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.