Birding never ceases to amaze!

IMG_8665

This morning I visited Apollo Plaza and Morningside Park during the heavy rainstorms.  I had half a dozen Semipalmated Sandpipers and Killdeer at Apollo, but the rain was so heavy I couldn’t make out what the shorebirds at Morningside were.  I decided to go home, have an early lunch and return when the rain stopped. I quickly saw when I got home that the rain was ending, but it would be for a brief couple hours at best. I loaded my kayak and headed right back to Morningside.  I paddled around the lake finding nice birds.  Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron and Green Heron.  As I rounded an Island, I noticed what I thought was a Double-crested Cormorant huddled in a tree. I took a couple of shots of the bird and then looked at them in my Camera and was stunned.  It was an ANHINGA!!!  I took a couple dozen more shots and posted the bird to “Whats App” to let our local birding community know.   I took more shots and eventually worked my way to shore to wait for birders to arrive. Eventually, Scott Baldinger, Clay Spencer, Karen Miller, Ken McDermott, Kathy Ashman,  Bruce Nott, Joyce Michelson and Rich Guthrie arrived and had good looks at the bird before it took flight once again and flew very high, disappearing. I would like to note that we have been experiencing an intense front coming directly from the south for the last 48 hours. It has brought high winds, thunderstorms and heavy rain.  I’m sure this bird somehow managed to hop on that front and end up here.

Addendum: This bird is only the fourth record of this “Mega Rarity” for New York State, a first for Sullivan County and the first ever documented with photos!

IMG_8689

The Anhinga Perched high in a tree.  Below, when it first landed.

IMG_8647

In flight over the lake.

IMG_8644

One last shot!

IMG_8654

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to Birding never ceases to amaze!

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Fantastic shots of this amazing bird! What a great find for Sullivan County and New York State! Congratulations, John!

  2. Maryangela says:

    Excellent find John & great photos too!

  3. Thanks Kathy and Mary, I really appreciate it!

  4. scott j baldinger says:

    CONGRATS MY FRIEND!! I CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON YOU FOR THOSE MEGA FINDS!
    SO GLAD I ARRIVED IN TIME TO SEE IT!

    SCOTTY

  5. I’m really glad you were able to see it too! Always great to have you out there!

  6. truffle99 says:

    Fantastic, John!

  7. Joyce Depew says:

    John! How exciting to find this bird in your region. Congratulations!
    Joyce Depew

  8. Thanks Joyce, I really appreciate it!

  9. Congratulations John! What a find! I can barely imagine how excited you must have been! Matt

  10. Thanks Matt, excited was the word!

  11. Nick Hawvermale says:

    Wow! Awesome find John, really sad I was two days late to this!!!

  12. Thanks Nick, sorry you weren’t around. If you want, you can give me your # and I can send you a text if I find something good. We have a “Whats App” that notifies everyone who is a member of the Mearn’s club, so that is an option if you wanted to join that group. John

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s