Things have been on the quiet side in Sullivan County over the last several days. Arlene Borko and I toured the county Sunday, and I was out and about on Monday and Tuesday. Today, I traveled to Rockland County to try for something new. The highlights in the county the last three days were Purple Finches, Fox Sparrows and Snow Buntings. All of these are easily seen if you go to the right locations. A Rough-legged Hawk was probably the best bird, having become extremely rare in recent years. For some reason, waterfowl has suddenly all but disappeared. The number of birds is down by 90% and nothing new has come in. In Rockland County this morning I visited Piermont Pier. My target bird here was my first CANVASBACK of the year. I easily found 35 of these beautiful ducks. Bird numbers were low there too. I had 5 Common Mergansers, 15 Bufflehead and 8 Ruddy Ducks. The common gulls were the only other birds of note.
The light was terrible, and none of my photos came out very good.