Sullivan County CBC count week has begun.

The Common Loon on Kiamesha Lake has made the Sullivan County CBC count week period and was close to shore this morning for a better photo op.

The Common Loon on Kiamesha Lake has made the Sullivan County CBC count week period and was close to shore this morning for a better photo op.

I had limited time out this morning, but hit a few of the county hotspots within the CBC area. The best spot was Kiamesha Lake and I was very pleased to see that the COMMON LOON continues. This species is rare in the county in winter and extremely rare on the CBC (I think it has been recorded before). It has now made the count week period, and hopefully remains for Sunday’s count. Also present were two HOODED MERGANSERS. In any normal year, Hooded Merganser would be wintering at all our open water locations. This year, these are the first I’ve seen in a couple of weeks and only the second and third since my return from Florida a month ago. Hopefully they too will continue for the count. While I found no Ruddy Ducks this morning, there were still eight BUFFLEHEAD on Wanaksink Lake. Common Mergansers are in a number of locations and in good numbers. I managed a couple of dozen common species for the morning and spent no time at the Bashakill where most of our birds will occur. Good luck on your CBC counts and Merry Christmas to all!

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