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Summer 2017

While overall reports were low there were low, there were some very interesting sightings. As you will note below, there was a major fallout of shorebirds in the county on May 26th, when Black-bellied Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, Dunlin, and Short-billed Dowitcher were seen, along with other shorebird species. Scott Baldinger discovered a singing Marsh Wren at Moosehead Cove in the Bashakill on July 10th. In the days that followed, both Scott and John Haas noted a possible three singing wrens at that location. In mid-May Sue Rayano hosted some unexpected Evening Grosbeaks at her feeders in Parksville. The bird of the period honors goes to a singing Prothonotary Warbler heard by Tom Burke along the Linear Park Trail. This bird was heard by Tom and others on May 18th and 19th.

AM BLACK DUCK - 2 Haven Road 8/11 (SB)
HOODED MERGANSER – 5 Neversink River 6/1 – 6/14 (4 Adults, 1 Juv.)
COMMON LOON – 2 Neversink Res. 5/22 (RM) 
LEAST BITTERN – 1 Bashakill 6/4 (JH); 3 Bashakill 6/22 (JH); 1 Bashakill 7/20 (JH)
GREEN HERON – 6 Morningside Pk. 8/15 (JH)
GREAT EGRET – 1 Bashakill 6/17 (SB); 1 Bashakill 7/8 (SB,JH); 1 Morningside Pk. 8/13 (JH)
N. HARRIER – 1 Haven Rd. 8/14 (SB,JH)
R-SH HAWK – 2 Haven Rd. 8/14 (SB)
MERLIN – 1 at Apollo Plaza 8/18 (SB); 1 at Haven Rd 8/21 (VF, MC, AB)
VIRGINIA RAIL – 9 (2 Adult, 7 Juv.) Haven Rd. 8/1 (JH); 1 Haven Rd. 8/13 (SB)
SORA – 1 Haven Rd. 8/13 (SB)
COM. GALLINULE – 14 Bashakill 7/25 (JH); 11 Haven Rd. 8/11 (1 Adult, 10 Juv.) (SB)
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER – 2 Morningside Pk. 5/26 (JH)
SEMI-PAL. PLOVER – Apollo Plaza 5 on 5/25 & 6 on 5/31 (JH); Morningside Pk. on 5/26 & 1 on 8/13 (JH)
KILLDEER – 2 Haven Road 8/11 (SB)
SOLITARY SANDPIPER – 2 Haven Rd. 8/14 (SB); 2 Morningside Pk. 8/15 (JH)
GR. YELLOWLEGS – 1 Bashakill 5/11 (JH); 1 Apollo Plazea 8/21 (VF, MC)
L. YELLOWLEGS – 2 Apollo Plaza 5/18 (JH)
SEMI-PAL.  SANDPIPER – 1 Apollo Plaza 5/26 & 5/28 (JH)
LEAST SANDPIPER – 20 Morningside 5/26, 8/17 (JH,SB); 7 Apollo Plaza 7/7 (JH); 3 Haven Rd. 8/13; (SB,JH); 20 Apollo Plaza 8/13 (JH)
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – 1 Apollo Plaza 5/26 (JH)
DUNLIN – 2 Morningside Pk. 5/26 (JH); 1 Morningside Pk. 5/27 (JH)
S-B DOWITCHER – 5 Apollo 5/26 (JH); 8 Morningside Pk. 5/26 (JH); 1 Apollo Plaza 8/15, 8/18 (JH, SB)
Y-BILLED CUCKOO – 1 Nature Tr. 5/17 (SB); 1 McDonald Rd. 5/18 (JH); 2 Bashakill 5/19
 (JH); 1 Bashakill 5/23 (JH); 2 Bashakill 7/9 (SB); 1 Rose Rd 7/15 (RM); 1 Bashakill 7/26 (JH)
B-BILLED CUCKOO – 2 Bashakill 5/19 (JH)
GREAT HORNED OWL – 1 Deli Fields 8/14 (SB)
C. NIGHTHAWK – 2 Haven Rd. 8/14 (JH)
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD – 3 Parksville 6/5 (SR); 4 Parksville 8/5 (SR)
HAIRY WOODPECKER – 1 Parksville 6/5 (SR); 2 Parksville 8/5 (SR)
PILEATED WOODPECKER – 1 Woodbourne 7/25 (RM)
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER – 1 Linear Pk. Trail 6/3 (SB); 1 Rondout Res 8/9 (RD, VF)
E WOOD PEWEE – 1 Nat. Tr. 5/17 (SB); 1 Rose Rd 7/25 (RM)
