After nearly four weeks of few birds in the county, birding finally picked up the last couple of days. An influx of finches occurred the last few days and I found nearly 100 Goldfinches and 33 Purple Finches in total. Also a nice find was a flock of six Snow Geese in with about 250 Canada Geese in the Beechwoods area. Red-shouldered Hawks are in good number, but Red-tailed are hard to find. There are still 250 Common Mergansers on Kiamesha Lake. Hopefully this will bode well for our upcoming Christmas Count next week.