Sullivan County “Feathered Frenzy”

This Belted Kingfisher on the Neversink River was the only one we could find today.

This Belted Kingfisher on the Neversink River was the only one we could find today.

Sullivan Audubon held its annual “Feathered Frenzy ” contest this weekend. Teams can choose any 24 hour period in the three day weekend 2/15 – 2/17 to find as many birds as they can. Today, Arlene Borko, Bill and Jayne Fiero and I scoured the county with pretty good results. Highlights of the day included HOARY REDPOLL, Eastern Screech-owl, Common Redpoll and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Additional half hardies included 3 Northern Mockingbirds, 2 Great Blue Herons, Carolina Wrens and American Robins. Bill was able to get some nice pics of the Hoary Redpoll at Scott Baldinger’s feeders and I will post them when he gets them to me. (Scott is happy to welcome you to his feeders if you would like to see these birds) Here is our teams complete list of 48 species:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Turkey
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
EASTERN SCREECH-OWL
Belted KIngfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
YELLLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned KInglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Common Redpoll
HOARY REDPOLL
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

We heard of some great finds by other teams, so check into the Audubon.org website for the complete results in the near future.

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