Today I made a tour of some of Sullivan County’s best grasslands. While I couldn’t hit all the good locations, I managed to cover my favorite spots. Rubin Road, South Maplewoods Road, Beechwoods and Villa Roma, Hunter and Muhlig Roads. I was hoping to find some Grasshopper Sparrows. It didn’t happen. Grasshopper Sparrow was last found in the county in 2008. I have no reasonable explanation why they have not returned. That said, I had many grassland birds and they were all doing pretty well. Here is a list of the species particular to that habitat and the total number I had for the day. I broke it down by site in ebird. Here are the highlights:
Bobolink – 130! they were abundant everywhere I went!
Savannah Sparrow – 12 rather low count
Eastern Meadowlark – 11 not bad, all in Beechwoods area. Missed them at the landfill today.
American Kestrel – 3 all adult males hunting, represents three pair. I missed the birds at the landfill today.
Also found was a Black Vulture. Uncommon in the county, seems to continue to increase.