Sullivan County – Linear Park and Bashakill, also Western Grebe update

Arlene Borko and I spent the morning birding the valley and it was very productive. Starting in the village, we added WINTER WREN and EASTERN SCREECH-OWL. There were many species throughout, including my first county Red-winged Blackbirds. From there we birded McDonald Road and I walked Linear Park Trail from Summitville while Arlene took a break. I found several year firsts. BELTED KINGFISHER, WOOD DUCK and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were all good finds. Many other species were present, but a flock of 32 Cedar Waxwings were particularly nice. From there, we went to the Bashakill. The Deli Fields and the Nature Trail were the most productive with an abundance of birds. We had four Hermit Thrush, some more Cedar Waxwings, thirty plus Robins, a Golden-crowned kinglet and a Brown Creeper. Nice morning!

Western Grebe Update: The Western Grebe was seen first thing this morning at Piermont Pier. It then went missing for several hours. Just around noon I got a call from Charlie West that someone had seen the bird in flight. It landed south of Piermont Pier and he was able to get them all on the bird with his scope. The bird is still present, but seems to be ranging a bit of a wider area today. Good luck if you go!

I found this Rusty Blackbird on Linear Park trail this morning. Scott Baldinger tried for it later, and found three of them.

I found this Rusty Blackbird on Linear Park trail this morning. Scott Baldinger tried for it later, and found three of them.


This Wood Duck was on nice find on Linear Park Trail, but seemed strange that it was still in juvenile plumage.

This Wood Duck was on nice find on Linear Park Trail, but seemed strange that it was still in juvenile plumage.

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