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER – 1 Stop Sign Trail 8/25 (SB)
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER – 1 Bashakill 5/17 (SB); 1 Bashakill 7/26 (JH); 1 Nature Tr. 8/3 (SB)
ALDER FLYCATCHER – 4 Linear Pk. Trail 6/3 (SB)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER – 2 Bashakill 5/17 (SB)
GR-CREST FLYCATCHER – 2 Nature Tr. 8/3 (SB)
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO – 5 Nature Tr. 8/3 (SB)
PHILADELPHIA VIREO – 1 Stop Sign Trail 8/25 (SB)
BLUE JAY – 6 Parksville 6/5 (SR); 9 Parksville 8/5 (SR)
C RAVEN – 1 Birch Trail 7/9 (SB); 1 Rose Rd 7/24 (RM) ; 1 Neversink 8/30 (CK)
TUFTED TITMOUSE – 2 Parksville 6/5 (SR)
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH – 2 Parksville 6/5 (SR)
MARSH WREN – 1 Bashakill 7/10 (SB); 3 Bashakill 7/16 (JH)
WINTER WREN – 1 at Fir Brook 8/9 (RD,VF)
BG GNATCATCHER -  orchard above Rondout Res 8/9 (RD,VF); 3 South Road 8/30 (SB)
VEERY – 4 Nature Tr. 8/3 (JH)
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH – 2 Yankee Lk. 5/21 (JH); 2 Bashakill 5/19 (JH)
SWAINSON’S THRUSH – 1-7 Bashakill 5/16-5/24 (JH); 1 Nature Tr. 8/3 (SB)
WOOD THRUSH – 2 Nature Tr. 8/3 (SB)
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER -  at orchard above Rondout Res 8/9 (RD,VF)
MAGNOLIA WARBLER – 2 at orchard above Rondout Res 8/9 (RD,VF)
BLACK-THR GREEN WARBLER – 2 Fir Brook 8/9 (RD,VF)
BLACKBURNIAN W – 1 Fir Brook 8/9 (RD,VF)
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER – Stop Sign Trail 8/25 (SB)
BLACKPOLL – 3 Bashakill 5/17 (SB)
CERULEAN WARBLER – 2 Nature Trail 8/3  & 8/11 (SB)
AMERICAN REDSTART – 8 Bashakill 8/3 (SB)
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER – 1 Linear Pk. Trail 5/18-5/19 (TB,GB,JH,LV)
HOODED WARBLER – 1 Yankee Lk. 5/27 thru 7/11 (JH)
WILSON’S WARBLER – South Road 8/30 (SB)
SCARLET TANAGER – 1 Eldred 7/8 (JH)
EASTERN TOWHEE – 1 Parksville 7/5 (SR)
LINCOLN’S SPARROW – 1 Bashakill 5/23 (JH)
N. CARDINAL – 2 Parksville 6/5 (SR)
ROSE-BR. GROSBEAK – 4 Monticello 5/2 (PC); 3 Parksville 5/16 (SR); 5 Parksville 7/5 (SR)
INDIGO BUNTING – 1 Monticello 5/8 (PC)
RED-WING. BLACKBIRD – Parksville 2 on 6/5 & 6 on 7/5(SR)
E. MEADOWLARK – 8 Beechwoods 5/28 (JH)
COM. GRACKLE – 1 Parksville 6/5 (SR); 5 Parksville 7/5 (SR); 8 Parksville 8/5 (SR)
ORCHARD ORIOLE – 1 McDonald Rd. 5/18 (JH); 3 Gabel Rd. 5/28 (JH)
BALTIMORE ORIOLE –  3 Monticello 5/5 (PC)
PURPLE FINCH – 12 Parksville 6/1 (SR); 25 Parksville 8/5 (SR)
PINE SISKIN – 2 Parksville 6/2 – 6/14  (SR)
AMER GOLDFINCH – 7 Parksville 6/5 (SR)
EVENING GROSBEAK – 5 Parksville 5/16 (SR); 2 Parksville 5/17 & 5/18 (SR)


CONTRIBUTORS:  P & SB – Paula & Scott Baldinger; GB – Gail Bensen; TB - Tom Burke; AB – Arlene Borko; PC – Patricia Cocot; MC – Mary Collier; RD – Renee Davis; PD – Patrick Dechon; VF - Valerie Freer; MG – Marge Gorton; JH – John Haas; JH – Jane Hatton; KH – Kate Hyden; CK – Carrie Karsch; RM – Ruth McKeon; KM – Karen Miller; SR – Sue Rayano; RS – Ruth Shursky; LV – Lance Verderame

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Bird Notes by Lance Verderame