The summer doldrums have been stifling recently. In spite of north-west winds most nights, migration is stalled here in Sullivan County. Even post breeding dispersal (such as with Great Egrets) has not happened for us. I wanted to get out and see what was happening, so I chose a couple of species to focus on. Osprey and Common Gallinules. Over the last few days, I visited all the Osprey nests in the county, getting a sense of how successful they were in breeding this year. Here is a list of the results:
Bashakill – 2 adults and 1 chick present. It is possible a second is there, but nest is too deep to tell.
Apollo Plaza – 2 adults and 2 fledglings present. They are exercising their wings, ready to take off
Kiamesha Lake – 2 adults and 1 fledgling present. It too is exercising and ready to fledge.
Wolf Brook – 2 adults and 1 chick seen. Again nest is deep and a second could be present.
Common Gallinules – The Common Gallinules have had a great breeding season at the Bashakill. The usual pair is again along the channel near the bridge on Haven Road. This family is quite confiding, perhaps because of all the regular activity near the bridge. Today, they were much closer and I was able to get some half way decent shots. A second pair can be found at the Fisherman’s Spot in the back bay behind the parking lot on Haven Road. This pair has three much older chicks that are nearly full grown. Besides these birds, I was able to hear two more calling in the marsh. I suspect there will be an abundance of young gallinules this year.