A Very Unusual Find At The Bashakill

The pair of Black Swans at the Bashakill this morning.

The pair of Black Swans at the Bashakill this morning.


This morning went to the Bashakill to meet Karen Miller for some birding before the rain started. I immediately did a double take when I reached the bridge and looked off to my right to see a pair of BLACK SWANS chasing geese around the kill. This is the first record of this feral species in Sullivan County. Karen arrived and I called some nearby friends and eventually six of us were viewing the swans. They are quite beautiful birds and were obviously escapes from a waterfowl collection. They were fully flighted as I observed the presumed male fly after Canada Geese to drive them from the area. We watched the birds for an hour in total, then left to do more birding. I returned just after noon once the rain began, but couldn’t find the swans anywhere. They could still be present as it is a big place and they were able to completely disappear into the dense vegetation. Birding was pretty good this morning, but nothing other than the swans was exceptional.
The male took off after the Canada Geese several times, driving them from the bay. I was able to get this one spread wing shot.

The male took off after the Canada Geese several times, driving them from the bay. I was able to get this one spread wing shot.


Black Swans

Black Swans

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