Rondout Reservoir

Gray Catbird at the Orchard near the Rondout Reservoir this morning adds another to the long list of half-hardies overwintering in the county this year.

Gray Catbird at the Orchard near the Rondout Reservoir this morning adds another to the long list of half-hardies overwintering in the county this year.

This morning I headed over to the Rondout Reservoir again to see what waterfowl was around. I was pleased to see that the REDHEAD was still present. Common Goldeneye, Mallard, Black Duck, Common Merganser and Bufflehead were all present. I checked the Orchard on CO. Rt 53 just a mile to the east. A couple of dozen American Robins, White-throated Sparrows, a Hermit Thrush were all seen. Just as I was about to leave, I saw some movement low in a bush. A bird popped up and it was a GRAY CATBIRD. This makes six years in a row that we have had at least one Gray Catbird in the county during the winter. One year there were three. From the reservoir I headed over to Mohonk Road in Ulster County. I was hoping for a new gull for the year. 475 Herring Gulls, 25 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 first winter ICELAND GULLS were all to be seen. These Iceland Gulls are not the same birds I saw last month. One light phase and one dark phase, both were first winter birds with all black bills.

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