A rainy day with some new birds

A distant shot of the Common Tern at Morningside Park.

A distant shot of the Common Tern at Morningside Park.


This morning it was raining again. Downpours to be exact. I decided I’d better check the waters of the county to see if the storms had put anything down. They had. My first productive stop was Morningside Park. As I watched a couple of Bald Eagles, A Double-crested Cormorant and a gull, I spotted a tern across the lake. It eventually worked its way toward me and I was able to see it was a COMMON TERN! This was a FOS in both the county and state. From Morningside I went to the Neversink Reservoir. Here I found two Common Loons, four Ring-billed Gulls and two BONAPARTE’S GULLS. My next few stops produced several more Common Loons, but nothing else exciting. I went home and waited out the rain which stopped in mid afternoon. I birded the Bashakill and McDonald Road, adding several new FOS species. At McDonald Road I had my FOS county White-crowned Sparrow among many White-throated and Song Sparrows. Back at the Bashakill, I had my FOS Bank and Cliff Swallows, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a Prairie Warbler. A pretty good day considering how much it rained.
A White-crowned Sparrow on McDonald Road.

A White-crowned Sparrow on McDonald Road.

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