Snow Bunting and other Thanksgiving birds

I had the chance to do quite a bit of birding over Thanksgiving break in northern Lycoming county and Tioga county. Most of the birding was by ear since I was hunting as well but I did have a number of interesting sightings. In Tioga county, I had a White-winged Crossbill at “The Muck“, a large flock of Pine Siskins, and a county lifer, American Tree Sparrow. I have never really birded Tioga County in late fall but I plan on making a few more trips up this year.

In Lycoming county I didn’t have anything too special. A mix of Ruddy Ducks, Bufflehead, and Lesser Scaup at Rose Valley Lake was a nice late fall mix. Typically the lake is partially if not entirely frozen by Thanksgiving so it was nice to be able to enjoy some lingering waterfowl.

My favorite sighting of the break was a lone Snow Bunting at Rose Valley Lake. I first saw it on Saturday morning where I flushed from a gravel parking lot. The next morning the bunting was still present and allowed for some great photos.