Bruce Nott, Scott Baldinger and I headed to Delaware County this morning to try for the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW! We had the bird almost immediately with many other observers. It was new state bird for both of them, and a lifer for Bruce. From that spot, we went to Airport Road where we located the eagles, three Bald and one GOLDEN EAGLE! We then headed back to Sullivan County where we found 24 EVENING GROSBEAKS Woodard Road, and another 12 at Sue Rayano’s. We decided to head home, stopping at a few places along the way. I dropped the guys off at their cars and headed home. Almost immediately I got a text from Tom and Gail that they had found the SAY’S PHOEBE (above) that had been reported earlier in the day at the Winding Waters Trail at the Wallkill River NWR on Oil City Road in Orange County. We all zoomed down and found them viewing the bird when we arrived. This was a lifer for Bruce and Scott and a state bird for all of us! This bird has been a nemesis for me in New York as I have chased it a number of times and missed. I was really glad to get it today! What a day!
Part of the crowd of lucky birders who were viewing the Golden-crowned Sparrow.