Sullivan County Grasslands

Male Bobolink on Gabel Road.

Male Bobolink on Gabel Road.


On Friday May 27th, Arlene Borko and I toured the Grasslands region of the county. Most of the area we covered was in Delaware Township. The area is known as “The Beechwood’s Area”. We covered Reum, Gabel, Long and Radio Tower Roads as well as Co. Rt. 164. The entire area makes like a figure “8” as you traverse it. We had a great morning, ending with 51 species. Of course the purpose of our trip was to see Grassland species and we weren’t disappointed. BOBOLINK were in every field viewed throughout the area. We gave a conservative estimate of having seen 120 individuals of this species. We had at least two dozen EASTERN MEADOWLARK, representing at least 15 pairs! I can only imagine the numbers of these birds once young fledge. We only found six singing male Savanah Sparrows, representing that many pairs. Birds that were also in good numbers included Red-winged Blackbird (60+), Eastern Kingbird (14), Brown Thrasher (8, I’m sure representing at least six pairs),Song Sparrows (many), Barn Swallows (abundant) Willow Flycatcher (14). Some species in lower numbers included Field Sparrow (3), American Kestrel (1, but there are two pairs known to be present), Red-tailed Hawk (4), Alder Flycatchers (4) and one singing male ORCHARD ORIOLE (this is a good location for them and I’m sure they are breeding), Indigo Bunting, four singing males. Two pairs of Killdeer were also seen. It was a great morning with some beautiful birds that were a nice variety we don’t see much of in the Bashakill. Interestingly, we didn’t find a single Bluebird this morning.
A male Bobolink forages along the road.

A male Bobolink forages along the road.


A Meadowlark sings from a wire along Long Road.

A Meadowlark sings from a wire along Long Road.


A Brown Thrasher carrying worms to feed young.

A Brown Thrasher carrying worms to feed young.

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