Catch Up Hodge-podge, 12/28/15

~I am totally loving the Tree Sparrows this year, I just think they are a super looking sparrow. Walked River National Wildlife Refuge, 12/28/15.~
~I am totally loving the Tree Sparrows this year, I just think they are a super looking sparrow. Walked River National Wildlife Refuge, 12/28/15.~

Although the birding has been less than outstanding, I have gotten out and birded Orange County several times in the past week or so. Of note, I finally got a Brown Creeper for the county yesterday (#197 on my county list) just outside of Port Jervis. And then today I finally got my first ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK of the season in Pine Island. Not much else has been noteworthy, but it has still been good to get out. I’ve included several photos from the past week or so.

~Adult Bald Eagle in Pine Island, 12/19/15.~
~Adult Bald Eagle in Pine Island, 12/19/15.~
Always a favorite and usually not in such good light - Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Wickham Woodlands Town Park, 12/19/15.~
Always a favorite and usually not in such good light – Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Wickham Woodlands Town Park, 12/19/15.~
An American Kestrel fans its tail in an effort to keep its balance on a windy day. Pine Island, 12/27/15.~
An American Kestrel fans its tail in an effort to keep its balance on a windy day. Pine Island, 12/27/15.~
I am pushing the limits of cropping an image here. Rough-legged Hawk, my first of the season, moments before successfully hunting prey. Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, 12/28/15.~
I am pushing the limits of cropping an image here. Rough-legged Hawk, my first of the season, moments before successfully hunting prey. Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, 12/28/15.~
~There are still approximately 20 American Coots right near the viewing platform at the Liberty Loop, Wallkill River NWR, 12/28/15.~
~There are still approximately 20 American Coots right near the viewing platform at the Liberty Loop, Wallkill River NWR, 12/28/15.~
~Red-tailed Hawk at Wallkill River NWR, 12/28/15.~
~Red-tailed Hawk at Wallkill River NWR, 12/28/15.~

6 thoughts on “Catch Up Hodge-podge, 12/28/15”

  1. Love your pics! Did you see the Kestrel on Skinners lane by chance? I believe this is the bird I see there all the time. I work on that road and pass by it daily as it hunts. Have not had chance to stop and get better look.

    1. Hi Eric – I’ve seen kestrels hunting over on Skinner too, but this bird was on Missionland. Glad you are enjoying the photos, Happy New Year to you. Matt

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