Another Great Day in Sullivan County!

A beautiful Ruffed Grouse at the Rio Reservoir.

A beautiful Ruffed Grouse at the Rio Reservoir.


This morning, Arlene Borko and I set out to see what was happening with the drop in temperatures overnight. We went to the Bashakill, where things were quieter this morning. The eagle spectacle continues, with 11 seen this morning. I think its fair to say that the pair of Bald Eagles at the Main Boat Launch have lost their eggs. For the third day in a row, the nest is unattended and the pair could be seen soaring high overhead. Most unfortunate! That said, the second pair continue on their nest, and will hopefully be successful for the first time. We had a total of 14 Bald Eagles there this morning, and one juvenile with a gorgeous white band in the tail gave us a start for a moment thinking it was a Golden, but no such luck. Waterfowl numbers were down again today, but the usual suspects were present. From there, we headed to the Rio Reservoir. As we neared the area, we spotted one of Arlene’s most sought after year birds. A beautiful RUFFED GROUSE!!! Fabulous bird and quite cooperative for photos. Once he flew off we continued to the reservoir, but there was little happening on the water. A mixed species flock of winter passerines included two BROWN CREEPERS! This species has been scarce during our harsh winter. We then headed up to the Mongaup Eagle Blind. We found Common and Hooded Mergansers and a few passerines, but little else. As we went to turn around, two eagles flew in from the south. I quipped to Arlene to “look for a Golden”. I immediately lamented that “they are both juvie balds”. I had only just finished the sentence when a beautiful GOLDEN EAGLE flew past us! The birds glowing golden nape shown in the sun. We jumped out, quite excited. I grabbed the camera and was able to snap a shot before he got away. The shot is really poor, but I’m still thrilled to have photographed all four Golden Eagles I’ve had in the last month! We then headed back to the Bashakill where we viewed the many eagles once again. Great morning!!
While the shot was terribly back lit, I was still happy to have caught the bird before it got away.

While the shot was terribly back lit, I was still happy to have caught the bird before it got away.


The feathers of a Ruffed Grouse are amazingly intricate.

The feathers of a Ruffed Grouse are amazingly intricate.

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4 Responses to Another Great Day in Sullivan County!

  1. Tricia Zeitler says:

    Beautiful John! I love grouse, such beautiful birds.

  2. John, I love the Ruffed Grouse! Great morning of birding and congrats on yet another Golden Eagle! Matt

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