Bashakill and Kiamesha

A beautiful Savannah Sparrow, one of five on Haven Road this afternoon.

A beautiful Savannah Sparrow, one of five on Haven Road this afternoon.


A busy couple days have passed, but I managed to get out to the Bashakill today with Karen Miller and Scott Baldinger. We managed to get in several hours of birding prior to the torrential rains. Many ducks continue, with Wood, Mallard, Black and Ring-necked Ducks present. Both Blue and Green-winged Teal have been seen (green abundant). American Wigeon and Gadwall have both been present from the Main Boat Launch. Warblers have been limited to just Pines the last couple of days. Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets continue. Rusty Blackbirds have been present in good numbers throughout the week. I finally got to see both Osprey at the nest this afternoon and five Savannah Sparrows were along Haven Road. So far, only Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows have been present. Shorebirds continue in good number with Wilson’s Snipe, Killdeer and Greater Yellowlegs being seen each day. The eagles continue to tend their chicks at the Main Boat Launch and spring (wintery) continues to progress with some great birding days! Over at Yankee Lake and Kiamesha Lakes, Pied-billed and Horned Grebe have been seen as well as Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks and a single Ruddy Duck on Kiamesha. In the parking lot there, four American Pipits were present both Tuesday and Wednesday.
An American Pipit on the break wall at Kiamesha Lake.

An American Pipit on the break wall at Kiamesha Lake.


Pine Warbler in the pines at the Pine Boat Launch.

Pine Warbler in the pines at the Pine Boat Launch.


A Greater Yellowlegs in the marsh out from the Pine Boat Launch Tower today.

A Greater Yellowlegs in the marsh out from the Pine Boat Launch Tower today.

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