I spent most of the last two days birding the Bashakill. On Sunday I had the pleasure of birding with Linda and Steve from Pennsylvania and Gordon and Lori from Queens, and today with Scott Baldinger. We had great birds both days. A total of 19 Wood Warblers were seen as well as Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Wood, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrush as well as Veery. The warbler highlights were Blackburnian, Nashville, Northern Parula and Blue-winged Warbler. A Brewster’s Warbler on Sunday was beautiful, but unfortunate. Scott had a Worm-eating Warbler this morning before I arrived. The American Bittern can be heard on the north side of the bridge, west side of Haven Road. Virginia Rails were calling most of the morning on Sunday. Common Gallinules can be heard in a number of locations, but I missed them today. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Broad-winged, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks are all being seen. I am taking this opportunity to make my annual plug to encourage birders to put out oranges for the orioles. This is a perfect year to start here in Sullivan County as the foliage and insects are late and the orioles will be seeking alternate food sources. It is quite rewarding to see the orioles in your yard, and the added benefit is that Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers enjoy the oranges as well. With your hummingbird feeder nearby, its a great backyard birding experience.