Sullivan County Feathered Frenzy

Sullivan County “Feathered Frenzy” is a mid-winter contest to see which team can find the most number of species in any 24 hour period during the weekend from Friday 2/13 – Sunday 2/15/15. Arlene Borko and I comprised our team. We chose the period on 2/14 from 7 AM onward. It was a cold negative 2 degrees when we started out with cloudy skies. The temperature increased to a whopping 16 degrees at the high. By 11 am it began to snow. By 1PM it was snowing too hard to continue and we had to quit for the day with only about 2/3’s of the area covered that we had planned. We feel we did pretty well, putting 115 miles on the car and seeing 41 species of birds. Here is our list:
1. Canada Goose
2. American Black Duck
3. Mallard
4. Common Goldeneye
5. Hooded Merganser
6. Common Merganser
7. Wild Turkey
8. Bald Eagle
9. Sharp-shinned Hawk
10. Red-shouldered Hawk
11. Red-tailed Hawk
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Mourning Dove
14. Eastern Screech Owl
15. Red-bellied Woodpecker
16. Downy Woodpecker
17. Hairy Woodpecker
18. Northern Flicker
19. Blue Jay
20. American Crow
21. Black-capped Chickadee
22. Tufted Titmouse
23. Red-breasted Nuthatch
24. White-breasted Nuthatch
25. Carolina Wren
26. Hermit Thrush
27. Northern Mockingbird
28. European Starling
29. American Tree Sparrow
30. Song Sparrow
31. White-throated Sparrow
32. Dark-eyed Junco
33. Northern Cardinal
34. Purple Finch
35. House Finch
36. Common Redpoll
37. Pine Siskin
38. American Goldfinch
39. House Sparrow
40. Herring Gull
41. Ring-billed Gull

Due to the deep freeze and snow, we missed 7 species that I had had over the last couple of days: Pileated Woodpecker, Snow Bunting, Horned Lark, Common Raven, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Bluebird and Cedar Waxwing.

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2 Responses to Sullivan County Feathered Frenzy

  1. Wilma Amthor says:

    Great job John
    Where did you see all of those ducks?? It is hard to believe there is any open water in Sullivan county. HAHA
    I did great with eagles yesterday at Rio even tho’ it was -3 for a period of time by the creek.

  2. The waterfowl is all at the Bashakill and the Rondout, we had no other open water. Eagles are showing up where there is any open water, so I’m not surprised there were some at the Rio. We scoped it out though and there was no waterfowl, so we didn’t head that way.

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