Saturday, January 12, 2013

January 12 - Hoary Redpolls at Bashakill

This very foggy morning I went up to the Bashakill in order to visit Scotty B's house as he has been reporting Hoary Redpolls.   
This morning it took a little bit longer for the flock of approximately 200-250 Redpolls to get comfortable coming into the feeders.  After an hour or so wait, Scotty had seen 1-2 of the Hoary Redpolls. 
We then all took turns getting into the best & closest spot that allowed us to see the birds on the ground, as today the Hoaries were sticking to this feeding spot. Of course, the birders who needed this species as a life-bird got their turns first. 
This was perfectly fine with me and when I got my chance to see this species again, it was well worth the short wait.  I had first seen the Hoary Redpolls up in Sullivan County back in 2008 over at the Rayano's house, so it was nice to see this species again, and it was a bit closer to home this time !

For some excellent picture of these rare visitors visit John Hass's blog here & here