Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2010 is winding down

It's been quite a while since I've updated this blog, so to summarize the last six months:

June 2010- We explored locally for breeding birds, made a trip down to Doodletown Rd., and found a great birding spot in the Catskills, Mountain Top Arboretum in Tannersville.

July 2010- Bloomingdale Bog, Sabattis Circle Rd., and Paul Smith's made for a nice weekend trip in mid-month, followed by four days on Lake Champlain in the Westport, NY area. Noblewood Park in the Town of Willsboro was terrific, so much so that I'll be leading a club field trip there in Aug. 2011.

Aug. 2010- August was egret and shorebird month; with the low water levels from the lack of rain much of the summer, much more shoreline and mudflats than normal were exposed, leading to some good observing.

Sept. 2010- Raptor migration was underway; we watched from Camp Pinnacle and High Point up in the Helderbergs. Passerine migration was busy as well, and I learned to identify a few of the "head-scratching" warblers.

Oct. 2010- Fall migration was slowing down, but the waterfowl numbers started to climb. A rare Rufous Hummingbird was found in the Ballston Lake area; the homeowner was generous to share his sighting, and his home with many local birders.

Nov. 2010- I finally reached my goal for the year, seeing 100 species in at least five local counties, just reaching that number in Greene and Schoharie counties. I recommend trying something like this to any local birders, it necessarily forces you to visit new places and see different habitat. An interesting bird showed up at Vischer Ferry NHP mid-month; I'm glad he stuck around so everyone could get good looks.

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