Sullivan County

Probably the best bird of the day was a light-phase Rough-legged Hawk.

Probably the best bird of the day was a light-phase Rough-legged Hawk.

Having heard a report of our 8th Snowy Owl the evening of 12/10, I decided to comb the county on Wednesday to see if I couldn’t find that or another owl. I started off at the Bashakill, as the last two reports of Snowy Owls had come from that general vicinity. No luck. The Bashakill continues to be the location with the most birds however. Half hardies were pretty evident. Winter Wrens, Carolina Wrens, American Robin, Hermit Thrush and Field Sparrows were all seen among the regular winter residents. Up county, a few ducks remain here and there with Common Mergansers, Mallards and Blacks the most common. 5 Common Goldeneye were nice to see. Raptors were certainly in evidence today with 13 Red-tailed Hawks, 8 Bald Eagles, 1 Red-shouldered and 1 Rough-legged Hawk seen. All in all a good day with a respectable 50 species seen. No owl or longspur though.

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