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Winter 2016-2017

Weather for the first half of the period was dry with lots of precipitation during the second half. Temperatures were above normal. Bird species seen during the period were what you would normally expect with a few surprises mixed in. There was one, and at times two Gray Catbirds present at the Bashakill through the end of 2016 into January of 2017. The same can be said for an Eastern Phoebe found in December at the Bashakill and seen into early January. This winter had scattered reports of both Pine Siskins and Evening Grosbeaks in the county. Two Black Swans at the Bashakill were very unexpected guests. Where they came from is a mystery. Two very unusual sightings are tied for my bird(s) of the period. The first was an extremely late Common Yellowthroat found by John Haas at the Nature Trail. It was seen from 12/1 thru 12/13. The second was a pair of Baltimore Orioles at Scott Baldinger’s feeders on 2/9.

CAN. GOOSE – 15 Swan Lk. 11/20 (SB); 250 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 36 Wurtsboro 1/5 (AB)
BLACK SWAN – 2 Haven Rd. 11/30, 12/12 – 12/23 (JH,SB & others.) -This is not a wild bird, but an escape.
TUNDRA SWAN – 15 Lake Superior 12/5 (JH)
WOOD DUCK – 5 Neversink Riv. 12/14 (JH); 2 Bashakill 1/3 (JH); 2 Bashakill 2/8 (JH)
GADWALL – 1 Rondout Res. 12/23 (JH)
AM. WIGEON – 30 Bashakill 2/8 (JH,SB)
AM. BLACK DUCK – 33 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 142 Rio Res. 12/28 (CBC); 23 Bashakill 1/22 (SB)
MALLARD – 55 Neversink Riv. 12/13 (RM); 46 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 100 Wurtsboro 2/5 (AB)
GR.-WINGED TEAL – 1 Bashakill 1/9 (JH,SB)
RING-NECKED DUCK – 2 Rondout Res. 12/20 (JH); 32 Bashakill 2/8 (JH,SB)
GREATER SCAUP – 2 Neversink Res. 12/2 (JH)
LESSER SCAUP – 1 Rio Res. 12/18 (JH)
WH-WINGED SCOTER – 1 Kiamesha Lake 11/20 (SB)
LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 Rondout Res. 1/6 (P&SB)
BUFFLEHEAD – 1 Rondout Res. 1/5,1/6 (JH,P&SB)
C. GOLDENEYE – 7 Rondout Res. 12/23 (JH); 8 Rondout Res. 1/6 (P&SB); 10 Rondout Res. 1/22 (JH)
H. MERGANSER – 7 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 15 Neversink Riv. 2/5 (RM,RS); 8 Neversink Riv. 2/6 (RM)
 C. MERGANSER – 500 Kiamesha Lk. 12/5 (JH); 21 Rondout Res. 1/6 (P&SB); 14 Bashakill 1/22 (SB)
RUDDY DUCK – 9 Swan Lk. 11/20 (SB); 1 Rondout Res. 12/20 (JH); 1 Bashakill 1/9 (JH,SB)
R-N PHEASANT – 1 Deli Fields 12/23 (SB)
RUFFED GROUSE – 1 Muhlig Rd. 12/11 (JH,AB); 1 Huson Rd. 1/22 (JH)
WILD TURKEY – 26 Liv. Manor 12/6 (KH); 120 N. Branch 12/5 (JH); 46 Rubin Rd. 12/28 (JH)
C. LOON – 1 Neversink Res. 12/26 (JH)
GR. BLUE HERON – 1 Linear Pk. 2/4 (JH)
B. EAGLE – 1 Liv. Manor 11/25 (KH); 6 Neversink Res. 1/13 (CK); 8 Bashakill 1/22 (SB)
N. HARRIER –  1 Deli Fields 1/8 (JH,SB)
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK – 1 Liv. Manor 11/25 (KH); 1 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 1 Yulan 1/5 (SG)
