Orange County Black Dirt Region

The river  twists and turns for nearly a mile and is mostly covered with geese.  It is hard to get shots as it is deep and winding.  This is just one small section.

The river twists and turns for nearly a mile and is mostly covered with geese. It is hard to get shots as it is deep and winding. This photo has 345 geese in it and is just one small section.

One of two fields of Canada Geese along the Wallkill River.  The other field offers no good photo vantage.

One of two fields of Canada Geese along the Wallkill River. This shot has 1,366 geese in it. The other field offers no good photo vantage.

Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose with pair of Canada Geese.

Cackling Goose with pair of Canada Geese.

I was tied up this morning so I didn’t get out until nearly noon and headed to the black dirt region to see what was happening. I started once again on Celery Avenue where a 15 minute search turned up the CACKLING GOOSE just 150 feet down river from its location on Tuesday. Unlike Tuesday when it never came out of the water, I found it sleeping on the ice along the shore. It never entered the water the entire time of viewing. I get a real kick out watching this little guy, especially when he honks. Between the adjacent fields and the water I believe at least 3500 geese are present. From there I toured the entire area to Missionland Road, Oil City Road and Skinner Lane. The only birds of note were 7 Rough-legged Hawks and 100+ Horned Lark. There were of course many many Red-tailed Hawks as well.

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4 Responses to Orange County Black Dirt Region

  1. Karen C Miller says:

    pretty picture of the river

  2. Tara says:

    Did you happen to come across the snowy owls? I was wondering if they are still hanging around the black dirt region. I wanted to make a trip over there next week.

    • Tara,       No, I didn’t see the Snowies.  I checked out Skinner Lane and went through the sod farm, but no sign of them.  It was pretty sunny this afternoon, so perhaps they were sleeping.  Either way, no luck. Good luck if you go!  John

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