Sullivan County

Rare in our freezing wind swept county in winter, this beautiful male American Kestrel has been present here since October.

Rare in our freezing wind swept county in winter, this beautiful male American Kestrel has been present here since October.


I went to a couple of the hot spots in the county today. With the deep freeze and high winds I haven’t been out in the county since the weekend. I hit the Rondout Reservoir first. It has once again frozen from the spillway at the power plant three quarters of a mile out into the reservoir. No birds in that area, not even eagles. At the end of the reservoir near Grahmsville, the water is open due to the creek flowing into it. Here there were 11 Common Mergs, 8 Hooded Mergs, 7 Common Goldeneye and a Ring-necked Duck. From there I wound my way around the county. I had about a half a dozen Red-tailed Hawks and two Red-shouldered Hawks. I ended up on Resnick Road in Bethel and it was pretty birdy. Common feeder birds, but also the ongoing AMERICAN KESTREL and 26 SNOW BUNTINGS made for some interesting viewing. Hopefully, with warmer temps and no wind predicted, I’m hoping for a good day tomorrow.
Some of the Snow Buntings landing just off the road.

Some of the Snow Buntings landing just off the road.


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2 Responses to Sullivan County

  1. Bill says:

    No Nelson’s Sparrow ? 😉

  2. Haven’t seen any reports of them. Strange winter.

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