Saturday was Sullivan County Audubon’s Annual Break-a-Hundred Day. Arlene Borko, Lance Verderame, Karen Miller and I participated as a team. We began the day at 4 am on Haven Road, and ended the day at 8:30 pm on Haven Road. In between we covered 175 miles and many areas of the county. We ended with 113 species. The highlights of which were: Blue-winged Teal, Long-tailed Duck, Common Loon, Green Heron, Merlin, Least Sandpiper, Great Horned Owl, Blue-winged, Nashville, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Cerulean and Canada Warblers. The bird of the day wasn’t actually seen. As we waited at the end of the day on Haven Road, I heard a very familiar call. A SANDHILL CRANE had put down far out in the marsh and began “bugling”! All of us present heard the bird repeatedly over the next couple of minutes. Try as we might, with the high cat tails etc in the marsh, we couldn’t spot it. It was still a great find! This is only my fourth time having Sandhill Crane in the county.
Sunday, I lead the New York City Linnean Society Group on a birding field trip at the Bashakill. It was a fun morning with a fine group of people! We had many good birds. Highlights included fantastic looks at Cerulean Warblers, a late Palm Warbler, a female Scarlet Tanager, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Gallinule and much more. I’d like to thank Dale Dancis, Steve Chang, Gordon and Lori Lam for making it a great morning. Hopefully they will return again for another fun morning of birding!