Around the county and the Bashakill

Three Red-necked Grebe found by Scotty Baldinger were the highlight of yesterdays birding.


The last several days have continued to be very active. Lots of birds and birders have been out around the county. Some of the best hotspots since Thursday have been, Kiamesha Lake, Morningside Park, Neversink Reservoir and Swan Lake. Common Loons have been abundant with a high of 22 seen Friday. Long-tailed Duck and Ruddy Duck have been seen at Neversink Reservoir and Swan Lake. Red-breasted Mergansers have been found at the Bashakill, Kiamesha Lake and Morningside Park. Double-crested Cormorants have been in good numbers at Morningside. The bird of the last couple of days comes from Scotty Baldinger. He found three RED-NECKED GREBE on Morningside Park yesterday along with two Horned Grebe. Pied-billed Grebe have numbered at least four at the Bashakill the last several days too, making grebes overall one of the highlights of the week. Passerines can’t be forgotten either. Pine and Palm Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Brown Thrasher and an abundance of both kinglets have all arrived. Ducks at the Bashakill that have continued include Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal and Gadwall. Today, with warmer temps and southern winds should bring in some more good birds.

Though they were a bit distant for good photos, they gave excellent views through a scope.

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2 Responses to Around the county and the Bashakill

  1. Tamara D'Antoni says:

    Hi John, just found your blog today ( and just love it!) while looking at information about Bashakill are. My first trip there will be this afternoon! As I am an avid birder, but don’t have have any birding contacts here in the area, I Would love to sign up to receive your blog via email. Could you add me to your list? Thank you for your time and consideration. All my best, Tamara

    • Tamara,
      I can’t sign anyone up to subscribe. It is an action only people who want to subscribe can take. If you go to my blog and put your icon on the front of the page, move it around, a spot will come up (somewhere, not sure where) that will give you the option to click on it to “follow” the blog. The options will be displayed to you. Oddly enough, I can’t see that because my page is the dashboard and doesn’t show me the option. People sign up all the time, so its not difficult. Good luck and thanks for joining! John

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