Sunday Shots: Feathered Frenzy & More, 02/12/23

When Karen Miller invited me to be on her team for this year’s Sullivan County Feathered Frenzy, I jumped at the opportunity to break out of the winter birding routine. The Feathered Frenzy is a friendly contest where teams try to locate as many species as they can in a single day in Sullivan County. Karen and I had a really great time; it was great to catch up, do some good birding, and enjoy the sunny beautiful day (in spite of the cold temperatures and a wickedly cold wind). Scotty Baldinger emailed an excellent write-up on the event, and was kind enough to allow me to use it for this post:

~One of many Red-tailed Hawks we had on the Feathered Frenzy 02/11/23. This bird was flying over Neversink Reservoir.~

Sullivan County Feathered Frenzy, by Scotty Baldinger

Five teams competed in this year’s Feathered Frenzy racing around the county to find as many birds as possible in one day for Sullivan County.  Weather conditions were pretty decent for February.  Mostly sunny with temps starting out in the upper 20s ranging into mid to upper 30s during the day. It was very windy especially during the morning portion of today’s event with some gusts as high as 25 miles an hour.  With open water on the Bashakill and the Rondout Reservoir, we had an excellent mix of waterfowl.

It was a fun filled and exciting day with a total of 63 species found in Sullivan County!  Congrats to the team of John Haas, Bruce Nott, and Scott Graber on their outstanding total of 53 species for the day.  They found the only American Kestrel, Pine Siskin, Brown Creepers, Belted Kingfisher, and Cooper’s Hawk in the county.  The team of Scott Baldinger, Steve Altman with an assist from Paula Baldinger in the early morning logged 48 species for the day. They found the only Great-horned Owl, Green-winged Teals, and Turkey Vulture in the county.  The team of Karen Miller and Matt Zeitler rolled in with 40 species, finding the only Northern Harrier, Merlin, and Northern Flicker in the county.  The team of Renee Davis and Marge Gorton also rolled in with 40 species, finding the only Golden Eagle and Brown-headed Cowbird in the county.  The team of Patrick and Riley Dechon came in with 30 species on the day, finding the only Black Vultures in the county.  Congratulations to all who participated in this great event. See full species list at the bottom of this post.

~Redheads at Greenwood Lake, 02/12/23.

On Sunday morning I finally was able to run for the good waterfowl that Kyle Knapp had located at Greenwood Lake earlier in the week. Noteworthy birds included: 9 Redheads, 1 American Coot, 2 Greater Scaup, and a single Canvasback. I also went to the Greenwood Lake Fire Department – where Kyle found 5 Lesser Scaup earlier in the morning. Then, at Round Lake, I found another 2 Greater Scaup. That’s some pretty good birds for Orange County in February!

~Canvasback at Greenwood Lake, 02/12/23.~
~Greater Scaup coming in hot. Greenwood Lake, 02/12/23.~
~I thought this photo was pretty cool. Canvasback in front of a Redhead; Greenwood Lake 02/12/23.~
~Redheads at Greenwood Lake, 02/12/23.~

Feathered Frenzy species list:

Canada Goose

Mute Swan

Wood Duck

American Wigeon

American Black Duck


Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup


Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Golden Eagle

American Kestrel


Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Great-horned Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

Winter Wren

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

American Tree Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

Evening Grosbeak

House Sparrow

Team Davis:          8.5 hours Total 162 miles

Team Miller:          9.75 hours Total 95 miles

Team Dechon:      6 hours Total 108 miles

Team Haas:          10.5 hours Total 142 miles   

Team Baldinger:  10.25 hours Total 173 miles

Again, thanks to all who participated in this year’s Feathered Frenzy!