Miserable Nasty Day!

Eastern Kingbird!  I had to wait for the snow to stop to get a picture!

Eastern Kingbird! I had to wait for the snow to stop to get a picture!


It was a miserable nasty day in Sullivan County today. Snow squalls, sleet, high winds and dark clouds made it seem more like mid winter than spring. That said, someone forgot to tell the birds how terrible it was out. At the Bashakill, ducks continue to make and appearance. Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Greater Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks were all present among the more common species. Scott Baldinger called to let me know that he and Mary Busky were at Kiamesha Lake and had some nice birds. I went up a while later and found a RED-NECKED GREBE, HORNED GREBES, COMMON LOONS, MUTE SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD and Common Mergansers. Back at the Bashakill this afternoon, I found my FOS EASTERN KINGBIRD flycatching by the bridge on Haven Road through the driven SNOW!! The bird seemed to be successful in its endeavor, hawking insects among the reeds just off the bridge. It will be great when this winter is over!!
Red-necked Grebe on Kiamesha Lake

Red-necked Grebe on Kiamesha Lake

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2 Responses to Miserable Nasty Day!

  1. John,
    It was really cold when I got out of work this afternoon, but it seemed to get better as the evening progressed. I think you got the worst of it earlier in the day – I saw snow out the window at work! Very often, bad weather = good birds (like you had today).

    Matt

  2. Nice find on your Red-necked Grebes! Its been a good year for them, like we used to have. I think we might get some more good stuff in the coming days. Just hope it warms up some in the meantime.

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