Exciting Day in Orange and Sullivan Counties!

The gorgeous Little Blue Heron on Haven Road today!  This is the first record of this species in the county in my 24 years of birding!

The gorgeous Little Blue Heron on Haven Road today! This is the first record of this species in the county in my 24 years of birding!


This morning I headed to Orange County to try again for the Connecticut Warbler that has been being seen the last four days. I met Maria Loukeris and Curt McDermott there, already looking for the bird. We searched for nearly two hours and decided to call it quits. On our way out, we found the bird. It was in the section pf the trail I call the “tunnel” due to its being completely covered by the forest canopy. We had fleeting glimpses of the bird, but it was definitely the Connecticut! A new Orange County bird for me! From there I headed back to Sullivan to bird the Bashakill. I had only made it half way back when I got a call from Scott Baldinger. He and Bruce Nott had found a ‘LITTLE BLUE HERON” off of Haven Road while he was leading the Mearn’s Bird Club Field Trip. I zoomed on over to find everyone watching this great bird. This is one I’ve searched for in the county for 24 years! At last! I called all of my friends and most of them were able to arrive and see the bird. It remained in view for the next two and a half hours. Linda Lou Bartle arrived, with her kayak in tow. She offered to let me use it to go out to the bird to get some better photos. I did just that! Upon my return to shore, Arlene Borko and Ken and Curt McDermott also arrived. There were also Great Blue Herons (4), Great Egrets (3) and a Common Gallinule and Belted Kingfisher to entertain. At the last thing, three American Pipits flew in to join the performance. Just as we finished watching them, the Little Blue Heron took off. It circled us once and them flew off to the central part of the marsh between Haven Road and the Main Boat Launch. There it settled again, out of sight. I suspect that this bird may continue for some time, as with low water levels, the Bashakill offers a perfect location for it to feed to its content. As I kayaked out, frogs and fish could be seen everywhere. Great Birding! Thanks to Scott and Bruce for finding the heron and getting the word out, and also to Rob Stone and Matt Zeitler for finding and keeping us posted on the Connecticut Warbler! Other good birds on the Winding Waters Trail this morning included a Tennessee Warbler and Lincoln’s Sparrow!
LIttle Blue Heron!

LIttle Blue Heron!


The Little Blue Heron flies past us on  Haven Road.

The Little Blue Heron flies past us on Haven Road.

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4 Responses to Exciting Day in Orange and Sullivan Counties!

  1. Deb Kral says:

    Congratulations, John, two very nice birds (and you got some nice images too!!!).

  2. Thanks Deb! I was happy to get the shots of the heron, I don’t when that will happen again. Glad we always have so many people checking out the Bashakill! John

  3. What a great day John! Congrats on the LBHE, that must have been very exciting! Great birding! Matt

  4. Thanks Matt! Looks like your day was really good at Mt. Peter too! Finally some really good birding!

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