Sullivan County and Orange County Snowy Owl

One of two Rusty Blackbirds on the Linear Park Trail today.

One of two Rusty Blackbirds on the Linear Park Trail today.


I covered quite a bit of the county this morning, running into waterfowl that were more concentrated in hotspots due to the recent deep frozen. Common and Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Mallard and Black Ducks were seen in a number of spots. Unfortunately, the best spot at the Rondout Reservoir was completely frozen over with not birds present at all near the power plant spillway which was iced over right up to the overflow. The show at the Rondout was impressive though with over 400 gulls present and 13 Bald Eagles! From there I went to Linear Park where it was quite birdy. Bluebirds, Purple Finches, House and Goldfinches, Woodpeckers and more. The Wood Duck continues and today I had two Rusty Blackbirds. A bit later I had returned home when I got a call from Matt Zeitler. He was on Indiana Road watching Short-eared Owls when he spotted a SNOWY OWL! Fortunately, I had just enough time to fly down and see the bird before dark. Thanks Matt for the timely call and congratulations on a great find!

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2 Responses to Sullivan County and Orange County Snowy Owl

  1. scott baldinger says:

    Wow! The number of eagles and gulls keeps growing up at the Rondout! When I went back on Tuesday I had 220 gulls (all Ring-billed)) and 7 eagles. I did have one of the two Redheads I saw Monday afternoon (thanks for heads up)! Were all the gulls you saw today Ring-billed? Will be out tomorrow looking for the Snowy. Appreciate your posting it!
    Scotty

  2. There were about twenty Herring Gulls among them, but surprisingly, not one black-backed gull. Good luck tomorrow!

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