Orange County YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, 11/19/22

First thing this morning I went to the Courtyard Marriott Middletown/Goshen to follow up on a confirmed eBird report of a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. After just over an hour with no sign of the bird, I departed to go try my luck in the black dirt. Just after 9:00 am, Jeanne Cimorrelli reported the bird was present on the Mearns Bird Club App. I ran for it, but the bird had moved on before I arrived.

~Yellow-throated Warbler in Orange County, 11/19/22.~

I joined a good number of birders, and we waited for the bird to return. Which it did, about an hour after it was last seen. It flitted around the ‘Courtyard’ sign on the side of the hotel for only about a minute before it flew off. As far as I know, the bird has not been seen since. I was pretty happy to have gotten lucky enough to see the bird, it was a life bird, and of course a county and state bird for me. It was also good to see some of the birders I haven’t seen in a while.

~I thought for a while that I might have to settle for a Yellow-bellied bird today. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the Courtyard Marriott Middletown/Goshen, 11/19/22.~

Afterwards, I spend some more time in the black dirt. Highlights included many Horned Larks with a handful of Snow Buntings, a flyover of (5) Sandhill Cranes (a first for me to see that many in OC), and I enjoyed sifting through a large flock of mixed blackbirds. I was hoping to maybe find a Yellow-headed Blackbird, but of course, no such luck.

~Five Sandhill Cranes flying over the black dirt today, 11/19/22.~
~Tis the season. Northern Harrier in the black dirt, 11/19/22.~

10 thoughts on “Orange County YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, 11/19/22”

  1. I spent quite a bit of time there late morning, early afternoon…. but didn’t get the warbler. I had seen them in SC, so not a lifer, but that was a great get Matt!


    1. That takes the sting out a little, I suppose. It was an excellent get, I’m thrilled Mary. Matt

  2. I’m Happy for ALL of your posts! Thank You so much for sharing all of the birds that we could potentially see in our area. We will keep an eye out for them.

  3. Glad you got a quick look at the yellow throated warbler warbler. Some years ago zi had one in my yard and is on my yard list.

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