Port Jervis, 11/23/14

I finally got a shot of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that was not in the shade. Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis NY, 11/23/14.
I finally got a shot of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that was not in the shade. Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis NY, 11/23/14.

I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, so in an effort to mix it up a bit, Karen Miller and I birded Port Jervis, New York this morning. We birded three different locations: a reservoir northwest of Port Jervis, Laurel Grove Cemetery, and a small park in Port Jervis that borders the Delaware River. We identified 27 species for the morning. Before heading home, Karen wanted to show me the “Hawk’s Nest”, which is a beautiful scenic stretch of road just outside of Port Jervis. The road winds alongside the Delaware River, climbing all the time. There are areas where you can pull off and take it all in. We stopped at one of these, where we got our 28th species of the day; an adult Bald Eagle flew right over the car! I was not prepared for it, so my exposure is not great, but I did get some photos, here’s one:

An adult Bald Eagle flies over the "Hawk's Nest", Port Jervis NY, 11/23/14.
An adult Bald Eagle flies over the “Hawk’s Nest”, Port Jervis NY, 11/23/14.
Tufted Titmouse at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Port Jervis, 11/23/14.
Tufted Titmouse at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Port Jervis, 11/23/14.
Far and away the most plentiful bird of the day, I sort of like this shot of an American Crow, a bird that I find difficult to photograph. Laurel Grove Cemetery in Port Jervis NY, 11/23/14.
Far and away the most plentiful bird of the day, I sort of like this shot of an American Crow, a bird that I find difficult to photograph. Laurel Grove Cemetery in Port Jervis NY, 11/23/14.

It was good to change things up and bird some new locations; thanks to Rob Stone who helped out with the spots. Here’s our list:

The "Hawk's Nest" scenic drive in Port Jervis NY.
The “Hawk’s Nest” scenic drive in Port Jervis NY.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
American Coot
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Bald Eagle
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

2 thoughts on “Port Jervis, 11/23/14”

  1. Today was really fun. You got some great pictures. The Sapsucker is gorgeous, and I’m glad you got the Eagle that greeted us on the mountain.

    1. Yeah, it was really enjoyable birding, nice to see some new spots. As for the eagle, I’m glad you told me to look up when I got out of the car! Great day. Matt

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