The dearth of shore birds in the county seems to be continuing. A lack of rain and intense northwest winds seems to have most birds overflying our area. This morning, our first fall juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs joined the Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers and Killdeer at Morningside Park.
After finishing at Morningside I decided to head to Orange County to see if I could find anything good in the shore bird locations. I covered the entire Wallkill River Valley from Six and a Half Station Road to Oil City Road. The results were nearly the same. I found the same 7 species we’ve been getting in Sullivan County. Water levels were extremely low in all locations and some were dried up completely. If we don’t get some rain soon, we may miss the rest of shore bird season.