Sullivan County Grasslands

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This morning I birded the Sullivan County Grasslands.  This is a wide swath of agricultural area consisting of many farms in Delaware Township.  It is in no way managed for birds, but rather the actions taken by the farmers keep it a good area for them to breed.  It was a good morning with many species seen, I’ll include the highlights.  EASTERN MEADOWLARK (5) I think they weren’t too active today due to a light rain and breeze.  BOBOLINK (100’s) very active and abundant in all locations.  SAVANNAH SPARROWS (5) seen and heard singing, mostly in the Reum Road area.  ORCHARD ORIOLES (2) both singing males on the Radio Tower Road. AMERICAN KESTREL (2) adult males, numbers will increase soon as young fledge and both parents are tending them. BROWN THRASHER (6) most likely representing that number of pairs. Some additional species seen and heard included Red-winged Blackbirds, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Towhee, Song and Field Sparrows, Killdeer, Turkeys, Willow and Alder Flycatchers and Eastern Kingbirds.  A single Cock Pheasant was a nice surprise. This is of course not the only area of grasslands in the county, but this is the easiest accessed and the most concentrated and productive area.

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