Linear Park and the Bashakill

A Yellow-billed Cuckoo on McDonald Road.

A Yellow-billed Cuckoo on McDonald Road.


This morning Bob Kurtz and I birded Linear Park and the Bashakill. At the Bash we met up with Wilma Amthor and ran into Tom Burke and Gail Benson. While today wasn’t as good as this past weekend, it was much better than yesterday when it seemed that everything had disappeared. The first nice bird of the day was a FOS YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO on McDonald Road! This morning at the Linear Park we had Alder and Willow Flycatchers, Canada, Hooded, Magnolia, Blackpoll, Wilson’s and Yellow Warblers as well as American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat and Northern Parula. Both Waterthrush were seen and heard. Blue-winged Warblers were abundant with at least 10 heard or seen. Yesterday I had my FOS Golden-winged Warbler here, but could not relocate it today. A singing Mourning Warbler was the highlight here. From there, we went to the Bashakill. Many birds had moved on, but we had two MOURNING WARBLERS here! A three Mourning Warbler morning is great birding. We tried to find the Least Bittern for Tom and Gail, but couldn’t initially find one. Fortunately, they called to inform me the bird began to call later in the day. Overall bird numbers were way down at the Bashakill. The forecast for Wednesday and Thursday look promising for both south winds and rain storms coming through. Hopefully this will bring in one last push of migrants.
a morning walk along the Linear Park Trail offers a beautiful serene setting with an abundance of birds.

a morning walk along the Linear Park Trail offers a beautiful serene setting with an abundance of birds.

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2 Responses to Linear Park and the Bashakill

  1. scott baldinger says:

    WOW John, Linear Park sounds like it was hopping. Did you find activity on both sides of the trail off McDonald? Did you bird all the way down to Hornbeck’s Basin? I heard the Cerulean singing behind the house this afternoon. Hopefully will nest here again. Paula and I had a great weekend at Mohonk.
    Scott

    • Glad you had  a great time this weekend!  I actually hiked all the way to Summitville entrance and back, so I didn’t make it past the bridge on the right. It really was hopping.  Sounds like your walk was great again this morning too.  Lets hope for some more good things over the next couple of days, see you out there.

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