Around the County

The Gray Catbird, my first time seeing it since the first of the year. It is readily feeding on the suet at the corner of the Orchard and Haven rd.

The Gray Catbird, my first time seeing it since the first of the year. It is readily feeding on the suet at the corner of the Orchard and Haven rd.


Karen Miller and I toured the county today to start her new year list. We had a really productive day of birding. We started at the Bashakill where we had many of the usual suspects. The best birds of the morning however were the Gray Catbird which was feeding on my suet block near the Orchard, and the Eastern Phoebe (originally found by Scott on the CBC) catching some sort of insects in the dense weeds just off Haven Road. From there, we worked our way along the Neversink River. We had all the usual suspects here as well, ducks, mergansers and eagles. We then hit the Rondout Reservoir, hoping that the waterfowl from yesterday would continue. Not only were the LONG-TAILED DUCK and RING-NECKED DUCK still present, but a female BUFFLEHEAD had joined the birds there. I still couldn’t find the Gadwall, but I’m sure its still around. We eventually proceeded to Hunter Road and then Aden Hill Road. The highlights at both locations were flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS! 9 on Hunter Road and 7 on Aden Hill. We eventually worked our way back down county and found two Herring Gulls on Kiamesha Lake. A great day of birding!
Snow Buntings were plentiful in the county today.

Snow Buntings were plentiful in the county today.

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