Sullivan Snowy!

Snowy Owl in Bethel, Sullivan County NY 12/1/13.
Snowy Owl in Bethel, Sullivan County NY 12/1/13.

The Snow Owl invasion continues. It was just before 3:00 pm and I had just gotten home. I thought my birding for the day was done when I received a phone call from John Haas: He was looking at a Snowy Owl in Bethel, NY. Tricia and I jumped into the car in hopes of getting a look at the bird. When we arrived, the bird was still present, and what a beauty! The markings on this bird were darker than the two I had seen in Orange County and the effect was striking. Many birders were present or on their way to see the bird. I was particularly happy for all the Sullivan County birders to finally get a Snowy Owl for the county. Thanks once again to John Haas for the call. You can go to The Bashakill Birder to see John’s account of the events.

This bird was actively hunting while we were there, and seemed to have success at one point. SNOW in Bethel NY, 12/1/13.
This bird was actively hunting while we were there, and seemed to have success at one point. SNOW in Bethel NY, 12/1/13.

Northern Shrike Update

I also did some birding in Orange County in the morning and I wanted to add that the Northern Shrike on Lower Wisner Road in Warwick, NY continues. I located the bird working the old fence line between Upper and Lower Wisner between 10:00 and 11:00 am. I’m still working on a good photo…

Northern Shrike at Lower Wisner Road, 12/1/13.
Northern Shrike at Lower Wisner Road, 12/1/13.

 

5 thoughts on “Sullivan Snowy!”

  1. Just as I expected for your weekend shots, a great job on the shots. Makes one feel like they are there.
    I just love the rain drops on the bunting. Keep up the good work.

    1. I found the grasslands, unfortunately I was late for my appointment and couldn’t stay, Saturday will be my day. Will early morning be good there? Or will the direction the sun is coming up make pics difficult?

      1. I have never been out there in the early morning but I know others have had success. I’m thinking the morning light will be beautiful out there. Good luck with it!

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