Relatively quiet week

September is notorious for being one of the best months for rarities. Not so much in our area this week. It has been rather quiet overall. The continuing east-southeast winds have brought little to us in the form of migrants. The best bird of the week for me was an Orange-crowned Warbler I found at the Deli Fields at the Bashakill on Tuesday the 29th. I stalked this bird for at least ten minutes trying for a photo, but no luck. Lincoln’s Sparrows continue to be the best of the sparrows for me. No Vesper Sparrows yet. Now getting late, shorebirds this week included Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper and a Greater Yellowlegs. The Rondout Reservoir has been fairly active with an assortment of common Waterfowl, including Wood Ducks, Common Mergansers and Double-crested Cormorants. A Pied-billed Grebe continues some days at the bridge on Haven Road, but no gallinules for some time now. Warbler numbers have really decreased, though there should be another push if the winds turn around. Thrush have also been scarce, no real movement and no Gray-cheeked for us thus far. Hopefully with more unsettled weather next week the winds will turn around and we’ll get some good stuff. Speaking of good stuff, Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast is out and it is looking good for Sullivan County. We could actually get most if not all of the birds, lets keep our fingers crossed. We have a great cone and berry crop this year, so they should show up to take advantage of it.

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