I left Manhattan at 4am and got off I87 at Westport in Essex County nearly 5 hours later. There had been reports of Grosbeaks in the town of Westport but, after 10 minutes of driving around peering at bushes and apple trees in front yards (I really hate this type of birding) I had no luck. Heading down to the lake I saw a sign for a boat launch which seemed familiar from bird-alerts, so I pulled in and flushed a flock of 60 BOHEMIAN WAXINGS that were bathing in a stream. A blizzard of bohos came blasting past the car as they flew up into a nearby tree. Not a bad way to start the day.
|Pine Grosbeak (4 shots - female, immature male, adult male)|
After taking 318 photos (went a little mad apparently) I finally dragged myself away and went up to Lake Placid where I had lunch, got a local (negative) Hoary Redpoll update, and failed to find Pine Grosbeaks at two other recent sighting locations. So figuring I may as well head home I turned South but decided to stop in one more time at the Elizabethtown site. The Grosbeaks were still there, in fact there were a few more (so probably more in the neighborhood) and there was an adult male in the mix. A pretty neat sight, and a great bird for #352. One more species to go ....