This morning I was pretty tired from all the running I’ve been doing, so I decided to bird locally. In spite of the wind, it was relatively warm and I enjoyed hiking around the trails for the first time recently. I had quite a few birds, though I missed two targets at Scotty’s feeders (again) I couldn’t find either the Red-winged Blackbird nor the Fox Sparrow. I had quite a few American Tree Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows as well as Juncos. I also had my first American Robin of the year at the Deli Fields with 7 Eastern Bluebirds. Chickadees, Titmice, Winter Wrens and White-breasted Nuthatches were common everywhere. Waterfowl today was limited to Mallards, Black Ducks and Canada Geese. I was a nice morning to be out. From the Bashakill I went on to Wurtsboro. I knew some feeding stations might have some new birds I was looking for and it worked out well. House Finches and Rock Pigeons were among the many other common feeder birds. I then worked my way around the village, hoping for a Mockingbird. This species has just vanished over the last year and I have no idea why. While doing that I remembered that a friend has had an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL in their yard for many years now. I decided to check it out even though the weather seemed to nice to have one sitting out this morning. I lucked out and it was there! My best bird of the day. Unfortunately, this spot is not open for birders to visit.