A busy, birdy weekend!

Two of the Sandhill Cranes on Bernhart Road this morning.

Saturday morning I led the Bashakill Area Associations Spring Waterfowl Walk at the Bashakill. Twenty birders showed on a cold, damp morning, but the rain held off until we were done. An abundance of waterfowl continues and we were pleasantly pleased with our results. Canada Geese, Ring-necked Ducks, Wood Ducks, Mallards and Black Ducks were all abundant. Common and Hooded Mergansers were plentiful. Northern Pintails, American Wigeon, Bufflehead and Green-winged Teal were in lower but good numbers. A single Mute Swan flew through a couple of times, but never put down. Another fly through that was a nice find was a Peregrine Falcon spotted by eagle eye Lori Lam! Bald Eagles put on their usual good show. It was a great morning for all. Today, Sunday, I got a call from Curt McDermott (Thanks Curt!) first thing informing me he had found four SANDHILL CRANES at the corner of Barnhart and Dubois Roads in the town of Shawangunk, Ulster County. I zoomed over to great views of these fabulouse birds, one of my favorites. Many others arrived to see the cranes while I was there and many more came later. Great birding!

All four of the birds feeding in the corn stubble.

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