Sullivan County Grasslands

Bobolink were abundant everywhere I went today.

Bobolink were abundant everywhere I went today.


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.

Meadowlarks were easily found in the Beechwoods area.

Meadowlarks were easily found in the Beechwoods area.


A Savannah Sparrow with a big worm was feeding young.

A Savannah Sparrow with a big worm was feeding young.


A Black Vulture among the Turkey Vultures on Rubin Road.

A Black Vulture among the Turkey Vultures on Rubin Road.


One of three male American Kestrels seen today.

One of three male American Kestrels seen today.

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4 Responses to Sullivan County Grasslands

  1. I’ve never gone to any of the grasslands in Sullivan County, sounds like a great day. Do you ever get Upland Sandpiper in the county? Nice job with the photos today, especially the pair of Bobolinks.

  2. Wilma Amthor says:

    Great job John, haven’t been out lately, been too busy getting ready for Colorado…only 2 more days!!! I’m hoping to see lots of birds while I’m away

    Wilma

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