Around the county

A Great Egret sits high in a tree at Hilldale Pond where it was chased by a Great Blue Heron.  When if finally went down to the pond again, the GB chased it until it flew off entirely.

A Great Egret sits high in a tree at Hilldale Pond where it was chased by a Great Blue Heron. When it finally went down to the pond again, the GB chased it until it flew off entirely.


I spent a little time in a number of locations again today. I started at the Apollo. 2 Green Herons, 14 Killdeer and 2 Solitary Sandpipers, and a Kingfisher were all that was there (Osprey too). From there I kayaked Morningside Park. The plovers from yesterday were gone. A Greater Yellowlegs (flew out while I was there), 2 Least Sandpipers, 3 Spotted Sandpipers and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper were present. Also a Kingfisher was here as well. From here I checked the Neversink, not a bird. On to Hilldale Pond. A Great Egret and a Great Blue Heron were there among quite a few Wood Ducks. The Great Blue chased the Egret continually until it finally flew off. Down to the Bashakill. A brief visit yielded the ongoing Gallinule family near the bridge, a Bald Eagle and a Fish Crow. Things are changing daily all over the county and its always worth a check of the hot spots.
The Common Gallinule family hangs out near the bridge quite regularly, if your lucky you might get to see them.  The chicks are nearly full grown, but not yet flighted. The wings are currently covered in pin feathers.

The Common Gallinule family hangs out near the bridge quite regularly, if you’re lucky you might get to see them. The chicks are nearly full grown, but not yet flighted. The wings are currently covered in pin feathers.

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