New Years Day Birding

Great Black-backed Gull in flight over Shop-rite Plaza in Monticello

Great Black-backed Gull in flight over Shop-rite Plaza in Monticello

Arlene Borko and I started the year out with a bang! We did a county “Big Day” and had a great time. There were some notable misses and some surprise finds. We ended the day with 43 species which is great for this time of year. Common Redpolls were exactly that in the valley. We had approximately 100 of these birds during the morning, the highest number, perhaps 80 were at Scott Baldingers feeders at 1071 South Road at the Bashakill. Two additional feeders had about a dozen birds each. Half hardies put in an appearance, we had two Carolina Wrens, a Great Blue Heron and one Hermit Thrush. The most unexpected finds of the day were all passerines. At the Deli Fields Boat Launch a mixed species flock of sparrows contained two SWAMP SPARROWS and one FIELD SPARROW along with White-throated, Song and American Tree Sparrows. On North Road in Forestburg, in deep woods, a most unexpected flock of SNOW BUNTINGS were a delight to see. Why these birds chose this spot to forage along the road is anybody’s guess. Later at McDonald Road, five HORNED LARK flew in as we watched a mixed species flock. They landed out in the field in the dense weedy growth and could not be seen from the road. Bufflehead at the Rio Reservoir were nice as was finding all three species of regularly occurring gulls at the Shop-rite Plaza in Monticello.
A really great day. Here is the total list:
Canada Goose
Black Duck
Mallard
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Wild Turkey
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Down Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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