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Fall 2021

This period saw a number of very good sightings including one which was a new record for the county. These sightings included reports of Tundra Swan, Baird's Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Lapland Longspur and Dickcissel. An exceptional report was that of a Cattle Egret that was photographed on Haven Road. This bird, unfortunately, was just moving through and was not able to be relocated. The bird of the period was, hands down, the first county record of Nelson's Sparrow found by John Haas on the Nature Trail at the Bashakill WMA on October 9th.

TUNDRA SWAN - 1 Neversink Res. 11/21 (JH,mob)
BLACK SCOTER - 3 Yankee Lk. 11/4 (JH); 1 Neversink Res. 11/4 (JH,mob)
LONG-TAILED DUCK - 1 Yankee Lk. 11/4 (JH); 28 Neversink Res. 11/4 (JH,mob)
R.B. MERGANSER - 1 Swan Lk. 11/21-22 (SB,JH,mob)
RUFFED GROUSE - 1 Wurtsboro Hills 10/9 (SK)
WILD TURKEY - 2 Monticello 11/1 (PC)
GR. EGRET – 3 Swan Lk. 8/5 (SB)
CATTLE EGRET - 1 Haven Road 11/1 (EK)
BL. VULTURE - 2 Bashakill WMA 9/6 (PD)
BALD EAGLE – 1 Monticello 11/3 (PC)
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK - 1 Liv. Manor 9/28 (KH)
GOLDEN EAGLE - 1 Bashakill WMA 11/3 (JH)
PEREGRINE FALCON - 1 Ferndale 11/21 (JH)
VIRGINIA RAIL - 1 Bashakill WMA 9/26 (JH,mob)
COMMON GALLINULE - 2 Bashakill WMA 10/28 (JH)
AMERICAN COOT - 1 Neversink Res. 10/20 (JH)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER - max 3 Apollo Pl. 8/29-9/1 (JH)
PECTORAL SANDPIPER - 3 Morningside Pk. 9/16-9/25 (JH.mob)
DUNLIN - 1 Morningside Pk. 11/8 (JH,mob)
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - 3 Morningside Pk. 8/29 (JH,SB)
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER - 1 Morningside Pk. 10/17 (JH,mob)
WILSON'S SNIPE - 2 Fireman's Pk. 11/12 (JH)
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 Kiamesha Lk. 11/12 (SG,KM); 5 Neversink Res. 11/13 (JH)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - 1 SCCC 11/12-11/21 (JH,mob)
MOURN. DOVE - 15 Monticello 11/5 (PC); 1 Neversink 12/5 (RS)
COMMON NIGHTHAWK - 5 Bashakill 8/29 (KM); 3 Bashakill 8/30 (JH); 15 Mongaup Res. 9/6 (RH)
R-B WOODPECKER – 2 Neversink 9/21 (CK)
DOWNY WOODPECKER - 1 Monticello 11/5 (PC); 1 Neversink 12/5 (RS)
HAIRY WOODPECKER - 1 Monticello 11/5 (PC)
OL -SIDED FLYCATCHER – 1 Bloomingburg 9/14 (SA)
YEL.-BELLIED FLYCATCHER - 1 Bashakill WMA 9/12 (JH,SB)
PHILADELPHIA VIREO - 2 Bashakill 9/19 (JH)
BLUE JAY - 3 Neversink 12/5 (RS)
HORNED LARK - 1 Neversink Res. 11/21 (JH,mob)
B.C. CHICKADEE - 4 Monticello 11/5 (PC); 4 Neversink 12/5 (RS)
T. TITMOUSE – 2 Monticello 11/5 (PC); 3 Neversink 12/5 (RS)
R.B. NUTHATCH - 1 Monticello 10/12 & 11/27 (PC)
W.B. NUTHATCH – 1 Monticello 11/5 (PC); 1 Neversk. 12/5 (RS)
CAROLINA WREN – 1 Montic.11/27 (PC); 2 Neversink 12/5 (RS)
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH - 2 Bashakill WMA 10/1 (JH,SB)
BROWN THRASHER - 2 Bashakill WMA 9/25 (SB)
AM. PIPIT - 10 Apollo Pl. 10/28 (JH)
CEDAR WAXWING - 2 Neversink 9/21 (CK)
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER -
TENN. WARBLER – 3 Bashakill WMA 10/7 (JH)
NASHVILLE WARBLER – 3 Bashakill WMA 9/11 (JH)
N PARULA – 6 Bashakill WMA 9/11 (JH)
BAY-BR. WARBLER – 5 Bashakill WMA 9/11 (JH,SB)
BLACKPOLL – 2 Bashakill 9/11 (JH)
HOODED WARBLER - 1 Bashakill WMA 8/30 (SB)
CANADA WARBLER – 2 Bashakill 9/8 (JH); 1 Bashakill 9/16 (PD)
EASTERN TOWHEE – 5 Bashakill WMA 10/10 (JH)
VESPER SPARROW - max 9 Bashakill WMA 10/24 (JH,SB,mob)
NELSON'S SPARROW - 1 Bashakill WMA 10/9 (JH) *First County Record*
FOX SPARROW - 7 Bashakill 11/7 (JH); 2 Bashakill 11/16 (SG)
WH-TH SPARROW – 1 Neversink 12/5 (RS)
DARK-EYED JUNCO – 3 Montic. 11/5 (PC); 5 Neversk 12/5 (RS)
LAPLAND LONGSPUR - 1 Neversink Res. 10/29-10/30 (JH,mob)
SNOW BUNTING - max 5 Neversink Res. 10/28-11/21 (SG,JH,mob)
N CARDINAL – 2 Neversink 12/5 (RS)
RO.-BR GROSBEAK – 6 Bashakill (JH)
DICKCISSEL - 1 Bashakill WMA 10/7 (JH)
RED-WING.BLACKBIRD - 200 Bash.10/9 (JH); 100 Bash.11/9 (SB)
COMMON GRACKLE – 1 Neversink 12/5 (RS)
PURPLE FINCH – 1 Monticello 11/5 (PC)
HOUSE FINCH – 4 Phillipsport Rd. 10/28 (SB); 2 Fallsburg 10/30 (SG)
AM. GOLDFINCH – 2 Monticello 11/5 (PC); 1 Neversink 12/5 (RS)


CONTRIBUTORS: SA - Steve Altman; SB - Scott Baldinger; AB – Arlene Borko; PC - Patricia Cocot; PD- Patrick Dechon; SG - Scott Graber; JH – John Haas; RH - Robert Howard; KH – Kate Hyden; CK - Carrie Karsch; SK - Steven Kessler; EK - Ellie Knieriemen; KM - Karen MIller; mob - many other birders; RS - Russel Scheirer
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Records Compiled by Lance Verderame