Sullivan Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike - Zylstra Road 1/28/12

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 two Herring Gulls, and the resident Bald Eagles. We then headed up county for some grassland birds. The best find was a NORTHERN SHRIKE on Zylstra Road in Fosterdale. There were also two Cooper’s Hawks and an American Kestrel there. It seemed the Rock Pigeons on the silo were the objects of their interest. We had a total of 8 Red-tailed, 3 Red-shouldered, 2 Cooper’s Hawks, 6 Bald Eagles and one American Kestrel. A very dark hawk got over a ridge in Beechwoods and was almost certainly one of the Rough-legs we have seen recently.

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