Still relatively quiet.

This Snow Bunting was feeding in the parking area at the Eagle Lookout at the Rondout Reservoir Sunday.

This Snow Bunting was feeding in the parking area at the Eagle Lookout at the Rondout Reservoir Sunday.


The past week has remained fairly quiet here in Sullivan County. The Bashakill, Neversink River and the Rondout Reservoir remain the hot spots in the county. Arlene Borko and I made our rounds on Sunday. Bald Eagles are courting at the Bashakill. Two adult pairs have been seen displaying courtship behavior, and Sunday, an adult was sitting in the nest viewed from the Main Boat Launch She was clearly turning around, adjusting nesting material and showing all the signs of the pending breeding season. Hopefully they slow down a bit so a real deep freeze won’t affect them. Besides having two breeding pairs present, five juveniles can be seen daily on the edge of the ice. Most often from the south end of the kill or the Main Boat Launch, they put on quite a show with their antics. The Neversink River has many Common and Hooded Mergansers, but it seems to fluctuate day to day. The river near the Woodbourne prison continues to host both a Belted Kingfisher and an American Kestrel. The Rondout Reservoir continues to have Common Goldeneye and a female Ring-necked Duck. Traveling the up country in the town of Neversink is still likely to provide and occasional Snow Bunting and several of the feeding stations have a few Pine Siskins. There are also Red-breasted Nuthatches in several locations as well. Good birding!

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