This exciting new itinerary continues the tradition of our long-popular Virginias' Warblers tour, shifting our route about 100 miles northward to focus on the incredible diversity of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, sparrows, and other species breeding in Pennsylvania, guide Tom Johnson's home state and stomping grounds!
Our tour is timed for the peak of spring vocal activity as male songbirds arrive on their territories, and we should have optimal opportunities to find such gems as Cerulean, Golden-winged, and Worm-eating warblers, as many as five species of Empidonax flycatchers (made easy since they will be singing!), and the wonderful Henslow's Sparrow. We'll focus on Pennsylvania's center, transitioning from the riverine valleys of the southeast to the ridge-and-valley heart of the state and the wild forests of the Allegheny Plateau and Northern Tier.
Along the way, we should also have opportunities for migrating waterbirds, Upland Sandpipers, and plenty of raptors. Because we'll be looking for songbirds at the peak of the season, we'll want to be in the field early in the morning; however, song activity is usually intense enough that we should be able to find birds throughout the day. Walking will be fairly easy -- a maximum of 1-2 miles per day on dirt roads or well-maintained trails. And we'll stay at full-service hotels and enjoy some fine Pennsylvania food and drink along the way.
Spring weather and temperatures are quite variable in Pennsylvania -- we might experience 85 degrees and sunny skies in the afternoons near Harrisburg or 50 degrees with drizzle on some mornings in the north. Whatever the particulars, we should see some great birds and have a lot of fun!
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