COOPER’S HAWK – 1 South Rd. 12/31 (SB); 1 Hurleyville 1/1 (JH); 1 Monticello 1/5 (DM)
N. GOSHAWK – 1 Parksville 12/9 (JH)                            
R- S HAWK – 2 Fosterdale 1/7 (JH); 2 Bashakill 1/17 (JH); 2 Dr. Duggan Rd. 2/3 (JH)
R-T HAWK –  1 Liv. Manor 11/25 (KH); 3 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 1 South Rd. 1/22 (SB)
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – 1 Muhlig Rd. 12/2 (SB); 1 Hust Rd. 12/31 (JH)
GOLDEN EAGLE – 1 Blue Hill Rd. 12/16 (Imm.) (JH)
AM. KESTREL – 1 Woodbourne 12/30 (JH); 1 Robish Hill Rd. 12/31 (JH); 1 Woodbourne 1/7 (JH)
RING-BILLED GULL – 7 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 40 Rondout Res. 1/6 (P&SB)
HERRING GULL – 1 Rondout Res. 1/6 (SB)
MOURNING DOVE – 27 South Rd. 12/5 (SB); 29 Yulan 1/5 (SG); 30 Roscoe 2/5 (MG)
BARRED OWL – 1 Forestburgh 12/10 (JH); 1 Forestburgh 12/28 (JH); 1 Aden Hill Rd. 1/3 (CK)
B. KINGFISHER –  1 Wurtsboro 1/5 (AB); 3 Neversink River 2/3 (JH); 1 Neversink Riv. 2/5 (RM,RS)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER – 2 South Rd. 12/5 (SB); 1 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 3 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC)
DOWNY WOODPECKER – 5 South Rd. 12/5 (SB); 4 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 7 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC)
HAIRY WOODPECKER – 2 South Rd. 12/5 (SB); 2 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 4 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC)
N. FLICKER – 1 Deli Fields 1/22 (SB); 1 Ellenv. 2/5 (AC)
PILEATED WOODP. –1 Wurtsb. 12/5 (AB); 1 Monti.12/5 (DM); 2 Woodbrne 2/5 (RM); 1 Kiamesha L. 12/5 (LS)
E. PHOEBE – 1 Basha 12/28 (CBC); 1 Haven Rd. 1/5 (JH)
NORTHERN SHRIKE – 1 Hunter Rd. 12/2 (JH)                                                                       
BLUE JAY– 23 Parksville 12/10 (SR); 17 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 27 Claryville 2/5 (CB)
AM. CROW – 5 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 18 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 5 Yulan 1/5 (SG)
FISH CROW – 1 Wurtsb.1/1 (JH); 1 Haven Rd. 2/10 (SB)
C. RAVEN – 2 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 3 Hunter Rd. 12/16 (JH); 7 Neversink 12/23 (JH)
HORNED LARK – 3 Muhlig Rd. 12/3 (JH); 2 Smith Rd. 12/23 (JH); 40 Neversink Res. 12/23 (JH)
B.C. CHICKADEE – 15 South Rd. 12/5 (SB); 54 Basha 12/28 (CBC); 10 Roscoe 2/5 (MG)
TUFTED TITMOUSE – 10 South Rd. 12/5 (SB); 4 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 26 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC)
R.B. NUTHATCH – 2 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 1 Yulan 1/5 (SG); 2 Claryville 2/5 (CB) 
W.B. NUTHATCH – 4 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 10 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 3 Yulan 1/5 (SG)
B. CREEPER – 1 Yulan 1/5 (SG); 1 Yulan 1/6 (SG)
CAROLINA WREN – 1 Neversink 1/5 (RuS); 1 Yulan 1/5 (SG); 1 Monticello 1/5 (PC)
