Monthly Archives: January 2012

Northern Shrike Continues

I made a tour of the county again this morning. I had a flock of PINE SISKINS on Hunter Road. One Purple Finch at Sue Rayano’s. An Immature Male NORTHERN HARRIER Swiss Hill Road and the continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE on … Continue reading

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Snow Bunting and a special Half Hardy

This morning as Arlene and I were heading out to bird, we got a call from Lance Verderame informing us of a SNOW BUNTING on Woodard Road. We toured the county, eventually ending up there. To our surprise, a few … Continue reading

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Sullivan Northern Shrike

This morning, Arlene Borko and I toured the county looking for new year birds. The Bashakill had an abundance of birds, Hooded and Common Mergansers, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Mallard and Black Ducks. There were also 80 Ring-billed Gulls and … Continue reading

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Slaty-backed Gull – NO still a great day

Today, 1/22/12, I traveled to Ulster and Dutchess Counties with the specific goal of seeing the Slaty-backed Gull found by Curt McDermott yesterday. The gull never showed. It was however a great day. I first birded the area near the … Continue reading

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Slaty-backed Gull – Beacon Train Station found by Curt McDermott 1/21/12

Today, Curt McDermott found an adult Slaty-backed Gull on the Hudson River at the Beacon Train Station. Congratulations Curt! I have posted several of his photos to this site. Note the dark mantle, broad tertial crescent, deep pink legs, smudging … Continue reading

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Ulster County – great birds!

This morning, spurred on by Curt McDermott’s great luck with gulls recently, I took a trip over to the Shawangunk Grasslands and the Compost Pile at the Kingdom Hall property. I had some nice birds. I was fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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Cold Weather brings birds

Today, 1/15/12, Arlene Borko and I continued the Winter Waterfowl Count. While doing so, we hit some birding hotspots in the county for non-water birds. The deep freeze overnight seemed to bring out the birds. Any spot where birds would … Continue reading

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