Orange County Blue Grosbeak!

The beautiful adult male BLUE GROSBEAK at Liberty Lane this morning!  Photo by Kyle Dudgeon.

The beautiful adult male BLUE GROSBEAK at Liberty Lane this morning! Photo by Kyle Dudgeon.


On Sunday 6/21/15, a local birder found a singing male BLUE GROSBEAK on Liberty Lane off Oil City Road in the Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge. Though it couldn’t be relocated later in the day by birders searching, I headed over this morning to see if I could find it. Upon my arrival, I ran into Linda Scrima and Kyle Dudgeon. They told me that they were pretty sure they had just seen the bird in the distance, so we headed back out to try to find it. As we headed out, a bird flew across the fields that I was able to get on and it was the Blue Grosbeak! We watched as it flew to the first hedge row off the first impoundment on Liberty Lane. We followed and had decent binocular views of the bird. We managed to get a few photos before it flew back to the second hedge row. It remained there for some time. As we watched, the bird took off and flew almost directly at us, eventually veering to our left. Fortunately, it was close enough for both Linda and Kyle to get some decent Identifying shots of the bird. It landed in the line of trees to the south of Liberty Lane, quite far in the distance. We could no longer see it, but it could be heard singing. Check the entire area thoroughly if you go, and definitely familiarize yourself with the birds song, it will help tremendously in finding it.
One of my shots, the distant view we were having most of the time.

One of my shots, the distant view we were having most of the time.


Another view of the bird as it flew by from Linda Scrima.

Another view of the bird as it flew by from Linda Scrima.

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