WINTER WREN – 1 Bashakill 12/13 (JH); 1 Nature Tr. 12/22 (JH); 1 Linear Pk. Tr. 1/30 (JH)
GOLDEN-CR. KINGLET – 3 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 4 South Rd. 1/1 (JH)
E BLUEBIRD – 3 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 2 Deli Fields 1/22 (SB); 2 Woodbourne 2/5 (RM)
AM. ROBIN – 11 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 2 Woodbourne 2/5 (RM); 10 Rose Rd. 2/5 (RM)
GR. CATBIRD – 1 Bashakill 11/18 (SB,KM); 2 Haven Rd. 12/16 (JH,SB); 1 Haven Rd. 1/5-1/15 (JH,SB)
N. MOCKINGBIRD – 1 Wurtsboro 12/5 (AB); 1 Wurtsboro 1/1 (JH); 1 Deli Fields 1/21 (JH)
CEDAR WAXWING – 1 South Rd. 12/31 (SB); 7 Deli Fields 1/26 (JH); 14 Haven Rd. 2/7 (SB)
C. YELLOWTHROAT – 1 Nature Tr. 12/1 – 12/13 (JH)
AM. TREE SPARROW – 18 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 3 Ellenville 1/5 (AC); 30 South Rd. 2/9 (SB)
FOX SPARROW – 1 Roscoe 12/5 (MG); 1 South Rd. 12/10 (SB); 1 South Rd. 1/23 (SB)
SONG SPARROW – 3 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 4 South Rd. 1/23 (SB); 4 Ellenville 2/5 (AC)
SWAMP SPARROW – 1 Haven Rd. 12/30 (SB); 1 Haven Rd. 1/1 (JH); 1 South Rd. 1/7 (SB)
WH-TH SPARROW – 1 Liv. Manor 11/30 (KH); 1 South Rd. 12/5 (SB); 2 South Rd. 1/5 (SB)
D.E. JUNCO – 25 Woodbourne 12/5 (SB); 42 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 32 Claryville 2/5 (CB)
SNOW BUNTING – 9 Hunter Rd. 12/26 (JH); 9 Hunter Rd. 1/5 (JH); 7 Aden Hill Rd. 1/5 (JH)
CARDINAL–10 Monticello 12/5 (DM); 4 Monticello 1/5 (KB); 6 Monticello 1/10 (PC); 8 Claryville 2/5 (CB)
R. W. BLACKBIRD – 2 Claryville 11/27 (CB); 1 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 14 South Rd. 2/9 (SB)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD – 4 Bashakill 11/30 – 12/7 (JH); 12 Bashakill 1/12 (JH); 3 Linear Pk. 1/30 (JH)
C. GRACKLE – 11 Ellenville 2/5 (AC)
COWBIRD –  Dr. Duggan Rd. 75 on 12/5 & 28 on 1/7 (JH)
BALTIMORE ORIOLE – 2 South Rd. 2/9 (SB)
PURPLE FINCH – 2 South Rd. 12/5 (SB); 2 Roscoe 12/5 (MG); 3 South Rd. 1/10 (SB)
HOUSE FINCH – 12 Wurtsboro 12/5 (AB); 17 Monticello 12/5 (DM); 8 Monticello 1/5 (KB)
PINE SISKIN – 40 Sackett Lk. Rd. 12/10 (JH); 25 Woodbourne 2/5 (RM); 12 South Rd. 2/12 (SB)
AM. GOLDFINCH – 112 Woodbourne 2/5 (RM); 200 South Rd. 2/12 (SB); 85 Roscoe 2/5 (MG)
EVENING GROSBEAK – 1 Roscoe 11/9 (MG); 1 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 3 South Rd. 12/8 (SB,JH); 23 Parksville 1/27 (SR); 6 Parksville 2/2 (JH)
HOUSE SPARROW – 40 Woodbourne 12/5 (RM); 4 Bashakill 12/28 (CBC); 8 Monticello 1/5 (KB)

CONTRIBUTORS:  Paula & Scott Baldinger; AB – Arlene Borko; KB – Kathleen Brandes; CB - Charlie Breiner; CBC – Christmas Bird Count; AC – Alex Cherviok; PC – Patricia Cocot; RD – Renee Davis; MG – Marge Gorton; SG – Scott Graber; JH – John Haas; KH - Kate Hyden; CK - Carrie Karsch; RM – Ruth McKeon; DM – Deanna Mendels; KM – Karen Miller; SR – Sue Rayano; RuS – Russel Scheirer; LS – Lynn Skolnick


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Bird Notes by Lance Verderame