Jim Zellmer and I birded Montrose, Taberville and
Schell Osage today, stopping a Passaic on the way home. Highlights of the day
4 Sharp-shinned Hawks
2 Cooper's Hawks
1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK
We saw the Goshawk, a gigantic adult
female, along the gravel road on the north side of Montrose Lake a few
hundred yards west of the power plant. Interestingly, J. Kelly Hobbs and I saw a
Northern Goshawk at almost exactly the same location during a previous
Northern Goshawk invasion in the late seventies or early eighties.
All told, we saw 92 species, including the
following additional birds of interest:
11 species of duck plus Canada Goose (There were
large rafts of ducks on both Montrose Lake and Schell Lake. Gadwall was the most
common species. B-W Teal was near the end of its migration period, and Ruddy
Duck, Redhead, L. Scaup and R-N Duck were near the beginning of
7 shorebirds, including 8 Avocets, L.B Dowitcher,
Spotted, Baird's and Pectoral Sandpipers and Wilson's Snipe. (The Avocets,
dowitchers, spotty and peep were on the south shore of Atkinson
11 species of sparrow plus Dark-eyed Junco and
Eastern Towhee. Best sparrows were 1-2 LECONTE'S, 1 HENSLOW'S, several
Vesper and 1 Lincoln's.
3 American Pipits (on a telephone wire!) at the
reclaimed strip mines south of Montrose.
1 adult Bald Eagle at Schell
1 Y-B Sapsucker at Montrose
3 Great Egrets at Schell and 1 CATTLE EGRET with
cattle along M-71.
15 Eurasian Collared Doves near
the grain elevators at Passaic.
We saw a few, but very few, Yellow-rumped Warblers
and 1 Orange-crowned Wabler.
Of special interest to both of us were two
gray-phased Brown Creepers and a male Golden-crowned Kinglet with a
striking orange crown.
We made an unsuccessful effort to find a Sprague's
Pipit at Taberville. (There were cows in the usual field south of Montrose, so
we did not walk it. We covered less than 1% of Taberville Prairie looking for
Sprague's Pipits, so they are probably there somewhere).
Somehow, we missed seeing a grackle all