatara State Park

Dave McNaughton

Swatara State Park, led by Dave McNaughton. Meet at 8:30 at Swopes Valley Trail-head. We’ll head east along the rail trail (late-comers can catch up to us on the trail). Swopes Valley Trail-head is located at the intersection of Swopes Valley Road and what used to be Old State Road (now Bear Hole Trail). The GPS coordinates are 40.522189, -76.469334. We'll have opportunities to view Suedberg Swamp, some of the grasslands in the area, and some forests that are usually good for flycatchers (including Alder) and thrushes. We may also bounce down to a few other locations in the park if people want to keep going. Other interesting species we may get to see include breeding Red-shouldered Hawks, mergansers, Wood Ducks, and some native turtle species.

Web Site

Email dkmcnaughton@gmail.com


June 17-20
Breeding Bird Blitz

Vern Gauthier

The Third Annual PA Breeding Bird Blitz (PAB3) will run June 17 to June 20, 2016. The PAB3 is a great time to get out during the peak of the breeding season and is a means of gathering data on an annual basis of the breeding bird population in PA. What's in it for you? You get to go out and find birds! There are prizes too! But most importantly you help to add some meaningful data about PA Breeding Birds! Click the link below for more information.

Web Site http://www.pabirds.org/PABBB.php

Email pabirder@gmail.com


Oct 8-9
The Big Sit

The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every team that observes the year’s “Golden Bird” has a chance to win $500. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country! The Big Sit! is sponsored by Swarovski Optik. The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe. Some people have called it a “tailgate party for birders.” Find a good spot for bird watching—preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next, create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That’s it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun. Then submit your findings. Participants are allowed to come and go from the circle—especially for the purpose of bringing food back into the circle—and the circle need not be be occupied for the entire 24 hours.

Web Site http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/about-the-big-sit.php

Email None


November 5-6
Hawk Mt Hawkwatch trip

Chad Kauffman

A return to Hawk Mt for a hawkwatch trip in the hopes of being there for the peak of the Golden Eagles and other large raptors. More details to follow

Web Site

Email chadkauffman@earthlink.net