A brief update

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.

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4 Responses to A brief update

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    So glad to hear that your home and property are getting back to normal, John. I’m waiting with bated breath for the return of shorebirds to our area for the Autumn migration. I was a 6 1/2 Station Road this morning, and the water level is quite low. I hope this bodes well for good shorebird viewing. The Citgo Pond is nearly dry, and even the Killdeer seem to have fled.

  2. Thanks Kathy! BTW, we may have a set up for some shorebird activity tonight. Shorebirds have been moving, as evidenced by their appearance along the coast. Tonight, a storm is coming through, directly from the south. With any luck, it will intercept any shorebirds going over and our usual hot spots may be good tomorrow. Lets keep our fingers crossed!

    • Kathleen Ashman says:

      Thank you for the heads-up, John. My plan is to hit 6 1/2 Station first thing tomorrow morning.

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