Sullvan and Orange Counties

Ross's Goose 3/10/13

Ross’s Goose 3/10/13

A group of us (Arlene Borko, Marge Gorton, Renee Davis, Lance Verderame and I) began the morning at the Bashakill. There were many water fowl species, highlighted by Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-necked Ducks and American Wigeon. At the Deli Fields we had a flock of Vultures go over. First spotted by Lance, it contained 9 Turkey Vultures and 2 Black Vultures. At that point we began observing the migratory geese. Thousands of geese were passing over. One Skein of Snow Geese consisted of at least 2,000 birds. Several more skeins passed over as well as a dozen or more skeins of Canada Geese. Lance departed at that point and the rest of us headed for the Camel Farm. We had heard that the Snow Goose flock had departed this morning, but we wanted to give it a try anyway. We were not disappointed. The flock was down to about a thousand birds when we arrived, but we found the adult Ross’s Goose almost immediately. Many people got to see it again this morning. The Tundra Swans were at first not present. Renee noticed them flying in and everyone there got to see them as well. We went to Wallkill NWR from there where the birds were about the same as the other day. After lunch we passed by the Camel Farm again and the birds were all still present.

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3 Responses to Sullvan and Orange Counties

  1. Jeff Nicol says:

    I know it has been over a week, but i am heading down to the area Sunday at some point, hope to find a few Snow Geese that may still be hanging around. if the Tundras are still around i would be thrilled, but I suspect they have all moved on already.

  2. Jeff Nicol says:

    Thanks for the information John. Maybe i will save the drive and see what is still hanging around at the Shawangunk Grasslands.

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