Ring-necked Pheasant
Yellow-throated Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Ring-necked Duck
Eastern Meadowlark
Laughing Gull
Broad-winged Hawk
Northern Harrier
Hooded Merganser
Hudsonian Godwit
Belted Kingfisher
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Saw-whet-owl
Northern Shoveler
Horned Lark
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Hooded Warbler
Purple Martin
Black-bellied Plover
Snowy Owl
Horned Grebe
Grasshopper Sparrow
Prairie Warbler
American Robin
American Goldfinch
Eastern Kingbird

The PSO is highlighting counties across the state to explore its hotspots and find as many birds as we can.


Highlights of previous Spotlights

Cambria March 4-7, 2022

Adams County April 22-25. 2022

Cameron CountyOctober 14-17, 2022


Columbia County Birding Spotlight on March 17-20, 2023


Columbia County Birding Spotlight on March 17-20, 2023Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) is promoting counties across the state to explore its hotspots and find as many birds as we can.


On March 17-20, join us as we lead a concentrated effort to bird Columbia County!  This is another one of the state’s most under-birded counties but there is so much to explore.  We are hitting this one early in the year with the hopes of finding some lingering winter birds as well as some waterfowl.  


As a group, we want to document as many birds as possible during this extended weekend. Birders are invited to tag along with others or explore the county’s game lands, water areas, fields and wild areas on their own terms.


Notable hotspots - Susquehanna River - Fort McClure Boulevard, Briar Creek Lake, SGL 226, Weiser State Forest, SGL 55 and Kocher Park.  But birds from all of the county will be searched for and counted on Ebird checklists.


We will be using the WhatsApp text/chat group set up for that area to get out the word for rarities and group information, and an eBird Trip Report to document the four-day bird count.  For anyone who is going to be birding during 4-day birding spotlight, we ask you share your ebird checklists with PSO Birding Data then we can keep track easier.  We will also be providing an Ebird Trip Report link where pictures, checklists, etc will be available for everyone to enjoy.  


We will be sharing pics and updates on the Columbia County Birding Spotlight event page on facebook Birders of all skill levels are invited to join-in and contribute!  If you just want to learn more about birds or you can help others and our challenge, we want you to be involved!  More details to be shared closer to the date.