The last couple of weeks I have spent working on restoring my home and property to its pre-storm condition. This has been a perfect time to work on it, as bird activity has been at a minimum. I have gotten out to the Bashakill, the Neversink River and the Sullivan Grasslands on a few occasions, but the birding has been slow. I have yet to find my first returning shorebird locally. Most birds are done breeding now and some, like Bobolink are gathering in preparation for their departure. All of them that I saw this week were already in basic plumage with the exception of a single male. Lets hope things pick up soon.
PS neighboring Orange County has had some recent post breeding dispersals in the form of Great Egrets and Sandhill Cranes.